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New Water Ways Exhibit Transforms Providence Children’s Museum

New Water Ways Exhibit Transforms Providence Children’s Museum
Opening Weekend November 8 & 9

Providence Children’s Museum’s popular Water Ways exhibit gets a whole new look and will transform the Museum with torrents of fun-filled, imaginative new water play when it opens on Saturday, November 8.  This dynamic environment will invite visitors of all ages to splash, discover and playfully experience water in ways new and familiar while investigating its properties in different forms – liquid, ice and mist. 

Water is intrinsically fascinating – the ultimate “loose part.”  Whether splashing in puddles and bathtubs, floating sticks in rivers, or building fountains at the Children’s Museum, water naturally invites open-ended play and exploration.  Water play is a mesmerizing sensory experience that fosters creativity, stimulates curiosity and promotes problem solving for all ages and abilities.  It offers children endless possibilities to engage with science – to notice, question, experiment and develop a sense of wonder about the world around them.

Water Ways will immerse Children’s Museum visitors in engaging, interactive new water play as they:

•    Transform the size and shape of billowing mist and water domes by rotating valves that regulate the rush of water
•    Connect pipes to form fountains that funnel the flow of mist and water
•    Send boats, balls and other objects swirling and whirling through vortexes
•    Investigate, scoop and sculpt ice using a variety of tools
•    “Paint” watery designs on a large slate wall and watch as they slowly evaporate
•    Build mazes and dam water cascading downstream with blocks and sandbags
•    And much more!

Water Ways opening celebration at Providence Children’s Museum Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Families also join a series of programs exploring water on weekends in November and December.  Create water art, paint and sculpt with ice, design and race paddleboats, and more!

Exhibit and activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  For more information, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org

M. Teresa Paiva Weed Named 2014 Brighter Futures Award Recipient

Family Service of Rhode Island has announced that Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed is the recipient of the non-profit’s 2014 Brighter Futures Award. Family Service of Rhode Island presents the honor annually to an individual or organization making an outstanding contribution to the well-being of children. 

The award will be presented Thursday, October 30, at a luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center that begins at 12 noon.

President Paiva Weed, of Newport, is the first Aquidneck Island resident to receive the recognition in its ten year history.  Past recipients include Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; U. S. Senator Jack Reed; and the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

“These last few years have not been easy for state governments. Severe budgetary constraints have affected states across the country,” said Family Service of Rhode Island CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. “Through even the most difficult times, President Paiva Weed has acted as a true champion for Rhode Islanders in need, with a record of accomplishments that includes working for affordable housing, reforming the child welfare system,  providing compensation to victims of violent crime and much more. President Paiva Weed embodies the kind of commitment to the community that will carry Rhode Island towards a brighter future for all.”  She noted that Senator Paiva Weed, a state senator since 1992, in 2009 became the first woman to be elected president of the state senate in history.

“I am very humbled to receive this recognition from Family Service of Rhode Island,” said Senator Paiva Weed. “This award is made particularly special because of the high regard in which I hold the dedicated providers, educators and other professionals affiliated with the agency, and the many child and family service professionals throughout our state. They work tirelessly each day to meet the needs of families in the community, and they are effectively helping people live more full and independent lives. I am grateful to them for their compassion and dedication on behalf of Rhode Island families, and proud to support their mission.”

The Brighter Futures Luncheon takes place at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Thursday, October 30th at noon.  Seats are available on-line at www.familyserviceri.org or by calling 401-519-2274.  The luncheon, a critical fundraiser for nonprofit Family Service of Rhode Island, has become a signature event for the business community.

The presenting, Diamond, sponsor is Capitol Securities.  Platinum sponsors include: Malcolm G. Chace, Jr.; the DeRamel Foundation; GTECH; and Hasbro, Inc. Gold sponsors include NBC 10; Deepwater Wind; Dimeo; Hinckley Allen.  Silver sponsors include Bank of America; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Cooley/Group; Cornerstone Group; Christopher and Heather Crosby; CVS Health; Delta Dental of Rhode Island; Foundry Associates; H. Carr & Sons, Inc.; KLR (Kahn, Litwin, Renza); Sara Shea McConnell; National Grid; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; New England Laborers’ Tri-Funds; Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.; and Residential Properties.

Family Service of Rhode Island is a statewide human service and education agency.  More information is available at www.familyserviceri.org.

