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Some highlights from in and around the Northeast in this issue:

Page 3: Happenings Around the System features Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence event featuring Daryl Roth, Broadway Producer, Nancy Ploeger and Laura Bucko from the Manhattan Chamber, Jill Kaplan of Crain’s New York Business, and Emily Miller of the National Corporate Theatre Fund.

Click here to read the entire issue.

Gamm Theatre Board of Directors Announces Resignation of Managing Director

Leon Boghossian III, president of the board of directors of The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm), announces the resignation of Managing Director David M. Wax.

Wax has led the non-profit theater company through a period of transition and growth. A seasoned professional with vast experience leading arts institutions including the Houston Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Wax had been retired and serving as Gamm board president in June 2012 when the theater's then-executive director resigned. Wax initially assumed his role on a temporary basis but later agreed to a permanent position. Over the past two years he has helmed the organization through its most successful seasons yet.

"When I was asked to assume the role of board president, I was assured that I would have plenty of support from our managing director. Without a doubt, David and his devotion to our theater did not let me down," Boghossian said. "He has been the cornerstone of The Gamm's administrative successes of the last two years, and without him we would have been lost. I am personally indebted to David for everything he has done for us and for me.  He will be greatly missed."

Wax commented, "It had always been my intention, and that of the board, that my tenure as managing director be relatively short, with the aim of providing continuity to The Gamm during a period of continued artistic growth and increased importance of fiscal stability. With the positive completion of the most recent fiscal year, the time is right for me to return to retirement. It has been a great joy for me to work with the dedicated Gamm Board and the extremely committed staff. It has been a particular pleasure to work with Tony Estrella, who combines acting, directing, writing and especially strong artistic leadership and, most of all, is an extraordinary human being."

Artistic Director Tony Estrella, who worked side-by-side with Wax for the past two years, said he will deeply miss their partnership.

"David agreed to jump in and roll up his sleeves when we needed him most. Collaborating with David for two years has been a personal pleasure and a professional privilege. His experience, leadership and grace under pressure have taught me much and have been instrumental in delivering our two strongest seasons yet. David's work off stage has given us the ability to make leaps and bounds where it counts the most, in front of the audience," Estrella said. "The entire organization, from the board and the staff to the artists and technicians, will dearly miss his day-to-day presence. David's leadership leaves us stronger and poised for continued success. He will always remain an integral part of the Gamm family."

The Gamm has initiated a search for a new managing director. To ensure a smooth transition, Wax will continue working as managing director until his replacement is hired. 

 

BankNewport Reaches One Billion Milestone in Deposits and Loans

BankNewport, a community bank headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island with $1.3 billion in assets, recently announced that it has reached $1 billion in deposits and $1 billion in loans – a significant growth milestone in its almost 200 year history. 

The Bank’s expansive suite of financial product offerings, significant investment to be at the forefront of customer-centric technologies and expansion of the branch footprint into new markets have all attributed to this growth.

“Achieving $1 billion in both deposits and in loans is an important milestone in our history,” stated BankNewport President & CEO, Sandra J. Pattie. “Such success is a direct tribute to our exceptional team and to our Board of Directors that guide us strategically.  Consistent and reasoned lending practices and a solid capital base have served the Bank well for almost two centuries.”

President Pattie added, “BankNewport is a Rhode Island community bank.  We’ve prospered by staying focused on exceptional service and competitive products for generations of families and businesses.  We’re excited to celebrate this achievement with our customers, communities and employees, who have all played significant roles in the Bank reaching this milestone.”

BankNewport is able to meet the credit needs of its customers in a comprehensive and timely manner.  Lending decisions are made locally, with expedited processing and approval times, and all loans are serviced locally.  The Bank originates commercial, residential and consumer loans, essential for small business growth, job creation and retention, and all contributing to the revitalization of local communities and our state.

With business lending ability up to $10 million, BankNewport is an active commercial lender, ranked the number one SBA 504 first mortgage lender in Rhode Island and one of the top SBA 504 first mortgage lenders in New England for several years. 

