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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A student report of an armed individual prompts a lockdown at Newport's high school.  Two juveniles are accused of starting a fire at a North Providence store.  A Republican candidate is entering the 2022 Rhode Island governor's race.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island 2,836

(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-836.  The number of new virus cases reported in Rhode Island yesterday was 254.

>>Rogers High School Briefly Put On Lockdown

(Newport, RI)  --  Rogers High School in Newport was put on lockdown Wednesday.  The lockdown was initiated at 12:30 and lasted for about an hour.  School officials said a student reported seeing someone on campus with a gun.  The Newport Police Department responded.  It was determined there was no threat.

>>North Providence Police Chief Says Dollar Store Fire Started By Two Girls

(North Providence, RI)  --  Two children were allegedly responsible for starting a fire inside a Dollar General store in North Providence on Monday.  North Prov Police Chief Alfredo Ruggiero says it was two sisters, age eight and nine, who were visiting relatives in town.  Ruggiero says the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office is reviewing the incident to see if charges will be filed.  Firefighters were able to contain the blaze inside the store on Smith Street, and no injuries were reported.

>>First GOP Candidate For 2022 RI Governor's Race

(Providence, RI)  --  The first Republican candidate for Rhode Island governor in 2022 is being announced.  Multiple media reports indicate David Darlington is running.  Darlington is the former chair of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority.

>>Increased Rip Current Risk From Distant Major Hurricane Sam

(Undated)  --  The National Weather Service says Hurricane Sam will increase the risk for rip currents at Southern New England beaches.  The timing is this weekend into early next week.  Forecasters expect Sam to stay distant off the eastern U.S. coast as a major hurricane.

>>Patriots' James White Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season

(Foxboro, MA)  --  New England Patriots running back James White is expected to miss the rest of the 2021 season, according to an ESPN report.  White suffered a hip injury in last Sunday's Pats game versus New Orleans.  White is in his eighth year with New England.

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09-30-2021 01:52:08

Will $1.1 billion be enough to rescue RI?

Will $1.1 billion be enough to rescue RI? – Richard Asinof

 
September 28, 2021/Richard Asinof

 

by Richard Asinof, ConvergenceRI, contributing writer

 

Photo by Mike Cohea, used with permission – The harvest moon rising above the Newport Bridge.

 

Despite the “largesse” of unspent federal funds, the state may soon be forced to operate under triage, as the safety net frays and community systems break down

 

Years ago, a TV producer working for WCVB Channel 5 in Boston had called me up to ask about the massive James Bay hydroelectric project, in advance of the Chronicle team traveling to Québec: “Are you for it or against it?” she asked.

 

I had laughed out loud at what seemed to me the glibness of the question, which attempted to put a binary choice onto the complexities of the gargantuan electricity project, constructed by the province-owned utility, Hydro-Québec, that had dammed and rerouted dozens of rivers on what once had been Cree and Inuit land, creating one of the largest hydroelectric projects in North America.

 

[Today, Hydro-Québec supplies 10 percent of New England’s power requirements from exports, the surplus generated in large part from the James Bay project, with more power promised to flow through a major transmission interconnection project.]

 

I had attempted to explain some of the underlying complexities in the politics of the James Bay hydroelectric project: how it strengthened the economic arguments of the Parti Quebecois to secede from Canada; how the import of electricity from James Bay into New England was seen as a potential offset to the need for future coal or nuclear power plants; and identifying some of the long-term environmental consequences in flooding of millions of acres of indigenous people’s land.

 

Oops, she said, I have to take another call coming in, and hung up.

 

Divide and distract
There can be no convergence when the news media attempts to divide the world into binary choices, yes or no, making it that much more difficult to talk about – and to understand – the competing narratives around scarcity, abundance, and the ever-elusive prosperity. Politics is still the story of who gets what, when, and how, as Harold Lasswell once observed.

 

Rhode Island is now sitting on $1.1 billion in unspent federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

Everyone is busy weighing in on how best the money should be spent. Gov. Dan McKee penned an op-ed for The Providence Journal [and the Governor is slated to begin a pubic relations campaign on Monday, Sept. 27, to promote his agenda to begin spending some of the funds immediately]. Both the R.I. House and R.I. Senate have held hearings about potential investment strategies, and the Rhode Island Foundation plans to release soon its ideas for three or four big ideas on how best to invest the money.

 

Pivotal moment
The brilliant photo by Mike Cohea, which captured the harvest moon rising over the Newport Bridge last week, marked the change in the tilt of the rotational spin of the Earth as the northern hemisphere moves further away from the sun, as we enter a period of growing darkness, with the shorter days and longer nights of winter approaching.

 

Here in Rhode Island, we have arrived at a pivotal moment in our own rotational spin. The question is: how will the investments of yet-to-be-spent federal funds move us back toward light again?

 

I see a good/bad moon rising
A narrative of optimism has pervaded the possibilities that such investments from the unspent federal funds can jump start Rhode Island on the path toward future prosperity, particularly from the institutional voices.

 

At the same time, just as the coronavirus pandemic has made the deep racial and health disparities in the state more visible and harder to ignore, the conversations around how to spend the largesse in federal funds have revealed how wide the economic divide is between the well-to-do and the marginalized residents of Rhode Island – or, to use a maritime metaphor, the divide between those traveling on the luxury deck versus those trapped below deck in steerage.

 

• On the housing advocacy front, a coalition of housing groups under the HomesRI umbrella has put forth a detailed, comprehensive $500 million plan, on how best to invest the money. [See link below.] The plan of action put together by the Housing Network of Rhode Island, Housing Works RI, ONE Neighborhood Builders and Crossroads Rhode Island attempts to translate the urgency of the affordable housing crisis into achievable results, with metrics to measure outcomes.

 

Housing is where jobs go to sleep at night, as Nicholas Retsinas, chair of Rhode Island Housing’s board of commissioners, explained the conundrum.

 

• On the health and human services advocacy front, a coalition of 70 community agencies providers has written a letter to Gov. McKee and the R.I. General Assembly leaders, which demanded that a special session be convened this fall and that a minimum of $100 million be invested in increasing the wages of the workforce. Without that investment, the letter warned, “The result could be a catastrophic collapse of the state’s health and human services sector as the viability of these services comes into question. At risk are tens of thousands of jobs and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable Rhode Islanders those jobs support.”

 

Translated, advocates working on the front lines have made a compelling case that a total of $600 million needs to be invested to shore up the failures of state government to make meaningful investments in the social fabric that has been torn asunder.

 

The engine warning light has been blinking furiously on the state’s economic dashboard for years. The questions is: What happens if and when community activists and advocates challenge the status quo about what programs get funded? How can they participate in the decision-making?

 

The courage to stand up and say no
The story of how recovery community advocates forced Gov.McKee’s team to rescind more than $2 million in program cuts, successfully challenging an entrenched bureaucratic elite, may serve as the prologue for the coming conflicts over spending priorities – in health care as the COVID pandemic becomes endemic, in public education, where the mismanaged state takeover of Providence schools has resulted in an exodus of teachers to other jobs outside the district, and in the failure by the state to address urgent climate change threats.

 

• The McKee administration had quietly moved to cut funding for more than $2 million to recovery and medication assisted treatment programs beginning Oct. 1, only to be forced to rescind those cuts after recovery advocates walked out of the Governor’s Task Force on Overdose Prevention and Intervention meeting on Sept. 8. [See links to ConvergenceRI stories below, “How the good guys and gals won,” “BHDDH cuts more than $2 million in funding for recovery programs,” and “Hard of hearing: BHDDH’s Charest and Gov. McKee appear to be tone deaf.”]

 

Now, with level funding restored and promises made about more transparency around future funding decisions, leaders of the recovery community’s revolt told ConvergenceRI that the “temperature” has changed for the better. And, with $1 million in future funding for Narcan secured through R.I. Attorney General Peter Neronha’s office, the emphasis seems to be back on saving lives rather than saving dollars.

 

One sign that good will has been restored was the ceremonial signing that occurred at the State House on Friday, Sept. 24, for four new laws enacted by the R.I. General Assembly, including legislation to enable the state to explore establishing harm reduction centers to help prevent drug overdoses.

 

“If we are truly going to rein in the drug overdose epidemic, we must recognize drug addiction as the health problem it is, rather than merely a crime,” said State Senator Joshua Miller, who sponsored the legislation and who serves as chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. “Having a place where someone can save them from an overdose and where there are people offering them the resources they need for treatment is a much better alternative to people dying alone in their homes or their cars,” Miller continued, explaining the benefits of such centers, also known as safe injection sites.

