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New Year. New You. Your 2011 Health & Fitness Guide page 49

Valentine's Day Feb 14th Turn to page 44 The All Girls Team from Bay View Academy won the LEGO First Competition held at Roger Williams University in January. The team will represent RI at the World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-30. Their story continues on page 53…

School Recess Returns Feb. 1st - With a Twist

By Bob Rodericks said that this new request came from school The East Providence School Commitbuilding principals. This response brought tee reinforced its December unanimous vote an audible collective gasp from those in atto return elementary recess to its’ traditional tendance at the meeting. Most people in the non-structured status at their January 11th room were classroom teachers and many meeting. Although all members remained in immediately rose and asked for permission agreement to overturn the prior committee’s to speak. Under rules of the former school vote to end traditional recess, the discuscommittee, immediate discussion would sion in January remained controversial. In not be permitted but new school committee years past, children had an unstructured chairman, Charles Tsonos and the rest of recess supervised by aides while teachers this committee allows public comment on worked with at-risk students or otherwise specific issues without prior permission. worked on classroom preparation. School Silver Spring Elementary School Committee member Chrissy Rossi asked teacher Mary Texieira was first to speak and schools superintendent Mario Cirillo if the indicated that she was “insulted” by this new reversal was in place yet and if everything twist in the continuing recess controversy. was “the same as it was before this new Texeira said that she will submit a daily 15 policy began”. Cirillo said no, that teachers minute log if required and will make sure that would now be required to fill out a ‘coded’ her principal will get a documented record form to indicate what they are now doing of everything she does beyond her regular every day with the “15 minutes that they no work day. “Personally, it’s an insult to ask longer supervise recess”. Cirillo and Chief for that,” Teixeira said of the proposal. There Operating Officer, Lonnie Barham were is a lot that teachers do outside of the school emphatic with school committee members day that we aren’t paid for, as we work for that this new twist would be a requirement. our children”, Texeira continued. “I think When pressed further on the issue, Cirillo ...continued on page 4


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East Providence News Briefs TLA/Pond View’s Future In Question

The East Providence City Council voted for two resolutions against TLA/Pond View at the January 4th meeting. The resolutions passed by a vote of 3 to  and backed the previous council’s concerns about the company. Located in an industrial park on Dexter Road, Pond View which opened in Rumford in 1998 was acquired by New Jersey-based TransLoad America in 008. The company now wants to triple the amount of material it can process daily from 500 tons to 1,500 tons The first of the resolutions reaffirms the council’s support for the lawsuit brought by the city and attorney general. The second one says that the council “will engage in all necessary and legal means” to block the expansion of the construction recycling business Councilwoman Katie Kleyla, who represents the Ward 1 district where TLA is located voted for the resolutions with Conley and Michael DiGioia. Mayor Bruce Rogers and Assistant Mayor Thomas A. Rose Jr. voted against the resolutions. The lawsuit states that Pond View should not have been granted a license in 003 to expand from 150 tons to 500 tons. A lawsuit challenging the validity of the 003 license led the state Supreme Court to order the DEM to review the entire matter. The DEM is reviewing the public comments and has until Feb. 3, to approve or deny the license. At the meeting, James Briden, who served as the solicitor until the new council appointed a successor, stated that “The Pond View case is the most important issue for Ward 1 residents of this decade. The expansion of TLA/Pond View will have a significant long-term negative impact on our quality of life in Rumford,”

ACLu Supports Free Speech

At the Jan. 4 meeting, James Briden addressed the council during the public comment session to discuss the proposed expansion of TLA/Pond View. He stated that Councilwoman Katie Kleyla, who represents Ward 1, was absent from state hearings on the expansion of TLA and questioned her sincerity and her past association with Pond View owner Ken Foley. Mayor Bruce Rogers cautioned Briden to halt the “personal attack” of Kleyla and call for a city sergeant.

In a letter to the mayor, Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, suggests that the actions of Mayor Rogers’ may have denied Briden his constitutional right of free speech. “The First Amendment gives residents and taxpayers the basic right to make comments about particular individuals, both laudatory and critical, at public meetings without having to fear being silenced for doing so,” wrote Brown in his letter to the Mayor. “Having reviewed the video … I am puzzled as to how they were deemed to be a ‘personal attack’ said Brown. “To call it a personal attack fails to recognize the context in which the comments are being made” and that the statement “directly related to the public debate.”

Agreement Reached Between City and Brown

City Manager Richard Brown was released from his position without cause in December. The East Providence City Council has ratified a separation agreement that was a result of negotiations between city attorneys and those representing Mr. Brown. The agreement states that Mr. Brown will receive his weekly salary for nine months from Dec. 1, 010 which is just under $109,000 and will continue to receive coverage for benefits, “which may include medical and dental insurance. City Councilmen Michael DiGioia (Ward IV) and William Conley Jr. (At Large) voted against ratification while Mayor Rogers, Assistant Mayor Thomas Rose Jr. (Ward III) and Councilwoman Katie Kleyla (Ward I) voted in favor of the agreement.

City Council Members Invite The Public To Stop By For A Chat

East Providence residents can drop in at city hall for some personal time with Mayor Rogers, Assistant Mayor Thomas Rose Jr. (Ward III) and Councilwoman Katie Kleyla (Ward I). If you’re interested in meeting with these Council members, here are the hours that they will be available. No appointment is necessary. Mayor Bruce Rogers…. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays 5 - 7:30 p.m. Assistant Mayor Thomas Rose Jr…. Mondays 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 9 to 11 a.m. Katie Kleyla…. Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.

Post Prom Party To Be Held At Healthtracks In East Providence Volunteers Needed

Preparations have begun for the Easy Providence High School’s Post Prom Party. Organizers are asking the community to get as many people and businesses involved as possible. The East Providence High School Senior Prom will be held in April. The Post Prom Party’s theme will be “Hollywood” and is open to any East Providence High School Senior and their dates, even if they did not attend the prom. More details about a “flamingo fundraiser” will be announced later. Donations in support of the Post Prom Party should be made payable to EPPTSA and sent to the high school at 000 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI 0914-1795.

Inside This Issue Births..................................64 Business Directory...................70 Classifieds................................ 69 Clubs...................................... Dining Guide............................66 E.P. Chamber of Commerce.....0 EBCAP News............................19 Events & Activities....................9 How You Can Help.................14 Letters to the Editor...................5 Library..................................56 News Briefs................................3 Opinion East Bay Center.................18 The Other Side of the Desk...38 Parks and Recreation..............1 People......................................16 School...............................51 Scouting Around Town......41 Senior Center News................60 Sports................................4 Town News.............................1 Weddings.........................65


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School Recess Returns Feb. 1st - With a Twist By Bob Rodericks

most principals know what their teachers are doing in their schools. I would say Principals are satisfied with us giving them updates and I now feel like my professionalism is often in question.” Roberta Brady, a second grade teacher, also spoke and told the committee and superintendent that she uses this “recess” time to work with children and to call parents and “yes, I may even go to the ladies room”, Brady deadpanned. “No one has ever questioned my professionalism or said that I have spent this time inappropriately”. The superintendent’s comment hit a raw nerve with teachers in the council chambers as others objected to what they interpreted as a lack of professional respect. Valerie Lawson, East Providence Education Association President said she was informed of the proposal during a meeting with COO Lonnie Barham. Lawson said she informed Barham that this new procedure would have a negative reaction from teachers. Lawson further stated that she was not aware of any accountability issues in this area to date. Superintendent Cirillo continued to support his proposal, although saying that “it is still in the draft stage”. Cirillo said it allows the “school department to gather data.” Cirillo said that this is not an attempt to use these logs to evaluate a teacher’s performance. He further stated that his proposal is supported by an unnamed “member of the teachers’ union management”. “I don’t in any way mean this as an insult to teachers’ integrity or professionalism,” Cirillo said. The proposal will take place on February

Carolyn R. Bray, Writer for East Providence Reporter, Succumbs to Long Illness Carolyn Bray passed away after a long and noble struggle with an inherited chronic illness. Carolyn was committed to her church family, actively participating in many church groups. Carolyn had been an active coordinator of social justice programs in a previous church for decades. She had a lifelong passion for peace activism, intensely devoting herself to protesting the Viet Nam war in her early youth, and later becoming a Director of Rhode Island Women for A Nonnuclear Future. As such she helped found and coordinate an “Economic Conversion” coalition to help find alternative jobs and industries for nuclear submarine workers and manufacturers at the end of the Cold War. More recently she protested war and human rights abuses in Afghanistan and Iraq to the extent that

her health allowed. Carolyn was a graduate of Brown University, and also continued studies at Boston University. Carolyn was a journalist who especially enjoyed writing feature articles about inspiring people. She also taught creative writing and was an accomplished poet, participating in poetry writing groups throughout her entire life. As her illness progressed and her activity was curtailed, Carolyn especially appreciated the many kindnesses and tremendous support of The Newman Congregational Church group known as the “Bad Girls”. Carolyn’s deeply felt faith in a loving and caring God motivated her passion for justice, and surely she continues that work now unencumbered by the trials of our transient and intermediate forms of existence.

Editor Note: Carolyn was an excellent writer, who contributed heavily to the success of the East Providence Reporter. Carolyn will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by the staff and owners of the Reporter. 1st, Cirillo said, and “I will continue to work on this draft with principals at each elementary school.” School Committee Chairman, Tsonos added that “our school department is made up of capable professionals whereby managing 15 minutes of time can be worked out between principals and teachers. Mandating documentation of this recess time... “smacks of micromanaging to me,” Tsonos said. However, Cirillo and Barham continued to exert that this proposed change is our “management right”. Deborah Brum who teaches at Myron Francis School, questioned Cirillo why this entire issue isn’t concerned a violation of the teachers’ contract. Brum quoted the contract which states that teachers are not required to supervise lunch or playground activities. However, Cirillo refused to address this question stating that he would “not discuss contractual issues on the table in public”. This question of elementary recess has been submitted for arbitration by the teachers’ union. Although it may become a moot point with the new committee’s reinstatement of traditional recess, this new mandate for filling out a daily “coded form” by teachers has added a new wrinkle. Traditional school recess will return by February 1st in all elementary schools, but the argument on teacher time accountability will continue. Steve Prew, president of the East Providence Principal’s association said that “this issue has not been brought to my attention by anyone. That’s not unusual that I haven’t been involved”, said Prew. “This is still in a draft stage and we’ll see what happens next”. “I question the motivation for this change”, said union President Valerie Lawson.

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We Expect Genuine Opposition To The Expansion of TLA Pond View Rumford Residents: I am a resident of Ward I and was the City Solicitor of East Providence from 008 to 010. On November 3, 010, I filed the lawsuit on behalf of East Providence against TLA Pond View. We worked very hard on this case. Pond View operates by virtue of a use variance which allowed for 150 tons per day of construction and demolition debris. They now seek to increase their volume of business to 1,500 tons per day, ten times what was originally approved. They abut a residential neighborhood. On October , 010, City officials, experts, numerous residents, elected officials and candidates for public office all appeared and testified at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Residents took time off from work to attend this extremely important hearing. The Pond View hearing was then continued to October 5, 010, at 5:00 PM at the Weaver Public Library. A tremendous number of residents appeared and testified most convincingly about the dust, odor and noise which have caused health problems and deprived them of the quiet enjoyment of their homes. At this time Katie Kleyla was a candidate for City Council for Ward I. Pond View is in Ward I. Ms. Kleyla did not attend either of the Pond View hearings. The people who really cared were there. Katie Kleyla did not support the residents of Ward I. She was most conspicuous in her absence. The Pond View case is the most important issue for Ward I residents of this decade. The expansion of TLA Pond View will have a significant long term negative impact on our quality of life in Rumford. This is an environmental law case. For this reason, the City must now hire an environmental law attorney.

