Demolition of Old Sakonnet River Bridge Will Follow
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced that it is undertaking an additional environmental study mandated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), under the Section 7 Consultation provision of the federal Endangered Species Act, prior to the demolition of the old Sakonnet River Bridge. This study will determine if endangered or threatened species are living in the area and what, if any, mitigation efforts will be required prior to demolition. Once the study is complete, the Department will incorporate any required mitigation measures and proceed with demolition of the bridge.
“Our goal is always to ensure that we minimize any impacts our construction activities may have on the community and the environment,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said.
The study was requested by NMFS as part of the environmental impact statement created for the construction of the new Sakonnet River Bridge. Of particular concern to NMFS are the possible presence of the Green Sea Turtle, the Leatherback Sea Turtle and the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, which are all endangered; the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, which is threatened; and the Atlantic Sturgeon.
While this mandated research is underway, the Department has already incorporated mitigation measures into its planning documents. In addition to the sea life, mammals such as falcons and bats must also be taken into consideration. Debris shielding, monitoring, time of year restrictions, fish startle systems, bubble curtains and silt curtains are all being evaluated as possible remedies.
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FBP Summer Dance Intensive
This Saturday, the FBP Summer Dance Intensive students will wrap up their four-week program with a free performance at one of the biggest WaterFire lightings of the season. The wide-ranging performance includes a modern work by choreographer José Limón, an excerpt from Swan Lake Act III, and a brand new toe-tapping jazz piece set to Elvis Presley’s Bossa Nova Baby. The program closes with an epic excerpt from The Firebird. The Firebird herself will glide across the water igniting the WaterFire braziers one by one, as Stravinsky’s score builds to a breathtaking finale you won’t forget.
#WATERFIREBIRD PHOTO CONTEST
Saturday will be the first of multiple appearances by The Firebird at WaterFire, before she takes flight in Ballets Russes Reinvented at The Vets in October.
Here’s your chance to win tickets:
Snap a photo of the Firebird during one of her WaterFire appearances and post it to your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages using the hashtag #waterfirebird. We’ll round up all of the photos and choose a winner on October 10. Be sure your privacy settings are public, or we can’t see it and it won’t count!
The winner will receive a four pack of tickets to the show in October.
Happy snapping…Good luck!
Pledge To Strengthen, Innovate Healthcare System
Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Health and Human Services Secretary Elizabeth Roberts issued the following statements in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs:
“Medicaid serves one in four Rhode Islanders, helping build healthier communities, a healthier workforce, and a healthier economy,” said Raimondo. “As we look ahead to the next 50 years, we must continue to implement smart reforms in our Medicaid program and across our entire healthcare system to provide quality care at a lower, more predictable cost for businesses and taxpayers.”
“For half a century, Medicaid has provided tens of millions of Americans with access to care and support to lead healthy lives,” said Roberts, who championed the administration’s efforts to reinvent Medicaid and is currently serving as Chair of the Governor’s new Working Group for Healthcare Innovation. “The program has also evolved over the years to provide more people with access to quality, affordable health care. I look forward to strengthening our state’s program even more through our Reinventing Medicaid reforms, and to building on these innovations to reward quality, outcomes, and coordination across our healthcare system.”
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Eagles, Owls and Hawks Descend on Audubon
Photo By Heidi Piccerelli
Audubon Raptor Weekend 2015
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street (Route 114), Bristol, RI
September 12 & 13, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(July 15, 2015) – Here they come! Eagles, Owls, Hawks, and Falcons are headed to Bristol, Rhode Island on September 12 and 13, 2015. Razor-sharp talons with extraordinary strength, hooked beaks that rip and tear, and highly developed eyesight and hearing make birds of prey the rulers of the avian world.
They will be descending on the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol, Rhode Island for Raptor Weekend 2015. Wildlife rehabilitators and experts from across the Northeast will bring a wide variety of these extraordinary birds to the largest raptor celebration in New England. Amazing and formidable birds of prey will be featured in live flight demonstrations, educational programs, and activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages.
Audubon presents a unique opportunity for visitors to get up-close with many species and learn about amazing birds of prey in this fun, family-friendly weekend event.
Photo by Hope Foley
Eyes on the sky! Join master falconer and crowd favorite Lorrie Schumaker of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience for breath-taking free flight demonstrations on September 12 & 13. Coming from Hamilton, New York, Ms. Schumaker highlights aerial agility in this popular program focusing on falconry, raptor biology and conservation. A European Eagle Owl, Gyr Falcon and Harris’s Hawk are just a few of the raptors she may present.
