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Falls Fire Barn Museum 25th Anniversary Bus Tour

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Falls Fire Barn Museum 25th Anniversary Bus Tour
The Falls Fire Barn Museum of North Attleborough History celebrates its 25th year as a museum on Sunday, June 14th. The museum had its grand opening on June 16th 1990 and has been open to the public nearly every Saturday since that day. The museum also hosts every third grader each year during their tour of the town. With that in mind, the museum offers with a bus tour of the town as part of its celebration. The tour will visit many of the same places that the third graders visit including the cobble stone street, the powder house, Old Town, one of the town’s one-room schoolhouses and the Angle Tree Stone. The first tour starts at 12:30 with a second oportunity at 2:00. Tickets for the tour are $10. Although tickets may be available the day of the tour, advance reservations are highly recommended. For advance reservations or more information contact Sandra Burns at 508 695-7160, Julie Boyce at 508 699-2244, Bob Lanpher at 508 695-6649 or email

The museum has gone through many changes in its 25 year history. Starting with the collection of its original museum diretor, George Cunningham, thousands of additional items have been collected and most are now displayed in glass show cases on the first floor. But the collection has become so large that additional display space is now located on the second floor.

 The museum houses a collection of items from all aspects of the town’s history. We have items from all of the municipal departments: fire, police, electric, schools, public works; items from many of the industries that have enriched the town: jewelry, buttons, silver items of all descriptions, eyewear, Evans Case and many others; an area dedicated to the many service veterans of our town and the many battles and wars that they fought in from the Revolution to the current conflicts; another area dedicated to some of our political representatives including Joseph Martin and Jarvis Hunt; a display of items from many of the businesses that once supplied most any need of the town’s residents including the clothing stores, drug stores, hotels, variety stores, soda bottlers and dairies; items from many of the town’s social organizations including a large collection from the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and also the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts. We also have a research library where you will find school yearbooks, town directories and reports, family genealogy and binders full of clippings and photographs broken down by areas of interest that make it easy for you to look up information on most anything about the town, its residents, businesses and industry.

 Bob Lanpher
Treasurer, North Attleboro Firebarn Preservation Society, Inc.

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Program Coordinator, Joe Sandmann To Leave Pawtucket Foundation

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments

 Send off scheduled for June 5th 

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Joe Sandmann, Pawtucket Foundation Program Coordinator, will be leaving the Pawtucket Foundation on June 10th.  He has accepted a position with a community development organization in his native Cincinnati.  The Pawtucket Foundation staff and board extend congratulations to Sandmann and wishes him the best of luck in his new position.  

Sandmann has been a great contributor to the organization and the City of Pawtucket over the last two years.  He has been a key contributor to many of Pawtucket Foundation events including Annual Meetings, Awards Celebration and Pawtucket Proud Day, and has strengthened relationships with Pawtucket’s creative community by heading up a partnership with the Mayor’s Commission on Arts and Culture, creating a downtown chalk wall and hosting Church & Main networking events.  He has led many marketing efforts, coordinated Pawtucket Foundation and Pawtucket Happenings e-newsletters, produced event videos and conducted background research, drafted reports, generated maps and analyzed redevelopment plans. His many talents will be missed, but are sure to lead to a long and successful professional career.

 Sandmann extends his thanks to the Pawtucket Foundation staff, board, and partners for a positive experience. “The vibrant, personable, and passionate community of Pawtucket has made a lasting impression on me – personally and professionally – and will be missed.”

 The Pawtucket Foundation will host an open-house reception on June 5th from 3:30 to 5pm at the RI Samaritan’s Forget Me Not Gallery, 67 Park Place, Pawtucket.  Board members, friends and guests are welcome to attend.

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United Way Of Greater Attleboro/Taunton,

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments

UWGAT’s Annual Meeting And Campaign Celebration


 Theda M. Hornung, Chair, UWGAT Board of Directors speaking during the program

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton, Inc. (UWGAT) celebrated its 73rd Annual Meeting & Campaign Celebration event at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, MA, with approximately 225 guests. This event combined the Annual Meeting [for Board of Directors and Incorporators] with a Campaign Celebration event [for workplace campaigns, donors, & funded partners].

 During the breakfast, UWGAT welcomed and installed new board directors: Kevin Cryan, Owner, Cryan Landscape Contractors; and Nelson Tavares, Vice President of Lending & Retail Administration, Taunton Federal Credit Union.

 UWGAT presented year-end campaign successes, highlighted community investments, and outlined a vast list of organizational accomplishments and initiatives achieved during this past fiscal year. The agency was pleased to acknowledge the supporting businesses and companies achieving awards in employee giving and participation, and thanked and recognized supporters, donors, board, volunteers, businesses, partners, and staff. With strong board leadership and a committed, passionate staff, UWGAT is expanding community capacity building efforts while “improving lives by uniting the caring power of communities to advance the common good in the specific areas of Education, Income, and Health.”

 United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton continuously strives to remain on the path to charitable excellence. Theda M. Hornung, UWGAT Board Chair and Jamie E. Crossman, UWGAT President were thrilled to present a check to funded community partners announcing that UWGAT will be investing $1,720,738.00 into its communities this fiscal year!


