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Sherlock Center at RIC Announces 2015 Access for all Abilities Grant Recipients

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College has awarded a total of $10,000 in Access for All Abilities mini-grants to four Rhode Island organizations.

Recipients of the 2015 grants are: Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Warwick and Youth Pride, Inc., in Providence.

The Sherlock Center’s mini-grant initiative funds projects that increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in the community, alongside people without disabilities. Since the initiative’s 2009 inception, more than $67,000 has been granted to 30 businesses and organizations.

  • Coggeshall Farm Museum will use its grant to purchase both a permanent and portable ramp to provide access to their 1790s farmhouse and restroom.
  • The Norman Bird Sanctuary will use its award to contribute to the creation of an ADA-compliant Universal Trail that will allow access to individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. The grant will supplement funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to upgrade 1,500 feet of trail.
  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church will use its funding to purchase items that address the visual and auditory needs of individuals participating in services and public events, including large print or Braille books, large print programs, and an FM assistive listening system. The grant will  also help fund an American Sign Language interpreter for social activities.
  • Youth Pride, Inc., a drop-in center dedicated to meeting the needs of  young people impacted by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression, will use its grant to provide professional development training for its staff to help them better serve youth with autism  spectrum disorder.

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, Rhode Island’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, receives funding for this initiative through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The mission of the Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote membership of individuals in school, work and community.

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(add)ventures Adds Two to Video Team

New hires expand firm’s video and animation capabilities

To meet the growing creative needs of its client partners, multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures is expanding its video and animation capabilities by adding two new members to its team. Narragansett resident Leif Husted Jensen, who recently relocated to Rhode Island, joins as director, creative/broadcast and Providence resident Bryan Williams joins as senior animator, motion/graphics.

Husted Jensen is an award-winning commercial director previously based out of New York. He is responsible for the creative vision and direction of video and animation projects and will oversee the creative editorial for broadcast and online initiatives in short and long-format programs. He will also collaborate with motion graphic designers and animators to design content.

Husted Jensen has 10 years of experience working with advertising agencies and has conducted video shoots across the country and internationally. His work has been recognized by Creativity’s, Shoot Magazine and at the Cannes Advertising Film Festival. He received his bachelor’s degree in filmmaking and photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and also studied cinematography at the Maine Media Workshops College.

As senior animator, motion/graphics, Williams is responsible for the creative vision and direction of animation projects – including conceptual design, art direction, storyboard development and animation – for client partner business initiatives. Prior to joining (add)ventures, Williams worked for several video studios in the Providence and Boston areas. He also served in the United States Air Force for four years and received his bachelor’s degree in digital arts and design at Full Sail University.

“Video is a powerful, engaging medium that has become an increasingly  important brand communications vehicle for all organizations,” said Stephen Rosa, president and CEO of (add)ventures. “Leif and Bryan are tremendous brand storytellers. They perfectly fit our firm's NICE culture because they take their work more seriously than they do themselves."

According to a study by Forbes Insights, 65 percent of individuals that view a video are more likely to visit a business’s website—a statistic that speaks to the importance of video as a communications tool.

Placed ten times on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing U.S. companies, (add)ventures is positioned to continue its path of growth through 2015 and beyond. The firm has won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Commercial, Producing and Editing. 

For more information on (add)ventures visit

BankFive Supports the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

BankFive announces its 2015 sponsorship of the annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.  Known as the largest Portuguese feast in the world, the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament has attracted hundreds of thousands of participants to New Bedford in its century-long history. BankFive is proud to support this rich cultural festival.

The 101st annual celebration commences Thursday, July 30th, with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue.  The feast continues through Sunday, August 2nd. Admission to the weekend-long event is free. The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament’s annual parade will be held Sunday, August 2nd, in the City of New Bedford starting at 2:00 p.m.  More than forty organizations, including BankFive, will march the one mile route, from Brooklawn Park to the feast grounds at Madeira Field.

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Salve Regina University RI Business Community Survey

Salve Regina University is looking for your feedback to better understand the business community’s perception of the University. Your response to these 9 short questions will provide insight for a stronger branding and marketing campaign. We appreciate your perception of Salve Regina University as an academic institution and partner in community engagement.



Two AIDS Service Organizations Unite

AIDS Project Rhode Island and AIDS Care Ocean State have announced that the organizations will be collaborating on two major fundraising events taking place in late summer.

On Sunday, August 23, the organizations are unveiling the "High Heel Dash Race & Block Party," in downtown Providence. On Sunday, September 13, the annual AIDS Walk RI will take place, with AIDS Care Ocean State as a full partner in the project with AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has been running the walk for decades.

"We'll be pooling our resources to make these events great successes," said AIDS Project Rhode Island executive director Stephen Hourahan.  "These are fundraisers and they are designed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.  As reported by the Rhode Island Health Department,  newly identified cases of HIV rose nearly 33% between 2013 and 2014.  People need to get tested to stop the spread of HIV and begin treatment early in the infection."

"The High Heel Dash complements AIDS Walk RI because it will be a platform to not only raise money, but to get people to sign up for the walk," said AIDS Care Ocean State executive director Paul Fitzgerald.  "We're hoping to increase the participation of young people in HIV/AIDS events because there seems to be less awareness of HIV and AIDS among those who were not around when the epidemic began in the United States in the 1980s."

The High Heel Dash & Block Party on Sunday, August 23 will take place at The Stable, 125 Washington Street, Providence from noon to 6 p.m, and will be hosted by BB Hayes and Kitty Litter.  The actual race will take place outside the club at 2 p.m. and will offer 1st place prices for men and women.  Registration is $25 and may be done on-line at or from noon to 2 p.m. during the block party.

The Sunday, September 13 AIDS Walk RI  starts at the Rhode Island State House and ends with a block party on Aborn Street, Providence. There is no charge to walk the course, but individuals and teams make donations and get sponsors.  Registration takes place between noon and 1 p.m. that day, on-line at or through the two agencies' websites.  The walk kicks off at 1 p.m.

AIDS Project Rhode Island is a division of non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island in 2008.  More information is available at

More information about non-profit AIDS Care Ocean State is available at


BlumShapiro Announces Rebranding of Consulting Services

BlumShapiro, the largest New England-based business advisory firm, today announced the rebranding of its consulting services business into BlumShapiro Consulting, with office locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This initiative enhances BlumShapiro’s ability to bring integrated business solutions to all of its clients.

“BlumShapiro Consulting is a team of experienced thought leaders who address challenges and maximize opportunities for our clients,” said Brian Renstrom, Managing Partner of BlumShapiro Consulting. “By working collaboratively with each client, we develop personalized, high quality solutions that increase their competitive advantage.”

BlumShapiro Consulting, with its new tag line “Let’s imagine doing,” provides strategic, operational and tactical expertise in management consulting, technology consulting, project and portfolio management, software and business process outsourcing and more. The BlumShapiro Consulting team works closely with clients to turn insightful assessments into innovative ideas and actionable strategies with measurable results.

