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Postal employees take time to celebrate Thanksgiving

And remind you to ship early this holiday season Rhode Island – Post Offices across the state will be closed on Thursday, November 26, in celebration of Thanksgiving ;Street delivery on Thursday will be limited to guaranteed overnight parcels and there will be no collection of mail. Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Friday, November 27. To ensure timely delivery of holiday gifts and wishes by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers mail early. December 18 is the last recommended day for First Class Mail, December 19 for Priority Mail and December 23 for Priority Express Mail. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are…
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Central Falls Health Ambassadors Educate Residents on the Importance of Masking

In Central Falls masking is mandatory and the new Health Ambassadors show residents how.  CENTRAL FALLS- In an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus and protect residents of Central Falls, Mayor James A. Diossa and the Central Falls Office on Health led by Dr. Michael Fine have established a Health Ambassador program which informs all those out and about on the streets of Central Falls about masking and the spread of ; Due to the alarming rate of transmission in Central Falls and spiking numbers, these Health Ambassadors have proven to be invaluable. Responsible for handing out masks to…
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Cicilline Bill Will Promote Civics Ed

WASHINGTON – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to study the availability of civics education for young people in the United States. "For decades, civics education has become less and less of a priority in our schools. It's not only a shame, it hurts our democracy. At a time when misinformation runs rampant, we need to give young people a solid footing in knowledge of our government," said Cicilline. "Right now, only nine states and the District of Columbia require at last a year of civics education before you earn a K-12 degree. This bill is the first step…
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Vaccines Alone Won’t End Pandemic, WHO Official Says

By VOA News The World Health Organization's emergencies program director said Wednesday that vaccines alone would not end the COVID-19 pandemic and would do nothing to stop the current global surge in coronavirus infections. Mike Ryan made the comments during a virtual question-and-answer session from the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. His comments came the same day that pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced that final results from the late-stage trial of their COVID-19 vaccine showed it was 95% effective. The companies said they had the required two months of safety data and would apply for emergency authorization within…
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New York City Closes Schools Amid COVID-19 Surge

By VOA News New York City Wednesday ordered schools to close, as the city recorded a seventh-straight day with a COVID-19 positivity rate of over 3%. “Public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out an abundance of caution. We must fight back the second wave of COVID-19,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio wrote on Twitter. In-person school resumed for New York children between late September and early October, when the seven-day positivity rate was under 2%. Also on Wednesday, Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, launched an app called “FixIt,” where residents can report issues…
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Poll: Half of US Republican Voters Believe Trump ‘Rightfully Won’ Election

By VOA News A new poll shows that about half of Republican voters believe the claims of President Donald Trump that he “rightfully won” his re-election contest two weeks ago over his Democratic challenger, President-elect Joe Biden. Trump has made baseless, near-daily claims that the vote and vote counting was rigged against him, and he has refused to concede the outcome to Biden. A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of more than 1,300 people released Wednesday showed that 73% agreed that Biden won, and 5% thought Trump had. But Republicans were skeptical of the outcome when specifically asked whether Biden had “rightfully…
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Biden Says Battle Against Coronavirus Needs Commander in Chief

By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday declared that the battle against COVID-19 “is like going to war. You need a commander in chief.” During a virtual roundtable discussion with front-line health care workers, whom he hailed as heroes fighting the coronavirus, Biden predicted: “I’ll make mistakes. But I promise you I’ll acknowledge them when I make them, as well as I’ll take responsibility.” Biden, the projected winner of the Nov. 3 election against President Donald Trump, said when he is sworn into office, he would urge state governors to order mandatory masking, testing, tracing and social distancing. “I…
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A Wish Come True Plans Virtual Alternative to Polar Plunge

Participants Encouraged to Participate in an Ice Bucket Challenge WARWICK, RI – November 18, 2020 – A Wish Come True is making its 17th Annual Polar Plunge at Easton Beach in Newport a virtual event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of plunging into the ocean, A Wish Come True is asking plungers to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and share a video of it on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #AWCTPolarPlunge. The event was inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge made popular by former Boston College baseball player Peter…
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ROUTE 4 SOUTHBOUND LANE REDUCTIONS SCHEDULED STARTING TONIGHT

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will resume work tonight on the Division Street Bridge project with a series of lane reductions on Route 4 South in East Greenwich.   Starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in the evening, there will be intermittent closures of one lane for bridge work from 9:00 to 6:00  This pattern will be repeated on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20.  The following week, the same pattern will be in place on Sunday, November 22 and Monday, November 23.  Two lanes will remain open at all times during this work.   The $ million Division Street Bridge project…
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AG Neronha, National Grid warn consumers to be vigilant after increased reports of scams

PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and National Grid are warning electric and gas customers to be vigilant of potential scammers posing as bill collectors trying to take advantage of them. Over the past several weeks, there has been an increase in reported scam attempts targeting residential and business customers by phone. Both the Attorney General’s Office and National Grid want customers to know how to protect themselves. Scammers are using a variety of methods these days to prey on their victims including phone calls, texts, email solicitation or in-person visits. The most recent phone scam is…
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