NOVEMBER 2011 Volume 23, no. 11
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Lots of laughs, Leftovers and The Dighton-Rehoboth / Seekonk Football Classic
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turned, the air is crisp, and the anticipation of Thanksgiving traditions is as pungent as the smell of the bird in the oven. And, what would Thanksgiving traditions be without the local rivalry between the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons and the Seekonk Warriors? This rivalry dates back to 1966 with D.R. commanding a 9 game advantage and an overall record between the teams of 26 wins, 17 losses and 1 tie. This season, the D.R. Falcons varsity program is off to a great start with a 6-1 record as of the time of printing. D.R. hopes to keep the momentum rolling with a victory over perennial rival, Seekonk Warriors, in this year’s Thanksgiving-Day classic at Connolly Field in Seekonk at 10 a.m. The Falcons impressive season has been highlighted by their Head Coach, Dave Driscoll’s, monumental achievement of reaching his 200th career win on October 15th against Wareham. Coach Driscoll, with his team in attendance, received the New England Patriots’ Coach of the Week Award and a one thousand dollar donation to the D.R. football program on October 19th, 2011 from NFL Hall of Famer, and New England Patriots’ Alum, Andre Tippett. continued on page 4...
Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons vs. Seekonk Warriors in the 2006 Thanksgiving Day game.
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Town of Seekonk News Notes by Laura Calverley
Town Mourns Longtime Seekonk Library Director
The town is mourning longtime Seekonk Library Director Sharon St. Hilaire who passed away suddenly on September 27. St. Hilaire, 57, had served as Library Director for 24 years. She had battled Crohn’s Disease most of her life according to a Providence Journal obituary. In 2008, she was inducted into the MA Library Association Hall of Fame. In July of this year, she received the first Seekonk Library Trust Community Service Award, an award that is named in her honor. St. Hilaire was also an artist and her works have been displayed in many area galleries. “The impact of her efforts stretched across the state and nation but Seekonk was where she truly lived and called home,” said Board of Library Trustees Chairman Michael Durkay in an interview in the Sun Chronicle.
Town Cemetery Cost Increases
The Board of Selectmen recently approved an increase in the cost of plots in the town cemetery for non-residents. The fees will be raised from $700 to $1,000. The cemetery reportedly has only 100 plots left to sell. The town is considering a possible expansion of the cemetery.
Town Forming New Committees
The Planning Department is forming two new committees: an economic development committee to attract new business and an
energy committee to reduce energy costs and increase use of sustainable energy sources. The town is seeking residents to join these committees. People with some background or experience in these areas are preferred. Anyone interested should fill out a talent bank form, which is available at the town administrator’s office.
Friendly’s Restaurant on Rt. 6 Will Remain Open
The Friendly’s Restaurant on Rt. 6 is one of the locations that will remain open after the corporation announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 and closing more than 60 restaurants, many in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. More than 420 locations will reportedly be remaining open during the company’s financial restructuring.
BJ’s Wholesale Club Coming to Seekonk
BJ’s Wholesale Club is building a new store on Rt. 6 in Seekonk. BJ’s, which operates more than 190 clubs in 15 states, will be located on the site where Big Lots and Staples are currently located. Big Lots is in the process of relocating to the other side of the same plaza and will be re-opening soon. Staples is expected to soon begin relocating its store next to Big Lots. No date is available yet on when BJ’s will open, but it will likely be sometime next year. BJ’s Wholesale Club is headquartered in Westborough, MA. Seekonk Girl Has Most Beautiful Eyes Seekonk resident Avelyse Odle was voted “Most Beautiful Eyes” in Massachusetts in a Prevent Blindness America national
contest. The Most Beautiful Eyes contest was open to children under 18 and offers a grand prize of a $25,000 college scholarship. Odle and each of the other state winners will receive a free pair of Eagle Eyes Optics Astro and Rocketeer Sunglasses for kids plus a Kids’ Fisher® Space Pen. The state winners also advance to the next round of judging. Celebrity judges Larry King, Derrek Lee of the Pittsburgh Pirates and NASA astronaut Walter Cunningham will choose a first, second and third place winner.
Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society....................30 Business Directory.....................101 Church Listings...........................87 Classifieds..............................99 Club Announcements.................26 Dining Guide...............................83 Events and Activities...................35 Holiday 2011..............................51 How You Can Help....................97 Letters to the Editor.......................5 Library......................................68 Obituaries................................98 People in the News..................42 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......90 Rehoboth Ramblings..................19 Rehoboth Rescue Squad..........18
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Lots of laughs, Leftovers and The Dighton-Rehoboth / Seekonk Football Classic However receiving outside accolades isn’t the focus of Coach Driscoll’s agenda. Instead, he is keeping his eye on the South Coast Conference standings and his drive to make it back to the post season. With a combined record of 6-1 and a conference record of 3-0 at the time of printing, D.R. is looking up at Bourne (7-0) and H.W. Regional (6-0). With their conference record at a solid 3-0, the Falcons are poised to make another run at a Super Bowl birth. Nonetheless, the Falcons realize that there’s still a lot of football to be played between now and the post season and the Falcons can’t look past their turkey-day rivals down route 44 who have had their number in recent years. With the hopes of going to another Super Bowl, D.R. isn’t taking the Warrior’s 3-3 record lightly; especially in light of the fact that Seekonk won last year’s contest 12-7 and have won 3 out of the last five matchups. With such a tight conference, every single week is like a play-off game and Seekonk won’t be taking this game lightly. The Falcons know that each loss drives their chances farther and farther away from the likelihood of getting back to the Super Bowl. With this realization, D.R. must keep their focus and composure and not let the fact that Seekonk has been struggling of late lull them into thinking that this year they can take their foot off the
throttle. Instead, the Falcons are aware that they must maintain their aggressive posture through their next few games and head into the post season race with confidence. The two conference rivals have each played Somerset and Apponequet Regional. Both the Warriors and the Falcons were victorious in close games against Somerset. But, while the Falcons won a one sided victory over Apponequet (21-7), the Seekonk Warriors were similarly on the wrong end of their one sided game, losing 216. Fans shouldn’t go jumping to any conclusions with these scores since anyone who has followed these two teams knows that the meaning of the Seekonk / D.R. rivalry and box scores and records leading up to their match-up hardly prove to be any indication of how the Thanksgiving game will turn out. Instead, two things do remain constant and certain: First of all Seekonk Coach, Jack Whalen, and D.R. Coach, Dave Driscoll, both come to this game with the expectation that their team will be victorious and they both strive to reach this goal with focused determination. And secondly, no matter what the outcome, the fans of high school football and Thanksgiving traditions are sure to find that this year’s match-up will be as classic as the past and as timeless as the tradition itself.
My best wishes to you and your families for a safe, happy & healthy holiday season. Good Luck to both teams Thanksgiving Day, Enjoy the game!
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photos: Thanksgiving rivalry circa. 2006.
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Letters to the Editor... The letters in this section do not reflect the views of the staff of The Rehoboth Reporter. It is not our intent to take sides on any issues, but to present all arguments from all points of view. If your point of view is not represented on an issue, it is only because you have not voiced your opinion. Let us hear from YOU!
A Different Kind of Master Plan For Seekonk
The Town Planner and Planning Board are to be commended for the diligent work they are doing to update Seekonk’s Master Plan to help guide the town’s land use, open space, economic development, transportation, housing, energy policy, and need for government services for the next 10 years. This work will be completed and adopted by the Planning Board sometime early next year, the 200th anniversary of Seekonk’s incorporation. All of this will be for naught if we remain in conflict, North Seekonk antagonistic toward South Seekonk, schools competing against town, departments and employees in combat over diminishing resources, and tax-weary voters asked to pay for more government than they feel they can afford. The Master Plan will simply gather dust on a shelf, unimplemented because the few citizens who are active participants in town government can’t come to agreement. Others will remain on the sidelines because town affairs are so contentious. Seekonk has had a difficult life since its birth in 1812. When Seekonk was the tender age of 16 in 1828, Pawtucket village with its mill owners and mill workers broke off and became Pawtucket, Massachusetts, depriving the town of its industrial center. Then, when Seekonk turned 49 in 1861 and should have achieved maturity and stability, the US Supreme Court approved a border settlement between Boston and Providence giving a significant part of Seekonk to Rhode Island, land which became East Providence. With this second partition, Seekonk lost two-thirds of its residents, two-thirds of its tax base, most of its businesses, its water front, its town center in Rumford near the Newman Congregational Church, and its identity. Seekonk was left with farms, a long narrow geography, and a population that turned against each other. Things were so bad at one point that the schoolhouse referred to as “Town Hall” near Hunt’s Bridge burned to the ground shortly after midnight on March 4, 1885, after Town Meeting. The Providence Daily News reported that the fire was almost certainly “incendiary” in nature, meaning arson. How do we get beyond the low-intensity conflict in Seekonk, the war of words, the bullying, the intolerance for different points of view, the inability to compromise, and the wounds that we seem to drag around like the chains of Jacob Marley’s ghost in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? I suggest we need another kind of master plan, equally important as the Planning Board’s Master Plan. We need a set of guidelines – principles of behavior, if you will – for how we relate to one another. The law alone doesn’t make us kind, compassionate, civil, cooperative, truthful, or help foster mutual respect. For these qualities, we need as a community to do some deep soul-searching and lift up the values most of us were raised on: The Golden Rule, the idea that we are our brother’s and sister’s keeper, that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, that freedom of speech, assembly, and religion are essential to a vibrant democracy. We need to rediscover empathy and forgiveness: we are all in need of empathy and forgiveness. And since we all come from a state of helplessness and dependency as babes and will return to a state of dependency in sickness and old age, we must care for each other as we will one day need to be cared for. What principles or guidelines do you think we should adopt to create a kinder and more loving community and less adversarial civic discourse? Can we begin a dialogue? Carol Bragg Seekonk Continued on next page...
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Dear Friends and Neighbors A couple of Sunday’s ago the Rehoboth Pop Warner Football and Little League designated their complex: “Sammis Field and, Waterman Diamond.” The memorial on site commemorates the life and military service of Capt Benjamin W. Sammis and, Lt Craig Waterman, both Marines, both pilots, both born and raised here in Rehoboth. It is fair to say, the events of the past eight years, and the resulting ebb and flow of emotions felt for American‘s serving in harm’s way, has had a deep affect on how we value this gift of life we embrace each day. A while back, a marine officer shared a phrase with me, which I would like to share with you; “Blossoms Where Planted.” Three simple words he would reflect on when organizing his daily regimen. I believe there is a significance they can hold for all of us as well. It lies within how we have touched, and have been touched, in so many ways by thoughts and generosity. Blossoms Where Planted; these “fields of dreams” are the result of contributions and efforts of many volunteers who gave countless hours of their time and resources to see this project through.
Blossoms Where Planted; Jeff Potter’s leadership and tenacity took a phrase from the annuls of Marine Corp lore – “failure is not an option” – to make a dream, a reality. Blossoms Where Planted; We are honored that you (all) chose to pay tribute to Ben in this thoughtful and special way. On behalf of our family and, with profound gratitude, we remain, Very Truly Yours Steve & Beth Sammis Two Proud Parents of a U. S. Marine
Members of the Marine Corps turned out in force for the dedication of Craig Waterman Diamond and Benjamin Sammis Field. (From Right to Left) Benjamin Simons, Yuma, AZ; Tom W. O’Bryon III, Jacksonville, NC; Richard Martinez Jr., Yuma, AZ; Christian Amaya, Mirimar, CA; Mark A. Desens, Camp Pendleton, CA; Cody Conway, Mcas Yuma, AZ; Richard Boyle, Miramar, CA
MA Rep. Howitt, Senator Timilty and Selectman Mike Costello represented the state and town of Rehoboth at the dedication.
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Welcome to the New Rehoboth, Harvey!
Rehoboth IS Moving Forward For The Better
You can’t say I didn’t warn you. Recently, Harvey Bigelow, a Mr. Daniel F. Harrington had a letter to the editor “In new Reprivate citizen, was detained and interrogated, tried in the media hoboth, real crimes go unpunished” in the October 20, 2011 issue and pronounced guilty. His house was searched and his computer of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle in which he attempted to trivialize confiscated; the accusations against him proudly broadcast at a Mr. Harvey Bigelow’s alleged writing, “a letter that contained ’false Board of Selectman meeting. His crime? He was considering accusations’ and ’profanity.’ ” He asked if it warranted a four-month running for Selectman. investigation. Over a year ago (09/30/2010), in a letter published in the Taunton As a recipient of two mailed envelopes with a total of three letGazette, I wrote the following regarding the stunning harassment ters enclosed, I strongly disagree with Mr. Harrington. It was not (attempted murder, illegal background checks, a gutted goat on one letter. There were multiple letters sent to multiple residents of his lawn, etc.) of former selectman Christopher Morra: Rehoboth including two selectmen and their wives. The letter to “If they can do these things to Mr. Morra they can certainly do me personally was vulgar and threatening. And yes, it did warrant them to you. So think twice before you speak publicly at a town a four-month investigation if that is what it takes to apprehend the meeting. Or, perhaps, find out whose ring you must kiss before person responsible. deciding to run for office. Your life and that of your livestock may Mr. Harrington raised the subject again of the attack on Mr. depend on it.” Christopher Morra. Mr. Harrington asks, “Why hasn’t law enforceSpot on, huh? ment prosecuted?” He should ask the East Providence police as Amazingly, the official charge against Mr. Bigelow was writing a they were the investigating body, and there was a prosecution letter that contained “false accusations” and “profanity” (a misdethrough the judicial system. meanor offense rarely prosecuted). Ask yourself: Does that sound Mr. Donald Bennett who was arrested for the attack, did his like something that warrants a four-month police investigation and time and stated in his deposition in order to have his real estate home invasion? More important, what are the odds the respectlicense reinstated that he had driven a friend to Mr. Morra’s place able Mr. Bigelow will be cleared of all charges? Pretty good, I’d of business to collect money owed by Mr. Morra. (State of RI, Dept. say. But no matter – the damage is done, the message delivered. of Business Regulation, DBR#. 08-L-0092, Decision Upon Motion Chairmen of the Board of Selectman, Mike Costello, declared for Reconsideration, page 3 & 4). In my opinion, it was not conof the innocent-before-proven-guilty Bigelow’s abduction, “I’m nected to Rehoboth politics, and this subject has gotten old and extremely thankful. Patience does prevail.” should be put to bed. Or does it? It’s been years since selectman Christopher Morra It is too bad that citizens of Rehoboth cannot campaign and vote was brutally attacked and beaten across state lines. One man for whomever they wish without fear of retaliation. If your candidate served a short prison sentence but his accomplice and the men does not win in April, there is always next year. Let’s stop the hate who hired them remain unnamed. Why continued on next page... hasn’t law enforcement prosecuted the men responsible for ordering a “hit” on an elected official? Wouldn’t Rehoboth be a safer place if we prosecuted those who would commit murder before we prosecuted those who pen naughty letters? And what about the senior citizens of Horton Estates who are “patiently” waiting for the Commonwealth to weigh in on Serving Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea Chairman Costello’s real estate dealings and surrounding area as outlined by the infamous report by the Inspector General? Justice delayed is justice denied. It’s past time the Attorney General of Massachusetts and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded their various invesServices Include: tigations and prosecuted those responsible for the real crimes in Rehoboth, conspiracy • In-Home Pet Sitting • Mid-Day Exercise and Training to commit murder, corruption and fraud • Broad Range of Pet Training • Behavioral Modification among them. 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8 The Reporter November 2011 and intimidation. And Mr. Harrington, we do have a new Rehoboth. Rehoboth IS moving forward for the better. We have selectmen, finance committee members, zoning board members, etc. who are working hard to do what is best for the town, not for themselves or for an individual. We should ALL be working together for the betterment of Rehoboth. You can move forward with the town or keep dragging your feet at the back of the wagon. Lorraine Botts Rehoboth, MA
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Rehoboth Helping Hands Project-Food Pantry I would like to give an update on our program for November 2011. The holidays are coming upon us very quickly. The part of the program for toys and clothing for Christmas has started, the names are coming in. We will be taking requests to November 13, 2011. I would like to have the gifts out to the parents around 20th of December if possible, so the children can have some presents under the Christmas tree. If you have not turned in your list in, please mail it to 127 Martin St. Rehoboth, Mass. 02769 with your name, address and telephone number, or call for information at 508-2523263. There are many ways to help. Some of the ways to help are as follows: just call to sponsor a children or a family, be involved in the Blizzard of Giving, be involved in the churches’ programs in the Rehoboth area, be involved in the Girl Scout’s drive for toys or just start with your own ideas. Last year we helped 57 families with emergency fuel assistance. As of November 1st, 2011 we have helped four families and have a zero balance for fuel assistance. We need to work together as far as the food pantry goes. We are only a few weeks away from Thanksgiving. Last Thanksgiving we helped 114 families; some with baskets and the rest at the pantry. The task sometimes seems nearly impossible. With God’s blessing and your help we can make this the best holiday season for the families in need in Rehoboth. If you have questions or ideas please call 508-252-3263. God bless you and your family. Sincerely, Steve Martin Coordinator of the R.H.H.P.
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We’re very happy that Fluffy has been adopted after a long stay at the shelter, but far too many cats, kittens, and dogs remain. This month I’d like to tell you about a beautiful mother - daughter pair, Peony and Clarissa. Peony is an elegant cat with a fine plumy tail. Her coloring is calico, but the color patches are not as separate as usual. Clarissa is about four months old and playful. She has a big white bib and the rest of her is a mix of grey and orange. Both cats have very friendly dispositions. You can see more pictures at Petfinder.com. Donations of food and cat litter are always welcome. Donation boxes are located at the Town Office and at the Blanding Library. For more information about these or other animals, or to report a lost pet, please call the shelter at 508-252-5421, ext. 126.
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The Rehoboth Post Office along with the Pack 2 Cub Scouts had a very successful food drive on Saturday, October 29th. Both the Post Office employees and Pack 2 scouts were able to pick up approximately 3500 pounds of food that helped replenish the nearly empty shelves of the food pantry here in town. “This is an occasion we all look forward to in helping the community” said Postmaster Chadsey. “We were lucky the weather held off long enough to collect all the food in town. I want to thank the town and local businesses for getting the word out using their message boards, local town website and Channel 9. This exposure was critical to our success”.
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The Board of Selectmen voted to support HB 1972 at their October 24th meeting. This Bill combines the presidential primary with the state primary to save Massachusetts taxpayers $8,000,000. For the Town of Rehoboth this would mean a savings of approximately $6,500 in presidential election years by eliminating a primary. This Bill will significantly improve voter Kathleen J. Conti success for many military members, overTown Clerk seas voters and their families and provide relief in election expenses to the taxpayers. According to the Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program there are 11,691 active military duty Massachusetts residents residing overseas; the Secretary of the Commonwealth revealed that in the November 2010 election only 400 ballots from Massachusetts active duty military personnel stationed overseas were counted. I will keep Rehoboth residents informed of the progress of this Bill.
There are still 61 unlicensed dogs in the Town and I would remind dog owners to get their dogs licensed as soon as possible. The Non-Criminal Citation adds an additional $25.00 fine to the license and late fees already in place for unlicensed dogs.
