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Coastway Community Bank Welcomes David Booth to its Business Team Promotes Joseph Hindle

Coastway Community Bank recently welcomed David Booth as vice president and team leader of the business lending group. With 13 years in banking, David comes to Coastway from Webster Bank. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bryant University with a B.S. in Business Administration. David lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts where he coaches youth baseball.

Coastway Community Bank recently promoted Joseph Hindle to Senior Vice President, Business Lending Manager. Hindle has been in banking for 29 years and is a past recipient of the SBA Financial Services Champion Award. He is an active member of the board of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.

Coastway Community Bank was recently ranked as top SBA lender in the state, in both number of loans and in dollar volume for the second year in a row. (Fiscal year 2015, from October 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.)

Coastway Community Bank has been helping Rhode Islanders with their banking and financial needs for over 90 years. With more than $488 million in assets and 27,000 customers, Coastway Community Bank is dedicated to outstanding customer service and the belief that money that stays here, grows here. Coastway is located in Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Lincoln, Providence, Warwick and at Member FDIC

Wash Trust Provides Tax-Exempt Financing to Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence

The Washington Trust Company recently provided a tax-exempt Health Facilities Revenue Refunding Bond and cash management services to The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence, a 68-unit assisted living community located in Warwick, RI.

Founded in 2002, The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence consists of 49 traditional assisted living apartments, including a combination of studio, companion, and one and two bedroom apartments. In addition, the Residence houses Tamarisk’s Renaissance Memory Support Program, a dedicated wing comprised of 19 studio and companion apartments providing specialized care to Alzheimer’s patients.

“Tamarisk provides an essential service to the aging population of Rhode Island,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust chairman and CEO. “We’re pleased to work alongside an organization that is well-respected both in its community, as well as within the senior housing and care industry.”

“Washington Trust has been a pleasure to work with during our recent re-financing of Tamarisk,” said Roberta Ragge, executive director of Tamarisk. “They were responsive to our needs and they customized a financing package that we are very pleased with. We look forward to a long relationship with Washington Trust that not only serves our banking needs at Tamarisk, but throughout our organization.”

The Phyllis Siperstein Tamarisk Assisted Living Residence is operated by Tamarisk, Inc., which is solely owned by the non-profit Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island.

Washington Trust’s commercial banking group offers a full line of commercial and industrial lending, commercial real estate lending, not-for-profit and municipal lending and cash management services to leading companies, real estate developers, not-for-profits and municipalities throughout the Northeast. For more information, contact Joseph M. Confessore, senior vice president and C&I team leader, at 401-348-1439, or 1-800-475-2265 ext.1439.

Junior Achievement Volunteer Needs

Junior Achievement has opportunities for both “JA in a Day” and in week-to-week programming.  For “JA in a Day,” volunteers teach a full day of sessions (8am-2:30pm) in an elementary school classroom – those dates are pre-set.  In week-to-week programming, volunteers teach one 1-hour session per week, for 6-7 consecutive weeks, in a middle or high school classroom – volunteers work with the teacher to set up a schedule that works for both.  Their current needs are as follows:

Immediate week-to-week opening:

Teaching JA Career Success (7 sessions/weeks) at Hope High School in Providence in a 1:00-2:30pm time slot (10th, 11th, 12th grade)

Spring 2016 week-to-week openings:

Teaching JA Be Entrepreneurial (7 sessions/weeks) at Hope High School in Providence (10th, 11th, 12th grade, February-June options)

Teaching JA Global Marketplace (6 sessions/weeks) at Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls (6th grade, January-June options)

Spring 2016 “JA in a Day” openings:

March 24th at Carl Lauro Elementary School in Providence (grades K-5)

April 14th at George West Elementary School in Providence (grades K-5)

For further informatio please contact Pauline Abetti at (401) 331-3850 or



Partridge Snow & Hahn Executive Joins Washington Trust Wealth Management

Kathleen A. Ryan, Esq. Named SVP, Wealth Management Client Services, Trust and Estate Services

Washington Trust Wealth Management (NASDAQ OMX®: WASH) today announced that Kathleen A. Ryan, Esq. has been named senior vice president, Wealth Management Client Services, Trust and Estate Services. She will join Washington Trust Wealth Management in December from the law firm Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP where she was partner and chair of the Trusts and Estates group.  

Ryan joins Washington Trust Wealth Management’s 100+ team of trust officers, portfolio managers, tax advisors, wealth planning officers, and financial planning professionals who serve clients throughout the country from offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In her new leadership role, Ryan will oversee Washington Trust Wealth Management’s Trust & Estate Services group, providing expertise and guidance on fiduciary services, including wealth transfer planning and related tax issues, charitable giving, and business succession planning.

“Kathi comes to Washington Trust with more than 25 years of experience as a strategic and focused attorney,” said Mark K. W. Gim, senior executive vice president, wealth management & treasurer for Washington Trust. “Kathi’s dedication to excellent client service fits perfectly with Washington Trust’s corporate priorities. In addition, her responsibilities for practice management, work allocation, business development, and strategic planning and implementation are outstanding qualifications for her senior leadership role within Washington Trust Wealth Management.” 

Prior to joining Washington Trust, Ryan was a partner at the law firm Partridge Snow & Hahn. She served as chair for the firm’s Trusts & Estates practice where she was responsible for advising clients on wealth preservation, asset transfer, charitable giving and estate and gift tax planning issues. During her time with Partridge Snow & Hahn, she also co-founded and led “Women AdVocates for Enterprise” (WAVE), an initiative dedicated to helping women advance professionally in the marketplace.

Ryan is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude) and Providence College (B.A., cum laude). She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida Bar Associations. Ryan is a frequent speaker and published source on matters of trust and estate and other relevant issues and sits on a number of boards including the Providence College President’s Council and the South County Hospital Professional Advisory Group. 

