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Young Pawtucket Chef Feted At White House ‘Kids’ State Dinner’

July 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, Rhode Island winner for his recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, poses complete with his White House credential for Kids’ State Dinner held Friday, July 18.

PAWTUCKET – Award-winning young chef Kinnan Hammond-Dowie of Pawtucket along with winners from the other 49 states and three U.S. territories were feted at the annual “Kids’ State Dinner” hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Friday, July 18 and received a visit from President Obama as well at their luncheon.

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 Kinnan Hammond-Dowie sits among the tables at the “Kids’ State Dinner” held Friday, July 18 at the White House.

Twelve-year-old Kinnan was the Rhode Island winner in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy eating among America’s youth. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama address attendees at the “Kids State Dinner” held for recipe winners from 50 state and three U.S. territories including Rhode Island winner Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, 12, of Pawtucket.

The winners were previously announced by the First Lady, Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture.

Mayor Donald R. Grebien hosted a City Hall sendoff on July 10 for Kinnan, accompanied by his mother, Sharyn Hammond, his father Shane, his maternal grandmother Victoria Hammond and brothers Davon, 16, and Kyden, 3.

Sharyn Hammond, who accompanied Kinnan to the White House, emailed several photos of their visit.
Kinnan’s winning recipe for “Mediterranean Kebab Wrap with Cilantro Tabbouleh” is posted along with all the other winners at

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Bread Lab Baking Up Success

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

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Baking up success: Talking business over croissants and coffee at the Bread Lab, 999 Main St., on Monday, July 21 were (from left) Jennifer Moyer, social sales director, Paul Ouellette, Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president, Jess Powers, corporate catering sales, co-owner Deana Martin, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Susan Mara, city assistant planning director, Christine Sullivan, Pawtucket Foundation development director, city arts and culture official Herb Weiss, city Planning Director Barney Heath and Gail Ahlers of Ahlers Designs.

PAWTUCKET – Opened less than four months ago, the Bread Lab, at 999 Main St. in the Hope Artiste Village complex, is branching out in several ways to spark its business growth.

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Bread Lab co-owner Deana Martin gestures to make a point to (from left) Paul Ouellette, Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce senior vice president, corporate catering sales director Jess Powers and Mayor Donald R. Grebien during their visit to the new business on Monday, July 21.

Besides the range of craft breads it is named for, the Bread Lab also has a restaurant offering a wide menu with local ingredients, gourmet pizzas, a small bar, makes its own ice cream, hosts live entertainment several nights a week and boasts extensive catering services.

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Brown University students Ivy Sokol and Jared Rothenberg tap into the ice coffee and Wi-Fi at the Bread Lab, 999 Main St., as they collaborate on a project.

And they love their large, airy space in the former Hope Webbing Mill. “You can’t find this space in downtown Providence, you can’t find it,” Deana Martin, who owns the Bread Lab with her husband Keith, told Mayor Donald Grebien and members of his economic development team with representatives of the Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce and the Pawtucket Foundation who visited the new business on Monday, July 21 as part of Grebien’s ongoing personal outreach to local businesses.

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 Bartender Candace Jenkins (left) and manager Mindy Bennivedes pose in front of the giant Bread Lab sign

“You come in here, you feel like it’s your grandmother’s kitchen,” Martin described the Bread Lab’s atmosphere. “Good food, good value – that’s where our focus is. And bring your kids,” she smiled. “You get the sandwiches and salads from us, they’re made by chefs. It’s attention to detail.”

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Pastry chef Rhiannon McDaniel with some of her confectionery creations.

Martin told Grebien that the center of her business plan for economic growth is “focused on catering.” Her husband Keith noted the venue also hosts live music by talented performers several nights a week, typically of the easier-listening variety that most diners prefer, as well as a trivia night on Wednesday. Upcoming plans include weekend brunch to coincide with the return of the highly successful Winter Farmers Market at Hope Artiste.

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Executive chef Allen Forte displays a three-pepper balsamic glaze pizza at the Bread Lab, 999 Main St. in Pawtucket’s Hope Artiste Village.

The Bread Lab’s large space where diners can look beyond the counter to see foods being made is part of a trend Martin said she was not initially aware of but now finds catching on elsewhere. “Europe, Los Angeles – where bakeries bring out their operations in the open,” she related.

