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Seekonk Town Meeting

By Laura Calverley Voters at town meeting on November 29 approved funds for a study of the town’s buildings and for the town’s 200th anniversary celebration. They also authorized the creation of two building committees – one for renovating the Banna Fire Station and the other for the animal shelter. Turnout was about 170, which is more than the average attendance. Twenty-one articles in all were reviewed, and some caused more debate than others. Two expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund were discussed for some time. The first requested approximately $163,000 to acquire 4.3 acres of land on Arcade Avenue, behind the YMCA, for open space and passive recreation such as hiking. William Mason, President of the Seekonk Land Trust, said that residents had expressed strong interest in preserving open space and creating new hiking and biking trails in a recent town-wide survey. The land is mostly wetlands, but part of it may be developable and it will connect two current areas of open space. Selectman Dave Parker questioned whether the land was on the tax rolls because the town would lose the money if the article passed, but the information wasn’t available. One resident said it would cost the town more in services if the land were developed. The article ultimately passed with a few dissenting votes. The second appropriation from Community Preservation requested $40,000 for engineering and design services to preserve the Old Town Hall on Taunton Avenue. Dan Horton, Chairman of the Historical Commission, said the Old Town Hall should be preserved because of its historic value to the town. continued on page 4

Celebrate the Season! The 6th annual Tree Lighting sponsored by the Kiwanis of Greater Seekonk was held December 2nd at the Seekonk Town Hall. A grateful THANK YOU from Seekonk Kiwanis to everyone who attended and participated. We received many donations of food for the Seekonk food panty, Doorways, which will help with their increased needs.

Toys for Seekonk’s Children

The Seekonk Girl Scouts are collecting new unwrapped toys. The toys will be donated to Doorways in Seekonk and be available for families in need. There are drop–off boxes in the following locations: Martin Elementary School lobby, Kevin Hurley Middle School lobby, & YMCA (childcare room). Thank you for your kindness! Seekonk Girl Scouts

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Town of Seekonk News Notes Six businesses Get YearRound Alcohol Licenses

A bill sponsored by State Representative Steve D’Amico, D-Seekonk, allowing six Seekonk businesses to convert their seasonal alcohol licenses to year-round licenses was signed into law last month. The businesses are Brothers Seafood, Chardonnay’s, Seekonk Speedway, Tai Pan, Tito’s Cantina and Toti’s Pizza. Businesses holding seasonal licenses cannot sell alcoholic beverages between January 16 and March 31.

Seekonk Congregational Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The Seekonk Congregational Church on Fall River Avenue celebrated its 125th anniversary with a dinner dance at the Johnson & Wales Inn last month. The church began in 1885. Parishioners first met at a schoolhouse at Luthers Corners until the building was constructed in 1888. The church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and has about 500 members. It has an active youth ministry, several choirs and is part of the Haiti Task Force. Reverend Joy Utter is the pastor and has served at Seekonk Congregational for 25 years.

More Housing Needed for Growing Elderly Population

A recent report on the town’s housing needs conducted by Town Planner John Hansen found that Seekonk’s elderly population has increased 12 percent over the past 10 years, but the supply of rental units, affordable and subsidized housing for senior citizens is limited. Hansen is proposing a plan to revise zoning bylaws to promote more affordable housing. The plan needs to be adopted by selectmen and forwarded to the state for certification.

Bugaboo Creek Closes

Bugaboo Creek Steak House restaurant on Route 6 in Seekonk closed suddenly last month. The restaurant is owned by CB Holding Corporation of New Jersey. The company is closing about a dozen restaurants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to its web site. No reason was given for the closing. Employees found the restaurant closed when they showed up for work one day.

Study on Traffic at Aitken School to be Conducted

Selectmen have commissioned a study on traffic in front of Aitken Elementary School on Newman Avenue/Route 152. Some residents and crossing guards have reportedly complained about nearly being hit by motorists near the school. The public works department is expected to conduct the study, and report its findings to the school committee.

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Seekonk Town Meeting By Laura Calverley

“It is a tangible piece of the history of Seekonk,” Horton said. The building would eventually include a community hall and meeting space and an office for the historical commission. The article passed with about 10 opposed. An article requesting approximately $32,000 for building maintenance at Town Hall was discussed at length and eventually defeated. It required a two-thirds vote to pass. Town Administrator Michael Carroll explained that the siding in the back of town hall had cracks in it and mold and rot were beginning to appear and required repairs. “The sooner repairs are done, the less they’ll cost because a smaller area will have deteriorated,” Carroll said. He also said if the article didn’t pass, the money would come from the Highway Department’s building repair fund. The Finance Committee did not recommend this article because they wanted to wait for the recommendations of a building facilities study that was approved earlier in the evening. Another article that was defeated, but narrowly, losing by only one vote, was a request from the school department for $19,000 for an LED sign outside the high school on Arcade Avenue, to replace the current sign. Superintendent Madeline Meyer said there is a safety concern for custodians when they change the message and that the current sign is old and has no cover, so the letters are constantly falling or blowing off. She said the new sign would benefit the town as well as the schools. “It would allow us to post whatever needs to be posted in a safe and orderly way,” Meyer said. But residents said an LED sign was not appropriate for the neighborhood and voted against it. An article requiring owners of foreclosed or abandoned property to maintain the property was postponed. Residents felt that the wording needed to be clearer. One resident who owns an abandoned building said the bylaw was not consistent with current policy. He said the town required that he board up the windows on his building but the proposed bylaw states that the building must “appear not to be vacant.” Another article that was discussed for some time authorized the town to acquire some land owned by the Drohan family (by purchase, eminent domain or easement) in order to access and decommission a well on the property. It authorized $30,000 for the project.


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Did Your Vote for Don Leffort Turn Out the Way You Expected?

This week’s special town meeting set a new low for our reform party officials. Reform Selectman Don Leffort looking for my vote to support his article on requiring CORI checks for elected and appointed officials said, “Voting against this admits you want criminals in town office.” Oh, really? As I was sitting there in disbelief, it occurred to me this was not about protecting the town, but about reform politics. Vindictive control of who sits on our boards. The CORI Article and reform support for it fit with Selectman Leffort’s arrogant assertion that he knows better than the will of the town. Reform snootiness was reinforced when it was reported recently that Selectman Leffort is seeking reconsideration of the CORI article. The “Angry Mob” as he coined them in a recent interview is growing quickly. Candidate Donald Leffort assured Rehoboth, “I am beholden to no one other than all the residents of Rehoboth”. Nothing could have been further from the truth. He has fully enabled the reform agenda since his election. What motives the reform agenda? My guess is money, development and an aloofness that only reformers know best. Recently, we witnessed Selectman Leffort’s actions to protect fellow reformer Foley’s Francis Farm. We will need to watch carefully as Fincom Chairman Morra’s development plans for his land move forward. The aloofness will have to be corrected at the ballot box with another complete rejection of the reformers. Therefore, if you voted for change in the last election, did you get the change you wanted? The town has taken another wrong turn since the election of Selectman Leffort. The reinstatement of reform politics needs to be reversed once again. We need to move the town forward and away from the failed reform politics of the past. Robert Brawley, Rehoboth

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I Still “Believe”… Don’t You? Even though I’m not really ready for the holidays yet, it’s time to face the fact that summer is long over and we are now knee deep in the chaos of the holiday season. Yep… it’s time to panic. Although we’ll all be rushing around in the next few weeks trying to find the perfect gifts, planning the perfect holiday party, preparing the perfect holiday dinner we should all take a moment… maybe several moments over a glass of eggnog, to think about and enjoy the splendor and true meaning of the holiday season. It’s different for all of us, and we should savor that, and remember that it’s not just about getting the best Black Friday deal or the biggest flat screen TV known to man… it’s really about “Believing”. Some adults “Believe”. All children “Believe”. My children are 17 and one, (thank goodness), still wholeheartedly “Believes” in Santa and all the excitement that goes along with Christmas. How lucky am I? The dream lives on in our house! My “Believer” Jon, and I make sure we watch every Christmas program the Family Channel has to offer as we have done since he was about 2 yrs old. We will, as a family, watch the Polar Express at least once, usually twice. I always need to grab a tissue at the end. And lets not forget “Home Alone” which Jon watches year round. Quite possibly the best $10.00 I ever spent! Jon and I will make our annual trek to the mall to visit Santa and have a photo taken. Jon will proudly take this to school to show his classmates. The photo comes only after a lengthy conversation with Santa about all the train videos he wants for Christmas. Jon gives Santa very detailed information about each particular train. Santa always listens very intently and I believe he is truly surprised by Jon’s impressive knowledge of trains. He should be. Jon already has quite a collection of these videos and he’s watched them at least a thousand times. If Jon knows anything… Jon knows trains! Santa told Jon last year that he was “quite a train-buff”. Even though Jon had no idea what that meant… it didn’t matter because Santa came through on Christmas morning with the exact videos he wanted. As always, this year I will make special chocolate chip cookies just for Santa, and leave them on the kitchen table on a special “Santa” plate, along with a glass of milk. Jon will have us up early again this Christmas morning and that’s just fine with me, because the coffee will already be perking. The cookies and milk will be checked only after every gift has been opened. First things first you know! I am looking forward to enjoying another “Believable” holiday season with the only child in line to see Santa who regularly shaves! As long as Jon “Believes”, I’ll keep taking him to the mall, even if he still wants to go when he’s 40 and I’m 72. It doesn’t matter how old you are, as long as you “Believe”. Hours “Believing” is what makes the holidays M•T•T•F wonderful for us, and I hope “Believing” 9-5 makes the holidays wonderful for all of Wed til 8 you! Sat 9-1 Donna Procopio

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Seekonk Firefighter’s Local 1931 would like to reach out to each and every member of our community and extend our greatest thanks, to you, in support of our Local. Recently, we employed the services of Dynamic Marketing Solutions to manage a telemarketing campaign and Comedy Show in order to raise funds for our organization. Both the fundraiser and the comedy show were a huge success. With your kindness, generosity, and support we are able to continue supporting our members, their families and the community through the Banna Scholarship fund and other philanthropic donations that are near and dear to our members. These tough financial times have brought many organizations to seek donations. SFD Local 1931 is both proud and humbled by the support you have shown to our members. We work hard to provide the best possible services to you and your families. We look forward to serving you for many years. Seekonk Firefighter’s

An Apology….However

I apologize to Mr. Cute, our Town Moderator for whom I have great respect, and the residents who were in attendance for the November 22nd session of our Rehoboth Town Meeting. The anger and frustration I felt knowing approval of Article 19 was imminent, made it impossible to express my thoughts. I firmly believe it is morally and ethically wrong (Politically Corrupt) to earmark a bylaw to benefit one individual, though I regard this particular person a fine dedicated public servant. To merely increase the number of Selectmen from 3 to 5, the Town Meeting had to vote to petition the Great and General Court for special legislation; and as I understand it must then be approved by the electorate (7,500 + registered voters of which 2500 or so will go to the polls) at a Town Election. Yet at the Special Town Meeting with a mere 170 odd votes for approval we now have an entirely new elected position of Storm Water Officer on the ballot for next April 2011 election. This is more than political gamesmanship, it is Politically Corrupt! Gilbert Larrabee - Rehoboth, MA


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The Dyer-Lake Funeral Home and the Dyer-Lake Charitable Foundation invites members of the community to participate in the annual “Meals of Hope” community campaign by donating non-perishable food items for distribution to families in need during the holiday season. This represents the thirteenth consecutive year that the funeral home and charitable foundation have committed to a holiday season campaign to benefit members of the community. This year’s community charity pledge is a food drive, since so many families are struggling during this time of economic hardship. Donations may be dropped off at the funeral home at 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro any time during normal business hours from November 15, 2010 – December 18, 2010. Some of the most needed non-perishable food items include: canned soups, tuna, peanut butter, nuts, canned and dried beans, canned fruits and vegetables, juices, tomato sauces, nutritious breakfast cereals, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, granola bars, cracker packages, canned stews and chili and extra virgin olive oil. Last year the campaign provided more than 100 meals to those in need during the holiday season with more than 400 pounds of food items being donated through local food banks. For additional information, please call the funeral home at (508) 695-0200.

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Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties. If you have an extra 2 hours a week and a desire to make a difference in the lives of some wonderful children, then we have the volunteer opportunity for you! A six month commitment is required. Attendance at one of our training sessions is mandatory, and we have one coming up Dec 7 & 8 in Taunton. Both nights are required from 6-9PM. Sign up today! Contact Annie Dantowitz at (508) 999-9454 or at for more information and an application, or fill one out online at

Get Into the Holiday Spirit: Become A Fresh Air Host Family

This November, many families in Southern Massachusetts 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 2011, the spirit of Thanksgiving can continue in your home throughout the year. One child explains what the Fresh Air experience means to her, “I look forward to seeing my family all year long, especially my summer sister. We spend every day of my visit outside together!” 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 2010, 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 yearround camping program serves 2,000 young people each year. By looking ahead to summer 2011, you can give back in a very important way. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, please contact Claire Duckmanton at 508-761-8242 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fund’s website at


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by Scott Abrahamson The Rehoboth Rescue Squad is proud to resume its member profile feature by introducing the citizens to not one, but two highly qualified individuals who head the squad’s Dive Team. Because of their extensive background and experience, Gary Majewski and Steve Money are the Diver Officer and Assistant Dive Officer respectively. Gary Majewski has been a trained and certified diver since 1989. After much hard work, he has over the years progressed through multiple levels of certification to become a PADI Master Diver. He is also a licensed boat captain, and a veteran New England shipwreck diver. In fact, Gary gave a fascinating presentation about his dive experiences during the Beckwith Middle School STEM Night last spring. Steven Money has been a diver since 2004, and currently holds certification as a rescue diver. A nationally ranked competitive swimmer, Steve has extensive background as a professional lifeguard and swim instructor, and has experience as a current, cave, and deep boat diver. Like Gary, he also has experience as a shipwreck diver, but has done this work in the Caribbean. Both men share a vision for the Dive Team: to form a cohesive group that dives together to enable water rescue, search and recovery missions, and ice rescue capabilities serving Rehoboth and surrounding communities through mutual aid. In addition to the squad’s regular monthly drills and meetings, the Dive Team holds additional drills and meetings of their own to discuss scenarios, plan drills, and actively train. Recent warm weather diving drills were held in the ocean waters off Newport, Rhode Island. Certainly those waters are more difficult than Rehoboth’s waterways, but the rigor makes for better preparedness. Additionally, the team participates in the squad’s regular water rescue drills to provide expert instruction to non-dive team members. With the cold weather having arrived, training drills are now taking the form of cold water dives and ice rescues. Some may shiver at the thought, but Majewski says, “I actually like diving in cold water. The visibility is excellent, and makes underwater work better.”

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Thanks goes out again to Neal Harrington, Bradley and Brandon Hoderny, Troop 1, Tanner Oliveira, Zac Oudin, Spencer Crooks, Jonathan Eddy, Bone Soares, Scout Masters Mr. Oudin and Mr. Eddy and Robert and Lynore McKim for helping with the November 2nd State Election set up. Also, to the Schwall family for their unfailing assistance at our Special Town Meetings. The dependability of these volunteers is an asset to our Town.

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There are still 88 unlicensed dogs in the Town and I would remind dog owners to get their dogs licensed as soon as possible. The Non-Criminal Citation adds an additional $25.00 fine to the license and late fees already in place for unlicensed dogs plus the cost of certified mailing.

Annual Town Census

Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2011 will be mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the last week of December. 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. Please review the pre-printed forms, make corrections and return them no later than February 1st. 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 2011 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, 2011 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

December 2010 The Reporter 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. 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, 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.

Annual Town Election

The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011 with the polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All three precincts will be open. Nomination papers are available as of January 3, 2011 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 45 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on February 14th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2011 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), Tax Collector (one for three years), School Committee (two for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Housing Authority (one for 5 years) and Water Commissioner (two for 3 years). The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office. Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form. Applications for absentee ballots are available as of January 1st and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. An absentee ballot may only be obtained by written request and with the voter’s original signature.


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“At the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month…” Senior Vice Commander Frank DuVally read the opening phases of the Armistice which ended the hostilities of World War I. Although efforts were made to make Veterans Day a 3-day Monday Holiday, Congress heeded the call from American veterans and restored the original day. A handful of Rehoboth’s veterans and veterans from neighboring Seekonk, Taunton and Dighton gathered at the American Legion Post 302 Cenotaph on Winthrop and Danforth Streets at the appointed hour. The Ceremony was kept simple, as it is every year. Post Commander Albert Howarth, Veteran Service Office Bill Saunders and Post Chaplain Veronica Hass led the gathered veterans is remembrance and prayer. The annual ceremony is dedicated to those veterans who have not come home, yet. The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Flag was brought down and a new one was raised in its place. All that were gathered there were asked to remember them whenever they passed this place. This year’s ceremony was especially poignant with the recent addition of two granite benches by Post 302. lLT Craig Waterman was a Missing in Action for almost two decades before his remains were discovered and returned to the United States. Capt Benjamin Sammis is Rehoboth’s only casualty from the current Middle East conflict. Both were Marine Corps Officer and helicopter pilots. As a Tribute to the fallen Marines, the Poem “Marine” was read to the gathering. Legionnaires George Ingham and Noel Turgeon performed the ceremonial retirement of the American Flag and POW/MIA Flag. Major General Kevin McBride led the group of veterans with the command to “present arms” - salute the flags – as the old flags were retired and the new flags were raised. A special tribute to the veterans in attendance was presented by two young children from the Twin Oaks Acorn Academy, of Tremont Street Rehoboth. They sang patriotic songs. The day care students were there under the leadership of Mrs. Wanda Hanson, academy director. Her students annually place the flags on veterans’ graves at the Steven’s Corner Cemetery. Following the Ceremony, Rehoboth veterans were treated to a lunch provided by the Rehoboth TRIAD at the Council on Aging building on Bay State Road. Approximately 75 veterans met at noon to partake in baked stuffed shrimp and baked chicken. A military Honor Guard comprised of Officers from the Rehoboth Police Department presented the colors and Sgt Shuilor, of the Rehoboth Police, sang the National Anthem.