With the recent opening of branches in Cranston, Coventry and Quonset, BankNewport now has 15 branches and a lending center in Rhode Island. In addition, it maintains over 40 free ATMs for its customers in all Walgreens drugstores throughout the State.

Commemorating $1 Billion in Deposits 

(Top - left to right):  Sandra J. Pattie, BankNewport President & CEO, Gregory Derderian, Chief Financial Officer, and Robert E. Maddock,  Executive Vice President, Community Banking.

Commemorating $1 Billion in Loans 

(Bottom - left to right):  Dennis H. McNamara, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer and Leland R. Merrill, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer.

NanoSteel Grants License of Metallic Coatings Portfolio to Lincoln Electric
The NanoSteel® Company and Lincoln Electric announced today that NanoSteel has granted Lincoln Electric an exclusive worldwide license to the company’s proprietary steel coatings technology for weld overlay and thermal spray applications. This agreement expands Lincoln Electric’s range of wear resistant products, which complement the company’s core arc welding, cutting and automation solutions.

“We are pleased to add NanoSteel’s breakthrough technology to our product portfolio,” said Tom Matthews, senior vice president of technology and R&D for Lincoln Electric. “These unique products provide a level of hardness and abrasion resistance that is superior to chrome carbides and more economical than tungsten carbides. NanoSteel’s proprietary technology enables customers to significantly extend the service life of equipment used in mining, oil and gas, power generation and other industries.”

For more than 12 years, NanoSteel has developed innovative iron-based alloys in various forms to advance steel’s capabilities in multiple markets. The company will continue to design and market its engineered powders and automotive sheet steel portfolio outside this agreement.

“We are proud to be aligned with a company of Lincoln’s worldwide reach, technology innovation, and influence” said David Paratore, NanoSteel president and chief executive officer. “This agreement reinforces our business focus of licensing our technology to the world’s leading brands to offer global availability of our alloy designs.”

During the transition period, NanoSteel and Lincoln Electric will work together to ensure consistent product availability and customer support. Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.



Understanding Clients is Key to Shaping Message

Ten years into her career at HCC Marketing in Barrington, Kerry Chaffer learned from a confidant that the “chemistry” she engendered in making clients comfortable was not necessarily her biggest asset.

“I think I hid the smarts behind the personality and I didn’t have to do that,” she told Providence Business News in an interview about her role as partner at HCC. “I was smart and that’s what I brought to the table. It took a while to give myself permission to [promote] that.”

Chaffer, a partner at the marketing communications company, declined to name the person who advised her, noting it was somebody she respected.

“He said it to be helpful,” she said. “He was saying: ‘I recognize the strengths you have building chemistry, but you’re also really smart and you’ve got to play that card more.’ It’s made a difference in everything. It’s empowering. I took myself more seriously, and subsequently, so did everybody else.”

Chaffer’s first job after getting her degree in journalism in 1975 at the University of Rhode Island was in the public affairs office at Bryant University, when it was still known as Bryant College. After that, she worked for the United Way’s communications division until she joined Duffy & Shanley in 1979. The journalism degree was “great preparation” for marketing because it requires distilling a subject to its most salient points and telling a story, she said.

After a stint with Pagano, Schenck and Kay, she moved on, in 1989, to Mariani, Hurley and Chandler, which would later become HCC.

An avid tennis player who lives with her husband, Frederick Massie, in Warren, Chaffer, 61, says she never planned on becoming partner, which happened in 1992, and having her name added, two years later, to the company name at the time, Hurley, Chandler and Chaffer. (In 2010, the name was changed to HCC Marketing.)

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Consumer Advisory - National Grid Payment Scam

AG Kilmartin and National Grid Warn Rhode Island Customers of Continuing Payment Scam

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and National Grid are warning Rhode Islanders that reports of a persistent utility billing scam have once again resurfaced in the area. Consumer warnings have been issued several times previously when reports of similar scams spiked; however, con artists continue to attempt to carry out various iterations of this scheme.