 

It had taken more than four years to move the harm reduction center pilot project forward, overcoming strong resistance from former Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration.

 

New skirmish lines
Many of the systemic problems around funding and low reimbursements have not gone away. The Substance Use Mental Health Leadership Council is now taking the lead in addressing the broken treatment centers and recovery support landscape in Rhode Island, meeting with R.I. BHDDH and the R.I. Department of Health officials, focused on workforce retention and reimbursement issues – the low reimbursement rates from insurers and managed care organizations have made it difficult to maintain a stable workforce..

 

One question for Gov. McKee: Would the Governor be willing to mobilize the National Guard to deal with the severe lack of behavioral health care workers, as was done during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic with testing and vaccines?

 

The once and future largesse
In the next week, the U.S. Congress will debate and seek to pass: a short-term spending bill as a continuing resolution in order to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the government’s fiscal year on Sept. 30; a $3.5 trillion package of social safety net and climate programs; and a separate $1 trillion measure financing infrastructure investments, authorizing investments in highways and enhanced broadband connectivity

 

At the same time, the nation’s health care delivery system continues to unravel, as hospitals across the country attempt to cope with the continuing coronavirus pandemic, which has been triggered in large part by political resistance to vaccine and masking mandates, led by Republican governors in Florida, in Texas, and in Georgia, among others It is the unvaccinated patients who are falling sick and clogging up the hospitals, according to the data.

 

The level of misinformation about vaccines and masks continues to spread across social media platforms – and even on talk radio shows in Rhode Island.

 

To read this article in its entirety, go to:

 

http://newsletter.convergenceri.com/stories/will-11-billion-be-enough-to-rescue-ri,6791

 

To read more articles from ConvergenceRI, printed in RINewsToday, go to:

 

https://rinewstoday.com/richard-asinof/

 

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Richard Asinof

 

Richard Asinof is the founder and editor of ConvergenceRI, an online subscription newsletter offering news and analysis at the convergence of health, science, technology and innovation in Rhode Island.

 

 

 
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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Nine new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island this weekend.  The virus is impacting learning plans at one RI high school.  An Ocean State native is a winner of a 2021 Tony Award.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,823

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported nine new coronavirus deaths over the weekend.  The updated pandemic death toll for the Ocean State as of Monday was two-thousand-832.  Rhode Island reported about seven-hundred-fifty new virus cases yesterday.

>>Rhode Island Driver Rescued In Mass

(Cambridge, MA)  --  A Rhode Island driver was rescued from a car that crashed into the Charles River in Massachusetts on Monday night.  The vehicle went into the water in Cambridge.  Police say the 23-year-old man from Exeter was immediately pulled from the vehicle by members of the Northeastern University rowing team.  The person was not seriously injured, and there were no other passengers in the vehicle.

>>Man Who Was Killed While Looking For Mushrooms ID'd

(Hopkinton, RI)  --  Police have identified the victim of an apparent recreational accident in South County.  The Rhode Island State Police says 77-year-old John Czerkiewicz of Hopkinton was discovered by family members in a wooded area in the town on Friday night.  Authorities say Czerkiewicz went into the woods to forage for mushrooms, but was struck and trapped by a large tree limb.

>>Liquor License Reinstated At Warren Club Where Shooting Happened

(Warren, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation is restoring the liquor license of the Italian American Club in Warren.  The license was revoked by the town after a fatal shooting earlier this month.  The victim was Brian Remy, an assistant fire chief for the town.  The state says the club can only sell alcohol between noon and 8 p.m., and must adopt a new security plan.

>>Coventry High School Affected By Virus Cases

(Coventry, RI)  --  Coventry High School is starting off the week with remote learning.  The school district says the Rhode Island Department of Health requested a meeting last week to discuss a significant increase in positive COVID cases in the school community.  Distance-learning is continuing on Tuesday.  A previously-planned professional development day is scheduled for Wednesday.  Starting on Thursday, students will shift to an early-release schedule.  Those who are vaccinated, can produce a negative test and are asymptomatic can participate in athletic events.

>>Rhode Islander Wins Tony Award

(New York, NY)  --  A Rhode Islander has won a Tony Award.  Andrew Burnap won best leading actor in a play in the performance of "The Inheritance" on Broadway.  Burnap is from South Kingstown and participated in the theatre program at the University of Rhode Island.

>>John Cicilline Allowed To Practice Law In RI Federal Court

(Providence, RI)  --  The older brother of Congressman David Cicilline [[ siss-uh-LEE-nee ]] has been reinstated to the bar in Rhode Island U.S. District Court.  The Providence Journal reports John Cicilline was reinstated over the summer.  The Rhode Island Supreme Court had taken the same action in 2014.  Cicilline served a year-and-a-half in prison after pleading guilty in 2008 in a courthouse corruption scheme.

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09-28-2021 02:17:02

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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(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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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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George T. Wein, co-founder Newport Folk and Jazz dies at 95

George T. Wein, co-founder, Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals dies at 95

 
September 14, 2021/RINewsToday

 

George T. Wein: October 3, 1925 – September 13, 2021

 

Reprinted from The Newport Festivals:

 

Photo: Nina Westervelt, The Newport Festivals

 

Impresario, promoter, pianist, art collector and philanthropist George T. Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival® and the Newport Folk Festival®, who for seven decades, was the most influential presenter of music around the globe, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was 95.

 

When Wein received a Grammy® Honorary Trustee Award in 2015, the awards show host, rap star/actor LL Cool J, said, “George Wein defined what a music festival could be with the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This is a great guy. More than anyone, George set the stage for what great festivals today look like; festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo … he made this possible…”

 

Known more as a producer than a performer, Wein made stars of, and revived the careers of generations of musicians who performed at his venues. Miles Davis, who told Wein that “you can’t have a festival without me,” performed his comeback in 1955 with his immortal performance of ‘Round Midnight. The following year, Duke Ellington said he was “born at Newport” when he recorded one of his biggest hits, Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue. Wein created the music festival as we know it, putting jazz and folk and their many variations in the most accessible performance spaces to the widest audiences possible.

 

Just before his 90th birthday, Wein began planning for the sustainability of Newport Festivals Foundation, the non-profit that runs the two music events. First he tapped producer Jay Sweet, who had brought new life into the Folk Festival, to work as Executive Producer to oversee the organization with the board of directors. Then he set his sights on bassist Christian McBride, who, unrivaled, became Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival in 2017.

 

“He not only invented the idea of a modern-day music festival and made the careers of numerous music icons, but his investment in music appreciation is to me what makes him the biggest icon of them all,” said Sweet. “George has an undeniable gift for making things happen.  As a result, he has perhaps done more to preserve jazz than any other individual. He was my mentor and, more importantly, my friend and I will miss him dearly.”

 

Upon the announcement of his new role, McBride said, “To be able to work with a legend like George Wein, not only as a musician, but now as an understudy, is a task I will cherish and approach with openness and excitement.”  He told Elmore magazine in 2019, “He’s still the source and guiding light for every person who runs a major festival.” 

 

Even now, that sentiment continues to be echoed by producers in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and all across North America.

 

In his 2003 biography, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, with Nate Chinen, Wein wrote, “whether it’s one of the many festival producers throughout the world, or the concert promoters, or the individual nightclub owners struggling night to night – their contributions are essential to the history of this music. I’m glad to have been part of this process: in the development of the jazz festival, the acceptance of this music as art, the efforts to bring jazz to a wider audience worldwide …”

 

George Theodore Wein was born in Newton, MA, on, October 3, 1925, to Jewish parents. His father, Dr. Barnet Wein, was an ear, nose, and throat specialist. His mother, Ruth, was a homemaker, and he had an older brother, Lawrence. He started taking piano lessons at the age of eight. He was later introduced to Earl Hines’ horn-like piano style and the die was cast for his life in jazz and music. Wein played in various jazz bands around Boston while still in Newton High School. After a year in college, he was drafted into the Army. He maintained that he got his greatest education and life lessons from negotiating with fellow soldiers of many races, ages and faiths.  Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to Boston University on the G.I. Bill and graduated from the School of Liberal Arts in 1950. 

 

After college, 25-year old Wein opened his own jazz club, Storyville, in Boston, which featured world-renowned stars and emerging artists. He created a record label of the same name, recording some of the best in live music. But, he would undergo the biggest opportunity and challenge of his life in 1954, when he met Newport socialites, Louis and Elaine Lorillard, who asked him to create something to liven up summers in the City-by-the-Sea. A fan of the classical music festival in Tanglewood, Wein began to formulate his plan.