December 2010 The Reporter All veterans in attendance were awarded a gold and silver “challenge coin” stamped “Thank a Veteran” The coins were presented from the Town of Rehoboth. Board of Selectman Chairman Ken Foley and selectman/Major General Kevin McBride extended the “thank yous” from the Town and to the TRIAD team for their much appreciated meal. Also, in attendance was selectman Donald Lefort, as a guest of the Town’s Veterans’ Service Officer. State Representative (elect) Steve Howitt briefly addressed the gathering. Town Veterans Service Officer greeted all the veterans as they entered for dinner and is seen in this picture greeting last year’s special recipient of a shadow box with medals and awards. Mr. Borden is a World War II veteran. After the meal, Lt. Col. Saunders commented that many of the World War II veterans, who were present, just last year, have passed on. The number present was significantly less than in previous years. Noticeably absent every year are the younger veterans who, due to employment, do not get the day off. Many employers chose to give the day-after Thanksgiving in lieu of Veterans’ Day to their employees. The Town of Rehoboth has approximately 900 veterans among its 12,400 population. And even though it is a federal holiday, at least one area bank was open for business. TRIAD is headed by President Marilyn Henley. The dinner was organized by Mrs. Pat Higson with several volunteers helping with the serving and cleanup.


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Papers for the April Town election are now available in this office. The Town election is Monday, April 4, 2011. If you are interested in running for a town office, you can pick up papers here and get fifty registered voters to sign them. The offices that will appear on the ballot are Board of Assessors, Board of Selectmen, Housing Authority, Library Board of Trustees, Planning Board, School Committee, Town Clerk, Town Moderator, and Water Commissioner. Incumbents planning to run again must also get papers and have them certified. Papers will be due back in the Town Clerk’s office by February 14, 2011. The annual local census will be going out in late December or early January, 2011. There will be dog license renewal forms included with the census. We ask that you check the information on your form and make any necessary changes and return the form to Town Hall. Thank you to all who voted in the November election. It was a busy day at the polls, which we like to see.

Seekonk Liquor License Bill Now Law

Boston – State Representative Steve D’Amico (D-Seekonk) announced that the bill he sponsored allowing six local businesses to convert their seasonal liquor licenses and wine & malt licenses into year-round licenses has been signed into law and is now Chapter 368 of the Acts of 2010. “Now that this bill has become law, a number of our local restaurants will no longer have to struggle because they cannot sell alcohol during the winter months,” said D’Amico. We’re very happy that this passed. It will definitely help,” said George Delis of Toti’s Pizza. Under Massachusetts General Laws, cities and towns have an allotted number of year-round and seasonal liquor licenses and wine & malt licenses (depending on population) that they can issue without confirmation from the state legislature. Seasonal alcohol licenses or wine & malt licenses are active from April 1 to January 15. Businesses holding a seasonal license are required to discontinue selling alcoholic beverages on January 15 and cannot resume sales until April 1. The seasonal license requires a smaller fee and is helpful to those businesses that only operate on a seasonal basis. But for those businesses that operate throughout the year and can only obtain one of the town’s seasonal licenses it can be difficult to stay afloat during the winter months. “It was really tough times for us when we lost our ability to sell beer and wine,” said Steve Medeiros, along with his brother Eric of Brother’s Seafood. “We’d like to thank everyone who helped move this along.” The six businesses that will benefit from the expanded liquor licenses are Seekonk Speedway, Tito’s Cantina, Brothers Seafood, Chardonnay’s, Tai Pan and Toti’s Pizza.

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring the fifteenth annual Taste of the Town on February 1, 2011, at the Johnson & Wales Inn on route 44 in Seekonk from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be food tasting from many of the area’s finest restaurants and wine tasting offered by many wine vendors. Last year’s participants included Audrey’s, Applebee’s, Autumn’s Cafe, Bone Yard Barbeque, Chardonnay’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Country Kitchen, Davenport’s, Eleven Forty Nine East, Lemon & Oil Deli, Luxury Box, Ninety-nine, Old Grist Mill Tavern, Stop & Shop, Tai-Pan, Tito’s Cantina, Vino’s Café and Young’s Caterers. There will be a 50/50 cash raffle and a raffle of dinners and items from the vendors. Tickets are available from Lynn at 508-336-5736, Edith at 508-336-8130, Bev at 508336-9352, or the Town Clerk at 508-336-2920. All proceed are to help children, their families and their communities – the main priority of Kiwanis.

It was a great year for the New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association! This year, through the generosity of the members and the good people who came out to our events, the club is estimated to have raised about $2,000 in cash plus canned goods and toys to benefit the Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry. Many thanks to everyone for their support. One last pull - just for fun-is planned for Sunday, December 12th 9 a.m. until dark at Francis Farm. Santa and his reindeer have been invited too in case they would like to get in shape for their big night on the 24th. Guaranteed there will be some Deere and a red sled or two there. Our next regular members meeting will be on January 19th, 2011 at Francis Farm. There is no meeting in December. Merry Christmas to All and Best Wishes For a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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Thanksgiving Day morning, prior to the annual football game between Seekonk High and Dighton-Rehoboth High, six Lions Clubs from three communities converged at the annual game to offer help tho their communities. They were assisted by their Regional Lions Mascot “PAWS” The Seekonk and Seekonk Hearthstone Lions, the Dighton and Dighton Dandi Lions and the Rehoboth and Rehoboth Anawon Lions Clubs, the Lions Clubs of Zone 5 District 33S encouraged those who planned to attend the annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game, Seekonk High School vs Dighton Rehoboth Football Game at D-R, to stop by the Lions Eye-Mobile to have their eyes, ears and blood pressure tested. In addition, the Lions were collecting coats, hats, gloves, sweaters etc. as well as eyeglasses, and hearing-aides to help the needy in our communities.


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Nov. 10, District Gov. Joyce Middleton visited at our Club @ Crestwood C.C. @ 7 P.M. Beckwith student Carlin Duffy won the Peace Poster Contest. Nov. 17, was a Clam Boil @ Seekonk Gun Club, @ 7 P.M. Nov. 22 Zone 5 Youth Speech Contest @ 3:30 @ D-R High School Nov. 22 Zone 5 Mtg.(6 Clubs from Dighton, Seekonk and Rehoboth) @ Russ Latham’s house. Nov. 23, Board of Directors @ President Mike’s house NOV. 25 Thanksgiving Zone 5 at the D-R Vs. Seekonk Football Game with the Eyemobile.6 Lions Clubs. People were invited to come early (8:30-10:00 A.M.) to the game and be screened for vision, hearing and blood pressure. The clubs were also collecting Coats, used eye glasses and hearing aids. OUR District Mascot “Paws” Was There To Great Everyone!

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Nov. 30 District 33S Cabinet Advisory Meeting for our club officers - @ Lakeville Lions @ 7 Dec. 8, 7 P.M. Rehoboth Lions Mtg. at Francis Farm Dec. 12 Senior Holliday Dinner at Hillside C.C. Seniors meals are still $2.00 and sign-up/tickets are still to be gotten at the Senior Center. Dec. 13 Regional Youth Speech at Attleboro Library @ 6:30 P.M. Dec. 22 The Club will meet at 7 P.M. at Papa’s and be catered by Autumn’s.

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Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club News

By Bernie DeRoche The Rehoboth Anawan Lions held their regularly scheduled meeting to plan for events coming up. At their meeting on November 18th at the Hillside Country Club there were two guests. One was Zone Chairman Russell Latham who spoke on our Youth Speech Contest representatives and spoke about the speeches that were given on November 22nd at the Dighton Rehoboth Library. There will be more information to come when we have our winners who will represent our two Lions Clubs in the next level of competition. We are also planning to have the Eye Mobile at the Thanksgiving Day football game for free screening. I hope you took advantage of free blood pressure, hearing and eye screening. We also had as our guest speaker Natalie Sowersby from the Social Security Office who gave a very enlightening talk on retirement. Her discussions were very informative and brought up a lot of points that we had not thought about. Thank you to Linda Ferreira who scheduled her for us as the speaker. We held our Peace Poster Contest and the winner who is representing our club is Bridget Roy who will now go to the next level. More information will be given as the contest progresses. She is from the D. L. Beckwith School and we congratulate her and wish her well. On December 11th we will be holding our Tree Lighting at the bank at 3:00 p.m. We will have caroling. After the tree lighting we will continue to Francis Farm for more festivities, games, hayrides and Santa. A good time for all will be at the Francis Farm. Our club’s Christmas Party will be on December 7 at the Stone Forge Inn.

December 2010 The Reporter We will be going to our usual Bingo Night for the patients at Marian Manor and thy will be looking for us. Our next big fund raiser is our Calendar Dance on January 29, 2011. See any member of the club for tickets or call the Chairperson, Elaine Ferreira, at 508-336-5049 and she will supply you with as many as you need. On behalf of the Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club I would like to say “Thank You” to all for your support in all our fundraisers and projects. Our success is with your continued support and for that we thank you! We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving Holiday and remember our motto is “We Serve” and indeed we do and to all – Merry Christmas and Happy New. See you next year!

Anawan Grange

Another month gone by and the holiday season is upon us. As promised, I will fill you in on the Halloween winners. Prettiest - Queen Emma Paull - funniest--Igor the crazy composer, Phyllis Bush – Scariest - Freddie Kruger, Keith Harmon - Best Soldier Alex Paull - Most crooked - The Mystery Burglar, Angel – Sleepiest - Little Girl ready for bed, Fay Perry. It was a fun party with witches and axe men also. The apple paring contest was won by Emma Paull and the Youth penny sale was very good, thanks to all who participated. The state session delegates reported that the Massachusetts State Grange was well done One of the speakers for the Agricultural and legislative luncheon was State Senator from Gloucester, Bruce Tarr who indicated that Agriculture is still on the radar on Beacon Hill. Grants are available for working farms. The State Grange supports the Farm bureau proposal to have a 5 Million dollar exemption and a 35% maximum rate on the estate or inheritance tax that is scheduled to revert to pre 2001 level on January 1, 2011 which would then be only 1 million dollars and the rate taxed at 55%. Lots of things to watch in our legislature. We honored our veterans at our November 9th meeting Also brought some items for the Rehoboth food bank which I was able to deliver. Thank you all for donating. We wish it could be more. We are supporting the Foster care program that is a state Grange project and at state session 370 dozen diapers as well as cash were donated from all the granges in the state. Looking forward to our December 14th meeting which will be a Christmas party with a card exchange and Yankee swap of a no more than $5.00 gift. We will also bring an unwrapped gift for a child. Once again all are invited. See you in January with more legislative initiatives and notices.

Green Pastures and Tractors 4-H Club Community Service

Benjamin Pelletier a 6th grader at Beckwith Middle School along with his family from Pelletier’s Farm provided and donated hayrides at the Jack-o-lantern Fest at Palmer River School. Ben is a member of the Green Pasture and Tractor 4-H club. He along with other members from the Cows n Clover 4-H club donated there time and talents to help out as a community service project. The annually event included a haunted school, games, lighted pumpkin walk and haunted hayrides. For information about joining a 4-H club The Green Pastures and Tractors 4-H Club of Rehoboth is a newly formed club. The Green Pasture and Tractors 4-H club of Rehoboth, Ma is a Bristol County tractor and small engine repair club as well as a dairy cow club. The focus will be on rebuilding tractors and dairy judging and showing. Members include Emily,


Andrew, and Benjamin Pelletier of Rehoboth and Kenneth Baker of Swansea. The club holds meeting every other Saturday, focusing on mechanical repairs and engine theories. The basic small gas engine all the way to the modern diesel mechanics will be discussed. 4-H s motto is “learning by doing” and each kid will have hands on experience working on tractors, trucks, lawnmower etc. Painting, welding, and electricity well also be part of the curriculum as the year progresses. The kids will have a project pieces to work on all year such as Kenneth Bakers Ford 8 N Farm tractor or Bens Ford L9000 Semi Tractor. Another tractor also being rebuilt is a John Deere 4430 Farm Tractor. Besides mechanical work, the kids are involved in a Massachusetts 4-H Food Drive. The Need Is Great And 4-H Can Make A Difference! Collect as much food any way you can throughout November with your club with support of family & friends. The Green Pastures and Tractors 4-H Club collected caned goods, which were delivered the Rehoboth Food Pantry. They will also be continuing to volunteer their services at the food bank sorting and packaging food. Any one interested in joining the club may contact Dawn or Ray Pelletier @ 774-488-2815.

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Tiger Cub Den 7, Pack 2 dropped by the Carpenter Museum on Sunday November 21 to try our new Quest (Treasure Hunt) called “Follow Marvin the Mouse as He Runs Around the Museum and Carpenter House.” Marvin’s antics were no match for these clever grade-schoolers, who solved the puzzle and opened the treasure box. Thanks to Tiger Cub leader Lynda Brown who coordinated the visit.

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Thanks to all of you who visited to the museum this year. And special thanks to the following people who served as docents on Sundays throughout 2010: Leslie Patterson, Lende McMullen, Rebecca Smith, Otis Dyer, Kylee Hitz, Sue Withers, Laura Napolitano and Amanda Knox. We’ll be closed until March, but we’re not hibernating! Just call, and we’ll set up a time for you to come visit.

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After returning home from serving in the U.S. Army during WWII as an engineer building bridges for the troops, my dad tried a few business ventures which included raising chickens. A large coop was present on the family homestead next to his grandfather’s horse barn and other out buildings. Raising chickens was once a profitable venture for families who had the land but my dad realized that post WWII that was no longer true. He instead followed an interest he shared with both his grandfather and father. For any free time allowed, they could be found tinkering with some machine engine or tool. My father’s six year apprenticeship for toolmaker began in 1945 at Bulova Watch in Providence, Rhode Island. Later, he attended night school at University of Rhode Island and worked at Federal Chain for seven years earning a journeyman’s certificate as a toolmaker in 1959. During these years, he also worked nights building his future business making tools and dies in one of the larger outbuildings by our house. In the beginning he mostly worked alone. Eventually, he hired someone part time then added more employees as the work started coming in from other businesses. By now, his family included his wife, two daughters and a son. A second son was born in May of 1960 after the company became a corporation.

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As a seven year old little girl I can remember finding my father inside the shop door working. Two or three men were at their benches dressed in gray aprons like him talking and working or maybe in the summer listening to the radio broadcast of a Red Sox game. Often I would find my father wearing his pair of magnifying glasses atop his head inspecting a mold carefully. The shop then was a dark room with overhead fluorescent lights revealing the blackness of machines and their loud noises. The oil soaked wooden floor was often littered with curly-cue shaped steel chips strewn from the drill presses. Required to stand just inside the door, I was not allowed inside for fear of stepping on the chips and bringing them into the house. This “old” part of the shop was about 30 feet by 25 feet and housed a grinding machine in its northwest corner. There my dad would grind away at a mold one sweep at a time. A mold was placed on the table of the grinder while the grinding wheel, set at a specific measurement, would grind away as the table also moved back and forth. Sparks would fly out every time the wheel met the steel mold and could be operated for a while without him standing there in front of it. At the door, there was a great big drill press reaching to the ceiling often times holding a large piece of steel. Next to the drill press, further inside, was a surface grinder made in England. One of the men reconditioned it to build the progressive dies my dad specialized in for the business. In the middle of the shop were the lathe, an off-hand grinder, and a cut-off saw. There was also a belt sander, a myriad of tools lying above a set of 40 square drawers, and an attic. Originally, the attic was just filled with stuff collected from years past as it was my great-grandfather, who worked, collected, and stored things in the building. I can remember cleaning out some of that stuff to make room for my younger brother’s H&O model train set. A low table was built for it with enough room to have bridges, stations, houses, lamps, a mountain, and the train and its track. By then, my youngest brother was probably five and the shop had gained its addition on the other side of the building. The addition was built in 1963. It was made with concrete blocks with a flat roof and push-out windows all along the sides. A bench counter was built under the windows. The men worked at the benches which held their tool boxes, dial indicators, a place to work, and a lamp. Behind the bench counter, on the eastern

December 2010 The Reporter street side of the addition, were three operating Bridgeports where much of the mold making and shaping occurred.

dad Working on his “Cadillacs”

Opposite the old part of the shop, another bench faced west toward the field and woods with three more Bridgeports. My dad called them his six “Cadillacs” because they were such beauties and their cost was dear. An air hose was always nearby each Bridgeport for the men to clear away the metal chips produced from drilling into the steel. We kids would sometimes have fun with those on Saturdays when my brother was old enough to “clean the shop”. We would dodge the great spurts of air bursting out as we sprayed each other and I can remember watching with astonishment as the air blew forcefully across my hand rippling the skin. Toward the back of the shop was a draftsman’s table, a honing machine, and a shaper which was never used that much. Other machines included a panagraph machine which allowed you to follow a pattern of letters and numbers and engrave that on the steel. He also had a Rockwell grinder which was good for sharpening cutters. The band saw stood beside the sink that held only a scratchy, rough soap to wash the heavy black grease and oils off the workers’ hands. In later years, there was an EDM machine which the shop often relied upon for dissolving steel into a preferred shape. Over the years, the business provided molds for various clients which included Texas Instruments and General Electric. However, the most reliable work he procured was from Miller Electric in Woonsocket and V-Tron in Pownal, Vermont. With the new addition, the old chicken coop and some of the smaller out buildings were demolished and hauled away. A new driveway and parking lot was poured. Six or seven men and a secretary were now employed. The addition measured twice the size of the original building and had a cement floor with room for an office and additional machines. The shop had two exits and the back door was actually two doors together allowing a drive-on mower or a wide dolly to be driven or rolled in as the situation warranted. My grandfather lived across the street and worked for my dad for many years. After retiring from full time work, he would still work on a job in the shop part time or be working on his tractor lawn mower engine perfecting its timing. He also had antique clocks at his bench which he repaired.

