ABOUT TOWN: OASIS Receives a Large Grant; Kill-a-Watt Meters (And More...)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Jamie Poskitt, who co-starred in the Little Theatre of Stoughton's production of "Annie Get Your Gun" with Fred Yaitanes. She's a talented actress and singer.
And, Happy Birthday to Rhonda Heyman, a former neighbor of mine in Stoughton, and friend from Randolph (when she was Rhonda Tishler). She is now a real estate agent for Prudential Page Realty and resides in Holliston.
OASIS RECEIVES LARGE GRANT: Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton (OASIS), a part of the town's Youth Commission, was recently awarded a $625,000 grant over five years.
It is part of Drug Free Communities, a federal program, that awarded a total of 4.5 million dollars to 38 Massachusetts communities.
Karen Hall, who overseas the OASIS program in her position as Youth Coordinator, told the Brockton Enterprise that Stoughton is one of only five such programs in the state, and 87 in the country, that received the new grant, which will allow Hall to hire back a full time prevention coordinator, as well as a part-time bilingual outreach worker.
FALL INTO FUN OPEN HOUSE: The Old Colony YMCA-Stoughton Family Branch will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, September 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your entire family to the Y and join in the fun! Take a tour, meet class instructors, see class demonstrations, enjoy healthy refreshments, raffles and giveaways. Enter to win a free month of membership.
Bring a non-perishable food item or toiletry item to the open house to help those in need. The more items you donate, the more chances you have to win.
Questions? Call Ellen Greene at 781-341-2016.
SCHOLAR TAKES UP RESIDENCE IN LOCAL TEMPLE: Ahavath Torah Congregation announces its next Scholar-In-Residence event, a breakfast study session on Sunday, September 18, beginning with morning prayers at 9 a.m.
This inspiring, educational morning features a dynamic and spirited speaker, Jeff Spitzer.
The subject of Spitzer's talk will be "Fables and Stories about Rabbis and their Wives." Spitzer is Chair of Talmud and Rabbinics at Gann Academy in Waltham.
The cost for this event is $15.00 at the door.
CHECK OUT THE KILL-A-WATT METER AT THE LIBRARY: What is a Kill-a-Watt meter? Essentially it is a device that calculates the cost of having household appliances and electronics connected to a power source, whether they are in operation or simply plugged in.
The library has a kit available for loan that includes the Kill-a-Watt meter, instructions for its use and a list of recommended links to energy resources.
Stoughton Public Library cardholders may borrow the kit for two weeks. For more information call or stop by the main desk.
The Kill-A-Watt meter was donated by David Billo of the Stoughton Energy & Sustainability Committee.