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The Seekonk


FEBRUARY 2014 Volume 26, no. 2



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

Health & Fitness see page 48 Love is in the Air see page 23

Julianna Fonseca Crowned Miss Massachusetts Collegiate America story on page 31

Senior Center Project Up For A Vote!

Special Election on Feb. 10th and Town Meeting, Feb. 18th more on page 26

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Town of Seekonk News Notes by Laura Calverley

Town’s Bond Rating Improves

Seekonk’s bond rating has been upgraded by the national ratings service, Standard & Poor’s. The rating increased from AA minus to AA plus. The upgrade is due to a number of factors, including the town’s strong economy, budgetary performance and financial management.

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Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society....................45 Business Directory.....................93 Church Listings..........................80 Classifieds..............................91 Club Announcements.................42 Dave Says...................................64 Dining Guide...............................88 Events and Activities..................34 Heard at the Country Kitchen....30 Health & Fitness..........................48 Letters to the Editor......................6 Library......................................61 Love is in the Air........................77 My Two Cents.............................23 Obituaries................................90 People in the News..................31 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings..................22 Rehoboth Rescue Squad...........21 Rehoboth Town News................15 School...................................66 Scouts..................................51 Seekonk Human Services..........82 Seekonk Town News.................26 Sports Update............................54 Then and Now............................60


Special Election on Feb. 10

A special election is set for February 10 and a special town meeting on Feb. 18 for voters to approve a new plan for the senior center. If voters approve, the Senior Center Building Committee will be able to use the designated funds to purchase and renovate a building at the corner of Taunton and Arcade Avenues instead of the original project, which was to build a 9,200 squarefoot modular building on land adjacent to the town hall on Peck Street. The plan changed due to cost. Two bids were sent out for the building project, but were returned much higher than the funds available. The special election is not asking voters to approve additional funds for the project. The election and special town meeting this month are necessary because the wording in the previously approved warrant articles must be amended in order for the committee to move forward on the building purchase. Voters approved a $2.5 million appropriation for the senior center at the June 2012 town meeting and an additional $386,000 at last June’s town meeting. If approved, work on the new senior center will begin during the summer.

Proposed Town Meeting Article Gives Town Administrator Appointment Responsibility

Selectmen approved another article for the Feb. 18 special town meeting that would give the town administrator, and the board, more power over the appointment of town officials. The proposal requires amending the town charter. If approved, the town administrator would be able to appoint the town assessor, town planner, health agent and conservation agent. Selectmen would have to approve the appointments. The proposal does not include the Library Director and School Superintendent. The article will require a two-thirds vote at town meeting. Voters would also have to approve the proposal at the ballot.

Another Proposed Article Will Fund Additional Parking at Library

Selectmen approved a town meeting article requesting $90,000 for additional parking spaces at the Seekonk Library. Another library article involves the cost to

repair the library’s roof. A funding request for $161,000 approved for the project last year is being reduced and more than $130,000 will be returned to the Municipal Capital Stabilization Fund.

Article to Approve Veterans Memorial Garden on Town Meeting Agenda

Voters will be asked to approve construction of a Veterans Memorial Garden next to the Seekonk Public Library on Newman Avenue. After much discussion, the Veterans Memorial Committee and Library Board of Trustees came to an agreement to have the project built on town-owned land adjacent to the library’s parking lot. The actual wording of the article is to amend a previous article, approved at the Nov. 2012 town meeting, which outlined the original plan for a veterans memorial next to Town Hall on Peck Street. The veterans memorial committee wanted a more prominent location and felt the land near the library was more suitable.

Selectmen to Interview Town Administrator Finalists

The search for a new town administrator is proceeding. Interim Town Administrator Gary Stenhouse reportedly told selectmen that he interviewed 14 candidates for the position and the list has been narrowed down to a few finalists. Three candidates will be interviewed at the board of selectman’s meeting on February 5.

Seekonk to Offer Full Time Kindergarten in Fall

Seekonk will begin a full-day kindergarten program next year. The tuition per student will be $4,000, which is the maximum amount allowed under state law. There will be a sliding scale based on income. The entire program is expected to cost about $190,000. The school department reportedly has more than $250,000 in a contingency fund that can be used towards the program.

Building Commissioner Resigns One Month after Being Appointed

John Santos, who was appointed the town’s building commissioner in December, has resigned. Santos, who previously worked as a substitute building inspector,

February 2014 The Reporter replaced Mary McNeil, who resigned last August. William McDonough, who is Rehoboth’s building commissioner, was appointed to serve as alternate building commissioner.

Seekonk High School Drop Out Rate Increases Slightly

According to a report released last month by the state Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, most high schools in the state saw a decline in the number of dropouts last year compared to 2013, but Seekonk’s dropout rate increased slightly, from .9 to 1.4 percent. Dropout rates tend to fluctuate from year to year and the percentage of dropouts in area schools has been declining over the last 10 years. Since 2003, Seekonk’s dropout rate has declined by about one percentage point.

Tri-County Receives Grant for New Biotechnology Program

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School recently received a $100,000 grant to help the school create a new biotechnology program U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III presented the grant, sponsored by the Massachusetts Life Science Center. The grant will reportedly be used for equipment including laptops, microscopes, incubators and other supplies. Classes will begin in the fall. More than $3 million in grants were awarded to Massachusetts high schools as part of the program.


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Seekonk Animal Shelter

When Ebony was just eight weeks old, she was at the shelter. After a short time, she was adopted by a women who posed as someone who would take care of her for the rest of her life, but after just a couple of months living with the women, Ebony was tossed out of the house like a bag of garbage and the women moved away. It was months before anyone called us to notify us about what happened, but when they finally did, she was back with us within days. Starving, freezing and overcome with sadness, Ebony returned to the shelter and has since been waiting for someone to fall in love with her once again. Throughout this entire experience, Ebony has been loving and outgoing with everyone and everything she meets. She would be a perfect addition to a home with children, other cats and even dogs. Don’t pity a shelter cat like Ebony… come adopt one at the Seekonk Animal Shelter! Open for adoption hours 7 days a week 2-4 PM except for Wednesday 3-6 PM. Located at 100 Peck Street, Seekonk MA 02771. Questions? Call us at 508-336-6663.

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Another Successful Taste of the Towns 2014

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Seekonk would like to thank everyone who attended the 18th annual Taste of the Towns on February 4, 2014, at the Pawtucket County Club. The profits from this event provide child care grants, donations to the Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, scholarships, and sponsorships of the Seekonk High School Key Club and the Hurley Middle School to encourage students to be active in community service. We would like to thank the following restaurants who participated: Bone Yard, Chardonnay’s, Country Kitchen, Davenport’s, Lemon & Oil Deli, Luxury Box, Not Your Average Joe’s, Orchard House Café, Pazi’s Place, Shayna’s Cupcakes, Stop & Shop and Dunkin’ Donuts, Tai-Pan, Toti’s, Wharf Tavern, Young’s Caterer’s and Jacobs Hill Inn. We thank the management of Pawtucket County Club for hosting the event. The assistance of the Seekonk High School Key Club was greatly appreciated. Also, we’d like to thank local access Seekonk TV9 for filming the event to be replayed on the local channel. The Attleboro Sun Chronicle and the Seekonk Reporter helped with advance advertising and coverage of the event. Kiwanis is an international organization dedicated to changing the world “one child and one community at a time”. For more information contact President Edith Krekorian at 508-336-8130 or

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“Wow”! “Overwhelmed”! “Just Crazy”!

These are just some of the words I have used to describe Sunday, January 12th, the day the benefit was put on for me. To see so many people from all aspects of my life: from when I moved to RI, to my life in Rehoboth now and all the avenues in between, here to support me. How can you not use these words?! From everyone who worked so hard to plan the “Benefit”, those who worked so hard to help the committee, to those who came and supported me and those who supported and could not be there: “THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU”! It was a great afternoon. The great food, so many raffles, good music and fantastic people with such positive energy. It will always be appreciated! (Our apologizes to those Bill or I did not get to talk to.) We have quite the road ahead of us and with the energy, support, prayers and angels that are with us, things are going to be good, I know!! There’s no other way around it. Thanks again everyone! Sincerely Appreciated, Gale & Bill Pray and the family

Doorways Food Pantry would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community! Helping others does not just happen. It takes a special combination of joint efforts and the dedication of many to come together as the community did again in 2013. Through generous donations of food, money, and 5,000 volunteer hours, approximately 129,000 pounds of food was provided assisting over 50+ families per week. Lives were touched as clients saw that their community cares. Please know that your donation, in which ever way you were able to join in, was greatly appreciated and truly made a difference. If you or someone you know in Seekonk is in need of Doorways assistance, please contact Seekonk Human Services at 508-3368772 for details including qualifications and guidelines. If interested, monetary donations can be mailed to Doorways, Inc., PO Box 295, Seekonk MA 02771. Food donations can be dropped off at the Seekonk Public Library. Those interested in volunteering at Doorways can call (508) 761-6380 to find out more. Again, thank you for your continued support, Seekonk - it is greatly appreciated by many!

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Tracey Hayes Runs for Dana-Farber On April 21, 2014 I will be running the Boston Marathon for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl, so it is very exciting for me to fulfill this dream, as well as, raising much needed research funds for DanaFarber. I have always wanted to run for the Dana-Farber organization because of the impact it has had on my family and I’m sure yours as well. I am running to honor my Tracey Hayes. dad (esophageal cancer) who has fought and is winning the cancer battle. I am also running in memory of my grandfather, (lung cancer), my nana (lymphoma), and my aunt (pancreatic cancer), and the many other family and friends that have either successfully fought or lost the battle to cancer. All 100% of proceeds raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) benefit Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, widely recognized as one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind. Based on a rigorous and highly selective process, the Barr Program funds the brightest, most creative scientists making basic research discoveries that are transforming cancer treatment. Barr investigators have made numerous major breakthroughs resulting in improved survival rates and quality of life for thousands of patients everywhere. Isn’t it amazing to think your contribution could positively impact a cancer diagnosis of a loved one…or even yourself someday? Continued on next page...



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10 The Reporter February 2014 My participation in running races since age 6 and my membership on track teams at Seekonk HS and Springfield College will help me train for this marathon. Running 26.2 miles is nothing compared to what my dad and the many others go through to battle with cancer. Please consider a donation to help Dana-Farber research. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Sponsoring me is easy and only takes a few minutes. Just visit my contribution page at or send a check made out to DFMC directly to me at 25 Bear Hill Rd., Seekonk, MA 02771 to help achieve a future without cancer. And remember to submit a matching fund request to your company to multiply your gift to DFMC. Thank you in advance for your support! It truly means a lot. Tracey Hayes

But the rest of you can simply ignore those red signs. I have learned to expect the worst from you and to drive accordingly. And if you hit someone else I am sure you won’t mind the expense and inconvenience. And don’t worry, if you happen to hit a poor pedestrian or bicyclist foolish enough to not watch out for you, there’s a nice innocent sounding term, vehicular manslaughter. We don’t call it what it really is, murder. Chris Manley

Just to Clarify…

I’m writing to clarify a point about the use of alternative heating sources. In the article in the January issue, you quoted Fire Chief Robert Prey in saying that there had been six chimney fires in the past thirty days, three which became structural fires. He went on to say that due to the economy many people are using alternative heating sources such as fireplaces, electric heaters and wood pellet stoves and went on to say that chimneys ought to be cleaned regularly, perhaps even more than just once a year. It would seem to me that including the use of “alternative” heating sources is neither here nor there with regards to the number of chimney fires we have had recently. Electric space heaters do not use chimneys. Pellet stoves are local fixed heaters that are direct vented in most situations and do not use a traditional chimney. As reported by the CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America), between 2009 and 2011, there were roughly 24,300 chimney fires which involved either a fireplace or a wood stove into a masonry chimney, 3900 local fixed heater fires (wood stove in a engineered chimney or a direct vented pellet stove) and 1500 portable space heater fires. From a statistical point of view, alternative heating sources are actually less prone to any type of fire.

To Stop or Not To Stop?

I drive all day. It’s my job. I see a lot of things. I’ve learned that there is no such thing as a stop sign. There are only yield signs. And yield means slow a little, half glance and go unless someone is actually going to hit you. Because after all why should you stop? There is all that wasted gas and wear on your brakes. And your time is much too important to waste. You have phone calls to make, a breakfast sandwich to eat and a navigator barking directions to you. The traffic is always speeding so it will not be your fault if they hit you. They should learn to slow down. As for me, I will continue to stop at every stop sign no matter how clear. I apologize to all you important people. But you see I have also learned only two or three long looks proves the coast is clear. I have seen vehicles suddenly appear, blocked for one instant by my side mirror after my first glance showed nothing. And I have this aversion to sitting on the side of the road filling out police report, waiting for the tow truck. It has been a very, very long time since I have had to do that. And I would like to keep it that way.

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I am asking the voters of Rehoboth to join me in supporting a Rehoboth native for selectmen in the April 7th election. He feels it is time to give back to his home town. He is a man of integrity who by serving on the Board of Selectman can make a difference representing the residents of Rehoboth. This man is Dave Laurino, a life long resident. I also wish to thank the voters of Rehoboth for having allowed me to serve the Town for the past two years. I believe every decision I made was always in the best interest of the residents of Rehoboth. I have decided not to seek another term as selectman. Lorraine A. Botts

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This task force was asked to investigate the process of allocation of Chapter 70 funds (funds received from the state for education) in our regional school budget. We wanted to understand this work to ensure the public that each town was properly assessed and credited for its support of the school system. Once that had been investigated, the task force would offer a recommendation to the full school committee regarding the allocation of funds between the two communities.  In addition to myself, the Task Force is comprised of the following School Committee members: Mr. Andrade, Mr. Barrett, Mr. Hebda, Mr. Katseff and Mr. Rapoza.  The business manager for the district, Ms. Antonellis, as well as Interim Superintendent Mr. Malone, also worked on this project. Ms. Antonellis was diligent in collecting the necessary Massachusetts state and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations which were adopted in early 2007 and then spoke with those who could answer her questions Continued on next page...

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12 The Reporter February 2014 concerning these regulations in conjunction with our regional agreement. Although we have one regional budget, it is composed of three budgets: Dighton K-8, Rehoboth K-8, and DRRHS.  She then reworked our present FY14 budget using this information. Regional budgets can be developed two ways.  First, budgets can be developed in accordance with the “statutory” rules - using state generated assumptions.  Second, if a regional committee elects to do so, it may use an “alternative” method.  The alternate method requires each town’s specific approval and notice to DESE.    To educate ourselves on this process, we consulted Dr. Stephen Hemman from the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS).  He presented the task force with the Massachusetts and DESE regulations concerning regional school budgets and reviewed and compared our FY14 budget and the revised budget using the statutory method and the stipulations of our regional agreement.     In order to verify the conclusions of Dr. Hemman, we consulted Mr. Mark Abrahams of the Abrahams Group.  Mr. Abrahams is an independent consultant who teaches, writes, and consults on governmental, financial, operational, and performance management and his services have been used by the district and many other school systems in the past.  He reviewed the materials concerning our district budget.

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   Both consultants supported the regulated statutory method presented by Ms. Antonellis. They found inadequacies in past methods used in our budget process.  This review revealed that there were discrepancies in the operating assessments to the towns between the FY14 budget and the FY14 statutory budget.  The amount in question is $1,073,919.  We based this on an examination of Dighton’s FY14 operating assessment which was $9,021,253.   The statutory method dictates that Dighton should have paid $7,947,334 in FY14.  Rehoboth’s operating assessment for the FY14 was $13,009,122.  The statutory method dictates that Rehoboth should have paid $14,083,040.  We are looking at a swing of over one million dollars.  The ramifications of such a swing in assessments could be very damaging to this school district.     As school committee members, we are publicly elected officials who are looking to do our best to keep our schools, our students, and our towns thriving.  The schools are the heart of our communities and basis of our towns’ property values.    To educate our townspeople, as we have educated ourselves, Dr. Stephen Hemman will be here January 28th to give the presentation he offered us.  He will discuss the Massachusetts and DESE regulations pertaining to regional school budgets.  He will also review the comparison of the FY14 budget and the statutory budget method in conjunction with our regional agreement.  Finally, he will discuss any options we may have.     The Dighton Rehoboth Regional School Committee will be transparent throughout the FY15 budget cycle.  To this end, we will hold open conversations with selectmen and finance committees as well as the general public.  Most importantly, we are looking to keep this district moving forward.    We have a regional agreement that has not been reviewed for more than 25 years - not since 1987.  We strongly recommend the towns open discussion to review our regional agreement, as important aspects of legislation, governing school district budgeting has been passed over these last 20+ years, and is not addressed. Susan Lorenz, Chair Chapter 70 Task Force Raymond Medeiros, Chair, Dighton- Rehoboth Regional School Committee


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Returning to Nepal, with Donations for Students by Leslie Patterson

Last year at this time Rehoboth resident Hollis Burkhart shared with Reporter readers details about a trekking trip she made in Nepal with her guide Dash Lal, and her plans to raise funds for school supplies for students at the Lalit Bikash School there. Now she brings us an update on her latest trip from late 2013 and explains how she used the donations from people in Rehoboth and elsewhere to help this group of students in the town of Patan, not far from Kathmandu. “This recent trip made it so clear what a difference people’s support has made to the students at Lalit Bikash School,” she said. “I had arranged to go to the school after my trek with Dash Lal. He told me they would be having a luncheon for me. I had no idea what else was in the works. When we walked up to the school gates, I could hear so many children’s voices, which surprised me as I expected they would already be in their classrooms. When they opened the gates of the school, I saw all of the students lined up in the courtyard, each with flowers in their hands, waiting to greet me. I immediately became teary, which then caused the principal to also start crying,” she recalled. Hollis said that when she met with the seventh and eighth grade class at the school, the first question they asked was “Why do you want to help us?” She added, “It was an emotional visit. They were all so sincere and wanted to understand why we in America would be interested in them. They sang their school song for me. Most were too shy to ask me anything.”

“Dash Lal and I are putting together a new wish list for the school, based on our observations and on what they said they would like,” she explained. “Through the help of everyone who contributed money to this cause, the school for the first time was able to provide uniforms for every student. I visited the school library, which now has many more books, thanks to donations. I have been able to send five boxes of books and have enough money to send one more box. I can still use easy reading and picture books for the next mailing.” An Ongoing Project “The students will be getting a new blackboard or hopefully whiteboard for the kindergarten class. They have requested computer tables to better support the new computers they were able to buy with our help last year. I have realized this is an ongoing project. Uniforms will continue to be needed as new students arrive.” “On a personal note, I stayed with my Nepali family for my visit,” Hollis said. “The first night I was there I gave them the gifts I had brought, homemade cookies, blue jeans for the boys, down vests for the girls, and six iPhones, an iPod and a Blackberry!” (These gifts were from Hollis and members of her own family to Dash Lal’s family). “They were over-the-moon excited about getting these phones. Now Dash Lal, his wife, his son, niece, nephew (both of whom are in college) all have iPhones. It was such a delight to watch them taking pictures of each other and, not surprisingly, seeing the 16, 18, and 28 year-olds immediately using them in ways I wasn’t even familiar with,” she said. “While on the trek, we went to a Buddhist monastery and had an eight-year old monk show us around. In the process, he saw our iPhones and immediately wanted to play games on it! So I meditated in the monastery while this little monk sat next to me playing on my iPhone.” She concludes, “Since returning home, I have been able to use FaceTime with them which continues to amaze me and astound them. The extended family gathered at Dash Lal’s home one day then used FaceTime so they could all see me. It felt like a miracle to be seeing them 7,000 miles away.” Hollis wants to thank everyone who gave her not just donations of money and books, but also for their support and encouragement in helping the students and teachers at the Lalit Bikash School. “They are incredibly grateful.”