 

He wrote in his memoir, “What was a festival to me? I had no rule book to go by. I knew it had to be something unique, that no jazz fan had ever been exposed to. I remembered my nights in New York City when I had started off in Greenwich Village at 8 pm, gone to Harlem, and ended up seven hours later at 52nd Street. I could never get enough jazz. I heard Dixieland, big bands, swing, unique singers, and modern jazz. If this is what I loved, then that’s what should appeal to any jazz fan. I’m sure that’s what directed my concept of the Newport Jazz Festival … They wanted to ‘do something with jazz’ in their community. I took that vague but earnest request and hatched the festival. There is no doubt that the driving force and inspiration behind the festival was Elaine … Louis provided the necessary financial support and local influence.” Wein did the rest and made music history many times over.

 

From that moment on, the Newport Jazz Festival was the gold standard for presenting jazz to the public. To list all of the jazz artists who played there would be exhausting. Simply put, all of the major and emerging stars have performed there, and 67 years later, they still do. Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Mahalia Jackson, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea as well as Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste, Robert Glasper, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Snarky Puppy, Diana Krall, Christian McBride and countless others have been a part of the festival’s storied history.

 

In 1959, the same year Wein married Joyce Alexander, an African-American biochemist, he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with folk artist Pete Seeger. They later hired producer Bob Jones, and went on to present the best and brightest musicians of folk, blues, and gospel, including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and the Dixie Hummingbirds. Today artists have included Mavis Staples, Brandi Carlile, Jim James, Nathaniel Rateliff, Michael Kiwanuka, Dolly Parton, Rhiannon Giddens, The Decemberists, Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes and the late John Prine. It was on a Newport Folk stage in 1965 that Dylan famously (infamously to some) went electric. Wein, who sensed the displeasure of the audience, asked Dylan to go back on stage and play some acoustic selections. He did as requested and the set became known as one of the defining moments in 20th Century music. After turning over the reigns of the Folk Festival to producer Sweet in 2009, Wein attended every event (except 2021), listening to old favorites and new music while marveling at the sold-out crowds and enjoying the many surprise artist collaborations.

 

The decades from the 60s to the 90s saw Wein’s operation, Festival Productions, expand. In 1970, he founded the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which he later turned over to his protégé Quint Davis.  In 1972, one year after the Newport riots, Wein came to New York City, and produced concerts in the summer months when Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall were traditionally closed. Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival-New York, along with his afternoon concerts and workshops breathed new life into the Big Apple jazz scene, which was diminished at that time.

 

Three years later, Wein and promoter Dino Santangelo launched the KOOL Jazz Festivals, which featured jazz, R&B and soul artists on the same stages in large arenas across the country, including Oakland, Atlanta, Hampton, VA, Cincinnati, San Diego, Houston and Kansas City. Jazz superstars McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Quincy Jones, Donald Byrd and Cannonball Adderley played on the same bill with the Ohio Players, the O’Jays, The Isley Brothers and B.B. King. Those concerts became more than just music events – they were annual celebrations of Black music that were revered as major cultural events. 

 

In 1984, he negotiated a sponsorship with JVC, which lasted in New York for 25 years. Wein’s company circled the globe with events in Newport, Los Angeles, Chicago, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Paris, among others, bringing top-flight American jazz overseas and opening up the world to touring jazz musicians.  His influence also made it possible for many international artists to work in the United States.

 

Wein pioneered the idea of sponsor association with music events, and during those periods of changing public taste in music and society, he engaged with many sponsors including Essence, for which in 1995 he and the magazine’s co-founder, Ed Lewis, developed the annual music festival that became the largest African-American culture and music event in the United States. Wein also built sponsorships with Mellon Bank, Ben & Jerry’s, Verizon, and Playboy, which bred a 42-year working relationship and friendship with producer Darlene Chan.

 

In 2007, Wein sold his company to a group of young entrepreneurs, who within two years ran into financial trouble. To keep his legacy alive, Wein, then 81, reacquired the festival names and remained active with them until his death. In 2009, he aptly titled his flagship events George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival 55 and George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival 50, funding both events with his own money and funds from a few friends. The following year, he established and was named Chairman of the non-profit Newport Festivals Foundation. Shortly after announcing that he was looking for a sponsor for Newport Jazz, the Foundation landed the healthcare company, Carefusion, and then Natixis Investment Managers as presenting partners.

 

In addition to its festivals, the Foundation began sending its Jazz Assembly Band into schools to celebrate the rich history of jazz. Since its inception in 2016, the program, spearheaded by Deborah Ross, Education Director and Wein’s Operations Manager for over three decades, has given access to more than 35,000 students. Particularly excited by this initiative, Wein fondly remembered an elementary school assembly, which featured a jazz band that played “Rhapsody in Blue.”  He called it “an experience he would never forget.”  Newport Festivals Foundation also provides instruments to schools, free content for music educators, financial relief to hundreds of musicians impacted by the pandemic and presented over 100 grants for music education programs across the country.

 

In 2020, the pandemic forced Newport and other festivals around the world to cancel and go virtual. Wein was no fan of virtual concerts and was looking forward to returning to his beloved Newport to ride around Fort Adams on his golf cart, The Wein Machine, sampling a taste of all the music on every stage. That was not to be, but Wein was thrilled to take part in the festival from his Manhattan home where he introduced his friend Mavis Staples over the telephone and singer Andra Day (star of The United States vs. Billie Holiday) via FaceTime.

 

A life-long student of Black culture, Wein and his wife, who died in 2005, created The George and Joyce Wein Collection of African-American Art, which went on display at Boston University in 2019. The collection contained 60 works from a host of artists including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis, Beauford Delaney and Jacob Lawrence. The Joyce and George Wein Foundation contributes to a number of organizations, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, which administers the annual $50,000 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, one of the most significant awards given to individual artists in the United States today.  The award recognizes and honors African-American artists who demonstrate great innovation, promise and creativity. The Foundation also established The Joyce and George Wein Chair of African American Studies at Boston University and the Alexander Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Simmons College. The Foundation also supports Dr. Glory’s Youth Theater, a multi-ethnic non-profit children’s theater that presents original works by Dr. Glory Van Scott twice a year.

 

As a result of his diverse contributions to jazz and world culture, Wein was honored by heads of state, educational institutions, and leading publications.  In addition to the Grammy Award, he was named an NEA Jazz Master (Jazz Advocate) in 2005, and in 2012, he received the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts for an individual “whose genius, energy and excellence has defined or redefined an art form.”  In addition, honors and awards were bestowed upon him by Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, AARP, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the French Legion d’Honneur and Chile’s Order of Bernardo O’Higgins. Wein was the recipient of honorary degrees from Boston University, the Berklee College of Music, Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College of Music and North Carolina Central University. He was a lifetime Honorary Trustee of Carnegie Hall and on the board of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

 

In 2014, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation opened the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, an education and community facility that offers free music classes in the city’s Tremé section. He said it gave him great pleasure “to drive down North Rampart Street to see their names across the top of a building in a city where Joyce was not welcome in the first meetings to discuss the festival in New Orleans.” 

 

Though he slowed down in later years, Wein was still active not only in Newport, but before the pandemic, he enjoyed going to jazz clubs several nights a week, sharing gourmet dinners with friends, collecting and sampling wines from around the world and playing piano and singing for guests at his Eastside home. As a pianist, he recorded over 10 records, including Wein, Women and Song, George Wein and the Newport All-Stars, and Swing That Music. He made his last public performance in 2019 in Newport at a pre-festival concert and he presented his band, the Newport All-Stars, at the 2010 and 2012 jazz festivals.

 

“The mark of a great business leader is to be able to take an idea and build it into something memorable, something wonderful for the world to enjoy,” said Bruce Gordon, who was President of Verizon Retail Markets when he first met Wein 20 years ago and now succeeds him as Chairman of Newport Festivals Foundation. “As a young man of just 25, George listened to a dream, created an idea and built a team to help nurture it.  It also takes someone very special like George to know that, while your mind is still sharp, you can handpick the people to carry on your legacy. To be able to live long enough to watch it flourish is an added blessing. But, most importantly, George was not just a business colleague, he was friend and family to me and my wife, Tawana, to the entire board and to the team of people with whom he surrounded himself, many who had worked with him for multiple decades. To say that we loved him and will miss him is an understatement.”