Providence Preservation Society Symposium

The Providence Preservation Society’s yearlong speaker series culminates with top national speakers and local stakeholders on November 6, 7 and 8, 2014 to share experiences and insights on how Providence can move forward. 

Entitled Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience, the series brings dynamic leaders from key urban areas to share their experiences in areas such as government and development, open space and public land, and transportation. 

The packed line-up includes Mayor Mark Mallory, two term mayor of Cincinnati from 2005-2013, Gabe Klein, former Director of Transportation in Washington, DC and Chicago, Richard Galvin, President CV Properties and developer of South Street Station in Providence,Richard Licht, former Department of Administration for the State of Rhode Island, Dan Da Ponte, Chairman of RI Senate Finance Committee, Scott Avedisian, Mayor of Warwick, University of Rhode Island President David Dooley, Brown University President Christina Paxson, among others.

Talks and panels happen at the iconic Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street in Downtown Providence. Details can be found at www.providencesymposium.com.

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Girl Scouts of SNE Receives $75,000 Donation from Amica Companies Foundation

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England (GSSNE) received a $75,000 donation from Amica Companies Foundation in a check presentation in September.

The donation will help establish the Girl Leadership Experience Center, a girl-led hub of creativity, connectivity, exploration and inspiration located at the headquarters. The center will offer programming in six key areas: making a difference, life skills, travel/adventure, camping/outdoor skills, global citizenship and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math).

The center is currently used for meetings and programs on a limited basis. However, through donations to the capital campaign, Girl Scouts is hoping to fill the space with interactive technology that would allow girls in the center to connect with girls at urban satellite locations, camps and throughout the world.

"We were looking for that first big donation, and we've been blessed with Amica's support," said Neil M. Stamps, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England. "We want to continue moving toward our capital campaign objectives."

"One of the goals is to have state-of-the-art technology in the Girl Leadership Experience Center," said Lisa DeCubellis, a vice president in the claims department at Amica Insurance and chair of GSSNE's Board of Directors. "We want to build girls of courage, confidence and character, and we need the funding to support that goal."

To donate to the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England's capital campaign, click here.

 

2014 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced

Tech Collective program honors ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs; to be recognized at celebration event on Nov. 20

Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, today announces ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs as its 2014 Tech10 Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I.

Individually, Tech10 recognizes Rhode Island IT practitioners and entrepreneurs who excel in their practice, demonstrate a passion for contributing to the success of others, and are pioneering in their technological and career achievements. For the technology community, Tech10 is the opportunity for Rhode Island business and industry to identify its exceptional participants and future leaders.

2014 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Kimberly Kowal Arcand – Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory; Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Tammy Fuller – Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder; Echo Messaging Systems, Inc.

Ramarao Koppaka – Principal Enterprise Architect; FM Global

Bryce Lukens – Technical Director; Atrion Networking Corporation

David Mulanaphy – Principal Development Database Administrator; FM Global

Allan Peters – Director, Collaboration Services; GTECH

Eric M. Shorr – Founder and President; Secure Future Tech Solutions

Rich Siedzik – Director of Computer & Telecommunication Services; Bryant University

Alan Silverman – Senior Technical Director, Data Center; Atrion Networking Corporation

Jeff Wilhelm – Chief Technology Officer; Envision Technology Advisors

“With this year’s Tech10 Award selection, we are proud to have 40 Tech10 Award alumni building upon their accomplishments, contributing to Rhode Island companies and communities, and working to continue the growth of a strong technology presence in our state,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for Tech Collective. “Rhode Island employs 13,500 IT professionals – our Tech10 honorees are some of the best and brightest leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs among them. They bring enthusiasm and vibrancy to an exciting sector of Rhode Island’s future. Congratulations to our 2014 Tech10 Award winners!”

The 2014 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Atrion Networking Corporation (Cyber Sponsor) and Bryant University Executive Development Center (Java Sponsor). Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I. Video vignette profiles of the Award winners will be unveiled at the event. Additionally, three award recipients will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments in Tech Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Overall Achievement.

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected Sept. – Oct. 2014. View past Award winners, videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at www.tech10awards.com. Follow Tech10 on twitter #Tech10RI.

