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The Rehoboth


DECEMber 2009 Volume 21, no. 12


Serving the Residents of Rehoboth, Seekonk and Surrounding Communities Since 1989

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Church Youth Group’s Homeless Awareness Weekend Expands By Laura Calverley

Several church youth groups in the area participated in a weekend campout November 13 to 15 to raise awareness for homelessness and hunger. Through their efforts, more than $9,000 is being donated to many local food pantries and soup kitchens. The event “There’s No Place Like ‘A’ Home” started at Rehoboth Congregational Church two years ago and has grown each year. Last year a few other church youth groups, some in Seekonk and Attleboro, joined in the campout. This year the Attleboro Area Council of Churches became involved and more than 75 young people and adults slept out on Redway Plain in Rehoboth for two nights. Don McLain, who coordinated the event the past two years for Rehoboth Congregational, was asked to run it again this year for the Council of Churches. “It’s taken a step up from last year. We wanted to get more people in the area aware of the homelessness and hunger situation,” said Don McLain, Coordinator of Youth Activities for the Attleboro Council of Churches, and a member of Rehoboth Congregational Church. continued on page 8

Rehoboth Resident Cast in A Christmas Carol

Trinity Rep’s 33rd Annual Production Runs Now thru December 27

Providence, RI: Trinity Rep is proud to present the magic and wonder of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi’s Furniture Superstores. Performances begin on November 20th and run through December 27th in the Chace Theater. Trinity Rep is celebrating its 33rd year of presenting this beloved New England holiday tradition under the direction of Birgitta Victorson. This year’s production once again features four companies of child actors, featuring Rehoboth, Mass. resident Liam Clancy, 9, of Palmer River Elementary as Tiny Tim. Resident acting company favorite Timothy Crowe plays the role of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge who is confronted on Christmas Eve by three spirits. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 401-351-4242, on line at www., or in person at the Theater’s Box office. Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol is presented by Cardi’s Furniture Superstores along with supporting sponsor Amica Insurance and media partner 93.3 Coast FM. Trinity Rep’s 46th season is sponsored by NBC 10, with supporting sponsors Cox Media, Rhode Island Monthly, and RISCA. Pictured L to R:  Liam Clancy of Rehoboth, Mass. as Tiny Tim and Mauro Hantman as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, directed by Birgitta Victorson. Photo credit: Mark Turek

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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley

Rehoboth Agricultural Fair Wins Award

The Rehoboth Agricultural Fair has won a third place award in the 2009 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs’ Association Media Awards competition held last month at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. The fair received its honor in the Advertising Specialty category within the Medium Fairs category. Seventeen fairs from across the state participated in the competition, which drew a record 98 entries.

Selectmen Criticize Zoning Board for Legal Cost

Selectmen questioned the zoning board of appeals about the hiring of outside legal counsel and whether the board had taken a vote to hire an attorney beforehand. According to Selectmen Chairman Skip Vadnais, there was no record of a meeting where a discussion of the issue took place. ZBA chairman Roger Brault told selectmen that a request was usually made to the board of selectmen when legal counsel was required. Selectmen said they are trying to keep the town’s finances down during these tough economic times. They asked the ZBA to provide information on whether a vote to hire legal counsel took place.

Attorney Finds RePAC Contract Needs Amending

After holding a public forum in October where residents aired their concerns about RePAC’s alleged lack of clear policies and programming procedures, Selectmen recently asked an attorney to review the town’s current contract with the cable access provider. Attorney William Solomon of Stoneham, who drafted the town’s original public access agreement and the bylaws for the access corporation, recently told selectmen that the contract should be amended to provide for standards and accountability, which would be in the interest of both the town and RePAC. Solomon said he believes the issues can be resolved. He plans to meet with the RePAC board soon to discuss their concerns and the possibility of revising and updating the 2008 agreement.

D-R High School Football Team Is Undefeated in League

The D-R High School Falcons 20-6 win over Seekonk on Thanksgiving Day gave D-R a perfect record, at 8-0, in the South Coast Conference. The team is going to the state playoffs this month. Their first game is against Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bishop Feehan.

children’s casts. This year’s production features two companies of child actors. Resident acting company favorite Timothy Crowe once again plays the role of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits. Trinity Rep is celebrating its 33rd year presenting A Christmas Carol. The production is directed by Birgitta Victorson. Performances began November 20 and run through December 27.

High School Wastewater System Delayed Again

Dighton-Rehoboth High School’s new wastewater system is not expected to be put into operation until sometime this month. The school committee recently approved more than $18,000 in additional change orders on the project. Paul Carey of Wastewater Alternatives, the consultant on the project, recently told the committee that “the light is at the end of the tunnel.” Change orders on the project have accounted for approximately a 12% increase in the cost. The school district is expecting federal stimulus funds that will help reduce the overall costs.

Rehoboth Council on Aging has New Hours On Friday, November 20th, the Rehoboth Council on Aging Board of Directors voted that The Rehoboth Council on Aging would have new hours of operation. In compliance with this vote starting November 30th, 2009, the COA will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays.

Rehoboth Boy Playing Tiny Tim in Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol

Nine-year-old Liam Clancy will again be playing Tiny Tim in Trinity Rep’s annual production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Clancy is a student at Palmer River Elementary School. Last year Clancy played Tiny Tim and Ignorance and was in one of four

Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society.....................38 Births.........................................88 Business Directory...................109 Church Activities & Services......94 Classifieds...............................108 Club Announcements.................36 Dining Guide...............................90 Events and Activities...................27 How You Can Help......................24 Letters to the Editor.......................5 Library.........................................61 Obituaries................................105 People in the News.....................39 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......92 Rehoboth Fire Dept....................20 Rehoboth Ramblings.................12 Rehoboth Rescue Squad..........16 Rehoboth Town News................18 School News...............................45 Scouts.......................................64 Seekonk Human Services..........82 Seekonk Scene..........................23 Sports Update............................53 State House..............................103 Wedding................................85

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Families Celebrate International Adoption by Laura Calverley

More than 60 people enjoyed an afternoon to celebrate culture, share stories and sample delicacies from around the world at the Newman YMCA’s International Adoption Party last month. It was the first time the YMCA held the event, which gave families an opportunity to meet and network with others who have adopted children from foreign countries. The idea for the event came from Suzanne Anastacio of East Providence. She adopted her son, Gabriel, from Guatemala when he was 10 months old. When Gabriel, who is now 8 years old, was playing in the Y’s soccer league, she and some other parents realized that there were several families who have adopted children. “We first said, let’s get a support network going. Then we decided to have a party,” said Anastacio. The YMCA supported the idea and people came from as far away as Warwick to attend the event. Operations Director Josie Dutil organized the event for the Y. “It’s a beautiful way to kick off National Family Week,” said Dutil. The event included food, a performance by the Y’s dance troupe, and activities for children. The group put together an international recipe book that families could take home. “I think it’s wonderful. I always think it’s great to show people it’s one world,” said Jeanine Achin, Director of Newman YMCA.

Many families shared their stories of adoption, including Martha Torrance and her husband Tim Tolman of Seekonk, who adopted their daughter Juliya, now 8 years old, from Russia when she was a baby. “It’s been a really positive experience. We feel totally lucky. We found this beautiful girl that is smart and healthy. She’s a great person,” said Juliya’s mother. The adoption process can be a lengthy one, often taking a year or more of research, paperwork and waiting, but parents feel it is worth the effort. “I would recommend it. It’s not easy, but it’s not easy to adopt domestically either,” said Torrance. Some people brought mementos and native artifacts from the countries where their children were born. Juliya’s parents had a big scrapbook with photos of their trip to Russia and other milestones in their daughter’s life. Anastacio said the Y’s family support group hasn’t started yet, but is still in the works. The international adoption event seemed like a good start in getting families connected.

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Letters to the Editor... Remembering Mike Taylor

On November 16, 2009, my brother Michael Taylor passed away. Michael’s health had brought him many challenges over the past 26 years. He was a loving and genuine individual and had lived most of his life in the town of Rehoboth. His contributions to our town especially to the Rehoboth Youth Baseball, Softball Association did not go unnoticed. My sister in law, nephew and nieces were extremely supportive through the years as well as my sister in law’s entire family, my father and mother, my siblings and their families, and my husband and children. There were also church, health care and other individuals that had given so much of their time to help make a positive difference in Michael’s life. I would like to personally thank all of you that have expressed your condolences with flowers, cards, baskets and have taken the time to express your sympathy to our entire family in this difficult time. Michael will be deeply missed. Sincerely, Cassie (Taylor) Krasnianski and family

CPA Tax Relief

At the April 2009 election Seekonk voters accepted the Community Preservation Act. Seekonk joined over 140 other Massachusetts cities and towns in a vote of confidence in the future of their community. The Act provides local funds for open space preservation, historic preservation and affordable housing. Acceptance of the Act also makes Seekonk eligible for State contributions to the locally raised funds. Recapping our April decision: A 1.25% surcharge will be assessed against property tax after the first $100,000 of assessed valuation has been exempted. Exemptions for low income and moderate-income seniors are permitted as illustrated in the table below. The first of our yearly CPA surcharges will be mailed in December along with the real estate tax bill. Although included with the bills will be information about the exemptions my purpose for writing is to give a heads-up to low-income households or moderate-income seniors what Seekonk’s current eligible income limits are. The following table obtained from Seekonk’s Assessors Office illustrates income limits for those living in Seekonk who are eligible for the exemptions. The assessor’s office has the necessary forms to claim an exemption. If you are a Seekonk homeowner age 60 or older with low or moderate income, or a Seekonk homeowner under the age of 60 that qualifies as low or moderate income, you may be eligible for the Community Preservation Act Exemption.

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CPA Tax Relief for Low Income Households: Homeowners under the age of 60 may also qualify for a CPA exemption if your annual gross household income does not exceed: Household size: 1 person - $40,600 2 persons - $46,400 3 persons - $52,400 4 persons - $58,000 A chart for larger households a well as full exemption criteria is available at the Assessors office and on our web site: seekonk. info. Assessors phone No: 508-336-2980 Once again thank you for your vote of confidence in Seekonk’s future. The Community Preservation Committee meets on the first Monday of the month at town hall in the planning board room. John J. Alves, Jr. Member Community Preservation Committee

Doorways Needs Your Help

Seekonk Human Services and Doorways, the Seekonk food pantry, are getting more requests for help. Many families who have lost jobs and never needed help before are unable to pay for fuel, electricity, medicine and food. The problems will only multiply in the winter months. Seekonk charitable groups such as Friends of Friends and Kiwanis are offering help by requesting donations from caring people and businesses. And in spite of the poor economy, donations have been actually increasing. Stop and Shop on route 6 in Seekonk is selling paper turkeys for $1.00 to help. Friends of Friends, a support group for the Human Services, is accepting donations of any amount (send to Friends of Friends, Community Services, Inc. c/o 8 Harriet Court, Seekonk, MA 02771) which are tax deductible. Kiwanis is sponsoring a community tree lighting and is requesting donations for Doorways (such as: canned meat, fish, fruits and vegetables; pasta; rice; soup; peanut butter and cereal). It is heart-warming to see the generosity of people and businesses when they see the increasing need for help. Thank you to all who have donated. Without you, these friends and neighbors would find it increasingly difficult to make it through another day or week. You bring hope and help – two priceless gifts very much needed and appreciated. Edith Krekorian and Beverly Hart

I Go To Church On Sundays.

If you are like me, you have tremendous difficulty admitting that to other people. I was recently asked why I go to church in general and why my church in particular. The reason I began attending my church is not very remarkable. The reason I stay is. I am a lifelong Methodist. When it was time for my parents to decide whether us kids would be raised Protestant (my mother) or Catholic (my father), the family story goes that the Methodist Church

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was right across the square and St. Patrick’s was not only two blocks further -but uphill! I moved to East Providence, Rhode Island in 1992. I initially attended the Barrington United Methodist Church. My husband was with the East Providence Police Department and the department chaplain was the Pastor at Haven United Methodist. That combination brought my family and I to Haven. I have lived in Rehoboth, MA for the past eight years, yet continue to drive in to East Providence for church each week for one remarkable reason: Haven’s people. Church is a community. We are families of every shape, sort, size and color. We are young, we are old. You want parents with little kids? We got that.

December 2009 The Reporter You want parents sad about grown children who just moved away from home? We got that. You want single parent families? Mixed race families? Families that escaped persecution and tyranny in their native country? We got them, too. You want families that know your pain of loss? Of sickness? Of heartache? Got ‘em. You want a basketball program for kids on Saturday afternoons? You want a book club? All right here. You want a shoulder to cry on? You want someone to rail against the world with you? You want someone to cheer and shout with you when things go right? You want someone to sit with you quietly and just be? We got all that. Church is not a place I come to hide away from the hard things in life. It is not a place where I come to put on blinders of denial. It is a place where I go and actually feel as though the littlest thing I do - because I am doing it with These People - is Making A Difference. There was a man who walked this earth 2,000 odd years ago. We may not all agree on his parentage, or how he came to be born. Or even, perhaps, what happened after he left us. But he was here, and the lessons he tried to teach while he was among us are timeless and accessible to all humankind. While I personally believe there is a spark of the Divine in each of us, it is the “human-ness”, the mere “mortal-ness” of the man called Jesus, that I hold on to when Life comes barreling my way full force. Church is a place of comfort. I come on Sunday to be among my community family. I listen to these timeless lessons. I leave feeling rejuvenated and recharged to face the week ahead. Ready for the kids and their crazy schedules, a full time job, grad school, the bills and the scary news headlines. Yes, I go to Church on Sundays. The question is not why do I go but, rather, why doesn’t everyone? Melissa G. Enos Rehoboth

Pack2 Rehoboth Helps 51 Local Families

Thanks to the generous donations by many Rehoboth neighbors the Cub Scouts of Pack2 Rehoboth were able to collect numerous needed food and sundry items which will be used by Rehoboth residence. The following Pack2 cubs helped in distributing the bags one weekend and collecting them the next: Ben Palermo, Cole Desrosiers, Colton Travis, Daniel Furze, Harry Sullivan, Jack Chrystie, Jacob Holmes , Jake Benevides, Joshua Crellin, Joshua Gousie, Justin Crooks, Kameron Robitaille, Marcel Almeida, Matthew Herman , Matthew Proctor. Michael Koussa, Ryan Resendes, Thomas Brown, Tom Savary, Trent Desrosiers and Tyler Pellechio.  Thanks to each boy who helped, and thanks to each giving neighbor for their generosity! Rus Savary Cubmaster, Pack2 Rehoboth

Hornbine Church In Need of Repairs

I had the privilege of serving, for 35 years, as pastor of the Hornbine Baptist Church in Rehoboth, MA; although I am now retired I still have a special fondness for that small historic church, built in 1753; also, I have great concern for its future. The reason for this concern is that though two congregations, Hornbine Baptist and Holy Cross Catholic Church, share this building, neither of them are large enough to provide financially for large unforeseen expenses. I am aware that the building is in need of a new furnace, the present one was installed in 1964. In my 35 years as pastor, I only once publicly sought outside financial help. Now, as a concerned person I am again asking for support to keep this important part of Rehoboth history alive. If anyone feels they would wish to donate, any amount, I will be pleased to receive it on behalf of the Hornbine Church and will see that it is directed to the proper person. My address is Rev.

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Toy Drive & Blizzard of Giving

Helping Hands recently kicked off its annual Holiday Toy Drive and “Blizzard of Giving” campaign. They are now accepting toys, books and other holiday gifts for Rehoboth children. Unwrapped toys are preferred, unless you call Helping Hands ahead of time and get the name of a specific item from someone’s list. In the Blizzard of Giving program, Christmas lists are collected from needy children in town and snowflakes are posted, with items from the lists, at the schools and Rehoboth Post Office. People can pick a snowflake, then purchase the item, giftwrap it, and return it for distribution. Gifts should be sent in by December 12, if possible. Any holiday donation can also be dropped off at 127 Martin Street.

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If you’d like to help, donations can be dropped off at the Council on Aging, 55 Bay State Road, or at 127 Martin Street.

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There is no mailbox at the Winthrop Street location. Please send any donations by mail to: Rehoboth Food Pantry, 127 Martin Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769 For more information, contact Steve Martin at 508-252-3263.

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Eight churches in all participated this year, including Rehoboth Congregational: Evangelical Covenant and Candleberry Chapel in Attleboro; Grace Episcopal in North Attleboro; Central Congregational in Attleboro Falls; Seekonk Memorial Baptist; Bethany Congregational in Foxboro and Original Congregational in Wrentham. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Council of Churches’ programs, including six Food ‘n Friends soup kitchens, a breakfast home delivery program, and Homes with Hearts, a project that finds homes for the chronically homeless. Part of the proceeds also goes back to the various churches’ communities, to local food pantries and other charitable organizations. The weekend began Friday evening with a worship service at St. John’s Church in Attleboro, followed by a candlelit procession to Veteran’s Park. Then everyone went to Rehoboth to begin the campout. The campers slept in cardboard boxes covered with tarps. They had campfires burning throughout the night. They put up with rain and strong winds all day Saturday and Saturday night. During the day, the teenagers solicited donations at various locations throughout the area. Some worked at church fairs or served meals at local soup kitchens. They were not allowed to bring any food, cellphones, iPods or electronics of any kind. Each congregation supplied meals to their group. The event is an eye-opening experience for some, according to the organizers and parents who participated. “It’s a realization of what’s it’s like to be homeless and not know where your next meal is coming from,” said McLain. McLain said that despite the weather, most of the young people did not complain. “Their selflessness is incredible,” McLain said. Lisa Heng, of Attleboro, who attends Rehoboth Congregational, slept out for her third year in a row. She said it was cold and the rain made it hard to sleep, but “our spirit is still up.” “It’s not just sleeping out. You know the reasons behind it and you learn so much,” said Abbie Woodard of Rehoboth Congregational. Destiny Bonollo, of Pawtucket, with Seekonk Memorial Baptist,

December 2009 The Reporter had her cardboard ‘home’ collapse in the middle of the night. “I made due,” she said. This was the first year that Memorial Baptist’s youth group took part in the event, but they have been involved in helping the homeless for some time. The church offers a monthly dinner for those in need. Sarah Faulkner, of Seekonk Memorial Baptist, said she learned that you shouldn’t take things for granted because “next time it might be you.” Her friends agreed. All of them said they were looking forward to doing it again next year. McLain and the other church leaders said that expanding the project to include other churches would help it to continue to grow. “If we could get one more person to realize the plight of the homeless and to donate a few dollars, that’s what the point is,” said Bob Branagan, a church leader at Rehoboth Congregational. “We firmly believe each dollar will help.” “They’ll go to school and tell their friends and they’ll tell their friends and more people will get involved. It’s going to spread and next year will get even bigger,” said Steve Brasier, one of the youth leaders at Rehoboth Congregational. McLain said the weekend also helped to build collaboration and opened lines of communication among the youth groups at the different churches. Some of the youth groups that are small may now have an opportunity to work with bigger groups at other churches. The group fell a little short of its fund-raising goal this year. Their goal was $10,000. Last year, drivers would often stop and make a donation as they passed Redway Plain on Rt. 44, but this year the weather kept people from stopping. Donations are still being accepted and can be sent to the Attleboro Area Council of Churches, 95 Pine Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 with a note that it is for the Homeless Awareness Weekend.

