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Holiday Concert Season At The State House

November 28th, 2015 · No Comments

State House Concerts to Feature 3,000 Student Musicians from 53 Schools

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Students from the 3rd Grade Chorus of the Nayatt School in Barrington perform during last year’s holiday concert season at the State House

The holiday season is upon us, and the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians will be showcased as part of a month-long musical celebration of the holidays during the month of December.

“We’re pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Close to 3,000 student musicians from fifty-three schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances.” The concert series starts on Monday, November 30th and runs through Friday, December 18th.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.

A one page holiday concert flyer can be found at

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Attleboro Community Theatre Tradition Continues

November 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Attleboro Community Theatre will continue its 59th season with the heartwarming holiday production of Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, directed by Jeanne Smith and assisted by Kelli Tallman. Set in the late 1800s during economic turmoil, and based on a true story, this play will be sure to enlighten your spirits and the belief in Santa.

Inspired by a simple letter written by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon (played by Raynham native, Emma Yutz) to the editor of the New York Sun, Virginia writes:

“Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?”

Ed Mitchell, the Sun‘s editor (Sandy Remington; Warren, RI) gives the assignment of answering Virginia’s letter to Frank Church (Kevin Fish; Woonsocket, RI) who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun‘s best and most dependable reporter. Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a great holiday play for all to enjoy!

Show Dates/Times

Performance dates are December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20th.

Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 8PM and Sunday matinees

are at 2PM


71 North Main Street

Ezekiel Bates Masonic Lodge

Attleboro, MA 02703


$17 – Adults

$15 – Student/Senior

$10 – for groups of 10 or more

To purchase tickets Visit

or buy in person at the door.

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Linden Place Bristol

November 28th, 2015 · No Comments

The Clancy Legacy Celtic Christmas Returns to Linden Place Mansion

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Linden Place Mansion will cross the musical sea on Friday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m. with The Clancy Legacy Celtic Christmas, a concert honoring both the holidays and winter solstice.

This concert is a celebration of the holiday season in the Clancy tradition!  The Clancy Legacy includes some of the next generation of performers descended from the Clancy Brothers of Ed Sullivan fame in the 1960’s. Rose Clancy on the fiddle and Robbie O’Connell on guitar and vocals – together they create a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season.

In this fireside performance in the carriage house style  ballroom, The Clancy Legacy will perform Celtic-flavored pieces, ranging from little-known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage. They will also explore both the Christian and Pagan traditions surrounding the winter solstice in a mix of songs and instrumental pieces.

Tickets are $20, $16 for Linden Place members and $12 for Colt Circle Members and should be reserved in advance by calling the museum at 401-253-0390.

DeWolf Tavern on the Bristol waterfront will offer a special pre-fixe menu for concert goers. Dine at this fantastic restaurant, recognized by Esquire as one of America’s best restaurants before enjoying the concert.  They will offer a special three course Prix Fixe dinner for $22.00 per person (for Linden Place concert-goers only!) including a glass of beer or wine.   With the concert, this is the perfect “Date Night” for under $85 a couple! Please make reservations in advance and ask for a seating no later than 5:30pm to ensure arrival at Linden Place for the 7:30pm performance.  Diners should specify when they arrive that they are attending the Clancy concert and will be given the special menu.  For reservations, contact the DeWolf Tavern at 401-254-2005.


This concert is part of Linden Place Mansion’s month long holidaycelebration and the historic house, decked for Christmas, and museum store will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Nov 27th through Jan 9th.  Admission during the holiday season is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students & seniors, $5 for children under 12. (Children under 6 are admitted free).

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November 27th, 2015 · No Comments


Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) collaborates with Brown student organization, Artbeat, to unveil first Pop-up Window Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street (former City Sports location) December 2 at 2:00 PM during the Thayer Holiday Stroll.

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Lead by Mandi Cai, Brown student and Artbeat president with mentor, TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus, the Brown Student organization, Artbeat, secured two local artists to contribute to the first of many Thayer Street Pop-Up Window Art Exhibitions. The unveiling the exhibition “In Transition”  is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at 271 Thayer Street (formerly City Sports) during the Thayer Street Holiday Stroll.

