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by JACOB MARROCCO
Grieco Community Cat Care Center hoping to be a
The Grieco Community Cat Care Center is looking to make strides in helping reduce the number of cats loose in Rhode Island communities. The center, which plans to open later this month, will house divisions of Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue and Paws Watch. The two organizations will work collaboratively to help the thousands of cats roaming the streets in a number of ways. Truly feral cats, center co-director Pam Fisette said, are trapped, neutered and released – or “TNR” – back into the wild to help prevent population growth. Friendly cats, though, are allowed to stay, socialize with other kittens and get put up for adoption. It’s a mission in life that Fisette, codirector Dianne LaPointe and Scruffy Paws director Stephanie Pinto have enjoyed for several years. The latter two met rescuing kittens and mother cats born in a home in Providence. LaPointe said she has been trapping for two decades, previously using any spare space she had in her home or car to take care of cats pre- and post-operation. “So, every time I did a trapping, I’d keep them in my garage, my breezeway, my car, my extra room in my house,” LaPointe said. “Then I’d have to bleach that room out for the next trapping, which left us only trapping not as many cats as we’d want to because we would have never made a dent in the population, the overpopulation of cats.” Then, Mike Grieco allowed her to use his collision center, which allowed the number of cats receiving care to skyrocket. LaPointe said 80 percent were put up for adoption and foster care, while the remainder were released to reunite with their feral colonies. “At least we had the opportunity to evaluate them, instead of just dumping them back out on the streets and thinking they could’ve slept on somebody’s bed,” LaPointe said. Working with cat owners who are looking to give away their pets is crucial for the center. Fisette said that, through conversations with those who “dumped” their cat, she’s been told owners are apprehensive about taking their pets to shelters out of fear they will be killed. Fisette said, though, that abandoning cats on the streets leaves them vulnerable to predators, such as coyotes. Pinto reasoned that cat owners may feel forced to abandon their pets if they 4 | PrimeTime
are in financial turmoil. She said a majority of the cats that Scruffy Paws receives are going to be left outside, as their owners are in the midst of foreclosure and cannot afford to pay $50 owner surrender fees at shelters. Scruffy Paws, and by extension the Community Cat Care Center, will not charge owner surrender fees. However, if owners are able to do so, the center welcomes donations. “We run on donations,” Pinto said. “We need those to keep going. So if it’s somebody who had their child develop some allergy or something and they’re willing to donate to the cat going to a new home and going to the vet.” LaPointe said the center is seeking out all sorts of volunteers, from data entry and transport help to plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. She emphasized that the center is searching for a veterinarian to work at the nonprofit, which has a room dedicated to veterinary needs. She said she also welcomes trappers and those willing to foster cats, which would allow those interested to socialize the cat for some time until it is ready for adoption. “You take a cat in and it’s almost on the verge of being social, to want to sleep on somebody’s bed, but it just needs this much love,” LaPointe said. “So we trust to have fosters to take those cats, socialize them, and then we can put them up for adoption. It’s like you don’t own the cat, you don’t keep the cat, you just socialize the cat.” Those who would like to volunteer can go to scruffypawsanimalrescue.com or the Community Cat Care Center Facebook page. There were a few volunteers at the center during a recent interview, and LaPointe accepts walk-ins. “I’m here every day just opening up the door for anybody that reads the sign and volunteers, so if somebody’s looking to volunteer, great,” LaPointe said. “Come on in, I’ll take your name and I’ll evaluate it and get you started.”
