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DECEMBER 2013 Volume 9, no. 12


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East Providence News Briefs By Bob Rodericks

Lemont Returns to Run City Former city manager Paul Lemont has been hired by the East Providence City Council to be the interim city manager. However, not sounding like your typical “interim” appointment, Lemont wants the job back on a permanent basis. Lemont was not retained by a former city council in 2003 who refused to keep him in office after the city lost one or more costly discrimination lawsuits. Former city Tax Assessor Ali Khorasani won a $580,000 bias claim against the city. Khorasani claimed that he had been subjected to ethnic harassment and abuse. The complaint said that former city manager Paul Lemont and a former public works director “created a hostile work environment” and then retaliated against him when Khorasani complained to the state human rights commission in 1994. Former city councilman Patrick Rogers said that the case was a “taxpayer-funded bailout for bad beahavior by LeMont and his public works director. Rogers called on LeMont to resign. “LeMont’s conduct was egregious and now taxpayers will have to pay,” said Rogers. A new city council did not return Lemont as manager. At the time Lemont said - as he still maintains that the city should have appealed the Khorasani court decision. Legal advice at that time, however, recommended against an appeal. “It was felt that the city could lose even more money in big fines and penalties if we filed an appeal,” said legal opinions back then. “If Mr. Khorasani’s complaints had been taken seriously and corrective action taken, this would never have happened,” said Thomas McAndrew, attorney for Khorasani (and several other litigants against the city). “I look forward to coming back,” said Lemont. “I think I can help bring back our city. When I was here I knew where every penny was spent. I will do that again,” he stated. Lemont also said he wants to deal with the police controversy in the city. Rank and file officers have not been supportive of police chief Joseph Tavares. Tavares, an EPHS graduate, came to the EP police department after a career with the Warwick police. Local officers believed that they had sufficient candidates for the job of chief, from within their own ranks. Lemont said that the “arbitrators have spoken and the department must accept the Chief. I want to make it all work. We

can be an All American City again.” he said. Lemont also made no secret about his disagreement with the decision to establish a state budget commission in the city. Lemont now will be forced to work with the state-appointed Finance Advisor, Paul Luba, who is essentially in control of city finances in the absence of the state budget commission. “We did this ourselves before (good budget management) and we did a good job. I had Jim McDonald (former finance manager) and we ran a tight ship,” Lemont told onlookers after his appointment. “We’ll work together well,” he said referring to Luba, “but time will tell.” Lemont was known to be a nononsense administrator during his prior tenure, and also one who is not afraid to back down from a challenge. In one celebrated incident, several sources have confirmed that LeMont and former schools superintendent Taras Herbowy, had to be physically separated during an argument in front of a Warren Avenue restaurant years ago. “It was a pretty good argument,” said one eye-witness to the exchange.

Manager Peter Graczykowski Out: The reason that long time former manager Paul Lemont is back is because Peter Graczykowski has been finally fired after a short tenure as city manager. Graczykowski, although hired by a prior city council in September of 2011, was never given a binding employment contract. Ward 2 councilman Helder Cunha introduced a resolution to have the city manager suspended and then fired. Graczykowski had raised some eyebrows with a couple of controversial decisions of late. In what some see as a favor to those who opposed the hiring of police chief Joseph Tavares, Graczykowski had suspended the police chief and seemed ready to fire the chief. Then in a move that angered some rank and file city employees and others, Graczykowski included hefty raises totaling several thousand dollars each for a few top city administrators, including himself. That proposed raise was removed by the city council in its’ final budget approval. Graczykowski was also taken to task by the head of the RI State Police who were called into the city to investigate several matters. “On its face, it appears that Mr. Graczykowski is attempting to interfere with a Rhode Island State Police investigation. I am bringing this

to your attention because it is troubling, at best, to understand why a person in such a position cannot comprehend the separation of power and authority between his position and that of the Rhode Island State Police,” said Colonel Stephen O’Donnell. He didn’t pull any punches as he added, “As I am certain that you are aware, Mr. Graczykowski himself was just recently the subject of our (state police) probe, referred to us by the Budget Commission, into possible wrongdoings in the City of East Providence. Recently, Police Chief Joseph Tavares has filed a harassment claim against the city through noted attorney Thomas McAndrew. That charge is pending. Most of the city council seemed to have had enough of the Graczykowski tenure. However ward continued on next page...

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4 councilor Chrissy Rossi did not vote for his firing. “As I have done extensive work on our city’s budget this year, I can tell you that the money is not in the budget (to pay off Mr. Graczykowski) if he is fired. Passing this resolution will blow the budget a scant 5 days into our new fiscal year. Furthermore, under the leadership of this city manager, this city survived a budget commission, produced a fiscally sound budget for the current fiscal year with a surplus of over $3.5M to be used for the synchronization of the city’s fiscal year, raised our bond rating and has successfully consolidated many city departments and services with the blessings of the Budget Commission. Our financial outlook is positive, stable and the city hasn’t been this strong in years. He is doing a good job!” Rossi continued in her defense of the soon to be deposed city manager. “As you can see, I am not in support of this resolution for many good reasons.” The council resolution passed and stated that: “ NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Manager is hereby removed from office without cause. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City Manager is hereby immediately suspended from office. The resolution become effective upon its passage.

Elected Mayor for East Providence? The controversy over the city manager in the city has once again given rise to the question of East Providence’s form of government. It has come up before and has been closely defeated by voters although momentum has been growing for those in favor of a change. Essentially many in the city - mostly identified with the Democratic party - have been touting the advantages they see in an elected Mayoral form of government. Supporters point out that several cities have this form of government citing Providence, Cranston, Warwick, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland and Woonsocket. Bristol has an elected ‘town administrator’ and several other smaller towns have the city or town manager form like East Providence. Barrington and Warren have elected town councils and appointed town administrators. Their councils have ‘presidents’ of the board selected by their council or board members. East Providence selected an appointed city manager type governance with an elected city council with 4 geographic wards and one at-large seat when it became a city in 1958. Last month the city council heard a proposal from former Democratic State Representative, Sandra Barone. Barone urged the council to allow voters to

again select a change in the city form of government. Barone said that “it is time to let more than three people select our city manager,” said Barone. Barone is referring to the fact that voters only vote for their ward council person and an at large seat. This means that voters only select two of the five council members and have no direct say on the city manager selection. Ward three councilman Tom Rose presented a resolution to start the process for voters to elect a strong mayor form of government, which would eliminate the current city manager style. The council seems supportive of the notion that city voters should have the final say on whether the form of government should be changed. After a review by city lawyers, the necessary logistics will begin toward the charter amendment questions for the 2014 election. City voters can expect a spirited campaign both for and against a change in the form of government.

Missing Gun: WPRI and WJAR television stations reported late last month that state and local investigators are still looking for a gun which may have been stolen from the home of an East Providence police officer. The gun was thought to be somewhere in a home in Cranston. A local youth has been questioned in the matter. He may have taken the gun from his own home according to authorities involved.

Rose Larisa Park Controversy:

Although the vast majority of residents who addressed the city council in November asked the council to return the official name of ‘Rose Larisa Park’ back to its original name of Crescent Park, a divided council voted 3 to 2 to keep the Rose Larisa Park name. Ward 3 councilman Tom Rose had introduced a resolution to change the name. Rose’s resolution stated, in part: “WHEREAS, Crescent Park was established on or about 1886 as an amusement park on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Riverside; and WHEREAS, the Crescent Park Looff Carousel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; and WHEREAS, when Crescent Park was auctioned off, a dedicated group of five local residents,

Gail Durfee, Jobelle (Tracy) Aguiar, Richard Lund, Linda McEntee, Robin Peacock to include a dedicated volunteer Rose Larisa rescued the Crescent Park Looff Carousel from being sold; and WHEREAS, the Crescent Park Looff Carousel has been fully restored and continues to operate each season with the assistance of the loyal Edward Serowik, Sr.; and WHEREAS, the land and beach adjacent to the Crescent Park Looff Carousel ... was named Rose Larisa Memorial Park by vote of the City Council in 2002; and WHEREAS, residents of the City of East Providence have requested that the name, in honor of those five (5) local citizens and a dedicated volunteer who rescued this property and carousel, be returned to its original name, Crescent Park. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of East Providence hereby names this land as: CRESCENT PARK. The discussion by members of the public was long and emotional as two of the remaining ‘Crescent Park Five’, Linda McEntee and Jobelle Tracy Aguiar, spoke strongly in favor of changing the waterfront park’s name back to Crescent Park. Opponents of the Rose Larisa name claimed that the decision to name the park after Larisa was done after midnight at the end of a long meeting in 2002. At that time, Mrs. Larisa’s son - former Mayor Joe Larisa - was a controlling member of the city council. Joe Larisa spoke twice during the November meeting, urging the current council to “respect and protect the integrity of memorials in the city...”. Larisa compared the naming of Rose Larisa Park to other memorials in the city like “Edward R. Martin and Myron J. Francis schools.” Although crediting the late Gail Durfee with helping his mother greatly, Larisa told the current council that his mother was the person most responsible for saving the land that is in question. Mrs. Larisa was a former State Representative and was not part of the group of litigants involved in stopping the sale of the Crescent Park Carousel to developers Kelly and Picerne. Larisa supporters point out that the carousel is different from the waterfront park across the street. Larisa read from a letter he said was written by the late Gail Durfee in which she backed the effort of the former council to name the area after Rose Larisa. “Please do not undo history,” said Joe Larisa. But several speakers wanted the park to revert back to its’ original name, Crescent Park. The daughter of Gail Durfee, Karen Bodell, spoke in favor of changing the name back. “I speak on behalf of my mother when I tell you that she wanted it to be called Crescent Park”, said an emotional Bodell. Her son and Durfee’s grandson Jason Bodell also recounted the family’s hope that the park would be called Crescent Park.

December 2013 The Reporter McEntee disputed Larisa’s claim that it was his mother who led the fight to save the waterfront acres. “...our original agreement was to save the carousel and preserve the land next to the water,” she said. “It was signed by just the five of us.” Jobelle Tracy told the council that she never knew the council in 2002 was scheduled to vote on a memorial name. “I would have been there and so would many others. Call it what you want, it will always be Crescent Park to me,” she maintained. Referring to comments that a single plaque should be erected which inscribes the names of the Crescent Park Five and Rose Larisa, Linda McEntee said that “We’re not fighting for this or a statue. We’re fighting for Crescent Park.” While many residents spoke in favor of the Crescent Park name, Larisa supporters were generally current or former elected officials. Former councilman and Larisa ally Robert Cusack spoke in Larisa’s favor. Also speaking in favor of keeping the name Rose Larisa was former Mayor Bruce Rogers and current canvassing board member Tom Riley. Although prior to the meeting some on the council told the Reporter that they would favor “letting the people decide in a ballot vote,” the council went ahead and defeated the Rose motion by a 3 to 2 vote. Mayor Jim Briden was joined by Chrissy Rossi, Ward 4 and Tracy Capobianco, at-large, to keep the Larisa name. Rose and Helder Cunha, Ward 2 voted for the Crescent Park name. It is believed that this issue came to a head after the passing this summer of Gail Durfee. It appeared that this discussion led to the perceived “slight” that the so-called Crescent Park five received in the minds of many. For many that night the waterfront park will always remain known as Crescent Park.

EPHS Principal & School Superintendent Respond Slow Progress in Improving Graduation Rate

A word that EPHS principal Janet Sheehan likes to use whether she addresses the student body at East Providence High School or parents or teachers, is rigor. “I want to hold this high school to the highest standards and keep a rigor in our curriculum,” said Principal Sheehan during an interview in her office. Acknowledging that the graduation requirements for her high school students are actually a bit tougher than the state’s minimum mandates, Sheehan denied that she is “too tough”. “She is tough and I’m glad that she is,” said Superintendent of Schools, Kim Mercer. Mercer and Dawn August, Curriculum Coordinator also joined Sheehan in meeting with The Reporter regarding recently released graduation rates across Rhode Island. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief – Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island – at the Providence Grad Nation Summit attended by policy makers, education leaders, state agencies, business leaders, youth, and other community members. The Issue Brief presents detailed graduation and dropout rates for every school and district in Rhode Island, research on warning signs and risk factors of dropping out, and key strategies for dropout intervention and recovery, increased graduation rates, and college readiness. Rhode Island’s four year graduation rate has been steadily increasing in recent years, from 70% in 2007 to 77% in 2012. Disparities continue to exist within this overall increase. In Rhode Island, students in several sub-populations have lower graduation rates that their peers, including: English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and low-income students. Minority students also are more likely than White students to drop out. The lowest graduation rates are in the four core cities, Central Falls (68%), Pawtucket (67%), Providence (65%), and Woonsocket (65%). The results for East Providence High School were not good enough for school leaders. The state graduation rate for 2012 was 77% while the 2012 EPHS rate was 71%. 16% of 9th graders entering EPHS in 2008-09 did not graduate on time with their classmates in 2012. By comparison, Barrington, Classical and East Greenwich had a 1% dropout rate. Cranston’s rate was 12%, Coventry was at 8% and Warwick averaged 10% dropping out. High Schools with a higher dropout rate than East Providence were Rogers (19%), Shea (21%), Tolman (18%), Central (22%), Hope (23%), Providence Tech. Academy (27%), West Warwick (17%) Woonsocket (22%) and Mount Pleasant (30%). There are many ways in which officials calculate dropout rates. It can get complicated as districts must allow for students moving into and leaving the district as well as other factors. The school report card issued by the RI Department of Education lists the EPHS composite graduation rate at 74.3%, with a targeted goal of 80.6%. “The student group has fallen short of the target but has made sufficient progress,” said the data narrative. “The high school is blessed with many good students and extremely hard working teachers,” said Sheehan. “We offer many curriculum and tutorial efforts to reach out and help our students. There are programs like the literacy lab, Achieve 3000, literacy intervention, several math programs including those whereby students can work at their own pace continued on next page...

