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Attention Employers And Job Seekers

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Quonset Job Fair Set for November 5th

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A Job Fair will be held at the Quonset Business Park on Wednesday, November 5. The Business Workforce Center of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI DLT), the Workforce Partnership of Greater RI, and the Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston are organizing the event, and partnering with the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) to host the fair. The event will be held from 10am to 12pm at the QDC Annex building on 95 Cripe Street in North Kingstown.

 All interested employers may attend free of charge, and each will be provided with a table and two chairs to setup a reception area. There is no minimum number of job openings required to participate in the fair, however, registration is required. Employers interested in participating should 

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RIC: 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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Rhode Island College, Student Union Building

The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit, presented by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living and hosted by Rhode Island College, takes place on November 7, 2014. With the theme “Cultivating Partnerships for Success,” the Summit will focus on the importance of collaboration in combating the diverse environmental challenges that our communities face. The day will open with a Keynote address by nationally-known environmental educator Akiima Price. In her talk, she will share her insights into innovative strategies that consider ways to connect environmental outcomes with issues of concern to low-income communities.

Sixteen workshops over two morning sessions cover a wide variety of topics relevant to multiple stakeholders in the Sustainable Schools movement, from builders and facilities workers to students and teachers, to the wider communities that support schools. Two key workshop themes are Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education,  and Green and Healthy Buildings. Within each focus area, presenters highlight important issues and strategies for communities seeking to collaborate for a healthy and sustainable future. Workshops are built to engender actionable solutions for implementing meaningful change in work, communities, homes, and schools.

In the afternoon, attendees will attend “action groups,” where attendees network and collaborate towards building relationships and bringing strategies back to their home communities. Throughout the day art and music will be integrated into the Summit’s agenda to foster a creative learning environment for all attendees.

This year’s summit foregrounds the importance and power of youth voice and leadership in the work towards a sustainable future; the Summit will host youth-led and youth-friendly workshops which support young people in building and supporting the sustainability movement. Youth middle-school age and over are invited to attend and local businesses are sponsoring busses for classes to attend. There will also be a dedicated space for university and college student activists to meet and form alliances.

Registration to the 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit is pay-as-you-wish -  all are welcome to attend for free or visit the Summit’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and be entered to win gift certificates from a dozen local businesses.

The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit is possible due to major sponsorship from National Grid, and additional sponsorship from Aramark and Rhode Island College. In addition to The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living the Summit planning team includes representatives from the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA), Rhode Island Dept of Education (RIDE), The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RI OER), Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), The Green Building Council, The office of the Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, The STEM Center at Rhode Island College, The Greene School, and the URI Outreach Center.

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Danesha K. Daniels Of Attleboro Enrolls At Colby College

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

WATERVILLE, ME — Danesha K. Daniels of Attleboro, Mass., enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, this fall. Before classes began Daniels took part in an orientation that included an introduction to Colby’s rigorous academics, rich cultural life, and community involvement opportunities as well as a three-day outdoor excursion. A graduate of Foxborough Regional Charter School, Daniels is the daughter of Jeffrey Hall and Bertha Daniels-Hall of Attleboro, Mass.

The Class of 2018 is Colby’s most diverse to date–23 percent identify as students of color, 14 percent are international, and members of the class come from 36 U.S. states and 37 countries. The acceptance rate was 28 percent.

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Colby provides a rigorous academic program that fosters transformational relationships between students and faculty. Graduates emerge as leaders ready to make an impact on their world. Colby is committed to making the full experience accessible to all qualified students, regardless of their ability to pay. The College enrolls 1,820 students.

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CASTRO, THRESHER & OLIVEIRA, PC HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

 The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC, 1382 County St., Attleboro, on Fri., Oct. 17. The ribbon cutting celebrated the grand opening of the new location of the full service accounting firm.

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Pictured in the front row at the ribbon cutting are (L to R): Michael Crotty of Commonwealth Financial Group, Chris Bond of Murphy Business, Frank Armenio of B2B CFO, Teresa Lattari, Lori Castro, Maria Wheeler, State Rep. Paul Heroux, City of Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, Jim Castro of Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC, Mike Castro of Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC, Bob Thresher of Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC, Paul Oliveira of Castro, Thresher & Oliveira, PC, State Sen. James Timilty, State Rep. Betty Poirier, State Sen. Richard Ross, Gina Simoneau, Sarah Paquette, and Jack Lank of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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NOVEMBER TEEN PROGRAMS AT EAST PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARIES

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

 (Programs are for ages 10 + unless otherwise noted.)

