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American Red Cross blood drive
PLYMOUTH — The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.
Habitat for Humanity comedy fundraiser
PLYMOUTH — Loretta LaRoche Productions will host a comedy fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Stand Up for Vets, at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St.
Audiences will get the opportunity to show their appreciation for veterans with a night featuring Lenny Clarke and Christine Hurley. The evening will be hosted by WPLM morning guy Tom Stewart and proceeds will help support Veteran Services of Plymouth and Greater Plymouth Habitat for Humanity and its goal of constructing homes for veterans Plymouth. Tickets are available online at http://LorettaLaRocheProductions.com, or by calling 800-316-8559.
Events at The Spire
PLYMOUTH – The Spire Center for Performing Arts presents eclectic entertainment at 25 1/2 Court St. in downtown Plymouth. The Spire is handicap accessible; parking is available street side and in public lots in close proximity. For more information, to order tickets online or to learn more about The Spire, visit www.spirecenter.org, or follow the Spire Center for Performing Arts on Facebook.
Nov. 11: An Evening with Cher, Billy Joel, Bette Midler & Barbra Streisand, 8 p.m., $45
Nov. 12: An Evening with Cher, Billy Joel, Bette Midler & Barbra Streisand, 2 p.m., $45
Nov. 17: Mary Fahl, 8 p.m., $25
Nov. 19: Power Struggle—The Film, 2 p.m., $10
Nov. 24: Chrissi Poland with special guests Donne Byrne and Ari Hest, 8 p.m., $25
Nov. 25 : James Montgomery, 8 p.m., $28
Nov. 29: Jazz and Blues Jam Sessions with the Spire House Band, 7 p.m., $5
Dec. 1: Johnny Souza & Friends - Wicked Fun Christmas Concert!, 8 p.m., $25
Dec. 2: Rik Emmett of Triumph - Acoustic Duo Performance w/ Dave Dunlop, 8 p.m., $40
Dec. 8-9: A Christmas House presented by Plymouth Community Theatre, 8 p.m., $20
Dec. 10: A Christmas House presented by Plymouth Community Theatre, 4 p.m., $20
Dec. 13: Jazz and Blues Jam Sessions with the Spire House Band, 7 p.m., $5
Dec. 14: A Michael Sweet Christmas!, 8 p.m., $25
Dec. 15: The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Swing-Along Spectacular, 7:30 p.m., $25
Dec. 16: Ayla Brown, Jenn Bostic and Damien Horne, 8 p.m., $20
Dec. 27: Jazz and Blues Jam Sessions with the Spire House Band, 7 p.m., $5
Dec. 29: Enter the Haggis, 8 p.m., $26
Veteran's Day dinner dance
KINGSTON — Veterans past and present are invited to a special dinner dance in their honor. The Veteran's Day Dinner Dance will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Kingston Senior Center. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. All Kingston veterans and a guest are invited but must RSVP to the Council on Aging office at the Senior Center by Nov. 1 by calling 781-585-0515.
Kingston Garden Club fall schedule
KINGSTON — The Kingston Garden Club has set up its fall schedule for presentations and activities.
All presentations and activities are included in the $30 annual membership fee. The public is welcome to attend any presentation for a $5 fee at the door. The club meets from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the Faunce School on Green Street.
Nov. 11: “Holiday Floral Design” presented by Lisa Oberhauser-Gee, Master Designer
Dec. 9: “Holiday Craft Fair” Come shop for gifts and decorations
For more information on membership in the Kingston Garden Club, contact Jen Hicks at email@example.com. For more information on presentations, contact Janice King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
84th Annual Silver Bells Fair
KINGSTON — First Parish Church in Kingston will hold its 84th Annual Silver Bells Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Beal House, 222 Main St.
