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Sentinel Limousine Receives Award of Achievement in Child Passenger Safety

Sentinel Limousine Honored with Award of Achievement in Child Passenger Safety

AAA of SNE and Safe Kids Rhode Island recognized the efforts of Sentinel Limousine in the safe transportation of children and families in Rhode Island.

Sentinel Limousine of East Providence, RI was honored at the 2014 annual Community Traffic Safety Awards Program luncheon operated by AAA of SNE. This successful program focuses on recognizing the efforts of local police department and community leaders who contribute to the increasing overall passenger and pedestrian safety on the roadways.

Sentinel Limousine is the first private business to be honored by the Community Traffic Safety Awards Program. Sentinel Limousine was recognized for their innovative and pioneering commitment to providing the safest chauffeured transportation available.

Sentinel Limousine requires the use of legally approved child passenger safety equipment in all vehicles. Through the use of clear instructions and a creative graphic, prospective passengers have access to accurate information about Rhode Island’s Child Passenger Safety Law requirements.

For more information, please visit the specific page on the Sentinel Limousine website discussing the CPS requirements You may also contact David Demick at (401) 434-2700 or for more information.

Dine Out on Small Business Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NCAA Tournament Returns to Providence for the First Time Since 2010.

It has been announced by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will serve as one of the sites for the First and Second Rounds of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Providence College will serve as the host institution for the First and Second Rounds, which will be played on March 17 and 19, 2016.  It will mark the first time the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has been held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since 2010.

“We are excited to once again be hosting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said.  “Providence College has a rich tradition of hosting NCAA events in the City and takes great pride in the fact that we will again serve as the host institution when this incredible event returns to the Ocean State in 2016.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center has a long history of hosting NCAA men’s basketball tournament action. In addition to hosting the 2010 First and Second Round games, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center hosted the East Regionals in 1975, 1978 and 1985. The First and Second Rounds of the 1986 and 1989 NCAA Men’s Tournament also were played at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority purchased the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in December 2005 and immediately embarked on a $62 million renovation of the facility, which was completed in 2008. The renovation included the addition of luxury suites, locker room improvements, an expanded lobby and concourse, all new seats in the bowl, a pedestrian link to the Convention Center and a new video scoreboard.

Providence College has long been active in pursuing NCAA Tournament action. Providence College has served as the host school each time NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been played in Providence. The College also has served as the host for three Frozen Fours (1986, 1995 and 2000) and two men’s ice hockey Regionals (1992 and 2003) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“Having the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament back at the Dunk is a true testament to the City of Providence, Providence College and our staff’s ability to create an extraordinary event,” James Bennett, chairman of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, said. “Our team worked closely with the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Providence College to make this happen and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

“In addition to being a tremendous honor for Rhode Island, this is also an extremely lucrative and prestigious event,” John Gibbons, executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, said.  “When we last hosted this event in 2010, local hotels, restaurants and other businesses close to the Dunk saw a tremendous increase in business.  We also received the kind of extraordinary national media exposure that is invaluable.”


NetCenergy Expands Team with Four Professionals

NetCenergy, a Warwick-based IT services firm, today announced the addition of four highly experienced and skilled technicians and engineers to its team: Timothy Blaney, Chris Holmes, Greg Thoren, and Mariah Wasmuth.

TIMOTHY BLANEY assumes the role of the support desk manager. Blaney has over seven years’ experience in the IT industry working as a network operations technician, customer support analyst, and senior customer support analyst in with companies including national healthcare providers. Blaney has completed several Dell education courses and is A+ and PPT (level 3) Clarion Boot Camp certified. Blaney is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Nichols College in Dudley, MA and is a resident of Holliston, MA.

CHRIS HOLMES joins the NetCenergy team as a network engineer. He has nearly thirty years of experience in the IT industry and received much of his IT training in the United States Air Force. He is an Air Force veteran. Holmes has held positions as a technician, technical service manager, IT infrastructure manager, and network operations manager in verticals markets including finance, law and manufacturing. Holmes is well-versed in virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure, server operations, and LAN technologies. He is a resident of North Smithfield, RI.

GREG THOREN is a network engineer with over ten years’ experience in the IT industry, working as a computer operator, PC technician, network manager, and network administrator in industries including healthcare and finance/banking. Thoran is A+, Network +, and MCP-certified and will test this month for his VCP. He has extensive server and virtualization experience and plans to get his Cisco CCENT certification in December. He is a graduate of Bristol Community College where he received an associate’s degree in computer science with a focus on networking in 2006. He is a resident of Fall River, MA.

