The Second Annual Donut Dash will kick off the annual Plainville Day Fall Fest on Sunday September 28th at 8:30 a.m. The 5K road race and donut feast will start at the Old Beatrice Wood School in Plainville. Runners, walkers and eaters are encourage to register online at donutdash.racewire.com but registaion the day of the race will be held at the Plainville Library, adjacent to the Old Beatrice Wood School.
The 5K racecourse has various donut stops throughout and travels up Fuller St., across Walnut St., down West Bacon St., and then returns to South St. to the finish line back at the Old Beatrice Wood School. Participants may optionally eat donuts at various stations throughout the race, subtracting three minutes per donut from their final race time. (Please note that participant may choose NOT to eat any donuts.) here are three Divisions in this event: “Old Fashioned,” for the traditional 5K runner/walker; “Glazed Donut,” for those who choose to eat donuts along the course; and “Box of Munchkins,” for families of three or more. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each category.
It is a family friendly event open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities, as well as teams.
This year, the Donut Dash host is Random Smile Project, an organization that provides a bridge of support to people going through difficult times. Proceeds benefit the Tim Gemelli Family Fund, The Plainville Food Pantry, and other Random Smile Project beneficiaries.
The primary beneficiary of the race is the Tim Gemelli Family Fund. Tim, his wife AnnMarie, and their three children have resided in Wrentham for over 18 years. Tim was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, after going for a routine checkup for a sore shoulder. Proceeds from the Donut Dash will help fund home renovations, equipment needs and medical expenses.
Free parking is available on-site at the Old Beatrice Wood School.
To learn more about the Donut Dash visit a special Facebook page.
The Donut Dash Committee is currently accepting business sponsors and corporate donations. If your business would like the opportunity to participate in this fun and philanthropic event, please email Sheila Malacaria at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Northeast Financial Strategies, Inc. (NFS) first began in 1988 with Vietnam veteran James Schweitzer, and in 1998 his son, Jeff joined the team. NFS offers a number of services to individuals and small businesses such as financial and real estate planning, insurance, accounting, investments, payroll, and tax preparation. They are dedicated to “problem solving” which is evident after being named the Reader’s Choice “Best Place to Do Your Taxes in Wrentham/Foxboro” in 2012 by the Wrentham Patch.
“NFS contributes so much to the local community, and I was honored that they took some time out of their busy schedule to meet with me,” said Ross. “Meeting with James and Jeff, you can tell that family is critical to them and their ability to run a successful business together, something they should be very proud of.”
In addition to running a business, Jim and Jeff take pride in their commitment to volunteerism and community involvement in the town of Wrentham. In their spare time, you can find Jim and Jeff coaching youth sports teams and supporting both local and national charities.
For more information on Northeast Financial Strategies, Inc. please visit www.nfsnet.com.
If you would like your business to be a part of the Small Business Spotlight or would like to nominate a small business, email Senator Ross at email@example.com.
Annual Fund Drive for Wrentham's Pond Home is underway.
Pond Home Administrator Becky Annis says this year donors will have an opportunity to contribute to Blooming Corner, a new outdoor garden. Blooming Corner will include a larger patio area, raised bed gardens, a water feature, pergola and many lovely plantings. The entire area will be attractively fenced to not only give the space an outdoor-room feel, but also to support resident safety. The entrance to Blooming Corner from the home will be accessible to all residents, including those who use a wheelchair or walker.
Annis says, “In continuing our commitment to improve our residents’ quality of life, the new Blooming Corner will be a beautiful, tranquil space where residents and their families and guests can enjoy the outdoors for decades to come.”
An architectural drawing of the garden is being sent to those on the Pond Home Donor’s List. If you do not receive an annual fund drive donor letter and would like to please contact Becky Annis at 508-384-3531, ext. 225. All who contribute to the annual fund drive and wish to be recognized will have their name included on a plaque to be displayed at the entrance to the garden.
The architectural plans and vision for Blooming Corner are currently on display at Pond Home and all are invited to visit and view them.
Pond Home offers Residential Care and Supportive Nursing Care in a beautifully maintained colonial home on Route 140 in Wrentham, providing all meals and 24-hour nursing care. It is managed by Rogerson Communities, a Boston-based non-profit recognized as a leader in the management and development of elder housing and services. To learn more about Pond Home please call 508-384-3531, or visit www.pondhome.org. Also, follow Pond Home on Facebook by liking its page.
