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Attention Employers And Job Seekers

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Quonset Job Fair Set for November 5th

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A Job Fair will be held at the Quonset Business Park on Wednesday, November 5. The Business Workforce Center of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RI DLT), the Workforce Partnership of Greater RI, and the Workforce Solutions of Providence and Cranston are organizing the event, and partnering with the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) to host the fair. The event will be held from 10am to 12pm at the QDC Annex building on 95 Cripe Street in North Kingstown.

 All interested employers may attend free of charge, and each will be provided with a table and two chairs to setup a reception area. There is no minimum number of job openings required to participate in the fair, however, registration is required. Employers interested in participating should 

click here

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Pawtucket Library

October 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Day of the Dead Workshop / Taller del Día de los Muertos @ the Pawtucket
Library

Saturday, November 1, 2014
11:00-12:00 pm
Children’s Caidin Activity Room

Children and their families are invited to a Day of the Dead workshop. The celebration of the Day of the Dead is one of love, honor and memory.

In this workshop you will make a memory box to remember a deceased loved one. Materials will be provided including the boxes, which are about the size of a shoe box.

All you have to do is bring a picture of a deceased loved one, someone you wish to honor and anything else that is descriptive of that person.

We can scan and make a copy so you can use it on the Memory Box.

Class size is limited so register early.

For more information, please call 401-725-3714 x209 or register online at

www.rilatinoarts.org/RILatinoArtsCommunityActivities.html

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Tax Credit Expansion Ballot Question

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Stadium Theatre to potentially benefit from tax credit expansion, ballot question

 STATE HOUSE – The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket is poised for significant improvements under legislation passed by the General Assembly this year, and a separate ballot question legislators put on the Nov. 4 ballot.

 The General Assembly this year approved legislation (2014-H 8246, 2014-S 3130) sponsored by Rep. Michael Morin and Sen. Roger A. Picard and cosponsored by Sen. Marc A. Cote, Rep. Stephen Casey and Rep. Robert Phillips to make the Stadium more attractive as a venue for large-scale theatrical tours and productions by expanding the state’s Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit program from 1,500 seat venues to 1,000 seat venues, therefore now including the 1088-seat Stadium.

 The credit is designed to attract tours, pre and post-Broadway productions and to create a local industry of designers, creators of costumes, scenery, props, technicians, caterers and more.

“We should encourage economic development in all communities, and this is one way we could do that for Woonsocket and any other community with theaters this size. The Stadium Theatre is beautifully restored, and would be a terrific place for these types of productions. Most Broadway theaters hold less than 1,500 seats – they tend to be closer to the number of seats at the Stadium,” said Representative Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket).

Said Senator Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland), “Rhode Island has some clear advantages that make us attractive to producers looking for a location to develop Broadway shows and tours. We’re easy to reach from New York, but the costs here are so much lower. They’d have the access they need, but would save significantly if they developed their shows here instead. This tax credit has resulted in several national tours developing in Providence, so expanding it will receive more attention from the industry and spread the benefits to other parts of the state, like Woonsocket.”

In 2008, Liza Minelli used the Stadium Theatre to perfect “Liza’s at the Palace…” which she performed there for four out-of-town tryout performances before its run later that year at the Palace Theatre in New York. Representative Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket/Cumberland) said, “a production like that, is exactly the kind of activity they are hoping this change will attract.”

 Boosting the Stadium’s potential also contributes to the economic possibilities for the rest of the community, said the legislators.

“The Stadium Theatre is a vital economic engine for Woonsocket. This legislation has created another incentive for professional Broadway touring companies to perform at the Stadium. The attraction of a Broadway touring company will bring more patrons to the theatre and into our city to enjoy the restaurants and other venues that Woonsocket has to offer,” said Representative Casey (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket).

 Said Senator Cote (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), “The Stadium Theatre is a valuable resource to our community, contributing both by supporting arts and culture organizations that enrich life in Woonsocket and through all the economic activity it generates. It brings visitors to downtown from all over, and they spend money in the local restaurants and shops before and after the events. Strengthening the Stadium makes the economic potential of our city greater.”

