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Coastway Community Bank Welcomes Community Development Manager

Coastway Community Bank recently welcomed Claudia Cardozo to their team in the role of Community Development Manager. A native of Colombia who made Rhode Island her home in 2002, Cardozo is an economic development professional with 8 years of experience assisting small businesses in Rhode Island. Her work experience also includes insurance and microfinance. 

Claudia was named the 2010 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the Small Business Administration, and in 2013, RI Latino Public Radio recognized her with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the Latino business community. She also received the Ronald McDonald House Community Service Award in 2014.

As Community Development Manager, Cardozo works with individuals and businesses in emerging markets across Rhode Island to assess their needs and goals, and to identify ways to help achieve them using Coastway’s products and services, and also connecting them with other resources across the state. With a comprehensive approach to banking, Claudia is a financial advocate who provides personalized advice and support, tailored to customers’ specific needs – helping them grow towards their financial goals.

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

Family Service of RI Honoring Malcolm Farmer III October 20

Advocate for Children, Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights

Malcolm Farmer III will receive Family Service of Rhode Island’s Brighter Futures Award, given annually to a person or organization making an outstanding contribution to the well-being of children.

“Mac Farmer helped change Rhode Island and the nation,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island’s CEO.  “His is a life of building brighter futures for people suffering from hatred and injustice and for children and families in crisis from abuse, homelessness and other issues.”

The event takes place Tuesday, October 20, beginning at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Seats and sponsorship opportunities are available through, by contacting Johnnie Chace at  401-519-2289 or emailing her at

Mr. Farmer is an attorney and a partner at law firm Hinckley Allen. As a young lawyer in 1965 he left Hinckley Allen and went to Mississippi where he represented civil rights workers and organizations as well as local African-American citizens in efforts to obtain and protect their constitutional rights against state and local governments which endorsed and enforced racial segregation and discrimination. Returning to Rhode Island in 1967, he continued to work for fairness as the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Crime Delinquency and Criminal Administration. Later, as a member of the Providence City Council he was a strong and early advocate for racial equality and to end discrimination due to sexual orientation.  He and his late wife Susan created the “Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund” at the Rhode Island Foundation promoting equality in issues involving race, sexual preference, gender, education, immigration—any area where discrimination takes place.

“As our longtime board president, his compassion and idealism were complemented by a commitment to accomplishment,” Ms. Holland McDuff said.  “He has provided tireless leadership to improve the agency’s services and fundraising capacity,” she said.

The Brighter Futures Award Luncheon has become over the past eleven years a signature fall event for the state’s business community. IGT is the Diamond Sponsor of the event; other major sponsors include: Malcolm G. Chace, Jr.; the de Ramel Foundation; Hasbro, Inc.; Hinckley Allen; Citizens Bank; Cooley Group; Capitol Securities; Deepwater Wind; Amica Insurance; Malcolm Farmer, III; KLR; Thomas D. Chase; Bank of America; Residential Properties; Dimeo Construction Company; Fuller Box Company; Christopher and Heather Crosby; Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.; CVS Health; and Delta Dental.

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


Community Investment Corporation Closes $30,000 Microloan for Fully Rooted, Inc.

Fully Rooted, Inc. is one of our newest MicroLoan borrowers, and quite frankly, a genius little company making delicious, cold-pressed juices. The genius comes from the masterful mixing of fresh produce, beautifully balanced flavors, and the health benefits of a product that remains free preservatives, chemicals and extra sugars.

A $30,000 MicroLoan from Community Investment Corporation enabled the company founders to purchase a commercial juice press in order to meet the growing demand for their healthy line of juices. Fully Rooted juices can be found at farmer’s markets throughout Rhode Island. The company is member of Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a non-profit organization providing support and networking opportunities to strengthen community-based agribusinesses. 

For more information about Community Investment Corporation, visit:

DiSanto Priest & Co. Promotes 8 Professionals

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

Frank Previti, CPA, CFE

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

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

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

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

Heather J. Prew, CPA, MST

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

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

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

Katie McIntosh, MST

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

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

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

Melissa McKanna, CPA, MST

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

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

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

John J. Rainone, CPA, MBA

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

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

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

Jessica L. Corvese, CPA

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

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

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

Ian J. Parenteau, CPA, MPAc

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

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

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

Benjamin Silva, CPA, CMA

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

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

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

10 Simple Reasons Companies Should Invest in Professional Development for Management Teams

RI Based Consulting Firm, ACTion Performance & Leadership, is taking Team Coaching and Continued Learning to new levels with the underlying principle: Leadership Emerges Through Performance.

With a focus on communication skills, building high-performance teams and thriving in a multigenerational workforce, ACTion uses THEATRE, IMPROV & 'REAL' play to create lasting effects in positive behavior.

According to a Forbes Leadership report in 2012, there are 10 simple (yet solid) reasons why, if companies want to survive & THRIVE, they should make Professional Development their #1 priority:

1) An employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager is the most important single factor in employee engagement.

2) Engaged employees are happier and more productive.  Disengaged employees are frustrated and more disruptive.

3) Because there’s no widely agreed-on skillset for management (good managers come in all shapes and sizes), there’s an assumption everyone knows how to do it.  This is akin to someone who’s never driven before being given keys to a car and told: “Drive.”  (Many many years ago, this is how I first learned to manage.  I blundered my way through it.  Trial and error.  It wasn’t pretty.)

4)  The basics of sound management – clear objective setting, structured performance evaluation systems, honest and open feedback and communication, etc. – aren’t rocket science.  In fact, they’re way easier than rocket science.  Which is why companies ought to get them right.

5) Your young managers of today will become your leaders of tomorrow.  (And if your company is just going out and hiring leaders instead of developing your own, you have to ask: Why?)

6) Many companies invest heavily in training at the top (leadership development, executive retreats, etc.) but less at the bottom or the middle, where it may well be more needed.

7Management is often uneven throughout an organization.  You have your outstanding ones, your okay ones, and your downright incompetent ones who can do a lot of damage.   In this biz, as in so many, consistency is a good thing.

