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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Patriots lost to New Orleans on Sunday, while the Red Sox were swept by the Yankees this weekend.  A Providence City Council member, Nirva LaFortune, is running for mayor.  An Olympian has completed a swim from mainland Rhode Island to Block Island.

>>Patriots Lose To Saints

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots lost to the New Orleans Saints at home on Sunday, 28-to-13.  Pats quarterback Mac Jones passed for 270 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.  Running back James White was carted off the field with a hip injury in the first half.  New England is 1-and-2 on the season.  The Patriots welcome back Tom Brady to Gillette Stadium when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday night.

>>Yankees Sweep Red Sox

(Boston, MA)  --  The Boston Red Sox were swept by the New York Yankees at Fenway Park this weekend.  The Yankees won on Sunday night, 6-to-3 to complete the three-game sweep.  It's still the Sox and Yanks holding the two American League wild card positions.  Monday is an off-day for Boston.

>>Fatal Shooting At Providence Restaurant

(Providence, RI)  --  A deadly shooting took place in Providence on Saturday.  Police were called to Roque's Café and Restaurant on Broad Street at around 9 a.m. and found a man inside suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victim's name was not released, but authorities said he was 38 years old.  Providence is up to 19 homicides this year.  There were a half-dozen shootings reported in the capital city this weekend.

>>Police: Mushroom Forager Killed By Tree Limb In Hopkinton

(Hopkinton, RI)  --  A man was killed by a falling tree limb in South County on Friday.  The Rhode Island State Police says the unidentified 78-year-old was foraging for wild mushrooms in Hopkinton when the large limb fell on top of him.  His body was found in the woods off Kenney Hill Road.

>>COVID Booster Shots Available In RI

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Health is announcing that COVID-19 vaccine boosters are available in the state after they received federal approval.  The Pfizer vaccine booster is recommended for people 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions who are 50 to 64, and residents in long-term care settings.  The boosters should be administered at least six months after the initial vaccinations.  Rhode Island's population is 67-percent fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.

>>Providence City Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune Running For Mayor

(Providence, RI)  --  Providence City Councilor Nirva LaFortune is running for mayor.  LaFortune emphasized the need for a community police model and affordable housing during her campaign announcement on Sunday.  LaFortune was the first Haitian-American to be elected to office in Rhode Island.

>>Swim From Rhode Island To Block Island A Success

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel [[ BYE-zull ]] became the first woman to swim from the mainland part of Rhode Island to Block Island on Saturday.  The nonprofit Swim Across America says the charity effort has raised over 135-thousand dollars.  The Rhode Island native Beisel swam in honor of her father, who died from pancreatic cancer this summer.  The ten-mile swim began at Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown.

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09-27-2021 00:58:06

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island firefighters are challenging the state's COVID vaccination mandate.  The woman accused of stabbing a hospital worker in Taunton is being ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.  Illegal no-parking signs are being removed in Warwick.

>>Statewide Firefighter Association Challenges RI Vaccine Mandate

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters is challenging Governor Dan McKee's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers.  The mandate, which covers EMTs, takes effect October 1st.  Those that don't get vaccinated are at-risk of losing their jobs.  The firefighter association is seeking an injunction in Superior Court, arguing the mandate violates their collective bargaining rights and the state constitution.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,820

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported two new coronavirus deaths on Thursday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-820.  The number of new virus cases reported in RI yesterday was 285.

>>Evaluation Ordered For Taunton Hospital Stabbing Suspect

(Taunton, MA)  --  A psychological evaluation has been ordered for the woman charged with stabbing a hospital worker in Taunton, Massachusetts. Victoria Disharoon of Taunton allegedly attacked the worker who was taking a break outside Morton Hospital earlier this week.  Disharoon is being held without bail pending the mental health assessment.  Morton Hospital officials say the unnamed worker was reportedly treated in the emergency room after the attack and finished her shift.

>>Large Marijuana-Growing Op Discovered In Pawtucket

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  An illegal marijuana-growing operation is being investigated in Pawtucket.  Firefighters reportedly discovered the operation at the old Gamm Theater building on Exchange Street on Monday after responding to a fire alarm.  Authorities seized about 80 pounds of usable marijuana.  No arrests have been made.

>>Red Sox-Yankees Series Has Wild Card Implications

(Boston, MA)  --  The Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series with the New York Yankees at Fenway Park tonight.  The Red Sox and Yankees hold the two American League Wild Card spots.  Boston is looking to lock up home-field advantage for the one-game playoff.  They currently hold a two-game lead over the Bronx Bombers.

>>Patriots Versus Saints Sunday

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.  Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is at 1 p.m.  The Pats are 1-and-1 on the season.

>>Warwick Removing Illegal No-Parking Signs

(Warwick, RI)  --  The city of Warwick is working to remove illegitimate "no parking" signs.  Many of the signs are in coastal parts of the town where property owners don't want visitors crowding their space.  According to a report from The Providence Journal, some of the signs were put up by the city decades ago at the request of residents but do not have any power because there are no ordinances in place to back them up.  In other cases, residents have put up their own signs, some on public property.  Some of the signs will remain, but only if the city determines that they are warranted.

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09-24-2021 02:16:08

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Two new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island Wednesday.  A Providence City Council committee votes to change a police department position which was given to someone without a police background.  An Olympian's effort to become the first woman to swim from Rhode Island to Block Island could take place this upcoming weekend.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,818

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported two new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-818.  The number of new virus cases reported in Rhode Island yesterday was two-hundred-82.

>>Arrest Made In Stabbing At Hospital

(Taunton, MA)  --  Taunton, Massachusetts police are reporting an arrest in the stabbing of an employee outside Morton Hospital.  The female hospital employee was taking a break outside the facility Tuesday when a woman approached from behind and stabbed her.  Police reported yesterday that the suspect has been arrested, identifying her as 28-year-old Victoria Disharoon of Taunton.  She's charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and police say the attack was unprovoked.

>>Providence City Council Committee Amends Controversial Police Department Position

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence City Council Finance Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to eliminate a police major position that was given to the city's recreation director.  The committee adopted a proposal from Police Chief Hugh Clements to convert the position to a civilian administrator, which will pay less.  The city council reacted unfavorably to Michael Stephens being named the Providence Police Department's first-ever community relations and diversion services major despite not having law enforcement experience.  The new position will not supervise police training or be involved with promotions.  The Finance Committee move will require a vote from the full city council.

>>Longtime Superior Court Judge Retiring

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Susan McGuirl is retiring.  The Providence Journal reports McGuirl will step down on October 29th after two decades on the bench.  She presided over the contentious trial of the seven Narragansett Indians who were arrested in a 2003 state police raid of a tribal smoke shop in Charlestown.  As the first woman to be named deputy attorney general in the state, McGuirl was involved in the prosecution of Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's assault case and the attempted murder trial of Newport socialite Claus von Bulow.

>>Rhode Island-To-Block Island Swim Delayed

(Undated)  --  Weather conditions have again caused the postponement of an attempted swim from mainland Rhode Island to Block Island.  Elizabeth Beisel [[ BYE-zull ]], a three-time Olympic swimmer from North Kingstown, tells The Boston Globe conditions were too rough for the swim that was scheduled for Wednesday morning.  Beisel now plans to swim this upcoming weekend and become the first woman to ever complete the journey.  Beisel is swimming for cancer research.  Her father died of pancreatic cancer over the summer.

>>TD Garden To Require Vaccination For Events

(Boston, MA)  --  T.D. Garden in Boston will be requiring all fans, performers and staff to be vaccinated for coronavirus.  All fans 12-years-old and over must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend, perform or work at the arena.  The rules will apply to all Celtics and Bruins games, along with concerts and other events at the arena.  Garden officials say the rules were imposed to allow the facility to continue operating while keeping everyone safe.

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09-23-2021 02:07:15

RI Veterans: Did you know?

