COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES @ Weaver and Riverside
Earn community service credit for high school or confirmation.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5:30 – 7:30pm @ Weaver
Friday, Dec. 18, 2:30 – 4:30pm @ Weaver
Saturday, Dec. 19, 10am – noon @ Riverside
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VOLUNTEER TO BE A READING BUDDY @ Weaver Library
The library will match you with an elementary school child to read together for one hour each week at the library. For more information, call the Weaver Library at 434-2453 or ask about it in the Children’s room.
READ DOWN YOUR FINES @ Weaver and Riverside
Youth 16 and under can reduce their overdue fines by reading in the library. Tell a librarian when you start reading. 30 minutes of reading = $1 waived.
WEAVER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 401-434-2453
Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5; Sunday 1-5 (September through May)
RIVERSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY, 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 401-433-4877
Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5
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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL DONATES COATS AND WINTER APPAREL TO PAWTUCKET AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
Pawtucket, RI – Cold weather is upon us. Struggling Rhode Islanders in local communities are in need of winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and more.
Employees at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island recently participated in a Warm-a-Heart Coat Drive sponsored by The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket. Memorial Hospital joined in this city-wide event to warm the hearts of local families in need. The hospital collected about 200 winter apparel items. The hospital’s coat drive ran for three weeks in November.
Representatives from The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket will distribute the winter clothes to residents of Pawtucket and surrounding communities this week. The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket is comprised of more than 15 organizations from various neighborhood and business associations.
Arthur Plitt, Alliance president, said “We volunteer and work to make our local communities even better places in which to live, work and play. Thank you to Memorial Hospital for their generosity and eagerness to help the families that we serve. The donation of coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens and more is greatly appreciated.”
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island is committed to projects to benefit Rhode Islanders in need and supports the efforts of The Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket.
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as a major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s family medicine academic program, housed in the Center for Primary Care. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues. Memorial provides a full spectrum of health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Services include oncology, cardiovascular, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, 24-hour intensive care specialist coverage and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts, an adult day center, and home care program to provide a seamless system of medical care.
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Raimondo, Congressional delegation announce 26 Real Jobs RI grants
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, along with the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, today announced the recipients of the Real Jobs RI implementation grants available through the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT). Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven initiative that puts employers at the center of the state’s workforce development efforts to train people for jobs that actually exist now.
The implementation grants will provide funding to support the creation 26 Strategic Industry Partnerships. These groups will develop training, education and human resource solutions needed to address their business and talent needs
“This demand-driven program is part of our strategy to reinvigorate the economy to make sure we are training people for jobs that are open now,” Raimondo said. “We are moving decisively to deliver a more skilled workforce to employers and to help workers find well-paying jobs so they can make it in Rhode Island. Moving this program forward so quickly would not have happened without the support of our entire Congressional delegation.”
The partnerships from more than 10 sectors will split about $5 million in federal and state funding to implement detailed job-training plans driven by employers’ specific workforce needs, including jobs that are available now. The partnerships announced today include 186 employers and 108 strategic partners across various sectors including aquaculture, bioscience, design and health care, among others.
Raimondo credited the pivotal role played by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin and David N. Cicilline, whose combined efforts secured funding from the US Department of Labor for the Real Jobs partnerships.
“We want current and future employers in Rhode Island to know that we will work with them to ensure that they can find and develop the skilled workers they need to grow and prosper. Governor Raimondo has brought real vision and focus to reimagining workforce development in our state. We are united in this effort at the federal, state and local levels,” said U.S. Senator Jack Reed. “I was pleased to work with my colleagues in the delegation to secure critical federal funding that will help launch Real Jobs Rhode Island partnerships in key sectors of our economy such as health care, defense, manufacturing, construction and information technology, to name a few.”
“I’ve heard the same thing from businesses all over the state: we’re ready to hire, but we can’t find workers with the right training to do the job. These partnerships tackle that problem head on by preparing our workers for the jobs our employers are looking to fill now. Bridging that skills gap will put Rhode Islanders back to work and help some of our most important industries continue to grow,” said Senator Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
“Although our economy is recovering, I continue to see where the skills gap holds us back. The Real Jobs RI grant program helps build a skilled workforce,” said Congressman Jim Langevin, co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus. “The grants awarded will be used in 10 sectors of the Rhode Island economy, helping hundreds of potential workers to learn the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career. From cybersecurity to manufacturing, healthcare to construction, all the major segments of Rhode Island’s economy will benefit from these grants.”
