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Presumed Parking Lot-ification

House Demolished at Cumberland and Wardlaw Streets

For the past week or so, there has been a string of caution tape between two cones in front of a house on Cumberland St. Next door: a vacant lot, and next to that, a house that has had the same tape and some chain link propped against it for about a year.

A few days ago, I noticed the property behind the cones had its electrical meter and wires disconnected.

Last night, while walking my dog, I happened to catch a Providence College security guard tidying up the caution tape. I asked if he had any news what’s happening with this property. He told me they were being torn down for parking.

“That’s unfortunate,” I said.

He shrugged.

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It’s boating season in Providence

community-boating-center

This Saturday Providence Community Boating is hosting a free open house starting at 1pm with skippered sailboat rides and a BBQ.

Additionally, there will be Audubon Birds of Prey presentations at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Anyone who joins either CBC or Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a 2012 member at the event will receive a free bird-watching boat tour narrated by an Audubon naturalist. Bird-watching boat tours will leave at 2:00 pm and 3:30 PM

Celebrate and enjoy free iced tea from our new friends at Granny Squibb‘s.

And don’t forget, CBC is offering kayaking this year too. Opening day will be May 29th.

Lessons are starting next week! Here is a link (PDF) to the membership forms. No experience necessary!

109 India Street, Providence

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Friday is Bike to Work Day

bike to work day

You didn’t forget, did you? Pump up those tires and check your brakes cause there’s no better way to end the work week than to show up at the office in your Hawaiian shirt on your bike.

RI Bike has arranged the bike commuters breakfast and coffee, courtesy of Whole Foods Market, RABAR, and New Harvest Coffee Roasters, as well as the following:

In the last week, we’ve had Mayor Tavares agree to ride to and speak at approximately 8AM. We’re hopeful that he’ll be able to share information about an exciting request from local cyclists that he is considering.  We’ll also have Melanie Army from the City Planning Department on hand to talk about development of the next Providence Bike Plan and Rep. Art Handy to present a resolution from the state legislature declaring May 18th 2012 Bike To Work Day in Rhode Island.

  • Onsite bicycle mechanic services are being provided by REI from 6:30 to 9:30.
  • Raffle of donated items to benefit RIBIKE will be held, including a fashionable rainhood from CLEVERHOOD, bike bag and Donkey Boxes from Legend Bicycle, Bontrager floor pump from Caster’s, Bicycle Jewelry from Recycle-A-Bike and more!

Other activities:

  • Product demonstrations from Caster’s Bicycles, Dynamic Bicycles.
  • Get photographed at the ZipCar photobooth with your commuter gear or bike commuter friends.
  • Learn how to combine Bike with Bus with RIPTA Rack and Ride

We are also proud to welcome the following presenting organizations:

  • Caster’s Bicycles
  • CLEVERHOOD
  • Commuter Resource RI/RIPTA
  • Dynamic Bicycles
  • Legend Bicycle
  • Recycle-A-Bike
  • REI
  • US Open Cycling Foundation
  • ZipCar

Location: World War 1 Memorial, Providence (College St and South Main St.).
Time: 6:45AM to 10:30AM.

I hear the East Bay Bike Path is open again, too, and the weather is going to be perfect!

See you there!

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Updated: May is bike month

Office Bikes

Update: This post previously had links to last year’s events. Sorry about that! (page updated 5/1/12 @ 4pm)

Congratulations, you made it through one of the most mild winters on record. If you took advantage of the warmer temps and got out on the bike, good on ya! For the rest of you, if you haven’t been out on your bike yet, now is the time.

That’s right, May is National Bike Month! And bike month wouldn’t be complete without a Bike to Work Day event where you can put a name to some those spandex clad bodies faces you’ve seen two-wheeling it around town.

According to the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition’s website, the Providence B2WD will be on May 18th and, like last year, there will be an opportunity to meet-up downtown for a little morning bike-fuel.

In the meantime, take the lane, turn on your blinkies, don one of Jef’s slick designs (like this cool button), and I’ll see you on the streets.

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No more excuses, back on the bike.

Morning CommuteWe may not be past solstice yet, but it sure feels like spring is here. Now that we have a bit more daylight in the evenings, I’m out of excuses; it’s time to get back on the bike.

