Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
April, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
News Items
From the President - Greetings from the Neponset Valley
Upcoming Events
Member Spotlight - Sensible Organizer
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Summer Intership Postings
Fashion Envy
Discover Cuba


New Members 


Bay State School of Technology - Canton


Boston Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel & Spa - Foxboro


Charles River Running - Westwood


Insphere Insurance Solutions, Regan - Norwell


J.Hilburn, Bathon - Dover


Law Offices of Donald Hadge - Dedham


Law Office of Jessica D. Baker - Foxboro


Law Office of Robert Shelmerdine -Sharon


McCafferty & Company, PC - Newton


MJ Enterprises - Norwood


N-Hance Wood Renewal - Stoughton


Off The Vine Catering - Norwood


Staples - Norwood


The Sensible Organizer - Norwood


Tom Dalton Painting - Dedham


Twenty 8 Food & Spirits - Foxboro


Waterstone Retirement Services









Member Affinity Programs


You can save hundreds of dollars by taking advantage of our Member Affinity programs.  Just click on the links below for details. 


















Board of Directors



Chairman of the Board
*Kevin Hallinan


 Past Chairman of the Board
*Anthony F. Caruso

Bank of Canton



*Mike Moran
Dedham Institution for Savings


General Counsel & Chair-elect
*Sabina T. Herlihy, Esq.
Law Offices of Sabina T. Herlihy


Previous Past Chairman

*Steve Fradkin

The Wizard of Adz


*Thomas O'Rourke

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce


Dana Bottorff

G. T. Reilly & Company


*Michael Cecere, CPA

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP


Paul Chaggaris
Walpole Cooperative Bank


Rob Ferrini

The Murphy Insurance Group 


Debbie Ellis



Thomas Flaherty

Bacon Flaherty, LLC


Lori Forcucci

Law Office of Lori Forcucci


Pierce Haley, Esq.
Serlin|Haley LLP


Jackie Halfond

Christina's Fireside Grille


Chris Herlihy



John Holiver
Norwood Hospital


Brian Johnson

Doc Shredding Corp.


Willard Krasnow, Esq.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP


Nancy Levine

American Bank


Bob Mannering



*Peter McFarland

The Allied Group


*Mary Raczka

HESSCO Elder Services


Peter Rice

Eastern Bank 


Rebecca Schofield

Needham Bank


*Katherine Touafek

School to Careers Partnership


Monty Vaughn
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP


*David P. Wolicki, Esq.
Law Offices of David P. Wolicki  





*Member of the Executive Committee 



Did you know that the Chamber offers FREE business counseling services at our offices?  


The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network (MSBDC) provides free and confidential business advisory services.  For more information on the MSBDC or to make an appointment to meet with a counselor at the NVCC Office, visit their website or call (508) 673-9783.

NVCC offers free SCORE COUNSELING at the NVCC office on Thursdays, by appointment. 


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 News Items



4th Annual Three Rivers Legislative Breakfast 



The Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) consists of thirteen communities southwest of Boston. The fundamental purpose of TRIC is to maintain dialogue concerning growth and development. Participating communities are Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.


The Annual TRIC Legislative Breakfast brings together municipal staff, members of Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, Boards of Selectmen, Open Space and Recreation Committees, and other citizens serving in elected or appointed positions for informal contactwith their Representatives and Senators at the Massachusetts State House.


This is a rare opportunity for informal conversation between elected members of the Massachusetts State Senate and House, and elected or appointed officials at the municipal level.


There is also opportunity for anyone in the group to direct a question, a comment or a compliment to our State Legislative Delegation.


For any questions about the breakfast itself, or the logistics involved, please contact Steve Winter directly.



Three Rivers Interlocal Council Annual Legislative Breakfast


Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM


Good Coffee & Continental Breakfast will be available beginning at 7:30 AM


Facilitated Discussion, Question and Answer, Networking between 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM



Norwood Community Room

Norwood Police/Fire Public Safety Building



137 Nahatan Street, Norwood, MA (map included in attachment)


Parking in the Norwood Police/Fire Public Safety Building parking lot is very limited.

(Please park in the lot across the street.)



RSVP to Steve Winter at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council



Steven Winter

Manager, Economic Development

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

60 Temple Place

Boston, MA   02111

617-451-2770   Ext 2067


Follow the MAPC blog Planning 101: Talking smart growth for 101 communities in the Metro Boston region




Student Seminar


On March 21, the Schools 2 Careers Partnership in conjunction with the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, held a Student Seminar with Key Note Speaker, John Carroll, at the Offices of Gray, Gray & Gray in Westwood.


A panel of business leaders and professionals were on-hand to share their prospectives and experiences in the business world to Students of the Neponset Valley Region.