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from home,” added Sheehan. “We calculate reading levels and are searching to re-align all curriculum,” said curriculum director Dawn August. “Hopefully there will be an exposure of K-12 discrepancies and we can have common assessments,” added August. When asked if East Providence’s demographics and socio economic status was a hurdle for educators, Superintendent Mercer would only say, “It is up to us, the educators. All kids can learn. We must provide a way in which our kids will learn. We are constantly communicating with parents. There is much available to their students,” continued Mercer. “I continue to believe in a rigorous educational program for our kids,” said Sheehan. “I will tell you, though, that I would like to see our students come here (high school) with better skills, with necessary skills to succeed,” Sheehan added. “Yes we will work on Common Core Assessments, K-12 alignments, differentiated instruction for those who need it and professional development for our teachers,” said Mercer. Mercer, August and Sheehan agreed that school reform usually happens from “high school - down”. “It needs to flow throughout the system, K through 12. The state report also listed a number of factors or “early warning signs” that can “predict students at risk for dropping out, including reading below grade level at the end of third grade; poor course performance; ongoing patterns of absenteeism or tardiness; and multiple suspensions or other behavior problems. Research shows that reading at grade level by the end of third grade, attendance, behavior, and course performance can be tracked and monitored to successfully identify and intervene with students who are most at risk of dropping out.”

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Prescription Drug Take Back Event A Success Nation Wide and Locally!

In the United States, 647,211 pounds or 324 tons; in Rhode Island, 2,171 pounds; in East Providence alone, 184 pounds. This is the amount of expired and unwanted medications that were turned in for safe and proper disposal during the most recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 26th. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 5,683 sites participated in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. It was the second-largest collection of medications in seven Take-Back Days. More than 3.4 million pounds of medication have been removed from circulation as a result of the seven events. “These take-back events highlight the problems related to prescription drug abuse and provide a unique and meaningful service to our citizens. While we continue to finalize a uniform system for prescription drug disposal, we will continue to sponsor these take-back opportunities and give Americans the opportunity to contribute to the solution”, states DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart in a news release. According to the DEA, the majority of abuse prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. The take-back events are designed to give people an environmentally friendly way to dispose of their medications, without having to flush them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. In recent years, medications have been found in the nation’s water supplies, and have been retrieved from the trash by people who want to abuse or sell them. The most recent Take-Back event was a collaboration between the East Providence Police Department, the East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC) and the DEA. For the date and locations of the next Prescription Drug Take-Back Event, visit the DEA website takeback/ or contact the EPPC at 401-435-1923.

East Providence Recreation 2013 TURKEY TROT ROAD RACE RESULTS The East Providence Parks & Recreation Department sponsored the 33rd annual Turkey Trot Charity Road Race on Saturday, November 23, 2013. There were 44 runners in the 4.3 mile fun run. Special thanks to race official Edward Cronan, the East Providence Police Dept. for ensuring the safety of the event, Pat LaChance and Bill Caine for their support and generous donations, and the volunteer staff for their assistance and dedication, and event photographer, Mark Spremulli. Deepest appreciation to this year’s sponsors, DiLuise Bakery of Cranston, RI; Scialo’s Bakery of Riverside Ri; and Sam’s Club of Seekonk MA.

Race results are as follows:

Winner of the Edward Cronan Sr. Memorial trophy is: Mike Karikas, 31:47. This award is presented to the first East Providence resident to finish the race. Division Winners: MALE FEMALE Junior (18 & under) Joseph O’Rourke, 28:57 Angela Leonardo, 35:30 Open (19-39) Andrew Sabourin, 27:1 Rachael Procter, 33:06 Master (40-49) John Thomas, 28:45 Laurie Dupuis, 35:01 Senior (50-59) Joe DeMenezes, 29:02 Pat LaChance, 34:00 Grand Master (60-69) Bob Wallace, 31:46 Diamond Master (70+) Joe Drugan, 33:52 The list of all race finishers: Andrew Sabourin, 27:11; John Thomas, 28:45; Joseph O’Rourke, 28:57; Joe DeMenezes, 29:02; Chris Cory, 29:19; Robert J. Papa, Jr., 30:45; Bob Wallace, 31:46; Mike Karikas, 31:47; Glenn DelRoss, 32:18; John Martino, 32:24; Eric Benevides, 32:30; Rachael Procter, 33:06; Charles Paroline, 33:10; George Leonardo, 33:34; Joe Drugan, 33:52; Pat LaChance, 34:00; Laurie Pupuis, 35:01; Ron Blain, 35:21; Adam Roach, 35:26; Angela Leonardo, 35:30; Devon Goodwin, 36:37; Brian Drainville, 36:47; Michelle White, 36:49; Poyee Oster, 37:01, Lorene Corrente, 37:22; Anita Hadlock, 37:36; Jim Maloney, 38:13; Joseph Lydon, 39:42; David Martin, 40:56; Anna Wood, 41:34; Christopher Lambert, 41:35; Chris Ellis, 41:54; LuAnn Hall, 43:48; Patricia Kurzynski, 44:48; Stan Kurzynski, 44:50; Fred Zuleger III, 48:24; Lynne Goodwin, 55:50; Amanda Drainville, 55:51; Douglas Procter, 57:36; Jacob Oliver, 57:37; Meaghan Clark, 61:57; Allee Krause, 62:09; Judy Costa, 62:14; Lori MacDougal, 75:12.

Members of the EPPC collected over 184 pounds of unused or unwanted prescription drugs on October 26th in an effort to keep them out of the hands of youth and out of the water supply.

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Happy Birthday Pierce Field - 75 Years Old! Planning a Thanksgiving Day Party - 2014 By Bob Rodericks

Pierce Memorial Stadium was built under the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency of the Federal Government during the 1930’s. Completed in November of 1939, the stadium cost $300,000. The field bears the name of one of East Providence’s most prominent residents, W.B. Pierce who had bequeathed a trust fund to the town to save this land specifically for recreational use. On November 30, 1939 Pierce Memorial Stadium opened to the public in time for the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between East Providence and La Salle Academy. The Townies won, 10 to 0.

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A stone memorial inside the gates commemorates the time when both Babe Ruth and Ted Williams put on separate hitting exhibitions inside Pierce. In September 1941, Ruth put on a hitting exhibition and was followed the next day by Red Sox Great Ted Williams. The annual Rhode Island Matadors Invitational, a drum and bugle corps competition was held at one time inside the stadium, bringing thousands from all over southern New England. There were also rodeos and fireworks are still big on the Fourth of July. For most visitors to Pierce Stadium the feeling is the same. The entire Pierce complex is beautiful and professionally maintained. Pierce has long been considered one of the best outdoor athletic facilities in New England. Some consider it to be the best complex by far. The complex consists of its’ famous football stadium with lights, big baseball field with dimensions bigger than Fenway Park and several youth baseball and softball fields. The complex also includes a playground with basketball and tennis courts and walking paths. The field also hosts the city Heritage Days which is held every summer.

Thanksgiving day 2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of Pierce Field. City officials and supporters of Pierce Field and city recreation are starting to plan what may be a yearlong birthday party. “I have too many memories of Pierce to name just one,” said popular Pierce facility manager, Joe Medeiros. Medeiros has been in charge of everything at the sprawling athletic complex since 1991. Before coming to Pierce Field, Medeiros was responsible for maintaining the lush grounds of East Providence’s Metacomet Country Club. “When I think back about the history of Pierce Field, I think of more than local sports or football. Pierce has featured some very big events. In 1959, Harold Gomes of Providence fought and won the World Junior Lightweight boxing championship, in a national match set up in the field,” said Medeiros. “We have also witnessed some major soccer events through the years with world class athletes like Portugal’s Eusébio who played in a soccer game before 12,000 fans in 1980.” Medeiros went on to point out other major events through the years. There were many concerts featuring national acts like America, Three Dog Night, The Guess Friends of Townie Athletics Boosters in the new high school gym. Who, and Bonnie Raitt to mention some. Junior Butler, Joe Medeiros, Stephanie Vinhateiro.

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Pierce game,” said Alan Segee of Johnson & Wales back in April. The latter sentiment is similar to that of anyone who has used the facilities at Pierce Field. And so the city is preparing for a 75th birthday party for Mr. Pierce’s land known affectionately as Pierce Memorial Field. “For anyone who has grown up in East Providence, Pierce Field is certainly an iconic location. My memories of Pierce are fond and numerous, so it’s virtually impossible to designate a “favorite”. The mere mention of the name “Pierce Field” brings me back to my early childhood spending summer days at the rec. department’s playground program. Who can forget the epic Townie grid iron battles led by the Silva brothers or the stunning overtime field goal by Sam Lovett?! What’s better than lounging on the stadium grass listening to a Heritage Festival concert on a beautiful summer night? Graduations, sporting events, summer time fun, and the list goes on and on…”, adds Diane Sullivan, City Recreation Coordinator. Joe Medeiros has seen it all. He has played on all the fields as a youth growing up in East Providence and he now maintains this special place for thousands of youth and adults to enjoy. His task, however, is getting very difficult as the current economic conditions are allowing him very little resources beyond his own elbow grease to keep Pierce alive. The chorus in East Providence and beyond is saying Happy Birthday Pierce Field and thanks to Joe Medeiros, a Townie and one of the humble, good guys.

Joe Medeiros at McCoy Stadium Talk to anyone with any knowledge of Pierce Field and the theme is always the same. Pierce Field wouldn’t be Pierce Field without Joe Medeiros. Indeed it is Medeiros who is the lifeline for the complex. It’s hard however to get Medeiros to talk about himself. He immediately credits other workers, of which said numbers are dwindling. With city cutbacks in services, the stadium is starting to show signs of wear and tear. “We make it work,” said Medeiros from his stadium office which is slightly bigger than a closet. Medeiros is a 1975 graduate of East Providence High School and loves his job. “I practically live here and just love keeping this place in as good as condition as possible.” In fact Medeiros is so good at his job that the Pawtucket Red Sox have come calling. When he can fit it in, Medeiros works the ground crew at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket during home night games. Although he quickly credits parks and recreation staffers and others - “we have a great team here”, it’s is clear that Medeiros is the glue that keeps everything together as the cash strapped city tries to maintain the Pierce Complex. “Despite its long and rich history, Pierce field’s reputation as one of the best outdoor facilities in the state really took off when Joe Medeiros was hired in the early 90’s as the facility manager,” said city recreation coordinator, Diane Sullivan. “It’s not only Joe’s expertise in field maintenance that has elevated Pierce to a premier venue but his friendly and accommodating style. His personal attention to each event has developed a wonderful rapport between the Recreation department and the community,” continued Sullivan. Area colleges have also rented out baseball or football fields at Pierce. “It was a good deal for them and it helped us with some income to paint and replant grass seed, etc. every year”, said Medeiros. However, no other school or college is renting Pierce currently. Johnson & Wales University was playing its home baseball games at Pierce but recently built its own complex. “After 17 years Johnson & Wales University athletics is saying goodbye to Pierce Memorial Field Complex. It has been a great relationship with Joe Medeiros and his staff. I can’t say enough about the job that they have done for our athletes. While I am beyond excited about our new on campus field complex it is bittersweet to say goodbye to Joe and his staff today at our final

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“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” …Virginia O’Hanlon (1889–1971)

A Townie Adaptation... By Bob Rodericks Generations of children have wondered about the existence of Santa Claus. How have you dealt with this issue in your family? Will Santa visit East Providence? Would the former budget commission allow a Santa visit to East Providence city hall or the carousel? Will you great Santa when he visits the Crescent Park Carousel and City Hall? Well the most famous case of a child questioning the validity of Santa Claus was in 1897 when 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York famously asked that yearning question – is there a Santa Claus? Taking the advice of her father, Virginia posed the question to The Sun, New York’s prominent newspaper at the time. Columnist Francis Church answered Miss O’Hanlon with a response that has become as synonymous with Christmas as the man whose existence was in question: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”. Virginia’s father, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon suggested that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so,” he told his daughter. Editor Francis Church seized upon an opportunity to answer little Virginia’s question and address the more serious philosophical issues behind it. The NY paper printed the letter and response in a less than prominent place in its’ paper but the letter received an enormous response from the public. There of course were no computers in those days, but if the internet existed it’s safe to say the “Virginia” letter and response would have gone viral. Over 100 years later it is still one of the most reprinted editorials to run anywhere in the world. The ‘Virginia’ letter has appeared in movies, books, editorials movies and on posters and stamps. Santa paid a visit to the Carousel on November 30 Some have questioned if Virginia O’Hanlon ever really wrote the letter, doubting that some of the phrases in the letter such as “my little friends” was an age appropriate comment. The History Channel, in a special that aired on February 21, 2001, noted that Virginia gave the original letter to a granddaughter, who pasted it in a scrapbook. It was feared that the letter was destroyed in a house fire, but 30 years later, it was discovered intact. Virginia’s letter, however, was authenticated in 1997 by Kathleen Guzman, an appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow. In a July 1997 show, the

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letter was appraised at a $20,000–$30,000 value. Here is 8 year old Miss O’Hanlon’s 1897 letter to the New York paper:


I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia O’Hanlon. 115 West Ninety-Fifth Street

NY Sun reporter Church responded in print with a long and very thoughtful response to young Virginia. It became his most remembered work in print, some 116 years ago. But I have adapted Church’s famous response so that it may apply to a young nonbeliever named Townie. Here is our adapted version of this famous editorial, Townie style: “TOWNIE, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, TOWNIE, whether they be adult’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours people, in their intellect, as compared with the boundless world about them, are measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, TOWNIE, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Children! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in hope! You might get your parents to hire people to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is not proof that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor adults can see. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen in the world. You may tear apart a baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest adult, nor even the united strength of all the strongest people that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, TOWNIE, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. You must keep that Townie Pride and believe! No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia and you, too, TOWNIE, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.” And so that famous saying was born, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”. Virginia O’Hanlon believed in Santa Claus until her death in 1971. Little Virginia eventually spent 43 years as an educator. While ill in 1969, Virginia received a visit from Santa Claus in her hospital bed. It was the first time she ever saw Santa in person. After kissing Virginia’s cheek, according to the New York Times, Santa told a reporter “She told me she still believes in Santa Claus.”