Grammas Named Neuroscience Institute Director at URI

Paula Grammas, an international leader in the study of Alzheimer’s disease, has been named director of the neuroscience institute at the University of Rhode Island.

The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience was established in November 2013 with a $15 million gift from former CVS Health Chairman and CEO Thomas M. Ryan, a 1975 URI pharmacy graduate, and his wife Cathy.

Grammas, former executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will also become the Thomas M. Ryan Professor of Neuroscience at URI.

Best known for her pioneering research into the role that blood vessels and inflammation play in the development of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, Grammas has received numerous awards for her research.

Grammas has a “demonstrated ability to collaborate” and bring a variety of perspectives to bear on the search for a cure for these diseases, added Thomas Ryan.

Grammas said she is excited to lead the institute in a state that has partners in neuroscience at Brown University, Lifespan and Care New England. She noted that Tom Ryan’s vision for advancing research on causes and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases represents a major commitment.

“Without his foresight and generosity, this special opportunity to pull together all of these talented people and dedicated organizations might never have happened,” she said. “A lot of different talented players with complementary expertise and perspectives are going to come together at URI, and from that we’re going to get new approaches to treatments. I can’t wait to get started.”

Cadence, Inc. Receives “2015 Employer of Choice” Recognition

RI Company Receives “2015 Employer of Choice” Recognition; Applicants Focused on Employee Engagement

Three area businesses were selected as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) including Lincoln’s Cadence, Inc.  Other winners were Bemis Associates, and Big Y Foods. The awards were given at EANE’s Employment Law and HR Practices Conference luncheon at the Springfield Marriott on November 5th.

Employer of Choice Awards recognize companies and organizations for developing workplaces that value employees, foster  engagement, invest in training and reward performance. Past winners view the award as a cornerstone of their company credentials and often highlight the award in recruiting and retention, grants and funding, and business development. All winners receive a professional, customized video that spotlights the company's achievements.

“This year, we were thrilled to see our applicants focus on employee engagement, often implementing surveys and translating the findings to mission-vision-culture strategies,” said Meredith Wise, President of EANE. “Traditional benefits such as tuition reimbursement were still strong but contemporary offerings from wellness to flexible scheduling to community service were widespread, too.”

About the winners:

  • With 300 employees in Cranston, RI and Plymouth, MA, Cadence, Inc. is a contract manufacturer of performance products for the medical industry and beyond. Headquartered in Staunton, VA, the company is dedicated to an employee-centric workplace that promotes a strong work-life balance and an expansive wellness initiative. There have been several dramatic and life-changing weight loss outcomes by employees. Cadence also has a robust charitable activity effort, sponsoring events and offering employees volunteer opportunities to give back. The distinctive “ideas are free” program sets the tone to actively listen to employees, often on the frontlines. The completely open floorplan is designed to encourage communication; it reinforces the company’s philosophy that there are no secrets at Cadence. See video here.  
  • Headquartered in Shirley, MA with sales offices around the world, Bemis Associates, Inc. is a 100-year-old adhesives and specialty film manufacturing company. Its guiding mission called “The Bemis Way” includes elements of continuous improvement and a cooperative spirit. It is especially noteworthy in the area of safety and wellness programs and work-life balance initiatives including:  farm-fresh produce deliveries, the annual Bemis 5K, an on-site gym free to employees and a smoking cessation program. The community outreach effort includes the Thanks by Giving dinner for local senior citizens and the Toys for Tots gift drive, which was recognized by the Marines.  The company’s outstanding salary/benefit package has resulted in an extremely low turnover rate.  See video here.
  • With ten thousand employees in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Big YFoods, Inc supermarket chain’s “culture-of-caring” mission statement completely transcends the organization. From hiring to day-to-day behavior to recognition and wellness, it’s the inspiration for the company’s short and long-range strategic planning, integral to its training initiatives, and the foundation of how it measures success. Big Y’s novel workplace “huddles” are designed to foster face-to-face communication for idea-sharing, recognition, problem-solving and more; the huddles are just one example of how Big Y implements the mission every day. See video here.

Employers from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to participate; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Entrants are judged in areas that include: company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward, and work-life balance.

Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk.  More than 900 members utilize the human resource information/hotline, learning and development and specialized human resource services.

Rana Choubah Joins Parsons Capital Management

Parsons Capital Management is proud to announce that Rana Choubah has joined the Parsons Capital Management team, effective November 2, 2015.

She has over ten years of experience in the financial industry, most recently as Vice President  & Premier Relationship Advisor for HSBC, a global bank and wealth management organization. She spent seven years at Ameriprise Financial Services where she worked with individuals on financial planning and portfolio management and with small business owners on retirement planning.

At Parsons Capital, Choubah focuses on 401(k) retirement plans for businesses. She works with organizations on plan design, fee due diligence, fund selection, investment-policy statements, participant education, and compliance.

Choubah is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. She has been active in her local Estate Planning Council and the Junior League. A resident of Dartmouth, MA, she received a degree in business administration from Western Michigan University in 1997.

Click here for more information on Parsons Capital Management.

Hinckley Allen Receives 36 First Tier National and Regional Rankings

The annual “Best Law Firms” rankings were released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Once again, Hinckley Allen has been named a top tier national law firm in Litigation Construction. In total, the firm received 36 top tier national and regional rankings along with 27 others.

The U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The 2016 edition features over 11,000 law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 74 major legal practice areas and regionally in one or more of 120 major legal practice areas.