“The rebranding of BlumShapiro Consulting reflects the growing needs of clients for a single source of advisors with the expertise and commitment to improve business performance,” said Carl Johnson, BlumShapiro Firm Managing Partner. “BlumShapiro Consulting is a continuation of our mission to service all aspects of our clients’ businesses.” 

For more information about BlumShapiro Consulting, visit


Rob Levine wants you to Keep Your Teens Safe on the Road This Summer

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the US, and according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, about 25% of these fatal accidents involve an underage driver who has been drinking. Distracted driving, inexperience, and failing to use seat belts also help contribute to highway deaths among teen drivers and passengers. AAA reports that teen driver accidents and fatalities increase significantly during the summer months from May through August.
If you are a parent, you surely worry about these deadly numbers when thinking about your teen on the road. There are many things you can do to help your teens stay safe while still giving them room to enjoy their summer.

Make a schedule.

When your teens plan an evening out, have them give you a detailed itinerary of their evening. Make sure you know exactly where they’ll be, when they will be there, and how you can reach them in case you can’t get through on their cell phone. If it helps, explain that you need this information in case there is an emergency.
Plan all the transportation. The schedule should include exactly how your teens will get from one venue to the next and how they will get home. You’ll want to know who the driver is for each trip. If the driver isn’t someone you’re sure about, offer to do the driving yourself or work out driving with another parent you trust.

Have clear rules for teen drivers.

Driving under the influence isn’t the only risk for teen drivers. A high percentage of accidents involving teen drivers are caused by distracted driving, whether from text or cell phone use, or from having friends in the car. If your teen is driving or riding with a teen driver, don’t allow them to drive anyone other than their date (or friend), and make sure they both understand the safety rules you expect them to follow while in the car. (Rhode Island’s provisional license law prohibits a first-year teen driver from having more than one non-family passenger under age 21 for the first year of the license.)

Know who is hosting the party.

If the evening includes a party, make sure you know exactly where it takes place and who is hosting it. Talk to the parents and find out their rules for the party, how many people will be present, and whether the parents will be actively chaperoning the teens. It’s much easier for teens to drink or make other irresponsible choices if the adult chaperones plan to stay in another part of the house.

Have check-in times.

Agree with your teens on a few times during the evening that they will call you to check in. Those can either be specific times on the clock, or they can call to let you know they are leaving one venue or have arrived safely at another.

Have a curfew.

No matter what activities the evening involves, it should end with a clear and firm curfew. Make sure that your teens and whoever is transporting them know exactly what time you expect them to be home. And stay up until they arrive. That way, they’ll know you take the curfew seriously.

Have a rescue plan.

Even the most responsible teens can find themselves in an unsafe situation. Let your teens know they can call you at any time to be picked up if they feel uncomfortable. Many experts suggest that you agree on a “code word” that they can use to let you know they need help, without tipping off peers who may be listening and who don’t think there’s a problem. And if they do make the call, do not respond by scolding them when you pick them up! If any lecturing is needed, save it for another day when both of you are not tired and under stress…

With a little planning, good communication, and a firm grasp of the rules, both you and your teens can enjoy their summer social activities.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability throughout the country. As “The Heavy Hitter” Rob Levine not only works hard on your case, but also believes in making a positive impact in the communities he serves. Through internal resources, education and volunteerism, Rob Levine & Associates strives to help prevent accidents, as well as raise awareness around the needs of our elderly and returning veterans. For more information visit, or call 401.529.1222 or toll free 800-529-1222.

Cadence, Inc. Celebrates 30 Years of Manufacturing Excellence

Cadence, Inc., a leading contract manufacturer of advanced products, technologies, and services to the medical, life science, and industrial markets, celebrates 30 years in business. The company, originally founded as Specialty Blades in 1985 by engineer Martin Lightsey, was developed with the concept of combining Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and razor blade sharpening technologies to address the needs of companies who required high performance custom-made blades.

“It’s the people and the culture that have made this company a success,” said founder Martin Lightsey. “This has been the realization of a dream 30 years in the making.”

Since the company’s inception, its capabilities and services have rapidly expanded beyond its original scope. Cadence has experienced substantial growth since 2003 with a focus on serving the medical device and life science markets, adding a breadth of precision metal process capabilities, injection molding and clean room assembly to our list of current capabilities.

Cadence now employs nearly 500 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and the Dominican Republic.

“We have a defined culture in set of values at Cadence where doing the right things for our employees, customers and shareholders matters,” stated CEO Alan Connor. “It’s what has allowed us to have 30 successful years and what will allow us to have 30 more.”

To find out more, please visit

Three New Associates Join Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.

Christian Jenner joins the Litigation team with a focus on complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in securities law cases, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder derivative actions, unfair trade practices, and insurance coverage disputes. Christian is a frequent speaker on e-discovery protocols and workflows for cost-effective litigation case management. He worked as an associate for a leading global law firm and as legal counsel for the State of Rhode Island in the Office of the Governor. He is admitted to practice law in RI and MA.

Daniel Murray joins the Business Law team after serving as an attorney for Rhode Island's Office of Management and Budget and Office of Regulatory Reform. He was a special assistant to the General Treasurer of Rhode Island, and also worked as legal counsel and administered the State's unclaimed property program. Dan was a legal intern for the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC and a summer associate on the private equity/project finance team at Amarchand Mangaldas, India's largest law firm. Prior to law school, Daniel worked in the media and entertainment industry in New York City. He is admitted to practice law in RI.

Samuel Eckel joins the Business Law team. Most recently, he worked as a commercial lease administration analyst for a financial and professional services firm specializing in commercial real estate services and investment management worldwide. Sam completed internships for the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy, and the Office of the Attorney General in Philadelphia. He is admitted to practice law in MA and PA.

Sansiveri Commemorates 40th Anniversary by Celebrating Rhode Island

Firm Announces Series of Rhode Island Business-Themed Giveaways Via Social Media

The accounting firm of Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, L.L.P. (Sansiveri) today announced a campaign celebrating the firm’s 40th anniversary. The campaign, which is a celebration of Rhode Island business, will run throughout the summer. Over the next three months Sansiveri will feature tourism and local businesses in Block Island, Newport and Providence through a series of giveaways on social media.

“We want to share our anniversary celebration with the people and businesses that have been such an important part of the proud history in Rhode Island,” said Michael DeCataldo, Managing Partner at Sansiveri. “What better way to do this than by showcasing some of Rhode Island’s best resources. We chose these three entertainment packages because they highlight just a few of the many businesses and sites to visit that make Rhode Island such a great place to call home.”

Contest details, such as how, when and where to enter will be posted on the firm's website,, and shared on the Sansiveri Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + pages. Prize packages will be offered during the months of June, July and August and are valued between $400 and $450. 

Sex Trafficking Victims a Focus of Training

Program for Police Officers, Other Victim Workers, Starts July 31

Family Service of Rhode Island and Rogers Williams University’s School of Justice Studies are partnering to provide the 7th Annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy for anyone working with victims, such as police officers, hospital workers, social workers and others.

