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The Seekonk


DECEMber 2018 Volume 30, no. 12



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

SHS Science Club News see page 65



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Town of Seekonk News Notes by Laura Calverley

Seekonk High Creates Athletic Hall of Fame

Seekonk High School honored the first class of inductees for its new Seekonk High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Pawtucket Country Club, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. Track star John Gregorek Jr., who competed in the World Championships and shot put and discus athlete Jeff Chadouian were inducted. Other Warrior athletes honored were Valerie Blinn, Andrew Pereira, Heather Spellman, Jennifer Spellman-McLarnon, Ricky Silva, Alisha Lee-Hanoian, Robert Stedman and Samantha Demty. Two former coaches, Ray Grant and Norm Bowlin were also honored. Robert and Karen McKenna were honored with the Community Service Award.

Town Held Veterans Day Ceremony

Seekonk held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park on Nov. 12. Many town residents and several local and state representatives, including State Rep. Steven Howitt were in attendance. Veterans Officer James LaFlame was master of ceremonies.

Town Meeting Approves Funding for Animal Shelter Construction and School Addition Architecture/Design; Rejects Non-Medical Marijuana Establishment Ban

Voters at the Fall Town Meeting on Sept. 19 discussed a proposed ban on recreational marijuana establishments for some time. The amendment failed to pass because it did not have the two-thirds majority needed. Voters approved a $1 million appropriation for architectural and engineering services for a proposed addition to Aitken Elementary School and $460,000 for the design and construction of a new animal shelter. Last fall the town approved $900,000 for the animal shelter and the Save a Pet organization has pledged $300,000 to the project, but costs have reportedly increased. Turnout for the meeting was good, with 220 of 10,508 registered voters, or about 21 percent, in attendance.

Fire Chief Wants to Increase Department Staff

Fire Chief Michael Healy told selectmen that he wants to increase staffing at the department to accommodate the new 24-hour schedule that took effect on July 1, according to a Sun Chronicle article. Healy wants to have eight firefighters on duty, four at each station, at all times. The department has been using overtime funds to keep both stations manned on the 24-hour schedule.

Dighton-Rehoboth Wins 52nd Annual Thanksgiving Football Game Against Seekonk, 33-0

In their annual Thanksgiving football contest, the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons beat the Seekonk Warriors 33 to 0 at Robert T. Roy field at D-R. The game was played on Thanksgiving eve at 7 p.m. due to the cold temperatures forecast for Thanksgiving morning. D-R and Seekonk have split the previous four Thanksgiving Day games, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle, but the Falcons have won more of the Thanksgiving match-ups, with a 32-19-1 in the series.

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Inside This Issue

Letters to the Editor...

Baby Contest..............................60 Business Directory......................93

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!

Church News/Events................44 Classifieds...............................92 Club Announcements.................34 Dave Says...................................54 Dining Guide...............................90 Events........................................37 Holiday Guide.............................26 Letters to the Editor.......................6 Library......................................61 Obituaries................................89 Rehoboth Ramblings..................11 Rehoboth Town News..................12 Scouts..................................50 Seekonk Human Services..........85 Seekonk Town News...................21 School......................................64 Sports.....................................78

Thank You

I am writing this thank you on behalf of myself and the other New England Poets who read at the Blanding Library on September 22, 2018. Despite her busy schedule, Whitney Pape, Director of the Library, was extremely informative, attended to details , copied brochures, communicated needs to staff, and made helpful suggestions. …all while maintaining her supportive and welcoming nature and sense of humor. Behind the scenes as well as the day of the event, numerous other staff at the Library had everything in order and ensured the program ran smoothly. Each person was also receptive to the writers and to those who came and took steps to ensure a comfortable and quiet place for others to listen. It means a lot to know our Library ( which ultimately means those who run it) goes out of its way to support many varied and interesting programs. As for ours, we could not have done it without them and greatly appreciate all they offered. This experience also reminds me of the importance of myself and others in our community supporting the Library /Goff Hall whenever we can. We are fortunate to have such a valuable resource in Rehoboth. Sincerely, Marsha Hood

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The Difference between Unconditional and Conditional Love Part 3 of a series on Learning to Love Unconditionally

When I began my quest to understand unconditional love, it was for the loftiest of goals. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote near the very end of his last book that developing an all-embracing and unconditional love for all people was an absolute necessity for human survival. Not one to avoid big challenges, I was hooked on trying to figure out how this could be achieved. It soon became apparent that this was more than an intellectual challenge. Explaining how to love is different from actually experiencing it. When I held my new grandson in my arms and gazed into his eyes, it brought back fond memories of nursing my son and the feelings of unconditional love that I have for him. If I can love my son and grandson unconditionally, it seemed eminently doable to be able to extend that same love to other human beings. When I allowed myself to acknowledge my own desperate need for unconditional love, I realized that other people have the same need and that we can do this for each other: we can love each other the way we wish to be loved.

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December 2018 The Reporter To be loved unconditionally means to be accepted fully for who we are, without conditions. We are loved for the very essence of who we are, with all of our strengths and weaknesses, shortcomings, failures, and mistakes. This love comes from the heart and is freely given. It is other-centered for the other’s sake, a gift love. It comes with no expectations about how we should think or how we should change to meet someone else’s needs and desires. It does not seek to control our life choices. It listens and respects our boundaries. It is patient, consistent and forgiving, being there for us on bad days as well as good and when we really make a mess of things. It wants the very best for us and doesn’t encourage co-dependency. condone wrong-doing or excuse abuse. Instead, it seeks to empower us to overcome self-destructive or other-destructive behavior. It can get angry, but is slow to anger. Unconditional love is the love we are all looking for. When we are loved unconditionally, we experience a deep human bond that dispels fear; we feel safe and secure. Unconditional love doesn’t limit or constrain us, but releases human potential, helps us discover the meaning and purpose of our lives, and enables us to become all we can be. It is liberating and energizing and gives us joy. Conditional love comes from the ego, not from the heart. It has to be earned and is given only when we meet someone else’s expectations about how we look, what we think, and what we do. If we conform to those expectations, we receive approval. If we don’t, acceptance is withheld or we are met with anger and criticism. Conditional love is selfish -- “I will love you only if you. . .” It is controlling -- someone else becomes the authority for our life. Our pursuit of approval restricts what we think and do and creates anxiety about triggering the other person’s anger and losing the love we so crave. We feel bad about ourselves because we are not loved “as is” and never seem to be “good enough.” Conditional love makes us feel defensive. Fear of loss of the relationship escalates conflicts, making failure of the relationship more likely. Many say that conditional love is not really love at all; it is approval. Next month, we’ll look at the biology of unconditional love. Carol Bragg Seekonk

Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk

Kiwanis is an international organization with members in 92 nations and geographic areas focusing on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk has donated to the Pediatric Trauma and Research Institute focusing on curing child hood diseases and emergency care. We have bought equipment for rescue vehicles and bicycle helmets for Seekonk children. We have provided grants to assist parents who need childcare for preschoolers and scholarships to graduating seniors. Continued on next page...

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8 The Reporter December 2018 We are proud to sponsor the Key Club at the High School and the Builders’ Club at the Middle School to teach young people the value of community service and to develop leadership skills. Our main fund raiser to support these activities is our annual Kiwanis Taste of the Towns. We will be celebrating our 23rd event on Tuesday March 5, 2019 at the Dublin Rose Ballroom on route 114A in Seekonk. Again we will have many restaurants offering tastes of their specialties accompanied by a wine and beer tasting. We will be having raffles of items from the vendors and other donors, a 50/50 raffle & an auction. AGAIN this year we are inviting SPONSORS to join us to support our efforts to help children and their families. If you are able to support us, please fill out this form, make check payable to Kiwanis of Seekonk and mail to: Kiwanis of Seekonk PO Box 233 Seekonk, MA 02771 If you have any questions, please contact: Susan Chaisty (President) 1-508- 557-1363 or Bernadette Loiselle (Vice President) 1-508-212-4221 NAME___________________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS______________________________________________________________________ EMAIL_________________________________________________________________________ GOLD ($500.) ________________BRONZE ($250.)_______________SILVER ($100.)____________ 4 Complementary Tickets 2 Complementary Tickets 1 Complementary Ticket The list of sponsors will be published and complimentary tickets to the event will be provided. Thank You! -Seekonk Kiwanis Young Children, Our Number One Priority


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As so often happens in any field, someone writes a thesis that for whatever reason attracts attention and it becomes the latest innovation for a while until it is found to be a boondoggle. Apparently in Massachusetts, traffic engineers have latched on to the latest idea, roundabouts/rotaries. As some have noted they are different although I have not seen the difference explained clearly aside from semantics. Published plans lead me to believe a rotary has several lanes going around where the roundabout has only one. Not sure about that as Route 44 is a single lane road at the entry point so that might explain the graphics. What has happened to observation and common sense? There is something to be said for “Keep it simple, st...?” Yes that intersection creates problems for many although it is no worse than the intersection of 44 and Arcade Avenue and many others in the area. It is particularly bad in the morning and evening as people travel to and from work. The simplest solution would be a turning lane with arrows controlling the flow. I have been traveling between Rehoboth and New Bedford for 10 years back and forth and have observed the transformation of Hart’s corner in Taunton with just such a solution to an ever growing traffic problem. (Wondering why they did not choose a rotary for that point!?) continued on page 10...

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It can be hoped that common sense will prevail. It is hard to imagine the plan of slowing traffic from 50 mph to whatever it must be to enter a rotary/roundabout. It is also hard to imagine how our emergency vehicles will fare trying to get from north to south or east to west. My guess is they will have plans to avoid the roundabout and cut through other roads in Rehoboth which might not be the most efficient way to get to an emergency situation. I have lived in Rehoboth for 41 years and have seen the changes, both good and bad. Yes, traffic on 44 and 118 has increased significantly and will only continue to increase. A rotary/ roundabout is not a solution. If built, I will not live long enough to see the time when it is found to have been a ridiculous idea, but that time will come. Let’s use observation and common sense to make a reasonable choice one that is suitable for our town, not just the latest innovation using Rehoboth as another guinea pig. Dianne Freed Rehoboth, MA



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Rehoboth Ramblings by Leslie Patterson

Holiday Thoughts and Wishes

We have a yearly joke at our house that it would be fun to invite people to a “real old-fashioned” New England Christmas. Guests would be seated in an unheated room on hard wooden benches and have to listen to someone read that fierce Puritan sermon, Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Give me that old time religion, or rather, don’t. Ah, the good old days. A Puritan Christmas wasn’t the season to be jolly. Partly this was a reaction to the Christmas season in the old country, which often turned into something rowdy and raucous. The only time our Puritan ancestors held religious services on Christmas was if the day actually fell on a Sunday. Other than that, it was off to work we go, just like any other day. It certainly wasn’t anything special. Things were slow to change; it was the middle of the 19th century before Christmas was even declared a holiday in Massachusetts. Many people tend to think of an old-fashioned New England Christmas as something from a Norman Rockwell illustration, but they are recalling memories from the 20th century, not the really, really old days. The particular decade from the 1900’s that inspires nostalgia depends on when you grew up. Speaking of looking back, this past Thanksgiving, I thought once again that it would be fascinating to know what the first Thanksgiving was actually like. One thing is clear to me; the small band of women and girls who survived that first terrible winter in 1620-21 would have had a back-breaking amount of cooking to do for that many people. No one had a term like post-traumatic stress syndrome back then but surely they all must have experienced the condition. First they had a truly terrifying trip into the unknown under horrendous conditions at sea. Then they landed somewhere in the wilderness in the winter, with food sources getting low, and had to build a town from scratch, while all around them people were getting sick and dying. Not sure I’d feel like celebrating just yet even when the harvest came in a few months later. In fact, I’m pretty sure that if I were a pilgrim in 1620, I would have just stayed in Holland. It will be interesting to see what the folks at Plimoth Plantation have in store for their 400th anniversary in a couple of years. I’ve read that native Wampanoag will be given an active role in the commemoration, which is only right. Here at home, we send a note of appreciation to all those whose planning and hard work went into all the Rehoboth375 activities this past year. It’s good to recall where we came from. Anymore, we need to give thanks for Thanksgiving Day itself because it’s the only thing keeping Christmas from totally overrunning November. Although I think that ship has sailed already, and I’m not talking about the Mayflower. Or perhaps it’s a jacko-lantern that is holding off Christmas. But I noticed that while Mexico was celebrating the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1-2 (and I was watching the delightful Disney movie “Coco”), the Hallmark Channel had already started their Christmas marathon. Who needs two months of Christmas shows? And this in in addition to Christmas in July. I’m all in favor of summer in July, myself. Christmas used to be a very special holiday. But how can something feel special when you celebrate it relentlessly for two months? It has become like a juggernaut, which Merriam Webster defines as a “massive, inexorable force that crushes whatever is in its path”. That about sums it up. The Grinch learns that Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Today we all know that Christmas comes from an Amazon warehouse, or so it ap-

pears. “But maybe Christmas - perhaps - means a little bit more”, as Dr. Seuss tells us. Gift-giving is an important part of the holiday spirit and it’s good to help boost the economy by buying things at the end of the year. But sometimes you just have to get out of the way of the holiday juggernaut before it runs you over. Take a break from all the holiday craziness, not to mention the terrible troubles and turmoil of the wider world. They will still be there, sadly. For now, appreciate the calm and silence of a cold frosty night, knowing that this is as dark as it will get, and enjoy all the twinkling lights, the beautiful old carols, and the heavenly peace at the center of Christmas.

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Rehoboth Town News From the Clerk Hello All ~ I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season.

11-6-2018 Gubernatorial Election

The Gubernatorial Election had a tremendous turnout ~ 60% (5,273 voters) voiced their opinion at the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election. Voter turnout was up 10% from the previous Gubernatorial Election back in 2014. Thank you all who came out to vote; either early voting (781 voters), absentee voting (134 voters), or in-person voting on November 6th (4,358 voters). Thank you to those of you who waited on the lengthy lines. The official election results can be found on the Town Website @ https://www. As many of you noticed, we introduced a new piece of election equipment (Poll Pads – an iPad that can be used for instant voter lookup) at the October/November Early Voting Sessions and 11/6/18 Gubernatorial Election. The Poll Pads worked beautifully for both Early Voting and the Election. Due to the added equipment, I added an additional election inspector at each precinct to operate the new piece of election equipment with grant money I received from State Elections. Contrary to a few of the rumors I have heard, the introduction of the new piece of election equipment was not the cause for the lines at the polls. In fact, once the Poll Pads/iPads receive final approval by State Elections Division, (and we do not have to flip through the paper voter check-in and check-out books to locate registered voters) the check-in and check-out process will take less than 30 seconds as opposed to the current paper process, which takes several minutes to locate a voter and check them off on the voter list. The Poll Pad process also ensures that Inactive Voters, Unregistered Voters, Early Voters and Absentee Voters are referred to the Warden or Clerk for further information, rather than holding up the check-in/check-out lines to determine why their name was not on the paper list. Quite honestly, the long lines at the November Election were due to (1) increased voter turnout (which was fantastic!!!); (2) paper check-in and check-out process required by the State; (3) the length of the ballot and (4) a large number of voters chose to read the ballot questions in the booth rather than researching their voting decisions prior to coming to the polls. As you know, the State sent the “red” Voter Information booklets to every household a month

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prior to the election so the voters had ample time to research their decision on the ballot questions and the Gubernatorial sample ballots were posted around town (12 posting locations) and on the front page of the Town Website since October 12, 2018. Throughout the day we had an average of 340+ voters come through our precincts every hour the polls were open. At 8:00 p.m. the Constables at each voting precinct stood at the end of the voting lines to permit every voter arriving at Laura Schwall the polls prior to the 8:00 p.m. deadline the Town Clerk right to vote. People were still voting at 8:25 p.m. on Election Day. As a result, in addition to thanking the voters who came out to vote, I would personally like to thank our Election Workers who really went above and beyond this Election. Thank you to our Wardens, Clerks, Constables, Inspectors, Election Equipment “Set-Up/TakeDown” Crews, Highway Department, Registrars, and our Assistant Town Clerk, Lynn Shaker, for their help in providing the Rehoboth voters another successful Election! Thank you also to Aaron and the Dunkin Donuts staff for the Election Worker early morning coffee and donuts and thank you Billy, Sara, and the Vino’s staff for our delicious dinner delivered to all three precincts! Additionally, thank you to all who assisted with the Early Voting sessions held from October 22nd-November 2nd. It was a long two weeks, but the voters really appreciated the opportunity to vote early. We held our second Early Voting session for a two-week period leading up to the 11/6 Election. We had two late night sessions and one Saturday session. Those voters who came early to vote did not have to wait in line and had the convenience of voting either sitting around the Selectmen’s meeting table or standing at the voting booth. They also had the convenience of deciding when/ what day and time they wanted to vote rather than trying to make it to the polls before they closed. The bottom line is Early Voting works for everyone.

Annual Town Census

Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2019 will be mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the first week of January. The Board of Registrars is required to conduct an annual listing of residents as of the first of January each year. In addition to the name, address, telephone number, date of birth, occupation, veteran status, and number of dogs, the form includes a section for school information required by the school department. Please note a section for e-mail addresses and cell phone numbers. If you no longer have a home phone and use a cell phone, please let us know so we can update our records ~ thank you. As a reminder, failure to return the completed census form may result in voters being placed on an “inactive” voting list or being removed from the voting list. Please do not let this happen to you – please return your census as soon as you receive it in January. Simply review the pre-printed Census Form, make corrections, sign it, and return it no later than January 31st. You can choose to return the Census Form via the U.S. Postal Service, utilize the Census drop off boxes at Town Hall, Blanding Library, Bristol County Savings Bank, or the Senior Center. Additionally, you may scan your signed and completed census forms and email them to either LSchwall@ or . We look forward to hearing from you in January.

