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March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

What Recovering in Mental Health is and is Not, and How it Looks Like in the Light of Your Personal Experience.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Have you ever wondered how to help someone dealing with depression or recovering from drug or alcohol dependency?

If the answer is yes, then we invite you to come to Grace Church on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 10am – 1pm to hear our special guest Zohreh R. King, Director of Recovery at the North Suffolk Mental Health Association.

The event will take place during our regular worship time which begins at 10 am followed by a friendly coffee hour and an open question and answer session.

Grace Episcopal Church is conveniently located at 104 North Washington Street, in downtown North Attleboro, MA.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Norton Library

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The Friends of Norton Library Annual Spring Basket Raffle is now ongoing. Nineteen great baskets to choose from: kitchen, wine picnic, novels, spa, Christmas, birdhouse, infant, office/tote, outdoor play, etc.  Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3/$5.  Drawing will be Friday April 4th.  Stop in to the Library and support the Friends!

Join Adams Tedeschi, owner of Second Nature Farm in Norton, on Monday, March 9, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss how to prepare your garden for Spring growing, as well as what vegetables to seed for an early harvest.  This program is presented by the Chartley Garden Club.  Refreshments will be served.

Join Ms. Marsha and Ms. Gina in the Community Room on Monday March 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM for this Silly Science program for ages 3-5. This program is offered by Self Help Inc.’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program. Please register at the CFCE website.  Contact: Gina McGarrigle   508-559-1666 x123

Join us on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room for the monthly meeting of the Norton Public Library Board of Trustees.

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How About a Swamp Stomp?

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

How About a Swamp Stomp, Forest Foray or Salamander Search for School Vacation Week?  

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Audubon Society of Rhode Island

April 2015 Programs and Events for Children and Families

 (March 2, 2015) – Grab a net and discover the life in a vernal pool, take a discovery walk to the swamp, or search for salamanders on the wildlife refuge. What better time to take the kids on an exploration of the great outdoors?

 Unless noted, registration is required for all programs. A complete listing of activities and programs are detailed in the Audubon Nature Tours and Programs, a free guide to connecting with the natural world. Register online at

or call (401) 949-5454.

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Dennis Hanno, Ph.D., President of Wheaton College Presents At NICE

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The Norton Institute for Continuing Education (NICE) announces its third open lecture of the 2014 – 2015 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.

 Empowering a New Generation of African Leaders

 Monday, March 23, 2015    1:30  – 3:00 pm

 Hindle Auditorium, Rear of Campus, Wheaton College

 The presenter is Dennis Hanno, Ph.D., President of Wheaton College.  Dr. Hanno received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts,  Amherst. Prior to coming to Wheaton, he was the Provost at Babson College and founded the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center. He has a number of projects underway in Africa and has taken more than 500 people to the continent since 2001 to work on these.

 Many of Africa’s youth experience the frustration of not being able to find a job despite having the right skills and a good education. Dr. Hanno will focus on an effort being made to prepare the next generation of African leaders through a program that teaches high school students to be entrepreneurial leaders who can create jobs. The program has been developed over a 15-year period, including a January, 2015 project involving Wheaton College students in Rwanda. This program has touched thousands of youths across Africa and the lessons learned are applicable in our own lives and offer hope for progress even in places where hope is a scarce commodity.

 NICE, a non-profit affiliate of the Road Scholar (formerly named Elderhostel) Institute Network and a collaborative effort of Wheaton College and Epoch Assisted Living of Norton, provides non-credit nominally-priced college-level liberal arts courses and free lectures for over-55 year-olds living primarily in the Norton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Sharon, Foxboro, Taunton, Stoughton, Easton, and Canton areas.

 For complete details of the lecture plus other information, please consult the NICE web site at

or call Martin Aronson, NICE Curriculum Chair, at 781-784-8548.

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The Museum of Work & Culture

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Ciné-Québec, March 14 and 15, 2015  

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The Museum of Work & Culture, in collaboration with the Delegation of Québec in New England, Flickers: RI International Film Festival, the Alliance Française of Providence and the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, presents Ciné-Québec.

On Saturday, March 14 starting at 6:30 pm, ticket holders will be treated to a wine and cheese reception followed by the presentation of several short Quebecois films with English subtitles. Tickets are only $10 per person and can be purchased by phone at 401-769-9675.  Vote for your favorite and help decide which films make it to the next round of judging!

On Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 pm, the Quebecois 2014 documentary Un Rêve Américain will be screened.  Montreal film producer Claude Godbout will be present to discuss his film and answer questions from the audience.  This is a free event, also made possible by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.  Reservation suggested.