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Kiwi K9 Project a true calling
Adam Haar, a New Zealand native and world traveler, and Stephanie Georgia, publisher of Animal Print magazine, spent a little time with Gracie, who was adopted from the East Greenwich Animal Protection League. (PrimeTime photo)
Everyone hopes to find their true calling in life. New Zealand native Adam Haar is no different, it just took him a bit of world traveling to find his. That calling came in the form of helping shelter dogs find their forever homes, and he is teaming up with a Rhode Island “Animal Print” magazine publisher Stephanie Georgia to try and turn his passion into a full-time job. “I always loved dogs, but about three years ago I had an epiphany,” Haar explained during a recent visit to the East Greenwich Animal Protection League in Cranston. He said that he had been working in construction when he decided he needed a change. Haar began traveling across the United States in 2017, going state to state and visiting animal shelters all along the way while couch surfing wherever he could find a host. His travels took him to shelters with highprofile dogs, some of which came from the rescue of dogs used in the infamous fighting ring supported by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick. Originally, Haar would make short selfie-style videos while visiting dogs in the shelter, but it wasn’t until he came to Rhode Island and met up with Georgia – and the two quickly connected over their passion for helping animals – that the idea to create a social media group focused on that effort came to be. “I just thought, he’d be really good on camera while helping these dogs,” Georgia said. With Haar on camera walking the dogs and playing with them, Georgia is in charge of shooting and editing the videos. Now, the Kiwi K9 Project is off the ground and looking to grow rapidly into a worldwide nonprofit with the mission of giving exposure to animal shelters and dogs in need, with the hopes of getting more homeless dogs adopted through the use of compelling visual storytelling in short, three-minute videos. They have already created a video for an East Greenwich Animal Protection League pup, Gracie, which can be found on the Kiwi K9 Project Instagram page. It features shots from when the pair took Gracie around the Ocean State, visiting breweries and beaches and gaining a good report with the dog to show off her natural personality. “The idea is to get the dog out into the normal looking world and see how they behave and react,” Haar said. “The documentaries will bring attention to these dogs.” Haar and Georgia have set up a website, as well as a Facebook and the aforementioned Instagram account. To be able to do what he loves and help dogs in need is the ultimate calling for Haar. “To make a living just being exposed to dogs would be the end goal for me,” he said. “And to save a lot of dogs would be the best. Humans can learn a lot from dogs.” You can learn more about the Kiwi K9 Project at KiwiK9Project.com.
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by DON FOWLER
Celebrate Rhythm & Roots Labor Day Weekend
I know exactly where I’m going to be this Labor Day weekend. The same place I’ve been since Chuck Wentworth started sponsoring the best music festival in Rhode Island twenty-two years ago. The Rhythm and Roots Festival returns once again to Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island this August 30-September 1 with three days and nights of non-stop music. I arrive early each day to secure my spot near the main stage, bringing a comfortable lawn chair, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and enough money to buy jambalaya, crawfish, and other tasty Cajun cuisine. Music is non-stop from noon until late into the evening, with jam sessions continuing later in the camping area. While the popular bigger acts happen on the main stage, festival veterans stake out their chairs in the large tent near the entrance, where new upcoming acts, old timers, and unique performers draw huge crowds in an up close and personal atmosphere. Accordion players, fiddlers, and guitarists from different groups come together for jam sessions, where fans ask questions and request their favorite songs. While many people leave their empty chairs to visit other venues, the festival rules state that if a chair is empty, you can sit in it until its owner returns. The dance tent is the most popular venue, with Cajun, Zydeco and Western Swing bands filling the wooden floor with couples of all ages. There is also a Kids’ Tent, where storytellers (Cranston’s Len Cabral is a yearly favorite), movies, musicians, games, and arts and crafts keep the young ones occupied. The perimeter of the large field is lined with craft and food and beverage (beer is sold) booths. The large field fills quickly with blankets and chairs, and there is an area to one side of the stage for standing and dancing. Umbrellas and tarps are allowed in the back, and there is a huge screen where the performers are projected for those in the back.
I’ve attended numerous music festivals over the years, and as I get older (82 this year), I appreciate the amenities that make it easier for seniors, like adequate porta-Johns, handicap parking, shady areas, and the visible presence of security who have always kept the peace. It is a great family atmosphere, and every year I see three generation families setting up their “space”. The festival even has a “Glamping” area where you can rent MARCIA BALL overnight facilities. The festival started at the tiny Stepping Stone Ranch in Escoheag, where it was basically a “Cajun and Bluegrass” festival, but quickly outgrew the space, finding the ideal location in Charlestown. It is an easy ride from points North down Route 95 to Route 4 which becomes Route I. Exit signs are easy to spot and there is adequate handicapped parking. Wentworth works year-round to line up the best of the best performers, branching out Canada and their rich roots music, and Mexico and Southwest United States with Texas Swing and Tex Mex, and, of course, New Orleans jazz. Some of my favorites are returning this year, including The Mavericks, this re hot Tex-Mex band that plays a bit of everything in its unique style; Beausoleil, with Michael Doucet, one of the first Cajun groups to make it into the pop , along with more information about the fantastic Rhythm and Roots Festivalfield; Steve Riley and the Mammou Playboys, a band that has taken traditional Cajun music into the 21st century; Marcia Ball (Big, tall Marcia Ball) the wildfire New Orleans jazz singer/songwriter; and our own Knickerbocker All-Stars, the hot jazz group from Westerly. The three-day schedule is already posted on the rhythmandroots.com web site along with more information and ticket prices.