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I would like to remind individuals that have been appointed by the Board of Selectman to serve on a board or committee for the Town to come into the Town Clerk’s Office to be sworn in.
A policy has been established for anyone that wants to file a Business Certificate for a new business within the Town of Rehoboth. If you are planning to file a DBA (Doing Business As) you must first go to the Building Inspector/Zoning Officer’s Office at 320 Anawan Street to determine if any filings are necessary with that office before your final step of filing with the Town Clerk’s Office. Reminders have been sent to current businesses for renewals from July through December. The fee to file a business certificate with the Town Clerk is $50.00 and the certificate is valid for four years.
My assistant Lynn and I would also like to extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to all of our town residents.
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Rehoboth Community Preservation Committee Seeking Project Proposals
The Town of Rehoboth adopted the provisions of the Community Preservation Act (CPA), Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 44B, by virtue of public referendum and by adoption of a Town Bylaw in 2009. In accordance with the CPA, a Community Preservation Committee has been appointed (the CPC) to administer the CPA in the Town of Rehoboth. In connection with revenues being generated through the CPA surcharge on local property taxes and through the related funding by the Commonwealth under the CPA, the CPC has an ongoing interest in proposals for projects that qualify for funding under the CPA. The four topic areas are: (1) acquisition, creation and preservation of open space; (2) acquisition and preservation of historic resources; (3) acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational uses; and (4) creation, preservation, and support of community housing. Applications can be submitted throughout the year. All must be reviewed by the CPC and ultimately approved at Town Meeting. If you are in doubt about a project’s eligibility, please submit it so we have the opportunity to review it and work with you to meet the required criteria. Guidelines and criteria are available. For further information, please contact the Community Preservation Committee, c/o Town Offices, Peck Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
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Celebrating a Traditional New England Thanksgiving
Carving the turkey at Old Sturbridge Village. Both Old Sturbridge Village and Plimoth Plantation will feature Thanksgiving feasts and other early American activities the last weekend of November.
by Leslie Patterson Thanksgiving is often considered the most American of holidays, yet our modern celebration is quite a bit different than the original one. The Pilgrims and Wampanoags did not feast on a stuffed Butterball turkey, candied sweet potatoes and green bean casserole, and then gather together to watch football on a bigscreen television on that first Thanksgiving. We honor the memory of that 1621 feast, but traditions have changed quite a bit in the almost 400 years that have passed since then. The traditional Thanksgiving meal has not changed too much in the past 200 years, however. By that time, the dinner usually included turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. But in 1621, the turkeys would have been wild, and the meat served would have included various forms of waterfowl along with venison from the deer the Native Americans (native men only, the women and children stayed home) brought to the feast. Another big difference from today is that the first Thanksgiving celebration went on for three days, not just one. There were plenty of cranberries and pumpkins, but no sugar or spice to sweeten dishes or liven up the flavor. Potatoes (originally from South America) were still quite a novelty in Europe and unknown in North America in 1621. Other vegetables available to the pilgrims in the early fall, in addition to corn and pumpkins, were parsnips, collards, carrots, turnips, squash, cabbages and onions, along with dried beans, grapes and nuts. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated earlier in the year than today, some time between September 21 and November 9. Today Canada still celebrates Thanksgiving in October, a sensible approach for a country with such a cold climate in the winter.
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How did Thanksgiving come to be celebrated at the end of November? The idea of proclaiming a November holiday for Thanksgiving goes back as far as George Washington. In 1798, President Washington issued a proclamation to “assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being… That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks.” Later presidents made proclamations too, but Thanksgiving was not yet an official holiday. Then during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated the final Thursday of November in 1863. Lincoln was prompted to do this by editorials from Sarah Josepha Hale, a New England writer who is an interesting character herself. She also campaigned for the Bunker Hill Monument and is the author of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” in addition to many more serious works. She is widely regarded as the person most responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Before that time, it was celebrated mainly in New England.
The idea of setting aside a day to give thanks was not new to either the English settlers or the Native Americans in 1621. Both had long celebrated their own forms of thanksgiving. Native people celebrated many different thanksgiving days, such as “strawberry thanksgiving” and “green corn thanksgiving”. The English had their own Harvest Home celebrations, and the pilgrims were used to setting aside a day to give thanks when it seemed appropriate. In 1621, the pilgrims’ first autumn feast in the New World was in thanksgiving for the plentiful harvest after that first terrible winter, when death claimed half of their number. Here is what Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote about that first Thanksgiving: “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men out fowling, that we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors. They four in
November 2011 The Reporter one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”
Reliving Past Thanksgivings
Here in southern New England we are lucky to be able to experience firsthand a recreation of that first Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation, or to relive a Thanksgiving from the early 1800’s at Old Sturbridge Village, both just a short drive away. Dining at either of these locations on the big day has become so popular that many of the dinner seatings for Thanksgiving Day are sold out by this time. However, you can check out their websites for last minute information. You can still plan for a Thanksgiving dinner or buffet on Friday or Saturday at Old Sturbridge Village and also at Plimoth, which will extend its Thanksgiving programs through Sunday. And since many people prefer a big at-home Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, that Friday or Saturday may be most convenient anyway. There are a number of other activities at both places throughout the weekend, so you can really make a day of it. At Old Sturbridge Village (osv.org) special Thanksgiving events include a 19th Century shooting match on Friday, Nov. 25, and a recreation of an early New England wedding on Saturday, Nov. 26. On both days there will also be musket-firing demonstrations, 19th century music, and a history of Thanksgiving presentation. You can also join an Indian Doctress on a walk through the village as she shares insights into the healing powers of native plants and talks about Native American traditions of giving thanks. At Plimoth Plantation (plimoth.org), on Friday and Saturday there will a harvest dinner with the pilgrims at 5:30 p.m. Also throughout the day you can watch Wampanoag people work on a mishoon, a native dugout canoe. You can also take part in a 17th century worship service as the pilgrims would have experienced it, in addition to exploring all the rest of the village and listening to the pilgrim interpreters. Of all the things we can be thankful for on this bountiful holiday, at the top of the list should be the fact that we don’t have to go through all the trials and tribulations the pilgrims at Plimoth went through to appreciate and enjoy our own Thanksgiving feast. On the other hand, the pilgrims did not feel compelled to get up in the middle of the night after their feast to go stand in the cold and dark waiting for Target or Best Buy to open with pre-Christmas bargains. Going to Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village Thanksgiving weekend sounds like a lot more fun!
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The Rehoboth Rescue Squad would like to inform you as to what types of training are we doing. The training in October focused on First Responders and EMT’s reviewing assisting the Rehoboth Ambulance. Patient care was touched upon along with the most direct routes to area hospitals when a patient needs to be transported. November training will be studying auto extrication in a classroom setting then hands on training for the members. Basics will be taught to the newer members and reviewed with the experienced members. Do’s, don’t’s and most importantly safety will be stressed. Future training will include Hybrid and electric vehicles. Also in the plan is search and rescue. FEMA has training on this subject and we will have a presentation on this, take a written exam and upon completion will be issued a certificate from FEMA. This is one of many classes FEMA has to offer. On the first Monday of every month, MEMA conducts a RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) drill where our Ham Radio operators communicate with others in a “radio check in”. This exercise is conducted state-wide. The amateur radio was of much use during Tropical Storm Irene. The Rehoboth Rescue Squad continues to train and is always looking for volunteers. If you are a licensed ham radio operator or would like to join Rehoboth Rescue and become one contact Chief Gary Kloss at 401.226.3870 for information and / or an application or visit us on our website at http://rehobothrescue7.org. Write to us at Rehoboth Rescue Association PO Box 61, Rehoboth, MA 02769-0061. You may also contact us at the REMA office at (774) 371-0017 anytime.
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Rehoboth Ramblings Wild Kingdom Has anyone else noticed the lack of acorns this fall? Anyone besides the squirrels, I mean. Normally by this time of year out here in the land of tall oak trees, acorns have been pinging off the roof, rolling around the driveway, and generally making a walk through the yard feel like walking over a spill of ball bearings. But this fall, unlike last, I’ve seen and heard very few acorns falling. This doesn’t seem like good news for the creatures that live on them during the winter. What does this mean - a hard winter or the opposite? I’m looking up the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which tells me that if there are lots of acorns, it’s the sign of a hard winter (certainly true last year). However, another of the couple dozen signs they gave for a rough winter is “leaves stay green late into the fall” (like this year). Do these two occurrences cancel each other out? I wish I knew more about nature. I’m sort of a clueless naturalist, or rather, nature is giving me lots of clues but I don’t know how to interpret them. I do appreciate all the wildlife we get to observe out here in the countryside, from snapping turtles to wild turkeys to herons. City folks too see a surprising amount of wildlife these days, from skunks to raccoons to coyotes. There was a picture in the Globe last year of a wild turkey walking down the street in Brookline of all places. Next they’ll be taking the T. The coyotes out here I could do without, especially when I wake up in the middle of the night and hear them yipping and yowling. I wonder what they’ve killed and hope it isn’t a cat. It’s good to keep your cats inside at night, if not all the time. I know coyotes have to eat too, but I’d rather not think about it and I certainly don’t like the midnight howling. In spite of my frequent complaining about our weather (especially this year), I am thankful to live in a place like Rehoboth, in a beautiful natural setting. What would I have thought as a kid all those years ago, to know that in my later years I would routinely be seeing wild turkeys, herons, and even coyotes? Of course, no one in the Eastern part of the US saw coyotes in those days because there weren’t any. Or to know that my hometown in Ohio would now have more deer than they know what to do with? In my childhood neighborhood across the street from a paper mill, we seldom even continued on next page...
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The Reporter November 2011 saw a squirrel, though the countryside was not very far away. There were lots of birds, though. They would eat the mulberries from the tree in the yard and then make deposits on the laundry my mother had hung on the line, the white sheets already picking up soot from the mill. I am very grateful to have grown up in a loving family, with responsible, caring parents. I know that far too many people haven’t been that lucky. But if I could change one thing about my childhood, it would be that we had moved away from that noisy, smelly mill sooner. We did move away and uphill, to a new and somewhat bigger house in a new subdivision when I was 14. It was a much nicer place to live and I was happy to have literally moved up in the world, but there still wasn’t much wildlife around. Now I live next to a pond, with woods and wetlands all around. There are all those oak trees, acorns or not, as well as maple and pine. Nearby is a large swamp and wetland (the hangout of those coyotes). My childhood self who lived in that small brick house by the paper mill would have been thrilled to know that I would some day live in such a picturesque setting. To paraphrase a song from the old Mr. Rogers’ program, who are the wild creatures in my neighborhood? The census includes box turtles, snapping turtles, frogs, toads, spring peepers (my favorite), fish, garter snakes, skunks, woodchucks, possums, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks. Birds include songbirds of various kinds, owls and hawks, wild ducks, and Canada geese (my least favorite - shut up already!) There is the occasional seagull blown off course (when I was a kid I thought seagulls were an exotic species of bird.) Joining this cast of characters, sometimes there will be a cameo appearance by deer, wild turkeys, a fox, a muskrat, or one of those coyotes. Once I even saw a fisher in the woods. To get back to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, for the Northeast they are predicting a wet and stormy winter, but with above average temperatures. I hope they’re at least right about the temps, but we shall see.
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by Laura Calverley Seekonk is celebrating its bicentennial next year. To mark this milestone in the town’s history, there will be a year-long celebration with events taking place every month. The town was incorporated two hundred years ago, on February 26, 1812. Organizers hope that the 200th birthday will be an opportunity to remember the past as well as to bring people together for some fun and entertaining activities while looking forward to the town’s future. Many town departments and groups are getting involved, including the school department, Seekonk Lions Club, Hearthstone Lions Club, the Kiwanis, Newman YMCA, Seekonk Library, the Boy Scouts and more. The celebration will kick-off with a dinner dance at Johnson and Wales Inn on January 21. Music will be provided by Malloi. Tickets are $50 and tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved or individual tickets purchased at the town clerk’s office. Organizers are hoping about 250 people will attend. Plans are still being finalized, but other events include a birthday party at the Newman YMCA in February, Seekonk Night at the Celtics in March (if there is a basketball season), an ecumenical musical concert at the Meadows Park behind the library in June, Seekonk Day at the Pawsox in July, and luncheon at Gristmill Inn followed by dessert at Jacob’s Hill Inn with tours in October. A holiday house tour is also being organized for November and more events may take place. See the tentative schedule of events published in this issue of the Reporter and check for updates in future issues and online at www.reportertoday.com. “There will be at least one event that everyone will enjoy,” said Town Clerk Jan Parker, Chairperson of the 200th Birthday Committee. Seekonk Night at the Pawsox in July will be a fireworks night and is sure to be a fun night for the whole family. There will be an all-you-can-eat barbecue in the center field tent for $26/person. If you can’t make the barbecue, you can still bring the family to see the game and fireworks. Tickets for general admission will be only $5. Seekonk Night at the Celtics is slated for March 4. The Seekonk Honor Guard will participate and children 14 and under will be able to high five the players at half time The schools will hold various activities on April 9, 10 and 11. Teachers are already planning student lessons on local town history – from the people who first settled here to how the town has grown over the years. Events will take place at Hurley Middle School on April 9, Martin Elementary School on April 10 and the High School on April 11. The school events will culminate with a performance by the high school symphonic band of a symphony, commissioned exclusively for Seekonk. The performance will take place on the evening of April 11. The symphony is being written by Andrew Boysen, an assistant professor in the music department at the University of New Hampshire. The Town Clerk’s office and the School Administration office have 200th birthday items for sale. The items include T-shirts for adults and children, with designs by children from each school. There are also baseball hats, car magnets, candy bars and water bottles available. Funds raised from the sale of these items will be used for 200th birthday activities in the schools as well as the symphony.
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The Historic Commission is also printing a 2012 calendar featuring historic photos of Seekonk. It is expected to be available in December. They are also planning to put together a Seekonk photo album. If you have photos that would be appropriate for the calendar or album, please email them to email@example.com A quilt is also going to be made and then raffled off. Dave Viera is doing a show on local cable with different Seekonk residents about the history of the town. Watch for this on the Cable 9 menu. Seekonk has a rich history. The first inhabitants of Seekonk were Native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe. The Native Americans sold the land to a church group from Weymouth and Samuel Newman was one of the leaders. The land included the present city of East Providence, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Pawtucket and southern part of Attleboro. Seekonk was incorporated as a town in 1812, after the courts set Seekonk off from Rehoboth and Attleboro. This is when “Seekonk” became the official spelling of the town’s name. Before this, there had been more than 20 different spellings including Seconke, Seacunk, Seacounke, Secunk and more. Various early documents each have the name spelled differently, according to Dan Horton of the Historical Commission. Since the Native Americans did not have a written language, the early settlers recorded their words phonetically, writing them as they sounded. According to the “History of Seekonk” written by Seekonk High School Students in the 80’s, one of the early white settlers, Roger Williams noted that the Native Americans described black geese in the area with the words “sucki” for black and “honck” for goose. Thus the black goose adorns the flag of Seekonk. In 1862, the westerly part of Seekonk was ceded to Rhode Island and the town of East Providence was incorporated shortly thereafter. The population in 1895 was 1,465 residents. The town grew slowly, with the most growth around the area known as Luther’s Corners and included a post office, general store, a blacksmith’s shop, a Congregational church and a grade school. Seekonk originally had about eight little schoolhouses throughout the town and after 1862, they began being replaced with larger schools. Annual town meetings from November 1885 through March 1897 were held at the Central District School House on Arcade Avenue. The first town hall was built in 1897. Seekonk was mostly an agricultural community up until the 20th century. Many people may remember how Rt. 6, before it became a retail strip, was mostly farmland on either side. One of the biggest changes in Seekonk’s history, according to Horton, was the loss of its agricultural base. As the roadways improved, Seekonk developed as a residential community and retail destination. Although some farms still exist in town, Seekonk is now known mostly as a suburban bedroom community for Providence. The town’s current population is about 14,300. Seekonk has grown a great deal since the Wampanoags first lived here and there are books available at the library with detailed accounts of the town’s history. Organizers are still looking for residents to get involved in the planning for the 200th celebration and to volunteer for Hours the upcoming events. The next meeting of M•T•T•F the 200th committee will be December 6 at 9-5 7 p.m. at town hall. For further information Wed til 8 about the 200th anniversary and celebraSat 9-1 tion, call 508-336-2920.
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Seekonk 200th Birthday Event Schedule (Tentative Oct. 2011)
-January 21, 2012-dinner dance at Johnson & Wales Inn. Chicken dinner and dancing with Malloi. Semi-formal or period dress. Tickets are $50 each and tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved or individual tickets may be purchased at the Town Clerkâ€™s office in Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now. This will be the kick off event for the year!
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-March 4 - Seekonk Night at the Celtics. Seekonk Honor Guard and a kids high five tunnel for Seekonk. (25 children 14 and under will be able to go onto the Celtics floor and high five the players when they take the floor at half-time. Call 336-2920 for details. Approximate cost will be $93 which includes ticket and bus. Tickets are limited to 104 for this event.
-April 9, 10, & 11th - Seekonk Schools will hold various activities during this time, including the performance of a Seekonk symphony.
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-Saturday, May 26 - Annual Memorial Day Parade with floats and period costumes
-June 23 - Ecumenical Activities at the Meadows Park behind the Library. More info TBA. -June 24 - Lions and Hearthstone Lions-family chicken BBQ, antique fire trucks, local bands and other activities planned behind the Hurley Middle School. Event will be from 11:00 am-11:00 pm.
- Seekonk Night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, with fireworks following the game. All you can eat barbecue in the center field tent for $26/person. Discounted $5 general admission game tickets. Former Red Sox player and Seekonk resident Kenny Ryan will sign autographs in the tent.
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-Labor Day Weekend - Seaconke Wampanoag Annual Pow Wow on Redway Plain in Rehoboth. Seekonk Library will also have activities in September and October. Details to follow.
-Grist Mill Tavern lunch and history talk along with Jacob Hill Bed and Breakfast for cider and cookies and tour.
-Holiday house tour with the Seekonk Historic Commission.
-Kiwanis annual tree lighting at Town Hall. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck. Many of these projects are still in the planning stage. More events may be scheduled and others may be changed.
