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RIDOH recommends closing the Beaches at Conimicut Point and DiFonso Recreation Area

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Conimicut Point beach in Warwick and DiFonso Recreation Area (Spring Grove Beach) in Glocester  for swimming because of high bacteria levels. Beaches closed for swimming: Conimicut Point Beach DiFonso Recreation Area The Beach Club at Larkin’s Pond in Kingston Kingston’s Camp Camp Hoffman Goddard Park Kent County YMCA (Upper and Lower Ponds) Echo Lake Campground 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…
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Health

Lt. Governor McKee Launches Town Hall Meeting Series on Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of his effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.   In February, Lt. Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association secured $30,000 in grants to update the State Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative.   The…
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Governor Raimondo signs bills creating more choice for continuing care

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation (S 2734 and H 7803) at Goldsmith Manor establishing an individual provider model for home care in Rhode Island. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to be connected to their communities and families. "Rhode Islanders should be empowered to choose what model of care is right for them," Raimondo said. "For a lot of people that might mean choosing an individual provider they know and trust. This bill ensures that kind of individual care that helps people lives…
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Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Pepperidge Farm is recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. A seasoning that is applied to these crackers has been the subject of a due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the are subject to this recall. The following four varieties are subject to this recall: * Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar * Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion * Goldfish Baked with Whole…
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The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) strike at Hasbro and Rhode Island Hospital

Providence, RI - Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals said last attempt with Lifespan and a mediator Monday morning failed to resolve the deadlock. UNAP nurses will be relieved at 1:30 and strike will start at 3 after negotiations with Lifespan concluded for the day Monday morning. "This is a difficult day for all of us. Every member who walks the picket line understands what's at stake for themselves, their families and their patients," said Frank Sims, RN, UNAP Local 5098 President. "Lifespan is a broken system where wealthy executives make millions and front line caregivers are ordered to…
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Reed Delivers Beach Monitoring Funds to Help Keep RI Beaches Clean & Swimmers Safe

BRISTOL, RI – After President Trump’s budget sought to sink a beach water testing program that helps Rhode Island monitor coastal waters throughout the summer to keep beachgoers safe, Senator Jack Reed helped lead the effort in Congress to revive it and successfully delivered $ million in Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act grant funding to help monitor beaches nationwide.  As a result of Senator Reed’s efforts, $201,500 was delivered to Rhode Island today to help health officials conduct beach water quality monitoring and alert beachgoers when conditions are unsafe. Today, Senator Reed joined with officials from the Environmental…
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Rhode Island to Receive More Than $200,000 from EPA for Beach Monitoring Funding will support water quality and public swimming advisories

BOSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing $201,500 to the Rhode Island Department of Health to support beach water quality monitoring and public notification efforts throughout the state. “Protecting Rhode Island’s beaches is critical to safeguarding public health and sustaining local economies, especially during the summer tourism season,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn. “This funding enables our partners in Rhode Island to have the tools and resources they need to adequately monitor beach water quality and deliver timely information to the public.” “Rhode Island’s hundreds of miles of coastline are at the economic, environmental, and…
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Reed Helps Advance $179B Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill in U.S. Senate

As a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, Reed helps boost funding for medical research, childcare, college affordability, opioid abuse prevention, & Childhood Cancer STAR Act WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to make critical investments in working families, public health, and education, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations Bill. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who helped craft the bill as a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, was among those on the full committee who voted 30-1 in favor of the bill, which would boost funding to strengthen…
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US Supreme Court Strikes Required Disclosure of Abortion Options

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a California law that required anti-abortion crisis clinics to let patients know about the availability of free state-provided abortions, ruling that it violated the free-speech rights of the Christian-based centers. Under a 1973 ruling, abortions are legal in the United States in most instances. But the new 5-4 decision handed anti-abortion activists a significant victory, approving of the way the clinics — often called crisis pregnancy centers — advise women with unplanned pregnancies against having an abortion. The majority opinion said the California law "imposes an unduly burdensome disclosure…
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Growing Populations, Aging Societies Portend Global Care Crisis

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA — The International Labor Organization (ILO) says urgent action is needed to avert a global crisis as the number of people, including children and elderly, needing care rises, The warning is part of a new ILO report on care work and care jobs unveiled Thursday in Geneva. The ILO cautions that the global care crisis will become a reality in coming years without a doubling of investment. Authors of the report say $ trillion was spent in 2015 on education, health and social work. They say that amount must be increased to $ trillion by 2030 to prevent the…
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