Cranston Chatter

Posted 4/3/19

By MERI R. KENNEDY 36th Almost May Breakfast at Woodridge On Saturday, April 27, Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ will host its 36th annual Almost May Breakfast in the church Fellowship Hall, which is handicap accessible and located at 20

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36th Almost May Breakfast at Woodridge

On Saturday, April 27, Woodridge Congregational United Church of Christ will host its 36th annual Almost May Breakfast in the church Fellowship Hall, which is handicap accessible and located at 20 Jackson Road off Budlong Road.

The all-you-can-eat menu will include eggs, frittatas, johnnycakes, waffles, ham, sausage, home fries, baked beans, strudel, muffins, assorted pastries, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Admission costs $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 10. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Dan Blackford at 942-0662. Blackford can be reached Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets and more information are also available by emailing

Cranston Hall of Fame nominations

The Cranston Hall of Fame Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established in 1980 by the city of Cranston, is still accepting nominations for its class of 2019. The application form is available by contacting foundation president Frederick Vincent at or by visiting the Cranston Public Schools website,

A completed application form, along with a current resume, may be sent to the Cranston Hall of Fame Foundation, P.O. Box 3704, Cranston, RI 02910-0704. The Selection Committee is accepting applications until Thursday, April 18.

Successful nominations demonstrate distinguished achievements in one’s chosen field of endeavor on a local, state, regional or national level. Past inductees have been graduates of the Cranston public school system with a minimum of 10 years since graduation. Selected applicants will be inducted at the foundation's annual banquet, to be held Oct. 25 at the Alpine Country Club.

Tomorrow Fund Stroll

The Tomorrow Fund Stroll will mark its 17th year on Sunday, April 7, at Garden City Center in Cranston. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and the stroll takes place at 10 a.m. with festivities continuing until noon.

The goal is to raise $100,000 to support children with cancer and their families through The Tomorrow Fund. Individual participants and teams are welcome. Trophies will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the following categories: Individual (Non-Team), Team, School and College/University.

Registration fees are $20 per stroller on a team or as an individual. There is no charge for children under 10 years of age.

Registration forms are available at Walk-in registration is also available at the event.

For more information about the Stroll and The Tomorrow Fund, call 444-8811 or visit

Victorian Tea at Sprague Mansion

The annual Victorian Tea sponsored by the Cranston Historical Society will be held at the Governor Sprague Mansion on Sunday, April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The tea will feature “Head to Toe,” a presentation by Laura Johnson, curator for Historic New England, showcasing hats and shoes worn in New England from 1750 to the present. She will discuss the ways in which decorative dress for women and men has reflected social status and personal style, and the effects of fashion on New England’s economy, workforce, environment and self-image.

The afternoon will feature tea and food offerings along with music by pianist Andrew Kaplan. Tickets cost $30 per person, and proceeds will assist the nonprofit Cranston Historical Society in its work to preserve the city’s historic properties. Seating is limited, and tables for four and eight are available.

Sprague Mansion is located at 1351 Cranston St. Checks may be made payable to the Cranston Historical Society. Reservations should be made by April 10. To reserve a place, or to learn more, call 944-9226.

Easter Bunny photos with pets

On Sunday, April 7, the Easter Bunny will be at Pet Supplies Plus in Garden City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take pictures will local pets. Photography services are being donated by Gene Hutnak Photography. Children and adults are welcome in the pictures as well.

The cost is $20 for two different photos that can be reproduced. All proceeds will benefit Animals Depend On People Too Inc., or ADOPT, a nonprofit volunteer organization that assists pets in need throughout the state.

RI Coalition Against Gun Violence

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence is holding its monthly statewide open meeting at the Church of the Ascension, 380 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Speakers will include Dr. Megan Ranney, chief research officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, and Lisa Pagano of the Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation. A light supper will be provided.

2019 Cranston Rotary scholarships

The Cranston Rotary Club will award scholarships to one graduating senior from each of the four Cranston high schools. Students are invited to apply to the scholarship before April 12. The scholarship awards will be presented on June 12 at the Rotary installation dinner.

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians.

Each award will be between $500 and $1,000.

For more information, visit Completed applications should be submitted to Ray Butterfield III, The Cranston Rotary Club, P.O. Box 3723, Cranston, RI 02910.