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It’s time to be thinking about putting together a table for the dinner dance on January 21, 2012. This will be a great event to kickoff our 200th birthday celebration year. We have the tickets here in the Town Clerk’s Office. They are $50.00 each and may be purchased separately or tables of 8 or 10 may be put together. This is to be held at Johnson & Wales Inn. Many of the town’s organizations are finalizing their plans for the 200th birthday celebration set for 2012. There will be many great programs and activities next year, thanks to the hard work of many residents. The dinner dance on January 21, 2012 is being combined with the American Legion as a 200th birthday-military ball. Dress is semi-formal or you may wear period costumes if you wish. The tickets are $50. each and includes dinner and dancing to “Malloi”. Gaston Malloi was the music director at the Seekonk High School for years and he has a wonderful band that provides music that is easy to listen to and easy to dance to. The tentative list of events has been sent out to the various news organizations. More activities will be added and some others may change. We are looking forward to all of them. The school department is raising money to have a symphony written especially for the 200th birthday. We are helping them showcase the items they are selling and you will see them at all four elections next year. Right now, you can purchase items at the Superintendent’s Office in the Middle School or here at Town Hall. We have all the shirts on display and can get the size you want here within a day or two if you see a shirt that you like. Maddie has the shirts in her office, but we have one of each on display here. The students from each school designed the back of the shirts. There are also 200th shirts that just have the town logo and 200th anniversary on them for those who don’t have children in the school system. We have candy bars, baseball caps, and water bottles for sale. Please support their efforts. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the 200th shirts all over town next year? The Historic Commission is working on a calendar. If you lived here in 2000 you may remember the calendar that they produced for the millennium. They have pictures of old homes from Seekonk. These will make nice gifts. When those are available, we will have them for sale here also. The Lions are planning a big chicken BBQ, with bands, fire trucks, etc. Lots of work to do that, so if you would like to get involved and help, please call 336-2920. Everyone is welcome and many of the organizations can use some help with their projects. If you did not answer your census, you will be receiving a confirmation card in the mail. The Secretary of State’s Office in Boston sent us a list of voters who had to be considered as inactive voters. The mailings are in the process of going out. If you receive one, please fill it out and return it. By law, we had to put return postage on the cards, so this has cost the town extra money. It is important to answer your census form every year because the law dictates that voters become inactive if they don’t answer the census. If the cards don’t come back and you try to vote, you will be sent to a table to fill out a continuous residence form and have to show ID. Not a necessary step if you answer the census or send the card back. Town Meeting is scheduled for November 28th at the High School.
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The October meetings went as planned. The Fuller Brush party was fun and folks were able to purchase many items. Old favorites and new were available. Last night our Halloween party was great. We had alien witches, Rambo, a happy queen, nun, painter, Goth, Old man and Mary Poppins. Mary also led the group in singing “A Spoonful of Sugar “ and “Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious”. Our Grange is so blessed to have a pianist to add to the quality of a meeting. The November 8th meeting will be to honor our veterans. Attendees are also asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Food bank. The November 22nd meeting will focus on giving thanks for all we have in America and our lives. Our delegates to state session will feature information they glean in our December news. I close wishing all you readers a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving.
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“Stepping off to Yankee Doodle,” bellowed our drum major, her uniform resembling an 18th century pirate wench, “Quick, march.” The muskets fired off a round signaling our step-off. Just like that, our season had begun. Our first two parades of the season are always St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The earlier one takes place in Pawtucket, RI and the second being two weeks later in Newport, RI. The crowd roared as the Yankee Volunteers dancing girls performed “Paddy O’Toole,” in the style of Irish step dancing. The spring flew by and the Yankee Volunteers’ season began to pick up. Memorial Day Weekend was right around the corner and with it, went up festoons, ribbons, and the Star Spangled Banner. Our color guard proudly walked down the middle of the road in both North Attleboro, MA and Charlestown, RI to celebrate our troops waving the colors of our country. The fife major, called out “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and in ranks, one could hear the crowd start to sing “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!” A lone Korean War veteran stood with his hand over his heart as the corps proceeded by with a tear shining on his cheek. It is moments like these that remind us why the Yankee Volunteers continues to live on year after year. The second weekend in June is the annual Gaspee Days celebration complete with fireworks and flaming model ship, Gaspee. Rhode Islanders believe that when the British merchant ship, Gaspee, was attacked by American colonists, it was the true start to the American Revolution; not that scuffle about tea taxes in Boston. Pawtuxet Village becomes lined with people who come out to watch the event. The day, usually a bright, spring, morning is full of anticipation as the dignitaries, beauty queens, and marching bands step out. The fifes and drums of the Yankee Volunteers marched in full force as the dancing girls performed “Finnegan’s Wake” and “Paddy on the Handcar” to much accolade. As the spring turned to summer and June became July, the buzz of Independence Day celebrations filled the air. Bristol, RI’s annual 4th of July parade is a favorite among the corps and many people living in New England. The energy on parade day was excited and patriotic. The Yankee Volunteers fed off of the anticipation and marched down Bristol’s red, white, and blue waterfront street. The flags held high by the color guard waved proudly; one embroidered with the phrase, “Don’t Tread on Me.” Crowds edged closer to see the corps as the dancing girls performed “Seven Stars.” Even above the dull roar of the crowd, the fifes and drums could be heard playing; a testament to their usefulness in the Revolutionary War. Mid-July is an exciting time for all people involved in fife and drum as it is the Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM). DRAM is an international event held every summer in Deep River, CT for fife and drum corps to go to and play for each other. This year, the Yankee Volunteers attended DRAM and performed in the fife in drum parade, “on stand,” and then in the 500 strong f-troop. F-troop is a marching jam session and anyone who wants to join in can. It is an incredible thing to witness an f-troop because you might hear one tune at the front of the lineup and something completely different at the back. They are that big. The Yankee Volunteers enjoy attending DRAM to see and to perform with other corps.
November 2011 The Reporter The summer seemed to pass by and so did our season. Before we knew it, it was Labor Day weekend and we were off on our annual trip outside the New England area. With the money made from all of our performances, the Yankee Volunteers chartered a bus to Upstate NY and Canada on a performance tour. The final stop was the enchanting Niagara Falls. We performed at Old Fort Niagara where we were able to involve young spectators by teaching them a folk dance called the “Virginia Reel.” The evening ended in a spectacular reenactment of one of the nighttime battles in the War of 1812 which our musket men were asked to take part in. Fall blew in like a cool breeze and with it came Autumnfest in Woonsocket, RI. The sun shined brightly on us that day, as we marched through the crowded streets. The sunburn of Indian summer warmed our shoulders and we felt the nostalgia of a season past. We approached the reviewing stand for one last show; “The Yankee Volunteers from Seekonk, Massachusetts,” bellowed the emcee. The musket men fired off a round, and with a flourish, the drum major gave the command, “dismissed.”
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We held our last meeting at the Hillside Country Club on October 20th. We had two prospective new members in attendance, Diana Rochefort and Patty Corbin. At our Dinner meeting in November Diana will be becoming a new member to our club and everyone is looking forward to her joining us. The peace poster kit has been delivered to the Beckwith School to the Art Teacher who will have the information to give the students who participate. It is a lot of fun and we look forward having a lot of students taking part of this opportunity. We chose a poster and that student represents our club in the official choosing. The student we choose will receive from our club a $50 savings bond. The official competition is done at the Mid Winter Convention in January. We will have had our trip to Foxwoods by the time you read this and I’m sure we ail have had a great time! Be sure and watch for our next trip which will be advertised in the reporter and join us! On December 10th we will be holding our tree lighting at the Bristol County Bank at 3 p.m. At 3:30 we will be lighting the tree. We plan to have the singing of Christmas Carols, some refreshments and the tree turned on and it will be lit until the new year. From there everyone is invited to the Francis Farm for hayrides, games for the children and Santa! Remember to keep the date open December 10th. Hope to see you there. We also voted to give to the Friends of the Elderly $500 to be able to give out gift cards. For Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, the amount will be $250 for Thanksgiving and the same for Christmas. We certainly hope that all have a very happy holiday season. We are doing our usual Marian Manor bingo on November 9th so remember the date and see you there. Make sure you read about our future plans and there are a lot we are working on. We are a very busy group and we have fun doing what we do and we want to Thank You for all your support in our fund raisers because that is what makes is so successful. Remember our motto “We Serve” and indeed we do. See you next month.
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Providence, RI – Providence Children’s Museum announces the opening of The Power to Play: From Trash to Treasure, a display of toys handcrafted by children from around the world and on view through January 2012. The charming creations poignantly illustrate children’s creativity and inventiveness and the universal importance of play in children’s development. The toys are a selection from a traveling exhibition of more than 350 pieces collected by ChildFund International, a global child development and protection agency. The collection has been featured in National Geographic magazine and displayed at National Geographic’s Explorers Hall in Washington D.C. The playthings were crafted in countries including India, Brazil, Ethiopia and the United States and range from dolls, games and musical instruments to a variety of things that float, roll and fly. They were constructed from materials and objects found around children’s homes and villages – bottle caps, twigs, discarded containers and cardboard, old flip-flops, fabric scraps and bits of wood, wire and string. Some of the collection’s highlights include a tin can truck, a jump rope braided from colorful plastic bags, and a well-worn shoe turned into a car. Each toy has a story. Some are unique to their place of origin, some reflect the challenging social, economic and political conditions faced in children’s countries, and others are universal, like balls and kites made in different places using exactly the same techniques. None of the playthings were made for sale; each came about because a child had the inspiration, the materials and the need to play. Together, the toys demonstrate children’s creativity, resiliency and enduring spirit and evoke powerful personal reflections and vivid memories of play. Providence Children’s Museum actively advocates for and celebrates the power of children’s play; this display provides a compelling way to share that message. “Some of the toys are so intricate and detailed, you can see the children as engineers, figuring out how an axle works so their truck can really move,” said Museum Exhibits Director Robin Meisner. “To show children’s work that represents cultures from all over the world – and work that is incredibly well designed and functional – demonstrates kids’ creativity and ingenuity.” Visitors of all ages will delight in the details of the designs and the creative use of materials. They will be invited to share how they make their own toys, encouraging reflection on and conversation about the common bond children share in their need for play and the ability to create their own playthings. The display will be on view in the Museum’s atrium through January 2012 and is free with Museum admission of $8.50 per person. For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.
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Thanks to you, we did it again! We had a very successful Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Our sincere appreciation to all our volunteers, including Lende McMullen, Leslie Patterson, Ben and Lissa Singer, Jane and John Haynes, Sarah and Dan Santos, Sue Withers, Annik and Scott Spencer, and Marie Sweeney. Thanks to Marie, we had plenty of food and some tempting new auction items, including Patriots tickets and an overnight stay at the Viking Hotel in Newport. We are already planning for next year!
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Attention everyone! The Wine Tasting & Silent Auction “kicked off” our next oral history project. This winter we’ll be contacting past students, teachers and administrators. Local young people will ask them to share their memories of learning and working in Rehoboth’s schools. As we did last year for our first oral history project, “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Past,” we will gather photos, and edit and transcribe the videos for all to view. Special thanks to Beverly Pettine and Dave Downs, who both work at Horbine School, and Leslie Patterson for their interest and support. Here is a sneak preview of some of the planned 2012 programs & events: January to May: Collecting oral histories March: Ladies’ Tea April: Bus tour of Former One-Room Schoolhouses May: Forum Discussion with Retired Teachers & Administrators June: “Remembering Rehoboth School Days” Family Day
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UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past:
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by Leslie Patterson In our last newsletter, we shared some highlights of the oral history interviews with Joan Olson and Walt Munroe, interviewed by D-R students Kira Hitz and Elizabeth Oakley. This month we will focus on interviews with Dick Pray and Manny Veader, as they recalled growing up on farms in Rehoboth and talked about how farming has changed over the years. Dick, a descendent of Roger Williams, was born and raised on a farm on Wheaton Avenue. Manny is the grandson of a farmer who came to America from the Azores in 1888, but their experiences as farmers in South Rehoboth in the 20th century are otherwise quite similar. Ed and Ian Medeiros, students at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, interviewed these two retired Rehoboth farmers as part of the Carpenter Museum’s oral history project this year, “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past.” Also contributing to these interviews were Dick’s wife Frances Pray and Manny’s wife Margaret Veader. Here are just a few remarks from the interviews:
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Q: How long did it take to milk cows? Dick: “As I got older, we used to go into the barn at 5 o’clock in the morning and I would spend about two hours in the barn before I went to school. That was seven days a week.” Q: And chores after school, as well. Did you ever complain? Dick (with laughter): “Wouldn’t have done any good. All your friends milked cows and did the same thing ... All my friends, we were all dairy farmers basically. So it was a way of life back then.” Q. How do you feel about the land that you farmed and what may happen to it? Dick: “The land that we farmed, a good deal of it has been put into preservation so it can never be built on, can only be used for farming.” Q: It must feel kind of good to know that your family is continuing the farm and it is still successful. Dick: “Yeah. What helps immensely is these new farmers’ markets because they’re able to get retail price for their crops... Rehoboth has one at the Anawan School on Sundays with Marie [Dick’s daughter-in-law] from Oakdale Farms. They go and set up tables with all their vegetables on them and sell it right there.” continued on next page...
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Q: How did technology change over the years as you farmed? Dick: “I can remember plowing with two horses. Then I can remember when we graduated to a tractor with two plows behind it. Now we plow with a tractor with five plows behind it. Things have changed tremendously in tilling the soil and then harvesting it also ... As far as cows go, cows are now milked, instead of by hand when I was a little boy, with pipeline milkers in milking parlors, where the cows come in and get something to eat and get milked in the parlor. Where there were five men taking care of maybe 100 cows, today it’s probably one or two. So things have changed dramatically.” Q: When did power come into your neighborhood and when were the roads paved? Dick: “Around 1933 we got electricity and the roads weren’t paved until Richard [Dick’s son] started school, which was about ‘54 or ‘55. They had to widen the road and pave it so the school bus could get through.” Frances explained that Dick went to Seekonk schools because they were easier to get to on the bus from his home, in the days of unpaved and unplowed roads. Dick left school in the 9th grade during World War II. Dick: “My father didn’t have any help on the farm so I left school to work on the farm. Then I was about to go into the service and had my papers to go to Attleboro to report for duty when the war ended. The exact time -- about a week before I was scheduled to leave. That saved my neck there.”
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Q: They have to pick (vegetables) in the morning?” Dick: “Yes, picked that day. That’s why it’s gone over so well. They’re very, very fussy ... And everything they grow is usually on that truck. You name it. And they’ve changed their farming. Where we used to raise mostly large crops, butternut squash, potatoes, and a lot of sweet corn, we’re diversified now. We raise carrots, beets, cabbage, lettuce, asparagus.” Q: Fresh and organic, a great combination. Dick (talking about organic farming): “It’s a little on the expensive side. That’s why you have to get a little more money for the organic. That’s the thing that has the demand today... People are really going for organic crops.”
From Manny Veader Interview...
Q: Tell me about the history of the land that you farmed. Manny: “Well, my grandfather came over from St. George in the Azores in 1888. He bought the farm in Rehoboth in 1902. He had it, my dad had it, and I’ve farmed it and now my son farms it, so it’s been through four generations on the farm there. It was a 100-acre farm but now we’re down to like 32 acres.” Q: What kind of chores did you have as a child? Manny: “When I was just a little guy coming home from school, me and my brother had to go next door to my grandmother’s house and fill her woodbox so she could keep her stove going at night. Then we had to take care of our own furnace in the cellar. And then in the summertime, we grabbed hoes and went out in the field when we got home from school. We didn’t have time to play. We didn’t do baseball or football or that stuff.” Q: Any chores that you really loved or really hated? Manny: “Well, I liked driving a tractor, no doubt, like everybody else did. But I never hated anything. I loved the farm. It was a good life.” Q: Was South Rehoboth more Portuguese and North Rehoboth more Yankee? Margaret: “We were thinking about the farmers in the south end and we said, ‘No, there were a lot of people who weren’t Portuguese.’ It was just a farming area.” Manny: “I could take you to the south end and tell you everybody’s names and what nationality they were, Polish, English, Portuguese or Italian.” Q: Describe the seasonal aspect of your work, a typical summer day vs. a typical winter day. Manny: “Well, a summer day was work, work, work. A winter day was ‘take it easy,’ but when I was old enough and worked with just my dad, we used to go and do roof jobs in the winter, shingling roofs.” Margaret: “Tell about your father, when he went to market.” Manny: “When my father was young, living at my grandfather’s place, when he was a cow farmer, they also grew vegetables. And he used to go to the Providence markets with a horse team. He used to fall asleep and when the horses reached the Washington Bridge, which had a wooden deck back then, it would wake him up and he would go to the market. On the way back, he’d sleep all the way and the horses would take him all the way home.” Q: Will younger generations want to farm? Manny (speaking of farming in an earlier era): “Back then, there was no money in farming. So any kid that was brought up on a farm, they didn’t want to stay on that farm. They wanted to go out and make a week’s pay. It was survival back then. We sold our stuff and in the summer we did OK, but in the winter we had to go out and do another job. Never made enough on a farm to carry
November 2011 The Reporter through the winter. So any kid that grew up on a farm back then did not want to stay on a farm. Very few did. I stayed on. I liked it.” Margaret: “The first thing that happened [after farms were sold] is that they started to build golf courses, remember?” Manny: “Yeah, we were Golf Town USA for a while there.” Q: So what do you think is the future of farming in Rehoboth? Margaret: “Well, we know some farmers who are expanding. These farmers’ markets are helping out because they’re doing a lot of their business through farmers’ markets.” Manny: “Dairy farming, that’s the question. I don’t think you’re going to find dairy farmers surviving much longer around here because they just can’t get a price for milk. They’re really hurting, dairy farmers.” Q: So your mother still lives on Pleasant Street? Manny: “Yeah, my mother is 97. She still lives at 180 Pleasant Street where I was born. Five of us were born there and the two younger ones, she went to the hospital ... We had a tough life, but it was a good life. I would do the same thing again.” Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Manny: “I’m into restoring antique tractors now. If you guys are interested, you’re welcome to come down and see my little museum with 28 or 30 tractors. Some of them are done up pretty nice. Anybody wants to come down, you can stop at our house and I’ll give you a tour.”
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Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Mr. Briggs has recorded for Sony, Koch Newport Classics, Iota Amphonic, and Hallmark Records, and he has also played and recorded for such well-known popular and jazz artists as Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion, Dominic Duval, Grand Funk Railroad, Barry Harris, Incognito, Alicia Keys, Karen Mack, David Murray, Regis Philbin, Smokey Robinson, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Mr. Briggs is currently on the music faculty at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. In 2010 he was a recipient of a CUNY Professional Development Grant. Cellist Matthew Goeke performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in a broad range of musical styles. A member of the Stamford Symphony, the Cross Town Ensemble, and the School of American Ballet Orchestra, he has also performed with SEM Ensemble, Musica Sacra, Eos Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, North/South Consonance, and Kitchen House Blend. As a soloist, he has performed the Boccherini, Dvorak, and Lalo Concertos, Shostakovich Concerto No. 1, the Brahms “Double” Concerto and the Beethoven “Triple” Concerto with orchestras in the New York area. He has recorded for 4Tay, Elektra, Koch International Classics, North/South Recordings, Opus One Records, Polygram, Tzadik, and can be heard commercially on Angelique Kidjo’s 2007 Grammy Award-winning album Djin Djin and with David Bowie on Time Will Crawl. Mr. Goeke also performs and records with the bands GIANTfingers and Voltaire, the experimental instrumental Moderncelli Cello Quartet, and the award-winning flute, viola, cello trio Eight Strings and a Whistle. Committed to music education, he is on the music faculty at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, as well as a cello coach for the InterSchool Orchestras in New York and the chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony. Pianist Renée Cometa Briggs leads an active career as a performer and educator in the metropolitan New York area. As a soloist, her repertoire ranges from Mozart on fortepiano to the complete Debussy études. She won the award for best interpretation of a French composition by the French Piano Institute, for which the prize was solo recitals of French repertoire in Paris at La Schola Cantorum and the French Embassy in Washington, DC. She has also performed at the Foundation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland. An advocate of new music, Ms. Briggs has participated in the American Composers Alliance Festival in New York City, performing works by Richard Brooks, Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, and Raoul Pleskow, and with the di.vi.sion piano trio she has performed the works of New York composers Douglas Anderson, Constance Cooper, Jeff Herles, and Hilary Tann. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Briggs created and administered the Bronx Conservatory of Music Outreach
November 2011 The Reporter Concert Series, providing free concerts throughout the Bronx. She holds a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook, an MM from Mannes College of Music, and a BM from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She also studied in Switzerland under the auspices of the Semans Art Fund. Ms. Briggs serves on the music faculty at two CUNY colleges: Kingsborough Community College and College of Staten Island. This concert will take place on Saturday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m., at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth, MA. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $6 for students and children. Cash and checks only. First-come, first-seated. For information, please call 508-252-5718.
