Monday, February 27, 2012
Norton Patch wants to interview those of you who only get to officially celebrate every four years.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Finally, all those folks celebrating Leap Year birthdays can enjoy their special day this year. If you are a Norton resident born on Feb. 29, Norton Patch wants to interview you! We are looking for people to share how they will celebrate and what it's like only having an official birthday every four years. Contact local editor Kelly A. Mello at Kelly.Mello@Patch.com and feel free to comment below, or upload a birthday photo. Happy (early) Birthday, folks!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Norton Patch celebrates one year, thanks readers, staff.
It’s hard to believe that Norton Patch is celebrating it’s first anniversary today, marking one year of bringing you news, entertainment and as much useful information as possible. Before I really start this letter FROM the editor though, I apologize for the length. There are a lot of people who have helped to mold this site into what it is. First and foremost, my boss, Mike Hardman, gave me encouragement when I needed it, and even when I didn’t. He made the launching process go as smooth as possible. A year later, he is helping in other ways, so that I don’t have to live and breathe Patch 24/7. And if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be your Norton Patch editor. Ever wonder how the calendar was so populated with events going on in town …
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Rain held off for exciting town birthday event.
On June 12, 1711, the North Precinct of Taunton was incorporated as the Town of Norton. Three-hundred years later this Sunday, the town commemorated that historical day with a birthday parade. The parade, which ran noon to 3 p.m. from Henri A. Yelle Elementary School to J. C. Solmonese Elementary School, included appearances from Congressman Barney Frank, State Representatives Jay Barrows and Betty Poirier, clydesdale horses, big wheel bicyclists and more. Aimee Kolf and Jay Creeden, Norton's own version of Regis and Kelly, were the parade emcees, relaying information on each float for Norton TV. Norton's oldest citizen, Dottie Schissler, was the grand marshal. On behalf of everyone at Norton Patch, Happy Birthday Norton!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Norton's 300th gives columnist appreciation of the past, and hope for the future.
It’s finally here. Happy 300th birthday, Norton. The town I live in and grew up in enters its fourth century this weekend, capping a year-long celebration with a huge parade featuring everything from a U.S. Senator to marching bands to the Clydesdale horses. Somehow, that eclectic mix seems fittingly “Norton." This ain’t your normal, small New England town, folks. The Norton I have lived in for more than 53 years is a community of characters. Some of these names may not mean anything to a lot of you, but in just the last 50 years I offer you some distinguished – and some notorious – names that have made Norton the unique and fascinating place I know it to be: Henri Yelle, Lewis Rubin, Raymond Patenaude, Maurice Splaine, Robert Kellner, …
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Michael Hardman talks about sharing his birthday with Mother's Day growing up.
Since the day I was born, every few years I have shared my birthday with a much bigger and way more important holiday. In 1960, my mom went in the labor Saturday, May 7, and I was welcomed into the world on Sunday, May 8, at Brockton Hospital. That Sunday just happened to be a holiday, so I was one of the hospital’s Mother’s Day babies. While I recovered from my journey into the world, my mom spent the holiday recovering and accepting congratulations on the birth of a baby boy. That must have been neat. But, when I was little, it wasn’t cool to have my birthday on Mother’s Day. Even if my birthday fell during the week, it was usually moved to Sunday when my father and friends could get together. In 1970, I even shared my birthday, the 10th…
Friday, May 6, 2011
Town's birthday parade the day after voting polls open.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Happy Birthday Norton On June 12th the citizens of Norton will line the road to watch a parade celebrating the 300th birthday of the town. It will be a wonderful way to celebrate Norton’s past. The day before the parade those same citizens will go to the polls to decide Norton’s future. Norton has a chance to renovate the town’s High School and put on a much needed addition while being reimbursed for 64% of the cost. Even with the reimbursement the cost is no small figure. The projected cost of the project after reimbursement is likely to approach $11.5 million and will require a debt exclusion to be passed at the special Town Meeting on June 6th and also by vote at the polls on June 11th. It seems like we have become a town of 2 …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Library celebrates 125th anniversary.
The same year that Norton commemorates its 300th birthday, Norton Public Library will be celebrating its 125th birthday. In addition to regular programs on Thursday, April 7, the library will celebrate this special day with a birthday cake, cookies, balloons, a puppet show and more 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “The library is still being used as the hub of the community,” Jackson said. And as the world of technology changes, the library has evolved too, despite it being decertified two years ago. Norton Public Library is now on Facebook, posting videos from assistant head librarian Lee Parker’s iPad. And Parker hopes to bring even more to the library in years to come. “I can’t believe it has been 125 years. It’s great that it coincides with the town’…
Friday, March 25, 2011
As Will turns three, Grandpa realizes he's become a real little person
This has been a fun and emotional time for my family. Less than two weeks ago we celebrated the marriage of my youngest son Nate and his now-wife Melissa with a wonderful ceremony and great party in Delaware. That made me a very proud Dad. This week comes yet another highlight, one that brings a huge smile to my face. On Saturday my handsome, smart, amazing grandson will turn three years old. It seems like he’s been here much longer, probably because it is hard for me to even remember what life was like before he arrived. You see, Will (did I mention his name is William?) is someone truly special. Now I know every little kid is special in their own right. But Will is a unique and magnificent force of nature, a youngster endowed with …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The Tri-Centennial Ball is April 2, and you should be there.
On April 2, Norton citizens will gather – strangely enough – in Mansfield to celebrate the town’s 300th birthday at the official Norton Tri-Centennial Ball. And the good news is, you can still be among the celebrants. The Holiday Inn on Hampshire Road will be the site of the Ball, the next big event leading up to Norton’s Tri-Centennial parade in June. Tickets are $65 per person or $125 per couple, and information on purchasing them can be found at www.norton300.org. So why should you take the time out of your busy lives to attend a Ball? Simple – it is a part of the history of the town we live in. It is something we will tell our grandchildren (some of us sooner than others) we attended and celebrated. It is a moment in time we should …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Your Patch Facts for the day.
Five Things You Should Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1.) Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary's Winter Storytime will take place 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 1417 Park St., Attleboro. Curl up by the fire to read a Jan Brett story, make a story related craft, then head outside to hike the trails looking for the elusive creatures that frequent Brett's books. Dress warmly for the hike outside. Session fee is $8 per adult/child pair. Each additional child/adult is $4. For more information call 508-223-3060 or e-mail email@example.com. 2.) Speaking of Jan Brett, the local author is having …