RI Veterans: Did you know? 23 September 21 – John A. Cianci

 
September 23, 2021/John Cianci

 

by John A Cianci, Department Veterans Service Officer, 

 

                             Italian American War Veterans (ITAM)

 

Veteran Administration news rules and interpretation that will impact Post-GI 911 monthly Housing Stipend paid to Veteran students

 

Did you know the VA has a new rule that took effect in August requiring Post-9/11 GI bill users to verify he or she is attending class with the Department of Veterans Affair, and this is a monthly requirement?

 

Let’s fast forward to the first of the month, hundreds, if not thousands of Rhode Island veteran students, spouses and dependents eligible for and using the Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries will not receive their monthly stipend, unless they follow the new Veterans Administration rule that requires verification they are attending class.  

 

How do Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries verify to the VA they are attending class? According to – https://blogs.va.gov – after enrolling in courses, students will receive a secure text message from the VA inviting them to opt into text messaging verification. 

 

If you choose not to opt in, contact the at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and ask a representative to verify enrollment on your behalf. NOTE: Education Call Center (ECC) wait times may be high due to the number of students verifying enrollment each month.

 

If you opt out of text verification and later change your mind, or need to update your mobile number on file, you can opt in by calling the ECC at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

 

Those who fail to verify their attendance with the VA for two months in a row will have their housing allowance payments withheld until they do so.

 

RINEWSTODAY reached out to veteran students and a son of a Veteran who is a beneficiary of his father’s Post-9/11 GI Bill attending URI and CCRI, and not one of them knew about the new rule or had received a verification text after enrolling in classes. 

 

If you have any questions about the monthly verification requirement or when it applies to you, contact a VA education representative at 1-888-GIBILL (1-888-442-4551) domestically or 001-918-718-5678 overseas. 

 

VETTIP – All veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries attending classes utilizing don’t wait until October 1, 2021 to see if your stipend is in process and deposited into your account. Contact the above number before the first of the month and verify if this new rule is applicable to you. 

 

Did you know the VA recently changed interpretations made to the “48 Month Rule” for VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries which could entitled veterans to additional educational benefits, to include those in the past? Who were denied under the previous interpretation of  “48 Month Rule”?

 

Many veterans in the past were unable to complete their degrees and or training programs with the assistance of the Veterans Administration because of the past VA interpretation of the 48 Month Rule; layman’s definition, the VA would not assist a veteran in tuition and other financial means if the veteran used a total of 48 months of education assistance, regardless of the type of education entitlement. 

 

Often, the Veteran would have earned additional education entitlements beyond the 48 months. However, those additional months would remain in the veteran’s entitlement. Unused, since the VA would not approve because of the “48 Month Rule”.

 

A large number of veterans would be forced to pay thousands of dollars in tuition and other expenses as a result of previous interpretation. 

 

Going forward, this new interpretation will benefit veterans who earned and are entitled to educational benefits.

 

VETTIP – If you were a Veteran previous denied using an education benefit because of the “48 Month Rule” interpretation and paid out of pocket to complete your degree or training, we suggest you file a claim for reimbursement to the VA. If you need assistance to help you navigate the process, contact the Italian American War Veterans, Veteran Service Officer for assistance, itamri4vets@gmail.com.

 

Here are some frequent ask questions on the “48 Month Rule”, from  https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/docs/48_Month_Rule_FAQs.pdf

 

Changes to the “48 Month Rule” for VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries – FAQs 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to improving the Veteran experience by ensuring that all Veterans maximize the benefits they’ve earned. In alignment with this commitment, VA reviewed a long-standing interpretation of a law known informally as the “48- month rule” (38 U.S.C. 3695) and determined a more favorable interpretation of this law would help eligible Veterans maximize their education benefits. Now, Veterans who use Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits prior to using any other VA education program, such as the Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 GI Bill, can still use up to 48 total months of the other educational assistance benefit programs. 

 

Students:
Q1) What is changing? 

A1) Previously, we counted VRE usage against GI Bill education benefits when applying the 48- Month Rule. We no longer do it. 

 

Q2) How will I find out if I am impacted? 

A2) VA will send a notification letter to those affected by this update. 

 

Q3) Do I have to do anything? 

A3) No, VA will contact those affected by this update. 

 

Q4) Should a Veteran with a service-connected disability using the Post-9/11 GI Bill apply for VR&E benefits if they are about to run out of entitlement? 

A4) Yes, Veterans may apply for Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits at any time. However, the use of entitlement in any VA education program impacts the amount of remaining VR&E entitlement that a Veteran may be eligible to receive. 

 

It may be possible for a Veteran to have entitlement previously used in a VA education program reclassified as entitlement used in VR&E, which could possibly result in additional entitlement to other VA education programs. However, it is important to note that this process is very limited and restricted by law and regulation; not every Veteran with a service-connected disability will qualify for retroactive induction. 

 

Q5) What can I do to ensure that I have the correct number of months of entitlement for GI Bill education benefits? 

A5) If you are a new applicant to GI Bill education benefits, your monthly entitlement calculation was computed without including any past entitlement used under VR&E. If you are currently using education benefits, your monthly entitlement will be re-calculated to remove any months of VR&E previously charged as prior VA training. You will receive a separate letter advising of your corrected remaining months of entitlement. If you used education benefits in the past, and already used 48 months of entitlement AND your period of eligibility (i.e., your delimiting date) has passed, there will be no adjustments to your awards. 

 

Q6) I was denied benefits under the former interpretation, can I recover those benefits ? 

A6) If you believe you were improperly denied education benefits, AND you have not reached your delimiting date, you may submit VA Form 22-1995, showing which school you are now enrolled or wishing to attend. A review of your record will occur and if you have additional months of entitlement, you will be notified in an award letter. If VA is unable to provide additional months of entitlement, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons why. 

 

Q7) Can the SCO at my University/College help me understand this new development with the 48-Month Rule? 

A7)VA is planning to provide appropriate training to SCOs. For additional clarification, you should contact the VA Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBILL1). 

 

Q8) Will I be contacted directly by VA if I am due relief from the 48-Month Rule? A8) If you are currently receiving education benefits, you will be notified, by letter, if the 

number of months of entitlement have changed due to this update of the 48-month limitation. 

 

Q9) Why does it matter that VR&E benefits are to be used first and then EDU benefits? 

A9) The wording of the law makes a distinction between the order of usage. Each beneficiary should discuss with their VR&E case manager to determine the best way to use VR&E benefits vs. education benefits. The VA will help guide you to the correct decision based on your individual circumstance. 

 

Additional Stakeholder Questions: 

Q10) What information is available to students to prevent being denied benefits under the 48-Month Rule? 

A10) Beneficiaries receive information explaining entitlement limits when they receive their Certificate of Eligibility and on award letters. Also, the GI Bill website has general information explaining the impact of using more than one program, and the GI Bill Customer Help portal provides access to a wealth of questions with answers and the ability to ask specific questions. 

 

The Education Call Center is staffed to answer questions on this topic at 1-888-442-4551. 

 

Q11) What is the significance of using VR&E benefits prior to GI Bill education benefits? 

A11) 38 U.S.C. § 3695(b) requires VR&E to count any entitlement used in a VA education program toward the possible 48months of entitlement. This update does not change this requirement. Therefore, entitlement previously used in any VA education program impacts the amount of possible remaining entitlement that may be used for VR&E benefits. However, under the new interpretation, prior use of VR&E benefits does not impact possible remaining entitlement for Education benefits. 

 

Q12) What is being done to reach all affected students/former student about their options resulting from this decision? 

A12) VA is contacting students and our stakeholders via email regarding information about this update, and making the necessary changes to our website, outreach materials and fact sheets, and ensuring that students are fully aware of the changes and its effect on entitlement. 

 

EVENTS/REUNIONS

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021, War Veterans Tribute Cruise In at the Rhode Island Veterans Home, Metacom Ave, Bristol, Rhode Island. Registration 9:00 to 12;00, awards at 3:00pm. Suggested donation $15 per vehicle. Admission is free. All proceeds will go to recent non-profit organization managed by a committee to provide funds available for recreational activities for the veterans the Veterans home. Can’t make the event, donations can be sent to ITAM, 18 Winchester Ave, N. Smithfield RI 02896. 

