King Philip Winter Percussion Ensemble won the Class 4A Concert Group at the US Bands Indoor Championship. Held on April 6, in Toms River, NJ, KP's percussionists scored a 99.05, the highest score of all groups and classes in the competition. Along with winning the 4A Class they also took home the honors of Best Performance, Best Effect and Best Ensemble. The ensemble will be performing the award winning show on May 7, 2014 at the King Philip Percussion Night.
Senator Richard Ross will hold morning meeting hours in Norfolk on Wednesday, April 23rd from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Bourque Restaurant, 194 Main St. The morning meetings will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet with Ross and discuss any matters of importance to them. To register for a meeting, please call Ross' office at (617) 722-1555 with a preferred time and a brief description of the topics you would like to discuss with Ross.
“I encourage all those with questions or concerns to stop by and meet with me,” said Senator Ross. “I value the opportunity to speak directly with my constituents, and to learn more about the issues that are important to them. These meetings will be an excellent opportunity, both for me to get to know more of the constituents I am representing, and for those interested to have their voices heard and obtain useful information on important state and local matters.”
The King Philip Parents’ Network is holding its annual fundraiser at Roche Bros. Supermarket, 6 Milliston Rd, Millis on Good Friday, April 18th. Shop from 4 to 7 p.m. KP volunteers will be available to collect receipts as shoppers exit the store. Roche Bros. will then donate 5 percent of all collected receipts to the KP Parents’ Network. All proceeds raised will go towards the 2014 All Night Party, a 24-year-old tradition to keep KP seniors safe on the night of graduation. For more information, contact Phyllis Govoni at email@example.com.
On Saturday March 22, 2014, Norfolk Lions held their 7th Annual Chili Fest at St. Jude’s Church. This culinary tradition proved to be extremely successful naming a winner and raising funds for Norfolk Food Pantry.
Horse N’ Carriage took home the 2014 honor. The other participants included the Eagle Brook Saloon, Mr. Dooley’s Olde Irish Country Pub, James’ Breakfast and More, Budabings 50s Café and Commonwealth BBQ. According to co-chairs Ray Cisneros and Lynn Worley, the competition was very hot with close voting results.
Lion Ray Cisneros presented a plaque to Vinnie Megna, the Executive Chef of the Horse N’ Carriage Restaurant, who prepared the winning chili.
The Lions raised $1,000.00 at the Chili Fest, which will be donated to the Norfolk Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause!
By State Senator Richard J. Ross
Many of my constituents have contacted me in regard to the recent developments in the scandal plagued Department of Children and Families (DCF). No issue has brought to the foreground the failure of an executive agency like the tragic events under DCF oversight. The outrage is understandable since this agency is charged with serving the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents – children and families at risk of abuse and neglect. DCF appears to have exhibited general negligence and inattention to its primary duty.
The fact that these extreme inadequacies were only brought to light upon the disappearance of a five year old child is entirely unacceptable. The immediate response from DCF was to dismiss the employees directly involved, followed by the initiation of an internal review of the department. The scope of responsibility has quickly expanded as coverage of the case progressed to include one rogue worker, to a few incompetent employees, to a supervisor. DCF’s inconsistent assignment of blame clearly illustrates a systemic issue within DCF, threatening the safety of the Commonwealth’s children.
Recognizing the shortsighted and limited nature of these actions, I joined with several colleagues in the legislature requesting State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Inspector General Glenn Cunha to conduct a full review and examination of DCF’s procedures and practices. Governor Patrick also tasked the Child Welfare League of America to review the practices and policies of DCF.
The subsequent report by Auditor Bump found that DCF did not ensure children were receiving the proper medical screenings and examinations while in custody, that DCF has maintained inadequate records of background checks performed on individuals living in foster homes, and that DCF has not been verifying the proximity of level 2 and 3 sex offenders before finalizing foster care placements.
An amendment I co-sponsored to the Supplemental Budget, which remains before the Legislature, would impose a six-month moratorium on approval of any new foster care placements where an individual or family member has been convicted of a felony, absent written findings on the placement’s necessity and absence of a threat to the child’s safety. Boosting the safety measures in place will potentially allow DCF to address deficiencies in their systems and maintain the protection of all children in DCF care.
Though we can all comprehend the enormity of the mission and work of DCF, we cannot continue to dismiss these tragic occurrences as routine or acceptable losses. The death of even one child is too many, and DCF and Governor Patrick need to step up and determine where reforms can and should be made. This includes the termination of agency heads, not just those case workers and others on the front lines.
Throughout my years in the Senate, I have made increased oversight and transparency in state government one of my top priorities. As bills are presented to the Senate, I have sought out opportunities for the department or agency at issue to evaluate and report on its fiscal and operational status, as well as its needs and plans moving forward. Furthermore, I consistently request that any reports filed by state departments, agencies, committees and commissions be made available online to the public. Numerous pieces of legislation contain additional reporting and online posting requirements based on my proposals.
Enhancing oversight and transparency in state government would increase scrutiny for all offices, supplementing precautions to prevent negligence, carelessness, and even abuse. These are the steps we need to take to ensure that the tragedies we have seen take place under DCF’s watch will never occur again.
