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Pawtucket City Hall Celebrating Greek Independence Day

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Greek Flag Raised Outside of Pawtucket City Hall Celebrating Greek Independence Day

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 PAWTUCKET – March 25th, marked 194 years of Greek Independence. Pawtucket City Hall played host to a celebration and flag-raising which was sponsored by Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, located on Walcott Street in Pawtucket.

Theologian and historian John Lyssikatos was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and issued the welcoming remarks. Reverend Dr. Philip Zymaris gave the invocation and provided remarks on the significance of the day noting that Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire on March 25, 1821 after 400 years of Ottoman occupation.

Finally, Pawtucket City Councilwoman, Sandra Cano, spoke on behalf of the City of Pawtucket. In her remarks, Councilwoman Cano reminded the gathering of the contributions that Greece has made to democracy and representative government.  “Pawtucket has a very large Greek population and ancestry,” said Cano. “From the legacy of philosophy, literature, drama, sculpture and architecture, Greek influence is all around us,” Cano continued.

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 After the speaking program was completed, those in attendance gathered outside city hall where the Greek flag was raised by a young adult parishioner of Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church and the national anthems of America and Greece were played.

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Representative Costantino Wants A 17-Member Commission

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Representative Costantino wants commission to study consolidation of educational and municipal functions

 STATE HOUSE – Believing it could have a potentially positive financial impact on state and local government, Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (D-Dist. 44, Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston) has submitted a resolution that would create a 17-member commission to study the consolidation of municipal and educational functions on a county or statewide level.

 The resolution, which was heard this week by the House Committee on Municipal Government, would task the commission with studying all aspects of consolidating municipal government and public education. The commission would be required to report back to the General Assembly no later than March 2, 2016.

 “From time to time, the proposal has been brought up to consolidate towns or school districts,” said Representative Costantino. “These proposals have ranged from fire district consolidation to school district regionalization. Some have even gone to the extreme of suggesting that we abolish city and town government in favor of county government. The time has come to take a look at this seriously and professionally to determine what financial benefits, if any, consolidation would have for the people of this state.”

 Proponents of consolidation insist that there would be a cost savings in administration and shared equipment, and that it would eliminate government waste. Those opposed to the idea say that overhauling the entire system would save no money at all, and that larger governmental entities would cause greater potential for waste.

“What we really need is an intensive study by those who can look at the issue objectively to determine the financial impact, decide if that impact would be a positive or negative one, and report back with their findings,” said Representative Costantino, who serves on the House Municipal Government Committee. “Up to now, we’ve heard an awful lot of surmise and conjecture, when what we need are cold, hard facts.”

The special legislative commission would include five members from the House, three from the Senate, one from the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, one from the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, one from the Rhode Island Association of Administrators, one from the Rhode Island chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, one from the Rhode Island chapter of the National Education Association, one from the Rhode Island Independent School Association, two from the general public, and the commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

 The members of the commission would receive no compensation for their services

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Pawtucket: A City in Focus

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments

City of Pawtucket Announces 17th Annual Photo Contest

Pawtucket:  A City in Focus

Theme:  “Pawtucket:  A Different Perspective”

Deadline for entry:  August 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Grab your cameras and compose that picture!  The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 17h Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest.  The twelve winning photos, to be selected by a panel of local professional photographers, will illustrate the City of Pawtucket 2016 City Calendar.

This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must have been taken in Pawtucket. This year’s contest theme is “Pawtucket:  A Different Perspective”.

Contest Rules: All photo submissions should follow the contest theme and have been taken within the past year. All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket to qualify for this contest.  Only one entry per contestant will be accepted and must be submitted by the photographer. Photos may be color or black and white. Film or good quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction.

Submitted photos should be mounted on foamcore or mountboard, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8”x10” or larger than 12”x18”.  All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival in the month of September. The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a$75.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $50.00 cash prize with remaining winners receiving gift certificates.

All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket 2016 Calendar. Submissions will be accepted beginning May 1, at which time applications will be available at various locations or downloadable on-line.  Deadline for Entry:  August 1.  For further information, please call (401) 273-5367.