December 2018 The Reporter New residents may receive blank forms, which they are asked to complete and return. If you do not receive a Census Form, please contact the Town Clerk’s Office 508-252-6502 X-3110 or X-3109. Blank Census forms are also available on the town website @ Results of the census are used to prove residency for a variety of reasons. The data is also used for state college entrance applications, veterans’ benefits, amending and establishing birth records, locating missing persons, establishing precinct lines, predicting future school enrollment, state and federal funding to the town, police and fire protection, updating the voting list, and other legal purposes. Please return your census as soon as possible ~ thank you. For the convenience of dog owners, we have again included with the Census, an application for the 2019 Dog License(s). This gives dog owners the opportunity to license their dogs well before the annual April 1st due date should they want to license their dogs early. Dog license applications must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate (with a vaccination date of May 1, 2019 or later) and proof of spay or neuter, unless we already have it on file in the Clerk’s Office (if applying for the $10 licensing fee). If you are unsure, please give the office a call and we can let you know what we have in our database. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included (the current postage will be printed on the dog license application). For your information, Seekonk and Rehoboth will be teaming up again on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for our Sixth Annual Rabies Clinic at the Seekonk Highway Department (corner of Route 44 & Lake Street) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon. Details will be printed in the 2019 Census mailer. If you are returning your dog tag application as well as your census forms, residents are asked to return their completed forms via mail, e-mail, or place their form in one of the “Census” containers located at the drop off locations mentioned earlier in this article. The containers will remain at these locations through the end of January for your convenience. NOTE: Residents are requested to please send in their census forms as quickly as possible regardless of whether or not they license their dogs at this time.

Annual Town Election – April 1, 2019

The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 with the polls open from 7 am to 8 pm. All three precincts will be open. For those who do not participate in a political party’s caucus process, nomination papers will be available as of January 2, 2019 for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot. The nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 50* registered Rehoboth voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office (148 Peck Street) by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11th. * The signature minimum changes after each gubernatorial election as per MGL Chapter 53 – Section 6. The 11-6-18 election changed our minimum signature requirement for nomination papers from 38 to 50 (1% of the entire votes cast for governor at the preceding biennial state election ~ 5,154 x 1% = 52 ~ MGL 53:6 = maximum of 50 signatures for nominations of town office or regional district school elected positions). Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2019 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one position for 3 years), Treasurer (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (one for 3 years), Constable (three for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Housing Authority (two for 5 years), and Water Commissioner (two for 3 years and one for 1 year).


The final voter registration date, to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office. Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote online at , by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form, or download a form @

Absentee Ballot Requests

Applications for absentee ballots are available as of January 2nd and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office or online @ . An absentee ballot may only be obtained by written request and with the voter’s original signature. Filing deadline for an absentee ballot request for the April 1, 2019 Annual Town Election is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Town Offices Closed

The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th, 2018, in observance of the Christmas Holiday.

Town Clerk – Out Of The Office - Surgery

For those of you who know me, you have noticed my limping for the past few years. As a result, I am scheduled for my first of two knee-replacement surgeries during the first week of December. I had to schedule my surgery around our Election and Town Meeting schedule, which has been quite difficult over the past two years. I will be out of the office during the month of December and will be advised by my physician when I can return to work. I plan on working from home, in between my physical and occupational therapy sessions. If you need my help, please send me an e-mail and I will respond as soon as I am able. Lynn will be holding down the office if you need something done immediately. I look forward to seeing you in 2019! Lynn and I would like to wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season and peace and prosperity to all Rehoboth residents for the New Year. It is truly an honor to serve as your Town Clerk. Thank you for a wonderful year and past five years! Sincerely, Laura & Lynn

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Rehoboth Animal Advocates (RAA) has some good news to share. Part of RAA’s mission is to support the Animal Shelter and help to provide them with what they may need. In the coming months, we will be working with the Animal Control Officer and the Volunteer Coordinator to start a volunteer program. There are various duties that are part of daily life at the shelter such as feeding, socializing, cleaning, and office work, etc. We will be assisting with training programs and scheduling for those who wish to volunteer. At this point, we are having those interested fill out an application and providing them with information regarding the needs at the shelter. If you would like to be a part of this very fulfilling program, please call Rehoboth Animal Advocates for an application or more information at 774-991-1942. Thank you, Karen Frenier President Rehoboth Animal Advocates

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The Blizzard of Giving & Toys for Rehoboth Kids both exist to support Rehoboth Helping Hands and the children/families of Rehoboth! “Blizzard of Giving/Toys for Rehoboth Kids”. Visit a Blizzard of Giving display located at the: • Anawan Cleaners • Blanding Library • Chartley Store • D.L. Beckwith Middle School, • Palmer River Elementary School • Rehoboth Post Office


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Steffen S. Johnson, Owner is a 2006 Dighton Rehoboth graduate who served as an Infantry Team Leader in the United States Army from 2010 – 2014, including a year in Afghanistan – where he fine-tuned his dream of coming home to open his brewery. He has been home-brewing for more than six years and has worked in the craft beer industry for the past four-plus years. He served an internship at the Tallgrass Brewing Company in Manhattan, KS and was Assistant Brewer at Southern Barrel Brewing in Bluffton, South Carolina. In addition to holding a Business of Craft Beer Certificate from the University of Vermont, he is finishing a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Johnson also is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. Entrepreneurship runs in his family. His grandfather owned a country store on the corner of County Street and Reservoir Avenue in Rehoboth, and his father has owned a contracting business for many years. Daniel DiRienzo, Head Brewer, is a 2008 graduate of DRRHS who has been home-brewing for more than four years. He serves the local community as an ambulance driver for Alert. A Member of the Brewers Association and the American Homebrewers Association, DiRienzo has won multiple medals and awards in brewing competitions. Most notably, he is a Gold medal recipient for his Barrel Aged Blend beer recipe, a Silver Medal recipient for his Double IPA beer recipe and a Bronze Medal recipient for his Specialty IPA beer recipe.

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The brewery team is very excited that their location will allow them to have a brewery, taproom and outdoor beer garden together on one site, with room to expand. The taproom and beer garden will each have an initial capacity of approximately 50 guests. The brand new building currently under construction will also house some other small businesses and a restaurant. It will be “BYOF”: “Bring Your Own Food”. As the brewery will not initially be set up to provide food, patrons will be able to bring in their own, takeout from nearby restaurants and food trucks. The beer garden will have a nice bucolic setting with a picnic vibe on the rear of the building facing the woods. While waiting for permitting, construction and so on, the partners have been making small pilot batches with their garage setup and have already identified 40 recipes that they plan to use. The taproom will accommodate approximately 6 - 8 taps, 2 of which will be dedicated to flagship favorites and the rest will rotate through seasonal varieties and new introductions.

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The partners have already amassed half of the equipment they will need. They currently have a half-barrel pilot system, will open with a one-barrel system and in six months expect to have a threeand-a-half barrel system in place. continued on page 19...

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Johnson and DiRienzo are committed to sourcing as many ingredients as possible locally, and using local fruits and vegetables in their specialty brews. They have already identified hops farms in Taunton and Western Massachusetts that they expect to be using.

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The Seekonk Scene The Clerk’s Corner I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends. The State Election was one for the record books. We had an impresFlorice Craig sive 58% turn out to vote. We also had the Annual Fall Town Meeting held on November 19, with 220 voters participating. It is wonderful to see the citizens of Seekonk getting involved and coming out to vote. Below are the results of both events.

Election Results Summary Number of Eligible voters: 10,598 Total votes cast: 6,107 Total votes per precinct: Precinct 1 - 1,390 Precinct 2 - 1,748 Precinct 3 - 1,539 Precinct 4 - 1,430

Senator in Congress

(D)- Elizabeth Warren - Total votes 3,092 (R)- Geoff Diehl - Total votes 2,783 (I) - Shiva Ayyadurai - 172

Senator in General Court

(D) - Paul Feeney - Total votes - 3,225 (R) Jacob Ventura - Total votes - 2,706

Representative in General Court

(R) Steven Howitt - Total votes - 4,733

District Attorney

(D) Thomas Quinn III - Total votes - 4,277

Clerk of Courts

(D) Marc Santos - Total votes - 3,707 (U) John DeJesus - Total votes - 1,363

Register of Deeds

(D) Barry Amaral - Total votes - 4,274

County Commissioner

(D) John Saunders - Total votes - 3,263 (R) D. Rosa - Total votes - 2,428


Question #1- Patient- to nurse limit. Yes - 1,906 No - 3,859 Question #2- Create a citizen’s commission. Yes - 4,114 No - 1,715 Question #3- Repeal gender identity. Yes- 3,645 No -2,248

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Election Day was one of the busiest we’ve had in a long time. It was a long day and Loraine and I would like thank the many people who tirelessly helped make the day run smoothly. From the registrars, poll workers, DPW, High School to our Police Department. It was truly a team effort.

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Fall Town Meeting summary

Governor/Lt. Governor

(R)- Baker/Polito - Total votes 4,365 (D)- Gonzalez/Palfrey - Total votes 1,643 (D)- Maura Healey - Total votes 3,461 (R)- James McMahon, III - Total votes 2,532 (D)- William Galvin - Total votes 3,486 (R)- Anthony Amore - Total votes 2,285 (GR)- Juan Sanchez, Jr. - Total votes - 136


(D)- Deborah Goldberg -Total votes 3,359 (R)- Keiko Orrall - Total votes - 2,355 (L) - Daniel Fishman - Total votes - 182 (GR)- Edward Stamas - Total votes - 84

Representative in Congress

(D) Joseph Kennedy - Total votes - 4,377


(D) Robert Jubinville - Total votes - 4,174

The Town of Seekonk held its Fall Town meeting at Seekonk High School, 261 Arcade Ave. Monday November 19, 2018 at 7:00pm to vote on the articles summarized below. The meeting was called to order at 7:00pm with a beginning quorum count of 75 registered voters that eventually increased to 220. The meeting was then turned over to the town moderator. Article 1- A motion was made that the Town receive the reports of the Town Officers, or Committees, and to place them on file with the Town Clerk. No reports were given, however Dr. Richard Drolet, Seekonk’s new School Superintendent came forward to introduce himself to the community. Motion passed. Article 2 - A motion was made that the

Town vote to accept as a public way Ricard Street Extension, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen, and authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain any necessary easements, or other interests, in land within said way as so laid out for all purposes for which public ways are used in the Town of Seekonk. Motion passed. Article 3 – A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk General Bylaws, Category 20C, Storm water Management; Post Construction New Developments & Redevelopments. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. Article 4 – A motion was made that he Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk General Bylaws, Category 7 – Licenses and permits of Delinquent Taxpayers. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. Article 5 – A motion was made that the Town vote to establish a Building Committee of five members, three to be appointed by the Town Moderator and two to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen, to oversee renovations to 540 Arcade Ave., Phase II of the Senior Center and approve. Motion passed. Article 6 – A motion was made that the Town vote to transfer sum of $1,000,000. Five hundred thousand to the Stabilization Fund, Five Hundred thousand to other postemployment benefits trust fund. continued on next page...





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Motion passed with a 2/3 majority. Article 7 Motion (1) - A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk Zoning Bylaws, Section 1.4.3, Lot Design/Layout. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. Article 7 Motion (2) - A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk Zoning Bylaws, Section 3.1, Classification of Districts. Motion passed by a 2/3 majority Article 7 Motion (3) - A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.1.4-Dimensional Table, “footnote 5”. Motion passed with a majority 2/3 vote. Article 7 Motion (4) - A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk Zoning Bylaws, Section 6.10 Medical Marijuana Overlay District, as presented in this warrant under Article 7, Amendment 4; provided, however, that if the amendments to Zoning Bylaw Section 7.1 proposed under Article 7, Amendment (5), pass at this town meeting, the amendments approved hereunder shall take affect only if, as of December 31, 2018, the voters of the Town fail to approve a ballot question enacting a complete ban on all RMF’s. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority. Article 7 Motion (5) - A motion was made that the Town vote to amend the Town of Seekonk Zoning Bylaws, Section 7, Temporary Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Establishments, by inserting a new bylaw imposing a complete ban on recreational marijuana establishments in the town of Seekonk, all as presented in this warrant Article 7, Amendment 5, noting further however, that in accordance with G.L. 94G 3 such bylaw must also be approved by the voters at an election. Motion failed to pass the 2/3 majority.

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Article 8 - Motion was made that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,495.00 to be added to the amount appropriated at the June 5, 2018 Town Meeting for line 54, Animal Control, to fund and implement the initial cost items of the 20172020 collective bargaining agreements between the Town and the United Steelworkers Clerical and Supervisory Unions. Motion passed. Article 9 - Motion was made that the Town vote to appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $47,300.00 to fund and implement the initial cost items of the 2017-2020 collective bargaining agreement between the town and the AFSCME Council 93, Local 1701 Public Safety Communications Civilian Dispatchers and Police Department Executive Assistants Union and to authorize the Town Accountant, in consultation with the Town Administrator, to allocate such funds to appropriate accounts, in the FY2019 operating budget. Motion Passed Article 10 - A motion was made to see if the Town would vote to accept Clause 56 of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 59, Section 5, allowing members of the Massachusetts National Guard or military reservist who are on active duty to obtain a reduction of all or part of their real estate and personal property taxes for any fiscal year they are serving in a foreign country, to be effective beginning fiscal year 2019, provided, further, that in accordance with said law, the authority to grant abatements under this section shall expire two years after acceptance unless extended by a vote of Town Meeting, , or take any other action relative thereto. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority. Article 11 - A Motion was made that $1,000,000 is appropriated for the cost of an Owner’s Project Manager and Architectural/ Engineering Services for design, plans, and specifications for the proposed addition to the Mildred H. Aitken Elementary School building, owned by the Town, including costs incidental or related thereto; that to meet this appropriation the Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen is authorized to borrow $1,000,000 under Chapter 44 of the General Laws or any other enabling authority; that the Board of Selectmen is authorized to take any other action necessary or convenient to carry out this project; and that the Moderator is hereby requested to appoint a building committee of approximately 7 to 9 members to oversee the project. Any premium received upon the sale of any bonds or notes approved by this vote, less any such premium applied to the payment of the costs of issuance of such bonds or notes, may be applied to the payment of costs approved by this vote in accordance with Chapter 44, Section 20 of the General Laws, thereby reducing the amount authorized to be borrowed to pay such costs by a like amount. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. Article 12 - A Motion was made that the Town appropriate from Free Cash the sum of $130,000.00 for the purchase, under the direction of the Board of Selectmen, and equipping of a backhoe to be utilized by the Public Works Department. Motion passed. Article 13 A motion was made that the Town vote to appropriate from Free Cash the additional sum of $460,000.00, to be added to that appropriated under Article 4 of the February 27, 2017 Special Town Meeting, for the design and construction of an animal shelter at 100 Peck Street, including all incidental and related costs. Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. Article 14 a motion was made that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, a parcel or parcels of land and the building(s) located thereon, located at 351 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, Massachusetts, and described as Assessors’ Map, Plat 11, Lot 50, to be used for general municipal purposes, including but not limited to use as a Department of Works Facility, as funding therefore, to transfer from Free Cash the sum of $155,000.00, for such acquisition and all incidental and related costs and further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute instruments and take all other actions needed to carry out this vote.

December 2018 The Reporter Motion passed with a 2/3 majority vote. A motion was made to dissolve the town meeting at 9:00PM Motion passed.


Doorways “Thank you” to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

Annual Town Election

The Annual Seekonk Town Election 2019 will be held Monday April 1, 2019. Nomination papers for offices up for election will be available December 10, 2018 in the Town Clerk’s office. Deadline to submit nomination papers to the Town Clerk is Monday February 12, 2019 at 5PM. You must obtain a minimum of 50 signatures from voters registered in Seekonk. A street address) not a P.O. Box is required from each person signing your papers. Elected positions available in 2019: • One seat for Board of Selectmen (3-year term) • One seat for the Board of Assessors (3-year term) • Three seats for The Library Board of Trustees (3-year term) • Two seats for the Planning Board (5-year term) • Two Seats for the School Committee (3-year term) • One Seat for Water Commission (3-year term) The Town Hall hours for the week of Christmas is as follows: • Monday December 24 closing at noon • Tuesday December 25 closed • Monday December 31 closing at noon • Tuesday January 1 – Closed We wish everyone a Christmas filled with health, laughter, family, friendship and of course great food.

Seekonk Animal Shelter News

Lucas is an adorable 5 month old, orange and white, male kitten. He is up to date on vaccines, neutered and microchipped. Lucas tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) which is a disease that suppresses the immune system. It can be transmitted from one cat to another so Lucas will need a home as an only cat or with another FeLV+ kitty. He loves to play with his toys and is good natured. Since we cannot let him run around the shelter with the other cats, we would love to see this precious boy find a home soon so he can play and exercise like all other kittens! FeLV+ cats deserve the chance to live a happy life with a loving family... are you able to give Lucas his forever home? Meet him at the Seekonk Animal Shelter, 100 Peck St, Seekonk MA, 508336-6663. If you have questions about FeLV, please contact the shelter or speak to your vet. Lucas

Doorways food pantry wants to thank the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel church for their generosity in their autumn parish food drive conducted in October. Generous quantities of food were collected to be split between food pantries in Seekonk and Rehoboth, with total donations worth several thousand dollars. Also impressive was the volunteers who turned out on a Saturday morning to load a convoy of trucks and SUVs to deliver the food to our building. Their parish gift supports many Seekonk residents who are facing challenging times, and the food they provided will grace the dinner tables of homes in our community for weeks to come. More than sixty local families rely on Doorways on a regular basis, and Doorways, in turn, relies on people like the parishioners at OLMC. Thank you!


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38 Local Firefighters Graduate State Firefighting Academy Stow – Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) Director David C. Evans announced the graduation of the 268th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s fifty-day Career Recruit Firefighter Training Program on November 19, 2018. “This rigorous professional training provides our newest firefighters with the basic skills to perform their jobs effectively and safely,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA), a division of the Department of Fire Services, offers this program tuition-free. The ceremony took place at the Department of Fire Services in Stow, MA.

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The 38 graduates, all men, represent the 28 fire departments of Acton, Burlington, Canton, Chelsea, Danvers, East Bridgewater, Fairhaven, Fitchburg, Gardner, Gloucester, Hanover, Haverhill, Hingham, Hopkinton, Maynard, Methuen, Newton, North Andover, Norwell, Randolph, Scituate, Seekonk, Walpole, Wayland, Wellfleet, West Bridgewater, Westford, and Weymouth.

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The guest speaker was retired Lawrence Fire Chief Joseph “Larry” Marquis. He joined the Lawrence Fire Department in 1977, rose through the ranks and became chief in 2003 before retiring in 2006 as chief and emergency management director. Before joining the fire service, he served two years in the U.S. Navy and later was in both the Navy Reserves and Army Reserves. He has been a Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Instructor since the mid-1990s. Marquis spoke to the recruits from the fire chief’s perspective about the value of the academy training, the caliber of their instructors, and just how important the families that nurture and sustain them are. Today’s Firefighters Do Far More than Fight Fires Today’s firefighters do far more than fight fires. They are the first ones called to respond to chemical and environmental emergencies, ranging from the suspected presence of carbon monoxide to a gas leak. They may be called to rescue a child who has fallen through the ice or who has locked himself in a bathroom. They rescue people from stalled elevators and those who are trapped in vehicle crashes. They test and maintain their equipment including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), hydrants, hoses, power tools, and apparatus. At the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy they learn all these skills and more from certified fire instructors who are also experienced firefighters. Students learn all the basic skills they need to respond to fires and to contain and control them. They are also given training in public fire education, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. The intensive, ten-week program for municipal firefighters involves classroom instruction, physical fitness training, firefighter skills training, and live firefighting practice.

