DECEMber 2009 Volume 21, no. 12
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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. trinityrep.com, 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
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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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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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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.
Edgar Farley, 850 Willett Ave, Riverside, RI 02915-2762. Thank you in advance. For other information you may call met at 401437-0530. May god bless all who read this letter and we also covet your prayers for this church that it may continue to be a beam of light for god as it has been for so many years. Rev. Edgar Farley
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 www.freshair.org.
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Many shoppers may be thinking about trimming spending on holiday gift-giving this year while searching high and low for affordable presents that are still some kind of wonderful. For Tara & John Lulich from East Lansing, Michigan, giving manatee adoptions from Save the Manatee Club is part of their joy of the season - and price is not a concern. An annual manatee adoption costs $25 and includes an adoption certificate, photo of a real endangered Florida manatee, biography, membership handbook, and four newsletters throughout the year with updated reports on the manatees in the adoption program. Shipping is free within the United States. A personalized holiday message is offered with each gift adoption. And each new member who joins the Adopt-A-ManateeR program online for a $35 tax-deductible donation will also receive a 24” x 12” full-color 2010 wall calendar. “I’ve known about manatees since I was a teenager visiting Florida, and they’ve always held a special place in my heart,” said Tara. “For the past three Christmases, we have adopted manatees for our children, Nick, 8, and Andrea, 11. We also adopted one for my mom which has created a wonderful connection between my kids and their grandmother.” Tara explains that it has become a tradition for her children to include manatees on their Christmas wish lists. “They love receiving their manatee information packets at Christmas and immediately put their manatee’s picture up in their rooms. Our son likes to take his adoption packet to school for show-and-tell. What’s really great is that you get to follow your manatee for a whole year. We can’t wait for each newsletter to see if our manatees have been spotted!” There are 32 manatees to choose from in the Club’s three Florida adoption programs. Nick’s choices were from the Blue Spring State Park program. “I chose Nick because he shared my name, and I chose Flash another year because I think he’s fast!” said Nick. His sister, Andrea, made both her adoption selections from the Club’s adoption program at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. “I chose Rosie and Lorelei because I thought their names were pretty.” In the spring of 2008, the Lulich family visited Homosassa, and Andrea was thrilled to be able to see her adopted manatee, Rosie. “It was an amazing experience to actually see the manatee whom we’d read so much about,” said Tara. “We can’t imagine how anyone who spends a second in their presence can’t help but fall in love with them!” Manatees, who have inhabited Florida for over a million years, are listed as endangered at the international, federal, and state levels. The largest known cause of manatee injuries and deaths is from human activity - predominantly from boat strikes. Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director says, “Save the Manatee Club’s primary goals are to reduce the number of manatee injuries and deaths that are human-caused and protect aquatic habitat, with the long term goal of achieving full recovery of the species.” The Florida manatee population is estimated to be around 3,800. In 1981, singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett, co-founded Save the Manatee Club, a national nonprofit conservation organization, whose mission is to protect manatees and their habitat. For more information about manatees, or the adoption program, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at www. savethemanatee.org. Also, sign up for the Club’s free E-Newsletter and check out their quick and easy online gift catalog at http://www. savethemanatee.org/manateegifts.htm.which features a variety of manatee items from books to pajamas! “There are many wonderful causes out there, but Save the Manatee Club’s dedication to these fantastic animals is beyond compare,” added Tara. “The Club does a marvelous job of making us feel like a part of the group even though we live 1,400 miles away.”
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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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Winter is expected to officially arrive on December 21. Winter weather brings severe storms, light dustings of snow, and plenty of cold temperatures. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following tips on how to keep your children safe and warm:
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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.
Hypothermia develops when a child’s temperature falls below normal due to exposure to cold. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes become wet. As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. His speech may become slurred and his body temperature will decline. If you suspect your child is hypothermic, call 911 at once! Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes.
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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 www.freewebs.com/rescue7squad. Write to us at Rehoboth Rescue Association PO Box 61, Rehoboth, MA 02769-0061. Have safe and Happy Holidays!
