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dedham square  logoWelcome Back Scoop Fans!  Looks like Saturday is going to be a wash.  No reason to fret! Put on those galoshes, grab that umbrella and head down to the Square.  Catch one of the new flicks at the Dedham Community Theatre, get a bite to eat or lounge around with a cup o' joe at one of the coffee shops and read your favorite book.   While you're at it, check out some of the new inventory in all the unique boutiques and shops. 

Keep It Local Please help support the independently owned small businesses in town.   Did you know that  60 cents of every dollar spent in an independently owned business, like the majority of those in the Square, is retained or recirculated in the same community?  Just one-third of that, 20 cents of every dollar, remains in a community when it is spent at a chain store.   Another great reason to "Keep it Local".
News Circling the Square
Saturday Night FevahDisco Inferno!  Put on your dancing shoes and boogie on down to Dedham Square Circle's Annual Fall Benefit "Saturday Night Fever" on Sat. 11/14 from 7-11 p.m. Spend the night cutting the rug on (brace yourselves) a life size replica of the original light up disco dance floor from the movie "Saturday Night Fever"!  And, of course, there will even be a spinning silver disco ball.  

As if that wasn't enough, a celebrity DJ will spin some funky tunes.   Want a hint? He also happens to be our honorable State Rep. and he was a DJ long before he took the oath of office!   Rep. Paul McMurtry will don the infamous white suit he debuted at last year's "Dancing with the Dedham Stars" and even reenact his routine with his professional dance partner.  You don't want to miss this!  The event will take place in the beautiful space at 619 High Street, the building formerly known as the Christian Science Church, next to the post office and across from "nest".    Tickets are limited so get yours early.   $75 and up per person and includes beer & wine, hors d'oeuvres, tapas, desserts, live auction and raffle and a whole lot of fun. For more info. click here.
  Hope to see you there!

whole foods storeSuper Coups!
During the month of October, shoppers at the new Whole Foods Market in Dedham will have the opportunity to help support the efforts of the Dedham Square Circle  to revitalize Dedham Square.  At the checkout register, customers can select a register coupon, in the amount of either $1 or $3, which will be added to their total grocery purchase.   At the end of the October, Whole Foods will contribute the funds collected through these coupons to DSC.  An easy way to give! Help spread the word!

market scene 2Only 1 Week Left!  It's hard to believe the Dedham Farmers Market's season is almost over.  You have one last chance to trek to the Square on Wednesday afternoon to see what all the buzz is about.  The market, an initiative of the Dedham Square Circle,  is held in the town's  permit lot across from Citizens Bank on Eastern Avenue.   Featuring fresh locally grown produce from Massachusetts' farms, specialty food suppliers and more, the market runs from 12-6 every Wednesday, rain or shine, through October 28.  To learn more about our vendors and find some great recipes click here.

maria stephanosCelebrity Sighting!  Fox 25's Maria Stephanos was recently spotted at the Square's world famous Greek restaurant "Kouzina Estiatorio" ordering up Keftedes, Tzatziki and lemon potatoes, and has been back for more!  After her last stop in to order take-out with her husband and kids, she called Kouzina to tell them just how amazing the food was.   Owner Xeno Sontoulidis tells us he delivers lunch orders to Maria and co-anchor Mark Ockerbloom at the Fox 25 studio often.  Talk about a celebrity endorsement!

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Feeling Crafty?  
SheepSkate Yarn & Crafts owner Eileen Kelly was recently profiled in the new Dedham Transcript.  Read the piece and you'll be inspired to pick up a pair of knitting needles, even if you never have. Beginners are always welcome and 
Eileen is about as friendly as you can get.  Don't be shy, stop in! Click here to read the article.

DCH summerVeteran's Day Arts & Sports Program - Do you have to work on Veteran's Day and are looking for something fun for the kids to do all day?  The Dedham Community House is offering a full day program which will consist of organized sports and arts & crafts activities throughout the day as well as some other special activities. It is sure to be a blast!  Extended hours available.  Space is limited so be sure to act fast.  For more information on this and all of DCH's exciting fall programs please visit or call 781-329-5740.

SPNSA Square-centric Month for St. Paul's Preschoolers
Recently, St. Paul's students took a jaunt to the Dedham Square Fire Station on their annual field trip.  The children learned about safety, practiced their skills using the firehouse, took turns sliding down a portion of the fire pole and even tried on firefighter Kevin Davis' heavy fire coat.   how fun is that?!