Litigation – Construction

Banking and Finance Law

Construction Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Public Finance Law



Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Construction

Criminal Defense: White-Collar


Banking and Finance Law

Construction Law

Litigation - Construction

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Financial Services Regulation Law

Public Finance Law

Real Estate Law


Corporate Law

Health Care Law

Land Use & Zoning Law

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation – Construction

Litigation – Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate Law

Trust & Estates Law



Banking and Finance Law

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Construction Law

Corporate Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Health Care Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Litigation Construction

Litigation - Real Estate

Reorganization Law

Securities/Capital Markets Law

Rhode Island

Banking and Finance Law

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Copyright Law

Corporate Law

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Energy Law

Environmental Law

Health Care Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation – Banking & Finance

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - First Amendment

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Patent

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation - Securities

Litigation – Trust & Estates

Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Non-Profit/Charities Law

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Public Finance Law

Real Estate Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Trademark Law

Trusts & Estates Law

Exploration Center and Aquarium Welcomes November with “Outrageous Octopus” Theme

After weeks of pumpkin picking, hayrides, and spooky happenings, it’s time to celebrate November, and there’s no better way than to visit Save the Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Boulevard in Newport RI, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The November theme at the aquarium is the “Outrageous Octopus,” because November is when the eight-legged creatures return to Narragansett Bay after spending summer in the cooler, deeper waters of the Rhode Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean.

The Aquarium will also be open on Veteran’s Day, November 11, with half-price admission for active-duty military and veterans. Save The Bay will also offer military service members and veterans discounted family memberships, which includes unlimited free admission to the Exploration Center & Aquarium for two adults and four children, as well as member rates on seal tours, summer camps, Save The Bay swag, and other goodies.

“This is a great time of the year to visit the aquarium, because the beach is far less crowded than in the summer,” says Adam Kovarsky, Save The Bay’s exploration center manager. Kovarsky has planned a full schedule of octopus-centered activities for November: including “Story Time: Oozy Octopus” at 11 a.m., “Octopus Feeding” at noon, an “Octopus scavenger hunt” for 1:00 p.m., “Creature feature” at 2 p.m., and, weather permitting, a beach walk at 3 p.m.

For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit or call 401-324-6020.

Rob Levine - Veterans and National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015

President Obama recently reminded the nation about equality and justice for those with disabilities in his proclamation. October is National Disability Employment Month. While many in the nation strive to rebound from the recession, it can be especially difficult for Veterans with disabilities to find work in addition to receiving compensation they are entitled to for injuries and illnesses.

Those with disabilities account for one-fifth of the country’s population yet unemployment rates are double compared to those who are not living with injuries or limitations. It’s especially unfortunate that honorable men and women who served the country in the military should suffer such hardships upon returning to the workforce and civilian life.

Information and compensation is available, yet understanding eligibility and the ways to seek funds can be incredibly confusing!

How to Apply for Benefits

Veterans may apply for disability benefits while still in the military or after discharge. It doesn’t matter if you’re still in the hospital, in rehab, or enrolled in outpatient treatment via a military or civilian program. Vets may apply online, in person, by mail, or by telephone. All that is required is filing the initial claim to begin the process. You can apply online or download the form (21-526EZ) on the VA website ( This process can be confusing and frustrating along the way and unfortunately often leads to a denial when you first apply. Finding someone to help you appeal the denial and fight for your right to receive the benefits you deserve is important. Remember not to give up if you are denied the first time or receive a lower rating than you deserve.

Special Monthly Compensation

Veterans Affairs pays additional compensation to those who suffered the loss of specific organs, or extremities. Furthermore, veterans with a combination of disabilities are entitled to extended compensation.   In severe cases, veterans are bedridden, housebound, or need assistance from nurses and medical aides. Special payments can be received for aid and attendance, the amount depends upon the level of recognized disability. It’s best to hire the assistance of legal counsel.

Getting Help

Those who have honorably served our country should expect the same level of help in adjusting to short or long-term disability. Veterans need to contact their local VA offices for information regarding SMC (Special Monthly Compensation). The VA will review medical evidence and make a compensation decision.

You are not alone. An experienced and driven legal counselor can help you get the attention and benefits you need and deserve. Allow a lawyer to review your case for free. You fought for your country. Now let someone fight for your disability rights.

About Rob Levine & Associates

As a veteran Rob has decided it is important to give back and help other veterans get the benefits they deserve. In addition to Veterans Disability, Rob Levine & Associates practices Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability nationwide . 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, toll free at 800.529.1222.

SKWealth Launches New Investment Management Service

SK Wealth Management, LLC (SKWealth) has launched a new investment management service – Digital Portfolio - to include clients with a minimum investment as low as $100,000. While everyone can benefit from an SKWealth financial plan, they have encountered clients who wish to invest with them after the completion of their financial plan but, for one reason or another, do not meet the minimum account size of $500,000.

In order for those clients to access SKWealth’s investment management services, they have launched a new, lower-cost, automated option that is designed to help smaller account sizes access custom designed portfolios and grow. This option is designed to help a client continue on their path of securing their financial future and includes:

Sophisticated, Personalized Investment Portfolios

  • Custom Portfolio Design
  • Automated On-Boarding and Reporting
  • Automated Portfolio Rebalancing
  • Automated Tax-Loss Harvesting

Financial Planning Tools

  • Account Aggregation
  • Budgeting
  • Tracking of Spending
  • Secure Vault – electronic storage of important documents (wills, insurance policies, trusts, etc.)

SKWealth offers comprehensive personal financial planning and investment management services by participating in an engaging, evergreen planning process that serves as a foundation for protecting and growing clients’ wealth. Visit to learn more.

Christina Gage Named Director of Strategic Development for Hire Image

Hire Image LLC, a nationwide background screening, employment verification and drug testing company with offices in Rhode Island, Florida, Minnesota, and Washington, has announced that Christina Gage has been named director of strategic development for the company.

In this role, Ms. Gage is responsible for forging valued partnerships with applicant tracking system vendors and other providers vital to the productivity and compliance needs of HR professionals. She will also be charged with managing the company's marketing and business development initiatives while leading Hire Image’s expansion into the Western United States.

“We are very excited to have Christina on board,” says Christine Cunneen, CEO of Hire Image. “She brings a wealth of business experience to our team, and her addition demonstrates our commitment to expanding  Hire Image’s background screening services with new technologies and efficiencies, as well as, increasing our national footprint and the number of businesses we can serve.”

