Friday, October 30, 2009
Beautiful, tender, funny, sad.
The next morning, I brought my pet carrier to work. After relaying the previous evening’s events to my boss, she insisted that we head directly to Richmond Square to hunt for the cat that had already found a place in my heart. Despite our “here, kitty” calls, there was no sign of Charlie – until we started to pull out of the lot. Suddenly, I spotted him heading towards us. My boss stopped the car, and we hopped out. When I set the pet carrier on the ground and opened it, Charlie came running, all the way across the lot, and dove into that pet carrier as if to say, “I knew you’d come back, now take me HOME!”
We brought Charlie back to Save The Bay’s office, and all available staffers gathered around Charlie in the library, as he walked on top of the conference table greeting every single person in the room. Clearly, Charlie had no fear of people, and despite whatever trauma he had experienced while he was out on his own, he was one very well-adjusted feline.
After spending that first night together, I awoke to a cat I didn’t even recognize. While I was sleeping, Charlie spent the entire night grooming himself. His gray and brown coat of the night before was white and orange in the morning light – a “Prince Charming” of the cat world!
That first week, Charlie was chased by my neighbor’s Australian sheepdog. That’s the only time I ever witnessed him run from a dog. Over the 5 ½ years that we lived together, we were charged by dogs three other times. After that first incident, I had his complete trust, and rather than run from an a potential attack, Charlie would simply lie at my feet, and let me chase away any charging dog.
The move to Stone Harbour was perhaps the luckiest day of Charlie’s life. We immediately developed a routine of taking a walk first thing every morning (usually to visit Angus, the feral library cat who lives across the street), followed by a walk later in the day to visit the downtown shop owners. I am so grateful for the many kindnesses displayed to us by everyone in town. Charlie was a “regular” at Olde China Trader, Claddagh Connection, Floral Fantasy, Studio Six, Harbor Bath & Body, Revival, and European Kitchen – just to name a few. Wherever we headed, he would (almost) always be right at my side. My proudest moments with him were the ones spent walking Hope Street. Pedestrians and drivers would often stop to comment about what an unusual cat he was.
We were only separated once outdoors, not long after our move to downtown Bristol. Just after heading outside, while I was distracted picking up litter, Charlie took a sharp left and snuck under a parked car on Thames Street. I assumed he had taken a right to head to the Thames Street Landing shops, only to discover that I had lost him. I spent the next hour searching high and low for my buddy. Finally, I gave up and headed indoors – only to receive a call minutes later that Charlie had been returned to Stone Harbour by John Allen, who had spotted Charlie lounging in front of the Elbow Room. When I retrieved Charlie from the McQuaids’ condo that morning, he looked pleased as punch – and a bit smug for having thoroughly enjoyed his morning adventure.
Charlie didn’t have a jealous bone in his body. If I spent a night away at my dad’s in Connecticut, or patted another animal before returning home, he would always greet me with tremendous affection.
Charlie had no fear – not of any other animals, people, fireworks, or even thunderstorms. (In fact, he loved to sit on a windowsill to watch lightning!)
Most unusual was Charlie’s ability to say “hello” in an almost human tone. When this behavior first started, I thought I must be imagining it, but one day when Charlie trotted ahead of me on our way outside, he said “hello” to one of my neighbors passing by. He was too far ahead of me for me to hear it, but the neighbor, in disbelief, said, “I think I just heard your cat say ‘hello’ to me.” We would often say “hello” back & forth to each other at home.
There is no doubt in my mind that Charlie was one of a kind. Something between us clicked from that very first moment we laid eyes on each other. He had the most delightful personality of any animal I have ever encountered. He was the best companion I could have ever asked for – like a gift from heaven.
