Secretary of Education Matt Malone working with Studley Elementary School students on math problems.
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matt Malone visited Studley Elementary School Monday. He toured the classrooms with Principal Linda Mc Sweeney, Assistant Supt. Dave Sawyer, Attleboro Education Association President Adeline Bee and Director of Legislative Affairs at the Executive Office of Education Kaitlin Lynch.
Animated Figurines Nativity Tableau
SUNDAYS Dec 8, 15, 22, 29 Jan 5 & 12
Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, at the corner of North Main Street across from the YMCA, invites the community to enjoy our giant Animated Figurines Nativity Tableau. An example of what you will see is a traditional nativity scene with Angels announcing Jesus’ birth, including Mother Mary, Father Joseph, and Three Wise Men from the east bringing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
The Little Drummer Boy plays his heart out for the baby king and a shepherd couple guards their sheep, while lighted trees and furry animals grace a scene amongst a snowy backdrop.
The Sunday viewing dates are December 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5 & 12. Viewing is from 9:00am to 12:00noon which can be before, during or after our 9:30am worship service. The tableau also can be seen as part of our 11:00pm Christmas Eve Service on December 24.
Please join us when you can to celebrate this Christmas Season and to be delighted by our Animated Figurines Nativity Tableau.
The Attleboro Public Library has won an important grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Attleboro Public Library has received a $ 10,000 federal IMLS/LSTA grant to be used for Community Languages resources and programming. The grant will finance foreign language and English as a Second Language materials and cultural activities for adults and children. Funds will also be used for programs to enhance interaction between library staff and patrons learning English.
Upon learning that the Library received the federal grant, Joan Pilkington-Smyth, director of the library, said: “This grant will help the library meet the needs of a very important and vital segment of our community. The grant will do wonders for our ongoing outreach efforts. The federal funds will be used to add to the library’s growing collection of foreign language materials, newspapers, books, and DVDs. Tablets will provide access to databases in languages other than English, and translations of library brochures are also planned.
In addition, the Library is partnering with several local agencies to bring these resources outside of the confines of our building. Organizations such as Attleboro’s City Council, especially Jeremy Denlea, Ward 5 Councilor, The Literacy Center, the Community Planning Partnership of Adult Basic Education, the Attleboro Council of Churches, Attleboro Public Schools, Bristol Community College, Bristol Community College Adult Basic Education, the Friends of the Attleboro Library, the United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton Inc. and various individuals.
Amy Rhilinger, Assistant Director at the Attleboro Public Library, is managing this project. She states, “This is great opportunity to look at the Library from a new perspective and to be able talk with people who would not otherwise use the resources that we provide. It really allows us to personalize service, and that is so important to us – and to the people being served!”
Saturday’s December 7th International Coffee and Tea Tasting will start the Library’s efforts to invite people into the building in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship. Coffee experts will be on hand to provide information during the tastings and to answer any questions. Our resources are available, for free, to the residents of Attleboro and surrounding communities. Library staff is ready to distribute new library cards, explain ereaders and downloads, give tours of the building and find you just what you are looking for.
This free event is for the community to get energized before the holiday rush. Bring a friend and sample what may turn out to be your new favorite drink!
Registration is requested but not required. Please call 508-222-0157.
Julia Neto of Attleboro Featured in Hofstra’s 2013 Annual Fall Dance Concert
Fall Dance Concert
HEMPSTEAD, NY–Hofstra University’s Dance Program presented its annual Fall Dance Concert, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 21-24, 2013. Julia Neto of Attleboro, MA was one of the featured dancers in the program. Julia, 19, is a member of the Hofstra class of 2016, majoring in Dance and Business minor.
This year’s fall concert featured choreography by Stormy Brandenberger, Rachel List, Amy Marshall, Karla Wolfangle, Royce Zachery, and guest Terry Creach, who directs the New York City-based Creach/Company.
For more information on Hofstra’s Dance Program, visit www.hofstra.edu/drama-dance .
Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university just 25 miles from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention with the resources, technology, and facilities of a large university. Students can chose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering and applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and one of only two schools chosen to host consecutive presidential debates, Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students known for civic engagement and public service.
Help for Teens who Stutter is as Close as Your Bristol County Library
Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a DVD. Some libraries have an older video format.
“It’s meant to encourage teens, to tell them that there is hope out there,” said Professor Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ramig is one of three nationally recognized experts appearing in the DVD produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation.
David Wilkins, a high school student who stutters, narrates the DVD. It features students from junior high school through college talking about their experiences with stuttering and what they found to be helpful. They talk openly about the ridicule they faced from classmates and how their stuttering affects their lives.
“We really try to emphasize the embarrassment and frustration factor, and we think teens will relate to that,” adds Ramig. He appears in the DVD along with speech-language pathologists Dr. Barry Guitar of the University of Vermont and Dr. Hugo Gregory of Northwestern University.
The three experts answer questions about stuttering, refute myths and misconceptions, and present examples of therapy sessions showing how stuttering can be reduced.
More than three million Americans stutter, yet stuttering remains misunderstood by most people,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “Myths such as believing people who stutter are less intelligent or suffer from psychological problems still persist despite research refuting these erroneous beliefs.”
Books and DVDs produced by the 66-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartarmudez.org.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 is recognized as the National Day of Giving. Hopefully your holiday shopping is complete; you saved on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and today, #GivingTuesday you can give a gift to make a difference.
“Before hospice, it was difficult but once you came on board there was such a transformation… there was understanding, respect, knowledge and comfort. As a nurse for more than 20 years, never have I seen a more effective and caring organization. I am in awe. Thank you.” Diane S., friend of a patient
We are asking you to give the gift of comfort to help a patient who needs the support and services we are able to provide thanks to donations from folks like you. For 35 years, Old Colony Hospice and Palliative Care has been giving care, comfort and compassion to your neighbors, friends, colleagues and your family.
“Our nurse cared for my father with the greatest respect – not just as a patient but as a pers on. He so looked forward to her visits. We are grateful for the months of care you provided that gave us so much time with dad.” Nancy L., daughter of a patient
Each letter we receive from families like Nancy’s or friends like Diane tell the story of how we helped their family and because of your support we could be there and still are today. As a non-profit organization, donations make the difference – you make the difference.
Please join this National Day of Giving by making a donation today – #GivingTuesday 12-3-2013. Visit our website at www.oldcolonyhospice.org select the “Make a Donation” button on our homepage and complete the form.
Please share this e-mail to help spread the word by forwarding it to family, friends and colleagues; by sharing it via social media on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. And if you work for a company that matches donations, please complete a matching gift form to help us raise the funds needed to make end of life care better for the people we so proudly serve.
Celebrating 35 years of giving compassionate care one day at a time.
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Saturday, February 8, 2014
32nd Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race to be Held on Sunday, April 27, 2014
Registration Now Open at www.Active.com
Weston, MA-December 03, 2013-The 32nd annual Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race, which benefits the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), will be held on Sunday, April 27, 2014. This is the largest canoe and kayak event in New England and is open to all levels of paddlers.
Registration is now open at www.active.com and paddlers can take advantage of early registration and receive a discounted rate. Registration rates for all races go up after February 20.
The Run of the Charles hosts approximately 1,500 racers including professional, amateur, and recreational competitors, to compete in a variety of races. The races are all open to the public and wind through the suburban countryside to Boston’s famous urban river park. The races range from 6 to 24 miles and include relays and a Professional Canoe Marathon.
Elite paddlers can compete in the 26-Mile Professional Flat-water Canoe Marathon which awards $5,000 prize money! Shorter-distance canoe and kayak races are also popular, including the 6-mile, 9-mile, and 19-mile races. The 6-mile race hosts the broadest range of experience levels, with juniors ages 12 and up racing alongside seniors in their 60s and 70s.
