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The Seekonk


DECEMBER 2012 Volume 24, no. 12



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Christmas Plum Pudding: An Old English Tradition

2012 Holiday Guide Turn to page 76

by Leslie Patterson “Now bring us some figgy pudding,” sing the carollers in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. Figgy pudding is better known as plum pudding, that mainstay of a traditional English Christmas feast. (The plums are actually what we call prunes.) Some people like to keep up this old English tradition at the holidays. You can buy pre-made plum puddings from various sources but this boiled pudding is fun to make if you have the time and ambition. (You will need a metal pudding mold to cook it in -- you can also find these from various suppliers on the web.) My husband Bill grew up in a family where Christmas pudding was a beloved holiday tradition, so I have a resident expert to consult on the making of the pudding. Bill says, “I inherited my pudding pot from my Aunt Sadie, who made plum pudding every year. My Uncle Percy really liked the stuff. His father was from Manchester. The traditional sauce for this is brandy hard sauce and I was thrilled as a kid to have the opportunity each Christmas to eat anything with alcohol in it!” It’s true that this old-fashioned dessert is a bit of an acquired taste. It is like a very dark, dense fruitcake, but much more moist, and is served warm with a brandied sauce. It should be prepared weeks in advance and then on the day it is served it is boiled in a pudding pan with a latching lid inside a very large pot of water for several hours. continued on page 9...

Tis’ the Season for Giving!

School Food Drive & Charity!

Cameron Sears helps give hope and peace to others in need.

Martin Elementary School in Seekonk has worked for the past year to become a Feinstein Leadership School. Over the year there has been a focus on leadership, volunteerism and helping those in need under the encouragement of Principal Bart Lush. This year one of the boys, 3rd grader Cameron Sears, approached Mr. Lush and with the schools permission he organized a food drive (titled “Cam’s Cans”) to support local food pantries. What was once a small food drive that Cameron has done for the past 3 years in lieu of birthday gifts became even bigger this year with donations from the entire school, the PTO as well as the local Seekonk Pack 2 Cub Scouts. The fall 2012 Food Drive raised 503 cans/non-perishable items. The donated items were delivered this past week the Doorways of Seekonk as well as some to the Providence VA Medical Centers Homeless Clinic. The school is happy to support local citizens in need and to have children see the value of helping others.

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Town of Seekonk News Notes by Laura Calverley

Seekonk Voters Backed Obama and Brown

Seekonk voters sided with the majority in most of the major races on Election Day except one, for U.S. Senate. Seekonk voters chose Scott Brown over Elizabeth Warren, 3823 to 3434 votes, but Warren went on to win. Seekonk voters favored President Obama over Governor Romney for President. Turnout was excellent, with 76 percent of registered voters going to the polls. In the other races, Democrat Joseph Kennedy III won a majority of the town’s voters over Republican Sean Bielat for the Fourth Congressional District. Town voters also backed Democratic state Sen. James Timilty for re-election over Republican challenger Jeffrey Bailey. Incumbent Republican state Rep. Steven Howitt was the favorite over Democrat Keith Carreiro. Seekonk also voted with the majority on all the ballot questions, voting in favor of the automobile repair information and for the use of medical marijuana and against physician-assisted suicide. The non-binding referendum asking if voters should be required to show a photo identification to vote passed by a 3 to 1 margin.

Town Meeting Defeats Banna Fire Station Increase

Voters at town meeting last month defeated a request for $550,000 in additional funds for the Banna Fire Station project. The money would have been in addition to the $750,000 approved three years ago. Officials reportedly said that initial cost estimates for the project were insufficient. Proponents said that refurbishing the station will improve response times in the north end of town because the station will be manned 24 hours a day for 7 days. It is currently staffed part time. Town meeting approved several other expenditures, including $10,000 for a Veterans Memorial Garden at town hall, approx. $32,000 towards the lease of a frontend loader, $80,000 to establish a Special

Education Stabilization Fund, $350,000 to replace funds in the stabilization fund used for the 2013 budget, and $250,000 to the municipal capital stabilization fund. An article for $25,000 to purchase and install new carpet at Town Hall was postponed.

Seekonk School Committee Member Resigns

Seekonk School Committee member David Quinn recently resigned from the board. His letter of resignation reportedly said that Quinn is moving out of Seekonk. Quinn was elected in 2010. The School Committee and Board of Selectmen will jointly appoint a replacement, who will serve out the remainder of Quinn’s term until April 2013.

Dangerous Intersection Will Get Traffic Light

After considering both a traffic light and roundabout for the intersection of Fall River Avenue and Arcade Avenue, near the Grist Mill restaurant, selectmen have approved a traffic light. The project is slated for 2014. It will be paid with state and federal money and is expected to cost $2.8 million.

Superintendent Search Gets Good Response

The search for a new school superintendent to replace Madeline Meyer, who resigned in May, is reportedly proceeding well. Thirty-nine candidates have applied for the position. The search committee will be reviewing the applications and scheduling interviews. An appointment is expected in March 2013. Arlene Bosco, Director of Pupil Services, is serving as interim superintendent.


Last month’s News Notes incorrectly stated that Selectman Francis Cavaco was elected to the board in 2009. Cavaco won election to the Board of Selectmen in 2008.

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Inside This Issue Antiquarian Society....................27 Births..................................88 Business Directory.....................93 Church Listings..........................74 Classifieds..............................92 Club Announcements.................24 Dining Guide...............................90 Events and Activities..................36 Heard at Country Kitchen...........23 Holiday Guide.............................76 How You can Help......................70 Letters to the Editor......................7 Library......................................64 Obituaries................................67 People in the News..................32 Rehoboth Council on Aging.......84 Rehoboth Ramblings..................20 Rehoboth Town News.................12 School...................................40 Scouts..................................50 Seekonk Human Services..........71 Seekonk Scene..........................22 Sports Update............................57 Then and Now............................31

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Election Day in Seekonk: The Value of Competing Ideas

The Presidential Election in Seekonk was the best voting experience many residents say they ever had. From parking my car in the high school lot to entering the gymnasium and being checked off on the precinct voter list to marking my ballot, checking out and putting my ballot into the ballot box and returning to my car, it took less than 15 minutes. I also filled out a survey for the Seekonk Public Library during that time. This speed in voting occurred despite the fact that Seekonk now has only one polling place for all four precincts and 7340 people cast ballots. Town Clerk Jan Parker and her assistant Karen McHugh deserve accolades for the excellent job they did. Working with the Public Works Department, the Schools Building Manager and the Seekonk Police Department, they choreographed and orchestrated a nearly flawless operation. What was not necessarily apparent was the fact that Selectman Gary Sagar, who challenged the idea of a single polling place, was part of the reason for this success. He and others expressed concerns about parking, long lines and convenience for the elderly, and advocated for a minimum of two polling places. These concerns were addressed when the Town Clerk made use of all 61 available voting booths, made extra arrangements for the disabled and had the police direct traffic. The one-way flow of voters through the gym meant that people arriving to vote were not hindered by those exiting after voting. The competition of ideas, seen originally as a clash of ideas -- one of which would prevail and the other lose -- generated the best possible outcome. Fifteen years ago, I heard Sam Radford, a nonviolence trainer from Buffalo, New York, speak to inner city youth in Providence about the constructive value of conflict. Sam became a convert to nonviolence after nearly dying from a gunshot wound to the head. Conflict will always exist, he said. Looked at the right way, it betters us. The word “compete,” he told them, comes from Latin and means to strive together. In athletic competition, the opponents spur each other to excellence. They become better athletes as a result of competition. Sure enough. I recently looked up the word “compete.” The origin was given as Late Latin, meaning “seek together.” The adjective “competent” was also listed. When we compete, we become more competent! Finally, after 15 years, I understood experientially the concept Sam was describing. The competing ideas of one polling place versus two or more polling places meant that Mrs. Parker outdid her usual excellent performance by effectively addressing concerns that had be raised. Would that we could always see the benefit of competing ideas rather than fearing or suppressing other points of views. Would also that we could stop viewing the competition between ideas as win-lose rather than win-win and share the credit and joy of a competition well executed. If we were to see the real value of competing ideas, we would actively seek out opposing viewpoints knowing that the process of competition produces better results. Congratulations to Seekonk for a fine example of the value of competing ideas and a truly memorable voting day. The ease with which voters were able to clear up precinct problems without having to drive to another polling place, the management advantages for the Clerk’s office of a single location, and the camaraderie created by bringing the entire community together at one site are all evidence of the wisdom of continuing with one polling place. It’s time to move on to other issues. Carol Bragg is a resident of Seekonk and former member of the Board of Selectmen.

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Plum pudding will remind many of us of “A Christmas Carol”. Here is how Charles Dickens describes the pudding at the Cratchit’s holiday feast: “Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day. That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastry cook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that. That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered -- flushed, but smiling proudly -- with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. Oh, a wonderful pudding! Bob Cratchit said, and calmly too, that he regarded it as the greatest success achieved by Mrs Cratchit since their marriage.” The origins of this boiled pudding can be traced to the Middle Ages. Although it took its final form in Victorian England, the pudding was originally made in the form of meat pies where dried fruits served as a preservative. This was the origin of mince pies. Before the Victorian era, the Christmas pudding was usually boiled in a pudding cloth and it was round. The Victorian fashion was to put the pudding batter into a metal basin and steam it for hours, then placing the finished pudding on a platter and decorating it with holly.

Stir Up Sunday

Now is the time to make this pudding if you wish to have it for Christmas. In fact, it is usually made on the last Sunday before Advent, which this year was Nov. 25, but it’s not too late to make it. It was traditionally “stirred up” on “Stir Up Sunday”. This is not a culinary reference but refers to the collect (prayer) from the Anglican/Episcopal Book of Common Prayer for this day which begins: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”. This pudding is not suitable for teetotalers or for vegetarians. Not only does it call for quite a bit of rum, but also for beef suet, which is chopped up very fine so you don’t really notice it once cooked. In British tradition, a small coin such as a sixpence was cooked in the pudding, to bring luck and/or wealth for the coming year to the person who found it. You can also find find many recipes for Christmas pudding on the web. The reciple below is one we have used at our house. Feel free to experiment. This is the sort of recipe you can adjust to suit your tastes. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

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Special Town Meeting Approves 11 Articles


by Laura Calverley Voters at the special town meeting on November 26 reviewed will remain for agricultural use forever. The article was approved. a dozen articles on the warrant, approving all except one. Turnout Town meeting also adopted provisions of the 2012 Valor Act, was very low, as is usually the case for special town meetings, with which offers veterans a break on their tax bills in exchange for volonly about 80 registered voters in attendance. unteer service. Veterans Services Director Bill Saunders said that The meeting moved quickly. Town moderator Bill Cute promhe is putting a plan together so that veterans, who work approxiised to get everyone home before Monday Night Football and he mately 32 hours, will get $250 off their property taxes. However, the kept his promise. reduction is not applied until the next fiscal year after the volunteer The article which drew the most discussion was requesting service takes place. approximately $40,000 from free cash for the Rehoboth AgriculTwo other articles were approved that did not require an expentural and Natural Resources Preservation Fund. The amount was diture. One authorized the board of selectmen to enter into a lease equivalent to the rollback taxes collected by the town during Fiscal for the North Rehoboth ball field. The field has been used for years Year 2012. It was defeated, after a hand count, with 55 opposed with the town working under an informal agreement. and 44 in favor. The other article created a Conservation Restriction StewardProponents of the article talked about the importance of preservship Fund to monitor and enforce conservation restrictions. Fund ing agricultural and natural resources in town. Carol Williams of the expenditures will be authorized by both the Rehoboth ConservaAgricultural and Natural Resources Commission and Community tion Commission and Land Trust. It will be funded in the future by Preservation Committee explained that the town has supported the the landowner. Preservation Fund in the past and urged voters to approve it again. Finally, town meeting also approved a few long-awaited street She also said the council has been using up the money from the acceptances – for Ashlynn Way and Key West Blvd. and Duval fund to acquire land. Street. Opponents of the article, including the Finance Committee, said the fund was no longer needed. Michael Deignan, Chairman of the committee, said that agricultural preservation is now funded through other means, especially the Community Preservation Act. It was noted that the Community Preservation Fund has more than $600,000 in it, with more than $20,000 of that specifically reserved for this purpose. In other articles, the Fiscal Year 2013 budget was amended by $209,000 and $48,000 was approved for unpaid bills for the previous fiscal year. The previous year’s bills were all for town counsel expenses. Michael Deignan, speaking as a resident of the town, said the legal fees that the town incurs were “obscene” and SelectItalian Breads, Rolls, Our New Artisan Bread line, men Chairman Dr. Joseph Tito agreed. Party Pizza Box, Calzones and Loafs, Tito pointed out that most of the legal expenses went towards Spinach Rings, Pastry and much more! defending the town against litigation, including lawsuits filed by Call now to place all your holiday party orders! Rehoboth’s former cable access group, RePAC. Tito also said that the town recently changed law firms and he hopes that, in doing HOLIDAY SPECIAL so, the town’s legal expenses will be less in the future. Town meeting also approved $13,500 for new voting equipment. The current equipment is 14 years old and needed replacing. 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The State Election was held on Tuesday, Divorce Mediation November 6, 2012. Out of 7,851 registered voters we had a turnout of 6,339 for a pheDivorce & Family Law nomenal 81% voter turnout. Uncontested Divorce Precinct I had some unanticipated and Contested Divorce unwelcomed excitement when our voting Child Custody Paternity unit stopped functioning at about 9:30 a.m. Child Support Kathleen J. Conti on election morning. It took a technician Adoption Town Clerk until 3:30 to arrive (unfortunately he had his hands full with other communities in addition to ours) but pinEstate Planning Wills pointed our problem as a spider web that was blocking the sensor Health Care Proxy that reads the ballots. Once he cleared the web we were back in Power Of Attorney business but unfortunately the 867 ballots cast during the down time had to be hand counted. 239 Winthrop Street, Rehoboth Our spider made national news! The press had a field day and (508) 252-2300 although the troublesome spider is still at large we are keeping our r y  eyes open to apprehend and deal harshly with the culprit. I must commend our election workers and my Assistant Lynn Shaker for keeping their cool and handling the ‘controlled chaos’ with professionalism. A hand count of 867 ballots had to be conducted after the polls closed. I praise not only the Precinct I workers but ALL of our election workers that are so diligent and dependable when performing their duties for all elections conducted within the Town of Rehoboth. During this state election we not only dealt with our spider issues but many of the workers were dealing with illness and either muddled through to the end of the day or stayed until a replacement could be found. Again, dedication above and beyond the call of duty. Rehoboth is very fortunate to have such a fine group Serving Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea representing them at election time. and surrounding area I’d like to send out a special thank you to Neal Harrington and Mark Anzivino for setting up our voting equipment for our state election. For the past several years Neal has volunteered to set up the voting equipment at Precincts I and II and ensuring that it is up Services Include: and ready for our elections. Neal has always been dependable and generous with his • In-Home Pet Sitting • Mid-Day Exercise and Training time and I really appreciate his help. • Broad Range of Pet Training • Behavioral Modification I’d also like to thank the “guys” at the • Pet Taxi, Including Vet Visits • Backyard Wildlife Management South Fire Station for their continuous efforts of setting up the voting equipment for PreYou’ll feel confident and relaxed cinct III. Special thanks to Alfred Noons and Chief Pray for their consistent help ensuring while you are away with your pets Precinct III is ready for election morning.

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Electors of President and Vice President: Johnson and Gray 75; Obama and Biden 2,912; Romney and Ryan 3,246; Stein and Honkala 24 Senator in Congress: Sean Bielat 2,489; Joseph P. Kennedy, III 3,182; David A. Rosa 466

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Councillor: Robert L. Jubinville 2,655; Jeffrey Robert Bailey 2,613 Representative in General Court: Steven S. Howitt 3,929; A.Keith Carreiro 2,025 County Commissioner (2): Paul B. Kitchen 2,495; John R. Mitchell 2,344; Paul J. Levasseur 2,236 Unopposed Candidates received the following votes: Clerk of Courts: Marc J. Santos 4,474 Register of Deeds: Barry J. Amaral 4,528 County Treasurer: Christopher T. Saunders 4,440 Questions: Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information Yes 4,524; N0 826 Prescribing Medication to End Life: Yes 2,948; No 3,121 Medical Use of Marijuana: Yes 3,904; No 2,117 Non-Binding – Voter ID Before Voting: Yes 4,301; No 1,431

Dog Licenses

We are down to 7 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 plus the cost of certified mailing.

Annual Town Census

Our Annual Town Census Forms for year 2013 will be mailed to all households in Rehoboth during the last week of December. Residents are requested to please send in their census forms as quickly as possible regardless of whether or not they license their dogs at this time. Please review the pre-printed forms, make corrections and return them no later than February 1st. New residents may receive blank forms, which they are asked to complete and return. If no form is received, residents are asked to contact the Town Clerk’s Office. The Board of Registrars is required to conduct an annual listing of residents as of the first of January each year. In addition to the name, address, date of birth, occupation, veteran status and number of dogs, the form includes a section for school information required by the school department. Failure to return the completed form may result in voters being placed on an inactive voting list or being removed from the voting list. Enclosed with the census form, for the convenience of our dog owners, is an application form for renewal of your 2013 dog license(s). This gives dog owners the opportunity to license their dogs well before the annual April 1st due date should they want to license their dogs early. Dog license applications must be accompanied by a current rabies certificate (with a vaccination date of May 1, 2013 or after of the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter unless we already have it on file in the Clerk’s Office. If you’re unsure, just give the office a call and we can tell you how up to date our information is. Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included (the current postage is 64¢ for one dog, 81¢ for two dogs and 98¢ for three dogs). Residents are asked to return their completed form by mail or place their form in one of the “Census” containers, which are at the Blanding Public Library, the Council on Aging and at the Bristol County Savings Bank. The containers will remain at these locations through the end of January for your convenience. Results of the census are used to prove residency for a variety of reasons. The data is used for state college entrance applications, veterans’ benefits, amending and establishing birth records, locating missing persons, establishing precinct lines, predicting future school enrollment, state and federal funding to the town, police and fire protection, updating the voting list and other legal purposes.

