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Standing portrait of Melvin Simmons, in uniform, 1864

For Veterans’ Day: Melvin Simmons

Standing portrait of Melvin Simmons, in uniform, 1864

Naval Constructor Melvin Simmons, born in Kingston on April 19, 1806, served as Master Carpenter for the first steam (or screw) frigate the USS Merrimack. Launched in June 1855 from the Charlestown Navy Yard, she was christened by Simmons’ daughter Mary Elizabeth, then 23.

When Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the US Navy burned the Merrimack, then trapped in Norfolk, to prevent her capture. A month later, the Confederates raised the hull, re-built her as the iron-clad ram CSS Virginia, and in 1862, sent her into battle with the Union’s iron-clad, the USS Monitor in Hampton Roads.

Simmons also served at Philadelphia Naval Yard, and ultimately returned to Charlestown as Naval Constructor in the Construction Corps of the Bureau of Construction and Repair. Created in 1866, the Corps gave former civilian employees a formal rank in the US Navy.

Simmons’ son Frederick, then an unmarried clerk, was drafted into the Union Army in 1863. He served in the 35th Infantry, until his death on January 1, 1865 in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Melvin Simmons died in Charlestown on May 13, 1871, of apoplexy. He is buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery beside his wife Mary A. (Chase) Simmons, who lived in Kingston at the time of her death on May 10, 1890.

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KPL Foundation and Friends

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Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 4:46 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt

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Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt 

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Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 4:41 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in our first ever Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt!

Here are our winners…
🥇with 225 point, The Lightning Bolts
🥈with 215 points, The Kingston Corgis
🥉with 200 points, The Callahan Thinkers

Could you get one of the bonus point questions?

A team photo holding a picture of what is buried under Stop & Shop…

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Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in our first ever Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt! 

Here are our winners…
🥇with 225 point, The Lightning Bolts
🥈with 215 points, The Kingston Corgis
🥉with 200 points, The Callahan Thinkers

Could you get one of the bonus point questions?

A team photo holding a picture of what is buried under Stop & Shop…

Post your answer in the comments!
Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 2:57 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

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And the winner is…
Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 1:27 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

And they’re off!
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Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 1:06 pm
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Here’s our combined feed from Facebook pages of the Library and some of Kingston’s  departments. They’re listed individually here.

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Friday September 17th, 2021 - 8:53 am
Town of Kingston Veterans’ Services

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that's not associated with any particular war. Resolutions making it official were passed in 1979 by Congress and the president after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.
The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that America remembers and shows that it stands behind those who serve, and to make sure the Nation does everything it can to account for those who have never returned.
The remains of almost 81,600 Americans are still missing, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day
POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date thats not associated with any particular war. Resolutions making it official were passed in 1979 by Congress and the president after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.
The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that America remembers and shows that it stands behind those who serve, and to make sure the Nation does everything it can to account for those who have never returned.
The remains of almost 81,600 Americans are still missing, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
Friday September 17th, 2021 - 8:16 am
Kingston Council on Aging

If you would like to register for this Author Talk, go to:
www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=KPL&curName=2021/10/07_Author_Talk_-_Jesse_Singal
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Friday September 17th, 2021 - 7:41 am
Town of Kingston Veterans’ Services

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, September 17, 2021, the date of interment, in honor of First Lieutenant Thomas Redgate, US Army, Battery A, 48th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division (KIA, Korea, 1950) of Brighton, Massachusetts. Remains of 1LT Redgate, who was killed during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea, will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, in Bourne, MA on this day. ... See MoreSee Less

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, September 17, 2021, the date of interment, in honor of First Lieutenant Thomas Redgate, US Army, Battery A, 48th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division (KIA, Korea, 1950) of Brighton, Massachusetts.  Remains of 1LT Redgate, who was killed during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea, will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, in Bourne, MA on this day.
Thursday September 16th, 2021 - 8:15 am
Kingston Public Library

If you're looking for something to check out on Hoopla, maybe I can provide some inspiration. On my list are two movies (you can stream Hoopla with Roku), and audiobook (great for commutes), and an eBook.

