The model for the Circle of Hope Foundation was conceived long before the foundation was launched in 1998. It all began with the gratitude of a local teenager. In 1989, Norwood resident and Norwood High School junior Michelle Kennedy was diagnosed with leukemia, and word soon spread throughout town of a family who was dealing with a personal medical crisis. The Norwood community joined forces and confirmed to the Kennedy family, that if one of their own needed help, it would be a group effort.
He’s not your typical number one tennis player, but Norwood’s Nathan Jones will go out and give it all he has each time that he steps onto the court. Playing for the Mustangs, Jones has recorded 10 wins over his two year span as the team’s first singles player.
“He’s a reliable kid who just happens to be going up against some really tough competition in high quality tennis players,” Norwood Coach John Churchill said. “Nathan’s a legitimate tennis player himself, one of the best if not the best I’ve had here in my seven years as the Norwood coach.”
Norwood residents could probably rattle off many advantages this great town offers, but Norwood’s 4th of July celebration is likely near the top of the list. Parade goers from many surrounding communities flock to Washington St. this time of year to enjoy this country’s birthday, and how lucky to have so many family-friendly activities right in our own backyard!
George Usevich has been a fixture in the Norwood school system for the past 50 years, serving the last 25 as principal of Norwood High School. For all of that time, he has been the champion of our youth, focusing on the students and encouraging them to do and be the best that they can be. His retirement takes effect on July 1 and, as you might imagine, the thing he will miss most is the kids.
It’s been tough going in the early part of the season for Norwood boys volleyball Head Coach Paul Nimblett during his inaugural season, but the lack of wins is not discouraging, for the coach or the team.
“The BSL (Bay State League) is tough, but we are going to compete,” Nimblett said. “Night in and night out it’s not going to be a picnic, no one is going to lie down in this league. We’ve already played Natick, Newton-North and Needham, perennial volleyball powerhouses, to close tough matches. The close matches will prepare us to play better down the road.”
Norwood police officer Diego Silva may no longer be serving in Afghanistan, but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting to help out his fellow veterans.
Silva, along with co-directors Jim Henry and Kevin Sweeney, will be hosting the “Run for a Vet” event this month to benefit local veterans who are in need.
“I see a lot of fellow veterans suffering without support,” Silva said.
The 2015 Dancing with the Norwood Stars was another huge hit, not only as a fun, entertaining evening for the entire Norwood community, but also as a successful fundraiser for the Circle of Hope organization.
Our Town Publishing is excited to announce its new location in Gould’s Plaza at 74 Main Street in Medway. The new site will enable Our Town Publishing to open its commercial printing to the public. “It has been a long time since I had a retail location,” said owner Charles Tashjian.
In Norwood, if it’s Spring, dancing is in the air! On April 17, six town residents will take to the ballroom in the 7th Annual Dancing with the Norwood Stars fundraiser. This year’s contestants are Norwood Fire Chief Anthony Greeley, State Representative John Rogers, Gus Eldaya owner of Gus and Donna’s Barbershop, local real estate agent Julie Gross, Cleveland Elementary School teacher Maura Belanger and co owner of Norwood Wine and Liquors, Diane Fruci.
Since the fall, Norwood’s efforts to help reduce the hundreds of millions of textiles that end up in landfills and incinerators across that state is proving to be a success.
Norwood Public Schools have been extremely successful with the program out of the gate. Each school in Norwood contains a container where residents can drop off their unwanted and no longer needed textiles. Containers are located in the parking lot of each school in town, as well as at the Savage Center and the town’s Winter Street Composting Facility on Winter Street.
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