Un Rêve Américain is a feature film directed by Bruno Boulianne and Claude Godbout, both from the province of Québec, and produced in Québec by Eurêka! Productions. Filmed as a road movie, this film is about the journey of Franco-Ontarian artist Damien Robitaille on his adventure to follow the path of French-Canadians who settled throughout the United States. From New-England to California, he discovers and reconstructs the French-Canadian identity through his encounters and his testimony. Damien feels a sense of pride as he recaptures this unknown story.

It is important to put ourselves back into the social context of that time to understand how French-Canadians evolved and what were the challenges they had to overcome.

Today, acknowledging one and other becomes more important to ensure the vitality of the francophonie. We have to prevent isolation by uniting the francophone community and lovers of the French language.

View the trailer here:


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March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Saturday, March 7th

Seekonk Public Library, enjoying a long-standing relationship with the Pawtucket Red Sox and their generosity with the library’s summer reading program, will help the PawSox celebrate their historic 2014 winning of the Governor’s Cup by hosting the trophy in the main Library on Saturday, March 7.

Pawtucket and Boston Red Sox fans in the community are invited to visit the Library between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm to take photos of the Governor’s Cup and relive PawSox memories of games past. Don’t forget your cameras!

While fans are in the library they may want to reserve a free pass for admission to a future PawSox game at McCoy Stadium with their library card.  The Seekonk Library PawSox Pass allows General Admission seating of 1 to 6 people for a flat fee of $21.00, only $4 per person with a total of 6 people.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-336-8230 x5140.

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Attleboro Historic Preservation Society

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

The Attleboro Historic Preservation Society will hold its March meeting at the Attleboro Industrial Museum, 42 Union Street.  

This month’s program, ‘The History of  Little World Series League’ will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45. George K. Bianchi, an authority on the history of local baseball, will be the presenter.

The public is invited to attend this and all programs of the Attleboro Historic Preservation Society. Plan to attend and bring a friend, to learn about the early years for baseball in our city.

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March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments


Pawtucket, RI – The Joint Commission (TJC) recently issued a recertification to The Stroke Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Memorial Hospital has held the distinction as a Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2009.

The surveyor evaluated and assessed Memorial Hospital’s program: structure, leadership and management, design, stroke team composition, clinical practice guidelines selection, implementation and application of the program, performance improvement processes implemented and planned, and how these measures are monitored. An individual tracer activity was conducted in which the reviewer moved throughout the organization, interacting with staff in areas which had contact with the patients selected. Competency assessments and the credentialing process was reviewed, which included a personnel records review for evidence of current professional licensure, methods of assessing competency of practitioners, and educational and training activities.

Susan Moore, BSN, RN, director of the Stroke Program at both Memorial Hospital and Kent Hospital, said “Our commitment to providing quality stroke care is demonstrated by our repeated re-certification by TJC and recognizes our entire hospital community for its commitment to providing quality care to all of our patients. She adds, “This recognition showcases Care New England having top-notch stroke programs at Memorial and Kent.”

The Stroke Center is located at 111 Brewster Street in Pawtucket, RI and the telephone number is (401) 729-3857.

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Science At Work

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Weekly Activities at Providence Children’s Museum
March 8 – 15

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NOW OPEN! Water Ways, an imaginative new water play environment

This dynamic exhibit invites visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully explore the swirling, whirling ways of water.  Transform billowing mist and water domes, send objects spiraling and twisting through vortexes, investigate and sculpt ice, form fountains that funnel the flow of mist, and much more!

Sunday, March 8  •  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, join a wonderfully wacky weekend-long celebration full of Seussational activities and crazy Seuss characters!  Based on Bartholomew and the Oobleck, get messy exploring an ooey-gooey slime-like substance.  Play silly Seuss-inspired games – try Hop on Pop hopscotch and a Yertle the Turtle stacking challenge.  Also browse and act out favorite Seussian tales, create Seussical musical instruments, join a parade to make joyful noise throughout the Museum, and more!

Museum Closed – Monday, March 9

Play and Learn: Ramps and Balls
Tuesday, March 10  •  10:00 AM – Noon
Play and Learn is the Museum’s open-ended story-based program especially for 2- to 4-year-olds and their parents, designed to help preschoolers build their skills in a variety of areas and to help parents continue the learning at home.  This week, preschoolers practice problem solving as they build ramps and towers and experiment with rolling balls.
Underwritten by National Grid

Light and Color
Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 12  •  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kids experiment with light and color in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s open-ended art and science exploration space.  Choose from an array of colorful materials to create sun catcher sculptures and explore and build with vibrant blocks and prisms.

