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September 15th, 2014 · No Comments



In commemoration of a year-long birthday celebration, students and faculty gathered to take an all-school photo to begin the school’s 60th year of providing catholic education to the area. The seventh graders formed the “6″ and the 8th graders formed the “O”. All students and faculty received a special t-shirt acknowledging the school’s anniversary.

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Ten Mile River Watershed Council Is Looking For Greenway Stewards

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Ten Mile River Watershed Council is looking for Greenway Stewards to help with litter control along the Ten Mile River Greenway in Pawtucket and East Providence. Stewards will adopt a section of Greenway and walk it once a week picking up litter and checking on the condition of the woods.

We will begin this new program with a cleanup at Kimberly Rock Field in East Providence on October 18, begining at 10:00 am. We will clean along the Greenway and Central Pond.

Following the cleanup, we will select volunteer Greenway Stewards and enjoy a picnic provided by the Watershed Council. Please join us in making a difference in the community. For more information, visit

or email

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Inside Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

 Suggested events for the weekend of  September 27-28, 2014


 Experience the diversity of Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley throughout the September 27-28 weekend with some of the more lively aspects of this close to home destination in Southern New England.

During the weekend see early autumn events that explore recreation, past community legacies, and topping off a major celebration of arts and entertainment.

 The Valley’s own “Amazing Race”

 With reality TV athletic and race competitions all the rage, you don’t have to audition to compete locally with a lively running, bicycling and paddling event happening here in the Blackstone River Valley!

Saturday, September 27, participate in the annual Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge, with a course spanning the entire Blackstone River Valley from Central MA to Northern RI.

 The Greenway challenge offers a unique opportunity to experience recreation and nature along the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, through supporting environmental awareness and nature education programs. It has become one of New England’s premier contests.

Each year a different course is routed showcasing diverse aspects of the region’s history, culture, leisure and nature. This year’s 60 mile race course starts at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, MA and ending at Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville, RI.

 To sign up, for more details and schedule updates contact 401-762-0250 or go to

 Meanwhile, for those who prefer a more casual bicycling exploration, Saturday, September 27, 9 am – 1 pm, participate in the Blackstone River Valley Leisure Bicycle Tour, offered by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC).

 The tour leaves and returns to the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI. Participants ride at a casual pace and stop often to discover locations, sites and destinations important to the history and culture of the region.

 For more details and to pre-register for the leisurely bicycle tour, call BVTC at 401-724-2200 or visit the web at

Valley life and culture

 Heritage and ethnicity are highlighted through several happenings over the weekend.

Visit one of the most spectacular sites in the Northeast US, located in Woonsocket, RI, noted for its breathtaking interior murals.

 Enjoy Breakfast With the Saints, Sunday, September 28, 8 am-12 noon, at St Ann’s Arts & Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street.

This century old former Roman Catholic Church is the home of the largest collections of Frescos in North America. To reserve your space for this elegant breakfast go to

Saturday, September 27, 11 am -4 pm, step back in time to see images of history, as the Blackstone Valley Historical Society presents an exhibit of photos on loan from the State of Rhode Island Public Archives.

 The exhibit is at the historic North Gate Toll House, 1873 Louisquisset Pike (Route 246) Lincoln, RI. Photos feature varied subjects and businesses from the Blackstone Valley from the 1940’s, including some from the early 1900’s.

 Also, North Gate will be one of the sites participating in a special Lincoln Legacy Loop, a FREE day of historic homes and sites that will be open townwide on September 27, 11 am – 5 pm.

Take tours, explore the area, and discover how local residents and visitors traveled about from the seventeenth century to today.  Organizations participating in the event include: Blackstone Valley Historical Society; Historic New England’s 1693 Arnold House; 1835 Captain Wilbur Kelly House, the Town of Lincoln’s 1694 Valentine Whitman Jr. House, 1810 Hearthside House, 1812 Moffett Mill, Chase Farm Park and the new site of the Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse (1867 and 1850), 1870 Hannaway Blacksmith Shop; 1703 Saylesville Meeting House; and the 1740 Israel Arnold House which is privately owned and currently for sale by the owners, but will be open to the public on this special day.

