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The Rehoboth


OCTOBER 2013 Volume 25, no. 10



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

Halloween Memories Rehoboth Ramblings on page 25

Newest Falcon Golfer Fast Tracks to Starting Spot story on page 14

Fall Home Improvement see page 67

Special Town Meeting Set for Oct. 28th more on page 15

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Town of Rehoboth News Notes by Laura Calverley

Special Town Meeting scheduled for Oct. 28

A Special Town Meeting will take place on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. The last date to register to be eligible to vote at the Special Town Meeting is Friday, Oct. 18 and the town clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Voter registration may also take place during regular office hours at the town clerk’s office, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon as well as by mail.  To obtain a mail-in voter registration form, call the Town Clerk’s Office at 508 252-6502, Extension 109 or 110. Anyone who will be 18 years of age or over by October 28 may register.

Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society....................52 Back to School...........................18 Births....................................80 Business Directory.....................93 Classifieds..............................91 Club Announcements.................42 Dining Guide...............................88 Events and Activities..................37 Fall Home Improvement...........67 Heard at the Country Kitchen....34 How You Can Help....................77 Letters to the Editor......................5 Library......................................45 My Two Cents.............................26 Obituaries................................90 People in the News..................32 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings..................25 Rehoboth Town News.................17 School...................................60 Scouts..................................73 Seekonk Human Services..........82 Seekonk Town News.................29 Sports Update............................74 State House................................72 Then and Now............................56 Weddings...............................78

Selectmen Approves Engineering Contract for Wheeler Street Bridge

Selectmen approved an engineering contract with Greenman Pedersen of Wilimington for the engineering work on the reconstruction of the Wheeler Street Bridge. According to a press release from the town administrator’s office, the work will include all environmental related issues, design submissions to the Mass. Highway Dept. and Federal Highway Administration, a design public hearing, which will be held in advance of any public procurement or bidding, a determination of any right of way issues and all construction-related engineering work. The project is scheduled to be put out to bid in July 2014 and a contract awarded in October 2014.

Selectmen Agree to Not Videotape all Town Committee Meetings

Finance Committee Chairman Michael Deignan reportedly told selectmen that he doesn’t think the cable advisory committee has to videotape all the finance committee meetings. Selectmen agreed, saying it would save money. The committee currently tapes about 10 of the 22 town boards. It would reportedly cost the cable committee an additional $24,000 to tape the other board meetings, according to Derek Rousseau, cable advisory committee member.

Ground Breaking Scheduled for New Veterans Memorial

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial on Redway Plain is scheduled for October 7 at 5 p.m. The plans for the memorial include a 24-foot diameter gazebo and a memorial walkway made with pavers and granite. There will be a section commemorating veterans of each war era. The name of Rehoboth veterans who served during that campaign will be displayed. Donors can purchase engraved bricks that will be placed in the walkway to the memorial and the ramp leading to the gazebo. The project is expected to cost approximately $150,000 and more than $100,000 has already been donated. For more information, visit www.

Interim Principal Hired for Dighton Elementary

The Dighton-Rehoboth School District has hired Ed Weiner as interim principal for Dighton Elementary School. Weiner, a retired principal who served as director of mathematics in Easton and Stoughton, will replace Sandra Cummings, who recently retired after serving for about five years. Weiner also served as interim administrator at Nichols Middle School in Middleboro while D-R’s current interim superintendent, Michael Malone, served there. The district is putting together a search committee for a new permanent principal.

D-R School District Hires New Business Manager

The Dighton-Rehoboth School Department has hired Catherine Antonellis as its new Business Manager. Antonellis, who was School Business Administrator for the Old Rochester Regional school district, is replacing Clinton Rowe who has taken a position in another district. Antonellis previously worked as Treasurer for the SomersetBerkley school department and as a town accountant in Blackstone. More than 20 candidates applied for the position. Antonellis was one of two finalists interviewed by the school committee. Antonellis’ first day at D-R will be October 15.

Charnecki Family Donates Land

Thomas and Elizabeth Charnecki have donated approximately 1.46 acres of land adjacent to the Anawan Rock Historic Park to the town. The land is now deeded to the Rehoboth Historical Commission. Selectmen expressed their gratitude to the Charnecki’s for their generous donation.


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

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We will no longer allow “Letter To Editor” writers to withhold their name, nor will we allow organizations to submit only the organization’s name on the letter without a representative’s name as well. In addition, we will not publish any letter that is considered libelous.

Golf Tournament a Big Success

We would like to thank everyone who participated in or donated to the Annual Citizens Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament in July. This is the second year the tournament was dedicated in the memory of Jim Amaral Sr. The money is used to give many scholarships to graduates of Dighton-Rehoboth High School. We greatly appreciate all of the donations and hope to have an even more successful year next year. Special thanks to J&J Materials, Anjulans Florist, Balloon Fantasy, The Charest Family, Dunkin Donuts (Rehoboth), Crestwood Country Club, Segregansett Country Club, Pine Valley Country Club, Erin’s Chop Shop, Vino’s , Reese’s Auto, Araujo’s, Members from the Rehoboth Anawan Lions, Bristol County Savings Bank, Seekonk Florist, Propane Plus, Earle Dias Photography, Sun Valley Country Club, Hidden Hollow, and Audrey Bennett. The Amaral Family

What Price Freedom

From your most intimate phone conversation, to your computer chats, we are now being listened to and recorded, the N.S.A. under the pretence of looking for terrorist plots. Where were they in Boston bombing? We are giving up our rights in the name of safety from terrorists. The fourth amendment is being violated. We are a God fearing people who should not be spied on by the N.S.A. With all the baloney that is going on with the government and all the lies the media is feeding us, what is happening to America in general. What has America become? Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard? Let’s see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, it’s their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it’s wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming the progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right. You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people, we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal. We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither Presidents did anything to help. And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine whose fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign. What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave? Roland Aubin, Rehoboth, MA Letters continued on next page...


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Do You Have Any Outgrown, Used Soccer Gear Laying Around?

On Saturday, October 12, there will be a collection of used soccer gear held at the Cole Street Soccer Fields in Seekonk. The collection will be held from 10:30 til 4:00. Look for the collection tables at the fields. Needed are cleats, shin guards, balls, any jerseys even those with names on them, shorts, and goalkeeper equipment and backpacks. The collection is being run by James Eline, of Seekonk Troop 1 Boy Scouts, as part of an Eagle Scout Service Project. All donated items will be sent to Passback, a charitable organization which is part of the US Soccer Foundation. Passback will redistribute all gear to underserved children. If you can’t make it on the 12th or need a pickup please send an email to Remember, “It takes one soccer ball to change the life of a child. It takes one jersey to make a child feel a sense of belonging.” James Eline

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Our government, with typical ineptitude has one agency proposing regulations which could undo the good work of other agencies. Local, State, and Federal agencies for sometime worked to support and encourage agriculture. Local agriculture has been recognized as vitally important to our food chain and our local economy. Education and money have often been made available to farmers to help improve their operations. In addition, there has been a tremendous recognition of food safety issues. Programs, such as, The Pastured Milk Ordinance, and the recent G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) program have addressed many issues in food production and handling. Some of the current have already increased production costs and produced mountains of paperwork at many farms. Now the FDA is poised to pass the Food Safety Modernization Act. This burdensome and at times unreasonable pile of regulations could very well force many New England farmers out of business. Anyone who has tried to keep a marauding woodchuck or deer out of a backyard garden knows how futile it would be to require that farmers keep wildlife out of the their crop fields. Should irrigation water be tested weekly? Huge mid-west farms may irrigate hundreds of acres from one water source. Weekly testing may be economically feasible for them but it still seems like

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October 2013 The Reporter overkill. A local farmer who may irrigate ten small fields from ten different sources would find weekly testing cost prohibitive. Imagine if you had to have your kitchen sink tested weekly, for bacteria and had to fill out paperwork on each food item you prepared specifically where you purchased it and whom you fed it to. While I’m sure that most people agree that food safety is important I don’t think that regulating farmers to death is the answer. Enforcing the current regulations properly should do the job. In addition, since a huge amount of our food comes from out of the country maybe more effort should be put into testing what we import. It is also necessary for their own safety, proper storage, handling, and preparation, as well as correct cooking temperatures are all as important as what goes on before the product is purchased. One of your best protections is to know your local farmer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how the food is grown and handled. Buy food from someone you feel is grown and handled. Buy food from someone you feel confident in. If a person prefers to buy all their food at a grocery store rather than from a number of different sources, that is their choice. The key word here is choice. Each time we loose a local farm we also loose a choice. Please take a few minutes to contact your Senators and as well as the FDA if you are concerned about unreasonable regulation. The more people they hear from the better. Comments are being accepted until November 13, 2013. The following contact information comes from the Massachusetts Farm Bureau and additional information may be found on their website, Thank you, Rachel Smith Member of the Rehoboth Agricultural Commission

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Life Gets So Busy

Sometimes life gets so busy we forget to say Thank you to those who deserve it. I want to take a minute to thank a few people and organizations for what they have done for me. First, I would like to thank the Board of Selectman for trimming and cutting the edges of the roadway. I walk with my niece, Dakota only to find that I am almost in the middle of the road in order to avoid the overgrowth on each side. Thanks for listening. Second, I needed hip surgery and wasn’t able to go up and down stairs. I contacted Richard Noons, and Earle Dias, both members of the Rehoboth Lions. That night when I got back home, there was a hospital bed all set up in my sunroom. If you ever need a hospital bed, walker, wheel chair, etc. Contact the Rehoboth Lions, they are great.

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October 2013 The Reporter Third, I want to thank my church family at Grace Community Chapel in Seekonk for all those wonderful homemade dinners that was sent over after my surgery. I am so thankful for the wonderful cards and the calls that helped me thru the first couple of weeks. And lastly, thank you to my wonderful neighbors and family who stopped by, brought homemade goodies or brought vegetables from their gardens. Thank you all for being there when I needed your help- a wonderful family, church family, thoughtful neighbors and great organizations in Town. Jackie Veader, Rehoboth MA


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Stroll Down Memory Lane, a fundraiser for fuel assistance for needy Rehoboth seniors on September 13th was a great success. A check in the amount over $4000.00 which will be presented to Rehoboth Friends of the Elderly to be distributed as needed. The committee wishes to thank those who attended. A rocking and rolling time was had by all. It was evidenced by the crowded dance floor each time the Villanaires and Reminisce were playing the oldies. A big thank you is extended to those who donated raffle items or who made monetary donations. Your generosity was greatly appreciated, and was a huge help in giving this event a favorable outcome. Thank you to Jackie Pryor, Dot Amaral, Pat Higson, and Dot Conlow for your assistance. We could not have done it without you. A special thank you to the Rehoboth Reporter for creating and publishing the announcement of our worthy fundraiser. We tip our hats to all of you, and we will see you again next year. Jim Scimone, Mike Olson, Norie Palmer, Lorraine Botts

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After waiting for over 10 years and appointing 3 different building committees, the Town of Seekonk has recognized the needs of seniors and young families and voted to build a new 2.5 million dollar Senior Center. Now no one will be prevented from getting needed help because of limited access to the second floor of an old school with small cramped offices and no privacy, and limited space for activities. Seekonk Human Services can now better provide a multitude of necessary services to seniors and families: meals, fuel, medicines, transportation, legal information and referrals to state and federal agencies. NOW we need YOUR help to furnish the Center and landscape it. YOU have the opportunity to dedicate and help furnish a room in memory or honor of a loved one: the kitchen, the multi-purpose rooms, the nurses’ station, the conference room, the lecture room or any of the staff offices. We also need businesses and individuals to donate tables and chairs, sofa, office desks, computers, office equipment and recreation and exercise equipment to fully furnish the new Center. Professional landscaping to complete and beautify the grounds would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who wishes to help with these needs, is invited to make a donation . All donations wether large or small will go directly to the designated use. This appeal comes from Friends of the Senior Center, Inc. a 501-C3 corporation . All donations can be sent to President, Edith Krekorian, 8 Harriet Court, Seekonk, MA 02771 or PO Box 233 Seekonk Post Office, Seekonk, MA 02771. For further information please feel free to contact us by phone or email at 508-336-8130, or Beverly Hart at 508-336-9352, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Sincerely yours, Edith Krekorian and Beverly Hart

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Just in case you didn’t know it, you have a great resource in Rehoboth. It is your Trim Room in the Blanding Library with its collection of wonderful reference books. Historical information on many people in the Rehoboth area was gleaned from these resources when information was obtained for “Baptists in Early North America, Volume 1, Swansea, Massachusetts”, a recently published book (by Mercer Press) that includes actual records from 1649 (in Wales) to 1848 in Swansea. (Acknowledgement of the library staff’s help in the visit to the Blanding Library is made in this publication.) The Covenant of the First Baptist Church, Swansea, was signed in 1663 (in Rehoboth) by Rev. John Myles and six followers before the group was banished to an area south of Rehoboth (later established as Swansea). This Baptist church will celebrate 350 years, with many events planned in November. Editor of the book, Dr. William H. Brackney, along with Rev. Dr. Charles K. Harman, a retired pastor of First Baptist Church Swansea, who are both responsible for Volume 1, will be attending many of the events. Dr. Brackney will deliver the sermon on Nov. 10 at the present Meeting House located at 21 Baptist Street, Swansea, Ma. and Rev. Hartman will take part in the service on Nov. 3 as we welcome former pastors back to share fellowship and memories. A Historic Locations Bus Tour will be held on Nov. 2, and a 350th Banquet will be held at the Venus de Milo on Nov. 9. For information on events or to make reservations, please call 508 252-6296. For book information please call 508 336-0799. Church website is Margaret Veader

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After months of questions, meetings and delays the Town of Seekonk Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously last night to deny accessibility to a parcel of non-buildable “town owned” land to the Veteran’s Committee to Memorialize the Military Service of all the Veterans in Seekonk and beyond. Yet they are looking for town approval for $25,000.00 to “study” the feasibility of expanding the Library. Essentially they want the townspeople to unselfishly give $25,000.00 to pay for yet another “what if” study. They withheld information from the Vets Committee relative to a grant application for at least 2 months. They promised a vote on 9/18 then delayed the vote until 9/25 because of the chairman’s vacation. Library business ceases because the chairman is on vacation??  They asked the Veterans Committee to downsize the project and the Committee complied with a revised rendering. All the while they knew they were going for a grant to expand. They have wasted everyone’s time and efforts.  Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA ® The Library was given custodianship of the parcel in 2010 not ownership. The A Developmentally Appropriate people of the Town of Seekonk can still have A Developmentally Appropriate a say. By judgment of our prior Building Pre-School for: Pre-School Program Program for: Inspector the parcel is not buildable. It is and Seekonka small parcel good for nothing more than Dighton, Dighton, RehobothRehoboth and Seekonk parking cars. It is a small sacrifice to give for a much deserved cause. The Vets have not asked the Town for money. The only thing they ask for is space. Visible space. A monument to recognize all branches of the armed forces for all who have served and come home and more importantly those • Foster Children Automatically Qualify • Foster Children Automatically Qualify who didn’t. Our beloved Library is being selfish in Breakfast & Lunch Served • Breakfast &•Lunch Served every way imaginable. It is disgusting to this voter that after so many gave so much to our Part Based Day & Options Home Based Options Available Part Day & •Home Available country and community and still they are given a difficult time. And oh by the way can you give $25,000.00 to study expansion? Am I mad? Damn straight I am. Will I vote for $25,000.00? NO I WILL NOT. Doreen Taylor, Seekonk Resident

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After waiting for over 10 years and appointing 3 different building committees, the Town of Seekonk has recognized the needs of seniors and young families and voted to build a new 2.5 million dollar Senior Center. Now no one will be prevented from getting needed help because of limited access to the second floor of an old school with small cramped offices and no privacy, and limited space for activities. Seekonk Human Services can now better provide a multitude of necessary services to seniors and families: meals, fuel, medicines, transportation, legal information and referrals to state and federal agencies. NOW we need YOUR help to furnish the Center and landscape it. YOU have the opportunity to dedicate and help furnish a room in memory or honor of a loved one: the kitchen, the multi-purpose rooms, the nurses’ station, the conference room, the lecture room or any of the staff offices. We also need businesses and individuals to donate tables and chairs, sofa, office desks, computers, office equipment and recreation and exercise equipment to fully furnish the new Center. Professional landscaping to complete and beautify the grounds would be greatly appreciated. Anyone who wishes to help with these needs, is invited to make a donation . All donations wether large or small will go directly to the designated use. This appeal comes from Friends of the Senior Center, Inc. a 501-C3 corporation . All donations can be sent to President, Edith Krekorian, 8 Harriet Court, Seekonk, MA 02771 or PO Box 233 Seekonk Post Office, Seekonk, MA 02771. For further information please feel free to contact us by phone or email at 508-336-8130, or Beverly Hart at 508-336-9352, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Sincerely yours, Edith Krekorian and Beverly Hart


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Newest Falcon Golfer Fast Tracks to Starting Spot By Jim Chandley

Brandyn Botelho and Nick Soares have been swinging sticks together for a number of years. The two are teammates on the Dighton Rehoboth hockey team (along with several players from Seekonk, forming a cooperative team between the two schools). Soares is a physical presence, while Botelho is more in the mold of a Brad Marchand, for you NHL fans.