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Students receive classroom training in all basic firefighter skills. They practice first under non-fire conditions and then during controlled fire conditions. To graduate, students must demonstrate proficiency in life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation, and fire attack. Fire attack operations range from mailbox fires to multiple-floor or multiple-room structural fires. Upon successful completion of the Recruit Program all students have met national standards of National Fire Protection Association 1001 and are certified to the level of Firefighter I and II, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational Level by the Massachusetts Fire Training Council, which is accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

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Recycling Information from the Mass DEP

The state Department of Environmental Protection, with the help of the commercial recycling facilities, has developed a website to assist our residents with their recycling questions. The new website is called and is aimed to develop consistency for all the cities and towns of the Commonwealth on what is and is not recyclable with the everyday product containers. Check it out.

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“Keeping Seekonk Beautiful” Fall Litter Patrol

On behalf of myself and Seekonk Recycling Committee, I would like to thank those volunteers who participated in the First Annual Fall Litter Patrol event on the weekend of November 3-4, 2018. The autumn event was entitled “Keeping Seekonk Beautiful” and was held in November in honor of America Recycles Day. The volunteers were given free T-shirts, and give-aways for their efforts. I hope to see this event grow and supplement our work each April when we clear the areas of litter to support Earth Day. Thank you, Bill Kirchmann, Recycling Coordinator and the Seekonk Recycling Committee

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(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays. From time-saving meal options to ideas that encourage everybody to take part in the festivities, consider these tips to help make it easy to keep guests of all ages entertained: Simply catch up. Once the whole crew gets together, make a game out of giving everyone the chance to catch up. Put topics in a hat and draw to determine which category you’ll hear about, such as “favorite vacation this year” or “the latest on the grandkids.” Go around the room and give each guest a turn to share. Go out for a change. Rather than trying to cook at home, save time by finding a restaurant or take-out option that suits everyone’s tastes. Keep pricing in mind, as a large group can rack up quite the bill if you don’t plan ahead. Several restaurants offer special deals, such as the 10 percent discount available at select eateries for AARP members. From Italian to seafood, finding the right spot for a bite to eat with grandkids or longtime friends can be a breeze. Catch the newest release. When you feel like getting out of the house, heading to a movie theater can provide a chance to relax, especially for family members who have traveled long distances to join the group. Re-makes of classic favorites and holiday blockbusters can put a smile on just about anyone’s face. Additionally, some theaters offer discounts for ordering tickets online ahead of time. Deck the halls. Adding a touch of festive flair can make guests feel welcome and ready to celebrate the occasion. But you don’t have to spend hours dragging out boxes of decorations to get your home holiday-ready. Colorful flower arrangements can add instant seasonal character and cheer to a room. Some floral services make it easy and affordable to have those bouquets delivered straight to your door, so all you have to do is find the perfect spot to showcase the pretty blooms. Head to the mall. Shopping is another option for those looking to leave cramped quarters behind, and finding last-minute holiday deals could appeal to the procrastination-inclined gift givers. Take advantage of stores offering special deals or discounts with your AARP membership. Find more solutions for your entertaining and holiday needs at

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism. However, when it comes to the holidays, gifts don’t have to come in glossy paper with crisp edges and hidden tape (though those are nice, too). For example, author Carol Lavin Bernick recommends focusing on gifts that make an impact, such as giving back within your community. The former chairman of beauty conglomerate Alberto Culver, Bernick published “Gather As You Go,” a book sharing insights she’s learned through her many roles: corporate leader, working mother, philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit organization Enchanted Backpack. Consider these tips from Bernick for making a difference without breaking the bank.

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Season’s Greetings! It’s About More Than Just Dollars: Instead of measuring your support by how much money you give, focus on the many ways you can support organizations near and dear to you by spreading the word online and in-person while recruiting new supporters. Alternatively, you can find an organization that puts your knowledge and skills to work. For example, if you’re an artist or IT specialist, find a charity that needs your skill set. Think Long-Term: When you’re working with an organization, consider how you can help it find a long-term solution to problems. For example, if you’re interested in helping young girls excel in science and math, work with your local elementary or junior high school to establish or support an after-school STEM program. Start at Home: Teach your children the importance of giving back by donating gifts to those in need through charitable programs, volunteering at a food pantry or fundraising through a bake sale. Shop with Purpose: This year, you can make an impact with your holiday shopping by buying gifts that give back. For instance, all proceeds from “Gather As You Go” directly benefit Enchanted Backpack.  Focus on Your Passions: Define your focus and make a difference by dedicating yourself to one or two causes that excite you the most. Find your passion and pursue it.   Find more inspiration to give back at

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Gratitude Tree

The family tree gets a thoughtful update in this project that serves as a reminder of what matters most during the holiday season. Use cardboard or poster board to cut out a tree trunk and branches to hang on the wall. Then cut out leaf shapes with construction paper and ask each person to write down what they are grateful for. Then share with each other before adhering the leaves on the branches to create a one-of-a-kind family tree. For a holiday theme, place an evergreen tree on the wall and decorate with paper ornaments with notations of gratitude instead.

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Every person is unique and so is the size and shape of their hand. Outline each person’s hand on green felt and cut out individually. Then use glue to adhere the hands together in a circle shape to create a wreath, adding in a few red circles for berries or a bow if you desire. Alternatively get a white canvas and green acrylic paint from the local craft store. Gather everyone and paint the palms and underside of fingers and press each family member’s hand firmly on the canvas to create various prints in a beautiful wreath shape.

Cup of Joy

Want a simple project that is as much fun to create as it is to give? From neighbors and the mail-carrier to teachers and school friends, it’s easy to show you care when you create a treat that lets everyone enjoy a cup of joy. Simply get packets of classic hot chocolate and PEEPS(R) marshmallow in seasonal shapes like gingerbread men, snowmen and holiday trees. Tie together with a bow and add a tag with a holiday greeting or fun saying like, “You’re our favorite ‘PEEP’le, thanks for being great neighbors!”

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Kids love to play with clay, so they certainly will enjoy creating salt-dough ornaments. All you need is flour, salt and water to get started. Look up “salt dough ornament recipe” on the internet and you’ll find quick and easy recipes. Traditionally, you’ll roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters before baking and painting. You can also make three-dimensional ornaments like snowmen or people, too. Get creative by using household utensils like a garlic press to create hair or beards. Spending time with loved ones is the best part of the holidays. Let these five DIY activities inspire your friends and family to get together and feel the joy of the season. Curated by Good Housekeeping magazine on behalf of PEEPS(R)


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The Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club invites you and your family to attend the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event at the Memorial Gazebo, Rehoboth, MA on Saturday, December 8th at 3pm. After the tree lighting all are invited to the Goff Memorial Hall at The Rehoboth Public Library for fun and games. Refreshments will be served Be especially good because “You Know Who Is Making A List And Checking It Twice”. He just may appear at the tree lighting site to see if you’ve been naughty or nice!!!

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Hiwanis of Greater Seekonk will be sponsoring the 14th annual Tree Lighting and Santa Visit on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 PM at the Seekonk town hall, 100 Peck Street. Holiday music will be provided by the Hurley Middle School Brass Ensemble, Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck to meet all the children hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Donations for the Seekonk food pantry Doorways will be collected including canned meat and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, sauces, rice, beans, soup, peanut butter, cereal and macaroni and cheese. For more information contact Susan Chaisty 508-557-1363 or Bernadette Loiselle 508212-4221. Kiwanis is an international organization dedicated to helping children and their communities.

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USPS ASKS CUSTOMERS TO CLEAR WALKWAYS AND AREAS AROUND MAILBOXES OF SNOW AND ICE Postal employees suffer serious injuries from slips, trips and falls The Postmaster of Seekonk requests that customers clear their mailboxes and walkways of snow and ice during the winter months. Several employees have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during this hard hit winter season. Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. However, many risk their safety in order to provide service to their customers. “None of us want to inconvenience our customers,” the Postmaster explained, “but we must ensure the safety of our employees.” The Postal Service is asking customers to help. The letter carrier will need an access to your mailbox clear of snow and ice. Please shovel, sand and salt as needed. Another serious winter hazard to be aware of is letter carriers walking on streets due to unclear city sidewalks. If normal delivery time is after dusk be sure to keep access path to your mailbox well lit. be aware that normal melting of snow during daylight hours will freeze and form a layer of ice, which is sometimes covered by an evening snow fall. Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box in their vehicle, deliver the mail and to drive away from it without danger or the need for backing or leaving their vehicle. In the event of a large storm or multiple storms, a makeshift mail receptacle may be utilized. This can be a box on pole (48 inches off the ground) mounted in a 5-gallon container filled with sand (for stability) and placed roadside. “Please help our letter carriers provide the best service they can as safely as possible,” ### An independent federal agency, the u.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services, not tax dollars, to pay for operating expenses. The Postal Service has annual revenue of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.

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Winter Wonderland at Southwick’s Zoo Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts is excited to announce their new Winter Wonderland event and community outreach program. We are eager to give back to our communities by offering visitors to our Winter Wonderland event a $5.00 discount on admission for bringing an unwrapped toy, canned good or non-perishable item. Your donations will be distributed to Toys for Tots and local food pantries. We are an approved Drop off for the Toys for Tots program, so you may drop off a toy item at any time. Won’t you help us reach thousands of families in need this holiday season? Winter Wonderland is opened to visitors on Fridays from 4- 8 p.m., Saturday and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. from November 16th thru January 6th. Journey through the zoo on Santa’s Christmas train to see dazzling holiday lights and of course, Santa himself. Festivities include the petting zoo, skyfari skyride, holiday characters, personalized ornaments, unique gifts and brunch with Santa at Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern. Brighten your holidays with a new family tradition to Winter Wonderland at Southwick’s Zoo. For details, dates and times go to Southwick’s Zoo is a privately-owned zoo located at 2 Southwick Street in Mendon, MA and is home to hundreds of wild animals, featuring more than 150 varied species (many of which are endangered). Southwick’s Zoo’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for their visitors. Southwick’s Zoo offers an exciting environment for visitors to learn more about animals and their conservation. Visit Southwick’s Zoo online at or

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The Rehoboth Anawan held its first meeting at the beginning of the month where our District Governor was came to our club for her official visitation which is always held with all the clubs in her district. She was accompanied by her District Secretary and was officially attended to and greeted by the club who very much enjoyed her message with enthusiasm and knew what her goals were for her District 33S. We also chose our peace poster winner who will represent the club at the Mid-Winter in January. He is from the DL Beckwith School and is representing our club in the Peace Poster contest. We then held our second meeting on November 15th where it was a very quick meeting due to the storm of the mini blizzard but it was an important meeting for our finalizing the final plans for our donations for the mid-winter. We did not have another meeting to do this because of Thanksgiving. It was a rather hectic time! Anyway all was accomplished as well as the night before the meeting was our usual Marion Manor Bingo which was completed and all the bingo players were extremely happy to have had a fun night. Exhaustion became a factor which baking for Thanksgiving Day! We made plans for our Christmas Party in December and look forward to that and then in January will be the Mid-Winter in Plymouth and at that point our club returns to our normal schedule. Remember we will be having our tree lighting as scheduled with Santa joining us as well so watch for our scheduling notice for December 8th.. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year as well and Thank you for all your support in all our functions and we hope to see you at some of our functions coming up in the future and remember our motto WE SERVE and indeed we do.....See you next month!

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Hi .Here it is December already. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and filled with family, friendship and fun. Now as promised last month here is a brief report on the 146th Mass State Grange meeting. The format was redesigned and made it easier for the delegates to participate. Filled with meetings, banquets, degrees and working sessions. Upon the recommendation of the State Master the session committee for Good of the Order presented to the Delegate body the following Mission statement: “The Massachusetts State Grange creates opportunities for leadership and community improvement through its commitment to expand agricultural education in order to raise the quality of life for all.” and Vision statement: “The Massachusetts State Grange will be a leader in agricultural education by partnering with Community Granges and organizations with similar goals and values.” It was accepted. The National Grange met in Stowe Vermont and two of our members attended

December 2018 The Reporter and assisted at the registration desk .The National Master, Betsy Huber from PA gave the opening address and covered many areas including agricultural education and broadband communication for rural areas. We hosted Bay State Pomona on Saturday and each attendee went home with a Christmas decoration courtesy of Beth. Our Nov.27th meeting is a pumpkin pie contest and items for the food bank. December 11th will be our Christmas party with a gift exchange and a collection of toys for children. Come join us at any meeting 7 pm at the Grange hall.

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Presenting the check. The Seekonk Lions Club continues donating money to local charities generated from their world famous clam boils. And at the October 25th boil, King Lion Dana Haberlein presented a $1000 check to Suzie Miller, a member of Doorways Board of Directors, as Lion member John Arruda observes. Ms. Miller was excited and thankful for the donation. “We appreciate all the Seekonk Lions do for us year after year!” You too can also help Doorways with monetary donations. Please send a check payable to “Doorways” at P.O. Box 295 Seekonk, MA 02771

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Events & Activities Rehoboth Democratic Town Committee Meeting December 5th

The next Rehoboth Democratic Town Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM Blanding Public Library 124 Bay State Road Rehoboth, MA. For more information please contact Paul Jacques via email DemCommittee02769@

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a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will bring joy to the holiday season with a special performance at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 2 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018. The church is located on 701 Foundry Street in South Easton, Ma. The choruses will put a contemporary spin on classic caroling, and the performance will blend traditional holiday tunes with an entertaining mix of other repertoire. “This holiday program is one of the highlights of our year,” says Kim Thompson, Harmony Heritage, chapter president, “and we are pleased to once again be joining NoteAble Blend. The choruses will bring to the audience a memorable performance that’s sure to be a staple in their holiday traditions.” The performance is open to the public, and good will donations will be accepted at the door. All donations will benefit the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. The show will feature performances from two choruses and several chapter quartets, as well as raffles, refreshments and a lot of good old 4-part a cappella music to start the holiday season. The NoteAble Blend and Harmony Heritage choruses sing in the barbershop harmony style, which traces its musical roots back to the turn of the 20th century. Today, barbershop harmony singers not only celebrate the classics, but also put their own spin on contemporary songs as well.

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Oure Pleasure Singers Christmas Concert “Advent Meditations”

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 4 PM

Second Congregational Church, 50 Park Street, Route 123, Downtown Attleboro, MA 02703. Cost: Free Admission, Free will offering accepted. Suggested donation is $10. Contact: Fred Saunders, info@opsingers. org, c:508-918-0123 This concert features beautiful music from the old to the contemporary, including such composers as Josquin des Prez, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Franz Biebl, Ola Gjeilo, and John Rutter. There will be organ music featuring organist Dr. Bill MacPherson and some group carol singing as well. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow the program. Oure Pleasure Singers was named Adult Champion in the 2018 season of WGBH’s ‘Sing That Thing.’ They are a small group of vocalists, under interim director of John Totter, dedicated to the joy of serious music-making. Comprised of singers from Providence, Attleboro, and surrounding communities, the ensemble sings an eclectic variety of music, ranging from plainchant to jazz, and embracing both the sacred and the secular. Based in Attleboro, Oure Pleasure was founded in 1983 by friends who were seeking the special enjoyment of a small, closely-knit vocal ensemble. In its earlier days, Oure Pleasure concentrated on madrigals and music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods, and its name is borrowed from the words of the madrigal “Sing We and Chant It,” once its signature piece. John Totter is an alumnus of Oure Pleasure Singers, and currently serves as the Interim Director. He has been a church organist and choir director in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Alabama, where he was accompanist and assistant conductor of the Mobile Opera Company. He currently serves at Church of Our Saviour in Brookline. John holds a Master of Music from Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music. John is a skilled piano technician and tuner, and is owner of The Piano Practice, located in Pawtucket. He is also a Baritone with the Seraphim Singers in the Boston area. Dr. William A. MacPherson has been Music Director of Second Congregational Church for 25 years. He holds graduate degrees in Music from Harvard University and is a long-time member of the Music faculty at Wheaton College, where he taught Music History and Theory, and serves as College Organist. He has also taught at Holy Cross and Community College of Rhode Island. He was first and long-time accompanist for the Providence Singers, served for ten years as Organist of Temple Emmanu-el, Providence, and for more than 25 years as Organist and Music Director at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Attleboro.


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Taunton, MA-The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus (SMFC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a full-length holiday program on December 8th and 9th entitled, Making Spirits Bright. The concert, held at Taunton High School, in Taunton, will feature such classic Yuletide fare as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “Mistletoe and Holly”, “Sleigh Ride”, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” and more. Campy, whimsical novelty songs will include “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and a mash-up of “Deck the Halls/Jingle Bells”. Additional selections will include the cherished Christmas hymns “The Little Drummer Boy”, “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night”. Rounding out this spectacular Silver Anniversary program, we will premiere a brand new number arranged exclusively for us titled “Let’s Enjoy the Holidays”. The nearly 100 voice chorus will be accompanied by a live 30-piece orchestra and the concert will include some special effects that you will not want to miss! We are also presenting an abbreviated acoustic version of Making Spirits Bright at St. Mary’s Church on December 16. This concert will include selections from our main show with additional exclusive repertoire selected by our Assistant Music Director, Charlie Baird. These titles will include “The First Noel”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Ding Dong Merrily On High”. Making Spirits Bright will be presented on Saturday, December 8th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 9th at 4:00pm at the Taunton High School Auditorium, 50 Williams Street, Taunton. Admission is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $18 for children 12 and under. A $2 discount per ticket for SMFC Supporting Members or groups of 8 or more is also available. The St. Mary’s Christmas Concert featuring the SMFC will be held on December 16th at 3:00pm at St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Square in Taunton. Tickets at $15 each or 2 for $25. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 508-378-6021.

