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Save The Date! Luminary Night Shines for its 22nd Season

by Michele Taranto

This annual event is a heartwarming invitation to ‘light up’ the Circle of Hope through Luminary Night. Mark those holiday calendars early. Saturday, Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m., on the Norwood Town Common; the experience does not disappoint.

All residents are invited to the Town Gazebo on this special evening, now in its 22nd year, to pay tribute to a family member or friend, or to simply unite and support Norwood’s compassionate community. Luminaries are purchased in remembrance of a loved one with a brief message of life, hope, remembrance, or tribute to the season. These lit bags line the sidewalks surrounding and through the Walter Dempsey Bandstand; the scene is breathtaking and enlightening is no many ways. 

Luminaries can only be purchased in advance. Luminaries are $5, and can be purchased at Murph’s Place, 58 Broadway, Norwood, or by sending your payment to COH, PO BOX 421, Norwood, MA 02062.

The Circle of Hope foundation was established in 1998 in memory of Norwood resident Michelle Kennedy, who suffered from leukemia. Norwood 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 facing a catastrophic medical illness. Since its inception, the COH has donated over $1,000,000 to Norwood residents in need of assistance.

“The people of Norwood who support us are the actual Circle of Hope,” Kennedy said. “We do the fundraising and the people who support us allow us to do what we do.”

It is a magnificent sight to stroll through the heart of Norwood as luminaries radiate the walkways. Even residents who did not purchase a luminary make a special trip to Norwood’s Town Common this evening to view this spectacular site, read the touching engravings, and take a moment to remember someone close to them. This is an evening of communal celebration that truly delivers the spirit of the holidays.