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Franklin MA To Arabian Sea

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

“Why Being There Matters”

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Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Seth Hosford

ARABIAN SEA–Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Seth Hosford, from Franklin, Ma., operates a tow winch while bringing in the torpedo warning system (TWS) for maintenance aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Johnson/Released)

“Why Being There Matters”
On our planet, more than 70 percent of which is covered by water, being there means having the ability to act from the sea.  The Navy is uniquely positioned to be there; the world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, and at any time. Your Navy protects and defends America on the world’s oceans.  Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of America’s finest young men and women are deployed around the world doing just that.  They are there now.  They will be there when we are sleeping tonight.  They will be there every Saturday, Sunday and holiday this year.  They are there around the clock, far from our shores, defending America at all times.

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Cupcake Parade For Downtown NA!

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

April 24th event for North Attleborough’s “Growing Downtown” flower baskets

 Downtown Associates of North Attleborough (DANA)  kicks off the flower growing season with Cupcake Parade, a friendly competition to fund “Growing Downtown” – DANA’s initiative to hang flowering baskets throughout our downtown.  The event will be on April 24, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 104 North Washington St., downtown North Attleborough.  State Rep. Elizabeth “Betty” Poirier of North Attleborough is the event’s presenting sponsor.

 Chairman Kerry Vigorito has enlisted the support of a variety of bakers in the tastiest competition ever to come to North Attleborough.  To date, 11 bakers have signed on to prove they have the tastiest cupcakes in town!  Each ticket enables you to taste everyone’s entries, then vote for your favorite.  Whether your vote is based on looks, taste, or overall yumminess, this will be a sweet event!  There will also be a “Kid’s Pastry Shop” where children can decorate their own cupcakes.  Note to parents: we can’t guarantee that this is a totally safe zone for anyone with food sensitivities or allergies to items like gluten, colorings, or nuts.

 Tickets are $10 per person, 2 for $15, or a family for $25.  There will be a limit of 200 tickets sold, and they’ll be available at The Free Press office after April 15.  Call the DANA office at 508-695-4814 for additional information, or see the Facebook page:

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Training ‘SkyWarn’ Spotters For Pawtucket

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

City EMA partners with National Weather Service to train ‘SkyWarn’ spotters

PAWTUCKET – The city Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to hold a SkyWarn spotter training session for interested participants on Tuesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave.

SkyWarn spotters are an important resource to the National Weather Service. To fill gaps in technology and provide better warnings, the NWS uses trained volunteers who agree to become the “eyes and ears” of the weather service and help improve public safety.

 Weather spotters provide real-time observations of severe weather events, such as tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, flooding and winter weather. The reports assist NWS meteorologists in issuing watches, warnings and advisories, help protect life and property and provide citizens life-saving information.

SkyWarn spotters will learn how to observe the weather and also learn valuable preparedness and safety tips. Trained spotters have proven invaluable during weather events such as Post Tropical Storm Sandy, the February Blizzard of 2013 and the Springfield Tornado.  The NWS is looking to attract as much interest as possible to expand its spotter network and offer more extensive service to a greater area.

For further information, contact Pawtucket Emergency Management at 401-729-5846 or by email to

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Rhode Island Post Card Club

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

April 27 Meeting

The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its next meeting on Sunday April 27th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 1 Volturno Street in North Providence.

The hall is easily accessible from Route 95 by taking the Branch Ave. exit and heading west. Turn right at the third traffic light onto Charles St. and then left onto Volturno.

Post cards of all descriptions including town views and holiday greetings will be available.

There is no admission charge.

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Central Falls: Young Leader Award

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Adamaris-Villar and Gina Raimondo 

General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 41 students, 2 of which were from Central Falls. The award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes.

“The Young Leader Award gives outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excelling at their studies and serving their communities,” said Raimondo. “They are great examples to us all by showcasing the traits Rhode Islanders need for a successful future.”

