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ABOUT TOWN: Employee of the Month; Making Strides; and Pulling Weeds

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.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: The speculation has ended.  The thunderous applause is over. Stoughton Human Resources Director Marty McNamara at Tuesday night's Selectmen's meeting announced the August 2011 winner of the coveted "Town Hall Employee of the Month."

The winner is (drum roll)  Gloria Veale of the Assessors Department. She gets a reserved parking spot and a nifty (suitable for framing) certificate. 

Gloria stepped up big time after Town Assessor Paula Keefe retired, and as the office manager, she kept the place moving forward.

, who gave a report on new growth in town Monday night, is the new Assessor. Congrats to all.

CANCER FUNDRAISER GETS THE OK: The Medeiros Team of Hope's big this year is an END OF SUMMER COOKOUT, planned for Saturday August 20, 2011 at , 845 Washington Street, Stoughton MA, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Lucy Luis is the captain for her team Medeiros Team of Hope. She told About Town, "We have been participating in the American Cancer Society's “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” since 2001. We are five sisters, two of which are breast cancer survivors, joined by our families, dedicated to making a difference in the fight against breast cancer."   

Monday night, Carlos Arruda of Medeiros Team of Hope, and Paul Alex, the president of the San John's Filarmonica, went before Selectmen to secure a permit to sell beer outside the club that day.

Selectmen approved it unanimously. So, have a beer, enjoy some great food, and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

There will be games, moonwalk, barbecue, face painting, raffles, live music and much more. Donate what you can at the door!

PULL WEEDS FOR FUN! Saturday, August 13, from 9-11 a.m. at Blue Hills in Canton. Want to learn to help native plants and animals survive? Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for one morning – or more – to help remove invasive species in the Blue Hills.

You will help pull plants that are disrupting the habitat and health of the park’s native plants, animals and insects. Bring water and snacks. To register or for questions email biodiversity@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or 781-828-1805.

Check back later today for the Afternoon Edition of About Town with Mark Snyder.

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