The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble & EPHS Concert Thursday, November 17 • 7pm
The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Robert Franzblau will be doing a concert with the East Providence High School band under the direction of Bobby Rathbone. It will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m., at the East Providence High School - 2000 Pawtucket Avenue. The concert is sponsored by Robert’s Musical Instruments of West Warwick. Donations at the door will be accepted.
Free Association to Perform at the Thanksgiving weekend contra dance in Rehoboth on November 25
There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, November 25, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA. Before the dance, an introductory workshop will be held at 7:30 p.m. All dances will be taught by Lisa Greenleaf. Music will be performed by Free Association, with Jim Guinness, Amy Larkin, and Debby Knight. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375; http://www.contradancelinks. com/rehoboth.html.
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The Warwick Symphony Orchestra will be performing live at Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth on December 8th at 7:30 P.M. This will be a special adult evening filled with music, hor d’oevres and Christmas spirit. “We want to offer this special Christmas concert to our neighbors in the community”, says Dennis Baril, senior pastor. The Warwick Symphony Orchestra is a 50 piece orchestra which began over 40 years ago. The Symphony is dedicated to bringing music to the communities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The WSO strives to bring symphonic music to a variety of audiences, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend live concert performances. Tickets for this concert are $8 and are available online at www.communitycovenant.org or at the door. Community Covenant Church is located at 615 Tremont Street, Rehoboth. Contact Barbara at Barbara@communitycovenant.org or 508-222-9400 for further information.
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Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church‘s Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Fri, Nov 11th & Sat, Nov 12th, 2011. Hours on Friday are 10 AM to 6:30 PM, and Sat. is 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Drawings will be held after the 5:30 mass on Sat. It will be held in our church hall at Coyle Drive (off Central Ave.) Seekonk, MA. A big HDTV will be raffled off again this year, and it will be set up for the winner by Audio Concepts. As usual, we will have a huge collection of baskets to be raffled. Our baskets are all contributed by our parishioners and are a sight to be seen and appreciated for the variety and types that are contributed. There are many different raffle tables, there is something for everyone. Some of the tables are: jewelry, Prizes for Adult Instant Win, and for Kid’s Instant Win. There are craft items, Christmas items, knitted or crocheted items, and grocery baskets. A Lottery Scratch tickets tree is a wonderful prize for the lucky winner. There are items on the baked goods and candy table. These items are too many to list here. We will also be having some surprise items that will truly be a wonderful win for the winners. There will be a raffle for chances on a Microwave/Refrigerator combination, a container with $100.00 cash inside, an oil painted Sea Scape, and other items that are well worth buying a chance. Our famous Meat Pies will be on sale again this year. The Large, 1 Lb, 12 oz size is $10.00 and the small, 7 oz is $3.75, which is ideal
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Local teacher is one of 26 educators who hopes to inspire international and environmental education among students A Rehoboth, Massachusetts teacher has been selected as one of 26 U.S. educators who will travel to Costa Rica through the Toyota International Teacher Program. Kelly Foss, Garden Director and French and Spanish teacher at Wheeler School, will join 25 other educators from around the country for this unique travel experience, scheduled to take place later this fall. The Toyota International Teacher Program was established in 1998 to provide educators with enriching learning experiences to help them encourage and inspire their own students to become more involved in environmental, cultural and world studies. In her roles as Wheeler School Garden Director and Spanish teacher, Foss has already begun making curricular tie-ins with her upcoming study tour. Before she leaves for Costa Rica, her students will prepare Gallo Pinto, the national dish of Costa Rica, with black beans grown in the school garden. Her students will start shelling the dried beans next week. And while in Costa Rica, Foss intends to share her first-hand experience with her students in “real time” via an on-line blog. Additionally, Foss hopes to glean fresh ideas on composting to further the school’s composting efforts.
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Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s Dave Driscoll Named Patriots High School Coach Of The Week
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s Dave Driscoll has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 7-0 victory over Wareham High School on Friday, Oct. 14. The game went down to the final seconds and resulted in Driscoll’s 200th win. The victory breaks the conference tie between Wareham and Dighton-Rehoboth, as the Falcons moved to 3-0 in the South Coast Conference. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School’s football program in Driscoll’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection. Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Driscoll and his team on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com. This season marks the 16th year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives. “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with Coach Driscoll and his players after his 200th win,” said Tippett on Tuesday. “Reaching this milestone takes a commitment to preparation, hard work and teamwork. These qualities were on display on Friday night as the Falcons came through with a strong defensive effort to edge their conference rival. The Patriots are proud to present this week’s Coach of the Week Award to Coach Driscoll and the Dighton-Rehoboth football program. ” At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program. In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium, but decided to take the award on the road in 2011 so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the first year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination at firstname.lastname@example.org. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives. For more information, visit www.patriots. com/community.
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Sturdy Memorial Hospital Junior Volunteers Honored At Awards Ceremony
Sturdy Memorial Hospital recently honored 88 of its junior volunteers for their contributions to the Hospital during fiscal year 2011. The juniors, who range in age from 13 to 17, gave a total of 5,089 hours of service over the year in various patient and non-patient areas of the Hospital, as well as off-site facilities. The local junior volunteers honored were:
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Local Students Advance To National Piano Festival Finals
Seekonk’s 9 year-old Nicholas Milan and 11 year-old Jason Ho advanced to the national finals after winning the local round and the district semi-finals at the second annual Roland Piano Festival. Milan will advance with 3 other finalists chosen from 76 entries in the Youth 1 division. Ho will advance with 4 other finalists chosen from 140 entries in the Youth 2 division. Participants selected their own performance piece and created arrangements to showcase their personal playing styles. Judges evaluated participants on a variety of criteria including technique, interpretation, and orchestration. Milan and Ho will join other Finalists of the contest on an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA to compete in front of a live audience in the Roland Piano Festival National Finals held on November 12, 2011.
Rehoboth Resident Named Athlete of the Week
East Providence, RI — Sarah Schwartz ’13 of Rehoboth, MA was named Athlete of the Week at Providence Country Day School for the week of October 3-7, 2011. Schwartz ’13 earned her first shutout of the season for the Girls Varsity Soccer team against St. Andrew’s on 10/3. Sarah saved a penalty kick to preserve a 1-0 lead late in the first half as the Knights went on to win 2-0. The Athlete of the Week award at Providence Country Day recognizes athletes who have made outstanding Sarah Schwartz contributions to their teams by excelling in skillful play, good sportsmanship, and leadership and exceeded expectations in each of these areas. The Providence Country Day School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12. The diverse student population draws from more than 45 communities throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our educational program balances rigorous academics, visual and performing arts, and competitive athletics. Our mission and values are upheld by a faculty distinguished by academic excellence and deep personal commitment.
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Free Estimates All Work Guaranteed Area musician and songwriter Eric Barao of Seekonk, MA has released a music video for his song “To All You Guys” which deals with the issue of teen bullying. The video was filmed at Narragansett High School (Narragansett, RI) in association with the Narragansett Prevention Partnership (http://www.narragansettprevention.org) and features a cast of area students re-enacting various scenes of bullying in it’s many forms. The music video had a screening on Oct 2nd 2011 at this year’s Narragansett Celebrates Youth event in Narragansett, RI to an audience of about 400. Eric Barao is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting, and is a founding member of the Boston-area powerpop band The Cautions. He has also appeared on several movie soundtracks, including a feature film starring Christopher Walken. The song “To All You Guys” will be included on Eric’s forthcoming full-length solo album, due to be released in early 2012. The album was recorded by Grammy award-winning recording engineer Ducky Carlisle (Norah Jones, Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy) and • Furniture • Brush • Appliances • Yard Waste produced by Bleu McAuley, a fellow graduate of Berklee College • Construction Debris • Trash of Music and professional LA-based songwriter who has written Demolition of...Fences, Sheds, Decks, Pools songs for artists such as Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Celina Gomez, Boys Like Girls and Meatloaf. Let us do the work The music video for “To All You Guys” is available to view online at Free Estimates Call Tony YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zQPF7XuWeM.
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Feehan Announces Largest Class of National Merit Honorees
Bishop Feehan High School recently announced the names of 18 students who have achieved Semifinalist or Commended status in the 2012 National Merit® Scholarship Program (NMSC), making this the largest percentage of honorees from any high school in Massachusetts. The semifinalists are: Brooke Bedard (Cumberland), Chad Benoit (Attleboro), Lindsey Claus (Mansfield), John Garbuzinski (N. Attleboro), and David Stewart (Attleboro). These students join approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual NMSC. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. The following 13 students were recognized by the NMSC as National Commended students. A letter of Commendation from Bishop Feehan and National Merit Scholarship Corporation have been presented by the principal to: Maeve Arbuckle (Mansfield), Patrick Beagan (N. Attleboro), Connor Clang (Mansfield), Lauren Claus (Mansfield), Laura Clerx (Seekonk), Victoria Cleveland (Attleboro), Olivia Cortellini (N. Attleboro), Kristin Drummey (Norwood), Richard Moschella (Rehoboth), Julia Neto (Attleboro), Olivia Rabbitt (Rehoboth), Emily Tormey (Plainville), and Colleen Werkheiser (N. Attleboro). These students join 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation in being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These students are placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “We are extremely proud of this exceptional class of five Semifinalists,” said Principal Bill Runey, “They are our largest class of honorees ever. This accomplishment is a testament to the strong academic environment at Feehan.”
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PRO Physical Therapy and Sportscare is owned and operated by Rick Leclaire, P.T. He has B.S. degrees from the University of Connecticut and Springfield College and is licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition, he is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Section. With over 12 years of combined hospital and clinic based experience, he has the expertise and professional commitment to help you recover from any injury, disorder or surgery affecting the musculoskeletal system. His treatment philosophy is based on the principles of prevention, rehabilitation and optimal fitness. Prevention of injuries is emphasized. If you have an existing injury, you’ll be taught how to keep from aggravating it as well as how to prevent or minimize the chances of its recurring. Rehabilitation begins with controlling pain, swelling and inflammation. This is accomplished using appropriate treatment incorporating heat/ cold, electricity, ultrasound, hydrotherapy and specialized manual techniques. The next phase involves restoring normal range of motion and strength to the affected body area. This is accomplished by hands-on-techniques as well as appropriate exercises involving calisthenics, free weights and machines. The final phase of your rehabilitation will be geared toward safely returning you to the demands of your occupation, sport or activities of daily living. Once you’ve regained normal movement and function, you may want to maintain optimal fitness by learning exercise techniques that you can continue at home or in a fitness center. The clinic Mr. Leclaire operates has unique features that most conventional physical therapy clinics cannot offer. Located within the Firefly Golf Course/World Gym Complex at 350 Fall River Ave. in Seekonk, the clinic is situated within the motivating and health promoting environment of a clean, upscale health club. In addition to standard physical therapy modalities, your rehabilitation program can incorporate the use of state-of-the-art Cybex Eagle strength training equipment, Lifecycles, StairMasters, and free weights under his direct supervision to restore your normal mobility and function. Office hours are by appointment with early morning and evening appointments available. Most health insurances are accepted. With more people becoming health and fitness conscious and participating in sports, and with our population getting older, orthopedic and sports related injuries are quiet common. If you’ve suffered from one of these injuries or have had orthopedic surgery, please call for a consultation at (508)336-3121 to have your condition evaluated and the appropriate treatment initiated.
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Treasure the Holidays Easy Entertaining Tips forHoliday Celebrations (Family Features) For most Americans, the holiday season is the busiest and most demanding time of the year. From social engagements and travel to buying gifts and baking, itâ€™s often hard to juggle competing commitments. In fact, 80 percent of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season, according to the American Psychological Association. If you are planning a cocktail or dinner party this year, remember, inviting friends and family into your home should be fun and festive, not overwhelming. Take time to plan ahead and follow these simple tips for a special gathering that both you and your guests will enjoy. Set the mood as you set the table. When entertaining, linen napkins and tablecloths can set the tone for the party and create a festive and welcoming experience for guests. If table linens are kept packed away, wash and freshen before setting the table. No one wants to see lipstick or food stains as they sit down for dinner. Before the party, wash linens with a gel detergent that attacks stains and rinses easily. Try Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent which removes stains like food, oil and grease.
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Create a show-stopping centerpiece. Adding centerpieces, whether one large arrangement or a series of small vases or candles, can help dress up any room. Arrangements made from pine, holly, or berry branches tie nicely to the holiday season and can be found at any craft store. As an alternative, make an arrangement of pomegranates, cloves, and oranges to provide a pleasant and fresh scent. Warm up by the fire. If you have a fireplace in your home, lighting it during gatherings provides an intimate and cozy glow. If you have not used the fireplace in a while, make sure you open the flue. Then add newspaper and wood logs. Plan to light the fireplace 15-20 minutes before guests arrive. Arrange a festive soundtrack. Music is an essential component of any successful holiday party. Organize CD’s ahead of time or make a digital playlist on your mp3 player so you’re ready to push play and get the party started as soon as your guests walk in the door. Freshen up after the revelry. When the party has died down and it’s clean up time, check areas around the house for messy remnants from the celebration. In particular, carpets may appear dirty from heavy foot traffic. Sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda over carpets, let sit for fifteen minutes, and then vacuum up. Baking soda will help neutralize any lingering odors in the carpet. For more pre- and post-entertaining house prep, visit www. armandhammer.com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images #10799_AR Source: Arm & Hammer
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The Seekonk Congregational Church, UCC, 600 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA will hold its Annual Christmas Bazaar And Gift Festival, on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.; Beautiful Live wreaths and boxwood centerpieces, baked goods and food, delicious luncheon, great crafts, fleece items, Christmas ‘treasures’, jewelry, plants, poinsettias, super drawing items, and More! Special room with used Christmas items, drawings throughout day.
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(Family Features) Jewelry can be a great holiday gift to receive, but for many, buying jewelry to give is intimidating. What kind of jewelry should you buy? What size? Will it look good on her? Will he like it? For anyone facing these questions, this guide is for you.
To make sure you buy a quality piece that will last, you need to know a little about what jewelry is made of. The three most common metals used include: Gold. When you see the word “gold” by itself on a piece, it means all gold, or 24-karat gold. Twenty-four-karat gold is soft, so it’s usually mixed with other metals to make it more durable. Fourteen-karat jewelry contains 14 parts gold mixed with 10 parts of a base metal. The higher the karat rating, the higher the proportion of gold. Sterling silver. This term describes a piece that contains 92.5 percent silver. Sometimes they are marked “925,” which means 925 parts per thousand are pure silver. “Coin silver” is used for compounds that contain 90 percent silver. Platinum. Platinum is a natural, white-colored, precious metal that is often described as being strong, durable and corrosion resistant. It’s usually mixed with other similar metals, such as iridium, palladium, ruthenium, rhodium and osmium.
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There are many gems and metals to pick from; let the recipient’s personal style and preferences guide you when purchasing jewelry as a gift. For example, does he only wear gold jewelry? Or does he prefer only silver? Is most of her jewelry made up of small, understated pieces, or bigger, bolder pieces? What types of jewelry does he or she wear most often - necklaces, bracelets, earrings? If you’re nervous or unsure about buying jewelry for someone, consider bringing along a family member or friend who knows them well to help you pick something they would love.
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Most necklaces come in one of these lengths: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 28 inches. How do you choose the right one to buy? First, you need to know where the different lengths will fall on the wearer’s body. 16 inches - choker length 18 inches - at collarbone 20 inches - a few inches below collarbone 22 inches - at or above neckline 24 inches - below neckline 28 inches - around the bustline Long necklaces can help lengthen the look of a square or round face and add height to a shorter frame. Chokers look best on longer necks, because they tend to de-emphasize height.
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Rings draw attention to the hands, so it’s important to pick a flattering style. The length of the fingers is an important factor when buying rings. People with long fingers can wear almost any style. If his or her long fingers are very thin, look for oval or round settings and wider bands. Short fingers look best with settings that don’t extend past the knuckle - that only accentuates the shortness of the fingers. Oval shaped stones make the hand look longer and are good choices for short fingers. Getting ring-fit right can be tricky. To make choosing easier, use a ring-sizing chart. Take a ring that fits and place it over the nearest-sized circle. The inner edge of the ring should align with the outer edge of the circle. If the ring appears to fit between two sizes, buy the larger size.
Earrings for women should balance the shape of the face. Once you know her face shape, buying earrings is easy. Oval faces can wear almost any earring style. Hoops and triangles are especially flattering. Round faces beg for longer earrings with oblong or straight styles. Avoid round and chunky earrings that sit on the ear lobe. Square faces look best in hoops, ovals and small earrings. Avoid short and chunky earrings because they can make the face look wider.
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Providence, RI: Trinity Rep is celebrating its 35th year of presenting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming, presented by Cardi’s Furniture with supporting sponsor Amica Insurance. Performances begin on November 18 and run through December 30 in the Chace Theater. A timeless tale of forgiveness and hope enjoyed by generations of Rhode Island families, this classic earns rave reviews from audiences and critics year after year – “…there is no better Carol than the one that Trinity Repertory Company puts on every Christmas season,” lauded The Boston Globe. This annual New England holiday tradition will be reimagined for local audiences by director Christopher Windom, a 2010 graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs. This year’s production features Brian McEleney in the role of Scrooge, who will be joined by an ensemble of many Trinity Rep acting company favorites. Trinity Repertory Company’s artistic staff takes great measures each year to present the show as a fresh vision while staying true to its beautiful message. In his Carol, Director Christopher Windom says he plans to adhere to the timeless classic’s text – but has chosen to move away from the traditional Dickensian setting. “Our production will be set in 1959. By setting the story in the 50s, it will allow us to watch Scrooge grow up during some iconic historical events in the first half of the 20th century. We will see Scrooge revisit the freshness and optimism of his youth at the turn of the new century, through the buoyancy of the roaring twenties, the sobriety of the Great Depression, and the booming hope at the end of World War II,” said Windom.
for holiday party planning and gifts! “The goal is to have these specific eras illuminate Scrooge’s choice in life in a new way. Also, by setting this in a mid-century motif, we can still keep a sense of the once-upon-a-time feeling that the traditional Dickensian style offers,” he added. Tickets may be purchased by phone at (401) 351-4242, online at www.trinityrep.com, or in person at the theater’s box office. Adult ticket prices for A Christmas Carol are $26-$68, with best prices available for all November performances. Children’s tickets (age 2-14) are only $15-$18. The first performance on November 19 at 7:30 p.m. is Pay What You Can (PWYC). PWYC tickets go on sale in the box office at 6:30 p.m. that evening with a limit of one ticket per person. Trinity Rep continues to offer affordable $15 seats on the Chace Theater’s 12th row bench for all performances. Additional discounted and rush tickets are also available; call box office for details. For information on group rates (parties of 20 or more) contact Group Sales at (401) 351-4242. Appealing to young and old alike, this heartwarming story of the power of forgiveness shows us that anything is possible – and hope is always just around the corner. Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted on Christmas Eve by the eerie apparition of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. The ghost bears a stern warning that he has one last chance to mend the errors of his ways. Three spirits visit him that Christmas Eve — the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through their magical travels that night, Scrooge greets Christmas morning with newfound joy and seizes the chance to redeem his ways. Joining the resident company onstage are Brown/Trinity MFA program actors Ruth Coughlin (Fan, Mrs. Cratchit), Kevaughn Harvey (Poor Husband, Belle’s Husband, Topper), Lauren Lubow (Belle, Lucy), and Ricky Oliver (School Master, Ghost of Christmas Present). ance. “We are proud to help make this spirited show a beloved holiday tradition for all local families to enjoy.” This Trinity Rep production is dedicated to Stephen Hamblett and his love for the story of A Christmas Carol.
