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GPS President Worrell Named to Top Retirement Plan List

GPS Investment Advisors is pleased to announce that President and Managing Director James Worrell was recently named to the inaugural 2015 Financial Times “Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors” list. The list of plan advisors at national, independent and regional broker-dealers was selected from roughly 650 plan advisors who met the qualifications. 

Hinckley Allen Takes First Place in Mid-Sized Category for Best Places to Work in Rhode Island

Hinckley Allen has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island by Providence Business News, taking first place in the mid-sized company category (50-149 employees in the region). This is the 10th consecutive year that Hinckley Allen has been named one of the best places to work in Rhode Island and the second time that the firm has been ranked first among mid-sized companies.

“This is a place where people are respected, appreciated, and supported,” said David J. Rubin, Managing Partner at Hinckley Allen. “Helping all our personnel be the best they can be is at the heart of everything we do, from mentorship, to our strong work-life balance, and to the community and pro-bono work we support. We are also committed to maintaining a diverse workplace, which yields a higher level of thinking and decision-making.”

“We have a talented and passionate collection of people who take pride in their work and are driven to do their best,” said Megan McCormack, Director of Human Resources. “We pride ourselves in supporting our staff and our competitive pay and benefits package shows that we are invested in them. It’s the kind of place that people don’t want to leave.”

This award is presented to companies who create a positive environment in which employees are enthusiastic and engaged in their work. The two-step selection process is conducted by Best Companies Group. Companies state-wide are surveyed regarding their workplace management policies. This process is followed by an anonymous employee poll, which asks employees to evaluate how well management acts upon these policies. Enrollment in this year’s Best Places to Work program increased by 22 percent from 2014, with 14 new companies added to the list.

The Best Places to Work program is created by a combined effort from Providence Business News and Best Companies Group. 


Rob Levine & Associates Clean-Up Team Spruces Up Providence Neighborhood

Rob Levine & Associates recently organized a community cleanup in the neighborhood surrounding its Douglas Avenue office.  The Clean-Up event took place on the afternoon of Friday, June 12, 2015.

About 30 employees donned bright green tee-shirts and patrolled the sidewalks and streets to clean the debris and litter gathered there over the winter months.

"We believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work,” said Rob Levine. “Our employees regularly support the area businesses, and we wanted to do something for the residents as well.”  A video was created to capture the event, and can be seen on the firm’s Youtube channel

Employees were treated to food and beverages from fellow Providence Chamber member businesses after the Clean-Up.  Many thanks to Narragansett Beer and Pizzeria Uno Providence for the delicious refreshments!

Adler Pollock & Sheehan Adds Patent Services Group

Adler Pollock & Sheehan announced today the addition of an experienced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Services Group to its team of business law practitioners.   

The group, which will specialize in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, will expand the offerings of the firm’s existing Intellectual Property services, such as IP litigation and IP transactional services.  Adler Pollock & Sheehan is now the only full-service law firm in Rhode Island with a patent prosecution group. As noted in the Providence Business News’ list of Intellectual Property Law Firms, Adler Pollock & Sheehan was ranked number one by its number of intellectual property lawyers.

“We are thrilled to bring such a talented and seasoned team of IP prosecution professionals into the firm, and the opportunity this presents to expand our intellectual property services to include all of the important intellectual property issues facing companies of all sizes and industries today,” said AP&S Managing Partner Robert Brooks. “Our ability to integrate this prosecution IP group into our business practice will provide our clients with a valuable resource they need to compete and thrive in this marketplace.”

The IP group will consist of the following attorneys, now joining the firm:

Daniel J. Holmander joins Adler Pollock & Sheehan as Counsel and Chairman of the Patent Services and Trademark & Copyright Services Group, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience with clients ranging from growing startups to Fortune 500 companies.  Dan most recently practiced patent and trademark law at Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd. in Providence, where he specialized in supporting research universities, companies and technology companies.

George N. Chaclasjoins Adler Pollock & Sheehan as Counsel.George brings more than 17 years of experience in IP law, providing counsel to a wide range of companies, academic institutions, startups and entrepreneurs. George is a registered patent attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He most recently practiced law at Locke Lorde LLP in Providence.