 

The Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals are Wein’s greatest endeavors, but his true legacy is that he proved that jazz and folk music can be presented to the public with quality and dignity beyond the clichéd confines of nightclubs and coffeehouses and brought into the light of day, where everyone can mingle and swing in harmony. And, he also proved that one can have a good life from doing exactly what you love. As he told National Public Radio in 2014, “Jazz will go where musicians take it, because they’ll always want to play. And, as long as they want to play, somebody’s going to listen.”

 

George Wein is survived by his nieces Margie Wein of Brooklyn, NY, and Carol Wein of Watertown, MA; sister-in-law Theodora McLaurin of Chestnut Hill, MA; and long-time friend, Dr. Glory Van Scott of New York City. George and Joyce had no biological children, but he loved and nurtured dozens of festival “children and grandchildren” around the world.

 

It was George’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to Newport Festivals Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation he established in 2010 to preserve the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals.   Donations can be made at www.newportfestivals.org/george or by mail at Newport Festivals Foundation, PO Box 650, Essex, MA 01929.

 
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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Nine new COVID deaths reported in Rhode Island over the weekend.  The Cranston City Council holds a special meeting with new license plate-reading surveillance cameras on the agenda.  The founder of the Newport Jazz Festival has died.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,802

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island on Monday reported nine new coronavirus deaths over the weekend.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-802.  Nearly one-thousand new virus cases were reported.

>>Johnston School Closed Due To COVID Cases

(Johnston, RI)  --  A Johnston school will be closed Tuesday because of a number of COVID cases.  WJAR-TV reports this is affecting Winsor Hill Elementary School.  The Johnston superintendent says contact-tracing will be conducted today, and that Winsor staff will let families know what the plan is for the rest of the week.

>>Cranston City Council Meeting Held On License Plate-Scanning Cameras

(Cranston, RI)  --  The Cranston City Council held a special meeting Monday night regarding the use of license plate-reading cameras.  The program, which is currently in a trial run, has come under fire from the ACLU over privacy concerns.  Channel 10 reports most councilors expressed support for continued usage at last night's meeting.  The police chief of Pawtucket, one of the other cities which has implemented the cameras, recently told her city council that the surveillance tech has already resulted in several stolen vehicles being recovered and arrests being made.

>>Dryer Fire At Providence Hotel

(Providence, RI)  --  There was a fire in the basement of a Providence hotel on Monday night.  It happened at the Hilton on Atwells Avenue at around 6:30 p.m.  Firefighters were reportedly able to contain the blaze to an industrial dryer in the basement, but smoke escaped through the laundry chute into the hotel, causing a guest to report trouble breathing.  That person was treated by first responders on-scene and declined a trip to the hospital.  Other guests were asked to briefly shelter in place while crews ventilated the building.

>>George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival Founder, Has Died

(New York, NY)  --  Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein [[ ween ]] is dead at the age of 95.  Wein, who also co-founded the Newport Folk Festival, passed away Monday in New York City.  Both events started in the 1950s.  The Jazz Festival returned this year with reduced-capacity for attendance after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to be canceled in 2020.

>>Paramedics Credited With Saving RI State Police Superintendent

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  The South Kingstown Town Council honored several first responders on Monday who arrived for a medical emergency involving the head of the Rhode Island State Police.  Colonel James Manni says he was doing yard work on July 23rd when he was stung multiple times by a swarm of yellow jackets.  South Kingstown paramedics Sarah Peet and Keith DeCesare, as well as EMS captain Frank Capaldi, were able to revive Superintendent Manni, and he had sought to have them recognized.

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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The Patriots lose their season opener.  We're learning more about what happened in the aftermath of a shooting that killed a Rhode Island assistant fire chief earlier this month.  President Biden's new vaccine requirement could have an impact on hundreds of RI businesses.

>>Patriots Drop First Game Of 2021 Season To Miami

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots lost their 2021 season opener to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 17-to-16.  Rookie Pats quarterback Mac Jones passed for one touchdown and nearly three-hundred yards.  New England had the ball deep in Miami territory late in the fourth quarter, but a fumble by running back Damien Harris sealed the win for the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.  The Patriots are at the New York Jets next week.

>>VFW Post Renamed For Late RI Iraq/Afghanistan War Vet

(Warwick, RI)  --  A VFW post was rededicated on Saturday for a Rhode Islander who was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan after the 9/11 attack.  Adam DeCiccio [[ duh-SISS-ee-oh ]], a Cranston native who served as an Army sergeant, died last December at age 37.  His family says his passing was due to the effects of the wars.  Governor Dan McKee and Rhode Island's congressional delegation were among those in attendance at the dedication ceremony at the VFW Post 272 in Warwick.  DeCiccio was celebrated for his work with veterans who had PTSD after his military career ended.

>>State Rules Warren Shooting Suspect Took His Own Life

(Warren, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office says the death of the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Warren assistant fire chief was a suicide.  Michael Ouellette allegedly shot Brian Remy at the Italian-American Club on September 2nd.  Afterward, reports indicate Ouellette was walking home when he was confronted by Bristol Police Chief Kevin Lynch and Major Scott McNally.  They exchanged gunfire and Ouellette reportedly retreated before shooting himself.  The Bristol Police Department credited McNally for engaging the suspect while at the same time instructing bystanders to flee to safety.  The Warren Town Council is planning to discuss whether to revoke the Italo-American Club's liquor license this week.

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>>South Kingstown Rape Case Dismissed

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  The state is dropping a controversial rape case in South County.  The Providence Journal reports prosecutors informed the attorneys for 18-year-old Trent Scuncio and 19-year-olds Montrell Wilson and Jah-Qwin Sekator on Friday after the alleged victim indicated she no-longer wished to pursue charges.  The trio of cousins who are linked to the Narragansett Indian Tribe was arrested in March after the encounter that reportedly happened during a party in South Kingstown.  The case divided the community and drew Black Lives Matter protests.  Scuncio, Wilson and Sekator will be under a restraining order barring contact with the woman for three years.

>>Pond Closed For Shellfishing After Illnesses Reported

(South Kingstown, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island is closing Potters Pond in South Kingstown for shellfish harvesting until further notice.  Officials say more than a half-dozen human illnesses have been linked to shellfish taken from the area.  According to the RI Department of Health, commercial harvesters have been contacted to ensure that no further product from August 11th to the 19th is sold to restaurants or markets.

>>Biden Vax Requirement Impacts Hundreds Of Rhode Island Businesses

(Providence, RI)  --  President Biden has unveiled a plan to require COVID-19 vaccinations for companies with over one-hundred employees, or alternatively get tested once per week.  There are over five-hundred companies in Rhode Island which fit that category.  Those who  are already mandating the shot include CVS Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Neighborhood Health Plan.  Governor Dan McKee is also requiring COVID vaccines for healthcare workers.

>>Prov Homicide Suspect Arrested

(Providence, RI)  --  A Providence homicide suspect has been arrested.  Andrew Mangru of Providence was picked up on Friday.  Mangru was wanted for the fatal shooting of Andrei Bonilla near a Cumberland Farms store on Branch Avenue on August 28th.

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>>Former Navy Man Sentenced On Child Porn Charges

(Providence, RI)  --  A former Navy commander who lived in Middletown is being sentenced to life in prison on federal child pornography and coercion charges.  The Justice Department says 45-year-old Ronald Zenga admitted to the acts while actively serving in the Navy and following his retirement.  The DOJ says Zenga bragged to a United Kingdom police agent on a Russian file-sharing website about his ongoing sexual encounters with a young child, which led to his arrest.

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EPA Funds $1.75 million to 14 local organizations

EPA funds $1.75Million to 14 local organizations

 
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EPA Funding for Local Groups Will Help Protect and Restore Southeast New England’s Coastal Environment 

 

Event in Pawtucket introduces grantees on watershed development 

 

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has selected 14 local organizations for $1.75 million in new federal funding under the 2021 round of Southeast New England Program (SNEP) Watershed Grants.  

 

The awards were announced by Senator Jack Reed at an event held at 1 p.m. today, at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket RI 02860

 

In addition to Sen. Reed, speakers included Cong. David Cicilline; Cong. Jim Langevin; Ken Moraff, Water Division Director for EPA Region 1; Jennifer Paquet, Senior Environmental Planner, RIDEM Office of Water Resources; and Mayor Donald R. Grebien of Pawtucket. 

 

The City of Pawtucket hosted the event as the recipient of one of the grants; $300,000 to fund open space and water quality improvements related to the new Tidewater Landing development. Following the grant announcements, Commerce Director for Pawtucket Jeanne Boyle discussed Tidewater Landing, which will include a new soccer stadium, public park and mixed-use development on both sides of the Seekonk River, connected by a new pedestrian bridge.  