Ms. Gage recently passed the Advanced FCRA exam at the NAPBS Annual Conference in Austin, TX.  NAPBS’ Advanced Certification Program is designed for background screening professionals in leadership positions and those who set compliance policy and make compliance decisions for their company.  It is one of several programs developed specifically for Consumer Reporting Agencies such as Hire Image to promote better understanding of complex laws that impact background screening and to mitigate non-compliance problems with obtaining and using information contained in background checks.

Prior to joining Hire Image, Ms. Gage spent seven years working as the vice president of operations for Retail Management Solutions in Olympia, Washington. She is a 1990 graduate of Adelphi University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration.

Ms. Gage is a resident of Vancouver, Washington. 

Mount Saint Charles Academy’s Music Director Receives Prestigious Music Award

Marc Blanchette, Mount Saint Charles Academy’s music director, was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Rhode Island Music Educator Association at their annual meeting in September.   This award is the highest honor in the field of music education that a music teacher can attain.

Mr. Blanchette was a unanimous choice of the R.I.M.E.A. executive board and the only music teacher selected for this most prestigious award this year in Rhode Island.  The board stated that Marc represents “the very best example of a complete and totally dedicated music educator” and he has “set a very high standard of excellence in our field.”

In order to be nominated and to qualify for this particular award a teacher must demonstrate the following: effectiveness in teaching young people; educational innovation; continued professional growth; active involvement in local, state, and national affairs; and an effective school music program.

“Mount Saint Charles Academy is very proud of Mr. Marc Blanchette and all that he has contributed over the many years he has been director of the music program here,” Edwin Burke, principal of the Academy, said.  “Marc is a man of faith who challenges his students to develop their musical talents.   He has consistently and tirelessly given of his time and talent to benefit the students at Mount Saint Charles.  He is most deserving of the special recognition and we share in his celebration.” Marc follows his mentor and teacher at Mount Saint Charles, Brother Henry Peter Lussier, in receiving this award.


Hire Image LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Background Screening Services Firm

Will host invitation-only celebration for New England-area associates on October 28, 2015 at the Waterman Grille in Providence 

Hire Image LLC, a nationwide background screening, drug testing and verification services company with offices in Rhode Island, Florida, Washington and Minnesota, announces the company’s 10th anniversary of its founding.

Established in Pompano Beach, Fla. in 2005, Hire Image is headquartered in Johnston, R.I. and maintains an office in Pompano Beach. More recent acquisitions have allowed an expansion of offices to Washington and Minnesota as well.

Hire Image serves human resource professionals and business owners in corporate, nonprofit, institutional, government and educational organizations throughout the United States.  The company enables clients to make well-informed hiring and retention decisions through the use of employment screening and related investigative services including criminal and civil searches, education, employment and professional license verifications, address and social security number traces, motor vehicle records and credit reports.

The firm commemorated its 10th anniversary milestone with two client-centric celebrations, one of which took place in Florida this past April, and an upcoming one in New England, to thank loyal customers and business partners for their business and to usher in a new decade of professional background screening leadership in the industry.

Hire Image LLC CEO/Co-Founder Christine Cunneen and company co-founder Thomas Tomlinson will host a cocktail reception on October 28, 2015 at the Waterman Grille, 4 Richmond Square, Providence, R.I. for their New England-area clients, business associates and customers of Hire Image as well as their tenant screening division named “Tenant Patrol” which was founded two years after Hire Image was established.

“We have experienced so many milestone moments that define our company, and so many achievements of which we are proud,” states Ms. Cunneen. “The industry, laws and regulations have changed over the years and so has our company.  Our focus has always been on what directly impacts clients at both the local and national level and within their specific industry, and that is what drives our service offerings.  The proliferation of resume fraud, social media and the legalization of marijuana are examples of industry trends that have a tremendous impact on our work now and in the years to come.”

Hire Image experienced its share of challenges over the past decade, such as flooding from Hurricane Wilma and a devastating fire which leveled the then-newly established Rhode Island office.  Under Cunneen’s leadership, the company rebounded from adversity and continues to thrive.  Key achievements include the “Make Mine a Million” award from Count Me In and AMEX Open; 100% staff certification in FCRA through National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS); acquiring Nationwide Employee Screening in 2010; adding its 1,000th client nationwide in 2013; and earning accredited status from the NAPBS Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) in 2014. In 2015, Hire Image acquired Absolute Background Concepts of Le Center, Minnesota and opened a regional office in Vancouver, WA to expand the firm’s presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Ms. Cunneen recently concluded her term as 2014-15 chair of NAPBS. Among the key accomplishments under her leadership was a move to bring the advanced FCRA exam online, which will allow more professional background screeners to seek the advanced certification; and an expansion of grassroots efforts to educate state and local legislators on the importance of proper background screening and access to criminal records information of job applicants.

Ms. Cunneen also cites the NAPBS Board’s decision to bring in third-party facilitators to help develop a new strategic plan which will position the association as a leader in expanding the acceptance, recognition and importance of background screening and growth of the profession going forward. In addition, she notes that both membership in NAPBS and attendance at conferences reached record levels during her tenure as chair.

DDRI Donates More Than $1M to Meet Critical Oral Health Needs Across Rhode Island

In October, 2015, Delta Dental of Rhode Island announced a series of major gifts totaling more than $1 million to support programs, clinics and professionals working to provide critical oral health care to those most in need across the state. The grants, made through the company’s charitable arm, the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, marked the single largest infusion of funds to support access to affordable dental services among Rhode Island’s safety net populations.

"We are very grateful to Delta Dental for their support of our participation in Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. It is an honor for Thundermist and our staff to provide this much-needed dental care to our homeless veterans, who have sacrificed so much in service to our countrye."

—Chuck Jones, president/CEO
Thundermist Health Center

"Integrating behavioral health, oral health and primary care leads to healthier lives. Too often, dental care is out of reach for needy Rhode Islanders. Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Delta Dental, community health centers now have the resources to bridge that gap for so manye."

