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ABOUT TOWN: A+ Review for Monday Night Homework Center; Bulger Honored by Schools (And More...)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

MONDAY NIGHT HOMEWORK A BIG SUCCESS FOR LIBRARY: If you happen to visit the on any Monday night that school has been in session, you will see 50 - 60 Stoughton middle and high school students busily working on homework.

About fifteen of these youngsters are usually talented and amazing tutors.

For the past five years, the Monday Night Homework Center has offered free tutorial help to Stoughton residents.

Originally the Homework Center was supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Library System and Eastern Bank. The last few years, the has sponsored the program.

This program is so successful because of its tutors. These young adults are top juniors and seniors as well as National Honor Society students from Stoughton High School. They volunteer their time to assist other youngsters in helping with homework assignments, studying for tests, completing essays, and understanding Study Island, an online MCAS prep program.

Over 75 different tutors have given of their time to help make this program such a success.

Yet, eight different tutors have participated in 10 or more sessions. These dedicated tutors are Ben Call, Diep Tran, Jessica McDade, John Stewart-Racicot, Destiny de la Rosa, Alex Peixinho, Adam Lurie, and Marie Maillet.

Because of the strong commitment of all of our volunteers, the Monday Night Homework Center continues to shine.

Pictured in photo posted in the media gallery (l to r): Diep Tran, Jessica McDade, Adam Lurie, and Ben Call. Thanks to Sheila Osborne for the photo and information. 

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TOWN SALUTES GINI BULGER: Just about everyone who is (or was) anyone in the Stoughton Public Schools turned out Friday Night, May 4 to salute Gini Bulger, retiring Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools. 

The retirement celebration was held at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, just over the Stoughton/Canton line.

It was great to see retired Stoughton High principal and retired Superintendent of Schools Anthony Sarno (who acted as M.C.).

There were so many "faces in the crowd" that I couldn't get them all. But, I spotted School Committee members Joyce Husseini and Deb Sovinee; former School Committee members Peter Banis, Mary Anne Young, Eric Milgroom, Carol Piasecney, Allan Mills, Tom Recupero, and Joe Baeta (now Superintendent of Schools in Holbrook).

Also spotted: Current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marguerite Rizzi , Food Service Director Ed Gilbert, Athletic Director Ryan Donahue, Stoughton High principal Matt Colantonio, O'Donnell Middle School principal Wayne Hester, Director of Support Services Joel Harding, and Stoughton High assistant principal Mike O'Neil.

Others among the large gathering included retired Stoughton High principal Jim Boushell, retired Special Education Director Joe Matta, former Assistant Superintendent Fred Stanton, long-time STA President Bob Trotta; Reading Director Donna Tilley, former Assistant Superintendent Prudence Goodale, retired School Counsel at Kopelman & Paige Terri Dowdy, Gibbons School principal Lynne Jardin, South School principal Maureen Mulvey, and current Sepcial Education Director Heather Tucker.

Selectman Cynthia Walsh and former Selectman Lou Gitto, former Town Clerk/Town Manager Jeanne Fleming, and Council On Aging/Youth Commission Director Karen Hall were also spotted in the function hall.

The room was jam PACKED! Quite a tribute to quite a lady. We'll all miss you, Gini!

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SPEAKING OF RETIREMENTS: Stoughton High English teacher John Denison’s Retirement Party will be held on Tuesday, June 12.  Denison, who is also the Recreation Director for the Town of Stoughton, will be celebrated between 4 to 8 p.m. at Stoneforge Tavern, 96 Paramount Drive in Raynham. 

Ticket cost is $50 per person. Checks should be made out to John Gallivan. RSVP deadline is on or before May 23rd. The dinner will consist of a buffet. For more information, contact Sue Rockwood (S_Rockwood@Stoughtonschools.org.) Checks can be mailed to Sue Rockwood, 29 Emerson Place, Needham, MA 02492-2828.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Cindy Weiner, Dean College grad, and wife of Stu Weiner, an Executive Board member of . To Joy Dawson, who worked as a nurse at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. Her husband, Paul Dawson, is Stoughton's former Town Clerk and Assistant Town Manager.
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Cathy Clark May 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Have to say good going guys and gals on your tutoring. A big thank you for giving up your Monday nights to help. You are great mentors. And yes Jessica is my granddaughter. Keep it up all of you. Nana Clark

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