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Kathy’s Corner There will be a Special State Election for Senator in Congress which will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and all three precincts will be open. There will be only one Special Voter Registration session prior to this election and that is scheduled for Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the Town Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is the final date to Kathleen J. Conti register to be eligible to vote in the Special Town Clerk State Election for Senator in Congress. Voter registration may also take place during regular business hours at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Potential voters may also register by mail by completing a mail-in registration form. The mail-in registration for those wishing to be eligible to vote in the January 19th State Election must be postmarked by December 30th and received in the Town Clerk’s Office no later than January 5th. Voters who will be out of town on Election Day or who will be unable to get to the polls may contact the Town Clerk’s Office to obtain an absentee ballot. The cut-off for applying for absentee ballots is 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2010. Any questions regarding voter eligibility or requests for “mail-in” voter registration forms may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 508-252-6502, X109 or X110. Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2010 will be mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the last week of December. Residents are asked to review the pre-printed forms, make corrections and return them as quickly as possible. New residents may receive blank forms, which they are asked to complete and return. If no form is received, residents are asked to contact the Town Clerk’s Office. The Board of Registrars is required to conduct an annual listing of residents as of the first of January each year. In addition to the name, address, date of birth, occupation, veteran status and number of dogs, the form includes a section for school information required by the school department. Failure to return the completed form may result in voters being placed on an inactive voting list or being removed from the voting list. Enclosed with the census form, for the convenience of our dog owners, is an application form for renewal of your 2010 dog license(s). This gives dog owners the opportunity to license their dogs well before the annual April 1st due date should they want to license their dogs early. Dog license applications must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate (with a vaccination date of May 1, 2010 or after of the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter unless we already have it on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you’re unsure, just give the office a call and we can tell you how up to date our information is. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included. Postage on the SASE should be 88 cents for one tag and an additional 88 cents each for any additional tags. Residents are requested to please send in their census forms as quickly as possible regardless of whether or not they license their dogs at this time.
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Residents are asked to return their completed form by mail or place their form in one of the “Census” containers, which are at the Blanding Public Library, the Council on Aging and at the Bristol County Savings Bank. The containers will remain at these locations through the end of January for your convenience. Results of the census are used to prove residency for a variety of reasons. The data is used for state college entrance applications, veterans’ benefits, amending and establishing birth records, Highway Garage locating missing persons, establishing precinct lines, predicting future school enrollment, state and federal funding to the town, police and fire protection, updating the voting list and other legal purposes. The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be No water or hydralyic mix held on Monday, April 5, 2010 with the polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. No containers larger than 5 gallons Nomination papers are available as of January 4, 2010 for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot. The nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 41 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on February 16th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2010 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), Treasurer (one for three years), Constables (three for 3 years), School Committee (one for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Family Owned & Operated. Affiliated with Al’s Quality Oil Park Commission (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 1 year), Home Owners rs Housing Authority (one for 5 years) e n Cellars, Attics, Yard and Water Commissioner (two for ai nt yards 3 years). o Clean-up 5 C The final voter registration date to ff 0, 2 o be eligible to vote in the Annual Town ll- , 2 Contractors Ro , 15 Election is scheduled for Tuesday, 0 March 16th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1 Debris, Waste and the Town Clerk’s Office. Site Clean-up Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registraCompetitive Pricing!!! tion form. Applications for absentee balwith this ad lots are available as of January 1st • Commercial & Residential and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. An absentee ballot Cesspool & Septic Pumping may only be obtained by written request and with the voter’s original • Septic Tanks signature. My assistant Debra Giles and & Cesspools I would like to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Vaccum Cleaned
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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.
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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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 email@example.com or telephone at 598-2523725. Messages can be left on the Chief’s voice mail.
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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 Seekonk.info. 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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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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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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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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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. angelcathaven.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www. contradancelinks.com/jammers.html.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church at 508-222-0856. Attleboro MOPS is a non-profit charter of MOPS International (www.MOPS.org).
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. contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html 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. contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
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 crestwoodcc.com.
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 www.pawtucketwinterwonderland.org.
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Newman YMCA Programs and Free Family Events
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Drop ‘n Shop Saturday December 12th
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 email@example.com 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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REQUEST FOR PLOWING SERVICES WINTER 2009 – 2010 • Contractors The Seekonk Public Works Department is seeking interested contractors to provide snow plowing services for the 2009–2010 winter season. Applications may be obtained from Seekonk Public Works 871 Taunton Ave., Seekonk MA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Shape Up During the Holidays with a Group Exercise Punch Pass 8 classes - $48
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: www.YMCAgreaterprovidence.org
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 email@example.com 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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Old Colony Music Together is offering a new Music Together Family Favorites Holiday Class taking place the first 3 weeks in December. This class will feature holiday songs and music including Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and your families’ holiday favorites along or Check the web at with favorite Music Together songs. Tuition includes the award winning Music Together www.rehobothreporter.com Family Favorites CD. Enrollment is also open for the 10 week Winter Session featuring the Music Together Drum Collection beginning in January. Music Together is a research based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music and movement program for children birth through seven and the adults who love them. Go to www.oldcolonymusictogether.com or call (508) 838-9815 for details. Old Colony Music Together offers classes in Attleboro, Boston, East and West Established 1984 • Michael G. Salois, Owner Bridgewater, Mansfield, Milton, Norton and Quincy.
