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JANUARY 2014 Volume 10, no. 1


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East Providence News Briefs By Bob Rodericks

2013 - A Busy Year in EP

The 2013 year in East Providence was certainly eventful for residents. Turmoil in city government saw a city manager fired after he tried to fire a police chief. The budget commission and state police were not happy with how some city fathers and mothers handled many personnel issues in the city. In fact the state police director criticized former city manager Peter Graczykowski in a letter to the city council. “On its face, it appears that Mr. Graczykowski is attempting to interfere with a Rhode Island State Police investigation. I am bringing this to your attention because it is troubling, at best, to understand why a person in such a position cannot comprehend the separation of power and authority between his position and that of the Rhode Island State Police,” wrote Colonel Stephen O’Donnell. Graczykowski also raised the eyebrows of many when he included hefty raises totaling several thousand dollars each for a few top city administrators, including himself. That proposed raise was removed by the city council in its’ final budget approval. After Graczykowski’s brief suspension of the police chief was ended and he was reinstated, Police Chief Joseph Tavares filed a harassment claim against the city through attorney Thomas McAndrew. That charge is pending. Most of the city council seemed to have had enough of the Graczykowski tenure and he was fired.

Paul LeMont Returns

The firing of Peter Graczykowski gave rise to the return of former city manager Paul LeMont. Lemont was selected by the East Providence City Council to be the interim city manager, however, not sounding like your typical “interim” appointment, Lemont wants the job back on a permanent basis. And he seems to have some support in a council that appears to be in no rush to search for a permanent manager. LeMont was very forthright in stating that he did not want a state budget commission in the city. “I look forward to coming back,” said Lemont. “I think I can help bring back our city. When I was here I knew where every penny was spent. I will do that again,” he stated.

Police Turmoil Remains

One of LeMont’s first tasks will be to deal with his police department. Although Chief Joseph Tavares was re-instated, most of the department’s rank and file have issued a

vote of no-confidence in the chief. A position that is not too unfamiliar with EP police departments of the past. While remaining a highly respected department throughout the region, poor relations between police chiefs and union members have co-existed often through the years. And, in almost all of these cases, the city manager at the time was a focus. More than one city manager has been fired - or hired - with ramifications surrounding a police chief. The current rank and file police are upset that a contract provision calling for promotion to chief from within their department wasn’t upheld. Tavares, although an EPHS graduate was not a member of the EP police when he got the job. He left the Warwick P.D. and was hired here. Lemont addressed the issue briefly when he was hired as interim saying that the “arbitrators have spoken and the department must accept the Chief. I want to make it all work. We can be an All American City again.” he added.

Elected Mayor for East Providence?

The controversy over the city manager in the city has once again given rise to the question of East Providence’s form of government. It has come up before and has been closely defeated by voters although momentum has been growing for those in favor of a change. Essentially many in the city - mostly identified with the Democratic party - have been touting the advantages they see in an elected Mayoral form of government. Supporters point out that several cities have this form of government citing Providence, Cranston, Warwick, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Cumberland and Woonsocket. Bristol has an elected ‘town administrator’ and several other smaller towns have the city or town manager form like East Providence. Barrington and Warren have elected town councils and appointed town administrators. Their councils have ‘presidents’ of the board selected by their council or board members. East Providence selected an appointed city manager type governance with an elected city council with 4 geographic wards and one at-large seat when it became a city in 1958. Ward three councilman Tom Rose presented a resolution last year to start the process for voters to elect a strong mayor form of government, which would eliminate continued on next page...

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the current city manager style. The council seems supportive of the notion that city voters should have the final say on whether the form of government should be changed. After a review by city lawyers, the necessary logistics will begin toward the charter amendment questions for the 2014 election. City voters can expect a spirited campaign both for and against a change in the form of government.

hard work of the East Providence Budget Commission, as well as the City Council, School Committee, and City and School management teams. We hope to review the Moody’s rating in the near future again so that our continued financial turnaround can be revaluated further,” former City Manager Graczykowski said.

City Passes $167M 2013-14 Budget

National Search Discovers Chief in “Back Yard” City Manager Peter Graczykowski and the East Providence Fire Department rank and file were ready to elevate Oscar Elmasian to the post of Fire Chief for close to a year. Since Joseph Klucznik retired as Chief, Elmasian has served as the acting Chief. He was ready and trained for the job. Elmasian has been a veteran fire fighter having manned trucks, rescue vehicles, serving as fire marshall and being promoted to Lieutenant and then Captain. He also served as a union president. “I understand this job and the many different roles within the department,” he said in a recent interview. “I didn’t expect my appointment as Chief was a foregone conclusion. I applied and just waited and did my job every day.” However it was clear that his colleagues supported his promotion to Chief when no one else applied for the job. “It’s a thankless job and Oscar paid his dues, he deserved to be Chief,” said a veteran officer of the department. Then budget commission chairwoman, Diane Brennan told the city to conduct a national search for fire chief. “I’m aware that the current acting chief (Elmasian) is doing an exemplary job. He has every chance to come through the process,” she said. In the end, it was indeed Elmasian who got the job. “I’ve been trained and prepared for the job,” said Elmasian. “If they want me, I’ll be ready.”

A $167 Million budget has been approved by the city council. The budget process did not have much of the acrimony of prior years, in part because of the opinion of many that the budget commission was in charge for most of the year. $72 million of the budget allocations will be for operation of the school department. Taxes will increase only by $.75, a figure less than recommended by the budget commission. In a statement released by the city manager, Graczykowski stated that: The School District allocation in FY 20132014 was not adversely affected, remaining at $72,858,459. As a result of these changes, the 1% budget reserve set-aside was reduced by $19,475 to $997,905; and the fiscal year synchronization bond reserve was reduced by $273,481 to $3,726,519. The total FY 2013-2014 all-funds budget is balanced at $166,614,251.

Bond Rating Agency Improves Status. Says City is Positive

Moody’s Investor Service upgraded the City’s bond rating to “Baa3” from “Ba1.” The City’s outlook from the bond rating agency is “Positive,” reported a happy city manager Peter Graczykowski in a news release in late October. The upgrade reflects the City’s improved financial position, following the disbanding of the Budget Commission. The City has increased its reserve levels, improved its cash flow position, and implemented policies to ensure fiscal stability moving forward. The rating also reflects the reduction of the City’s unfunded liability in its self-administered pension plan. In addition, the Baa3 rating incorporates East Providence’s sizeable tax base with average wealth levels and a manageable direct debt burden. The positive outlook reflects Moody’s expectation that the City’s financial position will continue to improve over the near term. Moody’s anticipates that the City will continue to address its sizeable long term liabilities for pension and OPEB, and maintain structurally balanced General Fund and School Unrestricted fund operations. “Both bond rating upgrades recognize the

New Fire Chief in 2013

School Committee Hiring Again

2013 saw the school committee approving proposals from Superintendent of Schools Kim Mercer which would enact a $73 million budget for the next year. This would represent about $1.8 million more than the 2012 budget. Mercer announced that the new budget would bring back Middle School Sports, but only to the extent of providing some supplies. Coaches may not be paid. The amount of monies needed is yet to be determined. Volunteer groups may contribute heavily to this item. Most areas in the budget will be funded at last years’ levels with slight increases in some cases. Technology, textbooks and special services are slated to receive slight increases. Last year the department spent zero dollars on text books and the schools seriously lacked supplies. Some teachers

had no books while relying on computerized smart boards, which occasionally couldn’t be used because blown-out light bulbs were too expensive to replace. The new school budget also sets aside several hundred thousand dollars for litigation. No specific cases were mentioned but former Superintendent Dr. Mario Cirillo has sued the school department after he was dismissed by a prior school committee. Cirillo’s former chief operating officer Lonnie Barham had also sued upon his job elimination. It is not officially known if any settlements have been reached in those cases.

Schools Opened Routinely in September 2013 Oldham closed & moved

Public school officials were hopeful that all schools would open the 2013 academic year without any major delays, despite a large amount of bond work and reorganization logistics. “All major work in our schools seems to be on track. Some minor work may have to be completed after school hours but I think we’re in good shape,” said school committee member Richard Pimentel back in August. “The asbestos has been removed from the high school and the floor tiling is about done. Things also look good for Waddington and Meadowcrest.” The closing of Oldham school in Riverside has shuffled the student placements there. All Oldham students now attend the Meadowcrest School on Bart Drive. The smaller number of Meadowcrest pre-schoolers have joined with Waddington School pupils and staff. School Board Chairman Joel Monteiro was equally optimistic, while still pointing out some minor delays in construction completion. “On the construction, the high school is coming along well. Both the gym project and the bond work have amazing things coming to life. While there are minor bumps and delays, the workers are busting their tails. We hope to have most of the high school completed, with maybe auditorium, gym, and science lab dragging over, as I understand it. But these delays should not impact school operations,” said Monteiro. “Waddington is a time cruncher. We were glad that school opened on time. The new Oldham School (formally Meadowcrest) transition went well, all things considered. These are amazing projects that were started with tight time schedules,” said Monteiro.

Many New School Faces in 2013

The start of the 2013 school year saw many new faces across the district. Administration, on down, will have a different look. “I’m excited for this year. It’s the first year in a while that we will have a full ad-

January 2014 The Reporter ministration, and a true commitment from the Superintendent and School Committee to address much needed issues together,” said Chairman Joel Monteiro. “While some of the things that are brought to the surface may be unpleasant to look at, it’s good that we are not sweeping them under the rug anymore. I feel good about the work being done by the Superintendent to get a handle on our budget, which has been an amoeba of sorts in the past. She is crunching numbers to maximize dollars for the benefit of the students. That’s refreshing.” As late as a week before school starts their replacements have not been hired. Monteiro is not worried with this development. “As for the 27 openings... I don’t think we should put too much into this. The positions ranged from all different roles. Some retirement, some found new jobs. Some found promotions. In this time, every industry is seeing movement. I would not worry too much. I think that current administration is doing a good job, and I’m confident that they will align the right skilled people with the needs of our district,” he added. “I feel good about what’s going on in EP”, added Monteiro early in the school year. “The teachers and building principles now have leadership to go to for support. Again, while this is an adjustment for some, it’s a necessary component to having a district moving together. All departments are being re-focused, and needs are being tended to as much as possible. And yet, some EP teachers have sought better pay and stability elsewhere, after being classified as the lowest paid teachers in New England. (Note: The School Department Administration Offices have moved from Riverside and are now located at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue, Third Floor).

“Improving High School Graduation Rates in Rhode Island.” The lowest graduation rates are in Central Falls (68%), Pawtucket (67%), Providence (65%), and Woonsocket (65%). The results for East Providence High School were not good enough for school leaders. The state graduation rate for 2012 was 77% while the 2012 EPHS rate was 71%. 16% of 9th graders entering EPHS in 2008-09 did not graduate on time with their classmates in 2012. “The high school is blessed with many good students and extremely hard working teachers,” said Sheehan. “We offer many curriculum and tutorial efforts to reach out and help our students. There are programs like the literacy lab, Achieve 3000, literacy intervention, several math programs including those whereby students can work at their own pace from home,” added Sheehan. “We calculate reading levels and are searching to re-align all curriculum,” said curriculum director Dawn August. “Hopefully there will be an exposure of K-12 discrepancies and we can have common assessments,” added August. “I continue to believe in a rigorous educational program for our kids,” said Sheehan. “I will tell you, though, that I would like to see our students come here (high school) with better skills, with necessary skills to succeed,” Sheehan added. “Yes we will work on Common Core Assessments, K-12 alignments, differentiated instruction for those who need it and professional development for our teachers,” said Mercer. Mercer, August and Sheehan agreed that school reform usually happens from “high school - down”. “It needs to flow throughout the system, K through 12.”

EPHS Principal & School Superintendent Respond to EPHS Graduation Rate

East Providence High School has received another blow to its’ over 60 year old ailing and aging structure. After receiving preliminary architectural estimates that it will take between 3.7 and 4 Million dollars to repair the pool, the school committee has voted to shut down the pool in the next few days. “What more do our students have to endure with this latest news about the high school,” said one high school staff member. The pool will remain closed indefinitely as city officials ponder its future. In addition to physical education classes and interscholastic league athletics, the pool is used by several community groups throughout the year. The school committee received a recommendation from architects regarding the pool. “We were told that the pool is not compliant now with (Americans with Disabilities Act) ADA standards. We also received a pretty damaging report on the high school pool’s grim list of problems,”

A word that EPHS principal Janet Sheehan likes to use whether she addresses the student body at East Providence High School or parents or teachers, is rigor. “I want to hold this high school to the highest standards and keep a rigor in our curriculum,” said Principal Sheehan during an interview in her office. Acknowledging that the graduation requirements for her high school students are actually a bit tougher than the state’s minimum mandates, Sheehan denied that she is “too tough”. “She is tough and I’m glad that she is,” said Superintendent of Schools, Kim Mercer. Mercer and Dawn August, Curriculum Coordinator also joined Sheehan in meeting with The Reporter in late 2013, regarding recently released graduation rates. Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released its newest Issue Brief,

EPHS Pool Closed Down in 2013

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said school committee chairman Joel Monteiro. “A lot of stuff was evidently swept under the rug for years.” Monteiro has asked Superintendent Kim Mercer to report back on the situation and to make sure that all groups using the high school pool are notified of its’ closure. Pools are not required in high schools and the future of the Townie pool is cloudy. The city has been in the process of having the pool privatized whereby an outside group may be able to repair the pool and use it for profit after school hours. The pool remains closed for now.

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On a lighter note, the popular Chorus of East Providence moved their annual Christmas concerts from Seekonk back to East Providence. The chorus was forced to leave the EPHS auditorium due to high rental rates encouraged by the former state budget commission. The famed Choir performed at St. Brendan’s Church on Turner Avenue in Riverside.

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January 2014 The Reporter When I listen closely to my neighbors, I keep hearing the same thing: preserve our history while developing our beloved state so we can compete in the future. We need clear, strong, planning tools. Our municipalities need help from each other and the state. If our hometowns remain starkly divided we will conquer ourselves. This is the Ocean State. We all know that a rising tide lifts all boats. Through RhodeMap, I know a lot of my neighbors have ideas for our future, but I wanted to take the time to share mine. Micro-hydroelectric plants use tiny water diversion pipes to generate clean energy. It is so easy to install micro-hydro in existing dams there are how-to videos on You Tube. I know I am preaching to the choir, but Rhode Island is littered with old dams and mills in need of rehabilitation. Many of these mills are in urban centers, where micro-hydro is very cost effective and could power dozens of homes. Towns could install a micro-hydro plant, refurbish the corresponding mill, and start generating electricity. Green energy grants, historic revitalization grants, waterway improvement grants etc. are all out there and available for such projects. Why aren’t we doing this already? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission essentially uses the same permitting process for the Hoover Dam as it does for micro-hydro. The RI Division of Planning, through its existing energy and water quality plans, is primed for state wide micro-hydro development. The State would work with our hometowns to identify potential micro-hydro sites, expedite applications to FERC and track down grant money. In the end, our hometowns would have a some refurbished mills and a new tax-free source of revenue. A rising tide will lift all boats, and in this case, it can keep your lights on too. I implore you, my neighbors, to share your ideas in the RhodeMap RI process and be a part of creating a defined and sustainable future for our state. Dylan Conley

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By James Briden, Mayor & Ward I Councilman SEE things DIFFERENTLY The City Council has worked well together over the past year. We have prioritized so as to devote Get Your HANDS Dirty James Briden more time to important issues, promoted an environment of civility and professionalism, and been able to disagree FIND Your VOICE on issues while maintaining the ability to work collaboratively on other matters. MAKE Some NOISE This good working relationship was best exemplified in October during the budget process. The Council remained true to the five MAKE Something BETTER year plan and highlights of the 2013-2014 East Providence budget included freezing the phasing out of the Homestead Exemption and Fit in by STANDING OUT Early Pay Incentive, cutting approximately 900k in expenditures, reducing the proposed tax rate increase to .75 (below the 1% proposed in the 5 year plan) and setting aside approximately $3.7M for the future tax year alignment synchronization bond. During this same period, Standard & Poor’s increased our City’s bond rating five levels higher from ‘BB+’ to ‘A’. This means Parent & Student OPEN CLASS DAY that the City of East Providence now has an investment grade credit Wednesday, January 15 • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm rating. One of the greatest facilitators of capital investment in our City is achieving fiscal stability. This is accomplished in many ways including the attainment of a strong bond rating, adhering to a responsible multi-year budget plan, and keeping property taxes college prep | arts | athletics down. We have achieved these important objectives and in Sepsummer programs | grades 6-12 | co-ed 660 Waterman Avenue | East Providence, RI tember the State of Rhode Island officially made this determination 401.438.5170 | of fiscal stability for East Providence. The positive headlines in 2013 included the Google settlement where the City received approximately $60M and where the USDOJ subsequently allowed approximately $49M to be allocated to our police pension liability, opening of Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Rumford, completion of tH Tockwotton on the Waterfront which was a $52.3M project and truly a paradigm addressing the needs of our seniors, Kettle Point Development approval which will represent approximately $75M of investment in East Providence, CME Energy’s construction of the solar electric field at the former Forbes Street landfill, Dorm-toApartment conversion project on Taunton Avenue which will create 75 units, Eaton Aerospace which has created approximately 200 high paying manufacturing jobs and invested millions of dollars in upgrading a long vacant factory space to a state of the art facility, and the approval of the site and plans for the future construction of an East Sacred Heart School lowest tuition in the area. Our school reflects the Guanellian Providence Community & Teachers Credit Spirit through the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence Union branch. It is no wonder that the Providence who are present daily in the school. Extras provided: Spanish, Computer Lab K-8, Art, Business News featured a series on the Music, Library, Physical Education. Extra curricular activities: Cross-Country, Soccer, East Providence Waterfront which included Basketball, Instrumental Band. Small class sizes-Remedial-Resource. Financial aid an article entitled “City Seen As Model For available. Before and after day care available. Great location with easy access to Rt. 195! Permitting”. Most recently, the Council enTrue Catholic education at an affordable price! acted significant changes to the City’s Tax Visit our beautiful facilities, including our full size gym, and see Stabilization Ordinance which will serve as what a difference we can make in your child’s life!!!! a catalyst for even more capital investment All this for about $18 a day! in the future. Notwithstanding the very important is56 Purchase St. East Providence, R.I. 02914 401-434-1080 sues that the City Council must work on in 2014, East Providence residents can take Email: for more information pause and feel proud of the great accomplishments of the past year.