Visitors are invited to board any one of three shuttle buses which will depart on three different loops of the sites and start at the Town of Lincoln’s Gateway Park parking lot, the Chase Farm Park parking lot, and the Blackstone Valley Historical Society.  Step-on guides will be featured on the buses to provide an overall history of Great Road along the way.    On-site or street parking available at each site with the exception of Moffett Mill and the Israel Arnold House.  There is no parking at the Moffett Mill and very limited access at the Israel Arnold House, so the best way to access these sites is to step on the shuttle which departs from Gateway Park parking lot.  * Some of the sites offer limited parking.  Some of the sites are also participants in the Smithsonian’s Museum Day.  Visit

Saturday afternoon, September 27, 2 – 3:30 pm, don’t miss a special Chinese Moon Festival Celebration at Tolman High School Auditorium, Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI

The Confucius Institute of the University of Rhode Island, Pawtucket Public Schools and Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans present this special appearance of Zhejiang University Performing Arts Troupe, as part of Asian Full Moon Celebration.

More details are available by calling 401-722-6433.

Natural wonders in our backyard

Saturday, September 27, at 11 am, the Audubon Society of RI offers a public Bird Feeding Program, at their Powder Mill Ledges headquarters site, at 12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI (immediately south of the junction of Routes 44 & 5)

If you are fascinated by your feathered backyard visitors and want to learn how to get started feeding the birds, this is the class for you. Types of feeders, seed and feeder placement will be discussed as well as tips and tricks for attracting the critters you want and deterring those you don’t. We will also talk about other factors, such as water and landscape plantings. Ages: Teens and up. Program fee: $14.

Final Festival weekend

The September 27-28 weekend is the wrap up to the popular 2014 Pawtucket Arts Festival, which celebrates the city’s creative and cultural community.

The final events for this year’s festival season will feature:

Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28

Pawtucket Film Festival, Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Theatre,

175 Main Street

Presentation of short films and features. Schedule at

 Saturday, September 27

Day for Kids at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club

1 Moeller Place (off School Street)

 Sunday, September 28

Pawtucket Photo Contest at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center Gallery

175 Main Street

See photography taken by amateurs and professionals of citywide locations.

Sunday, September 28, 12 noon -4 pm

Trad Arts at Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue

Kick off of fiber arts classes and public programs, includes spinning and weaving demonstrations.

 Get the latest festival updates by calling 401-724-5200 or at

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News from Festival Ballet Providence, September 15, 2014

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments


Collaboration is the word of the moment…and in the spirit of collaboration, this newsletter will feature a message from Cemal Ekin, the photographer who collaborated with dancer Vilia Putrius, to bring to fruition the event entitled, Collaborations

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Vilia Putrius, Brenna DiFrancesco and Cemal Ekin pose for Jim Turner following the photo shoot at Prescott Farm in Middletown, RI

“Performing arts has different phraseology, different emphases than visual arts. I have learned over the past several years how even a fraction of an inch in the foot position, or a finger tip position make a great deal of difference in ballet, if the vocabulary and syntax of the art are to be correct. In photography we have a somewhat different vocabulary. Whereas ballet is a three-dimensional art, photography is two-dimensional. Where ballet, like many other performing arts, is fleeting, photography is more permanent. So, it has been a great experience for me to work on a special project with the Festival Ballet Providence dancer Vilia Putrius and to photograph altogether 12 dancers over the course of more than one year. The first group of photographs were taken on June 12, 2013 and the last, on 7/31/2014. After 2,000+ photographs and almost that many hours of selecting, editing, and making them ready to print I am very pleased to present the Ballet Off Stage collection which will be unveiled on October 5, 2014 at the Festival Ballet Providence studios at 825 Hope Street in Providence.

Vilia and I shared a common interest of taking ballet off stage. Since I got involved with Festival Ballet Providence I wanted to photograph dancers in more “natural” settings. Vilia shared the same interest and we collaborated on this special project that allowed me once more to bring photography and ballet together. During the upcoming special event “Collaborations” you will see and experience the result of this collaboration. Our efforts took us to many corners of Rhode Island as well as many corners of some historic houses where their owners welcomed us into their homes as a backdrop for our project.

Save the date, October 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM for a special event where we will unveil the result of this over a year journey. You will get a chance to meet the members of this collaboration from the dancers to our gracious guests, from the main collaborators to our supportive friends, and see the fabulous ballet photographs that were brought to life by the fantastic dancers and the art of photography that makes these fleeting moments permanent.

