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HOLIDAY TURKEY BASKETS TO BE DISTRIBUTED TODAY

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Hundreds Expected to Pick Up Baskets at 175 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Pawtucket

Pawtucket –  Laureen Grebien, wife of Mayor Donald Grebien, overseeing the city’s Holiday Basket committee, announces that 575  Pawtucket families will each be given a turkey basket, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014,  at the City Visitor  Center, 175 Main Street, 2nd floor, beginning at 12:00 noon.   Generous community donors, gave enough cash and in-kind food donations to fill these baskets with a turkey, canned and box goods, rice, bread and desserts.   Families now have the ingredients to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner like millions of Americans.

 Warwick-based Make a Difference Foundation plans to deliver 100 donated turkey’s to the site, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., for distribution.

 The Holiday Basket committee gather the names of the Pawtucket recipients from 10 local nonprofit agencies who identified the people who most needed the baskets.  Word about the program caught the attention of others, too.

 The Holiday Basket committee is a volunteer group comprised of  local community and business leaders, and its sole objective is to provide supplemental food to the needy for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Taste of Europe Delicatessen

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments

D PAW TOE Ribbon Cutting 

Ribbon Cutting: (from left to right) Dylan M. Zelazo, Chief of Staff to Mayor Donald R. Grebien; City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain; and Renata Jarosz, Owner of Taste of Europe.

PAWTUCKET – A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday, November 20th to celebrate the recent relocation and expansion of Taste of Europe Delicatessen, the modern reincarnation of the popular Jarosz Deli.

 The Taste of Europe Deli is owned by Renata Jarosz. It is a deli and grocery store specializing in Polish cuisine. Its selections include pastries, breads, soups, and tradition favorites such as kielbasa and golombki. The deli also provides catering services.

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 Mayor Donald R. Grebien had a cold and was regrettably unable to attend the ribbon cutting, but said later, “This great deli serves the neighborhood and the greater community with traditional European dishes. I encourage everyone to come down to their convenient location and enjoy the wide variety of delicious, homemade cuisine and the welcoming atmosphere. We are so fortunate to have wonderful small businesses like Taste of Europe here in Pawtucket.”

 Second District City Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain joined the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We’re proud that Taste of Europe was able to succeed and grow in the city,” said Councilor Wildenhain. “I wish Renata and her team nothing but the best and hope they continue to be successful here in Pawtucket for years to come.”

 More information about Taste of Europe Deli is available on its website,

www.tasteofeuroperi.com 

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Trash And Recycling Pickup Delayed

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Trash and recycling pickup delayed one day in Pawtucket due to Thanksgiving holiday City Hall offices to be closed

PAWTUCKET – The Department of Public Works is reminding residents that trash and recycling collection will be delayed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal Monday through Wednesday collection will take place from November 24th through the 26th.

Residents are asked to place their trash and recycling out for collection on the days after Thanksgiving. Normal Thursday routes will be collected on Friday, November 28 and Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday, November 29.

City Hall offices and the Pawtucket Public Library will also be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday.

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

dpw@pawtucketri.com.

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

www.pawtucketri.com

as a link on the Department of Public Works page.

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LEAH WILLIAMS METTS REPRESENTS RHODE ISLAND IN GLAMOUR MAGAZINE’S HOMETOWN HEROES

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Hometown Heroes: 50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference

by Emily L. Foley

In Rhode Island…

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LEAH WILLIAMS METTS

When the city pool in South Providence closed last year, professional child advocate and mom of four, Leah Williams, 37, took notice. Located in one of the poorest communities in the state, the pool was crucial to keeping at-risk kids out of trouble. “It’s not just about swimming,” says Williams. “When I was a child, going to the pool kept me off the street [while] my mom worked long hours. The pool represents a safe place for teens.” After a year of Williams’ relentless work rallying city legislators, the pool reopened this summer.

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Value Of The Book With Ray Rickman

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Mr. Rickman will be at the Portsmouth Free Public Library on December 9 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

 During this interactive program, Mr. Rickman will offer his thoughts on book values drawing on his years of experience as a long-time rare book dealer in Providence and the former “Bestsellers” on Rhode Island Public Television.