By Town Government Study Committee
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts will conduct its General Election. Within that election, Wrentham will conduct a Special Election where voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballot to adopt or reject a town charter for Wrentham. Bringing a town charter to a ballot question for Wrentham has been more than a two year effort. In the spring of 2012 the Wrentham Board of Selectmen (BOS) formed a Town Government Study Committee (TGSC) and gave them the charge to “evaluate the effectiveness of the town’s organizational structure, management systems and processes”.
From May 2012 to May 2013 the TGCS met with numerous state agencies and every board, committee and department in Wrentham to analyze and assess the town’s management systems and processes. In July 2013, the TGSC reported back to the BOS and recommended that the key tool to overall improvement would be to develop and enact a town charter. The BOS accepted the recommendation.
Adoption of a town charter is a three step process. First, town meeting must vote affirmatively to send a proposed charter to the General Court to be passed as a Special Act. At the Special Town Meeting on November 12, 2013, Wrentham Town Meeting affirmed this by a vote of 90-21. Secondly, the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives must vote to enact the charter. They did this in May 2014 and the Governor signed it into law on May 23, 2014. The third and final action is for Wrentham voters to accept or reject the approved Special Act at the ballot box on November 4.
The purpose of the proposed town charter is to articulate the organization, responsibilities and authorities of town government in a single comprehensive governing document. The charter modernizes the general structure of Wrentham’s town government to handle the increasing governmental complexity, and to more professionally serve the municipal requirements of the town. The charter in effect acts as constitution for the town. Over 130 cities and towns in Massachusetts have already enacted a Charter. One of the primary reasons towns have enacted a Charter is to move to a more professional administration of local government. Wrentham currently operates without a charter.
Copies of the proposed town charter can be found outside of the BOS on the second floor of Town Hall, in the lobby of the Fiske Public Library on Randall Road, and at the Senior Center on Taunton Street. Copies can also be found on the Town’s web site at here.
Girls in grades k-12 are invited to register for Girl Scouts on Monday, September 15th at Trinity Church’s Parish Hall, 47 East St, Wrentham from 7-8:30pm.
Traditional troops meet 1-4 times per month.
Got too busy a schedule for regular meetings?
Join as an independent scout that attends special local and council events and programs.
What do Girl Scouts do? Go on field trips to a variety of places, many with behind the scenes tours; camping; service projects; learn about themselves and others; leadership skills; skills for life.. . and have FUN.
Girl Registration is $25 for National & Council registration.
Troops set their own dues for their own activities and expenses.
Adults wishing to have a positive impact on young women are also encouraged to register as leaders and assistant leaders.
Adult registration is $15. For the girls’ safety, adults have references checked, a CORI check, and are trained locally.
If you are not able to attend the registration night, please contact Diane Pelrine, Membership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hero Helpers of America and Ernie Boch Jr’s Music Drives Us Foundation have teamed up to host their first annual Boots & Strings Food & Music festival in support of our beloved troops serving overseas and at home.
On September 14, 2014 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham, MA, from Boston’s best and most patriotic end of summer bash will be taking place from noon to six. This is an all age family event. The hottest bands in New England are set to play. Red Square, Element 78, The Houston Bernard Band, and Dalton & The Sheriffs. As well as Charlie Farren, Amanda Carr, and Jilly Martin singing the national anthem and the Boston Strong Anthem.
Organizations from all over New England have stepped in to help this great cause. 100% of funds raised will be directly effecting our troops and the overwhelming effects of PTSD.
Over 30 of the areas hottest restaurants will be offering free tastes of their best dishes, along with companies such as Hint Water, and Pretzel Crisps.
In addition there will be activities for kids to partake in such a “Hero Touch-A-Truck” featuring military and first responder trucks, face painting, balloon artists, photo booths cotton candy and more!
Celebrities such as Boston's Finest, Bobby Wahlburg, Miss Massachusetts, The Andelman Brothers, Fast Freddie, Ernie Boch Jr., Gregg Daniells & Karson are all anticipated to attend and help out this extremely important cause.
“Our goal is to make an impact on our service members lives, but also to raise awareness of our service members needs overseas, and at home. This is a special event for me personally as my brother is currently serving overseas in Afghanistan.” Eliopoulos said. Lauren Eliopoulos is the Founder of Hero Helpers of America.
General Admission tickets are $20 for adults and children accompanied by an adult gain free admission. VIP tickets are $50. VIP Tickets include half hour early entrance, VIP gift bag, 2 drink tickets, 2 raffle tickets, and admission to the VIP lounge. To purchase tickets please email email@example.com or call 508.631.4758 or go to www.musicdrivesus.org to purchase tickets online.
