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The Rehoboth


FEBRUARY 2013 Volume 25, no. 2



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

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Trek in Nepal Inspires Project to Help School Children There

by Leslie Patterson Hollis Burkhart came back to Rehoboth from her recent trek in Nepal with more than just happy memories and some great photos. She came back with a desire to provide the children she met in Nepal with much-needed books and school supplies. Upon returning to Kathmandu after her seven-day trek in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains, she was invited to the home of her guide Dash Lal for dinner. “Meeting his wife, three children, nephew, father, sister and niece and sharing a meal of dal bhat with them was the highlight of the trip,” Hollis said. “That night, I woke up out of a sound sleep and knew with a deep conviction I was to somehow be of service to children in Nepal,” she said. After visiting a government school and seeing how much they needed, she resolved to do what she could to collect supplies for schoolchildren there. But first, a few words about the trek itself. Hollis, a long-time resident of Rehoboth, had last gone for a trek in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal in October, 1998. This recent trip was from the end of November to mid-December. The trekking season typically ends in November. The trek consisted of walking on mountain trails, at an altitude of up to 10,000 feet, for seven days on the traditional paths villagers have made. In these mountains, walking on trails is the only way to get around because there are no roads. Nepalese villagers are incredibly strong and are used to carrying loads of 50 to 100 pounds or more up steep mountain steps. The trek consisted of Dash Lal, Hollis, her brother Roger Vale of North Carolina, and their porter Gurung. continued on next page 6...

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Trekking guide Dash Lal and Hollis Burkhart on the trail at sunrise.

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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley

Town Clerk Announces Retirement

Kathleen Conti, who has served as town clerk for 11 years, announced she will be retiring on June 30. The Board of Selectmen will appoint a replacement to serve from July 1 until the town election in April 2014. The replacement will need to run in that election to remain in the position. The election will be for one-year to finish Conti’s term in office which expires April 2015. Conti says it was a tough decision but she is looking forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren.

Preliminary school budget for Dighton-Rehoboth Announced

The Dighton-Rehoboth School District presented a $36.3 million preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014. That is an increase of 2.66 percent over the current year. Interim Superintendent Jennifer (Wordell) Elineema said it was a conservative increase considering the rising fixed costs and decreasing state funding. The proposed budget for Rehoboth K-8 is approx. $12.3 million and the high school is approx. $14 million. The school committee heard budget presentations last month from the administration and principals of all the schools. The budget is expected to be revised over the next few months. Preliminary information on state aid funding is expected sometime this month.

Schools Will Have Full Time Police Resource Officer

Selectmen approved putting a full time police resource officer at Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith Middle Schools. Officer Keith Perry has been working at the schools on a part time basis and will now be a full time presence. In light of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, town officials said that it would be good to have added security at the schools.

Rehoboth’s Annual Town Election is April 1

Rehoboth’s annual town election is scheduled for April 1 and positions on the ballot will be: moderator, selectmen, treasurer, assessor, school committee, two planning board seats, park commission, three constable seats, housing authority and two seats on the water commission. Tomas Ennis and Stephen Brooks have taken out papers for the planning board seats. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk’s office, signed by a minimum of 45 registered voters, by 5 p.m. on Feb. 11. All three precincts will be open on Election Day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Selectmen Approve Jacob Miranda as New Full Time Police Officer

Jacob Miranda, son of former chief Norman Miranda, Jr., is Rehoboth’s newest fulltime police officer. Selectmen approved his hiring last month. Miranda, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, has been serving as a reserve officer for more than a year. The department needed another officer because Officer Keith Perry has been assigned as a full time school resource officer.

Police Dog Retirement Leaves K-9 Unit in Question

The Police Department’s K-9 unit may or may not continue since the canine, Cezar, retired on Jan. 1. The K-9 unit has been part of the department for seven years, but a new dog would cost $5,000-$6,000 in addition to other expenses. Patrolman Craig Forget, Cezar’s handler, says the dog is an asset to the department and is utilized about 70 times a year, assisting with searches for missing people, suspects and narcotics. The dog is also used to assist other departments in the area and in demonstrations at schools and local events. Selectmen and Acting Chief James Trombetta said they want to continue the K-9 unit and will be analyzing the cost and benefits in the near future.

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Antiquarian Society....................29 Business Directory.....................93 Church Listings..........................74 Classifieds..............................92 Club Announcements.................21 Dining Guide...............................90 Events and Activities..................34 Health & Fitness........................48 Heard at Country Kitchen...........10 How You can Help......................67 Letters to the Editor......................7 Library......................................62 My Two Cents.............................18 Obituaries................................86 People in the News..................33 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings...................8 Rehoboth Rescue Squad..........16 Rehoboth Town News.................12 School...................................40 Scouts..................................52 Seekonk Human Services..........80 Seekonk Scene..........................19 Sports Update............................56 State House................................76 Sturdy...................................71 Then and Now............................32 Valentine’s Day...........................87 Weddings & Anniversaries........88 Who’s Who................................51 More Who’s Who.................69


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Trek in Nepal Inspires Project to Help School Children There by Leslie Patterson

Hollis had met Dash Lal Maharjan on her trip to Nepal in 1998, at the teashop he owns in Patan, when he was only 23. Since then Dash Lal has become a trained and licensed guide and has learned Japanese. He guides many Japanese tourists who come for trekking. In addition to his native tongue of Newari, Dash Lal speaks an impressive array of languages -- Nepali, Hindi, English and Japanese. Tourism is the second most important source of income for the small and poor country of Nepal.

Himalayan Sunrise

“On a typical day we would depart at 8 am and stop around 3 or 4,” Hollis said. “It was pretty strenuous. One day we climbed 4,000 feet and the next day we descended 3,000 feet and then went back up 3,000 feet on the next mountain, all the while walking on the stone steps villagers have built. One of the most stunning scenes on the trip was sunrise in the Himalayas from Poon Hill. The group started trekking in the dark at 5:30 am that day.” After Hollis told her guide about her desire to help children, “Dash Lal took us to the local government-run school. We were immediately surrounded by the children, in their neat blue school uniforms, smiling and staring at us and shyly saying Hello and Namaste! As I took their pictures they would laugh excitedly to see themselves on the camera. I knew this was where I wanted to help.”

“We met with the principal and the English teacher, T.N. Sharma. T.N. showed us the small library, which had several shelves of books, some in English—all the children learn English in school. The computer room consisted of five very old computers. In the winter months in Nepal, the electricity is on only five to ten hours daily; so when the power comes on, they immediately send children to the computer room to practice their keyboard skills.” “The Lalit Bikash School includes nursery through grade 8. The school year started with more than 300 students but now there are 225 left,” she explained. “T.N. said because they have to help support the family, they often don’t have any time to study and so stop coming to school. Some drop out because their parents can’t afford to buy them the school uniforms or school supplies.”

Wish List for School

“I have been in touch with Dash Lal and T.N. to learn what would be most helpful,” she said. “I explained the concept of a wish list and was delighted to receive one: three computers at $300 per computer, children’s books in English, school supplies including pens and pencils, and 225 school uniforms, at $8 per uniform.” “I hope to collect books to send them to the school. School supplies, uniforms and computers would be best purchased there.

Children at the Lalit Bikash School in Nepal.

Dash Lal has been consistently supportive and has made numerous trips to the school to get information each time I email with questions. He will take pictures for us to see what is being done with the donations.” “What I like about providing this type of help is that there are no administrative costs,” she added. “Whatever I send will be spent on the computers or uniforms or whatever else one designates they would like to provide.” Hollis also hopes to go back to Nepal at the end of this year and will see for herself the difference donations have made to the school. In addition to her own private fundraising, Hollis also encourages everyone to read a book called “Leaving Microsoft To Change the World” by John Wood, who writes about a similar experience he had in Nepal in the 1990’s. A former executive with Microsoft, Wood is the head of a large charity organization called Room to Read, which helps establish and fund Third World schools on a major scale. Hollis is the director of Pathways Wellness Center in Barrington, which she started four years ago. She has 13 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor. “We emphasize the holistic body-mind-spirit connection, and offer psychotherapy, spiritual therapy and massage therapy. It is interesting to make the connection between my experience in Nepal and my work. We have learned that in dealing with depression, one of the best tools is learning to be of service to others.” Hollis has enjoyed sharing her experiences with a class of sixth graders taught by her friend Lisa Wagoner at the Agnes Little Elementary School in Pawtucket. The Rhode Island kids were very enthusiastic about starting an email pen pal program with the children at the Lalit Bikash School, where the students are learning in English. “I wish all American kids could see something like this, how other people in the world live. Nepalese are the most gracious and polite people. It was a wonderful, strenuous, life-changing experience.” She adds, “If any local teachers want to be connected with a class at the Lalit Bikash School, I will be happy to do a presentation for them on Nepal. I feel it clearly benefits both cultures to learn about the other and start bridging the gap between different worlds.” http://namastelalitbikash.blogspot. com/ is where to find Hollis’ blog on her project. If you would like to know more or to make a donation, you can email her at Hollis will also be giving a free illustrated talk on Nepal at the Blanding Library on Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm.

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Letters to the Editor... The letters in this section do not reflect the views of the staff of The Rehoboth Reporter. It is not our intent to take sides on any issues, but to present all arguments from all points of view. If your point of view is not represented on an issue, it is only because you have not voiced your opinion. Let us hear from YOU!

Chalkboard Messages

I read the Seekonk Reporter and just had a little comment/editorial I guess. There’s a house near the corner of Anthony St and Rt. 6 that has had an easel type chalkboard out on their front lawn for the past few months. I just wanted to comment that I love the idea and look forward to reading the new message every time I drive by. I think it brings a little sense of community and togetherness to the area. I just wish I knew if the message was written by an adult or a child/teen. Regardless, Thank you, Andrea Odle Fellow Anthony St Resident

Seekonk Selectmen’s Behavior Is Despicable

The January 11, 2013 issue of the Attleboro Sun Newspaper reported the Seekonk Board of Selectmen met in Executive Session on Wednesday evening, January 9th and selected a new permanent Police Chief without advertising the opening, searching for other qualified candidates, or seeking community involvement. What is the damn hurry to choose a new Chief? Past practice has always been to appoint a temporary intern Police Chief until a search committee can be selected and several candidates interviewed. Seekonk has previously sought assistance from the MMA, Massachusetts Municipal Association, advertised in professional journals, and used employment agencies to select the best qualified individual. Pamela Nolan, Seekonk Town Administrator has done our entire community a significant disservice by NOT following long established protocol for new hires. It appears she is more concerned with getting an employment contract extension by complying with the Board of Selectmen’s wishes. The SUN quotes Selectmen Robert McClintlock “I do think the process should have been handled a little differently than it was.” That’s an understatement! The lack of open transparency causes all citizens to lose trust in our elected officials. This backroom type of political wheeling dealing is despicable behavior. Selectmen took an oath to act in a professional, ethical manner, when sworn into office. Let the taxpayers/voters decide if Selectmen have honored this sacred promise.  The January 2013 SEEKONK/REHOBOTH REPORTER newspaper reports that “Public Works director Robert Lamou-

reux reportedly filed a police complaint against Selectmen Chairman Francis Cavaco in which he alleged that Cavaco swore at him. Cavaco reportedly denies the claim” The BOS has also exposed Seekonk to additional lawsuits for clear violations of the Open meeting Law, specifically Chapter 30A, section 21, 8 which restricts what can be done in Executive Session. I suggest somebody reads this. Things seem to be spinning out of control in Seekonk. Maybe the community should be permitted to comment and review all Police chief candidates? The mass murder shooting in tragedy at New Town Connecticut has taught communities nothing is more important than public safety. How dare you play politics with such an important decision? I suggest the selectmen repeal their vote to hire someone in SECRET. Is this how an American Democracy should work? Have the guts to do it in public session, rather then hide behind closed doors and press releases. Four candidates have announced their intention to run for a Selectmen’s seat in the April election. Let’s hear what they say about this sneaky, sleazy political appointment. We all want good government and need to raise our voices loudly when something doesn’t smell right! Doug Brown, Seekonk, Ma

To the editor,

When Rehoboth property owners received their real estate tax bill, an insert informing our veterans of the volunteer service to our town, was also enclosed. If our veterans volunteered for town services, they would earn up to a $250.00 tax break in the following year! This program supported by the State. Reading this information suddenly upset me to the point that it was time to inquire as to the opinions of our Rehoboth residents on this matter. It is an affront to our veterans that they MUST volunteer up to 30 hours to our Town in order to earn a tax break on their taxes. Veterans “earned” this tax break when they served in our military. Also, let us not forget our veterans who are not capable of volunteering due to their health or age! Isn’t it time that our Town veterans had an implemented tax break (without volunteering) as other towns have had in the past and present? Marion Cordeiro, Rehoboth, MA


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The Best Time Travel: Escaping from Winter

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giving this year, and I don’t think they were discussing whether the Patriots would beat the Jets later that night. I’m not in the head of Josh Silva (Seekonk) or Josh Ferreira (Dighton-Rehoboth), so I can’t say with authority that they would just as soon walk home barefoot in a blizzard alone as sit down and watch a game together. But I saw them go at it in Dighton-Rehoboth’s gym late last year, and I’m pretty sure they weren’t going home to play Call of Duty and split a pizza later. What I’m trying to say here is, I cover two rival high schools that don’t like each other very much. There are instances of begrudging respect. I’ve watched a beaten Falcons team hold their heads high on a Thanksgiving morning and shake hands with Warriors who they just fought tooth and nail with. When Ryan Walsh (DightonRehoboth) scored his 1,000th point in January, some of the Seekonk Warriors and their fans were the first people to congratulate him on Facebook. But generally, the players don’t like each other, and the fans and parents aren’t much closer. Which makes what the local hockey team is doing right now just a bit more remarkable. The Falcons are 10-3 and heading for the state playoffs, with seven more chances to improve their seeding along the way. This isn’t just cool because the Falcons are winning games. It’s cool because the Falcons are also the Warriors. For several years now, the parents of hockey players in Commercial Residential Seekonk, Dighton, and Rehoboth have been funding and supporting a cooperative hockey team that players from both high schools play on. The team wears the DR colors, but has a Warrior patch adorning the right shoulder of each sweater. The roster is split roughly 50-50. The team is currently the best chance that either school has at a state title (with a nod to a formidable Seekonk indoor track team). It is comprised of people who are likely to be found screaming at each other across a field or court in any other season. Jake Roy is Quick Radio Quality Service a fiercely proud member of the Seekonk baseball team, and come Dispatch Service Since 1962 April, he’ll be looking to mow down Falcons from the mound. But when he suits up for his next game, Casey Escobar (DightonRehoboth) will be standing in front of him, sweeping pucks out from Septic Tanks & Cesspools the front of his net and clearing them to the other end of the ice. Joey Given will don blue and white when the ice thaws this spring. Vacuum Cleaned • Sewer Rooter Service But in the meantime, he has no problem creating opportunities in the offensive end with Brandon Botelho (Dighton-Rehoboth) so the Falcons can put pucks in the net. Rehoboth, MA   This isn’t just the marriage of convenience that allows these kids to play hockey without jumping to Bishop Feehan of Coyle-Cassidy. It’s strengthening and building bonds between people from rival high schools who otherwise might not like each other very much. When we were hit with a recent snap of cold weather, the youth of the area were Residential Commercial treated to some pond hockey. Some of the first people testing Brown’s pond in Seekonk LICENSED BUILDING & REMODELING CONTRACTORS were the hockey players mentioned above. Escobar, Botelho, Given, Roy, Lissa Mclean (Dighton-Rehoboth), and Luke Allison (Seekonk) got out there as soon as the sheet was safe for some good old-fashioned REMODELING shinny. The only phone call anyone made Second Levels • Additions • Dormers • Garages • Family Rooms with any urgency was to see if someone wanted to bring an extra net. If students Kitchen & Baths • In-Law apts. playing some of the other sports at these two schools got together for a pickup game, Proudly Celebrating CUSTOM BUILT HOMES things might not have gone so smoothly. Our 36th Year!

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The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 with the polls open from 10 am to 8 pm. Nomination papers are now available 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 Monday, February 11th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2013 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one for 3 years), Treasurer (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (one for 3 years), Planning Board (two for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Constable (three for 3 years) and Water Commissioners (two for 3 years). The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th 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 now available and may be obtained from the

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There are fewer cats at the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, but there are some, and they would all be better off with real homes. This month’s featured felines are two sisters who were abandoned at the shelter in a box. Polly is a long-haired white cat with black markings. She is still a bit wary of people (can you blame her?) and needs some loving attention. Jemima is a little more at ease now, a charming and inquisitive white and grey kitty. They are about six months old. Donations of food, towels, toys, and cat litter are welcome and may be left at the Town Office building or the Blanding Library. If you already have a pet, please prevent unwanted litters by having it neutered. If you would like to learn more about the available pets, call 508-252-5421, ext. 126, or visit MA152.html.

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Rehoboth Rescue Squad In Service For Life






Critical Shortage of Emergency Services Workers REHOBOTH – It has been in the news for several years now, yet the shortage continues to grow. An online search about the national shortage yields numerous news articles from communities across our nation that are struggling to fill the demand for volunteer emergency fire, rescue and EMS workers. In May 2007, a document was released through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) entitled, Retention and Recruitment for the Volunteer Emergency Services. The document, intended as a guide to help recruit new personnel, published some staggering statistics regarding the effect of declining volunteerism on communities. It cited that 75% of the country is staffed by and relies on volunteer departments, and that 88% of departments remain volunteer. It further cited a study completed by the Public Safety and Environmental Protection Institute at St. Joseph’s University with the assistance of VFIS, which found that replacing volunteer departments with career staffing would cost U.S. taxpayers $37.2 billion annually. That study included information from many communities that reported they could not afford to replace volunteers, and that services would cease if their departments failed. As an example, it was sourced from the State of Delaware Auditor’s Office that its citizens realized a cost savings of $136,335,339 in the year 2004 alone due to volunteer emergency services. The need for such cost savings has no doubt increased due to the economic downturn that has affected our country over the last several years. The Town of Rehoboth is not untouched by the national trend. Even beyond emergency services, there is great need in other departments and on town committees for volunteers who will see that the town’s business is conducted. As it is, one of the town emergency services providers, the Rehoboth Fire Department (RFD), transitioned from a volunteer to a call agency quite some time ago. As defined on the RFD website, call firefighters receive equipment and training, and are compensated for fire, training and duty hours. Essentially, they are a part-time paid department with a full time salaried chief. Their service is still crucially valuable and much appreciated, and does realize a cost savings when compared to a career department. Still, the combined cost for salary and wages was in $267,081.62 in 2010, and rose to $273,601.61 in 2011 according to town data. These figures do not include the added expenses of equipment, training, uniforms, apparatus maintenance and lease payments, nor do they include a breakdown of per event cost of apparatus and personnel on scene.


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The Rehoboth Rescue Squad has proudly remained a 100% volunteer department since 1965, and shares a meager annual budget of $5000 with its parent agency, the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency. A great deal of lifesaving equipment has been purchased and utilized by the squad over the years due to the fundraising efforts of its members and supporters. Despite being volunteers, squad personnel are still obligated to train and earn certifications like any other call, volunteer or career department. A highly specialized and technical rescue department, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad trains and responds in the areas of auto/light truck extrication, water rescue, ice rescue, public safety diving, animal rescue, search and rescue, sheltering, emergency communications, emergency medical response, and disaster preparedness, response and mitigation. Members are on call 24-7-365 to the benefit of Rehoboth’s citizens and to other communities via mutual aid. This is an awesome service that is provided for $5000 per year. Here is another example: During the spring floods of 2010, squad personnel logged nearly 200 hours of service to the town. One member, if serving on a career department, would earn an average of $71,000 per year not including benefits. That equals $35.50 per hour. At 200 hours, the minimal cost would have been $7,100 during those floods. Multiplied by numerous members who served, the cost to taxpayers for that one event would have been staggering! Fortunately, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad remains volunteers.