For more on the Bread Lab including its extensive menu, go to

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July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments


 Pawtucket – The Pawtucket Board of Canvassers would like to remind residents and voters of some important election deadlines coming up in August. The last day to register to vote in the September 9, 2014 primary is August 10, 2014. The Pawtucket Board of Canvassers is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. The board will also have several voter registration drives before the deadline that include – August 2 and August 3, 2014 at the Dogapalooza event in Slater Park. A member of the board will also be at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center, 175 Main Street on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. If voters have changed their address since the last election in 2012 a new registration card must be filled out with the correct address.

 Another important deadline for voters is August 19, 2014 which is the last date to request an absentee ballot request for the September 9, 2014 primary. Requests for absentee ballot forms may be picked up at the Board of Canvassers or at the above name voter registration drives. You can also download a form at and click on the elections tab.

 For additional information call the Board of Canvassers at 722-1637 or visit us online at:

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Tinker Bell At Pawtucket Library

July 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

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 Tinker Bell looks down at her 200 th visit party cake.

On Tuesday July 22, 2014 Tinker Bell trotted into the Pawtucket Children’s Library as she does every Tuesday evening. This evening was special, this was her 200th visit as a therapy dog.

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Joslyn L Benton, Johneya Taylor, and Ava Mabrouk take turns reading to Tinker Bell and therapy dog in training Wendy.

A therapy dog since 2010, Tinker Bell has worked as a therapy dog at the Pawtucket Library both as part of a reading improvement program as well as the preschool story book dog. Tinker bell also visits patients at the Miriam Hospital

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Tinker Bell arrives in the children’s library to her congratulations sign.

What does Tinker Bell bring the children at the Pawtucket Library? According to individual teachers and parents, Tinker Bell has helped children build confidence and self-esteem by having the children read to her in 15 minute appointments.

Tinker Bell is available on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Call 725-3714 x209 to make an appointment.

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Tinkerbell and friends green shirt-Eugene Jeffers Coordinator of Children’s Services, Wendy, blue shirt Kacey Richards  Circulation Supervisor, red shirt Dawn Goff- owner/trainer of Tinker bell and Wendy, Tinker Bell

By reading to Tinker Bell, the children get an empowering feeling of being the helper and teacher rather than having the whole experience focus on the child’s lack of skill. After all, it is much more fun to read with a friend who listens attentively and does not judge, than read for your teacher in front of your peers.

Happy 200th visit Tinker Bell and Thanks!

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City Seeks Volunteers For Environmental Task Force

July 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

PAWTUCKET – Building on its expanded efforts last year, a city department is seeking to add volunteers for its Environmental Task Force to bring greater focus and faster response to property maintenance violations and other quality of life issues.

 Shaun Logue, director of Zoning and Code Enforcement, said volunteers are being recruited to look for potential environmental and housing violations in the Fairlawn and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the Zoning office at 401-728-0500 ext. 347 or Logue by email at

 Besides the assistance from the volunteers, the city is also taking a proactive approach to violations. “One of our inspectors will be going up and down every street in those neighborhoods looking for outward signs of property maintenance neglect that may need correction. We’re looking for things that affect the quality of life in the neighborhood,” Logue said.

 Logue said he will be speaking on the program at Thursday’s meeting of the Fairlawn Against Crime Team (F.A.C.T.) at the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church Hall, 514 Smithfield Ave., at 6 p.m. He noted that the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, which does not meet this month, will carry news of the volunteer effort in its July newsletter.

 “The volunteers were our eyes and ears in the neighborhoods when we stepped up our code enforcement efforts last year in Woodlawn and Fairlawn,” Logue said. “They will get basic instruction in what to look for and then work to provide information that our minimum housing inspectors can follow up on in a more formal way.”

 Some of those volunteers have continued with the program but more are needed. The general idea is to spot potential environmental and housing violations that can then be resolved as soon as possible, Logue said. Last year the first phase on the Fairlawn effort alone resulted in more than 300 properties receiving notice of violations, also including for junk, debris, overgrowth, wood piles and uncovered garbage containers, among others.