 Yvette Onoyan from Sensata Technologies wearing a red nose

In addition, UWGAT gave out 225 red noses in support of this year’s Red Nose Day USA (Thursday, May 21). Red Nose Day is a campaign to raise money for children and youth living in poverty. “The Campaign encourages everyone from children to corporations to do something fun to raise awareness around this serious, global issue,” stated Crossman. United Way is one of 12 charities that will be receiving proceeds from the sale of red noses at Walgreens and from the telethon aired on NBC.

 UWGAT wishes to thank everyone for coming together to LIVE UNITED and helping to inspire others to do so. Please see the complete list of campaign award recipients online at UWGAT encourages anyone interested in becoming more involved to please contact 508-222-2337 or follow UWGAT on Facebook and Twitter. 

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May 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Papermaking: Where Art & Science Meet

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Presented by Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary,

Sponsored by Rehoboth Cultural Council

 Date: Tuesday, June 9th

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Blanding Public Library

 Learn the History of Papermaking, Discover the process of papermaking, and then make your own paper to take home with fiber artist – N. Maia Howes

Ages 6 and up with an adult

 This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

*Please call Blanding Library to register

 Papermaking: Where Art & Science Meet,

Presented by Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Sponsored by Plainville Cultural Council

Date: Monday, June 1

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Plainville Public Library

Learn the History of Papermaking, Discover the process of papermaking, and then make your own paper to take home with fiber artist – N. Maia Howes

Ages 6 and up with an adult

 This program is supported in part by a grant from the Plainville Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

*Please call Plainville Public Library to register

 Adult Library Program Wild Birds of New England

Presented by Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Sponsored by Clean Water Action

Date: Thursday, June 11

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Attleboro Public Library

Please call the Attleboro Public Library to register (508) 222-0157

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Presented by Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary

Sponsored by Clean Water Action

Date: Thursday, June 25

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Attleboro Public Library

Please call the Attleboro Public Library to register (508) 222-0157

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Foxboro Native Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Ebueng

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments


PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (May 24, 2015) Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Ebueng, a native of Foxboro, Mass., and pediatrician assigned to Naval Health Clinic New England, R.I., examines a child at a medical site established at the Colegio Moravo Juan Amos Comenius during Continuing Promise 2015.

Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Schneider/Released)

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Free Screening Of Lust For Life At The Weaver Library

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

 Weaver Library is delighted to be one of eight partner libraries with the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Anthony Quinn Foundation, and the RI Film and Television Office in Celebrating Anthony Quinn: A 100-Year Legacy, a year-long program on the art, history, and film of the legendary actor.  

Rediscover this amazing actor who appeared in over 160 films.  Enjoy a free screening of Lust for Life at the Weaver Library on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:30pm.

 In the 1956 film, Kirk Douglas gives a fierce portrayal as artist Vincent van Gogh, torn between joyous inspiration and the dark desperation of his tormented mind. Anthony Quinn costars as Paul Gauguin, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

 Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island 02914.  Questions?  Contact the library at 434-2453 or

This program is free and open to all.

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Amtrak Budget Stakes

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Amtrak Budget Stakes: “Railway Russian  Roulette”

Mike Clifford – Commonwealth News Service

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Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) says budget battles in Congress are forcing Amtrak to play a dangerous game of picking and choosing between cities when it comes to installing important safety upgrades. Photo Credit – Wikimedia/

BOSTON – As commuters head back to work after the long holiday weekend, Senator Ed Markey says budget battles in Congress are making travel in the heavily traveled Northeast rail corridor less safe.

Japan’s Bullet train hurtles along at 200 miles per hour but has never had a fatal accident and Senator Markey says the same is true in France because both nations have made significant investments in railroad infrastructure. But he says Congress has left Amtrak with a $21 billion backlog in badly needed upgrades.

“Amtrak is playing a game of railway Russian Roulette, where it’s going to spend its limited money to install positive train control,” he says. “They shouldn’t have to choose between Baltimore and Boston, they shouldn’t have to choose between Wilmington and Washington D.C.”

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said it was stupid for Democrats to suggest that Republican budget cuts might have contributed to the Amtrak derailment that left eight dead near Philadelphia.

Markey joined seven other Northeast Senate Democrats in calling on the Senate to fully support Amtrak’s funding request.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal says many of his constituents likely did some fist shaking while stuck in traffic jams over the long holiday weekend but he says fewer people would be driving if the rail system were safer and more dependable.

“I’m hoping they will direct those curses and those fists at John Boehner and the Republicans in the House that are blocking effective Amtrak transportation,” says Blumenthal.

When lawmakers get back to work, the Senate Appropriations Committee has transportation on the agenda. President Obama’s budget includes $500 million in capital improvement for the Northeast Corridor.

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Explore History And Herbs With Historic New England

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Lincoln, R.I – May 2015

History and Herb Hike, June 13

Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m. – noon

Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.