The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center also stands to receive $2.1 million for a major expansion if voters statewide approve Question 5 on the Nov. 4 ballot. The ballot question would allow $35 million in bonds for arts and cultural organizations as well as preservation of cultural and historic sites.

If voters approve the question, the Stadium plans to use the money to renovate the Stadium Office Building next door to the theater – originally built in conjunction with the theater – into space for performance, rehearsal, set construction, costume design, recording, instruction and office use. The Stadium already owns the building and uses parts of it, but it needs renovations to reach its potential.

Among the plans is converting the basement, now used for costume and props storage, into an intimate black box theater, as well as additional dressing room space, which is cramped in the theater itself. The first floor would remain in its current use for set design, but its storefronts would be used to provide passersby a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the latest productions, and part would become a café and gift shop. 

 The plan, which is expected to take about four years, would transform the office building’s second floor into badly needed rehearsal space, and the third floor into a costume shop with enough capacity to craft and lease costumes to other theatrical organizations. The theater’s administrative offices, now sharing space in the box office, would move to the fourth floor, where there would also be a recording studio for musicians.

 For more information on the Stadium, visit

www.stadiumtheatre.com.

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2014 Sustainable Schools Summit

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit, presented by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living and hosted by Rhode Island College, takes place on November 7, 2014. With the theme “Cultivating Partnerships for Success,” the Summit will focus on the importance of collaboration in combating the diverse environmental challenges that our communities face. The day will open with a Keynote address by nationally-known environmental educator Akiima Price. In her talk, she will share her insights into innovative strategies that consider ways to connect environmental outcomes with issues of concern to low-income communities.

Sixteen workshops over two morning sessions cover a wide variety of topics relevant to multiple stakeholders in the Sustainable Schools movement, from builders and facilities workers to students and teachers, to the wider communities that support schools. Two key workshop themes are Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Education,  and Green and Healthy Buildings. Within each focus area, presenters highlight important issues and strategies for communities seeking to collaborate for a healthy and sustainable future. Workshops are built to engender actionable solutions for implementing meaningful change in work, communities, homes, and schools.

In the afternoon, attendees will attend “action groups,” where attendees network and collaborate towards building relationships and bringing strategies back to their home communities. Throughout the day art and music will be integrated into the Summit’s agenda to foster a creative learning environment for all attendees.

This year’s summit foregrounds the importance and power of youth voice and leadership in the work towards a sustainable future; the Summit will host youth-led and youth-friendly workshops which support young people in building and supporting the sustainability movement. Youth middle-school age and over are invited to attend and local businesses are sponsoring busses for classes to attend. There will also be a dedicated space for university and college student activists to meet and form alliances.

Registration to the 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit is pay-as-you-wish -  all are welcome to attend for free or visit the Summit’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and be entered to win gift certificates from a dozen local businesses.

The 2014 Sustainable Schools Summit is possible due to major sponsorship from National Grid, and additional sponsorship from Aramark and Rhode Island College. In addition to The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living the Summit planning team includes representatives from the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA), Rhode Island Dept of Education (RIDE), The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RI OER), Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), The Green Building Council, The office of the Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, The STEM Center at Rhode Island College, The Greene School, and the URI Outreach Center.

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Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market Celebrates November Opening

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

New England’s Largest Winter Farmers Market Announces 2014-2015 Season

 PAWTUCKET: On Saturday, November 1st, Farm Fresh Rhode Island celebrates the opening of the 8th season of the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market. The market, which hosts over 70 vendors and occupies 16,000 square feet throughout the Hope Artiste Village, is the largest wintertime farmers market in New England.  The market is open every Saturday from November 1st through May 9th, 2015.

 The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market expanded in 2013 to host more farmers, food artisans and prepared food vendors in both of the spacious main corridors and courtyard of the renovated Hope Webbing Company building. The expansion provided a more comfortable customer experience while still offering high-quality, locally-grown and sourced products in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. 2014 promises to build on Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s track record for success!

