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ABOUT TOWN: Blue Cross, New Field at the YMCA; And New (Salon) Diva in Stoughton

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BLUE CROSS, NEW FIELDBlue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sent their "Blue Crew" to the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton on Tuesday, September 25 and they got things done as part of a volunteer service day.

They built a tether ball pit, a bocce court, a washer toss (kind of like horse shoes), a picnic grove with picnic tables, and a new youth/family outdoor fitness area. Dozens of their volunteers did heavy lifting, heavy duty cleaning, and took a brush-filled unused area, and made it come to life.

Joe Leaver, Program Director at the Y, was excited after the volunteers left. He stood amid a new picnic grove, and admired all the outdoor fitness areas.

"They did an incredible job. We are so appreciative of their volunteer work," he told About Town.  

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts celebrated 75 years of community leadership with its second annual company-wide Service Day on the 25th. More than 3,000 employees, known as BlueCrew volunteers, provided more than 16,000 hours of volunteer service to 29 nonprofit organizations across the state all on that one day.

"For 75 years we've been committed to playing a leadership role in the community," said Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO in a press release. "Service Day gives our associates and our community partners the opportunity to come together in a common purpose to make a difference across Massachusetts. It's a privilege to serve with them to improve the communities our members call home."

For more information, visit them on Facebook: BlueCrew @ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 

Check out pictures in the media gallery.

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NEW SALON:  Elena Malin-Katz is opening a new beauty location, Salon Diva in Stoughton. 

The salon, which does hair and nails, also features the talents of Judi Madden, Barry Cook, Christine Ortega, and Jamie Domenica

The salon is located at 1749 Central Street, in the former space of Mr. Vincent's.

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PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME DISAPPEAR: People have been trying for years to make me disappear.  Well, magic IS coming to Stoughton. The Stoughton Public Library is bringing Magician Scott Jameson to town on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m.  

It promises to be a fun time for the entire family. The event is sponsored by Stoughton Public Library, and the Stoughton Cultural Council (which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.). 

Assistance for the disabled is available upon request with advance notice. For more information, call 781-344-2711.

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LITERACY VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Stoughton's Adult Literacy Program could use YOUR help.  Check it out at a new tutor training orientation on Tuesday, October 9, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Stoughton Public Library's Wales French Room.

If you have the time and desire to help adult learners improve their literacy skills, there is an opportunity for you. If you or someone you know needs help with basic literacy skills or would like to find out more about volunteering with the program, contact LVM-Stoughton at 781-232-9360 or at stlva@ocln.org. For more information, call Stlva at 781-232-9362 or email stlva@ocln.org.  

Or, visit their website for complete information at http://www.stoughtonlibrary.org/Literacy.

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