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Take-out with your vote stirs pot


Planned Alzheimer's fundraiser at polls raises eyebrows



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The former Armory building, now the town’s Community Center and a polling center. (click for larger version)
June 20, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Unless things change before then, if you live in precincts 1, 3, 4 or 5, you will be greeted with some pleasant smells at the Armory if you plan on voting in the annual town election June 29.

The aromas will be coming from the kitchen, where volunteers of the regional Alzheimer's Support Network plan to be cooking ribs, potato salad and coleslaw, distributing the meals between 4 and 7 p.m.

This event is a fundraiser for the 25-year-old non-profit group that provides education, support groups and respite assistance for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease. For years, the network ran out of Harrington Hospital, but recently moved to Tri-Valley Elder Services in Dudley. It is, however, still coordinated by Roger Lamontagne, a former Harrington executive who is now transition care programs director for Tri-Valley.

The meals served on Election Day will come with a side of controversy, as some are concerned that the dinner might be linked to specific candidates.

The law requires that candidates cannot be promoted within 150 feet of voting areas. According to Brian McNiff, the Secretary of State's Election Division Representative, if the dinner has no political agenda then there is nothing wrong with it.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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