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DCT Showtimes 11/4-11/10

TAKE SHELTER: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Curtis LaForche lives in a small Ohio town with his wife Samantha and six-year-old daughter Hannah, who is deaf. Curtis makes a modest living as a crew chief for a sand-mining company. Samantha is a stay-at-home mother and part-time seamstress who supplements their income by selling handmade wares at the flea market each weekend.
Money is tight, and navigating Hannah's healthcare and special needs education is a constant struggle. Despite that, Curtis and Samantha are very much in love and their family is a happy one. Then Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an encroaching, apocalyptic storm. He chooses to keep the disturbance to himself, channeling his anxiety into the obsessive building of a storm shelter in their backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds Samantha, and provokes intolerance among co-workers, friends and neighbors. But the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his dreams may truly signify.
Faced with the proposition that his disturbing visions signal disaster of one kind or another, Curtis confides in Samantha, testing the power of their bond against the highest possible stakes.

Showing Daily at: (12:00, 2:15) 4:30, 6:50, *9:10
[*Late Show Friday & Saturday Only]

THE MILL & THE CROSS: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing?
From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, THE MILL & THE CROSS is a cinematic re-staging of Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece 'Way to Calvary,' presented alongside the story of its creation with Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, Michael York as his patron, and Charlotte Rampling as the inspiration for his Virgin Mary.

Showing Daily at: (1:00, 3:00) 5:00, 7:00, *9:00
[*Late Show Friday & Saturday Only]

Coming Soon: Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Descendants, The Artist

Registration for Pre-School and Kindergarten

Dedham Public Schools will hold Preschool registration for the 2012-2013 school year by mail. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2012 and residents of Dedham. We also offer several three year-old classes. To be eligible, children must be 3 years old by September 1, 2012 and toilet trained. Starting November 1, 2011, registration forms can be picked up at the following locations: the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall; Dedham Public Libraries; and the office at the Curran Early Childhood Education Center, 322 Sprague Street. All registrations must be postmarked by November 14, 2011 to be in the preschool lottery. All preschool registrations must be mailed. Any registrations postmarked after that date will be put on a waiting list. The preschool lottery is public and will be held at the Curran Center on Tuesday, November 22, at 9:30 AM.

Preschool Orientation Night will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 at the Early Childhood Education Center. This is an opportunity for parents to learn about the preschool program and to pick up a preschool application.

Kindergarten registration for 2012-2013 will be held the week of November 14-18 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Curran Early Childhood Education Center. To be eligible, children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2012 and residents of Dedham. Please register in person with your child's birth certificate and proof of Dedham residency (a current utility bill with your name and address on it).

If you are interested in childcare, please contact school secretary, Jeanne Kozak, at the Early Childhood Education Center office for information and an application ~ 781-461-5978.


School Field Trips

The last couple of weeks my kids have been getting out of their classrooms and into other learning environments. Running field trips, especially these days with the costs of transportation, is no easy feat. My daughter, a 3rd grader at the Avery School, headed to Plymouth Plantation last week. I was super impressed with the preparation the teacher put into this trip where students went to well versed and prepared on what the lives of the Wamponoags and Pilgrims alike. Karen Maregni, her teacher, did many interactive lessons bringing Social Studies to life. One night we all played a Wampanoag game that she learned.

Paul Sullivan, kindergarden teacher at the Curren Center(ECEC or the Capen) brought the half day kids out to Ward Berry Farm on a cool, rainy day last week with smiles on their faces. They picked pumpkins, visited with different animals and I'm sure counted and sang all throughout the day.

There have also been some wonderful assemblies and enrichment programs too happening during the school day. It's been a great start to the year in the Dedham Public Schools!