In the most recent version of the scam, an individual claiming to be a service technician from National Grid contacted a local business owner, saying he was en route to his place of business to shut off the power supply.  When disputing the delinquency, the service technician provides the business owner with a customer service phone number to call to clear up the issue.

When the business owner contacted the illegitimate customer service representative, they were told that even though the customer had sent in a payment, due to a problem with the National Grid system the payment was returned – and the only way to override the system and prevent shutoff was with an immediate payment via a “Green Dot” pre-paid debit card.  The so-called customer service rep even provided the business owner with names and addresses of several retail locations in the area that sell “Green Dot” cards.   The customer service rep indicated the payment and the fee for the Green Dot” card would either be refunded once the system is up and running properly or could be applied to a future bill.  

Attorney General Kilmartin and National Grid remind business owners and all residents that National Grid may contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, but never demands direct payment over the telephone

Customers who have received calls demanding immediate payment and are asked to wire money using a “Green Dot” card or for bank account information should contact National Grid immediately at National Grid’s Customer Contact Center at 1-800-322-3223. 

“Thankfully this business owner recognized this as a scam and did not fall prey to their persuasive and pushy con,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.  “These illegal outfits are quick to change the con when the public becomes savvy to it, but sadly they continue to devise new techniques to scam unsuspecting, hard working business owners.”

 

 

Family Service of Rhode Island Receives Grant from Flutie Foundation

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has granted $10,753 to Family Service of Rhode Island for its “Little Owls Visual Learners Program” for two to three year olds diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The “Little Owls Visual Learners Program” was designed by agency staff to teach evidence-based strategies to parents to help them work with their child on improving language and communications; understanding routines and expectations; learning to play with others; reducing frustration; and enjoying community outings.  Funding from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism procured materials and supplies needed for the group and to create and distribute parent education/child engagement kits to reinforce Little Owls’ curriculum strategies at home.

The Little Owls is part of the agency’s Early Intervention program, which provides a range of services for children from birth to age three with or at risk of developmental delays.

“We were impressed by Family Service of Rhode Island’s creative approach to implementing evidence-based strategies to help children,” said Lisa A. Borges, the foundation’s executive director.  “On behalf of Doug and Laurie Flutie, we are delighted to support this effort.”

“We are grateful for the foundation’s partnership with Family Service of Rhode Island to foster the use of evidence-based strategies in improving the lives of children,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island CEO.  “Congratulations to our Early Intervention team, headed by Jennifer Kaufman, on their creativity and commitment to excellence.”

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established by NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife Laurie in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at age three.  More information is available at www.flutiefoundation.org.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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



Senator Reed Business Leaders Day in Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Food Dealers Association

Business Leaders:

Senator Reed invites you to register for the Washington, DC Business Leaders Day on September 17, 2014!  The invitation and registration form with all of the information can be found here.

Registration and final payment is required by July 25, 2014. 

Registration forms can be sent to Steve Arthurs via sarthurs@rifda.com, via fax at 401-434-2496, or submitted with payment to RI Food Dealers Association; 450 Veterans Memorial Parkway; Suite 801; East Providence, RI 02914. 

Please remember that space is limited: we will have 80 spaces available for folks choosing the flight and transportation package, as well as 50 spaces for conference-only attendees.  Therefore, please register for the conference right away to ensure a slot, even if their checks will not be ready until July 25th.

Reusable Water Bottles and Freeze Pop Drive

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

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

THE CENTER FOR DYNAMIC LEARNING

1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

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

Thank you for your generosity! Its greatly appreciated.

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

May 28, 2014

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

To enter:

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

Contest sponsored by Cape Air.

Earn Free CE Credit

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

Click here for more details on the May 28th event.
Click here for more details on the May 29th event.

