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by Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro Dolly Towne is a well-connected bookkeeper in private practice specializing in the food service industry, but she wasn’t always. Dolly, her parents and siblings migrated from Lebanon to Rhode Island to join her family who was living here when she was around 7 years old. She always liked the four seasons and the ocean. More recently, she has found excellent opportunities to become a very successful business leader and bookkeeper in Rhode Island. Her husband Richard, a project manager, moved to Rhode Island from Florida for growth within his company. The two met and married about 5 years ago. Their son, Richie, was born almost 4 years ago. Dolly’s career began with one of the large national banks in Rhode Island doing a number of entry level jobs. She benefited from the corporation’s tuition payment program earning her degree in business management, beginning a more specialized career path. When her son Richie was a few months old she decided that she needed more career opportunities and flexibility than her previous employer offered her so she resigned, enjoyed some family time, and explored new career paths. Dolly began her career search on the internet looking up home based businesses. She found some reputable ones and some that were questionable at best. One that resonated with her academic training, previous career experience and interests was bookkeeping. She identified an internet training program, met with a student in the program to learn more about the program and made the decision to invest in the program. It was an excellent decision for her because she acquired the necessary technical skills and also learned how to be a business person. Stepping forward three years, today she is recognized and highly respected independent business professional specializing in bookkeeping.




establish a side position before resigning from your day job. You can learn a lot about your options doing internet searches about “work at home jobs”. Since not everything you will read about is good quality (or even legitimate), before spending money check out references from the programs you are considering. Acquire business skills. Perhaps, you can learn these in your program. If not, check out your chamber of commerce, SCORE (Senior Core of Retired Executives) and the Small Business Administration to get started. These skills will help you decide what entity your business should be, get your business registered, get the right type of insurance, etc. Build relationships. A successful business owner develops relationships with people in the community via networking and marketing. Spend some time each week either attending a local networking event, networking on the internet or otherwise meeting people. Getting business may be more challenging than actually doing the work. Determine your workplace and work times. Will you have a home office, rent shared office space, or set up a business location? Arrange child care, pet care and other essentials.

Dolly offers some suggestions to help you decide if opening a business is for you, learning the skills necessary to operate the business, and becoming connected so you can be successful.

Dolly is a true business partner. She would like to help you become more successful in your business by providing you with the information you need to make the best business decisions, provide supporting documentation for tax purposes, bank loans, etc. Dolly and her team will help you attain financial security, get your time back and regain control. In addition to providing the necessary documentation, she will provide video, in-person meetings and help you understand your business. If you aren’t in business yet Dolly would be pleased to help you decide if opening a small business is for you. If so, she will help you set up your financials and guide you through all aspects of setting up your business. You may reach her via her website http://www. BookkeepingTowne.Com, email or mobile phone 401.474.5229.

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Decide if you want to make a change. Perhaps, you are tired of a no-growth job, want more flexibility, or simply want to try something new. Make it happen. If you can develop a plan, find out what you need to learn, locate the education needed, and even

I would like to thank Industrial Consultant Dr. Margarita Posada Cossuto for helpful comments.

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The beautiful fall weather has arrived! Get outside and get moving around the Ocean State. 1. Stroll the Newport Cliff Walk Enjoy the beautiful, scenic views of Newport along a 3.5-mile walkway. The cliff walk borders the Newport coast and displays the historic, grand mansions.

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3. Explore the Trails of Lincoln Woods Take in the breathtaking fall sights at Lincoln Woods! This park has several trails to choose from - whether you want to go for a hike, run, or bike ride.

