DAISY GIRL SCOUTS
Several 1st grade Daisy Girl Scouts from Troop 152 joined with some cub scouts from Pack 24 (both groups are from South Attleboro) to spread Christmas cheer by caroling for residents of Mount Saint Rita’s Health Center in Cumberland RI. They sang several holiday favorites and handed out homemade cards.
Local Disability Agency Receives Donation from North Bristol County Association of Realtors
Bill Corbett (center) receives check from members of the NBCAR’s Community Service
North Dighton – CO-OP, a non-profit organization serving local citizens with disabilities since 1972, was presented with a check from the North Bristol County Association of Realtors (NBCAR) on December 4th.
This year, proceeds from the Association’s annual golf tournament in June were distributed to many different human service agencies in the Taunton area. Notes CO-OP’s CEO Bill Corbett. “We are honored to be associated with the charitable giving efforts of our local realtors and thank them for their generous contributions to the community.”
More about CO-OP
CO-OP offers residential and employment supports, as well as various clinical and day program services to more than two-hundred and fifty men and women in Southeastern MA with intellectual and other disabilities. Serving local communities for four decades, CO-OP’s purpose is to assist people with disabilities gain full presence and participation in the community. For more information, visit
Left to right, Cezarina Jackson (Sue), public relations specialist at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Nicholas Fleming, volunteer, and Arthur Plitt, president, both from The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, Dane Gilroy, storeroom coordinator, and Donald Oliveira, manager of the Storeroom, both from Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET— The temperature has dropped and 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.”
Mr. Plitt continued, “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 the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s primary care academic program. 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.
Dayspring Christian Academy of Attleboro is partnering this month with Cardi’s Furniture to collect new toys and clothing for the U.S. Marine “Toys for Tots” program. A collection box is located at the main entrance to the school until Dec. 20. Shown here with donated toys are Grade 8 students, from left, Brianna Stanford, Aidan Ignatius, Daryl Costa and Noelani Noel. (Photo courtesy of Dayspring Christian Academy)
ATTLEBORO – Students and staff members at Dayspring Christian Academy of Attleboro are collecting new toys and clothing this month to benefit needy children in local Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities.
In partnership with Cardi’s Furniture and its United States Marines “Toys for Tots,” DCA has stationed a collection box at the front entrance to the school which is receiving donations daily. According to DCA Admissions Director Darlene DeCastro, donations of new toys will be accepted at the school on school days until 5 .p.m. through Dec. 20.
At that time, all collected items will be turned over to the Cardi’s Furniture store located across Route 1A from the school. Further information about the program is available by contacting the school at 508-761-5552.
“Toys for Tots donations are also accepted this month at all Cardi’s Furniture stores. According to its Web site (www.cardis.com), 2013 marks the thirtieth year in which Cardi’s Furniture has sponsored the Marines “Toys for Tots” program.
HOLIDAY HOOPS FOR THE HUNGRY
The fourth grade girls basketball teams from St. John the Evangelist in Attleboro and Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, RI recently gathered for a scrimmage at Mercymount for the first annual Class of 2018 Holiday Hoops for the Hungry. The girls asked for a non-perishable food donation in lieu of an admission fee. They collected four boxes of food which will be split between the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry and The Hebron Food Pantry.
HYPOCRISY AND DOUBLE STANDARDS
BY FORMER SENATOR SCOTT P. BROWN (R-MA)
Hypocrisy and double standards are two things that disgust and infuriate all Americans, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum. Unfortunately, these qualities are far too prevalent in our political culture today, and are prime reasons why Washington and the politicians that work there are held in such low regard.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the implementation and implosion of Obamacare. During the debate over the deeply flawed bill in 2009 and 2010, voters were repeatedly assured by President Obama and his congressional allies that everyone who liked their current health care plan would be able to keep it. “Period”. Now, as the new law implodes before our eyes, millions of Americans have received letters of cancellation. With approximately five million people across the country expected to lose their current plan and millions more to follow, when all the smoke clears, it’s clear that the Democrats broke their promise to the American people.
Many other Americans are experiencing fewer medical options as insurers restrict their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low. Some of the country’s top medical facilities are being excluded from the new exchange system, meaning patients who have been getting treatment from doctors they like all of a sudden find themselves out of luck.
For example, in New Hampshire, only 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals are available on the federal exchange, meaning patients must either pay more to keep their current doctor or seek inferior care elsewhere. Neither is a good option.
New Hampshire is not alone. Across the country, some of the best hospitals are not available on plans on the exchange, leaving patients with difficult choices and unwanted sometimes, life threatening decisions.
Rather than join with Republicans and immediately repeal this catastrophe before it gets any worse, Democrats are stubbornly digging in their heels. They know that backing away from President Obama’s signature achievement would be a huge embarrassment for the White House, and they’re unwilling to buck their party leadership.
Instead, they’re hiding behind meaningless show votes in Congress, offering half-hearted and meaningless attempts to reinstate cancelled plans or delay implementation of some of the particularly onerous new federal regulations. All these false efforts will do is add to the increased costs and put things off until after the 2014 elections.
No one is mistaking these transparent moves as profiles in courage. Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic Senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it. For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this “trainwreck” is completely hypocritical. If they were really interested in sparing their constituents from Obamacare’s harmful impact, they should have stood up when they could have stopped the whole thing from becoming law. They could have also voted to allow for the protection or “grandfathering” of the older policies. They did neither.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that politicians in Washington have access to many special perks and privileges unavailable to the general public when attempting to navigate Obamacare. Beyond having more top-flight plans to choose from, senators have access to what the New York Times recently described as “concierge-type services” and “in-person support sessions” available only to members of Congress.