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EAST PROVIDENCE RECREATION 2014 Winter / Spring Programs



433-6360 OR 433-6359

PARTICIPANTS MUST OBTAIN CENTER MEMBERSHIP: 1 YR: AGE 6-17 $25 ADULT $50 or 6 months $25 / AGE 55 + $25

PRE-SCHOOL ART FOR TOTS Ages 3 - 5 Wed 2 - 2:45pm January 15 - February 26 (No class 2/15)

Main Office 610 Waterman Avenue East Providence RI 02914 Tel: 401- 435-7511 Fax: 401- 435-1999 Office Hours Monday - Friday 8AM – 4PM Recreation Center Office

100 Bullocks Point Avenue East Providence RI 02915

Tel: 401- 433-6360

RECREATION CENTER HOURS Effective January 2nd - April 30, 2014

Monday - Friday Adults 9 - 9PM Ages 6-14 3 - 7PM Ages 15-17 7 - 9PM Saturday: (ADULT ONLY) 9AM - 1PM Sunday : CLOSED **Children may not accompany adult members during their use of the center exercise facilities. Department Staff Diane Sullivan Recreation Center Coordinator Rebecca Chace Recreation Center Supervisor Joseph Medeiros Pierce Field Manager Shontell Gomes Administrative Assistant

$10 per child for materials Class to include Finger paint, Recycled crafts, Dough crafts, sponge painting and more...Parent participation required

STAY AND PLAY TIME Are you looking for something to do on those cold and rainy days? If the answer is yes, than we have open gym time for you at the Rec. Center. We supply toys and balls (or you can bring your own) to play with in the gym.

Ages 3-5 Mon & Thurs 11am–12pm Jan. 13– April 28 Parents must be in attendance

and supervise their children. (no stay & play Jan. 20, Feb.17,20, April 21 & 24)

TUMBLE TOTS Fun physical playtime for children Ages 3-5 Saturday Six week session $15per child 9 - 9:45am or 10 - 10:45 am or 11 - 11:45am Session I: January 18 - February 22 Session II: March 8 - April 12

YOUTH KARATE Ages 6-14 Thursday Beginners, 6-7PM / Intermediates, 7-8PM 10 wks $50 per child January 16 - March 20 Gi is available to order for $30 but not required

AFTER SCHOOL FUN AT THE REC! Ages 6-14 Mon - Fri 3-7pm (included with membership) After school time at the Rec features a fun atmosphere for youth. Activities include sport competitions, games, cooking, crafts, music, community service projects and more! * Fees may apply to some activities*


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TEEN WEIGHT TRAINING Co-ed Ages 13 - 15 Mon, Wed & Fri 4 - 6PM TEEN PICK– UP BASKETBALL NIGHT Ages 13-17(co-ed) Friday 7-9pm FREE Jan.3,17,24,31 / Feb.14,21,28 / March 6,21,28 / April 4,25 Come to the Rec and play recreational games of basketball. No referees, no standings, just honor calls and good sportsmanship. Different teams are formed each week. YOUTH BASKETBALL Ages 6-14 (co-ed) Wed / $30 per child Beginners: 4 - 5:30pm / Intermediates: 5:30 - 7pm Ability level tests held Jan 8th from 5-6pm Classes begin Jan15 - March 26 (no class 2/19) COOL CRAFTS

Learn to make oodles of cool crafts!

Ages 6 - 12 Monday 4:30 – 5 PM January 27 - March 24 $15 p/child for materials INDOOR SOCCER Ages 6-14 (co-ed) Tuesday / $20 per child Beginners: 4 - 5pm / Intermediates: 5:15– 6:15pm Ability level tests held Jan 14th from 4-5pm Classes begin Jan21 - March 4

Ages 6-12 Friday 6-9pm $5 per date January 10 / February 7 / March 14 / April 11 Parents can enjoy their night out knowing that their children are at the Rec Center enjoying a supervised evening full of activities, arts & crafts, games and more. Pizza and drinks provided. Space is limited and child must be pre-registered.

Looks what’s new at the Rec ! YOUTH B@SKETB@LL LE@GUE Grades 6–8 (Co-ed) / $40 per child EPRD is proud to announce a second session of it’s new basketball league for boys & girls in grades 6-8. The 10 week, youth, refereed league will provide a

chance for players to hone their skills, advance to higher levels and learn good sportsmanship and teamwork.

Games will be held on Saturdays between 9am-Noon. January 18 - March 22, 2014 / Registration ends Jan. 16th

Family Movie Night

Join us at the Recreation Center for free family movie nights. Movie starts @ 7pm on Saturday, January 18 / February 15 / March 15 Movies titles TBA Bring your own Blankets or chairs to sit on while watching the movie. Doors open at 6:30pm. Concessions available for purchase

* This program is made possible with the collaboration of the East Providence Carousel Commission!

Did you Know you can hold your birthday party here at the Rec. Center! Weather your interest is Basketball, Soccer, Games or Art & crafts… The Recreation Center can offer you a unique tailor made event just for your special day.

For availability and fees, call the Rec. Center @ 433-6360


Don’t forget to sign up early for…

SCHOOL VACTION DAY CAMP! Fee is $10 per day per child February Day Camp: Feb. 18, 19, 20 & 21 April Day Camp: April 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25

Day camps are offered at the Rec Center from 9am - 5pm during school vacation for youth members ages 6-12 (not all days offered). Activities include games, sports, art & crafts and special events. Space is limited and pre-registration is required

Keep up-to-date with what's happening at the Rec. Sign Up To Receive Recreation News Please register your email address online at the City web site

Click on “city Newsletters” tab located on left hand side of home page. Enter you email, check off “Recreation News” and click “join”. This will enter your email into the system and you will receive an email notification every time The Recreation Department uploads new information regarding recreation programs, trips, parks, concerts and special events!

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Traditional Zumba dance moves using toning sticks along with fitness moves!

Thurs 5:30 - 6:30PM begins January 9 - March 27 $40 pre-pay Winter Session at first class or $5 walk in ZUMBA

Latin dance Inspired Fitness!

Tues 5-6pm begins Jan. 7 - March 25 $5 walk in or pre-pay 12 classes for $40 HATHA YOGA Tues 6 - 7:30pm / $12 per class when purchased on a monthly basis. $14 walk-in *Please bring your own non-slip mat BODY CONDITIONING

A total body resistance training program with Pilates inspired movements and bursts of cardio!

Mon & Wed 6-7pm / pre-pay $25 a month or $5 walk-in STRETCH CLASS

This class is designed to help the process of stretching by increasing body alignment & core strength. It is an excellent form for stress and joint pain relief.

Mon 7-7:30pm $5 per class

CARDIO SCULPT Wed.9am $5 p/ class Get a jump on the day with active stretching, a cardio pumping burst and strength training. Wear comfortable clothes , sneakers with good tread and bring a towel and plenty of water! ADULT CRIBBAGE CLUB Thurs 6:30 - 9:00pm

YOGA Thurs 9 -10:30AM $3 p/class or pre-pay $10 a month. Ongoing LINE DANCE Beg. & Intermediate Mon 1-2:30PM $3p/class

HAND STAMPED GREETING CARDS 1st Tues of the month 10am-12pm $5 for materials p/class INDOOR TENNIS LESSONS Mon 8:30-10AM / 10-11:30AM * Court Fee The Indoor Court 8 Blanding Avenue BOWLING Fri 12:30-3PM $11 p/person Bowling Academy 354 Taunton Avenue


SPECIAL NEEDS The East Providence Parks & Recreation Department provides various programs for youth, adults and seniors with disabilities. A medical release form is required of all first time participants and may be obtained by calling 435-7511. Round trip door-to-door transportation is provided at a charge of $2 for all activities. Our bus is wheelchair accessible. DINE OUT 1st Thursday of the month 5PM $13 p/person Age 18+ COFFEE HOUR 2nd & 5th Thursday of the month 6PM $5 p/person Age 18+ MOVIES 3rd Thursday of the month 5:45PM $8.50 p/person Age 18+ MYSTERY RIDE 4th Thursday of the month 6PM $5 p/person Age 18+ DANCERSIZE Wednesday 7-8PM Rec Ctr Age 18+ SATURDAY PROGRAM 10AM-2:30PM Ages 18+ day trips & special events

PIERCE FIELD COMPLEX The Pierce Field Athletic Complex is open to the public year round, exceptions are Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tennis and basketball courts are available with lighting provided until 9:30PM from mid April to mid November. The walking track is open Monday – Friday from 7:15AM to dusk and 8AM to dusk on weekends. East Providence residents or organization interested in reserving any of the fields at the complex as well as all others located citywide must do so by completing a Field Request Form obtainable at the Main Office. All fields are reserved using the City’s field use policy.


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It Takes a Village...Townies Speak Out!

Is it East Providence, Rumford, Riverside, Kent Heights, Watchemoket...? By Bob Rodericks

the East and Pawtucket makes the border along the North. The Providence River (Narragansett Bay) and Seekonk River separates East Providence from its’ large neighbor to the West - Providence. A town of less than 2,200 in 1865 now has about 48,000 residents. The once old-time Protestant population grew into a melting pot of Irish, Portuguese, Italian, and eventually Cape-Verdeans and others. After the Civil War, four distinct villages developed; Watchemoket, Rumford, Philipsdale and Riverside. Watchemoket retained its’ Indian name and was the hub of this ‘new’ town, just across the river from bustling Providence. Watchemoket grew to become the center of East Providence. In 1869 the Red Bridge was completed and a new Washington Bridge was built in 1885. There were rails and ships and Watchemoket was very busy. In 1889 the town hired its’ first Police Chief, Charles Pierce. Pierce had five men who patrolled Watchemoket, Riverside and Phillipsdale. These cops rode horseback and worked eleven hour days for an annual salary of $1200. (Officer PRod would look good on a horse today!). An 1875 police report indicates that 230 men and 13 women were arrested. The charges included bathing against ordinance, maintaining a grog shop, reveling, recreation on Sunday and doubtful reputation to name a few. (One assumes reveling didn’t occur in Rumford). East Providence had all volunteer firemen until 1911. Rumford was marked by an area called the “Ring of the Green”. It encompasses most of the area north of the Ten Mile River. In its’ early years this area was called Seekonk Centre, Rehboth and East Providence Centre. The city’s official town hall was originally located in Rumford until 1889. Rumford was a population center for the town housing many farms and mills along the Ten Mile River. A water tower in the shape of a Rumford Baking Powder can was a hallmark in the area’s industrial development. This is the oldest section of East Providence. The Rumford Chemical Works gave the area its’ new name, Rumford. Phillipsdale is a narrow section of the city along Roger Williams Avenue from Omega Pond to Pawtucket Avenue. It once housed a flourishing mill complex. The Omega Mills was an important manufacturer of cotton cloth. Although thought of as a “ragged edge of Rumford” by the Providence Journal, Eugene Phillips moved his copper mill and other businesses to the area and Phillipsdale was born. By 1909, the once very small village - Phillipsdale became the largest manufacturing center in East Providence. About 2000 people lived in model factory tenements or homes of their own. Washburn Wire company was • competent, honest service, that is responsive to your needs huge and became the biggest employer • state-of-the-art tax preparation and accounting software and manufacturer in the city. • over 20 years of experience in public accounting By late in the 19th century, there were more than 100 farms throughout East Providence. There were large potato and vegetable crops. A number of dairy farms also 20 Newman Avenue, Unit 9010 • East Providence, RI provided milk, butter and cheese for resi(In Building #9 in Rumford Center) dents as well as neighboring Providence. Riverside coves the lower or southern part of the city. Its northern border more or less was set by John Brown’s 1645 • chase from the Indians; ‘...a line running

If you live in East Providence, R.I., you may have a different name for your city other than its’ official name, in case you’re not fond of “East Providence”. History buffs point out how the birth of East Providence has its’ roots squarely planted in the birth of a nation. While many “Pilgrims” and “Puritans” were fleeing England and settling in Massachusetts colonies, Roger Williams became an outspoken critic of the time and was slated for arrest and deportation back to England. Williams and a small group of supporters began their own settlement in what is now the Rumford section of East Providence (to give you the short-hand version). Roger Williams and friends purchased land from the local Indians around 1636. This land was known then as Seekonk Cove which is now known as Omega Pond (Joseph Conforti - Monarch Publishing). Officials from Plymouth, however, challenged Williams and his followers and what came next was a 226 year long boundary battle between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Things were finally settled when East Providence was placed in Rhode Island from Massachusetts and incorporated in 1862. Roger Williams and friends next rowed canoes across the river and purchased more land from local Indians, thus founding the city of Providence, R.I., and were given a charter from England in 1644. Thus, East Providence was born. Much of East Providence is bordered by water. Narragansett Bay is to the south and west while the Runnins and Ten Mile Rivers cover much of the city’s northern and eastern edge. Also included is the Turner Resevoir and Central Pond. There is a land area of about 13.7 square miles within EP borders. Barrington borders the South while Seekonk is along

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January 2014 The Reporter east from Silver Spring golf course to the Runnins River and south to Bullocks Point or Cove (Narragansett Terrace). “The Coney Island of New England” is how Riverside became known to the region. The land from Watchemoket to Bullocks Point was a sparsely settled farming and fishing area. No more than a few hundred people lived in this coastal village in 1862. Most earned a living by fishing or farming. Succulent clams, quahogs and oysters were sold by locals in the center of town or to Providence. The ‘Townies’ or residents of the central district of East Providence, referred to these Riverside neighbors as “clamdiggers”. These clamdiggers soon would see large profits and would sell farms and land to real estate developers. Many summer homes were built along the shoreline and the population jumped. Hotels and amusement parks were built. Crescent Park being the most famous (see an earlier issue of for an expansive story). Most of the area is made up of small residential tracts with the older section hugging the shoreline. Newer residential plats were built after 1945 from Willett Avenue to the East or Seekonk and Barrington lines. Several other sub-divisions or villages began to spring up across the city: The largest farm in East Providence belonged to the Kent family. The Kent Heights section of East Providence was named for the Kent family. The family’s ancestors can be traced to the Mayflower. Originally, the Kent family lived in the Dedham and Plymouth areas of Massachusetts. In 1790, Josiah Kent married Patty Brown. She was the great-granddaughter of John Brown who purchased the Green settlement which was Rehoboth, later Seekonk, and finally East Providence. The Kent Farm was the finest in town. Three family homesteads were

located on the property. The family ran a dairy farm called White Rock Farm, named for white rocks found on the property. They also raised strawberries, hay, apples and potatoes (considered the best potatoes in the state of Rhode Island). Kent family descendants were civic-minded and generous to the town of East Providence. In 1905, Alfred Kent gave land for the original Hope Congregational Church off Pawtucket Avenue. In 1950, Jessie Kent provided land for the new Hope Congregational Church. The Kent family was also known for their general store located on Pawtucket Avenue. Items from food to gasoline to automobiles were sold there. When the town of East Providence needed an elevated spot for a water tower, AJ Kent allowed the town to construct the tower on his land. It was the site for the long time EP landmark - the Red & White checkered tower, since replaced by the current blue sphere. In the 1920′s, the Kent family began to develop housing plats. Streets were given Plymouth Colony names (Howland, Plymouth, Mayflower Streets), and family names (Ide and Kent) and Indian names (Wannamoisett Road). One of the last direct descendents of the Kent family passed away just last month. Marion Kent, 85 was a lifelong resident of East Providence. Miss Kent was a teacher and principal in the East Providence School Department for thirty-five years. Miss Kent still lived in the same house that was an original “Kent Family Home” on Dover Avenue. Miss Kent was also a Mayflower Descendant. continued on next page...

