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Massachusetts Ties For Top Score On ACT Test

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Massachusetts Ties for Top Score on ACT Test

MALDEN – Massachusetts high school students in the graduating class of 2015 tied for the top score in the nation on the ACT test, an annual predictive measure of college and career readiness for many high school graduates, according to results released yesterday.

According to this year’s ACT results, Massachusetts 2015 public and private high school graduates had an average composite score of 24.4 out of a possible 36, up from last year (24.3). The national average was 21.0, which remained the same as last year. In addition, 51 percent of Massachusetts graduates met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, up from last year (47 percent) and above the national average (28 percent).

“I congratulate our Commonwealth’s students, who continue to lead the country in academic achievement and college readiness,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With our focus on aligning STEM-related education with our workforce needs, I am thrilled to hear that Massachusetts has the highest percentage of 2015 graduates meeting the ACT benchmark in mathematics and is rated highly in science and reading.”

“I am pleased to see these results continue to improve, and I am particularly happy to see that more than half of the students included here met all four of ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. “As districts continue to align their curriculum with the updated state frameworks, more and more students should be prepared for college and careers.”

While the majority of Massachusetts graduating seniors have historically taken the SAT, a growing number are taking the ACT. Students can choose to take both test, either test or neither. Statewide, more than 19,600 public and private school students, or an estimated 28 percent of the 2015 graduating class, took the ACT during high school. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of ACT-taking graduates in Massachusetts has grown by 31 percent.

 In addition to the state’s strong performance in the aggregate, all of the state’s largest racial and ethnic groups saw higher percentages meet all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks compared to last year. The percent of Massachusetts students in the 2015 graduating class who met all four benchmarks was 58 percent for Asian students (compared to 53 percent in 2014), 53 percent for white students (50 in 2014), 30 percent for Hispanic/Latino students (29 percent in 2014), and 17 percent for black/African American students (14 percent in 2014). The ACT College Readiness benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject area attest (English, Mathematics, Reading and Science) that represent the level of achievement for students to have a 50 percent change of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

Other ACT results for Massachusetts students included:

Overall, Massachusetts tied with Connecticut for the top average composite score (24.4).

Among states where less than a third of graduates participated in the ACT, New Hampshire (24.3), Maine (24.2) and New York (23.7) followed closely.

On the four subject area tests, Massachusetts had the highest percent of 2015 graduates meeting the ACT benchmark in Mathematics (71 percent), tied Connecticut for second in Science (61 percent) behind New Hampshire (62 percent), tied Maine for second highest percentage in English (85 percent) behind Connecticut and New Hampshire (both with 86 percent), and had the second highest percentage in Reading (67 percent) behind Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine (all 68 percent).

Graduates of Massachusetts public high schools performed similarly to the combined results for Massachusetts public and private schools. Massachusetts 2015 public school graduates had an average composite score of 24.1, which was the same as last year’s results. In 2015, 49 percent of graduates of Massachusetts public high schools who were tested met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmark scores.
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Linden Place

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Bristol’s Premier Food and Wine Event at Linden Place Mansion

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Bristol, R.I. – Linden Place Museum will host its highly anticipated event, “A Taste of Bristol and Beyond,” on Saturday, October 25th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy gourmet samplings as well as craft beers and fine wines in the professionally decorated ballroom and tented gardens of the magnificent Linden Place estate, enhanced by some of New England’s top floral and event designs companies. Live entertainment will be provided by the Rockin’ Soul Horns in the garden tent.

Experience a feast for the food and wine lover’s senses; sip fantastic local wines and craft beers amidst exquisite surroundings, all while supporting the preservation of Linden Place and its cultural programs for the public. Over 40 restaurants, caterers, vineyards, and breweries will be present—a spectacular way to spend a fall afternoon!

Tickets for this premier event will be $75.00 per person for members of Linden Place and $100.00 for non-members, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For reservations or more information about this October 25th event, please call (401) 253-0390.

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August 27th, 2015 · No Comments


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  For the first time ever at the festival the Explorer will offer special half hour tours during the races, with tours operating at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm, at the Festival Pier location.

 Get to see teams competing with one another as they race along the Pawtucket River in authentic Chinese Dragon Boats in this annual fun filled event!

 The Pawtucket River is the headwaters for Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The newly revitalized Festival Pier, also located within the brand new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park will be the setting of the day long Taiwan Day Festival, offering Asian cultural entertainment, food, family fun, contests and more!

 For the September 5 festival, there will be no advanced tickets for the riverboat tours on the Explorer. Tickets will be sold on a first come and first served basis on site for $7/person.

 Come and enjoy a great family fun event and celebrate Rhode Island’s wonderful ethnic diversity in your Blackstone River Valley!

 For more information call 401-724-2200.

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Arts Foundation Of Cape Cod’s Fall 2014 Grant Cycle

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Free Information Sessions Wednesday, September 9, 5:00 pm

(Centerville, MA). The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will be holding a free information session about the 2015 Fall Grants Program for prospective applicants on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 5:00pm at the AFCC office at 3 Patti Page Way in Centerville. The AFCC’s Grants Program provides cash awards to cultural organizations engaged in projects that help create a strong, stable and diverse arts and culture industry on Cape Cod, and contribute positively to the quality of life and economic vitality of the region.

To reserve a spot for the information session, please call 508-362-0066 or email  First time applicants are strongly urged to attend this workshop.

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grants are awarded twice a year. The next deadline for applications is Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5:00 pm. Complete guidelines for grant applications are available at

or by calling the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod at 508-362-0066.