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Annual Town Election


David C. Zaluski, DDS Dear friends, When I began my practice in 1975, Rehoboth was a very small town with a population of about 6,000. Along with my family, I have enjoyed watching the town grow. Now it is time to have a partner help me with my expanding practice. It is my pleasure to introduce my son David C. Zaluski, DDS, to the community. He probably is not a stranger to many of you. After graduating from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, he earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and worked for years at a law firm in New York City. He was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Zaluski served in the National Health Service at community health centers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Please join me in welcoming Dr. David Zaluski back to Rehoboth. Sincerely, Robert F. Zaluski, DMD

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The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 with the polls open from 10 am to 8 pm. All three precincts will be open. Nomination papers are available as of January 2, 2013 for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the Town ballot. The nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 45 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars at the Town Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, February 11th. Positions to be elected on the ballot for 2013 are Moderator (one for 1 year), Selectmen (one for 3 years), Treasurer (one for 3 years), Assessor (one for 3 years), School Committee (one for 3 years), Planning Board (two for 5 years), Park Commission (one for 5 years), Constable (three for 3 years), Housing Authority (one for 5 years) and Water Commissioner (two for 3 years). The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Clerk’s Office. Prospective voters are reminded that they may also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form. Applications for absentee ballots are available as of January 1st and may be obtained from the Town Clerk’s Office. An absentee ballot may only be obtained by written request and with the voter’s original signature.

Town Offices Closed

The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Lynn Shaker and I would like to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy Christmas holiday and peace and prosperity to all Rehoboth residents for the New Year.


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The day was perfect and the event tremendous! Yes, Mass One had another great outing, this time at Davenports Restaurant. The food was scrumptious, the wait staff, manager, and owner were marvelous, catering to our every need, and you folks were so wonderful to come and enjoy the day together with us! Our guests for dinner were Steve and Sara Martin. Steve is a former Rehoboth police officer who, with his wife Sara and a few volunteers, now mans the Rehoboth Food Pantry, the Toys for Rehoboth Kids and Rehoboth Helping Hands, plus whatever else is needed to assist families in need in town. Everyone that attended the dinner brought a monetary donation, or an item or two for either or all the above categories. As you can see, there is quite a bit for Steve to take home and distribute. Thank you is never enough for the thoughtfulness of our NCT family and friends! There were 27 members and friends at dinner, 5 of them from Connecticut. During the delicious meal there were a few announcements and concerns brought to our attention: Prayers are needed for all who are ill, for Jane Smith and John Sutterly who have lost three family members in four weeks, and for those who are or will be traveling to warmer weather areas. Our camping schedule was reviewed. We may be having our spring camp-in in February so that we may be able to reserve either Salisbury Beach or Scusset Beach for our October 4-6 camp-out next fall. Watch for flyers. Sound different? Connecticut will be discussing the Spring Fling soon to see who can assist them at Travelers Woods in May (parking, registration, meals, etc.). Jack Mulhall spoke briefly about the national rallies coming up.


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Brad Ross spoke briefly about getting the reservation forms in for the Connecticut camp-in at the Dakota on December 15. Call Ted Hatch for info about car pooling (1-508429-6605). Keep collecting those can tabs! It was wonderful to see that Ellen Pacelt has recovered well from her emergency gall bladder surgery, to see that Barbara and Lou Lasker were mending from their health issues, that Ellie Peterson was able to enjoy the afternoon with us, that Arthur Mackintire and Roland Pardee are feeling somewhat better and were out and about, that Pat and Jack Mulhall will be moving back into their house for the first time since June, and that the Connecticut folks, Brad Ross, Pat and Vin Kalinauskas, and the Staffords, got to see how crazy the members of Mass One can be. As dessert was being delivered, our guest, Steve Martin, spoke about the Food Pantry, Helping Hands and Toys for Rehoboth Kids and how many families are in need just in the town of Rehoboth. He thanked us all whole-heartedly for our generosity and support, and wished everyone a happy holiday season. As quoted by one of our members, “This was a very uplifting day!” Have a wonderful holiday season with good health and emotional wealth! See you camp-in’! Donna

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Our camping group is called The National Camping Travelers, a Masonic Family Camping Club and has many districts nationwide. In District 1, which includes the New England States of MA, CT, and VT, our Chapter is called Mass One, Chapter 9. We camp with tents through Class A’s in different parts of the state during the April through October season, have a District 1 Camping Rally in September, usually in Bernardston, MA at Travelers Woods of New England, Inc. There is a National Rally in July in another state (Next year it will be in Alabama.) that any NCT member may attend. We are a very active group and are always looking for new Masonic campers and their families to camp with us. Our first camp-out will be on Mother’s Day weekend in May at Travelers Woods, called our Spring Fling and gets us all revved up for the camping season. A typical outing may consist of a 4 PM

December 2012 The Reporter social hour, a shared dinner followed by coffee hour with goodies on Friday night, a make your own omelet breakfast, a meeting, games or craft time, or tour, a pot luck, eat out, or catered dinner followed by coffee hour with goodies on Saturday, and a short ecumenical service followed by everyone packing up to get home on Sunday. Holiday outings are more inclusive with holiday specific activities for everyone. Have you ever challenged someone to Pumpkin Bowling? It is not too early to plan to attend our first camping activity inside at dinner in February. We will probably meet again at Davenports, but I would be happy to keep you informed of the time, date and place for our get-together. If you are interested in camping with a crazy, fun group, please contact Donna Howard 1-508-252-6281. Thank you for you printing of this news article. Donna Howard, Secretary of Mass One, Chapter 9 National Camping Travelers

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The holiday season can be busy and stressful, but pets are natural stress-relievers! They won’t pass judgment on your pie-crust or return the gift you picked out. The Rehoboth Animal Shelter has friendly but homeless pets who would love to meet you. Felix is a handsome neutered male cat; probably part Maine Coon, with medium long hair. He enjoys human attention but is not fond of dogs. Felix would do well in a calm environment. You can learn more about Felix and our other adoptable pets at http:// or by calling the shelter at 508-252-5421, ext 126. Donations of food, cat litter, and old towels are welcome and may be left at the Blanding Library or the Town Office building.

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How fortunate we are in the town of Rehoboth to have the antiques of History to look upon. On the corner of Baker & Hornbine there are two historical buildings. The one room school house and the church across the street. A person can only wonder what a student studying history on the west coast would think or say if they could come here and see these two reminders of our country’s beginning. The school is kept up nicely and is in good shape, however, the church is in trouble. This historical building needs help. The roof needs repairs and new shingles. The paint is peeling and falling off. We have a generous offer to put in a parking lot from our neighbor (thanks Mike) and now we could use more help with the building. This place of worship for more than 250 years survives solely on its congregation, and this number is diminishing. We are of the independent branch of Catholicism. Our belief is that all our welcome. In this way Jesus opened the doors to teach us the Father’s message. We want all who believe to know that we are here, and want to grow. God, Family, Fun, and Fundraising will help keep this church alive. So come and visit us. Saturday 4pm and Sunday 1030. CCD is on Wednesday at 6pm. Give the New Year a fresh shot in faith. For more information visit our website at or call 401-475-4133 to make a donation.

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Rehoboth Ramblings by Leslie Patterson

Another Storm of the Century

A recent New Yorker cartoon expressed my thoughts exactly: a couple are wading through hip-deep water in their living room and the husband grumbles, “If they want us to take these storms more seriously, they should give them scarier names.” I mean, take the names Sandy and Irene (or Bob and Gloria a few years ago). These sound like the names of friendly neighbors or buddies from work. Katrina sounds like a cute little Dutch girl, not some massive death-dealing hurricane. From a selfish point of view, I’m relieved that Hurricane Leslie didn’t amount to much this season and I’m glad we didn’t name our new dog Sandy last spring. Apparently the Weather Channel has been thinking the same thing about storm names because I was surprised to learn the Nor’easter that followed Sandy was called Athena (at least on; I didn’t see it anywhere else). They have a list of new names for winter storms, which is too long to reprint here, but it’s an odd collection of names from mythology, history and literature. The only common name on this list is Helen and that’s after Helen of Troy. Some of the other names include Brutus (watch out for that one on the Ides of March) and Euclid, the Greek mathematician. I was never very good at geometry but it doesn’t scare me nearly as much as a blizzard. Likewise Plato. There is nothing very philosophical about hurricanes. The names from old European mythologies sound more promising, such as Triton, son of Poseidon. Poseidon would be good too

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December 2012 The Reporter (the Roman version, Neptune, doesn’t sound fierce enough). Then there is Ukko, who was apparently an old god of sky and weather in Finland. This has the added advantage of sounding like “Uh Oh”. There is also Orko, a thunder god in old Basque mythology, or so it says here. Zeus is also on the list but not Thor, which would be a natural choice, I would think. Brunhilde would be a convincing name for a super storm too. From history, the list includes Khan, as in Genghis, I presume. That’s a good name to scare people with. I also suggest Attila. That ought to make people want to run for the hills. Well, a storm by any other name would be just as bad. What a treat it was on Halloween (the trick was two days before) when the power came back less than 48 hours after it went out. I had expected five days, like last year, or even longer. Praise to National Grid for their speedy work, at least in our area. We weathered the October power outage at our house without a generator again. (A generator would be a good Christmas present. Surely it is better to pick one out calmly ahead of time and not in a pre-storm frenzy when they sell out quickly.) We were very lucky that the weather wasn’t too cold at that time. Being without a furnace in the winter is something else again unless you have a wood stove. Here are a few tips on powerless living for a few days: Have D batteries on hand (or buy them as soon as the storm is forecast). These get sold out first. Have lots of flashlights handy. Never randomly set down a turned-off flashlight in a dark room. You will not find it until morning. Be very, very careful if using candles. They don’t give that much light anyway. Flashlights are better. Before the storm arrives, stock up on water for drinking and hand washing. For flushing, I find it’s helpful to keep a very large plastic garbage can full of water outside by the back door. This water can be brought into the bathroom by bucket if you run out of water in the bathtub. Regarding the refrigerator, use up perishable foods as much as possible and store the rest inside the freezer compartment with bags of ice. The freezer will work like a refrigerator for several days. I’ve also found that it helps to really scrub out the refrigerator ahead of time if you are worried about a power failure. It will stay and smell cleaner that way. My best advice (this is hardly news) is to go out to eat when restaurants and coffee shops nearby have their power. This is assuming that you aren’t stuck in your house due to fallen trees or a blizzard and unplowed roads. Our sympathy goes to those in New York and New Jersey who suffered so much more, especially those who lost their homes entirely. Let’s hope that in 2013 we will not be especially unlucky with weather. By the way, the latest word is that the world is not going to end this December 21 after all. I’m passing along this vital information for those who thought they might get out of Christmas shopping this year. All I want for Christmas: a generator might be a good gift this year.



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

Now that the State Election and town meeting are behind us, we are starting to focus on the annual town census. It will be mailed out late December or early January. This year, the postal service is allowing more pages to be mailed out with presorted “Our Focus Cutting Edge Technology postage, so we will be including several flyers for various town is departments. It will be a good way to reach every household in Premier Eyecare On You” town. The dog licensing renewal form will be enclosed with the Distinct Eyewear census. Please check the form that you receive and make any needed corrections, sign it and mail it back. This annual census is mandated by the State as a way to keep our data base as up to date as possible. We want to thank the Community Preservation Committee and the town meeting members for voting for the funding for the archiving project for town hall and the library. It will begin in late January and probably take about 4-6 weeks to complete. The Community Preservation Committee approved the funding for 2/3 of the cost of the project and we want to thank them for their support. They were given a tour of the vault and the basement and could see the need for this project. Many many documents will be 400 Warren Avenue w w destroyed and others will be categorized and boxed and labeled. New shelves will be added to some of the existing shelves to get all the documents onto proper shelving. Thank you again to the Community Preservation Act Committee and the town meeting voters. The animal shelter is holding its annual food and supply drive. We are collecting items here in Town Hall and have the flyers on our counter with the “wish list”. The Veteran’s Agent also has placed a Toys for Tots container in the lobby of town hall. You may donate new, unwrapped toys by placing them in this barrel. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA season. Bay State Road, Rehoboth MA ®


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Ok Seekonk. I lean to the left. There, I said it. Some of you heard me say as much a few weeks ago on Inside Seekonk, a fine program on TV9 where they were gracious enough to include me in their lineup. But what you’re about to read isn’t about my political leanings. It’s about facts. The Republican Party needs to change. There is an understandable resistance to this reality in any party when it becomes political truth. It is what all principled people fear in politics, Jim Chandley the compromise, transfiguration, or outright reversal of certain convictions in exchange for political and electoral viability. But make no mistake; this is the conundrum set before the Grand Old Party today. Consider for a moment the racial breakdown of the 2012 presidential election. Governor Romney polled either equally or worse than his predecessor, Senator John McCain among Latinos, African-Americans, and Asians. Shortly before Election Day, the official response to this problem from the Romney campaign? They essentially said, we believe we can deliver a “whiter” electorate than Senator McCain had to work with four years earlier. Faced with this difficult challenge, their answer was, we need more white people to vote. This strategy was terrifically flawed in two ways. Primarily, it was a bad idea because the American electorate has become less white in every presidential election for the last 20 years (remove one outlier in 1992 and the trend extends back to the Nixon years). But let’s look beyond the far-fetched hope of reversing that trend for one election cycle. What does that say about the long-term viability of a political party? Even if you manage to buck that particular trend for one year (which has happened once in 40 years and you lost that election), what makes you think you can continue to deliver a “white enough” electorate to win in the future? Would it not be more sensible and feasible to look at how you can appeal to those voters? Then there’s the women problem. Women voted for the President 56%-44% this year. That gives Mr. Obama the third and fourth largest margins in that category since Gallup began recording the statistic in 1952 (Trivia: who do you think had the top two margins in history? Answer later in this column.). I don’t want to make women out to be single-issue voters, and I certainly don’t want to touch third rail issues, but here goes nothing. According to the Pew Research Center’s most recent tally (July 2012), women said abortion should be legal in all or most cases at a rate of 55%, as opposed to 40% who say the opposite. Women said this issue would be very or somewhat important to their vote to the tune of 71%. I don’t mean to advocate that Republicans transform their party into a “pro-choice” one. There are some options. They could nuance their stances, for example, don’t put someone on the presidential ticket who opposes legal abortions in cases of rape and incest. They could hold firm on abortion but soften their stances on contraception and sex-education, with a view toward compromise. Or if a large portion of the party feels that their small government and supply side economic principles are more important, perhaps they should go the distance and abandon their “pro-life” history. “Pro-life” politics has certainly earned the GOP millions of votes over the years, but how many elections have those votes won them? Large swaths of those votes come from deep red states where

they are of little consequence. Other pockets come from strongly religious communities in states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, which don’t help them win the White House. (Trivia answer: President Johnson had the largest percentage of women votes ever in 1964. President Clinton was second in 1996). Would Republicans win more votes among women if they softened on abortion? Might minorities be more interested if the GOP supported the Dream Act? Could inner-city electoral maps change colors if prominent Republicans just changed the language they use when speaking about government assistance programs? I’m not Karl Rove, Nate Silver, or James Carville. I don’t have the kind of brilliant mind or decades of experience it takes to propose a policy change and tell you what the electoral ramifications would be. I’m just a crazy sports fan who turned on the news on the night of November 6th and watched the returns like everyone else; but that’s why I know a one-sided contest when I see one. When you lose by 126 points, in anything, you change the game plan for next time.

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American Legion Post 302 Rehoboth concluded it’s hosting of the annual Veterans Day Luncheon on Sunday November 11th by presenting $560 worth of food cards from Hannaford Supermarket to Food Pantry Director Steven Martin. The Post and its sub-groups, Squadron 302 Sons’ of the American Legion and the Women’s Auxiliary donated over $1300 in October and November to the Food pantry. According to Bill Saunders, Post Adjutant, the Food Pantry is the Post’s primary charity in the community. It regularly sends money to the Pantry and tries to expand that giving with additional events throughout the year. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Post will strive to see that the Food Pantry is lacking nothing. Individual members of the Post 302 and the Sons’ group will purchase frozen turkeys to supplement the gifts already given.

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Rehoboth Anawan Lions

The Rehoboth Anawan Lions held it’s meeting on November 15th and some members brought individuals who were prospective members to our club. A good time was had by all and we greeted the new prospective members and welcomed them. We also had two ladies from the Newman Y, Natashia and Neta who spoke on some programs they have; one being Families for healthy eating. It was very interesting and very informative to all. We attended our usual Marian Manor Bingo and a good time was had all who attended, our next bingo will be on December 12th at 7 p.m. On December 8th we will be having our Tree Lighting at 3 o’clock at the Bristol County Bank. There will be caroling and refreshments for all who attend. From there we will be going to Francis Farm for hay rides, games, and a visit from SANTA. Ornaments will be available for a $5 donation in memory of a loved one or honoring someone dear to you. The tree will have red, white, and blue lights in honor or our Military. Come and join us for a fun day and bring the children to Francis Farm for lots of fun! See you there. Our Lions club Christmas party will be held on December 13th at Benjamin’s Restaurant in Taunton. We will be having a Buffett with a great variety of choices. Kathy Amaral is in charge of arrangements. Those attending are reminded to bring a Yankee Swap gift and their secret pal gift. See you there. On November 29th a few of our members attended the cabinet meeting on East Taunton where a very informative meeting was held. At our meeting we chose our Peace poster winner who will be representing our club in the District 33S competition. The peace poster winner that was chosen was submitted by Olivia Freitas, a 6th grader from the D. L. Beckwith School. She will be receiving a $50 prize from our club. Congratulation to Olivia from all our members. At our last meeting everyone brought in can goods for the food pantry and we thank all who brought in items. It was a very large amount of items and will be going to the needy at this time of the year. We also do baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. Dates to remember - Calendar Dance January 26th at the Hillside Country Club; Mid winter conference - January 11-12-13 in Plymouth MA Well we would like to THANK YOU ALL who have supported us in all our endeavors and look forward to your continued support. That is why we are always so successful! At this time we would like to wish all A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR. See you next year!