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This November, many families in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are thankful for something special: the gift of their friendship with a New York City child. Through The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town program, local families open their hearts and homes to inner-city children as volunteer hosts for up to two weeks during the summer. By volunteering as a host family for summer 2010, the spirit of Thanksgiving can continue in your home throughout the year. One child recounts the activities she tried in Friendly Town during her visit. “I saw things here that I don’t get to see in New York – like deer, frogs and the stars!” Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2009, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Additionally, 3,000 children attended five Fund camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves 2,000 young people each year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child next summer, please contact Claire Duckmanton at 508-761-8242 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s Web site at

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The End of the World? (Or is it just the end of the year?) I haven’t seen “2012”. I don’t like disaster movies, though judging from the previews, there’s some pretty dramatic special effects here – tidal waves, earthquakes, comets clobbering the Earth, collapsing bridges and buildings, and general mayhem and panic. When I first heard about the prophecy that the world would end on December 21, 2012 according to the ancient Mayan calendar, I flippantly said, “Oh good, no need to shop for Christmas that year.” Also, it’s kind of a shame that instead of 12/12/12, the date is 122112, not quite so symmetrical. But seriously, how could anyone predict the exact day of the end of the world hundreds of years in advance? Various people have cried “the end is near” over the centuries and been rather embarrassed when everyone was still here the next day. The Mayans already witnessed the end of the world as they knew it a few centuries ago. It’s said that their descendents in modern Mexico aren’t too concerned with this prophecy. At any rate, the Mayan long-count calendar is not something you can easily reduce to 25 words or less. So, as they say, folks, it’s only a movie. Among the many things I don’t want for Christmas is Bob Dylan’s “Christmas in the Heart” CD, even if it’s for a good cause (Feeding America, the charity which used to be called America’s Second Harvest). While I have low tolerance for Christmas schmaltz, if I am going to listen to Christmas music, I prefer that it be of the melodious kind. Ol’ Bob does better sticking to the bluesy, roots sound he does best. On the other hand, at least he doesn’t attempt “Jingle Bell Rock” or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, my choices for among the top 10 songs on an album called “Holidays from Hell.” He does include “The Little Drummer

December 2009 The Reporter Boy” and “Winter Wonderland” though, so consider yourself warned. A friend forwarded me a funny video of Bob singing a lively polka version of “It Must Be Santa” with a raucous party going on, including Jakob Dylan (we believe; it’s not clear) swinging from a chandelier. This is a delightfully silly holiday video. If you’re one of the many who feel overwhelmed by the sentimentality and emotional overload this time of year, the best antidote isn’t Scrooge’s “bah humbug” attitude. That just makes you and everyone around you feel worse. I find what helps most is a bit of light-hearted holiday humor, even wackiness. After all, we sing “tis the season to be jolly.” Those of us who aren’t inclined to go around singing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” can enjoy the more dyspeptic view of the holidays also being offered this time of year. My favorite was a full-page New Yorker cartoon showing a contemporary holiday gathering: With the table in the background set with for a holiday feast, the whole family has taken their plates into the living room in front of the TV. Mom is on her cell phone, Grandma is on the landline, Dad is watching the game on TV along with the baby, more or less, while teenage son is listening to his iPod and his sister is texting someone, uncle is playing with a camcorder, and no one is paying the least bit of attention to other family members. God help us everyone, as Tiny Tim might say if he were there. What would I like for Christmas? How about a dumpster? (Big red bow optional.) I’ve reached the stage in life when I feel far greater joy getting rid of stuff than getting more stuff. It’s no wonder retailers target younger buyers. Those of us of a certain age are already up to our eyeballs in things we don’t need. One more note for an end of the year wrap-up: While car shopping recently, we encountered one of the worst car salesmen I’ve ever seen, in action at a local dealership, which shall be nameless here. Let’s just say it was not the Honda dealer, where we found a satisfactory and relatively painless car-buying experience. But this other guy! Listening to his high-pressure spiel while edging for the door, I felt like I was trapped in one of those old SNL routines where Dan Aykroyd played a pushy, obnoxious salesman to great comic effect. Does this bludgeoning of a customer really sell cars? Not to me it doesn’t. To return to the subject of prophecies, as I was mentioning above, I want my money back for the advice I found in a recent fortune cookie: “Fortune Not Found: Abort, Retry, Ignore?” Ha ha, someone was having fun at the fortune cookie bakery. May you have a much jollier holiday than the post-modern family in that New Yorker cartoon and may all your Chinese take-outs come with better fortune cookies that this!


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Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Clothing for children should consist of thermal long johns, turtlenecks, one or two shirts, pants, sweater, coat, warm socks, boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat. The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. Blankets, quilts, pillows, sheepskins and other loose bedding may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and should be kept out of an infant’s sleeping environment. Sleep clothing such as one-piece sleepers is preferred. If a blanket must be used to keep an infant warm, it should be tucked in around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as your baby’s chest, so the infant’s face is less likely to become covered by bedding.


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If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in the child’s room at night. Saline nose drops may help keep tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician. Many pediatricians feel that bathing two or three times a week is enough for an infant’s first year. More frequent baths may dry out the skin, especially during the winter. Cold weather does not cause colds or the flu but the viruses that cause them tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend or their elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and the flu. Children between 6 months and 18 years of age should get the influenza vaccine to reduce their risk of catching the flu. For more information regarding colds and the flu, refer to the Rehoboth Rescue Squad TIPS in the November 2009 issue of the Rehoboth Reporter.

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The Rehoboth Rescue is looking to augment our Dive Squad. You do not have to be a Rescue Squad member to be a member of the Dive Squad. If you are a recreational diver and would like to volunteer your services to the town, please contact us. We own equipment including tanks and regulators. We also have a ZODIAC inflatable boat, fully equipped, with an outboard and a trailer. Check us out! We can always use help and our training dive drills are fun, summer or winter. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad continues to train and is always looking for volunteers. Contact Chief Gary Kloss at 401.226.3870 for an application. Visit us on our website Write to us at Rehoboth Rescue Association PO Box 61, Rehoboth, MA 02769-0061. Have safe and Happy Holidays!

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Open burning for brush will begin on Friday, January 15, 2009. Permits may be obtained at the Department between 9 A.M. and Noon each day, beginning Tuesday, December 15, 2009 and the permit fee is $5.00. Permission to burn must be obtained between 9AM and Noon daily by calling 508252-3725. Burning regulations are clean air regulations as well as fire safety regulations. Weather conditions that allow the smoke from burning to slowly disappear will cause burning to be stopped for the day. Rainy, snowy or heavy overcast days will prohibit burning. Changes in the forecast such as increased winds or rain for the day will also determine if burning is to be allowed.

New Rules for Agricultural Burning Permits

Heightened environmental concerns and various complaints about agricultural burning permits have required Fire Departments to clarify what type of property and the use of a property constitutes eligibility for an agricultural permit. Contact the Department for information on agricultural burning.

State Fire Marshal’s Open Burning Safety Tips

A fire should always be attended and children and pets be kept at a safe distance. Even small fires will generate an intense amount of heat when first started. Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire because the risk of personal injury is high. Tremont St., Rehoboth, MA Use paper and kindling to start the fire and progressively add larger pieces of wood. Tim Dorrance -Owner Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used. Burn one small pile at a time and slowly add to it. This will help keep the fire from getting out of control. Select a burn location away from buildings and power and utility lines. While the fire is burning, it must be attended until extinguished. Have fire-extinguishing materials on hand including water, shovels and rakes. The water supply could be a turned on and tested before burning. Be prepared to extinguish your fire if the winds picks up or the weather changes. Use common sense and don’t for the fire department to contact you that it is unsafe to burn. Sudden wind change is how most open burning gets out of control. If for some reason, the fire should get out of control, Serving Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea or you feel uncomfortable with the fire dial and surrounding area 911 immediately for help. Use the utmost caution to prevent injury to yourself or family members or any damage by fire to your home. People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing the fire, Services Include: and property damaged by the fire. April is usually the worst month for brush • In-Home Pet Sitting • Mid-Day Exercise and Training fires. When the snow pack recedes, before • Broad Range of Pet Training • Behavioral Modification new growth emerges, last year’s dead grass, • Pet Taxi, Including Vet Visits • Backyard Wildlife Management leaves and wood are dangerous tinder. Winds also tend to be stronger and more You’ll feel confident and relaxed unpredictable during April.

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Alternatives to Open Burning

Open burning releases large amounts of carbon dioxide, other gases, and solid substances directly into the air, which can contribute to respiratory problems. Disposal of natural materials is never as good for the environment as using them again in a different form. Tree limbs, brush and other forestry debris can be chipped or composted into landscaping material.

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Rehoboth Fire Department Training News And Notes

The Department is participating in the Massachusetts Firefighter I & II Tiered Delivery program. The Department’s new recruits will attend as of the Department’s Recruit Training. The program will begin on January 20, 2010 with other candidates from the various towns of Bristol County. Students participate in over 120 hours of classroom and practical training. The training is taught by a combination of local firefighters and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy instructors. The course is scheduled and administrated for the Department by Asst. Chief Frank Barresi of the Rehoboth Fire Department. Over the years Rehoboth has always had the most students in the program and the RFD has certified close to thirty-five of it’s firefighters. All participating departments supply training materials and apparatus throughout the program. Good luck class of 2010! The Department remains committed to providing the best possible certified training to our Call Firefighters assuring the greatest degree of fire protection and service to Rehoboth.

Fire Extinguishers

Everybody has seen fire extinguishers. Many people have them in their car, at home or at work. But not everyone understands them or knows how to work them. The Rehoboth Fire Department would like for you to have a working knowledge of fire extinguishers. It could save your life or those whom you love. Fire extinguishers are not designed to fight a large or spreading fire. Even against small fires, they are useful only under the right conditions. An extinguisher must be large enough for the fire at hand. It must be available and in working order, fully charged. The operator should be familiar with the extinguisher so it won’t be necessary to read directions during an emergency. Buy Extinguishers Carefully A fire extinguisher should be “listed” and “labeled” by an independent testing laboratory such as FM (Factory Mutual) or UL (Underwriters Laboratory). The higher the rating number on an A or B fire extinguisher, the more fire it can put out, but high-rated units are often the heavier models. Make sure you can hold and operate the extinguisher you are buying. Remember that extinguishers need care and must be recharged after every use. Ask the dealer about the extinguisher and how it should be serviced and inspected. A partially used unit might as well be empty. You may need more than one extinguisher in your home. For example, you may want an extinguisher in the kitchen as well as one in the garage or workshop. Each extinguisher should be installed in plain view near an escape route and away from potential fire hazards such as heating appliances.

Using a Fire Extinguisher

There is a simple acronym to remember to operate most fire extinguishers - PASS. PASS stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. Pull the pin at the top of the cylinder. Some units require the releasing of a lock latch or pressing a puncture lever. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. Squeeze or press the handle. Sweep the contents from side to side at the base of the fire until it goes out. Shut off the extinguisher and then watch carefully for a rekindling of the fire.

When to Fight a Fire

You should fight a fire with a fire extinguisher only when all the following are true: Everyone has left or is leaving the building.



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The fire department has been called. The fire is small and confined to the immediate areas where it started such as in a wastebasket, cushion, small appliance, stove, etc. You can fight the fire with your back to a safe escape route. Your extinguisher is rated for the type of fire you are fighting and is in good working order. You have had training in use of the extinguisher and are confident that you can operate it effectively. Remember, if you have the slightest doubt about whether or not to fight the fire - DON’T. Instead, get out, closing the door behind you to slow the spread of the fire. You have one of the best fire departments in the world standing by ready to protect you. Let the professionals do their job. Please contact the Department if you have any questions concerning fire extinguishers.

House Numbers

The Department reminds residents to number their houses and mailboxes or driveways so the Town’s Emergency Services can quickly provide service during a time of need.

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Happy Holidays!

Never use candles as decorations. Keep tree away from heat Never use a cut tree in a place of public of public assembly Water a cut tree daily Use a non-drip tree stand Use only fire retardant decorations Never leave a lit tree unattended Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday before the needles dry out. Artificial tree should have a fire retardant label. Do not block doors or exit ways.

Lights and Decorations

Unplug all lighting before going to bed or leaving the house. Blow out candles before leaving the room. Don’t leave candles burning unattended. Purchase lights and electronic decorations, which are listed by an approved testing agency such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc. Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord. Never use candles on trees, or live or other flammable decorations. Never hang lights on a metallic tree. Always use appropriate weatherproof lights outdoors.

Walter A. Goff Memorial Decorating Contest

The Department is again seeking our residents participation in the annual decorating contest honoring the Department first permanent fire chief. Walt always enjoyed decorating the stations and continued to do so from his retirement in 1981 to his passing in 1997. We ask our residents to check out the decorations at each station and then vote by calling or e-mailing the Department with their choice before 5PM on December 23, 2009. E-mail us at or telephone at 598-2523725. Messages can be left on the Chief’s voice mail.

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Town Clerk’s Corner By Jan Parker, Seekonk Town Clerk

The plans for the dinner dance on January 16, 2010 at Johnson and Wales Inn to raise funds for the new Seekonk Meadows Park behind the Seekonk Library are moving right along. Tables of 8 or single tickets will be able to be purchased. Gaston Malloy, the previous Seekonk High School Music Director is providing the dancing music for us with his renowned band, Malloi. Tickets will be $50.00 each, with proceeds going to the park fund. Tickets are on sale in the Town Clerk’s office now. We will announce other locations for sale of tickets at a later date. Please see the display case at the Library for more details. There will be two special elections to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Kennedy. A primary election will be held on December 8 and the State election will be held on January 19, 2010. Absentee ballots will be available about three weeks ahead of each election. All Seekonk registered voters can vote at the Seekonk High School on Arcade Avenue from 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. There are cats and kittens at the animal shelter that are in need of homes. If you are looking to adopt a great pet, please check the animal shelter here in Seekonk first. We have tickets for sale in this office for the Kiwanis Club Taste of the Towns scheduled for February 2, 2010 at Johnson and Wales Inn. The Veteran’s Agent is collecting items for the troops. We will be putting together boxes to send to Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of items is on the web site Items may be dropped off here at Town Hall. Save a Pet is collecting items for the animal shelter. Cleaning supplies such as paper towels, laundry detergent, sponges, bleach, dish liquid, dog and cat foods and treats. The barrel is in the Town Hall lobby for those donations.

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How You Can Help Seekonk Animal Shelter

This time of year we all have wish lists. The Seekonk Animal Shelter is no exception. Seekonk’s Save A Pet Society volunteers will be placing Holiday barrels out in the community to collect donations for the Seekonk Animal Shelter from December 1st until the New Year. They will be at the Ritz Dinette at Baker’s Corners, Bristol County Veterinary Hospital at Competitive Pricing on 288Fall River Avenue, Aitken and Martin elementary schools, as Home heating oil ~ Kerosene ~ Diesel fuel well as the Town Hall and the Town Library. For the November 30th Town Meeting, there will be a donation barrel available at the High School. Save A Pet will also be selling Entertainment Books that night for $25. Winter can be a tough time for stray animals. Many that have been getting by living on the edge are no longer able to cope with the stresses of cold weather, lack of food and the need for shelter. 40 years of exceptional service • MA & RI Licensed They are sighted, reported and taken into custody. Life will improve y e 1587 Fall River Ave. Seekonk, MA 02771 immeasurably for them. The demand at the shelter for good food and other supplies increases at this time of year. If you can afford to drop off some of the items on the wish list, your generosity will be appreciated. Just look for the Save A Pet barrels decorated for the Holidays. Here’s what the shelter hopes to receive in the donation barrels: For the Cats: Canned Friskies Turkey and Giblets flavor or dry Friskies Turkey or chicken flavors, as well as Science Diet dry 310 Maple Ave., Barrington, RI 02806 kitten or adult food. Arm & Hammer kitty litter deodorizer, cat treats, beds and toys, and soft stuffed animals perfect for kitten snuggling. For the Dogs: Pedigree canned and dry food, and dry Eagle Pack or Prism food. Milkbone biscuits and soft treats, as well as durable dog toys like Nylabone or Kong, and Frisbees. Supplies: Paper towels, sponges, especially those with scouring surfaces, laundry and dish detergent, hand sanitizers, dryer sheets, kitchen trash bags, and bleach. Also needed: hot water bottles or “heat discs,” microwaveable discs that keep little animals warm in their beds all night. Febreeze Air Effects and Windex would also be appreciated. No Appointment Necessary Thank you for keeping the homeless Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Weekends 9am - 4pm animals of Seekonk in mind as you shop for the holidays and for helping the staff of the Animal Shelter to continue to do a great job. Save A Pet and the staff at the Shelter are grateful for your help. Joseph Grillo, MD, Medical Director Christine St. Hilaire, Business Manager

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Horse Play Equine Rescue and Sanctuary December 12th

Horseplay equine rescue is having a Holiday Pasta and Craft Fair benefiting HorsePlay Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, at the North Kingstown Community Center, Beach Street, Wickford, R.I. Tickets only $10.00 for pasta Dinner and choice foods and Vegetarian Foods, Not just for Horse Lovers – Animal shelters and rescues throughout R.I. will be there. RSVP Horseplay @ (401) 294-3565 or


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In 1992 some concerned residents of Seekonk founded a non-profit group called the Friends of Friends. Their goal is to assist needy seniors and young families of Seekonk who need help with fuel, medicine and food. Referrals are made through the town’s Human Services Council and local churches. Senior citizens on limited incomes must choose between keeping warm or keeping well and the Friends help provide fuel or medications. Families struggling with temporary financial hardship due to a job loss or illness are provided with groceries, children’s clothing and other necessities. Many local businesses, such as Stop and Shop on route 6 in Seekonk, are generous in providing both cash and in-kind contributions. However, most of the funds come from caring individuals and families in Seekonk. Donations are currently being solicited for help during the holidays and the winter months. Checks, accompanied by a name and address (so that your gift can be acknowledged for tax purposes), can be sent to Friends of Friends, Community Services, Inc., c/o 8 Harriet Court, Seekonk, MA 0277l. Any size donation is welcome and can be made in the memory of a loved one, in celebration of a special event or

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Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger

Greetings, With the holiday season fast approaching, I’m contacting you as many people begin to look for holiday cards for family and friends. Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger is offering a wide variety of holiday cards and e-cards for the 2009 season with unique images and heart-warming messages that will appeal to all. Project Bread has offered holiday cards to help feed the hungry since the mid 1970’s. Over the years, the sophistication of the program has grown but the organization continues to showcase the work of local artists. These 5 x 7” cards are printed in Massachusetts on high-quality recycled paper using soy inks. The cards are sold in packs of 10 with matching envelopes for $15.00. They have a wonderful feel and are a pleasure to send and receive. And a portion of the proceeds go to feed the hungry — a message included on the back of each card. “Through the sale of holiday cards we can help hungry families through

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And by sending beautiful Project Bread cards this season, you will be helping hungry children and families in Massachusetts.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Let us help you get ready for Christmas with the following celebrations: Tuesday, December 8th FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION Mass at 7:00pm Tuesday, December 15th ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE 7:00pm CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE Thursday, December 24th CHRISTMAS EVE 4:00pm Friday, December 25th CHRISTMAS Midnight & 9:00am Sunday, December 27th FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY (Special blessing for families during all Masses) Saturday 4:00pm Sunday 8:30am, 11:30am & 5:00pm NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE Thursday, December 31st NEW YEAR’S EVE 4:00pm Friday, January 1st NEW YEAR’S DAY 10:00am

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Photos With Santa Claus Fundraiser for Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue

South Attleboro – Please join Angelcat Haven and Santa for a photo of your pet with Santa Claus. The event will take place at the Petco in South Attleboro, located on Route 1. Photos will be taken on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and Saturday, December 12, 2009 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Photos are $8.95 and $5.00 from every photo will be donated to Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue. This year has brought an even greater influx of homeless cats and kittens, says Angela Frankudakis, president of Angelcat Haven. Due to the poor economy and many local foreclosures, the group has been faced with helping more cats than usual. “2009 has been a difficult one,” she says. “And every donation helps”. Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa and Petco will donate to help with the care of these cats. The Participating Petco is located on Rt. 1 in South Attleboro. Angelcat Haven (ACH) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats in Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information, or to volunteer, please call our message center at (508) 203-4240 or visit www. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Angelcat Haven, 36 Bacon square, Plainville, MA 02762.

The Rehoboth Community Dance

* Free * On Sunday evening, December 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The December 13 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, call Bob Elliott at 508-669-5656 or Judith Schrier at 401-751-4554, or you can email Paul Wilde at http://www.

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A Developmentally Appropriate Boutique flea market to open in A Developmentally Appropriate Tiverton Four Corners for holiday Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: season. Open Saturday November 28th and Seekonk Dighton, Dighton, RehobothRehoboth and Seekonk thru December 31st.

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At Tiverton Four Corners – 3845 Main Road Boutique flea market to open in Tiverton Four Corners for holiday season. The Winter Flea at Four Corners is a distinctive consignment flea market featuring over a dozen vendors selling art, antiques and collectibles, vintage and resale designer clothing and textiles, jewelry, and other handmade items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Four Corners Art Center. Opens Saturday, November 28 and runs through New Year’s Eve. Hours: 12-4 Thursday-Sunday. Winter Flea at Four Corners is located at 3845 Main Road Tiverton, RI 02878

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Attleboro MOPS Fall/Winter Schedule

The local Attleboro MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) chapter continues its Fall and Winter schedule while preparing for the upcoming Christmas Brunch and Auction on Wednesday, December 16 at 9:15 a.m. This local group is dedicated to providing a place where mothers of children from the ages of birth through kindergarten can come together to find community and realize their potential as a woman and mother. On Wednesday, December 16, we will have our Christmas Auction and Raffle, which we will enjoy along with a large breakfast brunch. Items already slated for the auction include a canvas picnic basket with all the accoutrements, gift certificates for the YMCA, massages, books, jewelry and more. Come and check out the selection and maybe pick up a few last minute gifts or stocking stuffers for your friends and loved ones. “The annual Christmas Auction is the primary fund-raising effort of our MOPS group,” said Antoinette Shangraw, the group’s coordinator. “With the money we raise, we are able to provide financial scholarships and assistance so that every mom can participate in MOPS.” The Attleboro MOPS group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Faith Alliance Church on Route 123/Pleasant St. Children are entertained and watched over by caring adult volunteers in the Moppetts program, which includes kid-friendly games, snacks and craft activities. The program runs simultaneous to the school year, from September through May. A one-time annual registration fee of $50 per mom (scholarships are available) registers moms with MOPS International – where they receive weekly emails, a monthly magazine, the theme book, and access to the MOPS website and forums – as well as covers expenses such as paper supplies, kids’ snacks and activities, and thank-you gifts for the childcare workers.


For more information, contact the Attleboro MOPS group at, or call the church at 508-222-0856. Attleboro MOPS is a non-profit charter of MOPS International (

Rehoboth Contra Dance

Caller, Nils Fredland; music by Rumblestrip

Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA; Friday, December 11, 8 p.m.; $8; All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. 508-252-6375; http://www. There will be a Rehoboth Holiday Contra Dance on Friday, December 11, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. All dances will be taught by caller Nils Fredland. Music will be performed by Rumblestrip, with Nat Hewitt, Liza Constable, and Glen Loper. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.

