Tuesday, August 31, 2004

30 Years of India Point Park!

On Saturday, September 18. The Friends of India Point Park will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the park with a party!. Festivities will include the dedication of a tile mural that focuses on Rhode Island maritime history (currently being installed) Other festivities will include a tree-planting (at 12:30) kid's games, refreshments, face-painting, and music.
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger will be in attendance.

WHAT:Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of India Point Park

WHERE:India Point Park, at the foot of Gano street

WHEN:1-3 PM, Saturday, September 18

COST: Free!!!

Additional questions, email Judy Blackadar

You can also visit the Friends of India Point Park Website

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Problems In the Parks Department...

I must have crawled under a rock or something--- I just found out about all of the problems in the Providence Parks Department! (and I only found out because I was surfing channels, and ended up watching a cable access interview with the new director of the Parks Dept. It turned out that there was an audit of the department that turned up some interesting problems, nclude the following:

  • embezzlement of $58,000 by an employee

  • no interest loans to the director of the Museum

  • shoddy, incorrect, and faulty book-keeping

  • I knew that dealing with the Parks department was never a piece of cake, but who knew about all of that stuff?

    You can find out more than you want to know about it by checking out the following links:

    Cicilline says zoo could be handed over to private group
    WLNE-TV (ABC6), RI - Aug 16, 2004
    ... He tells The Providence Journal he can't rule out the society's assuming much greater responsibility ... The audit came after a city Parks Department employee ...

    Providence weighs ceding zoo control
    Boston Globe, MA - Aug 15, 2004
    PROVIDENCE -- The city is in talks that could result in it ceding control ... A forensic audit ordered after an employee in the Parks Department admitted ...

    City Considers Ceding Control Over Zoo
    Turn to 10.com, RI - Aug 15, 2004
    PROVIDENCE -- The city is in talks that could result in it ceding control ... A forensic audit ordered after an employee in the Parks Department admitted ...

    City ready to give zoo up to Society
    Providence Journal (subscription), RI - Aug 14, 2004
    ... PROVIDENCE -- As the dust continues to fly from a financial scandal in the city Parks Department, talks are under ... A forensic audit of wrongdoing in the Parks ...

    Parks audit finds conflicts of interest, poor controls
    Providence Journal (subscription), RI - Aug 6, 2004
    ... PROVIDENCE -- Former city Parks Supt ... and suffered from poor financial controls that left her operation vulnerable to fraud and waste, a forensic audit shows ...

    Parks Dept. audit reveals missing funds, records
    Providence Journal (subscription), RI - Aug 6, 2004
    ... Alix Ogden, the newly appointed superintendent of the Providence Parks Department, called the audit findings "disturbing," but said she's hopeful that under ...

    Providence mayor announces conclusions of Parks Department audit
    WLNE-TV (ABC6), RI - Aug 6, 2004
    PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) - Providence Mayor David Cicilline says an independent financial firm has completed a forensic audit of the troubled city Parks Department. ...

    Parks Department Audit Shows Missing Funds
    Turn to 10.com, RI - Aug 6, 2004
    ... night in a closed meeting, The Providence Journal reported. An audit remains active and the apparent loss ... in the office of former Parks Superintendent Nancy ...

    Parks Dept. audit shows thousands missing
    Providence Journal (subscription), RI - Aug 5, 2004
    ... PROVIDENCE -- After a year of investigating the finances of the Parks Department, forensic auditors ... An audit remains active and the apparent loss could grow ...

    Finance adviser resigns amid parks audit
    Providence Journal (subscription), RI - Jul 20, 2004
    ... forensic audit of irregularities in Parks Department accounts, adviser Raymond A. DeStefanis is reportedly pressured to quit. BY GREGORY SMITH. PROVIDENCE -- ...

    Thursday, August 12, 2004

    Drum Circle in Session Saturday August 14

    The Drums are In Session at the Free Spirit Massage Therapy & Healing Center
    420 Main Street, Warren RI

    WHEN: 8pm to 11:30pm on Saturday, August 14

    Come join the circle and your hosts, Alan and Jamie.
    Bring your own drum or use one of theirs, including the 48" pow-wow drum.
    You'll have the chance to Improvise, dance, express yourself in the time-honored tradition of spirit and sound.

    Water is provided. Feel free to bring any other refreshment your body needs.
    Suggested donation $4

    This circle meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

    For More Info: call (401) 245-7979 or (401) 274-4293

    Friday, August 06, 2004

    50th Newport Jazz Festival opens with Providence Chorus (& Dave Brubeck!)

    One of New England's top choruses, the  Providence Singers will be playing with legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck! They're opening the 5-day JVC Newport Jazz Festival- with Brubeck's large-scale work, "Gates of Justice," on Wednesday, August 11.

    The concert is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. Written in 1969, "Gates of Justice" draws from Biblical texts, speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Negro spirituals, and the writings of the Jewish sage Hillel. Mr. Brubeck and the Providence Singers share the stage with tenor/cantor Alberto Mizrahi; Kevin Deas, an African-American baritone; the Dave Brubeck Quartet; and a 13-piece orchestra.

    The brainchild of Boston nightclub owner George Wein and Newport socialites Louis and Elaine Lorillard, the Newport Jazz Festival has been gathering jazz musicians and enthusiasts together in the summer playground of America's aristocratic class for 50 years.

    WHEN: August 11, 2004 - 7:30 pm

    WHAT: Dave Brubeck's "Gates of Justice"

    WHERE: Rogers High School, 15 Wickham Rd, Newport

    COST: $35 general admission; tickets available through the Festival Office, 401-847-3700

    MORE INFO:401-847-3700 or read more on the web

    MORE ABOUT THE PROVIDENCE SINGERS[note: the Providence Singers website is currently down. Check the link in a day or so.]


    Tuesday, August 03, 2004

    Put an End to Bush (Using HTML! )

    I'm hoping that the power of HTML will be put to good use. I've started a cafepress.com store to help put Bush out of office. 50% of all the profits from the store will go to the Kerry campaign The other 50% will be used to pay for my trips to swing states to help work on the election.

    If you'd like to help defeat Bush, get the message out and buy some cool merch!