Monday, November 30, 2009

YES Gallery in Warren to close


YES Gallery in Warren at 146 Water Street is closing. They are having their last gallery exhibition opening of work by Jim Bush on Friday, December 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
The exhibition will run through December 20. For details go to: www.yesgalleryandstudio.com or call the gallery at (401) 245 7174
Jim Bush is a well known artist, political cartoonist for the Providence Journal and an educator. He is a teacher and founder of the new art school for kids in Warren called the Warren Art Spot. http://www.warrenartspot.com
(Click on image once to enlarge.)

Art Talk Wednesday at Bristol Library

Tayo Heuser, an adjunct Professor of Art at Roger Williams University in the Visual Arts will be the Bristol Art Museum's guest speaker on Wednesday, December 2nd at the Rogers Free Library at 7 pm. The Art Talks are free and partially funded by Roger Williams University. A reception is planned at a private home at 5 pm to meet the artist. For reservations , $25 contact ppwoods51@verizon.net

Tayo Heuser, originally from Washington, D.C., has lived in Africa and Europe. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Masters Degree from Vermont College. She lives and works in Providence and Brussels, Belgium. Tayo's presentation will cover her current exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. on view from November 19th-October, 2010. The Phillip's exhibit, "Intersections", explores the intersections between the old and new traditions and modern and contemporary art practices, such as, engaging in the permanent collections and museum spaces. Heuser's unique exhibit, "Pulse" translates Mark Rothko's paintings into three dimensions with large scale wall-mounted sculptures of glowing, colored forms drawn in ink, designed to rise along the spiral stairwell and the paintings in the Mark Rothko Room.

Her most recent shows have been at Rogers Williams University, 2009; The Reeves Contemporary in New York City, Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art and the H29 Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, 2008; as well as group shows at the Roeder Gallery, New York, The Paper New England Gallery,Hartford, Ct; and the Chazen Gallery in Providence, RI. Her work has been exhibited since 1991 and is included in public and corporate collections, including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA; RISD Museum, Providence, RI and many more.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Marine bird populations sharply declining on Narragansett Bay

This is an excerpt from a story from the November 2009  Rhode Island Monthly magazine by Mary Grady on the decline of local marine bird populations.
"The numbers of several maritime bird species that breed in Narragansett Bay have dropped significantly in the last five to ten years, according to annual surveys conducted by the state Department of Environmental Management. Great egrets, for example, the tall, elegant white birds often seen foraging in shallow coves fringing the Bay, peaked at 251 nesting pairs in 2003, and in 2008 were down to 148 pairs. Their smaller relatives, the snowy egrets, showed an even steeper drop, from 330 pairs in 1979 to just fifty-three pairs in 2008. Cattle egrets and little blue herons have practically disappeared from the state, and black-crowned night herons are also in steep decline."
The reason for this is not entirely clear but the need for continual monitioring is all important. Thank you Save Bristol Harbor for doing your share of this kind of work. For the full article go to:

Fantastic Mr. Fox


See it! Here's a video describing the detail in how it was made by the writer and director, Wes Anderson:
http://content.foxsearchlight.com/videos/node/4215
Someones been stealing from the three meanest farmers around...
"Boggis and Bunce and BEAN
One fat, one short, one LEAN
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were nonetheless equally MEAN."

Save the Bay announces LNG opposition campaign


November 28, 2009 - Save the Bay (STB) announces a $12,000 media blitz against an LNG facility  planned for Narragansett Bay. Click on the STB link below to study the facts, sign and circulate a petition, write your congressman, show up and speak at meetings and in general spread the word.  Jonathan Stone, executive director of STB,  notes that "a strong public showing is one of the ways the LNG proposal could be stopped." This campaign is timed to prepare the State of RI and its citizens for a forthcoming period of open public comment.
"How can two decades of hard work by thousands of dedicated citizens who have fought for the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay be so easily discounted in order to accommodate a project that appears to benefit only a private company?" John Torgan, Biologist and Baykeeper STB
Locally, Save Bristol Harbor is organizing a supplemental movement to work in tandem with STB to be announced shortly.  On December 14, there will be a meeting in Somerset MA where Weavers Cove Energy will be going before the local Somerset Conservation Commission at 6: 30 pm. Email Susan or Keith Maloney for more info or for a ride at ekm2x@cox.net

