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Blackstone Valley Tourism

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Suggested events for the weekend of Friday-Monday, August 8-11, 2014

RI Victory Day Holiday


As Rhode Island pays tribute to the brave military heroes who served the state on the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II, the state’s historic Blackstone River Valley offers holiday weekend happenings focused on community interests.

 Town celebration!

Friday-Sunday, August 8-10, the Town of Cumberland, RI hosts its 24th annual Cumberland Fest inside the scenic Diamond Hill Park, Route 114.

This town focused festival not only brings residents and visitors together, it also helps to support vital town programs, and is the largest family oriented festival of its kind in the Blackstone River Valley!

 Cumberland Fest offers non-stop music on the park stage, food vendors, a car show, fireworks, a road race, arts and crafts and more!

 Cumberland was originally part of Rehoboth, MA, when it was first settled in 1635, and was later known as Attleboro Gore. It became a town in 1747. Its first European settler was the Rev. William Blackstone, who moved in the area and gave the region and river its name.

 Get all the details and a schedule of events now at, or call the town’s Parks & Recreation Office at 401-334-9996.

Celebrity sports event!

Tomorrow’s baseball legends team up with legendary sports and music stars, Sunday, August 10, as the Pawtucket Red Sox host the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All Star Softball Classic, happening at McCoy Stadium, Division Street & Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.

 Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All Star Softball Classic, happening at McCoy Stadium, Division Street & Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.

Mr. Osborne, a well known Providence, RI singer, is also well known as a prominent national recording artist, having performed with the soul group LTD, and as a solo singer.

The softball tournament headlines with NBA basketball legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, both of whom played with the Los Angeles Lakers in their illustrious sports careers.

The event gets underway Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 pm. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm. All ticket proceeds will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.

The “Paw Sox” are the AAA team to the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series champions Boston Red Sox. Many of the 2013 and 2014 players came from the Paw Sox to play for the Red Sox.

Call the Pawtucket Red Sox for tickets at 401-724-7300, or go to

Bicycle around the Blackstone Valley!

See a different perspective of Blackstone River Valley over the weekend by participating in some of the many cycling events.

Saturday, august 9, sign up for a Leisurely Bicycle Tour presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC).

These bicycle tours are a fun and casual way to explore the many historical and cultural aspects of the Blackstone River Valley. These four hour ride stops often at sites where you will experience little known stories of the region’s people and places.

The August 9 tour runs 9 am-1 pm, from the Interstate 295 north Visitor Center, on the Blackstone Bikeway, Lincoln, RI.

Space is limited to keep groups small and the rides are ideal for all fitness levels, and are about 20 miles round trip.

Reserve your space for these tours by calling BVTC at 401-724-2200 or at

Sunday, August 10, participate in the Ride ‘Round Rhody bicycling fundraiser for LIFEcycle, starting at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike (Route 7) Smithfield, RI.

LIFEcycle, Inc. is a Rhode Island non-profit organization with a mission to promote healthy, active living and support local cancer treatment.

Ride ‘Round Rhody is LIFEcycle’s main event – a bike-a-thon held each summer to raise funds for local cancer treatment. Since 2009, participants have generated nearly $240,000 for local cancer treatment. These funds have been distributed to local hospitals to provide cancer services, including clinical trials that have a national and even global impact

Pre-register now for this bike-a-thon at 

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5K Road Race To Benefit Hospice And Palliative Care

July 30th, 2014 · No Comments

“Runaways Runaround”

August 3, 2014

Runners and walkers are invited to join the “Runaways Runaround” to be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9:00AM. NEW this year, the traditional 5 mile race will now be a 5K race. This is a USATF-NE sanctioned and certified, 5K course which loops through North Attleboro. Sponsored by the Runaways Running Club, proceeds from the race and raffle go to benefit Community VNA Hospice and Palliative Care serving eleven area communities. Registration is $25 after July 26th.

The race begins at North Attleboro Town Hall, 43 South Washington Street. Cash prizes include $100 for 1st overall male and female runners. Medals awarded for all divisions: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.  Individuals and families are encouraged participate to show support for runners and walkers or to enter a raffle for great prizes.

To register online:

or call 508-339-0147.