 

Saturday, November 20, 2021, Comedy/Dinner show at the Officers Club, Newport RI. ComedyfactoryRI comedians will perform at the Veteran Fundraiser. Tickets are $50 per person, dinner at 5:00. Show starts at 6:00PM. Event is sponsored by the Italian American war Veterans and all veterans residing at the Veterans Home the event will be free, to include a ticket for their guest. Sponsorships for a veteran attending from the Veterans Home, are encouraged for those who can’t attend, $50 (which covers the veteran and a guest).

 

If you have an event, meeting, other pertinent veteran information, or email questions or help needed, contact the Italian American War Veteran Service Officer, John A Cianci, itamri4vets@gmail.com, ITAM Office 1-(401)677-9VET(9838)

 

Discounts

 

Restaurants

 

Applebees Applebee’s – Military Discount … With more than 2,000 locations, Applebee’s is a family grill restaurant. Applebee’s gives 10% off for active duty and veteran. Last verified 07/31/2028

 

Denny’s, Hartford Save Johnston Offers 10% discount for veterans and active duty.  Denny’s is a table service diner-style restaurant chain.  Last verified 07/31/2028 (PS I had breakfast there on Saturday).

 

Outback Steakhouse 10% Discount to active and veterans. Last verified 07/28/2021

 

99 Restaurant & Pub: The 99 Restaurant & Pub offers a 10% military discount to members of Veterans Advantage. Available at select locations only. Bring valid military ID

 

Retailers

 

Advance Auto Parts: 10% for Active Duty, Veterans and families. Last verified 07/28/2021 

 

Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops offers a 5% discount to active duty military, reservists, and National Guard. Sign up and verify your status online or bring your military ID when you shop at your nearest Bass Pro store (source).

 

BJs Wholesale: Reduced membership fee. J’s offers all military personnel over 25% off their Membership. Last verified 07/28/2021

 

Lowes: Enroll in the Lowe’s Military Discount Program to Activate Your 10% Discount

 

Our way of saying “Thank You” to our active duty, retired and military veterans and their spouses with a 10% discount on eligible items. Verification of your military status is fast and easy through our partner, ID.me. ID.me is our trusted technology partner in helping to keep your personal information safe.

 

GameStop: is offering a 10% in-store military discount on all pre-owned products, collectibles, and select new products. Available to current and former military members who bring any valid proof of service or when they verify through ID.me 

 

Home Depot: Home Depot offers a 10% OFF military discount on regularly priced merchandise for in-store purchases for active duty, retired military, and reservists at participating locations. Customers are required to show a valid government-issued military ID card to redeem this offer.

 

Kohls: 15% Kohl’s offers active military, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members a 15% discount on purchases made on Mondays, in store only. In order to receive the military discount, eligible customers must present proper identification along with any tender type.

 

Jiffy Lube: HONORING VETERANS ALL DAY EVERY DAY!

 

We didn’t want to wait for Veteran’s Day to express our appreciation and gratitude for your service. That’s why every Team Car Care owned and operated Jiffy Lube® service center is offering our BEST discount of 15% OFF as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service to our country. *Disclaimer*- I.D. required. No coupon is required. Excludes batteries and brakes, alignment, and diagnostic services. Available only at select locations listed below:

Tioque Ave, Coventry RI

Bald Hill Road, Warwick RI

Park Ave, Cranston RI

 

Michaels: Michaels Stores offers a 15% OFF military discount on the entire in-store purchase including sale items for active duty, retired military, guard, reservists, veterans and family members. How to get, 

1.    Create an Account. Log in or create a Michaels Rewards account.

2.    Get Verified. Provide your military information to get verified instantly.

3.    Go Shopping! To use your discount online and in store, just sign into your account or provide your Michaels Rewards phone number at checkout.

 

O’Reilly Auto Parts: 10% discount on in store items for Active Duty, Veterans and families. Last verified 3/4/21.

 

If you are a retailer and or a veteran aware of a business not listed above, please forward your info to: itamri4vets@gmail.com. Include the business’s name, location, and military and veteran discount offered.

 

If you have an event, meeting, other pertinent veteran information, or email questions or help needed, contact the Italian American War Veteran Service Officer, John A Cianci, itamri4vets@gmail.com, ITAM Office 1-(401) 677-9VET (9838).

 

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John A. Cianci is a Veteran Service Officer. Retired, U.S. Army MSgt., Persian Gulf War and Iraq War combat theater.

Cianci, a combat disabled Veteran, served in Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Good Conduct, and others.

Cianci belongs to numerous veterans organizations – Italian American War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, United Veterans Council of Rhode Island, and many more organizations. He is an active volunteer assisting veterans to navigate federal and state benefits they have earned. He is Department of Rhode Island Department Commander Italian American War Veterans and Veteran Service Officer.

He is a graduate of Roger Williams University (BS Finance), UCONN business school* (Entrepreneur Bootcamp For Veterans), Solar Energy International Residential, Commercial and Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems certificate programs, numerous certificates from the Department of Defense renewable energy programs, including graduate of the Solar Ready Vets Program.

 

 

 

RI has enforcement plan for October 1st healthcare vaccinication

RI has enforcement plan for October 1st healthcare worker vaccination deadline

 
September 22, 2021/RINewsToday

 

Leading up to the October 1st vaccination deadline of healthcare workers, Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced what they refer to as “an enforcement strategy: for Rhode Island’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare workers.

 

“The enforcement strategy will help safeguard patients, residents, and staff by holding health professionals and facilities accountable to the October 1 vaccination requirement, while also preventing disruptions to care in Rhode Island as healthcare facilities work toward full compliance,” said the joint statement.

 

“Healthcare workers have been the heroes of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 pandemic by consistently putting the health and safety of their patients first. The vast majority of healthcare workers have continued to do that by already getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Governor Dan McKee. “The enforcement strategy for our COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare workers provides clear structure and guidance to facilities that are working to get the remaining few who are not vaccinated yet, while ensuring that all Rhode Islanders still have access to high quality care in facilities throughout the state.” 

 

“This enforcement strategy is not intended to be an extension or exemption of the original vaccination requirement,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “On October 1, anyone that is non-compliant is subject to enforcement. If there is a risk to quality of care and an unvaccinated worker must continue to work beyond October 1 to mitigate that risk, the employer has 30 days to ensure that role is fulfilled by a fully vaccinated healthcare worker.”

 

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of many vaccines that healthcare providers are required to receive. Rhode Island regulations require healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1. Similar to other vaccines, healthcare facilities will be asked to report on their COVID-19 vaccination rates for their healthcare workers. Facilities may also be required to develop COVID-19 Vaccination Corrective Action Plans to ensure full compliance if they have not met the provisions of the regulation. These plans will:

  • Specify the healthcare facility’s plan to ensure that all remaining healthcare workers will become vaccinated against COVID-19 within 30 days.
  • Demonstrate that any unvaccinated staff who are still working after October 1 are doing so to mitigate a risk to quality of patient care.
  • Specify the temporary infection prevention measures that the facility will implement for unvaccinated staff who are critically necessary to the facility’s operation.
  • Outline the facility’s procedure to ensure that any new hires are vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

More information about these plans, including information on deadlines for the submission of data and COVID-19 Vaccination Corrective Action Plans, will be shared directly with healthcare leadership across Rhode Island in the coming days. Plans will be due on October 1. 

 

“Similar to the approach that we take with other vaccinations that are required for healthcare workers, we are outlining and providing clear action steps to facilities to ensure full compliance by October 1,” said Dr. Alexander-Scott. “Rhode Island’s effective enforcement strategy, requiring COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers, will limit exposure to COVID-19 for vulnerable patients and will help ensure the stability of our healthcare system statewide.”

 

Vaccinations Up – 8 days to October 1st

 

Of the approximate 57,600 workers in healthcare facilities, vaccination rates have risen from 77% to 87% following the October 1st announcement.

 

Workers can get the Johnson & Johnson 1-shot by September 30th to qualify for Oct. 1st deadline. Any facility employing workers who are unvaccinated after Oct. 1 and before Nov. 1 must show their mitigation plan for that time period.