8)  Respected well-trained managers boost morale, and improved morale boosts retention.   And as you of course know, it’s wicked expensive to hire and fire.

9) Litigation protection.  To amplify on point 8, it’s even more wickedly expensive to deal with employee lawsuits… plus the resulting bad PR.

10) Let’s return to number 1.  The point’s too important not to emphasize.  In the big picture, an employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager is the most important single factor in employee engagement.  It all starts with this day-to-day, in-the-trenches relationship – this is the thread from which the cloth is made.  If your managers are doing their job (assuming of course you offer products or services that people want and need), you’ll have a productive work force.  If they’re not doing their job, look out below…

ACTion Performance & Leadership is a Rhode Island based company specializing in Professional Development, Team Coaching and Total Employee Engagement Trainings. 

Dena Davis, Executive Director of ACTion is also a certified executive coach/consultant for The Sports Mind Institute which provides a convenient blended learning experience, offering excellent new content directly from some of the greatest minds in sport, to leaders & teams in business. 

We create HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS, you benefit from HIGHER LEVELS OF ENGAGEMENT, PRODUCTIVITY and PROFIT. You also save money working with a RI based consulting firm. Let's get to work!

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Astro-Med Changes Name to AstroNova

Astro-Med Inc. has changed its name to AstroNova to reflect its traditional strengths in the aerospace business, as well as its growth in new areas.

The manufacturer of technology for the specialty printing, test and measurement markets announced the name change on Friday.

President and CEO Gregory A. Woods said the new name fits the company’s strategy well, as “astro” references its roots in the aerospace business and “nova” comes from the Latin word “novus,” meaning new.

They kept having to tell customers that they were not involved in medical products anymore, despite the Astro-Med name. As they were putting together a future growth plan, they decided that it was time for a new name, marking the new chapter in the company’s history and its new direction, he explained.

“As we developed our plans to modernize the company and transform it into a business that could deliver double-digit annual growth, it became clear a new name would be essential to effectively communicate our strategy. … Our new brand emphasizes our traditional strengths in aerospace, along with our expanding presence in test & measurement, product identification and other new areas where we can apply our data-visualization technology,” Woods said.

“We believe the new AstroNova brand will unify our organization, and provide an exciting opportunity to communicate our company’s potential for innovation and growth,” he added.

Astro-Med’s products and test & measurement businesses will adopt the AstroNova brand. QuickLabel Systems products will continue to go to market under the QuickLabel brand, but will have a new logo and brand colors.

Each product line, which previously had its own website, has been incorporated into the revamped AstroNova website,, Woods said.

The company employs approximately 350, and is hiring about a dozen more positions. Woods said AstroNova is expanding, and recently went to three production shifts for the first time in its 46-year history.

The company said it has filed for trademark protection of the AstroNova name and logo in the United States and other countries.

The company’s shares will continue to trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange under Astro-Med Inc., using the ticker symbol ALOT.

Mount Saint Charles Academy Announces AP Scholars

As Mount Saint Charles Academy celebrates 92 years of ministry and academic excellence, several students were recognized at the beginning of the school year for their academic achievements as AP Scholars.

The following students were recently honored with AP Scholar Awards from the College Board for high performance on advanced placement tests in May of 2015. They were recognized for demonstrating the ability to complete college-level courses and exams while still in high school.

AP Scholars (scored 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams): 

  • Class of 2016 (pictured left-right):
    Madeleine Charbonneau of Mendon, MA; Douglas Dubosky of Cumberland, RI; Sabrina Fagan of Scituate, RI;  John Montani of Milford, MA; Sonia Radu of Plainville, MA; Aaron Zhang of Woonsocket, RI; Haoyue Zhang of Woonsocket, RI; and Jiayong Zhu of Uxbridge, MA 
  • Class of 2015:
    Colin Berg, Renee Brien, Ryan Choate, Natalia Dafonte, Cristina Deoliveira, Shannon Flaherty, Nicole Giordano, Monica Hardesty, Sarah Hodgens, Brendan Lewis, Thomas Marcet, Danny Parenteau, Jamie Villanueva

Named AP Scholars with Honor (average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scored 3 or higher on four or more of these exams) 

  • Class of 2015:
    Trisha Bhatia, Justin D’Abrosca, Michael Doody, Melissa Duffy, Samantha Fagan, Madeline Kilburn, Sarah Payne, Zachary Vanasse, Ian Vescera, Benjamin Weiss

Named AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scored 3 or higher on five or more of these exams)

  • Class of 2015:
    Daniel Bowen, Bernadette Charland, Jeffrey Cimmino, Angela Dansereau, Lauren Eberhardt, Ethan Guevremont, Jacob Haddad, Madeline Lacman, Evan Laverdure, Katherine Machione, Adam Mercier, Elizabeth Pontes, Brian Reilly, Peter Soucy, Catharine Trice, Yuye Zhou

“With great enthusiasm, Mount Saint Charles celebrates the accomplishments of our students,” Edwin Burke, principal at Mount Saint Charles Academy, said. “In a special way we acknowledge the rigorous effort put forth by our students who are recognized by the College Board. We are most proud of their dedication to scholarship and learning which has earned them these accolades, and join their parents and families in congratulating them for earning these awards.”


BlumShapiro Names New Managing Partner

Joseph Kask has been elected by the partners of BlumShapiro as the firm’s new managing partner, effective Jan. 1.

Kask will succeed Carl Johnson, who has served as managing partner for the past 14 years. Johnson will become chief operating officer, focusing on internal operations and talent acquisition.

In 2007, Kask began working for BlumShapiro, through the merger with Scully & Wolf LLP, a public sector accounting and tax firm located in Glastonbury, Conn.

Kask has been serving as the leader of the firm’s government services group and as office managing partner of the West Hartford office. He also serves on several of the firm’s strategic leadership committees including two terms on the firm’s executive committee.