Democrats who voted for Obamacare are therefore not exposed to the same frustrations of a broken web site and complicated red tape that millions of everyday people are being forced to work through.
The hypocrisy is stunning. Saddling the rest of the country with complicated rules they didn’t want and don’t need in pursuit of a health care takeover that will hurt patient care, limit options and devastate our economy is no way to run a country. Not only is President Obama to blame here, so too are every single one of the Democratic senators who forced this fiasco on the American people.
The President is not going to face voters again, but his congressional enablers and supporters will in less than a year. When they do, it’s going to be an unpleasant experience for any incumbent having to explain their deciding vote and continued support for the ongoing disaster of Obamacare.
TOKYO – Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy as part of the Massachusetts-Asia Innovation Partnership Mission. The two discussed foreign relations between Japan and the United States.
Prior to her nomination, Ambassador Kennedy served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and Honorary Director of The Fund for Public Schools, and as Chief Executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships of the New York City Department of Education. She has also served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, boards and foundations, including as President and Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Director of the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the NAACP, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ambassador Kennedy assumed duty as U.S. Ambassador to Japan in November 2013 and is the first female to hold this position.
From December 7-17, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick is leading a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on the Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and region for economic development and job creation in the innovation, life sciences, financial services, clean tech and transportation sectors.
Mansion Tours & Christmastime Stories with Master Storyteller, Robb Dimmick at Linden Place Mansion
Christmastime Stories and Tours at Linden Place Mansion
Linden Place Museum invites you to a very special holiday program on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00PM. Actor and Master Storyteller Robb Dimmick makes the meaning of Christmas clear with mesmerizing readings of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.”
For Robb, a dramatic performer and storyteller for over 20 years, A Child’s Christmas in Wales is as bound up in the memories of Christmas as the tree, the tinsel, and the snow itself. Thomas’ lovely poetry evokes the joy and merriment of childhood, the festivity of the holidays, and the delight of the unexpected. With fires in the parlor, unpopular gifts, and simpering aunts, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this lyrical retelling of a time and place long gone, but nonetheless familiar to all.
Truman Capote’s seldom-heard “A Christmas Memory” is another beautiful evocation of the holiday. Drawn from Capote’s own childhood in the South, it takes audiences to a time when simplicity was more meaningful than abundance. Fruitcakes, handmade gifts, and holly in the windows decorate this story with plain beauty. Seen from a child’s eyes, one experiences how Christmas can, and does, touch the heart forever.
Join us in the ballroom and let a master storyteller delight and enrich your holiday season. This program is open to all ages. Tickets are $12 for adults $5 for children and includes admission to tour the festively decorated Linden Place Mansion. Members of Linden Place receive at $2 discount and admission is free for Colt Circle members.
This event is part of Linden Place Mansion’s month long holiday celebration and the historic house, decked for Christmas, and museum store will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Dec 5th through Dec 29th. Admission during the holiday season is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students & seniors, $5 for children under 12. (Children under 6 are admitted free).
FRIENDS OF LINDEN PLACE is a nonprofit corporation responsible for the preservation, restoration, and promotion of Linden Place, an 1810 Federal period mansion located in the center of downtown Bristol, RI. The Linden Place organization offers cultural and educational programs to the RI community.
Humanists of Rhode Island Place Seasonal Banner in RI State House
Yesterday the Humanists of Rhode Island (HRI) placed a 2’x5’ banner on the second floor of the RI State House celebrating the birth of Rhode Island’s founder Roger Williams and the separation of church and state. The banner is intended to be a counterpoint to the various and sundry religious displays now scattered throughout the State House, and to serve as a reminder that the government of the United States, and in particular the state of Rhode Island, is secular by nature and design.
“Roger Williams was a radical in his time, and a visionary,” says Steve Ahlquist, president of HRI, “He would have been appalled by the faux controversy being generated around the Christmas Tree/Holiday Tree debate and against any kind of holiday inspired religious displays currently on display in the State House. Rhode Island boasts the first government formed, anywhere in the world, that specifically protected freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. We should be proud of our heritage.”
Humanism is a non-theistic philosophy based on reason, compassion, optimism and action. Humanists of Rhode Island was formed in April of 2011 with the intention of demonstrating our values though volunteerism and service work.
Kids’ Club helps children who have experienced loss
On Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9:30AM to 12:00PM, Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care is hosting a grief program. Kids’ Club is designed to help children ages 5 – 13 to deal with the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, classmate or other significant person in their life. Guided by experienced grief specialists, the children explore and express their feelings as they participate in activities such as crafts, fabric painting, creating memory books and sharing. A supportive and understanding atmosphere is provided along with snacks.
Pre-registration is required. This program is free and open to the public. Please call 508-222-0118 or 800-220-0110. Meetings are held at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street in Attleboro MA. For more information, please visit the agency website at www.communityvna.com
Kids’ Club is funded under grant support from the TJX Foundation.
Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care offers grief support to anyone in the community who has had a loss through death, not just for those who were cared for by hospice. Grief professionals, who specialize in loss for adults and children, provide suggestions and sources of support. They are a resource also for those seeking guidance on how to support others who are grieving.
Children’s Grief Support Program Free and Open to the Public
Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro, MA 02703
Saturday, January 4, 2014 9:30AM – 12Noon
Grief Program for Children Ages 5 – 13 years old