—Neil Steinberg, president and CEO
The Rhode Island Foundation

"The impact of Delta Dental’s grant to the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital will be felt by thousands of Rhode Islanders for years to come, with a particular focus on children who otherwise would not have access to the essential dental care they need. There is no question that oral health goes hand-in-hand with overall health, and with these funds, we will be able to add new equipment and technologies that will help us to provide up to 4,000 more patient visits annually; words alone cannot express our appreciation to Delta Dental for their generosity."

—Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and CEO

"The Delta Dental grant could not be more timely as it will allow us to offer urgently needed dental services in Central Falls at the new dental office we have planned for our Neighborhood Health Station at the former Notre Dame Ambulatory Center. Additionally, the funds will allow us to enhance the capabilities of our electronic dental record by deploying Real Time Location System technology into our workflow, thus improving patient throughput, patient satisfaction, and patient and staff safety."

—Raymond Lavoie, executive director
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care

"The goal of the Scituate Health Alliance is to make certain that primary dental care, including an annual oral check-up, cleaning and dental visits for pain relief are available to all Scituate residents, regardless of whether they have dental insurance or not. This grant from Delta Dental will allow us to promote our program and to contract with local dental practices to provide these services for Scituate residents."

—John Marchant, president
Scituate Health Alliance

The grants included $350,000 to the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital, $350,000 to Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, $350,000 to Providence Community Health Centers, $15,000 to the Scituate Health Alliance and $12,000 to support the Thundermist Dental Tent at Operation Stand Down weekend.

“As the state’s largest dental insurer, we are committed to the oral health of all Rhode Islanders, not just those fortunate enough to have Delta Dental coverage,” said Joe Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Through our ongoing conversations with our community partners, we know that access and affordability continue to be true barriers to oral health care for far too many Rhode Islanders. These grants will help eliminate those barriers and ensure that our community partners can connect more of our state’s most vulnerable citizens with the quality oral health care they deserve.”

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DiSanto Priest & Co. Promotes 8 Professionals

DiSanto, Priest & Co. is very proud to announce the promotions of each of these individuals.  Collectively, our partner group, would like to congratulate each of these individuals on this milestone in their individual careers. 

Frank Previti, CPA, CFE

Frank F. Previti, CPA, CFE is a Principal in the Accounting and Assurance Department.

Frank manages both domestic and international client audit engagements in a number of industries including manufacturing, precious metals, and technology. He also concentrates in the Firm’s Non-Traditional Engagement line of service, which includes Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support, as well as Agreed Upon Procedures (AUP) engagements which specifically address client concerns by utilizing a customized suite of procedures designed to meet the needs of individual client situations. Such engagements are performed in accordance with attestation standards set forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Frank is a member of the AICPA (including the Forensic and Valuation Services section), the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, and both the national and local chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University and joined the firm in 2005 as a Senior Accountant after beginning his career in Assurance and Business Advisory Services at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Frank is also a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island.

Heather J. Prew, CPA, MST

Heather J. Prew is a Principal at DiSanto, Priest & Co. She has close to 15 years of experience in public accounting, specializing in audit and financial services for employee benefit plans as well as Housing and Urban Development audits. She also concentrates in tax and financial reporting services for privately-held businesses and high net worth individuals.

Heather graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and continued her education at Bryant University, where she received a Master of Science in Taxation degree.

Heather is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Katie McIntosh, MST

Katie McIntosh is a manager at DiSanto, Priest, & Co. and has over 9 years of experience in tax planning, individual and corporate tax compliance and financial statement services.

Katie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bryant University.  Katie also earned a Master’s of Science in Taxation degree from Bryant University.

Katie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA).  Katie currently serves as the vice president of Bentley Foundation, a charitable organization that provides support within the community.

Melissa McKanna, CPA, MST

Melissa McKanna is a Manager at DiSanto, Priest, & Co. in the Tax Department.  She has several years of experience in tax compliance and consulting for a wide variety of industries.  Melissa began her career in public accounting with PwC in Boston.

Melissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bryant University.  Melissa also earned a Master’s in Taxation degree from Northeastern University.

Melissa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA).  Melissa currently serves as an active member of the RISCPA’s Federal & State Tax Committee.

John J. Rainone, CPA, MBA

John J. Rainone is a Manager at DiSanto, Priest & Co. in the Accounting and Audit Department.  He specializes in audits of for-profit organizations and attest services for privately held businesses.  In addition, he also concentrates in tax and financial reporting services for privately-held businesses and individuals. 

John received his undergraduate degree from Assumption College with a concentration in accounting and continued his education at Johnson & Wales University, where he received a Masters of Business Administration degree.

John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA).  He is also an associate member of the Construction Financial Management Association.  John currently serves on the Warwick Boys and Girls Club board of directors and is an active member of RISCPA’s Rhode Island Young Accountant Network.   

Jessica L. Corvese, CPA

Jessica L. Corvese is a Senior Accountant at DiSanto, Priest, & Co. in the Tax Department.  She has several years of experience in corporate taxes, individual taxes and tax planning and compliance.  Jessica began her career in public accounting with a Providence-based CPA firm and has experience with high net worth individuals and closely held companies.

Jessica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Johnson & Wales University.  Jessica is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Bryant University.

Jessica is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA). 

Ian J. Parenteau, CPA, MPAc

Ian J. Parenteau is a Senior Accountant at DiSanto, Priest, & Co. in the Accounting and Auditing Department.  He has several years of experience in auditing manufacturers, professional service organizations, fraud cases, and internal controls.  Ian began his career in public accounting with E&Y in Providence and has experience in both documenting and testing internal controls over the financial reporting fuction.

Ian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Bryant University.  Ian also earned a Master’s in Professional Accountancy degree from Bryant University.

Ian is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA).  Ian currently serves as an active member of the RISCPA’s Rhode Island Young Accountant Network.