Cape Air Job Posting

Cape Air seeks full-time seasonal (May-Oct) employee to serve as crossed-trained agent at the Block Island airport. Applications may be filled out here:

Click here for further information.

Governor Chafee Nominates Paul Carroll to R.I. Airport Corporation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Savage also lists hospital leadership on his resume.

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

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

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

Is there any such thing as too much capital?

The BDC Actively Looking To Make New Loans

 

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

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

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

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

 

Shamrock Financial is Hiring!

WE'RE HIRING! Shamrock Financial is a company built on faith-based values and working passionately every day in the “American Dream”. Our current staff of loan originators average well over $100,000 a year in personal income. They each enjoy a successful system that frees them up to “go get more deals” instead of “getting stuck in the file.”  Local, hands-on management, underwriting and ownership lead the company.  Belly-to-belly, day-to-day, since 1989.

If you are committed to consistent, daily applied strategies of success, integrity; and care about the dream of home ownership for both prospective buyers and the real estate professionals that serve them then let’s have a conversation.  Send your email confidentially to careers@shamrockfinancial.com or call 401-228-9627.

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.

 

Your Six Flags Ticket Store is Ready!

Dear Member:

Congratulations! Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is now signed up for savings! Just log into your own Six Flags site to buy tickets with substantial savings off the main gate price. This online benefit program offers not only substantial savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets.

To access your special tickets, please go to sixflags.com/PartnerLogin or click the link below, then log into the site with the username and password provided.

Special Ticket Link:

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Username:

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This link can be pasted on your internal intranet site or simply forward this email to all your members/employees, so they can have access to the special tickets right from their computer. They will all use the same username and password provided above to log into the site. You can also go to sixflags.com/PartnerLogin to access your special tickets.

 

Plan a group outing at Six Flags!

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Visit sixflags.com for days and hours of operation or for park information.

 

Kubica LaForest One of Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Center for Excellence & Advocacy – Brief Community Survey


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

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

http://ceasurvey.fedcap.org/userrole

When you are done don’t forget to subscribe to the CEA website.  You can do so by clicking on http://cea.fedcap.org 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 GearPatrol.com.  The restaurant, located at 60 Dorrance St., was recognized for its gorgeous interior, mix of classic and contemporary cuisine, and a cocktail menu that would “make it tier one in any city”. 

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

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

The full article can be read here: http://gearpatrol.com/2013/11/26/25-best-restaurants-united-states/

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Kubica and Sara LaForest are Founding Partners of Kubica LaForest Consulting (www.kubicalaforestconsulting.com). As management consultants, authors, speakers, and executive coaches, they focus on leadership development and growth. They are the authors of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent, which can be purchased at  http://www.amazon.com/Organizational-Gravity-Strategically-Growing-Companys/dp/0615670482/

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

Bylaw Review Can Boost Firm’s Efficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRMC Subcommittee Approves Deepwater Wind Plan

Chamber Applauds Beginning of Supply Chain 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Jobs for Rhode Island

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

The Technology

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

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

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

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

About Deepwater Wind

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

About Alstom

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

University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Job Posting

Title:               Center Director, Small Business Development Center

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

                       Development Center Network

Position 1:     Providence RI

Position 2:     Northern RI

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

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform other duties as assigned.

LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

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

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

TO APPLY:

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

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

Goodwill Industries LEEP (Learn to Earn Employment) Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers Needed for Walk MS in Narragansett, Providence & Bristol

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

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

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

Walkers are always needed and there are many walk options:

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

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

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

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

 

Meals on Wheels Senior Restaurant Program Expanding

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

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

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

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

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

Voice Your Opposition to Personal Income Tax Hikes

Take Action Now

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


House Bill No. 7471

BY Cimini, Valencia, Guthrie, Bennett, Tanzi

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX

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

 

House Bill No. 7552

BY Valencia, Cimini, Ajello, Walsh, Tanzi

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX

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

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

Key messages:

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

 

Please join us...

