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The Cranston Herald and Cranston Public Library are partnering for candidate forums. Please submit your questions for City Council and school committee candidates to and The forums will be Thursday, Oct. 18 for Citywide Council seats, and Thursday, Oct. 25 for school committee and ward candidates. Both forums start at 6 p.m. at Central library.

2018 Thunderbolt Marching Band Invitational

Calling all alumni, music lovers and Cranstonians - it's that time of year once again! Cranston High School East's Thunderbolt Band & Emerald Encore hosts its annual Marching Band Invitational at Cranston Stadium featuring 8 of New England's best high school marching bands, including Cranston East, Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Dennis-Yarmouth, Mansfield, Somerset-Berkley, Bishop Feehan and Oliver Ames High School on Oct. 13. The Thunderbolts will be performing their 2018 field show "Urban Pulse.” Come enjoy the music and food and try your luck at the 50/50 raffle. A great night of family fun and Cranston tradition! Adults: $10; Students/Seniors: $8; Children Under 5 free. Please note the schedule change with the program beginning at 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed the day of and evening at the Invitational. The event is being hosted by the Cranston East Alumni Music Association with gates open at 4 p.m. To sign up to volunteer at the event or prior to the event visit

Girls Basketball Registration Now Open

Registrations for the 2018-19 Cranston Youth Girls Basketball Association are now open.  This is the 4th season of the league and plenty of options are available for every level of basketball player. 

On top of the normal recreational league (grades 4-11) and travel basketball programs (grades 4-8), CYGBA is offering a clinic that leads into a developmental basketball league for girls aged 2-4 and an indoor 3 v. 3 league for the more advanced players in grades 7-11.

To get more information on each of these programs or to register, go to

To help you figure out where your daughter might be best to play, go to

Here are some dates for CYGBA:

October 21: Soft registration end date.

October 22-26: Tryouts for Travel and Rec (Must be registered first)

October 27 & 28: Team selection weekend

October 29-November 2: Practices begin

November 10: Opening Day for Rec and 3v3

November 11: First week of the Developmental League

Any additional questions or concerns can be made by contacting their League Director, PJ Thibodeau, by email or by cell phone (617) 548-0163.

Halloween Touch A Truck

The Rotary Club of Cranston will host a Halloween Touch a Truck at Garden City Center on Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come dressed in your costume and touch trucks of all sizes. Donation is $10 per family.

Blessing of the Animals

Defenders of Animals, Inc., will be holding its annual Blessing of the Animals outdoor event at the Governor Sprague Mansion, 1351 Cranston St., on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

“We wanted to bring attention to the value of animals and the goodwill and caring of both animals and their human guardians and the value that they bring to each other,” said Dennis Tabella, Director of Defenders of Animals, Inc. “Anyone that has ever lost a pet realizes how deep that human companion and companion animal relationship was, and the Blessing of the Animals events bring attention to how invaluable that connection can be,” said Tabella. “It’s important that we recognize with gratitude the protectors and animal companions who have blessed our lives.”

North Kingstown resident, The Reverend Sandra Demmler D'Amico, will be performing the blessing of the animals. Defenders of Animals, Inc., began in 1978 and has held numerous annual events along with the Blessing of the Animals like the Homeless Animals Day/Candlelight Vigil/Humane Awards Ceremony.

Host Harvest Time Diabetes Health Fair

On Oct. 13, CCAP Family Health Services, located at 1090 Cranston St., will host a Harvest Time Diabetes Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the back-parking lot of the building.

Join CCAP health professionals for: Diabetes Education, Free Health Screenings, Flu Shots, Healthy Food Demonstrations, Music, Dancing, Pumpkin Painting and FUN activities for the Kids Door Prize, Raffles and Give-a-Ways (while supplies last) and much more! This event is free and open to the public.

For over 50 Years, CCAP has been “Lending a Helping Hand to Those in Need.” CCAP is a private non-profit community action agency that was formed as part of our nation’s War on Poverty. CCAP is the largest community action program in Rhode Island providing Family Medicine & Dental Care; Behavior Health Services & Substance Abuse Counseling; Head Start & Child Care; Family Development Services; Social Services, WIC Nutrition Program, Food Bank, Home Heating & Energy Assistance. The agency has a staff of over 3 employees and an operating budget of over $26 million dollars. Last year CCAP touched the lives of over 38,000 Rhode Islanders.

Flu Clinic

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center will host a Flu Clinic on Oct. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will be provided by CVS Pharmacy.

As winter draws near many wonder whether they should get vaccinated. For many the flu is a mild illness, causing fever, cough, chills, sore throat and body aches. But some - especially the elderly, young children and those with chronic diseases - are at risk for serious complications. While not perfect, the seasonal influenza vaccine is the best way to protect against the influenza viruses. This clinic is open to the public. Please be sure to bring your health insurance card(s).