Free to Historic New England members, $10 Lincoln residents, $15 nonmembers

Join Historic New England and herbalist Maureen Lapre for a walk through the beautiful, rolling trails of Lincoln, Rhode Island, and learn about the history-filled landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Lapre points out various herbs and explains their benefits in both colonial times and today. Tours begin at Arnold House and travel through Gateway Park to Chase Farm Park and back again. Includes admission to Arnold House.

Registration is recommended. To register in advance, Lincoln residents must call. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information.

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Registration is recommended. To register in advance, Lincoln residents must call. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information.

Arnold House (1693): In 1693, Eleazer Arnold, a major landowner, built his house along Great Road, one of the earliest roads in the colonies. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home so dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers that it earned the title “Eleazer’s Splendid Mansion.”  With its massive chimney end wall, the house is a rare survivor of a once-common Rhode Island building type known as a stone-ender. The structure has sustained many alterations over the centuries.

Visitors find evidence of seventeenth-century construction methods, eighteenth-century additions, nineteenth century graffiti, and the twentieth-century approach to preservation that restored the house to its present appearance. Arnold House is located at 487 Great Road. 

Arnold House is open to the public, year round, on Saturdays and Sundays.  Guided tours are on the hour, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.  Group tours are given by appointment.  Please call 401-728-9696 for program reservations, to book a group tour, or for more information.

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Letter: Don Grebien To Larry Lucchino

May 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Larry Lucchino

4 Yawkey Way

Boston, MA 02215

 Dear Mr. Lucchino,

 I would like to extend my personal sympathies and deepest condolences on the passing of your friend and business partner James Skeffington. His passing is a reminder to us all how fragile and precious life is and that every day is a gift. In my limited interactions with Mr. Skeffington, he was always professional, courteous and it was obvious that he had a passion for the game of baseball.

 Mr. Skeffington’s passing comes at a difficult time, as he was at the forefront of discussions with the State of Rhode Island and its elected leaders as it pertained to the future location of the team. The City of Pawtucket, the PawSox and the new owners still have a working relationship together while PawSox games are being played in the ballpark at McCoy. It is still my hope that we are able to develop that relationship over the course of that time and discover ways that we may be able to partner with each other the baseball season rolls on.

 My administration had previously made several requests to meet and discuss aspects of the City of Pawtucket as it pertains to the future of the PawSox, as well as the commitment and obligations to the City and state at its current location of McCoy Stadium. In particular, I have asked for a copy of the feasibility study conducted on McCoy Stadium. I have seen through several media outlets that consultants hired by new ownership had determined the necessary renovations at McCoy Stadium to be at the $65 million dollar level. The reason for this request is not to question your figures, but rather, to serve the City and help gain a better understanding of what the true needs and costs associated with the stadium are.

 In the interest of transparency and as you try to rebuild a partnership with the State of Rhode Island, I believe that making the McCoy Stadium feasibility study available is critical to the vetting process of any potential agreement. The lawmakers who would have to vote on and approve such an agreement, along with the general public, deserve access to such vital information. In a previous letter, I had suggested that consideration be given to a special session of the General Assembly to be held this summer, to allow for a more thorough period of examination for a deal that would carry such important ramifications for the State of Rhode Island, the City of Pawtucket, and the PawSox organization. Taking our time to arrive at the best decision for all parties involved, should trump any hastiness or expediency to get a deal done.

 Rhode Island and the City of Pawtucket, have proudly carried the banner of Red Sox Nation for many years as the home of Boston’s AAA affiliate, the PawSox. The brand of the Red Sox is something that the people of Pawtucket and the State of Rhode Island strongly identify with. I cannot overstate the support and passion for the PawSox that is ingrained in the fabric and culture of its residents. The fan base here in Pawtucket, is second to none when it comes to supporting their team. Ben Mondor recognized and understood that. He helped foster that bond with the City and the State which is a big reason why he was so revered. I ask that you please be conscious of that sentiment as we move forward in our discussions. With that in mind, I look forward to hearing back from you on an appropriate time for us to meet and converse. Please feel free to contact me directly.


Donald R. Grebien

Mayor, City of Pawtucket

 CC: Governor Gina Raimondo

Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin

Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed

Representative Carlos Tobon

Representative Jean Philippe Barros

Representative Jeremiah O’Grady

Representative Mary Duffy Messier

Representative David Coughlin, Jr.

Representative Raymond Johnston, Jr.

Senator Donna Nesselbush

Senator William Conley, Jr.

Senator Elizabeth Crowley

Senator James E. Doyle II

The Pawtucket Foundation

David P. Moran, Pawtucket City Council President

Robert Goldberg, Attorney, Goldberg Law Offices

Theodore Orson, Attorney, Orson & Brusini Ltd.

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Old Colony Habitat for Humanity

May 25th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s not too late -

Come hike with us!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hike for Humanity
Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA


We have already collected over $2000 towards our goal – You can help Old Colony Habitat for Humanity in its mission of building affordable housing for families in need by registering to hike or by sponsoring a hiker at Blue Hills Reservation

on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Just click on the link below and pick one of our listed hikers to make your online donation by credit card. If you want to hike, click the Register link at the site and start notifying all your family, friends and supporters.

Blue Hills is a wonderful place to spend the day – hiking trails, ponds, swimming beach and much more. Come join us!

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