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September Primaries 8-24-12


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August 23, 2012 at 6:33 am

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State primary ballots now set

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Voting to take place Thursday, September 6; Absentee forms available from Town Clerk
by Hana Janjigian Heald 

Town Clerk Paul Munchbach announced earlier this week that the absentee and regular ballots for the September 6 State Primary have arrived. “If anybody wants to vote absentee they can come in and vote over the counter, or they can order an absentee ballot by mail or over the phone and we can send it to them,” he said. 

He noted that August 17 was the last day to register to vote in the primary. This year’s primary is unusual in that it falls on a Thursday, rather than a Tuesday.

“The rule is that people can register to vote up to 20 days prior to an election,” he said. “Voting day for the Presidential Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The deadline to register to vote in that election is Wednesday, October 17.”

On the Democratic side in the state primary, in the only contested race in that party in this town, there are four candidates running for one Democratic position on the November ballot for Governor’s Council. They are Brian Clinton, Robert Jubinville, Patrick McCabe and Bart Andrew Timilty.

All the other positions on the Democratic party ballot are unchallenged. The individuals seeking those offices are, for Senator in Congress, Elizabeth Warren; Representative in Congress, Stephen Lynch; State Senator, Michael Rush; State Representative, Paul McMurtry; Norfolk County Clerk of Courts, Walter Timilty Jr.; Norfolk District Register of Deeds, William O’Donnell; Norfolk County Commissioners – two seats on ballot, John Gillis and Francis O’Brien.

On the Republican side there is one contested race, to be that party’s nominee in November for Representative in Congress. The candidates running in that contest are Joe Selvaggi and Matias Temperley. The only other positions with people’s names on the Republican ballot for the primary are Senator in Congress, Scott Brown, and Governor’s Council, Earl Sholley.

There is a ballot for the primary for the Green-Rainbow party, but no candidates’ names are associated with the various positions. 
Munchbach is anticipating low voter numbers for the primary. “There’s no really local races that will draw out voters from this area. I’m predicting a 10 or 11 percent turnout,” he said.

The wardens have contacted their poll workers. There will be three ballots available – for the Democratic, Republican, and Green-Rainbow parties. Voters who are listed as Unenrolled can pull any one of the three, but if you are registered in a party, you have to vote using that party’s ballot.

“The last date to either vote over the counter or to apply for an absentee ballot is Wednesday, September 5, at noontime. Ballots have to be back by the night of the election, Thursday, September 6, by 8 p.m.,” Munchbach said. “Between the people who have requested absentee ballots for this primary, or for all elections in this year, for example, the permanently disabled, we’ve received more than 180 requests already.”

He listed the polling places for each precinct:

Precinct 1: Dedham Town Hall, 26 Bryant St.

Precinct 2: Riverdale School, 143 Needham St.

Precinct 3: OLD Avery School, 123 High St.

Precinct 4: Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Ave. (Parking in front of the building and use of the front doors will be for school business only. The Dedham Police will provide for a parking area for voters in the back of the school, and voters will be able to enter and exit the building’s back door.)

Precinct 5: Greenlodge School, 191 Greenlodge St.

Precinct 6: Dedham Middle School, 70 Whiting Ave. (This is a new polling place for Precinct 6. Parking in front of the building and use of the front doors will be for school business only. The Dedham Police will provide a parking area for voters in the back of the school, and voters will be able to enter and exit the through the building’s back door.)

Precinct 7: Greenlodge School, 191 Greenlodge St.
“There will be no voting at the Oakdale School. It is not a polling place,” Munchbach emphasized.

The state primary takes place a day when the Dedham Public Schools are in session. Munchbach urged that everyone who comes to vote at a school during school drop-off time in the morning or pick-up time in the afternoon use extra caution when driving or walking.

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August 23, 2012 at 6:30 am

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Bikeathon set for September 16 to benefit Dedham Food Pantry

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‘Three Squares New England Ride’ Set for September 16 to Benefit Dedham Food Pantry

by Scott Heald

[Editor’s Note: On the morning of Sunday, September 16 there will be a bikeathon departing from and finishing at Endicott Estate, to benefit the Dedham Food Pantry. Recently The Dedham Times emailed one of the organizers of the event, Greg Jundanian, to learn more about it. The interview appears below.]

Dedham Times: How did you become involved with helping the Dedham Food Pantry organize this ride?
Greg Jundanian: A group of us have wanted to do something to help around the issue of hunger in our respective communities, and since three of us are from Dedham, and have had experience with the Dedham Food Pantry, we approached the Dedham Food Pantry to sponsor the ride. The organizing committee, Thilo Vollrath and Heather Dawood (Mansfield residents) and David Jennings, George Nicholson and myself (Dedham residents), are all bicycle enthusiasts and thought that organizing a ride would be a good way to bring the community together, bring increased awareness to the issue and have some fun in the process. Our goal for our first year is to keep it small (40-50 riders) to get the organizing kinks out.
DT: Where and at what time does the ride start and end?
GJ: The ride begins and ends at the Endicott Estate on East Street. The registration for the 50 mile ride is from 7:30 to 8:00 in the morning, and the 25 mile riders will register at 9:00 a.m. 
DT: What is the route?