Virginia meeting Santa for the first time (Wikopedia) It appears obvious that Santa Claus does exist and will indeed visit East Providence, RI. Santa already came here just a few days ago as he visited the famous Crescent Park Carousel on Saturday, November 30th. All children had a wonderful time. “He was the real Santa!,” said an excited Jonathan R. Although his brother Michael was seen whispering to friends that he thought it may have been an assistant Santa! Santa is also coming to East Providence on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM. Santa arrives continued on page 20

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Thanks to some of our readers for offering a few thoughts on Santa and their own Christmas memories. Some of you contributed a story and didn’t want your full name used. That’s okay - but remember, Santa knows, he always knows: Julie Silva: “I believe...the magic of Christmas is a very important part of life.” Marti Monteiro: “For me, the answer is Yes. Santa is more than a man in a red suit in a magic sleigh. He is love and of kindness. His spirit inspires us to help those we’ve never even met with that anonymous gift or an act of charity and kindness. Santa breathes every time we reach into our pocket, fully knowing we don’t have much to give, but give anyway because we feel it is the right thing to do. Santa’s is the spirit of Christmas that inspires us all. When we stop believing in Santa, we stop believing in magic and that inspiration to do good even just one time a year, will disappear. In our home we believe in Santa.” Dotty S: I believe in Santa and always will. I didn’t know for sure when I was little but I didn’t want to take the chance so I always left cookies and milk out on Christmas Eve. You never know! Gail Duarte: “I remember baking cookies with my mother and grandmother and aunts. It was a big deal in my family. We baked every night after supper for a month. Some of the Italian goodies, like wandies and pizzelles, required an assembly line. My dad made the pizzelles one by one in a cast iron mold that got flipped to cook each side. Now I make them 4 at a time in an electric iron. I remember my uncle Bob snatching them right out of the iron and eating them with syrup like waffles. Listening to him and my Dad arguing over cookies is one of my favorite memories. Christmas eve at my aunt’s house. Family tradition. if you stayed long enough you would see everybody`s family and friends. Everyone knew you would be there and all were welcome. One year all the girls got baby dolls. Uncle bob made them beautiful wooden cradles, all the aunts contributed handmade clothes and bedding. I have more! Catholic school Christmas pageants. I was the announcing angel. “There is born unto you this day a Savior”. The year my cousins pulled down the tree. Ooh the white tree and the arguments over the balls. And that’s the “my childhood” stuff. Oh and singing with the EPHS Choraleers at the city tree lighting ceremony. Too cold!” Alan S: I liked the Xmas parties and all the lights in my neighborhood. We liked multi-color trees. Deb Medeiros: “I still believe in Santa Claus at 46 years old! My parents taught me that I had to believe if I wanted Christmas presents. I think I stopped believing as a teenager but soon realized that the real meaning of Santa was spiritual and not physical. I believe! Jason M: “My best memory was the first bike I got at Christmas. I loved that bike and rode it every day unless it was too cold. I also liked all the cookies my mother used to make. I miss her and those treats. Although we make cookies for my kids now. Almost as good!” Sarah M: “My family always enjoyed the religious aspect of Christmas. We didn’t push the Santa Claus message as much as we stressed the Holy Nativity and Christmas Mass. We especially liked midnight mass at St. Martha’s during the 1960’s. I am sorry that many churches don’t have midnight mass anymore.”

Paula Carlson Paiva: “I love this event! (Santa coming to the Carousel in EP) Santa is great and the carousel makes a great background for pictures!” Maria Iacuele: “Well Bob, I have two memories from Christmas that stand out. My mom used to have a paper on the wall with colored stars. If I was really good I would get a gold star. If I was doing something okay, a silver one. If I answered back, a red one. Well one day, she was calling for me and I mouthed off or something and she wanted me downstairs. I raced down the stairs and a silver star flew off of the paper. My mom said, “See what Santa did!” Years later she would laugh and say how lucky she was that she hadn’t attached it to tightly and the perfect timing of me racing downstairs and passing by it at that precise minute caused it to fall off. She said the look on my face was priceless. I AM SURE! After that, I was soooo good that year. I didn’t want another star to disappear. Because, for every silver and gold star I received, I got a present from Santa! And, then my other great memory was with my Daddy. Every year we would go to Garden City and ride the Reindeer ride at Christmas time and then sip hot chocolate that a local vendor was selling. I was heartbroken years later when that ride was gone when my own son was born. got me into the Christmas mode now Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Tricia Machado: “Growing up all of my Christmas Eve’s were spent around the (Christmas buffet) table, I can still hear the laughter and Auntie singing ‘Oh bring on the friggin puddin’! my all time favorite memory!” For this writer, Christmas has always been a highlight of the year. Christmas Eve was usually hosted by my parents and even though we grew up in a small home, our ‘Christmas Eve Open House’ was a staple for many family and lots of friends. My mom loved to cook and prepared a buffet table that dazzled. It was mostly Italian with all the side dishes. Mom’s trees were famous as she spent hours decorating right down to the hard to find tinsel that she put on every branch individually. She preferred Douglas Firs because the needles lasted long. The year she was sick my Dad, brothers and I bought the tree without her. It never made it in the house. “I’m getting dressed and we’re returning that ugly, crooked tree right now,” she laughed. And we did. Our tradition was to buy the ‘perfect’ tree from Farmer’s Market in Providence and then get Wimpy Skimpys and pizza at Caserta’s on Federal Hill. My wife, Diane, and I try to keep most of this tradition going today (except for Farmer’s Market which is gone) and, yes, I still believe in Santa - at least in spirit.

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Events & Activities December 7th

18th Annual “Spirit of Christmas” Mission Bazaar

Saturday, December 7, 2013 between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Newman Congregational Church will host their Eighteenth Annual Christmas Mission Bazaar to benefit various charities. Amongst the tables you will find fresh pine wreaths and ornaments; “Newman’s Own” Country Store featuring a variety of crafts, homemade jams, breads, snack mixes, and cookies. Ten Thousand Villages will provide baskets, instruments and other gifts from around the world. There will be hand knit items, quilted Christmas items, a quilt raffle, fleece scarves, handmade crafts, book table, and silent auction. You are sure to find treasures at “Newman Marcus” (our white elephant tables). Alternative gifts will be available. The kitchen is open for lunch. Bring your friends, and enjoy the festivities! Newman Church is located on the corner of Pawtucket and Newman Avenues in Rumford.

The Chorus Of East Providence Comes Home to Riverside For Two Holiday Performances

The ChoruS of East Providence is a diverse, intergenerational, non-auditioned group of people who love to sing. Their mission is to educate its members and the public about music and choral singing while fostering an appreciation of music by all and enhancing the cultural life of the community. The ChoruS of East Providence will perform at Saint Brendan Church under the direction of Beth Armstrong and accompanist Victoria Lambrozo in early December. The music of this season reflects a Mediterranean feeling during the two holiday concerts with the ChoruS. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 pm and Sunday December 8 at 4:00 pm Tickets for the Christmas Concerts are $15.00 - Seniors $12.00 Children under 12 are free. Please support the Food Pantry at Saint Brendan by bringing your generous contribution to the holiday concert. The ChoruS of East Providence is a proud supporter of the Food Pantry! Visit the ChoruS website: www.Chorus

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and Book Nook

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and Book Nook is now open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, and on the first Saturday of each month it is open from 10 am to 3 pm. St. Mary’s is located at 81 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914 (401) 434-7456

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will be Celebrating Christmas Eve with singing Christmas Carols at 5 pm with Mass to follow at 5:30 pm. All are invited to attend. St. Mary’s is located at 81 Warren Ave, East Providence RI (401) 434-7456.

St. Margaret Church Announces Parish Christmas Concert Sunday, December 15 4 PM

The St. Margaret Parish Adult and Children’s Choirs will be giving a Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 15, at 4 PM at St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford, RI. Under the direction of Mr. Ron Procopio, the choirs and soloists will offer traditional Christmas carols and songs celebrating the season. Following the musical program, a live presentation of the Nativity story will be presented by St. Margaret school children. The program is free and open to the public. A good will offering for the benefit of the East Providence Food Pantry will be most welcome.

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The church bazaar will be held Saturday on December 7 from 9AM-2PM. Table space is still available ($25.00/spot) There will be a free Community Lunch on Saturday December 28th from 11AM1PM.All are welcome. The thrift shop will be open as well. The Mission Board is looking for items to decorate the Mitten Tree. All items collected will be donated to the local family assistance office where they will be given to families in need. Children and adult items are needed. Donation of canned goods or gift certificates for the Thanksgiving baskets are also welcome. In January, our new minister Reverend Dave Hammett will be joining our church, please come and help us welcome him to our family.

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St. Brendan Forever Young Club will hold their Christmas meeting at the Wharf Tavern on December 10 at 12:00 noon. We are also sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods on Wednesday, December 11. The group will depart from the American Legion Hall, 830 Willett Ave at 8:00 a.m. and return there at 5:00 p.m. You do not need to be a member to take this trip. Cost is $22. Please call Ann at 437-0963.

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EPHS Classes of 1967, 1968 & 1969 will be holding a combined Class Reunion on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, Ma. For more info please contact Bill Moura (68) at 401-438-3344 or email ephsmulti@gmail. com. You can also “like” us on Facebook - EPHS Class Reunion 1967, 1968, 1969. Please share this information with all your classmates!

Christ is Christmas

This musical narration will ask, “What would it be like if Jesus were born today instead of 2000 years ago?” What: Live music and Narration When: Saturday December 7, 2013; 7 PM -8:30 Where: His Providence Church, 1275 Fall River Ave. Seekonk, MA 02771 [NAMCO Plaza] We will be collecting non-perishable food items for His Providence food Pantry.

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John Hunt House:

Special Holiday Open House December 8 Open 1 - 3:30pm 65 Hunts Mills Road

The holidays are special times at Hunt House with mantels, doorways, and stairwells crowned with greenery. Pomegranates, which echo the red of the Rumford Company colors, will be included in the decorations. Did you know that poms were grown as far north as Philadelphia in the 1760s and flourished at Jefferson’s Monticello? It would have been a very special treat to have them shipped north to Rehoboth. Please join EPHS for a cup of hot mulled cider and a Rumford treat. Count Rumford assures us he will be at Hunt House that day after visiting his newly rededicated bust at the Rumford Complex. And don’t miss the Teddy Bear hunt!

Ring of the Green. Joseph went to Brown, became a journalist and caught the attention of Pres. Roosevelt. The two became life long friends and Bishop was eventually put in charge of the Panama Canal project. Bishop’s great nephew, Chip Bishop, was raised in Woonsocket and heard many tales of this famous uncle. Several years ago, he wrote a critically acclaimed book titled,”The Lion and the Journalist, ” which details this friendship. With the Panama Canal turning 100 in 1914, we have asked Chip Bishop

to revisit EPHS in April after his return from Panama. So bring yourself and any child you can find (the one within?) to Hunt House on Dec 8th for a bear hunt on the grounds where Joseph Bucklin Bishop roamed as a boy. The bears will be waiting for you in the thickets and bushes – don’t be afraid. Will Count Rumford bring his teddy? And for those of you who wish to stay safely inside, there will the presidential ornament tree to admire.

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As some of you may know, we have the toy called a “Teddy” bear because of a hunting incident in which Pres. Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear. (For details, see Wikipedia.) In 1903, an enterprising toy manufacturer capitalized on the incident and the rest has been fun and games. What does a teddy bear hunt have to do with Hunt House open house? Well we could state the obvious: HUNT House, but of course the connection goes deeper than that. One of East Providence’s famous sons was Joseph Bucklin Bishop, born and raised at the Bishop Farm on the

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The EPHS is a volunteer organization in its 47th year dedicated to the preservation of local history. We maintain the 18th century John Hunt House Museum/ genealogy library at 65 Hunts Mills Road in the Hunts Mills Historic District, participate in the URI Master Gardening program, and provide educational programs open to the public. Hunt House Museum is open to all on the “2nd Sunday” of every month from 1-3:30 pm and by appointment. For more information visit or call 438-1750

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2013 Christmas Ornament.

Christmas Ornament Features Ponham Rocks Lighthouse

The Rumford Lions have introduced the 6th in a series of Christmas ornaments that depict historic icons of East Providence. The series has included the high school clock tower, the gate at Pierce Memorial Field, Weaver Library at Christmas time, a Christmas wreath with a banner that says Townie Pride, and the Alhambra Ballroom and the rollercoaster at Crescent Park. This year’s ornament is of the Ponham Rocks Lighthouse. Ornaments are available from any member of the Rumford Lions or you may order via mail at Rumford Lions, PO Box 4921, Rumford, RI 02916. Questions may be sent to or via telephone at 401 474-1212. The ornament, which was manufactured by the same company that makes official White House Christmas Ornament comes nicely boxed and includes an insert giving the history of the lighthouse. Not only will they look great on your Christmas Tree they also make great gifts for family, friends and co-workers. Also don’t forget that displaced Townie living E V WINTER SPECIAL in other areas of the country & world. A S .00 Ornaments are $16 each and if the orna0 2 Includes Lube, Oil & Filter, $ ment is to be mailed to you, add $2.00 per Tire Rotation, and Multi-Point Inspection ornament for postage. They may also be expires purchased at the Newman Congregational 12/31/13 Church Missions Bazaar (intersection of Newman & Pawtucket Avenues) on SaturFactory Authorized to Sell & Service ALL Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Vehicles day December 7th, and outside the Peirce Field main gate before the Thanksgiving football game. A limited number of ornaments from prior years are available. Please contact 401 474-1212 or email rumfordlions@cox. net for details. Allow 2 weeks for delivery.