Highlights include handmade gifts, many for under $20; an international bazaar offering handmade goods and jewelry from around the world; holiday greens; an outdoor tent full of antiques; and themed Silver Bells Baskets. Traditional holiday treats like cookies, fudge and pies will also be on sale. Attendees can also enjoy a lunch of chowder, sandwiches, homemade apple crisp and free coffee and tea.
Proceeds from the Silver Bells Fair will benefit First Parish as well as its chosen charity partner, Renewal House, a domestic-violence shelter for individuals and families in Boston. For more information about the event, contact email@example.com; for more information about First Parish Church, visit http://kingstonuu.org.
Poetry: The Art of Words
PLYMOUTH – Poetry: The Art of Words, the Mike Amado Memorial Series, is held at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, at 11 North St. Admission and refreshments are free. For details, visit ptaow.com. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Plymouth Cultural Council.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and music starts at noon, with poetry at 12:45 p.m. and an open mic at 1:15 p.m.
Nov. 12: Everett Hogaland and Rene Schwiesow
Dec. 3: Myles Gordon and Renee Summers
Kingston Special Town Meeting, Special Election
KINGSTON — A Special Town Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Kingston Intermediate School Auditorium, 65 Second Brook St.
The last day to register to participate was Nov. 3.
The Special Town Ballot Election will be held Dec. 5 at Kingston Elementary, 150 Main St., for precincts 1, 2, 3; and the Town House, 26 Evergreen St., for Precinct 4. The last day to register to participate is Nov. 15 at the town clerk's office or online.
The warrant for Town Meeting and Town Election has been posted around town and are available for review at the Clerk's Office or at http://kingstonmass.org.
Mass Bay Maritime Artisans holds a weekly boatbuilding/repair workshop each Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to drop in. The group is preparing to recreate the Kingston Lobster Boat, designed and built on the Jones River in about 1880. Visit www.gofundme.com/KingstonLobsterBoat. Jones River Landing is located at 55 Landing Road on the banks of the Jones River in Kingston.
Turkey Trot to be held in Kingston
KINGSTON — The 10th Annual Turkey Trot will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Hilltop Athletic Club, 65 Pottle St., Kingston. Proceeds will benefit Dana Farber’s ovarian cancer research and local community members in need.
There are many ways to participate and support this cause: nominate a friend or family in need by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail at Soul Sisters Foundation, PO Box 128, Kingston, MA 02364; become a sponsor by contacting email@example.com; or register for the race or make a donation at http://soulsisterfoundation.org.
Boneyard Dog Park to open
KINGSTON — The Boneyard Dog Park will open with special ceremonies, including a retirement ceremony for K-9 Olyver and a blessing of the park, from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Dog owners need to bring their dog licenses to the event to access the park with their dogs that day. For more information, visit www.kingstondogs.org.
PLYMOUTH — The Pilgrim Progress will take place at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, beginning at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow St. Costumed participants, many of whom are from the town of Plymouth and the surrounding communities, as well as visitors to the area, represent the 51 survivors of the first harsh winter of 1621. They will assemble to the beat of a drum.
The Progress will proceed along the waterfront, up Leyden Street to the site of the first fort meetinghouse on Burial Hill, where the Pilgrims met for worship. The Psalms sung are taken from “The Book of Psalms” by Henry Ainsworth, which was used by the Pilgrims in Holland and in Plymouth. After the brief worship service, the march will continue down through town on Main Street, ending at the Mayflower Society House on North Street.
The Plymouth Rock Foundation and The General Society of Mayflower Descendants are sponsors of this event. The event is also funded in part by the Town of Plymouth Promotions Fund. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pediatric First Aid, CPR AED certification course
KINGSTON — Health Ed of New England will hold a 2-part Pediatric First Aid and CPR AED certification course from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at Kingston Public Library, 6 Green St.
Learn to save the life of an adult and child victim. Also learn to recognize and treat common emergencies in children, such as bleeding, head injuries, burns, poisoning, fractures and bee stings. This is a basic American Heart Association certification course, appropriate for childcare professionals, parents and the general public.