Yesterday I did my first bike commute of the season. The morning ride to work wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected despite sand on the roads and a relatively new scrap-metal yard on my route.

I live in Providence, but my office is in Warwick on the oh-so-bicycle-friendly Jefferson Boulevard. This last stretch of ride is the only time I find safety in riding on a sidewalk. No, it’s not ideal, but sharing the right-most of 4 lanes with tractor-trailers, pothole craters, and sand is just too scary for this guy. Instead, I trudge through about a mile of sandy sidewalk, weaving around grossly parked cars in adjacent lots, before ducking into the safety of a parking lot and side street that leads to my building.

I felt great on the ride in, such a beautiful morning. In the evening, it was even warmer. When I hopped back on the bike and headed down the street, I quickly realized which muscles had not been maintained over the winter…

I recently got my first GoPro camera, so I look forward to making some videos of my adventures. This video, by my friend Peter, not only got me interested in these cameras, but seriously makes me realize I need more Rule #5 want to get back on the bike every time I watch it.

Six Days to Glover from Peter Gengler on Vimeo.

Today, am I sore, but I am excited to be back at it. I need somebody to make me a shirt to wear while I’m biking that says “I’m blogging this.”

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CBC brings kayaks to Providence

Community Boating Boathouse

The Providence Community Boating Center has announced that kayaking will be added to their programming this spring!

The simplicity of kayaking as an entry-level sport for anyone makes it attractive to get outside, get moving, and embrace a healthy lifestyle.

FREE recreational kayaking is now included with adult memberships! Paddle one day as a trial/guest member, or all season, + FREE guest! We want you to paddle with a friend, so you get up to 2 kayaks/ trip.

New to paddling? Join us for some basic instruction and a guided tour. FREE guided “RiverRomp” tours offer youth & families a healthy, active alternative to TV, video, and other indoor, static activities.

CBC will, of course, still be offering recreational sailing and sailing lessons this spring, but now a membership will also offer kayak usage and kayaking lessons!

An adult membership for the entire season costs only $195*, and basically gives you access to boats 7 days a week – with no boat rental fees and no maintenance obligations.

Only in town for a day, or worried about commitment? CBC offers a one-day pass for $75 – a great way to spend an afternoon before checking out a Waterfire.

More details on the CBC website including the 2012 Membership Application (PDF)

*packages and discounts available, too!

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Last CBC wine tasting of the season!

Need some ideas as to what to serve this holiday season?

On Thursday, December 1 at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the last of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Sparkling Whites

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, this is a great opportunity to try some wines that might be appropriate for the holidays. It goes like this:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Sparkling Whites,” perfect for the holidays. Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Sparkling White.

For the rest of the details, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP at this facebook event.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Beer tasting event at the CBC boathouse Thursday

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 tasting events at the boat house. This month, we’re switching things up a bit and having a beer tasting! Our beer varietal will be Brown Ales.

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 2 6-packs of the same beer*
  • We’ll serve them in numbered pitchers and put a portion of unopened bottles in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite beer
  • If your beer gets voted as most favorite, you win all the remaining bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your beer gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your bottles home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Brown Ales.” Please bring 2 six-packs of the SAME brown ale.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

For questions or more info about CBC, email matthew.coolidge@gcpvd.org

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Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean ROV Submarine Demo at Community Boating Center, July 7

Rozalia Project
Photo from Rozalia Project Facebook Page

Community Boating Center Partners with Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean for ROV Submarine Demo

July 7, 2011 • 6pm-8pm

Providence, RI – The Community Boating Center (CBC) has announced that it will host a public ROV submarine demo program run by the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean on 7/7/11, 6-8 pm, at CBC in India Point Park, Providence.

The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is dedicated to finding and removing trash and marine debris from the ocean and working with waterfront groups, municipalities, non-profits, individuals, sailing centers, yacht clubs and people who want to protect the water to get cleaning and spread the word about marine debris, it’s prevention and how to be part of the solution.

The Rozalia team will be in Providence to spread the word, look for and clean up trash and demonstrate how their equipment works. Join Rozalia and Community Boating Center in Providence on 7/07 from 6-8 pm to learn about marine debris and how it affects the Providence River. This live demo will allow participants to observe the ROV and sonar flying around the river bottom.

