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South Attleboro Senior Wellness Event At Cardi’s

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

South Attleboro, MA: According to the Administration on Aging, 23% of people aged 75+ had 10 or more visits to a doctor or other health care professional in the past year. But are these doctor visits enough to keep them happy, healthy and well?

Many say that they are happy with their care, but studies are showing that seniors may not be getting the complete continuum of care they need. There are widespread, troubling and significant gaps in healthcare that older Americans receive. This lack of care can mean the difference between a healthy independent old age and a serious disability or premature death.

Older adults wish their doctors would communicate better about their care and express a strong support for more geriatric education.

Home Helpers of Southern Massachusetts has organized a free Senior Wellness Event with  area experts speaking on topics including Estate Planning, Therapeutic-Oncology Massage, Homecare/Continuum of Care, Personal Emergency Response Units, the Vestibular System and its effects on falls, home medical equipment, Hospice, Visiting Nurses and Visiting Physicians .

This info session is designed to supply seniors with information to stay happy, healthy and safe.

APRIL 16, 2015



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Feehan Junior Advances To State Poetry Out Loud Competition

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

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Olivia Phillips with Feehan principal Sean Kane (left), and English teacher and poetry competition organizer, Matthew Ryan.

 Bishop Feehan High School junior Olivia Phillips of South Attleboro recently won the regional Teachers Guide Poetry Out Loud National Recitation contest in South Yarmouth, MA. Phillips competed against contestants from 21 southeastern Massachusetts high schools with the delivery of two poems recited from memory: The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Animals by Josephine Jacobsen.

Phillips advances to the Massachusetts State Finals on Sunday, March 8 at the Old Meeting House in Boston.  The winner of the state competition will receive $200 and expenses paid for two to the national competition in Washington, DC in April. 

The winner of the national contest will receive $20,000 and the school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library. Poetry Out Loud, supported by state and national arts organizations, encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. 

Phillips is a top ten student and also interprets music using American Sign Language as a performance art.

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Proposed Purchase Of Newport Grand By Twin River

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Statement from Governor Raimondo on the Proposed Purchase of Newport Grand by Twin River

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Governor Gina M. Raimondo today issued the following statement on the proposed purchase of Newport Grand by Twin River:

 “We have a projected $200 million budget deficit this year – in addition, we are under-investing in building skills, attracting businesses and strengthening our infrastructure. Due to anticipated gaming competition from our neighbors, our budget challenges are projected to worsen in the years ahead.

 “We need to examine ways to remain competitive. Twin River has been an important corporate citizen. Its proposed purchase of Newport Grand may help reverse the trend of declining revenues from the Aquidneck Island gaming facility. We look forward to learning more about the proposal.”

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Op-Ed By Senator Slater

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Replace the illicit marijuana industry with legitimate businesses

 By Scott A. Slater

 As Rhode Island lawmakers take a serious look at reforming our marijuana laws this legislative session, it is crucial that we keep in mind an important fact. Whether you love it or hate it, whether it is legal or illegal, people are going to buy, sell, and consume marijuana. The question is not whether we want marijuana in society or not. The choice we have to make is whether we are going to continue to allow criminals to control the market or if we are going to put marijuana behind the counters of licensed businesses that label their products, sell only to adults, and pay taxes.

After decades of arresting citizens for marijuana and spending tens of millions of dollars enforcing punitive marijuana laws, it is clear that efforts to eliminate marijuana use have totally failed. Just like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has not eradicated marijuana from society. Instead, prohibition has created a vacuum filled by criminals who turn a profit off of the illicit marijuana industry.

Illegal marijuana dealers have no regard for public health and safety. Because we cannot enforce product safety standards as we could in a regulated market, illegal dealers often peddle marijuana laced with dangerous drugs or toxic chemicals. Because business disputes cannot be settled in court, illegal dealers often settle their disagreements through violence, and our communities and law enforcement officers get caught in the crossfire.

By establishing a legal, regulated market for adults 21 and older, we can undercut the illicit marijuana industry with legitimate, taxpaying businesses. Colorado saw nearly $700 million in sales for legal marijuana last year — $700 million that might have otherwise gone into a violent criminal market. Eliminating the underground marijuana industry will not happen overnight, but just as Al Capone’s gangsters are no longer engaging in shootouts over turf because of alcohol, in time the illicit marijuana market will evaporate, as customers prefer a safer product in a safer setting.

Under our current policy of prohibition, profits from marijuana sales go into the pockets of criminals, leading to more crime, violence and guns on our streets. By regulating and taxing the production and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and older, we can redirect that money toward better uses, such as improving our schools and providing treatment to individuals who struggle with substance abuse.