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Rehoboth Town News From The Clerk’s Office

Hello All ~ Happy February

I hope you are staying warm. By now, you should have received your 2014 census forms, dog license renewal, calendar/town directory, and emergency assistance form. Hopefully, you find the calendar and town directory a helpful tool. If you did not receive your census mailer, please let me know at 508-252-6502 x-110 or email me at lschwall@town.rehoboth. . We have also implemented a new Laura Schwall Credit/Debit and EFT/ACH payment system. Town Clerk This new feature enables you to conduct several town business functions online through the town website @, or when visiting the Town Clerk’s office. We hope this added feature will make our town services more accessible and convenient for the residents. Speaking of residents, I would like to thank the over 2,000 households that quickly reviewed their census data, made any necessary changes, and returned the forms to us. This year, residents were afforded the opportunity to drop off their census forms at locations around town (Bristol Savings Bank, Blanding Library, COA-Senior Center, and Town Offices), fax, e-mail, or mail them in. I would especially like to thank those families who processed their census forms and dog tags online. It was exciting to see that residents were able to choose the most convenient way possible to respond. Lynn continued on next page...

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and I are processing your changes and preparing the documents for our Registrars. During the month of February, the Registrars will begin contacting those residents who have not returned their 2014 census forms. Please respond as soon as possible so we do not have to bother you with a phone call. Just a reminder, the census form does not register you to vote or allow you to change your political designation. We’ve come across many census forms with the designation crossed out and replaced with something else or a designation added to individuals that are not currently registered. If you want to register or make a change to your registration, you must complete the appropriate forms either online or at the Town Clerk’s Office. This can be done in person, by mail, or online. Simply call us at 508-252-6502 x-110 or x-109 or e-mail us at or . If you prefer online, please go to pdf, complete the application, save it, and e-mail the form to us. Dog licenses for 2014 are now available and may be purchased by mail, online at , or at the Town Clerk’s Office. The hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The licensing fees are as follows: Male or female dog $20.00, female-spayed or male-neutered $10.00. If paying by






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check, please make sure it is made payable to Town of Rehoboth. Dog licenses are due annually by April 1st. Whether renewing online, via mail, or in person, dog license applications must be accompanied by a current year rabies certificate (with a vaccination date covering the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter [if applying for the $10 licensing fee] unless we already have your documentation on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you are unsure, please give the office a call, and we can tell you how up-to-date our information is. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with postage (66¢ for one dog tag, 86¢ for two dog tags and 98¢ for three dog tags).

The Annual Town Election

The Annual Town Election for Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 with the polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. – ALL THREE PRECINCTS WILL BE OPEN. Precinct I is the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street, Precinct II is the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road, and Precinct III is the South Fire Station at 102 Pleasant Street. Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot and who chooses not to seek a nomination through their registered party’s caucus process. Nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 45 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on February 18th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2014 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (two for 3 years), Tax Collector (one for 3 years), Town Clerk (one for one year), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (two for 3 years), Planning Board (one for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Housing Authority (one for 5 years) and Water Commissioner (two for 3 years and one for one year). The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Absentee Ballot Applications

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. Absentee ballots are obtained by written request only and must have the voter’s original signature. The deadline for filing absentee applications is Friday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m. Absentee ballot request forms are also available online at for an individual request or for a family member. Any questions regarding voter eligibility or requests for mail-in voter registration forms may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office.

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tificate will expire during January through June of 2014 should have received a reminder for renewal. The renewal fee is $50.00 (certificate renewal is good for four years) and checks should be made payable to Town of Rehoboth. You may now renew online using a debit/credit card or electronic check at buscertform . If you have any questions on any of the above items, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502, X109 or X110.

Town Clerk’s Office Closed For Training

On Thursday, February 27th the Town Clerk’s offices will be closed from Noon – 4:00 PM so we may attend a Training Session on the State’s new vital records registry system. The State of Massachusetts’ Vital Information Partnership (V.I.P.) Team will be presenting a workshop on the new Electronic Death Registration System that will be implemented in March of this year. As Rehoboth’s Town Clerk and Burial Agent, it is essential that both Lynn and I attend this training session. Should you have any business to be conducted at the Town Clerk’s Office, please try to schedule around the afternoon of February 27th; your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. As a reminder, the Town Offices will be closed on Monday, February 17th in honor of President’s Day. We hope you enjoy the President’s Day holiday. Also, a Happy Valentine’s Day to all from Laura and Lynn in the Town Clerk’s Office. In closing, please keep warm. I have to admit, even though it is cold outside, it is encouraging that the days are getting longer. Spring cannot be too far behind. Take care ~ Laura & Lynn

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Refrigerator Recycling Rebate Increased To $100 Mass. Residents Receive One of Nation’s Highest Incentives for Recycling Old Refrigerators, Freezers Rehoboth, Mass (January 30, 2014)- For a limited time, The Sponsors of Mass Save® - Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company are offering a special $100 rebate to residential electric customers for recycling outdated, second refrigerators or freezers through the Mass Save® appliance recycling program. The Mass Save® appliance recycling program encourages residential electric customers to reduce their energy use by recycling old refrigerators and freezers. Many people don’t realize older refrigerators and freezers require as much as three times the amount of energy as newer, more efficient models. By participating in the program, customers will receive the special $100 rebate and save as much as $150 a year by lowering their household energy usage. Refrigerators and freezers must be in working order, clean and empty, with an inside measurement of between 10 and 30 cubic feet — standard size for most units. A maximum of two units per household per calendar year will be accepted.


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Rehoboth, MA January 8, 2014: The Board of Selectmen recently voted to accept with deep regrets the resignation of the Town’s Veterans Service Officer William Saunders effective on March 1, 2014. Mr. Saunders has served with distinction the veterans and the residents of Rehoboth for over nine and a half years in his capacity as Veterans Service Officer. According to Chairman of the Board, Susan Pimental, “Bill has served the Town of Rehoboth and its veterans with unparalleled dedication and commitment and he will be sorely missed not only in his capacity at Veterans Service Office but also his service on the Town’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and the Cemetery Commission. Town employees, residents and especially Rehoboth veterans are going to miss Bill’s always positive approach toward problem solving and being part of a solution. The Board of Selectmen will miss his guidance and wisdom but also wish him well with his future endeavors. ” Individuals who are interested in being considered for appointment should be a veteran, and have strong technical and communication skills. Applications are available at the Office of the Board of Selectmen. Individuals are encouraged to submit a resume and a letter of interest along with the employment application.

Democrats To Hold Caucus In Rehoboth

Registered Democr ats in Rehoboth will be holding a caucus at the Blanding Public Library 124 Bay State Road Rehoboth, MA on February 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM for the purpose of electing delegates and alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The Convention will be held on June 13-14, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA during which Democrats from across the Commonwealth will gather to endorse Statewide Electoral Candidates. The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Rehoboth. For caucus information please contact (508) 922-4394.

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Rehoboth Rescue Squad: In Service For Life


Winter Search & Rescue Training

REHOBOTH – The Rehoboth Rescue Squad continues to train in Search and Rescue as the agency primarily responsible for searches within the Town. Affiliated with the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR), the Squad continues to employ best practices for proper searching under various conditions. Training is conducted throughout the seasons so that personnel are well adapted to different climate challenges, and to anticipate medical conditions suffered by a missing party as a result of exposure within such climate conditions. The frigid and snowy weather during the early morning hours of Sunday, January 19, 2014 provided an excellent real world application, which involved a mock scenario of a missing male teen. Fresh snow blanketed the search area and continued to fall, and low early morning temperatures added to the challenge. While in active search, personnel had to draw upon knowledge of core search concepts including team readiness and accountability; safety of self and team; initial report and subject profile of missing person; winter weather and affected wilderness terrain; conducting the search in hasty teams as the best method for this scenario; potential crime scene considerations & working with law enforcement; and special subject considerations based on the missing person’s profile. Squad personnel were well-equipped with search and rescue backpacks filled with necessary gear, compasses and basic first aid supplies, which, as a rule, they carry in their personal vehicles at all times. Such readiness is crucial, particularly during winter when there is less daylight, as time is an essential factor related to outcome.

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The Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency is responsible for all sheltering operations in the Town. Many remember the historic blizzard that struck our region almost one year ago. During that time, REMA opened and managed a shelter for those in need while the Rehoboth Rescue Squad extricated from homes those persons needing and requesting assistance for reasons such as severe loss of heat, inadequate food supply, and health and medical necessities. The assistance of Rescue and REMA personnel was particularly crucial since roads remained largely impassible. With every passing season, there are new considerations for management of shelters, particularly as the needs of the population increase with complexity. Increased diversity and cultural differences, medical needs and strict privacy laws, and care and protection of those whom are sheltered are just some of the factors that contribute to the complexity. For this reason, REMA hosted a presentation by the American Red Cross for REMA and Rescue volunteers as well as members of the Norton Emergency Management Agency. This January 15th training, which took place at the Council on Aging building, provided key information on the latest methods in providing shelter in addition to welcoming dialogue of best practices between neighboring agencies. Citizens who are interested in volunteering with the Rehoboth Rescue Squad or its parent, the Rehoboth Emergency Management Agency, are encouraged to visit, or call 774-371-0017. Persons of all walks of life are welcome, and the diverse talents of our people only make our combined agency stronger.

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Rehoboth Ramblings by Leslie Patterson

Beating Winter Blues: Migrate or Hibernate?

It’s good to be able to escape from winter, but oh, the return can be a shock. Our recent trip to Florida just happened to coincide with the January thaw up here. This should have made for less nerve-wracking winter travel, but having had nothing but blue skies for our last couple of vacations, it was time for some minor bad luck again. My sympathies to those who had to cope with the greater bad luck of cancelled flights and madhouse airport scenes during snowstorms this winter. Our JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale that should have departed from TF Green at 6 pm, for one reason or another but not the weather, didn’t leave until after 9:30 pm, getting us to Florida around 1 am, where the car rental places were still open but the computers down. Budget rented us a souped-up Mustang (at 2 am you can’t be too picky) so there we were, two mild-mannered older people from New England cruising down I-95 in Fort Lauderdale at

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By Rehoboth Selectman, Sue Pimental I’m sure you have all read in the paper or if you attended a recent school committee meeting, that some statements were made by the school committee that Rehoboth underpaid their share of the school obligation. Let me try to give you some history, my experience, with the school assessment, chapter 70 (state funding) and the regional school agreement. I was on the finance committee when this new wealth formula was applied as it relates to Chapter 70 funding to cities and towns. Rehoboth took a hit….a big hit… we saw increases to the share Rehoboth was asked to contribute to the school…big increases as much as $600,000 from one year to the next. The plan was to apply this wealth formula over a period of years so that it would not force cities and towns into an override situation. Instead of Rehoboth getting 50% contribution from the state, we would only get 40%. On an $18,000,000 budget, that equates to $1,800,000 that Rehoboth would now have to come up with in funding to the school. On a 7 million dollar town budget, a huge amount to have to now absorb. As a member of the finance committee back in 2007, we had a meeting with a representative from the department of education, our state representatives, and Rehoboth school committee members. I remember stating that this new formula would force cities and towns adversely affected by it to have an override, every year while they phase this new formula in. Mr. Wulfson from the department of education said they factored in the 2 ½ % cap in property taxes. He stated the money was suppose to follow the child. The calculation was prepared and then the money sent to the district and it should be allocated equally to each student. That’s not what happened, back then, apparently “consultants” that were hired by the school department/administration, stated that because the regional agreement didn’t address how funds were to be distributed, the “statutory” method would be applied. The way it was explained or maybe the way I understood it, whatever Rehoboth and Dighton would get based on this wealth formula was applied to each respective town’s assessment. Basically the money didn’t follow the child. As you recall, there was much heated arguments and accusations that Rehoboth just needed to pay their fair share. We did and then some…we paid and still do, more per student than Dighton. Back then, cuts were made to the elementary and middle school, and the town cut all part time employees, eliminated health benefits to part time employees, laid off personnel and cut salaries across the board 7%. Over time, as local revenue’s increased, the wealth formula was almost fully implemented and Rehoboth hit the net minimum…what we are required to contribute to the schools, regardless of what the assessment, those increases became a little more manageable. As you all know, a few years ago, the administration and or school committee realized that the assessment for vocational school was not handled properly. As a result, Rehoboth worked hard to re instate the member status with Bristol Plymouth which would reduce the exorbitant cost of vocational school costs at Tri County, since we were not a member. If the administration and school committee had done their job, the district would have saved 100’s of thousands of dollars over the past several years by paying substantially less in vocational tuition and transportation. But they had dropped the ball. The Dighton Selectman feel that they should be reimbursed 40% of the cost of vocational tuition going back 10 or so years due to how the school committee/administration mishandled it. They have since sued the school committee and named Rehoboth as a third party beneficiary. I would guess the district has spent close to $200,000 in legal fees (of which continued on next page...

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Dighton will ultimately pay 40% and Rehoboth 60%) along with each town’s legal fees associated with this lawsuit. One more cost that will ultimately not end up in the classroom but with the lawyers. Since this lawsuit was filed, it was determined that special education was not handled properly. Rehoboth ended up paying for special education that should have been paid by Dighton. It was also talked about that the chapter 70 money was not handled properly….I heard estimated over 3 million that should have been applied to Rehoboth’s assessment. The school committee put together a task force to look at chapter 70 calculation and distribution. So, here we are, a statement was read by the chair of the task force that Rehoboth somehow owes 1,000,000 more…or at least that’s what the statement implies based on the task force findings. How do we owe any money when we paid the net minimum required by the state? How do you believe anything coming out of the administration, school committee or the consultants for that matter? The school committee and administration handle a 36million dollar budget and I don’t believe anyone has a financial background…..crazy! The school committee put together Industrial • Commercial • Residential another task force, capital planning task force. I don’t think anyone would argue that Palmer River and Beckwith have some deficiencies. I heard that the Rehoboth share of just roof • Services: New & Upgrades replacement for Palmer River and a section of the highschool would be around 6Million, • Additions & Remodels or is it 13Million….seriously….did they get that from another consultant? I think everyone wants the best for the students. But I have to wonder if it is our best • Generators & Transfer Switches interest to be part of a regional school system. What is the benefit to Rehoboth? One • Landscape Lighting of the benefits way back when in becoming a regional school was the reimbursement of transportation. The reimbursement rate continue to drop each year. The two towns will likely never agree to apply chapter 70 money anyone other than by the statutory method (or the wealth formula). Not that I blame Dighton, however, that is what being part of a regional school is all about. We should have one budget instead of three and when chapter 70 money comes into the district it’s for the district and for all students. That’s not how the budget is being managed….we either all agree to be a regional school district or not… we need to stop being this quasi regional school. The time has come, I think, to look at what the pros and cons are in being a part of a regional school district. At the very least we, the taxpayers, Why Wait? would have a lot more control of where are money is spent, the administrators we hire to oversee and manage the budget, and Low Discount Prices not have to dish out more money after bad for consultants and legal fees, both of which give no benefit to the students. Let’s look at what it would cost to separate the two towns and then decide what is in the best interest of the students. Remember, this is my COMPARE & SAVE perspective and my two cents.



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School District Finds $1 Million Budget Error

By Laura Calverley The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee and administration last month uncovered a problem in the method used to calculate operating assessments for the towns. It could result in Rehoboth being assessed more than $1 million above what had been anticipated, according to school officials. The problem came to light while a school committee task force was looking into the allocation of state aid for education, or Chapter 70 funds. The district checked with two different consultants and issued a statement on January 14 that said Rehoboth’s operating assessment for the current fiscal year was $13,009,122, but the town should have paid $14,083,040. According to the report, Dighton’s operating assessment was $9,021,253, but Dighton should have paid about $1 million less, or $7,947,334. “The ramifications of such a swing in assessments could be very damaging to this school district,” the report stated. The school district had not been following regulations adopted in 2007 by the Massachusetts state and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Instead, the district used a different method for distributing state aid. “The regulations changed in 2007, and at some point during that time, the (statutory) method was not followed,” School Committee Chairman Ray Medeiros told the Sun Chronicle. Rather than create a single K-12 operating budget for all five schools in the district, Dighton Rehoboth has had three budgets – one kindergarten-to-eighth-grade budget for each town and one combined budget for the high school. Regional districts have the option of using an alternate form of assessment instead of the statutory method. The alternate method requires the approval of both towns and DESE. Rehoboth selectmen were not happy about the revelations. At the board’s meeting on Jan. 27, selectmen questioned the report from the task force. Selectman Chairwoman Sue Pimental reportedly said she didn’t believe the calculations presented by the school department. Pimental and Selectmen Mike Costello and Joe Tito reportedly said they might want to explore the possibility of dissolving the regional school district. At a school committee meeting on January 28 that was attended by selectmen from both towns and concerned residents, Steve Hamman from the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools explained the regulations pertaining to regional school budgets and how they affect both towns. Hemman said that past budgets and assessments are considered binding and cannot be changed. That includes the current year’s budget. Dighton taxpayers at the meeting were not happy about the news and believe the district should look back at previous budgets to determine how much Dighton overpaid. Interim Superintendent Michael Malone reportedly said he does not have the ability to conduct a detailed analysis and that it would not help the district in the future. One Dighton town official called for the towns to work together. A parent at the meeting asked the question that is on many people’s mind – how will this news affect children’s education in the district? The answer seems to be that they don’t know yet. Malone reportedly said that the school department will use the statutory method to prepare the budget for the coming year. According to Medeiros, the district may also create a second budget based on an alternate method that is as yet undecided. The school committee plans to create a financial advisory committee with members from both towns to study the assessment problem and help prepare the budget for the coming year. The school committee had just begun the budget process when this situation came to light and members have not seen ‘hard’ numbers yet, says Medeiros. A preliminary budget is due by the end of February. “It will benefit both towns to find a method that would be financially beneficial to the entire district,” said Medeiros.