When we took our last trip to the animal hospital, I am convinced Charlie knew exactly what the end result would be. I truly believe he was ready to let go. His exit from this world was a peaceful one, cradled in my arms while I kept repeating how much I loved him, right up to his very last breath. I will miss my little buddy more than words can ever express. Bristol lost its littlest ambassador with his passing this week.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
On THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, they will be counting coins FOR FREE. At the end of the day, they will make a donation to Mosaico CDC based on the amount of money counted on that day. They will actually be doing this for the whole week, but the donation to Mosaico is only for those coins counted on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
Bank Newport’s Celebrating 10 YEARS flyer is attached
So we are asking that you please bring those dusty jars of coins you have in your closet or on your bureau to Bank Newport, on Gooding Avenue, on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19. Bank Newport will count your coins for free, exchange them for cash, and will make a donation to Mosaico CDC based on the day’s tally.
Pass the word! This is a painless way to show your support and make a donation to Mosaico CDC, an organization that is dedicated to helping the community through storefront renovations, mentoring, scholarships and in so many other ways. All of our funding for these programs comes from donations and grants, and this year especially, we can really use your help.
Thank you for your support, and thanks to Bank Newport for including us in their celebration!"
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Paulette Carr, Director of Exhibitions for the Bristol Art Museum found the inspiration for the show in the word, "decorata", which is used to refer to the plant and animal kingdom and symbolizes nature. Joan Backes's Carpet of Leaves, brings the outside inside to the museum with leaves from different tree species along with the spectrum of colors from Spring through Fall. "Leaves have been used as a design motif for cloth carpets throughout history, "Backes states. Her other installation, "Cardboard Trees", are made from recycled boxes from every continent. The box material is a tree product and now the cardboard is returned to the tree.
Wendy Wahl's,"Rebound: Mixed Editions", challenges assumptions about our surroundings through the use of tactile text by using discarded encyclopedias as a building material. The books have been deconstructed and restructured to create a work that considers the associations between the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Paulette Carr's, "Earth Pendulums", is an interactive installation that revisits the passage of time. "The pendulums are to be touched and gently pushed, just as we touch and move with the earth each day we are living", says Carr. "Patterns are traced in sand and vary with the force and length of the touch to the pendulum. The steel spheres that sound with each movement evoke the bells used through the centuries to mark celebrations."
For more information, www.bristolartmuseum.org
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Economic downturn challenges YES gallery owner's creativity. The following is an article from last week's Providence Business News on YES Gallery owner Leigh Medeiros and how she is dealing with the current economic downturn.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Bristol's downtown shopping Holiday Preview is November 20, 2009 sponsored by the local DBMA and Bristol Independent Galleries
Please mark your calendars for a bit of festive warmth and community cheer and support your local businesses while your at it. Bristol's Holiday Shopping Preview is Friday, November 20 from 5 - 9 pm.
Hey Kids! This is for you.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"A bill now in Congress would provide federal funding to coastal and Great Lakes states to help preserve and protect working waterfronts. Boat Owners Association of The United States is urging boaters and anglers to contact their members of Congress to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2548, the "Keep America's Waterfronts Working Act of 2009."
Introduced in May by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and co-sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), the legislation would allow local governments to use federal grant funds to purchase a threatened marina outright. It would also allow a non-profit group to obtain a grant to buy development rights in order to keep a working boatyard in business, rather than see it sold for residential development.
In introducing her bill, Rep. Pingree said, "Water-dependent, coastal-related businesses are economically and culturally important places to many coastal communities and working waterfronts are quickly disappearing under the tremendous pressures from incompatible uses."
For full (short) story in New York Post go to:
For Patrick Conley's opposing point of view go to his essay in the Pro Jo on September 30, 2009 titled" "CIty Fumble, Wilting Waterfront" at http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_conley30_09-30-09_MMFSBDD_v13.3f8e276.html
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Rethink Afghanistan - a free documentary movie will be shown this Friday night, October 23 at 7 pm at the St. Mike's Parish Hall on the corner of Church and Hope Streets, Bristol RI. The event is sponsored by the East Bay Citizens for Peace. The film runs for 75 minutes and will be followed by discussion and refreshments. (Click on image above once to enlarge.)