Companies such as Lake Pearl Luciano’s, William Grant & Sons, Metro Event Security, Image Productions, Quality Beverage, Guitar Center, and more have joined forces with the two organizations to make this event truly unforgettable.
Created in September of 2013, Hero Helpers of America, Inc., is a non-profit organization that aims to supply the men and women of The United States Military, Veterans, and family members of service members, consistent support and appreciation. Hero Helpers of America focuses on reaching out to communities across America to raise awareness of our military’s as well as when immediate requests are sent from our service members, veterans, and their families. Hero Helpers of America aims to give back to those who give their all. Lauren Eliopoulos started the foundation when her brother LCpl George Eliopoulos graduated boot camp. He is now serving in Afghanistan.
Music Drives Us is a New England non-profit organization supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. The Foundation seeks out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.
The Wrentham Book Club is pleased to announce that on Thursday, September 25, 2014, it will host Ms. Johanna Batman from Edith Wharton’s historical home (now a National Historical Landmark and cultural center), The Mount. As a member of the Development Department, Ms. Batman is familiar with the many programs—from the celebrated Monday Lecture Series to exhibits that explore themes from Wharton's life and work— offered to the more than 40,000 people who visit The Mount annually.
Over the summer, the Book Club members read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for this book, which she won in 1921, Wharton was nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in literature, and became the first woman to be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. Wharton was a gifted and prolific writer, authoring over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel, as well as novels, short stories, and poetry. Born into a wealthy “old New York” family, Wharton knew and was friends with many famous people of her time, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Theodore Roosevelt, and Henry James, and was famous for her witty and pithy sayings. Join us to hear Ms. Batman tell us more about this fascinating woman, her work and times.
The Book Club welcomes visitors and the program is free and open to the public. Although it is not necessary to have read the book to attend the meeting, you may wish to request a copy of The Age of Innocence from the Library. The meeting will be held in the Sweatt Room of the Fiske Public Library at 6:30 pm, Thursday, September 25, 2014. The Library is located at 110 Randall Road in Wrentham; the phone number is 508-384-5440.
The 34th Annual Cracker-Barrel Fair is open for the business. The fair runs through Sunday, September 14th. There will be live entertainment each day, iguana reptile shows, pony rides, 4-H open horse show, an interactive Nigerian Goat Show and exhibit, and a race-a-way motor sports model racing, plus the Cracker-Barrel Road Race, 18 food booths, carnival midway by Fanelli Amusements, and fireworks Saturday night at 9:45 p.m.
The road race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and Wrentham Tavern is sponsoring a breakfast. Returning is the Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday will feature a performance by the Reminisants and a Pet Parade sponsored by the 4-H Club at 10 a.m. Sunday is bracelet day and for $25 fair goes can ride all the rides.
Parking is free although a donation of $3 per car is accepted to benefit the Wrentham Lions Club and Friends of Wrentham Inc.
The Fair hours are Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday noon to 10 p.m., Saturday 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.
A ceremony to remember September 11, 2001 was held Thursday night in the front of the Wrentham 9/11 Memorial. The brief gathering was organized and led by members of Wrentham Boy Scout Troop 131 and included members of Wrentham's emergency responders. The Scouts marched onto the Town Hall's lawn, the home to the 9/11 Memorial, presented the American Flag and led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of Wrentham Police and Fire lined the brick path in front of the memorial. In addition to the placing of the wreath, a moment of silence was held, followed by the playing of God Bless America.
"This is a tragedy we can not forgot," said Boy Scout Ryan Skinner, the service's only speaker. "May it never happen again."
This was the third year Wrentham held a ceremony next to the town's 9/11 Memorial. In 2012, the memorial was dedicated after Boy Scout Troy Neubecker led a town-wide campaign to raise funds for its construction. Since its unveiling, the Boy Scouts have continued to hold annual ceremonies in honor of the victims of 9/11.
Wrentham Cub Scout Pack 61 is holding an Open House on Friday, September 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Vogel Auditorium, Delaney Elementary School, 120 Taunton Street, Wrentham.
Cub Scouts meet once or twice a month with their groups for den-specific program activities, including hiking, scout crafts, skill-building, games, field trips and community service. A Pack Meeting with all the dens meets once a month.
Volunteer leaders are scouting parents themselves and have undergone the appropriate BSA training and CORI checks.
If you are interested in Cub Scouts and unable to attend our Open House on September 12th, please email Betsy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenda Trapani at Brenda.Trapani@verizon.net.