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An Artful Summer

July 1st, 2015 · No Comments



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We hope to see you this summer! 


Alix & Elaine 

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July 1st, 2015 · No Comments


Attleboro, MA: What could be better on a sultry summer evening than to take a relaxing walk? Why not make it a walk through the zoo? On this 5th year of this event we are excited to expand it to ZOO MOON and FOOD FEST, happening July 22 from 6-9 PM at Capron Park Zoo (rain date: 7/29/15).

 This year marks the return of FOOD TRUCKS and FOOD VENDORS to the zoo! You can purchase a delicious meal from GottaQ BBQ, The Salad Man and Juice Bar, Paco’s Taco’s, O’Crepe Rolling Creperie, Like No Udder Desserts. Enjoy pizza from Papa Ginos’s, a cinnamon roll from Smackadoodles, a melon slush form Melonhead or a luscious cannolli from Joni’s Cannollis. Afterwards, stroll around and see animals on exhibit, cool off on the splash pad, enjoy the musical talents of TOM BURGESS and of course, check out the products and services being offered by local crafters and businesses. With a choice of products from over 80 different local crafters and small businesses, you are sure to be able to find a gift for that someone special. Some businesses include: Happy Snowman Alpaca Farm, My Magical Henna Body Art, Hummingbird Aromatics and more. For a list of featured businesses, please visit the zoo’s website:

 The cost of the event is $6/adult (age 13+), $4/child (age 3-12), 2 and under are free – Capron Park Zoo Members enjoy a $1 discount!

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Paw-Sox Patriotic Fireworks Spectaculars

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On Thursday, July 2, the PawSox will host the Scranton WB RailRiders in a special 6:15 pm start at McCoy. After the game, fans will be treated to a spectacular Fireworks Show. Come spend the night at McCoy and see Pawtucket play the RailRiders on Thursday, July 2 at 6:15 pm followed by fireworks. Presented by Dave’s Marketplace and NBC 10|More Info

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On Friday, July 3, the PawSox will host the Scranton WB RailRiders in a special 6:15pm start at McCoy. After the game, fans will be treated to a spectacular Fireworks Show. Come spend the night at McCoy and see Pawtucket play the RailRiders on Firday, July 3 at 6:15 pm followed by fireworks. Presented by the Pawtucket Fireworks Committee and NBC 10

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JULY 1, 2015

BOSTON — In response to Governor Charlie Baker’s suggestion about an advisory referendum earlier in 2016, Evan Falchuk, Chairman of Citizens for a Say, stated that no matter what his group was proceeding with a statewide, binding ballot question in November 2016.

“We have the volunteers to do this ballot question.  The people deserve a real, binding vote on the issue not an advisory opinion,” said Falchuk.  “I am greatly concerned that this suggestion is a political gimmick by the Governor.  We hope that he will reconsider his position.  The voters deserve better than more political intrigue.”

“We are full steam ahead with a true ballot question,” said Falchuk.  “If I were to guess, I believe the reason they’re floating this idea is because they are afraid they will lose in November 2016.”

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Independence Day: No Time To Forget Hungry Vets

July 1st, 2015 · No Comments

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SNAP coordinator Beth Zambia talks with a veteran at the Soldier On shelter in Leeds. At least 26,000 low-income veterans rely on SNAP benefits in the Commonwealth. Photo courtesy Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

BOSTON – As Massachusetts gets ready for Independence Day, local hunger-fighting advocates say it’s a good time to remember tens of thousands of veterans in the state who must rely on federal benefits to put food on their tables.

While most people have been making summer plans, says Pat Baker, senior policy analyst at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, the House Agriculture Committee in Congress has been conducting a review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“We can’t leave behind the people who’ve made those freedoms, defended them, and those are the veterans,” says Baker. “Many of them fall on hard times – often they’re struggling with homelessness, mental illness – they need the benefit as much as every other citizen in the country.”
Baker says at least 26,000 veterans in the Commonwealth depend on the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps.

Mary Loughlin, nutrition program manager for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, says SNAP makes a major difference to veterans at places like the “Soldier On” shelter in Leeds.
“There are folks from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but there also are Vietnam vets,” she says of the shelter residents. “SNAP is a resource that they can use to allow them to focus on their recovery, job training or job-hunting, or whatever they’re working on.”

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, Baker says she hopes lawmakers who are evaluating the program keep in mind that one in five households that visit food pantries includes a low-income veteran or current U.S. service member.

“We are worried that the SNAP program is being looked at as a potential funding source, for either tax cuts or other programs,” Baker says. “And this is absolutely the most essential program, and the first response to hunger, in the country.”

While the timetable for any action in Congress is hard to predict, Baker says the anti-hunger community is being vigilant and will continue to stand firm against SNAP program cuts.

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Attleboro Selected For $600,000 In EPA Brownfield Grants

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Brownfield funding benefits communities by helping cleanups & assessment of sites

ATTLEBORO, MASS. – EPA is pleased to announce that the City of Attleboro, Mass. has been selected to receive three EPA Brownfield cleanup grants totaling $600,000.

The three grants will help Attleboro to clean up Areas 1, 2, and 3 of the former Reynolds & Markman property at 101 Olive Street. The property was formerly used primarily for the storage, repackaging, and distribution of chemicals, and also used for furniture making, jewelry manufacturing, and landfill operations. Area 1 is contaminated with trichloroethylene. Area 2 is contaminated with metals. Area 3, a former landfill site, is contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.

“EPA is proud to further assist Taunton and its citizens with this Brownfield funding. Cleaning and revitalizing contaminated sites helps create jobs, and can be the catalyst to create new businesses or neighborhood centers, all while making our environment cleaner and the community healthier,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA New England’s office. “With these grants, the City of Attleboro will have received more than $1.3 million dollars in EPA Brownfields funding. This is just one way EPA works to make a difference in communities all across Massachusetts and New England.”

“Clean, safe public land is critical to the revitalization of our cities and the reinvention of our local industries,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy. “Whether through commercial and residential development or increased access to transit, these properties hold immense potential to shape the economic future of Taunton and Attleboro. These funds will support the local leaders who have worked tirelessly to clean up former industrial sites and capitalize on their potential for job growth and investment.”

City of Attleboro Mayor Kevin J. Dumas said, “We are once again impressed with the work of EPA and their commitment to Attleboro and its Brownfields Team as part of the Intermodal Transportation Center Project. Projects like this exemplify the need for federal and state partnerships on complicated environmental remediation projects. This project could not move forward without this financial assistance from EPA. I am thankful to Curt Spalding and his team at EPA for their continued support.”

“The Commonwealth has been working closely with the City of Attleboro to address challenging Brownfield sites, using a collaborative team approach that helps to leverage state and federal funding,” said Commissioner Martin Suuberg of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). “The $600,000 awarded today by the EPA will support the city in its efforts to assess these sites and lead to successful cleanup and future redevelopment projects that produce local jobs and increased economic activity.”

The funding is part of $10.3 million in EPA brownfields investments across New England in 2015 protect health and the environment, create jobs and promote economic re-development in communities.

In New England, since the beginning of the Brownfields program, EPA has awarded 334 assessment grants totaling $97 million, 68 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $85.2 million and 241 cleanup grants totaling $64.5 million. These grant funds have paved the way for more than $2.5 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investment and for nearly 14,458 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment. These investments and jobs target local, under-served and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods – places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

EPA’s Brownfields program encourages redevelopment of America’s estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites.

More Information on EPA Brownfields program in New England:

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Weaver Library

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

One Book, One City launches with free screening of To Kill a Mockingbird

 The East Providence Public Library launches its 2015 One Book, One City Adult Summer Reading Program, with a free screening of To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Weaver Library. The film, based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1961 novel, stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.  To Kill a Mockingbird won Academy Awards for Gregory Peck, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction.  Test your knowledge of the film with movie trivia and enjoy a Southern sweet treat as you watch To Kill a Mockingbird, a film ranked as the #25 Greatest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute.

 The screening coincides with the release date of Harper Lee’s eagerly anticipated book Go Set a Watchman and is the first event in the library’s One Book One City program.  Join the whole community in reading Go Set a Watchman, the book considered to be the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird.  See 

for a complete schedule of events at Weaver Library and the Riverside Branch Library.

 Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI.  This program is free and open to all. Questions? Call the library at 434-2453 or email

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RI DMV Unable To Process CDL Transactions This Friday

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

CRANSTON, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles today announced that the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, the federal computer system for commercial driver’s licenses, will be down for

required maintenance

 on Friday, July 3, 2015.

 This maintenance will impact those Rhode Islanders who wish to process any commercial driver’s license transactions on Friday, July 3, 2015. This will NOT affect regular driver’s licenses – only commercial driver’s licenses.

 It is recommend that anyone needing to process a commercial driver’s license transaction this week visit the DMV prior to Friday, July 3rd.