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Attleboro, MA - Holidays can be difficult for those who have experienced loss, especially children. Do you know a child who has experienced a loss and may be grieving? Do you want to find a place where children who have experienced loss can safely express inner thoughts and explore greater understanding of their feelings at an age appropriate level? Community VNA Hospice & Palliative Care can help. Registration is now open for Kids’ Club, a one-day workshop to be held Tuesday, December 11th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA. Kids’ Club is designed to address the unique bereavement needs of children ages five to 13. Participating children are guided by experienced hospice bereavement counselors who specialize in working with grieving children. Activities may include art therapy, simple crafts, creating memory books, story sharing and thoughtful discussions. Kids sharing with kids is highly encouraged and supported. This one and one-half hour workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to register by December 4th, contact Glenn Rounseville, Spiritual and Bereavement Care Coordinator. Email or, call 508.222.0118, ext. 1372. Throughout the year, Community VNA Hospice & Palliative Care provides bereavement support. These support programs include regular meetings for adults and periodic programs for children. The spiritual and bereavement care coordinator also assists individuals with finding ongoing psychological support.

Rehoboth Contra Dance Friday, December 14, 8 p.m.

There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Lucia Watson. Music will be performed by Amy Larkin and Roberta Sutter. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $10; $8 students. For information, call 508-252-6375;

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The Rehoboth Community Dance is Free and Welcomes All Ages and Beginners December 16th

*Free* On Sunday evening, December 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The December 16 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 Bob Elliott at or call 774-644-1369. The Sunday Night Jammers




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Rehoboth Community Dance December 31st

*Free New Year’s Eve Dance* There will be a free New Year’s Eve community dance on Monday, December 31, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. This special holiday dance will go from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a break for refreshments. The 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 music. The dance features contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. Beginners welcome, partners not necessary. For information, contact Bob Elliott at or call 774-644-1369.

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The Kiwanis of Greater Seekonk is sponsoring their 23rd Taste of the Towns on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Rose Ballroom in the Clarion Inn, 940 Fall River Avenue (route 114A), Seekonk. Restaurants offering samples of their menus include: Applebee’s, Bone Yard BBQ, Hillside Country Club, KC’s Classic Burger Bar, Lemon & Oil Deli, Longhorn Steakhouse, Not Your Average Joe’s, Sullivan’s Publick House, Toti’s Grill and Pizzeira and Young’s Caterer’s. There will also be raffles of gifts from various vendors and local businesses, a 50/50 raffle and an auction including Attorney Edward Grourkes’s Double Wills package. We are inviting sponsors to support our efforts to help families, children and our community with care for preschoolers, scholarships to graduating seniors and sponsoring the Key Club at the high school and Builders’ Club at the middle school to teach young people the value of community service and to develop leadership skills. For information about sponsors, contact Kiwanis of Greater Seekonk at P.O. Box 233, Seekonk, MA, 02771. Tickets for the Taste of the Towns are $30 and available from Susan Chaisty at, Bernadette Loiselle at or the town clerk at 508-336-2921.

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Haven United Methodist Church, 200 Taunton Ave., E. Providence, RI. Call 401-438-4911 or email for more information. Office hours Monday thru Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. Check out our website at 1. Christmas Eve Service! Join us Monday, December 24th at 6:00 pm as Haven UMC and Godspeed Church together celebrate the Savior’s birth! All are welcome! 2. *** Wednesday Night Church Service *** Every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Can’t attend church on Sunday? Need a midweek pick-me-up? Join us for worship and fellowship and to hear the Word of God. Everyone is welcome! 3. Haven Basketball - East Providence Church Sunday School League has begun! Spread the word – anyone from Haven or the community, ages 8 to 17, is welcome to play. Practice is Wednesday 5:30-7 pm, with games on Saturday mornings for the 8 to 14 year olds; 15-17 year olds practice 7-8:30 pm Wednesday at Haven. If you would like to play for Haven, or have a church team that would like to be part of the league, contact the church office. 4. Haven UMC Thrift Store: *** EXTENDED *** BAG SALE Every SATURDAY through DECEMBER!! Small plastic bag - $1, brown paper bag - $3, 13 gallon trash bag - $5 (we supply the bags). Open from 9 am to 12 pm. Clothing, coats and jackets, shoes, linens, household items, puzzles, odds and ends. Donations are gratefully accepted (we’ll pickup clothing and small items if needed). Volunteers are welcome! 5. Women’s Bible Study every Thursday at 11:30 am at the church. Contact the church office if interested. Transportation is available. 6. Come, join our family! Are you searching for a church home? Do you or someone you know need prayer? At Haven UMC, we are a haven for those who would seek to know God better, while spreading the love of Jesus Christ. WORSHIP SERVICE is at 10

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St. Mary’s Thrift Shop

St Mary’s Thrift Shop is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm (weather Permitting). The thrift shop has lots of items such as clothes in all sizes, Knick knacks, kitchen items and lots more, with items added in all the time. Stop by and take a look. St Mary’s is located at 81 Warren Ave with the entrance to the thrift shop in on 4th street

Christmas Activities at Newman Congregational Church, UCC in Rumford Sunday, December 9th

Sunday, December 16th

Advent III Service @ 9:30 am Christmas play “A Perfect Christmas” at 10:30 am Followed by a delectable Christmas Brunch!

Sunday, December 23rd

Advent IV Poinsettia Sunday Service @ 9:30 am

Community Carol Sing at 4:00 pm

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Christmas Eve Candlelit Services, December 24th

@ 5:00 pm & 11:00 pm with festive prelude music beginning at 10:30 pm. All are welcome and invited to attend these time-honored traditions. Newman UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and extends these invitations to one and all, living out the example of Jesus’ extravagant welcome. Newman Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is located at 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916. For more information contact Rev. Timoth Sylvia at 401-434-4742 X11.

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Sunday evening, December 23 at Centenary United Methodist Church

15 Sanford St, Attleboro, MA 02703 Join us for a wonderful evening of Christmas music and family fun as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! Featuring the music of Billy and Cassie Lord (worship leaders with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns) and the humor of family comedian Scott Davis. Our event begins at 5:00pm with a delicious complimentary roast beef dinner. The concert follows at 6:00pm. Tickets are on sale now and only $20.00 each. Call 508-2221759 or order your tickets online at

St. Mary’s Christmas Service

St Mary’s Episcopal Church will have their Christmas Eve Mass at 5 pm. All are welcome to join us. St Mary’s is located at 81 Warren Ave in East Providence 401 434 7456

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New members with their joining awards. The newest members of American Heritage Girls Troop MA3712 were recently presented their Joining Awards. The girls learned what it means to be an American Heritage Girl. They learned the meaning of the Oath and Creed and how to put them to use in their lives. As American Heritage girls, they will be asked to strive to fulfill the promise made each time they state the AHG Oath- “I promise to love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country, And serve in my community”. The girls also learned proper flag etiquette as well as the history of AHG and our mission statement. They should be proud of their accomplishment. Congratulations girls!

The Blizzard of Giving With more than one way to help the children/families of Rehoboth! Toys for Rehoboth Kids: Buy ANY new toy and place it in a box marked “Blizzard of Giving/Toys for Rehoboth Kids”. Or visit a Blizzard of Giving display located at: Anawan Cleaners, Blanding Library, Chartley Store, D.L. Beckwith Middle School, Palmer River Elementary School

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Pick a snowflake and purchase the gift inscribed – wrap the gift and affix the snowflake securely to the outside! (Snowflakes are wishes of a Rehoboth family). All gifts should be returned by Friday Dec. 11th, for pick-up by the Rehoboth Girl Scouts.

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scouting around Boy Scouts Come Up Big for Doorways Food Pantry

Some members of Seekonk Boy Scout Troop 1 who collected the donation. Doorways Food Pantry wants to thank the young men of Seekonk Boy Scout Troop 1 and their families, who conducted their annual food drive in November and collected over 5,500 pounds of food for the pantry. The scouts and their parents not only collected the food, but they then transported it to Doorways and helped sort and stack the donations. In addition to their food drive, the scouts serve year round, as each family takes a turn delivering groceries to

ten local families who are homebound, and who would be forced to go without if not for their caring service. We appreciate their time and hard work, and the time and hard work of their parents. Doorways also wants to thank the residents of Seekonk for their generous outpouring in support of the Boy Scout drive – your donations will grace the dinner tables of homes throughout our community this holiday season. You are a blessing to us all.

Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628 Visits Caratunk Wildlife Refuge

Troop 628 at the Caratunk Wildlife Refuge 3rd grade Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628 completed parts of their Bugs and Hiker badges with the help of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and Caratunk Wildlife Refuge. The wonderful ASRI staff member taught the scouts about how to find local places

to hike, trail signs, hiking safety, gear that can make our hikes comfortable and safe, ‘leaving no trace’, and using guidebooks to identify leaves, tracks, and bugs. The scouts had an educational and fun time!


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Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628 Blizzard of Giving

Troop 628 with the Blizzard of Giving boxes 3rd Grade Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628, along with other Rehoboth Girl Scout troops, decorated and placed boxes throughout Rehoboth in businesses, churches, schools, and public buildings to be collection points for gifts for the annual Blizzard of Giving. The

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Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628 Visits Buttonwood Park Zoo

Troop 628 at Buttonwood Park Zoo 3rd grade Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 628 had an amazing time at Buttonwood Park Zoo during a Critter Camp In. The scouts watched a Fennec Fox up close, decorated animal enrichment boxes and later watched bears explore the boxes, had both a night and morning tour of the zoo, had their many questions about the

animals and their care answered, and had lots of fun during their overnight. Thank you to Buttonwood Park Zoo for your care of animals and for providing fun and educational programs for the community!

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Attleboro Community Theatre (ACT) Presents the Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

Attleboro Community Theatre (ACT) is thrilled to continue its 62nd Season with THE TRIAL OF EBENEZER SCROOGE, written by Mark Brown, directed by Jeanne Smith (Norton, MA), and assisted by Anthony Paola (Woonsocket, RI). It’s the trial of the century! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. What good could come of the spirits of Christmas being put on trial? Get into the holiday spirit with this very talented cast. Performances will be held at the Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge, located at 71 North Main Street in Attleboro. Performance dates are November 30th, December 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, and 16th. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8pm, and Sunday matinees will be at 2pm. Doors will open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 or $18 online via Senior and student discounts apply at the door or online for $15. Please consider reserving seats in advance of each performance by calling (508) 226-8100 or emailing attleborocommunitytheatreACT@ ACT’s 62nd Season is generously supported by the Attleboro Cultural Council, the North Attleborough Cultural Council, the Mansfield Cultural Council, and the Attleboro Elks Lodge.

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This December, enjoy the cool air and shop the local art scene for some unique holiday gifts on December Newport Gallery Night which will take place on December 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This will be the LAST NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT of the year.   Deblois Gallery is featuring “Looking Upwards”, a holiday art show. Coastal Contemporary Gallery is hosting “‘W-Intermission” on exhibit through January 20th. Spring Bull Gallery is hosting the 28th Annual Little Picture Show, an annual showcase of small artistic treasures in oils, watercolors, pastels, graphics, welded metal sculptures, stoneware and other media.   Additional highlights at some of the other member galleries include: Sheldon Fine Art, showcasing modern marine artist Ken Zier; Atelier Gallery featuring its annual holiday exhibition, “la famiglia”; and Newport Art Museum hosting its Faculty and Student Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale for their monthly “Art After Dark” event. If you’re hungry after perusing all these exhibitions, step into one of the seven restaurants that collaborate with Newport Gallery Organization by providing discounts and specials for Newport Gallery Night visitors! Be sure to ask for a restaurant coupon and a parking voucher at any of the galleries. Free parking will be available for the night at the Gateway Visitors Center with a parking voucher and uptown at the Newport Art Museum.  For more information about Newport Gallery Night, our Free Guided Walking Tours and the Newport Gallery Organization, visit  


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Newport’s daffodil program had its start twelve years ago when Tree Warden Scott Wheeler originated what was called Newport’s Parks in Bloom program, created to beautify Newport with springflowering bulbs in all city parks. Prophetically, Scott said at the time, “the goal seems a little imposing, but if every year for the next twenty years we plant, we can get there.” With Scott’s inspiration, the hard work of his crew and hundreds of local volunteers, along with financial support from Mr. Ronald Lee Fleming and others, Parks in Bloom morphed into the annual Daffodil Project. In 15 years, the initial planting of 3,300 grew to 180,000 daffodils. But for Scott and philanthropist Fleming, that wasn’t enough. They wanted to up the ante, setting a wildly ambitious, rather “daffy” goal of one million – a Daffodillion, if you will. So “Daffodillion” sprouted forth, and over the next five years, the 180,000 quickly grew to 867,500 daffodils. Now it its sixth year, Daffodillion has planted another 132,498 bulbs so far this fall, bringing the total to 999,998 bulbs as of today. The one million daffodils have a value of over $600,000 – “a gift to the street,” as Mr. Fleming puts it. To celebrate Newport’s “Daffodillion,” Mr. Fleming planted the 999,999th bulb, Mayor Harry Winthrop will plant the one millionth and a student from Thompson Middle School will plant the one millionth and one flower, representing the future of a daffodil festooned Newport. Immediately afterwards, the public joined in a celebratory reception in the Council Chambers to honor the occasion.

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Dear Dave, My fiancé and I are getting married in three weeks, but he lost his job as an experienced HVAC technician at a hospital a few days ago. Do you think we should still go on a honeymoon, or wait until things are more stable? I’m on Baby Step 3 of your plan, and I make $56,000 a year. I also have $7,000 in an emergency fund. He was making $64,000 a year, and he’s on Baby Step 2 with about $10,000 in car debt remaining. We have $3,000 already set aside for the trip, plus another $2,000 we were planning to put toward fixing up his place. -Corina

Dear Corina, First, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I hope you two will have long and happy lives together. Usually, I’m not a big fan of spending when someone loses a job. But I think your situation is a little different than most. You’re both serious about dumping debt and getting control of your finances. Plus, you’re working together, and you’ve already got a nice chunk of cash parked in the bank. That tells me you’re both wise enough to know the importance of saving. Your guy can find another job in a couple of weeks, considering Dog & Cat Grooming his field and experience. Companies everywhere are hiring people A Warm Heart for Cold Noses right now, and the economy is booming! If he gets out there and really busts it looking for another position leading up to the wed~Very Clean & Cozy~ ding, I think you two will be fine. He might even be able to work it Special $20-$25 Baths out to start right after the honeymoon. You two have some financial padding, his job is an easy one for Short-haired Breeds to replace, and his income will be restored soon if he’ll just get Includes Nails & Teeth out there and make it happen. Go on the honeymoon, and have a wonderful time. God bless you both! 36 years experience in Seekonk -Dave 177 Fairview Ave, Rehoboth MA



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Here’s the way I look at it. If you don’t have an emergency fund, but you’re contributing to a 401(k), there’s a good chance you’ll end up cashing out your 401(k) if something happens that leaves you with a large, unexpected bill. When you cash out a 401(k) early, you get hit with a penalty plus your tax rate. That’s not a good plan! And that’s just one of the reasons I tell people to have an emergency fund in place before they start investing. —Dave

Getting Ready for the Baby Steps

Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1? -Samantha Dear Samantha, This is a great question, because it gives me a chance to walk you all the way through the Baby Steps plan. Make sure your necessities are taken care of first. I’m talking about food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and utilities. Then, get current on anything you owe or make payment arrangements for your past due bills. Once you have these things taken care of, it’s time to take your first Baby Step. You’ve already mentioned getting $1,000 in the bank for a starter emergency fund. That’s Baby Step 1. After that, begin your debt snowball. That’s Baby Step 2, and here you’ll pay off all your debts from smallest to largest, except for your home. Attack the first balance on your list by paying as much as you can each month, while making minimum payments on your other debts. When you’ve paid off the first one, add what you were paying on it to the payment on your next debt and start attacking it. In Baby Step 3, you’ll save up and increase your emergency fund from $1,000 to a full three to six months of expenses. Trust me, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can save money when you’ve got all that debt out of the way! Once you reach this point, it’s time to really start looking at the future. In Baby Step 4 you start investing 15 percent of your income for retirement. College funding for any little ones is next in Baby Step 5, and Baby Step 6 is a big one—pay off your house early. But Baby Step 7 is the real deal. When you’re able to build wealth and give with extreme generosity, you’ve reached the pinnacle of smart money management. Good luck, Samantha! —Dave

Retirement Contributions

Dear Dave, As part of your Baby Steps plan, you always advise people to put 15 percent of their income toward retirement. Would you explain the details of this, please? Mallory Dear Mallory, For starters, Baby Step 4 of my plan involves saving 15 percent of your gross annual pay for retirement. You don’t have to be a complete nerd about this figure. I mean, you probably won’t end up in the poor house if you set aside 12 to 14 percent. The bottom line is you should be able to save $7,500 a year if you make $50,000 annually. That’s just a little over $600 a month. Continued on next page...

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The Reporter December 2018 However, the only way you can do this is by giving up stupid things like credit cards and car payments. When you get out of debt, it’s easy to set aside an emergency fund of three to six months of expenses—which is Baby Step 3—and start throwing 15 percent at retirement during Baby Step 4. Did you know you can retire a millionaire if you save 15 percent of a $50,000 a year income, and invest it in good growth stock mutual funds starting at age 30? Sounds worth it to me! —Dave

4 Tips to Take Financial Stress Out of the Holidays

By Rachel Cruze It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means holiday shopping is underway! If you’re a spender like me, your head is spinning with all the upcoming festivities. The holidays are such a magical time of year, but I think we can all agree they’re not-so-magical for our wallets. It’s easy to lose sight of what matters during this special season and feel pressured to overspend. But it is possible to enjoy the holidays and not let them turn into a debt hangover in January. Here are a few ways you can save this holiday season and still enjoy your time:

Make a Christmas budget

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Remember what the holidays are about

There is a lot of pressure around the holidays. But don’t lose sight of what really matters this season, and that is spending time with the people you love. Ten years from now it won’t matter who got what gift or what party you went to. What will matter most are the memories you create with the people closest to you. I promise you, the holiday season will be much less stressful if you figure out how much you have to spend and set some boundaries! Come spring, when you start planning that family vacation, you’ll be thankful you aren’t still paying off Christmas debt. And if you want your holidays to be truly merry, focus on spending time with family and less on stuff!

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Celebrate Nature This Season!

December 2018 Highlights from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks Dec 12, 19; 9:00 – 11:00 am

Audubon offers FREE Wednesday Morning Bird Walks with naturalist Laura Carberry. Each week a new birding destination will be chosen. Please visit the Audubon website ( or Facebook Page for the location. Contact Laura at lcarberry@asri. org for more information. Locations determined weekly; Every Wednesday through June 2019; 9:00-11:00 am; Ages: 14+.


Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop Dec 8; 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come create a beautiful pendant with sea glass found on local beaches. Learn how to choose the right piece of glass and transform it into creative jewelry using quick and easy wire wrapping techniques. Program includes all materials. Find something special on the beach? Bring that too! Advance registration is required. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $30/member; $35/non-member. Ages: Adult. Register online through the events calendar at

Seals, Birds and the History of Prudence Island Dec 8; 9:45 am – 4:45 pm

Come to Prudence Island for an all-day adventure and exploration of this beautiful island. Make several stops to look for a variety of birds in protected ponds and coves. Grebes, eiders, mergansers and more may be seen. In the afternoon, shift gears and seek out the resident harbor seals, often visible close to shore on the island’s southern tip. Along the way, your guide will share with you the centuries-old history of human land use on Prudence Island. Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Prudence Island, RI; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10+. For more information on Prudence Island trips and to register, visit the events calendar at


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Join Audubon Senior Director of Conservation Scott Ruhren on a hike up and down rolling hills in mature forests to see the seasons change into winter. This is a mostly hilly hike on established trails. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Maple Valley Road, Coventry, RI; Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 6+. Register through the events calendar at

Create your own painting while enjoying a glass of wine! No experience necessary - we’ll lead you through the creative process with step-by-step instruction. Start with a blank canvas and leave with your own masterpiece! Did you paint winter birds last year? No problem—we will be creating a different painting this year. Registration is required. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $35/ members, $40/ non-members. Ages: 21+. Register through the events calendar at

Dec 10; 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Wreath Making for Wildlife Dec 15; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Make a winter wreath that is both beautiful and edible to birds and other wildlife. Using wire or straw wreath bases, add greens, dried flowers, seed heads, leaves, fruit and nuts to entice your feathered friends to visit. All items will dry nicely if you prefer to keep the wreath for decorative purposes. Each participant will make one wreath, materials will be provided. Participants may bring their own needle nose pliers or wire snips. Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI; Program Fee: $30/member; $35/non-member. Ages: 14+. Register through the events calendar at

Dec 15; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where Do Animals Live at Caratunk? Dec 16; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come to the big white barn and learn about animal homes such as burrows, cavities, nests and lodges. Then hike out on the refuge in search of some of these wildlife homes. Please dress for the weather. Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member Child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10+. Register through the events calendar at

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Our popular home-school program now lasts an hour and a half. That means more time for outdoor exploration, so come dressed for the weather. Join other home-schooled kids to learn about nature and science. This program will introduce participants to a different topic each class, with hands-on experiments and nature-based activities that are sure to foster a love of the natural world. Classes are limited to 15 children, so please register early. Adult must attend with child. Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Fee: $10/member child, $6/member siblings; $12/non-member child, $8/non-member siblings. Ages: 6-12. Register online through the events calendar at

December School Vacation Week Dec 27, 28, 29; 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Don’t know what to do with the family during school vacation break? Audubon is the solution! Nature crafts will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day, as well as a nature story at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. An animal interview will also be held at 1:30 pm. Special programs and activities are available each day and are free with admission. Registration is not required. These special programs for children ages 6+ are available each day at 11:00 am.

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Young birding enthusiasts become “bird chefs” and create unique and tasty dishes for feathered friends in their backyards. Will we make a Tweet-Tweet Trail Mix or perhaps a Suet Sundae? Come find out!

December 28: Owl Pellet Dissection

Learn all about how owls hunt then use simple and safe tools to take apart an owl pellet. Identify the bones inside and discover what your owl ate—was it a mouse? A mole?

December 29: Icy Investigation

Discover the science behind ice! Kids will investigate what makes ice melt, why it floats, and more. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; December 27, 28, 29, 2018; 10:00 am-2:30 pm; Free with Admission. Ages: 6+.

Holiday Hike at Caratunk Dec 30; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join Audubon to explore some secret areas of Caratunk during an hour and a half hike and then return to the barn for hot cider

December 2018 and snacks. Hikers should dress warmly, wear boots and be able to hike along trails that are rocky and uneven. Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA; Fee: $10/member adult, $5/member child; $14/non-member adult, $7/non-member child. Ages: 10+. Register through the events calendar at

Birds of New England - Works on Paper. Art Exhibit by Brenda Wrigley Scott Through Dec 31; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Artist Brenda Wrigley Scott grew up in Bucks County, PA and painted with local artists from an early age. She has degrees in art, has been working at Wrigley Ceramic Designs and concentrating on large-scale bird paintings for several years at her studio in Tiverton 4 Corners. Her exhibit will feature paintings of New England birds in acrylic. Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; Free with Admission. Ages: All.

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News And Notes From Blanding Library By Leslie Patterson

It’s been a busy year at the Blanding with many programs for children and adults, including events that were part of the town’s 375th celebration. Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Blanding and its many volunteers who help our public library play such a vital role in our community. Happy Holidays to all!

Gingerbread Houses on Dec. 11 & 12

You can check with the library to see if there are any spaces left for the children’s gingerbread house programs on Tues. Dec. 11 and Wed. Dec. 12. There will be two sessions, each from 3:30 to 5. These programs are made possible by the Friends of the Blanding Library.

Story Hours

Story hours for children continue into the first part of December but will not be held between Christmas and the first week of January. They will resume on Jan. 8, 9, and 10. Tot Time for children under 3 is held on Wed. at 10 and Story and Craft hours for ages 3-K on Tuesdays from 10 to 11, or Thursdays from 1 to 2. Call the library at 508-252-4236 to find out more.

Legos at the Library

The next Legos at the Library is Sat. Dec. 8 at 10:30 to 11:30. Open to all ages. The Blanding Book Club will next meet on Wed. Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds.

Libraries are More Relevant than Ever

Public libraries are more relevant than ever today. In fact, they provide many more services than a lot of people realize. It’s not just about borrowing books. But you don’t have to take my word for it. See for yourself in a article from November: “12 Life-changing Services You Didn’t Know Your Library Offered.”

Library Passes Available

One of these services consists of discount passes to local attractions. These passes, paid for by the library, are free for you to borrow with your library card. If you’re looking for something to do over the holidays, here is a list of the places that the library has discount passes to. Note that a few may be closed or have limited hours in the winter: Blithewold Mansion & Gardens, Boston Children’s Museum, Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Massparks Pass, Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Science, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New England Aquarium, Plimoth Plantation, Providence Children’s Museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo, USS Constitution Museum. Call the library to find out more or reserve your pass online on the library’s website.

About Blanding

The Blanding Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Holiday closings include Dec. 24-25 for Christmas. The library will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed on Jan. 1st for New Year’s. The Blanding is located at 124 Bay State Rd., phone 508-252-4236, (

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Programs for Children

Raptor Program

Fri, Dec 28 at 1 pm and 2 pm

Hour of Code

Tuesday, December 4 from 3:45 – 4:45 pm

The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [] and [] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Kids in grades 2-5 can participate in this fun coding activity and make a Star Wars game!  No experience necessary! Please register in advance.

Jingle Babies

Mon Dec 17 at 10 am

A special holiday Lapsit Storytime for children birth - age 2. This storytime includes books, bubbles, fingerplays, music, singing and definitely jingle bells! Everyone is invited to wear red or green. Join in the fun! No registration.

Jingle Toddlers

Tues, Dec 18 at 10 am

Visit with some awesome birds of prey! Find out why hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons are considered birds of prey and discover their diversity while meeting live birds of prey native to Massachusetts. We’ll share some tips to help you see these birds more often where you live. There are many more out there than you might think! This program is presented by Massachusetts Audubon Society, Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Please note: there are 2 sessions of this program, one at 1:00 pm and one at 2:00 pm.  Please register for one of these time slots. Drop-in.

New Year’s Craft

Sat, Dec 29 from 10 am – 1 pm

Drop in to make a festive craft to celebrate New Year’s Eve! All ages. Programs for Teens

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A special holiday Lapsit Storytime for children ages 2 - 3. This storytime includes books, bubbles, fingerplays, music, singing and definitely jingle bells!! Everyone is invited to wear red or green. Join in the fun. No registration.

Get artistic and help create a bulletin board for the Children’s Room.

Wed, Dec 19 at 1:30 pm

Thursday, December 13 at 3 pm

Sparkly, Snowy Storytime

Teen Advisory Group

Join us for a celebration of winter at this storytime for 3-5 year olds. We will have snowy stories, songs, rhymes and a sparkly craft.  Please register in advance so we can prepare craft materials!

Blanket Fort Building

You bring blankets and pillows - we’ll provide flashlights and lots of books to cozy up with! All ages. Drop in.

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Movie Night @ Seekonk Library Mon, Dec 10th @ 5:30 PM

Skip the wait in movie theater lines and the expensive concession stand! Take some time for yourself and enjoy this select DVD release for FREE at Seekonk Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time, Rachel Chu is also quite nervous about meeting her boyfriend Nick’s family. Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most soughtafter bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things.

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Ukulele Strum & Sing Along Wed, Dec 12 at 5:30 PM

Let’s fight the dark days of winter with a ukulele and song! Sign up now to join us at the library for our Ukulele Strum & Sing Along beginning on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM. Librarian Michelle Gario will lead this program. Michelle says “Since starting to play the ukulele about a year ago, I have met so many people who have one tucked away somewhere at home. This is the perfect time of year to get those ukuleles out of the closet and enjoy playing and singing together.” Perfect for beginners, selected songs will be five chords or less, from a variety of genres. No ukulele? No problem! Borrow one from the library with your SAILS library card or just come to sing with us! This program is free and open to all; please register in the library’s Events Calendar online or by calling the library by December 1 in order to receive a preview of the music we will be playing together. For more information and to register, visit the library’s Events Calendar at, call the library at (508) 336-8230 or email

Girls Who Code Program for Tweens and Teens

The Seekonk Public Library will be hosting a Girls Who Code program for girls in 6th-12th grade. The 8 week program will run on Saturdays from January 5, 2019 to February 23, 2019 from 1-3 pm. Each week, girls in the program will learn about important women in the computer science field, practice their coding skills and work together on an Impact Project that highlights an issue that they are passionate about. The girls will be able to draw on the expertise of their facilitator, Katherine Truchon, who is an instructor in the Information Technology department at New England Institute of Technology. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which was started in 2012 by Reshma Saujani. The organization aims to address the gender gap in computer science. Girls Who Code is working to change the image of what a programmer looks like. Since its inception the program has reached over 90,000 girls from all backgrounds with its core values of Sisterhood, Code and Impact. Space is limited, so interested girls should register at bit. ly/2DREb19 for the 8 week program. Girls do not need to have any previous coding experience to attend.

Jesse Liam Band, Toy Drive Concert

Looking for some merry song and holiday cheer this December? Join us at the Seekonk Public Library on December 19th at 6 PM for the Jesse Liam Band’s 8th Annual Toy Drive Concert Tour. Come for the music or bring a toy for a less fortunate child in support of their drive. You know them from our Summer Concert series, the Jesse Liam Band returns this holiday season in a more intimate setting as an acoustic trio. Led by a father-son team, this award winning group adds holiday music to their regular top 40s hits for the season in support of their Toys for Tots drive. If you’re looking to help out a family in need, or just for some good music, come join us down at the library. For information: or Contact: library@

Friends of Seekonk Public Library News

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select the organization as the beneficiary or use this link instead Helping the Library offer programs is truly something to smile about! • Taking a day trip for the upcoming school vacation? Be sure to stop by the Seekonk Public Library and get your museum passes! And don’t forget to grab an issue of “Book Page” to read up on the latest titles! Museum passes and complimentary copies of “Book Page” are courtesy of The Friends of Seekonk Public Library.

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SCHOOL Bristol Aggie Bonfire Carries on Tradition The Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the community event, which included music, dancing, hayrides, a photo booth, food for purchase, s’mores and a visit from Santa Claus. Attendees included parents, teachers, staff, students and prospective students, and members of the community. Alumni were welcomed at a special reception.

Courtney Brown, Senior in the Arboriculture program at BCAHS uses the school’s Skid Steer tractor to move logs into place for the Fire & Ice bonfire event.

BCAHS Photos of Floriculture class working on Christmas trees

Archery club starting the campfire Students in the Arboriculture Department of Bristol County Agricultural High School got some practice moving logs with the school’s Skid Steer tractor (a piece of equipment most high schools don’t have) in preparation for the Fire and Ice bonfire event that has been a tradition for the past five years. This year the school celebrated its new logo with an ice sculpture created by Art & Ice. The bonfire was initially lit by a flaming arrow shot by the archery club. Small lighted Christmas trees provided by the Floriculture students lent holiday ambiance. The Student Council collected toys in their annual Toy Drive to be donated to families in the Bristol Aggie community.

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Bay View Students Inducted into 8 Prestigious Honor Societies

On October 18th, 101 St. Mary Academy - Bay View Upper School students were honored for academic excellence in the subjects of Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin through the induction into eight national honor societies: Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for

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NEWS Mathematics, National English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society for Social Studies through the National Council for Social Studies, Excalibur National Honor Society for Science, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Sociétê Honoraire de Français, Societá Onoraria Italica, and the National Latin Honor Society. These are in addition to Bay View’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Inductees by city/towns in our area:


• Caroline Mahoney: English, Rho Kappa, Spanish • Daniella Olivares: Spanish • Elise Dezotell: Mu Alpha Theta, French • Melina Cabral: Spanish

Items were collected from November 8th-16th. The Middle and Upper Schools’ collection was organized by the Bay View Chapter of the National Honor Society and it yielded 25 baskets. The Lower School’s collection garnered 7 more. The baskets were distributed to a variety of local organizations and families, including Re-Focus, a Rhode Island non-profit that caters to adults with differing physical and developmental needs, St. Vincent’s Home for Children in Fall River, MA, the Sisters of Mercy for use in their ministries, and to families in need within the Bay View community.

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• Casey David: English, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish • Clara Cruz: English, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Italian, Excalibur • Courtney Anderson: English, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish, Excalibur • Gabriella Moreira: Portuguese • Hannah Nadeau: English, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish, Excalibur • Isabel Cruz: Mu Alpha Theta, Portuguese • Juliana Goncalves: Portuguese • Lily Gucfa: English, Rho Kappa, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish

Bay View Donates 32 Complete Thanksgiving Meals to Area Families

East Providence, RI – During this season of thanks and giving, the St. Mary Academy - Bay community of students, faculty, and staff united to collect food and money for those in need. During the month of November, an Academy-wide collection delivered 32 baskets of Thanksgiving meals to area families. In addition to filling baskets, $100 dollars was raised and turned into gift cards that the families can use to purchase a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Back, left to right: Hannah Nadeau (Rehoboth, MA), Olivia Granatiero (Cranston), Abigail Kuzman (Cranston), Emma North (Warwick), Hanna O’Connor (Johnston), Caitlyn Murphy (Warwick), Alexandra McDonald (Tiverton), Paris Bastia (Warwick) Front Kneeling: Trinity Bauer (Woonsocket)

Planting in the garden bed The Science Club has been busy this fall. The Roots & Shoots Group has planted flowering perennials and herbs in one of the raised beds in the courtyard to support pollinators. They will be planting milkweed in the other bed to support monarch butterflies in the spring. The Greenhouse group has been composting vegetable waste from the cafeteria on a regular basis. They have also been growing Swiss Chard, pea tendrils and bean sprouts in the greenhouse for the Culinary classes to harvest The greenhouse and use in December. We have two Women of Science Teams preparing to compete at Bedford High School on December 8th. We also have two women teams preparing for the Women of STEM Competition at BCC in January. There are two teams preparing to compete at the Regional Scienc Bowl Competition at UCONN in March as well. Science Cafe held its first talk on Friday, October 2nd. Todd Duvall, an entomologist with the state, spoke about mosquitos, ticks and Lyme disease.


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Seekonk Kindergarten Registration

The Seekonk Public Schools will be having Kindergarten registration daily during the month of January, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM. Aitken School and Martin School will each hold an evening registration on January 24, 2019 from 5:30-6:15 PM, as well. If your child will be 5 years of age by August 31, 2019, you may register your child at the school he/she will be attending. If you are unsure of your child’s school, please feel free to call either school for the information. Registration packets may be picked up at your child’s school or downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools website, and completed prior to your child being fully registered. To register your child you will need: • Proof of residency • Your child’s original birth certificate (copy will be made) • Immunization record • Completed registration and home language survey documents Kindergarten screening will be held on March 4, 11 and 18 during the school day. Appointments will be made when you register your child for school. Registration packets are available at either school beginning January 2, 2019. Please feel free to call Aitken School (508) 3365230 or Martin School (508) 336-7558 if you have any questions.

Seekonk Child Find

As part of the Child Find process, the Seekonk Public Schools will be conducting preschool screening for children who will be turning 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2019 and are residents of Seekonk. A development, social skills, and speech and language screening will take approximately one hour and will be held Monday March 11th through Friday March 15 at Aitken and Martin Schools. This screening serves two purposes; first, it identifies preschool age students who may be in need of special education services. Second, it allows children to be eligible to enter the lottery for available model spots in the Seekonk Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program. Please feel free to call Aitken School at (508) 336-5230 or Martin School at (508) 336-7558 if you have any questions. Seekonk Child Find and Pre-School Screening Registration The Seekonk Public Schools has an integrated preschool program that is located at Aitken and Martin Schools and serves 3 and 4 year-old students. The preschool classes have model students and students on Individualized Education Plans. Each year, model, tuition-paying students are drawn by lottery for available spots. In order to be eligible for the lottery, students must register and be screened in March.

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If interested in having your preschool aged child screened as part of Child Find or to be a potential model student, you may register your child. Pre-school screening registration for all Seekonk students turning 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2019 will be held beginning January 2nd, 2019. You may register your child daily from 10 AM-2 PM or in the evening on January 24th, 2019 from 5:30-6:15. All registration forms may be picked up at Aitken or Martin School beginning January 2nd, 2019 or downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools website. Appointments for screenings will be made when you register your child. Feel free to call Aitken School at (508) 336-5230 or Martin School at (508) 336-7558 if you have any questions.