 “Farm Fresh opened a winter market in 2007 with seven vendors in Downtown Providence at AS220,” said Farm Fresh Co-Executive Director Sheri Griffin. “Since then, increased support of farmers and local food in Rhode Island has resulted in more demand for local produce year-round.” Farmers that participate in the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market have been able to meet this demand through incremental expansion of their businesses and by utilizing growing and storage techniques for cold-weather climates.

 As you stroll through the historic halls of the Hope Artiste Village each Saturday this winter, you can enjoy a diverse medley of local farms and vendors, listen to live music, sample fresh produce and enjoy lunch on the spot from prepared food vendors or some of Rhode Island’s favorite food trucks – located outside in the central courtyard of the building.

 Wintertime market-goers can expect a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables including: apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, cranberries, mushrooms, greens, potatoes, radishes, winter squash, and more. Vendors will also be offering: locally-raised eggs, pork, chicken, beef, fish, charcuterie and shellfish; locally-produced applesauce, tomato sauce, jams, jellies, pickles and cheese; granola, bread, cupcakes, crepes, pies & baked treats and dog biscuits.

 The Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market is now easier to get to than ever before. The Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority’s (RIPTA) new R-Line bus route drops shoppers off right at the front door of the farmers market. For information on the R-Line’s stops and schedules, visit

www.ripta.com/r-line-.

For customers driving or biking to the market, it is located at both 999 and 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket. Parking lots are located around the perimeter of the building as well as street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Bike racks are located in the central courtyard.

 About Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing a local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters. With this mission in mind, Farm Fresh seeks to preserve Rhode Island farmland, build healthier communities, support and strengthen community-based businesses in Rhode Island, increase access to fresh food, and improve the impact of food production and distribution on the environment. For more information, please visit

www.farmfreshri.org.

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Rhode Island’s Historic Blackstone River Valley

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

 Suggested events for Weekend of October 25-26, 2014

 AUTUMN FUN FOR EVERYONE!

Experience the colors of the season on track and trail, plus games and dance all weekend!

 There are many ways to choose your Fall fun activities on the October 25-26 weekend jaunt to Rhode Island’s historic Blackstone River Valley!

 Now, with the last of the peak foliage, come aboard a train ride to spay the brilliance of Northern Rhode Island on a nearby journey to celebrate in a local regional festival.

 Plus, those looking for more close to home destinations can trek local trails in one community. And, there’s games and dance at unique events.

  All aboard to the Quiet Corner!

Many people may not be aware, but Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley, and the neighboring Quiet Corner of northeastern Connecticut, bordering Rhode Island and Massachusetts, are located in two National Heritage Corridors.

 Blackstone River Valley is a National Heritage Corridor established to recognize the region as the actual birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution. The Quiet Corner is part of a National Heritage Corridor recognized for being the area known as America’s last green valley.

 Come and enjoy peak autumn colors and travel through these two historic Southern New England destinations on Saturday, October 25, as the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council presents its annual Fall Foliage & Shopping Excursion!

 Passengers depart from Woonsocket, RI in the historic Blackstone River Valley and ride on the Providence & Worcester Railroad to participate in the always lively Great Pumpkin Festival, in nearby Putnam, CT, located in Connecticut’s historic “Quiet Corner.”

 While in Putnam for a 3 ½ hour stop, enjoy the festival, antique shops, restaurants, merchants, arts, crafts, music and entertainment and more, before returning to Woonsocket.

 Tickets for this spectacular autumn experience are available by going to the website at http://www.tourblackstone.com/site/fall-foliage-and-shopping-excursion-to-putnam-ct/

 For more about the annual Great Pumpkin Festival destination in nearby Putnam, CT see the website at http://www.discoverputnam.com/#!pumpkinfest/c18x9

 More details are also available by calling the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council at 401-724-2200 or on the website at www.tourblackstone.com

 Autumn trails

Besides the many well known urban centers and mill villages, Blackstone River Valley has many natural landscapes available for public access that meander along varied natural settings.

 One town, Smithfield, RI, offers a number of different walkable trails to not only scope out the naturescapes, but to see autumnal ambiance from a personal perspective.

 The town’s Land Trust & conservation Commission just recently released an updated self guided tour of Smithfield Trail Walks that are located in wooded, ponded, rocky, forested and village areas.

