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The Allstate Foundation Grants $1000 to the John E. Moran Foundation

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July 30, 2015 Allstate agency owner Cara Benjamin received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1000 grant from The Allstate Foundation to the John E.

Moran Foundation, where Benjamin volunteers her time.

Allstate agents and employees have a proud history of putting their good hands to work in supporting Rhode Island communities, promoting volunteerism and providing financial resources to enable local organizations to help others.

The Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service. Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day protecting people and making their lives more secure said Julia Reusch. With support from The Allstate Foundation, Cara Benjamin and the John E.

Moran Foundation are making her hometown a better, safer place to live.

The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of dedicated Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must with volunteer, mentor or lead a nonprofit of their choice.

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people s well-being and prosperity.

With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment.

For more information, visit

www.allstatefoundation.org2

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August 1st, 2015 No Comments4

Go Set a Watchman: A Celebration of Readers North and South

Have you read the book of the summer? And, more importantly, do you want to talk about it? Weaver Library s One Book, One City Adult Summer Reading Program is proud to offer the community three opportunities to discuss Go Set a Watchman this August.

On Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 11am, Weaver Library will host Go Set a Watchman: A Celebration of Readers North and South. We will discuss the highly anticipated book by Harper Lee and hold an interactive conversation via Skype with the Emmet O Neal Library book group from Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Weaver Library will also host an evening book discussion on Tuesday, August 18th at 7pm.

The Riverside Branch Library, located at 475 Bullocks Point Avenue, offers a third discussion opportunity on Thursday, August 20th at 6:30PM.

All three programs are free and open to all.

Weaver Library is located at 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI. Questions? Call the library at 434-2453.

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AUGUST 10th

The Attleboro Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program presents C is for Comics: An In-Depth Look at How Comic Books Are Made Monday, August 10 at 6:30 in the Marble Lobby

Join Sesame Street comic book writer/editor Jason M.

Burns and series letterer Nick Deschenes as they discuss how comic books go from pitch to page and all points in between. Includes Sesame Street-related giveaways and activities!

This is a family friendly event and kids 7 & up are welcome!

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Cote Raising Funds For Cancer Research

For the third year in a row, Robert Cote will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge. This two day event involves bicycle rides that vary in length from less than 20 miles to more 180 miles all around Massachusetts.

The purpose of the rides is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He has chosen the Wellesley-to-Bourne ride of approx.

90 miles.

When asked why he chose the PMC, Cote said, Our families have been hit by cancer, and we ve seen the effects. I d like to think that the money I m raising will make sure it never happens again.

He rattled off a list of people who he and his wife, Louise, knew who have fought various types of cancer, and not all successfully. Since my last ride, I lost two more friends to cancer. One was a newlywed EMT/nurse who had generously volunteered her time to provide first aid and more advanced care during the previous 13 PMC events.

The other was a father of four, husband of 34 years, a lawyer and a legal scholar who was very active in both his profession and his community. They are both deeply missed by their friends and families.

He added, I will be riding in their memory, and in the memory of other friends and family members that I have lost to cancer, and to honor those who have fought and won their battles with this disease. He went on to say that Dana-Farber is an important organization, and that 100% of the money raised is used in cancer care and cancer research, thanks to the generosity of the event s myriad sponsors and the donations given to riders.

Cote will be publicizing his partnerships with various local retailers, especially Dairy Queen in North Attleborough, who through their direct support and customer contributions have been very generous.

People who would like to donate directly to Bob Cote s ride can do so through the Pan-Mass website:

www.pmc.org/rc02279

Many companies will match their employee contributions to events like the PMC.

The opening ceremonies for the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge will be broadcast live on WBZ 4, Boston on Friday July 31, starting at 6pm. Wellesley-to-Bourne riders will leave Babson College at 7am on Saturday Aug 1.

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PIZZA PALOOZA SEPTEMBER 1

Join us for The United Regional Chamber of Commerce s first-ever Back-to-School Pizza Palooza on Tuesday, Sept.

1. Sample pizzas from local pizzerias and vote on the best!

This event will also feature family entertainment from FUN Enterprises.

The Pizza Palooza runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Attleboro Elks Outdoor Pavilion, 52 Bulfinch St., North Attleborough.

