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RI Independence Day

April 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Slater Mill celebrates RI Independence Day with soldier-reenactors of the American Revolution

Saturday, May 3rd

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Ready, set, drill!  Slater Mill will honor Rhode Island Independence Day, an annual May 4th State holiday, with the arrival of Tew’s Company, the 1st Company of the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment of the American Revolution.  The Company will offer a field day of drill exercises and a display of Revolutionary War era camp life on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., as part of Revolutionary RI, a program in celebration of the roots of the industrial revolution and innovation at Slater Mill Historic Site.

 Wearing frock coats, overalls, and traditional tricorn hats or cloth and knitted caps of the colonial Rhode Island soldier, the dozen veteran and new recruit members of Tew’s Company will march in formation, fire their muskets and be available to tell their story of reenacting the Revolution at historic sites and National Parks throughout the Northeast.

 Views of the rushing waters of the Blackstone River, the imposing stone Wilkinson Mill built in 1810, and the iconic wooden Slater Mill dating to 1793 will provide a backdrop and stage for Tew’s Company drill and recruitment activity.   Young civilians will be welcome to drill with the soldiers and shoulder dummy wooden muskets, replicas of the “sticks” used for training young recruits of military age in Colonial times.

 In concert with the Brigade of the American Revolution and the Continental Line, two national organizations devoted to the reenactment of this era in history, Tew’s Company portrays the daily routine of 18th century American soldiers, and the civilians who would have traveled with the troops or served in  auxiliary roles in the camps.

 Tew’s Company has participated in major national events at historic or heritage sites such as the reenacted Battle of Oriskany in New York, Fort Ticonderoga in New York, the Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth in Monmouth State Park in New Jersey, and Rebels and Redcoats at Sturbridge Village.

 Though Slater Mill Historic Site is revered as central to the history of the American Industrial Revolution, one of its buildings predates the 1789 arrival of Samuel Slater and the founding of his cotton spinning factory in 1790.  The Sylvanus Brown House, a 1758 classic gambrel, was home to the artisan who made patterns for parts of Slater’s machines.  Brown also hosted Slater upon his arrival in Rhode Island.

 The Sylvanus Brown House will provide a headquarters for Tew’s Company that pays tribute to Rhode Island Independence Day and the State’s role in the American Revolution.  On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first colony to renounce its allegiance to British King George III.  The Rhode Island General Assembly first declared May 4th a day of annual celebration in 1908.

Though Tew’s Company represents light infantry and a regiment of foot, Sylvanus Brown might have felt comfortable hosting them.  Brown worked as a millwright until the age of 21, then enlisted in the colonial navy under Commodore Ezekiel Hopkins of Rhode Island and sailed aboard his flagship “Alfred” as “master of arms.”

 Brown’s son, James Salsbury was born in the house in 1802, and throughout the 19th century built his reputation as an industrial inventor and innovator.  During the Civil War, Brown’s turning-lathe, originally designed for cotton machinery, was applied to turning gun barrels and became a focus of his business.  The Slater Mill Historic Site offers tours and events to visitors and schools that showcase the birthplace of American industrial history.

Tew’s Company will be happy to discuss company membership with visitors who may be interested in Revolutionary War reenactment as a hobby.  Tew’s Company includes “Patriot Paul” who   Revolutionary RI-Independence Day activities with Tew’s Company on the exterior grounds of Slater Mill Historic Site are free and open to the public.

 Tours of Slater Mill, the Sylvanus Brown House, and the Wilkinson Mill Machine Shop and its 9 ton water wheel are scheduled from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., with the last tour available at 4:00. Starting in May, Slater Mill is open 7 days a week. Cost for tours is $12 for adults age 13-64; Seniors age 65+ admission is $10; Children age 6-12 admission is $8.50; and children under age 6 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Slater Mill membership will be available.  For more information about Revolutionary RI/RI Independence Drill Day contact Mary Lee Partington at mlpartington@slatermill.org.  For Slater Mill general information, contact Joyce Neves at 725-8638, ext. 100 or jneves@slatermill.org.

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RIPTA TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS TO DISCUSS RAPID BUS UPDATES

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments

 R-Line Community Meetings Scheduled for April 28-30, 2014

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will hold community meetings to update the public on the R-Line, RIPTA’s first Rapid Bus Transit line. The R-Line, which will replace RIPTA Routes 11 (Broad St.) and 99 (North Main/Pawtucket) on June 21, 2014, is designed to serve people quickly and efficiently on a 7-mile route between Pawtucket and Providence. RIPTA is holding these meetings in anticipation of the installation of bus shelters, signage and other amenities this spring as well as the realignment of bus stops along the route.