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Dec12th Regular Lions Meeting at Goff Hall Inducting a new member, Rob Davis Dec 17th Regional Lions Youth Speech Contest at Attleboro Library at 7 PM. Dec 19th Rehoboth Lions Board of Directors at King Lion Ray’s House at 7 P.M.


East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club Announces New Members

Kathleen M. Hayes and Jared W. Cowgur Elected Members of East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club

East Providence, R.I. (October 22, 2012): Kathleen M. Hayes has been inducted into membership of the East Providence/ Seekonk Rotary Club, an organization of business and professional persons who provide humanitarian service to our community and in the world. The announcement was made today by Club President Jeanine Achin. Ms. Hayes is the Business owner of TCI Press at 21 Industrial Ct Seekonk MA. Jared W. Cowgur has been inducted into membership of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club, an organization of business and professional persons who provide humanitarian service to our community and in the world. The announcement was made today by Club President Jeanine Achin. Mr. Cowgr is the Pastor of Bridge Pointe Christian Church. Chartered in 1946, the East Providence, RI/Seekonk, MA Rotary Club (No. 6334, District 7950) is a local club of Rotary International, based in Chicago, IL. Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. East Providence/ Seekonk Club meetings are held at the Ramada Inn/Darling’s Restaurant, 940 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk, MA each Monday at 12:15 pm. For more information, visit the Club Web site at www. or write: PO Box 14303, East Providence, RI 02914.

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The November 13th meeting was very informative. Our speaker Beth Lambert, from the Division of Fish and wildlife, showed us renditions of the Mill River cleanup. She explained about the 3000 dams in Massachusetts that are causing problems with the ecology of the local habitat and what they are doing about the four in our region. Three will be removed and the fourth is being replaced and a fish ladder being built. We are familiar with that project on Bay Street Taunton. The December 11th meeting will be our Christmas party. We ask everyone to please bring an unwrapped gift for a child. We will have a Yankee Swap of a maximum $5.00 gift. There will also be a card exchange. The 140th Annual State Grange Session went well. The delegates worked on 21 resolutions. They supported adoption of a plan allocating electoral votes based on the proportion of popular vote. One of the rejected resolutions was regarding seatbelts on school buses. The delegate body said they are dangerous in case of an accident and the bus drivers cannot enforce them. The town of Boxborough was very welcoming. On November 20th the National Grange Master/President Ed Luttrell released his annual address to the 145th meeting. He focused on the financial health of our nation, expanding regulations that cost taxpayers money and create a business environment that cannot take risks. He also stressed that the Farm Bill needs to be passed by the lame duck congress. The speech was much longer and I will give you more in the next update. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. God Bless. Come join us.

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Old-Fashioned New England Winters


by Leslie Patterson 1887: April 23. “A snowstorm began Monday about 11 o’clock As winter approaches, we are all wondering what the weather and continued without interruption until 7 p.m. when it changed to will be like, following a dreadfully snowy winter two years ago rain and sleet, accompanied by lightening, a very unusual occurand an oddly mild winter last year. We thought it would be fun to rence for the 23rd of April.” look up what winter was like in the old, and the very old, days in 1888: March 14. “A storm commenced late Sunday evening, Rehoboth and so we consulted “Rehoboth Through The Years”. first with rain and high winds then changing from rain to light snow (This and other books about Rehoboth history may be purchased on Monday. It continued all day Tuesday and into Wednesday, pilat the Carpenter Museum.) ing snow into high drifts. All communication with the outside world This book, published in 1993 by the Anawan Historical Society was cut off completely. Ships along the coast went aground. This (since merged with the RAS), lists a wide variety of events, large was known as the Blizzard of ‘88.” and small, that occurred year by year in town. Weather over the 1940: Feb. 14. “A severe blizzard occurred on St. Valentine’s past centuries has included floods, hurricanes, heat and drought, Day with a snowfall of 13 inches. Drifts were so high that the snowand, of course, snow and cold. Here are a few entries about the plows could not get through some streets and the town hired men worst winter has had to offer Rehoboth over the years. Keep in mind that back in the very old days there was no central heating, nor were there down parkas or waterproof boots. 1698: “It has snowed thirty-one days this winter and there is over three feet of snow upon the ground. This has been the most severe winter for many years and great cold.” 1705: Jan. 25. “A great storm of rain and wind came from the southeast. The storm continued the next day. Tides were two feet above usual.” 1715: Feb. 20. “A blizzard raged for three days.” 1717: Feb. 27. “Heavy snow fell this day and also on March 3rd and 18th. It is as deep as six feet in some places.” 1732: April 5. “This day a remarkable snow fell between two and three feet deep, the deepest we had this year.” 1740: “The river this year froze over Dr. Lisa Daft and Dr. Jared Stubbs as early as October. Severely cold with deep snow occurring on November 1. Are pleased to announce Dr. Chris Vanderpool Thaw began on the 22nd with rain for three weeks during the days only... A great freeze has joined our family and cosmetic dental practice. began on December 12th and continued Providing comprehensive dental care in into March. Heavy snows fell all winter. A foot of snow fell near Boston on the 7th of Seekonk, MA for more than 35 years. April. Ice in the bay and on the Seekonk We welcome new patients! River measured between 25 and 30 inches. A three-day blizzard at the end of January totaled over three feet of snow.” 1748: “Heavy snow has fallen all winter. There have been nearly 30 storms in all.” 1769: May 12. “Last night the temperature fell rapidly [it had been hot the previous day] and it began to snow. The storm lasted some 12 hours and the snow amounted to several inches.” 1778: “Winter coldest in our town’s history. The harbor froze solid for six weeks and wood soared to $20 a cord. British sentries at Newport froze to death at their posts.” 1804: Oct. 9. “Tremendous electric storm with high winds and great rains this morning. About 80 trees and many fence rails were blown down. The rain turned to snow about one o’clock.” 1823: March 5. “Heavy rains this day, along with melting snows, has caused some of the most disastrous flooding and destruction of property known.”

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During the winter, young Roy Horton was sometimes assigned the task of loading the Democrat wagon with the ear corn from the family’s farm crib and carting it to the water powered grist mill in the Perryville section of Rehoboth for grinding. The mill had a machine that smashed up the ears of corn, Cobb and kernels together, and ground them into feed to be used for the cow’s winter grain. Mr. Horton often used to buy a bag of whole corn from the feed store and have the miller grind it in with a corn cob meal to make a richer mixture. Although the grain was nothing like the carefully prepared grain mixtures available today, Roy said that the cows did eat it and liked it. excerpted from “Swamp Yankee “ by E Otis Dyer

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has re-appointed Rehoboth Fire Chief Robert Pray to another term on the Massachusetts Fire Training council. Chief Pray was the first Chief ever appointed to the council to represent on-call fire departments in the state. The Massachusetts Fire Training Council is the sole certifying agency for certification of all levels of fire service personnel in the Commonwealth. The Council has statutory authority to promulgate rules and regulations for the operation of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy and has the authority to approve courses and curriculum taught by the Academy. The Fire Training Council is a thirteen member body appointed by the Governor. Congratulations Chief Pray!

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Seekonk, Massachusetts– National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) named local teens Matthew, Brian, and Timothy Salit from Seekonk High School as members of one of 19 teams from across the country that will lead a teen distracted driving prevention initiative in their local community. The teams will also join over 100 youth to attend the Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit taking place December 1-3 in Washington, DC. The summit, supported by AT&T and others, includes three days of impactful presentations, interactive training activities, and educational training to teach youth how to address texting while driving in their local communities. The Salits will work with peers from across the country to develop a national youth action plan that they will bring back to Massachusetts to help stop distracted driving. Activities will take place throughout the school year and culminate in May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, but teen drivers are already 4 times more likely than adult drivers

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Rehoboth Resident Mark Gervais Named Man of the Year by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association

Rehoboth, MA resident Mark Gervais has been named Man of the Year by the Rhode Hospitality Association and will be honored at the November 28th Stars of the Industry Awards gala at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Gervais has sat on the Board of Directors for the past six years and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011. He has been a tireless proponent for the lodging, restaurant, foodservice and tourism industries in Rhode Island and is heavily involved in legislative advocacy to help protect vital business interests throughout Mark Gervais Rhode Island. Mark was named General Manager of the Hotel Viking, in May 2006 and has led the hotel through extensive renovations and through the recent severe economic downturn. Under his guidance the hotel has received many distinguished awards including 2012 Best Large Company in Newport County; Newport Life Magazine’s Best Hotel and Best Accommodations 2007- 2012; Best Spa 2006, 2007, 2012; Top 20 Historic Hotels in the U.S. and Meetings East Magazine Best of the East 2006, 2011. Mark was voted Rhode Island Hotelier of the Year in 2009. He’s held executive positions at impressive industry giants like Starwood, Doubletree, Hyatt and more. A native of Worcester, MA, Mark is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For the last 14 years he has resided in Rehoboth, MA with his wife Lisa, son Jackson and daughter Julia.

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Peter Richmond Retires from the Rehoboth Highway Department

Peter Richmond’s retirement party took place at the Rehoboth Town Hall on November 15th. Peter was the Superintendent of the Rehoboth Highway Department for many years for the Town of Rehoboth, MA.

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One of RI’s most outstanding high school seniors, Zachary Mitsmenn, of Rehoboth, was honored with the distinguished recognition as state winner of the 2012 Wendy’s high school Heisman award. Zach, who attends Saint Raphael Academy, will now go on to compete at the national level. This award celebrates hard work, dedication and exemplary records in athletics, academics and community leadership. Zach is a standout in baseball and soccer and was chosen out of 45,000 applicants throughout the country.

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Events & Activities Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lightning ceremony on December 8th 2012 @ Bristol County Savings Bank on Winthrop Street (Route 44) Rehoboth at 3.00 p.m. In Honor of all the men and woman serving in the military, the tree will be decorated in red, white and blue. A star ornament will be available for a $5.00 donation to be place on the tree, inscribed with the name of an individual in honor of or in memory of. The names of those to be honored will be read during the ceremony and the donations will be given to families serving in the military. Following the tree lighting ceremony, participants and guests are invited to go to Francis Farm on County Street in Rehoboth to enjoy refreshments, Hayrides, pizza, hot chocolate, cider and a visit with Santa. There will also be a roll up table where children can purchase chances for 50 cents and win fun prizes. To make a donation in memory or honor of, please mail checks to Rehoboth Anawan Lions Club, P.O. Box 698 Rehoboth, MA 02769, please acknowledge that your donation is for the Tree Lighting and provide the name of individual to be honored.

Rehoboth Contra Dance December 14

There will be a Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, December 14, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Lucia Watson. Music will be performed by Julie Metcalf and Larry Unger. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508252-6375;

Julie Metcalf and Larry Unger perform at the Rehoboth contra dance on Friday, December 14.

Community Dance December 16

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Pizza Night December 12th

Tired of cooking dinner night after night? Why not treat your family to delicious food from Papa Gino’s instead? Introducing... Pizza Night to Support the Friends of the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band. Papa Gino*s will donate 20% of the total pre-tax sales from all the guests that come in with this flyer during the fundraiser. Eat in or carry-out, it’s your choice! Second Wednesday of each Month from 4-9PM, December 12th, January 9th, February 13th, March 15th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th Papa Gino’s; 294 Winthrop Street (Rt. 44), Taunton, MA, 508-823-8800 *Any guest bringing in a fundraising flyer may not redeem coupons with their order. * This is valid for all dine-in and carry-out orders. (Sorry, not valid on delivery orders).

*FREE* On Sunday evening, December 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The December 16 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Elliott at or call 508-6695656. *FREE* On Sunday evening, December 30, from 7 to 10 p.m.,

The Rehoboth Community Dance is held monthly on Sunday evenings at Goff Memorial Hall.

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Poetry In The Village Invites You To Its Annual “Favorite Poem” - Not For Just Poets! - Night December 19, Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.

Since its creation by poet Robert Pinsky in 1997, the Favorite Poem Project has lived on, in many varieties. One such is at poetry venues, where all are invited to read a favorite poem and say why it is their favorite. Excerpted/edited from html

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‘The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in Americans’ lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997. During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project volunteering to share their favorite poems — Americans from ages 5 to 97, from every state, of diverse occupations, kinds of education and backgrounds.”


Community Dance December 30

There will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music. The December 30 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught. Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Elliott at or call 508-6695656.

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Rehoboth Contra Dance December 28

There will be a Rehoboth holiday contra dance on Friday, December 28, at 8:00 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769. All dances will be taught by caller Linda Leslie. Music will be performed by Amy Larkin and Roberta Sutter. Beginners welcome. Partners not necessary. $8. For information, call 508-252-6375;

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Doors open at 6:30pm—Show begins at 7:00pm To be held at Central Congregational Church In the Sanctuary – Handicapped Accessible 115 Commonwealth Avenue, Attleboro Falls, MA Cost: $10 per Adult—$8 Seniors and Children under 12yrs. **Seating is limited – this is the ONLY show in our area this year – advanced ticket purchase strongly suggested! ** For Tickets - Stop by the Church Office on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or, if available, you may purchase tickets at the door. Call 508-699-7700 for more information. Stay for a coffee hour reception and meet Gary downstairs in the Vestry where Cratchet Family holiday baked goods, homemade fudge, coffee and assorted beverages will be served for your enjoyment following the show – all included in your ticket price!

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15 Sanford Street, Attleboro MA 02703. $5 Ice Cream Sundaes plus a Holiday Movie at on FridaysCentenary UMC, Attleboro. 2013All aboard for a fun family event on Friday, Dec. 14, 7 pm ,p.m., of making your own believable Ice Cream Sundaes for $5 per person with the showing of a FREE family rated holiday movie classic on a floor to ceiling screen at 7:30 pm. Our Friday Nightpm film series “Accentuate the Positive,” will feature a holiday themed, award winning animated film about believing in oneself and the magic of the season. A special appearance by tap dancing hot chocolate waiters will again make an appearance during the film and children are asked to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite pillow. ‘Pizza is readyMake your Sundaes’ start at 6:30pm on a first-come first-served basis, but anyone can come and watch the movie for FREE at 7pm. Children will get a special collectible toy with their dessert, and a special treat from a jolly elf of the North. Centenary is located at 15 Sanford St. on the corner of North Main St. in downtown Attleboro, and is handicap accessible. For directions go online at or call 508-222-1759.

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We invite you to join us throughout the year and make a difference in your child’s education. Please join us for our next meetings: Wednesday, December 5 and Wednesday, January 9 in Palmer River at 7 p.m. At our November meeting, we voted to approve our 2012-2013 budget. In addition, we voted to contribute to the following: $500 to BMS to purchase paint, furniture and a Keruig machine for the faculty lounge. $500 was given to the BMS SIMS program to purchase a washing machine and carpet sweeper. $1600 was approved for the Kindergarten team at PRES to purchase a laminating machine. We are busy planning lots of fun events for 2013! Here are some things to watch for: Zumba Class in January, Sweetheart Dance in February, Mother-Son Day in March, The 3rd Annual Silent Auction in March, Globetrotter Family Night in April Palmer River Spirit Wear is on sale again! Visit our website for more information. Anyone interested in chairing a Multi-Cultural Family event, please contact Jenn Moitoso. Special Thanks To: Suzanne Cabral and Debra Fitzgerald for running the Cristoline Fundraiser this fall, and to all who volunteered the evening of pick up at BMS. Thank you to families for their patience while we worked with Cristoline to have all fundraiser items delivered to them. Lynda Brown for our Family Bingo Night, and to those who donated items as prizes. There was a huge turnout for the event, lots of winners! Tiffany Bartholomew for organizing the fall Book Fair at BMS, all proceeds went to the BMS library. Rosa Gross and Catherine Benevides for planning the Carnival themed 5th grade social at BMS. Lynn Razza for collecting and counting countless Boxtops to raise funds for PRES. All who attended our November meeting, it was great to see so many in attendance, parents and teachers, despite the brewing storm. Jenn Moitoso, Rehoboth PTSA President

Dates to Remember: Polar Express Movie Night

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Palmer River News Elise DuBois, Assistant to Principal

Yes We Can!

Palmer River students recently extended their generosity to our Rehoboth community by collecting and donating a total of 1101 items, in a combination of canned goods and dollars, to the Rehoboth Food Pantry. The children seemed happy to help and heed the encouragement of Alan Shawn Feinstein who encouraged that they can be “heroes” to others. At present, a group of small fourth graders is planning a second fundraising activity. This group of girls is organizing a “spirit week” to be held just prior to the holiday break. This time, all proceeds will be contributed to Mr. Martin’s Fuel Assistance Program. The children are very excited! Get your crazy mix and match outfit ready- we are going to have a lot of fun for a great cause.

Encouraging Reading During the Holiday Season

Mrs. Palma, our reading specialist, reminds us that the holidays are a great time to inspire your children to read. Below are some helpful hints to help encourage your child to read during this busy time of year. Books make great gifts. Try finding a holiday book you loved as a child and give it to your child as a gift. Read it together and share your favorite parts. This is a great way to connect through a special book. Start a tradition. Reading The Night Before Christmas is a commonly known holiday tradition. As a family, choose a holiday book everyone will enjoy and read it at a special time every year. This is a fantastic way to get the family together around a great book. Read aloud. Have your child choose one of his/her favorite holiday picture books or a poem to read aloud during a family gathering. This is a great way to build confidence through reading. Make a book. Have everyone in the family write about a special holiday memory. Put them together into a book that your child can read aloud at a family gathering. This is a great way to get the whole family involved in a great literacy activity.

Truly Grateful

Great fun was had by all as students working with Mrs. Klinkhammer in fourth grade. The students celebrated Thanksgiving by performing “A Play for Thanksgiving,” a performance which documents the origins of the Thanksgiving Day holiday! Many of the children brought in props and dressed up like their characters. Most of all, the children enjoyed watching themselves perform the play which they recorded on the IPad! The students finished this splendid day with a classroom feast of many healthy treats, including a “fruit-made” turkey. The students also worked together to make a traditional food of the Pilgrims: Bannock Cakes, a mixture of cornmeal, eggs and milk. (Like the Pilgrims, they all ate the cakes with their very clean fingers!) To close out the lesson, during Open Circle, the students (and teacher) shared what each was truly grateful for; most shared family and friends!