Cheryl A. Clarkin joins Adler Pollock & Sheehan as Counsel. Cheryl specializes in trademark, branding and copyright procurement and enforcement issues, supporting clients in all industries.  Clarkin has nearly 20 years of experience in IP law.  She recently practiced law at Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd. in Providence and prior to that she was with Wolf, Greenfield in Boston.


DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s Gervais Named One of R.I’s Top Professionals

Providence Business News has named Peter M. Gervais, a principal in the tax consulting and compliance department at Warwick-based accounting firm DiSanto, Priest & Co., as a winner of it’s 2015 “40 under Forty” competition.

The award is bestowed each year on 40 of Rhode Island’s top professionals less than 40 years of age who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities. The individuals are selected from more than 100 applicants and will be profiled in an upcoming special section of PBN.

“It is an honor to be included as part of such a distinguished group of professionals from across the state and from such diverse fields. What we all seem to have in common is a genuine love for our chosen careers and the communities in this great state we call home. That makes all the difference,” says Peter.

In addition to his professional work, Peter has been a member of the board for the Providence Children's Museum since 2012.  Currently, he serves as the organization's treasurer and is a member of the executive, finance and investment committees.

Peter has over 15 years experience in public accounting and specializes in tax services for privately held businesses and high net worth individuals. He received his undergraduate degree (with a concentration in accounting) as well as a Master of Science in Taxation from Bryant University. His further professional education includes attaining the designation of Certified Financial Planner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Patrick Tigue of NHPRI Named a 40 Under Forty Winner

Peter M. Marino, President and Chief Executive Office of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (Neighborhood), is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Tigue, Director of Operations and Strategy, Commercial Products at Neighborhood, has been named one of the Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty class of 2015.

Now in its eleventh year, the 40 Under Forty competition selects winners from a large pool of applicants based on career success and community involvement. All are young professionals committed to making a difference on a local, national or international scale.

Upon receiving notice of his award Mr. Tigue said, “I am honored to be among this year’s 40 Under Forty program and hope it shines a spotlight on Neighborhood - our mission, vision and values and the good work we do right here in Providence on a daily basis.”

At Neighborhood, Mr. Tigue manages the overall operation and activities of the health plan’s commercial product line. Previously, he worked in health policy-related roles at Community Catalyst and the Office of the RI Health Insurance Commissioner. Mr. Tigue received his Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, and his Master of Public Policy, Specialization in Health Policy, from Brown University.

Award winners were announced by the Providence Business News on June 19 (online) and June 22 (print). An event honoring the award winners will take place July 23 at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Rob Levine Interviewed On Veterans Disability

We all like to play favorites. We all have a favorite color, favorite food and favorite TV show. However, when it comes to work, it’s hard for Rob Levine to pick a favorite case, or even a specialty. Whether working on a personal injury or disability case, Rob says that each one is important to him, as they are all major events in people’s lives. However, when pushed, he does bring up how the veterans disability cases are special to him. As a former military police officer in the Army National Guard, Rob has worked first hand with the brave men and women who put their lives on the line defending the United States.

Each of these returning disabled veterans is entitled to certain benefits. Depending on their disabilities, ranging from the obviously physical to the less noticeable emotional and mental, veterans are given a rating that determines the amount of benefits they receive.

Rarely does the Department of Veterans Affairs succeed in their efforts to provide adequate benefits to returning veterans when it comes to disability claims, as their processes and paperwork can often be a struggle for those trying to apply. Many times veterans are either denied benefits, or given lower ratings than their injuries or illnesses deserve.

“These are people that have sacrificed a piece of themselves for our country,” he says. “They deserve our respect and dignity, and our country doesn’t always give them that.”

It is because of this that Rob decided to add veterans disability cases to his law firm’s practice. “These cases can take so long to resolve,” he mentions. “There’s a maze of paperwork and red tape which can really cause frustration.”

At Rob Levine and Associates, a qualified veterans disability lawyer is ready to listen to every individual’s situation and work with them to figure out the best way to proceed. Whether your case can be won at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals or needs to be taken even further to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Rob and his veterans disability lawyers are committed to getting your case solved quickly, getting you the benefits you deserve.

Rob Levine & Associates concentrates in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Benefits 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, call 401.529.1222 or toll free at 888-533-7507.