“Gone Fishin” Just 300 Feet Away

My father owned a fair amount of land which included a large pond about 300 feet into the woods behind the shop. Sometimes the men would find time during their lunch break to fish and in winter play ice hockey. In the earlier years, my father raised sheep on the land. By 1968, he had a flock of about two dozen black-faced Suffolk ewes, lambs, and a ram. Later he switched to raising Hereford cattle. On days with no school, especially in summer, my brother and I would sometimes ride with Dad to pick up a mold at the heat-treater’s. It would be an errand toward Providence and into Cranston where inevitably he’d drive through Roger Williams Park and of course, stop at the merry-go-round. He’d have a corned beef sandwich and let us ride on the horses and reach for the brass ring. Invariably, one of us would get it, earning us an additional free ride. He’d have to buy another ticket so we both could ride again. As a teenager with a drivers’ license, I was sometimes recruited by my dad to deliver a mold, or return with it or with other supplies. I would drive to the supply house, heat treater’s, or the welder’s usually in the Providence area. The north side of the shop bordered our family backyard. Covered by dark cedar shingle and cinder block, the shop was a bit unsightly as it faced our home and privacy. My mother’s gardens grew to cover and mask its stark look. Ivy climbed the cinder blocks easily. The Beauty Bush draped over the grass with blooms each spring. Forsythia, azalea, and flowers were also planted creating a beautiful country garden facing our home. Ramco Tool and Die became a successful small business in Rehoboth throughout its years of operation. It was influential not only to our own family, but to others and their families as well, and to the community. The company closed its doors in 1989.


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Arts in the Village Presents the Russian Duo December 11, 7:30pm

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Fall River, MA -- The South Coast Community Chorale will present two holiday concerts in the month of December. On December 12th, the Chorale will join the Fall River Symphony Orchestra for their Christmas Pops Concert. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center Theatre at Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and can be purchased in advance by calling (508) 674-8356. Tickets will also be available at the door. The South Coast Community Chorale will also present its annual holiday concert on December 19 at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, 15 Thomas Street, Fall River, MA. The program will feature the chorus and soloists performing Handel’s Messiah, as well as other traditional and contemporary holiday music. Tickets for this performance are available in advance for $10 by calling (508) 252-3975. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12. Directed by Frank Wilhelm, the South Coast Community Chorale is a group of singers based out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Members come from Fall River and nearby communities including Somerset, Swansea, Dighton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Westport, Dartmouth, Taunton, and Raynham. The group performs concerts each fall and spring, and past performances have included venues in Fall River, New Bedford, Westport, Taunton, and Swansea. In addition to their fall and spring concerts, the Chorale also performs at community events and each year awards scholarships to area students who plan to pursue a career in the musical field. For more information, please visit SCCC online at

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Held at 230 Anawan street, rte. 118; Rehoboth MA Open to all ages & disciplines Classes for everyone: Lead line riders, Walk-trot riders, Gymkhana riders, Jumper riders, English & Western riders. Our show is dedicated to “Bertha,” a beautiful horse who was succumbed by colitis. We are holding raffles and other activities to help cover the expenses during this tragic time. Please show your support to a wonderful young man who lost his “1st beloved horse” in such a short time!

Santa will be here for pictures too! Show your support, relax and have some fun!

We are collecting for the Rehoboth Food Pantry and toys For tots! We will also be collecting toys for volunteer Firefighter Ken Marshall Jr.’s two children. He died unexpectedly in the line of duty on Thanksgiving. Please join us to help make the Holidays brighter for his two children. For more information contact Sherri Savoy at 508-2529925 or visit us online at


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Signups have begun for children wishing to participate in the Christmas Eve pageant which will be held at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals for the pageant will be held for several Sundays immediately preceding the December 24th date. Church attendees are encouraged to take a card from the “giving tree” at the church and provide a gift for a needy Rehoboth child. The gifts are due by December 12th. The Missions Committee is also collecting items for toiletry baskets to be presented to mothers in Conway House in Middleboro. The committee will be traveling to Middleboro on December 12th and will be brining gifts as well as a meal for those families living at the shelter. Stocking stuffers for children living in area shelters are being collected by the church school through December 12th.

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A Living Creche, the 25th annual presentation of the Christmas Story, will take place in front of the Seekonk Congregational Church yard at 600 Fall River Avenue, beginning at 7:07 P.M. each evening December 20th through December 23rd with carols and readings from the biblical account of Jesus’ birth. Participants include a baby from the congregation, as well as youth and adults portraying shepherds and magi. Live sheep are also imported for the week! Bring family and friends to experience the true meaning of the season. Hot chocolate will be served. On Christmas Eve, the living tableau of the manger scene will be a part of the worship services. During those services, the joyous sounds of Christmas carols will ring out. The public is most welcome to visit the church and view the Living Creche, from the December 20th through the 23rd, and/or attend any of the Christmas Eve services. Christmas Eve Services: 5:00 P.M. & 11:00 P.M. All Welcome.

Centenary united Methodist Church Animated Enchanted Village

The 60-foot display of animated figures and lighted trees will continue to be open to all before and after every Sunday 10 a.m. Worship Service, and on Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., until January 6, 2011. It has already been a delight to those children and adults, of all ages, who have seen it. There are teddy bears, puppies, reindeer, Santa’s, dolls, and angels uniquely displayed in holiday themed settings. No charge, but donations are accepted. See this unique display at Centenary United Methodist Church, at 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main Street in Attleboro, MA.

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People In The News They Are Artists for the Bay!

Artists for Save The Bay Exhibition and Sale, presented by Ocean Capital, would not be possible without Seekonk residents Now in its fifth year, the Artists for Save The Bay Exhibition and Sale represents the region’s largest and most popular Bay-themed art show. The event was created by and depends entirely on painters, photographers and sculptors inspired by the Bay and its watershed, some of whom live in your community. In Seekonk, one artist is taking part in this year’s event, which kicks off with an opening reception Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 28 at the Save The Bay Center in Providence. Our artists are available for profile feature stories acknowledging their contributions and reflecting on how the Bay influences their artistry. We can arrange interviews and, of course, we can provide great examples of their work. As you may know, part of the event’s proceeds benefits Save The Bay programs – including school-based programs and habitat restoration projects in Seekonk. In Rehoboth, one artist is taking part in this year’s event, which kicks off with an opening reception Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 28 at the Save The Bay Center in Providence. Our artists are available for profile feature stories acknowledging their contributions and reflecting on how the Bay influences their artistry. We can arrange interviews and, of course, we can provide great examples of their work. As you may know, part of the event’s proceeds benefits Save The Bay programs – including school-based programs and habitat restoration projects in Rehoboth. For more information on the show, visit our Web site at http://; to see a slideshow of returning artists, as well as our new artists, click here: images/2010Artists/photogallery.htm

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Jason Medeiros Finishes 2nd in New England Championships

Jason Medeiros of Rehoboth, MA finishes 2nd in the National Football League Punt, Pass and Kick New England Championships held at Gillette Stadium. Jason competed in the boys 10-11 age group with over 500 participants. The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. Each participant is allowed one punt, one pass and one placekick during each competition. Scores are based on both distance and accuracy. Jason won a local competition in September for the chance to advance to one of six Sectional Competitions. He then went on to win his Sectional Competition in October. Of the six Sectional Competitions, only the top four winners qualified to advance to the New England Championships. Jason’s score qualified for advancement and he competed at Gillette Stadium on October 31st for a chance at the New England title. Jason finished in second place and was awarded an NFL PPK second place football. Each participant was also given tickets to the Patriots vs. Vikings football game that took place later that afternoon.

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Lindsey Hinken Receives $1,000 Scholarship from BIC

Lindsey Hinken, of Rehoboth, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from BIC Corporation. The scholarships are awarded annually to the children of BIC employees and are based on the students’ scholastic achievements. This year, BIC awarded a total of $100,000 in scholarships to 59 students, including Ms. Hinken, who is attending the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. She is the daughter of Mark and Pamela Hinken. BIC Corporation began its scholarship program in 1971 to help employees’ children defray the cost of college and graduate school. BIC Corporation is a leading distributor of stationery products, lighters, and shavers. Since its founding more than 50 years ago, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable products to consumers everywhere. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands in the world today.

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The team participates in a variety of sports throughout the year. Including bowling, soccer, basketball, volleyball, flag football and cheerleading. All area residents are invited to come out and support the athletes. Any one with special needs interested in joining the team for the upcoming winter season of basketball and bowling please contact Caron Heller at Tax deductible donations for support of the team can also be made by contacting


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RYBSA Rehoboth Youth Baseball and Softball 2011 Baseball and Softball Registration Time is Here 2011 Season registration forms are now available online. The forms are available on the RYBSA website. Registration forms will also be sent out via area schools. An early registration discount will be given to those registrations received by January 1st. New for 2011, you will be able to register on line at Please look for signs in the community with more information regarding registration for the 2011 season. If you have any questions please contact RYBSA Registrar, Kathy Saleeba or Jay Delaplain, RYBSA President

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How old does my son or daughter have to be to play T-ball? Last season RYBSA lowered the age for first year players to 4 years old. A child may register to play T-Ball if he or she was 4 years old as of September 1, 2010. T-ball is a great way to introduce your child to the game of baseball or softball. Our T-ball division focuses on teaching the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, base running and sportsmanship. All players receive a uniform just like the older kids and all participants receive a medal/trophy at the end of the season.

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On November 16th the new 2011 RYBSA board was elected. RYBSA would like to welcome the following new members; John Pray as the VP AA / A / T-ball baseball, Janine Musto, Publicity and League Marketing and Kim Rosato, Apparel and Concession Assistant. Al Tatton has stepped down as the VP AA / A / T-ball Baseball and is now in charge of Concession and Marketing. The RYBSA board would also like to thank departing member Bruce Gousie for his years of service.

RYBSA and RBI Academy

RYBSA has again partnered with RBI Baseball Academy in Foxboro. This partnership allows for registered RYBSA softball and baseball players to participate in winter indoor training programs. Indoor hitting and pitching clinics will be held on Saturdays during the months of February and March. New this season we will be offering an Advanced Pitching clinic with smaller groups. Prior pitching experience is required. Space is limited for both sessions. Chris Welch of RBI Baseball will also be holding a free preseason coaches clinic. Discounted rates for individuals as well as teams are available through RYBSA. More information about this opportunity will be soon available on the RYBSA web site.

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Seekonk Resident Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Seekonk resident, Ray Keiser, was recently inducted into the R.I. High School Girls’ Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. Ray was honored for his service to high school girls’ tennis and presented the award on November 10, 2010 at the annual banquet at the West Valley Inn, in West Warwick, RI. A retired school teacher, Ray was a coach of Tolman High School Girls’ Tennis in Pawtucket from 2000-2010. The girls won the Div. C North championship in 2000 and 2002, and the Division C State Championship in 2000. Ray served as vice-president of the coaches association and served on the rules and banquet committees. He also ran the R.I. Div. III & IV Qualifier Tournaments at the Pawtucket Slater Park courts and the State Doubles rounds at the Wheeler School courts in Seekonk. Mr. Keiser is a member of the Professional Tennis Registry, the U.S. Professional Tennis Assoc., the U.S. Racquet Stringers Assoc., the Seekonk Swimming & Tennis Club, the USTA, and other tennis affiliates. Ray, a certified instructor, has taught for the Pawtucket Parks and Recreation, Fore Court Racquet & Fitness in Cumberland, and presently teaches at Centre Court Tennis Club in East Providence. Mr Keiser has also been the Dighton-Rehoboth Girls’ Tennis coach from 2002 to the present, having previously coached the DR boys’ team. You can always find Ray somewhere on the local area courts.

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Attleboro, MA( Nov. 4, 2010)… The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro, MA, announces the 2011 Christmas Festival of Lights beginning Thanksgiving evening November 25, 2010 to January 2, 2011 with daily Illuminations following the 4:00 p.m. mass from about 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. depicting the new theme, “Believe in the Gift!” Admission and parking are free to the public! But donations are welcome! Father Pat’s concerts are held Tuesdays thru Sundays, in the Shrine Church (for complete schedule see below), and other visiting guest artists concerts are held in the Welcome Center Concert Hall. (Editor’s Note: See attached Concert schedule.) Call (508) 222-5410 for more information or go to www. or to learn about the many other features such as the International Display of Nativity Sets Museum, Christmas Bazaar (Nov. 26, 27, 28), daily masses, confessions, lights blessing ceremonies, Bookstore/Giftshop, Bistro/Cafeteria, Trolley and New Hayride TractorPull Tours, Children’s’ Carousel, and Birthday Cards for Jesus. To Childrens’ delight, live donkey “Clopper” will be keeping watch over the manger at the outdoor Nativity. The Thanksgiving Day Grand Opening on Thursday, Nov. 25th ushers in the new lights display, changed annually, at an Opening Ceremony & Blessing at about 5:00 p.m. at the Outdoor Manger, when the lights are turned on for the first time….During Grand Opening Day, Father Pat will perform a special concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Shrine Church. During the Festival of Lights, Father Pat’s concerts are held in the Shrine Church Tues. – Sun., (Tues. – Fri. at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. and Sat. – Sun. at 3:00 & 7:30 p.m.; Exceptions are no concerts on Sat., Dec. 4th, and Christmas, Dec. 25th ).(Editor’s Note: See attached Christmas schedule.) For more information, see the Christmas Schedule attached or visit our website at, and open the Christmas Link and/or call for one to be sent to you at (508) 222-5410.

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During this year of 2010, Linden Place Mansion is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. To mark the end of this important year the mansion will be decorated to the theme “A Trade Winds Christmas” for the holiday season. A committee, under the artistic direction of landscape architect Daniel Wallace from Newton, MA, will showcase an interpretation of the theme “A Trade Winds Christmas” through live plants and creative decorations. Of the multitude of influences that have impacted the culture of Bristol and Linden Place during the past two centuries, the most important are the town’s location on Narragansett Bay, its access to the trade winds and its development as a significant trading port. During Bristol’s history, ships from this town went out over the seas trading home grown produce, rum and cotton cloth and in exchange brought back molasses, coffee, cotton, silk, fruit, spices and particularly slaves, traded for goods on the coast of Africa. After the Revolution and into the 1800’s, the wealth created by the “Triangle Trade” for Bristolians is reflected in the flamboyantly opulent style of Linden Place which today remains a prominent reminder of that period in the town’s history. In 1834, nearly 25 years after Linden Place was completed, Mr. William Henry D’ Wolf enlisted Linden Place architect, Russell Warren, to return and add the lovely Gothic octagonal solarium to the South end of the mansion. At the time, this type of structure was very trendy in Britain and Europe. In addition, collecting specimen trees and plants to fill these rooms was in vogue. Linden Place has no written record of what exotic plants might have been seen in the solarium in 1834. There are, however, records of the different ports and destinations that Bristol ships entered and traded with during this period. The Solarium will be a special focal point this year and will feature tropical plants and decorations that might have been carried into Bristol on the Trade Winds. continued on next page...

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Providence –Trinity Rep is pleased to announce that this holiday season, your family will have another spirited offering to enjoy, as it presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, an adaptation of the heartwarming film classic. Five actors from Trinity Rep’s resident company will bring Frank Capra’s Bedford Falls to life on stage. Co-directed by Artistic Director Curt Columbus and Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky, the show opens in previews December 3 and runs through January 2, 2011 in the Dowling Theater. Tickets are on sale now at the Trinity Rep box office, 201 Washington St.; by phone at (401) 351-4242; and online at www. Co-director Curt Columbus found himself falling for this play after seeing its first professional production in Chicago. “I found myself moved to both tears and laughter in a whirlwind way. I remember leaving the theater in such a bright holiday mood.”

