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Arts Marketplace

September 21st, 2015 · No Comments

Pawtucket Armory Arts Center

172 Exchange Street


September 12, 11am-11pm  Free

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket, an exciting exhibition and sale focusing on fine art and craft by artists throughout our region. In partnership with the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, the Arts Marketplace: Pawtucket is in keeping with the long history  that celebrates the arts and traditions in our community.   

 A juried show whose mission is to meet high standards of technical and artistic excellence and to present the best of contemporary fine Art and American-made crafts in a comfortable, professional and accessible setting. A beautiful spacious location, the Drill Hall is the perfect venue to highlight the extraordinary quality of art and craft by artists working in a variety of media.

 In addition, nearby Festival events will include music, demonstrations, and many other family events. There is ample parking and a beautiful view of the Blackstone River from the nearby Morris Nathanson Bridge

Providence Tango from Pawtucket will perform in the drill hall. An entertaining experience for all.

Saturday, September 26  4:00pm – 5:00pm

Providence Country Day School Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, September 26  12:00pm – 3:00pm

Music by The Rossonians Rhode Island’s own Mary Ann Rossoni has been carrying on the fine folk tradition of her own state for many years now. Born and raised in Johnston, and a Providence resident since her college days at RISD, Mary Ann began as a naïve upstart with plenty of ambition and is now, by all counts, a fast-maturing and creative artist with a unique sound and a lot on her mind.

Sunday, September 27  11:00am – 1:00pm  &  2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Senator Whitehouse Introduces Bill To Support RI Credit Unions And Boost Small Business Lending

September 21st, 2015 · No Comments

RI Senator Met with Representatives from Local Credit Unions  in Washington to Discuss Legislation

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has joined forces with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to introduce the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act.  This bipartisan legislation, which seeks to cut through red tape and encourage small business growth, would increase an arbitrary federal cap on credit union lending that has restricted lending to small businesses in recent years.  The change is supported by the Credit Unions of Rhode Island, several of members of which met with Whitehouse this week in Washington to discuss the need for this change:

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Ellen Ford, President/CEO, People’s Credit Union; Randall Sacilotto, VP, Business & Community Development, Navigant Credit Union; Robert Falso, EVP/CFO, Westerly Community Credit Union; Paul Gentile, President/CEO, Cooperative Credit Union Association

“Credit unions serve our communities well, often by focusing on lending to local small businesses,” said Whitehouse. “I’m pleased to join Senator Paul in introducing legislation to allow credit unions to expand their lending to help grow businesses and jobs.”

Prior to an arbitrary cap on credit-union lending instituted in 1998, credit unions had been making unfettered small-business loans for nearly a century.  The Small Business Lending Enhancement Act would raise the cap for well-capitalized credit unions from 12.25% of assets to 27.5%.

The Credit Union National Association estimates the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act would allow credit unions to lend an additional $13 billion to small businesses helping to create more than 140,000 jobs nationwide.

“We are very pleased and appreciative of the Senator’s support of this bill,” said Ellen Ford of People’s Credit Union.  “People’s Credit Union has a long history of providing business loans to the small business members in our community.  As we are currently approaching this arbitrary cap, we have had to deny some MBL loan requests.  Raising the MBL cap will allow us to continue to serve the small business owners in Rhode Island.”

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September 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Exciting weekend preview of happenings inside Rhode Island’s historic Blackstone River Valley

 Suggested events for Weekend

September 26-27, 2015

Over the September 26-27 weekend, start off the first full weekend of autumn with new perspectives and fun happenings in Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley.

 Known for being the region that made America, as the birthplace of our country’s Industrial Revolution, through being recognized with the new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Blackstone River Valley also showcases places and spaces reflecting quality of life.

 Throughout the weekend come and explore many local venues and destinations where you can participate in recreation, environment and catch captivating entertainment too!

 Our own adventure contests and casual nature!

Saturday, September 26, be sure to participate in, or at least cheer on the mighty souls involved with the 2015 Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge.

 This fantastic and fun event offers an ideal way to recreate and explore natural wonders in the newly created Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, connecting communities and 46 miles from Worcester, MA to Pawtucket, RI.

The mission of the Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. works with partner organizations supporting clean water campaigns, developing hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access.

