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ABOUT TOWN: Keeping Our Veterans (And Children) in Mind This Holiday Season

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REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS DURING THE HOLIDAYS: Please don't forget the brave veterans during the holiday season. The Pietro family has partnered with Mike Pazyra and the Town of Stoughton Veterans Office and The Last Shot in creating a drive for our Active Military and our Veterans in need.

Our local Veterans that are overseas are in need of supplies for their care packages! Our Disabled Veterans and Our Veterans that are in Nursing Homes or Rehabs locally are in need of daily living supplies.  

Below is a list of some items and daily living supplies for our Veterans. You can drop them off at the Last Shot in Stoughton on Washington St. Saturday, Dec. 15 from noon until 3 p.m. 

  • Fleece blankets, slippers, new socks, new underwear, new clothing, daily hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrush, candy, gum, cough drops, lip balm, powder, DVD's, CD's, batteries, small CD players, ear phones 

Contact Betty or Angela Pietro at 781-344-2143 for more information.

The Town of Stoughton is having a Christmas Party for our local Veterans in nursing homes, the VA Hospital in Brockton, as well as local rehab hospitals, and gives each Veteran a gift.

Additionally, if you have any furniture that you are looking to donate to the Veterans that are just getting out of Rehab and starting over, please contact Betty or Angela at the number listed above.

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JEWISH WAR VETERANS GIVING BACK: Stoughton resident Jeff Weitzenkorn, Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 735 passed along the following:

The Sharon Post 735, Jewish War Veterans of the United States (which also represents Stoughton) presented a check for over $2,000 to the Brockton Veterans Hospital to be used for patient bedside services.  These funds were raised during their three day solicitation just before Veterans Day at the Sharon Shaws supermarket. 

Accepting on behalf of the VA Boston Healthcare System was Richard C. Leeman, Assistant Chief of Voluntary Service.  Funds will be used to provide hospitalized veterans with items such as specialized telephones for those with spinal injuries and various sundry items and services not normally supplied to them by the VA. 

On behalf of the hospitalized veterans, the post thanks all those in the Sharon community who contributed money during our campaign.  The Sharon post conducts these fund campaigns twice each year, during the week prior to Memorial Day and in November just before Veterans Day with 100% of the funds going to assist hospitalized veterans.

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DON'T FORGET: TOYS FOR TOTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - The Capozzoli family will have their Annual Toys for Tots Event on Friday, December 14, starting at 7 p.m. at the Village Pub, 1272 Washington Street on Rt. 138. They request that you bring unwrapped, non-violent toys that will be collected by the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.

This event usually results in truckloads for toys for needy children. The Capozzoli's make it a real special occasion. They serve an amazing home-cooked buffet, and have raffle prizes for their guests.

If you can't make it that night, you can drop off your Toys for Tot gifts at J &J Auto Body and The Village Pub, anytime they are open. The Pub opens at 4 p.m.  

Other drop-off locations in Stoughton include Tom's Auto Body at 233 Canton Street; Vargas & Vargas Insurance at 4 Cabot Place, Unit # 9; and Eastern Bank at the corner of Washington and Central Streets.

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REMINDER: JINGLE JOG FOR A GOOD CAUSE - Jog a mile to ring in hope and support for a Erica Ebner, a 28-year-old Stoughton woman battling cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma). It happens on Saturday, December 15 at the West School Athletic Complex, with check-in at 1:30 p.m.

There will be raffles, playground fun for the kids, hot chocolate, snacks, and more fun! Cost is $20 per person or $35 per family. The 1-mile jog/walk starts at 2 p.m. 

Click here for full details. 

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Happy 10th Anniversary to Christine and Adam Iacobucci.  Christine is a Patch columnist!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Stephen Bates, owner of a Stoughton construction business, and a member of the Board of Directors of Stoughton Media Access Corp. To David Kahan, an accountant and U.S. Navy veteran, who works with his father, Rogar A. Kahn at the family "wealth management" biz.  Both are members of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce; And to Jonathan Beder, former Assistant DPW Superintendent in Stoughton, and currently the DPW Superintendent in Plymouth.

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: To Risa Goldman Avery, a Stoughton native, who graduated from the University of Hartford, and now resides in Easton; to Lisa Areniello, owner of L.A. Express Hair Salon and Giovann Salon in Stoughton; to Maria Fraga, a Stoughton resident who works for John Hancock Financial Services; And to Russell Opper, a Randolph native now residing in Stoughton, and a graduate of University of Massachusetts/Amherst, who did post-grad work at BU.

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