Rumblestrip performs at the Rehoboth Holiday Contra Dance on Friday, December 11

Crestwood Country Club is the perfect place to host your holiday event. Our function rooms are decorated for the season and our menu selection is sure to please every appetite. Please call our events coordinator at 508-336-8582 ext. 104 for more details or visit our website at

Come join us on Friday, December 18th for our 6th annual “Jingle Mingle” This will give an opportunity for smaller companies to enjoy a night of dancing, festive cocktails, and great food. We will be hosting a cash bar all night, dancing to a DJ, Hor’s during cocktail hour and a holiday buffet. The price per person is $40.00 plus tax and surcharge. Reserve your tables today. Please call Barbara at 508-336-8582 ext 104

Crestwood Country Club is your destination for corporate golf outings. We have a few dates available for next year. Please call Michael Smith at 508-336-8582, Ext. 100 for more details.


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The RI Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert

The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble will present the “Hands Across the Sea” holiday concert at St. Andrew’s School on Federal Road in Barrington, RI, to benefit The International Institute of Rhode Island on December 13th, Sunday, at 2 P.M. The guest soprano soloist will be Melanie Colvin. Admission will be toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant) or hats, mittens, scarves, and socks. Gift cards to Ocean State Job Lot or Walmart would also be welcome.



Poetry In The Village “Favorite Poems” December 16 Special Holiday Event

Blanding Library, Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, MA What are you doing for the holidays? Here’s a relaxing evening. Come, sit back, and enjoy the readings. We love our audience! Following the creation of the “Favorite Poems Project” instituted by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, we will have a night where you are invited to bring a favorite poem, if you wish, and have the opportunity to share it.

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Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland in Slater Park

Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland Committee is pleased to announce ABC 6th Meteorologist Jim Corbin has been named as Pawtucket’s Winter Wonderland’s official Weatherman for 2009. Jim’s knowledge of New England weather and accurate forecasting made him the perfect choice. The Wonderland volunteers will look to Jim and ABC 6 news for their weekend forecast. A native of Braintree, Ma Jim has had over twenty years experience forecasting New England Weather. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont and holds an AMS Television Seal of Approval. Over the last 30 years he has kept weather records that he incorporates into his broadcast as weather statistics and everyday tidbits. He currently can be seen forecasting the weather on the morning and noon news reports on ABC 6. Pawtucket’s 11 Annual Winter Wonderland will kick off December 5th 2009 at 4 P.M. This years opening ceremony hopes to be the grandest opening to date. Riding on a fire truck from Pawtucket’s Engine Co. #6 Santa will make a grand entrance into the park. Escorting Santa into the park Santa’s parade will include Dancin’ Sprit dancers, OSF cheerleaders, antique autos and a few surprises. Santa will be welcomed at the Carousal by two of his elves along with Pawtucket Major James Doyle, 2009 Official Winter Wonderland Weatherman ABC 6’s Meteorologist Jim Corbin, Wonderland President Robert Machowski Jr., and the Ocean State Chorus, along with other City Dignitaries. Santa, Mayor Doyle and Meteorologist Jim Corbin will official open the festival by illuminating the 415 trees and multiple decorations that make up the festival. The festival is held in Historical Slater Park on Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket RI on the weekends of December 5 & 6 and December 12 & 13 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. There is a heated entertainment tent filled with performers from local school groups, dance studios, choral groups, bell ringers, and puppeteers. There are free visits with Santa. For a small fee optional photos with Santa will be taken by Pat Zacks of the Camera Werks in Providence, will be available. Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with the children. There will be Hay Rides, train rides, face painting, children’s craft tables, and of course 25 cent rides on the historical Loff Carousal. Beside the 415 decorated Christmas Trees there are Victorian houses and an 18 foot tall talking Snowman to enjoy. Along with the Food court, the Historical Daggett house will be decorated for the season and open for tours and paintings will be on display and for sale at Rhode Island Water Color Society art gallery. The Winter Wonderland festival is a non profit organization run entirely by volunteers in conjunction with the City of Pawtucket. Admission to the park is free with free parking in designated areas only. For direction and additional information please call 401 726-3185 or visit the Wonderland web site at

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Shop for ½ a day or all day while your child is entertained with fun activities including crafts, stories, moonbounce and gym games Y Members $20 ½ day or $35 full day Non Members $40 ½ day or $65 full day 8:00 a.m. - noon; noon-4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2nd Annual YMCA Holiday Craft Fair Sat. December 12th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, baked goods, skin care and so much more – the whole gym is filled with shopping opportunity! Offered simultaneously with Drop ‘n Shop for your children for details contact Jen at 508-336-7103 or e-mail Breakfast with Santa Saturday December 19th 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Held at Applebees on route 6 in Seekonk, breakfast served by Santa’s helpers, raffle prizes, photos with Santa and more family fun. Y Members $5, Non Members $8 get your tickets in advance at the YMCA.

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Come watch the new YMCA Dance Troupe perform to your favorite music. Dance Troupe is a new program for kids ages 6-9 and 10-teen. Practice is held on Fridays and consists of 45 minutes of technique in classical dance styles then 30 minutes of choreography. Ages 6-9 meet 4:30-5:45 p.m. and 10-teens meet 5:45-7:00 p.m. New season starts in January. Y Members $52, Non Members $104 for 7 week session.

Youth Basketball League ages 6-12

Orientation on December 12th Games start December 19th and run through March Instructional League with skill development emphasis and Fun. Volunteer Coaches always welcome – spend quality time with your kids. First 2-3 weeks are reserved for team practice and scrimmages while the rest of the season is games. One hour a week commitment is all you need: Small Shots 6-7 yr olds 12 p.m. practice/game Power Pass Girls 6-7 yr olds 1 p.m. practice/game NCAA 8-9 yr old boys 2 p.m. practice/game Girls Rule 8-9 yr old 3 p.m. practice/game NBA 10-12 yr old boys 4 p.m. practice/game WNBA 10-12 yr old girls 5 p.m. practice/game Members $53 Non Members $100

Parent/Child Basketball Program ages 4 & 5 starts January 2

7 week program will teach fundamentals working towards game play. 4 year olds meet on Saturdays at 9:30 A.M. and 5 year olds at 10:30 A.M. Members $53 and Non Members $99


Youth, Preschool, Teen and Adult Swim Lessons start in January offered multiple times a day and during weekend hours. Progressive lessons give participants a sense of accomplishment, self confidence and teaches water safety. Members $52 Non members $104 for a 7 week session. Private lessons available for all ages Preschool through Adult. New Masters Swim Program on Tues/Thurs evenings.

December School Vacation Camps

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Monday December 28 – Thursday December 31st 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Adventure Camp ages 11 -15 limited to the first 26 to register. Daily fun field trips: Indoor Rock Climbing, Lazer Tag, Bowling and more. Basketball Camp ages 6-12 specific skill development, participate in drills, emphasis on sportsmanship and skill development. Daily games and optional swim. Enrichment Camp ages 6-12 Legos, Art, Sports Medley, Dance are just a few of the highlights included in the fun week of creative and developmentally appropriate activities. Daily optional swim. All Camps: bring warm clothes, sneakers, comfortable clothes, swimsuit and towel and pack lunch and snacks. Please note there is am additional $15 activity fee for Adventure Camp regardless of number of days enrolled. Members: 2 day option $89; 3 day option $107; 4 day option $142 Non Members: 2 day option $100; 3 day option $128; 4 day option $163 Contact Deb 508-336-7103 or for details.

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Want to avoid holiday weight gain or get a jump start on your New Years Resolution? Try this punch pass - your choice of over 70 group classes per week including: Aqua Aerobics, Arthritis Foundation aqua and land classes, Water Walking, Indoor Cycling, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Boot Camp, Kickboxing and traditional cardio and conditioning classes. Our classes are all welcoming to all fitness levels and encourage family participation – middle school age and older may attend any class. Check the website for schedule:

Free Cancer survivorship program – Livestrong

Livestrong was created in collaboration with Lance Armstrong Foundation and Stanford University, is being offered FREE at the Newman YMCA. Participants will improve functional capacity, increase quality of life, build muscle mass and strength and reduce the severity of therapy side effects. The program is 12 weeks long and offered two times per week. Register with Judy The Newman YMCA 472 Taunton Ave on Route 44 in Seekonk MA or call 508-336-7103. The vision of our YMCA is to become the most valued resource for families and individuals seeking healthy lifestyles and wellness. Our mission is to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all through programs services and relationships that are based on our values of caring, honesty respect and responsibility.

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Christmas at Linden Place Mansion

Bristol, RI (November, 2009) Come celebrate Christmastime at Linden Place! Christmas, 2009 at Linden Place Museum marks the end of the 20th anniversary year (1989 to 2009) of the Friends of Linden Place stewardship of the 1810 Federal-style mansion as well as the beginning of its 200th Birthday celebration, 1810 to 2010. Daniel Wallace, a Landscape Architect and designer from Newton, MA, with Bristol ties, along with his team of volunteers is planning and coordinating the decorating effort this year. The theme “Reflections of Christmas” at Linden Place will in part interpret past celebrations and the opulent lifestyle of the Colt-Dewolf family, who occupied the house for seven generations, as well as reflect a sense of today through his selection of decorations and material placed throughout the mansion. On Saturday, December 12th, tour participants of every age will love our living wax museum and scavenger hunt featuring our own History Kids dressed in period costume stationed about the mansion to answer questions about the museum and furnishings. They will also have on display their historic artifacts including a tea brick, a sugar cone and nippers, a stereo opticon, historic clothing, representing Colonial, Early American and Victorian styles

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and much more. Additionally, the mansion’s second floor hall will include a reflection of a children’s Christmas celebration featuring a children’s tree and antique toys. Linden Place will continue the festivities with a performance by East Bay’s own Michael DiMucci, at 7:30 P.M. on Friday, December 18th at 7:30 P.M. in the Ballroom of Linden Place. Michael DiMucci’s eclectic repertoire and experience in opera, musical theatre and jazz has enabled him to perform with groups from the Rhode Island Philharmonic to swing bands like Avenue A. He will perform a mix of classical numbers, Christmas standards, and will end this elegant evening with an audience participation sing-a-long. Tickets are $20, $16 for Linden Place members and $12 for Colt Circle Members. This holiday event sells out every year so make your reservation early by calling the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390. Linden Place Mansion and museum store will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from Dec 11th through Dec 30th. Admission during the holiday season is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors and $ 6.00 for youths (6-17; children under 6 are admitted free). Please consult our website at for further details or call the office at 401-253-0390. Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the preservation and restoration of its 1810 Federal period mansion located in the center of downtown Bristol, Rhode Island, and also for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs for the Rhode Island community.

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Buttonwood Park Zoo Announces December Events

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Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19 9:00 A.M. Zoo Members: $13/person Non- Members: $16/person Children under 1 are free Sign up early! Dine on a hot breakfast buffet with Santa and have your picture taken with him. Photo, gift from Santa, train ride and admission to the zoo for the day, is included in program price. Participants must pre - register and pay in advance by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14 or by visiting

Milk and Cookies with Santa

Saturdays, December 12 and 19 1:00 P.M. & 3:00 P.M. Sundays, December 6, 13, and 20 1:00 P.M. & 3:00 P.M Mondays, December 7, 14, and 21 12:30 P.M. Zoo Members: $6/person Non-Members: $9/person Children under 1 are free

December 2009 The Reporter Enjoy cookies and milk with Santa before he makes his annual trip. Photo, gift from Santa, train ride and admission to the zoo for the day, is included in program price. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14 or by visiting

Holiday Fun at the Zoo

December 6, 11, 12, 18 and 19 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Zoo Members: $13/person Non- Members: $16/person Children under 1 are free Party with your favorite holiday characters, including Santa, Frosty & Rudolph! Pizza dinner, photo with Santa, small gift, holiday lights train ride (weather permitting) and a craft with Mrs. Claus included. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by calling (508) 991-4556 x 14 or by visiting Please Note: The Zoo is closed for Thanksgiving (November 26th), Christmas (December 25th), and New Year’s Day (January 1st). The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS), a private, non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to support the Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ) so that the Zoo will be a significant contributor to the conservation of nature both at home and throughout the world. Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ) features over 250 animals and 30 exhibits, including elephants, bison, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters, and farm animals. BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has been called “one of the finest small zoos in the United States” by that organization. It is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (508) 991-6178.

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The Arc of Northern Bristol County Thanks Pancake Breakfast Volunteers

Dear Friends of The Arc of Northern Bristol County & the Taunton Area Resource Center, Saturday, October 24, 2009 marked our 7th Annual and wonderfully successful Pancake Breakfast. The Pancake Breakfast is a completely volunteer-run event, with food and prizes donated from community businesses. All proceeds support the Taunton Area Resource Center (TARC) to provide services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many thanks to our Pancake Breakfast Volunteers including Fran McCarthy, Ted Griffin, Valerie Zagami, Jackie Theis, Jacqueline Marshall, Michael Andrade, Paul Martin, Marie Odie, Elaine Rose, Terry Braun, Doreen Mallette, Pat Kirby, Fran Leary, Pat Griffin, Barbara Leary, Donna McInnis, Bob Braun, Erica Rose, Troy Hixon, Jared Farley and Donna Brown. Special thanks to our grand prize donors Cardi’s Furniture and Bristol County Savings Bank. We are also grateful for donations for food and prizes we received from Bernie & Phyl’s, Celebrities for Charity, Stop & Shop, Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Market Basket, Fine Catering by Russell Morin, Princess House, Hearth & Kettle, Rich Harwood, Robert Deshetres, Troy Hixon, Rebecca Barry and Benjamin’s Restaurant. As always, much thanks to the Portuguese American Civic Club of Taunton for hosting our annual event! And last but not least, thanks to all who attended and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast filled with community, good will and delicious food! See you next year! With gratitude, Michael M. Andrade President / CEO,

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At a recent meeting of New England Antique Tractor and Truck Association, members brought toys to be donated to the National Guard for children of our servicemen and women who are spending the holidays away from home. Members have a chance to take a CPR course on December 16 at 6:30 P.M. at Francis Farm, Rehoboth, offered by the Ambulance Committee. Call 508 222-7109 to register for the course. There will be no regular meeting on that night. The next member meeting will be held Jan. 20 at 7:00 PM. Plans will then be made for the Ham and Bean Supper to be held in February. Anyone interested in antique tractors and trucks is always welcome to attend the meetings.

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Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club A Special Gift for That special Someone

The Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club Have Gifts available Our first Annual Christmas & Note cards Depicting 15 Rehoboth Historical landmarks Available At Bristol County Savings Bank, Building Inspectors Office, and Country Thyme Gift Shop. $ 15.00 per box. All Proceeds will be distributed to Lions Eye research and our Local community Also available for Gift giving:

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Dec. 9, District Gov. Ray Hebert visits our club and we will have an Induction of new members. Golf- September 18, 2010 1 p.m. - Crestwood

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton announces $350,000 Foundation Grant

Dianne L. DePippo, LICSW, President & CPO of United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton is pleased to announce United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. has received a $350,000 grant from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation to administer and convene the South Coast Regional Network (SCRN) to End Homelessness to help divert, prevent, and eliminate homelessness and housing insecurities for individuals and families within the regions of Greater Attleboro, Greater Fall River, Greater New Bedford, and Greater Taunton. Ms. DePippo states, “The realization of this grant represents months of hard work and the success of a newly formed regional partnership focused entirely on issue of housing and homelessness”. She adds, “individuals and families have been temporarily housed in motels all over the state at an increasingly alarming rate and this grant allows our regions to better work together to communicate, coordinate, and intervene with a goal of permanent housing and stabilization.” Ms. DePippo mentioned that “the state of the economy has contributed to an already devastating concern and this financial award over the next 11 months (November 1, 2009- 9/30/10) will direct significant resources and dollars to assist individuals and families with housing and desperately needed support and assistance.” Ms. DePippo asserts that “this grant will support increased resources to meet a critical need in our local communities and UWGAT would like to thank those at the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, Department of Housing and Community Development, Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, and the numerous partners (non-profit partners, municipal partners, local businesses, community representatives, faith-based partners, and other community stakeholders) who helped to make this possible. Our communities will be the better for it.”

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Our November 10th meeting was well attended. We honored our Veterans with a history report by William Paull, and a poem by Joanna Fuchs read by Diane Cote. Our pianist, Phyllis Bush used patriotic songs for our meeting music. Refreshments were served. Food items were donated by the attendees and were sent to the Berkley food pantry. We were pleased to have as a visitor our Subordinate Deputy, Marion Horne. It was good to see her able to be out and about. We also had a visitor from Oakland Grange. At the recent State session the Worthy Master Calvin C Chase, Jr. made many recommendations. One of which is that area Granges for the Southeast Junior Grange lend their time and support to this Junior Grange. This is the 100th anniversary of the Junior Grange in Massachusetts. I am pleased to announce that Keith Harmon joined The Southeast Junior Grange on November 7th. Keith has been attending our meetings as a non member and helping out in many ways, so it is good that he is now a member of the grange. The National Grange supports the voluntary use of good conservation practices and sustained yield management practices on private forestlands and has many further recommendations. Our December 8th meeting is a Christmas party with a $5.00 Yankee swap and card exchange. We are also looking for unwrapped gifts for a child that will be donated to needy folks. Guess that is all for now. See you in the January news. Further info call 508-822-4946.

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The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society News

The Carpenter Museum... Mrs. Claus will visit the Teddy Bear Tea

Please make sure to call the museum to reserve your spot at the Teddy Bear Tea on Saturday, December 5, 2 to 4 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 507 has been busy planning the event. We will have goodies, crafts and fun… and Mrs. Claus will stop by to read ’Twas the Night Before Christmas to all the boys and girls.

inclusiveness. She never looked for attention, but in her own way she brought a positive change of direction to our organization.” The family of Sue Travis has kindly requested that the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society establish a Sue Travis Memorial Fund in recognition of her dedication to the Carpenter Museum. Contributions may be made to RAS, P.O. Box 2, Rehoboth, MA 02769.

Holiday Celebration for all our Volunteers

Please stop by between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 10 and let us thank you for volunteering your help this year! We will be serving tea & coffee, cookies and plenty of holiday cheer!

And the Prettiest Sight You’ll See…

… will be the Christmas decorations throughout the museum and the holiday wreaths that will be on our back and front doors! Thank you, Garden Club, for decorating the museum for the season. Your talents are appreciated by all who enter here.

Remembering Sue M. (LaPierre) Travis

As recently as this past August, Sue Travis and her husband Phil sat next to friends and fellow Antiquarians at the Society’s annual Clambake. When Sue died unexpectedly on October 9th, we were shocked and saddened. Sue was a strong presence through many years of Rehoboth Antiquarian Society’s history. Even after she and husband (former State Representative) Phil Travis moved to Sandwich a few years ago, the couple continued to support the society and attend many events. RAS President Tom Charnecki remembers Sue as quiet, but always ready to help where needed. “Around 1998 after the oil spill at the library, when we were short on funds Sue volunteered to take over as interim director for a time.” “After the oil spill we had no director for awhile,” explains Trustee Rebecca Smith. “Lydia Carswell and I filled in to keep the 4th grade program going and to make sure the Museum was open on Sundays. After a year or so the board persuaded Sue to take over on a more formal basis. She didn’t want to be called ‘Director,’” says Rebecca. “She was not the sort to make a show of herself at all, but she just got things done.” Pat Cleaveland, long time RAS member and volunteer, remembers working with Sue. “She was highly intellectual. And she was a pleasure to work with.” “She always seemed to enjoy being at the Museum,” Rebecca Smith remembers. “She was pleasant to talk to and a good listener. Her family was obviously very important to her and we sometimes talked about her children and grandchildren. “When she became a board member, she was notable for being a calm voice of few words. She spoke if she had something to say, but didn’t like to argue.” “Sue was proud of her French Canadian and Native American heritage,” Tom Charnecki adds. She pushed the RAS towards

Sue and Phil Travis came up from Sandwich to attend the annual Antiquarian Clambake in August 2009.

A Note from the Museum Curator Holiday Postcards on Exhibit Now

The next time you’re at the Carpenter Museum for a meeting or a visit, be sure to check out the new display of holiday postcards in Tilton Auditorium. Sending, receiving, and collecting postcards at holidays such as Thanksgiving was a popular pastime in the first two decades of the twentieth century before folded cards came into vogue. Publishing firms created postcards for all kinds of holidays, both those still widely celebrated and those now obscure (like Leap Year Day, the only time considered proper for women to propose marriage). On view are about thirty postcards received by Rehoboth residents that recognize Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. Come learn about the motifs and symbols used in designs for these holidays, and admire the colorful images gracing each postcard. On view until April 15.

Holiday postcard. Please note that the Carpenter Museum will NOT be open on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. during December, January and February. But you can still visit us weekdays. Just call to make an appointment.

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People In The News Jesse T. Brescia Air Force Airman Jesse T. Brescia graduated from basic military training and Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He is the son of Kristen and John Brescia of Spring St., Rehoboth and is a 2009 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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USA Karate - Rehoboth named David McNaughton, of Rehoboth, their newest “Student of the Quarter”. “David is an amazing student. He started training in karate when he was 3 ½ years old and currently holds the rank of Purple Belt. To date he is the youngest student to train with us. His determination and dedication make David an exceptional child. He’s learned so much in the past 3 years” explains Shihan John, Head Instructor at the school. “I am very proud to have David as one of our students. He pays attention, works hard and never stops trying to improve. He’s also one of the happiest kids I know!” David is in 1st Grade at Palmer River School and his parents, Dave & Christine tell us that they first brought David to us, so that he would learn self control… “David is now able to focus and understands that you must always work hard to learn something new, in order to do it well”. Sparring is David’s favorite activity in karate and he hopes to some day become a Black Belt. David enjoys competing in regional tournaments and recently received an invitation to the NEKC Tournament of Champions as one of the top eight competitors in his division for the 2009 competition season. At the Tournament of Champions, held November 16th in Providence, RI, David won 2nd Place in Empty Handed Forms and 3rd Place in Sparring.