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Nothing is more iconic for the Fall Season than a Rhode Island Hay Ride - these fun filled rides through farmland often stir up nostalgia, and memories of Halloweens past. Countless local farms will be offering fun filled day time hayrides this October 2021 that the whole family can enjoy - don’t miss out on this beloved Fall Tradition this Halloween Season! While day time hay rides might be fun for the younger crowd, if you’re looking for big scares this Halloween, you’ll want to check out one of Rhode Island’s Haunted Nighttime Hay Rides! Haunted Hay Rides aren’t for the faint of heart - on your journey you’re likely to find out what goes bump in the night, and you’ll never know just who, or WHAT will lurk around the next corner! If you’re feeling brave this Halloween Season, check out one of Rhode Island’s Haunted Hay Rides, but be prepared to get scared! Rhode Island Haunted Houses are one of the most classic attractions celebrating Halloween in 2021 during the Fall, and the Season simply wouldn’t be the same without indulging in this spooky seasonal stable. If you’re ready for some heart pounding frights, and you’ve got a passion for horror, then it’s time to head out to a local Rhode Island Haunted Houses,

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and get your fill of thrills and chills. Just remember, Haunted Houses are not for the faint of heart - you never know who, or what might pop out, and these attractions are meant to be enjoyed by those who love a night of fright. Check out our list below of our top 5 haunted attrations for this Halloween season. We picked our favorite locations based on previous experiences and fun factor. You will be sure to not only get a scare, but you will also be supporting some great local businesses in the Rhode Island area.

Scary Acres

2150 Scituate Avenue, Cranston, RI Two attractions with one goal . . . to terrify you at every turn! First you’ll travel by rickety wagon into the eerily dark and mysterious woods where zombies and bloodthirsty werewolves have been prowling for months. They’ve left a trail of horror behind them, craving human flesh. They wait, hiding in the dark shadows of the corn maze and they’re waiting for you! Evil lurks in the darkness as you desperately try to find your way out of the maze. All you have is light from the moon and your flashlight to guide you. You





may enter Quarantine, but you won’t be safe from the evil creatures for long. Next is the Fun House of Fears, twisted terror like you’ve never seen! There’s nowhere to hide… nowhere to turn! If you weren’t afraid of the dark before, you will be now!

Seven Cedars Farm Haunted Hayride

10 John Mowry Road, Smithfield, RI It’s the third year for our haunted hayride and there have been multiple changes and additions! Every year there will be new sites (along with several fan favorites returning). The ride winds through 21 acres of wooded trails with twists and turns; you’ll never know what’s awaiting you around the bend.There are concessions available, a heated waiting area and there will be a movie playing while you wait.

Haunted Labyrinth

804 Dyer Ave, Cranston, RI Haunted Labyrinth is celebrating 35 years of being the longest running haunted house in New England. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of our youth. Our haunted house is run entirely by adult and youth volunteers. It started many years ago with the goal of encouraging leadership and ministry while providing a scary and fun attraction to the public. The Haunted Labyrinth is open rain or shine! We provide free indoor waiting to our customers incase of inclement weather!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Roger Williams Park Zoo Citizens Bank presents a drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo Thursday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Celebrate “Special Places” while staying safe inside your car enjoying thousands of intricately carved pumpkins, as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Halloween season. Trail will be open nightly 6:30–11 p.m. Gates will close at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are online sales ONLY and sold for each half hour.

13th World

4097 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI 13TH World returns in 2020 Bigger and Better Than Ever Before! Located in Cumberland, RI. with easy access of Highways and ample parking. 13TH World features a new haunt each season for the past 18 years. This year we will bring to life all your favorite characters from the movies and some never before seen For more great Halloween happenings and events, feel free to check out out website today.... BUY | LOCAL, volume one SHOP issue LOCAL one

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ASPHALT PAVED SURFACES FOR THE BRUTAL NEW ENGLAND WINTER When it comes to protecting your pavement investment, there’s no better time to perform preventive maintenance than the fall. As the leaves’ colors start to take on a warmer hue and the temperatures cool down - you know it’s time to get your asphalt paved surfaces ready for the New England Winter. That means the snow, ice, road salt, and chilly temperatures that lie ahead. The change from Fall to Winter often creates periods of freezing and thawing as temperatures fluctuate above and below freezing, back and forth especially in New England. Water can seep into all the cracks and crevices, then freeze, the ice then expands causing larger cracking and other damage. That’s why driveway maintenance is so important in the Fall. There are some measures you can take this fall to make sure your driveway is looking its best year-round. That being said here are some pro tips you can use to prepare your asphalt paved surfaces for the brutal New England winter weather.