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But this summer, the two started swinging sticks of a little different shape together. The result has been a boon for Dighton Rehoboth. This spring, Soares and his classmate Eric Pappas approached Botelho and encouraged him to join the school golf team. It wouldn’t be a tough ask for plenty of high school aged young men, but Botelho had never played a round of golf in his life. So how did they do it? “We just played a lot of golf,” Pappas laughed as he and Botelho approached the next tee during a recent practice round. Soares, who was playing in the group ahead of them at the time, suggested the group get in as many rounds as they could over the summer. And so they did. “It was a lot of coaching,” admits Soares. He and Pappas were trying to teach a friend a game in one summer that it is often said takes a lifetime to learn. But the trio made progress throughout the summer, and got the newest Falcon golfer ready to play. The summer preparations were made during rounds at Fall River Country Club. But the Falcons have a very hospitable home in Rehoboth during the season, at Hillside Country Club. This tight, and often unforgiving course, which is much shorter in distance than Fall River, has likely aided Botelho, a smaller golfer who does not hit the ball particularly long off the tee. Botelho is now playing matches for Dighton Rehoboth, a difficult lineup to crack when your team is 10-2 and one of the best squads in the conference. He and Pappas generally play matches together, forming a pair that head golf coach Bill Cute says works very well together. “They’re two very good, complimentary golfers. They compliment each other well,” says Cute. The coach explained that the new scoring system (a game that some of you will know as Stableford) allows him to pair golfers who might not have played together a year ago (even if Botelho had been playing then). Soares and Botelho will be teammates out on the ice again this winter. Both say that they feel good about the team’s chances when that time comes. But for now, all three are just focused on this successful golf season, and figuring out a way to beat Apponequet when the conference tournament rolls around. Botelho deserves a lot of credit, for picking up a difficult game and learning to play it at such a high level in such a short period of time. Cute said he was thrilled with this development. But the coach had perhaps the most praise for Soares, who first asked his friend to come play, “The highest compliment I can pay to a player is that he’s a leader. Nick has been a leader for me and for us.”

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Rehoboth’s Special Town Meeting Set for Oct. 28

by Laura Calverley Rehoboth will hold its fall Special Town Meeting on October 28 and voters will be reviewing nine articles. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School. The town is asking voters to support the Rehoboth Helping Hands food pantry by bringing a non-perishable food item to the meeting. The boy scouts will be collecting the food items and delivering them to the food pantry. Town Clerk Laura Schwall is hoping that attendance for the meeting will be good. “I’m hopeful there will be a huge turnout because it is the community’s way to have a voice in how town government is run and revenue is spent,” Schwall said. The warrant contains a few standard articles including paying previous unpaid bills, street acceptances, and reauthorizing a Board of Health account. Some of the other articles of interest are outlined below. -Article 2 requests approximately $66,000 in additional funding for the 2014 Fiscal Year Budget. The two largest expenditures are: $25,000 for town counsel to fund the RePAC litigation and anticipated audit and approximately $48,500 to cover the increased cost of insurance premiums after the town’s insurance company dropped Rehoboth as a client due to ongoing litigation that the town is involved in. -Article 3 requests an approximately $50,000 for additional capital expenditures in this year’s budget, including a new vehicle for the building inspector, ten tasers for the Police Department and an upgrade to the police radio system. According to Town Administrator Jeff Ritter, the building inspector’s vehicle is at least 10 years old and has several ongoing mechanical problems. “The new vehicle will allow him to access more challenging roads where he now has to walk,” Ritter said. The additional tasers are needed so that every police officer is equipped with one, says Ritter. The radio system upgrade involves the relocation of the radio antenna from the Public Safety Building to the cell tower. It will allow for better coverage and improve public safety, says Ritter. continued on next page...


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-Article 4 requests $1,200 for heat sensors and temperature monitors at the Senior Center, Town Hall and the North Fire Station. The new sensors will be connected to the town’s alarm system. If there is an increase in temperature in the buildings at night, the alarm system will be triggered which will allow a faster response from the Police and Fire Departments. -Article 5 is an amendment to the bylaw on permits and licenses and was recommended by town counsel, according to Ritter. If approved, it would require that anyone applying for a permit would have to be up to date on their taxes. -Article 6 is a bylaw amendment that sets a speed limit of five miles per hour for motorized watercraft and other recreational equipment on the Palmer River. It was written in response to complaints in the area, says Ritter. According to Harbormaster Bill Dalpe, people ride Jet Skis pretty fast on the river and the town wants to prevent any potential accidents with the canoes and kayaks that also use the river. There is also an environmental issue because the Jet Skis can destroy the habitats of the native fish. Speed limits are posted on the river, but a bylaw is needed in order to enforce the speed restrictions with citations. The warrant also includes a report from the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District’s Capital Task Force, which announces some necessary roof repairs at several schools and the district’s application for grant funding to help pay for part of the repairs. Ritter says he encourages residents to come to town meeting and participate in conducting town business.

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Rehoboth Town News From The Clerk’s Office

Hello All ~ I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Fall weather in Rehoboth! First, I would like to remind all town residents that Monday, October 28th is our Fall Special Town Meeting. We will meet at the Dighton-Rehoboth High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. We will hold a voter register session on Friday, October 18th from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM. If you will be 18 years of age or older by October 28, 2013, you may register on the 18th ~ just in time for Fall Laura Schwall Town Meeting. Remember your vote is imporTown Clerk tant in the way our town is run and revenue is spent! However, you must be present in order to voice your opinion. Please come to Fall Town Meeting and be a part of the decision making process of our wonderful town. Hope to see you there. Secondly, I would like to thank all those who have participated in our Town Hall – Extended Hours Survey. In addition to the survey questions related to the hours of operation, I was thrilled with the many suggestions we received related to online business and ways we could make our town government more accessible to the public. We have summarized the comments and suggestions and will look to implement as many as feasible over the next few months. Thank you all for taking the time to voice your opinions; we sincerely appreciate your time and input! The results of the survey to date (9-25-13) appear below. Questions & Results 1. Would it be beneficial to be open until 7PM or 8PM one night a week to utilize town hall services? Yes = 79% No = 21%

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and will be discussing your comments with the Selectmen and also at our next Department Head Meeting to see how we can improve our town hall services to the community. Town Hall @ Senior Center: On Monday, September 9th I held my first “Town Clerk’s Office at the Senior Center” session and had the privilege of meeting with several of our town’s wonderful seniors. I was able to bring a few of the town hall services to them, rather than their having to travel to 148 Peck Street. Going forward, I have reserved the first Monday of every month from 10:30am – 12:00pm as my time at the Senior Center with my Notary supplies, voter registration materials, appointment slips, annual reports, a few genealogy books, permits, license applications, street listings, etc. In addition, if you know you need a copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate, please call me at 508-252-6502 X-110 or send me an e-mail at with the information you need (name, date, type of document) and I can have the certified documents ready for pick up at the Senior Center when I’m there. Alternative Meeting Posting Location: I also met with the Selectmen on September 3rd to request their approval for an alternative posting location for our meeting notices. I requested our primary posting location be our town website ( Currently, as per the Open Meeting Law requirements, our primary posting location for upcoming meetings is the front window of town hall entranceway. Taping meeting notices to the front window presents a sloppy image to visitors and also makes the notices difficult to read. In addition, this method requires a trip to town hall, which is not always convenient. The Selectmen approved the town website as our primary posting location and provided me with a letter notifying the Attorney General of our alternative primary posting location. Once we receive notification from the AG’s office, we will remove the paper from the town hall windows and utilize the website. Notices will also be visible on our public access TV channel 9. I will be working with the IT Committee to see if there is a way to secure a kiosk in a town building to display the upcoming meeting notices as well. Finally, we are in the process of setting up a meeting posting program called “My Town Government”, which will provide an option for residents to call in and have the meeting notices read to them should they not have Internet or cable access. Town Records Preservation & Records Management Study: On Wednesday, September 4th, Lynn and I met with the Seekonk Town Clerk, Jan Parker, and Assistant Town Clerk, Karen McHugh, to tour their Town Hall “Records Preservation and Management Project”. (Seekonk is open until 7:00 PM on Wednesday’s for their residents, so we were able to go after our offices closed.) We also had the privilege of touring the Seekonk facility with Carol Williams, Community Preservation Committee Chair, and Rebecca Smith, Historical Community Clerk. My reasoning behind requesting the tour was to find ways to preserve Rehoboth’s precious town records dating back to 1633, the conversion of archival and historical records, while also evaluating our current records to determine ways we could streamline and automate the current records management system at town hall. Seekonk’s facility was very impressive, and we have begun the process of evaluating the cost of such a program. On Wednesday, September 18th, I met with the Historical Commission and received their support of the town records preservation project. At that same meeting, Rebecca Smith suggested I investigate matching grants that may be available through the Massachusetts Historical Society. I found several grants we may apply for in 2014 and am in the process of evaluating the state and federal grant application process and deadlines so we can submit our requests in a timely manner. I also met with the Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday, September 25th, to request their support of the town records preservation project. They agreed to support the initial evaluation study of our town records and the preservation of historical documents as well. Therefore, I will be collecting quotes and presenting those figures at their October 23rd Meeting. I believe we truly need to find a way to preserve our historical town records for future generations to enjoy. Credit/Debit Cards @ Town Hall: During the month of September, Cheryl Gouveia, our town Treasurer and Tax Collector, and I have met with several credit card vendors and Bristol County Savings Bank to find an economical way to implement a credit/debit

October 2013 The Reporter card system at town hall. We are happy to say we believe we have found an equitable way to do so. More details will be provided in the upcoming months. With the implementation of a new credit/debit card system we will also be able to move forward with providing online access so residents can process dog licenses, business certificate renewals, and birth-marriage-death certificate requests. Dog Licenses – Unfortunately after two mailed reminders, several monthly reminders in the Rehoboth Reporter, and reminder calls from our Animal Control Officer, Jane Foster, we have started the process of mailing non-criminal citations to those residents who have not paid their April 1, 2013 dog license fees. If you receive a citation, please make sure your dogs have a valid rabies certificate and send or bring your licensing fees to town hall as soon as possible. Out of 2,000 registered dogs in Rehoboth, we currently have 86 license renewals outstanding. As a reminder, the Town Clerk’s Office will be open for voter registration on Friday, October 18 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM if you would like to stop by and pay your dog license fees then. Hope to hear from you or see you soon ~ thank you. Vitals Update – So far this year, the Town Clerk’s Office has registered and processed 31 Birth Certificates, 41 Marriage Intention/Certificates, 43 Death Certificates, 31 Burial Permits, 33 new Business Certificates, and 40 Business Renewals. Rehoboth is certainly a happening place! Marriage Intentions/Marriage Certificates – October is one of our busiest months for Marriage Intentions/Certificates. Therefore, as a quick reminder of the process, both parties must come to town hall and complete a three-part packet (Marriage Intention, Marriage Supplement, and Marriage Worksheet). The parties must provide their social security number and mother’s maiden name. Upon completion of the documents, there is a “State required” 3-day waiting period before the couple may pick up their marriage license. The marriage license is good for 60-days. If you are not married within that timeframe, you must complete the process again. The charge is $20 for the Marriage Intention and $10 for the Marriage Certificate. Note: If you are using an officiant from another state (Rhode Island for example), your officiant must obtain a one-day solemnization certificate from the Secretary of State’s office. The application can be found on the Secretary of State’s website or we have copies at town hall. Sorry for the lengthy update, but September has certainly been a busy month. Remember, Fall Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28th at 7:00 PM in the Dighton-Rehoboth High School Auditorium. We hope to see you there. Lynn and I wish you all a wonderful October and a safe and healthy Columbus Day & Halloween! Sincerely, Laura & Lynn

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Rehoboth, MA September 26, 2013: A Veterans Memorial ground breaking ceremony will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Redway Plain starting at 5:00p.m. Veterans Agent and Veterans Memorial Committee member Bill Saunders recently stated, “we anticipate this to be a wonderful day for Rehoboth as we take the next step in breaking ground for this long awaited veterans memorial. The Memorial once completed, will be a place of reflection for those Rehoboth citizens who served our country dating back to the King Phillip Wars. The Memorial will also serve as a public gathering place for summer events.” The Board of Selectmen will be present along with several other state and local dignitaries and contributors to formally break ground on the Memorial. According to Saunders, “after fifteen (15) years of work we have come a long way in making this dream a reality we hope the public will take a moment to join us on this historic day.” The Veterans Memorial Committee are still seeking funds to help this project through to completion. Please contact Bill Saunders at 508-252-4467 extension 122.


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In early September, the Rehoboth Ambulance began a fundraising campaign to replace our cardiac monitors. To date, the response has been extremely positive, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated for their generosity. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of being able to purchase at least one cardiac monitor by the end of this year. The monitors we are looking to purchase will greatly enhance our ability to provide care for all of our patients, regardless of their condition. In addition to their ability to transmit information directly to the hospital, these monitors will also improve our ability to monitor our patients during transport – we will have the ability to see the heart rhythm, check how much oxygen is present in the blood, assess for carbon monoxide poisoning, assess respiratory effort, and monitor blood pressure all from a single machine. As of the date of this article, we have raised nearly $20,000. We need to reach at least $30,000 in order to purchase one monitor this year. Our goal of $75,000 allows us to purchase two monitors plus extended warranties for the equipment. Monitor our current progress on reaching our goals at fundraising. The Rehoboth Ambulance Committee is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation whose sole purpose is to provide emergency care and transportation for the Town of Rehoboth. We receive no direct funding from the Town of Rehoboth and operating expenses are covered solely through donations and bills for service. All donations to the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee are fully tax-deductible. For more information on how to donate, please see the link above.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors, Would you like to see our community continue to be the best in pre-hospital emergency medical services? The Rehoboth Ambulance Committee is actively pursuing the purchase of new cardiac monitors that incorporate advanced technologies to do just that! The use of these monitors will: Enhance our ability to provide emergency care equal to what is done in the first 30 minutes in an emergency room. Electronically transmit a rapid acquisition 12 lead EKG diagnostic test result directly to the receiving hospital. Upon arrival, doctors will have already pinpointed the area they need to treat and

October 2013 The Reporter can rapidly intervene without delays. Imagine what this capability could do for you and your family in the event of an emergency! Please consider giving a donation to assist us in an effort to benefit everyone in our community. Your gift to Rehoboth Ambulance of $25, $35, $50 or more is greatly appreciated and every dollar you donate is tax deductible and will go directly towards the purchase of these monitors. Please mail your charitable donation by using the enclosed reply envelope to: Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, PO BOX 156, Rehoboth, MA 02769 You may also donate at: We thank you in advance for your generous contribution to the residents of Rehoboth! On behalf of the Rehoboth Ambulance Committee, Scott J. Meagher, NRP; Chairman/Chief; Reuben S. Fischman, NRP; Vice Chairman/Deputy Chief Sharon Estrella, EMT, Secretary


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Rehoboth – The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen have scheduled a Special Town Meeting to be held on Monday, Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School at 7:00 p.m. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013, which is the last date to register to vote for those residents who have not registered and who wish to be eligible to vote at the October 28, 2013 Special Town Meeting. Voter registration may also take place during regular office hours at the Town Clerk’s Office, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Residents may also register to vote by mail.  The proper mail-in voter registration form may be obtained by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 508 252-6502, Extension 109 or 110. Anyone who will be 18 years of age or over by October 28, 2013 may register.

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REHOBOTH – Was it an accidental drowning or a homicide? What is the evidence? Captain Matthew Bomes of the Rehoboth Rescue Squad recently learned these answers during an intensive two-day, 16-hour course entitled “Acquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation,” which was presented by Team Life Guard Systems (LGS) of Shokan, New York at the Middletown, Connecticut Police Department. LGS provides high-quality instruction to members of law enforcement, fire and rescue departments, and federal government agencies. Taught by instructor Andrea Zaferes, the class covered unusual drowning scenarios (determining accidental versus intentional), how to search for a body, the use of mathematical formulas to continued on next page...

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Rehoboth Ramblings by Leslie Patterson

Halloween Memories I can still remember a favorite quote from the late humorist Erma Surely everyone knows about the pagan Celtic origins of HalBombeck (another Ohio native). She once quipped that when a loween by now. The feast of Samhain (sow-in) at the end of October child pestered her for a home-made Halloween costume, she told marked the Celtic New Year. This shows good sense on the part of him to cut eye-holes in a brown paper grocery bag, put it over his the ancients, getting the worst part of the year out of the way first. I head, and tell everyone that his mother just had surgery. guess they figured it could only go uphill from there, at least once Speaking of cheating, I’ve long since given up carving a pumpthe winter solstice was over. kin. I get by with a plastic jack-o-lantern with a built-in light bulb. The second half of the Celtic year began on May 1 with the Ceramic pumpkin decorations are also nice. The other thing I like feast of Beltane. Although I am not a neo-pagan myself, I can reabout Halloween is that, like the Fourth of July, it is a traditional ally relate to dividing the year into two halves: light and dark, warm holiday that does not require cooking a big feast, buying presents, and cold, green and gray/white/brown, and good and bad. These or being in an especially sentimental mood. Although you can go two halves of the year really match the New England climate. (No, all-out for decorating if you want, you don’t really have to. A low-key it does not get green around here until May, a fact that I am still holiday, in other words, with no emotional overload. coming to terms with after 35-plus years here. Shouldn’t April look These days many adults as well as children like to dress up for more like spring?) Halloween. I haven’t been to a Halloween party in years but when I I have always enjoyed Halloween and am sorry to see so few did, I always went as a gypsy, quite a change from my usual nonchildren trick-or-treating, at least in our neighborhood. My friends descript garb. These days there are also haunted houses to visit on the East Side of Providence tell me they still get hordes of kids and events like the big jack-o-lantern show at Roger Williams Park. coming to their house. By the way, I regard having your parents Enjoy this last blast of fall. Winter will be here before you know it. drive you around on Halloween as cheating, unless it is absolutely pouring rain. Halloween back in the 1950’s was a kids-only event. I don’t recall any parents going along to supervise trick-or-treat. Little ones either went with older siblings or perhaps the neighbor kids. I fondly remember trick-or-treating as a kid. I particularly remember wearing a cowgirl outfit one year (maybe more than one year). This was a pretty easy outfit to find since most of us had a cowgirl or cowboy outfit back in the 1950’s when Westerns were all the rage on TV. I also remember that we sometimes referred to a Halloween mask as a “false face”. I don’t know if this was just an Ohio expression or what. It sounds like something from the 19th century now. I come from a place that really enjoyed Halloween. Every year the merchants downtown (in a small city about half the size of Attleboro) would hold a contest for high school students to paint Halloween murals in washable paint on their store windows. I need to explain to young people here that F600 Firelight 50 years ago people still shopped in indeWood Stove pendent stores in their downtowns. Anyway, we would take long sheets of white paper donated by the Mead Paper Company (it was pretty much a company town) and draw an outline of a spooky or scary scene, then tape the drawing to the inside store window to use as a pattern. We really went in for garish colors in keeping with the theme. This was great fun for all, fun to work on and fun to know that others were enjoying our art, on display for the following week. The window contest was followed by a big parade held on Halloween (yes, in the dark, at night, which made it more fun). Getting to dress up in costumes, go walking around in the dark, and coming home with all that candy? What’s not to like if you’re a kid? But Halloween costumes are another story for mothers. I hate to sew and never actually made a Halloween costume.

