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Learning about RI’s Last Execution

Posted 4/26/22

Rhode Island is one of 23 states that does not have capital punishment. Author Paul Caranci will tell the story of the last person executed in this state. His presentation will be sponsored by the …

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Learning about RI’s Last Execution

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Rhode Island is one of 23 states that does not have capital punishment. Author Paul Caranci will tell the story of the last person executed in this state. His presentation will be sponsored by the 1916 Commemoration Committee on Friday April 29 at the Rhode Island Ceilidhe Club 50 America Street Cranston beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sean Connell will provide music in the downstairs pub immediately following the lecture.

 

Book Drive

The United Way of Rhode Island Women United is holding a children’s used book drive inside Shaw’s Chapel View. The collection will run until May 25, 2022. Books will be distributed to children across Rhode Island to help prevent summer learning loss and promote home libraries. For more information, visit bookdrive@unitedwayri.org.

 

EG Art Club Meeting

The East Greenwich Art Club will meet at the East Greenwich United Methodist Church, 1558 South County Trail, at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2022. The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. A panel of three talented individuals will play their music and show some of their visual art creations. They will discuss how they became both musicians and artists. The presenters will be Sarah Hale Folger, Susan Brescia and Luke Labriola. For more information contact the club at info@eastgreenwichartclub.org or at the website: www.eastgreenwichartclub.org.

 

Parks and Rec Summer Employment

The Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking summer employment applications until May 27. Applications are available online only through the Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page. Completed applications can be emailed to Recreation Program Coordinator Scott Sevegny at ssevegny@cranstonri.gov. Applicants can scan or take a photo of the application to be emailed.

Applicants must be Cranston residents and at least 16 years old by the time of employment. Please note that by submitting an application, the applicant is not guaranteed a summer position with Parks and Recreation. Open positions will be based on need and the number of returning employees from last year.

 

Cleanup of Pocasset Historical Cemetery

The Cranston Historical Cemeteries Commission will sponsor a Cleanup at Pocasset Cemetery on May 21. CHCC is participating in RI’s Statewide Historical Cemetery Awareness & Cleanup Day.

The Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RI Historical Cemetery #2m located at 417 Dyer Ave. Please bring gloves and gardening tools. For more information call 451-7718.

 

Summer camp

The Parks and Recreation summer camp will run from July 5 to August 12 and registration goes live at 7 a.m. on April 25. A Google Forms link will be posted on that day and time. No payment is necessary at the time of registration. Parks and Recreation will invoice you, which will serve as your confirmation for your child’s attendance. Payment is due in full prior to the start of camp. Weekly and all summer rates. Four locations -- both age groups will be at all four locations. Age groups are 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds. Schedule will be posted prior to the start of camp.

 

Annual May Breakfast and Raffle

The Defenders of Animals will host a May breakfast and raffle for the public on May 1 at Governor Sprague Mansion (1351 Cranston St.). Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at defendersofanimals.org. Seating is limited and 100 percent of proceeds go to the organization’s emergency care and spay/neuter fund.

 

Cigar Dinner for a Cure

St. Mary’s Feast Society will host a cigar dinner for a cure on May 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 15 Phenix Ave., Cranston. Tickets are $100 per person and the menu includes penne calabrese, espresso rubbed sirloin roast, oven-roasted marble potatoes, vegetables and tiramisu and coffee. All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There will also be raffles, prizes, music and Kristoff and Alec Bradley cigars. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.com/e/318246432647.

 

Coffee with a Cop

Cranston Police will host a coffee with a cop event at Café International on May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The business is located at 675 Oaklawn Ave. There is no agenda – just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the community’s officers.

 

Women and Infants Hospital 2022 Gala

There will be a celebration of mother and earth on June 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the WaterFire Arts Center located at 475 Valley St., Providence. This event is important for raising critical funds for a new labor and delivery center at the hospital. For sponsorship opportunities and event information, contact Cezarina (Sue) Jackson, 401-921-8508, or cajackson@carene.org.

 

Art Show for Animals

Donate animal-themed art to the Community Art Show which will benefit the Defenders of Animals, Inc. The third annual art show will take place on May 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Governor Sprague Mansion at 1351 Cranston St. Defenders of Animals invites you to enjoy free food, wine, music, raffles and animal-themed art by local artists. 100 percent of proceeds go to Defenders of Animals. Tickets are $25 per person and available at www.defendersofanimals.org. Show by Margy Feldhuhn. For more information, call 401-461-1922.

 

May Gourmet Breakfast

Woodridge Congregational UCC welcomes you to their 38th annual May gourmet breakfast on May 14. The event will be held at 546 Budlong Road and runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets for adults are $12 and tickets for children ages three to 10 are $6. The menu includes eggs, frittatas, Johnny cakes, waffles, ham, sausage, home fries, pastry, coffee, tea, juice and milk. For more information and tickets, call 401-942-0662 or email woodridgechurch@verizon.net.

 

Cranston Spring Festival

Join Cranston Police for their Cranston spring festival on May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 100 Sockanosset Cross Road (rear). There will be food trucks, vendors, exhibitors, K9 demonstrations, dance and karate demonstration and more. Cali the therapy dog will be present, and there will be a special performance by Gene Massa’s Bandemonium – All Star Jazz Band. For vendor information, contact Debbie Wood at 401-527-0414 or webejamminevents@gmail.com.