New Hires at Pare Corporation

Marc J. Gabriel, P.E., recently joined PARE as a Senior Project Engineer in the Civil Division. Marc is a 2004 graduate of Northeastern University. He has spent his ten-year career providing project management, planning, site design and permitting services for a wide variety of land development and facility improvement projects throughout New England. Projects have ranged from residential subdivisions to complete site design and project management of major medical and institutional facilities. Marc is an active member of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee and sits on the Executive Committee for the Civil Engineering Alumni Organization at Northeastern University. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).

Amy J. Archer, P.E., a 2005 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, recently joined PARE's Transportation Division as a Project Engineer. For the first seven years of her career, Amy worked in Baltimore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic States on transportation planning and engineering projects. Over the last two years Amy has worked more locally, providing roadway, traffic and transportation design and oversight on projects for MassDOT, RIDOT, municipalities and private sector organizations.

Jesse Giuliano, P.E., is a Project Engineer within PARE's Civil Division. Jesse has 13 years of consulting experience on infrastructure projects from Maine to California, with much of his work in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. Projects have ranged from highway and water/wastewater improvements to site/civil design and LEED documentation for major commercial, educational, residential, industrial, and public facilities. As a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and a native Cape Codder, PARE is pleased to bring Jesse back to his roots in New England.

 








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Junior Achievement Receives $40,000 in Grants from MetLife Foundation
JA of Rhode Island One of Eight Global Recipients of MetLife Award

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA), which provides work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship programs to K – 12 students, announced today that it has received $40,000 in two grants from the MetLife Foundation.

One grant, in the amount of $25,000, recognizes JA as a recipient of MetLife Foundation’s Entrepreneurial Award. This award was designed to identify, fund, and promote replication and adaptation of innovative programs and processes developed by JA Affiliates worldwide. JA of Rhode Island’s award was for Education Awareness Week, an initiative designed to recognize the work of teachers and volunteers by engaging government, community, business, and education leaders in a week of activities.

Taking place in April 2014, Education Awareness Week included a proclamation ceremony at the State House with Governor Chafee, Lt. Governor Roberts, General Treasurer Raimondo, Attorney General Kilmartin, Representative Joseph McNamara and JA Job Shadow students from Central Falls High School. It also included JA Leaders Day at Carl Lauro Elementary in Providence where more than 70 business and community volunteers taught in 41 classrooms, reaching nearly 1,000 students.

A second grant of $15,000 from the MetLife Foundation Volunteer Project Fund recognizes the support of local MetLife associates who volunteer their time to assist with JA programs. This grant, supported by MetLife volunteers, will provide for 16 programs, impacting nearly 350 students in Rhode Island’s urban and urban-ring schools.

“We are not only honored to be recognized as one of just eight MetLife award recipients globally, but also to have the continued support of so many MetLife associates here in Rhode Island.” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island “These grants and volunteer support will allow us to continue to bring our programs into some of Rhode Island’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, providing access to those students who need it most.”

"MetLife Foundation recognizes the important role that Junior Achievement plays worldwide in inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy," said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. "We are pleased to join JA in honoring JA of Rhode Island whose exemplary innovation and entrepreneurship is helping to reach more young people with effective, high-quality programs."

Junior Achievement programs, taught by community and business leaders - rather than paid staff, empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Participation in these programs provides students with the ability to build a foundation of financial security and career accomplishment that will benefit them, their families, and their communities.

In 2013 – 2014, JA programs reached 10,562 students. 66% of programs were in Rhode Island’s urban and urban-ring school districts.

For more information on Junior Achievement visit http://jarhodeisland.org

To learn more about MetLife Foundation visit www.metlife.org









                  
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Bankers Life Career Opportunity - Sales Management and Entry Level Sales

Bankers Life is Growing!

Own your career, have unlimited earnings potential, positively impact the lives of others and maintain a work/life balance. Does that sound like something you want? Bankers Life may just have the opportunity you’re looking for!

Bankers Life is growing and recruiting intelligent, dedicated, passionate, outgoing sales/sales management professionals to meet the needs of our exploding market. With an average of 11,000 Baby Boomers aging into retirement every day the opportunity is tremendous*.

As your career with Bankers Life grows you may have the opportunity, and desire, to move into sales management. These positions focus on driving the results of a team of agents and are employee positions that provide benefits. Here are the levels of management within the branch office structure. 