Each year, the Greenway Challenge athletes run, paddle and bike on a newly designed course, through one of the most beautiful and historic regions of New England, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

This year’s Challenge will start at Purgatory Chasm State Park, located in Sutton, MA. Competitors will finish at Lincoln Woods State Park, Twin River Road entrance, in Lincoln, RI

Sign up now to participate by calling 401-765-2211 or go to

Also happening on Saturday, September 26, close to home, is the Central Falls Lions Warpath Challenge, 9 am-1 pm, at Macomber Field, 950 High Street, Central Falls, RI.

Test you strength, endurance and stamina with the Central Falls Lions Club at the only race and obstacle course engulfing the urban setting and the beautiful, yet rugged, natural terrain of RI. Though the course may be grueling, there will be music and activities provided to make this a day the whole family can enjoy!

The Central Falls Lions are now accepting group and individual registrations, and part of the proceeds go to benefit CF Cross Fit and youth activities in Central Falls.

Call for more details at 401-727-7474 or at

And, for those looking for a more leisurely alternative to see the Blackstone River up close, consider a Full Moon Paddle for the Friends of the Blackstone.

This fundraiser for the environmental group runs Sunday, September 27 7:30-9:30 pm from the Environmental Center, 100 New River Road, Manville, RI.

Cost: $25 per boat- (limit per boat- 2 adults and 1 child seated in the middle of the boat).  Includes- Boats, life-jackets and paddles. If you have your own boat- You may bring your own boat but a $10 donation is requested to join the event.

Free 1-year membership- included with each boat rental.

To sign-up please contact: John Marsland (401-644-3215) or Bob Charpentier (401-688-4416). If unavailable, please leave a message with your Name, Contact Info and number of participants in your party.

Arts and More in Pawtucket!

September 26-27, enjoy another great weekend of arts events in Pawtucket, RI with XOS Open Studios and Pawtucket Arts Marketplace

XOS (Exchange Street Open Studios) More than 40 artists and designers in 3 renovated mill buildings in the of Exchange Street neighborhood of Pawtucket, RI will open their studios and lofts to visitors from 10 am to 4 pm on September 26 and 27, 2015.  Visitors will see a wide array of artwork including paintings, sculpture, fine prints, photography, fine crafts, wearable art, jewelry, graphic and textile design, and more in the spaces in which the works of art were created.  Many artists will be demonstrating their creative processes and showing work in progress as well. Visitors are invited to chat with the artists about their concepts and techniques and to enjoy food and music.  Sales of artwork are tax-free.

The buildings participating in the Exchange Street Open Studios are just 500 yards from Exit 29, Rt. I-95 at the MA/RI state lines in downtown Pawtucket’s Armory Arts District located along the banks of the historic Blackstone River.

Also, Saturday night, September 26, at 7 pm, the venerable Stone Soup Coffee House Concerts kick off their 35th season at Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI.

Opening Weekend will be Songs in the Round featuring Mary Ann Rossoni, Caroline Doctorow and Michael Laureanno. A Stone Soup Fundraiser, tickets are $20 (which includes refreshments)

 For more about the concerts and tickets go to

Celebrating an historic treasure!

Blackstone River Valley is noted as a unique cultural destination for the many amazing heritage and cultural destinations that have shaped the region’s past, and still play an active role in social life today.

 Sunday morning, September 27, St. Ann’s Arts & Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI, offers Breakfast with the Saints.

 Have breakfast inside this former RomanCatholic Church, now celebrating its 100 anniversary, now transformed into a center hosting cultural arts and entertainment.

 The site is noted for the largest collection of Fresco paintings in North America, and was voted as one of the best places in New England to visit by Yankee Magazine.

 The event runs 8 am-11:30 am. Tickets are $10/general admission, $6/youth ages 5-10, and children under age 5 are admitted free.

 More information is available by calling 401-356-0713 or online at

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September 20th, 2015 · No Comments

SEPTEMBER 25. 2015

George Wiley Center 32 East Ave Pawtucket RI 02860

The George Wiley Center invites you to join us for a night of some serious fun and games.

