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DHS girls tracksters set their sights high

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This spring’s DHS girls’ outdoor track squad has several standouts back from last year to lead the way, and other athletes vying to make their own marks. On Wednesday as he monitored a group of throwers, Head Coach Frank Barbuto previewed the upcoming competitions.
 
“We’ve got a nice turnout so far. We’ve got 46 kids, terrific young ladies. We’ve got a great group of kids, they’re all working so hard. Our senior captains are Kerianne Downing, Ellen Masalsky and Emily Hill. They’re all state class athletes, they’ve worked so hard in track and field for the past four years.”
 
In addition to the tri-captains other notables include Unity Jean-Louis in the shot put and Taylor Roberts in the discus. The former is coming off an indoor season in which she placed at the state level, and the latter reached the state level last spring.
 
Coach Barbuto indicated he hoped those five athletes return to their recent excellent form and that others join them at that level. “We’ve got some newcomers… We’ve got some pretty strong kids. We’re trying to develop some depth on the team. That’s been a key for us, especially in the distance events… We’ve got a lot of young hurdlers that are working hard.”
 
Dedham’s first dual meet is on Tuesday at Wellesley at 3:45 p.m. The Marauders’ first home contest is slated for Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. versus Needham. 
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March 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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Dozens enjoy Senator Rush’s Saint Patrick’s Day Toast

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On Thursday night, March 14, State Senator Mike Rush hosted a Saint Patrick’s Day Toast that dozens of locals attended. Held in a banquet room at the Village Manor restaurant, the event featured a buffet dinner, shamrocks and Irish flags adorning the walls and numerous attendees dressed in green. Senator Rush and his wife Mary greeted guests, as a Bruins game was shown on several TVs.

After everyone mingled for awhile, State Representative Paul McMurtry introduced his colleague in the legislature and noted the presence of various officials. They included Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, State Representative Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park, School Committee members Mayanne MacDonald Briggs and Kevin Coughlin, Recreation Director Bob Stanley, Parks and Recreation Commissioners Sal Ledda and Dan Hart, Mary Lou Munchbach of the Housing Authority and Town Meeting Chair of the District Chairs Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld. Other current or past leaders attending included former Fire Chief Bill Cullinane, former Police Chief Mike Weir, Rita Mae Cushman of Mother Brook Community Group, John Healy of Oakdale Square Alliance and Dedham Education Foundation President Steve Bilafer. Rep. McMurtry noted that Congressman Stephen Lynch sent his best wishes to the gathering.

Then Senator Rush gave remarks. “I am thrilled to be here tonight. We decided we would do a Saint Patrick’s Day toast, and somebody said ‘That will never work. Nobody in Dedham likes to drink!’… Listen, I just want to say thank you all for being here tonight. It is the greatest honor and privilege that I have to go to the state Senate each and every day to represent the people of the Norfolk and Suffolk District. We have a lot of difficult votes coming up. I want to let you know that before I take any votes, I always think about the folks who are working hard each and every day. That is what’s in my head before I ever make a decision. It’s the folks who work to make sure that they can get ahead, and their families are better off than they were. Those are the issues that I’m concerned about, whether it’s people in Boston, or here in Norfolk County in Dedham, Westwood and Norwood.”

He added an anecdote about a well-known leader from this town. “On the way in, actually, I should mention I got a wonderful text from my former colleague from Dedham, whom I sat next to in the Fourth Division (of the state House of Representatives). We got the license plate that corresponded with the seat. I had a license plate that was Seat 35. Next to me was a guy that nobody here knows, it’s Bob Coughlin, and his was 36. He said, ‘Rush! Don’t bring your car into Dedham because I don’t want anyone to think you have a lower license plate than me.’ So every event I came to I had to have one of my parents drop me off, or walk into the town. But I see all the Coughlin Family is here, and they are my dear friends and like my family. So thank you to all of the Coughlins and the Nortons for being here.”

The senator then lifted a glass of beer and the assembled guests followed suit no matter what their beverage was. “As we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this Sunday, I’m going to ask each and every one of you to raise a toast. In the Irish way, of course, we celebrate our faith and our family. To each and every one of you, thank you for everything. God bless you all. Hear hear, cheers and slainte! Have a wonderful evening.” 

 

From left in photo above: Judi Nolan stands with Peter and Marnie Colantuoni at the Village Manor at the Saint Patrick’s Day Toast. Judi attended the event with her husband, Dedham Police Officer John Nolan. Peter has worked on various local political campaigns, and Marnie runs the Dedham Recreation Department’s Challenger program.

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March 15, 2013 at 3:14 am

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DHS senior class to stage musical ‘Footloose’ this weekend

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This weekend the senior class at Dedham High School will perform the musical ‘Footloose,’ based on the 1984 film and its 1998 adaptation for the stage. Conor Curran stars as Ren McCormack, a teenage transplant to Beaumont, Texas from Chicago. In Beaumont Ren and a preacher’s daughter named Ariel Moore, played by Kayla Costa, become romantically involved with each other. On the way toward a memorable finale, the pair and their friends loosen the social codes of a rigid Bible Belt town.
 