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Town Clerk’s Corner


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Papers are now available for the town election in April. The positions that are up for election are: Planning Board, School Committee, Water Commissioner, Town Moderator, Town Clerk, Board of Assessors, Board of Selectmen, Housing Authority, and library Board of Trustees. Any registered voter in Seekonk may take nomination papers and gather signatures of fifty registered voters by February 18th Jan Parker at 5:00 PM. There will be a special election on February 10th with a question concerning the Senior Center building project on the ballot. A copy of the ballot can be found on the election section of the Town Clerk’s town website. Polls will open at 7:00PM and close at 8:00PM. Absentee ballots may be obtained up until February noon on Friday, February 7th. A special town meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th at the high school. This also is to vote on the Senior Center Building project along with several other warrant articles. The meeting starts at 7:00PM and is held in the High School auditorium on Arcade Avenue. The annual town census has been mailed out so please take the time to look it over, make any corrections, sign and date it and mail it back to this office. Even if there are no changes, it needs to be mailed back to us. A reminder that 2014 dog licenses are now being issued. A yellow license renewal form was enclosed in with this years annual census. If you are licensing a new dog, you will need to provide a current rabies With your Vote! certificate. Renewals must provide a rabies certificate if the rabies from the previous licensing has expired. … reauthorize the previously approved funds to construct…. We also enclosed an informational to now be used… for the purchase and renovation of existing property... pamphlet that we hope residents will keep for reference when they want to ask a town department a question concerning that specific department. The Original Plan for New Have a safe February. Municipal Construction was


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Local Grants Awarded For Seekonk Arts and Culture

The Seekonk Cultural Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 11 grants totaling $6,698 for arts and cultural programs in Seekonk. Grant recipients include a Chinese acrobat at the Aitken School, a musical performance at the Senior Center, and musical theater performances at the Martin School and Hurley Middle School. Additionally, funding will fund an a cappella Women’s chorus who will perform during Women’s History month (March) at the Library, a Renaissance music concert, and a Swing Band who will play at Seekonk Meadows this summer. A full list of recipients follows. The Seekonk Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The Local Cultural Councils are the most extensive public cultural funding network in the nation. They provide funding to every Massachusetts city and town through the work of more than 2,300 volunteers. The councils support local arts and history, fund school field trips, and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to local councils range from $4,250 for the smallest towns to $96,180 for Springfield and $152,020 for Boston, according to a formula that reflects the state’s local aid system. Decisions about which activities to support are made at the community level by a board of municipally appointed volunteers. The members of the Seekonk Cultural Council are: Debbie Block, Bill Clark, Patti Dalton, Maria Holme, Martha Torrance, and Charles Waddington. The Council website is: https://www.mass-culture. org/Seekonk. The Council received 25 requests for funding this year, the same number as last year. Typically, the funds available are around $4,000, but more funds were available this year because of rollover funds and a larger state allocation. The Council welcomes individual or corporate donations to increase the funds available for grants.


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State Representative Steven Howitt (Seekonk) commented on this year’s grant process: “I am delighted to join with the Seekonk Cultural Council in offering congratulations to this year’s grantees. As a member of the Joint Committee for Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, I have wonderful opportunities to engage with and visit many of our State organizations in the arts and culture sector. It is the creative spirit that enriches us, and our Towns, and we are thankful for opportunities such as this to serve those valued nonprofit recipients. We thank them for the important work they do and the value they add to our communities.” Statewide, more than $2.6 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2014. Grants support more than 5,000 activities state-wide: concerts, exhibitions, radio and video productions, field trips for schoolchildren, after-school youth programs, writing workshops, historical preservation efforts, lectures, First Night celebrations, nature and science education programs for families and town festivals. Nearly half of LCC funds support educational activities for young people. This includes the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips. The Seekonk Cultural Council will seek applications again in the fall. Information and forms are available online at (www.masscultural Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

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Busy Election Season in Seekonk

By Laura Calverley Seekonk’s town election, which takes place April 7, is shaping up to have several contested races, including for the board of selectmen. More than 15 candidates have either announced their intentions to run or have taken out nomination papers for the 12 positions on the ballot. Nomination papers are not due until February 18 at 5 p.m. so there may be some additions or changes before then. The final list will be updated next month. In the selectmen’s race, there are two open three-year seats available. Incumbent Nelson Almeida has announced plans to run for a second term. Incumbent Robert McLintock is not running again. TV9 host Jeffrey Starr Mararian has taken out papers for selectman, as well as for a seat on the school committee. Three other potential candidates – James Ostendorf, Douglas Brown and David Andrade have also taken out papers for the board of selectmen. For the school committee, there is one three-year seat open, currently held by John Bilodeau. Besides Mararian, Williams Woods is running for school committee and has returned his papers. Noah Escaler has also taken out papers for the school seat. Jan Parker, longtime town clerk, is running for re-election for that position and Michelle Hines is running for another term as town moderator. Other positions on the ballot include Planning Board, Board of Assessors, Water Commissioner, Housing Authority and Library Board of Trustees. Incumbent Planning Board member Ronald Bennett is running for one of two open seats on that board. The other Planning Board seat is currently held by Russell Horsman. David Sullivan Jr. and William Rice have also taken out papers for the Planning Board. Incumbent Board of Assessors member David Pitassi has taken out papers for another term. Bill Barker has also taken out papers for assessor. There is one three-year seat available. Incumbent Water Commissioner Christopher Craft has taken out papers for another term on the water commission. There is one three-year seat available. Cheryl Faria, who has served several terms on the Library Board of Trustees, has taken out papers for re-election. There are two three-year Library Trustee seats available. The other seat is currently held by Deborah Bostonian. There is also one three-year seat on the Housing Authority, currently held by Francis Cavaco. The election will be held Monday, April 7 at Seekonk High School, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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People In The News Miss Massachusetts Collegiate America 2014 - Seekonk Resident Crowned

Julianna Fonseca, 17 of Seekonk was crowned Miss Massachusetts Collegiate America 2014 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Nashua, NH. The pageant was comprised of contestants from junior high schools, high schools and the collegiate level representing Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Fonseca also won the ‘overall score award’. This criteria was based on academics, poise, confidence and interviewing skills. Miss Fonseca will represent the Bay State at the National Miss Collegiate America Pageant to be held in July Julianna Fonseca 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As the current Miss Massachusetts Collegiate America, Miss Fonseca will be a representative for the Crown C.A.R.E.S. Foundation which is a national bully awareness campaign.  The Crown C.A.R.E.S. mission is to Create A Respectful Environment in Schools and youth organizations by promoting awareness and teaching tolerance for a safe and bully free environment to School-Age Children, Youth and Teens.   Julianna can also be seen on TV9 Seekonk as the host of Julianna’s Warrior Nation.   This program is a talk show about the happenings in and around the Seekonk High School Community. Julianna Fonseca is the daughter of Julio & Lee Ann Fonseca and sister of Celina Fonseca.  Fonseca is currently a senior at Seekonk High School and has applied to Brown University, Bentley University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute to pursue her doctorate in Actuarial Sciences.

Local Dentist Attends Advanced Training at Pankey Institute

SEEKONK, MA – Chris Vanderpool, D.D.S. of Seekonk, MA recently attended The Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL to study advances in bite disease and bite splint therapy. While splint therapy has been successfully used for relieving the pain of TMJ for several decades, splints have a much broader application. Bite splints that are carefully fabricated to fit the patient’s mouth and designed for the individual’s oral health circumstance, are now frequently used as a tool for diagnosing occlusal disease and as a component of its treatment. Occlusal disease develops when upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. “TMJ” problems, including pain, may occur as teeth wear against each other. Grinding teeth can make this problem much worse. Even in the absence of pain, the uneven bite is affecting tooth structure, bone, roots, gum tissue, and jaw joints. Excessive wear, cracks, fractures, tooth movement, tooth sensitivity, cavities, and gum disease can all be part of the occlusal disease process. While attending The Pankey Institute, Dr. Vanderpool learned how to fabricate custom bite splints that are appropriate for a variety of circumstances. These splints are lightweight, comfortable, and visually unobtrusive.

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DR Graduate, Kyle Morrell and The UMass Engineering Team Designs Mechanical Arm To Help Kindergartner Feed Himself

By Debra Scherban NORTHAMPTON — Five-year-old Ryan Wade got a slew of great toys for Christmas — a transformer robot, a two-headed dragon, a gigantic stuffed elephant that takes up a third of his bed. But the mechanical arm that a group of University of Massachusetts students made for him is the best of the lot.

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“I like it and I love it, “ he said the other day after he polished off a plate of grapes, pretzels and orange slices at his home on Union Street, using the device strapped onto his right forearm. “It’s awesome for me. Really, really awesome.” Ryan, a kindergartner at Bridge Street School, Northampton, was born with a condition called multiple synostoses syndrome, a genetic abnormality that caused bones in his fingers, elbows, feet and ears to fuse, affecting the movement of his joints. The condition affects his gait and other functions, but the most serious problem for him is that he can’t bend his arms at his elbows, meaning he can’t bring his hands to his face. So, until now, he couldn’t feed himself without using an 18-inch-long extension for his fork or spoon, couldn’t wipe his mouth, blow his nose or brush his teeth. The plastic arm that the UMass students made for him attaches to three bendable finger-like extensions that he can use to clutch an object and then, using a lever on the side of the arm, hoist it up to his mouth.

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The plan for Ryan did not start out to be an orthotic arm with a hand gripper, Sup said. “It began with the students meeting the child and understanding the challenges that he faces in everyday life,” he said. Over time, the project evolved into the device Ryan has now.


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The students who did the work were four engineering majors and one nursing student. For the engineers— Brian Cormier, Andrew Friedlieb, Catherine Paquin and Rehoboth resident and DR graduate, Kyle Morrell — it was the focus of their final course as undergraduates this fall, Senior Capstone Design, taught by Sup. For Emily Gardner of the School of Nursing, it is the subject of her honors thesis. Morrell, the team leader, said while the others are now finished with their UMass studies, Gardner, who will be finishing her paper this spring, will continue to work with the Wades for the rest of the school year as needed. They held frequent meetings with Kara Wade and Ryan throughout the semester. “We went through a number of prototypes to test with Ryan and see what was going to work and what wasn’t,” Morrell said. The team designed the device using a 3-D computer model, which was then sent to a 3-D printer — about the size of an old television set — which laid plastic layer upon plastic layer to build

February 2014 The Reporter the product. The 3-D printer that UMass has on campus made the first version in about a day, said Morrell. For the final device, made of sturdier plastic than the UMass printer can make, the students sent their design off to an outside printer.

Unforgettable day

The day Ryan tested the final version, Morrell said, was one he won’t forget. The boy had been practicing grabbing his toys and other objects with the tripod alone, and then attached to the mechanical arm. The time had come to see if he could actually feed himself with it. The team gathered in a small conference room in the engineering department and Ryan was offered some Cheezits. When he got a cracker into his mouth using the arm and gripper, “We just went crazy,” said Morrell. “It was a Tuesday morning and the lab was full and when we all started cheering people were coming to look in the door to see what was happening.” Ryan’s comment moved them all. “He said, ‘It’s really good for you guys, but it’s really great for me,’ ” said Morrell. The UMass team considered seeking a patent for the arm but have not yet decided to do so, Morrell said. While it was designed especially for Ryan, he said, those with other conditions such as severe arthritis or injury could benefit from it. But right now, team members are reveling in the effect it is having on a kindergartner who wants to fend for himself. “We have potentially changed the way he does things,” said Morrell. “That’s what really matters for us. That’s why we chose this project. It was something that actually would make a difference.” Kyle Morrell is a native of Rehoboth, MA and attended DightonRehoboth High School. (Printed with permission from The Daily Hampshire Gazette)


More than 4,000 University of Rhode Island students Named to the Dean’s List

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 4,000 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2013 Dean’s List. The students represent all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, many other states and more than a dozen countries. More than half of the students are Rhode Islanders. To be included on the Dean’s List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average. Raquel L Perez of Rehoboth, MA, was named to the URI Fall 2013 Dean’s List.

Students Named To Dean’s List at Fitchburg State

Fitchburg, MASS. - President Robert V. Antonucci of Fitchburg State University has announced the names of area students included on the Dean’s List for the fall semester. A student is placed on the Dean’s List for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the college full time. Fitchburg State University enrolls 7,000 day and evening students in more than 50 programs of study. The university was established in 1894. Student from our area is: Rehoboth, Nicholas B. Froment

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Forever Paws & Pet Partners Wine Tasting Fundraiser February 20th

Forever Paws and Pet Partners are hosting their second annual Wine Tasting at the Quequechan Club 306 N. Main St. Fall River, MA on Thursday, February 20th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Storyteller David Mello will narrate Tales of Edgar Alan Poe. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance for $30.00. Call 508-678-0804

Attleboro Area Basketball Hall of Fame February 21st

We are inviting you to the inaugural Attleboro Area Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This event will be held on Friday February 21, 2014 at the Attleboro Elks located at 887 South Street in Attleboro, Massachusetts. This historic event will start with a social hour beginning at 6:30PM followed by the induction ceremony of the inductees that will begin at 7:30PM. There will not be a sit down meal; however hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening with desert. We have limited seating and are offering tickets for coaches to purchase. Please try and reserve your tickets early as this event has limited seating. Tickets are $25 each, please send an email to

February 2014 The Reporter RPATCH44@YAHOO.COM, requesting the number of tickets you would like to reserve. This year’s inductees include Andrew Pereira and Kim Lynch of Seekonk. Kim Lynch - Class of 1992 - Was a dynamic point guard who led her team to three sectional championships in 1990-1991 and 1992. She is the SHS all-time leading scorer for girls with 1,728 points scored, she holds several school records. She was a four time South Coast Conference All-Star,earning MVP honors her junior and senior seasons. Kim was also a four Time Sun Chronicle and Pawtucket Times All-Star selection as well as a two time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic player her junior and senior seasons. She played her college basketball at Holy Cross, Kim resides in Seekonk with her husband and two daughters. Andrew Pereira - Class of 2006 - The most dominant post player the school has ever had scored 1,236 career points and hauled in 962 rebounds for his career. A three time Sun Chronicle and South Coast Conference All-Star, earning MVP honors his senior year. He was tri-captain his senior year and was the focal point in leading the Warriors to back to back South Coast Conference Championships in 2005 & 2006. Andrew holds the school record for career rebounds, blocks and dunks in a career and even registered a triple double his senior season. In four years his career record was 71-20. Andrew played his college ball at Westfield State College, he now lives in Pawtucket. Pereira dunk.

DRMB Family Pasta Night Friday, February 21

The Friends of the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band are holding a fundraising Pasta Night at the DR High School cafeteria on Friday, February 21 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. We will be serving pasta, meatballs, sausage, garlic bread and a dessert. It is BYOB, however we will have soda and water for sale. There will be fabulous door prizes and a silent auction, too! Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. All proceeds will go towards travel and accommodation expenses associated with the marching band’s appearance as the Commonwealth’s representative in the 2014 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. We are so honored to have been chosen to represent our fellow Baystaters! Please support our band by buying tickets to this event and enjoy a delicious meal and a fun evening! For tickets, auction donations, and further information please contact Melissa Enos at

Arts in the Village Presents the Providence Mandolin Orchestra Saturday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.

On February 22, the Arts in the Village Concert Series welcomes back the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, directed by Mark Davis. Musical selections by the troupe of 18 musicians will include popular works from the mandolin ensemble literature, with neo-baroque, Scottish, and Brazilian influences. Contemporary music is also represented, with works composed by the PMO’s resident composer, Owen Hartford, among others. continued on next page...


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During this season, the PMO is celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of its founding. News articles and programs tell of performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr., both premier mandolin virtuosos in the United States during the instrument’s “Golden Age.” The modern version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by Hibbard Perry. Since then, the PMO has become the leading American mandolin ensemble, with regular performances throughout the eastern United States and Western Europe. The PMO is dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, including pieces written for the ensemble. In the past several years, the PMO has given US or world premieres of new works by more than a dozen composers. Over the past several years, the PMO has also embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles, including Het Consort (the Netherlands), the Ensemble à Plectre de Toulouse (France), the JZO NRW and the Saarländisches Zupforchester (Germany), and the Orchestra of the International Mandolin Academy (Italy). PMO Music Director Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued his studies with the pioneering German guitarist/conductor/composer Siegfried Behrend, from whom he inherited his fascination with contemporary forms of musical expression. He has been Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989. This concert will take place on Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m., at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth, MA 02769. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $6 for students and children. The doors open at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available at the door. First-come, first-seated. Cash and checks only. Information:

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There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, February 28, 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 French Roast with Larry Unger. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375;  http://www.

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The organizers of the DRRHS 50th class reunion are looking for members who have moved. Some no longer have land lines, and, e-mail addresses are not operative. Please make sure Wendy or Charlotte has your correct and complete contact information. They can be reached, before 8:00 p.m., at wwolfe5737@comcast. net, or (508) 339-5921.

D-R Class of 94 Reunion

Calling all Dighton-Rehoboth Class of 1994 Graduates, we are looking for you! Plans are being made for our 20 year class reunion and we want to make sure you are included. Please join our Facebook page “Dighton Rehoboth Class of 94 Reunion” or contact Amanda Baker at:

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DR Soccer Club First Annual Fundraiser Comedy Night March 28th Whites of Westport

On Friday March 28, 2014 the DRSC will be hosting the clubs first annual fundraiser. The event will be held at Whites of Westport (66 State Rd. Westport, MA). The Evenings Agenda is as followed. 7:00 PM - Doors open 7:50 PM - Acknowledgements 8:00 PM - 3 Comedy Acts (“clean” Adult Only) - Headlined by Tom Gilmore Adult Beverages The ticket price is $25 per person (qualify for a deduction under our tax exempt status of (501 3C)), with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  For ticket sales email Looking forward to seeing you at this event. 

Ri Philharmonic Pairs Mozart And Mahler On February 22

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Rehoboth – The annual spaghetti supper and desert auction will be held at the Rehoboth Congregational Church at 139 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, on Saturday, March 1st at 6 o’clock. Proceeds will benefit the church Missions Committee’s various activities. Reservations for the “all you can eat” event can be made by calling the church office at 508-252-4545. The price of tickets is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and under.

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A Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner will be held on Sat March 15th between 5 and 7 PM in Woodworth Hall at the Seekonk Congregational Church, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk, MA. The public is invited and reservations are suggested, for tickets you may call the church office at 508-336-9355 or Donna Euell at 508-336-5283. Walk-ins are welcome and take out is available. The Irish atmosphere will enhance the flavor of Corned beef, cabbage, onions, potatoes, carrots, chourico, rolls & butter and beverages. Dessert will be ice cream and homemade cookies. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and Free for children under 4. Please join us for our Fifteenth Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner.

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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish

The seniors from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish of Seekonk will meet at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at the parish center, 365 Central Ave., Seekonk. For information on events or trips contact Claire at 508-226-7163. Feb. 4 – Bring your own Brown Bag lunch – 12 Noon. - Horse racing with Leo Beland in charge. We are collecting “Bears on Board” for the Seekonk Fire & Police Dept. to be given to injured people & children in time of stressful accidents. Feb (TBA ) – Red Hat Movie, information on date & time To Be Advised. Contact Terry at 508-336-7847 for reservations, info, and price. Mar 1 – Corn beef & Cabbage @ Old Town Church, (First Congregational Church), 675 Old Post Road, North Attleboro, MA. Meals at 4 PM or 6 PM. Call Terry to reserve your sitting time. Mar 4 – St. Patrick’s Luncheon – Corn beef & Cabbage at Parish Center, 12 Noon. Includes carrots, potatoes, rolls & butter, coffee. We will have Bingo & Cards. Remember to bring your dabbers. Don’t forget to wear your green! Mar (TBA) - St. Patrick’s Red Hat celebration for the “Little Sisters of the Poor’. Date, time & place To Be Advised. Apr 1 – Senior Saints April Luncheon – 12 Noon at the Parish Center. Beef stew with rolls and coffee will be served. We are having a Nursing Home Shower. Please remember to bring nice personal items for patients. Apr 12 – Pulled Pork Supper @ Old Town Church, (First Congregational Church) 675 Old Post Road, North Attleboro, MA serving at 6 PM. Call Terry to reserve. Apr 16 – Red Hats are going to the Newport Playhouse to arrive for 11 AM. “My husband’s wild desires” (almost drove me mad!) is the name of the play. We will have the buffet, Show, and Café afterward. Reserve with Terry ASAP 508-336-7847. Drive on your own of car pool with other members. May 6 – Senior Saints May Breakfast. Mass @ 9 AM and Breakfast at 10 AM (right after Mass). We will have a deluxe breakfast buffet and then Bingo & Cards afterwards.


