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Dine Out on Small Business Saturday!

SBA Partners with National Restaurant Association to Boost Dining Out on Small Business Saturday 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced that the federal agency is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to promote dining out during Small Business Saturday on November 29th. The partnership will amplify restaurants during the national push to support our nation’s small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year.

“Local restaurants pack a big punch to our nation’s economy, as part of the economic powerhouse that is American small businesses. The restaurant industry is projected to add 1.3 million jobs over the next 10 years and to project $683.4 billion in total sales, equaling 4 percent of the U.S. GDP,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “The SBA is proud to partner with the National Restaurant Association to champion this great sector of American small businesses.”

Dining out on Small Business Saturday will emphasize the accomplishments of small business restaurants across the country while encouraging consumers to patronize eateries in their neighborhoods. Restaurants are a significant factor in the nation’s economy as the industry’s economic impact is estimated at $1.8 trillion. Additionally, each dollar spent in restaurants generates an extra two dollars in sales for other industries, spurring economic activity in their communities and across the nation.

“Restaurants provide valuable jobs and careers for more than 13.5 million people and are strong economic engines in communities nationwide,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association. “While the industry is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, the overwhelming majority of restaurants, more than 90 percent, have fewer than 50 employees. The National Restaurant Association is pleased to join forces with the Small Business Administration to showcase the industry’s critical role in overall small business creation.”

Additionally, the SBA and the NRA are encouraging small business owners and community members to share success stories of restaurants in their areas on social media using the hashtag “#DineSmall.” This will allow communities big and small to come together and show their support for entrepreneurs across the country.  

To encourage not only the public to dine small, but also for restaurants to prepare for the busy day, the Small Business Administration will launch a social media campaign called #ShowUsYourMenu.   Restaurants are asked to create a special menu for Small Business Saturday and promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to spotlight their business and remind everyone to #DineSmall while they #ShopSmall.

Visit the Small Business Saturday website for a list of participating restaurants.

The Preserve at Boulder Hills Small Business Christmas

This year, The Preserve at Boulder Hills is hosting two holiday events open to Rhode Island’s small businesses. Small Business Christmas will be held on December 4th and December 13th. We will be offering an extensive buffet prepared by our in house executive chef and a live band, all in our newly renovated ballroom. This event is by reservation only.

Treat your staff this year and reserve a table at The Preserve for your holiday party! Take your top sales associates or reserve 5 tables for your entire company! Invite ten of your employees and we will have the host as our guest

For reservations for our Small Business Christmas event or to book a private party please contact Julie or Kim at 401-539-4653 or


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Ocean State Theatre Company Presents Meet Me in St. Louis

Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM classic, which starred Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is a wonderful classic from the golden age of musical comedy. Join the Smith family at the 1904 World’s Fair and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a close family. Memorable musical numbers include “The Boy Next Door, “The Trolley Song,” “Under the Bamboo Tree,” and 
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Meet Me in St. Louis is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family!

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Mount Saint Charles Students Present Oliver! - The Musical

Students from Mount Saint Charles Academy’s senior drama group are bringing Oliver!– The Musical to the stage of Woonsocket’s historic Stadium Theatre on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  

Based on the novel, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, Oliver! the Musical follows the adventures of Oliver, a young orphan, from his squalid life in an orphanage to his induction into a gang of child pickpockets led by Fagin and his top thief, the brooding, violent Bill Sykes.  Oliver makes friends with a young pickpocket prodigy, the Artful Dodger, and Nancy, Bill's lover.  Arrested for stealing, Oliver encounters a series of extraordinary coincidences that give him hope for escaping his penurious and forlorn life.

Mount students in grades 9-12 have been rehearsing since August.  The production includes 39 actors, 6 crew members, and 13 musicians in the pit band. Together, they’ve has created a show which includes elements from the novel and movie that elevate the drama and emotional intensity of the story.   

