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Rickman Group Encourages You To Vote!

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Rickman Group encourages you to vote on Election Day 2014. Vote on Tuesday, November 4

 “Delightful, interesting, thought provoking…moving”- Democracy

Ray Rickman



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Raimondo’s Round-Up

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments


Dear Friends,

 Since I came into office, Treasury has developed and supported several programs to improve disability compliance in Rhode Island.

As part of this effort, my team and I are dedicated to saving taxpayers’ money, increasing public confidence in disability compliance and improving the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system.

 At the State Retirement Board Meeting last month I was pleased to announce that improvements to disability compliance throughout my term as treasurer have resulted in finding more than $1 million in overearnings dating back to 2000.

 Acting on recommendations and findings of BlumShapiro, an independent audit firm, we were able to identify $1,052,406.42 in overearnings attributed to 16 retirees who had earned income in excess of what is allowed by law. Of the identified overearnings, $593,097.63 has already been collected.

 This is a true example of government working. Ensuring the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system and improving disability compliance continues to be one of treasury’s top priorities.

 The state retirement system must be efficient and effective for Rhode Islanders. We have made improvements and we continue to look for innovative ways to save taxpayer’s money and improve the integrity of the Rhode Island retirement system.

In conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, my office has a hotline to report potential pension fraud, available 24 hours a day at (401) 462-TIPS (462-8477). The hotline has already received more than 470 calls and is investigating leads.

 By working together, we can continue to improve the integrity of the entire retirement system.

Best Wishes,


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Pawtucket Library: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Party

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party
Pawtucket Library
13 Summer Street
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Campbell Auditorium

With the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Long Haul, being released in November, kids are scrambling to get a copy of it. The Pawtucket Public Library’s Children’s Library is throwing a party to celebrate this wildly popular book in the series by Jeff Kinney on Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in the library’s Campbell Auditorium.

Two lucky kids who attend will go home with a brand new hardcover copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul.

Best for kids ages 7-12, the party will center around a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Game Show where audience members can try different challenges and trivia questions to win Wimpy Kid prizes.

A Gregg Heffley giant cutout will be available for anyone who wants a rare photo opportunity with the star of the books.

Every kid who attends will receive a Diary of a Wimpy Kid bookmark.

The program is free and no registration is required.

For more information, call the Children’s Library at 401-725-3714 x209 or e-mail

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City Hall Closed For Election Day

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

 Trash Pickup On Normal Schedule

PAWTUCKET – The City of Pawtucket is reminding residents that City Hall and the Pawtucket Public Library will be closed Tuesday November 4th due to Election Day.

There will be no delay in trash pickup.

For further information contact the Department of Public Works at 728-0500 ext. 282 or by email at

The 2014 Refuse and Recycling Calendar is available on the city website at

as a link on the Department of Public Works page.

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Online Art Map Identifies Pawtucket’s Public Art

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Pawtucket Foundation Provides Expertise to Create Visual Tool

Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien’s Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture andthe Pawtucket Foundation have announced a visual tour of the City of Pawtucket’s collection of public art work.

“The art map, created by Intern Tod Strong, works not only as an art education tool for the community with short summaries on each piece included, but it also helps visualize where existing art has clustered and where new art could be most valuable,” said Joe Sandmann, Program Coordinator at the Pawtucket Foundation.

According to Sandmann, public art pieces identified in the database must be open and available to the public and have a documentable creating artist, or stem from the vision of an artist. An example is the Pawtucket Foundation’s Chalk Wall, a project that emulates the “Before I Die” project created by artist Candy Chang.

 Sandmann-recognized local artist Joan Hausrath, whose initial collection of public art (viewable at, was included in the database. The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture and the City of Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment also participated in an arts and culture asset mapping exercise designed by Sandmann and led by the Director of Planning and Redevelopment, Barney Heath. “This exercise provided a valuable framework of existing public art and cultural institutions,” said Sandmann.

 “For the first time, residents and visitors can tour and view Pawtucket’s rich collection of public art,” said Miriam R. Plitt, Chair of the Commission on Arts and Culture, noting that her group reviewed several drafts of this project and provided feedback.

