Attendees wore period dress for the 150th Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Centenary United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration continued with a Thanksgiving Service on November 22, 2015, for which most attendees dressed in attire from the 1865-70 period.
The Order of Worship reflected the order used at that time, as found in the archives at Centenary. The hymns sung were especially popular then.
Quotations from previous pastors were included. Especially meaningful was one from Rev. George Brightman dated December 16, 1893. “We are Methodists because on the whole we believe that we can do the most good through this branch of God’s church.”
A Turkey Dinner followed in the dining hall with an Anniversary Toast, and side-dishes and desserts that are favorites of members, with some recipes from the 1800s.
More events will follow early in 2016, beginning with a Ladies’ Snowflake Luncheon, as their Anniversary Year concludes in March 2016.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina Raimondo, along with First Gentleman Andy Moffit, will host a Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Rhode Island State House.
The event is open to all Rhode Islanders and their families and will feature performances from the Governor’s Own 88th Army Band, among others. There will be an opportunity to take photos with Santa. People are encouraged to bring their own cameras.
“While we are facing many challenges as a state, this is a time to come together with loved ones and reflect on all we have to be grateful for,” said Raimondo. “My family wishes all Rhode Islanders a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.”
“Given the hustle and bustle that often marks the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to come together, as families and a community, to celebrate the season,” First Gentleman Andy Moffit said.
The 16 foot balsam tree was donated from Greene Tree Farm and Nursery, part of the RI Tree Growers Association and owned by Ted and Michelle Pezzelli in Greene, RI.
This gathering will also mark the season of giving. The Governor will use the hashtag #RISeasonofGiving in relation to this event. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
Back Row: Kristen Accinno, Elizabeth Ng, Emilie Lum, Isabella Heffernan, Wren Hager Front Row: Maried Delgadillo, Lucy Bosch, Rylee Marin, Caroline Accinno, Emily Buchanan Photo Credit: Linda Grasso
East Providence, RI – On November 7th, the St. Mary Academy Robotics Team (S.M.A.R.T.) participated in the FIRST® Lego® League (FLL) Qualifier Tournament held at Narragansett Pier Middle School. S.M.A.R.T. was the only all-girls team in the competition and successfully earned their spot at the State Championship, to be held in January 2016 at Roger Williams University. In addition, the team won the second place “Champions Award.”
This year, according to www.firstlegoleague.org, more than 233,000 children between the ages of 9 – 16 will compete in their annual competition. The scoring is based on three parts: a research project, a robot game utilizing robots that each team builds, and the core values (how the teams achieve their goals, including items such as “learning together” and the “spirit of friendly competition.”) This year’s competition theme is “Trash Trek.” The research challenge is to “make less trash or improve the way people handle the trash we make.”
S.M.A.R.T.’s research project focuses on encouraging major manufacturers to discontinue the use of microbeads in facial cleansers, body washes and toothpastes. Currently, over 370 tons of micro-plastics are polluting the oceans each year. To date, only nine states have banned the sale of products containing microbeads. S.M.A.R.T. presented a “Jeopardy”-style question and answer skit to the judges about the dangerous environmental effects of microbeads. In addition, they presented a video of a classroom experiment that demonstrated how microbeads do not dissolve. The team is also reaching out to State legislators, asking them to propose similar laws banning the sale of microbeads in the Ocean State.
The S.M.A.R.T. girls, under the direction of their teacher and coach, Linda Grasso (West Kingston), continue to prepare and improve on their robot’s performance for the Championship competition in January.
MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DONATES COATS AND WINTER APPAREL TO PAWTUCKET AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Pawtucket, RI – Cold weather is upon us. Struggling Rhode Islanders in local communities are in need of winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and more.
Employees at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently participated in a Warm-a-Heart Coat Drive sponsored by The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket. Memorial Hospital joined in this city-wide event to warm the hearts of local families in need. The hospital collected about 200 winter apparel items. The hospital’s coat drive ran for three weeks in November.
Representatives from The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket will distribute the winter clothes to residents of Pawtucket and surrounding communities this week. The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket is comprised of more than 15 organizations from various neighborhood and business associations.