Sample pizza to your heart s content, soda and water provided!

Prepay in advance for $7 per person, $15 for a family of four ($3 for each additional family member.) Call The United Regional Chamber of Commerce at 508-222-0801 to register and prepay.

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FBP Summer Dance Intensive

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This Saturday, the FBP Summer Dance Intensive students will wrap up their four-week program with a free performance at one of the biggest WaterFire lightings of the season. The wide-ranging performance includes a modern work by choreographer Jos Lim n, an excerpt from Swan Lake Act III, and a brand new toe-tapping jazz piece set to Elvis Presley s Bossa Nova Baby. The program closes with an epic excerpt from The Firebird. The Firebird herself will glide across the water igniting the WaterFire braziers one by one, as Stravinsky s score builds to a breathtaking finale you won t forget. 14

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#WATERFIREBIRD PHOTO CONTEST

Saturday will be the first of multiple appearances by The Firebird at WaterFire, before she takes flight in Ballets Russes Reinvented at The Vets in October.15

Here s your chance to win tickets:

Snap a photo of the Firebird during one of her WaterFire appearances and post it to your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages using the hashtag #waterfirebird. We ll round up all of the photos and choose a winner on October 10.

Be sure your privacy settings are public, or we can t see it and it won t count!

The winner will receive a four pack of tickets to the show in October.

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Happy snapping Good luck!

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PLAINVILLE, MA Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue is seeking crafters and vendors for the 9th Annual Craft/Vendor Holiday Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Attleboro Elk s Lodge, 52 Bulfinch St, North Attleboro, MA.

Spaces still available! 8ft tables are available for $35 or $30 if you provide your own table. For more information call (508) 203-4240, email renee@angelcathaven.com, or visit

www.angelcathaven.com18

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July 30th, 2015 No Comments20

Memorial Hospital Golf Tourney Raises More Than $127,000

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From the left: A Summer Breeze Event Co- Chairs Gary and Beth Reis, Memorial Hospital Foundation Chair Virginia Roberts, former President & COO Ed Schottland, Alfredo Cordova, MD and grateful patient, Daniel Ross.

Pawtucket, RI Memorial Hospital s fourth annual golf tournament A Summer Breeze with two flights of golf, a poolside dinner reception with a steel drum band, awards, live and silent auctions and raffles raised more than $127,000. Guests heard news about Memorial from former President and COO Edward Schottland, Development Foundation Chair Virginia Roberts, surgeon Alfredo Cordova, MD, and one of Dr.

Cordova s grateful patients who spoke about the life-saving and life-changing surgery he received at Memorial.

This year s tournament was again generously presented by Med Tech Ambulance Service. Proceeds will support the renovation of the operating room patient support areas to create a therapeutic environment for patients, caregivers and families so they will have a comfortable place to rest and feel supported. Because the event was so successful, the hospital will also purchase a perioperative C-arm, a mobile imaging machine that provides high-resolution x-rays in real time so surgeons can monitor progress at any point during an operation.

Special thanks to tournament co-chairs, Gary Reis, president and CEO, and Beth Reis, certified public accountant and CFO, from Med Tech Ambulance Service, the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Golf Committee.

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Ocean State Theatre Company ANNOUNCES EQUITY AND NON-EQUITY ADULT AUDITIONS FOR 2015-16 SEASON

Ocean State Theatre Company announces Open Equity and Non-Equity Adult Auditions for its 2015-16 Season at its state-of-the-art theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI on Monday, August 10, Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Performers must be available for all rehearsal and performance dates. Local talent is strongly encouraged to audition. All roles are open for the following productions:

The Addams Family

Day and evening rehearsals/performances September 25 October 25, 2015

*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singers who move well. Ensemble must be strong dancer/singers. Please see website for casting breakdown.

Around the World in 80 Days

Day and evening rehearsals/performances October 20 November 16, 2015

*Note: All roles require various global accents. Please see website for casting breakdown.

It s a Wonderful Life The Musical

Day and evening rehearsals/performances November 17 December 27, 2015

*Note: All roles must be very strong actor/singers who move well. Ensemble must be strong actor/singers who move well or strong dancer/singers. Please see website for casting breakdown.

NO CHILDREN WILL BE AUDITIONED AT THESE CALLS.