Miss Marion The original Kent store on Pawtucket Avenue.

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Old Red & White Water Tower in Kent Heights being razed for new tower.

Pomham Rocks lighthouse in Riverside.

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There are many other historical facts and much more local history that is not included here due to space and time restrictions. The Reporter also wanted to hear from our readers so the rest of this article will consist mostly of your quotes. We reached out to readers and had an immense response. Those comments not included here will be posted on our web site - Some of you were light and whimsical while others were downright territorial! Zip codes, schools, tradition, snobbery and more were on display: Alba Curti - “I find it very comical that some people on FB list East Providence as their home city and then Rumford or Riverside as their current city. When did Rumford or Riverside become cities? They are geographical areas of the city of East Providence, they are NOT folks, you’re still in East Providence. I see it quite often in address labels as well...Riverside, RI or Rumford, RI...not only is it incorrect but it also promotes sectionalist thinking...something we’ve got to get away from if we are to be a united, forward moving city. Ali Khorasani - “Right on.” (referring to Alba Curti above). Ted Wheeler - “Yes it is all East Providence and we are all Townies, but we are talking about sections that give us some individuality. There is a large stone marker in the wall at Silver Spring golf course with Barrington on one side and Rehoboth on the other. This might give some people heartburn, but Rumford is not a zip code. It’s the land in East Providence North of the Ten Mile River. Don’t forget other subsections such as Philipsdale, Daisy Field, The Sticks and Kent Heights. It will be fun to see how many more (areas) people know.” Tom Bezigian Sr. - “Don’t forget Suttonville! In that book, (Our Heritage) it points out that Metacomet was Massasoit’s son. After Massasoit’s death in Boston, Metacomet went on a rampage against the British, who gave him the name “King Phillip”. Their names are memorialized as street names that you can see at their intersection in North Broadway.” Bruce Zarembka - “It’s all East Providence. Look at how many zip codes Providence has...” Michael Reed - “Riverside & Rumford are villages in the city of East Providence, I live in Riverside & also state I’m from Riverside. We have our own post office, middle school, waterfront and we have the largest taxpayer in the city which is Mobil, so while we are technically attached to East Providence, we are Riverside all the way.” Joanne Ray - “ALL EAST PROVIDENCE just different zip codes.. if we all had the same zip code [like Barrington] we would all be in EASTA PROV..LIKE CHUCK STEVENS use to say …anyone remember him on the radio?” Jeffrey P. Lima - “I find it confusing especially with navigation and sending mail... Speaking as a “non-townie” I look at them as different towns/ cities.” (Author’s note: Lima is a real estate agent and home ‘stager’ for real estate sales. He lives in Oak Hill, Pawtucket and finds this all confusing)! Paul Moura - “All East Providence. I view Rumford where I live as a section of the city same as Fox Point was when I lived in Providence.” Gail Duarte - “Well, Legally, it is one city w/ 3 zip codes. However, if you’ve lived here a long time, you recognize that each of the major sections seems to have a personality of their own and people are very loyal to the place they grew up. For example, I grew up in the center of the city (the neighbors called it Brightridge, the developer called it Veterans’ Park). I recently moved to Riverside - people asked if I would know anyone there? Like I was moving to another state. A former Riverside teacher friend tells the story of a time the class was discussing holidays. She asked one student how he celebrated. His reply? “We go out of town. My grandmother lives in Rumford!” Dorothy Gerstenlauer - “I have ‘Our Heritage, EP History’ in my home library. My understanding is that EP is the city. Rumford, Riverside, etc. are villages with separate zip codes, but all part of the whole. Is there not only one city hall? Is there not only one city

January 2014 The Reporter council with members elected from districts 1,2,3, and 4?” (Author’s note: Dorothy is a former EP school board member now living in Virginia). Heather Vine - “It’s all just sections of East Providence, one larger city with 3 zip codes and areas. Similar to Pawtucket which has Fairlawn, Woodlawn, Darlington, Countryside, and more? I’m not sure. I grew up in the middle of EP, Central area, moved to Quality Hill area of Pawtucket for 1 year, back to Central EP, then to Riverside... Which could be broken down even further to The Terrace. It’s all East Providence and I’ve always been a Townie!” Patti Streit - “I’ve always thought of the identification with Riverside or Rumford as a positive - makes the City more town-like.... as was said in a previous post - some individuality. That being said - it’s the sum of it all that makes everyone Townies.” And so your comments kept coming! We appreciate that. Some, like our next quote from Rita, will not use East Providence as a mailing address due to postal error: Rita Falaguerra - “I started using Riverside when the post office went to the 4 digit extensions and my address went to Providence, RI 02905(Not East Providence 02915) It took a huge amount of work to get my IRS refund and the Post office to change my address. Plus they sell the lists so, at that time, i never got my apex statement, another huge problem, it was a total nightmare! since then I have used Riverside and by doing so I have not had any more problems.....I have to get my credit reports fixed too because apex never called the number on records to see if we had actually moved. Had they done that the situation would have been corrected a lot sooner. a real nightmare!! Sandy Viveiros-Medeiros - “I have to be honest here I always say I am from Riverside, and I do feel that there is a separation...I think the only time all 3 parts come together is when we are in high school. When you live in Riverside, Rumford seems far away...But I do believe we are all townies whether you come from Riverside, Rumford or East Providence...” Valerie Perry - “I get a big kick out of obituaries that have one family member living in Riverside, one in Rumford, and another in East Providence. Wonder if they are able to get together for the holidays!” Patricia Cabral McKinnon - “Don’t like to admit it but....Rumford & Riverside were different. I thought going to Crescent Park was so far away (maybe another town). Keith Gonsalves - “It is a RI (New England ) thing we take ownership of where we live, and that we are the only ones who know what is needed in our world, Our small town thoughts keeps the state in the shape it is in, I say consolidation is needed. Do we need 30 plus cities and towns in RI, but we do love our little place in the world. People are proud and protective of where they live, special names for the little piece of the world that is better than everywhere else, Their home” Mary Medeiros - “It really bothers me too! Once I had a person on the phone tell me that I didn’t know where I lived!!” Bruce Zarembka - “I know what you mean.... (Mary) it drives me crazy. We are all from East Providence!” Lenny Butler - “Bob, your solicitation of stories relative to E.P. neighborhoods struck a chord. For me, as a child growing up on Central Avenue, the Central Avenue playground meant the world to me. In the early 60s when we moved there, rather than a playground, the area was nothing more than a wooded spot. I recall picking wild blackberries in there and kids from Blanding Avenue had built clubhouses or forts. Once the playground was established and as I grew older, the basketball courts became my second home. Speaking to the sectional issue you raise, I remember how we considered the basketball teams from Glenlyon, Hull St., Pierce Field, Sabin Point etc., to be rivals and we took pride in beating them. A funny story: I remember one summer Bill Maaia was our counselor/coach. He had us doing shuffle drills on the “steaming hot” pavement. My Mom bought my sneakers at Zayre


and they weren’t the best. I remember literally wearing out a pair of sneakers in two weeks thanks to Bill! I have fond memories of my childhood and the Central Avenue playground is a huge part of those memories. Thanks for the opportunity to voice this. Just another thought...I lived on Central Avenue from age 6 to 23, so call it 18 years. I have now lived in Riverside for 29 years. I remember being at Central Jr. High and seeing a sign made by a cheerleader imploring the Blue devils to beat the “clam diggers”. I had never heard the term used before. So I guess I have been a clam digger for 29 years. Also, there is a development west of Tripps Lane called Kent Gardens.” (Author’s note: Lenny, as Bill Maaia is a successful attorney now, I think he should buy you a pair of sneakers!). Suzanne Senteio - “I Never heard of Kent Gardens? I thought Riverside Started At Village Green Apartments, bc I used to live there and my zip code 02915.” Peter Covill - “I ‘m from Riverside, feel a little connection to EP but no connection to Rumford.” Joe Broadmeadow - “Bob, way back in 1978 when I was a brand new patrolman working Riverside. Once one of the more thoughtful arrestees asked me, quite seriously, “Hey, why do you East Providence Pigs come down here anyway.” Not only was Riverside a different city, some considered it a different country!” (ouch!). Suzanne Senteio - “To me it is all East Providence. I think they call Rumford that part of EP because of Rumford Baking Powder Co. Is it still there? Where is Phillipsdale?” Michael Perry - “EP is all one as far as I’m concerned.” Vince Sylvia - “I consider them separate.” Sherri Owens - “all EP but absolutely 3 sections. Riverside, Ep and Rumford (at least when we were growing up and in school) there are 3 zip codes.” Dave Robberson - “What about Phillipsdale? 02915 = Riverside; 02916 = Rumford. What’s the 3rd and what does it cover??” Claudia Orabone - “Separate towns to me in the city of east prov.” Michael Perry - “Phillipsdale is on Noyes Ave from Bourne Ave. Watchamoket is Lower Warren Ave where the 133 club & Comedy Connnection are located. Riverside starts from Pawtucket Ave and Wampanoag Trail. Rumford starts from N Broadway and Roger Williams Ave meet.” Barbara Harnett Owen - “They’re three sections of the city of EP. I grew up in Boyden Heights, a neighborhood in Riverside. But when I’m asked where I’m from, I say East Providence.” continued on next page...

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Cyndy Spencer Audette - “My Dad grew up on Woodward Ave., and he said that area of EP was called “Suttonville”. Don’t know how many streets it included.” Donna Gablinske - “Very interesting details here. I was only aware of the three sections with zip code. Also, Kent Heights area which is in Riverside zip code. All East Providence with 3 sections, really 4 if you include Kent Heights. In the end we were Townies.” Elizabeth Melo Lindell - “I agree 3 sections of the same city all EP; more like neighborhood designations not towns since they all share the same government. I don’t think they aren’t managed or financed differently (i could be wrong).” Scott Lewis - “EP is all one. The state of RI only considers it EP. https://www.ri.” Bill Fontes - “It is definitely all one city with one government, one police force, one high school, etc. I just remember sections called Rumford and Riverside, and then “everything else” that was just referred to as “central EP”. For instance, when I played little league at Pierce Field it was, and still is, called East Providence Central Little League. You think that’s confusing, now I live in Cranston which has way more than 3 “sections” each with it’s own provincial name.” Charles Marcus - “I always thought Rumford began or ended

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[West Greenwich] The twenty second annual Rhode Island Men’s Gathering will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus February 21-23, 2014. The weekend is slated as a winter get-away for men from different walks of life to gather in a safe, supportive and trusting environment, to relax and explore men’s issues. The entire weekend is drug and alcohol free. An offshoot of the national men’s movement, the gathering will offer group activities, participant-led workshops and recreational opportunities in a relaxing atmosphere. The gathering will include workshop topics such as Listening Skills, Balancing Work and Family, Men’s Health, Friendship and Trust, Crafts, Tai Chi and Cooking. Various other group-building and trust activities, drumming sessions, an afternoon hike and a talent show are included. According to Arthur Snow, one of the weekend’s organizers, a significant benefit of the weekend is connecting with other men of different ages and backgrounds, and a sense of community; and of course to enjoy the woodlands of central Rhode Island in a laid back, easy going atmosphere. The weekend is facilitated and organized by a committee of participants. The Gathering will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Environmental Education Center at the W. Alton Jones Campus. The 2,300 acre campus offers a quiet setting of forests, ponds, fields and

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In conjunction with the annual observance of CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK, Jan. 26-31, “OPEN HOUSE” will be held at St. Margaret School, Rumford, Sunday, Jan. 26th, 1pm to 4pm. Certified by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, St. Margaret’s School, founded in 1955, enjoys widespread recognition for providing a strong Catholic education in a caring, Christ-centered environment. The school community, with the support of family and parish, encourages spiritual growth, academic achievement and social responsibility. Known for giving its students the opportunity to develop their individual gifts and talents that enable them to confidently face the future, St. Margaret’s School annually attracts students from the greater East Bay, Blackstone Valley and Southeastern Massachusetts. Mr. Jack Rezendes, principal, and the distinguished faculty and support staff are proud during this OPEN HOUSE to introduce the newly installed, technologically advanced Team Boards and computer projectors in every classroom, which enable increased interaction among students and teachers in every field of academic study. Registration for the 2014-2015 school year, from pre-K through grade 8 will be available during the Open House. Before and after school programs are also available. Financial tuition assistance is available to qualified households from the St. Margaret School permanent endowment fund and from several diocesan Catholic education funds to enable all children to attend this quality Catholic school.

Riverside Congregational Church

The Riverside Congregational Church welcomed its new minister on January 5. There will be a free luncheon on January 25 from 11:00AM to 3PM. The luncheon is open for all.

January 2014 Newspaper Program Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish Seniors


The seniors from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish of Seekonk will meet at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at the parish center, 365 Central Ave., Seekonk. For information on events or trips contact Claire at 508-226-7163. Jan. 7 – NO MEETING IN JANUARY due to renovations at the Parish Center Feb. 4 – Bring your own Brown Bag Luncheon - 12 noon Horse Racing with Leo Beland in charge. Don’t forget ‘Bears on Board’ for the Seekonk Fire & Police Dept. collection to be given to injured people & children in time of stressful accidents. Red Hat Movie date will be announced. Dessert & Coffee at Gregg’s Restaurant. Mar. 4 – St. Patrick’s Luncheon – Corn Beef & Cabbage. Bingo & cards to follow. Red Hat - ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ luncheon date to be determined in March. continued on next page...