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An accepted fact with any volunteer agency is that some members eventually move on due to life changes and new opportunities. It is probably unknown to most that the Rehoboth Rescue Squad has a legacy of providing best in class training that has launched professional careers of many emergency services personnel, and that has provided the foundation for personnel serving across all of the emergency services departments in town. One prime example is former Rehoboth Rescue Squad member, Dighton-Rehoboth graduate, and distinguished paramedic, Steve Kanarian. Steve moved on to New York City where he became an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) paramedic with FDNY-EMS. Steve responded in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and penned his memories and other storied accounts in a novel entitled, The Downwind Walk, published at the time of the tenth anniversary of those attacks. In the book acknowledgements, Kanarian expresses thanks to Dave Drowne, Chief of Rescue (retired) and the Rehoboth Rescue Squad, “who gave me the heavy rescue and rope training that allowed me to be selected for the New York City Urban Search and Rescue team.” With such a legacy and deep commitment to public safety, citizens can be glad that the Rehoboth Rescue Squad exists. A financial savings, yes, but a greater savings in terms of life and property!

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As always, the Rehoboth Rescue Squad maintains a very active training calendar that coincides with seasonal emergency response needs. The deep winter season means that persons or animals may venture out onto the ice, and find themselves in danger. Winter emphasis thus includes ice rescue training. January brought to squad personnel thorough classroom study followed by a practical drill exercise that placed great impetus on cohesiveness and proper

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My Two Cents By Sue Pimental

When I was asked to write a column for the Rehoboth Reporter, I thought, do they know what they are asking for? I tend to speak my mind, with some sarcasm and humor. Maybe this will be the start of a new career. The title, suggested by a friend, is perfect. It’s my perspective, the world according to me….and it’s probably worth as much as the title indicates. So, here goes…..might makes sense to give you some background. In case you don’t know, I am one of your Selectman. I was elected in April (okay, I ran un-opposed, I would have gone down as the biggest loser in town if I had lost). The board was expanded from three selectman to five. I was not in favor of increasing the size of the board…and still not. I served on the Finance Committee for 6 years, 3 years as Chairman. My background is accounting….I have worked in various accounting/management roles for various industries for over 30 years. I never thought I would EVER run for any elected office….never, say never. Since I come from the private sector, I still struggle with the public sector “ways”. Things just go so much slower ….it’s not the people, it’s the system. I am use to making a decision and then moving on. Here we discuss a lot (not a bad thing) but it’s a process….set an agenda, post a meeting, produce a lot of paper, meet, discuss, and discuss….listen to everyone regardless if they make sense or not…then hopefully make a decision. No wonder it takes forever to get anything done in Washington! I can’t imagine….I just have to deal with four selectman, ( and I can talk over anybody) I can’t imagine 100 or more all wanting to give their “opinion” on a topic…..I think I would put a needle in my eye. I

guess I shouldn’t say that, what if I ever ran for office on the federal level….you know they would dig up this statement. If you haven’t attended a board of Selectman meeting or watched on channel 9, they have been quiet. They are not well attended…. there are a few people who come and those that are on the agenda. However, quiet is good….I know boring….but given that I lived thru the craziness, quiet is a welcome break. We can actually get some things done in the town. Like establish a budget that lives within our revenue stream, establish a capital budget to take care of the town’s growing capital needs. Although the article for a debt exclusion to pay for a new town hall, failed, the issue still exists. Our town hall is a dump. There is no way to sugar coat it….and I have no reason to sugar coat it. Our public safety building is a dump….and inefficient and inadequate when it comes to security. While we have addressed some capital issues in town… replacement of roofs on two of the fire stations, these are band aid fixes, and not long term solutions to our capital needs. Our town administrator, Jeff Ritter, has been working on accumulating a list of ALL the town assets….a fixed asset list. This will assist the board in assessing our capital needs short term and long term so that we can present a short term and long term capital plan. Budget season has begun. With 80 percent of the budget made up of “fixed” costs (I’m including salaries with negotiated contracts as fixed costs), the focus on the budget should be to look at restructuring or consolidating some departments, not necessarily a cost savings but more efficiency. For instance, we will look at combining or setting up a public works department that combines highway and forestry into one cohesive department. Makes sense to me that some of the duties of forestry can be handled by our highway personnel and visa versa. Why not share employees and have a comprehensive plan on how best to maintain our roadways in order to provide safe access around town? Makes sense. As part of the capital plan, let’s have a technology plan for the town…as well as provide training to our town employees so they can use the technology to its maximum potential. Recently I started using my I-PAD to review Facility located at 118 Taunton Avenue in East Providence, RI the weekly Selectman packet. Each week, Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care Center is here to help people in the town administrator makes FIVE copies of the selectman packet and then delivers need meet their goals to remain home and in their community with it to each of us. Instead of wasting paper, independence and dignity. At the same time their caregivers may time and mileage costs, why not get our benefit from some time away from care giving duties to attend to their packet electronically? Since I suggested own needs and their commitments to work and family, while knowing this, I have been the guinea pig. While I am still “playing” with this, I went paperless at that a loved one is being cared for in a safe, caring environment. the end of January. That’s one less packet Sacred Heart Elderly Day Care is licensed by the RI Department of Health. Participants must be and one less delivery trip each week for our ambulatory. The facility is accessible through an outdoor ramp. The participants will be supervised and cared town administrator. for by a qualified staff that includes a registered nurse, a program director, a director of activities, and a social There are many ways to stay informed worker. All of them will be assisted by supervised capable volunteers. on what’s going at the Selectman meetings The participants will have access to medication administration, and be in your town. Attend a meeting, watch the provided with snacks and hot meals in pleasant surroundings. They will meetings on channel 9 or access from your benefit from socializing with others through many planned activities while computer . The weekly enjoying an atmosphere of respect and kindness. Co-Pay rates may vary agenda’s are posted on the town’s website according to the participant's eligibility for assistance from Medicaid, the as well as the meeting minutes, once apDivision of Elderly Affairs, Respite, and Veterans, base rate/day ranges proved Or you from $53.00 to $70.00. can read the Rehoboth Reporter monthly To visit and to get more information on the program, and get my summary…but remember, it’s the world according to me. please contact Father Peter at 401-434-0326 for an appointment.

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

The annual census that is mandated by the State has been mailed and delivered. Please check it for accuracy, sign it and then return it in the enclosed envelope. There were some flyers enclosed along with the dog license renewal form. The recreation and parks department has enclosed a survey and the Banna Fire Station Committee has an informational flyer in with the census. Hopefully residents will take the time to read all the contents as much time has been devoted to preparing flyers for all the residents. The rabies clinic that the Animal Control Department runs is scheduled for March 9th at the Department of Public Works. Dog licenses for 2013 will also be available at the clinic. The annual Save a Pet auction is March 12th, 13th, and 14th at Johnson and Wales Inn on Taunton Avenue. There will be many items to bid on either from home by watching local cable or by going to Johnson and Wales Inn and participating by being in the live audience. Please visit the Seekonk Save a Pet website and see our new fundraisers. We appreciate the support that the community gives the Save a Pet Society. All our money goes for the care of the animals at our shelter. The site is continued on next page...



The Reporter February 2013 Nomination papers are now available for the April 1st town election. There will be openings for Board of Selectman, School Committee, Board of Assessors, Water Commissioner, Library Board of Trustees, and Housing Authority. You need the signatures of 50 registered voters in Seekonk in order to have your name placed on the ballot. Papers are due back by 5:00 PM on February 11th. If you have any questions about running for office, please call us at 336-2920. Special Town Meeting is scheduled for February 25th at 7:00PM at the high school.

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Place: Public Works Department Garage on Rt. 44 and Lake Street Fee: $12.00 Per Animal – No Checks Accepted For Vaccinations The Rabies clinic is open to non-residents and Seekonk animal owners. Cats must be in carriers, dogs on leashes. For MA animal owners, in order to be issued a MA three-year Rabies certificate you must bring either a certificate for a Rabies vaccination dated between 3/21/12 and 6/21/12, or a previous MA three year Rabies certificate from your veterinarian. You can also bring last year’s Rabies certificate as documentation. For RI animal owners, in order to be issued a RI three-year certificate you must bring a two year certificate of prior Rabies vaccinations on your animal. Without this documentation the certificate issued at the Rabies clinic will carry a one-year expiration date. The clinic is open to dogs, cats and ferrets. Dr. Truesdale from Central Ave Veterinary Hospital will be administering the vaccinations. Proceeds will benefit the Seekonk Animal Control Department The 2013 dog licenses will be sold at the clinic. Proof of current Rabies vaccination is required. (License fees may be paid by check.) The 2013 dog license is due April 1, 2013, and is late after May 31, 2013. The fees are: spayed female/neutered male $10.00 and unspayed female/unneutered Taunton Ave. male $20.00.

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Attleboro MA – There is a new option in town to help residents of Attleboro and surrounding areas realize a healthier lifestyle. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), is a nonprofit weightloss support organization. An Open House will be held, Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 647 North Main Street. Our weekly PUBLIC NOTICE meeting time is Thursdays at 6:15 weigh in time, 7:00 meeting time. Experience for yourself the weight-loss support and wellness As required by Massachusetts General Law techniques used to control target vegetation and information for which TOPS is well-known. Chapter 132B, National Grid (New England help establish and maintain natural controls. At TOPS, we understand that losing Power and/or Massachusetts Electric Company) weight is a journey. It is the consistent enhereby gives notice that it intends to selectively Accord Concentrate, also labeled under the couragement, understanding, and strength apply herbicides along transmission line rightsname Rodeo, and possibly one of the following from others who are struggling with similar of-way in the following municipalities: herbicides, Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline, issues that makes this organization so will be applied directly to the surface of stumps Rehoboth, Seekonk impactful. I encourage anyone seeking an immediately after target vegetation is cut (Cut affordable, informative, ongoing, weight-loss The selective use of herbicides to manage Stump Treatment). Garlon 4 or Garlon 4 Ultra support program to experience the power vegetation along rights-of-way is done within the will be applied selectively to the stems of target of TOPS. context of an Integrated Vegetation Management vegetation using hand-held equipment (Basal TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensi(IVM) program consisting of mechanical, chemical, Treatment). Krenite S or Accord Concentrate, bly) is the original weight-loss support and natural and cultural components. In right-of-way also labeled under the name Rodeo, mixed with wellness education organization. Founded vegetation management the pest or target is Escort XP, and one of the following herbicides, more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only vegetation (primarily tall growing) that will cause Arsenal or Arsenal Powerline, will be applied outages and safety issues. National Grid’s IVM selectively to the foliage of target vegetation nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss orgaprogram encourages natural controls by promoting using hand-held equipment (Foliar Treatment). nization of its kind. TOPS promotes successlow growing plant communities that resist invasion Applications shall not commence more than ten ful weight management with a “Real People. by target vegetation. The selective use of days before nor conclude more than ten days Real Weight Loss®” philosophy that comherbicides and mechanical controls are the direct after the following treatment periods. bines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, Treatment Periods and wellness information. TOPS has about June 3, 2013 – October 11, 2013 October 11, 2013 – December 21, 2013 January 7, 2013 – June 3, 2013 170,000 members – male and female, age Foliar Treatment Cut Stump Treatment Cut Stump Treatment seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters Cut Stump Treatment Basal Treatment Basal Treatment throughout the United States and Canada. Basal Treatment Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is Further information may be requested by contacting (during business hours, Mon-Fri from 8:00 am-4:00 pm): affordable at just $28 per year. Our monthly chapter fee is $7.00. Dawn Travalini, National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA 02451 • Telephone: (781) 907-2448



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American Legion Conducts Dignified Disposal Ceremony

Wednesday evening, January 16th, Local Post 302 conducted a Dignified Disposal Ceremony at their facility on Bay State Road. Approximately 300 flags of various sizes were disposed in a Ceremony conducted by Post Commander, Frank Duvally. Chaplain Veronica Hass, Adjutant Bill Saunders and several Post members took part in honoring the service of flags. The flags from local cemeteries had flown over veterans’ graves during the previous year. Larger flags presented to the Post by citizens had been displayed at homes, offices and in parks. The American Legion conducts the Dignified Disposal Ceremony twice a year; June 14th – Flag Day and January 16th. The ashes from the flags are scattered at the base of the flag pole next to Cannon located on the island in front of the American Legion, Bay State Road. Anyone wishing to drop off old and used American Flags can do so at either the American Legion or the Town Office at any time. American Flags should never be thrown in the trash.

Rehoboth Lions Hold Membership Night

What can you buy with $6 - a gallon and a half of gas; classic turkey sandwich at Chili’s; a PayPer view movie, or someone’s eyesight? The Institute for Eye Research recently reported that for $6 a person’s eyesight can be saved with proper diagnosis and early treatment. This year the Rehoboth Lions Club donated more than $17,000 to eye research through Lions Clubs International. It is with the donations by local businesses and residents and participation in Lions fundraisers such as the clam boils, Bike Run, Comedy Night, Lions Golf Tournament, Chicken Bar BQ, Recycling Day, and many more, that our local club helped to save the eyesight of nearly 2200 people. The Rehoboth Lions are not just about saving eyesight. Here in our hometown, the Rehoboth Lions have donated more than $20,000 this year to local charities including the D-R Marching Band, Helping Hands, medical equipment, local youth sports, YMCA camperships for Rehoboth children, special needs camps, scouting and many more. Bay State Road, MA Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth ® The motto of Lions is “We Serve” and as members of the largest service organizaA Developmentally Appropriate tion in the world, our local club is all about A Developmentally Appropriate serving people in need. On February 27th at Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: Hillside Country Club, the Rehoboth Lions and Seekonkwill be having a membership inquiry dinner. Dighton, Dighton, RehobothRehoboth and Seekonk The purpose will be to offer to prospective members an opportunity to meet members of the Rehoboth Lions and learn about what we do. If anyone is interested in finding out more about this evening, call Ray Medeiros at 508 252-9470.

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Padelford Street, Berkley, MA 02779-1108. The February 26th meeting will feature fun and games. There will be a penny sale to benefit The Heifer Project International. February 20, at 5:30 PM there will be a pot luck supper to which all are invited sponsored by SEAMAP at the Grange hall. For information and count please e-mail to Hope many of our readers can make this very informative meeting. On January 26th we hosted Bay State Pomona with a beef stew with biscuits and pies for dessert. One of our members brought yummy finger sandwiches enjoyed by all. We were then entertained by Tom Araujo on the guitar with a wonderful variety of familiar songs. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a freezing winter day. Looking forward to the February 20th pot luck supper. See you there.

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December 2012 news - the Rehoboth Anawan lions held its tree lighting at the Bristol County bank and the affair was attended by a large group of people and members also Santa was on attendance. Some of our members sang Christmas Carols and all joined in; at that point the ornaments in memory of or in honor of were placed on the tree. From that point on everyone went to the Francis Farm where festivities continued with refreshments and games for the children were held and a visit from Santa himself. A good time was had by all who attended. Hopefully we will see you next year! We attended the Marian Manor for our Christmas Bingo. A great time was had and all the people who attended got a gift of an angel along with other the usual refreshments and prizes. Some of our members attended the cabinet meeting held in East Taunton. The meeting was a very interesting affair and last years President Elaine Ferreira was the recipient of an award for excellence and received a pin for her lapel and a patch to go on our banner. Congratulations from the club. Our Christmas party was held at Benjamin’s Restaurant and as usual everyone had a good time!

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Some of our members attended the Mid Winter conference held at the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth. Our club made it’s donation to Mass Eye Research as usual. We will be making more by the end of the year. Our Peace Poster winner for this year was exhibited at the Mid Winter Conference. Olivia Freitas from D.L. Beckwith School grade 6 received a $50 prize. Congratulations Olivia from all the members of our club for representing the Lions. Our next event will be held on January 26th at the Hillside Country Club. The Calendar Dance is one of our big functions where we always have a great time and the array of table decorations for each month is spectacular! It is a sight to behold and you feel that you are walking into a fairyland! To all who attended hope you had a great time and thank you for joining us. We were unable to do our usual Marian Manor bingo because the nursing home was in a lockdown mode because of all the illness. Hopefully we will be able to go again. We look forward to it as well as they do. On a sad note we were saddened by the passing of one of our 14 year members. Our dear friend Lynne Searle lost her battle with cancer. She has taught the members that with perseverance, love of God, and strength that comes with illness life goes on. She will be greatly missed by the members and all the people of Rehoboth with whom she worked on many of committee’s. And on that note we say thank you to all who help make our projects so successful; and remember our motto “WE SERVE” and indeed we do. See you next month.

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Carpenter Museum Wins Gold Star Award

The Rehoboth Cultural Council is pleased to announce that the Carpenter Museum of Rehoboth has been selected to receive a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). This annual award is presented to individual artists and organizations who demonstrate “success in integrating the arts into the community.” The award winning project, “Remembering Rehoboth School Days”, was partially funded by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, an arm of the MCC. The MCC Gold Star Award recognizes projects that tell “the story of how culture contributes to the quality of life in cities and towns across Massachusetts.” This project reflects the pride Rehoboth has always demonstrated in offering a quality education to its students. “Remembering Rehoboth School Days”, a program organized by Barbara Spencer, Carpenter Museum Director with Curator, Laura Napolitano which narrates the history of Rehoboth schools from the days of the one-room schoolhouse.. From March through June, the museum offered several public events. A team of community volunteers assisted the museum in this endeavor. The kick-off event, “Tea with Louisa,” was held in March, at which a new exhibit, “Reading, ’Riting, and ’Rithmetic in Rehoboth,” was unveiled. In April, a coach bus tour of Rehoboth’s, one-room schoolhouse sites was offered to a very enthusiastic group of riders. The bus tour was led by retired teacher David Downs and included a stop at the Hornbine one-room schoolhouse where head schoolmarm Beverly Pettine spoke. In May, a “Teachers Talk Forum” moderated by retired teacher Bill Cute was held at Goff Hall. Retired administrators and teachers shared memories of their careers in Rehoboth. The culminating event, “Remembering Rehoboth Schools Family Day,” was held in June and featured old fashioned, hands-on activities enjoyed by the young and youngat-heart. The Carpenter Museum’s permanent gift to the community is a trove of archived oral histories with former students of the one-room schoolhouses: Frances Jones, Evelyn Bois, Harriet Swallow and Richard Chappell. Also archived are interviews with past teachers and administrators. The Peer Leaders group at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School conducted most of the interviews. The Rehoboth Cultural Council offers its congratulations to Barbara Spencer, the Carpenter Museum, and the dozens of volunteers who made this exemplary project possible. A reception to celebrate this award will be held at a future date.

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Vacation Week Kitchen Chemistry: How Sweet It Is! Wednesday, Feb. 20 - 1-3pm $20.00M/$25.00NM Ages 8-12

Baking for FUN! And to understand the reasons why certain chemical processes happen. This class will focus on what sugar does to our food and our bodies. Crystallized & powdered, baked & cooked- it all about sugar. How it reacts to preserve and change our food. We will make apple pies, thumbprint cookies and more!

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$15.00M/$18.00NM Ages 6-11 Calling all builders! Can you design and make a free standing structure taller than yourself? Join us as we explore the world of engineering and design using recycled materials and our own ingenuity. This is a hands-on class- prepare to have fun!

Vacation Week Family Owl Prowl Thursday, Feb 21st 6:30-8:00pm

Children $4M/$6NM Adults $8M/10NM Come explore Oak Knoll after dark! Join us for this fun evening to learn about owls. We’ll enjoy an interesting presentation with hands on activities. After the indoor fun we will head out on the trail to listen for evidence of our feathery friends. Following the hike, come in and warm up by the woodstove with hot cocoa!

Vernal Pool Night Hike Friday, March 15, 6:30-8pm Adults 6M/8NM Children 4M/6NM Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30 10:30am-12:00pm Ages 4-11

Children $3.00M/$4.00NM Spring is the time for eggs! We’ll take a hike to learn and look for evidence frogs, insects and salamander eggs in our vernal pool and marsh. We’ll also learn how to color hard boiled eggs with natural dyes. The teacher-naturalist will hide the colored eggs in our field and we’ll see how well they are camouflaged as we try to find them!

