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Blackstone Valley Tourism July 11 – 12

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Events for the Weekend of Thursday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2015


Experience interesting places, captivating local entertainment and brain power in action over the July 11-12 weekend throughout Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley, now Southern New England’s National Historical Park.

 This close to home summer season destination offers great opportunities to explore hidden heritage up close and personal, showcasing how early America evolved from Colonial homesteads to early farms and factories, leading up to the region’s role as the actual birthplace of our country’s manufacturing legacy.

 During the weekend see two important sites relevant to community history, along with taking in great local theatre and music performances. Plus, cheer on youth as they challenge their wits at chess.

Historic places & spaces

Sunday, July 12, 11 am-6 pm, the historic Hearthside House, located on the Great Road Historic District, Lincoln, RI, salutes the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

Celebrate the home’s connection to the event, as Hearthside House was used as the model for Rhode Island’s pavilion, which showcased the many magnificent design and products the state manufactured at the time.

Built in 1809, Hearthside House has been noted as one of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, and it is on the 

National Register of Historic Places

The unique 2 ½ story house is built of fieldstone,   which was rare in dwellings at that time. Its design includes a gable roof with impressive ogee curves above circular attic windows. There are 10 fireplaces in the 10-room home, hence the name “Hearthside.” Hearthside has become known as “The House That Love Built” because of the romantic history behind the building of this beautiful house by Stephen Hopkins Smith.

In addition, travel along the stretch of Great Road (Route 123) that offers a potpourri of early farms, homes and sites that were prominent from Colonial times to the early to mid 1800’s.

 For more details contact Hearthside House at 401-726-0597 or online at

 Also happening Sunday, July 12, 1-4 pm, the historic Smith Appleby House, 220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield, RI presents a family oriented “Rain Gutter Regatta”.

 Children and their families participate in learning how to build their own sailboat and race it with other event participants. Afterwards, guests can tour this historical 1696 built farmhouse and grounds, operated by the Smithfield Historical Society.

 The Smith-Appleby House began as a one-room stone-ender with a loft above, built by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” a member of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to start the colony of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1636.

The size of the house was doubled in 1730 when a two-room addition was brought to the site and attached to the original house. Other additions and modifications were made over the years to accommodate the family. The last addition was made in 1813 when a new modern kitchen with beehive oven was added, bringing the house to its present twelve rooms with varied designs and original stencils.

More information on this event is available by calling 401-231-7363 or online at

 Local stage and song

Rhode Island’s original performing arts troupe, The Community Players, based in Pawtucket, RI, present their rendition of the stage performance of the John Patrick Shanley written play Doubt.

 Shows are at the Jenks School Auditorium, located at Division Street & Columbus Avenue, across from McCoy Stadium.

 The play is set in 1964 Bronx, New York, and a charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald Miller, the school’s first black student, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences.

 The Community Players began in 1921 and are now starting their 94th season of live shows. Tickets and showtimes are available by calling the box office now at 401-726-6860 or at

 Also, in Downtown Pawtucket, the city kicks off its popular annual Sunday Evening Summer Concert Series, with all weekly performances starting at 6 pm, at Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheatre, at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI.

 These FREE public concerts present different bands each week ranging from swing, jazz, Latin, to rock and classics.

 Call the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Office at 401-728-0500 x 251 for the latest updates.

 Youth skills

For many, the board game of chess may be a pastime played for fun. But, chess can become an interactive learning experience as well.

 According to varied sources, chess was apparently developed around the 6th century in present day Middle Eastern nations, and was used for what would be known today as military strategy.

 According to, playing a game that requires thought and strategy like chess teaches young people five important skills that aren’t necessarily taught in a classroom: logic, attention to detail, discipline, explaining difficult concepts and collaboration.

 Saturday, July 11, attend the Central Falls Chess Tournament, presented at Burger King, 800 Lonsdale Avenue, Central Falls, RI.

 The tournament will feature children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 competing in several categories.

 Central Falls is currently the Rhode Island State Chess Champions in all categories.

 For more on the tournament call organizer at 401-359-1602 or go to

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Providence Children’s Museum

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

PROVIDENCE, RI – For a fourth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across Providence, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community.