Bristol has new car service

Have you ever needed a ride someplace and didn't know who to call or didn't want to trouble your neighbor?
Well Bristol finally has a solution. Bristol resident Mike Carroll has started a car service called "Bristol Car Service". (A white van with appropriately a red, white and blue highway stripe down the center of the car.) He can take you to the airport ($65 Green, $125 Logan) or drive you to a movie or a doctors appointment or act as a designated driver for your teenagers or for yourself. His rates are less than a limo and a regular taxi but still competitive.
BTW Mike is Irish, a musician, a composer and a good buddy of Aidan Graham. He is in the movie about Aidan and Ms. Waters titled "Betty Ann Waters". Ms. Waters is played by Hilary Swank. The movie will be coming out in the spring sometime and was filmed in Detroit and in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Makes me wonder why it couldn't have been filmed in RI...?) Call Mike for more info and prices: 401 261 0501

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Colt Andrews School Christmas Wreaths


This is a great idea. Buy a wreath and support the reconstruction of the Colt-Andrews Elementary Schoolyard project. (Click on image once to enlarge for details.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Send a postcard of thanks


Thanksgiving is here. It seems timely to acknowledge and honor our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is not about the conflict there. It is about the men and women serving there now. Click on the link www.LetsSayThanks.com and send a postcard to a soldier. It's free to the sender. You can chose a pre-written message or write one of your own. The cards were all created by elementary school children throughout the USA. The image you chose will be printed and mailed in care packages by the military support organization Give2TheTroops.

Let's Say Thanks was started by Xerox who print the cards and partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, print shops and corporations as a thank you to our service men and women.

Photo: Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan reading Let’s Say Thanks cards.

Blithewold looking for volunteers

The following is information from Blithewold's Director of Volunteers, Donna Grabert. She is looking for some Christmas volunteers. Perhaps you can help her out!

BECOME PART OF THE MAGIC THAT IS CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD....

Walt Disney thought that he had created the happiest places on earth,
but then, he never encountered Christmas at Blithewold. Help guide our
guests through the magical world of "Fantasies and Fairies" and listen
to the expressions of wonderment as each visitor gets their first
glimpse of the stunningly decorated eighteen foot tree.

Join our talented group of volunteers and see Blithewold in a way that
you have never experienced before. The breakfast porch will once again
be transformed into the Holiday Gift Shop. Tea and scones will be served in the dining room every Wednesday/Thursday/Friday and "Story Time" will enchant the wee ones on Wednesday afternoons. Last year's charming gingerbread exhibit will again delight visitors of all ages. Engage in
a friendly competition to see which volunteer can sell the most raffle
tickets! The house will be open seven days a week from November 27
through January 3. Volunteer shifts are available between the hours of
10 and 5 Sunday through Wednesday and 1 and 8 Thursday through Sunday.

Come as a couple...as a family...with a friend or come alone and make
new friends. Give yourself a Holiday gift and become a volunteer.
Contact Donna Grabert, Volunteer Coordinator at Ext. 18 or email
dgrabert@blithewold.org.

You are invited to the next Charter Review Commission meeting

If you would like to make a comment about the Town of Bristol and how it operates or doesn't operate here is your chance to speak up. You are invited to attend the next Charter Review Commission meeting on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 pm at the Bristol Statehouse and express your opinion, comments and suggestions. The newly re-formed group has been meeting since August and has been eliciting insights and opinions from various groups and individuals as to how the charter affects them or their job and their input on how well it is or is not working. e.g. recreation department and harbor management among other things have been brought up. These meetings all follow the open meeting laws and so far, every meeting has also had an open comment item on the agenda. The next meeting is at the Bristol Statehouse (Courthouse) when the general public is specifically invited to weigh in. The current charter is available on the town website and of course at Town Hall.  www.bristolri.us Copies of past minutes are available from the recording secretary Dot Viera at: dsv3159@yahoo.com or the Bristol Town Clerk.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Compost the Thanksgiving Leftovers the Dog Won't Eat


This is a short article that makes a lot of sense from the new eco ri website mentioned a while back.

East Bay Food Pantry to have grand opening

The mission of the East Bay Food Pantry is to engage, empower, and educate in order to create a hunger-free East Bay. We are already serving over 200 families and the need continues to grow.

The newly established East Bay Food Pantry- Stone Soup Thrift Shop will be celebrating its Grand Opening with two events.