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Here we are again in this very cold season of winter. We meet on February 25 at the hall, 7PM, for a fun and games night. On January 14th we were very pleased to have Steve Murray as our guest speaker. His topic was CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, which he coordinates at Kettle Pond Farm in Berkley MA. He and his wife Sarah do the growing of the vegetables. The community members pre buy a share of the crop and come once a week to receive their share. It is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh

safe produce. Steve treated us to carrots that he had just harvested from the garden. They were the sweetest crunchiest carrots I have tasted for a long time. In the Grange we are endeavoring to support all agriculture and encourage everyone to plant a garden big or small, even if only in a pot. We hosted Bay State Pomona on Saturday the 25th of January. The program will be presented by members of the Southeastern Junior Grange on sign language. It is also the 65th anniversary of Bay State Pomona. Looking forward to March, we will feature Spring and maple sugaring. Company is always welcome at 243 Winthrop street.

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AT LIONS DISTRICT 33-S MID-WINTER CONFRENCE, Jan. 10, 11, 12 – @ Plymouth, International President Barry Palmer awarded the highest Lions Award, the Melvin Jones Award to Michael Salois, past President of the Rehoboth Lions Club. International Pres. Palmer also presented the “Hoyle Partners in Service Award” to Richard and Jeanne Noons of the Rehoboth and Rehoboth Anawan Lions Clubs. FEBRUARY - 12 – REGULAR LIONS MEETING – DETAILS WILL BE ON “ONE CALL” AND E-MAIL. 19 – Board of Directors Meeting @ Chucks 26 – Regular Lions Dinner Meeting, The Dighton Lions are invited to a Twinning Mtg. – Details to be announced. MARCH 5 – First Spring Clam Boil at Seekonk Gun Club AND –the first Wed. of April, May and June. See any Lion for tickets. 12 - Regular Lions Meeting 19 - Board of Directors Meeting at President Chuck’s. 23 – DISTRICT 33-S Bowling for Eye Research, Sunday at 1:00 PM, Taunton 10 Pin, $30 and lots of FUN! 26 - Regular Lions Meeting LOOK AHEAD – April 9 is New Member Night – April 26 is Electronic Recycle Day – June 1st is Lions’ Chix BBQ Day – August 6th is the Big Family Pig Roast – AND there are many more activities!


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by Leslie Patterson If there’s one historic house in Rehoboth that is familiar to us at the museum, it’s the Federal-era house across the street at 1 Locust Avenue on the corner of Bay State Road. This 18th century house (now painted blue) has had a number of owners since it was built. Chris Maguire and his wife Lucia moved into their house about 10 years ago with their daughters Katrina and Danielle. They had been living in East Providence and were looking for a historic house to buy. Chris said that records show that the house was owned by Jonathan Wheaton as far back as 1790, but that it is older than that and has been added on to over the years. “The house was in really bad shape when we moved in,” Chris said. “We started with the kitchen and then did the porch. The front of the house was particularly bad. There were three doors in front, instead of the usual center door in a Federal-style house.” Chris says that could be due to the fact that the middle door led to stairs going up to a meeting room on the second floor. The house was probably a site for town meetings in early days, and the Masons met there throughout the 19th century. Over its long history this home, often referred to as the Jonathan Wheaton house, has had many owners, including members of the Bliss family. Ellery Winsor Carpenter is another well-known owner, after whom the museum is named. Chris said that the late Fred Morth befriended him when the Maguires moved in and gave them helpful information and advice on the old house. (See note below.). “The old attic was like something out of Indiana Jones,” Chris remarked. “The beams are older than the house itself. I noticed that the attic windows seemed to be the original ‘eight over eight’ design. I saved the original glass and the frames, which were made from cedar. I have three windows that are original to the 1790’s. They are held together by dowels, not screws. We worked on the windows about six years ago.” The front door to the house has the original lock and key. Chris noted that on a visit to historic Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a guide showed them a door with an original lock and key just like the one at their house. Their current pantry next to the kitchen was once a doctor’s office and also served as Rehoboth’s first post office. According to the 1968 book commemorating Rehoboth’s 325th anniversary, on March 31, 1828, Jonathan Wheaton of Rehoboth Village was appointed as the town’s first postmaster and the post office was at his home on Locust Avenue. The post office was kept here until 1843. Chris and his wife have put in a lot of work on the house. He said that there was originally a room like a library at the left of the hallway downstairs that is now a bedroom. It has two fireplaces. There are two mantels original to the house. The upstairs that once served as a meeting room has been remodeled into two bedrooms and a master bathroom. Another quirk of the house is that it has many doors. “My wife and I have worked hard on it,” Chris said. “It’s a pretty cool house.”

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Spring Events at the Carpenter Museum

*Fred Morth, who was born and raised in Rehoboth, developed an expertise in the study of Colonial houses. In his later years, in consultation with the Pilgrim Society and Boston University, he documented dozens of them in the Rehoboth area. Did you know…at one time barrels were manufactured on the same site? Current owner Chris Maguire found the cover to one of the wooden barrels and you’ll be able to see it in our “Home Sweet Home” exhibit in our gallery, opening March 1.

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Are you already looking forward to spring? So are we! Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events. To register, contact us: 508-2523031, carpentermuseum@ March 23; Tea with Abigail, Sunday 2pm, $8 (members $3). Registration required. April 27: Bus Tour of Historic Rehoboth Homes, Sunday 2pm. Registration required. May 7: Annual Meeting June 1: “Home Sweet Home, Rehoboth” Strawberry Festival & Family Day celebrating Rehoboth’s historic homes, with hands-on activities for all

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Recently Carpenter Museum staff and trustees traded spaces with Town Clerk Laura Schwall and Assistant Town Clerk Lynn Shaker. Our mission was to better understand the resources we offer visitors researching genealogy. First we visited Town Hall, where Laura Schwall and Assistant Lynn Shaker showed us what they can offer genealogy researchers: vaults filled with books listing births, marriages and deathsdating back to the 1600s! Then we all met at the Carpenter Museum and Blanding Library to show Laura and Lynn what we have to offer genealogy researchers. They were surprised by the many books and papers available in the Blanding Library Trim Room. We all hope that by working together we can better serve the community.

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American Heritage Troop MA3712 worked on earning their Needle Arts Badge in January. Ms. Josephine LeMothe of Seekonk, MA was kind enough to join the girls to teach them embroidery. American Heritage Girls is a Christian Scouting Program that builds women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country. Girls ages 5-18 welcome, parent participation encouraged! For more info, please visit, or contact Troop Coordinator Liz Day @ 508-336-5262. Meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month at 3:45pm in the Parish Center of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Rt. 44, Seekonk.

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Cookies have arrived! Our local Girl Scouts are ready to deliver your favorite cookies! We have our five “classic” awesome cookies: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Carmel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties and Shortbreads- the original Girl Scout cookie. And the ‘new’ yummy favorites: Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lot and the newest: Cranberry Citrus Crisps! It’s Cookie Time and time for you to enjoy your favorite cookie! Girl Scouts of Rehoboth and Seekonk appreciate your support. Cookie sales help provide funds to the troops so they can participate in trips and activities planned by the girls, allowing them to work together as a team toward a common goal. Girls can also earn “cookie credits” with which can defray the cost of attending Girl Scout summer camp. In February we will be having a ‘Valentine’s Day Dance’. Junior Troop 483 is hosting this event on February 14th from 6:00-9:00 in Martin School Cafeteria, 445 Cole Street in Seekonk. All Girl Scouts are invited to come join the fun and to bring a friend. For details see your leader. Troop 483 will be collecting items for the Animal Shelter. The troop is working on their Bronze Award.

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again!

Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. (GSRI) have been taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies, the seasonal treat, since December. And, beginning January 17, more than 53,800 cases will be transported from the shelves of Paul Arpin Van Lines warehouses to customers in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and Pawcatuck, CT. Girls from the Rhode Island council are selling Thin Mints, the most popular Girl Scout Cookie, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Shortbread. Several of these flavors are vegan certified. And, for customers trying to stick to a resolution of being healthy this year, there is a new variety to try – Cranberry Citrus Crisps. A crispy cookie made with whole grain, tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor, these new cookies are packed with 9g of whole grain per serving. The Girl Scout Cookie program is the country’s largest and longest-running girl-led business in the country and helps girls develop financial, leadership and life skills, including goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics, and decision making. Girls set sales goals, create marketing plans, and decide how to spend the proceeds within their troops. Troops use their proceeds for trips, events, and have the option to donate a portion of their proceeds to a community service project. The beneficiary of the 2014 Cookie Sale Service Project is The Matty Fund, which provides family resources, raises epilepsy awareness, promotes patient safety, and improves and quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy. To learn more about the Fund, visit The proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Sale remain in the local area – Rhode Island, southeastern MA and Pawcatuck, CT -- and provide support for recruitment and training of volunteer leaders, outdoor programs and troop camping, camp and property maintenance, and educational programs. Come February 1, Girl Scouts will also begin to sell cookies at booth sales outside local grocery stores and other retail locations. To locate a nearby booth sale, download the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder mobile app, available on iTunes or Google Play, or at Booth sales generally take place through the end of March.

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The boys continue to struggle as they search for scoring. A major void in their front court has them scoring in the 40s most nights, and they have had final tallies as low as 26 in a recent game with rival Dighton Rehoboth. Matt Nunes and Jesse Archambault continue to do a pretty good job at a task at which no one expected them to succeed, attempting to replace the scoring of Josh Silva.



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The Seekonk boys are all but officially eliminated from the playoffs at this point in time. Their current record is 2-9, which is perhaps unpredictably worse than their female counterparts. First year coach Darren DaLuz has the Lady Warriors at 4-12 this year. If you were visiting from out of town, that might sound terrible. But given recent history in Seekonk and in the realm of girls’ basketball, this start represents progress. “We’ve beaten DR, we’ve won a road game, and we’ve won back to back games. All things that haven’t happened in a while,” said DaLuz in a recent interview. It’s true that these goals have been elusive, especially since two wins were not a sure thing for many years, let alone two in a row. For this season, Seekonk is already mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Sadly, Geena Mink and Isabella Damico may both be done for the season. The bright side of these losses is that Seekonk will roll out a younger lineup in these games that have no immediate importance. The roster down the stretch may be a glimpse of what is to come next season and in the years beyond that, for which the Lady Warriors are already playing. Two freshmen have been called up to varsity to fill those roster spots, and a very green group of players will be wearing the blue and white for the next few weeks. Progress is almost guaranteed to be slow in situations likes this one, and DaLuz says his team is moving in the right direction. “We need to enjoy even mild success while we grow. If we can regroup with our new look roster and win a couple more then I will be very, very excited,” said the coach.

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The DR Seekonk Falcons are currently just a game off of the playoff pace. At 6-7 with nine games to go, they will need to win one more than they lose down the stretch, or they will miss the tournament (making the postseason has become an expectation for the relatively young program in recent years). DR Seekonk has impressive wins on the season, including defeating Norton, Apponequet Connolly and Wareham Carver twice. As they come down the home stretch, The Falcons will play

February 2014 three teams they’ve already beaten this season. Sweeping the season series with those teams, plus winning the two games they have remaining with Southeastern West Bridgewater (games they have typically won in the past) would be enough for a playoff spot. If you are looking to catch a game, Somerset Berkley will visit the Falcons on February 8th, a 5:00 pm start at Driscoll Arena in Fall River, DR Seekonk’s home sheet. It has been a bit of a struggle this year for the Falcons, leading to the aforementioned 6-7 record when many thought a playoff spot could be locked up or very close in sight by now. One major problem has been a lack of continuity. While some say players have underperformed and others say coach Ryan Cordeiro has been too eager to shuffle his lines and defensive pairings, the reason is largely irrelevant for the next three weeks. Personnel has moved around a lot and led to inconsistent play. Jake Robitaille has also had a rough stretch of late in goal, including a recent game where he was pulled from the net in the opening minutes when the Falcons fell behind 3-0. Still, there are plenty of positives for the hockey team. They are allowing exactly three goals per game, which happens in high school hockey. They also have the kind of top end scoring needed to win with that kind of defense. Joey Given and Brandyn Botelho both score more than a point per game, and Captain Nick Soares scores nearly three points per game.

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Girls’ basketball finally got into the win column, with a victory over Fairhaven last week. At 1-12, they have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. But it is an exceptionally young squad, carrying 5 sophomores and two freshmen at the varsity level. Coach Jon Pacheco’s squad will look to tack on a few more wins before they head into their offseason program.

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Both the boys and girls teams are having phenomenal seasons for the Falcons this winter. On the boys’ side, coach Deven Antani recently called this, “One of the strongest overall seasons our boys team has ever had.” The boys are an undefeated 6-0 on the season, including a win over Old Rochester Regional (the Bulldogs were protecting a nearly three year unbeaten streak at the time of the meet). At least four and perhaps as many as six of these Falcons will qualify for Nationals where they will compete when the season is over. On the girls’ side, things are also going quite well. The roster is dominated by underclassmen, with only one senior scoring regularly for the Lady Falcons. This extremely young group is out to a 4-1-1 record, which is good for third place in the South Coast Conference. They recorded a tie while they were short four big contributors when an illness ripped through their locker room. Their lone loss came at the hands of the Lady Bulldogs of Old Rochester, a team to be taken seriously to say the least. Both teams have hopes for big postseasons for individual members.


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Dighton Rehoboth will send swimmers Bryan Tran (50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle) and Tayla Slater (50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, and 200 meter individual medley) to the state tournament. This is no small matter for a program that is only in its third season. Coach Bob Hassan’s boys’ team worked their way to a 5-4 record this season, while the girls finished at 3-5. But the victories in the pool are not necessarily reflected in the record. The program grew from 20 swimmers last year to 29 this season. And whatever next year’s number is, it will be a group that takes part in a more meaningful regular season. The swim teams from Seekonk, Old Rochester, Dighton Rehoboth, and Apponequet, will all swim in the winter next year (both boys and girls). These four schools will finally form a South Coast Conference for swim, uniting a historically fractured local swim scene into one league.

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The Dighton-Rehoboth Swim Team recently completed its third and most successful season. Growing in participants and increasing in victories, the team, led by Captains Kira Hitz, Tayla Slater, and Jon Eddy, was paced by two outstanding swimmers, Bryan Tran and Slater, both of whom qualified for the State Meet in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle. Slater, a junior at DR, also qualified in the 200 individual medley. Tran, also a junior, qualified for Sectionals in the 100 backstroke, while Slater qualified in the 100 backstroke as well as the breaststroke. This duo, along with junior Jonathan Eddy, won virtually all of their individual and relay events. Slater, who holds all of the school’s individual records for girls, broke her own record this year in the 50 yard freestyle. Tran, who holds all of the boy’s team records except for the 100 breaststroke (Nate LaChance, 2013) and 100 butterfly (also held by LaChance, 2013), broke his own records in the 100 back, 50 and 100 free, as well as the 200 free and 200 IM. Additionally, Tran set a new record in the 500 free, previously held by Craig O’Connell (2013). The girl’s team was anchored by Slater and experienced a great deal success. Outstanding results were attained by Samantha Brown, Tara Dwyer, Caroline DeCoste, Kaitlyn O’Connor, Victoria Proulx, Meaghan O’Connor, Kim Reilly, Emily Morin, and senior Tri-Captain Kira Hitz. The team welcomed back senior Hannah Steenhuysen, who missed last season due to an injury. The girl’s team looks forward to a promising season next year as a number of underclassmen, including O’Connor, return. In addition to the above, outstanding individual and relay-team results were attained, and personal records set by sophomores Molly Kimber, Kathryn Travis, and Holly Wentworth. Freshmen Ashley Fredette also had an outstanding season of personal best performances. Special best wishes are extended to exchange student Emily Trompter, a junior who had an excellent season and who will be greatly missed. “Viel Gluck, Emily. Wir warden dich vermissen! Bitte komen Sie zu uns oft besuchen.”

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The boy’s team, led by Bryan Tran, also had an outstanding season. In addition to the nearly flawless individual seasons of Tran and Jon Eddy, the team experienced a great deal of success in the relay teams. Virtually undefeated in the four by 100 relay was the team of Tran, Eddy, Cailin Hitz, and Cody Ross. Another outstanding team, which set a school record in the 200 freestyle relay, consisted of Cody Dyl, Abe Ferreira, Ryan Johnson, and Dustin Kindberg . Outstanding individual finishes were accomplished by freshmen Cailin Hitz, sophomores Cory Ross and Ryan Johnson, as well as juniors Dustin Kindberg and Nick Bellavance. Rounding out the team and accomplishing personal records were senior Cody Dyl, sophomore Caleb Dyer, and freshmen Dylan Slater, Jarrett Cordeiro, Eric Pennoyer, and Abraham Ferreira. The DR swim team looks forward to next season with hopes of an expanded team and expectations of even more success. With a number of swimmers returning and the hope of new arrivals, the team has a bright future ahead. Additionally, next year the DR Swim Team will compete in conference meets against rival teams in the area.


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Forming part of the nucleus of next year’s team are Bryan Tran, Tayla Slater, Meaghan O’Connell, and Jon Eddy Graduating this year and leaving with the team’s best wishes and hope for their return to next year’s meets, are seniors Kira Hitz, Hannah Steenhuysen, and Cody Dyl. The team is grateful for Coach Bob’s instruction and enthusiasm. A veteran coach at various levels and venues, Coach Bob was always mindful of the accomplishments of each individual, and an encouragement to all. The team also appreciates the help and instruction of its “Lane One” assistant coach, Dave Wyrostok, who took great pride in the growth and accomplishments of the team’s newest members. Special thanks to parent liason, Kylee Hitz, for her tireless efforts in managing all of the details of the team. Finally, the team could not exist without the generosity of the East Providence Girls’ and Boys’ Club, which provides the team with a place to practice and conduct home meets. TRANSLATION NOTE : The phrase above is German for: “Good Luck, Emily. We will miss you. Please come back to visit us often.”

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Then... and Now Be a Rehoboth History Detective! By the Carpenter Museum

Here was the clue for January’s home:

This is a Rehoboth home that many may recognize. It dates from the latter part of the 1700s. There was a Masonic hall on the second floor in the early 1800s. It was also a general store for a time. Previous owners donated land near their home for the construction of the Carpenter Museum in the 1970s. The museum was named in their memory.

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If you guessed the Jonathon Wheaton house on the corner of Locust Ave. and Bay State Road, across from the Rehoboth Congregational Church, you are right! This house in the heart of Rehoboth Village has served many purposes over its more than 200-year long life. In addition to housing a general store for a while, and serving as the Masonic hall, it was a post office for some years. Town meetings were even held here. Thank you to all who guessed the correct answer. Congratulations to Linda Azevedo, this month’s winner. For more information, see the article in the Antiquarian Society/Carpenter Museum news section in this issue.

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The library will present another “Winter Craft Blitz” program by Deb Banna on Tues. Feb. 18 at 1:30 pm for children in grades K-4. Children will move from station to station creating different fun winter crafts. Children must be pre-registered; call the library at 508-252-4236. With school vacation coming up, check the library’s website for information on borrowing museum passes from the Blanding. The current series of story hours will end in mid-February. A new story hour series will be announced soon.

