LOCAL STUDENTS ENJOY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Shown here are third graders Madison Gallante, Kate DeVincent, Arianna Simoneau, Santa, Alexandra Llamas and Katie Lancaster.
Students and parents from St. John the Evangelist School and Parish recently enjoyed breakfast with Santa. Students also got to shop in the Santa Workshop. The seventh and eighth graders from SJE School also offered free gift wrapping.
Appoints Jonathan Womer to Lead Office of Management and Budget
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor-elect Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she will nominate Michael DiBiase to the position of Director of Administration. Raimondo will submit DiBiase, Fidelity executive and former Chief of Staff to Governor Lincoln Almond, for consideration to the Rhode Island Senate in January for confirmation.
She also appointed Jonathan Womer, former deputy director in the state office of budget management for the governor of North Carolina, to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Womer is currently Associate Vice President for Finance and Economic Analysis for the University of North Carolina system, which has over a $9 billion annual budget across 17 campuses.
“The Department of Administration has a key role in developing the state’s budget, and improving and streamlining government operations and regulations so we can deliver the services Rhode Islanders deserve,” Raimondo said. “By adding Mike and Jonathan to our team, we will be gaining invaluable years of experience in problem solving and producing results as we move our state forward.”
A 14-year veteran of Fidelity Investments, DiBiase currently serves as Senior Vice President for State Government Relations and Public Affairs, overseeing state and local government relations for the financial services company. In this role, DiBiase is responsible for government relations, public affairs and community relations at Fidelity’s ten regional facilities, including Smithfield, Rhode Island, as well as at its headquarters in Boston.
Prior to joining Fidelity, DiBiase served for six years as a senior aide for Governor Lincoln Almond, holding positions of Chief of Staff and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Before his state government service, DiBiase was a practicing attorney in Providence for over ten years. A graduate of Boston College and University of Pennsylvania Law School, DiBiase lives in Narragansett with his wife Janice Devitt.
Womer previously served in several capacities in North Carolina state government, including Chief Information Officer, Deputy Director for Management and Assistant State Budget Officer and as an analyst in OMB for the Executive Office of the President. Womer earned a BA from Duke University, a Masters of Science of Information from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Masters of Public Policy from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Womer’s wife, Valerie Baxter Womer, grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island.
“We are excited to add more great people to our team,” said Joy Fox, transition director. “When it comes to personnel, we are focused more on quality than on moving quickly. We are making great progress, but we fully expect to continue filling positions even after Inauguration Day.”
Presented by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Rhode Island by Design 2015
Beginning this January 2015, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting a series of biweekly Ranger Talks covering a variety of historical topics relating to the year’s theme, “Rhode Island by Design.” All talks take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Museum of Work & Culture.
Kicking off the series on Sunday, January 4th at 1:30 p.m., will be a talk by Paul Bourget entitled “Sherman’s Design of War: Marching Through Georgia in 1864.”
This ranger talk will discuss the major strategies, battle tactics, and events of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and his March to the Sea. Did Sherman burn Atlanta? Was Sherman’s Army the cause for total destruction of the South? This presentation will attempt to dispel modern myth that Sherman was the demon of the South’s lost cause.
The other talks will be:
January 18- A Love Designed in Newport: A Book Signing and Talk by Chip Bishop on his recent release, Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War
February 1- Last Shift, a film screening examining the paper mills of New Brunswick by Tony Tremblay
February 15- “What Old Maps Tell Us: A History of Woonsocket from 1820 to 1920,” a talk by Erik Eckilson
March 1- “Rhode Island Disasters,” a talk by Jim Ignasher
March 15- Francophonie in Rhode Island: Ciné-Québec Film Festival
For more information on the Ranger Talks or the Museum, please contact director Anne Conway at email@example.com or (401) 769-9675.
A Season’s Greeting
Weaver Library proudly presents “Teddy Roosevelt: Mind, Body, and Spirit” on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:00PM in the Champlin Program Room of the library.
Using Roosevelt’s own words and bearing an uncanny likeness to his idol, nationally-recognized actor Ted Zalewski portrays the 26th President in his many roles as cowboy, soldier, naturalist, historian, father, and statesman.
Zalewski’s performance is a lively combination of history, education, drama, and fun. Ted brings one of America’s greatest presidents to life captivating audiences throughout the country in places such as the White House, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. Having spent sixteen years perfecting the role, Zalewski’s program has earned rave reviews from national museums, theaters, and colleges as an outstanding one-man show. Get ready for a “bully” time with Teddy!
This program is free and open to all. Questions? Call 434-2453.
Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.
Book Sale of Library Discards
The Friends of the Plainville Public Library will hold a Book Sale of Library Discards from January 3-10 in the conference room during normal library hours. We will have a $5 bag sale on January 10 from 12-2 PM. Items include adult and children’s books and magazines. Also available will be our on-going book sale in the Friends’ hallway and Best Sellers and books of gift giving quality, which are priced slightly higher and are not included in the bag sale.
