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BBB: Scam Attempts Likely to Follow Virginia Shooting

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

BBB: Scam Attempts Likely to Follow Virginia Shooting

Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT – Tragedies leave communities reeling with grief, shock and outrage. Sadly criminals swarm to these events for their own personal financial gain.

Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that it expects scammers will use the recent Virginia murders of two television journalists to trick consumers with click-baiting and phony charity schemes. Click-baiting, the posting of fraudulent links to infect computer users, often follows in the wake of tragic events as scammers use public curiosity to spread malware. Phony charities also often appear to take advantage of public sympathy.

On Wednesday, August 26th, reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward of WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, were shot and killed during a live television broadcast. The attacker, a former colleague, recorded the murders and then posted the attack on social media. The videos were quickly taken down, but were captured and saved beforehand and have been widely shared across the internet since.

BBB is concerned that these videos create easier avenues for scammers to trick consumers into clicking and viewing the horrific act. Scammers may also use the shocking nature of the story to solicit for questionable appeals that have no authorized connections to the victims’ families.

Please honor the memory of these young victims by donating only to official fundraising sources and by protecting yourself from “Click Bait” scams.

  • Don’t take the bait. Stay away from promotions of “exclusive,” “shocking” or “sensational” video or photos.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. Delete unsolicited emails or social media messages that raise red flags.
  • Hover over a link to see its true destination. Before you click, mouse over the link to see where it will take you. Don’t click on links leading to unfamiliar websites.
  • Don’t trust your “friends” online. It might not actually be your friends who are “liking” or sharing scam links to photos. Their account may have been hacked.
  • Report scam posts on Facebook by following these instructions.
  • Report malware or spam on Twitter by following these instructions.


Verify scholarship/charity funds before donating. The families of the victims have released a list of scholarship funds:

Alison B. Parker Memorial Fund at James Madison University.
   Alison Bailey Parker Memorial Scholarship at Patrick Henry Community College
   Salem Education Foundation and Alumni Association scholarship to Virginia Tech in honor of SHS alumnus Adam Ward

The Adam L. Ward Scholarship at Virginia Tech (through WDBJ7, 2807 Hershberger Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24017)

Respecting victims and their families: Organizations raising funds should get permission from the families to use either the names of the victims and/or any photographs of them. Some charities raising funds for the victims of previous shootings did not do this and were the subject of criticism from the victims’ families.

About BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB Serving Western Virginia was founded in 1940 and serves 32 counties in Western Virginia.

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Nearly 600 Welcomed to Castleton University

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

Where Every Student Matters

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CASTLETON, VT (readMedia)– Congratulations to the newest Spartans! Castleton University is excited to welcome the following students who have recently registered for the fall 2015 semester!

Joshua Brandon of Central Falls (02863)

Stephen Denio of Lincoln (02865)

Shane Hanahan of Cumberland (02864)

Castleton is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers 75 academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, 27 intercollegiate sports, and over 40 clubs and organizations. The university stresses community service and provides exceptional programs for first year students.

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ART IN THE ARMORY DISTRICT

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

EXCHANGE STREET OPEN STUDIOS

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SEPTEMBER 26 & 27, 2015, 10 am TO 4 pm
Armory Arts District, Downtown Pawtucket, RI

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Visit more than 35 artists in studios and work/live lofts in 3 renovated mill buildings along the Blackstone River, all located just steps from each other in downtown Historic Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  Chat with artists about their ideas and inspirations within their creative environments, watch demos of their technical processes, and buy art tax-free. Listen to live music and enjoy the offerings of food trucks.

Blackstone Studios, 163 Exchange Street
Riverfront Lofts, 10 Exchange Court
Mad Dog Studios, 65 Blackstone Avenue
XOS is easy to get to: Only 500 yards from Exit 29, I-95 at the MA/RI line. After exiting, follow signs.  Ample parking.  Food trucks on site.
For a listing of participating XOS artists and directions, visit

XOSPAWTUCKET.COM

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LINDEN PLACE MUSEUM LOOKING FOR MUSEUM STORE AND OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

August 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Linden Place Museum

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Linden Place Museum is looking for individuals interested in volunteering in the Museum Store and office located in downtown Bristol.   

Volunteering includes greeting and assisting visitors to the museum, answering questions about tours and upcoming museum events, answering the telephone, ringing up purchases in the store and other light office work as needed. 

Becoming a Linden Place volunteer is a great way to get involved and give back to the community and an enjoyable way to meet new people.  Scheduling is flexible and both weekday and weekend shifts are available. 

