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Leaders who have read to us before

September 5, 2014

Mat Brown


Mat Brown is a former schoolteacher and also a cartoonist. He illustrated those wacky Buillding #19 ads you’ve seen and laughed at. 


Today he’s the editorial cartoonist for the Cohasset Mariner, and teaches cartooning at his own Cartoon College that has classes in Hingham and Scituate. He’s provided special art enrichment programs for the Hingham and the Hanson schools.


In addition, he helped write “Legendary Locals” a collection of stories about important and not-so-important local characters that have lived in the town of Scituate. (available on Amazon).


For more about Mat, see

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September 12, 2014

Barbara Stone


Deputy Stone has just completed her 31st year with the Fire Department.  Over the course of her career she has served as a Call Firefighter, Full time Firefighter/EMT, Captain – Responsible for Fire Prevention and Education, and in her most current role has served for 3 years as the Deputy Fire Chief.


Deputy Stone has always been a true advocate for Prevention and Education, and worked to build a successful Fire and Life Safety Public Education program delivered to school students and Community Groups.  Now in the its 17th year, the program provides education to students of all ages.  One of her greatest joys is working with members of the public – young and old, sharing her passion for fire safety.


Deputy Stone resides in Hanover with her husband, daughter (and her 2 dogs) and son. 

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September 19, 2014

John Boucher


John C. Boucher is the President and Chief Operating Officer of South Shore Bank.  In his senior administrative role with the bank, John is responsible for the planning and policy implementation of several key areas including retail banking, commercial lending, marketing and human resources.


Outside of the bank John serves as the director of South Shore Hospital, the Massachusetts Bankers Association, Infinex Financial Group, Inc. and Depositor’s Insurance Fund of Massachusetts, Inc. He is also an overseer for St. Coletta and Cardinal Cushing Schools of Massachusetts.


John is a graduate of Fairfield University, Massachusetts School for Financial Studies, UMass Boston and was Class President at Weymouth High School.


John has three children and six grandchildren. He lives in Pembroke and enjoys playing tennis and golf.

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September 26, 2014

Leslie Prescott


Leslie received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art where she majored in painting and illustration.

 After graduation, Leslie worked briefly in advertising before accepting a position as an art teacher in Holbrook, MA. where she enjoyed many years working with young artists of all ages.

Since her retirement, Leslie has been able to devote more time to creating original jewelry, limited edition handbags, and books for young children.  She also teaches art as a volunteer at the Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, MA.

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October 10, 2014

Lauren Payne


Lauren Payne has served as Executive Director of Friendship Home in Norwell since November 2008. Under her leadership, the Home with a Heart has experienced rapid growth. One of Payne’s first challenges was to lead a $3.5 million capital campaign to complete the building of Friendship Home. Since its opening in 2010, it has provided overnight respite to more than 60 individuals, increased its  social recreational program membership from 50 to 150 and expanded its Bridges to Work vocational program from 4 to 54 participants.


A graduate of Bridgewater State University (BS) and the Providers Council’s  Graduate Certificate Program in Community Human Service Management program with Suffolk University, Lauren has dedicated her career to serving children, families and people with developmental disabilities.  She has also served on the boards of the Lutheran Adoption Network and St. Paul’s Community in Brockton.  At the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Governing Body of the Athena Powerlink Program and the Steering Committee of the Women’s Business Connection.  Last year, she accepted the Provider’s Council Peer Provider Award, on Friendship Home’s behalf, as an outstanding partner in human services. Lauren lives in Pembroke with her husband Bill Swanson.  She is the proud parent of two adult children, Joshua and Melissa.

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December 5, 2014

Beverly Gilmartin


Beverly Gilmartin is a Hanover resident. She retired from the Hanover Public School system, where she was the Director and Teacher of the TePee Program for 24 years. She worked with and supervised many high school students at Hanover High School, where they interacted with preschoolers and kindergarten children enrolled in the TePee Program. In 2000, the Program was moved to Cedar Elementary School where it remained until her retirement in June of 2012. She proudly received the Distinguished Service Recognition Award from the Plymouth County Education Association in 1995, and again in 2004. Prior to coming to Hanover Schools, she was a teacher at two preschools in Abington for seven years. 


She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, and her Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State University. She has always been dedicated to the developmental needs of young children, both socially and academically. She knows that when you teach what you love and love what you teach, it makes life so worthwhile.


Since her retirement, she has been able to enjoy spending time with her family and especially her six wonderful grandchildren. Life IS good! 

December 12, 2014

Stephanie Gertz

Educator and Community Volunteer


Currently studying for her teacher certification, Stephanie is substitute teaching in the Hanover Public Schools. She also teaches Hebrew School at Congregation Sha'aray Shalom. She is involved in several volunteer activities including chairing an annual benefit to raise money to find a cure for MS.


Stephanie lives in Hanover with her husband, Steven Weiss, the cantor at Congregation Sha'aray Shalom and her two children.

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December 19, 2014

Steve Santacroce


Steve Santacroce is a Hanover High School Grad. who found success in the Health and Fitness industry over the past several years.  He took up the sport of football at 37 years old, but after sustaining a serious knee injury, began to see the positive impact the sport of football could have within a Community.  After all, a football Team "is" a Community.  He began to seek out places for his team to volunteer. He has spent time volunteering at food pantries in Quincy and in Boston, and frequently visited a half-way house for troubled Young Men in Braintree - most times simply playing flag football with them; Always using "football" as the vehicle to mentor and deliver a message of overcoming life's struggles and knowing things will get better. 

In 2012, Steve founded the Hanover-Based "South Shore Chiefs"  Semi-Pro Football Team of the New England Football League. The Chiefs were founded on Community Service and supporting the Communities of the South Shore. The Chiefs have just completed their 3rd season in the N.E.F.L., and as they continue their mission, they continue to ask for your support at their home games at Hanover High School.


Learn more about the South Shore Chiefs at 


Steve is honored to have the privilege of reading to your kids.


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January 16, 2015

Jack Donovan


Jack Donovan is the owner of Wilbur's North Sandwich and Ice Cream Shop in North Scituate, and is celebrating his 10th anniversary owning Wilbur's.  He is a baseball fanatic and travels all over the country visiting ball parks. He has attended games in over 20 parks.  A Weymouth native, he now makes East Bridgewater his home with his wife Jen and daughter Kaylee. 


What's your favorite ice cream??? 


Visit Wilbur's North website!

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