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Brenda-Anaya and Gina Raimondo

Ximedica, a leading medical product development and healthcare company worldwide, was selected as the host site for this award ceremony due to the company’s commitment to innovation.  Ximedica also hosted the event in 2013. Ximedica Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations, Michael Pereira, spoke about the importance of innovation and advancing technology.

“To have innovation, it is important to encourage young people to consider the possibilities and opportunities that are right here in their backyard,” said Pereira. “We are proud to host these young leaders, their teachers, guidance counselors and families.”

About the students

  • ·         Adamaris Villar, a junior at Central Falls High School, is involved in student government, a member of the National Honor Society, and in the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program.
  • ·         Brenda Anaya, a junior at the Blackstone Academy Charter School, has artwork on display at the Pawtucket Visitor’s Center.

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North Attleborough Historical Society May Breakfast

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Sunday, May 4th

The NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH  HISTORICAL  SOCIETY will hold its annual May Breakfast on Sunday, May 4th, between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. The breakfast is served in the Little Red Schoolhouse which is next door to the Woodcock Garrison house at 362 North Washington Street; the junction of Routes 1 and 1A in the north end of town. The breakfast includes muffins and pastries, orange juice, coffee or tea, sliced ham, scrambled eggs, home-fries and baked beans. Our traditional New England breakfast includes a piece of pie. The cost of the breakfast is $6 for adults and $3 for children. A tour of the historic Woodcock Garrison house is included in the price of the breakfast. Tickets are sold at the door.

The May Breakfast is one of the major fund raisers for the society, with funds helping to maintain the Garrison House and to support the third grade visitation program. 

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Pawtucket: Agnes Little Elementary

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Framed by a feature of the Earl Fenner Playground dedicated on Wednesday, April 16, Agnes Little Principal Ray Dalton gestures to students gathered for the occasion.

Playground dedicated for beloved former teacher at Agnes Little Elementary

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 Mayor Donald R. Grebien speaks of the high regard in which former Agnes Little ESL teacher Earl Fenner was held as well as the importance of play for schoolchildren.

PAWTUCKET – With hundreds of excited schoolchildren looking on, the new state of the art playground at Agnes Little Elementary School was dedicated in ceremonies on Wednesday, April 16 in honor of the late Earl Fenner, a beloved former ESL resource teacher at the school.

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Some of the hundreds of enthusiastic Agnes Little students gathered for Wednesday’s dedication of a new playground at the school.

Fenner, who served on the playground committee at Agnes Little and taught in the city for a dozen years including also at the M. Virginia Cunningham and Nathanael Greene elementary schools, died unexpectedly in April of 2011 at age 52. His children, Caitlin and Joshua Fenner, unveiled a bronze plaque affixed to a large stone at the playground bearing his name and saying, “Always in our hearts. Our teacher, our friend.” 

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Grade 3 teacher Kim Heon, who shared instruction of ESL students with late former teacher Earl Fenner, said the lasting message he was sending to them was “not only about this playground but about life itself.”

Remarks, all noting Fenner’s contributions to his students and the importance of play for children, were given at the event by Agnes Little Principal Raymond Dalton, School Supt. Patricia DiCenso, who successfully challenged Dalton to later join her as the first to use the playground’s slide, School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo and Mayor Donald R. Grebien.Grade 3 teacher Kim Heon, who worked with Fenner, called him a “very humble man” who always had his students’ welfare at heart. “The message Mr. Fenner has sent you is not only about this playground but about life itself,” she said.

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  Caitlin and Joshua Fenner, children of Earl Fenner, unveiled the plaque dedicating the new Agnes Little school playground in his name.

The playground, which replaces one closed for safety concerns, is designed for children ages 5 to 12 and includes four free-standing structures with sub-structures, three site benches, two European hornbeam trees, stone dust access paths and fencing and is ADA accessible. Components are designed to foster creative play for students of all levels.

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 School Supt. Patricia DiCenso enjoys the new playground’s slide.

The approximately $125,000 project was funded by a federal block grant along with fundraising efforts by Agnes Little students and staff under a committee headed by school nurse Kathy Kando and retired former physical education teacher Debra Girard. Andrew Silvia, a city engineer, served as project manager assisted by Mike Wilcox and Edward Soares from the Planning Department under Director Barney Heath. Contractors were O’Brien & Sons of Medfield, Mass. and Central Nurseries, Johnston. 

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Challenged by Supt. Patricia DiCenso, Agnes Little Principal Raymond Dalton followed her in a descent down the slide at the new Earl Fenner Playground at the school.

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Students from grades K-6 at Agnes Little Elementary cut the ribbon on their new playground. The students (by grade) were Lorenz Marcotte, kindergarten; Madison Nunez, grade 1; Amber Church, grade 2; Emmalynda Pontes, grade 3; Paris Christian, grade 4; Alta DelBargo and Joshua Quiroa, grade 5; and Joao Barros, grade 6.

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Party For The Peregrines

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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May 10, 2014; 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Squantum Club, One Squantum Road, East Providence, Rhode Island

  The Audubon Society of Rhode Island will host A Party for the Peregrines on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Squantum Club in East Providence. This celebration of Rhode Island raptors will begin at 6:30 pm.

 The Peregrine Falcon is a true success story, with the species coming back from the brink of extinction. For over a decade, a pair has chosen to call Providence home. These Peregrines nest and fledge young each year atop the “Superman Building” at 111 Westminster Street.

 A Party for the Peregrines will include live and silent auctions as well as creative cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres.  All of Audubon’s live raptors will be presented during the evening, as will the Providence Peregrine Webcam. Dozens of interesting and desirable items will be on display for auction bidding.

 Proceeds will support the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and will help to protect thousands of acres of valuable habitat for these birds and other creatures.

  The public is invited to Party for the Peregrines.  Tickets ($50 per person) may be purchased on-line at Dress is casual. For sponsorship, donation of auction items, or more information on the event, please contact Karen Weavill at or (401) 949-5454 ext. 3022.

12 Sanderson Road ~ Smithfield, RI  02917-2600 ~ Phone: (401) 949-5454 ~ Fax: (401) 949-5788


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Wind Symphony Spring Pops Concert!

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Earl Raney, presents their annual spring concert featuring thrilling waltzes, lullabies, marches, ragtime, and jazz! “After this long and cold winter, take you family out for a beautiful evening of ‘live’ music that everyone will enjoy. There is nothing like cheering on your local musicians as they bring down the house with fabulous music!” says Conductor Raney.

 The concert will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Weber Theater on the campus of Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, Massachusetts. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors/students, $10 family.

 The Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony is a continuing partnership between the SMARTS Collaborative and the Wheaton College Music Department. Now in its 22nd season, the Wind Symphony is comprised of area high school students, students from Wheaton College and adults from more than fifteen surrounding communities. Founded in 1990 by the SMARTS Collaborative, the Wind Symphony has presented numerous concerts throughout the area while establishing itself as one of the region’s leading performing group. The Wind Symphony is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and the Local Cultural Councils of Attleboro, Mansfield, Norton, and Taunton. For more information please call 508/286-3644 or email:

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Talk On The Panama Canal At The Weaver Library

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

 Weaver Library and the East Providence Historical Society are proud to present a slide talk in celebration of the Centennial of the Panama Canal on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7pm in the Champlin Program Room of the library.  Author and speaker Chip Bishop has just returned from Panama where he was the featured presenter on a Theodore Roosevelt Association tour of the Panama Canal.  Bishop’s talk “The Panama Canal – A Century Old but Building for the Future” will include the historic role of Rumford’s Joseph Bucklin Bishop in the Canal’s history. Chip is the great-grandnephew of Joseph Bucklin Bishop, a newspaper editor, and   authorized biographer and close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Bishop’s debut book, The Lion and the Journalist – The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, was a New York Times e-book best-seller in March 2014.  It has been hailed by historians, reviewers, and readers alike.  Chip’s new book Quentin and Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War offers the charismatic tale of Quentin Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, and his secret fiancée, Flora Payne Whitney.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Questions?  Call 434-2453.  Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.  This program is free and open to all.

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