Benjamin Silva, CPA, CMA

Benjamin Silva is a Senior Accountant at DiSanto, Priest, & Co. in the Tax Department.  He has several years of experience with tax planning and compliance for privately-held businesses and high net worth individuals.  Ben was awarded the Nicholas Picchione Gold Award for achieving Rhode Island's highest score on the CPA exam during the 2011 exam offering.

Ben earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rhode Island College.  Ben also earned a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Bryant University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Taxation program at Bryant University.

Ben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA), and the IMA (The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business).  Ben currently serves as the president of the Providence Chapter of the IMA.

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Rob Levine - Be Prepared to Stay Safe in a Severe Storm

In Rhode Island, we are not accustomed to thinking of any storm much smaller than a hurricane as a potential danger. However, in one week this summer, the state experienced 2 severe storms, including a tornado warning, flooding, and wind damage that left thousands without electricity. In nearby states, recent storm systems took the lives of several who were caught in them.

We want you to be prepared in advance for severe storms, and to know how to respond in a storm, so that you and your family are safe when the next severe storm hits.

Severe Weather Watch vs Warning.

When a severe storm watch has been issued for your area, that means that a strong storm might develop nearby. Whether you are home, on the road, or outdoors, you should monitor the weather during the watch period, and have a plan ready in case of a storm. If a warning is issued for your area, then a severe storm is approaching and you should follow your storm plan and seek shelter immediately.

Prepare Before A Storm

Before storm season starts, make sure that your trees are well trimmed and maintained to help reduce the likelihood of falling branches. If a tree expert tells you that a tree or large limb is close to structures, power lines or roads and may be vulnerable to high winds, you should consider taking it down.

Keep your home’s (or business’s) exterior in good repair, especially roofing and flashing, windows and doors, foundations and gutters. This lessens the possibility of wind damage or leakage in a heavy rain.

Know whether your home or workplace is in a flood zone and be aware of roads that are likely to flood along your route in a heavy rain. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s (RIEMA) Floodplain Mapping Tool can help you learn more.

Have emergency kits and an emergency plan in case the storm causes an extended outage like the August 4th storm, or damages your home enough that you are forced to evacuate. Both the Red Cross and RIEMA offer emergency preparation how-to’s on their websites.

Discuss thunderstorm and lightning safety with your household and make everyone familiar with the family emergency plan if a storm hits. If your family uses cell phones, find out if your carrier is part of the Wireless Emergency Alert system which will send a text alert in the event of a weather emergency (read more here). The National Weather Service also has a listing of third party weather alert services.

When a Severe Storm Watch is Issued

Both at home and your business, before any storm approaches, put away outdoor items that might carried away in high winds such as umbrellas and lawn furniture, toys, and any yard and garden equipment or display material that is stored outside. Make sure your windows and doors can be closed and secured quickly.

If you have plans to drive somewhere, review the weather forecast and decide whether the potential storm is serious enough to put off your trip. If you are caught on the road in heavy rain, you risk an accident from hydroplaning and from poor visibility, as well as flash flooding on some roads. Large hail is rare in New England, but even moderate hail can damage your car and crack windows. In the high winds of a squall or microburst, your car can be blown off the road, or struck by a falling tree or pole

If you have planned a day outdoors, it’s even more important to reconsider your plans in light of the warning. The last place you want to be in a severe storm is out on a boat, a fair ground, a golf course, a hiking trail, or any outdoor spot far from shelter. No picnic or golf game is worth the risk of a lightning strike, or being caught in large hail, or destructive winds. On the water, you have no shelter from lightning and wind driven waves can even swamp or capsize your boat.

When a Severe Storm Warning is Issued

This means that a storm is approaching quickly. Follow your storm plan and seek shelter immediately. If you are outdoors, get inside a sturdy building as quickly as you can (But remember, metal structures and open structures such as picnic shelters are not safe.) Make sure to have everyone in the household and all pets come inside with you. Head for an inside room on the lowest level of the building, away from all windows, and stay there until the storm has passed.

During the storm, stay away from plumbing fixtures and any electrical devices that are plugged in. If lightning strikes the building, it can travel through both electrical wiring and plumbing.

Remember, if you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning, even if the sky seems clear.

After the Storm

Wait until the storm has completely passed and the thunder and lightning have stopped before going outside.

If someone is injured by lightning or falling debris, call 911 immediately. Give first aid while waiting for help but do not try to move a seriously injured person, unless they are in imminent danger.

Before you go outside, check for tree branches or other structures in danger of falling nearby, and especially, look out for downed utility wires. If wires are down, do not approach them or touch anything that is touching them. Call 911 and National Grid to alert them of the downed lines.

If your building has been severely damaged by wind, falling trees, hail, lightning, or is in the path of flooding, follow your evacuation emergency plan and get yourself and your family to safety.

When you are cleaning up after a storm, wear protective clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves and safety goggles, and watch for nails, broken glass and other sharp objects. Do not try to use chain saws or other power tools to clean up, unless you are sure you know how to use them safely.

You can find much more information on storm safety and preparedness at RIEMA and the Red Cross. We hope you have a safe and sunny summer.

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.

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.

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

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Save The Bay South Coast Center Open House to Take Place During Westerly Holiday Stroll & Luminaria

The holidays are right around the corner, which means longer shopping lists, bright lights and more time spent with loved ones. And in Westerly, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy sidewalks lined with beautiful luminaries, a hayride with Santa, and the voices of strolling carolers filling the air with holiday cheer during Westerly’s 19th Annual Holiday Stroll & Luminaria on Wednesday, December 2. As part of the Westerly event, Save The Bay will host an Open House at its South Coast Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 Broad Street in Westerly.

At the South Coast Center Open House, guests will enjoy a complementary cozy cup of hot chocolate and  cookies, other beverages and treats, holiday crafts and discounts on Save The Bay merchandise. Learn more about what Save the Bay has been working on this past year and get a close-up look at native marine life in a dozen aquariums and popular touch tank.