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Slater Mill Receives Major Grant from Champlin Foundations

Capital grant will fund exterior renovations

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The trustees of the Old Slater Mill Association (OSMA) announce a generous grant of $483,000 from the Champlin Foundations to fund exterior preservation of the Slater Mill. The grant is the largest single award received by OSMA. Built by Almy, Brown & Slater and completed in 1793, the wood-framed Slater Mill is a National Historic Landmark and museum located on the banks of the Blackstone River in downtown Pawtucket. It is the first successful water-powered cotton-spinning mill in America, standing as a monument to the young nation’s transition from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy. The museum houses a library and an archive containing artifacts, textiles, books, and documents. Exhibits include an operating 16,000-pound waterwheel, a water-powered machine shop, and operating textile machinery. Some 11,000 school children from the surrounding communities visit the museum each year, as well as thousands of local, regional, national, and international visitors. “We are extremely grateful to the Champlin Foundations for their generous grant and for their recognition of Slater Mill as an important historic regional and national resource. The significant repairs to the mill’s exterior, funded by Champlin Foundations, will ensure that the museum remains sound and accessible to visitors for generations through interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the rich history of Samuel Slater and the enterprise that heralded the start of the American Industrial Revolution,” says OSMA Board President Jerauld Adams. Exterior capital improvements to the mill supported by the Champlin Foundations award include roof replacement, clapboard repair, and window restoration. Both in process and upon completion, the project will enhance museum programming by showcasing the work of historic preservation as part of the visitor and student experience. The Slater Mill museum is located at 67 Roosevelt Avenue, next to Pawtucket City Hall. It is open to the public seven days a week from May through October and open on weekends during March, April, and November. From December through February, Slater Mill museum is open to visitors by appointment. School groups are welcome throughout the year by appointment. Visit for further information about scheduled activities and programs.

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Federal Hill Annual Christmas Stroll

Providence. RI- The Federal Hill Commerce Association announces the Annual Christmas Stroll that will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 4:30-6:30pm. Rain,Snow or Shine! Festivities begin with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Carolers singing Italian Christmas Carols at 4:30 pm for the lighting of the Christmas Tree at St. Johns Park. Enjoy all the season’s festivities as you stroll Federal Hill to visit Santa, Mrs. Clause, The Very Merry Dickens Carolers, Story Telling, Facepainting, Refreshments, Dinner Specials and much more. Federal Hill Commerce Association, Inc. is a Rhode Island nonprofit 501 C3 corporation organized exclusively for the benefit of, to perform the function of, and to carry out the purposes of promoting the Federal Hill Area, to foster development, promotion and improvement of the Federal Hill Area, to work in cooperation with City officials, the City Council and other City Agencies toward these ends

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American Legion Post 10 Turkey Trot

American Legion Post 10 held its’ annual Turkey Trot on Friday November 22 in which 50 turkeys were raffled off & a basket full with all the trimmings & a turkey. Well over $1,000 was raised to support various American Legion charities. Thank you all who came out and supported this great event. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 located at 830 Willette Ave., Riverside will be hosting a Children’s Christmas Party at 1PM on Sunday December 15. There will be a special visit from Santa who will pass out presents to all the children in attendance. There will also be food, games, and more. The price of admission is one non-perishable food item which will be donated to the East Providence Community Center Food Pantry. For more information, please call 433-9859.

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People in the News Kent Hu of East Providence, R.I. Performs in College Choir Concert at McDaniel College Westminster, MD - Kent Hu, a Junior from East Providence, R.I., performs in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. The performance, which is free and open to the public, takes place Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m., in Baker Memorial Chapel. McDaniel’s 57th annual tree lighting ceremony follows the concert. The college choir presents “A Choral Banquet” under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, music professor and department chair, with David Kreider serving as accompanist. In addition to music from all over the world, the concert features several familiar carols during which audience participation is encouraged. According to Boudreaux, “Since this program takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, we are presenting a focus on the joys of ‘gathering together’ for a joyful feast. Themes include food, of course, and also the longings for family and community that are the reasons we set time aside for such feasts throughout the year.” She added, “On one end of the spectrum, we have a splendid baroque setting by Pachelbel of the Thanksgiving hymn ‘Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God),’ complete with brass ensemble. On the other end, we’ll present the more ‘down to earth’ look at feasting by P.D.Q. Bach in the choral movements from ‘The Seasonings’ with slide whistles and kazoos. In between, we have both serious and satirical settings by Palestrina, Mendelssohn, and contemporary composers such as Ysaye Barnwell, John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, and others.” For more information, call 410-857-2599. Visit www.mcdaniel. edu/music for information about the college and the music department. McDaniel College, recognized nationally among 40 Colleges that Change Lives and U.S. News top-tier liberal arts colleges, is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its hallmark faculty-student collaborations in research, teaching and mentoring plus hundreds of leadership and service opportunities enrich a lively learning experience that is rooted in a personalized interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Innovative January courses take students to points all over the world while McDaniel’s degree-granting European campus offers a unique opportunity for international study at the only American university in Budapest, Hungary. A diverse and close-knit community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,560 part-time graduate students, McDaniel also boasts a spectacular 160-acre hilltop campus in Westminster, Md., an hour or less from Baltimore, D.C., the Chesapeake Bay, an Amtrak station and BWI international airport.

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The College Crusade of Rhode Island Honors Community Members at 2013 Believe Breakfast Dr. Irving Schneider and Apryl Silva recognized for contributing to the college readiness of RI’s low-income urban students Providence, R.I., November 8, 2013 – The College Crusade of Rhode Island held its 2013 Believe Breakfast on Wednesday, November 6, at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick. The event honored two members of the community for their contributions to increasing college readiness and success among RI’s low-income urban students. Dr. Irving Schneider, retired president of the Providence Campus of Johnson & Wales University, was the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Award for Distinguished Service. The award is given annually to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of college access and success. It is named in honor of Dr. Petrocelli, who founded The College Crusade in 1989 and served as RI Commissioner of Higher Education from 1989 to 1995. Previous recipients of the award are Senator Jack Reed (2010), the

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The College Crusade of Rhode Island is the state’s most comprehensive college-readiness and scholarship program for middle school and high school students in low-income urban communities. It serves approximately 3,700 students per year and rewards their efforts and achievements with up to four years of college scholarships. The College Crusade enrolls 6th and 7th graders who attend public and public charter schools in Cranston, Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. From the time they enter the program through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in activities that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for college. Since 2001, The College Crusade has awarded over $27 million in college scholarships to more than 3,600 graduates from Rhode Island high schools. For more information, please visit The College Crusade is a nonprofit organization funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, by the State of Rhode Island, and by private corporations, foundations, and individuals.

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STATE HOUSE – In November, Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) attended a three-day bipartisan seminar, titled: “The Science that Underlies Drug Abuse, Addiction, Treatment and Prevention,” as part of a the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Addiction Studies Program for the States 2013. The program fostered in-depth discussion among state leaders about a variety of related topics, such as “The Biology of Addiction and Public Policy,” “Treating the Chronic Disease of Addiction” and “The Science of Effective Community-Based Prevention.” The seminar, which included a criminal justice presentation, also encouraged state teams to create a six-month plan to help them implement and address related issues in their states. Representative Amore said the experience was “eye-opening.” “The purpose of the workshop was to educate state legislators and executive branch officials about the latest science behind substance abuse addiction, treatment and prevention so that we can create and execute the most effective policy,” Representative Amore said. “We learned a lot about prescription drug abuse prevention and medication-assisted treatment options, as well as how policy is intertwined with that. It’s crucial that people on my committee and in state legislatures across the country are making the best possible policy decisions based on the latest information in science and psychology. The world is constantly changing its attitude toward addiction and recovery, and I’m looking forward to entering the upcoming legislative session armed with this new continued on next page




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EP Jr. Townies Regional Champions Moving on to Florida

For the first time in our history, a cheerleading squad will be representing the city of East Providence at National Competition! The East Providence Junior Townies Division 15 went into the Regional Competition as State Champions and left as Regional Champions, taking first place in both competitions. They are moving to compete in Florida at National Competition! This is very exciting for them to be representing our city, showing all our Townie Pride!! With this comes a big expense. EP Jr. Townies are looking for support from our fellow Townies in and outside of our community. They are accepting donations and will be having fundraisers throughout the city in the next few weeks. Please help get these girls to Florida, any amount is truly appreciated. Our PayPal account for tax deductible donations is: h t t p : / / w w w. p a y p a l . c o m / c g i - b i n / w e b s c r ? c m d = _ s xclick&hosted_button_id=L5VWLLHV6FBJ6 The mailing address is: EP Jr Townies, PO Box 15031, EP, RI 02915

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Sports Update By Bob Rodericks EPHS Hockey Preview:

Following a second place regular season finish in 2012-13 with an impressive 13-2-1 record, the 2013-14 Townies Hockey team looks to improve on their early departure from the D3 playoffs when they lost to Tolman in the semi finals last year. “This year we will be led by senior captains Josh Letendre (8-7-15) and Sean Feeney (1-3-4), along with junior captain and 2012-13 all division selectee, Kyle Marquis (8-15-23),” said head coach Kevin Croke. Of note, Letendre missed the final month of the season with a broken wrist. For the Townies to be successful, they’ll have to return to their blue collar roots and outwork the opposition. The Townies will lean heavily on junior goaltender Marc LaValley to return to the championship form he exhibited as a freshman. He is expected to be pushed by newcomer, sophomore goalie Dylan Bochichio. Letendre, Feeney and Marquis will be joined up front by junior forwards Ryan Costa (14-14-28), Jared Estrella (6-8-14), James Carlson (1-0-1) and Michael Allienello. They’ll be joined by sophomore forwards Brynne Costa (7-19-26), Jacob Crombie (2-1-3) and Cody DeCastro (1-2-3) and freshman forward Cameron Maxwell, who had an outstanding summer hockey

December 2013 The Reporter campaign with the Townies. Of note, Estrella missed the last 6 weeks of the 2012-13 season due to injury and Allienello is moving out of the net and will be skating a wing this season. The Townies expect their defensive corps to be led by juniors Tyler Maxwell (1-4-5), Ryan Galvao (1-5-6) and Andrew Gordon (1-5-6). They’ll be joined on the blue line by senior Shawna Carlson, sophomore Derek Silva and freshman Rachel LaValley. “We open on Friday December 6th at 6:30 vs the reigning D3 champion West Warwick Coop at the West Warwick Civic Center. Saturday December 7th the Townies we will be on the road again vs Ponaganset at Levy Arena in Burrillville with a 7:30 opening faceoff,”said a hopeful coach Croke.


The EPHS girls volleyball lost in 5 games to South Kingstown, ending their chances for a state title. A key injury may have ended the Townies hopes. “Our night began in great fashion as the team got off to a quick start and made quick work of the Rebels in game 1, 25-11,” said head coach Alex Butler. The Townies were firing on all cylinders as the service game and attack were running smoothly. Unfortunately, an injury to Kaitlyn Bellamy in game 2 with EP up 17-11, derailed the team for game 2 and the Townies could never get back to consistent play. “While the team didn’t reach our ultimate goal, there were so many improvements made as a team and individually this season. This marks the final game for seniors Kaitlyn Bellamy and Logan Fontes. Many thanks to the girls for their dedication to the program and for representing the school and our community in a positive manner,” added Butler. The Townies had many representatives on the Rhode Island Volleyball Coaches Association All State and All Division Teams. Logan Fontes was selected to the First Team All State Team, Kaitlyn Bellamy, Cassia Spivey and Casey Travers were selected to the Third Team All State Team. Logan, Kaitlyn and Casey were also selected to the First Team All Division 1 North Team, Cassia and Brianna Allienello were selected to the Second Team All Division 1 North team. “I wish to congratulate the ladies on the well deserved recognition,” said Butler.

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The Girls Basketball program was acknowledged for its continued efforts each season to help raise money to continue the fight against cancer. Recently, at the TD Bank Center in Boston, five teams were recognized for their efforts by Coaches vs. Cancer. During a triple header which featured six college programs in conjunction with the Boston Celtics. Coaches of these programs were brought onto the court at halftime and were given an award for guiding their teams in the fight against this disease. East Providence was the only team from Rhode Island recognized, and the girls program was one of the number one fundraising teams throughout all of New England. “The players should be extremely proud of their continued efforts. This year’s Pink Zone Game has already been slated for Monday, February 17th against Classical High School,”said an elated head coach, Mike Solitro.



