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United Chamber “Taste Of The Region”

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Make Plans to Attend the Tastiest Event of the Year!  

Taste of the Region will be held Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St., Franklin. This fun-filled food festival features an eclectic mix of restaurants serving samples of a variety of dishes! There’s also an exciting silent auction. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 508-222-0801 for your tickets today!

 New this year: We will award prizes for Best Sweet, Best Savory and Best Presentation!

We still have a few openings for restaurants and food establishments to share samples of their food with potential customers. There is no cost for member restaurants and food establishments to participate.

Also, if you’d like to highlight your non-food related business at this very popular event, consider donating a silent auction item! Call the Chamber at 508-222-0801 for more information.

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“Bristol’s Tales of the Slave Trade”

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Hear “Bristol’s Tales of the Slave Trade” During Downtown Walking Tour on Saturday, October 18th

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Linden Place Museum will host a walking tour of Linden Place Mansion and downtown Bristol, RI focused specifically on Bristol’s DeWolf Family and their involvement in the Slave Trade. Featured in the PBS film “Traces of the Trade”, The DeWolf family, Bristol’s premier family in the 18th and early 19thcenturies, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England.


The guided tour will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am and will begin at Linden Place, the Federal-style mansion built by architect Russell Warren for George DeWolf, in downtown Bristol. The tour will then continue through the center of historic Bristol and down to the waterfront on Thames Street, pointing out significant sites tied to Bristol’s lengthy and profitable involvement in the slave trade.

The tour ends at the historic DeWolf Tavern, once a DeWolf waterfront warehouse, where tour-goers will enjoy a rum cocktail and ask questions.

The tour is $20, $15 for Linden Place members, and includes a complimentary drink at the DeWolf Tavern. Reservations are required and the tour is limited to 15 people.

For more information and reservations, please call the Linden Place office at 253-0390.

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16th Annual Photo Contest Winners Announced

October 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Over 300 entries were submitted for the 2014 City of Pawtucket Photo contest and are currently on display in the Visitors Center Gallery.  On Sunday, September 28th, at 4pm, the winners were announced  by City Council President, David Moran to young and old alike, to see what pictures were selected for the 2015 City of Pawtucket Calendar. Submissions were received from Central Falls, Cumberland, Rumford, Seekonk and Pawtucket.

5th grade students from five of the City’s elementary schools recently participated in a photo workshop this past May and were also participants in this contest.   These elementary schools included:  Cunningham, Flora S. Curtis, Fallon, Potter-Burns and Henry J. Winters.   This project was made possible by the Pawtucket Arts Festival and the City of Pawtucket Arts Panel.  And the winners are:

City of Pawtucket 2014 Photo Contest Winners:

Honorable Mentions:

#25  Marc S. Germain – Pawtucket

“Morning At The Lofts”

#24   Ray Baril -  Pawtucket

“Color On The Bikeway”

#S-25 Ryan McPherson

Potter-Burns Elementary -  grade 5

#7  Shirley Ward – Pawtucket

“Clowning Around In Pawtucket”

#S-9  Jaiden Gomes

Potter-Burns Elementary – Gr. 5

#19  Carol Cardillo – Pawtucket

“Slater Park Colors”

#18    Kaitlyn Pepin – Pawtucket

“Horse Power”

#28  Kathryn Bacon – Pawtucket

“Our Family In Shoes”

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2nd place winner – $50.00 cash prize

#26  Lisa Lettieri – Rehoboth

“First Lighting”

 E M PamelaBradley1stPlace

1st place winner – $75.00 cash prize

#11  Pamela Bradley – Pawtucket


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Mayors Choice Award – $100 cash prize

and cover of 2015 City of Pawtucket calendar

#S-11    Trinity Barata – Pawtucket

Potter-Burns Elementary – grade 5

About our Judges

Butch Adams, former award winning photographer from The Pawtucket Times and recipient of several awards from the National Press Association, the New England Press Association and the RI Press Association for his photography.

Richard Benjamin, a former staff photographer for the Providence Journal and now a freelance assignment photographer, and also a provider of stock photos of Rhode Island, in addition to publishing several books on his photography.

Paul Darling,  a photographer for over 60 years – A former Channel 10 and Channel 12 cameraman, and Providence Journal photographer – his career included the demanding workplaces of television news assignments. Some of his most notable work included his historic coverage of President Eisenhower at his Newport Summer White House.  Today he is a commercial & stock photographer, where his clients have included the America’s Cup Races, Save the Bay, and Yankee Magazine.