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By Rehoboth Selectman, Sue Pimental

Town meeting, our form of government, is scheduled for Monday, October 28th at 7pm, at the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School. I think I may have talked about it before, but I think it makes sense to explain town meeting…annual and special town meeting again. Once a year, we schedule what is called Town Meeting. This is our annual meeting where we vote on the budget for the upcoming year. This is the meeting where we conduct our town’s business, getting approval from the taxpayers not only on where their money will be spent but also get approval on our bylaws, capital requests, and review various annual reports such as the transfer station, CPA fund, Library, Ambulance to name a few. Special town meeting was designed as “clean up” meeting as well as addressing items that may present themselves after town meeting and need to be addressed in the current fiscal year. It is not meant to re-hash the town’s budget or any other items previously voted on at the annual town meeting. This year’s Special Town meeting will do just that. There will be some requests to increase some specific line items in the budget. This is a result of more information that has come before the town after town meeting. Remember that at annual town meeting, we are using estimates… estimates on revenue and estimates on our expenses. Many times, the state has not passed it’s budget until after our town meeting. This coming special town meeting will have some requests to adjust some budget lines, capital items, some bylaw changes such as speed limit, special permit. In addition, the DR Regional school district has submitted a capital projects report prepared by a task force set up last year. Remember, no one board, person can change our bylaw, raise your taxes or adjust a budget line without town meeting vote. The warrant is the Selectman’s….meaning; they control what is placed on the warrant. Items are discussed and voted on to be placed on the warrant for town meeting vote. The warrant is then sent to the Finance Committee to recommend a source of funding on any article that requires the expenditure of money. This is Serving Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea the checks and balance in our government. and surrounding area A separate board will present their recommendation to the Selectman’s warrant and then the taxpayer decides. We started some time ago, with the help of the Boy Scouts , to ask those attending town meeting to bring some non perishable Services Include: food item to be delivered to the Rehoboth’s Helping Hands. It’s been a great success • In-Home Pet Sitting • Mid-Day Exercise and Training and a great tradition. Mark your calendar…. • Broad Range of Pet Training • Behavioral Modification October 28th at 7pm at the Dighton Re• Pet Taxi, Including Vet Visits • Backyard Wildlife Management hoboth Regional School….and bring non perishable food items for the food bank. You’ll feel confident and relaxed Since, there wasn’t much to talk about as it relates to the upcoming Special Town while you are away with your pets Meeting; I thought I would use the space to in our capable, caring hands. talk about some other issues/items going on in town. Remember, this is the world according to me…my opinion, you may not agree and I’m okay with that…. At last Professional Memberships Include: annual town meeting, we voted to get two Free Ongoing Consultation •ABS Animal Behavior Society new police vehicles. Since the long stand•ACABC Association Of Companion For “Preferred Customers” ing police vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria Animal Behavior Counselors Initial Consultation Free is no longer being built; we needed to look •NAPPS National Association Of Fully Bonded and Insured Professional Pet Sitters at other vehicles for our police force. Every John J. Smith, Owner/Operator •PSI Pet Sitters International other police department is in the same

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vehicle has a little higher fuel costs but, my opinion, worth it. The next test is performance and reliability…..I’ll get back to you on that. I also had a chance to check out the new ambulance purchased by the Rehoboth Ambulance. This vehicle cost the town zero. It was designed by our Rehoboth Ambulance and has some great features to give the best and up to date care while attending and transporting patients. The town now has three ambulances at its service operating as an Advanced Life Support. I was able to check out the ambulance and police vehicles at the Harvest Block Party, where all those who attend can do as well. The Harvest Block Party has been a long standing tradition that promotes and highlights many of the town services and businesses in town. If you missed it this year….don’t miss it next year. It gives you a great opportunity to meet friends, neighbors and town employees but also get to know what some of the local businesses in town have to offer. As many of you know, we have been busy trimming back the trees, shrubs throughout town. We purchased a new mower at town meeting but due to a backorder and equipment issues, it was not put into service for many months. Most of you I’m sure have seen the efforts of the Tree Warden and his team along with our highway department in clearing back the corners and sides of the road. The highway superintendant also contracted with an outside vendor to clean our 800 plus catch basins. For less than 10,000 all catch basins have been cleaned and in short period of time…a lot shorter than what we could have done internally. Great effort by all involved. If you have questions or would like to know about something going on in town, email me (you can find it on the town’s website) and I will try to answer in my monthly column or if you would like me to talk about a particular subject, let me know. Just remember, it’s the world according to me….my opinion, my two cents.

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

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Thank you to all who participated in or attended the annual 9-11 ceremony to thank our A slide show will also be featured entitled: public safety employees and veterans. The rain “The Steamer Trunk – Immigration to America” held off so we were able to have the ceremony Presented by The Seekonk Historical Commission outside. Thursday November 14, 2013 Also want to thank all those who attended or (6:30 PM) took a space at the Save a Pet craft fair on SatSeekonk Public Library urday, September 14th. It was a great success 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk, MA and the weather again held off and actually Admission: Free was a beautiful fall day. Special thanks to Nicole from the Ritz Diner who was “official chef” for the day. Larry and Rachel were our cooks and worked for a couple of hours over hot grills. The fire department brought a truck and the children really enjoyed that. Kids just love firemen and fire trucks and our staff is so good with the children. Thank you to the school department for letting us set up on the middle school lawn and a big thank you to Bridget and Recreation for their help and donations to the fair. The cheerleaders were a big hit with the crowd. The biggest thank you goes to the Save a Pet volunteers, especially Hilary, Liz, and Kathy for the planning and organization of the fair. There will be a special meeting of the Seekonk Water District on October 10th at the Middle School. The meeting will start at 6:30PM, but they are requesting that people arrive by 6:00PM. There is a vacant seat Dr. Lisa Daft and Dr. Jared Stubbs on the Commissioners board so the district Are pleased to announce Dr. Chris Vanderpool will be holding a special election that night. All voters of Seekonk who live in the water has joined our family and cosmetic dental practice. district area are eligible to vote. October 14th is Columbus Day, so Town Providing comprehensive dental care in Hall will be closed that day.

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The Historic Commission is holding a “Historic Book Club” at Seekonk Library every third Tuesday of the month. We are currently reading “The Mayflower” our next meeting is on Tuesday Oct 15 6:30 - 7:30 pm we will be reading the first 4 sections and having a great discussion. Please join us! Also The Seekonk Historic Commission will be presenting “Immigration to America” a Genealogical Slide Show presentation on Thursday Nov 14 at 6:30. This is an interesting tale of how a trunk made its way here to Seekonk Ma. There will also be a presentation on starting your own genealogy along with some hand outs. We hope all residents will join us! Thank you, Kristen Pion Seekonk Historical Commission

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Struggle Continues Over Location and Size of New Seekonk Veterans’ Memorial

By Jim Chandley The Seekonk Veterans’ Memorial Committee and the Seekonk Public Library Board of Trustees have both submitted proposals for the upcoming town meeting. When residents assemble on November 18th, the agenda will contain proposals with different plans for the land directly South of the Seekonk Library parking lot. The Veterans’ Memorial Committee has chosen this spot as the hopeful site of the town’s new Veterans’ Memorial. The Library Board of Trustees says the land should be kept for future library expansion. “It’s a prime location. The town of Rehoboth is dedicating the corner of Bay Street and Your Public Access Station [route] 44 to a veterans’ memorial park,” says Don Kinniburgh, the Chairman of the Veterans’ Memorial Committee and a former veterans’ agent in Seekonk. “It seems to me the Town Go to www. TV9 of Seekonk is the only place where veterans are having a problem,” added Kinniburgh. for a complete schedule of programs The Library Board of Trustees says they are not opposed to a memorial but the size of the current proposed memorial may not work. They cite concerns that if the need to expand the plus info about becoming library becomes a reality, there is not enough space on the current library grounds to do so. a studio volunteer. The Veterans’ Memorial Committee says that the expansion would not merely benefit 580 Arcade Ave., Seekonk, MA current and future veterans, but all the residents in town. “People can get educated about (508)-336-6770 the wars, come in and see the old draft books, learn about the people who fought in the wars,” Kinniburgh said. In many other towns, memorials are popping up on main roads, in locations like the one the Veterans’ Memorial Committee hopes to secure on Newman Avenue. While Seekonk has not yet made a commitment to putting a memorial in a high traffic area, many residents thought plans had already been laid for a memorial. FULL SERVICE FREE ESTIMATES FULLY INSURED Over a year ago, on Memorial Day in 2012, a small ceremony took place outside Seekonk Town Hall. The plans were announced to build a new memorial in the area immediately outside town hall, including the circle in the center of the town hall entrance way. “We’re using the same approach that several other nearby towns are, starting with a brick program,” Seekonk Veterans’ Agent Seth Bai told The Reporter back in 2012, speaking about then freshly laid • WE SERVICE ALL WOODSTOVES and FIREPLACES plans. The goal was to sell enough brick to make a walkway out • ALL FLUES (Oil/Gas) of them in and around the memorial. “Right now we’re thinking of • CHIMNEY RELINING a circular walk, there may be engraved benches and other places • ALL CHIMNEY MASONRY (Repointing/Rebuilding) to mount placards,” said Bai at the time. • FLASHING REPAIRS The Library Board of Trustees and the Veterans’ Memorial Com• WE INSTALL - Chimney Caps, Dampers, Cleanout Door mittee will both make concerted efforts to get enough votes in the Discount town meeting on November 18th and both sides urge residents to $159……………………….. single flue with this AD. come out and support them. $199……………………….. double flue “It’s good for everyone in town. We just want to go to the town IT IS NEVER TO LATE meeting and make it clear that the veterans’ memorial should be SO CALL TODAY AND LEAVE THE WORRYING TO US on a main thoroughfare, where people can see it. Like it is in a lot of other towns,” said Kinniburgh. 508-838-3537







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Seaconke Wampanoag Holds 17th Annual POW WOW

Native people have been coming as far as Canada to join in the annual gathering of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe. The members of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe have been holding their annual POW WOW in Rehoboth since 1996. The past 10 years they have been bringing the sounds and sights that once were common in New England to the Red Way Plain on Route 44. The members of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe are the decedents of the Tribe of Anawan. Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea hold a long forgotten rich history that lead to the expansion of the colonies spread across the New England, Swansea was the flash point and Seekonk was beginning site of the King Philip’s War. King Philip was the name the colonist gave to Metacoment who was the son of Masasoit the old Chief of the Wamponag Indian nation. Masasoit and the Wamponag Indians were the Indians that greeted the Pilgrims when they arrived on the shores of Plymouth. Over the next 50 years the two cultures coexisted in peace and understanding. When Masasoit and Miles Standish died the agreements of the past faded away and the colonist encroached on the lands of the natives and persecuted them for it. Metacoment lead an attack on the colonist in Seekonk, Swansea and Rehoboth with the goal of eradicating the lands of the Wamponag of the greedy lying colonist. Metacoment was killed in 1675 by a turncoat Indian and old Anawan, the War Chief to Wasaoit was later captured at the sight of Anawan’s Rock in Rehoboth the following year bring the end of the King Philip wars and the Wampanoag tribes as they once were. Members of the tribe were killed, sold into slavery or sold to the local and used a household servants. Those that were kept as household servants were told never to speak of the past or practice the ways of past resulting in the culture and traditions of Wampanoag being silenced. A piece of history never taught or learned in your history class. Today the descendents of those survivors are still discovering the ways of the past and the truth of what happen to their ancestors. Each year the Seaconke Tribe holds there POW WOW just before the seasonal change. A POW WOW is an event where native people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor Native American culture and traditions. POW WOWs can be a time to honor and thank the Creator for the lands harvest or honor the season for a being kind to the people. Native drummers and singer come and sing songs in the native language and dancer dance traditional and non-traditional dancers honoring the elders, warriors or re-enact a hunt. History is made every day and discovered every day. For the Seaconke they continue to discover and make history. Shown in the photograph is Brandon “Little Wolf” Weddell with the Chief of the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe, George “Silver Wolf” Jennings. Brandon first began attending Native American Pow-Wows when he was six years old and later learned of his MicMac heritage from his grandfather. Brandon was given his native name by Three Bears, founding Chief of the Dighton Intertribal Council Oak.

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For the very First Time Ever, a class reunion was held for many graduates of Anawan Jr. High School on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Close to seventy classmates and spouses were present. The event began at noon by the taking of a class picture of class picture in front of the school followed by the releasing of helium filled balloons in remembrance of their Anawan Jr. High School teachers. The remainder of the event was held at Francis Farm, of Rehoboth, beginning with the re-enactment of a traditional day at school; i.e. saluting the flag, singing America the Beautiful and the Lord’s Prayer. A mini service was then held for those who have passed, with the playing of special music and the reading of a very applicable poem, followed by the releasing of a balloon in memory of each deceased classmate with their name and a blue and white (school colors) ribbon attached. Tables were decorated with memorabilia associated with the 50’s. An easel was set up to include pictures of teachers, school classmates and various past events. Refrigerator magnets with a picture of the school were shared by all. Two classmates who attended came from as far away as California and Egypt.

October 2013 The Reporter Mrs. Beverly (Calderwood) Hart, mathematics and physical ed. teacher was our special guest. After enjoying the meal, games were played, one of which was Jeopardy with questions pertaining to school and/or memories of that era. Music was provided by DJ Jeff Puppolo, son of classmate John Puppolo, who traveled all the way fro New York for the event. Dancing started and food was provided by Francis Farms for the evening dinner. Since age was not a factor, the venue allowed everyone to stay until Midnight if desired. Another gathering took place on Sunday at the Mello Farm Homestead for those wanting to continue celebrating this historic event and enjoy each other’s company after 50+ years. Committee members included Chairman Tom (Norman) Turgeon and Jeanne (Lincoln) Wynne as well as Cynthia (Peckham) Dewey, Eleanor (Ormand) Amaral, Joanne (Fredette) Hanson, Susan (Berwick) Abrams, William Catlow, Manuel Mello, Carl Nystrom, Elaine (Lavallee) Bergeron and John Puppolo. It was a unanimous decision to plan “Reunion #2 as a result of the many fond memories still held by the attendees of the ANAWAN JR. HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1956, REHOBOTH, MA.


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Jill Gately Named to 1st Team All NESCAC Softball Team

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Rehoboth resident, Jill Gately, a rising Junior at Wesleyan University, was selected to the NESCAC all conference first team after an outstanding Sophomore season. The Shortstop led the conference in RBIs with 45 in 36 games and also in slugging percentage (.779). She was tied for second in homeruns (7) with her sister Katie who was a freshman at Bowdoin College. Jill was also second in doubles with 14 and seventh in the conference for batting average Jill Gately. at .416. Gately also established single season records at Wesleyan for RBIs, Homeruns and Doubles leading her team to the playoffs. Although Wesleyan lost to the eventual NCAA Division III National Champions, Tufts University, and to NESCAC runner-up Bowdoin, Gately went 3 for 4 in the playoffs. Her hits included a homerun off of Tufts ace and first team All American and NCAA DIII pitcher of the year, Allison Fournier.

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Local Teens give back to community – a group of teens from surrounding high schools including Seekonk High, DR High and Bishop Feehan have been working hard since spring to raise fresh produce in the community gardens located at the Newman YMCA. To date students have donated 10 large box loads of fresh food such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, melons and more to Doorways Food Bank in Seekonk. There is still more harvesting and weeding to do. Teens can contact Paula Roy or Jake Northup at the Newman Y 508-336-71103 to participate.

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Events & Activities Rehoboth Contra Dance October 11th

There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, October 11, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Linda Leslie. Music will be performed by Riptide, with Alden Robinson, Glen Loper, and Owen Marshall. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks. com/rehoboth.html.

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The first annual Run for Spud 5K run/walk will be held on October 12, 2013 at 11:00 at the Attleboro Elks Lodge. The race is in memory of the late Stephen Tracey. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Steve was a long-time resident of both Rehoboth and Seekonk. Registration is $35 and includes a t-shirt (if registered before 9/15) and free food at the post-race party. $200 cash prize for top male and female finisher. For more information, go to or contact Greg Tracey at 774-291-9105.

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Come To The Calico Fair At The Dighton Community Church On Elm Street Saturday, October 19, 2013   9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Raffles • Children’s Activities • Hand Made Crafts Bake Table • Second Time Around • 50/50 Table Lunch, snacks and refreshments

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I John Word-for-Word With original new songs Saturday October 12 at 7:00pm Rehoboth Baptist Church 132 Moulton St. (Rt. 118, 2 miles South of Rt. 44) Rehoboth, MA 02769 (508)252-6437 To those in the light John says “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” Join us to hear Jim Winder present John’s Letter and hear new songs grounded in the Word which will encourage your heart! You too can have

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SOUP NIGHT Date: SATURDAY, October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 19th at Rehoboth Senior Center Bazaar 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is our one and only fund raiser of the year. We invite and encourage everyone to attend our bazaar. We depend on your support to help us achieve the goals for our club which include various activities and gifts to charities. There will be many raffles, a paper roll up table, bake table, jewelry table, trash and treasures, knitting, crafts, & a Christmas table. Lunch will be served so, while you’re shopping, plan to take a break and enjoy a delicious luncheon with us. We are a social and charitable club open to residents and non residents of Rehoboth. Our meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Holy Cross Catholic Church Soup Night Oct. 19

Located at the intersection of Hornbine Road and Baker Street directly across from the Hornbine School. Our next fundraiser is a soup night. It is a great event. Every family brings their special soups and stews and comes together to fellowship in this quaint country church. The date for the Soup Night is Saturday October 19 2013 after the 4:00 pm Mass in the Church Hall. The funds raised will be used for church roof repairs and painting projects along with heating and electric for the winter months.