The full-day sessions will be held five consecutive Fridays, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28 at the Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn & Conference Center, 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

One of the topics is “Working with Sex Trafficking Victims.”

“Family Service of Rhode Island is on the front lines with the police in dealing with sex trafficking in Rhode Island,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island CEO, noting that Family Service of Rhode Island staff patrol with Providence and East Providence police, and the State Police.  “Our work includes helping the victims build new lives in the wake of the abuse and trauma they endured.”

In addition to sex trafficking, topics covered also include: Victimization in the Military, Childhood Victimization, Elder Victims, Working with LGBTQQ Youth, Homicide Victim Response, the Justice System, Victim’s Issues in Mental Health, and Ethics. Registration is by calling 401-331-1350 ext. 3200 or on-line at  The cost is $50 or $125 for attendees seeking continuing education credit. Funding for the training is from a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime.

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Susan Erstling, PhD, LICSW, who helped found the academy said, “We’re extremely proud of the justice partnerships that come together to educate victim providers,” she said, noting that the academy features staff from Family Service of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, the Warwick Police Department, Rhode Island College, the United States Navy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lifespan, and the Office of the Attorney General.

“The  Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy brings together a community of brilliant minds and practitioners who present current information and training for victim advocates,” said Stephanie P. Manzi, PhD, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and an academy co-founder.  “It’s one of the high points of the summer on the RWU campus.”

Family Service of Rhode Island is a statewide non-profit social service and educational organization.   More information is available at

Roger Williams University, based in Bristol, Rhode Island, is an independent, coeducational university.  More information is available at


SBA Disaster News

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses in Massachusetts Due to Record-breaking Snowfall and Extreme Cold Temperatures

Low-interest economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Massachusetts small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private non-profit organizations affected by the record-breaking snowfall and extreme cold temperatures between Jan. 26, 2015 and Feb. 22, 2015.  

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet made the loans available following a disaster declaration request from Massachusetts Gov. Charles D. Baker on May 12.  The declaration covers Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties and the adjacent counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Suffolk and Worcester in Massachusetts; Hillsborough in New Hampshire; and Providence in Rhode Island.

“The Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to help small businesses and non-profits in Massachusetts with their federal disaster loans,” said Contreras-Sweet.  “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“The SBA can help affected small businesses and non-profit organizations overcome their economic losses by offering working capital loans, but the help cannot start until they submit an SBA disaster loan application to us,” said Robert H. Nelson, SBA’s Massachusetts district director. 

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million.  The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  The rates on these loans are 4.00 percent for small businesses and 2.625 percent for non-profit organizations with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility for the loans based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 15, 2016.

Save the Date! Senator Reed’s Business Leaders Day 2015

Goodwill Industries and City of Providence Partner to Recycle Used Textiles

The City of Providence has partnered with Goodwill Industries to collect used textiles for recycling and reuse at ten locations around the city. The donation collection bins help divert clothing and other textiles from the city's trash and recycling collection program.  A portion of the proceeds from the collected materials will help to fund recreation programs in Providence parks.

The revenue Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island generates from your donations is reinvested in training programs for Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment as well as at risk youth in the State.

Please make sure clothes, sheets, towels, and other textiles are clean, dry, and odorless. Don't worry if they are still stained after you wash them. Never put clothing or textiles in your curbside recycling bin.

Find Providence Goodwill donation bins at the following locations:

Davis Park                                                           Chalkstone Ave.

Delsesto Middle School                                          152 Springfield St.

The B. Jae Clanton Educational Complex                    674 Prairie Ave.          

Nathan Bishop Middle School                                   101 Sessions St.

Neutaconkanut Park                                               Plainfield St. parking lot

West End Community Center                                   109 Bucklin St.

Classical High School                                             770 Westminster St.

Hope High School                                                 324 Hope St.

Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School                       195 Nelson St.

Mt. Pleasant High School                                        434 Mt. Pleasant Ave.



Junior Achievement Announces Recipients of Morris J.W. Gaebe Award

Junior Achievement Announces Recipients of The Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island has announced the 2015 recipients of the Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award.  The award, JARI’s highest honor, is named after Morris J.W. Gaebe, Chancellor Emeritus of Johnson & Wales University, and recognizes leaders who demonstrate excellence in the Rhode Island community. These leaders have demonstrated courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and community mindedness.

This year’s honorees are:

Mr. John Hazen White, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Taco, Inc., Resident of Barrington

Schneider Electric, represented by Hal Grant, Executive Vice President, IT Business

Ms. Lauren Slocum, President/CEO of the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Resident of Warwick

Ms. Dale Venturini, President/CEO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Resident of Cranston

"JA is honored to acknowledge four leaders who have been selected to receive this award by their peers, including past honorees” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement. “These individuals have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the Rhode Island community and the JA mission – to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy."

Past Profile in Excellence honorees have included Gina Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island; Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education; William Hatfield, Rhode Island Market President at Bank of America; Martha Sheridan, President & CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau; and John Yena, Chairman of the Board at BankRI and former University President and Chairman of the Board at Johnson & Wales University.

This year’s recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on May 7th at the Providence Marriott Downtown.  The honorary event chairman and host for the evening will be Lt. General (ret.) Reginald Centracchio, former Adjutant General of Rhode Island.

Cape Air Announces New Service to Block Island
Cape Air, one of the nation’s largest regional airlines, will begin seasonal service to Block Island, RI. Beginning on May 22, the Thursday before the start of Memorial Day Weekend, Cape Air will offer daily flights between Block Island Airport (BID) and T.F. Green Airport (PVD).

The addition of service to Block Island complements Cape Air’s current schedules, which include seasonal, daily flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from T.F. Green. 

“After several years of collaboration with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, we are thrilled to be able to start seasonal, scheduled service to Block Island. Cape Air specializes in connecting passengers to some of the most desirable destinations in the U.S. and Caribbean – Block Island fits our model perfectly,” said Linda Markham, President, Cape Air. 

Block Island has a short runway, which limits the type of aircraft that can land at BID. Cape Air has acquired Britten‐Norman Islanders that are specifically suited to the needs of this market. The Britten‐Norman Islander is a nine passenger, high‐wing, twin-engine aircraft with the capability to land on short runways.

“Flights from T.F. Green Airport to Block Island will soon become a reality. Block Island passengers on Cape Air will have access to connecting service on other carriers and commuter rail service to Providence and Boston via the convenience of T. F. Green Airport. Cape Air is a valued travel partner, offering seasonal service to the Cape and Islands for over 15 years. This additional service is, hopefully, an indication of future growth,” said Kelly Fredericks, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC).

Passengers can book their flights to Block Island now by visiting, or by calling 800‐CAPE‐AIR.

Reusable Water Bottles and Freeze Pop Drive

The Center for Dynamic Learning is asking for your help in their Freeze Pop and Reusable Water Bottle Drive for summer camp.  This summer CDL programs will see approximately 500 youth a day. Unfortunately, their programs do not run in air conditioned facilities and it can get pretty uncomfortable in warm classrooms and community centers.  There is nothing better than a cold bottle of water or a freeze pop to take the edge off the heat wave for young camper.