A New World

In fourth grade social studies with Mrs. Stebbings, students are creating a whole new world by designing their own continents. As the children learn new concepts and grasp an understanding of mapping skills, they are applying the concepts to their own “continent” maps. This gives them a fun and creative way to use what they are learning. To tie in reading, these students are becoming

experts at non-fiction text features and are enjoying wild and exciting National Geographic articles to practice skills.

Technology Update

We are seeing a lot of great growth in our technology lab! Mr. Pearce reports the following updates for the fall months-

Raz Kids Update:

Students have exhibited a high level of skill within class. Many more students are using the program at home.

Study Island Update

Students from grades 2 - 4 are doing a very good job at remembering their four numbers needed to login. Working very well within Study Island answering questions and working through modules.

Typing Practice

K and Grade 1 are done with typing for now. Program is web based. Students can practice at home. The program is called Come Type With Me. Produced by the BBC in the UK. The link:

How Third Graders Learn About Legends

Students working with Mrs. Read and Mrs. Coirier have been researching the Wampanoag. As they researched, the students came across some wonderfully interesting Native American legends. These writings were a springboard for some equally creative student work. Here are some Third grade examples:

How the Moon Got Its Craters

By Caitlin Brawley Do you want to know how the moon got its craters? Well, long ago, a HUGE giant got into a hot air balloon and went for a ride. About an hour later, he wanted to come down but he couldn’t. He went so high that he got into space. Suddenly, the hot air balloon was crashing toward the moon! It hit the moon 70 times at 200 miles an hour. It made HUGE dents. That is how the moon got its craters!

How a Tortoise Got Its Shell

By Hunter Haskell One day, there was a tortoise who was sitting on a rock and thought I should have one for me so I can protect myself. He got a rock that was hard to get on his back. He had to cut out a hole and glue it on his back. And that is how a tortoise got his amazing shell today. That is how a tortoise protects himself today.

How Stars Came to be In the Sky

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Important December Dates:

Wednesday, December 5th……..PTSA Meeting in the Library Wednesday, December 12th..Grade 3 Banking, Savings Makes Cents December 24- January 1st…............…………..Holiday Recess Wednesday, January 2nd …………….........…Return to classes On behalf of the entire staff at Palmer River, we wish to extend warm wishes for a joy-filled and restful holiday break. We encourage our students and families to embrace the opportunity to “recharge” for a winter of rigorous and adventuresome learning! Happy holidays to you!

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Beckwith Middle School News

Lip Sync Contest

Congratulations to the following students and acts that participated in this year’s Annual Lip Sync Contest on October 24: Emma Dyson and Grace Kimmell performed to Up All Night; Jenna Barlow performed I’m With You; Meghan Reed, Alyssa Kelly, Chelsea Lawton, Catherine Mozzone, and Emma DePalo performed We Are Never Getting Back Together; Taylor Johnson, Sammy Morton, Maryssa Hunt, Cassidy Burke performed We Run the Night; Sydney Flanagan, Gloria Garcia, Jenai Childs, Jayde D’Agostino, Lakira Ferguson performed Boyfriend, Joey Reed performed Sox Nomar’s #5, Kayla Leffort performed Mean Girls, Owen Arden performed Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps; Peter Marcille and Jarrett Cordeiro performed 50 Ways to Say Goodbye; Megan Moran and Madison Burtan performed We Are Never Getting Back Together; Emily Martini and Stephen Martini performed Phantom of the Opera; Alexis Braz and Jackie Kucia performed Want U Back; Elise Therriault and Brooke Barlow performed Good Time. After these thirteen acts battled it out, the final standing was: Third Place went to Megan Moran and Madison Burtan, Second Place went to Alexis Braz and Jackie Kucia, and First Place went to Joey Reed. Special thanks to our brave faculty who put on a stellar performance in their rendition of Call Me Maybe. Thank you to our judges Mrs. Pincince, Mrs. Van Buren, Officer Perry, to our student volunteers, and to all the faculty who helped out and worked together to make this annual event a success.

Colette Watson, Allison Ainley, and Hannah Philip. Our alternates are John-Paul Landry, Emma O’Connell, Nicole Evans, Courtney Cross, and Cassidy Burke.

Change for Change

On October 26 Beckwith was a vision in pink. It was great to see so many staff and students participate in showing their support in the fight against breast cancer. Thank you to everyone who purchased pink shoestrings. This fundraiser contributed $56.30 to the “Change for Change” campaign. And, speaking of the Change for Change campaign, on October 26 we collected 279 pounds of change, which is nearly triple what we collected last year. Many thanks to all of our students and staff for their contributions and support.

Art News!

Students at D.L. Beckwith Middle School’s art program have some exciting events this November. To start the month, numerous students had artwork featured, once again, at this year’s Dighton Arts Festival which was held on November 4 at Araujo Farms in Dighton. This exciting event celebrated the arts from area artists and artisans. Visitors were able to shop for arts and crafts, eat delicious local cuisine, and enjoy local musicians and artists throughout the day. The festival is sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club. Also, many art students have participated in this years Lions Club Peace Poster contest. The theme of this year’s contest is “Imagine Peace.” The students were asked to create a poster that recognized their images and feelings on peace and what that word means to them. Each poster submitted will be judged and the grand prize award winner will have his/her artwork featured in Boston at the state-level judging of the peace poster contest. The students have worked exceptionally hard on each of their posters and the judges will have a hard time selecting just one winner. Good luck to all that have entered. Eighth graders will be able to create unique sculptures this month when the Beckwith Patrons of the Arts, in collaboration with art teacher Mr. Collard, will offer a sculpture-creating workshop at the end of this month. Students will be asked to create abstract sculpture designs where they will create each sculpture from armature to finished product, designing, implementing, and painting each sculpture. Stay tuned for more information to follow regarding this exciting event.

Spelling Team

We are pleased to announce that the Beckwith Spelling Team took third place at the Massasoit League Fall Spelling Meet on Friday, November 2nd and Cassidy Vincent was awarded the third place individual. Congratulations to Alexis Braz, Cassidy Vincent, Colin Bushell, Jarett Cordeiro, Julianna Springs, Kaylee Weddell, Austin Caruthers, Bridget Roy, Emily Greenberg, Kirsten Chambers,

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Nurse’s Notes

As per the Department of Public Health’s regulations, vision and hearing screenings will be done for Grades 5 and 7. BMI (body mass index) will be done for Grades 7 only. Postural (check for scoliosis) screenings will be done for all grades. If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in any of the screenings, a note from the student’s pediatrician will need to be sent in with results of these screenings having been performed by the pediatrician. Please send this in as soon as possible.

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We are pleased to announce the members of the 2012-2013 Beckwith Basketball teams. Lady Raiders are Brittany Boucher, Julia Campezato, Robyn D’Ambrosio, Sarah Guimond, Sydney Medeiros, Catherine Milner, Madeline Nees, Madison Reed, Lauren Archambault, Kendra Oliveira, Erin Reilly, Haley Croke, Rebecca Howard, Ainsley Jolin, and Gwyn Tatton.

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Hurley Middle School “The Chainsaw Guy” Visits Hurley Middle School

Kevin Hurley Middle School hosted its first school assembly this past Monday. Mike Higgins was the guest speaker who is also a uniquely talented artist. Mike has been an artist for a long time. Ironically enough he was not a fan of sculpture years ago. He was 40 years old when he picked up the chainsaw. With several chainsaws of different sizes, a blow torch, a sander, and paints – blue and white to be exact, he created a Warrior out of a giant pine log. To watch this transpire in front of me, and the rest of the audience was quite a sight. Fortunately, I could see him fairly close up and could clearly see he was totally into what he was doing. “How many times are you gonna see this in your life?” He later said as he spoke to the student body. On top of seeing performance art with chainsaws and a giant pine log involved, he talked of his school days and his earlier career in a corporate setting which led up to teaching some extremely valuable lessons to the young crowd.

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The Seekonk Public Schools has an integrative integrated preschool program that is located at Aitken School and serves 3 and 4 year-old students. The preschool classes have model students and students on Individualized Education Plans. Each year, model, tuition-paying students are drawn by lottery for available spots. In

December 2012 The Reporter order to be eligible for the lottery, students must register and be screened in March. If interested in having your preschool aged child screened as part of Child Find or to be a potential model student, you may register your child. Pre-school screening registration for all Seekonk students turning 3 years of age by August 31, 2013 will be held beginning January 2, 2013. You may register your child daily from 10 AM until 2 PM or in the evening on January 31st from 5:30-6:30. All registration forms may be picked up at Aitken School beginning on January 2nd or downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools’ website. Appointments will be made when you register your child. Registration packets are available at Aitken School beginning January 2nd or may be downloaded from the Seekonk Public Schools’ website. Please feel free to call Aitken School 336-5230 if you have any questions.


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Bay View News Bay View Academy’s Math Honor Society Welcomes 24 New Members

East Providence, RI - Bay View Academy’s Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society—the first chapter of its kind in Rhode Island—is inducting 24 new members to its ranks, bringing total membership up to 46 students. Mu Alpha Theta, formed in 1957, is an organization that aims to stimulate interest in mathematics by providing public recognition of superior mathematical scholarship and by promoting various mathematical activities. It is co-sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. There are now over 1,500 chapters, both in the United States and internationally. Admittance into the Bay View Academy chapter of Mu Alpha Theta is competitive and students must adhere to rigorous guidelines. The following juniors and seniors from our area are this year’s Bay View Academy’s Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society inductees: NAME GRADE CITY/TOWN STATE MONK, PAIGE 11 REHOBOTH MA XU, KAIYI 12 REHOBOTH RI continued on next page...



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Bay View Academy Crew Finishes Fall Season With A Flourish

East Providence, RI - The Bay View Academy crew team in the lineup: an injury to stroke Bridget Clemmey’s back prevented wrapped up its fall season on Sunday, October 28th, at the Head her from rowing. Michaela McGuirl moved into the stroke position, of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, New York. Head of the Fish, a two Juliana Kohler into six, and Virginia Liberto into the four seat. This mile event, is one of the largest regattas in the country and attracts was a transition for Virginia who is typically a starboard side rower, over 1,600 crews from across the Northeast and Canada.  Even but she did the job well with only one practice to prepare.  The with such a large number of crews participating, Bay View stood boat finished 6th out of 28 with a time of 13:01.2.  Coxswain Caitlin out with four top-ten finishes, including a Bronze for the Second Ponko says, “The girls have done an amazing job throughout the Varsity Four plus coxswain. and have improved a lot. I had a blast coxing for them and FELD ENTERTAINMENT season Starting off the morning, Bay View’s First Varsity Junior Eights it was a good way to end our fall season of 2012.” TT210895 o.: competed and pulled out a strong 6th place finish out of 28 boats, Virginia Liberto and Laura Poulton pulled double duty, heading Providence, RIthat reached up to 38 strokes per minute.  They Ad Size: X 10” with a stroke rating ement City: out soon5.875” after their finish in the Second Varsity Eights to row with ENTERTAINMENT finished with a time of 12:23.4, only one-tenth of a second behind the Second Varsity Fours. According to coach Albin Moser, “Bay Section: St. Catharine’s Rowing Club. View had an amazing race.  Everyone pulled hard, stayed strong, on Date(s): Immediately following this race, Bay View’s Second Varsity focused and gave it their all.”  It definitely paid off as they took home Junior Eights took to the water. The crew had to adjust to a change the Bronze medal, finishing with a time of 14:38.4. Rounding out the competition for Bay View was the Freshman Novice Fours who took fifth place out of 27 boats with a time 15:23.1.  Coxswain Jessica Silvia says, “The crew did an amazing job all the way through the course… I’m very proud of the place we received.” Coach Moser summed up the end of the season: “As predicted, October was a fast month loaded with a great deal of activity. It was very busy and ended with really positive results for the entire program. This should provide us with a solid foundation for the racing the lies ahead in 2013.” Local students in the Bay View Crew Line-Up: Stroke-Emmi Hodess, Senior; Rehoboth, MA Bow-Brittany Ha, Sophomore; Rehoboth, MA


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On November 4, 2012 Benjamin Tusino completed his Eagle Project at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. Ben’s project was to clear an area at the zoo which would be used to grow lupin. The lupin will be transplanted to New Hampshire where it will be a home for the Karner Blue Butterfly, an endangered species in New England. Ben and his 25 volunteers spent approximately 111 hours preparing the site for planting. Ben plans to help plant the lupine in the spring even though it is not part of his initial project.

On October 13th, 2012, Anthony Tusino finished his Eagle Project with help from over 20 volunteers. Anthony stenciled 129 storm drains in sensitive water areas in Seekonk with a stencil that said “No Dumping, Drains to Waterway.” It took approximately 86 man hours to complete the project. Anthony worked in conjunction with Mr. Bob Lamoureux, the Superintendent of the Seekonk Department of Public Works. The project was a huge success.

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Rehoboth/Seekonk SU had their 3rd Annual Leader/Daughter Pot Luck this year at the lovely Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth. Along with delicious food and wonderful kinship, we welcomed two very special guests. Louise and Jeff Dinsmore founders of Gabrielle Dinsmore’s Heart & Hope Fund. Louise and Jeff Dinsmore lost their daughter to heart disease and have been able to turn their pain into a passion – a passion to help provide for other children. Their non-profit will be the community service project during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sales. Donations will go to support Gabrielle’s Heart Camp, a place for children with Tom Greaves, Rehoboth MA • MA & RI Licensed heart disease to come and just be children. Gabrielle’s Heart Camp will help these children understand how special they truly Residential & Commercial are, not because of their heart disease, but because of who they Service upgrades • Recessed lighting • Ceiling fans can become. Get ready! The 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins December 21. Local troops will be selling their cookies directly to Smoke detectors • Under cabinet lighting you. This year we’ll be offering a new cookie: Mango Cremes, and Phone - Cable tv • Flat screen tv installations of course many of your old-time favorites too: Thin Mints, Peanut Pools - Hot tubs • Security lighting Butter Patties, Shortbread and others too! Landscape lighting • Light fixtures installed

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The Southeastern Massachusetts Festival Chorus (SMFC) will celebrate its 20th annual holiday season with a very special concert event. Held at locations in Bridgewater and Taunton, the concert will honor our cherished beliefs in the traditions that bring us together during the holidays and in the special magic of this time of year. Entitled Believe, it will also be an inspiring celebration of the best in us and the good that is all around us. Over 100 voices accompanied by 24-piece live orchestra will present this magical program that will feature such timehonored favorites as Let There Be Peace On Earth and O Holy Night, fun and fresh arrangements such as Pat-a-Pan Salsa and ’Tis a Wonderful Thing, and stirring new classics like Grown Up Christmas List and Mary, Did You Know. The group’s December 9 performance is sold out, however tickets are still available for the concert on Saturday, December 8 at 7:00pm at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and under ($2 off per ticket for groups of 8 or more).  Tickets may be purchased for this local holiday tradition at www. or by calling 508-821-9571.





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Two brilliant women. Two game changing theories. Sometimes science is a competitive sport. PROVIDENCE, RI: Fresh off the sold-out run of season opener King Lear, Trinity Rep continues their 49th Season with Sarah Treem’s fast and smart new play The How and the Why, directed by Shana Gozansky.  Opening in previews on November 29 and running through December 30 at Trinity Rep, this powerful and

intimate production features two brilliant characters – one in her fifties, one her twenties – each with her own take on the controversial debate surrounding the theory of female evolution. In this funny, gripping new play, a mentor and her protégé bond and spar over the personal and professional consequences of their own diametrically opposed theories. Inspiring and provocative, this witty gem from Sarah Treem (of HBO’s In Treatment) is both engrossing and powerful. Tickets for The How and the Why are on sale now at the Trinity Rep box office, 201 Washington St.; by phone at (401) 351-4242; and online at The How and the Why begins previews on November 29 at 7:30pm with a First Look Thursday preview performance, featuring a special post-show talkback with the production team and cast. The First Friday preview on November 30 at 7:30pm will continue the theater’s Pay What You Can (PWYC) tradition, with tickets on sale at 6:30 pm that evening, limit one per person. Trinity Rep resident acting company member Anne Scurria stars 508-399-jump as Zelda, a leading expert in the field of evolutionary biology, and Brown/Trinity MFA actress Barrie Kreinik (‘13) as graduate student Rachel, an equally brilliant woman on the verge of releasing her own groundbreaking theory. What unfolds over the course of two acts is an exploration of adversarial mentorship as the two women reveal deeper personal secrets that join them together inextricably.  102 A Pond St • Seekonk • “This isn’t the first time we’ve brought higher math and science to Trinity Rep’s stage,” says The Richard L. Bready Artistic Director Curt Columbus. “Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and David Auborn’s Proof were both very well received by local audiences when we did them years ago. When I read The How and the Why I thought immediately that people would love it: two amazing women volleying scientific theories at each other with engagement, heart, wit, and stamina – what could be better?” When asked what local audiences can expect from this new • Elder Law • Probate play, director Shana Gozansky says, “While The How and the Why • Medicaid Applications • Guardianships is about the experience of these two brilliant women, ultimately it speaks to every woman - every person actually - and the choice • Wills & Trusts • Power of Attorney we often face between pursuing our professional aspirations and • Asset Protection • Estate Planning sacrificing personal happiness. Sarah Treem plunges us deep into • Veterans’ Benefits • Health Care Proxy an investigation of driven ambition, genetic predisposition, and the long-term impacts of the choices we make.  I believe that the • Planning for children & adults w/ special needs experience of seeing this play will definitely lead to some interesting conversations in the car ride home!” In-home appointments available Returning to Trinity Rep to direct The How and the Why is a homecoming of sorts for Gozansky, as she graduated from the 492 Winthrop Street P.O. Box 222 Rehoboth, MA 02769 Brown/Trinity program in Spring of 2012. “I feel very lucky to be Email: asked to come back to a place that has been my artistic home for three years and work with actors and a production team that I’ve grown to really love and have tremendous respect for,” Gozansky says. The production’s design team includes set designer Tilly Grimes, costume designer Olivera Gajic, lighting designer Driscoll Otto and sound designer Peter Sasha Hurowitz. “Not only do I get to collaborate with two powerhouse actresses,” Gozansky says, “but I am surComplete auto collision repair rounded by an incredible design team and Towing Foreign & Domestic production staff. It’s amazing and a gift.” Talkbacks will be held after every perforWe handle all insurance claims mance of The How and the Why. Audiences Free Estimates GO GREEN are invited to share their response to the WATER BASED play’s production and themes for approxiMA RS. # 1367 PAINT mately twenty minutes. Trinity Rep’s 49th Serving our community for 25 years season is sponsored by NBC 10, with supporting sponsors Cox Media, Rhode Island 1849 Fall River Ave. (Rt 6), Seekonk, MA • 508-336-6475 Monthly and RISCA.