RETIREMENT SPARKS by ELAINE M. DECKER
Ah! Summer! The time when many children head off to sleep away camp, providing their parents with a muchneeded break from the stress of family life. It turns out summer camp is no longer just for children. For about $2,000, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy used to allow amateur musicians the privilege of playing side by side with the professionals. Unfortunately, their entire summer season was cancelled this year. Not to worry. There are other summer camp opportunities for seniors. After considerable research, I’ve unearthed half a dozen options. I’m confident at least one will be the perfect “fantasy camp” for you. Gardening for Maximum Output This camp has become popular with seniors who are especially interested in how gardening can reduce their weekly grocery expenditures. Topics covered in this weeklong camp are: • Environmentally friendly pest control (covers insect pests and small animals only) • Keeping your neighbors from stealing your produce in the dead of night • How to effectively pull weeds without needing a prescription-level dose of ibuprofen for your back after you’re done • Tips and tricks for making your arthritic knees work for you, not against you Water Activities Camp Gitchee Ya Ya is a two-week camp, situated on the shores of a quiet lake in New Hampshire. Because of an increase in water-borne diseases, you’re required to get immunization shots before the camp will accept your deposit. Here’s some of what you’ll learn: • Synchronized swimming for the hearing impaired • How to angle an oversized-butt into a water slide trough • Relaxing through canoeing (not available to those with poor peripheral vision) • Using the fat in your midsection as your own flotation device 6 | PrimeTime
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Olympic Hopeful Training Camp Spend two weeks getting your body in as competitive shape as is realistic at your age. Former Olympians will be your instructors as you hone your skills. Unfortunately, you do not get to pick your sport. You are guaranteed to lose at least ten pounds, or your fee is refunded (proportionate to the promised weight not lost…) Some sports you might be assigned: • Rhythmic gymnastics (those with two left feet will be exempt) • Archery (camp attorneys require that arrows have rubber suction tips) • Wrestling (on an extra-thick mat or an under-filled water bed) • Beach volleyball (as a public service, you will not wear those teeny bathing suits) Vicarious Grandparents Camp This novel day camp was conceived especially for seniors who have never experienced the joy of being actual grandparents. Parents drop off their youngsters (ages 1 to 12) at 8 am and pick them up no later than 8 pm. Seniors looking for the grandparenting experience serve as live-in camp counselors. An especially attractive aspect of Camp Granny Gimme is that the seniors are paid to attend. Some of what you’ll be taught:
• How to tell if they need a diaper change under those wet bathing suits • Learning to say “no,” and then to say “no” again, and yet again • Ten ways to get toddlers to burn off their energy while you sit in a rocker • Texting acronyms and emojis popular with pre-teens Arthritic Fingers Pottery Studio If you’ve always wanted to throw a pot (on a potter’s wheel—not at your spouse or at an annoying neighbor), then this is the camp for you. Spend just one weekend at Harriet’s Pottery for Gnarled Fingers and master the basics of kiln-fired treasures. Items you’ll make during your stay: • Generously sized cereal bowls, perfect for fiber-rich oatmeal • Two-handled mugs; if you set them down wrong, no need to turn them around • Attractive urns to hold the cremains of your beloved pets Theatrical Creativity Camp If the acting bug has been nibbling at you, bite back. This weeklong studio prepares you for roles in regional theater productions. For those who love the smell of greasepaint, but are too timid to face the roar of the crowd, backstage training is also available. Choose from: • Performing on stage (bit parts on daytime TV dramas provided unless shows are canceled) • Superhero costume design (learn to use ballpoint needles on spandex) • Set decoration (ladders involved; not for those with poor balance) • Hair and makeup (learn to use extensions and to hide tattoos and body piercings) So many fabulous camps! So little time! What are you waiting for? Sign up today. Copyright 2019 Business Theatre Unlimited
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Can you say adorable? Just one look at Mr. Jones and you will melt! This sweet seven year young Chihuahua mix is hoping to find his perfect match. He is looking for a quite home with no other pets, after all he wants all of your attention! Mr. Jones aka Jonsey loves gentle pets, belly rubs, walks on the leash and treats. His favorite past time is snuggling in his bed or hanging out next to you! If you’ve been looking for a companion, Mr. Jones is your little man! He is available for adoption at EGAPL The Heart of RI located at 44 Worthington Road Cranston, RI. You can visit Mr. Jones during their open adoption hours: Tuesday 12-4, Wednesday 3-7. Thursday & Friday 1-5 and Saturday 12-2. They are closed on Sunday and Monday. Please call 401-467-3670 for more information about Mr. Jones and please tell everyone about this adorable little man!