GJ: The 25 mile ride goes through Needham and then Dover and back. The 50 mile ride follows that same route, but extends to Holliston and back. Both are beautiful bike routes.
DT: If someone wants to donate money, goods or services to this event, how can that be done?
GJ: Any person wanting to donate can go to or the First Giving site ( to sponsor their favorite rider.  Or they can contact ThreeSquaresNE at 781-329-0169.
DT: What is the permitted age range of riders?

GJ: The youngest riders accepted can be 16 years old, and all riders from 16-18 must have a guardian sign a release form that can be found on the website.
DT: Must a rider pre-register or is registration on the day of the event possible?
GJ: One could register the day of the event, although preregistration is preferable.
DT: How does the fundraising work – is there an entry fee, does the rider raise money via donations, etc.?
GJ: The registration fee is $75 and goes to cover all the expenses. It includes a lunch, a welcome bag of fun bike related items and all the incidentals that go into sponsoring a great ride. If there is money left over after expenses, it will go to the Dedham Food Pantry. While not a hard goal, each person commits to try to raise $500 on a best efforts basis.
DT: Are there any prizes for participants, such as a t-shirt?

GJ: Volunteers and participants will each get a t-shirt and a host of other awards to be drawn out of a hat at the end of the ride,  including a custom made bike frame. There will be additional awards for the riders. The list of sponsors is growing as we put this together, but so far it includes The Texas Barbecue, Dedham Savings Bank, Whole Foods, Blue Hills Brewery, Amy and Brian’s Naturals, Dedham Bike, McGolf, the Boston Bike Messengers and Budd Bikes Works. We can use more riders, sponsors and volunteers in that order of importance.

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August 21, 2012 at 1:08 am

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St. Mary’s Lifeteen visits Nicaragua to perform charitable work

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 [Editor’s Note: For one week earlier this summer, from July 7 to 14, a contingent representing the Lifeteen program at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in Dedham visited the nation of Nicaragua to administer aid to children in need and perform other useful service. Before a recent Pizza and Prayer session on a Monday evening, several members of the group which made that trip discussed what they had observed and learned. Major excerpts of the conversation appear below.]


