Today: YWCA to Unveil Mural, Brayden Rodgers Benefit
Check out briefs on city events and news in the Feb. 1, 2012 edition of Five Things to Know Today.
National Girls & Women in Sports Day-
YWCA of Northern Rhode Island will hold a celebration today in honor of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, officially unveiling a new mural in their gymnasium to honor the achievements of female athletes and encourage participation of girls and women in sports. Among those attending the event are Susan Donahue, YWCA Board Member; Stephanie Reilly, Head Coach Bryant University Track and Field program and 2011 world track and field championship participant and 2012 London summer Olympic games qualifier;Lynette Labinger, Attorney for Title IX Case Brown vs. Cohen; Beverly Wiley, Commissioner, Rhode Island Amateur Softball Association; Woonsocket Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and RIYWCA youth gymnasts. The event will take place at 3 p.m.
Look for more on this great local event on Woonsocket Patch later today.
Three-year-old Brayden Lee Rodgers died on Dec. 31, 2011when an older model TV fell over on top of him and he sustained fatal head injuries. Rodgers family is formerly from Burrillville and currently resides in Surprise, Arizona. The young parents Heather Poole and Tyler Rodgers have been financially burdened with the cost of their son’s untimely death.
Hundreds of friends and family members reside in RI, MA and CT and have organized a fundraiser to be held on Sunday, March 4 at the Elks Lodge in Smithfield. Tickets are $25 per person. The hall has been donated as well as the DJ, tickets, cake and various raffle items. The group is still seeking donations and gift certificates and hopes to promote awareness about the dangers surrounding older model TV's and small children. Every year approx 150 children are killed by these TV's in the US.
Donations can be made and tickets can be purchased online at http://www.wix.com/braydensbenefit/braydens-benefit. You can also call or text Jerilyn Mercier at 401-743-6947, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A "Perfect" move-
If you're in the mood for some Perfect Pizza, you won't find it on South Main Street. The pizzeria, owned by Rick Dias also of Rick's Bar and Grill has relocated to 297 Cass Ave. due to the expansion of Cumberland Farms.
Another great city organization offer free Tax Preparation-
Connecting for Children & Families (CCF) is reopening its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in Woonsocket. The VITA program provides free tax preparation for families with income less than $50,000. The tax preparers are trained and certified by IRS to do basic tax returns. This free service began on Tuesday Jan. 17 and will be available Mondays – Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hope Street Family Center at 46 Hope St.
Interested people should call Zoya at (401) 766-3384 for an appointment or more information.
Micky Amphonedara of Woonsocket was named to the fall 2011 Dean's List at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CN. To receive this honor, a student must achieve a 3.6 grade average, based on a 4.0 scale.