The cost is $115 per person. This course requires registration by Nov. 26. To register, call 781-582-1440 or 800-434-6000, or visit http://healthednewengland.com.
American Red Cross to hold blood drive
KINGSTON — The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27 at Sacred Heart High School, 399 Bishops Highway. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.
Tour Burial Hill
PLYMOUTH – Each year through 2020, Pilgrim Hall Museum and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society will present “Burial Hill: History in Progress,” a series of history expeditions on Burial Hill, one of America’s oldest and most significant burying grounds.
Free tours are offered at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Local historians and guides, including Stephen O’Neill and Joyce Poremski, join Pilgrim Hall Museum Executive Director Donna Curtin as tour leaders, sharing their individual expertise on a range of topics.
The tour meets at the main Burial Hill stairway; no reservations are required. Participants may traverse steep and slippery slopes, so wear appropriate shoes. Severe weather may cancel the tour; updates will be posted on the Plymouth Antiquarian Society Facebook page. For more information, email email@example.com or call 508-746-0012 or visit www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org.
Kingston Dog licenses
KINGSTON — The Kingston 2017 Dog Licenses are available at the town clerk's office, 26 Evergreen St. Registration is available at the clerk's office or by mail. Mailers should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Cost for altered is $10 and unaltered is $20. Payment is accepted by cash or check only and a current rabies certificate is required. For information, visit kingstonmass.org.
Evergreen Cemetery decoration rules
KINGSTON — The Kingston Evergreen Cemetery board of trustees wish to notify all lot holders that revised rules and regulations regarding the decoration of graves have been adopted and are available at the cemetery in the designated mailbox near Prince Chapel, 21 Green St.; the lobby of the Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen St.; and the lobby of the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green St. The revised rules and regulations became effective as of Nov. 1.
Museum of Fine Arts pass
KINGSTON — The Friends of Kingston Public library offers several museum passes, including one to the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Residents can join a free guided one-hour tour to explore highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts different collections. Museum curators, conservators, educators, independent scholars, artists and graduate students host weekly gallery talks. Attendees can learn about art, culture and history in the MFA collection. For select programs, residents can join in and create their own artwork. Educational activities designed for children ages 4 and older to do with adults are also offered in the galleries.
The Kingston Public Library provides a discount pass that can make this trip more affordable, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. The Friends also provide discount passes to many other museums and parks. Visit the library website at kingstonpubliclibrary.org or ask a librarian for a list of available passes. Passes can be reserved online, in person or by telephone at 781-585-0517, ext. 111.
Kingston Collection discounts for soldiers
KINGSTON — Kingston Collection has announced it will offer permanent discounts to military personnel at several stores. Stores such as Payless, Yogibo, Journeys, Spencer’s and more will have signs in their storefront displaying the 10 percent, year-round discount they offer to soldiers. In addition, many stores are also offering the discount to police, firefighters and EMT personnel. There will be an additional sign on those storefront windows displaying that discount.
‘Kingston Coffee and Conversation’ episode
KINGSTON — Kingston town administrator Robert Fennessy sat down for an in-depth interview with guest host Julie Thompson, PACTV director of administration, in the latest episode of “Kingston Coffee and Conversation,” now playing on Kingston’s Government Channel. Fennessy talks about his background and his role as town administrator in Kingston.
The episode is now airing and residents in Kingston can watch the show on Kingston’s Government Channel, Comcast 14 and Verizon 41, on the following dates and times: 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fridays; and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The episode is also available on PACTV’s YouTube Channel, PACTV Video Share at https://youtu.be/Jt38aeQjjZU.
PLYMOUTH — “Register’s Report” has a new episode playing on PACTV’s government channels.
