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Three Honored By Selectmen

Wrentham residents received Volunteer of the Year awards from the Board of Selectmen at the November Town Meeting. Melanie Egan received the 2014 Wrentham Volunteer of the Year award for her work helping residents going through hard times, while Kayleigh Connor and Henry Carr won the 2014 Youth Volunteers of the Year for their efforts with KP Cares as well as their own individual volunteer work throughout the community.

Veterans Day Assembly Makes Lasting Impression

While the elementary students at Norfolk’s Freeman-Kennedy School have returned to their daily routines, the Veterans Day Assembly held last month was one to be remembered. This year’s annual event included important messages from local politicians, veterans, and fellow classmates to honor all who served, past and present. It was a meaningful gathering, punctuated by music, thought-provoking speeches, and heart-felt thanks.

Jingle Bell Run

The Norfolk Community League has scheduled its 13th Annual Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Saturday, December 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. The professionally-timed road race begins and ends at the H. Olive Day School. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated directly to the Santa Foundation. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities may register now. The registration fee increases to $30 after December 1st. Compete as a "Reindeer Team". This fee increases to $100 per team after December 1st. Free gloves will be given to the first 50 registrants.

Swim Teams Eye Titles

The King Philip swim team under the guidance of Coach Kathy White found itself on very different paths last winter. This season both teams seem to be looking to be on the same trajectory toward the Hockomock League Championship.
Since the boys program began at King Philip the team has never finished lower than the league title capturing the championship six straight seasons, in addition to winning the South Sectional Championship last year. The girls, according to Coach White, were involved in a rebuilding season last winter going 2-3 in the league and 7-3-1 overall.

Soccer Players Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

Members of King Philip Youth Soccer (KPSA) girls Team Fire worked with Salon Sorella of Franklin to raise funds for breast cancer at their practice this week. The girls, who are in grades 6 to 8, had pink hair extentions put in their hair and donated $10 each to the cause.The fundraiser is sponsored by the owners of the salon, Carol Colella and Jean Carmignani. Pictured (left to right) Salon Sorella owner Carol Colella, Team Fire members Nicole Trapani and Molly Smith, and Salon Sorella owner Jean Carmignani showing off pink hair extensions for the breast cancer awareness fundraiser.

4-H Members Collect Items for the Food Pantry

Members of the Tiny Teacups 4-H Club of Wrentham collected canned goods and other food items for the local food pantry as party of the statewide 4-H Community Service Project which is going on right now during the month of October. The project, which is held each fall, is an important way to demonstrate the impact of 4-H community service efforts across the state. 
Wrentham Food Pantry Needs

Raymond Hospital Demolished

Since the late 1980s, Raymond Hospital on the campus of the Wrentham Developmental Center sat empty awaiting its fate. After a bidding process was conducted in the spring, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts finally closed the chapter on the 33,600 square foot hospital that was once a prominent fixture at the state run facility.
“It was a 100 bed, modern hospital,” says Ingrid Grenon author of From One Century to the Next: A History of Wrentham State School and the Institutional Model in Massachusetts. “I write extensively about it in my book.”