The first will be the official opening of the Stone Soup Thrift Shop on Friday, November 27, from 10am to 3pm. Stone Soup Thrift Shop will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. The shop offers clothing, shoes, accessories for the whole family as well as housewares of all kinds. It is located at 150 Franklin Street under the green awning.

The second event is a fundraiser gala on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Franklin Court Community Room at 150 Franklin Street. Tickets are $50. per person. Following are the details.
East Bay Food Pantry/Stone Soup Thrift Shop will be formally celebrating its Grand Opening with Wines at the Pantry, sponsored by 1776 Liquors. Gourmet Fare will be provided by 195 Franklin with dessert provided by Paul Sousa of The Cake Gallery. Entertainment will be provided by Doug Botelho. There will also be a Silent Auction featuring items from local businesses. For tickets, please contact Anita Randal 396-9490 or visit www.eastbayfoodpantry.org. Tickets may be purchased and donations may be made on the website.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Many Moods of Christmas Concert

On Saturday, December 5 at 7 pm, and Sunday, December 6 at 3 pm, the newly re-organized Bristol County Chorus will present the 29th Many Moods of Christmas Concert in St. Mary's Church, Wood Street, Bristol RI.  The concert will feature Rutter's "Magnificat"  along with favorites "O Holy Night" and the "Hallelujah Chorus".  Tickets at Paper, Packaging and Panache, Hope Street, Bristol and the George Hale Library, Main Street, Warren RI. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Joan Doyle Roth, director.
This is a wonderful annual holiday tradition - not to missed.

Don't forget that Bristol's Grand Illumination is also on Sunday, December 6 following the 3 pm concert at the Burnside Building on Hope Street. Tree lighting at 6 pm. Comments from Town officials and Santa begin around 4:30 - 5 pm.

RISD showcase thru Dec 11


RISD Exposé is a downcity store front at 232 Westminister that will offer the community a chance to see and purchase a wide variety of RISD student work. RISD Exposé will be open from November 18th to December 11th, with a grand opening on Friday Nov 20th.
Closed Mondays; open from 11-6 pm other days

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mosaico Park on Wood Street


Have you noticed the new and colorful paint job at Mosaico Park at the corner of Wood and Franklin Streets?
The park is getting a make over with help from the Bristol Department of Parks and Recreation (Walter Burke), The Town of Bristol, Mosacio (Diana Campbell), RWU, Tony Teixeira and last but not least Gary Watros. After Gary did such a grand job of organizing and designing Mrs. Perry's Garden across from Topsides at Silver Creek, Diana Campbell, executive director of Mosaico, asked him if he might be interested in doing a rejuvenation of Mosaico Park. The answer was a resounding YES! Gary created the color scheme (approved by Mosaico, the Town of Bristol and the Rec Dept) and with help from RWU freshman and Diana C. painted the concrete benches and planters. He then ordered Mums and bulbs and with the help of RWU students and Tony Teixeira planted over 300 bulbs - mostly tulips and daffodils.

To quote from Gary:
"The color scheme was guided by the ethnic coloring of some neighborhood houses and the colors used by Mosaico in their logo.
In addition to proper maintenance, the park needed to relate better to the surrounding ethnic community and to incorporate diverse plantings that might invoke the Azores. Most importantly, it needed an infusion of color."

"In late August, a contingent of RWU freshmen helped Diana Campbell and me remove weeds, shrubs and trash from the park and stain the benches Antique Wine. Walter Burke from the Parks and Recreation Department arranged to have 8 yards of fill delivered. Then, the students helped plant some mums. These were meant only to provide some temporary color this fall. In late October, Tony Teixeira helped me plant over 300 spring bulbs."

Gary is growing a collection of xeric perennials (plants requiring no watering once established) in his garden for transplanting to Mosaico next spring. They are mostly plants that proved successful this year in Mrs. Perry's garden along Silver Creek. They adhere to the classic yellow, blue, white color scheme plus some orange and purple. There will also be some blue hydrangeas evocative of the Azores.
(Most or all of the plantings were paid for by Gary Watros as a donation to Mosaico CDC.)

Just goes to show what a few people can do with a little bit of leadership and a 'can do' attitude! Thanks to all involved for a fabulous job! We look forward to seeing the blast of color in the spring and hope the park becomes a neighborhood hang out! (Photo above shows Gary putting in the new color scheme.)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sony Bravia Paint ad

No Photoshop here. This is the real thing. Running time about 1.5 minutes. This toke months to organize and to film!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

RE/MAX Real Estate in new location on Bradford Street

RE/MAX Real Estate is now located in the old Striper Moon spot on Bradford Street in the brick Tavares Building. (old water company location) They are advertising many Bristol homes under $300K in the window. Bristol Looms is still located in the back of the building on the second floor.

