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LTE: Governor Chafee

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Governor Chafee discusses ongoing Ebola preparations with Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency Director Jamia McDonald and Department of Health Director Dr. Michael Fine

Fellow Rhode Islanders

As the United States continues to work to prevent an Ebola outbreak within the country and lend a helping hand in Western Africa, we are implementing many precautions here in Rhode Island. With our high Liberian and West African population, we have developed an approach that is calm, thoughtful and vigilant. The Department of Health (HEALTH) has been monitoring the situation in West Africa since July and preparing for a potential case of Ebola since August. HEALTH Director Dr. Michael Fine has been active and accessible in the community as we continue to inform and educate people about Ebola.

Ebola only spreads when people are having symptoms of the disease. Symptoms usually begin suddenly 2-21 days after exposure, although 8-10 days is most common. Symptoms may include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained bleeding or bruising. You cannot get Ebola through air, water or even casual contact with someone who has no symptoms.

To date, no one has become infected with Ebola within the state. In Rhode Island, only individuals who have traveled to/from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in the past three weeks are at risk of developing this virus. All travelers to regions with reported Ebola outbreaks should consult

CDC travel advisories

before traveling and follow CDC recommendations for precautions.

Again, we understand the seriousness of this epidemic, and remain calm, thoughtful and vigilant in our planning. Our preparations require collaboration, and we continue to work with many partners such as HEALTH, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Public Safety, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, hospitals, emergency medical services, schools, community groups and members of our Liberian community. I am especially thankful to the doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers who are out on the front lines. These brave individuals put themselves at risk to help others every day and I commend them for their hard work and dedication. As this epidemic continues to evolve, I remain confident in the team we have assembled here in Rhode Island.

For more information on Ebola and what Rhode Island is doing to prepare, please visit

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Saint John’s School Attleboro

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments


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Shown here is first grader Lauren DeCoste proudly displaying her masked pumpkin with buddy eighth grader Jocelyn Taylor.

At St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro, the Buddy Program teaches the kids to respect and care for each other.

This program provides interactive activities between grades K & 7 and 8 & 1, and the Service Program for grades 7 and 8 whereby students give back to SJE.

Recently the eighth and first graders got together to decorate pumpkins.

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Attleboro A Century Ago

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

The Attleboro Historic Preservation Society will hold its November 2014 meeting at the Attleboro Industrial Museum at 42 Union Street. Mark Flanagan, a former editor of the Sun Chronicle will present Attleboro as it was a century ago. Mr. Flanagan has done extensive research on our city, and the effects of war on it and in our lives.

 This program will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm. The  public is invited to attend this and all programs of the Attleboro Historic Preservation Society. Please plan to attend and bring a friend to learn about Attleboro’s place in history.

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The United Regional Chamber of Commerce

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments


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Best Sweet – Making Whoopie of Franklin

Three local food establishments won awards at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Taste of the Region event on Oct. 28. The event, which featured samples from 15 restaurants and food establishments, was held at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School in Franklin.

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Best Savory – Commonwealth BBQ of Wrentham

Hundreds of people attend the event and, for the first time, voted on “Best in Show” awards.

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 Best Presentation – 3 Restaurant of Franklin 

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Raimondo’s Round-up

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments


Dear Friends,

 Since I came into office, Treasury has developed and supported several programs to improve disability compliance in Rhode Island.

As part of this effort, my team and I are dedicated to saving taxpayers’ money, increasing public confidence in disability compliance and improving the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system.

 At the State Retirement Board Meeting last month I was pleased to announce that improvements to disability compliance throughout my term as treasurer have resulted in finding more than $1 million in overearnings dating back to 2000.

 Acting on recommendations and findings of BlumShapiro, an independent audit firm, we were able to identify $1,052,406.42 in overearnings attributed to 16 retirees who had earned income in excess of what is allowed by law. Of the identified overearnings, $593,097.63 has already been collected.

 This is a true example of government working. Ensuring the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system and improving disability compliance continues to be one of treasury’s top priorities.

 The state retirement system must be efficient and effective for Rhode Islanders. We have made improvements and we continue to look for innovative ways to save taxpayer’s money and improve the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system.

In conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, my office has a hotline to report potential pension fraud, available 24 hours a day at (401) 462-TIPS (462-8477). The hotline has already received more than 470 calls and is investigating leads.

 By working together, we can continue to improve the integrity of the entire retirement system.