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Smith-Appleby House

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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Enjoy a colonial fun-filled family day of yard games and watermelon at the Smith-Appleby House in Smithfield, RI, on Sunday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Show your skill and challenge others at tug-o-war, sack race, hoops, graces, 9 pin bowling, and “how far can you spit that seed?” Then tour the historical Smith-Appleby House to see and hear what daily life was really like in Colonial Rhode Island during the American Revolution. Tours are led by educators and history enthusiasts in Colonial dress.

The House dates to 1696 and was built by Elisha Smith, the grandson of John Smith “The Miller,” a member of Roger Williams’ original party of six men who left the Massachusetts Bay Colony to start the colony of Providence, Rhode Island, in 1636. Expanded from its original construction as a one-room stone-ender cottage, the delicately restored 12-room historic farmhouse features beautiful cabinet work, varied architectural designs, original stencils, and furnished rooms showcasing an intriguing collection of antiques.

Come & Play Games of Old” will be held on Sunday, August 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children are free. This very special event is part of our Rhody Ramble Open House series. For more information, visit

The House is located at 220 Stillwater Rd. in Smithfield, RI, just off I-295.

The historic Smith-Appleby House is operated by the Historical Society of Smithfield, RI, as a living Museum hosting a variety of educational activities, programs, and events throughout the year. Group tours are available for schools, scouts, and other community organizations. The House and property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are also available to rent for private events. For more information, visit

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Stonehill’s Martin Institute to Host Democratic Candidates for Governor on August 19th

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki will moderate the forum

EASTON, MA – The Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College will host a forum with the candidates for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts on Tuesday, August 19th from 7pm – 8pm in the College’s Shields Science Center. The event is being co-sponsored by Gatehouse Media and WCVB Boston.

The forum will be moderated by Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki.  He also contributes occasionally to Capital New York and Salon, where he served as a senior political writer and politics editor from 2010 to 2013.  His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Boston Globe and Daily Beast. He is a native of Groton, Massachusetts.

 The panelists for the forum will be Rick Holmes of the MetroWest Daily News and, Christopher Burrell of The Patriot Ledger, and Janet Wu of WCVB.

Please RSVP for the forum (tickets are limited) by visiting

 The forum will be streamed live at the following website:

 The Martin Institute will also host  a forum with the Commonwealth’s candidates for Attorney General and Treasurer on Thursday, Aug. 28th as well as a forum with candidates for Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.

 DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 19 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

 LOCATION:  The Shields Science Center at Stonehill College, 320 Washington St., Easton, MA 02357

 CONTACT INFORMATION:  Peter Ubertaccio 508-742-5033

 PRESS CREDENTIALS: Media outlets wishing to obtain press credentials should contact  Please include the name of the organization, the name of each person from the organization requesting credentials, contact email and phone numbers.

 The Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College prepares students for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. The Martin Institute challenges students and faculty through rigorous, critical interdisciplinary inquiry into law and society by linking theory and practice in a curriculum based upon exploration of the vital issues of public policy and social justice.

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United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton  Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Agawam Hunt, 15 Roger Williams Avenue, Rumford, RI

October 6, 2014

 On Monday, October 6, 2014, United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton (UWGAT) will host its Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Agawam Hunt in Rumford, RI.

 The event begins with registration at 10:00 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. A boxed lunch is provided. Enjoy golfing a scramble format with a Hole in One Contest, Poker Run, Putting Contest, Best Dressed Individual contest, as well as, prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. After golfing, enjoy dinner and dessert, awards, and a Chinese raffle.

 Sponsors to date include: Event Sponsor – Bristol County Savings Bank; Platinum Sponsors – BankFive and Sensata Technologies, Inc.; Gold Sponsor – General Dynamics; and Hole in One Sponsor – The Travel Experience; as well as additional tournament, tee, and raffle prize sponsors.

 Sponsorship opportunities along with golfer registration information may be obtained by visiting If you would like to donate a raffle prize or cash donation, or for further details, please contact Jamie Crossman at 508-222-2337, ext. 109 or Please be advised that reservations are limited so register today to be guaranteed participation in this special event!

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Op-Ed: Eliminating Patronage Hiring in Massachusetts

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Statement from Evan Falchuk, United Independent Party candidate for Governor

 “The guilty verdict in the probation department patronage hiring trial brings to a close a sad episode in the Commonwealth, made worse by the number of ‘no comments’ we hear from current lawmakers on the verdict.