Letter of thanks








 From The President



Greetings from the Neponset Valley!

Could the Neponset Valley region become a destination tourist mecca drawing thousands of visitors from far and wide to enjoy all it has offer? Perhaps not. We don't have a coastline, the Pilgrims didn't settle here, and we don't have Cinderella's castle and Mickey Mouse to draw people in. However, that does not mean that there is nothing to do or see in our little corner of the world. In fact, there may be quite a bit more than meets the eye.

The NVCC's Communications Committee has been discussing the fact that the region offers a number of cultural, recreational and historic assets that often go unnoticed. We brought this idea to the Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) recently and found that we weren't the only ones thinking this way.

The Three Rivers Interlocal Council is a sub-region of the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and is comprised of thirteen communities located south of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxboro, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.


Three Rivers takes its name from the three major rivers located within the sub-region: the Neponset, Charles, and Canoe Rivers. Three Rivers communities work to encourage cooperative action concerning growth and development within the area.


MAPC was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Project grant to provide staff support to TRIC to identify four overarching themes that could be a foundation for a next step in a extended branding and marketing campaign for the Three Rivers region. This is meant to be an initial step in a larger branding campaign and not a complete branding campaign.

The Chamber will work closely with TRIC to help inventory the cultural, recreational and historic assets of our communities so that the information can be easily accessed by those who live, work or visit the area. For instance, many of us are familiar with the Blue Hills reservation which offers a mile of hiking and biking trails, but there are many other such opportunities elsewhere in the region. The Trustees of Reservations and Mass Audabon have several properties like Rocky Woods, Bird Park and more for the outdoor enthusiast. There's great canoeing and kayaking on the Neponset and Charles Rivers for the more adventurous (including some great largemouth bass fishing on the Charles in Dedham, but I won't say where). Not only are these outdoor activities great for local families, but also for the business traveler staying in one of the many hotels in the region.

 We have a multitude of historic sites from the Fairbanks House to the Day House to the Mary Baker Eddy House. Cultural facilities like the old-time theaters in Dedham, Foxboro and Norwood along with Showcase Live offer movies, plays and live national performing acts. We are also home to the New England Patriots and Revolution and our communities boast more than a dozen golf courses.

It's easy sometimes to take for granted or overlook all that our region has to offer. We are eager to work with TRIC and others to highlight the assets of our communities so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy more of our local flavor at little or no cost. And if you decide to have dinner at a Chamber member restaurant after you see a show or need to buy some new outdoor gear from a member, all the better for our local economy.


Tom O'Rourke President                                                                                                                           





Upcoming  April Programs 








April 5

HR Council - The Top Ten Wage & Hour Mistakes

NVCC Office

190 Vanderbilt

Norwood, MA 02062



April 9

Bertucci's Norwood - Ribbon Cutting for New Bar and Function Space

1405 Boston/Providence Hwy

Norwood, MA 02062

5:30-8:00pm (Limited registration available)


April 10

How to Network with Kevin Hallinan of WINNING, Inc.


236 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA 02035



April 10

Noon Networking at Davio's


236 Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA 02035



April 26

Business After Hours at the Easton Country Club - New Member and host of the 27th Annual Golf Tournament

Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street

South Easton, MA 02375





 Easy registration  and more information for these beneficial programs


How to Network and Noon Networking at Davio's!



Join the Chamber for our next How to Network and Noon Networking programs at Davio's on Tuesday, April 10 sponsored by The Cooperative Bank.

This is a great opportunity to learn or brush up on your networking skills.


Get the most of your Chamber membership and join us for these beneficial programs.


Not sure what to do at a Noon Networking event? Then join Kevin Hallinan of WINNING, Inc. for an in depth "how to." Kevin can help you realize your goals and the most effective way of networking your business and services.




Patriot Place

Foxboro, MA 02035

Tuesday, April 10

10:30-11:45am How to Network -FREE for Members, $15 Non-members

12:00-1:30pm Noon Networking- $25 Members, $35 Non-members

How to Network Seminar

Noon Networking registration




 Flavors; A Night of Food, Fun & Friends


The 2012 Flavors of Neponset Valley was a night of food, friends and fun with the serene sounds of the Neponset Philharmonic and the smooth jazz of The White Heat Swing Orchestra.
John McDonnald of Hyde Park said, "Flavors surpassed all my expectations! What a wonderful time I had exploring the diverse culinary options so close to home. One booth even had a delicious treat with shrimp on an edible spoon!"
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce thanks the wonderful participants, sponsors, committee members, and staff who made this an exceptional evening.