MARIAH WASMUTH joins the NetCenergy team as a support desk technician. Wasmuth has three years’ experience in the United States Air Force as a cyber security specialist and is studying to test for her CCNA certification. She received her technical training while serving in the Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS.  She will be part of the team that provides prompt and efficient service to NetCenergy customers. She is a resident of North Smithfield.

Hinckley Allen Receives 30 First-Tier National and Regional Rankings

In the annual “Best Law Firms” rankings, released today by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, Hinckley Allen has been named a top tier national firm in Litigation Construction. Additionally, 29 of the firm’s practice areas received a tier one regional ranking.

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 2015 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.

Hinckley Allen tier one rankings for the 2015 edition include:

National Tier 1

Litigation - Construction

Metropolitan Tier 1

Rhode Island

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law


  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction


  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation Construction
  • Litigation - Real Estate

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PLDW Named to the 2015 “Best Law Firms” in America by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) has been named to the 2015 “Best Law Firms” in America rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year. PLDW was recognized in a total of 16 practice areas in the metropolitan area/Rhode Island for its “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers and for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.”

“PLDW attorneys continue to represent the highest standards of excellence in their practice of law,” said Gary R. Pannone, Managing Partner. “We are proud to have been selected for this prestigious recognition and for our outstanding service to our clients.”

Among the PLDW practice areas cited for the top tier ranking include Corporate Compliance Law, Government Relations Practice, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Other practice areas recognized for outstanding quality are Administrative / Regulatory Law, Corporate Governance Law, Mediation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar, Corporate Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, Health Care Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment.

The U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments.  Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan practice areas.

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BankNewport Top Rhode Island SBA 504 Lender 2014, Second in New England

BankNewport is pleased to announce that it ranked number one among all banks in Rhode Island in the number of loans originated through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program during the federal fiscal year that ended September 30, 2014.  It is the fifth consecutive year that BankNewport ranked number one for the 504 loan program in Rhode Island.

BankNewport originated six SBA 504 loans totaling $2.1 million for small businesses.   The Bank also ranked second in New England with eighteen SBA 504 loans totaling $24.5 million.  The SBA 504 program provides up to 90 percent financing for the purchase of long-term fixed assets, such as commercial real estate, buildings and equipment.

BankNewport has also been named one of the top lenders in Rhode Island under the SBA 7(a) loan program, with sixteen loans totaling over $2 million during the 2014 fiscal year.  The 7(a) loans are used to help start-up and existing small businesses obtain financing for which they otherwise might not be eligible. 

BankNewport’s involvement in both the SBA 504 and 7(a) programs significantly impacted small business lending in Rhode Island.  Without the Bank’s participation in the six 504 projects, the SBA portion would not have occurred.  The $1.7 million in SBA debentures combined with BankNewport’s involvement supported $3.85 million in total capital for the six businesses.  With the addition of the $2 million in 7(a) loan approvals, BankNewport’s participation with the SBA resulted in a total of $23.85 million in capital being made available to Rhode Island small businesses. 

“I congratulate BankNewport for again securing the number one Rhode Island 504 lender and the number two 504 lender in New England,” said Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island District Director.  “BankNewport facilitated the successful start-up and/or growth of these twenty-four businesses, thus creating jobs and enhancing our economy.” 

For more information on BankNewport visit


Federal Funds to Help Children Waiting the Longest for Adoption

One of Eight National Awards Comes to Rhode Island

Family Service of Rhode Island has been awarded $499,513 through the federal Administration for Children and Families to support the "Together Forever Project," which focuses on helping children in state care waiting for an adoptive home for at least two years.

Only eight awards were made nationally.

“The goal is to find stable, loving homes for these most deserving children,” said Family Service of Rhode Island CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. “Through our ongoing partnership with the state Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and Adoption Rhode Island, over the 17 month grant period, children waiting the longest for adoptive families will receive a specialized combination of Trauma Systems Therapy, best practice adoptive parent recruitment, trauma-informed preparation for adoption, and ongoing support through each stage of the adoption process.”

The objectives for the “Together Forever Project” include improved mental, emotional, and behavioral functioning of the children waiting for adoption to avoid placement disruptions; reduction in the number of older adolescents “aging out” of the state system without an adoptive family; reduction of the amount of time children wait for adoption; and integration of the “Together Forever Project” model into the state child welfare system.

“I am pleased that the federal government has decided to support the ‘Together Forever Project’ as these funds serve a vulnerable segment of our population,” Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. “To benefit the children in state care, DCYF continues to work with nonprofit agencies such as Family Service of Rhode Island.”

“Every child deserves a safe, healthy, and loving home,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “I congratulate Family Service of Rhode Island on this federal funding, which will help place children in nurturing family environments.” 