“This is our ninth year. It is a great opportunity to find out more about the work we have done in the region over the last year, and to learn about our plans for going forward with our work on the Narragansett Bay,” said David Prescott, South County Coastkeeper.

Surrounding local stores will be running special promotions and will offer money saving coupons. This is also a great opportunity to get started on those ever-growing holiday shopping lists while supporting local merchants and artists. For more information on the Westerly Holiday Stroll & Luminaria, visit or call (401) 596-7761. For more information on the Save The Bay South Coast Center, visit

Stages of Freedom Presents: Merry Christmas Baby

Goodwill Industries of RI Saturday Super Store

Exploration Center and Aquarium Welcomes November with “Outrageous Octopus” Theme

After weeks of pumpkin picking, hayrides, and spooky happenings, it’s time to celebrate November, and there’s no better way than to visit Save the Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach Rotunda, 175 Memorial Boulevard in Newport RI, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The November theme at the aquarium is the “Outrageous Octopus,” because November is when the eight-legged creatures return to Narragansett Bay after spending summer in the cooler, deeper waters of the Rhode Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean.

The Aquarium will also be open on Veteran’s Day, November 11, with half-price admission for active-duty military and veterans. Save The Bay will also offer military service members and veterans discounted family memberships, which includes unlimited free admission to the Exploration Center & Aquarium for two adults and four children, as well as member rates on seal tours, summer camps, Save The Bay swag, and other goodies.

“This is a great time of the year to visit the aquarium, because the beach is far less crowded than in the summer,” says Adam Kovarsky, Save The Bay’s exploration center manager. Kovarsky has planned a full schedule of octopus-centered activities for November: including “Story Time: Oozy Octopus” at 11 a.m., “Octopus Feeding” at noon, an “Octopus scavenger hunt” for 1:00 p.m., “Creature feature” at 2 p.m., and, weather permitting, a beach walk at 3 p.m.

For more information about the Exploration Center and Aquarium, visit or call 401-324-6020.

Dick Lupino November Performance Schedule

Dick Lupino November 2015 Music Schedule

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

Wed    11/4    -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Ida Zecco, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano

Wed    11/11  -  Marlene Ver Planck, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano,Tom Pasquerelli, bass

Wed    11/18  -   Nicolas King, vocal, Mike Renzi, piano, Alan Bernstein, bass

Wed    11 /25 -  Joe Esposito, sax, Nina Ott, piano, Chris Lopes, bass

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

Sat    11/7     -  Karen Frisk, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano,

                         Alan Bernstein, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    11/14   -  Marlene Ver Planck, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano,

                          Paul Del Nero, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    11/21  -   Dennis Cook, sax, Chris Taylor, piano,

                          Dave Zinno, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    11/28  -   Jim Porcella, vocal, Mike Renzi, piano,

                          Paul Del Nero, bass, Rick Wells, drums



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Fight for Air Climb: Providence

Fight for Air Climb: Providence

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Omni Providence Hotel

The 8th annual Fight for Air Climb: Providence is a fundraising event directly hosted by the American Lung Association. The unique “vertical marathon” will allow participants from Rhode Island and surrounding areas to race, run, or walk up 44 flights of stairs inside the Omni Providence Hotel. Racers and elite runners will climb first, followed by walking participants. Finally, firefighters from all over New England will climb the 348 stairs in FULL GEAR. 

Following the event there will be an After Party and Award Presentation at Union Station Brewery with drink and appetizer specials. Medals will be presented to highest fundraisers, fastest competitors, and largest teams.

Proceeds from the event support the mission of the American Lung Association, to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Lung disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Your support helps the American Lung Association in the fight for air, so that all can enjoy long, healthy lives. With lung disease on the rise, we are fighting for research that will find a cure for tomorrow.

Visit our Website to Register TODAY! and select the Rhode Island option.

Please email Shannon Wroblewski at or call (401-533-5171) with any questions.



The Perfect Meeting and Event Space in Your Own Backyard!

Artists for The Bay Show & Sale

Small Business Christmas at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

This year, we are hosting two holiday events open to Rhode Island’s small businesses. Small Business Christmas will be held on December 4th and December 18th. We will be offering an extensive buffet prepared by our in house executive chef and a live band, all in our newly renovated ballroom. This event is by reservation only.

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

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

3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo


The 3rd Annual Rhode Island Author Expo
Saturday, December 5, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lincoln Mall – Lincoln, Rhode Island

Special Guest Authors

(subject to change)
Gail Alofsin, Kimberly Kowal Arcand, Julien Ayotte, R. K. Bentley, Annette Blair, Sheila Blanchette, Joshua Blum, Andrew Boisvert, Judith Boss, R.A. Boudreau, Adele M. Bourne, Joe Broadmeadow, Henry A.L. Brown, Leigh Brown, Kristen Calenda, Paul F. Caranci, Heather Caranci, David Christner, Connie Ciampanelli, Stewart Cohen, Al Colella, Roland Comtois, Sharon Contillo, Victoria Corliss, Don D’Ammassa, Anna Dauphinee, Elda M. Dawber, Leah Decesare, Christine DePetrillo, Jim Dyer, Dee Eaton, Rich Feitelberg, Dennis Fortier, Judith Glynn, Anita K. Greene, John W. Grisham, Donald N. Hagist, Nora Hall, Deborah L. Halliday, Christie O’Neil Harrison, Marjorie Harrison, Janet A.Hartman, Jacqueline Hennessey, Rachel Herz, Roberta Mudge Humble, Tim Jones, Tabitha Jorgensen, Sam Kafrissen, Lauren E. Kelley, Laura Kennedy, Alex Kimmell, Kelly Kittel, Kerri Lanzieri, Peter J. Larrivee, Portia Little, Rick Marchetti, Joseph Mazzenga, Tory McCagg, Jane McCarthy, Rachael McIntosh, Joann Mead, Colleen Kelly Mellor, James Menzies, J.L. Metcalf, Donald N. Metivier, Patricia Mitchell, Errick Nunnally, Julianne Palumbo, Vanessa Paniccia, Mark Perry, Dr. Karen Petit, Cris Pfeil, Dawn M. Porter, Steven R. Porter, Brian Power, Mary Lee Prescott-Griffin, Martha Reynolds, Ashley Richer, Heather Rigney, Thom Ring, Nancy Roy, Todd Ruffin, Anthony Russo, Theresa Schimmel, Robert W Sendling, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Jeanine Spikes, Mike Squatrito, Jr., Eric Sturtevant, Claremary Sweeney, Deborah L. Tillinghast, Tom Trabulsie, K.A. Vaughan, Mary Catherine Volk, George Warren, Adam Wasserman, Sylvia Weber, H. Philip West, Jr., Terry Wildemann, Tara Williams, Buffi Wixted, Sean Fay Wolfe, Brian Wu