Touch a Fire Truck

On April 6, the Lane Ceceri Group from Keller Williams Realty will be hosting a Touch a Fire Truck event at 870 Oaklawn Ave. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Cranston Fire Department will be on hand to provide a limited number of smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. There will be bike raffles for boys and girls sponsored by Washington Trust. Those who attend are asked to bring a home good, such as paper towels, toilet paper or cleaning supplies, to benefit Crossroads RI.

Pagano Foundation scholarships available

The Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation will be continuing its years-long tradition of awarding scholarships, providing $1,500 each to six seniors graduating from Cranston West, Cranston East and the NEL/CPS high schools.

The scholarships will be awarded to students planning to attend a bachelor’s program in the fall and who best represent the values of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and community service as well-rounded individuals with a drive to succeed. Scholarships will be presented to the honorees at each of the schools’ honor awards nights.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, visit

Easter musical

Phillips Memorial Baptist Church, 565 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, will host this year’s Easter musical, “The Power of the Cross,” narrated by David Barber and Sally Riley. This moving performance will be presented by Phillips’ Chancel Singers, soloists and orchestra under the direction of Dr. Martha Sobaje on Palm Sunday, April 14, during the 10 a.m. worship service. The church is handicap accessible. For more information, call the church office at 467-3300, ext. 1, or visit

Summer jobs at Parks & Rec

Summer job applications will be available to download from the Cranston Department of Parks & Recreation’s page on the city’s website,, through May 3. Applicants must be 16 years old by the time of employment and reside in Cranston. Applications from 15-year-olds will be accepted provided the applicant will turn 16 by June 24, when all programs and facilities open. Applications will be accepted for lifeguards, pool attendants, pool maintenance workers and playground counselors. Lifeguard candidates must provide certification or proof of class/re-certification if not yet certified.

Family Health Services at CCAP

Tired of ineffective yet expensive medical care? Check out Family Health Services at the Comprehensive Community Action Program. CCAP offers affordable, 24/7 professional family health and dentistry services. The experienced staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who are caring, compassionate and highly skilled. New patients are welcome. For more information, call 384-6007.

‘Facts, Fun and Food’ with Women’s Club

The Cranston Community Women’s Club will host “Facts, Fun and Food” on April 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Cucinia Rustica, 555 Atwood Ave., Cranston. Members of the club are provided with the skills required to serve others and celebrate unity through diversity. Club members will be on hand to answer questions, and snacks with beverages will be served. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information or to pre-register, contact Pat at 374-3658 or Donna at 647-0259 or

Troop 22 Macaroni Dinner

Boy Scout Troop 22 Cranston will host a Macaroni Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, from 4:30-8 p.m. in the Sawyer Hall of the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St. Tickets cost $12 for ages 11 and up and $10 for children under 11. Proceeds will support the troop’s programming. For more information or to order tickets, contact Scoutmaster Paul Kelley at 595-6726 or

MS Dream Center to kick off Saturday program

The MS Dream Center has announced that it will be adding a Saturday program to its weekly schedule. Beginning on Saturday, April 6, and continuing on the first Saturday of the month thereafter, the program will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The April 6 program will include Chair Zumba with Michelle Calise at 10:30 a.m. followed by socialization and light refreshments. This program is free and offered to those with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones.

The center’s normal business hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is located at the Peter T. Pastore Youth Center, 155 Gansett Ave. in Cranston.

Transportation will be provided for those who are unable to get there on their own. Contact for assistance with transport arrangements.

Visit for more information.

Famous Wheeler Clothing & More Sale

On April 12-13, The Wheeler School's Madden Gymnasium at 407 Brook St., between Angell and Meeting streets on the East Side of Providence, will once again transform into an amazing “pop up” department store – 9,912 square feet filled with bargains for the entire family, including new and gently worn women's, men's and children's clothing, accessories, books, sports gear, household items, antiques and the Designer Women's Boutique with designer labels at modest prices. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. For more information, visit or follow the sale's Instagram (@famouswheelersale) or Twitter (@Wheelersale) accounts.

Did You Know?

Happy April! This month’s name came from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open [bud],” because plants begin to grow now. The birthstone of April is diamond. The birth flowers are Daisy and Sweet Pea. (Source: April Fun Facts)

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