“In Transition” is an exhibition about Providence’s street art scene and its movement through different spaces.. All art can be seen as ephemeral in nature, on display for a period of time and then stored away somewhere private only to be appreciated by a select few. Street art takes away that exclusivity, but often at the price of imminent demolition or removal. As Providence undergoes a period of deeper transition to fulfill its role as the “Creative Capital”, the continuous renovation that is heard and seen around every Providence corner can be rather disheartening. Street art permeates the vacant buildings,

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piles of rubble, and lonely brick walls to convey a message of its own. The art is not confined to space, instead embracing the space that it finds itself in. The spray paint’s lifespan is at the mercy of the wrecking ball, but the sheer irony that its beauty comes from eventually being destroyed is what makes street art hauntingly beautiful.

 The exhibition features two local artists, Linda Handel, digital photographer, and Providence artist Nick Guilbert. The window gallery exhibition will be unveiled on December 2nd and stay up until the empty building begins its transition into another business, or until January 31, 2016.  

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This pop-up exhibition is a collaboration between the Thayer Street District Management Authority and Artbeat, a student arts group at Brown University. Sponsors include the Thayer Street District Management Authority, Brown University, Cushman & Wakefield, L. Sweet Lumber Co., Inc., Rich Adams, Mike Phayre, and Dean Martineau.

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Norton Public Library

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Upcoming program:

Prepare to discuss

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. Join us for an 8-week discussion group led by Ken Perlow and Evelyn Ross. This group will meet every other Tuesday from 10:15-11:45 am beginning January 26.

 Registration begins December 15; a materials fee of $23.00 is due at registration (includes Great Decisions Briefing Book).

 2016 topics:

 Middle East Alliances

The Rise of ISIS

The Future of Kurdistan


The Koreas

The United Nations

Climate Change

Cuba and the U.S.

Great Decisions Website

Friends of the Norton Public Library are hosting their 1st Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday December 6, 2015 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM in the Community Room.

Local Vendors

Wellness Table for a healthy lifestyle

Raffle – Tickets are $5.00 for ten/ $1 for one*

*One extra raffle ticket for bringing a donation to Nine Lives Cat Shelter

Nine Lives Wish List

 Laundry Detergent


Kitchen-sized Trash Bags

Dish Detergent

Canned Adult Friskies (NO Tuna)

Purina One Dry Food

Canned Kitten Food

Purina Kitten Chow Dry Food

Liquid Hand Soap

 Join us on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room for our monthly meeting of the Norton Public Library Board of Trustees.


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Norton Institute For Continuing Education

November 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE) announces its second open lecture of the 2015 – 2016 academic year. This presentation will be held at Wheaton  (Norton, MA) College’s Hindle Auditorium, Rear of Campus,  26 East Main Street, Norton,  MA, and is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

The Crime of the Century

Thursday, January 7, 2016    1:30  -  3:00 pm

Hindle Auditorium, Rear of Campus, Wheaton College

The Great Brink’s Robbery was an armed robbery of the Brink’s Building at the corner of Prince St. and Commercial St. in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1950. Today the building is a parking garage located at 600 Commercial Street.

The robbery resulted in the theft of over $1,200,000.00 in cash and over $1,500,000.00 in checksmoney orders, and other securities. At the time, It was the largest robbery in the history of the United States. The robbery, skillfully executed with few clues left at the crime scene, was billed as “the crime of the century”. The robbery was the work of an eleven-member gang, all of whom were later arrested.

Our lecturer Stephanie Schorow will take a deeper look at the robbery and explain why it captured so much attention. She will also speak on what happened in the decades afterwards.

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Centenary United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments

150th Anniversary Thanksgiving Event

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Attendees wore period dress for the 150th Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration at Centenary United Methodist Church.

Centenary United Methodist Church’s 150th Anniversary Celebration continued with a Thanksgiving Service on November 22, 2015, for which most attendees dressed in attire from the 1865-70 period.

 The Order of Worship reflected the order used at that time, as found in the archives at Centenary. The hymns sung were especially popular then.

 Quotations from previous pastors were included. Especially meaningful was one from Rev. George Brightman dated December 16, 1893. “We are Methodists because on the whole we believe that we can do the most good through this branch of God’s church.”

A Turkey Dinner followed in the dining hall with an Anniversary Toast, and side-dishes and desserts that are favorites of members, with some recipes from the 1800s.

 More events will follow early in 2016, beginning with a Ladies’ Snowflake Luncheon, as their Anniversary Year concludes in March 2016.

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Governor, First Gentleman to Host Holiday Celebration

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Thursday, December 3, 2015 

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina Raimondo, along with First Gentleman Andy Moffit, will host a Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at the Rhode Island State House.

The event is open to all Rhode Islanders and their families and will feature performances from the Governor’s Own 88th Army Band, among others. There will be an opportunity to take photos with Santa. People are encouraged to bring their own cameras.

