Today's blog entry is by the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce which gives a run down of all the fire works and free concerts coming up to celebrate the holiday. If you missed our mighty fine Regatta last week the America's Cup races are just a short drive away in Newport. If you want to make a day of it, you could watch America's oldest 4th of July parade in Bristol, RI in the morning, hit the beaches, clean up for a great dinner and then enjoy the evening activities. How relaxing would that be?
So make a booking and come enjoy the sun, surf, and all kinds of free fun.
Narragansett Chamber of
Tuesday, July 3rd Narragansett Town Beach
88th Army Band, Big Fogg
mist tent, food concession
Wed., July 4th Old Mountain Field, SK 5pm
The AC World Series features tight, short race courses designed to
deliver close racing for the fans on shore as well as the online and TV
audiences. The innovative regatta format includes a mix of speed trials,
head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with 6 identical AC45s on
Have you ever been driving and realize that you are about to reach a mileage milestone? You know, 50,000, 666666, your birthdate, things like that? The kind of number that you drive around the block so you can witness it or the kind of number that you mourn because some other driver in the family reached it and didn't even notice?
Well, we, my peeps, are about to hit the big 250 in votes for Blueberry Cove Inn's quest to pass the first hurdle in the small business grant competition. We are down to the last 13 votes.
Sadly, I have to walk away from the computer and take brush to the dump. This is one of the more glamorous jobs at the inn and I don't dare delegate it to someone else while I stare at the computer screen waiting.
So, while I'm gone someone get organized and vote. I'll even pick up a Del's on the way home to celebrate (and rehydrate.)
You know the routine: go to www.missionsmallbusiness.com, sign in at the bottom of the page, search for Blueberry Cove Inn and cast your vote.
Being an innkeeper is a 24/7 job that I love most of the time. Like any profession with crunch times I get a little stressed out at times. I can't imagine being a teacher dealing with kids near the end of the school year who are already mentally on vacation or being a CPA in March and April. For me, mid-August gets a little tense.
But, I don't need your help in August. I need it now. Before midnight on June 30 to be exact.
In an effort to expand my business I have applied for a business grant sponsored by Living Social and Chase Bank. In order to be considered for the grant I need 250 votes from Facebook users to get to phase two of the application process. I have 170 this morning.
So, if you are a Facebook user and could take a minute to help, go to www.missionsmallbusiness.com. At the bottom right hand side there is a button that says "log in and support."
Hit that, use your facebook sign-in and then you will see a page with search
boxes at the bottom of the page. Search for Blueberry Cove Inn and register a vote. Very simple. You don't have to like my page on Facebook (although you would be more than welcome!) or do anything else.
Let this be your mitzvah or good deed for the day or an excuse to goof off for a minute. Hey, search for businesses in your town and vote for them too.
Although I don't know who votes I will be eternally grateful for your effort.
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge
Authority is pleased to announce that open road tolling is just days away. We
want to inform you about the changes to the Newport Pell Bridge plaza so you can
be ready to be in the correct lane.
The new left lanes are for the exclusive use of
vehicles with E-ZPass transponders only. The gates have been removed so you can
drive through without stopping. You can still use the gated lanes if you prefer
because E-ZPass will be accepted in all lanes.
The new open road
tolling lanes will open at the end of
June. New road signs will appear shortly to help drivers navigate to
their correct lanes. Because of the many changes to the plaza, please use
caution when travelling through the plaza in the next few weeks as everyone
becomes accustomed to the new configuration.
If you are travelling
westbound and wish to use the Jamestown exit,
please use the far right lane, even if you have
an E-ZPass transponder. Lane dividers in the open road tolling
lanes will prevent drivers from crossing over lanes to get to the exit. If you
use a lane other than the far-right lane, you’ll have to continue on to a
further exit and then backtrack to your destination. By designating the lanes in
this manner, we’re improving toll plaza safety for everyone.
limit in the open road tolling lanes is 40 miles
If your transponder isn’t mounted, now is the time to
correct that. Transponders that aren’t mounted correctly can’t be read – and
will trigger a violation notice. To avoid the hassle of contesting the unpaid
toll notice, please mount the
transponder. If you need an extra set of mounting strips, please let us
know and we’ll provide them free of
How does RITBA know if cars without E-ZPass transponders are in
the open road tolling lanes? Cameras are positioned on the gantry and take
photographs of license plates. When vehicles pass through without paying tolls,
the owner of the vehicle’s registration will receive a notice in the mail to pay
the fine as well as the toll.
Like you, we’re so happy that the
construction period in the plaza is over and that the toll collection process
will be more convenient and faster for
If you have questions, please call us at
877-743-9727. Additional information is available at ritba.org.
Chairman, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority