There will be a basin lighting of WaterFire on Friday, April 28th, 2017 sponsored by the Rotary Conference 2017. Please note that this is a basin lighting and not a full WaterFire lighting. The 32 braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and in front of the Providence Place Mall will be burning brightly to honor the Rotary Conference 2017, LLC. The event will begin with a 16 torch procession. The Lighting Ceremony will commence at approximately 8:30 p.m. and will remain lit until 11:00 p.m.
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Rotary’s 35,000+ clubs worldwide initiate projects that address critical issues such as hunger, poverty, disease, and illiteracy.
Rotary Conference 2017, LLC is pleased to sponsor WaterFire on Friday, April 28, 2017, in conjunction with the Rotary Multi-District Conference 2017, being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, April 28–30, 2017. This history-making Conference marks the first time four Rotary districts (7950 Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; 7910 Central Massachusetts; 7890 Northern Connecticut/Western Massachusetts; and 7980 Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties in Connecticut) have joined together for their annual spring gathering, and the first time a sitting Rotary International President has visited.
“The Rotary International motto is "Service Above Self". We the Rotarians representing four Rotary districts from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut have come together in Providence to celebrate the accomplishments of our members and clubs in the 2016-2017 Rotary year. We are proud to partner with WaterFire Providence as we welcome Rotary International President John Germ and his wife Judy. Our goal by lighting these fires is to make the public aware of how Rotary changes and saves lives at home and around the world through our service projects and by promoting peace through understanding.” - Bill Vangel, General Chair, 2017 Multi District Conference.
Rotary International President John Germ also oversees Rotary’s top priority of eradicating polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in Africa and Asia. Through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) – the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988 to just 37 confirmed in 2016. Rotary, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has donated $1.6 billion to polio eradication. There will be an information table in the Waterplace Park Basin during the lighting where Rotary members will be happy to share more about what they do and how you can become involved.
The public is invited to the world premiere of the new documentary film D-Day: Over Normandy narrated by the only five-time Super Bowl-winning head coach in NFL history, Bill Belichick. Coach Belichick’s father Steve served in WWII in the United States Navy and saw time in both Europe and the Pacific.
The World War II Foundation hired one of France’s top aerial Drone camera companies to film some of the most iconic locations in Normandy from D-Day. The result is some of the most spectacular scenes of the landing beaches viewers have ever seen. In 2016 the WWII Foundation will tell the story of these famous locations utilizing ONLY aerial footage from our Drone camera, along with archival footage from June 6, 1944.
This will be the only New England showing of the film prior to its airing on American Public Television.
Immediately following the showing there will be a brief Q & A session with the producer and director of the film, Tim Gray and two Rhode Island 1st wave D-Day veterans of Omaha Beach.
General Admission $15 (a $3 facility fee is included in all pricing; a $3 service fee will be applied to online and phone orders). Tickets are free for Veterans and Military Personnel with proper ID, and must be claimed in person.
Superman sinks slowly to the bottom of the ocean, knocked out cold. The light of a boom tube reflex over the water, barely moving it's rays through the cold murky water. A greenish suite with a room emerges from the boom tube, plashing into the water at the speed of sound and swimming towards Superman with a strange pill like container the size of a watermelon. The suited man or robot opens the capsule as he gets overhead of Superman. This black life like ooze slithers its way out of the can and towards Superman, visually attaching itself to the man of steal covering him up with this black suit with white eyes. A mouth appears from the head of what used to be Superman with a loud growl bubbling through the water and what was Superman's arm now a large clawed goo stretches out like a spider attacking it's prey and shoots through the body of the Dover. Now obvious it was another Lex-bot as sparks shot out of his back when Superman's black gooey hand shot through the body like knife through butter. Now with lightning speed the host that controls Superman has him shoot out of the water like a torpedo, straight into the sky. Now heading towards our hero on top of the roof.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and its partners will kick off the Second Annual Rhode Island Quahog Week with a special launch event later this month. Quahog Week, which runs March 20 – 25, highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals, and Quahog Week partners will hold special events.
WHERE: Save The Bay, 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, Rhode Island
WHEN: Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At the launch event, local shellfishermen will compete in a quahog shucking contest and educate guests on their profession. Guests will also enjoy a raw bar and creative preparations of the quahog, courtesy of participating restaurants. A short speaking program is also planned. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Emily Lynch at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhode Island is known for its food and diverse food cultures. The state’s booming local food sector supports more than 60,000 jobs and continues to attract and inspire the imagination of entrepreneurs and innovators. The local fishing industry has been, and continues to be, a vital part of the equation. Last year, more than 100 million pounds of seafood arrived to a local port – with an export value over $1 billion. And more than 28 million quahogs (off-the-boat value of $5.5 million) were harvested from Narragansett Bay and local coastal waters. To support continued industry growth, the State, along with its partners, developed the RI Seafood brand to uniquely identify local seafood in the marketplace and to provide a brand under which local seafood events and activities can take place.
