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Community VNA Announces New Director Of Community Relations And Development

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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Robin L. Cabral

Attleboro, MA – Community VNA is pleased to announce that Robin L. Cabral, MA, CFRE has joined the organization as its new Director of Community Relations and Development.

The organization welcomes her leadership and expertise in overseeing the operations of the development and community relations department along with her enthusiasm and commitment towards the mission of the organization.

 Ms. Cabral has extensive development and marketing experience, most of which has been in the social service arena. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with close to twenty years of experience and millions of dollars raised. She has assisted non-profit organizations as a development professional overseeing all aspects of fund development from annual funds, to capital campaigns and donor communications. Her non-profit career includes positions of Director of Development and Marketing including as a Regional Director of Development for the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community and as Director of Development for Holy Cross Family Ministries, a worldwide organization.

 Ms. Cabral has served on numerous boards and committees of organizations including as past-president of her local Rotary Club and other professional associations including the Association for Fundraising Professionals in Rhode Island (AFP-RI).

Ms. Cabral states that she “looks forward to building a culture of philanthropy and engagement that will grow and strengthen the organization, allowing us to continue to deliver outstanding services to our all our patients in need.”

Robin has obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and her Masters of Arts in Philanthropy and Fund Development from Saint Mary’s of Minnesota. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adheres to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.

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White Christmas 2014?

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 16 December 2014 —

AccuWeather reports upon the millions of Christmas cards that hit store shelves each holiday season, many are strewn with images of a homey dwelling tucked under puffy mounds of white snow.


 While many dream of a similar white Christmas setting to fall during the winter celebrations, conditions do not always align to bring the picture-perfect snowy scene.

 This year’s conditions bring the highest chance of a white Christmas for those across the Midwest, the Ohio Valley, the Rockies and portions of New England, according to Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok.

  White Christmas Probability in Eastern US

 A weak storm will produce light snow in the central Appalachians, western Virginia, Kentucky as well as across interior Pennsylvania this weekend, but some of it will melt in the following days, according to Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

 The same weekend storm will produce higher snow totals in New England, upstate New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. With up to 3 inches expected to fall, the snow should stay on the ground through Christmas, setting up a wintry scene.

As the bustle of holiday travel begins early next week, a second storm will impact the East Coast. In major cities like New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, the storm will mostly be a rain event according to Anderson and the chances for a white Christmas remain low.

However, moving inland into areas like interior New England, the opposite will occur. The storm will bring snow over the days leading up to Christmas, and residents can look forward to a snowy setting for Christmas day. Following the storm, conditions will trend colder and the snowcover will stay put.

 White Christmas Probability in Midwest

 For the Midwest, a weekend storm will brush the area with snow but not enough to last into Christmas on its own. Into next week, a system roaming from the Pacific Northwest will lead to snowy conditions in major cities like Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, during the days leading up to Christmas. The moderate storm could leave anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow. This snowfall comes with lasting power as temperatures will keep the powder on the ground through Christmas Day.

White Christmas Probability in the West

 Other than in higher elevations, a weekend storm over the Rockies will bring nothing more than rain. However, as Christmas draws closer, fresh snow will fall over lower elevation areas in Wyoming and Montana making for a white Christmas.

 A storm beginning Christmas Eve will offer widespread snow across the central Rockies and bring a white Christmas to residents in cities like Salt Lake City and Denver, according to Anderson.

 Modest accumulations could also fall in northern Nevada, increasing the likelihood of a white Christmas.

 Around the West Coast, the Sierra will see the snow stick throughout Christmas, according to Anderson.

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RIPBS: Mavericks of Medicine

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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The Rhode Island Story Behind

24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine

Documentary Premieres on Rhode Island PBS on December 29

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND  – When you dial 911 from any phone, someone picks up your call, an ambulance soon arrives, and you are speedily transported to an emergency room. Once there, a team of specially-trained emergency medicine doctors and personnel with an enormous amount of resources at their fingertips care for you. No one asks if you can pay. No one refuses to treat you if you cannot.

A generation ago, it was completely different. There was no 911 system, there were no trained pre-hospital personnel, your “ambulance” may have been a hearse, and there may or may not have been any doctor at all in a bare basement room with leaky pipes at the hospital where you were taken.

24|7|365: The Evolution of Emergency Medicine chronicles the emergence of EMS and the specialty of Emergency Medicine, which became the 23rd recognized medical specialty only in 1979. The documentary premieres on Rhode Island PBS on Monday, December 29 at 9 p.m.

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Ahlers Designs – Big Sale

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Ahlers Designs – Big Sale

Saturday Dec. 20th, 9am- 1pm

 BIG BOGO SALE, buy 1 get 1 free

( only Ahlers Designs $10 items )

 Buying handmade gifts & artwork directly from artists is delightful and it supports the local economy.  Another wonderful reason to come down is The Winter Farmer’s Market organized by Farm Fresh RI . Our studio is located just down the hall, from The Bread Lab, 999 Main Street entrance, Studio 707, Pawtucket RI 02860.

This week we have artists including The Utopian Collection - handmade bags, giraffesandrobots – art that makes you smile, David Katz Photography, Lotus Life Designs – tee shirts with a positive message, Iamtragift collection and last but not least the Ahlers Designs gift collection and jewelry.  More info on Facebook or call 401-365-1010.