 In an Antiques Roadshow-type format, Mr. Rickman will cover what makes a book valuable, what type of book has the highest retail value and will offer complimentary estimates of up to three of your books’ value.

 Mr. Rickman is the founder of The Rickman Group, a Providence-based management consultant firm, offering advice to companies and nonprofits to improve their strategic, financial and operational position and performance.

 A former state representative, Ray Rickman lectures throughout Rhode Island and beyond on a broad range of historical and cultural topics pertaining to American literature and African American history.

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Change in Leadership At RI Farm Bureau

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

 West Warwick, RI November 20, 2014

 For the first time in 40 years RI Farm Bureau has a new president. At its Annual Meeting in West Warwick on Thursday November 20, the RI Farm Bureau members present unanimously elected Henry Wright of West Greenwich as its president. He replaces Bill Stamp, Jr who has been president of the RI Farm Bureau since 1974, the longest serving president of a State Farm Bureau in the United States.

 Wright farms 330 acres in Kent and Washington Counties. He raises corn, hay and beef cattle. He also sells seeds for several seed companies including T.A. Seeds. Additionally, he does a lot of custom farming specializing in no till seeding for corn and forage crops. He has been a member of the RI Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 24 years and has been a member of the RI Farm Bureau for 44 years.

 Wayne Salisbury of Scituate was elected vice president. He replaced Tyler Young, who has been vice president for 20 years, the longest serving vice president in the United States. Salisbury owns a farm in Johnston, RI where he specializes in pick your own Strawberries and also raises raspberries and a wide range of vegetables. Salisbury Farm was the first farm in New England to have a corn maze. The farm, established in the 1800′s offers a wide range of activities and services for everyone to enjoy. During the fall they also offer free hay rides on the weekends. Families, businesses or organizations, and other groups enjoy the pavilion area which is available for rent. Salisbury has been secretary of RI Farm Bureau for the past 2 years and a member of the Board for the past 10 years. He joined the RI Farm Bureau in 1989.

 Five farmers were elected to the RI Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Vinny Confreda (Cranston), Richard Schartner (Exeter) and Peter Gavitt (Slocum) were re-elected and Kevin Breene (West Greenwich) and Joe Polseno (Cranston) were elected for the first time.

 The members also voted to approve 18 resolutions which will determine the policies the Board will follow in 2015.

The Rhode Island Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national, and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural for all farmers.

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LTE: Bernie Beaudreau

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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Friday morning, November 21, 2014

Dear Neighbors,

 I want to share with you that I had the amazing experience of attending the first of four community listening forums of Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza last night at the Asa Messer Elementary School in the West End of Providence. I would guess there were more than 200 people there.

 It was civic participation at its best.

 The mayor-elect made some brief welcoming comments and then sat and listened to the people in the audience state their concerns about school conditions, housing conditions, problems with student transportation, drugs and violence in the community, property taxes and challenges for small businesses and many other issues.

 One young student stood up and talked about the serious drug problem and the difficulty of getting to school. Over 30 people spoke and the time was extended to allow all who wanted to speak the opportunity to be heard.

 It seems that when people gather in serious community dialogue there is something that is inherently optimistic about it. When the concerns can be heard with patience and sincerity new doors of possibility open up.

 And, while there were no immediate answers offered last night for some of the seemingly intractable problems expressed, there was a feeling of renewed determination and energy that somehow, by working together, we could begin to tackle the issues.

 Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza invites everyone who lives, works, studies, or has a stake in Providence to attend a transition public forum and to visit his new website:  transitionpvd.com.

There are three more forums over the next ten days.  If you live, work or study in Providence, I would encourage you to attend one of them:

Monday, Nov. 24 6:30-8:00 pm

Esek Hopkins Middle School,480 Charles Street

Tuesday, Nov. 25 6-7:30 pm

Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex, 182 Thurbers Avenue

Monday, Dec. 1 6-7:30 pm

Nathan Bishop Middle School,101 Sessions Street

For me, it was a great lesson in civic participation and a chance to feel part of a community effort to build a more positive future for Providence.