Dedham's Environmental Coordinator, Virginia LeClair
, recently visited the school to teach the children the difference between the color green and being "green".  Virginia explained the "3 R's" , "reduce, reuse, and recycle", and why it's so important to protect the earth by recycling at home and at school.  Last week, local children's book author and illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds, visited the school and read from several of his books and illustrated his magic on an easel.  He was a big hit!  

St. Paul's Nursery Schoo
l, located in the heart of the square, is a non-profit, 5-day per week program for 3 and 4 year-olds, beginning at age 2.9.  SPNS is currently accepting applications for next Fall 2010.  Please call 781.326.4193 for inquiries. 

nathaniel ames houseWarm Welcome - A recent newcomer to the Square is Ryan McDermott of McDermott & Thomas Assoc., a firm specializing in Employee Benefit Planning, Insurance Planning and Retirement Planning, whose office is located in the Nathaniel Ames House next to the post office.   A Dedham resident, Ryan is an active member of the Boston Irish Business Association which will be hosting a seminar "Chasing Bernie Madoff" led by Fortune's Frank Casey on November 4th in Boston.  For more info. click here.  Just downstairs from Ryan, is the office of Family Law Collaborative Solutions, founded last year by Dedham residents and attorneys Dawn Ide Austin, Seta Nersessian and Paula Noe.

Dedham Square Happenings
It's Show Time!   Opening tonight at  The  Dedham Community Theatre are two new films everyone's talking about.
a serious manA SERIOUS MAN:  Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) is a physics professor at a 1960s university, and his life is coming apart at the seams. His wife (Sari Lennick) is leaving him, his jobless brother (Richard Kind) has moved in, and someone is trying to sabotage his chances for tenure. Larry seeks advice from three different rabbis, but whether anyone can help him overcome his many afflictions remains to be seen. A film by Joel and Ethan Coen that has critics everywhere claiming it's the must-see movie of the fall.
motherhood movieMOTHERHOOD: From writer/director Katherine Dieckmann, the acclaimed filmmaker of "Diggers" and "A Good Baby," comes "Motherhood," starring Uma Thurman, Anthony Edwards and Minnie Driver. Eliza Welch (Thurman) is a former fiction writer-turned-mom-blogger with her own site, "The Bjorn Identity." Putting her deeper creative ambitions on hold to raise her two children, Eliza lives and works in two rent-stabilized apartments in a walk-up tenement building smack in the middle of an otherwise upscale Greenwich Village.  Eliza's good-natured but absent-minded husband (Edwards) seems tuned out to his wife's conflicts, not to mention basic domestic reality, while her best friend Sheila (Minnie Driver) understands this - and Eliza -- all too well.  This movie is getting great reviews!

BodenTrunk Show! Today from 10-3,  Nest is hosting a "Boden" trunk show - a catalog/trunkshow company that has exquisite clothes for men, women and kids.  In addition, local artisan Sarah Essex of Dedham, who started the company Hamilton Grace, will be on hand with her fresh, fun accessories ranging from woven fabric and grosgrain belts for the whole family to headbands, hair bows to picture frames and ribbon necklaces.   Joining Sarah will be  jewelry designer, Gitika of Silkstone Art & Design which sells artistically creative semi-precious gemstone jewelry in sterling silver and vermeil.  Featuring necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.  There's something for every woman today-sporty/casual, urban-chic, or working professional.

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Live Tunes!
   Head on down to Deli After Dark tonight to celebrate TGIF and enjoy Chachi as he belts out your favorite cover tunes starting at 8:30.  Tomorrow night, City Sound Acapella performs at 8.  By the way, have you tried the buffalo chicken wings on DAD's menu? They are un-be-liev-able!

gingerbread piratesAhoy Matey! Matt Tavares, the award-winning author-illustrator of the beautiful baseball-themed picture books "Zachary's Ball," "Oliver's Game" and "Mudball," has joined with fantasy author Kristin Kladstrup to create what is sure to be a new holiday classic picture book, "The Gingerbread Pirates." they'll be on hand at The Blue Bunny tomorrow from 1:30-3 p.m. Don't miss this swashbuckling event, it's sure to be a lot of fun! 