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OCEAN STATE THEATRE

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

MAGICIAN BRUCE KALVER RETURNS TO OCEAN STATE THEATRE WITH HIS POPULAR ‘MAGICAL MOMENTS’ SHOW

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WARWICK, RI – Local Magician, Bruce Kalver returns to Ocean State Theatre with his show Magical Moments: A Magic Show for All Ages!The production, which is part of Ocean State Theatre Company’s Family Fun Fest, will be performed for one show only on Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Words like “unbelievable,” “amazing,” and “impossible” have been used to describe Bruce’s magic. He entertains and amuses audiences with his sleight of hand and manipulative skills and performs miracles with everyday objects like balls, cards, coins, and ropes as well as presenting wonders with magical props from around the world. With his years of experience and easy going manner, Bruce charms his audience with comedy, colorful, visual magic tricks, and lots of audience participation.

 Bruce Kalver has been working professionally for over 40 years. Billed in the early years as “Rhode Island’s Youngest Professional Magician,” his magic education started at the age of four when his grandfather, Samuel Woolf, who was himself a magician and an assistant to Houdini, began to teach him the art. At age six, he was ready to start his career.

 His work in magic has taken him all over the world. He has toured with his wife and partner, Arlene, on cruise ships sailing the Atlantic and the Caribbean, in dinner theatres all over the country, and at trade shows, where they added their magic touch to many products and services.

 Bruce has acted as a magic consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, as well as for numerous other professional, college, and amateur theatre groups, for whom he performed or taught magic for their productions and created special magic effects. He has also taught his craft at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University, (where he taught a special course on the use of magic to promote products), as well as many magicians’ groups around the country, where Bruce has shared his special secrets with fellow conjurers. He has even lectured and performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and London’s prestigious Magic Circle.

Magical Moments: A Magic Show for All Ages! will be presented on Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 am. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Single tickets are $10.00 each. Discount rates are available for groups of 20 or more by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at

 www.OceanStateTheatre.org

and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.

 Introduce your child to the magic of live theatre at the state-of-the-art Ocean State Theatre!

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College Leadership Rhode Island

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

College Leadership Rhode Island

Applications Open for 2015

Modeled after Leadership Rhode Island’s (LRI) Core Program for career business and community leaders, the College Leadership Rhode Island Program strives to inspire, educate, and engage its students as they begin to make the transition from college to career.

It is an experiential leadership program that gives college leaders further insight into the inner-workings of Rhode Island’s non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors. Topics include community & social issues, civic engagement & the business community, community leadership, and public service. Through this semester-long process, students deepen their understanding of community issues and community-based problem solving while networking with fellow student leaders from around the state.

Since 2004, Leadership Rhode Island has graduated over 300 college students. Class sizes range from 30 – 40 college students in their sophomore, junior and senior years as well as graduate students and those that have recently graduated (less than a year).

Students interested in the College Program, must complete an online application followed by an interview with a panel of LRI and CLRI alumni. Successful candidates must demonstrate their potential as future servant leaders. There is no application fee and no fee to attend the program once accepted, thanks to generous corporate support from Amica Mutual Insurance and National Grid.

Applicants must commit to the time requirements of the class, consisting of four Friday sessions from 9:00am-5:30pm, and light pre-session reading and preparation.

ONLINE APPLICATION
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COURSE DETAILS

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SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

The Southeast New England (SENE) Film, Music & Arts Festival returns to Rhode Island April 20-25, 2015.   The seventh annual SENE Festival will showcase 120 films, five musical performances and multiple parties and networking events.

Highlighted this year is the world premiere of the feature documentary ‘Bluebirds Fly, Love & Hope on the Autism Spectrum’ by Rhode Island director Cherry Arnold, best known for her EMMY award-winning feature documentary ‘Buddy”. ‘Bluebirds Fly’ leaves audiences with a better understanding of autism, along with a newfound awareness of what can be done to help individuals with autism live happier, more productive lives. The film screens Saturday, April 25 at 3:30 pm at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI.

Also highlighted are three documentaries commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The films screen Monday, April 20 at 7:00 pm at the Columbus Theatre. Filmmaker Robert Davidian will be on hand to discuss his films.

The Columbus Theatre hosts most of the festival’s film screenings on Monday, April 20, Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. This year’s feature films include the New England premiere of the award winning film ‘Bereave’ by Coventry, RI natives and brothers Evangelos Giovanis and George Giovanis. This moving dramatic film stars Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine. George Giovanis will be present at the screening.

Other features include SENE’s opening night film ‘Wildlike’, starring Bruce Greenwood, ‘Bread and Butter’, starring SNL’s Bobby Moynihan and ‘Hunting the Phantom’, starring Armand Assante.  SENE will screen 15 short film programs featuring animated, comedy, drama, documentary, LGBT, sci-fi, horror and international short films. Included in these programs are 26 short films from local filmmakers.