Jesse Nemerofsky,  a commercial studio photographer who began his career as a photographer in the world of high fashion, which included clothing lines Benetton and Joan & David. His interest turned to news, stock and assignment photography where he worked for a number of east coast photo agencies, regularly contributing to such notable publications which included Newsweek, Time, Fortune, Harpers Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New Yorker, Elle, Cosmopolitan and the NY Times.  Nemerofsky is currently a contributing photographer for Zuma International.

Aaron Usher, is a Pawtucket-based commercial and industrial photographer specializing in architectural, interiors & design to business photography. For over 32 years, his work has covered much of New England and regionally along the east coast.    His work has been published in over 300 magazines and  books throughout the world, including RI Monthly Magazine, Womans Day/Home Remodeling, Southern New England Home, Modern Plastics, Wire & Cable Journal International, Metal Craft & Cigar Aficinardo.

This 16th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest was sponsored by the City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence, RI.

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September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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Shown here is Mrs. Fortin playing the piano while eighth grader Rachel Erwin sings “Let It Go.”

Students of St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro recently took part in their annual school Talent Show which was a benefit concert for the work being done by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion’s African Mission to help fight hunger.

Forty two students performed in twenty seven different acts. Performances included dancing, singing, piano, guitar playing, skits, acrobatics and jokes. Music Director Sue Fortin explained, “I enjoy doing this show because it is a way for our students to give to the larger community in a unique way.

I am merely the coordinator of the talent show, the acts are solely up to them and all I do is give them a little guidance. It is encouraging to see their creativity and enthusiasm and to see them give of their time and talents each year.”  

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Providence Children’s Museum

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Cardboard Challenge!

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Weekly Activities at Providence Children’s Museum
October 5 – 13

Imagination Playground
Sunday, October 5  •  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kids invent their own ways to play as they stack and build with huge blue foam blocks, wheels, spools, tubes and a variety of loose parts.  Construct castles and forts, invent interesting sculptures and more! 
Underwritten by Dominion Foundation.

Museum Closed – Monday, October 6

Play and Learn: Around the Town
Tuesday, October 7  •  10:00 AM – Noon
Play and Learn is the Museum’s open-ended story-based program especially for 2- to 4-year-olds and their parents, designed to help preschoolers build their skills in a variety of areas and to help parents continue the learning at home.  This week, preschoolers practice spatial skills and learn directional phrases as they steer small cars over bridges and through tunnels.

Wednesday, October 8 & Thursday, October 9  •  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Follow in the footsteps of your favorite animal in Discovery Studio, the Museum’s art and science exploration space.  Walk like a woodland creature, trace tracks to make a story, and print tracks in clay.
Underwritten by Amgen Foundation.

Toddler Try-It: Animal Tracks
Friday, October 10  •  10:00 AM – Noon
Young children, ages 18 months to 3 years, delve into different hands-on art and science activities each Friday morning.  This week, toddlers build animal habitats and make track prints in clay.

Cardboard Challenge
Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12  •  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Monday, October 13  •  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Take part in the Global Cardboard Challenge, a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role of communities in fostering imaginative play, inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade” 

Kids and families collaborate to design and build original creations using cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations.  Invent and construct games, gadgets, robots, rocket ships and much more! 
Underwritten by National Grid.


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.  Activities are free with Museum admission of $9.00 per person; admission is always free for Museum members.  Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit

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Plainville United Methodist Church

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments


Plainville United Methodist Church 16 E.Bacon St Plainville, MA will be serving a Chicken Casserole supper on Saturday October 11 at 5:30.  Meal will include entree, coffee & cold drink and dessert.  All meals are $9 for adults.  Please make reservations by the Thursday prior to the supper; limited walk-in will be available.

Please reserve at 508-695-5141 or 508-699-8646

Remaining suppers for the season:

November 8, 2014 – church fair – no supper

December 13, 2014 – vendor fair – no supper

January 10, 2015 – Calendar Supper – Chicken Pot Pie

February 14, 2015 – Lasagna Dinner

March 14, 2015 – Corn Beef and Cabbage

April 11, 2015- Variety Buffet – Caesar Salad, Swedish Meatballs, Mac & Cheese, Onions, Peppers, & Sausage, Pork Casserole

May 9, 2015 – Oven Roasted Chicken and salads

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ACT To Open “Done To Death”

September 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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Photo by Doug Greene. Back Row: Jason Arundale from North Attleboro, Jason Carol from Medway, Christopher Verleger from Albion, RI, Christopher Sabatino from Canton, Lori Carreia from Attleboro. Middle Row: Heather Carey from Norton, Meghan Ruggiero from Pawtucket, RI. Seated in the front: Barbara McCarthy from North Attleboro, and finally Bob Messier from Attleboro.