Deborah Gist new education commissioner for RI

Deborah Gist is the new RI Commissioner of Education. She started this job on July 1, 2009 and was appointed by the RI Board of Regents. She is sincere, energetic, curious and so far very active in the East Bay. To my knowledge she has visited this area twice for listening tours and once to quell fears of the H1N1 virus surrounding the death of Bristol's Victoria Sousa. 
She was recently the focus of a public forum in Warren set up as one of five across the state of RI to solicit ideas from citizens and to explain her goals and plans for education reform. She has questioned the idea of teacher seniority being the only method of advancement in our schools noting that placing emphasis on teacher excellence, innovation and performance should not be overlooked. Her statewide tours are part of information gathering for a Federal grant application called 'Race to the Top' - where millions of dollars in grant money if received can be used to aid RI education reform. If you would like to share ideas with Ms. Gist please go to her website. For more about her priorities and to view a short video, go to the commissioners website at:http://www.ride.ri.gov/Commissioner/

Bristol Holiday Preview Stroll this Friday night

Don't forget that almost all of Bristol's downtown shops will be open this Friday evening from 5 - 9 pm opening the season for Holiday shopping and the start of the Bristol Snowflake Raffle.(Read more about this a few entries down) This just came in from the Beehive Cafe. They will be open until 10 pm Friday evening serving yummy Hot Desserts. Here are the details:
THIS FRIDAY November 20th is the annual BRISTOL HOLIDAY PREVIEW NIGHT when all are invited to stroll around town and inspect all the beautiful things on display in our downtown shops for the Christmas Season.  Most of the retailers put out wine and nibbles etc so it can be a merry evening. The Beehive Cafe is doing their HOT DESSERT NIGHT. A great time to rest weary feet and have a scrumptious dessert. They will be open until 10pm. Here's the dessert menu.They will have soup too!

Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Local Apple Streusel Tart
Chocolate Pecan Cinnamon Buns
Warm Plate of Cookies with milk
"affogato" - hot espresso poured over homemade vanilla ice cream with mocha sauce
Pear Crisp

$ 7.95 per person 

Monday, November 16, 2009

New art gallery to open in Bristol

A new art gallery owned by Nancy Pitchard is coming to Bristol at 423 Hope Street and will be opening fairly soon. It will be called The Bristol Art Gallery and is located on the south (left) side of the main Belvedere Hotel/Condos entrance. It's a gorgeous space for showing art. Clean with high ceilings and plenty of light. Details to follow. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bristol's DBMA Snowflake Raffle



Something BIG is happening to Bristol businesses this month. It's called the Bristol Snowflake Raffle. There are huge cash prizes. Every time you spend $25. at any participating business (almost ALL of downtown Bristol) you get a FREE raffle ticket. (Buy an appliance from Gils and you'll get tons of raffle tickets!) The raffle begins this Friday, November 20 the day of DBMA's Holiday Shopping Preview and runs thru December 20 - the last Sunday before Christmas. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Bristol Merchants Association (DBMA) and supported by 60+ local businesses including the East Bay Newspapers and the Town of Bristol. The idea was brought to DBMA's attention by Bristol business owners and residents, Susan O'Donnell and Nick Kearney from Sue Casa and Striper Moon. They are the event organizers. Thank you Susan and Nick for your persistence in bringing this terrific idea to Bristol and thanks to all the participating businesses, sponsors as well as the Bristol Economic Development Commission in helping to make this happen.

First prize? $3000. with second and third - $1000 and $500 respectively. The drawing will be the Sunday before Christmas, December 20 at 6 pm on lower State Street. Ticket holders must be present to win. SHOP LOCAL and WIN!

Look for the large circular snowflake image in windows of participating businesses!

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Noise Study group to meet


The newly formed Bristol Noise Study group will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, December 1 at Town Hall at 7 pm.
This group is going to have its work cut out for itself...Luckily it is a large (15 total) and hopefully will divide up into smaller working units. All people who applied were given appointments. (No new names will be taken.) They are:
Nathan Calouro, Christy Nadalin. Peter Wilbur, Joe Antinucci, Tom Pasqual Jr.
David Raposa, Mike Ferreira, Stephen Barker, Karen Binder, Anthony Buono, and Richard Ruggeiro.
Town Council members David Barboza and Ray Cordeiro as well as Bristol Police Chief (or a designee) and Ed Tanner, Town Planner will also be members. The first meeting will be spent creating a mission statement, identifying goals, electing officers and possibly working off a document Ken Marshall spoke of from Rutgers University in NJ as a framework that can be modified for specific towns. (It includes the use of noise meters.) Mary Parella brought up the possibility of creating a map of Bristol noise hot spots. In the long term, the Bristol noise study group may be the beginning of the formation of a RI state wide noise ordinance. This group will be dealing with all forms of noise: Boom boxes, loud motorcycles, trucks and cars, radios, leaf blowers, cannons, bands, blasting, idling engines and celebratory events to name only some. It is hoped that their work will be completed by May 15, 2010. 

Join Colt-Andrews and 'Novel Idea' Booksellers on Holiday Preview Night, November 20



Please join Colt-Andrews School Holiday Bazaar and a 'Novel Idea' Booksellers on Bristol's Holiday Shopping Night to Shine -  November 20 starting at 5 pm downtown for holiday cheer and a Christmas book signing about saving a talking seal inspired by Ryder Ferris, Colt Andrews student and Bristol resident. (Son of Nina Murphy and Bart Ferris) Click on images once to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Newport architect creates Thanksgiving iPhone app


If you have an iPhone and you are hosting Thanksgiving this year give this app a try! It will cost you .99 cents.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

iPhone art by David Hockney


Hockney is quick to ridicule the misconception that this work was some sort of computer art, in which the computer rather than the artist dominates. “Most people thought they knew what ‘computer art’ looked like, but of course that is like saying they know what ‘brush art’ looks like. It is daft. What did Leonardo use to paint the Mona Lisa? Well, he used brushes; so if I get a brush I can do that, can’t I? No! A brush, like a computer, is merely a tool.”
The iPhone app is called Brushes. TIP: He said he uses his thumb not his fingers to make the pictures!
Looking at this painting one is reminded of the many stages of painting DH has gone through in his 50 years as an artist. In the 70's he painted the weather series including works focused on rain and the sun; in the 80's he painted reflective water in swimming pools and the observation of the visual effects of light has always been a constant.

Colt Andrews School Vendors needed


Space is still available at the Colt-Andrews Holiday Bizarre. This event is part of the Bristol Holiday Shopping Preview and is well attended and lots of fun. If you have something to sell think about signing up for a booth. They're cheap! (Click on image once to enlarge.)

Friday, November 6, 2009

RI School Commissioner to speak in Warren RI Monday night at 6pm

Following is a letter from RI's new School Commissioner Deborah Gist. She will be in WarrenRI  Monday night and is trying like crazy to get RI schools where they should be.

Dear Fellow Rhode Islanders,

 The federal Race to the Top funds could bring unprecedented resources to Rhode Island to help us transform education. The U.S. Department of Education will distribute these funds to states that have both made progress and shown promise in four vital areas:
 ·       improving teacher effectiveness;

·       accelerating the performance of low-performing schools;

·       establishing world-class standards and assessments; and

·       developing user-friendly data systems.

 These initiatives are closely aligned with the set of priorities and the strategic agenda that I am developing to get all students ready for success in college, careers, and life.

See http://www.ride.ri.gov/Commissioner/

 As we prepare our Race to the Top application, I have scheduled five community forums at which you can learn more about our strategic agenda and present your views on education reform. I greatly value your feedback, which will help us to submit a first-caliber application. We will hold community forums on:
 ·       Monday, November 9th @ 6 p.m., at the East Bay Educational Collaborative, 317 Market St., Warren

·       Tuesday, November 17th @ 6 p.m., at the Northern R.I. Collaborative,  640 George Washington Highway, Lincoln

·       Monday, November 23rd @ 6 p.m., at Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Rd., Warwick

·       Wednesday, December 2nd @ 6 p.m., at the Southern R.I. Educational Collaborative, 646 Camp Ave., North Kingstown

·       Forum in Providence, date and location to be announced

 I have attached to this e-mail a letter of invitation to these forums and a flier announcing these forums. Please feel free to distribute both the letter and the flier to others in organization, your school, or your community. If you have any questions, you may call me at 222-4690, or e-mail: Deborah.Gist@ride.ri.gov
 I hope that I will see you and hear from you at our community forums. 
Sincerely, 
Deborah A. Gist
RI School Commissioner
 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mosaico looking for Sense of Pride Coordinator