Massachusetts musicians The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow will perform on Tuesday, April 21 at the Brooklyn Coffee Tea House in Providence, RI. Other musical guests performing throughout the Festival are New Jersey musician Zak Smith, New York musician Jefferson Thomas, neoclassical guitarist Dean Cascione and local musician Lindsay Adler.

The Warwick Museum of Art hosts the Festival’s Limelight Party on Thursday, April 23th. SENE will honor four individuals and organizations in the film and arts communities with their annual SENE Limelight Awards. An art exhibit by University of Rhode Island Seniors will be on display during the event. Complimentary wine, Sam Adams beer, hors d’oeuvres by Not Your Average Joe’s (Warwick) and dessert will be provided.  Tickets are $20 ($15 in advance).

Tickets to most films screenings and events are $10 and are available online or at the door. Visit

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for complete film, event and ticket information.

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Gamm 30th Anniversary Gala

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Dear Gamm Community,

Monday, March 30 at 6pm

This is a final reminder that the Gamm 30th Anniversary Gala is on, on, on!

If you haven’t purchased tickets but plan to attend, please do so NOW.

If you have mailed an RSVP and want to be sure that we have received it, please call or email our Gala Producer Arik Beatty at 401-723-4266 ext. 20 or email arik@gammtheatre.org.

You can also purchase your tickets online.

This is the biggest fundraiser in the history of our theater and a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of our artists with fellow artists, staff, and patrons.

Take a look at the great items in our online auction!

 Gamm Gala 2015 is this Monday, March 30 at 6pm

 New Location Reminder:

Pawtucket Armory Drill Hall

172 Exchange Street

right upstairs from our theater

We hope to see you there.

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RIDOT CONVENES ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON POTHOLE REPAIRS

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), in partnership with the URI Transportation Center, will host a roundtable discussion with municipal leaders on pothole repair tomorrow. The goal of the meeting is to discuss potential collaborations that will help expedite roadway repairs throughout Rhode Island.

 “My administration is committed to working collaboratively with cities and towns to address critical infrastructure needs,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “The condition of our state’s transportation system affects Rhode Islanders’ quality of life and can have far-reaching effects on our economy. We need to improve our roads, and tomorrow’s roundtable is another step in that direction.”

 “This meeting presents a unique opportunity for us to step back and take a global look at how we address the challenge of potholes as a state,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “The public isn’t concerned with whether it’s a state or a local road; they just see a road.  We owe it to them to do whatever we can to keep this critical infrastructure in good condition.”

 Karl Wadensten of Rhode Island-based VIBCO Vibrators will join the discussion.  VIBCO produces machines that compact the material used to fill potholes.  By creating an inventory of locally available equipment, the state can better assist cities and towns in deploying existing resources and addressing badly damaged areas.

 Tomorrow’s meeting is part of a larger initiative at RIDOT to work with municipalities following a severe winter that accelerated the decline of many of the state’s roadways. The Department has already begun compiling an inventory of roads that need immediate attention and is reaching out to the respective communities with the goal of working together on near-term repair projects.

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Pawtucket Library: April Teen Events

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Teen Anime Club

Thursday April 2, 2015

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Campbell Auditorium

 If you are a lover of anime then this is the club for you! Are you a teen bursting to talk about your favorite shows and characters? Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join other fans of Japanese animation to hang out, get to know some new anime, and enjoy snacks provided by the library on Thursday, April 2nd 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 sbloom@pawtucketlibrary.org.

Cupcake Decorating for Teens

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Campbell Auditorium

Spring is here and the library is celebrating by decorating cupcakes! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come to the library for an evening of cupcake decorating. Decorate a cupcake for yourself, or a friend. We will provide everything you need to create a yummy springtime masterpiece. The program is free. Registration is appreciated, but not required. For more information, call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 x221 or e-mail sbloom@pawtucketlibrary.org