$260,000. Additionally, Trinity Rep is pleased to announce that hey donated 150 tickets to a performance of A Christmas Carol to Food Bank clients and their families, through the Open Access Theater program, generously funded by Citizens Bank. “Trinity Rep has been a longtime supporter of the work that the Rhode Island Community Food Bank does in our community,” states Curt Columbus, Trinity Rep’s Richard L. Bready Artistic Director. “This is our seventh season raising awareness and donations for the Food Bank, and we were overwhelmed with our patrons’ generosity this year. We nearly doubled last year’s total , raising over $44,400 through donations of cash, checks, and, yes, pocket change - money that will go directly to families in need in our state. On behalf of the entire Trinity Rep staff, we are proud to continue such an essential and prolific partnership.” “The community really comes together at Trinity Rep to show they care about their fellow Rhode Islanders,” said Andrew Schiff, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “It’s extremely heartwarming to see the generous outpouring from Trinity patrons. This gift couldn’t come at a more critical time, with more than 66,000 people relying on food pantries every month just to get by.”  The number of people served by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank’s network of emergency food pantries jumped by 10% in the last year. One in three persons receiving food is a child under the age of 18. Rhode Island currently has the highest rate of food insecurity in New England, which means that many families are struggling to keep food on the table. “In addition to this important donation of food and funds, Trinity Rep makes it possible for dozens of our families in need to attend A Christmas Carol,” said Schiff.  “This act of generosity profoundly reflects the message of the play and reminds us all to reach out with kindness to the least fortunate among us.”

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Seventh year of partnership brought donations of cash, food, and theater tickets

PROVIDENCE – Trinity Rep is proud to announce that during the months of November and December they collected $44,400 in cash donations to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Continuing their longtime practice of acting as a holiday drop-off location for food donations, the theater also concluded each performance of their holiday classic A Christmas Carol with a collection for the Food Bank. The donation was made on behalf of the thousands of Trinity Rep patrons attending the show, the theater’s staff and ushers.  The partnership between the two institutions has, even through challenging economic times, brought the total dollar amount raised for the Food Bank throughout the seven year partnership to nearly


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Thirteenth Annual Citizens’ Recognition Awards Night P.O. Box 633, Rehoboth, Massachusetts 02769 2013 NOMINATION FORM



The Rehoboth Lions Club will honor people whose service to the community has surpassed expectations at a “RECOGNITION NIGHT BANQUET” to be held at the Hillside Country Club on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 This form provides opportunity to nominate a person deserving in any of the following areas: (Please check the appropriate award and attach your one page nomination statement.) 1. JOSEPH DEROCHE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD – Presented to a person whose service to the community has served a wide range of the population and has required effort above and beyond that expected of the general public. 2. OUTSTANDING YOUTH – A young person whose personal qualities and achievements serve as models for other young people in the community. 3. PUBLIC SERVANT – Presented to an elected or appointed town official or municipal employee whose actions have surpassed the expectations of their position. 4. THE RAYMOND G. DYER HUMANITARIAN AWARD – A person whose actions and deeds have fostered attitudes of good will and fairness to all people in the community. 5. EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR - Presented to the professional educator in Rehoboth or D-R H.S. whose dedication to the students and whose accomplishments in the field of education serve as models to both active professionals and those entering the profession. 6. HEROISM AWARD – Presented to a person who placed personal safety in jeopardy while aiding someone else in need. 7. SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Presented to the senior citizen whose life and accomplishments have served as an inspiration to others. 8. OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – A local resident may be recognized for individual accomplishment. 9. THE RANDALL P. SILVEIRA PUBLIC SAFETY AWARD – A person of commitment, dedication and compassion while playing a key role in promoting public safety in the Town Of Rehoboth. 10. ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD – In recognition of your significant contribution to, and long-term stewardship and protection of Rehoboth’s landscape. 11. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – Presented to an individual who has consistently been a leader in community activities and service to others. 12. GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD - Presented in recognition of the many selfless acts to assist neighbors as well as community groups.

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Rehoboth Lions Club

Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) Dates of Meetings and Activities (Meetings are Wed. unless listed) January 23 – REG. MEETING AT GOFF HALL 28 – Recognition Night Committee @ Russ L. (Who wants to help? –come @ 7) FEBRUARY 13 – REG. MTG. @ GOFF HALL 7 PM (Bette & Sandi cooking!!!!!) 20 - BOARD MTG. @ RAY’S @ 7 PM 27 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING NIGHT Members bring guests. (Need a count) Call or E-mail Ray or Bill C. MARCH 6 – CLAM BOIL @ SEEKONK GUN CLUB. Lions get your tickets from Chuck or Mike S. 11 - Recognition Night Committee @ Russ L. 13 – REGULAR MEETING AT GOFF HALL 20 – BOARD MTG. @ RAY’S 22 – DeRoche Game Dinner See Russ L. 27 – TWINNING MEETING WITH ANAWAN LIONS – Planning to Host 2014 Mid Winter Conference for District 33S DATES FOR REHOBOTH LIONS CLAM BOILS FOR 2013. THE 1ST WED. OF each of the following months: MARCH 6, APRIL 3, MAY 1, JUNE 5, SEPTEMBER 4, OCTOBER 2 AND NOVEMBER 6.

Rehoboth Minutemen/ 13 Continental Reg Recruiting New Members

Our first meeting of 2013 was held on Jan 15 2013. We start our season of activities on March 3 by marching in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Pawtucket R.I. We have received invitation to put on school history programs in Westwood, North Attleboro, Dighton Needham and Newton. Invitations to Cambridge and Salem MA Monmouth N.J., Hubberton Vermont and many others will be voted on at the February meeting. Some members plan to participate in the Patriots Day activities in Lexington, Ma. We are actively seeking new recruits. Men, women and families are always welcome in our ranks. If you like history, in any form this might be just the group for you we can help you get involved in some of our many activities. Call Cathy Potter 508 252 3682 of e-mail for more information. Our next meeting will be held at Palmer River School 326 Winthrop St on February 12 at 7:30 P.M. Stop in for a visit.

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Russ Latham (Rt.) received from District 33S Governor, David Barbour (Center) in the presence of Lions International Director, Stacey Jones at the Southeastern Mass Lions Mid-winter Conference at Plymouth, January 11-13, 2013 what is said to be the 4th highest Lions Award, the International President’s Certificate of Appreciation, “In a World of Service” in Recognition of Distinguished Achievements in fulfilling the Mission of Lions Clubs International. (Russ is a 48 year member of the Rehoboth Lions Club, Past President and current Regional Chairman At Large in DG Barbour’s Cabinet.)


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D-R Students Came, They Saw, and They Learned about the Carpenter Museum

Special thanks to D-R history teacher Derek DeMello, who organized a trip to the Carpenter Museum on January 10 with 21 D-R students. Volunteer Rebecca Smith taught about life in the 1700s as she prepared a pot brimming with savory vegetable soup and baked pans full of gingerbread cake on the open hearth. Meanwhile volunteer John Evans told tales of 1700s living as he gave a tour of our reproduction 18th-century E. Otis Dyer barn. Earlier in the day the high school group had visited the Dighton Rock Museum in Berkley, the Dighton Community Church and the Council Oak (a gathering spot for Wampanoag people). This was the Carpenter Museum’s first visit from a class of high school students in recent years, and we enjoyed having them!

D-R students who visited the Carpenter Museum in January learned about life in the 1700s from volunteer John Evans.

“Tea with Hetty” Kicks off the Carpenter Museum’s Spring Events on March 3

We’ll spring into our busy season this year with the Carpenter Museum’s first event, “Tea with Hetty,” on Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm. Hetty Green, “The Witch of Wall Street,” will make an appearance, donned in her signature black outfit. Local reenactor Susan Kramer will answer your questions about Hetty. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy treats and tea with a 1920s theme as we remember the Shady Bend Tea Shop, which opened in 1922 in the small building next to the Palmer River Dam on Bay State Road. Men are welcome, too! Reservations are a must: $5 non-members, $3 members. This event always fills up, so contact us early (508-2523031,

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What’s in Store at the Carpenter Museum this Spring?

We’re lining up oral history interviews with the theme, “It’s Your Business, Rehoboth!” And we have some great events planned: March: Tea with Hetty, Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm April: A Pint, A Pie & A Play, Thursday, April 11 May: Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 1, 6pm June: “The Way We Worked” Family Day, Sunday, June 2, 12-4pm

Getting to Know America’s Richest Woman: Museum Hosts “Tea with Hetty” on March 3

How would you like to have tea with someone who was once the richest woman in America? The Carpenter Museum will feature a program with Hetty Green (portrayed by Susan Kramer) on Sunday, March 3 at 2pm. Men as well as women are invited to the event; admission is $5 ($3 for RAS members). Hetty Green (1834-1916) was nicknamed “The Witch of Wall Street” for her fabulous success with the stock market in the 19th century. While this is not Rehoboth history strictly speaking, it comes close. Hetty was born as Henrietta Howland Robinson in New Bedford. Her family had made their money in whaling ships. As a young girl already interested in finance, Hetty became her father’s bookkeeper when she was only 13. When her father died in 1864, she inherited what would be worth $107 million in today’s money. At the age of 33, she married Edward Henry Green,

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Bad Luck Reservoir Flood of 1859 & A Lucky Break for Orleans Mill

Mills were an important industry in Rehoboth in the 19th century. One of the Rehoboth mills was the Orleans Mill, which had the good luck to survive a destructive flood when a dam at Bad Luck Reservoir burst in 1859. A look through In Old Rehoboth (Book I) finds a description of the event written by Ruth Marvel Manzigan in 1973, drawing on information from Rev. George Tilton’s History of Rehoboth of 1918. The article is titled “Bad Luck Reservoir”: “Not long after Samuel Slater erected the first successful cotton mill in Pawtucket, Richard Goff in company with Joseph Carpenter and others constructed a cotton mill on the Palmer River in Rehoboth Village northerly of Bay State Road just below the present dam. The mill was in business with various periods of success and failure until at least 1884...” “Among its most successful owners were the brothers Nelson and Darius Goff who began the manufacture of cotton batting there in 1835. The mill was powered by the water flow of the Palmer River, which was found to be uncertain for reliable production. Also, the water storage capacity of the village pond was quite small.” “The Goffs hit upon the scheme of building a large storage reservoir at the junction of Bad Luck and Squannakonk Brooks north of present day Reservoir Avenue. Water would be let out as needed to replenish the supply at the Village Mill. Since the owners of the Orleans Cotton Mill at Reed Street in South Rehoboth had similar problems they joined with the Goffs in this new dam venture. The name Bad Luck is of unknown origin but was mentioned as early as 1730 when a George Beverley was running a saw mill at this site...”

February 2013 The Reporter “All was well until early in the morning of June 24, 1859 when the rotted timbers of the dam let go and the whole body of water poured forth, sweeping everything with it. An eyewitness to the event was George Nelson Goff, son of the Village Mill owner... Speaking of the disaster many years later, he recalled that there had been a prolonged rainfall which filled the mill ponds to overflowing. There was no thought that the Bad Luck dam would give way, though its impaired condition was known.” “Through good fortune someone visiting the dam found that the top boards were washing away and 200 feet of the long structure holding millions of gallons of water was about to let go. An alarm was quickly spread along the river, and everyone was warned in time to escape to safety. Soon after a hole was washed out in the center of the weakened dam and the pent-up water rushed down Bad Luck Brook across County Street into the Palmer River... It cut a wide swath through the wooded country, taking down large trees as easily as a scythe mows grass.” “There were eleven bridges across the streams and every one [of the bridges] was carried away. Also destroyed was the dam at the Batting Mill ... and a portion of the village mill overhanging the stream. By the time the crest of the flood reached Rehoboth Village, it was racing with great velocity. When the surge struck that mill ell, it was crushed like an egg shell. (Tilton’s History of Rehoboth said the machine shop and tools were carried away, and the noise was heard for miles around.)” “The Orleans Mill would have also lost its dam and suffered similar damage, but word of the disaster spread faster than the flood. The gates of the dam were quickly opened which softened the blow. No real damage was done.” If you would like to learn more about the old mills of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, mark your calendar for the Carpenter Museum’s program on Thursday, April 11 called “A Pint, A Pie, & A Play.” Allan McGillivrary of Slater Mill will give a lively talk about what life was like for mill workers in the old days. More information on this event will follow in next month’s Reporter and RAS Newsletter.


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Then... and Now Then and Now Be a Rehoboth History Detective!

By Steve Mendrzychowski, Carpenter Museum Researcher If your memory and research helped you identify January’s historic site as the J.W. Dias Motor Sales on Route 44, you are correct. The car dealership, owned by Joseph W. Dias, was established in 1931 and sold Ford Model A series cars. After World War II, Joseph moved away from selling Fords and began selling Plymouths, DeSotos, International trucks and International appliances. The business stayed open until 1957. It was the first new car dealership in Rehoboth. The Dias family lived in the house to the left of the dealership. Joseph also owned sulky horses that were kept in barns behind the house. The site is the current home of American Forms. Many thanks to Earle Dias, owner of Earle Dias Interiors in Rehoboth, and Wanda Dias Albernaz, Joseph Dias’s granddaughter, for information about this month’s Then and Now historic site. Thank you to all who guessed this month’s business correctly!

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Fitchburg, Mass. - President Robert V. Antonucci of Fitchburg State University has announced the names of area students included on the Dean’s List for the fall semester. A student is placed on the Dean’s List for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the college full time. Fitchburg State University enrolls 7,000 day and evening students in more than 50 programs of study. The university was established in 1894. Attached is a list, broken out by town, of all the students who have earned this status. The names are broken down by town and state; please be mindful of variations of your communities’ names with “North,” “South,” “East” and “West,” which are alphabetized by their geographic prefixes. Students from our area: Rehoboth: John J. Costa & Andrew J. Martel Seekonk: Evan Mendes

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Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769 $15 general, $13 seniors, $6 students and children; cash and checks only; first come, first seated Information: 508-252-5718; Sponsor: BayCoast Bank Arts in the Village Presents Tempus Continuum on February 9 On February 9, the Arts in the Village Concert Series welcomes the Tempus Continuum Ensemble, which is appearing for the first time in the Rehoboth series. Based in New York City, the group will be presenting an all-French program, featuring art songs, instrumental music, and opera scenes from literary classics. Tempus co-founders Anne H. Goldberg, a Rehoboth native, and Corrine Byrne join guest tenor Gennard Lombardozzi in this evening of music by Messiaen, Debussy, Offenbach, and Gounod. Ms. Byrne’s lyric coloratura voice has Hours been heard all over New England and New M•T•T•F York in performances of opera and oratorio 9-5 and premieres of contemporary works. In Wed til 8 New York, she toured the role of Queen of Sat 9-1 the Night in an outreach program of Manhattan School of Music and performed in Mignon Dunn’s Opera Moments workshop as Laurie (The Tender Land), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier).

February 2013 The Reporter Her other stage credits include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Cathleen (Riders to the Sea). Ms. Byrne, who received her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, has been heard as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s L’allegro ed il penseroso, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Ms. Byrne recently appeared with Ensemble Musica Humana in Montreal and is preparing for her debut performance as Ophelia with One World Symphony. Ms. Goldberg, the pianist for this concert, blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer. Her music has been premiered and performed internationally by ensembles such as the Boston New Music Institute, the Novatrio, NeoLit Ensemble, and at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. Ms. Goldberg and her music have most recently been featured at New York’s Symphony Space and Le Poisson Rouge, among others, and her music will be performed at New York’s famed venue The Cell this spring with Tempus. A graduate of Wellesley College and MIT, she received her master’s degree in classical composition from Manhattan School of Music and is now a doctor of musical arts candidate at MSM. Mr. Lombardozzi has performed Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Arturo in Lucia di Lamermoor, and Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Knoxville Opera; Little Bat in Susannah and Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Fargo-Moorhead Opera; Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Nick in La Fanciulla del West, and Goro in Madama Butterfly with Rimrock Opera; and Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Western Plains Opera. He has sung as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Judas Maccabaeus, Haydn’s Creation, and Schubert’s Mass in Eb. He has toured with the Alba Music Festival, performing Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, and recently returned from a tour as a soloist with the American Hollywood Film Orchestra in China. This concert, which is sponsored by BayCoast Bank, will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth, MA. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $6 for students and children, cash and checks only. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. For information, please call 508-252-5718, or go to the AIV’s Web site:  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  

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Our annual Italian Night Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 5 to 7 PM in Woodworth Hall at the Seekonk Congregational Church, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA. The public is invited. Seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended and available at the Church office or by calling 508-336-9355. The Italian ambiance will enhance the luscious flavor of fresh and crisp garden salad, fresh baked bread, spaghetti and homemade meatballs, with Venda’s Sauce, home-baked desserts and beverages. Tickets are $8.00 for adults; $4.00 for children ages 3 through 12. Come and get it! Viva Italian!

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The Tempus Continuum Ensemble performs in the Arts in the Village Concert Series on February 9.

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Community Dance February 10th

*FREE* On Sunday evening, February 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The February 10 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Elliott at or call 508-6695656.

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Tired of cooking dinner night after night? Why not treat your family to delicious food from Papa Gino’s instead? Introducing... Pizza Night to Support the Friends of the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band. Papa Gino*s will donate 20% of the total pre-tax sales from all the guests that come in with this flyer during the fundraiser. Eat in or carry-out, it’s your choice! Second Wednesday of each Month from 4-9PM, February 13th, March 15th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th Papa Gino’s; 294 Winthrop Street (Rt. 44), Taunton, MA, 508-823-8800 *Any guest bringing in a fundraising flyer may not redeem coupons with their order. * This is valid for all dine-in and carry-out orders. (Sorry, not valid on delivery orders).

Community Covenant Church to Sponsor Divorce Care Support Group February 17 through May 20, 2013

Rehoboth, MA – Community Covenant Church will sponsor Divorce Care, a 13-week recovery and support group for divorced and separated persons, beginning Tuesday, February 17th and continuing weekly through May 20th, 2013. The meetings will be held at the church, located at 615 Tremont Street, Rehoboth, MA, from 10:30am-12pm. Each Divorce Care meeting features a video seminar featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery, combined with support group discussion. Topics include: Facing My Anger, Facing My Loneliness, Depression, New Relationships, KidCare, and Forgiveness. The program is designed to help women and men work through the emotional pain of divorce, and encourages participants to implement biblical principles that lead to true healing. There is a $20 registration fee that covers the cost of the workbook. To register, or for more information, visit the church’s Web site at or call (508) 222-9400, ext. 102. Registration is welcome at any time during the 13-week program.

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There will be a Rehoboth holiday contra dance on Friday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Linda Leslie. Music will be performed by the French Roast, with Michelle Kaminsky, Alan Bradbury, and Mark Wholly. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http:// rehoboth.html.

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Rehoboth Call Fire Fighter’s Association 42nd Annual Firemen’s Ball March 23, 2013

It’s that time of year when we as a town show our immense appreciation to the Rehoboth Call Firefighters for their dedication to us and to the safety of our families. The 42nd annual Firemen’s Ball will be held on March 23, 2013, and we would be pleased to place your name or business ad in our souvenir program. We would also be honored to have you attend the ball to show your support and have a fun-filled night with the Department and fellow residents. Remember that the Rehoboth Fire Department is a call department that is staffed by local residents. These residents selflessly give up many hours of their free time to serve our community. These hours are spent performing drills, duty time, fighting fires, assisting the Rehoboth Ambulance, and performing multiple other duties beneficial to the community. As a group, the Call Firefighters Association helps to raise money for these brave firefighters. Some of the money raised is used to help firefighters in need, purchasing items useful to the firefighters, offering a scholarship for future firefighters, purchasing a ball ticket for each member of the Department, and many other things helpful to not only the Department, but also to the community as a whole. The Rehoboth Call Firefighters Association is a not-for-profit organization, and all proceeds go directly to the Association. Be assured that all money donated is well appreciated and is put to good use for the firefighters of our town.

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2013 Palmer River Preschool Screening Attention Parents Of 3 & 4 Year Olds

Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm in the PRES Library. Your input is important to us, and with your help we can make a difference in our schools. We are planning many great family events, and are looking for ideas for a profitable Spring fundraiser for our schools. Sweetheart Dances: -Pre K, K, and 1st Graders - Friday, February 1st -Grades 2, 3, 4 - Friday, February 15th Family Fun at Newman YMCA - Saturday, February 16th 2:305pm Dave and Busters Day for PRES Boys - Sunday, March 3rd Play It Forward Concert - Friday, March 1st Silent Auction at Crestwood Country Club - Friday, March 8th Globetrotter Night - Friday, April 5th Upcoming Meeting Dates : March 6th and April 3rd at 7pm in the PRES Library Special Thanks to Don Bisbano for planning our PBruins family night and Liz Morrell for hosting our Zumba fundraiser which raised $140.00. Jennifer Moitoso Rehoboth PTSA President

The Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District is scheduling preschool screenings for the 2013/2014 school year. The screening process is for students who will turn 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2013 and serves two purposes. First, students will be eligible to enter the lottery for available model spots in the Integrated Preschool Program. Secondly, it identifies students who may be in need of special education services. To schedule an appointment, please call: Rehoboth residents: Celeste Sullivan at 508-252-5137 Dighton residents: Nancy Peixoto at 508-669-4245 ext. 3 Calls will be accepted beginning February 25, 2013 to February 28, 2013 from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm. Screening appointments will take place at Palmer River Elementary School during the week of March 11th to March 14th. Each appointment will take approximately forty five minutes. Please provide the following items at the appointment: proof of residency, original birth certificate and a driver’s license (copies will be made).

