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LANE AND RAMP RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING SOON FOR I-295 BRIDGE REPAIRS

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the start of a $ million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). This work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create traffic congestion and travel delays. The first set of traffic pattern changes go into effect the weekend of November 16 and will be in place until Summer 2019, after which additional changes will be needed. The greatest delay will affect travelers from Route 6 West to I-295 North. Construction…
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Community

Pawtucket Police Work Aggressively to Protect Residents’ Quality of Life Issues

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department has continued to work aggressively to protect the quality of life issues in the city. Most recently, the department, led by Patrol Division’s Captain Thomas Newman, sent a letter to the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners bringing their attention to a few incidents that have occurred in one of the establishments. “The Pawtucket Police Department will continue to focus on the quality of life issues within all of our neighborhoods,” said Acting Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tina Goncalves. “We look forward to working with the Board of License Commissioners to ensure that businesses in the city can continue…
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Community

Moody’s Woonsocket Bond Rating Soars Three Levels to Investment Grade

City’s Significant Financial Improvements and Budget Adherence Cited WOONSOCKET, : Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City of Woonsocket’s General Obligation Bonds three levels to investment grade“Baa3” from Ba3, and has rated the City as having a “Stable” outlook. The City’s bond rating from Moody’s is seven steps higher than it was in 2013 when it was at a B3 “junk” status, and is now at an “investment-grade” level for the first time since early in 2010. “I am proud of what we have accomplished financially over the past four years, and pleased that the ratings agencies have consistently recognized…
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Health

Today, Celebrate Rhode Island World Diabetes Day with Healthcentric Advisors, Representative Grace Diaz, NFL Football Champion & Novo Nordisk Patient Ambassador, Kendall Simmons

Providence, RI — Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States -- which is why Healthcentric Advisors in partnership with founder Representative Grace Diaz and many local partners are proud to recognize Rhode Island World Diabetes Day, November 3, 2018. Hosted at the Warwick Mall from 11 to 3 the annual event is an opportunity to increase awareness about diabetes as a potentially devastating disease. But it ultimately seeks to empower people to manage their own health while living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This year we’re particularly excited to have special guest speaker NFL Football Champion and Novo…
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Rhode Island Leads the Nation for Childhood Flu Vaccination; Sees Decline Among Adults

Rhode Island children had the highest flu vaccination coverage rate in the country during the 2017-2018 flu season, an increase of two percentage points from the previous season, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, Rhode Island also saw a decrease in the flu immunization rate for adults during this period. “Flu vaccination is the single best way to protect yourself against the flu,” said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). “The flu can have serious health consequences for anyone, including young, otherwise healthy adults. Getting…
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Community

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall at Ponaganset High School.

Visit the Vietnam Moving Wall - Thursday, 11/01/18 (starting at 9:00AM)- Monday, 11/05/18 (ending at 6:00PM) 24 hours/day at no cost Ponaganset High School in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Navigant Credit Union, Dr. Day Care, Friendship Lodge 37 Chepachet and other leading Rhode Island Business and community organizations are honored to sponsor of the Moving Wall and Vietnam Veteran’s Oral History Project. The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, , has been traveling the country for over…
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Nordstrom to Close Store at Providence Place

Providence, RI (October 9, 2018) – Nordstrom today announced plans to close its full-line store at Providence Place in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally opened in August 1999, the store will serve customers through Friday, January 4, 2019. "The decision to close a store is always a tough one for us because we know it impacts both our customers and our employees," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores. "We've been fortunate to serve customers here for nearly 20 years and have built meaningful relationships with our customers and community in that time. "We look at our business market-by-market to understand where…
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Health

Reed Votes to Advance Opioid Legislation

Measure to help RI effectively combat opioid crisis now headed to President’s desk WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to address the opioid crisis, the Senate today voted 98-1 to approve a broad, bipartisan package of opioid legislation.  Known as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, the bill, which is now headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law, will help states and communities treat addiction, collect data, battle illegal substances, and develop improved strategies for combating substance abuse. Senator Jack Reed, a key backer of several measures…
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Education

RIDE Announces $1.7 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to ServeRI Partners

PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that Serve Rhode Island is now part of the agency’s portfolio. Serve Rhode Island (ServeRI) is the state service commission responsible for distributing AmeriCorps grants, and the operation has transitioned to be housed and administered by the Department of Education.   The move is in response to a 2017 law that dissolved Serve Rhode Island’s previous structure and incorporated it instead into the Department of Education.   “Enhancing education and supporting young people have long been key priorities for ServeRI and the AmeriCorps organizations it works with, so it’s exciting…
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Local News

Bristol Awarded Nearly $1.2 Million to Renovate Prudence Island Ferry Dock

Bristol Awarded Nearly $ Million to Renovate Prudence Island Ferry Dock Reed, Whitehouse, Cicilline announce federal Passenger Ferry Grant to make structural improvements necessary for continued ferry operation Project could lay groundwork for additional transportation options linking Bristol to Newport and Bristol to Providence in the future BRISTOL, RI - Monday, May 7, 2018  Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline announced that the Town of Bristol will receive $1,169,096 to rehabilitate the north and south walls of the Prudence Island Ferry Dock Pier. The project will complement a restoration of the west wall that was recently…
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