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Cookie Swap In Rumford

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Rumford, RI is  doing a cookie swap reception on November 21st to benefit the Veterans’ Hospital.  We are asking folks to bring cookie tins and (4) dozen cookies to share. To start the evening we will have a sweet reception ( literally and figuratively ) with cookies and tea and coffee  . . . and I am trying to wrangle a youth quartet or student string group to do a mini recital for us.  Then the majority of the cookies will be placed in tins and distributed to the Veterans’ Hospital.  

 We will decorate the tins and include notes inside. Nice, right? The VA Hospital is thrilled!

 As we approach Thanksgiving and the holidays, lots of groups look for ways to give back to the local community. If your staff or a few of your coworkers are looking for a group project to embrace with thanksgiving and gratitude in mind . . . come spend the evening with us!

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Saint John’s School

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments



On September 30, 2014 on a trip to Rome, Italy, Fr. Riley Williams of St John the Evangelist School in Attleboro, presented a photo of the St. John’s School community to Pope Francis. Pope Francis received the photo with joy and the assurance of the students’ and facultys’ prayers.

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Framingham Library’s Christa McAulffe Branch Breaks Ground

October 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Construction Expected to Finish End of 2015

Framingham, Ma – October 23, 2014 – The town of Framingham and architects Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc are proud to announce the groundbreaking of the new Christa McAuliffe branch library.

Trustee Sam Klaidman, chairman of the building committee, said construction on the $8.6 million project is the culmination of a community effort to create a new library that honors one of its town’s most famous residents. “This is an exciting moment in the town’s history, and we are thrilled to begin construction on the project.”

This branch library is the second busiest branch public library in the state, and will encompass 17,000-square-feet at 746 Water Street. The building will be an L-shaped, one-story structure adjacent to the Nobscot Shopping Center and will triple the size of the current branch on Nicholas Road it will replace.

“Inspired by the spirit of Christa McAuliffe, the design creates a soaring roof in the shape of a wing, that lifts over the main reading areas for adult and children,” said Tony Hsiao, Principal and Director of Design at Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc. “The library design will adapt to new trends in library usage, and has a large open plan that is flexible to accommodate  future library space needs.” The new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library is located at the high point of its natural wooded site and embraces a state-of-the art sustainable green approach with a LEED Certification Target.

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VNA Service Of Remembrance And Thanksgiving

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Each year Community VNA holds this service at a different place of worship.

Community VNA Hospice Care will host a service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 16th, 3:00PM at Saint Mary Church, 1Power Street, Norton, MA 02766. This interfaith service, honoring the life and memory of loved ones is free and open to the public. It features music, candle lighting and readings followed by refreshments.

A Memorial Table will be available to place a small photo of your loved, if you wish.

For more information, please contact Community VNA Bereavement Coordinator at 508-222-0118 x1373.

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October 24th, 2014 · No Comments


All traffic will be directed to newly designed Exit 3A

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) next week will permanently close Exit 3B off Route 10 South to Reservoir Avenue (Route 2) in Cranston. The closure is schedule to take place on Wednesday, October 29 at approximately 9 a.m.

 Motorists will be directed to the next off-ramp, Exit 3A, which has been updated to allow left and right turns onto Reservoir Avenue. A map showing this new traffic pattern is available at

RIDOT also has installed a new traffic signal at this intersection, including a pedestrian crossing signal.

 This change was prompted by a high occurrence of rear-end and broadside crashes at Exit 3B. The end of the off-ramp offers limited field of vision and a short distance for merging, which makes it difficult for motorists to safely merge onto Reservoir Avenue.

 The improvements are being made as a part of a $2.4 million project for safety upgrades at four intersections in Cranston. These include new turning lanes, signal improvements and pedestrian-crossing improvements. In addition to the Route 10/Reservoir Avenue interchange, RIDOT is working on the intersections of Reservoir Avenue and Route 12 (Park Avenue), Reservoir Avenue and Aqueduct Road, and Route 12 (Scituate Avenue) and Route 51 (Phenix Avenue). All improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

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Senator Ross Appointed To Special Commission On Autism

October 24th, 2014 · No Comments

  Senator Richard Ross has been appointed, by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, to serve on a special commission created to make recommendations and monitor the implementation of policies impacting individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

 The commission will be charged with investigating the range of services and supports necessary for such individuals, so that they may have ready access and availability to these services across their lifespan. The commission was established in the autism assistance bill, signed into law this past August. Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial bill signing of the law at Fenway Park this afternoon.

 “I have always been a strong advocate for autism awareness and research, and I’m proud to be a part of this commission, to continue the fight for those living with autism spectrum disorders and their families,” said Senator Ross.

 The autism assistance bill, recently signed into law, builds off recommendations of the Governor’s Special Commission Relative to Autism, which Senator Ross was appointed to in 2010.