 

The Governor said there are approximately 60 workers left out of 200 at the Eleanor Slater and Veterans Home who are expected to not vaccinate and the state is looking at bringing back retired healthcare staff, signing a contract for “traveling” RNs and CNAs, etc. to fill the gap and keep services fully staffed. They also have plans to use National Guard if necessary.

 
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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Governor McKee's administration is announcing new details of a COVID vaccine mandate for Rhode Island healthcare workers.  One person was killed and another injured in a shooting in Central Falls last night.  Former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]] is being sentenced to prison.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,816

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported one new coronavirus death on Tuesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-816.  The number of new virus cases reported in RI yesterday was three-hundred-29.

>>Update To RI's COVID Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee's administration is working to prevent any disruption that could potentially be caused by a COVID-19 vaccinate mandate for healthcare workers.  The vaccination deadline is October 1st, but the state now says employers can take an additional month to replace any unvaccinated worker with one that is fully vaccinated if there is a risk to quality of care.  McKee says the vast majority of healthcare workers in the Ocean State have already gotten the shot.

>>Researchers Looking Into 'Long COVID' In Youths

(Undated)  --  Researchers at Hasbro Children's Hospital and Brown University are involved in a new effort to study the long-term health effects of COVID-19.  This will specifically focus on the impact of "long COVID" on infants, children and adolescents.  The other participants are Virginia Commonwealth University, New York University, Northeastern U. and the Translational Genomics Research Institute.  Dr. Sean Deoni of Hasbro Hospital says while children appear to be resilient against the disease and are much less likely to have severe illness or death, researchers don't know how the virus impacts their long-term health and development, which is something that needs to be quickly answered.

>>Deadly Shooting In Central Falls

(Central Falls, RI)  --  One person is dead after a shooting in Central Falls Tuesday night.  The shooting reportedly happened near a basketball court off of Sacred Heart Avenue at around 9 p.m.  A second victim was found injured nearby and was taken to a hospital.  Police are investigating.

>>Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Glocester

(Glocester, RI)  --  A motorcyclist was involved in a fatal crash in Glocester overnight Tuesday.  The victim was identified as Nicholas Harris of Glocester.  Authorities say Harris lost control of his motorcycle on Route 44 at around 12:30 a.m.  Reports indicate he was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious head injuries.

>>Former Fall River Mayor Correia Sentenced To Prison

(Boston, MA)  --  Former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]] is sentenced to six years in federal prison for public corruption while he was in office.  Correia was convicted earlier this year for a scheme to extort money from marijuana companies seeking to do business in Fall River.  A federal judge in Boston called Correia's actions reprehensible before handing down the prison sentence on Tuesday.

>>Ethics Commission Fines One Former Governor Chief Of Staff, Investigates Another

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is fining Brett Smiley, the former chief of staff for ex-governor Gina Raimondo, for campaign finance violations.  Smiley, who also served as the director of the RI Department of Administration, agreed to pay out 45-hundred dollars on Tuesday for soliciting contributions from state vendors to his election campaign for Providence mayor.  Smiley said he never knowingly solicited vendors and said he never discussed state contracts with donors.  The ethics commission also voted yesterday to investigate former chief of staff for Governor McKee, Anthony Silva, over allegations that he improperly tried to influence a wetlands development in his hometown of Cumberland.

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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Three new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island over the weekend.  Several convictions are tossed in the federal case against former Fall River, Massachusetts mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]].  Rhode Island-based CVS is hiring 25-thousand people across the U.S.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,815

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported three new coronavirus deaths over the weekend in its Monday update.  The pandemic death toll increased to two-thousand-815.  Nine-hundred new virus cases were reported for the Ocean State.

>>Judge Tosses Eight Convictions For Former Fall River Mayor

(Boston, MA)  --  A federal judge is throwing out eight of the convictions handed down by a jury against former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia [[ JAY-seel core-RAY-uh ]].  The judge on Monday ruled the wire fraud and tax convictions related to a smartphone app Correia was developing were not supported by the evidence.  Correia will be sentenced Tuesday on the 13 remaining convictions related to the extortion of marijuana companies seeking to do business in the southeastern Massachusetts city.  Prosecutors have asked for an 11-year sentence, while the defense feels three years is adequate.

>>North Attleboro Firefighters Recognized For Saving Life On Flight

(North Attleboro, MA)  --  A group of current and retired members of the North Attleboro Fire Department were honored on Monday for saving a man's life on an airplane.  Those who received letters of commendation were Fire Chief Christopher Coleman, captains George McKinnon and Josh Langille, lieutenant Scott Langille, retired firemen Jeff Badger and Rich McDonagh, and Foxboro firefighter/paramedic Cory Shepardson.  The group was on a flight from Boston to Chicago last Thursday when another passenger become unresponsive with a possible seizure.  The individual was revived and transported to a local hospital.  North Attleboro town manger Michael Borg said the firefighters were on their way to a vacation, but first responders are never truly off-duty.

>>CVS Is Hiring

(Woonsocket, RI)  --  CVS is announcing a plan to hire 25-thousand people during a one-day national career event on Friday.  That includes over two-hundred jobs in the company's home state of Rhode Island.  CVS is looking to hire pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates.  The new employees will help the company respond to the needs of their communities during the colder weather months as flu season ramps up.

>>Rhode Island Gas Price Update

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island gas prices have barely budged in several months.  The current average in the Ocean state is three dollars and seven cents, according to RIGasPrices.com.  The national average is three-nineteen.

>>Blue-Green Algae Bloom In Coventry

(Coventry, RI)  --  The Rhode Island health and environmental management departments are reporting a toxic blue-green algae bloom in Johnson's Pond in Coventry.  People are being urged to avoid contact with the area also known as Flat River Reservoir.  The state has ten other cyanobacteria advisories that are still active.  The list can be viewed at DEM.ri.gov.

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Why women are willing to work hard, but need a moral purpose

Why women are willing to work hard, but need a moral purpose – Mary T. O’Sullivan

 
September 20, 2021/Mary OSullivan

 

by Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL, business leadership writer

 

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand

 

Working Hard and Still Being Overlooked

 

A recent client, Beth, is a high energy, very intelligent, hardworking individual with a tendency to rely on external means (such as spreadsheets, extensive lists, charts and graphs, etc.) to keep herself in the mode of constant activity. She spent much of her time at work investigating every possible scenario that could go wrong in a given situation in order to ensure all her flanks were covered by creating tangible evidence that she is busy doing real work. Her image of herself is based on being the “go to” person with all the answers, and solid reasons for what issues remain unanswered or unfulfilled. She is also a person of high moral integrity, with unimpeachable values of honesty, trust, loyalty, and family. She had been with her previous employer for almost 13 years, however, recently began to feel overlooked by management, despite her hard work, and her excellent performance reviews. Her self-esteem was beginning to flag, and it was becoming harder for her to continue to perform at her highest levels. In addition, Beth began to question the moral value system of the company when she was repeatedly asked to falsely report various events that took place on her assigned program. In addition, Beth felt she was being placed in a position of compromise when she witnessed inaccurate information being presented to the customer, and unrealistic promises were made which Beth knew the company could not deliver. Furthermore, violations of the company’s own policies and procedures for proper conduct were regularly ignored without consequence to the perpetrators, and Beth felt that this among the other issues, was directly in violation of her own personal value system. She began to realize working for this company was no longer an option for her, but she felt trapped and also expressed a sense of loyalty to her immediate supervisor and others with whom she had developed close relationships over the years. After so many years, her identity and sense of self was derived from working at that company, whether or not she experienced happiness there. Beth began her coaching engagement many months prior to actually making her move to leave the company, and through the coaching sessions learned that in order to be more successful and gain more self-satisfaction in her work life, she had to improve her ability to separate what was realistic and what she could and could not control. Her goal for our coaching partnership was to apply that learning in finding another source of employment, and to carry the new self-awareness into her new job scenario.