A Word from the Chairman


"I am honored and excited to take the reins of an already strong and vibrant organization, and to lead NVCC through 2012. My goal is to increase involvement - attendance at networking opportunities, seminars and educational opportunities, committee membership, volunteer opportunities, and use of chamber resources. I encourage all members to actively look for ways to contribute back to the Chamber community with the purposeful intent of growing the organization, and I'm looking forward to measuring our impact throughout the year."



Kevin Hallinan, Principal at WINNING, Inc. and NVCC Chairman of the Board



Member Spotlight 


Sensible Organizer


JoAnn Krall is a Professional Organizer who works with both residential and business clients. She will work with you to remove clutter and create systems to help you keep order.

She takes a sensible approach to organizing and realizes that cookie cutter solutions don't work.  JoAnn's goals are to reduce your stress, increase your productivity and save you money. Her services include clutter removal and maintenance systems for your living areas, office spaces and even your automobile. She specializes in paper management, which includes systems for dealing with mail, filing and bill paying. As a former accountant she also has experience with setting up new offices and fine tuning existing ones.

JoAnn lives in Norwood with her husband, two daughters and their dog Boomer.   She is a member of The National Association of Professional Organizers and their New England chapter. She follows their code of ethics and keeps all work completely confidential. For more information visit and for organizing tips you can visit her blog at



Save $$$ on Electricity for Your Business and Home

Through an affinity program just signed with First Point Power, NVCC members cansave up to 15% on the supply portion of their electric bill.


With the deregulation of the electricity industry, you now have a choice of where you buy your electricity. Your local utility will continue to provide service, reliability, meter reading, and you still only get one bill from the utility company.


No fees, no deposit, no contract, and no service interruption. The only change is you save money and if for any reason you are not satisfied, just pick up the phone and call the utility and asked to be switched back. Since there is no contract, there is no penalty or termination charge.


This offer is for commercial accounts as well as residences. You can sign up your business and then offer it as a no-cost-to-you employee benefit to all your employees.  The only restriction is you must be an NSTAR or National Grid customer. If you are served by a municipal Power Company, you are precluded from taking advantage of this offer at this time.


Contact Brian at, or 781-769-1126 for more information. is now accepting summer internship postings. To post a position, just go to, sign in under "Employer" and post your internship(s). This is a free service sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass It's All Here and Experience, Inc.

This service is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Talent Retention Initiative and is designed to bring students together with Massachusetts businesses, non-profits, and government agencies seeking interns. Many studies have indicated that increasing the retention rate of appropriately-skilled workers is critical to a region's economic growth and that internships provide an excellent vehicle for achieving this goal.

Mass It's All Here will be driving college career centers and students to this site to view and apply for the posted positions. Please post today and let Mass It's All Here help you broadcast your internship opportunities to students who are looking to work in Massachusetts this summer.

If you have questions, please contact:


Jane Corr

Commonwealth Marketing Office


Join the Chamber for the first ever, Fashion Envy-Fashion Extravaganza, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Birthday Wishes of Foxboro.

An exciting evening of fashion, food, drink, and friends await you at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton on Thursday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30pm.


Check out all the latest in men's and women's fashion from Lord & Taylor, Jos. A. Banks, New Balance and more while enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the stunning setting of the Country Club.

Adele Scala, Miss New York International 2012, and a former New England Patriots Cheerleader will be a special guest model!


Don't miss out on all the excitement and fun!


Blue Hill Country Club

Thursday, May 10


23 Pecunit Street

Canton, MA 02021

$35 Early Bird /10 for $330

Easy registration





 Needham Bank     




  WINNING, Incorporated   










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Sponsorship Opportunities


Event Sponsor:  $1,000


Lane Sponsors:  $500 


Raffle Sponsor:  $100


For more information,

please contact:


AnnMarie Cariello

at 508-308-0852 or

 by EMAIL 

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All proceeds benefit The Norfolk Advocates for Children. Established in 2001, the NAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops resources and coordinates direct care to children and families who experience physical, sexual and domestic abuse in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the NAC responds to the needs of children by providing child-friendly and culturally sensitive services. The NAC also responds to the needs of the community by facilitating education, training and outreach programs.    
















Kick off your weekend with a fun night at a fabulous venue!


Join the NAC at KINGS


Voted The Best of Boston "for their unique entertainment complex, decidedly modern with a vintage flair" 



Location:  King's Bowling Alley/Bar @ Legacy Place,

Rt 1, Dedham MA   Time:  5:30p to 8:30p   

Cost: $25 per person   


 Cost Includes:  
*Open Bowl Format @ six 10-pin Lanes

*Skeeball Tables


*Private Cash Bar

* four mini-bowling lanes

*Food, and raffle prizes


Payment can be made at the door.   Must be 21 or over.    



PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by contacting AnnMarie Cariello at or


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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126