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My daughter Scout was diagnosed last July with a brain tumor and from that day on our lives were changed. Scout underwent major surgery in September and received daily Proton Beam radiation treatments in November and December. All was taken in stride by her as she dealt with this. I am writing you with hopes you will allow me the opportunity to acknowledge the many kind, generous and caring people who have assisted my family, Bob, Scout, Tess and myself. The amount of support we have received has been and continues to be completely unbelievable. From Scout’s diagnosis on there has been complete support from friends, family neighbors, schools, acquaintances, and anonymous donors. Everyone has been extremely generous with time, money, gifts and well wishes. The amount of support has been both overwhelming, and greatly appreciated. My family and I have not had the time to send individual thank you notes to all that have been so giving and supportive to us, but please know that we appreciate all that everyone has done. I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few of the many who have helped; Running With Scissors (Owner Donna Amaral and Gang) who did a cut-a-thon for Scout in October. Joan Cronin, Mary Rosa, helpful moms, from Running With Scissors, Kayla, Scott, Maria, Tracy, Sue, Tori, and all the other wonderful people who always make Scout and Tess look so beautiful. The Comedy Connection (both owners Cory and Dave, as well as generous patrons of the Comedy Connection, Cheyanne & Mark Demers/Bert Ball). Hot Rides owners Kenny and Leslie Andrade who sponsored a car show for Scout and donated the proceeds. The Prayers for Scout Craft Fair given by Dawn Corey, Chris Ricci, Heather Vine, How can we thank you Heather, Dawn and Chris? How do you do it? Stephanie Vinhateiro, Pat Vinhateiro, Sharlene Damiani, Millie Morris, Mike Tracy, and all the volunteers and local elected city officials, who are working selflessly and tirelessly in planning a big city wide pasta dinner fundraiser for our family on March 4th. The many other local organizations who are too numerous to mention but are so giving of time and energy to plan this event. Katie Kleyla and the TD Bank for the ribbon cutting event… Scout and Tess love their crowns. Beverly Molles and the staff of her organization, A Wish Come True who grant wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. A Wish Come True has granted Scout a trip to Hollywood, CA. where she will meet the cast of the hit television show Victorious. The kind people who maintain the Prayers For Scout Facebook page, which has provided many with updates on Scout’s condition and also provided many people a forum to send words of encouragement to Scout as she continues this long battle. Cindy Racinski for all the help you gave Tess while I was in Boston, Katie Fleming number one babysitter and surrogate big sister to the girls. Valdan Santiago for watching Clouseau and the rest of the gang while we were in Boston. Trish Harrington for the Avon products and generosity. Mr. Rezendes and the staff at St. Margaret’s School for the dress down days, cards and gifts. Jane Valerio-Calamar,


February 011 The Reporter Kathy Mendoza and the amazing generous people at the VNA and everyone else who have been so wonderful and helpful to our famly. You all have a special place in our hearts. Mary Rosa and all the St. Margaret’s School moms who along with other moms from the VNA, Myron J. Francis School and Riverside Middle School have fed us wonderful gluten free meals for so many months, you are all amazing. All of our friends and neighbors like Stacy Ogden and Patty Welton who came on the long drive to Boston or offered to come and keep us company. Scout and I really enjoyed your company and thanks for making us laugh. Thank you also to all the neighbors who so generously gave me their time Wendy Pyper and Kathy Sherry for impromptu babysitting. A big thank you to Megan King who so many early mornings took Tess in with her own busy family. Heather Ross, and Maryanne and Bill Amaral who were generous in so many ways. The VNA of Rhode Island and all my wonderful colleagues who helped my family in so many ways, how can I ever repay you all? Finally to the wonderful support of the East Providence Public Schools; Tess was cared for in so many ways at Myron J. Francis, thank you Mrs. Leddy and Mrs. McEnery for all the extra care and to all the teachers for all your support, each and every one of you helped and continue to help in so many ways, also Lori Garrity Tess’ Guidance Counselor for all your support. To Riverside Middle School, Mrs. Forand, Mr. McCarthy and all of the amazing teachers at Scout’s school. I also wanted to thank Scout’s nurse at Riverside Middle School, Janet Johnson, her tutors, Mrs. Merola, Ms. Gorton, Mrs. Cronin, Mrs. O’Halloran, you kept her up to speed and it meant so much. Thanks also go to the two Guidance Counselors at Riverside Middle School, Mrs. Flanagan who helped arrange Scout’s tutoring and Ms. Calabro who helped keep the staff at Riverside Middle School informed during Scout’s stay at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Thanks also go out to Mark Mercurio who generously donated rubber bands with Scout’s name and a peace sign which were sold at local schools and organizations. Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.runDFMC.org/011/pamr. Although we all realize Scout has a long road in front of her to recovery, the people mentioned above and so many more have made us feel we are not in this alone. We appreciate everyone’s continued thoughts and prayers and once again from the bottom of our hearts. Thank You! Sincerely Mary Lyons (Scout’s Mom)

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I noticed that everyone who speaks under the communications sections has to be sworn in. But the council, department heads or any other officials don’t. Why? I did a little checking around with some law professors at Roger Williams U, and the Attorney Generals office and the ACLU, and most though it was discriminatory, that if one group must be sworn, all the other speakers should be sworn in. I also didn’t see anything in the Charter. Maybe you should check it out, because I know you don’t want to discriminate. Also I know that if it was done in the past, that doesn’t make it right. Mike Carroll - Riverside ...Letters continued on page 9

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I have only lived in Riverside/EP for four years, but it IS a great community facing many challenges. I follow the on-going saga of local politics knowing that everyone who participates has good intentions. The real question is who can get the things done to move the town forward and reach financial stability. That said, I was delighted to find former Mayor Joe Larisa’s column in the Reporter this week. While you may not agree with his politics (I did vote for him), it is an important part of the dialog to have all sides represented. I urge The Reporter to continue his column to provide the balance of opinions that we need as a community to find our way. It will take many voices and much energy to stabilize taxes, maintain the quality of our schools and provide what’s needed to keep young families in town. I welcome Joe back to The Reporter and I know there are lots of other folks who do the same. Sincerely, Robert Abbey - Riverside, RI Letters continued on page 11

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The School Committee has hired a new lawyer at its’ January 11th meeting. After receiving sealed bids from 4 law firms, the Color & HairCUt $48.00 committee unanimously selected long time former committee law 1st 10 new color clients receive a firm, Silva, Thomas, Martland & Offenberg. This firm, headed by former East Providence High School graduate, Robert Silva, had FREE SHELLAC MANICURE previously represented several East Providence School Commit*Expires 4-1-11 tees. Among the bidders to represent East Providence schools was the firm of Little, Medeiros, Kinder, Bulman & Whitney. This is 241 Bullocks Point Avenue the firm featuring attorney Daniel Kinder, who played a major role Riverside RI • 401.245.1770 in the prior school committee’s successful attempt to cut salaries and benefits for teachers. Kinder was an outspoken attorney at school committee meetings, even taking a seat in the middle of the school board seating arrangement, next to the superintendent of schools. Traditionally, school board attorneys, who are not elected by the public, are seated at the end of the committee table and speak sparingly at meetings unless a legal opinion is required. Kinder was credited by many Over 20 Years in Business throughout Rhode Island with successA Full Service Automotive & Fleet Repair Shop fully challenging teacher unions in court, possibly setting a legal precedent with far reaching implications in labor-management relations. While it was the Kinder firm who quickly replaced the Silva firm two years ago under former committee chair Anthony Carcieri, it is Silva now replacing Kinder after a request for proposal or RFP vetting process by the Tsonos led current committee. Two years ago the Silva firm was low bidder but the then committee chose to change law firms. The Law offices of Stephen Robinson and 205 North Brow St. (Next to Munroe Dairy) • East Providence, RI Taylor, Dunn, Barton and Gilman LLP were the other two legal firms considered this Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:00am-1:00 pm year. Bidders were required to submit the www.BarbosaandSon.com following information in their proposal: Ed Barbosa - owner, Nos Falmos Portugués a. A description of attorneys’/firm’s e y We are an Authorized Dealer knowledge of and experience in each   area listed in the Scope of Services below. b. Resumes and qualifications of individuals/firm submitting proposal.

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February 011 The Reporter c. References, especially those relating to education and labor law. d. A description of compensation arrangement to include one or more of the following: • Annual retainer fee that will be inclusive of all work, regardless of hours; • Annual retainer fee with billable hour rate beyond a set number of hours; • No annual retainer with billable hour rate for all hours. e. Any other pertinent information that may assist the school department in evaluating proposals. Superintendent Mario Cirillo, in addressing the committee at its’ January 11th meeting, said that all firms met minimum requirements. Cirillo said that himself, COO Barham, new school finance director Mary King, along with committee members Charles Tsonos and Luisa Abbatecola, met and ranked the four law firms proposals on January 4th. Cirillo reported that the Kinder firm was ranked the highest, followed by Stephen Robinson, Robert Silva and Taylor. Cirillo reported that Kinder’s firm tallied 8 points while Silva’s firm received 37 points. Cirillo said that he would not recommend one firm to the committee and that he would leave that to them. Committee member Luisa Abbatecola wondered if the committee should set aside a vote that evening and schedule a personal interview with each firm. “I’d like to see them in person”, she said. Her proposal did not receive any strong support. Committee members Stephen Furtado and Ryan Tellier felt that they had been without an attorney since being elected and were prepared to vote based on the RFP process. Furtado noted that the Silva law firm had the least expensive rates and moved the question. “In keeping with our administrations drive to look for budget savings, I move that we hire the firm of Silva, Thomas, Martin and Offenburg”, offered Furtado. The vote to hire back Robert Silva was unanimous. The committee discussed setting up a meeting to provide for a transition between the outgoing and incoming law firms.

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Of course the sidewalks of East Providence should be plowed for the safety of our children. Pedestrians and bus riders also deserve to walk without fearing for their lives; after all they also pay taxes. My complaint is that homeowners do not own the 400 Warren Avenue w w w. t h e b row n ce nte r. co m sidewalks. I once accidently parked 3 inches on the sidewalk and was ticketed by the city. I feel it is the city’s responsibility to plow major sidewalks in the town. I was told they do not even have a sidewalk plow! How do they remove snow from over passes and public areas? I have lived in many small towns that plowed sidewalks. We wouldn’t expect to have to plow the roads in front of our houses so why should we plow the 447 YorK aVenUe pawtUCKet, ri city’s sidewalks? I feel the ordinance should be changed.

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Providence, January 14, 2011 – Adoption Options is holding a free informational session those considering adoption and are interested in hearing about available options. Licensed adoption workers will be available to provide information and answer questions. In Rhode Island, the next meeting is scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 959 North Main St. in Providence on February 17, 2011. Adoption Options, a non-sectarian, non-profit, comprehensive adoption program of Jewish Family Service works with prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and people who have been adopted. The agency is licensed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with offices in Rehoboth and Providence. The agency’s work with all members of the adoption triad is focused on helping individuals to understand their options and make the most informed choices for their future. For more information, please contact Peg Boyle at 401-331-5437 or visit www.AdoptionOptions.org.

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East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) offers a wide array of health and human services for area residents. Its upper bay headquarters is located at 100 Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside. For information on services, call 437-1000.