To be sure, marijuana is not harmless, and we must communicate the potential risks of marijuana use to the public. That is why my proposed legislation requires the inclusion of mandatory safety inserts with every marijuana product sold, which would provide important health information about the potential risks of marijuana use and how to consume responsibly.

Although marijuana is not harmless, it is important to keep in mind that virtually every objective, scientific study has found marijuana to be far less harmful to the consumer and society than alcohol. While thousands of Americans die every year from alcohol poisoning, there has never been a single recorded case of a marijuana overdose death. Research published in the British Columbia’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal found the social costs of marijuana use are far lower than the costs associated with alcohol or tobacco use. We should be comforted by the fact that well-known leaders in the Rhode Island medical community, including Dr. James Crowley, former president of the Rhode Island Medical Society, Dr. Daniel Harrop, a licensed psychiatrist, and Dr. David Lewis, founder of Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, have all publicly expressed their support for ending prohibition and regulating the sale of marijuana to adults.

Marijuana prohibition is on the way out in America, and it’s no longer a question of if, but how and when. Rhode Island has already decided that our citizens should not be burdened with a criminal record simply for using marijuana, so it makes little sense to force those marijuana consumers into a dangerous criminal market. Massachusetts, Vermont and other New England states are very likely to pass laws to regulate and tax marijuana by the end of 2016.

We do not need to wait any longer to know that prohibition is the worst policy to have for marijuana. I urge my colleagues in the General Assembly to realize that the issue before them is not whether to have marijuana in society or not. The question is whether we are going to take control away from the illegal dealers and allow the state to regulate, contro, and tax marijuana in a way that benefits us all.

 (Scott A. Slater is the Democratic State Representative from District 10, Providence, and a member of the House Committee on Finance.)

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Stonehill’s Martin Institute

March 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Acclaimed Historian Catherine Allgor to Deliver Salameno Lecture March 24th

“What Every American Needs to Know about Women’s History”

EASTON, MA (3/2/15)-  A leading historian of the American women’s experience, University of California-Riverside History Professor Catherine Allgor will be the featured guest at this year’s Salameno History Lecture. Free and open to the public, Allgor’s presentation, “What Every American Needs to Know about Women’s History,” will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 4 p.m. in Stonehill’s Martin Institute.

We are delighted that Prof. Allgor will be delivering this year’s Salameno Lecture. She is one of the nation’s leading scholars not only on U.S. Women’s history but also on the period of the early republic. In addition to giving the lecture, Prof. Allgor will also be meeting with a couple of Prof. Linzy Brekke-Aloise’s classes, and so we are very much looking forward to her visit,” said Stonehill’s Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor of History John Rodrigue.

After a career in the theatre, which included time at Plimoth Plantation, Allgor attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley as a Frances Perkins Scholar and graduated summa cum laude in history. She received her Ph.D. with distinction from Yale University, where she also won the Yale Teaching Award.

Her dissertation on women and politics in early Washington garnered the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American History at Yale University and the Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. Women’s History in the country.

Allgor’s book, “Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government” (University Press of Virginia, 2000), won the James H. Broussard First Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

From 2002-2004, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University.

Allgor began her teaching career at Simmons College and has been at the University of California-Riverside since 2001. In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious Presidential Chair from the university.

Allgor has written on politics, women, and religion for several national publications. Her biography, “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation” (Henry Holt, 2006), was a finalist for the George Washington Prize, was the 2007-2008 selection for the UCR F1RST Book, and was made into an American Experience film, “Dolley Madison.”

In 2012, Allgor’s published her latest book, “The Queen of America: Mary Cutts’s Life of Dolley Madison” (University of Virginia Press) which explores the memoir Mary Cutts wrote of her famous aunt.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens named Allgor its Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education in 2012 as well.

About the Salameno Lecture
The Salameno Lecture Series in History was created through the generosity of trustees Lawrence and Theresa Salameno, who sponsored the first endowed chair in the College’s history. The Salameno’s generosity allows Stonehill to bring some of the country’s foremost scholars to campus.

 WHO: University of California-Riverside History Professor Catherine Allgor

WHAT: Salameno History Lecture

WHERE: The Martin Institute at Stonehill College. 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 02357

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24th at 4 p.m.

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March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

What Recovering in Mental Health is and is Not, and How it Looks Like in the Light of Your Personal Experience.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Have you ever wondered how to help someone dealing with depression or recovering from drug or alcohol dependency?

If the answer is yes, then we invite you to come to Grace Church on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10am – 1pm to hear our special guest Zohreh R. King, Director of Recovery at the North Suffolk Mental Health Association.

The event will take place during our regular worship time which begins at 10 am followed by a friendly coffee hour and an open question and answer session.