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Seekonk and Dighton-Rehoboth are not the best of friends. Supporters at basketball games between the two are not kind to each other when they chant various things (some of which are not fit to print) across the court. The violence found at the bottom of some of their piles on Thanksgiving morning would be too much for your average PG-13 movie. But hockey season has been serving as a pleasant reminder over the past several years of what the two can accomplish together. Unlike all of the other competitive sports in these two high schools, where “DR Week” and “Seekonk Week” bring about the drums of war, hockey is a cooperative independent program that the two schools share. The young program achieved a playoff berth last season for the first time in its history. This year, they will try to do better. Your first six on the ice for DR/Seekonk figure to be as follows: Tyler Poland, Nick Soares, and Joey Given will play up front. They will be called upon to fill the void left by Adam Ferreira, the program’s leading scorer who graduated this June. Behind them will likely be Luke Allison and Casey Escobar on defense. Jake Roy will start in net for the Falcons. Although the team had not yet elected captains, senior leadership took charge over a month ago and began securing ice time and holding what can only be called “captains practices.” Home games will be played at Driscoll Arena in Fall River, where the team will look to make a deeper playoff run this year.

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Always a bubble team, Seekonk will hope to win that one extra game to put them in the postseason this year. Last year’s squad finished at 8-11, which left them looking in from outside of the playoff structure. An injection of youth may help change that equation this year. A lot of leadership and size left this team when players like Branden George, Matt Foley, and Jake Silva walked across the stage in June. But it may be replaced with high-end skill and energy when full time roles are given to young players like Josh Silva and Domenic Semedo. Daniel Silva figures to be the team’s swing man, playing the three and hopefully pouring in plenty of points. “We’ll definitely have a chance,” Daniel said of his team’s chances to win the South Coast Conference. The small forward cited a good mix on the roster and a down year in the SCC as reasons the Warriors can compete this season. The one question mark remaining is who will fill the larger roles physically for this team. Jarrett Archambault and Matt Basile are among those expected to compete for spots down on the low blocks.

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The Warriors are a perennial contender under the direction of Anthony Nardozzi and Matt McCartin. Indoor track season begins on Saturday, when Seekonk will meet rival Dighton-Rehoboth at Greater New Bedford Voc. Tech. This will be as important a meet as any in the regular season, because the Falcons and Warriors both believe they can win the South Coast Conference. “Our goal as a team is to bring home that conference title,” said senior shot-putter Nate Robitaille. He added, “We are working harder than I have ever seen a team work. I can honestly say if we lose meets, it will not be because we weren’t prepared.” Seekonk figures to be a top contender this year and Robitaille will be part of the reason. He is one of the top shot-putters in the state. Although Robitaille declined to discuss his distance goals for the season, he is likely to challenge school records throughout the winter and spring. The young thrower is eyeing some Division I colleges at which he may ply his trade.

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Fall sports final results:

Volleyball (11-7) took first trip to the postseason in six years. Lost to Ursuline 3-2 in first round of division tournament. Boys Soccer (11-6-3) reached division semi-final, lost 3-1 to Nantucket. Girls Soccer (8-7-1) lost 3-1 to Abington in preliminary round. Field Hockey (7-7-2) lost in first round to Monomoy 5-0. Football finished 2-8. Did not qualify for postseason play. Boys Cross Country won State Championship. Placed 10th in all-state meet. Girls Cross Country Louisa Hammond and Annie Gagnon were only competitors in state meet.




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By: Mitch Blanchard It was a great, home field win for the Seekonk Jr. Warriors in their first playoff game against the Cumberland Colts. The Warriors dominated the entire first half. Strong play by #21, Jack Murphy, #42, Brendan Morales, and #26, Casey Brown resulted in a pair of touchdowns. However, a shoulder injury at the end of the first half to #42, Brendan Morales was a tough blow, but didn’t rob the Warriors from a victory. The Colts did manage to score one touchdown in the second half, however the Warriors defense stayed solid. #34 Cameron Oliveira, #22 Jordan Pina, and #59 Jacob Barreira really came through for the team with strong plays on the defensive side of the ball and also forced a few turnovers along with it. It was a tight game the whole way, but the Warriors pulled through and are now advancing to the next game which will be the semi-finals. Let’s hope they can win another one against the undefeated Cranston Chiefs.



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By: Mitch Blanchard The Seekonk Jr. Warriors semi-final playoff game against the Cranston Chiefs opened up with a long kickoff return by #21, Jack Murphy. This set up a touchdown run by #22, Jordan Pina and ended with a nice pass by #11, Kyle Blanchard to #14, Greg Desmarais for the extra point. The Warriors fought hard Sunday however were not able to pull off a win, with the final score being 40-14. This wrapped up a great season by the warriors with a winning record of 8-2. The Cranston Chiefs will be in the super bowl on Sunday which will be hosted by Seekonk this year. We would like to wish all the teams the best of luck.

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Seekonk and Dighton-Rehoboth are not the best of friends. Supporters at basketball games between the two are not kind to each other when they chant various things (some of which are not fit to print) across the court. The violence found at the bottom of some of their piles on Thanksgiving morning would be too much for your average PG-13 movie. But hockey season has been serving as a pleasant reminder over the past several years of what the two can accomplish together. Unlike all of the other competitive sports in these two high schools, where “DR Week” and “Seekonk Week” bring about the drums of war, hockey is a cooperative independent program that the two schools share. The young program achieved a playoff berth last season for the first time in its history. This year, they will try to do better. Your first six on the ice for DR/Seekonk figure to be as follows: Tyler Poland, Nick Soares, and Joey Given will play up front. They will be called upon to fill the void left by Adam Ferreira, the program’s leading scorer who graduated this June. Behind them will likely be Luke Allison and Casey Escobar on Continued on next page...

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The Falcons will look to improve on a 16-6 mark from last season as they head into a new year with three returning starters. Keith Mikkelson, Josh Ferreira, and All South Coast Conference Ryan Walsh will return to the squad, which is still being fleshed out through tryouts. Head coach Bill Cuthbertson calls Walsh, “a good, experienced played in our league.” The team expects Walsh to play well, and results will center around one question. “How do we fill in around him, is the question.” Dighton-Rehoboth visited the Sectional tournament last year, where they were ousted in the quarterfinals by league foe Wareham. This year, they slot in about the same, but hope to improve. “Wareham is a heavy favorite in our league, everyone else is kind of scrambling after that,” said Cuthbertson.

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Coach Bob Hassan is in his first season working with a second year program at Dighton-Rehoboth. Bucking traditional seasons and scheduling, the Falcons continue an independent, co-ed swim program this season. “Last year there were about 12-14 kids, this year we’re up to 23,” said Hassan, who is impressed with the turnout for swim this season. “This team is made up of some year round swimmers and some novices with real potential,” the coach continued. The team practices at the East Providence Boys and Girls Club, about a 20-25 minute trip that students undertake by carpool. They currently plan to swim a seven meet schedule, which is expected INSURED to be finalized shortly.

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Coming off of an undefeated season last winter, the Falcon indoor track and field teams are looking to improve this season. “The expectation is to win every meet. If you don’t go in expecting it, you won’t come out with a win,” said sophomore runner Nate Chartier. The team looks good in preseason training. They boast a larger distance corps than last season, but will be slightly weaker in terms of sprinters. The team graduated important sprinters like Andrew Couture and Jaquaar Weeden this June.

Fall sports final results:

Football (9-2) League Champions, lost in State semi-final to Bishop Feehan, 49-7.

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Boys Cross Country finished 15th of 27 in state tournament. Girls Cross Country did not place in state tournament. Lone runner was Alyssa Masciarelli. Field Hockey (6-4-6) lost 5-1 in first round of division tournament to Sandwich. Golf finished 3rd in Division Tournament. Volleyball did not qualify for postseason play. Boys Soccer (8-8-2) lost in preliminary round of division tournament, 7-1 to Marshfield. Girls Soccer (10-6-4) lost in first round of division tournament to Canton, 7-1.

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RYBSA News December 2012

Don’t let the weather fool you. Spring is right around the corner. Baseball registration starts December 1st.

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The beautifully lit tree by the door in Goff Hall is a Christmas Gift Tree. We are collecting hand-knitted items for the needy. Mittens are especially needed but hats and scarves are welcome too. The Blanding Library is also one of the collection points for the Blizzard of Giving in Rehoboth this holiday season. The Blanding knitting group meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The Blanding Library book club will next discuss Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” on Tues. Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Thanks to all the volunteers who have provided ongoing help at the Blanding this past year: Jenna Ziegelmayer, Brendan O’Hern, Tyler Carden, Case Framson, Donovan Burtan, Cody Dyl, Betty Scanlon, Avis Prior, Lee Krasner, Lisa Burtan, Honor Foley, and Jeanne Nunes. The children’s Make Your Own Gingerbread House programs at the library fill up quickly but you can check to see if there are any openings on the waitlist at this time. The programs are on Dec. 11 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. New story hours will begin in January. Did you know that the Blanding offers a delivery service for its home-bound patrons? Call 508-252-4236 to find out more.

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SEEKONK, MA – Take a break from the busy holiday rush and enjoy the music of the season at the Seekonk Public Library on Monday, December 10th at 6:30 pm. The women of Harmony Heritage take center stage this evening. This a capella group has been performing for more than a dozen years throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Seeing these women perform in their barbershop style is a treat in itself, but their holiday performance will be sure to knock your spirit into overdrive! 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: or Contact: library@

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SEEKONK, MA –Superstorm Sandy forced us to reschedule this event, but it has not affected our determination to retire well. If you are one of the many women who have cared for children, a spouse, and/or a parent while neglecting your future, or a baby boomer who sees retirement age rapidly approaching while the value of social security decreasing, the idea of retirement may seem far-fetched. It does not have to be! Join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm for the information you need to make your golden years golden. The Seekonk Public Library is proud to add nationally acclaimed financial professional Cindy Hounsell to our roster of educators this semester! Cindy is the woman behind WISER Women (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement) based in Washington, D.C. This organization is the ONLY organization in the country to focus exclusively on the unique financial challenges that women face. Both Wiser Women and Cindy have received national awards for their work with financial education for women and as leaders. Cindy truly understands the larger issues facing women as they look at long term goals such as retirement and maintaining a healthy standard of living. Women’s issues have been a driving force during this election cycle. This is an important reminder that we cannot be complacent and we must prepare for our long term needs. Facts show that women live longer than men and that means we need a bigger nest egg. So much can happen in a life. Having a woman like Cindy Hounsell in our corner makes it possible to feel good about the possibilities and confident that we will have enough to take us through our whole journey. The good news is that IT’S NOT TOO LATE to make relatively small changes now that will have surprisingly large effects in boosting retirement income. This workshop will show you that you are not alone, and review the steps you can take to improve your retirement outlook, including delaying retirement, delaying Social Security benefits, making wise career choices, and increasing savings and investing. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best educator and advocate for women’s retirement today! Refreshments Will Be Served. Registration is required. Call or visit our website to reserve your space! Join us today and be prepared for tomorrow! For more information Contact: library@

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SEEKONK, MA –Are you an author who lives in Seekonk? Do you know an author who lives in Seekonk? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, the Seekonk Public Library wants to hear from you! We are putting together a list of local authors for an event this winter at the library. We know we have many talented authors in our town, speak up and add your name to our list! Senior Adult Services Librarian Michelle Gario adds, “Authors are at the heart of what we do. We want to showcase our local talent and ensure that we make their books accessible to all members of the town. An event featuring several of these authors will inspire not only future published authors, but members of our town to find out about all of the great work being produced in Seekonk.” Contact the Adult Services department at (508) 336-8230 ext. 130 to add your name (or the name of a local author) to the library’s master list. For information: ; Contact: library@ or (508-336-8230 ext. 130)

Seekonk Public Library’s Dollars & Sense program Offers a Special Couples Event at 1149 Bar & Grille Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm

Seekonk- Valentine’s Day is coming early for people who want to improve their financial outlook in 2013. Seekonk Public Library’s Dollars & Sense program will host an appetizer and dessert event on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm at 1149 Bar & Grille at 965 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk. Some couples never get around to having “the talk.” This can have both short and long-term disastrous consequences for a relationship. Whether you have been together forever or are just starting the journey of an economic partnership, it is essential to communicate your goals and actions to ensure your success. This is true for any relationship including budget buddies, romantic couples, and others sharing the responsibilities of household finances. We will have something for everyone this evening. Julie Bernick, Regional Director of Education and Community Relations for Money Management International of Massachusetts will lead the discussion and share how financial partners can achieve more by making small changes now for huge benefits later. Guests will be entered into a grand prize drawing to be held at the end of the event. Like all Dollars & Sense events, this will be a non-sales, promotion-free environment. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. You can reserve your tickets at the Seekonk Public Library. Registrations begin December 1st and tickets will be available for pickup on January 1st. All tickets must be picked up at the library by January 31st. Dollars & Sense is made possible by a grant from the Smart investing@your library® program. Smart investing@your library® is a partnership between the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The program supports public libraries across the country in their efforts to meet financial education needs at the local level. For more information: Contact: library@ or (508) 336-8230 ext. 130.

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IN MEMORIAM Rehoboth Joseph M. Medeiros

Joseph M. Medeiros, 35, of Rehoboth, MA, formerly of Jamestown, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012. See full obituary at

Jonathan Dale Bailey

Jonathan Dale Bailey, 31, of North Fifth Street, Chandler; formerly of Virginia and a native of Rehoboth, Mass.; died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. See full obituary at www.ReporterToday. com.

Herbert A. “ Herbie” Reed

Herbie was the grandfather of Mikaila, Marshall, Taylor, Billy , Amy, Laura, Jared, and the great grandfather of 3. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Bob Reed, Ralph Reed, Peggy Henley, and Dot Wombolt. His funeral will be held Thursday at 9:30am from the Foley – Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main Street, Attleboro, Massachusetts, followed by a graveside service at 11:00am in the Rehoboth Village Cemetery, Bay State Road, Rehoboth. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours Wednesday from 5:00 - 8:00pm. Gifts in his memory can be sent to the Rehoboth Animal Shelter, 148 R, Peck Street Rehoboth MA 02769. To light a candle, sign memorial register, facility directions go to or call 508 222 - 0498

Suzanne M. Rustemeyer

Suzanne M. Rustemeyer, 53, of Anawan Street, died peacefully on November 10, 2012 at home surrounded by her loving family. See full obituary at

Irene Viola (Dupuis) Arvidson

Irene Viola (Dupuis) Arvidson, daughter of Theodore and Emma (Benoit) Dupuis, passed away in her home in Rehoboth on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. See full obituary at

Seekonk Mary C. (Ferreira) Hendricks

Mary C. (Ferreira) Hendricks 95 of Taunton Avenue died Wednesday October 31, 2012 at her home. See full obituary at

Dr. John G. Erhardt

Dr. John G. Erhardt, 92, a retired educator, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2012. See full obituary at www.

Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland

Ellen A. (Petzold) Leland, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. See full obituary at

Linell P. DeNapoli

Linell P. DeNapoli, 60, of Plain Street, Rehoboth, a loving mother and sister, passed on Nov. 14, 2012, in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. See full obituary at www.

Barbara G. Boostrom

Herbert A. “ Herbie” Reed, 71 of Broad Street Rehoboth, died Friday Nov. 9 ,2012 at home. He was the husband of Paula (Smith) Reed. Herbie was born in Rehoboth a son of the late Otis M. & Florence (Lee) Reed. Herbie was a self employed Auto Repairman and Antique Vehicle Restorer for over 50 years. A lifelong Rehoboth resident , he enjoyed building street rods, and spending time with his family. Besides his wife Mr. Reed is survived by a son Cliff and his wife Terri Smith of Rehoboth MA, a daughter Allyson and her husband Gene Chemelowski of Rehoboth MA, 2 brothers Otis Reed, John Reed, 7 sisters Betty Johnson, Alice Oliver, Jane Reed, Grace McDonough, Shirley Theis, Linda Young, Susan Reed.

Barbara G. Boostrom, 87, of Harwich, and a longtime resident of Rehoboth, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in Epoch of Harwich Nursing Home. See full obituary at

Steven R. Bongivengo

Steven R. Bongivengo, 52, entered into eternal life on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 after a short illness. See full obituary at www.