News from East Bay Community Action Program East Providence children from infancy to kindergarten age are invited to enroll in Head Start, the nation’s oldest and most successful early childhood education program, designed to give eligible children and their families the chance to succeed in school and in life. Classrooms in East Providence include: Meadowcrest School, 60 Bart Ave. Riverside, Turner Avenue Center, 70 Turner Ave., Riverside, and Willett Avenue Center, 386 Willett Ave., Riverside. Head Start does not provide transportation to any of their sites, however assistance is available to understand and access transportation through the following services: Provision of information about RIPTA bus passes, routes and other services. Individual assistance with transportation issues such as flexible scheduling and alternative site placements. This Head Start is operated as part of East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP), a private, nonprofit organization providing health and human services in this area for the past 40 years. Head Start’s seven sites are located in East Providence, Warren, Newport, Middletown, and Tiverton. For further information and enrollment, call toll free 877-367-008 ext. 06 or visit www.ebcap.org. A reminder that EBCAP has begun its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The program helps low to moderate

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East Providence chapter #130 of the A.A.R.P., (American Association of Retired Persons), will hold its regular meeting on: Thursday, February 3rd at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Riverside Congregational Church, located on Oak Avenue in Riverside. After a short meeting, refreshments will be served and members may participate in the “60 Second Challenge” games. Tickets for the St. Patrick’s corned beef and cabbage luncheon scheduled for March 3rd at 11:30 a.m. will be on sale for $16. Guests are welcome. Annual dues of $10 will be collected. Please make checks payable to AARP #130. Members are encouraged to bring non-perishable baby food items for the EP food bank. Please note, if schools are closed due to inclement weather, the AARP meeting will be cancelled.


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Saving Our Stories: A “How-To” Talk on Gathering Our Own Oral Histories

Sunday February 13 at 2 p.m. the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth, MA will welcome Brown University professor Anne Valk for an afternoon talk about how to gather oral histories from our families and community members. The talk will be followed by a workshop for Rehoboth high school students who will be conducting oral history interviews with local farmers for the museum’s upcoming project: “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past.” The event is free – all are invited. For more information contact the museum: (508) 252-3031, email: carpentermuseum@gmail.com, web: www.carpentermuseum.org.

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On Sunday February 13 at 2 p.m. The Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth will host Brown University Professor Anne Valk for a talk about how to gather oral histories from our families and community members. The talk will be followed by a workshop for Rehoboth high school students who will be conducting oral history interviews with local farmers for the museum’s upcoming project: “UnEarthing Rehoboth’s Farming Past.” The event is free – all are invited. For more information contact the museum: (508) 252-3031, email: carpentermuseum@gmail.com, web: www.carpentermuseum.org.

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How did our colonial ancestors get through the long New England winter with the limited food supply available to them? Come and find out at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth on Thurs., March 10 at 7:30pm. Kathleen Wall of Plimoth Plantation will be giving a talk and open-hearth cooking demonstration and presenting a seasonal colonial cooking sampler of foods that might be served in late winter in 18th century Massachusetts. Suggested donation: $5 non members, $3 members. Reservations required. Please call the Carpenter Museum at (508) 252-3031. Or email: carpentermuseum@gmail.com. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rehoboth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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The Hoopoe Show Thursday, February 4 11:30 A.M., 1P.M. & P.M. Hilarious mime Chris Yerlig gets the audience into the act and dazzles them with his silent pantomime comedy, magic tricks and balloon wizardry in this funny, imaginative show. Ages 3 - 11 Young Engineers Saturday, February 6 • 11:00 A.M. - :00 P.M. Meet civil engineers and try challenges to learn how they plan roads, buildings and bridges. Ages 5 - 11. Presented by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Younger Member Group. No Time to Waste Sunday, February 7 • 11:00 A.M. - :00 P.M. What's so funny about trash? Find out during a family comedy show about recycling. Four 0-minute shows. Ages 5 - 11 Sponsored by Dominion Foundation Museum Closed – Monday, February 28

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The Chaminade Club will hold its monthly Musicale on Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Chaminade Club will hold its monthly Musicale on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mary K. Hail Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street Providence, RI. Performers include Patricia Cichy, oboe, Ann Gasper, flute, David Harper, piano; Laura Finney, piano (student musician); Suzanne Ramczyk, soprano; Andrew Hordes, piano/composer. The Musicale is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rosalind Chua, President, at 401-254-1229, or rchua88@aol.com. Information about the Chaminade Club can be found at www.chaminadeclub.org.

Newman YMCA Helping People Reach Their Potential

The Newman YMCA announces the kickoff of the Annual Financial Assistance Campaign. The Campaign is chaired by Angela Kondon of Rumford RI. The Community Campaign which starts on February 7th is chaired by Lisa Cote of Seekonk. This year’s goal is $155,000 and the theme of the campaign is “Helping People Reach Their Potential”. Lisa asks for your support and assistance and explains, “The Newman Y is a charity. We are a not-for-profit human service organization lead by volunteers that respond to the needs of our community. 100% of Every Donation goes directly to helping children and families right here in our community. We help more than 1200 local individuals through this Annual Support Campaign. Your support can make such a difference in the lives

Register Now! E.P. Oceaneers Spring Recreational Soccer League Boys and Girls ages 4 and up.

Date: February 21, 2011 from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm Location: East Providence Senior Center 610 Waterman Ave East Providence, RI Fees: $50 first child, $90 two children and $120 three children or more.

Join the Action! Ride the Tide with EP Oceaneers! Volunteers needed. For more information on please call Joe Oliveira at 401-699-2587.


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of people in our community. The funds raised will send children to Summer Camp, fund Inclusion Programs for children with disabilities, provide a free 1 week LIVESTRONG Cancer Survivorship Program to a neighbor living with or recuperating from cancer, or help provide a free Military Membership for a local family with a parent deployed. We Need Your Help. The need for assistance is growing more rapidly than at any other time in our Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s History. The calls seeking financial assistance have doubled this year and families in our Y and in the community at large are facing tough times. Please join us as a donor or volunteer. Thank you for caring!â&#x20AC;? Donations can be made on-line at: www.YMCAGreaterProvidence.org Newman Branch Livestrong Cancer Survivorship Program Livestrong was created in collaboration with Lance Armstrong Foundation and Stanford University, is being offered Free at the Newman YMCA. Participants will improve functional capacity, increase quality of life, build muscle mass and strength and reduce the severity of therapy side effects. The program is 1 weeks long and offered two times per week. Register with Judy jcerrito@ gpymca.org February Special Family Events Movie Night February 11th Friday Screen Time 6:45 P.M. Big screen projection on the gymnasium wall, bring your own pillows and blanket. Swim first and dress up in warm PJs. Always a kid favorite featured. Y Families Free and community families only $8/family Eat Cheap February 4th Thursday 5:30 P.M. Enjoy food sponsored by our local community restaurants. Healthy and inexpensive option for a great family night together. Pre registration is required as seats are limited. Enjoy swimming, family Zumba, or bounce house. Proceeds support our annual financial assistance campaign which provides scholarships for membership, child care, camp and programs. Y Members $5 Community $10 Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Out February 18th Friday 5:45-8:45 P.M. Children ages 3-11 enjoy dinner, crafts, gym time and making new friends while you get to spend some quality time together. This is a monthly event so you can plan your date night well in advance. Y Members $10/child Community $0/child February Vacation Camps Full Day Enrichment Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ages 5-11 Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Learning is super fun during vacation week. Build a city with Legos, learn how to make designer scarfs, experiment with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Scienceâ&#x20AC;? projects and so much more. Licensed, High Quality Programming and Child Care held at the YMCA includes swimming, crafts, gym games each and every day in addition to the enrichment opportunities. Y Members $14, Community $163 before &/or after camp care available. Partial Week option may be available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; contact Jen Faria jfaria@gpymca.org Adventure Camp - ages 11-15 Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 8:30AM4:30PM Field trips daily to local points of interest such as bowling, laser tag, rock climbing, movies, plus optional personal exercise plan for achieving optimal health and swim time. Y Members $14, Community $163 before &/or after camp care available. Daily Options may be available. Contact Josie Dutil jdutil@gpymca.org for details. Think You Can Dance?! Camp - ages 7-11 9:00AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:00PM. Held at the New YMCA Program Center. 51 Winthrop Plaza route 44 Rehoboth, MA. Create your own costumes and try a variety of dance styles culminating in a fun theatrical show at the end of the week. Y Members $14, Community $163 Contact Ashlee for details abourque@gpymca.org 508-3367103. February Vacation Partial Day Opportunities Basketball Clinic - ages 7-10 Monday- Friday 10:00 A.M. -

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February 14th Saint Valentine Ghost Tour

Slater Mill Museum honors Saint Valentine with special ghost tour. Pawtucket, RI: Slater Mill Museum offers a special ghost tour to honor Saint Valentine. The Museum is located at 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Downtown Pawtucket, RI. A Ghostly Valentine’s at Slater Mill. Are you looking for something out of the ordinary to help celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend this year? Visit Slater Mill, Pawtucket’s historic treasure and birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, for a ghost hunt through three splendidly preserved buildings on the grounds: Slater Mill (1793), Wilkinson Mill (1810) and Sylvanus Brown House (1758). Participants will be conducted upstairs where a talk of approximately 10 minutes about the lesser known traditions of Valentine’s Day, and how the occasion might have been observed in New England two centuries ago, will be given by Slater Mill interpreters Carl and Keith Johnson who are also regarded as authorities on the paranormal. An authentic paranormal investigation will be directed by Carl and Keith Johnson, seen on the television shows: Ghost Hunters, The Haunted and Paranormal State. The group will be led through Slater Mill, then out to the walkway overlooking Slater Dam where all will pause to observe an “offering” to the spirits of the Blackstone River - in the form of a sparkling beverage and carnations - will be poured and tossed over the railing and into the rushing water. Come and bring your sweetie for a walk through the site where the TAPS team investigated, and brace yourself for the unexpected! The tour will last 90 minutes. Admission is $0.00 per person. For reservations and further information, call (401)75-8638. Slater Mill is located at 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI next to Pawtucket City Hall and across from Pawtucket Visitor Center.

February 10th Come support the Riverside Middle School Competition Cheer Squad

Come support the Riverside Middle School Competition Cheer Squad as they host a Spaghetti Dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 011 at the Brightridge Club, 59 Brightridge Ave., East Providence, RI. Come enjoy a wonderful Italian dinner to include a Garden Salad, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Rolls and Drink in addition to a


February 2011 The Reporter special performance by the Competition Squad, 50/50 Raffle and more. (Gluten Free Pasta Available). Tickets are $7/per person and can be purchased in advance by contacting a member of the Squad/Coaching Staff or Kate Terrien PH: (508) 336-7650 E-mail: kate.terrien@yahoo.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on a first come-first serve basis. Competition Cheerleading is new to RMS in 2011 and as a selffunded sport, your support is greatly needed and appreciated!

Home Buyer Workshop - February 26th

East Providence, RI: Coastway Community Bank and RE/MAX River’s Edge have joined forces to bring residents of Rhode Island and Southeastern MA a FREE workshop. Opportunity Knocks in 2011! - A workshop to answer questions about the home buying process. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 26th at the Coastway branch located at 2830 Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence RI from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling either 401- 330-1900 or 401-245-2000. Each participant will receive a complimentary confidential credit analysis and one winner will receive a $100 Lowes gift certificate. The workshop will educate attendees on the current state of the market and offer credit strategies and mortgage programs for the homebuyer. A real estate attorney will be on hand to answer questions.