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Apr. 1 – OLQM Seniors Pizza Party and Nursing Home Shower Apr. 5 - Red Hat – Debbie Reynolds Live in Concert @ Mohegan Sun Casino. Contact Claire or Terry for pricing. Coming up: RH Show at Newport Playhouse. May 6 – May Breakfast. Mass at 9:00 am Breakfast Buffet at 10:00 am (right After mass) Bingo & Cards to follow. Bring your dabbers May 22 – North Shore Acappella @ Luciano’s Lake Pearl, Wrentham. Meal choice: Roast Pork Loin or Baked Haddock Jun. 3 – OLQM Seniors June BBQ Luncheon - Information: TBA

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and Book Nook

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and Book Nook is now open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, and on the first Saturday of each month it is open from 10 am to 3 pm. St. Mary’s is located at 81 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914 (401) 434-7456

Ri Philharmonic Brings Beethoven’s Second On January 18

World Renowned Pianist Jean-Philippe Collard Debuts, With Ravel’s Left Hand Piano Concerto

December 27, 2013 – East Providence, RI ‐ With Music Director LARRY RACHLEFF at the podium, the RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA will greet the new year with stunning nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, featuring BEETHOVEN’S triumphant SECOND SYMPHONY. Capping the Philharmonic’s stellar cycle of Beethoven symphonies, the concert takes place Saturday January 18 at 8:00pm at The Vets in Providence. Pianist JEAN-PHILIPPE COLLARD will make his Philharmonic debut with RAVEL’S PIANO CONCERTO FOR THE LEFT HAND and the orchestra will perform HINDEMITH’S MATHIS DER MALER. The concert is sponsored by The Carter Family Charitable Trust. WPRO News Talk 630 is the media sponsor. Tickets (starting at $15) are available at, by phone at 401.248.7000, and inperson at the RIPO box office, 667 Waterman Ave., E. Providence. An Open Rehearsal will take place Friday January 17 at 5:30pm at The Vets. “We close our Beethoven symphony cycle with his Second,” said Larry Rachleff, music director. “It might not be one with which you’re familiar, but it’s vintage Beethoven and shows why he is the ultimate symphonist. It’s a triumphant, dramatic work, in some ways preparing the ear for the colossal Ninth symphony, with some of the same motives.” Rachleff continued: “Also on the program is Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony, extracted from his opera inspired by the paintings of Matthias Grunewald. It’s an important statement from Hindemith, an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime. He became a professor at Yale after emigrating to the United States during the Another way to save... Second World War. This piece is classic 10% OFF Any Service Hindemith, with glorious hymn-like brass, •$10 OFF Service 15% OFF Any 2 Services aggressive percussion, scherzi fugato in the over $100 20% OFF Any 3 Services strings… a combination of American jazz •$20 OFF Service and the deep soul of his native Germany in Choose From: • Brake Fluid svc over $200 the 1920s and ‘30s.” Rachleff concluded: • Fuel/Air induction svc • Power Steering svc “Between these two pieces is the Left Hand •$50 OFF Service • Transmission svc • Coolant System svc Piano Concerto of Maurice Ravel, and • Drive Line svc • Lube, Oil & Filter over $500 we’ve invited Jean-Philippe Collard for his Expires 1/31/14. Valid only at CDJR. Cannot be Expires 1/31/14. Valid only at CDJR. Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous combined with other offers or applied to previous first visit with us. His recording of this piece services. Must present coupon at time write up. services. Must present coupon at time write up. has won many awards. Britten, Prokofiev, Ravel and others composed pieces for Factory Authorized to Sell & Service ALL Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Vehicles Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein after he lost his arm in the First World War. Ravel’s concerto brings out such dark qualities, with a huge orchestra and big band jazz sounds. I’ve been blessed to bring you the piece twice before, with the late great John Browning and Leon Fleischer, and now with the Frenchman Jean-Philippe Collard. What a great program this is!”



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               

  


    

   

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Club News & Announcements Rumford Lions Deliver Christmas Food Baskets

On Thursday, December 19th, members of the Rumford Lions delivered groceries to sixteen families throughout East Providence. Along with a ham each delivery contained all the trimmings to complete their Christmas meal. Extra items that will provide the families with a few more meals after Christmas were also included. The Lions have run this program for several decades and many of the food items are donated by our members. However we could not service as many families nor with as extensive a grocery list without the support that our fund raising events receive from the people and businesses in our community. Next time you see members of the Lions selling chowder & clam cakes at the East Providence Heritage Days Festival, Christmas ornaments, raffle tickets, sponsoring a ham & bean supper, the Rumford Lions Scott Gorham Road Race & Family Fun Walk, please consider providing your support in order to enable the Lions to continue their good works. If you would like to become part of an organization dedicated to serving the people of the community and at the same time enjoy the fun and camaraderie of a great group please consider the Rumford Lions. Although our name says Rumford we serve all of East Providence and the surrounding area. Membership is open to all. Our current membership includes people from all parts of East Providence, and other Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts communities. We meet the 4th Thursday of every month (September through June) 7:30 PM at Pinelli’s Restaurant on North Broadway, feel free to drop by or for more information you may contact us at .

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Providence, RI- General Treasurer Gina Raimondo recently visited the East Providence Rotary Club to meet members at the weekly meeting and answer questions about Treasury’s efforts to engage the community in financial literacy. “I am proud to meet with civic leaders and community members to share how Treasury is helping Rhode Islanders,” said Raimondo. “Our state is trying to grow, and programs such as EverFi, the Financial Coaching Corps, and alternative payday lending are making Rhode Island stronger.”

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People in the News Mayor James Briden - Thoughts on 2013 By Bob Rodericks

Mayor James Briden: In an end of year conversation with East Providence Ward One Councilman, James Briden, The Mayor says “2013 was a good year for East Providence.” The soft-spoken councilman has the ceremonial title of “Mayor” and prefers a low key approach to governance. By charter, the five elected members of the city council elect one of their own to preside over meetings and be a spokesperson for the council. The title of Mayor goes with the duty. Past “Mayors” have used the ceremonial title almost as if they were a full time elected Mayor like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, etc. Some in the past would so fervently covert the job as Mayor that they would “trade” city appointments to peers on the council in exchange for a vote as Mayor. Others opted to give away the Mayor’s vote in lieu of appointments as city lawyers, judges, zoning members, etc. James Briden seems content to sit back, away from the limelight and preside softly at council meetings. Yet he speaks his mind when needed as his recent sole dissenting vote to suspend a search for a new permanent city manager. “This The City Council has worked well together over the past year. We have prioritized so as to devote more time to important issues, promoted an environment of civility and professionalism, and been able to disagree on issues while maintaining the ability to work collaboratively on other matters. Briden was especially proud in how he sees the city climbing out of bond rating difficulty since the city was essentially taken over by the state budget commission: “This good working relationship (council members) was best exemplified in October during the budget process. The Council remained true to the five year plan and highlights of the 2013-2014 East Providence budget included freezing the phasing out of the Homestead Exemption and Early Pay Incentive, cutting approximately 900k in expenditures, reducing the proposed tax rate increase to .75 (below the 1% proposed in the 5 year plan) and setting aside approximately $3.7M for the future tax year alignment synchronization bond,” he said. “During this same period, Standard & Poor’s increased our City’s bond rating five levels higher from ‘BB+’ to ‘A’. This means that the City of East Providence now has an investment grade credit rating. We have achieved these important objectives and in September the State of Rhode Island officially made this determination of fiscal stability for East Providence,” Briden points out. Briden also was proud of the city’s work in winning the $60M Google settlement and how that was managed. “Some $49M was allocated to our police pension liability.” The Mayor also pointed to several other key headlines for 2013: “The opening of Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Rumford, completion of Tockwotton on the Waterfront which was a $52.3M project and truly a paradigm addressing the needs of our seniors, Kettle Point Development approval which will represent approximately $75M of investment in East Providence, CME Energy’s construction of the solar electric field at the former Forbes Street landfill, Dorm-to-Apartment conversion project on Taunton Avenue which will create 75 units, Eaton Aerospace which has created approximately 200 high paying manufacturing jobs and invested millions of dollars in upgrading a long vacant factory space to a state of the art facility, and the approval of the site and plans for the future construction of an East Providence Community & Teachers Credit Union branch.” Briden continued in his statement”: “It is no wonder that the Providence Business News featured a series on the East Providence Waterfront which included an article entitled “City Seen As Model For Permitting”.

Most recently, the Council enacted significant changes to the City’s Tax Stabilization Ordinance which will serve as a catalyst for even more capital investment in the future.” Yet the Mayor acknowledges the need to keep the city council working hard in the new year. “Notwithstanding the very important issues that the City Council must work on in 2014, East Providence residents can take pause and feel proud of the great accomplishments of the past year.” Other Officials Comment: Joel Monteiro, School Committee Chairman: Monteiro and the school board have faced a number of key issues relating to a school system with many staff turnovers and many infrastructure problems. “Well, the completely new School Committee voted in place by the residents of East Providence has completed a very busy first year. I think it’s safe to say that we were immediately faced with more critical issues than the average School Committee faces in multiple terms. Right out of the gate, we walked into an administration being run by a very loyal interim superintendent, Dr. John DeGoes, with a Budget Commission very much entwined in our every action. Our first task was to carry out a state directive to close one of our elementary schools (Oldham).” Although public hearings were held and many people wanted Oldham to remain open, Monteiro and the committee were facing a directive from the state department of education and the budget commission to close down Oldham school in Riverside. “Our first task was to carry out a state directive to close one of our elementary schools. As difficult as this was, the process showed just how strong our community is, as we refused to be victims, but instead, manage the transition to deliver a nice new home for our Oldham students and families. A generous corporate donation from a local business topped it off very nicely.” “We then hired a new superintendent, Kim Mercer. She staffed her administration, and for the first time in a while we have a fully staffed team. Their goals, among many, have been to bring our district up to date on curriculum and other standards, in all departments, to ensure we are delivering the best possible education to ALL of our students. Our teachers and building administrators have been a very big part of this process. It has been very challenging, but the progress is refreshing,” stated Monteiro. He was hopeful that the high school pool could reopen but noted that the school gym was rejuvenated by a school alumnus. “While we closed the continued on next page...




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pool our community, with the direction of John Carnevale (2000 EP Grad) and D’Amour Step (volunteer organization) brought the great City of East Providence together to raise the funds to completely renovate the gymnasium. When you walk into that gym, you can’t help but feel that Townie Pride. We have a new softball field thanks to Mr. (Rob) Traverse and all those that rallied around him for that cause, and we are currently working to build a lacrosse field. Stay tuned for more ideas for the track, and other items.” EPHS accreditation issues: “As we start 2014, we will carry over one large item over from 2013…. East Providence High School. In 2008 NEASC provided a list of improvements that needed to be done to the facility. As those demands were not met, it resulted in our high school being placed on probation for accreditation. Our administration and School Committee has been committed to addressing this issue, and will continue to work to meet the demands of NEASC. It will take a community effort, but we’ve shown we are up to the challenge,” said the chairman. Tim Conley, School Committee Ward Four: “I would consider last year’s highlights to include - Hiring of Superintendent Mercer, rebuilding of the central administration, the budget process has significantly improved and was streamlined. The committee also made improvements to special education, improvement and investments made in Oldham School, return of Middle School Sports, budget resources invested in technology and textbooks, improved NECAP Scores throughout the city highlighted by the improvement at Hennessey and East Providence High School,” offered Conley. Conley also spoke about the structural needs of the department. “Obviously, the infrastructure needs to the School Department are our greatest challenges. Other priorities include implement of the Common Core and beginning of the preparations for PARC. My primary priority is the development of a facilities/infrastructure plan that ensures the long term growth/prosperity for the high school,” added Conley who is in his first term on the school committee. Tracy Capobianco, City Council-At-Large: Capobianco acknowledged that “I certainly have some of the same concerns of my fellow council members. Let me add that I have always been proud to be a resident of East Providence and this past year proud to have served my community as Councilwoman. It has been a pleasure to work with my fellow Council members. The current Council has demonstrated the ability to work cooperatively and effectively. I believe that with this council working so well together, that things are really looking up! I couldn’t be happier with the progress so far,” said the Capobianco statement. She, too, is in her first term representing East Providence as the at-large councilperson. Chrissy Rossi, Ward Four City Council: “My top 3 priorities for next year are A BALANCED BUDGET, PROPER FUNDING OF EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT! Happy New Year!!!!” said the perky Rossi statement. Rossi has also been active in Crescent Park Carousel renovations and activities this past

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year. “I am loving the positive momentum in this city right now! Recently the kids of EP have done some pretty great stuff! I am constantly impressed by their willingness and drive to succeed. They (EPHS Career Center students) unveiled a scale model of City Hall, catered pastry for public celebrations, played music and sang at the State House, took third place in a National Cheerleading Competition and that’s just to name a few. Let’s keep it moving forward!” Rossi, formerly served on the school committee and is a first term council member. Helder Cunha, Ward Two City Council: Councilman Cunha also referred to the city’s improvements after working with the former budget commission. “With city finances back in our hands, the council worked together to lead East Providence towards a more fiscally responsible future. We placed a freeze on the homestead exemption and early pay incentive phase outs, reduced the proposed tax increase of 1% to.75%, and trimmed down our expenses by $900,000. In addition, thanks to the $60 million Google settlement, our city’s police pension fund received an influx of $49 million, placing it on a sustainable path that has led our bond rating to be upgraded from ‘BB+’ to ‘A’. Taxpayers deserve quality city services at the lowest possible price. That’s why early on in my time holding office, I proposed the idea of the “Quality of life” line, so that residents may have their issues addressed as soon as possible. Residents should always feel free to contact me as well with any questions or concerns at (401)-285-1504 or Moving into the new year, my top priorities include fostering economic development, making our city services more efficient and improving our schools. We as a council must work to promote a more business-friendly climate. The council has made steps toward this goal with changes made to the tax stabilization ordinance that will offer incentives to investors who were previously ineligible. Most importantly, we have worked to bring confidence back in our city. The future does look bright with the Waterfront district as multimillion dollar companies and projects such as Eaton Aerospace and Tockwotten on the Waterfront are up and running, which have created hundreds of jobs in East Providence. I have began discussions with the rest of the council and other city officials on moving all streetlights, city buildings, parks, and schools to adopt more energy efficient lighting that will reduce costs. I will continue to push for these changes in upcoming meetings. Lastly, good schools equal a healthy city. Working alongside the school committee, we must find real and long lasting solutions that tackle the problems that are school buildings currently face,” concluded Cunha’s review of 2013 and look to the New Year. Cunha is a first term councilman. (The Reporter had some success in reaching other elected officials, but the holiday season made it difficult to hear from many. and future articles will feature more comments from others).

Martha Bodell of Rumford Named to Honor Roll

Waltham, MA - Martha Bodell, from the class of 2015 at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School has been named to the honor roll for the fall 2013 trimester. Martha received honors, which requires a grade point average of 3.0 or above for the marking period. Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is a coeducational day and boarding school located near Boston in Waltham, MA. Grounded in 180 years of history, CH-CH remains dedicated to teaching the way students learn. Students in grades 9-12 thrive in a college-preparatory curriculum where they find small class sizes, academic challenges and a multiple intelligences approach to teaching and learning. Visit Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School online at

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Weichert, Realtors® - Tirrell Realty Welcomes Two Additional Agents To Sales Team

WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Tirrell Realty in Riverside has announced that Realtors Lee Adler and John Overy have joined the agency sales team. A 35-year resident of the area, Adler will assist property buyers and sellers in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. He is a member of the Greater Providence Board of REALTORS® and lives in Seekonk, Mass. With a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Northpoint Bible College in Haverhill, Mass., Adler is an ordained minister within the North Providence Assembly of God. His background includes medical equipment technician for hospice patients and the United States Census Bureau, in addition to sales and food service.

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Area Residents Named To Honor Roll at the Providence Country Day School

East Providence, RI — The Providence Country Day School has recognized the following students for first trimester scholarship and achievement. From Rumford: High Honors: Moira Anderson ‘15 Honors: Beibhinn Anderson ‘16, Patrick Brennan ‘16, Illianna Britto ‘20, Isabel Britto ‘16, Isaiah Britto ‘19, Andrew Chiariello ‘19, Callan McCarthy ‘14, Joe McNamara, Jr. ‘16, Alexander Moubayed ‘20 Paul Moura ‘20 From East Providence: High Honors: John Shamgochian ‘17 From Riverside: High Honors: Elliott Trendell ‘20 Honors: Sean Feeney ‘17, Rafi Wolfson ‘15 The Providence Country Day School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12. The diverse student population draws from more than 45 communities throughout Southeastern New England. The school’s educational program balances rigorous academics, visual and performing arts, and competitive athletics. The mission and values are upheld by a faculty distinguished by academic excellence and deep personal commitment.

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Born and raised in East Providence, Overy attended the University of Rhode Island. Now a resident of Seekonk, he will serve clients in East Bay and surrounding vicinities. Prior to real estate he was a territory sales representative for a Fortune 500 company. “To accommodate the upswing in the real estate market, we continue to attract both realtors and clients with the Weichert advantages,” said Phil Tirrell, broker/owner. John Overy WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Tirrell Realty is located at 431 Willett Avenue in Riverside, Telephone 401-437-2030. The Web address is Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. (WREA), the franchise division of Weichert, Realtors®, announced its first affiliate in 2002 and by 2005 was identified by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the fastest growing U.S. franchises. The publication ranked WREA #2 among all other competitors in its 2013 Franchise 500. Currently, affiliates serve some 240 markets in 37 states. One-stop shopping, relocation outreach, top Internet presence, agent training and leads direct to agents contribute to the Weichert reputation. Grandfather and grandsons Ryan Walsh 14, class of 2017, Oscar Stone 65, class of 1966 and Michael Walsh 16, class of 2015. The trio participated in the Penguin Plunge swim on News Years Day at Wheeler Beach.

