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Island House Restaurant gets a boost from a Providence Commercial Corridor Micro-Business Loan

Providence (July 6, 2020) ...Island House Restaurant, located at 242 Broad Street, was awarded a Providence Commercial Corridor Micro-Business Loan on July 1, 2019. With their loan, owners Ricky Bernard and Marcia Ricketts plan to get outdoor seating, an app for faster takeout to better cater to their student customers, plexi-glass shields and other social distancing measures to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy. "Providence Revolving Fund and the Providence City Council have capitalized a revolving loan fund to provide small loans to micro-businesses located on or near commercial corridors in Providence," stated Carrie Zaslow, Executive Director of…
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AAA: Rhode Island Gas Prices Up One Cent

Providence, , July 6, 2020 — Rhode Island’s average gas price is up one cent from last week ($), averaging $;per gallon. Today’s price is 11 cents cheaper than a month ago ($) and 63 cents cheaper than July 6, 2019 ($). Rhode Island’s average gas price is 8 cents lower than the national average. A slight drop in demand amid an increase in supplies comes as many states report increases in COVID-19 cases, potentially causing Americans to reconsider outings. However, for motorists who hit the road for the Independence Day holiday, gas prices were a welcome sight. “Independence Day weekend gas prices were nearly…
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Council President Sabina Matos Proposes Resolution Urging Expansion of Police Officer Education

Providence RI July 2, 2020…City Council Meeting, Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) proposed a resolution urging the Rhode Island General Assembly to expand the types of degrees eligible for education reimbursement to law enforcement officers. In recent weeks the City Council and the Finance Committee have heard resounding calls for police reform with many residents calling on the Finance Committee to provide more social services for residents in crisis.  In an effort to expand social service education and improve educational outcomes for Rhode Island law enforcement, the Council is urging the Rhode Island General Assembly to revisit Rhode Island…
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RIDOH Recommends Closing Westwood YMCA Beach for Swimming

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Westwood YMCA beach in Coventry for swimming because of high bacteria 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 or the…
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Lt. Governor, Small Businesses Launch Online Petition Calling for Financial Support from CARES Act Funds

PROVIDENCE, RI—Lt. Governor Dan McKee and members of Rhode Island’s small businesses community today launched an online petition that calls on the state to use at least 10 percent of its $ billion of federal CARES Act funds to establish a grant program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Rhode Islanders can sign the petition at  Through the federal CARES Act, Rhode Island received $ billion in COVID-19 aid funds. A clause within the act outlines that states can allocate the funds to issue grants to small businesses affected by the pandemic. States like New Hampshire, Alaska, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and…
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Two pandemics, one imperative: Transform health care In Rhode Island

Kim Keck, president & CEO, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island In the past three months, Rhode Island has experienced what’s possible when we work together across sectors to face dual pandemics – a public health crisis that arose suddenly and a moral crisis that has lasted for hundreds of years, the perpetuation of institutional racism. United around a common goal, business, community, and government leaders have set aside individual agendas to focus on protecting the health and safety of Rhode Islanders and advancing social justice. As head of Rhode Island’s largest health insurer, I am proud of…
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Providence City Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning Today Voted to Rename the Providence Pedestrian Bridge in Memory of Local Civil Rights Advocate Michael S. Van Leesten

PROVIDENCE, RI (JUNE 29, 2020)… This afternoon Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) and Chairwoman of the Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning announced that they have voted to rename the Providence Pedestrian Bridge in memory of Michael S. Van Leesten, who was a long-time resident of Providence and passed away on August 23, 2019, at the age of 80. The Resolution to change the name of the Pedestrian Bridge was sponsored by Council President Sabina Matos, and Co-Sponsored by the Full Council. “I worked closely with Mr. Van Leesten over the years, and his loss has…
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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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