This just in from Mosaico's interim executive director, Diana Campbell:
"I just wanted to let you know that we’re looking for a coordinator for this year’s Sense of Pride program.  This very successful program connects Bristol’s 4th graders with their community.  I’m sure you’ve all seen the children touring the Town in the spring in colored tee shirts, learning about its history & architecture.  Thanks to last year's coordinator, who did a fantastic job of organizing the materials and the calendar, this position doesn't involve "starting from scratch".  So if you are interested, or know someone who is interested, in a short-term (paid) position coordinating this very rewarding program, please give me a call!" Diana's telephone number at Mosaico is: 401 253 4627

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New art school opens in Warren for kids!


There is a new art school in Warren for kids!
Located at 6 Child Street, tucked in behind MUSE jewelry boutique you’ll find the Warren Art Spot, a brightly colored art studio for kids.  Jim and Julia Bush finished the renovations just in time for last week’s Warren Walkabout where many curious folks visited the studio, met the teachers and stayed to make colorful duct tape wallets and sew notebooks of recycled paper. 
Classes are starting next week. Go to www.warrenartspot.com or call Julia Bush at 245.0190 for specific class offerings, prices and registration. The studio can also be rented for birthday parties. (click once on image above to enlarge.) 

Monday, November 2, 2009

Talk on Afghanistan policy by Jonathan Landay



Jonathan S. Landay of the McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington News Bureau, just returned from a two-month investigative tour in Afghanistan, will speak in Bristol, RI this weekend on the direction of the war, and its effects on the United States and the nations of Central Asia.

Bob Kerr recently interviewed Jonathan Landay for an article in the Providence Journal to come out this Wednesday November 4, 2009. (Look for an article in the Bristol Phoenix on Thursday as well.)

He has titled his talk and its theme “The Stakes in Afghanistan: The Debate We Ought to Have.” Landay will then take audience questions on his remarks. The event, sponsored by the East Bay Citizens for Peace, is scheduled for 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Old State House in Bristol. Suggested contribution is $5 at the door.

Landay has served for ten years as senior national security correspondent for the 26 daily McClatchy newspapers, and the Knight-Ridder chain that it acquired. He was a central reporter in the investigative team that revealed in 2005 how the Bush Administration had manipulated the American Intelligence community to justify its decision to invade Iraq. His stories began several months before the invasion. For that work, Landay and his team received the coveted National Headliners Award, and the Award of Distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In his current assignment, he has made regular trips to Afghanistan. Landay has appeared with some frequency on NPR’s Talk of the Nation and MSNBC programs to discuss developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He previously covered the Indian subcontinent as New Delhi bureau chief for UPI, and the war in the former Yugoslavia for The Christian Science Monitor.
For more information, contact: Nancy Hood [401-253-8257] or MaryKae Wright [401-253-6084] or go to www.eastbaycitizens4peace.org

RWU neighborhood meeting Wed night

This is a meeting about RWU Party Houses affecting local neighborhoods. The tenants of 629 Wood Street have been invited.

Neighborhood Forum at

Roger Williams University on

Wednesday, November 4th at 6:30 PM

 This meeting of University officials, Bristol Police, Bristol town officials, landlords, student tenants and their neighbors of Wood Street in Bristol, will be a conversation that we hope will lead to better understanding of one another, mutual respect and ultimately, living in harmony.

Please join us for this opportunity to have a civil discussion about matters that concern us all.

 Again, the meeting is on Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6:30 PM in the Admissions Building media room (first building on your right after entering the main entrance of the university).  Public Safety officers will direct you on where to park.

We hope to see you then!

RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

Please contact Scott Yonan,

RWU Director of Special Projects at 254-3389

Painting Demo to promote health, food, art and exercise


This is a great group of businesses working together. Please support them and try to show up. (Click box above to enlarge)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New RI website covers all that's Green

Veteran newsman, Frank Carini, and his web designer wife, Joanna Detz, have started a new web site to cover all that's green in RI. It's really good. This is the link to the website: www.ecori.org
Here is a link to one of Frank's short articles about the need to slow the use of lawn and plant chemicals/fertilizers that pollute our surrounding waters as runoff. http://tinyurl.com/yfys48b