Potholes are formed when water gets under the pavement and to the sub-based through cracks in the asphalt. The water loosens the sub-base and in the winter freezes. When the freezing water thaws out you are left with a void. The weight of cars then sinks into this void, causing a pothole!



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Clean the surface Pressure washing your paved surface removes dirt, debris, chemicals, and petroleum products that can otherwise be carried into cracks and cause additional damage. Pressure washing also adds to the curb appeal of your driveway and/or parking lot. This is something you should be doing on a regular basis, but it’s especially important before you have any other type of maintenance done. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to clearly see what type of wear and tear exists on the paved surface if it’s covered with leaves, dirt, or other debris.

Why Hartford Paving? Our goal at Hartford Paving & Site Construction is to provide lasting quality, superior value, and professional service - all the while building long-term relationships with our customers. Our family has over 40 years of experience servicing Rhode Island, and all of our employees are experienced in all degrees of pavement construction and materials applications. Our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff will be happy to assist you with your next paving, asphalt, or construction project. We take great pride in every single one of our projects, whether it’s commercial, residential, large, or small. Whether your humble family of four or a fortune 500 company - you can trust Hartford Paving & Site Construction to take good care of you. If you need to maintain your lot or driveway or pave a brand new one, we are equipped to turn your vision into reality!

Protect Your Edges An important but often overlooked step in asphalt maintenance - edge your driveway to keep grass and weeds from invading and creating cracks that invite moisture into the material, opening it up to permanent damage. Closeby tree roots are also a big culprit for damage. Even though they grow slowly, the damage can creep up on you.

Identify Potential Issues You may not be a professional paving contractor, but you should be able to see any obvious signs that your paved surface is damaged. Look for things like visible cracking, crumbling, flaking, potholes, or depressions in the pavement where water is collecting. This includes even tiny cracks. Any of these are probably signs that your pavement needs to be repaired - small problems can quickly cascade into worse ones. Make a list of items that need to be addressed. Knowing is half the battle.

Sealcoating Sealcoating is crucial for your asphalt driveway during the long, cold winter months. It creates a barrier against moisture and prolongs the life of your asphalt pavement. It also enhances the asphalt’s appearance and color. Sealcoating should be done every 2 to 3 years. Unsealed asphalt is susceptible to cracks which, if left untreated, can result in costly repairs of potholes or sub-layers.

Get Professional Help This one may seem a bit on the nose, but it’s much more important than you’d imagine. It’s always a good idea to have a trained professional handle the repairs for you. While it’s possible to purchase some type of patching material from a home store and do it yourself, improperly repaired pavement can make it even more susceptible to becoming further damaged later on.

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Your Home This Fall Getting ready to sell your home? Increase your curb appeal and value with these fall home improvement projects!


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First impressions are key! Ensuring your windows, roof, and deck/patio are all intact is essential to increasing the value of your home.

A well-maintained exterior and landscape presents nicely to all buyers! Keep your yard clean-cut and clear of weathering and debris. A good power-wash never hurts to give your exterior a deep cleaning before showing off your home.

Go the extra step! Buyers will always remember the home that stood out among others. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint, or even go bold with a pop of color! Spruce up your landscape by adding a garden blooming of colorful, beautiful flowers and shrubs.

If you’re looking to sell your home, count on Century21! We are committed to fast, professional, and courteous personal service to help you understand and feel at ease throughout the home selling process. Our trained and certified agents specialize in the Rhode Island real estate market and are prepared to sell your home to the right buyer for the best price.

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Pumpkin Season Recipes These Creamy Pumpkin & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect fall twist on a classic. Serve them alongside a roasted chicken or turkey and they will please just about anyone!


Savory Pumpkin Dip Total Time: 5 min. | Yields: 2 cups


- 4–6 slices of bacon, cooked until - 1 (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened crispy and crumbled (I used low-fat cream cheese) - 3 green onions, thinly sliced - 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese - 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt - 1/2 cup pumpkin puree - 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon - 1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans

Directions: 1. Stir all ingredients together using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until combined. 2. Serve garnished with extra bacon and green onions if desired, or cover and refrigerate until use. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Main Entree:

Creamy Pumpkin & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes


Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes | Serves: 6 servings

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake


Cooking Instructions:

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes | Serves: 8 slices

- 2 tbsp unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter or grease a 1-quart oval baking dish or equivilant size.