  • Unit Field Trainer (UFT)- first step into sales management focused on personal sales and new Agent training
  • Unit Sales Supervisor (USV) – responsible for growth and production of team of UFTs and Agents
  • Unit Sales Manager - manage and develop team(s) of USVs, UFTs, and Agen 

And Bankers Life is focused on the continual development and support of its field force, giving you what you need to be successful. Here are just a few reasons you’ll love working for Bankers Life: 

  • Opportunity for Six Figure Income- we have Agents earning $100K+ and veterans earning $300K+
  • Leads!- company-sponsored lead programs
  • Award-Winning Training- Bankers Life and Casualty Company was ranked #52 training program in the world in 2014 by Training Magazine
  • Trips and Incentives- Opportunity to earn numerous production-based award trips and incentives
  • Technology Support-Quick and easy access to pertinent information available anytime, anywhere 

What we’re looking for

Our insurance agent field force comes from diverse professional backgrounds but we find that our top performers all share some or all of the following:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Customer service or retail sales skills/experience
  • Experience prospecting, networking and new business development
  • Ability to close a sale
  • Experience in Life, Health, or other personal lines of insurance

Contact us to see where YOU fit in.

Gregory Gelineau

Branch Manager

Bankers Life 

401-732-5213 x101

19636– Bankers Life and Casualty Company is an Equal Opportunity Company M/F/D/H

* Source: Ready or Not, First Baby Boomers Turn 65 This Year. Fox Business, 1/28/11.

Bankers Life is the marketing brand of Bankers Life and Casualty Company, select policies sold by Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company and select policies sold in New York by Bankers Conseco Life

Insurance Company (BCLIC). BCLIC is authorized to sell insurance in New York.

 

 

Dominion Foundation Supports Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum, an active place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc.  The funds support kids’ hands-on science learning in activities related to the Museum’s Play Power exhibit, Imagination Playground, and the participatory play “No Time to Waste,” about the importance of recycling.

Dominion owns and operates the Manchester Street Power Station, located on Point Street in Providence.  Manchester Street supplies electricity to over 1.5 million homes, businesses, hospitals and schools in Rhode Island.  “Dominion is proud to energize the communities where we operate – not just via our day-to-day operations, but through our employee engagement and charitable contributions too,” said Henry A. Reis, Manager Power Generation Site, Manchester Street Station.  “Providence Children’s Museum is a natural partner for us.  It enhances the lives of those in this community via hands-on learning.”

“We are deeply grateful to Dominion Foundation for supporting Providence Children’s Museum,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell.  “We are thrilled that Dominion shares our belief in the importance of active, hands-on discovery for children’s healthy development.”

Pictured: Janice O'Donnell, Providence Children’s Museum Executive Director, and Henry A. Reis, Dominion Resources, Inc. Manager Power Generation Site, Manchester Street Station.

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Polaris MEP is Moving RI Manufacturing Forward

Southwest Airlines Fall Fare Saver

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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 capeair.com, 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:

THE CENTER FOR DYNAMIC LEARNING

1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

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

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 www.bcbsri.com 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.


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Win Two Round-trip Cape Air Tickets to Block Island!

Win two round-trip airline tickets traveling from T. F. Green Airport to Block Island courtesy of Cape Air! The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 5, 2014. Enter the contest here.

To enter:

Must be a legal resident of The United States of America and at least 18 years of age to enter the contest.
Tickets are valid for one year from the day you receive them.
Tickets are not for resale.
The prize includes round-trip airfare for two between Providence (PVD) and Block Island (BID) the tickets are valid for one time use.
The booking is subject to seat availability and seasonality- service between PVD and BID is seasonal.
Only valid for a flight on Cape Air.

Contest sponsored by Cape Air.

Earn Free CE Credit

Financial Advisors: Join AllianceBernstein Investments on May 28 or May 29 to learn how to lessen your clients’ tax burdens while saving for college. RSVP deadline is now May 23rd.

Click here for more details on the May 28th event.
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Governor Chafee Nominates Paul Carroll to R.I. Airport Corporation

Governor Chafee has nominated a prominent Providence lawyer to take the place of Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner, chairwoman of the board of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the state agency that runs T.F. Green and five smaller state-owned airports.

Chafee nominated Jonathan N. Savage, husband of retired Super Court Judge Judith C. Savage, to take Hittner's place on the board. The governor's nominee awaits approval by the state Senate.

Chafee also nominated pilot Paul A. Carroll, of Lincoln, to replace Joseph M. Cianciolo on the board and nominated Hasbro chief financial officer Deborah M. Thomas for reappointment to the board.

