Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PawSox Team Poster Night August 22

Join us for "team poster night" with the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rhode Island PBS at McCoy Stadium on Friday, August 22. Each child receives a team poster and enjoys a pre-game autograph session on the field with the players.

This special "thank you" event for Rhode Island PBS members also includes pre-game barbecue, plus game tickets for two children. Parents and guests can get their tickets through the PawSox.

The barbecue includes all-you-can-eat burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sides, drinks, and ice cream under the tent two hours before the game (5 p.m.).

After dinner, head to your general admission seats to watch the PawSox take on Lehigh Valley at 7:05 p.m. This summertime family outing is courtesy of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Rhode Island PBS tickets are limited and are first come, first served and are reserved for Rhode Island PBS members only at the $75+ level.

Not a member? Not a problem! Call us at 401-222-3636, extension 209, or visit our web site for more information and ticket details.

Remembering D-Day on the 4th of July

Editor's Note: Sometimes, a news release comes across my desk that connects to Rhode Island PBS in unexpected ways. We at Rhode Island PBS are proud of our commitment to air local programming. In June, we commemorated D-Day with a series of documentaries about local World War II veterans who survived Normandy to share with us their moving memories and personal recollections. Now, for Independence Day, we will encore our own production "Bristol's 4th of July: A Celebration of History and Independence" on July 4 at 7:30 p.m. 

The news release I received today ties the two together and advances history one more pace - a D-Day veteran will ride a special float in the 2014 Bristol 4th of July parade. Although not specifically connected to a program we will air for you, bringing attention to this story - sharing it with you - is another way Rhode Island PBS fulfills its capacity for local storytelling. Please read on...

On June 6, 1944, 19-year-old Richard Fazzio of Woonsocket served as the coxswain, or "captain" of a landing craft that went ashore in the first wave of the Normandy invasion. According to Fazzio, the 36 soldiers aboard took high casualties as they left the boat. Fazzio himself was also wounded when the ramp went down and exposed them to German fire.

This July 4th, he will recapture that experience in the Bristol Parade--this time in far more peaceful circumstances. He will be the guest of honor aboard a restored landing craft, similar to the Higgins boat that he took ashore at Normandy in 1944. This 36-foot-long vessel will be mounted aboard a flatbed trailer to commemorate the invasion.

"This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion," said Bill Sheridan, coordinator of this parade initiative. "We are losing our World War II veterans at an alarming rate, and we decided that we could not afford to wait for the 75th anniversary."

The USS John F Kennedy Project of the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame (RIAHOF) has teamed up with its sister non-profit, USS Saratoga Museum Foundation, to present this float.

This LCVP (Landing Craft-Vehicles and Personnel) was a military surplus vessel used for several years by the Department of Environmental Management to ferry staff, equipment, and supplies to and from Prudence Island.

After it was replaced by a newer boat, the LCVP languished for a number of years on the site of the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on the island. Learning of its existence, leaders of the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation petitioned DEM to donate the no-longer-seaworthy vessel to the aircraft carrier project.

This transfer was finally perfected in 2007, and the following summer Kyle Suttie led a group of Boy Scouts from North Kingstown Troop 5 over to Prudence Island. For his Eagle Scout service project, Suttie's team helped prepare the LCVP for the move to the mainland for restoration.

Much of that restoration was performed at Chariho Career and Technical Center, under the direction of Richard Picard. Instructors and students repaired the hull, restored the diesel engine and rebuilt the pilot house.

The final task of stripping, sanding and painting the hull fell to a team of Saratoga/JFK volunteers, led by John Gibbons of North Kingstown. The fruits of their labors will be on display on July 4th.

The Saratoga Foundation worked for many years to bring the aircraft carrier of that name to Narragansett Bay. When the Navy decided in 2010 to scrap Saratoga, they made the John F. Kennedy available instead, and the RIAHOF stepped in to spearhead the effort to bring that ship to Rhode Island.