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Gunshot Sounds and Deer in Riverside?

Deer Sightings and Gun Shots Have Many in Riverside Buzzing

By Bob Rodericks sightings and areas near the waterfront sections. “What’s with all the gun shots near the landfill on Forbes Street? I am concerned because of the middle school and houses in the area,” said an obviously worried neighbor. “I always hear the gunshots from the cove-bike path direction,” said another blogger. While people began to speculate about deer hunting or an area gun club nestled off Forbes Street, it did seem evident that it may be the sound of duck hunting, which is legal with certain restrictions. But many in Riverside had some doubts and strong opinions: “I hear it all the time, always hoping it’s duck.

Social media - the grapevine of the day - has dozens of Riverside residents clamoring for answers. “My son saw 8 of them at the corner of Burnside & Meadowcreast two nights ago. I saw 6 on Primrose Drive last year. I’ve also seen them at the end of Willett on the Barrington line a couple of times,” said one post. “I hit a small one on the Trail once. Found myself driving alongside one running by the Bank of America call center on Pawtucket Ave, and saw one crossing the road by Bay View. They are apparently everywhere,” said yet another blogger. These locals are referring to deer. Close to 200 residents have been blogging and using outlets like facebook to talk about it. “Deer in Riverside. When did this happen? And has anyone ever seen a pointed Buck? I have seen a bunch of them over the last few years. Anyone have an idea about their population figures?” And so it goes, on and on. It appears that although Deer can be spotted occasionally in any city or town, there may be scores - maybe more - carousing around the Forbes Street area of Riverside, within the Mobil property and city landfill. Cars can be seen parking along Forbes Street waiting for a deer sighting. They don’t have to wait too long. “I Just saw about twelve of them while I was on my walk on Forbes St.,” said one woman. “There were five in my parents back yard the other day.” Still, there are some who haven’t seen many deer in the area. “I’ve never seen a deer in Riverside but I do know there are lot’s on the Mobil property off of Forbes street. I’ve seen a coyote on the corner of Willett Ave. and Forbes St.,” offered one post. “I saw a lady with a bag of chips feeding deer on Forbes today...that is one problem that perpetuates the issue!” Some people were very specific about their observances. “While driving down Forbes St. a deer came into the road ahead of I got closer it charged my car...I tried to throw it in reverse...a car came up behind me flashing lights and it ran off...a second deer came out and followed the first....blew my mind....had the first not stopped ..I surely would’ve hit the second!” Some held conversations about the potential need to “thin” the herd of deer being seen. “Do they allow hunting in Riverside? The deer population will continue to grow if there’s no hunting.” “Need to cull!” said one blunt response. “We have seen them in Sabin Pt. also, Coyote, Foxes & Fisher Cats,” said a resident not close to Forbes Street. Most social networkers seemed content to enjoy the deer sightings. “I actually love seeing the cars pulled over on Forbes to watch the deer. Think it’s great that people take time from their busy days to enjoy nature.” “I’ve seen Coyotes crossing Forbes Street and going into the dump (landfill). Also saw such a huge pointed Buck that was so big it looked like a Moose in the headlights crossing in the same spot.” City council member Chrissy Rossi also chimed in a few times during the many comments being made. “People slam on their brakes and make a 90 degree turn to the side of the road to look at the deer behind the Mobil It’s like our own Roger Williams Zoo,” Rossi laughed. “I saw 4 does and a yearling tonight on Forbes St by the fence where the Mobil facility is. I saw a buck earlier this year in the same spot. He had several does and a yearling with him. It’s such a thrill every time I see them there!” said this nature lover. “I have them in my yard all the time, little ones and big ones. Just ride by Forbes St. and look across from Hospital Road and everyday there is always at least a couple right there at the fence,” said another appreciative neighbor. And yet, one hunter - presumably from Maine - said this, “I’ll mail all of you a cook book from Maine.” And what of the gunshots mentioned earlier in this story? Almost the same number of people have been posting often about hearing “loud gunshots” around Riverside. Between Christmas and New Years Day, many have reported hearing the sounds of shotgun fire. Most reports were in the same Forbes Street area as the deer

Lori McShane Prew of Riverside photographed this deer looking through her window.

This deer poses for a picture, whicle strolling down Forbes street. Hunters and not...” “Heard them last evening and this morning, again...we must be living in a shooting range.” “Sounded like someone at Leonardo farm or the dump. All the deer that is out there is very tempting to hunters I think. I know they are not duck hunting.” “We’ve heard the shots for days!!! We are off of Forbes St close to Willett... We thought duck hunting?” And the concern kept coming with some ready to call the police. “I was just outside, I did hear shots, sounds like a 22. Definitely coming from the dump or Leonardo (farm).” “Call the police, a 22 cal will travel a mile,” advised one resident. “Could it be the gun club off Hospital Rd?” asked one neighbor. The Massasoit Gun Club, Inc, is located at 21 Abraham Road which is tucked off Forbes Street. The gun club lists itself as a 501c organization. Its’ listed purpose on their web site is: “the encouragement of organized rifle and pistol shooting among citizens of the United States resident in our community, with a view toward a better continued next page...


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knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further object and purpose to forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true patriotism”. We spoke with club Executive Committee member, Joseph Post, who confirmed that the club only allows shooting in its indoor range and not outdoors. “No deer hunting occurs here. In fact, while I like to shoot guns, I am not one to shoot a deer. I would rather take their picture!” said Post. Post also said that he has seen an increased number of deer in the area lately. Many neighbors suggested that the police be called. “Why don’t you call police. Maybe you will get answers. They must have had many calls,” said one person echoing the comment of many. “Just drove by the dump...police are there now...,” claimed another. A police contact told us that the department wasn’t getting many inquiries. “I would know if we were hearing from residents,” said our contact. “I’m in Boyden Heights,” said one person not living near Forbes Street. “The shooting wakes me up every morning. I believe it’s duck hunting near Squantum woods.” Another place where duck hunting shots are loudly heard yearly, is the Terrace, past Crescent Park. Many theorize that since the bike path was completed, many deer swim from Prudence and Hog islands which have heavy deer populations. The deer come ashore near the bike path in Bristol and many make the trek north and scatter in the woods around Forbes street and the Mobil property as well as the city landfill. So on and on the comments continued through the New Year. Duck hunting is prevalent in some areas and at certain times and that may be what this is all about. But some in Riverside will tell you that they think more is involved here. As far as the Riverside deer - well this reporter drove by Forbes Street and also saw the deer. I also saw a lone deer, with a glowing red nose, approach a group of deer and they all flew away together into the sky.

SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS Sports Roundup By Bob Rodericks

$5,000 Middle School Grant

EP Middle School Sports receives $5,000 legislative grant from State Representative Joy Hearn, District 66. “You and your organization are to be commended,” said the letter from Hearn to Jessica Beauchaine, President of ‘Project 106, in announcing the grant. “Your focus on keeping middle school sports in East Providence is to be applauded,” wrote Hearn. “It is important for students to feel involved in their schools and a vibrant sports program can go a long way toward that goal,” Hearn added. This grant, along with the fund raising effort of a couple of groups in the city, have kept middle school sports alive this year. Beauchaine has released an end of year update: “With 2014 quickly approaching, I would like to take this moment to update the community on our continuous progress within the schools. As many of you know middle school sports were reinstated back on November 1st. However, this fall both middle schools were able to compete in interscholastic cross country with the help from Project 106 and the community tax fund. Since then, Project 106 has bought new uniforms for both basketball and wrestling teams. We have also purchased new basketballs for our teams. We are continuing to work with the athletic director & Superintendent to help support sports programs within East Providence. Thank you to the many supporters and contributors that had made Project 106 so successful this year. We are excited and motivated to continue our forward progress in 2014. We have come a long way... so proud of the work we have done and continue to do! What a way to end 2013. Watch out 2014, we have made our mark and are continuing our strides. Thank you Representative Joy Hearn. Project 106 is extremely grateful and so are the kids of East Providence. You have always been a great supporter of us and we appreciate it. At this time we are continuing to do our seasonal fundraising with offering individual sports teams with sweatshirts and pants. We are planning to purchase new uniforms for track teams. We were told they are in pretty bad shape. Also the cheer team has asked us to help with competition fees. Project 106 is a non profit 501(c)3 community effort to keep middle school children involved in school-based athletic programs at E.R. Martin and Riverside Middle Schools. The EP Middle School Athletics Booster Club is another volunteer group formed to help maintain athletic programs at Martin and Riverside middle schools.

EPHS Girls Basketball

Townies Lose to Panthers in Home Opener 59-50 and have struggled to an early 0-5 record. “Our home debut was spoiled by the visiting Panthers in what turned out to be an exciting contest and an early test for the team,” said Head Coach Mike Solittro. The game featured seven lead changes, three ties, and both teams hitting big shots at big times. The team trailed by five 26-21 at the break and knotted the score at 31 early in the second. The Townies took a 45-40 lead with eight to go, but made key mistakes in a two minute span that allowed the visitors to take the lead for keeps. “Still the team should be very excited with their effort over Johnston as we battled for thirty-two minutes against a very solid and experienced Johnston squad,” said Solittro. The team was paced by sophomore point guard Angela Leonardo who led the Townies with a career high 21 points and 4 steals. Freshman forward Julia Andrade shook off some early foul trouble and chipped in 12 points, with eight coming at the start of the second half. Shantel Hall continued her aggressive play underneath, while Junior classmate Marina Ramos came off the bench and grabbed 9 boards for the Townies. The JV team fought hard before dropping their 24-21 decision. “A special thanks goes out to everyone who bought a ticket for this year’s Holiday Gift Basket. This year’s winner was Lori Kiley-Garcia. Congratulations!” blogged Solittro.

EPHS Wrestling

Deer along Forbes Street.

Townie wrestling is off to a 2-2 start as of this writing. Competing in their own holiday tournament in the high school’s newly refurbished gym, EP defeating Middletown and Chariho while losing to South Kingstown. “We are very, very young this year and I am pleasantly surprised with what I’ve seen our wrestlers achieve so far,” said veteran head coach Tom Galligan.

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Bay View Basketball

Bay View remains at 1-1 with a win over West Warwick (54-46) and a lost to (undefeated Rogers (45-27).

EPHS Boys Basketball

The Townie basketball team has December wins over Tiverton (59-45) and Ponagansett. They opened their Holiday Tourney with a win Over Ponaganset, 82-57. After struggling to make shots over the last two games, the Townies broke out against the Chieftains. The backcourt duo of Charlie Brown and Brandon Rebollo accounted for 47 of EP’s 82 points. “Brown had 30 points for us with 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Rebollo, making his first varsity start, drained 5 first half threes,” said Head Coach Alex Butler. Ep had 51 first half points and never looked back. The team lost to Central (64-52) and to Barrington (62-47) during last month.

EPHS Boys Indoor Track & Field

Shorthanded Townies Remain Undefeated Defeat Central and Mt. Pleasant to start the season. The Boys Indoor Track & Field team remained undefeated in the state’s top division (the Metropolitan Division), and reached 5 wins and 0 losses on the season by defeating Central High School 52-48 and Mt. Pleasant High School 85-15. “The win was impressive for the team since we once again were forced to compete without some of our top athletes due to injury and illness,” said last years RI Coach of the Year, Bob Lyons. The win was doubly impressive for the Townies because for the second week in a row they defeated one of the teams projected as a preseason favorite to win this year’s state title (Central High School). Individual winners for the Townies during the track meet were; Trystan Casey in the Long Jump, Leon Edmonds in the Shot Put and Mike Monagle in the 3000 Meter. The EPHS Girls Indoor track team has a 1-1 record to date with a win over Woonsocket and a loss to North Kingstown.

EPHS Hockey Townies Defeat Spartans/ Narragansett

The Townies Hockey Team improved to 3-2 with a 5-1 win over Ponagansett and a 6-1 win vs the Scituate/Tolman Coop in Smithfield. Junior goalie Marc LaValley had another outstanding performance in net, turning away the first 26 shots he faced before Scituate tallied a late third period goal. Senior captain Josh Letendre scored 3 goals. Junior captain Kyle Marquis and his classmate Jared Estrella added a goal and a pair of assists. Junior Ryan Costa had a

Marc LaValley, EPHS Hockey Goalie having a great season.



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goal and an assist in the contest. Juniors Andrew Gordon and Tyler Maxwell each recorded an assist. Sophomore forwards Brynne Costa and Jacob Crombie both had solid games for the Townies. Goalie Marc LaValley navigated the Townies through tough times as EP beat the Narragansett Mariners 2-1. “Our Junior goaltender Marc LaValley led our Hockey team to a hard fought win. LaValley turned away 41 of the 42 shots he faced as we were outshot 42-13 in the contest,” blogged Townie head coach Kevin Croke. Junior Ryan Costa tallied a hardworking, unassisted, shorthanded goal 2 minutes into the third period and classmate Jared Estrella netted the game winner with under 2 minutes to play as the Townies improved to 3-2 on the season. Junior Ryan Galvao assisted on Estrella’s goal. Senior captain Josh Letendre had a strong game for the Townies and the Gold line of Sophomores Jacob Crombie and Cody DeCastro and Freshman Bubba Maxwell provided key minutes for the Townies. “Despite the victory, we continue to show excessive immaturity and lack of discipline on the ice. For the second consecutive game against one of the division’s top ranked teams the Townies spent over half the game in the penalty box,” continued Coach Croke. For the second time this season the Townies Hockey team fell to the West Warwick/Exeter West Greenwich Coop. “TheKnight/ Wizard squad downed us 3-1 in a penalty marred game. Despite being an upperclassman dominant team I am not satisfied with the maturity level of our team,” said Croke. The Townies were assessed a total of 39 and a half minutes in penalties and rarely skated with a full contingent throughout the contest. “The stellar goaltending of Marc LaValley and the solid play of Sophomores Jacob Crombie and Cody DeCastro and Freshman Bubba Maxwell kept us in the game until the very end,” continued Coach Croke. With the score 2-1 and the goalie pulled for a sixth skater with under a minute to play the Townies won an offensive zone faceoff cleanly, the Townies player ripped a shot which the WW goalie saved but produced a “juicy” rebound which the Townies were unable to get to. WW cleared the puck out of their zone and into the Townies net to account for their margin of victory.

The East Providence Junior Townies Cheerleaders Advance to Florida Finals

The E.P. Junior Townies cheerleaders won Rhode Island and then New England cheer competitions to compete for the National title in Florida in December. It was the first time ever that a local team competed for the National title. The team did well and returned home after finishing number three in the country. “We are very proud of all involved and thank everyone for helping with our effort, including travel expenses, etc.,” said an elated coach, Chris Ricci.

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EP High School Varsity Soccer

On Sunday, December 8th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI several East Providence High School Varsity Soccer Players received awards from the RI Soccer Coaches Association (RISCA). This was a soccer dinner banquet for all the high school varsity soccer players from Rhode Island that won high honors for their accomplishments during their 2013 Fall Soccer Season. All the EP High School varsity soccer players that received awards are as follows: Alex DoRego (pictured) - First Team All Division Team - All Academic Division 1 - Mike Dynon Academic All State Matt Chase (not pictured) – Third Team First Division Ethan Gervais (not pictured) - All Division Honorable Mention East Providence High School Soccer Team won the Sportsmanship Award Alex DoRego.