Donations of items may be dropped off at the library during normal library hours throughout the year. The Plainville Public Library is located on Rte. 1A at 198 South St. For further information, you may call the Plainville Public Library at 508-695-1784 or checkout our web site at
Rhode Island families are struggling, and so we are making it easier for them to save for their child’s college education.
I know firsthand the importance of saving for higher education. I wouldn’t be where I am today if my parents hadn’t worked hard to save for my future.
Earlier this month, I announced enhancements to the CollegeBoundbaby program that will help Rhode Island families save and pursue higher education opportunities for their children.
The enhanced initiative was announced at the Community College of Rhode Island and featured an interactive forum with educational groups, researchers and policy makers from across Rhode Island and the country.
Starting January 1, 2015, it will be easier than ever for Rhode Island families to take advantage of a $100 CollegeBoundbaby Grant that is offered through CollegeBoundfund, the state’s 529 plan.
The initiative is in partnership with the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority (RIHEAA). Collegeboundbaby is an innovative program designed to significantly boost the number of Rhode Island families with college savings.
Through the newly enhanced CollegeBoundbaby program, parents of newborns check “yes” on their in-hospital Birth Certificate Worksheet to allow the Rhode Island Office of Vital Records to release the necessary contact information to RIHEAA to award the CollegeBoundbaby Grant for their child. Rhode Island residents who adopt a child may self-enroll the child within the first year of adoption.
The grant may be used at any higher education institution- whether it is a college of trade, technical, or vocational school. The $100 contribution will be invested by RIHEAA in a CollegeBoundfund master account on behalf of the child until the child is ready to attend a higher education institution.
Investing in higher education is one of the best ways for Rhode Island to succeed in the future. A strong economy depends on a skilled workforce. People with a college degree are more likely to be employed than those without one, and more likely to be employed in a job that provides quality of health and retirement benefits.
This initiative makes Rhode Island one of only three states in the country to provide universal children’s savings accounts. This is a true example of how government agencies can work together to help Rhode Islanders.
I look forward to continuing to improve higher education opportunities for Rhode Islanders.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
UMass Dartmouth students perform in Holiday Concert at UMass Dartmouth
Photo Credit Elizabeth Friar
UMass Dartmouth students took part in a Holiday Concert December 12, 2014, at the the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) Recital Hall. The University community was invited to the concert, which included performances by the University Chorus, Chamber Choir, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. Some songs performed by the groups include O’ Holy Night, The Christmas Song, and Noel.
The following students took part in the Holiday Concert presented by the University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts:
Jimmy Rodriguez of Pawtucket, RI
Paul Warmington of Attleboro, MA
Anthony Watson of Attleboro, MA
Zachary Welch of Attleboro, MA
Gregory Winsor of Lincoln, RI
KateLynne Wright of Attleboro, MA
Edir Lopes of East Providence, RI
Samantha Yin of Attleboro, MA
Sareena Yin of Attleboro, MA
UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Grossman joined CVPA Dean Adrian Tio and Chair of the Music Department Dr. Ronald Sherwin in thanking all those who have supported UMass Dartmouth and made events like this possible
St. John the Evangelist School welcomes interested students and parents to come and see what makes our school special at our Annual Open House on Sunday January 25, from 2-4pm. Located at 13 Hodges Street in Attleboro, we are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our grades include Pre-K through Grade 8 with a full day Kindergarten and an after school program. Our Pre-K program includes full or half-day options for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
Our students are well prepared for high school with a diverse curriculum, but above all, we make every attempt to assist the children to foster caring relationships among each other in a safe environment. Interested students are welcome to come and shadow for a day. For more information, please visit
call (508) 222-5062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available on our website.
How to Start a Business in MA
January 21, 2015
4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Fall River, MA - So you want to be an entrepreneur, your own boss, a multimillionaire! Starting a business is a major undertaking, if you want to do it right and maximize the likelihood of success. Join us for a fast paced, dynamic workshop which will take you from 1) feasibility analysis to 2) licensing and permitting to 3) business planning to 4) financing criteria. Nancy Lowd, Senior Business Advisor at MSBDC, will present this free workshop to anyone is in the process or thinking about starting their own business.
This FREE event will be held on January 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry & Webb/UMass Dartmouth Building, 139 South Main Street – 4th floor, Fall River, MA and is sponsored by the Fall River Office of Economic Development. Space is limited, so please register on line and click on “Event Calendar“ or call us at 508-673-9783 x10. Metered parking is available on South Main Street and complimentary parking is available in the Pearl Street garage located at 1 Pearl Street, Fall River.
The Fall River Office of Economic Development (www.froed.org) helps businesses evaluate the many advantages of locating in Fall River, offering aggressive incentive programs including low-interest financing, tax exemptions, employee recruitment and training services, and site selection assistance.
The MA Small Business Development Center Network (www.msbdc.org/semass) provides free and confidential business advice to existing or prospective small business people. We also offer training seminars on a variety of topics, including starting a business, financial planning, government procurement, marketing, social media, and international trade assistance.