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A tall man in a blue and white tennis shirt with an Adidas logo shouted “Welcome!” above the noisy voices hammering my ears as he offered his hand and smiled. We shook and he said, “I’m Adin, the Treasurer. Write your name in the sign-in book, get your number and pay. There are lots of guys already out there warming up. Play starts at 10. Have fun!” I’m in the locker room at the Center Court Tennis Club in East Providence on my first visit to Senior Men’s Tennis. My stomach is churning like a washing machine. The have fun part of Adin’s greeting makes me think: Would I? Would these guys be too good for me? Would my old enemy sneak up on me? The walls of the room are lined with lockers and benches. Beyond the room I can see showers, toilet stalls and wash basins. I observe eight to ten men in various stages of dress some sitting on the benches lacing up their shoes while talking loudly back and forth. I notice an older, grey haired man sitting in a chair next to one of the benches joking with several players. Adin informs me, “That’s Owen over there in the US Open cap. He’s one of our long time members.” After paying and getting my number, I say hi to Owen and tell him my name. He smiles and says, “We only use first names. There are too many guys to remember last names. But, welcome and have fun.” There’s that have fun again. My impression of Owen is that he is the patriarch of Senior Men’s Tennis. I learn later that he is a WWII Navy Vet and a former head of a RI agency for children and has 35 grandchildren. He says, “Hold on. I’ll walk you to court eight.” We leave the locker room, pass by a water cooler and walk down what seems like a narrow, long tunnel created by heavy, green drop curtains that separate the 10 courts from the outside wall of the building. It reminds me of the “long green mile” from that movie. I chastise myself for being so negative and think, hey, you’re not going to an execution. On the way Owen informs me how the Monday/Thursday program works. “The two hours are divided into six segments and the players move to a new court, new opponents and new partner every 20 minutes, doubles only. “You will get a card,” he says, “with the number on it that you got when you signed in. It will tell you which court to go to. This system gives order to the whole thing and serves to mix up players randomly without regard to ability level. Over time, everyone comes to know the player’s strengths and weaknesses. We don’t ask your age but men sixty plus are preferred. Exceptions are made, though. Would you believe we have two that are ninety?” We arrive at court 8 where bleachers against a wall create a sort of mini-stadium. One of four guys smacking a ball back and forth over the net says, “Hey, I’m Charlie. If I hit any more I’ll be worn out. Take my place and warm up.” I give him my name, say thanks, pull my racket out of my bag that I have placed against the wall along with several others, and begin hitting back and forth to the guys across the net. I tell myself to loosen up and relax but there is tightness in my legs but my stomach is settling down. After a few minutes 19 men, some in shorts, some in long warm up pants and some in colorful T shirts boasting of long ago road races and New England Patriots victories, gather at number 8. There will be four courts used today so three players will sit out each 20 minute segment. Adin reminds us of the up-coming pizza party and gives news of a player who is sick. He distributes the court assignment cards to

December 2013 The Reporter everyone and I learn that I will sit out the third segment. Owen then asks for a moment of silence for a seriously ill player and reminds everyone of “how lucky we are to be playing at our ages.” I hear a chorus of “Amen’s” from the gathering. The time has come! Sixteen men rush off in all directions to their first assigned court. I head to court 10, my heart pumping hard and my hand squeezing the grip on my racket. “Hi,” my partner says, “I’m Joe.” He is a big, self assured guy with a quick step. I learn later that he is the one who created the court assignment system. Our opponents, Leo and Rich, introduce themselves. “I’m Dave,” I say. “Welcome,” Leo says, flipping his racket, “Up or down for who serves first.” Joe says up and we win. I urge him to serve because he has been warming up and he’s ready to go. I take my place just inside the left service box and Joe, behind me, at the base line, tosses the ball over his head with a smooth motion and smacks it hard to the left side of the service box. It pulls Rich out to the side and he can’t return it. First point to us: 15 love. Joe’s second serve is returned by Leo and I get my racket on it and send the ball back down the middle between them. 30 love. Joe’s serves are fast and hard to return. We easily win the game at love. Now Rich will serve the second game. Before we start I take out a pocket notebook to record my games played and win loss record. Joe says, “No, no. Don’t bother to do that. We don’t keep track of winners and losers.” I’m a little surprised by this because with so many changeovers and different partners I won’t be able to remember how I am doing. But, I learn that nobody cares that much about winners and losers, we are here to have fun. I am beginning to relax. We are nearing the 20 minutes mark. Each of us has had our turn to serve but we play one more just before time is up. We all go to the net, bump fists, say thanks for the game and rush off quickly to our next court assignment. The change over is chaotic and noisy with a lot of joking and banter. I am lucky to have had Joe as my partner. He is good; we won all five games. But, I remind myself, we don’t worry about wins and losses. I walk fast from court 10 to 7 and get there out of breath. My partner is Bob. Introductions are made with our opponents Jud and John. We lose the toss so Jud serves first. Jud is a tall fellow dressed in a black warm up suit. He takes his place at the service line, says, “play ‘em,” and tosses the ball up with a smooth motion and smacks it with slice to me, the receiver. As I start to return it, I notice that he moves nimbly and with confidence toward the net anticipating my return. I barely get my racket on the ball but manage to send it back near to where Jud is standing, unfortunately, and he picks it off in the air driving it between Bob and me. 15 love. Wow, I think. This guy is good, he made a difficult move. “Good shot, Jud,” I shout. “A little luck,” he replies, smiling. The second twenty minutes move along quickly. It looks to me like Jud is an accomplished player. The period ends, we say our thanks, bumping fists over the net, and trot off. I am out and need a rest anyway. On the bleachers at court 8, John, who I had just played against, is also out and I ask him what he thinks about our just finished play. “Jud is good,” he says. “He’s played for years. Unlike most of us, he probably has had lessons and a lot of clinics under his belt. Most of the guys here just picked up the game by themselves, watched others and play. How about you?” “I took up tennis again after I retired. I’ve had some lessons and clinics but none recently. What do you think the average age is here?” He thinks a bit and says, “Oh, I’d say late sixties or seventy. We have two, you know, who are ninety or more! Fantastic!” “Yeah, Owen told me, amazing. What do you like about playing here?” “Well, there’s not much to dislike. The price is reasonable, you pay as you go, the balls are supplied and there’s no fighting or


name calling.” He says this with a smile. “Seriously, though, the guys are really nice, the camaraderie is great and you come when you feel like it. You get to know everyone after a while by first name, of course. There is a good distribution of talent so, like you just saw in the last period, the stronger player carries the weaker one.” “You did just fine,” I countered. “Also,” he says, “The Pizza party is free. But, the turn over every twenty minutes can be a pain and if you go the whole two hours with no breaks it can be exhausting. Fortunately, there are 2 or 3 days for rest in between each play day.” continued on next page

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“Yeah, that’s right. I need that. Our rest is up, John. Good to talk to you, see you later.” I face two new guys back on court 7. My partner is Rich and our opponents are Norm and Owen. The games progress routinely. (We keep score, by the way, but once the game is over, we forget it.) Owen’s turn comes to serve in the third game. Rich warns me, “Watch out for Owen’s serve, he has a huge cut on it.” This turns out to be an understatement. When he serves me a ball that lands just inside the service box, the cut pulls me out far to my right. Can’t get to it and he does this several more times. “Hey, Owen,” I joke, “Give me a break!” But, there is a turning point for me in the last game when I face, head on, my “old enemy,” choking. I’m serving at love - 40 and the pressure is on to avoid a bagel, which means losing at zero points. I want to make a good showing and end the period on a high note but, I’m nervous. Can I do it? I think. Yes I can. We don’t worry about wins and losses here. My serve works successfully as I relax. I play with added confidence. I’m over a big hurdle thanks to a friendly group and a “have fun” attitude. So, the two hours that are punctuated every 20 minutes with shifts to a different court and different players, but orchestrated by an orderly process of assignments, draws to a close. I am tired but I have enjoyed it. I have faced down my “old enemy” too. I will happily return to Senior Men’s Tennis. David W. Harvey

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EPHS 2013 team photo on school rally day Thanksgiving week.

The Townie band remains enthusiastic despite the score. Honoring the military at the big game.

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Who’s Who & What They Do Get to Know Your Local Businesses.

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Gilmore’s Flower Shop was awarded “Business of the Year” by the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce at The Annual meeting at Metacomet Country Club. Family owned since 1936, Gilmore’s continues to excell in floral products, design and service. We have a “new look in our showroom,” a “new designer and wedding planner on staff,” and “new services such as gourmet and fruit baskets.” But, we still have the same “old” great Gilmore tradition of service and quality. see our ad on page 56

Perfect Nails, located at 150 Highland Ave in Seekonk, offers Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Facials, Eyelash extensions & tinting, and Shellac. They carry OPI & Shellac products in an array of colors. Stop in for Holiday Specials. “Thank you to all of my customers for 10 years of continued business.” -My Anh, owner See ad for coupons on page 56

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SCHOOL NEWS Bay View Academy Alumna, Army Captain Margaret Lero Larson, Honored At Women Warriors Luncheon On Veteran’s Day

Myron J. Francis (MJF) Elementary School Coat Drive

Myron J. Francis (MJF) Elementary School in Rumford, RI participated once again in its annual coat drive from November 13-15, 2013. As in years past, MJF partnered with Whole Foods Market’s Providence University Heights Location. MJF faculty, staff, students, families and the community donated 100 new or clean, gently used coats and jackets for both adults and children. New or gently used coats (if not new, coats need to please be washed) can still be placed in plastic bags and dropped off at Whole Foods University Heights at 601 North Main Street in Providence through December 14, 2013. Store hours are 8AM - 10PM seven days a week. Thank you.

For two weeks this November, Myron J. Francis (MJF) Elementary School in Rumford, RI again held it’s annual fall food drive to benefit the Bread of Life Food Pantry also located in Rumford RI. MJF faculty, staff, students, families and the extended community together contributed more than 475 nonperishable food items which were all packaged up and delivered to the Bread of Life Food Pantry.   The Bread of Life Food Pantry is located at Newman Congregational Church, 100 Newman Avenue in Rumford, RI.   The pantry is a collaborative ecumenical effort of six East Providence churches:  Bethany Church of the Nazarene, Church of the Epiphany, Evangelical Covenant Church, Haven United Methodist Church, Newman Congregational Church, and Saint Margaret’s Church.  The pantry is open every second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7PM to those residents of East Providence and the surrounding areas in need of food assistance regardless of religious beliefs.

East Providence, RI –  Bay View Academy alumna and Army MEDEVAC Pilot, Captain Margaret Lero Larson, class of 2002, brought her audience to tears as she spoke poignantly of her “Aha!” moment at the Women Warriors luncheon on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013. She was 25 years-old, Maggie told the crowd, flying MEDEVAC missions out of Bagram Air Field in eastern Afghanistan. The “Aha!” moment, (a phrase Maggie borrowed from Oprah Winfrey), happened as she greeted pilots who were returning from flying 25-30 people to a hospital after a mortar explosion in an Afghan bazaar. As a platoon leader, whenever Maggie wasn’t flying herself she greeted her Soldiers when they landed at the end of a mission. She explains, “When they finally landed at our hangar and shut down that day,” she said, “I was out on the flight line to greet them and help prepare their aircraft for any subsequent missions. I remember donning surgical gloves and then I began, alongside the flight medics, to scrub the floorboards of the aircraft, trying to wash all the blood away. When the aircraft were restocked of medical supplies and cleaned, I had my “aha” moment… I distinctly remember thinking to myself ‘How did I get from an all girls’ high school in little Rhode Island to the middle of a combat zone, scrubbing the blood of my fellow human beings off the floor of our aircraft?’”  “And after a moment, I realized that this wasn’t a ‘job’ any more. This was a vocation. My vocation. And that someone obviously had a plan for me. And that’s the moment when I truly embraced the incredible opportunity I had been given, to lead soldiers, to save lives, and to be a part of something greater than myself.” Maggie completed two deployments, a combined 25 months of active duty in two separate MEDEVAC companies, with a combined 200 Soldiers flying a total of 4,500 combat MEDEVAC AC missions. “We’ve seen evil and we’ve been to hell together,” said Maggie. “But we’ve also seen selflessness, and indescribable courage… And we’ve seen love. My God, we’ve seen and we’ve felt love.” The Women Warriors luncheon is held annually to benefit Holly Charette House, a transitional housing facility for female veterans located in Johnston, RI. Maggie was joined by her husband, Army flight surgeon Shane Larson, who flew with her from Colorado for the event. Her parents, Mary and Joe Lero (Bristol, RI) were also by her side, along with Bay View Academy community members including some of Maggie’s former teachers and administrators. continued on next page

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A current Bay View student, senior Moriah Garzone (North Smithfield, RI), also attended the luncheon. She welcomed the opportunity to meet Maggie. Moriah had recently written an essay that was published on Teen Ink, a website dedicated to teen writing and photography. The essay, Respect Those Who Served Us, questions why disabled and unemployed veterans are treated poorly when they return home. Moriah encourages her readers that, “It is time that we all have a new worldview; to start treating each other with compassion and respect.” Twenty members of the Bay View Academy choir, led by Christine D. Kavanagh (Barrington, RI), opened the Women Warriors luncheon with song, including patriotic numbers and the Academy’s alma mater, The Bells of St. Mary’s. The following is the list of Local Bay View student singers: Leanne White, Sophomore, East Providence, RI Victoria Furtado, Senior, East Providence, RI Elizabeth Furtado, Sophomore, East Providence, RI Lauryn DeCrescenzo, Junior, East Providence, RI Delia Sosa, Junior, East Providence, RI Rachelle Faria, Senior, East Providence, RI Catherine Donnelly, Freshman, Rehoboth, RI Summer Small, Freshman, East Providence, RI Soraya Pierre-Louis, Sophomore, East Providence, RI

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Maggie at Women Warriors From Left to Right: Moriah Garzone, Senior, North Smithfield, RI, Sally Lupica, Bay View Academy Math Teacher, Warwick, RI, Maggie Lero Larson, Colorado Springs, CO, Shane Larson, Colorado Springs, CO, Sheryl Chabot, Bay View Academy School Counselor, North Kingstown, RI, John Sousa, Bay View Academy Science Teacher, East Providence, RI 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 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.  The Sisters of Mercy are an international religious community of Roman Catholic women founded by Catherine McAuley in 1827. The sisters commit their lives to service with particular concern for women, children and the Earth. They sponsor and serve in more than 200 organizations that work with those in need in the U.S., Central and South America, Jamaica, Guam and the Philippines.  

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East Providence Public Libraries East Providence Library Locations Weaver Memorial Library 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 401-434-2453 Monday - Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5 Riverside Branch Library 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 401-433-4877 Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5

Christmas Movie Marathon @ Riverside Branch Library

475 Bullocks Point Ave, East Providence, RI 02915 Saturday, December 21st 10am – 5pm

10:00am Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970): Unrated, TV Movie/Animation, 48 minutes 11:00am Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): Rated G, TV Movie/Animation, 47 minutes 12:00pm Frosty the Snowman (1960): Rated G, TV Movie/ Animation, 25 minutes 12:30pm A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Unrated, TV Movie/ Animation, 25 minutes 1:00pm How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Rated PG, Comedy/Family, 104 minutes 3:00pm Elf (2003): Rated PG, Family/Comedy, 97 minutes Movie times are approximate. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to all, no registration required.