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Local Runners Capture National Cross Country Championship

On Saturday December 14th top runners from around the country competed in the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in San Antonio, TX. Racing for the Sentinel Striders Running Club out of Smithfield, RI were local runners from across Rhode Island and Massachusetts including several from Seekonk, Rehoboth and East Providence. The Sentinel Striders 11-12 Boys team topped a field of 33 teams to capture the National Championship by a score of 81101 over runner-up Indiana All-Star Running Club. Local runners included Ashton Burnett from Rehoboth, Max and Zach DiMuccio from Seekonk and Reilly Johnston from Riverside. Max DiMuccio finished second for the Striders team and ran the 3,000 meter (1.8 miles) course in a time of 10:29 placing 17th in the field of 391 finishers. Max earned All-American honors by finishing in the top 25 runners. Ashton Burnett was the 5th runner to finish for the Striders placing 51st with a time of 10:53. Reilly Johnston finished in 73rd place with a time of 11:01. Also running for the Striders was Zach DiMuccio. Erin Johnston also of Riverside, placed 73rd in the 11-12 Girls race, as that team finished in 20th place. In the 33 year history of the Sentinel Striders, the club had earned almost every award possible at the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics. They had won 81 New England Championships, brought over 800 runners to National Championships, seen 82 of those runners earn All-American honors, and even had 3 individuals win National titles. But, while there had been 2 teams that finished runner-up and and 11 teams finish 3rd, no Striders team had ever won a National Championship. Until now. After winning 5 team championships at the Region 1 meet in New York last month, the Striders took 67 runners and 10 teams to this year’s National Meet. Over 3,200 runners from across the country came to Texas after qualifying through two weeks of association and regional meets in late November.


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Senior Men’s Tennis Annual Christmas Party at Center Court, East Providence

After a robust tennis session on December 23rd, thirty players gathered in the lounge of Center Court to gorge on pizza, cookies and other assorted goodies. A delicious salad was also available to make us feel less guilty for wolfing down all those calories. The highlight of the event, besides the food, was the presentation of two Hall of Fame awards and two others: the coveted Foot Fault award and the Most Improved player citation. The Hall of Famers were two highly respected and admired men recently deceased: Jim Wordell and Ken Fezza. The Foot Fault award went to Tim Bickford who received it from Chris Bickford (no relation). There must be something about the name Bickford. A foot fault is when you step over the base line when serving. Who will get it next year? The Most Improved Player award went to Dave Harvey, the writer of this news item. See photos at

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SCHOOL NEWS Myron J. Francis (MJF) Elementary School Hat and Mitten Drive

Once again this year Myron J. Francis (MJF) Elementary School in Rumford, RI participated in its annual “Hat and Mitten Drive.” MJF families, students, faculty and staff donated approximately 150 brand new hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, ear-bands, and earmuffs. The Hat and Mitten Drive items were donated to “Project Cover Up,” a program of the RI Donation Exchange Program (RIDEP). RIDEP is a valuable, non-profit provider to more than 85 social services agencies statewide which provide qualified individuals and families in need, including those in homeless and domestic violence shelters, community action programs, rehabilitation programs and community centers. For more information about RIDEP, write RIDEP at 20 River Avenue, Providence, RI 02908, call 401-831-5511, email them at or visit their website www.

Nine Bay View Academy Students Accepted To All-State Orchestra and Chorus

East Providence, RI –Bay View Academy students had great success at the All-State Orchestra and Chorus auditions on November 23rd.  Nine students were notified that they have been accepted to the state-wide, audition based ensembles. Isabella Zainyeh (Jamestown, RI) and Jael White (Rehoboth, MA), both sopranos, were accepted to the All-State Treble Choir. Lauryn DeCrescenzo (East Providence, RI) and Soraya PierreLouis (East Providence, RI), also both sopranos, were accepted to the All-State Women’s Choir. Delia Sosa (East Providence, RI), an alto and Leanne White (East Providence, RI), a soprano, were accepted to the All-State Mixed Choir. Zoe Sarganis (East Providence), Emma Mariano (Warwick, RI) and Krystyna Kula (Greenville, RI), were accepted for All-State Orchestra. Zoe was accepted for the oboe, Emma for the viola and Krystyna for the violin. Of special note, Delia Sosa and Zoe Sarganis both earned Zoe Sarganis. second place rankings in their divisions.

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Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes All State Orchestra and Chorus Back, Left to Right: Isabella Zainyeh, Lauryn DeCrescenzo, Delia Sosa, Emma Mariano Front, Left to Right: Leanne White, Jael “Zippy” White, Krystyna Kula, Soraya Pierre-Louis

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Bay View Academy Donates 36 Complete Thanksgiving Meals For Area Families East Providence, RI – During this season of thanks and giving, Bay View Academy students, faculty, staff and parents united to collect food, clothing and donations for those in need. An Academy-wide collection yielded 36 baskets of Thanksgiving meals for area families, each of which included either a gift card for a turkey or a frozen turkey, in addition to all of the traditional fixings. The Middle and Upper Schools’ collection was organized by the Bay View Chapter of the National Honor Society and it yielded 28 baskets. The administrative staff collected two complete additional baskets, and the Lower School’s collection yielded seven more, to total 36. The baskets were distributed to a variety of local organizations and families, including Re-Focus, a Rhode Island non-profit that caters to adults with differing physical and developmental needs, St. Vincent’s Home for Children in Fall River, MA, the Sisters of Mercy for use in their ministries and to families in need within the Bay View community.  As happens each year, the Academy also participated in a coat drive for the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club. An ample collection of coats, scarves, hats, blankets and more were donated by members of the faculty, staff and students. Next week, nine cases of baby formula and stage one and two baby foods, which were collected by the senior members of the Bay View Chapter of the National Honor Society, will be delivered to McAuley House, a meal and hospitality site sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. This biannual initiative benefits the women who

Photo Credit: Julie Battista Lower School Thanksgiving Baskets Left to Right: Veronica Nelson, East Providence, RI, second grade; Isabella Berard, East Providence, RI, second grade

Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes; Upper School Thanksgiving Baskets; Left to right: Alexandra Krause, East Providence, RI, senior; Emily Geoffroy, Bristol, RI, senior; Stephanie Jackvony, Cranston, RI, senior; Kathryn O’Connor, Coventry, RI, junior; Gabrielle Smith, Smithfield, RI, senior; Marianna Bailey, North Providence, RI, senior; Joanna Carlino, Johnston, RI, senior    

visit McAuley House and have difficulty purchasing food and formula for their babies. Another baby food drive will be held in the spring by the newly inducted juniors to the National Honor Society.

Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes Middle School Thanksgiving Baskets Back row – left to right: Marissa Lee, Providence, RI, sixth grade Chloe Ruhan, Pawtucket, RI, sixth grade Elizabeth “Ellie” Morris, Bristol, RI sixth grade Melina Cabral, Seekonk, MA, sixth grade Isabella DiSalvo, Chepachet, RI, sixth grade Isabel “Ae Jee” Booth, East Providence, RI, seventh grade Katherine Kerr, Seekonk, MA seventh grade   Front row – left to right Rylee Marin, East Providence, RI, sixth grade Madison Manuel, East Providence, RI, seventh grade Casey David, Rehoboth, MA, seventh grade Caroline Ng, North Scituate, RI, seventh grade Kaitlin Brannon, Warwick, RI, seventh grade Grace Farrow, Providence, RI, seventh grade

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Bay View Academy Students Help Make Christmas Merry For Residents At McAuley Village East Providence, RI – Bay View Academy students have been busy this month making Christmas just a little merrier for the residents of McAuley Village, a Sisters of Mercy sponsored transitional housing program for homeless women and their children. On Saturday, December 7th, five Upper School students and members of the Mercy Action Club took three hours out of their personal lives to help children who reside at McAuley Village select Christmas presents for their mothers. Mercy Action Club is a Bay View student organization devoted to helping those in need within the local community. The students provided cookies and cupcakes, displayed gift items on the tables, assisted children with shopping for their moms, (the children chose free items that had been “regifted” and made available to them), wrapped the gifts and helped the children sign their cards. They also cleaned up after the event.  The Chefs at the Bay, Bay View’s cooking club, made a sweet contribution to the Christmas festivities at McAuley Village as well. Under the direction of Bay View teachers and Chefs at the Bay moderators, Pamela Farmer (Bristol, RI), Valerie Briden (East Providence, RI), Antonelia Lombardi (Cranston, RI) and Lee Haines (East Providence, RI), the girls baked 500 assorted cookies which were donated to McAuley so that mothers and children could go to a “Cookie Shoppe” and take an individually-selected tray of holiday treats. Lee Haines, Valerie Briden and Antonelia Lombardi were all also on-hand at McAuley to help with the festivities. Both the Cookie Shoppe and the December 7th children’s Christmas shop were undertaken in collaboration with the McAuley Village Women’s Leadership Circle. According to www.mcauleyri. org, the Women’s Leadership Circle is built on the principle that, “a powerful resource to helping the women of McAuley Village is women, particularly those with education and employment skills, helpful connections, and the desire to help others take a step forward.” Despite a busy exam week, the Bay View Mercy Action Club is headed to McAuley Village again on Friday, December 20th. Thirty members of the club are throwing a children’s Christmas party. The students each selected one child’s name and will bring a gift for that boy or girl. In addition, they’ll be watching a movie together and having a holiday feast.

Photo Credit: Lori DesVergnes Mercy Action Club Back Row, From Left Jasmin Blackiston and Riley Medeiros Front Row, From Left Merci Pauline Ujeneza, Vilada Khammahavong and Betzabel Vazquez

The following are the students from our area who participated in the McAuley Village children’s Christmas gift shopping event on December 7th: Riley Medeiros, Sophomore, East Providence, RI The following students from our area are members of Chefs at the Bay who baked for the cookie exchange: First Name Last Name City/Town State Grade Shelley Hobson Rehoboth MA 12 Shannon Briden East Providence RI 11 Siyu (Angel) Liu East Providence RI 9 Xinyi (Serena) Wu East Providence RI 12

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Shamrocks Represent at the International Economic Summit at Gillette

Led by Bishop Feehan High School economics teacher Glenn Loiselle, 14 Feehan students recently represented the countries of Sweden, El Salvador, and Algeria at the International Economic Summit held at Gillette Stadium, presented by Boise State University in partnership with the Massachusetts Council of Economic Educators. Team Algeria was represented by: Abigail Williams (Foxboro), Caitlyn Picard (Woonsocket, RI), Zachary Vogel (Mansfield), Ryan Poholek (N.Attleboro) and Zachary Frazier (Rumford, RI).

The summit featured student teams representing over 100 countries that simulate economic models in a realistic global competition, teaching the students the challenges of working in today’s complex global economy. All students are asked, “HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE WORLD ECONOMY?” Their goal was to improve their country’s economic welfare by competing for scarce resources, forming alliances, debating global issues, investing in development projects, interacting with global economic institutions, and seeking to stabilize and advance the global economy.  “The International Economic Summit provided our Feehan students with the opportunity to take on a countries persona. It allowed them to ‘BE’ that country for a day,” said Loiselle. “In addition, the students viewed first hand why economics and the study of economics is so important. They learned that they must think local but act global with each and every decision. It’s truly a small world and we are all interdependent upon one another.” There were over 550 students representing 50 high schools from around New England.

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Team Algeria from left: Zachary Frazier, Ryan Poholek, Abigail Williams, Caitlyn Picard, and Zachary Vogel.

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East Providence Public Libraries East Providence Library Locations Weaver Memorial Library 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 401-434-2453 Monday - Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5 Riverside Branch Library 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, Riverside, RI 401-433-4877 Monday – Thursday 9-8; Friday & Saturday 10-5

Weaver Library - January Programs Drop In Knit and Crochet Club

Tuesday evenings from 6:00 -7:30pm Drop in on the Knit & Crochet Club. Other needle work is welcome too!    

A Yoga Dance Workshop

Saturdays, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1st   10:00am Discover how to live in the present moment with a yoga dance workshop led by Mary Scannell, a certified Kripalu Institute yoga dance instructor. Yoga Dance uses a blend of guided and spontaneous movements to boost concentration, promote fitness, and relieve stress. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, a journal, and water. Anyone can yoga dance and this workshop is open to adults of all ages.  The workshop is free, but space is limited. Call 434-2453 to register.  

Faith and Freedom Exhibit and Lectures January 7 –January 31

In 2013, Rhode Island commemorated the 350th anniversary of its colonial charter which allowed individuals to worship freely without government interference. Rhode Island: Faith and Freedom explores the faith communities that took root in Rhode Island throughout the centuries that followed. And, it tells how the freedoms of Rhode Islanders have been expanded, limited, celebrated and denied at various points in the state’s history. The exhibit features reproductions of rarely-seen objects and records from the diverse collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Weaver Library is proud to premier Rhode Island: Faith and Freedom, in partnership with the Rhode Island Historical Society. The 12-panel exhibit will be hung in the Champlin Program Room and be open most library hours from January 7 - January 31st.  

Library programs are free and open to all. No registration is needed unless otherwise stated.  Questions?  Contact Joyce at or 401- 434-2453.  

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Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30pm Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose those holiday pounds and maybe a little more? Have some friends been praising the Wheat Belly Diet while others are raving about The Paleo Diet The Vegan Diet or The Aztec Diet? Are you confused about what weight loss diet is best for you? Join in a lively discussion of the latest popular diets with Ann Marie Chalmers-Sabula, MA,RD, LDN, CDE. Ann Marie is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and a certified diabetes educator. She has worked in the nutrition field for 30 years and currently has a private nutrition counseling practice.

Introduction to Homeschooling

@ Riverside Branch Library Thursday, January 30 at 6:30pm Melissa Robb, homeschooler with 6 years of experience and an ENRICHri board member, and Bev Burgess, experienced homeschool mom and State Coordinator for ENRICHri, will cover the basics of homeschooling.

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Homeschooling in RI: state laws, district policies & what to submit 1001 Reasons Families Choose to Homeschool Homeschooling Resources in RI Nay-Sayers: Your Spouse, Your Family, Strangers and Maybe Even That Little Voice in Your Own Head This program is sponsored by ENRICHri (a 501(3)c non-profit, RI-based, secular homeschool group). Both programs are free and open to all. No registration required.

Curator’s Talk

Monday, January 13, 2014 7:00pm The library welcomes Dr. Elyssa Tardif, Director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs at the Rhode Island Historical Society, who will give a curator’s talk, sharing the Historical Society’s perspective on the exhibit and how the exhibit came together.

Scholar Lecture

Monday, January 27, 2014 7:00pm Dr. Linford Fisher of Brown University will offer a lecture highlighting themes of the exhibit.  Professor Fisher’s fields of research are colonial America, the Atlantic World, American Indians, material culture, the history of Indian and African colonial slavery, and the history of religion in America.    

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January Teen Programs @ East Providence Public Libraries

(Programs are for ages 10 + unless otherwise noted.) COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES @ Weaver and Riverside

Earn community service credit for high school or confirmation. @ Weaver: Monday, Jan. 13th, 3-5pm Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 5:30-7:30pm Friday, Jan. 31st, 2:30-4:30pm @ Riverside Saturday, Jan. 18th, 10am – noon

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Learn how to play or improve your skills! Wednesdays, Jan. 15th – Feb. 19th, 3:30-4:30pm Ages 6-18 Registration Required. Call 433-4877.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Rated PG-13 Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 5:45pm (Bring along a picnic supper.)  


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Thursday, January 16, 10-10:30am Put on your dancing shoes and join Miss Pam for a half hour of moving and grooving. We’ll Shake Our Sillies Out, do the Can Can and the Rock ‘n Roll Freeze Dance, and much more!


Last Tuesday of the month, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, Apr. 29, 10-10:45am This is a four week story and activity program for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2014 and their caregivers. The activities will be based on the RI Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar ( and RI Early Learning Standards. Call 434-2453 to register.


Mondays, January 13 - February 24, 9:30-10:30 No meeting Jan. 20 or Feb. 17 due to holidays. Bring your 1 or 2 year olds to play with other toddlers at the library.


January 21 through May 17, 2014 No advance registration is necessary. Half hour storytimes include stories, songs, crafts, and other activities. Storytimes will not meet on Feb. 6, or during February (Feb. 16-22) and April (Apr. 20-26) school vacation weeks. Tuesdays, 1:30pm, ages 3 - 6 @ Riverside Wednesdays, 9:30am, ages birth - 36 months @ Riverside Wednesdays, 6:30pm, ages 2 – 6 @ Weaver Thursdays, 9:30am, ages birth – 36 months @ Weaver Thursdays, 10:30am, ages 3 – 6 @ Weaver Saturdays, 10:00am, ages 2 - 6 @ Weaver



Grades 1-5 3rd Tuesday of the month, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 20 3:45-4:45 Use recycled materials to create interesting and unique crafts.

