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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 CALENDAR JANUARY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Thursday January 9 CHESS GAMES – at the Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, every Thursday, 1-4 p.m. All welcome. Call Vic Blank at 401-263- 3888 for information. CUMBERLAND LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOKSTORE – offers used books, sorted and categorized, for sale. Books are $1 or less. Book donations are also accepted. 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Call Nancy at 401-334-3268 with questions. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANTIQUE APPRAISAL NIGHT – at Linden Place Mansion, 500 Hope St., Bristol. Auctioneers Bruneau & Co. will appraise antiques appraised and offer information about histori- cal items, art, antiques, ephemera and more. Tickets are $10, or $5 for Linden Place members. Reservations are required as space is limited. Visit www.lindenplace.org/events . 7 p.m. Friday January 10 BINGO – offered at The Forand Manor, 30 Washington St., Central Falls, every Wednesday and Friday nights. Kitchen opens at 3:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 5 p.m. OWL PROWL – at Fort Refuge Audubon Fort Wildlife Refuge, 1443 Providence Pike, North Smithfield. Head out with Audubon on a winter night to search for owls. An Audubon naturalist will call for different spe- cies as you walk through the forest. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or icy trails. Advance registration required. For ages 9 and up. Fee: $10/member; $14/non-member. Ages: 9 and up. Register through the events calendar at ww.awsri.org. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "HAVE GOAT, WILL TRAVEL & OTHER STRANGE SHORTS" – presented by the newly-formed Homebrewed Theatre Company of Cumberland at he Stone-E-Lea Golf Course Clubhouse, 1411 County St., Attleboro, Mass. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at home- brewedtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. LOUIE LIKES IT HOT FEATURING JACK BABINEAU – performs in the Marquee Room of the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. Tickets are $26. Visit www.stadiumtheatre.com . 8 p.m. Saturday January 11 CUMBERLAND LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOKSTORE – Friends Bookstore at the Cumberland Public Library offers used books, sorted and categorized, for sale. Books are $1 or less. Book donations are also accepted. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. Call Nancy at 401-334-3268 with questions. WINTER FARMERS MARKET – at Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main St, Pawtucket. Features over 80 vendors selling their locally-grown products, featuring an extensive variety of local farmers, fishers, and food producers. Visit www.farmfresh.org . 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SATURDAY BRUNCH BUNCH TOASTMASTERS – club will hold its next meeting at the Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center, 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The public is welcome to come and see how Toastmasters can help develop public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, e-mail sbbtm31@ gmail.com or call 508-293-1488. 9:15 a.m. CHRIST CHURCH THRIFT SHOP – Open Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Departments include furniture, decorative accessories, small appliances, domestics, house- hold items, seasonal clothing, boots, shoes, toys and holiday decorations. New items arrive weekly. 1643 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln. Call 401-725- 1920. KNITTING WEEKEND AND FIBER MARKET – at Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Features 30 fiber vendors located on two floors of the historic factory. Admission is free both days, and free parking is available in the lot next to the mill on Slater Avenue, or in the municipal lot across from the mill on Roosevelt Avenue. Visit www.face- book.com/slater.mill , email info@ slatermill.org, or call 401-725-8638, ext. 108. KIDLEIDOSCOPE STORY TIME – at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak St., Uxbridge, Mass. Meet in the River Bend Farm Visitor Center for a nature themed story time, followed by a short nature walk and a craft activity. Appropriate for ages 3-6, siblings are welcome, children must be accompa- nied by an adult. Call 508-278-7604 for more information. 11 a.m. OCEAN STATE ORCHID SOCIETY – meets at Rocky Hill Grange, 1340 South County Trail, East Greenwich. Established member Jeff Bookbinder will show meeting participants a review of his trip to Ecuador. Additionally, he will detail informa- tion regarding greenhouse growing as well as orchids in their natural habitats. 1 p.m. ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS FOR FAMILIES – at Audubon Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield. Learn how to identify different tracks and other signs of our native mammals and birds and more. Make plaster tracks to take home. End the pro- gram with a walk on the trails to see what evidence can be found of wild things. For ages 5 and up. Fee: $12 member adult/child pair; $6 each additional member; $16 non-member adult/child pair; $8 each additional non-member. Register online through the events calendar at www.asri.org . 