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Dogs and water safety Introducing water Make dogs feel comfortable in the water by gradually introducing them to it. Start in an area that can be controlled and is shallow enough to help dogs if they struggle. Show the dog that the water can be enjoyable. Let your pet set the pace, being certain not to force the issue. If you’re at the beach, throw a stick progressively further from the shore. This can help the dog incrementally adapt to the feeling of deeper water. Tossing your dog into the water or submerging his head can be traumatic. Recognizing poor swimmers Dogs that have large bodies and short legs often do not swim for fun. American Bulldogs, for example, may not be as skilled or as enthusiastic about swimming as Labradors. Watching for currents The same currents and rip tides that can pose a threat to humans can threaten dogs. Even strong swimmers can be affected in rough surf. Seawater can be dangerous. Bring fresh water along to quench the dog’s thirst so he or she will not be tempted to lap up the saltwater. Life preservers Dogs riding in boats should be fitted with canine life preservers. These will help dogs stay afloat should they fall in the water, while also making dogs more visible in the water. Water and dogs may seem like a natural fit, but test your dogs’ swimming abilities and exercise precaution whenever their pets are around water. PE174889
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by MIKE FINK
Augusts Ago, and a September Song As the Days Hurry By The first summer house my mother and father owned was in Oakland Beach. Yes, ice was delivered by a horse and buggy, a giant pair of tongs with a cold hunk to dump in the upper chamber of the box that held the milk bottle, with the bubble above to keep the cream safe and sound. A giant apple tree dominated the yard, and the fruit was used to make jelly for the toast in the then new by now old-fashioned plug-in device. I could wind up the Victrola and play the brown Decca recording of “Just a Cottage Small by a Waterfall!” Yes, there was even a rainbarrel on the front porch. I think I was chased by a wild squirrel as I biked down the street to the little cove for a quick dip. At the other end of Wilson Avenue was a variety store and a few footsteps beside it a Carousel, for which my youngest uncle designed and painted the murals and repaired the wooden horses. He was my personal genie genius who made my toys from bars of soap, square cubes of balsa wood, or planks of lumber from which he could carve a skiff! Well, when war broke out (World War II, the “Duration”) and my dad’s brother took off to fight and to endure the Battle of the Bulge, we three boys were sent off to summer camp. Our talented and playful Mom made a trunk for Ed, the first-born, with Morse Code doughboys with flags signaled that the chest be sent to Yawgoog. She sent illustrated postcards to me with cartoon versions of how she hoped I might fare. She drew me plump, weightlifting, and paddling, on penny postcards. Our middle brother did okay on his own and earned a plaque labelled “Best All Around Character Camper!” By the time of Victory, our parents had purchased a second retreat, away from hurricane damaged Warwick, at Hundred Acre Cove in Hampden Meadows, Barrington. It had an incomplete, or long abandoned look, until Mom and Dad made some changes. Mother painted murals of mermaids in the shower stall. She found a broken croquet game and made a towel rack from the parts, a wooden ball for the face of a soldier, and the sticks became arms held out to hold the cloths. There were two pumps, one at the sink and the other outdoors. At the table niche she decorated the wall with images of birds, my special and favorite wildlife species. The dark old furnishings she transformed with bright paint and patterns of wildflowers! Our neighbors there on Teed Avenue were mostly returning veteran G.I.s looking for simple cottages to raise new postwar families with their wives or new brides. I wrote poems for my school newspapers about them, their houses, grand-parents, newborns, even the Swedish carpenter who built rowboats and sailboats for us to use