 Logue said last year’s task force work and initiatives like the “E-rat” program using computer software to track rodent problems have had very positive results and hopefully will continue to reduce violations over time. He said the volunteer assistance remains key. “Their passion for their neighborhoods definitely made a difference and hopefully inspires others to take similar pride in their community,” he said.

 The task force will begin work on July 28. Volunteers will carry visible identification. Each Friday they will turn in their lists for Zoning Department staff to review for scheduled follow-up by housing and environmental inspectors, who alone can issue citations to the city Housing Court.

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Fizz Boom Read Fun!: Marble Races

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Pawtucket Library
13 Summer Street
Saturday, August 2, 2014
2:30pm – 4:00pm

Creativity, teamwork, and engineering skills will be put to good use during this Fizz Boom Read Fun program at the Pawtucket Children’s Library on Saturday, August 2nd from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.  Using materials such as ramps, tubes, and pool noodles, kids ages 3 and up and their families are challenged to design structures for marbles races.

Join us for this drop-in program held in the library’s Campbell Auditorium. All materials will be provided. No registration is needed for this free program.

For more information, contact a Children’s Librarian at 401-725-3714 x 209,, or stop by the Children’s Library desk.

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Celebrating Colombian Independence

July 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Colombian independence celebrated in annual ceremonies at Pawtucket City Hall

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Gabriel Martinez, president of the Colombian-American Cultural Society, relates the local history of the Colombian-American community which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Rhode Island and 204th year of independence as a South American nation. Looking on are (from left) School Committee member Sandra Cano, City Councilors Thomas Hodge and Albert Vitali Jr., Colombian Vice Consul Maria Cecilia Escudero and city Director of Constituent Services and Communications Dylan Zelazo, representing Mayor Donald R. Grebien.

PAWTUCKET – For the 22nd consecutive year, the anniversary of Colombia’s independence was celebrated at City Hall in ceremonies Friday by the Colombian-American Cultural Society led by Gabriel Martinez, society president, along with a host of dignitaries including Columbian Vice Consul Maria Cecilia Escudero, numerous members of the area Colombian-American community, elected officials and a host of well-wishers.

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Sandra Cano, whose family came from Colombia to Pawtucket, pointed to the Colombian-American community’s ability to maintain its traditions while contributing to their new country.

Martinez in his remarks noted it was 50 years ago this year that skilled loom fixers and weavers were first recruited from Colombia to work in the local textile trade and began assimilating into the local community, including in Pawtucket and Central Falls. “We never got anything for granted, we never got a hand-down. We came here to work,” Martinez said.

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Crowd of well-wishers applauds remarks by School Committee member Sandra Cano at 22nd annual Colombian flag-raising event held Friday, July 18 in the lobby of Pawtucket City Hall.

Dylan Zelazo, spokesman for Mayor Donald R. Grebien who was unable to attend due to a prior family commitment, said Colombian-Americans have contributed to the local community ever since their arrival. “They make contributions on a continuing basis. This community benefits from the Colombian-American community every day,” he said.

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Boston-based Colombian Vice Consul Maria Cecilia Escudero reads the independence day message of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at 22nd annual flag-raising event held Friday, July 18 at Pawtucket City Hall.

School Committee member Sandra Cano, who was a child when her family moved to Pawtucket from Colombia, said she wanted to recognize “all the hard work” and the cultural unity the Colombian-American community continues to show, “to bring positive things to this country.”

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Attendees at annual Colombian flag-raising event at Pawtucket City Hall pledged allegiance to the American flag during playing of the National Anthem prior to the raising of the flag of Colombia to celebrate the 204th anniversary of Colombian independence on July 20.

Boston-based Colombian Vice Consul Maria Cecilia Escudero brought greetings in the form of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ annual independence day message, which she read in Spanish.

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The flag of Colombia, celebrating the 204th anniversary of its independence from Spain on July 20, flies on Friday, July 18 during 22nd annual flag raising event at Pawtucket City Hall. From left are Bernardo Chamorro, Reinaldo Perez, Mabel Gutierrez, Carlos Tobon, School Committee member Sandra Cano, event emcee Beatriz Restrepo of the Colombian-American Cultural Society, Society President Gabriel Martinez, Colombian Vice Consul Maria Cecilia Escudero, Dayro Chamorillo and Dylan Zelazo, city director of constituent services and communications, representing Mayor Donald R. Grebien.

