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Blackstone Valley Tourism

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Events for the Weekend of Thursday-Sunday, July 11-12, 2015


Experience interesting places, captivating local entertainment and brain power in action over the July 11-12 weekend throughout Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley, now Southern New England’s National Historical Park.

 This close to home summer season destination offers great opportunities to explore hidden heritage up close and personal, showcasing how early America evolved from Colonial homesteads to early farms and factories, leading up to the region’s role as the actual birthplace of our country’s manufacturing legacy.

 During the weekend see two important sites relevant to community history, along with taking in great local theatre and music performances. Plus, cheer on youth as they challenge their wits at chess.

Historic places & spaces

Sunday, July 12, 11 am-6 pm, the historic Hearthside House, located on the Great Road Historic District, Lincoln, RI, salutes the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

Celebrate the home’s connection to the event, as Hearthside House was used as the model for Rhode Island’s pavilion, which showcased the many magnificent design and products the state manufactured at the time.

Built in 1809, Hearthside House has been noted as one of the finest examples of early 19th century federal-style houses in the state, and it is on the 

National Register of Historic Places

The unique 2 ½ story house is built of fieldstone,   which was rare in dwellings at that time. Its design includes a gable roof with impressive ogee curves above circular attic windows. There are 10 fireplaces in the 10-room home, hence the name “Hearthside.” Hearthside has become known as “The House That Love Built” because of the romantic history behind the building of this beautiful house by Stephen Hopkins Smith.

In addition, travel along the stretch of Great Road (Route 123) that offers a potpourri of early farms, homes and sites that were prominent from Colonial times to the early to mid 1800’s.

 For more details contact Hearthside House at 401-726-0597 or online at

 Also happening Sunday, July 12, 1-4 pm, the historic Smith Appleby House, 220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield, RI presents a family oriented “Rain Gutter Regatta”.

 Children and their families participate in learning how to build their own sailboat and race it with other event participants. Afterwards, guests can tour this historical 1696 built farmhouse and grounds, operated by the Smithfield Historical Society.

 The Smith-Appleby House began as a one-room stone-ender with a loft above, 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.

The size of the house was doubled in 1730 when a two-room addition was brought to the site and attached to the original house. Other additions and modifications were made over the years to accommodate the family. The last addition was made in 1813 when a new modern kitchen with beehive oven was added, bringing the house to its present twelve rooms with varied designs and original stencils.

More information on this event is available by calling 401-231-7363 or online at

 Local stage and song

Rhode Island’s original performing arts troupe, The Community Players, based in Pawtucket, RI, present their rendition of the stage performance of the John Patrick Shanley written play Doubt.

 Shows are at the Jenks School Auditorium, located at Division Street & Columbus Avenue, across from McCoy Stadium.

 The play is set in 1964 Bronx, New York, and a charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald Miller, the school’s first black student, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences.

 The Community Players began in 1921 and are now starting their 94th season of live shows. Tickets and showtimes are available by calling the box office now at 401-726-6860 or at

 Also, in Downtown Pawtucket, the city kicks off its popular annual Sunday Evening Summer Concert Series, with all weekly performances starting at 6 pm, at Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheatre, at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI.

 These FREE public concerts present different bands each week ranging from swing, jazz, Latin, to rock and classics.

 Call the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Office at 401-728-0500 x 251 for the latest updates.

 Youth skills

For many, the board game of chess may be a pastime played for fun. But, chess can become an interactive learning experience as well.

 According to varied sources, chess was apparently developed around the 6th century in present day Middle Eastern nations, and was used for what would be known today as military strategy.

 According to, playing a game that requires thought and strategy like chess teaches young people five important skills that aren’t necessarily taught in a classroom: logic, attention to detail, discipline, explaining difficult concepts and collaboration.

 Saturday, July 11, attend the Central Falls Chess Tournament, presented at Burger King, 800 Lonsdale Avenue, Central Falls, RI.

 The tournament will feature children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 competing in several categories.

 Central Falls is currently the Rhode Island State Chess Champions in all categories.

 For more on the tournament call organizer at 401-359-1602 or go to

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RIDOT: Route 24 Lane Closure

July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Lane Closure On 24 North In Tiverton Through Tuesday

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the temporary closure of the right lane on a segment of Route 24 North in Tiverton. The closure is necessary because an expansion joint needs to be repaired on the bridge that carries Route 24 North over Fish Road.

 Motorists may experience delays on Route 24 North during this restriction. RIDOT was alerted by Tiverton Police late this morning about broken pavement at a bridge joint.

 RIDOT’s Highway and Bridge Maintenance crews will begin repairs at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. At that time, all lanes of Route 24 North will be closed. Traffic will be diverted off the highway at the Fish Road exit, and then immediately back onto Route 24 after the bridge. Police officers will assist in the movement of traffic through this work zone. Route 24 South will not be affected.

 During the repair on Tuesday, travel delays are likely. Motorists should plan extra time for travel or seek an alternate route.

