THE SAINTS CAME MARCHING IN
First grade students at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro presented the annual All Saints Day Program to fellow students, family and friends.
Each students chose a saint to represent, dressed like that saint and gave a one-minute explanation about the saint. The students each wrote and memorized their lines.
The class also sang “As the Saints Go Marching In”.
According to Mrs. MaryBeth Barkan, first grade teacher, “It was a great opportunity for the children to get up in front of their peers and speak publicly about something so special to them!”
Jamie E. Crossman has been appointed as United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton’s new President and CEO by the organization’s Board of Directors.
Jamie E. Crossman
“We are excited to be welcoming Jamie as our new President and CEO. Through her tenure as Vice President, Jamie has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and the extensive experience needed to lead the organization through the exciting opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. We are confident that Jamie will build upon her existing relationships with community leaders and partners towards advancing the mission of United Way in our local communities,” said Theda Hornung, Chairperson of the Board.
Jamie brings to this position more than 17 years of relevant experience in the nonprofit sector. Since 2006, she has been serving as Vice President and has done an exceptional job increasing the visibility and investment in United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton. As a result of her efforts, the agency campaign has continued to grow during a turbulent economy. She has been instrumental in connecting giving with community impact and building capacity, enhanced public relations and has served as an advocate providing awareness to United Way initiatives of Education, Income, Health, and Basic Human Needs.
Her previous leadership positions include Director of Development for New Hope in Attleboro and Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Coyle and Cassidy High School in Taunton.
“I’m honored and excited to be working with the board, staff, partner agencies, local United Ways and others that are part of United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton’s extensive network to build on the organization’s considerable strengths and achievements and pursue new opportunities to serve the communities throughout Greater Attleboro/Taunton”, said Crossman.
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Lesley University and a Certificate of Medical Assistance from Fisher College. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Taunton and currently resides with her family in Somerset.
The mission of United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton is to improve lives by uniting the caring power of communities to advance the common good.
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Opening of Attleboro Community Theatre’s second show in 58th season.
The show is The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge written by Mark Brown. At the opening of the show we find ourselves in a courtroom. Mr. Scrooge has reverted back to his old crotchety, cheap, loud self. He has decided to bring charges against his dead partner, Jacob Marley, and all three spirits. He believes they are guilty of kidnapping, attempted murder, breaking and entering, and theft. Ebeneezer believes he was tricked and scared into becoming a changed man.
Representing the spirits is the compassionate, defense attorney, Solomon Rothschild. Solomon has a reputation as Englands’ most savvy, charismatic, and clever barrister. Scrooge being as he is, has decided to represent himself. As each spirit takes the stand to be questioned about that Christmas eve night, the hijinks and hilarity ensues. Portraying Ebeneezer Scrooge is long-time ACT member and board trustee, Alex Aponte. Alex is really going to be working hard to stay in character while delivering some of the funniest lines that ever came out of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s mouth. The role of the judge, who desperately tries to keep order in the court is Mario Carneiro, ACT’s Treasurer. The audience will recognize most of the characters from the show “Christmas Carol” as they come to take the stand to be questioned about “that” Christmas Eve night and the role they all played in it. ACT feels this sequel to Christmas Carol is funny, touching and is definitely worthy of Charles Dickens’ approval.
Directing the show is ACT’s President, Jeanne Smith. Jeanne has the monumental task to direct the 15 people in this show, but with the help of Jim Harvey, Vice President, and Assistant Director, it’s a guarantee the audience will be entertained.
“The Trial of Ebeneezer Scrooge” will be showing from December 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,and 21. All Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8pm and the doors will open at 7:30pm. The three Sunday afternoon shows are at 2pm and the doors will open at 1:30pm Tickets are $17 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students.
To purchase tickets you may go to our website at:
or you may call our phone number at: 508-226-8100 and leave a message and all the information regarding what night, how many tickets, and if anyone in your party is handicapped. The address is: Ezeekial Bates Masonic Lodge, 71 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
West Warwick, RI November 20, 2014
For the first time in 40 years RI Farm Bureau has a new president. At its Annual Meeting in West Warwick on Thursday November 20, the RI Farm Bureau members present unanimously elected Henry Wright of West Greenwich as its president. He replaces Bill Stamp, Jr who has been president of the RI Farm Bureau since 1974, the longest serving president of a State Farm Bureau in the United States.
Wright farms 330 acres in Kent and Washington Counties. He raises corn, hay and beef cattle. He also sells seeds for several seed companies including T.A. Seeds. Additionally, he does a lot of custom farming specializing in no till seeding for corn and forage crops. He has been a member of the RI Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 24 years and has been a member of the RI Farm Bureau for 44 years.