Grace Episcopal Church is conveniently located at 104 North Washington Street, in downtown North Attleboro, MA.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Norton Library

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The Friends of Norton Library Annual Spring Basket Raffle is now ongoing. Nineteen great baskets to choose from: kitchen, wine picnic, novels, spa, Christmas, birdhouse, infant, office/tote, outdoor play, etc.  Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3/$5.  Drawing will be Friday April 4th.  Stop in to the Library and support the Friends!

Join Adams Tedeschi, owner of Second Nature Farm in Norton, on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss how to prepare your garden for Spring growing, as well as what vegetables to seed for an early harvest.  This program is presented by the Chartley Garden Club.  Refreshments will be served.

Join Ms. Marsha and Ms. Gina in the Community Room on Monday March 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM for this Silly Science program for ages 3-5. This program is offered by Self Help Inc.’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program. Please register at the CFCE website.  Contact: Gina McGarrigle   508-559-1666 x123

Join us on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room for the monthly meeting of the Norton Public Library Board of Trustees.

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How About a Swamp Stomp?

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

How About a Swamp Stomp, Forest Foray or Salamander Search for School Vacation Week?  

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April 2015 Programs and Events for Children and Families

 (March 2, 2015) – Grab a net and discover the life in a vernal pool, take a discovery walk to the swamp, or search for salamanders on the wildlife refuge. What better time to take the kids on an exploration of the great outdoors?

 Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Register online at

or call (401) 949-5454.

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Dennis Hanno, Ph.D., President of Wheaton College Presents At NICE

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE) announces its third open lecture of the 2014 – 2015 academic year. This presentation will be held at Wheaton (Norton, MA) College’s Hindle Auditorium, Rear of Campus,  26 East Main Street, Norton, MA, and is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

 Empowering a New Generation of African Leaders

 Monday, March 23, 2015    1:30  – 3:00 pm

 Hindle Auditorium, Rear of Campus, Wheaton College

 The presenter is Dennis Hanno, Ph.D., President of Wheaton College.  Dr. Hanno received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts,  Amherst. Prior to coming to Wheaton, he was the Provost at Babson College and founded the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center. He has a number of projects underway in Africa and has taken more than 500 people to the continent since 2001 to work on these.

 Many of Africa’s youth experience the frustration of not being able to find a job despite having the right skills and a good education. Dr. Hanno will focus on an effort being made to prepare the next generation of African leaders through a program that teaches high school students to be entrepreneurial leaders who can create jobs. The program has been developed over a 15-year period, including a January, 2015 project involving Wheaton College students in Rwanda. This program has touched thousands of youths across Africa and the lessons learned are applicable in our own lives and offer hope for progress even in places where hope is a scarce commodity.

 NICE, a non-profit affiliate of the Road Scholar (formerly named Elderhostel) Institute Network and a collaborative effort of Wheaton College and Epoch Assisted Living of Norton, provides non-credit nominally-priced college-level liberal arts courses and free lectures for over-55 year-olds living primarily in the Norton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Sharon, Foxboro, Taunton, Stoughton, Easton, and Canton areas.

 For complete details of the lecture plus other information, please consult the NICE web site at

or call Martin Aronson, NICE Curriculum Chair, at 781-784-8548.

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The Museum of Work & Culture

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Ciné-Québec, March 14 and 15, 2015  

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The Museum of Work & Culture, in collaboration with the Delegation of Québec in New England, Flickers: RI International Film Festival, the Alliance Française of Providence and the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, presents Ciné-Québec.

On Saturday, March 14 starting at 6:30 pm, ticket holders will be treated to a wine and cheese reception followed by the presentation of several short Quebecois films with English subtitles. Tickets are only $10 per person and can be purchased by phone at 401-769-9675.  Vote for your favorite and help decide which films make it to the next round of judging!

On Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 pm, the Quebecois 2014 documentary Un Rêve Américain will be screened.  Montreal film producer Claude Godbout will be present to discuss his film and answer questions from the audience.  This is a free event, also made possible by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.  Reservation suggested.

Un Rêve Américain is a feature film directed by Bruno Boulianne and Claude Godbout, both from the province of Québec, and produced in Québec by Eurêka! Productions. Filmed as a road movie, this film is about the journey of Franco-Ontarian artist Damien Robitaille on his adventure to follow the path of French-Canadians who settled throughout the United States. From New-England to California, he discovers and reconstructs the French-Canadian identity through his encounters and his testimony. Damien feels a sense of pride as he recaptures this unknown story.

It is important to put ourselves back into the social context of that time to understand how French-Canadians evolved and what were the challenges they had to overcome.

Today, acknowledging one and other becomes more important to ensure the vitality of the francophonie. We have to prevent isolation by uniting the francophone community and lovers of the French language.

View the trailer here:


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