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES @ Weaver and Riverside

Earn community service credit for high school or confirmation.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30-7:30 @ Weaver

Friday, Nov. 21, 2:30-4:30 @ Weaver

Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:00-noon @ Riverside

 WRITING WORKSHOP @ Weaver

Fun writing exercises, free books, snacks, music and activities to spark your creativity.

Monday, November 24, 3:30-4:30pm

 TEEN MOVIE @ Riverside

MALEFICENT

Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 5:45pm

Movies are rated PG; snacks provided.

 TEEN TUESDAYS @ Riverside

Laptops, music, games.

After school on Tuesdays.

 TEEN THURSDAYS @ Weaver

Laptops, Wii, games.

After school on Thursdays.

SPECIAL TEEN SNACK DAYS:

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3pm @ Riverside

Thursday, Nov. 20,3pm @ Weaver

LOOKING FOR A TUTOR?

Check out our website to interact with a live tutor. LIVE HOMEWORK HELP tutors can help you with homework, studying for an exam, or understanding today’s lesson. Math, Science, Social Studies, and English – all levels including AP.

LIVE HOMEWORK HELP

Tutors are available every day from 2pm until 10pm.

  READ DOWN YOUR FINES 

At Weaver and Riverside

Youth 16 and under can reduce their overdue fines by reading in the library. Tell a librarian when you start reading. 30 minutes of reading = $1 waived.

 WEAVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY

41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 401-434-2453

Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5; Sunday 1-5 (September through May)

RIVERSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY

475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 401-433-4877

Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5

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Attleboro Library: An International Labor Poster Exhibit

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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An international labor poster exhibit

From the collection of STEPHEN LEWIS

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Attleboro Library  

 74 North Main St., Attleboro, MA 

Nov. 5 through Nov. 28, 2014

Open Mon. & Wed. 8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Thurs. 11:30 am to 8:30 pm

Tues. & Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

For library information call 508/222-0157

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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by Laborers Local 1249. 

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Spectrum Auction Seen As Threat To Minority Broadcasters

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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The FCC is holding an auction in which wireless companies will bid on parts of the nation’s airwaves currently being used by television stations and use them for wireless broadband. Some say that threatens minority broadcasters. Credit: Federal Communications Commission.

 Spectrum Auction Seen as Threat to Minority Broadcasters

By Mark Scheerer

BOSTON – As the song goes, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Will wireless kill some free public TV?
That’s the latest media question.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation’s airwaves currently being used by television stations.

It’s called a spectrum auction and Todd O’Boyle, program director for Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative, says billions of dollars are at stake.

“On the one hand, the broadcasters are looking at a big payday, potentially,” he explains. “And on the other hand, the cellular folks are looking at making lots of money building next-generation networks.”

But some observers are concerned that, given the incentive to sell spectrum, the owners of some public television stations that serve diverse communities in many cities will give in.  Minority voices would be muffled and the TV industry, virtually bereft of any minority ownership to begin with, would be further mainstreamed.

Ravi Kapur helps run a low-power TV station in San Francisco that could find itself with no spectrum bandwidth to broadcast on. And, he says, so could stations that serve African-American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Chinese and Filipino communities. “There’s Korean-owned stations in Chicago and New York, Indian-owned stations in Houston, and, of course, my station, KAXT, which at one point was considered the most diverse TV station in the country,” he points out.

According to one estimate, the auction could generate $45 billion, and another forecast says nearly 3,500 low-power television stations could be affected by the spectrum changes.

Public broadcasting advocate John Schwartz, director and founder of the Voqal companies, says the government doesn’t seem sympathetic to pleas on behalf of public TV. “The FCC is strongly influenced not only by the lobbying power of the big carriers – because obviously that’s massive – but also out of the concern that the most important and most valuable use of spectrum now is for wireless broadband and not for broadcast,” he says.

The government also intends to use some of the money raised to build a next-generation public safety communications system. Schwartz questions whether the FCC will apply any balancing tests. and is this going to be done without regard for things like public television, service to minorities and other considerations of that type? he says. “And I think the answer now is not looking good to me. ”

The auction is set to start on Nov. 13th.