Dedham Times: Was this trip affiliated with a church down there?
J.P. Manning, St. Mary’s Youth Minister: Yes. The church there is Mustard Seed. We went to two orphanages, through an organization called Mustard Seed Communities. It was started by a priest from somewhere in the United States. And he’s now started a few of these in different places around the world, and there’s two in Nicaragua. One is with the older kids of the community and one is more aimed at the infants and the younger kids. They really try to uphold Catholic values in everything they do. One of the projects we were working on was helping to build a chapel, where the older kids’ orphanage was. They try to support the greater community as well as the orphanage in any way they can. It’s definitely tough living circumstances down there and they’re trying to get by on their own and trying to reach out to the community when they can, the greater community.
DT: What part of the country were you in?
JPM: We stayed at a place called Diriamba, which is about an hour outside of the capital. The capital is Managua, and that is where the orphanage for the little kids was. The two projects we worked on primarily were, we were helping build a chapel at Diriamba, and then three of the days we were there we drove to the orphanage, which is an hour away in Managua. We were sleeping and eating mostly in Diriamba, but then we went back to the capital frequently.
DT: What were your accommodations?
Paul DiDonato, a member of Lifeteen: Some days were really hot and one day was like 70 degrees and it was great. You’d go to bed and you’d lie down on your bed and then you’d move and you’d feel this moisture all over your body. It was wet and there were moths everywhere. There were two showers, two toilets, two sinks, and you couldn’t really flush the toilet paper down the toilet which was a little weird. The shower – you turn it on and it’s ice water coming out at you. After a long day if you wanted a hot shower, it just didn’t happen.
JPM: They have a guest house in Diriamba, which is where the community is supported entirely by, well not entirely but they’re very much dependent on one-week groups such as ourselves. They get college groups, church groups and all different kinds of organizations, pretty much anybody that wants to come down and work for a week. They’re very dependent on groups like us coming and bringing first aid things, medicine, clothes and pediatric stuff. They’ve built a full guest house that accommodates groups like us. There was a men’s room with bunk beds, a women’s room with bunk beds upstairs. Downstairs was a kitchen, living room. Nice enough, but the weather definitely made things interesting. We had the same sheets all week. Livable accommodations, but we definitely made a lot of small sacrifices, which we anticipated. In a strange way, when you take away those small things it makes you realize how much you have, and it makes you realize too how much you’re giving.
DT: Tell me a little about your work there.
Margaret Palmer, a member of Lifeteen: Especially for me since I’m not used to a lot of physical work, it was tough at first. But we did everything from hand-mixing concrete to tying rebar to digging trenches. The whole time there was somebody mixing concrete for the foundation. It was so funny. You’d ask them, ‘Why don’t you have a concrete mixer?’ They said if they had it they wouldn’t even use it. That’s just not the process that they were used to. So it was pretty interesting.
JPM: I’m still not convinced if they saw a cement mixer that they wouldn’t use it. After the work we did for the week, I think we might have been able to convince them otherwise. Even not having a cement mixer – we see cement trucks driving around so much, and you never think for a second how much more convenient that is for people in America, to have everything we’ve had industrially to be able to make our task easier. There’s so much pride that goes into the labors of love (in Nicaragua).
PD: We were trying to dig holes two feet by two feet, six feet down. You’re trying to dig the dirt with a square shovel. It was rough. In Diriamba the first day, we had to pound the dirt down with these six inch diameter cylinders of cement with a piece of wood stuck in it. You’ve got to pound the dirt down so it’s flat and compact. Once you keep doing that, you have to fill it up to this ‘bueno stick.’ Once you hit the bueno stick you’re good – ‘bueno’ means ‘good.’ Then for the dirt they had these lines. So you’re trying to dig holes in these little strings that are coming by your head. They’re called the ‘bueno lines.’ You grab a stick, put the stick in the ground and see if the nail lines up with the plastic line.
JPM: OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) would have a field day.
Will Sexton, Volunteer Assistant Youth Minister: When you think of a foundation over here, you think of concrete and empty in the middle. The foundation over there was 12 two by two by six foot pits. Then the rebar that was tied would go in the middle and they’d fill it in with concrete. We got all 12 of those dug, and we actually had to dig trenches to connect all of them. We got pretty much everything they need to get a foundation going done in just the two days that we were in Managua. And from our one day working in Diriamba, we poured the entire entryway of the chapel – the floor and most of the back section. We started at 9 o’clock in the morning, stopped briefly for lunch, and then would go right until about 4.
JPM: We tried to calculate how much cement we did in the three days. We figured out that we both hand-mixed, which is quite the laborious process, and poured probably eight to ten tons of cement. It was definitely a lot of manual labor.
PD: Then you see the progress that you’ve made, and you’re kind of proud of it.
WS: We were able to spend probably the last hour of each of our days, especially in Managua, playing with the kids. It sounds cliché but they definitely make it worth it, because when you’re up to your eyes in a hole that you’re trying to dig out of, you just want to give up. And you hit the septic pipe, which happened. We actually built a relationship with the people that were going to be using the facilities we were building, which makes it a lot more tangible than just building a house for someone to move in. Also the fact that it was children – you could say, ‘These kids’ clothes are going to be washed in this laundry center once it’s built.’ Or, ‘These kids are going to go to Mass at this chapel once it’s finished.’ Hopefully in November the chapel should be done. It made it easier to get through the days, because you could think about the kids you saw.
DT: Did you have some folks who knew some Spanish?
WS: We had two kids who spoke Spanish pretty fluently compared to the rest of us. They were kind of our translators for most of the week. But a lot of it too, as far as the construction, was just a lot of pointing – like ‘This high’ or ‘Keep going.’ I was surprised at how easy it was to communicate to the workers, even though none of them spoke English.
JPM: And how well our Dedham High School Spanish classes went, because I’m not fluent but I certainly learned enough to get me by for the week and have relatively meaningful conversations with the workers, or with the kids who were verbal.
DT: Did you have a chance to do any recreation?
PD: Where the kids were, in Managua, because they were babies and toddlers they had a little play area. They had toys, and a slide like a bed with a net on it, because of all the bugs. At the one in Diriamba they had two soccer nets and the grass went to dirt. They had a basketball hoop which was falling apart, and seesaws without seats.
JPM: We had both recreation with the kids, and a little bit on our own. The first work day we were there, we had a soccer game with the workers. They’re very good. I think the recreation that we enjoyed most was just spending time with the kids. Like Will said already, it’s much easier to work for a difficult purpose if you have a worthy cause behind it. The faces of the individual kids we got close to make that pouring of the cement or digging a 2 by 2 by 6 foot deep hole that you have no angle on that much more bearable. We also had time for ourselves at night, to come together and have Mass, to pray, to reflect on our experiences. A lot of the best stuff that came out of the week was just being able to share with each other what was happening on a personal level or with the group, and being able to process that. And at night, having conversations and playing games. Definitely a good mix of work, prayer and play.
WS: One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip for probably all the kids that went was, there were no cell phones, there was no TV, there was no Internet. Every night we’d just get together and talk. It’s funny to say that, but conversation is, when you stop and think about it, something that people don’t really do any more. Most families find it hard to get together for dinner. So it was nice to come together at the end of a long day, everybody having experienced the same thing, and just kind of unwind and have a conversation, not over email or texting or Facebook message but actually face to face, joking, playing games. I think a lot of the kids enjoyed that.
MP: Along the same lines, we had an hour bus ride every morning when we were going to Managua. That was a great time for us to chat with each other and reflect on certain things. Nobody, or few people had their iPods with them. So there was one night when we wanted to do singing. So we were just singing as a group which was really fun, because it’s a little different than having the radio on, when you have people participating in music. So that was awesome.