 

Featured Speaker

Italian American Historical Society member Bernadette Conte will be the featured speaker at Santa Maria di Prata, Cranston, on May 15 in the event honoring our mothers. Her book, “Under the Pear Tree,” fulfills the commitment she made to her mother Caterina (Gaetanina) Cardi Capotosto, to write the family history. This book is an account told by one Itrani family of the difficulties and struggles the Italian immigrant experienced at the turn of the 19th century in Knightsville, Cranston, Rhode Island. The event starts at 11 a.m.

 

Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon in Bristol

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc. and Audubon Society of Rhode Island will host a poetry, music and performance at the Audubon in Bristol. The event will take place on June 12 and run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration is required, space is limited. Ages 18 and older. Please visit https://notableworks.org or http://www.eventbrite.com (search: Poetry, Music and Performance at Audubon).

 

URI Music Department and Notable Works’ Spring 2022 Concert

This event will take place in URI’s Recital Hall within the Fine Arts Center on May 15 at 3 p.m. and features the American Band, Directed by Brian Cardany. The American Band will be honored at this event by the RI Music Hall of Fame. The main focus of this event is to illustrate how Rhode Island is dealing with the climate crisis, highlighting revitalization efforts in our communities, as well as practicing current outreach strategies to connect to a wider and more diverse workforce, while broaching the question: “What can each of us do to work together to help build a more sustainable future?” This performance is free and open to the public; however, donations for Notable Works will be graciously accepted. CDC State Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. Complimentary refreshments will be provided following the concert. For more information, please call 401-874-2431 or visit http://www.uri.edu/music/events or https://notableworks.org.

 

Driving for a Cure

Please join the Cranston Country Club for the Gregory Rubino Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25. The club is “Driving for a Cure” at Cranston Country Club, and all proceeds go to benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation. Spots are filling up fast so please register now to secure yours. Leran more and register at www.grubinomemorialgolf.com.

 

CHSE Class of 2023 Yard Sale

The Cranston High School East class of 2023 will host a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30 outside Cranston East, 899 Park Ave. If you are interested in renting a table, please contact Ms. Bell at aabell@cpsed.net to sign up – it is $20 to rent a table space. Set up is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on April 30. Proceeds go toward helping the junior class raise money.

 

Comedy Course

If you’ve ever thought of giving stand-up comedy a try, now’s your chance. This $200 Comedy Course kicks off on September 12 for six weeks in Warwick (except Columbus Day). The instructors are John Perrotta, Coleen Galvin Yaroshenko and Rockin’ Joe Hebert. At the end of the course, you’ll take the stage in our graduation show at Rhode Island’s newest comedy hot spot, the Comedy Park in Cranston. We anticipate a full class, so sign up early by calling the Comedy Factory at 401-639-7726. www.comedyfactoryri.com, richof.org.

 

Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

The Cranston Hall of Fame is looking for inductees for the class of 2022. If you or someone you know is a worthy candidate, having graduated from one of Cranston high schools over 10 years ago, and have your mark professionally and in your community, send us your nomination.

The deadline to submit a nomination is April 29. To learn more about the Hall of Fame, or to print out an application, go to https://www.facebook.com/thecranstonhalloffame, or nomination forms can also be found at: https://cranston-hall-offame.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral, or www.cpsed.net under culture.

 

Pre-K Lottery

The RI State Pre-K lottery is now open. This lottery will run until July 6, and children who will be 4 before Sept. 1 may qualify. To apply, visit www3.ride.gov./PKL.

 

Pasta Dinner Benefit

The St. Mary’s Feast Society will hold a special pasta and meatball dinner to benefit the family, created around MAE Organization For The Homeless’ signature meal, pasta and meat sauce. The event will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on May 14. Tickets are $25 per person and a table of 10 is $200. Tickets are available at the Feast Society.

Bring your family for a hearty pasta dinner complete with garlic bread, salad and dessert! They will have Italian music, a photo booth and awesome raffles!

 

Rotary Club of Cranston to hold Touch a Truck

Save the date! The Cranston Rotary Club will hold its spring Touch a Truck event on May 22 at Garden City Center. More details to follow. Interested in bringing your vehicle? Email the organization at CranstonRotaryClub@gmail.com.

 

Walk and Talk at Rocky Point

Come join the “Rocky Point Pacers” for a walk around Rocky Point every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9 a.m., weather permitting. They meet at the gate on Rocky Point Avenue. Get some sunshine and burn off some holiday pounds.

 

Prepare RI High School Internships Program

Calling all RI public high school juniors: The 2022 PrepareRI High school Internship Program is accepting applications to participate in on-site/in-person, paid summer experiential learning internships with local employers across the state.

This program will help you earn, learn and connect with employers across Rhode Island. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit https://skillsforri.com/prepareri for more information.

 

Arts Scholarships for youth now open to register.

Do you know a student aged 11 - 14 who loves to create and to perform? Encourage them to apply to our ARTS Scholarships 2022 program. Applications and guidelines are now available at ppacri.org/artsscholarships.

The ARTS Scholarships 2022 program, sponsored by the Textron Charitable Trust and the PPAC Annual Fund with support from WPRI 12 and Ocean State Charities Trust, offers young artists an opportunity to participate in local summer arts education program that will broaden their experience in their chosen area of study.

Qualified students must be aged 11 - 14 by June 1 of this year and reside in and attend school in Rhode Island.

 

Did you know?

The first May Breakfast took place at Cranston’s Oaklawn Community Baptist Church in 1867. While times have changed, some things remain the same — proceeds continue to benefit the church’s ministries and missions and the menu is full of Rhode Island staples. (Source: May Fun Facts)

To submit your news from the community, email Meri R. Kennedy at CranstonChatter@aol.com. This includes virtual events, which should be submitted two to three weeks ahead of the event. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Cranston Herald.

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