Thursday, April 25, 2013
Beatrice Coleman, a resident of Tockwotton on the Waterfront and a 1925 Brown graduate, celebrates with the university president and a roomful of sorority sisters and family members.
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Thursday, April 25
Beatrice Coleman of East Providence turned 109 a few days ago. The Tockwotton on the Waterfront resident and Brown University alumnae celebrated her birthday with Brown President Christina Paxson and a roomful of family members and sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Coleman is a 1925 graduate of Brown and the oldest alumnae of the institution. A groundbreaker of her generation, Coleman was one of three African-American women in her class at Brown during an era when many women -- regardless of race -- didn’t finish high school. “Miss Coleman has inspired generations of young women at Brown,” said Candace L. Harper, president of the Theta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. “Her fortitude, intelligence and…
Friday, February 15, 2013
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. …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Residents moved in on Saturday with staff; the administration joined them on Monday morning in the East Providence waterfront district.
Tockwotton has moved into its new home on the East Providence waterfront. Here’s what one resident, Selma Fischman, a resident of Tockwotton for six years, said about her new home Monday morning: “I think I’m in heaven.” Fischman, who was quick-stepping around the new 156-apartment facility with her walker, added: “I think I may have to dress up around here.” You walk through the front door and it sure seems like a resort hotel. Moving vans were parked out front on Monday morning. By around noon, the administration had joined the rest of the staff and the 60 residents who moved in on Saturday from their former 19th-century home on East Street in Providence. A red carpet actually was laid out for the residents to make their entrance, said…
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The $52.3 million project will house seniors in a five-story waterfront property.
On Wednesday afternoon amid the wintry cold, Evelyn Katzman, 104, placed her signature on a beam that will be lifted atop the new Tockwotton Home building under construction. Katzman, along with other residents, tradesmen, Governor Chafee and Lieutenant Governor Roberts, gathered on Waterfront Drive to celebrate the milestone in the project's completion, according to a press release. After the ceremony, the beam was lifted and welded into place atop the highest section of the new building. The $52.3 million project broke ground in June after plans for the assisted living and nursing home were presented to the East Providence Waterfront Commission six years ago, reads the release. The new Tockwotton on the Waterfront will be a 137,754-…