Financial Literacy Program for Teens

 Tuesday, April 21, 2014

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Campbell Auditorium

 The Pawtucket Public Library joins with the Pawtucket Credit Union to celebrate Financial Literacy Month with an hour long workshop for teens that helps them make better decisions about their money. This event will take place on Tuesday April 21st at 3:30pm in the Library’s Campbell Auditorium. The Pawtucket Credit Union and the library are providing information to help teens better manage money, credit, and debt and learn to avoid identity theft, protect their privacy, and steer clear of financial scams and fraud. This program is provided by the Friends of the Pawtucket Library. Every teen that attends will be entered to win a raffle for a $25 gift certificate. Snack will be provided. For more call the Teen Librarian at 401-725-3714 x221

 Minecraft Club for Teens

 Monday, April 6, 2015

2:30pm – 4:40pm

Campbell Auditorium

 Do you love Minecraft? Or are you curious to see why everyone loves to play? On April 6th from 2:30-4:30 the Pawtucket Public Library invites teens in grades 6-12 to join our brand new 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 sbloom@pawtucketlibrary.org.

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COMMUNITY PLAYERS PRESENT A SURE BET

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments

COMMUNITY PLAYERS PRESENT A SURE BET FOR FUN AND ROMANCE WITH GUYS AND DOLLS

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The show’s saints and sinners take the stage in Pawtucket from April 10-26, 2015

PAWTUCKET, RI: The Community Players, Rhode Island’s oldest community theatre, proudly presents one of Broadway’s best loved musicals, Guys and Dolls, directed & choreographed by Timothy Reid from April 10th through April 26th. This high-spirited production captures the romance and humor of Damon Runyon’s big city fables of fancy-talking gamblers and the “dolls” that fall for them. Written by composer/lyricist Frank Loesser, with a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, the Tony Award-winning show features such classic songs as Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat, Adelaide’s Lament and A Bushel and a Peck. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students (with a valid student ID) and may be purchased at the door or online at www.thecommunityplayers.org, or reserved by phone at (401) 726-6860.

Gambler Nathan Detroit (Ed Benjamin of Cumberland) is trying to round up enough money to host the biggest floating dice game in town while the authorities are breathing down his neck. Nathan’s girlfriend is nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (Taryn Mallard-Reid of Providence) who, after 14 years, is fearful that he will never settle down and get married. To raise the cash, Nathan bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson (Erich Dethlefsen of Little Compton) that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. That “next girl” is the lovely Miss Sarah Brown (Christina Masson of East Providence), a straight-laced missionary.

Runyon’s colorful roster of characters are brought indelibly to life by Ken McPherson as Nicely Nicely, Michael Martins of Johnston as Benny Southstreet, Stephen Dias of East Providence as Big Jule, Brian Lamothe of West Warwick as Arvide, and Kimberly Rau Harper of East Providence as General Cartwright. Rounding out the 26 person cast of showgirls, gamblers, missionaries and more are: Lisa Babbitt (Portsmouth), Andrew Bobola (Pawtucket), Sarah Brule (Bristol), Tom Desjarlais (Greenville), Michael Farrelly (Providence), Dan Hansen (Providence), Jose Lantigua (Pawtucket), Jena Lerch (Providence), Jim Lyons (Warwick), Jana Moroff (Berkley, MA), Paul Oliver (Providence), Mary-Ellen Roca (East Providence), Megan Spooner (Attleboro, MA), Trish St. Laurent (Saunderstown), Harrie Salk (New Bedford, MA), Sarah Stern (Providence) and Joe Wilkicki (Cumberland).

The Guys and Dolls production team responsible for taking audiences on a whirlwind ride from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba and the nightclubs in between are Music Director Ron Procipio, Set Designer Brian Mulvey, Costume Designer Pamela Jackson and Lighting Designer Dan Fisher.

The beloved musical Guys and Dolls runs for three weekends at Jenks Auditorium (across from McCoy Stadium) with performances April 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, please visit www.thecommunityplayers.org.

About The Community Players
Now celebrating their 94th Season, The Community Players stand today as the oldest community theater group in Rhode Island. Founded in 1920, The Community Players constitution is dedicated to produce plays that “carry the torch of culture to the Blackstone Valley and enrich community life by presenting locally the best that theatre had to offer.” The Players perform a mix of comedies, dramas and musicals and is committed to an “open-door” membership policy. The group’s member performers, directors, producers, designers and audiences come from all walks of life, all united by a shared love of live theatre

The 2014-2015 Season concludes with John Patrick Shanley’s searing drama Doubt, playing July 10-19, 2015. All shows are performed in the Jenks Auditorium, 350 Division St., Pawtucket, RI. For more information, visit www.thecommunityplayers.org or call (401) 726-6860.

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