Though technically Chafee at this point has only nominated Savage to take Hittner's seat as a member of the board, a spokeswoman for the governor said that he would appoint Savage as chairman if the lawyer receives Senate confirmation.

Hittner, a former hospital executive, announced her intention to step down from the airport board after Chafee nominated her as health insurance commissioner last year. The Senate confirmed her to the position in July. She said that she would stay on the airport board until her successor was ready to serve. Hittner replaced Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller, who took a job at a health-policy foundation.

A former chief of anesthesiology at two hospitals, Hittner was president of Miriam Hospital from 2000 to 2009, and then senior vice president of community health for Miriam’s parent, Lifespan.

Savage also lists hospital leadership on his resume.

After Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket became insolvent and sought Superior Court protection from its creditors, Savage was appointed as “special master” in the case, someone to run the hospital while trying to find a buyer. The process ultimately took five years, with Judge Michael A. Silverstein signing off late last year on a deal to sell the hospital to Prime Healthcare Services, a California-based chain.

The airport board governs the operation of the airports and hires and supervises the airport director, who serves as president and chief executive of the Airport Corporation and oversees the day-to-day operations of the airports.

Besides Green, the corporation has authority over Block Island, Westerly, Newport, Quonset and North Central State Airports.

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 (www.kubicalaforestconsulting.com). 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 www.yourbusinessgyroscope.com

Leadership Excellence, wholly owned by HR.com, 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.

http://ceasurvey.fedcap.org/userrole

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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 GearPatrol.com.  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: http://gearpatrol.com/2013/11/26/25-best-restaurants-united-states/

For more information or to make reservations, go to www.thedorrance.com 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 (www.kubicalaforestconsulting.com). 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  http://www.amazon.com/Organizational-Gravity-Strategically-Growing-Companys/dp/0615670482/

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 www.dwwind.com 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

University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Job Posting

Title:               Center Director, Small Business Development Center

Reports to:    Executive Director/State Director, Rhode Island Small Business

                       Development Center Network

Position 1:     Providence RI

Position 2:     Northern RI

Two positions, both reporting to the Executive Director/State Director of the RI Small Business Development Center network at URI, will provide management, financial and general counseling, and training programs to owners of small and pre-venture businesses in Providence and Northern RI, with travel in the region as needed. The Center Director is a business counselor, advocate and liaison for all SBDC services and resources, collaborating with economic development and business community in the region. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage and grow the Small Business Development Center as an effective resource in RI. 
  • Provide in depth, confidential, one on one consultation to owners of small businesses and to those about to start a business, in key areas such as management processes, business regulations and incorporation, business plan preparation, presentation and creation of financial material, access to capital, marketing and growth strategies. 
  • Develop and execute relevant training programs that meet the needs of the local small business community, including underserved businesses. 
  • Maintain up-to-date client activity posts in customer relationship management system. 
  • Assists State Director with accreditation, strategic planning and implementation. 
  • Serve as a leader in the local business community and communicate effectively with partners and stakeholders. 
  • Performs necessary administrative duties such as correspondence, progress and summary reports, budget and expenditure reports, and the collection of data as required by URI and the funding agency. 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform other duties as assigned.

LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration plus at least five (5) years of progressive responsibilities related to management, administration, database management, financial analysis, marketing or 10 years demonstrated experience of above, with Master’s degree highly preferred (e.g. MBA, MPA, MS in Accounting). 
  • Demonstrated experience managing, advising and/or consulting with small business entities. 
  • Business counseling experience. 
  • Excellent customer service, presentation, training and verbal/written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and decision-making. 
  • Demonstrated skill planning and coordinating activities and events. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, resource partners and clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective support and working relationships with a variety of public and private stakeholder partners. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of current small business issues and resources. 
  • Understand business issues pertaining to minority, women and veteran populations. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous business ownership experience.
  • Experience with federal, state or other programs to support entrepreneurs and/or small businesses. 
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours. 

TO APPLY:

  • Please email two (PDF) documents to risbdc@uri.edu with the following SUBJECT Line: CENTER DIRECTOR APPLICATION  1) A cover letter, and 2) Resume.  

The URI Research Foundation is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

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 www.goodwillri.org

Volunteers Needed for Walk MS in Narragansett, Providence & Bristol

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is anticipating a great response to Walk MS on April 6, in Narragansett and Providence, and May 3, in Bristol, and we need volunteers at all three Walk MS sites.