Our 6th annual “Quiz Bowl” fundraiser will be held on Friday, September 25 from 6pm to 9:30pm at McCoy Stadium – still home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.  We are delighted to announce that our “Quizmaster” for the evening will be the talented and versatile Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, co-founder of Mixed Magic Theater in Pawtucket.

The Quiz Bowl is an evening of team trivia, with teams of up to eight people competing for the Wiley Center’s coveted “Brightest Bulb” Award.  You may have a team of more than eight people, but not if you wish to qualify for the trophy.  All ages are welcome, and diversity is encouraged and recommended.  The competition is always as fierce as it is fun, and nearly two dozen teams will be looking to topple the defending champions “Irish Social Club of Rhode Island.”

Suggested donation of $50 per person includes dinner at the break and snacks all night.  Cash bar will be available throughout the evening.  There will also be a raffle of generously donated prizes from local merchants.

Founded by Henry Shelton in 1982, the George Wiley Center is a statewide group committed to community organizing to advance issues of social and economic justice.

The Wiley Center thanks its sponsors to date, which include MetLife, Collette Vacations, UFCW Local 328, Motley Rice, Cavanagh Company, Coastal Medical, Pitts & Burns Attorneys at Law, Construction and Laborers Union Local 271, Pawtucket Credit Union and Rhode Island AFL-CIO.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and raffle donations are greatly appreciated.  More information is available by calling the Wiley Center at (401) 728-5555 or by emailing

As space is limited, advance registration is suggested.

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City of Pawtucket 17th Annual Photo Contest

September 20th, 2015 · No Comments

City of Pawtucket 17th Annual Photo Contest

Largest Exhibit to Date – over 500 entries

Winners To Be Announced Sunday –  Sept. 27 – 4pm

In Visitor Center Gallery

Over 500 submissions have been received for the City of Pawtucket’s 17th Annual Photo Contest and are on display throughout the month of September in the Visitor Center Gallery, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.   From these 500 entries,  twelve winning photos, will be selected by a panel of local professional photographers.  Following tradition,  one winning photo will be chosen by Mayor Donald R. Grebien for the distinct honor of being used for the ‘cover shot’ of the City Calendar.  Winners will be announced this Sunday – September 27th at 4pm in the Visitor’s Center by Mayor Donald R. Grebien.   

 After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised this past January, approximately 20 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest was “Pawtucket: A Different Perspective” submitted by Louise H. Zacharie of Cumberland. 

 This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. Through the generous support of the City of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket School Department and the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the entire 5th grade population from the 10 elementary public schools in the City of Pawtucket participated in a photo workshop this past spring, and their final photo projects are part of this contest.  These schools included:  Elizabeth Baldwin, M. V. Cunningham, Flora S. Curtis, Curvin-McCabe, Fallon Memorial, Nathanael Greene, Agnes E. Little, Potter-Burns, Francis J. Varieur, and Henry J. Winters Elementary Schools. The contest was open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must have been taken in Pawtucket. 

 This contest included submissions from nearby communities of Attleboro, Rehoboth and Wrentham, MA as well as Cumberland, E. Providence, Pascoag, Pawtucket, Providence and Smithfield, RI.    

 All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival throughout the month of September. Mayor’s Choice Award will receive $100 cash prize, First Place will receive $75.00 cash prize, 2nd Place will receive $50.00 cash prize with remaining winners receiving gift certificates. All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2016 Calendar.    

About our Judges:

 Butch Adams, previous 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, former Channel 12 cameraman and now a commercial & stock photographer.

 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 an architecture and interiors photographer and has been published in over 330+ magazine, book publications and countless web sites. In addition, he exhibits his personal work throughout RI and MA.

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September 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Hi Neighbor,

  Earlier this week, we opened the new Central (White Church) Bridge in Barrington to both directions of traffic. With this opening, all vehicles are now permitted to cross the bridge since the new bridge does not have a weight limit.

 Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest local transportation news.

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Arts Acces Grants RI

September 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Arts-Organizations-Schools October 1, 2015 Deadline

Arts Access Grants (AAG) provide up to $2500 in matching funds to non-profit organizations that are new arts ventures, non-arts organizations with occasional arts programs, or arts and cultural organizations that do not meet the eligibility requirements of RISCA’s IAC program.

