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Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PS&H) is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, we created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of our community who have supported us through the years.
In November, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated 25 jeans, shirts and sweaters to Veterans Inc. Veterans Inc. is New England’s leading provider of support services to veterans and their families. The organization’s single-minded mission is to be there for our veterans in their time of need. Since 1991, Veterans Inc. has helped more than 55,000 veterans in need and today operates offices and programs in all six New England states. Support services include temporary and emergency housing, counseling, employment services, job training, family programs, benefits counseling/advocacy, transportation, temporary financial assistance, health & Wellness, food services, and veterans’ childcare services.
“It is an honor to contribute to these men and women, many of whom put their lives on the line to preserve the freedom that we often take for granted” said Managing Partner David Gilden.
Support from firms such as Partridge Snow & Hahn impacts not only the staff, but the veterans we have the privilege of working with, explained Denis Leary, the executive director for Veterans Inc.
“It means more than a lot of people realize,” Leary said. “Our veterans see this support as affirmation that they are not alone in their struggles, that it is not just our staff who is helping them, but that the community truly cares about them. The positive impact is immeasurable.”
BankNewport has launched its latest website which uses responsive design to provide customers with a consistent web experience, regardless of their device and browser. A responsive website adapts the content and design of a website to any device, whether it be a tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. BankNewport’s website will now provide an optimum user experience across all devices. The enhanced site will automatically scale and adjust to every device and screen size to help users find the information they need quickly and easily.
“BankNewport is excited to be one of the first community banks in Rhode Island to implement a responsive designed website,” stated BankNewport Vice President and Director of Marketing, Theresa L. Massoud. “The Bank has experienced significant increase in tablet and mobile usage over the last 24 months. Our website upgrade further demonstrates BankNewport’s continued efforts to provide all website visitors with advanced technology and ease of navigation for the most convenient banking experience.”
In addition to the new look, BankNewport’s website will now automatically respond to the most frequently accessed web content based on user preferences and viewing history. The enhanced design will also be one of the first to offer an eBranch which will advance the Bank’s positioning to support the increase of online and mobile customers researching new financial products and services via mobile devices.
Visit www.banknewport.com for more information.
The Providence In Town Churches Association (PICA) and HeadsUp, Inc. partner to put on a weekly community meal every Friday from 4:45 to 6 pm, the main meal site for the homeless on Fridays. The Community Meal typically feeds 200 or more guests each week. PICA provides the meal, supplies & volunteers and HeadsUp, Inc. provides the facility in the Mathewson Street Church building & volunteers.
The community meal site not only provides nutritious food for our homeless guests and residents of downtown subsidized housing, but it also provides access to needed services including a Homeless Legal Clinic, Brown Cares Health Screenings, Capital Good Fund financial coaching, and fresh, local produce purchased through Farm Fresh RI Market Mobile.
Your sponsorship of $500 will help to cover the cost of food for one meal as well as the costs involved in hosting the meal in the MSC building.
In addition, as a sponsor, you will receive the following:
Opportunity for your employees to volunteer at the meal to include greeting guests, serving food, assisting in the kitchen or distributing produce with the option of photographing employees in action (guests of meal cannot be photographed).
Opportunity to hang company banner at the meal announcing the sponsorship along with distribution of logo items and/or information.
Reduced fee parking in the parking lot next to the building.
Option to do a basic toiletries drive (e.g. soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, deodorant) or gently used clothing. The toiletries would be distributed through our Outreach programs and the clothing would be offered during the meal.
Recognition and postings on both PICA and HeadsUp, Inc. websites.
A chance to support a valuable, much needed service to the downtown Providence community that has been serving meals for over 33 years.
If you would be interested in sponsorship and/or more information, please contact Diana Burdett, Executive Director of PICA, at 454-7422 or Karen Gager, Executive Director of HeadsUp, Inc. at 331-1069.
Axion Business Technologies of Cranston, a locally owned and operated community committed company, was pleased to donate $14,000.00 to West Warwick Public Schools for the purchase of 61 Acer 7 Chrome Books.
Axion and partner, Toshiba America, grant funds to local school systems who promote projects, ideas and materials teachers need to conduct innovative Math and Science technology programs. Toshiba is also interested in funding projects on a national level designed by teachers or teams of teachers for use in their own schools.
Axion and Toshiba America support and share the belief that Science and Mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction.
From giving employees greater choice to reducing administrative hassle, HealthSource RI makes it easy for small employers to provide the affordable insurance coverage and healthcare support every employee deserves.
Call, click or come by our contact center to explore your options. Employers have until December 5th to complete their application and employees have until December 10th to select a plan. The bill must be paid by December 16th for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
Visit HealthSourceRI.com, call 1-855-840-HSRI, or stop by our contact center at 70 Royal Little Drive in Providence. We’re open 7 days a week.
Michael Gregson, a Risk Architecture Senior Vice President from Providence, and Lynda White, a Human Resources Director from Cumberland, were named as Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State at an event held on November 7th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. This annual event is held to thank and honor each and every one of our volunteer mentors. This year’s event was sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.
Michael Gregson has been a Big Brother to Nick since July 2012. During that time, Michael has supported Nick by going to his football practices, taking him to Gillette Stadium for a Revs game, taking him to the circus and playing sports together. Nick's mother appreciates that Michael is very consistent and always follows through and is there for Nick. Michael also supports the agency as part of the monthly Match Activities Committee. As often the only male voice at the meeting, Michael advocates for activities that would interest all our Littles.
Lynda White has been a Big Sister since 2007. During that time she has been matched with four Little Sisters. Although her first two matches each lasted over a year, Lynda never gave up her commitment to the agency. Lynda was matched with Chloe, her third Little Sister in August 2011, and they were a great match. When Chloe unexpectedly lost her father this summer, Lynda raised four months' rent for the family. Lynda sang Amazing Grace at the funeral, accompanied by her husband who played the guitar. Unfortunately, Chloe and her family moved to Georgia in August.
Lynda is happily matched with another Little Sister and has also supported the agency by hosting mentor connection groups at her home, organizing activities for fellow matches, and accompanying staff during outreach events.
Heather Potter, Program Director, states “It’s difficult to select just one Big Brother Big Sister of the Year, when all of our volunteers are dedicated to their mentees. Lynda and Michael go the extra mile for their Littles and have been positive influences in their lives. We are honored to have them as part of our program.”
The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) has awarded Rhode Island-based NanoSteel a Green Tie Gala Award for Emerging Company of the Year.
NECEC’s Emerging Company of the Year award is given to an organization that has emerged from its development phase with tremendous momentum and is poised to build on that momentum with rapid commercial growth. Past winners include Harvest Power (2010), BigBelly Solar (2011) and Joule Unlimited (2012).
“NanoSteel is at the precipice of bringing its nano-structured steel alloy technology into the automotive industry to significantly lightweight vehicles and improve fuel economy,” said Peter Rothstein, NECEC president. “We are thrilled to provide them with this award and congratulate all of tonight’s award winners which exemplify innovative companies leading research, development, adoption and deployment of clean energy technologies in our region.”
“NanoSteel is honored to receive NECEC’s Emerging Company of the Year award,” said Dave Paratore, president and CEO of NanoSteel. “Building on the inherent benefits of steel, the most recyclable metal in the world, our mission is to offer material solutions that address challenges at the intersection of automotive safety, efficiency and emissions.”
NECEC’s 6th Annual Green Tie Gala was held at the Boston Westin Waterfront and attracted more than 400 leaders and stakeholders in the clean energy industry, including company CEOs, government officials, service providers, academics, venture investment firms, labor and large commercial end-users and area utilities. Other 2013 Green Tie Gala award recipients include Digital Lumens, 1366 Technologies, Saint Gobain and Health Care Without Harm. In addition, NECEC honored Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick as the 2013 Clean Energy Hall of Fame Inductee for his leadership and dedication in growing the clean energy sector.
The Rhode Island based CPA and financial services firm, DiSanto, Priest & Co., is celebrating a rich history of 50 years of service and the anniversary of the merger of its two founding firms: Finkel, DiSanto, Forsythe, Sciuto & Martin, Incorporated and Priest, Kortick, DeMerchant & Brough, Ltd.
To commemorate the milestone and in collaboration with the Firm's charitable giving arm, Bentley Foundation, employees donated their time in a day of community service on October 25th to help The Impossible Dream Park and Playground in Warwick close for the Autumn and Winter seasons. This will be the second year the firm has assisted the organization.
"This charity is a very special one for the Foundation," said Lori Conaty, Director of Bentley Foundation. "This is our second year volunteering our time. After our first visit, we were so moved by their mission and those they serve, that we decided unanimously to become a monthly financial donor as well."
Celebrating its own 30 year anniversary, the Impossible Dream, is committed to enriching the lives of Rhode Island’s chronically-ill children and maintaining as well as expanding a “special playground” for the enjoyment of all children, regardless of their physical abilities. More information can be found at www.impossibledreaminc.org
"We're very excited about the opportunity to have Impossible Dream’s name paired with DiSanto Priest and Bentley Foundation, especially since we are celebrating an anniversary as well," said Impossible Dream Executive Director, Diane Penza.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PS&H) is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, they created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of the community who have supported them through the years.
In November, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated 2,500 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. “It is humbling to consider the number of people in our community who suffer from hunger. The Food Bank does an excellent job of maximizing donations to their fullest and serving the most people possible,” said Managing Partner David Gilden.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to people in need and promotes long-term solutions to the problem of hunger. In partnership with member agencies, as well as government and community leaders, the Food Bank works to ensure that no one in Rhode Island goes hungry. They envision a day when everyone in Rhode Island has access to nutritious food through an efficient and sustainable acquisition and distribution network.
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) has been named to the 2014 “Best Law Firms” in America rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® for the fourth consecutive year. PLDW was recognized in a total of 17 practice areas in the metropolitan area/Rhode Island for its “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers and for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.”
“PLDW attorneys continue to represent the highest standards of excellence in their practice of law,” said Gary R. Pannone, Managing Partner. “We are proud to have been selected for this prestigious recognition and for our outstanding service to our clients.”
Among the PLDW practice areas cited for the top tier rankings include Corporate Compliance Law, Government Relations Practice and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Other practice areas recognized for outstanding quality are Corporate Governance Law, Mediation, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, Healthcare Law and Employment Law: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers.
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments during this year’s selection cycle. Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 120 metropolitan practice areas.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PS&H) is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, they created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of the community who have supported them through the years.
In October, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated 25 sets of bed linens to Amos House, a vital social service agency located in Providence. “We are very pleased to contribute to the supportive housing program at Amos House, one of many important services provided by this community-based organization,” said Managing Partner David Gilden.
Amos House, founded in 1976, consists of a campus of 14 buildings including a restaurant, permanent supportive housing and a mother-child reunification center. Its growth includes a 90-Day Recovery- Based Program, ten buildings dedicated to supportive housing, a Mother-Child Reunification Program, culinary and carpentry training program, a literacy center and social enterprise businesses that employ men and women and generate income. Amos House has moved from a grass-roots soup kitchen to a comprehensive social service agency with a staff of over 50 employees, more than half of whom are former residents.
BankNewport to acquire two Rhode Island Randolph Savings Bank Branches
BankNewport and Randolph Savings Bank has announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase and sale of two branch offices. Under the agreement, BankNewport will acquire two Rhode Island branch locations and assume the related deposit relationships from Randolph Savings Bank, a state chartered bank headquartered in Stoughton, MA. The branch locations being acquired are located in Coventry at 730 Centre of New England Boulevard, and in Cranston at 875 Pontiac Avenue. As of September 30, 2013, total deposits at these two locations totaled approximately $39.2 million. Employees of the two branches will become BankNewport employees.
Randolph Savings Bank President and CEO, Jim McDonough, commented, “Over the years, we have regularly reviewed customer banking patterns to find ways to make banking with Randolph Savings more responsive, comfortable, and convenient. A key issue has been to provide branches in market areas that are adjacent to one another. The Bank’s most recent review of customers’ banking patterns has indicated that the two branches to be transferred to BankNewport – the Coventry and Cranston offices – are located in areas in which Randolph Savings does not have a strong branch presence in an adjacent or nearby market. As a result, Randolph savings Bank has decided that customers in those branches might be well served if their banking needs were met by another community bank, particularly one that has a presence in adjacent markets. Accordingly, we selected BankNewport for this transaction because we knew they had the resources, market knowledge and presence, and are very committed to making banking a great experience for their customers.”
McDonough added, “As a result of this transaction, Randolph Savings Bank will focus on its core markets within the state of Massachusetts and further position itself for future growth.”
Sandra J. Pattie, President and Chief Executive Officer of BankNewport, stated, “This transaction marks BankNewport’s entry into Providence County, the state’s most populous and highest growth market, and the addition of further scale in Kent County. The opportunity to expand our branch footprint in contiguous markets is an attractive opportunity that is consistent with our long-term strategy.
We already have many relationships in these communities, and look forward to welcoming Randolph customers and employees to the BankNewport family.”
McDonough added, “BankNewport is a locally-owned and managed community banking institution and shares our strong commitment to the communities it serves and that our customers will benefit from BankNewport’s full array of banking products and high level of customer service. We want to assure our branch customers that the transition to BankNewport will be accomplished smoothly and efficiently, and that they will continue to be served by the same friendly banking professionals.”
Following the completion of this transaction, BankNewport will have total deposits of $1 billion and 15 branches in Providence, Kent, Washington, Bristol and Newport counties in Rhode Island.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Over the next few months, BankNewport and Randolph Savings Bank will be communicating directly with customers at the affected branches to ensure a smooth transition and to answer any questions.
Officials from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), Federal Transit Administration, and the Congressional Delegation joined Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the installation of a 300 kilowatt solar panel roof system at RIPTA’s Transportation Building.
The ribbon cutting celebration took place outside the main entrance of RIPTA’s Transportation Building located at 269 Melrose Street in Providence on Friday, November 8th. A sample of the solar panel was on display at the location and light refreshments were served.
Funding for the nearly two-acre rooftop solar project came from a $1.2 million FTA Transit Investment in Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant, which requires a 20% state match. The 20 percent state match was funded through a $240,000 grant from a settlement between the state and the American Electric Power Corporation (AEP). The remainder of the $1.9 M project was funded by a combination of RIPTA and other federal grants, including $340,000 in ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds for facility repairs.
An installation of this size will produce around 350,000 kWh per year, an electrical power value of $55,000 which offsets 6,180 tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere over 25 years.