Volunteers are essential to making the event a success and people are needed for activities such as registration and t-shirt distribution in Bristol, Narragansett, and Providence. We also need volunteers to staff the rest stops along the walk routes.

If you would like to be part of the MS community and help inspire those around you, please volunteer your time! Go to www.walkmsrhodeisland.org and click on Volunteer in the left column. By joining us, you’ll be helping to make a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders with MS and raising funds for research to find a cure. Our Walk MS sponsors are Home Healthsmith and Novartis.

Walkers are always needed and there are many walk options:

  • On May 3 in Bristol, walkers will enjoy a 6.2-mile course;
  • On April 6 in Providence, walkers will follow a 3-mile course;
  • On April 6 in Narragansett, walkers can choose from 6.2-mile or 3-mile walks.

In all locations, registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with a mass walk start at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help Rhode Islanders with MS and raise money to fund research to find a cure!

For those of you who prefer two wheels, the MS 25 Quick Ride is a family-friendly, 25-mile bicycle ride starting and ending in Narragansett on April 6. To register, visit www.bikemsrhodeisland.org.

For runners, Run MS: 5K Rhode Race will be in Bristol on May 3. Run MS is on a certified course through beautiful Colt State Park and trophies will be awarded immediately following the race. To register, visit www.walkmsrhodeisland.org.

 

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 pasprinio@rimeals.org.

Voice Your Opposition to Personal Income Tax Hikes

Take Action Now

The following bills, strenuously opposed by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, were heard on Wednesday in House Finance Committee:


House Bill No. 7471

BY Cimini, Valencia, Guthrie, Bennett, Tanzi

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX

The measure would impose a two percent (2%) tax increase for all personal income over $250,000

 

House Bill No. 7552

BY Valencia, Cimini, Ajello, Walsh, Tanzi

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX

The measure would increase the personal income tax by 4.01% for certain individuals on income over $200,000, and other individuals with income over $250,000.

Please contact House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and House Finance Committee Chair Ray Gallison to express your opposition. 

Key messages:

  • Rhode Island’s tax code needs to be competitive in order to improve the economic development climate in Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island’s tax code was just reformed in 2010 to improve Rhode Island’s business climate rankings. Stay the course.
  • Business leaders, tax professionals and economists often comment on the importance of stability and predictability of our tax code.
  • The reform effort in 2010 was revenue neutral.

 

Please join us...

Providence Preservation Society Symposium

The Providence Preservation Society’s yearlong speaker series culminates with top national speakers and local stakeholders on November 6, 7 and 8, 2014 to share experiences and insights on how Providence can move forward. 

Entitled Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience, the series brings dynamic leaders from key urban areas to share their experiences in areas such as government and development, open space and public land, and transportation. 

The packed line-up includes Mayor Mark Mallory, two term mayor of Cincinnati from 2005-2013, Gabe Klein, former Director of Transportation in Washington, DC and Chicago, Richard Galvin, President CV Properties and developer of South Street Station in Providence,Richard Licht, former Department of Administration for the State of Rhode Island, Dan Da Ponte, Chairman of RI Senate Finance Committee, Scott Avedisian, Mayor of Warwick, University of Rhode Island President David Dooley, Brown University President Christina Paxson, among others.

Talks and panels happen at the iconic Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street in Downtown Providence. Details can be found at www.providencesymposium.com.

Tweet about the Symposium using this hashtag: #pvdsymposium

Find PPS on Twitter: @ppsri_1956

Find PPS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Providence-Preservation-Society/43270439380

Share the Providence Symposium Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/873635352646782/

 

 

2014 RI Tech10 Award Winners Announced

Tech Collective program honors ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs; to be recognized at celebration event on Nov. 20

Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s industry association for Information Technology and Bioscience, today announces ten Rhode Island IT practitioners, digital media designers, and entrepreneurs as its 2014 Tech10 Award recipients. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I.

Individually, Tech10 recognizes Rhode Island IT practitioners and entrepreneurs who excel in their practice, demonstrate a passion for contributing to the success of others, and are pioneering in their technological and career achievements. For the technology community, Tech10 is the opportunity for Rhode Island business and industry to identify its exceptional participants and future leaders.