Preference is given to proposals that enhance the arts education of learners of all ages on Cape Cod, and to collaborative efforts within the arts community. The AFCC does not award grants for general operating expenses in this Fall cycle. The Board of Directors will consider a limited number of awards up to $5,000, but because the AFCC is interested in supporting as many worthwhile endeavors as possible, grant size is generally limited to within a range of $500 to $1,500.

The  Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the region’s designated arts agency,  ensures the vibrancy of our cultural community by supporting, promoting,  celebrating and strengthening the arts throughout the year. For more  information about the AFCC please visit us online at

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Museum of Work & Culture Celebrates Labor Day With Baseball Program

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Museum of Work & Culture’s 17th Annual Labor Day Open House



 Monday, September 7, 9:30am-4pm

 The Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, R.I.

 Museum of Work & Culture Celebrates Labor Day With Baseball Program

 (WOONSOCKET, R.I.) – Celebrate Labor Day at the Museum of Work & Culture’s 17th Annual Labor Day Open House.

 Admission and programming are free, with this year’s events themed to honor Woonsocket’s own Baseball Hall of Famer, Napoleon LaJoie. Activities including screenings of “Inning Three” from the Ken Burns documentary Baseball at 11am and 2pm and presentations & limited book giveaways by author & baseball historian Greg Rubano at 10am and 1pm.

A cake from Wright’s Dairy will be served in celebration of LaJoie’s birthday and traditional stadium food from Buff’d Out BBQ will be available for purchase.

 The Arts Guild of Woonsocket’s gallery exhibit will also be opening and will run through October 25.

 This event is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of the Rhode Island Labor History Society.

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Make Plans To See SSV Oliver Hazard Perry

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel


Rhode Island’s 200-foot Official Sailing Education Vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will visit three East Coast events in September and October. (Photo credit Onne van der Wal)

What to Anticipate:

Although above decks SSV Oliver Hazard Perry looks like a historical ship, she is in fact a brand new technologically sophisticated steel-hulled 21st Century ship. Her rig towers 13 ½ stories high; her 19 spars have been turned from massive Douglas fir trees on the largest spar lathe in North America; and her seven miles of rope and wire have been made integral to the ship’s operation by tradesmen trained in both modern and traditional rigging techniques. Below decks is a modern galley and Great Cabin (where captains, in days of yore, entertained); high-end navigation and communication systems; a state-of-the-art science lab, and classroom spaces outfitted with monitors displaying real-time navigation and meteorological data; laptop computers; and interactive SMART boards.

Where to Go:
Make plans to see SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at one of these events

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival
September 11-12, 2015
New London, Conn. will be hosting the
Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival from September 9-12 where highlights include not only the arrival of SSV Oliver Hazard Perry but also a lighted boat parade, schooner race, juried maritime art show, whaleboat race and chowder challenge. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on Friday, September 11 from 2:30-5:30 and Saturday, Sept 12 from 10:00-5:00

Newport International Boat Show
September 17-20, 2015
The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport waterfront and exhibits all types of sail and powerboats ranging from 16 feet to 100+ feet. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on all days to all boat show attendees

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival
October 18-19, 2015
The 24th annual
Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is a free fall tradition on the Newport waterfront where vendors and restaurants offer their culinary takes on the bounty of the Ocean State. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on all days for a small fee.

To learn more about SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, or to donate, go to

or call +1 401-841-0080.

Follow OHPRI on Facebook and Twitter for current news and developments.

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Tiverton Four Corners

August 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Hiroya Tsukamoto: Classic Guitarists Concert


When: September 27th @2pm

Where: at the Meeting House 3850 Main Rd. Tiverton Four Corners

Tickets: $15 in Advance online, $20 at the door  

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from  Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entitiled “The Other Side of the World” with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004. His composition entitled “El Otro Lado del Mundo” was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and “Samba de Siempre” in 2005, also “Seventh Night” is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled “Confluencia” in 2006 and the third album“Where the River Shines” in 2008.

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August 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Join us on Wednesday September 2, 2015 at  10:30 AM-11:30 AM in the Community Room for Small Singers and Shakers.  Children ages 0-5 are invited to this demo of Stacy Lake’s Small Singers and Shakers class. Learn some new songs and enjoy familiar favorites. Try out musical instruments, dance with silly props, and move to the beat! You won’t want to miss this marvelous musical morning.

 Come to the library on Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM in the Conference Room for our Morning Book Discussion Group. Join our book discussion group the first Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome! Contact: Amanda Viana 508-286-2695

This month’s selection is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.  Request the book through our online library catalog.

Friends of the Norton Public Library are sponsoring a flea market to be held outside at the Norton Public Library on September 12, 2015. Spaces are available for $20 each. Please register at the library by September 10th. Payment is required at sign up.

Rain date September 19th.

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August 26th, 2015 · No Comments



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August 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Get a Taste of Summer

Friday, August 28th

ONLY $9 – each bag lunch includes a delicious New England Lobster Roll, chips and homemade dessert

(Chicken Salad Also Available – $7.00)

Advanced orders required and should be placed by Wed. 8/26 by calling Joan Tinkham at 508-695-9346.

Eat-in or Carry Out between 11:30am – 12:30pm
Grace Episcopal Church
104 N. Washington Street, North Attleboro
(We are Handicap Accessible)

Please place your order with Joan Tinkham at 508-695-9346 or Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Down with Debt Campaign at Grace Church.

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