Host John Buckley, Plymouth County Register of Deeds, talks with Monica Donnelly and Sue Mulcare, of Jack Conway, Realtor, as they discuss real estate trends in the south shore. Buckley also shares April 2017’s housing and mortgage statistics as well as some historical land records from Plymouth County. The show can be seen on PACTV’s Government Channels on the following days and times: 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Duxbury: Comcast 15 & Verizon 39; 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 6 p.m. Thursdays, Kingston: Comcast 14 & Verizon 41; 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Pembroke: Comcast 15; and 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Plymouth: Comcast 15 and Verizon 47.
The episode is also available on PACTV’s YouTube Channel, PACTV Video Share at https://youtu.be/GqQjXNQMHNo. PACTV is a nonprofit organization providing Public, Educational and Government Access. Now in its 20th year, PACTV serves the towns of Duxbury, Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth. For more information about PACTV, visit http://pactv.org.
Property assessment underway
KINGSTON — The town of Kingston has contracted with KRT Appraisal to measure and list all 4,494 properties within the town.
This project will be completed by June 30. KRT Appraisal employees in the field will have an identification badge and a letter of introduction from the town, explaining the purpose of their visit as well as introducing the data collector and the vehicle they are driving. If someone is home, the data collector will ask to inspect the interior of the property to verify data on file with the assessor’s office. If no one is home, a postcard will be left informing the property owner that someone was there. The town appreciates taxpayer cooperation through this process as data verification is an important part of the overall assessment process. KRT Appraisal will be using a laser measuring device instead of a standard tape measure. This device, produced by 3D Data Ltd., uses lasers to collect millions of data points on a given building simply by walking around its footprint. These data points create a 3-D representation of the building which is easily converted to a sketch diagram accurate to within a couple of inches. The final output is entered into the town’s appraisal software, along with the other data verified during the site visit. The project will start on the east end of Main Street and move counterclockwise around the town over the next few months. The two KRT Appraisal data collectors who will be working in Kingston are Doug Rollins and Josh Gendron. Their names and vehicle information will be given to the Kingston Police Department for verification. For questions regarding the data collection process, call the Kingston assessor’s office at 781-585-0509.
South Shore Soliloquy Toastmasters Club
KINGSTON — South Shore Soliloquy Toastmasters Club in Kingston will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green St. The public speaking club aims to enhance speaking and leadership capabilities. Residents are welcome to be a guest at a meeting to observe or participate and learn how to build communication skills to effectively express oneself in any situation. For more information, call Charles "Chuck" Bramhall at 508-400-0600.
Alzheimer’s support group
DUXBURY – A free Alzheimer’s and dementia educational support group for caregivers meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Duxbury Council on Aging, at 10 Mayflower St. The group provides an opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences and receive information, guidance and support regarding care planning strategies. The group will foster the development of a mutual support system helping caregivers to improve their own health and wellbeing and assist them in learning ways to provide optimal care for the person with dementia and become a better advocate. The group is free and confidential and will be led by Suzanne Faith, R.N. Psych., senior director; and Alan Johnson, LICSW, director of community and family outreach at Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services. New participants are welcome to join at any time. For more information or to register, call 508-775-5656 or emailInfo@HopeDementia.org.
Kingston COA computer classes
KINGSTON — Dan Rivera teaches intermediate computer classes from 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen St. A series of classes have been ongoing for over six months. Attendees can learn how to use Google, YouTube, Facebook and more. Make reservations at the front desk at the COA. Refreshments will be served. For information: Marilyn Greenstein, 781-585-0511.
Free community playgroups
KINGSTON – Free playgroups are held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Thursday mornings at the Kennedy-Donovan Center, at 32 Crescent St., for children ages 15 months to 4 years with a parent or guardian. The program is free and open to Kingston residents and families in surrounding communities.
Get fit with Wingate
KINGSTON – The Inn at Silver Lake, Kingston, will hold free exercise classes at 9 a.m. Fridays. The class is open to all elders to get healthy and have fun. The class will consist of stretching, light cardiovascular conditioning and strength training exercises all done either standing or sitting in a chair with the use of exercise bands and weights. Participation is at the participant’s risk.
