An old garage behind King Philip Regional High School, near the track and football field, has been a source of funds to help the music program for years. The space is a drop off location for cans and bottles that are redeemed, and the money collected goes to the KP Music Association. The facility, while generating thousands of dollars every year, needed a renovation and good cleaning. The floors were covered in a think layer of dried soda and beer and the layout of the space wasn't ideal for sorting cans and bottles.
But that's all changed. Now, the old can and bottle redemption facility is clean and organized thanks to the efforts of Wrentham Troop 131 Boy Scout David Roman. The daunting task of renovating the space served as Roman's service project to reach Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting.
The KP senior officially earned his Eagle Scout rank after completing a board of review this month.
The work Roman did has been well received by the KP Music Association. "What David has done is totally gut it, clean it up and organize it," says Beth Strubeck of the King Philip Music Association, "It's an inviting place to work." (The KPMA Redemption Center before the rennovation.)
The idea for the project came from Roman's own experience. In addition to being a Boy Scout, Roman is an active participant in the King Philip Music Program. He would help his mother Donna Roman at the facility and saw how desperately the space needed TLC. "By helping me in here he came up with several ideas for the shelving and custom tables to help organize different things," his mother said.
The ideas were innovative and helpful. Roman built new sturdy tables and collection bins for sorting. He created shelving to keep the cans and bottles organized and he even constructed a movable cart with drains to keep some of the less clean bottles and cans from mucking up the floor again.
He spent much of last winter constructing the tables and shelving in his home garage and then this past spring he worked on renovating the space. With the help of family, friends and fellow scouts, Roman literally removed a kitchen sink, used a solvent on the floor to break down the years of build up, and pressure washed the entire space. Roman and his team painted the inside and turned it into a functional and pleasant room for KP Music Association volunteers.
To acquire the needed materials and supplies to complete the project, Roman turned to local businesses which provided either discounts or donations to help his Eagle Scout project, and the King Phillip Music Program. The local businesses that contributed were Cataldo's of Wrentham, Bable's paints of Foxboro, and Lowe's of Plainville.
The rank of Eagle Scout takes years to earn and must be completed before the scout turns 18. Roman will celebrate that birthday this September. He is now part of an elite group. Only 7 percent of all boys that enter scouting earn the rank, but Roman has been dedicated to the program from his days as a Cub Scout of Pack 131. His career with Troop 131 has taken him on numerous campouts and he even attended two Boy Scout Jamborees including the 2010 event in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts. Now the he is an Eagle Scout, Roman was able to proudly wear the new rank on his uniform for Summer Camp in July.
Other requirements to earning the rank touch upon leadership, service, and outdoor skills. The scouts need to earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of skills. They also must hold positions of leadership within the Troop and organize an extensive service project that benefits the community.
The can and bottle redemption facility is open year round and people can make drop offs at any time.
Pictures of the KPMA Redemption Center after the rennovation.
The YMCA National Gymnastics Championship took place July 1st through 5th at the Tampa Convention Center with gymnasts from the Hockomock Area YMCA taking top spots in several categories. Wrentham's Samantha Dalton of Wrentham received honors at the competion. In addition to Dalton, twelve Hockomock YMCA athletes were able to make the trip, representing USA Gymnastics Levels 4 through 9. “They did a great job exemplifying the spirit of our Y,” says Coach Krissy Carrier. “Their support for fellow teammates was amazing.”
The girls’ strong performance in Tampa resulted in 11 top ten placements and Megan Lipponen of Pawtucket, RI placing 9th in the country overall for Level 8 gymnasts. In addition to Dalton taking honors, Kayla Schuberth (Level 5) of North Attleboro did as well. The two earned top spots at the YMCA Northeast Regional Championships held this spring in Glastonbury, CT.