Guidelines can be found here.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Adeyemi.

Project Grants in Education (PGE) are matching grants for projects that: increase access to high quality curriculum-based arts learning for all RI children and youth; foster the professional development of artists and educators; engage the participation of families and other community members in arts learning for children and youth; help to ensure that all RI youth are able to demonstrate proficiency in one or more art forms at or before graduation from high school

Guidelines can be found here.

Questions? Contact Dan Kahn.

Project Grants to Individuals (PGI) are available to artists who are Rhode Island residents and do not require a non-profit 501(c)3 umbrella. Through Project Grants for Individuals, RISCA supports highly creative and talented artists who seek to produce, perform, teach or share their work with the public. Project grants to individuals might include the coordination of community arts events, public performances, arts workshops, creative collaborations, and exhibitions and installations with a strong public component.

Guidelines can be found here.

Questions? Contact Cristina DiChiera.

Fellowships encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Fellowships are highly competitive awards. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner. October 1 is the deadline for Fellowships in Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, Music Composition, New Genres, and Painting.

Guidelines can be found here.

Questions? Contact Cristina DiChiera.

The Design Innovation Grant (DIG) seeks to encourage design professionals to develop plans and concepts that represent a high level of creative problem solving and innovation in a design field. Grant proposals should address one of the following goals: Innovation of a specific kind of design, process or application and/or creation of a product or service that has a potential public benefit.

Guidelines can be found here.

Questions? Contact Cristina DiChiera.

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September 19th, 2015 · No Comments

Tyco Women in Technology 2015 

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 Back Row, Left to Right: Colleen Gribbin (Cumberland, RI) Upper School Principal, Paige Noland (East Greenwich, RI), Samantha Proulx-Whitcomb (Warren, RI), Rebekah Pendrak (North Providence, RI), William Goodwin (Middletown, RI), Upper School faculty, and Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis (Hyde Park, MA) Bay View Academy President, Front Row, Left to Right: Erin Dillon (Cranston, RI) and Sydney Ellis (East Greenwich, RI) Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes

East Providence, RI – Five Bay View Academy students left campus for their first day working with Tyco Fire Protection Products at their Cranston facility on September 9th. They’ve been selected to participate in Tyco’s Women in Technology program, which has run successfully in Tyco’s Westminster, MA facility for 12 years and is beginning for the first time this year at the Cranston location.

 Erin Dillon (Cranston, RI), Sydney Ellis (East Greenwich, RI), Paige Noland (East Greenwich, RI), Rebekah Pendrak (North Providence, RI), and Samantha Proulx-Whitcomb (Warren, RI) are the Bay View students who have been selected to participate. All are sophomores. They are joined by four girls from La Salle Academy and three from Pilgrim High School. According to Bill Goodwin (Middletown, RI), Bay View Upper School Science teacher, the students were selected for their track records “of interest, aptitude, and success in science and math; but, also with the demonstrated maturity, self-discipline, and work ethic to handle the challenge of missing one day of academic classes every other week for sixteen (teams that develop products to satisfy real-world commercial requirements. The teams work together on the same project for the 7-month duration of the program, which culminates with their presenting a formal briefing to Tyco management.16) weeks.”

The purpose of the Women in Technology Program is to give high school girls hands-on, real world experience in engineering, technology and business. The girls will work as dedicated members of technology teams that develop products to satisfy real-world commercial requirements. The teams work together on the same project for the 7-month duration of the program, which culminates with their presenting a formal briefing to Tyco management.


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September 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Representative Shekarchi Petitions Feds To Regulate Drones


K. Joseph Shekarchi

STATE HOUSE – Amid concerns brought to him by constituents, business owners and local aviation authorities, Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi has written to United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging the federal government to formulate regulations for drone usage in Rhode Island.  Representative Shekarchi’s primary concern revolves around an increasing presence of drones near T.F. Green airport, which resides in his legislative district.

“This is first and foremost to me a concern about public safety.  It’s about the safety of those Rhode Island residents surrounding T.F. Green and the thousands of passengers and crew members who fly into and out of the airport on a daily basis,” said Representative Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick.  “We have been fortunate so far in that no incidents have occurred, but with so much confusion about regulations, or lack there of, the possibility for a tragedy to take place is far too great.”