Under Johnson’s leadership, the firm said it has grown from 125 people in one location to the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm in New England, with 429 employees in six offices throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Kask and Johnson have been working together over the past few weeks to ensure a smooth transition, the firm said.

Rogean Makowski Joins Webster Bank

Rogean Makowski Joins Webster Private Bank

Rogean Makowski, of Hopkinton, R.I., has joined Webster Private Bank’s Providence office as senior vice president, senior fiduciary services officer, serving the Rhode Island, southeastern Connecticut and Massachusetts markets. She brings more than 35 years of experience in trust and financial services, with special emphasis on retirement planning and advising multi-generational families.

Makowski joins Webster from The Washington Trust Company, where she most recently served as senior vice president, wealth management client services. In that role, she was responsible for the daily management and supervision of the trust and estate division of Washington Trust Wealth Management.

Living up to the communities she serves, Makowski is a board member of South County Home Health, and chair of the Professional Advisory Council of the Rhode Island Foundation. She is a chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a graduate of Williams College School of Banking.

Neighborhood Receives National Honor

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Receives Quality Achievement Honor from NCQA at Washington D.C. Gala -- One of three entities, and the only health plan, to be recognized at the acclaimed organization's 25th anniversary celebration 

Peter M. Marino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood), is pleased to announce that Neighborhood recently received a Quality Achievement honor from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The recognition took place during a gala to celebrate the 25th anniversary of NCQA, held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. on September 16.

NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane, presented the Quality Achievement Honors along with Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs in the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. In addition to Neighborhood, HRHCare of New York and Cherokee Health Systems of Tennessee were also recognized.

Accepting the award on behalf of Neighborhood was its Director of Evaluation and Improvement, Jay Buechner. Mr. Buechner was recognized for his stewardship of the Plan's quality efforts and was highlighted, along with other Plan staff, in a video tribute that was shown during the event. 

"Neighborhood has had a strong and longstanding commitment to quality due to the collaboration of our team, community health centers, provider network, community agencies and state partners," stated Marino.


Left to right: Neighborhood’s Chief Medical Officer, Francisco “Paco” Trilla, Director of Evaluation and Improvement, Jay Buechner and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Marino, accepting a Quality Achievement Honor NCQA’s 25th Anniversary Gala.


Sansiveri Named a 2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work For by Accounting Today

Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., L.L.P. (Sansiveri) was recently named as one of the 2015 Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For”.  Accounting Today has partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This is the third year that Sansiveri has won this award.

“It’s a privilege to have been selected as one of the “2015 Best Accounting Firms to Work For” by Accounting Today. We are very proud of the dedicated professionals that are part of the Sansiveri family and know that this recognition would not be possible without their efforts”, said Michael DeCataldo, managing partner at Sansiveri.

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the accounting industry, benefiting the industry's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 100 companies. To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a public accounting firm in the U.S.
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in the United States; and,
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the United States entered the two-part survey process to determine Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking. Individual firm rankings in the Small Firm, Midsized Firm and Large Firm categories will be announced in Accounting Today’s December issue.

“The firms on this list represent the best workplaces in the accounting profession,” said Accounting Today Editor-in-Chief Daniel Hood. “They are outstanding places to build a career.”

For more information on Accounting Today’s “Best Accounting Firms to Work Forprogram, visit

Gregory Gould Joins Webster Bank as Vice President, SBA Sales Officer

Gregory Gould has joined Webster Bank’s Providence regional office as vice president, SBA sales officer, a new position.  He is responsible for seeking out new
SBA relationships for Webster, as well as helping his Webster banking partners uncover SBA opportunities.

Gould joins Webster from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Providence office, where he had served as lender relations specialist since 2012. Prior to that, he was employed by the Maine Small Business Development Center, where he counseled businesses on access to capital, and starting and growing their own businesses.

Gould holds bachelor’s and M.B.A degrees from the University of Rhode Island. He resides in Cranston, R.I. 

URI Taps Huttenhower to Head SBDC

After completing a nationwide search, the University of Rhode Island has tapped an industry veteran to become state director of the R.I. Small Business Development Center

Ed Huttenhower, who most recently worked in similar positions at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, has been appointed to the position of director. Diane C. Fournaris, who previously worked as regional center director, has been promoted to assistant director, according to a press release.

“We are very excited that they will be taking up these new roles at the Small Business Development Center and look forward to their work enhancing the ability of the SBDC to serve small business needs and the people of Rhode Island,” said Gerald Sonnenfeld, URI vice president of research and economic development, in a statement.

Huttenhower beginning in 1997 worked as director of the Small Business Development Center at Saint Francis University and he became associate dean for community and economic development for the university’s School of Business in 2009, according to the release.

Fournaris has worked with the center for several years as program manager, operations director and acting state director when it was hosted by Bryant University and Johnson & Wales University.

The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded URI the contract to host the center in December 2013.

“The university is very fortunate to have these two outstanding people lead the SBDC and we look forward to an exciting future for the organization,” Sonnenfeld said.

Changemaker Fellows Poised to Rock Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Scene

Fellows selected by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League will create a powerful new connection between local startups and Rhode Island’s colleges and universities.

September 14, 2015

Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League are thrilled to announce the selection of student superstars who will serve as Rhode Island Changemaker Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Fellows will be celebrated this evening at a ceremony co-hosted by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The Changemaker Fellowship Program is a joint initiative between Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League, and is made possible by a $200,000 Innovation Grant from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. The purpose of this initiative is to better integrate students and recent graduates into Rhode Island’s startup ecosystem, open entrepreneurship opportunities to new populations, and strengthen the flow of talent that drives startup success.

“Investing in the talented leaders of tomorrow is essential for our state to stay competitive in the global economy,” said Whitehouse. “The Changemaker Fellowship will help talented student entrepreneurs start and grow businesses here in Rhode Island, and I congratulate those who have been selected to participate.”

An inspiring and talented group of students was selected for the first cohort of Changemaker Fellows due to their demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and leadership experience. The Changemaker Fellows will work over the upcoming school year to support entrepreneurship among students and recent graduates and unite Rhode Island’s diverse student bodies.

