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ABOUT TOWN: Sammarco Roast Cooked to Perfection

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.

SAMMARCO EVENT WAS COOKING! Oh, what a night! About 140 people gathered Saturday night, March 10 at the to roast long-time Stoughton Babe Ruth Baseball director , who is also a well known cook at the Sons of Italy.

The talk was of his meatballs and chicken cutlets, but attendees got dessert and coffee from Panera Bread.

The event, sponsored by the , was a huge success. Over $2000 was raised for the Chamber's charitable endeavors and almost a grand was raised for Stoughton Babe Ruth baseball!

Event Chair Cindy Pazyra, with her committee (Fred Yaitanes, Rick Kaplan, Chris Petrie, Terry Schneider--with an assist from Joanne Schneider) pulled together a wonderful event, that featured a dozen people taking shots at the popular Sammarco.

Planning Board Chairman Joe Scardino started off the night, with a slide presentation. Sammarco serves on the Planning Board (occasionally). Next up was a familiar face—his son Mike Jr., who lovingly poked fun at his dad.

Realtor Fred Yaitanes was next, followed by Rich Jasmin, co-owner of Dirt Dawg Sports in Canton, and a Stoughton DPW employee. Donnie Connors, another co-owner of Dirt Dawg Sports, followed Jasmin.

Long-time coach and volunteer Tom Flaherty went sixth, and was followed by Don Interrante, a Board member of Friends for Seniors, and part of Mike's "cooking squad." Former Selectman (and current candidate) Joe Mokrisky presented Sammarco with a giant sneaker from Reebok, and suggested he get it filled with cash for Babe Ruth.

By the end of the night, $750 or so was in it, including the $258 that Ken Martin won in the 50/50 raffle, and promptly donated back for the cause.

DPW Superintendent John Batchelder was the next up to entertain the crowd, which got many laughs during the night. Former Chamber Chairman of the Board, businessman Rick Kaplan followed Batchelder, and Town Manager (for another 19 days) Frank Crimmins took the podium and turned it into a St. Patrick's Day celebration, with some humorous yarns.

Finishing off the night was former Stoughton Little League president Dan Skiba, who discussed the Sammarco method of accounting—keeping cash in paper bags.

Jeff Connors of Audio PA Systems provided sound, and Rick Sinnot of Stoughton Media Access Corp. taped the event for future airing on local TV.

I wish I could have written some of the funnier comments down, but I was busy hosting it.

Take a look at some photos from the evening (courtesy Joanne Schneider) in the photo gallery.

Faces In the Crowd: There were a lot of well-known faces in attendance. I spotted Selectmen John Stagnone, John Anzivino, Steve Anastos, and John Anderson. Former Selectman Joe Pascarelli and Bob Mullen; Selectman candidate Bob O'Regan; FinCom member and School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural, Planning Board member Billy Angelos, Norfolk Sherrif's Department's David Sheehan; FinCom members Dr. Roberta Camacho and Jim Gearin; and Realtor Walter Parshley. Excuse me if I missed a few—I was trying to remember my lines!

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: To my beloved cousin, Eddie Walsh, a former singer and actor with Little Theatre of Stoughton, and soloist with . He turned 84 yesterday.

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