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Alec Baldwin Visiting Rhode Island For Central Falls Adams Memorial Library Fundraiser

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The Baldwin for Books Fundraiser includes dramatic readings by Baldwin and the opportunity to read a dialogue with the Hollywood actor

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CENTRAL FALLS, RI – On Saturday, June 7th, Hollywood television, film and stage actor Alec Baldwin will be visiting Rhode Island for the Baldwin for Books Fundraiser. Baldwin’s first stop will be a VIP Reception held in the historical Adams Memorial Library followed by a literacy fundraiser at F?te in Providence. Funds raised will be geared in part towards the CF Digital Project. CF Digital seeks to enhance digital and media literacy for students of Central Falls and neighboring communities.

 “We hope to start an all-purpose, public media lab in a currently unused building, but currently do not have the funding to make it happen,” said President of the Central Falls Public Library, Stephen Larrick. “We are extremely grateful to Alec for his willingness to step up in a big way as part of an event that will help raise awareness and funds to make our dream of a public media center in Central Falls a reality. This center will provide the services our patrons need most, like access to computers and the internet for our residents, who too often don’t have these resources at home.”

 Joel Pettit, the executive director of the library noted, “We at the library are humbled by Mr. Baldwin’s continued acts of generosity towards our lovely, little historic library.  It never ceases to amaze us that there can be such a ground swell of support for our efforts.”

 The Adams Memorial Library first announced a $10,000 donation from the Alec Baldwin Foundation in 2011 when a New York Times article about the Library closing due to financial restraints caught Baldwin’s attention. One year after donating $10,000, Baldwin sent another $5,000 check to the Library in response to its year-end fundraising appeal. Then in 2013, Baldwin donated $2,500 to help the Central Falls High School chess team offset traveling costs to a national tournament.

 “We are extremely grateful to Alec Baldwin for his continued support of the City of Central Falls over the past three years,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. He continued, “We look forward to his first visit and showing him the great City of Central Falls that is rich in history, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit.”

 The Baldwin for Books Fundraiser will be on Saturday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 for general admission online, $50 at the door and $25 for Central Falls students. F?te is located at 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI 02909. Tickets are available now online at the library’s website or at the door, provided availability. In addition to the fundraiser, there will be an exclusive VIP reception for sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact joel@cflibrary.org for more details.

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New England Real Estate Journal Highlights Candidate Support For Quonset

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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Rhode Islanders will elect a new governor this year.  Over the past several months, each major candidate has toured the Quonset Business Park, where more than 175 companies employ 9,500 people. Despite their sometimes differing political views, all of this year’s candidates for Governor agree that Quonset is one of the state’s key drivers of economic growth and job creation.

This month’s edition of New England Real Estate Journal includes the views of all the major candidates for Governor regarding Quonset.

“Having the candidates weigh in on behalf of Quonset in a publication like this one, which reaches corporate executives and real estate professionals, is very important for the Business Park,” said Steven J. King, PE, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.  “For prospective tenants to know that Quonset will continue to enjoy the support of our political leaders, despite a change in administrations, has real value in the marketplace where we compete.”   

To see the candidates’ full thoughts on Quonset in the NEREJ

click here.

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RAIMONDO HONORS LINCOLN STUDENT

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 41 students, 1 of which was from Lincoln. The award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes.

“The Young Leader Award gives outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excelling at their studies and serving their communities,” said Raimondo. “They are great examples to us all by showcasing the traits Rhode Islanders need for a successful future.”

Ximedica, a leading medical product development and healthcare company worldwide, was selected as the host site for this award ceremony due to the company’s commitment to innovation.  Ximedica also hosted the event in 2013. Ximedica Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations, Michael Pereira, spoke about the importance of innovation and advancing technology.

“To have innovation, it is important to encourage young people to consider the possibilities and opportunities that are right here in their backyard,” said Pereira. “We are proud to host these young leaders, their teachers, guidance counselors and families.”

Erin McManus, a junior at Lincoln High School, is Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America club and is co-chair of the school’s major fundraiser and fashion show.