COMMUNITY MEETING SCHEDULE

Monday, April 28, 2014 • 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 12PM – 2PM

RIPTA Headquarters, 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Pawtucket Transit Center, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI

 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, Providence, RI

Meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. RIPTA will provide interpreter services for the deaf and hearing impaired, provided such a request is made at least 48 hours prior to the hearing date. A request for this service can be made in writing or by calling (401) 784-9500, x242.

For more information on the R-Line, passengers may visit

 http://www.ripta.com/r-line-

or follow the R-Line on Twitter @RIPTA_RLine. For information on RIPTA services, passengers may call 781-9400 or visit ripta.com.

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16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival

April 21st, 2014 · No Comments

16th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents:

Slater Park Fall Festival 2014

Saturday/Sunday September 13 & 14, 2014

 Call for Artisans, Crafters and Vendors

Slater Memorial Park

11:00 to 5:00pm

  “Relax and sell your wares in our open-air marketplace!”

Pawtucket: Show and sell your creative endeavors in beautiful Slater Memorial Park! This annual event attracts over 20,000 attendees and is a juried festival that is open to the public on Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14 from 11-5pm each day.  This festival is open to all crafters, artisans and creators of original items made by hand. The Slater Park Fall Festival will be a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park – from the Daggett Farm to Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and historic Daggett House. This ‘open air market’ features food trucks, craft, music and more!

 Your application, payment in full and images must be received by Tuesday JULY 1, 2014. Please visit our website for the complete list of guidelines and fees, along with the downloadable application form at

www.pawtucketartsfestival.org

or find us on facebook – Slater Park Fall Festival !  

For more information, please contact Pat Zacks, Slater Park Fall Festival, committee chair at 401-273-5367 or

psz333@aol.com.

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Alec Baldwin Visiting Rhode Island For Central Falls Adams Memorial Library Fundraiser

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

The Baldwin for Books Fundraiser includes dramatic readings by Baldwin and the opportunity to read a dialogue with the Hollywood actor

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CENTRAL FALLS, RI – On Saturday, June 7th, Hollywood television, film and stage actor Alec Baldwin will be visiting Rhode Island for the Baldwin for Books Fundraiser. Baldwin’s first stop will be a VIP Reception held in the historical Adams Memorial Library followed by a literacy fundraiser at F?te in Providence. Funds raised will be geared in part towards the CF Digital Project. CF Digital seeks to enhance digital and media literacy for students of Central Falls and neighboring communities.

 “We hope to start an all-purpose, public media lab in a currently unused building, but currently do not have the funding to make it happen,” said President of the Central Falls Public Library, Stephen Larrick. “We are extremely grateful to Alec for his willingness to step up in a big way as part of an event that will help raise awareness and funds to make our dream of a public media center in Central Falls a reality. This center will provide the services our patrons need most, like access to computers and the internet for our residents, who too often don’t have these resources at home.”

 Joel Pettit, the executive director of the library noted, “We at the library are humbled by Mr. Baldwin’s continued acts of generosity towards our lovely, little historic library.  It never ceases to amaze us that there can be such a ground swell of support for our efforts.”

 The Adams Memorial Library first announced a $10,000 donation from the Alec Baldwin Foundation in 2011 when a New York Times article about the Library closing due to financial restraints caught Baldwin’s attention. One year after donating $10,000, Baldwin sent another $5,000 check to the Library in response to its year-end fundraising appeal. Then in 2013, Baldwin donated $2,500 to help the Central Falls High School chess team offset traveling costs to a national tournament.

 “We are extremely grateful to Alec Baldwin for his continued support of the City of Central Falls over the past three years,” said Mayor James A. Diossa. He continued, “We look forward to his first visit and showing him the great City of Central Falls that is rich in history, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit.”

 The Baldwin for Books Fundraiser will be on Saturday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45 for general admission online, $50 at the door and $25 for Central Falls students. F?te is located at 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI 02909. Tickets are available now online at the library’s website or at the door, provided availability. In addition to the fundraiser, there will be an exclusive VIP reception for sponsors. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact joel@cflibrary.org for more details.

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New England Real Estate Journal Highlights Candidate Support For Quonset

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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Rhode Islanders will elect a new governor this year.  Over the past several months, each major candidate has toured the Quonset Business Park, where more than 175 companies employ 9,500 people. Despite their sometimes differing political views, all of this year’s candidates for Governor agree that Quonset is one of the state’s key drivers of economic growth and job creation.

This month’s edition of New England Real Estate Journal includes the views of all the major candidates for Governor regarding Quonset.

“Having the candidates weigh in on behalf of Quonset in a publication like this one, which reaches corporate executives and real estate professionals, is very important for the Business Park,” said Steven J. King, PE, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.  “For prospective tenants to know that Quonset will continue to enjoy the support of our political leaders, despite a change in administrations, has real value in the marketplace where we compete.”   

To see the candidates’ full thoughts on Quonset in the NEREJ

click here.