A Very Big Anniversary for an East Side Institution
There is a palpable hum on the campus of The Wheeler School, a sensation that embodies the Wheeler spirit, present since the school’s beginning in 1889 and still felt today. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary academic year, or quasquicentennial, Wheeler provides a progressive education to a diverse student body in a unique environment that values creativity and individuality along with academic innovation and excellence.
The school motto – "The Spirit Giveth Life" – was suggested in 1933 by Mary Helena Dey, Wheeler’s second head of school, who wrote, “In the classes there was continual emphasis laid on the truth that the spirit in which we seek knowledge and share our findings gives life to our learning.” That spirit surely moved Mary Colman Wheeler, a math and Latin teacher who grew up on a farm in Concord, MA, who knew Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Alcott, to move to Providence in 1868 to teach. In 1884, she began offering painting classes to young women and children plus evening lectures on Greek literature and American history. Soon, she added college preparatory classes and in 1889, ten girls enrolled as boarders of the Mary C. Wheeler School, rechristened The Wheeler School in 1975 when the entire school became a coeducational day school.
Dan Miller, Wheeler’s seventh head of school, experiences the Wheeler spirit everyday and attributes it to the “vibrant, joyous environment of a school that values diversity, intellectual curiosity, academic creativity combined with rigor and excellence, and that is dedicated to meeting the individual talents and needs of every kid in an embracing, warm social environment.” The warmth and acceptance of that environment is plainly evident. Miller recalls looking out his window one day to see a senior basketball star high-fiving a four-year-old, and standing in the pouring rain as the girls soccer team rushed to surround their goalie, not after a big win but when she let in the winning goal in a heart-breaking loss. Senior Honor Davis, a Wheeler student since second grade, says, “I think that every class, from 50 years ago or 50 years from now, has at least one thing in common, and that’s the Wheeler spirit.”
Etienne Mechrefe ‘95, President of the Wheeler Alumni Association and parent of three Wheeler students, agrees that while the face of the school may evolve, the tenets of a Wheeler education – spirit, community, individuality, excellence – endure. On Wheeler’s history and future, she points out, “We are a community producing confident, caring, driven individuals, and we will continue to grow that community for the next 125 years.”
Community engagement was integral to a Wheeler education from its founding, marking a break from a traditional girls boarding school education, which, at the time, was typically sheltered. Mary C. Wheeler’s curriculum included required courses in art, a focus on modern languages, and an advanced certificate course taught by Brown University professors. She also offered a summer arts program at her home in Giverny, France, neighboring Claude Monet’s own house. Her belief in exposing students to the educational, artistic and cultural offerings of Providence, France and beyond began the school’s lasting commitment to mutually benefit community partnerships, evidenced today through programs like Breakthrough Providence, the Brown-Wheeler Master of Arts in Teaching, the 125 Club for Upper School Community Service, the Public Art Initiative and WELH-FM at 88.1.
Of course, a school’s reputation is built primarily on educational excellence, and Wheeler has a history, and a future, as a progressive institution with rigorous and innovative academics. In 1914, Mary Helena Dey reshaped the school according to the theories of John Dewey, making it a pioneer in education. In 1912, the school offered Kindergarten classes and became one of the first schools in the U.S. to use the Montessori model. The school’s many distinguished alumni also reflect the quality and rigor of a Wheeler education. They include Stephanie Chafee ’76, Adrienne Gagnon ’93, the late Susan Farmer ’60 and the late Hope Goddard ’32.
Opened in 1988, The Hamilton School at Wheeler, celebrating its 25th anniversary, augments the school’s excellence and innovation. The National Association of Independent Schools awarded Hamilton its Leading Edge Award for Curriculum Innovation. This “school within a school” for students with learning disabilities is a model for other schools throughout the world.
As Wheeler moves into its next phase of history, including the current Campaign 125 that will involve the completion of a 400+ seat auditorium, it is sure to continue innovating around educational excellence, fostering community and creativity, and improving its campus. But regardless of what high-tech gadgets may be used in the classroom or what the buildings will look like, one thing will remain the same: the hum, the spirit that comes from the joyous pursuit of knowledge in a warm, embracing environment. This spirit will always give life to Wheeler.
Original article courtesy of East Side Monthly Magazine.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12 Noon to 2:00 pm
Workforce Solutions of Providence / Cranston
RI Department of Labor & Training
Our goal is to connect Rhode Island businesses with a large pool of diverse clients
who are actively seeking employment in these industries. We are inviting a select group of employers to participate in this exciting event. Reservations will be accepted on a
first-come, first-serve basis. (No charge.)
Reserve your table as soon as possible.
To register: Complete and e-mail the attached registration to email@example.com by November 8.
For information call 401. 680.8578
All participating businesses will be provided with a table, a table cloth,
chairs and name tags for company representatives who are registered to attend.
Electric outlets are available.
∎ Businesses may arrive as early as 11 am to set up.∎
From the North: Take 95 South to Exit 17 Elmwood
Avenue. Turn left at the bottom of the exit. Make a U-turn in the turning lane
on the right side of Elmwood Avenue into Roger Williams Park. Bear right and
the Casino will be directly ahead.
From the South: Take 95 North to Exit 16/Route 10
towards Cranston. Take Elmwood Avenue Exit, Turn left at the end of the exit
onto Elmwood Avenue and drive .2 miles. Entrance to Roger Williams Park will be
on the right and then bear right. The Casino will be directly ahead.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is proud to announce that 17 of its attorneys have been named to the 2013 Rhode Island Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars and one of its attorneys has been named to the 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The selection process includes peer nominations, a blue ribbon panel review and independent research of candidates. Congratulations to the following attorneys:
These attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the Rhode Island Super Lawyers 2013 list:
Patricia Antonelli, Bankruptcy
Normand G. Benoit, Bonds/Government Finance
Melissa E. Darigan, Business Litigation
Michael A. Gamboli, Employment Litigation: Defense
David M. Gilden, Real Estate
James H. Hahn, Business/Corporate
Howard Merten, Business Litigation
John E. Ottaviani, Intellectual Property
Steven E. Snow, Business Litigation
Robert K. Taylor, Business Litigation
This attorney has been selected for inclusion on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2013 list:
Marvin S. Silver, Trusts & Estates
These attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2013 list:
Thomas J. Enright, Bankruptcy
Paul M. Kessimian, Business Litigation
Travis J. McDermott, Civil Litigation Defense
David J. Pellegrino, Bankruptcy
Alexandra W. Pezzello, Bonds/Government Finance
Alicia J. Samolis, Employment Litigation: Defense
Lauren F. Verni, Bankruptcy
Falvey Insurance Group was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Insurance for the fourth consecutive year. This fifth annual program was created by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group.
This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Insurance.
Companies from across the country entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Insurance. 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 rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process for this program, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.
The ranking of the fifth annual Best Places to Work in Insurance were unveiled at an awards luncheon in October. The employers that make the 2013 list were profiled in the October 21 issue of Business Insurance.
OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC has announced the appointment of two members to its Board of Trustees as well as to the Board of Directors of its subsidiary BankNewport. They are Timothy P. Burns and Colin P. Kane.
Timothy P. Burns is Co-Founder, CEO and President of BioProcess H2O and BioProcess Algae, LLC based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. BioProcess provides advanced water reclamation and CO2 utilization systems to various clients throughout North America.
Colin P. Kane is a founding partner of Peregrine Group LLC, a real estate development and third party advisory firm, founded in 2001, with offices in East Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. He is lead partner for project transactional activities, project planning, asset acquisition, leasing, financial analysis, permitting/due diligence, and debt/equity capitalization.
Kane serves on the Board of Directors of St. Andrews School and Justice Assistance, the Providence College President’s Council, and is Admiral of the Rhode Island Commodores. He is also the formational Chairman of the Interstate-195 Redevelopment Commission.
Colin holds a bachelor’s degree with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. He and his wife, Karen, and their two children reside in North Kingstown.
"Tim and Colin will be valuable additions to our Board, bringing unique insights and significant business experience," stated OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC, President and CEO, Sandra J. Pattie. "Their leadership will be important to OceanPoint Financial Partners, and we look forward to Tim and Colin’s contribution to our company’s continued success, as we grow organically and through acquisition in the southern New England region.”
OceanPoint Financial Partners is the Mutual Holding Company of BankNewport, an FDIC-insured savings bank, founded in 1819, and currently holding $1.1 billion in assets, and OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., a full-service agency, headquartered in Middletown, that provides a broad range of commercial and personal insurance services, including property and casualty, life, health, disability and long-term care. BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency are proud to serve the financial and insurance needs of customers from banking and nsurance offices located throughout Rhode Island.
Pictured: Janice O'Donnell, Museum executive director, and Kevin R. Hennessy, Dominion Resources, Inc., director of federal, state & local affairs in New England
Providence Children’s Museum, an active place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc. The funds support kids’ hands-on science learning in activities related to the Museum’s Play Power exhibit, Imagination Playground, and two participatory plays: “No Time to Waste,” about the importance of recycling, and “After the Beanstalk,” exploring spatial thinking challenges.
Dominion owns and operates the Manchester Street Power Station, located on Point Street in Providence. Manchester Street supplies electricity to over 1.5 million homes, businesses, hospitals and schools in Rhode Island. Dominion is proud to energize the communities where we operate – not just via its our day-to-day operations, but through our employee engagement and charitable contributions too,” said Kevin Hennessy, director of federal, state & local affairs in New England for Dominion Resources, Inc. “Providence Children’s Museum is a natural partner for us. It enhances the lives of those in this community via hands-on learning.” “We are deeply grateful to Dominion Foundation for supporting Providence Children’s Museum,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell. “We are thrilled that Dominion shares our belief in the importance of active, hands-on discovery for children’s healthy development.”
Providence Children’s Museum – play is powerful!
The Museum is located at 100 South Street in Providence’s Jewelry District. September through March, open Tuesday through Sunday and Monday school holidays, 9 AM to 6 PM, and selected Fridays until 8 PM. April through August, open 7 days. Museum admission is $9.00 per person; always free for Museum members. Call (401) 273-KIDS or visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org.
New policyholder payment option will be based on real-time payroll data
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company has announced a new payment option for eligible policyholders to pay premiums in a more simplified, automated process.
The Beacon Pay As You Go program enables policyholders to pay workers’ compensation premium based on real time payroll data as each pay cycle is processed – either through a payroll company or the policyholder’s own records. Beacon Pay As You Go uploads data instantly and the premium for each applicable period is calculated and automatically withdrawn from the policyholder’s bank account.
“We are pleased to add another convenient payment choice for our policyholders,” said Beacon Mutual President & CEO James V. Rosati. “We are continually looking for opportunities to improve the ease of doing business with Beacon and create value for our policyholders. This new option will allow policyholders to maximize monthly cash flow, minimize the likelihood of year-end premium audit adjustments and eliminate large upfront premium fees.”
Beacon policyholders in good financial standing can begin taking advantage of this new program at the time of policy renewal. The program is also available to new business at the inception of their first Beacon policy. Enrollees will have no more checks to write, no due dates to remember and no installment fees.
Additional information is available on The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company website: www.beaconmutual.com
Congratulations to Evan Granoff of 130 Westminster Street Associates LLC on the stage one reopening of the historic Arcade in downtown Providence. Governor Chafee and Mayor Taveras were on hand to cut the ribbon. The refurbished Arcade will feature 17 new stores on the ground level, of which 11 opened today as well as 48 micro-lofts on the second and third floors. Some of the retail shops include New Harvest Roaster Company, Adirah Gallery, Jessica Ricci Jewelry, That Guy, Dash Bicycle and others who were on hand for opening ceremonies. Following the ceremony, the crowd was allowed inside to take a look at the various retail shops. It is the hope of developer Granoff that the micro-lofts are expected to be open by the end of the year. The Arcade was built in 1828 when Andrew Jackson was President of the United States and had been closed since 2008.
Leading Business Technology Solutions Provider INNOVEX Acquires RI-based Netsense and Expands Offerings.
Leading regional business technology provider INNOVEX is pleased to announce that it has acquired Rhode Island-based IT company Netsense. After years of collaboration, Netsense will now formally function as an INNOVEX company and provide New England with advanced IT infrastructures and digital marketing services under the INNOVEX name. Netsense operations will move to the INNOVEX office in Lincoln, RI and by the end of Q4 2013, the Netsense name will be phased out.
The newly integrated INNOVEX is bigger, better, and able to provide more forward-thinking, integrated business technology services for all types of businesses. During its 50+ years in operation, INNOVEX has established itself as an industry leader in providing products and solutions such as office equipment technology, managed services, digital signage and office supplies that allow organizations to be more efficient and drive more business.
Netsense has built its reputation and business on specializing in IT infrastructures and digital marketing services for organizations across New England. Netsense also provides services not offered by competitors, like website and application development, making them unique in the industry. Over the years, INNOVEX built a relationship with Netsense and quickly realized their synergy and complementary offerings would allow them to offer the best business technology solutions for today and well into the future.
Amy Ells, VP Business Development of Netsense said, “This is a rare acquisition considering both companies have a long history of working together and collaborating on behalf of our mutual clients. Becoming an INNOVEX company gives us all a much bigger playing field.”
The acquisition of Netsense has been carefully planned, and the transition of Netsense into an INNOVEX company will be gradually completed throughout the end of the year. A re-launch of INNOVEX as a fully-integrated company, with offerings like no other local provider, is planned for 2014.
Peter Parisi, CEO and owner of INNOVEX said, “Combining the resources and talent of Netsense and INNOVEX creates a unique company here in New England that can bundle, until now, unheard of solutions that will help our clients work smarter and more efficiently.”
The “new” INNOVEX is the first company in the Northeast to offer such a wide range of products and services all with the intention of helping organizations be more efficient in their day-to-day operations and drive more business. With this acquisition, INNOVEX is positioned to remain a step ahead of the future.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PS&H) is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, we created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of our community who have supported us through the years.
In September, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated 25 teddy bears to the Pediatrics Unit at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. “We are very pleased to be able to commemorate our milestone anniversary by making this donation and helping to bring smiles to some of the Hospital’s youngest patients.” said Managing Partner David Gilden.
The fourth largest bank in Rhode Island is changing its name.
Sovereign Bank is now known as Sananter.
The bank is part of the Spanish banking firm the Santander Group, which operates in countries across the globe including in Europe, South and North America.
In the U.S., Santander is one of the nation's 25 largest retail banks and operates mostly in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. It has 700 branches in the United States.
Santander recently held a ceremony at their downtown Providence location to mark the change.
For further infomation visit www.santander.com
Travel + Leisure readers have once again voted T. F. Green Airport (Green) one of the best airports in the country. This is the third time in the last five years, including 2009 and 2010; the airport has been privileged with this notable recognition.