The national competition hosted approximately 2,000 gymnasts in two days of competition culminating in a finals competition on the third day. Representing the Hockomock Area YMCA were:
Level 9, Lacey Whitaker and Samantha Dalton; Level 8 was represented by Alanis Tirabassi, Megan Lipponen, Paige Moore and Mimi Gray. Megan Lipponen came in 9th in the country overall and placed 3rd on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam and 4th on floor. Mimi Gray placed first on vault; Level 7 was represented by Caitlin Nolan; Level 6 was represented by Sarah Thomas and Jennifer Laporte. Jenn placed 6th on bars and 8th on beam; Level 5 was represented by Lindsay Howlett; Level 4 was represented by Sandy Whitaker, Jennifer Thoener, and Caroline Szajda. Caroline placed 2nd on floor and 5th on bars. Sandy placed 3rd on bars and 8th on beam. The team placed 11th as a team out of 27 teams.
Lake Pearl's will have a second round of chemical treatment for nuisance and invasive aquatic vegetation on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
The lake is closed to all water uses (including, swimming, fishing and boating) on day of treatment only. Swimming, fishing and boating may resume on Wednesday morning (August 6th). Use of lake water for drinking, irrigation or watering livestock are prohibited for 5 days post-treatment, or until August 10th. This work is being performed for the Town of Wrentham, Board of Selectmen by Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton. The project is being undertaken pursuant to permits issued by MA DEP and the Wrentham Conservation Commission.
Dr. Lisa C. Oliveira, Principal of King Philip Regional High School, has announced the names of students who earned honor roll status for the fourth marking term. To earn high honors, it is necessary to maintain class grades of all A’s or Pass in courses; for honors standing, class grades of all A’s and/or B’s or Pass in courses; for commended students, all A’s and/or B’s or Pass and one C in courses. There can be no grade of Failure or Incomplete in any course.
To see the complete list visit King Philip Regional High School Term Four Honor Roll 2014.
By Senator Richard J. Ross
Rising rates of substance abuse in Massachusetts, especially the abuse of opiates, have led many of my constituents to express their growing concern. Young people, ages 15-25, are suffering the most from this epidemic and it is time we take action.
Since January, I have been a member of a Senate Special Committee to Study the Application of Section 35 and Drug and Addiction Treatment Options in the Commonwealth. This Special Committee is dedicated to reviewing and revising Section 35 of the Massachusetts General Laws, which permits courts to involuntarily commit someone whose drug or alcohol abuse puts themselves, or others, at risk for up to 90 days and specifies a person can either be sent to a specialized treatment facility or to prison in the event that the facilities are at capacity.
My Senate colleagues and I have listened to professionals in the Departments of Correction, Mental and Public Health, and discussed plans to more effectively combat substance abuse in the Commonwealth.
The Special Committee identified several issues as a product of Section 35. The foremost issue being the mixing of civilly committed individuals with criminals, and in many cases charging civilly committed persons with minor crimes for them to be eligible to receive treatment. Section 35 has also led to overuse and backlogging of the court system. Treatment facilities are over-crowded, fail to provide optimal care to patients, and have a severe lack of transparency and available data on patients after treatment.
To that end, the Special Committee introduced An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery to remedy the flaws of Section 35. I was proud to see this legislation pass unanimously in the Senate. It specifically focuses on minimizing the backlog in the court system by finding more appropriate placement for those in need of treatment for substance abuse. These important goals are served through increasing access to vital services through community-based institutions, allowing for the monitoring and regulating of certain high risk drugs, and obtaining data and information on the status of this epidemic in the Commonwealth.
Already, Massachusetts has Office of School Board Health Centers (SBHCs) and Drug-Free Community (DFC) Support Programs in place. While these measures are essential to keeping our community, and especially our children, aware of the dangers of drug abuse, we can do more. This is why we are proposing funding and expanding social institutions within the Commonwealth to better inform our community and relieve some of the pressure from the court system.
Having programs specifically target the age demographic 18-25, is our first goal. These years are a critical transition point when people are most vulnerable to substance abuse; they require the greatest focus and attention of our resources. Discouraging abuse through education, as well as helping those already suffering, by increasing awareness of the options and treatments available to them, is paramount.