December Activities For Children

ALL AGES CRAFT @RIVERSIDE Wednesday, December 11, Drop-in between 3:00-4:30pm Reindeer Ornament Craft


Grades 1-5, Dec. 10, 3:45-4:45 Use recycled materials to create interesting and unique crafts.

LEGOs @ the Library

@RIVERSIDE - Monday, Dec. 23, 10:30-11:30, Ages 5 & up Lego fans are invited to build alongside other kids who love LEGOs. The librarian will provide a theme for inspiration. Kids can stick to the theme, or just explore the open-ended possibilities of creating with a giant mountain of LEGOs.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS @RIVERSIDE Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30, all ages Come and see the classic Grinch on the big screen. (animated, unrated, 26 min.)


Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:00-5:00, all ages Light refreshments will be served. 10:00 Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970); Unrated, 48 min. 11:00 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964); Rated G, 47 min. 12:00 Frosty the Snowman (1960): Rated G, 25 min. 12:30 A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Unrated, 25 min. 1:00 How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Rated PG, 104 min. 3:00 Elf (2003): Rated PG, 97 min. Movie times are approximate.


December programs at the Weaver Library

Drop In Knit and Crochet Club Tuesday evenings from 6:00 -7:30pm Drop in on the Knit & Crochet Club.  Other needle work is welcome too!    

HealthSource RI: Educational Presentation at the Weaver Library

Monday, December 9, 2013 6:30pm Weaver Library invites you to learn the facts about HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health benefits exchange. HealthSource RI will allow RI residents to shop for affordable insurance coverage options, enable eligible individuals and families to receive tax credits, and connect Rhode Islanders who qualify to low-cost or no-cost insurance options. Explore the new choices available to Rhode Island residents and get real help in real time. No registration is necessary.  

A Holly-Jolly Christmas Concert at the Weaver Library

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:30pm Now in their 10th season, the Very Merry Dickens Carolers are professional singers who love the music of the season and enjoy bringing its festive sounds to family audiences. Dressed in Victorian costumes, the carolers sing in rich four-part a cappella harmony performing some of the best music of the holidays in a concert that all ages will enjoy! No registration is necessary, but do come early as space is limited for this popular concert. Library programs are free and open to all.  Questions?  Contact Joyce at  or call 434-2453.  


(Programs are for ages 10 + unless otherwise noted.)

SNOWMEN CUPCAKE CRAFT @ Weaver & Riverside

Make and enjoy delicious cupcakes that will get you in the holiday mood! Tuesday, December 17th , 3pm @ Riverside Thursday, December 19th , 3pm @ Weaver


Help keep the Weaver Library lawn and property looking neat and earn community service credit for high school or confirmation, or call 434-2453 to make an appointment for an individual community service project. Monday, December 16th, 3pm.


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READ DOWN YOUR FINES @ Weaver and Riverside

Youth 16 and under can reduce their overdue fines by reading in the library. Tell a librarian when you start reading. 30 minutes of reading = $1 waived.


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SCOUTING AROUND TOWN Troop 473 Earns First Aid Legacy Badge

Members of East Providence Brownie Troop 473 recently visited Fire Station 3 in Rumford to complete the requirements needed to earn their First Aid Legacy Badge. (The term Legacy is used because it is a badge that has been earned by Girl Scouts since the Girl Scout movement began in 1912). They met with firemen and EMT personnel who treat injured people. The Brownies were taught how to get help by calling 911, how to make a first aid kit, how to treat minor injuries, and how to prevent and treat outdoor injuries.

To thank the firemen for teaching them about first aid, the Brownies baked two loaves of bread (as part of “Share the Bread” program) and gave it to them as well as hand-made Thank-You cards.

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Troop 55 Riverside would like to send out a huge and heartfelt thank-you to everyone who made our Scouting for Heroes Derby Day a success. The boy scout troop invited several local cub scout packs and their families to our informal Pinewood Derby as a chance to have some fun racing cars they’ve already created or to get in some practice before the official event in the spring. It was a great way to get to know other scouts from the area and have a good time doing it. The best part of all, though, was that this event was a fundraising effort for a cause and with funds from the registration of the cars we are able to make a donation of $330 to Operation Comfort Warriors, a charitable organization that provides comfort items to veterans that aren’t covered through other means. We will be presenting a check to Post Commander Reed at our Court of Honor in December. We couldn’t have done it without the generous donation from local businesses for raffle prizes and concessions, the assistance of Pack 33 Attleboro for the use of their timing system, for all the boys and parents from our own troop who worked so hard to make the day happen and most of all to all the Cub Scouts who came out to race. Thank you all and we hope to see you again next year!

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With terrific support from the community and volunteers, TAPIN (Touch A Person In Need) supplied over 400 families with special Thanksgiving meals. The agency celebrating 30 years of all volunteer, donor supported service hopes the generous spirit will continue throughout the holiday season and enable TAPIN to provide a Shaw’s Gift Card and gifts for well over 200 families in the East Bay area. Toys will be given to children ages infant to 11. The 8 to 11 age range always proves a bit of a challenge! Balls and games are good ideas, and only new toys will be accepted for the program. Children aged 12 to 17 will be given a $15 Gift Card (Target and Walmart are great suggestions). Please bring donations in as soon as possible, but definitely before Dec 13, since distribution will take place on Sat, Dec 21 and volunteers need time to be sure the appropriate packages are made up for each family. When in doubt, monetary donations are ALWAYS the perfect fit and gratefully accepted! With the winter weather now fully upon us, requests for comforters and blankets have greatly increased, but the shelves remain nearly empty in the full, queen and king sizes. Sheets and towels also disappear as quickly as they come in. Toasters, toaster ovens and crockpots and soup pots are greatly requested winter items, too. TAPIN is located in the lower level of the Library on County Rd in Barrington, and is open Mon thru Fri from 9 to noon.  Donations may be dropped off during those hours or information supplied by calling 247-1444.   Checks may be mailed to: P O Box 252, Barrington, RI 02806.  To learn more about TAPIN please check the website:



Area Dentists honor

Dr. Kirsten Romani again as a Top Orthodontist For a second year, the RI Monthly Magazine poll of dentists represents a vote of confidence and a referral you can trust. Using today’s most advanced treatment options including Invisalign,™ and Invisalign Teen,™ Dr. Romani and her highly trained, caring staff will make certain your new smile will be beautiful and healthy in every way. Call today for your FREE comprehensive evaluation. East Providence: 434-1127 Chepachet: 568-1188

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Kaelyn Rae Benoit

Andy Benoit, Christina Baird, and big sister Kyla Benoit of East Providence are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter Kaelyn Rae Benoit. She was born September 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm at Women and Infants Hospital. She weighed 6 lbs 9oz and was 18 inches long. Paternal grandparents are John and Cheryl Andrews of Riverside and Kenny Benoit of Cumberland. Maternal grandparents are William and Addie Baird of East Providence and Mary Starke of Troutman, NC.

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Dexter Dennis Bielecki

Dexter Dennis Bielecki

Derek and Erin (Dwyer) Bielecki of Riverside, RI proudly announce the birth of their son, Dexter Dennis Bielecki!! Dexter was born at Women and Infants Hospital on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:09 p.m. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was welcomed home by his maternal grandparents Tom and Renie Dwyer of Rehoboth, MA and paternal grandparents Dennis and Janet Bielecki of Angola, NY. His awesome greatgrandmothers are Jean Dwyer of North Kingstown, RI and Betty Hermann of Boston, NY.

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Michael and Donna Martins of Riverside are proud to announce the birth of their son Dylan Michael Martins!!! Dylan was born on August 21, 2013 at Women & Infants Hospital at 9:50pm. He weighed 8 lbs. and 13 oz. and was 21 1/2 “ long. Dylan was welcomed home by his maternal grandparents Domingos and Eduarda Dias of East Providence and paternal grandparents John and Ana Martins of East Providence, godparents Maryann Moniz and Ricky Martins as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins & friends.


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East Providence Senior Center News

610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

Phone 435-7800 Dining Room 435-7872 Fax 435-7803

Last Call Open Enrollment for Medicare

Annual Open Enrollment for Medicare recipients is October 15th through December 7th. This is the only time of year most Medicare recipients can change their plans. Many people have saved hundreds of dollars by changing prescription plans. Take advantage during this limited time and review your plan at our annual Open Enrollment.

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We are an all-female A Capella group singing holiday music and consider ourselves “classy and sassy”. We perform an array of traditional holiday favorites with our own twist on a few arrangements. The group is comprised of all Rhode Island-based female singers with reputations in their own right as singers in popular local bands and projects.   They promote themselves as “classy and sassy”, have varied ages (27-53) and sing traditional and non-traditional Christmas songs in 2 or 3-part harmony. We wear white faux fur hats and always come with a smile!  


for Seniors

We offer convenient and flexible short-term stay options for individuals who: • Are on the road to recovery but still need extra help • Require accommodations and care in the temporary absence of their primary caregiver • Are visiting from out of town and need additional care • Are interested in our community and want to experience our lifestyle before making a decision

As our guest, you or your loved one will be treated to: • A furnished apartment • A homelike environment • Three home-cooked meals a day

• Laundry and housekeeping services • Life enrichment activities • 24/7 staffing

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To schedule your personal visit or for more information, call 1-888-902-8536

December 2013 The Reporter PCD Jazz Concert Thursday, December 19th

Come join us for lunch as we are entertained by the Providence Country Day Jazz Ensemble. Music will begin at 10:30.  

Senior Center Raffle

Two $25 winners per week Grand Prizes $100, $250, and $500


Nov.19th, Nov.26th, Dec.3rd, Dec.10, Final Dec. 17th Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the Administration Office


Diabetes Outpatient Education Classes Your Health Insurance will cover one complete 4 day session per year. Classes are taught by Certified Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists. Learn the skills to successfully manage your diabetes and meet others with this disease. You are not alone! The Four 2 hour class sessions are held Mondays. Please contact the center’s health office at 435-7800, Ext. 6 with any questions and to register. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.


Ann Marie Sabula and Mary Proietta, Registered Dieticians are available for appointments in the health office. They will counsel you in private about your personal nutritional needs and insurance covers these visits. They are also certified diabetes educators. To schedule a visit, stop by the health office or call us at 4357800 Ext. 1

Clinical Lab

East Side Clinical Lab draws blood work here the first Wednesday of the month. There is no pre-registration, just come in with the lab slip. The date for this month is: Wednesday December 4th @ 8:30am.


Dr. Michael Reuter, podiatrist, will be in the Health Office seeing patients. To schedule your appointment or if you have any questions call Dr. Reuter’s office directly at: 247-0610 ext. 6 and speak with Diane. Dr. Reuter accepts most major insurance plans. Next date: Thursday December 12th  

Ask the Pharmacist

The first Friday of every month. Sponsored by the Newport Avenue Rite Aid Pharmacy. The date this month will be Friday, December 6th @10:30am

Clinical Health

Clinical worker Amy Lagasse will be assisting our seniors with their mental health needs on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9am to Noon. Would you like to speak to someone confidentially? Please contact us for an appointment at 435-7800, Ext 6. The date this month is December 10th

Reiki Master 9:30 - Noon

Carole Caprio is available for 30 minutes /$15.00 or 60 minutes /$30.00 Reiki sessions Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30. Reiki is a profoundly simple hands-on technique that assists one in their ability to reduce pain, heal injuries, regain balance, increase energy, enhance the immune system, reduce stress and tension,  and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.  It is safe, peaceful, and relaxing. To schedule an appointment, please call Carole @ 861-3675. For more information, please visit Carole’s website at http://www.  


Weekly/Monthly Programs Monday 9:00 a.m.

Tax Preparations


9:00 a.m.

Intermediate Yoga

10:30 a.m. Beginners Yoga 10:30 a.m. Caregivers Support Group

(4th Mon)

1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Book Club

2:00 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing

8:15 a.m.

Cards (Cockroach)

9:30 a.m.

Aerobics Exercise

9:30 a.m.

Watercolor Class

9:30 a.m.

Bocce Ball


11:00 a.m. Tai Chi 12:30 a.m. Watercolor Class 1:00 a.m.


1:25 p.m.

BINGO Wednesday

8:30 a.m.

East Side Lab (1st Wed)

9:00 a.m.

Intermediate Yoga

Family Van Program is a community outreach program dedicated to preventative health screenings and health education. They will visit the center Tuesday, December 3rd from 9-12pm. The screenings will consist of total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressures. The screenings are free of charge and completely confidential.

9:00 a.m.

Manicurist (every other week)

9:15 a.m.

Tap N Time

Blood Pressure Clinics 10:30am

Women and Infants Hospital

Orchard View Manor Friday, December 6th Waterview Villa Wednesday, December 11th Evergreen House Thursday, December 19th Hattie Ide Chaffee Tuesday, December 17th

Food For Thought “Hectic Holiday Snacking” Wednesday, December 11th 11am

Marcia Pedini, RD - registered dietician for Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in East Providence will be here the second Wednesday of every month at 11am to discuss nutrition information, diet tips, healthy food choices and more! December’s class entitled, “Hectic Holiday Snacking” will focus on enjoying tasty holiday treats while keeping health and wellness in mind.

10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. Chair Exercise 1:30 p.m.

Stroke Club (1st Wed.) Thursday

9:00 a.m.

Tax Preparation

(Feb. & March)

9:30 a.m.

Aerobics Exercise

1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Craft Class

1:00 p.m. Diabetes Support Group

(4th Thurs)

9:00 a.m.

Billiards League

Friday 10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. Chair Exercise 11:00 a.m. Meditation Class 12:45 p.m. In-Sight Support Group

(3rd Fri)

1:20 p.m.

Hi Lo Jack League




8 a.m. — 4 p.m.


Coffee Hour 2:15 p.m. Fitness Center 8 a.m. — 4 a.m.


The Reporter December 2013 Mediation Fridays 11am

Have you ever thought you would like to learn to meditate? Would you like more information on the health benefits of meditation?  Ann Marie Sabula RD and Ellen Frazier lead a weekly meditation group at the senior center on Friday mornings @ 11 am.  This program is free and open to all members.  