G. James Anderson

G. James Anderson, 66, died at his home, in Rehoboth, Mass., on Nov. 24 with his loving family by his side. See full obituary at

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

WHEN YOU LONG FOR THOSE WARM SUMMER DAYS Sunsational Tanning has been in business for 18 years. We have 24 state of the art pieces of equipment, both beds and booths as well as facial and leg machines. We also have the VersaSpa, the # 1 Sunless Spray machine in the country today. So when you long for that boost of Vitamin D, Warmth and Sunshine or to Pre Tan for vacation we are ready for all your needs. We also have great GIFT CARDS for all occasions. see our ad on page 82

Doug, owner of Doug’s Music in Rehoboth, has been in the local music industry for the past 22 years. He is also the proprietor of JMC Performing Arts & home of Harmonic Moves and Precision DANCE STUDIO. Doug’s Music provides lessons for all instruments, and repairs and sales. see our ad on page 83

Harmonic Move’s cast at a recent rehearsal. Harmonic Move is preparing for the 2012-2013 season and have many performances already booked. The season will be highlighted by two encore performances at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida during April vacation. See the Harmonic Move website for more information See ad on page 80

For over 60 years St. Pierre’s Shoes has been selling footwear for Men, Women & Children. Come on in and see all your favorite brands. We carry athletic footwear, Pro work boots, the largest selection in the area of UGG’s and Women’s fashionable styles. We also carry Sports apparel, Slippers, Handbags and more. Your Holiday shopping will be made easy with our well stocked inventory and friendly service. Mark, Peter, Chris, Marguerite, Caitlin and Andrew are ready to help you this Holiday Season. See our ad for coupons on page 78

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LEA-Limousine provides corporate travel and door to door airport transportation to all of the area's largest locations. No matter what your transportation needs are, we have a vehicle that is right for you. Call us to book your ride to holiday parties, football tailgates, your wedding, special nights out, or casino night! To view detailed info and our fleet, visit our website at Visit our ad on page 81

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

When you think of fine Irish jewelry, clothing and giftware, think of The Claddagh Connection. Stop in and browse our full line of truly unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list! Now located at 20 Commerce Way in Seekonk, next to Starbuck’s and Aspen Dental. 508-336-6500. See ad on page 77

Aidile’s Hair, Skin & Nails, located on Waterman Ave just before the Henderson Bridge, is a complete service salon where women can go to get the relaxing escape they need. Visit Aidile’s for the service you want and the treatment you deserve. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling great, with head turning results. See ad on page 80

Tony Coelho has been a master woodwind performer for the past thirty years and has performed with such greats as Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Michael Feinstein, Peter Duchin and Alex Donner. He has provided the music for more than 1,000 weddings in all types of settings from fabulous private estates, gardens and beaches, to country churches and city cathedrals to Newport mansions and prestigious Boston hotels. Tony is accompanied by classical guitarist Tom Pasquarelli, a versatile and accomplished musician. Together, their range of music includes Brazilian Jazz, Celtic, Baroque, Classical, Renaissance and American show tunes. Tony is especially adept at helping the bride select the appropriate music for each phase of the wedding. “I like to emphasize the personal aspect of music,” says Tony, “and give the bride many choices for each part of the ceremony and sage advice on what’s suitable to play. Tony will work with the bride to customize the ceremony so that each ceremony is unique. “For a free demo CD, contact Tony today. See ad on page 79.

Arthur Murray Swansea just celebrated 20 years teaching people to dance. Holiday parties, weddings, vacations are more fun when you can dance with confidence. It all starts with a phone call and an introductory lesson to try it out. Dancing is a skill that lasts a lifetime and makes a wonderful gift for anyone. See ad on page 79

Anjulans’ Florist and Gardens owned by Rehoboth residents Paul and Paula Chaves. Anjulans’ provides a full service floral design center conveniently located in the center of Rehoboth. They provide floral design services for all occasions including weddings, funerals, corporate, private events along with your everyday custom made fresh floral arrangements. They also feature a line of unique gifts by local artisans and name brand products including Yankee Candle®, Willow Tree® Collectables, Greeting Cards Wire out Nationwide floral delivery services by Teleflora The outdoor garden area features seasonal flowers, outdoor décor, christmas trees and more. see our ad on page 79

Casa Ideal, located at 88 Taunton Ave, is the place to shop for the special women in your lives. Luisa carries a large variety of Vera Bradley items, Chamilia bracelets and charms, baby christening clothing and other gift items. She offers ear piercing and party events in her store. Gift certificates are an ideal gift for anyone. Ask about the client rewards program. See her ad on page 77


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Who’s Who & What They Do Get to Know Your Local Businesses. See ad for coupons on page 78

How You Can Help Your open door is hope! Become a foster parent.

Dare Family Services is seeking caring families to provide foster care for area children. While helping a child, you will receive excellent training, 24 hour support and a tax free stipend toward the child’s care. For more information, please call 508-802-9515 or visit http://

Volunteers Needed To Play With Homeless Children!

Did you know that 1 in 45 children will experience being homeless this year? Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking volunteers to interact and play with children living in homeless shelters in Southeastern MA. We offer week day morning, afternoon and evening shifts. A commitment of 2 hours a week, the same day and time each week, for 6 months is required. All training sites are handicap accessible. Upcoming volunteer trainings are scheduled for: Saturday December 8, 9:30:3:30p West Bridgewater To fill out an application: For more info contact: E-mail: Phone: (508) 510-3250

USA Karate Located in the Chartley Plaza on Rte. 118, Rehoboth offers affordable martial arts training for children & adults. Certified Black Belt instructors teach realistic & practical skills that improve physical conditioning, build self esteem & have proven to be effective in today's world. Classes are available for children ages 4 & up and you can watch your child train! Visit our website at for additional information. Call or visit us anytime! For a special holiday trial program & gift, See our ad on page 76

Happy Holidays and Happy New year!

Looking for the best holiday gift for any pet lover?

This holiday season, you can gift and give at the same time, with the Seekonk Save A Pet Society’s wine fundraiser. By visiting this website, you can see the variety of wines available for purchase in our one of a kind customized wine bottles. All of the wine is top of the line and imported from Lontue Valley, Chile, and the bottles are wrapped with an elegant description of our society as well as a professional photo of one of our adoptable pets at the Seekonk Animal Shelter. A very generous portion of each bottle sold will directly benefit our nonprofit organization, which provides veterinary care, shelter, food and socialization to all of the adoptable pets at the Seekonk Animal Shelter. It is the perfect addition to any holiday party, present swap, or even as a gift for you! Not only would this gift be enjoyed at the table or around a cozy fire, it would be the perfect addition to anyone’s home décor after it is finished. So Stop Gifting This Holiday Season, And Start Giving!

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

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

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

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~•~•~•~Happy Holidays ~•~•~•~ Seekonk Human Services Will be open until 12:30pm on Monday, December 24, 2012 And Closed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MEDICINE-ON-TIME Wednesday, December 5 @ 10am

Tom Pasternak from Walsh Pharmacy will be giving an informational presentation on Medicine-On-Time and the correct ways medication should be taken. MedicineOn-Time is a system that has a patients medications in ready to go packets for the day instead of pill bottles. Mr. Pasternak will also give information regarding timing of prescriptions and when they should be taken and how they should be taken. Please call 508-336-8772 to sign up. Lunch will be Venus de Milo Soup for $2.


Seekonk Human Services is coordinating the “Christmas Baskets” this holiday season. We are requesting monetary donations, gift cards, or non-perishable food items. This program is for Seekonk residents (who meet income eligibility guidelines) needing assistance in providing their families with traditional holiday meals. Food drop off locations include Seekonk Human Services, Seekonk Total Fitness, and Town Hall. Monetary donations should be made

payable to “Town of Seekonk” with “Holiday Donation” as the notation on the check and should be mailed to Seekonk Human Services, 320 Pleasant Street, Seekonk, MA 02771. Gift certificates to grocery and department stores are also accepted. We also need volunteers to help put these baskets together. If you, or someone you know, is in need of a holiday basket, or if you are able to volunteer, please contact Seekonk Human Services at 508-336-8772. All information is confidential.

CHRISTMAS PARTY Wednesday, December 12 @ 10am

Vic Solo will be presenting his Elvis Christmas program at Seekonk Human Services. We are looking forward to an outstanding performance from Vic. A delicious lunch of pot roast, potatoes & vegetables will be available for $2. You must sign up and pay in advance for lunch in order for us to accommodate you. Please call 508-3368772 to sign up


Anyone who is homebound and would like to have a hot meal delivered on Christmas should sign up at Seekonk Human Services by December17th. Please call 508336-8772 to have your name put on the list.


Applications can be obtained at Seekonk Human Services. If you need help filling out your application please call 508-336-8772.

EXPLORATION WEDNESDAYS January 9: Carol Bragg presenting Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Year Anniversary Lunch: Chicken Parmesan for $2 January 23: “Shifting Gears” Michelle Ellicks, DMV Lunch: American Chop Suey for $2 February 13: Valentine Day Party Lunch: Meatpie, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies for $2


Thursday, December 13 @ 8:30am Alex’s Family 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. .


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


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(Medicare) Counselors can help you understand your plan, as well as other options you may have. It is IMPORTANT that you review your plan every year. 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 unless you have a qualifying event.

Prepare NOW for the Next Big Storm If you are not currently receiving emergency telephone messages from the Town of Seekonk, register for CodeRed by calling 508-336-8123, Ext. 2208. If you depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, call National Grid’s Customer Service Center at 800-322-3223 to register as a life support customer. If you are a Comcast customer, your backup battery is expected to last 8 hours during a power outage. After that, you may be without telephone service and not able to receive CodeRed calls or contact 911. Comcast recommends that you have a mobile phone that is fully charged and that you use it only for emergencies during a power outage in order not to drain the battery. If you receive certain federal or state benefits, you may qualify for a free cell phone from SafeLink (800-977-3768) or Assurance Wireless (888-898-4888). You are not eligible for a free cell phone if you receive the Lifeline discount on Verizon landline. If you have a power outage, call National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report it. Some outages affect only one or a few customers, so don’t assume that National Grid knows you don’t have power.

Senior Rovers Annual Trip to

Daytona Beach Florida Leaving February 1 for 16, 21 or 32 days at the Ocean Walk Condos Enjoy a Luxury Coach Trip hosted by Walter Langlois For more information and a flyer, Call Walter at 401-434-7207

If you receive Meals on Wheels through Bristol Elder Services, make sure Seekonk Human Services knows you are on this program. Local assistance MAY be available when the Meals on Wheels program is cancelled for more than a day or two because of bad weather. Call Loretta or Kim at 508-336-8772. Don’t wait until it starts snowing or the wind is blowing to purchase batteries, wooden kitchen matches for your electronic start gas stove, and non-perishable canned or dry foods. Don’t forget some powdered milk!

Harmony Heritage Performs Holiday Concert at the Seekonk Public Library Monday, December 10 at 6:30 pm

Take a break from the busy holiday rush and enjoy the music of the season at the Seekonk Public Library on Monday, December 10th at 6:30 pm. The women of Harmony Heritage take center stage this evening. This a capella group has been performing for more than a dozen years throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Seeing these women perform in their barbershop style is a treat in itself, but their holiday performance will be sure to knock your spirit into overdrive! 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.

CARDIAC PREVENTION CLINIC Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9am—12pm

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

Wii Bowling Mondays @ 10am

Come join us for some Wii bowling fun. The Wii is an excellent way to have fun and be active. Come join us on Mondays at 10am. Call 508-336-8772 for more information.

KNITTING AND CROCHETING Mondays @ 12:30 – 2:30

Ladies! You are welcome to join our 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. Need help finishing a project such as knitting, crocheting or needle point, come in and we will help you tackle it.

ARTS AND CRAFTS Mondays @ 1:00 - 3:00pm

On Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Seekonk Human Services will be hosting an Arts & Crafts class. Come join us as we make home décor, flower arrangements, and other crafts. There is no cost for this class. For more information please call 508-336-8772. We look forward to seeing you there!

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PITCH (HI-LO-JACK) Wednesdays @ 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. Pitch is played on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. If you have any questions you may call 508-336-8772.


Our FREE Medical Loan Closet provides temporary loan of medical equipment (such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, commodes) and is available to Seekonk residents. If you need OR would like to make a donation of an item, please call 508-336-8772

YMCA* 472 Taunton Avenue Seekonk, MA 02771 508.336.7103

$3 fee per class for the following classes: Chair Yoga (Slow Flow) – Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00am Balance Class – Fridays 11:45am – 12:15pm Aqua Aerobics – Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:00am OR 9:45 – 10:30am Arthritis Foundation Certified Aqua Class –Fridays 9:00 – 9:45am *Must be a Seekonk senior and have a scan card, please call 508-336-8772 for further information

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

Seekonk Total Fitness is offering Senior Fitness Group Exercise Classes on Mondays 11:30-12:15 and Thursdays 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, heart-healthy and gentle on the joints. Energize your inactive lifestyle by increasing muscular strength, range of movement & balance. The cost per class is $1.

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

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Church Listings Newman Congregational Church

Corner of Newman & Pawtucket Aves (Rumford) For more info: 401-434-4742

Vedanta Society of Providence

227 Angell St Providence RI 02906 401-421-3960

West Dighton Christian Church

Epworth United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Rehoboth Congregational Church

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

51 Railroad Ave. Taunton 508-824-8244

North Christian Church

Seekonk Congregational Church

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

New Testament Baptist Church

Rt. 114, Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA Circle of Salgion - Church of Wicca Email: Phone: 774-229-6019

600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk,MA (508)336-9355 Web site:

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

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

Holy Cross Catholic Church

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

Memorial Baptist Church,

340 Central Ave., Seekonk, MA 02771, 508-761-5142 Seekonkmbc@verizon

Eusebeia Bible Church

600 Taunton Ave Buldg B Seekonk, MA 02771 508-557-1634

Saint Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church

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

Church of Salgion

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

915 Newport Ave. Pawtucket, RI 02861 Service starts at 9:30- 10:30 A,.M. (401) 722-0816 •

United Church of Christ

139 Bay State Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4545

Winthrop Street Baptist Church

Rt. 44 / 39 Winthrop St. Taunton, MA 508-822-1976

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

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

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

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294 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, MA Tel. #: 508-336-4038

Christ Church Episcopal 57 Main Street, Swansea, MA (508) 678-0923

Good News Bible Chapel 235 West Street, Attleboro 508 226 2916

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

The First Baptist Church of Swansea 21 Baptist Street Swansea, MA Telephone (508)379-9728

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Grace Community Chapel 110 County Street, Seekonk, MA 508-336-5971

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Community Covenant Church

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

Greater Fall River Baptist Church

1980 South Main Street P.O. Box 975, Fall River, MA (508)673-7700

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-Start a calendar to build anticipation for all holiday celebrations. You can buy one or make one, and it can be as simple or as fancy as you like. -Make angels - snow angels, construction paper angels, angel ornaments or even angel food cake.


-Make bird feeders out of empty milk jugs or small cardboard tubes rolled in peanut butter and birdseed. -Host a book exchange with friends, where everyone trades books they own and have already read.


-Gather some friends and go caroling around the neighborhood or at a retirement center. -Cook something new. You can find plenty of new dishes with Bing, which lets you quickly find full recipes and reviews right on the search page; and that lets you spend less time searching and more time cooking up some delicious fun with the whole family.


-Have a family dance party. Turn up the tunes or pop in the dance video game and cut loose together. -Drive around town and take in the holiday lights and sights. Plan your route ahead of time, and end the trip with a special treat like hot cider at your favorite spot.

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-”Elf” your neighbors. Put together small treat bags with gift tags that say “You’ve Been Elfed!” Then leave them as a secret surprise in their mailboxes or hanging from the front door.

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-Make time for friends. The kids, especially teens, will appreciate getting to hang out with their buddies. If you’re hosting, make sure you have plenty of fun snack foods.


-Have some fun with family game nights. Let everyone take turns picking their favorite board games, card games and video games to play together. -Spice up the holidays with gingerbread. You can bake gingerbread cookies or gingerbread cake. Try your hand at building a gingerbread house - either with a kit or with graham crackers and frosting.


-Keep things cozy with hot chocolate. Set up a hot chocolate station with different flavors such as mint, caramel or raspberry, flavored marshmallows, and fun extras like chocolate sprinkles or cinnamon stir sticks. -Take part in local holiday happenings. Go to a holiday concert; be a part of the local holiday tree lighting ceremony; visit Santa; or go to a seasonal sporting event. It’s easy to find something to put you in the holiday spirit when you search with Bing, which gives you performance times, ticketing information, maps and more right within the search page.

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-Jingle some bells. Hang bells on your front door; make a video of the littlest ones singing Jingle Bells or Jingle Bell Rock. And don’t forget the jingling Salvation Army bells. Not only can you donate, but many scout troops and church groups volunteer to ring those bells and collect donations, which is a great way for kids to help a good cause.


-Let the kids plan a Kids’ Night In. They get to pick the menu and the activities, and be in charge of making the fun happen. -Practice random acts of kindness. Encourage everyone to do something kind for someone else - it could be clearing snow off the sidewalk for a neighbor, doing a family member’s chore for them, or buying a soda for the person behind you in line.


-”Learn about the holiday celebrations of other cultures,” suggests Liz. “Kids love all kinds of celebrations, and it can be magical to find out how other children around the world spend their holiday time.”


-Make gifts to give friends, neighbors, teachers or coaches. You can make ornaments, baked goods, photo books, candles or pet treats. -Plan holiday movie nights so you can enjoy the classics. From the funny to the touching, there are lots of ways to enjoy the silver screen’s many tributes to the season.

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-Experience The Nutcracker ballet. If you can’t go to a live performance, try a recorded version on DVD or via Netflix or Hulu.


-Enjoy the great outdoors, even if it’s cold. Play in the back yard, go to the park, ride your bikes, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, play flag football, soccer or ring-around-the-rosies.


-Declare a “Pajama Day” and let everyone hang out in pjs and slippers, and serve breakfast for dinner.


-Plan quiet time amid all the hustle and bustle of the season. Whether it’s for naps, reading, unplugged time from all electronics, or just a day of not going anywhere, it’s important to take time to recharge.


-If you leave cookies and milk for Santa, don’t forget his reindeer. Carrots or homemade reindeer chow will give them energy for their long night’s journey. -Try a restaurant you’ve never been to before. If you’re watching your budget, go at lunch time, when you can try smaller, lunch-size portions for less money.

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-Keep track of Santa’s journey around the world. “If you’re a Santa fan,” says Liz, “use resources like the NORAD Santa Tracker powered by Bing, available at www., to follow his trip throughout the big day.”


-Trim the tree together. Don’t worry about the tree looking magazine perfect the point is to have fun, and the results will be a tree you can all be proud of.

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-Let everyone unwrap one gift that will help get them in the holiday spirit. It could be a milk and cookie plate set for Santa, new holiday pjs or socks, or a holiday-themed book or CD.


-Volunteer to help those in need. Some families like to serve meals in soup kitchens, sort clothing or food donations, or collect and pack items for shelters or soldiers. -Have a video game marathon with games the whole family can play.



-X marks the spot. Plan a treasure hunt in and around the house. Write clues that lead players from one place to the next until they find a special, hidden gift.


-Have some fun with yarn. Learn how to finger knit or crochet. Or make holiday decorations and crafts with yarn.


-Take a holiday trip to the zoo. Many zoos have special holiday displays and programs that let you celebrate the season wild-style.

-Take a walk around the neighborhood. Make it a scavenger hunt and look for certain holiday decorations, animals, cars and parts of nature.