Seekonk High School News for December

From Christine Whatley, SHS Interim Principal The Students Promoting Equality and Kindness, SPEAK and Key Club provided a week long effort of random acts of kindness during November. Students created messages of kindness to reflect on and provided greeters at each door in the morning with a positive welcome. Both clubs have made a positive impact on the school. We are fortunate to have their leadership. Another successful Spirit Week took place just before Thanksgiving break. The students often report that these events are some of their fondest memories from high school. The creativity of the students never fails to amaze the faculty. We had for class themes the Flintstone Freshmen, Stranger Things Sophomores, Indiana Jones Juniors and Surfs Up Seniors. In traditional fashion the seniors were able to pull off the win this year. Seekonk High School will be hosting the South Coast Conference Honor Bowl for the Gold division on December 6th in the library. Five schools from the conference will be sending teams for the competition. Good luck to all teams. The Science Club has been busy this fall. Under the guidance of Mrs. Angela Cunard The Roots & Shoots Group has planted flowering perennials and herbs in one of the raised beds in the courtyard to support pollinators. They will be planting milkweed in the other bed to support monarch butterflies in the spring. The Greenhouse group has been composting vegetable waste from the cafeteria on a regular basis. They have also been growing Swiss chard, pea tendrils and bean sprouts in the greenhouse for the culinary classes to harvest and use in December. We have two Women of Science Teams preparing to compete at Bedford High School on December 8th. We also have two women teams preparing for the Women of STEM Competition at BCC in January. There are two teams preparing to compete at the Regional Science Bowl Competition at UCONN in March as well. The high school band will be holding their annual winter concert on December 12th beginning at 7pm in the auditorium. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the fine selection of music our students have been working hard to perform for you. Seekonk High Athletic News: Winter sports are scheduled to begin on November 26th with a large number of students registering for the high school teams. The Seekonk Boys and Girls Cross Country teams competed in the MIAA All State Competition on Sunday, November 18th in Westfield, MA. The team finished in second place at the state meet, an outstanding accomplishment. The Warrior Boys team also captured the Division Five crown and two female Warriors, Abigail Tenreiro and Hannah Bradbury, qualified to compete in the All State Meet. Congratulations! Congratulations to Warrior Field Hockey players Lauren Tortolani and Bria Dunphy who were named to the South Coast Conference All Star Team. Olivia Soares and Hannah Forrest were given Honorable Mention, and to Jenna Dunphy who won the SCC Sportsmanship Award. Another fantastic season of Unified Basketball came to a close this week with a Basketball Jamboree held at Somerset-Berkley High School. After dropping a tough decision to Somerset Berkley,

December 2018 the Warriors downed Dighton-Rehoboth in back to back games including a buzzer beating victory in the second game with the winning basket scored by Will Calverley. The season ended for the Seekonk Boys Soccer dream season in the semifinal round of the MIAA South Sectional State Tournament at the hands of Holliston High School 4-1. The team put together a record breaking year ending up 16-2-3. They were the South Coast Conference Gold Champions. Outstanding job! The Seekonk Athletic Hall of Fame Committee induct 14 people into the 2018 Seekonk Athletic Hall of Fall at an awards dinner on November 24, 2018 at Pawtucket Country Club. The 2018 Seekonk Athletic Department Inductees Were:

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Valerie Blinn (Golf), Norman Bowlin (Community/ Coach), Jeffrey Chakouian(Track and Field), Samantha Demty (Swim), Raymond Grant Sr.(Swim Coach), John Gregorek Jr. (Track and Field), Alisha Lee (Diver), Robert and Karen McKenna (Community), Heather and Jennifer Spellman (Field Hockey/ Basketball/ Softball), Andrew Pereira (Basketball), Richard Silva Jr. (Basketball/ Tennis), Robert Stedman (Swim). The Hall of Fame committee included: Jennifer Borden, Matt Brown, Fred Crippen, Alex DaLuz, Matt McCartin, Kristen Nelson, Colleen O’Halloran, Kim Pellerin, and Michelle Silva. We would like to thank the Seekonk Boosters for their support and assistance with the event.

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EXTRAVA-CAN-ZA! You will be so proud of our very generous Junior Scholars. This year, students filled 35 full grocery bags of Thanksgiving items and collected just over $500 dollars as a contribution for the turkeys! Students even brought in the foil roaster pans! It was a great year for the Rehoboth Food Pantry! Room 49 donated all of the butternut squash!

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Time Flies when the Learning is Fun! - Second graders celebrated the 50th day of school with a 1950s theme! We listened to some music from that time and even learned some of the dances at our sock hop. In class, we compared items of today to items from the 50s to find out how things have changed and even how prices have changed over time. Some classrooms had students interview someone that lived during the 1950s and some practiced “how to” writing entitled ‘How to Make a Root Beer Float. Pictured here with Ms. Larrivee are Blake Young, Mason Pattie, and Lily Costa.

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Dates to Remember

12/6 Open house at DRRHS 6:00pm 12/7 Movie Matinee 2:30-4:30 (all grades) 12/13 Candy Cane Sales start 12/17 Chorus Concert 6:30pm (@DRRHS) 12/20 Band Concert 7:00pm (@DRRHS) 12/20 Grade 8 Field Trip 12/24-1/1 No School- Holiday recess

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The following students were presented with Student of the Month Certificates for the month of October: Gr. 8 – Jadyn Narold/Andrew DaCruz Gr. 7 – Caraline Corvi/Timothy Zibrida Gr. 6 – Ella Enos/Brennan Silva Gr. 5 – Isabella Bouchard/Logan Menezes Related Arts –Sarah Lima/Luke Peltz

Pound for Pound Challenge

Thank you Beckwith Students and Staff! You did not disappoint! You more than doubled our goal for our Pound for Pound Challenge with a total of 207.4 pounds! During the week of October 26 students and staff donated their loose change to the Linda Sousa A Better Dream Foundation. This foundation raises money to give scholarships to graduating seniors from DRRHS as well as donates funds in hopes of finding a cure for MBC. Here is the final tally: In 4th place with 34.4 pounds – 6th grade In 3rd place with 46 pounds – 8th grade In 2nd place with 53.6 pounds – 5th grade And in 1st place with 73.4 pounds – 7th grade. Great job everyone!

Lip Sync Competition

Beckwith Middle School students participated in the annual Lip Sync Competition on October 19. Ten acts competed and although there were only 3 top finishers all acts entertained the crowd. Congratulations to 3rd place winners: Ava Morgado, Maggie Kazanjian, Riley Kazanjian, Julia Mello, Gia Papa and Ainsley Zibrida who performed to “Hand Clap.” Second place winner was Angelina Araujo who performed to “Two Heads.” And 1st place winners were Sarah Simon and Rowan Whittaker who performed to “The Other Side.” We would like to extend a special thank you to the many staff members who gave their afternoon to help out. And a big shout out to our staff Lip Sync Members and their Fortnight Dancing: Ms. Crohan, Mr. Patrick, Mrs. Bilentschuk, Mrs. McPartland and special guest Ms. Mullaney. It was a fun and very entertaining afternoon!

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Winning poster by Julia Escobar Rehoboth Lions Club We are pleased to share that two sixth grade students from Beckwith Middle School have won first place in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Congratulations to Anthony Mercer for placing first for the Anawan Rehoboth Lions Club! Also, congratulations to Julia Escobar who won first place for the Rehoboth Lions Club! Both Anthony and Julia's posters will move forward for a chance to go further in the contest. At the district level, one poster is chosen to adLions Club Peace Poster vance to the multiple district School Winner Anthony Mercer council chairperson. The multiple district then chooses one poster to go to finals in January poster to send to International Headquarters for the international level of the competition. This worldwide Peace Poster Contest was created in 1988 to give young people the opportunity to creatively express their feelings for world peace and to share their visions with the world. Approximately 600,000 children from 75 countries participate in the contest annually. Students must represent the theme each year using only images, as words are not permitted on the posters. While the focus is always on peace, this year’s theme was "Kindness Matters". Also, a big “thank you” to all 6th graders who participated and to the women and men of the Rehoboth Lions Clubs for their participation in this contest as well.

Student Art at Dighton Art Festival

Congratulations to the following students whose artwork was selected to be displayed at the Fourteenth Annual Dighton Arts Festival which is sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club. The Dighton Arts Festival is a celebration of music and art where local and regional artists display and sell their artwork. The festival was held on November 4 at Araujo Farms. Grade 5: Ava Brown, Tessa Charlonne, Hawkins Pray, Chase Cooper, Ava Gaudet-Hanson, Gavin Xavier, Connor Bessette, Raegan Baer continued on next page...

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Grade 6: Emily Marquis, Joshua Roulier, Julia Escobar, Isabella Silva, Shea Cote, Adelaide Caron, Lilyana Arnold, Adriana Quattrucci Grade 7: Jacob Coutu, Illiana Almeida-Dixon, Laura DeGirolamo, Stephanie Sican Velez, Sophie Darling, Elaina Flood, Matthew Suprenard, Alexis Guertin Grade 8: Sabrina Marsella, Angelina Araujo, Sadie Miller, Nathan Pray, Madelyn Kelley, Lindsey Luthi, Madison Hathaway, Ella Damon

Grade 5 Visits Plimouth Plantation

Grade 5 students ventured to Plimouth Plantation on November 5th to learn more about colonial life in 1621 and Native American culture. The Plimouth museum educates students by recreating life in 1621 and demonstrating craftsmanship and the toils of daily life for people living in New England during the 17th century. Students enjoyed speaking with members of local Native American tribes and reenactors playing the roles of John Winslow and Myles Standish.

Movie Matinee

Get your Popcorn Ready! BMS is hosting a Movie Matinee for students after school from 2:30-4:30 on Friday, December 7th. This event is open to all grades. Multiple movies will be shown and each will include an intermission with an opportunity to purchase refreshments. The cost is $5. Movie selections to be announced.

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Box Tops for Beckwith -Fall 2018

We are thankful for all of the people who sent in Box Tops to benefit Beckwith Middle School. We set the bar fairly high this year at $1,000.00 and we are happy to report that we sent 5,125 Box Tops and 336 Box Tops through Bonus Certificates, and received a check totaling $546.10 for our submission. Way to go, Beckwith! The next time we will be sending a package to Box Tops for Education is late March. Please keep sending in your Box Tops throughout the year. Many of our 7th graders truly enjoy sorting, trimming, and adhering Box Tops to Collection Sheets. It would be awesome if we could keep this voluntary committee working steadily throughout the next 5 months. We have had many laughs and shared numerous stories over the course of this project, and it has been a wonderful bonding experience for all of us that are involved. There is no greater feeling than doing community service, and we are really proud of these students who have selflessly offered to help. In addition to sending in your clipped Box Tops, you can also download the Bonus Box Tops App. You can also help by reaching out to local stores and businesses to see if they would be willing to place a Box Tops collection container in their places of work. (Each container would be hand-made by our talented 7th graders, of course. What a treasure!) A formal business letter is already prepared, so if you send us the names of people to contact, we would be happy to do the rest. Please feel free to reach out to Christina Mitnik at about the Box Tops Collection campaign this year at Beckwith Middle School. Thank you, again, for your support!

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The Beckwith Robotics Team The Beckwith Robotics Team is gearing up for another season competing in the Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League for robotics. This is our fourth year in the league and fourteen students, on two teams, are working hard on this year’s mission: INTO Orbit. Students are being tasked with identifying an issue that astronauts

December 2018 would face on journeys of greater than one year, developing a viable solution and presenting that solution to a panel of judges. Students also need to build and program a robot to complete different missions on the game board, scoring as many points as they can in 2 ½ minutes. To identify an issue, students do online research as well as speak with experts in the field. In past years with the topic of animals or water, students went to an animal shelter and a firehouse for research. But there are no local astronauts … or are there? Former students Gianna and Charleigh Blackwell’s mom went to school with someone who is involved in the planning of space missions. Jeffrey Osterlund works for Boeing Space and Launch in Houston, TX with the job title of Senior Manager, Launch & Mission Operations Engineering Capability Integration, S&L Program Management Functional Manager AV SJ & 8H Pool Owner, Boeing Space & Launch We were able to set-up a video conference with Mr. Osterlund and the teams were ready with their questions. Luckily we were able to start early since the ongoing discussion between the teams of students and an expert in space travel provided some invaluable information about what an Astronomical Engineer has to think about before making a change to anything involved with space flight. We could have kept going all afternoon, but after 75 minutes we were out of time. This year’s teams, The Astrobots and The Solar Sluggos, decided to study how astronauts exercise in space and how could they grow food in space, respectively. Now the teams must try and develop a new and better way to perform these basic functions of life in space while they also work on their robot design and programming. They have a lot to accomplish before their qualifying tournament on Saturday, December 1st. The members on this year’s teams are: Katie Vitale, Wesley Lacourse, Angelina Araujo, Malakai Risotti, Caiden Cruz, Nathan Barriere, Louis Butler, John White, Autumn Brito, Jonah Hebda, Evan Watts, Aidan Benjamin, Steven Ladeira, and Landon Paquette. We wish them all the best as they continue this journey. Robotics Team members video-conference with an astronomical engineer.

App Update

(from The Negative Effects of Video Games (Parent Guide) Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be safe in moderation. However, younger students who have not yet developed the ability to self-regulate their behavior need guidance and support to develop those skills.

The negative effects of video games on students

A Canadian study from McGill University shows that humancomputer interactions, such as playing video games, can have a negative impact on the brain. Some negative effects of videos games are: • Noticeable changes to behavior • Ignoring or not prioritizing responsibilities or interests over game time • Continuing to play games despite the negative impact it may have • Difficulty sleeping or changes in sleep patterns • Declining grades or difficulty in school • Can lead to social isolation • Poor time management skills

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What are gaming disorder warning signs?

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• Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities • Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences

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• Before giving your student access to a new game, ask them to explain why they want to play it. Then, spend some time playing the game on your own and decide if it is safe for your family to play • Know that your child has perhaps already played it at their friend’s house • Schedule game time and set time limits beforehand • Teach your children that video games are only to be played in moderation (and, best of all, as a family) • Challenge your student to find offline activities they enjoy and can add to their resume • Have an open dialog about video games with your children. Consider talking about the dangers of playing with strangers, sharing personal information in chats, graphic video game content, and bullying behavior • Having these discussions with your children will help them understand why game time guidelines are set and can encourage continued on next page...

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Dear Families, Student engagement is a current focus for Beckwith Middle School teachers and staff. It appears in our school improvement plan and is a central theme in our professional development. In a nutshell, we strive to create lessons that lead to student ownership for learning. The classroom no longer looks like a scene from Ferris Buehler’s Day Off. Teachers are transitioning from the role of sage on the stage to guide on the side. We are posing higher order questions that require critical thinking rather than memorization. Teachers ask students to solve problems without frontloading information to encourage students to construct knowledge by completing tasks. The classroom looks very different than when I went to school two decades earlier. We are shifting instruction because the world is changing. With the prevalence of information, the question is no longer where to find the answer … we now question whether the answer is credible. We can no longer ask students to memorize facts. We need to give students the tools to use credible information to construct their own opinion. These skills are essential for college, career, and everyday life. At Beckwith we emphasize student engagement because we need students to be emotionally committed to the work they do in and out of the classroom. Emotional commitment leads to investment which is crucial when teaching high-level skills like analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, collaboration, and innovation. We know that these skills are not easy. We expect students will struggle. We also realize that students learn through struggle. We work to build student commitment to learning so students continue to take on challenges, embrace struggle, and develop the skills needed for success. Have a great month, Joe Pirraglia

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Falcon 5K

Participants at the Falcons 5K On Sunday, November 4 Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School Student Government sponsored the annual Falcon 5k Remembrance Walk/Run in remembrance of students that have passed away while attending DR. In a special way this year, students honored the memory of Michael Pacheco. Students gathered on Sunday morning and had a moment of silence prior to the run/walk as Matt McNaughton read the names of all those who had passed. In addition, student speakers Owen Arden and Sam Skinner alongside Melissa Pacheco spoke at the event and remembered Mikey’s spirit and the impact that he had on the community. Many community organizations helped to make the day a success including: Arbella Insurance, Bay Coast Bank, Lafrance Hospitality, Personal Best, Purple Cow, Designs to Signs, Alice’s Last Sotp, Roberts & Rawnsley Insurance, Classical 95.9 WCRI, Island International Industries, RJD Property Management, and Remax Integrity. The funds that were raised from the memorial run/walk will be used to sponsor a scholarship for graduating seniors and will be awarded at the Celebration of Excellence in May. Thanks to everyone that helped to make the day a success and hope to see you next year!

Ceremonial Check Issued

Please be advised that the Trane Corporation presented a check in the amount of $18,715.67 to the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District at their regularly scheduled meeting, November 27th in the High School Media Center at 6:45pm. This rebate check represents a Section 179D tax deduction in connection with the project Trane and the school district ventured in together. Upon learning of the amount of the tax rebate, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anthony C. Azar said, “We are extremely grateful for our relationship with Trane, with our School Committee for believing in performance contracting and especially our tax payers in both of our districts’ communities. In difficult budgetary times, donations of this amount will be helpful as we build next year’s budget.” For further information please contact Dr. Azar at

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Animals, Aliens, and Cans, Oh My! D-R’s Annual Spirit Week in Review...

by Kathryn Poole faculty found the space plastered in posters and streamers, an Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School had quite the week indicator of what was to come. D-R’s cheerleading team officially before Thanksgiving. Beginning the school’s annual can drive, the began the event, followed by the first round of the annual tug-ofclasses soon became competitive, challenging each other to bring war tournament. in the most cans. The stakes were made higher by a promise from From that point forward, the day seemed to fly by. Students Principal John Gould to shave his head if the school was able to participated in events such as tug-of-war and limbo, and chants bring in 10,000 cans. Student body president and vice president rang out in the crowded gym, an addition to the contagious energy Owen Arden and Matthew McNaughton also agreed to have their of the room. This energy increased tenfold when faculty members hair cut if the school could raise 8,000 and 9,000 cans. The pair announced a point deduction for any grade that demonstrated even prepared to sell raffle tickets to decide who would have the poor sportsmanship. honor of cutting their hair. “Could you please deduct 300 points from the juniors?” said Although the juniors had a strong showing the first day, the D-R science teacher and Spirit Week Committee Advisor Diana seniors finished strong, breaking the record for the number of cans Hopkins, inciting further cheers from seniors, who are notorious brought in by a single class. The seniors brought in an impressive Spirit Week rivals with the juniors. 4,400 cans, contributing to the school’s total of 9,300 cans. During a brief intermission, a group of students danced, November 17th, the following saturday, volunteers from the drummed, sang, and played guitar and piano. Lights were dimmed school community worked with student government to sort and to reveal glow paint and strobe lights, completing the performance. deliver the thousands of cans to the Rehoboth food pantry, Dighton Shortly afterward, the Dighton Rehoboth Marching Band perfood pantry, and local families in need. formed their halftime show, The Greatest Showman. The band Ringing in Spirit Week, students also participated in a number followed the performance with the playing of the band’s signature of dress up days. The first day was pajama day, a chance for stusong, “Corrado,” and the school’s fight song, “Notre Dame.” dents to cozy up and wear their best pjs to school. The following At the conclusion of the performance, Dean of Activities and day was Safari Day, with teachers and students alike dressing as Athletics called fall sport athletes to the gym floor, praising their both explorers and safari animals. Next was Outer Space Day, the dedication before handing the mic to D-R Football coach David halls quickly filling with aliens and astronauts. Moura. Moura took the opportunity to excite the crowd about the Per tradition, the final two days were decked out in green and team’s opportunity to play at Gillette Stadium on November 30th. gold. On Wednesday, seniors wore green and underclassmen wore Bringing the rally to an end, student body president Owen gold to commemorate the seniors’ final Spirit Week. Wednesday Arden announced the winners of Spirit Week. Despite impressive also happened to be a rally day for students, a chance to engage gains from underclassmen, seniors dominated with 7,382 Spirit in friendly competition and take a break from the usual school day. Week points. Arden also announced some long awaited news reEntering the gymnasium Wednesday morning, students and garding the can drive––because the school had raised over 9,000 cans, both Arden and McNaughton were ready to have their heads shaved. The pair first took turns selecting from the hair-cutting raffle. Senior Calvin Reddington was selected to cut McNaughton’s hair, while senior Mason Cadorette was selected to cut Arden’s hair. True to their word, Arden and McNaughton sat patiently as the Conducted by the Pawtucket and newly appointed hairdressers buzzed their hair to the sounds of uproarious cheering Providence Figure Skating Club and applause. Following the exciting haircuts, students were wished a happy Thanksgiving and Sundays from 11:00-11:50 a.m. dismissed. For seniors, this year’s Spirit Week was at Schneider Arena, Providence College certainly bittersweet, a reminder that their Starting in January high school chapter is quickly coming to a close. Still, the week was an opportunity for seniors to shine, upping the expectations for next year’s graduating class. After much anticipation, Spirit Week was a successful one, a reminder of the DightonRehoboth community and the importance of giving back to it. Certainly, both the number of cans raised and the enthusiasm from the entire school are representative of the Please visit our website for updated information. school spirit found at D-R.

