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January 29th, 2015 · No Comments


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In honor of Catholic Schools Week, St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro recently hosted Jeff Kinney, author of A Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Mr. Kinney shared his road on how he loved comics as a kid to how Greg Heffley was became the lead character in his book series. The students got to ask questions and also enjoyed a slide show of Mr. Kinney’s sketches and photos.

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Pulpit Swap

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Grace Episcopal Church North Attleboro, MA and St. Andrews Church, New Bedford, MA

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Rev. E. Phillip Kutta from Grace Episcopal Church, No. Attleboro, will be exchanging pulpits with Rev. Rebecca Blair from St. Andrew’s Church in New Bedford.  Rev. Blair will be introducing us to a special program of videos titled “Being Church”, produced by our Diocese, and available to all parishes.

Rev. Blair and her parishioners at St. Andrew’s are featured in one of these videos, in which the focus is on the unique approach she used to grow her parish.  Father Phillip will be speaking to the St. Andrew’s parish about the culture and customs of Tanzania. 

The exchange will be for the 10:00am services only.

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Join Us In The Gallery

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments


A CANDID DISCUSSION with Photographer, Steve Mason

Wednesday, February 18th  6:00pm



An award-winning photographer, Steve will take us on a journey and speak about influences in his life as a photographer, his professional work and projects he is currently working on and those in the future. 

 “Traveling on assignment throughout the United States has been one of the most rewarding features of the profession.” Steve Mason

 About Steve Mason

Steve Mason is a Rhode Island-based Commercial and Fine Art Photographer. He received his BFA in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Ca. Steve does assignment work for such clients as EMD Millipore, General Dynamics, Attain Technologies and more. He exhibits locally at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Attleboro Arts Museum, Hygienic Art and many others. In recent years Steve has put his efforts towards individual projects such as his photo essay on Rhode Island entitled “3 mile radius” and his newest project on the last remaining lace factory in America called “The Leavers Lace Project”. ­­ Steve is hoping to turn this project into a book by year’s end.

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Project Ballet In Education

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

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Project Ballet in Education

For School Teachers, Home School Teachers  &

General Audiences

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Hello Educators and Ballet Fans,

The State Ballet of Rhode Island is excited to announce a spring company premiere, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where SBRI’s five resident choreographers take on a large-scale collaboration with a full-length work.  Shakespeare’s classic comedy of a wild night where the worlds of mortals and magical fairies collide comes to life as SBRI’s talented cast, new costuming and authentic choreography delights audiences both young and old.

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Now is the time to reserve your seats for SBRI’s Project Ballet in Education.  Herci Marsden and staff will guide students through a special dress rehearsal performance explaining the story, the music, the staging, the physical training of the dancers, and fun facts about ballet. Attendees are also encouraged to ask questions about the performance and ballet- an educational opportunity that can be integrated into any curriculum.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare’s classic comedy where the two worlds of mortals and fairies collide

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 10 AM to 12 NOON

Location: Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College, Providence RI

More information available here


Home School Teachers & Your Students and General Audience: $10 per seat

School Bus Students: $2 per seat

*Regular ticket price for General Admission is $30 per seat

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In addition to attendance, lesson plans and discussion questions can be provided for your youth.  Allow your students to be part of an education experience unlike any other.  Contact State Ballet by phone {401-334-2560} or email {} for reservations and/or questions.


Phone: {401-334-2560} or Email: {}

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North Attleboro: Arts And Crafts Show

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Artiste Art and Craft Studio will be hosting an Art and Craft show just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Join us on Saturday, February 7 from 11-4 at Grace Epsicopal Church located at 104 North Washington Street in downtown North Attleboro, MA.

We’ll have local art and craft, holiday treats and some fun stuff for the kids!

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ShacoCouture Grand Fashion Show

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments


Museum of Work and Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

February 7th, 2015: 1:00-3:00 pm

 $6.00 donation

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RI by design: ShacoCouture Grand Fashion Show February 7, 2015

 Through February 15th, the Museum of Work and Culture will exhibit pieces from the life, past, and present from local artist Sharon Cox-Cole’s collection “THE CAPTURE.”  The exhibit also will feature Shaco Couture’s photography by Darleen Francis of NH and Rick Dancel of North Andover.

 February 7th- Grand Fashion Show

The launch of her local modeling group culminates with a Grand Fashion show from 1 to 3, on February 7th.

The launch of the exhibit was very well attended, and her finale show promises to not disappoint!

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Sharon Cox-Cole Biography:

Sharon Cox-Cole, a native of Trinidad and Tobago adopted the US as her home country over  20 years ago, and is a resident of Woonsockett, RI. She has been designing fashions for  even longer and has shown on national and international runways. Her design artistry has been described as ahead of her time, elegant,unique, cutting-edge , and all-inclusive. Sharon recently received two awards for her fashion endeavors -In 2013 for “Excellence in Fashion Design and Culture”, from Karib Nation inc. based in Washington DC. and also Top 2014 Couture Designer from Boston based GBOS Awards at their 45th annual award ceremony.  Her designs range from simple day wear to over the top eve glam.  She is also an Artist Educator with RISCA and  teaches fashion to middle school and high  School  children. She also recently started a local modeling group Shaco Couture Modeling Group in collaboration with community outreach “RAISING STAR” nonprofit organization Jeremy Jones and Missie Richard–working with young women,teaching modeling, self esteem and comportment.  Her clothing can be found on


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 2015: Rhode Island By Design

For centuries, Rhode Island has been shaped by the artisans, manufacturers, and workers who have lived and labored here.  Through the upturns and downturns of the state’s economic and political landscape, the spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship of Rhode Islanders has remained a constant.  Join us for programming and exhibitions that explore Rhode Island industry and innovation through a focus on Rhode Island by Design.

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Cold Weather Electronics Tips

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments

With Snow Storm Juno knocking out power since Monday morning, many individuals have been struggling to maintain their devices’ battery power to stay in communication with others. Shane Broesky and Steven Devries, co-founders of Färbe Technik, the leading global manufacturer and supplier of mobile accessories for Apple, Blackberry and Samsung devices, have three tips on how to handle electronics during these conditions to ensure they’ll still be up and running post Snowcapolypse 2015.

Battery Control: Keep electronics plugged in and fully charged to guarantee they start at full power in the case of a power outage. Turn off all extra features to conserve battery by deactivating Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and push notifications. Make sure to close all open apps running on the background to ensure they’re not draining electronics battery.

Climate Control: The coldest weather any electronic can handle is just above freezing. If electronics have been out in freezing cold weather, don’t turn them on before it warms to room temperature.

Electric Control: Unplug all electronic devices from outlets during a power outage. When power is restored, it might result in power surges that cause an increase in the current flowing to wall outlets and could fry electronics.

For additional information please visit

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January 28th, 2015 · No Comments


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 I would like to express my thanks to the residents of Pawtucket for helping us fight this storm by keeping your cars off our roads during the parking and travel bans. Though this snow event will last into tomorrow, together our community will continue to respond well, ensuring life safety and working to restore safe road travel conditions citywide as soon as possible.

 The statewide travel ban remains in full effect until further notice, and the ban on parking on city streets remains in effect until at least 4:00 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, January 28). Please stay off the roads. For emergency health/safety concerns, please call 911 for assistance. Trash collection will be delayed another day, so normal Tuesday collection will take place on Thursday and so on, with normal Friday collection happening on Sunday.

 Over 20 inches of snow have fallen in Pawtucket between yesterday and today. We are tracking the potential for an additional 2 to 4 inches before the end of the night. Due to the high winds, snow drifts may be much higher. Please use caution when going outside or shoveling snow. After the end of this significant snowfall, it will still take hours to fully clear the streets and make them safe for normal usage.

 Our crews have been out on the streets since yesterday afternoon and are working to stay ahead of the snowfall. Over the last few hours, snow has been falling at a rate that necessitates focus on our hospital routes and main roads. We ask for your patience and understanding as the storm wraps up and we transition from fighting the storm to cleaning up after it. The parking ban remains in effect until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to allow for the clearing of snow and widening of streets.

 Our goal is to have all city roads passable for tomorrow morning’s commute.

 I also want to thank the dedicated city and school department employees who continue to work this storm and keep us all safe, through this historic snow event.

 If you have any questions or concerns relating to the snow, please email us at, or call 401-728-0500 ext. 284.

