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ABOUT TOWN: OMS Spelling Champs; Be An Educated Voter (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.

OMS SPELLING BEE CHAMPS:  Winners of the Stoughton Woman's Club's 52nd Annual Spelling Bee at the were (left to right in Gallery photo): First Place winner Brendan Campbell (6C); Second Place finisher Andrew Schehuber (6A); and Third Place finisher Ben Litwak (8C).  

Photo courtesy of OMS principal Wayne Hester. 

The spelling competition was held last Thursday, March 15.

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BE AN EDUCATED VOTER!   There's still time to catch the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters  and Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Candidates Night Debates between the School Committee and Board of Selectmen candidates.

The folks over at Stoughton Media Access Corp. () taped them and are currently replaying them on Verizon Channel 28 and Comcast Channel 9.

The League of Women Voters/Stoughton Chamber of Commerce event, held in the Great Hall at Town Hall, can be seen Saturday (3/24) at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday (03/25) at noon.

Meanwhile, the can be seen on those same channels Friday (3/23) at 2 p.m., Saturday (3/24) at 5 a.m., and Sunday (3/25) at 2 p.m.

School Committee candidates include Allan Mills (incumbent) and former member Dr. Erdem Ural. Selectmen candidates include incumbents John Anderson and Cynthia Walsh, former member Joe Mokrisky and Bob O’Regan

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VARGAS ON A ROLL:  Carlos Vargas, of Vargas and Vargas Insurance Agency, is the only candidate for a seat on the Redevelopment Authority in the April 10th town election.

But, that's not the only good news for the Stoughton businessman. 

Vargas was nominated for the Robert H. Quinn Award from UMass Boston. The award is for outstanding community leadership for exceptional service particularly through corporate partnerships.

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HEY KIDS, BE AN EXPLORER! The 11th annual 10-week long Explorers Academy for ages 13-21 will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 3, 2012. 

An orientation and sign-up night will be held at Stoughton Police Department headquarters on Rose Street, Tuesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. 

It's a unique opportunity for kids to see what the police department's officers do, and to get a taste of law enforcement.  Highly recommended!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: (Friday)  to Paul Gaydar, Town Meeting member, and ardent exercise enthusiast at Striar Old Colony YMCA.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Happy 25th Anniversary to Stoughton Chamber Board member Rick Kaplan and his bride, Debbie!

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Editor’s Note: March 24 will be a busy Saturday in Stoughton with multiple fundraisers and events throughout the day. 

For more info about the Hansen School Spring Carnival, .

For more info about the Stoughton YMCA's Ride for Strong Kids Spin-a-thon, Guns 'N Hoses Hockey game and MAXX Training movie night, . 

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