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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-12-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2018 PAWTUCKET 13 Music, poetry, art, food trucks and beer on tap this weekend at Pawtucket Arts Festival PAWTUCKET – All kinds of arts and entertainment events are on tap for the coming weekend of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, say organiz- ers. • This Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame at the Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., hosts a guided tour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Explore 200 years of the Ocean State's rich musical heritage during a tour led by Archive Director Rick Bellaire. While taking in nearly six dozen exhibits in the museum, learn how Rhode Islanders have made major contributions to just about every genre and style of music over the course of the last two centuries. • The Community Players opens its 98th season with performances of "Social Security" Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, and Sept. 21-23, at 350 Division St. Performances of the comedy are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students. • RHD-RI welcomes the pub- lic to its fourth annual The Out There Art Fair, "Rhode Island's definitive Outsider Art Fair," held this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 24 Commerce St. RHD-RI, a nonprofit arts-based program for adults with developmen- tal disabilities, is working in conjunc- tion with the Pawtucket Arts Festival to host the event, which provides an opportunity for hundreds of neuro- diverse and largely self-taught artists to showcase their talents, which have been locally, nationally and interna- tionally featured and recognized. The fair will host a variety of vendors from across Rhode Island, including many studio art programs and independent artists. "Featured for sale will be beautiful and affordable handmade art consist- ing of different mediums," states a release. • The first Galway Kinnell Poetry Festival will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 14-16, with a variety of events, readings and workshops scheduled Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, the event is an offshoot of the annual Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest and honors the memory of poet Galway Kinnell. Born in Providence, Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket. "Running a poetry contest had been difficult due to time constraints, and I wanted to try something dif- ferent this year," said Coordinator Patti McAlpine. "In Lowell, where I grew up there is a weekend-long fes- tival celebrating writer Jack Kerouac. I wanted to do the same to honor Pawtucket's Poet Galway Kinnell." Working with other Rhode Island poets and former winners of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest, Bill Carpenter, Ira Schaefer, and Norma Jenckes, as well as Carolyn Decker and Lucas Pralle of Endless Beautiful, the weekend-long festival will include an informal evening get-together, workshops and readings. The social event Pints and Poets will take place this Friday, Sept. 14, at Galway Bay Irish Pub on South Bend Street starting at 7 p.m. The festival workshops will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. in loca- tions around downtown Pawtucket. The workshops will include a work- shop in Haiku and nature, poetry from around the world, a discussion on the poetry of Galway Kinnell and a workshop centered on the photos submitted for the annual photo con- test. In addition, Endless Beautiful will feature a custom audio session with soundscapes sourced exclusively from Pawtucket to inspire creativity and writing. After the workshops, an open mic will take place at Stillwater Books on Main Street. On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., a poetry read- ing featuring Carpenter, Schaefer, Jenckes and McAlpine will be held at Stillwater Books. All events are free and open to poets and non-poets. • The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts will host its annual Family Arts Day, bringing schools and the commu- nity together through the arts, this Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 350 Division St. There will be fun activities for the whole family. • The second Healthy Living Community Event will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from noon to 3 p.m., hosted by the Empowerment Factory, at Baldwin School, 50 Whitman St. "Bee" there for this family fun event and scavenger walk with crafts, food and prizes while learning about the wonders of a pol- linators garden. • Gallery 175, at 175 Main St., will that our city residents need and deserve." City officials are not discussing what progress they've made in potentially restoring health ser- vices at the closed hospital, though they've confirmed that discussions are ongoing. CharterCARE Health Partners previously had interest in buying the property, and it is believed that the company is still in the mix if CNE is willing to sell. The closing of Memorial early this year has led to crowded emer- gency rooms and other issues at other area hospitals. CNE's original plan to board up the site would have presented numerous issues to the surrounding neighborhood beyond aesthetics, according to Grebien. Serious fire hazard concerns loomed over a large campus site left with no fire alarm system or sprinkler system. Regarding the six-story build- ing, Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson noted, "If a fire alarm sys- tem is shut down, there is grave concern of a potential fire starting and the department not getting notified in an adequate amount of time before the incident increases in intensity." Other concerns that would have posed risks included no HVAC sys- tem, a deteriorating roof, unhealthy air, and a buildup of sewer gases. CNE will also be required to main- tain 24-hour security with patrols, cameras and daily walk-throughs of the hospital. While the building will now be heated and safe throughout the winter, Grebien stated that he will continue to hold CNE accountable to their commitments under the plan. "The board's decision to not allow CNE to board up the site is a great win for the city, but there is still much more work to be done," he said. "We will continue working closely with the governor's office and the Department of Health so that CNE will abide by all of the stipulations placed in the closing plan." The closed Memorial Hospital Campus will be entirely heated during the winter season to prevent decay and to maintain operations of the fire suppression and fire alarm systems. CNE will also main- tain around-the-clock security with patrols, cameras, and a daily walk through of the hospital, and must continue to maintain all facilities up to code. Periodic inspections start this month. MEMORIAL From Page 9 See ARTS FEST, Page 20 Located on the East Side of Historic Providence Rehabilitation & Nursing Center 66 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02904 (401) 274-4505 www.hallworthhouse.org UNHAPPY WITH WHERE YOUR LOVED ONE IS LIVING? DON'T SETTLE! 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