Ranked 1st for its accessible location and 2nd for its smooth check in process, Green has risen to 4th overall in the airport category. Travel + Leisure readers were asked to rate 68 domestic airports in 8 categories ranging from business or family travel, flight delays and design to food and drink, shopping, check-in and location. With its central location and easy highway access, the airport is a favorite of business and leisure travelers alike.
Travel + Leisure’s, Everett Potter, points out, “Travelers appreciate smaller airports like Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport for the smooth check-in process and efficient layout.”
As in the previous selections, Green is the only airport in New England to be recognized in the top 10. In 2009, Travel + Leisure’s readership voted Green as one of the country’s best airports, ranking number 6 overall. In 2010, readers voted Green as first in on time performance, first in staff efficiency and second in functional design.
It is an honor to be selected once again by Travel and Leisure readers for our continued commitment to customer service,” said Kelly Fredericks, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. “Our focus is to provide the safest and best possible travel experience, and with this positive affirmation by our users, we know the efforts of all who work here are making a difference. As the only New England Airport rated in the top ten, we could not be more pleased and hope this helps to attract more passengers to our great facility.”
This honor comes at a time when Green Airport passenger numbers are on a six month upswing and an Airport Improvement Program is underway to enhance safety areas and extend the length of the primary runway in order to accommodate larger aircraft and new service.
To read more on Travel + Leisure’s Best Airports, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-airports-2013
Swing into your next meeting at The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina! Reserve your meeting, special event, or holiday party with us and be entered to win our sales promotion for a foursome of golf at Newport National Golf Club!
Our preferred hotel and marina in “The City by the Sea” is ideally located in the heart of historic downtown Newport. We have over 6,500 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space to accommodate any party. Guests and event attendees have the ability to stay in deluxe guestrooms with breathtaking views of the Newport Harbor or Queen Anne Square. We also offer complimentary wireless throughout the property and have been recognized as a Green Hotel in Rhode Island. When groups meet at The Newport, our guests have our undivided attention. Unlike larger hotels, our property offers an intimate setting with truly personalized service.
The event must be booked by October 18, 2013 in order to qualify for the complimentary round of golf at the Newport National Golf Club. The promotion entitles the bearer and 3 guests to 18 holes (including golf carts) at the Orchard Course. The golf outing voucher is valid now through December 31, 2014 (valued up to $600.00). Please note that food & beverage minimums apply.
For more information, please contact the Sales and Catering Office at The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina at 401-848-3304, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.newporthotel.com/newport-hotel-meetings-events.
Evelyn Audet Lighting Design has been chosen as a mentor recipient for this year’s Center for Women & Enterprise Corporate Mentor Program 2013-2014
Evelyn Audet Lighting Design, an owner-operated, certified DBE/WBE and WBENC consulting firm based in East Providence, RI, provides lighting design specification packages for commercial and residential interior and exterior environments, designs lighting layouts, as well as specifies product for the proper use and placement of lighting thus insuring an optimum aesthetic, energy efficient and functional effect. Evelyn Audet is very excited to embark on this 1 year mentorship program after growing the business alone for 19 years in hopes of achieving new growth goals, such as embarking on government, municipal and institutional projects, with the guidance provided through this fantastic program.
The CWE-WBENC Corporate Mentor Program pairs volunteers from their Corporate Council organizations with WBENC-certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), certified through
The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), for up to one year. The program is designed to provide certified businesses guidance from experienced business professionals around a specific challenge the certified business is facing. Potential areas of development include, but are not limited to:
• Leadership and Accountability
• Strategic Planning
• Business Development
• Account Management
• Human Resources
• Financial Planning
• Branding and Marketing
• Employee Training & Education
• Presentation Skills
• Environment and Sustainability
• Process Improvement
• Website Development
EALD designs have been featured in Southern New England Home, Rhode Island Monthly and the Lighting Design & Application Trade Journal. They have been awarded the 2013 IES Illumination Award for BIN312 Wine Store lighting, 2012 IES Illumination Award for the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, The Providence Preservation Society Residential Rehabilitation Award as well as multiple Rhode Island Monthly Design Awards and industry accolades such as case studies with Philips Lightolier. “Established in 1994 my projects range from custom residential and commercial properties, landscape and hard-scape lighting, dimming control systems to restaurants, retail, hospitality, medical facilities, museums, galleries, office buildings, marine lighting, parking areas and public spaces.”
For further information visit www.evelynaudet.com
Alpine Country Club has won the Best of RI Statewide Wedding Venue for the second year in a row!
Rhode Islanders have voted for their favorite location to host a wedding reception, and they have chosen Alpine Country Club for a second time. As the 2012 & 2013 Statewide Wedding Venue winner, Alpine is the perfect place to host a wedding or other special event. From exceptional staff to delectable food and from beautiful views to the breathtaking Grand Ballroom, Alpine has got it all.
For further information visit www.alpinecountryclubri.com
Providence Children’s Museum, an active place where kids and grown-ups play and learn together, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, Inc. The funds support kids’ hands-on science learning in activities related to the Museum’s Play Power exhibit, Imagination Playground, and two participatory plays: “No Time to Waste,” about the importance of recycling, and “After the Beanstalk,” exploring spatial thinking challenges.
Dominion owns and operates the Manchester Street Power Station, located on Point Street in Providence. Manchester Street supplies electricity to over 1.5 million homes, businesses, hospitals and schools in Rhode Island. “Dominion is proud to energize the communities where we operate – not just via its our day-to-day operations, but through our employee engagement and charitable contributions too,” said Kevin Hennessy, director of federal, state & local affairs in New England for Dominion Resources, Inc. “Providence Children’s Museum is a natural partner for us. It enhances the lives of those in this community via hands-on learning.”
“We are deeply grateful to Dominion Foundation for supporting Providence Children’s Museum,” said Museum Executive Director Janice O’Donnell. “We are thrilled that Dominion shares our belief in the importance of active, hands-on discovery for children’s healthy development.”
Pictured: Janice O'Donnell, Museum executive director, and Kevin R. Hennessy, Dominion Resources, Inc., director of federal, state & local affairs in New England
Alpine Country Club now has an App for iPhone and iPad. The first of its kind in RI, this free App gives an abundance of information and photos to prospective brides and clients. There are also links to view a video and other things such as menus, special events and to send an email. Brides and guests can also upload their own photos and add Alpine's logo to then post to a social network. Many couples are 'on the go', and this App helps with the planning process by being accessible anytime.
For further information visit www.alpinecountryclubri.com
Habitat for Humanity Greater Providence (HfHGP) has set a goal to serve 10 families in 2014!
We are happy to announce HfHGP has been awarded grant funding totaling $250,000, to fully fund two homes. Go team!!!
• This grant funding will allow us to proceed with our winter build at 33 Ocean Street.
• The grant provides funding to help us serve the first family of our 10 family goal in 2014. This build, located at 561 Potters Avenue in Providence, will be an “accessible” home and is scheduled to begin this spring.
The Family Selection Briefing is scheduled for October 8th at 6 p.m. the Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence, RI, 02903, Room 555A/B.
The Family Selection Briefing is conducted in accordance with federal fair and equal housing laws and provides all interested persons in our service area the opportunity to learn about and apply for the Habitat mortgage opportunity.
For more information visit www.habitatprov.org
Breaking ground: Steven J. King P.E., Managing Director QDC; Sandra Pattie, President & CEO of BankNewport; Liz Dolan, North Kingstown Town Council President and QDC board member; Kirk Sykes, Senior Vice President, New Boston Fund and President of Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P.
BankNewport broke ground today on a new branch at Quonset Business Park. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by representatives from BankNewport, New Boston Fund, Quonset Development Corporation, and local community and business leaders from North Kingstown.
"Quonset Business Park is already home to more than 9,500 jobs and 175 great Rhode Island companies, and today we add another business to that growing list," said Governor Lincoln Chafee. "The addition of BankNewport is another indication of the incredible job New Boston and the QDC have done to develop the Gateway District at Quonset. BankNewport will help bring more visitors and more commerce to the park, and I look forward to them being here for many years to come."
The BankNewport branch will be located in the Quonset Gateway District within the Shops at Quonset Point retail area. The retail district has been developed by New Boston Fund, Inc., a private equity real estate investment, development and management firm. BankNewport signed a 15-year lease in April on a pad site to construct a new, 2,000-square-foot bank branch. Located at the front of the shopping center on the corner of Gate Road, the branch will offer easy access for customers.
Mayor, Family Service of Rhode Island participate in Walking School Bus at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School
Family Service of Rhode Island has announced that Mayor Angel Taveras is the recipient of their 2013 Brighter Futures Award. Family Service of Rhode Island presents the Brighter Futures Award annually to an individual or organization making an outstanding contribution to the well-being of children.
Family Service of Rhode Island announced the award when Mayor Taveras returned for a visit to his old elementary school today. He walked children home from South Providence’s Mary E. Fogarty Elementary through Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Walking School Bus." The Walking School Bus provides routes to and from school led by volunteers. The initiative ensures each child who needs to walk to school arrives on time and returns home safely, even when a family member is unable to walk with him or her.
The Walking School Bus is part of Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Providence Children’s Initiative,” based at the school and providing a comprehensive, collaborative program to improve educational and social development outcomes for children and families in the South Providence neighborhood.
“The Walking School Bus is a great example of the support that Family Service of Rhode Island provides to our community,” said Mayor Taveras. “I encourage our entire community to join us in our work to ensure that children enter the classroom ready to learn.”
The Walking School Bus was instituted by Family Service of Rhode Island last fall. More information about The Walking School Bus is available at www.familyserviceri.org or by contacting Family Service of Rhode Island at (401) 331-1350. The Walking School Bus is recruiting adult volunteers to lead the routes.
“We thank Mayor Taveras for his strong support of The Walking School Bus, and of our Providence Children’s Initiative program,” said Family Service of Rhode Island CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. “I am pleased to announce that for his longtime support, and for all of his work helping children, we have named Mayor Taveras the recipient of the 2013 Brighter Futures Award.”
She noted that some of Mayor Taveras’ work earning him the Brighter Futures Award includes “Providence Reads,” an initiative in partnership with more than a dozen businesses and organizations to increase grade level reading, promote school readiness, improve school attendance and support summer learning in Providence. Last year, Providence was one of 14 communities across the country to be named an All America City for Grade Level Reading.
Ms. Holland McDuff thanked Hasbro, Inc. for being the presenting sponsor of the Brighter Futures Award, which is a critical fundraiser for Family Service of Rhode Island. “Many thanks to Hasbro, and all our sponsors and donors,” she said.
On Thursday, October 24, Mayor Taveras will formally receive the award at a luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Tickets are available through www.familyserviceri.org or by calling (401) 519-2274.
Swipely Manages One Billion Dollars in Annual Sales After One Year in Payments Market
Local Merchants connect In-store operations, payments and online marketing.
Swipely, the simple way for local merchants to accept payments, understand customers and grow revenue, announced today it is now managing over $1 billion in annual sales for merchants across 29 states, just one year since entering the payments space.
Swipely has doubled sales under management in the last four months, and expanded its platform support to more than 100 point-of-sale systems that merchants use every day, including market-leading Micros, Aloha and POSitouch. Swipely’s business over the last four quarters has averaged an astounding 100% compound quarterly growth rate. Merchant customers are concentrated in several industries, including restaurants, liquor stores, salons and other independent retailers.
"Swipely turns the big data behind payments into actionable insights that local merchants value to understand customers and increase sales, without any new costs,” said Angus Davis, founder and CEO of Swipely. "From this foundation, we’re growing our product into an operating system for local commerce that extends our market-leading payments and analytics service into valuable additional tools that help small businesses win.”
Delivering What Local Merchants Want
Local merchants juggle many tools to manage their in-store operations, payments and online marketing. The typical Swipely merchant accepts more than one million dollars in annual credit card sales and wants to streamline the technology that owners, managers and staff use while getting better data to make smart decisions. With Swipely, merchants have one place to:
-Make more money by understanding trends across nearly 4 million customers to provide better service and offers
-Optimize marketing spend by measuring how marketing campaigns impact on offline sales and repeat business
-Save time each week by managing their online reputation across Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yelp, OpenTable and other social sites
-Increase repeat business and revenue by offering consumers turn-key, branded loyalty rewards programs
Swipely is a good fit for local merchants that want to better understand customers and grow sales without changing their point-of-sale system. For more information, visit https://www.swipely.com for a live demo or call 888-SWIPELY (794-7359).
Swipely Partner Network Expands Ecosystem, Accelerates Growth
Local merchants enjoy trusted relationships with many finance, marketing, operations, IT and HR service providers. Today Swipely is launching the Swipely Partner Network to accelerate growth and partner with these experts to help local merchants succeed. The Swipely Partner Network is a channel partner program that enables companies serving business owners to differentiate technology offerings, increase revenue, reduce churn and take advantage of the latest marketing and sales tools. More than 50 companies have already joined the Swipely Partner Network, including value-added resellers, independent software vendors, marketing consultants, and professional service providers, among others.
To apply for membership, visit https://www.swipely.com/partnerprogram or call 888-SWIPELY (794-7359).
DiSanto, Priest and Co., a rapidly-growing certified public accounting and business advisory firm with over 50 years of exceptional client service, is pleased to announce that Mike Mellor has joined the firm to support the expansion of its operational strategies and to further develop new business opportunities. Mr. Mellor will advise a variety of companies with complex business transactions, including governance risk and compliance issues, internal audit needs, business process redesign and Third Party assurance needs.
Mellor comments, “DiSanto, Priest and Co. and its umbrella of affiliated entities, The Bentley Group, are delivering an impressive and extensive array of services to business and individual clients alike. I’m pleased at the opportunity to leverage my experience with the firm’s strategic growth and plans for the future.”
Mike joins the firm as a Principal and brings over 20 years of experience serving as a trusted business and financial advisor and auditor to mid-cap, small-cap and Fortune 100 companies. He has worked with many public registrants in the telecommunications, consumer products, retail and non-profit industries. Prior to joining Disanto Priest and Co., Mike served as a partner with Grant Thornton in the Washington DC area and was most recently the Business Advisory Services leader in the Mid Atlantic. Preceding his tenure with Grant Thornton LLP, he was a director with PwC for over 11 years. Mike is a CPA in Rhode Island and Virginia.
Emilio Colapietro, Managing Partner of DiSanto, Priest & Co., says, “This is a very exciting time for us, as evidenced by our growth in our customer base, our commitment to superior service, and our plans to expand our services. Mike’s 20+ years of business consulting and assurance experience will be invaluable to our firm and clients and allows our collective entity, The Bentley Group, to strengthen our expertise, take another strategic step forward and attain new heights of success. I’m confident that Mike will play a key role in the development and growth of our firm. The addition of Mike Mellor continues to build on Disanto Priest and Co.’s and The Bentley Group’s business approach of offering the technical expertise of “Big 4” firms with the responsiveness and fee structure of a local firm.”