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Play – The Humanistic Theory

 

It occurred to me that Beth was operating up and down the scale of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; specifically, within the area of self-esteem and self-actualization. With her esteem and sense of self tied to a company she no longer desired to be a part of, many issues of confidence, achievement and respect came to the forefront through the seven or eight sessions we completed. Beth felt her ability to problem solve was strong, but not fully developed in her environment; she felt a degree of gender discrimination, since she was not advancing as fast as her contemporaries (men), and her sense of morality was compromised by the actions and behaviors she witnessed that were counter to her personal value system. Furthermore, her sense of safety of employment and morality was in jeopardy, as she struggled with bringing the violations and bad behavior to the attention of management, as usually these types of reports reflected badly on the person making the report instead of those involved. Beth also expressed a strong desire to work in an area that met more of her personal values in so far as the company’s purpose was to better the human condition. For this reason, she specifically targeted a healthcare company as her employer of choice.

 

To better coach Beth, I chose the Humanistic Theory of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs because of its focus on moving through the various levels of specific human needs in order to achieve true self-actualization. Psychologist Abraham Maslow (1943, 1954) stated that human motivation is based on people seeking fulfillment and change through personal growth.  According to Maslow, “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” And, “Human life will never be understood unless its highest aspirations are taken into account. Growth, self-actualization, the striving toward health, the quest for identity and autonomy, the yearning for excellence … must by now be accepted beyond question as a widespread and perhaps universal human tendency …” Later, Maslow included the concept of “self-transcendence” in his Hierarchy theory, which he defined as helping others reach their own self-actualization.

 

In Beth’s case, she may have been able to achieve some degree of self-actualization in some areas of her life, such as family and friends, personal health, significant other, fun and recreation, etc., but her career aspirations held her back from being self-actualized at work. This model fits with her desire for greater career satisfaction, including her need to be a contributor to the betterment of other people through support of healthy lifestyles, improvement in medical care, and charitable works. Beth’s desire to engage with a company, which also contributed to the well-being of others, was met by her potential employment at the health care company. In addition, Beth expressed that her personality was that of an introvert who acts as an extrovert. She articulated her desire to integrate her extroverted self with her introverted self through gaining more confidence, additional courage to act upon her values, and authentic connections to others (networking opportunities) who could help her achieve her goals. This model aligns well with Beth’s style of learning and awareness, as she works to achieve greater spontaneity in her work behavior and grows to appreciate and accept her new self-awareness and knowledge in what is realistic for her and what she can control.

 

When Your Client is Naturally Self-Reflective, Coaching is Easier

 

My rationale for choosing this model with Beth in this coaching scenario is that Beth is a naturally self-reflective person and can readily implement change when presented with an intellectual model with which to work. Beth also “talks to think” and can bring herself through the various levels of change with little prompting or reframing. She is willing and open to exploration of her self-perceptions, and willing to discuss where her strengths and weaknesses lie in the framework of personal growth and development. For example, she mentions the irony of her comfort with being alone with just a book to keep her company, even though her persona presents a very people-oriented, outgoing and gregarious nature; she is able to laugh at herself, so using humor within the coaching framework is effective with her. For instance, she often humorously portrayed herself as a “hermit” buried in her cubicle, eating her yogurt all alone at lunchtime. Moreover, Beth has learned to be appreciative of other people’s contributions, but often downplays her own. Now, she is learning to notice when she is appreciated, and what the conditions were that led to that appreciative state. Coaching with Beth is fast paced, and her mind often picks up quickly on any coaching questions or suggestions for additional insights of her own, as well as numerous “Ah Ha!” moments. As a coachee, she is malleable, open and eager to move forward with the changes to bring her to a higher level of self-awareness and understanding. Because Beth is enthusiastic and open, I felt that using this model would propel her further toward her goals. She completed her homework assignments with vigor and enthusiasm and reflected on the helpfulness of each one as she experienced small changes and new consciousness and mindfulness on a week-to-week basis. She had great confidence in my ability to coach her and many times complimented me for encouraging her to stretch herself further than she ever had before.

 

Visioning and Reflecting and Self-Validation: She’s the “Little Engine That Could”.

 

With Maslow’s model, it made sense to use a number of visioning and reflection questions for Beth. When she observed that she had put in place several new behaviors on her new job, she also reflected that she felt that some of her old habits might begin to creep back in, and she feared she might push her new self-awareness into the background, I asked her “What is the learning for you here?” She was able to articulate that self-validation (The Little Engine That Could) helped her gain the courage and underscored the confidence she needed to damp down the self-doubts and fears she had in her previous job. She was happy to “create a space for reflection” and that the “sheer task of articulating her thoughts” were able to help her to “put her thoughts in order and be systematic in her thinking”. Clearly, Beth strives for acceptance of her new self and treasures the opportunity to explore and experiment with strategies and tactics to keep her self-awareness on track.

 

Meet Your Future Self, It’s Not That Scary to Take a Risk.

 

We also worked with a tool, a worksheet called “Meet Your Future Self” which asks 22 questions about what a person’s future self would be like, from “What clothes would you be wearing?” to “What is the essence of your future self?” These questions were effective in allowing Beth to envision herself in a future state in which she has reached her goals of satisfaction in most areas of her life, including her work life; where she is doing productive work for the betterment of humanity, and is engaged in the company’s charitable work events as an active contributor, thus evening out her “wheel of life” to a more integrated self. In earlier sessions, we discussed some of her “mindful moments”, when she revealed her fear of taking risks, and worrying that if she took risks, “something bad would happen”. She realized that taking risks was part of the growth process and that her “Ah Ha!” moment was when she realized that risk taking was “not as scary as she thought”. She reflected that she had had opportunities at her previous job, but her fear of risk had deterred her from moving forward with them. With her new awareness, she wants to ensure she carries her determination to conquer fear of risk naturally at her new job, since she now has the unique opportunity to begin anew. When I asked her what support she might need, she remarked that she needed to stay positive and focused; that she works on it every day and that she is consistent in her messaging about herself. She stated that she needs to feel her confidence grow on an emotional level in order to keep it consistent. She realized that she needed to “give to herself, feed herself emotionally, and to remind herself that she is “capable, worthy, and positive”. She stated that being committed to ascertain her goals and following up with the coaching makes it real for her, not just an unspoken concept. We also worked on a “speedy priority finder” which helped Beth put her various goals in perspective. She was able to again create a tangible guide for herself outlining what was most important to her and what she could do if she had no limits. Being the introspective person that she is, Beth responded that she would become a great philanthropist, and would have the means to help the world become cured of diseases and other ills. This vision aligns with Beth’s overall desire to work in an industry that reflects her personal value system and engages in corporate works of charity to benefit those who do not have the means to stay healthy, one of Maslow’s basic needs, the need for ease of bodily functions and homeostasis.

 

The Client’s Long View, with Assistance from Maslow.

 

In a brief exposure to this model, it’s most useful in considering the long perspective of each client. It’s best to sense if the client is happy or not, by various means of questioning, intuition, and observation of body language word choice, etc. Beth seemed to fit in comfortably with this model in that she is such a reflective individual and very eager to benefit from the coaching experience. Beth sees the world through her sense of self, therefore, focusing on her vision of herself and helping her to gain self-awareness was a step in bringing her to Maslow’s self-actualization stage.

 

Maslow’s Hierarchy as a Growth Tool.

 

I have used this model with other clients as well, and with interviews with client’s supervisors and colleagues. Often, people have the impression that self-awareness or self-actualization is an isolated process, and they can feel like failures if they can’t envision themselves achieving their own definitions of success. I like to use the model as a growth tool itself, as an athlete can be self-actualized on the playing field in his sport, but not self-actualized in his personal, family or work life. It’s a good way to explain that life is a continuum, and sometimes you are at a high point, but maybe due to circumstances you can’t control, you topple off that high specific high point. But there is always another high point to be reached, and maybe the last one wasn’t intended to be permanent, so another must be envisioned, and then achieved. With Beth, she realizes that becoming the person she wants to be; confident, courageous, creative, and accepting; is achievable when taking the right steps to make the changes she desires; to grow within a company with a value system that reflects her own and supports the well-being of the rest of the world.

 

“I’m tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a b**ch, Okay.” — Madonna

 

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Mary T. O’Sullivan, Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach, Society of Human Resource Management, “Senior Certified Professional. Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Career Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas.

Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society.