 

2021 SNEP Watershed Grants will fund work by municipalities and other local organizations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to accomplish the goals of EPA’s SNEP program: a resilient ecosystem of safe and healthy waters, thriving watersheds and natural lands, and sustainable communities. Since 2012, SNEP has provided nearly $40 million in funding and technical assistance to help municipalities, non-profit organizations, state and tribal governments, universities and other organizations working to solve the region’s most pressing environmental problems. By supporting partnerships, promoting information-sharing, and funding new technologies, SNEP is building capacity for better management of the regional environment while providing on-the-ground benefits for communities and ecosystems. 

 

The $1.75 million in 2021 SNEP Watershed Grants will be matched by a comparable amount of non-federal funds pledged by the grant recipients and their partners, resulting in nearly $3.6 million in new funding for local projects to improve the coastal environment of Southeast New England. 

 

“I am pleased to lead the effort to make these federal grants available to help restore clean water, and ensure healthy coastal ecosystems in Rhode Island watersheds and around the region.  This is a coordinated, collaborative effort.  These federal grants will help local organizations and governments work together to prevent pollution and improve Southeast New England’s environment and economy,” said Senator Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who spearheaded the creation of SNEP for coastal watershed restoration in 2012. Reed has since led efforts to appropriate $38 million in SNEP funds to contribute to the restoration, protection, and preservation of Narragansett Bay and other water quality projects in Southeastern New England. 

 

“The delegation fights hard to secure funding to make sure Rhode Island’s beautiful waterways and coastal ecosystems are clean and resilient,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “I’m excited these natural infrastructure and conservation projects will move forward with this federal support.”  

 

 “This investment will help municipalities and local organizations continue their important work cleaning our waters, preserving our coastal habitats, and creating more resilient ecosystems,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Congratulations to all of this year’s successful awardees.” 

 

“For nearly a decade, I have been proud to advocate for this critical funding that has helped reduce pollution and restore healthy ecosystems throughout the New England watershed. This year, I fought to include an additional $2 million for the Southern New England Estuaries Program in the federal budget, and I look forward to seeing that money support additional clean up projects across the Ocean State,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “Together, we can reinvigorate our waterways and invest in our coastal communities, leading to better health outcomes and stronger economic growth. I’m proud to join my colleagues to announce this funding, and I thank the EPA for its continued commitment to Rhode Island’s blue economy.” 

 

“The bays, estuaries, and landscapes of Southeast coastal New England make our communities such special places to live. However, we know this area is under considerable threats from climate change, nutrient pollution and other stressors,” said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro. “EPA’s Southeast New England Program is bringing financial and technical resources to our local partners that are helping to address these concerns through funding, collaboration, and innovative approaches. Working with our partners to advance effective practices and increase local capacity is a priority for EPA. Today’s funding is essential for meeting our communities’ needs and contributing to the sustained ecosystem health and economic vitality of our coastal communities.” 

 

“Clean waterbodies start with clean, healthy watersheds,” said Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Acting Director Terry Gray. “Since 2012, the Southeast New England Program has provided vital support toward protecting our coastal ecosystems, restoring water quality, and adapting to a changing climate. Rhode Island is very grateful for these additional resources to apply science-based approaches to our most pressing ecological challenges.” 

 

“Pawtucket was awarded $300,000 for nature-based solutions to stormwater management as a part of the stormwater management improvements to public areas around the Tidewater development and I would like to thank SNEP for their dedication to Pawtucket and this funding opportunity,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Tidewater is an amazing opportunity for our city, and we were thankful to have everyone here in Pawtucket today with the project as a backdrop to announce these grants.” 

 

The recipients of the 2021 SNEP Watershed Grants were selected through a competitive process; nearly 40 applications were submitted, totaling $7.65 million in requests. The 14 projects selected for funding are: 

 

Rhode Island 

  • Bristol County Water Authority | Restoring the Ecological Resiliency of the Kickemuit River Estuary | $80,000 
  • City of Woonsocket | Truman Drive Green Infrastructure Parkway | $187,500 
  • Town of Middletown | Maidford River and Floodplain Restoration Phase 2 | $121,800 
  • Groundwork Rhode Island | Private Property Green Infrastructure Maintenance Assessment and Support | $238,274 
  • Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation | Planning a Ghost Gear Removal Program for Rhode Island | $17,385 
  • City of Cranston | Urban Green Infrastructure Construction Projects, Spectacle Pond Watershed | $150,000 
  • Clean Ocean Access | Land to Sea Speaker Series | $15,000 
  • Town of Tiverton | Tiverton Fogland Beach and Conservation Area Phase 1 Resiliency Project | $34,700 
  • City of Pawtucket | Tidewater Landing | $300,000 

 

Massachusetts 

  • Groundwork Southcoast | Developing the North End (of New Bedford) Resilience District | $100,000 
  • Mass Audubon | Broad Meadow Brook Wetland and Stream Restoration | $74,800 
  • Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation | Roth Woodlands Stream Restoration Culvert Replacement | $138,842 
  • Harwich Conservation Trust | Hinckleys Pond – Herring River Headwaters Eco-Restoration Project | $146,700 
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod | Cape Cod Stormwater Management at Public Boat Ramps | $148,871 

 

More information on each of these projects is provided in the attached summary. 

 

In addition to announcing the individual grantees, EPA Region 1 is announcing the continuation of the agency’s partnership with RAE to manage SNEP Watershed Grants through 2028. Since 2018, the RAE/EPA partnership has awarded more than $10 million to municipalities, non-profit organizations, state agencies, tribes and others working on high-priority environmental projects.  

 

“Restore America’s Estuaries is honored to receive the confidence of the U.S. EPA to continue our partnership on the SNEP Watershed Implementation Grants program” said Daniel Hayden, President and CEO of Restore America’s Estuaries. “Facilitating on-the-ground restoration in Southeast New England has been a cornerstone achievement for RAE since 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact our 2021 awardees will make with the newest round of funding. We look forward to following these projects through completion.”  

 

For more information about SNEP Watershed Grants, see www.snepgrants.org 

 

For more on EPA’s Southeast New England Program, see www.epa.gov/snep 

 

Summary of 2021 SNEP Watershed Grants:

 
 
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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Congressman Jim Langevin [[ LAN-juh-vin ]] is updating his position on abortion.  A Rhode Island judge is OK'ing an agreement to expand the Block Island marina.  A Newport estate has sold for 30-million dollars.

>>Congressman Langevin Says His Abortion Stance Has "Evolved"

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin [[ LAN-juh-vin ]] has long held a pro-life stance.  While he says in an op-ed piece in The Providence Journal this week that he is still personally-opposed to abortion, as a matter of public policy his position has evolved.  This is in reaction to a controversial new abortion law in Texas, which has prompted a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department.  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to call a vote for a bill that would preserve the right to an abortion in federal law and Langevin says he will add himself as a co-sponsor.

>>Attorney General Critical Of Court Decision Impacting Block Island Marina

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  A Rhode Island Superior Court judge issued a ruling on Thursday affecting a controversial marina expansion proposal on Block Island.  Judge Jeffrey Lanphear said a memorandum of understanding reached between Champlin's Marina and the state Coastal Resources Management Council was proper and conclusive.  An attorney for Champlin's said it was hopeful the ruling would resolve an 18-year dispute.  RI Attorney General Peter Neronha blasted Judge Lanphear's decision.  He said the agreement to allow a version of the marina expansion that is smaller then a previous proposal rejected by the state was neither public nor transparent.

>>Patriots Open Up 2021 Schedule Versus Dolphins

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are opening up their 2021 NFL season this weekend.  The Pats host the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.  Fans will be allowed back in attendance for a regular-season game for the first time since 2019.  Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,787

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island reported five new coronavirus deaths on Thursday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-787.  The number of new virus cases reported in RI yesterday was three-hundred-26.

>>Former Von Bulow Estate In Newport Sold

(Newport, RI)  --  The former Newport home of famous couple Claus and Sunny von Bulow has sold for 30-million dollars, according to Sotheby's Realty.  Claus was convicted of attempted murder of his wife, but the conviction was overturned.  Sunny died in 2008, and Claus died in 2019.  The Newport Daily News reports the sale of the estate could be the highest-ever for a residential property in Rhode Island.

>>Westerly Town Manager Stepping Down

(Westerly, RI)  --  The town manager of Westerly is resigning.  The Westerly Sun reports J. Mark Rooney notified the town council on Thursday.  Rooney has held the position for over three years.  The town council president says Rooney is interested in staying on during a transition period.