Citizens Scholarship Foundation Of Dighton Rehoboth Annual Door To Door Fundraising Campaign To Be Held In March

William Ott, a sixth grade student at Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 17, 2013, and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google. The first runner-up was Hannah MacDonald, an eighth grade student. The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of November 12, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including William, will now take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee April 5, 2013. The National Geographic Society will provide an all expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship round on May 20-22, 2013. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 22, 2013. The William Ott program will air on television.

The Dighton Rehoboth High School Class of 2013 will be participating in the Annual Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) Door to Door Campaign Friday thru Sunday March 8 to 10, 2013. The funds raised by the Class of 2013 are used as general scholarship money to any Senior Class Student who will be continuing their education beyond high school. The more money the students raise the more money they receive in scholarship funds. The financial times of today are very tough for everyone. The CSF Committee request that when a High School Senior comes to your door for a donation to be as generous as you can. Every dollar counts towards educating a Senior Student from Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School. Your contributions to CSF are tax deductible. If you are not home during the time the students will be around Town and would like to danate, you can mail your donation to CSF, P.O. Box 696, Rehoboth, MA 02769. Upon receipt of your donation a receipt will be mailed back to you. The CSF Committee and the Students of the Class of 2013 would like to thank you in advance for your time, patience and contributions. Sincerely, Patrick Gouveia 2013 Chair, Door to Door Campaign Foundation

William Ott, a sixth grade student at Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School wins National Geographic Bee

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Beckwith Middle School News

Math Team

We are pleased to announce that the following students have qualified for the winter 2013 Math Team: Bret Achin, Ben Cross, Vinh Doan, Patrick Fuller, Rose Keating, Grandon Klegraefe, Darren Lynch, Melissa Merriam, Catherine Milner, Megan Moran, Peter Taraian, Cassidy Vincent, Brandon Cannistraro, Joseph Lifrak, and Sarah Guimond. Congratulations to those students! Their first Math Meet is scheduled for January 25 in Somerset.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to Mitchell Brown, winner of our school-level Geography Bee! Mitchell will continue to compete at the state level representing Beckwith Middle School.

Nurse’s Notes

ATTENTION: Parents of 6th graders: Students who will be entering 7th grade for the 2013-2014 school year must have a current physical (done within the previous year) and proof of having received a Tdap (Tetanus) booster and a second Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine prior to starting 7th grade. Without the proper medical documentation, students are subject to exclusion from school per the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Please call your child’s pediatrician to make sure these vaccines are received by then. Physical exam paperwork does not automatically come to the school from the doctor’s office. Parents need to obtain this documentation and send it in to Mrs. Mondor, the school nurse. Any questions, please call Mrs. Mondor, RN at 508-252-5080. Our fax number is 508-252-5082 so that paperwork may be faxed to the school.

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Spirit Week

Spirit Week is scheduled for the first week of March. If your child would like to order a spirit week t-shirt, forms are available in the school store and the main office. The cost is $7.00 and orders must be received by February 13. Stay tuned to the daily announcements for more Spirit Week details.

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Dates to Remember

Jan. 17 Principal’s Coffee Jan. 21 No School- M.L. King Jr. Day Jan. 22 School Committee 7 p.m. Jan. 25 Math Meet in Somerset Jan. 28 Early Release at 11:30 a.m. – no lunches served Jan. 31 Term 2 Report Cards issued Feb. 8 Grade 5 Social Feb. 8 Student Council Dance Feb.18-22 No School – Winter Recess

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Please join us on January 17 at 2:00 p.m. as we continue in our series Adolescents…Is This Really Normal? The focus this session will be Emotions: The Drama of It All and will explore how emotions serve a purpose and identify the emotions of adults and adolescents and the interplay between the two.



Witnesses in the State House

Beckwith fifth grade students Sean O’Brien and Lauren Gouveia went to the Rhode Island State House on December 17 with Ms. Crohan as guests of Representative Jeremiah T. O’Grady to witness the electors cast their ballots for President and Vice President on the floor of the House of Representatives. In November, voters select electors for the Presidential ticket and then in December those electors cast their ballots for the candidates they were chosen to vote for.  Unlike electors in Massachusetts, electors in Rhode Island are not bound by State Law or by party pledge to cast their vote for a specific candidate.  On that day (first Monday after the second Wednesday in December), electors met in every state and Puerto Rico in order to cast separate ballots for President and Vice President.  Each state’s electors’ votes are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the electors. The Certificates of Votes are then sent to the Congress and the National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election. Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct the official tally of electoral votes. The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count

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There are many exciting things happening in the area of Literacy at Palmer River. Many groups of students have recently begun work with teacher teams in an extended day model aimed at helping the children to strengthen their reading. We are proud of the children for dedicating this time to better themselves as readers. Many students are working in small group tutorials while another group has signed on to utilize a digital program in our computer lab. Mindplay Virtual Reading Coach is an innovative program we are piloting with a group to determine how well the students respond to the “virtual tutors”. The web based program additionally lets the students continue their work at home increasing the continuity and opportunity for increased practice. This past week, many of our teachers participated in an evening professional development opportunity with author Margo Southall. Teaming with Dighton teachers, the group worked to learn new classroom strategies to differentiate literacy instruction, create engaging learning centers, and enhance small group instruction. It was a great evening; Margo had a lot to offer and the teachers had a great time preparing new materials for their classrooms.

South Korean Pen Pals

With excitement and anticipation, students in Mrs. Nokes class have been writing letters to students in South Korea. The penpals attend a school in Seongnam Gyeonggi-do, which is about 45 minutes from Seoul. For the next 2 weeks, the children in this classroom, along with Mrs. Klinhammer’s class, will be writing to the Korean 4th and 5th graders. Our liason to the foreign school is Kelsey Nokes; she is one of the English teachers at the boarding school. The children have learned that the Korean students typically attend this school as an enrichment study for a week at a time. However, the group our students are corresponding with will be there for 2 week stay. This gives the students a greater opportunity to converse back and forth. Our students have been learning a lot about their culture, and what school is like in South Korea. They are 14 hours ahead of us, so it is a challenge to get letters back and forth quickly. It will be a memorable learning opportunity and a great way for our students to practice writing with purpose.

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The Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District is scheduling preschool screenings for the 2013/2014 school year. The screening process is for students who will turn 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2013 and serves two purposes. First, students will be eligible to enter the lottery for available model spots in the Integrated Preschool Program. Secondly, it identifies students who may be in need of special education services. To schedule an appointment, please call: Rehoboth residents: Celeste Sullivan at 508-252-5137 Dighton residents: Nancy Peixoto at 508-669-4245 ext. 3 Calls will be accepted beginning February 25, 2013 to February 28, 2013 from 9:30am – 2:00 pm. Screening appointments will take place at Palmer River Elementary School during the week of March 11th to March 14th. Each appointment will take approximately forty five minutes. Please provide the following items at the appointment: proof of residency, original birth certificate and a driver’s license (copies will be made).

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Library Learnings with Ms. Cohen

In grades 1-4, students are continuing lessons focused on using the computer catalog to search for books. The pacing of the lessons varies in each grade level. At this point, even our first grade students have done some searches on their own by using the “Visual Search” feature. You can access the catalog at home by clicking on the image to left...encourage your children to demonstrate their searching skills to you! As the students are becoming more adept at using the library to find books, Ms. Cohen is able to spend more time with those who need some guidance or recommendations. Library volunteers also play a large role in our success! Diligently, they take care of checking books in and out freeing Ms. Cohen to work with the students. Ms. Cohen expounds, “ I am so grateful for the wonderful group of volunteers I currently have in the library; they are key to the success of library classes.” Ms. Cohen welcomes new volunteers, pending a CORI/SORI clearance, on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. If you are interested in becoming a library volunteer, please email her at .

Happy Birthday to…Mozart!

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! This famous classical composer was born on January 27, 1756. In honor of his birthday, students in grade 3 will be starting a unit this month in which they will learn about his life and study and play accompaniments with some of his most famous works, including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Symphony #40, Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Papageno’s song from the opera “The Magic Flute.” Miss Arruda will culminate her unit with a “Mozart’s birthday party” activity, in which students will strengthen their music notation reading skills by playing Happy Birthday on Boomwhackers, and play a party game in which they have to recognize 4 different genres of his works - the opera, the symphony, the string quartet, and the concerto - What fun!

The Amazing Chuck Close

Fourth graders have been working hard on their Chuck Close self portraits. We learned about the artist Chuck Close and his personal struggles with being paralyzed. In honor of his unique artistic style and love for art, students in grade 4 created their own intricate portraits. Below are two fantastic examples by Megan R. and Jairus H. !


Freerice Challenge

From the 21st to the 25th of January students from Grades 1 - 4 will be competing in the Challenge. Freerice. com is a website run by the United Nations World Food Program. Each question a student gets right, ten grains of rice is donated on the students behalf to starving people in third world countries. Classrooms compete against each other and the winner within each grade level will win a prize kindly donated by Confectionery Designs in Newport - Yum! (A big thank you to Marie and Mark Soliday!). continued on next page...

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Students in Mrs Deschenes first grade classroom continue to keep in touch with Master of Arms, Tim Deschenes. The children were excited to have a visit from Tim to the classroom last month. After his return from Guam he was deployed on another ship (to a mystery location). In anticipation of his next return, the children have letters waiting for him. The class has done a terrific job locating where he has traveled on the class world map. They have been plotting and labeling since September. Mrs. Deschenes has used this experience to teach the students how to write a friendly letter, as well as sentence structure. (It is also a great way to stay connected with her son!)

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Just a friendly reminder that it is never too late to apply for free or reduced lunch for your children. We recognize that these challenging fiscal times can often thrust us into unpredicted financial circumstances. We would like to extend this small form of support if your family is experiencing financial hardship. You may pick up an application form at the Palmer River Office or request one from our DRRSD central office. All information is protected and kept confidential.


Don’t schedule that vacation without checking these dates. Your third or fourth grader needs to be in attendance for this year’s MCAS testing. Both third and fourth graders will test for two sessions of reading, and two sessions of Math. Fourth graders will additionally take a long composition test. We are excited for the opportunity for our students to demonstrate all that they have learned. Do save those dates! We need the students here to do our very best as a school. Grade 4 Long Composition March19th Grade 3 Reading 1 March 20th Grade 3 Reading 2 March 21st Grade 4 Reading 1 March 25th Reading 2 March 26th Grade 4 Long Composition Make-up March 28th The Mathematics tests will be given between the dates of May 6th-May 21st. Actual testing dates will be determined closer to the testing window. If you have specific questions, feel free to contact me,, and I will do my best to help!

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What’s Been Happening at Seekonk High School? From Marcia McGovern, Principal

Thanks to the efforts of our students, we mailed a box of handmade snowflakes to the Connecticut Parent/Teacher group in early January that will be used to decorate the new school that the students of Sandy Hook Elementary will be attending. Looking for something fun to do? Come and watch one of our many athletic teams compete. Please check for our complete schedule. Students took two-hour mid-semester exams during the week of January 22nd. The second semester began on January 29th. It is difficult to believe that the first half of the year has flown by so quickly. February events include: Saturday, February 2 – Winter Ball @ Venus DeMilo from 6:3010:00 PM Tuesday, February 5 – School Council at 6 PM in the library Winter Break – February 18-22 Tuesday, February 27 – Parents’ Advisory Committee @ 6 PM in the library

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This year our Massachusetts Art All-State nominees are Taylor Rosenholm and Lindsay Gomes. The Massachusetts Art All-State will be held at The Worcester Art Museum from May 24 - 25th. Selection to this prestigious event is determined by teacher recommendation, student portfolio, and a written application with an essay, as well as an interview.

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Students in the Introduction to Marketing class had the opportunity to visit the THE HALL at Patriot Place in January. The students presented solutions to marketing problems for the Revolution professional soccer team, Patriot Place, and THE HALL to the members of the Patriots staff. The students received feedback and critiques on their presentations from the professionals along with a discussion of marketing -related careers. continued on next page...

Cayla DiSano and Jon Beauregard participated in an end of the semester performance for Mrs. Hellmold’s Modern Drama class by performing some scenes from Ibsen’s A Doll’s House after-school on Thursday, Jan. 17th. They were joined in some improvisational fun by many alumni from past Modern Drama classes.


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More than 80 parents and students attended our annual Financial Aid Night on January 10, 2013. Those unable to attend the presentation can access information on the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority’s web site at Parents were reminded that most colleges would like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), completed by February 1st. Check to see when the form is due at the colleges where your child is applying. The website to apply is Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Whatley, our Guidance Director, ten graduates from the class of 2012 come back to speak to senior advisories about their first semester of college. They also shared information with the guidance department about their first semester at college. They felt academically prepared for the course work especially those who had taken Advanced Placement courses. The high school hopes to add more Advanced Placement courses in the next three years. Members of the Guidance Advisory Committee met on January 17, 2013. Grade 8 parents were invited to join the group as they discussed GPA, SATs, ACTs, College prep course work etc.

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Each month the library designates one week for Drop Everything And Read (DEAR). During the first 10 minutes of each day that week, students and teachers are invited to start off the day with a good book or magazine. Every participating reader is eligible to win a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift card! The January winners were Destiny Welshmen (10th grade) and Mrs. Eryn Capizzo (staff winner). The next DEAR week is from February 4-8.

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Art students at SHS were visited by Lisa Saulnier from The Art Institute on Wed. January 2, 2013. She highlighted some of possibilities available for those interested careers in art.

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Music Department

Congratulations go out to four of our band students who participated in the MMEA Southeastern All-District Festival at the Cape Cod Performing Arts Center in Hyannis in January. Selected to the All District Band this year were sophomore Pat Gregorek (tuba) and senior Brandi Poirier (French horn), Senior Isaiah Wooden has been selected to sing with the chorus. Senior Victoria Luizzi performed with the All District Symphony Orchestra as the #1 French horn player in the District. Victoria was also selected to the Massachusetts All-State Festival and will be performing with the Band in Boston’s Symphony Hall in March.

Science Department

Students in AP Biology tested “Class Pager” in conjunction with an in class case study involving genetics. “Class Pager” allows the class to respond to questions using their cell phones. The class can then see a graph of their responses for discussion on the screen. Meanwhile, students in Biotech are busy processing evidence from their crime scene. They are running DNA fingerprints, performing blood type analysis, comparing hair, fiber and dirt samples. Finally, a group of 20 students attended “Biotech Futures” on Friday, January 11th at Bridgewater University. “Biotech Futures” is a full day event sponsored by the Mass BioEd Foundation. Students had the opportunity to participate in two Biotechnology lab experiences and listen to two speakers from area companies: David Lichter from Millenium and Kenneth Oliver, PhD from Merrimack Pharmaceuticals.

Television Production

Attention parents of the Class of 2011: The 2013 Video Yearbook Class needs your help. We are looking for footage from elementary school and middle school (plays, graduations, field trips, or any other school event) to be included in the “Old School” section of the video yearbook. If you have any footage that you wouldn’t mind sharing, please drop it off in the main office. Label it: Attention Video Yearbook Class. Please include your name and phone number so we can return it to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Video Yearbook, Advisor Mr. Moran at

Social Studies Department

Junior Amy Whitelaw has been elected as a Delegate and senior Brendan Mullen has been elected as an Alternate to represent Seekonk High School at the 2013 Massachusetts Student Government Day at the Statehouse in Boston. This program encourages students from Massachusetts high schools to learn about the structure of state government, to become engaged citizens, and to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities that we share in a democracy. Students will assemble at the State House on Friday April.

Bay View Academy Robotics Team Remains Award Winning

Earns “Innovative Solution” Award at the Rhode Island First® Lego® Legue (RIFLL) Competition

East Providence, RI - The Bay View Academy Middle School robotics team, S.M.A.R.T., (St. Mary Academy Robotics Team), once again took home an award at the Rhode Island FIRST® LEGO® League (RIFLL) competition. This year’s competition, the 12th for the RIFLL, was themed Senior Solutions and tasked participants with “improving the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities,” according to FIRST® LEGO® League website, Bay View’s team of seven girls in grades five and six took home the award for “Innovative Solution,” which recognizes the team whose solution is exceptionally well-considered and creative and has good potential to solve the problem researched. S.M.A.R.T.’s solution was a senior-friendly dishwasher with a bottom rack that rises up so that the elderly do not have to bend over to load and unload the dishwasher. Competition was particularly fierce this year as the number of teams participating state wide has grown so much that, for the first time ever, a qualifying round had to be held in three locations throughout the state.  Bay View Academy hosted one of these qualifying rounds on December 2nd and won the Core Values award and a spot in the Rhode Island State competition. Only the top 40 teams culled from the qualifying round progressed to the state championship, held this past Saturday at Roger Williams University. Though Bay View’s team is young, with most girls in sixth grade in a competition that welcomes students up to eighth grade, their design for the senior-friendly dish washer has already secured a provisional patent and will continue onto the FIRST® LEGO® League’s Global Innovation Contest, a voting based offshoot competition that welcomes teams who participated in FIRST® LEGO® League to continue their research.  The goal of the S.M.A.R.T girls is to secure a full patent, at which time they will be able to contact dishwasher companies with their idea. Robotics, the centerpiece of FIRST® LEGO® League, is taught at Bay View beginning in grade three.  Students who choose to participate in S. M. A. R. T. spend hours on campus after school, three to four days a week, prepping for the RIFLL competition. S.M.A.R.T. coaches, Bay View Academy teachers, Linda Grasso (Exeter, RI) and Erica Cross (North Providence, RI), will continue working with the girls to help them achieve their goal of securing a full-patent.

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Bay View Academy Students Honored By Visit From Emmy Award Winning Broadcaster, Susan Hogan

East Providence, RI - Bay View Academy Upper School students were treated to a visit by reporter, Susan Hogan (Cumberland, RI) on Wednesday, January 16th. Hogan, the Emmy award winning “Call 12 for Action,” problem solving reporter, spent approximately 40 minutes talking to Bay View’s Upper School students about her career, the opportunities of working in the media, and her own experience with an all-girls education. Hogan explained that she, too, attended an all-girls, Catholic high school in Hingham, MA (Notre Dame Academy) before going onto Syracuse University, where she graduated with a degree in Consumer Studies and a desire to become an investigative reporter. Her path to reporting was unconventional, since she didn’t take any television or journalism classes while at Syracuse. Hogan used this point to stress to her Bay View audience that sometimes what it takes is a belief in yourself and sheer determination. You’ll have a lot of obstacles and people saying, ‘You can’t do that! That’s not the process!’ Well you know what? Sometimes you have to go around the process…it all comes down to determination and what you put into it…you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be, but it’s up to you to get there.” The students were particularly captivated when Hogan explained the importance of being confident and assertive in their lives--reminding them that confidence and assertiveness are not the same as rudeness. She also stressed the importance of having a positive self-image, explaining that though television is a very visual medium and there are definite demands on physical appearance, what’s most important is that “you’re confident with what you look like.” She added, “When you look in the mirror, if you’re happy with you; that is the ultimate goal.” After Hogan’s presentation she opened the floor for questions. Senior Maggie Dunleavy from Cranston, RI, enthusiastically volunteered with the first student question. She asked, “Being a woman and having grown up in the industry, have you encountered any challenges, any discrimination?” Hogan laughed and responded “Being a woman AND being blond!” She acknowledged that she is conscious of the fact that at most press conferences she is one of the only women in the crowd and therefore always pushes to “set the tone” by trying to ask the first question. “All I know is that I found my niche and I like what I do. I look at them (men) as equals. I hope they feel the same.” Hogan also fielded questions about what it’s like to win an Emmy, how she thinks women are faring in management positions within the industry, what other broadcasting jobs there are outside of being a reporter, and even what celebrities she has met.  Bay View parent, Dave Layman, former news anchor, corporate communications consultant and owner of Layman Communications in North Kingstown, RI, facilitated Hogan’s visit by reaching out to former news colleagues for a female broadcaster willing to address an audience of young women. Hogan graciously accepted.  When asked why she agreed to give of her time and come speak at Bay View Academy, she said it was because the students are at an age where “there is so much ahead of them. I hope to try to make an impact on these young women.  If they take away even one thing I said, then I feel I’ve made that impact.”

