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Afternoon Edition: Stoughton Police Honored at Awards Ceremony (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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ben Finer, a guest on the Snyder's Stoughton TV Show last year, who turns 15 today. Ben is a courageous young man who has battled cancer, and is currently in remission. He made his mark with appearances on WEEI and their Jimmy Fund marathon. He's one amazing kid.  He is in remission and we hope he stays that way always.

POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS: The held their 1st Annual Awards ceremony last night. Father Michael McLellan of St. John the Evangelist Parish gave the Invocation. Stoughton Police Executive Officer Lt. Robert Devine was named the VFW's "Police Officer of the Year", as well as "Supervisor of the Year 2010."

Officers John Hartford and Kevin Lima were "Officers of the Year 2010." Ashley Chaves and Brian Wheaton of Kohl's, Inc. were given the Civilian Public Service Award.

A Meritorious Unit Commendation went to Executive Officer Robert Devine, Sgt. Daniel McGowan, Sgt. Paul Williams, Officers John Hartford, Brian Holmes, Robert Letendre, Stewart Mellyn, John Owens, Dan Conforti, Kevin Lima, and Joseph Zbinski

Public Service Award went to Officer John Owens. Police Commendation Awards went to Sgts. Daniel McGowan and Michael Merola; and Officers Michael Doyle and Stewart Mellyn. Meritorious Service Awards went to Officer Shawn Faria, Officer John Lydstone, and K-9 dog Cak

Distinguished Service Awards went to Sgt. Dan McGowan, Detective Erik Feist, and Officer David Conforti. Life Saving Medals were presented to Officer Christopher Grover, Officer John Lydstone, and Officer Donna McNamara.  

Also, Congratulations to Officer Steve Collins for completing the FBI LEEDA Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Check out the extensive collection of pictures from the award ceremony, courtesy of the Stoughton Police Department, in the photo gallery of this article.

CONGRATULATIONS (AGAIN) to: Beverly Dancey, Town Meeting member from Precinct 1.  We congratulated her less than two weeks ago for her from her daughter Alyssa, a teacher at Stoughton High.  Saturday, Beverly welcomed her NINTH grandchild, a baby boy for her daughter Jennifer and her husband Eli Chernin.

CONGRATULATIONS GRADS! Congratulations to the following Bridgewater State University graduates from Stoughton: David Blahut, Laurie Bloom, Colleen Byron, Eric Converse, Evan Dardano, Mary Frost, Krista Lippitt, Cristina Peebles, Mark Pinnetti, and Raymond Pomerleau.

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