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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 www.lindenplace.org 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
New Bedford, MA - Buttonwood Park Zoo proudly announces the Zoo’s holiday events. For more information about these events, please visit www.bpzoo.org.
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The band will take a break in December and return to the Zoo January 4, 2010.
Starting October 1, Every Thursday 10:30 A.M. Cost: Free with zoo admission Enjoy a snack while listening to a couple of short stories then join us for a quick animal visit or craft! Please Note: There will be no Toddler Tales on December 24 and 31.
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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 www.bpzoo.org.
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 www.bpzoo.org.
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 www.bpzoo.org. 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 www.bpzoo.org 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.
Some of the many members who attended the November meeting of the New England Antique Tractor and Truck Association.
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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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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 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.
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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!
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… 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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Way down upon the Palmer River…
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The Palmer River Alex Santos 4th Grade
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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
Get a turkey from the supermarket. It would cost $50 for 50lbs. Take the turkey home and show it to your mother. Wash the turkey in the bathtub and cook it. Cook it on the stove for 5 minutes at 5◦F. The turkey is done when three beeps go off. Then you can get a knife and cut it in half. Then get a big plate and put it on the table. You can serve it with salt, tacos, and tortilla chips.
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.
From Chef Sam
My dad will go outside and catch a turkey. He will pull out all his feathers. After that, I would shove him in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Take him out and make sure it’s done. He won’t move if he’s done. Serve him with mashed potatoes and corn. For dessert, we would have ice cream sundaes.
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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 WWW.PTA.org/2032.aps or at WWW.RehobothPTSA. org. Questions regarding the program can be directed to RehobothPTSA@gmail.com or Kathy at 508-252-9308.
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Students who are planning on trying out for any of the interscholastic sports (basketball, baseball, softball) MUST have a copy of a physical exam done within the past year on file in the nurse’s room. Fall sports try-outs will began on November 16. These sports are open to students in grades 6-8.
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Since September the students at Beckwith have collected $431 worth of Boxtops! That amount, combined with another $400 from the end of June 2009, gives Beckwith a total of $831. That’s fantástico! The check will arrive in early January 2010. Please keep the Boxtops and Labels for Education coming! With the Labels we earn points that can be used to purchase items from a catalogue. Labels include Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farm and V8 Fusion products.
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Target Stores - If you shop at Target and have a Target charge card, you can “Take Charge of Education” by registering by phone (800-316-6142) or online (www.target.com/tcoe) to support Beckwith School. The school code ID number is 59095. Target will donate 1% of the amount spent by all who register! If you don’t have a Target charge card, you can get one at any Target store. Ink Cartridges- Staples pays $3.00 for ANY BRAND ink/toner cartridge returned to them for recycling. Students can bring them to homeroom and have them count towards ‘points’ for the homeroom Boxtops/ Labels/ink competition. Teachers submit the cartridges to Staples and we receive coupons each month that we spend at the store. Hannaford Supermarket- If you shop at Hannaford in Taunton, you can earn “school dollars” by purchasing certain products as part of the “Hannaford Helps Schools” program. The dollars can be submitted at the store itself or handed in at school in homeroom. This program ends December 12th! Shaw’s Supermarket -Go online to register your Shaw’s card: www.shaws.com/neighborhoodrewards. Enter your card number and the school ID: 49001019971. When you shop on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the school earns 1% of your total purchase. Stop and Shop A+ Bonus Bucks: Go online to register your Stop and Shop card: www.stopandshop.com/aplus. Enter your card number. The school ID is: 05944 Subway - If you eat at Subway a lot, get a Subway ‘debit’ card. Register the card online: www.mysubwaycard.com. The school ID is: 52PR. Use your Subway card and reload it when needed! Recycling- There are two bins at Beckwith, two at The Council on Aging and three at Indians Hill Plaza. This gives Beckwith a total of seven bins in Rehoboth that earn the school money while also helping our environment and generating less trash for our Transfer Station. Magazines and catalogues are great items to recycle because they weigh a lot! The more weight in the bins each month, the more money the school earns. Thanks to all the parents who have been sending items to school with their children. Many of the students are very enthusiastic about participating, recycling and helping Beckwith.
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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
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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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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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