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A soup supper and bake sale to benefit the Rehoboth Helping Hands Food Pantry will be held at the Rehoboth Congregational Church at 159 Bay State Rd, Rehoboth, on Saturday, October 19th at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Missions Committee of the church, the event will feature a variety of soups. Home baked goods will also be for sale. Tickets are $6 each for “all you can eat” and can purchased by calling 508-252-4545 or 508-493-1113. Seating is limited so tickets should be purchased early.

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Dighton Community Calico Fair Oct. 19, 2013

Looking for crafters/vendors $15.00 inside/$10.00 outside (must have own pop up) Contact Melissa Berwick 508-821-5398 to reserve your spot today.


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Come join us on Friday, November 8th At Seekonk Rod and Gun Club at 6:30 p.m. To benefit Skills USA Dinner will be served PROMPTY at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person Door Prize! RAFFLES! • Lobsters • Assorted Gift Baskets • 50/50 Seekonk Rod and Gun Club: 61 Reed Street, Rehoboth, MA

Come One, Come All to our Annual Fall Bazaar Saturday, October 19th

American Legion Auxiliary of Seekonk will be holding their annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, 10/19/13. There will be many local crafters and vendors displaying their work and products. Some of the items include holiday decorations, candies, woodcrafts, embroidery, ceramics, jewelry, Avon, paintings, afghans, candles and more. Admission is free. It will be held at the American Legion Post located at 351 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information please send email to auxiliary311@yahoo. com. Proceeds will help the Auxiliary to continue their programs that benefit Veterans, their families and our local community.

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Spooktacular Event at Oak Knoll

Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary is having their annual Halloween Spooktacular Event on Saturday, October 19 from 5-8pm at Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary at La Salette, located at 947 Park Street in Attleboro. Fee is 5.00 per person, under 3 free. Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive at night with this fun, non-scary, Halloween event. Visitors will be guided through pumpkin lit trails and greeted by forest inhabitants who share the history of the sanctuary along with natural history facts through fun skits, and stories. There will be crafts, games and more! Enjoy a Campfire and marshmallows for toasting, complimentary with your admission. Visit our bake sale for yummy goodies and hot drinks! Sign up online or call 508223-3060 to reserve your time slot. Tours leave every 15 minutes.

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Rehoboth Community Dance Sunday October 20th

*FREE* On Sunday evening, October 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The October 20 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Elliott at  or call 508-669-5656. http://www.contradancelinks. com/jammers.html

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Rehoboth Contra Dance Friday, October 25, 8 p.m.

There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, October 25, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Sue Rosen. Music will be performed by Heyday, with Amy and Jonathan Larkin and George and Shirley White. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks. com/rehoboth.html.

Harvest Supper

Saturday, November 2nd

The Seekonk Congregational Church, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA will hold their Annual Harvest Supper on Saturday November 2nd. Two seatings are planned, 5:00 PM and 6:45 PM. The menu will include Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Harvest Beets, Onions, Cole Slaw, Rolls & Butter, Apple Crisp and beverage. Ticket prices are: Adults $12.00 and Children (5-12 years old) $4.00. Take out is available. For tickets or any information please contact, Christina Greene at 508-336-8807, Donna Euell at 508-336-5283 or the Church office at 508-336-9355. Reservations required & Take-Out is available.

Evangelical Covenant Church of Attleboro Annual Bit O’ Sweden Fall Fair Saturday, November 2nd


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The Evangelical Covenant Church of Attleboro will be hosting its annual Bit O’ Sweden Fall Fair on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:00 to 2:00. A Swedish Pancake Breakfast will be available from 8:30 to 10:30 at a cost of $6.00. Lunch will be available from 11:00 to 1:30 at a cost of $8.00 and will feature a Smorgasbord Plate or a Meatball Sub or Quiche Plate with soup or salad. The Fair itself will include Swedish Imports, Bakery, Handmade Knitted, Sewn, and Craft items, Jewelry, Themed Gift Baskets, Books, Plants, Kid’s Room and Grandpa’s Attic/Unique Boutique. The church is located at 841 North Main Street in Attleboro and questions may be directed to the Church Office at (508)-226-6221 or

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Olde New England Christmas on the Corner

Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9

Centenary United Methodist Church announces its famous bazaar, Olde New England Christmas on the Corner, to be held Friday, November 8 from 4:30 to 8:00pm, and Saturday, November 9 from 9:00am to 2:00pm, at Centenary, 15 Sanford Street at the corner of North Main Street, Attleboro, MA, across from the YMCA. Veterans again will be honored with some free food items for lunch at the Olde Glory Tavern on Saturday. Special themes throughout the bazaar will demonstrate our desire to honor our veterans for their dedication and service. The Silent Auction will offer truly collectible and antique items, handcrafts, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, and more surprises. Baked goods, home-made Country Store items, Hand-crafts, Home-made Fudge and Candies, Jewelry, Basement Treasures, gifts children can give, and many other exciting offerings will be available. And don’t miss the Dollar Store. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will be there for pictures on Friday and Saturday.

October 2013 The Reporter The traditional Lasagna Dinner will be Friday night, serving at 4:30pm. Enjoy this delicious home-made lasagna, salad, Italian bread, beverage and dessert. Adults $8:00 prepaid, $9:00 at the door or to-go, Kids under 10 are $5.00. Call your reservation into the church office 508 222-1759 to get the prepaid price by Thursday, November 8th, or just come and eat your fill. Excitement, treats, and terrific items await you. Join in the fun at Centenary’s Olde New England Christmas on the Corner. For more information or reservations, call 508 222-1759.


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Craft/Vendor Fair

The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA will hold a Craft / Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 16th from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. This event is open to the public. Local crafters and vendors will showcase their many products. Limited rental spaces are still available for any interested crafter or vendor, please call the church office or visit the church website: to fill out a form. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions contact the church office at 508-336-9355 or

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Vendors and Crafters needed on December 14th from 9am 2pm for the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s 3rd Annual Vendor Craft Fair to benefit SkillsUSA! The cost is $35 per table and we ask that you donate an item that will be placed in a gift basket to be raffled at the event.  Proceeds will help defray the cost per student for registration, transportation, and lodging at upcoming SkillsUSA events. Call or email Colleen Hall at (508) 252-5030 or to reserve a space.

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HARVEST SUPPER… Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA will hold its Annual HARVEST SUPPER… Saturday, November 2, 2013 … Two seatings are planned, 5:00PM and 6:45PM. Menu…Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Harvest Beets, Onions, Cole Slaw, Rolls & Butter, Apple Crisp and beverage. TICKET PRICES: Adults $12.00 and Children (5-12 years old) $4.00. Take out is available.  Tickets will be available in the church office by calling 508-336-9355. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED… 

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Craft / Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 16th

The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA will hold a Craft / Vendor Fair on Saturday, November 16th from 8:30am-2:00pm. This event is open to the public.  Local crafters and vendors will showcase their many products. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions contact the church office at 508-336-9355 or

Christmas Bazaar & Gift Festival on Saturday, December 7th

The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA will hold the Annual Christmas Bazaar & Gift Festival on Saturday, December 7th from 9AM – 3PM … A breakfast items and lunch menu will be offered. The Hall will be transformed into a fabulous Christmas experience, offering for sale beautifully decorated live wreaths, boxwood centerpieces, handmade crafts, knit goods, decorations, jewelry, plants, pies, candy, a variety of baked goods, and more!  There will be a special room with gently used Christmas ‘treasures’ for sale as well as a drawing table featuring art by local artists and other amazing items -- (the drawing takes place at the end of the bazaar)…  

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What a great day yesterday was for the Larry Procopio harvest block party. The 75th anniversary of the 38 hurricane was mostly sunny with a few gusts of wind trying to blow over some of the pictures and posters. Our solar oven put up with the gusts and had enough sun to almost finish baking some oatmeal bar cookies. Many folks stopped by and were told all about it by member Aaron Lebeau who uses it at home. We were able to show folks preemie hats made by a member for donation to a hospital as well as a bouquet of herbs. Thanks to the members who gave their time and energy to help. Now for our October meetings. On the 8th we will have a demonstration of the solar cooker by Aaron and a Fuller Brush party by the Goffs. The 22nd will be an open meeting and Halloween party/ pumpkin carving contest. Costumes are encouraged. Please drop in at any meeting. They start at 7 PM at the Grange hall, junction routes 44 and 118. Hope to see some folks who met us at the block party. A thank you to the folks who made the block party a success. The set up was very convenient. Thanks again for the News.

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Dates of Meetings and Activities OCTOBER … 2 - CLAM BOIL @ Seekonk Gun Club @ 7 PM See any LION for Tickets – Always a good time. 5 – the annual WALK-AT-THE-CANAL. Our Club walks To honor the Memory of Past District Gov. and Rehoboth 2 times President, Joe DeRoche.

October 2013 The Reporter Donate to EYE RESEARCH. Donate to a Lion for the walk. 9 – Regular Rehoboth Lions Meeting @ 7 PM, Place To Be Announced 16 – Rehoboth Lions Board of Directors Mtg. @ President Chuck’s Place 23 - Rehoboth Lions Regular Mtg. @ 7 PM, Place TBA 26 – Lions District 33S Voting Cabinet Mtg. 9-12 AM @ Raynham Lions Club 28 – Rehoboth Special Town Meeting @ D-R High NOVEMBER, the 6th. … The last DATE FOR REHOBOTH LIONS CLAM BOILS FOR 2013. Is the 1ST WED. Get your tickets early! DECEMBER, THE 8TH, … SENIOR HOLIDAY DINNER @ Hillside C.C. – get tickets at COA THE REHOBOTH LIONS ARE always HAPPY TO HAVE NEW MEMBERS TO HELP US SERVE LIONS CHARITIES, EYE RESEARCH AND THE REHOBOTH COMMUNITY! Members may “Just ask” you. You may ask a Lion. In Rehoboth we are organized with two clubs, the Rehoboth Anawan Lions (women) and Rehoboth Lions (men) and we do a lot together. Come enjoy the fellowship of a Lions Club while serving others!

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On September 19th the Rehoboth Anawan lions club held it’s meeting at the Crestwood Country Club. Joining them was the District Governor Ray Moreau, CST Russell Latham, Zone Chairman Mike Salois and Cindy Moreau wife of the DG. This was his official visit to our club. His talk was about his plans for the year and what he is expecting from the clubs. He also talked about the Mid Winter in January when our club and the Rehoboth Club will be the Hosting clubs this year. It is an honor to be part of such an exciting affair and we are all looking forward to it. The guest of honor for the weekend will be the Lions International President and his wife. We went to Marian Manor for our usual bingo and made the patients who play the game Very happy as usual. Our next venture is to do our collection at the Dunking Donuts on Saturday… this was for mass Eye Research. It was a very successful day and we want to thank all who donated. We have two Dunkin Donuts in Rehoboth and we covered both. Our next meeting will be on October 3rd where future plans will be worked out. In October the second meeting we will be inducting two new members, so it looks like the Anawan club will be busy from here on in. We will keep you posted on other events coming up and we want to THANK YOU for all your support. Remember our motto: WE SERVE, and indeed we do. See you next month.



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The Attleboro Historic Preservation Society will hold its October meeting in the ABC Conference Room at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  This year Sturdy Memorial Hospital is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. In 1913, the hospital opened its doors with beds for 15 patients. A year later, Attleboro was re-incorporated as a city. Kathy Hague will talk about Sturdy Memorial Hospital and its place in Attleboro’s history. The program will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 6:45. The ABC Conference Room in the hospital is located near the Imagining Department. The public is invited. Bring a friend to join with the Society to celebrate 100 years of Attleboro history.

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Book Sale Oct. 18-20

The library will return to its traditional autumn book sale this month on the weekend of Oct. 18-20. This is the library’s one big fund-raiser for the year. The sale will begin on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a preview sale for Members of the Friends of the Library. You may join at that time if you aren’t already a member. Saturday’s general sale (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will also feature another great bake sale. Please note that there will not be a yard sale or a silent auction this year. The clearance sale of books will be held on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon (all books for $3 a bag). We look forward to seeing you there. The library is still accepting used books in good condition. Please leave them inside the library during business hours only. We are also looking for people to bake for the bake sale. For more information, call the Blanding at 508-252-4236. We heartily thank those who have been working so hard already to make another successful sale, especially organizers Sharon Beskid and Avis Prior.

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The Blanding now has a subscription to a new online service called Freading that offers library users access to thousands of always available (no waiting) e-books that can be downloaded using your library card. Also available to library patrons is Freegal, which offers three free music downloads a week. You can find out more on the library’s website:

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The next series of story hours will run from Oct. 23 to Nov. 26. Tot Time for little ones under 3 will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 29 (no Oct. 22 session). For children ages 3 to kindergarten, story and craft hours will be held Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. All children must be registered in advance. The library will be offering a new Puppy Pals reading program for children in the early grades this fall at a time to be announced. Call or stop by the Blanding for more information. The Blanding Library book group will next discuss the classic American novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith on Wed. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. New members welcome. Thanks: We thank the teens who volunteered at the Blanding this summer: Brendan, Brooke, Case, Cody, Hannah, Jacquelyn, Jenna B., Jenna Z., Kari, Kiara, Michaela, and Nikita. Your help during the busy summer months was greatly appreciated. The Blanding will be closed on Mon., Oct. 14 for Columbus Day. The library is located at 124 Bay State Road, 508-252-4236.

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Seekonk Library Offers Van Gogh Style Pastel Workshop for Adults Thursday, October 31 at 6:00 pm

SEEKONK, MA – 9/23/2013 - Seekonk Public Library will host award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s workshop, “Post Impressionism: Van Gogh’s Starry Night,” on Thursday, October 31, 2013, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This pastel painting workshop serves adult beginners to advanced artists. This workshop is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library and is offered for free, but seats are limited; registration with a SAILS library card is required. Call the library at 508-336-8230 ext. 5130 or go the calendar of events on our website www.seekonkpl. org to register today! In this pastel painting workshop for adults, Mr. Maichack will provide insights into Van Gogh’s painting style and methods, demonstrate how to use pastels, (as participants follow along), and coach participants as they create their own work of art. Mr. Maichack provides all materials, including professional grade papers and hundreds of pastels. “It’s amazing to see adult beginners side-by-side with advanced pastelists enjoy and benefit from this deeply researched program,” said Mr. Maichack, who has presented hundreds of similar workshops in pastel focusing on other artists’ techniques, from daVinci to Monet to O’Keeffe. Maichack, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will also display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. Mr. Maichack’s workshops have been so well-liked, many libraries and senior centers have booked and rebooked him, often twice a year. “What I heard through students’ comments reflects a teaching style that is rare: encouraging, positive and constructive, with information given in a style that students find approachable, accessible, and clear,” wrote Melinda Georgeson, Director of Education, Norman Rockwell Museum. Artist Gregory John Maichack lives in western Holyoke. He is a portraitist and painter working primarily in pastels, and winner of the Award of Merit from the Bennington Center for the Arts: Impressions of New England Show 2003 and Savoir-faire Pastel Award from the Great Lakes Pastel Society. Maichack was commissioned by Westfield State College to paint the pastel portrait of the past college president, Doctor Frederick Woodward, which was unveiled at the dedication of the Woodward Center. He has been in many national juried shows and was awarded hundreds of Massachusetts Cultural Council grants. As well as his portraiture, his still lifes and landscapes are represented by galleries from Kennebunkport, Maine to San Francisco, California. Maichack is accepting requests to do portraits, and other commissions for pastel paintings. Please call (413) 532-3667 or e-mail Mr. Maichack at Visit his new web site at Maichack is a faculty member at the Museum Studio School in the Fine Arts Museum Quadrangle in Springfield, MA and at Greenfield Community College.

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Family Fall Programs Announced By Seekonk Library

Seekonk Library has announced its 2013 Fall schedule of programming for children and their families. Lottery registration has begun for storytimes and programs for school-age children, which are open to SAILS Library cardholders. Placement preference is given to Seekonk residents.  Registrants of programs requiring registration will be notified of their eligibility by e-mail by the Youth Services Librarians prior to the program’s start. All program descriptions are on the Library’s website, www. and registrations can be made by clicking on the Library’s Calendar of Events on the home page. Library Lapsit – Mondays, - October 28, 10:30 am for children ages birth to 2 years 6 months. Toddler Storytime – Tuesdays, - October 29, 10:30 am for children ages 2 years 6 months to 3 years 6 months.                                               Preschool Storytimes – Wednesdays, - October 30, 1:30 pm for children ages 3 years 6 months to 5 years 6 months and on Thursdays, - October 31, 10:30 am (same age ranges). The Book Bunch – Wednesdays, – October 30, at 3:45 pm for children in Kindergarten through Grade 3. Tuesday Movies – October 29, November 26, December 17 at 4 pm. New releases and family favorites will be screened. Call the Library for movie titles. Science Saturday Workshops – October 19, November 16 and December 21 at 12:30 pm. Registration required for children ages 11 and up. Fall Rock Painting – Thursday, October 17, at 4 pm for children in Grades 2 and up. Bring a clean, flat rock and wear painting clothes! Kids Do Broadway…Again! – Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on October 29, November 5, 12 and 19 for children ages 8 and up.  Registration required. Polar Express Storytime for children for all ages  on Wednesday, December 11, at 4 pm.  Fall Family Nights at Seekonk Library promise to bring smiles to everyone on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a Halloween Puppet Show with Roy Drew on Monday, October 28, Comic/Mime Robert Rivest on Monday, November 25, and Awesome Robb’s Magic on Monday, December 30.  No registration is required for any of these programs, which are all sponsored by The Friends of Seekonk Public Library. FAMILY NIGHTS – at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by The Friends of Seekonk Public Library Monday, October 28 Puppeteer/Storyteller Roy Drew Monday, November 25 Comic/Mime Robert Rivest Monday, December 30 Awesome Robb’s Magic If patrons have a special physical or communication need that may affect their participation in Seekonk Library services or activities, they should contact the library staff to discuss accommodations.  Seekonk Library cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need. For more detailed information on the schedule of Fall programs, please contact the Youth Services Librarians at 508-336-8230 x140.

