Rhode Island Post Card Club Birthday Meeting
The Rhode Island Post Card Club, organized on May 25, 1958, celebrates its 57th Birthday at its next meeting on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Knights of Columbus, 15 Bassett Street in North Providence.
The hall is easily accessible from Route 146. Take the Mineral Spring Ave. exit and head east. Take your first left onto Cooper St. and then second left onto Bassett St.
Post cards of all descriptions including town views and holiday greetings along with other historical books and paper items will be available.
A potluck buffet will be enjoyed at noon. Guests and club members are requested to bring along their favorite dish.
There is no admission charge.
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Newport Waterfront Events’ 34th Annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, the original and longest running chowder championships in the country taking place Saturday, June 6th from noon to 6:00 p.m. on the North Lawn of Fort Adams State Park, will feature McT’S Tavern of Cumberland, Rhode Island and Chef Luis Vargas who will be competing in the “Clam” Category.
“McT’S Tavern will need to be ready for some thick competition at the Chowder Cook-Off,” said Mike Martin, Festival Director for Newport Waterfront Events, a division of Waterfront Productions. “However, the ‘Clam’ category is wide open after Stefano’s Seafood Restaurant of Long Beach Island, New Jersey won for the third straight time last year which triggered automatic induction into the Chowder Hall of Fame and the retirement of its chowder recipe from the competition.”
The spirited cook-off features all-you-can-eat “chowda” by renowned chefs who work at restaurants, catering companies and institutional dining facilities. The chefs and their teams serve sumptuous samples to the thousands of festival attendees who also act as judges. The awarding of the coveted titles of “Best Clam” and “Best Seafood” chowder, along with prize money to the top three winners in each category, tops off a fun-filled day for the chowder creators as well as the tasters.
The Great Chowder Cook-Off also offers other fun ingredients, including the “Clam Cake Chow-Down” eating contest, Oyster Shuck & Slurping Contests, live music from multiple stages featuring Rhode Island’s favorite reggae band, The Ravers, and a variety of activities for the kids.
The Newport Oyster Festival returns as well with the Ocean State’s own Matunuck Oyster Farm serving up the best of local shellfish and seafood specialties Farmer’s Market style and paired with beer, wine, spirits and live music.
Tickets for the Great Chowder Cook-Off are available at the advance ticket price of $20 through June 5th and day of tickets will be $25. The limited quantity tickets are almost sold out for the Chowdahead Club featuring the “Chowder Power Hour” where the hardcore “chowda” fans can enjoy an early, all-access experience an hour prior to the event’s official noon start. Children are admitted free to the Great Chowder Cook-Off if under the age of 12 and accompanied by a paid adult. Purchase tickets at
order by phone by calling 800-745-3000 or stop by the Newport Waterfront Events Box Office, 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, during business hours
For more information about the Great Chowder Cook-Off, please visit
or contact the Newport Waterfront Events team at 888-900-8640.
NORTH ATTLEBORO POLICE OFFICER KRISTINE KRISHTAL TO CARRY THE FLAME OF HOPE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES LOS ANGELES 2015 FINAL LEG
The Flame serves as a beacon of inspiration to thousands during the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg in California
On May 14, 2015, the Flame of Hope, the official torch for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, was lit at the Sacred Site of Pnyx, opposite the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, formally beginning its journey to the World Games. In keeping with Olympic tradition and custom dating back to the Ancient Greeks, the torch was lit by the sun’s rays, and will remain lit until the end of the World Games on August 2nd.
Officer Kristine Krishtal of the North Attleboro Police Department will serve as a Guardian of the Flame of Hope and participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg, the last journey of the flame throughout the state of California. Officer Krishtal has been selected by the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run Council and Special Olympics Massachusetts to be one of the 126 Final Leg Team members.
Law enforcement personnel are selected for this very prestigious honor by their local Torch Run and Special Olympics programs for their dedication and commitment to the Special Olympics movement; said Law Enforcement Torch Run Program Co-Executive Director and retired Attleboro Police Chief Richard Pierce.
“The Flame of Hope’s journey is symbolic of our global mission to deliver inspiration and hope to Special Olympics athletes and their families, break down barriers to equality that still exist, and create awareness for social change worldwide,” said Janet Froetscher CEO of Special Olympics, who participated in the official lighting ceremony in Greece on May 14th. “We are fortunate to be able to deliver the flame and everything it stands for – hope, courage, opportunity, inspiration and equality – to our athletes because of the experience and expertise of our partners in law enforcement throughout the world.”
Officer Krishtal has been with the North Attleboro Police Department for 12 years and during that time, in addition to her patrol duties, she has been actively involved in community policing programs and events as a child car seat technician, Senior Citizen Liaison, Sexual Assault Investigator, TRIAD Liaison, and an ALERT coordinator. In addition to being a police officer Kristine is a mom. Her children; Lydia 7 years and Joshua 5 years are a very important part of her life as well as her daughter Kailyn who was 9 years old when she passed away in April of 2014.
Kristine had been involved with volunteering for Special Olympics since high school and during her time at Bridgewater State University. Kristine has been actively involved with the LETR Program for Special Olympics for over four years and currently serves as a county coordinator for the Massachusetts LETR Program.