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RI Veterans: Did you know?

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RI Veterans: Did you know? 9 September 21 – John A. Cianci

September 9, 2021/John Cianci

by John A Cianci, Department Veterans Service Officer, 

                             Italian American War Veterans (ITAM)

Discounts For Veterans

Did you know a Rhode Island business that offers discounts to veterans and members of the military? If yes, email news@RINEWSTODAY.com is gathering intel on retail businesses offering discounts to veterans, which will be included weekly in a new discount section of the weekly veterans’ column. 

Q & A – How does a business verify I am eligible for the veteran discount being offered? Donna P from North Providence

A: Most businesses have their own policy in having employees verify veteran status.From my own experience as a Veteran and a20 year retiree of the U.S. Army, here are the most frequent ways a business can verifies you are active member of the armed forces or a veteran: 

1. A veteran can have veteran designation on his or her license or Rhode Island identification card. To obtain veteran designation by the Division of Motor Vehicles, follow the instruction on their website:  http://www.dmv.ri.gov/licenses/veteran/

The form the RI DMV requires you to complete for the veterans designation on your license or identification card. 

2. A military identification card which identifies the individual is an active member of the armed forces or a retiree.

3. A veteran administration (hereafter VA) health care, which a veteran enrolled in the veteran health care system is issued free from the VSA< 

4. A veteran identification card, ( hereafter VIC)  which a veteran can apply for from the veterans administration, https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/vic/

VETTIP – To be eligible for a VIC, both of these must be true. You:

§  Served on active duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard (including the Coast Guard), and

§  Received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions)

If you received another than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable character of discharge, you’re not eligible for a Veteran ID Card. If you have an uncharacterized or unknown discharge status, we’ll have to verify your eligibility before we approve your application.

5.  Copy of your DD214.

6.  Membership card from a veteran organization like the Italian American War Veterans, Veterans Foreign War, AMVETS, American Legion, Military Women Across the Nation, Vietnam Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Korean War Veterans, etc…

VETTIP – Membership in a veteran organization could save you hundreds of dollars annually. Moreover, veteran organizations provide a wealth of information on benefits and other programs for veteran and their families.

Some businesses, like Lowes and AAA , and government agencies verify veterans status with ID.me : ID.me helps you prove your identity and group affiliation across multiple websites. It serves the same purpose as the physical ID cards you carry in your wallet. Signing up is FREE. https://api.id.me/en/registration/new

VETTIP – I just saved almost $100 on a purchase at Lowes with easy verification at the point of sale once I asked for the 10% veteran discount. The process was simple, the cashier asked for my telephone number, and my telephone number was linked to my ID.me account, noting I was a veteran. To receive the Lowes discount, you must register with ID.me before shopping. 

Here are some businesses offering the discount, ones I have used in the last 12 months, 

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 Ave, 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% off for 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 in to 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 information to itamri4vets@gmail.com:  the business’s name, location, and military and veteran discount offered.

In closing, when veterans and their families receive the military and veteran discount, let’s not forget the sacrifices of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The members of the armed forces currently serving and undoubtably fueled by the support and sacrifices made by their families. 

VETTIP – From museums to movie theatres, I always ask if the business offers a military and or veteran discount. Often, the business confirms the discount, and applies to the bill. Always ask the business you are visiting—savings could be at your fingertips. 

I encourage all to go to US Navy veteran Ross Boyer video – here: this video – he talks about how a simple discount triggers his PTSD from bearing the weight of his experiences. 

Thank You to all those retailers who participate in a military and veteran discount program. 

Now you know Rhode Island businesses offering a military and veteran discounts. 

Free College Course Program For Veterans

Sign up by September 12, 2021 for the FREE 

Providence Clemente Veterans’ Initiative (PCVI), which provides free humanities classes to Rhode Island veterans (and those in nearby MA communities).

The program, due to the pandemic, wis currently to running our fall program online (on Zoom), instead of in-person.  Since we start up on Monday September 13th, I need to get the word out to our veterans community about this change ASAP.

The Providence Clemente Veterans’ Initiative (PCVI) is now accepting applications for its 4th year, which will begin Monday September 13th.  At least for the fall, we will meet on Zoom.  We hope to return to in-person gatherings in the spring.

The PCVI is a free humanities program that is open to all Rhode Island veterans (Bristol County MA too), regardless of deployment, disability, education and discharge status; the goal is to provide meaningful intellectual community to veterans who are trying to process their thoughts and experiences, and grappling with readjustment to civilian life.  Those who participate are eligible to earn 6 college credits.  Books and school supplies are free, and transportation assistance is available for those who need it.  In 2020 the PCVI won the “Innovation in the Humanities” award from the RI Council for the Humanities.

The course enrolls 12-15 veteran-scholars, and is taught by faculty from UMass-Dartmouth, URI, and the Rhode Island School of Design.  In the fall we’ll explore the ancient Greeks and the American Civil War through history, literature, philosophy, art history, theater, and creative writing.  In January, we’ll pick up with the World Wars, Vietnam, and the post-9/11 conflicts.  

Why should a veteran participate in the PCVI?  

US Army veteran Jeremy Bergantini graduated from the PCVI this past May.  In this powerful video, he talks about why every veteran should consider participating.  

US Navy veteran Ross Boyer graduated this past May as well, and in this video he talks about how engagement with the humanities in the PCVI has helped him to bear the weight of his experiences.

VETTIP – Spend the time watching Ross’s video, and learn how a simple veteran discount received on a family vacation triggers his PTSD. 

Classes will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm on Zoom, starting Monday September 13th.

To apply online, go here:  https://pvdvets.org/enroll/

If you have any questions, or would like a paper application mailed to you, please email Dr. Mark Santow, Academic Director, at PVDClementeVets@gmail.com

The PCVI is supported by our partners:  Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, the RI Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the URI College of Arts and Sciences, Trinity Rep, and the Providence Journal Legacy Fund.

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EVENTS/REUNIONS

September 11, 2021, 1:00PM, Dedication of Post 272, Warwick RI  – A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Warwick will be rededicated in honor of a late U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio . Post 272, located at 840 West Shore Road in the Conimicut neighborhood, will formally become known as the Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272.

For more information, visit www.vfw272.org or follow Sgt. Adam DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272 on Facebook.

Adam sitting in his truck awaiting veterans in need of a turkey to pick-up. Many veterans benefit from Adam’s passion for helping fellow veterans. Never did I imagine the day before meeting up with Adam for a turkey for a veteran in need the afternoon before Thanksgiving, would be the last time we teamed up helping veterans. RIP Adam. 

September 15-20, 2021, USMC Tankers Association Facility: Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI 02886. 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!!!

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 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 ITA, 18 Winchester Ave, N. Smithfield RI 02896. 

Sunday, 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), 1:00PM. 

 

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: A court hearing was held in Massachusetts for the Rise of the Moors on Wednesday.  A state rep wants his signature to be taken off a letter sent to the Rhode Island governor asking to give healthcare workers a break on a COVID vaccine mandate.  A casting company is looking for extras to film the sequel to "Hocus Pocus" in the Providence area.

>>Supporter Vehicles Towed During Rise Of Moors Court Hearing

(Medford, MA)  --  The Providence Journal reports the Massachusetts State Police towed several vehicles outside a courthouse where a hearing was being held for the Rise of the Moors on Wednesday.  The vehicles apparently belonged to supporters of the Rhode Island-based militia group which was arrested after a police standoff on Interstate 95 in Massachusetts on the Fourth of July weekend.  Police said all of the cars that were towed yesterday had fake license plates and one woman was detained after a gun was allegedly discovered during a search.  A Middlesex County Superior Court grand jury indicted eight defendants on numerous weapons charges on September 1st.  The standoff was triggered by the discovery of a large cache of guns in the Moors caravan which was pulled over on the side of the highway.

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>>Cranston Father Sentenced For Death Of Infant Son

(Providence, RI)  --  A Rhode Island man is being sentenced to 27 years in state prison for the murder of his infant son.  The RI Attorney General's Office says Elias Romero of Cranston pleaded no-contest to second-degree murder in connection to the 2016 death of three-year-old Giovanni Romero.  The state alleged Romero caused the infant child's death by shaking him and said he admitted to doing so because he was frustrated the boy was crying.

>>Fatal Crash In Scituate

(Scituate, RI)  --  WJAR-TV reports a driver was killed in a crash in Scituate on Wednesday.  The crash involving a truck from the town of Coventry and an SUV happened on Route 116 at around 10 a.m.  The victim was the SUV driver.  The truck driver was reportedly uninjured.  Authorities say no charges will be filed.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,782

(Providence, RI)  --  The state of Rhode Island reported four new coronavirus deaths on Wednesday.  The pandemic death toll for the Ocean State increased to two-thousand-782.  Rhode Island reported about four-hundred new virus cases yesterday.