Representative Shekarchi’s intent is to formalize drone regulations and clear up the confusion regarding when and where it is legal to fly unmanned vehicles within Rhode Island airspace.  Currently, the technology has outpaced local and federal aviation officials and regulations.

“I wrote to Secretary Foxx because this technology is not going away anytime soon, but, without proper and clear regulations, confusion regarding safe drone usage poses a distinct public threat.  Clear regulations and laws will also protect the public from nefarious drone usage as well.” added Representative Shekarchi.  “I sincerely urge the federal government to get ahead of this developing issue before it becomes a problem at best and a tragedy at worst.”

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Pawtucket Arts Festival

September 17th, 2015 · No Comments

  Pawtucket Arts Festival Looks Ahead to Arts Marketplace, XOS Exchange Street Open Studios, and Ahead to RI Outsider Art Fair, and Living Statues on Park Place, Mixed Magic & More!


 Looking ahead, the visual arts are center stage for PAF with the return of Arts Marketplace Pawtucket and XOS Exchange Street Open Studios. These events, along with the City of Pawtucket Photo Contest, anchor the weekend of September 26th-27th.

 Arts Marketplace offers a show centered on American art and fine craft from regional guest artists who have put their signature stamp on a show that turns the Armory Center for the Arts into an exciting gallery-emporium.

 XOS Exchange Street Open Studios is that rare opportunity to visit with the City’s artists where they live, work, and sell their one-of-a-kind creations from home and studio spaces in repurposed mills that have placed Pawtucket on the national arts map. Both Arts Marketplace and XOS Exchange Street Open Studios are free and open to the public throughout the weekend.

 The 17th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest is a highlight of the PAF season. Camera Werks of Providence combines forces with the City to curate a show that includes 12 winning photos selected by a panel of professional photographers. The winning images will illustrate the 2016 City of Pawtucket Calendar. The celebration of winners and entries will be on Sunday, September 27th at 4 p.m. in the Visitor Center.

 Also on the weekend of September 26th-27th, Oktober Fest will be on tap for the German American Cultural Society with dancing, foods, and cultural connections to a longstanding Blackstone Valley tradition.

 The excitement generated by AMP and XOS, Photos and German Fest ramps up the week prior, from September 17th through the 21st. Performances, art forums, and gallery shows take center stage.

 Thursday evening, September 17th is a PAF night on the town. Pawtucket Arts Collaborative opens its exhibition “Obsession,”their annual, juried show. Pawtucket Central Falls Development offers a free late afternoon-early evening “Arts & Home”concert at Slater Mill with Grammy-winning songwriter and story teller Bill Harley. Families are encouraged to bring lawn blankets for seating and afternoon snacks or a picnic supper. Circus Arts and crafts will entertain young “makers,”and stories will be performed from titles penned by ARIA-Association of Rhode Island Authors.

 Rounding out the evening of the 17th at Machines with Magnets is a “Church & Main”event featuring a Public Art Discussion with Lucas Cowan, Public Art Curator, from Greenway Conservancy in Boston. Cowan will offer a conversation about the power of art to transform urban places.

 Weekend Events: September 19th-21st: Mixed Magic Theatre opens “Day of Absence,” a powerful 20th century play with a just as powerful 21st century message: September 18th-October 3rd. Admission is $20.

 Rhode Island Outsider Art Fair 9/19: Showcases the artwork of uniquely-abled, nationally and internationally-shown artists. Curated by RHD-RI, specializing in presenting the work of artists and musicians who experience disability.

 TEN31 Productions & Forget-Me-Not Gallery 9/19: “New Life” offers a show of Living Art in the Park on Park Place, featuring a variety of TEN31’s most famous statues, including a bronze, Pawsox Baseball Player. Free and open to the public, the show includes a performance by TEN31 dance company “Metamorphoses”and the opening of Forget-Me-Not-Gallery main PAF show: Butterflies, paintings and photography by Eric Auger.

 Aurea, The Alchemy of Music and Words 9/21: Concert explores Edgar Allen Poe’s dark imagination coupled with string quartets by Schubert at Slater Mill. Upcoming in October: The Pawtucket Film Festival

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