Child Safety Clinic - Also at The Blue Bunny tomorrow from noon -4 p.m.  is a FREE child safety ID clinic.  Get a free cd including your child's digital photo and fingerprints.   Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  

magnifying glassIt's All a Mystery to MeThe Friends of Dedham Public Library and the New England Sisters in Crime are sponsoring "Mystery Authors Night", an evening of conversation with four New England mystery writers on Thurs. 10/29 at 7 p.m.,  Dedham Library, 43 Church Street.  Join in the fun with Jan Brogan (Teaser), Kate Flora (Stalking Death), Sheila Connolly (Rotten to the Core) and Ruth McCarty (editor and publisher of  Deadfall, an anthology of crime stories by New England writers).   Refreshments and a raffle drawing for a New England Crimebake tote with signed books and books available for purchase. Seating is limited.  Please call to register or sign up at the circulation desk of the main Library or the Endicott branch.

field of dandelionsYou May Say I'm a Dreamer

"Playdates for Grown-ups:  Getting back in touch with your childhood dreams", a workshop for adults with Joyce LaTulippe and Kathleen McClaske. Friday, 10/30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at The Blue Bunny. Once upon a time you had dreams and visions of your future as an adult.  This workshop is designed to transport you back to your creative genius as you rediscover the power of your imagination at plan. Join them as we journey through a process of sharing childhood stories, exploring these stories in depth, and creating a dreamboard to visualize your discoveries!   $20, please pre-register.

spooky cutie funny"Spooky Funny Cutie" Halloween Costume Photo Contest

Discover Music & Art teams up with Armando Cassono Salon for the Annual Halloween  Costume Photo contest!  Get your hair and makeup done at Armando's, then get your photo taken at The Studio at 565 High St. Dedham Square (enter through Cafe Video Paradiso). Open to all ages...and it's FREE!   Return to The Studio after November 2nd and vote for your favorites. Winners will be announced on November 9th. Win "Spooky Funny Cutie" prizes from Armando Cassano, The Blue Bunny, Cafe Video Paradiso and Discover Music & Art.  Halloween Day, Oct 31, Saturday. 10AM - 4PM
For more information, click here!
Square Biz
cookbookFall Bounty at the Exchange! 
An abundance of Fall merchandise is overflowing the shelves at The Dedham Exchange! Heat things up in the kitchen on a chilly day with cool cooking gadgets, delicious jams & jellies;  sassy sauces & snacks, plus new cookbooks! Deck the kitchen with autumnal tea towels, platters, and serving pieces. Add warmth to your meals with our colorful candles' glow.  You'll find it all at The Dedham Exchange, non-profit gift shop, 445 Washington St.  Open Mon-Sat: 10-5. FREE parking!


MJ logoDid You Know? That Mocha Java owners Steve and Brenda Carlson are originally from Seattle, the coffee capital of the U.S.?  The Carlsons opened the popular coffee shop over 10 years ago and can safely say they have caffeinated thousands of local residents and Square employees over the years! 

yoga Deep Breaths - The fall Schedule is in full swing at Yoga Energy:
~"Anusara Master Class" with a focus on building up to Inversions will be held on Sun. 11/1 from 2:30-4:30pm with Charles Faris.

~"Reiki Level 1 Practitioner Certification" with Amy Hamel to be held the weekend of 11/14 & 11/15 from 12-4pm.

Rise & Shine at 6 a.m.:  Yoga with Erica Nunnally starting its second 4 week session 10/20 thru 11/12.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All Levels Welcome!

Yoga Energy is announcing a FREE first class pass for all Dedham Merchants and employees of the Square, from the court house to the library, down the Dedham Cleaners and back all the way up to Anthony Frederick Day Spa!  Come in a try it out and then if you would like sign up- a 15% discount will be given for any package you choose to buy.  For class descriptions and schedule visit
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Shining Star -
Anthony Fredrick Salon and Day Spa
is proud to honor Nicole Onishuk as their stellar employee.   A skilled esthetician whose facial massages are to die for,  she wows her clients with her creative make-up application, jumps in when a second set of hands are needed, and is also their resident "computer geek".  Nicole's versatility and professionalism have become prized assets at the salon.  Stop in to join owners Kathi and Tony Jeanetti in giving kudos to Nicole.

All Stocked Up!
  After many UPS deliveries and a productive trip to NYC, Maribu is stocked!  They have a huge selection of jewelry, wraps, scarves, hats, gloves and lots more.  Start racking up those frequent shopper points now so you can take advantage of the savings during your holiday shopping.  Maribu launched its monthly e-newsletter this month.  Send your email address to to receive coupons and advanced notice of new inventory and sales.

Cozy Up By the Fire -
  Come in and take the chill off.  The fireplace is lit at Café Video Paradiso and there are yummy new items on the menu including apple cider,
homemade soups, mouthwatering triangle Phyllo, and granola fruit parfait, a healthy energizer.  Stop in, relax, and try a gingerbread or spice pumpkin latte.   Looking for a movie?  CVP has tons of new releases including "The Proposal", "Transformers 2",  "Land of the Lost", "Year One", "Monsters vs. Aliens", and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past".