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Silent Auction to Benefit

KENT HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PLAYGROUND PROJECT All proceeds will go directly to the funding of playground equipment. Call us to purchase your 50/50 Raffle Ticket. Come join the community for a great time. Bid on your favorite item. (Adults only please-18+)  Questions or Donations? Please contact the Kent Heights PTA at 401-435-7824 or email us at KHSPTA@yahoo.com.  You can also visit us at www.KHSPTA.org

Church Events Carbon Nation

Carbon Nation, a new film documentary by Peter Byck, will be shown at several locations around the state during the weekend of February 11 - 13th. Byck, whose film credits include the show “West Wing” and film “The Matrix,” set out to create a “tent film where folks of all political stripes could find common ground.” Carbon Nation is a feature-length documentary about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also help to solve other social, economic and national security issues. As the film’s featured interviews and projects demonstrate, we already have the technology to combat most of the worst-case scenarios of climate change, and it is very good business as well. Carbon Nation is an optimistic discovery of what people are

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already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to prevent (or slow down) the impending climate crisis. Peter Byck, who has more than 20 years experience as a director and editor, won the South by Southwest Film Festival for his first documentary “Garbage”. (It screened in scores of festivals in the U.S. and Europe and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center). Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) is organizing the film screenings as part of IPL’s National Preach-In Global Warming. The film, followed by a discussion, will be shown at the following times in nearby locations: Continued on next page...

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Sunday, March 27, 2011 At Canine Mastery 10A Pond Street, Seekonk Ma

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Junior Handlers (8 to 18 years old only) Puppy classes: 3-4, 4-6, 6-9, 9-12 Adult classes: Novice & Open Admission: Adults: $7.00, Kids 5-12: $4.00, under 5 free Admission includes lunch & entry

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Friday, Feb 11 Brooklyn Coffee Tea House at 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. 09 Douglas Ave., Providence, RI 0908 Sunday, Feb 13 Newman Congregational Church at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 100 Newman Ave, Rumford, RI 0916 There is no admission for these events, but voluntary donations will be accepted. RI IPL is a local non-profit who works with the faith community to reduce their carbon footprint and advocates for policies and regulations that address the climate-change problem.

Life in Christ:

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Event Start Date: February 10, 011 Description: Father Joseph R. Upton, assistant pastor at St. Francis of Assisi in Wakefield, will present a course on Christian morality at Our Lady of Loreto, 346 Waterman Avenue, East Prov RI. The course will survey the Church’s teaching on the moral life. Monthly sessions will be held on Thurs in the parish meeting room (side door of the rectory). The next session will be on Thurs, Feb 10th. 7:00-8:00PM. The subject will be “Concrete Moral Questions: Life Issues”. Although there is no fee, it is necessary to register by calling 434-3535. Please leave your name, telephone number, and parish affiliation. 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Our Lady of Loreto Address: 346 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 0914 Contact Ruth Owens at (401) 434-3535 or Email: loreto5@oll.necoxmail.com

Scripture Study

Event Start Date: February 15, 011. Description: Timothy Reid, will be presenting the continuing Scripture Study program at Our Lady of Loreto, 346 Waterman Avenue, East Prov RI. The sessions will be held in the parish meeting room (side door of the rectory). The next session will be on Tues, Feb 15th. From 7:00-8:00 P.M. The subject will be on “Jonah & Nahum”. Although there is no fee – registrations are necessary for sufficient handouts–call the parish office at 434-3535 and leave your name, number and parish 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. Location: Our Lady of Loreto at 346 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 0914 Contact Ruth Owens at (401) 434-3535 or Email: loreto5@oll.necoxmail.com

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Event Start Date: February 15, 011. Description: Rediscover the beauty of Catholicism! Book: Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. This program will be offered bi-weekly at St. Margaret’s Parish Center, 1098 Pawtucket Ave in Rumford. The next session will be Tues, Feb. 15th, 7 – 8 P.M. The subject will be “Chapter 13, 16, & 17 Prayer and Fasting” While there is no fee, registration is required for handouts & limited seating. To register, call St. Margaret’s Parish at 438-330, leave your name, number & parish. Please bring a copy of the book to the sessions. Obtain your Free Copy of this book by visiting www.matthewkelly.org 7:00-8:00 P.M. Location: St. Margaret’s Parish Center at 1098 Pawtucket Ave, Rumford, RI Event Contact St. Margaret’s Parish at (401) 438-330 or Email: office-stmargaretchurch@cox.net

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Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

Award Winning Author David Macaulay to Talk About Junction Of Art And Science To Benefit New Museum. MacArthur Genius and Caldecott Award winning author David Macaulay will give an informal talk about the junction of art and science at a fundraising event at Slater Mill on Thursday, February 4th starting at 5:30 p.m. This event will help support an exhibition that the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) is installing this March at Slater Mill’s gallery in the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center – across the street from the Mill. “We are so delighted to have David Macaulay speak” said RIMOSA board member Bonnie Epstein “He is a personal hero to many of us on the RIMOSA board, and we feel he truly embodies the combination of art, science and curiosity that inspires us.” In addition to David Macaulay’s talk, event guests will be able to interact with some of the unique, hands-on exhibits built for this new museum, listen to music from Community Musicworks, see “science shorts” by performing artist Marvelous Marvin and more. For more information on RIMOSA, or to purchase tickets for this event, see the RIMOSA website at www.RIMOSA.org. The Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) is a 501-c-3 organization dedicated to creating a hands-on, interactive museum in Rhode Island for older children - those who have graduated from the Providence Children's Museum. It will be a place where they can explore, create and imagine. Currently, RIMOSA is a "museum without walls". They don’t have a permanent site yet, but are making and testing exhibits and programs to provide proof of concept. You may have already played with one of RIMOSA’s interactive installations at Foo Fest, Maker Faire or Waterfire this summer. Or perhaps you have participated in one of their outreach programs for schools, libraries, or other organizations. If not – keep your eyes out for one, as RIMOSA is growing! Their next big project is a five-exhibit installation at the Blackstone Visitor’s Center gallery from March through mid-April, 011. It is entitled "Metamorphosis: Transfer of Energy", and it allows visitors to engage with gears, waves and more, as RIMOSA interprets the flow of energy at Slater Mill from the Blackstone River through machinery, cogs and people to textiles. After about two months at the gallery, the installation will be taken apart and the exhibits will be sent individually to public libraries throughout the state, to bring RIMOSA’s unique science/art interactions to as many Rhode Islanders as possible.

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From The Other Side of The Desk by Joe Larisa

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Protecting Your First Amendment Rights

I recently received a call from a long time Townie who was very upset. She had received a phone call from former • councilman Coogan. • Turns out he did not like this person expressing her opinion on the sorry state of East Providence City government. • She was upset, among other things, with Coogan’s role as • kingmaker for the new council majority and the firing without • cause of the professional city manager. (It now turns out that • taxpayers will have to pay $109k in salary and $10k more in • benefits as the price of the city manager political firing). What did speaking out get her? A phone call from Mr.  Coogan threatening her with a lawsuit if she did not shut up. DAYSPRING  Moreover, Coogan told her that he was recording the call. CHRISTIAN  I later found out that Coogan has also allegedly harassed ACADEMY  other EP residents who have spoken out against him and the new regime. Outraged? So am I. Both while on the council and in orchestrating local elections, Coogan was a major beneficiary of the First Amendment, allowing him to help engineer the election of the new council majority. With that done, however, he is now seeking to prevent opposing voices from exercising their First Amendment rights to speak and write against what is happening to our Joseph E. Paiva - Broker City. When a former councilman, who Tel: (401) 438-0111 • Fax: (401) 438-0146 • www.theagencypaiva.com is now more powerful than ever in East Providence, personally calls and threatens EP residents with a lawsuit, that sends a powerful negative message •Auto - SR22 Filings • Automobile against public participation. It is a mes• Homeowners • General Liability sage directly contrary to good govern• Motorcycles, Campers & Rvs • Commercial & Investment Property ment. I told the person who received • Boats / Yachts • Workers Compensation the harassing call not to worry about it. • Businessowner's Packages If it happens again, tell Mr. Coogan to Low Rates Call & Compare • Contractors call your lawyer - me. I make the same offer to anyone else who is expressing Hours of Operation their opinion and told to shut up or be 9-5 Monday sued. As long as you do not make up through Friday facts, you are entitled to express your opinion. If threatened, contact me. If Evenings by Appointment sued for expressing your opinion, I will represent you for free to protect open 194 Warren Ave., East Providence, RI 02914 discourse in our City. It is that imporLicensed In Rhode Island & Massachusetts tant. •

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February 011 The Reporter Fortunately, Coogan’s threats are more bluster than reality. Rhode Island law now expressly protects such speech and can award attorney fees against anyone bringing suit against a citizen for expressing their views. In the words of the General Assembly: “The legislature finds and declares that full participation by persons and organizations and robust decision of issues of public concern before the legislative, judicial, and administrative bodies and in other public fora are essential to the democratic process, that there has been a disturbing increase in lawsuits brought primarily to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition for the redress of grievances; that such litigation is disfavored . . . .” The recent attack on the First Amendment in EP is not limited to Councilman Coogan. Recently, former City Solicitor Jim Briden was censored by Mayor Rogers while speaking to the council and public at a recent council meeting. What for? He dared to speak out against Pond View expansion and in favor of the law suit he filed on behalf of the prior council, and he spoke against the position of Councilwoman Kleyla on the issue. At press time, the ACLU was looking into filing suit. Good government cannot exist if the right of the governed to speak for or against the actions of elected officials and their backers is not vigorously protected. Goodness knows, the last council and school committee heard from many exercising their free speech rights. We disagreed with their message, but nonetheless ensured that they had the right to express their opinion. It is the obligation of all citizens elected or not to defend the right of everyone to express their opinion on the issues affecting us all. Questions or comments? Email me at mayorlarisa@ verizon.net. * Joe Larisa was elected Mayor of East Providence for a fourth term in December 2008 by the Council. He was elected councilman at large in November 2008, a position he previously held from 1992-2002, and 2004-06. His latest term as councilman and mayor ended on December 1, 2010.

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The AYSO-EP Firecrackers, coached by Kevin Drolet, finished in first place during the Teamworks of Warwick play-offs for the first winter session of indoor soccer. The U1 girls used teamwork, good sportsmanship, developing skills and a passion for the sport, to have fun and complete a very successful season, undefeated. Players Pictured Left to Right: Back Row - Rebecca Helger, Jamie Perry, Jenna Andrade, Emma Drolet, Jessica Doucette, Madison DeSimone Front Row - Samantha Braga, Caroline Feeley, Grace Abrams, Anna Metcalf, Hope Briden. Missing from Photo - Hasna Badji

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Four Ways to Reduce Your Waistline and Your Personal Impact on the Environment (ARA) - It’s empowering to know that there are small changes you can make in your own life that can also have positive effects on everyone else’s life. But did you know that many of the same things you personally do to live a healthier lifestyle, can also positively impact the environment? In fact, improving your own waistline and reducing your personal waste are connected in more ways than you’ve probably thought about. Here are four changes you can make to your everyday life that will also make a positive impact on your health and the earth: * Eat local, organic foods. By making sure that you are purchasing locally grown, organic foods, you are also reducing the amount of energy it takes to transport the food to your area. When you eat locally, it continued on next page...

