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ABOUT TOWN: Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts at Town Spa; Trash Talk; And Dogs in Church

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WHO NEEDS AN EXCUSE FOR TOWN SPA? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Town Spa Facebook page, you can help support the cause:

Town Spa will donate ALL proceeds from the sale of its Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. You can purchase one online or stop by the restaurant and pick one up in person. Sizes small to 3XL available in pink or white.

Speaking of Town Spa, if you have a child who plays youth baseball in Stoughton, here's an opportunity to meet the volunteers who get your children on the field, teach them the fundamentals, and let them have fun! And, you get to eat Town Spa pizza.

There is an open board meeting of Stoughton Youth Baseball on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at Town Spa. Order a pie, get a drink, and talk baseball.  Play Ball!

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TRASH TALK:  On Monday, October 8th there will be no curbside trash collection and recycling in Stoughton in observance of Columbus Day.  Trash collection for Columbus Day will be scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, in addition to the regular Monday collection.  This is standard procedure for any holiday. 

All rubbish and recyclables must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Please place recyclables apart from regular rubbish (stickers facing the street). Residents are reminded that recyclables need to be separated (bottles, cans, plastic in one container and newspapers in another container). No barrel over 30-gallon size will be emptied. Large household appliances (metal items) must be called into the Public Works for appointment for pickup (781-344-2112 or 781-341-1300 X9312).

For six Sundays only, beginning Sunday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m., Stoughton residents may bring leaves and grass clippings to the transfer station. Remember, the recycling Center has moved back to the old location (enter at 100 Page Street.) 

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EAT, DRINK, AND FEED THE HUNGRY: South Shore CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 9, from 4-10 p.m.  You can help support both the South Shore CROP Hunger Walk and MainSpring House in Brockton just by coming out and enjoying a great meal. You may not be able to walk – but everyone can eat! 

On Tuesday, October 9, bring the attached fundraiser ticket (posted in the media gallery) and enjoy dinner or order take-out from the Texas Roadhouse. When paying your check, give the wait person your ticket. 

Texas Roadhouse will contribute 10% of your total food bill to the South Shore CROP Hunger Walk. It's that simple. You get great food and you help out a great cause. There will be a raffle to generate additional funds to fight hunger, with prizes like a Kindle!

Stoughton's own Marcia Olson is the South Shore Crop Walk Coordinator The 5th Annual Walk is October 14 at 1 p.m., starting at Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street in Brockton. For more information on CROP Hunger Walk, visit the CWS website or www.southshorecropwalk.org.  To reach Olson, email baglole.olson@verizon.net.

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BRING YOUR DOG TO CHURCH! It's an idea that Harry the Rescue Dog has embraced. Bring your pet to Church to be Blessed!

There will be a pet-friendly service at 9:30 a.m. on October 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 414 Sumner Street.

It's in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. It's a Celebration of all God's creatures! Please bring your well-behaved and socially-friendly dogs on leashes, cats and bunnies in carriers, and exotic pets in appropriate containers. Pets that are sick or aggressive may be blessed via their photograph.

It's also a time to give thanks and to bless beloved pets that have died.

A child's favorite stuffed animal may be blessed as well!

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SHARE THE LANGUAGE WITH THOSE EAGER TO LEARN: 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. Or, visit their website for complete information at http://www.stoughtonlibrary.org/Literacy.

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