Attleboro Community Theatre announces the opening of “Done To Death” written by Fred Carmichael. We are very excited to have Jennifer White, sitting in the director’s chair, making her directorial debut. Jen has been stage manager, actor, Assistant Director, and helped with concessions, so she has earned her wings at ACT.

Done To Death” is a mystery/comedy. The plot focuses on five has-been mystery/fiction writers who are brought together to the mysterious island named Vulture’s Vault for the sole purpose to collaborate and write a new murder mystery TV series. Hilarity ensues when real murders start to happen. The play is a huge parody of the murder mystery genre. Each writer has their own style that they use in the hopes of figuring out the person who committed the murders.

ACT is happy to welcome back actors that have returned to our stage after being gone too long and to welcome some new actors making their debut with our group.

Performances for “Done To Death” are; October 10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,and 26. The Friday and Saturday night shows are at 8pm and the doors open at 7:30pm, and the Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2pm and the doors open at 1:30pm. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets you may go to our website at:

or you may call our phone line at: 508-226-8100 and leave a message and include your phone number and someone will return your call.

We also have a Facebook page that is updated with information. ACT is located at: Ezeekial Bates Masonic Lodge, 71 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA.

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Best Chili Or Chowder Around

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

1st Annual Chili & Chowder Cook-Off to benefit Special Olympics

 Do you think you make the best chili or chowder around? On Saturday October 18th the Fraternal Order of Police Bay State Lodge will be hosting the 1st Annual Chili & Chowder Cook-Off at the Attleboro Elks.

The Fraternal Order of Police have hosted a very successful Wing Fling chicken wing competition each spring at the Attleboro Elks that have seen more than 700 people, each year, show up to taste wings from many area restaurants and organizations. They have taken that same successful blueprint and will host a Chili & Chowder Cook-Off, all to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts.

 There will be three different divisions to compete in, Restaurant or Professional, Public Safety, and Novice. There will be a panel of celebrity judges that will taste all the great chili & chowder and 1st,2nd and 3rd place trophies will be awarded in each division. All attendees will get a chance to vote on the overall “People’s Choice” award.

 There is a maximum of eighteen competitors that can take part in the event. “Like the Wing Fling, we encourage restaurants to promote their business by handing out menus and even selling promotional items at their table.” said event chairman Larry Crosman. “This is a great chance to promote your restaurant or organization, at the same time supporting some amazing Special Olympic Athletes.” Crosman said.

 As well as all the great tasting chili & chowder for the attendees to try, there will be many silent auction items to bid on. All proceeds of the event will be donated to Special Olympics Massachusetts through the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grassroots organization benefiting Special Olympics. Last year alone over $250,000 was raised and 100% of the money went to support Massachusetts Special Olympic athletes.

The event will run from 2pm until 5 pm on Saturday October 18th at the Attleboro Elks Lodge 887 South Main Street Attleboro, MA. Tickets are $15 when purchased in advanced and can be purchased in advance on-line at


or by calling the FOP State Lodge at (508) 286-5937. There will be a limited amount of tickets sold for this event. Tickets $20 the day of the event, if available. For more information on becoming a competitor or to donate to the silent auction please contact Larry Crosman at (508) 844-1221.

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Fifties Dance Party

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

 The South Attleboro Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Fifties Dance Party featuring Special Sound System on Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00pm. 

Ticket price of $15.00 per person includes a stuffed chicken dinner. 

Please call Richard Enright for tickets at 508-761-7441.

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

September 28th, 2014 · No Comments


PAC’s Seasonal Favorite

7th Annual Members’ Show & Sale -

10″ x 10″ x 10″

October 30 – January 8

All original artwork $150 each


Exactly 10″ x 10″ (if 2-D) including the frame, if framed

Exactly 10″ x 10″ x 10″ (if 3- D)

Exactly means not under, or over, 10 x 10 x 10″!

Drop off dates:

Friday, October 24th,  5 – 7 pm and Saturday, October 25th, 10am – noon.

PAC Mill Gallery, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket

 This is always a festive, packed and successful event!  Get to work on your

10″ x 10″ x 10″ piece and join in the fun.  Enter up to 3 artworks.  You must be a member of PAC, however you may join when you drop off work. No entry fee.  This is a fundraiser for PAC.  All pieces for sale will be priced at $150.  30% commission to PAC.

 Are you planning to enter your artwork?

Please let us know by contacting

Also –  tell your friends about the opening reception on October 30th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. There will be a viewing period and then a rush to purchase, so be there early to choose your favorite.  Think holiday gifts…

 Please visit our updated website.

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