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Back-to-School Events Planned For Downtown North Attleboro

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Vendors sought for DANA’s Back-to-School Shuffle, new Back-to-School Fair

 Downtown Associates of North Attleborough’s eighth annual Back-to-School Shuffle and introductory Back-to-School Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Veteran’s Park, downtown North Attleborough from 5:00 – 8:00pm.  H&R Block is the sponsor of the events. TDBank is the Presenting Sponsor of DANA’s 2014 Summer Downtown Events.

 Tickets for the “Shuffle”, designed like its sister event the Chocolate Lover’s Stroll, will go on sale at 5:15pm in Veteran’s Park, at the corner of South Washington and Bank Sts.  Each ticket is $2, and only 200 will be sold.  Students will each get a ticket listing all participating businesses by location, and a tote bag, and they can walk from business to business to collect school supplies.  Only children entering preschool through 6th grade are eligible to participate, and the child MUST be present when the ticket is purchased.

 The new Back-to-School Fair is intended to be a resource for parents looking to prepare, protect, educate and inspire their children for the upcoming school year!.  We have already heard from a local scout troop, dancing school, pharmacy, and hospital.  Our goal is to present parents a variety of options that will make their choices wise ones.

 If you’re a business owner and would like to let our community know what you can do to help students be successful, contact event chairman Louise Cote at 508-695-5965 or call the DANA office at 508-695-4814.

For more information, see DANA’s Facebook page (search DANA02760).

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August 14th AHA! Night: A Midsummer’s Night Eve

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Sponsored by: Bristol County Saving Bank with Support from:

Riverside Lofts

Join us for the August 14th AHA! when Art, History, and Architecture come alive in Downtown New Bedford! As the sun goes down and the stars come out, celebrate with live music & garden parties, all on a Midsummer¹s Night Eve.

Highlights include:

A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the RJD Garden
Harpoon Harmonizers at the Seamens Bethel
Garden Party with the 1850s Ladies
Royal Hartigan & Blood Drum Spirit at UMD CVPA Star Store
Summer Tea Tasting at Gatlin’s Framing and Subtext Books
The Sax Therapy Series on Centre Street presents the John Harrison Trio
 Hatch Street Studios Group Show at Crowells Fine Art
Vision & Rhythm: a multi-media electronica performance at NBAM/Artworks!
Such A Dream: a photography series at Travessia Urban Winery
House of Music presents the 5th Annual Everybody’s Dance Contest
Hands-On Activities with the Way Cool Sunday School, NB Whaling Museum,
Schooner Ernestina and Buzzards Bay Coalition
Sidewalk Sounds featuring Jose Almeida on the Front Street Plaza
Catch the City Shuttle to the South End!
Open House at the Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Military Museum
Live Music & Artist Demos at Judith Klein Gallery

More Information at

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Cross Country Bay View Fueled Marathorners

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments


 East Providence, RI –  The Bay View cross country team volunteered at the Jamestown Half Marathon on Saturday, July 12th, managing a fuel station for a field of over 1,600 runners.

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BVA at Jamestown

From left to right:

*Stephanie Beaudette, Bay View alumna, class of 2010, Johnston, RI

Emma Gagnon, class of 2015, Cumberland, RI

*Claire Hanlon, class of 2017, East Greenwich, RI

Krystna Kula, class of 2017, Smithfield, RI

Jamie Tebeau, class of 2016, West Warwick, RI

Elizabeth Morisseau, class of 2015, North Kingstown, RI

Samantha Crausman, class of 2015, Rehoboth, MA

*Kirsten Hanlon, class of 2015, East Greenwich, RI

Mia Maggicomo, class of 2015, Warwick, RI

*Coach Carol Beaudette, Johnston, RI

*Stephanie Beaudette is Carol Beaudette’s daughter. Kirsten and Claire Hanlon are sisters.

A crew of Bay View student-athletes, Bay View’s Cross Country Coach, Carol Beaudette (Johnston, RI), and parent volunteers, worked together to provide water, Gatorade, energy gel and bananas to runners of the half marathon.

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BVA at Jamestown Clean Up

Elizabeth Morisseau, class of 2015, North Kingstown, RI

Mia Maggicomo, class of 2015, Warwick, RI

Krystna Kula, class of 2017, Smithfield, RI

Samantha Crausman, class of 2015, Rehoboth, MA

Emma Gagnon, class of 2015, Cumberland, RI

According to Coach Beaudette, “It was a great experience for the girls, as well as a wonderful team bonding activity.”

 Photos Submitted by Carol Beaudette

St. Mary Academy – Bay View is an independent Catholic School for girls open to all faiths, Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, located in East Providence, Rhode Island and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. In existence since 1874, Bay View endeavors to provide a quality education preparing girls and young women for the challenges of the global community. St. Mary Academy – Bay View is a college preparatory school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

About the Sisters of Mercy:  The Sisters of Mercy – an international community of Roman Catholic women – dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.  For more than 180 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the continually changing needs of the time.