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Attleboro: Tuesday, February 10th at 11:30am

January 27th, 2015 · No Comments

Sen. Ross, Rep. Poirier, and Rep. Heroux Announce Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Seminar

Senator Richard Ross, Representative Elizabeth Poirier, and Representative Paul Heroux are pleased to announce that they will be hosting an informational seminar on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit which will be held at the Attleboro Senior Center (25 South Main Street) on Tuesday, February 10th at 11:30am. They will be joined by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

 “Year after year, the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit offers much needed relief and savings to seniors across Massachusetts,” said Senator Ross. “As tax season approaches, I encourage all of my constituents who are eligible to attend this seminar, spread the word, and learn how they can take advantage of this great program.”

 Representative Poirier said, “It pleases me that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides this tax break opportunity for our seniors on an annual basis. I truly encourage all eligible seniors to attend this most informative seminar and take advantage of this tax credit assistance.”

 “It is important that Seniors, who may or may not be on fixed incomes, learn about this program. I am pleased that we are able to provide an informational seminar locally about this tax credit. I hope that all who are eligible, attend to learn more,” said Representative Heroux.

 The Senior Circuit Breaker is a tax credit for senior citizens whose property payments account for more than 10% of their annual income. Eligible seniors will receive a dollar credit on their Massachusetts tax return for every dollar that their total property tax, water and sewer bills exceed 10% of their income. A maximum of $1050 credit is available. Additionally, if the taxpayer has not claimed the tax credit in the past, (s) he may claim it for the previous three years.

 To be eligible, taxpayers, aged 65 years or older, must own or rent their residence in Massachusetts, and have an annual income of: $56,000 or less for a single filer; $70,000 or less for a head of household; and $84,000 or less for joint filers. If a taxpayer’s property is assessed at $691,000, (s) he is not eligible for the tax credit.

 In 2013 the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit provided $83 million in credits to nearly 69,000 taxpayers. This event is open to all.

 Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or

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January 27th, 2015 · No Comments

BOSTON – January 26, 2015 — Governor Charlie Baker today named Victor Woolridge as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts. Woolridge will succeed current Chairman Henry Thomas III, who has submitted his resignation as Chairman.  Thomas will continue to serve on the UMass board.

“Victor brings strong business and financial experience to this important job, along with a deep-seated commitment to the success of UMass and a personal understanding of its potential to transform lives,” said Governor Baker. “He brings a clear strategic vision for leveraging the entire UMass system to fulfill its promise for academic excellence, affordability and economic impact.”

Woolridge, who is Vice President of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, has chaired the UMass Board’s Committee on Administration and Finance since 2011. Prior to joining Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, Woolridge was the Managing Director for Babson Capital Management for ten years. Woolridge is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies.  Appointments to the UMass Board are for a five year term. Woolridge’s current term expires in 2019.

“I want to first thank Henry for his steady leadership of the Board and his dedication to UMass and the students it serves,” said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. “I look forward to working with him, Victor and the rest of the UMass Board in the months and years ahead.”

Henry Thomas was first appointed the UMass Board of Trustees by Governor Deval Patrick in 2007 and then appointed Board Chair in June, 2012.

“As I once received the gavel from an able and supportive Chairman, it is now my time to pass the gavel along, and I look forward to working with my successor,” said Thomas. “Though stepping down as Chairman, I will continue to work as an enthusiastic Trustee to enable and advance UMass to continue to be a world-class institution that effectively serves all 73,000 of its students and the Commonwealth at large.”

As the Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees one of the first responsibilities for Mr. Woolridge will be to form a search committee to begin the process of finding a new University of Massachusetts President. Current UMass President Robert Caret announced in December 2014 that he will resign in June to become the next chancellor of the University of Maryland system.

About the UMass Board of Trustees:

The University of Massachusetts is governed by a 22-member Board of Trustees that represents various interests of the public at large on a non-partisan basis. Seventeen members of the board are appointed by the Governor and five members are UMass students elected by the student body on each of the five campuses.

The Board of Trustees functions as a legislative body dealing mainly with general policies governing the University. The Board is not an administrative or management board.  The Massachusetts General Laws allows it to act as an appeals body in certain rare instances.

For more information on how the Board is composed and its responsibilities, see

Chapter 75: University of Massachusetts 

of the Massachusetts Legislature’s General Laws.

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