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preparations by stocking the bar and cleaning the kitchen. Set the table or buffet before people arrive. There is a good chance some of the seating for your gathering will be located in the kitchen area. Make certain the kitchen is clean and the sink area is cleared of all food prep materials. If your garbage disposal has an odor, your guests will be sure to notice. Before the party starts, drop in a Power Pack of Liquid-Plumr Disposal + Drain Foaming Cleaner and run the disposal. The fresh citrus scent indicates your disposal is cleaned and deodorized, eliminating the chance of an embarrassing lingering smell being sensed by your guests. “If you decide to host a holiday event or New Year’s Eve party, ask your guests to participate by bringing an appetizer on a decorative platter. This will add different flavors to your event and help encourage conversations about the combination of foods prepared,” Coelho says.- Also, encourage them to match the theme of the gathering, like chips and salsa for a Mexican-themed party or olives, hummus and pita bread for a Greek-themed party.

Tip No. 2: Once the space is clean and the food is ready, add simple decor to make the space warm and inviting. When decorating the seating and buffet areas, Coelho suggests going simple with tea lights in glass votive jars and choosing a one or two-tone color palette for dishes, napkins and flowers. “For beautiful ambiance and magical lighting, arrange candles down the center of the table,”

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of the table,” she says. “If you want to add some greenery among them for the holidays, you can, but keep it simple.” In addition to the candles as centerpieces, Coelho also recommends making the food part of the display as well. “Contrast is a buffet’s best friend and you can find it in different heights, sizes, colors of the food, dishes and accessories. I have used everything from fabrics, herbs and pottery to flowers, candles and vases, turned over a dish to get height and used an odd container for display,” she says.

Tip No. 3: The more room you have to mingle, the merrier everyone will be. As people start making themselves comfortable, they won’t just stay in the kitchen. Having all areas of the house clean and open will invite guests to gather and socialize, keeping the party going longer. One room your guests will be sure to visit is the bathroom. Make certain you have the room stocked with plenty of paper products as well as soap and hand lotion. Consider also placing a decorative candle in the room to add a festive glow for ambiance. Most importantly, be prepared for clogged drains in the bathroom and kitchen sinks, which could disrupt the flow of the party. “A clogged sink drain always comes at the wrong time,” says Coelho. “To avoid these inconvenient situations, I recommend keeping two products handy at all times: Liquid-Plumr Double Impact Snake + Gel System and Liquid-Plumr Urgent Clear. These products work great for both the bathroom and kitchen sinks to keep them running smoothly.” Now that you had prepared your home for guests ahead of time, you can enjoy the fun and party the night away.

Five Easy Ways To Support The Troops During The Holidays

(BPT) - Supporting the troops is an important thing to do - but sometimes it's hard to figure out how to give your support.----- Here are five easy ways to thank those people who keep us safe every single day - even if you don't personally know someone serving. And it's the perfect time of year to do it. With the holidays coming up, many of these service men and women are away from family.

Send A Thank-You Gift: Give a personal thank you directly to the men and women serving the country. Some retailers are making it easy to support the troops this holiday season. For instance, national retailer Things Remembered is helping people - even those on a budget - send unique, personalized gifts to deployed service members. Through Nov. 20, Things Remembered shoppers purchasing gifts for deployed military personnel received 25 percent off and free shipping on any personalized gift sent to an APO/FPO address. With more than 600 stores nationally, Things Remembered is helping any American personally thank those protecting our nation in time for the holidays. Even shoppers who don't personally know any deployed servicemen or women can show their support. All Things Remembered stores will be featuring local

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Volunteer your time: Troops serving overseas do not have the luxury of spending the holidays with their loved ones, but there are also former service members stateside who should be recognized. Show your appreciation for those who have helped protect our country by volunteering at your local VA hospital or nursing home this season, even if only for a few hours. You are sure to meet some fascinating men and women, and you'll bring holiday cheer to those who may not have many visitors. Give blood: It may not seem like it would directly impact men and women overseas, but giving blood through an organization like the American Red Cross can actually help troops hundreds and thousands of miles away. Military units may depend on rush shipments of blood during times of need, and maintaining an ample supply of all blood types is important. You may even host a blood drive at your workplace or community center, encouraging others to give the gift of life this holiday season. To find a blood drive or donation location near you, visit

Support troops' families: When troops are deployed, they leave their strongest supporters behind. Particularly during the holidays, it is important to remember the families of active duty service members in our communities. Whether it's a parent, spouse or child of a deployed troop, someone in your area will likely be without a loved one this season. There are countless ways to show your support of those behind our military, whether it's a plate of holiday cookies, community event or simply a handwritten card. During this difficult time, it truly is the thought that counts, and your efforts will be appreciated more than you know. Find a local family to support through an organization like Military OneSource.

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Rehoboth Council on Aging

Director’s Corner

The Holidays are quickly coming on us. Hope everyone will have healthy and safe ones. If you are in need of any assistance this winter please do not hesitate to call the COA and we will be glad to try to help you. We will be having a lot of entertainment this season. Hope you will come in and enjoy. The COA will have entertainment at Gert’s Café. On Monday, December 3rd thanks in part to the Rehoboth Cultural Council Ruth Harcovitz will be presenting a Holiday Concert at 1pm. On Monday, December

December 2012 17th there will be a Holiday raffle and the choir singing Christmas carols. We are always looking for lap robes and caps that anyone who Knits or Crochet can bring in. We always have extra yarn you can use for these items. Bring in your quilting material on Thursdays and join the Quilting Group. The Tuesday Ladies card club has a few new board and card games come in and join in. They meet on Tuesday afternoons at 12:30. Our Men’s Coffee hour is going strong. Kay & Cheryl are happily serving coffee, donuts and English muffins Fridays 9am…. Enjoy your families this Thanksgiving! Respectfully, Norie Palmer, Director ________________________________

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

Closed Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve Closed Tuesday, December 25th Christmas Day Closed Monday, December 31st New Year’s Eve Closed Tuesday, January 1st New Year’s Day The Rehoboth Council on Aging Monthly Board Meeting is scheduled for the 3RD Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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For the Holidays Michelle’s Art Class will be on the following Wednesdays at 10am, December 5th and 12th. The next 6 week session is from January 19th to February 13th. Michelle teaches drawing, watercolor and a few other things in her class. Come join in on the fun class and others in the group with their brushes and watercolors… The cost for these interesting classes is $4.00

Blood Pressures & Glucose Screenings

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

Podiatry Clinic with Dr, Marian Markowitz

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

The COA’s outreach worker Bradley Marshall is available Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm to assist you with your medical Medicare and insurance needs.

Serving Health Information Needs Of Elders

Shingles is a painful localized skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The chickenpox virus remains in the body’s nerve cells after the chickenpox infection – and it can reappear years later.  The Centers for Disease Control recommends this vaccine (Zostavax) for persons 60 or older to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated (and often lingering) pain.    Your Medicare health insurance plan or Medicare prescription drug plan may cover this vaccination, but co-pays and deductibles can vary.   Check with your Medicare prescription drug plan, health care provider or your local SHINE counselor for assistance! Trained SHINE (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 508-252-3372 and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. ________________________________

“H E A L T H B E A T” COA’s Fitness Corner Tuesday Tia Chi at 9:00am Cost $3.00 per Class

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

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.

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Tuesday Line Dancing 10:00am. Cost $ 3.00 per Class

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.

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December 2012 able 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. ________________________________


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 ________________________________

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On Wednesday, December 19th 11am Home instead will be at the COA for a Senior Fraud Protection presentation. They will have a network of information on hand for you to take home and use. It seems at this time of year everyone can fall prey to organizations requesting money for their charities and being kind hearted you give them your information and then they have your money…This is an important issue please try to attend.

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

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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.

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.

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

Card Games 3 Days a Week! Cards are here at your COA!

Mondays at 9:30 am we have a cribbage group, Tuesdays at 12:30pm we have a ladies group that not only play cards but also games Wednesdays 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. ________________________________

COA Craft Corner Knitting and Crochet Group

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

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. ________________________________


The Best is yet to come, a senior social group that enjoys doing activities that members suggest. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month 1pm at the Gladys L. Harrell Senior Center 55 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, MA. Annual Dues are $6.00.

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Up Coming Activities

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. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 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

December 6th – Meeting and Bingo December 20th – Meeting ________________________________

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 10:30am on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. New Members always Welcome. ________________________________

Veterans’ Corner from William SaundersVeterans’ Agent

Thinking of filing a claim with the Veterans Administration? The Veterans Service Officer can help. (508 252 4467, x122) Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – Noon. Appointments are available at almost any other time. Lt. Col. William C. Saunders, U. S. Army, (Retired) Director of Veterans’ Services


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Engagement Announcements Amelia “Amey” Elizabeth DeCesare Engaged to Jonathan Sugerman

Sarah J. Lockwood and Kyle Pelletier.

Sarah J. Lockwood Engaged to Kyle Pelletier

Mark and Susan Lockwood of Seekonk, MA are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Jane Lockwood, to Kyle Pelletier, son of David and Rochelle Pelletier of Acushnet, MA. The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Seekonk High School and is a 2011 graduate of Bridgewater State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. She is currently employed at The Children’s Enrichment Center in Mansfield, MA. The future groom is a 2003 graduate of Bishop Stang High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. He is currently employed at Johnson & Johnson in Raynham, MA as a Sterilization Scientist. The couple currently resides in Taunton, MA and will wed on August 3, 2013 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Seekonk, MA with a reception at Pawtucket Country Club in Pawtucket, RI.

Paul and Christine DeCesare of Seekonk are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amelia “Amey” Elizabeth to Jonathan Sugerman, son of Michael and Susan of Cranston, Rhode Island. Amelia graduated from Seekonk High School in 2001 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Syracuse University in 2005. She is a Marketing Specialist at Collette Vacations in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Jonathan is a 2001 graduate of Cranston West High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. He also received a Master’s of science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University and is a Mechanical Engineer at Honeywell International in Cranston, RI. The couple make their home in Providence, Rhode Island and enjoys running the boulevard, trying new restaurants, hitting the slopes, summers in Narragansett, and being with friends & family. They will be married on September 22, 2013, on the weekend of their four year anniversary.

Amey DeCesare and Jonathan Sugerman.

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Weddings Announcements Grace M. Martin Marries Thomas W. Simunek

Charlene Maria March Weds Andrew Kevin Soucy

Grace M. Martin and Thomas W. Simunek were married June 16, 2012 at the Seekonk Congregational Church, Seekonk, MA. The Reverend Joy Utter officiated at the traditional ceremony, which was complemented with harp music to serenade, close friends as honor attendants, and many family & friends as well-wishers. The Roger Williams Park Botanical Gardens was the setting for the wedding reception. They honeymooned in the Bahamas. The bride is the daughter of William & Patricia Martin of Rehoboth, MA. The bridegroom is the son of Thomas & Arlene Simunek of Hinsdale, IL. Julie Stevens and Becky Raschke served as co-maid-of-honors. Bethany Bedard, Kerry Donahue, Cortney Erdman, and Natalie Simunek, sister of the groom, were bridesmaids. Mark Simunek, cousin of the groom, and Adam Wiklund served as co-best men. Dan Bernlohr, Rob Pollera, Jack Gooding, and Mike Peterson served as groomsmen. Eric Martin, brother of the bride, ushered. Grace is a 2004 graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School and 2008 graduate of Providence College. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education and Autism Studies, from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Tom is a 2007 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. The couple resides in Charlotte, NC where Grace works as an Applied Behavioral Therapist for The Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment and Tom is participating in the Operations Management Development Program with his employer, Bank of America.

The Ronald C. Machtley Interfaith Center at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI was the setting July 21st for the summer nuptials of Charlene Maria March, formerly of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and Andrew Kevin Soucy, formerly of Sterling, Massachusetts. Father Robert Marciano officiated the ceremony at Bryant University, the site of the couples’ first meeting. A beautiful Oceanside reception followed at the former summer house of President Eisenhower - The Eisenhower House near Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Leonardo of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and John March of Quincy, Massachusetts. The groom is the son of Kevin and Linda Soucy of Sterling, Massachusetts. The Matron of Honor was Deborah Leonardo, mother of the bride. Colleen Henney, Rebecca Kix, Jenny Baldassarre and Sarah Guiliano were bridesmaids. Cousins of the bride Megan Rosato served as Junior Bridesmaid and Lorelei Heim was the Flower Girl. The Best Man was Brice Soucy, brother of the groom. Trevor Henney, Jason DiFederico, Ryan Nolan and Jonathan Rizzo served as groomsmen. The bride graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, and is now employed as a Marketing Manager in the Technology Group at Questex Media Group, an events and publishing firm in Newton, Massachusetts. The groom graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and is employed as a Vice President of Digital & Social Media at Fleishman Hillard, a global marketing services agency in Boston, MA. The couple honeymooned for two weeks in Tahiti, Moorea, and Beverly Hills and make their home in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Grace and Tom Simunek.

Charlene and Andrew Soucy.


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Birth Announcements Lucas Aidan Lesniak

Tristan Todd Searle

Big Brother Ryan is excited to announce the birth of his baby brother Lucas Aidan. Lucas was born on September 21, 2012 at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Keith and Lori Lesniak of Rehoboth. Grandparents are Frederick and Cheryl Graeben of Fairhaven, MA and Katherine Lesniak of Somerset, MA.

Tristan Todd Searle.

Lucas Aidan Lesniak.

Kelly and Todd Searle of Rehoboth, MA are happy to announce the birth of their son Tristan Todd, born on July 26th at Kent Hospital. He was 5lbs, 3.8 oz., and 17 ¾ in. long. He was welcomed home by his four-legged big brother Presley. Tristan is the grandson of Dorman and Lynne Searle of Rehoboth, MA and Wayne and Marjorie Pollard of Warwick, RI. He is the great-grandson of Rita King of Warwick, RI.

Emma Andrea Pavlovich

Thomas and Jennifer Pavlovich of Seekonk, Massachusetts would like to announce the birth of their second daughter Emma Andrea Pavlovich. Emma was born at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island on November 8, 2012 at 4:59 p.m. weighing 7 lbs 8 oz and measuring 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Edward Jr. and Claire Fowler of East Taunton, MA. Maternal great grandparents are Edward Sr. and Nancy Fowler of East Taunton, MA. Paternal grandparents are Jack and Lauren Pavlovich of Naples, FL. Paternal great grandmother is Elizabeth Mooney of Rocky River, OH.

Emma Andrea Pavlovich.

Mabel Frances Cameron-Belcher

Rebecca Cameron and Todd Belcher of North Attleboro, MA are very happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Mabel Frances. Mabel was born at 4:26 a.m. on October 28th at Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces and was 22 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Anthony and Loraine Belcher of  Rehoboth. Maternal grandmother is Patricia Cameron Morris of Rehoboth. Maternal great-grandparents are Lawrence and Lois Doucette of Rehoboth. Mabel is welcomed by her sister Eleanor and her brother Hugo. She is also welcomed by her many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mabel Frances Cameron-Belcher.

Keegan Quinn Sellers

Keegan and Brittany Sellers of Rehoboth are proud to welcome their son, Keegan Quinn Sellers, born on July 30, 2012 @ Women & Infants Hospital. He weighed 8 lb. 5oz. and 20 inches long. His family is excited about his arrival and he is looking forward to playing with his cousins; Caiden Crux, Madison Sellers and Alexis Correia.

Keegan Quinn Sellers.

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Friday Seafood: 11-8 Full Seafood Menu Fish & Chips Sea Scallops Cod Cakes Clam Cakes Chowder Fried Shrimp

M & D’s Country Kitchen Breakfast, Lunch Check Homemade Hash for Our Seafood Friday

Check for Our Daily Specials

Seafood: 11-8 FridayFriday Seafood: 11-8 Full Seafood Menu Fish & Chips 183 WINTHROP ST (RT 44) Bread Homemade Lobster Ravioli REHOBOTH, MA Sea Scallops CodChips Cakes Juicy AngusTake-Out BurgersAvailable Take-Out 508-252-9376 Fish & Clam Cakes Available Giant Sweetbread – Sea Scallops Chowder Fried Shrimp Homemade Hash French Toast Open 7 DaysLunch Cod Cakes Homemade Bread Breakfast, Angus Burgers HomemadeJuicy Soup Quahogs Seafood Friday Giant Sweetbread – 508-252-9376 Always Fresh Produce Chowder French Toast 183 Winthrop Open 7 Days St (Rt ST 44)(RT 44) 183 WINTHROP Homemade Soup REHOBOTH, MA Chili Dogs Fried Shrimp Rehoboth, Ma Always Fresh Produce

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Holiday Gift Certificates Available Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, December 15 7 PM—Close Live Music, Appetizer Buffet, Prizes

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, December 22 10 AM—12 Noon Call today to order Homemade Chicken Pies, Meat Pies, Soups & Chowders for your Holiday Parties 508.336.4361 ~ 503 Winthrop St. Rehoboth

Here we are end of the year, what happened? How did that go by so quickly? Cold, wet, icy rain…yup…December is here! I want to light the oven, simmer soup and bake breads and cookies. I do. I’m cold…it warms the kitchen, the house and the scent of baking is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. So is sharing good food. Feed people well and they will love you forever…and they do. Unfortunately, my son may never move out of the house. We have been in Southern New England for about 10 years now, from Central New York. Seven years ago, when I was studying International Baking and Pastry at Johnson and Wales University, I went back to NY for the holidays. I brought with me one overstuffed over-night bag and two coolers filled with cookie bars, cookies, walnut candies and mini muffins, along with paper lace doilies and a bunch of “to-go” containers that I had collected for about a year. Everyone got a nice assortment of pastries on a paper lace doily. They love me very much. Making cookies is just plan fun. It is. There is something very Zen about creaming butter and sugar over and over again. Then creating a cookie. I love it! Each type and shape is with the idea of sharing with loved ones. Some like chocolate, some fruit and nuts. I even designed a mini-muffin for my dear friend Lisa Husted it’s called “Lisa’s Moroccan Spice Pumpkin Muffin”. We stay with our friends Lisa and Phil Husted when we are in NY. For Lisa I made the muffins and for Phil I made walnut candies. To be pared with dark chocolate and a nice Port. Actually most pastries I make can be pared with a nice Port; and should be. When in NY we also spend time at our friends Joanne and Scott Luscumb. They have four children between the two of them, Michael, Seth, Rachelle and Joe. So for them I made Cornmeal Cookies, White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Bars and specifically for Joanne and Rachelle, Cowgirl Cookies. I created Cowgirl Cookies from several recipes; I just took all the best from each. I do that with Biscotti too.