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Library Seeks Grant to Address Building Issues

Seekonk Public Library took the first step toward a possible renovation and expansion of the library building last week when the Board of Library Trustees informed Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) of their intention to apply for a building planning grant. The funds will used to study the facility needs of the library and how the town can best meet those needs. The actual planning grant application will be due in December. The planning grant is the initial step in the process of obtaining library construction funds that are distributed by the MBLC. The MBLC planning grants permit libraries to do thorough studies before embarking on a building project. The planning grants fund activities in the initial study phase of a building project, and not the development of construction plans or documents. The grant-funded investigations are intended to provide a future building study committee with all of the information needed to make informed choices before moving ahead with a building renovation, expansion or new construction. Library Director Peter Fuller notes that developing a library facility that will meet the needs of a community for the next twenty-five years is an extremely complex and difficult task. The grants allow us to get the professional help needed to develop a proper plan, he said. Activities funded by the grant include service needs assessments, site selection and evaluation, construction feasibility studies, schematic designs, cost analysis, and other project management costs. According to Fuller, the state commissioners want to see a well-developed plan before they will consider awarding millions of dollars for a project. The library anticipates that the total cost of the study will be $75,000. The MBLC will fund up to $50,000 of that cost under the program. Planning of this type is expensive because it requires the skills of architects, engineers, designers, and cost estimators. The cost of the analysis in Seekonk is expected to be higher because of issues with the library’s current location. The library building was constructed in 1978 on the site of a closed landfill. Although the old landfill has been capped, the options for expanding the library building remain limited. The amount of land suitable for construction is limited to a narrow strip along Newman Avenue because the landfill cap extends up to the library building and under approximately seventy percent of the library parking lot. The MBLC generally requires libraries to explore alternative locations before the commissioners will award money for construction. According to Fuller, MBLC officials have already indicated that this will be required of Seekonk. Although relocating the library is unlikely, this additional investigation will add to the overall cost of the study. The library may have a small head start with the study. Some of the engineering information collected as part of the 1999-2000 effort to expand the library may still be valid. The MBLC announced in June that it would be starting another round of library construction grants. These grant rounds occur at five to eight year intervals. On average, the state has awarded fifty percent of the total eligible costs of library construction projects. To receive a construction grant, a library must engage in a complex and highly competitive process. The MBLC awarded the Town of Seekonk at grant of approximately three million dollars in 2000, but the Town was unwilling at that time to raise the additional funds needed to start construction.

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JOIN US! East Providence Businesses to Host Third Annual Watchemoket Square Day East Providence, Rhode Island businesses and organizations located or associated with “The Square” have planned a fun and informative day for young and old. This year’s annual Watchemoket Square Day is set for Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The day-long event is a celebration of Watchemoket Square’s past, present and future. Indoor and outdoor activities will take place on or near Warren Avenue (Rt. 6) in East Providence. The event is open to the public with plenty of free parking and no admission fee. Afternoon boat ride tours will be conducted between 1:15pm and 3:00pm. There is a nominal fee of $10 per person for the 30-minute rides. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. The boats will depart from the East Providence Yacht Club, 9 Pier Road, East Providence. Throughout the day, an exhibit about the history of Watchemoket Square will be on display at Tockwotton on the Waterfront, located at 500 Waterfront Drive. It is hosted by the East Providence Historical Society. An exhibit about the vacant Odd Fellows Hall on Warren Avenue will be on display at the building. Last year, the City acquired ownership of the Hall, built in 1889, and they are considering a restoration of the property. The East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Watchemoket Square Day Information Booth on the lawn of St. Mary’s Church. Souvenir T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available for sale; along with complimentary street maps and giveaways from area businesses. Self-guided walking tours of the area, mapped out from previous Watchemoket Square Day tours, can be downloaded at www., or picked up at the Information Booth on the day of the event.

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Watchemoket Square (pronounced Watchuh-Mocket or Watch-Moe-ket) began near Bold Point and was used by the Wampanoag Indians to cross the Seekonk River to what is now Providence. Watchemoket is an Indian word meaning the proximity of the river and the tidal marsh… with the feel and smell of the area. In the early years of East Providence, which was then known as Rehoboth, Massachusetts, the site was the best place to cross the river. In 1793, John Brown of Providence built a bridge from Fox Point (Providence) to Bold Point. In 1885, an iron bridge was built which led to development in the area; including an inn followed by over one hundred businesses. By 1906, Watchemoket Square became the central business district of East Providence and covered approximately nine acres of land in the central section of the town. For more information about the Third Annual Watchemoket Square Day, visit the Watchemoket Square Facebook page or their Web site: watchemoketsquareday. com or contact the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, 401.438.1212

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Rehoboth Garden Club

The October Meeting of the Rehoboth Garden Club will be held on October 14th at 11:00 AM at the Norton Cranberry Bog. For more information or to join please contact Laura Ferlazzo at 508 252 4641 or volleypta@ The Rehoboth Garden Club is pleased to announce that the Rehoboth Garden Club Scholarship was awarded to Anthony Souza of Rehoboth. Anthony is majoring in Environmental Science at Endicott College. He is a third generation Rehoboth farmer who plans to continue the family tradition using his knowledge of the science of plant growth and sustainable farming.



The bounty is being harvested at the community garden. Located at the COA, it is open to volunteers who raise a variety of vegetables.

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October 2013 Last year over 2000 visitors enjoyed the Folk Art & Artisans Show at Francis Farm in Rehoboth. Make sure you’re one of them this year! Over 70 vendors, many of your favorites, many new, will fill three buildings with unique hand-made items of all kinds. Entrance is free. Proceeds will support the Carpenter Museum “Rehoboth’s Museum of Local History.”. Check our website www. for directions and details about vendors. For more information call 508-252-3031 or email

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As we nestle into fall, the Carpenter Museum will be opening the door to our 2013-2014 theme, “Home Sweet Home, Rehoboth.” In past years we’ve focused on Rehoboth farming, education and business. This year our events, oral histories and exhibits will be all about Rehoboth’s historic homes. (We’ve already been doing our research, and there are a lot of neat, old homes here!) We’ve started off the year with an Oktoberfest & Silent Auction on Friday, September 27. Next will be our annual Folk Art & Artisans Show on Fri. Nov. 1, 4-9pm and Sat. Nov. 2, 9am-4pm. Proceeds from both events will help fund our year-long program. Make sure to mark your calendar for the American Girl Doll Tea on December 8, 2-4pm, featuring old homes in Rehoboth during the eras when various American Girl Dolls lived. (Reservations will be required for the tea.) Next spring? We’re already planning our annual Tea, a Bus Tour of Rehoboth Homes, another great Family Day...and more events and exhibits. Contact us: 508-252-3031, carpentermuseum@gmail. com, Call to reserve your spot at the American Girl Doll Tea, December 8, 2-4pm


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You may have noticed that there is a fabulous mural located in the fourth grade wing of our building. This is a product of the creativity of our former fourth graders and a local artist named Bren Bataclan. Just when Mrs. Miguel and I were looking for a way to spruce up our school halls, along came an e-mail from Bren describing his “share a smile project” and the work he has done in schools. PTSA was kind enough to sponsor Bren’s visit to Palmer River where he worked with all of our fourth graders. More importantly than his art, Bren shared his message of taking time to extend a smile to others and he took time to celebrate the acts of kindness that the students shared. Bren told the children about his remarkable work. Bren has been honored as the “person of the week” with Katie Couric” and also recently highlighted in the Washington Post, Here you can learn about Bren’s quest to “release smiles into the world” through his artwork. Bren Bataclan has just completed a 50 state tour leaving over 115 paintings for people to take. The note on each painting reads, “This painting is yours if you agree to smile at random people more often.” Our Palmer River children were elated as Bren coached their art and encouraged them to take academic risks. Cooperatively, the children all drew a sketch of a sea creature which Bren then incorporated into his final mural. The entire school enjoyed watching the artist bring the wall to life! Leaving his initial pencil sketch intact, Bren reminded the students, “You don’t have to always be perfect- just trust yourself- if you try your best it will be fine.” While he was here, some of our fourth graders interviewed Bren: Interview with Bren Bataclan 1. What inspired you to become an artist?(like a certain person who inspired you to paint a picture,...) My main influence was animae (which is Japanese movie and television animation, often having a science fiction theme). 2. Why did you continue doing the project?(Randomly dropping off his art in places around the world for anyone to take, to make people smile) I really wanted to spread happiness and joy. 3. What is your favorite character? Everyone in his latest mural. 4. Have you ever made any comics for the newspaper?

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We always want to embrace any opportunity we have to show appreciation to our bus drivers. It takes a special person to pick up and artfully deliver nearly 70 children three times a day. We look to you to help your driver by adhering to our procedures. Please remember to be waiting for your child OUTSIDE your home where the driver can readily see you. The driver cannot beep the horn or wait for you to exit your home. In the event that there is a hardship and you are not out waiting, the driver will responsibly bring your child back to Palmer River to wait for you. (Our secretaries will call you.) If you are having a bus concern, remember that the drivers are unable to talk to families at each stop. If it is a child centered issue send in a note or call the office; we will do our best to help resolve it.

Tips For A Great School Year!

In an effort to make this your child’s best school year ever-I have asked that Palmer River teachers and staff share a few tips for a successful school year. Her they are: 1. Take time to send a note. Communication is the key to our partnership with you.  Don’t hesitate- if there is a concern or change for your child, share your concerns with us.  We want to know! (Mrs. DuBois) 2. Please label ALL of your child’s belongings. Every day there are lunch boxes, water bottles, bags, binders, and really nice coats that end up separated from their owners. A name and room number cont’d on next page...


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can reunite items and their owner almost immediately. As an added bonus, labeled items can save you A LOT of money since duplicates and replacements won’t be needed! (Ms. Bouldry, 4th Grade) 3. Volunteers: Anyone volunteering (even if it’s only once) in a classroom, on a field trip, field day or read-in MUST have a completed CORI/SORI on file with the district. These forms must be updated every three years. (Mrs. Rupp) 4. Flu Shots: The most effective way to avoid getting the flu is to get a flu shot for everyone in your household!  Call your doctor or scout out a clinic or pharmacy!  Sooner is better! (Mrs. Hutson, your school nurse) 5. Encourage creativity: Children at this age have such a vast imagination and endless creativity. Don’t forget to let them be creative. You will be amazed at what they come up with when they are given a simple pencil and paper! (Ms. Beaulieu [Pappas], Art) 6. Support independent thinking: Encourage your child to be responsible for putting their homework and school materials into their backpacks to be ready for the next school day.  What else can

your child do ahead to be prepared and ready for school? (Mrs. Salois, grade 3) 7.   Share and celebrate daily successes: Talk to your child daily about their learning.  What did they work hard on today?  Our students thrive off of positive reinforcement.  (Mrs. Augusta and Miss West, grade 2) 8.  Check your child’s folder: Homework, notices from the office, notes from your child’s teacher, and other information may come home in your child’s folder.  Reading the information in your child’s folder will help keep you informed!  (Mrs. Ormerod and Ms. Larrivee, Grade 2)

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Welcome back!

We opened our doors and welcomed nearly 600 students on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. We operate on a six-day schedule and began with Day 1. It’s the beginning of a new school year – and the perfect time to help your adolescent set up new routines. Be Efficient: If your child belongs to a club or team that meets after school, have him/her plan for extracurricular activities by spreading out required studying over the entire week. On free afternoons, he/she can read ahead in the textbooks or work on long-range assignments. When middle school students stay on top of their work, they won’t be tempted to rush through homework on meeting or practice days. Review Together: The next time your child is preparing for a quiz or test, try making a quiz game (like Jeopardy) to review the material. Plan Ahead: As your child completes his/her homework, take time to look over the papers and assignments together. This will help you to understand what the curriculum is and also let your child know that you are interested and involved their schoolwork. Once the homework is neatly done and checked, put it in the proper folder/notebook and place the books into his/her backpack. Place the backpack near the door or in a location that will remind your child to take it with them the next morning.

School Day

Our school day starts at 8:10 a.m. This means that all students should be in their homerooms by 8:10 a.m. or they are considered tardy. Our school day is completed at 2:28 p.m.

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New Personnel

We are pleased to announce that we have made the following additions to the Beckwith staff: Janice McPartland as grade 5 teacher; Erica Collamore as grade 5 special needs teacher for English and social studies; Inna Ternovaya as grade 7 special needs teacher for English and social studies; Courtney Ball as grades 7 and 8 social studies teacher; Patricia Henderson as librarian; and Jameson Flynn as physical education/health teacher.


The cost for lunch is $2.75 this year. The cost for milk is $.50. The lunch menu is posted in every classroom for the children to view and is also available on our website. This year our cafeteria is being served by Whitson’s School Nutrition. The following is a link to their website The site has the lunch prices, lunch menu, a link to online payments for lunches and much more helpful information.

School Agendas

The school agenda study skills program is an important and required part of student life at Beckwith Middle School. Each student has been provided with a school agenda, which is a daily planning booklet in which students are required to record all assignments. Also, you will find the school calendar on the back cover of this year’s agenda. Teachers will review study skills tips with their students and require them to use it to record assignments. Therefore, the agenda must be carried to all classes. Students who lose or damage their agenda will be required to purchase a new one at a cost of $5.00. You will find this year’s Student Handbook on our website.

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Textbooks & Materials

The cost of one student textbook very often exceeds sixty dollars. We ask your cooperation in encouraging your children to respect and care for all books and school materials. Students who lose or damage books and/or school materials will be required to pay for them.

ACE Program

ACE Program flyers have been sent home with students. There is a one- time fee of $75 to participate. Class size is limited to facilitate instruction in some clubs. Some clubs could be delayed in starting due to low enrollment. Enrollment is based on a first-come, first served basis. Club meeting dates vary but all are dismissed promptly at 4:00 pm. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation home at the end of the club meetings. ACE program enrollment forms and payment should be returned to Room 217.

Student Council Election

Student Council Elections will be held in late September/early October. Each homeroom will elect 1 homeroom representative and 1 alternate for student council. This commitment requires them to stay after school for meetings. Students should listen to the announcements for upcoming details.

School Dances

School dances are open to grades 6, 7, and 8. Please note that all school dances this year will be held from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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Nurse’s Notes

Please send in a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam done by the pediatrician as soon as possible so that it may be added to your child’s health record. It should include any recent immunizations your child may have received. As a reminder, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires a physical every 3-4 years. As a reminder, students should NOT be bringing medication of any kind in to school. Medication (prescription and over the counter) MUST be brought in by an adult and permission forms need to be filled out by the parent. If you have indicated on your child’s pupil information/ emergency contact form that your child has an allergy continued on next page...

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We are pleased to announce the members of Beckwith’s 2013 soccer teams: Raiders: Nick Brandao, Terrence Gilmore, Andrew Horowitz, Cam MacMasters, Ryan Paulhus, Tim Pray, Ethan Ricker, Will Taylor, Owen Arden, Peter Day, Dylan Iodice, Jack McCann, Matthew McNaughton, Joseph Moschella, Liam Pontes, Marc Toldo, Aidan Botelho, Seth Cordeiro, Ben Hoskins, and Sean O’Brien. Lady Raiders: Alison Ainley, Lauren Archambault, Sydney Cordeiro, Ashley Damon, Olivia DaSilva, Meghan Downs, Nicole Evans, Olivia Freitas, Alexia Goyette, Jenna Gross, Mia Iodice, Taylor Johnson, Ainsley Jolin, Hannah Jordan, Brooke Kelly, Sarah McNaughton, Kendra Oliveira, Meaghan Reed, Erin Reilly, and Gwyn Tatton. Congratulations to those students!

Box Tops for Education/Labels for Education/Ink Cartridges

As you may be aware, Beckwith Middle School is participating in the Box Tops for Education and the Labels for Education programs.   To participate, simply save the Box Top coupons from various General Mills products.  Send those saved Box Tops to school with your child and we will submit them to General Mills, which in return sends our school a check.  Each Box Top is worth ten cents.  We usually earn about $1,200.00 each year. The Labels for Education program earns us points so that we can buy products from the catalogue.  The Labels for Education are found on Campbell’s, Pepperidge Farm, Post, Swanson and V8 products. We do NOT need the whole label, just the Labels for Education logo and the UPC code. The ink cartridges are taken to STAPLES where we earn $2.00 per cartridge. The teachers use the coupons from the recycling to buy extra supplies for their classrooms. We want to thank those of you who take the time to clip the box tops and labels and collect ink cartridges and send them into school. The homeroom that earns the most points each semester wins a free lunch!

School Advisory Council

School Advisory Councils were established in all schools under the Educational Reform Act. Monthly meetings of the School Council are open to the public. Meeting dates are posted in the town hall and at the school.


You are encouraged to join our K-8 Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The PTSA provides Beckwith Middle School with a tremendous amount of support for enrichment activities and field trips. Our enrichment program includes many outstanding activities and performances that would not be possible without the PTSA’s funding and support.


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Positive home/school communication is key to every child’s educational success. Beckwith Middle School is very fortunate to have a wonderful student body, a skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated faculty, a very supportive PTSA, a large number of very supportive parents and a growing number of loyal community members. To help with communication, we send an email to parents containing our daily morning announcements. If you would like to receive the email announcements, please be sure that we have your email address. We have established a Facebook page where we post our Daily Announcements. We also use the CallOneNow system to notify parents of students’ absences from school if the parent has not already notified us of the absence. The system is also used for other important, and at times district-wide, notifications. Best wishes for a great year!


Please check our website periodically for the latest information and memos. and follow the Beckwith links.