Sunday Salon Series
DUXBURY – The Duxbury Free Library will present literary, musical, poetic and informational programs this fall and winter as part of the Sunday Salon Series. The library is open from to 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The Sunday Salon programs begin at 2 p.m. Author programs are co-sponsored and presented with Westwinds Bookshop. The Duxbury Free Library is located at 77 Alden St., Duxbury. Call 781-934-2721 or visit www.duxburyfreelibrary.org for more information and to register for the following events.
Donate used eyeglasses
KINGSTON — The Kingston Lions Club, with the help of the Recycle for Sight program, is collecting used eyeglasses. Through Recycle for Sight, Lions collect new and gently used eyeglasses and sunglasses to ship to the nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. Volunteers sort and clean the glasses and determine their prescription strength. Lions store the glasses until they can be distributed, usually through humanitarian missions to developing nations. Last year, the Kingston Lions Club collected more than 600 pairs of glasses. Residents can drop off used eyeglasses in the bins at the Kingston Stop & Shop, at 160 Summer St.; Weymouth Bank, at 83 Summer St.; the Kingston Public Library, at 6 Green St.; the Kingston Senior Center, at 30 Evergreen St.; Eastern Bank; South Shore Bank in Pembroke.
OCLN expands website accessibility
KINGSTON - The Old Colony Library Network, of which the Kingston library is a member, has formed a new partnership with Ai Squared to provide “sitecues” for OCLN’s shared library catalog. This will improve the usability of the catalog by providing magnification and screen reading capabilities for seniors and anyone with a disability that impacts their ability to read print, according to Executive Director David Slater. For more information, contact Slater at 781-794-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all artists
KINGSTON - The Kingston Public Library Art Committee is now scheduling exhibits for the coming year. All artists are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to share their artwork with the community. Artists may pick up application packets at the library or download them from the How To Exhibit page on the library website at www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/ArtCommittee2010/Art_Comm_howto.htm. Whatever medium you work in we look forward to hearing from you. Exhibits are held in the Library’s Gallery and usually run for one month. A display case is also available for three-dimensional work and may be booked separately or in combination with the gallery. (The display case interior is 16 inches high by 20 inches deep and 5 feet, 10 inches long.) The library’s goals in sponsoring these exhibits are to reflect the spirit of the community, give exposure to local artists and provide opportunities for the community to see the vibrant work being created by artists in our area. Another goal is to present work of both current and historical social significance. For more information on exhibiting your work, call Maryanne Driscoll at 781-585-0517, ext. 115, or email email@example.com. The library is open Mondays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish food pantry
KINGSTON – St. Joseph Parish of Kingston and Plympton offer these dates for the twice-monthly food pantry, open to Kingston and Plympton residents. The days for the open pantry are the second Thursday and last Thursday of each month. The hours of operation have changed to 10-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call St. Joseph Parish office at 781-585-6679.
Myles Standish State Forest programs
SOUTH CARVER – The DCR is now offering a full calendar of events in Myles Standish State Forest to engage, educate, and entertain guests of all ages and experience levels. Free and open to the public. No sign-up is required. For a trail map, including parking lots, visit www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/mssf3.pdf. Rain, snow, or icy trails cancel the events; call ahead to confirm, 508-866-2526.
Now recycle antifreeze, large plastic
KINGSTON – Kingston residents no longer have to wait until Household Hazardous waste day to properly dispose of their used antifreeze. The Transfer Station now has a collection container from Glycol Blending Services, a Rhode Island company that remanufactures it into new coolant products. GBS provides the container, transportation and processing at no cost to the town. Paul Basler, superintendent of Kingston streets, trees and parks, learned of GBS’s services through Kingston’s membership in the South Shore Recycling Cooperative. Residents may now also recycle large rigid plastic crates, buckets, baskets, toys, lawn furniture, etc., in a new roll-off, thanks to a grant from MassDEP. Items should be free of metal and other non-rigid plastic materials. Antifreeze and large rigid plastic recycling don’t just help Kingston taxpayers and the environment, but they provide “Recycling Dividend Points” from MassDEP, which translates into cash for future waste reduction efforts.