2014 Tech10 Award Recipients:

Kimberly Kowal Arcand – Visualization Lead, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory; Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Tammy Fuller – Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder; Echo Messaging Systems, Inc.

Ramarao Koppaka – Principal Enterprise Architect; FM Global

Bryce Lukens – Technical Director; Atrion Networking Corporation

David Mulanaphy – Principal Development Database Administrator; FM Global

Allan Peters – Director, Collaboration Services; GTECH

Eric M. Shorr – Founder and President; Secure Future Tech Solutions

Rich Siedzik – Director of Computer & Telecommunication Services; Bryant University

Alan Silverman – Senior Technical Director, Data Center; Atrion Networking Corporation

Jeff Wilhelm – Chief Technology Officer; Envision Technology Advisors

“With this year’s Tech10 Award selection, we are proud to have 40 Tech10 Award alumni building upon their accomplishments, contributing to Rhode Island companies and communities, and working to continue the growth of a strong technology presence in our state,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for Tech Collective. “Rhode Island employs 13,500 IT professionals – our Tech10 honorees are some of the best and brightest leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs among them. They bring enthusiasm and vibrancy to an exciting sector of Rhode Island’s future. Congratulations to our 2014 Tech10 Award winners!”

The 2014 Tech10 Awards are sponsored by Atrion Networking Corporation (Cyber Sponsor) and Bryant University Executive Development Center (Java Sponsor). Award recipients will be honored at a Tech10 Awards recognition event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, R.I. Video vignette profiles of the Award winners will be unveiled at the event. Additionally, three award recipients will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments in Tech Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Overall Achievement.

Tech10 recipients were chosen by this year’s Tech10 Judging Committee based on application submissions collected Sept. – Oct. 2014. View past Award winners, videos, attend the Tech10 Awards recognition event, and learn more at www.tech10awards.com. Follow Tech10 on twitter #Tech10RI.

Mount Saint Charles Academy Open House

Mount Saint Charles Academy’s Open House is quickly approaching! The date is Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4 pm.  Mount Saint Charles also has exciting news. Mount's junior high is expanding with the addition of grade 6 in the fall of 2015! 

For more information or to register for Open House, families can visit: www.mountsaintcharles.org/openhouse. They can also contact Mr. O'Neill, Director of Admissions, at 401-769-0310 x137 or at admissions@staff.mountsaintcharles.org. Walk-ins are welcome. 

In the tradition of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, we are a private, Catholic, college preparatory 6th -12th grade academy committed to academic excellence, moral values, and well-rounded students. Our commitment to caring means that each and every student is known, valued, and treasured. 

 

Holiday Soiree at Kirkbrae

BCBS 2015 Medicare Open Enrollment - You’ve Got Choices

Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, will return with nightly showings from October 2 – November 2. This year’s display, “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z,” will portray scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art arrayed in alphabetical order, with highlights from history and popular culture.  Childhood favorites and Halloween scenes will be back, of course, along with the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree comprised of hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns with its iconic fog and catchy beat. The show runs rain or shine, with admission from 6pm – 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm. Admission is extended to 11pm on Saturdays, with the trail closing at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail. For complete event details, hours, ticket prices and other information, visit www.rwpzoo.org

Polaris MEP is Moving RI Manufacturing Forward

Truth, Goodness and Beauty…A Catholic Event

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Where: Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence

A special Catholic event, The Truth, Goodness and Beauty presentation will inspire you and strengthen your Faith in these challenging times. 

Catholic artists of every kind are invited to call to show their works for their beauty, and perhaps for sale, too. 

Call Tyler Rowley at 401.290.7201 for tickets or register online.   

Click here for further information.  Please feel free to print out and share with your friends, and ask your pastor to spread the word in your parish.  

The Prout School Open House

The Prout School in Wakefield will hold its annual Open House for prospective students on Sunday, November 2 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Southern Rhode Island’s only Catholic high school, Prout offers college prep, honors and AP classes and it is the only school in Rhode Island to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Prout also offers over 21 competitive junior varsity and varsity sports teams, a renowned theatre and performing arts program, and numerous clubs and extracurricular activities.

The Prout entrance exam will be held on December 6th &13th at 8:30am at Prout.

For more information, please call Admissions at 789-9262, Ext 515 or go to www.theproutschool.org

The College Crusade of Rhode Island Believe Breakfast

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is Celebrating 25 Years of Believing in Youth

Friday, November 14, 2014
Providence Marriott Downtown
One Orms Street, Providence
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Registration 8:00 a.m.

