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Luminary Night Shines Brightly

by Bella Caggiano
Luminary Night is a magical night in Norwood, and for residents new to this wonderful Town and unfamiliar with this inspirational event, it is an inspirational experience that must be included for the holiday calendar. The Circle of Hope Foundation’s Enchanting Luminary Night will be held on Saturday, December 3, 4-6 p.m., on Norwood’s Town Common. Visitors stroll through the walkways in search for their personal messages in memory of lost loved ones. Even residents who have not posted a luminary, visit the Common to express and  share their sympathies and to take a moment to embrace the spirit of the season.
For the past 20 years, luminaries have lit up the Town Common walkways in remembrance of lost loves. The luminary bags are engraved with an individual name, message, prayer or date as a symbol of Life, Hope, the Season or in Remembrance of others. Luminaries can be purchased the night of the event for $5.
“Every candle that is lit is helping someone in Norwood,” Co-founder Lee Kennedy said. “You don’t know when you light that candle who you are helping.”
The Circle of Hope foundation was established in 1998 in memory of Kennedy’s daughter, Michelle Kennedy, who suffered from leukemia. Local residents united during her battle, many who did not even know her personally. The Circle of Hope established in her memory preserves that community spirit by donating fundraising proceeds to Norwood families who need assistance due to a catastrophic medical illness.
For those who would like to make a donation to the Circle of Hope, call 781-762-3549, or mail a check to, The Circle of  Hope Foundation, 24 Myrtle Street, Norwood MA 02062.