Camp will run from July 7th - August 15th and will be serving youth from the communities of Providence, Cranston and Central Falls. Whatever you can do would be fantastic and they will be happy to come and get them from you or feel free to drop them off Mon - Fri 9-5 at:


1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

For further information please contact Elizabeth C. Cunha, MFA, Executive  Director at (401) 461-1813 or    

Thank you for your generosity! Its greatly appreciated.

More than 70 RI Businesses Celebrated at 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards

May 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – In recognition of Rhode Island employers’ successful efforts to advance employee wellness and build a healthier Rhode Island, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) together with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) distributed Worksite Health Awards to more than 70 local businesses. At the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony, over 300 members of the business community were joined by firefighter turned health activist Rip Esselstyn to celebrate efforts to support thousands of local employees and their families in making healthier decisions. Learn more about the companies highlighted at the event in this month’s Rhode Island Monthly Worksite Health Award Special Insert.

“For the last twenty years, our Worksite Health Award winners have shown that health and fitness are essential components of a stronger workforce,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president & CEO of BCBSRI. “BCBSRI commends these organizations for finding smart, creative ways to implement wellness programs. They serve as bright examples of health and productivity for our entire community.”

“Twenty years after launching the Worksite Health Awards, we remain awed by the hard work and commitment of those who go through this process. We continue to see proof of the positive impact worksite wellness can have on employees and employers. By increasing morale and production, and decreasing healthcare costs and sick leave, worksite health programs are a win for all involved. We are once again delighted to partner with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to recognize more than 70 local businesses and hopefully inspire even more Rhode Island companies to join the program next year,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that a supportive work community can have on people's health,” said Rip Esselstyn, keynote speaker and author of The Engine 2 Diet. “We should commend today’s honorees for taking real steps to support their employees’ wellness, and I hope this celebration prompts us all think more about lifestyle changes we can make at work and at home.”

All Rhode Island businesses are eligible to apply for Worksite Health Awards, which are awarded annually. Winners were selected based on the scale and impact of their health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies after submitting proof of those programs. Some of the most impactful worksite offerings included smoking cessation programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings and walking programs.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

About the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is to foster the development of a positive and productive business climate for our community through economic development, business-to-business relationship building and effective public policies and government.


Is there any such thing as too much capital?

The BDC Actively Looking To Make New Loans


The Business Development Company announced today plans to selectively reduce interest rates to jump start the process of booking new loans.  The BDC has provided capital to hundreds of companies when their funding needs exceeded available bank debt and equity and helped them to become stronger marketplace competitors.  Many members of the local banking community are lending partners.

BDC President Peter C. Dorsey, Jr. puts it succinctly. "A business owner's borrowing decision is predicated on whether the value the loan creates exceeds its cost.  We hope that successful business people will find it easier to get off the fence on investing money in their company's future when our interest rate is more attractive.”

Loans from The Business Development Company finance borrower needs outside bank parameters, and individual pricing will continue to reflect the breadth of risk factors that definition encompasses. Referrals to and from Chamber members are among the best source for qualified leads. 

If you know someone with a local small business who needs funding beyond what a traditional bank can provide, contact the BDC. A more aggressive risk profile and flexibility just might be the key to meeting their funding requirements.


Lisa Mattiello Wins RI 2014 SBA Small Business Person of Year

Lisa Mattiello, owner and CEO of Pranzi Catering and Events has won the prestigious title of “Small Business Person of the Year” given annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A resident of Johnston RI, Lisa began her own business in 1997 in a small café storefront in Seekonk, MA. Now in her third location (10 Rosario Drive, Providence) Mattiello has grown her organization to one of the top leading and family owned catering and event planning companies in Southern New England.

Lisa Mattiello along with her husband Nick, who serves as the CFO, own and operate Pranzi Catering and Events. They service weddings, corporate and social functions, party rentals and full service event planning.  Their main commissary is located in Providence and their second office and showroom location is in Newport. (Freebody Sreet)

They recently moved to their new state-of-the-art facility in the Silver Lake Section of Providence. The facility is a showcase of Mattiello’s vision to grow and expand the strong business demands today. Mattiello is considered one of the top wedding and event planners in the State and is pleased to be recognized in receiving the SBA’s award. She will represent Rhode Island in the National Conference in Washington, DC in May where she will compete for the US Small Business Person of the Year.


Kubica LaForest One of Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development

Kubica LaForest Consulting Selected as one of the Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development in the U.S. by Leadership Excellence for 2013.

Every year, Leadership Excellence identifies and recognizes the top 500 leadership development programs.  For the second year in a row, Kubica LaForest Consulting has been named to this list. In 2012 they were among the top 40 in their category. This year, they will be honored next month at the Global Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado, as one of the Top 10 Small Consulting firms in the U.S. in leadership development.

Leadership Excellence has been recognizing the Top 500 leadership development programs for the past 30 years. Organizations are grouped into eight categories, and the top 10 in each category are recognized at the Global Leadership Conference. Leadership Excellence uses six criteria and client feedback to determine their final selection. The criteria are: vision/mission, involvement/participation, accountability/measurement, content/curriculum, take-home value/results for clients, and Impact and outreach programs and products.

Tony Kubica said “this is a such a great honor for us as we would not have attained this level of recognition without the support of our clients.”

Tony Kubica and Sara LaForest are Founding Partners of Kubica LaForest Consulting ( They are management consultants, authors, speakers, and executive coaches, focusing on leadership development and growth. They are the authors of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent, and the Leadership focused blog

Leadership Excellence, wholly owned by, publishes a monthly magazine, and promotes leadership development, managerial effectiveness and organizational productivity.

The Center for Excellence & Advocacy – Brief Community Survey

The Center for Excellence and Advocacy (CEA) is dedicated to developing effective transition to adulthood, community based jobs, and ultimately full inclusion for people with development and intellectual disabilities.  Hearing from you, members of the RI community and stakeholders invested in integrated employment, is  foundational to us as we begin our work.  As such,  we are hoping you will take a few minutes to respond to a 5 question survey designed to help us set our priorities and strategies based in part by your feedback. 

After each question you will  be able to view the results in real time, meaning you will be able to see the most current responses including your own!    Please click on the link below to begin the survey.

When you are done don’t forget to subscribe to the CEA website.  You can do so by clicking on and searching for the Subscribe icon on the right side of the main page.  By being a subscriber you will have access to the CEA newsletter, announcements, training events and so much more! 

In Manufacturing, Gap is as Much Interest as Skills

DYNAMIC RESULTS: Christian Rijos (Left), 15, a student at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, has participated in Center for Dynamic Learning classes and hopes to pursue a long-term career in manufacturing.

Christian, from Woonsocket, is the type of student that employers like Rhode Island Carbide Tool Co. President John Lombardi are looking for. Both manufacturing and college are on his radar. Fascinated by math and engineering, he hopes to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and forge a career designing manufacturing tools that save companies money.