 All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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July 5th, 2015 · No Comments

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – Bay View Academy proudly announces the hiring a new Athletic Director, Jennifer Wasson (Cumberland, RI), upon the retirement of Co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal (Cranston, RI) and Sue Reposa (Warwick, RI). Wasson is taking the helm of Bengal Athletics, bringing an incredible amount of sports management experience to the table. She comes to Bay View from Providence College, where she has served as Director of Women’s Basketball Administration for the past three years. 

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Jen Wasson Cumberland, RI   Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes

At Providence College, Wasson successfully united her background in athletics, marketing, fundraising and management. Prior to PC, she served as Assistant Coach in Women’s Basketball at Troy University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where her team made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and post-season Women’s National Invitation Tournament Elite 8. 

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 Helen Malone North Attleboro, MA: Photo Credit: Chestnut Hill Studio

Wasson holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Mobile, where she competed on the Women’s Basketball team and participated in two NAIA National Tournaments. In addition, she has a Master of Science in Physical Education from Western Kentucky University. Wasson is an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), along with an Executive Member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

 Despite her records and achievements as a college-ball player and coach, the story she proudly tells as her claim to fame pertains to the Red Sox: she caught the two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series.

 Wasson says she looks forward to tweeting #IamBayView from the sidelines of Bengal athletic events. Joining Wasson on the sidelines is Helen Malone (North Attleboro, MA), who will serve as the new Assistant Athletic Director. Malone has been at Bay View since 2009, serving as a Health and Physical Education teacher, as well as the Bengal’s Athletic Trainer.

In addition, Malone has led the Academy’s Paws for a Cause team each year in participation and fundraising for the Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope 5k. In the fall of 2014 the team was 149 members strong and raised nearly $7,500 to support breast cancer research. Malone has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Masters of Education in Health Promotion, both from Bridgewater State College. She is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) and certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS).

 Bay View President, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis (Hyde Park, MA), says, “We are extremely excited to welcome Jen and Helen into the Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director roles. We are certain they will build on Cindy and Sue’s important work of advancing women’s athletics within Rhode Island.” 

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Raimondo’s Round-Up

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Fourth Of July


Andy and Gina

Good afternoon,

 My family and I are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July. Before we all turn our attention to barbecues, parades, going to the beach, and spending time with loved ones, I wanted to update you on some of the work we’ve been doing to turn Rhode Island around.

 I wake up every day focused on expanding opportunity so that every family can “make it in Rhode Island.” There’s still a lot of work left to do, but in just six months, we’ve made great first steps to lay the groundwork to set our state on a path of opportunity. I am feeling more optimistic than ever and believe we have momentum on our side.

 This week I signed the budget into law. The budget is focused on creating jobs byputting shovels in the ground, making it easier and less expensive to do business in Rhode Island, and building the skills Rhode Islanders need to compete in our economy. We know families are struggling now, so we provided immediate help, too: we increased the minimum wage, expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, and exempted Social Security benefits from taxes for low- and middle-income Rhode Islanders.

 From the start, Speaker Mattiello, Senate President Paiva Weed, and I agreed that our number-one priority had to be jump starting our economy and helping people get back to work. I’m grateful that they, the members of the House and Senate Finance Committees, and everyone in the General Assembly worked so hard to get this done.

 Make no mistake, we have a lot of work left to do. Our problems weren’t created overnight, and they won’t be solved with one budget. Everyone has a role to play and this budget is proof that we can work together to put Rhode Island on a brighter path.

 Thank you,


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July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Hi Neighbor,


 With the Fourth of July holiday among us, most people are thinking about beaches, cookouts and fireworks. Whatever your plans are this weekend, please remember to get there safely. On average, about 150 people die over the holiday weekend nationwide in impaired-driving crashes. We can reverse this trend by taking simple steps such as designating a driver at the beginning of the night or calling a cab if you think you’ve had too much. Independence Day is a time to celebrate, and we hope that you all do so safely and responsibly.

 Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for the latest local transportation news.

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Pawtucket Development Proposal

July 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Mayor Grebien At Festival Pier


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July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

 New machines make it easier for  passengers to purchase some tickets and passes before boarding

 Providence, Rhode Island, July 2, 2015  — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) officially unveiled the Authority’s first Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) in Kennedy Plaza this week. The new machines are part of RIPTA’s ongoing effort to make it easier for passengers to purchase tickets or passes before they board.

 The first four ticket vending machines have been placed at Kennedy Plaza in Providence – RIPTA’s busiest transit hub.   The intent is for the machines to help reduce lines at the ticket window there and also expedite bus boardings by enabling more people to have tickets or passes in hand before their buses arrive.  The machines offer instructions in English and Spanish.

 Initially, the ticket vending machines only accept credit or debit cards, but will eventually be programmed to accept cash as well.   Passengers can now purchase a 2-Hour Unlimited Ride Pass ($2.00), a 1-Day Pass ($6.00) and a 7-Day Pass ($23.00) from the TVMs.  Other tickets or passes could be available at the machines in the future based on customer use and demand.

 RIPTA employees have been at the plaza at various times throughout this week to help people get comfortable with using the machines.

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19th Annual Concerts Under The Elms Starts Thursday With The American Band

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Concerts Under the Elms: The American Band

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 Thursday, July 2, 6:30pm

 John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St.