This would have been fine if the artist had received permission from the AP photographer...but that never happen! Click once on image to enlarge.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, RI — The school department of North Kingstown, Rhode Island has contracted with ASA to perform a study to advise on the technical and economic feasibility of constructing the town's first utility-sized wind turbine power generator.
ASA's wind energy expert and senior principal, Daniel Mendelsohn will act as principal-in-charge and project manager on the project and lead a team of five sub-contractors including Loria Emerging Energy Consulting, GZA Geo-Environmental, Maguire Group, Sustainable Energy Advantage and Rich Gross Electrical. The team has worked together for the past four years and is actively involved in the development of wind projects in several New England states.
Mr. Mendelsohn, commented, "This is only one of many exciting renewable energy projects that ASA is involved in, with a view to provide experienced, leading edge services and technologies to municipal, state and private clients in the this important and growing market." Mr. Mendelsohn further stated, "However, what makes today's news most notable is the fact that this could be Rhode Island's third megawatt scale turbine and Rhode Island is poised to be at the leading edge of a municipal renewable energy revolution in the northeast and in the United States. This project will be another step towards the achievement of the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Standard requirement of generating 16% of the State's electrical power with renewable resources by 2020".
ASA's wind energy team was recently involved in a similar wind energy study for the new utility-scale, megawatt-sized wind turbine built for the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Mendelsohn, who led the Portsmouth wind feasibility project, applauds the municipality and school department's leadership in pursuing alternative energy solutions at the local level. North Kingstown School Department is taking aim at similarly offsetting rising energy costs for their schools. Like the Portsmouth project, a North Kingstown turbine could potentially provide over 3 million kilowatt-hours of power per year, enough energy to offset (over a 20-year net cumulative savings) nearly $3 million. Funding for the Portsmouth turbine project was authorized via a bond referendum approved by Portsmouth voters last November which allowed the borrowing in the form of an interest-free Clean Renewable Energy Bond.
Ned Draper, Director of Administration at North Kingstown School Department announced, "The School Department and the town are excited about the prospect of tapping our local wind energy potential with ASA and ready to get the project off the ground."
Regional wind energy projects that ASA is presently involved in include:
· Technical and economic feasibility study for the Town of Jamestown, RI
· Feasibility study of Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
· Feasibility study for the University of Massachusetts Medical Campus
· Feasibility study and MTC development grant support for the Plymouth County Correctional Facility, Plymouth MA,
· Environmental impacts study for a wind power production facility at a land site on Cape Cod
· Support for the Special Area Management Plan, regulatory framework development for the permitting of wind and other energy production projects in the waters offshore of RI
· Synthesis of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of renewable energy system development on the outer continental shelf for the U.S. Minerals Management Service
· Support for the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan which is in part directed at offshore wind energy facility siting
ASA's Energy Group is also involved in supporting numerous energy development projects in Africa, the Middle East, Caspian Sea, China, Australia, and South East Asia.
Mosaico CDC has CDBG grant money available to fund job development and training for people in low and moderate income brackets in the area of marine systems, health and green technology. If you are interested or know of people who are, please call Diana Campbell, interim executive director of Mosaico at 401 253 4627. This is an extraordinary program especially with the RI unemployment rate remaining in two digits. For more info on Mosaico and their many diverse programs go to the link below and read their latest newsletter. Mosaico is located in downtown Bristol on the first floor of the Bristol Statehouse building at the intersection of High and Court Streets. Please come in and introduce yourself!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Posted Oct 9, 2009
URI students find energy savings at Navy base
By Chris Barrett
Providence Business News (PBN) Staff Writer
University of Rhode Island students recently pitched a plan to the Naval War College in Newport that could help reduce the military’s utility bills.
During the summer a team of students from the university’s Energy Center Fellows Program visited the college’s facilities and found a wide variety of inefficiencies in energy use, including areas that had more lighting than necessary, outdoor lights that were on during daylight hours, occupancy sensors that were not working properly, and computers that were never turned off.
“We found a lot of little things that can have a big impact on their energy bill,” said Kevin Silveira, 21, a URI senior studying mechanical engineering. “Changing behaviors may be the hardest thing to do because they’ve been doing things the same way for years and years, but we hope to get the faculty, staff and students to switch their mindset to be more energy conscious and more waste conscious.”