"The launch of the Changemaker Fellowship is an enormous win for Rhode Island's entrepreneurial ecosystem," says Social Enterprise Greenhouse University Initiative Director Cayla Mackey. "This is the first time that students have been brought together from across the state for the sole purpose of encouraging social enterprise and entrepreneurship in Rhode Island. As the base of the talent funnel, students are instrumental in improving Rhode Island's economy, and we together believe that one of the best ways to do that is through entrepreneurship."

As members of these diverse communities, Changemaker Fellows help Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League work effectively across campus boundaries. The Fellows serve as conduits to share information, connect their peers to local resources for entrepreneurs in Rhode Island, and provide vital insight into entrepreneurial activity happening on their campuses.

“Campuses are dynamic places, where student interests and behaviors change quickly. Even if located only a few miles apart, our college and university campuses all have different channels for engaging students and recent grads in startup activity,” says Founders League Director Melissa Withers. “The Changemaker Fellows helps us understand this complexity and creates an on-the-ground connection to the people we want to serve. Bonus: the Fellows are all incredible leaders and it is inspiring to work alongside them.”

Each year, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation makes a series of grants to organizations that spread the ideals of entrepreneurship and benefit local communities. Working in partnership, Founders League and Social Enterprise Greenhouse were one of only 20 awardees selected from a pool of 500+ applications. Activities supported by the grant seek to help more students launch ventures, find internships, and seek post-graduation job placement at local startups. This is the first time Blackstone Charitable Foundation has provided funding to support entrepreneurship in Rhode Island.

“We are proud to support entrepreneurship in Rhode Island by providing funding to these two outstanding organizations through our Innovation Grants program,” says Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. “Through our work with the Blackstone LaunchPad program, we recognize that engaging and supporting students is key to the success of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. By engaging local universities and colleges, we strongly believe the Changemaker Fellowship will drive economic development and business creation in Rhode Island.”

As compensation for their service, Changemaker Fellows receive one-on-one mentorship support, recognition as a student leader, and a cash stipend.

Learn more about the Changemaker Fellows and the Changemaker Fellowship at

18 Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Attorneys Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is proud to announce that 18 of its attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Congratulations to the following attorneys and their respective practice areas:

  • Normand G. Benoit  -  Public Finance Law
  • Eugene G. Bernardo II  -  Public Finance Law
  • Melissa E. Darigan  -  Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Michael A. Gamboli  -  Employment (Management) Law and Labor & Employment Litigation
  • David M. Gilden  -  Banking & Finance Law, Real Estate Law
  • Jeffrey H. Gladstone  -  Land Use & Zoning Law
  • James H. Hahn  -  Corporate Law
  • David F. Hannon  -  Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Kimberly I. McCarthy  -  Tax Law; Tax Litigation & Controversy; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Compliance Law
  • William F. Macauley  -  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Howard Merten  -  Commercial Litigation; First Amendment Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Banking & Finance Litigation
  • William R. Moorman, Jr.  -  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Richard Nadeau  -  Real Estate Law
  • Christopher J. Panos  -  Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • John J. Partridge  -  Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law
  • Steven E. Snow  -  Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation
  • Robert K. Taylor  -  Commercial Litigation

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


R.I. Housing Unveils Program for College Grads Purchasing First Home

Rhode Island Housing on Tuesday launched a new down payment assistance program, intended to attract and keep new college graduates trying to purchase a first home.

The Ocean State Grad Grant program will provide up to 3.5 percent of a home’s purchase price, or up to $7,000, in the form of a forgivable second mortgage. The grant is forgivable once the house is owned for five years.

Graduates of associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral programs are eligible if they apply within 36 months of their graduation date. The programs must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and are not restricted to Rhode Island institutions.

Homeowners must be purchasing a first house, condominium or up to a four-family structure, and must have an annual household income of less than $89,280 for a one- or two-person household, or $104,160 for homes with three or more occupants.

Applicants need to obtain a mortgage through a participating lender associated with Rhode Island Housing, and they must complete a homebuyer education course through the agency.

The housing agency has set aside $350,000 for the program, according to a news release.

Gphomestay Partners with La Salle Academy on International Program

Gphomestay has partnered with La Salle Academy on their international program! School starts on September 3rd and our international students have already safely arrived and are settling in with their host families!

Together, gphomestay and La Salle Academy are offering an incredible opportunity to families in Providence and the surrounding areas. If you are interested in making a positive impact on the life of an international student and live within 30 minutes of the school, you may want to consider becoming a host family. You can learn more at our website:

Rob Levine Doing His Part to get Drunk Drivers off the Road this Labor Day

Rob Levine & Associates is launching their Safe Ride App this Labor Day in Providence, RI. 

- "Rob Levine Safe Ride App" available in all app stores and at

- On seven Holidays a year users can log on to the app and get a certificate for a free ride home that day/night.

- Click "Need a Ride?" for click-to-call participating taxi companies in their area once you get your certificate

- When the taxi arrives they just show the driver their phone with the certificate number on it. The driver will record that number and submit to Rob Levine & Associates to receive payment for the ride as well as a 20% tip.

- Participating Holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July

Currently launching in Providence only for Labor Day but will be opening up in additional cities on our next holiday, Thanksgiving Eve.

"We are dedicated to giving back to our community and we have developed several programs this year to help us with this mission.  As a paramedic and after having been a police officer for many years I’ve seen first hand the tragic loss that drunk driving so often results in.   We are trying to do our part to keep our community safe by offering an alternative to those who find themselves needing a ride after having one too many.” Rob Levine.  See Rob’s recent appearance on The Rhode Show talking about the Safe Ride App:



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

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

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

Severe Weather Watch vs Warning.

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

Prepare Before A Storm

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

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

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

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

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

When a Severe Storm Watch is Issued

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

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

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

When a Severe Storm Warning is Issued

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

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

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

After the Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SBA Disaster News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodwill Industries and City of Providence Partner to Recycle Used Textiles

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

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

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

Find Providence Goodwill donation bins at the following locations:

Davis Park                                                           Chalkstone Ave.