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Boston – State Representative Steven S. Howitt (R- Seekonk) is holding office hours throughout the 4th Bristol district to give constituents the opportunity to discuss current issues and concerns. On Friday, October 28th, office hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the conference room at the Gladys L. Hurrell Rehoboth Senior Center, 55 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA; from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Select Board meeting room, at the Seekonk Town Hall, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771; and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Swansea Council On Aging, 260 Ocean Grove Avenue, Swansea, MA 02777. Anyone unable to attend Representative Howitt’s office hours may also contact his office at (617) 722-2305 and schedule an appointment.
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4th Bristol District Will Receive $390,980 in Reverted Funds BOSTON – Representative Steven S. Howitt is pleased to announce that the passage of the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 11) Final Deficiency Supplemental Budget will allow for the certification of $65 million in reversion money to be used as a one-time payment to cities and towns. The 4th Bristol District will receive an additional $390,980 in one-time funding to help maintain vital services and recover from the recent fiscal crisis. The funding distribution is listed below: Norton $127,108 Rehoboth $63,750 Seekonk $75,257 Swansea $114,865 “I am pleased that we were able to finalize the negotiations,” stated Representative Howitt. “The passing of this budget will allow our communities to obtain funding that will give town leaders flexibility in dealing with their budgetary needs.” During the House budget debate in April, House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) and the Republican Caucus were successful in offering and having adopted an amendment to allow unspent funds (reversions) from FY11 to be sent back to cities and towns. This marks the first time in over four years that a Republican-offered amendment has been included in the final version of the state budget. “After a few grueling months of hard work, negotiations, and persistence, I am pleased to report that this necessary support for cities and towns has come to fruition,” said Representative Jones. “I am confident that cities and towns across the Commonwealth will put this one-time funding to good use.” The Office of the State Comptroller will be closing the Commonwealth’s finance books by October 31st, at which point the funds will be formally recognized and distributed to local cities and towns by the Division of Local Services.
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A Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony was held in honor of Kelley McBride and Caitlin Sousa of Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 750 on Sunday, August 21 at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth. Kelley and Caitlin earned the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting which only 3 percent of Girl Scouts accomplish, the Girl Scout Gold Award. The highest award in Girl Scouting began in 1916 and was called the Girl Scout Golden Eaglet. Over the years, the name changed to Curved Bar, then First Class, and now the Gold Award. The times may change, but Girl Scouting continues to encourage girls to “go for the Gold” and be the best they can be at whatever they do. Opening the ceremony, Girl Scouts in attendance recited the Girl Scout Promise. Rebecca Smith, leader of Ambassador Troop 507, introduced honored guests, including State Representative Steven Howitt; Selectman Mike Costello; Lt Colonel Retired William Saunders, Rehoboth’s Veteran’s Service Officer; Lynn Searle, Rehoboth Cemetery Commission; Mr. Lenny Reis, Director of Religious Education at St John Church of God, Mr. and Mrs. Al Sousa; and Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McBride. Kelley McBride and Caitlin Sousa started as Brownies. They have served their community year after year collecting hundreds, if not thousands of items such as: food, coats, socks, diapers, and Holiday toys. They have even collected suitcases and stuffed animals for Foster children. As Junior Girl Scouts, Troop 750 earned their Bronze Award collecting school supplies for a teen rehabilitation home in Taunton. As Cadette Girl Scouts, Kelley & Cate earned the Silver Award. Their joint project: ‘Joining Hands Under the Rainbow’ benefited children with disabilities at the ARC Center in Attleboro. The ARC needed to expand into their basement and the walls needed to be painted. The girls painted a beautiful mural on a large bare wall in the center. They included 12 children with disabilities and helped them paint self portraits on the mural. These girls worked hand in hand with these children who truly enjoyed getting to paint freely. It was a beautiful work of art! As Senior Girl Scouts they attended the Northeast Regional Senior Leadership Conference at Salve Regina University. Kelley & Cate have been active in many leadership roles as scouts. They have earned the Presidential Volunteer pin for their hundreds of hours of hard work. They have organized Costume
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This past month Troop 13 Boy Scouts were busy helping at the annual Larry Procopio Harvest Block Party. The boys helped set up tents, mark out lanes, park vehicles, and strike tents. The event was very successful and the boys had a great time working with the Lions Club, who sponsored the event and other groups that participated. Late September, had us camping out at Camp Cachalot in Carver where we enjoyed a hike through Miles Standish State Park while helping out Pack 1 Webelos with advancement requirements and skills building. Recently, we went canoing/kaying down the Palmer River to Warren. Conditions were sunny and pleasant, with a 25 knot head wind which made for some very vigorous paddling. After a good workout we enjoyed some old fashioned malted milk shakes from the Delekta Apothecary (if you have never been there, you need to try it) and enjoyed our shakes out by the Harbor. Two weeks from now we’ll be going to West Point Military Academy to camp out, get a tour of the firing range, and take in the Army vs. Fordham football game. If any boys between the ages of 11-17 are interested in joining, please contact us through our website at www.troop13rehoboth. org or visit our facebook page, Troop 13 Rehoboth.
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Rehoboth Girl Scout Troop 507 recently held a ceremony to mark the end of our Girl Scout Journey, Sow What? Over the course of this Journey, we have explored food in many ways and found that we and our food are part of a network that includes many people and places near and far. We have learned about where our food comes from and discussed the factors that influence our food choices. Among other things, we learned that New England imports 78% of its food and that chemical fertilizers and transportation mean that petroleum plays a significant role in our food. Our sampling of local agriculture included apple-picking, a corn maze, and the farmers’ market, and our personal favorite foods came from many areas. We also explored food traditions from other parts of the world and found that grains are staple foods almost everywhere. We tried some unfamiliar foods, shared old favorites, and invented our own; shopped, cooked, and ate together; and even talked to strangers in the grocery stores about their food choices.
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The book discussion group at the Blanding Library will next meet on Tues. Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This month’s book will be “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” by Katherine Howe, which tells the story of one woman’s discovery of her own connection to the Salem witch trials.
Cemetary Walk was a Hit!
The Blanding Library’s Cemetery Walk with Ghost Stories was a big hit this October, with over 100 people attending. We thank all the volunteers whose storytelling made this event possible. The $650 profit from the program will be used to buy new shelves in the Young Adult room at the library. The Blanding Library is open from 11:30 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sundays and holidays. Go to www.blandinglibrary.net for the latest on library events.
Seekonk Public Library Free Meditation Workshop
Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m. If you are looking for a way to relax, be more productive, or live in the moment, then you will not want to miss this free meditation workshop on Thursday, November 10th at the Seekonk Public Library. Local educator and practitioner, Khipra Nichols, teaches this beginner workshop for those who are interested in both the practical and spiritual benefits of a regular meditation practice. The workshop will feature simple but powerful meditation techniques like yogic breathing, guided visualization, and readings about the philosophy of meditation and peace of mind. The class will cover the three major interests of new students: meditation basics, creating a daily practice at home, and utilizing creativity and meditation for achieving goals. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information: www.seekonkpl.org or Contact: email@example.com.
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Residents of Seekonk who are homebound are still able to enjoy library materials through Seekonk Public Library’s our Homebound Delivery Service. The Adult Services staff will work with program members to choose the books, audiobooks, dvd’s, music, video games, and magazines that they would like to borrow. Volunteers will deliver the materials to the participant’s door and return the borrowed materials to the library. The library is looking for participants to receive materials as well as volunteers who would like to help deliver them. If you know someone who needs this service or would be interested in being a book buddy, please contact us today! For more information contact the Adult Services Department at: (508) 336-8230, ext. 130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Seekonk Public Library will host Showtime! - Music from some of Broadway’s most iconic hits on Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. Lori Maciel, Lois Conboy and Philip Campbell formed Showtime! to bring Broadway’s finest music to southeastern New England. This hugely successful live music performance will whisk us through time as we visit Camelot, Siam, the Mississippi River and Pacific paradises. This event will be fun for the whole family. Children and adults alike will be dancing in their seats as Showtime! perform perennial favorites from shows such as Show Boat, The King and I, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Babes in Arms and many more. This event is free and open to the public through a grant from the Seekonk Cultural Council. No registration is required. For more information: www.seekonkpl.org or Contact: library@ seekonkpl.org.
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Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 pm
A great comedy is always in season, so come to the Seekonk Public Library to enjoy Steve Martin and John Candy’s hilarious film about traveling home for the holiday on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 pm.
Whether you take a train, plane, or automobile to the library this evening, just be sure to get here for this classic 1987 John Hughes’ film. Your holiday travel plans may not seem so bad after all! This film is rated R, running time 93 minutes. No registration is required. This program is free and open to the public through a sponsorship from The Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. For information: www.seekonkpl.org or Contact: library@ seekonkpl.org.
Holiday Crafting with Nature
Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00 pm
The holiday season would not be complete without pine cones and the smell of Evergreens. Join us this evening to make a holiday swag from nature’s best offerings of the season on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00 pm. Presenters Michelle Gario and Joanne Englund will lead the class through the basics of making swags, but your finished product will be your unique design. Take a few hours for yourself during this busy season and really enjoy the beauty of the season! Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. Call or visit the Events Calendar on the library’s website to register. This program is free through a sponsorship from the Friends of the Seekonk Public Library. For information: www.seekonkpl.org or Contact: library@ seekonkpl.org
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We hope this message finds everyone doing well and preparing for the end of our first • Complete Pumping quarter. It’s hard to believe that November and Thanksgiving are just around the corner! have had a very productive opening, and we have observed a decided calm in • Sewer Rooter our We building as we have made the monumenal shift to the block schedule. We would Service like to thank those of you who took the opportunity to provide us feedback in the survey we emailed earlier this month; the comments were, by and large, very positive. We understand that some of you still have concerns about the block, and we will continue to target the necessary areas of growth as we progress this year. As we strive for more student-centered and differentiated learning environments, we are pleased to report the number of students scheduled into classes, the scarcity of study halls, and the relative gains in terms of grades that we have seen to this point. Discipline referrals are again down, and teachers, students and parents alike are reporting great 26 Hillside Ave, progress in terms of depth of coverage in the curricula. We have many teachers taking advantage of technology, including online resources, Rehoboth, MA web sites, and various social media. While difficult to stay as current as the students, it is exciting to see our evolution, as Netbooks, laptops, and technology-based lessons become more the norm at Dighton-Rehoboth. Quick Radio Dispatched Service A common theme among both teachers and parents is the access, availability and follow-through with regard to makeup work. Please, if your students are absent, communicate with teachers and be proactive in seeking out assignments. It is difficult, if not impossible, to track down teachers on the opposite day of the schedule, so proactive communication will support on both ends - sometimes, it’s as simple as an email to the teacher initiating a homework request. We have some teachers who are utilizing their g cceptind own websites and emailing weekly plans home, so you can always A w o N an g check those first. We have also had success with students texting n i n Eve rday or emailing their friends to pick up assignments, which teaches the u t a S s t n e students some level of responsibility for their work. m t Appoin Congratulations are in order for our golf team, who clinched the outright and SCC tournament championships earlier this month, the second straight for the squad!Our girls soccer and cross country teams have also already qualified for the postseason! We will begin moving swiftly toward Spirit Week and Thanksgiving, while the first marking period comes to a close. While we have already had our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences, we implore you to stay in close contact with your students’ teachers. We were excited Attorney At Law by the number of parents and students that were here on October 20, so we know the interest and commitment is there! 239 Winthrop St., Rehoboth, MA
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The purpose of this letter is to explain and increase awareness about one of our school’s longest held and most dear traditions, especially to the students. Spirit Week brings with it excitement, enthusiasm, teamwork, and a strong sense of unified community in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately, there are some unpleasant by-products which we tirelessly combat. Taunts, jeers, and insults hurled at students from opposing stands are immediately silenced, and foul language, noisemakers, Silly String, and other nonsense have resulted in students being denied participation, as all are obviously prohibited. We have observed a decrease in these incidents, but it is important to eliminate them entirely and prevent any form of, or endorsement of, institutionalized hazing. Hazing is defined as any conduct which subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with a group or organization, regardless of the person’s consent or lack of consent (see Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 92, section 5 and MGL Chapter 269 Section 17). As such, we have moved from class color days, in which students traditionally wore colors designating their class, to two days where students will wear green and gold. The seniors will be wearing their traditional green, and all other
November 2011 The Reporter students gold, for the Monday of Spirit Week; Tuesday will mark the traditional Green and Gold day, as it has been for the past three decades. The purpose of Spirit Week is not to target specific students on the basis of their color of jersey, and thus their association with a particular group. It is about uniting as one Dighton-Rehoboth, with a spirited competition between all students that we know they all enjoy and remember, long after they have left Dighton-Rehoboth. We hope that the memories they take are of camaraderie, community and solidarity, not of targeted, verbal and physical insults that deter from the essence of Spirit Week’s intent. We will be holding a meeting on November 9 after school in the cafeteria with students or parents who wish to have additional clarification on this decision. If this school-wide event serves its purpose, the upper-class students’ experience will not change, and the underclassmen will enjoy it even more. We look forward once again to an exciting week and anticipate the students’ energy and creativity as we prepare for what we hope is a sunny Thanksgiving morning and a celebration of all things D-R!
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Based on our survey to parents sent mid-October, we have been able to look at the areas of strength and needs for improvement over the first two months of the block schedule. Administratively, we have noticed a sharp decrease of traffic in the corridors, fewer Fully Insured • Free Estimates students being referred for discipline, and a noticeable change for the better in terms of the Serving RI & MA building’s relative calm. We are also thrilled, as are the students, with the elective courses and the fact that only about 65 students are enrolled in a study hall this semester! Our ninth graders transitioned much more easily to the new building as well. Ms. Sarrey began surveying the students this week as well; the students’ questionnaire Quality Work At Reasonable Prices is listed on this page. Almost universally, the student feedback was remarkably positive. While Ms. Sarrey is running focus groups in the building, we intend to survey the bulk of the students through email. In terms of the survey’s results, we divided the presentation into four subtopics: administrative positives, parent positives, needs for improvement, and planned action steps. We also mentioned that positive feedback outnumbered the negatives by an almost 8:1 ratio. For parents, the greatest concerns remain those of makeup work and homework when students are absent, getting work home to parents and arranging opportunities for students to connect with teachers in the event of absence. We are planning a subcommittee that will be charged with addressing a makeup work policy that can be made universal, and the committee will be comprised of administration, parents, students, and teachers. The homework issue revolves around quantity. Some parents reported their children as doing hours of homework per night. We 508-399-jump would suggest dealing individually with your children’s teachers at the onset, and if further assistance is needed, to let the office know. Parents also indicated the disparity in scheduling certain classes, in that some days were comprised of more difficult classes than others. This issue is one that we are tackling as we potentially build next year’s schedule; some students have reported to us that 102 A Pond St • Seekonk • www.caninemastery.com they enjoy having one day that is “heavier” than the other. Indeed, the scheduling and homework issues were resounding positives as well, as parents reported that students were able to balance homework more easily between the two days and that fewer classes per day made it easier to schedule their after-school needs. Most importantly, however, has been that most students and parents are noticing that students are delving more deeply into topics and that a greater variety of activities are happening during the school day. We have noticed the fruit of our teachers’ labors around the building, as our professionals experiment with different formats Specializing in all general for classes, provide more opportunities for group work, and suphome repairs and remodeling port students in different activities during the extended class time. There are growing pains, as with any new endeavor. We will • Decks • Fencing • Bathrooms • Kitchens continue to work with those that have felt the transition to be more • Doors • Windows • Tiling • Basements difficult. Again, we would hope you communicate your concerns to teachers and ask for support when necessary. • Painting • Powerwashing • Flooring RI Reg. #29513 The questions we will be asking students include a simple ratMA Reg. # 149966 • Garage Doors • Retaining Walls ing schedule, what the best part of the new schedule has been, and where the difficulties and challenges have been found. After Insured / Free Estimates we disaggregate that data, we will be sure to share it with our community. The full presentation can be viewed on the school website.
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to incorporate geometric shapes to create different expressions on each pumpkin. (What a fantastic use of everyday math!) The children have displayed their Halloween pumpkins at Rehoboth Town Hall, Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, Bristol County Savings Bank, Blanding Public Library, the Fire Stations and at our school. Enjoy Them!
In fourth grade with Mrs. Klinkhamer, the children are embarking on a host of fun and interactive learning experiences that are sure to create increased knowledge and lasting memories. Each of the students will be teaming with a partner to write to a pen pal in South Korea. (There are far less children in a classroom in South Korea.) Mrs. Klinkhamer had the wonderful experience of meeting a Korean family this summer who helped her to establish the classroom connection for this project. This past month, the students were motivated to do some creative descriptive writing as they worked with pumpkins. Mrs. Klinkhamer bought small pumpkins for each child so that they could paint a character face of themselves. The students then wrote about their own “character traits” and what “motivates us to be who we are”. This activity gave the students a great foundation for their future discussions about character development. This year, Mrs. Klinkhamer is planning her annual bulb planting party at the Stone Circle. We have some wonderful flower boxes surrounding our outdoor classroom and she is excited to plant more flower bulbs. (Is it too early to “Think Spring”?)
Have You Seen Our Pumpkins?
Second grade students with Mrs. Carswell enjoyed a special pumpkin painting lesson hosted by one of our high school students, Rehoboth artist Elizabeth Wilson. Ms. Elizabeth taught the children
Leah, Cassidy, Ben Marc, and Ryan help to pack pumpkins for display in Rehoboth businesses.
Writing Takes Many Shapes:
In second grade, with Mrs. Augusta, students just finished their first set of friendly letters to their pen pals in second grade at the Robinson School in Mansfield, MA. Students practiced using adjectives in their writing to describe themselves to their pen pal. In the past, this has served as a wonderful tool for building writing skills and establishing friendships. We are hopeful that the students will be able to eventually spend a day visiting at school with their pen pals to share, play and learn together.