Looking for Resources?

Are you looking for information regarding statewide senior housing, assisted living facilities, adult day centers or local nursing facilities? Please see Ellen Frazier in the Administration Office for more information or call 435-7873. Other resources available are Living Will documents, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and more.

Senior Chorus

We have started a senior chorus at the center. Wednesdays 1:30pm. No past experience is needed or required. In our Lobby 10:30 to Noon

Waterview Villa Nursing and Rehab December 10th

John Whitney, Rehabilitation Director, and Patricia Sova, Director of Admissions/ Marketing, will discuss the importance of staying safe & healthy this holiday season.

Rhode Island Relay Captioned Telephone December 17th

When you just can’t hear on the phone, even a simple phone call becomes

frustrating. Come get information that can make it possible for you to see exactly what is being said to you on the phone.  

our members. To Sandra and the Walmart volunteers we thank them for their support and generosity.

Computer Assistance Monday, December 30th 2pm to 4pm

Support Groups

On the last Monday of every month, two students from MTTI career training school will assist any member with computer questions. These volunteers will try to resolve your computer problems, and help you with a computer course you may be taking. The students will be in the computer lab.

Thank You Our monthly newsletter sponsors Dunkin’ Donuts of Six Corners Panera Bread of Seekonk MTTI School for the computer assistance Evergreen House Health Center for monthly Birthday Cupcakes AND Our wonderful volunteers

A special thanks to Sandra Phillips and Walmart of Seekonk for the Foundation Grant of $1,000. Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally – creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work. Through the Local Giving Program, Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and Logistics facilities can support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. Sandra and Walmart employees joined us on Friday November 22nd and volunteered in our dining room to serve

Diabetes Support 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Open meeting held monthly for people with diabetes to meet for mutual support. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

Caregiver’s Support 10:30am - 11:30am

This support group is held the fourth Monday each month. The sessions offer support and sharing with others who are caring for loved ones.

Stroke Club 1:30pm - 3:00pm

The Stroke Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and provides entertainment, education, support, socialization, refreshments, and transportation for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

In-Sight Support 12:45pm - 3:00pm

In-Sight offers programs and support in productive living for the vision impaired. The group meets the 3rd Friday of every month.

Senior Center Library

The library is a very warm and lovely place for people to choose a good book and read in a nice quiet area. We continue to receive many donations of new and current books. These donations have truly enhanced the quantity of our library. We also have current magazines for your enjoyment. The book club meets on Monday afternoons. New club members are welcome.

General Services

Managed by Athena Health Care Systems

132 Bed Facility with Physical, Occupational, Speech and IV Therapy. Wound/ Post Surgical Care, Tracheostomy Care, Enteral Nutrition and Hydration, Ostomy Care, Comcast TV and Wifi services, Telephone Services, Central Air Conditioning and Private Bathroom in all Resident Rooms.

Elder Information Specialist: Our Elder Information Specialist assists the elderly and their families in providing information /referral and assistance with accessing services and programs. Nutrition Program: The center provides a nutritional meal to approximately 125 seniors per day. The Cranston Senior Center provides the meals. Case Management / Senior Services: The center coordinates with East Bay Community Action Program Inc., for all casework and follow-ups. Protective Services Council, made up of city departments and mental health/ social service agencies, meets monthly to discuss problems concerning the elderly. Transportation: The center has two buses that are used daily for door-to-door transportation to and from the center.

December 2013 The Reporter Notary: This service is available in the Administration Office at no charge. Seminars: Monthly social, educational, and financial seminars on topics relating to seniors. Manicurist: A manicurist visits the center weekly for manicures and polish changes. Gift Shop: The gift shop has many different items for the convenience of the seniors. Small items from candy and greeting cards to jewelry, handmade items and crafts are available.

Exercise Programs Intermediate Yoga Monday & Wednesday 9am


Integrated YOGA for emotional/mental power. Flexibility, strength, balances, beauty, stretching, weight reduction, improved breathing, relaxation, and stress relief. All are components of our Yoga classes.

Beginners Yoga Mondays 10:30am


Aerobics Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am $2

Instructor Karen Boyd gives members a great cardiovascular workout. Hand and ankle weights are used to tone and build your muscles.

Tai Chi Tuesday 11:00am $3

This ancient art form of exercise has been proven to reduce stress as well as chronic pain. It also reduces heart rate along with calming the mind and body.

Tap N Time Wednesday 9:15am


A seated rhythm and exercise class. It is a unique program that combines beginner dance steps utilizing rhythm sticks & exercise, all done to upbeat music from all decades.

Arthritis Exercise Wednesday & Friday 10:45am No Charge

A proper balance of exercise and rest can help relieve stiffness and maintain or improve your joint mobility and muscle strength.


Zumba 11:15am


Zumba is a dance fitness cardio class that incorporates salsa, merengue, mambo, hip-hop, and some other styles of music into the class. Beto Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He used the tapes he had

in his backpack, consisting of salsa & merengue, and improvised a class using this music and rhythm’s. After moving to United States in 2001, he teamed up with his childhood friend, and it starting progressing from there.

Fitness Center

Our fitness room is open Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm. The fitness room consists of treadmills, recumbent bikes, an elliptical stepper, hand weights, and six dual weight machines. Other features include a matted floor, mirrored walls, water, stereo, and cable TV. You must have approval from your physician to participate in this program. Forms can be obtained in the Administration Office. The fee is $40 for a one year membership.

Card Games

Bridge Thursday Pokeno Monday Cockroach Tuesday Cribbage Tuesday Hi Lo Jack League Friday

1:00pm 1:00pm 8:15am 1:00pm 1:20pm

Wii Bowling Tuesday 10:15 - 11:45

Come join our very enthusiastic Wii Bowling Group every Tuesday. Using our large screen TV our participants have a great time bowling. If you have never tried this the group will teach you and you’re sure to pick it up quickly

Classes Watercolor Tuesday 9:30am & 12:30pm


Come learn a form of watercolor for all levels of talent. Some of the fantastic artwork is displayed throughout the center.

Crafts Thursday1:00pm

Craft class makes dolls for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and cancer pillows for Women & Infants Hospital. Other “make and take” crafts will be taught.

Computer Classes Sessions & Times Vary

Our computer lab consists of class room computers and computers for general use. All computers are on-line. Courses offered: Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Word Part 1 & 2, and Introduction to the Internet Part 1 & 2. Computer classes are conducted by trained computer teachers. Classes are held in 4 week sessions. Each class meets for 1hr. and 15 minutes. The cost per session is $20/members and $25/ non members. Classes are filled on a first


payment basis. Class size is limited to six students.

Gift Shop

Remember to visit our lovely gift shop located in the dining room area. We have a great selection of hand made items, gift cards, and snacks.

SCAM ALERT!!!! Top Scams Targeting Seniors  

Fraudulent Anti-Aging Products

In a society bombarded with images of the young and beautiful, it’s not surprising that some older people feel the need to conceal their age in order to participate more fully in social circles and the workplace. After all, 60 is the new 40, right? It is in this spirit that many older Americans seek out new treatments and medications to maintain a youthful appearance, putting them at risk of scammers. Whether it’s fake Botox like the one in Arizona that netted its distributors (who were convicted and jailed in 2006) $1.5 million in barely a year, or completely bogus homeopathic remedies that do absolutely nothing, there is money in the anti-aging business. Botox scams are particularly unsettling, as renegade labs creating versions of the real thing may still be working with the root ingredient, botulism neurotoxin, which is one of the most toxic substances known to science. A bad batch can have health consequences far beyond wrinkles or drooping neck muscles. continued on next page...

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The Reporter December 2013 a check that they can deposit in their bank account, knowing that while it shows up in their account immediately, it will take a few days before the (fake) check is rejected. During that time, the criminals will quickly collect money for supposed fees or taxes on the prize, which they pocket while the victim has the “prize money” removed from his or her account as soon as the check bounces.

Don’t be a victim! And if you think you have been REPORT IT! REMEMBER

You should never give out personal information to someone who calls. The Government will not and does not call for this or any other personal information

Santa at the Carousel with 95 year old Rose Amaral and her great grandchildren.


Perhaps the most common scheme is when scammers use fake telemarketing calls to prey on older people, who as a group make twice as many purchases over the phone than the national average. While the image of the lonely senior citizen with nobody to talk to may have something to do with this, it is far more likely that older people are more familiar with shopping over the phone, and therefore might not be fully aware of the risk. With no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, these scams are incredibly hard to trace. Also, once a successful deal has been made, the buyer’s name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, sometimes defrauding the same person repeatedly.

Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams

Here, scammers inform their mark that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize. Often, seniors will be sent

City At-Large Council member Tracy Capobianco & daughter meet Santa at the Carousel!

Santa had lots of visitors at the Carousel

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide Great holiday gifts for everyone on the list (BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and you may already be stressing about how to find items that everyone on your shopping list will love. Sure, you could pick up a generic gift certificate or hand over some cash in a bland holiday card, but you can do better than that. This year, avoid the socks and hand soaps and make everyone wish they received a present from you with the following great gift ideas. From the rugged outdoorsy type to the chefs in the kitchen and all your loved ones in between, there’s something for everybody.

For the on-the-go coffee or tea drinker: vacuum insulated travel tumbler

For the busy, always traveling relative, coworker or loved one, the Thermos Brand Vacuum Insulated Travel Tumbler is the perfect gift this holiday season. Whether they’ll use it for running errands, during a weekend hike, or after a long meeting, this tumbler will keep liquids hot for five hours or cold for up to nine hours. Constructed with an unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior, this sleeklydesigned tumbler stays cool to the touch with hot liquids and sweat-proof with cold liquids. This travel tumbler is BPA-free, durable, and includes a lid that can be operated with one hand, creating the perfect on-the-go sipping experience. It’s available in stainless steel silver, teal and plum, and for the tea drinkers in your life, this travel tumbler also contains a built-in tea hook that easily holds tea bags or most loose leaf infusers.

For the outdoors enthusiast: give fishing fanatics the ultimate lure When the angler in your life reaches for their tackle box, make sure they find fishing’s latest marvel, the Rapala Scatter Rap. An ideal stocking stuffer, the Scatter Rap Series flaunts classic balsa body shapes and an industry-first “Scatter Lip,” which delivers a one-of-a-kind evasive action. As the lure swims though the water, its uniquely curved lip produces an erratic sweeping motion, mimicking a spooked baitfish fleeing attack and enticing predators to strike.

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December 14th 10:00-4:00

Browse the current work for sale, see how it’s made and even paint your own holiday ornament. Please visit the website for details and more information.

The Scatter Rap Series is perfect for casting or trolling for multispecies game fish, comes in 14-to-16 tempting color patterns, and is available in four trusted Rapala silhouettes, including the Scatter Rap Crank, Scatter Rap Shad, Scatter Rap Minnow and Scatter Rap CountDown. A can’t-miss gift for outdoors enthusiasts, the Scatter Rap will take your loved one’s on-the-water fun to a new level.

For the snacker: fuel your holiday with flavor

From marathon shopping-excursions-to traveling to grandma’s house, having protein-based snacks on hand is key to maintaining your holiday stamina. With the abundance of carbladen and fattening treats available, choosing snacks that are tasty and guilt-free is not always easy. Treat yourself, and the snack lovers on your shopping list to lean protein snacks like Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky. Made with premium cuts of white meat turkey, it tastes great, and is naturally high in protein, low in fat, calories and carbs. Slip a bag in your purse, glove compartment or your family’s holiday stockings for a delicious and satisfying, anytime and anywhere snack. Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky and dozens of other Jack Link’s Jerky products and flavors are available in grocery stores, mass retailers, convenience and drug stores nationwide.

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For the home chef: cooking essentials for every kitchen

Whether your holiday gift list includes the next Martha Stewart or an amateur chef, having the right tools is essential to any home-cooked masterpiece. With a-vast assortment of cookware, kitchen electrics, utensils and cutlery sets, Calphalon can help to make a loved one’s cooking dreams a reality. The home chef on your list will appreciate the gift of easy prep and easy cleanup with Calphalon’s Contemporary Nonstick Cookware. Contemporary Nonstick Cookware, the brand’s No. 1 cookware line for home cooks and bridal-registries for more than 10 years, features-a multi-layer, non-stick cooking surface and hard-anodized construction that ensure lasting easy release and even heat distribution. It now comes with technology to make it dishwasher-safe so busy cooks can spend less time cleaning up and more time enjoying their company - especially around the holidays. The line includes everything from sauté pans to stock pots, making simmering, pan-searing, poaching, frying or stewing holiday foods easier than ever. For more information on these great gift ideas, visit Thermos. com,, and or connect with each brand on Facebook.