She has also helped to organize and participated in numerous LETR events to raise funds for Special Olympic’s in Massachusetts. Kristine most recently organized the first North Attleboro Glow in the Park 5K Run to benefit Special Olympics which was held on May 2, 2015 in the North Attleboro Industrial Park. This very successful and fun filled 5K Run raised over $25,000 for the Special Olympic Athletes in Massachusetts. Officer Krishtal’s commitment and dedication to Massachusetts Special Olympics is exemplary. According to Pierce, it’s an honor to have an officer of Kristine’s caliber represent the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run Program at the 2015 World Games.
The Flame of Hope will complete its journey on July 25th when the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg team carries it into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 World Games on July 25th, and it ignites the cauldron at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1982 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The public will be able to see daily photographs, videos and read reports of the Flame of Hope’s journey online at:
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Feehan Student Wins 3rd in Massachusetts Essay Contest
Abigail Long flanked by co-chairs of Feehan’s History department, Charlotte Lourenco (left), and Rosemary Anderson.
Bishop Feehan High School sophomore Abigail Long of Mansfield won 3rd place in the second annual Frederick Douglass Essay Contest in U.S. History for Massachusetts high school students.
Entrants chose one of many Bay State landmarks or exhibits to write about. Long’s essay, to be published, was written about the Maria Mitchell House on Nantucket. Mitchell was the first American woman who received credit for her work in the field of astronomy.
Long was chosen a winner based on her strong writing skills and her understanding of the subject’s historical context and significance.
She was recognized with a prize of $1000 and attended a Pioneer U.S. History forum in Boston where she had the opportunity to meet award-wining authors and distinguished speakers.
The Armory Farmers Market in the West End of Providence opens for the summer season on Thursday, May 28. The market runs every Thursday through October 29 from 3:30 to 7pm or dusk. On the opening day, two local chefs will square off in a Seafood Throwdown cooking competition from 4-6pm. The chefs, Anthony Glieco of Table Restaurant and Joshua Riazi of The Genesis Center, will each cook a dish featuring a mystery local seafood item. The event highlights the importance of locally caught seafood to Rhode Island’s local economy, community, and marine ecosystem.
About the Armory Farmers Market:
The market is located on Parade St at Hudson St, in the Armory Park/Dexter Training Ground and features fresh produce, beef, eggs, bread, cheese, coffee and prepared foods, all from 18 vendors.
Returning vendors this year include: Little City Growers Co-op, Greenleaf Farm, Hill Orchards, Barden Family Orchard (starting in July), Salisbury Farm, Rocket Fine Street Food Truck, Mijos Tacos, Noble Knots Food Truck, African Alliance Community Gardeners, The Coffee Guy, Great Harvest Bread Co., Rhode Island Roots, Crispy Greens Family Vegetables, Humble Pie Company, Tricycle Ice Cream, and Farm Fresh & Co./The Harvest Kitchen.
New vendors for 2015: Blackbird Farm, Sweet & Salty Farm, Dubb Squared Enterprises, and Crooked Paw Canine Delicacies.
In June farmers market shoppers can expect to find strawberries, sugar snap peas, kale, leeks, lettuce, salad greens, scallions, fresh flowers, vegetable seedlings, and herbs such as basil, chives, cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, rosemary, sage, sorrel and thyme.
Fresh Bucks, Bonus Bucks, and Healthy Foods, Healthy Families
The Armory Market accepts debit, credit, and EBT cards at the Farm Fresh Welcome Table in exchange for Fresh Bucks tokens that can be used to buy food at the market. Those shopping with an EBT card receive a 40% bonus through Farm Fresh’s Bonus Bucks program. For more information visit
In addition, a free nutrition education program for families receiving government food benefits called Healthy Foods, Healthy Families will start at the market the second week of July.
Opening Day Seafood Throwdown
The Armory Market Seafood Throwdown on May 28th is a collaboration between the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Slow Fish USA (www.slowfood.com/slowfish), the African Alliance of Rhode Island
and Farm Fresh Rhode Island
The event is free and open to the public and will run from 4-6pm. Seafood Throwdowns are community events that provide an opportunity to learn about local seafood, fishing economies and coastal food systems, and to support local seafood in our markets, restaurants, and culinary institutions.
“Right now, 92% of the seafood we consume in the US is imported and travesl an average distance of 5,476 miles. This trend reflects negatively on our coastal communities as well as the health of our oceans. Seafood Throwdowns are helping to turn the tide”, says NAMA organizer Brett Tolley.
Chef Anthony Glieco of Table Restaurant and Chef Joshua Riazi from The Genesis Center will educate and entertain market goers with their culinary skills as they show how to work with whole, fresh, and very local seafood. Emcees of the Throwdown are Robin Dionne, Director of Outreach and Client Relations at the Arcade, and John Taraborelli, writer and consultant involved with the Providence International Arts Festival, Project Undercover and RI Food Fights.
How the Seafood Throwdown works –
The chefs will bring three of their favorite ingredients and have 15 minutes to shop at the farmers market for ingredients to accompany their mystery local seafood item from the Local Catch.