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

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Health-o-Ween Hand-In-Hand With Halloween

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

By Mark Scheerer-Commonwealth News Service

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12-year-old Lev Goldman appears in ads promoting Health-o-Ween, a Halloween-themed campaign with information on free and low-cost health coverage options. Photo courtesy Health Care For All

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – What’s scarier than a child without medical insurance? Not much, say the folks behind the Halloween-themed public launch of an enrollment drive held Wednesday in Framingham.

Pumpkins were the decorations at the news event where health insurance was the treat and getting eligible families signed up, the trick.  Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director of Health Care For All explains the Health-o-Ween campaign.

“Our point is for parents to consider the fact that the best present children can get for Halloween is being connected to health care coverage,” she says. It’s part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage initiative to raise awareness about the open enrollment period beginning mid-November.

The goal is to reach ethnic communities with information on free and low-cost health coverage options for eligible children and teens. Otherwise, health care advocates say, Halloween’s “Boo!” could turn into boo-hoos.

Lev Goldman, 12, who attends the Park School in Brookline, will be appearing in ads and public service announcements on the issue.  He says professionals treated an anxiety disorder he had – something prohibitively expensive without insurance. “I probably wouldn’t be able to travel on a car or a plane well, I couldn’t go and stay at my friends’ houses,” he explains. “There’s a lot of things that I am now able to do that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I didn’t get that help through health insurance.”

Whitcomb Slemmer says there’s a timely link to the Connect Kids to Coverage initiative and Halloween. “A focus for the holiday is on children and the joy that children have being able to go door-to-door,” she points out. “We want to make sure that they also have health care coverage this time of year. And, on the 31st, we’ll only be two weeks away from the beginning of open enrollment.”

The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers and the Latino Health Insurance Program are among the organizations involved in Health-o-Ween. They say with the Latinos in the state they will celebrate Sal-U-Ween, and Sa-U-Ween with Brazilians, Portuguese and Cape Verdeans.

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LANConnect Systems, Inc. Holds Ribbon Cutting

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

 F JACK LANConnect Systems Ribbon Cutting

Pictured in the front row at the ribbon cutting (left to right) are: Steve Smith, Melissa Anderson of LANConnect Systems, Inc., Martina Spitzer of LANConnect Systems, Inc., Christina Kokinda of LANConnect Systems, Inc., Peter Kokinda of LANConnect Systems, Inc., Anne Eszlari of LANConnect Systems, Inc., Kelsey Riley of LANConnect Systems, Inc., and Devin Gray of Optimize Fitness & Performance.

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at LANConnect Systems, Inc., 500 Franklin Village Dr., Franklin, on Oct. 14. The ribbon cutting celebrated the relocation of the full-service information technology company.

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business support organization serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

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United Way Of Greater Attleboro/Taunton Annual Fall Classic

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments


First Place Team (L-R): John Correia, Peter Hebert, and Bill Strojny from The BaHa Brothers Sandbar Grill.

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton (UWGAT) celebrated its Annual Fall Classic golf tournament on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Agawam Hunt.

Thank you to all golfers and volunteers who participated on a warm fall day for 18 holes at a premiere venue. The event began at 11 a.m. as golfers teed off to enjoy an afternoon of contests, activities, and friendly competition.

 Special thanks to: Event Sponsor – Bristol County Savings Bank; Platinum Sponsors – BankFive and Sensata Technologies; Gold Sponsor – General Dynamics; Lunch Sponsor – Rockland Trust; Hole in One Sponsor – The Travel Experience, Inc.; along with additional tournament and hole sponsors for contributing to the event. UWGAT also wishes to thank all raffle and prize donors for their generosity, who helped make our event a success.

 Approximately $25,000 in proceeds from the event will benefit the community programs of UWGAT to support its mission of ‘advancing the common good.’ Together we are creating positive sustainable changes for our community. 

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October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Pawtucket, RI – Interested in learning about living well? Turn to Memorial Hospital’s The Doctor Is In Wellness Lecture Series, a diverse menu of health and wellness programs.

The FREE series is designed to benefit the community by offering the expertise of medical specialists and healthcare professionals in a relaxed, interactive setting. Learn about informative health topics for adults, family members and caregivers. Bring a friend, enjoy a continental breakfast and make new acquaintances.

Mark your calendars! The free The Doctor Is In Wellness Lecture Series will take place on the dates listed below from 9:00 to 10:30 am in the Sayles Conference Center at Memorial Hospital. Physicians will give all wellness lectures.

October 29 – 9 to 10:30 am

Urinary Problems In Women And Men

Urinary problems are common in both men and women, though the exact symptoms and underlying causes of the problem can vary dramatically. Symptoms can include intense difficulty when urinating, a sudden strong urge to urinate, accidental urination, or overly frequent urination. Helpful information will be provided.

• Blood pressure and glucose screenings

November 18 – 9 to 10:30 am

When To Go To The Emergency Department, Things You Should Know

• Blood pressure screenings

December 3 – 9 to 10:30 am

Managing Pain Before It Manages You Helpful information from the Center For Pain Management

• Blood pressure and cholesterol screenings

Advance registration is recommended. If you would like more information about the The Doctor Is In Wellness Lecture Series and to register, call (401) 729-2459 or visit

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