The next governor must work to restore public confidence in our state’s government. I will propose legislation in my first 100 days to create a Fair Hiring Unit within the office of the Inspector General to monitor hiring, and to conduct systematic reviews of all public hiring – including the review of any complaints of alleged hires based on political or monetary favors.

All jobs in the Falchuk Administration will be based on merit only.  The process for hiring must be transparent and I will call for an immediate moratorium on “patronage” jobs in my Administration, even if giving out such jobs is technically legal under current law. To attract, hire and retain top-notch employees we have to raise the bar, and restore public confidence that the hiring process is on the level.” 

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“Bristol’s Tales of the Slave Trade”

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Hear “Bristol’s Tales of the Slave Trade” During Walking Tour Saturday, August 16th

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 19th centuries, was once one of the largest traders of slaves in New England.

The guided tour will take place on Saturday, August 16 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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Norton Public Library

July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:00 PM
Book Cooks
Experiment with your food! In this hands-on program, Chef Anna Biron will teach us some basic culinary science techniques, and then we’ll enjoy our delicious meal.

This program will be held at the Daggett-Crandall-Newcomb Home.

Space is limited and registration will begin July 22.

A $12.00 materials fee is due at signup.

Supported by Anna Biron and the Friends of the Norton Public Library.

  Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Toddler Time – Baby Farm Animals
Contact: Carol Carver (508) 559-1666 x113

Join early childhood specialist Carol Carver for a fun lap-sitting storytime designed especially for little ones ages 1-3. Today we learn about baby farm animals!  Music, flannel board, books, movement, creative art, sound games, puppets and parachute play.

Registration is required as space is limited.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the front of the library 2 weeks
prior to the event.

Library staff cannot take registrations by phone or email.
Location: Community Room

Thursday August 7, 2014
5:00 PM
Mad Science: Fire & Ice
Don’t miss the “Fire and Ice” show by Mad Science of Southern MA, our Summer Reading grand finale. Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists!  

 Foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion will amaze children as they learn about the scientific method, air pressure and the states of matter.

This program will be held outside if weather allows, otherwise indoors in our community room.

Fun for all ages, no registration required.

Generously sponsored by the Yelle and JCS Parent Organizations.

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July 27th, 2014 · No Comments

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014 AT 11 A.M.


 PAWTUCKET – Victory Day will be observed in Pawtucket on Monday, August 11, 2014 with a ceremony and wreath-laying at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street, adjacent to the City Hall complex.

 Mayor Donald R. Grebien will give remarks. Members of the Pawtucket City Council are also kindly invited as well as members of the public, particularly veterans. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Major Walter G. Gatchell Post 306, VFW, 171 Fountain St. at Blake Street.

 Co-chairs for the event are Capt. James Robbins, Commander, Lawrence E. Redmond Post Chapter 3, DAV, Pawtucket, Past Commander Maurice Trottier, Treasurer Jim Hollis, Penelope Trottier of the Gatchell Post Ladies Auxiliary and Jack Lucas, State Officer of the American Legion who will act as emcee, under overall sponsorship of the Pawtucket Veterans Council.

 Refreshments, under supervision of Penelope Trottier and members of the Gatchell Post Auxiliary, will be served after the ceremony at the Post home, 171 Fountain St.

 Pawtucket City Hall will also be closed on Monday, August 11 in observance of Victory Day.

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“Ten Million Steps on Route 6: A Walk Across America”

July 26th, 2014 · No Comments

August 4, 2014 at 7pm

Connecticut author and former reporter Joe Hurley will discuss his walk across the United States on the 3600-mile Route 6 at the Weaver Library on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7pm.  Hurley traveled on foot from Cape Cod and passed through Rhode Island on his way to California.  A photographer traveled with him by car. 

Their book, Ten Million Steps: A Fresh Look at America and Americans, is a sketch of the country through the eyes of coal miners, farmers, banjo players, parents, country folk and city folk.  The author notes that the book is also about places that cannot be savored from the fast lane.  Hurley will share rich stories of the “behind the scenes” details of the walk, the book, and the people he met along Route 6, the longest continuous highway in the country.  

Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing from the author.

This program is free and open to all.  Questions?  Contact the library at 434-2453 or 

for more information.  Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914.

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