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“Take Our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day”

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

City of Pawtucket to host “Take Our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day”

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien and the City of Pawtucket, with the help of several generous sponsors, will celebrate “Take our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day” on Thursday, April 24 including with a host of activities at City Hall for the school-age children and grandchildren of city employees.

 “The city is again very pleased to take part in this outstanding tradition celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. “It’s a great way to widen the career horizons of our young people while they also get a first-hand idea of the important and valuable work their parents and grandparents perform every day for the city.”

 The day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. kickoff breakfast in the City Council Chambers, time shared with parents and grandparents in the workplace then activities from 9:30 a.m. to a noon luncheon. The city previously added school-age grandchildren to the traditional mix at the request of numerous city employees.

 Activities will include LEGOS, face painting, tours of the police and fire departments, games and prizes.

 This year’s theme is, “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future.”

Sponsors include the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, Division Street House of Pizza, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket YMCA, McDonald’s, Domino’s and Stop & Shop.

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SkyWarn Spotter Training

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

City EMA partners with National Weather Service to train ‘SkyWarn’ spotters

 PAWTUCKET – The city Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to hold a SkyWarn spotter training session for interested participants on Tuesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave.

SkyWarn spotters are an important resource to the National Weather Service. To fill gaps in technology and provide better warnings, the NWS uses trained volunteers who agree to become the “eyes and ears” of the weather service and help improve public safety.

 Weather spotters provide real-time observations of severe weather events, such as tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, flooding and winter weather. The reports assist NWS meteorologists in issuing watches, warnings and advisories, help protect life and property and provide citizens life-saving information.

 SkyWarn spotters will learn how to observe the weather and also learn valuable preparedness and safety tips. Trained spotters have proven invaluable during weather events such as Post Tropical Storm Sandy, the February Blizzard of 2013 and the Springfield Tornado.  The NWS is looking to attract as much interest as possible to expand its spotter network and offer more extensive service to a greater area.

 For further information, contact Pawtucket Emergency Management at 401-729-5846 or by email to dcorbishley@pawtucketpolice.com.

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Central Falls: Young Leader Award

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Adamaris-Villar and Gina Raimondo 

General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 41 students, 2 of which were from Central Falls. The award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes.

“The Young Leader Award gives outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excelling at their studies and serving their communities,” said Raimondo. “They are great examples to us all by showcasing the traits Rhode Islanders need for a successful future.”

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Brenda-Anaya and Gina Raimondo

Ximedica, a leading medical product development and healthcare company worldwide, was selected as the host site for this award ceremony due to the company’s commitment to innovation.  Ximedica also hosted the event in 2013. Ximedica Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations, Michael Pereira, spoke about the importance of innovation and advancing technology.

“To have innovation, it is important to encourage young people to consider the possibilities and opportunities that are right here in their backyard,” said Pereira. “We are proud to host these young leaders, their teachers, guidance counselors and families.”

About the students

  • ·         Adamaris Villar, a junior at Central Falls High School, is involved in student government, a member of the National Honor Society, and in the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program.
  • ·         Brenda Anaya, a junior at the Blackstone Academy Charter School, has artwork on display at the Pawtucket Visitor’s Center.

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Mixed Magic Thank You

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Mixed Magic Theatre would like to thank you for your ongoing support and patience during our unexpected tour of  For Colored Girls. Despite the circumstances the show was nothing but a complete success!

We are proud to announce that our first show will be opening here at our new location at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue! We will be performing, God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, April 25th – May 18 directed by Rich Morra.

Come next weekend, April 25th – April 27th for our special Preview Week performances!

Friday: PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Saturday & Sunday: ALL TICKETS $15

 It’s a deal you don’t want to miss!!

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Pawtucket Red Sox

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Vacation Week

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The Students And The Big Brass Band

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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South America East Music Forces Chorus under Bandmaster Omar Perez

Pawtucket music students enliven outstanding program by Salvation Army brass band

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PAWTUCKET – An outstanding performance by a big brass band from South America was enlivened by participation from Pawtucket music students in a concert Wednesday, April 16 at the downtown Visitor Center attended by more than 200 people.

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Bandmaster Omar Perez leads his more than 30-member brass band during concert to benefit Pawtucket Corps of the Salvation Army

The students, under school music directors David DiMaio, who served as conductor, and George Correia, performed on two musical numbers with the Salvation Army’s South America East Music Forces, which also features a chorus, under Bandmaster Omar Perez.