 Wishing you the best for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sincerely,

Bernie Beaudreau

Serve Rhode Island

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Pawtucket: Ahlers Designs

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Hope Artist Holiday Marketplace

It is such a joy hosting an amazing group of artists at the Ahlers Designs Studio in the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. I hope you have time this holiday season to stop in the Hope Artist Holiday Marketplace Saturdays  9am – 1pm,  now until Dec 20th. Buying handmade gifts & artwork directly from artists is delightful and it supports the local economy.  Another wonderful reason to come down is The Winter Farmer’s Market organized by Farm Fresh RI . Our studio is located just down the hall, from The Bread Lab, 999 Main Street entrance, Studio 707, Pawtucket RI 02860.
The artists rotate in and out each week. Artists for Nov. 22nd  include The Utopian Collection- handmade bags, giraffesandrobots – art that makes you smile, David Katz Photography, Iamtra – gift collection and last but not least the Ahlers Designs gift collection and jewelry.

Just so you know the Hope Artist Holiday Marketplace is the only place to find Gail Ahlers and her gift collection this year.

Gail will not be showing at The Foundry show for the first time in almost 30 years.

More info on Facebook or call 401-365-1010.

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RIDOT LAUNCHES WINTER WEATHER PAGE AS SNOW SEASON GETS UNDERWAY

November 20th, 2014 · No Comments

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The first snowfall of the year may have come and gone without much accumulation, but the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding drivers that winter weather is likely not far around the corner. To help Rhode Islanders prepare, RIDOT recently launched a new webpage,

 www.dot.ri.gov/about/winter

 offering valuable winter driving tips, statistics, and links to other travel planning resources.

 “With winter now upon us, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about safe driving practices as well as steps we should take to ready our vehicles for travel,” said RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis. “Wearing a seat belt, reducing speed, outfitting vehicles with emergency supplies, and sharing the road with other motorists and plows are all important – especially when traveling in inclement weather.”

 The new webpage includes information for getting vehicles ready for difficult travel conditions – such as checking tires, fluids, brakes, and other systems. Links to RIDOT’s Twitter feed, traffic cameras, and travel times are also included for up-to-the-minute information on road conditions.

 Visitors to the page will also learn about RIDOT’s approach to winter storm operations and recent steps taken to “green” these operations. For example, state plows are now equipped with GPS devices and more precise salt metering systems to better control and track the application of salt – the most costly component of winter storm operations.

 For more information, visit

 www.dot.ri.

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Rhode Island’s Historic Blackstone River Valley

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Suggested Events for Thanksgiving Weekend

Thursday-Sunday, November 27-30, 2014

With families, friends and neighbors gather from near and far to celebrate over the Thanksgiving holiday, November 27-30, consider exploring some of the many fun and casual happenings occurring in Rhode Island’s historic Blackstone River Valley.

 Although known for its proud heritage as the actual birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution, this Southern New England region offers so much more!

Located close to home, less than 50 miles southwest of Boston, MA and just immediate north of Providence, RI, Blackstone River Valley offers a bounty of live cultural arts and entertainment, interactive family events and captivating destinations to experience!

Over the long holiday period consider some of these great events while enjoying your Thanksgiving stay.

Turkey day fun run!

Historic Downtown Pawtucket, RI is the setting for the Pawtucket Turkey Trot & Fun Run, on Thanksgiving morning, November 27.

The Family Turkey Trot 5K and Youth Fun Run offer free parking and a beautiful course through historical Pawtucket. The event routes through a course from Downtown Pawtucket and through the nearby Quality Hill neighborhood, known for its impressive 19th century built mansions.

 Start and finish at Pawtucket City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue. Run or Walk in this Family Turkey Trot Youth start at 9:30 am. 5K starts 10 am.

To participate and for more details check out www.familyturkeytrot.com

 Supporting our small businesses

With Thanksgiving comes the start of the frantic Holiday Shopping period, where many “big box’ retailers are competing for consumers and their hard earned dollars.

However, some of the best Holiday Shopping can be found in the local communities of Blackstone River Valley, as many artisans, crafters, art dealers, antiques, and other locally based services.

In fact, many local shops will be participating in the nationwide Small Business Saturday, November 29.

The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.