Rijos has participated in Center for Dynamic Learning classes, been inspired, he says, by Cunha, and hopes to develop a long-term manufacturing career.

Read entire article here.

Center for Dynamic Learning chosen as Champion in Action

You can hear the sounds of learning at an organization whose name says it all: the Center for Dynamic Learning in Providence.

"The purpose is to inspire them to look into what type of field they could pursue: manufacturing, engineering, being a technician," said co-founder and executive director Beth Cunha.

"Getting them the skills to be able to at least have a career path that will give them a viable income when they get out," said co-founder and chief operating officer Kevin Cunha.

The program is STEAMM-based, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and manufacturing.

The students benefit from hands-on learning.

"Basic machine work, or they can create solar-electric go-carts and drag race them at the end of the semester. They learn about solid works, 3-D modeling," Beth Cunha said.

"They're building something they want to complete, and in the process of it they have learn those mathematics skills to be able to complete it," Kevin Cunha said.

The Center for Dynamic Learning serves students from all grade levels across the state, and it also has a strong performing arts program for students of all ages.

"They can pick a class, which is just an exploratory option, or they can pick a full-scale production, which is lights, costumes, sound, stage," Beth Cunha said.

She said seeing students' growth is rewarding.

"Not only the physical change in their self-confidence, but you watch their grades change, things start to improve," she said.

Those are reasons why the Center for Dynamic Learning is a Champion in Action for youth programming.

A $35,000 grant for mentoring and promotional support will go a long way, but the visibility is priceless.

"To be able to share our work with the community and show the amazing things our children do on a regular basis. It's incredible," Beth Cunha said.

Kevin Cunha said the organization gives children the tools they need to build a better life.

"Somebody did it for me once, I just wanted to give it back," he said.

The Dorrance Named Top 25

The Dorrance in downtown Providence was recently named one of the “25 Best Restaurants in America” by  The restaurant, located at 60 Dorrance St., was recognized for its gorgeous interior, mix of classic and contemporary cuisine, and a cocktail menu that would “make it tier one in any city”. 

The focus of the article was “One city, one suggestion, one good meal”, and sought to recommend one great restaurant per city in 25 major destinations around the country.  Gear Patrol, established in 2007 and based in New York, is a modern men’s magazine, focusing on products, style, travel and adventure.

The Dorrance opened in October 2011 and is owned and operated by Jean and Regina Lester.  In its first year, The Dorrance was a James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, and was also featured in Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012”.  It’s open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, beginning at 5pm.

The full article can be read here:

For more information or to make reservations, go to or call 401-521-6000.

Kubica and LaForest, to Speak at Bryant University’s 2014 Women’s Summit

Sara LaForest and Tony Kubica will be speaking on ”What Leaders Need to Know to Grow Their Businesses” at the 2014 Bryant University Women’s Summit in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Their talk is based on their extensive work in leadership development and business performance and growth.

The presentation will challenge each member of the audience to think about why she wants to start and run a business, as the speakers inform and entertain the audience about the personal characteristics needed to be an entrepreneurial leader.

Kubica and LaForest will draw from their book, Organizational Gravity, to illustrate not only how to attract customers, but also how to attract and nurture talent. They will explain how strategy, brand, culture, and talent are not four separate issues, but are interrelated and critical factors for business growth.

Tony Kubica and Sara LaForest are Founding Partners of Kubica LaForest Consulting ( As management consultants, authors, speakers, and executive coaches, they focus on leadership development and growth. They are the authors of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent, which can be purchased at

The Bryant University’s Women’s Summit in its 17th year is the largest and longest running educational conference for women in New England.

Bylaw Review Can Boost Firm’s Efficiency

Every corporation, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should have a living, breathing set of bylaws.

Bylaws are the DNA of a corporation. While articles of incorporation can set out important, basic parameters and while state corporation laws provide boundaries and certain default provisions on many issues, bylaws speak to the day-to-day functioning of the organization – as well as to potentially momentous, life-changing decision-making regarding the organization’s future.

Some practical questions that bylaws can answer or pre-empt are:

• Who runs the place – day to day? What officer roles exist and what responsibilities are within each officer’s purview? Is there a president, a CEO or both? Which does what? Who has authority to sign contracts on behalf of the corporation, to sign checks over a set threshold amount? Is there a vice president? Is there an assistant treasurer? … What does each do?

• Who makes the life-changing decisions? When it comes time to merge or sell, who is entitled to vote? Must there be a shareholder meeting with a supermajority winning the day? Can the directors decide on a simple majority? Are there classes of stock entitling some to vote, but not others? Is the nonprofit a membership organization with all members entitled to receive notice and vote?

• What formalities are to be met? Is an annual meeting of shareholders and or directors to be held at the headquarters of the corporation each April 1? Who can call a special meeting? Who should receive notice of the meeting? What constitutes a quorum at a meeting? Who can vote? Are proxies to be used? Who is tasked with updating and filing the annual report of the corporation with the secretary of state? Are out-of-the-ordinary-course matters to be handled with written consents of directors or shareholders? Is this a closely held corporation operating without a board?

• Who will look at the big picture? Will there be a large and diverse board of directors? Is each board member intended to represent a stakeholder/interest? Must a board member have been a member of the nonprofit for a number of years before being board eligible? Will a detailed permanent committee structure be needed? Committees are often the real workhorses of an organization.

• Will the organization indemnify officers and directors? Liability is always a concern. Even for nonprofits in Rhode Island, generally well-served statutorily, director and officer liability is rightfully a concern. One way for a corporation to give comfort to wanted directors and officers is to explicitly hold them harmless for all acts made on behalf of the organization, but for those made with gross negligence, in malfeasance or with criminal intent.

• How does the capital structure function? Applicable only to for-profit corporations and more commonly set out in articles of incorporation, certain mechanics regarding shareholder classes and transferability of shares may be addressed in bylaws.

• Can the corporate structure change? This question goes to the critical point. Bylaws should be amended when the corporation changes or needs to change. As a best practice, an organization should formally revisit its bylaws every five years.

This seventh point is the crux. Many nonprofit and for-profit corporations are working with limited resources of people, time and money. Dedicating an ad hoc board committee or permanent/standing committee with a six-month project of reviewing and revising bylaws, while initially seeming to add to the burden of these constraints, can very readily result in making use of those resources much more efficiently.

Efficiencies will likely result from what we will often call the “Amended and Restated Bylaws” that are the tangible, finished product of the project; including, elimination of unused officer roles, replacement or modification of standing board or membership committees, changed channels of reporting and communication, and greater awareness of mission and organizational structure and operation.

In addition to such efficiencies, a bylaws-review project is very likely to re-energize an organization, or help the organization realize that it has serious challenges that may require more devoted attention, or outside help. The process itself is of great value, as it forces officers or members to engage the constituent parts of the corporation and assess the reality of how the corporation’s structure is actually working. Chances are, it is significantly different from five years ago and may be significantly different from how it should be working.