In the last several years, DiSanto, Priest & Co. has been recognized for excellence, garnering such awards as the Providence Business News Best Places to Work and the Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For.
Darius Shirzadi, Javier Centeno and Peter Whealton help Rhode Island's disadvantaged youth through schoolwork and soccer.
Drive around Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence, and you’ll see kids playing pickup soccer games in parks, on lawns or just about anywhere they can find some green. Three men came up with a plan to leverage the sport — or dangle the carrot — with schoolwork for Project GOAL (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn) a program that since 2004 has unified education and life skills lessons with soccer.
Darius Shirzadi and Javier Centeno met playing professional soccer for the Rhode Island Sting Rays. At the same time, they were running camps with inner-city kids and also coaching elite youth teams. “We were frustrated that a lot of the kids from those areas couldn’t participate because they couldn’t pay the fees,” says Shirzadi. Then they met Sting Rays season ticketholder Peter Whealton, chairman of CORE Business Technologies in East Providence, and with his business background, they developed the program and raised money so that kids could play for free while also supplementing their education.
Now eighty students participate in Project GOAL each year, meeting Tuesdays and Fridays for hour-and-a-half sessions focused on schoolwork, followed by ninety minutes on the field. The program is a labor of love for the three founders, who also work full-time jobs. “We came up with the format, which was to get kids off the street, make them do their schoolwork and use soccer as a reward for staying out of trouble,” says Whealton. “These kids want to play soccer, and to get to play soccer, they have to do their work.”
Middle-schoolers, both girls and boys, receive T-shirts and are provided with soccer equipment as needed, and they get after-school help from accredited teachers and mentors from area colleges. Then it’s off to the field. More than thirty-two students have earned the grades and skills necessary for scholarships to area private high schools like Rocky Hill, Wheeler, Providence Country Day and Moses Brown and many have gone on to colleges such as American University, Clark, RISD and URI.
The challenge is funding and keeping up with demand. “We have eighty in the program, but we have 150 kids show up for tryouts, and a waiting list that has been growing,” says Shirzadi.
Centeno wishes there had been a program like this when he was growing up. He came to the United States from Colombia at age eleven in 1978, then graduated from Central Falls High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. “Soccer was the only thing I knew and I didn’t put any emphasis on academics,” says Centeno. “I’m a firm believer that if I had been part of a program like Project GOAL, I would have had an opportunity to attend a better college. We have given a lot of these kids an opportunity for a better future.” projectgoal.org
DiSanto, Priest & Co., a Rhode Island based CPA and financial services firm, is celebrating a rich history of 50 years of service and the anniversary of the merger of its two founding firms: Finkel, DiSanto, Forsythe, Sciuto & Martin, Incorporated and Priest, Kortick, DeMerchant & Brough, Ltd.
In 2003, DiSanto, Priest & Co. was formed as a result of the merger of these two local CPA practices. “The benefits of the consolidation quickly became apparent as we met with clients," stated Emilio Colapietro, Managing Partner of DiSanto, Priest & Co. "As a united group we were able to offer clients a comprehensive palette of solutions from a powerful and cohesive management team.”
Since then, the firm has evolved, meeting marketplace changes with complementary and innovative services establishing itself as the region's leading multidisciplinary professional services firm. This structure was formalized in 2012 with the establishment of The Bentley Group, a network of affiliated firms that holistically addresses the complexities of the current and future business environment.
“There has been a fundamental transformation in public accounting," continued Mr. Colapietro. "Today’s CPAs have evolved into financial partners, providing services that complement and enhance client capabilities. This was a key reason we merged our founding firms and created The Bentley Group of affiliated entities.”
To commemorate the milestone, employees will donate their time in a day of community service on October 25th to help The Impossible Dream Park and Playground in Warwick close for the autumn and winter seasons. “This event is in collaboration with the Firm’s charitable giving arm, The Bentley Foundation. This marks the second year our team has assisted the organization.”
To help people navigate the affordable care act, Marsh & McLennan Agency announces the launching of their "Affordable Care Act" microsite. This resource offers businesses a useful tool when wading through the various aspects of Health Care Reform. Marsh & McLennan Agency created this portal to assist their clients through the health care protocols and generously offered to share this resource with their business colleagues at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Please take a moment to check out the Affordable Care Act Resource Center: http://www.mmaaffordablecareact.com/
This site hosts a plentitude of up-to-date information/legislation, deciphering what it means, tool-kits, checklists, data, resources, etc.
Through the Collaborative Research Grant program, the RI Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC) makes available funding to support multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary projects that focus on building research capacity and infrastructure across institutions to advance the competitiveness of RI researchers.
The 2014 Collaborative Research Grant Call for Proposals is now posted on the STAC website with the following important dates:
Pre-proposals are due September 27, 2013
Invited Full proposals due October 30, 2013
The Collaborative Research Grant program is in support of STAC’s partnership with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and seeks projects that align with RI NSF EPSCoR’s thematic research areas of marine life response and adaptation to climate change.
Approximately $800,000 in competitive funding is offered to support proposals that address any of the three EPSCoR research questions related to the overarching question of this agreement: “What are the impacts of climate change on marine life?”
Proposals are preferred if they include use of Core Facilities in Proteomics, Genomics & Sequencing (at Brown and URI) and in Marine Life Sciences (URI, Bay Campus).
Child & Family invites you to watch ABC6 this Friday for "Fostering Fridays," a monthly news feature focusing on the positive - life changing aspects of becoming involved with fostering a child in Rhode Island. The first segment will air during ABC6 News this Friday morning between 5-7 am and again during ABC6 News at 5pm.
On the second Friday of every month, ABC6 This Morning anchor Doreen Scanlon will feature local families, making a difference in the lives of the children in their care. The series goal is to increase awareness and visibility around the need for foster families in Rhode Island with segments that share life-changing stories and important information about foster care and the vital role it plays in the lives of hundreds of children and teens each and every day.
"Fostering Fridays" is a collaboration between Child & Family and ABC6 and made possible through the generous support of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning.
The Rhode Island Division of Taxation held a drawing to allocate $34.5 million in historic preservation tax credits.
For a summary and results, please click on this link:
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) Attorney Matthew C. Reeber was elected to the Board of Directors of the MS Dream Center of Rhode Island. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to engage all members with MS in purposeful activity, while promoting a spirit of camaraderie.
“It is an honor to serve with the dedicated individuals at the MS Dream Center,” said Attorney Reeber. “The organization is truly a community effort and I am pleased to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.”
Attorney Reeber is an Associate with PLDW and member of the firm’s Litigation, Employment and Municipal Infrastructure Teams. He represents clients in a wide variety of matters and routinely appears before all Rhode Island state and federal courts, as well as administrative and regulatory agencies. Attorney Reeber was named a Rhode Island Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Rhode Island lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP congratulates partner, Jeffrey H. Gladstone, named the 2014 Providence Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers®. Best Lawyers® has designated “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Jeff is the only Land Use & Zoning Law lawyer being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year” in our community. “Being recognized as Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year is a testament to Jeff’s ability to get great results for clients. He is very deserving of this recognition,” said Managing Partner, David M. Gilden.
Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect Jeff has earned among other leading lawyers for his abilities, professionalism and integrity.
Brings Experience that Will Help Businesses Navigate Regulatory Process
In an ongoing effort to make doing business easier in the state, Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter Marino announced that Nancy Scarduzio has been named as the Office of Regulatory Reform’s (ORR) Small Business Ombudsman.
As part of the OMB’s focus on developing more clear, predictable and reliable regulatory and permitting processes to help businesses succeed, Scarduzio will provide customer assistance and act as the lead for the office’s Regulatory Flexibility Coordinator. The OMB’s Office of Regulatory Reform was created by statute in 2010.
Scarduzio will work with small businesses looking to navigate the regulatory process in the state, and continuously strive to simplify and expedite regulatory processes and reduce permit and license approval times. With the rest of the ORR staff, she will provide insight and analysis of existing rules and recommend regulatory changes to help streamline state and municipal codes and to accelerate job and business growth throughout Rhode Island while protecting the health, safety, and quality of life for residents.
Since 2006, Scarduzio was employed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Fisheries Section in various capacities with her most recent position as Principal Marine Biologist. In this administrative capacity, she acted as Rules Coordinator responsible for the promulgation of marine fisheries regulations. She also worked closely with the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) and assisted commercial fishermen with permitting and regulatory guidance. Her background in regulatory compliance and focus on the protection of our marine fisheries has led her to a number of leadership roles. Previously, Scarduzio worked for the Rhode Island Department of Health as an Environmental Health Food Specialist, and through a nation-wide search, was recruited by the San Diego, Calif., County Department of Environmental Health Services as a Vector Ecologist.
Her past employment also includes working in private industry, as well as for a non-profit organization in the capacity of Managing Director. Scarduzio brings thirteen years of regulatory and code enforcement background and holds a Bachelor degree in Biology with emphasis in both Marine Biology and Medical Entomology from the University of Rhode Island. She is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) with the State of California and also holds this esteemed credential from the National Environmental Health Association.
“Nancy is an outstanding choice for this position. She understands how the regulatory system functions and brings an insight and ability to work to streamline these complex processes and make them work more efficiently. She has done extraordinary work for the commercial fishing industry and will bring the same commitment and creative thinking to her new role at the OMB,” said Leslie Taito, OMB’s Director of the Office Regulatory Reform.
“Under Governor Chafee’s leadership, the OMB has worked very hard to develop and execute a plan to simplify our regulatory processes and reduce permit approval times and make Rhode Island a better place to do business,” said Peter Marino, Director of the OMB. “Nancy’s leadership skills and expertise are invaluable assets to the OMB as we continue to provide direct regulatory assistance to companies and to partner with state and local agencies to create an attractive business climate that paves the way for job and industry growth in Rhode Island.”
Businesses which need assistance with regulatory or permitting matters may contact the ORR staff at 401-574-8426.
AIDS Project RI, currently planning for the 28th AIDS Walk for Life September 28th, has also been busy on another project: moving to a new location.
Over the past few days it has been moving its 20 employees and volunteers from 404 Wickenden Street, Providence, RI, in the Fox Point neighborhood, to a former medical building at 9 Pleasant Street, just up from North Main Street in the Mount Hope neighborhood.
“We’re excited about the move, which will give us much better space to care for the people we serve, and is easily available by bus too,” said Thomas Bertrand, MPH, AIDS Project RI’s executive director. “It truly provides AIDS Project RI with a signature location.”
A formal grand opening is being planned for the fall.
AIDS Project RI offers an array of services to prevent the spread of HIV, facilitate HIV testing, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Services include case management, emergency financial assistance, mental health counseling and psychiatric care, HIV testing and more. AIDS Project RI serves over a thousand people a year.
The move is possible thanks to the building’s donation to Family Service of RI in 2011 by Bettina Crisafulli and Frederick Crisafulli, MD, and Renee Vogel, MD, and Benjamin Vogel, MD. AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.
“Their extraordinarily generous donation means people living with HIV/AIDS will receive care in a more professional, convenient and spacious location,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of RI’s CEO. “We deeply appreciate this wonderful gift, and are also thankful for the support of a number of funders for helping us prepare the space.”
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provided funding, thanks to the efforts of Governor Lincoln Chafee during his service in the U.S. Senate. Fiscal support was also received to adapt the space from the Champlin Foundations, the Roddy-Holden Foundation and the Washington Trust Charitable Foundation.
More information about AIDS Project RI and the upcoming AIDS Walk for Life is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, the Providence-based business law and litigation firm, announced today that it has relocated to three floors of the Textron Building at 40 Westminster Street. Managing Partner David Gilden said, “We outgrew our headquarters and have expanded into a much larger space downtown. Our clients will find our new, energy-efficient office to be comfortable and easily accessible.” Gilden noted that to further benefit clients, the Firm’s offices have been designed to enable and encourage more collaboration among attorneys and staff. The Firm also upgraded its technology capabilities in order to facilitate communications with clients. Gilden added, “With our roots in the Providence area, we are pleased to affirm our commitment to Rhode Island and continue to provide legal counsel that best serves the needs of the business and nonprofit communities in the region.”
The Firm’s telephone and web site contact information remain the same. We may be reached by telephone at 401-861-8200 or through our website, www.psh.com.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (www.psh.com) is a business law and litigation firm dedicated to providing excellence in legal services and business planning to its local and regional clients in a responsive, efficient, and cost-effective manner. Additionally, through its professional association with Meritas, an organization of worldwide independent law firms with broad-based practices, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP offers its clients access to quality legal services on a national and international basis.
New hires enhance firm’s strategic depth and social media capability
Providence-based multidisciplinary digital brand communications firm (add)ventures is expanding again, with four additional (add)venturists joining the ranks. Providence residents Holly Jensen and Travis Webster-Booth – both of whom possess strategic social media and writing experience – join the Content/Digital Strategy Team while Cumberland resident Kate Heffernan joins the Marketing/Branding Team, and East Greenwich resident Kim Ambler joins the Creative/Design Team.
Holly Jensen, a 2008 Leadership Rhode Island graduate, joins (add)ventures as Director of Strategy/Content. She will leverage her background as Director of Social Media at Fidelity Investments, where she developed strategic content and managed client engagement through the firm’s Facebook and Twitter platforms. She also worked as a Senior Public Affairs Manager at Fidelity, overseeing the Rhode Island community relations program. Jensen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communications and Writing from UMass Dartmouth.
Travis Webste-Booth joins (add)ventures as Manager of Strategy/Content. He brings social media experience to the table, having deployed and championed an internal social media application while working for the RBS Citizens Financial Group. He will also leverage a background in blogging and print journalism. Webster-Booth holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Skidmore College.
Kim Ambler joins (add)ventures as Assistant Director of Design/Branding. Ambler spent 11 years specializing in university development design with six years at Brown University and five at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she worked for The New Yorker and Travel and Leisure Magazine. Ambler holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design from Parsons New School for Design.
Kate Heffernan joins (add)ventures as Specialist of Strategy/Marketing. She is a magna cum laude graduate in Marketing and Communications from Loyola University and two-time (add)ventures intern. While at Loyola, Heffernan interned with Baltimore-based marketing agency Planit. She will assist with the overall strategy and brand development of client projects from inception to production.
