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Pawtucket Film Festival

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Pawtucket Film Festival

September 26-28

Visitor Center

175 Main Pawtucket

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Now in its 15th year with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, The Pawtucket Film Festival continues to celebrate the artists behind the films it shows and offers music, movies, and more at every event.

Patrons are provided with a unique festival T-Shirt, courtesy of Pawtucket-based Mirror Image, an array of food from local sponsors such as Iggy’s Bread and beverages, which regularly includes beer donations from Sam Adams. $10 admission includes T-Shirt, Music, Food & Beverages.

Visit our website for a listing of films and times.

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Castleton College Vermont

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Katelyn Primmer Welcomed to Castleton College

CASTLETON, VT — Castleton College is excited to welcome Katelyn Primmer of Riverside, RI to the Castleton community. Katelyn is one of more than 500 new students who have registered for the fall semester.

Castleton is small enough to be a community where every student matters, yet offers more than 30 academic programs, 20 intercollegiate sports, and over 40 clubs and organizations. The college stresses community service and provides exceptional programs for first year students.

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Rehoboth Free Community Dance

September 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The Sunday Night Jammers will be hosting a community dance on Sunday, October 19, at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth, MA.

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The Rehoboth Community Dance is held monthly on Sunday evenings at Goff Memorial Hall

* FREE * On Sunday evening, October 19, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a community dance held at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, in Rehoboth. This dance is hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, a group of area musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at Goff Hall to play Celtic dance music.

 The October 19 dance will feature contra dance steps and a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dance steps will be taught.

 Admission is free and open to the public, and all ages and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to come with a partner. A potluck precedes the dance at 6 p.m. For information, contact Bob Elliott at

Bobolinkelliott@yahoo.com 

 or call 774-644-1369. 

 www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html

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RIDOT Update Pawtucket River Bridge

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Hi Neighbor,

You may have noticed in the news lately that our Pawtucket River Bridge is up for another award. The project has made it to the finals of the annual America’s Transportation Awards competition, putting us in the running for the national Grand Prize! You can vote online to help us win the competition’s People’s Choice Award. Click here for more information.

 Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our Twitter feed (@ridotnews) for the latest on projects and traffic conditions in your area

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LTE: Linc Chafee

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Governor Chafee, the Congressional Delegation, Mayor Avedisian and Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) leadership welcome U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at T.F. Green to see the progress of the airport expansion project.

 Fellow Rhode Islanders:

Rhode Islanders are experiencing the payoff of our methodical and pragmatic approach to improving our economy through our investments in education, infrastructure and workforce development – the fundamentals of building a strong economy.

I recently joined our Congressional Delegation, Mayor Avedisian and Rhode Island Airport Corporation leadership in welcoming United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and FAA’s Administrator Michael Huerta to T.F. Green Airport. We came together to celebrate the progress we have made with expansion and modernization projects, which total nearly $250 million. As always, with all of our infrastructure work, we are mindful of the nearby businesses and residents, and put an extra effort into ensuring that we are a considerate neighbor.

The Apponaug Circulator project is under way in Warwick. Last altered in the 1970s, this road system has seen a substantial increase in traffic with approximately 24,500 cars passing through each day. RIDOT will convert five existing intersections into roundabouts, which should reduce the amount of crashes as opposed to traditional intersections. These roundabouts will be smaller and are designed to reduce speeds while also making it safer for merging traffic.

Rhode Island just received a $650,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help the state plan for a new mass transit center in Providence. One of 72 projects nationwide to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the funds will be used for the final pre-construction planning, design and analysis needed to build a modern intermodal facility at the Providence Station that supports diverse modes of travel. The Providence Station is one of the busiest Amtrak stops in the nation and this TIGER grant allows us to further implement the state plan for a new mass transit center in our capital.

People in the business community are recognizing the progress we have already made and expect our economy to be even better next year. We must remain committed to the deliberate approach we have taken thus far, as the metrics show Rhode Island is off to its best start since 1984. By investing in the building blocks of a good economy – education, infrastructure and workforce development, we are positioning the state to reap the benefits of projects such as the Apponaug Circulator, modernization of T.F. Green Airport, a new mass transit system in Providence, and the development of the I-195 land.

   Best wishes,

   Lincoln D. Chafee
   Governor

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Forest Friends and Fright-free Halloween Fun!