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The Friends of the Blanding Library is sending out renewal notices for 2014. At their annual meeting this fall, the Friends decided that the dues for all yearly memberships are now $10 per household (no separate categories). Life memberships are still $100. If you are a frequent user of the library, you can show your appreciation by joining the Friends, a volunteer group that supports the work of the Blanding. This past year the Friends purchased for the library new folding tables for use in the hall, a rotating DVD rack, and the new signboard, which you have probably noticed in front of Goff Hall, closer to the road. The Friends also helped fund children’s programs and with the purchase of some museum passes at the Blanding.

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Both the knitting group and the Blanding book club welcome new members. The knitting group meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm. On Wed. March 5 at 7 pm the book group will discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” a non-fiction book that “reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety and surprising generosity.” The Blanding Library ( is located at 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, 508-252-4236. The Library is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays, including on Presidents’ Day on Mon. Feb. 17. The library is closed whenever the Rehoboth schools are closed for snow in the winter.

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Lickety, the dog pictured here, is one of the “canine listener” dogs in the Blanding Library’s Puppy Pals Reading Program for beginning readers through grade 4. Cathy Charbonneau, children’s librarian at the Blanding, says, “These registered therapy dogs are all Canine Good Citizens and are waiting for children to read to them. Dogs don’t judge when children read and they make great listeners!” Call the Blanding at 508-252-4236 for more information.

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Seekonk Public Library Artisan Cheese Making Class at the Seekonk Public Library

You will never buy cheese again once you have made your own! Join us for an Artisan Cheese Making Class at the Seekonk Public Library on Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 am. Chefs Phillip Griffin and Malinda Coletta will teach participants how to take one gallon of milk and make the best mozzarella and ricotta cheeses you have ever tasted with only 5 simple ingredients. Your guests will rave when you serve dishes made with your homemade cheese. They will never guess that this simple process could produce the gourmet results on your table. If you love to cook, like to know what is in your food, or just love a project, then you should not miss this event! This event is free and open to the public thanks to a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. For information: Contact:

New Knit and Crochet Group Begins at Seekonk Public Library The Seekonk Library is happy to begin hosting a new Knit and Crochet group on Wednesday mornings 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in the Large Meeting Room. Why knit or crochet on your own when you can enjoy and learn from others? Come in from the cold and join this informal group to take your yarn work to the next level. This group is open to all experience levels and is the perfect place for beginners. They’ll have you in stitches in no time! No registration is required. This program is free and open to the public. Contact the library at 508-336-8230 x5130 with any questions. For information: Contact:

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Skip the wait in movie theater lines and the expensive popcorn! Take some time for yourself and enjoy these Oscar nominated films for FREE at Seekonk Public Library!

Thursday, February 13, 6:00 pm

Defying his surprise death sentence, Ron Woodroof set out to procure any and all non-toxic alternative HIV treatments available, and established a “buyers club” to provide the treatments to others afflicted with the disease. Rated R, 117 minutes.

Thursday, February 27, 6:00 pm

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Rated PG-13, 91 minutes. Licensing prevents us from printing titles; call the library for the title and other details at 508-336-8230 ext. 5130. This program is free and open to the public through a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library.

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Certified Zentangle Teacher Myrtle Rosario will lead an introduction to Zentangle at Seekonk Public Library on Saturday, February 15 from 10:30 am to noon. Space is limited; registration with a SAILS library card is required. Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” that promises “anyone can do it!” Participants will receive instruction and a Zentangle kit to create miniature, abstract art on a 3.5” paper tile. This event is free thanks to a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. 

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Dave Says New Financial Advice Column Starts this Month

Starting this month, The Reporter will be running a new financial help article. The feature will answer and give advice on basic financial questions posed by his readers. Dave Ramsey is recognized as one of the best consumer financial advisors in the U.S. and is a welcome addition to our publication.

Who Is Dave Ramsey?

Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of four New York Times bestsellers – EntreLeadership, The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace Revisited and More Than Enough. In them, Ramsey exemplifies his life’s work of teaching others how to be financially responsible, so they can acquire enough wealth to take care of loved ones, live prosperously into old age, and give generously to others. Ramsey knows first-hand what financial peace means in his own life, having lived living a true rags-to-riches to rags-to-riches story. By age 26 he had established a $4,000,000 real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age 30. He has since rebuilt his financial life and now devotes himself full-time to helping ordinary people understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right financially, emotionally and spiritually.

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Dave Ramsey Ramsey offers life-changing, financial advice as host of a nationally syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, which is heard by 6 million listeners each week on 500 radio stations throughout the United States. His syndicated column, Dave Says, can be read in more than 350 print and online publications worldwide. Ramsey is the creator of Financial Peace University (FPU), a nine-week program that helps people dump debt, get control of their money and learn new behaviors with money that are founded on commitment and accountability. More than 1.5 million families have attended FPU classes at their workplaces, churches, military bases, nonprofit organizations and community groups. The average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 91 days after beginning FPU, and is completely out of debt – except for their mortgage – in just 18 to 24 months. Ramsey created a group of products in an effort to teach children about money before they have a chance to make mistakes. Foundations in Personal Finance is an all-inclusive school curriculum that is currently in more than 10,000 schools across the country. Financial Peace, Jr. is an instructional kit designed to help parents teach their young children about working, saving and giving their money. Through Ramsey’s entertaining children’s book

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about working, saving, giving and spending money. Ramsey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Tennessee. A frequent speaker around the country at large-scale live events, Ramsey is a passionate and inspiring presenter. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children, Denise, Rachel and Daniel. They reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

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February 2014

Dave Says Protect yourself

Dear Dave, I’ve heard you say to never give collectors access to your checking account. Does that include payments with a debit card too? Susan Dear Susan, Absolutely! If you’re doing something like scheduling utility payments to come through your debit card or out of your personal checking account, that’s perfectly fine. But collectors are looking to get as much as they can on a bad, late debt. Never, under any circumstances, give them electronic access to your account. I’ve been doing financial counseling for a long time now, and I’ve seen numerous situations where collectors have taken more than the agreed-upon amount from someone’s account once they gained access. This sleazy move left people without the money to pay their rent, the electric bill or even groceries. In fairness, the collection business does have a few good people in it, but it also has a high percentage of people who are scum—especially on the credit card side of collections. Some of them will lie and even make threats. It’s a huge problem. There are other, much safer ways to handle these kinds of situations. Send a money order overnight or wire the cash to them. You can also send a cashier’s check. Some folks have even used a pre-paid debit card that isn’t attached to any of your accounts. This isn’t my favorite way to handle things, but it’s better than giving them the opportunity to clean you out and mess you over! —Dave

Diversification and risk

Dear Dave, I’m a little worried about investing in the market due to volatility. Are there safer investments? Matt Dear Matt, You’re right; the market is volatile. It’s not a volatile as some things, but you have to remember that anywhere there’s money to be made—including long-term investing—there are ups and downs. For instance, I like real estate. It’s not as volatile as the stock market, but there are no guarantees. We experienced that big dip over the last few years, and it was probably one of largest dips ever in the real estate market, except for the Great Depression. Aside from real estate, I also like mutual funds. When it comes to these, one way to smooth out the volatility of the market is through diversification. That means you spread your money around instead of investing in one or two things. That’s how I handle my mutual funds, and I recommend others do the same. Spread your investments across these four types of mutual funds: growth, growth and income, aggressive growth and international. I can’t say it enough, Matt. There are no guarantees when it comes to long-term investing. But diversification can help make the ride a little bit smoother! —Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at



KID’S NIGHT OUT- Saturday, February 15th 3 – 6pm for ages 3-11. Parents - Enjoy a worry–free afternoon while your children have a fun–filled time at the Y! Includes Pizza, healthy snacks, games, crafts and swim time! Please pre-register at our Welcome Center. Spaces are limited. Members: $10 per child; Community Members: $15 per child STAY ‘N PLAY – Friday, February 28th 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM for ages 3-11. Parents, run your errands, have coffee with your friends or just relax while your child has a great time socializing and playing at the Y! Members: $15 per child; Community Member $20 per child FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – Friday, February 28th at 6:45 PM – FREE EVENT. This month we will be showing Monsters University on the “Big Screen!” Bring your pillows and blankets; get cozy with your family as you enjoy a family friendly showing of Monsters University. It will be a scream! Popcorn and Lemonade available for $1


Celebrate your birthday at the Y! With Splashed, sports relays, fun games, dance themes or tumbling. Each party includes party attendant(s), one hour of activity in the pool, dance studio, KidSpace or Gymnasium and one hour use of the multipurpose room, balloons and a t-shirt for the special birthday child. Parents may bring food, decorations and cake. More information is available at the Welcome Center. Reserve your date now!


MIGHTY MIGHTS – for Preschool Age children; introduction to sports with a focus on developing social and physical skills. YOUTH BASKETBALL – Introduction to basic skills and teamwork (this is not a league). For children ages 4-6; 7-9 and 10 and up MARTIAL ARTS – to meet you at your skill level. We offer Introduction to Karate for 4-6 year olds as well as Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced for all ages ADULT BASKETBALL- Thursday nights 7:30 – 9:30 Enter with a team in mind or ask to be added to a team! ADULT VOLLEYBALL- Now Enrolling! New session starts March 4th 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Register now for preschool, youth and adult swim lessons, or sign up for one-on-one private swim instruction offered at flexible class times. The Y also offers Aqua Zumba, Water Aerobics and AFYAP-Arthritis Exercise classes. Contact Courtney at cwoods@ for more information.Check our website for schedules.


Summer enrollment for Kid’s World, our licensed preschool program will begin soon! Our nurturing staff and environment provides structured programs that stimulate physical, intellectual, social, emotional & creative growth. Children have the opportunity to grow at their own pace while having fun, with swim lessons built in to our weekly curriculum. Contact Shelley Pray at Spray@gpymca. org or call 508.336.7003 for more information. Space is limited.


Afternoon enrichment program for Seekonk Kindergarteners, to foster the love of learning through hands on activities! The program is available to students that attend the morning kindergarten sessions at Aitken and Martin Elementary Schools. Contact Shelley Pray at or call 508.336.7103 for more details. continued on page 91


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We open this month reflecting on the inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King afforded our students. As we continue to encourage our students to make this world a better place; the messages of Martin Luther King still reign true. Students in Mrs. Fernandes second grade class were moved to write the following: I have a dream. My dream is: To have people treat others the way they want to be treated. I can help my dream come true by: Treating people nice and telling others about my dream. By Timothy Zibrida I have a dream. My dream is: To stand up for people and have people pass it on! I can help my dream come true by: Announcing in the cafeteria ideas about my dream. By Seamus Kane I have a dream. My dream is: To clean up the trash. I can help my dream come true by: Telling people not to litter and to clean trash up. By Juliana Dias I have a dream. My dream is: To carry on Martin Luther King’s dream. I can help my dream come true by: Starting it in one place and treating everyone the same. By Madison Gomes I have a dream. My dream is: To make people stop littering. I can help my dream come true by: Telling people to pass on “Stop Littering!” I would also tell them to pass on how they can help. By Sarah Rodrigues I have a dream. My dream is: I want to help people at the hospital so they can walk again. I want to stop violence. I can help my dream come true by: Saying to people “Stop doing violence and be helpful to other people. Our grade is learning about Martin Luther King Jr. By Olivia Pacheco

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This year, fourth grade students in Mrs. Janson’s class have added a new dimension to “having a penpal”. With the expert assistance of both our technology teachers, students in room 42 virtually met their Hawaiian penpals in Hanalei, Kauai. A “live” Skype conversation enabled the two classrooms to see and chat with each other across the many miles. The Hawaiian friends have been following some of our Rehoboth activities through the room 42 classroom website since September. All the students were very excited to meet at last. Mrs. Rowan’s Hanalei class was dressed comfortably in shorts and flip flops. The students were really interested in finding out just how cold it was here in Rehoboth.

February 2014 Their temperature varies only from 60-70’F due to the trade winds in the Pacific Ocean. They were excited to see the view from our classroom window with the many varieties of trees. These students have only ONE type of tree on their island. Can you believe that their only knowledge of foliage is from reading.  The students have asked our Rehoboth students to do leaf rubbings in the spring so that they can see what an actual leaf might look like. Our Rehoboth students posed outdoors against a backdrop of bare tree limbs and gently falling snow. The children will continue to journal daily about their lives here in New England and hope to mail off their polished letters along with a blizzard of (paper) snowflakes.


At Palmer River, we believe that building literacy leaders is important. What better way to help build literacy leaders than by bringing a famous children’s author to Palmer River to help foster a love of reading?  Palmer River Elementary School is in the running to win a visit from renowned children’s author and illustrator, Jan Brett. Your support could help make this visit happen; WE NEED YOUR VOTE! Voting for Palmer River is easy.  Simply visit Jan Brett’s fan page on Facebook and click “like.”  Next, click on the entry form located on the top of the page.  Fill in your first name, your email address, and our school information (Palmer River Elementary School, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 02769) and click submit!  You can submit an entry form for each of your email addresses.  The school with the most votes at the end of the contest (April 11, 2014) wins a visit from Jan Brett!  Share this message with your extended family and help us bring this literary role model to our school. (Please- do it now!) If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ormerod at

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ATTENTION PARENTS OF 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District is scheduling preschool screenings for the 2014-2015 school year. The screening process is for students who will turn 3 or 4 years of age by August 31, 2014 and serves two purposes. First, students will be eligible to enter the lottery for available model spots in the Integrated Preschool Program. Secondly, it identifies students who may be in need of special education services. To schedule an appointment, please call: Kathie Galego at 508-252-5069 Calls will be accepted February 24, 2014 to February 28, 2014 from 11:30 am – 2:45pm. Screening appointments will take place at Dighton-Rehoboth Preschool, 2700 Regional Road, North Dighton during the week of March 3rd to March 7th. Each appointment will take approximately forty-five minutes. Please provide the following items at the appointment: ~ Proof of residency ~ Child’s original birth certificate* ~ Driver’s license* *copies will be made


Well the phone calls have begun, families are planning vacations for the coming year and wish to plan around the MCAS testing. While we thank you for your sensitivity to the testing window- we encourage all of our students to make school a priority. Did you know that overall school attendance is factored into the MCAS composite performance index. More importantly, we need our children in their classrooms if we are to empower them with the skills they need to evidence proficiency. While we are aware of the potential savings $$$, consider what your child might be missing. ELA MCAS is scheduled in a window between March 17th and 31st for our 3rd and 4th graders. The mathematics window is May 5th to the 20th. We applaud families who wait until our scheduled vacations to search for warmer climates. If we are to help our students achieve to their potential, we need families to send the message that school comes first.

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Recently we have had parents/guardians pass our busses while they are unloading students in the morning. Please be aware that it is illegal to pass a bus that has the flashing lights on and doing so threatens the safety of our students. Please use caution as you drop your child /children off and use the designated drop off pattern to ensure the safety of all our students. Thank you for your cooperation.

Nurse’s Notes

ATTENTION: Parents of 6th graders: Students who will be entering 7th grade for the 2014-2015 school year must have a current physical (done within the previous year) and proof of having received a Tdap (Tetanus) booster and a second Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine prior to starting 7th grade. Without the proper medical documentation, students are subject to exclusion from school per the regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Please call your child’s pediatrician to make sure these vaccines are received by then. Physical exam paperwork does not automatically come to the school from the doctor’s office. Parents need to obtain this documentation and send it in to Mrs. Mondor, the school nurse.  If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Mondor, RN at 508-252-5080. Our fax number is 508252-5082 so that paperwork may be faxed to the school.

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School Dances

Please note that the school dances start at 7 p.m. Students should not be dropped off at school for the dances any earlier than 6:50 p.m. Rides should be present for students at the conclusion of the dances which is 9 p.m.

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If your family has been struggling to heat your house and have meals on the table, don’t forget that you have the option of submitting a free and reduced price school meal application. If you meet the federal income guidelines, this would allow you to re-allocate money you currently spend on your child’s lunch to your evening meals or keeping your home warm.  Do not hesitate to request an application from the school office.  If you need additional assistance you could apply for the SNAP or TANF programs.  The local assistance telephone number is 1-866-950-3663.

Computer Essential & STEM Class:

The week of December 9-15 was Computer Science Education week. All STEM and Computer Essential classes learned about Computer Programming using the “Hour of Code.” The Hour of Code is a website which teaches students the language of computer programming. These classes gave students the opportunity to learn that computers do only what they are programmed to do. During this time students learned how to create software applications, by using coding to make their own games. It was an exciting week for all! Students may continue to use the program by going to

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The annual Beckwith Middle School Winter Chorus Concert was held on Monday, December 16, 2013 in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School auditorium. These students, under the direction of Ms. Lopez, displayed their talents by singing a wide repertoire of winter selections including the Polar Express’ heartwarming ballad, “Believe”, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”, and Leroy Anderson’s holiday hit, “Sleigh Ride”.  A big thank you goes out to the students for all the hard work they put in while preparing for this performance!

Geography Bee

Congratulations to Tom Brown, winner of our school-level Geography Bee! Out of nearly 300 students who participated at varying levels of the Bee, Tom has become our school champion. He will take the qualifying test to see if he can continue  to compete and represent Beckwith at the state-wide level. Best of luck to Tom!

A.C.E. Program

Registration forms for the next session of Beckwith’s A.C.E. Program have been made available to students. Activities are expected to begin soon.

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Spirit Week is scheduled for March 10-14. If your child would like to order a spirit week t-shirt, forms are available in the school store and the main office. The cost is $8.00 and orders must be received by February 6. Stay tuned to the daily announcements for more Spirit Week details.

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Give Kids a Smile Day

If your child is between the ages of 4-18 and is covered under a state insurance plan which does not include dental care, they may be eligible for a free appointment. Dr. Lisa Daft, DMD & Associates, PC is offering free appointments on February 7, 2014 from 8 AM – 3 PM at the office at 520 Taunton Avenue in Seekonk. Parents/Guardians should call 508-336-7260 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol

The Beckwith Patrons of the Arts’ production of A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol directed by Sarah Martins was performed December 12-14 and was a huge success.   Their hard work was evident throughout the play. Thank you to everyone involved in helping to make this entertaining production something the cast, crew, and audience will not forget.

Info at Beckwith Website*

Please take some time to explore our website periodically for the latest information and memos. Just go to www. and follow the Beckwith links. You will see the School Calendar to the right which contains important dates, events, and ACE program schedule for easily accessible information. As you scroll down you will also see important dates and links to other important information including the Beckwith Chronicle. On the left side of our main page, there are links to other parts of our website, including the student handbook and teacher pages…some of which contain homework assignments.

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

From the Principal

Yes! We have a sign! Thank you to all the contributors who made this possible. We are still working on the programming of the sign and will be making good use of the opportunity to share information with the community. Monday, January 13th, was SHS’s chance to shine at the School Committee Meeting. Brian, Tim, and Matt Salit gave an overview of the Massachusetts Teen Distracted Leadership Summit they are organizing for March. They also explained what motivated them to get involved educating teens about the dangers of texting and driving. Mrs. Cunard was recognized for being a finalist for STEM Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by Raytheon. She shared the many things the members of the science department are doing to keep their students on the cutting edge. Mrs. Fitzgerald was recognized for the work she has done as Transition Coordinator to provide a variety of opportunities for our students as well as the work she had done as co-chairperson of the district’s Teacher Induction Program. Two members of Model United Nations, Andrew Breiter Wu and Anthony Tusino, along with their advisor Mrs. Larson, talked about their upcoming competition in Boston as well as the benefits of being a member of the team. On Saturday, January 11, 2014, Andrew Breiter-Wu represented Seekonk High School, The Seekonk Lions Club, and The Seekonk Hearthstone Lions Club in the District 33S Youth Speech Competition Finals held in Plymouth, MA. I’m proud to announce that Andrew came in second place (Runner Up).