Delsesto Middle School                                          152 Springfield St.

The B. Jae Clanton Educational Complex                    674 Prairie Ave.          

Nathan Bishop Middle School                                   101 Sessions St.

Neutaconkanut Park                                               Plainfield St. parking lot

West End Community Center                                   109 Bucklin St.

Classical High School                                             770 Westminster St.

Hope High School                                                 324 Hope St.

Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School                       195 Nelson St.

Mt. Pleasant High School                                        434 Mt. Pleasant Ave.



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

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

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

This year’s honorees are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reusable Water Bottles and Freeze Pop Drive

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

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


1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

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

Thank you for your generosity! Its greatly appreciated.

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

May 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Is there any such thing as too much capital?

The BDC Actively Looking To Make New Loans


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

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

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

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


Lisa Mattiello Wins RI 2014 SBA Small Business Person of Year

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

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

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

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


Kubica LaForest One of Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Center for Excellence & Advocacy – Brief Community Survey

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

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

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

In Manufacturing, Gap is as Much Interest as Skills

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

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

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

Read entire article here.

Center for Dynamic Learning chosen as Champion in Action

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

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

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

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

The students benefit from hands-on learning.

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

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

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

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

She said seeing students' growth is rewarding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Dorrance Named Top 25

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

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

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

The full article can be read here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bylaw Review Can Boost Firm’s Efficiency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRMC Subcommittee Approves Deepwater Wind Plan

Chamber Applauds Beginning of Supply Chain 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Jobs for Rhode Island

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

The Technology

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

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

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

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

About Deepwater Wind

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

About Alstom

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

Goodwill Industries LEEP (Learn to Earn Employment) Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meals on Wheels Senior Restaurant Program Expanding

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

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

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

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

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

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo this October

Artful Display of 5,000 Pumpkins to Run October 1st – November 1st 

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, will return to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence with shows running nightly from October 1st through November 1st. This highly anticipated annual fall tradition features a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them artistically carved and displayed in scenes to play out the annual theme. 

Situated on the Zoo’s picturesque wetlands trail, the event has won praise from across the nation for its amazing artistry and appeal as a unique, family-friendly autumn destination. Over 100,000 people have come in each of the past five years to enjoy the nighttime show, and last year’s Spectacular saw the second highest attendance of over 125,000 visitors.

“With thousands of awe-inspiring pumpkins illuminating the night, this iconic fall event is fun for people of all ages and is not to be missed,” said Barbara Cottam, RI Market Executive, Citizens Bank. “Citizens Bank is delighted once again to be the presenting sponsor of this favorite fall attraction.”

The 2015 presentation, titled “The People’s Choice,” will feature subjects the public especially loved throughout the past 27 years of shows. Scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art will recall the “Phantom of the Opera,” the Golden Age of Hollywood, and other cultural and historic highlights. Charles Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos Islands will be represented, complete with “active” volcanoes, and the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music” will be celebrated.

New this year will be the addition of light and image projections to enhance the scenery along the trail. Show standards will return, such as childhood favorites and Halloween scenes, as will the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree. There, hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns on the ground and high up in the trees surround carved giants (well over 1,000 pounds) arrayed in the forefront that are enhanced with spooky fog and the iconic musical theme punctuated by a catchy beat and laughter.

Crews from Passion for Pumpkins, the show creators, will spend several weeks leading up to the event creating the magical display. Then, they will work nearly around the clock throughout the 32-night run to keep the show fresh for visitors.

2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular details: 

The Show will run rain or shine from October 1st through November 1st with admission from 6pm to 10pm, with the trail closing at 11pm. The event will be extended one hour on Saturdays.

The Spectacular is an important fundraiser for Roger Williams Park Zoo. Proceeds from the event will help to support the Zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts both locally and around the globe, as well as Zoo improvements.

Tickets prices on Monday – Thursday are $14 adults, $12 seniors (62+) and $11 for children ages 3 – 12; and from Friday – Sunday tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors and $13 children ages 3 – 12; children two and under are admitted for free.

New this year, guests will be able to purchase tickets for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular online at Those who use this new feature will be directed by signs in the parking lot to enter the Zoo through Gate 2, which is to the right of the main admissions plaza. This separate entrance will allow online ticket holders to skip the ticket purchase line, and head directly to the pumpkin trail line. Tickets for the Weekend Harvest Buffet and group tickets must still be purchased at the Zoo.

The popular Weekend Harvest Buffet will be available Friday – Sunday nights at $25 for adults and $13 for children ages 3 – 12. Meal tickets will be purchased in addition to Spectacular admission tickets and will include express entry to the pumpkin trail. Buffet tickets will be sold at Gate 2 (follow signs in the parking lot) as patrons arrive for the show.

Groups of 25 or more may call (401) 467-0150 for advance reservations and group rates. For more information about group attendance at the Spectacular, visit the Zoo’s website, call (401) 785-3510, or write to

Roger Williams Park Zoo is conveniently located in Providence, RI at exit 16 off Interstate I-95 north and exit 17 off I-95 south, about 1 hour from Boston and 90 minutes from Hartford.  

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Janet Jackson coming to the Dunk!


Tour Kicks Off To Critical Acclaim, New Music Sets Social Media On Fire, 

'No Sleeep' Spending Its Third Week at #1 on Billboard Adult R&B Chart

Unbreakable Album Pre-Sales Storm to #3 on iTunes Chart 

Tickets For 3rd Leg Of Tour On Sale Starting Sept. 19 at 

Demand for Janet's Jackson's UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR continues at an unprecedented pace. The recent BET Awards’ Ultimate Icon honoree, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist announced a 3rd North American leg to her UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR adding 22 new dates across both theU.S. andCanada starting in Summer 2016. New dates have also been added on the tour's 1st and 2nd leg, includingHartford,CT at XL Center on February 27, 2016.

