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RIDOH Recommends Closing Kingston Camp Beach for Swimming, Reopening Camp Grosvenor Beach in North Kingstown

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Kingston Camp Beach for swimming because of high bacteria counts. RIDOH also recommends reopening Camp Grosvenor beach in North Kingstown, based on results from water samples that show bacteria levels within acceptable limits. Goddard State Park beach in Warwick remain closed for swimming. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season. The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH's beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).
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Governor’s Office Announces Dates for 2018 Summer Office Hours

Raimondo, Coit to kick off Summer Hours at Scarborough Beach on Monday; Governor to sign Executive Order to reduce reliance on single-use plastics PROVIDENCE, RI - The Governor's Office announced today dates for Governor Raimondo's Summer Office Hours at state beaches and parks. The first open Summer Office Hours is scheduled for Monday, July 16 at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett. The Governor will be joined by members of her Office of Constituent Services who will be available to offer assistance connecting Rhode Islanders with various services. "There's no better way to spend a summer day in Rhode Island than at one…
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Raimondo Signs Executive Order Announcing 2018 Governor’s Bay Day

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed an Executive Order announcing that the 30th Governor's Bay Day celebration will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Governor's Bay Day will include free parking at all Rhode Island state beaches, as well as fishing in Rhode Island's saltwaters without a fishing license. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will also waive the roundtrip fare on all service to South County beaches on Route 66 (URI/Galilee). Service to the beach will be provided on a first come, first served basis. "Rhode Island's beaches are some of the best in the world--after all,…
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COUNCIL PRESIDENT SALVATORE TAKES PART IN NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING DAY

Providence, RI (July 12, 2018) - Providence City Council President David A. Salvatore participated in National Summer Learning Day today at Young Woods Elementary Schools' Bell Summer Learning Program. "The summer is a great time for Providence youth to enjoy our parks and recreation centers, but it is also a time to remind students to keep learning," stated Council President David A. Salvatore. "Learning does not just happen in our schools but can happen all the time. By reading for 20 minutes a day, students can avoid the "summer slide" and be prepared for the next school year. Learning opportunities…
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Senate Passes Reed Motion to Strongly Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to NATO Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels and the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, the Senate today voted 97-2 to pass a motion to instruct authored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to reaffirm the ironclad commitment under Article 5 to the collective defense of the NATO Alliance. Members of both parties overwhelmingly approved Senator Reed’s motion to instruct Senate conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 conference committee to ensure that the final conference report on the NDAA reaffirms the commitment to NATO…
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NEW LANE SHIFTS COMING TO I-95 NORTH AT THE SOUTH COUNTY FREEWAY BRIDGE IN WARWICK

First of Three-Phase Lane Shifts to Start Friday morning, July 13 As part of ongoing bridge deck and joint repairs at the South County Freeway Bridge in Warwick, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a three-phase lane shift on I-95 North over Route 4 South, with all traffic shifting to the left effective Friday morning, July 13. Prior to the shifts taking place, motorists on I-95 North over Route 4 South will experience partial right lane and shoulder closures for barrier placement on Thursday night, July 12 from 9 to 6 Once the barrier is in place…
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American Red Cross helping four after Pawtucket fire

PAWTUCKET, RI  (July 9, 2018) – The American Red Cross is helping one family – four adults – after a fire yesterday on York Avenue, Pawtucket. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family’s immediate needs. Responders included: Bob Partington, Christian Delacruz, and Phil Stocking.    The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and…
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Calling Hours for RWU President Farish set for July 19

University establishes the President Donald J. Farish Memorial Fund to honor the life and legacy of RWU’s 10th president BRISTOL, , July 6, 2018 ­­– Calling hours for Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish will take place on July 19 at the University Residence. Funeral services for President Farish, who died on July 5 after a sudden and serious illness, will be private. But calling hours will take place from 11 to 2 and from 4 to 7 on Thursday, July 19. No parking will be available at the University Residence, 45 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809. But shuttles will be available…
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New law allows expungement of subsequently decriminalized crimes

STATE HOUSE – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts and Rep. Scott Slater to allow people to petition to expunge their criminal records for crimes that were subsequently decriminalized has become law. The legislation (2018-S 2447, 2018-H 8355), which was signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo this week, is aimed at leveling the playing field and helping people support themselves without being held back by a criminal record for an offense that is no longer considered a crime. Since the state has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, the new law means many Rhode Islanders will not be haunted…
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Reed Visits Children with Cancer at North Scituate Summer Camp

NORTH SCITUATE, RI – Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) this week headed to North Scituate to visit children at the MAE Foundation’s Camp Hope, a one-week, free-of-charge camp for children aged 7-17 with cancer and their siblings offering them an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and break up the routine of doctors, hospitals and illness while also providing necessary medical oversight.  Summertime activities at the camp include arts/crafts, canoeing, drawing/painting, field trips, recreational swimming, and team-building initiatives, with a pediatric nurse is on site to administer daily medications and a pediatric oncologist on call at all times. “Camp Hope is a great idea and a…
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