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Pawtucket Announces Slater Park Summer Camp

Onsite Registrations to Be Held Throughout the City Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and the Pawtucket City Council have announced the Slater Park Summer Camp with onsite registration to be held throughout the City. The Parks and Recreation Division received supplemental funds from the Rhode Island Departments of Education and Human Services to help provide the additional resources required under the coronavirus guidelines to ensure the safety of the youth. “Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cities across the state have had to cut down on the recreational activities that they can provide,” said Mayor Grebien.…
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Household Lead and its Effect on Drinking Water

Experts recommend flushing water left standing in household piping as a method of reducing trace amounts of lead in drinking water. PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Water has found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some area homes and buildings. While drinking water that leaves the treatment plant in Scituate and journeys through the Providence Water distribution system has no detectable levels of lead, in our community some of the service pipes and plumbing fixtures like faucets, valves, brass pipes and pipe solder can contain lead. An abundant supply made lead the metal of choice for plumbing use prior…
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Rhode Island State Police Identify Pedestrian Struck In Fatal Accident

Scituate,  Rhode Island State Police have identified the pedestrian struck on Route 146 in the Town of North Smithfield as Raymond Mercier, age 57, of Attleboro, Massachusetts. On June 28, 2020 at approximately 9:30 , members of the Lincoln Woods Barracks responded to a call for a pedestrian who had been struck by a motor vehicle on Route 146 (northbound) at the intersection of Sayles Hill Road in the Town of North Smithfield. The preliminary accident investigation revealed that Mr. Mercier was attempting to cross Route 146 on the northbound side when he was struck by a motor vehicle being…
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Rhode Island to Move to Phase 3 Tuesday, Governor Extends Executive Orders

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided details today on the state’s response to COVID-19.  After announcing that Rhode Island will move into Phase 3 on Tuesday, June 30th, Governor Raimondo laid out the following guidance for Phase 3: Social gatherings: Social gatherings can be no larger than 25 people indoors or 50 people outdoors. For social gatherings like weddings where there is a licensed caterer involved (which makes the setting more like a restaurant) gatherings can be as large as 50 people indoors or up to 100…
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Misisipi quita el emblema confederado de su bandera

Los legisladores de Misisipi votaron este domingo a favor de eliminar el símbolo confederado de la bandera de ese estado del sur de Estados Unidos, tras semanas de protestas contra el racismo en todo el país. El Senado estatal se pronunció a favor con 37 votos contra 14, horas después de que la Cámara de Representantes aprobara por una mayoría de 91-23 el proyecto de ley que contempla quitar de la bandera de Misisipi el emblema de la Confederación, a menudo visto como un símbolo del oscuro legado racial de Estados Unidos. El senador demócrata John Horhn dijo que cambiar…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island first company in the state to earn Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, achieves platinum designation

PROVIDENCE, (June 25, 2020) –Mental Health America (MHA) has awarded Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) a platinum designation for the Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health – the highest possible designation a company can ; BCBSRI’s status as a platinum Bell Seal-certified organization demonstrates the company’s commitment to the mental health and well-being of its employees. BCBSRI is the first company in Rhode Island to receive this designation. “Our commitment to a high performance, accountable culture is critically intertwined with providing comprehensive behavioral health supports for our colleagues,” said Hillary McCurley, chief human resources officer at BCBSRI. “Beyond…
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Pawtucket to Distribute over 13,000 FREE Masks to Residents

Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Police Department have announced that it will be distributing 13,000 free blue medical masks to Pawtucket residents and businesses on Saturday, June 27th from 9 to 12 in the parking lot across from Pawtucket City Hall in anticipation of warmer weather and 4th of July Festivities “We need everyone to continue practicing social distancing, but understand that residents have places to go. Wearing a mask or face covering is the next best way to minimizes the spread of the coronavirus,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. The Pawtucket Police Department will…
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RIDOH Recommends Reopening North Kingstown Town Beach for Swimming

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening North Kingstown Town Beach for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer. The status of a beach may change as new data become available. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH's beaches telephone line (401-222-2751). The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this beach season unique. The beach experience will be different for visitors than in previous years. RIDOH strongly recommends that whether in the sand…
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RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Willow Lake in Roger William Park

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Willow Lake in Roger Williams Park in Providence due to a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that can harm humans and animals. People should also be careful not to ingest water or eat fish from the pond. All recreation, including fishing, boating, and kayaking, should be avoided. Pets can also be affected by exposure to the algal toxins, so owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in…
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Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association and Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy Thank 100 Club for $30,000 Donation

PROVIDENCE -- Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association (RIPCA) Executive Director Sidney Wordell and President Brian Sullivan, and Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) Executive Director Lt. Christopher Zarrella are pleased to announce a donation made last week to the Academy by the 100 Club of Rhode Island. The donation, which totals $29,, was voted on by the 100 Club on Thursday, June 18. The money will be used to purchase a variety of training and fitness equipment used at the Academy. “I can’t say enough good things about the 100 Club for all they do,” Lt. Zarrella said. “They…
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