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The North Providence Breeze 01-10-2018

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2 THE VALLEY JANUARY 10-16, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION RIC awarded more than $400,000 to renovate chemistry facilities PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College has been awarded a $455,550 grant from the Champlin Foundation to renovate the Instrument Room and chemistry teaching labs in the John Clarke Science Building. The grant is the largest Champlin grant in the college's history. "In our commitment to maximiz- ing impact in the community, we see great value in supporting high achievement in STEM-related fields," said Keith Lang, executive direc- tor of the Champlin Foundation. "This grant will enable Rhode Island College students to develop and apply advanced chemistry skills and knowledge as an engine to help drive the economy in the state and region." The project involves the renova- tion of more than 2,500 square feet: the Instrument Room, which will be enlarged to include nearly $300,000 in state-of-the-art scientific equip- ment; chemistry teaching labs and a computer lab, which will be recon- figured into a wet lab for analytical, physical and environmental chemis- try and into a multifunctional chemis- try teaching lab. In addition, a research space will be constructed, and several class locations shifted to provide the maxi- mum learning space for students. These changes will benefit 1,000 students who take chemistry classes each year. The total cost of the renovations is estimated to exceed $1.5 million. Champlin Foundation funds will underwrite the cost of architectural and engineering services, four scien- tific instruments, 24 laptop comput- ers and a laptop storage/charging sta- tion. The college will contribute the remaining costs. This is the ninth grant the Champlin Foundation has awarded Rhode Island College since 2007, totaling more than $1.9 million. Chamber program offers energy tips for owners of commercial buildings LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will host a Building Owners Forum on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the Chamber office, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 4, Suite 402, in Lincoln. Commercial building owners who want to make their building more energy efficient, comfortable, and competitive will hear from represen- tatives from Rhode Island C-PACE on how to tap into this voluntary, state-sponsored program to receive 100 percent, non-recourse financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. There is no fee to attend, but regis- tration is required. Visit or call 401-334-1000. IN BRIEF NRI Chamber of Commerce hosting Networking at Night with Trivia Twist LINCOLN – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce begins its new year of activities with Networking at Night with a Trivia Twist, a chance to meet and match wits with fellow Chamber members, on Monday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m at Asia Grille in the Lincoln Mall Plaza, 622 George Washington Highway. The first half of the evening offers time to network; the second half encourages teams to partici- pate in trivia, presented by WRIK Entertainment. Teams will be put together that night, or Chamber members can bring a team (four people per team suggested). Cost is $10 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Members are wel- come to bring guests at member pricing. To register or for more informa- tion, visit and click on events, or call 401-334- 1000. Virtual Dementia Tour being offered Jan. 25 NORTH PROVIDENCE – Darlington Memory Lane, in col- laboration with Kindred Hospice, will offer a Virtual dementia tour on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Darlington Memory Lane, 1081 Mineral Spring Ave. The event is a free, hands-on experience that gives caregiv- ers, families and communities an opportunity to walk in the shoes of someone who has dementia or Alzheimer's. Each experience takes about 15 minutes to complete. RSVP to khernandez@darlington- Red Sox scholarship for high school seniors BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox Foundation is seeking submissions from seniors at local high schools who are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communi- ties, for the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship. The scholarship honors academi- cally inclined seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Those selected will receive a $1,000 college schol- arship and recognition during a special pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park. Submissions are due by Friday, Feb. 16. Visit service-scholarships. W inter B all Solstice Ball • Company Party 2044 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 231-2370 • Tis the Season to be Jolly & Smart... Why buy when you can rent? $45 Your Choice Tuxedo or Suit DENTAL ARTS GROUP "A Collaborative Practice Committed To Excellence" Dr. David McFarland Dr. Richard Glick Dr. Rochelle Rhodes Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 1136 Hartford Ave. Johnston 521-3661 Major insurance plans accepted DENTALARTSGROUPRI.COM Ask Us About UnderArmour Performance Enhancing Mouthwear Visit our newly renovated office

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