- 1 tbsp minced garlic - 2 tbsp flour - 1 cup hot milk - 1/2 tsp kosher salt - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp pumpkin puree - 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese - 3 large russet or yukon gold potatoes cut into 1/8-inch slices Instead of simple scalloped potatoes, this version is packed with sweet pumpkin puree and savory cheddar cheese. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any holiday gathering.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over a medium heat. Add garlic. Cook 1-2 minutes until soft and fragrant. Whisk in flour. Slowly whisk in warm milk and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 3. Whisk in pumpkin puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Layer half of the potatoes into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread half of the sauce on top. Sprinkle half of the cheese on top. Layer remaining potatoes on top of the first layer. Repeat process. 5. Spray aluminum foil with baking spray, cover the baking dish and bake until potatoe are fork-tender. In the last few mintues of cooking, turn the heat on to broil. Cook until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Cool for a few minutes before serving.

- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened - 1/2 cup white sugar - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - 2 large eggs - 1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crust

- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree - 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1 pinch ground cloves - 1 pinch ground nutmeg - 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and prepare the crust if making from scratch, otherwise place your pie crust on a baking tray. 2. Beat together the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla until smooth, making sure to scrape your bowl as you go. Add your eggs in one at a time, gently incorporating them individually. 3. Remove 1 cup of the batter and place in a separate bowl. Spread the remaining batter over your pie crust. 4. Put the pumpkin puree and spices in with the 1 cup of cheesecake mix and gently blend until smooth. Carefully spoon this over the cheesecake batter, spreading to the edge of the pie. 5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, checking that it is done with a gentle nudge before removing from the oven.Let cool then place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, if not overnight. Serve with a big spoonful of Cool Whip. BUY LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL


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Not Your Average Gym No mirrors? At a gym? Some people might be doubtful of this proposition, but Manic Training, with locations in East Greenwich and Wakefield, isn’t afraid to turn the idea of what a “normal gym” is on it’s head. Operating off the motto “Ready for Life”, Manic Training wants customers to be prepared and ready to take on whatever life throws at them.

want a bit more of a challenge. Participants can choose their own intensity level and amount of weight, allowing for a one-ofa-kind experience where brand new Manic customers can train alongside those who have been attending for years. The classes are non-competitive and community-oriented, giving attendees the opportunity to feel like a team rather than competitors.

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Welcoming the most avid fitness lovers and exercise newbies, Manic Training runs core-focused HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) programs and classes that are designed to be extremely effective at improving your athleticism and making you feel your best while also providing a fun and non-judgmental environment. Unlike most gyms, you won’t see a single mirror when you walk into a Manic Training facility. MT uses the mantra “no mirrors, no egos!” and wants you to focus on just yourself and YOUR mindset, rather than worrying about what others are thinking.

Manic Training knows that your time is valuable - which is why the full Manic Training program consists of 3 classes a week (just a 3-hour commitment!). Manic prides themselves on their classes always beginning and ending right on time, which means whether you’re a busy parent or a workaholic - you’ll always have time for Manic! The results are worth it, too - participants often see an increase in core strength, muscle gain, and weight loss in addition to changes in agility and mental focus. Manic Training’s philosophy - that it’s not just what you do inside the gym that matters most, but also what you can do outside the gym because of it - surely rings true!

Team Players Manic Training combine elements of strength, cardio, agility, and core to maximize and optimize the best possible workout for their customers in their hour-long classes. Each class consists of 10 minutes of warmup, 5 minutes of setup, and 45 minutes of full-on movement. Classes are led by qualified instructors who provide guidance, encouragement, and motivation as well as customized modifications for those who have limitations or who

Manic Training is a gym that welcomes all, is dedicated to your personal fitness goals, and provides results. If you are interested in getting “Ready for Life”, the Manic Training teams in East Greenwich and Wakefield are waiting!