In addition to meeting the collaborative team, you will also have the unique opportunity to witness these talented artists at work, by watching an open class and rehearsal by the FBP company dancers. The evening also features complimentary food from five acclaimed local restaurants, Aspire, B. Pinelli’s Simply Italian, Camille’s, Circe, Mill’s Tavern, as well as wine pairings courtesy of Rhode Island Distributing.

Tickets are $50 per person and the space is limited to 150. I will greatly appreciate your support of FBP by coming to the event and then bidding on the photographs that will help raise funds for the FBP. Entire proceeds of the sales of the exhibited photographs will benefit Festival Ballet Providence. You can book your tickets online before they sell out.” Cemal Ekin

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20th Anniversary AmeriCorps Service Summit

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments


Serve Rhode Island hosted a Service Summit on Friday, September 12, 2014 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the first AmeriCorps team swearing in of 20,000 members on the same date in 1994.

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Senator Jack Reed addressing Summit audience

 The Summit was held at CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick and was attended by over 150 AmeriCorps members, elected leaders and community civic leaders.  Senator Jack Reed welcomed all and spoke of the importance of AmeriCorps, national and community service and volunteerism.  A panel of five service experts and practitioners presented followed by a lively Town Hall meeting discussion of the future of volunteerism and service in Rhode Island.

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Carie Hertzberg, Ashley Greene, Rick Battistoni, Dioni Cruz & David Karoff

The five panelist presented their thoughts about the past, present and future of AmeriCorps.  You may listen to each of their presentations by clicking on the names below:

 Rick Battistoni - Professor of Public and Community Service Studies and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College; former member of Serve Rhode Island Board of Commissioners

 Dioni Cruz - 2nd Year AmeriCorps member with Ready To Learn Providence serving in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom at CCRI

 Ashley Greene - Program Director the College Advising Corps (AmeriCorps program), member of Serve Rhode Island Board of Commissioners and AmeriCorps alum

 Carie Hertzberg - Executive Director of Rhode Island Campus Compact, former member of Serve Rhode Island Board of Commissioners and AmeriCorps alum

David KaroffFirst Executive Director of Serve Rhode Island (RI Commission for National and Community Service); consultant and former Peace Corps member

This Summit kicks off Serve Rhode Island’s 20th Anniversary year as the state’s commission for national and community service.  Stay tune for upcoming events in 2014 and 2015!

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Ocean State Theatre

September 14th, 2014 · No Comments


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WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which will be opening its third season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick later this month, is happy to welcome NBC 10’s Barbara Morse Silva and local comedian Frank O’Donnell, who will join the company as guest auctioneers for their “Premiere” Fundraising Event, A Lover’ly Evening, onSaturday, September 20, 2014.


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“We are thrilled that Barbara Morse Silva and Frank O’Donnell are able to join us for the event his year,” said Amiee Turner, CEO of Ocean State Theatre Company. “NBC10 has been supporting us for many years and I’m so happy they will be represented at the event! And, of course Frank O’Donnell, who recently made his professional stage debut as Big Jule in our summer production of Guys and Dolls, has been involved with the company for years as well. We are honored to have been able to give a scholarship generously provided by The Keri Anne O’Donnell Memorial Fund, which was established to honor the memory of Frank’s daughter, to one of the Camp OSTC participants for the past several years.”

 The One-Night-Only Red Carpet Premiere Event, which will benefit the company’s Fund for Artistic Excellence, will feature food, drink, live and silent auctions, (including the chance to bid for a walk-on role in a future production), an exclusive sneak peek of Lerner and Loewe’s stunning Broadway classic, My Fair Lady, which will kick off the company’s 2014-15 season, and dessert and coffee with the cast.

“We are very grateful to the many companies and individuals who are assisting us with the planning,” said Susan Raleigh, OSTC’s Development Officer. “This year’s event promises to be a lot of fun – especially with Barbara Morse Silva and Frank O’Donnell in attendance. I understand they make a pretty amusing team!”

 The proceeds from A Lover’ly Evening will benefit Ocean State Theatre Company’s Fund for Artistic Excellence, which ensures that programming and casting choices are made based on the highest artistic standards, rather than being influenced by economic factors. Although OSTC prides itself in hiring approximately 60% of its performers and creative team from the greater Rhode Island area, the Fund for Artistic Excellence allows OSTC to combine the local talent with talent from across the country, which benefits the production quality, the local economy, and the local talent!