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Found Right Here! Resident acting company members Stephen Berenson, Angela Brazil, Timothy Crowe, Anne Scurria and Fred Sullivan Jr. will create over 50 memorable characters as an ensemble cast. After years of putting off his own dreams to help others, everyman George Bailey (Sullivan) finds himself on the wrong end of humanity as his luck takes a nosedive when a rival businessman steals his last penny – along with his reputation. Drunk and despondent on Christmas Eve, George is about to end his life by jumping into an icy river so that his family can collect on his life insurance policy – until guardian angel Clarence (Berenson) steps in to save him. Bailey rebuffs Clarence’s dose of perspective by angrily wishing he’d never been born. Clarence obliges, showing George what life in Bedford Falls would have been like without him – after which he sees, despite his run of bad luck, that he’s truly “the richest man in town.” The production is set as a period radio play, being broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1949. Columbus says that seeing the familiar tale told in this new way will offer the audience a powerful re-introduction to the story. “The play gave me such a fresh experience with the story that I wanted to direct it someday. It’s the same way A Christmas Carol affects us, when we see it in a completely new way every year – we see it again and again, and it still gives us those feelings.” The actors will be accompanied on stage by a foley artist – a job shared by designer Peter Sasha Hurowitz and assistant Benji Inniger – which will serve to further recreate the live radio play platform. A foley artist manually reproduces the sound effects that are part of the story, mostly specified within the play’s script. If a character is tromping through wet snow, Hurowitz and Inniger can simulate that sound by manipulating a box of corn starch; when a character smashes a glass against a wall, they will rub small glass bottles against a wind chime. Columbus and Dobrowsky also note that the set will gradually appear around the actors, making the world around them appear to come to life as the audience becomes more ensconced in the story. “The radio show frame is there – but we’ll break the frame now and then, with moments of theatricality and magic. There will be some surprises,” hints Dobrowsky. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play features sets by Michael McGarty, costumes by Alison Walker Carrier, lighting by John Ambrosone, and sound design by Peter Sasha Hurowitz. continued on next page...

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My name is Jacob Poirier and I am an Eagle candidate from Troop 1 Seekonk in Massachusetts. My project is a backpack and school supplies drive, which will benefit the Segue Institute of Learning in Central Falls. The charter school is in their second year of operation and is in need of help. The goal of the project is to collect 20 backpacks (slightly used backpacks are ok) and fill them completely with various school supplies. I have been in scouting since I was five years old as a Tiger and now I am Eagle candidate with over 35 merit badges. I have done so many things while in scouts such as, community service, helping out at the food pantry, working at the food bank, climbing Mt. Washington and Mt Katahdin, white water rafting and canoeing. I am in my Sophomore year at Seekonk High School and plan on going to college to become a Computer Engineer. I look forward to completing my project, because it will benefit the children at the Segue Institute of Learning. Collection boxes are located in the schools of Seekonk, Aitken Elementary School, Martin Elementary School, Kevin M. Hurley Middle School and Seekonk High School. Boxes will also be located at Doug`s Music in Rehoboth and the American Legion Post in Seekonk. The boxes will be at these locations from November 22nd through December 13th. The supplies the school is need of are:

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Area Boy Scouts have an opportunity to earn up to two merit badges when they register and attend Narragansett Council’s Merit Badge College at Rhode Island College on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Registration opened November 1st online at and will fill up early. The Merit Badge College is an opportunity to meet with subject matter experts, earn your merit badge and foster development of what could become a lifelong interest. Particular emphasis is given to hobby and career merit badges that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. New offerings this year include Archeology, Geocaching, Geology, Indian Lore, Inventing, Scouting Heritage, Veterinary Medicine, Weather, and Woodworking. More than fifty different badges are being offered, it is first come, first served, so register as soon as possible. The course catalog link is on the same website page: http://www. The cost is only $25 per Scout; $20 per adult, payable when you register. The fee includes lunch at RIC’s Donovan Dining Center and the 2011 Merit Badge College patch. In the Eagle’s Nest, the Eagle Scout VIP luncheon will be hosted by local Eagle Scout and West Point Cadet, Ryan Orsini. As one Scout said last year, “This is the best! I get to have a fun day and earn two merit badges at the same time!” The Boy Scout program is for boys who are at least 11 years old and not yet 18. They participate in patrol-centered activities, campouts, community service opportunities,

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In November, local Girls Scouts hosted a Pot Luck Dinner for visiting Sea Scouts from Scotland. While visiting their Aunt and Uncle in Seekonk, 14 year old Jess and her mother, Loz, spent an afternoon with Seekonk & Rehoboth Girl Scouts. Leaders and their daughters, ages 5-17, shared a New England Thanksgiving Dinner at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth with Loz and Jess. Our Scottish guests enjoyed a traditional (yet new to them!) Thanksgiving fare of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, squash, breads, pies, and more! After dinner, Jess answered questions about her Sea Scouting experiences and our girls shared their scouting experiences as well. Jess and her leader/mother were presented with Girl Scout Cookies, patches, shirts, and other gifts. Our new friends brought delicious Scottish sweets for dessert and Jess presented each Girl Scout an official Sea Scout patch. During this visit, Loz and Jess were given a special tour of the Carpenter Museum by Barbara Spencer and learned about Rehoboth history. Local scouts are planning to become ‘pen pals’ with some of Jess’s fellow scouts. It was a wonderful event and we were fortunate to make new friends with our Scout sisters from Scotland.

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Troop 13 is proud to report this month that two scouts, Mr. Robert Coolidge and Mr. Gunnar Manchester have achieved the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. Rob Coolidge completed his Eagle rank with his project benefiting the Rehoboth Community Garden in which he and his work party built fences and made other improvements. Gunnar Manchester and his work party completed his Eagle project at the Ephraim Hunt Ministerial Conservation Land with the improvement and addition of trails and trail signs. Both scouts have been very active with Troop 13, helping at numerous community events, enjoying monthly outdoor events, and summer camp. Both scouts will be staying on with Troop 13 as Assistant Scoutmasters, carrying on the traditions of Scouting, Byah! Last Month, Troop 13 camped out at Camp Cachalot in Carver, MA. Troop 13 also successfully conducted a food drive benefiting local food pantries. This month, we’ll be camping at Camp Aquapaug in Kingston, RI. Troop 13 will also be hosting webelos from Cub Scout Packs 1 and 2 to help the webelos achieve requirements towards outdoors badges, learn useful outdoors skills and have a little fun too. Troop 13 is also conducting a fundraiser on January 8th to help raise funds for new equipment and uniforms. We will be collecting discarded Christmas Trees on January 8th, saving you the trouble of disposing of your old tree. If you are interested in helping the troop and saving yourself a little work, please give us a call at 508-252-6661 and ask for Joe or Zach or email at josephtavares@ Suggested donation is $10 and all funds go directly to Troop 13. Yours In Scouting, Jim Muri, Asst. Scoutmaster

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We are already in December and what a busy 3 months we have had. Thank you to those who ran events and to their helpers. What a tremendous support group we have. At our meeting in October, members voted on a $50,603 budget. Please watch for our online thermometer to follow how close we are in reaching our revenue goal. Wishing each and everyone of you a Happy Holiday Season. Debbie Fitzgerald Rehoboth PTSA President

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Saturday December 4th 12 – 3 p.m. at Beckwith Middle School Come and enjoy an afternoon of decorating gingerbread cookies, photos with Santa, and do some shopping. Vendor tables are available for a $25 donation. Volunteers needed to decorate and help the younger children go shopping. Please contact Katie Damon

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December 10th Showing of Santa Buddies Rated G (Disney) at 6 p.m. It’s a cute movie about golden retriever puppies who help save Christmas. Come dressed in pj’s and bring your favorite stuffie, blanket, and/or sleeping bags. Snacks will be available for purchase. Admission is a canned good donation to support our local food pantry. If you come at 5:30 you can see our PR Cristoline Fundraising top sellers enter the money machine. Book fair will be open before, during, and after the movie if you would like to do some holiday shopping. More information with times for BookFair to follow via backpack express.

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The first RIF book distribution day was held on November 10th. All First and Second grade students were able to pick out a book to bring home. Students were all smiles as they browsed through the many books available to choose from. The PTSA is happy to provide funding for the RIF program this year. A second book distribution will be planned for the spring.

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Sunday on December 5th starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss Soccer Field Inspired by: Ashton Marshall from room 224 Beckwith Each kid who wants to play please pay $5 that will be donated! You don’t need to wear a uniform, just dress warm. Games will be a pick up style based on child’s age. If you would like to participate please send into your child’s school $5.00 with your Name, Age, and Phone Number. Make checks payable to “Rehoboth Helping Hands.” *This is not a school sponsored event. Any questions, please contact Kerri Mullen 774-991-2536 Rehoboth House of Pizza will be selling Pizza and hot chocolate.

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Celebrating the Season

In addition to their work in Everyday Math and Storytown reading, Mrs. Bergeron’s students have made time to celebrate the Thanksgiving Season with butter and pumpkin bread. The children used an old glass churn that once belonged to Mrs. Bergeron’s grandmother to make home made butter. The children were delighted to see the liquid turn into a solid! (Great Science!) One first grader wrote a poem that summed up her feelings on the seasons:

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Mrs. Stebbings Reports: This past month, students wrapped up a unit on electricity by building model houses with two working lights and switches. This fun project is a hands-on demonstration of their mastery of circuits and switches. In reading, the students tackled four different books that all had dogs as the main characters and focused on plot, characters, and visualizing the story. In writing, students wrote descriptive poems about animals to enter in the Buttonwood Zoo Carousel Contest. They included vivid verbs and awesome adjectives to make their poetry come alive. We are waiting anxiously to see if one of our poems wins the prize!

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It has been a wonderful season of “good deeds” at Palmer River Elementary School. We are embracing our commitment, as a Feinstein Leadership School, to teaching our students to be caring of others. In the spirit of the Feinstein Foundation, our staff and students have extended great effort in collecting food items for the Rehoboth Food Pantry. In total, the staff and students collected a whopping 2,609 items for the pantry and we haven’t stopped there. Initially, our food drive got off to a bang when students were allowed to bring in an item for our Rehoboth Food pantry and wear their favorite hat; we called this “Hats on for Hunger”. Our next food drive was aimed at collecting items to make a Thanksgiving Day food basket for a family in need. It had come to our attention that Rehoboth Helping Hands was looking to prepare 70 Thanksgiving basket for needy families in town. We learned that they had only the means to make 20 of them. At Palmer River, many of the classrooms decided to make and donate their own basket to Helping Hands complete with money to purchase a fresh turkey. This heartfelt effort bolted our collection count to 2,609. Lastly, in an effort to rally around our local football team, we invited our students to dress in our district school colors of green and gold and bring a canned good for the food pantry. We hope that both “team spirit” and the spirit of giving will continue to fill our school.

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Help us to help our neighbors. Beckwith Middle School will hold its annual canned food drive to benefit the Rehoboth Food Pantry from November 17 through November 23rd. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food (no bottles please), supermarket gift cards, and cash donations or checks payable to Rehoboth Food Pantry. Last year students collected 8,000 cans. Our goal this year is 15,000 cans. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jerauld or Mr. Patrick at Beckwith.

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December 2010 Manny Munoz for his rendition of “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.” Second place went to Ashton Marshall and Jarrett Cordeiro for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Coming in third were Sophia MacMaster and Sarah Hirst performing “Eanie Meanie.” The audience was thrilled by all of the performances including the faculty’s production of “I Gotta Feeling.” Thank you to all staff members for making our MOYA Celebration so memorable.

Beckwith Pride Art Contest

Beckwith Middle School hosted its first annual Beckwith Pride Art Contest this October to celebrate the Month of the Young Adolescent. This art contest was open to all students in grades 5 through 8 and the theme of Beckwith Pride was “inspiration.” After laboring over the countless works of art entered by the many talented Beckwith artists, no one winner could be chosen. Instead, two students were selected to represent our school for this contest. Eighth grader Brittany Hunt was one of the artists chosen. Her bright colors and high-spirited theme really “wowed” the judges. Sixth grader Sophia Burrows was the other talented artist chosen. Sophia's attention to detail and flawless composition made it impossible for the judges to pick just one winner. Congratulations are in order for both of these girls as well as the countless other participants who worked hard and submitted fantastic artwork. Great job! Both winners will have their work featured in the Beckwith yearbook this year and will be given a free yearbook compliments of the Rehoboth PTSA.


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The Beckwith Middle School Drama Club has begun auditions for our 2011 spring musical. This year’s performance will be an original musical written and directed by Jeff Collard entitled 'Walking on Sunshine.' The play takes place in the fabulous 1980s and centers around a fabricated new wave band known as The Electric Flamingos. This band has one opportunity to make it big but can't seem to get its act together in time for its big performance. Meanwhile, everyone's favorite radio host, Casey Ketchem, has fallen on hard times. Ratings on his weekly radio show America's Top 20 has bottomed out and he is in danger of not only losing his precious time slot, but also his job as well. Will The Electric Flamingos get its act together on time? Will Casey Ketchem be able to pull his radio show out of the doldrums soon enough to save his job? You will have to attend the exciting and fun-filled performances of 'Walking on Sunshine' to find out. Performance dates are Thursday March 31, Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. The cast will be performing music by Cyndi Lauper, Men at Work, Soft Cell, and Rick Springfield to name a few. You won't want to miss this! Also rejoining the production team will be Ashley Jutras who will bring back her choreography talents that helped make last year’s production of Grease such a success. Each dance number from 'Walking on Sunshine' will be oozing with all the era-inspired gaudiness that only the 1980s could muster. Tickets will be sold at Beckwith Middle School in March and will be $8 for adults and $5 for students.

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to parents with a referral portion to their children's physicians. Scoliosis screenings will follow later in the year and is mandatory for all students in grades 5-9 in all public schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, per Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations. This screening determines whether or not a child's spine continues to grow straight as they go through the adolescent years; a period of very rapid bodily growth. The screening procedure requires a child to stand still for 30 seconds while his/her back is observed by either Mrs. Mondor or Miss Miller (PE teacher) for the girls or Mr. Lampman (PE teacher) for the boys. Every effort is made to afford our students the privacy they desire. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. Mondor.

Physical Education/Health Classes

During the second quarter of the school year, half of the students in each grade level will be taking Health with Mr. Lampman. The other half of the students will be participating in physical fitness testing with Miss Miller. During the third quarter, those two groups of students in each grade level will swap. Those students who had Health will be doing the fitness testing and those who have done the fitness testing will be going to Health. Please be aware that we are continuing to go outside for Physical Education class even when it is chilly. Students have already been advised several times to bring appropriate clothing for the weather. Also, since physical education classes only meet two classes out of the six-day cycle, it is very important for students to work on physical fitness outside of school. Students in grade 5 will be doing the President's Challenge Fitness Testing which includes curl-ups, right-angle push-ups, shuttle run, sit and reach, and the one mile endurance run/walk. Students in grades 6-8 will continue with the AAHPER Youth Fitness Testing which includes sit-ups, shuttle run, 50-yard dash, 600-yard run, standing long jump, and flexed-arm hang for girls/pull-ups for boys. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Miss Miller or Mr. Lampman at Beckwith Middle School.

Letters of Gratitude

Beckwith students have been writing Letters of Gratitude to send to our veterans thanking them for their service to our country and preserving our freedom.

Band Notes

The Beckwith Middle School Band will play at the annual tree lighting ceremony which will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bristol County Savings Bank on Route 44 in Rehoboth. All current and former members of the Beckwith Middle School Band as well as their parents are invited to play as well. Please bring a folding music stand, holiday attire, good cheer, and warm weather! Participants are asked to arrive by 2:30 p.m.

Easy Ways to Support Beckwith

So far this year we have collected $400 in Boxtops for Education! Please continue to save Boxtops and bring them to Beckwith. We also collect Labels for Education which earns us points that we use to buy supplies from their catalogue. Other ways to help raise money are to register your Stop & Shop card and/or Shaw’s card online so that every time you shop, you

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December 2010 earn money for Beckwith. You can also register your Target charge card online to support Beckwith. If you shop at Hannaford’s, you can also earn “School Bucks” that you can bring to school or put in the Beckwith box right in the store! We also collect ink and toner cartridges at Beckwith that earn us money to spend at Staples! Just drop your used ink cartridges at Beckwith or put them in the pink bins at the post office or the library! Finally, you can recycle paper, catalogues, newspapers, and junk mail in the bright green and yellow bins at Beckwith, the Council on Aging or the Indian Hill Plaza (where Vino's and Rehoboth House of Pizza are!). We appreciate all your support while also helping the environment! Every 10 cents counts!

