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Just in time for the Holidays, the December Geek Dinner will feature the ultimate stocking stuffer: Modibots.
Providence-based toy designer Wayne Losey’s resume reads like a who’s who of action figures: Stars Wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, Teenage Ninja Turtles, and on and on. But when he left Hasbro, he decided that rather than working on more “one-off” action figures, he wanted to create an action figure platform — a system of interlocking components that could be remixed and extended by anyone. Think action figures meets Lego meets 3d printing.
The result is Modibot, and it’s stunning.
At Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Wayne will tell the Modibot story, talk about how his system blurs the line between analog and digital, and give us a sneak peek at where the Modibot army is headed next.
Also at next week’s Geek Dinner, we’ll have the annual Geeks for Good Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and donations at the meeting, and donating them to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Learn more about the best items to donate.
From the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy:
$395,000 Champlin Foundations Grant Awarded to Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Kennedy Plaza Project
Funds will build a pedestrian gateway within Burnside Park
The Champlin Foundations recently granted $395,000 to the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC) and The Providence Foundation to create a pedestrian gateway within Burnside Park. This significant investment will fund a detailed design and reconstruction of the park’s northeast corner, which is a critical element of capital improvement in Greater Kennedy Plaza. An attractive new entrance by the Burnside statue and a corresponding footpath will encourage more varied, healthy activities in our downtown public spaces. By ensuring that the passageway remains safe, clean and well-lit, this project will allow travelers to easily walk through the park on their way from the train station to the RIPTA bus hub, strengthening this connection. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring, with completion expected in late summer 2014.
First proposed during a community charrette led by international placemaking experts at the Project for Public Spaces in 2008, this gateway improvement project is one of several transformative changes planned within Greater Kennedy Plaza next year. The city of Providence has committed $1.7 million from its downtown circulator project to reconfigure traffic patterns around the parks. With support from RIPTA, plans call for the relocation of bus berths to the outside of Kennedy Plaza to make way for a pedestrian plaza and market.
All the details on this Saturday’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and other festivities from the City of Providence:
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Families and residents are invited to kick-off the festive season of shopping and homecomings in the Capital City on Saturday, when Mayor Angel Taveras hosts the City of Providence’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Bank of America Skating Center. It will be emceed by Mayor Taveras and NBC 10′s Morning anchor, Barbara Morse Silva. Tony the Dancing Cop will be stationed at Washington Street and Dorrance Street at 5:30pm to welcome guests.
The ceremony will include performances by RPM Voices of Rhode Island featuring RPM Youth Voices, the Brown University Skating Band and the 4th and 5th grade chorus from the Lillian Feinstein at Sackett Street Elementary School. A figure skating demonstration by regional award winners will follow the ceremony, and Santa will be on the ice when public skating resumes.
Members of the Johnson & Wales University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa will provide refreshments and sell ornaments to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Stanley Tree Service is donating crane service for the trees.
The event is sponsored by the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, the Providence Tourism Council, Whole Foods Market University Heights, Dave’s Coffee and Zipcar Providence.
Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, December 9, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 9, 2013 and October 7, 2013
- Acceptance of 2014 DDRC Meeting Schedule
1. DRC Application No. 13.27: 75 Weybosset Street (Atlantic Bank Building) The applicant seeks approval for the installation of a painted wall sign for ‘Noon Design Shop’ on the west elevation of the building. (Violation Response)
2. DRC Application No. 13.31: 326 Westminster Street (Kinsley Building) – Public Hearing Proposal by Cornish Associates to restore the building, which includes exterior alterations and the installation of new storefronts. The building is being converted to residential/mixed?use. The applicant is also requesting a Development Incentive, specifically a Density Bonus, for an additional residential unit.
False benefits of free holiday parking, transportation funding, and more in today’s News & Notes.
The City of Providence encourages people to buy local and buy art this holiday season with their Buy Providence/Buy Art program.
The City of Providence is offering 2-hours of free parking in commercial districts throughout the city from November 29th through January 4th, 2014.
The Zoning Board of Review meets December 3, 2013 to review the Clarke Flower site, an apartment project on the West Side, and more.
The Skating Rink at Bank of America City Center opens for the 2013/2014 season on Thanksgiving Day.
Providence Business News reports on a new project adjacent to the 195 Land on the east side waterfront called Esplanade at India Point.
Roger Williams Park, Color Run, and more in today’s GC: Photos.
On Wednesday, the City of Providence launched its Open Meetings Portal – a single, public access point for public meeting information.
The purpose of the program is to enliven city spaces and engage residents, workers and visitors in their community with five projects and three mini-projects that include art installations, music instruction and performance, way-finding signage, and a ‘parklet.’
The World Series Trophy will be on display at the Rhode Island Convention, a rally will take place at 3:30pm. From 4pm to 7pm the public will be invited to have their photo taken with the trophy. Photo opportunities are first-come, first-served.
A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, November 18, 2013, beginning at 5:00pm.
The Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets Monday, November 18th.
The City Plan Commission reviews a Major Land Development Project on Prairie Avenue and more at their November 19th meeting.
Micro-developers in Buffalo, sheltered childhoods, and more in today’s News & Notes.