However you decide to use Hoopla, it's free with your Kingston Public Library card. To get started, go to: www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/newsite/2020/04/10/hoopla/
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If youre looking for something to check out on Hoopla, maybe I can provide some inspiration. On my list are two movies (you can stream Hoopla with Roku), and audiobook (great for commutes), and an eBook.

However you decide to use Hoopla, its free with your Kingston Public Library card. To get started, go to: https://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/newsite/2020/04/10/hoopla/
Wednesday September 15th, 2021 - 2:50 pm
Kingston Public Library

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Here are two upcoming programs on Zoom presented by the Mansfield Public Library
Wednesday September 15th, 2021 - 11:02 am
Kingston Public Library

From the Town of Kingston Website-

Mask Mandate - effective September 20, 2021
At their September 13th meeting, the Board of Health voted to mandate wearing masks in all Kingston businesses, effective September 20th at 8:00 am. In addition, when people are outside and are not able to stay at least six feet apart, masks must be worn. The Board of Health will review the most recent COVID data at all their upcoming bi-monthly meetings to determine the need to continue to wear masks.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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Wednesday September 15th, 2021 - 8:15 am
Kingston Public Library

If you would like to register for this Author Talk, go to:
www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=KPL&curName=2021/10/07_Author_Talk_-_Jesse_Singal
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If you would like to register for this Author Talk, go to:
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Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 3:26 pm
Town of Kingston Veterans’ Services

Attention Kingston Veterans----applications for Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Abatements have been mailed by the Assessor's Department today. Watch your mailbox and return your application promptly. If you need assistance, give the Veterans office a call. ... See MoreSee Less

Attention Kingston Veterans----applications for Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Abatements have been mailed by the Assessors Department today. Watch your mailbox and return your application promptly. If you need assistance, give the Veterans office a call.
Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 11:50 am
Kingston Animal Shelter/Control

Lost Cat Newcombs Mill Rd. "Clyde". If spotted or found please call:
Donna Bean 781-588-23-4
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Lost Cat Newcombs Mill Rd. Clyde. If spotted or found please call:
Donna Bean 781-588-23-4

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Not safe these days to allow your cat to roam around. SHARED. 🐾

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 9:55 am
Kingston Animal Shelter/Control

Lost Cat Rocky Nook, please contact Julie Brewer if sighted or found.
774-222-7737
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Lost Cat Rocky Nook, please contact Julie Brewer if sighted or found. 
774-222-7737

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Harbor walk is not far from the nook

Kingston, MA - Lost & Found Pets

Jenn Salas is this the cat you saw

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Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 9:53 am
Kingston Council on Aging

Thanks to our friends at PACTV (Plymouth Area Community Television) for producing this short story on our upcoming Shake Your Soul class for the Local Seen!
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Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 9:35 am
Kingston Council on Aging

The next Author Talk in conjunction with Kingston Public Library features Jeff Benedict and his best selling book "The Dynasty" - a look into New England Patriots organization. Register today by calling the COA, or the library. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday September 14th, 2021 - 8:34 am
Kingston Public Library

A to Z Food America is like a cookbook, thousands of pages long, that you can access anytime that you want on your computer. Not only is it like a very big cookbook but it also has videos demonstrating some of the steps in the instructions. It's free with your Kingston Public Library card. To see it for yourself, go to:

www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/newsite/2020/04/06/a-to-z-food-america/
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A to Z Food America is like a cookbook, thousands of pages long, that you can access anytime that you want on your computer. Not only is it like a very big cookbook but it also has videos demonstrating some of the steps in the instructions. Its free with your Kingston Public Library card. To see it for yourself, go to:

https://www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org/newsite/2020/04/06/a-to-z-food-america/
Monday September 13th, 2021 - 3:39 pm
Kingston Animal Shelter/Control

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Yes she is looking for her forever home, available for adoption.

