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BVT: Suggested Events For Weekend

October 6th, 2015 · No Comments

October 17-18, 2015


 Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley offers residents and visitors alike to celebrate local citizens active in their city, along with enjoying some great live and local entertainment over the October 17-18 weekend.

Besides its new identity as a National Historical Park that’s noted for its industrial and cultural legacies, Blackstone River Valley is a special destination for exploring places that are redefining the region.

 During the weekend, discover how “movers and shakers” in the community are making a difference, plus experience some of the many entertainment venues the region is known for. Also, explore the hobby of model railroads, connecting to the region’s transportation.

 Community connections

Friday evening, October 16, at 6 pm, honor people that have affected the social fabric of Rhode Island’s fourth largest city, attending the 2015 Pawtucket Hall of Fame.

 The celebration and awards happen at the LeFoyer Club, 151 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI.

 This annual signature event is a celebration to recognize those who have made a lasting impact on the quality of life of the citizens of the City of Pawtucket.

 This years Hall of Fame inductees are:

Former State Rep. Elaine Coderre

Businessman Richard Kazarian

The Late City Councilman Paul Wildenhain

The Late Mary Siniak

The Late Dr. John Cunningham

Special Person of the Year Award to The Late Jim Gillen, Anchor Recovery.

Tickets are only $35/person. Reserve early as seating is limited. More details on this special event are online at

 Local stage

 Although its fame is from being the birthplace of America’s manufacturing legacy, Blackstone River Valley has become reinvented over the last two decades as one of the top Southern New England destinations for live and local entertainment.

 Hosting nationally respected venues, Blackstone River Valley is the place to experience top name music concerts, live and local performing arts troupes and some of the best breakthrough talent.

 Friday & Saturday nights, October 16-17, Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI, offers an Open House running October 16, 7-9 pm, and October 17, 5-7 pm.

 Come by for this meet and greet to discover local performing arts, music and demonstrations. Refreshments will be available,

 Call 401-334-4800 x 3 for more details.

 Railroad hobbyists

 Sunday, October 18, attend the Rhode Island Model Train Show, at the Pawtucket Armory Arts Exchange, 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI.

 The local chapter of the National Model Railroad Association showcases over 80 vendor tables featuring new and gently used model railroad merchandise. Plus, view several model layouts and other special happenings.

 Call for more information and schedule at 401-264-0381.

 To see how actual transportation evolved in Blackstone River Valley, a side trip to Blackstone River State Park over the weekend is highly suggested.

 In particular, a jaunt to the park’s Wilbur Kelly House Museum, located at the end of Lower River Road, Quinnville village, Lincoln, RI, provides the ideal perspective of how transportation influenced community development.

The Kelly House interprets how people and products were moved by transportation from the days of early manufacturing to the present. See a panoramic view of the Blackstone River, the Blackstone Canal and towpath, Ashton mill village, the Providence and Worcester Railroad and the George Washington Highway viaduct.

 Details are on line at

 or call 401-222-2632.

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Celebrating The Mighty Quinn

October 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Free Screening of Last Train from Gun Hill at the Weaver Library

Weaver Library, a partner library with the RI International Film Festival, the Anthony Quinn Foundation, and the RI Film and Television Office in Celebrating Anthony Quinn: A 100-Year Legacy, offers two free film screenings this fall. Audiences can rediscover Anthony Quinn in a Western – Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)- on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30pm and return to see a newer film starring Kevin Costner and  Quinn - Revenge (1990) -  on Monday November 9th at 6:30pm.

Directed by John Sturges, Last Train from Gun Hill features Kirk Douglas and Carolyn Jones along with Anthony Quinn. The wife of Marshal Matt Morgan (Douglas) is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle that Morgan recognizes as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden (Quinn), now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill.  The film is 95 minutes, and snacks are permitted.

 Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island.  Questions? Call the library at 434-2453.

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Operation Americorps Members Sworn In For Service At State House Ceremony

October 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Americorps Teams in Place at Tolman, Shea High Schools

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Pawtucket – Before a large gathering at the State House, Mayor Donald Grebien, along with Governor Raimondo, Secretary of State Gorbea and Senator Juan Pichardo, joined Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in administering the swearing-in of the newest members of Operation Americorps.  