“We are thrilled to welcome Holly, Travis, Kim, and Kate to the (add)ventures family,” said Steve Rosa, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of (add)ventures. “By expanding our social media, content and strategic capabilities, we become increasingly agile in serving the needs of our client partners - not only tomorrow, but years from now in an increasingly social, mobile world.”
With the firm in its ninth year on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing U.S. companies, (add)ventures is well positioned to continue its path of growth through 2013 and beyond.
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Three new Rhode Island laws, plus the recent Supreme Court decision on "Windsor," will affect employer-employee relations for many companies next year.
As always, there are multiple nuances to each new law and specific recommendations for your company's workplace. Contact Roger Hood email@example.com or Rachelle Green firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help you navigate compliance with these new laws.
1. Starting on January 1st, Rhode Island employers will no longer be able to ask job applicants about their criminal past on an employment application (the "ban the box" legislation). Unless otherwise required by law (a bank teller, for example), an employer can only question an applicant about his/her criminal history as part of a first interview. Employers should review their employment applications now to be certain that the applications meet Rhode Island law.
2. Medical marijuana is now legal in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and a number of other states. Employers have a right to control employee use of marijuana in the workplace despite the fact that it is a legal, prescribed drug under Rhode Island law. If your employee handbook does not specifically address use of marijuana as part of your drug and alcohol policy, your policy should be updated.
3. Rhode Island employers have, historically, treated non-FMLA leave requests for pregnancy and other care-giving requirements as unpaid leave under a company's leave-of-absence policy. With Rhode Island's new temporary caregiver leave law taking effect in January, employers will now, in any benefit year, be required to give employees up to four weeks of unpaid leave for the care of a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, or new child. Any employee who exercises her/his right to leave is entitled to be restored to the same position on return to work. Your employee handbook should be updated to address this new leave requirement and to coordinate leave requests with other company-leave policies.
4. With the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, employers with over 50 employees in states that ban same-sex marriage have some tricky issues to deal with regarding FMLA leave. If your company has over 50 employees in states that ban same-sex marriage (about 30 states), it is important to understand the complexities that employers must address.
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The mission of Digital City is to enable the State of Rhode Island to be internationally recognized as the East Coast hub for digital media design and production by the year 2020.
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Digital City aims to create a critical mass of Rhode Island-based companies and digital media literate workers to enable the state to be internationally recognized for digital media design and production. We recently received a planning grant from the Rhode Island Foundation and seek a Project Manager to oversee the development of a business plan to advance three initiatives: creating a network/policy group of organizations, institutions and individuals; conducting a needs assessment for space/facilities/infrastructure; and developing online education programs in digital media literacy.
The Project Manager will coordinate with stakeholders to produce a website to showcase a vision for Digital City and document the plans we create. Activities may include: interviewing national experts, developing mailing lists, meeting with stakeholders for each of the three initiatives, coordinating activities of three subgroups, facilitating gatherings; gathering information, developing and implementing a survey; developing budgets and timetables; writing, editing and preparing written documents to synthesize key ideas; and collaborating with a website developer to complete a website by December 15.
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This portal provides insights from executives who “make things happen.” Meet innovators from companies throughout Southern New England who share tips which can help you succeed. We have tapped our member leaders, seeking their business savvy advice in an effort to help you grow your business and develop your workforce.
Interview with Danny Warshay, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman G-Form
G-Form uses its proprietary Reactive Protection Technology (RPT) to protect athletes from injury and consumer electronics from damage. Unlike standard protective equipment that attempts to displace impact by using multiple layers of foam and plastic, G-Form products are thin, lightweight and flexible, and utilize RPT to absorb the energy from an impact and convert it in to protection.
Rather than have products created from the “boardroom-down,” G-Form develops products using athlete-generated feedback, or from the “locker room-out” and utilizes state of the art materials and polymers to make innovative products that meet the specific needs of athletes across multiple categories. Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Danny Warshay shares his thoughts on G-Form’s philosophy of innovation—by and for the athlete—and how their creative edge has allowed for the expansion of G-Form’s product line to include electronics protection and military/tactical gear.
Q. Where did the idea of G-Form originate?
G-Form started in a barn in North Scituate. The founding group was involved in chemical discovery at Polyworks, where we found that we could mold a chemical into a lightweight, thin, soft and durable composite. The discovery was accidental. Yet, after roughly 80 patents and 105 trademarks we have determined that this composite is the best way to protect athletes as well as electronics.
Q. How does having a RI-centralized company aid your business production and strategy?
In order for G-Form to work the way it does, a local supply chain is a key ingredient. We move quickly, and having local product development and manufacturing enhances our efficiency and enables our innovation, allowing us to make rapid advances. Our Dubai-based distributor, for example, wished we could get him a table-sized device case for a trade coming up in five days. As soon as he said it, we dove in to design the case in our CAD software, emailed the design to North Smithfield where we cut a mold and molded the pads, then drove them 40 minutes to Fall River where our cut and sew partner, Griffin, sewed the material together, and we then had one of our recent hires out of Brown jump on a plane to New York to transport the case to Dubai. Even a glitch with his visa in New York did not deter us as we had someone else quickly drive up to JFK where he jumped on a plane to Dubai. Five days after the initial brainstorm we had a prototype in the hands of that distributor. If not for our local supply chain which now employs over 400 people, that would never have been possible, and we would have missed an ideal opportunity to present our products to the global market. Given the way we manufacture, we experience no cost disadvantage, and this local supply chain enables us to innovate at lightning speed.
Q. How did you come to develop two very different focuses for product lines?
The main two product lines we offer protect athletes from injury and electronics devices from damage. The athletic protection came first from our passion for biking and developing pads that were protective but did not restrict movement. Currently, our pads are protecting athletes of all kinds especially bikers, skateboarders and longboarders, soccer players and hockey players. The electronics protection was a happy accident. My colleague posed the question that if our athletic pads can effectively protect bones, why can’t they also protect electronics? So he put his iPad in between two of the G-Form athletic pads and dropped a bowling ball onto it -- and it still worked! The iPad was not harmed at all. After that, we immediately decided to expand our line and develop protective cases for electronics. Given the combination of protecting bodies and devices, you can also see why we are working with the military.
Q. Give us three words that describe your culture.
Speed, creativity and innovation.
Q. What advice would you provide other small business owners in Southern New England regarding workforce development?
We are flexible regarding placing people in specific roles. We have a mix of experts in their respective fields as well as generalists who have worn many hats. At G-Form, we are more focused about the cultural fit of the person versus the richness of the resume they are bringing with them. We look for, and attract, self starters who will move quickly based on company and product objectives. Most of our employees are from Rhode Island, or have studied here.
Q. Define success.
Success means achieving whatever objection you have and loving the path to getting there. It’s about the product and the process.
Q. Why affiliate with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce?
It’s a ready-made network. With the nature of New England -- everyone knowing everyone -- it makes so much sense to be part of this network. The Chamber offers an efficient way to learn and connect in the community.
Q. Can you share some of the rewards experienced since the conception of G-Form?
A rewarding experience for me is the importation and maintenance of US jobs. It has been great to see first hand how much the “Made in the USA” sticker means to people. Also, I am proud of our culture within our company. We believe in doing well while doing good and in giving back to the community philanthropically.
Q. What’s on the horizon?
We are beginning to develop partnerships with team sports manufacturers and will have some exciting news to announce about those first partnerships soon. Additionally, we are shortly introducing our Pro-S Shin Guards, which are the first flexible, washable soccer shin guards on the market. And new phone cases are always on the horizon.
Q. What lessons have you learned along the way?
I have learned three related lessons in the effort to keep our competitive edge:
First, if you make three chess moves in the time that it takes your opponent to make one, no matter how expert the opponent is, you will win every time.
Second, it’s sometimes best to throw the dart and then draw the bull’s eye around it. By this I mean sometimes it is necessary to try something and then develop the strategy to support it. Don’t analyze things to death and have fun while figuring out your game plan.
The third lesson I have learned is the three-putt approach which means get effective product out there and then tweak it through customer feedback. Trying to line up the perfect putt won’t allow you to sink it any faster. Better to learn from experience.
Newport Hospitality, Inc. is extremely proud to be recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to the DMC Network at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX.
Cheryl Twiss (left), CASE, Director of Sales of Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company was the recipient of the Excellence in Sales Leadership Award which is presented to an individual who has shown exceptional sales skills in addition to sharing best sales and business practices with our partners. Cheryl has demonstrated the true value of the DMC Network relationships within the DMC Network and the hospitality industry as a whole.
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company was the recipient of the DMC Network Partner of the Year Award which recognizes the Network partner company providing unparalleled service to the organization and superior business results in their destination. Newport Hospitality has made significant contributions in sales, operations, administration, and overall leadership for the DMC Network and the hospitality industry. Laurie Stroll, DMCP, CMP, President and Owner of Newport Hospitality, Inc. has served as the Chair of the Board of Managers for the DMC Network for the past two years.
Newport Hospitality, Inc., a private company celebrating 25 years in business is the first and only accredited DMC in RI. A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a professional services company possessing extensive local knowledge, expertise and resources, specializing in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation and program logistics.
BankNewport has announced the addition of 26 fee-free ATMs to its network — all of them conveniently located in select Walgreens drugstores throughout Rhode Island.
This fee-free ATM expansion significantly broadens the Bank’s overall ATM network to 40 locations in Rhode Island, including all BankNewport branches and Walgreens drugstore locations in Bristol, Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Middletown, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Richmond, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket. Convenient fee-free ATM access for BankNewport cardholders at these select Walgreens locations is made possible by a partnership with Cardtronics, provider of comprehensive ATM services to the nation's largest drugstore chain.
BankNewport customers can use the ATMs free during Walgreens store hours, including those open 24 hours a day. In addition to cash withdrawals, customers can transfer money and check balances on savings and checking accounts. Bank customers using the machines will benefit from the same strong security measures that are built into all BankNewport ATMs with the added convenience of account access at stores that are already part of their day-to-day routine.
“BankNewport is always looking for innovative ways to make banking easier and more convenient for our customers,” said BankNewport Executive Vice President, Community Banking, Robert Maddock. “The Walgreens-based ATMs are a great way for us to expand our services to customers who rely on the use of debit or ATM cards to access their money wherever they may be throughout our state.”
Washington Trust, the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island, today announced plans to open its first branch in Johnston, Rhode Island, to be located at 1383 Atwood Avenue, the former site of Ribs & Company. Washington Trust’s 19th branch office is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.
“Washington Trust has a 213 year history of serving Rhode Islanders and providing quality banking services,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, Washington Trust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to offer our banking services to residents and businesses in the Johnston community.”
Washington Trust’s new 5,400 square foot Johnston branch will feature four teller stations; three customer service areas and a walk-up ATM. Other banking conveniences include two drive-up banking lanes, night deposit services for small business customers and a drive-up ATM.
For more information regarding Washington Trust’s branch network, please visit our website at www.washtrust.com.
RI businesses will save approximately $400,000 beginning in January 2014, thanks to the efforts of Governor Lincoln Chafee. An article in the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget submitted by the Governor and approved by the General Assembly will remove the $42 filing fee for all businesses registering worksite hazardous substances with the RI Department of Labor and Training. While businesses will still have to register their hazardous substances as a workplace safety measure, they will no longer be assessed a filing fee. This change is estimated to affect more than 10,000 RI companies annually.
Governor Chafee remarked, "This change is the latest in a series of cost-saving initiatives my administration has made to improve regulations and to build a more customer-friendly business climate in Rhode Island."
Previously under the Chafee Administration, the RI Department of Labor and Training changed its fee schedule for low-pressure boiler inspections, saving small businesses more than $400,000 in annual fees. The department also revised its regulations related to low-pressure boilers, thereby exempting an estimated 3,000 businesses from low-pressure boiler inspections.
Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, an accomplished business litigator and a widely recognized legal authority on the use of social media in businesses and schools, will expand his professorial courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Providence College’s (PC) School of Business this fall. Attorney Lamoureux has taught Legal Environment for Business at PC for three years. Beginning in September, he will teach four sections of the course per semester during the 2013-2014 academic year.
“I am excited to expand upon my love for the law and teaching by combining both in a more robust role at my alma mater,” said Attorney Lamoureux. “I am very grateful that my law partners have allowed me to pursue my passion for teaching while continuing to maintain my busy law practice at the firm.”
Mr. Lamoureux is a PC graduate, Class of 1994, with a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law. At the same time, he received a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a teaching assistant in American Government and International Relations.
In his law practice at PLDW, Attorney Lamoureux is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Employment Law and Corporate & Business Counseling Teams. His practice areas are extensive and include complex commercial litigation, employment issues, social media law, creditors' rights, surety law, construction law, structured settlement transfers, and student loan bankruptcy matters.
He has been recognized for his achievements by the Providence Business News and was selected as a member of its 2011 40 Under Forty Class. Attorney Lamoureux has also become nationally known as an authority on the legal issues relating to social media, and is also a frequent presenter, published author and broadcast commentator on the topic. His popular presentations and workshops incorporate the latest information from case law on social media use and provide practical tips for employers, educators, business leaders and other professionals. He has presented nationally to Fortune 150+ executives, schoolchildren, and thousands of business, marketing, education and human resource leaders in and beyond the local market.
To learn more about Mr. Lamoureux’s work on the topic of ‘social media in the workplace’, view a video or read his essays, visit www.pldw.com or log onto the firm’s YouTube Channel at PLDW-YouTube. To reach Mr. Lamoureux, please call 401-824-5100, email email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter (@brianattorney).
For further information about PLDW, please contact David Sweet, PLDW Director of Administration, at 401-824-5100 or visit www.pldw.com.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (PS&H) is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, we created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of our community who have supported us through the years.
In July, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated 25 tickets to Special Olympics Rhode Island to attend a Pawtucket Red Sox game this season. “We are very pleased to be able to commemorate our milestone anniversary by giving some of our state’s Special Olympians an opportunity to enjoy a PawSox game,” said Managing Partner David Gilden.
The Special Olympics Rhode Island program is one of the world’s most dynamic, providing over 1,600 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,800 athletes and hosting over 40 local, regional, and statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 25 official and demonstration sports.
We know our clients expect more from their CPA firm, which is why they're clients of BFMM. It's also why we decided to overhaul our website and bring our passion for "more" online.
We've added some great new features and sections that include:
* The BFMM Knowledge Center
* An expanded team page
* The latest BFMM news and speaking engagements
* A client login portal
So if you haven't visited the new BFMM website yet, "click on by" www.bfmmcpa.com today!