Is this kitty missing?

Is she looking for a home or is she looking for her family meaning was she picked up as a stray? 💜

What a beautiful baby ❤

Such a pretty girl! ❤️

💓🐾🐾🐾

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Sunday September 12th, 2021 - 7:26 am
Town of Kingston Veterans’ Services

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset at all state buildings beginning Sunday, September 12, 2021 through Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the day of interment, in honor of Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo USMC, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, who passed away on August 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Funeral Services for USMC Sergeant Pichardo will take place at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, MA.
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Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset at all state buildings beginning Sunday, September 12, 2021 through Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the day of interment, in honor of Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo USMC, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, who passed away on August 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Funeral Services for USMC Sergeant Pichardo will take place at Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, MA.
Saturday September 11th, 2021 - 5:46 am
Town of Kingston Veterans’ Services

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, in accordance with United States Public Law 107-89, has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in observance of Patriot Day, “in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed.” The United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset. ... See MoreSee Less

Please be advised that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, in accordance with United States Public Law 107-89, has ordered that the United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings on Saturday, September 11, 2021 in observance of Patriot Day, “in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars that followed.”  The United States of America flag and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset.
Friday September 10th, 2021 - 10:25 am
Kingston Council on Aging

This month's Senior Safety Tip (SST) is about what you need to know and do to properly respond to a fire in your home. Planning an escape from fire is essential. The plan needs to consider:
✔️ Two ways out
✔️ Stay low in smoke
✔️ Close doors behind you
✔️ Get out
✔️ Notify the Fire Department
✔️ Stay out and be available for first responders

This video from the National Fire Protection Association provides great information and tips for planning your escape, and reminds us that every second counts.
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Wednesday September 8th, 2021 - 8:51 am
Kingston Council on Aging

This Saturday marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. A memorial service will be held at the Pembroke Street Fire Station, and all are invited to join.Please join Kingston Fire and Kingston Police for a memorial service in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 this Saturday 9/11/21 at 8:30am at the Pembroke Street Fire Station (105 Pembroke Street). ... See MoreSee Less

This Saturday marks the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.  A memorial service will be held at the Pembroke Street Fire Station, and all are invited to join.

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Thank you for remembering!

Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 4:46 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt

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Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt 

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Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 4:41 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in our first ever Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt!

Here are our winners…
🥇with 225 point, The Lightning Bolts
🥈with 215 points, The Kingston Corgis
🥉with 200 points, The Callahan Thinkers

Could you get one of the bonus point questions?

A team photo holding a picture of what is buried under Stop & Shop…

Post your answer in the comments!
... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in our first ever Capture Kingston Scavenger Hunt! 

Here are our winners…
🥇with 225 point, The Lightning Bolts
🥈with 215 points, The Kingston Corgis
🥉with 200 points, The Callahan Thinkers

Could you get one of the bonus point questions?

A team photo holding a picture of what is buried under Stop & Shop…

Post your answer in the comments!
Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 2:57 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

And the winner is… ... See MoreSee Less

And the winner is…
Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 1:27 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

And they’re off!
#capturekingston
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And they’re off! 
#capturekingston
Sunday August 29th, 2021 - 1:06 pm
Kingston Public Library Foundation

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Thursday August 26th, 2021 - 9:59 am
Kingston Community Fun

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Tuesday July 27th, 2021 - 9:35 am
Kingston Community Fun

This Tuesday 7/27 ~ Join myself, Jack Donoghue and Kenny Isaacs at Gray's Beach Park for an Oceanside family friendly concert from 6:30-8PM. It’s going to be a beautiful, warm day. Bring your blankets, chairs, coolers and come hang for an evening of great music and a beautiful ocean view! ... See MoreSee Less

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