Donations for Chrissy’s Charity
PLYMOUTH – Chrissy’s Charity is in great need for donation of rosaries, even broken, which can be prepared and sent to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They bring great comfort to the troops of any religious denomination or even of no known faith at all in life-threatening situations. The group has sent more than 600 rosaries to date. Also needed is any type of jewelry (even broken), religious medals, four-ply yarn for prayer shawls and beads for the blessed faith bracelets to be given to those facing great health problems at the local hospital. Drop off donations are at both Rockland Trust locations, Court Street and Pilgrim Hill Road in Plymouth, and Balboni’s Drug Store on Court Street in North Plymouth. Call or email Jane at 508-746-6095 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Recycling containers available for events
If you are planning an event that will generate recyclable bottles and cans, don’t let them go to waste. The South Shore Recycling Cooperative has dozens of recycling carts and bins available for events in its 14 member towns. The containers are stored at the Marshfield Fairgrounds and at Cohasset Town Hall. The wheeled carts are 35-gallon capacity, labeled “Bottles and Cans,” and have lids with round cutouts. Liner bags are available. The 18-gallon bins are similarly labeled. To arrange to borrow some, contact Claire Galkowski at 781-329-8318 or email@example.com. Borrowers are responsible for pickup and drop-off.
Friends of the COA’s gift shop kiosk
KINGSTON – The Friends of the Council on Aging decided to open a gift shop in the Kingston Senior Center. The Friends built the kiosk that now houses a wide variety of new and slightly used items – from handmade necklaces and scarves made by sisters, Theresa and Anne Poirer, to kitchen and dining accessories, frames and a variety of “can’t-live-without” items.
Typically, items sell quickly, as customers are always checking for what's new and what’s on sale. And all the proceeds are used to maintain and expand COA services and programs. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Friends of the Council on Aging is a 501c nonprofit that works closely with the Kingston Council on Aging to enhance the lives of seniors in the town of Kingston.
Special education child search
KINGSTON - In accordance with federal and state regulation, the Silver Lake Regional School District/Superintendency Union No. 31 provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending not only public school but also private schools at private expense and whose parents reside in Halifax, Kingston or Plympton. Silver Lake Regional/Union No. 31 provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs and strives to identify all children in need of special education services. Silver Lake Regional/Union No. 31 will arrange for the screening and evaluation of children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in regular education because of disability. Disabilities are defined as an impairment in one or more of the following areas: autism; developmental delay, intellectual impairment, sensory impairment (hearing or vision), neurological impairment, emotional impairment, communication impairment; physical impairment; health impairment; or specific learning disability. Silver Lake Regional/Union No. 31 conducts scheduled screenings or evaluations for preschool children who will be turning 3 years of age. These evaluations are completed at the Integrated Preschool, housed at Kingston Elementary School. For further information regarding eligibility for evaluations, programs and/or services, contact the Special Education Office at 781-585-4382 to schedule a screening/evaluation. Silver Lake Regional School District/Superintendency Union No. 31 does not discriminate on the basis of age, handicap, sexual orientation, race, religion, creed, gender or national origin.
PACTV ‘Community News’
PLYMOUTH – PACTV “Community News,” on channels 13 (Comcast) and 43 (Verizon), features local news stories from Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston and Pembroke. The show is cablecast at 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Monday. To submit a story suggestion, call Kim Miot, PCN news director, at 508-830-6999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To watch previous episodes or to find out more about PCN, visit www.pactv.org/pcn.