St. Mary Academy-Bay View is an independent Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, located in East Providence, Rhode Island. In existence since 1874, Bay View endeavors to provide a quality education preparing girls and young women for the challenges of the global community. St. Mary Academy–Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mobley Family Chiropractic Addresses Fibromyalgia

Mobley Family Chiropractic is putting the spotlight on Fibromyalgia during the months of February and March. Fibromyalgia quite often has a cervical or neck component as part of the cause and symptom “syndrome”. The type and location of neck problems of each individual correlates closely with the associated Fibromyalgia symptoms because of the neurological and musculoskeletal connections. Chiropractors are amongst the best at managing the different aspects of neuromechanical pain syndromes and multiple symptom syndromes such as Fibromyalgia. Dr. Mobley has extensive knowledge and training regarding the neck, specifically the upper neck, and she has had great results with and plenty of experience with Fibromyalgia patients. Those who have been diagnosed or suspect they have Fibromyalgia will want to attend the free discussion classes starting on February 14th. The 4 week series of discussion classes will be held on Thursday’s at 11:30 a.m. and/or 5 p.m. beginning February 14th. Classes will be held on Thursday’s from 2/14 - 3/7/13. They are open to the public, free of charge, and are designed as standalone classes, you do not need to start with the first or attend them all. The classes will be led by Dr. Mark Czerniak and will include a general question and answer period as well. The classes will cover fibromyalgia symptoms and treatments, nutrition, basic stretching, the role of stress management, headaches, appropriate supplementation and why fibromyalgia responds so well to chiropractic treatment. Other topics will be discussed as needed to address the whole health of the participants. You do not need to be a patient in the office, or have any desire to become a patient in the office. All are welcome to attend. Mobley Family Chiropractic has extensive training and experience on basic nutrition and supplementation and takes the time to educate patients on what they need. Dr. Czerniak loves to assess daily nutritional intake, nutritional defiencies and any associated symptoms. Top-of-the line supplements, both basic and more advanced, are available and the essential fatty acids, probiotics and multi-vitamin products are all based on the latest research findings and have been third party tested for their purity and potency. Not only that, they are very price competitive and well worth the money and results achieved. “These are life changing supplements,” says Ellen O, a patient who relies on the high quality products. Although mobility is one of the first things needed when addressing musculoskeletal symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, stability is also needed. Both doctors are well trained to provide treatment and offer advice and training on natural forms of physical healing and rehabilitation. Gentle and low-force stretching and stability training will be demonstrated during the class times to release some of the long held musculoskeletal patterns and increase neurological communication. The specific nutritional needs of the Fibromyalgia patient will be discussed in the class, and information will be provided to help you make better decisions regarding your health. Dr. Belinda Mobley and Dr. Mark Czerniak co-treat all patients and use gentle full spine treatment, however Dr. Mobley is a certified upper cervical specialist, specializing in conditions such as headaches, migraines, vertigo, neck pain, fibromyalgia and arm pain. She primarily uses a low-force instrument to provide specific, gentle adjustments. There is a strong connection between Fibromyalgia symptoms and upper cervical fixation syndromes. Dr. Czerniak specializes in thoracic, lumbar and pelvic complaints such as low back pain, sciatica, leg pain with numbness and weak-

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Providence, R.I., (January 28, 2013) - It’s Girl Scout cookie time again! Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. (GSRI) have been taking orders for cookies since early January, and now the wait is over. Over 55,000 cases of cookies were delivered to the Paul Arpin Van Lines storage warehouses in West Warwick, RI last week. Since Friday, Girl Scouts and adult volunteers have been picking up boxes to deliver to thousands of Southern New Englanders who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their favorite seasonal treat. In addition to Thin Mints – the most popular Girl Scout cookie – and Peanut Butter Patties, Girl Scouts in Rhode Island , southeastern Massachusetts and Pawcatuck, CT will be selling Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades and a new tropical variety to try – Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™. These crunchy vanilla and coconut crispy cookies, combined with mango-flavored crème, are a tasty treat with major nutrients and vitamins. Although the initial ordering period is over, local Girl Scouts will continue to sell cookies, still an affordable luxury at $4.00 a box, at booth sales through the end of March. This year, troops are competing for the coveted “Cookie Cup Trophy” by “blinging out their booths” - attracting customers attention with creative decorations. To find a cookie sale near you, visit the organization’s website at Girl Scout Cookie program activities help girls develop financial, leadership and life skills. Girls make their own decisions about the cookie sale – they set sales goals, create marketing plans, and decide how to spend the proceeds within their troops. Troops use their proceeds for trips, events and have the option to vote on donating a portion of their proceeds to a community service project. The beneficiary of this years’ Cookie Sale Community Service Project is the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund,

which provides emotional, recreational, educational and financial support to children and families living in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts impacted by congenital heart defects, heart disease and severe feeding issues. To learn more about the Fund, visit The remaining proceeds from the sale remain in our local area and provide support for recruitment and training of volunteer leaders, outdoor programs and troop camping, camp and property maintenance, and educational programs.

Rehoboth & Seekonk Girl Scout Update

Our local Girl Scouts have been very busy this year! We have had a Costume Party, a Lock In Overnight Party at the Newman YMCA, our Leader/Daughter Pot Luck, and most importantly: we have collected hundreds of toys and canned goods for our local pantries! This month you will see Girl Scouts selling our famously delicious Girl Scout Cookies! We will be having Booth Sales around town too. See below for our Troops’ locations to buy your favorite cookie… maybe a box of Thin Mints or perhaps some Caramel deLites! In January we will be having our annual Cake Decorating Contest. See your leader for details and this year’s theme. It will be on Friday, January 25th and registration begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria at Palmer River Elementary School. All registered Girl Scouts are welcomed! In February we will be having a ‘Girl’s Night Out Bingo’. Junior Troop 460 is hosting this event on Febuary 15th from 6:30-8:00 in the Seekonk Congregational Church Hall. For details see your leader. They will be collecting items for Save the Bay. The troop is working on their Bronze Award and will be participating in a cleanup this Spring! All girls are encouraged to come and help Save the Bay & have fun too! In May we will be having our Community Camp Out at Camp Hoffman! All Troops are encouraged to participate in this exciting weekend. It will be May 10-12 and you must register by February 22.

Rehoboth& Seekonk Girl Scouts Cookie Booth Sales: Saturday February 9th Sam’s Club Fall River Avenue Troop 707 9 am to 1 pm Troop 405 1 pm to 5 pm Rehoboth Transfer Station Troop 483 10 am to 2 pm

Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, 2013 Honorary Cookie Chair, joins local Girl Scouts at the Paul Arpin Van Lines storage warehouses in West Warwick, RI, where more than 55,000 cases are being distributed this week to Girl Scouts and adult Girl Scout volunteers.

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Brownie Troop 750 visits Dental Office

Rehoboth Brownie Troop 750 visited the dental office of Dr Lisa Daft to learn about good dental health. The Brownies toured the office, learned the importance of brushing twice a day, discussed healthy eating habits, and received a gift bag with a toothbrush and other dental hygiene goodies. The troop is working on the “My Best Self” Badge. The girls had a great time and learned how easy it is to take good care of their teeth!

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On November 10th, a group of scouts from Troop 1 Seekonk headed down to Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, RI. They had one goal in mind, to gain valuable backpacking and hiking skills. Backpacking is a very tough activity, it is an essential skill to be able to backpack in order to be a well-rounded scout. The hike that was planned out was not as difficult or as long as most backpacking hikes, but it was still a challenging hike that would help scouts get introduced to the activity. The main part of the trip was to hike around Yawgoog pond, approximately 3.2 miles. The terrain was mostly flat to make it easier on the scouts. The hike provides beautiful vistas and serene areas. Scouts slept at another lake, called Hidden Pond. They ate a mixture of corn, potatoes, and chicken, followed by a desert of Jello. They drank filtered pond water. The packs they were carrying were about 30 pounds, a little lighter than your average weekend pack. Some activities they participated in after arriving at camp were geocaching and exploring the Dinosaur Caves. Overall, it was a great trip, and many skills were learned. If you or someone you know is interested in joining scouts visit us at and follow the link for contacts or at the American Legion Rt. 114A Seekonk on Tuesday’s at 7 pm on School nights.

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The Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk Falcons have clinched a playoff berth already, with a 10-3 record thus far, insuring at worst a .500 finish. They are a long shot to win the South Coast Conference due to a pair of losses to league foe Bourne, but more wins would improve their seed in the state tournament. The team continues to fire on all cylinders. Casey Escobar stands out on the defensive end, protecting his blueline and posing a constant threat to join the rush. For much of the season, Tyler Poland was singularly the best forward for the Falcons, but Joey Given has rejoined the mix to put that distinction in jeopardy. Poland, Given and Brandon Botelho are moving the puck well at the top of the depth chart, and the goals continue to pour in. In net, the Falcons have some uncertainty, but unlike most goaltending controversies, this appears to be a good one. Head coach Ryan Cordeiro said after a recent win over Apponequet, “No right now I don’t have a number one goalie.” But his team is riding high at 10-3 and allowing just over a goal per game. Senior captain Jake Roy and sophomore Jake Robitaille have been battling back and forth with solid performances. The coach recently said he would lean towards Roy if the playoffs started tomorrow, but the two will continue to compete for the job down the stretch.

Playoffs or no playoffs, there have been a few accomplishments to celebrate this winter. DR managed to take the Wareham Vikings to overtime in their latest meeting, after Wareham delivered a 35-point blowout in the first contest (which is the norm this season, as a powerhouse Wareham team rips through the league). Also in the celebratory category, SCC All-star and DR tri-captain Walsh joined the 1,000-point club in January. He became the 8th man to reach the prestigious milestone in school history. Walsh will likely be selected a first-team Conference All-star again this season, regardless of the Falcons’ success down the stretch.

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The Lady Falcons are 6-2-1 on the season, currently putting them third in the South Coast Conference. Coach Deven Antani said of his team, “We are healing up and gearing up for the Conference Championship in a couple weeks.” The team is also likely to send at least a few runners to the Division III Championships later in February.


The Lady Falcons have been eliminated from postseason play as they sit at 2-12 on the season. Jon Pacheco’s cagers do have something to look forward to despite their poor performance in the win/loss column this season. The Falcons are a young team overall, and their scoring attack is led by freshman Kylie D’Ambrosio (9.6 PPG). Hopefully, continued improvement from young players like D’Ambrosio will lead to contending DR teams in the near future. On the boys’ side, Bill Cuthbertson’s squad is 7-6 with a 6-5 mark in the South Coast Conference. The Falcons will need three additional wins down the stretch, and Cuthbertson admits, “It will not be easy.” They have matchups still to play with Bourne and Greater New Bedford Voc. Tech., teams they fell to the first time through the conference schedule. But the Falcons are a team to be reckoned with, following top scorer Ryan Walsh. Behind him, the Falcons boast a very balanced scoring attack, with five players averaging at least six points per game.

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As for the boys, their regular season has ended with a 6-3 mark, 4th place in the conference. Fans will recall that the Falcons were in a hole early this season when they lost their first two meets on the first day of the season. The 6-1 recovery has the group riding high the rest of the way. Antani says the boys have similar expectations to those of their female counterparts. A victory at the South Coast Conference Championship meet is not out of the question, although Old Rochester Regional and rival Seekonk would both be favored over the Falcons. There will also be at least a handful of Falcons at the Division III Championships next month, including senior captain Colton Silva, who broke the Dighton-Rehoboth record in the 600 meters in late January.

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Seekonk Sports Roundup By Jim Chandley


Boys’ basketball has officially been eliminated from postseason play, having already lost 11 of their 20 contests. Daniel Silva has continued to score at a high level, but Seekonk’s lack of size and depth has made wins harder and harder to find. Even worse for Warrior fans is the fact that there is still no height on the horizon. Aside from Silva, the team is very young, and will return a number of serviceable players who lack the size to compete in the South Coast Conference. At this point, last year’s 8-11 mark looks like a distant dream. Without a tournament appearance this February, it will be three years since coach Joe Reddington’s bunch have made the playoffs. Speculation abounds that the coach’s seat may grow hot as the season draws to a close. If the world of boys’ basketball in Seekonk is scary right now, the world of girls’ basketball is downright apocalyptic. At 0-12, the Lady Warriors have been eliminated from contention for over a week, and of course are still looking to notch their first win. The team is coming off a 1-16 campaign last season, contributing to a hurting program that is over three years removed from its last winning season.

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The boys have wrapped up their regular season, and finished a very close second to Old Rochester Regional in the South Coast Conference. But the real title will be awarded on February 9th at the Conference Championship meet, where coach Matt McCartin thinks his group will have a very real chance. “It was a great meet. It came down to the relays, and Old Rochester just pulled it out. So yes, we’re a threat,” said the coach, thinking back to his team’s narrow loss to ORR earlier this year. The Warriors certainly hope to take their conference title, but will also factor into the Division IV State Championships later this month. “We have multiple qualifiers in multiple events,” said McCartin, who says that his team may challenge for that state title if things go their way. Key to any such success will be the performance of senior thrower Nate Robitaille. In addition to eyeing division I colleges for his throwing prowess, Robitaille has also left a mark on Seekonk’s record books. At January’s Elite Meet (a kind of track and field all-star game), Robitaille threw the shotput 55’ 5 ½”, a personal best and good for the second longest throw in Seekonk’s history behind Jeff Chakouian (Class of 2000).

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On the girls’ side, things are less optimistic for Seekonk. A losing streak to close out the season leaves the Lady Warriors at 3-5, in the middle of the pack in the South Coast Conference. McCartin says Seekonk will likely finish behind Old Rochester Regional in the Conference Championships. “Realistically, I don’t know if anybody could come close to touching Old Rochester. It’s there to lose, but I don’t think they will,” the coach said.


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News And Notes From Blanding Library by Leslie Patterson

Food For Fines

The Blanding will be offering a “Food For Fines” amnesty program in the month of February. Patrons with overdue fines will have the fines forgiven when they bring in non-perishable food for the Rehoboth Food Pantry. For every item of non-perishable food you bring in to the library you will be forgiven up to $5 in overdue fines (that is, 2 items for up to $10; 3 for $15 and so forth). We know we can count on your generosity in helping the Food Bank. Items especially needed are cereal, tuna, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti. The library is happy to accept food pantry donations at any time but this fine amnesty will only take place in February.

Think Spring: Gardening Talk Feb. 19

Barbara Link of Rehoboth’s Agraria Farm will speak at the library on Tues. Feb 19 at 7 pm on the importance of saving seeds. Barbara says, “There is a great movement afoot to begin community based and regional seed libraries. Is this something Rehoboth should do? Come, get informed, brainstorm, enjoy some light refreshments, and bring your seeds!” Barbara is an avid seed collector, small organic farmer, and regular library user.

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The Blanding is pleased to announce a four-session course in basic American Sign Language. It will be held on these Wednesdays: Feb. 27, March 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Teaching the course will be Tim Green, who is the son of deaf parents and a National Certified ASL Interpreter and teacher. The course is free but pre-registration is encouraged. The student will learn finger-spelling, numbers, time indicators, and a sign vocabulary that will concentrate on personal information. Persons signing up will also receive a free workbook for this course.

A Trek in Nepal: Talk on March 14

We are pleased to present Hollis Burkhart, Rehoboth resident and vice president of The Friends of the Blanding Library, who will give an illustrated talk about her recent trek in Nepal and her plans to help the schoolchildren she met there. We hope you will join us for this very interesting evening on Thurs. March 14 at 7 pm at the library.

Book Sale Set for Next Fall

This year the annual used book sale will return to being held on a fall weekend, at a date to be announced soon. We thank our volunteers for all their hard work, especially Sharon Beskid, Avis Prior and Lisa Reigel. You may still bring in your used book donations (in good condition) any time, but during library hours only please.

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The current series of story hours and tot times will continue up through Feb. 14. A new series will begin on Feb. 26 and continue up until the April school vacation. Family Business for 87 years The series features a Tot Time, for children under 3, from 14 Jones Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, and for children aged 3 #722-4174 Lic # 7657 to kindergarten, there are two story and craft hour sessions: on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. or Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. Children must be registered in advance. Please call 508-252-4236. The Blanding Library ( is located at 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, 508-252-4236. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 508-336-6610 a.m. to 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday 508-336-5334 from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays. The Blanding Library will be Fax 336-2510 32 Industrial Court, Seekonk closed for Presidents’ Day on Mon. Feb. 18. (across from Seekonk Speedway) Special thanks to the Rehoboth Cultural Council for awarding the Blanding a $550 FREE ESTIMATES • Fiberglass Work • Towing grant to be used for an institutional membership at the New England Aquarium. This is With Our New 60 Foot Spray Booth just one of several great passes available to We are able to repair... our library-card holders through the Blanding Library. Come in and see what your AUTOMOBILES • DUMP TRUCKS • HEAVY EQUIPMENT library has to offer.

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Seekonk Public Library Dollars & Sense program Offers a Special Couples Event at 1149 Bar & Grille Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm

Seekonk- Valentine’s Day is coming early for people who want to improve their financial outlook in 2013. Seekonk Public Library’s Dollars & Sense program will host an appetizer and dessert event on Thursday, February 7that 6:30 pm at 1149 Bar & Grille at 965 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. Some couples never get around to having“ the talk.” This can have both short and long-term disastrous consequences for a relationship. Whether you have been together forever or are just starting the journey of an economic partnership, it is essential to communicate your goals and actions to ensure your success. This is true for any relationship including budget buddies, romantic couples, and others sharing the responsibilities of household finances. We will have something for everyone this evening. Julie Bernick, Regional Director of Education and and Community Relations for Money Management International of Massachusetts will lead the discussion and share how financial partners can achieve more by making small changes now for huge benefits later. Guests will be entered into a grand prize drawing to be held at the end of the event. Like all Dollars& Sense events, this will be a non-sales, promotion-free environment. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. You can reserve your tickets at the Seekonk Public Library. Registrations begin December 1st and tickets will be available for pickup on January 1st. All tickets must be picked up at the library by January 31st. Dollars & Sense is made possible by a grant from the Smart investing@your library® program. Smart investing@your library® is a partnership between the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program supports public libraries across the country in their efforts to meet financial education needs at the local level. For more information: Contact: or (508) 336-8230 ext. 130

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Do you have a true local ghost story which you’d like to share? The editors at Rock Village Publishing are still seeking stories for a forthcoming book about hauntings, ghastly deeds, or weird goings on in Carver, Wareham, Middleborough, Lakeville, and surrounding towns, and have extended their deadline to April 30. You may submit your story either by regular mail or by e-mail. Be sure to include your address and phone number. Your story may be of any length. (Don’t worry about spelling or grammar; the editors will make it perfect!) Please state whether photographs are available but do not include them with your submission. All Your Concrete Needs! If your story is accepted, you will be notified, Concrete Stamping and you will receive a copy of the book when Sidewalks it is published later this year. Patio's / Porches Mail your story to Rock Village PublishJacuzzi Pads ing, 41 Walnut Street, Middleborough MA Steps 02346. Do not send originals (copies only). No stories will be returned. Or e-mail your story to; enter “Ghost” in subject line of e-mail.

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Join us for our Traditional Vacation camp, this camp promotes hands on learning, creativity, problem solving, personal development and skill development through swimming, sports, science experiments, LEGO’s, arts & crafts and more. Trailblazer Camp offers children with a wide variety of developmental and physical delays the benefit of this social skills program. Participants must be able to succeed in a group setting with a child to staff ratio of 5:1. Adventure Camp is back, some of our planned activities include, Lazer Gate, Rock Climbing and Snow Tubing. Space is limited, sign

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Our new Sports Medley program provides fun physical activity through a variety of organized sports. Our new Track Program offers youth the opportunity to increase speed and agility. Speed is learned through technique and trained through drills, resistance, and running fast. For more information contact Jake at jnorthup@


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Ages 5-10, Tuesdays 6:00pm Ages 11-Teen, Thursdays 6:00pm All children including those with a wide variety of development and physical delays will greatly benefit from this integrated exercise program focused on healthy living and social engagement. For more information contact Karen Rebello, Inclusion Coordinator at .