Advanced Studies in Education from Montclair University, SUNY Oswego and Syracuse University.

Mary is also a certified Six Sigma Specialist, Contract Specialist, IPT Leader and holds a Certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management from SHRM.

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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Patriots get their first win of the season.  An earthquake is reported off of Block Island.  Refugees from Afghanistan are expected in Rhode Island in the coming weeks.

>>Patriots Beat Jets For First Win Of Season

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets on the road Sunday, 25-to-6.  Damien Harris and James White had one rushing touchdown each for the Pats and kicker Nick Folk was 4-of-4 on field goals.  The one-win-and-one-loss Patriots return home to play the New Orleans Saints next Sunday afternoon.

>>Earthquake Reported Off Block Island

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake was recorded off the coast of Block Island over the weekend.  The two-point-six-magnitude quake was centered about thirty miles southeast of the Island at around 3 a.m. Sunday.  Anyone who felt the earthquake is being asked to report it on the U-S-G-S website.

>>Fisherman Hospitalized After Going Into Water In Narragansett

(Narragansett, RI)  --  A man is taken to the hospital after being swept into the water in Narragansett.  Firefighters rescued a 42-year-old from New York who was fishing near Hazard Avenue on Saturday morning.  His condition at South County Hospital was unknown.  Just about a week prior at the same location, another man was knocked into the water and died.

>>Afghan Refugees Coming To RI

(Providence, RI)  --  Refugees from Afghanistan are expected to arrive in Rhode Island soon.  The Providence Journal reports the Dorcas International Institute is preparing for at least one-hundred-fifty refugees in the next several weeks.  The Providence-based nonprofit agency is helping the refugees resettle in the Ocean State.

>>Warwick Schools Update

(Warwick, RI)  --  A Warwick school is set to re-open on Monday.  A collapsed pipe kept Oakland Beach Elementary School students home last Friday.  Meanwhile, students and staff at Sherman Elementary in Warwick are waiting for the old Gorton Junior High School building to be converted so they can hold classes there.  Sherman is closed because of mold problems.  The Sherman principal says the Gorton building is almost ready.

>>McCoy Stadium Site Could Become High School

(Pawtucket, RI)  --  A city of Pawtucket committee is researching whether to convert McCoy Stadium into a high school campus.  The Valley Breeze reports the committee is looking into whether to combine Shea High School, Tolman High School and the Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts into one campus.  The Boston Red Sox top minor league affiliate played their home games at McCoy for 50 years before departing for Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Newport International Boat Show

Newport International Boat Show

 
September 16, 2021/RINewsToday

 

Celebrating 50 years, the Newport International Boat Show takes place Thursday–Sunday, September 16–19, across more than 14 acres of Newport waterfront.

 

Ogle powerboats, sailboats and equipment from hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

 

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday); free shuttle from Easton’s Beach with purchase of a parking pass. 

 

The Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), one of the largest and most prestigious boat shows in the country, spans over thirteen acres of historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. Walk the docks and view a spectacular display of shiny new sailboats and powerboats, some making their first-ever debut in the United States. On the land side, you’ll find hundreds of marine products, services and accessories to enhance the boating lifestyle. Also on deck are educational seminars, in-water boating courses and daily giveaways.

 

Set amongst grand coastal scenery, national historic sites, trendy boutiques and world-class restaurants, it’s easy to pair your passion for boating with the experience of Newport and the beauty of fall in New England.

 

For more information and details on all events, go to: https://newportboatshow.com/

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Rhode Island has surpassed another milestone in the ongoing battle against coronavirus. A Cranston man is no longer facing a murder charge after prosecutors decided to drop the case against him. A 54-year-old man has died due to injuries he suffered during an altercation in Warren last month.

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>>Rhode Island Surpasses Another Milestone In Ongoing Battle Against COVID-19

(Providence, RI) -- Rhode Island has surpassed another milestone in the ongoing battle against coronavirus. State health officials said yesterday that over 700-thousand residents are completely vaccinated against COVID-19 while more than 768-thousand people have received at least one dose of vaccine. The number of new coronavirus infections has also grown by 316 and one more person has died away after contracting the illness. There are 121 patients hospitalized statewide for treatment of the illness with 17 of them in intensive care.

>>Murder Charge Dismissed Against Cranston Man Due To Video Evidence

(Providence, RI) -- A Cranston man is no longer facing a murder charge after prosecutors decided to drop the case against him. Back in March, 33-year-old Kenneth Hernandez was accused of killing 32-year-old David Camacho on Julian Street in Cranston. But since then, video evidence was uncovered that found he wasn't near the murder scene at the time Camacho was shot. Yesterday, a judge ruled that Hernandez has been cleared of any wrongdoing and said it was unfortunate he was arrested in the first place.

>>Man Dies Of Injuries Suffered During Altercation In Warren Last Month

(Warren, RI) -- A 54-year-old man has died due to injuries he suffered during an altercation in Warren last month. Police say Richard Raymond passed away a few days ago after being struck by an aluminum baseball bat in the area of Market Street and Sanders Street August 28th. Raymond was reportedly involved in a dispute with a 43-year-old man that police believe he knew but that man hasn't been arrested. A celebration of Raymond's life will be held from four p-m until seven p-m today at S. Dipardo Memorial Chapel Funeral Home on Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket.

>>Triple A: Cost Of Gas Increases Slightly In Rhode Island

(Undated) -- Rhode Island drivers are handing over a bit more of their hard-earned money these days to keep their vehicles running. According to Triple A, the average cost for a gallon of regular gas is three-08. That's up one cent from last week and is two cents higher than this time last month. One year ago, the average cost for a gallon of gas in the state was two-15. The national average is currently sitting at three-19.

>>Red Sox Return Home As Battle For Wild Card Spot In American League Heats Up

(Boston, MA) -- The Boston Red Sox are going to be back in front of their home crowd tonight as they look to build momentum in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the American League. The Red Sox are hosting the struggling Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series that'll continue through Sunday. Right now, Boston is tied in the Wild Card race with the Toronto Blue Jays with the New York Yankees just a half-game behind both teams. First pitch for tonight's game at Fenway Park with the Orioles will be seven-10 p-m.

>>New England Patriots Looking To Win First Game Of Season Against NY Jets

(East Rutherford, NJ) -- The New England Patriots will be taking the field this weekend in hopes of picking up their first win of the season. New England will be battling their longtime AFC East rival the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins 17 to 16 at home last week in a game that saw New England turn over the ball multiple times. Kickoff for Sunday's contest is set for one p-m.

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RI Veterans: Did you know?

RI Veterans: Did you know? 16 September 21 – John A. Cianci

 
September 16, 2021/John Cianci

 

by John A Cianci, Department Veterans Service Officer, 

 

                             Italian American War Veterans (ITAM)


 

Did You Know Rhode Island Veterans and businesses played a key role in raising thousands of dollars for local veteran organizations?

 

Afghan Veterans Hand Off to RI World War II Veteran at Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Veterans

 

Two of the tournament stars Louie Dolce, 97-year old Rhode Island World War II veteran and Travis Mills, 34 years old retired Army soldier,  who became a quadruple amputee while serving in Afghanistan, met for the first time at the Side by Side Golf Tournament held at exclusive Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton Massachusetts.

 

When Travis approached Louie to thank Louie for his service, Louie sat there speechless. Travis thanked him for his service. During their conversation, Louie asked him “What the hell happen”, to which Travis replied, “Bad day out for a walk”. Travis continued to joke with Louie and sought Louie’s military career story, which Louie detailed serving in the Coast Guard during World War II.

 

Concluding their meeting, Travis insisted to shake Louie’s hand with his prothesis hand. In an apparent prank, Travis backed away and released his prothesis hand. A stunned Louie just sat there; another successful Travis’s prank intertwining his “Never Give Up. Never Quit”. attitude on life, despite being a quadruple amputee from an injury he suffered while serving in Afghanistan.

 

The annual golf tournament has raised over $100, 000 each year since 2014, except last year due to COVID 19 restriction. All profits go directly to supporting programs for local veterans and other 501 ( c) (3) organizations. Profits from the tournament will be donated to nonprofits providing distributed to Travis Mills Foundation, Habitat Humanity of Worcester County, On Course, and NEADS.