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The Rehoboth Agricultural Fair, in Rehoboth, Mass., garnered a third place award at the 2009 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs’ Association (MAFA) Media Awards competition held November 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough, Mass. The fair received its honor in the Advertising Specialty category within the Medium Fairs designation. The awards, which are presented at the MAFA annual meeting, are coordinated by Eastern States Exposition’s Noreen Tassinari, director of Marketing and Catherine Pappas, communications manager. This year’s judges were Donald Brunelle, president of Brunelle Graphics in Holyoke, Mass., and Maripat Jordan, general sales manager for CBS-3 Springfield. Seventeen fairs from across Massachusetts participated in the competition which drew a record 98 entries. The competition takes place in early October and is open to all fairs, festivals and agricultural shows who are members of MAFA. 2010 submissions will be accepted at The Big E’s Marketing department following The Big E next fall. For information on entering next year, please call 413-205-5041.

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On October 24th the Providence Country Day girls’ varsity tennis team defeated Coventry to take the RI Interscholastic League Tennis Championship. After losing in the finals last year, this team came back stronger than ever, not only to win the title, but to have an undefeated season at 19-0. Three Rehoboth residents were part of this victorious team. Playing at second singles was Alissa Musto. Often called the ‘Fearsome Freshman’, Musto defeated Coventry’s #2, 6-0, 6-1 giving PCD an early lead. Lydia Mozzone the captain, another Rehoboth resident, finished the season at 1st doubles. Although her doubles team lost in this match, it was a close battle at 6-4, 7-5 and they had a steady season. Marissa Douglas served as an expedition player as well as the Knights’ unofficial cheerleader, always giving encouragement and support to her teammates. Both Alissa Musto and Lydia Mozzone received first team honors at the RI Tennis Banquet in November. Senior-captain Lydia Mozzone

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Make Every Day Literacy Day

This November we had a team of “special guests” to read to our youngsters in honor of Literacy Day. Thank you to Representative D’Amico, Mr. Marciello, Senator Timilty, Dr. Wordell, and Dr. Montagano for helping to enrich our day. The children are always delighted to have guest readers. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you feel you have a “flair” for reading or even some other expertise that might enrich our curriculum. If you wish to learn more about how better to support your child in the area of reading, you may wish to contact Ms. Nicole Grady, our Palmer River Title One reading teacher. Recently Ms Grady has prepared a packet of reading tips and resources that would surely help any developing reader. These handouts were recently shared at conferences in honor of literacy month; however, if you would like a packet sent home to you please contact her directly.

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Behind Beckwith Middle School is the most amazing thing you could ever see, it is the Palmer River. At the Palmer River I got to see dangerous poison ivy. I also got to see gigantic acorns. There was a squirrel looking for nuts. There were leaves dancing in the water. A colorful pole was sticking out of the water. A calm river was gently flowing. A tree with three trunks was next to the river.

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There was a beautiful rainbow in the water. Across the river were clusters of drooping ferns. Gigantic roots of a tree were sticking out of the ground. There were four painted birdhouses. My reflection was shaking in the water. The water was greenish blackish. Swarms of mosquitoes were flying all around me. A dragonfly was buzzing loudly. A daddy long legs was crawling up a stair. And a skinny stream was flowing by. There were tons of things you could hear at the Palmer River. I heard a strong wind rustling some leaves. There were trucks, cars, and vans on the road. There were kids laughing and talking. The generator was blasting loudly. An airplane went roaring by. Birds were singing a lovely melody. And of course there were tons and tons of pounding footsteps. On that day we went to the Palmer River I felt joyful, overjoyed, and excited because I had never seen the Palmer River before. I also felt peaceful and serene because it was very quiet there. That was the best fourth grade school day so far.

Little Helping Hands

We extend our appreciation to all of the Palmer River Community for helping to support both the Rehoboth Helping Hands and the Rehoboth Food Pantry. The Fourth grade “Empty Bowl” project, where fourth graders sold decorated spoons our families, yielded over $435.00 for the food pantry. In addition to this, our families have been very generous in their donating of both canned goods and cash for the food pantry. Our “Blizzard of Giving” board has been a challenge to maintain as the snowflakes telling what is needed in the community seem to “melt” off the board. (The children have experienced such joy peeking into the return box as gifts start to collect!) Thank you for all you continue to do for this community. The generosity of this community is a lasting lesson and model for all of our young people. On behalf of the entire Palmer River Staff, we wish you a very happy holiday season!

What did you do to that Turkey?

While it is likely that you have by now had your fill of turkey, stuffing and even pie - there is always room to read the work of some of our youngest writers. These kindergarten students took great pride in their recipes telling how to prepare a thanksgiving meal. Many of these “original” recipes were put into a collection and shared with our troops over seas. While the soldiers are far from their own family, we’ve been told that the children’s recipie books help to brighten their Thanksgiving holiday.

From Chef Ryan

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From Chef Evan

I would go out to the barn and catch a slow turkey. I would take his feathers off and put him in the oven for 100 minutes. Take him out and put salt on him and eat his wings. I would wash the turkey down with a cold glass of milk.

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Student Council is, once again, sponsoring this year’s Beckwith Food Drive. The kick-off was at our November 13 dance. Students were encouraged to bring 2 cans to the dance and they, in turn, received a ticket for a snack and a drink at the dance. Students were encouraged to bring in cans, gift certificates or cash donations to school beginning Monday, Nov. 16 and ending Thursday, Nov. 19. Checks can be made payable to Rehoboth Food Pantry. Last year we collected about 3,000 items. Our goal this year is to collect 6,000 items. Please help us to help others in town.


The Rehoboth PTSA again sponsored the Reflections Program. This year’s theme was “Beauty is”. Each child who entered received a $5 gift certificate to the Spring Book Fair for each category entered. There were 6 categories which could be entered: visual arts (drawing), literature (writing), photography, musical composition, dance choreography, and film production. Rules and regulations can be obtained at or at WWW.RehobothPTSA. org. Questions regarding the program can be directed to or Kathy at 508-252-9308.

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It was time again for the spooky-themed team challenges during Physical Education classes at Beckwith Middle School! All physical education students in grades 5 – 8 participated in eight different spooky team challenges in the gymnasium during the last two weeks of October. Groups made up of 6-8 students were given total responsibility for their own team’s performance. Each team member had a role or job to do for his/her team, which included the organizer, recorder, summarizer, enforcer, praisers, and encouragers. The teachers set everything up and then allowed the teams to work things out on their own unless teacher input was required to help the group move forward. The activities challenged the students’ physical abilities as well as their ability to work together to achieve a common team goal. The team was only

December 2009 The Reporter able to be successful with each particular challenge if each team member was able to be successful; therefore, the team had to support all of its members in order to achieve the goal. Each challenge was quite different from the next to allow for all students to shine in their own individual way while also supporting their teammates. The challenges included The Snake Pit (returning favorite), Pumpkin Roll, Graveyard Crossing, Ghostbusters, Toxic Waste Transfer, The Giant Spider Web, The Haunted Obstacle Course (another returning favorite), and Upside-Down Arachnophobia. Our students stepped up to the challenges and demonstrated that they can work together with other boys and girls with varied abilities and personalities. Although many teams met with some bumps in the road, all groups were able to move past those bumps to attempt to achieve their goals. At the completion of the challenges, teams evaluated themselves by filling out a team report card. Everyone experienced what real teamwork is all about. Learning how to problem solve, communicate, cooperate, tolerate and accept, perform physical skills, respect differences, build character, and make cognitive connections are just some of the wonderful benefits of participating in these types of activities. Mr. Butler and Miss Miller are quite proud of the Beckwith PE students and would like to thank each group for a hauntingly great time!

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Although Beckwith Middle School nominates students for the John Hopkins Program based on specific criteria, parents are also able to nominate their children. The criteria we use are “advanced” in both ELA and Mathematics on the latest MCAS test. However, if parents feel that their child is “gifted” and would benefit from the program they can complete a nomination form online and send it in to John Hopkins University.


Month of the Young Adolescent

Governor Duval Patrick signed a Proclamation declaring October to be the Month of the Young Adolescent. In celebration, three 8th grade D. L. Beckwith Middle School students were chosen to accompany Ms. Elizabeth Crohan, a fifth grade teacher at Beckwith and a board member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middle Level Educators (COMMLE), to the State House on Thursday, October 29th to be presented with the Proclamation. The students, Lauren Farris, Case Framson and Matthew Moschella, were chosen because of the enthusiasm they show each day for history and government. They had the opportunity to meet with Representative Allen McCarthy, the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, who presented them with the Proclamation. They were also treated to a tour of the State House and a morning exploring their capital city.

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The SMARTS touring art exhibit which was established in 1992, brings public attention to the quality of artwork created by middle school age children and provides families from the region an opportunity to visit an established museum to see their children’s artwork displayed. The exhibit is created with about 300 pieces of artwork from students in the SMARTS middle schools. These works are displayed in the Attleboro Art Museum for about 2 weeks before beginning the tour to each participating SMARTS middle school. Parents and community are invited to the opening reception at the Attleboro Arts Museum on February 6, 2010 at 1 p.m. The exhibit is expected to be displayed at Beckwith March 22-26.



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Casual Days at Beckwith

This year proceeds from the month’s Casual Days are being directed to charitable organizations. For the month of October, proceeds benefited women’s health/breast cancer awareness. During the month of November proceeds benefited the Rehoboth Food Pantry and December will be Home for the Holidays (support our troops).

Dighton Art Festival

Beckwith students Brianne Achin, Kyle St. Pierre, Tim Guimond, Connor Saleeba, Ali Willis, Nicole Wright, Jenna Ziegelmeyer, Shelley Hobson, Chris Berry, Ethan Hobson, Robyn D’Ambrosio, Luis Arocho, Kiley Baltazar, Rachel LoBalbo, Ashley Rossi, Yendee Ho-Rath, Mikaela Thiboutot, and Emma Maslen displayed their artwork at the Dighton Art Festival held on November 1st. It was a lovely day with live music, delicious food, hayrides, face painting, and many other fun activities.

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Mrs. Ann Marie Cheney joined the Beckwith Middle School office as Principal’s secretary on October 13. I am sure as you work with her you will find her to be very pleasant and helpful. Please join the staff in welcoming our newest staff member.

Beckwith Community Celebrates Student Growth!

This is the first time Massachusetts has used a growth model to evaluate student performance. Students in Beckwith Middle School are demonstrating high growth in four out of eight areas and typical growth in three out of eight areas.

Grade 5 6 7 8

ELA % 39 58 44 61

Math % 54 69 63.5 68.5

Why are we so excited? Students at 10% of districts statewide made relatively high growth in ELA and 7% made relatively high growth in math. Typical growth is between the 40th and 60th percentile, and low growth is below the 40th percentile. The results measure individual student progress on the state’s assessment test by tracking the scores from one year to the next. Whereas basic test results reflect how a student performed on a particular assessment, growth reports detail how much a student’s performance has changed from one year to the next. Growth data alone does not create a full picture of school, district, or student performance; the reports are meant to be used in conjunction with MCAS achievement level results. These numbers indicate that while we may have some low proficiency rates, our students are making strong year-to-year gains.

Principal’s Coffee

A principal’s coffee was held Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 5 P.M. in the school’s library. Further discussion of the school’s growth and budget was the topic of discussion. The next principal’s coffee will be held on December 3 at 5 P.M.

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SPORTS UPDATE The 2009 D-R Mitey Mites

Front row: Hudson Nees #16, Mike Pacheco #19, Shawn Walsh #27, Jack Silva #57, Owen Santos #86 Second row: Zach Rosato #11, Tyler Correia #9, Patrick Sullivan #78, Aidan Botelho #32, Kyle Costa #8, Chase Lanouette #66, Michael Castro #53, Paul Castro #24 Third row: Preston Johnson #74, Chris Heron #81, Hunter Hartwell #59, Zach Figueira #83, Robby Loewen #75, Joe Carrera #3, Brooks Menard #49, Sean Gerry #47, Preston Gomes #26 Back row: Team Parent Vicki Sullivan, Coach Bob Sullivan, Coach Tony Castro, Coach Christian Card, Coach Nelson Silva, Coach Tim Santos, Coach Joey Alexander Great job Mitey Mites on a fantastic year. Hope to see you all next season. Visit to learn about us.

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Sean Turner from Rehoboth scored a big victory in Men’s Sabre, capturing the 1st place gold by defeating a strong field of 35 total fencers including nine other teammates, Local athletes swept to victory at a “C” and under fencing tournament hosted by Prise de Fer Fencing Club. Fencers medaled in all six categories at this “C” tournament. “C” tournaments restrict participants to athletes holding a national rating of “C” or under. Ratings are awarded by the United States Fencing Association, the sport’s governing body, and are granted to fencers with high placed finishes at local, regional, or national events.

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RYBSA and RBI Academy

RYBSA has partnered with RBI Baseball Academy in Foxboro. This partnership allows for registered RYBSA softball and baseball players to participate in winter indoor training opportunities. Indoor sessions will be held on Saturdays during the months of February and March. Space is limited for both sessions. Chris Welch of RBI Baseball will also be holding a free preseason coaches clinic. Discounted rates for individuals as well as teams are available through RYBSA. More information about this opportunity will be included in the registration package. If you would like more detailed information please visit our website,

In Memoriam

RYBSA would like to send our condolences to the family of Mike Taylor, a dedicated member of the RYBSA family. Mike Taylor was one of RYBSA’s original board members and also served as RYBSA President. He volunteered many hours which contributed to the development of the Martin Street Complex. The Taylor family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations made on his behalf to the RYBSA organization.

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Blanding Library by Leslie Patterson

Computer Classes at Blanding Michael Deignan will hold three more Wednesday evening computer classes on these dates: Dec. 9, 16, and 30 at 6:30 p.m. Call the Blanding to register or for more information. Story & Craft Hours for preschoolers have come to an end this year and will start up after the holidays, during the week of January 12. Check the ‘Calendar’ on our website ( after the first of the year for exact dates & times. Tot Time, our program for children under 3 years old, has become quite popular on Tuesday mornings. Tot Time will return in January also. Check the Blanding website or the January Reporter for more information. Registration is required for all story hours and tot times. Thanks: The staff at the Blanding would like to give a big “Thank You” to these young adult volunteers at the library this year: Courtney, Lauren, Ashley, Tyler, Ian, Grace, Sara, Donovan, Clara, Johannah, and Alison. And thanks also to our adult volunteers Lee Krasner, Cathy Gaudet, Loretta LaPierre, Naomi Swallow, Maryellen Delaplain, and Betty Scanlon. A special thank you goes to Avis Prior and Sharon Beskid for all their work organizing the annual used book sale. Thanks also to Michael Deignan for offering computer classes this fall. All your help makes a big difference at the Blanding. And if we have accidentally left anyone out of this list, please let us know. Profits from the popular Halloween ghost stories event this October were used to buy the library a portable sound system with a cordless microphone. The new revolving stand in the foyer (which takes the place of the old bulletin board) was purchased with profits from the annual used book sale. The sale will be held again this coming spring. Look for more details in the coming months. We continue to accept donations of used books in good condition. Please leave them at the front desk during library hours. Do not leave them outside the building or in the book drop. Coming up at the Blanding: the Knitting Group will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 15, and the Blanding book club will be discussing “Shutter Island” by Dennis Lehane on Wed. Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Also meeting that Wednesday evening is Poetry in the Village, starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring a favorite holiday poem (of your own or a personal favorite by another) to share. For more information on these activities call the Blanding Library. Rehoboth Reads: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” will be featured in the town-wide reading program starting after the first of the year. This popular novel is set during the difficult years of Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands. You can reserve your copy now and watch for program announcements to follow soon. The Carpenter Museum hosted an excellent talk on Rehoboth cemeteries, featuring Brenda Sullivan of the Graveyard Girls in Worcester recently. The subject may have been cemeteries, but Brenda’s illustrated talk was very lively. Since many people come into the Blanding seeking this information, I’d also like to refer you to a very good local website ( for more details about the dozens of cemeteries in our town. I’m sure Brenda’s talk encouraged many of us to take a stroll through our many historic cemeteries and look for interesting old gravestones. The Trim Room at Goff Hall (open the same hours as the library) is another good source for research in Rehoboth history and genealogy. The Blanding Library is located in historic Goff Hall, 124 Bay State Rd. in Rehoboth ( or call 508-2524236. Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays and holidays. The library will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 24 and 25, and will close early on New Year’s Eve, at 4 p.m. Happy Holidays to all!

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Seekonk Public Library Beading Workshop

Learn the art of beading at the Seekonk Public Library on Wednesday, December 2 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adult participants will make a pair of earrings in this hands-on workshop. Debra Saucier from Bead and Wire of Seekonk will teach the techniques needed to create this beautiful project. All materials will be available for sale on the night of the program. Registration is required as the class size is limited. The class is open to either Massachusetts residents with a SAILS library card or Rhode Island residents with a Seekonk Public Library card. Seekonk residents are given first preference. Call the Adult Services Department at 508-336-8230, ext. 130 to register. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library.

Computer Classes

The Seekonk Public Library will be offering computer classes to SAILS library cardholders in December. A variety of classes are available to help ease the fear of computer use. The following classes will be offered in December: December 3 - Internet V: Library Resources at Home 6 – 7:30 p.m. December 5 – Word II: Editing and Columns 9:30 – 11 a.m. Registration is required. The classes are open to either Massachusetts residents with a SAILS library card or Rhode Island residents with a Seekonk Public Library card. Call the Adult Services Department at 508-336-8230, ext. 130 to register.

Family Holiday Sing-along

Enjoy a wonderful Holiday Concert with award winning musician David Ploansky at the Seekonk Public Library on Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. This concert will be one which gets the entire audience singing. Mr. Polansky has written award winning songs for Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa and, as a result of being a musician for so many years has a repertoire of standards that is enormous. Requests will be taken also. Join us for a memorable hour of festive song and cheer. This program is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. For more information contact the Adult Services Department at 508-336-8230, ext. 130.

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The Dighton Public Library has won a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The Dighton Public Library has received a $7,500 federal IMLS/LSTA grant to be used for the Dighton Library’s upcoming “Dighton Reads” program. “Dighton Reads” will be a year-long celebration of library activities focused around baseball, including a project where everyone in Dighton will read the same baseball book. This grant will fund new baseball books, movies and games for the library collection; special baseball speakers and workshops; and other special community Thursday December 31, 2009 events. Even more exciting for the Dighton Public Library is that Four convenient times: this project coincides with the Library building’s 100th birthday. Upon learning that the Dighton Public Library received the fed1:30-3:30pm • 4-6pm • 6:30-8:30pm • 9-11pm eral grant, Jocelyn Tavares, Director of the library said: This grant will help us celebrate our milestone of the library location on Main Pizza & Soft Drinks, Shoe Rental, Street for 100 years. We are excited to offer a wide array of materi2 Hours of Extreme Rock N'Bowl als and programming that will attract the community and combine Dighton’s love of sports and baseball with the Library. Only $11.99 per person The federal funds will be used to add to the library’s growing collection of baseball and coaching videos, books, CD’s and games. Reserve your spot today!! Events already planned include a visit from Bill Nowlin, author of many Red Sox and baseball books, including, Mr. Red Sox: the 354 Taunton Avenue • East Providence, RI 02914 Johnny Pesky Story and Blood. Feud: the Red Sox, the Yankees and the Struggle of Good vs. 401-434-5839 Evil; a historic audiovisual presentation of Fenway Park; a lecture on positive sports parenting; and other educational and recreational events. You can keep track of upcoming activities by visiting the Library’s calendar on the website, Under federal legislation, the IMLS, through the Library Services and Technology Act of 1966, provides funds to each state using a population based formula. The State agency receiving the funds may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through grant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school and special libraries. Federal funds support primarily activities using technology for information sharing between libraries and other community ® services. They also fund programs making library resources more accessible to urban, rural, or low income residents, or others who Grand We are pleased to announce! have difficulty using library services. Opening! For more information about the federal SATURDAY JANUARY 9 IMLS/LSTA grants, please visit the IMLS 9 AM - 12 NOON website at or visit the Maswith Wayne Dickinson, Masters sachusetts Board of Library Commissioners World Champion, 4th degree black belt website at ALL AGES/LEVELS Recommended for Military and Law Enforcement For more information on becoming involved in the celebration or upcoming (NEW!!!) CHILDREN’S AFTER-SCHOOL* JUDO events, please contact Jocelyn Tavares by phone at 508-669-6421 or by emailing PERSONAL TRAINING, TAEKWONDO, JUDO,

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Questions? Please Contact for help this holiday season: Steve Martin (Director Rehoboth Helping Hands) 252-3263 Blizzard Questions: Maureen Brawley 252-4867; Michelle Tremont 252-4976. Girl Scout Contact: Colleen McBride 252-6430

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Or visit a Blizzard of Giving display located at the Blanding Library* (new location), Rehoboth Post Office, The D.L. Beckwith Middle School and The Palmer River Elementary School. Pick a snowflake and donate the gift inscribed –wrap the gift and affix the snowflake securely to the outside! (Snowflakes are wishes of a Rehoboth family). All gifts should be returned to one of the following locations for pick-up by the Rehoboth Girl Scouts: Blanding Library, Chartley Store, Cork & Bottle, D. L. Beckwith Middle School, Palmer River Elementary School, Rehoboth Congregational Church, Rehoboth Post Office, Twin Oaks Learning Center. Boxes are marked: “Blizzard of Giving/Toys for Rehoboth Kids.”