PCN in Depth
PLYMOUTH – PCN In Depth is cablecast on the PACTV public access channel (Comcast 13 and Verizon 43) at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, at 1 and 11 p.m. Tuesdays, and at 7 p.m. Fridays. The show can also be seen on the PACTV website, www.pactv.org.
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Area Community Television’s classes are designed to help the residents of Duxbury, Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth to create television for the PACTV Public Access Channel (Comcast 13/Verizon 43). Students may choose from a variety of classes including Introduction Field Camcorder, Adobe Premier Pro Editing Series and Studio Production Series. Classes are available to PACTV members. For more information about PACTV membership or the class schedule, visit www.pactv.org/learn or email Carol McGilvray, membership coordinator, at email@example.com. PACTV is a nonprofit organization serving the communities of Duxbury, Kingston, Pembroke and Plymouth. Call PACTV at 508-830-6999 or visit www.pactv.org for more information.
PLYMOUTH – South Shore Community Action Council Inc. (SSCAC) is scheduling appointments to help low income and working South Shore residents apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. If you currently receive SNAP benefits, SSCAC can help you recertify your eligibility. The highly trained and compassionate staff will help you submit your SNAP application and documents. Don’t go without, reach out.
SNAP Eligibility Guidelines include the following. Households with children under 19 and pregnant women living alone must have a total gross income below 200 percent of the poverty level. Adult-only households (age 19-59) must have a total gross income below 130 percent of the poverty level. Households made up of all elders (age 60+) or disabled individuals have no gross income limit, but are subject to an asset test. Since 1965, South Shore Community Action Council has provided a range of critical services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore of Massachusetts. SSCAC works to eliminate poverty along the South Shore by providing low-income people with opportunities and supports for education, training, and work. For more information about SNAP or to schedule an appointment, call 508-747-7575, ext. 6239. The SSCAC office is located ob Obery Strreet in Plymouth.
Rep. Calter’s office hours
KINGSTON – State Rep. Tom Calter, D-Kingston, holds monthly office hours for residents of the six towns he represents. To schedule an appointment outside of office hours or for more information email Thomas.Calter@mahouse.gov or call 508-732-0033. He holds office hours at the Kingston Council on Aging, at 30 Evergreen St., the first Friday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Pet food drive
KINGSTON – Kingston Animal Hospital is hosting an ongoing pet food drive for the local food pantry. Donations are needed for both cat and dog foods. Canned and dry foods will be accepted, but not perishable items. Donations can be dropped off during hospital hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, at Kingston Animal Hospital, 192 Main St., Kingston.
KINGSTON – From 2 to 6 p.m. each weekday, educational programming is cablecast on the PACTV Kingston Government Channel. To see the complete PACTV programming schedule, visit www.pactv.org.
KINGSTON – South Shore Community Action Council’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program holds free toddler playgroups for parents and toddlers from Hingham, Cohasset, Norwell, Scituate, Hanover, Pembroke, Kingston, Halifax, Plympton and Carver. Playgroups are held in two locations – Fridays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Scituate and Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Kennedy Donovan Center in Kingston. The toddler playgroups are for children 15 month to 4 years old and provide a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for children to develop sensory, language, social and early literacy skills. Contact Carla Steen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-747-7575, ext.6247, to register or request additional information.
South Shore Business Roundtable
PEMBROKE – The South Shore Business Roundtable is a business networking group that promotes member businesses through the generation and exchange of leads, sharing of ideas, networking, and other related activities. Membership is exclusive to a unique business category. The objective of this diverse association of local business owners and professionals is to create quality referrals for each member. The South Shore Business Roundtable usually meets from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every other week at the Pembroke Town Hall, 100 Center St., in Pembroke. For additional information and detail, call John Miller at 781-378-2164 or visit www.ssbrt.net. Guests are welcome.
