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August 14th AHA! Night: A Midsummer’s Night Eve

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Sponsored by: Bristol County Saving Bank with Support from:

Riverside Lofts

Join us for the August 14th AHA! when Art, History, and Architecture come alive in Downtown New Bedford! As the sun goes down and the stars come out, celebrate with live music & garden parties, all on a Midsummer¹s Night Eve.

Highlights include:

A Midsummer’s Night Dream in the RJD Garden
Harpoon Harmonizers at the Seamens Bethel
Garden Party with the 1850s Ladies
Royal Hartigan & Blood Drum Spirit at UMD CVPA Star Store
Summer Tea Tasting at Gatlin’s Framing and Subtext Books
The Sax Therapy Series on Centre Street presents the John Harrison Trio
 Hatch Street Studios Group Show at Crowells Fine Art
Vision & Rhythm: a multi-media electronica performance at NBAM/Artworks!
Such A Dream: a photography series at Travessia Urban Winery
House of Music presents the 5th Annual Everybody’s Dance Contest
Hands-On Activities with the Way Cool Sunday School, NB Whaling Museum,
Schooner Ernestina and Buzzards Bay Coalition
Sidewalk Sounds featuring Jose Almeida on the Front Street Plaza
Catch the City Shuttle to the South End!
Open House at the Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Military Museum
Live Music & Artist Demos at Judith Klein Gallery

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City of Pawtucket Announces 16th Annual Photo Contest

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

City of Pawtucket Announces 16th Annual Photo Contest

Pawtucket: A City in Focus

Theme: “Coloring Pawtucket”

 Deadline for entry: August 12, 2014

 Pawtucket: Grab your cameras and compose that picture!   The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 16th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Twelve winning photos will be selected by several local professional photographers which will make up the City of Pawtucket’s 2015 city calendar. 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. This contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket.     This year’s contest theme is “Coloring Pawtucket”.

 Contest Rules: All photo submissions should follow contest theme and have been taken within the past year.   All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket to qualify for this contest. Only one entry per contestant will be accepted and must be submitted by the photographer. Photos may be color or black & white. Film or good quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction.  

Submitted photos should be mounted on foamcore or mountboard, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8”x10” or larger than 12”x18”. All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival during 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 2015 Calendar. Winners of this contest will be announced on Sunday, September 28 at 4pm in the Visitors Center Gallery. Deadline for Entry: August 12.  

For further information, call #401-273-5367

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City Of Pawtucket Announces Firefighter Recruitment Schedule

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

 PAWTUCKET – The City of Pawtucket announced its recruitment schedule and requirements for candidates to apply for positions with the Fire Department. This notice is being issued well in advance to allow potential candidates the opportunity to meet the requirements stated below in time for the application period.

 The application period for Firefighter candidates is from Monday, November 3, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014. Requirements which must be met by candidates at the time of application include the following.

 At least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen.

A high school graduate or possess a General Education Diploma (GED).

Furnish a photocopy of your valid driver’s license and a certified copy of your driving record, obtained from the Operator Control Office-Registry of Motor Vehicles in your state of residence.

Furnish a certified copy of your Bureau of Criminal Identification (B.C.I.) report from the Office of Attorney General in your state of residence.

Possess a valid Rhode Island Emergency Medical Technician License (RI-EMT), or possess a National Emergency Medical Technician Certification pending RI-EMT license at the time of application.

 Have a valid certificate of successful completion of the Physical Performance Assessment (PPA) issued by the R.I. Association of Fire Chiefs issued after April 1, 2014. For more information, go to the RIAFC website at:

   All applications must be returned in person to the City of Pawtucket, Department of Personnel, 137 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, R.I., Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Personnel Office may be contacted at 401-728-0500 ext. 235 or ext. 276.

 The City of Pawtucket is an Equal Opportunity Employer and fully complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Pawtucket residents (for the past three years as of November 3, 2014) will receive five additional points in the overall hiring process.

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“The New Providence Big Band To Perform At The Weaver Library”

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments

 Step back in time with the awesome horns, romantic melodies, and foot-stomping rhythms of the 20-piece New Providence Big Band on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6:30pm on the Weaver Library lawn.  Featuring vocalist Miss Katie Kleyla, this swinging band performs the great standards like “In the Mood”, “Birth of the Blues”, and “All that Jazz.”  Band leader Steve Leonard and Arranger Pete Williams formed the band in 2012 but have been playing together in a variety of bands for over thirty years.  Put on your dancing shoes and come meet all the band members, many of whom call East Providence home.

 Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or try some food from Rocket Fine Street Food – serving burgers made with pride and care.  Rocket Fine Street Food will serve from 5:30 -7:30pm

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

for more information.

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Smith-Appleby House

July 30th, 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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Blackstone River Valley Events

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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

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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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Local Student Earn Degree From The University Of New Haven

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments

WEST HAVEN, CT — The following student graduated from the University of New Haven on May 18, 2014:

Ashley Rundin of Pawtucket, RI.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

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LTE: Angel Taveras On School Grant

July 29th, 2014 · No Comments


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Dr. Susan F. Lusi

I was pleased to join this week with Providence Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan F. Lusi, School Board President Keith Oliveira and Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro to announce we have been awarded a prestigious $3 million grant to help create two small, innovative high schools in Providence.

The three-year grant was awarded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Providence was one of only two school districts in the nation to receive the award. The schools we create will work to help students catch up academically and continually challenge themselves on their way to college and careers.

The new high schools will be located in existing school buildings still to be determined, and will be open to all students through the school choice process and serve a student population representative of our whole city. Planning for the schools will take place in the upcoming school year, with their launch the following year.

Superintendent Lusi said it well: “This Carnegie grant is a tremendous opportunity for the Providence Public Schools. We have a chance to create these schools from the ground up, to let them be proof points that we can succeed in taking a different approach to education.”

Combined with our I-3 and Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge grants, we have received more than $11 million in private, philanthropic awards serving our youth from birth through high school.

I sincerely thank the Carnegie Foundation for believing and investing in Providence’s efforts to ensure that all children receive an excellent-quality public education.


Angel Taveras

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News From University Of Rhode Island

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

University of Rhode Island names 2014 Science and Engineering Fellows

KINGSTON, RI (07/24/2014)(readMedia)– Many URI undergraduates who excel in their studies in the STEM fields were named as URI’s 2014 Science and Engineering Fellows. Through this competitive 14-week fellowship, which began in May, students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems in a range of disciplines.

URI’s Science and Engineering Fellows gain hands-on experience working with research faculty or staff during the summer. Their research is followed-up with a fall class during which they will learn the best tactics to communicate and present their environmental research and outreach projects. Fellows leave the program well prepared to enter the job market with the professional skills and training needed to succeed. Students also help to advance the research of their faculty and staff mentors while gaining invaluable experience.

The Science and Engineering Fellows program was founded in 2012 by URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences and the College of Engineering to foster the development of STEM research skills, particularly among students from underrepresented cultural backgrounds.

The following local students were named Science and Engineering Fellows:

Habib Lawal of Riverside, R.I., will help perform experiments, run test results and troubleshoots problems on various research projects in URI professor Dr. Walter Besio’s lab.

Stephanye Diniz of Pawtucket, R.I., will study functional dissection of protein Tyrosine kinases by DNA shuffling and screening

Abigail Tubman of Central Falls, R.I., will assist with youth education programs and camps

Dennise Martins of Central Falls, R.I., will study molecular regulation of male fertility

The University of Rhode Island’s pioneering research extends the University’s influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2014, more than 3,000 undergraduate and about 680 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 115,000 alumni worldwide.

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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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