The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August.  Families will build forts and creative contraptions, blow bubbles, and much more.

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on these dates:

Tuesday, July 7  •  Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)
Music by Sidy Maiga + band (West African drumming)

Wednesday, July 15  •  Brown Street Park (Brown and Creighton Streets)
Music by Roz and the Rice Cakes

Thursday, July 23  •  Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)
Music by Sally Rogers and the Last Time String Band

Thursday, August 6  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Thursday, August 13  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Tuesday, August 18 • Roger Williams Park (Broad Street entrance)
Performance by ECAS Theater

Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development.  In a 2007 clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “…play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”  Through spontaneous, freely chosen play, children develop confidence and learn problem solving, self-regulation, conflict resolution and other significant skills.  With increased emphasis on academics at school, more time in structured after-school and summer programs, parental concerns about safety, and more time in front of television and computer screens, many kids today lack time and space for free play – especially outdoors.

The Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families.  “The Museum is a strong advocate for the critical importance of open-ended, child-directed play,” said Interim Executive Director Megan Fischer.  “We are delighted to partner with Providence parks to bring creative play opportunities to kids and families in communities throughout the city.”

Children’s Museum activities at the parks are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s fourth consecutive recognition as a “Playful City,” and presented in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks and the city’s Departments of Parks + Recreation and Art, Culture + Tourism.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

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North Attleborough

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

 Artiste Art and Craft Studio, located at the Grace Church Annex, 104 North Washingtpn Street in downtown North Attleboro, is offering fun summer projects to keep those creative hands active! To kick off the summer for the kids, during the week of July 5-11 the studio is offering two free drop-in kids crafts which includes a 3-D butterfly and flower bookmark. 

C Artiste foiled butterfly

Hours for the free crafts are Tuesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 9 from 12 – 4:30, Wednesday, July 8 from 11 – 5 and Saturday, July 11 from  11 – 3.

 Artiste Studio also has great scheduled kids art and craft class projects through July and August! Classes begin July 14 and projects include fun crafts including Decoupaged Hanging Shapes, Pointillism Fish and Foiled Butterflies as well as Painting classes and more.

 The studio also continues to offer ongoing individual Drop-In Kids Projects during our open studio hours, so if you’re looking for some low-cost fun be sure to stop by and visit us!

 Artiste is also offering summer adult classes including Make A Scene Paint Night on Thursday, July 14 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cost is $35.00. Zentangle and Specialty Classes are also offered throughout the summer.


 for a full summer kids and adult class schedule. Artiste ongoing open studio hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-4:30, Wednesdays 11-5 and Saturdays 11-3.

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July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Lane Closure On 24 North In Tiverton Through Tuesday

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the temporary closure of the right lane on a segment of Route 24 North in Tiverton. The closure is necessary because an expansion joint needs to be repaired on the bridge that carries Route 24 North over Fish Road.

 Motorists may experience delays on Route 24 North during this restriction. RIDOT was alerted by Tiverton Police late this morning about broken pavement at a bridge joint.

 RIDOT’s Highway and Bridge Maintenance crews will begin repairs at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. At that time, all lanes of Route 24 North will be closed. Traffic will be diverted off the highway at the Fish Road exit, and then immediately back onto Route 24 after the bridge. Police officers will assist in the movement of traffic through this work zone. Route 24 South will not be affected.

 During the repair on Tuesday, travel delays are likely. Motorists should plan extra time for travel or seek an alternate route.

 All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Thank You Southworth Development

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Happy Fourth Of July

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July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – Bay View Academy proudly announces the hiring a new Athletic Director, Jennifer Wasson (Cumberland, RI), upon the retirement of Co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal (Cranston, RI) and Sue Reposa (Warwick, RI). Wasson is taking the helm of Bengal Athletics, bringing an incredible amount of sports management experience to the table. She comes to Bay View from Providence College, where she has served as Director of Women’s Basketball Administration for the past three years. 

A BAT Jennifer Wasson

Jen Wasson Cumberland, RI   Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes

At Providence College, Wasson successfully united her background in athletics, marketing, fundraising and management. Prior to PC, she served as Assistant Coach in Women’s Basketball at Troy University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where her team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and post-season Women’s National Invitation Tournament Elite 8. 