For further information please call office manager, Robin at the Linden Place office at 401-253-0390 or info@lindenplace.org

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United Way Announces State Funding

August 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) on behalf of the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness (SoCo) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $50,000 in the Massachusetts State budget to facilitate the coordination and implementation of support programs protecting families and individuals experiencing homelessness. SoCo continues to be UWGAT’s highly successful income and financial stability initiative, partnering with many Bristol County stakeholders committed to identifying and implementing creative strategies to ending homelessness. This funding is critical for SoCo to continue its unique role, and to provide a template for multi-faceted and coordinated strategies to prevent and end homelessness in and beyond Bristol County.

 SoCo continues to provide and promote collaborative leadership at all levels of government and across all sectors to inspire and energize us all to commit to preventing and ending homelessness. Additionally, SoCo hopes by increasing knowledge regarding collaboration and successful interventions, these efforts will in turn strengthen the capacity of public and private organizations which will further foster independence and economic self-sufficiency.

 United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton and the South Coast Regional Network to End Homelessness greatly appreciates Senator Michael Rodrigues’ (Co-chair of SoCo’s Leadership Council) work on adding the funding to the state budget and to all Bristol County legislators for endorsing and supporting this critical funding. Thank you for your vote of confidence.

 For more information, contact United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. at 508-222-2337, visit

www.uwgat.org

or follow UWGAT on Facebook and Twitter.

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Centenary United Methodist Church Attleboro

August 30th, 2015 · No Comments

“Old Home Days” Homecoming Rally at Centenary

 Throughout 2015-16, Centenary United Methodist Church will be celebrating their 150th anniversary, continuing with the 149th annual Rally Day festivities on Sept. 13, 2015, starting at 9:30am with worship at the church, 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main, Attleboro.

 Rally Days are an integral part of Centenary’s history as a way to reconnect with members, old and new, after the summer months. The community is invited to join in this celebration. Come see what Centenary is all about. An old-fashioned covered side dish pot luck will immediately follow, including the traditional rally day picnic of burgers and dogs.

 Centenary, especially, is inviting everyone to attend and to share any historic memorabilia connected with the church, such as the first bible verse they learned, a baptism or marriage certificate, photographs, or news clippings, and to share stories of their personal or a relative’s time at Centenary. Perhaps you have a great aunt who used to bake the best apple pies that were sold at the annual bazaar. Or your grandparents were married in the chapel – just a sampling of the memories the church would love to hear.

 Centenary encourages anyone to submit a “Centenary Story” to be included in a special anniversary book, available in March, 2016. Submissions can be emailed to the church office at

centumc@verizon.net

or mailed to 15 Sanford St. Attleboro, MA 02703 by October 15, 2015.

 Contact Persons:

Wendy Danforth, 508-446-0084, wenlynn64@aol.com

Doreen Rolince, 508-226-6897, fossmt@aol.com

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Trump’s “Anti-Immigrant” Rhetoric

August 29th, 2015 · No Comments

MA Advocates: Trump’s “Anti-Immigrant” Rhetoric Targets Latinos, Mexicans

By Mike Clifford-Commonwealth News Service

BOSTON – Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire.

Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night’s vigil at the State House when Trump ejected Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference. She said that move shined a spotlight on a pattern in Trump’s anti-immigrant talk and actions.

“It means a lot because I think his remarks against immigrants are actually against Latinos,” she said. “He has been very specific against Latinos, against Mexicans.”

Journalist Ramos holds dual citizenship from both the United States and Mexico. Trump eventually allowed him back into the news conference, but defended his decision to have him ejected, because he says Ramos was “acting like a madman.”

Montes said their vigil was held to demand that people of conscience hold candidates such as Trump responsible for dangerous and hateful rhetoric which they say emboldened two men with violent histories to brutally beat a homeless man in Boston.

“The case that happened a week ago in Boston, in our opinion, is the result of all of this hate and anti-immigrant rhetoric that he had been saying,” she said, “particularly against Latinos in the United States.”

Montes also was critical of the mainstream media, which she said gave far more attention to the fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman in July by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal record. When the media focus on cases where immigrants are assailants rather than the victims, Montes said, it tends to generalize, criminalize and penalize the entire undocumented population of the United States.

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RIDOT

August 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Hi Neighbor,

 Here at RIDOT, we’re working hard to find more efficient ways to manage our transportation infrastructure. This week, we announced that we have taken over the maintenance and operations of the Wickford Junction commuter rail station in North Kingstown to streamline the facility and save the state an estimated $3.4 million over the next 10 years. Keep an eye out for more initiatives like this as we look to provide a level of service that taxpayers expect at a price that they can afford.

 Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest local transportation news.

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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.
For more information on ACT, visit

http://www.act.org.

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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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