Quick Fix 
- need your pants hemmed, a suit fitted, or a dress altered?  Want to get those drapes shortened?  Stop in to see Sam at Sam's Tailor Shop, located between Salon 561 and Dedham Flower Shoppe.  He offers expert alterations and quick turnaround time!

spiral foundation itemsShop for a Cause - Uniquely Global has just gotten in new products from the  Spiral Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization doing work in Nepal and Vietnam.  These products have been endorsed by Oprah, Shirley MacLaine, John Travolta, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith and Steven Spielberg to name a few.    UG has also expanded its holistic section of the store, with gemstones of all kinds, from Tibetan Quartz Crystal to Rock Salt Lamps & candle holders and more.    Remember, during the month of October, if you purchase anything with pink in it, 5% will be donated to Breast Cancer Research in observation of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.     All Dedham Square Circle & WGBH members will receive an automatic 10% discount on all regular priced item purchases of $25 or more.  29 Bryant Street, across from town hall. 
Elsewhere Around Town
Dedham Climate Day
- Celebrate and Enjoy International Climate Day with your neighbors and friends tomorrow, Sat. 10/24 from 11-3 at Dedham Middle School. Listen to live music, eat healthy snacks, mingle with Dedham's green heroes, and find out why this is the most important climate day, ever.  The Square's own "Yoga Energy" will be host a booth, drop by to say hello to owner Bianca Grace and learn more about what her new studio has to offer.   For more info. visit

cowDedham Day
- rescheduled to this Sun. 10/25  at Memorial Park on Eastern Ave.  with barbecue, games, rides, crafts, shows, music, and, of course, the infamous cow flap contest.  A good time for all ages!  Proceeds benefit Dedham Parks & Recreation Dept.
Save the Date!

pia petersonArtist of the Month - drop into Nest for the opening reception of Pia Peterson's oil paintings on Sunday, 11/1 from 1-3 pm, 622 High Street.

rose's gardenBook Release Party!   Join the special Friday evening reception and celebration of the release of "Rose's Garden", a new picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Dedicated to Rose Kennedy, and endorsed by the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the story celebrates the true spirit of community and the power of nature, beauty, and faith.
Friday, 11/6 at  7 p.m.

fall clip artFall Fair - Head on over to the 2nd Annual Fall Fair & Open House, co-sponsored by the Dedham Community House and Dedham Parent Time on Sat. 11/7 from 10-12.  Enjoy festive and fun activities such as face-painting, arts and crafts, potato sack races, caramel apples, moon bounces and more!  Learn more about what the Dedham Community House and Dedham Parent Time have to offer you and your family and take a tour of the facilities.  No need to RSVP, just gather your friends and family and head down to DCH!  FREE.

dedham history book

Dedham Native to Host Book Singing 

Did you know that in addition to hosting the notorious Sacco and Vanzetti trial, Dedham has hosted Presidents Washington, Jackson, and Lincoln?  Join Dedham native Jim Parr to celebrate his new book "Dedham: Historic and Heroic Tales from Shiretown", about Dedham's famous moments and lesser-known stories of its heritage and traditions.  Spend your Friday the 13th learning about some of Dedham legendary eccentricities.  This book is a great trip through Dedham history and a great gift idea for the holidays.   Fri. 11/13 at 7 p.m.

Dedham Square
Holiday Stroll
- Be sure to mark your calendars for the Annual Dedham Square Holiday Stroll on Friday, 12/4 from 5-9 p.m.
   Merchants will stay open late with special offers, holiday treats, refreshments, free raffles and more.   Jonathan Meath, a real-life Santa who performs with the Boston Pops, will host a free sing-along with Santa concert for families.  The  Oldies 103 "Street Team" will join us again this year to help ring in the holidays with product giveaways, games and more.  

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Dancing with the Dedham Stars!
This year's lineup for dancers is one to be seen.  Mark your calendars  for Saturday, December 5th. Tickets $25. , tables of 10 available. To order tickets, contact the Dedham Educational Partnership at  Click here for a sneak peek!

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The Dedham Square Circle is a non-profit organization committed to invigorating Dedham Square by increasing its economic prosperity, promoting its rich history, arts and culture, and aesthetically enhancing the Square's physical environment to benefit the entire community.

We rely on the generosity of individuals and local businesses to help us carry out our mission.   Contributing to the Dedham Square Circle is not charity, it's an investment in your very own community.