In my experience, corporations have benefited greatly from the bylaws-review process; by realizing, for example, that a smaller board will be much more efficient, that new committee structures are needed to meet changed national standards in the industry, or that stock-transfer restrictions should only apply to a particular class of stock, not all.

Consider a bylaws-review project akin to a strategic-planning task force, and calendar it for every five years. It is a best practice well worth the investment of resources and should lead to a healthier corporation. •

Guest Column: Thomas Madden of Madden | Brockmann LLC for Providence Business News.

CRMC Subcommittee Approves Deepwater Wind Plan

Chamber Applauds Beginning of Supply Chain 

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous approval to Deepwater Wind to launch a demonstration projects in waters off the coast of Block Island. The eagerly awaited ruling comes at the same time that DWW took delivery in Denmark of the massive turbines that will spin high above the ocean chop. The Chamber is a strong supporter of the windfarm project and believes the supply chain potential for assembly of the component parts locally and at Quonset will be a major boon to the economy. 

The agreement with Alstom – one of the world’s leading technology firms – represents a pivotal point in the development of the 30MW Block Island Wind Farm and further establishes Deepwater Wind at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry.

“This agreement represents a giant leap forward for the Block Island Wind Farm, and the start of turbine construction just last month marked a major project milestone,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “We’re thrilled to have a company as renowned as Alstom as our turbine partner.”

“We are pleased to be able to provide Deepwater Wind an efficient and powerful turbine that is an ideal match for their exciting project,” said Andy Geissbuehler, General Manager, Alstom Wind North America. “We look forward to continuing to participate in the development of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. by working with visionary companies like Deepwater Wind.”

Alstom will supply the five 6MW turbines, including tower sections, for the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, R.I. In addition, under a separate agreement, Alstom will provide long-term service and maintenance responsibilities for the turbines.

Under the turbine supply contract, Deepwater Wind made an initial multi-million dollar payment to Alstom in December 2013 that allowed Alstom to begin the manufacturing process for the turbines. Specifically, Alstom has begun procurement of all 15 blades for the wind farm, which will be delivered to Deepwater Wind in Europe in April 2014.

“Deepwater Wind’s multi-million dollar payment to begin manufacturing our project’s 15 blades ensures that our project will qualify for the federal Investment Tax Credit,” Grybowski said. “When combined with engineering and permitting work we already completed, we’re confident this payment puts us significantly over the required 5 percent ‘safe harbor’ for the ITC.”

New Jobs for Rhode Island

The Deepwater Wind-Alstom partnership will create a number of local jobs and boost economic activity in Rhode Island. In addition to operations and management positions Deepwater Wind will fill to support the project, Alstom intends to base its long-term service operations in Rhode Island and to perform pre-installation work in a Rhode Island harbor. Furthermore, Alstom will investigate opportunities to execute assembly activities in Rhode Island.

The Technology

Alstom’s 6-megawatt Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore wind turbine is the world’s most advanced and most efficient offshore wind turbine. Deepwater Wind’s selection of Alstom as its turbine supplier will benefit the project in several ways:

•More efficient: Alstom’s technology will provide a significantly greater energy output than earlier anticipated. Alstom and Deepwater Wind anticipate the project’s capacity factor to exceed 47 percent, compared to initial projections of 40 percent.

•More powerful – but smaller: In addition, the turbines will provide for a reduced visual impact than earlier anticipated. The Haliade’s efficient design means that, at 589 feet tall, the turbines will be about 10 percent – or roughly 70 feet – shorter than Deepwater Wind’s maximum height allowance provided for in the company’s permit filings. Moreover, the rotors and nacelles of the turbines will be smaller than the permitted maximums.

Alstom has 2.3 gigawatts of offshore wind farm substations delivered or under construction, and has more than 30 years of expertise with wind turbines and 100 years of experience building utility-size power projects. The company has contracts to supply 1,500 MW of the Haliade 150 turbines at offshore wind farms off the French coast, and one of the turbines is currently deployed in Belgium’s Belwind 1 offshore wind farm.

About Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind is a Providence, Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer. The Company is led by a veteran management team with extensive experience in developing renewable-energy projects in the northeastern United States. The Company is actively planning offshore wind projects to serve multiple East Coast markets located 15 to 25 miles offshore, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. For its projects serving New Jersey, Deepwater Wind has formed Garden State Offshore Energy in partnership with PSEG Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of PSEG (NYSE: PEG). The Block Island Wind Farm, one of two Rhode Island offshore wind farms being developed by Deepwater Wind, is on target to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Visit for more info.

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure, setting the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13

Goodwill Industries LEEP (Learn to Earn Employment) Program

Goodwill Industries of RI’s LEEP program is designed to provide training to adults who are currently receiving assistance in addition to having other barriers to employment. 

When enrolled in the LEEP training, individuals learn to make informed decisions regarding his/her career direction and employability.  Additionally, the program assists the individuals to develop more independence, positive work behaviors, and provide more structure and high work expectations.

The program is 4 weeks long and includes workshops on work readiness, building a resume, job searches, interview skills, and boosting self-esteem. 

Graduates of the LEEP program are more prepared to re-enter the local Rhode Island work force with the skills employers’ desire. .

Here is a quote from one of our recent graduates:   “I love this program.  It has been the most complete and helpful out of all the programs I have experienced that the state has to offer.  It is very clear, understandable, and the information provided is useful for our lives in the future.  Loved LEEP!  Thank you!”

For information on the LEEP training program or any of our training programs contact Goodwill Industries of RI at 401-861-2080 or visit our web site at

Meals on Wheels Senior Restaurant Program Expanding

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has announced that the Senior Restaurant Program will be expanding into other areas of the State.  While the program has historically been available at three locations in Providence, now Seniors will be able to visit restaurants in other cities throughout Rhode Island.

“Seniors outside of Providence have told us they wanted options in their cities” said Pauline Asprinio, Nutrition Director.  “I am so happy to be able to offer them their choice of great restaurants”.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s Restaurant Program is open to seniors, aged 60 and older, in the State of RI.  The Congregate Nutrition Program began the initiative in 2007 and its popularity continues to grow with many seniors enjoying the delicious, quality restaurant meals while socializing with their friends and loved ones.

For a suggested donation of $5.00, the senior obtains a voucher to take to the participating restaurant of their choice.  The restaurant will offer a variety of meal options that meet healthy nutrition standards.  The participating restaurants include Newport Creamery locations excluding Barrington, Middletown and Newport; the IHOP Restaurants in both Warwick and Providence; and the Friendship Café located at 500 Broad St. in Providence.

To learn more or to obtain a voucher, visit the Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island office located at 70 Bath Street, Providence or contact Pauline Asprinio at 401-351-6700 or

Please join us...

YPC of RI Presents 7th Annual Statewide Social #ChooseRI

The Young Professionals Collaborative of Rhode Island


7th Annual Statewide Social



Thursday, August 27, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Ogie’s Trailer Park
1155 Westminster St., Providence


We are pleased to invite you to the seventh annual Statewide Social for Rhode Island young professionals. This event is intended to bring the state's young professionals together for a vibrant night of networking and celebrate why we #chooseRI.