>>Stat Rep Retracts Endorsement Of Vaccine Mandate Letter

(Providence, RI)  --  One of the Rhode Island lawmakers who signed a letter to Governor Dan McKee urging him to adjust a COVID vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is now asking for his signature to be removed.  A letter from about thirty state representatives on Tuesday asked McKee to back off from an October 1st deadline which includes a caveat that unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to report back to work.  State rep Raymond Hull says he was initially acting on a request from constituents, but said as the chair of the RI House COVID-19 Task Force, he has seen data which proves the vaccines are safe and effective.

>>Extras Sought For Hocus Pocus Sequel In Providence

(Providence, RI)  --  A casting company is seeking extras for the filming of "Hocus Pocus 2" in the Providence area.  This is set to take place from October to December.  Applications can be submitted through the Kendall Cooper casting agency website.  They are especially looking for people with dance experience, men with shoulder-length hair or longer, and people ages 18 to 22.

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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Five new COVID deaths were reported in Rhode Island this weekend.  Governor Dan McKee provides an update on the state hospital.  The all-time leading rusher for the New England Patriots has died.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,778

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island health department updated the state's coronavirus stats on Tuesday covering all of Labor Day weekend.  There were five new deaths reported in the Ocean State to raise the pandemic death toll to two-thousand-778.  About nine-hundred new virus cases were reported.

>>Eleanor Slater Hospital Receives Accreditation

(Providence, RI)  --  Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee said on Tuesday that Eleanor Slater Hospital has received accreditation from the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.  The Joint Commission over the summer had issued a preliminary denial based on a number of concerns.  McKee said on Tuesday hospital staffers and others addressed the issues which included culture of care and physical building problems on the campuses in Cranston and Burrillville.  McKee also said he expects that Rhode Island will be able to start billing again for Medicaid.  Billing was halted in 2019 because Eleanor Slater fell out of compliance with the federal government's reimbursement rules.

>>Providence Murder Suspect In Custody

(Providence, RI)  --  A suspect in a Providence murder has turned himself in.  Quelon Page is accused of a fatal shooting in the capital city's Olneyville section in May.  Page was arraigned on Tuesday and is being held at the ACI.

>>Sam 'Bam' Cunningham Passes Away

(Inglewood, CA) - Former New England Patriot Sam "Bam" Cunningham has died.  The team's all-time leader in rushing yards was 71.  Cunningham was the MVP of the 1973 Rose Bowl for the University of Southern California and was selected 11th overall in that year's draft by the Pats.  He played ten seasons for New England.  Bam Cunningham was the brother of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham.

>>Election Held For New Lincoln Town Administrator

(Lincoln, RI)  --  A new town administrator was chosen in a special election in Lincoln on Tuesday.  Philip Gould, a Lincoln police captain, came out on top in a six-candidate field which also included state Senator Thomas Paolino.  Previous town admin Joseph Almond stepped down to join Governor McKee's administration earlier this year.

>>Grand Opening In New Location For North Smithfield's Beef Barn

(North Smithfield, RI)  --  The iconic Beef Barn restaurant in North Smithfield has moved to a new location.  The original business, with its notable red silo, was on Greenville Road for 50 years.  A grand opening was held at the new spot about two miles away on Industrial Drive on Monday.  A vacant barn was renovated and includes the original silo.

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RI State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

RI State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program – be an advocate for quality care

September 7, 2021/RINewsToday

An Ombudsman is someone who is concerned with protecting the civil and human rights of persons receiving long-term care services. Each state is required by federal law to have an Ombudsman program. Rhode Island has one that is centrally located in Warwick. Their services are always free of charge and all inquiries are held in strict confidence.

The Rhode Island State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (RISLTCOP) advocates for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and those receiving hospice or licensed home care who have been victims of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or misappropriation of property. Ombudsmen work to resolve problems these individuals face and affect change at the local, state, and national levels to improve quality of care.

The organization strives to be a compassionate voice for those who may not have anyone to advocate on their behalf. They also educate residents and their loved ones, letting them know they have rights and encouraging them to use their voice to self-advocate. Among the facilities they help include the residents of the RI Veteran’s Home and Eleanor Slater Hospital.

Kathleen Heren, the RI State Long Term Care Ombudsman, said their primary mission is resolving disputes objectively by investigating complaints brought forth by either the resident or their supporters.

“We help those who have simple questions about our services to those who believe their loved ones are being mistreated in a care facility setting,” she said. “Our office is located here in Warwick, but our services are available throughout the entire state. We solve problems while championing those who seek our help.”

Heren works along with her dedicated staff of nurses and social workers who are also certified Long Term Care Ombudsman. The Program, which is contracted through the Office of Healthy Aging is a federal program that began in 1972 as a demonstration project in a few states. It is now federally mandated in all 50 states under the Older Americans Act that is administered by the Administration of Aging.

A Long Term Care Ombudsman has unique expertise and understanding of long-term care services. They offer an independent perspective and have direct, open lines of communication with residents in care facilities. Throughout history, Ombudsmen have built skillful coalitions and successfully negotiated agreements with numerous agencies and programs and involved residents and families in developing their advocacy agenda.

Other Ombudsman responsibilities include:

• Providing education to the consumer about the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

• Supplying the consumer advice in selecting a long-term care facility

• Explaining residents’ rights and other federal and state laws and regulations affecting long term care residents and facilities

• Attempting to resolve issues between residents’ families and facilities

• Preparing guidance on Medicare and Medicaid coverage

• Giving guidance on matters of powers of attorneys and advanced directives

• Investigating complaints of inadequate staffing and medical services being provided to residents, such as medication, nutrition or personal hygiene

• Representing residents in 30-Day Notice Hearings.

Ombudsman also serve on committees that develop and enact laws for long-term care residents and people with disabilities receiving long term care services.

RISLTCOP is located in the Alliance for Better Long Term Care building on 422 Post Road in Warwick. Although they are housed in the same office, the programs are separate entities. RISLTCOP is an employee of the Alliance for Better Long Term Care works all the time with the state Ombudsman. There is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Board that works solely with the Ombudsman Program.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Lorrena Nardi said, “The Ombudsman Program is an excellent resource for any number of issues and concerns that occur in a long-term care setting. She notes providing information about long term care facilities, educating prospective residents and families on what to look for when choosing a facility as well as providing support to Resident and Family Councils are more ways they can help.

“We can also help to empower residents and families about their rights and having them report wrongdoing without the fear of retribution either from staff or other residents,” she added. “There are numerous ways we can offer assistance in what could be a stressful situation.”

RISLTCOP also seeks qualified individuals to become Certified Long Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman. Volunteers visit with residents in long term care facilities and advocate on their behalf. They help to get questions and concerns addressed regarding their care. Potential volunteers are carefully screened and undergo a training program before they are sent out into the field.

Heren said the rewards are many and go far beyond simply volunteering.

“People have a genuine sense of pride in helping others,” she said. “This past year-plus has drawn people together to face such adversity. We are here as a trusted resource for anyone who needs a hand. Our message is, ‘you are not alone.’”

Long Term Care Ombudsman and Volunteer Training Coordinator, Lori Light, said “Volunteers are a valuable part of our team. They are passionate about the care Rhode Island’s residents receive in our nursing and assisted living facilities.” 

Anyone looking to make a difference in the lives of long term care residents, you may email Lori at Lori@alliancebltc.org.

RISLTCOP is supported by federal funding, state grants through the Office of Healthy Aging and philanthropic giving through private donations, under the umbrella of the Alliance for Long Term Care.

For more information about these and other services the RISLTCOP provides, please call 401-785-3340 or toll free at 888-351-0807 or visit their website at www.risltcop.org.

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The assistant fire chief of Warren was killed in a shooting on Thursday.  Rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused a major road washout in Portsmouth.  The Rhode Island health insurance commissioner is approving less than the full amount on requested rate increases.

>>Warren Assistant Fire Chief Killed In Shooting

(Warren, RI)  --  Two people are dead after a pair of shooting incidents in Warren on Thursday afternoon.  Police were called to the Italian-American Club and found one victim who was pronounced dead at the scene, Brian Remy, the town's assistant fire chief.  Another victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.  The suspect, Michael Ouellette, who was said to be the club president, reportedly left the scene and fired shots at a responding Bristol Police officer who returned fire.  Officers then found Ouellette deceased in an alleyway.