Because committed persons are often imprisoned in order to receive the treatment they need, the Special Committee proposes that if a person is committed under Section 35 that the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, rather than the judge who committed the patient, should be the one to assign a person to the appropriate facility that will best suit their personal needs in a timely fashion. This action may reduce the stigma on those who are placed in these facilities while trying to access the care they need. Additionally, more accurate and uniform documentation and data collection on committed persons is needed and may be obtained through this course of action. This is the only way we will be able to evaluate our efforts and funding and conclude whether we are providing the best services to the most amount of people.
Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious safety, legal and quality of life issue we are facing, and this proposal focuses on breaking the barriers to care, not creating new ones. The Senate Special Committee proposes more effective substance abuse prevention through education, improvement in the quality of treatment and facilities available to committed individuals, and a more rigorous system of data collection and evaluation to ensure a brighter and cleaner future for the Commonwealth.
Senator Richard J. Ross represents the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex District, and serves as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. He is also a Wrentham resident.
Cafe Assisi posted this "Amazing" picture of Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer who stopped in for dinner Thursday night. Word has it he filled the place with "Sweet Emotions" and didn't "Eat the Rich."
Last fall, Cafe Assisi rennovated and has more seating. Stop by 667 South St., to see the new space.
(Pictured from Cafe Assisi's Facebook page.)
Starting Monday the Original Congregational Church is holding a special class for children to learn and discuss Jesus using animal themes. The event description reads:
Kids love crazy, weird animals…the weirder the better. So we searched the globe for the most special, unique, rare, never-before-seen animals we could find to help kids discover what Jesus one-of-a-kind love means in their lives. Join this zoo crew July 21-25th from 9am to 12pm. Register by visiting https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/occhurch to be a part of Weird Animals VBS! There is no cost and will be limited to 50 participants.
Each day, kids participate in small groups, called Zoo Crews, and discover what Jesus’ endless love means in their lives! Not only will they experience wild Bible adventures but they’ll also watch for God in everyday life through something called God Sightings™. You and your kids will discover that God is active in our lives and that his fingerprints are everywhere!
Weird Animals is filled with unforgettable Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste! All-new KidVid Cinema shares real stories of real kids who rely on Jesus’ love to face life’s challenges! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move.
Original Congregational Church of Wrentham is located across from Wrentham Common on 1 East St. For more information call 508-384-3110.
From the Cherry St. Committee for the PMC
This year’s 35th annual PMC will take place the first weekend in August. Hundreds of riders will be cycling through Wrentham raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
Each year the residents of Cherry Street in Wrentham celebrate these selfless riders in their quest as they make their way down our street. Many of the riders have told us they really look forward to the reception they receive on Cherry St. In addition to crowds cheering, flags waving, and bells ringing, the King Philip Steel Drum Band and the Colonial Pipers Bagpipe Band of Norwood will be on hand to provide music throughout the morning.
Please join us the morning of Saturday, August 2, 2014. The first group of cyclists usually appear around 8 a.m. and the last group around 11 a.m. with a peak occurring from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
You’ll be happy you did!
The Cherry St Committee for the PMC
Judy & Rich Simonds
Donna & Jim Dunn
Pat & Michael Carroll
Judy & Larry Adams
Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce that he will be sending out a July 2014 electronic monthly newsletter. This update will provide information on legislation and other issues pertinent to the Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex Districts, as well as opportunities for voter input.
“I’m pleased to offer my constituents an electronic State House Update for the month of July. My goal is to update my constituents regularly on the legislation we are working on in addition to the many events going on in the district,” said Senator Ross. “I encourage anyone interested in receiving these e-updates to contact my office personally with their email address.”
Any constituent who is interested in receiving Senator Ross’s monthly newsletter is encouraged to contact Senator Ross’s office by email at Richard.Ross@masenate.gov. Senator Ross is also happy to mail a hard copy of the newsletter to anyone if they prefer.