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East Providence SCHOOL NEWS PCD Day of Service

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On Thursday, December 16, just before winter break, approximately 300 students, faculty, parents, and staff from the Providence Country Day School spent the morning working with local community organizations throughout the Providence metro area and Rehoboth. 109 Waterman Ave. The students participated in a variety of projects led by their faculty advisors. Many East Providence, RI of the projects centered on providing the basic necessities of food and warmth to area residents. Students gained personal satisfaction from making an impact, but there were (401) 270-5880 important learning opportunities as well. The Day of Service exposes students to people and circumstances they might not have previously encountered raising awareness and A Full Service Salon demonstrating how collective efforts can yield meaningful change, allowing them to tap into new areas of interest and develop new skills. One group collected and delivered winter Men • Women • Children clothes to St. John the Baptist Church in Pawtucket, which provides important assistance to low-income and homeless people in the area. Students not only helped sort and hang Colors • Highlights • Perms the clothing, but also learned about the food pantry and the ongoing services provided by Conditioning Treatments • Waxing the parish. Another service group spent the morning working at the East Bay Food Pantry in Bristol, separating and organizing clothing, stocking boxes of food, and unpacking a food order delivered that morning. One intrepid group, working with Helping Hands of Re•Cuts starting at $20.00 hoboth, braved the cold to chop and stack wood for a home that relies on a wood-burning •Color starting at $33.00 stove for heat. Steve Martin of helping hands said that they provide a number of homes with heating oil assistance each year and there are several families that request help with •Highlight Foils $55.00 & up wood. All of the wood was donated by a PCD famiy. One of the extraordinary things about the Day of Service at PCD is the scale of what Walk-Ins Welcome is possible when an entire community comes together. Groups of students rolled up their Nos Falamos Portugues sleeves all around the campus. The kitchen in Chace Dining hall saw a flurry of activity, as 100 lunches were prepared for the East Providence Senior Center. Another group of students spent the morning making the 0 fleece blankets, 10 dozen cookies, six loaves of bread, and ziti and stew for 50 that was delivered to the Women’s Center of Rhode Island. With such a large number of people volunteering during the course of one day, students had an opportunity to see the substantial impact that community service can have. Some of the service projects focused on establishing important connections within the community. Students volunteered at East Providence Head Start, a program offering children from low-income families’ comprehensive educational, health, and emotional wellness services. PCD students worked in three different Head Start locaOil & filter change, check all fluids, install (2) winter tions, helping with maintenance jobs, but mostly playing and interacting with the wiper blades, test battery, check brakes and rotate tires. children. According to the Head Start staff, having that interaction with teenagers provides the children with important positive role models. Many of the students got as Must present this coupon to your much out of the experience as the children service advisor upon arrival. they helped, and expressed the desire to offer expires 3/15/11 go back and help again. Another group of students painted a mural of the Pomham Rocks Lighthouse for the East Providence Senior Center. The Jazz Ensemble tapped into their musical talents and treated the residents at the East Bay Retirement Living community to a concert. According to one

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staff member at the retirement community, “The residents on my floor all came back with smiles on their faces, talking about how good the kids were.” The commitment shown by everyone involved in the Day of Service was remarkable. Faculty advisors, along with their student advisory groups, identified and coordinated the projects, but there were also substantial contributions made by staff and parent volunteers. All the meals carried over to the East Providence Senior Center and the Women’s Center of Rhode Island were the result of a large scale group effort as all the ingredients were donated by parents and or bought with money raised through bake sales. Likewise, the wood that was delivered to Rehoboth was also donated by a PCD parent. The commitment shown by everyone involved in the Day of Service was remarkable. The atmosphere throughout the day was fun and festive, as the students decorated cookies, painted walls and hauled boxes. This year’s seniors worked at the Newport Avenue facility of the Pawtucket YMCA, helping to renovate a facility that offers before and after-school care to low income families in the area. They accomplished an enormous amount of work, cleaning bathrooms, painting walls, organizing cupboards, scraping and washing windows, pulling up carpets and even demolishing furniture so it could be hauled away. According to Sean Cassidy, the Senior Director for the “Y,” the student volunteers completed in one day what would have otherwise taken a month. “I have been working with kids for 15 years and I was impressed, not only with the work that was accomplished, but with the attitude and behavior of these kids.” For many participants in the Day of Service, the highlight of the morning was having the chance to see and meet the people they helped. “It’s nice to see the smile of someone’s face when you help him or her,” said one student volunteer. “It just makes you want to do more.” “The Day of Service is one of this School’s defining experiences, in that it is such a clear and tangible expression of our mission and our core values.” says Susan Haberlandt. “When we speak of ‘inspiring lives of engaged citizenship,’ the Day of Service is an emblem of that mission and of our understanding that the privilege of a Providence Country Day education confers on all of us a responsibility to, in whatever way we can, make a better world. Students learn so much through service - about the needs that exist right in their local community and about the great joy that comes about this place that P from H giving O Tand O helping. G R ItAis aPrealHstatement Y this day runs so well and so smoothly with such enormous commitment from our students, families and staff.”

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The All Girls Team from Bay View Academy Takes the LEGO First Competition

S.M.A.R.T. Squad Awarded RWU Scholarships and Will Represent RI at the World Festival in Missouri The Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament culminated in a stiff competition at Roger Williams University campus in Bristol RI, on Saturday January 15th. The public crowded the field house to watch elementary and middle school teams from all over RI and MA put their research presentations and robotic designs to work. Bay View, an all-girls squad, and all the other competitive teams showed off their skills in problem solving, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year the teams were charged to build an autonomous robot to carry out pre-designed challenge missions in matches lasting 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Then analyze, research and invent a solution to a real world problem in the Biomedical or Biotechnology field. Fifty-eight teams competed for a chance to take on the teams from thirty different countries at the FIRST Lego League World Festival on April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri and the S.M.A.R.T. team from Saint Mary Academy Bay View carried the day. Each member from the S.M.A.R.T. squad also won $5,000 scholarships, renewable for four years, to Roger Williams University, which hosts the FLL competition. First LEGO League is a global program created to get children excited about science and technology. Students between the ages of 9 and 14 solve challenges based on real world scientific problems. The S.M.A.R.T. victory certainly proves girls can not only love science and technology, but also excel. S.M.A.R.T.’s innovative idea is to design a pair of glasses with LIDAR sensors to assist blind people and allow them to be independent. The sensors, using light detectors and radar, would continually scan the area to determine if an object were in the way of the person wearing the glasses. If an object or change in elevation was detected, a signal or voice (like a GPS) would be transmitted to an earpiece attached to the arm of the glasses. Additionally, the glasses would be charged by solar, much like calculators are. The team robot, Becky as they call it, had a few minor problems in their first round of competition. The girls returned to the “pit” area for some minor programming adjustments and were thrown into their second match after rushing back from call-back judging. The girls and the robot had a great run and moved them into third place, where they finished the day, in the robot challenge. This, along with their impressive presentation and technical skills, in front of some fifty judges brought the 1st Place Champions Award. Linda Grasso, Technology Instructor and coach for the Bay View Elementary and Middle School team, along with co-coach Erica Cross were very excited by the victory. “We are so proud of this team! These girls have worked so hard and logged many hours of practice to carry out the task given and make their creation shine among of field of such strong competition.” She continued, “At Bay View we continue to develop a rigorous science, math, and technology program specifically designed to build our girls into critical thinkers who will be ready for the new global economy. These girls achieved much today for themselves and girls everywhere.” Cross agreed, “Today was about hard work, smarts, creativity and a little bit if girl power!”

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Pawtucket, RI: Slater Mill Museum presents ‘The Mill Project’, an exhibit by Deborah Baronas, in the Slater Mill Gallery located at Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, downtown Pawtucket, RI across from the Museum. The Mill Project, funded in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, is a culmination of Deborah Baronas’ connection to her own family heritage, her talents as a textile designer, and her love of landscape. Her exhibit weaves together the history of people and how their lives filled our surrounding landscapes working and dreaming of a better life, Deborah’s work depicts their integrity and honors how they lived to make their dreams of a better life for themselves and their children become a reality. ‘Since the final exodus of the American textile industry to Asia two years ago I started to reflect on the textile mills, villages, and people—a working industry now gone, which was the foundation of my career and artistic life. My most recent work includes large-scale oil paintings and installations, landscapes and building-scapes that include figures of people who were or are an integral part of the working culture of that place. Right now I am a visitor to these places, out of time with those that inhabit them, but bringing to them my own memories and knowledge of their future, which is my past. I am expanding this work to include my own time in the textile industry—linking my own vanished world with theirs, and reaching out to all those who must deal daily with uncertainty.” “By using my textile design experience to layer atmosphere and pattern into my oil paintings I have been able to combine the essence of my own experiences in the mills and the memories of past lives in the textile industry; the lushness of the natural landscape with the solidity of the built landscape. My work represents two strong elements of my New England heritage: its textile industry and its love of landscape painting”, says Deborah Baronas. The Slater Mill Gallery presents work by artists and artisans who work with, or honor, textiles and fiber along with its own collection of artifacts which spans 00 years. For more information please contact Chandler at 401-75-8638 ext. 107 or chandler@slatermill.org.


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Festival Ballet Providence Opens Studios in Two New Locations Festival Ballet Providence (FBP), Rhode Island’s largest professional ballet company and associated dance school, is proud to announce the expansion of their class offerings at the new satellite studio in Rumford. The brand new state of the art studio in the beautifully renovated Rumford Center located at 20 Newman Ave is one of two new FBP studios designed to make classes more accessible in Rhode Island and Southeastern MA. The Rumford studio is located in “the barn” at the rear of the site, detached from the other large brick buildings, while Rhode Island’s South County has a location in East Greenwich. The new satellite studios will be a welcome change for both the students of the Center for Dance Education as well as the professional company. The 25 person ballet company which is presently housed on the East side of Providence, along with the foremost ballet school in the state, finds itself in need of additional space in order to meet the demand of rising enrollment. The ever growing number of registered students was the impetus for the addition of both the Rumford and East Greenwich branches. Mihailo Djuric, the artistic director of Festival Ballet Providence and Mary Ann Mayer, the director of the school, are both very excited to have added space in both locations. “Having the additional studio space will help to alleviate the necessity to turn away prospective dance students, and is a culmination of hard work, many years in the making,” Ms Mayer has stated. Djuric sees the supplementary space as a wonderful setting for young ballet students as well a great opportunity for FBP Center for Dance Education to spread their wings and offer a broader range of dance styles. In addition to the daily operations, the new facilities will be a welcome change for the summer dance camps FBP has come to be well known for. Every winter the faculty of FBP tours the country to audition young hopefuls for their summer dance intensive. The

4 week program runs 5 days a week, often 6 hours a day. The students are selected for their potential and training and are channeled into a pre-professional track. The company trainees are selected exclusively from this program and at the culmination of the summer, some students will be offered a contract with the company. While classes are underway, registration is ongoing and there is room in many of the classes for new students. The course schedule includes classes for adults, boys, and beginner to intermediate classical ballet as well as modern, jazz and creative movement for the very young. For information about classes or regarding the summer intensive auditions, please call the main FBP number (401) 353 -1129 The new business locations have been warmly embraced by nearby residents and the staff of FBP continues to look forward to serving the communities in the same professional manner that they have become known for.

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Weaver Library February/March 2011 Programs L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble Monday, February 7, 7 p.m.

Joshua Bell directs an extraordinary group of musicians in a free concert at the Weaver Library. L’Esperance features a full complement of mandolin-family instruments to showcase a variety of musical styles from Classical and Baroque to American Traditional and Contemporary. Romance your Valentine a little early with a unique and wonderful concert.

