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Learning social skills while having fun

NORWELL — It’s a late-winter Saturday afternoon, and the Skills for Living center on Accord Park Drive is bustling. The front door is constantly swinging open with parents coming and going, some with children in tow; two mothers are chatting in the waiting room; and teenagers are draped over conference room chairs, just hanging out.

“It wasn’t my intention to start a community center, but it looks like that’s happening!” said Katy Shamitz, founder and director of the social learning program, standing amid the controlled chaos.

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