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August 10, 2012 at 1:50 am

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Senior Babe Ruth team concludes outstanding season

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Senior Babe Ruth team concludes outstanding season

This summer the Dedham Senior Babe Ruth baseball team won its division during the regular season, defeated both Dorchester and Westwood in consecutive playoff series, and finished runner-up to Milton-White in the South Shore League Championship Series. The squad is pictured here after the third and final game against Milton last Thursday evening. Front row, left to right: Fred Ellis, Jason Maloof, Joe Linehan, A.J. Ruiz, Mike Sampson, P.J. Morse, George Kokinidis. Standing, left to right: John Bethoney, Connor MacDonald, Ivan Nova, Ryan Fisher, Ronny Pucci, Jeremy Clifford, Joe McDonagh, Mike Sabatino, Mike McNally, Coach Dave Kiser. Not pictured: Jeff Durham and Anthony Valentino.


Mike Sabatino at bat against Milton during the South Shore League Championship Series as his teammates look on.

Dedham Edged by Milton in series finale after excellent postseason run
On a warm night last Thursday at Milton’s Cunningham Park, Dedham battled hard but was defeated 3-2 by the hosts in the deciding third game of the South Shore Babe Ruth League Championship Series.
Manager Dave Kiser turned to team ace Connor MacDonald, a righthander pitching on short rest after tossing three-plus innings on Monday and a relief stint on Tuesday. MacDonald went as long as he could (4 2/3IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 1K, 89 pitches), limiting the hosts with a mix of fastballs and offspeed pitches.
Meanwhile the Dedham bats got going in the third. Ryan Fisher led off with a double to center, then Ronny Pucci reached on an error with one out, allowing Fisher to score as Pucci moved to second. John Bethoney drew a walk to keep the rally alive, but Milton’s pitcher retired the next two batters to contain the damage.
The visitors scored again in the top of the fourth. MacDonald helped his own cause with a double to left, and Mike McNally followed with a single to center to put runners at the corners. Joe McDonagh hit a grounder to the pitcher that resulted in a relay to the second baseman for the out, allowing MacDonald to score his team’s second run. But Dedham was unable to muster much more offense for the remainder of the contest.
Milton rebounded in the home half of the fifth with a rally that would prove pivotal and that drove Dedham’s starting hurler from the mound. With one out an infield hit put a runner on first, which was followed by a walk and error to load the bases. A sacrifice fly brought home Milton’s first run. A second walk in the inning loaded the bases and prompted Coach Kiser to make the move to lefthander Mike Sabatino. The reliever’s first pitch was wild and the runner from third scored the tying run, but Sabatino induced the next batter to hit a slow roller to third base, which Ryan Fisher bare-handed before firing to McNally at first to keep it a tie ballgame.
In the top of the sixth, McNally connected for a one out single to right, then reached second on a groundout. But Milton’s starter continued to throw hard and escaped the jam with the score still deadlocked.
In the bottom of the sixth Milton put together a rally with one out that would essentially decide the series. A single and walk put runners at first and second. The third pitch to the ensuing batter was wild, but catcher A.J. Ruiz chased the ball down and fired to third to nail the runner attempting to advance. But that hitter walked and the next batter stroked a ball to left center that centerfielder Jeremy Clifford made a good bid on but could not come up with, with the run coming home from second to make the score 3-2 in Milton-White’s favor.
Dedham went down in order in the top of the seventh, as Milton earned the triumph.
Shortly following the final out, Kiser praised starting pitcher Connor MacDonald for showing guts in pitching on minimal rest. “Connor did an unbelievable job,” he said. “He was mad that I took him out. He’s a gamer.” Kiser added that he was proud of the team for making the league final two years in a row. “I want all of them back that can come back,” he said about next summer’s prospective squad. 



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August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

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Great deal at USA Swim and Fitness

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August 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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