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Tockwotton Cuts Ribbon on New Home

To be exact, the oldest resident of Tockwotton on the Waterfront's senior community, Beatrice Coleman, 108, does the honors amid plenty of fanfare.

The oldest resident of Tockwotton on the Waterfront in East Providence – perhaps Rhode Island’s oldest resident -- cut the ribbon at the grand-opening celebration of the city’s first waterfront district development Friday afternoon, Feb. 15.

Beatrice Coleman, 108, with help from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island’s senior senator in Washington, did the honors. Coleman reportedly can still play a mean piano. On Friday, she just demonstrated her skill with an oversized scissor.

Coleman and Reed were flanked by a long line of dignitaries, including RI Gov . Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, East Providence Mayor James Briden, and Tockwotton’s own leadership -- board president Susan Miller and executive director Kevin McKay. Hundreds of people attended the celebration.

The brief ribbon-cutting followed a lengthy speaking program in Tockwotton on the Waterfront’s media room. All of the speakers emphasized that the senior-living facility, including assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, is a model for a new era of care for seniors.

It also demonstrates what collaboration between local business and government officials at the city, state and federal level can accomplish when they were work together, many of the speakers said.

Miller described the facility as “exactly what we wanted. It gives our residents lots of choices and let’s them decide how to live their lives” in a home-like atmosphere. 

Reed said the facility put 600 Rhode Islanders to work in a depressed economy and began the revitalization of the East Providence waterfront. He also described Tockwotton as “how we should and must care for our seniors. This is a model.”

Whitehouse said: “Where can I sign up?”

RI General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said Tockwotton is a “beacon of what’s possible when leaders come together.” She described the facility as an answer for someone like her, who “knows what it’s like to worry about elderly parents.”

Chafee said Tockwotton will allow seniors to continue living the way they prefer, with dignity and independence, and with some assistance when they need it. He, too, referred to the economic boost the construction gave to Rhode Island’s economy.

Briden said: “This is a great day for East Providence.” He presented a citation from the city to McKay, who choked back tears at one point when describing the care his late mother received at Tockwotton before passing on.

Just the Facts February 15, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Do we know if this facility is paying taxes? Or were they exempt like other assisted living facilities in the City by the past Council in a losing bid to garner votes?
Rags 1 February 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
It is tax free? Rumor is that it is, and if true, why??
william cloutier February 17, 2013 at 01:18 PM
the 600 workers were not all from RI. Reed needs to get his facts straight, again
Ron C February 17, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I've been listening to the scanner and you should hear the number of calls to this facility. With the story on us running out of rescues maybe someone should have asked Tockwotten to buy us one.
Rags 1 February 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Nobody has answered the question: Is it tax free and why if it is? East Providence can no longer afford tax free property and provide services without "in kind" tax contributions paid by them. There should be very few exceptions on a state and local level. Where is the leadership?
Just the Facts February 17, 2013 at 06:08 PM
United Methodist on Irving ave was exempt by the last council and you should hear how many times the FD is called to that place. @ one point recently the City was running w/ a Barrington, Seekonk and Cranston Rescues due to the condition of the FD's fleet. The Past BC meeting the acting Chief had to beg for an emergency purchase of a used rescue just to get them buy til new ones can be approved/purchased. But "streaming meetings" are @ the top of the list? You're right Rags, Where is the leadership?
Rags 1 February 17, 2013 at 07:18 PM
In any organization, especially public safety, 85 to 90% is salaries which is expected, and the rest are direct costs. The equipment used in these departments should be up to date and ready for use, not some old recycled pieces of junk. Too bad the Fire and Police Chiefs have to beg for this equipment, the citizens deserve better. During one administration long ago, CM Paul Flynn kept police cars an extra year to save money. The cars used 24/7 hads huge milage in one year. Tires were falling off and DMV almost took them off the road for being unsafe. Where is the logic in that? 4x4s were critized. They sure would have come in handy during this winter. Penny wise and dollar foolish.

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