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D-R High School News Band Motorcycle Run

The weather cooperated nicely once again this year and the Friends of the DightonRehoboth Marching Band enjoyed another successful Motorcycle Run! Seventeen motorcycle enthusiasts enjoyed a beautiful ride through the countryside culminating at the Dighton Lions Club Pavilion on Sunday, September 22. There, the bikers and riders joined another 270 people in a delicious chicken barbeque dinner, Silent Auction and fantastic raffle. Thanks to the hard work by the people at Grota Properties and the Friends of the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band, $6,600 was raised to support the various activities in which our talented band participates. A big thank you also to all those who participated in the ride and/or joined us for the picnic at the pavilion. Mark your calendars now – we will be doing this again next year: Sept 21, 2014! Photos were taken by Kevin Hebert

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Seekonk High School News

From: Marcia McGovern, Principal of Seekonk High School Congratulations to Matthew Salit and Julia Downing who will serve as representatives from SHS on Congressman Joseph Kennedy’s Youth Cabinet. This Youth Cabinet will bring two students from every high school together to talk about issues that are affecting them and their peers The group will also examine the policies and initiatives their area of the state needs to be successful. This year the high school once again has two representatives attending the School Committee Meetings. We are pleased that Amy Whitelaw, a senior, has agreed to do it for a second year. Neil Joyce, a junior, has volunteered to be the second representative. On September 20th, the concession stand on the football field was dedicated in memory of Bob McKenna, a past president of the Seekonk Athletic Boosters Club and a strong supporter of Seekonk Schools. A plaque was presented to Bob’s wife Karen and his two children. An All Sports Pep Rally will be held during the school day on Friday, October 11th, to recognize our student athletes. From the 2014 Yearbook Staff: Parents of seniors: If your senior hasn’t done the senior portrait there is still time! Please call Chestnut Hill Studios to schedule an appointment for a portrait. They will do a four pose sitting for free. They also have other portrait options for sale. Chestnut Hill Studios at 508-336-4777. The deadline is December 12th.

Does Your Student know that there is an SHS Book Club?!? It’s true! The Seekonk High Book Club is open to all SHS students who like to read current young adult fiction and talk about it in a friendly, casual environment. The group meets after school once a month in the library to chat about books, enjoy a cup of tea, and hear about new reads. Recent reads include Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Hanging Onto Max by Margaret Bechard, Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  Encourage your student to stop into the library and talk to Mrs. Larson, the librarian to find out more! Science Department News September has been a busy month in the Science Department.  Students in AP Biology went on a field trip to the Runnins River at Burr’s Pond.  The students measured dissolved oxygen at two sites with probes from Bridgewater State University as part of their study of Ecology. Students are analyzing the data and comparing it to data collected over a number of years.  Students will present their findings at the Seekonk Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting and at Bridgewater State University’s Watershed Access Lab’s Annual Symposium in the spring.  The student research is generously supported by Seekonk Land Conservation Trust.  Students in Biotechnology are busy in their “Clinical Rotation” diagnosing pa-

tients. They recently utilized RT-PCR (Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction) to determine that a patient had Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Students in Biology I are beginning a pilot unit utilizing the flipped classroom technique.  Students will view video instruction for homework, allowing more time in the classroom for application of concepts and development of critical thinking skills.  The pilot study is part of a grant awarded to Seekonk High School called “Flipping Biology” from Bridgewater State University Curriculum Leadership Council. The grant, written by library media specialist Suzanne Larson and science department chairperson Angela Cunard has become a collaboration including Biology teachers Jennifer Borden and Matthew Wills along with learning center teacher Laura Callahan Almeida. Upcoming events: Thursday, September 26 – Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) – 6:30 PM in room 341 Monday, October 1 – School Council – Library – 6-7 PM Wednesday, October 9 – Teacher Inservice – NO SCHOOL Sunday, October 13, Senior Supper – Boston Harbor Cruise Monday, October 14 – Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL Thursday, November 21 – Parent Conferences – 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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Like their rivals in Seekonk, the Falcons are 3-1 and very much in the mix for a spot in the new MIAA playoff structure. Dighton Rehoboth blew out Wareham by a score of 51-6. They also logged good wins against Bourne at 48-21 and Somerset by a 23-16 score. The lone blemish on their record is a 29-0 shutout against Apponequet. The next two games, a trip to Greater New Bedford Voc. Tech. and a home game with Old Rochester Regional, will go a long way to deciding the Falcons fate. If they win both, they will certainly be playing meaningful games throughout the month of November. Losses in either could mean the Falcons next meaningful game would be against Seekonk on Thanksgiving. (Just as a reminder to fans, the traditional rivalry games will still be played all over the state this Thanksgiving. The new playoff structure takes the holiday week off so that the old matchups can be played, regardless of who is in the playoffs and who is out.). In their most recent game (their thrashing of Wareham), the Falcons were able to let some of their second string see the field. This was largely thanks to the returning success of Kyle Rose. Touchdown returns are not terribly common in high school football, but Rose struck twice on special teams, with a 44-yard touchdown on a punt return and a trip to the house on the opening kickoff. Norman Manchester has had some highlights for the Falcons as well. His best game came in the win over Bourne. He ran for over 100 yards, scored a pair of touchdowns, and intercepted a pass in his role at linebacker.

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The Lady Falcons are making a late push for a playoff berth. They have made their way to 4-4-2 on the season, including a great win in their most recent contest, a 2-1 victory over rival Seekonk in Seekonk. The win came after Dighton Rehoboth trailed 1-0 early in the second half. A Seekonk team (4-5) with seemingly similar talent and just as much to play for could not hold on to the lead. Dighton Rehoboth will need five points in their remaining five games in order to make the postseason. They have a tough draw at the end of the line, where they get Apponequet, the consensus top team in the conference. It would be best for Dighton Rehoboth to secure those points before the Lady Lakers visit on October 16th.

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The Falcons are tracking for a playoff spot and then some. They are 10-2, and have only lost to an Apponequet team that is an absolute wagon. “I asked the guys to go to Lakeville Country Club and score 150 points,” says coach Bill Cute. The new Stableford scoring format makes the final scores look very different. Decent teams score 100+ points. Dighton Rehoboth generally scores more in the 115-140 range. The team exceeded the coach’s hopes in their most recent showdown with Apponequet. They carded a total of 159 points, more than their head coach was ever going to ask of them. But the Lakers beat them soundly with 174 points. One golfer said of the conference’s top team, “No one’s going to beat them.” Still, Dighton Rehoboth will make some noise in the postseason. They have a good base of talent and a group that really meshes together. Playing at Hillside Country Club, no one is taking a regular season match from Dighton Rehoboth, particularly at home.


Boys’ soccer is 4-5, but Steve Kulpa is proud of his boys. They are coming off of a win at the moment. They will need ten points in the ten matches they have remaining. “We’ve had some good consistency from the boys,” says head coach Steve Kulpa. The coach cites Connor Saleeba and Alex Fortier, his goalkeeper and center back who have been solid, keeping the opposition off the board. On the girls’ side, Dighton Rehoboth is 7-1-1. They will almost certainly make a trip to the postseason. “They have met my expectations. We’re in an unbelievable spot. We’re very close to reaching our goal of making the tournament. Our next goal, of course, is to win the SCC,” says Trish Madsen. Her Lady Falcons will only need another five points in ten games to secure that spot. Winning the SCC is less of a foregone conclusion, with a tough Apponequet teach matching them point for point at this stage in the year. Apponequet currently holds the head to head advantage, with a win over Dighton Rehoboth in Lakeville.

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Seekonk Warrior football is playing as well as it has in several years. The Warriors are on a bye week at the moment. They are scoring at will and playing some serious defense. A 48-20 drubbing of the Wareham Vikings, a 49-14 beat down of Fairhaven, and a 44-14 throttling of Case leave the Warriors with only their lone loss to Greater New Bedford Voc. Tech. and a 3-1 record. Nick Lancellotti is the starting quarterback for the team, and has been performing admirably. Brendan Smith has not been a pure backup, getting reps during games and operating the offense efficiently in his own right. Mike Luti continues to be a feature back in the Seekonk offense. His efforts have yielded multiple 100+ yard games. Abe Masse and Jordan Nicholaus have been meaningful weapons as well. Nick Foley has emerged as a leading producer in the trenches on both sides of the ball, playing an offensive guard position and defensive tackle. Foley gives Seekonk the kind of size they have desperately missed for years in blocking and run stuffing. The new playoff structure instituted by the MIAA this season will force a decision on Seekonk’s fate much earlier than under the previous system. After their bye week, Seekonk will face Apponequet, a serious team with serious ambitions. It seems awfully early to be talking about playoff positioning, but a win over Apponequet would likely force the Warriors into the playoff structure. Seekonk will still host their rival Dighton Rehoboth at 10 am on Thanksgiving morning. (Just as a reminder to fans, the traditional rivalry games will still be played all over the state this Thanksgiving. The new playoff structure takes the holiday week off so that the old matchups can be played, regardless of who is in the playoffs and who is out.).

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The Lady Warriors may not be having the kind of season their head coach had hoped for, but they are not far off. The team is 6-1-3 and more than tracking for the playoffs. They lost to rival Dighton Rehoboth 2-0, a game Seekonk wanted to prove their place in the conference. The record is good for second in the conference behind Apponequet, who seem to be having a good year in just about everything. Seekonk needs only five points in the final ten games to make the tournament, which should be an easily reachable goal for this talented squad. On the boys’ side, things are going equally well. Matt McCartin took over the reigns this season, and could not have hoped for more to this point. The team is 7-1-2, for a total of 16 points. Down the stretch, they will only need to secure another four points in ten games to make an appearance in the postseason.


Earl Berwick’s crew of Lady Warriors is 5-6 with nine games to play. They will need to win one more game than they lose down the stretch to make the postseason. If they succeed, Seekonk may just qualify across the board, winning playoff spots in every single fall sport. They will need to steal a game somewhere along the way from a team above them in the standings. A good bet may be the showdown with Case at Seekonk upcoming. They will also need to take care of business against the lesser teams they have already beaten, such as Old Rochester, Wareham, and rival Dighton Rehoboth.

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An extremely talented group of distance runners from Seekonk are 2-0 thus far, and have not had the services of one of their more talented runners in Brian Salit. He will return from injury in the team’s next meet, which could give a boost to Frank Mooney’s crew, which is already one of the most formidable running teams in a state. The defending state champs in their division, Seekonk are looking for some more hardware.

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The Seekonk girls program is on the upswing from the previous two years. We are presently running without a key runner who has an injury and will not return to the team for another 10 days. She presently is doing pool workouts to keep fit to be able to run in meets later in the season. The captains of the team are Christie Mendes and Caroline Hindle. They are supported by a new runner Meaghan Rocha and our top runner so far this year Salena Barreira. We have a freshman, Jessica Sweet, running in the number five

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Together with their parents, Jerry Lavoie and Athena Aguiar would like to announce their marriage. Jerry is the son of Jerry and Rosemary Lavoie of Rehoboth and Athena is the daughter of Frank and Stacey Aguiar, also of Rehoboth. The couple was married on August 4, 2013 at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, RI with the reception taking place afterwards at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI. The groom’s brother, Ryan Lavoie, was the Best Man and groomsmen were Bob Edington, bride’s brother Nicholas Aguiar, Peter Renwick, groom’s cousin Patrick Bodell, Ryan Buckley, Nathaniel Holmes, Jonathan Galego, Seth Robert, Matthew Duquette, Fred Law, and brother-in-law Scott Fisher. Marie Kelly was the bride’s Maid of Honor and bridesmaids were Kayla Anderson, Krystal Gustafson, Nicole Azzarone, Chelsea Ring, Kayleigh Klegraefe, Jillian Costa, and groom’s sister Erin Fisher. The couple’s nephews Chace and Owen Fisher were ring bearers for the ceremony. Jerry and Athena are both graduates of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School in 2005 and 2004 respectively. Jerry earned his Bachelors degree in Operations Management from UMASS Dartmouth and Athena earned a Bachelors in Communications from Roger Williams University. Jerry is currently pursuing his MBA at Boston University, where he also works as a Business Affairs Manager. Athena is working as an Assistant Director of Admissions for Bryant University. The couple spent their honeymoon in the Caribbean and reside in Attleboro, MA.

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October 2013 Conversely, my 8 year old son tested positive for Lyme Disease in June of 2013. His only symptoms were a low grade fever and headaches. My husband & I insisted on testing him because of our location and my history. His Western Blot Lyme test was positive. Fortunately he was treated early and responded well to the oral doxycycline. Patients who are sick with Lyme Disease should not have to fight to receive the necessary treatment to kill the infection in their bodies. They should be treated INDIVIDUALLY, based on their SYMPTOMS! As we start to move out of another tick season, I feel a strong urgency to share the following information. The CDC just updated their reports (August 2013) and now admit that as many as 300,000 are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year. That’s 10 times more common than previously reported! The CDC claims that children account for 25% of all Lyme Disease cases. The majority of these cases are said to involve boys ages 5-14 years of age. Education is crucial to receiving proper diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease. Be prepared to advocate for yourself - take some time to read through the following information from the Lyme Disease Association’s Website: What is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). How is it transmitted? In the US, the bacteria are transmitted to people and animals by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, commonly called the deer tick, and Ixodes pacificus (western black legged tick) in the West. The bacteria can also be passed through the placenta of a pregnant woman to the fetus—congenital transmission. The DNA of the bacteria has been found in breast milk, but no transmission has been proven to date in humans. The Lyme bacteria have been proven to survive blood banking conditions; however, to date, no transmission has been proven through blood transfusions in humans. How do I protect myself? Walk in the middle of trails; avoid sitting on logs and leaning on trees. Wear a hat, tuck in hair if possible. Wear a long sleeved shirt, fitted at the wrist. Wear shoes, no bare feet sandals. Wear long pants, tucked into high socks. Consider Deet for skin and Permethrin for clothes. Wear white or light colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks. Do tick checks immediately and for 3 days after outdoor activity. If you find a tick ask an adult to remove it carefully and save it.

How do I safely remove a tick? Improper removal of ticks greatly increases the risk of acquiring tick-borne infections. Squeezing the tick or putting substances on the tick to try to make it “back out” may aggravate it enough that it injects into you whatever disease organisms are inside it. • Do not burn or use any substance on tick • Do not grasp, squeeze, or twist body of tick • Grasp tick close to the skin with tweezers • Pull tick straight out • Use antiseptic on skin • Disinfect tweezers • Wash hands thoroughly • Always see a physician for possible diagnosis, testing, and treatment • If desired, can save tick for testing, pref-


erably alive, in a zippered plastic bag or a closed container with a moist cotton ball. The CDC states that if you find an engorged tick on yourself or a child age 8 or older and you believe it may have been present at the site for over 24 hours (long enough to transmit Lyme), you should call your doctor or Pediatrician immediately and ask about having a single dose of doxycycline to prevent Lyme Disease from developing. What are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease? General early signs & symptoms: bull’s eye rash at bite site (less than 50%), may appear as a bruise on darker skin tones of rashes, rash at other than bite site signals disseminated disease Cardiac/Pulmonary chest pain or rib soreness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block, heart murmur or valve prolapse continued on page 87

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

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

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

*Center Hours

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

Homestead Act Is Postponed Until Spring 2014


Wednesday, October 2, 2013 @ 10am Bonnie Ryvicker from the VNA will be giving an educational talk on how to talk to your doctor. Do you feel in control when you visit your doctor? When you leave the office do you understand your diagnosis and what additional tests you may need? What happens if you need to go to the hospital, will your doctor see you there or will you be seen by a hospitalist? How can you be informed so that you may better participate in your own care? Lunch will be American Chop Suey $2. Please sign up in advance for this activity and lunch as seating is limited, call 508-336-8772


FOR DEAF AND DISABLED ADULTS Wednesday, October 9, 2013 @ 10am National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) is a non-profit organization that provides canine assistance. NEADS provides assistance to veterans, children with a disability, deaf or hard of hearing, people with physical disabilities, and children with autism. Lunch will be Chicken Pot Pie for $2. Please sign up in advance for this activity and lunch as seating is limited, call 508-336-8772.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 10am Speakers: Michelle Hines from the Seekonk Police Department will be presenting a ‘Fall Safety Program’ at Seekonk Human Services. Does your furnace or chimney need to be cleaned? Be ready for winter with some important safety tips. Lunch will be Venus de Milo Soup. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up.


Thursday, October 24, 2013 Seekonk High School 4:30 – 7:30pm, Open Seating ADULTS: $10: CHILDREN 12 & UNDER $5 Please help your neighbors have a safe winter! With rising costs of fuel, our neighbors are in need of assistance and the only way it can be done is with your help! Sponsored by the Seekonk Non-Profit Coalition—Benefiting Fuel & Utility Fund of Seekonk Human Services. Tickets will be sold in advance and take out will be available. Please call 502-336-8772 for tickets. *Dessert donation will be greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the Seekonk High School


Wednesday, October 30 @ 10am Our Halloween Party will feature a delicious lunch of Meatloaf for $2 Wear a costume if you like. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. Please sign up at 508-336-8772 for lunch and pay in advance so that we can accommodate you Entertainment: ‘SHOW TIME’ EXPLORATION WEDNESDAYS Nov. 6: Veteran’s Celebration Lunch: Turkey Dinner for $2 Nov. 13: Bristol County District Attorney’s Office Lunch: Chicken Salad, Macaroni Salad, Pickles, & Chips for $2 Dec. 4: Right at Home Virtual Dementia Tour Lunch: Roasted Chicken for $2 Dec. 11: Christmas Party Lunch: Roast Beef Dinner for $2


Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 8:30am Toti’s Restaurant Men of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious breakfast. There is no set price for breakfast, order what you want, and pay for what you order.


Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ 10:00am Toti’s Restaurant Women of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious brunch. There is no set price for breakfast, order what you want, and pay for what you order.


Anyone who receives food from Doorways Food Pantry is eligible to receive a Thanksgiving turkey from Doorways. If you are not currently participating in Doorways, you may call the Outreach Department at Seekonk Human Services for an appointment to receive a holiday basket. You will need to fill out an intake form. Please call by Wednesday, October 23rd, if you or anyone you know needs a basket at 508-336-8772. Anyone who is homebound and would like to have a hot meal delivered on Thanksgiving should sign up at Seekonk Human Services by Friday, November 15th. Please call 508-336-8772 to have your name put on the list.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 10am Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter is committed to providing elders with prevention information to combat elder abuse. Second Assistant District Attorney Paul J. Machado will bring this important message. The many different forms of elder

October 2013 abuse will be discussed — from physical to financial. Second Assistant District Attorney Machado will speak about identity fraud, financial exploitation, and scams. He will also speak about physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. Elders will learn how to recognize warning signs of abuse, how to report abuse, how cases are prosecuted, tips to prevent abuse and victim rights.


