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f you’ve tried to get something done
in Pembroke over the last ve years
— whether it was building a base-
ball eld or a new park, starting a team oropening a business — chances are, you’ve
met Greg Hanley.
The former Quincy city councilmanhasn’t been in Pembroke long, but he hasbeen busy, with roles on the Recreation Com
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mission, Zoning Board of Appealsand Wage and Personnel Board. Healso is involved in a number of proj
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ects, starting with the MattakeesettStreet baseball complex, where heencouraged project leaders to pushfor their eld of dreams.“He’s very good for the town,”said Steve Nagle, who worked withHanley on the Mattakeesett Streetproject. “A lot of people don’t knowthat because he doesn’t need to be inthe forefront.”
Though his work is often behind
the scenes, Hanley was a part of sev
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eral big projects in 2009.In March, he helped organize aSt. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at thePembroke Knights of Colum
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bus, where he is a member, tosupport the council’s secondannual special needs prom.His efforts to bring Ameri
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Between its vibrant cos
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tumes, exotic setting anddiverse musical numbers in
-volving students from agesnine to 18 — not to mention
the title coat — one thing iscertain about next weekend’sPembroke High School pro
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duction of “Joseph and theAmazing Technicolor Dream
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coat”: It will be colorful.“It’s denitely a goodtime, very entertaining, veryfast-paced, and the kids aredoing an amazing job withit,” director Marcie Heroldsaid of the show, her fth atPembroke High School. “It’s
very visual. There’s alwayssomething to look at and to
listen to, and the show justcooks along really fast.”The musical will be onstage at the high school audi
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torium Friday, Feb. 5 and Sat
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urday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., and onSunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.Written by Andrew LloydWeber and Tim Rice and
based on the Old Testament
Bible story about Joseph andhis “coat of many colors,”
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Much like the wine theyare hoping to make and sell aspart of the celebration, Pem
-
broke’s 300th AnniversaryCommittee is getting
better with age.On Tuesdaynight — almost a
year after a group
of interested resi-
dents rst gathered
at the Pembroke
Public Library to start
talking about the big bash
in 2012 — the upstairs meet
-ing room at Town Hall was
packed with people for thecommittee’s monthly meeting.Among the rst items of busi
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ness: Choosing a logo.With many heads camemany ideas, and the discus
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sion over which logo shouldrepresent Pembroke on signs,stationary, pins, plates andcommemorative coins lastedclose to an hour. In the end, thewinning design was one of six
submitted by Pembroke-
based Silver Lake
Press.
The circular
logo resembles thetown seal with its
roped border andimage of a ship
a nod to the years of 
shipbuilding that oc
-
curred on the North River
in town. The words “Town of 
Pembroke” and years “1712-2012” are featured in white let
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tering on a black border, with“300 Years” in gold across thelower center of the logo.Shawn Hennigan, a life
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Hanly gs hngs dn
N y avag ‘J’
A k  300
2009 Citizen f the Year brings passin t prjects
STEPPING UP: Greg Hanley, a knight withthe Pembroke Knights of Columbus, inter-views young Irish step dancers during a St.Patrick’s Day fundraiser in March to benefitthe council’s special needs prom.
Pembroke Express2009 Citizen of the YearGreg Hanley
continued on page 8
Annversary cmmttee mvesfrard th plans fr 2012
continued on page 7
PHS mscal ‘Jseph and the Amazng TechnclrDreamcat’ shcases sngng talents f all ages
RAINBOW CONNECTION: PHS juniors Abby Thompson and AJMarino and senior Kayleigh Brennan (above with one of the titlecoats) share the part of the narrator in the school’s production of“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
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fter starting with
a BANG in 2008,Mark Petrie, Ste
-ven Tomasi and the rest of their business networking
group decided to change theirname, but not their purpose.
 