February 10-14 is random acts of kindness week. Our SHS kitchen employees will be collecting canned goods which will be donated to Doorways of Seekonk.  At Christmas our employees donated over 80 items to Doorways and that was with only our 17 employees participating.  We would like to encourage students to participate Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA with us to make it an even bigger event.  Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA ® Any student bringing in a canned good on A Developmentally Appropriate the designated day would receive a coupon AA Developmentally Appropriate Developmentally Appropriate for a free snack.  We will also randomly Pre-School for: Pre-School Program for: Pre-School ProgramProgram for: select students to receive 2 coupons for Dighton,Dighton, Rehoboth and Seekonk Seekonk Rehoboth and Seekonka free snack - one for themselves and one Dighton, Rehoboth and to give away.  In the hopes of developing a stronger, Currently Enrolling up-to-date STEM curriculum, Mrs. Angela Cunard and Mr. James Devlin have volunChildren 3 (by Sept. 1st) - 5 years teered to participate in “Introduction to Sustainable and Green Technologies,” a FREE 3-credit course for high school educators to • Foster Children Automatically Qualify • Foster Children Automatically Qualify be offered during spring semester at Bristol • Foster Children Automatically Qualify • Breakfast & Lunch Served Community College. BCC’s Green Center Breakfast & Lunch Served • Breakfast &•Lunch Served for Workforce Development has recently • Part Day & Home Based Options Available received funding from the Massachusetts Part Based Day &notOptions Home Based Options Available • Part Day & •Home Available Clean Energy Center (MCEC) to educate • Transportation included public school teachers and students in sustainable and renewable energy.  MCEC’s intent is to build workforce capacity within the industry.  Part of this is to be achieved by Ma. License # 8117990 educating the educators about the industry and the skills needed by their students.  I Ma. License # 8117990 Ma. License # 8117990 #212592

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February 2014 commend Mrs. Cunard and Mr. Devlin for their efforts to make sure that our students graduate with top notch skills. Members of the Class of 2013 visited senior advisories on Friday, January 10, to share their college experiences. Our past graduates gave the seniors an idea of what they could expect both academically and socially during their first semester of college.

From Mrs. Whatley, Guidance Director

Every high school senior and college students who will be attending college in the 2014-2015 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA.  Free help is available state wide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA. The 10th annual FAFSA Day Massachusetts is being held on February 23, 2014 at 1 PM. Families are encouraged to visit to register and view locations, times and dates for over 30 sites across the state.

From Mr. Grant, Athletic Director

At the annual meeting of the South Coast Conference Principals and Athletic Directors last week, the league voted unanimously, to recognize swimming as a South Coast Conference sport. This means that effective with the 2014-2015 school year, we will be competing in the SCC for swimming. All swimming, both boys and girls, will now be a winter sport. This now gives us an opportunity to compete for an SCC league championship and have SCC recognized All-Stars, just like all our other sports. While we understand this may be a significant change for some, the decision is ultimately what is in the best interest of the SCC and the overwhelming majority of our swimmers. Currently, approx. 75% of the schools in Massachusetts and all of the schools in Rhode Island have both boys and girls swimming as a winter sport. We will be getting additional information out to the community as soon as it becomes available. Thanks to the efforts of the Seekonk Athletic Boosters Club, we will be resuming yearly inductions into the Seekonk High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The process and application material will be available in next week’s newsletter.

SHS Winter Ball - February 8, 2014 VENUS DI MILO, SWANSEA, MA 6-10 PM

Tickets are $35 and are available for sale during all lunches. See Mrs. Capizzo, Mrs. Ytterdahl, or any Class of 2016 Representative with any questions!

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From the Science Department

Twenty three students attended the Biotech Futures Event at Bridgewater State University on Tuesday, January 7th. Students participated in two laboratory experiences in the state of the art facilities.  The lab experiences included “Making Algal Balls”, “TChemical Analysis of Sports Drinks” and “DNA Chips”.   They also had the opportunity to listen to a number of presentations by speakers active in the Biotech industry.  The speakers and there topics were:  David Licter from Millennium in Boston, “Cancer Drug Development”; Sebastian Kraves from Amplyus discussed his path to a starting his own Biotech company making mini PCR machines; Vincent Chan from MIT who spoke about his work with 3-D printers and David Mantus from C after D, “ We Are Biotech”. Biotechnology students began their final «rotation», a crime scene investigation on Wednesday, January  8th.  Students collected evidence from the crime scene on the high school stage and will be processing the evidence to determine which of the two suspects is guilty. They will be performing a number of tests including DNA fingerprinting, blood typing, dusting for regular fingerprints, and detecting blood with luminol (will glow in the dark).

JFK Field Trip

On Wednesday, December 18th, the AP US History classes visited the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The students, juniors and seniors, studied different aspects of Kennedy’s presidency throughout the semester, including JFK’s use of the television in the 1960 Presidential




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It is not too late to get a flu shot. The CDC and MDPH recommend a flu shot for any person over 6 months old. You may get it at most pharmacies or from your health care provider. The Polished Program came to Seekonk High School on January 30, 2014. This is a free dental cleaning program that takes place during the school day. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that all grade 10 students submit a physical exam during the 20132014 school year. Please send your child’s physical in as soon as possible, keeping a copy for your own records. So far about 70% of the 10th grade has a physical on file in the health room. Let’s make that 100% soon! Many students have sustained concussions from sports, home activities and accidents. Please notify Mrs. Rok if your child has a concussion so appropriate accommodations are put into place at school.



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Election and the Cuban Missile Crisis. This field trip was a great supplement to learn more about the rise and sudden fall of one of America’s most famous presidents. From his privileged beginnings at Harvard to his assassination in Dallas, Texas, Kennedy led an incredible life before it was cut short. As president during the Cold War, JFK promoted nationalism when the United States took the lead in the space race and sent a man to outer space. Kennedy also promoted social justice with his New Frontier program, and passed legislation to help the disabled receive benefits. It was fascinating to discover interesting tidbits about Jackie Kennedy’s time in the White House and abroad as the First Lady. The museum includes many artifacts, documents, gifts of different countries, and memorabilia from the Kennedy era. The Presidential Library, which is part of the National Archives, is constantly researching and analyzing new information about the life of John F. Kennedy, and new displays are assembled regularly. The group was organized by Mr. Censabella and Mrs. Larson, and the students found the day to be fun, informative, and educational.

From the Social Studies Department

Senior, James Eline and junior, Jillian Cartwright will be representing Seekonk High School at the State House in Boston on April 4th, 2014 participating in Student Government Day. The 67th  Annual Student Government Day gives “students the opportunity to learn about the structure of government, become engaged citizens, and to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities we share in a democracy.”  The students themselves will be able to replicate activities of the General Court, and meet as constitutional officers or members of the Supreme Judicial Court through mock simulations.



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Is that a new TV in the SHS Library?!?

Students, faculty and visitors have been noticing a new TV and Apple TV unit in the library. It is mounted to the wall near the circulation desk and welcomes visitors into the library. “We installed the TV and Apple TV for several reasons,” explains Suzanne Larson, the SHS Library Media Specialist. “First, it works as a digital sign to keep our community informed with regular announcements and updates. Second, it’s a great way to display student-created videos and digital projects. And last, it’s a peek at the future of educational technology – many schools are starting to integrate these types of displays in the classroom to better facilitate teaching and learning.” The 32” television is a standard Samsung HD flat screen that mounts easily on the wall. The Apple TV streaming device, a donation to the library, enables staff and students to stream from any Apple device. “And,” adds Larson, “Since we are a Macintosh school that means we have a perfect foundation to take advantage of the latest in technology.”

Music News

Senior Alex Ho, junior Pat Gregorek and Sophomore Annabel Schneider represented Seekonk High School in the 48th Annual Southeast Massachusetts All-District Festival at Silver Lake Regional High School. Alex and Annabel performed with the All-District Band and Pat performed with the All-District Orchestra. Congratulations to these fine student musicians! Tickets are now on sale for the Annual SHS Jazz Dinner, which will be held in the SHS cafeteria on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30 PM. Tickets for the dinner are $11 and include 2 sets of music performed by the SHS Jazz Band and a full buffet dinner by Boneyard Barbeque of North Seekonk. Tickets can be purchased from any Jazz Band member or at the SHS Band Office. Contact Mr. John Smialek for more information at: Band students received a flier this week about an informational meeting that will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 7 PM in the SHS Band Room to provide preliminary information and plans for the Band’s 2015 trip. We will be discussing the possibility of participating in another Cruise Festival, which includes a Royal Caribbean cruise to Bermuda. This meeting is open to all band students in grades 8-11 and their parents. Please contact Mr. Smialek if you are unable to attend this meeting and information discussed will be sent home.

Important dates for second semester:

Thursday, February 13 – Jazz Dinner @ 6:30 PM Winter vacation – February 17-21 Wednesday, March 12 – Teacher In-Service – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS Thursday, – March 13 - College Planning Night - 6:30 PM MCAS English Testing, Grade 10 – March 18, 19, 21 Drama Production of “Grease” – March 15-16 Friday, April 18 – Good Friday – No school Spring vacation – April 21-25 Thursday, May 1 – Honor Society Induction Awards - 6:30 PM MCAS Math Testing, Grade 10 – May 13 and 14 Saturday, May 17 – Jr/Sr Prom – Lake Pearl – 6:30-10:30 PM; Post prom to follow at the high school Friday, May 23 – Teacher In-Service – Early dismissal for students at 11:25 AM MCAS Science Testing, Grade 10 – June 2 and 3 Tuesday, June 10 – Underclassman Awards Night – 7:00 PM Wednesday, June 11 – Senior Class Night – 7:00 PM Graduation – Friday, June 13 - 6:30 PM

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The winter has been mighty busy at Martin Middle School as events and opportunities have been in abundance. During the months of December and January, we celebrated with the reappearance of interscholastic middle school sports as Wildcat Wrestling and Girls & Boys Basketball returned after a year absence from competition. This spring will mark the return of Track & Field, along with Baseball & Softball Squads. Our school’s Music Department put on an outstanding performance combining the Band and Chorus ensembles for their Holiday Concert before a large crowd. We are also proud to recognize fourteen outstanding students who were recently named to the RI Music Educator’s Association’s All-State Band and Chorus ensembles. It should be noted that all 14 students are also Honor Roll students as well. All State Band: Alex Flowers & Ashlynn Messier All State Chorus: Christopher Concepcion, Kayleigh EspositoRussell, Kayla Harris, Taylor Heck, Sophia Monteiro, Hailey Placido, Katie Roslonek, Erin St. Hilaire, Daniel Strother, Taliq Tillman, Blake Trowbridge, & John Voll

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The Robotics Club recently earned distinction at the FIRST LEGO League State Championships at Roger Williams University winning the Core Values Award for inspiration. The “Electrifying Storms” squad members included Logan Rinaldi, Taylor Heck, Christiana Rebollo, Samantha Carroll, Cedric Petion, Amaya Dacier, Joey Texeira, Olivia Soares, Clara Cruz, Isabel Cruz, and Tahjin Niblett. We also like to thank EPHS students, Dakota Dolde and Nicholas Lazouras for their mentoring role in assisting our Martin students. The FIRST LEGO competition inspires students to work with robotics while testing their skills in science, technology, and math.

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For the four consecutive year, students from EPHS and MMS Theatre groups stage a production of “2222 Zombie Apocalypse” for an appreciative audience on back to back nights. This is a program that developed at the request of students several years ago and continues to be a popular one. In addition to the middle and high school students performing together, the Pee Wee Players, students from grades 2 to 5 of Hennessey School, performed their play “Alex in Wonderland” providing entertainment to the spectators prior to the main act. Martin’s Theatre is preparing for the production of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” this coming Spring.


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Congratulations goes out to 7th grade student, Zachary Bartlett, as he has been selected to attend the 2014 United States Coast Guard Academy Youth Leadership Conference. Zach, along with a spectacular group of peers from around the country will attend the conference that is a cadet-led and organized training experience designed to expose young and developing leaders of tomorrow to the principles of Coast Guard leadership through interactive engineering and leadership-based activities. We like to thank all those who contributed to our recent Canned Food Drive and our Winter Coat Drive organized by our Student Council. Martin collected over 1,600 can food items and 30 winter coats to give to those in need in our community. Being a Feinstein Leadership School, Mr. Feinstein match our 1,600 cans with $1,600 check to support our students and their efforts to better the lives of others.

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Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School Stars of the Month

HMS students are chosen as Stars of the Month are chosen for various reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to academic achievement, effort, work-ethic, going above and beyond, random acts of kindness, and improvement over time. The names of two students from each academic team are submitted, as well as the names of four students from the encore team. Students that are chosen for each month are invited to a free breakfast with the school administration, guidance counselors, and teachers that may be available at the time. The breakfast takes place first period on a Friday morning. Students have their names announced over the intercom on the Thursday afternoon on the day prior to the breakfast. At the breakfast, students will enjoy a balanced breakfast meal that will include fruit, milk and juice with it. The cafeteria will be decorated in honor of the students. A ceremony will take place, including a short speech from the principal, assistant principal, guidance counselors, and any teachers that would like to speak. Students will have their individual picture taken. The picture of each student will be displayed on a star in the Tower Lobby display case for one month. Students will also receive that star with their picture as part of the certificate folder at their 8th grade promotional ceremony. Group photos will also be taken and submitted to the Sun Chronicle and the Rehoboth Reporter, Seekonk Patch, as well as the weekly parent newsletter. During the breakfast, students will be called up to receive a Star of the Month Certificate that includes the HMS seal. Also, there will be a raffle for the chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Subway. Students will also be brought down to the gymnasium for one chance to take a half court shot for the chance to win a $25 I-Tunes gift certificate.

November 2013

Grade 6: Lila Yan and Gabriel Bastien, Grace MacDonald and Marcus Hoskins. Grade 7: Alex Kileen and Taylor Troiano, Benjamin Lunnie and Emily Ferrick. Grade 8: Nicole Labossiere and Devlin Danner , Haylee Bartlett and Jared Kogut. Encore: Damion Tremblay, Matthew Silveira, Caitlin Tavares, Lindsay Whelan

October 2013

Grade 6: Justin Edwards and Catherine Testa, Amelia Biggs and Brendan Morales. Grade 7: Bethany Smith and Chris Lane,Justin Cardoza and Mackenzie Almeida. Grade 8: Tyler Mello and Sabrina Russell, Terry Smith and Lacey Ibello. Encore: Eric Kerr, Cheyenne Ayotte, Aditi Patel, and Charlotte Drainville

December 2013

Grade 6: Henry Jordan and Erin Keough, Meredith Paris and Robert Strycharz. Grade 7: Brian Jolin and Breanna Dailey, Cedrick Gustave and Kaitlyn Gorton. Grade 8: Bella Munns and Justin Coelho, Angel Toussignant and Ben Brady. Encore: Marcus Hoskins, Brooke Parks, Megan Terra

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Love is in the Air 3 Easy Steps To Sweeten Someone’s Valentine’s Day Creative Gift Solutions Offer A Simple Way To Show You Care

(BPT) - Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them. A recent survey revealed that most people do have multiple “loves” in their lives. In fact, significant others aren’t the only ones who get Valentine’s Day gifts these days. This survey, which was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, showed that Valentine’s Day now extends way beyond that one special person. Forty four percent of people said that they purchase gifts for multiple people on Valentine’s Day. When asked to identify their “other loves,” friends were at the top of the list; and surprisingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats. -

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Valentine's Day ... So to sweeten your relationships all year round, small thank you gifts are both welcomed and appreciated. And keep in mind it’s not the size of the gift that matters. Survey results show that good things come in small, personalized packages.-

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Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local grocery store for a variety of fresh and delicious options. From frosted cookies, to cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and doughnuts, you’ll find a treat to please everyone on your list - and there’s no baking involved. Step 2: Personalize each gift by selecting a baked good and using basic art or wrapping supplies (think ribbon spools and tissue paper leftover from Christmas) that you have around the house to dress up your gifts. Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon through and tie it to your gift.-

Other ideas for a quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to dress up your gift: * Homemade gift bags: Cut hearts out of construction paper and glue onto a lunch bag. * Decorative plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal or colored ceramic plates at your local discount store and wrap with cellophane and a bow. * Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place some tissue inside, add your selected baked good and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the baked good is secure in the box. You don’t want it to crumble.

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Church Listings Newman Congregational Church

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Vedanta Society of Providence

227 Angell St Providence RI 02906 401-421-3960

West Dighton Christian Church

Epworth United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Rehoboth Congregational Church

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

51 Railroad Ave. Taunton 508-824-8244

North Christian Church

Seekonk Congregational Church

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

New Testament Baptist Church

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

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

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

Holy Cross Catholic Church

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

Memorial Baptist Church,

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

Freedom in Christ Ministries

503 Winthrop St. Suite 7 Rehoboth MA 02769 508-557-1634

Saint Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church

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

Church of Salgion

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

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United Church of Christ

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Winthrop Street Baptist Church

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

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Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC

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

St. James Lutheran Church

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St. Dominic Catholic Church

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

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

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

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

First Christian Congregational Church United Church of Christ

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

Church of the Epiphany

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

Christ Church Episcopal

The First Baptist Church of Swansea

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Lighthouse Baptist Church

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

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

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Seekonk Human Services Seekonk Human Services Staff Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239

Executive Director Bernadette Huck Ext. 15 Senior Secretary Ashley Pimental ext. 12 Clerical Assistant Kimberly Mallon ext. 10 Educational & Social Programs Karen Stutz ext. 14 Outreach Managers Adriana Dossantos BA. ext. 11 (Monday-Friday) Veronica Brickley, LPN BA SOC LSWA ext. 17 (Mon. Wed. Fri.) Senior Aides ext. 19 Loretta Ferreira, Sharon Bettencourt Executive Board Members Victoria Kinniburgh, Chairperson Rene Andrews, Vice Chairperson Anne Libby, Secretary Anita Gendron, Treasurer Christine Allen, Guy Boulay Beverly Della Grotta

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Wednesday, February 5 @ 10am Come on in for the round table with the director! Today will be a relaxed activity with the director where you can ask questions and make suggestions about upcoming activities. Lunch will be Pizza and Salad for $3. Please call ahead to reserve your spot!



*Special Election and Town Meeting: In regards to the Senior Center, should the voters approve the move of the funds from building a center to the purchase of center located at 442 Taunton Avenue. The same amount of monies previously voted will be used towards the remodeling and furnishing of the center. By doing this we will be able to remain within our allotted budget and meet all our needs.  


Wednesday, February 12 @ 10am A delicious lunch of French Meat Pie for $3. Please bring in photos of your wedding and we will try to guess who is who! Please sign up for the party & lunch at 508-336-8772

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Wednesday, February 26 @ 10am John Quintas from the American Diabetes Association of Fall River will be coming to Seekonk Human Services for Diabetes Bingo. Diabetes is a disease in which the blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods we consume and the insulin is a hormone that gets the glucose into the cells for energy. This program puts a twist on traditional learning of diabetes and turns it into a learning game. Nutritional facts geared toward assisting diabetics in making smart food choices. Lunch will be American Chop Suey for $3. Please call ahead to reserve your spot for the activity and lunch.


