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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Chamber Party Helps Local Pajama Drive (And a Scientist at Town Hall)

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CHAMBER PARTY HELPS PJ CAMPAIGN: 140 business leaders celebrated at the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce's 10th Annual Holiday Party Monday night at the Portuguese National Club.  There was entertainment by Chris Zienko from Men in Black DJ service. 

Joanne Schneider, the Chamber's membership director, as always, did a fantastic job putting it all together.

There was an incredible array of food, from places ranging from Outback to Chinatown, from Stelio's Pizza to Smokey Bones. The Prone Family Foundation dropped $1500, which considerably boosted the Chamber's coffers. 

The night featured a live auction, silent auction, raffles, dancing - and of course, that amazing food. 

It was my pleasure to host the event.  It is my last event as Vice Chairman of the Chamber, which I have served since 2005.  Beth Snell of Randolph Savings Bank takes over as Vice Chairman in January. 

The Chamber party also helped to give back to the community.

Bonnie Policow of the SCC led a collection of new pajamas to be donated to a campaign coordinated by Orange Leaf in Canton.  Her hard work paid off in more than 60 pairs of new pajamas donated by business men and women who attended.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt at Cobbs Corner in Canton, a member of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, is collecting donations from customers this holiday season as part of the Orange Leaf Pajama Drive.

Locally, the drive will benefit Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), the leading provider of emergency shelter, housing and supportive services in the South Shore area.

Customers who donate one new pair of pajamas at the Canton Orange Leaf location (next to Five Guys Burgers) will be rewarded with a free 3-ounce serving of Frozen Yogurt. The drive goes until Dec. 16.

Click here to see more photos from the 10th Annual Chamber Holiday Party

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SCIENTIST IN TOWN HALL! James B. Conlon, Stoughton's Environmental Affairs Officer, was recognized by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program, Inc. with a Professional Wetland Scientist certification, which will be in effect until July, 2017.

Stoughton's Interim Town Manager, Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., told About Town, "It is a pleasure to have such a distinguished person employed by the Town of Stoughton. Jim has impressed me with his dedication and diligence in carrying out his responsibilities, so this certification simply acknowledges what I have witnessed." 

Congratulations, Jim!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Sandra Stogel, long-time volunteer at Ahavath Torah Congregation's Gift Shop. She celebrates Friday. And to Marcia Boland-Wells, an Executive Board member at Ahavath Torah Congregation, and the volunteer who helped coordinate the makeover of the Animal Control Building on West Street, adjacent to the soccer fields. She celebrates Saturday.

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