Organizational Gravity explores the fundamental elements that contribute to business success outside the traditional focus on product or service, sufficient capital, exemplary sales, and technology. While these are critical elements to building and growing a business, this book provides an unconventional, yet pragmatic, approach to creating a competitive advantage that will keep your business on its growth path. Organizational Gravity lays out the four all-important factors that come into play when growing a business, strategy, brand, culture, and talent.
As consultants/advisors to businesses and organizations across the United States, the authors discovered that business leaders often strive to grow without considering the alignment and interrelationships among strategy, brand, culture, and talent. These misalignments show up as the business enters the inevitable inflection points that all businesses face. As part of the authors success in helping leaders grow their businesses, the they created a unique model for sustainable growth—Organizational Gravity. Whether you are start-up, a small business owner, or an executive in a larger organization, this synergistic approach to balanced growth can make the critical difference in your business.
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Congratulations to Melissa Darigan, chair of the Firm’s Litigation practice, who has been recognized for the second year in a row as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation, published by Legal Media Group. The Top 250 Women in Litigation identifies 250 leading female trial attorneys across all 50 US states and the District of Columbia. "Melissa and her team provide our clients with the highest quality of legal representation. She is most deserving of this recognition of her outstanding work and results," said David M. Gilden, Managing Partner.
A spinoff of Benchmark Litigation, the publication’s rankings are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in the litigators’ respective jurisdictions. The Benchmark editorial staff developed the list of featured women based largely on peer reviews conducted during the research cycle for Benchmark, which is conducted annually between February and June.
Though small in size, Rhode Island has played an exceptional role in American history and boasts a unique concentration of historic sites, collections, and heritage organizations. Yet within the state's history and heritage sector-potentially one of its key economic assets-there is an urgent need for better public access and inter-organizational coordination.
Through the Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative (RHODI) Project, the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) is determined to fulfill its mission as a platform for connectivity and participation by using digital technology to increase the history and heritage sector's visibility, access to peer networks, grassroots support, fundraising capacity, transparency, and the dissemination of messages ranging from education to advocacy.
To this end, the RIHS received a grant of $160,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Grant Program for a 16-month project to create a web-based directory of all the history and heritage organizations in the state.
Follow our blog as we survey the organizations preserving Rhode Island's past.
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Ocean State Theatre Company, which recently concluded its first season in its new Warwick theater, has received a $150,000 challenge grant from a small group of anonymous donors, the company announced Monday.
All unrestricted donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to that amount, the company said in a news release.
“This is by far the largest gift we have ever received, and a wonderful testament to the work we are doing,” Amiee Turner, the group's producing artistic director, was quoted as saying. “To know that what we have been working so hard to bring to our fellow Rhode Islanders is valued and supported is a wonderful feeling."
“Ticket sales alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit theatre,” said the company's chairman, Anthony Miccolis. “In order for us to maintain the quality of our productions, expand our educational programs, continue employing professional musicians to play live music during musical performances, and reinvigorate our nationally recognized Intern/Apprentice Program, they must be subsidized.”
Donations may be made at the box office, 1245 Jefferson Blvd.; online at www.OceanStateTheatre.org; and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800. The box office is open Monday through Friday noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays noon – 4:00 pm, and noon until curtain on performance days.
Ocean State, which re-opened and ran Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck summers from 2007-2012, began producing shows in Warwick last year as a year-round operation. It is organized as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will implement summer service changes effective Saturday, June 22, 2013. RIPTA makes regular service adjustments three times a year in response to seasonal changes and/or passenger use.
These annual changes are minor and include the start of selected summer services and trip time changes. Summer services scheduled to start June 22nd include the extension of daily service on Route 67 (Bellevue/Mansions/Salve Regina University) to the southern end of Bellevue Avenue and to the Cliff Walk and scheduled stops at Easton Beach on Route 231 South Aquidneck.
Expresses to South County Beaches Start June 22ND and Run to August 12TH
Starting June 22ND, express buses from the Woonsocket Depot, Cranston City Hall, Central Falls (400 Dexter Street), the Pawtucket Transit Center and North Providence (Centerdale bus stop) will run on weekends and holidays only to the Salty Brine, Roger Wheeler and Scarborough beaches in South County. These buses will stop at Kennedy Plaza, with the exception of the bus leaving from Central Falls and Pawtucket. The fare for these express buses will be the regular bus fare of $2.00 one-way. Passengers should consult the Route 66 (URI/Galilee) schedule for details.
In addition, there is daily year-round service on Route 66 from Kennedy Plaza running every 55 minutes during the week and every 65 minutes on the weekend to the South County beaches.
Other service changes include adjusted run times on Route 18 (Union Avenue) and Route 26 (Atwells/RI College) for better on-time performance. Due to construction at the Warwick Mall, Route 22 (Pontiac Ave) and Route 29 (Kent County) will no longer serve the bus shelter located in front of the Food Court; passengers can board both routes at the bus shelter located near the Warwick Showcase.
Passengers are strongly encouraged to check new schedules for how service changes may affect them. They may also pick up the leaflet entitled Summer Service Changes Effective June 22, 2013 that is available at Kennedy Plaza.
The following routes will be affected by the Saturday, June 22, 2013 service changes:
18 Union Avenue
22 Pontiac Avenue
26 Atwells/RI College
29 Kent County
231 South Aquidneck
For schedules and more information, passengers may call 401-781-9400 or visit www.ripta.com
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is pleased to announce that we have been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island. “This is a meaningful honor for the Firm. We value the support we receive from our team and the outstanding service they provide to all of our clients,” said Managing Partner, David Gilden. “We strive to live up to the Firm’s Vision Statement, ‘…To enjoy a culture that encourages and rewards teamwork, quality and outstanding service to our clients and makes PS&H a great place to work.’”
Businesses throughout the state were surveyed and judged on their responses to an extensive management report as well as an employee survey conducted by Best Companies Group, an independent research organization based in Harrisburg, PA. The mission of Best Companies Group is to "identify and recognize" places of employment that are leading the way in defining the employee experience of the 21st century.
Hire Image LLC, a nationwide background screening and drug testing company with offices in Rhode Island and Florida, announces that four staff members have been certified by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulations and compliance.
The four staff members who are now FCRA certified are: Christine M. Cunneen, CEO (Greenville, R.I. resident), Advanced; Thomas Tomlinson, founder (Pompano Beach, Fla. resident), Basic; Lisa Trahan, compliance and operations manager (Seekonk, Mass. resident), Basic; and Stephanie Peltier, verifications specialist (Johnston, R.I. resident), Basic.
NAPBS is a national nonprofit trade association representing the employment, background and tenant screening industry. “An important part of NAPBS’ mission is to promote compliance with the FCRA,” states Ms. Cunneen, who currently serves as treasurer of NAPBS. “By earning their certification, our staff members demonstrate a thorough understanding of and familiarity with FCRA regulations and compliance, and are now recognized as experts within the background screening profession nationwide.”
The Basic certification focuses on FCRA regulations, and the Advanced certification focuses on complex and evolving FCRA compliance issues. In addition to a program of study, each staff member had to pass a certification exam administered by the NAPBS Education Committee.
Amended in recent years since it was originally enacted in 1970, the Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates the background screening industry. “We are responsible under the FCRA to keep up with the regulations and compliance obligations. Our certifications show the importance we place on continuing education to benefit our clients,” adds Cunneen.
Ms. Cunneen is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), New England Human Resource Association (NEHRA), the Human Resource Management Association of Rhode Island (HRM-RI), and SHRM Rhode Island Human Resource Chapter (SRIHRC). Hire Image also maintains membership in the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Providence College's Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Fr. Kenneth Sicard O.P., announced that Joseph Carr, Class of ‘83, has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications; and Steven Maurano, Class of ‘78, has been promoted to Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Community Relations. Both promotions are effective July 1, 2013.
Carr, in his role as Associate Vice President, is responsible for the departments of Marketing, Editorial Services, Creative Services, and College Events. He also is leading the College's new branding initiative which will result in a brand that represents the visual and philosophical representation of PC's core message.
Maurano, in his role as Associate Vice President, is responsible for all of the College's public relations efforts and serves as the College’s media spokesperson. Maurano’s role also includes outreach to the Rhode Island and Providence communities to build positive relations with the city, the neighborhood, and local organizations. He also acts as the College's liaison in all matters involving legislative and government relations on the federal, state, and city levels. Maurano is a member of the GPCC's Federal Affairs Committee and the Innovation Providence Committee.
In June, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated $1,250 to the Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council to support its summer camp programs. The Firm is honored to be able to commemorate our milestone anniversary by making this donation.
The Boy Scouts of America Narragansett Council is part of a worldwide Scouting movement with over 15 million members in one hundred countries. It serves over 13,000 registered youth members and Learning for Life participants in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts and supports in excess of 4,200 registered adult volunteers. The Narragansett Council operates two Scout Shops/Service Centers (one in the Summit Square Plaza on Route 2 in Warwick, RI and one in the Swansea Mall in Swansea, MA) and owns and operates eight great camps: Camp Aquapaug, Buck Hill Scout Reservation, Camp Buxton, Cub World at Buck Hill, Cachalot Scout Reservation, Champlin Scout Reservation, Sandsland, and Camp Yawgoog.
The Business Development Company was established in 1953 to provide capital that would stimulate local business expansion and create jobs in the local economy. Since then, and through seven recessions, we have funded companies who couldn’t obtain all of the capital they required through traditional bank sources.
“Small growing companies are essential to creating jobs, and those businesses occasionally have unique capital requirements,” noted current Business Development Company President Peter Dorsey. “Looking back at portfolio companies served in our earliest years, it’s exciting to see names like Kenney Manufacturing, Raytheon and Speidel."
The Business Development Company’s sixtieth anniversary celebration is really about the success of committed, disciplined management teams. “There’s a reason traditional funds are not available to a company, and experience has proven betting the right jockey is the key to balancing credit risk with helping companies grow,” according to Dorsey. "The Business Development Company looks forward to continuing to serve as a value-added partner to businesses in the regional economy."
The Business Development Company provides a source of credit not otherwise available to successful companies in RI, Eastern CT and Southeastern MA. Since 1953, The Business Development Company has consistently promoted, developed and advanced business prosperity and the overall economic welfare through the stimulation of business growth and expansion, maximizing the opportunity for jobs. Funded by a consortium of area banks, we are a private company operating outside of the traditional lending box. For more information on The Business Development Company, please call (401) 351-3036 or visit http://www.bdcri.com.
Webster Bank, a leading New England financial institution, has hired two business bankers for the regional headquarters at 50 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, serving the Rhode Island market:
Jason Carosi, Vice President, Business Banking: Jason, a resident of Cranston, R.I., has joined Webster as vice president, small business banking, serving the greater Riverside, Pawtucket and Seekonk area. Prior to Webster, he had been a business banker at Bank RhodeIsland since 2005. Jason is a board member for Junior Achievement of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Lung Association. He also serves as a volunteer for the Inspiring Minds Power Lunch Program and is a member of the United Way of Rhode Island’s Young Leader Circle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Providence College and an MBA from Bryant University.
John Emdjian, Vice President, Business & Professional Banking: John, a resident of Lincoln, R.I., joined Webster as vice president, business banking, serving the Greater Warwick/Cranston area. Prior to Webster, John had a 13-year banking career at Citizens Bank, most recently as a business banking relationship manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Rhode Island College and serves his hometown community as a volunteer for the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association.
Last week during a meeting in Washington, DC, RISA in conjunction with ASA and the ASA board of directors approved a Statement of Principles for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The principles will be shared with U.S. staffing companies and clients to communicate the staffing industry's position on Affordable Care Act compliance.
To view the RISA Statement of Principles, visit www.RIStaffing.org.
"The RISA Statement of Principles demonstrates the staffing industry's firm commitment to compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its ongoing commitment to the well-being of the individuals we employ every day," says Bethany Gold, cpc, president. "Staffing firms will work closely with clients and human resource professionals to help them understand how the health care law applies to their use of staffing services. And staffing firms will work closely with their temporary and contract employees to ensure they understand their rights, opportunities, and obligations under the ACA."
The Rhode Island Staffing Association is the voice of the Rhode Island staffing industry. RISA and its members advance the interests of staffing and recruiting firms of all sizes and across all sectors through legal and legislative advocacy, public relations, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices. RISA members provide the full range of employment and work force services and solutions, including temporary and contract staffing, recruiting and permanent placement, outplacement and outsourcing, training, and human resource consulting.
The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation and Bristol County Savings Bank will hold two basic business workshops in Providence aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.
The free workshops are being held in cooperationwith the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), RI District Office, RI Small Business Development Center (RISBDC), the Greater Providence Area Chamber of Commerce, RI Economic Development Council, Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), and SCORE.
Both workshops will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship, Johnson & Wales University, TACO Building, 10 Abbott Park Place, Providence. The first of these workshops entitled "Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business" will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees.
This workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one's own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.
The second workshop entitled "Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business" will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently.
Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, to register for either or both sessions by Thursday, June 13th and for directions to the TACO building. SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region. For information on future sessions, please contact SEED.
SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA's Microloan Program. This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.
Camp OSTC will be held at Ocean State Theatre located at
1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI
July 8 thru July 26
July 29 thru August 16
Camp OSTC is designed for students entering grades 3 - 9 and limited to 30 students per session.
Applications are available by clicking here.
(deadline for submission is June 24, 2013)
For registration information call (401) 921-6800 or stop by the box office
Tuesday - Friday 12 noon - 6pm
or Saturday - 12 noon - 4pm
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) has announced it has opened a new Donation Center in Johnston to serve communities in the central and northern parts of the state.
The Center, located on Route 44 at 59D Putnam Pike, is intended to create an additional, sustained source of revenue for the social service activities of BBBSOS. It is the sixth such center in Rhode Island: the first is located adjacent to the agency’s headquarters at 1540 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston, the second at 1340 West Main Road in Middletown, a third at 1270 High Street in Cumberland, a fourth at 500 Metacom Avenue in Bristol, and a fifth recently opened at 49 Beach Street in Westerly.
The staffed Center will accept donations of gently used clothing, small household items, books, toys, home décor items and provide donors with tax receipts. Items collected at the Center will be sold through its retail partner, Savers, and the proceeds will be used to fund the agency’s mentoring programs. Unfortunately, due to space constraints, furniture, appliances and other large items cannot be accepted. A complete list of donatable items is located on the agency’s website.
The BBBSOS Johnston Donation Center will be open seven days, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization, and has been serving boys and girls in the area for 45 years. The agency was recently honored with a prestigious “Gold Standard Award” identifying it as one of the top agencies in the nation. Persons interested in mentoring a child or donating to support the program, can contact BBBSOS at (401) 921-2434, or can log on to the organization’s website at www.BBBSOS.org.