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Family Movie Night

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Pawtucket Library
13 Summer Street
Wednesday, January 7, 2014
Campbell Auditorium

An animated Disney movie about planes fighting forest fires will be shown for this month’s Family Movie Night at the Pawtucket Public Library on Wednesday, January 7th at 6:00pm.

Adventure flies higher than ever before in this sequel that finds championship air-racer Dusty Crophopper beginning an exciting new career fighting forest fires. The 2014 PG-rated movie will be shown in the library’s Campbell Auditorium.

Families are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks. Children 10 and older may attend without a caregiver.

The program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call 401-725-3714, ext. 209, or e-mail

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December 16th, 2014 · No Comments


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Students and Johnny the Eagle mascot from Saint John the Evangelist School in Attleboro, along with Fr. Riley Williams, parochial vicar, recently marched in the Attleboro Holiday Happenings Parade. Dressed as a living nativity, students enjoyed passing out candy canes along the one mile route.

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Kevin Michienzi Graduates From Coastal Carolina University

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Kevin Michienzi graduates from Coastal Carolina University

CONWAY 28528, SC — Kevin Michienzi, of Attleboro, MA, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Coastal Carolina University during commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the HTC Center.

A total of 455 students marched in the University’s fall commencement ceremony, the largest group to participate in December graduation. Approximately 590 total candidates were eligible to receive degrees.

Commencement speaker Edgar L. Dyer, longtime CCU professor and administrator, spoke about the importance of universal public education in the advancement of free and civil societies.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, near the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 67 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs in accountancy, business administration, education, marine and wetland studies, and writing. The University began offering its first Ph.D. program, in marine science, in fall 2014.

More than 9,900 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 180 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

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Governor-Elect Raimondo To Nominate Stefan Pryor

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

 Stefan Pryor State’s First Commerce Secretary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor-elect Gina Raimondo today announced that she will nominate Stefan Pryor to the newly-created post of Secretary of Commerce.  Raimondo will submit Pryor for consideration to the Rhode Island Senate for confirmation.

“Stefan Pryor has the depth of experience and the drive to help me lead Rhode Island’s comeback,” Raimondo said. “Stefan’s economic development successes in Newark and in Lower Manhattan are a testament to his ability to lead the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island.  Our focus from day one will be on creating opportunities for everyone by making Rhode Island a place where companies want to invest and grow.”

As Rhode Island’s first Secretary of Commerce, Pryor will oversee activities related to commerce and economic development.

Pryor served as Deputy Mayor and Director of Economic and Housing Development for the City of Newark under Mayor Cory Booker from 2006-2011.

In that capacity he and his team recruited new commercial tenants to Newark including Panasonic North American headquarters, Manischewitz (world headquarters), Pitney Bowes,, Bartlett Dairy, and Standard Chartered Bank.  Pryor played a key role in orchestrating plans for Newark’s first new downtown hotel in 40 years and first new office tower in 20 years.

 Pryor was the President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC), which was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks to coordinate the economic revitalization of Lower Manhattan. Pryor served in a number of leadership capacities with LMDC before serving as President.  The LMDC coordinated the development of the master plan for the World Trade Center and the design for the September 11th memorial.  The agency also oversaw economic revitalization projects that have rejuvenated business, residential life, tourism and the arts in lower Manhattan.

Most recently, Pryor served as the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, overseeing the State Department of Education.  During Pryor’s tenure, Connecticut’s graduation rates increased each year and Connecticut achieved the highest score in reading among participating states on the 12th grade National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2013, which also showed a significant narrowing of the black-white achievement gap in reading.

 “I am looking forward to joining the Raimondo administration,” said Pryor. “Governor-elect Raimondo is focused on attracting and growing businesses in Rhode Island with the goal of making this state stronger for everyone.  I will work every day with that goal in mind and will aim to deliver results for Rhode Island.”

Pryor received his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.

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NEASC Commends Bishop Feehan For Comprehensive Plan

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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Administrators pose with students to celebrate Feehan’s NEASC accomplishments.  From left: senior Isabelle Hanewich, vice principal of academics Ann Perry, president Chris Servant, principal Sean Kane, vice principal of student life, and senior Madison Tager.

The New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) officially accepted Bishop Feehan High School’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, as submitted for the process of accreditation, as “comprehensive and reflective” and to be congratulated as “a job well done.”

In a letter to the school, the NEASC Director of the Commission, William Bennett also stated, “The outstanding implementation of the 1:1 technology initiative has created powerful momentum in the school’s learning community, especially in tapping into students’ interests and faculty’s professional development.”

“The NEASC announcement confirming the success of our 5 year accreditation benchmark is a testament to our entire school community and validates the success of our professional development and self improvement initiatives,” stated Feehan president Chris Servant. “This is just one of many things that set Feehan apart as a school of excellence.”

Bishop Feehan is currently working towards the final 2010 NEASC request to “fulfill its strategic goal of improving its athletic facilities by improving its locker rooms and fitness areas.” 

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Rhode Island Post Card Club

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Rhode Island Post Card Club December 28th Meeting

The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its Holiday meeting on Sunday December 28th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Knights of Columbus St. Anthony Council Hall, 1 Volturno Street in North Providence. The hall is easily accessible from Route 95 by taking the Branch Ave. exit and heading west. Turn right onto Charles St. and then left onto Volturno.

Post cards of all descriptions including town views, Christmas, New Year and other holiday greetings will be available. A Holiday potluck buffet will be enjoyed at noon. Guests and club members are requested to bring along their favorite holiday dish.

There is no admission charge.

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