Image: Attorney Rob Levine, Rhode Island Army National Guard 

David Dadekian Honorary Chairperson for Fifth Annual Big Toast Fundraiser

David Dadekian is the Honorary Chairperson for the Fifth Annual Big Toast Fundraiser to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) is pleased to announce that David Dadekian, President of Eat Drink RI and winner of a 2014 Rhode Island Foundation Innovation Grant, will be returning as Honorary Chairperson for the Fifth Annual ‘The Big Toast.’  This extraordinary tasting event features over 60 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries offering samples of their most delicious and enticing offerings.  This year the event will be held on October 1st 2015 at the OceanCliff Hotel and Resort in Newport overlooking beautiful Narragansett Bay.  Tickets are on sale now at  Guests who purchase tickets using promo code ‘EARLYBIRD’ will save $10 on each ticket from now until July first.

Dadekian is excited to be a part of The Big Toast again this year.  His vast knowledge of the RI culinary world will help BBBSOS identify and connect with potential food and beverage vendors and help to publicize the event. “BBBSOS has been a great organization to work with! Their mission is not only admirable, but the services they provide to more than 500 local children every year are critical to the future of Rhode Island. I’m so happy to be able to offer my experience in helping to make this event a continued success!” 

Eat Drink RI, founded by Dadekian is one of the top media, marketing, and event production companies in the region for all things culinary. Their news resource covers local food events, chefs & restaurants, the beverage industry, and locally produced artisanal products.

When Dadekian was asked if he could attribute his success and career to someone who served as a mentor in his life, there was no hesitation.  “The first person that comes to mind is Jim Gendron who currently teaches math at the Lincoln School.  He always encouraged me to ‘follow what I wanted to follow’ which lead me to go to film school in New York City.”  David continued: “After moving back to Rhode Island, Senator Jack Reed has been someone I have learned from.  As a politician he has proven himself to not be self-serving and was heavily invested in the cultivation of local oyster farms, and in Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s first culinary business incubator.”

Last year’s Big Toast sold out and netted over $17,000 for BBBSOS.  “The money raised from The Big Toast allows us to continue to fund our mentoring programs,” said Director of Development, Katje Afonseca.  “Each mentoring relationship we have within our organization requires an extensive background screening for participating adults, along with on-going professional support from skilled BBBSOS case workers who provide training and free activities for our mentoring pairs.   These necessities cost money and it is wonderful for us to have a fundraiser like The Big Toast to support these expenses.  Having Dave as our Honorary Chairperson has taken this event to the next level.  His input and expertise is priceless for us as we plan and host this stellar food and drink tasting event!”

To find out more about the event, see photo highlights from last year’s event or to learn more about becoming a mentor to a child in Rhode Island, visit or call 401.921.2434.


LGBTQ Foster Parents Carry Family Service of RI Banner in Pride Parade

LGBTQ foster dads will be carrying Family Service of Rhode Island’s banner in the “Illuminated Night Parade” on Saturday night, June 20 as part of Family Service of Rhode Island’s outreach for LGBTQ foster parents called “We Take Pride in All Families.”

The parade is a feature of RI PrideFest in Providence.

Michael Leighton and Marc Fernandes, of Providence, who are foster parents to two children, will be carrying the Family Service of Rhode Island banner.

“We are proud that Michael and Marc will be representing us and our efforts to recruit LGBTQ foster parents,” said Family Service of Rhode Island CEO Margaret Holland McDuff.  “We take pride in all families, and we’re hoping many more Rhode Island adults will step forward to become foster parents.”  She noted that singles and couples may become foster parents.

“We are honored to represent Family Service of Rhode Island in the Pride parade, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with Family Service of Rhode Island in recruiting LGBTQ foster parents,” said Mr. Leighton.  “We’re hoping to remove any stigma or confusion that may exist regarding LGBTQ foster parents.”