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. "HAVE GOAT, WILL TRAVEL & OTHER STRANGE SHORTS" – presented by the newly-formed Homebrewed Theatre Company of Cumberland at he Stone-E-Lea Golf Course Clubhouse, 1411 County St., Attleboro, Mass. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at home- brewedtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. FELLSWATER – will perform at Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland. Admission is $16 in advance / $20 on the day of the show. For reservations, call 401-725- 9272 or visit www.riverfolk.org for information. 8 p.m. 1964 THE TRIBUTE – The Beatles tribute show will be presented at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. Tickets are $26, $31 and $36. Call the box office at 401-762-4545 or visit www.stadi- umtheatre.com . 8 p.m. NO STATIC – A Steely Dan tribute band will perform at The Black Box. 15 West Central St., Franklin, Mass. For tickets, visit www.theblackbox- online.com . 8 p.m. Sunday January 12 LINCOLN JOHNNY LIGHTNING RACE CLUB – Race Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Johnny Lightning cars at the MacColl YMCA Program Center, 26 Breakneck Hill Road, belligerent defiance and tantrums in children older than 3), they alter their ter- minology every few years. So, for example, what is now "mindfulness" par- enting was called "demo- cratic" parenting in 1970, and what defined a brat in 1970 now defines a dis- order that calls for brain- altering medication. Clarke-Fields claims that "many researchers" (meaning any number greater than three) have discovered that punish- ment for misbehavior causes children to (a) har- bor long-term resentment toward their parents, thus damaging the parent-child relationship, (b) develop all sorts of psychological prob- lems (this is especially true, according to the "experts" HCF consulted, concern- ing spanking and being yelled at), (c) become self- centered and lack empathy for others, and (d) lack an "inner moral compass." Yikes! I ask the reader: Can it get any worse? Clarke-Fields does what psychologists and other mental health profession- als have been doing for 50-plus years: She invents psychological boogeymen, cutting them from whole cloth, which she then inflicts upon the unfortu- nate parents who read her mindful babble. Are there people with doctorates in psychology who teach at prestigious universities like Yale who actually believe that pun- ishment for misbehavior will wreak unholy havoc on a child's mental health, dooming him to life in a refrigerator box under an overpass or in solitary con- finement? Yes, Virginia, there are. Do the doctors in question qualify as "researchers"? Not unless anyone with a Ph.D. and an opinion is a researcher. Let me assure the reader that the research in ques- tion is about as shoddy and non-objective as shoddy and non-objective gets. But lest I stand accused of simply having an opin- ion, over the course of the last 40-plus years as a "parenting expert," I've privately asked hundreds of adults two questions: As a child, were you punished when you misbehaved? and, Do you believe that as a direct consequence of said punishment you suffer some mental or emotional problem? I've yet to find a person who was not punished for misbehav- ing. Nor have I found someone who reports that being punished caused psychological harm. "I sometimes thought it was unfair" is about as bad as it gets. Mind you, I disqualify anyone who reports having been repeatedly abused as a child, but they are rela- tively few. Lest I be accused of hypocrisy, I freely admit that my poll does not qualify as science; none- theless, the consistency of its results is a slam-dunk to the disingenuous notion that punishing a child for misbehavior is equivalent to abusing the child. The mental health pro- fessions have embraced the postmodern notion that with enough of the right sort of social engineering, it will be possible for the engineers (themselves, mostly) to create utopia. The logical place to begin the engineering in ques- tion, should it ever come about, is with how children are raised. Expanding the definition of child abuse to include what is currently regarded as necessary to a child's best interests would be a shrewd strategy, indeed. If you think this is just a war of opinions of whether to punish or not to punish, think again. There's a lot at stake here. Family psychologist John Rosemond: johnrosemond.com, parentguru.com . PARENTING From Page One Herman's Hermits, starring PETER NOONE, will perform on Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket. Admission is $46, $56, $69. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401- 762-4545 and online at www. stadiumtheatre.com . Continues on next page

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