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Arnold House Education Programs

April 18th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Arnold House education programs awarded a grant from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities


Lincoln, R.I. – Historic New England received an $8,500 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to fund Colonial Times education programs at the 1693Arnold House.

Colonial Times immerses students in early local history in an authentic seventeenth-century setting. The program combines classroom activities with a field trip and lets students explore history through hands-on activities including candle-making, writing, spinning and weaving, food preservation, and bartering.

Historic New England has been presenting exceptional school and youth programs for thirty years. These programs have earned national attention for their innovative use of historical resources to reinforce and enrich school curricula. In 2014 Historic New England served more than 49,000 students from 192 communities.

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

Arnold House (1693): In 1693, Eleazer Arnold, a major landowner, built his house along Great Road, one of the earliest roads in the colonies. Two stories high, with a pilastered chimney, the home so dominated the modest dwellings of nearby farmers that it earned the title “Eleazer’s Splendid Mansion.”  With its massive chimney end wall, the house is a rare survivor of a once-common Rhode Island building type known as a stone-ender. The structure has sustained many alterations over the centuries. Visitors find evidence of seventeenth-century construction methods, eighteenth-century additions, nineteenth century graffiti, and the twentieth-century approach to preservation that restored the house to its present appearance. Arnold House is located at 487 Great Road. Guided tours are on the hour, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour at 4:00 p.m.

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Bishop Feehan High School

April 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Feehan Students Face the “Real World” at Bryant

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Feehan boys try to master their budgets from left, Foxboro residents James Julio and Martin Murphy, and Norton residents Jacob John and Mike Capprini.

 Seventy-six Bishop Feehan High School students recently experienced “Real World Day” at Bryant University as a culmination of Feehan’s economic Financial Literacy Month.  For four weeks prior to this event, the class discussed budgets, credit, investment, loans, etc. as part of the daily curriculum, with guest lecturers representing different parts of the financial services field. This year David Santoro, a certified financial planner, and Kristin Rojas, vice president of community affairs for the Pawtucket Credit Union, were guest speakers.

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 Feehan girls from left, Gabrielle Delos (Chepachet, RI), Bridget Gaughan (Walpole), Marisol Handren (Johnston, RI), and Kacey Sharpe (Norton).

The Pawtucket Credit Union and Bryant University co-sponsored the event which provided the students with actual hands on experience where the students were asked to “pick a career.” A detailed form was then prepared for them with “Real Life” situations and expenses based on what they can expect 5 years after graduation from Feehan. These situations included looking for a place to live, rent or buy, purchasing an automobile or taking public transportation, insurance, savings, retirement allotment, and more. The gym at Bryant was set up like a trade show with various booths; housing, banking, food, even “temptation island” where their will power was tested.

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Matthew Jesser (Wrentham), Ryan Costello (Mansfield), Alexandra Stockman (Walpole), and John Hanson (Norton).

 The goal was to “live” based on their projected salary. “We even threw a few ‘life curves’ at them along the way,” commented Economics teacher, Glenn Loiselle. “In the end, they met with counselors to determine if they ‘won’ by living within their budget and saving for the future.  Indeed, a real life lesson for us all!” 

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Blackston Valley Amber Valley Compact

May 25th, 2014 · Uncategorized

 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Compact and a great deal has happened during those 20 years between the two regions. Stay tuned to this website for information and events commemorating the Compact including reader narratives, photos and videos of trips to both regions, a summer trip by a Blackstone Valley contingent to Amber Valley, and visitor information for both regions.


In 1994, Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley and Amber Valley, England, formalized a twinning agreement – a compact between the two regions to build and expand their tourism industries through international economic development. Twinning is a European phrase referring to partnerships between communities or regions to work together on any number of things, share ideas, or cross promote one another. In the United States, such arrangements between communities are often referred to as “sister cities.”

Amber Valley has much in common with the Blackstone Valley, in addition to it’s rivers and canals, historic sites, beautiful parks, and heavy ties to its Industrial history (including Samuel Slater).  Both weren’t thought of much at all by visitors seeking to take vacations in Rhode Island or England, but thanks to heavy tourism promotion and economic development and environmental initiatives, among other things, many tourists prefer the more relaxed atmospheres and historic nature of the regions, in addition to or in place of more well-traveled destinations such as London, England or the Providence, Newport, South County regions of Rhode Island.


In the case of the Blackstone and Amber Valleys, the two regions would share ideas about and develop international trade in the areas of tourism and industrial development, forge partnerships with various organizations operating in the two regions, share ideas about environmental preservation and riverfront development, and promote visitation to each region. Also, Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Belper, England forged their own twinning agreement. The initial connection in all of this was Samuel Slater, developer of our country’s first mechanized cotton spinning mill and father of our country’s industrial revolution.


In this country, Slater is considered a hero. In his hometown of Belper, not so much. That is due to the ongoing debate throughout the Amber Valley and England as to whether Slater should be recognized for his accomplishments or considered a traitor who stole secrets about mechanized water-powered cotton spinning from England and brought them to America. Fortunately, both regions were able to put aside their different opinions about Slater and realize they had much in common, starting with being early leaders in the development of the textile industry and now looking towards tourism for economic development. In addition, they realized they had much to learn from one another and much to gain by working together.

 More about the Compact.