Returning this year are Connecticut-based raptor rehabilitators Mary-Beth Kaeser and Alan Nordell of Horizon Wings. On Saturday they will be presenting a Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Barn Owl, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, and more.
On Sunday, September 13, ever-popular presenters Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls will introduce the audience to a variety of live owls found in New England as well as other parts of the world. The Wilsons will also explore the protection of owls and their habitats.
Entertaining and educational games and activities for families will be featured both days. Admission also provides access to the award-winning Audubon Environmental Education Center and entrance to the Center’s 28-acre wildlife refuge, including the scenic boardwalk to Narragansett Bay. Food and refreshments will be available.
Adult: $12/member, $15/non-member
Child (ages 4 – 12): $8/member, $10/non-member
Children Under 3 are free
Family Four Pack: $35/member, $45/non-member
Two Day Pass:
Adult: $20/member, $25/non-member
Child: $12/member, $15/non-member
Raptor Weekend is sponsored by RI PBS, Holliston Sand.
12 Sanderson Road ~ Smithfield, RI 02917-2600 ~ Phone: (401) 949-5454 ~ Fax: (401) 949-5788
Memorial Hospital Golf Tourney Raises More Than $127,000
From the left: A Summer Breeze Event Co-Chairs Gary and Beth Reis, Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair Virginia Roberts, former President & COO Ed Schottland, Alfredo Cordova, MD and grateful patient, Daniel Ross.
Pawtucket, RI – Memorial Hospital’s fourth annual golf tournament “A Summer Breeze” – with two flights of golf, a poolside dinner reception with a steel drum band, awards, live and silent auctions and raffles – raised more than $127,000. Guests heard news about Memorial from former President and COO Edward Schottland, Development Foundation Chair Virginia Roberts, surgeon Alfredo Cordova, MD, and one of Dr. Cordova’s grateful patients who spoke about the life-saving and life-changing surgery he received at Memorial.
This year’s tournament was again generously presented by Med Tech Ambulance Service. Proceeds will support the renovation of the operating room patient support areas to create a therapeutic environment for patients, caregivers and families so they will have a comfortable place to rest and feel supported. Because the event was so successful, the hospital will also purchase a perioperative C-arm, a mobile imaging machine that provides high-resolution x-rays in real time so surgeons can monitor progress at any point during an operation.
Special thanks to tournament co-chairs, Gary Reis, president and CEO, and Beth Reis, certified public accountant and CFO, from Med Tech Ambulance Service, the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Golf Committee.
2015 Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival Coming to Historic Pawtucket Waterfront
Saturday, September 5
Dragon Boat races will compete for over $15,000 in cash and prizes!
Come and participate in one of Rhode Island’s most popular late summertime events, as the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (BVTC) proudly presents the 2015 Rhode Island Chinese Dragon Boat Races and Taiwan Day Festival.
All the fun and excitement happens on Saturday, September 5, 2015 on the beautifully re-constructed Festival Pier, located off School Street, (Route 114 south), Pawtucket, RI.
Racers will compete on the Pawtucket River for fabulous cash, prizes and awards this year that include:
· Mixed Division Prizes: The winning boat (Dragon Final) receives $10,000, a championship trophy, and 25 medals. Winner of the second (Lion) final will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals, and free entrance into the 2016 Boston Dragon Boat Festival. Winner of the third (Tiger) final will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals, and free entrance into the 2016 Pawtucket Dragon Boat Festival. Second and third place finishers in each of the finals will receive a trophy and 25 medals.
The highest finishing Rhode Island boat (second highest if a Rhode Island boat wins the overall race), will receive $5,000.
· Open Division Prizes: The 1st place team will receive a championship trophy, 25 medals and a free entry to the 2016 Pawtucket dragon boat race. The 2nd place team will win a trophy, and 25 medals. The 3rd place team will win a trophy and 25 medals.
Since 2000, BVTC has presented Rhode Island’s Chinese Dragon Boat Races & Taiwan Day Festival. The event consists of dragon boat races for professional and amateur teams, along with many cultural and artistic events, including the always popular Chinese dumpling eating contest, aimed at adults and children. With the emphasis on competition and fun, the event makes an entertaining day for participants and the entire family.