Author Meet & Greet featuring Michael Morse

St. David’s-on-the Hill will present their 2018 Author Event-Meet Michael Morse, author of Rescuing Providence and monthly contributor to the Providence Journal "My Turn.”  He will share some of his rescue experiences of the Providence Fire Department and other contemplations of our life and times on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.  St. David's-on-the Hill, 200 Meshanticut Valley Parkway, Cranston. Everyone is welcome and bring a friend. Refreshments will be available. His books will be available for purchase.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake at Lang’s

It’s easy to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Visit and put together a team of five bowlers (friends, family, co-workers or neighbors) to register to bowl on Saturday, October 13, at Lang's Bowlarama in Cranston. (Need help finding friends? Create a team and they will place you on a team of 5 at the event) Each team member raises $100, for a team total of $500, and receives: an awesome Bowl For Kids’ Sake t-shirt, two hours of bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda. There will also be raffles held throughout the event.

No experience is required – just a desire to have fun and support youth mentoring. 100% of the proceeds from this event stay in Rhode Island and help Big Brothers Big Sisters fulfill their mission to provide mentors to the youth of Rhode Island who will motivate and empower them to make positive decisions, improve academic results, avoid risky behaviors, and grow in a way that will positively impact our community. For more information, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State at 921-2434.

News from the Cranston Public Library

All Cranston Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day and will reopen the following day.

The Cranston Public Library will begin Fall Sunday hours beginning on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Central Library. The library will be open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 16. The Central Library is located at 140 Sockanosset Cross Road in Cranston.

The library will not have Sunday hours on November 11 due to Veterans Day. There will be no Sunday hours on Dec. 23 or Dec. 30 due to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. 2019 Sunday hours will be announced later in 2018.

At the Senior Center

The Michael A. Traficante Enrichment Center, located at 1070 Cranston St., will offer the following programs and activities:

“Are You Eating Enough?” will be presented on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. by the URI SNAP-ED Program. Keeping a healthy weight is crucial. As we get older, our nutritional needs, appetite, and food habits can change. Not getting enough nutrients can lead to malnutrition and health problems. What can we do to avoid this?

Blue Cross Blue Shield Changes 2019 will be the topic of discussion on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. presented by Susan Saccoccia-Olsen, Member Education Coordinator. The available plans and what they cover changes from year to year.  Join us on the 18th to learn about the 2019 changes in the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for 2019.

Come Dance With Us! on Tuesdays at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will feature Ballroom Dance for a fee of $4. You will brush up on your ballroom dance steps and/or learn new ones.

Line Dancing will be held on Wednesdays 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. for a fee of $2. A great way to get some exercise.

Hi Lo Jack League Tournament will be held on Fridays at 1 p.m. New players sign up now!  The next tournament begins Friday, Oct. 12 at a fee of $2 weekly. For more information or to sign up with Kathi at 780-6216 in Programs or Ray Walsh at 497-8097.

A Matter of Balance - “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls” will be held Mondays and Fridays beginning Oct. 15. It will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and end on Nov. 9. This nationally recognized program reduces the fear of falling and increases activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Who sold attend?  Anyone concerned about falls.  Anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility & strength. Anyone who has fallen in the past.  Anyone who has restricted activities because of falling concerns. Upon successfully completing the free program each participant will receive a gift certificate.  Registration is necessary. Space is limited. To register call 780-6000.

Halloween BOOtique benefiting Help The Homeless RI

There will be a Halloween BOOtique to benefit Help The Homeless RI on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the Kelley Gazzerro VFW 2812, located at 1418 Plainfield Pike, Cranston.Shop for Halloween goodies or get an early start on Christmas shopping! Face painting and games for the kids, shopping and raffles for the adults. Fun for everyone and all money raised supports Help the Homeless RI.

Free Shred Day

There will be a Free Shred Day, hosted by The Washington Trust Company on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Trust building at 645 Reservoir Ave. in Cranston and at the Washington Trust building at 1383 Atwood Ave. in Johnston. Bring a canned good to benefit local food pantries.

There is a two-box maximum per person to be shred and all paper, including: invoices, timecards, contracts, tax returns, insurance records, legal documents, leases, computer printouts, customer lists, sales figures, sealed bids, statements, balance sheets, personnel records, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc. Staples, rubber bands, folders, paper clips do not need to be removed. Please no food waste, paper plates or paper towels.

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Noreen Inglesi of Cranston’s Notable Works set to perform

Noreen Inglesi, who is a Cranston resident, is Notable Works’ Artist in Residence and she will be performing some of her original music and poetry with the Notable Works’ Ensemble as the opening act for a special event on Oct.19 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 99 Peirce Street (off Division Street) in East Greenwich. This event will feature renowned tenor Michael DiMucci who performers with Opera Providence and will also celebrate the release of Notable Works’ new publication “Love Warms The Homeless Heart:” A Collection of Original Poetry and Current List of Shelters and Services addressing the issue of homelessness.

Did You Know?

Columbus Day is a federal U.S. holiday that commemorates the voyage and landing of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. The anniversary of his landing in the New World was first formally celebrated in 1792, by the Columbian Order (Society of St. Tammany) in New York City.

Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October each year. Non-observance. The U.S. states of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, South Dakota, and Vermont do not recognize Columbus Day at all; however, they mark the day with an alternative holiday or observance. (Source: Columbus Day Fun Facts)

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