Foster parents receive tax-free dollars to support the placement, plus free medical coverage for the child and a clothing allowance.  Family Service of Rhode Island also provides support 24/7.  More information is available by contacting Greg Wright at (401) 331-1350 ext. 3305 or emailing him at wrightgr@familyserviceri.orgInformation about foster parenting and Family Service of Rhode Island are available at

More information about RI PrideFest is available at

Sansiveri Commemorates 40th Anniversary by Celebrating Rhode Island

Firm Announces Series of Rhode Island Business-Themed Giveaways Via Social Media

The accounting firm of Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, L.L.P. (Sansiveri) today announced a campaign celebrating the firm’s 40th anniversary. The campaign, which is a celebration of Rhode Island business, will run throughout the summer. Over the next three months Sansiveri will feature tourism and local businesses in Block Island, Newport and Providence through a series of giveaways on social media.

“We want to share our anniversary celebration with the people and businesses that have been such an important part of the proud history in Rhode Island,” said Michael DeCataldo, Managing Partner at Sansiveri. “What better way to do this than by showcasing some of Rhode Island’s best resources. We chose these three entertainment packages because they highlight just a few of the many businesses and sites to visit that make Rhode Island such a great place to call home.”

Contest details, such as how, when and where to enter will be posted on the firm's website,, and shared on the Sansiveri Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + pages. Prize packages will be offered during the months of June, July and August and are valued between $400 and $450. 

PSH Receives National Recognition as Leading Law Firm

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Receives National Recognition as Leading Law Firm

Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate Practice Areas Honored

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP and several of its attorneys have been included in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 Client Guide

Congratulations to the following partners and their respective practice areas:

Melissa E. Darigan, Litigation: General Commercial

Michael A. Gamboli, Labor & Employment

David M. Gilden, Real Estate and Corporate/Commercial

James H. Hahn, Corporate/Commercial

John E. Ottaviani, Intellectual Property

Christopher J. Panos, Bankruptcy & Restructuring

John J. Partridge, Corporate/Commercial

Howard Merten, Litigation: General Commercial

William R. Moorman, Jr., Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Richard Nadeau, Real Estate

Steven E. Snow, Litigation: General Commercial

Chambers & Partners has a team of more than 150 highly qualified, full-time researchers who identify and rank lawyers and law firms based on in-depth, objective research. During telephone interviews, people are asked to rank individual attorneys on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, commitment and other characteristics most valued by clients. 

“It is especially rewarding to receive this distinction from clients and fellow attorneys in our region. Client service is of the utmost importance to us and we are honored to be recognized in Chambers USA for providing superior value to our clients,said David Gilden, Managing Partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

Sex Trafficking Victims a Focus of Training

Program for Police Officers, Other Victim Workers, Starts July 31

Family Service of Rhode Island and Rogers Williams University’s School of Justice Studies are partnering to provide the 7th Annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy for anyone working with victims, such as police officers, hospital workers, social workers and others.

The full-day sessions will be held five consecutive Fridays, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28 at the Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn & Conference Center, 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

One of the topics is “Working with Sex Trafficking Victims.”

“Family Service of Rhode Island is on the front lines with the police in dealing with sex trafficking in Rhode Island,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island CEO, noting that Family Service of Rhode Island staff patrol with Providence and East Providence police, and the State Police.  “Our work includes helping the victims build new lives in the wake of the abuse and trauma they endured.”

In addition to sex trafficking, topics covered also include: Victimization in the Military, Childhood Victimization, Elder Victims, Working with LGBTQQ Youth, Homicide Victim Response, the Justice System, Victim’s Issues in Mental Health, and Ethics. Registration is by calling 401-331-1350 ext. 3200 or on-line at  The cost is $50 or $125 for attendees seeking continuing education credit. Funding for the training is from a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime.

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Susan Erstling, PhD, LICSW, who helped found the academy said, “We’re extremely proud of the justice partnerships that come together to educate victim providers,” she said, noting that the academy features staff from Family Service of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, the Warwick Police Department, Rhode Island College, the United States Navy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lifespan, and the Office of the Attorney General.

“The  Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy brings together a community of brilliant minds and practitioners who present current information and training for victim advocates,” said Stephanie P. Manzi, PhD, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and an academy co-founder.  “It’s one of the high points of the summer on the RWU campus.”

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

Roger Williams University, based in Bristol, Rhode Island, is an independent, coeducational university.  More information is available at


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.

