Blackstone Valley Tourism Newsletter - May 2017




The Blackstone Valley Explorer has started its scheduled weekend tours.  Midweek school groups occupy the vessel’s time. 




With a grant from The Ocean State Charities, the Tourism Council has purchased an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle for its tour groups to experience onThe Explorer.  The ROV is highly technical, battery-powered, includes a camera on board and is steered by an iPad.  Passengers onboard have the ability to operate the ROV technology and research the bottom of the Blackstone River.




The St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is now open for Sunday tours.




Twin River Casino in Lincoln broke ground on their new hotel, which will be open in the spring of 2018.




The new Blackstone Valley Visitor Guide is being distributed throughout the Blackstone Valley and other areas of the state.   




The Blackstone Valley Heritage Golf Tournament is taking place at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Burrillville on June 12.  There is still time to sign up as an individual golfer or a foursome.




Jeanne Boyle, formerly City Planner in East Providence is now the Director of Commerce for the City of Pawtucket.  Welcome, Jeanne.




The Pawtucket Red Sox and the City of Pawtucket are hard at work building support for a new stadium situated at the Apex property in Pawtucket; they need all the support they can gather at this important stage.  The stadium would be the key to unlocking the stagnant development along the riverfront and downtown.




The Mayors of Cumberland, Pawtucket and Central Falls and their planners are working collaboratively to increase the viability of success of the street they share: Broad Street.  It has been a very successful endeavor and the economies of working together are evident.




The Tourism Council last month worked on a Blackstone Valley Familiarization Tour with our state’s new advertising and public relations team.




Michael Tamburro and Joyce Hindle-Koutsogiane have been elected to the William Blackstone Society.  They will be inducted September 28th at the Tourism Council’s Annual Dinner.




Blackstone Culinaria, our food experience tours, in June and July are at A&W in Smithfield, Monte Cara in Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket and Crepe Corner in Smithfield.




We are hoping the room tax legislation is held in its current form into next year.  A House Bill introduced by Representative Carson is suggesting the same.




The Fourth of July Arnold Mills Parade in Cumberland is celebrating its 91st year in 2017.  The Ancients and Horribles Independence Day Parade in Glocester is celebrating its 91st year.










Robert Billington, President


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council







Joan Loos, Tour Development


Blackstone Valley Tourism Council


175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI  02860




President Trump is tweeting about the North Korean move to suspend all nuclear weapons tests. This evening he tweeted, "big progress! Look forward to our Summit." Trump's reaction came less than a hour after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced he will suspend nuclear weapons tests and ballistic missile tests starting on Saturday.        The heroic efforts of a school resource officer who stopped a high school shooter in Florida isn't going unnoticed. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods says Deputy Jimmy Long took Sky Bouche [[ BOO-shay ]] into custody without incident this morning. Bouche is accused of shooting a 17-year-old student in the ankle at Forest High.        The passengers who were on this week's deadly flight are each getting a total of six-thousand dollars from Southwest Airlines. The five-thousand-dollar checks and thousand-dollar vouchers were given to 144 passengers on Flight 1380, which made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday. One passenger was killed on the flight when debris broke out a window and partially pulled her out of the plane.        Missouri Governor Eric Greitens [[ GRY-tens ]] is facing not one, but two felony charges. Earlier in the year, Greitens was indicted on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge for allegedly sharing a picture of a nude woman he had an affair with in 2015. Today, he's looking at a second charge for computer tampering. St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office said it had probable cause that he misused a veterans charity's donor list to raise money for his 2016 election campaign.       A Brooklyn mail man is in custody for failing to deliver tens of thousands of pieces of mail dating back over a decade. Postal workers reportedly found 20 bags of mail in Aleksey Germash's car earlier this week, along with thousands more of undelivered mail in his apartment and locker. Germash reportedly told investigators that he was overwhelmed by his workload but did deliver the important stuff.        Swedish musician Avicii is dead at the age of 28. He died this afternoon in Muscat, Oman although, the cause of his death is still unclear. Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, retired from live performances in 2016 because of health complications.