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Think (and consult) before you gift

Many people consider gifting assets to children and grandchildren to reduce estate tax and protect assets from the cost of long term care.  Gifting assets is a significant decision because through the gift, you relinquish control of the assets. For this and other reasons, before you gift consider the following: •     Your Needs. Will


A trio of recent best sellers

“All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner Young wife and mother, Allison Weiss is taking a magazine quiz while waiting with her daughter in the pediatrician’s office. Its questions and her answers regarding use of prescription medications evoke an unsettling feeling. “Do you use  drugs such as Vicodin or Percocet? Do you sometimes use more than

This passenger pigeon was part of a Victorian-era collection of stuffed specimens that were donated to the Norman Bird Sanctuary not long after it was founded in 1949.

What wiped out the world’s most numerous bird?

Once described as ‘flocks so large they blocked the sun’ the last passenger pigeon died a century ago, this week Rhode Island founder Roger Williams summed up colonial attitudes towards passenger pigeons when he wrote that  “they are a delicate fowle, and because of their abundance, and the facility of killing them, they are and

Back-to-school tech safety tips

From tweens to teens, our kids are increasingly tech-savvy, and that means parents also need to be smart about the latest technology. This is particularly true as we approach the new school year when students may start to test new boundaries as they explore the internet, text with friends, and use social media. As we prepare to send

Ten-year-old Abby Lefebvre pours water next to a group of her friends at Barrington Beach.

Barrington Beach enjoying a banner year

Barrington Beach has enjoyed a banner year. Resident beach passes are “sold out” this year, with more than 1,600 sold. “Last year we had 1,400 passes available and we didn’t use them all,” said Michele Geremia, director of the Barrington Recreation Department which oversees the beach. “This year, we ordered 1,600, and they are gone. Residents can

Tri-tip, a cut that has long been popular with grillers on the west coast, is gaining traction in the east.

Barbecue 101

Did you even know there is such a thing as the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA)? Well there is, and it has tips, trends and recipes from barbecue and grilling pros from across the country to pass along. According to their president, Roy Slicker of Slick’s Que Co. in Bend, Oregon, “BBQ is enjoying a boom

Mind your mobile manners

We all rely on our smartphones to keep us connected with friends, family and the office. But while today’s technology makes life a lot more convenient, it also makes for some potential etiquette dilemmas. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month – a perfect time to ensure your habits don’t violate any “tech peeves.” Here

The East Providence High School band marches during a night performance at Disney World.

East Providence High School band plays Disney World

FLORIDA — “The Magic Kingdom and Disney Performing Arts are proud to present the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcon Marching Band from North Dighton, Massachusetts and the East Providence Townie Marching Band from East Providence, Rhode Island.” On June 27 and 28, the East Providence High School marching band performed alongside the Dighton-Rehoboth High School band in two