 Sandmann says that the final product takes the form of a Google Map, hosted on

in the “Visit Pawtucket” section, with profiles pin-pointed to their exact location in Pawtucket. Clicking on these profiles will provide the viewer with basic information including artist, year of creation, materials used, and funders, as well as a link to a closer look and a detailed write-up of each piece. Included among the works are a set of reliefs (carvings) on the exterior of the Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library, the first US commission ever won by artist Lee Lawrie, who went on to complete such work as the Atlas in New York’s Rockefeller Center; a massive kinetic steel sculpture by local artist Donald Gerola; and a fiberglass casting of Fanny the Elephant doubling as playground equipment, created by local artist and teacher David Kane.

 The best way to learn more about these and other artists and their work? Start clicking through the map before heading out to visit the originals!

Mayor Donald R. Grebien notes that the City is planning to begin a two year project to design, fabricate, and install public art on the fencing of the George Street overpass.

 “This project, funded by a NEA Our Town Grant that is matched by local funds, will bring community-inspired art to 100,000 drivers who pass under that overpass daily. It will serve as a welcoming gateway to the Ocean State and clearly send a message that Pawtucket is Rhode Island’s creative community,” says Grebien.

 The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture is focused on the identification, expansion, and promotion of the arts, culture, and artistic features throughout the City of Pawtucket.

 For more information, contact Joe Sandmann, Program Coordinator with the Pawtucket Foundation

For more information about the arts grant please contact Herb Weiss, Economic & Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Pawtucket at 724-5200, ext. 437.

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RIPTA To Detour Twenty-Eight Routes

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments

RIPTA to Detour Twenty-Eight Routes and Temporarily Relocate Bus Stops A, B, C, D in Providenceto Accommodate Presidential Visit

 Effective 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 – 10:30am on Friday, October 3, 2014

All lines are to expect minor delays around Kennedy Plaza

 The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will detour twenty-eight bus routes and temporarily relocate Bus Stops A, B, C and D in the downtown Providence area beginning at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 through 10:30am on Friday, October 31, 2014 in order to accommodate the Presidential visit.   All RIPTA bus lines are to expect minor delays around Kennedy Plaza.

 While this detour is in effect, Bus Stops A, B, C and D will be temporarily relocated from Sabin Street to Fountain Street.  Also, Providence Schools students who normally board on Sabin Street will board at Bus Stop H instead.

 The following routes will detour from 7:30pm on Thursday, October 30 through 10:30am on Friday, October 3, 2014: 6, 8, 10X, 12X, 14, 14 Express, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 33, 35, 50, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59X, 65X, 66, 92 West, 95X and the R-Line.

For more RIPTA information, please call 401-781-9400 or visit

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Center And Other Property Rights Advocates Protest RhodeMapRI Plan

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Citizens Speak Out at N. Kingstown Public Comment Hearing

October 29, 2014; East Providence, RI  - Citizens from across the state spoke-out vehemently in opposition to the proposed RhodeMapRI plan at a public comment hearing last evening in North Kingstown. Validating concerns expressed in the Center’s written response letter, citizen after citizen, from Woonsocket to Westerly, passionately expressed their opposition to the little-known RhodeMapRI plan, developed by the Chafee administration’s Division of Planning.

 The major themes were general objections to concept of any massive governmental plan, especially from a federal agency like HUD, and that if implemented as have other plans nationally, that the loss of individual property rights would not be acceptable. Residents from Woonsocket and Barrington spoke about the severe problems that HUD policies have caused in their communities. The Center’s CEO, Mike Stenhouse, cited problems created by similar plans across the country and in Rhode Island, and claimed that the plan is not an economic development plan, but rather an extreme social-engineering agenda, with vague goals and no specifics.

 “The public simply does not want the planners to plan our lives,” concluded Stenhouse.

 About 100 people attended the hearing, which occasionally became contentious, with about two-thirds of the comments and 80% of the attendees apparently opposed to plan. Virtually all opponents were everyday citizens, while virtually all supporters were city or regional planners themselves or from nonprofits publicly aligned with the plan. All signs on hand were opposed.