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Band wears Pawtucket Red Sox caps that were a welcoming gift from the ball club as they also tout the band’s new CD by holding copies aloft.

After playing on “Muffins Rhapsody” and a medley of tunes titled “Classic in Brass,” the young musicians, who came from schools throughout the city, were rewarded with a standing ovation.

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 Pawtucket junior and senior high school students under Goff Junior High Music Director David DiMaio performed “Muffins Rhapsody” and “Classics in Brass” backed by the Salvation Army East Music Forces under Bandmaster Omar Perez during benefit concert on Wednesday, April 16 in the downtown Visitor Center.

The concert was a benefit for the Salvation Army Pawtucket Corps, established in the city in 1894.

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Agnes Little Elementary

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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Framed by a feature of the Earl Fenner Playground dedicated on Wednesday, April 16, Agnes Little Principal Ray Dalton gestures to students gathered for the occasion.

Playground dedicated for beloved former teacher at Agnes Little Elementary

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 Mayor Donald R. Grebien speaks of the high regard in which former Agnes Little ESL teacher Earl Fenner was held as well as the importance of play for schoolchildren.

PAWTUCKET – With hundreds of excited schoolchildren looking on, the new state of the art playground at Agnes Little Elementary School was dedicated in ceremonies on Wednesday, April 16 in honor of the late Earl Fenner, a beloved former ESL resource teacher at the school.

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Some of the hundreds of enthusiastic Agnes Little students gathered for Wednesday’s dedication of a new playground at the school.

Fenner, who served on the playground committee at Agnes Little and taught in the city for a dozen years including also at the M. Virginia Cunningham and Nathanael Greene elementary schools, died unexpectedly in April of 2011 at age 52. His children, Caitlin and Joshua Fenner, unveiled a bronze plaque affixed to a large stone at the playground bearing his name and saying, “Always in our hearts. Our teacher, our friend.” 

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Grade 3 teacher Kim Heon, who shared instruction of ESL students with late former teacher Earl Fenner, said the lasting message he was sending to them was “not only about this playground but about life itself.”

Remarks, all noting Fenner’s contributions to his students and the importance of play for children, were given at the event by Agnes Little Principal Raymond Dalton, School Supt. Patricia DiCenso, who successfully challenged Dalton to later join her as the first to use the playground’s slide, School Committee Chairman Michael Araujo and Mayor Donald R. Grebien.Grade 3 teacher Kim Heon, who worked with Fenner, called him a “very humble man” who always had his students’ welfare at heart. “The message Mr. Fenner has sent you is not only about this playground but about life itself,” she said.

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  Caitlin and Joshua Fenner, children of Earl Fenner, unveiled the plaque dedicating the new Agnes Little school playground in his name.

The playground, which replaces one closed for safety concerns, is designed for children ages 5 to 12 and includes four free-standing structures with sub-structures, three site benches, two European hornbeam trees, stone dust access paths and fencing and is ADA accessible. Components are designed to foster creative play for students of all levels.

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 School Supt. Patricia DiCenso enjoys the new playground’s slide.

The approximately $125,000 project was funded by a federal block grant along with fundraising efforts by Agnes Little students and staff under a committee headed by school nurse Kathy Kando and retired former physical education teacher Debra Girard. Andrew Silvia, a city engineer, served as project manager assisted by Mike Wilcox and Edward Soares from the Planning Department under Director Barney Heath. Contractors were O’Brien & Sons of Medfield, Mass. and Central Nurseries, Johnston. 

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Challenged by Supt. Patricia DiCenso, Agnes Little Principal Raymond Dalton followed her in a descent down the slide at the new Earl Fenner Playground at the school.

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Students from grades K-6 at Agnes Little Elementary cut the ribbon on their new playground. The students (by grade) were Lorenz Marcotte, kindergarten; Madison Nunez, grade 1; Amber Church, grade 2; Emmalynda Pontes, grade 3; Paris Christian, grade 4; Alta DelBargo and Joshua Quiroa, grade 5; and Joao Barros, grade 6.

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