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@WEAVER - 2nd Tuesday of the month, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11, 3:45-4:45 Grade K & up Lego fans are invited to build alongside other kids who love LEGOs. The librarian will provide a theme for inspiration. Kids can stick to the theme, or just explore the open-ended possibilities of creating with a giant mountain of LEGOs.

Enjoy the cool of January with a cool dessert – Ice Cream Sundaes! Tuesday, January 21st, 3-4pm @ Riverside Thursday, January 23rd, 3-4pm @ Weaver Youth 16 and under can reduce their overdue fines by reading in the library. Tell a librarian when you start reading. 30 minutes of reading = $1 waived.   

January Activities For Children @ East Providence Public Libraries CREATIVE MOVEMENT CLASS @WEAVER

Monday, January 6, 10-10:45am Miss Kasha, of Rumford Dance Theatre, will lead the children in stretches, dances, and imagination activities. Call 434-2453 to register.


Thursday, January 9, 10-10:45am Join Lindsay Meehan of Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children for a celebration of winter! We’ll sing the snowflakes down from the clouds, jump the stories right off the page, and even dance a snowstorm! No registration required.

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Grades 1-5 1st Tuesday of the month, 3:45-4:45 January 7 - WINTER February 4 - VALENTINE’S DAY March 4 - HUMOR Read and act out great stories, tell jokes, make crafts, eat snacks, play games, and more!


4th Tuesday of the month, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25 3:45-4:45pm, ages 4-12 Play BINGO for prizes! For more information, contact the location where the activity is being held, or the main Youth Services Department at 434-2453.

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East Providence Senior Center News

610 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

Phone 435-7800 Dining Room 435-7872 Fax 435-7803


Ask the Pharmacy 3rd Blood Pressure Clinic 3rd Wellness Screenings 7th Clinical Lab 8th Stroke Club 8th Blood Pressure Clinic 8th Food For Thought Seminar 8th SNAP Ed 9th Caregiver’s Support 13th East Bay Center 14th Podiatrist 16th Blood Pressure Clinic 16th AARP Board 16th Red Hats 16th SN AP (Food Stamps) 17th InSight 17th RSVP Board Meeting 22nd Diabetes Support 23rd Computer Assistance 27th East Bay Center 28th Blood Pressure Clinic 28th Advisory Board 30th

10:30am 10:30am 9:00am 8:30am 1:30pm 10:30am 11:00am 11:00am 10:30am 9:00am 8:00am 10:30am 1:00pm 1:30pm 9:30am 12:45pm 1:30pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 9:00am 10:30am 9:30am

Food For Thought

Wednesday, January 8th 11am Marcia Pedini, RD - registered dietician for Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in East Providence will be here the second Wednesday of every month at 11am to discuss nutrition information, diet tips, healthy food choices and more!


Thursday, January 9th 11am Food is essential for our bodies. There are foods that have health benefits and foods that we eat for fun. Unless we have a food allergy or the food is beyond its’ expiration date, there are no bad foods. We choose foods for many reasons. We may love the food, we may be hungry, or we feel there are health benefits. We need to honor our hunger and not experience guilt when we choose a food. Feeling guilty and bad about eating certain foods can cause us undue stress and often starts a cycle of overeating and restriction.


We welcome Nurse Mary Jane Milner to our staff.

Nurse Mary Jane comes to us from South County Hospital Diabetes Center where she provided complete diabetes as-

sessments and diabetes self management training for patients. She has comprehensive experience as a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator working in clinical settings. Nurse Mary Jane’s Hours Tuesday 8:00am - 3:00pm Wednesday 8:00am - 3:00pm Thursday 9:00am - 2:00pm Adjusting to Life with Diabetes Support is never far away You know that managing your blood glucose can help you stay healthy and feel better every day. Still, there are many people that find daily diabetes management a lot to handle. Diabetes does affect your daily routine, at home, work, and with friends and family. Understanding what to do and changing some behaviors isn’t always easy. However, finding out the right steps you need to take to manage your diabetes gets easier with education and with practice, diabetes management can become a habit. As you get started or if you feel you have additional questions or concerns you have a support team to help. Managing your blood glucose is mostly up to you but, you’re not alone. Your diabetes healthcare team will work with you to create a management plan. Your diabetes healthcare team members may include:   *A Primary Care Provider, often your regular doctor, who can refer you to specialists as needed. *An Endocrinologist, a doctor that specializes in diabetes and other hormone related concerns. *A Registered Dietitian, an expert in food and nutrition, to teach you the best food choices to manage your blood glucose. Ann Marie Sabula, MA, RD, LDN, CDE (401) 447-6299 Mary C. Proietta MS, RD, CDE (401) 465-2360 *A Register Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, to teach you how to manage and live with diabetes. Mary Jane Milner, RN, CDE, CDOE (401) 435-7800 ext. 7 *A Social Worker or Health Psychologist, to help you with the emotional aspects of managing your condition. continued on next page...


Weekly/Monthly Programs Monday 9:00 a.m.

Tax Preparations


9:00 a.m.

Intermediate Yoga

10:30 a.m. Beginners Yoga 10:30 a.m. Caregivers Support Group

(4th Mon)

1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Book Club

2:00 p.m.

Ballroom Dancing

8:15 a.m.

Cards (Cockroach)

9:30 a.m.

Aerobics Exercise

9:30 a.m.

Watercolor Class

9:30 a.m.

Bocce Ball


11:00 a.m. Tai Chi 12:30 a.m. Watercolor Class 1:00 a.m.


1:25 p.m.

BINGO Wednesday

8:30 a.m.

East Side Lab (1st Wed)

9:00 a.m.

Intermediate Yoga

9:00 a.m.

Manicurist (every other week)

9:15 a.m.

Tap N Time

10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. Chair Exercise 1:30 p.m.

Stroke Club (1st Wed.) Thursday

9:00 a.m.

Tax Preparation

(Feb. & March)

9:30 a.m.

Aerobics Exercise

1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Craft Class

1:00 p.m. Diabetes Support Group

(4th Thurs)

9:00 a.m.

Billiards League

Friday 10:00 a.m. Scrabble 10:45 a.m. Chair Exercise 11:00 a.m. Meditation Class 12:45 p.m. In-Sight Support Group

(3rd Fri)

1:20 p.m.

Hi Lo Jack League




8 a.m. — 4 p.m.


Coffee Hour 2:15 p.m. Fitness Center 8 a.m. — 4 a.m.


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*A Pharmacist, will fill your prescriptions and explains your medications. *A Podiatrist, a doctor that specializes in problems with feet. Michael A. Reutter, D.P.M. (401)228-7887 *An Ophthalmologist, a doctor that specializes in diseases of the eye. *An Elder Information Specialist, to help elderly and their families understand insurance/referrals and provide assistance with accessing services and programs. Ellen McKivergan Frazier (401) 435-7800 ext. 3  

Diabetes Outpatient Education Classes

Your Health Insurance will cover one complete 4 day session per year. Classes are taught by Certified Nurses, Dietitians, and Pharmacists. Learn the skills to successfully manage your diabetes and meet others with this disease. You are not alone! The Four 2 hour class sessions are held Mondays. Please contact the center’s health office at 435-7800, Ext. 6 with any questions and to register. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.


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Ann Marie Sabula and Mary Proietta, Registered Dietitians are available for appointments in the health office. They will counsel you in private about your personal nutritional needs and insurance covers these visits. They are also certified diabetes educators. To schedule a visit, stop by the health office or call us at 435-7800 Ext. 1

Clinical Lab

East Side Clinical Lab draws blood work here the first Wednesday of the month. There is no pre-registration, just come in with the lab slip. The date for this month is: Wednesday, January 8th @ 8:30am.


Dr. Michael Reuter, podiatrist, will be in the Health Office seeing patients. To schedule your appointment or if you have any questions call Dr. Reuter’s office directly at: 247-0610 ext. 6 and speak with Diane. Dr. Reuter accepts most major insurance plans. Next date: Thursday, January 16th.

Ask the Pharmacist

The first Friday of every month. Sponsored by the Newport Avenue Rite Aid Pharmacy. The date this month will be Friday, January 3rd @10:30am

Clinical Health

Clinical worker Amy Lagasse will be assisting our seniors with their mental health needs on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9am to Noon. Would you like to speak to someone confidentially? Please contact us for an appointment at 435-7800, Ext 6. The date this month is January 14th & January 28th

Reiki Master 9:30 - Noon Carole Caprio is available for 30 minutes /$15.00 or 60 minutes /$30.00 Reiki sessions Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30. Reiki is a profoundly simple hands-on technique that assists one in their ability to reduce pain, heal injuries, regain balance, increase energy, enhance the immune system, reduce stress and tension,  and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.  It is safe, peaceful, and relaxing. To schedule an appointment, please call Carole @ 861-3675. For more information, please visit Carole’s website at http://www.   Women and Infants Hospital

Family Van Program is a community outreach program dedicated to preventative health screenings and health education. They will visit the center Tuesday, January 7th from 9-12pm. The screenings will consist of total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressures. The screenings are free of charge and completely confidential.

Blood Pressure Clinics

Orchard View Manor Friday, Jan. 3rd Waterview Villa Wednesday, Jan. 8th Evergreen House Thursday, Jan. 16h Hattie Ide Chaffee Tuesday, Jan. 28h 10:30am

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Mediation Fridays 11am

Have you ever thought you would like to learn to meditate? Would you like more information on the health benefits of meditation?  Ann Marie Sabula RD and Ellen Frazier lead a weekly meditation group at the senior center on Friday mornings @ 11 am.  This program is free and open to all members.

Looking for Resources?

Are you looking for information regarding statewide senior housing, assisted living facilities, adult day centers or local nursing facilities? Please see Ellen

January 2014 The Reporter Frazier in the Administration Office for more information or call 435-7873. Other resources available are Living Will documents, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and more.

Senior Chorus

We have started a senior chorus at the center. Wednesdays 1:30pm. No past experience is needed or required.

Special Request

We are in dire need of volunteers in our kitchen at lunch time. If you are willing and able please contact Sue in the dining room. We serve a sit down meal to an average of 82 people per day. For a few hours per week you could certainly make a great difference in the lives of others. Thank you for your consideration.

Computer Assistance

Monday, January 27th 2pm to 4pm 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.

Support Groups

Diabetes Support 1:00pm - 2:00pm 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 10:30am - 11:30am 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 1:30pm - 3:00pm 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 12:45pm - 3:00pm In-Sight offers programs and support in productive living for the vision impaired. The group meets the 3rd Friday of every month.

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.

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.

Wii Bowling

Tuesday 10:15 - 11:45

Come join our very enthusiastic Wii Bowling Group every Tuesday. Using our large screen TV our participants have a great time bowling. If you have never tried this the group will teach you and you’re sure to pick it up quickly

Computer Classes Sessions & Times Vary

Our computer lab consists of class room computers and computers for general use. 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.

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.

Senior Center Travel

Washington DC April 4 – 7, 2014: - $369.00pp Dbl. Occ. to include 3 nights accommodation in Washington DC area, 6 Meals: 3 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners, Guided Tours of Washington DC, Evening Guided Memorial Tour, Tram Tour of Arlington Cemetery, visit to Smithsonian Institution and more. Cancellation Insurance $ 35.00 Savannah, GA June 1-7, 2014 - $520.00pp Dbl. Occ. to include 6 nights lodging – 4 in Savannah area, 10 meals, 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, Tours of Jekyll Island, St. Simon’s Island, Beaufort, SC, Parris Island and Savannah. Visits to historic and famous homes, Motor coach Transportation and more. Cancellation Insurance $45.00 and $59.00 Wildwood, NJ Sept. 8-11, 2014- $345.00 Dbl. Occ. to include 3 nights’ accommodations, 3 Full Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, Cocktail Party with entertainment, Ice Cream Social at 50’s themed cool scoops, Day in Atlantic City with Bonus, Gala evening with Dinner, Dancing, Prizes and more, Free time to enjoy the Wildwood Boardwalk. All taxes, gratuities and luggage handling. Cancellation Insurance $25.00 Sign up at the E. Providence Senior Center Administration Office (401) 435-7800 or call: Eleanor Monteiro at (401) 434-8194 28 Metacomet Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916 No calls before 9:00am or Sundays “Please” Please Make Your Reservations Early


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What Seniors Can Donate: Time and Experience

Perfect for Giving Back to the Community & Staying Active

There are two things that most retirees have in abundance: time and experience. That’s the perfect match for giving back to their communities and, in the process, keeping their lives active and fulfilling. For many people, finding ways to volunteer is as simple as giving time through a religious organization or other local group to which they already belong. These days, the Internet makes it easy to match specific interests and skills with groups that need a hand outside existing social circles. And in addition to getting directly involved with onthe-ground volunteer efforts, groups increasingly are helping connect retirees who have business experience to nonprofits that need help running the organization itself. The common denominator is finding a way to give back when life is no longer consumed by a 9-to-5 job. “I ask one question of new retirees, and that’s, ‘What are you going to do next?’ “ says Wendy Spencer, who heads up Corporation for National Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, as well as Senior Corps, the volunteer program for those ages 55 and older. “You have a lifetime of experience, why let it go to waste?” Among nationwide resources for volunteering, the Senior Corps website provides a central hub to find nearby volunteer opportunities. Users can choose among programs helping in public schools, a senior companion program for aiding frail or homebound elderly, or an “RSVP” service, which connects to numerous local groups. The benefits go still further, he says. “While it isn’t the reason why they come, part of the reason they stay is they are healthier, more mentally acute and have larger social groups,” says Mr. Strong. Volunteering “gives them a sense of connection and purpose that many people don’t have.”

Homeowner/Reverse Mortgage Scams

Scammers like to take advantage of the fact that many people above a certain age own their homes, a valuable asset that increases the potential dollar value of a certain scam. A particularly elaborate property tax scam in San Diego saw fraudsters sending personalized letters to different properties apparently on behalf of the County Assessor’s Office. The letter, made to look official but displaying only public information, would identify the property’s assessed value and offer the homeowner, for a fee of course, to arrange for a reassessment of the property’s value and therefore the tax burden associated with it. Closely related, the reverse mortgage scam has mushroomed in recent years. With legitimate reverse mortgages increasing in frequency more than 1,300% between 1999 and 2008, scammers are taking advantage of this new popularity. As opposed to official refinancing schemes, however, unsecured reverse mortgages can lead property owners to lose their homes when the perpetrators offer money or a free house somewhere else in exchange for the title to the property.

Sweepstakes & Lottery Scams

This simple scam is one that many are familiar with, and it capitalizes on the notion that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Here, scammers inform their mark that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize. Often, seniors will be sent a check that they can deposit in their bank account, knowing that while it shows up in their account immediately, it will take a few days before the (fake) check is rejected. During that time, the criminals will quickly collect money for supposed fees or taxes on the prize, which they pocket while the victim has the “prize money” removed from his or her account as soon as the check bounces.


Girl Scouts in New York.

East Providence Girl Scouts Visit New York

What better way is there to celebrate the Christmas Holiday Season and the New Year than going to visit New York City?  East Providence Girl Scouts did just that!  More than 100 Girl Scouts, their friends and family went to New York City on December 28th.  In addition to seeing  window displays in the  department stores, some people  chose to visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, watch the Christmas Spectacular at  Radio City Music Hall, ice skate at Rockefeller Center in front of the famed Christmas tree, tour Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, or take a tour of NBC Studios.  No matter what activity they chose to do or what place they chose to visit, everyone had a great time!

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. Awarded #GivingTuesday Grant by CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Funding is Part of CVS Caremark’s #GivingTuesday Initiative to Celebrate the Spirit of Volunteerism

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, Inc. (GSRI) today announced that it has received a $1,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, in honor of #GivingTuesday, a national movement when charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations come together on one day to create a national day of giving back. As part of CVS Caremark’s #GivingTuesday initiative, CVS Caremark colleagues who volunteer their time were invited to nominate a local organization in their community to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. CVS Caremark colleague Laura Crowe nominated GSRI to receive funding from a total of $25,000 awarded to 25 non-profit

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AROUND TOWN organizations nationwide that were randomly selected to receive funding on #GivingTuesday (December 3). #GivingTuesday is a national campaign created in 2012 to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities. “#GivingTuesday is an important time to reflect on giving back and supporting the local community, whether it is through volunteerism or donations,” said Neil M. Stamps, CEO.