If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the lookout for your application. File the application as soon as you get it. If you have never had fuel assistance and would like to apply or if you need help filing your application, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 to make an appointment with the Outreach Department. Fuel Assistance begins November 1st.

Income Guidelines:

Maximum income for 1 person is $32,065, for 2 people is $41,932, for 3 people is $51,798 and for 4 people is $61,664. Income includes your social security, pensions and any interest income. Needed Documents:  Proof of income  4 consecutive pay stubs  Social Security Award Letter or 1099  Pension (Current 1099)  Interest Dividends (1099)   List of everyone in household plus their income  Homeowner’s must include:  Mortgage statement  Real estate tax bill  Insurance bill  Recent copy of electric bill and gas/oil bill  Renters include:  Rent receipt  Recent copy of electric bill and gas/oil bills  Food Stamps—copy of verification  

Pick up a few gifts, or just browse all the bargains before we make our way back home. Don’t miss this Holiday Excursion.

March 30th – April 1st TROPICANA, ATLANTIC CITY

$179 Per Person Double Occupancy $179 Per Person Triple Occupancy $259 Per Person Single Occupancy Departure: 8:00am on March 30th Return: Approximately 7:30pm on April 1st Trip Includes: 2 Night Accommodations $30 Slot Dollars 2 Dinner Buffets Revue Show *on availability Motor Coach Transportation Day 1: Depart for Atlantic City with a stop on the way for coffee/lunch before arriving at the hotel. Receive your bonus package on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day – may Lady Luck be with you! Day 2: Make sure to visit the other casinos all along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. There is so much to see and do. Day 3: Try your luck one more time before heading home. We will make stops as needed on the way home. You will arrive home this evening. *Please note: All trips leave from Seekonk Human Services unless otherwise noted. 50% deposit is required at sign up and final payment must be made two weeks prior to trip. Checks are to be made payable to the Town of Seekonk. To ensure trips are not cancelled please sign up one month prior to trip at the latest in order to give the tour company an accurate count. For any information regarding trips please contact Ashley Pimental at 508-336-8772.

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CARDIAC PREVENTION CLINIC Wednesday, October 16, 2013

9am—12pm Seekonk Human Services holds a FREE clinic on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. This clinic is staffed by the same two exceptional nurses from South Coast Hospital who have been doing this clinic for several years. Why not take advantage of a FREE opportunity to check your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure.


Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. This is the perfect time to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries. Remember fall back— gain an hour of sleep! If you need assistance changing the batteries, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.


The annual Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15—December 7) is the time to enroll in or CHANGE your Medicare coverage for next year. State-Certified SHINE (Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan, as well as other options you may have. Call now to schedule a SHINE appointment during the Open Enrollment. This is a good time for everyone who is on Medicare to review their prescription drug plan to ensure they are getting the best coverage possible. After December 7th, changes will not be able to be made to your Medicare plans for next year unless you have a qualifying event.

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

Wii Fun - Fridays @ 10am

Come join us for some Wii Fun. The Wii is an excellent way to have fun and be active. Come join us on our new day, Fridays at 10am! Call Seekonk Human Services @ 508-336-8772 for more information. No sign up is necessary just come on in!

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


GATRA Photo ID’S can be done at Seekonk Human Services. No appointment is necessary. Just fill out an application and take a picture and the ID will be mailed within 2 weeks. Please contact Ashley Pimental @ 508-336-8772. MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ONLINE *The Town Crier website link is Click on Departments Click on Human Services * NOTE: Seekonk Human Services offers many legal, financial, recreational, medical screening and/or other activities and services by volunteers or nominal cost practitioners. Seniors participating in these services/activities do so with the understanding that Seekonk Human Services, the Town of Seekonk or its employees do not assume any legal or other responsibility for any advice or services rendered by such volunteers or nominal cost practitioners.

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

Special Announcements

The Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Director’s Corner

Thank you to everyone who attended, gave donations of prizes and money and who helped us with the Fuel Fund Raiser that was held on September 13th. A check was given to Friends of the Elderly in the amount of $4517.32 to help seniors this heating season. The Veterans Day Lunch is scheduled for Monday, November 11th 12noon. Please call the COA at 508-252-3372 for your reservations. I am happy to announce that Richard Clark will return to the COA on Friday, November 15th at 1pm to perform A special Thank you to the Sheriffs Department for sending the work detail to us. The ladies cleaned the yard, cleaned out the corall behind the COA, cleaned the kitchen, painted the front offfice helped in the community garden. They will return during the month to finish with the kitchen and the Directors offices. Please always check information on all upcoming events in the newspapers, online and posted at the COA. We are always looking for lap robes and caps for our men & women at the local Veterans Hospital that anyone who Knits or Crochet can bring in. We always have extra yarn you can use for these items. Bring in your quilting material on Thursdays and join the Quilting Group. Please be safe and be ready for any inclement weather, call your COA Staff at 508-252-3372 if you have any questions or concerns. Respectfully, Norie Palmer, Director

The COA Breakfast Club

On Wednesdays from 8:30am to 10:30am the COA is serving egg muffin or 2 pancakes with your choice ham or Canadian bacon coffee or tea for $2.00 and home fries for an extra 25cents. What a bargain and it is freshly made with eggs from our own Rehoboth farmers. Start your day off with a good breakfast or have a mid-day snack for those who wake up before the chickens! Come on in and join us!

Tasty Thursdays Lunch

This month there will be a Halloween Party on Thursday, October 31at 12 noon Cost $3.00. . You never know what kind of spooky” items will show up from our kitchen. Come join in on the fun,,,,there will be prizes for the best, spookiest and funniest costumes. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!

Available Lessons & Services Loom Knit Class

On Tuesdays 10am Come and learn how to Loom Knit. Join our ladies Loom Knit project “Hats for new Born’s” The hats that are made are given to Strudy Hospital. Sign up is a must! This class is free all supplies re supplied for use at the COA. Please call 50/-252-3372

Art Class

Michelle’s Art Class resumed on September 18th at 10am. This is a 2 hour class that teaches you how to draw, paint and have fun doing it. The cost of the class is $4.00. Some supplies are included. Please call if you would like to sign up or have any questions.

Blood Pressures & Glucose Screenings

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

Podiatry Clinic with Dr, Marian Markowitz

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

Meals on Wheels and Meal-site Information

Please contact our meal site for information on the Meals on Wheels program or the site meals served on Thursdays. A donation of $2.00 is requested for lunch, which consists of a main course, dessert and milk. Copies of the month’s menu are

October 2013 posted at the front door, on the reception desk and in the dining area for your review.

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

The COA’s Outreach / S.H.I.N.E. Worker Bradley Marshall is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm to assist you with your medical Medicare and insurance needs. Trained as a SHINE councilor he offers free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs., During the Medicare Part D open enrollment peroid from October 15th to December 7th we can NO longer take any walks ins. This is a very busy time and to be fair to all our clients we request that you schedule a SHINE appointment by calling your Senior Center at 508-252-3372. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Don’t Ignore Your Medicare Mail! It’s that time of year again! If you have a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO, PPO), you should be receiving information from your plan by the end of September. It is important to understand and save this information because it explains the changes in your plan for 2014. During the annual Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 - December 7), you will have a chance to CHANGE your plan for next year. SHINE Counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. Make your SHINE appointment early! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE!

salad, a main course, dessert and coffee or tea. The best part is!…You can treat your love one or close friend to a lunch for the “bargain” price of $3.00.

Musical Mondays

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

“Men’s Morning Coffee”

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

Card Games 3 Days a Week!

Cards are here at your COA! Mondays at 9:30 am we have a cribbage group, Tuesdays at 12:30pm we have a ladies group that not only play cards but also games Wednesdays at12:30 pm we have a HiLo Jack group. All have a great time and are always looking for a few “new” folks to join them.

COA Craft Corner Knitting and Crochet Group

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


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

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

Thursday Chair Yoga Exercise Class 9am Cost $3.00 Thursdays the COA is having a fun exercise class Chair Yoga…at 9am. The cost for this class is $3.00 per week.. Come and check it out….. Tuesday Tia Chi at 9:00am Cost $3.00per Class Try a graceful way of exercising which is easy on your joints. This method of balancing may be new to you, but it has a great positive outcome for any age. Tuesday Line Dancing 10:00am. Cost $ 3.00 per Class If you like to dance and have fun then this is the group is for you. Everyone is welcome to come in and try out some steps.

COA Social Gatherings Gert’s Café

Lunch is served at Gert’s Cafe Monday at 11:45am. The menu consists of soup or

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

The Rehoboth Council on Aging (Municipal Department)

Mission: The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall coordinate and carry out programs designed to meet the problems and needs of the aging in Rehoboth, and shall do so in coordination with the Programs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall: Provide, coordinate and link available resources to help meet the needs of the Town’s elders. Carry out programs and services to range from information community education, referrals, outreach, transportation, Meals on Wheels, health screenings, intergenerational activities, crafting programs, and other programs as offered. The COA Posts Community Information: Please check the bulletin boards every time you come in to the Council on Aging for Free Health Screenings and Support Groups updates, we also post other important information that can be a benefit to you, family or friends.

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Veterans’ Corner

from Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U. S. Army, (Retired) Veterans looking to save money on medical cost should inquire about the VA Medical System. Thinking of filing a claim with the Veterans Administration? The Veterans Service Officer can help. (508 252 4467, x122) Veteran Memorial Ground Breaking scheduled for Monday, October 7th at 5pm at Red way Planes. Coffee and pastry will be served following at the Rehoboth Council on Aging prior to the scheduled Board of Selectmen Meeting. The Veterans Day Lunch is scheduled for Monday, November 11th 12noon. Please call the COA at 508-252-3372 for your reservations. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – Noon. Appointments are available at almost any other time. The Rehoboth Council on Aging is always looking for veteran volunteers to work and receive the tax credit for 2015 tax year. Please call Norie at 508-252-3372 for more information.

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New Men’s Coffee Group Meets at COA

Hey all you men! Need something to do on Friday mornings? Come on over to the Senior Center on Anawan Street where you can meet up with your fellow neighbors for coffee and refreshments with lots of conversation and laughs. It all starts at 9:00 am and lasts until 10:00 am. Share your stories of long ago, pictures of your grandchildren, e-mail jokes or whatever else suits your fancy. Kay Mann is your hostess who prepares grilled English muffins or bagels. At special times, she may make pancakes or French toast. Come join the fun!


The Best is yet to come, a senior social group that enjoys doing activities that members suggest. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month 1pm at the Gladys L. Harrell Senior Center55 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA. Annual Dues are $6.00.

Up Coming Activities

October 10th – Meeting New members always welcomed. Call Carl Chace for details. 508 252- 9695 And remember…..The Best is yet to Come.


Sheriff, Police and Seniors working together for our seniors. Call Marilyn 508252-9366 Meeting Wednesday October 16th 10 am Programs being offered through TRIAD are: Free “911” cell phones, File of Life, Are you OK? Program, Project Lifesaver & Yellow Alert

Rehoboth Senior Citizen’s Club News Come One - Come All Saturday, October 19thBazaar 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is our one and only fund raiser of the year. We invite and encourage everyone to attend our bazaar. We depend on your support to help us achieve the goals for our club which include various activities and gifts to charities. There will be many raffles, a paper roll up table, bake table, jewelry table, trash and treasures, knitting, crafts, & a Christmas table. Lunch will be served so, while you’re shopping, plan to take a break and enjoy a delicious luncheon with us. We are a social and charitable club open to residents and non residents of Rehoboth. Our meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Upcoming Events: October 17th No Meeting (Setting up tables for the bazaar.) October18th Bring in items and set up tables for bazaar Nov. 7th Regular Meeting followed by bingo Nov. 21st To be announced.....

October 2013 The Reporter Lyme Disease continued Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting, difficulty eating, change in bowel function (constipation, diarrhea), gastritis, abdominal cramping, irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction, cystitis Musculoskeletal: joint/muscle pain in feet, swelling in toes, balls of feet, ankle pain, burning in feet, shin splints, joint pain and/or swelling, stiffness of the joints, neck or back, muscle pain or cramps that may migrate, neck creaks and cracks, neck stiffness, TMJ (jaw pain) Neurological: twitching of the face, eyelids or other muscles, headache, tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy), dizziness, poor balance, increased motion sickness, light-headedness, wooziness, difficulty walking, tremor, confusion, difficulty in thinking or with concentration or reading, forgetfulness, poor short term memory, disorientation (getting lost, going to wrong place), difficulty with speech, double or blurry vision, eye pain, blindness, increased floaters, increased sensitivity to light or sound, buzzing or ringing in ears, ear pain, deafness, seizure activity, white matter lesions, low blood pressure Neuropsychiatric: mood swings, violent outbursts, irritability, depression, disturbed sleep (too much, too little, early awakening), personality changes,

Annie LaBrie obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia, panic anxiety attack, hallucinations Reproductive: testicular pain / pelvic pain, menstrual irregularity, milk production (lactation), sexual dysfunction, loss of libido Other: fever, sweats, or chills, weight change (loss or gain), fatigue, tiredness, hair loss, swollen glands, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, swelling around the eyes, flu-like illness

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October is one of my favorite times of the year. Warm days, cool nights and the turning of the leaves. I love the change of seasons and fall is my favorite. Days are getting shorter now and the sunsets shine in shades of red and oranges. We start to crave comfort foods like stews and casseroles. Lighting the oven and simmering a stew is welcomed warmth to home and hearth. I crave a stew my Grandmother would make she called it “Zucchini Stew” I call it “Harvest Stew” because she included every form of fresh vegetable available, the last of the harvest. It all went in the pot and simmered until tender and she served it with fresh Italian bread from the neighborhood bakery. As a young girl, my Grandmother, Angelina (Angie) (Montanarelli) Yacco, came to this country from the Town of Gioia del Colle in the province of Bari, Apulia, Italy, A region famous for its Fior di latte mozzarella and its Gioia del Colle Primitivo wine. The Town would have a celebration of the mozzarella in August and a celebration of the new wine in September. She spoke English beautifully but she couldn’t write it. She said that

the spelling of English never make sense to her so as a result all her spices in the kitchen were labeled in Italian. My sisters and I grew up calling certain spices and dishes the Italian names and didn’t realize until we got older that it wasn’t the common names that everyone understood. Helping Grandma in the kitchen was an honor not a chore. We loved it. I always say that I have been cooking since I was old enough to reach the spoon to stir the sauce. My sister RayeAnn, who is just about a year older, and I would take turns stirring the sauce…it was important work. Eventually my younger sister, Nanette came along and she too was pressed into service of the kitchen. Little hands make perfect size meatballs. Sundays at Grandma and Grandpas’ house was always like a holiday. Walking into the welcoming warmth with the aroma of foods cooking mixed with the lingering scent of my Grandfather’s cigars and the joyful sounds of family greetings was one of my earliest childhood memories. The moment we pulled up in front of the house my sister and I would leap from the car and run up on the porch with the distant sound of my mother saying, “slow down” which, by the by, never happened, we’d burst into the house calling our greetings and running to each of them for a hug and kiss. Coats went on the bed, (unless Grandma had pasta on sheet pans drying at the time) then on to the kitchen to see what was cooking and how we could help. Of course

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October 2013 The Reporter there was a little treat waiting for us, which usually consisted of what my Grandmother called “Tomato Pie Sunday dinners were always at the dinning room table set with the “everyday” dishes as the “good china” was meant for actual holidays. However the “everyday” consisted of beautiful Italian ceramic serving bowls, one of which holds a place of honor in my own dinning room these days. The table became a work of art as each dish was given a place. The stew pot would be set on a pot holder right from the stove, basket of fresh sliced bread, newly grated Romano cheese, the Tomato Pie, and some of what Grandma called “a little of this and a little of that” which usually included homemade pasta in a light marinara sauce, some type of greens sautéed in garlic and olive oil, meatballs or stewed beef and sometimes either a bit of spinach or sausage roll. She may have only been serving 7…my Grandmother always cooked for 30 people. Sometimes after dinner my Grandfather, Anthony (Tony) Yacco, would take us for a walk. I on one side my sister RayeAnn on the other reaching up for Grandpa’s hand would stroll down the street. My Grandfather wore wingtip shoes, he was what was referred to as a “dapper” dresser. He had style. I remember vividly the design of his shoes and the crunching sound the leather soles made against the sidewalk as we strolled to our destination that being,

“the café” as he called it. This was a little neighborhood Italian bakery and café. This was a magical place with elaborate samples of wedding and holiday cakes dressing the windows. It was a long room with the display cases on the left containing a variety of beautiful Italian pastries in paper lace doilies and on the right was a row of tables and chairs consisting of both delicate iron design and basic wooden bistro. Pictures of Italian scenes and maps of Italy covered the walls. My sister and I always chose to sit in the pretty chairs while my Grandfather joined some of his friends in the more manly wooden chairs. They would smoke cigars and sip espresso from demitasse cups while discussing the issues of the day and my sister and I swinging our feet from the iron scroll chairs would pick from the pastries, spumoni, or gelato. Once done we would choose some pastries for “the house”, carefully boxed and tied with a decorative string then start back to share our treasures. Some of our most precious memories can be sparked by our sense of smell, either of food or the scent on an autumn breeze. I wish you great memories both old and new. If you have any questions or want to share thoughts on these and other receipts you can contact me at or on Twitter @Play_withfood.


All amounts are estimated, makes enough to feed a family of 4. Can be separated into smaller portions and frozen. 1 lb. of sweet sausage, removed from casing 1 clove of garlic, chopped 2 large onions, sliced same as above 2 of each green and red bell peppers cut in bite size pieces 1 long hot pepper (optional) chopped small 1 lb of Italian flat beans or green beans, rough chopped into bite size pieces 2 lbs each of zucchini and summer squash sliced half lengthwise then into “half-moon” pieces 1 lb of new potatoes, small 2 lbs of ripe plumb tomatoes, chopped bite size or 2 14-once cans of Italian tomatoes chopped 2 large portabella tops sliced or 1 can of straw mushrooms roughly chopped Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste In a large stew pot sauté sausage in olive oil and break into small pieces as it cooks. Add garlic and onion and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Add peppers including long hot if using cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in green beans and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining vegetables and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer then lower the heat and let slow simmer, stirring occasionally until tender. Serve with a green salad and fresh Italian bread.