 

One of the non-profits the tournament profits will benefit is The Travis Mills Foundation, https://travismillsfoundation.org. According to the foundation website, donations support recalibrated veterans and their families through long-term programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation.

 

Later, Travis, speaking to the participants of the tournaments at the dinner, spoke of the expansion of his Veterans Health and Wellness Center and Retreat located in Maine, helps combat-injured veterans and their families adjust to their new normal. The expansion will expand to assist veterans and their families mitigating the invisible wounds of war, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Travis’s retreat allows them to recover while surrounded by others who know what they’ve gone through. The groundbreaking took place Saturday on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which inspired many to serve in the U.S. military. He ensured the participants and donors, every single dollar donated is stretched and NOT ONE dollar benefits his family or himself.

 

Another organization recipient, the NEADS organization has been providing FREE service dogs to veterans, which until recently signed into law, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers, or PAWS, for Veterans Therapy Act — to help connect veterans with their own service dogs.

 

In the past, the Veterans Administration did not provide funding for service dogs. According to NEADS’s website, their service dogs are trained to assist veterans with a physical disability by performing tasks to assist their partner. They accompany their partners wherever they go. Service Dogs can help with all kinds of tasks; retrieve objects from tables, counters, floors, turn light switches on and off, push elevator/automatic door buttons, stand and brace for stability during a transfer, barking on command for help, and getting a cordless phone in an emergency

 

Another recipient organization, On Course Foundation, supports the recovery of wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans through golf. According to the On Course Foundations website, their mission is to build confidence and self-belief in our members through golf skills and employment events and set them on the path to meaningful employment opportunities in the golf industry.

 

As a sport, golf offers a unique platform where players of all skills and backgrounds can compete healthily, improving not only their physical but mental strength too. With many lacking self- beliefs, it’s our aim to help our members realize their potential and set them on a fulfilling career path in the golf industry.

 

Other recipient organizations of this year’s tournament profits are Veteran Inc. and Habitat of Humanity. Both organizations provide veterans assistance in housing and a host of other programs supporting veterans and their families. For example, Habitat Humanity of Worcester Count has program to provide kids with this personal space. Playhouses built by Habitat’s corporate partners are offered to children of local veterans and active-duty military personnel. 

 

The playhouse built on site at Pleasant Valley Country Club, was presented to a veteran son named Mateo. To see the look in Mateo’s eyes when he was surprised by the presence of playhouse with his name on the door, surely assures donors how their time and efforts are making a difference in veterans and their families’ lives.

 

Rhode Island business owners, Luke Semmelrock and Mary-Jo Hurley, owners of Partners Auto Auction, Foster, RI were part of the original group of local business leaders interested in supporting veterans through an annual charity golf tournament. According to Side by Side Charitable Organization website, https://www.sidebysidepvcc.com. Luke told RINEWSTODAY without  the generosity of the Magill family of Pleasant Valley Country Club and the many sponsors and participants, the tournament would not be such a huge success.

 

The tournament has raised over $500, 000 million dollars  since 2014, and after  this year’s donations to non-profit organizations providing benefits and support to veterans, has provided over $500, 000 to numerous organizations . This information was verified by RINEWSTODAY.com research on the IRS Charitable Organization Search, https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/all, Search by Side Charity Organization Inc.

 

According to Luke, on the second Monday in September, the tournament is held at Pleasant Valley Country Club. The club turns away lucrative corporate sponsors wanting to use the venue on a prime date in September, choosing to provide exclusive use for an event benefiting local veterans.

 

Unique feature of the tournament, the donors and participants turn away high celebrity appearances and high-profile speakers, choosing rather maximum veteran participation in the event; the majority of teams sponsor one or two wounded veterans to be members of their team.

 

During Luke’s phone interview, he told RINEWSTODAY, https://rinewstoday.com, without the Pleasant Valley Country Club membership actively engaging and financial support of Pleasant Valley Country Club members, the event would not be so successful. Many of the members already have membership to this exclusive golf resort, however, donate anywhere from $10, 000 to $25, 000 to participants and have a On Course golfing veteran representative be part of their team.

 

This annual charity golf tournament honors and supports United States military veterans. Moreover, success is intertwined with the appearances of the stars of the vent, veterans like Travis and Louie.

 

RINEWSTODAY salutes the tournament organizers, donors, and participants—-GOD SPEED!!!!

 

Discounts

 

Restaurants

 

Applebee’s – Military Discount. With more than 2,000 locations, Applebee’s is a family grill restaurant. Applebee’s gives 10% off for active duty and veteran. Last verified 07/31/2028

 

Denny’s, Hartford Save Johnston Offers 10% discount for veterans and active duty . Denny’s is a table service diner-style restaurant chain.  Last verified 07/31/2028 (PS, I had breakfast there on Saturday).

 

Outback Steakhouse 10% Discount to active and veterans. Last verified 07/28/2021

 

99 Restaurant & Pub: The 99 Restaurant & Pub offers a 10% military discount to members of Veterans Advantage. Available at select locations only. Bring valid military ID

 

Retailers

 

Advance Auto Parts 10% for Active Duty Veterans and families. Last verified 07/28/2021

 

Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops offers a 5% discount to active duty military, reservists, and National Guard. Sign up and verify your status online or bring your military ID when you shop at your nearest Bass Pro store (source).

 

BJs Wholesale Reduced membership fee. J’s offers all military personnel over 25% off their Membership. Last verified 07/28/2021

 

Lowes. Enroll in the Lowe’s Military Discount Program to Activate Your 10% Discount

 

Our way of saying “Thank You” to our active duty, retired and military veterans and their spouses with a 10% discount on eligible items. Verification of your military status is fast and easy through our partner, ID.me. ID.me is our trusted technology partner in helping to keep your personal information safe.

 

GameStop. GameStop is offering a 10% in-store military discount on all pre-owned products, collectibles, and select new products. Available to current and former military members who bring any valid proof of service or when they verify through ID.me

 

Home Depot. Home Depot offers a 10% OFF military discount on regularly priced merchandise for in-store purchases for active duty, retired military, and reservists at participating locations. Customers are required to show a valid government-issued military ID card to redeem this offer.

 

Kohls. 15% Kohl’s offers active military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members a 15% discount on purchases made on Mondays, in store only. In order to receive the military discount, eligible customers must present proper identification along with any tender type.

 

Jiffy Lube. Jiffy Lube is HONORING VETERANS ALL DAY EVERY DAY! We didn’t want to wait for Veteran’s Day to express our appreciation and gratitude for your service. That’s why every Team Car Care owned and operated Jiffy Lube® service center is offering our BEST discount of 15% OFF as a “Thank You” to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their service to our country. *Disclaimer*- I.D. required. No coupon is required. Excludes batteries and brakes, alignment, and diagnostic services. Available only at these locations: Tioque Ave, Coventry RI – Bald Hill Road, Warwick RI – Park Ave, Cranston RI.

 

Michaels. Michaels Stores offers a 15% OFF military discount on the entire in-store purchase including sale items for active duty, retired military, guard, reservists, veterans, and family members. How to get:

 

1.    Create an Account. Log in or create a Michaels Rewards account.

 

2.    Get Verified. Provide your military information to get verified instantly.

 

3.    Go Shopping! To use your discount online and in store, just sign into your account or provide your Michaels Rewards phone number at checkout.

 

O’Reilly Auto Parts. O’Reilly is offering a 10% discount on in store items for Active Duty, Veterans and families. Last verified 3/4/21.

 

If you are a retailer and or a veteran aware of a business not listed above, please forward , itamri4vets@gmail.com:  the business’s name , location, and military and veteran discount offered

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EVENTS/REUNIONS

 

September 15-20, 2021, USMC Tankers Association Facility: Crown Plaza, Providence-Warwick, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Point of Contact Name: John Wear. Point of Contact Telephone: 719-495-5998. Point of Contact Email: johnwear2@verizon.net . Comments: The USMC Vietnam Tankers Association will be holding our 12th biennial reunion. Anyone who served with any of the Marine tank battalions or Ontos units in Vietnam . . . in any capacity is welcome!!!