Fundraiser, Dedication Ceremony and Public Visits to Highlight Ship’s Visit Over July 4th Weekend
It’s not just Rhode Island but the whole of North America that is watching as the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry becomes a reality. The 196-foot, three-masted, square rigged tall ship, currently under construction and designated by the legislature and the Governor of Rhode Island as the state’s official “Sailing Education Vessel,” is well on its way to becoming the largest civilian sail training vessel in North America and the first oceangoing full-rigged ship to be built in the U.S. in over 100 years. This accomplishment and more will be celebrated in July when the ship will be towed from Senesco Marine across Narragansett Bay to Newport for a Dedication Weekend that coordinates with the July 4th Independence Day holiday.
“The Perry has not been completed, and we have a long way to go--we have to make that perfectly clear,” said Bart Dunbar, chairman of Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI), the non-profit organization that manages and runs the ship, “but it’s very exciting, because so much progress has been made, and everyone can now start to imagine what the ship will really look like when she sails in 2014.”
The public has not seen the ship, whose namesake is Rhode Island’s naval war hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, since the hull left Newport Harbor three years ago to begin construction in shipyards, first in Providence and then in North Kingstown. With much of the early welding and steel work contributing little to change the hull’s profile, the more recent addition of an eight-foot high second deck (for classrooms, a lab, and galley), an aft Great Cabin, and three cabin houses are giving the ship a clearly discernible shape and new character. By July, the lower masts will have been stepped, and she will proudly display a new paint job--black with ochre accents--depicted in the color renderings that show her in all her finished glory.
“This is a very important weekend, for both awareness and fundraising,” said Dunbar, recounting that it was 2008 when OHPRI bought, for pennies on the dollar, a partially built steel hull in need of rescue from a Canadian group that could no longer sustain its own dream of building a tall ship. “Since 2008, OHPRI has partnered with private and corporate donors, Rhode Island Marine Trades and marine industry companies to raise $7.5 million in donations; however, now the last $3 million is needed to complete construction and begin the first year of operations.”
Dunbar explained that later this spring, Milton CAT, an OHPRI Marine Trades Partner, will deliver the engines and generators, which will be lowered into the engine room for installation at a later date. The fabrication and installation of vital water, fire prevention, bilge and hydraulics systems will begin to take place, and Hood Sails, also a Marine Trades Partner, will begin sail construction.
“While the Dedication events will show how far we’ve come, we also need to continue educating and inspiring those who have helped us with donations and gifts-in-kind and others who are now wanting to join the effort, so that we can continue with how far we must go to complete the ship’s construction and the development of its shipboard programs,” said Dunbar, adding that Salve Regina University and Roger Williams are the most recent institutions to officially sign on as educational partners. “We expect that state officials and the public who turn out to greet the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will embrace the moment.”
With her completion date set for Spring 2014, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry ultimately will offer year-round experience based core-learning opportunities, sailing in New England and the Maritimes during the summer and from Florida to the Bahamas (or the Caribbean) in the winter. She will be a U.S. documented Sailing School Vessel (SSV), inspected and certified by the US Coast Guard, that will have the capacity (including handicap-accessible berths) for up to 36 students on overnight trips and up to 85 for day trips, with an additional 13 professional crew aboard, including Captain Richard Bailey, who commanded the HMS Rose for two decades as well as other educational tall ships.
OHPRI’s reasons for bringing the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry to Newport are threefold. First, the ship needs to be hauled and its bottom painted, and that can only be accomplished at Newport Shipyard, where a new 500-ton lift—the largest in New England—will have the 365-ton Perry as its first customer. Second, OHPRI is holding its annual fundraiser on Friday, July 5 at Newport Shipyard and the thinking went that there was no better special guest to invite than the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry herself. (She will be dockside at the event.) Third, and finally, on the morning of Saturday, July 5 a private ceremony has been planned at Fort Adams for dedicating the ship’s Great Cabin, which is sponsored by the family and friends of WWII hero U.S. Navy Lieutenant Charles John Weschler and named in his honor. Since for that occasion the ship will have been moved to Fort Adams (her future permanent berth once the state builds a new permanent pier there), the opportunity seemed ripe to follow the private ceremony with a public ceremony (also Saturday morning) to dedicate the ship and allow the public to visit her on both Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7.
Dedication Weekend Details
The public Dedication Ceremony for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry can be observed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, dockside at the Alofsin Pier at Fort Adams, where the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make her weekend appearance before returning to Senesco Marine for completion. Public visits will take place immediately following until 4 p.m. that afternoon and resume on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (All weekend activities are free to the public, and parking is free at Fort Adams.)
The Dedication Gala on Friday, July 5 at 6 p.m. is a ticketed event at the Newport Shipyard that includes cocktails and dinner, dessert and dancing, as well as a raffle and live auction to raise funds for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which will be dockside during the event. The fundraiser honors the leadership of OHPRI Chairman Emeritus, Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler, USN (Ret.), who has been a driving force behind tall ship events in Rhode Island since he volunteered to help manage the 1976 Bicentennial event in Newport. The acquisition of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry in 2008, and its subsequent design, funding and construction is a direct result of his energy, leadership, and personal commitment to the project.
For more details on all Dedication Weekend events or to purchase tickets for the Friday, July 5th Dedication Gala, call (401) 841-0080, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.ohpri.org/events where details and a downloadable Dedication Evening Registration form can be found. Tickets for the Gala start at $75 (dessert and dancing) and $200 (cocktails, dinner, dessert and dancing).
At the recent City & Regional Magazine Association National Conference held in Atlanta, GA, Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. was awarded a Gold Award (meaning best in the nation) for its Insider’s Guide to Rhode Island interactive mobile web application.
Launched in 2012 and in conjunction with Brave River Solutions (a Warwick based developer of software programs), the proprietary application’s intent is to allow all visitors and Rhode Islanders alike to access volumes of information about restaurants, events and shopping throughout the area.
Annually, the City & Regional Magazine Association calls the best entries in a variety of categories. Rhode Island Monthly was pitted against two other finalists, Milwaukee Magazine and Atlanta. “Winning a Gold Award against such larger magazines, who are part of corporate entities, is indeed gratifying”, said Publisher/Owner John Palumbo. “Our team worked diligently with Brave River for over a year in tweaking this application and it’s something we’re still doing to this day. It’s nice to see that we were recognized for putting in the extra effort on this one”.
The magazine was also recognized for its monthly e-newsletter, The Dish, which won an honorable mention in the competitive category. Other finalists included Los Angeles, Texas Monthly, Atlanta and others.
The Insider’s Guide is a web-based application and is accessible on your smartphone, tablet or laptop device from anywhere at no cost, by visiting GuideRI.com. Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is a locally owned multi-platform provider of lifestyle information for Rhode Island and nearby Southern New England.
The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina is pleased to announce a new partnership with America’s Cup Charters to provide the ultimate teambuilding package for groups visiting Newport, Rhode Island. The hotel is the premier spot in Newport for corporate and association meetings, located in the heart of Newport’s historic downtown district, on the harbor, surrounded by magnificent yachts, cobblestone streets, restaurants, shops, boutiques, and much more. America’s Cup Charters is Newport’s choice charter company, and is proud to sail the legendary 12-meter yachts that competed in or won the America’s Cup races.
“For over 15 years The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina has been the waterfront location for our fleet of America’s Cup yachts. Many of our business clients have enjoyed their stay downtown on the water at The Newport. We are excited to be partnering with The Newport to offer a great package deal to our corporate clients – Sail aboard the best with America’s Cup Charters and stay at the best waterfront hotel, The Newport” said Herb Marshall, Co- Owner of America’s Cup Charters
Two packages, designed for groups of different sizes, provide an opportunity for groups to develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. “The On Board Meeting,” for groups from 8 to 14 people, allow guests to choose from a series of sailing challenges, while “The Sails Meeting,” for groups from 20 to 75 people, will have groups performing regattas through Narragansett Bay for the afternoon, and returning to The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina for a traditional New England Clam Boil.
For more information regarding this exciting new program, contact the Sales and Catering Office at The Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina at 401-848-3304, email@example.com, or www.newporthotel.com.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP announced that John E. Ottaviani has joined the firm as Counsel. John has extensive experience on matters involving the protection of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, the acquisition and sale of technology companies, the protection of digital assets and limiting liability on the Internet, electronic commerce, the use and exploitation of technology, and investments in technology companies. He advises emerging technology and other privately held businesses on organizational, operational and financing matters. “John brings a variety of skills that will further enhance our Intellectual Property Group. We are very pleased to have him join the Firm," said Managing Partner, David M. Gilden. John received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his A.B., from Bowdoin College.
Evert, a 7-time Roland Garros champion, received the ring exactly 30 years to the day that she won her fifth title at the event.
Former world No. 1 Chris Evert has captured the most coveted trophies in tennis, and yesterday at the French Open she was presented with another exclusive item in honor of her success on court-- a one-of-a-kind gold ring signifying her place as a Hall of Famer. In recognition of her great success and contributions to the sport, Evert was enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995. This important achievement was celebrated once again, when Evert was presented her official Hall of Fame ring, in a special ceremony on ESPN2 during the network's Roland Garros coverage yesterday. Joining in the celebration were Evert's ESPN colleagues Chris McKendry, Chris Fowler, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Darren Cahill, and Pam Shriver. The ring was presented by Hall of Fame Chairman Christopher Clouser and CEO Mark Stenning.
"Chrissie Evert's name is synonymous with class and grace in the sport of tennis, and her achievements place her among the most successful and admired athletes of all time," said Clouser. "As a Hall of Famer, she will be forever celebrated among the greatest champions and legends of tennis. We are so pleased to recognize her achievements with this special ring at a very special event where she had such great success and made tennis history."
During her Hall of Fame career, Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six US Opens. She also captured 3 major doubles titles. Evert was the year-end world No. 1 player seven times, and she captured a total of 157 singles titles and 29 doubles titles. Evert's decade-long rivalry with fellow Hall of Famer and good friend Martina Navratilova is considered one of the greatest in sports history. Since retiring in 1989, Evert has focused her time on philanthropic efforts. She hosted the first Chris Evert Celebrity Pro-Am just one month after retiring from her 17-year playing career, and over the years her efforts have contributed more than $20 million to an ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect in Florida. In 2011, to the delight of tennis fans across the nation, she officially took a spot behind the broadcast booth, joining the on-air team for ESPN's Grand Slam coverage. Topping off the immense contributions she has made to the sports community, Evert's personal greatest achievement lies in her children. She is the proud mother to three sons.
The personalized rings were introduced in 2011 and are being presented to Hall of Famers at tennis events around the world over the next few years as a special symbol of their Hall of Fame enshrinement. The rings bear a green stone set in gold, to complement the International Tennis Hall of Fame's brand colors. In addition, the rings are etched with each honoree's name and the Hall of Fame logo crest. The rings have been generously underwritten by The Bruce T. Halle Family of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Last year, Evert participated in ceremonies to present rings to her good friend Martina Navratilova during Wimbledon and her ESPN colleague John McEnroe, during the US Open. Additional Hall of Fame ring ceremonies have been hosted this year at the Australian Open, where rings were presented to 11 Australian greats; at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, where Mats Wilander was honored; and at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, where Manuel Orantes received his ring. The ring presentations have offered a platform for tennis fans to re-connect with some of the greatest champions of the sport at venues and events that have significant meaning to the Hall of Famers and their fans.
Since 1955, 224 of the greatest champions and contributors to the sport have been inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and honoring the game's greatest heroes. In addition, the Hall of Fame provides a landmark for tennis enthusiasts, offering an extensive museum that chronicles the history of the sport and its stars, historic grass tennis courts that date back to 1880 and are open to the public, an ATP World Tour tournament and the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in July, and numerous public events year-round. To learn more, visit www.tennisfame.com
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is pleased to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In honor of this milestone, we created the PS&H 25/25 initiative as a way to say Thank You to the many members of our community who have supported us through the years.
In May, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP donated $1,250 to INSIGHT to help support the organization’s summer youth programs. Specifically, this donation will enable several INSIGHT clients to participate in sailing lessons at the Community Boating Center in Providence. The Firm is honored to be able to commemorate our milestone anniversary by making this donation.
INSIGHT’s mission is to inspire confidence, build skills and empower people who are blind and visually impaired to become fully integrated, equally valued members of society by providing diverse services that produce opportunities and choices.
Newport Hospitality, Inc., Rhode Island’s premier destination management company, celebrates Program Manager, Emily Ryan, on the honor of obtaining the Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) designation.
The DMCP is designed by the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) to “create impetus for organizational self-improvement and to stimulate a general rising of standards” and is considered the highest designation in destination management industry.
The DMCP exam establishes a level of knowledge and performance by stimulating the art and science of destination management thus raising industry standards. For Emily, this represents one of the highest accreditations in her industry and speaks to her professional standards. Regarding the recent award, Ms. Ryan stated “The designation DMCP reinforces my commitment to our clients, industry and destination and I am honored to receive this prestigious certification.” Emily is now the third employee at Newport Hospitality to earn the DMCP designation.
Additionally, Emily Ryan has earned a promotion to Senior Program Manager at Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company. Now into her fifth season, Emily will continue to service corporate clients in the coordination and execution of successful programs. “Since her start with Newport Hospitality in 2009, Emily has been driven and focused on excelling in our industry, which shines through with each program that she works on. Through her four years of loyalty to Newport Hospitality and earned DMCP certification, her promotion to Senior Program Manager is well deserved,” said Carrie Brown, Director of Programs.
ABOUT NEWPORT HOSPITALITY, INC. a DMC Network Company
As the first and only accredited DMC in Rhode Island, Newport Hospitality, Inc. is proud to be celebrating 25 years of successful destination management. Newport Hospitality, Inc. is dedicated to creating exceptional events and programs, while partnering to build strong relationships and striving to exceed the goals, objectives and expectations of our clients.
Viti in Tiverton, RI, is pleased to offer an additional incentive to members of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. Qualified members of the Chamber receive $500 off the best deal on any new or pre-owned Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volvo vehicle that is purchased or leased. Available for qualified members only. Offer valid until August 31, 2013.
Contact Bob Fioravanti at 866-980-6224 for further information.
And as always, Viti offers Complimentary Pick-Up, Delivery, Loaner, Car Wash & Vacuum for all scheduled service appointments.
Secretary of State of State A. Ralph Mollis is warning Rhode Island limited liability companies (LLCs) to be wary of a direct mail solicitation from "Rhode Island Corporate Compliance (RICC)." The latest notice comes just two months after the company mailed a similar letter to for-profit corporations.