African American Food in Rhode Island Postponed

Join Ray Rickman and Robb Dimmick at the Weaver Library as they present their experiences organizing a major exhibition for the Johnson and Wales Culinary Archives Museum on memorabilia and ephemera related to African American Food in Rhode Island. This extraordinary project documents Black foodways in Rhode Island from slavery to the present.

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Masks by Carolyn Martino Monday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Rhode Island audiences know Carolyn Martino for her enthusiasm and delight in a good story well told. Now Carolyn has created Masks, an autobiographical tale of healing, acceptance and self-love that has been called a “beautiful work of courage, humor, and honesty.” Adult audiences will be moved by this brave, honest, and powerful one-woman show. Weaver Library programs are free and open to all. Questions? Contact Adult Services Librarian Joyce May at 435-1986 or eplibraryjoyce@yahoo. com.


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February Youth Programs

Spoken Word Poetry Program @ Weaver

Thursday, Feb. 3, 6-7 p.m., Teens ages 13 and up

Rudy “Rudacious” Cabrera and the “Incredible” Christopher Johnson of the “Seabee Sinkers,” a spoken word poetry duo, will entertain and enlighten us with powerful poems about current issues!

Animanga Group @ Weaver

Monday, Feb. 7, 3 – 4 p.m., Ages 10 and up

Chat about anime and manga, share fan fiction and art, play trivia games, watch short anime, try Japanese crafts, etc. while sampling Japanese snacks.

Charity Day @ Weaver

Monday, Feb. 14, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. This is a multigenerational program for grades 4 through adult.

Drop in between :30 – 4:30 to earn community services credit while engaging in the project of your choice. Ongoing projects include knitting blanket squares for a blanket that we donate to a shelter (we’ll provide needles and yarn and teach you how) and writing letters to U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

Open Mic @ Weaver

Thursday, Feb. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Teens ages 13 and up

Sing a song, recite a poem, play a tune. The mic is yours! Bring your voice, guitar, keyboard, etc. and perform for your friends café style. Bands, soloists, and/or other group acts are welcome. Food and drinks will be served.

Workout & Smoothies @ Weaver

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2 - 3:30, Teens ages 13 and up

First work up a sweat with cardio and strengthening exercises. Then cool down with delicious smoothies! We’ll learn how to make frozen smoothies using fresh strawberries, creamy yogurt, and other yummy ingredients.

Teen `Zine Workshop @ Weaver

Monday, Feb. 28, 3 – 4 p.m., Teens ages 13 and up

Share your thoughts, poetry, stories, editorials, artwork, rap songs, etc. We will include them in the spring edition of our teen magazine “Freedom of Speech.”

Teen Room Activities @ Weaver

Board Games, Wii, “Minute-to-Win-It” games, etc. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Teens ages 13 and up

T.G.I.F. Gaming @ Riverside

Every Friday, 2:30-4:00pm, Ages 10 and up

Origami Heart Craft @ Rumford

Thursday, February 10, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Ages 10 and up

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Storytimes - Ongoing through May 5, 2011

No advance registration is necessary. Storytimes include stories, songs, crafts, and other activities. Storytimes will not meet during the February School Vacation Week (Feb. 1-6). Mondays, 10:30 a.m., ages  – 3 @ Riverside Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., ages 3 - 6 @ Weaver Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., ages  – 3 @ Fuller Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m., ages 3 – 6 @ Riverside Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., ages  – 6 @ Weaver Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., ages birth –  @ Weaver Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., ages 3 – 6 @ Weaver Thursday, 1:30 p.m., ages 3 – 6 @ Rumford

CRAFTS – all ages

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Woven Hearts @ Rumford Monday, Feb. 14, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Heart Angel Magnet @ Fuller Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Bird Feeders @ Rumford Monday, Feb. 8, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Bean Mosaics @ Fuller

Bookies @ Weaver

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CHESS CLUB @ Riverside

Tuesdays, 3:45 – 4:45, January 25 – March 8 Ages 6 - 18

Clothespin Flyer Craft @ Rumford

Tuesday, February 22, 3-5:00, all ages

Limited to 30 participants. Registration required. There are still openings. Call 433-4877.

Read-A-Thon – Earn prizes for reading! @ Riverside

Stamp Club @ Weaver

Read-A-Thon – Earn prizes for reading! @ Weaver

Saturdays, 2:00-3:30 February 12 & February 26

Grades 1 & up. Limited to 25 participants. Call 434-2453 to register. Participants will build a US stamp collection, and try some topical stamp collecting. Other activities include First Day Covers, event covers, and even Polar Philately! Children will have the chance to build stamp exhibits and put them on display at the RI Philatelic Society’s annual stamp show.

Tuesday, February 22, 5:30-7:30, all ages

Friday, February 25, 1:00-4:00, all ages

Play Wii Games (Mario Kart, Just Dance, & more!) @ Fuller Wednesday, February 23, 3-5:00, grades 1 & up

Play Wii Games (Mario Kart, Just Dance, & more!) @ Riverside Thursday, February 24, 1:30-3:00, grades 1 & up

February School Vacation Week (February 21-26, 2011)

Wednesday, February 23, 6:30-7:30, grades k & up

Sparky’s Puppets present “Old Favorites” @ Weaver

Bookies Stories, games, snacks, & more! @ Weaver

Tuesday, February 22, 10:00am, ages 3-10

1-2-3 Draw! @ Weaver

Tuesday, February 22, 2 p.m., grades 2-6.

Use elements of drawing (line, shape, texture) to create your very own masterpiece. Registration required. Call 434-2453.

Play BINGO for prizes! @ Weaver

Thursday, February 24, 3:45-4:45, grades 1-5

Stamp Club @ Weaver

Saturday, February 26, 2-3:30, grades 1 & up. Call 4342453 to register.

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Teens, Tweens and Technology: Helping Your Kids Navigate In A Digital World

Amount of Time Kids Engaged In Digital Media Is More Than a Full-Time Workweek East Providence, RI – Ask most kids what they’d like for their birthday, and iPads, iPods, handheld video game consoles, laptops and other gadgets are likely to be high on the list. Whether parents like it or not, today’s generation is being raised in a digital world – a world that can offer amazing opportunities for kids to socialize, access information and connect to the world. But it can also present a number of challenges for both parents and kids, say experts from Bradley Hospital. “Digital media is now a powerful tool for social connection that offers the promise of both personal and even social benefits to children, such as self-discovery and creativity, as well as bridging the ‘tween’ gap between children’s actual social skills and their ability to interact in a larger social network,” says Steven Barreto, PhD, a child psychologist at Bradley Hospital. “However, the danger is that children become constantly ‘wired-in’ too early. Staying ‘connected’ can sometimes look like compulsive involvement with technology when getting one’s child to unplug to spend time with their friends, family or participate in sports, becomes a constant struggle and a source of stress for parents and children alike.” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8- to 18-year-old spends more time watching TV and movies, playing games, or playing online than they do in school or with parents – an average of 7.3 hours per day, or well over a 40-hour workweek. Research from the Pew Research Center also reveals that 55 percent of teens have used an online social network site, such as Facebook, and 48 percent visit these sites daily. More than half of these teens – 56 percent – text daily. Cell phones are also becoming increasingly common among children of all ages, with most children receiving their first cell phone at around age nine or ten. Approximately three in four teens now have a cell phone, and teens text more than they talk, according to a Nielsen Co. survey, racking up nearly an hour and a half of texting per day, making it the number one form of communication for teens. About 70 percent of teens text daily. Experts are still not sure whether the multitasking and distraction that comes with a world of 24/7 media access – such as text messaging while doing one’s homework – is a help or a hindrance when it comes to a child’s development. Is it detrimental not just to their grades but also their overall ability to accomplish tasks, develop social skills, and regulate their sleep patterns? Or are children developing critical occupational skills for the 21st century? According to Barreto, the jury is still out.

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610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914 Phone 435-7800 Dining Room 435-7872 Fax 435-7803

Weekly/Monthly Programs

Monday Intermediate Yoga Pokeno Beginners Yoga Caregivers Support Group (4th Mon) Book Club Craft Class Ballroom Dancing Tuesday 8:15 a.m. Cards (Cockroach) 9:30 a.m. Aerobics Exercise 9:30 a.m. Watercolor Class 9:30 a.m. Bocce Ball 10:30 a.m. Weight Maintenance (2nd Tues) 11:00 a.m. Tai Chi 1:00 p.m. Drawing Class 1:00 a.m. Cribbage 1:25 p.m. BINGO 1:30 p.m. Stroke Club (1st Tues) Wednesday 8:30 a.m. East Side Lab (1st Wed) 9:00 a.m. Intermediate Yoga 9:00 a.m. Manicurist 10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. PACE 1:30 p.m. Nutrition Class Thursday 9:00 a.m. Tax Preparation (Feb. & March) 9:30 a.m. Aerobics Exercise 10:15 a.m. Nutrition Weight Loss 1:00 p.m. Bridge 1:00 p.m. Craft Class 1:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group (4th Thurs) Friday 9:00 a.m. Billiards League 10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. PACE 11:00 a.m. Meditation Class 12:45 p.m. In-Sight Support Group (4th Fri) 1:20 p.m. Hi Lo Jack League Daily Lunch Noon Library 8 a.m. — 4 a.m. Coffee Hour 2:15 p.m. Fitness Center 8 a.m. — 4 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

East Providence Senior Center News Highlights

Clinical Lab 2nd 8:30 a.m. Stroke Club 2nd 1:30 p.m. AARP Tax Prep. 3rd 9:00 a.m. RIPTA Bus Passes 4th 11:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic 7th 10:30 a.m. Weight Maintenance 8th 10:30 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic 9th 10:30 a.m. AARP Tax Prep. 10th 9:00 a.m. East Bay Center 15th 9:00 a.m. AARP Tax Prep. 17th 9:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic 17th 10:30 a.m. AARP Board Meeting 17th 1:00 p.m. In-Sight 18th 12:45 p.m. Presidents’ Day 21st Closed East Bay Center 22nd 9:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic 22nd 10:30 a.m. RSVP Board Meeting 23rd 1:00 p.m. AARP Tax Prep. 24th 9:00 a.m. Advisory Board 24th 9:00 a.m. Diabetes Support 24th 1:30 p.m. Caregivers Support 28th 10:30 a.m. Computer Assistance 28th 2:00 p.m.

Free Tax Aide Program Thursdays 9 a.m. — Noon

AARP sponsored tax-aide program beginning in February. Every Thursday in the months of February, March and April. First come, first serve, there will be a sign-up sheet. Friday, February 4th 11 a.m.

RIPTA Bus Passes

Bus card fee is $17.50 and are valid for 5 years

In order to obtain a replacement bus card you are required to return the damaged card. In the event a card is lost or stolen, a replacement card will be reissued upon notification to RIPTA. Bus card replacement fees for seniors and people with disabilities will be: $10 the first replacement, $15 the second replacement and $20 the third replacement and thereafter

Meditation Group

Our own Ann Marie Sabula RD and Dolores Norton Braica NP lead a weekly meditation group at the senior center each Friday at 11 a.m. This program is free and open to all members. Beginners welcome!