September 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Meet characters that explore the myths and legends associated with local wildlife and Halloween at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike. October 25, 2014 at the Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge in Seekonk, MA.

Sam Felicio, age 6, meets up with a friendly chipmunk at Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike.

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Mother Nature’s Halloween Hike

October 25, 2014; 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Audubon Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue, Seekonk, MA

 (September 18, 2014) – Bring the kids and join the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for a fun-filled, fright-free celebration of Halloween!

 Bundle up and rustle through the leaves on a guided lantern-lit hike in the cool night forest. Families encounter costumed woodland creatures that explore the myths and legends associated with local wildlife and Halloween. These walks are a great alternative to the usual haunted happenings. Audubon’s woodland characters are friendly and fun, perfect for young children and the whole family. Each year new characters are introduced, so you never know whom you will encounter along the trail!

 Before or after the walk kids can take part in games, crafts and activities. Families can warm-up with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa and a tasty treat. The evening ends with a sing-a-long around the campfire. In the event of rain, families will meet the characters in the big barn, festively decorated for the season.

 New this year, additional early time slots are offered for those families who may prefer to enjoy meeting the characters on the trails in the late afternoon versus at dusk or in the evening hours.

 Walks will begin at 5:00 p.m., with groups of 15 going off every 10 minutes. Registration is required to reserve a time. Spaces are limited, so make your reservation today by visiting www.asri.org and register online through the events calendar.

 Program Fee: $10/Audubon member, $14/non-member. Family four-packs are available for $32/Audubon member, $48/non-member. Ages: 4+. 

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MAYOR GREBIEN URGES RESIDENTS TO VOTE FOR THE PAWTUCKET RIVER BRIDGE IN ON-LINE CONTEST

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

 Pawtucket – Mayor Donald R. Grebien is urging residents to go on line and to vote for the newly reconstructed Pawtucket River Bridge as the top transportation projects in the United States. “Already the Pawtucket River Bridge has been recognized as one of the top ten Transportation Projects in the country”, said Mayor Grebien. “All of us here in Pawtucket know how well the bridge turned out. It has become a major gateway to our city and at night stands as a beacon to the thousands of travelers passing through out city each week.”

 The award is being given by The American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Grebien continued, “We are up against some stiff competition including the Oakland Bay Bridge, the Mississippi River Bridge in Illinois and the SH99/Grand Park Segment E in Texas. It’s time to show our pride in Pawtucket and Rhode Island by taking the time to get on-line and voting.” Those interested in voting for the Pawtucket River Bridge can do so by going to

www.nominate.americanstransportationawards.org/Voting.asp.

 The contest runs from September 8 – October 24, 2014. Each person who goes on-line can vote up to ten time per day. The Grand Prize will be selected by a panel of transportation experts. The People’s Choice Award by will determined by on-line voters. Both winning projects will receive an educational grant in the transportation field, or to fund a community service project.

 In closing Mayor Grebien said, “What an honor it would be to have the Pawtucket River Bridge win the People’s Choice Award. As a community we can make it happen just by going to the website and voting. So I urge everyone to take the time and show your pride in Pawtucket by voting in this contest.

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IRISH FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT PAWTUCKET CITY HALL WELCOMES IRISH DELEGATES

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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A recent flag raising ceremony commemorated the visitation of Irish delegates to Pawtucket this past Friday, September 12, at Pawtucket City Hall. Michelle Gildernew, the visiting delegate and a Member of Parliament from Northern Ireland, was presented with a proclamation as well as a key to the city by Mayor Grebien.

This flag raising ceremony likewise celebrated the beginning of sister city discussions between the City of Pawtucket and Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Following the flag raising, a luncheon meet and greet also occurred at Pawtucket City Hall, in which members of the community were able to meet the Irish politicians.

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Downtown Neighborhood Focus Next On City Master Plan Update

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

  Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:00 p.m

Residents and businesses in the City’s downtown district are invited to meet with city planners on Tuesday, September 23rd at 5:00 p.m., at 175 Main Street, 2nd Floor, as part of an ongoing series of neighborhood specific workshops to discuss the City’s long-range master plan known as the Comprehensive Community Plan.

 The information and interactive discussion session will focus on developing a long-term vision for Pawtucket’s downtown district.

 Planners will present an update on downtown projects and seek feedback on downtown related concerns.