The students said implementing their recommendations and installing renewable energy sources could reduce the college’s energy consumption by 30 percent below 2003 levels by 2015.
Rear Admiral Phil Wisecup, president of the War College, has endorsed the plan and asked for students to return and oversee the implementation of the project.
“It’s a wonderful example of what people can do together, and of how talented these young URI students are,” Wisecup said. “The URI faculty deserves a lot of credit here, too. We are so pleased to be working together on this. It’s a real win-win.”
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Below is a link to a 4 minute video that was aired recently on Channel 5 TV in Boston about Bristol! Thank you to Joan Roth for being such a warm and informative ambassador (your velvet voice really comes across well on TV!) and to TV hostess Cindy Salvato for bringing this special RI Walking Market Tour to the attention of the Chronicles TV program. This particular tour is a RI Culinary and Culture Walk (http://www.rimarkettours.com/) focusing on Bristol- visiting many restaurants as well as museums in our area including Linden Place and Coggeshall Farm.Here's the video link:
Joan Roth — She teaches, she sings, she's an artist and musician, she's a historian, and is teased by her friends as being Bristol's unofficial Mayor; and now she's your tour guide. Joan Roth is a native Bristolian and taught school in Little Compton and Bristol. She heads the music series at Linden Place, which runs October thru May, and served, at one time, on the board of the Youth Orchestra of the RI Philharmonic. Joan loves to tour people around Bristol and has great stories to share with you; you'll love meeting her.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
In my last email on 28 September it looked like Mr. Hannah was settling into a small area in north central Venezuela as he spent about 10 days in that area. I guess he was just having some R and R from his 11-day, 3,000-mile trip from Nantucket. Just after I downloaded the last data, which included up to 1 pm on 27 September, Mr. Hannah took off to the south at 2 pm on the 27th, arriving in the headwaters of the Orinoco River in Department of Apure, Venezuela on the 28th. He remained there until 3 October and then headed south again, crossing into Colombia on 4 October following sections of the Orinoco River along the border of Colombia and Venezuela until our last data point at 2 pm yesterday, 6 October, when he was still in Colombia but just 20 miles north of Brazil and the Rio Negro, one of the main tributaries to the Amazon. Also, he was just 2.5 degrees north of the Equator.
Since he arrived in South America, he has travelled over 750 miles south. His combined straight line flight from Nantucket is about 3,500 miles, which he has covered in 30 days.
I have attached three maps. One covers his flight from Nantucket until he reaches Colombia and Venezuela covering 6 to 17 September. The second covers his travels while in South America from 17 September to 6 October. The third is a Google Earth file that you can zoom in to see his travels more closely. Again just use the slide rule bar on the top center of the map and move the bar all the way to the right to see locations appear. You will need Google Earth downloaded on your computer to do this.
Yesterday he was flying south non-stop from 10 am to 2 pm at about 20 mph, so I am sure that he continued into Brazil and possibly is now south of the Equator. We still do not know where he will end up!
Will have another update in a few days. Enjoy,
Robert S. Kennedy, Ph.D.
Director of Natural Sciences
Maria Mitchell Association
4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
MMA's Website: www.mmo.org
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The popular dinner/concert packages will again be offered in cooperation with restaurants in downtown Bristol. The package price includes a fixed price dinner and concert ticket, given at the restaurant. Package reservations should be made by calling the restaurant. There will be two choices for this concert: Le Central for $40 (396-9965, view menu at www.lecentralbristol.net) and Redfelsens for $33 (254-1188, view menu at www.redlefsens.com).
Concert only tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and are available at Paper Packaging & Panache, 418 Hope St., and at the door. For further information, call 254-9626.
Monday, October 5, 2009
He is the son of Bristol residents, Jerry and Sandy Landay. As many of you know, Jerry Landay is a writer, retired correspondent for CBS News and a frequent contributor to the Providence Journal op-ed page.