Milford Daily News: Medway Celebrates Pride Day
May 16, 2010
By Krista Perry, The Milford Daily News
MEDWAY — Residents enjoyed the sunshine and showed love for their town yesterday at the annual Medway Pride Day.
Town committees, organizations and businesses sponsored booths at the celebration, and local dance and karate schools held demonstrations on a large stage.
In between enjoying the Pride Day festivities, residents stopped to reflect on why they moved to Medway and what they love most about their town.
Resident Dan O’Driscoll said he likes Medway’s small-town feel.
“Everyone knows someone who knows someone else, who knows someone else,” he said.
Medway Pride Day is a fun and unique town event, O’Driscoll said. He brought his daughter, Claire, 3, to get in the Medway spirit.
“There are a lot of fun activities here,” he said. “The little one loves the (blow up) bouncers. Now we’re here enjoying the music.”
Cynthia Stevenson said she loves how involved people are in the town.
“It’s a very community-oriented town,” she said. “I really love the community.”
Stevenson’s daughters, Lily, 11, and Abbie, 9, are involved in dance and performed on stage during Pride Day.
“Now they’ll get slushies and go on rides,” she said. “It’s a good day.”
David Antonino said he always enjoys Medway Pride Day as a way to get caught up on what’s going on in town.
“And the food is great,” he said. “Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, sausage. Anything you want.”
Antonino, who is a father to seven kids between the ages of 3 and 23, said Medway has been a great place to raise a family.
“The people are friendly and positive,” he said. “And the town is off the beaten path, which I like.”
Friends Matthew Peterson and Trevor Collins, both 8, said they love playing sports in town. Both participate in soccer and baseball.
“We had fun today,” Peterson said. “We liked the (blow up) bouncer.”
Trevor’s dad, Matt, said the family hasn’t come to Medway Pride Day much over the years, but he was having fun, too.
“I enjoy chasing after the kids,” he said.
Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, and U.S. Rep. James McGovern also stopped by Medway Pride Day. Both lawmakers spent the day meeting people and chatting about issues facing the town.
“The weather is great, and people are coming together,” McGovern said. “Medway is a great place to take pride in.”
Town officials also manned booths for the Medway Energy Committee, Medway 300th Anniversary Committee and the Board of Selectmen.
Selectman Richard Dunne said the resident turnout was great.
“It’s a really nice day. People are checking out Medway’s 300th (anniversary), and that’s important,” he said. “They’re asking questions.”
Dunne said he takes pride in Medway’s close-knit neighborhoods, friendly people and great school system.
“And Galante Restaurant is my favorite place for breakfast,” he said.
Selectman Glenn Trindade said he was happy to see so many people in town volunteering for things they care about.
“The volunteers who put Medway Pride Day together started out with nothing,” he said. “They work so hard to put this together.”
Selectman Dennis Crowley said Medway is a great town because people stick together and take pride in where they live.
“I’m proud of the youth in this community. I think the kids have good heads on their shoulders,” he said. “They’re respectful of their elders and their teachers.”
Resident Paul Yorkis said the people in Medway are the best.
“They make newcomers feel welcome, and that is a sign of a great community,” he said.
Krista Perry can be reached at email@example.com or 508-634-7546.