to explore the bay. He painted everything gray, and the motors were pretty crude and hard to start or to fix. Well, life is brief, and after seven summers we youths spent a couple of Julys and Augusts elsewhere, and the folks used their Sundays to hunt around the lakes and counties of Rhode Island to find a new escape. They even considered sharing one of the grand, abandoned mansions or as they were modestly or coyly called “cottages” with their bridge club neighbors. Instead, they bought a quite new residence on Narrow River, in Middlebridge, which bordered Narragansett and South Kingstown. I made good friends with neighbors on both sides of our place. Robins built their nests in the pots we left on the porch, and
occasionally a surprising species might knock itself out on those windows that faced the deck and the tidal stream. I chose my own kayak, canoe, and rubber life-raft to explore the twists and turns of the way to the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace or at the other end the Dunes and the Ocean beyond. We even had, and used, skis to stand up and head into the surf or stare at the summer skies! That’s all gone now, the parents, my brothers, the houses. (My mother was born on August 2, gave birth to my brother on August 2, and passed away, on August 2! ) But I found my own nest, not more than a few streets away from the place on Riverside Drive. I was not scared of it, it was a “tiny” chalet, with a loft and next door was a “corncrib” You were not allowed to build after the 1953 hurricane, unless there was a “grandfather” structure you might get a permit to restore. My wife never did fall in love with my selection of this property and is forever “improving” it. I liked it the way I discovered it, unintimidating and somehow secretive. Across Middlebridge Road, or Pettaquamscutt Road, which at the time was unpaved, there was Treaty Rock, a mini-mountain with a mesa ledge on top where the Sachems had agreed to share the shore with Roger Williams. Oh there were many other attractions, but I especially liked our neighbors who lived in that sparse corn crib. An elderly lady named “Minnie” who liked to sit cheerfully in the yard and giggle at the charms of the chipmunks and, yes, the mice, as they scampered about. She invited us to her 90th birthday at the Slocum Grange, she seemed to me to be e very personification of the region, like a fairy god-mother. I have snapshots of her. Afraid of nothing, at peace with everything and one and all. When she died, with no heirs, the place was rented out to a lady just as fine and magical: named Ginnie! Yes, Ginnie! She seemed to be the continuation of Minnie and invited SKUNKS into her kitchen, but only after telling them, politely, “Now, don’t spray.” She told us what followed in our adjoining garden once we returned to town. “A bear came down from Treaty Rock, grabbed your bird-feeder and drank down the remaining bits of seed and then in a rage flung the container into the weedpatch.” And it turned out to be a true tale. Ginnie snapped shots of the things that occurred during the autumn, winter, and early spring, before we reclaimed our territory. Upon her passing I took, with her permission, a few of the wee token elves and dwarfs that guarded her terrain, plastic gnomes she enjoyed...and she giggled just like Minnie! Generations come and go, and now I/we have our own grand-children and they enjoy having a grandfather who collects toys and plays with them! One of them, “Eleanor” seeks such items in the trash or yard sales and gets her dad to take them as gifts to me. I especially appreciate a metal green frog. So there you have it, mostly, or at the very least a few glimpses of it. Of those swiftly flying weeks that, sadly, see the days getting just a tiny bit shorter but become a scrapbook of pleasures, major and minor. Every swim is precious, some reassuring and others anxious. I think one of my very earliest memories is of emerging from the sea and squinting to see where the oasis of a blanket and a brother, or mother, or father, looking for me, and my panic at not finding them on that desert of sand. Before Labor Day, though, I also feel re-born and ready to move on.
