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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Democrats Award Residents for Service (And More...)

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DEMOCRATS HOLD AWARDS DINNER: The Stoughton Democratic Town Committee handed out a number of awards on Oct. 18, at a dinner at Chinatown Restaurant. John Kavin, who co-chaired the event with Donna Smith, was the evening's host. Roberto Soto was vice chair of the event. State Rep. Lou Kakfa (D-Stoughton) was there to help present the awards.

About 40 people gathered in the restaurant's function room for delicious food, and conversation of how to bring about Democratic victory in November. Obama and Warren shirts were the fashion statement.

The most prestigious award of the night, The John Joseph Moakley Lifetime Achievement Award went to Steven Fradkin, owner of Wizard of Ads in Canton, and a big cog in the Democratic machine in the State. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pro-Choice League, as well. "What does this say about my lifetime?" he kidded.

The Democrat Party Activist Award went to Beverly Harris. Harris said, "I'm overwhelmed and humbled. I try to be role model for my grandchildren. I love politics!" Harris has been involved with the Stoughton Democratic Town Committee since 2006.

The Al Lipkind Public Service Award went to Allan Mills, a long-time member of the School Committee and the SDTC.

Lipkind was a successful activist for bringing defibrillators to police cars, and town buildings. His last activity was to promote right-to-die efforts, which made the ballot this November. He believed in dying with your dignity intact. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mills said that "Al was tireless in pursuing his goals. I really appreciate being a recipient of an award named for Al."

The Democratic Town Committee Award went to Steve Wilkinson, who takes care of much of the online work for the SDTC. "I've been so pleased and happy with this organization," he beamed.

The Officeholder Award was won by State Senator Brian A. Joyce. He was attending a fundraiser in Milton and the award was presented to his assistant, Diane Higgins.

The Unsung Hero Award was won by Stan Zoll. He was at a Board of Assessors Meeting and will receive the award next month.

Those in attendance will be working hard on behalf of President Obama and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for the Nov. 6. election. All honorees are active, longtime members of the Stoughton DTC and involved in other town committees and activities as well. 

The Stoughton Democratic Town Committee meets monthly to support and help elect Democrats to local, county, state and national offices. To that end, the Committee brings candidates and speakers to their monthly meetings so the community may get to know them personally. They hold "sign standouts" to support candidates in upcoming elections; support local and regional activities intended to spur citizen involvement in the Democratic political process. 

The Stoughton DTC has been actively in existence for 35-plus years in Stoughton and according to Mass. Democratic officials, is one of the most active Town Committees in the state.

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MEET YOUR SENATOR! Speaking of Brian A. Joyce, Stoughton's State Senator will hold office hours at the Stoughton Town Hall in the Fitzpatrick Room on Monday, Oct. 22 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“I encourage all interested constituents to attend my district office hours,” said Senator Joyce (D-Milton). “This is an opportunity for me to listen to the concerns of the people of Stoughton, and hopefully provide some guidance and solutions.”

As always, individuals with questions or concerns are encouraged to call Senator Joyce’s State House office at (617) 722-1643. The Senator can also be reached by email at Brian.A.Joyce@MaSenate.gov.

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ABOUT TOWN HAVING A YARD SALE: About Town will be having a yard sale, Saturday, Sept. 20 at 24 Hollytree Road in Stoughton from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be lots of books, CDs and DVDs plus other assorted items. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Stoughton Food Pantry Foundation. No early birds, please!

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CONDOLENCES to Courtney Sasin, a science teacher at Stoughton High School. She lost her beloved father, Robert J. Leavitt, Jr. recently. Donations may be made in Bob's memory to the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, 120 Longwater Dr., Norwell, MA  02061.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Norm Glickman, who sells fine jewelry for E.B. Horn Company. His wife Michelle is a Past President of Ahavath Torah Congregation.

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HAPPY ANNIVERARY:  Happy 10th Anniversary to Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine and his wife, Lisa. 

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