“Children living in foster care deserve the security and continuity of a forever home, and finding permanent placements must be a top priority,” said Congressman Jim Langevin, a board member for Adoption Rhode Island and member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, who in June introduced the Permanent Families for All Children Act that would redirect federal resources towards helping foster youth find their “forever family.” “Family Service of Rhode Island is a strong advocate for children in our state, and foster children in particular, and I am thrilled that they will be using this grant award to help these young people find their place in the world.”

“All children deserve to live in a home with a loving family, but while they wait in adoptive care we must ensure they are prepared to transition to a new home and their most basic needs are being met,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline. “I’m glad Family Service of Rhode Island will use this federal grant to support child-care professionals, children and families during the adoption process.”

"One of the guiding principles of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families is to ensure stability and well-being for all children in loving, supportive families.  Every child, regardless of age or circumstance, deserves a family. This grant provides us with the opportunity to partner with the community to support families and children in working through past trauma to develop permanent families,” said DCYF Director Janice DeFrances.  “We are very pleased to be a part of the ‘Together Forever Project’ which will help the children in our care who have been waiting for much deserved permanency in their lives." 

"The youth waiting longest for adoption are kids that have experienced many traumatic events in their lives. They need specialized help from adoption and trauma experts to help them feel safe and securely attached to a new adoptive family,” said Darlene Allen, executive director of Adoption Rhode Island, the state’s designated adoption exchange for children in state care. “Similarly the families want to do the best for these kids but often do not have the right support and services. For too many of these kids and families, the adoption disrupts. We want to prevent adoption disruptions and promote family stability. That is what this unique partnership is all about."

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



Hinckley Allen Expands IP and Litigation Practices with the Addition of Scott & Bush

November 3, 2014, Hinckley Allen is bolstering its IP and Litigation practices with the addition of Scott & Bush, a boutique intellectual property and business litigation firm in Providence.

Founding partners Craig Scott and Christine Bush along with their associates, Byron McMasters and Anastasia Dubrovsky have joined Hinckley Allen effective November 1, 2014.

“By combining the capabilities and expertise of the lawyers in both firms, Hinckley Allen has further strengthened its ability to serve clients facing complex IP and litigation matters at the local, national and international level,” said David Rubin, Managing Partner at Hinckley Allen. “We are delighted to welcome them to the firm.”

Craig Scott, a veteran trial attorney brings years of experience helping companies navigate complex business litigation, including patent, trademark, trade secrets and copyright cases. He serves as lead trial counsel in federal courts throughout the country and internationally for clients engaged in a broad range of industries, including technology and financial services to real estate and manufacturing.

“Intellectual property is a fast-changing area of law that cuts across all industries and sectors,” said Craig Scott. “The nature of IP work requires a mix of specialized expertise and broad industry experience, which our combined team has in spades.”

Craig has been recognized by Best Lawyers as Patent Litigation Lawyer and Trademark Lawyer of the Year. He holds a J.D. from George Washington Law School and a B.A. from Clark University.

Christine Bush has many years of experience litigating and trying complex business litigation matters involving patent, trademark and copyright infringement, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, shareholder issues in closely held companies, and construction disputes. She regularly advises clients on issues concerning the protection of intellectual property and proprietary business information, including licensing and non-disclosure issues.

Christine was recently named by Best Lawyers as Copyright Lawyer and Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

“We were drawn to Hinckley Allen for its multidisciplinary approach to client service,” added Christine Bush. “Our clients range from start-ups to publicly-traded companies, and will now have access to the broad-based advice of a multiservice firm, in addition to IP and Litigation expertise.”

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Ranked One of 2015 Best Law Firms in America

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2015 Best Law Firms rankings. Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is proud to be recognized among the highest rankings in National and Metropolitan areas as listed below:

National Tier 3

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Metropolitan Tier 1, Boston

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Rhode Island

Banking and Finance Law

Commercial Litigation

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Employment Law - Management

Litigation - Banking & Finance

Litigation - Labor & Employment

Litigation - Tax

Public Finance Law

Metropolitan Tier 2, Boston

Banking and Finance Law

Rhode Island

Antitrust Law

Corporate Compliance Law

Land Use & Zoning Law

Litigation - First Amendment

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Real Estate Law

Tax Law


Trusts & Estates Law

Metropolitan Tier 3,  Boston

Financial Services Regulation Law

Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise: “U.S. News is the world’s leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations,” says Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. “We are combining this expertise with Best Lawyers’ experience of providing rankings of individual lawyers based on peer reviews for almost three decades. By combining hard data with peer reviews, and client assessments, we believe that we are providing users with the most thorough, accurate, and helpful rankings of law firms ever developed.” 