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Student body President Owen Arden and Vice President Matthew McNaughton had their hair shaved after the school raised over 9,000 cans.

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by Kathryn Poole Spectators received an early treat when the annual D-R versus Seekonk Thanksgiving game was moved to Wednesday night out of caution for cold weather conditions. Despite the earlier date, a large number of fans braved the cold to cheer on the two teams. Prior to the start of the game, the senior members of the football team and marching band were honored, walking with family members as their accomplishments were announced. This portion of the night was certainly an emotional one for both the seniors and their families as they prepared to participate in their final home game. Fortunately, seniors are left with one last game to participate in as D-R prepares to play in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium on November 30th. When it came time to play, Seekonk won the coin toss, opting to start with the ball. Despite Seekonk’s perceived advantage, D-R was ready with a number of attempted interceptions. Finally, the effort paid off, and D-R was able to score a touchdown with a little less than four minutes on the clock. Seekonk attempted to recover, but the team was only left with a number of incomplete passes, leaving the door open for D-R to intercept. D-R seized the opportunity, intercepting the ball and scoring a second touchdown with less than a minute left in the first quarter. Despite Seekonk’s efforts, D-R almost immediately recovered the ball, ready to score again.

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DR Football regains Thanksgiving trophy defeating Seekonk 33-0

DR players excited after their win. As the players ran the field, the Falcon’s Nest cheered them on. Principal John Gould attempted to further energize the freezing fans, encouraging the student section to get loud and get excited. His encouragements were met with cheers and shouts as the game continued. Soon into the second quarter, D-R scored its third touchdown. By this time, the Falcons Nest was completely full, with students searching for a place to sit. The stands were also full of energy, especially with the addition of the marching band and cheerleaders. Both the band and the cheerleaders led cheers and played songs in an effort to hype up the crowd and energize the players. Even as temperatures continued to drop and the night continued to darken, the Falcons forged on. Fans fought the cold as D-R scored its fourth touchdown with a minute and a half left until halftime. With the score at 27-0, the Falcons were certainly confident as the game finished its second quarter. During halftime, both Seekonk and D-R’s marching band weathered the cold to perform for the crowd. In spite of the cold, both bands played their hearts out, exciting the crowd and offering an entertaining halftime. Seekonk played classics such as “Isn’t She Lovely?” while D-R played a selection of songs from the hit movie The Greatest Showman. As halftime drew to a close, fans bundled up in preparation for the second half. Little could be done to stop the bitter wind from whipping around the field and bleachers, and many spectators wrapped themselves in blankets to brace themselves from the cold. At the start of the third quarter, D-R once again took control of the ball, running it down the field to score an almost immediate first down. Although Seekonk was able to recover the ball, an incomplete pass rendered the effort unsuccessful.

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D-R scored its fifth and final touchdown during the fourth quarter, bringing the game to a exciting close for Falcons fans. Despite a strong effort by Seekonk, the final score was left 33-0. The victory is the first in three years for the Falcons, having lost to Seekonk in previous years. Winning was a major goal for the senior members of the football team, especially since most of them were freshmen the last time D-R won and didn’t have the opportunity to play. The game was also an exciting conclusion to the always competitive Spirit Week. After a few days of internal competition, both D-R and Seekonk students focused their competitive edge on the rivalry between the two schools. Although football fans and students alike will agree that the football game is entertaining and an opportunity to potentially defeat the opposing team, it is important to realize that the Thanksgiving game is about more than just football. Throughout its history, the Thanksgiving game tradition has been an opportunity for both D-R and Seekonk to show their school spirit and emphasize the importance of community. Attend the game and you’ll find a number of alumni coming to cheer on their team, a reminder that for many students, D-R and Seekonk will always be part of who they are.

Seekonk High Football & Cheer Senior Night

SHS Cheerleader Senior Haley Fournier

SHS Football Player Senior Brett Mancini

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Seekonk High School Boys Soccer

The Seekonk High School Boys soccer team had a great season. They qualified for playoffs and were ranked 2nd with a record of 14-0-4. In the first round of playoffs they beat Cardinal Spellman at home 6-0. On to the quarter final against Martha’s Vineyard. They

won at home in the first overtime with a score of 2-1. In the semi final round of the playoffs they suffered a tough 4-1 loss to Holliston who went on to win the South Div. 3 championship over Norton. The team will surely miss its large group of graduating seniors and we wish them luck in college next year.


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Rehoboth Council on Aging A Municipal Department of the Town

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 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Special Announcements for December

The COA will be closed Monday, Monday December 24th and will be closed December 25th. Happy Holidays!


The Council on Aging (COA) sponsors Pickleball at the Rehoboth Town Offices Nike Park every Monday and Thursday morning from 8 to 10 am. The group welcomes newcomers, no matter what their experience level is, including no experience. It is a game and exercise that many people like. The group in Rehoboth is a really nice group of people. We provide nets, paddles and balls. We are experimenting by adding another time for folks that work. Starting August 14, there will be pickleball from 5:30 pm until dark on Tuesdays. Any questions should be directed to Otter Brown by calling or text at 508-252-6288 or emailing

Now Accepting Food Donations Trap/Neuter/Release Program

RAA provides a Trap/Neuter/Release Program (TNR) in the Town of Rehoboth. The group had a very productive year in 2017. The total number of cats and kittens helped through the TNR program was 145 of which 70 were adopted or in foster care.

Still in Need of Cotton or Flannel Fabric for Our Pillowcase Project

We are donating “Baby Stuff” to new Moms at Sturdy Hospital. So if you love to knit, crochet, and/or sew and would like to make extra items. We will donate the items to Sturdy Hospital. We are looking for children’s print fabric donations. We will be making pillowcases for Sturdy Hospital. In lieu of the plastic “Personal Belongings” bag, the pillowcase bags are given to the kids coming in for surgeries, sleep studies, etc., to put their stuff in, and they get to take it with them when they go home. We are also looking for yarn donations. We will be making chemo hats and infant hats.

COA Corner Gert’s Café

Mondays at 12:00 PM

Lunch is served at Gert’s Café. Stop in and enjoy a delicious lunch for the bargain price of a $3.00 donation. Please sign up.

Soup’s On

Tues from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Menu to be posted on the Monday before.

The COA Breakfast

Wed from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Serving egg sandwiches, 2 pieces of French toast or 2 pancakes for $2.00 donation with choice of ham, sausage, bacon or home fries for an extra $.50 and coffee for $.25. Start your day off with home style breakfast or have a mid-day snack for those who wake up with the chickens! Come on in and join us!

Tasty Thursdays Lunch

Tasty Thursday Lunch is held on the last Thursday of the Month at 12 Noon. Please come in and join us for lunch with friends. We will have Dollar Store Bingo sponsored by Marion Manor. Cost $3.00 donation.

Kitchen hours: Monday – Thursdays 8:00am to 12 noon

Men’s Morning Coffee Fridays at 9:00 AM

Come in and enjoy fresh coffee, pastry, and conversation with this lively group of men.

Card Games

Calling All Card Players Mondays 9:30 AM - Cribbage Wednesdays12:30 PM - Hi-Lo Jack

Come on in and try your luck and have a great time doing it. All are welcome and if you are not sure how to play the folks will gladly teach you.

Art Classes

Michelle’s Art Classes - Cost for this is $4.00. Come on in and join us. Art Classes are Wednesdays at 10:30. Old and new students are welcome. Come in and have fun painting.

Knitting and Crochet Group Fridays at 10:00 AM

If you like to knit or Crochet or you wanted to learn this amazing Craft the Ladies of the Needles are always there to share their knowledge with you. Don’t be shy; women and men are both invited. Come in and try it out.

Ladies Sewing and Quilting Guild Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

This is our charitable sewing group. We will still be making pillowcases, baby blankets & quilts. No experience necessary.

Blood Pressure & Glucose Screenings

Our town of Rehoboth nurse, Jamie, will be available for blood pressure and glucose screenings. Please contact the COA 508252-3372 for more information.

Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Marian Markowitz

Dr. Markowitz’s appointments start at 10:00 AM. Please call 508-252-3372 to schedule your appointment.

Tai Chi Classes

Tuesdays at 9:00 am

A way to exercise that’s easy on the joints and helps with balance... Makes a whole new you and has a great positive outcome for any age. Cost is $3.00 per class.

Line Dancing Classes Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Get in the grove if you like dancing. Everyone is welcome to try out some steps. Cost is $3.00 per class.

Chair Yoga Exercise Classes Thursdays at 9:00 AM

Come and try this gentle style of yoga that’s performed mostly from a seated position. Cost $3.00

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Zumba is a fun aerobic workout that mixes in dance moves. Dance to great music, with great people, and burn calories without even realizing it. Cost is $3.00.

Appoints to review eligibility will be available after December 7th if you qualify this office will assist in transmitting the forms for you. If you are low on heating fuel – ¼ tank or less – Call the Outreach Office – Bradley Marshall – to see if you qualify for emergency assistance

Meals on Wheels

Serving Health Information Needs of Elders

Thursdays at 10:00 AM

Please contact Bristol Elders at (508) 675-2101 for information.

The Best Is Yet to Come

The Best is Yet to Come (TBYC) is a social group for seniors which was formed for charity, friendship and fun. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm at the Senior Center. Pot luck lunches, shopping jaunts, movies, tours, plays, and concerts are a sampling of activities that we enjoy together. We are always looking for new activities and ideas. Dues are $6.00 per year - All seniors are welcome! Call Steve Silva for details 401 424-4739. Remember! The Best is Yet to Come!

Senior Citizens Club

The Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club is a social and charitable club to help seniors in Rehoboth have a better life. Meetings are scheduled for the 1st Thursday at 12:30 and the 3rd Thursday at 12 Noon at the Rehoboth Council of Aging building.

The Friends of the Elderly

The Friends of the Elderly help and partially fund some of the services at the Rehoboth Council on Aging - such as the podiatry. Friends meet at 10:30 AM on the 3rd Monday of the month. New members are always welcome.

Veterans’ Information & Benefits

Veterans Service Officer, Jake Kramer, can help you. Call 508252-4467 for an appointment. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM - Noon.

Important Information About Joining Activities

Registration is required for all upcoming programs. All activities have participant signup sheets. Most of the activity programs that are in 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 either be canceled or postponed. Please call 508252-3372 for information on all activities or to sign up.

COA Bulletin Post on Community Information

Please check the bulletin boards every time you come in to the Council on Aging for information on up coming events such as Free Health Screenings, Support Groups, and other important information that could benefit you, your family or friends.


The COA’s Outreach/SHINE worker Bradley Marshall is available Mondays thru Wednesdays 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and Thursdays 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM to assist you with Social Service needs from Fuel, Food, housing, Medical Insurance, and intervention help. Please call for an appointment at 508-252-3372. Reminder: SNAP (Nutrition Program – Food Stamps) benefits can be applied for through this office. Please call for particulars on how to apply. Don’t be deciding whether to buy medication, pay bills or food for the table – Call Bradley Marshall to discuss areas of help he can assist you with. Reminder: FUEL ASSISTANCE – State Fuel Assistance for the heating year 2018-2019 can now be applied for if you would like.


Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is ending as of December 7th 2018. There will be a short time in which some changes can be made from January 1st to February 24 to be able to move out of your selected plan to a new one. Also during this time reviews can be made to see if you would quality for one of the special benefit programs to assist in prescriptions and Part B coverage. If you need assistance in understanding any changes that have taken place with your new Medicare plan or you have added a new expensive medication this office will attempt to assist you in finding the best method for working through these problems.: SHINE councilors are available a most Councils on Aging or by calling State office 800ageinfo or (800) 243–4636 to find a local SHINE Councilor. For Rehoboth call Bradley Marshall at the Rehoboth COA at 508-252-3372 Ext. 4017.


The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall coordinate and carry out programs designed to meet the needs, problems and benefits for the aging population of Rehoboth, and shall do so in coordination with the Programs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall

a. Provide, coordinate and link available resources to help meet the needs of the Town of Rehoboth’s elders. b. Carry out programs and services that range from information on community education, referrals, outreach, transportation, Meals on Wheels, health screenings, inter-generational activities, crafting programs and other programs beneficial to our seniors.


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Seekonk Human Services Human Services Council

Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239 Assistant Director Brittney Faria Senior Secretary Ashley Cartwright, MBA Clerk Kimberly Mallon Outreach Veronica Brickley, LPN BA SOC LSWA Education & Social Program Carol Poncin Office Clerk Maggie Perkins Sharon Bettencourt Executive Board Members

Beverly Della Grotta, Chairperson Irene Andrews, Vice Chairperson Anne Libby, Secretary Christine Allen Guy Boulay Josephine Veader

*Center Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30, Friday 8:30 – 12:30 Evening Appointments Upon Request 540 Arcade Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771

Seekonk Human Services will be closed

• Monday, Dec. 24th - Closing at noon • Tuesday, December 25th • Monday, Dec. 31st - Closing at noon • Tuesday, January 1st

Christmas Party

Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 11am

Seekonk Human Services will be hosting their annual Christmas Party. A delicious Chicken Dinner will be served with all the fixings. Tickets must be purchased in advanced to attend. Cost per person is $5. Entertainment by Barney Mallon. Come bring your Christmas Spirit

Basic Beginners Sign Language Tues. Jan. 22nd from10am-12pm

This is a signed English class. You will learn words, sentences and choruses. Class will start Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 10am to 12pm. Books will be available for purchase at the first class for $6. Please contact Nancy Smutek to sign up for class or if you have any questions, 508-336-9547.

Christmas is for Kids

Seekonk Human Services will be participating in Christmas is For Kids again. Applications are available at Seekonk Human Services. Please contact Seekonk Human Services at 508-336- 8772 for an application. *The program is intended for children age 0-13 years old. Application deadline is Friday, December 14. NOTE: Anyone interested in adopting a family for Christmas please contact Brittney Faria or Ashley Cartwright @ 508-336- 8772.

Christmas Baskets and Meals

Anyone who receives food from Doorways Food Pantry is eligible to receive a Christmas Basket 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 508-336-8772 by Friday, December 14th for a Christmas Basket. Anyone who is homebound and would like to have a hot meal delivered on Christmas should sign up at Seekonk Human Services by Friday, December 14th.

Thank You!

Seekonk Human Services partnering with Seekonk Non-Profit Coalition would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped with the 11th Annual Food for Fuel Pasta Event. A special thanks to Country Kitchen, Mt. Carmel St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady Queen Martyrs St. Vincent de Paul, Grace Community Chapel, Post Office, Scialo’s Bakery, Stop & Shop 125 Highland Avenue, Young’s Catering, Davenports, Herb Chambers Honda, East Providence Seekonk Rotary Club, among others who donated time and pastries. Without the help of the volunteers this event would not be as successful as it was. Over 150 tickets were sold! There were many great raffles from paintings, coloring books, baskets, among other amazing items. This event benefits the Fuel Account for the residents in need during the winter season. Again, thank you for all those who volunteered and those who bought tickets and help support this cause!

Southcoast Wellness Van

Tues, Dec 11, 2018; 9am to 12pm Free Health Screenings 1. Cholesterol 2. Blood Pressure 3. Blood Sugar Testing 4. Tetanus Vaccines 5. Pneumonia Vaccines 6. Quit Smoking Education

Medicare Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year again! If you are enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan (HMO/ PPO), expect an information packet from your plan by the end of September. It is important to understand and save this information: it explains the changes in your plan for 2019. Premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and the drugs covered by your plan can change significantly! During Medicare Open Enrollment, you can adjust your plan for next year. SHINE Counselors help you understand your plan changes as well as other options you may have. Call now to discuss your insurance questions, schedule your SHINE phone or face-to-face appointment, or learn about group meetings during the Open Enrollment from October 15th through December 7th! REMINDER: Be on the alert for your new Medicare card in the mail and as always, bring your card and drug list to your appointment!

Podiatry Clinic - Dr. Alan Lechan Wed, Dec 12th; 1pm-3pm

Dr. Lechan is out of Fall River, Mass but will be coming to Seekonk Human Services to perform a Podiatry Clinic. Appointment is required for the Podiatry Clinic. Please call 508-336-8772 to schedule your appointment. Items needed are insurance cards with your doctor’s names, date of last doctor’s visit, summary of last visit, and list of medications. *Please check with your insurance regarding co-pays.

Brown Bags

Wednesday, December 19th

Brown Bag drop off will be from 9:00am—11:00am and pick up at the center will be 11:15am to 12pm.

Tech Time

Wed, December 12th; 2pm-4pm

Students from MTTI in Seekonk will be coming to Seekonk Human Services on the second Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm to help individuals out with their electronics. Bring your laptop, tablet, or cell phone and learn what they all have to offer or clean out the hard drive of your computer.