Other dignitaries attending the event included state Department of Elderly Affairs Director Catherine Taylor, City Councilors Thomas Hodge and Albert Vitali Jr., Pawtucket Housing Authority member Stella Carrera, who is of Colombian descent, and the top officers of the Police Department led by Chief Paul King.

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Colombia’s flag flies outside Pawtucket City Hall on Friday, July 18 in annual celebration of  Colombian Independence Day.

After the indoor ceremony, the gathering adjourned outside for the singing of the National Anthems of the United States and Colombia and the raising of the Colombian flag.

The annual flag-raising event is held to mark the anniversary of Colombia’s independence on July 20, 1810. On Sunday, July 20, the Colombian American Cultural Society will conduct its annual parade in Central Falls and Pawtucket.

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Ishmael Asante Graduates Bard College At Simon’s Rock

July 19th, 2014 · No Comments

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Ishmael Asante, 19, of Pawtucket, RI, has graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Ishmael attended Saint Raphael Academy before leaving after 11th grade to enter college early.

Ishmael was one of 155 students to graduate from Simon’s Rock, the early college in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on Monday, May 26, 2014. Fifty-nine undergraduates received their BA degrees and 96 received their AA degrees.

Leading American civil rights litigator, activist, and Simon’s Rock alumna Nina Perales delivered the school’s 45th commencement address. Perales assured the early college graduates that they are well prepared for the future, using her own experience arguing before the United States Supreme Court to illustrate the point. “Thirty years ago, I sat in your chair,” said Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “If anyone had told me then I would make my living arguing civil rights cases in the courts, I would have laughed.”

“There will come some very important moments in which, while you pursue your passion, you must rise to the occasion,” she said. “You can do this because you are brave. Coming here, instead of doing what everyone else was doing in high school, was a brave act.”

Perales reminded the audience that graduation should be a time for further exploration. “You don’t have to have that picture in your mind yet,” Perales explained. “You don’t have to know the country you’re going to be in, or the people who will work alongside you, or what you’re going to wear, or even exactly the how of pursuing your passion. Right now, you only have to follow the voice inside telling you where to go.”

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, founded in 1966 and nestled in the bucolic Berkshires, is the only college in the country specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to enter college early, usually after the 10th or 11th grade. Simon’s Rock offers a challenging program in the liberal arts and sciences, taught exclusively in small seminars by a supportive, highly-trained faculty. Degrees are granted in more than 40 majors. The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges rates academics at Simon’s Rock higher than Harvard, Princeton and Yale. For more information visit

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Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

July 19th, 2014 · No Comments


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The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society in partnership with the Newport Jazz Festival would like to offer all new members of the Society a chance to win 2 tickets to this year’s festival.

 Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the Newport Jazz Festival has invited some of the most exciting, legendary musical acts in the world, including: Wyton Marsalis, Dr. John, John Zorn, Trombone Shorty, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Vijay Iyer, and much more!

 To win tickets, simply become a member of the Society before Wednesday, July 23rd. You can do so online at

For More Information, Contact:
Dylan Molho

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Governor’s Bay Day

July 18th, 2014 · No Comments

RIPTA to provide free Bus Service to South County Beaches Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Celebration of Governor’s Bay Day

Only Service on Route 66 (URI/Galilee) Will Be Free

he Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County Beaches on Route 66 (URI/Galilee) on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in celebration of the Governor’s Bay Day.  Route 66 (URI/Galilee) also provides express service from Central Falls, Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket to Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler (Sand Hill Cove) and Scarborough State Beaches in South County.

For Governor’s Bay Day, service to the beach will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  The standard one-way fare of $2.00, suspended for Bay Day, will resume on Monday, July 28, 2014.  These buses will stop at Kennedy Plaza on the way to the South County beaches.  Passengers should consult the Rte. 66 (URI/Galilee) schedule for details.

In addition, there is daily year-round service on Route 66 from Kennedy Plaza running every 55 minutes during the week and every 65 minutes on the weekend to the South County beaches.

For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400, or visit

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