Family Sleepover at McCoy Stadium

The American Cancer Society 2014 Rhode Island Event Opportunities

Join in the fun while helping support the American Cancer Society!

Click here to view the American Cancer Society's Summer Event Schedule.

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum!

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

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

To combat children’s growing play deficit, Providence Children’s Museum educators will bring playful open-ended activities to Providence neighborhood parks during evening concerts in July and August.  Families will build forts and other three-dimensional structures from wooden dowels and fabric, invent their own musical instruments, and construct creative contraptions with Rigamajig, an imaginative new large-scale building kit – designed by Cas Holman, RISD professor of industrial design – that features wooden planks, wheels and pulleys plus rope, nuts and bolts. 

The Museum’s goal in bringing play to these public spaces is to make unstructured, high-quality play experiences available to all kids and families.  “We firmly believe in the value of open-ended loose parts play,” said Children’s Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell.  “We are delighted to partner with Providence parks to bring these play opportunities to kids and families throughout the city.”

Children’s Museum activities at the parks are supported by the Providence Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative, a partnership among Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Department of Public Parks and the Partnership for Providence Parks and are part of its participation in Playful Providence 2014 – a citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s third consecutive recognition as a "Playful City."

Play at the Park with Providence Children’s Museum

Wednesday, July 16 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Harriet and Sayles Park
| Harriet and Sayles Streets
Performance by hip-hop dance group Project 401

Tuesday, July 22 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Fargnoli Park
| Jastram and Smith Streets
Music by Keith Munslow

Thursday, July 24 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Dexter Training Ground
| Dexter and Parade Streets
Music by The American Band

Wednesday, July 30 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Harriet and Sayles Park
| Harriet and Sayles Streets
Music by Extraordinary Rendition Band

Thursday, August 7 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Bucklin Park
| Bucklin and Daboll Streets
Performance by Rhode Island Black Storytellers

Wednesday, August 13 • 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Brown Street Park
| Brown and Creighton Streets
Music by Ravi Shavi

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

Providence Children’s Museum Holds 31st Annual Golf Tournament

August 4, 2014 - Presented by Admirals Bank 

Providence Children’s Museum will hold its 31st annual Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, August 4 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI.  Participants can take a turn on a course ranked one of the top 50 in the nation by Golf Magazine, GolfWeek and Golf Digest or simply enjoy cocktails and dinner at the clubhouse.

Sponsorships and foursomes are available and going quickly.  Golf packages begin at $1,500 for foursomes and include 18 holes of golf, greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner and on-course beverages.  Dinner-only tickets are available for $75 per person.  All proceeds benefit Providence Children’s Museum.

Golf registration begins at 11:30 AM with a shotgun start at 1:15 PM and prizes will be awarded for skill contests such as longest drive as well as for a betting hole – including the chance to win a luxury car for a hole-in-one.  Cocktails and dinner begin at 5:30 PM, and the evening includes a live auction featuring rounds of golf at exclusive courses.

The Museum’s first-class annual golf tournament was instituted in 1983 by the late Allen Chatterton Jr., an early supporter and Board member of the Children’s Museum, and is chaired by his son, Rumford resident Allen H. Chatterton III of Chatterton Insurance in Pawtucket.  Proceeds support Rhode Island’s only museum especially for children and their families – a hands-on environment that inspires and celebrates learning through active play and exploration – and enable the Museum to serve a growing number of children and caregivers of all economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

For registration and information about sponsorship and tee signs, visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Golf.asp or contact Sara Clarke at (401) 273-5437 ext. 121 or Clarke@ChildrenMuseum.org

Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic at McCoy Stadium

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Feld Entertainment, Inc. Brings the #1 Animated Movie of All Time to Life

Disney on Ice presents Frozen

Dunkin’ Donuts Center September 10-14, 2014

Visit www.dunkindonutscenter.com for ticket information. 

Providence Rotary Weekly Lunch Meetings

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

Where: Providence Marriott 

              One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).

Cost:     $20 meal fee.

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

 

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