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

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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Dick Lupino July Performance Schedule

Dick Lupino July 2015 Music Schedule

Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7:30 to 10 pm

Wed    7/1    -  Ginny Conley, vocal, Bill Moretti, piano, Dave Zinno, bass 

Wed    7/8    -  Joe Esposito, sax, Greg Wardson, piano, Dave Zinno, bass

Wed    7/15  -   Nicolas King, vocal, Yvonne Monnett, piano/vocal, Alan Bernstein, bass

Wed    7/22  -   Brenda Keen, vocal, Steve Heck, piano/vocal,  TBA, bass

Wed    7/29  -   Angela Bacari, vocal, Yvonne Monnett, piano, Alan Bernstein, bass


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

Sat    7/4    -  Debbie Sullivan, piano/vocal, Kirk Feather, sax,

                      Tom Charlap, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    7/11  -  Debra Mann, piano/vocal, Dan Moretti, sax,

                       Paul Del Nero, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    7/18  -  Ethel Lee, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano,

                       Tom Pasquerelli, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat    7/25  -  Bob Sagnella, sax, Greg Wardson, piano,

                      Alan Bernstein, bass, Rick Wells, drums


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BBBSOS to Benefit from the 25TH Annual Harmony Lodge Golf Tournament


Harmony Lodge #9 of Free and Accepted Masons will be hosting their 25th annual golf tournament on July 18, 2015 at the Crystal Lake Golf Club located at 100 Bronco Highway, Harrisville, RI 02839.  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS).  Crystal Lake Golf Club is contoured over rolling farmland surrounding 70 acre Crystal Lake.  Michael Cunningham, chairman of the Harmony Lodge Golf Tournament states, “I encourage everyone to join us for this most worthwhile charity event.”

The event begins at 7:30 am with registration and a shotgun start at 8:00 am sharp in scramble format and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, raffles, and a steak luncheon at 1:00.  The cost per golfer is $125. Contests include longest drive prizes (ladies and men) and closest to the pin prizes (ladies and men). This year, BBBSOS and Harmony Lodge will be honoring a member of the community who has been an asset to both the success of mentoring and to the annual tournament.  The award recipient, Andy Gallonio, will be recognized during the steak luncheon. There is also an option to attend only the lunch for $40. 

All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. To register for the event visit or contact Travis J. Sousa at 401.368.2458.

Deb Saunders, President & CEO of BBBSOS, had this to say,   “We are very fortunate to be able to continue our relationship with Harmony Lodge #9 of Free and Accepted Masons and Crystal Lake Golf Club. The generosity of the many golfers this event attracts helps our agency continue the work of our mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.”

Volunteering your time as a mentor is more than just a rewarding experience for the child; it’s a rewarding experience for all those involved. It’s knowing what you’re doing today will positively impact the future.  To become a mentor to one of the 200+ boys and girls still waiting for someone to be the change in their life, visit or call 401.921.2434 and begin the simple and convenient application process today!

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.


Food Truck Fridays at the Carousel Village

Fridays from July 10 – 31, 5 to 8pm; Roger Williams Park Carousel Village, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI

Starting Friday, July 10th head to the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park for Food Truck Fridays! Enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from some of the area’s best food trucks, ride the carousel and explore Hasbro's Boundless Playground. Food Truck Fridays happen each Friday from July 10 - 31 from 5 to 8pm. 

Check out for a list of food trucks at the Carousel Village each week.


Beat the Heat this Summer at Boss Ice Arena with Free Skating

Beat The Heat With Complimentary Skating At Boss Ice Arena

Complimentary skating sessions every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm

Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena, the Spectra Venue Management operated ice rink on the campus of the University of Rhode Island is pleased to offer a family-friendly option for cooling down this summer. Complimentary skate admission to community members wishing to get out of the heat this summer will be offered every Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm starting June 24 thru August 26.

"As temperatures and humidity levels begin to rise we wanted to offer South County residents and the entire Southern New England community a fun way to stay cool this summer," says Leah Becki, General Manager of the Spectra Venue Management operated Boss Ice Arena and Thomas M. Ryan Center. "Temperatures inside Boss Ice Arena remain on average a relatively cool 60 degrees so we hope this is a great opportunity for patrons to beat the heat all summer while listening to music and socializing with friends and family."

In addition, the ice rink will act as a cooling shelter for the community and offer complimentary skating sessions throughout the summer on extremely hot or humid days. Please follow Boss on social media (@bossicearena), as well as for up to date information this summer.