A Lover’ly Evening will take place at Ocean State Theatre on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI. Individual tickets are $125, patron sponsorships are available for $500, and reserved tables of 10 are available for $1000. All tickets include food, wine and beer, live and silent auctions, the sneak peek performance, and dessert and coffee. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturday from 12 noon – 4:00 pm online anytime at

and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800. For sponsorship information, please contact the development office at (401) 921-1777 x113.

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NFIB Endorses Senator Ross For Re-Election

September 14th, 2014 · No Comments

NFIB Endorses Senator Ross for Re-Election

Citing his steadfast support for job creation and improving the economy, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Massachusetts SAFE Trust PAC has endorsed Senator Richard Ross’s campaign for re-election.

In its endorsement letter, the NFIB thanked Ross for his “commitment to the needs of thousands of Main Street small businesses and their more than one million employees in Massachusetts.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.  Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business.

“I am grateful and honored for the support from NFIB this election cycle,” said Senator Ross. “Organizations like NFIB are critical to preserve a longstanding voice for small businesses and young entrepreneurs on Beacon Hill. I look forward to working together again to better serve my constituents and get our economy back where it needs to be.”

Over the course of his two terms in the Massachusetts Senate, Senator Ross has sponsored several initiatives aimed to create jobs and to maintain growth of independent businesses across the Commonwealth. One initiative would create an angel investment tax credit for anyone offering financial assistance to a small business for startup expenses, fostering incentive for prospective investors. Last session, Senator Ross, along with his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate, also proposed a comprehensive economic development package that contained a number of crucial reforms in the areas of education, regulation and energy.

“Having previously served on the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Jobs Creation Commission last session, I remain committed to making much needed reforms and to small business owners, who are the backbone of this economy,” said Senator Ross.

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Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch Is Coming

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments


United Methodist Church

15 Sanford Street at the Corner of North Main Street

Attleboro, MA 02703

  Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch

  Friday – September 26, 2014

 The next Lobster Roll or Lobster Mac & Cheese Lunch is coming up on Friday, September 26th. Get a 12oz container of Home-Made macaroni and cheese with chunks of lobster meat and a cracker crumb topping, a pickle, cookie and choice of soda or water. Or order the famous Lobster Roll filled with chunky lobster meat on a thin bed of lettuce (with or without mayo), chips, pickle, cookie, and beverage choice. Just call 508-222-1759, fax 508-222-2326, or email An order form with details is available on Centenary’s website at

 Complete, individually packaged, take-out lunches are only $9.50 and can be picked up at the best time for you on September 26th between 6:30am and 1pm. Pick up is at Centenary United Methodist Church, 15 Sanford Street, corner of North Main & Sanford Streets, across from the YMCA, in downtown Attleboro.

 Group orders can be delivered to businesses and professional offices. So why not take orders where you work and they’ll bring everyone’s Lobster Luncheon to you.

To be certain, order by noon, Tuesday, September 23rd. Some extras will be available for instant pick-up on Friday, September 26th. Find out why so many people are regulars at Centenary’s quarterly Lobster Luncheon.

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Slater Park Fall Festival Schedule Change For Pops

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

RI Philharmonic Pops Orchestra Moved to Sunday, Sept. 14

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 Pawtucket – Due to a forecast of a possibility of Saturday afternoon rain, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra has been rescheduled to Sunday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket.

The Slater Park Fall Festival, including artistic vendors, food trucks and restaurants, music and artistic programming, will still take place on Sept. 13, scheduled rain or shine.  

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September At Oak Knoll Attleboro

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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Tuesdays, September 16, 23, 30

10:00am- 11:30am

$30M / $40NM

Each week we’ll explore a different theme through story, a take home craft or activity and outdoor nature exploration. The session will include age appropriate hands-on activities for children, and when possible, an introduction to a live animal such as a turtle or tadpole. Each week’s story and activities will be geared to pre-reading readiness skills and will include elements that support fine and gross motor development.

Please register in advance online at

or by calling (508) 223-3060.

Wild Wednesday Walks

September 24, October 29, and November 19

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Children (5-12yrs) $4M / $6NM

Come watch the seasons change as you explore the woods of Oak Knoll.  Listen to the sounds, smell the crisp autumn air, and see how much can change in just a month’s time.

Please register in advance online at

or by calling (508) 223-3060.

Backyard Astronomy- Focus on Telescopes

Friday, September 26, 2014

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Adults $10M/ $12NM

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