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Attleboro Arts Museum Children’s Book Illustration Festival

Featuring a presentation by Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Saturday, March 9, 2013; 2pm – 4:30pm Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703


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Donation: • Ages 4 years and under: Free • Ages 5-18 years & seniors: $6 each for Museum members; $8 for non-members • Adults: $10 each for Museum members; $12 for non-members To order: 508-222-2644 x10. All major credit cards accepted. Guests 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times by an adult over 21. All ticket fees serve as donations to support children’s art classes at the Museum. Attleboro, MA – January 8, 2013: The Attleboro Arts Museum is pleased to present a Children’s Book Illustration Festival to be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery. The Festival, held from 2 - 4:30pm, will feature a keynote presentation and book signing by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Children and families will also enjoy readings and book signings from Cathren Housley, illustrator of Winston the Water Dog and The Christmas Cats; Joan Klatil Creamer, author and illustrator of The Magic Scepter series, and Abby Rovaldi, author and illustrator of Tales of Mythical Beasts. Between talks, young guests can participate in bookmaking crafts and hands-on creative projects sponsored by the Museum. The Festival is a fundraising event that will generate dollars to support the Museum’s children’s art classes. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now. Space is limited. Keynote Speaker Jeff Kinney Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 85 million copies in print in more than 40 countries around the world. Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers onto books and he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Jeff spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C. area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Her fourth book, The Christmas Cats, by Nancy K. Wallace, was released in Sept, 2011 by Pelican Publishing. Cathren is currently illustrating a new book series, The Adventures of Rubi Star, which she co-wrote with Stacy Rubinowitz. Look for a release in Spring of 2013! Abby Rovaldi holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA. She is an active visual artist, and is the author and illustrator of a children’s book entitled, Tales of Mythical Beasts. Abby serves as Programs Coordinator and a frequent teacher of children’s art classes at the Attleboro Arts Museum. The talented youngsters that she instructs at the Museum inspired Tales of Mythical Beasts. “The Museum’s Children’s Book Illustration Festival is a celebration of the joys of reading and visual art,” comments Mim Brooks Fawcett, the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Executive Director. Fawcett continues, “We look forward to welcoming young readers and their families and having them interact with our talented presenters in the Museum setting.” Festival Community Partners: Attleboro Public Library, The Literacy Center and Ugly Dog Books of Attleboro, MA. Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Call 508-222-2644 x11 to learn how you or your business can support this event. The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the visual arts through diverse educational programs and engaging arts experiences. We work to support the creative and artistic development of both promising and professional artists. The Museum is a privately supported, non-profit arts institution whose core commitment to Arts for Everyone guides the Museum’s programs and operations. www.attleboroartsmuseum. org

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Joan Klatil Creamer has had several careers and garnered many honors. After attending The Cleveland Institute of Art, she became General Motors’ first female automobile exterior designer. Upon leaving the automotive industry, she worked for General Electric. After that, Joan started her own freelance business, serving clients such as Waterford, Lenox, Things Remembered and other giftware companies. Joan’s new venture of writing and illustrating children’s books called “The Magic Sceptre” includes: The Legend of Blue Santa Claus, Reginald the Rabbit, Beeula the Witch, and Teena the Tiny Tooth Fairy. CeCie’s Birthday Story will be Joan’s 5th book to be published. Joan resides in RI and, at the request of many children, is currently working on a book that explains the origin of “The Magic Sceptre.” Cathren Housley, a native of Buffalo, NY, moved to Providence to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. Over the years, her career has included the roles of: illustrator, product designer, sculptor, puppeteer, TV and film actress, award winning producer, rock musician, installation artist, teacher and writer. Winston The Water Dog, her third children’s book, won a Mom’s Choice Award.

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2012 Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit at Buttonwood Park Zoo

Twenty-nine winners of the 2012 Massachusetts Junior Duck Stamp Contest are being exhibited at the Buttonwood Park Zoo from January 8 through February 15, 2013. The artwork featuring native ducks, geese and swans was created by Massachusetts students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The exhibit is located in the hallway of the Zoo’s Education Center and is free with zoo admission. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest began in 1989 as a way to connect children with nature through science and art. The contest grew into a national program in 1994. Each state holds an annual contest that culminates in one state entry sent to the national contest. Each year, the national winner is reproduced as a stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the $5 stamp go towards youth conservation education. The Junior Duck stamp can be purchased through some post offices, the Amplex Corporation and at many National Wildlife Refuges. Zoo Director Keith Lovett said, “We are excited to once again partner with MassWildlife and recognize the hard work of these Massachusetts students. The Junior Duck Stamp Artwork program creates a great opportunity for schools, homeschoolers and families to encourage their children to participate in art programs while fostering more appreciation about the fauna of the region.” Students interested in entering the 2013 Junior Duck Stamp Contest have until March 15, 2013 to submit their entry to the Massachusetts state coordinator, Pam Landry at MassWildlife. For an application and entry details, please visit the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service website at or MassWildlife at About Buttonwood Park Zoo & Buttonwood Park Zoological Society: The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society (BPZS), a private, non-profit organization, was founded in 1969 to support the Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ) so that the Zoo will be a significant contributor to the conservation of nature both at home and throughout the world. Buttonwood Park Zoo (BPZ) features over 250 animals and 30 exhibits, including elephants, bison, mountain lions, bears, eagles, seals, otters, and farm animals. BPZ is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has been called “one of the finest small zoos in the United States” by that organization. For more information, visit or call (508) 991-6178.

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Artwork from the 2012 Junior Duck Stamp Program on display at the Buttonwood Park Zoo until February 15, 2013.

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How You Can Help This Winter, We’re Thinking Sunshine! Celebrate The Fresh Air Fund’s 137th Summer

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Join host families in and around Southern Massachusetts for our 137th summer and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child! Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. “The Fresh Air Fund enriches everybody’s lives; you don’t have to entertain the child, just let him or her be a part of your life,” says Nikki, a Fresh Air host. The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families, year after year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Claire Duckmanton at 508-761-8242 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003. You can also visit The Fresh Air Fund online at

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Adoption Options Offers Free Informational Meetings Providence, January 22, 2013 – Adoption Options is holding a free informational session those considering adoption and are interested in hearing about available options. Licensed adoption workers will be available to provide information and answer questions. In Rhode Island, the next meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 959 North Main St. in Providence on February 21, 2013. Adoption Options, a non-sectarian, non-profit, comprehensive adoption program of Jewish Family Service works with prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and people who have been adopted. The agency is licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with offices in Rehoboth and Providence. The agency’s work with all members of the adoption triad is focused on helping individuals to understand their options and make the most informed choices for their future. For more information, please contact Peg Boyle at 401-331-5437 or visit

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January 28th Dinner at the Rehoboth COA Cooked by Four Volunteer Rehoboth Selectmen

Selectmen Sue Pimental peeled and cooked all the potatoes and also prepared at least a half dozen large cloves of garlic

Selectmen Lorrain Botts stirring sauce after helping prepare the salad

Selectmen Joe Tito opening a bag of cut carrots.

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Looking For A Doctor? Call Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s Physician Referral Line

Attleboro, MA, January 30, 2013 – For people who are new to the area or need a new physician, Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a FREE physician referral service. Over 150 physicians, including OB/GYNs, internists and family practitioners, are on the active staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. In addition, there are also many specialists affiliated with the Hospital. By calling 508/236-8500, a representative can assist you in finding an appropriate physician for your needs, keeping in mind your insurance specifications. You may also request a list of Hospital affiliated physicians accepting patients. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit acute care community hospital which serves southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island.

The Center For Bladder & Pelvic Health To Present Program On Bladder Treatment At Newman Y

Attleboro, MA, January 14, 2013 – The Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health at OB/GYN Associates of Attleboro is presenting a FREE program on Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (PFMR), which treats a wide range of bladder disorders in a noninvasive, painless way. Barbara Baxter, board certified physician assistant, will present this program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The program will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Y, located at 472 Taunton Avenue in Seekonk. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are necessary and are available on a first come, first served basis. To register for the program, please call 508-236-8020. The Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health at OB/GYN Associates of Attleboro provides new, innovative testing and procedures to promote preventive measures and motivate individuals to seek treatment for treatable bladder and pelvic conditions. For more information, call 508-222-1105. OB/GYN Associates of Attleboro is one of 16 practices that make up Sturdy Memorial Associates (SMA) and is associated with Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Raymond Petit Receves Board Certification In Hospice And Palliative Care Medicine

Attleboro, MA, January 8, 2013 — Sturdy Memorial Hospital announces that Dr. Raymond Petit, pulmonologist, received board certification status by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. Dr. Petit is also board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. With his board certification in Hospice and Palliative

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Care Medicine, Dr. Petit is formally establishing his commitment to providing quality care in assessing and managing care for patients facing chronic or serious illnesses. This certification comes at a time when Sturdy is furthering its initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of palliative care and end-of-life planning as well as to encourage people to discuss health care preferences in advance. For more information about palliative care, visit the Hospital website at www.sturdymemorial. org and click the “Palliative Care” button. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Lists February Support Groups

Attleboro, MA, January 10, 2013 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers support groups on a variety of topics throughout the year. The groups are free and open to the public. The following are scheduled for February 2013: Prostate Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Ostomy Support Group – Wednesday, February 6, 2013 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7166. Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Clinical Education Center. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7151. Partners and Caregivers of Patients with Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, February 19,2013 from 7 – 8:30 Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Breathing Club – Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 1 – 3p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call the Respiratory Care Department at 508-236-7550. Diabetes Support Group – Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be “Diabetes and Heart Disease” presented by Sue Nordstrom, BSN, RN, Director of Cardiac Rehab at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7166. Breast Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call Ellen Gilbert at 508-236-7015. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, independent, financially stable, not-for-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Sturdy Memorial Foundation Annual Meeting Held; Year End Results Reported And Community Leaders Named To Foundation

Attleboro, MA, January 15, 2013 – Sturdy Memorial Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit parent organization of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, held its annual meeting last evening at Highland Country Club in Attleboro. The agenda included the recognition of outgoing Foundation member Hugh Mason, who has relocated out of state. Mason has been a member of the Sturdy Memorial Foundation since 1991, serving in a number of capacities, including Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2003. In addition, five members of the community were elected to the Foundation. Members and guests attending the meeting were told that the Hospital had maintained its positive financial status for the 27th consecutive year.  The Hospital’s bottom line from current year operations was $11,837,048. Operating expenses for the year totaled $152 million, which included $7.7 million in uncompensated care for services provided to those who could not or would not pay. In her annual report, Sturdy Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Shyavitz highlighted several of the Hospital’s accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2012 and thanked the organization’s staff and supporters for their contributions to the fiscal year’s success. She used the meeting as a platform to kick off the Hospital’s 100th Anniversary celebration for which several employees, Foundation, and public events will take place from January through September 2013. 2013 New Members of the Sturdy Memorial Foundation Marco Arismendi – Foxboro Christine Creighton – Dighton Dwayne DeMond – North Attleboro Greg Kayata – Mansfield Donald Pierce, DMD – North Attleboro Established on April 14, 1913, and celebrating its centennial this year, Sturdy Memorial Hospital is an independent, full-service, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital, serving southeastern Massachusetts and nearby Rhode Island.

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Cradle Care Line for New Parents Is Available 24 Hours A Day At Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Attleboro, MA, January 29, 2013 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services for expectant mothers and parents, including educational programs, diagnostic tests, a variety of childbirth options, lactation services, and post-delivery care and support. One service that helps new parents adjust to parenthood is the Cradle Care Line. A parent can call the Cradle Care Line any time, day or night, and speak with someone from the Maternity staff. Callers often have questions about feeding, infants’ crying and sleeping habits, etc. Parents can even call for comforting encouragement. The Cradle Care Line is available by calling 508/236-7250. Before being discharged from Sturdy Memorial’s maternity unit, parents are reassured that a Maternity nurse is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that may come up after they’ve gone home. The Cradle Care Line is open to new mothers and fathers, including those who didn’t have their baby at Sturdy Memorial. Another unique feature is that the line is always answered by a person rather than an answering machine or service that takes messages. Nurses answer questions at the time of the call, based on information provided by the caller. Commonly asked questions include: My baby seems colicky. Is there anything I can do to ease his symptoms? My baby cries constantly for a couple of hours each evening, and nothing calms her. What can I do? What could be causing the discomfort? What position should my baby sleep in? When I put my baby down to sleep, should I make sure the house is totally quiet? My baby wants to sleep all the time and sometimes falls asleep in the middle of a feeding. What should I do? I think she may be jaundiced. What should I do? How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk? I experience increased bleeding after breastfeeding my baby. Is this normal? To reach the Cradle Care Line, any time day or night, call Sturdy Memorial Hospital at 508/236-7250. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, independent, financially stable, not-for-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Sturdy Memorial To Offer Free Infant Massage Program

Attleboro, MA, January 11, 2013 -- Sturdy Memorial Hospital will be offering a FREE infant massage program on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Auditorium at the Hospital. This program is designed for new moms and their partners and will be led by Jean Stringham, Sturdy Memorial’s infant massage coordinator. It will focus on the techniques and benefits of massage for infants. Tips on how to soothe and calm a colicky baby will also be provided. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants, age two weeks to ten months old. Class size is limited and pre-registration is necessary. For more information or to register by February 18, 2013, please call Nursing Administration at 508/236-7151. Sturdy Memorial Hospital is a full-service, not-for-profit acute care community hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Sturdy Memorial Announces 2013 Medical Staff Officers And Chiefs

Attleboro, MA, January 31, 2013 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital recently announced its 2013 Medical Staff Officers and Department/Section Chiefs. Sturdy Memorial’s 2013 Medical Staff Officers are: President Michael Thursby, DO Vice President Steven Frank, DO Secretary/Treasurer Jonathan Shapiro, MD Immediate Past President Mark Young, MD Sturdy Memorial’s 2013 Department/Section Chiefs are: Department/Section Chief Ambulatory Care/ Brian Kelly, MD Emergency Medicine Anesthesia Mark Lebovits, MD Family Medicine Steven Frank, DO Imaging Kenneth Kaplan, MD Medicine Glenn Tucker, MD Hospitalists Tzvi Bluestone, MD Obstetrics/Gynecolo Lawrence Greb, MD Orthopedics J. Jeffrey Poggi, MD Pathology Richard Smith, MD Pediatrics Jennifer Thomson, MD Surgery Richard Statman, MD

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The Arc of Bristol County will be holding informational sessions for their Adult Family Care program. The event will be geared towards anyone interested in learning more about the Adult Family Care program, whether you are a perspective member, caregiver or potential referral source, all are welcome. The Adult Family Care program is designed to support individuals who need assistance with activities of daily living and give them the opportunity to safely live in a family home. Participants may need assistance due to cognitive, physical, or mental disability; frailty, chronic illness, or advanced age. The Arc is committed to helping individuals to maintain their independence and to help protect the person’s dignity. For families, this program can offer an option to keep their loved one living at home in their own community. Anyone interested in stopping by may do so at any time during the open house session, presentations will be made throughout the event. February 19th, 2013 5:30pm-7pm The Arc of Bristol County 437 Bay Street Taunton, MA 02780 March 11, 2013 4pm-7pm The Arc of Greater Fall River 182 North Main Street Fall River, MA 508-679-0001 March 25, 2013 2pm-4pm The Arc of Greater New Bedford 412 County Street New Bedford, MA 508-996-8551 To inquire further, please contact The Arc of Bristol County’s Outreach Coordinator at 1-888-343-3301 and ask for Rebecca Barry at extension 3121, Rebecca can also be emailed at



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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

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

Seekonk Congregational Church

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

New Testament Baptist Church

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

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

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

141 Hornbine Road, Rehoboth, MA (401) 475-4133

Memorial Baptist Church,

340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, 508-761-5142 Email: Web:

Eusebeia Bible Church

600 Taunton Ave Buldg B Seekonk, MA 02771 508-557-1634

Saint Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church

1098 Pawt. Ave., Rumford, RI 401-438-3230 Web:

Church of Salgion

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

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

The First Baptist Church of Dighton

109 Winthrop Street, Taunton (508) 823-6679 find us on facebook!

Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC

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

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 Pentecostal Church

6 Meadow Hill Ct, Easton MA 774-565-0333

All Saints Anglican Church 1188 S.Main Street, Attleboro, MA 508-222-2640

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

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

Good News Bible Chapel 235 West Street, Attleboro 508 226 2916

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

Hornbine Baptist Church

141 Hornbine Road, Corner of Baker Rd. South Rehoboth 508-252-3452

First Spiritualist Church Anawan Grange

Rt. 44 & 118 Rehoboth

Community Covenant Church

Church of the Epiphany

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


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Faith Fellowship Chapel

21 Baptist Street Swansea, MA Telephone (508)379-9728

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South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness Receives $10,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation

Dianne L. Richardson, LICSW, President & CPO of United Way of Greater Attleboro/ Taunton (UWGAT) is pleased to announce that the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness (SOCO) has received a $10,000 grant award from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation to support and strengthen the SOCO program work towards ending homelessness and housing insecurities in Bristol County. SOCO was officially launched in Raynham on January 26, 2010 and their mission is to help divert, prevent, and eliminate homelessness and housing insecurities for individuals and families within the regions of Greater Attleboro, Greater Fall River, Greater New Bedford, and Greater Taunton. SOCO’s network seeks to preserve housing and provide access to housing and support services to the many homeless or at-risk individuals and families in the South Coast area. The funding for this regional initiative, provided in part by Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, will be administered by UWGAT. According to Ms. Richardson, “The governing boards of UWGAT and SOCO are very grateful to Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation for their support of this essential program, both in financial backing and as an active participant on SOCO’s Leadership Council.”

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Local Veteran Agents Visit State House

BOSTON— Representative Steven Howitt (Seekonk- R) hosted local Veteran Service Officers at Speaker Robert DeLeo’s Annual Veterans’ Luncheon on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the State House in Boston, MA. During the luncheon, elected officials and members of the Department of Veterans’ Services discussed the various beneficial resources that both state and local governments offer to returning veterans. “It was a pleasure to host the Veteran Service Officers from the 4th Bristol District at the State House,” said Representative Howitt. “Our commitment to enhancing the services that we offer to our veterans is one of my highest priorities.”

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Representative Steven Howitt Begins Second Term

Boston - Steven S. Howitt (R-Seekonk) was sworn in to his second term of service to Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea at inauguration ceremonies held at the State House on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Representative Howitt was joined by his colleagues in the House of Representatives as Governor Deval Patrick administered the oath of office for the 188th Great and General Court. “It’s an honor and privilege to continue to represent the people of the 4th Bristol District. I look forward to continuing to work for the people and towns both at the State House, and in the district as we continue our service to the constituents.”

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Audubon Society of Rhode Island February 2013 School Vacation Week Discover the amazing world of turtles and toads, hit the trails with an expert guide, learn all about wind and waves and more! Whether you want to pull on those wooly mittens and get some fresh air or stay cozy inside during vacation week, join Audubon for some natural family fun! A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the winter Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. To request your copy, please contact the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, (401)-949-5454 or visit

February 18 - 22, 2013 February School Vacation Week Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife

Audubon Environmental Education Center Bristol, RI 10:00 am – 3:00 pm School’s out! Come to Audubon for a week of Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife Adventures. From a winter beach party to an adventure in color, Audubon vacation programs have something to engage and entertain kids of all ages. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. Registration is not required. Nature crafts will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm each day, as well as a nature story at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm and an animal interview at 1:30 pm. The following Cool Science and Wacky Wildlife programs are available each day at 11:00 am:

Monday, February 18: Floating on the Wind and Waves:

Have you ever wondered why a duck doesn’t sink or how birds glide? Conduct experiments to find out what makes things glide and float. What do the wind and waves have to do with it?  Come and find out!

Tuesday, February 19: Rockin’ Rocks and their Crystal Cousins!

Rocks have been on our planet since the beginning of time and hold many secrets. Explore uses of rocks by people, animals and plants. Test rocks to unlock their secrets. Look at crystals under a high-powered magnifying camera and learn what they are made of.  You will be amazed by what a simple rock can tell you.

Wednesday, February 20: Winter Beach Party!

Join us for our Winter Beach Party! Wear your Hawaiian shirts, your sunglasses and flip-flops and join the party!  The day will be filled with treasures from the seashore, sand experiments, summertime music, bouncing beach balls and more!

Thursday, February 21: The Sun and the Stars

Can you harness the power of the sun? Conduct experiments to find out just how powerful the sun really is and how it can make machines move. 