The show will be performed at the James Dunne Auditorium at 140 Whiting Avenue on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $15 per adult, and $10 for students or senior citizens.

Mr. William Nicholson will direct the production, with Mr. Jeff Bolduc conducting the orchestra. The cast/crew list is as follows:
 
AnnieJoy Abbott, Dancer/Cast
Mira Abramchuk, Vi Moore
Ryan Aljondi, Support
Mike Balestra, Willard
Sarah Beaudoin, Dancer/Cast
Caroline Black, Support
Caitlyn Brennan, Support
Martha Caissy, Support/Production Assistant
Asia Carter, Support/Dancer
Jamie Carty, Support/Dancer
Jeremy Clifford, Crew
Kayla Costa, Ariel
Andrea Crawley, Dancer/Cast
Conor Curran, Ren
Carol Deleconio, Cast
Catherine Dillion, Dancer/Cast
Laura DiRaffaele, Support
Kerianne Downing, Dancer/Cast
Hayley Driscoll, Dancer/Cast
Sarah Emmanuel, Tech Chief
Renee Gassler, Dancer/Cast
Jason Glymon, Support/Dancer
Gigi Grant, Cast/Dancer
Tim Heisler, Dancer/Cowboy/Cast
Emily Hill, Support/Dancer
Richard Jonson, Chuck
Alex Kryakis, Support
Jen Lau, Cast
Ellen Masalsky, Singer/Dancer/Cast
Chrystiana Matthews, Support/Dancer
Marty McCorrison, Support
Colin Murphy, Support/Crew
Stephanie O’Kane, Tech Crew
Marko Onyskiv, Support
Claire Paxson, Support
Madeline Perez, Dancer/Cast
Miles Peters, Support/Cowboy
Vincent Poncia, Crew
Randah Rachmani, Dancer/Cast
Nick Ray, Rev. Shaw Moore
Annie Reardon, Support/Dancer
Summer Rizzo, Stage Manager
Veronica Rose, Dancer/Cast
Taylor Roberts, Dancer/Cast
John Roche, Tech Crew
Danielle Rounseville, Tech Crew
Nick Rumpp, Support/Cast
Joseph Ryan, Support
Darla Saycocie, Rusty
Olivia Shaw, Support
Brianna Shephard, Cast/Dancer
David St. Cyr, Crew
Mary St. Cyr, Dancer/Cast
Jackie Sullivan, Cast/Dancer
Mark Turner, Crew
Justin Vitiello, Crew
Brittany Zuniga, Support/Dancer.

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March 14, 2013 at 5:24 am

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Proceeds from rabbit sculptures donated to new Mother Brook center

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On Saturday afternoon under a sky hinting at spring’s imminent arrival, various representatives of the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center gathered at that facility’s site at the former Avery School to accept a donation of $5,000 from several members of the non-profit network Dedham Shines. The money was raised by last year’s Dedham Public Art Project, the most prominent aspect of which was the placing of massive, uniquely painted rabbit sculptures around town before they were auctioned off.

Monika Wilkinson, Co-President of Dedham Shines, gave a statement about the gift. “We had tremendous support from the community. This donation is possible because of the success of the auction of the rabbits. We were so excited by how the community responded to the project as a whole and embraced it, and really helped to make it the success that it was. There were a lot of volunteers who made it possible, and we’re really grateful for that, so we can move the mission forward of Dedham Shines as well as support the mission of the Mother Brook Arts and Community Center. We hope to see it successful, and a vibrant part of the community.”

MBACC Board of Directors Co-Chair Bob Miller thanked Dedham Shines. “There’s a lot of ways that we really need to talk more and work together. I think many of our interests are very closely aligned. We’re very grateful for your support and look forward to working with you. We do have space here that will probably come in handy for some of your events.” 

The donation will go toward permitting fees, legal fees and other costs associated with opening the building, which the MBACC aims to do by the first week of April, MBACC Co-Executive Director Jean Ford Webb said. Her colleague, MBACC Co-Executive Director Sarah R. Blum, said a ribbon-cutting and giant open house would be announced soon, likely to be held after the first studio spaces are rented to artists.

Shown here from left outside the new center: MBACC Advisory Board member Paul Reynolds, Dedham Shines Board of Directors member Teja Arboleda, Dedham Shines Co-President Jen Barsamian, Dedham Shines Board of Directors member Jay Donahue, Dedham Shines Co-President Monika Wilkinson, MBACC Co-Executive Director Jean Ford Webb, MBACC Co-Executive Director Sarah Blum, Dedham Shines Board of Directors member Sarah MacDonald, MBACC Board of Directors Co-Chair Bob Miller, Dedham Shines Treasurer Ryan McDermott.

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March 10, 2013 at 12:09 am

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American Legion honors four at well attended ceremony

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In front of a well attended function hall on Tuesday, February 27 the American Legion Post 18 recognized several individuals representing multiple generations of service to the post and the community.
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Three members were honored for 50 years each of continuous service to the American Legion post here in town. They were County Commissioner Fran O’Brien, Peter Benson and John Essex. O’Brien and Benson are Navy Veterans, while Essex was a Marine. 
 