 Also, as a reminder, the DMV is closed on Monday, July 6, 2015 in observance of the State Holiday but will reopen for regular business in all departments on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Providence Children’s Museum

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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Weekly Activities at Providence Children’s Museum
July 5 – 12

NEW! My Sky – an exhibit exploring the universe
On view through September 7, 2015
This summer, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, a traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe.  My Sky invites children and adults to investigate the sun, moon and stars together in an immersive environment as they explore close-up images of the sun; gaze through a telescope to study the stars and planets; invent new constellations; meet scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky above; and much more!
My Sky was produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA; sponsored in Providence by June Rockwell Levy Foundation.

Stars and Night Sky
Sunday, July 5  •  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
In celebration of the My Sky traveling exhibit, explore activities related to the celestial bodies above.  Design your own constellations, create star systems using geoboards and rubber bands, make asteroids from clay, and more in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space.

No Time to Waste  
Monday, July 6  •  10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Kids and adults learn what’s so funny about trash during an interactive family comedy that gives a lighthearted look at the three R’s of protecting the environment – reducing, reusing and recycling.  Four 20-minute shows at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM; recommended for ages 5 and up.
Underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

Get Out! Stomp Rockets  
Tuesday, July 7  •  1:00 – 3:00 PM
Get out and play in the Museum’s Children’s Garden each Tuesday afternoon in July and August!  This week, kids use the power of air to blast a rocket high in the sky.  Recommended for ages 5 and up. 
Underwritten by National Grid.

Wheels at Work: Tow Truck   
Wednesday, July 8  •  10:00 AM – Noon
Get behind the wheel of a tow truck from AAA of Southern New England and learn how its operators rescue broken cars.  Explore a different vehicle each Wednesday morning in July and August!

Bridge Builders
Thursday, July 9  •  1:00 – 3:00 PM
Design and construct bridges from spaghetti, make paper bridges and test their strength with pennies, and build block bridges and see how much weight they can support.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Stars and Night Sky
Friday, July 10  •  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
In celebration of the My Sky traveling exhibit, explore activities related to the celestial bodies above.  Design your own constellations, create star systems using geoboards and rubber bands, make asteroids from clay, and more in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space.

MetLife Family Friday  |  Skygazers
ALSO Friday, July 10  •  5:00 – 8:00 PM
Providence Children’s Museum is open free of charge every Friday evening June through Labor Day from 5:00 – 8:00 PM for “MetLife Family Friday – Free at Five!,” sponsored by MetLife Foundation.  Stay out late and splash, play, and discover My Sky, a traveling exhibit exploring the wonders of the universe.
From 5:30 – 7:30 PM, meet astronomers from Brown University Science Outreach and experiment with solar telescopes, examine three-dimensional models of asteroids, and create your own constellations.

Stars and Night Sky
Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12  •  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
In celebration of the My Sky traveling exhibit, explore activities related to the celestial bodies above.  Design your own constellations, create star systems using geoboards and rubber bands, make asteroids from clay, and more in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s hands-on art and science exploration space.


for a full calendar of events.


Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful!
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District.  September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM.  April through August, open 7 days.  Programs are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; always.

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News From University Of New Hampshire

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

University of New Hampshire Announces Area Students to the Dean’s List for the Spring Semester of the 2014-2015 Academic Year

DURHAM, NH (06/29/2015)(readMedia)– The following students have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jessica Beaudet of Attleboro has earned Honors

Sara Blackwell of Attleboro has earned Highest Honors

Jenna Digiantommaso of Attleboro has earned Highest Honors

Shane Murphy of Attleboro has earned High Honors

Katie Oliveira of Attleboro has earned Highest Honors

Jenna Shellard of Attleboro has earned Highest Honors

Shanley Walker of Attleboro has earned Highest Honors

Alexandra Burroughs of Attleboro has earned High Honors

Michaela Butler of Manville has earned Highest Honors

Joao Filipe Tavares-Carreiro of Pawtucket has earned High Honors

Jessica Treanor of Pawtucket has earned Honors

Claudia Berberian of Cumberland has earned High Honors

Brian Chea of Cumberland has earned High Honors

Chelsea Davignon of Cumberland has earned Honors

Theodore Gettinger of Cumberland has earned Honors

Meaghan Walsh of Cumberland has earned Highest Honors

Sydney Beadles of Cumberland has earned High Honors

Sarah Brais of Lincoln has earned Highest Honors

Lauren Giarrusso of Lincoln has earned High Honors

Alison Jeffrey of Lincoln has earned Highest Honors

Emily Barron of East Providence has earned Honors

Judith Hoskin of Riverside has earned High Honors

Anderson Thompson of Riverside has earned Honors

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance. Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 13,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students.

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