“Rhode Island has been making great progress in getting people back to work and growing our economy. Ensuring that job training is directly connected to the positions available is a key piece of continuing that job growth, and this announcement will boost Rhode Island’s ability to get people back to work,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline. “I applaud the Governor for her relentless focus on getting Rhode Islanders back to work and look forward to continuing to work with her to promote Rhode Island’s economic comeback.”
“It’s critical that we equip our workforce with the skills necessary to meet the needs of Rhode Island businesses,” said Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “The Real Jobs RI initiative builds a workforce training infrastructure from the ground up, reflecting the specific demands of Rhode Island’s key sectors – ranging from industrial design to healthcare, marine trades to information technology. We are changing the way we understand and address workforce training issues in our state, ensuring that we will meet the real needs of our state’s businesses and workers. Today’s announcement is an important milestone in this critical effort.”
“Our mission in the Raimondo Administration is helping Rhode Islanders develop the skills they need to succeed in 21st century jobs,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen. “Real Jobs RI is an innovative, faster and better way to match workers who need jobs with employers who need skilled workers to fill open positions.”
About Real Jobs Rhode Island
Real Jobs RI is a flexible demand-driven workforce development program that supports ideas from employers and partners of all sizes to connect people to the job openings of today and in the near future. Planning and implementation grants help employers analyze the workforce demands of industry and cross-industry sectors over a sustained period of time and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of trained workers to jobs.
Please see the list of the 26 Real Jobs Partnerships here .
Visit Governor Raimondo’s Website
Sunday, December 13, 2015
The German American Cultural Society is please to announce that on Sunday, December 13, 2015 a “Christmas Concert” will be held at their club on 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket, RI at 3 PM.
The Schubert-Lorelei Sängerchor in collaboration with the Sängerchor Boston will be singing traditional Christmas songs. Noel Velasco will be conducting and Gigi Mitchell-Velasco will be accompanying on the piano.
Tickets for the concert are $ 10.00 per person
A Roast Pork Dinner, Coffee & Dessert will be served after the concert at about 5:30PM.
Tickets for the dinner are $ 15.00
If you make reservation for the concert and the dinner the price is $ 25.00
For reservations please contact Lynn Rivard at 401-766-9541 or email email@example.com
Visa, Master & Discover Cards are accepted
For more information please 860 237 8448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officials Tell Drivers: “Don’t be a Turkey” this Thanksgiving Holiday by Driving Impaired
Local and state police to add extra patrols over the holiday weekend as part of Operation Blue RIPTIDE
State and local law enforcement officials will hold a press conference on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the North Kingstown Senior Center to remind Rhode Islanders to not drive impaired this holiday weekend. As part of Operation Blue RIPTIDE (Rhode Island Police Teaming for Impaired Driving Enforcement), local and state police will have extra patrols on the roads over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Operation Blue RIPTIDE is a part of a statewide DUI Task Force consisting of police departments from every city and town in Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Police, who combine resources to target DUIs during the busiest and most dangerous times of the year. Funded by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Office on Highway Safety, the Task Force targets high traffic, high incident areas to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.
Guests include Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, Rhode Island State Police Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, RIDOT Office on Highway Safety Chief Gabrielle Abbate, Lloyd Albert from AAA, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, North Kingstown Police Detective Donald Barrington, and police chiefs representing several cities and towns.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
North Kingstown Senior Center
10 Beach Street, North Kingstown
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In an effort to enhance the patient experience at Memorial Hospital, a hospital employee has partnered with DAWN Southern New England to open a community art space called the “Hospital Gallery” and has opened its first art installation titled “Seasons.”
The artwork, curated by Lori-Ann Gagne, secretary to the physician-in-chief of the Emergency Department at Memorial and Rich Waltrous of DAWN, will hang in dedicated space off the main lobby.
An opening reception celebrating “Seasons” is scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2015, from 3 to 8 p.m., with an artist meet and greet from 5 to 8. The public and hospital family is invited for an evening of beautiful art and community gathering. Refreshments will be served.
“Because of the calming and healing effect of art, a hospital is a wonderful place to showcase various pieces,” says John Byrne, MD, chief medical officer/chief operating officer of Memorial. “This will help us in our mission to provide a positive patient and family experience at Memorial, as well as helping to inspire wellness and healing.”
“Seasons” gathers a collection of multimedia pieces by five southern New England artists working in oils, acrylics and oil pastels. Artists included in the exhibit are: Karen Rand Anderson; Marjorie Ball; Sherie Bishop Harkins; Ewa Romaszewicz; and Ann Rozhon.
The public is invited to view the exhibit when visiting the hospital. The “Hospitality Gallery” space will be presenting three exhibits of art annually, offering a new creative selection every four months.