What’s Happening in Grade 7

All Grade 7 students are learning about our National Wildlife Refuges and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, their missions and goals. In science class, students will be involved in researching the National Wildlife Refuge of their choice. They will be learning and sharing information about populations of specific animals and plants within the National Wildlife Refuge. The focus will be on conservation and population study. The culminating activity/project will be to design a National Wildlife Refuge board game for fifth grade students. Our seventh graders will peer teach the fifth graders about each National Wildlife Refuge. We have had fun looking at several different board games and revisiting this group activity. The Game of Life, Candy Land, Sorry!, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, The Way Things Work Game, Cadoo, Cranium, Pictureka, Trouble, and Clue were just some of the board games that we took a look at with "teaching" on our mind. Thanks to our students for sharing their personal board games. In English class, students will be writing letters of request for materials about their specific Reserve. We are hoping to receive lots of information, brochures, and maps. The materials received will be used in math and social studies lessons. We are looking forward to taking many trips to many states across this wonderful nation!

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Try-outs are underway as we prepare for the basketball season. Beckwith’s first basketball game of the season is scheduled for November 29 at Westport. The boys’ team will play first for the first half of the season. The girls will play first for the second half of the season. For a complete list of home and away games, please refer to the Beckwith website.

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The School Committee has issued a new Request for Use of School Facilities form. The completed applications for use must be returned for processing at least thirty days prior to the activity. CORI/SORI checks on the individual(s) supervising the activity must be completed prior to the activity. Applicants must certify in writing that they have received a copy of MGL Ch. 269 sec. 17-19. Proof of insurance is now required for all use of facilities. Persons applying for use of the building are responsible for arranging and directly paying for police/fire department coverage for their activity as necessary. Payment of the bill for use of the building may also be required prior to use.

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Conferences also will be held on the evening of December 2 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The conference sign-up sheets have been attached to students’ report cards. Be sure to return them to school for circulation among the teachers you would like to meet as soon as possible so that we may best accommodate you. This will be a great opportunity to discuss your child’s progress to date and plan for the remainder of the school year.

Book Fair

The Rehoboth PTSA will be holding a “Borders Express Book Fair” to benefit the Beckwith Library from November 30 through December 3, 2010. The “Borders Book Fair” will allow students the opportunity to purchase the newest books available. Students will be able to shop during school hours but the book fair will also be open during parent/teacher conferences on December 1st and 2nd allowing you the opportunity to make purchases as well.

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First-Class Act

50th Reunion of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional and Vocational High School’s First Graduating Class Committee members since the first reunion are Carl Stonstrom, Eleanor Fournier Cambra, Ken Abrams, Joe Pimento, and Audrey Thompson Bennett. Photo by Pamela Green Bell. The Committee for the first graduating class of Dighton-Rehoboth High School has been planning its 50th-year Reunion in 2011 and has chosen the motto and theme of “First-Class Act.”

“As friendships grew, our School did, too”

The Class of 1961 was not only the first to graduate from the newly-constructed facility. The youth of Dighton and Rehoboth came together and were instrumental in establishing standards and traditions for those who follow, deciding the name of the sports teams, selecting the school colors, and naming the yearbook. This very special reunion will include a program to meet, greet, and eat. There are plans to Pay tribute to our educational leaders / teachers / coaches, Pledge our legacy, Honor those who served and continue to serve our country, Mingle and introduce our new selves and happy achievements, Remember our absent friends.

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We were a very active class with a great amount of school spirit and we’ll use our talents at this reunion. The prophesiers of the Year Book staff are predicting that there will be opportunities for: The Band members to bring their instruments for a jam session and challenge us to sing our class song, Athletes to arrange for pick-up sports competition, Historians to brief us on the changes to the school building, The Commercial Club to propose fundraising ideas for our Class Legacy, The Dramatic Club to present a “Grads Got Talent” segment, The Vocational grads to give motoring information, The Student Council to recommend items for the booty bags, Library Club to display decorative, clothing, and hair style trends beginning our freshmen year (1957) through 1961 and The staff of the D-R Review to assist with photography and artwork. If you have any paraphernalia relating to your club, let us know so the Senior Prom Committee can decorate. The date and location will be announced later by invitation to graduates, who may bring guests.

Looking For These Classmates

Please tell us how to contact these Class of 1961 members: Kathy Anderson, Larry Baldwin, Nancy Cummings, Robert Farrar, Barbara Haggerty, Stephen Kelly, Geraldine Ledger, Nellie Mitchell, Peter O’Connor, Marion (Poniatowski) McGoran, Dennis Santos, Karen (Taylor) Formechelli, Diane (Simoneau) Roy, and John Witt. Confirm your contact information with Pamela Bell, P.O. Box 119, Rehoboth MA 02769.

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December 6, 2010 - Preparing for a Wild Winter

Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, Warren, RI 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. As winter approaches, local flora and fauna prepare in many different ways: from hibernating to migrating. This hike in the Fort Nature Refuge promises to be both informative and fun. Join Scott Ruhren, Audubon Senior Director of Conservation, on this exploration of the rolling trails of this beautiful refuge. Fort Nature Refuge, (Rt. 5), 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $10/non-member adult, $5/non-member child; Ages: 5+. Course Number: 034333-52. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2010 Tues. Morning Bird Walks 8:00am

Audubon Tuesday morning bird walks will continue through the end of January. Phil Budlong will be coordinating the programs. Meet at the Charlestown Mini-Super on Route 1-A at 8:00 a.m. For details on the itinerary, email Phil at No advance registration is required. Departs from Charlestown Mini-Super, 4071 Old Post Road (Route 1-A), Charlestown, RI; Every Tuesday through January 2011; 8:00 am; Program Fee: Free. Ages: Adult.

December 8, 2010 Boxwood Topiaries Workshop

Audubon Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter, RI 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Looking for an elegant addition to your table or mantel for the holiday? Join Audubon at Fisherville Brook and create a festive boxwood topiary. All the materials will be supplied - just bring your creativity and some clippers. Space is limited so sign up early! Meet in the nature center. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; Program Fee: $20/member, $25/non-member; Ages: 12+. Course Number: 134333-169. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 9, 2010 - Wildlife Wreath Making

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Join Audubon naturalist Kim Calcagno and make a winter wreath that is both beautiful and attractive to wildlife. Using grapevine, evergreen or straw wreath bases, we will add dried flowers, seed heads, leaves, fruit and nuts to entice our feathered friends to visit. All items will dry nicely if you prefer to keep the wreath for purely decorative purposes. All materials provided, but participants may wish to bring needle-nose pliers and utility shears/scissors. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $25/member, $30/non-member; Ages: 14+. Course Number: 114333-388. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 11, 2010 Morning Hike at Caratunk

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a morning hike and explore the trails of Caratunk. The diverse habitat of fields, forest, streams and ponds make for an interesting walk - you never know what we'll discover!

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Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: Free; Ages: 8+. Course Number: 014334-28.To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 11, 2010 - Exhibit Spotlight at the

Audubon Environmental Education Center 1401 Hope Street (Route 114) Bristol, RI 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Have you visited the Environmental Education Center with the kids or grandkids and wished for a bit more time to explore? Would you like to learn more about a certain exhibit or habitat? Join an Audubon staff member as we explore a featured exhibit and share interesting and fun facts. Registration is required. Life in the Tide Pool and Bay: December 11, 2010; 10:00-11:00 a.m. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: $5/member, $6/non-member, Ages: Adult. Course Number: 164333-513.

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December 12, 2010 Trustom Pond Bird Walk

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

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December 15, 2010 Armchair Naturalist Series Lecture: Intro to Seeds

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Without seeds, there would be little food, no flowers, and not much chance of large terrestrial life. Come and learn the basic ins and outs of seeds - their form, function and amazing variety. From the dust-sized seeds of lady slippers to the huge coco de mer, seeds are supremely adapted survivors. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member, $12/non-member; Ages: Adult. Course Number: 114333-389. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 16, 2010 Holiday Centerpiece Workshop

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. There is nothing like the fragrance of a fresh holiday centerpiece. Bring your creativity and construct two holiday pieces to take home: a traditional centerpiece using fresh greens as well as a boxwood topiary. We’ll provide the materials and instruction. Grab a friend and join the fun! Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; December 16, 2010; 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Program Fee: $25/member, $30/non-member; Ages: 16+. Course Number: 014333-29. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

Through December 28, 2010 Winter Plumage Art Exhibit by Gordon D’Arcy

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Irish Wildlife Artist Gordon D’Arcy focuses on winter plumage in this unique art exhibition. Most of his work is in oil pastel. The exhibit features thirty-four species of birds found in Rhode Island. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: Free with Admission; Ages: All.

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Winter Fun on Frosty Trails! Audubon Society of Rhode Island, December Programs and Events for Children and Families

Bundle up and head out with your flashlight on the frosty trails in search of owls and other wildlife or bring the kids to Audubon for nature stories and shaving cream snowmen! Take some time to relax and celebrate nature with your family this holiday season. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Available by calling (401) 949-5454 or online at

December 17, 2010 Story Time with Audubon

Enjoy story time with your preschooler each month. The programs include the reading of a nature story with hands-on activities followed by a nature craft. See schedules below for dates, stories and locations. Adults must accompany children. To register call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, RI


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December 17: Snow! by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman. Program Times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; Program Fee: $5/member child; $6/non-member child. Ages: 3-5. Course Number: 114333-390.

December 11, 2010 - Morning Hike at Caratunk

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a morning hike and explore the trails of Caratunk. The diverse habitat of fields, forest, streams and ponds make for an interesting walk - you never know what we'll discover! Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Program Fee: Free; Ages: 8+. Course Number: 014334-28. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email

December 11, 2010 Wild Saturday

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI 11:00 a.m. Saturdays at Audubon are wild! Bring the kids and discover nature this fall. Programs are free with admission and are open to all ages. Animal Interview: Get up-close with creatures and learn about their habits and habitats. December 11, 2010; 11:00 a.m. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. Programs free with admission.

December 18, 2010 Shaving Cream Snowmen

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Have you ever made a snowman out of shaving cream? This fun and unusual craft may be a bit messy, but it’s a whole lot of fun! Come and find out how’s it’s done. For ages 3 and up, free with admission. Registration is required. Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Program Fee: Free with Admission; Ages: 3+. Course Number: 164333-517. To register call (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email

December 22, 2010 - Solstice Stories

Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield, RI 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Join Audubon naturalist and storyteller Kim Calcagno, on this shortest day as she weaves winter tales and shares some traditional solstice tidbits and treats. Bring your favorite blanket or stuffed animal to curl up with. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $8/member adult/child pair, $4/each additional member; $12/non-member adult/child pair; $6/each additional non-member; Ages: 3+. Course Number: 114333-392. To register call (401) 949-5454, ext. 3041 or email programs@asri. org.

December 27 – 31, 2010, 2010 December School Vacation Week

Audubon Environmental Education Center, Bristol, RI 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join Audubon during December School Vacation Week. Take a break from the holiday madness, relax and discover nature with your family. Nature crafts will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm each day* as well as nature story readings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There is no fee for these programs and no registration is needed. Special hour-long nature programs for children ages 6 and up (except where noted below) are available each day at 1:00 p.m.

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Endangered Species - December 27, 2010; 1:00 p.m.

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A Day with the Dinosaurs December 29, 2010; 1:00 p.m.

Do rocks have secrets to tell? They can teach you about dinosaurs if you know how to unlock their secrets. Come and find out how and get up-close with a live dinosaur relative who has feathers and comes out at night.

Fish Sticks - December 30, 2010; 1:00 p.m.

Is your knowledge about fish limited to the frozen breaded sticks that come out of your freezer? Join Audubon on a unique adventure and dissect a fish to find out what’s really behind those frozen fish sticks. Participants will investigate all parts of the fish, both inside and out, using simple tools such as small scissors and our hands. This program is not recommended for children who may have seafood allergies. Sharp instruments will not be used. Dress for mess. Space is limited to 15 children, so please register early! Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

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Winter Walk - December 31, 2010; 10:00 a.m.

Winter is a wonderful time to explore nature. Engage in this fun and exciting nature walk as we search for signs of winter animals and take and up-close look at what happened in nature during the winter months. Dress warmly! *Please note the Center closes at noon on December 31. Program times for that date: Nature crafts: 10:00 a.m. to Noon, Nature Story: 11:30 a.m.

Mystical, Magical Owls

New! Audubon Offers a Magical Night with the Owls. Evening Owl Prowls also held at Wildlife Refuges Across the State. (November 2, 2010) – Here in New England, several species of native owls can be found – ranging from the tiny northern saw-whet owl to the large great horned owl, whose strength is unsurpassed in the owl world. They are beautiful and amazing creatures, with mystical connections to many cultures. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island encourages you to learn more about these amazing creatures of the night. Toss out the false myths and learn about their true feats and talents. Bring the kids and join in A Magical Night with the Owls, a new indoor program for families at the Environmental Education Center in Bristol. If heading out on the frosty evening trails is more to your liking, Owl Prowls will also be offered at Audubon Wildlife Refuges across the state. Details are provided below. These are some of Audubon’s most popular programs; registration is required by calling (401) 949-5454 ext. 3041 or email

A Magical Night with the Owls

Those mystical, magical owls! Spend a special evening with Audubon’s owls and learn all about these amazing creatures of the night. Live owl presentations will be featured - giving kids an upclose experience with these magical birds. Owl pellet dissections, a take-home craft and snacks will round out the event. Whooo would want to miss this special evening? Register today!

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The Reporter December 2010 Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; November 13, 2010; 6:30-8:30 pm; Program Fee: $12/member, $15/non-member (No charge for parents); Ages: 7+. Course Number: 164333-100.

Owl Prowl at Fisherville Brook

Head out on the trails for an evening of fun - learning about the owls of Rhode Island. Start the evening with a presentation on these creatures and visit with one of Audubon's live owls. Then walk the evening trails in search of these intriguing birds in their natural setting. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Meet in the Nature Center. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; December 3, 2010; 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $6/non-member child; Ages: 5+. Course Number: 134333-168.

Full Moon Owl Prowl

Hit the trails with Audubon for a full moon owl prowl. Start the evening indoors with an informative presentation on these creatures and a look at one of Audubon's live owls. Then head out under the light of the full moon in search of these birds in their natural habitat. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Meet in the Nature Center. Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, 99 Pardon Joslin Road, Exeter, RI; January 19, 2011; 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Program Fee: $8/member adult, $4/member child; $12/non-member adult, $6/non-member child; Ages: 6+. Course Number: 134333-171

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Farm & Garden Rehoboth Garden Club

Members of the Rehoboth Garden Club will hold their annual wreath workshop on Monday, December 6th, at 11 a.m., at the Carpenter Museum. The wreaths created will be placed on many of the town’s public buildings including the Post Office, the Town Office, the Police and Fire Stations, and the Highway Department building. Holiday baskets will also be made for homebound members and for residents of Life Care Center in Attleboro. Members are reminded to bring pre-cut greens, clippers, scissors, floral wire and holiday decorations. Executive Board members will serve as hostesses for the luncheon to be served following the workshop.


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Pawtucket, RI: Get out your knitting needles! The Community Guild Studios at Slater Mill is bringing the 3rd Annual Knitting Weekend to RI-January 21st through January 23rd.Beat the winter blues and chase the chill away while you learn from some of the hottest designers in knitting. This is an ideal gift for the knitters on your Christmas list! Knitting Weekend at Slater Mill is a great opportunity to expand your skill set, meet fellow fiber enthusiasts and shop among the local vendors in our two-day Marketplace. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a wine and cheese reception, and trunk show by Gudrun Johnston, The Shetland Trader, who will be signing her newly published book of knitting patterns. Saturday and Sunday offer a range of classes for knitters of all levels. Gudrun Johnston will be offering two classes: The Aestlight Shawl which focuses on traditional shawl making techniques from the Shetland Isles and Short Row Sleeve Cap, covering the basics of a seamless set in sleeve. Hand knitting designer Mary Jane Mucklestone returns to the Mill this year after a trip to Peru, with offerings of Andean Knitting techniques and an exploration of Color in Fair Isle. Fiber artist Adrienne Sloane invites you to try your hand at Knitting with Wire, while local designer Helen Bingham will guide you through the process of Designing Your Own Hat. For the brave hearted, Cheryl Burke, whose designs are published in the online knitting magazine Twist Collective, offers Fearless Steeking, a method of uninterrupted knitting in the round, sewing, and cutting to allow for sleeves or a cardigan. Designer Gina House, of Sleepy Eyes Knits, will be teaching a class in her popular Amanda Hat and treating us to a session of KnitStretch Yoga. For those of you ready to expand your love of fiber arts to another craft, RI Spinning Guild member Beth Fitzpatrick will be offering a workshop in Drop Spindle for Knitters. Hotel rooms will be offered at a Knitting Weekend discount at the nearby Comfort Inn for those who wish to avoid commuting. To download the brochure or to register using PayPal, please visit our blog at For more information please contact Bernadette Vaughan at 401-725-8638 ext. 108 or email

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News And Notes From

Blanding Library by Leslie Patterson

“A Christmas Story” -- The Blanding Library is pleased to present a free holiday program for all ages on Thurs., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Presenters from Living Literature of Rhode Island will give a dramatic 40-minute reading of Jean Shepherd’s story “Duel in the Snow, or Red Rider Nails the Cleveland Street Kid” which became the basis of the hugely popular movie, “A Christmas Story”. We hope you will join us for this entertaining event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Blanding Library. No reservations are required. Tote Bags for Sale: If you’re looking for one of a kind Christmas gifts, the Blanding will be selling tote bags with a special library logo designed for us by Rehoboth resident Deb Maher (we thank her again for her design). These attractive bags will be sold for $10 each and profits will go towards creating an outdoor sitting area at Goff Hall. The Blanding Library is a location for pickup of gift items for the town-wide Blizzard of Giving program. Also, the items donated by knitters at the Blanding will be given to New Hope, a women’s shelter and social service agency.

