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5 Things, September 21: Candlelight Vigil for Shayla Lutz; SHS Football Home Opener (And More...)

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Candlelight Vigil for Shayla Lutz; Stoughton High Football Home Opener; Harvest Fest at Kiddie Academy; Bob's Famous Foodmart Kids Day/5K Run; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Candlelight Vigil for Shayla Lutz

The Hansen Elementary School PTO has organized a candlelight vigil to honor the life and memory of Shayla Lutz, the three-year-old Stoughton girl who died Friday, September 14 shortly after she was struck by a box truck in front of the Hansen School. 

The vigil will be held this Friday, September 21 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hansen School field, behind the building. Candles will be provided.  All members of the Hansen School and Stoughton communities are invited to participate, as are family and friends of the Lutz family.

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2. Stoughton High Football Home Opener

After starting the season with road wins at Holliston and at Taunton, the Stoughton High Football team returns home for its opener, hosting Pembroke, a Division 3 playoff team from a year ago. The game is Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

The Stoughton High senior class (Class of 2013) will be running a dunk tank fundraiser during the game.

Senior Class co-advisor Tim Norton will be dunked pregame and in the first quarter; Assistant Principal Hope Fernandes in the second quarter; Assistant Principal Mike O'Neil at halftime and in the third quarter; and new Principal Julie Miller in the fourth quarter.

A single throw is $1; five throws are $3; and 15 throws are $10.

The senior class will also be holding a 50/50 raffle during the game - $2 for one ticket; $5 for three; and $10 for an arm's length worth of tickets.

Regular admission to the game is $6 for adults and $4 for students, but elementary school students will be able to get in for $2 for the home-opener. Those children playing pop warner or flag football who wear their jerseys to the game will be able to get in for just $1 all season. 

Gates will open at 6 p.m.

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3. Kiddie Academy Harvest Festival

On Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., join Kiddie Academy in Stoughton (1202 Washington St.) for a Harvest Festival, which will include bike races, pumpkin decorating, face painting, pumpkin bowling, scarecrow making, potato sack racing, games, treats, prizes, and more!

4. Bob’s Famous Foodmart Holding Annual Kid’s Day, 5K Run This Sunday

Bob’s Famous Foodmart’s 8th Annual Kid’s Day and 3rd Annual Bob DiMatteo Memorial 5K Run (and 3-Mile Walk) takes place Sunday, September 23.

All the fun takes place, rain or shine, at Bob's Famous Foodmart's parking lot on Park St. from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, with parking available at Farley Funeral Home across the street (358 Park St.).

  • At 9 a.m. there will be a free 1-mile fun run for kids.
  • At 10 a.m. there will be a 5K run and a three-mile walk (you can register here: www.bobsfamous.com).
  • The Kid’s Day follows, which includes mini-races and an obstacle course at 11:30 a.m. There will also be a dunk tank, child quest ID’s and fingerprinting, a fire engine, face painting, bake sale, hot dogs and sausages and a raffle (held at 1:30 p.m.).

Proceeds from the Kids Day and 5K Run will go towards funding two Stoughton High scholarships; helping a local family affected by cancer; and benefiting Stoughton Fire Safety, Stoughton Police Explorers, Blue Dog Shelter and the Stoughton Youth Commission.

The Prone Family Foundation will be matching the funds raised during the race that will go towards helping a local family affected by cancer.

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5. Ghost Riders Will Ride Again

On Saturday, September 22nd, the Ghost Riders will ride again, here in Stoughton.

After almost 30 years since their last performance, Stoughton resident Roy Cohen is bringing his old band back together to perform on the set of his local access Community Forum show. The public is invited to watch the taping, which will take place at the SMAC studios at 421 Page St. in Stoughton at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Ghost Riders play music from the 50s and 60s.

Click here to read more about the band.

HELP THE FAMILY OF SHAYLA LUTZ September 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
********EVERYONE THAT CAN SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THIS ASAP****** A trust fund for the Lutz family has been established at the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank. Donations may be made to The Lutz Family Trust at either of the Stoughton Co-Operative Bank's branches on Park St or mailed to the Lutz Family Trust, c/o Stoughton Co-operative Bank, PO Box 446, Stoughton, MA 02072.
michd September 21, 2012 at 03:02 PM
With all do respect, what will the money be used for? Often times when a fund is set up, the money is used for scholarships in that person's name, to build a playground etc.
HELP THE FAMILY OF SHAYLA LUTZ September 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi Michelle, I believe these initial donations will be used to help the family with Shayla's funeral and burial fees - not many people have life insurance for three year olds and this was the case with Shayla (I have heard that funeral home costs were around 10,000, I don't know about the burial plot but those are typcially are around $3000, I don't believe Shayla has a head stone, the family has been staying in a hotel because the media was knocking on their door at all hours, and I am sure the list goes on to why they need financial help at this time. Shayla's parents are also young and I doubt in this economy have a lot of extra money floating around so I think people just want to help the family at this point. I am sure that they are not able to work at this point and may need to be out of work for some time for obvious reasons. The Stoughton PTO set-up the fund so I don't know if a scholarship was put in place but right now I think it is about helping the family but feel free to reach out to the Stoughton PTO and ask your question and suggest ideas. I am just promoting the fund because I think the last thing they should have to worry about in a time like this is how they will pay for all of this and it may provide some comfort for their family. Frankly, your question offends me as I don't care what they use the money I donated for and I bet most people with a heart feel the same way as me. I hope they get enough money to build their own playground in their back yard!
Sarah September 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM
My understanding is that the fund is set up so that the family can access the money at any time, for whatever purpose they choose. There is no particular "goal" or "project" at this time, but simply monetary support for the family.
michd September 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I will be happy to contribute but it seems that all of the funeral expenses should be covered under the auto insurance company from the person that struck this little girl, that is why we pay auto insurance, even if he isn't found to be at fault, his insurance company is responsible for these expenses and should not at all come from the family. Additionally, it seems that the town should also be picking up what ever the driver's insurance company doesn't since there was NO crossing guard...
Greg C September 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Michelle you should be ashamed of yourself. Why don't you take just 5 minutes and put yourself in the shoes of this family. If you're so concerned about where the money is going, you have the freedom to choose not to donate.

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