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The Jr. Webelo’s from Rehoboth Pack 1 went to AAA in Somerset to earn their Traveler Pin. It was a great experience for the boys to learn how to plan a trip. They used the computers to find bus schedules as well as figured out the cost per mile for the trip. They looked at a map legend on a road map to learn what the symbols mean. The boys found places of interest on the maps and drew two different routes to get there. Then, using the legend, found the shortest route in miles. It was a great educational experience for traveling. We thank AAA in Somerset for their time.


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Registration Now Open for Boy Scouts’ Merit Badge College at RIC

Area Boy Scouts have an opportunity to earn up to two merit badges each when they register and attend Narragansett Council’s Netop District Merit Badge College at Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 23, 2010. Registration opened November 16th online at http://www. and will fill up early. The Merit Badge College is an opportunity to meet with highly qualified merit badge counselors, earn your merit badge and foster development of what could become a lifelong interest. Particular emphasis is given to hobby and career merit badges that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. New offerings this year include Painting, Plumbing, Graphic Arts, Energy and Traffic Safety. Also offered are American Business/ American Labor as well as Entrepreneurship and Music. Fifty different badges are planned in all, so register as soon as possible. Cost is only $20 per Scout; $10 per adult, payable when you register. The fee includes lunch and the MBC patch. In the Eagle’s Nest, Eagle Scout VIP luncheon will be hosted by University of Rhode Island football coach, Bob Griffin. As one Boy Scout said last year, “This is the best! I get to have a fun day and earn two full merit badges at the same time!” The Boys Scouts of America’s Boy Scouting program is for boys who are at least 11 years old and not yet 18. They participate in patrol-centered activities, campouts, community service opportunities, advancement and leadership while they earn merit badges and all of this while having fun. If you would like more information on Boy Scouting, contact Eric Oulette at the Narragansett Council at (401) 351-5515 ext 27, or visit our web site at

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Pack 2 Rehoboth Helps 51 Local Families

Thanks to the generous donations by many Rehoboth neighbors the Cub Scouts of Pack2 Rehoboth were able to collect numerous needed food and sundry items which will be used by Rehoboth residence. The following Pack 2 cubs helped in distributing the bags one weekend and collecting them the next: Ben Palermo, Cole Desrosiers, Colton Travis, Daniel Furze, Harry Sullivan, Jack Chrystie, Jacob Holmes, Jake Benevides, Joshua Crellin, Joshua Gousie, Justin Crooks, Kameron Robitaille, Marcel Almeida, Matthew Herman , Matthew Proctor. Michael Koussa, Ryan Resendes, Thomas Brown, Tom Savary, Trent Desrosiers and Tyler Pellechio. Thanks to each boy who helped, and thanks to each giving neighbor for their generosity!

Pack 1 Rehoboth Wolf Cubs Earn Bowling Belt Loop

The boys from Pack 1 Rehoboth along with their parents spent an evening bowling to earn their Bowling Belt Loop. Thank you to the East Providence Bowling Academy on Taunton Ave for having us. We had a great time.

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Celebrate The Spirit Of The Holidays With A Christmas Carol Trinity Rep’s 33rd Annual Production Runs November 20-December 27

Providence, RI: Trinity Rep is celebrating its 33rd year of presenting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi’s Furniture Superstores. Performances begin on November 20 and run through December 27 in the Chace Theater. Heralded as “The crowning jewel of holiday theatre here in Rhode Island” by EDGE Providence, this annual New England holiday tradition will be reimagined for local audiences by director Birgitta Victorson. This year’s production features only one adult cast lead by Timothy Crowe in the role of Scrooge, who will be joined by an ensemble of many Trinity Rep acting company favorites. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (401) 351-4242, on line at www.trinityrep. com, or in person at the theater’s box office. Adult ticket prices for A Christmas Carol are $40-$65, with best prices available for all November performances. All children’s tickets (age 2-14) are only $10. The first performance on November 20 at 7:30pm is Pay What You Can (PWYC). PWYC tickets go on sale in the box office at 6:30 p.m. that evening with a limit of one ticket per person. Trinity Rep continues to offer affordable $10 seats on the Chace Theater’s 12th row bench for all performances. Additional discounted and rush tickets are also available; call box office for details. For information on group rates (parties of 20 or more) contact Group Sales at (401) 453-9223. Appealing to young and old alike, this timeless tale of the power of forgiveness shows us that anything is possible – and hope is always just around the corner. Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted on Christmas Eve by the eerie apparition of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. The ghost bears a stern warning that he has one last chance to mend the errors of his ways. Three spirits visit him that Christmas Eve — the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through their magical travels that night, Scrooge greets Christmas morning with newfound joy and seizes the chance to redeem his ways. Director Birgitta Victorson promises a “spectacle of light and sound” in her Carol, and an abundance of snow. As for Trinity Rep’s annual reinvention of Dickens’ classic tale, she feel that the story is just as timely today as it was when it was first written. She explains, “The great thing about this story, and the reason why it’s done every year around the world, is that no one has written a better Christmas story that resonates on a basic human level – and does so with universal appeal. I think there’s so much about the story that people need to see, especially in these economic times, so as to just be reminded that life isn’t about having money or not having money. At the end of the day,

it’s just about being the most loving, caring, compassionate person that you can be.” Trinity Rep has assembled a talented design team to create the candle-lit parlors and Victorian era counting houses of Dickensian London. The production team includes Michael McGarty (Set Designer), William Lane (Costume Designer), Dan Scully (Lighting Designer) and Peter Sasha Hurowitz (Sound Designer) along with Michael Rice (Musical Director) and Jude Sandy (Choreographer). Breaking from past tradition, this year’s production has only one adult cast, which features many Trinity Rep resident acting company favorites. Timothy Crowe is back again this year as Ebenezer Scrooge (his 10th turn in the role) and the cast includes Angela Brazil as Lucy, Janice Duclos as Mrs. Fezziwig, Mauro Hantman as Bob Cratchit, Barbara Meek as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Anne Scurria as Mrs. Partlet, Fred Sullivan, Jr. as The Ghost of Christmas Present, Rachael Warren as Mrs. Cratchit and Joe Wilson, Jr. as Jacob Marley. Alongside the resident company are Brown/Trinity MFA program actors Sam Haley-Hill, Per Janson, David Rudi Utter, and Monica Willey. Back this year is the lively music of Trinity Rep’s “house musicians” Kevin Fallon, Steve Jobe, Chris Lussier and Chris Turner.

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Trinity Rep is also proud to welcome 14 talented local children to the stage as they join in the magic and wonder of A Christmas Carol. Out of 160 children that auditioned, the following 14 were chosen for the rotating children’s cast: Clayville residents Carolina King as Fan/Hunger and Virginia King as Belinda; Cranston residents Eric Halvarson as Turkey Boy/Young Scrooge, Haley Schreiber as Belinda, and Benjamin Thornton as Tiny Tim; Cumberland-based Teddy McNulty as Turkey Boy/Young Scrooge; Lincoln residents Julianna McGuirl as Fan/Hunger and Kateryne Nelson-Guerrero as Reader; North Kingstown actor Chris Lysik as Peter/Young Marley; North Providence resident Nigel Richards as Peter/Young Marley; Providence resident Emeline Herreid as Reader; Warren resident Sophia Rose Diodati as Martha; Warwick-based Sakari Monteiro as Martha and Rehoboth, MA resident Liam Clancy as Tiny Tim. Birgitta Victorson directed and choreographed Trinity’s world premiere musical Paris by Night. Other directorial credits include Complete (NY Fringe Festival and FringeNYC Encore), The Book of Liz (Roadworks, Chicago), and co-directing Fatty Arbuckle’s Spectacular Musical Review continued on next page...


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Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 135,000. In its 45-year history, the theater has produced 57 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 43rd year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep’s pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, the program introduced 25,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students to live theater. Brown University/Trinity Rep offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Trinity Rep’s season presents six subscription productions and an annual production of A Christmas Carol. The 2009-2010 Season continues with Shooting Star by Steven Dietz; Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl; The Odd Couple by Neil Simon and The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien. For more information or to subscribe, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep’s website at www.

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Banna Estates: The “Recession-Proof ” Subdivision Our local area is showing signs of dramatic improvement in the Real Estate market. “Banna Estates”, a new residential subdivision located in Seekonk Massachusetts, has already sold 21 homes in just nine months. Driving through Route 44 in Seekonk, you may have already noticed the great deal of activity and construction just off of Pleasant Street across from the Johnson and Wales Inn.

Meridian, in business for over 20 years, is currently building in all major local markets, with subdivisions in Cranston, Barrington, Lincoln, Seekonk , Rehoboth, Swansea, Tiverton and many others. Banna Estates is one of the best-selling subdivisions available, getting the attention of buyers from throughout our entire region. To learn more or visit any of Meridians models in our area contact Gary Mello of The Mello Group at 401-225-6898”.

Meridian Custom Homes, a leading home builder in our region, is currently offering homes priced from $344,900 - $600,000. Interest in the subdivision has been substantial, as the sales team has been in contact with over 300 families in just nine months, who have inquired about the development. Jennifer Mello, a Realtor with “The Mello Group” who is handling sales at Banna Estates has indicated that families often express the fact that the current inventory of homes available often need improvements and repairs for the same cost or more of a brandnew home: “Most families are choosing to build new and design their dream-home from the ground up” she says. “Meridian makes it easy to build; with our experienced sales team, project managers and in-house design center, clients progress through the building process with ease and support at every turn. We take the customer through each stage of the process to ensure they have a great experience with us”. Meridian offers 2-story custom colonial homes and they have also recently designed a new series of single-level homes that were recently featured in local publications such as “RI Monthly”, “Southern New England Home Magazine” and the “Barrington Times”.


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Public Invited to the Opening of Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s Ambulatory Services Building

The public is invited to an Open House on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 4 - 7 p.m. in celebration of the opening of Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s newly constructed Ambulatory Services Building. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the staff, take tours, and enjoy music, gourmet refreshments, and more. Over the years, Sturdy Memorial Hospital has changed physically to provide the space and technology our patients deserve and that our clinicians need. This $14 million addition, referred to as “Project 4”, is a brand new two-story, 26,000 square-foot building offering the latest in advanced equipment and technologies to serve the needs of our communities. The first floor houses a new Endoscopy Suite, an Infusion Therapy Center, expanded Emergency Care Center treatment and support space, Emergency Care Center Administrative Offices, and conference space. The second floor is home to Occupational Health Services and Outpatient Physical Therapy. The Open House is Free to area residents. For more information or to register by Tuesday, December 1, please call 508/236-8020.

Sturdy Cardiology Associates Receives Accreditation

Sturdy Cardiology Associates Receives Accreditation From The Intersocietal Commission For The Accreditation Of Echocardiography Laboratories Attleboro, MA, November 9, 2009 – Sturdy Cardiology Associates has been awarded accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The Cardiology team at Sturdy Cardiology Associates consists of Drs. Joseph DiCola, Ronald Pigeon and George Waters, three highly experienced and board certified cardiologists who care for patients with heart disease. Some of the on-site services include stress testing, echocardiography, stress echocardiography and carotid studies. The laboratory at Sturdy Cardiology Associates is one of a growing number of echocardiography laboratories to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. Sturdy Cardiology Associates is located at 2 Hayward Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It is one of thirteen medical practices managed by Sturdy Memorial Associates and is affiliated with Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Thursby Named Sturdy Memorial Hospital Medical Records Department “Physician of the Year”

Dr. Michael Thursby, who is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology, has been named Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s Medical Record Department “Physician of the Year.” The award was presented in conjunction with National Health Information Management Week. Dr. Thursby was selected by members of the Medical Records Department and was the award’s fourteenth recipient. “This award was established to recognize a physician who best exemplifies the highest standards of medical record documentation,” according to Mary Barry, Director of Medical Records at Sturdy Memorial. Nominating remarks included that “Dr. Thursby was prompt and efficient in record completion.” He was also praised for his cooperation, courtesy and friendly manner.”

Sturdy Memorial Hospital To Distribute Red Ribbons For Madd

Attleboro, MA, November 30, 2009 - Sturdy Memorial Hospital is once again participating in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Project Red Ribbon, a national campaign designed to promote safe and sober driving during the holiday season, by making red ribbons available to members of the public. Drivers across the country are being asked to tie a red ribbon on their car door handle, antenna or door mirror as a signal that they are committed to driving responsibly during the holiday season. According to Brian Kelly, M.D., Associate Chief for Emergency and Ambulatory Services at Sturdy Memorial, the Hospital’s participation in this project “is an important part of our overall goal to reduce the incidence of motor vehicle accidents and deaths which unfortunately rise during the holiday season. We hope that members of our community will join us in recognizing this worthwhile program by tying a red ribbon on their vehicle, and even more importantly, avoiding accidents by following the rule - Don’t Drink and Drive.” Anyone interested in obtaining the MADD red ribbons can pick them up, free of charge, at Sturdy Memorial’s Emergency Care Center, which is open 24 hours a day, or at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby.



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(November 18, 2009) – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation State Giving Program to support the Audubon Environmental Education Initiative for urban and Title One designated schools. This initiative brings the highest level of science-based environmental education programs to underserved students in every district across the state. With a proven fifteen-year success rate in urban schools, this initiative continues to grow, allowing Audubon to positively impact greater numbers of low and moderate-income students. Particularly in urban areas, many school children have limited access to areas where they can observe wildlife in their natural habitats. Not only does Audubon present opportunities for students to study the environment in fields, forests, wetlands and along state shores, they provide critical environmental science-based programming that enhances school science curriculum and brings classroom learning experiences to life. “For years, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island has provided underserved students statewide with exceptional environmental education programming that they normally would not have access to,” said Bill Hatfield, president, Bank of America Rhode Island. “We take great pride in our partnerships with organizations that help children and young adults reach their full academic and developmental potential, and applaud Audubon for their efforts.”

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“The Environmental Education Initiative has allowed Audubon to bring innovative environmental education to those students most in need,” said Lawrence Taft, Audubon Executive Director. “We are deeply grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for their support, which allows Audubon to continue the success of this initiative and reach even more economically disadvantaged school children across Rhode Island.”

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Audubon Society of RI Receives $50,000 from Walmart Foundation To Sponsor 2009-2010 Environmental Education Initiative


“The Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the communities we serve have seen first-hand the benefits of our environmental education programs,” said Lawrence Taft, Audubon Executive Director. “We are deeply grateful that the Walmart Foundation shares our belief that helping children gain a better understanding of the natural world and increasing their interest in science and environmental stewardship will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives.”

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(November 2, 2009) – The Audubon Society of Rhode Island announces a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program to support the Audubon Environmental Education for Urban Schools Initiative for the 2009-2010 school year. This initiative aims to offer the highest level of science-based environmental education programs to urban and Title One designated schools in every district in the state, enhancing the classroom science curricula in underserved communities. With a proven fifteen-year success rate in urban schools, this initiative has been replicated and expanded, allowing Audubon to more positively impact low and moderate-income students. Many students, particularly in urban areas, have limited access to places where they can observe wildlife in their natural habitats. Audubon provides real-life learning experiences with experienced educators that bring core school curricula lessons to life. “This grant supports a great organization and two of our main areas of focus: sustainability and education,” said Chris Buchanan, Walmart Senior Manager of Public Affairs. “The best way for future generations to act as good stewards of the environment is to educate them on the issues, and the Audubon Society has shown a sincere dedication to that cause.”

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Two Locations Offered Times vary, see below Enjoy story time with your preschooler each month. The programs include the reading of a nature story with hands-on activities followed by a nature craft. See schedules below for dates, stories and locations. Adults must accompany children. To register call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI December 3 and 4: One Odd Old Owl by Paul Adhead Program Times are 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Program Fee: $5/member child, $6/non-member child; Ages 3-5. Course Number 164333-01. Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, RI December 18: When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan. Course Number: 114333308 Program Times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; Program Fee: $5/member child; $6/nonmember child. Ages: 3-5. Course Number: 114333-291.

New! Audubon Knee-high Naturalists December 8, 16 & 19

Audubon Environmental Education Center; Bristol, RI Times and dates vary, see below. New! Bring your budding naturalist and discover the wonders of nature! This new, ever-changing program is geared for ages 4 to 6 and will provide investigations on different nature topics each month. Young naturalists take part in a variety of activities and nature lessons, which may include a hike, animal interviews, songs, games and more! Each topic will be repeated 3 times per month to meet the needs of busy family schedules. In order to maintain an age-appropriate program we ask that siblings outside of the age requirements not accompany the participants. Adults must accompany children. Registration is required as space is limited. December: Getting Ready for Winter Tuesday, December 8: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 19: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: $4/member child, $5/non-member child. Ages: 4-6. Course Number: 164333-132. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: $4/member child, $5/non-member child. Ages: 4-6. Course Number: 164333-132. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

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Audubon Environmental Education Center; Bristol, RI 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturdays at Audubon are wild! Bring the kids and discover nature. Programs are free with admission and are open to all ages. Registration is not required. Animal Interviews Get up-close with a different creature and learn all about their habits and habitats with an Audubon naturalist.

Make Your Own Pine Cone Bird Feeder December 19

Audubon Environmental Education Center; Bristol, RI 11:00 a.m. - Noon The tradition of rolling pinecones in peanut butter and bird seed is a fun and inexpensive way to feed the birds in your backyard. Join us and a make a few to take home for your birds. An alternative to peanut butter will be available for those who may be allergic. Free with admission, but registration is required. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; December 19, 2009; 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Program Fee: free with Admission; Ages: All. Course Number: 164333-137. To register call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email programs@asri. org.

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It’s a Wild December Vacation! December School Vacation Week December 28 – 31, 2009

Audubon Environmental Education Center 1401 Hope Street, (route 114), Bristol, RI Need to get the kids off the couch and out of the house? Bring them to Audubon and engage in programs that bring the wilderness indoors! Nature crafts and story readings are held each day, and there are special hour-long nature programs that introduce kids to wilderness skills, amazing native owls, and other nature themes. C’mon over to Audubon and go a little wild! Nature crafts will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day* as well as nature story readings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There is no fee for these programs. Special hour-long nature programs for children are also available each day* at 1:00 p.m. with the exception of December 31, which is held at 10:00 a.m. Registration and a $2.00 per child fee is required for these programs. Schedule is listed below.

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Can you survive in the outdoors? Kids engage in fun and exciting challenges as they learn critical thinking, problem solving, nature identification and more. *Please note there are no afternoon programs on December 31, 2009 as the Center closes at noon. The nature story reading will be held at 11:30 a.m. Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; December 28-31, 2009; Times vary, see above; Program Fee; $2/per child for nature programs; Ages: All. Course Number: 164333-138. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the fall Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Available by calling (401) 949-5454 or online at

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(October 29, 2009) – Search for owls out on the evening trails, bring the little ones for an owl story, or join an Audubon naturalist for a lecture about these amazing creatures. Whether you prefer to bundle up and head outside or stay cozy indoors, Audubon offers a wide array of programs for nature enthusiasts of all ages in December. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the fall Audubon Nature Tours and Program Guide. Visit to download a copy or call (401) 949-5454. Unless noted, registration is required for all programs.

Photography Exhibit: Nature View Through December 31

Audubon Environmental Education Center; Bristol, RI 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A unique, through the lens, perspective of the natural world by Rhode Island photographer Sandra Gaumont. She presents photographs from butterflies and moose to sunset in the Everglades - creating images that emphasize the intricacy and beauty of the world that surrounds us. Ms. Gaumont has exhibited in numerous juried shows throughout the Northeast as well as being published by Down East Magazine and Simon & Schuster. She was a semifinalist in the international competition “Nature’s Best.” Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: Free with the price of admission.

December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2009 Tuesday Morning Bird Walks 8:00 a.m.

These popular bird walks continue every Tuesday in December. Phil Budlong will be coordinating the programs. Meet at the Charlestown Mini-Super on Route 1-A. If you’d like advance details on the itinerary for that week, email Phil at No advance registration is required. Leaves from Charlestown, RI; Program Fee: Free; Ages: Adult.