The need for an immediate change in management and oversight at DCF has been made painfully clear by these facts. Basic safeguards, including medical examinations and background checks, have fallen by the wayside, leaving incomplete records and severe risks throughout the system. If the leadership is unable to uphold the proper precautions and protocols, placing children across the Commonwealth in danger, then it should not be charged with their care any longer.
There are internship opportunities in Senator Richard Ross' for college students. All interested students are encouraged to apply. Senator Ross will also be seeking applicants for summer internships.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young people to gain real world experience in state government, says Ross. “Interns in my office will take on real challenges and will be expected to complete tasks in a timely and professional manner.”
General intern duties include corresponding with constituents, researching legislation and policy issues, gathering news clips, and attending formal Senate sessions and public hearings. Internships are unpaid, but present an opportunity to learn about state government. Senator Ross and his staff will work with students to gain credit where applicable.
If a college student is interested, they are encouraged to send their resume and cover letter to Erin.Hearn@masenate.gov.
Registration is now up for the 2nd Taylor's Triumph, 5k Run Walk. Scheduled for Saturday, June 7th, 2014, the race will be held in honor of Taylor Manning who died unexpectedly of congenital heart failure in May of 2012. Taylor’s passing at the young age of 13 left a lasting mark on the community; she will be forever remembered for her spirit, laughter and sense of adventure that encouraged us all to live life to the fullest.
Taylor’s Triumph will take place at the Holmes Field, 22 Myrtle Street, Norfolk, MA, and kicks off the Norfolk Community Day Celebration. Starting time is 9 a.m. and registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The officially measured 5K is a fun, scenic route through a beautiful residential section of Norfolk. Runners and walkers can pre-register through May 31st at www.racemenu.com/events/35181-Taylor-s-Triumph or by mailing in a registration form. Registrations will also be accepted on the day of the race.
Last year, more than 550 participants attended the first Taylor’s Triumph and the event was a true reflection of what makes Norfolk a special place to live. First-time 5K runners and walkers, young teens and pre-teens, older adults and experienced runners all joined together to celebrate Taylor and support the Manning family. This year, organizers anticipate an equally enthusiastic outpouring from the community and hope you will join us for this wonderful event.
The Taylor’s Triumph 5K will include water stations, refreshments and live music. All participants are encouraged to wear Taylor’s favorite color “pink.” Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and runners will be “chip-timed.” Entry fees are $30 for pre-registrants and $35 for same day registrations. All proceeds will be used for the construction of the Taylor Manning Memorial, an accessible water park at Camp Jewell, a YMCA camp beloved by the entire Manning family.
Taylor was a bright, energetic child who excelled in dance and school. She attended both the Norfolk Elementary Schools and Ursuline Academy where she made many enduring friendships. She had a passion for adventure and loved travelling the country and abroad. She was close to her family and enjoyed spending time with her brother Jack, currently a 7th grader at KP Junior High. Please join the Norfolk community at Taylor’s Triumph to remember Taylor and celebrate her life.</P.
King Philip Regional High School Drama and the Grady Auditorium Production Staff will perform the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy,State of the Union, on Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th at 7 PM each night. Performances will be held in the Richard K. Grady Auditorium at King Philip Regional High School, 201 Franklin Street, Wrentham, MA. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and will be sold at the door beginning one hour before the performance each night.
State of the Union is the story of a would-be "dark horse" nominee for the Republican Party candidacy for President of the United States who wants to change the culture of politics to achieve positive outcomes for all citizens but finds himself corrupted by the very political system he hopes to change. Torn between remaining true to his ideals or "playing ball" in order to achieve the nomination, we see the effect all those around him have on his thoughts and actions. His wife wants him to stay true to his beliefs while his campaign manager, his political consultant and even his mistress manipulate him to forsake his ideals and give in to the worst elements of cynicism and selfishness to get on the ballot. Does he compromise his values and listen to the jaded politicians or does he follow his heart and fight for the nation as a whole?
State of the Union won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was turned into a highly successful feature film in 1948 starring Spencer Tracy as the would-be candidate, Katharine Hepburn as his wife, Angela Lansbury as his mistress and the publisher of a chain of Republican newspapers, Van Johnson as his campaign manager and Adolphe Menjou as the cynical political consultant.
KP Drama has adapted State of the Union to reflect the politics of the 2012 presidential election (which, sad to say, needed little alteration aside from some names). This production is co-directed by KP Drama directors Joseph Ferreira and Melissa Taddeo. Lauren Gilleland (Class of 2014) serves as the Stage Manager and Haley Bowers (Class of 2014) serves as Technical Director. Everyone is invited to see the show and experience the old old adage, "The more things change, the more they remain the same."
Jim Conover – Evan Cree Gee
Kay Thorndyke – Megan Choate
Grant Matthews – Kyle Bechet
Spike MacManus – Robert Hepburn
Nora – Sarah Vitellaro
Mary Matthews – Hannah Geiger
Stevens – Samuel Nardone
Bellhop – Zachary Garrity
Waitress – Alli Heinz
Sam Parrish – Daniel Corwin
Tea Party Members – Daniel Regnier, Aidan Pepper, Haley Morgan
Buck Swenson – Holden Cooper
Jenny – Nicola Alexander
Judge Jefferson D. Alexander – Nathan Krishnaswami
LuLuBelle Alexander – Alexandra Garrity
Grace Draper – Rachel Raposa
Senator Lauterback – Gillian Ferreira
Bill Hardy - Thomas Abbott