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Natalie Baron Swift, who said her faith keeps her going, shows students the Scapular she always wears. “You just wear it and Mary does the rest,” she said.

Warren woman with ALS shares story of faith, love

Warren woman with ALS shares story of faith, love

PORTSMOUTH — Afterwards, Maura Hegarty admitted she had been nervous about asking such a sensitive question. Sitting in a wheelchair in front of her was Natalie Baron Swift, who in July 2011 was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Maura, an eighth-grader at St. Philomena School, worked up her nerve and stood

Eight-year-old Nicholas Maltais (center) plays Tiny Tim and several other parts in Trinity Repertory Co.'s production of "A Christmas Carol." He's being held by Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Scrooge. Photo by Mark Turek.

‘Tiny Tim’ introduces Tiverton boy to acting

TIVERTON — Before he got the acting bug, 8-year-old Nicholas Maltais of Tiverton was planning on becoming a software engineer. But now that he’s starring as Tiny Tim in Trinity Repertory Co.‘s annual holiday production of “A Christmas Carol,” he’s had to rethink his career plans. “Probably, I’m going to do both,” said Nicholas, a third-grade

Ava Park (left) with her new friend from Guatemala, Karissa Estrada, at St. Philomena School last week.

Portsmouth school gets taste of Guatemalan culture

PORTSMOUTH — Ask Ava Park what she likes most about her new friend from Guatemala, Karissa Estrada, and she doesn’t hesitate. “She always likes to try things that are new,” said Ava, a fifth-grader at St. Philomena School. “She didn’t know how to play checkers or ‘Sorry!’ or ‘Life’ or anything that I had, but I

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