Freshman Josh Slaney of Cumberland, RI takes on the role of Oliver. Senior Sean Leehan of  Plainville, MA plays Fagin; senior Emilia Cadden of Wrentham, MA portrays Nancy; junior Jillian Bernier of Woonsocket, RI is the Artful Dodger; and senior Ryan Choate of Douglas, MA plays Bill Sykes. The set was conceived by Jason Leclair, from the Mount Saint Charles Academy class of 1992, and built by Matt Piedmonte, Mount dad and parent of cast member, Marissa.  Linda McDermott, also a Mount parent, was instrumental in the visual design of the set and in charge of the costumes. She dedicated her time to researching the period and creating approximately 90 costumes for the show.

Through the generous support of Lepine Financial Advisors, this is the third time Richard Lepine (parent of two current Mount students and an alumnus) has given Mount students the opportunity to perform on the Stadium’s stage.

John Guevremont, English Department Chair at the Academy, serves as the senior drama moderator and director.  This is the sixth time I have directed a Mount play at the Stadium,” Guevremont said. “Because this is a junior/senior drama production, many kids will be performing at the Stadium for the first time, and it is gratifying for me to afford them the opportunity to perform in such a historic and professional venue.  ‚ÄčIn the last three years, because of the support and patronage of Lepine Financial Advisors, we are able to give more than 200 students this unique and memorable opportunity.  As always, the dedication of Marc Blanchette and MSC musicians make it possible for us to put on such demanding, high-level shows.”

Performances are Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, $15, or $17 and can be purchased at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by visiting

Join the Fight! Give Back to the Community!

Want to join the fight? Want to give back to the community? Join us!

We are looking for fun and passionate volunteers to help us begin planning Relay For Life of Greater Providence. 

If you are in the Greater Providence area and are interested in learning more about how you can join our Leadership Team stop by our Lunch and Learn on November 25th from 12:00-1:00pm at 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

For more information please contact:

Dick Lupino November Performance Schedule


Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7: to 9:30 pm

Wed  11/12  -  Pat Mitchell, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano, Alan Bernstein, bass

Wed  11/19  -  **OLDIES NIGHT** Classic dance hits from 50's to 90"s 

                      Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal,

                       Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

Wed  11/26  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Jody Ebling, vocal, Mike Renzi, piano

The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd; Newport, RI, 847-1300, 6 to 10 pm

Fri    11/14  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Krisanthi Pappas, vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal

Fri    11/21  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Deb Larkin, vocal, Yvonne Monnett, piano/vocal

Fri    11/28  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Bob Sagnella, sax, Kent Hewitt, piano

Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth, RI, 847-3777, 1 to 4 pm

Sat      11/15  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Jean McKenna O'Donnel, vocal

                         Chris Taylor, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      11/22  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Ethel Lee, vocal,

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      11/29  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Tish Adams, vocal,

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

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This year's Nutmeg & Mistletoe Holiday Concert, to benefit the Matthew Quin Music Scholarship will take place on:


a Concert of Holiday Music to benefit 
the Matthew Quinn Music Scholarship

Sunday, December 7, 2014

1:00 to 4:00 PM

Sardella's Restaurant

30 Memorial Blvd; Newport

401 849-6312

Donation $20

Tickets will be available at Sardella's, or from Dick Lupino - call, email or send a check: $20, each, (payable to: Matthew Quinn Scholarship Fund) & your address & the tickets will be mailed to you, or if you stop in to see Dick at a gig, he can give them to you. They will be available at the door on the day of as well. I hope you can attend. We'll have some of the best singers & musicians donating their services. Mike Renzi has offered to be "house pianist"!
Thank you all for your support in the past. Hope to see you on December 7th. Seating is 1st come, 1st served!

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Providence Rotary Weekly Lunch Meetings

When: Mondays from 12:15 - 1:30 with a long established speaker series.  (Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday)

Where: Providence Marriott 

              One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).

Cost:     $20 meal fee.

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