The 3rd leg of the North American tour will kick off on May 19, 2016 in Concord, CA and will visit 22 cities including dates in Austin, Birmingham, Little Rock, Montreal, Atlantic City, Hershey and more! A full list of tour dates on the UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR is below.

All dates on the tour are being co-produced by Miss Jackson’s Rhythm Nation.  In addition to Live Nation and Rhythm Nation, other concert promoters include Nederlander Concerts, Jam Productions, Another Planet Entertainment, and such promoters as Bamp and Tommy Meharey. Additional worldwide concerts will be announced at a later date. 

American Express® Card Members and fans who pre-order the album can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, Sept. 14 at 10:00 a.m. local through Friday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 p.m. local. Fans who pre-order the album before Friday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 p.m. can buy tickets early at Tickets for the general public go on sale on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Recently, JANET changed forever the way music owners experience her concerts. Music owners receive a special code giving them VIP ticket access, eligibility for backstage views, private glimpses of JANET’s awards, memorabilia, costumes and never before seen private photographs as well as the opportunity to get private messages to JANET before and after each show. This unprecedented access to the live event has never been attempted for music owners, who in JANET’s eyes are extraordinary, generous and loving. There will be more surprises for people who own JANET’s music. There will be "No Sleeep" until she sees you in your city.

The UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR kicked off on Aug. 31 in Vancouver, BC and includes nearly 90 stops in cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati and San Diego. In their review from opening night, the New York Times says Janet is "an enduring influence across Pop and R&B" and "Her Unbreakable tour touched on as many hits as possible, grouping the songs by persona and tempo. She was the woman taking charge (funk), the joyfully loyal lover (upbeat pop), the ballad singer, the woman left lonely (midtempo R&B), the party girl (dance-club beats), the rocker (with guitar up front) and, in the end, the idealist.”  USA Today says “Janet Jackson kicked off her Unbreakable tour with a superhuman performance” and "Janet slays…”; Rolling Stone hails Janet’s performance as “Propulsive,” and Vibe as “Flawless,” also adding that the Queen of Pop has “…begun her global takeover.”   

Janet and the UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR were trending both on Twitter and Facebook throughout the day following the tour's opening night with fans quickly setting social media on fire upon seeing the first images from the tour and hearing some of the new music including a scorching song, "Burn It Up," with hip-hop innovator, Missy Elliot. The song was produced by long time Janet collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and will be featured on her forthcoming album, Unbreakable, due this Fall. The album has already been celebrated by critics, with Entertainment Weekly calling it “Powerful,” Rolling Stone referring to it as “Soulful,” and the New York Times exclaiming "Janet Jackson's Unbreakable is Right On Time."

The first single from the new album, "No Sleeep," entered the Top Ten on the Urban AC and Billboard Hot R&B Songs charts only two weeks after being released. This week, nearly 10 weeks after its release, the song, now featuring J. Cole is enjoying its third week at the #1 spot on Billboard's Adult R&B chart.

Janet Jackson, iconic music artist, multi-award-winning songwriter, producer, singer, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and winner of the NAACP Best Sporting Actor award, publisher, choreographer, dancer, Number One New York Times Best Selling Author, businessperson, and philanthropist, is one of the biggest-selling, most influential artists in popular music history. Having won 6 GRAMMY® Awards, along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET honors, and Billboard Music Awards, Janet Jackson stands as one of the most prolific artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, her music and artistry have opened doors through which other top artists have followed, while acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.  

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Kevin Hart at the Dunk!

For the first time ever, “Kevin Hart: What Now? Tour is coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Saturday, October 17.

If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do, it’s sell shoes.  If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today.

Hart has continued to work non-stop and in 2015 - Kevin can be seen in two movies and on the road for his What Now Comedy tour, which is coming to Providence.  Hart’s recent movie projects include Screen Gem’s The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard, opposite Will Farrell. The consummate worker, Hart is also a force in television, Executive Producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which has premiered its third season last September

In 2012, Hart was tapped to host the 2012 MTV VMA’s, garnering much industry praise for his appearance, before his next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa.  Records have not withstood under his LME tour either, as Kevin became only the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Kevin spent the fall of 2012 filming two movies back to back: Screen Gem’s re-make of Sexual Perversity titled About Last Night, and Universal’s buddy Cop movie Ride Along, opposite Ice Cube.  Kevin continued his incredible run with a starring role in Screen Gem’s Think Like A Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey's bestselling book, which grossed $95 Million worldwide, and had a supporting role in the Universal, Nick Stoller comedy, Five Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow.

In 2016 Kevin will be seen in the much-anticipated Ride Along 2, the sequel to last year’s one-hundred-million-dollar blockbuster hit of the same name. Hart will also appear in the highly anticipated action comedy Central Intelligence, opposite Dwayne Johnson, as well as the animated film PETS. Rounding out the year, Universal Pictures will release the What Now concert Film. In addition to film, Kevin will be embarking on a multi-city international live tour, What Now, following his highly successful domestic tour of the same name.

With his passion for stand-up and entertainment, Hart continues to tour the county to sold-out audiences.  Do not miss your chance to witness Kevin Hart: What Now? Tour coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this October.

Tickets are available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge by phone call (800) 745-3000.  For Group discounts please call (401) 680-4730.  Additional facility fees, services charges may be included /added to the ticket prices.

Tickets for Preliminary Rounds of NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Sale October 17

Tickets to preliminary rounds of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Saturday, Oct. 17, to each host city. Fans wishing to buy tickets to the First Four®, first- and second-round games or regional competition should go to

The 2016 championship begins on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, March 15-16, with the First Four -- four first-round games taking place in Dayton, Ohio. First- and second-round action takes place Thursday and Saturday, March 17 and 19, in Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Providence, Rhode Island; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Also, hosting first- and second-round games Friday and Sunday, March 18 and 20, will be Brooklyn, New York; Oklahoma City, St. Louis and Spokane, Washington.

Louisville, Kentucky, will serve as the South Regional site and Anaheim, California, will host the West Regional on Thursday and Saturday, March 24 and 26. Philadelphia will be the site for the East Regional and Chicago will host the Midwest Regional on Friday and Sunday, March 25 and 27.