A BAY Helen Malone

 Helen Malone North Attleboro, MA: Photo Credit: Chestnut Hill Studio

Wasson holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Mobile, where she competed on the Women’s Basketball team and participated in two NAIA National Tournaments. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Physical Education from Western Kentucky University. Wasson is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), along with an Executive Member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

 Despite her records and achievements as a college-ball player and coach, the story she proudly tells as her claim to fame pertains to the Red Sox: she caught the two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.

 Wasson says she looks forward to tweeting #IamBayView from the sidelines of Bengal athletic events. Joining Wasson on the sidelines is Helen Malone (North Attleboro, MA), who will serve as the new Assistant Athletic Director. Malone has been at Bay View since 2009, serving as a Health and Physical Education teacher, as well as the Bengal’s Athletic Trainer.

In addition, Malone has led the Academy’s Paws for a Cause team each year in participation and fundraising for the Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope 5k. In the fall of 2014 the team was 149 members strong and raised nearly $7,500 to support breast cancer research. Malone has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Masters of Education in Health Promotion, both from Bridgewater State College. She is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

 Bay View President, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis (Hyde Park, MA), says, “We are extremely excited to welcome Jen and Helen into the Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director roles. We are certain they will build on Cindy and Sue’s important work of advancing women’s athletics within Rhode Island.” 

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Attleboro Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

On Wednesday July 8th, the Attleboro Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet from 10 AM – 12 Noon.

Hosted by Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro MA on the second Wednesday each month, This group is designed for caregivers and their loved ones.  

It is a program on achieving wellness after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. The group is free and open to the public. Although meetings are held in Attleboro, they are open to all communities. Questons? Call Gretchen Robinson, group leader at 508-226-2910.

You may also call Community VNA at 800-220-0110 or visit the agency website

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July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Hi Neighbor,


 With the Fourth of July holiday among us, most people are thinking about beaches, cookouts and fireworks. Whatever your plans are this weekend, please remember to get there safely. On average, about 150 people die over the holiday weekend nationwide in impaired-driving crashes. We can reverse this trend by taking simple steps such as designating a driver at the beginning of the night or calling a cab if you think you’ve had too much. Independence Day is a time to celebrate, and we hope that you all do so safely and responsibly.

 Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for the latest local transportation news.

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Special Olympics Rhode Island

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

2015 John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island


Join us for the 2015 John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island on Monday, August 3rd!   This is an annual fundraising event where all the proceeds benefit the 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities who participate in year-round sports training and athletic competition.  Your participation in this event will enable us to continue to provide over 1,600 sports training and competition opportunities in 25 different sports to our amazing athletes.

Event info:

Date:  Monday, August 3, 2015

Place: Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln, RI

Time:  11:30am – 1:00pm  Registration and Lunch

1:00pm – Shotgun Start

6:00pm – Dinner and Awards

The cost for the day is $200 per golfer which includes lunch, golf, dinner and gift.  If you would like to place a foursome in our tournament or play as a single, please contact Dennis DeJesus, Special Olympics Rhode Island CEO at (401) 349-4900 or email at

 You can also register for the tournament by completing the golf registration form that is attached to this email.

  Click here for golf registration form. 

Tee  & Cart Sponsors:

 As a friend of Special Olympics Rhode Island,  please consider sponsoring a tee or cart at the John Henderson Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Special Olympics RI on August 3rd.  The cost to be a tee sponsor is $125 and cart sponsor is $200.   If you are interested in becoming a tee or cart sponsor, please complete the attached sponsor form or contact Dennis DeJesus at (401) 349-4900 or via email at

Click here for form for tee and cart sponsors.

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News from Colgate University

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Former Bishop Feehan High School student graduates from Colgate University

HAMILTON, NY (07/02/2015)(readMedia)– Emily Corkum, a Biology major, from Attleboro, MA, 02703 is a member of the Colgate University Class of 2015.

Corkum is one of 732 students to graduate from Colgate on May 17, 2015, during the university’s 194th commencement.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American studies and the chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, delivered the keynote address.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

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