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MacDonagh Catches On

Since the age of 14, Alex MacDonagh has been a fixture for the Norfolk American Legion behind the plate and although not an All Star-caliber player when he first landed the starting job, he has continued to work to become one.

New Principal Takes the Helm at Roderick School

“In my 11 years as a principal, I’ve found the best way to serve a community is by learning more,” Vanessa Beauchaine, Ed.D, new principal at the Roderick School in Wrentham, said in a recent interview. Just a few days into the job when we spoke, she acknowledged that she had a lot to learn about Wrentham and its schools. But she’s already hard at work formulating a plan for how she will get up to speed and make a difference.

Coffee with an Attitude: Cilla’s Opens in Norfolk

The buzz was palpable at the soft opening of Cilla’s Coffeehouse in Norfolk center in mid-June. In addition to invited guests, social media swiftly gathered a small crowd.
Owner Mary Ellen Blue says it’s been a long three years watching her dream come to fruition. Blue remembered standing in the parking lot of the Norfolk Cooperative Preschool years ago after dropping off one of her children, and lamenting the lack of a place for the mothers to gather and have a cup of coffee.

Wrentham Teacher Recognized as Teacher of the Year

On May 27 at the United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Spotlight on Education Breakfast, Jennifer Moon of the Roderick School in Wrentham received the Teacher of the Year Award for 2015. In addition, Moon has been named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Teacher of the Year. These awards honor an educator who exemplifies compassion and caring for her students, school, and community. By all accounts, Moon fits that description, teaching her Grade 6 students not only about acceptance and respect for each other, but also community outreach and service.

KP Softball Squad Aiming For Tourney Success

The King Philip softball team had a 16-4 record last year but was eliminated from tourney play in its opening matchup, bowing to Weymouth after compiling an 11-game winning streak to end the regular season.
The Warriors may have been too optimistic or over-confident then but Norm Beauchemin, KP’s third-year coach, firmly believes that several key ingredients for playoff success must be prevalent if his Warriors are to advance deep and be contenders for a sectional or state crown.

Remembrances and Awareness at Walk of Tears

On a bright, clear Sunday morning in early May, over 100 King Philip and Franklin High School students took part in the annual SADD Walk of Tears. Held in memory of Maura Howard, a graduate of KP High School, and Amy Callaghan, a graduate of Franklin High School, both victims of drunk driving, the Walk raised over $2000 for SADD programs and scholarships at the two high schools.