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Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market Celebrates November Opening

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

New England’s Largest Winter Farmers Market Announces 2014-2015 Season

 PAWTUCKET: On Saturday, November 1st, Farm Fresh Rhode Island celebrates the opening of the 8th season of the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. The market, which hosts over 70 vendors and occupies 16,000 square feet throughout the Hope Artiste Village, is the largest wintertime farmers market in New England.  The market is open every Saturday from November 1st through May 9th, 2015.

 The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market expanded in 2013 to host more farmers, food artisans and prepared food vendors in both of the spacious main corridors and courtyard of the renovated Hope Webbing Company building. The expansion provided a more comfortable customer experience while still offering high-quality, locally-grown and sourced products in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. 2014 promises to build on Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s track record for success!

 “Farm Fresh opened a winter market in 2007 with seven vendors in Downtown Providence at AS220,” said Farm Fresh Co-Executive Director Sheri Griffin. “Since then, increased support of farmers and local food in Rhode Island has resulted in more demand for local produce year-round.” Farmers that participate in the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market have been able to meet this demand through incremental expansion of their businesses and by utilizing growing and storage techniques for cold-weather climates.

 As you stroll through the historic halls of the Hope Artiste Village each Saturday this winter, you can enjoy a diverse medley of local farms and vendors, listen to live music, sample fresh produce and enjoy lunch on the spot from prepared food vendors or some of Rhode Island’s favorite food trucks – located outside in the central courtyard of the building.

 Wintertime market-goers can expect a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables including: apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, cranberries, mushrooms, greens, potatoes, radishes, winter squash, and more. Vendors will also be offering: locally-raised eggs, pork, chicken, beef, fish, charcuterie and shellfish; locally-produced applesauce, tomato sauce, jams, jellies, pickles and cheese; granola, bread, cupcakes, crepes, pies & baked treats and dog biscuits.

 The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market is now easier to get to than ever before. The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority’s (RIPTA) new R-Line bus route drops shoppers off right at the front door of the farmers market. For information on the R-Line’s stops and schedules, visit

www.ripta.com/r-line-.

For customers driving or biking to the market, it is located at both 999 and 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket. Parking lots are located around the perimeter of the building as well as street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Bike racks are located in the central courtyard.

 About Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing a local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters. With this mission in mind, Farm Fresh seeks to preserve Rhode Island farmland, build healthier communities, support and strengthen community-based businesses in Rhode Island, increase access to fresh food, and improve the impact of food production and distribution on the environment. For more information, please visit

www.farmfreshri.org.

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QUINTAL ATTENDS 24th ANNUAL FAMILY LAW CONFERENCE

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

  Attorney Kerri A. Quintal attended the 24th Annual Family Law Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association held on October 17, 2014 and October 18, 2014.

 Quintal Law Office offers consults in the area of family law. This year’s conference included hot topics regarding the Alimony Reform Act, Child Support Guidelines, and Representation of Children. There was a session on Navigating a DCF Investigation as well as a panel presentation regarding Substance Abuse and Parenting Plans.

 The conference was held in Chatham, Massachusetts and involved a panel of judges, attorneys, family court advocates, and other family law facilitators. Many of the sessions involved a question and answer session from panelists and the audience about the difficulties and obstacles that present themselves in this ever-changing area of law.

 To learn more about a free consult for family law you may contact Attorney Kerri A. Quintal at (508-695-0285) or visit our web site at

www.quintallaw.net

for more information.

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Connect With Your Life At The Weaver Library

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm 

Weaver Library, located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, invites you to leave your stress at the door on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm to enjoy an hour of light-hearted inspiration, motivation, and positive energy!

 At this informal presentation, Seekonk Mom and blogger Maria Holme will share her tips, techniques, and stories of mindful living that keep her connected in her life and aid in her quest for maintaining inner peace.  She will explain how she arrived at this point in her life and why.

 As Maria’s program concludes the series of free wellness programs being hosted by the library in October, we encourage you to take this hour for yourself and perhaps share in an aha! moment that leaves you feeling a bit more connected in your life.   This program is free and open to all.  Questions? Call 434-2453.  

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