The official-looking letter cites a state law that requires corporations to keep records of accounts, minutes and the names and addresses of all shareholders and directs recipients to submit an "Annual Disclosure Statement" along with a "Document Fee" of $125 by May 3.
But Mollis says that state law doesn't even require LLCs to keep those records let alone requiring that they be filed with his office or any state agency.
More than 150 business owners have called the Secretary of State's office with questions about the notice. Many had already mailed a check to RICC. Shirley Miller of Able Wood Flooring in Cranston was one of them.
"I only took a quick look at the letter. It looked official so I didn't think twice about writing a check because everything else has gone up this year. Then I had a bad feeling and called the Secretary of State's office," she said. "You know what makes it worse? That money could have gone to charity."
"Too many people have been confused by the mailing. We're assuring them that it did not come from our office," said Mollis, who tracked down the return address on the RICC mailing to a postal box number at a UPS store in downtown Providence.
Mollis reported the situation to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which wants anyone who has paid the $125 "Document Fee" to call (401) 276-8630.
Every one of the more than 27,000 LLCs registered in Rhode Island could have received the letter, said Mollis. RICC mailed a nearly identical letter to as many as 32,000 for-profit corporations earlier this year.
Mollis says LLCs are contacting him because most business entities in Rhode Island have a corporate legal structure that requires filing with his office. In addition to its work with start-ups, the Secretary of State's office also oversees recording commercial liens, registering notaries public and protecting corporate trademarks.
He urges anyone with questions about the direct mail solicitation to contact his office at 222-3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing Gift Giving Industry Requires More Hands on Deck
Hospitality Gifts has announced that Lindsey Clark has joined the company to further develop their growing portfolio of clients. Lindsey Clark comes with a wealth of experience within the marketing field, having spent several years as a writer, designer and marketer within both large corporate entities and boutique agencies. Most recently, Lindsey was instrumental in the unveiling and implementation of several new “Daily Deal” programs for newspapers throughout the US and was at the cornerstone of the product’s success. She now seeks to bring her expertise in sales and service to the professional Gift Giving market- as the industry continues to gain traction as a necessity for those seeking to make a distinct and impressive impression with their customers and peers in their trade.
Lindsey joins Hospitality Gifts as Sales Manager to continue Hospitality Gifts present and forecasted success in offering unique specialty items and custom gift packages. This Newport, Rhode Island based company is proud to work with local artists and vendors and is the premier gift provider for meeting and event planners, hotels and corporate clients. The service offers its clients invaluable time and resources by leveraging professional expertise in presenting the most impressionable gifts on behalf of the client and client’s business.
Laurie Z. Stroll, CMP, DMCP, says “Lindsey’s experience and enthusiasm for strengthening current relationships as well as cultivating new relationships is going to poise Hospitality Gifts for great success. Our dedication to providing elite customer service and an increase in demand within our industry has proved the need for a dedicated sales and service professional contact within Hospitality Gifts to ensure that we continue to be the leader in this arena. With her perfectly suited background, we feel very fortunate to be able to present Lindsey as Sales Manager and we look forward to her commitment to our current clients and her exciting pursuit of potential relationships.”
State Transitioning to Trauma-Informed Social Services for Children
Rhode Island has kicked off its efforts to transform social services across the state to being “trauma informed.”
“Abuse, neglect, crime, violence; these are common in the personal histories of the children being served at social service agencies across the state,” said Janice DeFrances, Ed.D., director of the Rhode Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). “This new effort will provide care-givers the knowledge and skills to approach care with this in mind and will help us assess our current practices and develop more responsive systems.”
Rhode Island is one of only six areas in the nation chosen to participate in a federally funded project led by San Diego’s Chadwick Center for Children and Families. The goal of the project is to transform child welfare organizations so their services recognize the role trauma plays in the lives of children and families in their care.
“We chose Rhode Island because of the leadership of Family Service of RI and DCYF on child trauma issues, not only in the Northeast but across the nation,” said Lisa Conradi, Psy.D. of the Chadwick Center. Dr. Conradi will oversee the project, which also includes two counties in California, and counties in Florida, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Rhode Island’s is the only statewide effort.
“This will build on the work we started nearly a decade ago when we developed a partnership with the Providence police department to respond 24/7 to children at scenes of crime and violence,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of RI CEO.
Family Service of RI, DCYF and Providence police department staff have presented the “Rhode Island Model” at a number of national gatherings. The model includes a 24/7 response to children and families exposed to trauma; a focus on prevention and early intervention; and strong partnerships with police departments.
Recently Family Service of RI was awarded a $1.6 million federal grant to reduce the impact of trauma on the state’s children, with a priority on military families. “This new project with the Chadwick Center will be integrated into that grant’s efforts,” said Susan Erstling, Ph.D., who heads Family Service of RI’s child trauma center.
Steps to be followed in the months ahead include:
Hundreds of staff from government and non-profits from across the state are slated to participate, said Dr. Erstling.
The kick-off took place Thursday, April 4th, with a reception at the Rhode Island Foundation in Providence.
WaterFire Providence, the award winning sculpture and community arts event that has been inspiring and arousing Rhode Islanders and visitors alike for over 15 years is gearing up for yet another enchanting season. With each WaterFire comes a complex and exciting undertaking where assistance from community volunteers plays an integral part. Our volunteers assist in all aspects of creation of the event and come from many different walks of life. Not only is our volunteer base made up of individuals just looking to help improve their community, but often times volunteers come from businesses and groups just like yours.
WaterFire Providence offers your employees the chance to be a part of something that brings beauty and life to Providence while inspiring its members and fostering community engagement. At WaterFire Providence we offer local businesses and organizations the chance to engage in a dynamic and stimulating hands-on experience that not only teaches employees important lessons in teambuilding and leadership skills, but also helps bring light to their community.
Every lighting of WaterFire is different, with its own production and another opportunity to get involved. WaterFire has an abundance of experience working with volunteer partners providing us with the knowledge to make this an unforgettable experience for all those involved.
If you are interested in learning more about how your business can be a part of this beautiful art installation, please visit http://waterfire.org/ workplace-volunteerism/ or contact WaterFire at 401-273-1155 | email@example.com
The quest for new technologies has been the bedrock of Rhode Island based Davol’s growth and success. Throughout the company’s 138 years in business, Davol has persevered through many of our country’s challenging economic times. President John Groetelaars shares his thoughts on Davol/BARD’s entrenched climate of innovation and globalization, key drivers for expansion efforts in today’s marketplace.
Q. What advice do you have to share with our membership in dealing with the current challenging economic environment?
JG: Stay agile and open to change. Use our company for example. Over 130 years ago we started with basic rubber products. Not a single one of those original products remains in our production line today. Forty percent of our current sales involve products that were introduced within the last three years. If we don’t continue to reinvigorate, we will fall the way of some of the high tech companies that maxed out with one product line. Being cautious and conservative is no longer linked to survival. It is important to fully understand your markets to find segments that are growing and invest in them.
We are here to be successful. Ideas and inspiration for our innovations come from:
Although the inch ups are important, break through innovations are the heart of Davol’s focus. Given the tough, competitive environment, there is less of an appetite for little improvements. We need to be better, more efficient, faster, cheaper, and ideally, all three. We scour the globe for the best ideas, technology and services. Breakthroughs lately have been in the form of tech transformation. More emphasis has been placed on fewer, but bigger (more financially risky) projects. My advice –in order to keep innovation flowing and continue commercialization you have to understand the consumer’s need. Don’t assume.
Collaboration is also a key ingredient for expanding innovation opportunities at Davol. We currently join forces with big teaching/research hospitals and labs throughout the US and companies like Ximedica, where we partner as co-developers. We are in the process of exploring collaborative opportunities locally with Brown, Lifespan’s tech licensing group and Betaspring in an effort to broaden our reach.
Q. How would you advise local companies interested in venturing into the global market?
JG: Spend time objectively assessing which global markets have a high potential for your product/service. Follow up with a deeper dive in the region, meeting and talking with potential customers or business partners to develop a prioritized list of opportunities that help you garner success and gain experience. This list should be long enough to have a full pipeline of business opportunities but not too large that your efforts are too diluted. Find early successes and build on them while gaining critical knowledge of the market and regulatory climate in the targeted area.
Q. Over the years, how has your business grown/adapted in the ever changing marketplace?
JG: Ten years ago, we were fairly conservative, skeptical about where and how ideas germinated and developed. Today, thanks to the advancement in technology, that has all changed. Our objective is to be #1 through best evidenced and priced product lines, making them well-affordable in the world of public health care. There are two avenues that create options for growth: globalization and innovation. Our strategies drive product innovation, making us open to change. We are constantly looking for new technologies, acquisitions, and core tech. A big trend in globalization is in refining how we bring in tech from international sources, and then transfer to our R&D pipeline. In June we announced our expansion into Russia, offering an exciting new chapter in our company’s growth.
To support our vision (advancing patient care with leading solutions in area of soft tissue repair) we employ over 100 scientists focused on research and development with 1200 employees worldwide in roles that include sales and manufacturing.
In the US, it is important that we invest across the spectrum –in high growth as well as low or negative growth markets, where there is high unemployment and thus, lack of insurance or ability to afford co-pays. We invest in low growth areas to address the patient trend to avoid health care through less doctor visits or administration to hospitals. We can make the greatest product in the world, but if patients do not have access to our lines, we will not grow. The same factors apply overseas, especially in European countries. The economy has forced change. It has impacted how we look at the innovation pipeline. Today there is more scrutiny of economies in addition to product performance. This was a driver toward our current international focus.
Q. Give me three words that describe your culture at Davol.
JG: Candid, caring and driven.
Q. How do you develop your workforce?
JG: We have specialized talent needs at Davol --and there are shortages of qualified candidates locally. As a result we search nationally for our talent draw. We recruit from the greater Boston area, where the housing market creates a challenge for prospects looking in that community. RI appeals to our recruits for cost of living (compared with Boston) and quality of life. We find that the folks that do move here, like it. A lot. Davol stays loyal to RI for those factors and the close proximity to Boston. We continually need to recruit and attract talent to evolve and survive.
Q. Why affiliate with an organization like GPCC?
JG: It is important for businesses to be engaged in forums that contribute to and support a strong local economy. Throughout our 98 year association with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Davol’s GPCC membership provided our management team with that vital link to the RI business community and government leadership, offering a means to interact and participate in local concerns. Through the Chamber’s outreach, Davol participates in the RI Business Plan Competition as judge to help support local job creation and innovation.
Secondary to bridging a means for our community engagement, were the many benefits that accompany GPCC membership.
Bard Davol is the market leader in comprehensive soft tissue reconstruction, delivering a growing line of mesh prosthetics, biologic implants and fixation systems to compliment innovative techniques for inguinal, ventral and other hernia repair procedures. Our researchers are constantly engaged in expanding the range of soft tissue repair with products aimed at providing exceptional quality and value –qualities that clinicians, physicians and patients have come to depend on.
When: December 7, 2013
Where: Slater Memorial Park
451 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861
Registration 10am/Run start 11am
Jingle Bell Run/Walk® is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by
helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume.
Tie Jingle Bells to your shoelaces.
Run or walk with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.
. 5K Fun Run/Walk
. Costume contest for teams and individuals
. Dogs and strollers welcome
. Children’s activities
REGISTER at www.rhodeislandjbr.kintera.org or call 401-739-3773
Early Bird Registration Fee:
$30 with a Jingle bell shirt to the first 250 to register by December 4th.
For more information contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org
Statewide Holiday Gifts Campaign to Provide Gifts for Teens in Foster Care
During the Months of November and December. Foster Forward (formerly the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association) is supporting Rhode Island’s Department of Child, Youth and Families for the 18th Foster Forward’s mission is to empower lives impacted by foster care. We have an unwavering commitment to support children and youth, families, and the child welfare system as a whole, to grow, connect, improve, and move forward. Foster Forward provides programs that support the 1,800 Rhode Island children and youth in DCYF foster care.
Dr. Janice DeFrances, DCYF Director, has sent out a personal letter to over 15,000 state employees asking them to help in the following ways:
1.) A financial donation payable to Foster Forward (formerly the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association) and sent to the Holiday Gifts for Teens Campaign, 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914.
2.) “Adopt” one or more adolescents living in a group home and fulfill their wish lists. You will be matched with a group home that will provide their ages, interests and wish lists. Contact Beamer Aston at (401) 438-3900 x122 or email@example.com for more information.
Last year, Rhode Island’s generosity helped to make a difference in the lives of over 400 young people. The many heartfelt notes attached to gifts and donations truly encompassed the spirit of the season. Financial donations were used to purchase $25.00 American Express gift cards for our teens, and many business and community groups purchased gifts from the wish lists of adolescents living in group homes. Individuals, businesses, churches, schools and private organizations all joined together to help our young people. Over $60,000 in combined financial donations and gifts helped make the holiday season truly special for youth in foster care.
November 29 - December 14, 2013
Tis’ the season to give back. It’s Holiday Auction Time! Are you registered?
We can’t think of a better way to shop this holiday season than with a cause.
BiddingForGood.com is a charitable e-commerce company that connects fundraisers, cause-conscious shoppers and socially responsible businesses. They provide a unique auction plat-form where non-profits, consumers and businesses converge to create a dynamic and fundraising event to raise money to causes that we care so much about, like JLRI!
Our auction is a unique opportunity to bid on items within our auction site www.biddingforgood.com/jlri along with the 330,000+ shoppers in the Bidder Community to achieve maximum fundraising success.
Our cost effective fundraiser will deliver an engaging shop-ping experience for all site visitors and help maximize our charitable impact!
You can get involved by registering on the site so that when the auction opens on November 29, you will be ready to go! Once the auction starts you can make a difference by bidding!
So if you haven’t already done so, visit www.biddingforgood.com/jlri and get registered! Many of our items are already online for you to peruse. You won’t want to miss out on the action!
Can’t get enough of the action? Don’t worry, live bidding and buy-it-now events will be held at our social event on December 12, 2013 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm at Jacky’s Waterplace in Providence!
See you there!
Thank you to all of our generous donors! We can’t wait to bid!
When: Mondays from 12:15 - 1:30 with a long established speaker series. (Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday)
Where: Providence Marriott
One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).
Cost: $20 meal fee.
For further information visit: http://www.providencerotary.org/
Guidelines for submitting to GPCC Member News: Submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday to be considered for the following week (submissions will be placed on this page and run for seven – fourteen days).
Please keep copy to less than 100 words, in paragraph format. You may submit a web-friendly company logo with a print size no larger than 3" X 3". Photo images may accompany your copy, but need to be forwarded in a separate attachment and not be embedded into the copy.