· March 5— Mystery Guest Lunch: Tuna Sandwich and Chowder for $3 · March 12—St. Patrick’s Day Party Lunch: Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for $3 · March 26—TRIAD: TBD Lunch: TBD  


Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 8:30am Toti’s Restaurant Men of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious breakfast. There is no set price for breakfast, order what you want, pay for what you order.

Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239


Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 10:00am Toti’s Restaurant Women of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious brunch. There is no set price for breakfast, order what you want, pay for what you order.


Our FREE Medical Loan Closet provides temporary loan of medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, commodes, bath & shower chairs, etc.) to Seekonk seniors or individuals in need. We are in need of wheelchairs and shower chairs. Please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 if you are in need or would like to make a donation.


The Bristol County Sheriff, Thomas Hodgson, is offering the “R.U.O.K?” program. Telephone calls are placed to seniors, disabled persons, and shut-ins. Calls are made the same time each day to check on the well being of an individual. If there is no answer, a second call will be placed. If there is no answer after the second attempt, the Town’s first responders will be dispatched to physically check in on the person. Applications are available at Seekonk Human Services or by calling 774-628-0030. For more information, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will be preparing taxes at the Seekonk Town Hall on Thursdays from February 6—April 10 with appointments at 9, 10, & 11am. Appointments can be made by calling Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.


What is the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit? The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is a state income tax credit for eligible Massachusetts residents age 65 or older who paid rent or real estate taxes during the tax year. The credit is for senior homeowners and renters who meet income limits and other eligibility requirements. Homeowners may claim the credit if they paid more than 10% of their total income for real estate taxes, including water charges. Renter can count

February 2014 The Reporter 25% of their rent as real estate tax payments. You must file a state income tax return to claim the Circuit Breaker Credit, whether or not you have to file other-wise. If your credit is greater than the amount of income taxes you owe, the state will give you a refund for the different. That maximum credit for tax year 2013 is $1030.

· Rent receipt ·  Recent copy of electric bill and gas/ oil bills · Food Stamps—copy of verification  

Am I eligible?

For any household, staying prepared is the key to safely weathering a winter storm. A good way to start is by keeping Massachusetts Electric’s Power outage number (800-465-1212) by your non-cordless phone. Have at least one phone that is not cordless, because cordless phones won’t work when the power is out. REMEMBER: Police and local Fire Departments are usually not the best contact for strictly reporting power outages, and often times do not have firsthand information on when the power will be restored. Your best contact is the number provided above.

The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is for low and moderate income seniors whose real estate tax payments are greater than 10% of their income. Homeowners and renters can claim the credit. Income Guidelines: · $55,000 single · $69,000 head of household · $82,000 married filing jointly *Total income includes some types of non-taxable income, such as social security, retirement, pensions and annuities, cash public assistance, tax-exempt interest and dividends, and certain other income. To Qualify: · You or your spouse must be 65 or older by the end of the year · If married, you must file jointly · You must rent/own a home in MA that is your primary residence · Your property’s assessed value can’t exceed $750,000 by January 1, 2013 · If you’re a renter you can’t be getting federal/state rent subsidy and your landlord must pay property taxes


If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the lookout for your application. File the application as soon as you get it. If you have never had fuel assistance and would like to apply or if you need help filing your application, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 to make an appointment with the Outreach Department. Fuel Assistance begins November 1st. Income Guidelines: Maximum income for 1 person is $32,065, for 2 people is $41,932, for 3 people is $51,798 and for 4 people is $61,664. Income includes your social security, pensions and any interest income. Needed Documents: · Proof of income · 4 consecutive pay stubs · Social Security Award Letter or 1099 · Pension (Current 1099) · Interest Dividends (1099) ·  List of everyone in household plus their income · Homeowner’s must include: · Mortgage statement · Real estate tax bill · Insurance bill ·  Recent copy of electric bill and gas/ oil bill · Renters include:


2014 TRIPS

Friday, February 28, 2014 FOXWOODS Casino $22 per person Departure: 9:00am Return: 4:30pm Trip Includes: Lunch Buffet & $10 Keno Play March 30 – April 1 TROPICANA, ATLANTIC CITY $179 Per Person Double ** $179 Per Person Triple ** $259 Per Person Single Departure: 8:00am on March 30th Return: Approximately 7:30pm on April 1st Trip Includes: 2 Night Accommodations * $30 Slot Dollars * 2 Dinner Buffets *Revue Show (on availability) Day 1: Depart for Atlantic City with a stop on the way for coffee/lunch before arriving at the hotel. Receive your bonus package on arrival and enjoy the rest of the day – may Lady Luck be with you! Day 2: Make sure to visit the other casinos all along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. There is so much to see and do. Day 3: Try your luck one more time before heading home. We will make stops as needed on the way home. You will arrive home this evening. th


Upcoming Trips: Be on the lookout! Super Duck Tours Newport Playhouse Lobsterfest Block Island Rail & Sail in CT Covered Bridges in NH Christmas in Canterberry Newport Playhouse *Please note: All trips leave from Seekonk Human Services unless otherwise noted. 50% deposit is required at


sign up and final payment must be made two weeks prior to trip. Checks are to be made payable to the Town of Seekonk. To ensure trips are not cancelled please sign up one month prior to trip at the latest in order to give the tour company an accurate count. For any information regarding trips please contact Ashley Pimental at 508-336-8772.


472 Taunton Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508.336.7103 $3 fee per class for the following classes:

· Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Exercise Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 9am · Aquaerobics Monday, Wednesday Friday @ 9:45am · Silver Sneaker Classic Wednesday and Friday @ 11am *Must be a Seekonk senior and have a scan card, please call 508-336-8772 for further information.

SEEKONK TOTAL FITNESS 1301 Fall River Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508.336.4545

Seekonk Total Fitness is offering Senior Fitness Group Exercise Classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am—12pm. The one hour fitness class is designed specifically for older adults and taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. This easy to follow workout is safe, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Energize your inactive lifestyle by increasing muscular strength, range of movement & balance. The cost per class is $1.


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

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The Reporter February 2014

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

Director’s Corner Welcome to winter! Please make sure that with all this inclement weather we have been having that you have enough medication, water , nonperishable foods for three days and a flash light, radio and batteries for them. Please make sure your cell phone is charged every night so if you lose electricity you can call your family to let them know if you are okay or 911 for help. If you do not have a cell phone please call the COA and we will see how we can help you get one. If you have any medical condition like oxygen, wheel chair or any other medical equipment that needs electric to work please let the COA know. All of this information will be kept secure and will be used ONLY if there is an emergency power outage. Please feel free to call Norie, Linna or Brad if you need any assistance.

Respectfully, Norie Palmer, Director

Special Announcement Starting on Friday, February 7, 2014, the AARP Tax Associates will be on hand to assist you with your 2013 tax returns. This year the tax appointments will be held at the Rehoboth COA, 55 Bay State Road. Please call and set up your appointment - 508-2523372. The Tax Associates will be here at the COA Only on Fridays!

Special Announcements for the Month Monday, February 17, 2014 Closed for Presidents Day The Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Marian Markowitz:

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

Chair Yoga Exercise Classes:

Thursdays the COA is having fun exercise classes in Chair Yoga at 9:00 A.M. Cost is $3.00 per week. Coming and have some fun and check it out.....

Tia Chi Classes:

Tuesdays at 9:00 A.M. Tia Chi Classes - 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.

Line Dancing Classes:

Gert’s Cafe`

Lunch is served at Gert’s Cafe` Mondays at 12 Noon. Menus consist of soup or salad, a main course, dessert coffee or tea. The best part is!!! can treat yourself, your love one or a close friend or friends to a delicious lunch for the “Bargain” price of $3.00 - Sign up to get the good stuff and have a seat.

The COA Breakfast Club

On Wednesdays from 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. the COA is serving egg muffins or 2 pancakes with your choice of Ham or Canadian Bacon, coffee or tea for $2:00 and home fries for an extra 25 ₵. What a bargain and it is freshly made with eggs from our own Rehoboth Farmers. Start you day off with good Home Style cooked Breakfast or have a mid-day snack for those who wake up with or before the chickens! Come on in and join us!! Yummm

Tasty Thursdays Lunch

Tasty Thursday Lunch will be returning in the Spring. Please check for up-coming date.

Healthy Living Information Blood Pressures & Glucose Screenings:

Our new town of Rehoboth nurse will be available starting in February for blood pressure and glucose screenings free of charge. The date and time will be determined at a later date. Please contact the COA 508-2523372 for more information.

Tuesdays at 10:00 A.M. get in the grove if you like dancing this is a fun group for you. Everyone is welcome to try out some steps. $3.00 per class.

COA’a Outreach and SHINE Service

The COA’s Outreach worker Bradley Marshall is available Monday thru Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. and Thursdays 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. 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.


Serving Health Information Needs of Elders Can You Change Your Medicare Plan Now?

Yes, if you are unhappy with your Medicare Advantage Plan Between January 1 and February 14, 2014, you can drop your Medicare Advantage plan, return to Original Medicare and enroll in a Part D drug plan, which will begin the first of the following month. If you wish, you may also enroll in a Medicare Supplement (a Medigap) plan. Coverage will begin on the first of the following month. Yes, if you are a member of Prescription Advantage, the state pharmaceutical assistance program, or are eligible to join Prescription Advantage At any time during 2014, you have one additional chance to change your Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan or to add a Part D drug plan, if you have none (a penalty may apply). In 2014, Prescription Advantage will continue to help most members with the cost of drugs in the

February 2014 The Reporter “donut hole.” Yes, if you have MassHealth or if you qualify for “Extra Help” (LIS) Every month, you can change your Part D drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan. Yes, if you are just becoming eligible for Medicare, or if you lose your current health insurance – Plan left the market place – loss of employer coverage. Special rules will apply. Trained SHINE volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call the Rehoboth COA and speak to Bradley Marshall to arrange an appointment at 508-252-3372. Or you can call the main SHINE number at 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible.

Special Services

Meals on Wheels and Meal-Site:

Please contact our meal site manger or the COA Director at 508-252-3372 for information on the Meals on Wheels program and on site meals served on Thursdays at the COA. A donation of $2.00 is requested for lunch, which consist of a main course, dessert and milk. Copies of the month’s menus are posted at the front door, at the reception desk, and posted in the Dinning room for your review. For more information or questions please see the COA Director, Norie Palmer.

Gert’s Cafe`:

Have Lunch on Mondays at 12:00 noon for $3.00 with your friends. Come in a little early and stay a little later and have a great time with your friends and all the people that come in. A great time for conversation and interaction.

Musical Mondays:

Have fun with this group blending your voices in harmony and song. They meet on the first and third Mondays of the month. New voices are always welcome and invited.

Men’s Morning Coffee:

Fridays at 9:00 A.M. come in and enjoy fresh coffee, pastry and conversation, discussion and exchanges in ideas with this lively group of Men.

Card Games:

Cards are here at the COA!!!!!!!!!!! Mondays at 9:30 A.M. we have a Cribbage group Tuesdays at 12:30 P.M. we have a ladies group that play cards and other games Wednesdays at 12:30 P.M. we have

Hi-Lo Jack group 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.

Arts and Crafts Art Classes:

Michell’s Art Classes will start on Wednesday, February 5th. Please call and reserve your place. Classes are for 6 weeks at a time and cost $4.00 per Class. Come and try our your skills and learn new ones while having fun at the same time.

Knitting and Crochet Group:

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 Fridays at 10:00 A.M.


Do you quilt? Do you know some one who quilts? Come on in and join in the fun of creating with our Quilting Group. There is plenty of knowledge and a great deal for fun with this group. Meets Thursdays at 9:00 A.M.

Organizations and Events The Best is Yet to Come:

The Best is Yet to Come - a senior social group that helps sponsor and doing activities that members suggest. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1:00 P.M. at the Gladys L. Harrell Senior Center - 55 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. Annual dues are $6.00 - they have many great activities throughout the year

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 and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 1:30 P.M. at the Rehoboth Council of Aging building. Thursday, February 6th – 1:30pm - Red Cross Presentation Thursday, February 20th – 12noon - 90th Birthday Party (Call Kay)

The Friends of the Elderly Club:

The Friends of the Elderly help and partially fund some of the services at the Rehoboth Council on Aging - such as the podiatry and blood pressure/cholesterol clinics. The Club meets at 10:30 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday, February 19th. Please

come in and support our services. members are always welcome

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Veteran’s Information:

Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U.S. Army, (Retired) - the town’s Veteran representative is here to serve and assist our veterans. Veterans looking to save money on medical cost should inquire about the VA Medical System. Thinking of file a claim for service connection or for benefits under the Veterans Administration? Lt. Col. Saunders - Veterans Service Officer can help you call 508-252-4467, ext. 122. Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 A.M. to Noon. Appointments are also available at other times - Please inquire.


Rehoboth TRIAD - Sheriff’s Department, Law Enforcement and Seniors working together for a Safe environment. The TRIAD group is currently looking for new members to be on the board. TRIAD meetings are on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month held at the Rehoboth Council on Aging Ctr. For more information and questions please call Marilyn at 508-252-9366 Programs being offered through the TRIAD: File of Life and Yellow Alert cards for you to be able to list your medical information that is prominently displayed in you house and/or car and is identifiable by first responders. Are you Okay? - Daily phone calls from the Sheriff’s Department to check if you are okay or need any assistance. Activities: Soup Supper in the Spring and the TRIAD annual picnic in June

Announcements Important:

Registration is required for all upcoming programs. All activities will have a participant signup sheets for that program. 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 508-252-3372 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.


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The Rehoboth Council on Aging A Municipal Department of the Town


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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Senior Center Breakfast

Neither too young or too old to come and have breakfast at the COA (Senior Center) located on Bay State Road. Breakfast is served every Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Coffee, egg and cheese sandwiches with Canadian bacon or ham, or freshly made pancakes, all for the price of $2.00. Add on home fries for $0.25. Come in to visit with your neighbors and friends and have a freshly cooked breakfast or call and pick up at 508-252-3372.

Rehoboth Senior Citizen’s Club News We are a social and charitable club open to residents and non residents of Rehoboth. Our meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club

We are always happy to welcome new members into our club… Rehoboth residents or non-residents are welcome. Dues are payable on or before the first meeting in May. If you would like to become a member of our club, please fill out the application below:

Membership Application Must be 60 years of age Name_________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________ Phone number_________________________________________________________ Date of birth___________________________________________________________ Dues are $4.00 a year for residents…. $8.00 a year for non-residents Amount enclosed $__________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club and send to: Rehoboth Senior Citizens’ Club 55 Bay State Road Rehoboth, MA 02769-2317

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Cradle Care Line For New Parents Is Available 24 Hours A Day

Attleboro, MA, January 27, 2014 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services for expectant mothers and parents, including educational programs, diagnostic tests, a variety of childbirth options, lactation services, and post-delivery care and support. One service that helps new parents adjust to parenthood is the Cradle Care Line. A parent can call the Cradle Care Line any time, day or night, and speak with someone from the Maternity staff. Callers often have questions about feeding, infants’ crying and sleeping habits, etc. Parents can even call for comforting encouragement. The Cradle Care Line is available by calling 508/236-7250. Before being discharged from Sturdy Memorial’s maternity unit, parents are reassured that a Maternity nurse is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that may come up after they’ve gone home. The Cradle Care Line is open to new mothers and fathers, including those who didn’t have their baby at Sturdy Memorial. Nurses answer questions at the time of the call, based on information provided by the caller. To reach the Cradle Care Line, any time day or night, call Sturdy Memorial Hospital at 508/236-7250.

February Support Groups

Attleboro, MA, January 10, 2014 – Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers support groups on a variety of topics throughout the year. The groups are free and open to the public. The following are scheduled for February 2014: Prostate Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Ostomy Support Group – Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7166. Breastfeeding Support Group – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Clinical Education Center. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7151. Partners and Caregivers of Patients with Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room A. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Cancer Support Group – Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms D & E. For more information, call the Oncology Department at 508-236-7010. Breathing Club – Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 1 – 3p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call the Respiratory Care Department at 508-236-7550. Diabetes Support Group – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7166. Breast Cancer Support Group – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A, B & C. For more information, call Ellen Gilbert at 508-236-7015.


Sturdy Memorial Hospital Encourages Conversations About End-Of-Life Health Care Preferences

Attleboro, MA, January 31, 2014 – Conversations about serious topics such as end-of-life and long term treatment for chronic illnesses are never easy. But it’s better to make decisions and communicate them to loved ones and caregivers in advance, so that treatment preferences can be honored. Understanding that palliative care and end-of-life planning enhance quality of life, especially when initiated early, Sturdy Memorial Hospital is working to improve care for patients and area residents. This involves encouraging conversations and arranging support services in advance. Talking points should include palliative care, which provides relief and support throughout chronic or terminal illnesses, as well as hospice care, which assists patients during the final months of life. It’s never too early to think about the future, determine your health care preferences, and share and document your wishes. For more information about palliative care and end-of-life planning, visit

Free Infant Massage Program

Attleboro, MA, January 17, 2014 -- Sturdy Memorial Hospital will be offering a FREE infant massage program on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Auditorium at the Hospital. This program is designed for new moms and their partners and will be led by Jean Stringham, Sturdy Memorial’s infant massage coordinator. It will focus on the techniques and benefits of massage for infants. Tips on how to soothe and calm a colicky baby will also be provided. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants, age two weeks to ten months old. Class size is limited and pre-registration is necessary. For more information or to register by February 18, 2014, please call Nursing Administration at 508/236-7151.

The Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health to Present Program on Bladder Treatment

Attleboro, MA, January 28, 2014 – OB/GYN Associates of Attleboro’s Center for Bladder & Pelvic Health is presenting a FREE program on Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (PFMR), which treats a wide range of bladder disorders in a noninvasive, painless way. Barbara Baxter and Mel Delger, board certified Physician Assistants, will present this program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The program will be held on Tuesday, March 11 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Community VNA, located at 10 Emory Street in Attleboro. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations are necessary and are available on a first come, first served basis. To register by Friday, March 7, call 508-236-8020.


