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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-13-2019

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6 PAWTUCKET NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION OSCIL will host Lunch and Learn Workshop Nov. 21 Steingold Volvo Cars recognized for utilizing technology PAWTUCKET – Ocean State Center for Independent Living will present a Lunch and Learn Workshop om Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., at its 175 Main St. location. The topic for the workshop is "What Is Pace?" The presenter will be Devosha McCray. Advance registration is required. Call 401-738-1013 or email heather. schey@oscil.org . Seating is limited. A lunch of pizza and beverages will be served. A sign language interpreter and CART has been secured. WEST WARWICK – Cox Business, the commercial division of Cox Communications, hosted the 2nd annual Cox Business Smart Business event. The Smart Technology Smarter Businesses tour featured visits to three Rhode Island-based companies that are utilizing technology in cutting- edge ways that enable them to deliver new services and tools to their cus- tomers while generating revenue and improving operational efficiencies. From smart harvesters that use pho- tovoltaic technology and automate turf collection to fiber-enabled car dealers that use WiFi to service cus- tomer cars and locate new vehicles for delivery, local Rhode Island insti- tutions are deploying smart technol- ogy that makes them standouts in a crowded field. Cox Business chose to recognize these organizations, which are Cox Business customers, for their ability to leverage technology assets in myriad ways. Companies recognized in the 2019 tour of smart businesses included Steingold Volvo Cars in Pawtucket; Kingston Turf Farms in West Kingstown; and the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. Each visit featured a tour of the business along with commentary provided by local elected officials and company lead- ership including Northeast Region Manager and SVP Jay Allbaugh. In honor of their commitment to smart technology, Cox Charities pro- vided each business with $1,000 to give to a nonprofit of their choosing. Steingold Volvo Cars will share its award with the New England Institute of Technology in support of a scholar- ship fund for students pursuing auto- motive careers. Ruano graduates from Air Force basic training Culinary Challenge will benefit Alzheimer's Association Harmony Heritage chorus will perform Saturday SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kayla J. Ruano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physi- cal fitness, and basic warfare prin- ciples and skills. Ruano is the daughter of Laurie King and Jose Ruano of Pawtucket. She is a 2011 graduate of Blackstone Academy Charter School. PROVIDENCE – The Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter is hosting its annual Culinary Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Rhodes on the Pawtucket in Cranston. The event starts with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the chef's tasting at 6:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association Rhode Island Chapter. Now in its 10th year, the Culinary Challenge features chefs from assist- ed living and healthcare facilities throughout the state competing in a gourmet food cook-off in front of a panel of judges. Prizes are awarded for Best Taste and Best Display. Attendees will also sample the chefs'creative recipes for appetizers, main dishes and desserts, and vote on their favorites for a People's Choice award. This year's judges include Chef Frank Terranova, News Anchor Mike Montecalvo, Miss Rhode Island 2019 Molly Andrade, PVDonuts Co-Owner Paul Kettelle, and University Club Executive Chef Gary Comella. The event will also feature raffles and entertainment from DJ Ray Arruda. Tickets are $35 each or $30 for 10 or more; $50 at the door, and can be purchased online at alz.org/ri/events or by calling 401-421-0008. PAWTUCKET – Harmony Heritage women's chorus, a Southern New England chapter of Harmony Incorporated, an inter- national organization of female a cappella singers specializing in the barbershop harmony style, will perform "Harvest of Harmony," an a cappella harmony celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place. Featured guests at the event will be New Q, 2019 Area 2 Quartet Champions, and the Mansion Vocal Band men's quartet, as well as chap- ter quartets Affinity and Foursythia. Refreshments will be served and a 50/50 raffle will take place at the end of the evening. The performance is open to the public and tickets are available at the door or by calling 401-258-3386. Visit www.harmonyheritage.org . PAWTUCKET – The Preservation Society of Pawtucket has announced the establishment of a Preservation Reward Program to support historic preservation efforts in the city. The PSP will give up to three monetary gifts, for a combined total not exceeding $2,000, for preserva- tion-related projects completed in Pawtucket. Barbara Zdravesky, president of the board, said this is not a grant to subsidize a project, but a reward for completing one. This is a small total, she said, but the PSP is one of very few preserva- tion societies with such funds avail- able. It was made possible because there was an endowment attached to the Joseph Spaulding House, which the PSP sold earlier this year, and the $1,500 in interest on that endowment now becomes operating income, "extra cash we didn't have before." Many people have asked about grants, she said, and the PSP has always had to say now. "We find ourselves in a really great position to be able to do that," said Zdravesky. "It's very satisfying to say that yes, we have some cash and we want to give it to people." Eligible projects will have been completed in the 18 months prior to Feb. 1. They must be viewable by the general public, meaning no internal private property projects. Projects don't need not be asso- ciated with a specific building or place. Digital, archival, or narra- tive projects will be considered. Rewards will be given to individu- als, no-profit organizations, small businesses, or religious institutions. Applications must be received by the PSP no later than Feb. 1. Applications and supporting mate- rials may be submitted by mail or email. Addresses are on the application. Applications will be reviewed by the board of directors in February and March and deci- sions will be made by early April. Rewards will be announced and presented at the annual meeting in early May. Supporting materials should include before and after photos, project outline, description of his- torical relevance, and a summary of what the project contributes to the community. This reward program will be funded by the Elizabeth J. Johnson Endowment Fund, established to support history research and preser- vation efforts in Pawtucket. Project examples are restoration, rehabilitation, preservation, preser- vation service, and stewardship. PSP members are hoping this program will help spread aware- ness about the importance of local preservation in Pawtucket, said Zdravesky. There are many pres- ervation-minded people out there, and it will be great to bring atten- tion to what they're doing. It doesn't have to be for a specific building or place, she said, but generally "his- tory and preservation specific to Pawtucket, including interpretation and archival projects. The program application is available at www.paw- tucketpreservation.org . Pawtucket Preservation Society announces rewards for great work By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com got a news tip? Call Ethan at 401-334-9555, ext. 130 or e-mail it to ethan@valleybreeze.com BUSINESS NEWS ZDRAVESKY

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