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Dumas Endorses Ross Re-Election

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Senator Richard Ross and Mayor Kevin Dumas 

Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, officially threw his support behind Richard Ross in his campaign for reelection to the State Senate.

 Citing his years of municipal and state experience, Dumas made it clear that Ross is needed more than ever in the legislature. “Senator Ross has an amazing ability to build meaningful relationships with people including those across party lines. I am extremely fortunate to have such as special person as my close friend,” said Mayor Dumas.

 Mayor Dumas is a lifelong resident of Attleboro, and in 2003 was the youngest ever elected Mayor in the City’s history. Entering his twelfth year, Mayor Dumas has a longstanding record of leading the City successfully through an economic recession by advocating for fiscally responsible initiatives, delivering on downtown revitalization and urban redevelopment, rehabilitating the City’s roads, sidewalks, and its schools, along with always making himself available to his constituents.

Senator Richard Ross has served the City of Attleboro for four years in the State Senate, and throughout his time in office has consistently been a voice for the people he represents. This past session, Senator Ross and his colleagues in the legislature, secured $5.1 million to construct a sludge landfill and improve the landfill at the wastewater treatment facility as well as $250,000 for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, which serves the greater Attleboro area. He has also been supportive of the revitalization of the Attleboro downtown area by helping to secure a crucial $3.96 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant to support the creation of Riverfront Drive and Riverfront Park at the Intermodal Transportation Center.

 “Mayor Dumas is an admirable leader who put the needs of Attleboro first. In our time working together, he has always known what is best for this city and always will,” said Senator Ross. “It is a privilege to work with Mayor Dumas to ensure that the people of Attleboro are heard on Beacon Hill, and I am truly honored to have his support.”

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Attleboro’s Sandra Moreno At Pratt

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Attleboro Resident Sandra Moreno Begins Studies at New York City’s Prestigious Pratt Institute

BROOKLYN, NY– Sandra Moreno, a Attleboro resident has started studies at New York City’s prestigious Pratt Institute, joining an incoming class of students who come from 48 states and 80 countries for the fall 2014 semester. Moreno is one of 835 new students selected from more than 7,300 applicants.

Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in the cultural hub of New York City with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with esteemed professors and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

Under the leadership of President Thomas F. Schutte, the curricula and reputations of Pratt’s five professional schools, which include 22 undergraduate and 26 graduate degree-granting programs, are recognized internationally and perennially receive top rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, DesignIntelligence, and others.

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RIDOT, RIPTA OUTLINE VISION FOR IMPROVED TRANSIT IN RHODE ISLAND

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) today released a video outlining the agencies’ vision for a 21st century public transit system in Rhode Island. The five-minute video, which can be found at

www.dot.ri.gov/news

highlights the many benefits of a modern system, including improved connectivity between travel services, upgraded transit facilities, enhanced commuter rail service, and rapid bus lines. The vision moves Rhode Island away from its historic single transit hub model, creating a more robust statewide system with better linkages between major transfer points and emerging growth centers.

 “One of the most crucial components of a healthy economy and quality of place is a sound transportation system,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “This new vision of travel for Rhode Island will benefit the system’s current users while attracting a new generation that values transportation choice and convenience. By making transit a more viable, attractive alternative, we can not only support future growth in Rhode Island but also reduce traffic congestion and our impact on the environment.”

 A cornerstone of this vision, a new, modern Intermodal Center is in planning for Providence Station. RIDOT recently received a $650,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to advance the design for a center that would introduce covered bus facilities with indoor waiting areas, free wi-fi, retail, and real-time bus arrival information at the station while paving the way for similar investments across the state.

“Innovation is a key component to our overall efforts to improve mobility in Rhode Island. RIPTA knows that transit investments such as our new R-Line to improve the flow of passengers, and the implementation of real-time technology bring proven benefits to our transit system,” said RIPTA CEO Raymond Studley. “This vision of an improved statewide transit system will be more attractive to current and prospective riders, in addition to helping Rhode Island achieve desired economic growth.”

Across the country, centers of transportation have long been catalysts for economic development and innovation. Rhode Island already has one of the fastest-growing demands for transit in the nation, and Providence Station is the busiest station in the MBTA network outside of Boston – and 14th busiest of Amtrak’s 500 stations nationwide. State funds made possible through the passage of Question 6 would provide the money needed to attract private investment – as well as additional federal support – for the construction of this new center.

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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

http://health.ri.gov/ebola/.

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Saint John’s School Attleboro

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

PUMPKIN DECORATING WITH BUDDIES

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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

LOCAL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS WIN TASTE OF THE REGION AWARDS

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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

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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,

Gina

 

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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

By

Charles Dickens

Adapted by

Jen Spagone and Nathan Fogg

Directed and Choreographed by

Corinne Mason

Musical Direction by

Steve Shannon

For more information visit

www.massasoit.mass.edu/buckley/shows.cfm

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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

www.murrayuuchurch.org

or find us on Facebook.

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