Larry Reid named 2019 Malcolm Greene Chace Award recipient The RI Hockey Hall of Fame has announced Lawrence “Larry” Reid of East Providence as the recipient of the 2019 Malcolm Greene Chace Memorial Trophy recognizing “Achievement and Outstanding Service by a Rhode Islander to the Game of Hockey”. The award is named after the Hall of Fame tennis player, financier and textile industrialist who became director of the company that later became Berkshire Hathaway. The award, donated by the Chace family, will be presented during the Hall of Fame’s annual Enshrinement CelAugust 2019
ebration & Dinner on September 6 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. The 2019 class of ten RI hockey greats will be formally inducted that evening. Tickets are available at RIHHOF.com. Larry Reid never learned to skate and did not play hockey. That didn’t keep him from distinguishing himself with his off-ice contributions to the game at the local, regional, national and international level over the last 50 years. Now 80, Reid got involved in the game when his young son, Jeffrey, caught the hockey bug. It was the Bobby Orr era and the Dudley Richards Arena had just opened near the Reids’ home in Rumford. Like so many youngsters at the time, Jeffrey was eager to play, so Larry signed him up. “The East Providence Hockey Association had 700 kids and you were expected to help,” recalls Reid. Before long, he was running the house league. Eventually, he became president of the EPHA. From 1982 to 1984, he served as president of the RI Amateur Hock-
ey Association. A couple of years later, he started taking on high-profile responsibilities for USA Hockey. He was asked to take charge of the 1986 Olympic Festival in Houston and ended up running Olympic Festivals for years. Reid was the guiding force and the first chairman of the Yankee Conference Festival, which became the centerpiece of the NE Hockey District’s Player Development programs. As a USA Hockey director, he helped set policy for all youth hockey across the country. Larry became team leader for men’s and women’s national teams in international play and particularly savored that role with the women at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, the first woman’s team to compete in the Olympics on home turf. He also served as Technical Director for sled hockey. He served for 18 years as a USA Hockey VP and Chairman of its marketing council. In 2017 he was elected a director emeritus of USA Hockey. PrimeTime | 11
by LARRY GRIMALDI
Beach Days From Long Ago The damp, cold, windy months that pass for a New England spring are just an inconvenient stop for me on the way to summer. Summer is filled with my favorite outdoor pursuits such as golf, family get-togethers, tending to the vegetable garden, sitting in my backyard bent listening to Yankee games, or digging for quahogs in the flats at Point Judith. Summer also brings back memories of days spent at Scarborough Beach with my two closest high school friends, Gene Ripa and Joe Cambio. On a sunny summer Saturday or Sunday one of us would commandeer the family car and set out for Scarborough, simply because that’s where the high school girls hung out. The drive down to South County gave us a chance to escape from our inner city neighborhoods for a few hours. Joe lived in the heart of Federal Hill. Gene lived the middle of Silver Lake and I lived in South Providence, just a stone’s throw from Rhode Island Hospital. The conversations that took place as we rolled down Reservoir Avenue have long since faded into the past, but music by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Four Seasons, the Supremes, the Mammas and the Pappas, the Beach Boys or other pop artists played on the radio. We drove by Sockanosset and the vegetable gardens tended by the inmates at the Adult Correctional Institution (where Mulligan’s Island golf and amusement center now stands) on our way down Route 2 South. Hard as it is to imagine today, barely a mile after passing the ACI, buildings and businesses became more scattered. The Warwick Mall would not open until 1970 and the next landmark you would reach was the Warwick Musical Theatre (The Tent). The theatre (on the site of a Lowe’s superstore today) fell silent in 1999; but for more than 40 years the Bonoff family owned the theater and booked road companies staging Broadway musicals and brought headliners such as Buddy Hackett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Connie Francis, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Wayne Newton, and Liberace to the Rhode Island entertainment scene. After passing The Tent, the landscape became even more rural until you reached the vast rolling hills, in front of the Bostitch Staple Company. A car dealership sits next to that factory now; but for a trio of beach bound teenagers, that immense lawn marked a significant point in our trip. We were getting closer to the beach. We had left much of civilization behind. When you passed a Native American Museum, you knew that the Route 4 Rotary was just ahead. Turning onto Route 1 from