Come and celebrate with us!

These days, you don’t have to go very far to find success stories from The College Crusade. Take a look inside City Hall in Central Falls. Mayor James Diossa, a 2003 College Crusade alumnus, is bringing new energy and vibrancy to the city he grew up in. Over at Classical High School in Providence, Crusade senior Alexandria Alexieff also has a bright future ahead. She was named a 2014 Torch Scholar and will receive a full scholarship to Northeastern University, an honor awarded to only ten of 1,000 applicants this year.

Since our founding 25 years ago, The College Crusade has helped many thousands of students just like James and Alexandria pursue their goals for educational attainment. We have also awarded over $27.8 million in scholarships to more than 3,600 students.

We invite you to celebrate this legacy with us at our Believe Breakfast on November 14, 2014, at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Join Crusaders and College Crusade alums, family and friends, state and community agencies, donors, foundations, and other colleagues of The College Crusade to affirm the important work of believing in youth.

To reserve a spot, please contact Mary Alexandre, Development Officer, at malexandre@thecollegecrusade.org or (401) 854-5500 ext 119. Individual tickets are $50.

Visit our event web page at www.thecollegecrusade.org/believe.


Best Buddies Rhode Island Champion of the Year

SAVE THE DATE - Best Buddies RI Champions - Monday, November 17th - Omni Providence

Challenge yourself to change lives - walk, run, or cycle in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, Hearst Castle, Washington, D.C. or Miami.


Dick Lupino October Performance Schedule

Fall has arrived.  We did have a great summer - weather wise!  Hopefully the fall will continue to be mild & pleasant.

Wed, Oct 1st marks our completion of 11 years at Sardella's - our heartfelt thanks to Richard Sardella & you, who attend our performances there.
Friday nights at The Chanler resumes on October 3rd & will continue to next spring.

On Tuesday, the 28th, the Dick Lupino Band will perform at The Cavalcade of Bands at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.  Advanced tix may be purchased by calling the Providence Federation of Musicians - 401 941-2717 or paying admission at the door. This is a great event - especially for those who love to dance, featuring full Big Bands in the ballroom & smaller dance bands in the foyer from 6 to 10 PM.

Another terrific line-up of performers:

Vocalists:  Sharon Zeffiro, Linda Calise, Nicolas King, Daryl Sherman, Bonnie Mann,
Pat Mitchell

Instrumentalists:  Johnny Souza (& vocals), Warren Chaisson (NY vibraphonist), Dennis Cook, Kirk Feather

Pianists:  Chris Taylor, Steve Heck, Kent Hewitt,Yvonne Monnett (& vocals),
Jordan Nunes,

Hope to see you at one or more the these fine venues & again thank you for your continued support.

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

Wed    10/1   -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Johnny Souza, trumpet/vocal, Chris Taylor, piano

Wed    10/8   -  Dick Lupino, bass/ vocal, Warren Chaisson, vibes,

                       Steve Heck, piano/vocal

Wed    10/15  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Sharon Zeffiro, vocal, Steve Heck, piano vocal

Wed    10/22  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Linda Calise, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Wed    10/29  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Nicolas King, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

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

Fri    10/3    -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dennis Cook, sax, Chris Taylor, piano

Fri    10/10  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Warren Chaisson, vibes, Chris Taylor, piano

Fri    10/17  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Johnny Souza, trrumpet/vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Fri    10/24  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Daryl Sherman, vocal,

                     Yvonne Monnett, piano/vocal

Fri    10/31  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Sharon Zeffiro, vocal, Jordan Nunes, piano

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

Sat      10/4     -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Bonnie Mann, vocal,

                         Steve Heck, piano/vocal, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      10/11   -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Warren Chaisson, vibes,

                         Mike Renzi, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      10/18   -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Kirk Feather, sax,

                         Yvonne Monnett, piano/vocal, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      10/25  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Pat Mitchell, vocal,

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

 

Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, Cranston, RI, 785-4333, 8 to 9 pm

Tue      10/28  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal,

                        Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal,

                        Jeff Fountain, drums 

 

401 683-6565 office

401 837-9665 cell

dicklupino@gmail.com

www.DickLupinoMusic.com

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.

For further information visit: http://www.providencerotary.org/

 

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