Elementary students Xenia Gianotis of Norton, Natalie Adema of Attlebor and Giana Richard of look forward to welcoming new students to their class in the fall of 2014.
Please join New Testament Christian School at the annual Open House for Prospective Families and Fine Arts Night on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. New Testament Christian School located at 1 New Taunton Avenue, Norton, has been educating, equipping and empowering students in Prekindergarten through Grade 12 for over 40 years.
Senior Renee Jobert of Norfolk holds up a sculpture displayed in the Art exhibit.
The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a musical recital featuring the students followed by tours of the school and the annual Art exhibit. Families will have opportunity to meet the school’s wonderful staff and interact with current families as they take a tour of the facility. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about the programs offered at New Testament Christian School at www.newtestamentschool.org. Please RSVP by contacting the school office at 508-285-9771 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who cannot make the open house, contact the school office to schedule a personal tour.
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SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL FALL RIVER DIOCESE CHAMPS
The St. John the Evangelist School eighth grade boys and eighth grade girls each won the Catholic Athletic League Fall River Diocese Senior Division Basketball Championship which was played at St. Mary’s School in Mansfield.
Each team will move onto the New England Division which will be played in the Providence area.
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Special Olympics MA South Section through Holiday Mug Refill Program
Rhode Island & Bristol County, MA – March 10, 2014 – Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in Rhode Island and Bristol County, MA are pleased to announce that they have donated $150,000 to Special Olympics Rhode Island and Special Olympics Massachusetts South Section, thanks to the support of their loyal guests during a holiday season-long fundraiser.
Beginning on Black Friday, guests had the opportunity to purchase refillable travel mugs that entitled the bearer of the mug to 99-cent refills of hot and iced coffee after 2pm through March 31st. Franchisees donated $1.00 for every mug purchased to Special Olympics and thanks to the support of their loyal guests, that donation totaled $150,000.
“We are thrilled with the success of this promotion,” said Joe Prazeres, Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee. “Dunkin’ Donuts has been a partner of Special Olympics for more than 25 years and we are constantly inspired by the athletes. We are so thankful to our loyal guests who support us every day, allowing us to support this and other wonderful organizations.”
For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts, please visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).
Alumnae Career Panel 2014
Photo of all alumnae participants with the Student Services Department and the Bay View Academy’s President, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis (center back)
Back Row: Poppy Peristeras (Bay View), Drea Harms (Bay View), Julie Hamil, Bethany Mascena Tracy, Amanda Marcotte, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis (Bay View President), Joy Fox, Valerie Tobia, Aubrey Lombardo, Alicia Krekorian, Hillary Bishop Kuzdeba, Amanda Juriansz (Bay View), Karen Richards (Bay View)
Front Row Seated: Ashley Ferranti, Toni Louth, Tina Louth, Emily Gilcreast, Bryana White, Allie Olear, Sarah Amalfetano Calenda, Sheryl Chabot (Bay View)
East Providence, RI – Sixteen accomplished Bay View Academy alumnae returned to campus on Monday, March 3rd to speak with students, helping to encourage and guide them as they make their plans for college and future careers. The entire Upper School was given the opportunity to speak with a panel of alumnae based upon the career path that most interested them. The panels were broken into four groups: Business, Education, Government/Public Administration/Law, and Health. Members of Bay View’s Student Services Department served as the moderators for each panel.
The following are the alumnae participants of the Bay View Academy Career Panel Advisory:
Sarah Amalfetano Calenda ‘05 (East Greenwich)– Credit Analyst at Bank of America
Alison Croke ‘90 (Wakefield) – Assistant Program Manager
Ashley Ferranti ‘03 (Cranston) – Assistant Dean at Brown University
Joy Fox ‘95 (Warwick) – Deputy Chief of staff, Office of the General Treasurer, Gina Raimondo
Emily Gilcreast ‘99 (Cumberland) – Chief of Staff, Officer of the Chancellor, JWU
Julie Hamil ‘94 (East Greenwich) – Deputy General Counsel at RI Supreme Court
Alicia Krekorian ‘03 (Cranston) – Resource Manager, Risk Consulting at KPMG
Hillary Bishop Kuzdeba ‘05 (Framingham, MA) – Program Coordinator, Cardiovascular & Critical Care Services, Boston Children’s Hospital
Aubrey Lombardo ‘99 (East Greenwich) – Attorney, BRCSM
Tina Louth ‘03 (West Warwick) – History Teacher at N. Providence HS and HBTS Worker at Ocean State Community Resources, Golden Apple Award Winner
Toni Louth ‘08 (West Warwick) – Special Education Instructor at a severe/profound group home
Amanda Marcotte ‘92 (South Hadley, MA) – Assistant Professor at UMASS-Amherst
Allie Olear ‘05 (New York, NY) – Dental Hygenist
Valerie Tobia ‘03 (Canton, MA) – In Home Therapist at Justice Resource Institute, BU School of Social Work
Bethany Mascena Tracy ‘91 (Warwick) – Entrepreneur at womenRYSE
Bryana White ‘02 (Kingstown) – PhD in Clinical Psychology, Coordinator of Multicultural Counseling at Connecticut College
Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes
Artiste Art and Craft Studio, located at 23 West Bacon Street, Plainville in the former Whiting Davis Building, is hosting its Art and Craft Showcase on Saturdays, March 15 and 29, April 12 and 26 from 10am – 3pm.
The studio, which displays fifteen local artists’ handmade art and craft, is open during the events while added artists and crafters are invited to be on site on each scheduled date – so there’s something new to see each time.
This ongoing bi-weekly year-round event is free and open to the public and has been developed to increase awareness of the arts in the area. Please visit our website at theartistegallery.com for more upcoming dates.