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Thank you Fire Fighter Randy and Fire Fighter Jeremy for visiting the school library and presenting Fire Prevention information to our 4th grade students. We learned that Stop, Drop, and Roll includes covering your face with your hands, changing the clock means changing the batteries on our smoke detectors, and many other helpful fire prevention tips. If you are in our building, please take time to view the sensational Fire Safety artwork that is on display in honor of fire safety. The students have creatively communicated some important messages. The K and 1st grade students are completing their Eric Carle scrapbooks and will be taking them home shortly. The next author they will study will be Tomie DePaola. The 2nd – 3rd grade students have completed a Fiction and Nonfiction comparison T chart and have been acting out Folk Tales, Fables, and Fairy Tales. This work will help the students learn the collection locations and excite them to learn more about different literature. Classrooms are about to gather around the “flameless” campfire for scary stories read by Mrs. Carr. Stories that will be told include: You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything ,by Linda Williams, Hallowilloween Nefarious Silliness, by Calef Brown Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson November is Family Literacy Month! Governor Deval Patrick declared the month of November, “Family Literacy Month” in the
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Commonwealth. Family literacy has been defined as: The way parents, children, and extended family members use literacy at home and in their community. The passing of knowledge from one generation to another. The proclamation states, “Families benefit from learning together and being involved in literacy and educational activities, . . .” so read together, create a family play from a story, or visit your local library as a family.
Suggested Literacy Activities for Families :
Set aside time each day for literacy related activities, i.e., reading for 20 to 30 minutes When you watch a video or movie, read the book version and discuss the story Share and discuss current news, sports, cultural, or school events Host a reading, science, art, dance, or music activity at your home and ask neighbors to take turns as hosts Create family portfolios reflecting pictures, stories, poems, and drawings with captions Support schools in coordinating family literacy/learning hours before and/or after school Develop a family action plan for wellness, i.e., nutrition, stress management, exercise, etc.
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Use everyday activities to incorporate literacy, i.e., develop shopping lists, read signs and labels at the grocery store, count money, measure and read recipes when cooking, count and read street signs when traveling, etc. Developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education family learning staff team in collaboration with the Children’s Trust Fund and family literacy practitioners (1996) Celebrate reading and literacy in a special way all month long!
Thank You Target:
We would like thank TARGET for a reading grant given to the students of Palmer River entitled, “Hooray for Reading!” As a result of a teamed effort between Mrs. Carr and Rehoboth resident, Tanya Twirango, Target has given our school the “Books for School Award” worth $500.00 in books for our school library. This award is part of Target’s national giving plan on track to read $1 billion for education and reading by the end of 2015. We are grateful to benefit from such generosity.
Students from the Kindergarten enjoy an opportunity to enjoy our new books.
Ms. Pappas’ Art Corner:
In the Art room, the fourth graders at Palmer River are learning all about how to draw a still life! They are drawing pumpkins from life using oil pastels. Line, shape, color, value, form, and space are all Elements of Art that they are incorporating into their drawings. We hope you have enjoyed their hard work! Coming this month, you will be able to enjoy Palmer River artwork on display at the Dighton Arts Festival on Saturday, November 6th. Join us at Araujo Farms, in Dighton, where student visual art will be one of the many terrific art medias on display. Mark your calendar; it is a great day in neighboring Dighton.
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Kindergarten teachers recently enjoyed the last of the fair Fall weather and took their students on a field trip to Four Town Farm. At the farm, the children took a tractor ride through the fields with “Farmer Bud”. They walked on the farm and learned the names of some vegetables which were ‘not so familiar’ to the children. The students enjoyed a bird caller that actually scared the birds away from the corn fields. The corn maze was awesome....and everyone made it out safely. The children went into the “carrot house” and saw how the carrots are washed and readied for the market. Everyone even bagged their own carrots to take home! To top off the trip, each child picked a sugar pumpkin. “We had such a fun afternoon”, said the kindergarten teachers. A BIG thank you to PTSA for providing the bus transportation to and from the farm.
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By now you have likely seen or heard that we at Palmer River are using a new bus dismissal routine this year. While it looks very different than what has been done in the past, there are some great benefits to the new dismissal procedure. Our Rehoboth police report that dismissing all of the busses at once is far safer that trying to merge and exit each bus individually onto Route 44. All students that are picked up by a parent or guardian are dismissed prior to busses exiting assuring that a child does not mistakenly get on a bus instead of meeting their parent. Having all students walked by their teachers to their busses also assures that a child will not miss his bus. Thus far, we have been pleased with the new procedure and find that it works effectively. Families continue to be challenged with parking at dismissal time. To minimize traffic at dismissal, we encourage you to have your child utilize the bus transportation whenever it is feasible. Our campus was not designed with parking enough to serve our growing population of students. At times, you may find it easier to park at neighboring Beckwith School and walk over to Palmer River. At this time of year the field (in between the schools) is clear and dry and serves as a heart-healthy option. Please know, if your child has turned in a note to be dismissed, they will be held until you arrive. As always, we thank you for your coming forward to share your questions and concerns about dismissal in general. We continually seek to improve the efficiency and safety at dismissal time for all our children.
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Nov. 8 - No School – Teacher Workshop Nov. 9-16 - Canned food drive Nov. 11 - No School – Veterans Day Nov. 15 - Report Cards Issued Nov. 15 - Book Fair starts Nov. 16 - Early Release 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences Nov. 17 - Parent/Teacher Conferences Nov. 23-25 - No School – Thanksgiving Recess
The safety of our students is of paramount importance. We practice fire drills, lock-down drills, and bus safety/evacuation procedures, and make improvements as the need arises. We work cooperatively with public safety officials on a regular basis to ensure compliance with laws and safety regulations. We also work in conjunction with our school bus transportation provider, H & L Bloom. In the past, police officers have ridden some bus routes during the morning or the afternoon runs to review safety of the routes, intersections, and stops. We will continue this practice in
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the future. Police officers also visit with students in the lunch room on occasion, bring bullying prevention presentations to our school, as well as participate in our lockdown drills.
Physical Exams for Interscholastic Sports. Students who are planning on trying out for any of the interscholastic sports (basketball, baseball, softball) MUST have a copy of a physical exam done within the past year on file in the nurse’s room. Fall sports try-outs will begin the first couple of weeks in November so be prepared if your son or daughter has expressed an interest in either of these activities. These sports are open to grades 6-8.
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Student Council sponsored dances are open to Beckwith students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The cost is $5. Food and beverage are available to be purchased by students. The dances begin at 6:45 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Students should arrive at 6:45 p.m. There is no supervision for them prior to that time. Students should be picked up promptly at 9:00 p.m. They wait with chaperones on the sidewalk for their rides. If students need to leave the dance prior to the end of the dance, their parents must come in to dismiss the students. In addition to chaperones present at the dances, there is a Rehoboth firefighter to keep a fire watch. A bank of overhead lights remains on at all times during the dance. Students should dress appropriately for school dances like they do for school. Inappropriate physical contact will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Parents will be called in the event that a student’s behavior is unacceptable.
Beckwith Canned Food Drive
Help us to help our neighbors. Beckwith Middle School will hold its annual canned food drive to benefit the Rehoboth Food Pantry from November 9 through November 16th. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food (no bottles please), supermarket gift cards, and cash donations or checks payable to Rehoboth Food Pantry. Last year students collected 3,063 cans. Our goal this year is 5,000 cans. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jerauld at Beckwith.
Physical Education Classes
Miss Miller and Mr. Lampman have asked grade 5 students to complete an online interest survey for the Physical Education program. The survey is anonymous and has only 7 questions to answer. A reward will be given to the 5th grade PE class that has the most participation in this survey. The students need only to type in the following email address and the survey will pop up on the computer screen: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7C5NNRQ. Please let the PE teachers know if students have any problems with taking the survey. PE students in grades 5-8 will be going outside for class as the weather permits. Please make sure that your child brings appropriate PE clothes for the weather.
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The following students have recently been elected as members of Student Council: Olivia Freitas, Zack Lyne, Caroline Enos, Andrew Gagnon,
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Student Pick-Up Procedures
To ease congestion at dismissal time, we ask that you follow the procedures below. You will note that some parents arrive at school early and line up to wait for students to be dismissed. We ask that as you wait for your child/children you provide plenty of open space for busses to enter, turn, and leave our parking lot. You can assist us by staying as close as you safely can to the parked cars and avoiding any areas that parking is not allowed. We thank you for your assistance and, as always, are here to answer any of your questions or to hear your suggestions. -Daily Pick Up Procedure: All parents and guardians who wish to pick up their child/children on a daily basis are asked to send a note to the office stating that. Parents/guardians should wait in their parked cars until all busses have exited the loading area. Once the busses have moved out of the student loading area, parents can drive up, single file, along the sidewalk to pick up their child/ children. When the cars have come to a complete stop, children will get into the appropriate cars and leave the school. Teachers and administrators will always be supervising bus loading and parent pick up to ensure the safety of all children. -Occasional Pick Up Procedure: If you pick up your child/ children on an occasional basis, a note should be sent in each day that you plan to pick up your child to let us know that your child will not be taking the bus. Like the Daily Pick Ups, parents/guardians should wait in their parked cars until all busses have exited the loading area. Once the busses have moved out of the student loading area, parents can drive up, single file, along the sidewalk to pick up their child/children. When the cars have come to a complete stop, children will get into the appropriate cars and leave the school. Teachers and administrators will always be supervising bus loading and parent pick-up to ensure the safety of all children.
Conferences will also be held on November 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. this year. While we realize that you do not yet have your child’s first term report card, hopefully reviewing your child’s progress report and work which he/she brings home will help you determine if you feel you need a conference. Forms will be sent home via backpack express in early November and will also be available on our website at that time.
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Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men’s souls, and a beautiful image it is. – Blaise Pascal.
It’s Good to be Remembered
Former Beckwith student, Matthew Oudin, has been working on his Boy Scouts Eagle Award and chose Beckwith Middle School as the recipient of his hard work. Matt designed and constructed a picnic table for staff to enjoy while on their lunch or break time. Matt also landscaped the area, by spreading mulch and trimming the area with beautiful perennial flowers in our school colors, blue and white. We are glad he thought of Beckwith as he was earning his award. Please check our website periodically for the latest information and memos. www.drregional.org and follow the Beckwith links.
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Just Words, an extension of the Wilson Reading Program, is a sophisticated study of word structure that is appropriate for students beyond the elementary grades. Just Words is for students in grades 4-12 and adults who have mild to moderate gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency, but who do not have a significant language learning disability. The targeted, high- quality literacy instruction provided in the Just Words classroom can help struggling students build the skills they need to achieve at high academic levels across the curriculum. It provides direct and explicit teaching of “how English works” for both decoding and spelling automaticity. This program moves at an accelerated pace. Instruction consists of a variety of very interactive and multisensory activities that thoroughly teach English word patterns, including the six syllable types, prefixes, base words, and suffixes. Common Latin roots are introduced and studied in correlation to their syllable patterns. Although not its primary focus, Just Words includes vocabulary development, fluency practice with studied word structure, and comprehension at the sentence and paragraph levels.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on November 16 from 12 noon until 2:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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Children at the CFC Rehoboth Head Start were recently treated to a visit from the Rehoboth Fire Department to talk about safety. Firefighter Randy and Firefighter Jeremy (Also Emma’s Dad) took time to talk with the children about ways to stay safe. They talked about a smoke detectors and the importance of changing the batteries. All the children got to see Firefighter Jeremy dressed in his protective clothes, an important thing for young children to see as they can be very frightful when wearing the mask. The children all got to climb on the truck and explore. They all got a chance to sit in the drivers seat!
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We have had a great start to our school year! PTSA Memberships continue to roll in; we thank you all for your support to our organization. The last several weeks have been Rehoboth, MA busy to say the least. We want to thank the Newman YMCA for hosting our Back to School LICENSED & INSURED Bash, a night of free swim, use of the outdoor playground with inflatable bounce house, MA #058544 Reg # 111902 RI# 7169 and a showing of the movie Princess and the Frog. Our Cristoline Fundraiser at both Palmer River and Beckwith Schools was a success! Please remember the pick up date for fundraiser items is Nov. 15th from 3-8p in the Palmer River cafeteria for both schools. We have an approved budget for our 2011-2012 school year, visit our website at www.RehobothPTSA.org to view October meeting minutes and our working budget. Thank you to Tiffany Bartholemew and Wendy Cordeiro for running the Palmer River Book Fair. Beckwith’s Book Fair will kick off on Monday, Nov. 14th and run through Friday, Nov. 18th. We would also like to thank Wendy Cordeiro, Tiffany Bartholomew and the Beckwith student volunteers for a spooktacular Jack Fest! Be sure to mark your calendars with the dates of our November Residential Commercial events… PTSA Meeting will be held on 11/2 at 7p in the Palmer River Industrial Library. USA Skate Night on 11/7 from 6:30-8:30p, admission is Fully Insured A3413 $5.00 and includes all you can eat pizza. (skate rentals are $2.50, MA-RI License E39021 rollerblade rentals are $3.50). Our Second Annual Family Bingo Night will be held on 11/18 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Palmer River cafeteria, bring a book and swap for another! Joe O'Brien Jennifer Moitoso 508.252.4210 • Cell 401.644.5495 Rehoboth PTSA President
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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 Editors of “Town Crier” Ashley Pimental & Kimberly Mallon Clerical Assistant Kimberly Mallon ext. 10
November 2011 Time to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries!
Daylight saving time ends on November 6th. Make sure to turn your clocks back. This is the perfect time to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries. If you need assistance changing the batteries, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772.
Happy Thanksgiving from Seekonk Human Services
Seekonk Human Services will be closed for Veterans Day on November 11th And on November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday
November 2nd Adult Family Care @ 10am – Lunch will be pasta with meat sauce and salad for FREE November 9th Declaration of Homestead @ 9am November 9th Veterans Day Celebration @ 10am – Lunch will be a turkey dinner for FREE November 30th Local Consumer Fraud @ 10am – Lunch will be Venus de Milo Soup, bread & salad for FREE
Adult Family Care
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 @ 10 a.m. Suzanne Silva, R.N., will be presenting Adult Family Care. This program provides family living for adults who, because of illness, frailty or advanced age, can no longer safely live alone. It is designed for people who do not need the continuous 24-hour skilled care of a nursing home or other
Educational & Social Programs Karen Stutz ext. 14 Outreach Case Managers Adriana Dossantos ext. 11 Veronica Brickley, LPN BA SOC ext. 17 (Monday, Wed, Friday) Outreach Assistant Nancy Rodrigues ext. 16 Senior Aides Loretta Ferreira, Elaine Miranda ext. 19
institution. It is for those who rather reside with another individual or family members. Lunch will be pasta with meat sauce and salad for FREE. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up!
Declaration of Homestead Register of Deeds
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 9 a.m. An informal discussion on “The Homestead Act” as per Massachusetts General Laws, (revised 03/16/2011), followed by a question and answer period. Assistance will be available to individuals on preparation and filing of a Declaration of Homestead. Requirements: Deed book & page, (if not available, name & address), Photo ID for Notary (license, Mass. ID card, Passport), Filing Fee $36.00, checks to Registry of Deeds BCND. Following the Homestead Act there will the Veterans Day Celebration, if interested in lunch, please call 508-3368772 to sign up!
Veterans Day Celebration
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 10:00 a.m. Jason Ferreira the grandson of a WWII Veteran will share his grandfathers stories with you. A delicious turkey dinner will be served with all the trimmings for FREE. We request that you sign up at least a week in advances so that we can accommodate you for lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration. Veterans if you have any memorabilia, pictures, etc. bring them in to share with others.
Local Consumer Fraud
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 10 a.m. Catherine Verdadeiro will be coming in to speak about Local Consumer Fraud Pro-
Telephone: (508) 336-8772 FAX: (508) 336-2239 Executive Board Members Victoria Kinniburgh, Chairperson Lynne Neves, Vice Chairperson Christen Allen Rene Andrews Beverly Della Grotta Anita Gendron Anne Libby
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gram associated with the Attorney General’s Office. Catherine will go over different kinds of fraud that is going on and ways to help protect individuals from being caught in it. Lunch will be Venus de Milo Soup, bread & salad for FREE. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up!
Anyone who receives food from Doorways Food Pantry is eligible to receive a Thanksgiving turkey from Doorways. If you are not currently participating in Doorways, you may call the Outreach Department at Seekonk Human Services for an appointment. You will need to fill out an intake form. If you know of anyone that may need a basket please call 508-336-8772.
Anyone who is homebound and would like to have a hot meal delivered on Thanksgiving or Christmas should sign up at Seekonk Human Services by November 18th. Please call 508-336-8772 to have your name put on the list.
Dec. 3rd New York City Shopping $53 per person Departure 6:30 a.m. Return 10:30 p.m. Dec. 14th Newport Playhouse ‘Never Get Smart with an Angel’ $46 per person Departure 10am Return 5pm
New York City Day Trip
Saturday ~ December 3, 2011 $53 per person Spend an exciting day in the heart of Manhattan. Enroute to NYC, we’ll make a quick coffee/rest stop in Connecticut. You’ll arrive in New York City late morning. Motorcoach will drop passengers off at Rockefeller Center area, near St. Patrick’s Cathedral/5th
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Applications can be obtained at the library and Seekonk Human Services. Please fill it out and send it in to the address on the application. If you need help filling out the your application, please call 508-336-8772.
If you had fuel assistance last year, be on the lookout for your application which should have arrived in September. File the application as soon as you get it. New fuel applications can be filled between November 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. If you have never had fuel assistance and would like to apply, please call Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772 to make an appointment with the Outreach Department.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 10 a.m. Vini Ames will be presenting a Christmas program at Seekonk Human Services. We are looking forward for an outstanding performance from Vini! A delicious lunch of pot roast, potatoes & vegetables will be available for $3. You must sign up and pay in advance for lunch in order for us to accommodate you. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up!
Serving Health Information Needs of Elders
Lisa Sarkis, SHINE Regional Director 508-222-1399 SHINE Training to begin November 2011 Volunteers are being recruited for the Serving Health Information Needs of Elders Program, known as SHINE. Those who have 4 to 8 hours a week and would like to help senior citizens understand health insur-
ance cover are sought. The SHINE program is looking for dedicated people willing to make a commitment (some traveling may be required.) The SHINE program is seeking counselors in the greater Attleboro, Taunton and Fall River areas. For more information, upcoming dates, or to sign up for training please call Lisa Sarkis, Regional SHINE Director, at 508-222-1399
Medicare Open Enrollment is Changing!
New Dates: October 15 – December 7 The annual Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15 – December 7) is the time to enroll in or CHANGE your Medicare coverage for next year. State-certified SHINE (Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan, as well as other options you may have. Call now to schedule a SHINE appointment during the Open Enrollment. After December 7th, changes will not be able to be made to your Medicare plans for next year.
Family Members Paid as Caregivers
Caring for a family member is one of the most rewarding and difficult jobs with financial impact as well as emotional stress. An alternative to placing relatives in nursing home care in Massachusetts is a program called Enhanced Adult Foster Care. This program is funded through state and federal funds and pays a family caregiver a daily stipend to take care of an aging relative or disabled individual at home, or pays nonfamily caregivers to provide this care. Caregiver Homes, is a Massachusetts approved Enhanced Adult Foster care provider.