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“A Christmas Story” at Blanding Library: Living Literature of Rhode Island presents a dramatic reading of Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story” at the Blanding Library, Rehoboth, Thurs., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. This holiday program is free and for all ages.

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Those of us Left Behind

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, please feel free to join us at the Rehoboth Blanding Library on December 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This is not a counseling session. This is a group for those of us left behind to share our stories with others whom have experienced the same kind of loss. Together we can help each other get by one day at a time. Whether your loss is recent or long ago, you are welcome to attend. For any questions, please call Jen 774-488-8510. This is a free gathering, refreshments will be served.

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The December guest for Seekonk Library’s monthly Family Night will be magician Bruce Kalver who will mystify the audience with his “Magical Moments” on Monday, December 27, at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Seekonk Public Library and is free and open to the public. LIC# 663 INSuRED Bruce Kalver has been working professionally for over 40 years. Billed in the early years as “Rhode Island’s Youngest Professional Magician,” his magic education started at the age of four when his grandfather, Samuel Woolf, who was himself a magician and an assistant to Houdini, began to teach him the art. At age six, Bruce was ready to start his career. Bruce has been showcased and interviewed on television, in newspaper articles both locally and nationally, and has actually performed magic on the radio. He has acted as a magic consultant for the Tony Award winning Trinity Square Repertory Company as well as for numerous other professional, college, and amateur theatre groups for whom he performed or taught magic for their productions and created special magic effects. Bruce has taught his craft at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University (where he taught a special course on the use of magic to promote products), as well as many magicians’ groups around the country where TARLIGHT LIMOUSINE SERVICE Bruce has shared his special secrets with fellow conjurers. He has even lectured at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Currently, Setting the Standard for Excellence Bruce is the First Vice President of The Society of American Magicians and moderates their online newsgroup. He is also the editor WEDDINGS NIGHTS OUT of the Society of Young Magicians members’ magazine which is White Glove Wedding Service Concerts • Games • Bach Parties • Birthdays... read worldwide. If patrons have a special physical or communication need that may affect their participation in Seekonk Library services or activities, they should contact the Library staff to discuss accommodations. Seekonk Library cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need. For more information on this program or any other offered by Seekonk Library, you may call (508) 336-8230.




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I still see green grass outside my office window but I know that I soon may be looking at a snow covered field. Just when you want to go into hibernation is the time to come into our library. Beginning next year you will have so many new classes to attend on editing digital photographs, Tai Chi, Pilates, figure drawing and much more. We will be here to show you how to download an ebook on the new device someone gave you over the holiday. Come to our December 4th program that will show you many of the ebook readers out there which you can use to download our free ebooks. Our classes are offered to spark an interest in you that will make you want more information. With all of the books, computers, dvd池 and music available at the Seekonk Public Library, you will not hibernate this winter.

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Computer Classes for December and January December Schedule Break - Happy Holidays! January Basic Computers Series - Tuesdays at 6 pm Tuesday, January 4 - 6:00 pm - Basic Computers Tuesday, January 11 - 6:00 pm - Basic Internet Tuesday, January 25 - 6:00 pm - Basic Email Microsoft Office Series - Thursdays at 1:30 pm Thursday, January 6 - 1:30 pm - Word I Thursday, January 13 - 1:30 pm - Word II Thursday, January 20 - 1:30 pm - Excel I

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10:30 am Fridays 1/7 - 1/28 Deborah West will teach four sessions on Pilates for all levels, beginners to advanced. Sponsored by The Friends of Seekonk Library. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 6.

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Announcements Self Check-Out

For those of you who tried it before and loved it --- and for those who may want to use it in the future! Self check-out at Seekonk Public Library has returned -- times two! When lines are long or you池e in a hurry take a look at the self-check stations set up next to the 2 existing customer services stations. You can easily check out your items and be on your way. Easy to use, touch-screen and step-by-step directions on the screens make this a breeze to use. A few caveats however; you MUST have your library card (or know your number by heart) you cannot owe more than $10.00 in fines contents must be inside their cases (this refers to new DVDs, Blu-Ray titles, new music and Electronic games. You cannot renew your items on the self check-out machines nor can you place items on hold.

New Magazine Policy

Due to their popular demand it has been decided to change the circulation rules for magazines. Effective December 1, 2010 ALL magazines, new and old, will go out for ONE WEEK.

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The Seekonk Library Trust's annual New Century Fund Campaign is on. The Trust exists as a vehicle to accept gifts and bequests. Consider adding something in your will for the Seekonk Library Trust.

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By Myron, Vicki Author Witter, Bret Illustrator James, Steve 2010-10 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 9780316068727 Check Our Catalog Mary Ellen writes: OK, for those of us who own cats, the Christmas season can be hilarious... cats and Christmas just go together! I remember years ago when my cats knocked over my seven foot tree not once, not twice, but three times! There hasn't been another one in my house since then (six cats is just short of hoarding). Or when you start to wrap gifts and the cats sit on the paper! Isn't that fun? But this book about young Dewey's continuing escapades and holiday misadventures is the best thing since Litter Maid! He's so excited with all the decorations at the Library and actually helps to decorate the Library's tree! It's a must read for Library customers and cat lovers alike! Enjoy it... and Happy Holidaze!

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“Happy Holidays”

From Seekonk Human Services Seekonk Human Services will be closing @ Noon on Thursday, December 23rd and will be Closed All Day Friday, December 24th.

Christmas Party December 8, 2010

10:00 A.M. @ Seekonk Human Services Entertainer Vic Solo will be presenting a Christmas program at Seekonk Human Services on Wednesday, December 8th. Vic has been here as an Elvis impersonator and we are looking forward to another outstanding presentation. A delicious lunch of pot roast, gravy, mashed potatoes & vegetables will be available for $3. You must sign up and pay in advance for lunch in order for us to accommodate you. Please call 508-336-8772 for lunch reservations.


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Lasallette “Christmas Lights” Tour

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 Seekonk Human Services will be hosting our annual bus tour to view the lights at LaSallette in Attleboro. Why not sit back, relax and leave the driving to us. Our bus will leave from Seekonk Commons at 4:30 pm and from Seekonk Human Services at 4:45 p.m. Expected return time is about 8:00 p.m. After viewing the lights we will stop by Bliss Dairy for something to eat. You may order whatever you wish, the cost is up to you. There will not be a charge for the bus ride. Please make your reservations at 508336-8772 for the bus.

Holiday Meals

If you are homebound or know of someone who is and would like to have a hot meal delivered on Christmas, please call Seekonk Human Services by December 22, 2010 at 508-336-8772. Meals are free and will be delivered to you regardless of your income.

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Applications can be obtained at the Seekonk Library and Seekonk Human Services. You need to fill out the application and mail it to the address on the form. If you need help filling out the application, please call 508-336-8772.

Families In Need

Seekonk families that will be needing help for Christmas should call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 before December 15th. Families will need to be income eligible in order to receive assistance with Christmas.

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Holiday Happenings December 1, 2010 @ 10:00 A.M.

This program will be presented by the Community VNA and consists of sharing holiday traditions, offers suggestions on making the holidays as stress-free as possible and provides easy festive decorating ideas. Two beautiful wreaths will be designed during the interactive demonstration. This holiday program is a fun, social gathering and includes a raffle where two lucky winners get to take the wreaths home. A lunch of pizza and salad will be available for $3 if you sign up in advance at 508-336-8772. * Note: Seekonk Human Services offers many legal, financial, recreational, medical screening and/or other activities and services by volunteers or nominal cost practitioners. Seniors participating in these services/activities do so with the understanding that Seekonk Human Services, the own of Seekonk or its employees do not assume any legal or other responsibility for any advice or services rendered by such volunteers or nominal cost practitioners.

Women’s Breakfast

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @ 8:30 A.M. Mary Beth DeLeo’s Restaurant, Fall River Avenue, Seekonk Bring a friend or make a new one while enjoying a delicious breakfast together. You may order anything you wish – the cost of the breakfast is up to you. The women meet together on the first Wednesday of every month – no sign up is required.

Men’s Breakfast

December 9, 2010 @ 8:30 A.M. Brothers Seafood Restaurant @ Briarwood Plaza After a delicious breakfast with a great group of guys you will have the opportunity to listen to Bonnie Ryvicker’s presentation on fire safety. The Tour Of The Water Department Has Been Rescheduled Until March 10, 2011. Bonnie has given numerous presentations over the years, especially to the men’s group. Remember, you are welcome to bring a friend with you, regardless of age. The cost of the breakfast is up to you since you will be ordering whatever you wish off the menu. No sign up is required.

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December 1st & December 15th 12:30 – 2:30 @ Seekonk Human Services. Everyone is welcome to come out and play cards – no sign up is required. Come join the fun. Coffee and pastry is available.

Cardiac Prevention Clinic

December 15, 2010. 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon @ Seekonk Human Services This is a monthly clinic staffed by the same two exceptional nurses from South Coast Hospital who have been doing this clinic for several years. Why not take advantage of a FREE opportunity to check your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. While you are waiting you may ask the nurse about any concerns you may have or any medications you are taking. No appointment is necessary, it is first come, first served. This clinic is a perfect way to monitor your health each month.


12:30 – 2:30: Bridge games are held on Thursday afternoons on the second floor at Seekonk Human Services. If you are interested please come out and join in. No sign up is required.

Aerobics Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 – 12:30 @ Seekonk Human Services. Lee McCaffrey, senior fitness instructor, holds classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Pleasant Street School gymnasium.

December 2010 The Reporter She is very energetic and offers aerobic instruction as well as weight training with hand weights at each class. She gears her classes for seniors and most of the people are between 55 and 80. No sign up is required, just show up and work off that stress or get in shape for the Holidays. The first class is FREE. Come join the fun and make some new friends. Please bring your own hand weights to class. There are no floor exercises. If you just want to observe a class you may do that also.

January 2011 Activities Exploration Wednesday’s

January 5, 2011 @ 10:00 A.M. “Home Instead” Senior Care Seekonk Human Services will be the host for Home Instead Senior Care. The game of Jeopardy will be played and prizes given out. Look forward to the New Year with a fun day and a Free lunch provided by Home Instead. Sign up for lunch at 508-336-8772.

Book Club

Monday, January 10, 2011 9:30 AM – 11:00 A.M. A new group is being formed at Human Services and will meet on the 2nd Monday of every month beginning in January to discuss the book of the month. You are welcome to join us. Coffee and pastries will be available. The January book has been changed. Please take note!!! The book list is as follows: January 10, 2011 “The Red Thread” by Ann Hood February 14, 2011 “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay March 14, 2011 “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak If you have any questions you may call Karen Stutz at 508336-8772.

Exploration Wednesday’s

January 12, 2011 @ 10:00 A.M. The Seekonk YMCA will be giving a presentation on exercising and bone density. Lunch will be available for $3. Please call to sign up for lunch.


an appointment. If you are homebound or unable to climb the stairs to our offices and need assistance, please call 508-336-8772.

GATRA Transportation

Available for senior citizens and disabled Dial-A-Ride If you need transportation to a doctor, hospital or activity at the senior center, GATRA transportation is available. You may purchase a GATRA ticket at Seekonk Human Services or you may pay cash on the bus. Tickets cannot be purchase on the bus. If you are homebound and need a ticket, please call Human Services @ 508-336-8772. Rides from Seekonk to Attleboro, East Providence, Rehoboth, Seekonk are $1.25 each way. Rides from Seekonk to Providence, Pawtucket, Barrington (upon availability) are $2.50 each way. A 10-Ride Pass costs $10.00 and can be purchased at Seekonk Human Services. You must call at least 24 hours or more in advance.


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January 13, 2011 @ 8:30 A.M. Brothers Seafood Restaurant @ Briarwood Plaza, Seekonk “How to Generate Your Own Electricity and Other Cost Saving Measures” No sign up is required and you are welcome to bring a friend. Order off the menu – the cost is entirely up to you. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast and maybe learn something new.


January 26, 2011 @ 10:00 A.M. Seekonk Human Services A class will be held by Michelle Hines on how to make a topiary arrangement. The cost is $3 and must be paid in advance when you sign up for the class. Please bring a mug with you to the class to make the arrangement in. A lunch of Portuguese soup and pulled pork sandwiches will be available for $3. Please sign up for lunch and the class at 508-336-8772.

Fuel Assistance

If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the lookout for your application which should have arrived in September. File the application as soon as you get it. If you have never had fuel assistance and would like to apply, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 and make an appointment with the Outreach Department. Maximum income for 1 person in 2010 is $29,126 and for 2 people is $38,087. Income includes your social security, pensions and any interest income. If you need help filling out your application, please contact the outreach department at Human Services for

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Bristol Elder Services Brown Baggers

Bristol Elder Services, Inc. Nutrition Program in conjunction with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc. and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs is establishing a Senior Brown Bag Program. Participating elders will receive a free bag of groceries several times throughout the year. Recipients must reside in Seekonk and be at least 60 years of age or older. In addition, recipients must be low income, as measured by participation in at least one other program in which proof of income has been demonstrated. This includes Food Stamps, Supplementary SSI, or Medicaid, Fuel Assistance, Housing Assistance, or similar programs that establish that recipients are at or below 175% of Federal poverty levels. A typical “Brown Bag” will weigh approximately 10 – 15 pounds and will contain items from the four food groups. A bag may contain the following items: pasta sauce, apple juice, peanut butter, instant oatmeal, beef stew, tuna fish, spaghetti, raising, parmalait or dry milk, chicken noodle soup and fresh produce. There is no cost involved. Limit of one bag per household. The “Brown Bag” Program distribution is limited. However, we will make arrangements to help as many people as possible. Call Seekonk Human Services AT 508-336-8772 For More Information. Annual Income eligibility for 1 person is $20,036. For 2 persons is $26,955.

Medicare D

Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D and the Medicare Advantage Plan is November 15 to December 31. Each year at this time, beneficiaries can make changes in their Part D coverage. Any change made during this open enrollment will be effective on January 1st. Part D is an insurance program that provides help with prescription cost and protection from catastrophic costs. Please pick up a Medicare Part D Pre-enrollment Plan application and return it to Seekonk Human Services at least 3 days before you come in for your appointment. Appointments can be made with the Outreach Dept. of Human Services by calling 508-336-8772. If you are not able to come in for your application, please let us know and we will mail it to you.

Elderly & Hardship Exemption Forms

These forms (41 C) are available at the Assessor’s Office at Town Hall. They must be filled out with proof of eligibility and returned to the Assessor’s office by April 1st.

Prescription Advantage

Are you having trouble affording the premiums, co-payments, or “donut-hole” costs for your prescription drugs?” Massachusetts has a state prescription assistance program called Prescription Advantage to help limited income seniors and low income disabled persons under 65 cover their prescription drugs. Membership in Prescription Advantage also entitles you to change your prescription drug plan once a year at any time of the year. To determine whether you are eligible for Prescription Advantage, call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor.

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Shopping trips are being offered by GATRA for any senior citizen or disabled person who resides in Seekonk. The GATRA van will be picking you up at your home, but you must call 1-800-483-2500 to schedule your pick-up time. If you have never filled out an application to ride the GATRA bus you may call 1-800-483-2500 and speak with a DIAL-A-RIDE representative to register. Swansea Mall 1st Tuesday of every month 9:00 – 1:00. Wal*Mart/Target Plaza 3rdTuesdayof every month 9:00 – 10:30. Grocery ShoppingWednesday’s at Stop & Shop 8:30 – 9:30. Grocery Shopping Price Rite (2nd Thursday of month) 9:00 – 10:30. *Rides will be FREE until further notice.