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find it in the... Hello, I’m Angela Hall and welcome to “Play With Your Food”… because cooking should be fun! Here we are end of the year, what happened? How did that go by so quickly? Cold, wet, icy rain…yup…December is here! I want to light the oven, simmer soup and bake breads and cookies. I do. I’m cold…it warms the kitchen, the house and the scent of baking is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. So is sharing good food. Feed people well and they will love you forever…and they do. Unfortunately, my son may never move out of the house. We have been in Southern New England for about 11 years now, from Central New York. Seven years ago, when I was studying International Baking and Pastry at Johnson and Wales University, I went back to NY for the holidays. I brought with me one overstuffed over-night bag and two coolers filled with cookie bars, cookies, walnut candies and mini muffins, along with paper lace doilies and a bunch of “to-go” containers that I had collected for about a year. Everyone got a nice assortment of pastries on a paper lace doily. They love me very much. Making cookies is just plan fun. It is. There is something very Zen about creaming butter and sugar over and over again. Then creating a cookie. I love it! Each type and shape is with the idea of sharing with loved ones. Some like chocolate, some fruit and nuts. I even designed a mini-muffin for my dear friend Lisa Husted it’s called “Lisa’s Moroccan Spice Pumpkin Muffin”. We stay with our friends Lisa and Phil Husted when we are in NY. For Lisa I made the muffins and for Phil I made walnut candies. To be pared with dark chocolate and a nice Port. Actually most pastries I make can be pared with a nice Port; and should be. When in NY we also spend time at our friends Joanne and Scott Luscumb. They have four children between the two of them, Michael, Seth, Rachelle and Joe. So for them I made Cornmeal Cookies, White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Bars and specifically for Joanne and Rachelle, Cowgirl Cookies. I created Cowgirl Cookies from several recipes; I just took all the best from each. I do that with Biscotti too. Cookie cutters are fun as well. Stars and trees are a necessity. Going through a container of cookie cutters is a treasure hunt…I forgot all about those! Fun ones, strange ones…where did that come from? A heart shaped one that I once used to make Chocolate Dipped Bavarian Sugar Cookies at Valentine’s Day for my son’s kindergarten class. They loved me too. A simple sugar cookie with icing, candies or chocolate becomes elegant. I’m going to share “Ginger Orange Stars” a crisp gingerbread-like treat. Have fun and share them with someone you love. In the blink of an eye 2014 will be here. The New Year brings with it new hope, goals and resolutions. I have been writing “Play With Your Food” for a two years now. Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed and perhaps been inspired by this article. I have enjoyed writing it and hope to continue in the coming year. May your holidays be safe and happy. All the best to you and yours in the New Year. Visit me at Twitter @Play_withfood. Thank you

Ginger-Orange Stars When rolling out the dough on a lightly floured work surface, lift and turn the dough frequently to keep it from sticking; dust with more flour as needed. Makes about 31/2 dozen.

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1 ½ cup all purpose flour 2 teaspoons of ground ginger 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp ½ cup (packed) brown sugar ¼ cup dark molasses

1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon grated orange peel ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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½ cups (or more) of powdered sugar 5 teaspoons water ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For Cookies: Sift first 7 ingredients into a medium bowl. Cream butter and sugar, beat butter until fluffy then add the sugar and beat until well blended. Add molasses, egg yoke, orange peel and vanilla. Add four mixture and beat just until blended. Pat dough into ball, divide into 4 pieces, flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Position rack in top third and bottom third of oven, preheat to 350 degrees, line 2 baking sheet with parchment. Roll out 1 piece of dough on lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Using 2/12 to 3 inch star shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet about ½ inch apart cookies spread very little. Gather scraps and reroll dough, cutting out more cookies. Bake about 5 minutes, reverse baking sheet, bake 5 minutes longer until cookies are puffed and look slightly darker around the edges. Cool on sheet about 2 minutes. Transfer with a medal spatula, transfer to cooking racks. For Icing: Sift sugar into bowl, add water and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Whisk in more sugar by tablespoons as needed until icing falls thickly off whisk spoon icing into pastry bag fitted with ¼ inch plain round tip or resealable plastic bag with the tip cut off, pipe icing on to cookies. Let stand until icing is hard, at least 3 hours. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper.

Corneal Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen A small Ice cream scoop is great for dropping this dough onto cooking sheet. Two tablespoons work just as well ½ cup unsalted butter ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons honey 1 large egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk

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1½ cups of all purpose flour ½ cup of cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup dried cranberries or blueberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add honey, egg, vanilla and milk. Whisk dry ingredients and add to butter mixture and stir until combined. Stir in dried fruit. Scoop and drop the dough onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

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December School Vacation Week Programs for Children and Families (November 18, 2013) – Bring the kids to Audubon for vacation week fun! Take time to relax and celebrate nature with your family this holiday season. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Available online at or call (401) 949-5454.

December 26, 27, 28, 2013 • December School Vacation Week Audubon Environmental Education Center

Bristol, RI 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Looking to get out of the house with the kids during the December school vacation break? Audubon is the solution!  Join us for winter fun for 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. An animal interview will be featured at 1:30 pm. Special programs for children are also available each day. (Note the schedule changes for Sunday, December 29. See program times below.)

Thursday, December 26; 11:00 am:

Fur, Feathers and Fantastic Fables: What happened when Turtle raced with Beaver? Which animal is the best lacrosse player? Learn the answers to these questions and get to know the animals featured in the rich folklore of the native people in the Northeast region.

Friday, December 27; 11:00 am:

Owl See, Owl Do: Could you be an owl detective? Come and learn all about the amazing world of owls and discover which owls live in Rhode Island. Test your skills as you dissect an owl pellet to learn what owls eat for dinner.  After the program, be sure to stick around for our 1:30 pm live owl presentation! * Please note there is a $2.00 fee per owl pellet.

Saturday, December 28; 11:00 am:

OH! DEER! Who is able to jump fences with a single bound, swim across the deepest lakes, walk 20 minutes after being born and posses the fastest growing living tissue on earth?! Is it Superman? NO it’s a deer! Come learn how amazing these creatures really are!

Sunday, December 29

12:30 – 2:30 pm: Nature Craft 1:00 pm: Animal Interview 2:00 pm: Nature Story 2:30 pm: Antarctic Mission Nature Flick Join the adventure as scientists sail to the bottom of the world to explore the great Antarctic. This documentary is part of a three part series. The second and third documentaries in the series will be shown on January 5 and 12, 2014. * There is a $2.00 fee per owl pellet in the December 27, 2013 program “Owl See, Owl Do.” Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

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Looking for outer wear, snow suits etc.. size 9-12 months for twin boys. Single Mom needs a helping hand. Please donate - Call Debbie at 401-632-3602. (rfLD) WE BUY Diabetic Test Strips for CASH. Unopened, Unused & Unexpired. We get them to people with little or no insurance. TOP CASH paid. FREE local pick-up. Call Ron @ 508-217-8074. (e1213)


Vacation Rental Florida: Clearwater, Florida. Spacious one bedroom condo, 55 and over. Penthouse with balcony, Florida room. $1000. monthly 6 months. 401-2890127. Very active complex with 2 pools, golf, tennis, theater, dances, many activities and clubs to join. Near Tampa, Clearwater Beach, shopping, nice restaurants etc. Attractive condo decorated in pretty shades of Aqua, mirrored walls each room, king size bedroom, 2 televisions, white ceramic tile, teal carpeting, white kitchen. Very nice. (e1213) 1 Bedroom In-Law Apt – Rehoboth: Private Deck, hardwood floors, heat/electric included, parking. No smoking, no pets. $875. 508-415-4950 Days. (e1213) FOR RENT in Seekonk: 3 bedroom house, 1 bathroom, large attic loft, full basement, appliances, hardwood floors, freshly painted, 2 car garage, no smoking, $1700, call 508-326-0535. (e1213) For Rent: Rehoboth, Charming 2 Bedroom, 1 bath apartment; 3 season porch, Summer Street, 305-978-1040. $850/month. e1113) For Rent: Seekonk 2nd floor 4 room. living, Dining, Kitchen, Bedroom, small Study. Includes appliances and heat. $850 per month plus security. 401-253-2734. (e1113) APARTMENT FOR RENT IN EAST PROVIDENCE: Recently updated third floor apartment in East Providence off Warren Avenue. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, hardwood floors, large kitchen with stove and fridge included. Living and dining rooms; Front porch, Backyard available for use. Storage room; washer and dryer hookups available;

CLASSIFIEDS No smoking, no pets please. Street parking. On bus line. Security deposit required. Utilities are not included. $850 per month. Please call 508-252-9293. (e1113)


RENT ME: White Mountains- Waterville Valley area. Tranquil comfy and adorable chalet on private mountain with rec center privileges. Sleeps 6 – fully supplied – near all attractions. Book now for fall views or winter sports. Call 774-565-0125. A trip you’ll recall and treasure. (e1113) VACATION/HONEYMOON RENTAL: St. Michael, Azores (Portugal), pristine 2-bed/2bath apartment with kitchen, DR, LR, & laundry. Linens provided. Majestic Atlantic and mountain views from spacious deck, near golf, beach, etc. Call 401-480-0374 or 508-336-8432 or email jaime15bazores@ for info/reservations. (e414)


FIREWOOD Cut, Split and Delivered, $200 a cord. Call 508-252-4548 (e1213) For Sale: Chappee Wood/Coal Stove, good condition $250 508-252-6963. (e1213) Classic Starter Car Project: Plymouth Gran Fury 1972 sedan. 8-cyl. Auto. brown gold manual roll am/fm radio brakes door locks none classic 82,568 Body blemishesas is or needs work $500.00 firm 508-7896026. (e1213) Queen PillowTop Mattress Set: Brand new never used in the original plastic. Both $150 Call or text 401-237-0340. (e1213) FOR SALE: dark green leather couch and love seat set very good condition $300.00 401-952-2451. (e1113) HANDICAPPED Side Kick Scooter, excellent condition, new batteries $350. Call 508-252-4301 (e1113) JENSON Warm Air Wood/Coal Furnace 107,000 BTU W/Coal & Bin $750 or BO 508252-3861 (e1113)


HELP WANTED: Early childhood, ECC, 180 Day School Calendar, Part time. Excellent hours, materials, curriculum. The Children’s Place, 401-434-6780. (e1213)

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Submit your classifed at Caregiver, Companion: Need caring, fun person for special needs adult woman with Autism. Weekend activities in the Riverside area; Flexible, will train, $12.00 per hour; References. Email careda1@cox. net. (e1113) Catering company seeks hardworking person to clean after catering events, unload and reload truck and take inventory. Must have reliable transportation to go to site, must have an open schedule (varied hours including weekends and evenings), background checked and references required. If you are honest and steadfast in reliability, email: (e1113) WANTED: Part time farm handyman, $12 per hour. Paint and repair farm buildings, brush trimming and light wood cutting at 371 Fairview Ave. Rehoboth. Call Otis Dyer @ 508-252-4363 or 3946 (e1113) In need of experience Laborers, Truck Drivers, and Machine Operators. Contact Erika at 774-322-6819 (rf_mjd)


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FOR HIRE-MUCH MORE THAN A HOUSEKEEPER! Caring, trustworthy and dependable Seekonk woman seeks to work for the seniors of our community. Go on errands, drive to appointments, light housekeeping, yard work, snow cleanup and other tasks as requested. So, go ahead give me a call; you won’t be disappointed. My cell number is 508-207-5459 and ask for Robin. (e1113) Zenbodhi Meditative Healing and Energy Therapy: Crystal Reiki , Integrated Energy therapy®, Guided Meditation; Non-evasive modalities which treat the whole person, body, emotions, mind, spirit, creating beneficial effects such as; pain reduction, relaxation and well-being. Especially beneficial for chronic conditions, children/adults; ADD, ADHD, Anxious, and the like...Contact: Dawn @ 774-991-0695; about. (e1113) BIG BLUE REMOVAL SERVICE: Attic, Cellar, Total House; We take everything! Furniture, Brush, Appliances, Yard Waste, Construction Debris, Trash…Demolition of Fences, Sheds, Decks, Pools. Let us do the work. Free Estimates. Call Tony 508-2261295; (rfBB) THE ESTATE GUYS: Buying contents of houses, barns, farms garages, cellars, attics, industrial buildings. Cash paid no need for timely yard sales. Call Tom or Anthony 774-331-2681 (rfBB)


PIANO LESSONS: Taught in my home, both classical and popular to persons of all ages. Anita Russo, 8 Terrybrooke Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4208. (e1213) EXPERIENCED TEACHER OF PIANO, VOICE AND ORGAN: Classical & popular. Beginners & Advanced. All ages. Traditional and modern methods. Natalie Lawton, M.A. Music, 45 Central Avenue, North Seekonk, MA 508-761-3334 (e1213)


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DECEMBER BUSINESS DIRECTORY Appliance Repairs CJS / Statewide Appliance Repair 38 Artist-Crafters Lindsey Epstein Pottery, LLC 56 Attorney Attorney William C. Maaia 25 Attorney Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto 53 Auto Body Fogarty Auto Body 27 Auto Body Tri Star Autobody, Inc. 6 Auto Dealers Somerset Subaru - Max Motors, Inc 7 Auto Detailing After Hour Auto Care 38 Auto Radiators Central Auto Radiator 50 Auto Repairs Metric Motors 30 Auto Repairs Mike’s Truck & Trailer Repair 29 Auto Repairs New England Tire 2 Auto Repairs Somerset Chrysler Jeep 24 Bakery Crugnale Bakery 44 Bank Coastway Community Bank 15 Building Contractor East Providence Siding 37 Candidate - East Prov. Daniel DaPonte 18 Candidate - East Prov. Greg Amore State Rep. 65 18 Candidate - East Prov. Helio Melo, State Rep. 19 Candidate - East Prov. Katherine S Kazarian - Candidate EP 19 Cell Phones Prime Time Communications 44 Chamber of Commerce East Providence Chamber 26 Chiropractor New Hope Family Chiropractic 25 Collectibles Wexler’s Collectibles 44 Concrete American Mobile Mix Concrete Inc. 27 Country Club Hillside Country Club 10 Dance Studio Arthur Murray 9 Dentist Eager Family Dentistry 64 Dentist Kenneth J. Rawlinson, D.D.S. 16 Dentist Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC 23 Dentist Romani Orthodontics 47 Farm - Turkeys Belwing Acres Turkey Farm 54 Florist Gilmores Flower Shop 56 Florist P & J Florist 55 Flowers & Gifts The Greenery 57 Food Service Thomsen Foodservice 24 Fuel - Oil Al’s Quality Oil Co. 28 Fuel - Oil COD OIL 47 Fuel - Oil Ferreira Oil, Inc. 21 Fuel - Oil Savard Energy Services 17 Gift Shop The Claddagh Connection

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EAST PROVIDENCE - Seekonk Line!! 2 Family, 2 Brs each, prch, partially finished basement, modern kitchens, new gas boilers/hw tanks, siding, replacement windows, upgraded electric, separate utilities, garages, barn, 12900 sf lot on dead end. $189,900

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December 2013 East Providence Reporter  

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December 2013 East Providence Reporter  

East Providence monthly town newspaper