Blood Pressure & Glucose Clinic Wed, Dec. 19th 9:00am-10:30am

Seekonk EMT will be performing our blood pressure clinic! This is a first come, first serve basis. Come on down and get your blood pressure checked.

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Chair Yoga

Mon & Wed 10am - 10:50am

It has been shown to help alleviate or reduce many health challenges. The many benefits of Yoga have even been said to slow down the physical ailments associated with the aging process. Health benefits have included improvements in Sleep; Strength/ Arthritis; Diabetes; Hypertension; Excess Weight; Mood/Anxiety; Depression; Chronic Pain as well as Breathing.

Knitting for the Needy Mondays at 12:30pm

In our Knitting Club, our exceptional volunteers give their time to knit for those in need. The items are donated to Citizens for Citizens Inc., who then distributes them to needy families in Seekonk and other surrounding communities. Free yarn is available at Seekonk Human Services to all club members. For more information call 508-336-8772.


Mondays at 1pm

Melissa Nelson will be instructing. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. This is fun way to burn calories and stay in shape.

Nutritional Meals

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:30am

Seekonk Human Services offers nutritional meals for $2 each. The menu will be available at Seekonk Human Services. Sign up is required for this as the meals are brought in from an outside agency.


Thursdays 1pm to 3pm

Cribbage players wanted! Come drop in on a Thursday afternoon and play cribbage.

Advanced Floor Yoga

Fridays 9am-10am $2 per person

This class is a Vinyasa practice that is tSeptht at a slower pace to help students find beneficial alignment and nourishment in each pose. This a truly a practice for all and will leave you feeling energized and centered. Class is $5.

Tai Chi

Fridays 10:15am – 11am

This ancient but effective form of exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps increase flexibility and balance. Its benefits can help reduce back pain and pain from knee osteoarthritis, and improve quality of life. We hope you’ll join us!

Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, Dec 13th at 9:30am

Toti’s Restaurant All men 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, pay for what you order.

Women’s Brunch

No Brunch in December

Balance -- Memory -- Weight

BINGO cards will be sold from 12pm until 12:45pm on Thursdays. BINGO will start promptly at 1pm. No tickets will be sold after 12:45pm. Thank you!

Three of the biggest problems for senior citizens are poor balance, memory loss and the inability to loose excess weight. Using the Wii Fit Plus program on a regular basis can help you with all three of these things. Exercise is not always easy and sometimes it hurts. This is a painless and fun way to exercise. I would love to show you how this program could help you. Contact Nancy at 508-336-9547

Silver Sneakers

Seekonk Senior Shopping Day


Thursdays at 1pm

Tues. & Thurs. 10am - 10:45am

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Resistance training and activities is achieved with the use of hand weights and tubing. A chair is used for seating and standing support.


Wednesdays at 1pm

American mahjong utilizes racks, jokers, “Hands and Rules” score cards and has several distinct game play mechanics.

By GATRA (800) 483-2500

Tues from 10:15am to 11:30am

GATRA will go to WalMart, Stop & Shop and Pricerite in Seekonk. Please call GATRA to schedule your shopping day.

Fuel Assistance

If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the look-out 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 $35,510,


for 2 people is $46,437, for 3 people is $57,363, and for 4 people is $68.289. 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; Food Stamps-copy of verification. 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. Other Documents Needed: License; Social Security Cards for all members in household; Birth certificates for members under the age of 18.

Gatra Transportation Service 1-800-483-2500

Riding Dial-A-Ride is Easy: To be considered for Dial-A-Ride service, customers must completed GATRA’s Statewide Access Pass and ADA Paratransit Eligibility Application form and/or a Senior Application. BEFORE CALLING, HAVE YOUR TRIP INFORMATION READY. Exact address and requested travel times are required. The day before your travel date, please call the office to check your pick up times. We ask that you call the office between 4:30pm and 6:00pm Monday through Friday, and between 9am and 6pm on Saturday. Making a Reservation: Make your reservation Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Dial-A– Ride Service Area: The Seekonk Dial-A-Ride service takes riders to the following towns ONLY: • Rehoboth • Plainville (Thursday 10am to 2pm ONLY) • Attleboro (Thursday 10am to 2pm ONLY) • North Attleboro (Thursday 10am to 2pm) • East Providence, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence (Mon., Wed., & Fri.)

Two Safety Measures One Priority

The Bristol County Sherriff, Thomas Hodgson is offering the “R.U.O.K?” program. Calls are placed to seniors, disabled persons, and shut-ins at the same time each day to check on the well-being of the individual. After a second call if no one answer, Emergency responders will be dispatched to check in on the person. Applications are available at Seekonk Human Services, or by calling 774-628-0030. FREE File of Life Folders are available at Seekonk Human Services. These folders are designed to be kept on your refrigerator as an alert to emergency medical personnel of your medical information during an emergency situation. These files could save your life or the life of a loved one. Pick up yours today!


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2018 TRIPS Newport Playhouse: A Doublewide, Texas Christmas Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Depart: 10am Return: Approximately 5pm Cost: $55 per person (driver gratuity included) In this outrageously funny comedy, it’s Christmastime in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County. Spend the Yuletide in Doublewide and let this hilarious Jones Hope Wooten Comedy make your Christmas merry and bright…because there’s no place like a good ol’ Texas-sized mobile home for the holidays! Trip sign up and 50% deposit is due at the time of sign up in person, no phone call sign ups. Seekonk residents sign up by October 19th, non-residents begin signing up October 22nd. *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 Seekonk Human Services at 508336-8772. Please utilize the Knights of Columbus parking lot first**

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.

AARP Massachusetts Monthly Fraud Watch Update for December 2018 Background:

Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds? The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family. Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks. It’s free of charge for everyone: AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is:

• An Educator: Get real-time alerts about the latest scams, tips on how to spot them, and the inside scoop on how con artists think so you can outsmart them before they strike. • A Watchdog: Our nationwide scam tracking map gives you access to a network of people who've spotted scams and the opportunity to pass along your own experiences, so together we can beat con artists at their own game. • A Resource: Get connected to a real live person trained in how to avoid fraud and advise you if you or a loved one has been scammed by calling our fraud hotline or attending a forum in your community. • Free for Everyone: Anyone, of any age, can access our resources at no cost. Scam Alert #1: As we near the holiday season, online shopping increases, as

does online scams. Only use trusted sites to make online transactions and be wary of steeply discounted items. Sometimes scammers will attempt to lure you into making a purchase with phony online sales. In addition, if you plan to buy or sell your own goods online, use a website or app that uses proper safety measures to ensure that you don’t lose your money in the process. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention. Scam Alert #2: Over 500,000 people take seasonal jobs during the holiday season. Scammers like to take advantage of seasonal workers by posing as potential employers on third-party websites. When prospective employees apply for these job listings, they will be asked to provide personal information such as their date of birth, address and Social Security number for “verification purposes.” Scammers can then use this information to steal your identity. One big red flag to look out for is a job which offers a lot of money for very little work. If the position seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam. If you have questions about a job listing you see online, go directly to the business website or give them a call. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention. Scam Alert #3: Many people travel during the holidays to visit with family and friends. Be cautious of false rental advertisements online. Do not use third party websites to book hotels and be particularly wary of home rentals. Verify listings through online consumer feedback before you close the deal. Some scammers will copy photos and details from real rental listings. They then accept pre-payment for booking the house or apartment. You may only discover that you have nowhere to stay on the day you’re supposed to check in. Never give someone money before you see the place you are supposed to stay, and always verify the listing with hotels directly before booking any rooms. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention. Scam Alert #4: During the winter season, we see an increase in scammers calling consumers and pretending to be a representative from their local utility provider. The fraudster will claim that your previous payments haven’t cleared or that you owe them money. They will tell you that you need to pay the outstanding balance over the phone, or else your power, heat, or water will be turned off within the hour. The swindler will insist that you didn’t pay the bill (even if you know you did), and will tell you to pay over the phone with a credit card or a cash transfer. Scammers are banking on your fear that your heat will be shut off during the cold winter season in order to collect your personal information. Hang up and call your utility provider directly to confirm your billing status. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Report scams to local law enforcement. Contact the AARP Fraud Watch Network at for more information on fraud prevention.

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Surviving Holiday Grief

Getting Through the Holidays

December 11th - 6:30-8pm Attleboro, MA – Holidays can be difficult for those who have experienced loss. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, this time is filled with fond remembrances of loved ones who are on your mind yet absent from your traditions and rituals. Community VNA offers a free monthly support group which features a different topic on grieving each month. The November and December groups will focus on coping mechanisms to help those who are grieving during the holiday season: Getting Through the Holidays, Tuesday, December 11th. Acknowledging the difficulties of holidays after loss does not make a potentially difficult time any easier, but preparing for the holidays by tapping into helpful coping strategies may provide some much needed help. There is no charge to attend. Participants may choose to register for one or both at no charge. Workshops will be held at Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro MA from 6:30pm to 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 508.222.0118, ext. 1372 or email

About Community VNA

Community VNA has been dedicated to enhancing health, wellness and quality of life for more than 100 years, providing a range of services, including: Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Private Care, Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimer’s Assistance Program, as well as Lifeline Services and Annual Elder Dental Clinics. Community VNA has been recognized as a 2017 HomeCare Elite Top 500 (ranked among the top 5% of home health care agencies nationwide). This recognition is based on publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementing patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. For more information, visit, and connect with Community VNA on Facebook.

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital To Hold Blood Drive

Alexandria (Faria) Viveiros, of Rehoboth, age 91, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2018.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital will be holding a Blood Drive in partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center on Thursday, December 6 from 7:30am – 4pm in the Hospital Auditorium. Each donation you make can treat up to three people and will help alleviate the region’s seasonal blood shortage. While emergencies and disasters capture the attention of our community and prompt people to respond by donating, the need for blood donations is ongoing. Donating regularly is something we can do to ensure blood is always available the instant it is needed, and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses, as well as those who need regular blood transfusions to live. All donors will be entered in a raffle. Refreshments will be provided. To schedule an appointment for the Sturdy Memorial Blood Drive, call 508-236-8555 or visit Donors need to be at least 17 years of age and at least 110 pounds, and the process takes approximately one hour.

Maria Isaura (Gouveia) Andrade, 93 of Rehoboth passed away on November 4, 2018 at home. Richard Dawson Carr, 66, well-known to friends and family as “Fuzzy,” passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, surrounded by the comfort of his loving wife Karen, after a brief battle with cancer.

Seekonk Christine Phyllis (Dutra) Vinhateiro, 93, of Seekonk, MA, died on October 29, 2018. Evelyn T. Tetreault, 97, of Seekonk, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Louise Craveiro, 92, of Meadowlark Drive passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital. Richard J. Veader, 79, a lifelong resident of Seekonk passed away Thursday November 1, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital.

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John T., Whittaker, Jr., 71, of Ivy Lane, died peacefully on November 3, 2018. Lillian D. C. George, 91, of Seekonk passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 5th at the Hattie Ide Chaffee Home in East Providence. Roger H. Proulx, Sr. 74, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2018 with his loving family by his side. William J. Brown, 74, of Seekonk passed away Wednesday November 14, 2018 at the Rhode Island Hospital after a long illness with cancer. Joseph Michael Driscoll, 92, of Seekonk passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Elmhurst Rehabilitation Center after a long period of declining health. Joseph R. Blake, 89, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

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• Add cream to saucepan and bring to rapid simmer but do not boil. • In oven-safe dish, arrange slices of potato in even layers. • Pour warm cream over potatoes slowly, allowing to seep between layers without overflowing dish. • Top generously with sliced Gruyere cheese and place in oven, 30-45 minutes per portion. When done, potatoes should be golden-brown on top, bubbling at edges and a knife should slide easily into center.

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Art Supplies/Framing

Gregory D. Dorrance, Co.


Farm - Apparel

Assisted Living

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Farm - Turkeys

Belwing Acres Turkey Farm



Donald E. MacManus, Attorney


Feed & Garden Store

Bay State Pet & Garden Supply



Laurie P. Mullen, Attorney


Fence & Decking

Bridgewater Polyvinyl, Inc



Law Office of Luke P. Travis


Fence Installation

Fence Tech


Auto Body

Sousa’s Auto Body


Figure Skating

Pawtucket/Prov Figure Skating Club 76

Auto Body

Tri Star Autobody



Seekonk Tree


Auto Parts

NorthEastern Auto Supply


Flooring - All Types

Earle Dias Interiors


David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors


Auto Repairs

Mike’s Truck & Trailer Repair


Flooring - Wood

Auto Repairs

New England Tire



Gilmore’s Flower Shop


Auto Services

Dorman’s Auto Center, Inc.



Robin’s Corner Flower Shop



Yankee Auto Electric Inc


Fuel - Oil

Al’s Quality Oil Co.



HarborOne Mortgage


Fuel - Oil



Bird Feed & Supplies

Wild Birds Unlimited


Fuel - Oil

E & V Oil Co.


Building Contractor

A.M. Carpentry


Fuel - Oil

Pricerite Discount Heating Oil


Building Contractor

M.G. Salois Construction


Fuel - Oil & Propane


Steven Howitt


Funeral Home

J.H. Williams & Co. Funeral Home


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Swanton’s Furniture Barn


Carpet Cleaning

Earle’s Carpet Cleaning


Gifts & Collectibles

Personal Touch


Carpet Cleaning

M & S Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 35

Grocery / Meat Market Parker’s Meat Market


Child Care

Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center


Health & Fitness

Bliss Life Yoga


Chimney Cleaning

RD Chimney Sweep


Heating & A/C

LS Heating & Air Conditioning


Chimney Services

Kenny’s Masonry & Chimney Sweep 80

Heating & Air

Taylor Heating and Air Conditioning 72


Holy Cross Church


Heating Service

Larry’s Heating & A.C.


Cleaning Service

Debbie’s Cleaning Service



Hotel Tybee



Wexler’s Collectibles


Insurance Agency

Durand Insurance Agency


Concrete Contractor

American Form Corporation


Insurance Agency

Frazao Insurance



G CAP Construction


Insurance Agency

Smith Insurance


Country Club

Hillside Country Club


Insurance Agency

Stateline Insurance


Credit Union

Community & Teachers Credit Union 60


Attleboro Jewelry Makers


Dance Studio

InStep Dance Studio


Junk Removal

AOL Enterprises



David C. Zaluski, D.D.S.


Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens Direct, Inc



Dr. Wassouf D.D.S.



Frank P. Casarella, DMD



Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC



Romani Orthodontics


Dog Grooming

Groom & Style


Dog Services

Canine Mastery, Inc


Dog Training

Pooch Pawsitive



Greaves Electric



James Tavares Electric



Neal Bellavance Electric



Edaville Railroad



Mom Prom Fundraiser


W.H. Riley & Son





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Business Directory CATEGORY






Kitchen/Bath Design

Infinity Kitchens


Real Estate

Williams & Stuart Real Estate


Landscape Materials

J & J Materials Corp.



Batty Construction


Liquor Store

Landry Liquors



Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon


Log Homes

Cedar Hill Log Homes



Country Kitchen


Marble Fabricators

Star Marble & Granite



La Collina


Masonry-Construction StoneScapes - Mark Carvalho



La Familia


Masonry-Construction Valter Rego Masonry



Vino’s Family Cafe


Music, Weddings

Classic Flute Duos


Roofing Contractor

B & R Fournier Construction, Inc.


Nail Salon

Perfect Nails


Roofing Contractor

Tabeleys Roofing


New/Used Home Goods New Too You


RVs and Campers

Camping World of Berkley


Nursing Homes

Waterview Villa


Seafood Market

Digger’s Catch



George Family Orthodontics


Security Systems

Home & Commercial Security



Romani Orthodontics


Septic Inspections

Pro Inspection Services


Painting Contractor

Arruda & Son Painting, Inc.


Septic Systems

A. Viera Disposal


Painting Contractor

Cronan Painting


Septic Systems

Bay State Sewage


Painting Contractor

EZ Painting


Septic Systems

Croome Bros. Sanitation, Inc.


Painting Contractor

Iachetti Painting Company


Septic Systems

Fisk Contracting Co.


Painting Contractor

Lundco Painting LLC.


Septic Systems

Soares Sanitation Pumping, Inc.


Painting Services

KGM Painting & Wallcoverings


Septic Systems

Town Sanitation


Paving Contractor

All Phase Asphalt Driveways


Shoe Store

St. Pierre’s Shoes



Anawan Pharmacy



Cristallo Spa at Hillside CC


Physical Therapy

Personal Best Physical Therapy


Special Events

Francis Farm


Plastering & Painting

David Laurino - Plastering


Stove Shop

Fireplace Showcase


Plumbing & Heating

Sine Plumbing & Heating


Swim Lessons

Pods Swimming


Plumbing & Heating

Vintage Plumbing & Heating


Trash/Junk Removal

Big Blue Removal Service


Private School

St. Cecilia’s School


Tree Service

Advanced Tree


Real Estate

Aubin Realty


Tree Service

Choate Tree Service


Real Estate

Century 21 - David Smith


Tree Service

Heritage Tree & Arborist Services NE 36 Seekonk Tree Service


Real Estate

Denise Clegg, Realtor


Tree Service

Real Estate

RE/MAX Integrity



Lanette Budovsky, Tutor


Real Estate

ReMax Rivers Edge


Water Treatment

Water Filter Company, Inc.


Real Estate

TK Real Estate Brokerage


Wells & Sump Pumps

Vintage Plumbing & Heating


Real Estate

Vicki Doran - Coldwell Banker


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Athletes of the Month




Chase has lead the Falcons in rushing, and doing it the old fashion way “Hard Nose Football” where he leads with his head and pounds for every yard. Chase is a force when in the red zone, and is a true leader on the team. He is the teammate that ask for the ball when the game is on the line. Being fearless has given him the and his teammate the breathing room that has been needed when it is 3rd and goal. He carries this same attitude over to the defense where he is a stud linebacker, doing whatever is need to stop the other team from advancing! We are proud to say Chase is a true Falcon.

Joe has been carrying the ball for countless yards. Joe continues to stack up 100+ yard games, and does it with ease. He makes his runs look effortlessly, as he breaks countless tackles and remains instantly ready to do it over and over again. Joe shows no fear and is always willing to take on the opponents biggest and best defensive man, as he consistently makes them appear to be on the wrong field, while he jukes by them all with ease. The Falcons have won the south state championship over Milton and Superbowl championship over Nashoba. We could not be more proud of this amazing team!

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December 2018 Seekonk Reporter  

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