Everyone is welcome to join in on race day to celebrate Boston’s Charles River at the free Finish Line Festivalat DCR’s Artesani Park on Soldiers Field Road in Boston. The Finish Line Festival features food, live music, awards, outdoor sports demonstrations, and post-race picnics. Businesses and organizations also use this event for post-race gatherings, building team spirit.
“This marks the 32nd year for the Run of The Charles, and we are pleased to bring spectators and competitors together again for a day full of sportsmanship, recreation, and the chance to renew our determination to keep the river we all love beautiful and clean,” said Bob Zimmerman, CRWA Executive Director. “With the support of spectators, competitors and volunteers, the Charles River has transformed from being one of the dirtiest rivers in the nation, to an example of a revived urban river.”
In 2011, the Charles River and CRWA won the world’s most prestigious river award in Brisbane, Australia. The Theiss International Riverprize is awarded by the International River Foundation (IRF), for visionary and sustainable excellence in river management. River Projects from more than 20 countries competed for the Riverprize. CRWA accepted the award and a check for $250,000, along with a $100,000 grant to share its river restoration expertise with a river organization in another country.
Sponsors of the 2014 Run of the Charles include Boston Duck Tours, Wicked Local, Charles River Canoe and Kayak, ESP Solutions and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
The Charles River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the health, beauty and accessibility of the Charles River and its tributaries and watersheds. Every government and private stakeholder in the watershed knows CRWA’s advocacy for environmental protection.
Charles River Watershed Association’s mission is to use science, advocacy and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. One of our country’s first watershed organizations, CRWA formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts that have dramatically improved the health of the Charles.
The work of CRWA encompasses all 80 miles of the Charles River, which meanders through 35 eastern Massachusetts towns and cities within the 308 square miles of the Charles River watershed. The nearly 1.5 million citizens, who live in the watershed, totaling 23% of the state’s population, benefit from a clean and healthy Charles River. CRWA’s successes have led many organizations across the country to emulate its science methods and watershed management models.
The CRWA welcomes sponsorships for Run of the Charles. For more information on sponsorship, registration or any other aspect of the race, please call (508) 698-6810 x10, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.charlesriver.org
Third Grade students at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro recently spent an afternoon learning about community gardening. According to third grade teacher, Paula Bedard, “In our anthology, there is a story called “City Green” about a community that turns an empty lot into a community garden.
Being that our kids aren’t “city” kids and most of them have their own gardens, we thought a little trek past Willett Field would be a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon. We were really lucky because a couple was there cleaning up their garden. The kids got a kick out of people leaving rakes and tools for others to use.
We will return in the spring and then again before school gets out so they can see progress.” The students saw lots of different kinds of gardens, flower gardens, vegetable gardens and mixed gardens. They also saw and talked about the compost pile.
It’s a Wonderful Life
KP Drama & the Grady Auditorium Production Staff are proud to present Frank Capra’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Performances will be held on December 13th & 14th at 7 PM in the Richard K. Grady Auditorium at King Philip Regional High School, 201 Franklin Street, Wrentham, MA. In the event of a snow cancellation on either night ONLY, a matinee’ performance will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 2 PM. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and will be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to the performance each night.
It’s A Wonderful Life, based on the classic Frank Capra holiday film, tells the story of a small town banker, George Bailey, who, after suffering a substantial setback in his life, contemplates ending his life on a bridge outside his beloved hometown of Bedford Falls, NY. Intervention to prevent this tragedy comes in the form of Clarence Oddbody, AS2 (Angel, Second Class), George’s guardian angel, who reminds him of the positive impact his life has had on so many of his family, friends and neighbors. His struggles, however, especially against the town’s richest and meanest citizen, Henry F. Potter, leave George desperate and believing everyone would be better off if he’d never been born at all. And that is where the real fun begins.
Proceeds collected from ticket sales will be donated to the Tri-Town (Wrentham, Norfolk & Plainville) food pantries to provide assistance for those most in need in the communities served by King Philip. We invite everyone who would like to reconnect with the true spirit of the season to join us in celebrating the positive force of friends, family and neighbors in all of our lives. For further information, please contact Mr. Joseph Ferreira at 508-384-1000.