The South Shore Business Al
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liance, formerly the BusinessAssociates Networking Group,still meets twice a month, withrepresentatives from a varietyof elds, to share information
about their businesses. Pet-
rie, a senior loan ofcer withRockland Trust, and Tomasi,owner of A.J. Tomasi Nurs
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eries Inc., sat down with theExpress recently to talk aboutwhat’s new with the group.
Why did you changeyour name?
 Mark Petrie:
 
We
 just felt that
 
South Shore Busi
-
ness Alliance sounded moreprofessional. We started withabout eight, and we’ve grownto about 25 members. We meetevery rst and third Thursday
of the month.
How does the group dif-fer from other groups?
Ste-ven Tomasi:
It’s more in the
trenches as opposed to a group
that’s maybe looking out for theneeds of its members. We’relooking out for the needs of 
our customers and how we canserve them better. Obviously,the economy has forced us allto be better business people.It may sound trite, but I say itall the time: The most impor
-
tant person in my companyis my customer. And the verynext person that walks in is mymost important customer.
Petrie:
 
Regardless of whatbusiness we have, we’re all inthe lead generation business,and if you can get a warmlead as opposed to a cold call,you’ve got a better chance of closing that warm lead.
How is the group orga-nized and how do you gainmembers?
Petrie:
It’s de
-nitely word of mouth. We want
quality growth as opposed to just we’ll take anybody to lla seat. It’s one facet of busi
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ness for each seat, so there’sonly one mortgage broker, onelandscape architect, one attor
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ney, one real estate agent, etc.
Tomasi:
 
The reason I’m
going to recommend a mem
-
ber to a customer that I havewho is looking for an electri
-
cian or a carpenter or a mort
-
gage broker is because I knowthat person. I can very con
-
dently say that person willserve your needs, because if I recommend somebody thatfalls short of expectations, that
looks bad on me.
How does the economicslump impact the way youdo business?
Petrie:
I think
it’s denitely gotten people
who might not have done
business this way ve yearsago because they had plenty
of it; they’re now looking for
alternative sources. It’s just allnetworking, and if someonecan further their business fromanother contact, that’s great.We’re just trying to open more
doors to our members.
Tomasi:
It’s the same rea-son the last restaurant you
went to, probably the reasonyou went there was because afriend of yours said, ‘You’vegot to try this place.’ And af 
-
ter you went there and experi
-
enced good service and goodfood, then you’re going to tell
a friend of yours. That’s re-
ally the concept. It’s word of 
mouth.
What happens at yourmeetings?
Petrie:
Each personhas about a minute to introducethemselves, then it’s open. We
talk amongst ourselves. We’re
trying to construct a Web sitewhere everyone can have a
link. We’re trying to do busi-
ness cards.
Tomasi:
The majority of our customers are homeown
-ers. That’s what we’re looking
for. In my particular business,
I’m one of the largest invest-ments a homeowner will make
in their life. That’s a big step,
so you want to make sure that
the company you’re dealingwith has a good reputation.
Are you looking to growyour group?
Petrie:
We’re
always open — the more the
merrier. They say the aver-
age person knows 200 people;that’s their ‘sphere of inu
-
ence.’ So if you have 10 peo
-
ple in the group, your sphereof inuence is 2,000 custom
-
ers. If you have 20 people inthe group, it’s 4,000.
What is your goal forthe group?
Petrie:
We want
to continue to grow but con
-tinue to grow with quality.We’re looking for someone
who would t the group anddo good service for our cus
-tomers.
Sth Shre Bsness Allance fnders Mar Petreand Steven Tmas tal abt grp’s name, prpse
Steven Tomasi, owner of A.J. Tomasi Nurseries Inc., and MarkPetrie, a senior loan officer with Rockland Trust, stand outsideTomasi Nurseries, where their networking group South ShoreBusiness Alliance (ssba.com) meets twice a month.
• The Community Nursery Kindergarten preschool was misidenti
-
fied as “Center” Nursery Kindergarten in an announcement that
ran in the Jan. 22 Express. The preschoo, ocated at First Church,wi begin registration during the second week of Februar fornext September. Ca the schoo at 781-294-1654 to arrange apersona tour with the director, see a cass in progress and havequestions answered. For more about the preschoo, visit theirWeb site at cnkpembroke.com.
 
