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You don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate the success of the Norwood Recreation Department’s School of Dance. What many would likely be surprised to hear, however, is just how long this popular dance group has been learning, practicing and performing within and for the Norwood community. Paula Pelaggi, the program’s creator, began teaching 29 years ago with just three classes; beginner tap, beginner ballet and jazzercise. Since 1984, the curriculum has significantly grown to include instruction in hip-hop, jazz-hop, modern, pre-pointe and Irish Step.

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Nature Calls Bees – If They Die, We Die Part 2 of a 3-part series

In part 1 of this 3-part series, the ugly truth about the demise of the honeybee colonies was revealed as well as what you the reader can do regarding positive action as you move about Mother Earth. Before we dive into it, I can’t help but throw in Albert Einstein’s famous quote regarding our pollinating friends; “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left.”

NSF Awards 2013-2014 Scholarships

The costs for higher education have increased dramatically over the past decade. According to Scholarship America’s 2013 annual report, the cumulative student loan debt stood at $1 trillion in 2013, exceeding both total credit card debt and auto loan debt. While education costs rose, family incomes fell over the same period, leaving students and parents concerned about how they will be able to afford tuition, books and other education expenses. Help is available!

2014 Norwood TONY Award Recipient: Minali Venkatesh

The Norwood TONY (Ten Outstanding Norwood Youths) Awards were initiated over 40 years ago to recognize exceptional Norwood youths in grades 10-12 for their significant contributions that included their time, effort and talent with voluntary contributions to their church, community and other worthy causes. To be eligible, the students must be Norwood residents but can attend schools outside of town.

Norwood High Says Goodbye to Brian McDonough

On Tuesday June 24, Norwood High School students wrapped up the year and were getting ready to enjoy their summer vacation, just as their beloved Athletic Director was beginning to enjoy retirement. Brian McDonough, who had lead the Norwood athletes for the past 12 years, was not wasting any time as he began a cross country bike trip the following morning. The trip is scheduled to conclude on September 16 after some two and a half months riding about 4-5 hours per day.

Congratulations Chief Greeley!

Norwood Fire Chief Anthony Greeley was recently recognizes for his national support to America's reserve troops with the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense of the United States. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made by employers to support National Guard and Reserve members through a wide-range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Local Town Pages LIVE MUSIC SCENE Singers, Songwriters and Musicians at Local Venues

The month of May finds Acoustic Fire Duo on the Live Music Scene - and what an amazing mix they bring. Norwood native Maria Breen, along with Leon Barzin of Westwood combine their voices and guitars to put out multiple genres and entertain crowds of all ages. The singer, songwriter, musician combo begins to describe Maria, but one can’t overlook her amazing range. She really does it all – and with such an all-encompassing circle of genres to perform, anyone who goes to listen will hear music they truly love.

Norwood Softball

During the last five seasons, the Norwood softball team has compiled an impressive 79 wins and only 15 losses to make it to the Division 1 South Quarter Finals and two Championship Finals. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were not able to pick up the elusive wins in those all important contests as they were knocked out by Bishop Feehan in the quarter final matchup and Braintree and King Philip in the championships games.

Norwood High School Girls Lacrosse

For the past three years, the Norwood girls lacrosse team has advanced into the Division 1 South Tournament, unfortunately, all three years the Mustangs were sent packing in the first round. In 2011 and 2012, Westwood had the luxury of knocking out Norwood, while Franklin sent them home last year. Mustang Coach Caitlin Harrington is hoping that her team can put the first round loses to bed and move deep into the tournament.

Testimonials

Dear Norwood Local Town Pages, On behalf of the Planning Committee for the Relay For Life of Greater Norwood, I would like to personally thank you for your help in promoting our event. Publicity is essential to the success of any Relay, and we are extremely grateful for your work to get our message out to the public. This year, our Greater Norwood event has raised over $102,000, exceeding our goal for 2011. This is an incredible feat, and has been made possible entirely through our community and each of its remarkable members.