The races began when the Council used wooden dragon boats shipped from Hong Kong and gifted by local businessman Louis Yip. In 2003, the Council received the gift of six fiberglass dragon boats from the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) that are now being used in the RI Dragon Boat and Taiwan Day Festival. Today, a full boat crew consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer and a person at the helm.
Races are held on the Blackstone River at Festival Pier in Pawtucket with the festival running from 8 am – 5 pm. Join the thousands who attend each year for great competition, fun, and to learn about Chinese culture.
Besides the races, the public will also experience the annual Taiwan Day Festival happening on the pier. The festival is a showcase and celebration of Asian heritage and culture. This year’s Taiwan Day Festival also features:
In addition to our exciting dragon boat racing program, each year we present a number of arts and other activities that provide fun for the entire family and an appreciation for Chinese culture. These include:
· Cultural music and dance performances beneath our large tent
· Arts & crafts
· Dumpling eating contest
· Watermelon eating contest
· Food trucks
Teams of people, organizations, companies and groups are still needed and welcomed to participate in the races.
For more information on the Dragon Boat Races, team registration and events, please call BVTC at 401-724-2200 or go online to
Saturday, August 8th
Providence – A unique ensemble of 12 Rhode Island urban teens will sing some of America’s greatest jazz standards in “The Harlem Strut” on Saturday, August 8th, 2015, 2:00pm, at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.
The show is free and open to the public.
The ensemble, ages 12-18, features youth from Providence, including students from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), who have spent the summer rehearsing six hours a day preparing the show under the musical direction of internationally acclaimed musicians, Michael Palter and Lynne Jackson, and the artistic direction of Robb Dimmick, learning songs from the jazz tradition, developing vocal phrasing, acting skills and choreography. The original production, conceived by Dimmick and written by Palter and Jackson, celebrates Harlem, freedom and self-determination.
The summer program, Jazz is a Rainbow, is now in its twelfth year, and is produced by Opera Providence and funded by the Providence Shelter for Colored Children and the Rhode Island School of Design. It teaches vocal jazz techniques and history to young performers and also takes 50 youth to the famous Newport Jazz Festival each summer.
PAWTUCKET – To help people keep cool and safe in the current wave of intense heat, Mayor Donald Grebien is notifying residents of the locations of “cooling shelters” at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, the Pawtucket Police Station, Pawtucket Public Library and the Leon Mathieu Senior Center. These cooling shelters are available to members of the general public who may lack access to air conditioning.
The locations of the cooling shelters are:
• The Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main Street First Floor from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• The Pawtucket Police Department Headquarters lobby at 121 Roosevelt Avenue is available 24 hours
• The Pawtucket Public Library at 13 Summer Street from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
• The Leon Mathieu Senior Center at 420 Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Additionally, the pool located at Veterans Park is available and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance fee for use of the pool is $1 dollar.
“It’s important that our residents know they have safe and air-conditioned places available to them,” said Mayor Grebien. “Particularly, our elderly population which is often most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses which can potentially be fatal,” Grebien continued. “We are taking this heat wave very seriously and working to help keep people as safe and cool as possible.”
Teen Anime Club
Thursday August 6, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Are you a teen bursting to talk about your favorite anime shows and characters? Then this club is for you! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join other fans of Japanese animation to hang out, get to know some new anime, some older anime, and enjoy snacks provided by the library on Thursday, August 6th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Campbell Auditorium. We watch all different genres including battle anime, fantasy, science fiction, comedy, adventure, and more. The program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 x221 or email email@example.com.
Minecraft Club for Teens
Monday August 17, 2015
2:30pm – 4:40pm
Library Learning Center
Do you love Minecraft? Or are you curious to see why everyone loves to play? On August 17th from 2:30-4:30 the Pawtucket Public Library invites teens in grades 6-12 to join our Minecraft Club. This cooperative gaming experience will use Minecraft Edu for teens to build and create their very own world. Minecraft is all about solving problems and getting creative! The possibilities are endless. We’ll provide the computers and you provide the imagination! The program is free and no registration is required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 x221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hero Movie Night for Teens
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Summer Reading Program for teens is almost at an end at the Pawtucket Public Library. In keeping with this year’s theme of “Unmask!” we are hosting a special Teen Movie Night featuring heroes on the big screen. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come to the library to watch the second movie in the popular series based on the bestselling book about a world divided by factions and the girl that doesn’t belong to any on our big screen on Wednesday, August 1th at 6:00pm in the library auditorium. Bring your own snacks. No registration required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 x221 or email email@example.com.