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Marilyn Edith Lefaivre

Marilyn Edith (Chestnut) Lefaivre, 73, of Seekonk, died unexpectedly at Sturdy Memorial Hospital on September 17, 2013. Born in Attleboro on February 24, 1940, she was the daughter of the late George Edmund Chestnut and Edith Virginia (Claflin) Chestnut and lived almost her entire life in Seekonk. She was the former wife of Allen D. Lefaivre of Pawtucket, RI. She is survived by all four of her siblings. George E. Chestnut , Nancy J. Laporte, Virginia J. McCarthy and Joseph B Chestnut. She leaves all 5 of her loving children, Allen D. Lefaivre of Brownfield, ME, Dale S. Lefaivre and his partner Marybeth Gaucher of Rumford, RI,  Ricky J. Lefaivre of Bethlehem, NH, Pammie L. Greggerson and her husband Robert C. Greggerson of Seekonk, and Nancy J. Sena of Pawtucket, RI. She was adored by her grandchildren, Kristen L. Lefaivre, Dale S. Lefaivre, Robert G. Greggerson, Joseph G. and David P. Sena as well as a number of others who loved and considered her “Grammie” She attended East Providence High School and married in 1958. She worked for many years in the Seekonk School Department as a secretary in both the Aitken and Martin Schools.  She later worked for Benny’s in Seekonk and Borges Auto Salvage in Dighton. Marilyn loved flowers and feeding the birds,  was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. She particularly loved her movie nights with her BFF and her card playing nights with  friends at the Commons.  She was a

member of the Newman YMCA where she had many friends. She was recently elected president of the Tenants Association at the Seekonk Commons and was looking forward to serving her fellow residents and making “the home” as she referred to it, a warm, friendly and inviting place to spend time together. Some of Marilyn’s happiest memories were of days and weeks spent with family in a tiny, quiet town in Maine with a beautiful river and an historic bridge.


Rehoboth – David C. Wilson, 35, of Cameron Way, died peacefully Saturday night, Sept. 14, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center. See full obituary at www. Rehoboth - Antone “Tony” Dias, Jr. 49 of Rehoboth, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home. See full obituary at



Seekonk – Agnes M. Doiron, 86, widow of Eugene J. Doiron, died on Tuesday, September 3rd. See full obituary at www.

Martin, Kenneth H. Jr.,

MARTIN, KENNETH H. JR., 79, a longtime resident of Seekonk, died peacefully at his home. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Nancy A. (Rix) Martin. In 1950, as a Junior at Aldrich High School in Warwick, Mr. Martin joined the US Navy and was stationed at the Submarine Unit at Fields Point in Providence. Later, in 1961, he was Commissioned as an Ensign and served 2 years active duty aboard the submarine USS Angler. From 1977 to 1979, as a reservist, he served as Commanding Officer of the Fields Point Unit until finally retiring as Commander on 10/30/93. Additionally, Kenneth was employed in sales in the precious metals industry for many years. Besides his wife he leaves his children; Janet Rojas (Wilfredo) of Cranston, Deborah Florio (Joseph) of Chepachet, Elaine Martin of Burriville, Glenn Martin (Laurie Sharp) of N. Attleboro, Stacy Martin of Seekonk and Alan Martin (Lynn Angiolillo) of Rehoboth, 13 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren. He also leaves a brother John M. Martin of Warwick and a sister, Cynthia Radican of Iowa. Funeral Services are respectfully private. Condolences may be left at

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Seekonk - Walter Clifford Littlefield, 83, a past resident of Block Island, R.I., and Seekonk, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Elmhurst Extended Care in Providence, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com. Seekonk - Stanley Kogut, 62, passed away Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, at his home. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com. Seekonk – Priscilla R. (Daley) Marceau, 84, passed away at home, surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. See full obituary at Seekonk – Kenneth Martin Jr., 79, a long-time resident of Seekonk, died peacefully at his home. See full obituary at

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Lyme Disease continued Lab tests for Lyme disease are less than 50% reliable; you can test negative and still have the disease. Lyme disease can cross the placenta and may possibly cause birth defects or even death of the baby. A 2006 published CDC animal study shows that transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacterium that causes Lyme) through blood transfusion in mice is possible. 10) A rash does not always occur with Lyme disease, and symptoms may occur days of months after a tick bite.

Where can I learn more?

Blanding Library in Rehoboth, MA has two new resources available to the public. I encourage everyone to check them out. 1) Under Our Skin, DVD Documentary, Open Eye Pictures A gripping tale of microbes, medicine & money, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time. Each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, often told that their symptoms are all in their head. Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients. 2) Lyme Disease is No Fun: Let’s Get Well!, Book Written especially for children ages 8-12 years old who have Lyme Disease. By Mary Wall MS Ed, CCLS, a Columbia graduate student, edited by Colleen M. Smith, a peerreview medical journal production editor and Johns Hopkins grad –each has battled Lyme disease as a child. http:// content&view=article&id=502:lyme-disease-is-no-fun-letsget-well&catid=115:lda-books&Itemid=500 There are many free resources available through non-profit organizations like: Lyme Disease Association, Inc. (LDA): http://www. International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS): Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA): Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center: Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of Massachusetts(S-L-A-M): I’ve joined forces with The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) as a Social Ambassador for the “Lyme Power of Us” Campaign. I hope to do what I can to help educate and advocate in my community and beyond.

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YARD SALE YARD SALE: 135 Dover Avenue, East Providence. Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 12th & 13th. Yard sale. Desk. Table & chairs. Old magazines. Paperback books. Computer accessories. Golf clubs. Men’s & Women’s clothing, Shoes & Boots. Assorted kitchen items. Refrigerator. Weather permitting.

Yard Sale: Sat. Oct 12, 9am-4pm. 86 Danforth St. Rehoboth, MA (off Rt. 44) Rain or shine.

Household & yard, Art studio misc.,(frames, drawing tables, stretcher bars, including assembled 48” X 78” with crossbars, versatile display rack, wood worktable – 96” X 48” X 36” and more) Misc. books (many art books) furniture and collectables.


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Rentals: Rehoboth 2 Bedroom Ranch, Duplex apartment for lease in village, $900. J & J Realty, 401-245-1155 or 401-641-2336. Rehoboth Cape- 4 bedroom, 2.5bath, 2 stall garage. Huge yard. Renovated in 2007. Oil Heat with wood stove. Dry basement for storage. Loft in garage for storage. $1800 first/security. No Utilities, w/d h/u. Pet friendly. Available Oct 1st 508-431-4745. FOR RENT: Country setting yet close to everything on Rt. 44 in the Dighton/Rehoboth area. 1 Bedroom great for home or business. No smoking, no pets. $800 per month, 1st and last. 774-218-1959. For Rent in Rehoboth: Large one bedroom efficiency includes heat, electric and cable. No smoking - No pets. 1 adult, call 508405-6210.


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CUSTOM LOG CABIN: White Mountains New Hampshire, Sugar Hill, Franconia NH, sleeps 6, fireplace, full kitchen; minutes from New Hampshire attractions; swimming, hiking, fishing, boating or just R&R; weekly and weekends, Call Joe at 401-439-8089.

and light housekeeping. Hours are in one hour shifts during evenings and mornings, including weekends. Work up to 9 hours per week. References required, including a clear criminal background check. $11/hr. Call 774.565.0156.


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For Sale: Volvo S60 2002 5 cyl. Auto. Silver AM/FM/CD player. Dual air cond. Remote start. 90 k miles, $5200 401-263-0900. FOR SALE: 2011 Coleman tent camper. Used three times. Like new. Asking $5700. Was $7800 new. Sleeps six. Queen bed. Stove, fridge, hot water heater, heat, outside shower. 508 336-6478 FIREWOOD 18 inches and under-seasoned--all locally harvested hardwoods free local delivery Cash only! $225.00 for 2 truckloads (1 cord) lesser amounts also available for a slightly higher price--Volume discounts available 1-508-494-2227. (e1013) FIREWOOD Cut, Split and Delivered, $200 a cord. Call 508-252-4548 For Sale: Troy Built Leaf Mulcher and Chipper Self Propeled. Excellent Condition $100.00 Phone 508-336-6924. Kenmore Elite Refrigerator lite almond 69hx33dx35h EXCELLENT 5 years old $575. Queen PillowTop Mattress Set: New and never used, still in the factory plastic.$150 for both call/text 401-237-0340. MOTOR HOME: Condor 31 Ft. Class A Motor Home Call for information 508 3366924 31 Ft. Class A Motor Home Year 2000.


PACKAGE DELIVERY DRIVER: Work available Tues-Sat, part time possible full time ,you will need a cell phone + GPS is helpful , you must have one year commercial driving experience within the last 3 yrs , there is drug testing Location: Warren RI Compensation: $500.- $800. gross/weekly- depends on your ability If interested please contact Bobbie at 401-556-7178 or email resume/ work experience to Part Time Help Wanted: Personal care assistant needed for a retired veteran who uses a wheelchair. Must be reliable, honest, and caring. Duties include personal care/hygiene assistance, some physical assistance,

1 To 15 Words - $10 16 To 30 Words - $15 Additional Words $.25 each PETS FREE KITTENS TO GOOD HOMES: Two calicos, two orange tabby’s. 8 weeks old. Very loveable. Call Donna Castle at 508-2526497 or cell 401-524-5219. (rf1013)


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 508226-1295; (rf) 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

These lovable kittens need good homes.


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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A/C & Heating LS Heating & Air Conditioning Antiques Anawan Trading Post Antiques/ Cash for Gold Grandma’s Attic Appliance Repairs Affordable Appliance Repair Co. Appliance Repairs McPartland Appliance Repairs Art Supplies/Framing Gregory D. Dorrance, Co. Attorney Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto Attorney Donald E. MacManus, Attorney Attorney Laurie P. Mullen Attorney Law Office of David J. Marciello Attorney Law Office of Luke P. Travis Attorney Lori O’Brien-Foeri Auto Body Tri Star Autobody, Inc. Auto Body Shop Seekonk Auto Body Auto Detailing MS Classic Cars Auto Repairs Metric Motors Auto Repairs New England Tire Auto Repairs Somerset Chrysler Jeep Auto Repairs Somerset Subaru Auto Repairs Trustworthy Auto Auto Salvage Seekonk Auto Salvage Bakery Crugnale Bakery Bank Coastway Community Bank Building Contractor A. M. Carpentry Building Contractor DTP Construction Building Contractor Heritage Realty Enterprises, LLC Building Contractor M.G. Salois Construction Building Contractor Richard G. Dias Building/Remodeling Ferreira Builders, Inc. Carpet Cleaning Bay State Carpet and Upholstery Carpet Cleaning Earle’s Carpet Cleaning Carpet Cleaning M & S Carpet & Upholstery Child Care Citizens For Citizens - Attn. Carol Child Care Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center Chimney Cleaning RJD & Sons - Chimney Sweep Chimney Services Peace of Mind Chimney Sweep Church First Spiritualist Church of Brockton Church Holy Cross Church Church Rehoboth Baptist Church Church Rehoboth Congregational Church Cleaning Service Debbie’s Cleaning Service Collectibles Wexler’s Collectibles Computer Repair ICU 4 PC’s Concrete American Mobile Mix Concrete Inc. Concrete Cutters Cut Rite Concrete Cutting Corp. Country Club Hillside Country Club Dance Studio Alicia’s Dance Studio Dentist David C. Zaluski, D.D.S. Dentist Dr. Wassouf D.D.S. Dentist Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC Dentist Ritebite Dental Dentist Romani Orthodontics Disposal Service MTG Disposal Disposal Service Professional Duct Cleaning Dog Grooming Groom & Style Dog Services Canine Mastery, Inc Driveways & Masonry DeJesus Driveways Electrician ALKO Electric

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Electrician Dorrance Electric Electrician Greaves Electric Electrician Karl Kimmell Electric Electrician Neal Bellavance Electric Entertainment King Richard’s Faire Equine Services Gretchen DeMone Dressage Excavating J. Fisk Construction Excavating MJD Excavating, Inc. Farm - Turkeys Belwing Acres Turkey Farm Fence Installation Fence Tech Fence-Sales/Serv. Foxx Fence Fireplaces/ Chimney’s Stovepipe Fireplace Shop Inc. Flooring - All Types Custom Linocraft Flooring - Carpet Donna Faber Spellman Design Flooring - Wood David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors Floral Design Designs By Sheila Florist Anjulan’s Florist & Gardens Florist Edible Arrangements Fuel - Oil Al’s Quality Oil Co. Fuel - Oil COD OIL Fuel - Oil E & V Oil Co. Fuel - Oil Pricerite Discount Heating Oil Fuel - Oil Wood’s Heating Service Funeral Home J.H. Williams & Co. Funeral Home Furniture/Upholstery Masterson Furniture and Upholstery Garden Center Araujo Farms Garden Center Little Tree Nursery Generators Columbus Fan & Machine Glass Fabricator Anawan Glass & Mirror Inc. Golf Club Segregansett Country Club Hair Salon Evolution Hair Designs Health & Fitness Bliss Life Yoga & Wellness Health & Fitness YMCA - Newman Health Care Community VNA Heating & Air Taylor Heating-Air Conditioning Heating Service Almeida’s Heating Service Heating Service COD Heating Heating Service Larry’s Heating & A.C. Heating Service LIMA HVAC, Inc. Home Improvements Heritage Remodeling Home Improvements Horner Millwork Home Improvements Mark Koussa Carpentry Home Improvements Professional Property Maintenance Home Improvements Remodelers Outlet Home Improvements Stateside Vinyl Siding Company Home Products Fuller Brush - Earl Goff Jr. Horse Stable-Lessons Journey’s Haven Riding School House Cleaning Marinalva’s Cleaning Insurance National Agents Alliance Insurance Agency Duarte Agency - Allstate Insurance Agency Smith Insurance Group Jewelers Attleboro Jewelry Makers Jewelers Attleboro Jewelry Makers Landscape Service Big Sky Landscaping Landscape Service Budget Landscaping Landscape Service Grow Strong Landscape Design Landscape Service Holden’s Landscaping Landscape Service Kimmell Landscaping

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Landscape Service Lawnscapes 75 Real Estate Mateus Realty 7 Landscape Service Oakhill Landscape 32 Real Estate Remax River’s Edge 28 Landscape Service Superior Lawn Care 6 Real Estate ReMax Rivers Edge 49 Landscape Service T-Scape Inc 69 Real Estate The Mello Group - Jimmy Andrade 60 Landscaping-Nursery Evergreen Tree & Landscape 10 Real Estate Vicki Doran - Coldwell Banker 35 Landscaping/Tree Nathan’s Lawn and Tree 71 Real Estate We Buy Land! 26 Marble Fabricators Star Marble & Granite 33 Remodeling Batty Construction 32 Martial Arts Sanshou Fighting and Fitness 41 Restaurant Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon 88 Martial Arts USA Karate 56 Restaurant Country Kitchen 89 Masonry-Construction StoneScapes - Mark Carvalho 64 Restaurant Dublin Rose, Irish Sports Pub 2 Masonry-Construction William Gallant, Jr. Masonry Services 73 Restaurant Honey Dew Donuts 80 Memorial Cape Cod Stone 90 Restaurant Plaza Pizza 89 Mortgage Broker Mortgage Masters Inc. 43 Restaurant Tito’s Cantina 89 Music Ray Mullin Music 23 Retirement Community Brookdale/East Bay 77 Musical Instruction School of Rock 19 Roofer/WaterProofing Cameron Roofing 46 New Age Shop The Silver Willow 39 Roofing Contractor B & R Fournier Construction, Inc. 35 Nursing Homes Waterview Villa 85 Roofing Contractor Johnny C’s Roofing Co., Inc 45 Orthodontics Romani Orthodontics 9 Roofing Contractor Tabeleys Roofing 73 Outdoor Products New England Outdoor Products 6 School Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School Painting Contractor Advantage Painting 71 95 Painting Contractor Cronan Painting 51 Seafood Market Digger’s Catch 89 Painting Contractor Delisle & Son Painting & Repair 34 Security Systems Home & Commercial Security 44 Painting Contractor EZ Painting 94 Septic Inspections Pro Inspection Services 94 Painting Contractor Iachetti Painting Company 73 Septic Systems Fisk Contracting 74 Painting Contractor Lundco Painting LLC. 67 Septic Sys-Cleaning Bay State Sewage Disposal 43 Paving Contractor Ryan Asphalt Paving 77 Septic Sys-Cleaning Croome Sanitation, Inc. 69 Paving - Masonry Blue Stone Driveways & Masonry 33 Septic Sys-Cleaning Soares Sanitation Pumping, Inc. 61 Pest Control Services Bi-State Pest Control 16 Septic Sys-Cleaning Town Sanitation 42 Pet Services Rehoboth Pet Care 26 Septic/Trash Removal A. Viera Disposal 27 Physician Sturdy Memorial HospitalAttn: Tracy Di Snow Plowing Palmer River Associates 23 Padua, PR 11 Special Events South Seekonk Gun Club 36 Plastering & Painting David Laurino - Plastering 52 Special Needs Lori O’Brien-Foeri 61 Plumbing & Heating Sine Plumbing & Heating 54 Theatres - Live Trinity Repertory Company 44 Plumbing & Heating Vintage Plumbing & Heating 16 Trash Removal Cleanway Disposal & Recycling 60 Pool Spa Sales/Service Custom Pool Services 31 Trash Removal Waste-Tech, Inc. 9 Private School The Childrens Place Ltd. 21 Trash/Junk Removal Big Blue Removal Service 7 Private School The Providence Country Day School 18 Trash/Junk Removal The Estate Guys 71 Private School The Wheeler Schoolc/o Laurie Flynn 41 Travel Liberty Travel / Worldwide Vacations 28 Real Estate Aubin Realty 58 Tree Service Advanced Tree 71 Real Estate C Walsh Realty 18 Tree Service Choate Tree Service 66 Real Estate Carrington Real Estate Services 47 Tree Service Seekonk Tree 78 Real Estate David Smith, Century 21 15 Water Treatment Water Filter Company, Inc. 36

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