Skate rentals are available for $5 (limited sizes and quantities may be available due to demand) and Subway's Boss Ice Arena location will be open for patrons to purchase food and cold beverages.

RI Convention Center: 2015 Songwriters Festival Rhode Island

Mount Saint Charles Academy Athletic Camps

Mount Saint Charles Academy Will Offer Athletic Camps Throughout the Summer  

Mount Saint Charles Academy will be hosting a wide variety of athletic camps in July and August. These camps are open to all students, however the age brackets vary per camp. The camp schedule is as follows:

  • July 13th - July 17th Lacrosse on the Mount 8am-3pm $250 Ages 10-14
  • July 26th - July 30th Tennis on the Mount 5pm-8pm $150 Ages 11-18
  • August 3rd - August 7th Baseball On the Mount 9am-2pm $160 Ages 10-14
  • July 27th - July 31st All Star Volleyball Academy 5:30pm-9:00pm $190 Ages 11-18
  • August 3rd -August 7th The Hoops Camp 9am-3pm $180 Ages 10-14
  • August l0th-August 14th Soccer On the Mount 9am-3pm $180 Ages 10-14
  • August 9th -August 13th Tennis on the Mount 5pm-8pm $150 Ages 11-18
  • August 10th-14th All Star Volleyball Academy 5:30pm-9:00pm $190 Ages 11-18

 “Our Summer on the Mount Athletic Camps will not only give kids the opportunity to advance their skills in a particular sport, but they will be able to have fun at the same time,” Ray Leveille, Assistant Athletic Director at Mount, said.

All camp information, including brochures and medical waivers, can be found by visiting For camps that are running two sessions, discounts are available if students attend both weeks of camp. Please contact Ray Leveille at (401) 769-0310 x120 or via email at for questions and more information.

My Sky Exhibit Opens at Providence Children’s Museum

Discover a traveling exhibit exploring the universe June 8 through Labor Day

From June 8 through September 7, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, an immersive traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe.  Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, My Sky invites families to investigate the sun, moon and stars together as they:

  • Gaze through a telescope to see stars and planets in their real-time positions in the sky.
  • Examine real footage of the nearest star, and see solar events like flares, eclipses, solar tornadoes and more in a movie of the sun.
  • Explore the phases of the moon by manipulating a mechanical model.
  • Find familiar constellations and invent new ones.
  • Discover the twinkling night sky in a large darkened dome.
  • Sit around a campfire and crawl inside a tent to tell stories and hear music inspired by the sky.
  • Watch the sun setting and the moon rising, and find planets, constellations and more in a 24-hour time lapse of the sky.
  • Meet scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky above.

Designed to engage children ages 5 to 10 and their adults in interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, the exhibit gives caregivers an opportunity to help children practice foundational science skills such as observing, noticing patterns, predicting, estimating and thinking creatively – skills that are fundamental to astronomy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) thinking, and that scientists and engineers use every day.

The Museum hosts an opening celebration of My Sky on Friday, June 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Meet astronomers from Brown University Science Outreach and experiment with solar telescopes, see models of asteroids, and create your own constellations.  At 6:00 PM, hear storyteller Thawn Sherente Harris share traditional tales about the sky, sun and stars from his Narragansett culture.  Museum admission is free on June 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for MetLife Family Friday, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Inspired by the exhibit, families will try other activities related to the exhibit and astronomy all summer long.  Exhibit and related activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  Visit for calendar of activities.

My Sky was produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA; sponsored in Providence by June Rockwell Levy Foundation.

PawSox will Host Seven Post-Game Firework Shows in 2015!!!

Chez Innovation

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

Groden Network’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament

Please join us for THE GRODEN NETWORK’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism on July 13 at the world-class Wannamoisett Country Club. This very special tournament commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the creation of this tournament by Joe Trimble!

For over 38 years THE GRODEN NETWORK “Your Autism Experts” has been the leading nonprofit in the field of educating youth and adults with Autism and developmental disabilities, providing research based clinical educational methods.

All funds raised through your generosity supports the Groden Network’s critical services. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to our programs to provide equipment, transportation, recreational and other needed services.

We look forward to seeing you at Wannamoisett.


American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

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

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