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December 2012 The Reporter Cookie cutters are fun as well. Stars and trees are a necessity. Going through a container of cookie cutters is a treasure hunt…I forgot all about those! Fun ones, strange ones…where did that come from? A heart shaped one that I once used to make Chocolate Dipped Bavarian Sugar Cookies at Valentine’s Day for my son’s kindergarten class. They loved me too. A simple sugar cookie with icing, candies or chocolate becomes elegant. I’m going to share “Ginger Orange Stars” a crisp gingerbread-like treat. Have fun and share them with someone you love. In the blink of an eye 2013 will be here. The New Year brings with it new hope, goals and resolutions. I have been writing “Play With Your Food” for a year now. Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed and perhaps been inspired by this article. I have enjoyed writing it and hope to continue in the coming year. May your holidays be safe and happy. All the best to you and yours in the New Year.

Ginger-Orange Stars

When rolling out the dough on a lightly floured work surface, lift and turn the dough frequently to keep it from sticking; dust with more flour as needed. Makes about 31/2 dozen. Cookies: 1 ½ cup all purpose flour , 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon baking soda , ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp, ½ cup (packed) brown sugar, ¼ cup dark molasses, 1 large egg yolk, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Icing: ½ cups (or more) of powdered sugar, 5 teaspoons water, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract For Cookies: Sift first 7 ingredients into a medium bowl. Cream butter and sugar, beat butter until fluffy then add the sugar and beat until well blended. Add molasses, egg yoke, orange peel and vanilla. Add four mixture and beat just until blended. Pat dough into ball, divide into 4 pieces, flatten each into disk. Wrap each in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. Position rack in top third and bottom third of oven, preheat to 350 degrees, line 2 baking sheet with parchment. Roll out 1 piece of dough on lightly floured surface to ¼ inch thickness. Using 2/12 to 3 inch star shaped cutter, cut out cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet about ½ inch apart cookies spread very little. Gather


scraps and reroll dough, cutting out more cookies. Bake about 5 minutes, reverse baking sheet, bake 5 minutes longer until cookies are puffed and look slightly darker around the edges. Cool on sheet about 2 minutes. Transfer with a medal spatula, transfer to cooking racks. For Icing: Sift sugar into bowl, add water and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Whisk in more sugar by tablespoons as needed until icing falls thickly off whisk spoon icing into pastry bag fitted with ¼ inch plain round tip or resealable plastic bag with the tip cut off, pipe icing on to cookies. Let stand until icing is hard, at least 3 hours. Store airtight between sheets of waxed paper. See more at

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Purchase 2 or more Sangria Sundays $12 Pitchers Margarita Mondays $15 Pitchers

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Babysitting Service: Caring, responsible mom available during hours to fit your needs. Can pick up/drop off from school. Very reasonable. Riverside, RI Call Paula 401-433-0146

Church School Director ~ Rehoboth Congregational Church: Part-Time, 20 hrs/week. Please email resume & cover letter to: or mail to: P.O. Box 325, Rehoboth, MA 02769




PROPERTY FOR SALE: 6.82 Commercial acres w/three buildings with income. All for $595K. Located at 2480 Winthrop Street North Dighton, MA By Owner. Financing Available. Call 774-218-1959

Gagne Painting A Benjamin Moore Contractor Free Estimates Available 7 Days A Week! RI#28604 MA#171546 Insured Call 401-663-1709

Childcare: Opening in active childcare for 1-5 year olds ½ day $30, Full day $40. 30 years’ experience, CDA certified, EEC Lead Teacher, CPR and First Aid, Preschool program, Nutritious meals and snacks included, 2 acre fenced playground, indoor playground, 4 large play rooms, 6 to 1 ratio 7am-5pm Call Joanne 1-508-252-1252 or 1 508-243-4406


A2Z CLEANOUT SERVICES has been in Business for nearly 10 Years. We pride ourselves in Quality Service at Affordable Prices. We do a COMPLETE Cleanout not just “Cherry Picking” the good stuff. We are Fully Insured for YOUR protection... VERY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU LET PEOPLE ON YOUR PROPERYT!!! We do single items to complete homes including ATTICS, BASEMENTS, GARAGES, SHEDS, YARDS, COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND STORAGE UNITS. Text or Call Tim Cummings 508369-9067

VACATION/HONEYMOON RENTAL:St. Michael, Azores (Portugal), pristine 2-bed/2bath apartment with kitchen, DR, LR, & laundry. Linens provided. Majestic Atlantic and mountain views from spacious deck, near golf, beach, etc. Call 401-480-0374 or 508-336-8432 or email jaIme15bazores@ for info/reservations.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING, ENERGY HEALING, AND MORE...Providing you with a holistic approach to wellness,weight loss, improved immune system, and more... LOCATION: Seekonk Contact: Dawn Parente, NC, HHP 774-991-0695 visit: www.

FOR RENT HOME TO SHARE: Rehoboth Male or female. Stove, fridge, washer, dryer, large yeard. Deck, shed $500 split utilities. First and Last. References Call Butch 508-2232353

FOR SALE FOR SALE: Mediterrainean Dining Room Set Table, 6 Chairs & Hutch. Asking $250.00 Call 774-451-3974 or 508-336-9267

Experienced Model’s Consultant is a Mom in Rehoboth available to offer individual advice and information to Aspiring Models or Parents at Home. Industry topics and standards found in Fashion, Commercial, Promotional, and Artistic Modeling careers. (508) 725-0561, A.K.A. Models Facebook Page, or


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CLASSES / LESSONS EXPERIENCED TEACHER OF PIANO, VOICE AND ORGAN: Classical & popular. Beginners & Advanced. All ages. Traditional and modern methods. Natalie Lawton, M.A. 45 Central Avenue, North Seekonk, MA 508-761-3334 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: First Lesson ½ Price. 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 508-3366114. NEW YOUNG PUPPIES FOR SALE: Labradoodle and Jack Russell puppies Jack Russell Lhasa apso mix, non shed; call Hawkswood Farm 508-336-6114.

WANTED WE BUY Diabetic Test Strips for CASH. Unopened, Unused & Unexpired. We get them to people with little or no insurance. TOP CASH paid. FREE local pick-up. Call Ron @ 508-217-8074.

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December Business Directory CATEGORY



A/C & Heating LS Heating & Air Conditioning 26 Antiques/ Cash for Gold Grandma’s Attic 39 Appliance Repairs Affordable Appliance Repair Co. 42 Appliance Repairs McPartland Appliance Repairs 62 Art Supplies/Framing Gregory D. Dorrance, Co. 26 Attorney Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto 60 Attorney Laurie P. Mullen 12 Attorney Law Office of David J. Marciello 60 Attorney Law Office of Luke P. Travis 61 Attorney Lori O’Brien-Foeri 56 Auto Body Sousa’s Auto Body 44 Auto Body Tri Star Autobody, Inc. 56 Auto Body Shop Seekonk Auto Body 62 Auto Dealers Bristol Toyota 2 Auto Dealers Somerset Subaru - Max Motors, Inc 6 Auto Repairs Manny’s Auto Repair Inc. 32 Auto Repairs New England Tire 3 Auto Repairs Somerset Chrysler Jeep 18 Auto Repairs Somerset Subaru - Max Motors, Inc 83 Auto Repairs Trustworthy Auto 26 Auto Salvage Seekonk Auto Salvage 23 Bakery Crugnale Bakery 11 Bank Coastway Community Bank 4 Baseball Camp KR Baseball Camp 13 Beauty Salon Aidile’s hair* skin* nails 80 Building Contractor A. M. Carpentry 45 Building Contractor DTP Construction 31 Building Contractor M.G. Salois Construction 25 Carpentry - Finish Cosimini Construction 65 Carpentry - Finish Mark Koussa Carpentry 64 Carpet Cleaning Earle’s Carpet Cleaning 46 Carpet Cleaning M & S Carpet & Upholstery 11 Child Care ASAP 49 Child Care Citizens For Citizens - Attn. Carol 22 Child Care Teddy Bear Learning & Daycare Cent 32 Child Care Twin Oaks Farm Learning Center 49 Chimney Cleaning RJD & Sons - Chimney Sweep 40 Chimney Services Peace of Mind Chimney Sweep 58 Cleaning Service Debbie’s Cleaning Service 64 Collectibles Wexler’s Collectibles 73 Computer Repair ICU 4 PC’s 15 Concrete American Mobile Mix Concrete Incorp 50 Dance Studio Arthur Murray 79 Dentist Dr. Robert Zaluski 14 Dentist Dr. Wassouf D.D.S. 54 Dentist Lisa Daft DMD & Associates, PC 29 Dentist Ritebite Dental 59 Dentist Romani Orthodontics 8 Disposal Service Professional Duct Cleaning 96 Dog Grooming Groom & Style 53 Dog Services Canine Mastery, Inc 56 Electrician Dorrance Electric 55 Electrician Greaves Electric 53 Electrician James Tavares Electric 57 Electrician Neal Bellavance Electric 61 Excavating MJD Excavating, Inc. 52 Farm - Produce 4 Town Farm 10 Farm - Turkeys Belwing Acres Turkey Farm 13 Fence Installation Fence Tech 51 Fence-Sales/Serv. Foxx Fence 47




Financial Advisor Edward Jones Financial Fitness - Dance Zumba with Liz Morrell Flooring - All Types Armoush Flooring Flooring - All Types Custom Linocraft Flooring - Wood David J. Ledoux Hardwood Floors Florist Anjulan’s Florist & Gardens Florist Edible Arrangements For Sale 2 Cats Need Good Home For Sale Robert P. Murphy Fuel - Oil Affordable Fuel Fuel - Oil Al’s Quality Oil Co. Fuel - Oil COD OIL Fuel - Oil E & V Oil Co. Fuel - Oil Pricerite Discount Heating Oil Fuel - Propane Arrow Gas Corp. - Suberban Gas Gift Shop Casa Ideal Gift Shop The Claddagh Connection Gifts & Collectibles Personal Touch Glass Fabricator Anawan Glass & Mirror Inc. Golf Club Wampanoag Golf Course Health & Fitness Bliss Life Yoga & Wellness Health & Fitness Body Song Health & Wellness Health & Fitness Shape Up East Providence Health & Fitness Weight Loss Challenge

FOR SALE 1975 Gravely convertible tractor Model 5660 - 12 HP Kohler engine with electric start, 4-speed Swiftamatic transmission Model K301S, Spec. 47692D, Serial Number 9689760 40” deck - dual wheels and a steering sulky Runs OK. No rust, just old.

AND 1975 seed spreader

called “Seed - Easy - Spreader” Manufactured by Garber Seeders, Inc., St. Paris, Ohio. Model #72 6 D - five feet long. Runs OK. No rust, just old. TOTAL $300.

Billy Goat 6 HP Leaf Blower SP-170 - Subaru Engine I bought this from Dave’s Lawnmower Shop in Swansea, Mass on 11-08-10. Front exhaust directs the blower. Cost a total of $794.23. I used this blower a total of four times. It’s not suited for my property. $500.

Contact: 508-761-5935

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CATEGORY COMPANY NAME PAGE Health Care Community VNA 73 Heating & Air Taylor Heating-Air Conditioning 34 Heating Service Almeida’s Heating Service 61 Heating Service COD Heating 66 Heating Service Larry’s Heating & A.C. 40 Heating Service LIMA HVAC, Inc. 51 Holiday Gifts Christmas Caroling & Cookie Grams 80 Home Improvements Professional Property Maintenance 57 Home Improvements Stateside Vinyl Siding Company 66 Home Products Fuller Brush - Earl Goff Jr. 24 Hospital The Miriam Hospital 18 Insurance Agency Lefebvre Smith Insurance 35 Jewelers Attleboro Jewelry Makers 19 Jewelers Attleboro Jewelry Makers 38 Jewelers Attleboro Jewelry Makers 78 Kitchen Remodeling Kitchens Direct, Inc 27 Landscape Service Big Sky Landscaping 63 Landscape Service MacManus Landscape Services 58 Landscape Service Matt’s Landscaping, LLC 10 Landscape Service Superior Lawn Care 9 Landscaping/Tree Servic Nathan’s Lawn and Tree 37 Limousine Service Lea Limousine Service 81 Liquor Store Liquor Basket 39 Live Entertainment Disney on Ice Treasure Trove 48 Marble Fabricators Star Marble & Granite 33 Martial Arts New England Martial Arts Dojo 81 Martial Arts USA Karate 33 Martial Arts USA Karate 76 Masonry-Construction StoneScapes - Mark Carvalho 64 Massage Therapy Adventure Spa 21 Massage Therapy Natural Touch Massage Therapy 76 Massage Therapy Serenity Massage 81 Music Dougs Music Retail & Learning Cente 83 Music, Weddings Classic Flute Duos 79 Musical Instruction School of Rock 20 Nursing Homes Evergreen House Health Center 20 Optometrists Barrington Eye Center 76 Optometrists Brown Center 22 Orthodontics Romani Orthodontics 8 Painting Contractor Advantage Painting 42 Painting Contractor Cronan Painting 16 Painting Contractor Delisle & Son Painting & Repair 52 Painting Contractor EZ Painting 94 Painting Contractor Iachetti Painting Company 62 Painting Contractor Lundco Painting LLC. 59 PavingContractor-Mason Blue Stone Driveways & Masonry 46

CATEGORY COMPANY NAME PAGE Personal Trainer Keep It Simple Fitness 21 Pet Services Rehoboth Pet Care 12 Photographer Fetching Photography 86 Plastering & Painting David Laurino - Plastering 53 Plumbing & Heating Sine Plumbing & Heating 47 Plumbing & Heating Vintage Plumbing & Heating 16 Private School The Providence Country Day School 19 Real Estate David Smith, Century 21 15 Real Estate Mateus Realty 95 Real Estate ReMax Rivers Edge 4 Remodeling Batty Construction 34 Restaurant Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon 91 Restaurant Country Kitchen 91 Restaurant Dunkin Donuts - Rehoboth 89 Restaurant M & D’s Country Kitchen 90 Restaurant Tai Pan 90 Restaurant Tito’s Cantina 91 Restaurant Vino’s Family Cafe 90 Retirement Community Brookdale/East Bay 49 Roofing Contractor B & R Fournier Construction, Inc. 43 Roofing Contractor Tabeleys Roofing 73 Salt B & B Trucking 28 Security Systems Home & Commercial Security 65 Septic Inspections Pro Inspection Services/Steven Drew 94 Septic Inspections Pro Inspection Services/Steven Drew 81 Septic Systems AO Construction 44 Septic Systems Fisk Contracting 63 Septic Systems Town Sanitation 23 Septic Systems-Cleanin Bay State Sewage Disposal, Inc. 66 Septic Systems-Cleanin Croome Sanitation, Inc. 10 Septic Systems-Cleanin Soares Sanitation Pumping, Inc. 47 Septic/Trash Removal A. Viera Disposal 38 Shoe Store St. Pierre’s Shoes 78 Shoe Store St. Pierre’s Shoes 17 Solar Energy RAB Construction Corp. 57 Solar Energy RAB Construction Corp. 27 Special Needs Lori O’Brien-Foeri 37 Tanning Salons SunSational Tanning 82 Theatres - Live Trinity Repertory Company 45 Trash Removal Cleanway Disposal & Recycling 31 Trash/Junk Removal Big Blue Removal Service 51 Travel Senior Trips 72 Tree Service Advanced Tree 60 Tree Service Choate Tree Service 67 Tree Service Seekonk Tree 9 Water Treatment Water Filter Company, Inc. 24

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EAST PROVIDENCE - Centrally located 3 Br Cottage, dining, prch, siding, hw's, tile, young gas boiler/hw tank, upgraded electric, hw's, garages. $149,900

EAST PROVIDENCE - Centrally located 2/3 Br home, FR, FLrm, porch, 1 1/2 baths, siding, replacement windows, young gas furnace, upgraded electric. $129,900

RIVERSIDE - Clean 3 Br, 2 Bath R/ Ranch with columns, FR, den, young roof, siding, replacement windows,; FP, DW, sliders, deck, shed, 10,000+ sf lot. $209,900

East Providence - Off Veterans Parkway!! Clean 4 Br Cape; new roof, replacement windows, upgraded electric, garage; near bike path & golf course, minutes to Providence. $139,900



EAST PROVIDENCE - Clean 2 family w/ updates; partially finished basement, new roof, replacement windows, young gas boilers/hw tanks, upgraded electric, appliances, separate utilities, hw's, garages, 7000+sf lot. $189,900

EAST PROVIDENCE - Centrally located 2 family, siding, replacement windows; young roof, gas boilers/hw tanks, upgraded electric, separate utilities, hw's, garages. $189,900

EAST PROVIDENCE - Pride of ownership!! 3 Br, 2 bath R/Ranch; finished lower, Hw's, Tile, gas heat, c/a, french doors to deck, sliders to patio, sprinklers, garage, fenced yard, easy hwy access, minutes from East Side!! $219,900







East Providence - 3 Br Cottage remodeled in and out in 2004; new roof, siding, windows, kitchen, bath & boiler; upgraded electric, 7000+ sf lot. $169,900

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EAST PROVIDENCE - 3 Br Raised Ranch, siding, garage, gas heat, young roof, 8000+ sf lot with fruit trees and sprinklers. $199,900

EAST PROVIDENCE - Pierce Field!! Near Golf Course!! Mint/young 3 Br R/Ranch, FR, garage, siding, central air, sprinklers. $209,900


EAST PROVIDENCE - Centrally located 3 family, 2 brs, dining, porch each, siding, replacement windows, gas boilers/hw tanks, upgraded electric, separate utilities, hw's, garages. $219,900

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RUMFORD - Custom built R/Ranch, near golf course!! 5 Brs, 2 baths, 2 kitchens, 2 FP's, gas heat/central air, cathedrals, hw's, tile, granite, appliances, sprinklers, garage. $229,900

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