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Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Exeter, RI 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Looking for an elegant addition to your table or mantel for the holidays? Join us at Fisherville Brook as we create a boxwood topiary. All the materials will be supplied - just bring your creativity and some clippers. Registration is limited so sign up early! Meet in the barn. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Program Fee: $20/members, $25/non-members; Ages: 12+. Course Number: 134333-138. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 12, 2009 Make Your Own Wildlife Wreath Making at Powder Mill Ledges

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Smithfield, RI 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Join Audubon naturalist Kim Calcagno and make a winter wreath that is both beautiful and attractive to birds and other wildlife. Using grapevine, evergreen or straw wreath bases we will add dried flowers, seed heads, leaves, fruit and nuts to entice our feathered

December 2009 The Reporter friends to visit. All items will dry nicely if you prefer to keep the wreath for decorative purposes. If you have needle nose pliers or clippers, please bring them. Allergy caution: various nuts and seeds will be handled. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield RI; Program Fee: $25/member, $30/non-member; Ages: 12+. Course Number: 114333-318. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 13, 2009 Trustom Pond Bird Walk

Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge South Kingstown, RI 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge contains a variety of wildlife habitats and bird species at all seasons of the year, and is especially known for waterfowl in the fall and winter. Kimball naturalist Bob Kenney will lead this walk exploring the refuge’s fields, woods, marshes, and ponds. A spotting scope will be available. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $10/non-member adult, $5/non-member child; Ages: 8+. Course Number: 044166-01. To register call (401) 9495454, ext. 3041 or email

December 13, 2009 Photographing Caratunk

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge Seekonk, MA 10:00 a.m. – Noon This in-the-field workshop is great to learn some tips and tricks of outdoor photography. Explore the trails in search of a variety of subjects that include streams, trees, ponds and various landscapes. All levels are welcome. Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: $15/member, $20/non-member; Ages: 14+. Course Number: 014333-25. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 16, 2009 Armchair Naturalist Series: Owls of New England

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Smithfield, RI 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Did you know there are several species of owls that live right here in New England? Some might live right near your backyard. Come learn about these birds of prey that live in Rhode Island, hear their calls, and get up-close with a live owl. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI, Program Fee: $8/member, $10/non-member; Ages: Adult. Course Number: 114333-319. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 16, 2009 Make Your Own Wildlife Wreaths at Fisherville Brook

Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Exeter, RI 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Add color and life to your yard for the holiday season by making a wildlife wreath. Creatively decorate a grapevine wreath with evergreens, cranberries, oranges, and suet - all things that attract wildlife. Meet in the barn and bring clippers. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Program Fee: $20/member, $25/non-member; Ages: 12+. Course Number: 134333-139. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email


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Attleboro Arts Museum Members’ Exhibition 2009 Over 180 works of art in all mediums from Museum members

Juror’s Awards: $500 in cash $100 Best Representational $100 Best Abstract, non-traditional, experimental Six $50 Juror’s Choice Awards Award of Merit Certificates Exhibition Dates: Dec 5, 2009 - Jan 29, 2010 Opening Awards Reception: Sat, Dec 5th, 3-5 p.m. Free and open to the public Live music by Ed Able of Attleboro Music Studio Members’ Exhibition Juror: Kristen Zeiser Kristen Zeiserhas been at Clark Gallery for three years as Gallery Manager and Director. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in 2004, majoring in Visual Anthropology. Sub-

sequently, Kristen entered the Museum Studies Program at Tufts University where she received a Certificate in Museum Studies in 2006. While at Tufts, Kristen was curator and programming director of artWork at the Tufts University Art Gallery. She also pursued an opportunity at the Montserrat College of Art Gallery to assist with exhibitions for an academic year and initiated Frame 301, a series of site-specific art installations hosted in expansive window fronts on Cabot Street in Beverly, MA. Kristen was awarded two grants by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Beverly Cultural Council to fund, in part, the two year project for which she served as Project Manager and Curator.

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Seekonk Human Services Seekonk Human Services Staff *Center Hours *Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Evenings at Town Hall By appointment only *Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 Noon Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239

Executive Director Bernadette Huck Ext. 115

Outreach Case Managers Jan Tabor, LPN ext. 111

Administrative Assistant Phyllis Corbitt ext. 112 Editor: Town Crier, Art Therapist Clerical Assistant Kimberly Mallon ext. 110 Educational & Social Programs Karen Stutz ext. 114 (Monday – Wednesday mornings)

December 2009 Newsletter Happy Holidays from Seekonk Human Services

Seekonk Human Services Will Be Closed At Noon On Thursday, December 24th And on Christmas Day, December 25th.

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December 9, 2009 @ 10:00 A.M.

Entertainer Greg Curtis will be performing at Seekonk Human Services on Wednesday, December 9th. Come join us for a memorable time and then enjoy a delicious lunch of pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and dessert. Lunch is available for $2, but you must call 508-336-8772 if you plan to stay for lunch.

Lasallette “Christmas Lights” Tour Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sit back, relax, and leave the driving to us. Seekonk Human Services is hosting a trip to view the Christmas Lights at LaSallette in Attleboro. Pick-up time will be at Seekonk Commons at 4:30 p.m. and at Seekonk Human Services 4:35 p.m. From there the bus will proceed to LaSallette where time will be given at the gift shop before heading to Bliss Dairy for a snack or light meal. Your only expense will be for whatever food you purchase at Bliss. Registration must be made by calling 508-336-8772. Seating Is Limited. Cost: Free

Would You Be Willing To Provide A Needy Family With A Holiday Meal?

Seekonk Human Services, along with Doorways Food Pantry, will be providing Holiday meals for needy families in town. The cost for each Holiday Package is $30 and will include a 12-14 pound turkey, 5 lbs. potatoes, 1 lb. carrots, butternut squash, 3 lbs. apples, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, warm and serve rolls and gravy. Checks should be made out to “Friends of Friends” and sent by December 11th to: Seekonk Human Services, 320 Pleasant St., Seekonk, MA 02771. Your generosity will enable those less fortunate in our community to enjoy a nutritious meal during this Holiday season. If you know of anyone that needs a dinner, please let us know.

Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239

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COA Fitness Classes at the YMCA

Seekonk Human Services/COA in conjunction with the Seekonk YMCA is offering fitness classes for seniors to be held at the YMCA. “Arthritis Foundation Water Exercise” classes M/W/F at 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Aqua Aerobics (a bit more vigorous) M/W/F 9:45 -10:30 a.m. Water Walking on Tues/Thurs at 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. “Sit To Be Fit” on Mondays at 11:00-11:45 a.m. “Slow Flow Yoga” 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Evening Aqua Aerobics on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Our pool temp is kept at 85 degrees to keep those joints limber and feeling great! All classes are $3 for seniors age 60 and older. You will need to use your Human Services swipe card for each class. If you don’t have a card, you can get one at the COA, 320 Pleasant St. (508) 336-8772. Women’s Breakfast Mary Beth DeLeo’s Restaurant @ 8:30 a.m. Date: December 2, 2009 Cost: Order off menu All women are welcome to come out and enjoy a delicious breakfast together. You can bring a friend with you and join in with a great group of women, who meet together on the first Wednesday of every month. Reservations are not necessary.

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Date: December 10, 2009 Time: 8:30 A.M. Cost: $7.25

Speaker: Steve Senna from Mass. Audiology – Free Hearing Test (optional) All men are invited to attend regardless of age. You are also welcome to bring a friend or relative with you. No registration is necessary. Date: January 14, 2010 S p e a k e r : R e p r e s e n t a t i v e S t e v e D’Amico

December Cardiac Prevention Clinic

December 16, 2009 9 a.m. – 12:00 Noon


A monthly health clinic with two nurses from South Coast Hospital is held at Seekonk Human Services. You will have the opportunity to have your blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index) checked. The results of your test will be available within 5 minutes and while you are waiting, you will be able to speak with the nurse regarding any health concerns you

December 2009 The Reporter may have. No appointment is necessary – it is first come, first served. We are very fortunate to have this service available to us from South Coast Hospital, which enables you to monitor your health each month.

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Card games are held twice a month at Seekonk Human Services. No registration is required and you are welcome to bring a friend or two with you. Coffee and pastry is available. Exploration Wednesday’s Seekonk Human Services presents “Royal Travelers” Date: January 6, 2010 Time: 10:00 A.M. Lunch: $2 American Chop Suey Speaker: Royal Travelers of New England Fully Escorted Tour Packages for the “Fifty-Plus”Traveler”. Group Discounted Day & Overnight Trips leaving from East Providence. All trip information will be available when you attend the presentation.

Free Home Energy Saving Seminar For Retirees Wednesday A.M. Coffee January 13, 2010

Location: Seekonk Human Services Time: 10:00 A.M. Want to reduce your home energy costs? Looking for cheap, do-it-yourself solutions? Interested in ways to finance energy and heating improvements? You’ll learn about all this and more by attending this free seminar presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Association. The workshop will stress the importance of reducing heat usage by providing do-it-yourself sealing techniques; information on which in-depth alterations are most cost effective; tips on reducing electricity and water usage, resources for home audits, rebates and financing alterations. Presenters will lead a slideshow to illustrate hands-on-tips and provide free educational materials for everyone attending. A free lunch will be provided for all those attending the seminar, but you must call 508-336-8772 to register.

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Date: January 27, 2010 Time: 10:00 A.M. Lunch: $2

Our speaker will be Dave Miller from Seekonk DPW. Dave will be available for any questions you may have regarding the Dept. of Public Works. Portuguese Soup and pulled pork sandwiches will be available after the presentation. Please call 508-336-8772 if you plan to stay for lunch.

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An express branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles is opening in Downtown Attleboro in the former post office building on Park Street. The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 for license and registration renewals. The hope is that an Attleboro facility will reduce the long lines at the Taunton & Fall River offices. The Registry of Motor Vehicles is no longer mailing out license and registration renewal notices. Check your license each year near your birthday to see if this is the year it expires. Renewal can also be done on line at You may call 1-800858-3926 for more information.

Medicare Part D Annual Open Enrollment November 15 – December 31

Do you think you’re paying too much for your prescription drugs? Did your doctor prescribe new, expensive medications this past year? If so, you may want to evaluate whether your current Part D prescription drug plan is still the best plan for you. Each year between November 15th and December 31st Medicare Part D open enrollment allows you to change your prescription drug coverage to a new plan. Any change made during this open enrollment will be effective on January 1st. Watch your mail for a notice from your insurer about increased rates for next year. For assistance with enrolling in a Medicare Part D prescription plan, please call your SHINE representative at Seekonk Human Services @ 508-336-8772. The SHINE counselor will do an individualized drug plan search to help you find the coverage that provides the best value in monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and outof-pocket costs if you reach the so-called “donut hole”. To avoid a possible lapse in insurance coverage, don’t wait until the end of December for an appointment.


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We know there will be many in our community who will need fuel assistance this winter, so please call to see if you are eligible. Applications will be available on November 1st for those who have never applied. For anyone who received fuel assistance last year, your application should be in the mail. If you did not receive it by the end of October, please call the Outreach Dept. at Seekonk Human Services @ 508-336-8772. Other help is available even if you don’t qualify for fuel assistance.

Flu – Prepare Yourself, Prepare Your Home

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Here are some suggestions in the event of a flu pandemic, or an emergency such as blizzards and hurricanes. Because many people will be sick at the same time during a pandemic, stores may be closed or low on some supplies. Keep the following supplies in your home. They are useful when caring for someone with the flu. Soap for washing hands Alcohol-based hand sanitizer such as Purell or a store brand for cleaning hands. Medicines Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol or a store brand) or ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin, or a store brand). Aspirin for people age 19 years and older. Cough and cold medicine (for children age 6 years and older and adults). Throat lozenges. A medicine measuring spoon or medicine dropper. Check the expiration dates on medicines in your home regularly. Thermometer(s) for checking body temperature Fluids like water, fruit and vegetable juices, soups and broths, and beverages such as Gatorade or a store brand (for adults) and Pedialyte or a store brand (for children). Foods that are easy to digest (such as oatmeal, applesauce, and rice) Household disinfectant to clean surfaces Paper towels for cleaning and hand washing Trash bags to line waste baskets Note pads and pens or pencils An extra supply of special foods, medicine, or equipment that are needed by you or family members due to any chronic illnesses

How Is The Flu Spread?

The flu spreads mostly through droplets (like spit and mucus) from the mouth, nose, and throat. This happens when a person with the flu coughs or sneezes near another person (within 3-6 feet). Sometimes people become infected by touching something like a doorknob or telephone that has been touched by someone with the flu, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. People who have the flu can spread it to other people 1 day before they become sick and up to 3-5 days after they feel symptoms. Children with the flu can spread it to others for up to 7 days after they become sick.

How Can I prevent getting the flu?

Cover you mouth when you cough or sneeze (using a tissue or coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, not your hands. Always wash your hands after sneezing and throw away the tissue. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or warm soap and water to wash your hands often during the day, especially before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom or changing a diaper, and before and after taking care of someone who is sick.

Stay at home if you are sick. Do not allow visitors while people in your home are sick. The person with the flu should stay in a separate room if possible and limit contact with others for about 5-7 days. Do not share food, eating utensils, or drinks. Clean dishes and laundry with hot water and soap. Use a dishwasher if one is available. Clean surfaces touched by a person who is sick with a household disinfectant, like Lysol, Clorox Clean Up, or a store brand. Clean surfaces such as tabletops, telephones, nightstands, remote controls, countertops, doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs, refrigerator door handles, and sink faucet handles.

Flu Care Resources

Massachusetts Department of Public 888-658-2850 Health (MDPH) 617-983-6800 MDPH Flu Website US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Website US Department of Health and Human www.pandemicflu. gov Services Pandemic Flu Website Flu Vaccination Clinics in Massachusetts 866-627-7968

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Lists December Support Groups

Attleboro, MA, November 11, 2009 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers support groups on a variety of topics throughout the year. The groups are FREE and open to the public. The following are scheduled for December 2009: Ostomy Support Group – Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call the Nursing Education Department at 508-236-7166. Prostate Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – Monday, December 7, 2009 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. A holiday luncheon will be held. For more information or to register for this event, call the MS Center at 508-236-7108. Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers Support Group – Monday, December 7, 2009 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Conference Room F. For more information, call the MS Center at 508-236-7108. Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Clinical Education Center. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7151. Partners and Caregivers of Patients with Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, December 9, 2009 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, December 15, 2009 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Breathing Club – Tuesday, December 29, 2009 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call the Respiratory Care Department at 508-236-7550. Breast Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, December 30, 2009 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call Ellen Gilbert or Julia Twining at 508-236-7015. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, independent, financially stable, non-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Paige M. Warner of Rehoboth and KIel S. Rhines of Dighton were married on September 12, 2009 at Good News Bible Chapel in Attleboro, MA. The reception followed at Francis Farm in Rehoboth. Steve Duplessie officiated. The bride is the daughter of Arthur & Deana Warner of Rehoboth. The groom is the son of Kenneth Rhines of Dighton. The maid of honor was Ashley Warner, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Kelsey Stebbings, Addy Stebbings, Hayley Stebbings, Katie DeFronzo, Jamie Cook, and Brittany Sargent. The best man was Josh Rhines, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Chris Thompson, Ethan Plante, Sean McDonough, Justin Perrault, Mike Daniel, and Jake Warner. Paige is a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth, class of 2004, and of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She works as a Photographer in North Attleboro, MA. KIel is a graduate of DightonRehoboth, class of 2002, and works as a plasterer in the Rehoboth, Attleboro area. They make their home in Attleboro, MA.

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Robert Edington and Jolene Aussant were married by Pastor Karl Dyrli on October 2, 2009 at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, with a reception following. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, James and Simone Aussant of North Dighton, MA. The parents of the groom are Dave and Cathy Edington of Rehoboth, MA. Denise DeMello, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were: Maureen Wood, friend of the bride, Lauren MacTavish, friend of the bride, Laura Aussant, Sister in Law of the bride, and Candace Aussant, Sister in Law of the bride. Best Man was Jerry Lavoie, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were: Mike Edington, brother of the groom, Nick Larson, friend of the groom, Craig Aussant, brother of the bride, and Keith Aussant, brother of the bride. The bride is a graduate of Dighton Rehoboth Regional HS and Framingham State College with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She is employed as a Sales Associate at The Closet Exchange in Needham, MA. The groom also graduated from Dighton Rehoboth Regional HS and from Nichols College with a degree in Management and a minor in Leadership. He works as a carpenter at SDI Interior Contractors in East Providence, RI. After a Disney Cruise, the couple now resides in North Dighton, MA


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Carl and Nancy Brockmann of Rehoboth are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla to John Broderick. John is the son of Tom and Ann Broderick also of Rehoboth. Kayla graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School. She is an Emergency Medical Technician and is employed by Canterbury Woods Assisted Living in Attleboro, MA. John is a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and is an Iron Worker with the Iron Worker’s Local Union #37 of Providence, RI. An October 2012 wedding is being planned.

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Mr. & Mrs. Raymond A. Lachance Celebrate 70 years of Marriage

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond A. Lachance, formerly of 132 Peck Street, Rehoboth, gathered Sunday, November 29th with family members to celebrate their 70th anniversary. They shared most of their life living in Rehoboth, MA. Mrs. Lachance is the former Annette R. Bergeron of Central Falls, RI. They married on Thanksgiving day, November 30,1939, at Notre Dame Church in Central Falls. They started their family in Attleboro while Raymond worked at Swanks Inc. Annette was a wife, homemaker and mother to their 5 children. They moved to Rehoboth in 1945 where they raised their children, Lorraine Sweeney (husband Gene of Port St. Lucie, FL), Gloria Pontes (husband Albert of N.Dighton), Ronald Lachance (wife Janice of Plymouth), Lillian LaBonte (husband Kenneth of Lakeville) and Richard Lachance (companion Anne of Port St. Lucie, FL). They proudly have 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and one more on the way. Raymond retired from Swanks, Inc. in Attleboro after 49 years of service as Traffic Manager of Shipping. The couple moved to The Village at Willow Crossing in 2004 where Mrs. Lachance resides. Mr. Lachance now resides at Life Care Center of Attleboro where family and staff joined in the celebration of a lifetime of love and devotion.


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Births Announcements


Nathan and Stacey Pittsley are proud to announce the birth of their third child a son, John Paul Charles Pittsley. He was born November 3, 2009 at 3:20 p.m. at Women & Infants Hospital, weighing 7lb 10oz and was 20.5 inches long. John Paul was welcomed home by his two big sisters Julie age 12 and Ana age 2. His maternal grandparents are Ronald and Susan Dias of Rehoboth and his paternal grandparents are William and Gloria Pittsley of Rehoboth.


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Council on Aging Newsletter Council on Aging Board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Kitchen hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

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The Rehoboth Council on Aging has New Hours

On Friday, November 20th, the Rehoboth Council on Aging Board of Directors voted that The Rehoboth Council on Aging would have new hours of operation. In compliance with this vote starting November 30th, 2009, the COA will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays. At this time there will be NO changes to any scheduled activities for the month of December or for the hours of operation to the GATRA Van schedule. If you have any questions please contact Norie at 508-252-3372.

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Senior Holiday Lunch

The Annual Rehoboth Senior Holiday Lunch will be held at D.L. Beckwith Middle School, Sunday, December 6th 12 noon. The Rehoboth Council on Aging, Rehoboth Police Association, Rehoboth Lions Club and Rehoboth TRIAD are sponsors this event. A donation of $2.00 is requested and can be picked up at the Rehoboth Council on Aging Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or at Gert’s Café from Pat & Marilyn.

Annual Holiday Cookie Swap

On Monday, December 7th, 11:30 a.m. we will have our annual Holiday Cookie Swap. It is easy. All you have to do is, bake one or more of your favorite cookie receipts, place each dozen in a small size baggie and then bring them in to share. Everyone that brings in cookies can bring home the same amount of other cookies. As always if there are extra cookies lefts, they will be sold at $2.00 per dozens and the money will be donated to Helping Hands. Any questions, just ask you friendly cookie expert Norie.

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Sturdy Hospital Orthopedic Presentation & Box Lunch

The Sturdy Hospital Orthopedic Department will conduct a Hip & Knee Presentation on Thursday, December 10th starting at 10:30 a.m. and then treat all present to a free “Box” Lunch from their cafeteria. Please call 508-252-3372 to make your reservations sign up at the front desk.

Holiday Wreath Making

On Monday December 14th, 1pm right after Gert’s Café, Stacy Hiltner of Community VNA and friends will host a “Holiday Wreath Design” Demonstration. They will show you how to put a holiday wreath together and then the wreaths will be raffled off to one of our lucky attendees. Please join us and share in the Sprit of the Holiday season. You may be the “Lucky” winner to bring home the festive wreath and add it to your decorations.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee Presentation

On Friday, December 18th 9:30 a.m., The Senior Network’s Dr. Ronald Rapoport will be at the Rehoboth Council on Aging for a short seminar entitled “Don’t Let Osteoarthritis of the Knee Became a Pain”. Dr. Rapoport will speak about the signs, symptoms and the treatment of osteoarthritis. continued on page 96

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Church Services and Activities Newman Congregational Church

United Church of Christ Corner of Newman and Pawtucket Aves (Rumford) Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship - 5:30 p.m. With Church School and Nursery during worship For more info: 401-434-4742

New Testament Baptist Church

We are located on the corner of Woodward St. and Rt. 140 in Norton, approx. 2 miles south of Rt. 123. 508-285-9771 Schedule of Weekly Ministries: Sunday: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School Nursery-Adult 11:00 A.M. Worship Service

Seekonk Congregational Church United Church of Christ

600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk,MA (508)336-9355 Web site: Email at:    The Reverend Joy Utter, Pastor Sunday Services Worship at 9AM and 10:30 AM Church School 9 & 10:30 AM

Dighton Community Church 2036 Elm Street, Dighton, Mass. Rev. David Stewart, Pastor (508)669-6241 or (508)761-5503 Sunday Morning Services. 10:00 A.M. Worship Service, Sunday School and Child Care

Eusebeia Bible Church

224 Winthrop Street Rehoboth, MA 02769 Pastor Ed Collins 508-252-3505 Tues and Thurs 7:30 – Bible Study Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m.