Arthur Plitt, Alliance president, said “We volunteer and work to make our local communities even better places in which to live, work and play. Thank you to Memorial Hospital for their generosity and eagerness to help the families that we serve. The donation of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens and more is greatly appreciated.”
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is committed to projects to benefit Rhode Islanders in need and supports the efforts of The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as a major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s family medicine academic program, housed in the Center for Primary Care. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.
The Community Impact Committee of United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 9am at UWGAT’s office located at 247 Maple Street in Attleboro. This meeting is mandatory for non-profit, human service, 501(c) 3 organizations, providing services in UWGAT’s catchment area, interested in applying for FY17 community impact funding.
Soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency assistance programs do not need to attend this meeting as grant recipients will be notified in May 2016.
The purpose of this meeting is to review the FY17 community impact funding procedure and timeline. UWGAT will explain the process of awarding grants to programs and initiatives that will “advance the common good.” The programs must meet current local needs while addressing United Way World Wide’s priority areas of: Education, Income, & Health. The funding process begins with the submission of a Letter of Intent which will be evaluated by the Community Impact Committee, and will invite eligible programs to submit a full proposal for funding consideration.
UWGAT’s eleven communities include: Attleboro, Berkley, Dighton, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Taunton.
This will be the only public forum to ask questions and receive detailed information regarding UWGAT’s funding process.
For any questions, or additional information, please contact Melissa Vanhorn at 508-222-2337, ext. 106 or Melissa@uwgat.org.
TWELVE BAY VIEW ACADEMY STUDENTS ENJOY A CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL
From left to right: Hope Morency, Diana Bianco-Riley, Christine Elson, Jillian Lee, Kathryn Miller, Angela Xu, Katie Paparelli, Julia McMahon, Emma Egan, Lauren Harkin, Molly Gleason, and Isabella Colapietro
East Providence, RI – Twelve Bay View Academy juniors traveled with Upper School History teacher, Dennis Kennedy (Johnston, RI) to participate in the Close Up program in Washington, DC on the week of Monday, November 2nd.
According to Bay View junior, Kathryn Miller (Bristol, RI), “The Close Up experience helped me become a more informed citizen and created memories that I will carry with me for many years to come.” Students had the opportunity to tour the many monuments and memorials, and examine how major political players made a difference in their time. On a visit to Capitol Hill, they met with Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Representative David Cicilline. The students enjoyed asking them about current issues and, Kathryn says, “Their interest in our experience made our time with them even more memorable and exciting.”
The following Bay View students participated in Close Up in November 2015:
The last 2015 Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch is coming up on Friday, December 11th. Get a 12oz container of Home-Made macaroni and cheese with chunks of lobster meat and a cracker crumb topping, a pickle, cookie and choice of soda or water. Or order the famous Lobster Roll filled with chunky lobster meat on a thin bed of lettuce (with or without mayo), chips, pickle, cookie, and beverage choice. Just call 508-222-1759, fax 508-222-2326, or email email@example.com An order form with details is available on Centenary’s website at
Complete, individually packaged, take-out lunches are only $9.50 and can be picked up at the best time for you on December 11th between 6:30am and 1pm. Pick up is at Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main & Sanford Streets, across from the YMCA, in downtown Attleboro.
Group orders can be delivered to businesses, schools, and professional offices. So why not take orders where you work, perhaps for Holiday Parties, and they’ll bring everyone’s Lobster Luncheon to you.
To be certain, order by noon, Tuesday, December 8th. Some extras may be available for instant pick-up on Friday, December 11th. Find out why so many people are regulars at Centenary’s quarterly Lobster Luncheon.
United Methodist Church
15 Sanford Street at the Corner of North Main Street
King Tides highlight rising sea levels and need for costal adaptation
A few times a year, the moon is as close to the Earth as it will ever be, bringing the highest tides of the year, and often leading to coastal flooding in low-lying areas. By monitoring these high tides, we are able to map out what sea level rise will do in the future. Right now, we only experience these extreme flooding circumstances during King Tides and severe storm systems, but in the very near future this flooding could happen monthly, or even daily, due to sea level rise.
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