 To find small businesses throughout the Blackstone River Valley to serve your shopping needs go to any of the following websites:

www.nrichamber.com/allcategories

www.ncrichamber.com/member-directory.htm

shopsmallnow.americanexpress.com/ShopSmall#

Saturdays 9:30 am -12:30 pm support a local library and family literacy at the Friends Bookstore, in the Hayden Center of Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI.

 Donated second-hand books for $1 or less, plus puzzles, CDs and limited DVDs are available for purchase. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cumberland Public Library. Proceeds benefit library programs. Call the library for more details at 401-333-2552 or at www.cumberlandri.org

Also, Saturday, November 29, attend Relay for Life – 2nd Annual Craft/Vendor Fair, 10 am-3 pm, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI

The showcase presents the wares of 25 plus crafters, with over 50 plus raffles with great prizes, food and pastry table.

Contact for more details at 401-728-4300.

And, every Saturday, 9 am 1 pm, get the freshest Rhode Island grown food items at the Wintertime Farmers Market, at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI.

This unique weekly farmer’s market is featuring farmed goods, food artisans and prepared food vendors selling quality, locally-grown products, fresh produce, local eggs and meats, jams, baked goods and more.

Visit www.farmfreshri.org for more information.

Headline & local entertainment

Over the last two decades Blackstone River valley has made a national reputation for itself as one of the best destinations for some of the greatest music concerts, live performing arts and creative talents!

See for yourself why the region is so popular with well known national and local acts.

 Friday night, November 28, at 8 pm, the legendary 1970’s rock band America hits the stage, at the Twin River Casino Event Center, 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI.

Their debut, a 1971 self-titled album, produced the transatlantic hits “A Horse with No Name” and “I Need You“. Homecoming (1972) produced the single “Ventura Highway“, and preceded Hat Trick (1973), which fared poorly on the charts. 1974′s Holiday featured the hits “Tin Man” and “Lonely People“, and 1975′s Hearts generated the number one single “Sister Golden Hair“, alongside “Daisy Jane“. History: America’s Greatest Hits, a compilation of singles, was released the same year and was certified multi-platinum in the United States and Australia The band had a brief return to the top in 1982 with the single “You Can Do Magic“.

  Four decades into their career, the group continues to record material and tour with regularity. Their 2007 album Here & Now was collaboration with a new generation of musicians who credited the band as an influence. America has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Call for tickets now toll free at 1-877-827-4837 or online at www.twinriver.com

Also, Saturday night, November 29, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI presents their 14th annual fundraiser featuring some of the best of Rhode Island’s homegrown talent as well as others who now live in the Ocean State.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, Blackstone River Theatre will also hold a silent auction featuring CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas items and gift certificates. 100% of the proceeds from both the concert and the silent auction will go to support Blackstone River Theatre’s programming and operating expenses.

Audiences get to see seven different acts in one evening, all who will be performing full concerts in the coming months. Pendragon will act as hosts this evening and will perform a set of their Celtic-inspired music joined by Irish step dancer Erika Damiani. Other featured performers, who are all donating their time, include Atwater-Donnelly who will perform Appalachian, original and Celtic-inspired folk music and clogging, acoustic blues musician Bertrand Laurence, whistle and accordion player Phil Edmonds of the Gnomes, and celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Robbie O’Connell. Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Bellaire will perform a set of original folk/pop/rock music and the Eastern Medicine Singers will present Algonquin and Native American song, drumming and dance.

Tickets are only $20 each and available by calling 401-725-9272 or on the web at www.riverfolk.org

 And, one of Rhode Island’s most revered music sites, Chan’s Eggrolls and Jazz, 267 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI is considered to be one of the best venues for jazz and blues. Over the Holiday period take in some great acts.

 Friday, November 28, at 8 pm, see Through The Doors, an amazing band leads you through the music of the legendary 1960’s rockers Jim Morrison and The Doors. Tickets are $15/person.

 And, Saturday, November 29, at 8 pm, catch the Peacheaters in concert. This band performs an excellent Allman Brothers tribute! In the tradition of the Allman
Brothers Band the Peacheaters never do the same show twice.
Not just an Allman Brothers tribute band… it’s an Allman Brothers
experience!

 Call for tickets at 401-765-1900 or at www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com

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