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director, Community Boating Center commented “The Rozalia Project is a must-see experience. Similar to viewing a great movie or performance, its over before you are ready for it to be. The Rozalia team has an energy and welcoming presence that when combined with captivating technology like an ROV submersible or side-scan sonar produces a sure-bet winner of a program.”

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean is a non-profit organization run by Rachael Z. Miller and James Lyne, both sailors who live (when not cleaning the ocean) in Vermont. Rozalia Project’s mothership is American Promise, Dodge Morgan’s famed circumnavigator, past sail training vessel for the US Naval Academy and now an ocean trash hunter. In addition to nets Rozalia uses a combination of ROV and sonar to search the sea floor for trash and debris. They are dedicated to clean oceans everywhere but are operating on the Northeast coast of the US in various public demo projects.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, June 16

The deck at the Community Boating Center overlooking Providence Harbor

On Thursday, June 16th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Iberian Reds

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Iberian Reds.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME red wine from Spain or Portugal.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Providence Bike to Work Day

Despite the rainy week, several people turned out for this morning’s Bike To Work Day festivities, including the mayor and his staff. It was a pleasure talking with many of you today, but as we all seemed to agree, the downside of bike to work day, is that, well… as much as we’d rather keep chatting and drinking New Harvest coffee riding all day, we still have to go to work!

In honor of the day, I thought I’d share my first attempt at making a time-lapse video (above) of my bike commute. I took these photos in April with my phone and a time-lapse app. When I got home, I stitched them together into this video.

Below are some pictures from this morning’s gathering!

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An Evening by the Bay

Back in January, Rhode Island suffered a terrible loss when the Edgewood Yacht Club burned. More than just a landmark building, the club, the neighbors, and the community all feel the loss of this Edgewood institution.

Since the fire, the Edgewood Sailing School has determined to press on. Much of the fleet and docks survived, but most of the necessary equipment need to be replaced, and they could use your help.

This weekend we will be holding our fundraiser at the house of George and Stephanie Shuster in Warwick. This is our community event to raise money to replace what the school lost in the fire of January 2011 at the Edgewood Yacht Club.

Since the fire, all this spring our board, volunteers and staff have been hard at work to rebuild the Sailing School. We have been raising money, collecting donated equipment and marketing our programs to youths and adults in the area – sending a strong message that we will be on the water again this summer. Likewise, the Yacht Club is also making a strong push towards being ready to open on time.

The community is responding. The support is generous. And, with some classes already full to capacity, the Sailing School has a Youth program enrollment that is as strong as it has ever been.

At this moment we are filling the coffers so that we can go forward and purchase items that we lost in the fire. This fundraiser event is one important step in helping us to rebuild. We hope that you will enjoy the occasion. We need your help. Please consider coming.

This Saturday’s event is from 5-7 PM. You may see more details and RSVP here.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, May 12

On Thursday, May 12th at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting another of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: New Zealand Chardonnay

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “New Zealand Chardonnay.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME New Zealand Chardonnay.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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Gallery Night Bicycle Tours

The folks organizing Providence’s Gallery Nights has announced another season of gallery tours by bicycle (facebook).

Gallery Night Providence offers another season of guided bicycle tours of art. Interest in the environmentally-friendly transportation choice and the chance to highlight the accessibility of art venues, make this viewing option a natural fit. Bicyclists can easily navigate downtown and beyond. Artists, designers, art historians, and community arts leaders are lined up for the season and hope to attract both commuting and weekend bikers. The two galleries that are furthest from each other are less than five miles apart.

Each Gallery Night, May through September, weather permitting, guided bike tours will leave Regency Plaza, Greene Street, at 5:30pm. Tours are expected to last two hours.