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RAIMONDO HONORS LINCOLN STUDENT

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 41 students, 1 of which was from Lincoln. The award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes.

“The Young Leader Award gives outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excelling at their studies and serving their communities,” said Raimondo. “They are great examples to us all by showcasing the traits Rhode Islanders need for a successful future.”

Ximedica, a leading medical product development and healthcare company worldwide, was selected as the host site for this award ceremony due to the company’s commitment to innovation.  Ximedica also hosted the event in 2013. Ximedica Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations, Michael Pereira, spoke about the importance of innovation and advancing technology.

“To have innovation, it is important to encourage young people to consider the possibilities and opportunities that are right here in their backyard,” said Pereira. “We are proud to host these young leaders, their teachers, guidance counselors and families.”

Erin McManus, a junior at Lincoln High School, is Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America club and is co-chair of the school’s major fundraiser and fashion show.

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“Take Our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day”

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

City of Pawtucket to host “Take Our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day”

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald R. Grebien and the City of Pawtucket, with the help of several generous sponsors, will celebrate “Take our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day” on Thursday, April 24 including with a host of activities at City Hall for the school-age children and grandchildren of city employees.

 “The city is again very pleased to take part in this outstanding tradition celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April,” Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. “It’s a great way to widen the career horizons of our young people while they also get a first-hand idea of the important and valuable work their parents and grandparents perform every day for the city.”

 The day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. kickoff breakfast in the City Council Chambers, time shared with parents and grandparents in the workplace then activities from 9:30 a.m. to a noon luncheon. The city previously added school-age grandchildren to the traditional mix at the request of numerous city employees.

 Activities will include LEGOS, face painting, tours of the police and fire departments, games and prizes.

 This year’s theme is, “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future.”

Sponsors include the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, Division Street House of Pizza, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket YMCA, McDonald’s, Domino’s and Stop & Shop.

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SkyWarn Spotter Training

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

City EMA partners with National Weather Service to train ‘SkyWarn’ spotters

 PAWTUCKET – The city Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to hold a SkyWarn spotter training session for interested participants on Tuesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave.

SkyWarn spotters are an important resource to the National Weather Service. To fill gaps in technology and provide better warnings, the NWS uses trained volunteers who agree to become the “eyes and ears” of the weather service and help improve public safety.

 Weather spotters provide real-time observations of severe weather events, such as tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, flooding and winter weather. The reports assist NWS meteorologists in issuing watches, warnings and advisories, help protect life and property and provide citizens life-saving information.

 SkyWarn spotters will learn how to observe the weather and also learn valuable preparedness and safety tips. Trained spotters have proven invaluable during weather events such as Post Tropical Storm Sandy, the February Blizzard of 2013 and the Springfield Tornado.  The NWS is looking to attract as much interest as possible to expand its spotter network and offer more extensive service to a greater area.

 For further information, contact Pawtucket Emergency Management at 401-729-5846 or by email to dcorbishley@pawtucketpolice.com.

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Central Falls: Young Leader Award

April 19th, 2014 · No Comments

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Adamaris-Villar and Gina Raimondo 

General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo recently presented the Treasury Young Leader Award to 41 students, 2 of which were from Central Falls. The award recognizes high school juniors who have demonstrated an interest in entrepreneurship and outstanding achievement in math, economics, and business-related classes.

“The Young Leader Award gives outstanding students the recognition they deserve for excelling at their studies and serving their communities,” said Raimondo. “They are great examples to us all by showcasing the traits Rhode Islanders need for a successful future.”

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Brenda-Anaya and Gina Raimondo

Ximedica, a leading medical product development and healthcare company worldwide, was selected as the host site for this award ceremony due to the company’s commitment to innovation.  Ximedica also hosted the event in 2013. Ximedica Senior Vice President and Head of Technology and Operations, Michael Pereira, spoke about the importance of innovation and advancing technology.

“To have innovation, it is important to encourage young people to consider the possibilities and opportunities that are right here in their backyard,” said Pereira. “We are proud to host these young leaders, their teachers, guidance counselors and families.”

About the students

  • ·         Adamaris Villar, a junior at Central Falls High School, is involved in student government, a member of the National Honor Society, and in the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program.
  • ·         Brenda Anaya, a junior at the Blackstone Academy Charter School, has artwork on display at the Pawtucket Visitor’s Center.

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Mixed Magic Thank You

April 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Mixed Magic Theatre would like to thank you for your ongoing support and patience during our unexpected tour of  For Colored Girls. Despite the circumstances the show was nothing but a complete success!

We are proud to announce that our first show will be opening here at our new location at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue! We will be performing, God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, April 25th – May 18 directed by Rich Morra.

Come next weekend, April 25th – April 27th for our special Preview Week performances!

Friday: PAY WHAT YOU CAN

Saturday & Sunday: ALL TICKETS $15

 It’s a deal you don’t want to miss!!

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