 

Thursday , September 16, 2021, James Ray Chapter #818 Vietnam Veterans of America . Lincoln Senior Center, Lincoln RI monthly meeting.

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021, War veterans Tribute Cruise In at the Rhode Island Veterans Home, Metacom Ave, Bristol, Rhode Island. Registration 9:00 to 12;00, award at 3:00pm. Suggested donation $15 per vehicle. Admission is free. All proceeds will go to a  non-profit organization managed by a committee to provide funds available for recreational activities for the veterans at the Veterans home. Can’t make the event, donations can be sent to ITAM, 18 Winchester Ave, N. Smithfield RI 02896.

 

Saturday, November 20, 2021, Comedy/Dinner show at the Officers Club, Newport RI. ComedyfactoryRI comedians will perform at the Veteran Fundraiser. Tickets are $50 per person, dinner at 5:00. Show starts at 6:00PM. Event is sponsored by the Italian American war Veterans and all veterans residing at the Veterans Home the event will be free, to include a ticket for their guest. Sponsorships for a veteran attending from the Veterans Home, are encouraged for those who can’t attend, $50 (which covers the veteran and a guest).

 

NOTE: If you have an event, meeting, other pertinent veteran information, or email questions or help needed, contact the Italian American War Veteran Service Officer, John A Cianci, itamri4vets@gmail.com, ITAM Office 1-(401)677-9VET(9838)

 

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John A. Cianci is a Veteran Service Officer. Retired, U.S. Army MSgt., Persian Gulf War and Iraq War combat theater.

Cianci, a combat disabled Veteran, served in Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Good Conduct, and others.

Cianci belongs to numerous veterans organizations – Italian American War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War, United Veterans Council of Rhode Island, and many more organizations. He is an active volunteer assisting veterans to navigate federal and state benefits they have earned. He is Department of Rhode Island Department Commander Italian American War Veterans and Veteran Service Officer.

He is a graduate of Roger Williams University (BS Finance), UCONN business school* (Entrepreneur Bootcamp For Veterans), Solar Energy International Residential, Commercial and Battery Based Photovoltaic Systems certificate programs, numerous certificates from the Department of Defense renewable energy programs, including graduate of the Solar Ready Vets Program.

 
 

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Rhode Island Department of Health has released the latest data involving the spread of COVID-19. Governor McKee is urging high school students across Rhode Island to do their part to help put an end to the COVID-19 crisis. An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly shooting in Providence that happened late last month.

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>>Rhode Island Department Of Health Releases Latest Data On COVID-19 Spread

(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Department of Health has released the latest data involving the spread of COVID-19. There were 408 new cases reported yesterday, bringing the overall total since the health crisis started to 167-thousand 653. The death toll due to the illness also went up by one and now sits at 28-hundred and nine. There are currently 116 people in hospitals across the state being treated for COVID-19 with 14 of those patients in intensive care.

>>Gov. McKee Urging High School Students To Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Johnston, RI) -- Governor McKee is urging high school students across Rhode Island to do their part to help put an end to the COVID-19 crisis. Yesterday, he was at Johnston High School where he emphasized the importance of students receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. McKee says if everyone works together, the pandemic will come to an end much quicker, and life can return to normal. Since the beginning of the academic year there have been nearly 600 coronavirus cases reported in Rhode Island schools.

>>Funeral Service Being Held Today For Officer Who Died Due To COVID-19

(Providence, RI) -- A funeral service is being held today for a longtime member of the Barrington Police Department who died after contracting COVID-19. The funeral for Sergeant Gino Caputo is taking place at Holy Ghost Church located on Atwells Avenue in Providence. Caputo passed away last weekend after battling the coronavirus for several weeks. Barrington's police chief told WJAR he doesn't believe Caputo had been vaccinated against the virus.

>>Arrest Made In Connection With Deadly Shooting In Providence

(Providence, RI) -- An arrest has been made in connection with a deadly shooting in Providence that happened late last month. Police say Ahmad Crowell was taken into custody at an auto shop in Seekonk earlier this week. Crowell is accused of killing 24-year-old Daniel Zairis outside of the Revel Lounge on O'Connell Street August 28th. Crowell appeared in court yesterday where he was arraigned on a murder charge and police say more charges against him are pending.

>>Johnston Town Council Approves Plan To Build Amazon Distribution Center

(Johnstown, RI) -- Members of the Johnstown Town Council have officially approved a plan that'll allow the construction of an Amazon distribution center. The four-million-square foot facility is going to be located off Route Six near Interstate 295. To help lure Amazon to the area, the town offered the company a 20-year tax break. Amazon is set to spend 290-million-dollars to build the distribution center and hire 15-hundred full-time workers to run it. The goal is for the facility to be open by 2023.

>>Rep. Gregg Amore Launches Campaign To Become Next Secretary Of State

(East Providence, RI) -- State Representative Gregg Amore has launched his campaign to become Rhode Island's next Secretary of State. Amore, a Democrat, made the announcement in East Providence yesterday, and promised that he'll fight to uphold the state's voting laws and said he won't allow anyone to interfere in free and fair elections. Incumbent Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is also a Democrat but is term limited and is currently running for governor. So far, no other candidates have entered the race for Secretary of State.

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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The number of Rhode Island residents who have passed away after contracting the coronavirus has increased by six. Starting today, a new health and safety guideline will be in effect for all City of Warwick employees. The Warren Town Council has voted to revoke the liquor license of an Italian American club located in their community.

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>>Death Toll Due To Coronavirus Increases By Six In Rhode Island

(Providence, RI) -- The number of Rhode Island residents who have passed away after contracting the coronavirus has increased by six. That means since the start of the pandemic, a total of 28-hundred and eight people have died because of COVID-19. There were also 389 new cases reported yesterday bringing that overall tally to 167-thousand 245. Currently there 114 people receiving treatment for the virus at Rhode Island hospitals with 15 of those patients in intensive care.

>>In-Person Classes Resuming Today At Elementary School In Johnston

(Johnston, RI) -- After getting an unexpected day off, students at an elementary school in Johnston will return for in-person classes today. The Winsor Hill Elementary School was shut down yesterday after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus. The superintendent said the closure gave the district enough time to finish up contact tracing. Several other schools across the state have also reported COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the new school year.

>>New Health And Safety Guideline In Effect For City Of Warwick Employees

(Warwick, RI) -- Starting today, a new health and safety guideline will be in effect for all City of Warwick employees. Workers are now being required to provide written proof they've been vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who can't show that they've been immunized will have to wear a mask at all times while on the job inside city buildings. Anyone who doesn't follow the policy will end up facing disciplinary action.

>>Warren Town Council Votes To Revoke Liquor License Of Italian American Club

(Warren, RI) -- The Warren Town Council has voted to revoke the liquor license of an Italian American club located in their community. The decision was made last night nearly two weeks after Assistant Fire Chief Brian Remy was shot and killed by Michael Ouellete at the club on Kelly Street. Remy's son was at the meeting and urged the town council to pull the club's liquor license until further notice. An attorney for the club said what happened was a tragedy but pointed out the establishment has had very few problems in the past and he's planning to appeal the ruling. Oulette was found dead shortly after the shooting.

>>40-Year-Old Man Recovering After Being Shot In The Arm In Taunton

(Taunton, RI) -- A 40-year-old man is continuing to recover after being shot in the arm while walking in Taunton. According to police, the victim was hit by gunfire last night on Bay Street. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury. Police are on the lookout for a gray SUV or crossover SUV driven by a man with white hair because that vehicle was spotted near the scene of the shooting.

>>East Providence Police Asking For Help In Solving Weekend Hit And Run

(East Providence, RI) -- East Providence police are asking for help from the public as they continue to investigate a weekend hit-and-run. They say it happened on Saturday afternoon on Warren Avenue in the area of the on-ramp to Route 195 east. Police say they're still not sure if anyone was hurt but they are reviewing video of incident that has been spreading on social media. They're asking anyone who has information on the case to call them immediately.

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