Toddler Try-It: Rainbow Collage
Friday, March 13  •  10:00 AM – Noon
Young children, ages 18 months to 3 years, use real tools and explore the creative process as they delve into different hands-on art and science activities each Friday morning.  This week, toddlers collage with a colorful array of papers.

Science at Work
Saturday, March 14  •  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Meet scientists from Amgen and learn about biology, chemistry and engineering through demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Experiment with color mixing, make simple solutions, and learn about the work that scientists do every day.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Underwritten by Amgen Foundation

Air Play
Sunday, March 15  •  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Investigate the awesome power of air!  Kids build flyers and discover the playful possibilities of ordinary materials as their inventions soar, float and twist through wind tubes in wacky ways.
Underwritten by Amgen Foundation


for a full calendar of events.

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Trailer For Project Now Online

March 2nd, 2015 · No Comments


Trailer for Project Now Online

WESTERLY, RI – After 56 years of using music to nurture and change lives in the greater Westerly community, the Chorus of Westerly will at long last tell its incredible story to the larger world.

 The Chorus of Westerly formally announced today an exciting and long in demand project: the filming and production of a one-hour documentary detailing the story of this unique organization. Caswell Cooke, a former child singer of the Chorus of Westerly, will direct and produce the film. The Chorus of Westerly senior staff, Andrew Howell and Ryan Saunders, will also serve as producers. Chris Walsh Productions is filming the project.

In conjunction with their formal announcement of the film, the Chorus is also launching today an online fundraising campaign through Indiegogo to request the public’s help in allowing this special and important project to be completed and become reality.

 The planned documentary, which will be just under one-hour in length (and designed for showings on PBS and affiliates), will be a behind the scenes glimpse at the Chorus of Westerly, one of the nation’s most unique choral organizations. The project will include interviews with key Chorus personnel, both past and present, as well as highlights from the ensemble’s children’s camp, classical concerts, Christmas and Summer Pops, Twelfth Night, and behind the scenes of rehearsals and other activities inside of Kent Hall. Both Andrew Howell and George Kent, the only two music directors in the organization’s history, will be interviewed and featured.

 For the last several months, the Chorus has begun filming rehearsals, activities, concerts, camp, and other events for the project. Ryan Saunders, executive director of the Chorus, states “It is our hope that, once completed, the film will be aired on PBS and other appropriate  outlets. We think the Chorus is a compelling story for audiences both regionally and nationally. Caswell Cooke has helped us assemble the right team to tell that story. Together, and with some help from the community, I see no reason we cannot achieve our goals with the project.”

 Eventually, the Chorus and the producers hope to enter the film into local and national film festivals to bring greater awareness to this special organization.  What makes the story of the Chorus so compelling are three basic facts: it is one of the only intergenerational choruses on American soil, it is based in a small New England town rather than a major city, and it has survived for over 50 years.

 “What’s special about us is that we are doing things with choral music in Westerly that you just don’t find in other towns in America. Even in cities. There just aren’t intergenerational choruses singing masterworks,” states Saunders.

“We offer children as young as 8 years old a chance to sing the great monuments of choral music – the Verdi Requiem, the Dvorak Stabat Mater – alongside adults just as if they were doing it in a symphony hall. No one else does this and people, in other arts organizations in other communities, have a hard time fathoming how we pull it off. They cannot believe it happens in such a small community.”

 The Chorus projects the total cost to complete the project will be roughly $35,000. But, for the phase in fundraising it is launching now “Phase 1″ – the Chorus is looking to raise $11,350. Phase 1 will allow the Chorus to cover the cost of the actual filming of the documentary for work they are doing right now and work they are about to engage in. “It is our hope we can raise enough for Phase 1 over the month of March so we can complete the filming phase of the project,” Saunders said.

 The next two phases of the project, phase 2 and phase 3, will cover items such as editing, final production, distribution, promotion, as well as orchestra licensing and royalties expenses. The Chorus is hopeful that, if it can meet its first fundraising goal in Phase 1, it can soon begin on Phases 2 and 3.

Community members can support the documentary by making a gift to the Chorus online through 

or by sending a check to the Chorus of Westerly directly (119 High Street, Westerly, RI). The web address includes further details on the project, contribution perks, and the various phases. A trailer for the project is also located on the web page. Questions can be directed to the Chorus by calling


If funding goals are met, it is the hope of the Chorus that this film is ready for distribution and broadcast later this year.

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