Friday, February 22: Light and Color

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Seekonk Human Services Seekonk Human Services Staff Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239 Executive Director Bernadette Huck Ext. 15 Senior Secretary Ashley Pimental ext. 12 Clerical Assistant Kimberly Mallon ext. 10

Educational & Social Programs Karen Stutz ext. 14 Outreach Managers Adriana Dossantos BA. ext. 11 (Monday-Friday) Veronica Brickley, LPN BA SOC LSWA ext. 17 (Mon. Wed. Fri.)

Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239 Senior Aides Loretta Ferreira, Sharon Bettencourt ext. 19 Executive Board Members Victoria Kinniburgh, Chairperson Rene Andrews, Vice Chairperson Anne Libby, Secretary Anita Gendron, Treasurer Christen Allen Guy Boulay Beverly Della Grotta

*Center Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30, Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 at Town Hall by Appointment Only, Friday 8:30 – 12:30

Seekonk Human Services will be closed Monday, February 18th to observe President’s Day

Maintaining A Sharper Mind

Wednesday, February 5th @ 10am Bonnie Ryvicker from the Community Visiting Nurse Association will be presenting tips on staying mentally sharp — middle age and beyond. This will be an informational program for everyone. Bonnie has been to Seekonk Human Services several times in the past and we are excited to see what this new program will bring! Lunch will be beef stew for $2. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up for this activity and lunch.

Valetine Day Party Wednesday, February 13 @ 10am

A delicious lunch of Shrimp Alfredo for $2 Please bring in photos of your wedding and we will try to guess who is who! Please sign up for the party & lunch at 508-3368772 Entertainment by Barney Mallon Karaoke King


Wednesday, February 27 @ 10am There will be a presentation but the speaker is to be determined. Lunch will be Portuguese Soup & Pulled Pork Sandwiches for $2.

Important Update

March 1, 2013, the Treasury Department is requiring all Social Security, VA, SSI and other federal beneficiaries to receive their benefits by ELECTRONIC PAYMENT. Senior citizens and anyone else may choose either direct deposit or the Treasury-recommended Direct Expressed Debit MasterCard. This new payment method is NOT optional. It is the law. Besides saving taxpayers money, switching to electronic payment provides a safer, more convenient and cost-effective

way for people to get their federal benefits instead of paper checks. Individuals who need assistance in switching to electronic payment can call the Treasury’s secure Go Direct Call Center at 800-333-1795 Our agents are specially trained to answer questions and complete the switch-over process in less than 10 minutes. We urge people not to wait until the last minute to make this important change.

GATRA Survey

A survey was inserted into the January newsletter. (The survey can also be found on the human services section of the town website and completed online) Seekonk Human Services asks that everyone please fill out the survey and mail it back to us at: 320 Pleasant Street Seekonk, MA 02771


Wednesday, February 27 Between 12pm—1:30pm for pick up


March 6: Gentiva—Osteoarthritis Lunch: Chicken Divan March 13: St. Patrick’s Day Party Lunch: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes & Carrots for $2 March 27: Easter Party Lunch: Ham, Scalloped Potatoes & Veggies for $2


Thursday, February 21 @ 10am Toti’s Restaurant Women of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious brunch. There is no set price for brunch, order what you want, pay for what you order. Come one come all and enjoy a warm gathering


Thursday, February 14 @ 8:30am Alex’s Family Restaurant Men of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious breakfast. There is no set price for breakfast—the cost is up to you.


Seekonk Human Services offers wonderful program but some become cancelled. So we ask ourselves why was the program cancelled? Sometimes wonderful programs are cancelled because we all tend to wait until the last minute to register. Please register early to avoid disappointment that the program you wanted was cancelled, perhaps unnecessarily. Also, remember that out of town residents can attend programs as well. If you have a friend of a family member that is interested have them sign up. The more people that sign up for programs the more Seekonk Human Services can have in the future.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2013 PICK-UP: 10:45 A.M./RETURN: 7:00 P.M. - Seekonk Human Services We begin our day with lunch at Wright’s Chicken Farm in Harrisville, RI. Enjoy an all you “care” to eat family-style lunch. Start off with fresh rolls that are made daily in their own bakery served along with crisp, fresh salad topped with Wright’s Farm Classic Italian Dressing. This is followed by family-size portions of shell macaroni with red sauce, truly unique thick-cut French fries and their famous chicken, you’re sure to not go hungry! Then we will depart for Twin River Casino an exciting gaming, din-

February 2013 ing and entertainment destination, located in Lincoln, RI. Try your luck at this casino which features over 4,700 slot machines and much more! YOUR DAY TOUR INCLUDES: Roundtrip Motorcoach; Family Style Lunch at Wrights Chicken Farm; Twin Rivers Visit with Bonus- $10.00 Free Bonus Play & $7.00 Food Voucher (Wicked Good, KFC Buffet, Johnny Rockets, Subway or Nathan’s Hotdog); Player’s Card (must have valid I.D with you) $39.00; For reservation and information, please contact: Ashley Pimental at: (508) 336-8772, Seekonk Human Services, 320 Pleasant St., Seekonk, MA 02771


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, will be preparing taxes at the Seekonk Town Hall on Thursdays from February 7—April 11with appointments at 9, 10, & 11am. Appointments can be made by calling Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.


What is the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit? The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 or older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the tax year. The credit is for senior homeowners and renters who meet income limits and other eligibility requirements. Homeowners may claim the credit if they paid more than 10% of their total income for real estate taxes, including water charges. Renter can count 25% of their rent as real estate tax payments. You must file a state income tax return to claim the Circuit Breaker Credit, whether or not you have to file otherwise. If your credit is greater than the amount of income taxes you owe, the state will give you a refund for the different. That maximum credit for tax year 2012 is $1000. Am I eligible? The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is for low and moderate income seniors whose real estate tax payments are greater than 10% of their income. Homeowners and renters can claim the credit. Income Guidelines: $53,000 single $67,000 head of household $80,000 married filing jointly *Total income includes some types of non-taxable income, such as social security, retirement, pensions and annuities, cash public assistance, tax-exempt interest and dividends, and certain other income. To Qualify: You or your spouse must be 65 or older by the end of the year If married, you must file jointly You must rent/own a home in MA that is your primary residence Your property’s assessed value can’t

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exceed $750,000 by January 1, 2012 If you’re a renter you can’t be getting federal/state rent subsidy and your landlord must pay property taxes

508-336-8772 to make an appointment with the Outreach Department. Fuel Assistance began on November 1st.


Our FREE Medical Loan Closet provides temporary loan of medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, commodes) and is available to Seekonk residents. If you need OR would like to make a donation of an item, please call 508-336-8772

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9am—12pm Seekonk Human Services holds a FREE clinic on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. This clinic is 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.



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Mondays @ 10am Come join us for some Wii bowling fun. The Wii is an excellent way to have fun and be active. Come join us on Mondays at 10am. Call 508-336-8772 for more information.

$3 fee per class for the following classes: Chair Yoga (Slow Flow) – Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00am; Balance Class – Fridays 11:45am – 12:15pm; Aqua Aerobics – Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:00am OR 9:45 – 10:30am; Arthritis Foundation Certified Aqua Class – Fridays 9:00 – 9:45am *Must be a Seekonk senior and have a scan card, please call 508-336-8772 for further information



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Mondays @ 12:30 – 2:30 Ladies! You are welcome to join our group on any Monday afternoon. Please bring your own knitting needles if you have them, yarn is provided. The knitters are busy creating hats, sweaters & mittens for infants in our town and seniors who need lap robes. Need help finishing a project such as knitting, crocheting or needle point, come in and we will help you tackle it.


Mondays @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm On Mondays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Seekonk Human Services will be hosting an Arts & Crafts class. Come join us as we make home décor, flower arrangements, and other crafts. There is no cost for this class. For more information please call 508-336-8772. We look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesdays @ 12:30 - 2:30 Come join the fun. Why not enjoy an afternoon playing cards with a great group of people? No sign up is required. Pitch is played on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you have any questions you may call 508-336-8772.


If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the lookout for your application. File the application as soon as you get it. If you have never had fuel assistance and would to apply, please call Seekonk Human Services at

1301 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508.336.4545 Seekonk Total Fitness is offering Senior Fitness Group Exercise Classes on Mondays 11:30-12:15 and Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:15am. The 45-min fitness class is designed specifically for older adults and taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. This easy to follow workout is safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Energize your inactive lifestyle by increasing muscular strength, range of movement & balance. The cost per class is $1.


GATRA Photo ID’S can be done at Seekonk Human Services. No appointment is necessary. Just fill out an application and a picture and the ID will be mailed within 2 weeks. Please contact Ashley Pimental @ 508-336-8772.

Monthly Newsletter Online

*The Town Crier website link is w w w ., Click on Departments, Click on Human Services * 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 Town 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.


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WORLD WAR II VETERANS- Dighton World War II Veterans, their spouses and families are invited to the AMVETS Hall, 495 School Street, Dighton for refreshments on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1 PM. Come and join us and connect with your fellow veterans. For those in need of a ride, transportation will be available. If you plan to attend, please call the Veterans Service Department at the Town Hall at 508-6695027. I HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE. Jack Taylor. The Dighton Veterans Agents’ office is located in the Dighton Town Hall, 979 Somerset Ave, Dighton. Office ours are held Mondays and Wednesday morning from 8 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., however, the Veteran’s Agent is available to meet at anytime that is convenient to you, either at the Town Hall or any place else. Please call us at 508-669-5027.


Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dighton Elementary SchoolNomination papers are available at the Town Clerk’s office, for 12 office positions. *Last day to obtain nomination papers is: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013. *The deadline to return nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s office is: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. For your name to be placed on the ballot, it is necessary to obtain at lest twenty-eight (28) signatures of registered voters. Any questions please contact Sue Medeiros at the Town Clerks office at 508-669-5411.


FOR DIGHTON RESIDENTS 60+: The Podiatrist will be at Prime Time, 1059 Somerset Ave, Dighton, on Monday, February 11, 2013 and Friday, February 22, 2013. This is by appointment only. Please call 508-669-6272 for more information and to check availability. There’s limited space, so please call early.


FOR DIGHTON RESIDENTS 60+: On Thursday, February 21, 2013, at 12:30 p.m., Vic Solo will be performing at Prime Time, 1059 Somerset Ave. Come and join us for a great afternoon of music and dancing. If you are a Dighton Resident 60+ please call Sheila at 508-669-6272 to let us know you will be attending. Walk ins are welcome.

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is still no response then the communications officer will call a designated friend or family member to inform them. There may be times when the local police will be called to make a “well” check. If the participant is on vacation, hospitalized or out at a doctor’s appointment the calls can be stopped for a day, or a longer period of time by simply calling R.U.O.K., which is available 24 hours a day. This is a FREE program. For more information please call Beth at 1-888-8098932. You may also pick up applications at the Dighton Council on Aging.




Makes Everyday Life a Little Easier: It can be challenging and even dangerous getting around in the winter. Leave your car at home, but keep your independence GATRA provides fixed-route accessible bus transportation to seniors at a reduced fare. For as little as $0.50 per ride, seniors can ride anywhere along the route. For senior who are unable to ride the fixed route bus, or in towns where the service is not available, GATRA also provides Dial-A-Ride, a curb-to-curb transportation for persons 60 years or older. To find out which services are available in your town call: 1-800-483-2500 or visit the website


Are you interested in a 4 week Self Defense Class Program? If you’re a Dighton Resident 60 years old or older and are interested please call us at 508-823-0095 to let us know. If there are enough people interested we will set this program up. More information to follow.


R.U.O.K. is a computerized telephone reassurance service provided by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, free to elders who live alone. Participating individuals receive a phone call at the same time everyday at their convenience. Calls can be received between the hours of 6 a.m and 12 p.m. The time of the call is determined by the participant. All calls are monitored by a communications officer. When a call is placed, the participant may answer “YES” and hang up. If something is wrong, the participant should respond “NO” and the communications officer will determine the problem and take appropriate action. If there is no response or the line is busy then the computer automatically calls back. If there

Nutrition Bingo presented by John Quintas from the Diabetes Association. He will be at Prime Time leading a Nutrition Bingo hour, February 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. If you are 60+ and would like to attend, please call 508-669-6272 to let us know you will be attending.


- Provided by the Dighton Lions Club We have the FILE OF LIFE for distribution to Dighton Seniors. It is a RED file that you fill with medical information/history, and keep on your refrigerator door. It will be readily available if needed, by Emergency Medical Technicians, who will be able to perform corrective treatment at once. And it also helps in notifying proper emergency contacts. You may pick one up at the Dighton Council on Aging, or call 508-823-0095 for more information.


Prime Time is an adult supportive respite facility located in the rear of the Town Hall, 1059 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, (Route 138). “Prime Time” is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information Call Sheila at (508)669-6272 or visit us at for more information. “PRIME TIME” is an adult supportive respite facility located in the rear of the Town Hall, 1059 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, (Route 138). If you know of someone who cannot stay alone or whose family could benefit from some respite, we may be able to help both the elder and the caregiver. “Prime Time” is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “PRIME TIME” is a supervised program for elders where they can enjoy a full and productive life. “Prime Time” provides a stimulating

February 2013 and supportive environment for qualifying seniors, which incorporates arts & crafts, oil painting, light exercise, walking club, sing-a-longs, field trips, guest speakers, blood pressure screenings, podiatry clinics, bingo, puzzles, games, a light breakfast, nutritionally balanced lunch, and afternoon snacks, just to name a few. At “Prime Time” your loved ones quickly become our loved ones. We offer a FREE TRIAL DAY, call Sheila at (508)-669-6272 or visit us at for more information.


A Representative from the Dighton Public Library will be at Lincoln Village on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 and Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. This program is for Dighton residents. You may check out and return books, videos, DVD’s and more. To ask for a specific book title, video, etc., please call (508)-669-6421; they will bring it to you at Lincoln Village.


WELLNESS CLINIC: Our Wellness Clinic will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 9:00 am. The scheduled topic for this month is “Preventing Falls and Fractures”. A Nurse will be available to answer questions.


Exercise classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays for those 60 years and over, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the Lincoln Village Community Center, 300 Lincoln Ave., N. Dighton. Exercise helps achieve and maintain weight loss, improves our mood, and reduces blood pressure and osteoporosis. $4.00 donation per class. For more information, please call (508) 823-0095.


Tai Chi Classes are held on Fridays at 9 a.m., for those 60+ at the Dighton Council on Aging, 300 Lincoln Avenue, N. Dighton. $4.00 donation. For more information please call 508-823-0095.


The Sojourn Bear Group will be getting together on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:30 am, at Lincoln Village, 300 Lincoln Avenue, North Dighton. Made by caring volunteers, these Bears are distributed to Cancer Patients at nearby hospitals. For more information and to let us know if you would like to help, please call (508) 823-0095.

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at 1:00 p.m. It’s a great social time, and a great way to meet new friends. Come join our groups or start your own. For more information please call 508-823-0095.


are served at “Prime Time” Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. by reservation. Call Sheila at 508-669-6272 by 10:30 a.m. the previous day to reserve a meal. A donation of $2.00 per meal is suggested. Home delivered meals can be arranged for homebound elders upon request. If you know of someone who is homebound and in need of home delivered meals please call (508)- 823-0095 or (508) 669-6272.


SNAP is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. If you are a senior living alone and your total (gross) monthly income is $1,805 or less, or a senior living with spouse and your total combined (gross) monthly income is $2,429, in both cases you will not be required to provide information and proofs for your household resources, such as your bank account or other items of value. To find the office nearest you, visit or call 1-866-950-3663.


(Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is available to assist you with questions concerning available Medicare HMOs and Medicare Supplements (Medigaps). Please call 1-800- 987-2510 for more information.

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The Un-Finished-Object/Arts and Crafts Group will be getting together Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Lincoln Village Community Center, 300 Lincoln Ave, N. Dighton. Please call (508) 8230095 for more information.


Do you need help with heating costs? If you would like to know more about fuel assistance, you can contact: Citizens for Citizens at (508) 823-6346--LIHEAP Program- 1-800-632-8175--Salvation Army- 800-262-1320--Oil Co-ops at 1-800-351-0077.


Card games are played at the Lincoln Village Community Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. We also have a Whist card game scheduled every 1st. and 3rd. Monday of the month

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Rehoboth Council on Aging

February 2013 Newsletter Director’s Corner

Check information on all upcoming events in the newspapers, online and posted at the COA. We are always looking for lap robes and caps for our men & women at the local Veterans Hospital that anyone who Knits or Crochet can bring in. We always have extra yarn you can use for these items. Bring in your quilting material on Thursdays and join the Quilting Group. The Tuesday Ladies card club has a few new board and card games come in and join in. They meet on Tuesday afternoons at 12:30. Our Men’s Coffee hour is going strong. Kay & Cheryl are happily serving coffee, donuts and English muffins Fridays 9am…. Happy Valentine’s Day! Respectfully, Norie Palmer, Director

55 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769 Phone 508-252-3373 Fax 508-252-4617 Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Kitchen hours: Monday through Thursdays 8:00am to 12

Tasty Thursdays Lunch

This Lunch will be served the last Thursday of each month, 12 noon Cost $3.00. The date and menu for that day will be posted at the COA. Come in and join us for a great time and social gathering… RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!

2012 Income Tax Preparation

If you need assistance with your Federal, State or Circuit Breaker tax returns please call the COA and set up your appointment which will be held on Fridays only staring February 8th at the American Legion, 84 Bay State Road 9 to 1 pm.

Available Lessons & Services Art Class

This session of Michelle’s Art Class will run on Wednesdays until February 13th. Michelle teaches drawing, watercolor and a few other things in her class. Come join in on the fun class and others in the group with their brushes and watercolors… The cost for these interesting classes is $4.00

Blood Pressures & Glucose Screenings

On the 3rd Thursday of the Month from 10am to 12pm, you will be able to have a blood pressure and glucose screening done free of charge. Please contact the COA 508252-3372 for more information.

Podiatry Clinic with Dr, Marian Markowitz

Dr. Markowitz’s appointments start at 10am please call 508-252-3372 to schedule yours.

Meals on Wheels and Meal-site Information

Special Announcements

Please contact our meal site for information on the Meals on Wheels program or the site meals served on Thursdays. 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 Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is scheduled for the 3RD Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

The COA’s outreach worker Bradley Marshall is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm to assist you with your medical Medicare and insurance needs.

Closed Monday, February 18th – Presidents Day

Outreach & S.H.I.N.E.


Shingles is a painful localized skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The chickenpox virus remains in the body’s nerve cells after the chickenpox infection – and it can reappear years later. The Centers for Disease Control recommends this vaccine (Zostavax) for persons 60 or older to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated (and often lingering) pain. Your Medicare health insurance plan or Medicare prescription drug plan may cover this vaccination, but co-pays and deductibles can vary. Check with your Medicare prescription drug plan, health care provider or your local SHINE counselor for assistance! Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center at 508-252-3372 and ask for a SHINE appointment.

“H E A L T H B E A T” COA’s Fitness Corner

“2013 is here! Come in join and support the COA exercise classes, we have Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Cardio exercise classes and we will be starting a Chair Yoga Class as well as a few others as the year goes on. Without your support these classes cannot continue.

Rehoboth Family Chiropractic

“Dr. Greg Karamanian, D.C. of the Rehoboth Family Chiropractic will be at the COA on Wednesday, February 13th 10am to discuss some new ways to help alleviate pain with chiropractic, exercise and nutrition” Talk will be about 30 minutes and will cover an explanation about chiropractic, its history, safety and current uses. Also a few simple stretches and nutritional considerations. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday Chair Yoga Exercise Class 9am Cost $3.00

Starting Thursday, February 7th, the COA will be starting a fun exercise class Chair Yoga…at 9am the session will run for 6 weeks with the cost of $3.00 per week with the February 7th class being free. Come and check it out…..

Tuesday Tia Chi at 9:00am Cost $3.00per 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.

February 2013

Tuesday Line Dancing 10:00am. 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 Gert’s Café

Valentine’s Day Lunch will be served at Gert’s Cafe Monday February 14th at 11:45am. The menu consists of soup or salad, a main course, dessert and coffee or tea. The best part is!…You can treat your love one or close friend to a lunch for the “bargain” price of $3.00.

Musical Mondays

The group is blending their voices in perfect harmony. They meet on the first and third Monday of the month. New voices and friends are always welcome.

“Men’s Morning Coffee”

Fridays at 9am! Come in and enjoy fresh coffee, pastry and conversation, share your comments and ideas with old and new friends. .

