If you have never been to Colt State Park, you have no idea what you have been missing! Colt State Park is made up of 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives and is flanked by one of the most spectacular shorelines in Rhode Island! The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Colt State Park also happens to be set in one of the most charming, historic and picturesque towns in the area: Bristol, Rhode Island. The park is also open all year and offers visitors plenty of bicycle trails, manicured lawns
Pet friendly and open year round, the park is dotted with fruit trees, flowering bushes and manicured lawns. Colt State Park also offers a historical museum, miles of bicycle trails, horse back trails, saltwater fishing, lawns and 400 picnic benches 10 large playfields and even an open air chapel called "The Chapel-By-The-Sea". Best of all is the cost. It's FREE!! So don't delay and make the most of this beautiful weather by heading to Colt State Park located on Route 114 in beautiful Bristol, Rhode Island!
Mark and Linda are both 65 years old. Both recently retired. Both are in good but not great health. They own a home in Dartmouth worth $525,000 and a condo in Florida worth $250,000. Mark has IRA’s of $400,000. Neither is collecting Social Security yet. They have CDs of another $150,000.
They have 4 children, April, Sandra, Connor and Jake. All are grown. Three of the children are married with children of their own. One child is divorced. No child or grandchild is disabled.
Linda’s mother was in a nursing home prior to her death. She paid $9,000 a month until her savings ran out. Mark and Linda want to make sure that they don’t lose their savings to the nursing home.
Mark is a Vietnam Veteran. Mark and Linda aren’t sure that all the children’s marriages are stable and want to make sure any inheritance left to the children is protected from greedy spouses.
The first thing Mark and Linda need to take care of is their basic documents.
Durable Powers of Attorney - in which they each name a person to handle legal and financial affairs
Health Care Proxy - in which they each give a person authority to make medical decisions for them if they are unable to make medical decisions for themselves.
Living Will – provides guidance as to what kinds of medical decisions you want the agent to make
HIPAA Release – allows access to your medical records
Last Will and Testament – states where your property should go at your death.
Sometimes I am in the mood for ice cream but it's not the same coming out of the grocer's freezer. Besides, the less temptation in my freezer the better! So as the summer draws near, I love to take my kids (and myself) for ice cream as a reward. There is nothing better than a root beer float, or a frappe, or a cone of ice cream after a long day at the office! My kids love soft serve ice cream, especially a "twisted" which is two flavors twisted together. My daughter's personal favorite is orange sherbert and soft serve vanilla. It tastes just like a creamsicle! You don't have to fall off the diet wagon, either! Order a kiddie-cup size so you don't have to feel guilty or left out!
Here is a short list of local ice cream parlors in the area:
The Country Whip- 1173 Main Street, Acushnet, MA
Acushnet Creamery- 264 Main Street, Acushnet, MA
Gray's Ice Cream- 259 Thames Street, Bristol, RI
John George's Farm- 291 Slocum Road, Dartmouth
City View Snack Shack, 574 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA
Salvadore's "The Can"- 460 Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA
"The Bucket" at Apponganset Park- 77 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA
Dockside Ice Cream- 1 Bridge Street, Dartmouth MA
Brady's Ice Box, 12 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA
Emma Jean's, 115 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719
The Village Toy & Ice Cream Shop- 270 Huttleston Avenue (Rt 6), Fairhaven, MA
Oxford Creamery- 98 County Road, Mattapoisett, MA
Seaport Village Ice Cream Shoppe and Coffee, 32 County Road, Mattapoisett, MA
The Dairy Maid- 1517 Cove Road, New Bedford, MA
Clark's Point Creamery- 26 Brock Avenue, New Bedford, MA
Cafe Arpeggio, 800 Purchase Street, (Downtown) New Bedford, MA
Wicks & Licks, Hathaway Road, New Bedford, MA
Somerset Creamery- 1931 GAR Highway or 146 County Street, Somerset, MA
Lickety Splits- 719 State Road, Westport, MA
Handy Hill Creamery, 55 Highridge Road, Westport, MA
Of course most of these are seasonal but for year 'round ice cream there is always Friendly's, Stone Cold Creamery and if you don't mind the drive, Newport Creamery in Rhode Island!
Join the Coalition for Animals for their 15th Annual PET FEST and Walk for Animals on Sunday, May 18th at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford!This is their biggest fundraiser to help animals within our own community! Come have a great day with your dog and help them raise money for their newest program called “Pets Beside Vets”, in which the Coalition subsidize the adoption fee for a war veteran to adopt an animal from a local participating shelter!
Here are some of the day’s activities and entertainment:
Doggie Fashion Show presented by Go Fetch and The Daily Dog Blog
New England Reptile & Raptor Birds of Prey Show
New Bedford Police K-9 Demo
Dog Training Demos
Puppy Kissing Booth
Rainbow Bridge and Pet Memorial Board
FREE Face Painting, Rock Climbing Tower (weather permitting)
50+ Vendor Booths
Emceed by WBSM's radio celebrity, Capt. Jack Peterson
Music by Dave Antunes Sound Co.
Food and Vitamin Demos
Free Samples and Give-A-Ways
Walkers without dogs are welcome, too! For more details and to learn more about them you can click here for more information!!
I know the mere mention of "Parks & Recreation" makes you think of a sitcom but that is not what we are recommending. A great deal of cities and towns have such a department, and in my estimation, I think they are under-utilized by the public. The parks and recreation departments offer its' citizens a variety of things to do! Sometimes it is even free, like the summer concert series by the City of New Bedford. Even if they aren't free, they are priced dramatically cheaper than you would pay in the private sector, such as a summer day camps. And it's not just for summer. Plenty programs are geared for indoor activities for winter as well. For example, the Dartmouth Parks & Recreation Department offered a pottery class and a musical theater class for kids. So, whether it is for family fun such as a concert or an individual wanting to learn Tai Chi, please be sure to check out what your city or town offers. It's a great way to meet new people, get involved, but most of all to have some fun!!!
Please click on your town or city's name to see what the Park and Recreation Department can offer to you and your family!
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