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One Foot in the Grave – Live Action Short Film

May 14th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Introduction And Some Background

Welcome to our short film project One Foot in the Grave – a live-action dramatic action thriller. My name is Dave Borges. I’m the co-writer / director of One Foot in the Grave, and like many of you I’ve been dreaming about making films for as long as I can remember. I have been involved in a number of film and web series productions over the past ten years in various capacities from director, writer to editor and I have written and directed two seasons of the action/comedy web series Clean Livin’ as well as a few short films.

We’ve been developing this project for a number of months now. The process initially began with collecting images and references that interested and engaged us. This kicked-off a long spell of story development, many brains were stormed, ideas conjured, discarded, then reworked and whiskeys consumed until we had a really strong engaging script to work with.

From there we’ve been expanding on our story, developing our characters and creating a richly detailed world to place them into. This pushed us into creating the storyboard animatic in the video above. It was a chance for us to begin visual development of the film, set a mood/style and start getting our hands dirty. It was a great process to go through, and it’s gotten us really thrilled at what we can achieve with the real live-action film!

We’re incredibly excited about the cast of characters we have gathered to help us to get this film into production.

The Story

An aging father with nothing left to lose sets out to get the justice he was denied 25 years ago for the brutal death of his daughter.

What lengths would you go to for family? For your child? Would you kill? Would you endanger the lives of others you love? Or would they stop you? Hold you back?

And when you are old and gray and all those you loved are gone, buried. What then? Would you take up arms and seek justice; vengeance?

And what of the the unintended consequences? What happens when in your quest for blood you take the life of a loved one of another? What of their pain? Their justice?

This is the place where Angelo Morello finds himself. A man, whose daughter was brutally taken from him and his wife 25 years ago. With the passing of his beloved wife Rose; Angelo has no one left to fear for. To protect. To hold him back. He finally sets out to confront those responsible and exact his justice.

But many unanswered questions remain.

Who will live? Who will die?

To see more and to help with production please go to

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Elderly Hunger Rhode Island; A Series

June 22nd, 2013 · Uncategorized

Eldely Poverty Exists. Really!

Hungry in the West End–Episode 1: The Growing 

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State Ballet Of Rhode Island At RIC

March 18th, 2012 · Uncategorized



Herci Marsden, Artistic Director

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On behalf of Ms. Herci Marsden, Artistic Director of the State Ballet of Rhode Island (SBRI), we would like to invite you to our Project Ballet in Education performance of “Tour de Ballet,” an around-the-world ballet experience, held May 11 at 10:00 AM at Rhode Island College.

The show marks the world premiere of the score, “SAFARI,” composed by emerging Rhode Island composer Christy Isles. The six-movement piece will be performed by a live ensemble, and features choreography by SBRI resident choreographer Mia Godbout.

In addition, we will be performing the “Tarantella” from Italy, the “Can-Can” from France, an exciting Celtic ballet from Ireland, “Don Quixote Pas de Deux” from Spain, romantic “Vienna Waltzes,” and the East Slavic “Polovtsian Dances” from Borodin’s Prince Igor, reconstructed to create an around-the-world performance experience.

We are able to offer this performance at a reduced rate for as low as 2 dollars a seat thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, RI PBS, Asia Grille, Cardi’s Furniture, and Stanley Tree Service. Our mission is to create, present, and preserve the art of classical ballet within our community. We are sure that this will be an inspiring, not to mention educational, experience for your students like no other, and we hope to see you at the performance.

Space is limited! Reserve your seats now by calling 401-334-2560 or emailing

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Jacob’s Point Salt Marsh

March 16th, 2012 · Uncategorized




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March 9th, 2012 · Uncategorized



On a warm, breezy March 8, The United Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting event at Ugly Dog Books, 75 Union St., Attleboro.

Many Chamber members, local representatives and community members attended the ribbon cutting to welcome the store to downtown Attleboro.

Pictured in the front row at the ribbon cutting (left to right) are: Jack Lank of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jean Sousa of MJ Design Ventures, Ann Friedman of Jonathan’s Coffee Café, Barry LaCasse of the City of Attleboro, Diane Ward of Ugly Dog Books, Kim Ward Storch of Ugly Dog Books, Kurt Storch of Ugly Dog Books, State Rep. Betty Poirier, and Ed McDonough of Executive Coaching.

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March 7th, 2012 · Uncategorized





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February 13th, 2012 · Uncategorized



The Human Cost of the MA Budget Plan

Glen Gardner

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Groups which advocate for people with disabilities across the Bay State say the more than $32 billion state budget plan Gov. Deval Patrick released last week could carry a great human cost if enacted..

The budget would slash spending that supports thousands of persons with disabilities and their families. The spending blueprint calls for $5.5 million in cuts to family-support programs alone.

The governor has been sympathetic in the past, says Leo Sarkissian, executive director of The Arc of Massachusetts, but these proposed cuts are devastating.

“Basically, he’s historically been a strong Community First proponent, and for families, but this budget takes away funding for about 2,200 families.”

Sarkissian says 20,000 families across the state are eligible for assistance from family support. It’s cost-effective, he says, because it allows many adults to continue to live with families at home where care is much less expensive than other options.

The Turning 22 program also is targeted for about $3 million in cuts. Sarkissian says that program helps students who will require adult services after high school, with the proposed cuts potentially leaving hundreds scrambling for options.

“These students who have intellectual disabilities … will be facing a closed door – 500 of them, we think.”

Gary Blumenthal, executive director of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, says these proposals are troubling but not final at this point.

“As revenues increase, we will ask the governor to reconsider these cuts and consider issuing a supplemental budget.”

Blumenthal also sees ample opportunity to change the budget in the House and Senate before it returns to Patrick for his signature

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