About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is a 294-bed hospital that serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school’s primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.
Center Feted for Raising Awareness about HUD & Federal Intrusion
The RI Center for Freedom for Prosperity Accepts the RI Farm Bureau’s 2015 Navigator Award
The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity received the 2015 Navigator award last evening at the RI Farm Bureau’s annual awards dinner at the Alpine Country Club.
The award recognized the Center “for being the faithful and undaunting watchdog and protector of freedom and prosperity granted to all Rhode Islanders,” in raising awareness about the federal HUD agenda implemented in RI called RhodeMap RI, which could threaten the property rights and values of farmers throughout the state as well as other private property owners.
In accepting the award on behalf of the Center’s board and staff, CEO Mike Stenhouse thanked the Bureau for standing with other concerned citizens against the intrusive federal power and land grab by HUD. Stenhouse drew parallels to a topic raised earlier in the evening by a speaker from the American Farm Bureau, about how the federal EPA has similarly been seeking to control more and more local land through its controversial, so-called Clean Water Act, which would further restrict land use for many farmers.
Stenhouse added that private property ownership and rights to develop land are fundamental precepts of America’s free-enterprise system, and that the Center would continue to fight against federal and state mandates that would restrict those freedoms.
Also receiving Navigator awards were: Representative Patricia Morgan (R, D26) for her work in fighting proposed tolls, which would directly impact farm trucking; and Senator Susan Sosnowski (D, D38) for her legislative support of farmer’s issues.
The RI Farm Bureau is the voice of thousands of Rhode Island farmers when it comes to dealing with issues that impact the agriculture industry.
For more photos from the event click here. For information about the anti-RhodeMap RI research, go to
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Mayor’s Holiday Dinner
Rhode Island Post Card Club November 29th Meeting
The Rhode Island Post Card Club holds its next meeting on Sunday November 29th 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.
Post cards of all descriptions including town views and holiday greetings will be available for sale at the club meeting. Why not send an antique Christmas card to you special friends and relatives for about the same cost as a new card.
There is no admission charge.
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IN LIGHT OF PARCC RESULTS, A DOZEN ORGANIZATIONS CALL ON RIDE TO PREVENT ANY PUNITIVE USE OF SCORES BY DISTRICTS
Responding to the release of PARCC test results on Tuesday, a dozen organizations today called on the state Department of Education to immediately reverse its policies that allow school districts to use PARCC scores in a punitive manner against students as early as next year. The organizations called the reversal “a necessary step to promote a meaningful discussion of alternative graduation standards in the months ahead.” The groups’ statement follows below:
“Though not surprising, the test results released this week show that using PARCC as a graduation requirement would have barred the vast majority of Rhode Island students from receiving a diploma. Worse, and just like the NECAP, it would have disproportionately affected students of color, students with disabilities, and ESL students in a devastating manner.
“Commissioner Ken Wagner has acknowledged a need to reexamine the use of high stakes testing and to consider alternative measures. We agree, and we appreciate the fact that he has started an important dialogue on the issue.
“Unfortunately, something important has been left unsaid: RIDE policies initiated by former Commissioner Deborah Gist give school districts the power to incorporate PARCC scores into students’ grades as early as next year, and to also use the test as a high stakes graduation requirement for the Class of 2017 even though RIDE often talks about test results not having such an impact until 2020. As long as the imminent use of PARCC scores to punish students remains on the table, the anxiety and controversy that this testing and its predecessor, the NECAP, have generated will not fade away. These policies serve as an ongoing barrier to focusing on other approaches and to encouraging a more constructive dialogue in our shared goal of promoting equal educational opportunities.
“Earlier this month, we sent a letter to Commissioner Wagner expressing our concerns about the Gist policies and urging their swift rescission. We do so again, as we believe it is a necessary step to promote a meaningful discussion of alternative graduation standards in the months ahead.
“Finally, we note that our long-standing concerns about high stakes testing echo a growing consensus at the federal level that there has been too great a focus on testing. Questions also remain about the PARCC’s validity in measuring student learning, particularly for certain student groups that consistently underperform on standardized measures, and the number of states using the PARCC test has dropped considerably in the past two years.
“We look forward to participating with the Department in the conversation it has initiated on high stakes testing, but we hope to do so without the current specter of punitive test usage looming over Rhode Island’s students.”
This statement was issued by the Coalition to Defend Public Education, NAACP Providence Branch, RI Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, ACLU of Rhode Island, Young Voices, RI Disability Law Center, Providence Student Union, Providence Youth Student Movement, Parents Across Rhode Island, RI Teachers of English Language Learners, Youth Pride Inc., and the George Wiley Center.
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