Over the summer the recently completed trails at the Wolf Hill Forest Preserve were opened, with a Conservation Center on Waterview Drive.

The Wolf Hill Forest Preserve features a memorial trail to Ken Webber, a charter and former member of the land trust. Webber, along with his wife, Bettie, laid out and named the trail at Cascade Brook, which also features a small waterfall. Other trails lead to a World War II plane crash site, and Mercer Outlook, which offers a view of Providence.

In 1999, the Rhode Island legislature and the Smithfield Town Council established the Land Trust, which grants authority to hold and manage open space and agricultural lands, wildlife habitats, land providing historical or cultural value, and other similar areas.

There’s a FREE downloadable trail guide online now at http://smithfieldri.com/seven-scenic-walks/ or call Town Hall for more information at 401-233-1000 x 122.

 Games and dancing in Pawtucket!

Experience why Pawtucket, RI has become known in Southern New England as the region’s center for creativeness and entertainment with two exciting weekend happenings.

 HASBRO, based in the city, and America’s second largest toymaker, offers a special fun and unusual event for those who love gaming.

 Saturday, October 25, at 12 noon, HASBRO presents Play Hack 2014, a two day gaming happening, at the company’s headquarters, at 1027 Newport Avenue.

Join for a 2-day hackthon on the future of gaming. Team up w/other hackers & makers to explore, play & help create the next-gen of Hasbro games.

Come alone or with a team.

 The day will start with intros by participants who already have ideas. You’ll then have 24 hrs to hack, code, tinker & pull apart products. Hasbro designers & experts will be available to provide resources, inspiration & advice.

 At the end of 24 hours your ideas will be pitched to a panel of Hasbro judges. Prizes will be awarded.

 Get more details on the web at www.hasbro.com

 Meanwhile, on Saturday, October 25, at 2:30 pm, The Rhody Center for World Music & Dance, at the Pawtucket Arts Armory Center, 172 Exchange Street, presents a Halloween theme, with Zombie Dance.

 Come learn how to dance the “zombie dance” from Michael Jackson’s Thriller! We will perform it at a recital set for November 1st. Dance practices are free. Space may be limited; please sign up beforehand and open to anyone ages 13 and up.

 Sign up now by calling 401-475-5955 or at www.therhodycenter.org

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Block Island Airport Gallery

October 19th, 2014 · No Comments

State Arts Council Announces New Art Exhibition at Block Island Airport Gallery

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The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition of works by Robert Lavoie will be held from October 15, 2014 through January 14, 2015 at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in quarterly exhibitions.

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Growing up in Swansea, Massachusetts, painter Robert Lavoie worked on the fishing docks of New Bedford during his high school and college years. During this time he developed a deep appreciation and knowledge of the working waterfront, which serves as the main inspiration for his paintings. His years as a commercial illustrator and designer introduced him to gouache, an opaque watercolor paint perfectly suited to his highly realistic and detailed style. His work documents the endangered New England fishing fleet, as well as other local Rhode Island scenes.

 Mr. Lavoie received a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Working 25 years at Hasbro, Robert was the art director of entertainment and licensing there before founding his own design studio, Spot51 Design, in 2013. Robert has exhibited widely at local venues including Voila Gallery, Spring Bull Gallery and Gallery 65 on William. Of recent note, his work was selected for loan to Senator Whitehouse’s Washington, DC offices.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport gallery were selected by a panel of artists and community members. Panelists were Marilyn Bogdanfy, Jon Campbell, Peruko Ccopacatty and Christine Grele. Other exhibitors selected for the 2014 cycle are Barbara L. Green, Sean and Leslie Hartnett, and Linnea Tonney Leeming.

 The Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

 About RISCA:

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

 About RIAC:

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport, the Block Island Airport and four other general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions.

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Pawtucket Children’s Library

October 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Halloween Costume Party

Pawtucket Library

13 Summer Street

 Thursday, October 30, 2014

5:00pm – 6:30pm

 The Pawtucket Children’s Library invites children of all ages and their families to a Halloween costume party starring Carolyn Martino on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Called “one of Rhode Island’s most influential artists” by the Providence Phoenix, storyteller Carolyn Martino has brought stories to life for listeners of all ages for over 25 years with her warmth, humor and artistry.