RIAHOF plans to develop an exciting and financially self-sufficient family attraction, education and job training center, museum and memorial at Navy Pier 1 in Middletown, featuring the retired aircraft carrier John F Kennedy as the centerpiece. The US Navy designated RIAHOF as the “sole qualified candidate” for donation of the ship, and last month project leaders submitted a proposal to the office of the Secretary of the Navy requesting approval of a public-private partnership to enable the ship to be berthed at the northern of the two Navy piers in Coddington Cove.

Locating this namesake legacy in Rhode Island would be most appropriate given President Kennedy’s close association with this State, including his wartime training at Melville, his marriage in Newport and the Summer White House years at Hammersmith Farm.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Lively Experiment, Week of June 27

July 4th and July 6th

Happy Independence Day!

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Ian Donnis – Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter
Ed Fitzpatrick – political columnist for The Providence Journal
Jim Baron – State House reporter for Woonsocket Call and Pawtucket Times
Ted Nesi  – political reporter WPRI-TV 12 | wpri.com

  • Buddy Cianci to run for Mayor of Providence 
  • The dramatic change in House leadership 
  • Passage of “a more business-friendly” state budget
  • Other legislation that passed including:
    • Expansion of gambling at Newport Grand 
    • Suspension of NECAP Tests as graduation requirements
    • Moderate gun control
    • Minimum wage hike
    • Elimination of the master lever 
  • Bills that failed including restoring ethics commission oversight over lawmakers
  • A look ahead at who’s coming and going in the Assembly 
  • Other 2014 election news
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 8:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 P.M. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36 / 7776.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rhode Island Spotlight (through July 4,2014)

These stories never fail to charm and touch the heart! A division of The Hummel Report, Rhode Island Spotlight features the unsung work being done all over the state to improve our community.

Rhode Island PBS is proud to present these short profiles produced by award-winning investigative journalist and new media entrepreneur Jim Hummel. Because these profiles are short, they fit perfectly between full-length programs.

Here are a few upcoming dates and times so you don't miss any of the special stories. Spotlights are also archived on the Rhode Island Spotlight Web site, in case you missed any.

Charitable Act - A struggling non-profit community theater relocated - and reinvented - itself four years ago with a simple mission: to give back to the community. This month Jim Hummel profiles the Academy Players, which has raised thousands of dollars for charities, other non-profit organizations and people in need. He finds they’re not only surviving - but thriving.

Rhode Island PBS
Wed 7/02 at 12:18 p.m.
Fri 7/04 at 12:18 p.m.

Tapping Into the Community - For the past three decades Tap In has been a mainstay for thousands of people in need of food, clothing, household items - and transportation to medical appointments. The all-volunteer organization is located in what some see as an unlikely place: the town of Barrington. But this week Jim Hummel finds there is a growing need throughout the East Bay communities it serves.

Rhode Island PBS
Mon 6/30 at 12:19 p.m.

True To Its Mission - The name certainly turns a lot of heads: The Providence Shelter for Colored Children. And though it has transitioned from a shelter building into a charitable foundation, the organization’s mission of helping minority children in the greater Providence area remains the same. Jim Hummel takes a look at the group’s 175-year history and finds out why some board members over the years have been the staunchest advocates for keeping the original name.

Thu 6/26 at 10:52 p.m.

Rhode Island PBS
Fri 6/27 at 12:19 p.m.
Sat 6/28 at 6:50 p.m.
Thu 7/03 at 12:19 p.m.

Worthy Goal - Two afternoons a week you can find close to 80 aspiring soccer players in classrooms well after school ends. They are there not because they have to be, but because they want to be. For the past decade Project Goal has offered more than 500 students the opportunity to improve academically, while receiving top-notch coaching from former soccer professionals and certified coaches. All at no cost to the kids. Jim Hummel finds it's a mix that is yielding impressive results.

Rhode Island PBS
Tue 7/01 at 12:19 p.m.