 The Center’s seven page letter lists multiple economic, governance, and philosophical concerns and discusses the negative consequences of ceding the sovereignty of state and local governments to un-elected bureaucrats from a federal agency. The Center recommends Rhode Island should not become the first state to adopt such measures, especially given the lack of public debate on the topic.

The Center’s letter and the hearings themselves are part of the plan’s public comment period, which ends Friday

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The State Ballet of Rhode Island

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Coppélia: Tickets On Sale!




Each year in December, The State Ballet of Rhode Island opens its performing season with a Rhode Island tradition, Herci Marsden’s Coppélia. 

This classic comedic story ballet will surely enhance your holiday season and entertain you, as it has entertained audiences for more than 140 years.  Set to music by Leo Delibes, Coppélia’s mysterious toymaker, lifesize dancing dolls, and “happily ever after” winter wedding celebration will captivate your entire family. 

Arrive a half-hour before showtime and enjoy our complimentary reception.

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Joyce Katzberg At Stone Soup Coffeehouse

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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On November 8, 2014 Stone Soup Coffeehouse presents “Joyce Katzberg and Jimmy Warren: Pete, Malvina and Me”

This concert will be preceded by as Stone Soup “Hoot” (Open Mic)

Stone Soup Coffeehouse has a history of recognizing talent. This is one of several Stone Soup concerts opening with a “Hoot” (otherwise known as an Open Mic). Four performers take the stage and perform one song each. Sign-ups are on the day of the show and begin during ticket sales. Come early to sign up!

 If there is one thing a listener will walk away saying about a Joyce Katzberg performance is, “What a voice.” Joyce is a natural and has come a long way since her first performance 46 years ago. Her roots, going back, are deep and familial – she was greatly influenced by her father, Jody Gibson, a rock-a-billy pioneer and all around musical genre bender

 A founding mother of Stone Soup Coffeehouse and co-founder of the R.I. Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival Joyce has a long history of “singing’ on the right side of most important social causes voicing her unique blend of topical and traditional, historic and hysterical songs in their support.

 This special Stone Soup performance will be Joyce at her very best, highlighting her versatility as a mature artist and taking a look back at who most inspired her. In addition to their singing her original songs, Joyce has dedicated this performance in tribute to her two most important mentors: Pete Seeger and Malvina Reynolds.

 Joyce has been nominated “best female vocalist” by both the Providence Phoenix and R.I. Motif and in 2003, the Phoenix included Joyce in their list of “most influential” Rhode Islanders. Joyce has been honored by the University of Rhode Island honors colloquium for “career contributions using music as a tool of peace, non-violence and social justice – changing the world one song at a time”.

Please join us on November 8 for this special tribute performance. And, musicians, come early to sign up for the Open Mic!

To learn more about Joyce visit

Note: This performance is a fragrance free event.

Stone Soup is now located at The Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI. Concerts start at 7:00 PM; tickets are $18.00 in advance through PayPal on our website or at the door. (Stone Soup is wheelchair-accessible.)

Partial operational support is provided by the city of Pawtucket.

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Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division Announce Recreation Class Mini-Session

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division has announced a limited lineup of recreational classes and programs as part of their fall mini-session. These classes will be held at the Jenks Junior High School and the Agnes Little School for a four week session.

Adult classes include Zumba, Hi-Low Impact Aerobics and Muscle Toning on Monday evenings. Pilates classes are offered on Tuesday nights with an additional class on Thursday nights. Step, Zumba and Ballroom Dancing are offered on Wednesday nights. These classes begin November 12 and are expected to finish on December 11, weather permitting. Prices vary from $10 to $20 per class.

Registrations may be found on-line at the City of Pawtucket website,

Look for the Parks & Recreation tab on the right hand side of the home page and click on to 2014 Fall Mini-Session Registration Form.

Additional class offerings will resume on January 5, 2015. Registrations may also be completed at the Slater Park Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Additional class offerings will resume on January 5, 2015 as part of the department’s winter session. Call the Slater Park Recreation Office at 728-0500 ext 251 with any questions or for additional details.

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