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.
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?
Providence, RI - The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the appointment of Mollie Flanagan as its new Individual Artist Program Director. Flanagan, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, will manage the Council's programs and services for individual artists, including grants to individual artists, professional development and community-building activities. Within the State system the position is classified as a Senior Research Technician.
In announcing the appointment, Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, "We are delighted to have someone with Mollie's knowledge and experience take charge of our work supporting our state's individual artists." He went on to say, "Mollie is deeply invested in the success of individual artists and the small businesses and organizations they build around them. We believe her knowledge and experience will help our state's artists contribute to the economic and cultural life of our state." Mollie begins her new job on February 5th.
In accepting this position, Flanagan said "I am excited to work directly with Rhode Island artists to help them develop their creative practices, connect with all of Rhode Island’s residents, and to explore and experiment with alternative business models." She went on to say that, "as a lover of art, I am eager to explore the rich and diverse culture of my new home and experience the wide variety of art being made in the state."
And, as a resident of Arizona, Mollie is really looking forward to experiencing seasons for the first time. She asks that you "please be kind if you see her and she is totally captivated by snow falling or leaves changing."
About Mollie Flanagan
Mollie Flanagan recently completed an MFA in Arts Entrepreneurship and Management at Arizona State University with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. She was the inaugural Tremaine Fellow in Arts Entrepreneurship, for which she conducted research about arts specific business training across the United States. This research included a national inventory of what training is currently being offered and by whom; three resource guides for artists about free training, asset building, and social impact; what training artist service organizations feel is important to artists’ careers and what business skills the artists themselves feel they need to learn in order to further their professional practice; and research on networking as applied to artists and the arts. Her thesis project focused on creating a new method for developing services or programming for arts organizations and artists within a specific community. To do this, she used an entrepreneurial process to develop services and/or resources for performing arts organizations with budgets of under $300,000 in the Phoenix metro area. Using the Lean Launchpad method, she worked directly with representatives of Phoenix area organizations to assess their biggest challenges and needs and create a plan for implementing solutions. This method of developing programming can be translated to any specific community, working towards creating education programs and assistance that is based on what artists and residents need and want.
As a consultant, Mollie has worked with arts organizations on crowdfunding campaigns and online fundraising, marketing plans, social media, community engagement and audience development, small donor fundraising, capital campaigns, and board development. Her focus has been supporting and working with small arts organizations and arts businesses. As an artist, Mollie works as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in the performing arts. Her work includes several years as the lighting designer at the Musical Instrument Museum’s music theater, production manager for a touring contemporary dance company based in San Francisco, and working in various capacities on large site specific theater projects.
Providence, RI: WaterFire Providence announces the 2016 WaterFire season which currently includes nine full lightings and one partial lighting.
As sponsorship develops, WaterFire will announce additional lightings and programming -- watch for updates on the WaterFire Providence website (www.waterfire.org), Facebook page (http://facebook.com/waterfireprovidence) and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/waterfireprov).
“We are really pleased to announce the 2016 WaterFire season which will present many of our most popular events as well as some exciting new surprises,” remarked Barnaby Evans, WaterFire’s creator and executive artistic director.
The WaterFire Arts Festival Plaza will return to Washington Street for most full lightings with local artists presenting and selling their work. Food vendors will be located on Washington, College and Steeple Streets and National Grid will be providing charging stations for the public to use to power up their mobile devices for free throughout the installation again this year. Nursing Placement will return as WaterFire Providence’s official First Aid Station provider. Visitors can pick up a brochure/map in many local hotels or at the event at one of WaterFire Providence’s guest greeter stations or at the WaterFire Store on Canal Street that lists all events and activities throughout the day and evening.
WaterFire Providence’s Plan Your Trip to Providence webpage (http://waterfire.org/visit/plan-your-trip-to-providence/) is the #1 resource for up-to-date details about the event, transportation, parking, hotels, restaurants and other local attractions. Ignite Providence (http://igniteprovidence.com) is a WaterFire curated website presenting activities and events in and around Providence on WaterFire weekends that helps visitors explore a longer stay in the Creative Capital.
Saturday, May 21st
Basin Lighting – Sunset: 8:05 p.m.
Sponsored by The MET High School, Celebrating 20 Years
Saturday, May 28th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:11 p.m.
Sponsored by Bank of America
Saturday, June 18th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:24 p.m.
Sponsored by CVS Health Charity Classic and The Providence Journal
Saturday, July 9th
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:22 p.m.
Sponsored by Amica Insurance with the generous support of the Textron Charitable Trust
Saturday, July 23rd
Full Lighting – Sunset: 8:12 p.m.
Sponsored by Cox Business
Saturday, August 6th – Hep C Hope: A WaterFire Lighting for RI Defeats Hep C
Full Lighting – Sunset: 7:59 p.m.
Sponsored by HepCHope.com
Saturday, August 20th
Full Lighting – Sunset 7:37 p.m.
Sponsored by Fidelity Investments and National Grid
Saturday, September 24th
Full Lighting – Sunset 6:38 p.m.
Sponsored by the Confucius Institute & US-China Institute at Bryant University andNortek
Saturday, October 1st – Flames of Hope a Celebration of Life™
Full Lighting – Sunset: 6:26 p.m.
Sponsored by Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and Lifetime Medical
Saturday, November 5th – WaterFire Salute to Veterans
Full Lighting – Sunset: 5:34 p.m.