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HUNGRY? find it in theDining Guide Hello, I’m Angela Hall and welcome to “Play With Your Food”…because cooking should be fun! Here we are in February the shortest month which can feel like the longest month with the cold snowy weather we’ve been having this year. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be glad when spring comes...some days I can feel it in the air. The days are starting earlier and staying longer so that’s a good sign. Starting to check out seed catalogs and thinking about the herbs I want to grow this year. But still...looking out the window there is plenty of snow and spring planting seems a long time away. I have had enough of the Polar Vortex but I don’t think its had enough of us. We still may see some more snow and serious cold. These are dangerous conditions that would make anyone want to stay inside and spend the day watching movies and playing games. But we need to eat...what’s for dinner? Well that can be answered in the pantry. A well stocked pantry is almost a good as a well stocked freezer. Pantry cooking can be creative and fun. Some of our mothers and grandmothers passed on harvest canning rituals. Of course these are the “go-tos” for these cold winter days, but not everyone has the time or storage space for canning

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About 2 hours to prepare / makes about 2 dozen Special equipment: two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1 ½ teaspoon each baking soda, table salt, and instant espresso powder 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 cups vegetable oil 2 ounces red food color 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1 ½ cups buttermilk 1 ½ teaspoons white vinegar Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl; set aside Blend sugar and eggs in a bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until ribbons form, about 5 minutes. With mixer funning,

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add oil in a stream until blended. Mix in food color and vanilla until incorporated. Mix ½ the dry ingredients into the batter, followed by the buttermilk and vinegar, then add the remaining dry ingredients; blend just until incorporated. Fill liners to the top with batter and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in the pan for 20 minutes, transfer to a rack, then, when cool, frost with icing (recipe to follow). FIRST ANNUAL ALL SCHOOL SHOW & OPEN HOUSE AT THE ATTLEBORO ARTS MUSEUM


20 minutes to prepare / about 8 cups Icing can be made day before Special equipment: Piping bag with straight tip or 1-quart zip lock bag with 1-inch cut from a corner. 2 ½ cups whole milk ¾ cup all-purpose flour 2 ½ cups sugar 5 sticks unsalted butter, softened (2 ½ cups) 1 teaspoon vanilla cocoa powder for dusting

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Whisk milk and flour together in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes, whisking often. Boil 1 minute to eliminate the starchy taste of the flour, whisking constantly. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it on the surface to prevent a skin from forming; chill until cold. Be sure flour mixture is completely cold; otherwise, the icing will curdle. Cream together sugar and butter in a bowl with a mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla and chilled milk mixture, beating until consistency of whipped cream, about 5 minutes. Spoon frosting into piping bag fitted with a large straight tip and pipe spiral onto cupcakes. Dust with cocoa.

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William Rounds Humes, Jr.

Bill Humes, 68, died peacefully on Saturday morning, December 28, 2013, at the Somerset Ridge Center in Somerset surrounded by his family. Born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 18, 1945, son of the late William and Lillian (Smith) Humes. Raised in Rehoboth, Bill graduated from DightonRehoboth Regional High School Class of 1963. He became a cabinet maker and later a teacher. He taught mill carpentry at the Cohannet Middle School in Taunton and at D-R High Regional School. The work of Bill and his students can be seen at the Rehoboth Baptist Church where they crafted the pews and sanctuary pieces. After retiring from teaching, Bill worked at the Bristol County House of Corrections as a carpentry instructor and then as a John Deere salesman in New Hampshire for JR Rosencrantz Inc. Bill loved traveling and camping. He was a member of the Palmer River Snowriders and the Palmer River Camping Club. He served eight years on the Rehoboth School Committee. Bill also served on the board of directors for the Rehoboth Fair and the Rehoboth Men’s Club. He bowled twenty-five years on the Rehoboth Men’s Club League. He was a member of the East Coast Antique Tractor Club. He interned for three years at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,

where he learned to make horse drawn carriages and wagon wheels. Through this education, he was able to restore the wheels of the cannon located outside of the VFW in Rehoboth. He also built horse drawn carriages for Budweiser that are used for training the Clydesdales. Bill raised turkeys and made apple cider at the H & H Cider Mill which brought him great joy. Bill is survived by his two children: Joel Humes and his wife Joyce; Erin Johnson and her husband Andrew. He also leaves his brother Martin Humes and his wife Anne. He is the grandfather to Sam and Kellie Humes; Emma and Jake Johnson. Bill will be deeply missed by his family. A memorial service was held at the North Christian Church in Dighton and Bill was laid to rest at the Hunt Cemetery on Thursday, January, 2, 2014 in Rumford, Rhode Island.

Seekonk - Eileen W. (Grady) Hodge, 91, of Pheasant Ridge Road, Seekonk, entered her eternal repose, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Seekonk – Lonnie D. Corbin, passed away peacefully at his home in North Port, FL on Thursday, January 2, 2014. Seekonk – Raymond P. Ondrick, 87, of Fall River Ave., died peacefully surrounded by his family at the Miriam Hospital, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Seekonk - George E. Walsh, 55, of Seekonk, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Rehoboth - Bernklau, Marvin “Bob”, 81, husband of Jane (MacInnis) Bernklau, died Monday, Jan. 13’th.

Seekonk – Maria Barros, age 82, formerly of Fremont St., Fox Point, Providence, died January 19, 2014 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family. Seekonk - Normand J. Daigle, 91, died peacefully at Life Care Center of Attleboro, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Rehoboth - Mr. Daniel Francis “Mac” McGuire, of Rehoboth and formerly of Taunton, died Tuesday, January 14 at his residence following a brief illness.

Seekonk - George J. Washburn, 94, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn.

Rehoboth – Otilia C. Amaral, age 88, died January 19, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Seekonk – Arthur M. Aguiar, 88, resident of Seekonk, MA passed away Sunday January 26, 2014 in his sleep after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure in November 2013 and has been in hospice care with family since that time.

Rehoboth - Richard F. Sargeant, 82, of Rehoboth passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Seekonk – Alfred W. “Big Al” Souza, 56, formerly of Seekonk, died at home surrounded by his family, Tuesday morning, Jan. 7, 2014.

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FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK Programs – contact the Y for details 508-336-7103


Accepting enrollments for MA and RI Out of School Time licensed before and after school programs serving East Providence, Seekonk and Rehoboth. For more information contact Cathy or Dawn in the Child Care Office 508-336-7103 Space is limited.


We at the Newman Y have taken the next step to provide programming for people with disabilities and/or chronic diseases. Find out more at your free consultation with Luca DelBorgo, Health & Wellness Coordinator-


Honor our US Olympians this month by taking part in our “Countdown to Sochi Challenge”. A fun challenge to help you get the most out of your workouts. Challenge cards available from the Wellness Staff. Will you be the one to take home the Gold, Silver or Bronze?

NEW Class offerings!

BUDDHA CAMP – Tuesdays at 8:15 AM This is an energetic combination of T’ai Chi, Pilates and Yoga. Feel lightened, balanced and focused on your mind, body and spirit. This class includes standing, strength poses, mat work and meditation.

DRUMS ALIVE ® – Tuesdays at 5:30 PM

Get away from the daily routine and add some fun to your workout. Using continuous repetitions of intense rhythms means training for the whole body, mind and soul. It’s combining contents of fitness, energy, sound and dance which challenge your body in various ways. No musical background necessary.

INTRO to CYCLE – Mondays at 10:00 AM

Introduction to group cycling class. The indoor cycling workout to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular conditioning.


Attleboro Capron Park Zoo

Winter Zoocademy for Kids

Monday, February 17: Keeper Kapers The young animal lover in your life will ROAR with excitement about this perennial favorite! Children will be keepers for a day; cleaning exhibits, making animal diets, visiting with the vet and more! A great way to see what really happens behind the scenes. Tuesday, February 18: Painting and Drawing Learn a bit about how to draw and illustrate animals an even spend time caring for them too! Wednesday February 19: Recycled Art In addition to spending time with and learning about animals, kids will show how helping animals can be art. Enjoy a fun day of making sculpture and treasures from recyclables! Thursday, February 20: Earth Art Using ancient techniques kids will make their own dyes and paints and discover how ancient people used them. Friday, February 21: Keeper Kapers The young animal lover in your life will ROAR with excitement about this perennial favorite! Children will be keepers for a day; cleaning exhibits, making animal diets, visiting with the vet and more! A great way to see what really happens behind the scenes. FEE: CPZ MEMBERS $40/day NON-MEMBERS $50/day Sign up for more than one day and save! 2 days: save an additional 10% 3 days: save an additional 15% 4 days: save an additional 20% All 5 days: save an additional 25% Registration forms may be downloaded from the zoo’s website: Call: 774-203-1843 508-223-2208

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As a non-profit community service organization, the YMCA thrives on people helping people. Volunteer Opportunities available now are: Kid’s Care Programs, Special Events, Healthy Kid’s Day, and much more… Contact Marylee at for volunteer opportunities.


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HEALTHY KID’S DAY – Saturday, April 26, 2014 fun and informative for the entire community! More information to follow... The Newman YMCA at 472 Taunton Ave on Route 44 in Seekonk, MA is a non-profit charitable organization and offers scholarships for anyone with financial need. For more information call 508-336-7103 or visit

View Virtual Tour: Beautiful 3/4 bed Dutch Colonial in Riverside. Meticulously maintained. Hwds, original moldings, new kitchen with breakfast nook and stainless steel appliances, living room with fireplace; new roof, newly painted; 2 car garage. Great location. Across the street from the East Providence Bike Path with seasonal water views of the historic Pomham Lighthouse and bay. Just move in. Virtual tour above and even better seen in person. Call 401-383-0999 for info and appointments. $296,800


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WANTED WANTED: Civil War, WW1, WW2, Anything to do with military; helmets, knives, uniforms, guns, HAVE (license), anything related to wartime, will pay cash for items, ask for Charles, 508-230-6444 or 508-7617484; call anytime thanks. (e614) Looking for outer wear, snow suits etc. size 9-12 months for twin boys. Single Mom needs a helping hand. Please donate - Call Debbie at 401-632-3602. (rfLD) WE BUY Diabetic Test Strips for CASH. Unopened, Unused & Unexpired. We get them to people with little or no insurance. TOP CASH paid. FREE local pick-up. Call Ron @ 508-217-8074. (e214)

REAL ESTATE Beautiful Home For Sale: View Virtual Tour: Beautiful 3/4 bed Dutch Colonial Home in Riverside. Meticulously maintained. Hwds, original moldings, new kitchen with breakfast nook and stainless steel appliances, living room with fireplace; new roof, newly painted; 2 car garage. Great location. Across the street from the East Providence Bike Path with seasonal water views of the historic Pomham Lighthouse and bay. Just move in. Virtual tour above and even better seen in person. Call 401-383-0999 for information and appointments. $296,800. (e214)

FOR RENT FOR RENT IN SEEKONK: House, 3 bedroom, freshly painted, fully applianced, hardwood floors, large attic loft, screened porch, full basement, attached 2 car garage, no smoking, call 508-326-0535. (e214) Rehoboth: 3 room house, full bath, newly renovated – appliances. No pets or smoking. $975/month. 1st month & security. 508-3366781. (e214) REHOBOTH Cozy one bedroom apt. No smokers. No pets. Utilities included. $875/ mo. One month security and first month rent. Call Ann at 508-252-3125. (e214)

FOR LEASE: Valuable business land on Rt. 44 at the Dighton/Rehoboth Ma line; near the New Street intersection, over 10,000 per day traffic count, one of nation’s largest auto auctions close by, direct route to proposed casino, has town water hookup capabilities, great location for auto parts, fast food, bank, drug store, storage units, etc. Please call 774-218-1959. (e214)

VACATION RENTALS Vacation Rental: Bristol, NH. Modern 3BR house with 2 baths. Sleeps 6. Walk to private association beach on Newfound Lake, (Camelot Acres). Kitchen, W&D, AC, TV/DVD, Gas Grill. Linens required. No smoking or pets. $975/wk. 508-415-3208. (e214) VACATION/HONEYMOON RENTAL: St. Michael, Azores (Portugal), pristine 2-bed/2bath apartment with kitchen, DR, LR, & laundry. Linens provided. Majestic Atlantic and mountain views from spacious deck, near golf, beach, etc. Call 401-480-0374 or 508-336-8432 or email jaime15bazores@ for info/reservations. (e414)

FOR SALE FIREWOOD Cut, Split and Delivered, $200 a cord. Call 508-252-4548. (e214)

HELP WANTED: In need of experience Laborers, Truck Drivers, and Machine Operators. Contact Erika at 774-322-6819 (rf_mjd)

GENERAL SERVICES Fence: All your fencing needs, fully insured, free estimates, 25 years experience, call 508-252-9404. (e214) Gagne Painting Company A Benjamin Moore Contractor free estimates Ma#171546 RI#28604 fully insured call 401-663-1709 we accept visa Mastercard discover & Amex! (e214) BIG BLUE REMOVAL SERVICE: Attic, Cellar, Total House; We take everything!

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Furniture, Brush, Appliances, Yard Waste, Construction Debris, Trash…Demolition of Fences, Sheds, Decks, Pools. Let us do the work. Free Estimates. Call Tony 508-2261295; (rfBB) THE ESTATE GUYS: Buying contents of houses, barns, farms garages, cellars, attics, industrial buildings. Cash paid no need for timely yard sales. Call Tom or Anthony 774331-2681 (rfBB)

CLASSES / LESSONS ADULT WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASSES: New 6-week session starting Feb.17 - March 24, 2014. Monday evenings, 6-8pm. Swansea COA building, 260 Ocean Grove Ave., Swansea, MA (No age restrictions. All abilities welcome in this fun, relaxing class.)Cost is $96 for 6-week session.(Supplies not included.)Taught by award-winning local artist, Michele PoirierMozzone. Please visit my web site: www. (e214) PIANO LESSONS: Taught in my home, both classical and popular to persons of all ages. Anita Russo, 8 Terrybrooke Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4208. (e614) EXPERIENCED TEACHER OF PIANO, VOICE AND ORGAN: Classical & popular. Beginners & Advanced. All ages. Traditional and modern methods. Natalie Lawton, M.A. Music, 45 Central Avenue, North Seekonk, MA 508-761-3334 (e514)


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MLR Tax Services



Rumford Dental


A/C & Heating

LS Heating & Air Conditioning


Disposal Service

Professional Duct Cleaning


Appliance Repairs

Affordable Appliance Repair Co.


Dog Grooming

Groom & Style


Appliance Repairs

McPartland Appliance Repairs


Dog Services

Canine Mastery, Inc


Art Supplies/Framing

Gregory D. Dorrance, Co.



ALKO Electric



Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto


Electrician Dorrance Electric


Attorney Donald E. MacManus, Attorney



Greaves Electric



Laurie P. Mullen



Karl Kimmell Electric



Law Office of David J. Marciello



Neal Bellavance Electric



Law Office of Luke P. Travis



Arts in the Village



Lori O’Brien-Foeri


Equine Services

Gretchen DeMone Dressage


Auto Body

Sousa’s Auto Body



MJD Excavating, Inc.


Auto Body

Tri Star Autobody, Inc.


Farm - Apparel

Kave Rock Farm


Auto Body Shop

Seekonk Auto Body


Feed & Garden Store

Bay State Pet & Garden Supply


Auto Repairs

Metric Motors


Feed & Garden Store

Ventura Grain - Attn. Jessica


Auto Repairs

New England Tire


Fence Installation Fence Tech


Auto Repairs

Somerset Chrysler Jeep


Fitness - Dance Zumba with Liz Morrell


Auto Salvage

Seekonk Auto Salvage


Flooring - All Types



Scialo’s Country Bakery


Flooring - Wood David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors



Coastway Community Bank


Fuel - Oil

Al’s Quality Oil Co.



Meredith Amaral Bookkeeping


Fuel - Oil



Building Contractor

A. M. Carpentry


Fuel - Oil DeBlois Oil


Building Contractor DTP Construction


Fuel - Oil


Building Contractor

Custom Linocraft

E & V Oil Co.165


Fuel - Oil Ferreira Oil, Inc.


Building/Remodeling Ferreira Builders, Inc.


Fuel - Oil

Pricerite Discount Heating Oil


Carpet Cleaning

M & S Carpet & Upholstery



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Child Care

Alphabet Soup Preschool


Generators, sales & service

Child Care

Citizens For Citizens - Attn. Carol


Columbus Fan & Machine


Child Care

Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center


Gifts & Collectibles

Cards Plus


Chimney Cleaning

RJD & Sons - Chimney Sweep


Glass Fabricator

Anawan Glass & Mirror Inc.


Chimney Services

Peace of Mind Chimney Sweep


Grocery / Meat Market Parker’s Meat Market


Cleaning Service Debbie’s Cleaning Service



CBS Enterprises



Wexler’s Collectibles


Health & Fitness

Bliss Life Yoga & Wellness


Computer Repair

ICU 4 PC’s


Health & Fitness

YMCA of Greater Providence



American Mobile Mix Concrete Inc.


Health Care

Norma Faraone - Phycho Therapy


Concrete Cutters

Cut Rite Concrete Cutting Corp.


Heating & Air

Taylor Heating-Air Conditioning


Dance Studio

Arthur Murray

Richard G. Dias


Heating Service

COD Heating


Dentist David C. Zaluski, D.D.S.


Heating Service



Dentist Dr. Wassouf D.D.S.


Home Improvements

Mark Koussa Carpentry


Stateside Vinyl Siding Company



Kenneth J. Rawlinson, D.D.S.


Home Improvements


Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC


Home Products Fuller Brush - Earl Goff Jr.



Milestones Pediatric Dentistry






Ritebite Dental





Romani Orthodontics



Comfort Inn & Suites


Rumford Dental


Insurance Agency Duarte Agency - Allstate



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February Business Directory CATEGORY






Insurance Agency

Smith Insurance Group


Real Estate

We Buy Land!



Attleboro Jewelry Makers



Batty Construction



M.R.T. Co., Inc.



Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon


Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens Direct, Inc



Country Kitchen


Landscape Service

Bee Green Lawncare, LLC.


Restaurant Dublin Rose, Irish Sports Pub


Landscape Service

Big Sky Landscaping



Hillside Country Club


Marble Fabricators

Star Marble & Granite



Popular Pizza


Martial Arts

USA Karate


Roofing Contractor

B & R Fournier Construction, Inc.


Tabeleys Roofing


Masonry-Construction StoneScapes - Mark Carvalho


Roofing Contractor

Massage Therapy

Serenity Massage


Seafood Market Digger’s Catch


Mortgage Broker

Citizens Bank


Security Systems

Home & Commercial Security


Mortgage Broker

Embrace Home Loans, Inc.


Septic Inspections

Pro Inspection Services


Mortgage Broker

The Washington Trust Company


Septic Systems Fisk Contracting



Ray Mullin Music


Septic Sys-Cleaning

Bay State Sewage Disposal, Inc.


Nursing Homes

Waterview Villa


Septic Sys-Cleaning

Croome Sanitation, Inc.



Romani Orthodontics


Septic Sys-Cleaning

Soares Sanitation Pumping, Inc.


Painting Contractor

Advantage Painting


Septic Sys-Cleaning

Town Sanitation


Painting Contractor

Cronan Painting


Septic/Trash Removal

A. Viera Disposal


Painting Contractor Delisle & Son Painting & Repair


Shoe Store

St. Pierre’s Shoes


Painting Contractor

EZ Painting


Smoking Cessation

Brown University


Painting Contractor

Iachetti Painting Company


Special Events

South Seekonk Gun Club


Painting Contractor

Lundco Painting LLC.


Special Needs

Lori O’Brien-Foeri


Paving - Masonry

Blue Stone Driveways & Masonry


Sports - Bas/Softball

Riverside Softball/Riverside Baseball 57

Plastering & Painting David Laurino - Plastering


Tanning Salons

SunSational Tanning


Plumbing & Heating

Sine Plumbing & Heating


Tax Preparation

New England Tax Service, Inc.


Plumbing & Heating

Vintage Plumbing & Heating


Theatres - Live

Trinity Repertory Company


Private School

Barrington Christian Academy


Trash Removal

Cleanway Disposal & Recycling


Private School

The Pinecroft School - Rehoboth


Trash/Junk Removal

Big Blue Removal Service


Real Estate

Aubin Realty


Tree Service

Advanced Tree


Real Estate

Blu Sky Real Estate


Tree Service

Choate Tree Service


Real Estate David Smith, Century 21


Tree Service

Seekonk Tree


Real Estate


Water Treatment

Water Filter Company, Inc.


ReMax Rivers Edge

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