Appetizers and cash bar. Plenty of free parking available.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.


The Young Professionals Collaborative of Rhode Island includes:
(401)j of the Jewish Alliance
Millennial Professional Group of RI
New Leaders Council
PVD Lady Project
Rhode Island Young Accounting Network

Rhode Island Foundation Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Program
Young Leaders Circle of United Way of Rhode Island

Special Thank You To:

Great Providence Chamber of Commerce

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Managing Your Business Finances - Using QuickBooks Online

Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Softball - Monday, August 10

Save The Date: Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon

Date: October, 15, 2015

Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Place: RI Convention Center - Providence, RI

Join us as we recognize our partners in the community who have supported us throughout the year!

For registration information, please contact the Marketing & Development Department at 401-274-6310, ext 1230.


13th Annual “In Step for Autism” 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Day

13th Annual "In Step for Autism" 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Day

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015

Where: Colt State Park in Bristol, RI

Join the Autism Society, RI Chapter and THE GRODEN NETWORK for a day of family fun at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI for the 13th Annual "In Step for Autism" 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Field Day while making a difference in the lives of persons with autism.

Check-in: 10:00 am Registration & Breakfast
Start time: 11:00 am 5K Run/ 11:15 am 3K Walk

Runners will automatically be entered in a special FREE raffle. Prizes will be given to top three finishers in each age group and overall. The fee is $20. Runners have the option to secure donations in lieu of entry fee. DONATIONS MUST EXCEED $20.

•  1/4 mile run for children up to age 12.
•  Special gift given to all that participate.
•  Starts at 10:30 AM.

After the walk/run, be sure to stay and enjoy the BBQ and family field day complete with games, field events, pumpkin painting, and much more. Family entertainment will be provided until 2:00 PM. T-shirts will be given to all participants while supplies last.100% of the proceeds from the event support autism programs in Rhode Island.

To register online, go to:

Self-Improvement / Professional Development / Life Strategy

'Do-Over' Program

For those who have the courage to stop and say "I'm not quite where I want to be", or "I know I am not living my life to the fullest"...or worse, "This is not what I had planned"! 

Don't know where to start? What if you had a coach, and a program to help you begin your DO-OVER?  Well, now you do.

The foundation course includes 3 in depth, soul-searching, motivational, practical lessons in clarity & purpose.

    Session 1 – Awareness: Where are you, where have you been & where are you going? 

    Session 2 – Intention: How do you get there? Create your road map & utilize your internal                     GPS. 

    Session 3 – Action: Getting started... 

·   WHEN:  WEDNESDAY EVENINGS - AUGUST 12,19 & 26TH (7:00-8:30PM) OR THURSDAY MORNINGS - AUGUST 13, 20 & 27TH (9:00-10:30)



  • Group Setting / 2 Professional Facilitators
  • Workbook and Materials
  • Group challenges, discussion & accountability
  • A PRIVATE 45-minute clarity and goal-setting session
  • Private Facebook Forum for discussion, advice, networking and referrals
  • Closing cocktail party and presentation of individual DO-OVER plans
  • Ongoing support! 



Register here.

Two AIDS Service Organizations Unite

AIDS Project Rhode Island and AIDS Care Ocean State have announced that the organizations will be collaborating on two major fundraising events taking place in late summer.

On Sunday, August 23, the organizations are unveiling the "High Heel Dash Race & Block Party," in downtown Providence. On Sunday, September 13, the annual AIDS Walk RI will take place, with AIDS Care Ocean State as a full partner in the project with AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has been running the walk for decades.

"We'll be pooling our resources to make these events great successes," said AIDS Project Rhode Island executive director Stephen Hourahan.  "These are fundraisers and they are designed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.  As reported by the Rhode Island Health Department,  newly identified cases of HIV rose nearly 33% between 2013 and 2014.  People need to get tested to stop the spread of HIV and begin treatment early in the infection."

"The High Heel Dash complements AIDS Walk RI because it will be a platform to not only raise money, but to get people to sign up for the walk," said AIDS Care Ocean State executive director Paul Fitzgerald.  "We're hoping to increase the participation of young people in HIV/AIDS events because there seems to be less awareness of HIV and AIDS among those who were not around when the epidemic began in the United States in the 1980s."

The High Heel Dash & Block Party on Sunday, August 23 will take place at The Stable, 125 Washington Street, Providence from noon to 6 p.m, and will be hosted by BB Hayes and Kitty Litter.  The actual race will take place outside the club at 2 p.m. and will offer 1st place prices for men and women.  Registration is $25 and may be done on-line at or from noon to 2 p.m. during the block party.

The Sunday, September 13 AIDS Walk RI  starts at the Rhode Island State House and ends with a block party on Aborn Street, Providence. There is no charge to walk the course, but individuals and teams make donations and get sponsors.  Registration takes place between noon and 1 p.m. that day, on-line at or through the two agencies' websites.  The walk kicks off at 1 p.m.

AIDS Project Rhode Island is a division of non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island in 2008.  More information is available at

More information about non-profit AIDS Care Ocean State is available at


Boys Town New England + Providence Color Me Rad 5k

Boys Town New England has been selected as the local charity partner for the Providence Color Me Rad 5K. We are in need of volunteers as well as runners.




Walking Tour with Ray Rickman

Please Join Us:

Saturday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m.

RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Walk, Providence

Adults: $10; Children 12 and under: $5

We except payments through our site (see "Purchase Tickets" section) or checks made out to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, 123 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903

RSVP:; 401-421-0606

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum

For a fourth summer, Providence Children’s Museum is bringing playful hands-on activities to neighborhood parks across Providence, building on its efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the critical importance of children’s play, and its commitment to provide play opportunities throughout the community. 

The Museum will facilitate open-ended activities at city parks during Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative evening concerts in July and August.  Families will build forts and creative contraptions, blow bubbles, and much more.

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum from 5:00 - 8:00 PM on these dates

Tuesday, July 7  •  Fargnoli Park (Smith and Jastram Streets)
Music by Sidy Maiga + band (West African drumming)

Wednesday, July 15  •  Brown Street Park (Brown and Creighton Streets)
Music by Roz and the Rice Cakes

Thursday, July 23  •  Dexter Training Grounds (Dexter and Parade Streets)
Music by Sally Rogers and the Last Time String Band

Thursday, August 6  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Thursday, August 13  •  Harriet and Sayles Park (Harriet and Sayles Streets)
Neighborhood Block Party

Tuesday, August 18 • Roger Williams Park (Broad Street entrance)
Performance by ECAS Theater

Unstructured, child-directed play is vital for kids’ healthy growth and development.  In a 2007 clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that “…play is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.”  Through spontaneous, freely chosen play, children develop confidence and learn problem solving, self-regulation, conflict resolution and other significant skills.  With increased emphasis on academics at school, more time in structured after-school and summer programs, parental concerns about safety, and more time in front of television and computer screens, many kids today lack time and space for free play – especially outdoors. 