Under a grant that the City of Pawtucket received back in April, two teams of Americorps members have been established at Tolman and Shea High Schools to help connect high schoolers with post-graduation opportunities. Prior to the grant announcement in April, Mayor Grebien convened over 50 local Pawtucket businesses and organizations to assist the Americorps members in connecting students with their futures. Through this initiative, these businesses and organizations will be investing their time, effort and resources into this program and Pawtucket’s children.  

“Whether it is going to college, entering the trades or serving in the military, this additional support from Americorps is going to make young people’s dreams that much more attainable,” said Grebien addressing the large gathering at the State House. “As part of this support network, The City of Pawtucket has been working closely with the local business community to help bridge the gap between students and the futures that await them,” Grebien continued.  

The Mayor noted the importance of getting the business community to “buy-in” to this program as they are uniquely positioned to inform students and their Americorps leaders, precisely what type of skills and training are in demand in their fields of business. Local businesses have been very receptive to the program as they see the value in getting job-ready young people who are trained in the skills they need. All are excited at the prospect of people entering their industry being ready to hit the ground running on day one.

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Saint John’s School Attleboro

October 6th, 2015 · No Comments


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The seventh and eighth graders at St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro got a lesson about Jury Duty from Mike Ryan, the communications coordinator from the Office of Jury Commissioner.

He spoke to the students about what a trial looks like, what is jury duty and who serves. He also had the students participate in a mock trial with a jury.

Shown here are some students being “sworn in” for jury duty.

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October 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Nominations Close October 30th 2015

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for its Person of the Year and Business of the Year awards.  The Person of the Year will be someone who has made a positive impact on the community and is committed to the overall mission of the Chamber of Commerce. 

The Business of the Year will be presented to a Chamber-member company which has staying power as an established business, increase in sales as an indication of continued growth, and innovativeness of product or service offered. Some of the criteria considered include employees donating their time and talents to community projects, fundraising, or other activities for the betterment of the entire community.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in December. For a nomination form, visit

or call 508-222-0801.

Nominations are due by Oct. 30. The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business support organization that serves the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

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Student Scholars At Feehan

October 4th, 2015 · No Comments

National Merit Scholarship Commended Students at Feehan

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In photo, front row from left: Principal Sean Kane, Sydney Majka, Thomas Perry, Jenna Bourassa, Martin Murphy, Jillian Sarto, Joseph Corkery, Abigail Roberts, Emily Dold, Caroline Toomey, Tess Cullaz, Meredith Marcotte, and Vice Principal Academics Ann Perry

 Bishop Feehan High School principal Sean Kane announced today that 11 students have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  These students are Jenna Bourassa (N. Attleboro), Joseph Corkery (Walpole), Tess Cullaz (Mansfield), Emily Dold (Attleboro Falls), Sydney Majka (Franklin), Meredith Marcotte (N. Attleboro), Martin Murphy (Foxboro), Thomas Perry (Barrington, RI), Abigail Roberts (N. Attleboro), Jillian Sarto (Franklin), and Caroline Toomey (Wrentham).  A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Kane to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise as they placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

 “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”  

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October 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Providence, Rhode Island, October 2,  2015 — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will operate all regular fixed-route buses and trolleys on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, October 12, 2015 in observance of Columbus Day, an official state holiday.

 RIde and Flex Services

The statewide RIde Program will operate only ADA trips on Monday, October 12, 2015.  The Flex Service reservation line (1-877-906-FLEX) and the RIde reservation line (461-9760) will not be staffed on Monday. RIPTA Flex Services will not be available on October 12th, except for Route 210 (Kingston Flex Service), which will run on the holiday schedule.  Regular service for both RIde and Flex will resume on Tuesday, October 13th.

 Kennedy Plaza

RIPTA offices, including the Photo Identification and Ticket Sales Offices in Kennedy Plaza, will not be staffed on the holiday.

 For more information on holiday schedules or other RIPTA services, please call 781-9400 or visit

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October 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Cherished Member of the Acting Company for 47 Years

With deep sadness, Trinity Repertory Company announces that long-time company member Barbara Meek passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Barbara Anita Meek was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1934 and was a graduate of Northwestern High School and Wayne State University. Barbara joined the Trinity Rep acting company in 1968 with her husband, Martin Molson (1928-1980). Up until the week before her death, she was an active performer with the Company, appearing in over 100 productions over the course of her career.