 The series of Comprehensive Plan workshops focuses on policies and actions the city can undertake in the different neighborhoods as well as throughout the city over the next two years.

 Following broad goals and policies set by the State Guide Plan, cities and towns are required to develop their own comprehensive plans which serve as the basis of land use regulation and to establish an implementation plan to achieve a community’s goals. The local plans, after review by the state, then become binding on state agencies by requiring conformance of their projects and programs to the local plans approved in the cities and towns.

 Beginning in 2016, the local plans will have a 20-year horizon and must be updated every 10 years. The new Pawtucket Comprehensive Master Plan is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

 For further information, contact the Department of Planning and Redevelopment at 401-724-5200.

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Pawtucket Foundation Announces New Strategic Plan for 2015-2017 Fiscal Years

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Enhanced focus on economic development, placemaking and building connections planned in Pawtucket and Central Falls

 The Pawtucket Foundation’s newly released fiscal year 2015 – 2017  Strategic Plan will guide the organization’s work over the next three fiscal years, running through June of 2017. The document provides guidance to the board, staff, partners and volunteers with defined goals, tactics, performance measures and timelines for action. Both the mission and vision statements, defined in 2011 as part of the organization’s previous strategic plan, were confirmed and retained in the new plan.

 “The Pawtucket Foundation has had significant impact in the community over the last 14 years and this process confirmed we are headed in the right direction,” explained Pawtucket Foundation co-chair, Dan Sullivan.  “The new plan helps refine our focus and outline a path to accomplishing our shared community vision.”

The FY15-17 plan maintains the organization’s roles as leader, advocate and catalyst for redevelopment efforts with enhanced focus on economic development, placemaking and building connections. The focus areas are intended to help the organization maximize existing available resources and advance implementation of development plans already in place. On-going projects, including construction of a Pawtucket/Central Falls commuter rail stop, completing portions of the riverfront bike path, improving downtown traffic patterns and accessibility, and redeveloping the downtown and riverfront corridor, remain priorities.  

 Aaron Hertzberg, executive director of the organization, noted that the plan process mirrored the organization’s approach to work in the community. “We reviewed history, brought in outside expertise, gathered community input and challenged our board to develop and define priorities.  We use these same steps in our every day work to lead, advocate for and catalyze redevelopment activity.”

Over the life of the plan, additional economic development activity is expected, including positioning properties for redevelopment and building public private partnerships to better formalize business, development and marketing resources. The Pawtucket Foundation’s recently completed chalk wall park, at the corner of Main and Broad Streets, is an example of the type of “placemaking” intervention suggested by the plan. Placemaking is a concept that works to gather input from stakeholders to build destination locations, often through programming, events and “lighter, quicker, cheaper” interventions that engage the community and stimulate interest and activity in a place. The focus on connections will help the organization think about how people move to, from and around Pawtucket and areas of Central Falls.

The strategic plan is organized around four priority goals:

  1. Catalyze consistent activity in the downtown and riverfront by utilizing placemaking techniques at key locations in the Pawtucket Downtown Growth Center (PDGC).
  2. Lead planning and economic development activities that will stimulate development and attract a high density of commercial and residential end-users.
  3. Advocate and gain attention for high quality improvements and maintenance of infrastructure, public space and parcels in the PDGC.
  4. Efficiently govern and grow the organization by streamlining operations, gathering resources, communicating roles for the board of directors, members, partners, staff and volunteers.

 During the planning process, the Pawtucket Foundation invited Central Falls Mayor, James Diossa to join the organization’s board of directors in an ex-officio capacity.  Kevin Tracy, co-chair of the Pawtucket Foundation, explained the decision as a natural progression, “We have shared interest in a number of projects that cross city boundaries. The addition of Mayor Diossa to the board improves our ability to collaborate and build partnerships that help both communities achieve their redevelopment goals.”  In video remarks about the plan, Mayor Diossa highlighted a commuter rail station, economic development and Roosevelt Avenue as key partnership opportunities.

Pawtucket Mayor, Donald Grebien, applauded the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.  “I value and appreciate the Pawtucket Foundation’s renewed commitment to help activate Pawtucket’s downtown and riverfront corridor.  Their partnership with the City on planning and economic development activities has and will continue to help us prioritize public infrastructure investments, provide business resources and position the City for redevelopment, improving the quality of life and place sustainability.”

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