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ABOUT TOWN: Dawe School PTO Events; Shaloh House Mitzvot (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.

TITLETOWN EVENT: More than 40 people came to show their team spirit Friday night, March 2nd, for an Adult Social, put on by the PTO as a FUNdraiser. It was an evening of friends, food, and fun– without the kids – all in support of Dawe PTO programs!

The Party was held at the , and included a buffet dinner, a 50/50 Raffle, silent auction, dancing, cash bar, and even an old-fashioned photo booth for $2. Amanda Smith chaired the event.

DJ Ra-MU played the music and led everyone on the dance floor.  He's from "The DJ Strikes Back" out of Rhode Island. Smith thanked the food donors, which included: D'Angelos, TGI Fridays, Not Your Average Joe's, Papa John's, Stelio's, and Dennenos. The Table Sponsors, including Farley Funeral Home, New England Drain Services, Stoughton Co-Op Bank, Stoughton Mobil Mart, and The McColl Family.

And a special thanks to the over 30 local businesses that provided items for the auction.

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DAWE SCHOOL PTO FAIR!  My kids always looked forward to this event.  This year it comes on Saturday, March 17th, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Of course, it takes place at Dawe Elementary School, 131 Pine Street, in Stoughton.

All are welcome! Fun for all!  The event features a Moon Walk, Dawe Draw, Game Room, Prizes, Baked Goods, Gently-Read Books, Lunch Room, Karaoke, Theme Baskets, Stationery Station, Cake Walk,  Stage Raffles,  Temporary Tattoos, Kids’ Raffles,  Face Painting, Magic, Cotton Candy, Slush, and more! 

Plus, a visit from the ! Also, enter to win a Cape Codder Resort & Spa Getaway.

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STORY TELLER & CHARITY EVENT AT SHALOH HOUSE: Shaloh House Chabad of the South Area recently hosted a storyteller and performed an act of charity during their “Pillows, Pajama’s and Stories, Family Havdalah Service.”

Eleven years ago, , an outreach center for the South Area, was looking for a way to connect the families from their Synagogue, Hebrew School and Preschool, along with other families in the local community. There had to be a way to bring all these families together in the middle of the winter.

That’s how the Annual Family Havdalah Storyteller program was started. Every year, the families come together on a Saturday night for the Havdalah Ceremony, a short prayer to conclude Shabbat, followed by an evening with a storyteller and yummy homemade cookies!

This year, in direct response to the Boston Bruins appeal for support of their "Pajama Drive," families were asked to bring a new pair of children’s pajamas to donate. The pajamas go to children served by the Cradles to Crayons organization. Shaloh House was proud of the showing of Tzedakah (charity) by their community with over 35 pair of new pajamas collected for the drive!

The evening was a hit with renowned storyteller Mark Binder. Mark, who lives in Rhodes Island, is part of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition and has performed for Shaloh House in the past. His stories were entertaining and loved by children and adults alike. Children in the Preschool, Kindergarten and Hebrew school programs are taught about Tzedakah (charity), Tikun Olam (healing the world) and Mitzvot (doing acts of kindness). Programs that combine all of these virtues create a fun environment and help to build the bridge for bringing learning to life.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY:  To Arlene Cachopa, former Finance Committee member, and wife of former Stoughton Police Chief Manny Cachopa. To Gail Roth, Provine High School grad and current Stoughton resident. This Jackson, Mississippi native is married to Richard Roth. To Leslie Tamarkin, a BU grad, Norwood native, and active member over at Shaloh House. And, to , daughter of Patch writer Christine Iacobucci. Bella, a first-grader at the Hansen School, turns 7.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: To Stoughton Community Events Committee member Kevin Stetson, who is hoping for snow for a gift this year. (He plows.)  To Stoughton's Nicole LaCasse, a Babson College grad, who now calls Bend, Oregon home.  Her brother Ryan, is a former NFL player, who owns a Super Bowl ring from his days with the Indianapolis Colts. To my friend Barry Scott, creator of the "Lost 45's" radio show. They all celebrated Sunday.

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IT'S A GIRL!  Congratulations to Veteran's Agent and his wife, Cindy of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. They became proud grandparents (for the fourth time) last week with the birth of Abigail Lily, 9 lbs., 14 ounces. She's the second daughter of their daughter, Rachel and her husband, Phil Todd, who also have a 12 month old, Madalyn. MAZEL TOV!

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