Route 4, our destination seemed tantalizingly close. The only thing standing in our way now was the weekend beach traffic crawl. When we drove on to the access road to Scarborough, the smell of the ocean foretold a day at the shore. After we found a parking space (free in those days), it was time to stake out a spot for our beach blankets. The base of operations satisfied two objectives. It had to be close enough to the water to swim or body surf and also serve as a central location for walks in any direction along the shore to look for friends or watch the girls stroll by. Occasionally, we would cross the invisible barrier that separated Scarborough from the private Olivo’s Beach, where the older crowd hung out drinking beer and playing their music at a decibel level that got your attention. That would be us some day, we speculated. About 5:00 p.m. we would shake out the blankets, stash them in the trunk, and begin the ride home. It wasn’t long before we were swallowed up by the line of traffic snaking along the beach route leading back to the city. The trip home always seemed to be longer and more tedious. The anticipation that had built up on our way the beach had dissipated. The only thing that alleviated our negative vibes was knowing that sunny weather next weekend would bring us back to the beach to resume our summer rituals. When I sit in summer traffic on my way to the South County shore today, I recall those beach days of the past. The landscape along Route 2 has changed dramatically. The ACI vegetable gardens are gone. Malls, fast food restaurants and all sorts of commercial and retail outlets are jammed together like Fig Newtons packed in a row and sealed in package of never ending traffic signals. The Warwick Musical Theater, Bostitch, Native American Museum and the Route 4 Rotary are just images stored in the recesses of my memory bank now. But if I feel the need, I can revive these landmarks at any time, particularly during those damp, cool, windy days that pass for a New England spring. Larry Grimaldi is a retired freelance writer living in North Providence. Comments can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Working to End Alzheimer’s Through Volunteerism Rob LeBlanc, of Cranston, is vice president of the Wealth Management group at Citizens Bank, where he manages the Wealth Infrastructure and Support team. He will get put his management skills to good use by serving as Team Captain for Citizens Bank, as well as the volunteer planning committee chair, for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s that will take place on Sunday, October 6 at Roger Williams Park. Leblanc first participated in an Alzheimer’s walk in Boston. When he came to work at Citizens last year, he introduced the idea of a Citizens team for the Alzheimer’s Walk. It was, in his words, “a void that needed to be filled.” He had over 100 participants. His goal this year is 200 or more. LeBlanc’s interest in Alzheimer’s began seven years ago, when his maternal grandmother was forgetting certain people and wandering outside her home. The diagnosis was dementia. Ultimately, she had to be placed in a nursing home. Not long thereafter, Rob’s grandfather was diagnosed with dementia and was placed in the same community. They passed away 3-4 years later. LeBlanc had been very close to his grandparents, and he fondly remembers playing cards with them. The change that the disease had caused shocked him. He notes that his Grandmother had been the “unofficial leader” in the family. Seeing her with dementia was a huge shock and adjustment, and painful for the family. “The change was gradual, but intense,” said LeBlanc. Rob felt compelled to do something. He says his
wife Bethany gave him a nudge and told him about the walk in Boston. He quickly became involved and his awareness increased. What he found particularly surprising was the number of people impacted by the disease (5 million Americans). “This is a huge problem,” said LeBlanc. “It affects so many. But being closer to the Alzheimer’s Association, you get to see the good stuff, like the support they provide to caregivers—sharing information, best practices, and tips.” He adds that the Association also can reassure caregivers that someone cares about them and knows what they are going through; they become your community. LeBlanc realized that it is not only the person diagnosed that is impacted but family and friends as well. He saw the impact his grandmother’s illness had on his immediate family—his mother, her sisters and his cousins and, of course, himself. Barring a cure tomorrow, he wants to help those who will be diagnosed next. Rob is hopeful. He mentions that the dollars allocated for research are important. He adds that since he has been involved, he has seen heightened awareness that he believes did not exist five years ago. “There is progress being made. The staff has a great deal of optimism. It is possible that we will have a world without Alzheimer’s, but we have a long road ahead.”
Power Lunch program at YMCA The YMCA of Greater Providence’s Cranston branch kicked-off its new Power Lunch program, a summer initiative to help senior citizens battle the heat. The program will provide seniors with a cool, comfortable place to enjoy lunch and, in conjunction with National Grid, the opportunity to receive energy efficiency education and resources to address rising energy costs. Many seniors are living on fixed incomes and may be struggling with the choice to pay for air conditioning or a healthy meal this summer. The Power Lunch program is offered every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the summer months at no cost to every Rhode Island resident 60 and over. YMCA membership is not required. “Seniors are vulnerable to excessive heat and as we are seeing increasing temperatures with climate change, this is an important issue for our seniors and our community,” said Andrea M. Champagne, executive director of the Cranston YMCA. “The Power Lunch program is a great way to invite seniors to the Y to cool off, socialize and also learn about energy saving programs and take advantage of National Grid’s free energy efficiency education classes.” The Power Lunch program is also made possible through donations from Blackstone Health and BankRI. For more information, visit ymcagreaterprovidence.org.
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