Center Launches New Brain Fitness Program

Vigorous Mind is a brain wellness program. It is a scientifically based software product offering users a broad brain exercise program that trains multiple cognitive functions. In addition to the preventive and protective role of continued mental activity, some of the tasks in My Vigorous Mind have an immediate effect on daily functioning. The program also provides opportunities to socialize and interact with others, reduce stress, and maintain a cognitively challenging lifestyle. Furthermore, My Vigorous Mind enables you to experience progress and a sense of accomplishment. In doing so, it promotes a positive sense of wellbeing, and a positive emotional state that enhances cognitive stability as one ages. The program includes a set of brain exercises that trains attention, memory, processing speed, language, number skills, multi-tasking, reasoning, hand-eye coordination as well as other critically important brain skills. The system adjusts the level of difficulty to your level and lets you view your results and progress over time. It’s easy and it’s fun. Anyone interested in signing up for the program should contact the administration office. Computers in the computer lab and conference room will be equipped for members to access the program.

Computer Assistance Monday, February 28th 2 to 4 p.m.

On the last Monday of every month, two students from MTTI career training school will assist any member with computer questions. These volunteers will try to resolve your computer problems, and help you with a computer course you may be taking. The students will be in the computer lab.

Exercise Programs

Intermediate Yoga Monday & Wednesday, 9 a.m., $3

Integrated YOGA for emotional/mental power. Flexibility, strength, balances, beauty, stretching, weight reduction, improved breathing, relaxation, and stress relief. All are components of our Yoga classes.

Beginners Yoga Mondays 10:30 a.m. $3


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Ballroom Dance Monday 2 p.m. $3

Relearn all the old moves on the ballroom dance floor as well as some new ones. Singles are welcome.

Aerobics Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m., $2

Instructor Karen Boyd gives members a great cardiovascular workout. Hand and ankle weights are used to tone and build your muscles.

Tuesday

Tai Chi 11:00 a.m.

$3

This ancient art form of exercise has been proven to reduce stress as well as chronic pain. It also reduces heart rate along with calming the mind and body. Arthritis Exercise

Wednesday & Friday 10:45 a.m. No Charge

A proper balance of exercise and rest can help relieve stiffness and maintain or improve your joint mobility and muscle strength.

Fitness Center

Our fitness room is open Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm. The fitness room consists of treadmills, recumbent bikes, an elliptical stepper, hand weights, and six dual weight machines. Other features include a matted floor, mirrored walls, water, stereo, and cable TV. You must have approval from your physician to participate in this program. Forms can be obtained in the Administration Office. The fee is $35 for a one year membership.

Card Games

Bridge Thursday 1:00 p.m. Pokeno Monday 9:30 a.m. Cockroach Tuesday 8:15 a.m. Cribbage Tuesday 1:00 p.m. Hi Lo Jack League Friday 1:15 p.m.

Classes

Crafts Monday & Thursday 1:00 p.m.

Craft class makes dolls for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and cancer pillows for Women & Infants Hospital. Other “make and take” crafts will be taught.

Tuesday

Watercolor 9:30am

$5

Come learn a form of watercolor for all levels of talent. Some of the fantastic artwork is displayed throughout the center.

Tuesday

Drawing 1:00 p.m.

$5

This group of artists works with pencil drawing, beginners to advanced welcome.

Computer Classes

Sessions & Times Vary Our computer lab consists of class room computers. All computers are on-line. Courses offered: Introduction to Computers, Microsoft Word Part 1 & 2, and Introduction to the Internet Part 1 & 2. Computer classes are conducted by trained computer teachers. Classes are held in 4 week sessions. Each class meets for 1hr. and 15 minutes. The cost per session is $20/members and $25/non members. Classes are filled on a first payment basis. Class size is limited to six students.

Support Groups

Diabetes Support 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open meeting held monthly for people with diabetes to meet for mutual support. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Caregiver’s Support 1 0 : 3 0 a . m . 11:30 a.m. This support group is held the fourth Monday each month. The sessions offer support and sharing with others who are caring for loved ones. Stroke Club 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Stroke Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and provides entertainment, education, support, socialization, refreshments, and transportation for stroke survivors and their caregivers. In-Sight Support 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. In-Sight offers programs and support in productive living for the vision impaired. The group meets the 3rd Friday of every month.

Daily Programs

Computer games Billiards Cards Nutritional Lunch Bocce ball Wa l king Track Morning & Afternoon Coffee

Senior Center Library

The library is a very warm and lovely place for people to choose a good book and read in a nice quiet area. We continue to receive many donations of new and current books. These donations have truly enhanced the quantity of our library. We also have current magazines for your enjoyment. The book club meets on Monday afternoons. New club members are welcome.

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General Services

Elder Information Specialist: Our Elder Information Specialist assists the elderly and their families in providing information/referral and assistance with accessing services and programs. Nutrition Program: The center provides a nutritional meal to approximately 125 seniors per day. The Cranston Senior Center provides the meals. Case Management/Senior Services: The center coordinates with East Bay Community Action Program Inc., for all casework and follow-ups. Protective Services Council, made up of city departments and mental health/social service agencies, meets monthly to discuss problems concerning the elderly. Transportation: The center has two buses that are used daily for door-to-door transportation to and from the center. Notary: This service is available in the Administration Office at no charge. Seminars: Monthly social, educational, and financial seminars on topics relating to seniors. Manicurist: A manicurist visits the center weekly for manicures and polish changes. Gift Shop: The gift shop has many different items for the convenience of the seniors. Small items from candy and greeting cards to jewelry, handmade items and crafts are available.

Leisure Programs

Book Club Monday 1:00 p.m. Bingo Tuesday 1:25 p.m. Scrabble Wednesday & Friday 1 0 : 0 0 a.m. Meditation Class Friday 11:00 a.m. Library Daily 8-4 p.m. Computer Games Daily Lounge Billiards Daily Lower level

Senior Center Healthy Aging

Weight Loss continues. Our next session begins in late March. We have classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact the Health Office at 435-7870 to pre-register for the ten week session and get healthy this spring! We have Registered Dieticians available for appointments in the health office. They will counsel you, in private, about your personal needs and insurance covers these visits. They are certified diabetes educators too. We also have a Nurse Practitioner who will help you with any diabetes teaching needs, especially insulin. To schedule a visit, stop by the health office or call us at 435-7870.


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Did you know we have a Doctor of Audiology who makes visits to the senior center? She is Dr. Jodi Glass, owner of Glass Audiology. She worked for thirty years at Meeting Street School and comes very highly recommended. If you are concerned regarding your hearing, she is a very reputable resource for you. Dr. Glass can be reached at: 575-9951. Our own Ann Marie Sabula RD and Dolores Norton Braica NP lead a weekly meditation group at the senior center each Friday at 11 a.m. This program is free and open to all members. Beginners welcome! East Side Clinical Lab draws blood work here once per month. The date for this month is: Wednesday February 2, 8:30-11:30. There is no pre-registration, just come in with the lab slip from your doctor. Please utilize this service so they will continue. On Wednesday February 2 at 2 p.m. and Thursday February 3 at 11 am we have some very special guest speakers in nutrition weight loss class discussing Arthritis: types, treatments, and your quality of living. These two classes are open to all center members for this week. Wednesday, Dr. Marvin Leftick will speak and Thursday Dr. John Conte will speak. They are both from Rheumatology Associates in Pawtucket. Atria Bay Spring Village is back to take blood pressures! Please welcome Judy Morehead on Monday, February 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 in the dining room. She will take your blood pressure and answer any questions about their lovely facility. The East Bay Center clinical social worker, Kathleen Beltramello LICSW, is assisting our seniors with any of their social service needs. The dates this month are: February 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to12 noon. Do you have questions? Do you just wish to talk with someone confidentially? Please contact us for an appointment at 435-7870. Nutrition/Weight Loss Maintenance group will be meeting Tuesday February 8 at 10:30 a.m. We will have an open discussion and finish our syllabus for the year. All members please attend! Waterview Villa’s nurse, Sonya Moniz will be taking blood pressures on Wednesday, February 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Come sit and chat with our favorite nurse! Evergreen House Health Center will be taking blood pressure readings on Thursday, February 17 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Stop by to have your blood pressure taken and to speak with lovely Yvonne about this wonderful facility. We are very pleased to have Hattie Ide Chaffee continuing monthly blood pressure checks. This year they will be here the fourth Tuesday of each month. Please welcome them to their new schedule on: February 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. SNAP continues! The Senior Nutrition Awareness Project is in nutrition weight loss class bringing treats and recipes. These classes are open to all members of the center. They are here: Wednesday, February 23 at 2 p.m. and Thursday February 24 at 11 a.m. The topic is: The importance of breakfast. Diabetes Support Group will be meeting: Thursday, February 24 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. We will be discussing meetings for the upcoming year. If you have diabetes, please attend this wonderful, supportive group. No pre-registration is necessary. Our Caregiver’s Support Group will be meeting: Monday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. We will be discussing upcoming meetings for the year. If you are caring for a loved one and could use information or some support, this group is for you. Please join us. No pre-registration necessary. Did you know the East Providence Senior Center Health Office has medical equipment supplies to loan out? If you or a loved one needs a walker, wheelchair, commode, or tub bench please ask! We also have a supply of donated size medium adult diapers to

give to anyone who needs them. Hearing Aid batteries #312 are also available. If you have any questions about these programs, or to register, please visit the Health Office or call 435-7870.

Gift Shop

Remember to visit our lovely gift shop located in the dining room area. We have a great selection of hand made items, gift cards, and snacks.

East Providence Senior Center and Monty’s Trips

Feb. 21 – 23, 2011 Atlantic City/Tropicana - to include 2 Nights Accommodations, $20.00 Cash Bonus, 1 Breakfast Buffet, 1 Dinner Buffet, Casino Revue Show, Motor Coach Transportation and Driver’s Gratuity. $167.00 Dbl. Occ. Triple Occ. $ 162.00 Single Occ. $ 230.00 Insurance $ 15.00 April 8 - 11, 2011 Washington DC - $369.00 Dbl. Occ. to include 3 Nights Accommodations, 3 Breakfasts, 3 dinners, Tours of Capitol Hill, WW II Memorial, Embassy Row, Korean War Vet. Memorial, the Smithsonian, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Dinner with entertainment, Transportation, Driver’s and Tour Guide’s Gratuity and much more. Single Occ. $489.00 Triple Occ. $349.00 Deposit of $75.00 required. Insurance available. Sign up in the E. Providence Senior Center Administration Office or call (401) 435-7800 Ext. 7. Can also call: Eleanor Monteiro at (401) 434-8194 28 Metacomet Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916 Trips Must Be Booked and Paid In Full 30 Days from Date Of Trip. Please Make Your Reservations Early

Wanted Coupons “Making a Difference’

We ask all to bring in clipped coupons found in the Sunday newspaper and maybe we can make a difference. They are distributed to the spouses and children of troops who sometimes struggle to make ends meet on military salaries.

Cell Phone Recycling

The center is collecting used or discarded cell phones. Most phones end up in kitchen drawers collecting dust. By partnering with Cellular Recycler, we have developed a way to make the most of used cell phones. A box is in the administration office for depositing the cell phones. We thank you in advance. The phones will either be recycled for their precious metals according to EPA standards or be refurbished for use in developing countries. The memory of each phone is “flashed” to wipe out any previous information stored on the cell phone.

