BC-RI--Daybook, RI

Associated Press Rhode Island Daybook for Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16.

FRIDAY, Feb. 15:

10 a.m. REED SCHEDULE — The schedule for U.S. Sen. Jack Reed follows.

10 a.m. PROVIDENCE — Reed reads to children at the Dr. Pat Feinstein Child Development Center, Feinstein Providence campus, The University of Rhode, 80 Washington St., Providence.

11:30 a.m. PROVIDENCE — Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, Reed and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the arrival of the first 30 new buses for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's fixed-route fleet, as part of a $21.6 million project, including $17.3 million in federal grants, to add 50 new 40-foot diesel buses to the fleet. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Paratransit Operations Center, 705 Elmwood Ave. (U.S. Route 1), Providence. Contacts: Cristy Raposo, 401-784-9500 ext. 242, or David Ortiz, 401-241-3887.

1 p.m. PAWTUCKET — Reed discusses the federal health care overhaul and health care for senior citizens while visiting a Pawtucket senior center and marking the February observance of "American Heath Month," joined by instructors and student pharmacists from The University of Rhode Island's "Pharmacy Outreach Program" and "Senior Nutrition Awareness Program," who will lead a game show-style activity about health topics including heart disease, nutrition and the significance of taking medication as prescribed. Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., Pawtucket.

2:15 p.m. EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence officials including Planning Director Jeanne M. Boyle, Mayor James A. Briden and City Councilwomen Tracy Ann Capobianco and Chrissy Rossi, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee, state Sen. Daniel DaPonte, state Rep. Helio Melo, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, state General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, Reed, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse mark the opening of a $52.3 million, 156-room assisted living and nursing care residence during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, joined by the facility's Executive Director Kevin McKay, the president of the facility's board, Susan Miller, architects, employees, real estate executives, residents and their relatives. Tockwotton on the Waterfront assisted living and nursing care residence, near the East Providence Yacht Club, 500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence. Contact: Mary K. Talbot, 401-474-8837 or 401-245-8819.

Contacts: Chip Unruh, 202-224-4642.

10:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. GOVERNOR'S SCHEDULE — The schedule for Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee follows.

10:15 - 11 a.m. CRANSTON — Chafee participates in an event to introduce a new portrait of President George Washington at Western Hills Middle School, 400 Phoenix Ave., Cranston. Contacts: Ed Inman, 401-270-8030.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PROVIDENCE — Chafee, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the arrival of the first 30 new buses for the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's fixed-route fleet, as part of a $21.6 million project, including $17.3 million in federal grants, to add 50 new 40-foot diesel buses to the fleet. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's Paratransit Operations Center, 705 Elmwood Ave. (U.S. Route 1), Providence. Contacts: Cristy Raposo, 401-784-9500 ext. 242, or David Ortiz, 401-241-3887.

2:15 p.m. EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence officials including Planning Director Jeanne M. Boyle, Mayor James A. Briden and City Councilwomen Tracy Ann Capobianco and Chrissy Rossi, Chafee, state Sen. Daniel DaPonte, state Rep. Helio Melo, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis, state General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts mark the opening of a $52.3 million, 156-room assisted living and nursing care residence during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, joined by the facility's Executive Director Kevin McKay, the president of the facility's board, Susan Miller, architects, employees, real estate executives, residents and their relatives. Tockwotton on the Waterfront assisted living and nursing care residence, near the East Providence Yacht Club, 500 Waterfront Drive, East Providence. Contact: Mary K. Talbot, 401-474-8837 or 401-245-8819.

Contacts: Graham Vyse, 401-222-8147 or 401-727-7474.

Christian Vareika, 401-222-8134 or 401-345-8287 (cell).

Christine Hunsinger, 401-222-8060 or 401-345-3282 (cell).

Samuel J. Lovett, 401-222-8147 or 401-327-4909 (cell).

James Alvarez, 401-222-2173 or 401-419-1694 (cell).

Michael Rooney, 401-222-2174.

Maria Tocco, 401-222-2371, 401-222-3844 or 401-339-0034 (cell).

5 - 10 p.m. MEN'S CONVENTION — The 21st annual "Rhode Island Men's Gathering" opens Friday and continues through Sunday, featuring recreational activities and workshops.

Location: Environmental Education Center, W. Alton Jones campus, The University of Rhode Island, 401 Victory Highway (state Route 102), West Greenwich.

Contacts: Arthur Snow, 401-737-9298.

SATURDAY, Feb. 16:

7 a.m. - midnight. MEN'S CONVENTION — The 21st annual "Rhode Island Men's Gathering" opened Friday and continues through Sunday, featuring recreational activities and workshops.

Location: Environmental Education Center, W. Alton Jones campus, The University of Rhode Island, 401 Victory Highway (state Route 102), West Greenwich.

Contacts: Arthur Snow, 401-737-9298.

11 a.m. GREENWICH BAY FUNDRAISER — Participants in the "Rhode Island Polar Dip" wade into Greenwich Bay along Oakland Beach in Warwick to raise money for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their relatives.

Note: 11 a.m. registration followed by noon event.

Location: Near Iggy's Doughboys and Chowder House restaurant and Marley's on the Beach restaurant, 885-889 Oakland Beach Ave., Warwick.

Contacts: Michael Smith, 207-655-3800.

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