Gallery Night Providence – Bicycle Guides 2011

May 19 – Susan Sakash, Development Director, Southside Community Land Trust + Peter Goldberg, Photographer


June 16 – Derek Schusterbauer, Graphic Designer, The RISD Museum + Artist Joan Wyand


July 21 – Dr. Deborah Johnson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Women’s Studies at Providence College + Dentist Dr. Robert Serinsky


Aug 18 – Jason Yoon, Executive Director, New Urban Arts + Jenna Johyns-Yu, Recycle-A-Bike: Development Coordinator (volunteer)


Sept 15 – Meredith Younger, Artist + Neal T. Walsh, Gallery Director, AS220

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Free Waterfront Party at India Point Park

Our friends at the Community Boating Center (facebook) at India Point Park along with the Audubon Society are having an open house event this month that’s free and open to the public.

OPEN HOUSE — CBC PARTNERS WITH AUDUBON SOCIETY OF RI
FOR BOATS, BIRDS, AND BBQ EVENT — SATURDAY 5/21, 1 – 4 PM

Community Boating Center (CBC) and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island have announced a FREE waterfront party featuring skippered sailboat rides, majestic birds of prey, and BBQ on Saturday, May 21st from 1:00- 4:00 pm at the Community Boating Center in India Point Park in Providence, RI.

Highlights will include Audubon Birds of Prey presentations at 1:15 pm and 2:45 pm. Anyone who joins either CBC or Audubon Society of Rhode Island as a 2011 member at the event will receive a free bird-watching boat tour narrated by an Audubon naturalist. Bird-watching boat tours will leave at 2:00 pm and 3:30 PM

John O’Flaherty, Executive Director of CBC commented, “Go sailing, see a live raptor demo, and enjoy a burger on the Bay! Come see our new fleet of keel boats, enjoy the waterfront, and meet our new Audubon partners and their winged friends for a fun, family outdoor adventure.”

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) is dedicated to education, land conservation and advocacy. A voice in statewide ecological issues, the Society actively fulfills its environmental stewardship through preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s natural heritage.

Community Boating Center (CBC) is a non-profit, 501c3 recreational organization offering all members of the community an opportunity to sail. Located in India Point Park, CBC provides outreach, sailing lessons and affordable access to the Providence waterfront. Gifts of cash or property to CBC may be treated as charitable donations for Federal Tax purposes.

For additional information contact:

John O’Flaherty
Executive Director
Community Boating Center
info@communityboating.com
tel: 401.454.SAIL (7245)

Learn more: http://www.communityboating.com/about/news_bbb_11.html

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May is Bike Month

May is bike month, and the folks over at Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition have put together quite a list of events leading up to Bike to Work Day on May 20th.

I’m definitely looking forward to making my way to the festivities on the 20th, as last year I was sick that day. Hopefully, the lure of free bananas and bagels will help me talk at least one more coworker into biking to work with me.

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Biking the East Bay Bike Path

The East Bay Bike Path (EBBP) is a fantastic asset to the ocean state. Of all the bike paths in Rhode Island, I think this one is the biggest attraction. I say that not because it is necessarily the best bike path we have, but it definitely seems to be the most popular.

Last weekend we took our first EBBP ride of the season from East Providence to Bristol. I believe the ride is about 13 miles, and though you can technically start at India Point Park, negotiating the Washington Bridge is still a bit intimidating. Fortunately, there are a couple parking lots for the path right in East Providence.

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Wine Tasting at the Community Boating Center, April 21

On Thursday, April 21st at 7:30pm, the Providence Community Boating Center is hosting the first of its 2011 wine tasting events at the boat house. This months varietal: Pinot Noir

If you’ve never been to a CBC tasting event before, these events are a fun way to get to see the boathouse and meet some people. Unlike your typical wine tasting, we have a bit of a contest:

  • Your team of up to 3 people bring 3 bottles of the same wine*
  • We serve 2 of them (blindly) and put 1 in the prize pool
  • At the end of the night, you vote on your favorite wine
  • If your wine gets voted as most favorite, you win all the 3rd bottles. The more people that come, the bigger the prize pool – Tell your friends!
  • If your wine gets voted least favorite, you have to bring your 3rd bottle home with you

*We specify the varietal, the rest is up to you. This month the varietal is “Pinot Noir.” Please bring 3 bottles of the SAME Pinot Noir.

For the rest of the details and schedule of future tastings and events, check out the CBC event page, or find a team mate and RSVP via facebook.

We suggest a donation of $10 per person upon arrival.

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