Also earning recognition was Ryan FitzPatrick, a senior at Noble & Greenough School and a Dedham resident. He was introduced as follows by the American Legion Massachusetts District 6 Commander, George Bouchard.
 
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“We have before us tonight a very special gentleman, a young man who’s done a lot in his life in a very short time. He was at Boys State last year in 2012, he’s done community service of over 150 hours,” he said. “He also volunteered to go down to New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina relief, which is very special. He volunteered for youth hockey and Dedham baseball, and he also works for a living. One of the things on his resume that really touched my heart as a hockey player myself is that he organized a game called sled hockey. It’s disabled children and adults that love the game of hockey but cannot play. He put them on sleds and they had a game.” 
 
Ryan received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Massachusetts Department of the American Legion – District 6, a plaque signed by the American Legion National Commander and presented by Post 18 Commander Marty Columbo, and a Commendation from the Massachusetts State House presented by State Representative Paul McMurtry, Democrat of the 11th Norfolk District. Then the honoree gave brief remarks. 
 
“I just want to thank the American Legion Veterans everywhere for giving me the opportunity I had this summer to go down to Washington, DC and compete in the Boys Nation weeklong Senate process. It was really eye-opening, it really taught me to give back to the community. Just seeing how much effort the Veterans put into that, it kind of personified in a microcosm what they’ve already done for this country, and how they continue to give back and how they continue to need support.”  
 
Ryan attended with his parents, James and Colleen, as well as his three brothers Liam, Nolan and Gavin, and grandparents Brendan and Kathleen. Ryan’s older sister, Kaleigh, was unable to attend due to illness.

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March 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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Firefighters rescue teen from marsh near Little Wigwam Pond

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[Editor’s Note: On Friday, March 1 firefighters from Dedham and Westwood rescued a Roslindale teenager after he became stuck in chest-deep water in a marsh near Little Wigwam Pond. The following is a summary of the incident recorded in an interview with Deputy Chief John Fontaine Jr. of the Dedham Fire Department.]
 
Deputy Fontaine: “It was in back of the ice rink. Actually they got the kid through Fed Corp.’s yard, which is right before the ice rink. He was in the swamp between there and the railroad tracks, in back of the Red Cross. He was just about right in the middle. He was probably there 45 minutes to an hour.
 
“Evidently he was hanging out there with his friends. I don’t know, he took a wrong turn and he ended up out there. The call came in from Eastwood Nursing Home. One of the staff members was leaving and heard him yelling. They had called 911 and got the wheels moving.
 
“I went down there today (Saturday). I had never realized how rough the terrain was. There were spots that were frozen but mostly it’s just water and trees and marsh. It’s nasty going in there.
 
“For the guys to get out there, they had the ice rescue suits on. They went out there through the chest-deep water, and they were able to get to him. All told, the whole thing took two hours – number one, to find out where he was, to get out to him, to assess him and then to figure out how to get him back in. He wasn’t a small kid, he was 6 foot 4, 300 pounds, size 16 shoes. He’s 17 years old.
 
“There were six Dedham guys in the suits. Then Westwood came with a couple more, so we had eight guys in the rescue suits working to get him out of there. Basically it was just the tough terrain and once they got him, figuring out how to get him in. We have a sled we use for ice rescues and it floats, so they figured that would be the best way. They put him in a suit so he wouldn’t get any further cold, and they strapped him to that and just dragged him in. It was quite a distance out.
 
“He was conscious. They took him to Norwood Hospital. He was treated for hypothermia and released. He’s doing OK. Again, he’s 17, a young kid. He had that on his side. I don’t think he would have lasted the night, that’s for sure. There’s a small window to get him out of there before hypothermia sets in, then he loses consciousness.
 
“He was standing chest-deep. He was disoriented. Maybe he saw the lights from Eastwood Nursing Home, or other things on East Street. He was making his way there, but by then he just got tired. He couldn’t move any more, then he was stuck in the mud. He was yelling for help, hoping someone would hear him.
 
“Thank God there was a change in shift at the nursing home. Along there you’ve got businesses. At the ice rink I don’t know if anyone would be there in the back. Fed Corp.’s closed (at night), you’ve got the big apartment building but that (location) was kind of before it, I don’t know if anyone there would have heard it.
 
“I don’t know where the peers went. If they were out there doing something – I’d check my friends. I don’t know if they had called for help, I don’t think they did. This kid was out there by himself. Maybe they thought he left with someone else. I don’t know if there was a party down there.
 
“The first engine was Engine 3 from East Dedham. They went to the nursing home and they couldn’t see anything there. Then they sent the Ladder because it has the cold-weather gear. Then we sent another engine, because now we’re looking around trying to find him, time is of the essence. There were Police officers there too, helping us trying to locate him. Finally they found out the best way for us to access him is through the construction yard.” 

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March 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

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