A Cigarette By Any Other Name: E-Cig Concern in Commonwealth
By Mark Scheerer
Electronic cigarettes – also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes – are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn’t enough science to back up those claims.
It’s estimated that there are more than 250 different e-cigarette brands for sale in the U.S. today, and since they are unregulated, according to Casey Harvell with the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, manufacturers are not being held accountable for potential health risks.
“Right now, there’s no way of knowing what’s in these e-cigarettes,” she warned. “They’re not controlled by the FDA, something we are encouraging, so right now there’s no way to say that it is a safe product to use.”
The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule that would allow the agency to regulate e-cigarettes as it does tobacco products.
A tobacco cigarette contains thousands of chemicals, dozens of which are carcinogenic. While e-cigarettes may be considered less harmful, Harvell said, there is little research about the effects of the chemicals in them.
“While for the most part they’re saying that it’s nicotine and glycerin and usually the flavoring, there’s no way to know for sure.”
Harvell is backing a bill currently before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Finance.
That measure aims “to ban the sale to minors under the age of 18,” she said. “It would also change the definition of tobacco in the state to tobacco-derived products so e-cigarettes would be included in our smoke-free workplace law.”
According to Consumer Reports, national sales of e-cigarettes hit $1.5 billion worth in 2013, nearly triple the previous year.
Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care located in Attleboro is seeking new hospice volunteers. Those interested will participate in a 20 hour training course beginning April 29 and running through May 20, 2014. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM-12:00PM at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street in Attleboro.
As our Hospice and Palliative Care Program grows, so does the need for compassionate volunteers to help our terminally ill patients and family caregivers. Our volunteers are trained to help in a variety of ways such as providing companionship, running errands, reading aloud, or simply being a listening presence. The majority of volunteer assignments are scheduled during the day to meet the needs of our hospice patients. Assignments take place in the communities we serve which include: Attleboro, Easton, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, Norton, North Attleboro, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.
Volunteers find the work of Hospice gratifying and uniquely meaningful because they assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. One might also choose to volunteer in other areas such as assisting in the administrative offices by preparing mailings, filing, and assisting with special events which are part of our agency’s community outreach efforts.
Pre-registration by April 15, 2014 is required for this hospice volunteer training session. For more information, please contact the Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator at 508-222-0118 or email
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Think Spring and Gardens! Tired of winter?
Then it’s time to start planning some gardens! The Attleboro Garden Club is pleased to present a series of 3 free programs by URI Master Gardeners at the Attleboro Public Library. Please register with the Library for each program by visiting
or call 508-222-0157.
All programs are from 6:30 to 8 PM. Monday, March 24th Claire Golembewski will speak about “Pruning,” including the tools of the trade and the how, what, when and why to prune. Claire coordinates the URI Master Gardeners Greenhouse project at Attleboro High School, taught the Continuing Ed program on Gardening and worked in the Green Industry for several years.
Wednesday, April 2nd, Ken Oles will present “Vegetable Gardening,” including soil preparation and amendments, what and when to plant and garden maintenance. Ken is a beekeeper (20 years) and the organizer and consultant for Wrentham’s “Harvest from the Heart” project that grows fresh produce for the Wrentham Food Pantry.
Monday, May 5th, Terry Melvin will speak on “Perennials,” including “what is a perennial,” soil preparation and amendments, how to decide what to plant where and dividing perennials. Terry is the URI Master Gardeners Speaker Bureau coordinator and chairs the Monastery Garden at Monastery Park in Cumberland RI.
For more information
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Four members of the boys’ basketball team at Grace Baptist Christian Academy of Attleboro were named all-stars this winter by coaches in the Massachusetts Association of Christian Schools. Shown here, from left, are Bryan Pacheco, Shyheem Shorey, Coach Jeffrey Nichols, Nate Corkum and Lee Nichols. (Photo courtesy of Grace Baptist Christian Academy)
ATTLEBORO – Six basketball players at Grace Baptist Christian Academy of Attleboro were recently accorded all-star designation by coaches in the Massachusetts Association of Christian Schools for their on-court exploits during the 2013-14 season.
According to Pastor Jeffrey Bailey, GBCA’s superintendent and basketball coach, four boys and two girls representing GBCA were honored by league coaches this year.
The boys’ all-star selections included seniors Lee Nichols and Nate Corkum along with junior Shyheem Shorey and freshman Bryan Pacheco. The girls’ all-star picks featured senior Carrie Kirby and junior Rachel Nichols.
GBCA’s boys’ team finished second in the MACS regular-season standings this winter, but regrouped and captured the program’s first MACS State Tournament title since 2010 by defeating Twin City Christian School of Lunenburg, 42-37, in the championship game. The Centurions then concluded their season by bowing to Stedfast Christian Academy of Groton, Conn., in a quarterfinal round of the New England Region Tournament.
In addition to receiving all-star notice, Shorey was also chosen as Most Valuable Player of the State Tournament.
Carrie Kirby, left, and Rachel Nichols of Grace Baptist Christian Academy of Attleboro were both named all-stars in girls’ basketball this year by coaches in the Massachusetts Association of Christian Schools. (Photo courtesy of Grace Baptist Christian Academy)
GBCA’s girls’ squad placed third in regular-season play, but advanced to the title contest of the State Tournament where it bowed to Twin City, 26-20.
TRIVIA NIGHT - Monday March 31, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at Bella’s Restaurant, located at 1152 Main St, Coventry. Come and test your knowledge of RI History and have a great time doing it!! The Western RI Civic Historical Society (Paine House) is hosting a trivia night where teams will compete in all four rounds of questions all relating to local history.
No cost to participate.
RSVP to Laurie Tapazada at email@example.com, or call 440-7551, or message on Facebook.