“Barbara was the proud matriarch of this company,” said Trinity Rep’s Richard L. Bready Artistic Director Curt Columbus. “Quite simply, she was our family, and we are shocked by her sudden passing. Barbara had a long and brilliant career and was a force to be reckoned with–a fiercely intelligent, honest and radiant actor and human being. She will be missed beyond words, but her legacy will live on at Trinity Rep.”

Barbara had a number of leading roles in many plays in her long career at Trinity Rep, including Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Boseman and Lena, The Threepenny Opera, Tartuffe, The Visit, Eustace Chisholm and the Works, Master Class, A Christmas Carol, Peer Gynt, A Raisin in the Sun, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, and Antigone, among many others. She also appeared in the Broadway production of Wilson in the Promised Land.

On television, Barbara played the character Ellen Canby on three seasons of Archie Bunker’s Place, and appeared in Brother to Dragons, The House of Mirth, Life Among the Lowly, Melba, Big Brother Jake and in the Emmy Award-winning television movie See How She Runs with Joanne Woodward.

Barbara worked at other theaters including Vienna’s English Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hilberry Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Cleveland Play House and the O’Neill Theater Center.

Barbara received an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from the University of Rhode Island, and was awarded the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, the 2004 Rhode Island Pell Award, the Wayne State University Arts Achievement Award in Theatre, the Foundation for Repertory Theatre Award, and the 2006 Edward Bannister and Christiana Bannister History Makers Award from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

Barbara is survived by a daughter, Leslie Molson, of New Orleans, Louisiana. 

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“St. Nikolaus Polka Dance”

October 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The German American Cultural Society is pleased to announce that on Sunday, December 6, 2015, a “St. Nikolaus Polka Dance” will be held at their club on 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. FROM 2 – 6 pm

 Music by the “Eddie Foreman Orchestra”

 Tickets are available by mail for $ 15.00 or at the door for $ 17.00 per person.

 Table reservations are taken for 8 – 10 settings.

 If you want to order your tickets by mail, please make your check payable to:

German American Cultural Society (GACS) and mail to:

 Erika Danner

phone: 401 723 3549

100 Cushman St. cell

401 569 6427

Pawtucket, RI 02861 Email:

 Annie Golembewski of the Polish Hour: WHTB 1400 am

Phone: 508 678 8116

51 Waring Road

Somerset, MA 02726

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Little Compton Historical Society

October 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Cider Social & Cow Pie Bingo at LC Historical Society on Columbus Day

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Elmer the star of the 2014 Cow Pie Bingo.

Little Compton – A four-legged visitor will be the honored guest at this year’s Cider Social celebration at the Little Compton Historical Society on Monday, October 12 from 1 to 4 PM. For the second year the Society has greatly expanded their annual event to include local vendors and a Cow Pie Bingo Fundraising event. Last year’s Cow Pie Bingo was a huge success and raised over $3,000 for the Historical Society.

As usual the Cider Social is free and open to the public.  There will be complimentary cider and donuts while supplies last, free tours of the Wilbor House Museum, children’s games and activities, and the public’s last chance to view this summer’s special exhibition, “The Stories House Tell,” which was funded in large part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Humanities.  The society will also be hosting their annual antiques sale.  Anyone with antique or vintage items to donate to this sale is asked to do so before Columbus Day.

Local vendors will be on hand selling variety of hand-crafted items. The Historical Society has expanded their own museum shop offerings to include several new gift items featuring images from their collection.

The highlight of the day will be the Cow Pie Bingo event taking place between 3 and 4 PM. A young bull will be led onto a gridded field promptly at 3 PM and the first square in the grid to receive a cow pie will be the winner.  Tickets corresponding to each square on the grid are on sale now at the Historical Society for $10 and will also be sold the day of the event until 2:50 PM. The holder of the winning ticket will receive a $500 prize.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society.

The bull is owned by Robert Carr, a local farmer, who has offered to help the Historical Society with this event.  He and other judges will be on hand to make the final call determining the winning square. If no cow pie is deposited before 4 PM the judges will draw the winning ticket from a hat.

Volunteers are needed to help with the event.  Anyone interested in volunteering or in purchasing a vendor’s spot is asked to call the Historical Society at 401-635-4035.

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