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The holidays are a special time at the Anawan Club cabin. The 112th Annual Holiday Party will be held this month. For the club members, like most Christmas revelers, the celebration is about the food and the people. But the rustic beauty of the clubhouse, decorated for the holidays adds a very special charm to the party indeed. For me, thinking back on the culinary history of the club, the previous chef stewards and their holiday meals, I feel a sense of responsibility to my current members and guests, those who will be in attendance to enjoy the meal and the company this year. And I feel a responsibility to the past, to those chefs, long gone members and friends of the Anawan Club, those “ghosts of Christmas’ past”, who do not frighten me, but inspire and amaze me with the style and quality of food they prepared in their time. I hope to continue this rich history and tradition of fine food at the club, and as well, to document it. I have begun a journal for the club, to record my menus, any special events, and even some of the mundane daily happenings that may be of interest to a history buff like me in the future. December 2011: Twinkling white lights and giant ice votives decorate the porch. The sounds of music, clinking glassware and laughter come from inside the old building. Straight ahead, as you enter, the huge fieldstone fireplace crackles and sparks, flames licking the massive spiral cast andirons. The heat from the fire and the capacity crowd combine to make the room extra cozy. While there are a number of big events at the club throughout the year, the holiday party is extra special because the ladies are in attendance. Yes, wives and female guests are invited to attend this festive event, so the club has to be extra clean and party pretty. The timeline isn’t as stringent for a social event at the club as it is for a regular meeting, but the basic menu and service structure are the same. Members will enter to find tables set with holiday finery, and two antique poker tables loaded with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres: artisan cheeses and crackers, bake brie encroute, shrimp cocktail,

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Balsamic Glazed Bibb Lettuce with Gorgonzola & Candied Walnuts Tomato Basil Soup with Garlic Parmesan Croutons Kenyon Cornmeal Jonnycakes Surf & Turf of: Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Mushroom Fricassee & Filet of Sole Turbans with Newburg Sauce Roasted Creamer Potatoes Garlicky Green Beans Chocolate Mousse & Meringue Bombe

After dinner, as is tradition at the club, all are welcomed as introductions go around the room. Guests and first time visitors are welcomed with applause from the group. Next, the President of the club will request my presence in the dining room. If I have done a good job on the meal, I too will receive a round of applause from the attendees, to whom I respond with a bow and curtsey. As the evening winds down, guests begin to depart amid hugs and holiday wishes. As you open the heavy log door to exit the cabin, it is only the moon’s reflection on the pond, or snow covered ice that meets you as you leave. As you shuffle down the gravel path it is only the winter quiet, the wind through the woods, the faint sound of the piano, and the ghosts of Christmas past that accompany you. Happy Holidays foodies! Eat drink and be merry! This time of year more than ever, let’s all eat each other’s cooking and say it was good! Chef Erin


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Church Listings Newman Congregational Church

Corner of Newman & Pawtucket Aves (Rumford) For more info: 401-434-4742

Vedanta Society of Providence

227 Angell St Providence RI 02906 401-421-3960

Seekonk Congregational Church

600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk,MA (508)336-9355 Web site:

New Testament Baptist Church

corner of Woodward St. and Rt. 140 in Norton. 508-285-9771

Christian Life Church 222 Plain Street, Route 118 Rehoboth, MA 508-252-3364

Holy Cross Catholic Church

(HORNBINE BAPTIST CHURCH) 141 Hornbine Road, Rehoboth, MA (401) 438-4616

Memorial Baptist Church,

340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, 508-761-5142 Seekonkmbc@verizon

Eusebeia Bible Church

600 Taunton Ave Buldg B Seekonk, MA 02771 508-252-3505

West Dighton Christian Church

Epworth United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Rehoboth Congregational Church

2767 Horton Street No. Dighton, MA Phone 508-252-9066

51 Railroad Ave. Taunton 508-824-8244

North Christian Church

Located at 2360 Chestnut Street North Dighton, MA Tel: 508-252-9494

Church of Salgion

Rt. 114, Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA Circle of Salgion - Church of Wicca Email: Phone: 774-229-6019

Dighton Community Church 2036 Elm Street, Dighton, Mass. (508)669-6241 or (508)761-5503

The First Baptist Church of Dighton

438 Main St. - Dighton, MA 02715 Church Phone:(508)669-5077 (508)822-1743

St. James Lutheran Church

Middle Highway and County Road in Barrington, RI (401)-246-0227

St. Dominic Catholic Church

RT—6 1277 Grand Army Highway Swansea Mass 02777 Rectory 508—675-7206

Lighthouse Gospel Church 595 Winthrop St., Taunton Children's Church Nursery Available

915 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, RI 02861 Service starts at 9:30- 10:30 A,.M. (401) 722-0816 •

United Church of Christ

139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4545

Winthrop Street Baptist Church

Rt. 44 / 39 Winthrop St. Taunton, MA 508-822-1976

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

81 Warren Ave., East Providence, RI 401-434-7456

Taunton Seventh-day Adventist Church

109 Winthrop Street, Taunton (508) 823-6679

Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC 1411 County Street, Somerset Phone - 508-672-6623

Fall River Seventh Day Adventist Church (English language) 2695 No. Main St., F.R. 646-3506

First Christian Congregational Church United Church of Christ

GAR Highway, Rt. 6 • Swansea 508-673-7179 or 676-3815

Brick Church

1056 Center St. Dighton Call 951-7358

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New Beginnings Evangelical Church

Greater Fall River Baptist Church

294 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA Tel. #: 508-336-4038

1980 South Main Street P.O. Box 975, Fall River, MA (508)673-7700

Good News Bible Chapel

Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal

235 West Street, Attleboro 508 226 2916

490 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-0408


Church of the Epiphany

1336 Pawtucket Avenue Rumford between Newman Avenue and Rumford Library 401-434-5012

West Congregational Church United Church of Christ Winthrop Street at North Walker (Rte 44) • Taunton, MA Church Office: 508 824-3461

Grace Community Chapel 110 County Street, Seekonk, MA 508-336-5971

Hornbine Baptist Church

Church Services Sunday 10 A.M. 141 Hornbine Road, Corner of Baker Rd. South Rehoboth

First Spiritualist Church Anawan Grange

Rt. 44 & 118 Rehoboth

The First Baptist Church of Swansea 21 Baptist Street Swansea, MA Telephone (508)379-9728

Christ Church Episcopal 57 Main Street, Swansea, MA (508) 678-0923

Community Covenant Church

615 Tremont Street, Rehoboth, MA (508)-222-9400

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church

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



Rehoboth Baptist Church 132 Moulton Street (Rt.. 118) 508-252-6437 • Fax 252-1080


Come Home for Christmas at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH Located at 141 Hornbine Road Rehoboth, Ma. Corner of Hornbine Rd & Baker St CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE Friday, December 24th CHRISTMAS EVE - 4:00pm

Saturday, December 25th CHRISTMAS - Midnight & 9:00am Sunday, December 26th FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY (Special blessing for families during all Masses) No Mass at 4pm on Saturday Sunday 8:30am & 11:30am

NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE Friday, December 31st NEW YEAR’S EVE - 4:00pm

Saturday, January 1st NEW YEAR’S DAY - 10:00am Sunday, January 2nd EPIPHANY OF THE LORD Saturday 4:00pm, Sunday 8:30am &11:30am


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Rehoboth Council on Aging December 2010 Council on Aging Newsletter Council on Aging Board meets at 10:30 p.m. 55 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769 on the 4th Tursday of the month, Phone 508-252-3373 Fax 508-252-4617

Hours of operation:

Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed Fridays

Kitchen hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Transportation Reservations: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Transportation Hours:

Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4pm

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Friday, december 24th - Closed in observance of Christmas Holiday Friday, december 31st - Closed in observance of new Years Monday, January 17th - Closed in observation of Martin Luther king day


The Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is now scheduled for the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. The next meetings will be held on January 27th

Annual Holiday Luncheon

On Sunday, December 12, 12noon, The Rehoboth Police Association and Rehoboth Lions will host the Annual Holiday Luncheon at Hillside Country Club, Hillside Avenue. Cost for the tickets is $2.00 and are available for “Rehoboth Seniors” at the Rehoboth Council on Aging. Seating amount has been limited; please see Norie to assure you have tickets.

What does the Rehoboth Council on Aging offer Seniors?

Services available at the Rehoboth COA Fuel assistance

New Applications for fuel assistance are now available, Please call for an application or an appointment. You will need copies of your verification of income such as, award letter from Social Security; pay stubs, pensions and all other income. Include copies of electric and natural gas, propane or oil bill, mortgage / rent, house taxes and house insurance. If you need assistance please call Norie 508-252-3372

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S.H.I.N.E Counselor at your COA on Thursdays

The Rehoboth Council on Aging is pleased to convey that there is an S.H.I.N.E. Counselor every Thursday from 9am to 1pm by appointment or drop in. If you need assistance with Insurance, Medicare Part “D” or Prescriptions please call and set up your appointment. If you have any questions or require assistance with an application, please call the SHINE Program at 508-252-3372.

Podiatry Clinic with Dr, Marian Markowitz

Appointments start at 10 a.m. please call to schedule yours by calling 508-2523372.

Meals on Wheels and Meal-site Information

Please contact our meal site for information on the Meals on Wheels program or the site meals served Tuesday through Thursday. A donation of $2.00 is requested for lunch, which consists of a main course, dessert and milk. Copies of the month’s menu are posted at the front door, on the reception desk and in the dining area for your review. The COA Posts Community Information & “Free” Health Screenings & Support Groups Please check the bulletin boards every time you come in to the Council on Aging for Free Health Screenings and Support Groups updates, we also post other important information that can be a benefit to you, family or friends.

“H E A L T H B E A T” COA’s Fitness Corner “Wanabee Weight Meeting” Mondays, 11:30 a.m. Free A group of ladies meet and support each other with their weight losses and gains. The best way to lose weight is with encouragement and support of friends. In this meeting we as a group will cover what we ate, if we exercised and share what we did if we lost weight. Meetings are held on Mondays at 11 a.m. prior to Gert’s Café.

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

Try a graceful way of exercising which is easy on your joints. This method of balancing may be new to you, but it has a great positive outcome for any age.

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

If you like to dance and have fun then this is the group is for you. Everyone is welcome to come in and try out some steps.

Balancing Exercise and upper Cardio

This class is free and held on Wednesdays at 11am. There is plenty of room available in any or all of our classes if you care to join us. This activity uses weights and stretching bands and balancing done on exercise balls. You can also do this exercise class in chairs.

COA Social Gatherings “Men’s Morning Coffee”

This is a group of “men” who meet Thursdays 9 a.m. to enjoy fresh coffee, pastry and conversation with old and new friends. Come on down and enjoy the morning with them and share your comments and ideas.

Card Games 3 Days a Week!

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

COA Craft Corner

Knitting and Crochet Group

Important! Registration is required for all upcoming programs. All activities will have participant sign up sheets for them. Most of the Activity programs that are at the Council on Aging are free and open to the public. Some programs require minimum attendance; if there is no interest then that activity will be either cancelled or postponed. Please call 508-252-3372 for information on all activities or to sign up.

News from the SHINE Program Serving Health InformaTion Needs Of Elders

SHINE News - Medicare Decision Time Open Enrollment Starts November 15 Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans change every year. Many plans will no longer be available in 2011.

All people with Medicare should:

· Review the 2011 costs and coverage of their current plans · Compare with other plans in their area · Choose a plan that meets their needs and budget · The Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period starts November 15 and continues through December 31, for coverage beginning January 1, 2011. There are significant differences between plans. Starting in 2011, different Part D Plans in our area will have monthly premiums from as low as $14.80 up to as high as $120.10. However, monthly premiums are not the only things to consider. Plans have different deductibles, co-pays, covered drugs and restrictions. Plan information and cost estimates can be found by entering a drug list into the Medicare Plan Finder on The SHINE program can help you!

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If you ever wanted to learn more about knitting or crocheting, the Ladies of the Needles are always there to share their knowledge with you. Don’t be shy! Come in and join the group on Thursdays at 10 a.m.


Do you quilt or know of anyone who would like to come to our Quilting Group. There is always plenty of knowledgeable support offered. This group meets on Thursday s at 9:30 a.m.



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Lifeline Assistance is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free cell phone service to income-eligible consumers. There is no cost or contract; you must be eligible for 1 of the following to participate: Food stamps program Mass. Comm. Blind benefits Fuel Assistance S.S.I. E.A.E.D.C. Veterans Benefits Medicaid or Mass Health Public housing No one in your household currently has Lifeline Assistance with another wireless company Must be sent to USP address No PO Boxes. Apply on or by calling 1-800-977-3768


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Making Holiday Plans? Let Us Help

don’t miss out because of a loved ones care needs! • Are you needing to be reenergized and can't do it because you are a primary caregiver? • Do you feel like it's your turn for some much needed care but are putting others first? If you answered yes to these questions, you deserve to take the time you need. At Life Care Center of Attleboro we know what it's like to be the caregiver in the family. Each of us knows your loving, hard work can take a toll on you and your family. The best thing you can do for your loved ones is TAKE A VACATION. As part of your travel plans you'll want to make sure that your caregiver duties are covered. Why not consider respite services for your loved one while you are away. Respite services at Life Care Center of Attleboro provides your loved one with 24 hour care by competent, caring and professional staff. Beautifully ap point ed semi private or private rooms provide the safe and secure environment you want. Nutritious meals, snacks and activities round out the days, evenings and weekends. If medication administration, rehabilitation or nursing care are needed, we provide services right here at the facility. Imagine you, your family and friends spending a relaxing vacation knowing you have provided for your loved one. Go away and know all your loved ones needs will be met at Life Care Center of Attleboro. To arrange for a tour, inquire about rates and programs, please call LeeAnn or Laurel at 508-222-4182 and come see what we can offer you as you make your travel plans. Let Life Care Center of Attleboro make all of your vacation plans a reality.

For help understanding your options and finding the lowest cost Part D Plan for you, call your local Senior Center to schedule a FREE individual appointment with a SHINE counselor as soon as possible. Do not wait! Bring all your insurance information and a list of your prescription drugs with dosages to the appointment. You can also reach a SHINE Counselor by telephone at 508-252-3372.

Organization Events and News: The Best Is Yet to Come!

The Best is Yet to Come, a senior social group, is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center. The next meeting will be on December 9th at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, 55 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA following a lunch at The Silver Platter. Members should bring toiletries to fill two baskets for a women’s shelter. New members always welcomed. Call Pat Higson for details. 508 252-4602 And remember… The Best is Yet to Come.


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Up Coming Activities

TRIAD is having their annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 11th. 911 A.M. Menu consists of Pancakes, Bacon, Juice, Coffee and Hot Chocolate. Tickets can be purchased at the COA or call Pat @ 508-2524602 $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Children. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa Mark your calendar: TRIAD’S “Love in a Mug” Soup Supper, February 2, 2011. 4:30-6:30, There will be a variety of soups to choose from. Cost is $6.00 and you get to take home your souvenir mug. All proceeds go to the Rehoboth K-9 dog fund. For Tickets- COA or Marilyn @ 508-252-9366. New Members always welcome. No Dues

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

Senior Citizens Club

The Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club is a Social and Charitable Club Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month at 1:30 p.m. at the Rehoboth Council on Aging.

Up Coming Activities

December 2nd – Entertainment December 16th – Visit from Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause

The Friends of the Elderly Club

The Friends of the Elderly partly fund some services at the Rehoboth Council on Aging such as podiatry and cholesterol clinics. They meet at 3 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. New Members always Welcome.

Rehoboth Sr. Citizens Club Trip

Three day trip to Atlantic City for a great price with many extras. Sunday Feb. 27, 28 and March 1st. Trip includes 2 nights accommodations at the Tropicana Resort, round trip bus transportation provided by Bloom bus lines (drivers tips included), two dinner buffets, $20.00 coin bonus, $15.00 food credit, and a revue show (if available), all taxes, baggage handling and service charges. Cost for this trip is $155.00 double, $145.00 triple and $225.00 single occupancy. This trip is co-sponsored by the Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club and Sandcastle Seniors with pick-ups at both Rehoboth (behind the Police/Fire Station, 334 Anawan St. Rte. 118) and Sandcastle parking lot at 500 Mendon Rd., So. Attleboro. Everybody Is Welcome and Reservations Are On A First Come, First Serve Basis. There are 10 seats left so if you or any of your friends are interested, please e-mail me or call me as soon as you can and I will mail you a flyer and a form to fill out. A $50.00 deposit is required by December 15th. Call Wilfred “Pete” Michaud at 508-761-5087 or e-mail at

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Pamela Genovesi Macdonald of Rehoboth, MA is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Tara Greene to Daniel Wildt, son of Thomas Wildt of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Tara is also the daughter of Gregory Greene of Riverside, RI and Daniel is the son of the late Ricarda Wildt. Tara graduated from Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School in 2006 and the University of San Diego in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and German. Daniel received his Abitur from IGS Rockenhausen in Germany in 2007 and his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Business Administration from Lindenwood University in 2010. They were engaged on the island of Maui in June of 2010 and a July 2011 wedding is planned at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. The couple will be honeymooning in Alaska and plan to reside in Massachusetts.

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Announcing the marriage of Tara Goudreau and Ian Altgilbers on July 31, 2010 at the Five Bridge Inn in Rehoboth, MA. Tara and Ian want to thank Tara’s parents Robert and Lindy Goudreau of Rehoboth, MA for making this day possible!

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IN MEMORIAM hoboth, Mass. Gifts in his memory can be sent to the Marshall Children's Fund, P.O. Box 7201, Cumberland, RI 02864.

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Rehoboth Kenneth D. "Ken" Marshall Jr.