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Coming to The Dunk

Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Bring Rock Opera 

‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ 

Presented by Hallmark Channel

Live Across North America in 2015

Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) has announced the dates of its 2015 Winter Tour, once again featuring one of the group’s beloved stories performed in its own renowned audio visual manner. This year’s enchanted Yuletide tale is The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” which TSO will take to 60 cities across North America to perform 100 shows.

The tour goes on pre-sale to fan club members from September 9 through September 11, and then on sale to the general public on September 19th at noon (see for details).

TSO returns to Providence for their 2015 world tour! Dunkin’ Donuts Center will host the spectacular show on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:30pm.  Tickets for the show go on sale September 19th at noon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” features such lasting crowd-pleasers as "Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day."

TSO creator, lyricist and composer Paul O’Neill says, “‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ brings me back to TSO’s beginnings. We recorded this TV show before TSO had ever toured and it was almost like our first show. It was filmed in a majestic old theatre in Jersey City and we got to work with the legendary Ossie Davis, Jewel and Michael Crawford.  There was a magic we captured and I think that’s why it was so successful as a fundraiser for PBS. The special features some of the best songs from our catalog at the time. We want to keep the spirit of the story alive and weave it together to encompass the best of the Christmas Trilogy that fans of all three stories can enjoy. The band always gets excited when they get to do something new and now that we are finished up with “Letters From The Labyrinth” there is going to be lots of new music and twists for our fans on this tour.”

This year’s tour follows the massive success of The 2014 Winter Tour, which grossed more than $51 million in just 52 days, played to nearly 1,000,000 fans.  In total, TSO has played in excess of 1,600 shows for more than 11 million fans cementing itself as one of the world’s biggest arena rock acts.  Trans-Siberian Orchestra has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for attendance and grosses according to Pollstar, the touring industry trade publication, and was named among the “Top Touring Artists of the Decade” by Billboard (in 2009). This ongoing success is due to Paul O’Neill’s vision. O’Neill has melded the sound and fury of rock with the storytelling of Broadway to create a unique amalgamation he calls “rock theater” that leaves crowds of all ages speechless. With new fans being introduced to the wonder presented on stage every year, and TSO constantly striving to provide a new experience, audiences can be assured the best is yet to come in 2015.

As in all previous years, a portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit select national and local charities.  To date, TSO has donated approximately $12 million to worthy charities.

TSO will unveil exciting news about “Letters From The Labyrinth” (Lava Records/Republic Records), the group’s first full-length release since 2009’s Night Castle, shortly. Visit  for more details.

#MoreMonsterJam Action Returning to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center!

The widely popular #MoreMonsterJam tour is returning to Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21 with the tantalizing points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam® fans have been asking to see -#MoreMonsterJam!

Experience the energy and excitement with this exclusive showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will once again be treated to competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative head-to-head racing action.

Headlining the tour this year will be eight more of Monster Jam’s fiercest athletes, which will represent each Monster Jam race team of Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATV’s, competing against one another to earn valuable points during each new event discipline. These athletes will be competing for a bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on March 17-19.

Monster Jam Teams

Grave Digger®: Cole Venard

Max-D®: Jared Eichelberger

ZombieSM: Bari Musawwir

Monster Mutt® Dalmatian: Cynthia Gauthier

El Toro Loco®: Mark List

Scooby-DooTM: Brianna Mahon

Monster Mutt® Rottweiler: Daron Basl

New Earth AuthoritySM: Aaron Basl

Show Times

February 19 – 7:30pm

February 20 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm

February 21 – 2:00pm


Dunkin’ Donuts Center

One LaSalle Square

Providence, RI 02903

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 800/745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations or at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office.  All seats are reserved.   For Group Sales call 401-273-5000.

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Harlem Globetrotters return to Providence

Harlem Globetrotters Celebrate 90 Amazing Years;

The 2016 World Tour Visits Providence

On Sunday, March 20th and Saturday, March 26, 2016

World famous team announces The Great Assist program to help local communities

Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on Sunday March 20TH  at 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 26TH  at 2 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters also announced today that they are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities acrossNorth America with acts of goodwill during the tour that is set to play over 330 games in 260 cities.  

Fans are encouraged to visit to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the tour.  In addition to fan requests, the team is planning to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers, talk to youth about character education and physical fitness, visit children’s hospitals and lend a hand to those in need.

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Tickets start at $21 (does not include facility & service fees) and are now available at,, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

As part of the launch of The Great Assist, the Globetrotters performed before fans in Times Square in New York City on Oct. 6 and named TV personality Robin Roberts as just the 10th Honorary Harlem Globetrotter in history. Roberts joins the likes of Henry Kissinger, Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis, who was honored at theVatican this past May. The Honorary Harlem Globetrotter accolade recognizes an individual of extraordinary character and achievement who has made an everlasting mark on the world. Roberts has provided inspiration for millions, as she has publicly battled life-threatening health issues.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S.For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site:

*Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change.

^ Subject to availability.

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