Christian Life Church

222 Plain Street, Route 118 Rehoboth, MA 508-252-3364 Email: Sunday Worship 9:30 A.M. Nursery & Kid’s Church

Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC

1411 County Street, Somerset Phone - 508-672-6623 Minister Rev Dianne E. Arakawa Worship Service, Sunday School, & nursery care: Sunday at 10 A.M. Communion - 1st Sunday of month 11 A.M. - fellowship time,

St. Dominic Catholic Church

RT—6 1277 Grand Army Highway Swansea Mass 02777 Rectory 508—675-7206 Fr. Joseph Viveiros, Pastor Masses: - Weekly: Monday—Friday, 8A.M. Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 P.M., Sunday - 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 A.M.

North Christian Church

Service Schedule Sunday Service: 9:30 A.M. Sunday School: 9:30 A.M. Wed. Night Prayer Meeting: 7:00 P.M. Located at 2360 Chestnut Street North Dighton, MA Tel: 508-252-9494 Pastor Michael Deltatto

Holy Cross Catholic Church

141 Hornbine Road, Rehoboth, MA The Most Rev. Raymond Laliberte (401) 438-4616 Website: WWW.ICMIHS.ORG Mass Schedule Saturday – 4:00 p.m. (English) Sunday – 8:30 a.m. (English & Portuguese) & 11:30 a.m. (English)

West Dighton Christian Church

Rev. John W. McPherson 2767 Horton Street No. Dighton, MA Phone 508-252-9066 Sunday School for all ages 9 AM. Worship Service at 10:30 AM Nursery Available Sunday Morning

Trinity United Methodist Church

51 Railroad Ave. Taunton 508-824-8244 Rev. Kim Whynacht, Pastor Sunday School 10:00 A.M. Worship Service 10:00 A.M. Child Care Available

Rehoboth Congregational Church United Church of Christ

139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4545 Early Fellowship 8:00 A.M. Early Worship Service 8:30 A.M. Regular Worship Service 10:00 A.M. Church School – Nursery Bible Study - Wed Evening, 7:00 P.M.

Hornbine Baptist Church

Church Services Sunday 10 A.M. 141 Hornbine Road, Corner of Baker Rd. South Rehoboth Rev. Lynn MacLagan Everyone is invited to attend.

Church of Salgion

All events held at the American Legion Hall, Post 311, Rt. 114, Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA Circle of Salgion - Church of Wicca P.O. Box 574, Rehoboth, MA Email: Phone: 774-229-6019

Vedanta Society of Providence 227 Angell St Providence RI 02906 401-421-3960 Swami Yogatmananda (minister) Sunday Lectures: 5 P.M. – 6 P.M. Tuesday study class 7:15 P.M. Friday study class 7:15 P.M.

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The First Baptist Church of Dighton

438 Main St. - P.O. Box 533 Dighton, MA 02715 Church Phone:(508)669-5077 Pastor Robert Burton (508)822-1743 10:00 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 AM Sunday School & Nursery

St. James Lutheran Church

Middle Highway and County Road in Barrington, RI (401)-246-0227 Reverend Elizabeth Eide, Pastor All are welcome. For more information, please call the church at 401-246-0027.

Winthrop Street Baptist Church

Rt. 44 just off the Green 39 Winthrop St. Taunton, MA Sunday School for All 9:45 AM Sunday Worship Service, 11:00AM Thursday Midweek Service, 7:00 PM 508-822-1976

Memorial Baptist Church

340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, 508-761-5142, Reverend Delphain Demosthenes Services 10:15 A.M. Sunday school at 9:00 A.M. all ages. Child care and Nursery care is available during the Worship service.

Fall River Seventh Day Adventist Church

(English language) 2695 No. Main St., F.R. Bible Study Sat. 9:30 AM Worship Services - Sat 11 AM Wed/ Evening Bible Study - 7PM Pastor Brian Burgess - 646-3506

First Christian Congregational Church United Church of Christ

GAR Highway, Rt. 6 • Swansea 508-673-7179 or 676-3815 Sunday Services 8:40 AM an informal one-half hour service with communion 10:00AM Worship

Rehoboth Baptist Church

132 Moulton Street (Rt.. 118) 508-252-6437 • Fax 252-1080 Rev. Ronald W. Bridge, Pastor Sunday: 9:00 A.M. Sunday Bible School 10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service (Childcare available) 6:30 P.M. Evening Service


Taunton Seventh-day Adventist Church

109 Winthrop Street, Taunton (508) 823-6679 Bible study Sat. 9:20 AM Worship service Sat. 10:50 AM Prayer meeting Tues. 7:30 PM Pastor Barry Kimbrough

New Beginnings Evangelical Church

294 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA Tel. #: 508-336-4038 Services: Sunday: 9:30 A.M. Bible School 10:45 A.M. Worship Service Thursday: 6:30 P.M. - Bible Study/Prayer

Good News Bible Chapel

235 West Street, Attleboro 508 226 2916 Sunday Services: The Lord’s Supper 9 A.M. – 10 A.M. Celebration & Growth” Worship & Teaching Service 10:45-Noon Nursery and Sunday School

Church of the Epiphany Episcopal

1336 Pawtucket Avenue Rumford between Newman Avenue and Rumford Library 401-434-5012 8:00am & 10:30 Holy Eucharist 9:15am Program for all ages

West Congregational Church United Church of Christ Winthrop Street at North Walker (Rte 44) • Taunton, MA Sunday Service and Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Church Office: 508 824-3461


St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

81 Warren Ave., East Providence, RI [Corner of Fourth St.] 401-434-7456 Holy Eucharist 9:00 a.m. coffee after the service Rector: Fr. Ashley Peckham

The First Baptist Church of Swansea 21 Baptist Street Swansea, MA Telephone (508)379-9728 Sunday Worship time: 10:00 A.M. Sunday School: 10:20 A.M. Coffee & Fellowship: 11:00 A.M.

Christ Church Episcopal

57 Main Street, Swansea, MA (508) 678-0923 Rev. Elizabeth Grundy, Rector Sunday Services 8:00 A.M. The Holy Eucharist 10:00 A.M. Family Service, Choir, Nursery and Church School

Church of the Good Sheherd Episcopal

490 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-0408 The Rev. Edward C. Boucher, Rector Sunday: 8am The Holy Eucharist followed by Fellowship coffee hour 10 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. The Holy Eucharist 7 p.m.

Brick Church

1056 Center St. Dighton Call 951-7358 Christ Centered Bible Teaching Come Join us! All Welcome Worship and Bible Study Sunday 9:30 AM

Grace Community Chapel 110 County Street, Seekonk, MA 508-336-5971 Pastor/Teacher Richard Glenny Sunday Worship 9:30 Bible Classes for all ages 11:00 Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 Wednesday Kids Club 7:00 Nursery Available for all services


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Church Services and Activities Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church

Rt. 44 - Seekonk, Massachusetts 984 Taunton Ave. • P.O. Box 519 336-5549 • Rectory: 336-9022


Email: Fr. Brian J. Harrington, Pastor Masses: Saturday Vigil: 4:30 PM Sunday: 7:30, 9:00, 10:45 Children’s Liturgy of the Word 9 AM Mass of the day at 9 AM & 7 PM

Community Covenant Church

615 Tremont Street Rehoboth, MA 02769 (508)-222-9400 Dennis Baril, Senior Pastor Sunday Services: 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Childcare available during services

Greater Fall River Baptist Church

1980 South Main Street P.O. Box 975, Fall River, MA (508)673-7700 Pastor Lane Briggs, Jr. Sunday School - 10:00 A.M. Morning Service - 11:00 A.M. Evening Service - 6:00 P.M. Wed. Bible Study - 7:30 P.M. Nursery provided for all services

Health Corner

“Wii Bowling League” Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Free

The Rehoboth Council on Aging will join other COAs by starting a Bowling League using the “Wii”. It is a great way to have fun, workout and show off those bowling scores.

“Wanabee Weight Meeting” Mondays, 11:30 a.m. FREE

Tuesday Tai Chi at 9:00 a.m. Cost $3.00 per Class

Tuesday Line Dancing 10:00 a.m. Cost $ 3.00 per Class

A group of ladies meet and support each other with their weight losses and gains. The best way to lose weight is with encouragement and support of friends. Meetings are held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. prior to Gert’s Café. Try a graceful way of exercising which is easy on your joints. This method of balancing may be new to you, but it has a great positive outcome for any age. If you like to dance and have fun then this is the group is for you. Everyone is welcome to come in and try out some steps.

Balancing Exercise and Upper Cardio

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. FREE There is plenty of room available in any or all of our classes if you care to join us. This activity uses weights and stretching for balancing done on exercise balls or in chairs.

REIKI, 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Cost: $15 for 30minute session. REIKI is a safe and natural system of healing that promotes relaxation and stress reduction and what a great gift idea to give someone.

FREE Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening.

Monday, January 11th 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The COA is pleased to have our Rehoboth town nurse Lynn Attienello administer these tests on the 2nd Monday every other month.

Podiatry with Dr, Marian Markowitz

Friday, December 11th and Thursday, December 17th Appointments start at 10 a.m. please call early to schedule yours.

Quilters Thursday s at 9:30 a.m.

Do you quilt or know of anyone who would like to come to our Quilting Group. There is always plenty of knowledgeable support offered.

Men’s Morning Coffee Fridays 9 a.m.

This is a group of “men” who meet to enjoy fresh coffee, pastry and conversation with old and new friends. Come on down and enjoy the morning with them and share your comments and ideas.

Knitting and Crochet Group Fridays at 10am

If you ever wanted to learn more about knitting or crocheting, the Ladies of the Needles are always there to share their knowledge with you. Don’t be shy! Come in and join the group.

Card Games 3 Days a Week!

Cards are here at your COA! Mondays at 9:30 a.m. we have a cribbage group, Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. we have a ladies group that not only play cards but also games. “Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. we have a Hi-Lo Jack group. All have a great time and are always looking for a few “new” folks to join them.

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Lighthouse Gospel Church 595 Winthrop St., Taunton Sunday Services 9:30 am - Sunday School 10:30am - Worship Service Children's Church Nursery Available

First Spiritualist Church Anawan Grange

Rt. 44 & 118 Rehoboth Services 10:00am Healing, Sermon, Spirit Messages

Gert’s Café Cooks Needed

Here’s your chance to show off your cooking skills. Gert’s Café is looking for a few more cooks to prepare meals for the Monday’s lunch crowd. You make the choice of how much of the meal you want to cook, all, part or just the dessert. All food is prepared at the Council on Aging and you are reimbursed for any money that is spent. If you are interested please call Cheryl at 508-252-3372.

Meal-site Information from Cheryl Maiorano

Please contact our meal site manager Cheryl for information on the Meals on Wheels program. A donation of $2.00 is requested for lunch, which consists of a main course, dessert and milk. A copy of the month’s menu is posted at the front desk and in the dining area for your review.

Transportation Information from Lois Fine-Sargeant

Do you need a ride to an appointment? The COA has transportation available Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Transportation to the Rhode Island Hospital Area is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for medical appointments, which must be in by 10 a.m. out by 1 p.m. Arrangements MUST be made with Lois by 12noon of the preceding day or as soon

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as possible. No arrangements for transportation can be taken after 12:00 p.m.; our COA staff can take only cancellations.

News From The Shine Program

On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 11 a.m., Lisa Sarkis will be at the Rehoboth Council on Aging to explain all the new changes to the Medicare’s Annual Election / Coordinated Election (Open Enrollment) Period Prescription Advantage This runs from November 15 - December 31. Please stop by to make sure you have the right information and that you file in the appropriate time line to avoided any penalties.


Allows a beneficiary to change how they receive their Medicare coverage Can switch from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (MA) plan or from MA plan to original Medicare or MA to MA PART D: Can add or drop Part F. Can switch Part D plan During the Open Enrollment Period (November 15-December 31) Members of MA plans no longer being offered as of January 1, 2010, can: Enroll in a different MA plan with the same company if one is available

Medicare Supplement - Medigap

Non-group insurance - provides help with costs/co-insurance for people enrolled in original Medicare Continuous Open enrollment in Mass - (Can enroll or move from Sup 1 - Core or Core-Sup. 1)

Important Note Concerning LIS (Extra Help)

Beneficiaries who were receiving extra help as of July 2009, but are no longer eligible, will still keep their low Prescription copays for all of 2010. For further information and or for assistance with enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, please call SHINE at 508-222-1399

The Best Is Yet to Come!

The Best is Yet to Come will meet on Thursday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, Rehoboth, MA. Sue Lomas returns to make chocolates with members. We are collecting again for the veterans at Brockton Hospital. Members should bring items such as male & female toiletries, reading glasses, puzzle books, socks, playing cards, lap blankets, etc. New members always welcomed. Call Pat Higson for details. 508 252-4602 And Remember The Best Is Yet to Come!


Sheriff, Police and Seniors working together to enhance the lives of our seniors….. Next Meetings are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Up Coming Activities

Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Rehoboth Council on Aging. Adults $3.00 Children $2.00. The menu is Pancakes & Bacon, Juice, Coffee and Coco. Seating is limited. Mark your calendars! The “Love in a Mug” soup supper fuel assistance fundraiser is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rehoboth Council on Aging. Tickets are available at Gert’s Café through Pat & Marilyn.

Programs being offered through TRIAD are: • Free “911” cell phones • File of Life • Are you OK? Program • Project Lifesaver • Yellow Alert




Holiday Luncheon Beckwith MS Sunday, December 6th 12 noon Tickets $2.00 9:30 Cribbage 11:30 Wanabees Weight Loss Meeting 11:30 Holiday Cookie Swap 12noon Gert’s Café 1:30 Musical Mondays 9:30 Cribbage 11:30 Wanabees Weight Loss Meeting 12noon Gert’s Café 1:00 Community VNA Wreath Making Demo 9:30 Cribbage 11:30 Wanabees Weight Loss Meeting 12noon Gert’s Café 1:30 Musical Mondays Singing Group 28

9:30 Cribbage 11:30 Wanabees Weight Loss Meeting 12noon Gert’s Café

9:00 Tai Chi 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Ladies Afternoon Cards & Games 12:30 Beginner Computer 7



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15 9:00 Tai Chi 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Ladies Afternoon Cards & Games 12:30 Beginner Computer



9:00 Tai Chi 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Ladies Afternoon Cards & Games 12:30 Beginner Computer

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11:00 Exercises Class 11:30 “Wii” Bowling 12:30 Hi-Lo Jack 12:30 Computer Class




9:30 Quilting 9:30 Cholesterol Screening 11:00 Exercise Class 1:30 Senior Citizens Club Meeting

9 11:00 Lisa Starkis & Medicare Part “D” Presentation 11:30 “Wii” Bowling 12:30 Hi-Lo Jack 12:30 Computer Class

10 9:30 Quilting 10:00 REIKI by appt 10:30 Sturdy Hospital Presentation & Free Lunch 1:00 The Best is Yet To Come Meeting & Chocolate making demo


17 9:30 Quilting 10;00 Podiatry by appt 11:00 Exercise Class 1:30 Senior Citizens Club Meeting

10:00 TRIAD Meeting 11:00 Exercises Class 11:30 “Wii” Bowling 12:30 Hi-Lo Jack 12:30 Computer Class Board Meeting Cancelled 11:00 Exercises Class 11:30 “Wii” Bowling 12:30 Hi-Lo Jack 12:30 Computer Class

11:00 Exercises Class 11:30 “Wii” Bowling 12:30 Hi-Lo Jack 12:30 Computer Class



9:30 Quilting 11:00 Exercise Class



9:30 Quilting 11:00 Exercise Class


New Years Eve



9:00 Men’s AM Coffee 10:00 Knitting & Crochet

Closed at Noon


9:00 Men’s AM Coffee 10:00 Knitting & Crochet 10;00 Podiatry by appt

Closed at Noon 9:00 Men’s AM Coffee 10:00 Knitting & Crochet 10:00 Dr Rapoport & Knee Pain


Closed at Noon



Lunch -$2.00 Served Tuesday – Friday 11:30am Reservations are a must call by 10am the day before


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Rehoboth’s Friends of the Elderly

Hi-Lo Jack League Now Forming

15 Week (co-ed) Hi-Lo Jack League now forming at the Rehoboth American Legion Post 302 (Rte. 118) to begin play on January 6th and end on April 14th. If interested in playing, or for more information, please call “Pete” at 508-761-5087 as soon as possible so that we can make up schedules based on the number of players there will be.

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Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly membership drive is well underway. The funds received are used to support programs for seniors such as “Life Line”. Life Line is available for sick or elderly people so they may stay at home safely. Their homes are where they are most comfortable as they are surrounded by things that are familiar to them. It is estimated that more than half the falls at home result in injury. In an emergency they never know how long it takes before someone is aware that they need help. Personal help buttons or a care partner telephone with two way communication can summon help quickly. There are also medicine reminders to keep them on schedule These services are not free and are usually not covered by insurance. We have elderly in Rehoboth who use these services and the number is likely to increase. This is one of the that Rehoboth’s Friends of the Elderly sponsors. By becoming a member or making a donation we can keep the program going. Remember you can make a difference. Thank you, Rehoboth’s Friends of the Elderly Application for Sponsoring Membership October 2009 - September 2010 Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly, Inc. P O Box 228 Rehoboth, MA. 02769 Name______________________ Tel.___________ Date______ Address____________________________________________ ( ) $ 5.00 Individual Membership ( ) $ 20.00 Family Membership ( ) $ 100.00 ( ) $ 200.00 ( ) $ 300.00 Business Member ( ) $ _____ Other Amount enclosed $ _________ Thank you again for your generous support!! Any Questions? Call 508 252 9415

Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club Trips

The Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club have the following trips in the planning stage and are open to everybody on a first come first served basis. Day trip to Foxwoods on January 5th for $19.00 p.p. and includes R.T. bus transportation. Free buffet and $15.00 in keno. On May 11th day trip to Boston with all you can eat luncheon at Maggiano’s little Italy restaurant followed by a narrated cruise of Boston Harbor. All trips include bus driver’s tip. To sign up or for more information, please call “Pete” Michaud at 508761-5087.

Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club Meeting

Meets at the Rehoboth Senior Center The 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Meeting will be December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. At our December 17th meeting there will be Christmas music played by Ann DeAmaral and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.


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Regular meetings of the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club are held at the Rehoboth Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Upcoming trips:3 Day trip to Atlantic City, Feb. 21, 22 and 23 at a cost of $151.00 p.p. dbl. occ. which includes r. t. bus trans. ,drivers tip, 2 nights lodging at the Tropicana Resort ,2 dinner buffets, $20.00 bonus and a $15.00 food coupon. May 11. Day trip to Boston, at a cost of $80.00 p.p. Featuring an all you can eat luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy followed by a narrated cruise of Boston Harbor. Both trips are co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club and Sandcastle Seniors and are opened to everybody on a first come first served basis. To sign up or for more information, please call “Pete� Michaud at 508-761-5087.

admission), and are now on sale at the Trinity Rep box office, by phone (401) 351-4242, and online at Director Christopher Windom has re-imagined BĂźchner’s dynamic and experimental text as the story of an African-American soldier stationed in a small Midwestern town post World War II. Woyzeck, devoted to the Army and haunted by his otherness within his community, finds himself reacting violently to being betrayed by all the people – and value systems – he holds dear. “Woyzeck is a cautionary tale that asks the question: Is a man responsible for his actions – or is a man a product of the community that he is living in?â€? states Windom. “Throughout the course of this play, we see what happens to this man when he is not given love and care, when he is betrayed. This production is a fresh and honest approach to the text; it’s an honor to work on such a monumental piece of theater.â€? The cast features Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs MFA acting students Will Shaw (’10) as Woyzeck, Matt Clevy (’10) as Drum Major, Rebecca Gibel (’10) as Marie, Karl Gregory (’10) as The Doctor, Patrick Mulryan (’10) as Captain, Ricky Oliver (’12) as Andres, Lizzie Vieh (’10) as The Grandmother and Anne Francisco Worden (’10) as Margaret. The cast also features Hannah Dalglish of Barrington High School as The Child.

Breakfast with Santa sponsored by TRIAD

December 12 , 9-11 am Gladys L. Hurrell Sr. Center, 55 Bay State Rd. Menu: Pancakes, Bacon, Juice, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Children $2.00 - Adults $3.00 Tickets Call Pat (508) 252-4602 or Marilyn (508) 252-9366 or See Pat or Marilyn at Gert’s Cafe on Mondays

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA PROGRAMS present WOYZECK

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Director Christopher Windom received the Dean Goodman Choice Award for best choreography for the production of Ragtime at TheatreWorks in California’s Bay Area. He has directed and choreographed Big River at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, and The Tempest as well as Our Country’s Good at Brown/Trinity Rep. Other regional credits include Aida, Guys & Dolls, Pippin, Smokey Joe’s Café, Chicago, Swing!, Dessa Rose, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Crowns; and A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep. As a performer, Christopher has enjoyed success on Broadway, National Tours and London’s West End in the Tony Award-winning shows Fosse and Damn Yankees. He has performed in regional theaters such as The St. Louis Repertory Theater, The Cincinnati Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis MUNY, Stages St. Louis and the Sacramento Music Circus. Christopher graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University and is a 2010 Directing MFA candidate at the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs. The Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Programs provide a three-year professional training program for eighteen students under the auspices of an Ivy League University and Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater company. Brown University’s Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance is internationally recognized for the quality of its faculty and instruction. Trinity Rep, with its deep tradition of resident artists, provides powerful artistic assets and creates a firm foundation for a new generation of theater artists.