Kenneth D. "Ken" Marshall Jr., 33, of Rehoboth, died unexpectedly in the line of duty while responding to a call for the Rehoboth Fire Department, on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Kenneth was the husband of Bethany (Saleeba) Marshall. He was born in Attleboro, a son of Kenneth D. and Rhonda (Wetherell) Marshall Jr. Ken was employed by the J.H. Lynch Company for the last seven years as a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Marshall was a lifelong Rehoboth resident and a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. He was a third-generation call volunteer firefighter for the Rehoboth Fire Department, stationed at Station No. 2. He previously was an EMT. He was a member of the Local 57. Mr. Marshall loved spending time with his family, especially his children, who meant a lot to him. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching NASCAR. Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a son, Trevor Marshall at home, and a daughter, Brianna Marshall at home. He also leaves a brother, Jonathon and his wife Caitlin Marshall of Attleboro, and three nephews. He was the paternal grandson of Richard and Barbara (Bora) Marshall, and the great-grandson of Clair Marshall of Norton, and maternal grandson of George Wetherell, retired Deputy Chief of the Rehoboth Fire Department, and the late Lorraine (Johnson) Wetherell. He was the grandson-in-law of Henry and Barbara Sidok and Diane and Raymond Saleeba, and the son-in-law of Joseph Saleeba, and Cynthia Saleeba and her husband Dale McCaughey, and also the brother-in-law of Mathew and his wife Angie Saleeba, Michael and Jan Saleeba, Mark Saleeba, and also Danielle Saleeba. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was the brother of the late Christopher Marshall. His funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Community Covenant Church, 615 Tremont St., Rehoboth. Burial followed in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Re-

Normand C. Cleaveland, 80, of Rehoboth, passed away on Tuesday October 19, 2010 at home. He was the beloved husband of Patricia L. (Parcher) Cleaveland. Born in Providence, RI on February 26, 1930, he was a son of the late Normand C. and Ruth (Fearning) Cleaveland. Raised and educated in Newton, Normand graduated in 1948 from Newton High School and in 1952 from Brown University. After serving in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, Normand continued his education and was a 1957 graduate of Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Cleaveland was a retired Director of Food Service at Brown University in Providence where he worked for 30 years prior to retiring in 1995. He, along with his wife were also the owners and operators of the former Hells Blazes in Middleboro. A lifetime member of NACUFS, he had made his home in Rehoboth for the past 42 years and had formerly resided in Providence and also in Middleboro. In addition to his beloved wife of 58 years, he is survived by his devoted children Jeffrey S. Cleaveland of Appleton, Maine, David C. Cleaveland of Wiscasset, Maine and Ruth Cleaveland Chandler of Lexington, Virginia. He was the brother of the late Henry Cleaveland, the brother in law of the late Barbara Nelson and is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 2 Nieces and 2 Nephews. Services were private. Those wishing may remember Mr. Cleaveland with a donation in his memory to the Community Visiting Nurse Agency Hospice 10 Emory St. Attleboro, MA 02703.

Charles E. Sherman

Charles E. Sherman, 81 of Rehoboth passed away Saturday, November 13th at Orchard View Manor. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (Walker) Sherman. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late James A. and Ida (Howard) Sherman. Charles was raised in Riverside and moved to Rehoboth in 1968, he was the former owner of Kozy Nook Tavern, in Rehoboth, a member of RI Racing Pigeon Club for over 50 years and a retired member of Local 31 Insulators. Besides his wife of 60 years he is survived by three sons Jayson Sherman and his wife Linda of Lincoln, Gerald and Kenneth Sherman of Rehoboth, one sister Marilyn Luther and her husband Paul, six grandchildren Jayson, Jessica, Ryan, Sarah, Michael, and

Allyson, and his loyal childhood friend Cliff Olson. He was the brother of the late Lucy, James, and Howard Sherman. A graveside service was held on Tuesday at 10 AM, in Rehoboth Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in his memory to Cove Center Inc. for Adults with Autism 610 Manton Avenue, Providence, RI 02909 would be greatly appreciated.

June A. (Flint) Brewster

June A. (Flint) Brewster, 64 of Adams Circle Rehoboth, formerly of Riverside and Edgartown, died Tuesday, November 16th. She was the wife of Larry H. Brewster. She was born in Pawtucket a daughter of the late Harold and Ruth (Pulliam) Flint. She was a member of the East Providence Historical Society. Besides her husband, she leaves two daughters, Renee Drainville and her husband Scott of Foster, Rachel Fanara and her husband Tim of Riverside, a brother, J. Elwin Flint of Rumford, a sister Nancy Bellotti of Cranston and five grandchildren, Garett, Amanda and Cameron Drainville, Haley and Zachary Fanara. The funeral was held on Friday, November 19th with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Taunton Avenue Seekonk at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Beacon Hospice 1 Catamore Boulevard East Providence 02914 would be appreciated.

Alfred Nazareth, Jr.

Alfred Nazareth, Jr., 84, of Hampden, MA and formerly of Rehoboth, MA, died peacefully at home on November 20, 2010 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Teresa Bailey, and was previously married to the late Ann T. (Flanagan) Nazareth. He leaves his 3 children: Karen Kestenberg of Bristol, Monica Dzialo of Pawtucket, and Alfred Nazareth III of Warwick, plus 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by 2 brothers, George Nazareth of Cumberland and Nathaniel Nazareth of Warwick plus numerous nieces and nephews. Alfred was born in New York City and was the eldest son of Alfred Nazareth, Sr. and Anna (Harrington) Nazareth of Providence. He was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design as well as the University of Connecticut. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the U. S. Navy. Military honors and private remembrance were held graveside on Monday November 29 at 11:00 A.M. at Hillcrest Park Cemetery located at 895 Parker Street in Springfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do something kind for another person!


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Olivia R. Pouliot

Olivia R. Pouliot, of Water Street, two month old infant daughter of Christopher M. Pouliot and Andrea M. Francis died peacefully on November 23, 2010. She was the sister of Emma Pouliot and Tailynn Pouliot and granddaughter of Krista and Alfred Francis of Rehoboth, MA, Colleen and Kenneth Pouliot of Woonsocket and Karen and Matt Toupin of Pawtucket. Her funeral was held on Monday November 29, 2010 with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Lucy M. Mulready

Lucy M. Mulready, 101, died Friday November 26, 2010 at Epoch Senior Healthcare of Norton. She was the wife of the late Michael M. Mulready. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia a daughter of the late Ralph and Justine (Tretola) Fiore. Mrs. Mulready was a seamstress for many years before retiring. She attended the Prime Time Adult Day Facility in Dighton. She leaves one daughter, Maureen M. Dady; three grandchildren, Marlene DadyFox, Jeremiah D. Dady Jr. and Michael J. Dady and five great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, November 30th at 10:00 A.M. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Ave. Seekonk. Burial was in Florida. Contributions to Prime Time Adult Day Facility, 1059 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, MA 02715 would be deeply appreciated.

Kathleen Perkins

Kathleen A. (Apes) Perkins, 66, wife of Thomas A. Perkins, died at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. A longtime Rehoboth resident, she was 66 years old. Born in New London, Conn., Mrs. Perkins was the daughter of the late Francis and Mildred (Polcaro) Apes. Raised and educated in New London, she was a St. Bernard's High School graduate, and later attended the New York Foundling Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Perkins was a homemaker for most of her adult life. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Thomas A. Perkins Jr. and his wife Laura of Whitman, and Scott M. Perkins and his wife Heather of Somerset; a daughter, Kristine M. McCarney and her husband Timothy of Norton; a brother, Francis Apes of Salem, Conn.; three grandchildren: Meghan and Kaitlyn McCarney, both of Norton, and Isabella Smith of Somerset; and two nieces, a nephew, and several aunts and uncles. She was also the sister of the late Michael Apes.

Her funeral was held on Thursday, December 2nd with a Funeral Mass at St. Nicholas of Myra Church, North Dighton, at 11 a.m. Burial was at Stevens Corner Cemetery in Rehoboth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 North Main St., Fall River, MA 02720.

Seekonk Armand D. Cote, Sr.

Armand D. Cote, Sr., 95, of Seekonk, formerly of Fall River, Tiverton and Swansea, husband of Delia J. (Goff) Cote, died Saturday. An Army veteran of WW II and member of American Legion, Post 311, Seekonk, he was the founder of Hartford Transmission, Fall River and previously employed by Everett Motors and Portland Transmission. Besides his wife of 67 years, he leaves 2 children, Carolyn Longmore of Fall River and Armand D. Cote, Jr. of Seekonk; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Leon and Marie (Lamontagne) Cote and the brother of the late Henry, Bernard and Roger Cote. Funeral service was held Tuesday, November 9th. Donations the charity of one's choice appreciated.

Alfred F. George

Alfred F. George, 86 of Ledge Road died Sunday November 7, 2010 at Miriam Hospital. He was the husband of Lillian A. (Coffey) George. He was born in Seekonk a son of the late Alfred George and Mary Linhares. Mr. George was the founder of A.G. Automotive in Seekonk. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a member of the American Legion, Seekonk Post; the 8th Air Force Historical Society and the Attleboro Veterans Writers Club. Besides his wife he leaves one daughter, Cheryl Erickson of Swansea; three sons, Alfred George, Gregory George and Brian George all of Seekonk; one sister, Maria Tucker of East Providence; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Lucien George. His funeral was held on Wednesday, November 10th.

Maria J. Pacheco

Maria J. Pacheco, 95, of Barberry Drive, died November 11, 2010 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Luis S. Pacheco. Born in Lagoa, Sao Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Virginio and Maria Conceicao (Pereira) Brum.

Maria worked as a seamstress for 32 years before retiring in 1992 from the Country Club Cleansers. She is survived by her children; Nuno Pacheco and Jose Pacheco both of Seekonk, Teresa Amaral of Portugal, Mary C. Brown of MN, Helen M. Archibald of Riverside, Virginio Pacheco of Warwick, 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is the sister of Leonilde Moreira of East Providence and the late Manuel Brum, Evelyn Costello and John Brum. The funeral was held on Monday, November 15th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Traverse St., Providence. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Beacon Hospice, 182 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720.

Matthew J. Keenan, Jr.

Matthew J. Keenan, Jr., age 46, formerly of Ledge Rd., died at his home in Sebring, FL on Sept. 11, 2010. Born Feb. 28, 1964, in Providence, he was a son of Matthew J. and Loretta (Dourado) Keenan Sr. In addition to his parents he is survived by two brothers, Edward and Robert Keenan, and his nephew, Joshua Roza. He was also the brother of the late Lori Ann Roza. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church with burial following at Mt. St. Mary Cemetery.

Anna Virginia Leiter

Anna Virginia Leiter 88 of County Street died Sunday November 14, 2010 at the Waterview Villa Nursing Home. She was the wife of Marion D. Leiter. She was born in Providence a daughter of the late Manuel and Virginia (Fontes) Cabral. Mrs. Leiter worked for the Davol Rubber Company for twelve years before retiring in 1972. Besides her husband she leaves one daughter, Margaret McGowan of Seekonk and four grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Ann Marie D'Amico and sister of the late John, Joseph and Manuel Cabral Jr. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, November 17th with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 A.M. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Ave. Seekonk. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to a charity of your choice would be deeply appreciated.

Shirley J. Oakes

Shirley J. Oakes, 87, of Arrowhead Road, died peacefully on November 12, 2010 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. She was the wife of the late Nathan P. Oakes. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Ormiston, she lived in

December 2010 The Reporter Seekonk, MA for 32 years. Mrs. Oakes enjoyed collecting dolls, plants and traveling. She was a devoted Boston Red Sox and New England Patriot fan. She is survived by two sons; David G. Oakes of Seekonk, MA and Peter O. Oakes of Syracuse, NY, eight grandchildren; Pamela Nestell of Barrington, Susan Martinez of North Kingstown, Carolyn Stark of East Providence, Kayla Hilyard of Warren, Samantha Oakes and James Oakes, both of Warren, Regina Trapasso of Liverpool, NY and Gregory Cameron of Syracuse, NY, fourteen great grandchildren and one great great grandson. She was the mother of the late Kathleen A. Stark and sister of the late Hazel Bozer and George Ormiston. Her funeral was held on Saturday November 20, 2010 with a graveside service in Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Blvd., Providence at 10 a.m. Contributions in Shirley's memory to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.

Ann J. (Cahalan) Dalton

Ann J. (Cahalan) Dalton, 93, a longtime resident of Seekonk, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. She was the loving wife of the late Sterling A. Dalton for more than 60 years. She was a dedicated volunteer to her church and community. She is survived by her children, Richard Dalton, Barbara Ridings, Patricia Dalton and Elizabeth Camerlin; two grandchildren, Christopher Ridings and Dalton Paget; and two great-granddaughters. A funeral was held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 3850 Central Ave., Seekonk. Burial was in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.

Margaret E. Cookson

Margaret E. Cookson of Seekonk, MA and formerly of Pawtucket, RI died November 22, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. Margaret devoted her life to her family and always had hugs and smiles to give. She loved nothing more than playing Yahtzee with her family and cards with her friends. She had a love affair for all things sugary sweet and a green thumb with Christmas cactuses. She was the wife of the late Edward F. Cookson and was the daughter of the late Henry and Naomi Craik. Margaret was the sister of the late Barbara Shields, Emily Fournier, and Henry Craik. She is survived by her children David and his wife Linda of Seekonk, with whom she made her home; Diana of Pawtucket; James and his wife Beth of Rumford; and Patricia Banfield of Mountain Home, AR. She was the proud Grandma of 7 great grandchildren, with 3 more on the way, and 5 grandchildren: Mi-

chael Cookson, Nancy Patalano, Jen Cookson, Matt Cookson, and Shannon Lewis. Her funeral was held Wednesday, November 24th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Raymond's Church, 1240 North Main St., Providence. Interment was at the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to: St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, St. Raymond's Church, 2 Matilda St. Providence, RI 02904.

Harry J. Black, Sr.

Harry J. Black, Sr., 88, died Wednesday November 24, 2010 at his home. He was the husband of Arline (Chabot) GrazianoBlack. He was born in Providence a son of the late Harry J. and Mary E.(Lynch) Black. Mr. Black was the owner of Black and Son Upholstery before retiring. Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Cathy Henebury and Patricia Hitman; one son, Robert Black; three stepdaughters, Cheryl Amaral, Susan Smith and Ann Vaphiades; two stepsons, Keith Graziano and Bruce Marshall; one sister, Mary Mayforth; five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was the father of the late Harry James Black Jr. His funeral was held on Monday, November 29th at 10:00 A.M. with a servic at 11:00 A.M. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Frederick A. Edwards

Frederick A. Edwards, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 26, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Fred was the beloved husband of Beverly (Jordan) Edwards to whom he was married 57 years. Born in East Providence a son of the late George C. and Janet (Horsfall) Edwards. He was a member of Teamsters Local 251. Fred, a US Navy Veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War was a member of American Legion Post #311. Fred was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Besides his wife he is survived by his children; Karen M. Edwards and her partner Kenneth Ramsay and Susan J. Doughty. Fred was the grandfather of Aaron E. Doughty and his wife Darlene and Raechel (R.J.) Doughty and her partner Ian Holliday. He was also the great grandfather of Grace Eleanor Doughty. He is survived by several nieces & nephews. He was the brother of the late George C. Edwards II and William H. Edwards. His funeral was held held on Wednesday with a service at 10:00 A.M. in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 81 Warren Ave., East Providence. Burial was in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston. In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, or American Cancer Society, RI Chapter would be appreciated.

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Bay View Academy Kicks Off a Yearlong Women’s Veterans Initiative Celebrating and Serving Women of the Military. On this upcoming Veteran’s Day, Bay View Academy kicked off a yearlong effort to identify, locate and contact female veterans of Southern New England, regardless of religious affiliation, in order to honor each of them at a celebration on November 10, 2011 at the Academy. Colonel Susan Luz, Bay View Class of 1968, will chair a committee including Sister Elizabeth McAuliffe, Bay View Academy President, Lia Del Sesto, Bay View Director of Alumnae Relations, Carol Costa, communications specialist, Jeremy Kapstein, Senior Advisor Baseball Projects Boston Red Sox, Sister Elizabeth Hathaway, Bay View Academy Director of Campus Ministries, Colleen Gribbin, Bay View Academy High School Principal, and Diane Morel, Bay View Academy History Department Chair. Colonel Luz is a bestselling author and was the highest ranking soldier in the 399th Combat Support Unit. She was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Iraq, and her book Nightingale of Mosul tells the story of a life dedicated to service, family, compassion, and country—and challenges readers to redefine their ideals of what it means to fight for what truly matters. “I am very happy that my Alma Mater is taking on this most important effort to celebrate and honor women in the Military. Bay View remains a leader in women’s education and when combined with the Mercy mission this initiative promises to be very exciting, emotional and have a long lasting impact on the veterans and the student body of Bay View.” Said Luz. Bay View High School Principal, Colleen Gribbin agrees, “This effort promises to bring the Mercy mission together with a yearlong teachable moment for our girls. I am always buoyed by the enthusiasm of our faculty and our young women and their willingness to participate, engage, serve and learn.” Campus Ministry Director Sister Liz Hathaway is eager to put the Mercy mission into action, “This initiative does so much to bring the Mercy mission alive for our girls. The opportunity to aid the women of service who sacrificed and admirably did their duty on behalf of our nation is one that will produce benefits for our veterans and our girls.” Bay View Academy is planning a yearlong education accompaniment of this initiative. Bay View seeks any woman who has served the United States of America in any branch of military service. If you are or know such a women, please contact the Lia Del Sesto at 434-0113 ext 104 or via email at


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