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“The New Providence Big Band To Perform At The Weaver Library”

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

 Step back in time with the awesome horns, romantic melodies, and foot-stomping rhythms of the 20-piece New Providence Big Band on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6:30pm on the Weaver Library lawn.  Featuring vocalist Miss Katie Kleyla, this swinging band performs the great standards like “In the Mood”, “Birth of the Blues”, and “All that Jazz.”  Band leader Steve Leonard and Arranger Pete Williams formed the band in 2012 but have been playing together in a variety of bands for over thirty years.  Put on your dancing shoes and come meet all the band members, many of whom call East Providence home.

 Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or try some food from Rocket Fine Street Food – serving burgers made with pride and care.  Rocket Fine Street Food will serve from 5:30 -7:30pm

 This concert is free and open to all.  Questions?  Contact the library at 434-2453 or

for more information. 

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Blackstone Valley Tourism

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Suggested events for the weekend of Friday-Monday, August 8-11, 2014

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As Rhode Island pays tribute to the brave military heroes who served the state on the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II, the state’s historic Blackstone River Valley offers holiday weekend happenings focused on community interests.

 Town celebration!

Friday-Sunday, August 8-10, the Town of Cumberland, RI hosts its 24th annual Cumberland Fest inside the scenic Diamond Hill Park, Route 114.

This town focused festival not only brings residents and visitors together, it also helps to support vital town programs, and is the largest family oriented festival of its kind in the Blackstone River Valley!

 Cumberland Fest offers non-stop music on the park stage, food vendors, a car show, fireworks, a road race, arts and crafts and more!

 Cumberland was originally part of Rehoboth, MA, when it was first settled in 1635, and was later known as Attleboro Gore. It became a town in 1747. Its first European settler was the Rev. William Blackstone, who moved in the area and gave the region and river its name.

 Get all the details and a schedule of events now at, or call the town’s Parks & Recreation Office at 401-334-9996.

Celebrity sports event!

Tomorrow’s baseball legends team up with legendary sports and music stars, Sunday, August 10, as the Pawtucket Red Sox host the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All Star Softball Classic, happening at McCoy Stadium, Division Street & Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.

 Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All Star Softball Classic, happening at McCoy Stadium, Division Street & Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.

Mr. Osborne, a well known Providence, RI singer, is also well known as a prominent national recording artist, having performed with the soul group LTD, and as a solo singer.

The softball tournament headlines with NBA basketball legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, both of whom played with the Los Angeles Lakers in their illustrious sports careers.

The event gets underway Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 pm. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.

The “Paw Sox” are the AAA team to the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series champions Boston Red Sox. Many of the 2013 and 2014 players came from the Paw Sox to play for the Red Sox.

Call the Pawtucket Red Sox for tickets at 401-724-7300, or go to

Bicycle around the Blackstone Valley!

See a different perspective of Blackstone River Valley over the weekend by participating in some of the many cycling events.

Saturday, august 9, sign up for a Leisurely Bicycle Tour presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC).

These bicycle tours are a fun and casual way to explore the many historical and cultural aspects of the Blackstone River Valley. These four hour ride stops often at sites where you will experience little known stories of the region’s people and places.

The August 9 tour runs 9 am-1 pm, from the Interstate 295 north Visitor Center, on the Blackstone Bikeway, Lincoln, RI.

Space is limited to keep groups small and the rides are ideal for all fitness levels, and are about 20 miles round trip.

Reserve your space for these tours by calling BVTC at 401-724-2200 or at

Sunday, August 10, participate in the Ride ‘Round Rhody bicycling fundraiser for LIFEcycle, starting at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike (Route 7) Smithfield, RI.

LIFEcycle, Inc. is a Rhode Island non-profit organization with a mission to promote healthy, active living and support local cancer treatment.

Ride ‘Round Rhody is LIFEcycle’s main event – a bike-a-thon held each summer to raise funds for local cancer treatment. Since 2009, participants have generated nearly $240,000 for local cancer treatment. These funds have been distributed to local hospitals to provide cancer services, including clinical trials that have a national and even global impact

Pre-register now for this bike-a-thon at 

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5K Road Race To Benefit Hospice And Palliative Care

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

“Runaways Runaround”

August 3, 2014

Runners and walkers are invited to join the “Runaways Runaround” to be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9:00AM. NEW this year, the traditional 5 mile race will now be a 5K race. This is a USATF-NE sanctioned and certified, 5K course which loops through North Attleboro. Sponsored by the Runaways Running Club, proceeds from the race and raffle go to benefit Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care serving eleven area communities. Registration is $25 after July 26th.

The race begins at North Attleboro Town Hall, 43 South Washington Street. Cash prizes include $100 for 1st overall male and female runners. Medals awarded for all divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.  Individuals and families are encouraged participate to show support for runners and walkers or to enter a raffle for great prizes.