Recycle your old clothes
KINGSTON – Take your old clothes, shoes and household linens to the Bay State Textile trailer next time you go to the Kingston Transfer Station. Bay State Textiles of Pembroke is partnering with the town of Kingston to reduce disposal costs and will pay the town $100 for every ton of outgrown sweaters, old painter pants, unwanted stuffed animals, and other household "soft-wear." Sheets, towels, coats, purses, belts, small toys - Bay State Textile wants it all, the good, the bad and the ugly. The items should be dry and reasonably clean. Put your castoffs in plastic bags so they stay dry during their journey to a second life as refurbished clothing and household linens, wiping cloths, insulation, carpet padding, etc.
PLYMOUTH – South Shore Community Action Council Inc. is working with the attorney general’s office to provide assistance to homeowners who have lost their homes to foreclosure. The HomeCorps Borrower Recovery Initiative helps with finding new housing, financial assistance for moving expenses and family stabilization resources. Stabilization resources include information and referrals to community-based support programs, financial and credit counseling, and follow-up support. Call South Shore Community Action Council at 508-747-7575, ext. 6257, to inquire about the program. Additional information is at www.sscac.org or at www.mass.gov/ago/homecorps. If you are facing foreclosure and have not yet lost your home, the HomeCorp Loan Modification Initiative may be able to help you. Contact the attorney general’s office at 617-573-5333.
Vital records online
KINGSTON – You can request through the town website certified copies of birth, death and marriage records. Birth certificate – available for an individual if their parents were married and residing in Kingston at the time of the child’s birth. If the parents of the child were not married at the time of the child’s birth, you cannot apply online. You must apply by mail and include a photo ID. Death certificate – available for an individual who died in Kingston or whose residence was listed as Kingston if they died in another city or town in Massachusetts. Marriage certificate – available only for an individual/couple who filed his/their Marriage Intention in Kingston. If you are unsure if the vital record is in Kingston, contact the town clerk’s office at 781-585-0502 before placing the order. The online price includes $1.50 for postage and handling. Visit kingstonmass.org and click on Pay Online.
CARVER – Doing some cleaning and not quite sure where to put all of the things in that unwanted pile? Donate those items to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth’s ReStore. Habitat’s ReStore, located on Route 58 in Carver, sells donated materials to contractors and the general public at a discounted price. The proceeds from the sale of all donated items go toward the construction of Habitat homes. No item is too small, as items currently in the ReStore range from windows to home decor to nuts and bolts. If you’re looking to take in some new items for remodeling projects, stop by the ReStore and save 50-90 percent off retail price on everything in the store. New merchandise comes in on a regular basis from retailers, contractors and individuals.
The ReStore is located at 72 N. Main St. in Carver; the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information about the ReStore and how to volunteer or donate, visit the website, www.hfhplymouth.org, or visit the Facebook page, Greater Plymouth Habitat & ReStore.
KINGSTON – South of Boston Quilts for Kids is looking for quilters to help make quilts for children in local hospitals and shelters. Quilts for Kids is a national organization with Kingston as the only Massachusetts chapter. All the fabric and batting to make the quilts is supplied, all you need to supply is some thread and your sewing machine. The group meets every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at Town & Country Estates in Kingston. For more information, email Maryann O’Neil at email@example.com or call 781-585-2370.
Veterans job search
PLYMOUTH – If you are unemployed and would like to obtain personalized Job Search assistance call Mike Kelley, your veterans representative, at 508-732-5309. Kelley is stationed at the Plymouth Career Center located at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 200, Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department has several community outreach Power Point programs available to community groups, neighborhood associations and civic organizations. These 45 minute presentations include: "Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, a Partner in Community Safety," an overview of the many facets of the department and it’s relationship with the towns in Plymouth County, "Avoid ID Theft," a program designed to assist citizens in keeping their identity to themselves, and "Plymouth County Corrections, Then and Now," an historical perspective of Plymouth County jails and local laws. For more information on these free programs or to invite a speaker, call Program Service Outreach Coordinator Liisa Budge-Johnson at 508-732-1852.