Aprill Lane

Aprill Lane, the president of the AGC Scholarship Foundation and a Mansfield resident, poses with her husband, Brian, and two sons, Miles, left, and Mark, right. (Photo by Heidi Hope Photography.)

MANSFIELD - The AGC Scholarship Foundation, founded by Mansfield resident Aprill Lane, will hold an inaugural gala on Feb. 15 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to celebrate the organization's efforts in supporting couples struggling with infertility.

Bill Rancic, the winner of the first season of "The Apprentice," will give a keynote address at the event. Tickets are $110 a person and can be purchased at agcscholarships.org.

Timber!

Some pine trees and a 30-foot maple tree were recently removed from the North Common to make room for the replacement of a broken flagpole and a new underground duct put in by the town electric department.

Public Works Director Lee Azinheira said the department has addressed concerns that residents voiced about the tree removal during a public meeting and the Nov. 5 selectmen meeting. Azinheira said the town intends to plant more trees later this year.

Special ed vehicle in the works

The special education program at Mansfield High School, Next Step, has requested $35,000 in fiscal 2015 for a new 12-passenger van to transport students to programs off campus, according to Special Education Director Bernadette Conroy.

Cut a rug

Jordan-Jackson will host a night of line dancing for the whole family, as a way to celebrate multiculturalism on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is $3 per person, or $10 per family of four.

All proceeds will go to the Celebrate Diversity Scholarship Fund. Students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Contact Eleanor Vaughn at CelebrateDiversity012@gmail.com for more information.

Movie night

The parks and recreation department will show the family film "Eight Below," starring Paul Walker and Jason Biggs, during a free movie night at the Mansfield Public Library on Jan. 24 at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited to 30 registrations.

To register, call 508-851-6459, or email recreation@mansfieldma.com.

Longtime volunteer honored

At a meeting on Jan. 8, selectmen presented Maureen Doherty with a plaque commemorating her 21 years as a volunteer on the Municipal Building Committee. Doherty is leaving due to time constraints related to her job as procurement officer in Stoughton.

New treasurer

After leaving a position in Norton, Jackie Boudreau has replaced Roxanne Donovan as Mansfield's new collector and treasurer.

Quote of the Week

During last week's selectmen's meeting, Selectman George Dentino told Gourmet Pizza owner Younes Cheikh that if the restaurant fails to renew its common victualler's license again, he will not be happy.

Dentino told him: "Next time, I will introduce you to the chill zone."

School notes ...

Here are a couple of important notices for parents of future Mansfield students:

PEER MODELS WANTED — Roland Green is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year for their developmental program for children ages 3-5. The “peer model” program is designed to integrate children with delayed developmental and behavioral areas with their naturally developing peers.

The two-day program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-11 a.m. There is also a program running three times a week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — from either 8:30 to 11 a.m. or from noon-12:30 p.m. Call 508-261-1561 for more information.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION — Registration for children entering into kindergarten in the fall is open. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Download a registration at mansfieldschools.com/ROB. The deadline is Feb. 14. Call the Robinson School east office at 508-261-7510 for more info.

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