To register online:

or call 508-339-0147.

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Smith-Appleby House

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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Enjoy a colonial fun-filled family day of yard games and watermelon at the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield, RI, on Sunday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Show your skill and challenge others at tug-o-war, sack race, hoops, graces, 9 pin bowling, and “how far can you spit that seed?” Then tour the historical Smith-Appleby House to see and hear what daily life was really like in Colonial Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Tours are led by educators and history enthusiasts in Colonial dress.

The House dates to 1696 and was built by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” a member of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to start the colony of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1636. Expanded from its original construction as a one-room stone-ender cottage, the delicately restored 12-room historic farmhouse features beautiful cabinet work, varied architectural designs, original stencils, and furnished rooms showcasing an intriguing collection of antiques.

Come & Play Games of Old” will be held on Sunday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children are free. This very special event is part of our Rhody Ramble Open House series. For more information, visit

The House is located at 220 Stillwater Rd. in Smithfield, RI, just off I-295.

The historic Smith-Appleby House is operated by the Historical Society of Smithfield, RI, as a living Museum hosting a variety of educational activities, programs, and events throughout the year. Group tours are available for schools, scouts, and other community organizations. The House and property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are also available to rent for private events. For more information, visit

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Stonehill’s Martin Institute to Host Democratic Candidates for Governor on August 19th

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki will moderate the forum

EASTON, MA – The Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College will host a forum with the candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts on Tuesday, August 19th from 7pm – 8pm in the College’s Shields Science Center. The event is being co-sponsored by Gatehouse Media and WCVB Boston.

The forum will be moderated by Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki.  He also contributes occasionally to Capital New York and Salon, where he served as a senior political writer and politics editor from 2010 to 2013.  His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Globe and Daily Beast. He is a native of Groton, Massachusetts.

 The panelists for the forum will be Rick Holmes of the MetroWest Daily News and, Christopher Burrell of The Patriot Ledger, and Janet Wu of WCVB.

Please RSVP for the forum (tickets are limited) by visiting

 The forum will be streamed live at the following website:

 The Martin Institute will also host  a forum with the Commonwealth’s candidates for Attorney General and Treasurer on Thursday, Aug. 28th as well as a forum with candidates for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.

 DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 19 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

 LOCATION:  The Shields Science Center at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 02357

 CONTACT INFORMATION:  Peter Ubertaccio 508-742-5033

 PRESS CREDENTIALS: Media outlets wishing to obtain press credentials should contact  Please include the name of the organization, the name of each person from the organization requesting credentials, contact email and phone numbers.

 The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College prepares students for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. The Martin Institute challenges students and faculty through rigorous, critical interdisciplinary inquiry into law and society by linking theory and practice in a curriculum based upon exploration of the vital issues of public policy and social justice.

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United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton  Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Agawam Hunt, 15 Roger Williams Avenue, Rumford, RI

October 6, 2014

 On Monday, October 6, 2014, United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton (UWGAT) will host its Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Agawam Hunt in Rumford, RI.

 The event begins with registration at 10:00 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. A boxed lunch is provided. Enjoy golfing a scramble format with a Hole in One Contest, Poker Run, Putting Contest, Best Dressed Individual contest, as well as, prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. After golfing, enjoy dinner and dessert, awards, and a Chinese raffle.

 Sponsors to date include: Event Sponsor – Bristol County Savings Bank; Platinum Sponsors – BankFive and Sensata Technologies, Inc.; Gold Sponsor – General Dynamics; and Hole in One Sponsor – The Travel Experience; as well as additional tournament, tee, and raffle prize sponsors.

 Sponsorship opportunities along with golfer registration information may be obtained by visiting If you would like to donate a raffle prize or cash donation, or for further details, please contact Jamie Crossman at 508-222-2337, ext. 109 or Please be advised that reservations are limited so register today to be guaranteed participation in this special event!

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Op-Ed: Eliminating Patronage Hiring in Massachusetts

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Statement from Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party candidate for Governor

 “The guilty verdict in the probation department patronage hiring trial brings to a close a sad episode in the Commonwealth, made worse by the number of ‘no comments’ we hear from current lawmakers on the verdict.

The next governor must work to restore public confidence in our state’s government. I will propose legislation in my first 100 days to create a Fair Hiring Unit within the office of the Inspector General to monitor hiring, and to conduct systematic reviews of all public hiring – including the review of any complaints of alleged hires based on political or monetary favors.

All jobs in the Falchuk Administration will be based on merit only.  The process for hiring must be transparent and I will call for an immediate moratorium on “patronage” jobs in my Administration, even if giving out such jobs is technically legal under current law. To attract, hire and retain top-notch employees we have to raise the bar, and restore public confidence that the hiring process is on the level.” 

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