Ms. Martino will tell scary tales, sing silly songs, and tell funny jokes all designed to give a little shiver,a bit of a tingle and just a goose bump or two. After Ms. Martino is done telling her scary stories, children are invited to participate in a Halloween costume parade which will be recorded and put on the library Facebook page!

 Finally, there will be light refreshments and Halloween games for families to play.

 No registration is needed.

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

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The Linc Connection

October 18th, 2014 · No Comments

 

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Governor Chafee Tours Central Falls Housing with HUD Secretary Castro and Members of the Congressional Delegation

 Fellow Rhode Islanders:

As the 2014 election draws closer, this year’s ballot has four bond referendum questions that are designed to keep our economy moving in the right direction.  I want to reiterate my support for them and express my appreciation to the General Assembly for supporting these initiatives.

Question 4 is a $125 million investment in higher education facilities that would build a new engineering complex at the University of Rhode Island and renovate existing 50-year-old structures. I have often said that education, infrastructure and workforce development are the key building blocks to a good economy. This question makes worthy investments in each. Adding a world class complex to URI’s renowned College of Engineering will provide expanded educational opportunities and give graduates the skills they need to enter the workforce.

Question 5 is the $35 million creative and cultural economy bond that would reinstate State Preservation Grants, a competitive program providing matching funds for capital repairs at public and nonprofit historic sites, museums, and cultural arts centers in historic buildings. Approval of this bond referendum would also authorize $30 million in match funds for renovation projects at art facilities. Voting “yes” would further enhance Rhode Island’s reputation as the State of the Arts.

Question 6 is a $35 million bond that is increasingly important. Approval of this bond would allow the state to continue building on investments already made and under way that will modernize our transportation system and position the state to attract businesses, retain graduates to stay and work in the state and compete in a global economy. We need a 21st century transportation system and now is the time to move forward.

The final bond referendum, Question 7, requests approval for $53 million for environmental and recreational purposes such as brownfield remediation and economic development, flood prevention, farmland acquisition and improvements to Roger Williams Park and Zoo. I have long been a proponent of protecting and preserving our precious natural assets and the allotments permitted in this bond would do just that.

As Rhode Island continues to move in the right direction, we must continue investing in our assets such as the URI School of Engineering, the arts, historic preservation, mass transit, clean water and open space. When you hear your friends and neighbors saying that Rhode Island can’t afford these investments, know that the current low interest rate environment makes this a good time to borrow. The state can undertake more projects at a lower cost. Additionally, payments on our outstanding and projected debt remain relatively constant compared to our projected revenues; rising slightly in the next few years but then declining again later years. We can afford these investments. I am proud to support these important initiatives and encourage you to join me in supporting them on November 4.

   Best wishes,

   Lincoln D. Chafee
   Governor

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Everyone Belongs At The Y

October 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Serving the Communities of Pawtucket, Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls, Woonsocket and Coventry

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Need Childcare? The Y is a Safe, Affordable and Convenient Alternative

Children are like sponges – they watch and absorb knowledge, skills and values from everything and everyone around them. At the Y, we believe the values and skills learned early on are vital building blocks for quality of life and future success. That’s why our child care, afterschool and Child Watch programs are staffed with people who understand the cognitive, physical and social development of kids, the need children have to feel connected and supported in trying new things, and the caring and reinforcement parents and families need to help each other. That makes for confident kids today, and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

PAWTUCKET FAMILY YMCA
Held at 20 Summer Street, Pawtucket, RI • (401) 727-7900

 MACCOLL YMCA
32 Breakneck Hill Road, Lincoln, RI • (401) 725-0773

 WOONSOCKET YMCA
18 Federal Street, Woonsocket, RI • (401) 769-0791


WESTWOOD YMCA
Held at 2093 Harkney Hill Road, Coventry, RI • (401) 397-7779

 HERITAGE PARK YMCA
333 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI • (401) 727-7050

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