Chefs will have one hour to cook and present their entry for the judges’ consideration.
The judges are Peter Gobin of Mijos Tacos, past champion of the Armory Market Seafood Throwdown; Julius Kolawole, president of the African Alliance of RI, Jim Nellis, creator of RI Food Fights, and Jen McCann, Director of the Coastal and Fisheries Extension at Rhode Island Sea Grant.
The judges will choose a winner and tastings will be available for farmers market shoppers.
About Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is growing a local food system that values environment, health, and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters. For more information about Farm Fresh Rhode Island or any RI farmers market visit
The Rehoboth Community Dance is held monthly on Sunday evenings at Goff Memorial Hall
On Sunday evening, June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music.
The June 14 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught.
Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Bob Elliott at Bobolinkelliott@yahoo.com or call 774-644-1369.
Extensive archive will soon be available to researchers by appointment
The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) is kicking off its 80th anniversary in style this week by announcing the official opening of its Ship History Center on Post Road in Warwick. The launch, which will coincide with National Maritime Day on Friday, May 22, marks the first time that the organization’s entire collection will be housed under one roof and accessible to researchers.
National Maritime Day celebration, opening announcement and tour
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.
SSHSA headquarters, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode Island
“This is an exciting time for us and we are pleased to have this wealth of knowledge available right here in Rhode Island,” SSHSA Executive Director Matt Schulte said. “The ocean is part of this state’s DNA, and the information we have gathered over the years helps us understand not only where we’ve been, but where we are heading in the future.”
The SSHSA archive comprises hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records and memorabilia devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and their crews. Until recently, these items were stored in warehouses ranging from Long Island to Baltimore.
Last October, the SSHSA moved into a new headquarters in one of the former New England Institute of Technology buildings on Post Road. Since that time, it has consolidated its collection, finally bringing the last of it together this spring. While the goal is to be open for the general public in the near future, additional staff, volunteers and funding are needed before these hours can expand beyond research appointments.
The SSHSA was founded in 1935 in a Manhattan apartment by seven amateur steamship historians. Eighty years later, it has grown to become the world’s leading organization on the history of engine-powered vessels, with close to 3,000 domestic and international members. The group also publishes the quarterly magazine PowerShips and in recent years has launched a digital conservation project, the Image Porthole, which has helped identify images of thousands of ships from around the world.
National Maritime Day commemorates the voyage of the Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic in 1819. Deemed impossible by some scientists at the time, the Savannah landed in Liverpool, England, on June 16th after a 25-day voyage. The first celebration was held in 1933, supported by President Franklin Roosevelt – also a SSHSA member – and a joint resolution by Congress.
Thank You from The North Attleborough Historical Society, Inc.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our May Breakfast and open house at the North Attleborough Historical Society. The money raised at the breakfast helps to pay for the maintenance and expenses of our two buildings.
Special thanks go to the Bob’s Market on Arnold Road in North Attleboro, Seabra Market on South Main Street in Attleboro, Stop and Shop on Rt. 1 in North Attleboro, Shaws Market on Toner Blvd. in North Attleboro, and the NA FireFighters Kids Day Association for their donations of supplies for our breakfast.
Seth Hobson and Bob Lanpher
Trustees, North Attleborough Historical Society
Get Your Tickets Now on Sale for Linden Place Mansion’s Annual Fourth of July Parade Picnic
Linden Place is the best seat in town for viewing the nationally famous Bristol Fourth of July Parade!
Linden Place, an 1810 Federal mansion in the heart of Bristol, RI will be hosting its Annual Fourth of July Parade Picnic on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Located directly on the historic Bristol Fourth of July Parade route, Linden Place will be offering bleacher-style seating, tables and chairs under the shade of the Linden trees.
Tour the mansion, stroll the gardens, soak up Bristol’s festive atmosphere. Your seat will be waiting for you at the 230th annual parade in patriotic style! Tickets are $80 for adults, $55 for children and include both breakfast and lunch. Linden Place members receive a $10 discount on tickets. Stop by the Linden Place office to reserve tickets at 500 Hope Street, by telephone at (401) 253-0390 or visit
Don’t miss out on Bristol’s biggest event of the year and support the restoration of this Bristol landmark. There’s no place like Linden Place on the 4th of July!
Friends of Linden Place is a non-profit organization responsible for the restoration and preservation of the historic house museum at 500 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, and for the promotion of cultural, artistic, and educational programs in the community. The mansion and grounds are open to the public from May to October, during the holiday season, and also by appointment
Student-Athlete Kelsey Cahill Graduates with Honors from Colby-Sawyer College
NEW LONDON, NH (05/14/2015)(readMedia)– Kelsey Cahill of Cumberland graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday, May 9, 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to Commencement, the Dean’s List student was recognized at the Colby-Sawyer Athletic Awards Banquet with the Wynne Jesser McGrew Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and at the annual Scholars and Leaders Ceremony for her membership in Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration.
Cahill, a member of the the Colby-Sawyer women’s basketball team, led the team this year in scoring (12.0 ppg), was named NAC Defensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-Conference, NAC Player of the Week (four times) and named team MVP for the second straight year.
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