Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Top Leaders on “Asegurate”

Peter Andruszkiewicz, President & CEO and Bobby Rodriguez, Organizational Development and Diversity & Inclusion came to share their personal stories and to discuss mission and visions of the future of BCBSRI,  They also share their concept of BCBSRI being "hyper local" and BCBSRI's long standing and continued commitment to the Rhode Island Community.   With more and more people being insured with the adoption of the ACA, Blue Cross and LPR are rebranding this year’s radio show from “Sin Seguro” (translated: the uninsured) to “Asegúrate” (translated: insure yourself). With this, we will work to humanize ourselves by sharing personal stories…
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AIDS Walk RI to Present “Hope Harris Award”

AIDS Walk RI, taking place Sunday, September 13, will recognize a person or organization dedicated to the fight against HIV and AIDS with the first annual “Hope Harris Award.”   The award is named for the late Hope Harris, who was a member of the AIDS Project Rhode Island board for the last part of her life.  She was also a longtime receptionist for the late Senator John Chafee and also served in Senator Lincoln Chafee’s office.   “Shortly before our mother passed away from cancer 11 years ago, she cleaned out some of her belongings to sell them off…
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The state’s top public health official is providing leadership for the annual AIDS Walk RI, happening Sunday, September 13.

Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, who was appointed the state's director of public health earlier this year, will be an honorary chair of the event, which starts and ends on the Rhode Island State House lawn. Registration begins at noon, with a speaking program, including Dr. Alexander-Scott, at 12:30. The approximately two mile route steps off at 1 Registration is also available on-line at ;;. "From 2013 to 2014 in Rhode Island, the number of newly identified cases of HIV increased by nearly 33%. These data send a clear signal that despite the progress we have made in reducing HIV over…
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Pollo Campero Offers Special Discount in Honor of National Grilling Month

Pollo Campero, home of Authentic Latin Chicken, is celebrating National Grilling Month by offering guests a special price on its new Citrus Peruvian Grilled Chicken. All customers who visit participating Pollo Campero restaurants on Thursday, July 30 will receive half off any grilled chicken meal. Campero’s Citrus Peruvian Grilled chicken starts with 100 percent hormone-free chicken.  It is marinated to the bone and seasoned by hand with fresh lime juice and Campero’s proprietary blend of Latin herbs and spices.  The chicken is then slowly cooked to perfection, making it tender and juicy, while giving it a unique and unmistakable smoky…
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Governor’s Bay Day Activities

Governor's Bay Day is open to the public and will feature a host of free activities at these state beach locations. The full activity schedule for the 2015 Governor's Bay Day is below: Colt State Park:  Bring Your Own Bike to ride along the newly resurfaced East Bay Bike Path  Fish from the pier with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.  Picnic in the Park - Bring your favorite summer snack!  Watch a boating safety demonstration by Chuck Horbert from the RI Blueways Alliance, the first to paddle the length of the Rhode Island! …
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Announcement of the Providence Police Department’s 68th Police Academy Recruitment Drive

Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Associate Director Cheryl Burrell, RI Department of Administration, Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, members of the Providence Police Department and community partners joined this morning at the Washington Park Community Center to announce the official kick-off of the Providence Police Department’s 68th Academy Recruitment Drive.   “I am proud to launch this recruitment campaign for the 68th Providence Police Academy,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “The Providence Police Department is actively recruiting men and women to serve the city, and…
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Rhode Island Foundation Offering $25,000 Grants to Local Writers

MacColl Johnson Fellowships will enable three writers to devote a year to their art   PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island writers who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 7 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation.   Established in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards up to three grants a year, rotating among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. They are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached grants available to writers in the United States.   Previous recipients of writing fellowships include Marie…
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AIDS Project RI Staff Trained on Narcan

Jonathan Goyer, of Project Weber (), trained AIDS Project RI staff on how to administer Narcan, used to reverse the effects of overdoses of heroin and other opioids.  The training took place at the AIDS Project RI office at 9 Pleasant Street, Providence on Thursday morning (July 16, 2015).   Project Weber is a non-profit that works with male sex workers on health issues.   Mr. Goyer grew up in East Providence and began using drugs at an early age.  He developed an expensive drug habit and became a sex worker to pay for it.  He also experienced long-term homelessness. …
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Two AIDS Service Organizations Joining Forces for Events

AIDS Project Rhode Island and AIDS Care Ocean State have announced that the organizations will be collaborating on two major fundraising events taking place in late summer.   On Sunday, August 23, the organizations are unveiling the “High Heel Dash Race & Block Party,” in downtown Providence. On Sunday, September 13, the annual AIDS Walk RI will take place, with AIDS Care Ocean State as a full partner in the project with AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has been running the walk for decades.   “We’ll be pooling our resources to make these events great successes,” said AIDS Project Rhode…
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Fifth Annual Kiki’s Garden Sunflower Soiree

Exeter, Rhode Island -- The fifth annual Kiki’s Garden Sunflower Soiree will be held on Saturday, July 25, from 12 to 6 at Camp Canonicus in Exeter. The Sunflower Soiree is the major fundraiser for the Krista “Kiki” Weller Burns Foundation, a nonprofit organization that “Seeds Good Deeds” by supporting community non-profits and raising funds for art scholarships given annually to local youth. Activities at the soiree will include swimming and boating, games for kids and adults (featuring mini golf and bowling), photo booth, face painting and storytelling, a children’s art gallery in the sunflower labyrinth, princesses & pirates, hayrides,…
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