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Wrights Chicken Farm 8 4 I n m an R o a d , B u r r i l l v i l l e , R h o d e I s l an D Purchased by Frank and Joyce Galleshaw in 1972, Wright’s Chicken Farm has been serving the community of Rhode Island for over 50 years! Working alongside their children, Frank and Tammy, the family owned business created an environment centered around the most important thing in the eyes of the Galleshaw’s: love of ones family! Following the theme of family, enjoy their family style meals, starting off with fresh-baked rolls. On top of that, enjoy a salad topped off with the original Wright’’s Farm house dressing. Be sure to save some room for their

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The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop was started in 2019 by Amber Jackson and is a Rhode Island based company that offers homemade tea blends such as “detox” and “coco bae.” The company also uses its platform to “engage the community and celebrate Black culture” in New England through monthly tea talks. Teas have been used for centuries to heal and bring people together. At The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, they are using their tea blends to encourage the community and celebrate Black culture. Their mission is to promote health through teas and herbs, increase community engagement, and cultural enrichment. Check out their decadent tea blends at

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Stages Of Freedom Stages of Freedom, a quaint bookstore and museum on 10 Westminster St. in Providence, is a space for people of all walks of life to purchase books, gifts, small furnishings, art and more. Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick started the nonprofit six years ago and all of the books in the store are donated and all profits go towards Swim Empowerment to help finance swimming lessons for children of color at YMCAs around the state. The museum showcases the state’s African American history with changing exhibits, and the event space features the Freedom Factor, a monthly salon exploring African American life in Rhode Island and beyond held every third Thursday of the month. To learn more about Stages of Freedom’s involvement in the community, Swim Empowerment, or to donate, please visit


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Fanfare, prizes, and even a “lettuce cutting” marked the 1st Year VIP Anniversary Celebration of the SaladWorks Providence location. Owners Aileen and John Pisaturo were joined by Gov. Dan McKee and other VIPs to commemorate SaladWorks’ success despite the uncertainty and challenges of opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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The daylong anniversary event started with a traditional lion dance performance by the RI Kung Fu Lion Dancers to wish good luck and fortune. Gov. McKee participated in a lettuce cutting ceremony to mark the occasion, and reiterated his strong support to RI’s small businesses. A representative from Providence Mayor Elorza’s office presented a citation, and members of SaladWorks corporate recognized the client’s perseverance during the pandemic. State Director Diane Fournaris also gave short remarks to stress the RISBDC’s continued commitment to assist small businesses throughout the state.

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Far from two triangles eyes cut out with a kitchen knife, my unique pumpkins turn heads on spectators of all ages. Article by Cassandra Remillard

What do you get when you combine a passion for Halloween and sculpture? 3D pumpkin carvings! Since childhood, I have loved all things Halloween: the costumes, the movies, and especially carving the annual Jack-O-Lantern. While studying sculpture at UMass Dartmouth in 2014 I decided to take my figure modeling experience to a new medium, using my great grandfather’s wood carving gouges, I sculpted my first 3D pumpkin. Since then I have carved over a dozen pumpkins each season. After a while, I noticed myself getting better and pulling more personality from the pumpkin each time! Over the years, I have had the opportunity to showcase my carving skills to 1000s of people! Some of my career highlights were displaying at Rhode Island’s own “Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular” at Roger Williams Park Zoo, and demoing for “Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns” in Boston and on Governor’s Island in NYC. Most weekends in October, you can find me carving at local farms across New England. Far from two triangles eyes cut out with a kitchen knife, my unique pumpkins turn heads on spectators

of all ages. People who see my pumpkins often wonder where I get the inspiration for some of the wacky faces I carve. Now the secret’s out! I always keep a mirror close by when working on a pumpkin. I’ll make a ridiculous face in the mirror and then mimic it in the carving. There truly is a piece of me that goes into each and every carve. One of my favorite parts about working with pumpkins as my medium is the short life of my creations. After I complete a crave I will document it through photos then let mother nature take over. I’ve found squirrels are huge fans of my work! Each year brings the opportunity for bigger and better carves... If you’re reading this thinking you could never make something like that, you are wrong! With a few simple tools and enough practice you too can carve 3D pumpkins! Grab your friends, book a private class for up to 10 people, and see what you’re capable of. To book a carving class, carving demonstration, or view more photos please visit....



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