The nonprofit Libraries of Foster would get a new home under a developer’s plan to build the town’s first-ever shopping complex. The project, called Simmons Crossing, would include a new library, restaurant, grocery, small post office and other shops near the Route 6 and Route 94 intersection. Above is librarian Kristine Chin, left, and developer Ann Valentine, in front of one of the town’s two library sites, on Howard Hill Road. The town must still raise money to help build the library, estimated to cost $3 million.
PROVIDENCE – Community College of Rhode Island President Ray Di Pasquale announced last month the college has received a $378,965 grant from the Champlin Foundations to upgrade equipment in its machining lab.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A bloody civil war emptied books from Liberia’s classrooms. Now Emmanuel Logan, a Liberian-born University of Rhode Island alumnus, has collected 9,000 used textbooks and is raising money online to ship them to Liberia.
Since he became executive director of Roger Williams Park Zoo last July, Jeremy Goodman has been focusing on making exhibits more interactive to fulfill what he sees as an important mission – to establish a bond between people and animals. That bond is intended to stretch far beyond an enjoyable day at the zoo into being concerned about the environment and having an impact on global issues such as climate change. more
Fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, Cristina Amedeo directs the United Way’s 2-1-1 program, a free and confidential 24/7 information and referral helpline that connects Rhode Islanders from all walks of life with human- services programs to help cope with difficult times. The 2-1-1 service has handled more than 1 million requests for help since 2007, including 213,595 calls in 2013 – a new record. more
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