 “While we are facing many challenges as a state, this is a time to come together with loved ones and reflect on all we have to be grateful for,” said Raimondo. “My family wishes all Rhode Islanders a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.”

 “Given the hustle and bustle that often marks the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to come together, as families and a community, to celebrate the season,” First Gentleman Andy Moffit said.

 The 16 foot balsam tree was donated from Greene Tree Farm and Nursery, part of the RI Tree Growers Association and owned by Ted and Michelle Pezzelli in Greene, RI.

 This gathering will also mark the season of giving.  The Governor will use the hashtag #RISeasonofGiving in relation to this event. Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

 Who: Governor Gina Raimondo

First Gentleman Andy Moffit

Santa and Mrs. Claus

Nathan Bishop Middle School Hand Bell Choir

Esek Hopkins Middle School Italian Choir

The Governor’s Own 88th Army Band

 Where:   The Rhode Island State House

82 Smith Street

Providence, RI 02903

When:    Thursday, December 3, 2015

Event Begins: 5:30pm

Christmas Tree Lighting: 6:15pm

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November 25th, 2015 · No Comments

S.M.A.R.T. 2015


Back Row: Kristen Accinno, Elizabeth Ng, Emilie Lum, Isabella Heffernan, Wren Hager Front Row: Maried Delgadillo, Lucy Bosch, Rylee Marin, Caroline Accinno, Emily Buchanan Photo Credit: Linda Grasso

East Providence, RI – On November 7th, the St. Mary Academy Robotics Team (S.M.A.R.T.) participated in the FIRST® Lego® League (FLL) Qualifier Tournament held at Narragansett Pier Middle School. S.M.A.R.T. was the only all-girls team in the competition and successfully earned their spot at the State Championship, to be held in January 2016 at Roger Williams University. In addition, the team won the second place “Champions Award.”

 This year, according to, more than 233,000 children between the ages of 9 – 16 will compete in their annual competition. The scoring is based on three parts: a research project, a robot game utilizing robots that each team builds, and the core values (how the teams achieve their goals, including items such as “learning together” and the “spirit of friendly competition.”) This year’s competition theme is “Trash Trek.” The research challenge is to “make less trash or improve the way people handle the trash we make.”

 S.M.A.R.T.’s research project focuses on encouraging major manufacturers to discontinue the use of microbeads in facial cleansers, body washes and toothpastes. Currently, over 370 tons of micro-plastics are polluting the oceans each year. To date, only nine states have banned the sale of products containing microbeads. S.M.A.R.T. presented a “Jeopardy”-style question and answer skit to the judges about the dangerous environmental effects of microbeads. In addition, they presented a video of a classroom experiment that demonstrated how microbeads do not dissolve. The team is also reaching out to State legislators, asking them to propose similar laws banning the sale of microbeads in the Ocean State.

 The S.M.A.R.T. girls, under the direction of their teacher and coach, Linda Grasso (West Kingston), continue to prepare and improve on their robot’s performance for the Championship competition in January.

 Caroline Accinno, Cranston, RI

Kristen Accinno, Cranston, RI

Lucy Bosch, Providence, RI

Emily Buchanan, Warwick, RI

Maried Delgadillo, Providence, RI

Wren Hager, Bristol, RI

Isabella Heffernan, Warwick, RI

Emilie Lum, Cranston, RI

Rylee Marin, East Providence, RI

Elizabeth Ng, North Scituate, RI 

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November 25th, 2015 · No Comments



Pawtucket, RI –  Cold weather is upon us. Struggling Rhode Islanders in local communities are in need of winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and more.

Employees at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently participated in a Warm-a-Heart Coat Drive sponsored by The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket. Memorial Hospital joined in this city-wide event to warm the hearts of local families in need. The hospital collected about 200 winter apparel items. The hospital’s coat drive ran for three weeks in November.

Representatives from The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket will distribute the winter clothes to residents of Pawtucket and surrounding communities this week. The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket is comprised of more than 15 organizations from various neighborhood and business associations.

Arthur Plitt, Alliance president, said “We volunteer and work to make our local communities even better places in which to live, work and play. Thank you to Memorial Hospital for their generosity and eagerness to help the families that we serve. The donation of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens and more is greatly appreciated.”

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is committed to projects to benefit Rhode Islanders in need and supports the efforts of The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket.

 Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as a major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s family medicine academic program, housed in the Center for Primary Care. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.

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