“This is a great opportunity for college basketball fans to see March Madness® in some of our traditional cities with a long history of hosting the tournament, as well as a couple of new cities that have never hosted before,” said Dan Gavitt, the NCAA’s vice president of men’s basketball. “From major markets to smaller cities, there’s a great chance that America’s best sporting event is going to be played reasonably close to any fan in the country, so it’s a terrific opportunity to come watch history unfold.”

The 78th NCAA Men’s Final Four® will be co-hosted on April 2 and 4 by the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas Southern University. General tickets to the games at NRG Stadium in Houston are sold out, but fans still have the opportunity to purchase ticket and hospitality packages from PrimeSport, the official ticket and hospitality provider of the NCAA, by visiting The NCAA Experience® ticket and hospitality packages for all preliminary rounds of the championship can also be purchased at that website via PrimeSport. 

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Family Service of RI Honoring Malcolm Farmer III October 20

Advocate for Children, Civil Rights, LGBTQ Rights

Malcolm Farmer III will receive Family Service of Rhode Island’s Brighter Futures Award, given annually to a person or organization making an outstanding contribution to the well-being of children.

“Mac Farmer helped change Rhode Island and the nation,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island’s CEO.  “His is a life of building brighter futures for people suffering from hatred and injustice and for children and families in crisis from abuse, homelessness and other issues.”

The event takes place Tuesday, October 20, beginning at noon at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Seats and sponsorship opportunities are available through, by contacting Johnnie Chace at  401-519-2289 or emailing her at

Mr. Farmer is an attorney and a partner at law firm Hinckley Allen. As a young lawyer in 1965 he left Hinckley Allen and went to Mississippi where he represented civil rights workers and organizations as well as local African-American citizens in efforts to obtain and protect their constitutional rights against state and local governments which endorsed and enforced racial segregation and discrimination. Returning to Rhode Island in 1967, he continued to work for fairness as the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Crime Delinquency and Criminal Administration. Later, as a member of the Providence City Council he was a strong and early advocate for racial equality and to end discrimination due to sexual orientation.  He and his late wife Susan created the “Malcolm Farmer III and Susan L. Farmer Fund” at the Rhode Island Foundation promoting equality in issues involving race, sexual preference, gender, education, immigration—any area where discrimination takes place.

“As our longtime board president, his compassion and idealism were complemented by a commitment to accomplishment,” Ms. Holland McDuff said.  “He has provided tireless leadership to improve the agency’s services and fundraising capacity,” she said.

The Brighter Futures Award Luncheon has become over the past eleven years a signature fall event for the state’s business community. IGT is the Diamond Sponsor of the event; other major sponsors include: Malcolm G. Chace, Jr.; the de Ramel Foundation; Hasbro, Inc.; Hinckley Allen; Citizens Bank; Cooley Group; Capitol Securities; Deepwater Wind; Amica Insurance; Malcolm Farmer, III; KLR; Thomas D. Chase; Bank of America; Residential Properties; Dimeo Construction Company; Fuller Box Company; Christopher and Heather Crosby; Joseph R. Paolino, Jr.; CVS Health; and Delta Dental.

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


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

American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

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

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Spooky Zoo at Roger Williams Park Zoo Offers Family-Friendly Daytime Halloween Fun

Kids 12 and Under in Costume Receive Half-Priced Zoo Admission for Spooky Zoo

Roger Williams Park Zoo’s popular daytime “Spooky Zoo” event will return on October 24th and 25th.  In addition to Halloween-themed activities that are free with Zoo admission, all children age 12 and under who come dressed in costume receive half-priced Zoo admission (toddlers age 2 and under are always free).

Spooky Zoo festivities include the popular trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, games, roaming costumed characters, music and more, all free with Zoo admission. The Zoo encourages families to bring their own goodie bags for the trick-or-treat trail, and to post pictures of their costumes on the Zoo’s Facebook or Twitter pages.

Spooky Zoo activities are presented with support from UNOs, Launch Trampoline, Children’s Workshop, New England Revolution, Providence Bruins, National Grid, Newport Creamery, Macaroni Kid, Little Rhody, Dave and Busters, Hibu, Baldor Foods, Clif Kid, Endangered Species Chocolates, Smart Candy, Utz, Smarty Pants Vitamins, Glee Gum, Bitsy’s Brainfood, RI ComiCon, Little Duck Organics, Tarbox, Hasbro and Cape Cod Potato Chips, Meeting Street Schools, Verizon, Nature Valley, and Shaw’s.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is open daily from 10am – 4pm, October – March, and until 5pm in the summer; last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (ages 3 – 12) and $12.95 for seniors (ages 62+); toddlers 2 and under and Zoo members get in free. 

National Leader to Speak on Key Supply Chain Management Issues at URI Forum Oct. 27

What's one of the biggest challenges faced by companies nationwide in the increasingly 24/7, quicker, faster and on-demand economy? Of course, it's all about the security of their chain - what's coming in and going out of their operations -- and transportation is often in the middle and at both ends.

The College of Business Administration's Supply Chain Management forum will address the transportation supply chain challenges with a national leader who knows what it really takes to keep things moving. Henry J. Maier, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Ground, will address the forum entitled "Supply Chain Challenges: Present and Future," on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, R.I. The forum starts at 5:30 p.m. and registration is $75 per person, including dinner. More information is available at or by calling (401) 874-4362.

With more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry, Maier is well schooled on the critical transportation supply chain link. At FedEx Ground, Maier is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company. His career at FedEx spans more than 25 years and includes a series of leadership positions in logistics, sales, marketing and communications, including director of sales and vice president of marketing and communications. 

Prior to his appointment as president in 2013, Maier was an executive vice president of FedEx Ground, responsible for all strategic planning, contractor relations and corporate communications programs at the company. He now also serves on the strategic management committee of FedEx Corp, FedEx (NYSE: FDX). Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn., FedEx Ground has about 3,000 employees in the region. Originally from Texas, Maier graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He holds board positions on the United Way of Allegheny County and the Allegheny Conference for Community Development.

