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Rhode Island to Begin Phase 2 Monday, June 1st

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) provided an update on Rhode Island’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ; Today the Governor announced that Rhode Island will officially move into Phase 2 on Monday, June 1st. This decision was guided by the four key metrics the Governor had previously said would guide decisions about further reopening: hospital capacity, new hospitalizations, rate of spread, and doubling rate of hospitalizations (see attached).  Businesses that are prepared to reopen Monday should:  Visit and review both the Phase 2 general…
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COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at Rhode Island College Hub in Central Falls

CENTRAL FALLS- Mayor James A. Diossa was pleased to announce the opening of a new COVID-19 testing site in the city today at the Rhode Island College “Hub” at 934 Dexter Street. This facility provides residents with access to testing within the densely populated city. The testing facility at 934 Dexter Street will serve as a walk-up and drive-up facility staffed by Alert EMS LLC. The ability for this site to provide walk-up assistance in a city where about 25% of the residents do not have access to private transportation is essential to serve every person who may need a…
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Progreso Latino and Fuerza Laboral Unveil Family Relief Fund for Central Falls and Pawtucket’s Undocumented Community

Photo File: Rhode Island State Senator Sandra Cano of Pawtucket and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa CENTRAL FALLS/ PAWTUCKET, RI – Rhode Island State Senator Sandra Cano of Pawtucket and Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa have announced the creation of a community relief fund to be administered by Progreso Latino and Fuerza Laboral to support the undocumented community. Hundreds of vulnerable families are barely getting by without an income in the cities of Central Falls and Pawtucket, which have both been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the generous support of the Rhode Island Foundation, United…
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The American Red Cross is helping four people after a fire Sunday in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD, RI (March 22, 2019) – The American Red Cross is helping one family – four adults– no children after a fire today on Walnut Lane, ;The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family’s immediate needs. Responders included: Jamie Lynch, Steven Pechie, Serge Mckenna and Amy Rodenbaugh. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a 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 more was…
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Lt. Governor’s Operation Holiday Cheer Initiative Sends 375 Care Packages to Deployed Rhode Island Troops

WARWICK, RI – Lt. Governor Daniel McKee today joined former Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty, Rhode Island Adjutant General Major Christopher Callahan, Rhode Island Blue Star Moms President Jennifer Ahrens and over 200 volunteers at the National Guard Armory in Warwick to assemble military care packages during the 17th Annual Operation Holiday Cheer. "Operation Holiday Cheer gives Rhode Islanders an opportunity to show their gratitude to our men and women in uniform. We know the holiday season is one of the most difficult times for our service members to be away from their loved ones. Each year, we do our part to…
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261 Teacher Projects Fully Funded Through DonorsChoose.org Partnership for Rhode Island and Brown-Affiliated Donor Fund Every Project Statewide

PROVIDENCE, – Thanks to the generosity of the Partnership for Rhode Island and Theresia Gouw, a board member of the Corporation of Brown University and of the online charity, DonorsChoose, 261 teacher projects across Rhode Island will be funded through the crowdfunding website ;The joint donation, totaling $131,648, will fully fund every project in the state. In total, these projects will serve 24,612 students statewide. “In Rhode Island and across the country, teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to make their classrooms more welcoming and their lessons more engaging. I see this firsthand when I visit schools, and…
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Cranston Police Department establishes safety initiatives to keep children safe on Halloween

Colonel Michael Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department, announces members of the Cranston Police Department have established safety initiatives on Halloween to ensure that all children and accompanying adults have a safe and Happy Halloween. The safety initiatives that will be implemented include increased patrols and establishing a “trunk or treat” location in front of Cranston Police Headquarters, where officers will distribute candy from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Additionally, Officers will be conducting registration compliance checks for sex offenders at various locations across the city. Parents are encouraged to visit the Rhode Island Probation Parole Board and Sex Offender Community…
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Traffic Advisory Reminder: Lane Splits Coming on I-95 for Oxford Street Bridge Work in Providence

Changes to include different lane split configurations through the summerThe Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is reminding motorists about the upcoming temporary traffic pattern changes scheduled on I-95 in Providence as part of the $ million Oxford Street Bridge rehabilitation project. The changes include lane splits this summer for both northbound and southbound traffic between Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue) and the I-195 interchange. The traffic patterns will provide a safe work zone so RIDOT can rapidly replace the bridge deck. The Department chose the summertime for this work because traffic volumes are lower as compared to other times of…
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Recordatorio de advertencia de tráfico: Divisiones de carril viene en la I-95 para Oxford Street Bridge Work en Providence

El Departamento de Transporte de Rhode Island (RIDOT) les recuerda a los automovilistas los próximos cambios temporales en el patrón de tráfico programados en la I-95 en Providence como parte del proyecto de rehabilitación del Puente de la Calle Oxford de $ millones. Los cambios incluyen la división de carriles este verano para el tráfico hacia el norte y hacia el sur entre la Salida 18 (Thurbers Avenue) y el intercambio I-195. Los patrones de tráfico proporcionarán una zona de trabajo segura para que RIDOT pueda reemplazar rápidamente la plataforma del puente. El Departamento eligió el horario de verano para este…
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American Red Cross after Fire in Johnston

JOHNSTON, RI ) – The American Red Cross is helping one family – four adults – three children after a fire Friday on Greenville Avenue, Johnston. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family's immediate needs. Responders included: Robert Partington and Jamie Lynch Jr. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a ;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 more was ; Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers…
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