Wayne Salisbury of Scituate was elected vice president. He replaced Tyler Young, who has been vice president for 20 years, the longest serving vice president in the United States. Salisbury owns a farm in Johnston, RI where he specializes in pick your own Strawberries and also raises raspberries and a wide range of vegetables. Salisbury Farm was the first farm in New England to have a corn maze. The farm, established in the 1800′s offers a wide range of activities and services for everyone to enjoy. During the fall they also offer free hay rides on the weekends. Families, businesses or organizations, and other groups enjoy the pavilion area which is available for rent. Salisbury has been secretary of RI Farm Bureau for the past 2 years and a member of the Board for the past 10 years. He joined the RI Farm Bureau in 1989.
Five farmers were elected to the RI Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Vinny Confreda (Cranston), Richard Schartner (Exeter) and Peter Gavitt (Slocum) were re-elected and Kevin Breene (West Greenwich) and Joe Polseno (Cranston) were elected for the first time.
The members also voted to approve 18 resolutions which will determine the policies the Board will follow in 2015.
The Rhode Island Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural for all farmers.
Linden Place Museum, located in downtown Bristol, Rhode Island, is celebrating the holiday season with tours of the 200-year old Federal-style mansion beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing throughout the month of December.
Feel like a personal guest of the Colt family as you stroll through the festively decorated mansion rooms complete with beautiful wreaths, illuminated mantles and evergreen swags. From the festooned four-story spiral staircase to the breathtaking ceiling-high Christmas tree in the gothic conservatory to the charm of the early 20th century butler’s pantry, surprises await visitors around every corner.
This year, a multi-room exhibit “If You Lived Here Long Ago” will be part of the celebration. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a kid two hundred years ago? What clothes you would have worn? What chores children were expected to do around the house? What you did at school before computers or even electricity? Do you know what a “rug beater” is or what you do with a “tea brick”? This hands-on tour for kids will answer these fun questions and more! Each room inside Linden Place has an exhibit where kids can see, handle and learn about artifacts of long ago and imagine what life would have been like in 1810 when Linden Place was built. See petticoats and breeches, washboards, a 19th century “television”, the stereoscope and more! This tour is fun and educational for the whole family and for kids both big and small.
Linden Place Mansion and Museum Store, where you will find beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts, will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from November 29th through Dec 30th. Admission during the holiday season is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 seniors and $ 6.00 for youths (6-17; children under 6 are admitted free).
North Attleborough Historical Society Second Chance Holiday Sale and Open House
Are you wondering how you will entertain your visiting guests the Saturday after Thanksgiving? The North Attleborough Historical Society will hold a Second Chance Holiday Sale and Open House on Saturday, November 29th 2014, between the hours of 10 A.M. and 2 P.M.; a wonderful opportunity for guests visiting the area for Thanksgiving to visit one of the area’s historical attractions and a second chance for local residents to view the house and purchase some Christmas gifts at the same time. Come enjoy the traditional harvest tree, trimmings and decorations provided by the Angle Tree Garden Club.
Available in the Little Red Schoolhouse you will find a wonderful assortment of decorations, knitted items, jewelry and books at reduced prices. A grandma’s attic section has been added.
This year we will also feature a raffle of several theme-decorated Christmas trees.
The Woodcock Garrison House and Little Red Schoolhouse are located at 362 North Washington Street at the junction of Routes 1 and 1A in the north end of North Attleborough.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Community VNA Hospice Care will host their annual tree lighting on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM at their 10 Emory Street, Attleboro headquarters. The memorial tree lighting is free, and open to the community. The program features holiday music, refreshments and the opportunity to recognize a loved one with a star on the tree.
For more information or to add a star to the tree with your loved ones name, go to
click on Donate or call 800-220-0110. All funds raised help support our Hospice and Palliative Care services.
November 30th Meeting
The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its next meeting on Sunday November 30th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Knights of Columbus St. Anthony Council Hall, 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 proceed 1 mile to left onto Volturno.
Post cards of all descriptions including town views and holiday greetings will be available for sale at the club meeting. Why not send an antique Christmas card to you special friends and relatives for about the same cost as a new card.
There is no admission charge.
MOMS Club of North Attleboro donates Thanksgiving baskets to Lenore’s Pantry
The MOMS Club of North Attleboro recently organized a food drive to benefit Lenore’s Food Pantry, for what has become the club’s annual tradition. The drive was kicked off at their monthly meeting in October when Anne Marie Fleming of Lenore’s Pantry discussed the needs and wishes of the Pantry. Club members donated basic Thanksgiving meal items plus a few extra fun items and delivered them in nicely decorated roasting pans. Ten gift pans were donated to Lenore’s, which will now be distributed to families in need.
“We had such a strong response to this drive in the past that we decided it was again well worth the time and effort,” said Erina Palmisano, president of the MOMS Club. “We collected items such as cookies, crackers, and tablecloths – along with traditional Thanksgiving meal accompaniments such as stuffing and vegetables – to offer families a little something extra for their holiday celebration. This was another successful event with a special thanks to our dedicated Community Service team lead by Amy Wells. We plan to continue this food drive every year.”
For more information on the MOMS Club, visit their website at