SEPARATE CHILDREN S AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

Breaking Legs

Day and evening rehearsals/performances January 12 February 14, 2016

Please see website for casting breakdown.

1776

Day and evening rehearsals/performances February 9 March 13, 2016

Please see website for casting breakdown.

The Miracle Worker

Day and evening rehearsals/performances March 15 April 17, 2016

Please see website for casting breakdown.

NO CHILDREN WILL BE AUDITIONED AT THESE CALLS.

SEPARATE CHILDREN S AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE.

Anything Goes

Day and evening rehearsals/performances April 12 May 22, 2016

*Note: All roles must be very strong singer/actors who move well. Ensemble must be strong actor/singers who move well or strong dancer/singers.

Many small roles will be cast from the ensemble.

Please see website for casting breakdown.

The schedule for Monday, August 10 will be as follows:

9 am 1 pm Singing Auditions (1-2 pm lunch)

2 pm Dance auditions begin; 5 7 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)

The schedule for Tuesday, August 11 will be as follows:

9 am 1 pm Singing Auditions (1-2 pm lunch)

2 pm Dance auditions begin; 5 7 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)

The schedule for Wednesday, August 12 will be as follows:

9 am 11 am Singing Auditions; 11 am Dance auditions begin;

11 a 4 pm Actor only auditions (no accompanist provided)

Auditions will be held at Ocean State Theatre located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, RI. Those auditioning should enter through the main lobby doors and bring their headshot or a recent photo and resume (if available) securely stapled together (back to back).

Acting auditions: Please prepare two brief contrasting contemporary monologues. Note that there may be time to perform one selection only.

Some may be asked to stay for cold readings. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the singing audition time-frame. No accompanist will be provided during the Acting Auditions.

Singing auditions: Please prepare two brief songs (one up-tempo and one ballad).

Note that there may be time to perform one selection only. If interested in auditioning for singing and acting roles, please prepare one brief song and one brief contemporary monologue and attend the singing audition time-frame. Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose.

No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted. Some may be asked to stay for the dance call. Bring appropriate dancewear and dance shoes.

Dance auditions: Please be warmed up and ready to dance when the call begins.

Wear appropriate dancewear and have ballet and character shoes. Some may be asked to stay and sing after all have danced. Please prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo musical theatre song.

Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided, but will not transpose. No a cappella, tape recorders or CD players accepted.

No appointments necessary. Members of Actors Equity may call to schedule a singing and/or acting appointment, please email Robert.Miller@ostcri.org.

Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout each audition day, as time permits on a first-come first-served basis. No appointment needed for dance audition. No appointments will be given to non-union actors.

Doors open one hour before each audition.

Please Note: These auditions are for adults only (18 years and older).

No children will be auditioned at this call.

Children s auditions will be held at a later date.

There are no NYC auditions scheduled at this time. Additional information, character breakdowns and directions are available at

www.OceanStateTheatre.org23

The theatre is required to hire a minimum of three members of Actors Equity Association for each show.

In both chorus musicals, an additional minimum of two chorus contracts are required.

All ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to attend this audition.

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By Mike Clifford Commonwealth News Service

BOSTON The opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students.

Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last year. He says poor students no longer have to show ID cards since all students eat free.

He says more students are eating lunch and breakfast and they are performing better as a result.

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A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

They have really hungry kids in Springfield, but during the day they are not suffering from hunger pangs so they can focus on learning, says Roach. We have less visits to the nurse.

Their attendance increases.

Roach says the first year went so well the program is being expanded in Springfield to include parochial and charter schools that asked to be included in the universal free-meal program.

Christina Maxwell, director of programs with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, says universal free lunch is particularly important in more rural parts of the state experiencing higher levels of unemployment and where the economy has been slower to recover.

I am talking about Chicopee, Greenfield, North Adams, Pittsfield, Westfield, says Maxwell.

By signing up for Community Eligibility, these school districts could be providing a lot more food to a lot more food-insecure kids.

At the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, executive director Georgia Katsoulomitis says there is plenty of room for improvement all across the state, because half of eligible school districts have signed up.

We think all eligible school districts should participate because it is good for the children, and it cuts down on administration burdens to the schools and the school districts, she says.

So, it is a win-win.

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