Trinity Rep Radio Theater: Live In Providence Broadcast Dates Announced Special taping to air December 4-6, January 1-3

Providence, RI: Trinity Rep is pleased to announce the broadcast dates for its special live holiday taping of Trinity Rep Radio Theater: Live in Providence, created in partnership with WRNI, a service of Rhode Island Public Radio. Hosted by WRNI’s Morning Edition Host Bob Seay, the episode features the talents of Trinity Rep resident company actors Stephen Berenson, Janice Duclos, Stephen Thorne and Rachael Warren alongside Curt Columbus. The show features “Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned” by Ray Bradbury, “Two of A Kind” by Sean O’Faolain, and “The H Street Sledding Record” by Ron Carlson. After

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From the State House Rep. D’Amico Announces House Furloughs Additional Budget Savings Realized

Boston — Representative Steve D’Amico (D-Seekonk) announced that employees and members of the House of Representatives will participate in a five-day furlough program. “Budget cuts have affected every area of state and local government. The House of Representatives is no exception,” said D’Amico. The House furlough program comes after some recent House layoffs and is expected to yield approximately $620,000 in savings. These savings are in addition to the $602,810 the House has already returned to the General Fund in Fiscal Year 2010 and to the $2,040,600 returned in Fiscal Year 2009. The global economic recession has led to steeply declining state revenues, resulting in deep cuts to the state budget. Since the beginning of the recession, the state has cut spending by nearly $3.5 billion, resulting in layoffs and furloughs in every area of state government and reductions in critical services, such as those for our elders, people with physical and mental disabilities, and public higher education. “This is the worst economic recession in over a generation. It’s only fair that staff and members of the House share in the sacrifices that are necessary for us to get through this,” said D’Amico.

Steven Howitt (R) Seekonk Announces Candidacy for State Representative

Steven Howitt (R) Seekonk announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 4th Bristol District today in a multiple-use industrial building he developed in Seekonk. “A pro-growth platform for our communities is critical at this time. I built this building we’re standing in today, and am thankful for the opportunity as a small businessman to contribute value back to the communities of Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea. I’m proud to have this building on Seekonk land where people like these at M&M Precision Machinery work hard for a living every day. I want to work for the community to put money back into people’s pockets.” Howitt cited his support for job creation and support for industries and small business that put people back into the workforce. He will work to repeal the 25% increase in sales tax, and work to restore local aid which has been reduced by votes in recent years. Howitt stressed that stimulating the economy, lowering taxes, working for local aid reform, maintaining responsible budgets and working hard for job creation is, and will continue to be, a very effective vision for the District, and for Commonwealth. For more information,

Timilty, Senate Pass Key Veterans Bill

Expands Benefits and Rights of Veterans and Servicemembers Boston – On Thursday, Senator Jim Timilty (D-Walpole) and his Senate colleagues approved a measure that would expand access to health care services, provide increased opportunities for housing and employment, improve voting rights, and enhances the financial “Welcome Home” Bonus for veterans.

Rep. D’Amico’s office hours in Seekonk and Rehoboth for November and December will be: Monday, December 7th: Seekonk Library 410 Newman Ave. 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Monday, December 14th: Rehoboth’s Blanding Library 124 Bay State Rd. 6:30-7:30 P.M.

“I was proud to support this legislation as it passed the Senate,” said Senator Timilty. “Our veterans and servicemembers risk their lives in protection of our country. It is only fitting that we make every opportunity available to them as they return home. This bill recognizes their efforts and honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Senate’s version of the legislation:

Allows Massachusetts residents serving overseas to receive and return absentee ballots via electronic means for federal, state and local preliminary, primary and general elections; Directs the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to study the Commonwealth’s current capacity to provide health care services to veterans, and assess the feasibility of expanding capacity at current soldiers’ homes or establishing additional soldiers’ homes; Authorizes state licensing boards to draft regulations exempting honorably-discharged veterans from requirements or credits towards licensure based on skills accumulated during their military service; Includes a preference in the General Laws for service-disabled veterans for public works projects; Amends the current Welcome Home Bill bonus program, where service members are currently able to obtain a $1,000 bonus for a single overseas deployment, to allow servicemembers who are deployed on multiple tours to apply for up to 50 percent of the bonus upon each subsequent return. This additional benefit will only be allowed while current funds remain available; Creates a Medal of Liberty for the governor to award to family members of servicemembers killed in action or who died of wounds received in action;

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...continued From the State House Allows city and town clerks to provide the list of veterans to the Executive Office of Veteran Affairs and to local veterans’ service officers; And, Establishes a veterans’ hall of fame council to study the feasibility of establishing a veterans’ hall of fame in the Commonwealth. The legislation now returns to the House of Representatives for further action.

Steven Howitt (R) Seekonk endorsed by Former State Representative Phil Travis (D) Rehoboth

As Steven Howitt (R) Seekonk announces his candidacy for State Representative of the 4th Bristol District, he receives “wholehearted endorsement” from former State Representative Philip Travis. “When I learned of Steven’s interest in occupying this important seat, I called him immediately to offer my full endorsement and support of his candidacy. I identify with Steven and his fiscally conservative agenda. He is going to represent the people as a team player, whether Republican or Democrat, and work for the betterment of the people of the 4th Bristol District.” Howitt offered, “I am humbled by Phil’s support. He proudly represented the people of our communities for 24 years. Phil is a conservative as much as I am, and although we may differ on some issues, Phil believes in small effective government that is responsive to the people, as do I. I sincerely thank Phil for his confidence in my abilities to follow his path. I look forward to the opportunity to be of service and to represent the people of 4th Bristol District.”

YMCA of Greater Providence - Newman Branch Is Among Cox Charities... Employee Advisory Grant Recipients

West Warwick, RI – Cox Communications awarded $16,000 in Cox Charities grants to 16 non-profit organizations as part of the Cox Charities Employee Grant Program, an extension of the company’s philanthropic work in those communities where its employees live and work. Cox employees have a well-earned reputation for being ambassadors in their communities. Annually, employees are given an opportunity to nominate organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut that support education and youth development for $1,000 grants. An advisory group comprised of Cox employees from various departments ranks the applications and votes for final selections. The committee reviews and ranks each application on several key criteria before final selections are made. “We are proud to support our employees who donate their time to positively impact our future generations. The Cox Charities grant program is just one of the many ways Cox remains committed to its employees and the community.” said Paul Cronin, vice president and general manager, Cox Communications New England. Since its founding in 2001, Cox Charities New England has provided more than $2.5 million in grants and in-kind services to non-profit organizations with a focus on children and education. The 2009 Cox Charities Employee Grant recipients are: Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, Boys Troop 8888, Connecting for Children and Families, Enfield Loaves and Fishes, Girl Scouts of Connecticut – 10762 & 10698, South Windsor Teen Center, Tri Town YMCA, Boys Scouts of America Cub Scouts Troop 8, Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick, Rhode Island Mentoring, East Providence Public Library, YMCA of Greater Providence – Newman Branch, Highland Charter School, Latino Dollars for Scholars, Mt. Hope Learning Center, West Bay Community Action’s Childcare Center,

MBTA Job Lottery Applications Now Available

Senator Timilty Announces Job Opportunities through MBTA Boston – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will be conducting its 2009 Job Lottery until December 19, 2009. In this lottery, applicants are randomly selected for employment in the following positions: Part-time Bus Operator, Part-time Motorperson, Part-time Train Attendant, Part-time Streetcar Motorperson, Part-time Customer Service Agent, and Full-time Track Laborer. “During these difficult economic times, I am pleased to announce that a job opportunity such as this has become available. The lottery process used by the MBTA is objective and extremely accessible,” stated Senator Timilty. Those interested in entering the lottery online may submit applications at by 11:59 p.m. on December 19, 2009. Applicants may also mail applications downloaded from to the MBTA Job Lottery, P.O. Box 187289, Hampden, CT 06518. The mailed applications must be postmarked by December 19, 2009. Senator Jim Timilty urges all constituents who would like an application or have any questions concerning the application process to contact his State House office at 617-722-1222.

In the photo from left to right: Cathy Edingtion, Cox Business Sales Representative; Valerie Perry, East Providence City Council; and Jeanine Achin, Executive Director, Newman Branch YMCA. About Cox Communications:Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and wireless services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves 6.2 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates Travel Channel. Cox is known for pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industryleading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For six years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunication; for four years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity; and the company holds a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at and

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explained to his somewhat chagrined Pa. He managed to accumulate enough hay, corn stover and whatever to keep them in good flesh thru the winter and turned a nice profit in the spring. Trapping and dealing in furs were also part of his resume. He took over the family farm when his father died. He milked cows, bottled and peddled milk, dealt in livestock, trucked livestock into the Brighton stockyards and did a little black market butchering during the war. In the fifties he sold a great deal of meat to pet food companies and Zoos throughout New England. This was in addition to his lifelong occupation as a dealer in horses, cattle hogs, sheep, goats a few buffalo two zebras and one Yak. Among his friends were the likes of Mike Schobel Sr., (they dropped out of Bristol Aggie and went back and graduated together) Manny Mello Sr., Frank Ferreira Sr., George Waterman Sr., Clarence “Junie” Hallquist, Roger Bennett Sr. to name but a few. He was predeceased by his sisters Edith, Thelma, Alma, Svea, Ruth. and his brother Clarence. George is survived by his wife of 51 years Wanda E. (Skalak) Swanson two sons and their wives Mark A. Swanson and Patricia Turgeon of Philadelphia, NY and Kevin L. and Susanne Swanson of Rehoboth, three grandchildren and many well loved nieces and nephews.

Irene McPhillips Blythe

Irene McPhillips Blythe 84 who was a longtime resident of Rehoboth passed away on November 3rd in The Villages Hospital in Fla. She was the wife of Fredric Blythe. Irene was born in Providence R.I. She married the love of her life 63 years ago. Together they raised 6 children. Fred Blythe of Marsden Mills, Robert Blythe of The Villages, Fla., James Blythe, Carolyn Hart and Thomas Blythe all from Rehoboth and Margaret Gridley of Seekonk. She has 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of Our lady of Mt Carmel in Seekonk, where she was the president of the Women’s Guild. Irene worked at Hookfast Company as a secretary. A Mass was said for her at Our lady of Mt Carmel on Nov. 14, 2009.

Thelma P. Wanamaker

Thelma P. Wanamaker, 84, of Anawan Street, Rehoboth, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on November 9, 2009 in the Madonna Manor Nursing Home, North Attleboro. She was the beloved wife of sixty-two years to Ernest F. Wanamaker. Born Thelma P. Porter in Uxbridge, MA on May 2, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Della (London) Porter. She was raised and educated in Providence, Rhode Island, and was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1943.

George K. P. Swanson, 122 Rocky Hill Road passed away at the age of 96 in the early morning of November 14, 2009 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke on the 12th. Born February 1, 1913 (he claimed his astrological sign was a woodchuck) in Rehoboth the eldest son of Andrew and Ingrid (Persson) Swanson he lived on the family farm on Rocky Hill Road most of his life. Among his early memories were of 4 Army Biplanes flying over the farm at about the same time that his sister Svea died in the influenza epidemic. Or his first day of school when Ms. Dorothy L. Beckwith was brought to the one room school house by her brother straight out of college in a Ford model T touring car. At 14 or 15 he was selling fresh pork, moonshine and other supplies to the woodcutters that were employed by the coal and ice companies throughout the town. MONUMENT COMPANY Sent in the fall of one year by his father to M O N U M E N T C O M PA N Y the East Providence horse auction to sell 5 or 6 horses in order to reduce the string MWAMPUM O N UCORNER) M E N T C O M PA N Y 629 SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1A AT of animals to be wintered over, he instead M O 629 SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1A WAMPUM CORNER) WRENTHAM, MAAT 02093 N U M E T C O M PA N Y M O N U M E N T C O M PA NN UM MOENNUWRENTHAM, TM C OTMC PA NPA Y NY NY MA 508-384-5826 O They NUM EN T CheOM MO PA Y returned with overM 20. were cheap E508-384-5826 N O02093 M SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1A AT WAMPUM CORNER) WRENTHAM, MA 02093 629 SOUTH629 STREET (ROUTE 1A AT WAMPUM CORNER) CORNER) SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1AWAMPUM ATCORNER) WAMPUM 629 1A SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1A AT WAMPUM 629 SOUTH STREET (ROUTE AT WAMPUM CORNER) 629 SOUTH STREET (ROUTE 1A AT CORNER) WRENTHAM, MA 02093 MA 02093 508-384-5826 WRENTHAM, WRENTHAM, MA 02093 WRENTHAM, WRENTHAM, MA 02093 MA 02093 508-384-5826 508-384-5826 508-384-5826 508-384-5826 508-384-5826

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Thelma worked at Josten’s Company as a clerical worker, retiring in 1987. Previous to that she worked at Tower Iron Works in Seekonk. Thelma also was an Avon sales representative years ago. She enjoyed being a homemaker, wife and mother, and spending time with her family. She also liked golf, gardening, sewing, canning, and quilting. Thelma enjoyed camping and traveling to Florida and Canada, and wintering with her husband in Ocala and Orlando area. In addition to her beloved husband, Ernest, Thelma is survived by two sons: David E. Wanamaker and his wife Valerie of Rehoboth, and Kevin W. Wanamaker and his wife Susan of Rehoboth. Also survived by two grandchildren: Kristy Langille and her husband Scott of North Attleboro, Justin Wanamaker and his wife Stephanie of Attleboro; a great-granddaughter: Raegan Elizabeth Langille; and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ellis Porter, Forest “Buddy” Porter, and Russell Porter. Funeral services were private. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to: Madonna Manor Nursing Home Alzheimer’s Unit, 85 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760.

Joseph D. Anthony

Joseph D. Anthony, 85, of Justice Way, passed away Monday November 9, 2009 at home. He was the husband of the late Pearl A. (Huling) Anthony. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Joseph D. and Elizabeth M. (Gannon) Anthony. Joseph was the Owner of General Road Trucking and Coventry Sand & Gravel. He leaves six children; Elizabeth, Joseph D., and James P. Anthony all of Rehoboth; Janice Serpa and Catherine Anthony both of Seekonk and Charles D. Anthony of Coventry; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late E. Irene, Raymond and Charles Anthony. A private funeral service was held Friday November 13, 2009. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor, 59, of Wilmarth Bridge Road, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Susan M. (Corey) Taylor.

He was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a son of George E. and Jean E. (Miller) Taylor of Florida. Michael was the former co-owner of Francis Farm in Rehoboth. He was a member of the Rehoboth Youth Baseball Softball Association, where he was a coach, umpire and member of the board of directors. He was an avid Yankees fan. Mike’s whole life was his three children: Michael Taylor Jr. and his wife Amy of Medway, Ma., Meghan K. Taylor of Providence and Shannon M. Taylor of Rehoboth. He also leaves one brother, David Taylor of Rehoboth; two sisters, Cassie Krasnianski of Rehoboth and Stacie Norris of Swansea; and several nieces and nephews. His funeral was held on Thursday, November 19th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial was in Rehoboth Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Rehoboth Youth B.S.A., P.O. Box 586, Rehoboth, MA 02769 would be deeply appreciated.

Seekonk Montana A. (Tamer) Secour

Montana A. (Tamer) Secour, 92, formerly of Gude Street, Seekonk, MA died Friday November 6th at the Orchard View Manor, in East Providence. She was the wife of the late Raymond A. Secour. She was born in Dillon, Montana, the daughter of the late George and Mamie (Karry) Tamer. Mrs. Secour was a sales associate at the former Cherry & Webb store for 30 years, until her retirement. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Women’s Guild. She is survived by a son Raymond A. Secour Jr. and his wife Donna, a daughter Paula A. Saleeba and her husband Robert, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held Tuesday, November 10th from the J. H. Williams & Co. Funeral Home, 210 Taunton Ave., East Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island, Inc., 1117 Douglas Ave., Unit 2, North Providence, RI 02904.

James R. Tracy

James R. Tracy, 85, formerly of Seekonk Massachusetts died at his home in Manchester, New Jersey Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 in the arms of his wife Pat. A WWII Veteran, Jim retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant. He served in the Philippines during World War II and served during Korea and Vietnam. During his tour of duty, he trained ROTC Cadets at Princeton University. Jim graduated from Rider University with a Bachelors degree in Accounting, CPA. He was a manager at Educational Testing Services before retiring. Jim was a 65 year member of the Netop Masonic Lodge, Seekonk, MA, a member of the American Legion, East Windsor, CT and actively involved with the C.A.R.E.S. program, Whiting, NJ. Jim and his wife Pat enjoyed a dual residency both in New Jersey and in Connecticut. Predeceased by his first wife, artist Nancy Hinman; his parents Edward and Lillian; and five siblings, Ted, Leslie, Harvey, Bob and Lillian. Surviving are his wife, Pat Tracy; a son Frank J. Phillips of Granby, CT; a daughter Susan Rushby and her husband Michael Rushby of Agawam MA; four grandchildren, Chrystal Wilby and her husband Adam Powers, Matthew Phillips, Michael Wilby and Laura Wilby and a new greatgranddaughter, Haley Elise Powers. A memorial service was held Saturday November 14 at the Congregational Church UCC, on Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Priscilla J. (Macomber) Littlefield

Priscilla J. (Macomber) Littlefield, 81, a lifelong resident of Seekonk died Sunday, October 25 at Elmhurst Extended Care Providence after a short illness. She was the beloved wife of Walter Littlefield, mother of Christina Littlefield, aunt of Bernice Rose Dangelas and the late Clifford Rose. Priscilla was born in Pawtucket, the daughter of the late Linwood and Dorothy (McNally) Macomber. She was a former school teacher in the Attleboro Falls school district and a dedicated wife, mother, aunt and friend. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. After the Herald stopped publishing a rather difficult puzzle, she and Walter made up their own to stump each other.

December 2009 The Reporter Priscilla cared deeply for the plight of abandoned dogs and cats. After she became housebound she painfully missed the simple pleasure of walking her dog. For the past 12 years, Priscilla tirelessly nursed her husband of 51 years through the many stages of Parkinson’s disease providing his neurologists with valuable observations and insights that greatly improved his quality of life. A graveside service was held Saturday, November 14th in the Hillside Cemetery, Rte. 152, Attleboro, MA.

Carolyn J. Levasseur

Carolyn J. Levasseur, 73, of Walker Street, passed away Wednesday in the Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Alfred Levasseur Sr. They had been married 43 years. Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lois (Scawthorne) Fuller. She resided in Seekonk for the past 18 years. Mrs. Levasseur was employed as a sales associate for the CVS Pharmacy of Seekonk for 14 years, retiring in 2005. Besides her husband, she leaves son, Jeffrey Levasseur, and his wife Lisa of Cranston, one sister, Nancy Davin of Pawtucket, two granddaughters, Kayla and Megan Levasseur of Cranston. She was the sister of the late Dorothy Fuller. A celebration of her life was held Monday, November 16th in the St. John Episcopal Church, Mendon Road, Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Rhode Island SPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915.


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Laurent J. Raymond, 87, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at home. He was the beloved husband of the late Lucie E. (Lacourse) Raymond. Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Donat and Marie (Begin) Raymond, he resided in Attleboro before moving to Seekonk over 25 years ago. Larry was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He was a foreman in the polishing department at the Robbins Company, Attleboro, for many years until retiring in 1987, and was previously employed by Swank. Larry was a former member of LeFoyer and the Foreman’s Club. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved singing to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He leaves six children: Claudette Machado of Seekonk, Robert Raymond of Leominster, Mass., Jeanne Quaglia of South Attleboro, Jacqueline O’Connell of Attleboro, Richard Raymond of South Attleboro and Paula James of Seekonk; two sons-in-law, Henry Machado and Stephen Quaglia Sr.; two daughters-in-law, Lynne Raymond and Karen Raymond; two brothers, Norbert Raymond of Seekonk and Maurice Raymond of Florida; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Gerard Raymond. His funeral with military honors was held Wednesday, Nov. 25 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen’s Church, 683 South Main St., Attleboro. Interment followed at Seekonk Cemetery. If desired, gifts in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 will be appreciated.


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EEC Licensed Family childcare, CDA certified, with 30 years experience. Excellent references, great quiet country setting has full and part time openings for either Infant, toddler, preschool, or kindergarten, before and after school. Call Pat 508-252-3240. Lic#2087992. (e1209) REHOBOTH Before & After Kindergarten: 1 Full day preschool opening, limited openings. Full and part-time, 26 years experience, CDA Certified, EEC Lead teacher, CPR and First Aid certified, home preschool program, nutritious meals and snacks included, 2 acres fenced play ground, indoor playground for inclement weather, 4 large play rooms, 6 to 1 Ratio, 7AM – 5PM. Call Joanne (508)252-1252 or (508)243-4406. (e1209)


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Wedding Dress

NEW, UNALTERED, UNWORN, with tags • Size 6 style 4233. My measurements are roughly 35, 28, 37 • Romantic, Sophisticated & Sexy! Modern Vintage Look. • Sweatheart top, with rouching (like magic,

shows off curves / creates them if you don't have them... which was my case). White lace, flattering

mermaid style. Train is chapel length. • I bought the dress at a bridal shop but ended up getting a different dress. (Shops don't allow

*Price just dropped! Bridal shops charge $1,000-$1,300

Only $700.00

Please call Laurie 339-221-0704

Come by to give it a try...of course you may bring your mom or girlfriends to help. Located in Rehoboth

Happy dress shopping! - Laurie

PS: In the magazine pic it looks more form-fitting...I think it is her pose.

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