Several Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP attorneys were named Best Lawyers in America.  Find the list at  

(add)ventures Names Sue Tremblay Vice President of Insights/Analytics

New team will guide client partners to utilize data to build their businesses

Providence-based multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures is continuing its expansion with the addition of Providence resident Sue Tremblay as vice president of insights/analytics.

Tremblay, a former Nielsen executive, will lead a new team—Insights/Analytics—that will guide client partners to identify their most profitable consumers, quantify additional purchase behaviors and uncover the best sales and business opportunities through data analytics. This new offering will enable client partners to make smarter, stronger business decisions by identifying, evaluating and developing strategic business and marketing plans using customer data.

With more than 20 years of leadership in the media and communications industry, Tremblay will spearhead the insights capability to utilize research and data to help clients drive bottom line results through data analytics.

“Sue’s talent and experience will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Steve Rosa, president/CEO of (add)ventures. “She will be instrumental in developing robust insights and forecast models that help inform our client partners’ strategic and creative plans.”

Prior to joining (add)ventures, Tremblay was vice president, account director at Nielsen in New York City, where she managed client services for top broadcast group accounts and was a leader in digital growth. She was the 2013 recipient of the Arthur C. Nielsen award, a 2012, 2011 and 2010 Sales Superstar Award Winner, the 2010 Innovator of the Year award recipient, and a graduate of the 2011 Nielsen Leadership Program, attended by the top 10th of a percent of Nielsen’s workforce.

Previously, Sue served as the business development director of Nielsen’s Business Media unit, and later as vice president of client marketing, where she was responsible for marketing, digital and business development for brands, such as Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Adweek and many others.

Rosa added, “We’re thrilled to have Sue join us as we continue to explore new partnerships and expansion opportunities that will allow us to better serve our client base and reach new, growing markets.” Currently, (add)ventures has offices in New England, Greater Miami and New York City markets. In her new role, Tremblay will be responsible for overseeing the (add)ventures office in Miami.

Prior to joining Nielsen in 2007, Tremblay was president of Providence-based Creative Circle Advertising Solutions and president of Freedom Communications’ in Miami and Mexico City, where she was named Forbes’ Best of the Web, Latin America.

She also served as online advertising manager at the Miami Herald and business manager of The Sun magazine in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tremblay is a graduate of Tufts University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts. She went on to study at the Kenan-Flager School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Master of Business Administration.

New Water Ways Exhibit Transforms Providence Children’s Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M. Teresa Paiva Weed Named 2014 Brighter Futures Award Recipient

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Host a Student…Change a Life!

Bankers Life Career Opportunity - Sales Management and Entry Level Sales

Bankers Life is Growing!

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we’re looking for

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

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

Contact us to see where YOU fit in.

Jane Flowers

Insurance Agent

Bankers Life 

401-732-5213 x178

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reusable Water Bottles and Freeze Pop Drive

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

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


1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

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

Thank you for your generosity! Its greatly appreciated.

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

May 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Is there any such thing as too much capital?

The BDC Actively Looking To Make New Loans


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

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

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

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


Lisa Mattiello Wins RI 2014 SBA Small Business Person of Year

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

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

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

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


Kubica LaForest One of Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Center for Excellence & Advocacy – Brief Community Survey

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

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

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

In Manufacturing, Gap is as Much Interest as Skills

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

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

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

Read entire article here.

Center for Dynamic Learning chosen as Champion in Action

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

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

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

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

The students benefit from hands-on learning.

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

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

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

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

She said seeing students' growth is rewarding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dorrance Named Top 25

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

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

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

The full article can be read here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bylaw Review Can Boost Firm’s Efficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRMC Subcommittee Approves Deepwater Wind Plan

Chamber Applauds Beginning of Supply Chain 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Jobs for Rhode Island

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

The Technology

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

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

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

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

About Deepwater Wind

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

About Alstom

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

Goodwill Industries LEEP (Learn to Earn Employment) Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meals on Wheels Senior Restaurant Program Expanding

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

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

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

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

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

Please join us...

Dine Out on Small Business Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Preserve at Boulder Hills Small Business Christmas

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

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

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


Toys for Tots Coffee Hour

Ocean State Theatre Company Presents Meet Me in St. Louis

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

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

Click here for more information

Mount Saint Charles Students Present Oliver! - The Musical

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information please contact:

Dick Lupino November Performance Schedule


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

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

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

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

                       Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                         Chris Taylor, piano, Rick Wells, drums

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

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

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

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

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


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

Sunday, December 7, 2014

1:00 to 4:00 PM

Sardella's Restaurant

30 Memorial Blvd; Newport

401 849-6312

Donation $20

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

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Providence Rotary Weekly Lunch Meetings

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

Where: Providence Marriott 

              One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).

Cost:     $20 meal fee.

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