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McNally resigns from I-195 Redevelopment Commission for a new post

The I-195 Redevelopment Commission today announced that Executive Director, Peter McNally, has accepted a position at EverWest Real Estate Investors, a real estate investment management firm headquartered in Denver. He will be Senior Vice President and will lead the investor relations and capital raising department. Peter will divide his time between Denver and New York City while maintaining a residence in Providence. He will remain with the Commission until June 1, 2019.

Caroline Skuncik will serve as Acting Executive Director until the position is filled. Ms. Skuncik has been Vice President/ Senior Project Manager for the Commission since 2017 and previously worked at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation where she led the Corporation’s real estate investment activities under the Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit and Tax Increment Financing programs.

“I want to thank Peter for his hard work and dedication to the work of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “He has led their efforts for nearly four years and I have always appreciated his focus on shaping the I-195 District into a vibrant place to work and live.”

“Transforming the parcels of the 195 land into the Innovation and Design District has been a priority for this Administration and Peter McNally has played a key role in these efforts,” said Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “We thank Peter for his dedication and his contribution to this work.”

“Peter brought a wealth of private sector experience to the Commission,” said Robert Davis, Chair of the I-195 Redevelopment Commission. “His insights into the world of real estate investment and development were a tremendous asset to the Commission and I am thrilled for him that he has such a great opportunity to return to that work. We will miss his expertise but we are fortunate to have talented individual like Caroline Skuncik able to step into the role.”

“I’m looking forward to this next opportunity but leave knowing that there’s a great team in place to continue to move the I-195 District forward,” said Peter McNally. “I want to thank Governor Raimondo for the opportunity to do this important work and Secretary Pryor for his collaboration and partnership over the years. Chairman Davis has a real vision for the developments that will thrive here and I am excited to watch great projects like the Wexford/CIC Innovation Campus expand in Providence.”

Knead Doughnuts Expands Into Former Pilotworks Space; Invests in New Small Businesses

Providence, RI – Knead Doughnuts has expanded their donut production into a 5,000-square-foot commercial kitchen previously operated by the food incubator Pilotworks, now called Providence Kitchen Collaborative. With the capacity to handcraft even more gourmet doughnuts, Knead will be at more farmers markets, serve more weddings, and craft more special seasonal flavors. A third donut shop is slated to open at their new production space this spring.

With a significantly larger commercial kitchen, Knead is now able to give back and support several budding food businesses by leasing them commercial kitchen space. “We are humbled to be able to support Providence’s dynamic food scene” said Knead co-founder Adam Lastrina. “All these businesses were right where we were two years ago.”

The new location at Providence Kitchen Collaborative is already home to all of Knead’s doughnut production, as well as seven food entrepreneurs leasing commercial kitchen access from Knead, including Brown Paper Bounty, Vic’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, and Long Live Beerworks, which will operate a brewery and bar just steps from Knead. Inquire about leasing kitchen space here.

Knead plans a grand opening of its new donut shop at Providence Kitchen Collaborative, which will be open on weekends and select evenings, in May 2019. Follow updates on Knead’s lively Facebook and Instagram pages.

The award-winning gourmet doughnut shop opened its first Providence location, at 32 Custom House, in December 2016. A second Providence storefront opened in April 2018 at 135 Elmgrove Avenue. To learn more about Knead Doughnuts, visit kneaddoughnuts.com.



Opened in 2016, Knead Doughnuts crafts homemade donuts with locally-sourced, wholesome ingredients. Since its inception, Knead has gained critical acclaim, widespread support throughout the Rhode Island community, and quite a few fans. Knead is founded by local residents Adam Lastrina, Todd Mackey, and Bryan Gibb, all of whom attribute the success of Knead to their team’s commitment to making and serving gourmet, traditional donuts that are unrivaled in terms of quality, flavor, and execution. https://www.kneaddoughnuts.com/


Volunteers Needed for Newport’s June Secret Garden Tour – “On The Point”

Imagine yourself sitting in a very stunning colorful garden with a variety of trees and flowers, the sun shining down, a cool breeze grazing your face, and the sound of birds happily chirping away. Sounds delightful, right?

The Newport Secret Garden Tour is looking for volunteers for the upcoming June Tours which will take place in the city’s historic Point Section on June 14-16 from 10 AM to 5 PM. These beautiful gardens, genuine labors of love that are primarily maintained by the owners, are shared with the community to help raise funds for the arts education programs in the Island’s public schools. As a thank you for volunteering, you will receive a free ticket for the tour that is valid all weekend long to visit the 12-14 lovely gardens on the tour. And who doesn’t love free tickets?

Generally, two host/hostesses are assigned per garden, for each 3 to 4-hour shift.  Morning and afternoon shifts are available.  Volunteer with a friend and make a day of it.

Since 1984, the organizers and supporters of The Secret Garden Tour have been dedicated to enhancing art education and cultural programs in Aquidneck Island’s Public Schools, funding dozens of programs in music, theater and fine arts for local schoolchildren. To date, The Secret Garden Tour has given more than $1 million to these programs.

In Spring 2014, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Newport, Rhode Island “one of the best walking cities in the U.S.” and specifically named the spring Secret Garden Tour through the city’s historic Point section as one of the highlights.


Save The Bay’s #StartYourSwim program offers free workouts and fitness class discounts to swimmers registered for the July 27 Swim fundraiser

Save The Bay has launched #StartYourSwim, a new swimmer training and incentive program, to support the training efforts of registered participants in the organization’s annual open water Swim fundraiser, taking place this year on July 27. In addition to providing free workouts from master swimmers and open water coaches to the online Swim community, Save The Bay has partnered with local fitness organizations, including Laid Back Fitness, Rhode Island Power Yoga, and the Newport and Providence chapters of the November Project to offer discounts on fitness classes and programs to all registered swimmers.

“Participants in the Swim tackle a 1.7-nautical-mile, open water journey,” said Save The Bay Events Manager, Leanne Danielsen. “It’s an exciting challenge, but we know it can be a big one, too. Our goal for #StartYourSwim is to offer support and training to all the amazing swimmers who register for the Swim, to encourage new or undecided swimmers by giving them the cross-training tools they need to prepare, and to strengthen the ties throughout our Swim community.”

“We’re so happy to be participating in this program because we believe encouraging others to step outside their comfort zones can be game-changing,” said Erin Briskie, co-organizer and manager of the participating organization, the November Project. “It can be hard to take on new challenges alone, but great things can happen when you have a community to support you!”

The Save The Bay Swim fundraiser and community have been growing for more than 40 years, and the event has become one of the most iconic of its kind in the country. Every year, as many as 500 swimmers register to fundraise for Save The Bay, and for the unparalleled experience of swimming from Newport, R.I. to Jamestown, R.I. in the shadow of the Claiborne Pell Bridge.