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Local Student Robbie Lane Takes the Stage in “The Weavers”

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

BOSTON, MA — Robbie Lane of Attleboro was in the cast of Gerhart Hauptmann’s play “The Weavers” when it took the stage on November 21 and 22 at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center. The play was the fall theater production from Boston’s Commonwealth School, where Robbie is in the class of 2016.

Commonwealth School is a co-ed independent day school located near Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s top independent schools, Commonwealth offers its students a vibrant intellectual atmosphere with small classes and many opportunities to connect with Boston’s academic, cultural, and artistic resources. The school has scheduled an admissions open house for Wednesday, Dec. 10.


for more information about the school.

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Attleboro: Saint John’s School

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments


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Under the direction of Sister Mary Dumond, fifth grade religion teacher and Margaret Keenan, St. John’s Religious Education Director, the fifth graders at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro packed 300 loaves of bread were given out at the Thanksgiving Eve Mass at St. John’s Church.

The fifth graders from the school and the Religious Education program participated in all facets of the Mass.

Shown here are the fifth graders along with Christine Healy, Margaret Keenan and Sister Mary Dumond.

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LTE: Gina Raimondo

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Good morning.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, among them my family and the accomplishments of my team in Treasury.

I am thankful that my family is healthy and able to spend the holidays together. As the annual flu season is underway it is important that Rhode Islanders make sure to get their annual flu shot in order to stay healthy.

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My family and I were vaccinated this past month by Dr. Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. My family and I get vaccinated every year because we know that it is our best defense against the flu.

  Information regarding the flu and where to get vaccinated can be found on the Rhode Island Department of Health’s website. Getting a flu shot not only protects yourself, but it also helps to keep the people in your life healthy by preventing the spread of the flu.

 This year, I am thankful for the opportunity to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the Treasury Team.

 I am thankful that high schools in Rhode Island are educating students on the importance of financial literacy with the EverFi program. Personal finance education is essential to the preparedness and success of our state’s students.

 Since the program began it has been used by more than 5,000 Rhode Island students and more than 3,000 students have received their Certificate of Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

 As Treasurer, my team and I have worked to make financial literacy a priority in Rhode Island classrooms through the Empower RI program.

 I am also thankful that the roads and bridges in Rhode Island will continue to be supported. The Municipal Roads and Bridges Revolving Fund is an example of an innovative program developed in part by Treasury.

 The plan addresses our state’s deteriorating infrastructure, and continues to benefit Rhode Island’s cities and towns in the long-term.

 In total, fiscal year 2014 funding benefits nine local communities and 16 projects. The fund provides Rhode Island’s cities and towns with reliable funding to repair aging roads and bridges while rebuilding our state’s infrastructure and putting people back to work.

I am thankful for all the great work of my Unclaimed Property team. This year, they provided great customer service, hosted an unclaimed property auction, continued the Smart Money Tour, returned more than $59,000 to municipalities, and returned life insurance proceeds to Rhode Islanders.

As Rhode Islanders we have a lot to be thankful for this year. I am committed to finding ways to move Rhode Island forward and look forward to the future success of our state.

  Best Wishes,


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Pizzeria Fundraiser Norton Library

November 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Stop by Mangia Neapolitan Pizzeria located at 288 East Main Street, Norton, MA for a fresh, locally-made artisan pizza on Tuesday, December 9 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM to help raise funds for the Norton Public Library!  

 Go to

 to print a flyer (or pick one up at the library) and present it at time of purchase. Twenty percent of food, beverage, and take-out orders will go to the Norton Public Library.

 Thank you for your support!

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Life Church Invitation

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Life Church

One New Taunton Avenue

Norton, MA 02766

Life Church (formerly known as New Testament Baptist Church), located at 1 New Taunton Avenue, Norton, invites you to celebrate the miracle of Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 7 p.m.

For more information, please email

or call 508-285-9771.

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Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

   Friday – December 12, 2014

  The next Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch is coming up on Friday,

December 12th. Get a 12oz container of Home-Made macaroni and cheese with chunks of lobster meat and a cracker crumb topping, a pickle, cookie and choice of soda or water. Or order the famous Lobster Roll filled with chunky lobster meat on a thin bed of lettuce (with or without mayo), chips, pickle, cookie, and beverage choice. Just call 508-222-1759, fax 508-222-2326, or email

An order form with details is available on Centenary’s website at

Complete, individually packaged, take-out lunches are only $9.50 and can be picked up at the best time for you on December 12th between 6:30am and 1pm. Pick up is at Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main & Sanford Streets, across from the YMCA, in downtown Attleboro.

 Group orders can be delivered to businesses and professional offices. So why not take orders where you work and they’ll bring everyone’s Lobster Luncheon to you.

 To be certain, order by noon, Tuesday, December 9th. Some extras will be available for instant pick-up on Friday, December 12th. Find out why so many people are regulars at Centenary’s quarterly Lobster Luncheon.

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November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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At the recent annual conference of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives held at Patriot Place, The United Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jack Lank was elected president of the New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (NEACCE). Lank has been president of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2006.

Comprised of approximately 100 member organizations representing more than 250 chamber executives, NEACCE’s mission is to provide professional growth and development opportunities for Chamber executives.

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Governor-Elect Raimondo To Host Transition Policy Summit

November 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Gina Aims to bring people together to “bubble up” the best ideas

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Gina M. Raimondo today announced that she will be convening a Transition Policy Summit on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 to identify and discuss strategies for creating a stronger economy and rebuilding the middle class. More than 80 Rhode Island thought leaders will be invited to participate.

 “Rhode Island is in a jobs crisis and my first priority as governor is to create a plan that will grow jobs,” said Governor-elect Raimondo. “This summit will provide me with an opportunity to get ideas and direct feedback from Rhode Islanders on the front lines of policy, business, labor, social service and innovation. I am excited about the opportunity to tap into this wealth of knowledge and build a plan that will help get Rhode Islanders back to work.”

 The Transition Policy Summit will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at the Transition headquarters in Providence.

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Bishop Feehan Basketball

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Feehan Basketball Coach Honored by State Basketball Association

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 Matthew Freeman is flanked by Feehan president Chris Servant (right) and Feehan Athletic Director Paul O’Boy (left) at College of the Holy Cross in Worchester.

Bishop Feehan High School boys’ varsity basketball coach, Matt Freeman, was recently honored  by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) as the 2014 Massachusetts Boys Div. II South Basketball Coach of the Year at the organization’s annual Hall of Fame  banquet held Sunday, November 23rd, at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

Freeman, a 1991 graduate of Bishop Feehan, led the 2013-14 Shamrock boys’ basketball team to a sparkling 19-1 regular season record and an Eastern Athletic Conference championship.  Feehan advanced to the semi-finals of the South Sectional tournament.

It was a banner year for Freeman, who is in his 13th year as the Shamrock Boys Varsity coach, was also the recipient of the inaugural Paul F. Scully Sportsmanship Award given by the Massachusetts Board of Basketball Officials to the “coach whose teams and personal conduct best exemplify good sportsmanship.”

Freeman, head of the Social Studies department at Braintree High School, resides in the town of North Attleboro with his wife Lori and their two daughters: Jenna (10) and Anna (6). 

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Saint John’s School Attleboro

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments


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Shown here are (clockwise) Colin Moore and Peter Le, Ocean Rose Calpin and Julia Moreira Andrew Brown and Hunter Fitzgibbons

At St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro the Buddy Program teaches the kids to respect and care for each other. This program provides interactive activities between grades K & 7 and 8 & 1, and the Service Program for grades 7 and 8 whereby students give back to SJE.

Recently, the Kindergartener and Seventh Grade buddies got together and made placemats and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast of cookies, apple cider and pumpkin pie. The Kindergarteners also dressed as pilgrims and native people. 

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