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...continued from page 59 Teens, Tweens and Technology: Helping Your Kids Navigate In A Digital World

1-year-old the keys to your car,” Barreto says. “Some parents may be strict about supervising how their child uses the family computer, but they forget that their child can access the Internet at any time on their cell phone.” Parents may be mystified by what can seem like a child’s nearobsession with screen time, but Barreto says it’s not surprising, given that younger kids – especially today’s “tweens” – have been socialized in a new world of constant “connection.” “Kids at this age are building their identity and that makes them incredibly self-conscious and afraid of missing out on things,” he says. “Thanks to mobile technology, they now feel they must constantly be available to their peers, which can lead to intense preoccupation that borders on the obsessive.” Tips for parents According to Barreto, there is an alarming generational gap in knowledge between parents and their children when it comes to technology. So what can parents do to not only educate themselves, but also teach their child to be a responsible “digital citizen” in this rapidly changing society? He offers the following tips, adapted from www.commonsense.org: · Embrace their world. “Parents should show interest and enthusiasm for their child’s media likes and dislikes. They can learn how text, or create a Facebook page, even if they don’t use it often themselves. Remember parents don’t have to be technical experts; they can ask their child for help and then do these activities together, which can create opportunities for discussions about media,” Barreto says. He also recommends taking advantage of any digital media or Internet safety workshops offered through their child’s school or in the community and getting information from reputable sources on the Internet. · Use your child’s age/maturity as a guide before allowing access. Elementary school-age kids now have cell phones, usually for safety reasons, but do they need all the bells and whistles, like Internet access, cameras and video recorders? Parents can disable all these features. They should also keep in mind that digital media is not for every age, so what may be appropriate for a teenager – such as a Facebook account – may not be appropriate for an 11-year-old. · Link media access with balanced use. Teach children that greater access to media requires greater responsibility. As with any other powerful tool in the home, Barreto says, “Access is not a right; it is a privilege.” The amount of time that kids spend with media and technology should be equal to time they spend doing other activities, whether it’s spending face-to-face time with friends or family, playing sports, practicing a musical instrument or doing their chores. Parents might consider using a parent-child media agreement and a media log to help keep track and manage the child’s time. Parents also shouldn’t forget that they are a role model for their children. If parents don’t want to give a teen access to texting in their bedrooms, parents should keep their mobile media in a public space too. And if kids are not allowed to text during dinner or while driving, the same rule should apply to parents as well. · Keep media in public spaces. Encourage kids to use media in areas that are easier for parents to monitor, like the living room or kitchen. Parents can implement a “no cell phone or computer” policy at the dinner table or bedtime, and have their child agree to remove the devices from their room at a specified time. This will help them get much-needed sleep – and help parents know they’re not behind closed doors texting with their friends all night. · Discuss what sites kids can visit, what can be downloaded

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and privacy. Many kids and parents simply assume that digital information is private, when it is not. Have a conversation about which web sites they can visit, what they can download, how they can access the Internet and how they can use cell phones. Help children set up privacy settings and remind them to think before they press “send” because anything can be instantly replicated and can last forever. Parents can talk to each other about how they have managed digital privacy in their homes. · No harassment or bullying. Parents can ask their kids if they know anyone who has been hurt by a text message and get them to talk about how that person might feel. Parents should help their children recognize cyber-bullying through discussion, so that they are more likely to share about harassment than keep silent. Parents can also encourage kids to stand up for the principles of fairness and kindness toward others, both in person and on-line. “The reality is that our kids are far more digitally savvy than we are,” Barreto says. “But with the appropriate education, monitoring, family rules and an open line of communication, digital media can be a positive educational and recreational experience for both parents and children.” Founded in 1931, Bradley Hospital, located in East Providence, RI, was the nation’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively for children and adolescents. It remains a nationally recognized center for children’s mental health care, training and research. Bradley Hospital is a member of the Lifespan health system and is a teaching hospital for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. For more information, please visit www.bradleyhospital.org.

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Birth Announcements

Cheyenne Nichole Enos

Lacey Pendleton and Christopher Enos of Riverside are proud to announce the birth of their Daughter Cheyenne Nichole Enos. She was born on October 15th, 010 at 10:45 a.m. at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Cheyenne weighed 6 lbs 15 oz and was 19.5 inches long. The Maternal Grandparents are Rick and Rose Pendleton of Riverside. The Paternal Grandparents are Steve and Christine Enos of Riverside.

Sebastian Michael Melo

Heather Quint and Robert Melo would like to announce the birth of their son. Sebastian Michael Melo was born on November 4, 010. He weighed 7lbs 15oz and 1 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Kathryn and the late Frederick M Quint of Rehoboth. Paternal Grandparents are Adolfo and the late Luisa Melo of East Providence.

Alexus Carol Couto

David and Chelsea Couto of East Providence would like to announce the birth of their first daughter Alexus Carol Couto. Born on October 9th 010 at 1:13 p.m. at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.

Samuel Christopher Breault

Christopher and Lisa Breault of Cranston are proud to announce the birth of their Son Samuel Christopher. He was born on December 7th 010 at Women and Infants Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs  oz and was 19/3/4 inches long. He joins his big sister Laurel. And was welcomed by Grandparents Edward and Cynthia Breault of Riverside and Peg and William Tatewoshian of Warwick Rhode Island.


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Marie Louise Roberts Weds Brian Charles Kacmarsky Marie Louise Roberts and Brian Charles Kacmarsky of Riverside, RI were married July 4, at St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church in Barrington, RI by Rev. Robert Hawkins and Rev. Frederick Brenk. A reception followed at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island in Newport, RI. The Bride is the daughter of Barbara Louise Roberts of Antioch, CA. The Groom is the son of Robert and Kathleen Kacmarsky of Danbury, CT. Chaudra Wood was the matron of honor. Karen Taylor, sister of the groom, Cara Gilbride, Melonie Massa, and Chelsea Soule were bridesmaids. The flower girl was Mikayla Ann Taylor. Matthew Green and Marc Mertz were the best men. Keith Barry, John Carbone, Robert DeNicola Jr., Christopher Keever, Robert Kolek, Kevin Krauss, Michael Massa, and Timothy Taylor were groomsmen. The bride is a graduate of UC Davis and received her MBA from the University of Rhode Island and is employed by Bristol Community College. The groom is a graduate of Roger Williams and is employed by the Information Technology department at Roger Williams University. The couple honeymooned in Antigua and make their home in Riverside, RI.

Erica Tefft and Lee Conti of East Providence were engaged on December 0th 010. Erica is the daughter of Penelope Tefft and Bill Tefft. Lee is the son of Hildi Rezendes and Richard Conti. The couple is engaged to be married august 19th 011. They have a son Alexander Conti.

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Recipes from Chef Erin... Whoopie Pies (18-24 pies)

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 cups flour 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup milk 1/ cup unsweetened cocoa 6 TBS butter, softened 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg

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FOR RENT For Rent: East Providence, excellent location, real nice private, furnished accommodations for one; utilities, cable tv, parking, bus, storage, beautiful yard. No smoke. $15.00/ week. 401-316-678. Owner Occuppied. (e11) For Rent: Ideal location for business or profession in unique carriage house, also for rent will be a loft area that could be used for arts, herbs, yoga, etc. Business acreage on busy rt. 44 also available for lease with town water. For more info. Please call 77418-1959. (e11)

VACATION RENTAL Vacation Rental: Bermuda Condo, April 9th – 16th 011;  bedroom,  bath, $1500.00 – deadline March 1st, 011. Call 1941-383-9376. (e11) Vacation/honeymoon rental: St. Michael, Azores (Portugal), pristine -bed/-bath apartment with kit, DR, LR & laundry, linens provided. Majestic Atlantic and mountain views from spacious deck, near golf, beach, etc. Call 401-480-0374 or 508-336-43 for info/reservations. (e411)

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FEBRUARY BUSINESS DIRECTORY Accountant Appliance Repairs Architectural Design Attorney Attorney Attorney Attorney Auto Body Auto Body Auto Dealers Auto Repairs Auto Repairs Auto Repairs Auto Repairs Auto Repairs Auto Repairs Bakery Bank Building Contractor Building Contractor Carpentry - Finish Chamber of Commerce Chiropractor Collectibles Consignment Store Credit Union Credit Union Credit Union Dance Studio Dentist Dentist Disc Jockey Disposal Service Dog Grooming Electrician Electrolysis Electrolysis Engine Repair-Lawn Excavating Farm - Turkeys Fishing Florals & Gifts Florist Florist Florist Food Service Fuel - Oil Fuel - Oil Fuel - Oil Fuel - Oil Fuel - Oil

MLR Tax Services (Tirrell Realty) 25 CJS / Statewide Appliance Repair 13 VIZCAD 4 Attorney Gregory Dias 32 Attorney William C.Maaia 35 Cutcliffe, Galvin & Archetto 68 Donald E. MacManus, Attorney 59 A-1 Custom Auto Body 34 Tri Star Autobody, Inc. 12 Hot Rides INC. 16 Barbosa & Son Auto Repair 10 Fred's Service Center , Inc 14 Mike's Truck & Trailer Repair 11 New England Tire 26 Somerset Chrysler Jeep - Max Motors7 Somerset Subaru - Max Motors, Inc 51 Crugnales Bakery 66 Coastway Credit Union / Decunha 8 East Providence Siding 54 Wood Frame Structures Inc. 43 Mark Koussa Carpentry 39 East Providence Chamber 20 New Hope Family Chiropractic 50 Wexler's Collectibles 59 Corner Consignment Shoppe 40 Columbus Credit Union 57 Community & Teachers Credit Union 9 Wave Federal Credit Union 24 Arthur Murray 11 Kenneth J. Rawlinson, D.D.S. 28 Romani Orthodontics 17 Big Bill Entertainment 27 MTG Disposal 21 Pampered Pets 7 Pineview Electric 54 Kathleen Stone Electrolysis 22 Permanent Hair Removal 50 Fred's Service Center 22 C. Grant Excavating 21 Rainbow Farms 14 The Bass Boys 68 Vine & Vessel 45 Carousel Of Flowers 32 Gilmores Flower Shop 45 P & J Florist 44 Thomsen Foodservice 16 Affordable Fuel 9 Al's Quality Oil Co. 41 COD OIL 17 Columbus Energies Inc. 18 Ferreira Oil, Inc. 23

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MATEUS Realty Serving East Providence and surrounding areas since 1975. The experience makes the difference!

So if you're ready to buy or sell, Call Mateus Realty today at 434-8399.

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RIVERSIDE - Waddington!! Estate Sale!! Neat 3 Br, 2 bath Ranch, FR, 3 season porch, fireplace, cathedrals, skylights, laundry, Hw's/tile, young roof, boiler, upgraded electric, 10,000 sf lot. $209,900

EAST PROVIDENCE - Rumford Line!! Must see!! Well maintained, one owner 4 Br Cape, dining, partially finished lower, screened porch, gas heat, upgraded electric, Hw's & young roof; sprinklers, alarm, garage, 7000 sf lot on dead end st. $219,900

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EAST PROVIDENCE - 3 Br, 2 Bath, R Ranch, 2 Kitchens, FR, office, cathedrals, Hw's/ Tile & granite, gas heat, central air, siding, sliders to deck & patio, sprinklers, garage, corner lot on dead end st. $249,900

RUMFORD - Myron Francis!! Well maintained, one owner 2 Family home, 2 Brs each; 1st floor has fireplace & porch, separate utilities, garages. $199,900

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EAST PROVIDENCE - Pierce Field! New 3br, 2bath R/Ranch. FR, Master/private bath, sliders to deck/patio, HW's, tile, granite, gas heat, central air, garages. $279,900

JOHNSTON - Remodeled Raised ranch on 1/2 acre lot, Custom kitchen, fireplaced living, spacious MBR, finished lower, FR w/ Fireplace, LAV, HW's, Tile, Garages. $214,900

RUMFORD - Myron Francis!! Clean 3 Br Ranch, 2 Kt's, FR, Den, Hw's/tile, gas heat/central air, upgraded electric, vinyl/brick, replacement windows, sliders, deck, sheds, sprinklers, dead end street. $189,900

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