Pack 4 Riverside Cub Scouts

Ocean State Search And Rescue (OSSAR) visited with the Pack 4 Riverside Cub Scouts during their November Pack Meeting. The Scouts watched a short movie “Lost In The Woods… But Found Safe And Sound” before meeting Golden Retriever “Samantha” and Pit Bull “X”, two highly trained Search and Rescue dogs. Samantha and X are certified air scent dogs. The OSSAR team then taught the Scouts some important survival skills, should they ever get lost or separated from their family/group. OSSAR’s mission is to work with the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency using their search and rescue skills to locate missing persons within the state of Rhode Island. They are a non-profit organization, made up of volunteers. The services they provide are invaluable as they work hard to provide positive outcomes for families of missing loved ones. The OSSAR’s presentation was a great learning experience for the Cub Scouts and we are thankful that they were able to make the time to come out and visit with our Pack!

Troop 505 at Escobar Farm corn maze.

Troop 505 Visits Escobar Farm Corn Maze

On October 12th, East Providence Girl Scout Troop 505 visited the Escobar Farm Corn Maze in Portsmouth for “Harry Potter Day”. Mad science took over Professor Snape’s Laboratory in the 8 acres of corn fields. After going through the maze, the girls enjoyed watching a quidditch demonstration by the Rhody Ridgebacks from the University of Rhode Island and playing a few games themselves.  Quidditch is a competitive sport in the wizarding realm of the Harry Potter universe played between two teams  of seven players riding flying broomsticks. Today’s adaptation of Quidditch is called Muggle Quidditch and is played on the ground.  The sport uses elements of rugby, dodgeball, tag. wrestling and lacrosse.

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Megan and Bill Black of Rumford proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Bridget Danielle Black. She was born at Women and Infants hospital on October 29, 2013 at 3:10 AM. She weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was welcomed home by her big brothers, Sean and James, as well as her grandparents, Anne and John Roach of Rumford and Cathy and Jim O’Keefe of Guilford, CT. Bridget Danielle Black

Weddings, Engagements &Anniversaries Michaela Ann O'Connell Marries Dustin Travis Oerman

Michaela Ann O'Connell and Dustin Travis Oerman were united in marriage on October 11, 2013 at The Squantum Association in East Providence, RI. Mike Egan, of Heavenly Weddings, officiated the ceremony at 5pm. A reception followed at Squantum. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Carol O'Connell of North Smithfield, RI. The groom is the son of Roy and Jane Oerman of York, Pennsylvania. Kristen O'Connell, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Doug Poncavage, friend of the groom, was best man. The bride is a 2006 graduate of UMass Dartmouth and is a graphic designer/sales at The East Providence, Rehoboth & Seekonk Reporter. The groom graduated from Susquahanna University in 2005 and is an Assistant Manager at Walgreens, Inc. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii, and currently resides in Riverside, RI. Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Oerman.


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Then there are Collard Greens, which unlike escarole that will cook down, collards hold their texture in soups and stews. Collard Greens are best known as a southern staple, but have been showing up all over the country. Traditionally, they are slowly simmered in broth with ham hocks or bacon fat or lard until tender. This is soul food! I love soul food, but it’s not traditionally known for being low fat. I have experimented though out the years with collards and have come up with low fat and even vegetarian options. For a while I was the vegetarian chef for the Providence Zen Center and I designed a vegetarian soul food menu that people loved, which included, collard greens, baked macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, blackeyed peas, corn on the cob, cornbread and sweet potato pie. Our next stop in the winter greens farmers market brings us to Kale. Curly kale, Tuscan kale – a variety characterized by dark elongated leaves that look almost padded, have single-handedly made greens cool. Eat more kale! Another hardy green that will hold up in soups and stews, kale should be included in a meal at least once a week. Kale and white beans go hand in hand. The robust flavor of kale makes them great with smoky meats like bacon and ham. If you prefer the vegetarian option include a little smoked salt or smoked paprika can enhance the flavor. Whatever your desires are in the New Year, eating healthy is always a good choice. Add more greens to your diet, visit the local farmers market and try something different. As always have fun and play with your food. If you have any questions or want to share thoughts on these and other receipts you can contact me at or look for me on Facebook and Twitter @Play_withfood. Thank you so much for reading and all the best in the coming year.

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White Bean and Kale Soup

(Can be make vegetarian by using vegetable broth and omitting the sausage) 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 stalks of celery, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 28-ounce can of Italian plum tomatoes 4 cups chicken broth 1 ¼ lbs of Kale, stemmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 15-ounce cans of cannellini beans-drained 1 lb of sweet Italian sausage or you favorite variety, sliced in bite-size pieces. Salt and pepper to taste Heat the olive oil in large soup pot over medium heat, add onion, celery, carrots and garlic and sauté until tender about 5 minutes. Drain and chop the tomatoes, reserving the juice. Add tomatoes, juice and additional ingredients, cover and heat until a rolling simmer, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer additional 20 minutes until tender and flavors are well blended. Remove one cup of broth and beans place into food processor and pulse until a paste, stir into soup. This will create a ‘creamy’ texture. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy.

Hearn Staunchly Opposes Business Recertification For Bi-Weekly Pay

STATE HOUSE – In a letter sent to Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty, Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence) expressed concern over an administrative proposal which would require companies to recertify with the state every two years in order to issue bi-weekly paychecks for their employees. The General Assembly passed legislation in June that would allow businesses to institute a bi-weekly pay system, beginning Jan. 1, 2014. “I am confident that the very comprehensive certification process envisioned in the legislation makes a recertification process unnecessary,” wrote Representative Hearn, who served as the prime sponsor of the bill in the House. “Any recertification process is cumbersome to the employer as well as to the agency overseeing it. Eliminating the recertification provision provides relief for both. The legislation’s intent was to ease Rhode Island’s often burdensome regulatory environment.  I strongly urge DLT to proceed with the legislation’s intent and eliminate the need for companies to recertify.” The new law was a key piece of the House of Representatives’ economic development package this year. The representative noted in her letter that when she and her colleagues passed the legislation, they did not envision it being accompanied by another potential hoop for business owners to jump through. She also impressed upon Fogarty that the law’s intention is to spur economic activity by “eliminating and streamlining agency regulations,” as well as to address the many concerns of business leaders across Rhode Island. Most states, she wrote, allow biweekly pay, which required many multi-state businesses with a Rhode Island presence to establish a separate payroll system. Representative Hearn says she worries any additional hurdles attached to this law after the fact could quash the state’s original efforts to ease the burden on Rhode Island businesses. As is, the law already takes into consideration a lot of the concerns that were brought forth in the hearing process. “During the Finance Committee’s hearing on the bi-weekly pay bill, there was vigorous testimony on both sides. The bill that passed both chambers reflected the concerns raised during those hearings, including fiscal safeguards to meet payroll concerns,” she wrote.

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Basic Skills Skating Lessons Amore Accepts ‘Advocate Of The Year’ Honor From RI Leukemia And Lymphoma Society

STATE HOUSE – In December, the Rhode Island chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society recognized Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) as its “Advocate of the Year” for his work on the oral chemotherapy law. He accepted the award on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Santa Maria Di Prata Society in Cranston as party of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s awards ceremony. “It is a great honor to be chosen as this organization’s ‘Advocate of the Year,’” Representative Amore said. “I worked as hard as I could to get the oral chemotherapy law passed in Rhode Island, and I was elated when it finally happened. This awful disease affects so many people and takes so many lives. There’s so much sadness in watching people have to fight for their lives. My hope is this new law will present better, or at least more affordable options for the most vulnerable of those people. Anything that will ease the financial burden attached to that is worth it to me.” Before the General Assembly passed Representative Amore’s bill this year, oral chemotherapy was treated as a prescription drug benefit, which required patients to pay a large amount of the drugs’ cost. IV chemotherapy is treated as a medical benefit, essentially requiring insurers to issue a modest patient co-pay and a limit to annual out-of-pocket expenses. The law is expected to save cancer patients thousands of dollars for a treatment that serves the same purpose as the intravenous form. It also recognizes the growing range of oncology drugs and leaves room for medical advances in oral treatments. A 2008 National Comprehensive Cancer Network report stated that oral chemotherapy treatments make up more than 25 percent of the 400 cancer medicines that are in the process of being tested. Scientists have also been able to develop successful targeted therapies with oral treatments for certain types of cancer. According to its website, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is “the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.”

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Lessons offered on two days and two locations: Saturday at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket 7 classes Basic 2 and above 11:10 a.m.-12 noon. Basic 1 and Snowplow Sam 12:10-1:00 p.m. Sunday at Schneider Arena, Providence College 8 classes

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IN MEMORIAM East Providence Joao C. Botelho, 71, formerly of Orchard St., died peacefully surrounded by his family Friday, December 27, 2013 at the RI Hospital. Alvin G. Brusie, 76, of Waterman Ave., died unexpectedly, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Alice Cavaco, 99, formerly of Juniper St., died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

Donald H. McKenzie Don McKenzie, 61, of Syracuse, Indiana passed away on November 20, 2013 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana from complications after having a heart transplant. He was the son of Betty (Carpenter) and the late John McKenzie of Riverside, RI. He was married to Sandra (Dawson) McKenzie who survives him. He worked as a purchasing manager and was a choir leader and a volunteer firefighter. Don is survived by his wife, 7 sonsAlexander (Chrissy), Nathaniel (Lydia), Caleb, Joshua, Matthew, Phillip and Gideon and 4 daughters- Heather (Steve) Casey, Sarah, Rachel and Anna and 4 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Betty McKenzie, 1 sister – Virginia (Everett) Melo, 2 brothers – John (Wendy) and Stephen (Lori) McKenzie. His funeral was held on November 26, 2013 in Syracuse, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a charity of your choice.

Elizabeth “Dolly” (Sollitto) Cyr, 91, of Cole St., died Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Evergreen House. Robert L. Harris, 84, formerly of Rhodes Avenues, Riverside, died peacefully on December 23, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Charlotte A. Storm, 70, of Dover, Delaware, formerly of East Providence, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Marguerite E. (Rose) Whitaker, 82, of Rounds Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on December 21, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Edward Paul Willson, 91, of East Providence, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2013, after a brief illness. Joan H. Schifino, 88, of Woodbine Street, Riverside, died peacefully on December 21, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Idalina DaSilva (Gaipo) Maciel, 90, formerly of Warren Ave., died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at her son’s home in Lake Mary, Florida.

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WANTED WANTED: Civil War, WW1, WW2, Anything to do with military; helmets, knives, uniforms, guns, HAVE (license), anything related to wartime, will pay cash for items, ask for Charles, 508230-6444 or 508-761-7484; call anytime thanks. Looking for outer wear, snow suits etc. size 9-12 months for twin boys. Single Mom needs a helping hand. Please donate - Call Debbie at 401-632-3602. WE BUY Diabetic Test Strips for CASH. Unopened, Unused & Unexpired. We get them to people with little or no insurance. TOP CASH paid. FREE local pick-up. Call Ron @ 508217-8074.

REAL ESTATE Beautiful Home For Sale: View Virtual Tour: Beautiful 3/4 bed Dutch Colonial Home in Riverside. Meticulously maintained. Hwds, original moldings, new kitchen with breakfast nook and stainless steel appliances, living room with fireplace; new roof, newly painted; 2 car garage. Great location. Across the street from the East Providence Bike Path with seasonal water views of the historic Pomham Lighthouse and bay. Just move in. Virtual tour above and even better seen in person. Call 401-383-0999 for information and appointments. $296,800.


ONE BEDROOM APT ON PLEASANT ST: South Rehoboth, Rental. First floor, 1 BR Apt. Clean and neat, country setting. Storage in basement. Large Kitchen. No pets. Avail. Feb 1 $950 plus utilities. Call Eileen 774-991-2060. For Rent in Rehoboth: Charming 1st floor 1 bedroom apartment; includes stove, fridge and new dishwasher; washer, dryer hook-up; lg kitchen and living room; oil heat, off street parkling and storage shed; farm views with space for a garden; $650/ month plus utilities; first and security deposit required; please call 508-252-4363, M-F 9-5pm. Dighton/Rehoboth area 1 Br; Studio apartment, close to everything on Rt.44 but, in a quiet country setting. Easy access, plenty of parking, private outside space. No smoking, no pets please. 1st, and last at $700 per month, with electric supplied. Please call 774-218-1959. FOR RENT IN REHOBOTH: Large one bedroom, plus lg. efficiency area; includes heat, electric and cable. No smoking - No pets. 1 adult, call 508-405-6210. (e114) FOR RENT: East Providence. 5 rooms. 1 Bath. New appliances. off street parking 950/month, no utilities. 497-8166. For Rent: Duplex 2 bed apartment; spacious, all renovate basement and yard, nice area, East Providence. Call 401-438-3945 or 401-270-3018. House for rent, immediate occupancy available. For rent North Rehoboth: 4 bedroom house, 2 full 1 half bath, 2 car garage,



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VACATION RENTALS APRIL VACATION WEEK!: Apr 19 2014 Apr 26 2014; Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort;1 bath; Full Kitchen; One block from beach; Sleeps 6; view of Inter coastal waterway from the balcony; More info at http://www.;$800;Call 508-252-9470. VACATION/HONEYMOON RENTAL: St. Michael, Azores (Portugal), pristine 2-bed/2bath apartment with kitchen, DR, LR, & laundry. Linens provided. Majestic Atlantic and mountain views from spacious deck, near golf, beach, etc. Call 401-480-0374 or 508-336-8432 or email jaime15bazores@ for info/reservations.

FOR SALE JEWELRY FOR SALE: Great prices! Lots of rings..all kinds/sizes/gems...SS, gold filled,Swarovski, Murano glass pendants, bracelets, earrings. All occasions. Wholesale Prices. $5 - $40. Call for info 508-8402756. Aqua, Onyx, Opal, Pink Sapphire, CZ, Sapphire Zircon, Peridot, Garnet. HELP WANTED: Help Wanted: Local meat market looking for experienced deli clerks, 3 to 4 years of experience and leadership ability necessary, management possibility, call 401-714-9080 to apply. Experienced Carpenters, Foreman, and Laborers (Seekonk MA office only): Looking for Experienced , Laborers and Foreman for E. Ribeiro Corp. (office located in Seekonk MA) is seeking qualified employees in New construction and remodels of commercial buildings. Benefits include paid holidays, health insurance & other incentives. Must include Resume, E-mail and Contact Number. Download employment application at www. and email to helena@ or fax back to 774-9012669. Seekonk, Ma. Laborer $12-15/hr- Exp. Carpenter $15-20/hr- Foreman $20 plus/hr (or exp. based).

GENERAL SERVICES MC CLEANING SERVICES: Experienced, dependable. Weekly, biweekly or monthly. Flexible and efficient. Affordable. Please Call Marilyn (401)497-8770. Fala-se Portugues. Landscape, Disposal, Odd Jobs: Family Owned, 25yrs and counting! AOL ENTERPRISES; Attic, Basement, Garage Clean Out, Boilers, Appliances, Junk Cars Removed, Firewood for Sale- Cut, Split, Delivered, Brush, Trees Removed, Mini Excavator Services, Asphalt Repairs. (508)761-8078. GAGNE PAINTING A Benjamin Moore Contractor Free Estimates RI#28604 RI Lead Certified Ma#171546 Fully Insured Call 401-663-1709 We Accept Visa MasterCard Discover & Amex! BIG BLUE REMOVAL SERVICE: Attic, Cellar, Total House; We take everything! Furniture, Brush, Appliances, Yard Waste, Construction Debris, Trash‌Demolition of Fences, Sheds, Decks, Pools. Let us do the work. Free Estimates. Call Tony 508-2261295; THE ESTATE GUYS: Buying contents of houses, barns, farms garages, cellars, attics, industrial buildings. Cash paid no need for timely yard sales. Call Tom or Anthony 774-331-2681

CLASSES / LESSONS PIANO LESSONS: Taught in my home, both classical and popular to persons of all ages. Anita Russo, 8 Terrybrooke Road, Rehoboth 508-252-4208. (e114)

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