The Museum is bringing play to public spaces to combat children’s growing play deficit and to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families.  “The Museum is a strong advocate for the critical importance of open-ended, child-directed play,” said Interim Executive Director Megan Fischer.  “We are delighted to partner with Providence parks to bring creative play opportunities to kids and families in communities throughout the city.”

Children’s Museum activities at the parks are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s fourth consecutive recognition as a “Playful City,” and presented in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks and the city’s Departments of Parks + Recreation and Art, Culture + Tourism.

All events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Live on Stage! Coming to The Ryan Center

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Live On Stage! Coming To The Ryan Center For 2 Shows On Nov. 12

Tickets to see The World’s Most Famous Chipmunk Trio go on sale July 10

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios announced today that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will take the stage, touring 50+ cities nationwide for a total of 80 shows, kicking off October 5th in Toronto, Canada. The first ever nationwide tour for the Alvin and The Chipmunks will come through URI for two shows (3 pm and 6 pm) on Thursday, November 12 at the Spectra Venue Management operated Thomas M. Ryan Center. The world’s most famous chipmunk trio – accompanied by the Chipettes – will delight fans of all ages with LIVE performances that will feature world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 10 at 10 am.

Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christine Aguilera, Elvis Presley and more! Join Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they sing and dance their way across America en route to their big charity concert.  From an “old school” breakdancing competition in Chicago, to a no-holds-barred food fight in New York City, and with the Chipettes along for the wild ride, Chipmunk fans from coast to coast will experience it all –LIVE on stage!

Produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios, the show’s world-class team includes Tony Award- winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry, and the production team that won a Billboard Touring Creative Content award for its show Yo Gabba Gabba.

Tickets to see ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! at the Ryan Center start at just $20. Get the ultimate fan experience with The Chipmunk Party Package! Purchase VIP seats for the show for $112 and also receive a pre-show Meet and Greet, photo opportunity with the world famous Chipmunk Trio, as well as a pair of custom sweatbands and a pass to a private party at ‘Dave’s House’ including music, dancing, crafts, games, snacks and FUN. Tickets are available July 10th online at, charge by phone at 1.855.387.4849, or at the Ryan Center Box Office.

For more information about the show visit

For all media requests, contact Matt Moeller at or 401.788.3230.


Beat the Heat this Summer at Boss Ice Arena with Free Skating

Beat The Heat With Complimentary Skating At Boss Ice Arena

Complimentary skating sessions every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm

Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena, the Spectra Venue Management operated ice rink on the campus of the University of Rhode Island is pleased to offer a family-friendly option for cooling down this summer. Complimentary skate admission to community members wishing to get out of the heat this summer will be offered every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm starting June 24 thru August 26.

"As temperatures and humidity levels begin to rise we wanted to offer South County residents and the entire Southern New England community a fun way to stay cool this summer," says Leah Becki, General Manager of the Spectra Venue Management operated Boss Ice Arena and Thomas M. Ryan Center. "Temperatures inside Boss Ice Arena remain on average a relatively cool 60 degrees so we hope this is a great opportunity for patrons to beat the heat all summer while listening to music and socializing with friends and family."

In addition, the ice rink will act as a cooling shelter for the community and offer complimentary skating sessions throughout the summer on extremely hot or humid days. Please follow Boss on social media (@bossicearena), as well as for up to date information this summer.

Skate rentals are available for $5 (limited sizes and quantities may be available due to demand) and Subway's Boss Ice Arena location will be open for patrons to purchase food and cold beverages.

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Mount Saint Charles Academy Athletic Camps

Mount Saint Charles Academy Will Offer Athletic Camps Throughout the Summer  

Mount Saint Charles Academy will be hosting a wide variety of athletic camps in July and August. These camps are open to all students, however the age brackets vary per camp. The camp schedule is as follows:

  • July 13th - July 17th Lacrosse on the Mount 8am-3pm $250 Ages 10-14
  • July 26th - July 30th Tennis on the Mount 5pm-8pm $150 Ages 11-18
  • August 3rd - August 7th Baseball On the Mount 9am-2pm $160 Ages 10-14
  • July 27th - July 31st All Star Volleyball Academy 5:30pm-9:00pm $190 Ages 11-18
  • August 3rd -August 7th The Hoops Camp 9am-3pm $180 Ages 10-14
  • August l0th-August 14th Soccer On the Mount 9am-3pm $180 Ages 10-14
  • August 9th -August 13th Tennis on the Mount 5pm-8pm $150 Ages 11-18
  • August 10th-14th All Star Volleyball Academy 5:30pm-9:00pm $190 Ages 11-18

 “Our Summer on the Mount Athletic Camps will not only give kids the opportunity to advance their skills in a particular sport, but they will be able to have fun at the same time,” Ray Leveille, Assistant Athletic Director at Mount, said.

All camp information, including brochures and medical waivers, can be found by visiting For camps that are running two sessions, discounts are available if students attend both weeks of camp. Please contact Ray Leveille at (401) 769-0310 x120 or via email at for questions and more information.

My Sky Exhibit Opens at Providence Children’s Museum

Discover a traveling exhibit exploring the universe June 8 through Labor Day

From June 8 through September 7, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, an immersive traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe.  Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, My Sky invites families to investigate the sun, moon and stars together as they:

  • Gaze through a telescope to see stars and planets in their real-time positions in the sky.
  • Examine real footage of the nearest star, and see solar events like flares, eclipses, solar tornadoes and more in a movie of the sun.
  • Explore the phases of the moon by manipulating a mechanical model.
  • Find familiar constellations and invent new ones.
  • Discover the twinkling night sky in a large darkened dome.
  • Sit around a campfire and crawl inside a tent to tell stories and hear music inspired by the sky.
  • Watch the sun setting and the moon rising, and find planets, constellations and more in a 24-hour time lapse of the sky.
  • Meet scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky above.

Designed to engage children ages 5 to 10 and their adults in interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, the exhibit gives caregivers an opportunity to help children practice foundational science skills such as observing, noticing patterns, predicting, estimating and thinking creatively – skills that are fundamental to astronomy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) thinking, and that scientists and engineers use every day.

The Museum hosts an opening celebration of My Sky on Friday, June 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Meet astronomers from Brown University Science Outreach and experiment with solar telescopes, see models of asteroids, and create your own constellations.  At 6:00 PM, hear storyteller Thawn Sherente Harris share traditional tales about the sky, sun and stars from his Narragansett culture.  Museum admission is free on June 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for MetLife Family Friday, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Inspired by the exhibit, families will try other activities related to the exhibit and astronomy all summer long.  Exhibit and related activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  Visit for calendar of activities.

My Sky was produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA; sponsored in Providence by June Rockwell Levy Foundation.

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Save the Date! Senator Reed’s Business Leaders Day 2015

American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

Click here for a list of American Cancer Society 2015 opportunities. 

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