Best Wishes,



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Massasoit Holiday Tradition

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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Show Dates: Three Weekends-7 Shows

November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14

Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm

Sunday at 3:00pm

Based on the Novel


Charles Dickens

Adapted by

Jen Spagone and Nathan Fogg

Directed and Choreographed by

Corinne Mason

Musical Direction by

Steve Shannon

For more information visit

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Murray Church Holiday Fair

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Members of the congregation at Murray Church in Attleboro are holding their annual Holiday Fair on Friday, November 7th, 11 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, November 8th, 9 AM to 3 PM. The public is invited to come do some holiday shopping, dine in the Gourmet Room, take a chance in the Raffle, and share in the friendly spirit of this festive event.

 A unique feature of the fair is its Global Fair Trade Market, offering a wide variety of gifts that are organic, certified fair trade, and from organizations that promote peace.  This season the booth will feature coffees, teas, and chocolate from Equal Exchange, a local worker coop that features fair trade foods; crafts, weaving, toys and jewelry from Thread of Hope, a Guatemalan cooperative that supports women and children; and holiday cards, candles and healthy home gifts from UUSC, a human rights organization that upholds sustainability, environmental stewardship, and economic justice.  These are gifts that keep on giving!

 The fair is famous for its Bake Shop, where 600 dozen cookies, all homemade by church members, will be offered for sale. Shop early for the best selection! Lunch or dinner will be available in the Gourmet Room, where Frank’s Famous Chowder will be featured along with other gourmet selections. As always, Grandma’s Attic and Grandpa’s Garage will have ‘gently used’ household items at bargain prices (and no reasonable offer will be refused).

 The Book Room, actually two rooms, will be filled with books for all ages and many of the authors you love to read, all at a much discounted price. Bargain hunters typically line up hours in advance for Almost Antiques, a shop which offers treasures from the past. Who knows what special surprises may be found there this year!

 So come, bring your friends, avoid the Black Friday rush, and start your Holiday shopping at the Murray Holiday Fair!

 Murray Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 505 North Main Street in Attleboro. The building is handicapped accessible. For more information, check out our web page

or find us on Facebook.

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RIPTA To Detour Twenty-Eight Routes

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RIPTA to Detour Twenty-Eight Routes and Temporarily Relocate Bus Stops A, B, C, D in Providenceto Accommodate Presidential Visit

 Effective 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 – 10:30am on Friday, October 3, 2014

All lines are to expect minor delays around Kennedy Plaza

 The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will detour twenty-eight bus routes and temporarily relocate Bus Stops A, B, C and D in the downtown Providence area beginning at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 through 10:30am on Friday, October 31, 2014 in order to accommodate the Presidential visit.   All RIPTA bus lines are to expect minor delays around Kennedy Plaza.

 While this detour is in effect, Bus Stops A, B, C and D will be temporarily relocated from Sabin Street to Fountain Street.  Also, Providence Schools students who normally board on Sabin Street will board at Bus Stop H instead.

 The following routes will detour from 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 through 10:30am on Friday, October 3, 2014: 6, 8, 10X, 12X, 14, 14 Express, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 33, 35, 50, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59X, 65X, 66, 92 West, 95X and the R-Line.

For more RIPTA information, please call 401-781-9400 or visit

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The State Ballet of Rhode Island

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Coppélia: Tickets On Sale!




Each year in December, The State Ballet of Rhode Island opens its performing season with a Rhode Island tradition, Herci Marsden’s Coppélia. 

This classic comedic story ballet will surely enhance your holiday season and entertain you, as it has entertained audiences for more than 140 years.  Set to music by Leo Delibes, Coppélia’s mysterious toymaker, lifesize dancing dolls, and “happily ever after” winter wedding celebration will captivate your entire family. 

Arrive a half-hour before showtime and enjoy our complimentary reception

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Falls Fire Barn Museum Salutes Veterans

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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The Falls Fire barn Museum will salute all veterans with a special Veteran’s Day open house on Tuesday, November 11th from 1 until 3 pm. Museum Director, Nancy Campbell has put together a new display featuring World War II veteran Lee Bagley including his time in a German prisoner of war camp.

Other displays include uniforms worn in nearly every conflict from the War of 1812 to the current conflicts and from most branches of service. The display also features the story of many who fought, the medals they earned and even the families emotions left on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall banner, which is featured in new exhibit space on the second floor of the building.
The museum also houses a collection of artifacts of all areas of North Attleborough history including manufacturers, the school system, the fire and police depts, electric dept. and more. The museum is also open every Saturday morning from 9 AM until noon. Get a preview of the exhibit if you visit the museum this Saturday.

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