Quahogging has a rich history locally, supporting the livelihoods of hundreds of fishermen year-round as well as serving as a treasured pastime for Rhode Island families. Quahog Week will highlight this history and value through several other planned events, including a special quahog-inspired Eating with the Ecosystem School of Fish Workshop on March 20 and the Official Beer of the Clam event on Saturday, March 25 at the new headquarters of Narragansett Beer in Pawtucket. For more information on planned programming or to sign up as a Quahog Week partner or participating venue, visit www.seafoodri.com.
For more information about Quahog Week and/or a list of participating restaurants and markets, visit www.seafoodri.com or @RISeafoodRocks on Facebook. Join the conversation in social media, using #QuahogWeek.
-All of my life I've been told to be yourself, be the black sheep. This however has always put me on the radar of bullies and jerks, even today. It's my fault, after all, for not following the way of mother nature. In her world the one that sticks out from the Herd, pack or school is always left behind and eventually picked off by the apex predator. You can survive though and not by falling behind, not by joining the predators on the hunt, no. Look for the group that sticks out and return to the way of life be apart of that Herd. A group will always take down that predator, and the right group will pick you up when you fall.
So here we are at Terror Con, the crew of Rhode Island Free Radio.org. Also in attendance: evil clowns, a couple of zombie Star Wars troopers, a killer car, a battered Jurassic Park jeep, and aisle upon crowded aisle of merchandise vendors, food vendors, artists, authors, and a bunch of ‘B’ movie and TV show celebrities not getting as much attention as they’d like for their 30 dollar autographs and 50 dollar photos. It does my heart good to see the clowns, dead stormtroopers, and a faux Batman and Wonder Woman getting more attention than the grizzled oldster who played Danny Torrance in The Shining once upon a time. (You remember, the kid with the stupid haircut that rode the Big Wheel and talked to his finger.) There’s also Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), some folks from The Walking Dead, the Cenobites from Hellraiser(minus Doug Bradley), Adrienne Barbeau, a Freddy Krueger pinball machine (Our own Tony Jones has his eye on the pinball machine), and last but not least a table full of RI Free Radio stickers, pins, CD’s and candy that needs to either be given away or thrown away by 5 pm Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, 9 am. We dose ourselves every hour with caffeine and sugar. Our self- promoting outgoing natures do not manifest without help before 2 pm. My outgoing nature threatens not to manifest at all after a conversation with the owner of Christine, the car I mentioned at the top of the first paragraph. Sad to relate, I found the present owner to be just as obsessed with the evil auto as the kid in the King novel and Carpenter’s movie adaptation. Can’t sit behind the wheel, can’t lean on it, can’t touch it. Oh, well. Just a missed photo op for Tony Jones and me and the rest of the RI Free Radio crew. My real concern is for that man’s family. I hope one of the demonologists at this event notices the state of affairs around that car and takes the proper steps.
11 am My mood revives with the arrival at our booth of two Lasik Girls. Cute, eager, intellectual. By the time they finish their pitch to restore our 20/20 vision, and the second one has discussed the conditions and problems threatening our world and their solutions, we have also been visited by robed cultists, a fanged leather-clad female vampire, Michael Myers, and Santa Claus. We give out CD’s, buttons, and stickers. I convince our Dj Psycho Eddie, a large man in prison garb and face-paint, to stop asking little kids if they want candy because it’s creeping me out. Ask the parents about the candy, I tell him. Give promo stickers to the kids to stick on mommy’s car. We try to talk somebody into slapping a RI Free Radio sticker on Christine’s back bumper, but nobody’s brave enough.
Sunday, 1 pm The day goes on. The pile of internet radio station merch in front of us goes down. We meet several possible recruits to our RI Free Radio Family. We teach you the internet radio ropes for free, we tell them, you won’t owe us any gigantic student loan amounts when you’ve finished learning. This is true. We take the commitments we make seriously. Less seriously do we take the inflatable T-rexes bopping down the aisle, or the Crypt Keeper’s voice screeching over the announcement intercom.