A Caregiver Homes’ Client must be at least 16 years or older and need 24our supervision and daily assistance with physical care and must be on Mass Health standard or eligible for a Frail Elder Waiver under the Mass Health regulations. Caregiver reimbursement is not taxed and is non-reportable to the IRS. Federal Medicaid law prohibits payment to a spouse or legal guardian. The process begins with a home visit and the client and family meeting. A complete assessment of needs is then done by a Registered Nurse. Once in the program the client and family caregiver receive ongoing support from a team of professionals, including a Registered Nurse and a Care Manager. This team provides specific caregiver training, establishes a formal Plan of Care, and conducts regular home visits. Caregiver Homes staff also coordinates with other services such as Adult Day Health Programs, Hospice Care or Visiting Nurses,
to help ensure that clients receive the range of service they need to stay comfortably at home and in their communities. If you want more information about Caregiver Homes please call 1-866-7972333 or visit www.caregiverhomes.com
Chef on a Shoe String
New Session Starting November 1st 2:00 – 3:30 @ Seekonk Human Services Student chefs from Johnson & Wales University gives a cooking demonstration of recipes that are both economical and nutritious for one or two people. Please speak to Karen Stutz at 508-336-8772 for the date of the next class. This class is very popular, class size is limited.
November 10, 2011 8:30 am @ Brothers Seafood Restaurant Men of all ages are welcome to attend and no sign up is required. Bring a friend with you to enjoy a delicious breakfast. There is no set price for breakfast – the cost is up to you. The speaker will be Adriana Dossantos from Seekonk Human Services.
The Veterans Service Office will be available from 7pm – 8pm at the Library on the last Tuesday of the month. Also, the Veterans Service Officer will be available from 10am – 11am at Supreme Donuts on Route 6 across from the Speedway on the last Thursday of the month. This service will continue until it is no long efficient.
Cardiac Prevention Clinic
November 16, 2011 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon Seekonk Human Services holds a FREE clinic on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. This clinic is staffed by the same two exceptional nurses from South Coast Hospital who have been doing this clinic for several years. Why not take advantage of a FREE opportunity to check your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. While you are waiting you may ask the nurse about any concerns you may have or any medications you are taking. No appointment is necessary; it is first come, first served. This clinic is a perfect way to monitor your health each month.
Seekonk Human Services is in great need of non-perishable items. Families also need items such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Seekonk trash bags and other house hold items. Our cupboards are bare and we have nothing to give when families come in. We know that we can count on the Seekonk residents to come through as they have before! Please
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Wednesdays @ Seekonk Human Services 12:30 – 2:30 Come join the fun. Why not enjoy an afternoon playing cards with a great group of people. No sign up is required. If you have any questions you may call 508-336-8772.
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Wii Exercise Class
Call Human Services for Date & Time Come join us for some Wii exercise fun! The Wii is a great way to stay in shape without the high costs of a joining a gym! It’s great for anyone of any age! Come and try it to see how much fun keeping in shape can be! Call 508-336-8772 for more information.
Monday’s @ Seekonk Human Services 12:30 – 2:30 Ladies! You are welcome to join the knitting group on any Monday afternoon. Please bring your own knitting needles if you have them, yarn is provided. The knitters are busy creating hats, sweaters & mittens for infants in our town and seniors who need lap robes. *Seekonk Human Services is looking for a volunteer Arts & Craft Instructor, please contact 508-336-8772*
Seekonk Total Fitness Seekonk Total Fitness is offering FREE Senior Fitness Group Exercise Classes on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 10:30am – 11:15am. The 45-min fitness class is designed specifically for older adults and taught by a certified senior fitness instructor. This easy to follow workout is safe, hearthealthy and gentle on the joints. Energize your active lifestyle by increasing muscular strength, range of movement & balance! For more information contact Seekonk Total Fitness @ 508-336-4545
Brown Bag Program
The dates for “Brown Bags” are on the 4th Wednesday of every month. The next “Brown Bag” is November 23, 2011. Please call 508-336-8772 for more information.
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Are you having trouble affording the “donut hole” costs for your prescription drugs? Massachusetts has a state prescription assistance program called Prescription Advantage to help limited income seniors and low income disabled persons under 65 cover their prescription drugs. Membership in Prescription Advantage also entitles you to change your prescription drug plan once a year at any time of the year. To determine whether you are eligible for Prescription
Advantage, call Seekonk Human Services @ 508-336-8772 to make an appointment with a SHINE counselor.
1-800-483-2500 Dial-A-Ride Cash Fares Each Way: Seekonk to Attleboro… $1.25 Seekonk to East Providence… $1.25 Seekonk to Rehoboth… $1.25 Seekonk… $1.25 Seekonk to Providence… $2.50 Seekonk to Pawtucket… $2.50 Seekonk to Barrington (upon availability)… $2.50 Any towns outside of these areas will be upon availability. Passes: 10 – Ride Ticket… $10.00 You can purchase a GATRA ticket at Seekonk Human Services or you can pay cash on the van. Tickets cannot be purchased on the van. If you are homebound and need a ticket please call Human Services @ (508) 336-8772.
Go Shopping With Gatra
Shopping trips are being offered by GATRA for any senior citizen who resides in Seekonk. The GATRA van will be picking you up at your home, but you must call 1-800-483-250-0 to schedule your pick-up time. Swansea Mall 1st Tuesday of every month 9:00 – 1:00 Wal*Mart/Target 3rd Tuesday of every month 9:00 – 10:30 Grocery Shopping Wednesday’s at Stop & Shop 8:30 – 9:30 Grocery Shopping Price Rite (2nd Thursday of month) 9:00 – 10:30 * Rides will be FREE until further notice.
GATRA Photo Id’s
You Must Fill Out An Application And Make An Appointment by calling Stacey at GATRA at 1-508-222-6106 ext. 273. The representative will not be at Human Services if she doesn’t have any appointments. This is a great opportunity for anyone who needs a photo ID to get one in town, rather than travel to Taunton. The cost is only $3 and you will receive it in the mail within a couple of weeks. * Note: Seekonk Human Services offers many legal, financial, recreational, medical screening and/or other activities and services by volunteers or nominal cost practitioner. Seniors participating in these services/activities do so with the understanding that Seekonk Human Services, the Town of Seekonk or its’ employees do not assume any legal or other responsibility for any advice or services rendered by such volunteers or nominal cost practitioners.
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Yield: 8 servings 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 2 cups cranberries 1 teaspoon almond extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9” pie pan. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the cranberries and the walnuts, and toss to coat. Stir in the melted butter, beaten eggs, and almond extract. The mixture will be very thick. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool, but especially delicious served warm.
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Holiday Glazed Ham 1/3 cup reduced fat raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base 2 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon Chili Base 1 7 to 10-pound thawed, smoked, bone-in, spiral sliced, fully cooked ham 1/2 cup water Preheat oven to 350°F. In large saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk to combine vinaigrette, brown sugar, vegetable and chili bases. Whisk continuously until glaze begins to boil. Remove from heat; reheat glaze if needed. Coat large rack and roasting pan with cooking spray. Place ham on prepared rack in roasting pan, add water to pan bottom. Generously brush ham with glaze. Lightly cover ham with foil if ham starts to over brown. Bake until done, about 2 hours. Use remaining glaze to baste ham every 30 minutes; discard left over glaze. An additional glaze recipe may be prepared and served warm tableside, to accompany sliced ham. Serves 10 to 12
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The Dighton Public Library is interested in starting a knitting group. Anyone interested in leading the group, please contact Phyllis Haskell @ 508-669-6421.
Buddy Cianci Book Talk and Signing
The Dighton Public Library is honored to host the former mayor of Providence, Buddy Cianci, for an evening of tales from Buddy’s latest book, “Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Built a Dying City, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale”. Buddy will be at the lower level of the Dighton Town Hall on Tuesday, December 6th 7:00 p.m., for a book talk with a book signing to follow. To register please call the Dighton Public Library @ 508-252-6913 or e-mail Phyllis Haskell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In September, thanks to the many people and organizations involver The Hornbine School has a fresh coat of Paint and all the windows have been repaired. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This summer, not only did Hornbine School receive a much needed new coat of paint, but a considerable amount of restoration work was done to preserve the windows as well. The Rehoboth Historical Commission purchased supplies to paint the outside of the Hornbine School. The Bristol County Sherriff’s Department power washed and painted the school. That work was accomplished in August. In September, thanks to a grant from the Community Preservation Committee, restoration craftsman John Taber from Marion repaired all the windows. Mr. Taber built several new window sashes and replaced numerous panes of glass. He glazed and painted all the windows. This attention to the windows was greatly needed. All of us at Hornbine School wish to express special thanks to Historic Commission member Cathy Potter. Thanks to Cathy’s tireless efforts, arrangements were completed and supplies were gathered; snacks were delivered and a generous dose of good All Your Concrete Needs! cheer and support was given to all the Bristol Concrete Stamping County Sherriff Department workers. Sidewalks Since the schoolhouse was first restored Patio's / Porches in the 1960’s, it has taken the tireless efJacuzzi Pads fort and enthusiasm of small groups of Steps Rehoboth residents to maintain this gem of a historic site. This summer Cathy Potter stepped in where many others have gone before. We are very grateful.
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Church Listings Newman Congregational Church
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Seekonk Congregational Church
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New Testament Baptist Church
corner of Woodward St. and Rt. 140 in Norton. 508-285-9771 www.NewTestamentSchool.org
Christian Life Church 222 Plain Street, Route 118 Rehoboth, MA 508-252-3364 www.clcrehoboth.org
Holy Cross Catholic Church
(HORNBINE BAPTIST CHURCH) 141 Hornbine Road, Rehoboth, MA (401) 438-4616
Memorial Baptist Church,
340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, 508-761-5142 Seekonkmbc@verizon
Eusebeia Bible Church
600 Taunton Ave Buldg B Seekonk, MA 02771 508-557-1634 www.eusebeia.org
Saint Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church
1098 Pawt. Ave., Rumford, RI 401-438-3230 Web: www.stmargaretchurch.org email@example.com
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 www.westdightonchristianchurch.org
51 Railroad Ave. Taunton 508-824-8244
North Christian Church
Located at 2360 Chestnut Street North Dighton, MA www.northchristianchurchdighton.org Tel: 508-252-9494
Church of Salgion
Rt. 114, Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA Circle of Salgion - Church of Wicca Email: Celtic@ici.net Phone: 774-229-6019
Dighton Community Church 2036 Elm Street, Dighton, Mass. (508)669-6241 or (508)761-5503
The First Baptist Church of Dighton
438 Main St. - Dighton, MA 02715 Church Phone:(508)669-5077 (508)822-1743
St. James Lutheran Church
Middle Highway and County Road in Barrington, RI (401)-246-0227
St. Dominic Catholic Church
RT—6 1277 Grand Army Highway Swansea Mass 02777 Rectory 508—675-7206
Lighthouse Gospel Pentecostal Church
6 Meadow Hill Ct, Easton MA 774-565-0333
All Saints Angelican Church 1188 S.Main Street, Attleboro, MA 508-222-2640
915 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, RI 02861 Service starts at 9:30- 10:30 A,.M. (401) 722-0816 • www.epworthri.org
United Church of Christ
139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4545 www.rehobothucc.org
Winthrop Street Baptist Church
Rt. 44 / 39 Winthrop St. Taunton, MA www.wsbcfellowship.org 508-822-1976
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
81 Warren Ave., East Providence, RI 401-434-7456
Taunton Seventh-day Adventist Church
109 Winthrop Street, Taunton (508) 823-6679
Somerset Congregational Christian Church, UCC 1411 County Street, Somerset Phone - 508-672-6623 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall River Seventh Day Adventist Church (English language) 2695 No. Main St., F.R. 646-3506
First Christian Congregational Church United Church of Christ
GAR Highway, Rt. 6 • Swansea 508-673-7179 or 676-3815
1056 Center St. Dighton Call 951-7358
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New Beginnings Evangelical Church
294 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA Tel. #: 508-336-4038 http://www.nbechurch.org
Good News Bible Chapel 235 West Street, Attleboro 508 226 2916 www.gnbc.org
Grace Community Chapel 110 County Street, Seekonk, MA 508-336-5971 www.gccfamily.org
Hornbine Baptist Church
141 Hornbine Road, Corner of Baker Rd. South Rehoboth 508-252-3452
First Spiritualist Church Anawan Grange
Rt. 44 & 118 Rehoboth www.firstspiritualistchurch.com
Community Covenant Church
615 Tremont Street, Rehoboth, MA (508)-222-9400 www.communitycovenant.org
Greater Fall River Baptist Church
1980 South Main Street P.O. Box 975, Fall River, MA (508)673-7700
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Rt. 44 - Seekonk, Massachusetts 984 Taunton Ave. • P.O. Box 519 336-5549 • Rectory: 336-9022
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal
490 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-0408 email@example.com
Christ Church Episcopal
Church of the Epiphany
57 Main Street, Swansea, MA (508) 678-0923
The First Baptist Church of Swansea 21 Baptist Street Swansea, MA Telephone (508)379-9728
1336 Pawtucket Avenue Rumford between Newman Avenue and Rumford Library 401-434-5012
West Congregational Church United Church of Christ Winthrop Street at North Walker (Rte 44) • Taunton, MA Church Office: 508 824-3461
Rehoboth Baptist Church 132 Moulton Street (Rt.. 118) 508-252-6437 • Fax 252-1080
Mt. Carmel Women’s Guild
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Women’s Guild will meet THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, in the church at 7:00 PM. Our Youth Group will join the Women’s Guild in the recitation of the Rosary. Refreshments will be served in the lower church before the Guild’s business meeting. Members are asked to bring a “food spice” to the meeting. All women are invited. New members are welcome!
The First Christian Congregational Church Corner rte 2 and Maple Avenue Swansea, Ma.
Caring for Caregivers---What you need to Know, Community out reach series, Sponsored by “We Help Others” Tuesday November 15, 2011 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Managing Blood Pressure Tuesday December 13, 20116:00 - 7:30 p.m. Fall Prevention Soup and sandwiches will be served between 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The meal and the programs are complementary. All are welcome! Please call the church office at 508-673-7179 or e-mail at www.swanseawhitechurch@ meganet.net to reserve you seat
Square Dance Classes, Sundays 7-9 p.m.
at All Saints Anglican Church 1188 So. Main St., Attleboro, MA The Caller is Barney Mallon Singles and couples are welcome The cost is $3. per person The person to contact is Carol Leonard at 508-409-5188
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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
Friday, November 11th Closed in Observance of Veterans Day The Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is scheduled for the 3RD Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL FAIR REHOBOTH COA 55 Bay State Road, Rte. 118, Rehoboth Nov. 5, 2011 10am - 2 pm Dealers, auctioneers and nationally certified appraisers present to valuate your : Antiques, gold, sterling, estate and costume jewelry, art , dolls, glassware, paper ephemera, political items, postcards, military items, weapons, pottery, porcelain, etc. All proceeds to benefit Rehoboth Council on Aging One item : $6 Two items: $11 Three items $15 Additional items: $ 4 each ______________________________________
Rehoboth Veterans You Are Cordially Invited To Attend The Annual Veterans Day Lunch Friday, November 11, 2011 12Noon To 2Pm At Gladys L. Hurrell Rehoboth Senior Center 55 Bay State Road
RSVP: Sign up at the Council on Aging, American Legion Post 302 or by calling 508-252-3372 by November 4th
November 2011 Director’s Forum
With the Holiday Season approaching you can find a lot of new and fun things to do at the Rehoboth Council on Aging. Holiday games at Gert’s Café, raffles and Holiday Cookie Swap. There are always activities, presentations or club meetings going on, the Wii game is set on the Television for your use or to start a sports club it has baseball, bowling etc, cards and games, or Gert’s Café and our Men’s Coffee Hour. Come to the Rehoboth Council on Aging and check us out. There is something for everyone to enjoy! Respectfully, Norie Palmer Director
Available Services Podiatry Clinic with Dr, Marian Markowitz
Dr. Markowitz’s appointments start at 10am please call 508-252-3372 to schedule yours.
Meals on Wheels and Meal-site Information
Please contact our meal site for information on the Meals on Wheels program or the site meals served on Thursdays. A donation of $2.00 is requested for lunch, which consists of a main course, dessert and milk. Copies of the month’s menu are posted at the front door, on the reception desk and in the dining area for your review.
Fuel Assistance Application
The Fuel Assistance Program runs from November 1st through April 30. Applications are now available. Please call the COA to set up your appointment for assistance in filing. Applications and an updated list of required documents needed to qualify can be mailed to you.
The Shine Program
Medicare Open Enrollment Is Changing! New Dates: October 15 – December 7
The annual Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 - Dec. 7)
Time to enroll in or CHANGE your Medicare coverage for next year. Statecertified SHINE (Medicare) Counselors can
help you understand your plan, as well as other options you may have. Call now to schedule a SHINE appointment during the Open Enrollment. In September, if you are a member of a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will be getting information in the mail about changes to your current plan. Be sure to save this information and bring it, along with your prescription drug list and Medicare card, to your SHINE appointment. Remember: The Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7!
Do Not Wait Until It’s Too Late!
(Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your Senior Center at and ask for a SHINE appointment. For assistance from a Medicare customer service representative 24 hours/ day, 7 days/week, call 1-800-MEDICARE. OR
S.H.I.N.E Counselor at your COA on Thursdays
The Rehoboth Council on Aging has a Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteer to offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. If you need assistance with Insurance, Medicare Part “D” or Prescriptions please call and set up your appointment or if you have any questions or require assistance with an application, please call our SHINE Program at 508-252-3372.
William Saunders- Veterans’ Agent Identification Cards for military discounts are NOT available from local veterans’ service officers. Depending upon the store or restaurant some will honor your discharge papers. Some will recognize your VA Health Care ID Card. Some, on the other hand, are only offering the discount to Active Duty Service embers, Reservist and National Guard, and Military retirees. VA Health Care is looking to get all Viet Nam veterans signed up. There is no income ceiling for qualification as there has
November 2011 The Reporter been in the past. If your discharge shows you received some form of Viet Nam service ribbon or award, you are eligible for immediate enrollment. Just take your discharge to the nearest VA Hospital and ask to be enrolled. Old Flags should never be thrown in the trash. They also should never be simply burned in your back yard. Give then to either a civic organization or veterans’ organization that conducts a dignified disposal ceremony. The Veterans’ Service Officer at Town Hall has a box for old flags.
“Men’s Morning Coffee”
The Men’s Coffee Hour is on Fridays at 9am! Come in and enjoy fresh coffee, pastry and conversation, share your comments and ideas with old and new friends. .
Card Games 3 Days a Week! Cards are here at your COA!
“H E A L T H B E A T” COA’s Fitness Corner
Mondays at 9:30 am we have a cribbage group, Tuesdays at 12:30pm we have a ladies group that not only play cards but also games Wednesdays at 12:30 pm we have a Hi-Lo Jack group. All have a great time and are always looking for a few “new” folks to join them.
“Wanabees Weight Meeting” Mondays, 11:30am FREE
COA Craft Corner
Come down to the COA and join our group of ladies as we support each other with our weight losses and gains. The best way to lose weight is with encouragement and support of friends. Meetings are held on Mondays at 11am prior to Gert’s Café.
Tuesday Tai Chi at 9:00am Cost $3.00 per Class
Try a graceful way of exercising which is easy on your joints. This method of balancing may be new to you, but it has a great positive outcome for any age.
Tuesday Line Dancing 10:00am. Cost $ 3.00 per Class
If you like to dance and have fun then this is the group is for you. Everyone is welcome to come in and try out some steps.