2016 Season Sponsors: Bank of America, The City of Providence and Mayor Jorge Elorza, Cox Communications, CVS Health Charity Classic, Dominion Power and Energy, Emery’s Catering, iHeart Media Providence, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, HepCHope.com, IGT, Lifetime Medical, National Grid, Nortek, Nursing Placement, The Providence Journal, The Rhode Island General Assembly and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, TRAC Builders, Waste Management, WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show
2016 Co-Lead Fire Sponsors: Amica Insurance, Confucius Institute and US-China Institute at Bryant University, Cox Business, Fidelity Investments, Textron Charitable Trust
2016 Media Sponsors: Cox Media, Cumulus Media: News Talk 630 AM & 99.7 FM and Talk and Business 790 AM, iHeart Media Providence, The Providence Journal, WPRI 12 & FOX Providence & The Rhode Show
2016 Basin and Partial Fire Sponsors: Dunkin’ Donuts - Slam Dunk WaterFire, The MET School - Celebrating 20 Years
WaterFire Providence is still actively seeking sponsors to add additional lightings in the 2016 season with potential open dates including September 3rd, September 17th and October 15th.
“WaterFire offers one of the most powerful opportunities anywhere for corporations and other organizations to engage their customers and communities. We create unforgettable customer experiences tailor-made for sponsors’ needs,” Says Bronwyn Dannenfelser, Director of Resource Development.
Contact Bronwyn@waterfire.org for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.Each year WaterFire attracts nearly 1 million visitors to downtown Providence to experience art in the city. Annually, WaterFire activity creates $113 million in economic output for local businesses, generates over $9 million of tax revenue for the State of Rhode Island and supports 1,294 jobs for community residents.
WaterFire _Providence is a 501(c)3 independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. Created in 1994 by the artist Barnaby Evans, each year approximately one million visitors come to Providence to experience WaterFire making it one of the largest tourist attractions in the State of Rhode Island and Southern New England region.
For more information about WaterFire Providence, please visit http://waterfire.org or call 401-273-1155.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit are seeking nominations for the newly-created Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board.
"Understanding the impact climate change has on our community is important for our health and economic growth," Raimondo said. "This advisory board will help us develop practical solutions to addressing the impacts climate change will have on across our state - from our coast to our urban and rural neighborhoods. We are looking for people who are willing to dedicate their time and knowledge to help protect our most important resources for generations to come."
"I am excited about the prospect of working with Governor Raimondo to pull together a group of motivated and dynamic individuals with a strong interest in promoting all aspects of Rhode Island's climate change conversation," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "This is a cross-cutting issue that must involve scientific experts, economic leaders, and key policymakers."
This nine-member advisory board was created as part of the Resilient Rhode Island Act to provide guidance to the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council on issues such as aligning academic research around issues of climate resiliency, communicating scientific and technical information to the public, and taking inventory on public and private sector work to achieve greater coordination and efficiency.
The Rhode Island Senate will confirm all of the governor's appointments to the advisory board. Initial appointments will be made on staggering one, two and three year terms, and will be drawn from Rhode Island institutions of higher education, research laboratories and state agencies with expertise in, and responsibility for, addressing issues pertaining to climate change.
Nominations should be submitted no later than May 15, 2015 to Elizabeth Stone in the DEM Director's Office at email@example.com, by fax at 222-6802, or by mail to the DEM Director's Office in Room 425 at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908. Interested individuals are encouraged to include a current resume or bio, cover letter and contact information.
“There's also more of an ethical issue of why is there this position in state government that's one and only job is to sit around and wait for the governor to die?” - Kris Frieswick
As a Libertarian I don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own home or bedroom. Nor do I care what you choose to put in your own body. However, I am fiscally conservative, that is, I expect the government to run as lean as possible and I ask that they be good stewards of taxpayer money.
As our own state, and states across the country struggle with poor economic conditions I, like many before me, have to ask the question: “Do we really need a lieutenant governor?” several states say no, as do I; that’s why I’ve decided to run for said “office”.
As your next (and hopefully last) Lieutenant Governor I would be happy to serve voluntarily, but I would collect no salary and hire no staff, thereby saving taxpayers over $1 million for each year of the term (totaling $4 million over the term’s duration) I would also work toward abolishing the office of Lieutenant Governor.
If I win
Even should I win, a constitutional amendment would be needed to abolish the lieutenant governor’s office. Here's how the RI Constitution addresses the “job”"Article IV, Section 3: "When the governor-elect shall die, remove from the state, refuse to serve; become insane, or be otherwise incapacitated, the lieutenant governor-elect shall be qualified as governor at the beginning of the term for which the governor was elected.”Article IX, Section 9: “Section 9. Vacancy in office of governor. -- If the office of the governor shall be vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment or inability to serve, the lieutenant governor shall shall fill the office of governor, and exercise the powers and authority appertaining thereto, until a governor is qualified to act, or until the office is filled at the next election."
So, in essence, everybody who is seeking or gets elected to this office is simply using it for their own pet projects, while in reality, they have no actual power vested from the office. They are asking the taxpayers to pay them to hang out as they promote their own personal agenda, whatever it might be…on your dime.
We do have a Constitutional provision for the absence of a lieutenant governor:"Article IX, Section 10. Vacancies in both offices of governor and lieutenant governor. -- If the offices of governor and lieutenant governor be both vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment, or inability to serve, the speaker of the house of representatives shall in like manner fill
the office of governor during such vacancy."
Now, I'm not a constitutional scholar, but it appears it would only take a simple amendment or revision to the RI Constitution to eliminate the office. Yes, there is precedence for this: Up until 2003, the lieutenant governor served as presiding officer of the RI State Senate, however in 2003 the Senate was allowed to elect its own officer (Art. VIII, Sec. 1 and 2). Moreover, a quick scan of the full text of the RI Constitution shows that there have been at least three articles repealed since its ratification.
I submit to you that Rhode Island does not need this office, and that by eliminating the Lieutenant Governorship we could save the taxpayers over $1 million per year.
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