Taste of Dedham!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend this event and I was bummed to miss it. Where else can you pay $25 and have tastes of the best restaurants around?! It also supported the great work of the Dedham Rotary Club. This years "Taste of Dedham" was bigger and better than ever with 25 area restaurants setting up in the Mosley's ballroom of to sample their best and most popular dishes. People that went said it was an amazing time and the food was delicious. I would have especially liked to sample something from Chiara's in Westwood and anything that Tina from Santoro's in Dedham was serving. We certainly don't need to go far to find great food and to have it all under one roof, is a brilliant way to spend an evening.

I'm saving my appetite for next year's event.


Dedham TV

Okay, I'll admit that the few times a week I actually get to turn on my tv to watch something I want to watch, flipping to Dedham TV isn't the first place I go. I should, though. In the last couple of busy fall months, I've turned to DTV several times to watch the School Committee meetings. Last night I flipped it on and got sucked into a Board of Selectmen meeting. I found it to be very informative, especially as a Town Meeting member. There was a great presentation by Carmen DelloIacono on creating a public safety and municipal campus that made so much sense, I wish we could get the ball rolling on it. I heard some updates from the building inspector that were interesting and an update from the Economic Development office which was hopeful. My husband who had put the kids to bed and came down to a BOS meeting on the TV wasn't ready to make popcorn and curl up on the couch. He sighed and groaned, but decided to watch along with me. Midway through I said, "Come on, isn't this interesting?" He said, "Sort of." A small victory in my book. Watching the civic process isn't always the most interesting, but if you want to know what's happening around you and make change, it's the best tv to watch.

Local listings:

Comcast Customers
Channel 8 - Public
Channel 98 - Municipal
Channel 10 - Education

RCN Customers
Channel 13 - Public
Channel 3 - Municipal
Channel 15 - Educational

Verizon FiOS Customers
Channel 40 - Public
Channel 39 - Municipal
Channel 38 - Education

Look for a new program next week called TALKING POINTS. They will pick an issue, get people on the street opinions and then examine pros, cons, effects. The host is Ben Bush. The first guest is David Shagoury on casino gambling.

They are always looking to train volunteers too!


The Dedham Square Artist Guild - Kerry's View

Art at the the Dedham Square Artist Guild. We have been open for two weeks now. The space is a artist gallery/coop in Dedham Square. I wanted to feature some of our items here. I am so excited about the artist's work. Many are from Dedham but, also the surrounding towns. The art featured in these photos are fabric, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. We have much more art featured in the Gallery such as pottery, watercolors, oils, etc. 

Jewelry by Cristina Hurley
Photography by Gillian Jackson
Fabric Art by Iris Sonnenschein and
Sculpture by Gints Grinbergs

Iris and Jillian will be working on Friday.
Come by, check out thier fabric and photographic art and meet the artists behind the work

The Guild is open 12-8pm on Friday
553 High Street, Dedham Square


Dedham High's AP Program Soars

I love what's happening at Dedham High School these days. New principal, new courses, new field, revised MCAS scores(due to an error) and a new perception emerging in the community. At a recent School Committee meeting, we were treated to a special presentation on our AP progress under the umbrella of a wonderful grant called "MMSI" or Mass Math and Science Initiative. Under this 5 year grant we have been able to more than double our enrollment of students taking AP level courses and significantly increase the number of courses offered. Dedham students have been a stand out under this grant with accolades coming from the the top as there was a guest speaker from Washington DC at the meeting last week to praise Dedham on all their great work.

The MMSI grant not only gives schools the funding they need to offer more courses, but also rewards the teachers and students for success. Students earn $100 for every 3 or higher they earn on a test. We have students taking 4 AP tests and scoring 3 or higher. Under the MMSI grant that earns them a nice $400. Not a bad chunk of change to add to the college savings.

In 2009, Dedham High only offered 10 AP courses. Today we offer 16 courses with 316 students enrolled!

Current AP Course Offerings at Dedham High School:

English 3 Language Comp World Literature
English 3 Language Comp. American Literature
English 4
Computer Science
Environmental Science
Us History 1
US History 2
European History
Studio Art Drawing
Studio Art 2D