 19th Annual Concerts Under the Elms Starts Thursday With The American Band

 (PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The Rhode Island Historical Society’s summer favorite, the Concerts Under the Elms series, kicks off Thursday evening, July 2, 6:30pm, on the grounds of the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St.

 First up in 2015 is Rhode Island’s own The American Band. Including more than 50 musicians, the American Band has a long and colorful history extending back to 1837, making it one of the oldest continuously active bands in the United States. The music they perform ranges from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band.

 The Concerts Under the Elms series takes place on Thursday evenings through August 6.

 Each performance will be paired with a participating food truck. July 2’s food truck is Mama Kim’s Korean BBQ, which will be offering fare throughout the evening. In addition, Granny Squibb’s Iced Teas will sell beverages, while Ellie’s Bakery cart Macaron Millie will have desserts on hand.

 Admission is $10; RIHS members and children under 12 gain free admission. Personal coolers are allowed, but pets are not. There will be security on site. Visit the Concerts Under the Elms page on the RIHS website for more information, including updates in case of inclement weather.

About the Rhode Island Historical Society

Founded in 1822, the R.I.H.S. is the fourth-oldest historical society in the United States and is Rhode Island’s largest and oldest historical organization. In Providence, the R.I.H.S. owns and operates the John Brown House and Museum, a designated National Historic Landmark, built in 1788; the Aldrich House, built in 1822 and used for administration and public programs; and the Library of Rhode Island History, where archival, book and image collections are housed. In Woonsocket the R.I.H.S. manages the Museum of Work and Culture, a community museum examining the industrial history of northern Rhode Island and of the workers and settlers, especially French-Canadians, who made it one of the state’s most distinctive areas.

 To learn more, visit,

 and please call 401.331.8575 x134 or email with any questions.

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AG Kilmartin Statement On PUC Decision Eliminating Billing Adjustments

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

 Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin praised the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for their unanimous decision for the immediate elimination of the billing adjustment for ratepayers when switching electric service providers:

 “I applaud the PUC for recognizing the burden the billing adjustment placed on ratepayers who sought a better rate for electricity.  Today’s decision is a significant victory for those ratepayers, bolsters the competitive electric marketplace, and makes the process of switching providers more transparent.  With the cost of energy being a significant expense for consumers, it is imperative that we continue to advocate for the lowest possible rates and accessible information for consumers to make an educated decision on their supplier.”

 Attorney General Kilmartin intervened in this matter on behalf of the ratepayers.

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Raimondo Signs First Budget

July 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Recognizes Leadership of Mattiello, Paiva Weed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed,  signed the Fiscal Year 2016 State Budget. This robust jobs plan begins the process of putting people back to work by rebuilding our schools, attracting and growing companies in Rhode Island, and making it easier and less expensive to do business here.

The budget also includes important reforms — it provides retirement security by approving pension reform and improves Medicaid by strengthening the quality and coordination of care, while achieving significant savings.

“Every hardworking family deserves the chance to make it in Rhode Island,” said Raimondo. “From the start, the Speaker, the Senate President, and I agreed that our number-one priority had to be jumpstarting our economy and helping people get back to work. We have a lot more work to do, but I am proud of our partnership and I believe we’re in the early stages of a great comeback for Rhode Island.”

“This is a budget that is pro-business and pro-jobs that will move our state forward,” said Mattiello. “We also wanted to make sure the new Commerce Department has the tools needed to attract and grow businesses with the proper incentives. This budget is the result of collaboration between the Governor and the Senate.  It is a budget that has something for everyone, including retirees and low-income families.”

 “This is a budget that invests in Rhode Island’s future,” said Paiva Weed. “It fully funds the education aid formula and increases funding for higher education, while investing in full day kindergarten and establishing a school building authority to fix Rhode Island’s crumbling schools. It provides more cost effective delivery of Medicaid, while improving care and patient outcomes. The budget invests in economic development through a package of incentives designed to get our economy moving. At the same time, it assists the most vulnerable in our society, and helps working families through programs like the earned income tax credit and child care subsidies for those participating in job training. I applaud the Governor’s leadership in the development of this budget.”

 “We continued to move Rhode Island on an economic path for job growth and to enable businesses to grow,” said House Finance Committee Chairman Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. “We concurred with many of the Governor’s initiatives for economic development with some additional controls to monitor their effectiveness. We supported her structural changes to modernize the Medicaid program, while also assisting hospitals and nursing homes.”

 “This budget is an investment in the jobs and economic development that our state’s residents and businesses desperately need and deserve,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel Da Ponte. “We’re strengthening the business community by eliminating a sales tax on energy, reducing the minimum corporate tax and instituting a number of economic development initiatives; reforming Medicaid to make it more cost-effective; and doing away with the tax on Social Security benefits for many retired Rhode Islanders. It’s a budget that builds upon the progress we’ve been making moving our economy toward prosperity. The message in this budget is that Rhode Island is open for business.”

 You can learn more about the FY 2016 budget at

Visit Governor Raimondo’s Website

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