Card Games 3 Days a Week! Cards are here at your COA!

Mondays at 9:30 am we have a cribbage group, Tuesdays at 12:30pm we have a ladies group that not only play cards but also games Wednesdays at12:30 pm we have a HiLo 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 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 Fridays at 10 am.


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 9:30am


IMPORTANT! Registration is required for all upcoming programs. All activities will have participant signup 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 canceled or postponed. Please call 508-252-3372 for information on all activities or to sign up.

The Rehoboth Council on Aging (Municipal Department)

Mission: The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall coordinate and carry out programs designed to meet the problems and needs of the aging in Rehoboth, and shall do so in coordination with the Programs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall: Provide, coordinate and link available resources to help meet the needs of the Town’s elders. Carry out programs and services to range from information community education, referrals, outreach, transportation, Meals on Wheels, health screenings, intergenerational activities, crafting programs, and other programs as offered.

The COA Posts Community Information


The Best Is Yet to Come!

The Best is yet to come, a senior social group that enjoys doing activities that members suggest. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month 1pm at the Gladys L. Harrell Senior Center55 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA. Annual Dues are $6.00. February 14th – Meeting and Making Candy covered fruits and snacks (Bring Chocolate & some food items you would like to dip or cover) New members always welcomed. Call Carl Chace for details. 508 252- 9695 And remember…..The Best is yet to Come.


Sheriff, Police and Seniors working together to enhance the lives of our seniors. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. New Members always welcome. No Dues. Call Marilyn 508-252-9366

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 1:30pm at the Rehoboth Council on Aging. February 7th – Meeting & BINGO February 21st – Lunch, Meeting & BINGO

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 10:30am on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. New Members always Welcome. Up Coming Activities

Veterans’ Corner from William SaundersVeterans’ Agent

Thinking of filing a claim with the Veterans Administration? The Veterans Service Officer can help. (508 252 4467, x122) Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – Noon. Appointments are available at almost any other time. Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U. S. Army, (Retired) Director of Veterans’ Services

Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly, Inc. P O Box 228, Rehoboth, MA 02769 2011 - 2012 Membership Name_________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________ Sponsorship contribution Individual - $ 5.00


Up Coming Activities

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.

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John C. Parker Sr., 96, of Anawan Street, Rehoboth, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at the Life Care Center of Attleboro. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com.

Thomas H. Crohan, age 76 of 365 Anthony Street, Seekonk, MA and formerly of Cranston, RI died peacefully Saturday, December 29, 2012 at home, surrounded by his loving fiancé, Alice Rebola and his family. See full obituary at

Leslie (Withington) Ferland, 58, of Rehoboth, MA, formerly of Barrington, RI passed peacefully on January 17, 2013 surrounded by her loving family after fighting a courageous five year battle with ALS. See full obituary at

Marlene (Ferreira) Zollo of Ledge Rd., died early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, 2013 at the RI Hospital. See full obituary at www.

John V. Kane 88, of Rehoboth, died January 25, 2013. See full obituary at www. Robert G. Cole Sr., 72, of South Attleboro, formerly of Rehoboth, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. See full obituary at

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Mary E. “Mae” Santos

Santos, Mary E. “Mae”, age 95, of Brook St., died January 9, 2013 at Evergreen House surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Anthony Santos. Born in Seekonk, MA on July 6th, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Medeiros) Reposa. She worked as a teacher at the Seekonk Middle School for 25 years. Mae volunteered at the Beckwith Middle School Library in Rehoboth for 17 years. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed giving her paintings to family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Shirley Ingram and her husband Steven of Harpswell, Maine and her daughter Susan McBride and her husband Michael of Rehoboth; her 8 grandchildren Susan Osborn, Tracy DeLuca, Krista Filipowicz, Lauren Caswell, Anthony, Jeffrey and Katelyn McBride and Julie Holden; and 12 great grandchildren. She was also the sister of Alfred Reposa and Anthony Reposa and the late Anna, Manuel, Jack, Joe and Eugene Reposa. The family would like to thank the staff at Evergreen House for their compassion and care. Her funeral was held on Monday january 14th from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Taunton Ave., Seekonk. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday 2-5PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to benefit the Beckwith School Library may be made to D.L. Beckwith Middle School, 330R Winthrop St., Rehoboth, MA 02769.

George A. Labelle 98, of Seekonk, passed away Thursday, January 03, 2013. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com. Joshua Curtis Koutros age 19, died unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. See full obituary at Robert K. Ferreira, age 64, of Greenwood Ave., died at home Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2013 from complications of Multiple System Atrophy. See full obituary at www. Susan Madeline (Fiero) Mayo gracefully fell asleep on January 15, 2013 lovingly surrounded by her family at 52 Hull Street. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com. Marianne L. Medeiros, of Clarke St., Seekonk, MA, wife of Robert Medeiros, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. See full obituary at Peter W. Hall, age 77, of Chelsea Drive, died January 19, 2013 at home. See full obituary at Wanda H. (Olearczyk) Lemaire 87, of Seekonk, formerly of Woodhaven Rd., Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 19, 2013. See full obituary at Barry L. Montiro 58 of Milton Street died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at his home. See full obituary at Norman “Bruce” Denham, 57, of Bunker St., died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the RI Hospital. See full obituary at

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Love is in the Air... Three Beautiful New Date-Night Looks

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Seekonk native, Stina Leigh, has been chosen as one of Massachusetts most eligible bachelorettes!! Stina will be working as an “eligible bachelorette” at Project Cupid ‘s 4th Annual Auction on Saturday February 9th Join this great cause and go visit Stina February 9th!

Dmitry Kuksin and Christina M. Arieta

Christina M. Arieta Marries Dmitry Kuksin

Christina Arieta and Dmitry Kuksin were married July 7, 2012 at the Five Bridge Inn in Rehoboth, MA. The wedding was officiated by Janie Crosscup, Justice of the Peace. The reception followed, on that beautiful summer evening, at the Five Bridge Inn. The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Jacquelyn Arieta of Rehoboth, MA. The groom is the son of Gennady and Margarita Kuksin of Swampscott, MA. Maid of Honor was the friend of the bride, Ashley Barbehenn. Best Man was the groom’s brother, Maksim Kuksin. Bridesmaids were Lauren Ferreira, cousin of the bride, Justine Roderick, Kelly Hawley, and Tatjana Blanusa, friends of the bride. Ushers were Ian Arieta, brother of the bride, Katir Patel, friend of the groom, Vadim Kuksin and Oleg Katsnelson, both cousins of the groom. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Dighton Rehoboth High School and a 2009 graduate of the University Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently a PhD candidate at UMassAmherst in Immunology. The groom is a graduate of UMassAmherst and received his PhD in Virology from UMassAmherst in May, 2011. He is a scientist at Nexcelcom Bioscience in Lawrence, MA. The couple lives in Gardner, MA. Their honeymoon will take place when Tina finishes her PhD, planned for December, 2013, at somewhere warm and restful!!

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Mr. and Mrs. John M. Perry Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Perry of Seekonk, formally of East Providence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, November 17, 2012 at the Hillside Country Club, Rehoboth, ma, with family and friends. They renewed their wedding vows with Rev. Joseph A. Escobar officiating, and also received the Apostolic Blessing from his holiness, Pope Benedict 16th. Diane and John Perry were married December 17, 1962. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Mrs. Perry is the former Diane Penacho of Seekonk, ma and the daughter of the late Alfred L. Penacho Sr. and Lillian (Sousa) Penacho.

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“I need to make a Valentine, But Grandma, you can’t tell, It’s a secret for someone special, So I need to do it well,” I watched her at the table, As she colored in the lines, Of the heart which she had Carefully traced, For her special Valentine, She used all her favorite stickers, Gave them up unselfishly, She cut and then she drew some more, And glittered endlessly, With a patience far beyond her age, Of only five years old, She made lots of hugs (000) & Kisses (XXX), Which she printed slow and bold, Then when she was finished, After dabbing on more glue, With a smile that brightened up My world, She said, “Grandma, it’s for you!” -written by Margie Rieske

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February, beautiful, cold, short, February. I call it beautiful because some of the best celebrations of the year are in February. We have St. Valentine’s Day, we have Mardi Gras in the U.S. and Carnival brings extravagant celebrations around the world. For me Sangria Sundays and like-minded others we have “The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival” $12 Pitchers in Framingham, Ma. This is like a family reunion for me. I will be Margarita Mondays laughing, talking, playing and listening to great music with dear $15 Pitchers friends both old and new. One of the best things about this festival is that it takes place in a hotel so it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside. I can wear my nice shoes without having to worry M-F in Seekonk about walking in the snow and cold. I will also be sharing wonderful tasty treats. As I have done for so many years before. This year’s menu will include, as requested by my friend Lisa Husted, my special Greens and Beans, my fresh made pasta in a simple olive oil and garlic sauce toped with toasted walnuts and a nicely aged cheese, I’ll also do Grandma’s Tomato Pie and for desert Baklava, which has been called “the best in the known universe”. One year I brought Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Traditional White Frosting. The fun of this event is that the hotel Famous for our Wings, reserves three floors for festival guests who usually bring instruments and join in jams Pulled Pork & Steak Tips throughout the area. People leave the doors Over 30 Flavors of Sauce to their rooms open inviting others to come in and join the music, both players and listenHuge Salads ers. People who ventured down the hall to 12 Ft 12 Beers on Draft our room that year would see the Red Velvet HD TV Cupcakes and I’d tell them that could have a cupcake but first they needed to either play or sing a song. We were visited by a woman that played a beautiful violin; I gave her two. I am now known as the “Cupcake Lady of Joe Val” I go by many names…most of them are good. Whatever you celebrate in February, may it be filled with dear friends, great music, and healthy happy beginnings with each day. If you have any questions or want to share thoughts on these and other receipts * Special Rules Apply you can contact me at or look for me on 152 • Seekonk MA• 508-761-6854 Facebook.

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FOR RENT Rehoboth: 1 Bed All efficiency Apartment, Utilities included, First floor $800/ month Security upfront. No Smoking Call Al or Marilyn 508-252-2399

Ford E150 Van 1999 4.2L/6-cyl. Light Blue w/gray interior. Sliding side cargo door with glass. AM/FM radio. Air cond. 138,000 miles. Many recent repairs and improvements. Good Condition $2500.00 Len 401-438-0535 FOR SALE: HO Scale Trains – 80’s and up in original boxes – 50+ engines, cars, tracks, transformers, and some sets. $500.00 firm. 508-252-3011 before 9:00pm


HELP WANTED: Sales and Construction Positions Available. Full or Part Time working for a renewable energy company. For Seekonk - 2-bedroom/5-room duplex Construction position: Carpentry Experience apartment; fully applianced kitchen; is a must. Cannot be afraid of heights. Email portable washer/dryer; 2-vehicle off- resume to or street parking ; no pets, non-smokers. Call 401-663-2532 $900 includes water, no  utilities; first, Personal care assistant needed last month and security; (508) 252-5737. for elderly disabled veteran in Rehoboth. Seekonk: Newly renovated 2nd-floor Seven 1 hour shifts M-Sat mornings & one-bedroom apt. available immediately, Saturday evening available. $11/hr Excellent appliances and water, no utilities/no pets/ references required Call 774.565.0156 no smokers, off-street parking $675; with HELP WANTED: “SENIOR AIDE” Prime garage $725; first and security  (508) 252Time Adult Day Program Dighton, MA. Must 5737. be age 55 or older and meet annual income Two Bedroom apartment. 1 1/2 guidelines; 1 person household: $13,953.00, baths. Two Family Owner occupied, 2 person household: $18,913.00. Part TimeAppliances included. W/W carpeting, 20 hours/week. Must be able to work well California redwood walls. Washer & Dryer with Elders. For more information please hookup in apartment, Large yard and call. The Dighton Council on Aging 508-8230095 (e213) Parking. No Smoking $1000 /MO First and Last willing to work on security with right Tenant. Available March 1, 2013 Rehoboth. Mike 774-991-1333 APPLIANCE REMOVAL: Insured & Rumford 2BR house for rent 1000/m Bonded (indoor/outdoor); Cost: $50.00 plus utilities. Large Yard, Large Storage, removal; Call: 508-328-0028. Washer/Dryer Quiet Street, Pets, smoking ok. Call Joe 401 447 0733


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(cont.) GENERAL SERVICES NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING, ENERGY HEALING AND MORE... A holistic approach to wellness, weight loss, improved immune system and more... LOCATION: Seekonk CONTACT: Dawn Parente, NC, HHP, Energy Healer 774-991-0695 visit: www. A 2 Z C L E A N O U T SE R V I C E S A 2 Z CLEANOUT SERVICES has been in Business for nearly 10 Years. We pride ourselves in Quality Service at Affordable Prices. We do a COMPLETE Cleanout not just “Cherry Picking” the good stuff. We are Fully Insured for YOUR protection! We do single items to complete homes including ATTICS, BASEMENTS, GARAGES, SHEDS, YARDS, COMMERCIAL, AND STORAGE UNITS. Call Tim Cummings 508-369-9067

TUTORING TUTORING: Private tutoring of your child in your home. Grades K-8: all subjects. High School: Math, all levels. Experienced teacher, engineer, tutor, homeschooling Mom. References available. Kilian 508252-4413,

CLASSES / LESSONS EXPERIENCED TEACHER OF PIANO, VOICE AND ORGAN: Classical & popular. Beginners & Advanced. All ages. Traditional and modern methods. Natalie Lawton, M.A. 45 Central Avenue, North Seekonk, MA 508-761-3334 PIANO LESSONS: Taught in my home, both classical and popular to persons of all ages. Anita Russo, 8 Terrybrooke Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4208.

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February Business Directory CATEGORY






Appliance Removal

PVE Metals



ALKO Electric


Appliance Repairs

Affordable Appliance Repair Co.



Dorrance Electric


Appliance Repairs

McPartland Appliance Repairs



Greaves Electric


Appliance Store

Iz Schwartz Appliance, Inc.



Neal Bellavance Electric


Art Supplies/Framing

Gregory D. Dorrance, Co.



MJD Excavating, Inc.



Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto


Fence Installation

Fence Tech



Donald E. MacManus, Attorney



Foxx Fence



Laurie P. Mullen


Fitness - Dance Zumba with Liz Morrell



Law Office of David J. Marciello


Flooring - All Types

Armoush Flooring



Law Office of Luke P. Travis


Flooring - All Types

Custom Linocraft



Lori O’Brien-Foeri


Flooring - Wood

David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors


Auto Body

Sousa’s Auto Body


Florist Anjulan’s Florist & Gardens


Auto Body

Tri Star Autobody, Inc.



Seekonk Floral Design


Auto Body Shop

Seekonk Auto Body


For Sale

Robert P. Murphy


Auto Dealers

Hot Rides INC


Fuel - Electric & Gas

National Grid


Auto Repairs

New England Tire


Fuel - Oil

Affordable Fuel


Auto Repairs

Somerset Chrysler Jeep


Fuel - Oil

Al’s Quality Oil Co.


Auto Salvage

Seekonk Auto Salvage


Fuel - Oil




Coastway Community Bank


Fuel - Oil

E & V Oil Co.


Building Contractor

A. M. Carpentry


Fuel - Oil

Ferreira Oil, Inc.


Building Contractor

DTP Construction


Fuel - Oil

Pricerite Discount Heating Oil



Ferreira Builders, Inc.


Gift Shop

The Claddagh Connection


Carpentry - Finish

Cosimini Construction


Glass Fabricator Anawan Glass & Mirror Inc.


Carpet Cleaning

M & S Carpet & Upholstery


Health & Fitness

Bliss Life Yoga & Wellness


Child Care



Health & Fitness

Create Health Wealth


Child Care

Citizens For Citizens - Attn. Carol


Health & Fitness

Shake It Up Fitness & More


Child Care Teddy Bear Learning & Daycare


Health Care

Community VNA


Child Care

Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center


Heating & Air Taylor Heating-Air Conditioning


Chimney Cleaning

RJD & Sons - Chimney Sweep


Heating Service

Almeida’s Heating Service


Chimney Services

Peace of Mind Chimney Sweep


Heating Service

COD Heating



Mobley Family Chiropractic


Heating Service

Larry’s Heating & A.C.



Rehoboth Family Chiropractic


Heating Service



Cleaning Service

Debbie’s Cleaning Service


Collectibles Wexler’s Collectibles


Computer Repair

ICU 4 PC’s



American Mobile Mix Concrete Inc.


Consignment Store

Saks Consignment


Dance Studio

Arthur Murray


Dance Studio

Festival Ballet Providence



Dr. Wassouf D.D.S.



Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC



Ritebite Dental



Romani Orthodontics


Disposal Service

Professional Duct Cleaning


Dog Grooming

Groom & Style


Dog Services

Canine Mastery, Inc


Elder Care

Sacred Heart Church


New England tax Service Geoffrey Holt Reasonable Rates Seniors and Veterans Discount In Home Appointments Available

508.336.9052 401.935.1973

30 Yrs Experience


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Home Products

Fuller Brush - Earl Goff Jr.


Real Estate

Blu Sky Real Estate



Comfort Inn & Suites


Real Estate

David Smith, Century 21


Insurance Agency

Lefebvre Smith Insurance


Real Estate

Mateus Realty



Attleboro Jewelry Makers


Real Estate

ReMax Rivers Edge



Attleboro Jewelry Makers



Batty Construction


Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens Direct, Inc



Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon


Landscape Service

Bee Green Lawncare, LLC.



Country Kitchen


Landscape Service

Big Sky Landscaping



Fratello Ristorante


Limousine Service

A Good Time Limousine



Tito’s Cantina


Limousine Service

Lea Limousine Service



Vino’s Family Cafe


Marble Fabricators

Star Marble & Granite


Roofing Contractor

B & R Fournier Construction, Inc.


Martial Arts

Lima’s Tae Kwon-Do Karate


Roofing Contractor

Tabeleys Roofing


Martial Arts

USA Karate


Security Systems

Home & Commercial Security


Masonry-Construction StoneScapes - Mark Carvalho


Septic Inspections

Pro Inspection Services-Steven Drew 94

Massage Therapy

URelax BodyWork


Septic Systems

Fisk Contracting


Doug’s Music Retail & Learning Centr 83

Septic Systems-Cleanin Bay State Sewage Disposal, Inc.



Ray Mullin Music


Septic Systems-Cleanin Croome Sanitation, Inc.


Musical Instruction

School of Rock


Septic Systems-Cleanin Soares Sanitation Pumping, Inc.



Brown Center


Septic Systems-Cleanin Town Sanitation



Romani Orthodontics


Septic/Trash Removal

A. Viera Disposal


Painting Contractor

Advantage Painting


Solar Energy

RAB Construction Corp.


Painting Contractor

Cronan Painting


Solar Energy

RAB Construction Corp.


Painting Contractor

Delisle & Son Painting & Repair


Special Needs

Lori O’Brien-Foeri


Painting Contractor EZ Painting


Sports-Baseball/Softball Riverside Softball / Riverside Baseball 58

Painting Contractor

Iachetti Painting Company


Tax Consultant Edward Ameen Agency, Inc


Painting Contractor

Lundco Painting LLC.


Tax Preparation

New England Tax Service, Inc.


Pet Services

Rehoboth Pet Care


Theatres - Live

Trinity Repertory Company



Fetching Photography


Trash Removal

Cleanway Disposal & Recycling



Sturdy Memorial Hospital


Trash/Junk Removal

Big Blue Removal Service


Plastering & Painting

David Laurino - Plastering


Tree Service

Advanced Tree


Plumbing & Heating

Sine Plumbing & Heating


Tree Service

Choate Tree Service


Plumbing & Heating

Vintage Plumbing & Heating


Tree Service

Seekonk Tree



The Green Crayon Preschool



Bristol County Vet. - Renewal Paws


Private School

Barrington Christian Academy


Water Treatment Water Filter Company, Inc.


Private School

The Pinecroft School


Weight Loss


Real Estate

Aubin Realty



Medi-Weight Loss Clinic

Title 5 Inspection Voluntary Assessments Septic Systems • Cesspools

* Not affiliated with any septic system installation or pumping co.


Discount On Title V Inspection not to be combined w/ any other offer

Est. 1995


Professional Inspection Services Call Steven Drew • 508-667-4025

No Mess! We Hand-Dig

MassDEP Approved Title 5 Inspector

Commercial & Residential

Year-Round Service


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