3 pm I have a problem of my own: for every single dollar in my pocket, there’s a Ben Franklin worth of stuff I want to leave with. Posters and Godzilla action figures, autographed books and signed pics, a set of erotic female monster stickers that stick to anything. That Freddy Krueger pinball machine (maybe I’ll talk to Tony about going halfsies on that)... Lasik eye surgery. Christine.
5 pm I settle for the erotic female monster stickers that stick to anything. For the rest, there’s next year.
(Host of The Haunted Cabaret)
Rhode Island State House — Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has introduced legislation intended to protect employees from wrongful termination.
The bill (2017-S 0169) would end Rhode Island’s adoption of the “employment-at-will” legal doctrine, and would provide some job protection for employees that satisfactorily perform their duties. The act would also provide specific remedies for wrongful discharge.
“Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states that has no public policy regarding at-will employment,” said Senator Quezada. “This can lead to competent, capable and hard-working employees suddenly losing their jobs for no good reason. We owe it to all our workers to provide them with a modicum of protection and not leave their job security up to the vagaries of employers.”
At-will employment means that an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, except an illegal one, or for no reason without incurring legal liability. It also means that an employer can change the terms of the employment relationship with no notice and no consequences. For example, an employer can alter wages, terminate benefits, or reduce paid time off. In its unadulterated form, the U.S. at-will rule leaves employees vulnerable to arbitrary and sudden dismissal, a limited or on-call work schedule depending on the employer’s needs, and unannounced cuts in pay and benefits.
In Senator Quezada’s legislation, wrongful discharge would consist only of firing someone for refusing to break the law, if the discharge was not for a good cause after the employee’s probationary period, or the employers violated the provisions of their own personnel policy. The law would also establish a probationary period of 90 days for those employers who do not have a specific probationary period.
“This law would also provide remedies to employees who feel they have been wrongfully discharged,” said Senator Quezada. “There are few things more important in life than job security. And losing a job for no good reason can be a tremendous blow, especially if you have a family to support.”
Under the legislation, if an employer has committed a wrongful discharge, the employee may be awarded lost wages and fringe benefits for a period not to exceed four years from the date of discharge, together with interest on the lost wages and fringe benefits.
The bill, which is cosponsored by Senators Jeanine A. Calkin (D-Dist. 30, Warwick),Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) and Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If you’re a resident of Rhode Island, then the term ‘Rhody Beer’ would certainly remind you of that distinct flavor that a beer made in the Ocean State would always have. There’s a reason why beers crafted in this state are special, not only does Rhode Island have a rich history of crafting the finest beers, it also has around 375 years of history of beer making and delivering something unique to the beer thirsty world. Let us examine some of the favorite beers to have come out of Rhode Island:
5. The Stalk:
Brewed by Proclamation Ale Company, the Stalk is a beer that is a cult favorite in Rhode Island. The beer comes in a cloudy gold color with a touch of sublime haziness on top of an aroma that is well-suited for all type of preferences. The Stalk is primarily a beer having flavors that can be characterized as having a tinge of citrus. Having an alcohol concentration of 8.60% the Stalk is a beer that should always be in your fridge for all type of occasions.
4. Captain’s Daughter:
Currently rated as the best beer of Rhode Island, the Captain’s Daughter is indeed a must try for anyone who’s trying to get a taste of Rhode Island’s finest beer. The essence of this beer comes out of its brewing process as it’s brewed with high-quality pilsner malt and flaked oats. The best part about the Captain’s Daughter is that you always discover something new, whether it’s an improvement in the aroma or the taste.
Galaxy continues the great work Proclamation Ale Company is doing for beer lovers in Rhode Island. Galaxy is brewed in such a way that the maximum flavor and aroma is obtained through the hops, Amarillo and Citra. The best thing about Galaxy is that it almost feels like it is bursting with citrus juices and tropical fruit aroma.
The name of the beer pretty much tells about what it’ll offer, the mosaic is a supreme combination of a wide variety of brewing ingredients which include raw hops, citrusy flavors and stone fruits. The aroma represents the typical taste of beers from Rhode Island. Due to the usage of raw hops the taste of the Mosaic is very much spicy or maybe sour due to the citrus flavors.
1. Narragansett Bock:
A favorite of Rhode Island is the Narragansett Bock, hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops the Narragansett Bock wouldn’t be consider as a typical Rhody beer but still it gives you something unique. The very taste of the beer gives your taste buds a creamy sensation and an aroma that you’ll remember for quite some time.
Beers out of Rhode Island are widely recognized not just in the U.S but also all over the world.
This is simply one man's opinion, what is YOUR favorite Rhody brew?
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