“Any business that does shipping or receiving should not miss this forum. This event will also be of benefit to carriers of all different modes of transportation including truck, rail, air, and water,” said URI College of Business Administration Supply Chain Management Professor Joe Estrella, who organized the event, which is expected to draw industry professionals from around the country. “URI is very fortunate to have Henry Maier participate in this event and anyone who moves product will not want to miss it."

URI’s popular Supply Chain Management Program has been named one of the best in the country by two different industry groups. One of the main reasons for this positive recognition is the URI program ranks among only 28 U.S. and Canadian universities and maritime institutes that have programs certified by the American Association of Transportation and Logistics, a mark of academic rigor.

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CES MMA at Twin River October 30th


Staring Chuck O'Neil, Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva, Eric Spicely, Greg "Ribz" Rebello and more!

"On October 30, Twin River Casino will be rockin’ to a national audience, live on AXS TV Fights.” stated Jimmy Burchfield Jr., CES MMA CEO.  Expect fireworks in October.

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Goodwill’s Funny 4 Funds Fundraiser

SECOND Annual Performance Physical Therapy 5K

Last year Performance Physical Therapy raised over $12,000 at the first annual PPT 5K. This money was distributed to 3 organizations that support the health and fitness of our communications; Ronald McDonald House, New England Distance (specifically the Woonsocket Athletic Department) and East Providence ‘Friends of Townies’.  Over 420 people turned out for the event and the support was overwhelming! So of course, we are doing it again!

The second Performance Physical Therapy 5K will be held on Saturday, October 31st – same location and same route. Yes, we know this is Halloween – so what better way to burn some calories before eating candy! Once again all of the money raised will be distributed to organizations promoting the health and fitness of our communities. We will continue to support last years beneficiaries with the addition of Project Undercover.

How you can get involved;

In all seriousness – We believe this event is unique as there are no personal expenses at all. This is a 100% volunteer run event – therefore all money raised goes directly to the community.

Think about how you may like to be involved. And take a look back at last years 5K -

Please email Michelle Collie at or call (401-952-4516) with any questions.

Please note – if you ARE considering sponsorship, the sooner we get your confirmation, the sooner we can add your details to the website.


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Dick Lupino October Performance Schedule

Dick Lupino October 2015 Music Schedule


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

Wed    10/7 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Johnny Souza, trumpet/vocal,

                  Chris Taylor, piano 

Wed    10/14 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Warren Chaisson, vibes, Kent Hewitt, piano

Wed    10/21 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Angela Bacari, vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal

Wed    10/28 - **OLDIES NIGHT** 50's - 90's pop/dance music 

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

                     Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums


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

Sat    10/3 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Joe Esposito, sax, 

                       Nina Ott, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    10/10 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Cassandre McKinley, vocal, 

                         Kent Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    10/17 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Warren Chaisson, vibes, 

                         Kent, Hewitt, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    10/24 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Isabel Stover, vocal,

                         Pamela Hines, piano, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    10/31 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Tish Adams, vocal, 

                         Greg Wardson, piano, Rick Wells, drums



401 683-6565 office

401 837-9665 cell




Addressing the Six Key Areas of Capital Accumulation and Protection

Complimentary Workshop

You are invited to attend Addressing the Six Key Areas of Capital Accumulation and Protection, a complimentary, informational workshop, designed specifically to address the six key areas to accumulate and protect your capital effectively.

When and Where:

Thursday, November 5th   6:30PM

New York Life – Johnston, RI

1301 Atwood Ave., Suite 306N

R.S.V.P. by Monday, November 2nd

Edward F Donnelly III

Agent, New York Life Insurance Co.

(401) 276-8728 or

What you will learn:

  • How to:
    • increase asset protection
    • reduce income tax liability,
    • enhance retirement planning,
    • decrease capital risk,
    • protect income, and
    • reduce estate cost. 
  • How to use a checklist to analyze your current plan.

Seminar Workshop and Sales Presentation

Presented By:

David L. Grebber, JD, LLM, LUTCF

Corporate Vice President

Advanced Planning Consultant

This seminar and sales presentation is for informational purposes only. This represents an understanding of generally applicable rules.  New York Life Insurance Company, its agents or employees may not give legal, tax or accounting advice. Attendees should consult their own professional advisors prior to implementing any planning strategies.   Bates 1602403 CV (exp. 03/06/2017)

Rhode Island Comic Con

COMIC CON FANS: Rhode Island Comic Con is back!
The biggest show in the smallest State returns to Providence this fall!

Grab 3 friends and see all of your favorite comics, creators, celebrities & more!
November 6-8 at the Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin' Donuts Center

Purchase tickets online at:, Charge by Phone 800.745.3000 or in person at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the show visit

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


Artists for The Bay Show & Sale

Small Business Christmas at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

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

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

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Coming to The Dunk

Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Bring Rock Opera 

‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ 

Presented by Hallmark Channel

Live Across North America in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save The Date: Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon

Date: January 14, 2016

Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Place: RI Convention Center - Providence, RI

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

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


#MoreMonsterJam Action Returning to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center!

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

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

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

Monster Jam Teams

Grave Digger®: Cole Venard

Max-D®: Jared Eichelberger

ZombieSM: Bari Musawwir

Monster Mutt® Dalmatian: Cynthia Gauthier

El Toro Loco®: Mark List

Scooby-DooTM: Brianna Mahon

Monster Mutt® Rottweiler: Daron Basl

New Earth AuthoritySM: Aaron Basl

Show Times

February 19 – 7:30pm

February 20 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm

February 21 – 2:00pm


Dunkin’ Donuts Center

One LaSalle Square

Providence, RI 02903

Ticket Information

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

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Harlem Globetrotters return to Providence

Harlem Globetrotters Celebrate 90 Amazing Years;

The 2016 World Tour Visits Providence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

^ Subject to availability.

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