Balancing Exercise and Upper Cardio
This class is free and held on Wednesdays at 11am. There is plenty of room available in any or all of our classes if you care to join us. This activity uses weights and stretching bands and balancing done on exercise balls. You can also do this exercise class in chairs.
Knitting and Crochet Group
If you ever wanted to learn more about knitting or crocheting, the Ladies of the Needles are always there to share their knowledge with you. Don’t be shy! Come in and join the group on Fridays at 10 am.
The Rehoboth Council on Aging (Municipal Department)
Mission: The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall coordinate and carry out programs designed to meet the problems and needs of the aging in Rehoboth, and shall do so in coordination with the Programs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Rehoboth Council on Aging shall: Provide, coordinate and link available resources to help meet the needs of the Town’s elders. Carry out programs and services to range from information community education, referrals, outreach, transportation, Meals on Wheels, health screenings, intergenerational activities, crafting programs, and other programs as offered.
The COA Posts Community Information
Please check the bulletin boards every time you come in to the Council on Aging for Free Health Screenings and Support Groups updates, we also post other important information that can be a benefit to you, family or friends.
Do you quilt or know of anyone who would like to come to our Quilting Group. There is always plenty of knowledgeable support offered. This group meets on Thursday s at 9:30am
ORGANIZATION EVENTS AND NEWS:
The Best is Yet to Come, a senior social group, is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center 55 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA.
IMPORTANT! Registration is required for all upcoming programs. All activities will have participant sign up sheets for them. Most of the Activity programs that are at the Council on Aging are free and open to the public. Some programs require minimum attendance; if there is no interest then that activity will be either cancelled or postponed. Please call 508-252-3372 for information on all activities or to sign up.
The Best Is Yet to Come!
Up Coming Activities
Best is Yet to Come will be meeting on Thursday, November 10th at the COA at 1:00 PM. We will be collecting items for our Veterans hospital to give as gifts for the holiday. (Men, women and children (scarf’s, gloves, mittens, jewelry etc.)
COA Social Gatherings Gert’s Café
Lunch will be served at Gert’s Cafe Monday’s at 11:45am. The menu consists of soup or salad, a main course, dessert and coffee or tea. The best part is!…You get this home cooked meal at the “bargain” price of $3.00.
The group is blending their voices in perfect harmony. They meet on the first and third Monday of the month. New voices and friends are always welcome.
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New members always welcomed. Call Marge Johnston for details. 508 2524528 And remember…..The Best is Yet to Come.
Sheriff, Police and Seniors working together to enhance the lives of our seniors. TRIAD meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am.
Up Coming Activities
New Members always welcome.. No Dues.. Call Marilyn 508-252-9366
Programs being offered through TRIAD are: Free “911” cell phones File of Life Are you OK? Program Project Lifesaver. Yellow Alert
Senior Citizens Club
The Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club is a Social and Charitable Club Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the Month at 1:30pm at the Rehoboth Council on Aging.
Up Coming Activities
November 3rd – Regular Meeting & BINGO November 17th – Regular Meeting & Pizza
The Friends of the Elderly Club
The Friends of the Elderly partly fund some services at the Rehoboth Council on Aging such as podiatry and cholesterol clinics. They meet at 3pm on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The Friends of the Elderly have mailed out their annual Fall Fundraiser. Please help support our seniors. New Members always Welcome.
Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly, Inc.
Dear Friends, The Council on Aging is a town board. It cannot raise funds, therefore Rehoboth’s Friends of the Elderly ( a non-profit group ) help fund various programs. The federal government has cut the fuel assistance program by 50% in each of the last two years. The end result is that in many cases some eligible seniors will get less than one tank of fuel for the entire heating season. In order to fund these services, the Friends of the Elderly asks that People Of All Ages In Rehoboth support our elderly by becoming sponsors and support our fund raising events so that we can continue to fund the programs listed below. Cholesterol screening Lifeline button program for seniors, Blood pressure clinics Emergency fuel assistance, Other services as needed Monthly podiatry appointments As the Town was forced to reduce funding to a minimum this year we are depending on you to help fund these programs that are critically needed. Please join us by sending your sponsorship contribution using the form below. You may either drop off your contribution at the Senior Center or mail it to: Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly P O Box 228, Rehoboth, MA 02769 All Friends meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Gladys Hurrell Senior Center and are open and attendance is welcome. We need you and your support. Thank you, Board of Directors, Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly, Inc. -------------------------------------------------Friends of Rehoboth’s Elderly, Inc. P.O. Box 228, Rehoboth, MA 02769 2011 - 2012 membership Name ________________________ Address___________________________ Sponsorship Contribution: Individual $ 5.00 or Family $ 20.00 Other ______
Bookkeeping & Business Consulting Meredith
Amaral M A
• Tax Preparation • Bookkeeping • Collections • Expense Reduction Phone (508) 989-9794
Rehoboth Senior Citizens Club Pizza Party at 1:30 November 17Th
Sign Up is a must Price $2.00
December 1 Meeting 1:30 Bingo after meeting
I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Annual Bazaar a success.
Friend’s of Rehoboth’ Elderly Meeting November 15Th 3:00 pm at Rehoboth Senior Center. Everyone is welcome
Rehoboth TRIAD is sponsoring
Breakfast with Santa Sat. December 10, 2011 9-11 A.M.
Gladys L. Hurrell Sr. Center, 55 Bay State Rd. (RT.118) Rehoboth Tickets @ COA or Call Pat-508-252-4602 before Dec. 3rd. Menu: Pancakes, Bacon, Juice, Coffee, Hot Chocolate Price: Adults $3, Children $2. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa
Donald E. MacManus Attorney at Law
General Practice of Law Including: • Wills and Trusts • Real Estate • Personal Injury • Business & Commercial
Call (508)336-6440 546 Arcade Ave. • Seekonk, MA
Licensed to practice in Massachusetts & Rhode Island
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Wayne Alexander Weds Sara Green
Wayne Alexander of Rehoboth, MA and Sara Green of Columbia, CT were wed on May 7, 2011 at Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. The groom is the son of Lisa and Jim Leonardo of Rehoboth. The bride is the daughter of Kathy and Matt Simonds of Shaftsbury, VT. The reception was held at Andino’s Restaurant in Providence. The maid of honor was Kathy Simonds, the mother of the bride. The best man was Brendan Alexander, the bother of the groom. The couple honeymooned in Disney World and currently reside in Rehoboth.
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Annual Bristol County Triad Lunch
Photos by Norm Spring
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Rehoboth seinor Citizens Club Annual Bazaar - October 22
Photos by Norm Spring
The annual bazaar at the senior center was a great success. Shoppers were pleased with the selection of items available at the event.
Opening Night Tickets $14!*
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Buy tickets at www.disneyonice.com, Retail Locations, Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office or call 1-800-745-3000
Regular Ticket Prices: $15 • $20 • $40 VIP • $60 Rinkside • $70 Front Row Additional fees may apply.
MA State Rep. Steven Howitt enjoyed The Annuall Bazaar at the COA
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Volunteers Needed To Play With Homeless Children!!
Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking fun-loving and dependable volunteers to interact and play with children living in homeless shelters in Southeastern MA. We offer daytime, afternoon and evening shifts, so there is likely to be one that fits your schedule. A commitment of 2 hours a week, the same day and time each week, for 6 months is required. Trainings occur every six to eight weeks. All training sites are handicap accessible. To fill out an application: www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org. For more info contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (508) 510-3250
Adoption Options Offers Free Informational Meetings
Providence, October 12, 2011 – Adoption Options is holding a free informational session those considering adoption and are interested in hearing about available options. Licensed adoption workers will be available to provide information and answer questions. In Rhode Island, the next meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 959 North Main St. in Providence on November 17, 2011. Adoption Options, a non-sectarian, non-profit, comprehensive adoption program of Jewish Family Service works with prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and people who have been adopted. The agency is licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with offices in Rehoboth and Providence. The agency’s work with all members of the adoption triad is focused on helping individuals to understand their options and make the most informed choices for their future. For more information, please contact Peg Boyle at 401-331-5437 or visit www.AdoptionOptions.org.
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IN MEMORIAM Jeffery David Mills In Memoriam Jeffery David Mills 1961-1971 Fortieth Anniversary Forty years we’ve been without you You Love, your precious smile Will always be felt anew Forever our Angel Dad, Mom, Lenny, Gail, Melissa
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Kathleen Marie Spellman
Kathleen Marie Spellman, 62, of Dighton, MA, passed away peacefully on October 8, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Manuel and Gertrude M. (Motta) Amaral of Seekonk, MA. Kathy graduated from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and later attended the Katherine Gibbs School. Following her graduation, Kathy worked for the American Cancer Society on the East Side of Providence. After her three children were born, Kathy began what she described as her favorite and most important job of all, being a Mom. Kathy would later create her own gourmet candy, jelly and baked goods business which thrived for many years. Kathy was the centerpiece of her family, who possessed an infectious laugh and smile. She was a loving companion to Dick Toas, with whom she shared her love of life. She was a loving mother and “Nana” who was adored by her children and their families. Her presence always added joy to any event, she will be dearly missed. Her survivors include her long time companion, Richard Toas of Dighton; her son Lawrence J. Spellman III, his wife Kerri, and their children Drew and Abigail, of New Hampshire; her daughter Jennifer McLarnon, her husband Gerald, and their children Gerald III and Jackson, of Norwell, MA; her daughter Heather Spellman, Shawn Slowey and their son Grady, of Dighton; and her brother, David Amaral of Vermont, formerly of Seekonk, MA. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday October 15th 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Holy Catholic Church at 984 Taunton Avenue Seekonk, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice and Palliative Care, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601 and to The Barrington Carmelite Monastery, 25 Watson Ave., Barrington, RI, 02806.
Moving Sale: November 19-20, 9 – 3, 74 Anawan Street Appt. 508-252-6587. Odds & Ends, kitchen table & chairs, over stuffed couch, chair, bed, drawers, family room sleeper couch, two seater, chair, end table, TV stand, computer desk
WANTED Wanted: Military items from Civil War, Vietnam, WWII. Call for a quote, ask for Charlie. 508-230-6444.
FOR RENT East Providence - Cozy 1st floor, 1 bed, hardwoods, updated kitchen, parking. $750/m. No pets, Non-smoker only. Call Robin 401-486-6937 Seekonk - Clean 2nd floor, 1 bed, hardwoods, parking, immediate occupancy. $700/m includes heat. No pets. Call Robin 401-486-6937 FOR RENT: Studio apt. Close to everything but in a country setting. Has own deck and courtyard. Only $700/mth w/ hot water and electric supplied. No Pets Call 774-218-1959. FOR RENT: 1,200 sq. ft. Loft in 1870 carriage house on the Dighton / Rehoboth line. Would make great art studio, yoga, etc. Call 774-218-1959. FOR RENT: Rehoboth One bedroom apt, $875/mo, utilities included, security deposit, no pets/no smokers. Call Ann at 508252-3125.
FOR SALE 10 piece dining room set. buffet table, hutch, Table, 6 chairs, one leaf, frosted glass for all pieces that goes on top. Asking $800 O.B.O. Call 438-6424 FOR SALE: Sail Boat: 25ft - Catalina – 1982, In water , Nice Boat – In Water – Make Offer, Oyster House Marina, 401-434-0400
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FOR SALE: Electrically operated recliner. Call 401-433-1873. FOR SALE: snowblower for John Deer L100,L110,L115, w/transfercase, chains, brackets. excel cond. used 3 yrs. $450 . 508 336 3328 For SALE: 9 horse power Sears Chipper Shredder $225.00, Floor Scrubber $50.00. Call 508-669-6092 FOR SALE: FOR SALE: TWO CRICUT MACHINES. First edition, unopened, $75. Cricut Expression, unopened, still in box shipped to me in. $175. Call 401-435-6332
HELP WANTED Director of Special Education: Immediate Opening, Position: Director of Special Education, Requirements: Massachusetts Special Education/Administratorâ€™s License Required. Location: DightonRehoboth Regional School District. Salary: Negotiable. Deadline:Available Until Filled. Send letter of interest, resume, Certification, Transcripts & 3 Current letters of reference to: Dr. Kathleen A. Montagano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools D~R Regional School District 2700 Regional Road North Dighton, MA 02764 Dighton~Rehoboth considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a non-job related medical condition or handicap, or any other legally protected status.
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Caretakers: local horse farm looking for a couple to exchange apartment for work. Must be very self motivated and have experience with horses and farm equipment. Will be required to maintain mowing, equipment, gardens, weedwacking, brush clearing, and general horse handling. Very active farm needing a very ambitious couple. No children, no smoking, no pets.email,prec173@ comcast.net Home Care: looking for individual to provide companionship and supervision for senior male with dementia. Located in Rehoboth. Various days and hours needed, references required. Contact Joanne @ 774-991-0301 for further details or email email@example.com. HELP WANTED: Handyman Light Maintenance: Part Time, Capable of Carpentry and Electrical Light Duty Maintenance, Grounds Keeping, etc., Oyster House Marina, EP 401-434-0400
VACATION RENTALS VACATION RENTAL: Magnificent Gulf & Sunset Views, Belleair Beach, FL,. 2 bed/2 bath, walk to beautiful beach. 25 min to Tampa Airport. $2000 mos./ available Dec/ March Call 401-663-5883
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GENERAL SERVICES HOUSE CLEANING: Mature, honest and dependable woman. Experienced, Exellent References, Free Estimates, Reasonable Rates. Call 508-226-0928 Home Care: Available for Rehoboth/ Seekonk by mature, experienced woman. References available. Call 508-617-3653 Boat & RV Winter Storage: Winterizing . Hauling . Shrink Wrapping . Repairs & Maintenance - Oyster House Marina (401)434-0400 Cleanouts & Cleanups: Houses, attics, cellars, garages, sheds, yards, etc. Demolition of sheds, fences, pools, decks, etc. Junk Removal, gutters cleaned, & handyman services. Insured. Call Gary at (508)245-0832.
TUTORING MCAS Tutoring: Math and Composition, 20 years teaching experience BA & Masters from RIC. Your home or the library. Competitive pricing. Start now... donâ€™t wait til it is too late. 508-493-6412 Tutoring Elementary teacher with 10+ years experience tutoring math, reading and writing.. $35/hr for one day a week, $25/hr. for two days. Will meet at local library. Liz (401) 368-8238
CLASSES / LESSONS PIANO LESSONS: Taught in my home, both classical and popular to persons of all ages. Anita Russo, 8 Terrybrooke Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4208. HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS: Beginners through advanced, boarding with all day turnout, training with world champion, Indoor-outdoor lighted rings, reasonable rates, ponies for parties and outings, summer camp, pony club at farm; Hawkswood Farm 508-336-6114. PUPPIES FOR SALE: Labradoodle and Jack Russell puppies; call Hawkswood Farm 508-336-6114.
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Air Conditioning & Heati LS Heating & Air Conditioning 66 Appliance Repairs Affordable Appliance Repair Co. 33 Appliance Repairs McPartland Appliance Repairs 76 Appliance Repairs Smart Choice Appliance Repair 11 Architectural Design VIZCAD 74 Art Supplies/Framing Gregory D. Dorrance, Co. 22 Attorney Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto 82 Attorney Donald E. MacManus, Attorney 92 Attorney Laurie P. Mullen 76 Attorney Law Office of Luke P. Travis 70 Attorney Lori O’Brien-Foeri 30 Auto Body A-1 Custom Auto Body 30 Auto Body Sousa’s Auto Body 67 Auto Body Tri Star Autobody, Inc. 73 Auto Body Shop Seekonk Auto Body 36 Auto Dealers Bristol Toyota 12 Auto Repairs Manny’s Auto Repair Inc. 43 Auto Repairs New England Tire 2 Auto Repairs Somerset Chrysler Jeep - Max Motors 46 Auto Repairs Somerset Subaru - Max Motors, Inc 25 Auto Salvage Gary’s Auto Removal 27 Auto Salvage Seekonk Auto Salvage 40 Bank Coastway Credit Union / Decunha 10 Bank The Washington Trust Company 59 Bookkeeping Meredith Amaral Bookkeeping 92 Building Contractor A. M. Carpentry 79 Building Contractor DTP Construction 34 Building Contractor M.G. Salois Construction 36 Building Contractor Nerney Construction 35 Building Contractor Richard G. Dias 65 Building Contractor Wood Frame Structures Inc. 34 Candidate Steven Howitt 4 Carpentry - Finish Mark Koussa Carpentry 14 Carpentry - Finish Pine Woods Construction 72 Carpet Cleaning Earle’s Carpet Cleaning 8 Carpet Cleaning M & S Carpet & Upholstery 73 Child Care ASAP - c/o Twin Oaks 61 Child Care Citizens For Citizens - Attn. Carol 18 Child Care Rehoboth Family Childcare Assoc. 48 Child Care Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center 61 Chimney Cleaning RJD & Sons - Chimney Sweep 26 Christmas Trees Niles Christmas Tree Farm 17 Christmas Trees Richie’s Christmas Trees 33 Cleaning Service Crystal Clean - Bethany Martone 42 Cleaning Service Leslie & Deb’s Cleaning Service 102 Collectibles Wexler’s Collectibles 101
Computer Repair E B I Electronics, Inc. 27 Concrete American Mobile Mix Concrete Incorp 87 Craft Show Elizabeth Collins - Christmas 57 Dance Studio Arthur Murray 11 Dance Studio Festival Ballet Providence 56 Dentist Dr. Wassouf D.D.S. 75 Dentist Jared W. Stubbs, DDS 18 Dentist Ritebite Dental 86 Dentist Romani Orthodontics 20 Disposal Service Professional Duct Cleaning 104 Dog Grooming Groom & Style 29 Dog Services Canine Mastery, Inc 71 Driving School Drivers Choice Driving School 13 Electrician AC Electric 33 Electrician Dorrance Electric 74 Electrician Greaves Electric 6 Electrician James Tavares Electric 78 Electrician Neal Bellavance Electric 26 Electrician Pineview Electric 79 Entertainment The Comedy Factory 39 Excavating J. M. Turner Construction Co. 48 Excavating MJD Excavating, Inc. 58 Farm - Apples Bateson’s Apple Farm 32 Farm - Turkeys Belwing Acres Turkey Farm 16 Fence Installation Fence Tech 70 Firewood New England Flavor Wood 45 Flooring - All Types Custom Linocraft 77 Flooring - Wood David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors 28 Framing - Custom Frames of Mind 56 Fuel - Oil Affordable Fuel 68 Fuel - Oil Al’s Quality Oil Co. 45 Fuel - Oil COD OIL 86 Fuel - Oil Columbus Energies Inc. 20 Fuel - Oil E & V Oil Co. 104 Fuel - Oil Pricerite Discount Heating Oil 42 Fuel - Oil Stateline Fuel & Burner Service 46 Fuel - Propane Arrow Gas Corp. - Inergy Propane 40 Furniture/Upholstery Masterson Furniture and Upholstery 28 Gift Shop The Claddagh Connection 54 Gift Shop Willow Tree Country Shoppe 53 Gifts & Collectibles Cards Plus 57 Gifts & Collectibles Personal Touch 55 Gifts/ Consignment Sho Peace By Piece Works 54 Glass Fabricator Anawan Glass & Mirror Inc. 31 Gold & Silver Trading Post Antiques 9 Hair Salon LaCave Suzanne Salon & Spa 9
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