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Selectmen voted to placea total of 24 acres of town-
owned land on Pelham Street
into conservation Mondaynight, answering the concerns
of neighbors who had turnedout to argue against selling ordonating the land for housing.
The property had been onthe table since the AffordableHousing Committee proposeda one-acre portion of the ve-acre parcel as a potential site
for a Habitat for Humanity
house, but voters at the Nov. 3special Town Meeting rejectedthat plan. A nearby 19-acreproperty also was discussed.Since then, selectmen had
been talking about whether
to preserve all or a portion
of the land. Some argued the
land could be sold to provide
needed money during tough
economic times.In 2001, Town Meetingvoted to place both properties,along with 20 others aroundtown, into conservation “sub
-
 ject to the Board of Selectmenreleasing them.” However, the
board never released the Pel-
ham Street properties.
The board did release
about a dozen other properties,according to Selectman Lew
Stone.
Stone, who is also a mem
-
ber of the Affordable HousingCommittee, said the group wasno longer pursuing the PelhamStreet property as a potential
housing site.
“The issue is dead,” he
said.
But Stone and SelectmanDan Trabucco argued againsttaking action on the proper
-
ties now, saying they wanted
to wait for more informationabout the town’s needs.
Once placed into conserva
-
tion, it takes a Town Meetingvote and a special act of the
state legislature to remove that
restriction on a property.Affordable Housing Com
-
mittee member Jim McCol
-
lum said the committee hadrecruited Habitat for Human
-
ity for a project in Pembroke,not the other way around. Buton Monday night, he arguedagainst such a development.McCollum presented the
board with a review of whata single-family home would
bring to the town through tax
revenue versus what it would
cost in education and townservices. He argued that thecosts outweighed the potentialbenets.McCollum said he felt the
land should be left in its natu-
ral state, calling on the wordsof singer Joni Mitchell in hersong “Big Yellow Taxi” that
“… you don’t know what you
got till it’s gone.”
“The town should not be
contributing to raising our tax
-
es,” he said.But Selectman Don An
-derson argued that the town’s
costs could be four times thatamount if it was forced to al
-
low another 40B housing de
-
velopment should the afford
-
able housing stock fall below10 percent.Pembroke is currently atabout 10.75 percent affordablehousing, according to TownAdministrator Ed Thorne.Neighbors Mike and Ag
-
neta Domaszewicz returned toargue their concerns about theendangered eastern box turtlethat lives on the one-acre lotthat was proposed for housing.On Nov. 23, the town re
-
ceived notication from theMass. Division of Fisheriesand Wildlife that the property
at 188 Pelham Street would
likely be designated as “priori
-
ty habitat” for the turtle in their2010 map.The motion to preserve theland passed 3-2, with Stoneand Trabucco voting against it.Trabucco said he was notagainst open space or trying to“stonewall” the issue but that
he wanted all the information
before making a decision.
The motion was amend-
ed to give the Department of Public Works two weeks todetermine whether the prop
-erty should be held for a futuretown well site.
Earlier in the meeting, theboard was split on a motion tolift the town-wide hiring freezethat requires department headsto come before the board topost vacancies.Anderson, who has voted
against nearly every hiring re-
quest, said he felt the exercisewas a “waste of time” for townemployees and selectmen.“How many times do peo
-
ple want to hear me give thesame speech?” he asked.Other selectmen supportedthe freeze because it requireddepartments to make their casepublicly and kept town leaders
and residents informed on the
town’s needs and expenses.
“I don’t think it’s a false
premise,” Trabucco said. “It just worked out that peoplecame in with the right reasonsand the right budgets.”Selectman Bill Boultersaid Anderson had been “cry
-
ing wolf” for more than a yearabout coming budget cuts andthat it had not yet happened.
The motion to remove the
hiring freeze failed 2-3, withonly Anderson and Stone vot
-ing for it.The board voted to allow
library director Deborah Wallto ll a shelver position andfor the recreation departmentto hire a director as well asreplace the assistant directorif current assistant Sue Rocheis promoted. Anderson voted
against both motions.
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Selectmen split over land decision, hiring freeze lift
LEAVING IT OPEN: Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday night to placethree town-owned lots on Pelham Street into conservation: A19-acre parcel (1), a four-acre parcel (2) and a newly designatedone-acre lot (3) carved out of the four-acre parcel as a potentialspot for affordable housing.
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In other seectmen businessMonda:
• Sharon McNamara of
Pembroke Connects, a partof the onine socia network-ing site Facebook, taked toseectmen about using thesite to share informationabout the town and answerresidents’ questions.
• The board approved a
iquor icense for PembrokeHospitait Group to operateat Pembroke Countr Cub,94 West Em St.
• Selectmen appointed Robert
Raeigh Jr. to a seat on theRecreation Commission andFrank Badassini to a seat onthe Zoning Board of Appeas.There remains a vacanc onthe Recreation Commissionafter member James Forrresigned (term expires in2011). Submit appicationsto the seectmen’s office atTown Ha.
“Don’t it always seem to gothat you don’t know what  you got till it’s gone …”
— Resident Jim McCollumquoting the words of JoniMitchell while speaking infavor of land preservation

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