The annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 30th starting at 10:30 a.m. All marching units will assemble on Randall Road at 10 a.m. All veterans are invited to march in the parade whether or not in uniform.
The parade will step off from Randall Road and proceed to the Center Cemetery where a ceremony will be held. The parade will then continue to Wrentham Common for ceremonies at the war monuments.
Community leaders from Wrentham were among 200 local health, school, police and drug abuse prevention leaders who attended a half-day seminar recently called The Impacts of Marijuana: Strategies to address related health, social and legal issues. The event was presented by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey in partnership with the substance abuse prevention coalitions of Avon, Needham, Stoughton and Weymouth, Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael and Attorney John Scheft.
“Colorado’s legalization of marijuana has been a disaster for the people of that state, and it is important that Massachusetts communities be prepared for what is coming,” Morrissey said after the event. “Pueblo County Hospitals are working to repeal legalization there. Meanwhile, we have to prepare, at the very least, for broad use under the guise of medicine.”
Wrentham Police Deputy Chief William McGrath and Sgt. Jeff Smith were joined at the Canton event by more than a dozen police and fire chiefs from across the region.
“Instead of decreasing underage use, now Colorado has about twice the national rate of users in every age range. The number of black-market seizures has gone up instead of down, the promised tax revenues have been cut by black market sales and disproportionate use of low-tax medical dispensaries instead of taxed retail,” Morrissey said. “It has unfolded as the opponents feared and not as the proponents promised. And one way or the other, it’s coming.”
The May 13 seminar, held in donated space at the Bank of Canton, included model health regulations for dispensaries, K2, Spice and drug paraphernalia, checklists for local boards of health to correctly implement the law and information on home cultivation and how to prevent illegal diversion to children.
The 4th annual “Arts on the Common” is Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As the name suggests the event is held on Wrentham Common at the intersection of Routes 140 and 1-A and features handcrafted fine arts and crafts, performance art, and interactive activities.
Selected by the Wrentham cultural Council, more than thirty artists from the New England area will showcase their work for sale in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, clay, wood, fiber and paper. Students from King Philip High School will also exhibit their artwork.
A varied program of music performance by local musicians will accompany the exhibition, covering Blues, Folk, Caribbean and Jazz music. Local dance studios will also entertain with their talented performers.
The entertainment line-up for the day includes:
9 a.m. - DJ Bill Jones
10 a.m. - El Caribe Duo
11 p.m. - Showcase Dance Productions
12 p.m. - Scott Tarulli Duo
2 p.m. - Dance and Beyond
3 p.m. - BC & Company Jazz Quartet with vocalist Cindy Jones
Last month, the Holly Club of Wrentham held its 2nd Annual Holly Club Hustle 5K. It was a beautiful spring day for the 143 entrants from Wrentham and surrounding towns. Participants, ran, walked, pushed strollers and some brought their dogs.
After traveling the 3.1 miles, participants enjoyed a breakfast buffet by the Tavern of Wrentham was served. Holly Club members held a bake sale raffle for gift baskets for the raffle. The morning ended with a medal award ceremony.
The race was sponsors by Landscape America, RRC Engineering, Wrentham Cooperative Bank, Municipal Graphics, Tavern at Wrentham, First New England Realty – Irene Levesque, The Wrentham Lions Club, Regional Tire & Service Center, Father Coffey Knights of Columbus, King Philip Travel, Lorusso Corp, and James Breakfast & More.
The following businesses also made generous donations: Moore’s Flowers, Luciano’s, Provost Liquors, Reliable Cleaners, The Hairsmith, Tupperware-Heather Wilanson, Cataldo’s Hardware, Target, Get In Shape for Women-Walpole, Mary Kay Cosmetics – Kim Sviontek and Keith Billian for the boys’ and girls’ toys.
The King Philip High School Honor English Honor Society is holding a car wash tomorrow, Saturday ,May 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The grammatically gifted group will wash your car for $5 and all the funds raised will to support the group's activities.
Bishop Feehan senior and Wrentham resident Michael Geraghty is the school's 2016 salutatorian and in less than a month’s time, he will commence his appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he will pursue a degree in the field of Engineering.
Geraghty is the recipient of the Yale University book award and has been inducted into the National, Spanish, Science, Math, English, and History Honor Societies. Additionally, he currently holds the position of Vice President of the National Honor Society.
As an athlete, Geraghty was elected by his peers as captain of the varsity ice hockey team, a squad of which he’s been a contributing member since his freshman year. During the fall of his senior year, Mike played varsity golf for the first time and was a member of the Division 2 State Championship team. Prior to playing golf, Mike had starred as Feehan’s varsity football team’s starting running back during his junior year. However, due to sustaining a serious concussion in his junior season, Mike made the choice to hang up his cleats and pick up his clubs for the fall of his senior year.
Beyond academics and athletics, Geraghty is active within both Bishop Feehan and his church community. At Feehan, he is a student council class officer, and actively participates in campus ministry, Project Unite, the Special Olympics, and the Amigos program. Within St. Mary’s Parish, he has been an altar server since the onset of his freshman year.
Geraghty is the son of Thomas and Constance Geraghty of Wrentham, MA, brother to Joseph Geraghty (Class of 2014) and Rory Geraghty (Class of 2020).
(Pictured left to right Michael Geraghty Bishop Feehan's salutatorian, Olivia Phillips the school's valedictorian, and Kirsten Wade this year's tree dedicator given to the student ranked third in the class.)
HMEA, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving children and adults with special needs, will hold its signature family event and fundraiser of the year, the incredABLE Walk, Run and All-Day Family Fun, on Sunday, May 22 at EMC2 Headquarters in Franklin, Massachusetts.
HMEA’s incredABLE Walk, Run and All-Day Family Fun includes a 5K walk, a kids’ fun run and a 5K run. Music, food and activities are planned for the entire family.
The incredABLE Walk, Run and All-Day Family Fun will be hosted by Gene Lavanchy from Fox 25 News and Steve Nelson, the all-time great New England Patriots’ linebacker. The event is sponsored by EMC2, Rockland Trust and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
In celebration of the event’s 15th year, HMEA rebranded the event to draw attention to the abilities — and not the disabilities — of the over 4,000 people in 110 Massachusetts communities it serves. The event used to be called the Independence Run and Walk. “HMEA has been successful in helping people with Autism and other development disabilities become ABLE to live an independent life,” said Doug McPherson, vice president for development and public relations with HMEA. "We wanted to remind the general public that the people we serve are 'able' to contribute to their communities in profound ways.”
The event also celebrates the families, care workers, educators and support staff who support HMEA’s clients. “When a child or young adult is diagnosed with Autism or other developmental disabilities the entire family is affected. HMEA also helps families, school systems and medical personnel understand the challenges of raising a child with disabilities.” For more information on this incredABLE event visit www.hmea.org/incredable.
HMEA was founded in 1961 on the basic principle that people diagnosed with Autism or other developmental disabilities have dreams for their lives. Our mission is to help them live that dream and our 700+ caring, committed and competent staff are dedicated to achieving that. We treat each person diagnosed with Autism or a developmental disability as an individual, with talents, abilities and challenges. And our care spans his or her lifetime — from the first few months of life through adulthood HMEA serves over 4,000 people who have Autism and other developmental disabilities throughout 110 communities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.hmea.org.