>>Driver Left Precariously Perched On Collapsed Portsmouth Road

(Portsmouth, RI)  --  A road in Portsmouth collapsed from the heavy rains produced by the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Thursday.  This happened on Fairview Lane.  Debbie Furtado told WHDH-TV in Boston she was on her way to work when the pavement buckled underneath her car, leaving it dangling.  She said she was shaken up.  The National Weather Service says Portsmouth got about eight inches of rain from the storm.

>>Amtrak Resuming Northeast Corridor Service

(Undated)  --  Amtrak says its Northeast Corridor service is resuming on Friday.  Thursday's rain caused Amtrak to cancel service between Boston and Washington, DC.  Passengers are encouraged to subscribe for delay alerts on Amtrak.com.

>>State Health Insurance Commissioner Acts On Rate Increase Requests

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner is ruling on several requested rate increases.  The office did not approve a three-percent increase in the individual market that was requested by Blue Cross Blue Shield RI.  Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island requested an eight-point-five-percent increase in the individual market, but only got approved for three-and-a-half-percent.  Health insurance commissioner Patrick Tigue cited concerns about affordability for customers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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>>Judge Dismisses Priest Sex Abuse Suit

(Providence, RI)  --  A Rhode Island judge is dismissing a Catholic priest sex abuse lawsuit.  The Providence Journal reports Superior Court Judge Robert Krause took the action in a case brought on by Christopher Gray, a former altar boy, against the Catholic Diocese of Providence for the alleged actions of Michael LaMountain, a priest at St. Kevin Church in Warwick.  LaMountain died in 2010.  Judge Krause said the case was hindered by procedural issues.

>>Man Arrested For Alleged Unlawful Import Of Silencer

(Providence, RI)  --  A Pawtucket man was arrested this week for allegedly importing a gun silencer.  The Justice Department says David Worster, a felon who was previously convicted of unlawful firearm possession, ordered the silencer from China.  The Department of Homeland Security, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Pawtucket Police arrested Worster on Wednesday and reportedly found materials for constructing firearms.

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Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Remnants of Hurricane Ida bring heavy rain to Rhode Island.  A mask mandate has been approved on Block Island.  A federal agency is investigating an incident at the RI state hospital.

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>>Ida Remnants Bring Heavy Rains To RI

(Undated)  --  Heavy rain fell late-night Wednesday and overnight Thursday in the Greater Providence area from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  The National Weather Service has all of mainland Rhode Island under a Flash Flood Warning until Thursday morning.  The entire state is also under a Tornado Watch.

>>Mask Mandate Approved On Block Island

(New Shoreham, RI)  --  A mask mandate is being approved on Block Island.  WJAR-TV reports the New Shoreham Town Council voted 3-to-2 on Wednesday night to implement the indoor mandate, effective on Friday.  The town council had discussed such a requirement in August, but backed off at the request of Island business owners.  Councilors who voted in favor of the mandate last night cited the increase of coronavirus cases.

>>Brown University Info Cited In Biden Afghanistan Speech

(Providence, RI)  --  President Biden on Tuesday cited a Brown University report in his speech about Afghanistan.  The report estimates the U.S. has spent five-point-eight-trillion dollars on the war in that country and other terrorist conflicts since the September 11th attacks.  Biden defended his decision to end the longest American war in history and said it was designed to save American lives.

>>Two Arrested After Police Standoff Allegedly Involved In Crime Spree

(Cranston, RI)  --  Police say two men who were arrested at a Warwick motel after a standoff with police on Tuesday had been involved in a violent crime spree.  George Santana and Noel Rodriguez of Providence are facing charges including robbery and assault.  The Cranston Police Department says it was alerted by its new license plate recognition surveillance system about a stolen vehicle that was wanted in a violent armed carjacking.  The suspects were accused of two pistol-whipping incidents in Cranston overnight Tuesday and allegedly stole another vehicle during one of them.  The suspects and the stolen vehicles were found later that morning at the motel.

>>Incident At Eleanor Slater Hospital Under Investigation

(Cranston, RI)  --  The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is investigating an incident at the Rhode Island state hospital.  A patient caused an eye injury to themself with an eating utensil at the Eleanor Slater Benton facility in Cranston last month.  Several staff members were disciplined for the patient having possession of the item.

>>Patriots Bringing Back QB Hoyer

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The New England Patriots are bringing back quarterback Brian Hoyer.  He was among a dozen players signed to the practice squad this week.  Hoyer has played in six seasons for New England, including starting one game in 2020 when Cam Newton had to sit out because of a positive COVID test.  Newton was released by New England this week and it's expected that rookie Mac Jones will start in Week 1.  

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Your Coronavirus Update

Your Coronavirus Update – Today, Sept. 1, 2021

 
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Photo: Taken this week by RI Coalition, of a group opposed to mandated vaccines attempting to gain access to the RI State House

 

Rhode Island & Vicinity

 

The Blackstone Valley Prep board voted to support the vaccination of staff by adding 5 additional paid personal days to vaccinated staff for COVID-related absences (e.g. breakthrough cases, childcare issues). (Unvaccinated staff will need to test weekly).

 

Models in Massachusetts predict a peak of the virus in the late fall of 2021.

 

8 members of the Boston Red Sox have tested positive as well as members from the back offices – they have one of the lowest vaccination rates of all MLB teams.

 

Boston College faculty would like to have all students/faculty wear masks in the classroom, even though they have a 99% vaccination rate success.

 

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is advising passengers that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the federal mandate requiring face masks to be worn when using public transportation – including trains and buses. The mandate, which has been in place since February 1, 2021, has now been extended through January 18, 2022.

 

On Monday, a gathering of vaccine protestors tried to “storm the RI State House” but were turned away by security.

 

The RI nursing home group said that nursing homes may start to limit new admissions because they are anticipating a shortage in staff due to mandatory vaccinations.

 

RI health officials are predicting a peak in October of COVID virus.

 

In Vermont, only one school will not honor a mask mandate – 75% of students over 12 and faculty are estimated to be vaccinated statewide.

 

A group estimated to be approx. 50 people opposed to mandatory vaccines protested in front of the RI State House, then attempted to come into the building, later going to the RI Dept. of Health to continue the protest. Video from the RI Coalition:

 

 

Bishop Thomas Tobin: Bishop Tobin posted on Twitter in reaction to the growing division in the country and in RI: “The ultimate victory of the coronavirus might be the anger and division it has caused among us-over masking, vaccinations, mandates and exemptions. We really need to work together on this, respecting other people’s viewpoints and concerns. And asking for God’s guidance too.”

 

The Rhythm & Roots Festival will return on Labor Day weekend to Charlestown.

 

Marc Bernier, originally from RI, a prominent anti-vaxxer and conservative radio show host in Daytona Beach died of COVID19 after a 3-week battle

 

Gov. McKee signed EO allowing retired health workers to return to employment without sacrificing pensions.

 

The Mayor of Boston has banned evictions within the city.

 

The RI Dept. of Health has asked Rhode Islanders to be selective about use of the emergency room at RI hospitals and to use them for true emergencies, particularly not for COVID testing, etc. (https://www.ri.gov/press/view/41983).

 

Cranston’s plans for a Fall Harvest Festival are curtailed because of the pandemic, to the spring or next fall.

 

Fall River Diocese schools have a mask mandate in place.

 

New hospital visitation at Lifespan facilities, including limiting # of visitors, etc. Available by facility, here: https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/coronavirus-covid-19/information-hospital-visitors

 

Providence Journal reports some college vaccine waivers – that Johnson & Wales has approx. 12% of its population on vaccine waivers – URI has 7% – PC, 3%. (https://providencejournal-ri.newsmemory.com?selDate=20210831&goTo=A11&artid=0)

 

BCBSRI has said that all staff need to be vaccinated by Nov. 1 or have accepted medical excuse.

 

Gov. McKee Press Conference

 

Working with federal government to make rent relief and mortgage relief programs easier to complete – $200M in rent relief pending – will do everything we can to help Rhode Islanders utilize this aid.  Eviction moratorium was struck down nationally but RI still trying to help by having RentReliefRI is positioned in District Court when evictions are being heard to help on the spot. Center for Justice can now represent people in court and in mediation. Doing all we can to prevent evictions. $13-$14 million has been spent of the $200 million so far. 855-608-8756. RI Housing will help pay landlords with payments in arrears. Rentreliefri.com.

 

Lt. Gov. Matos addressed assistance for small businesses. RIDLT notes 40K Rhode Islanders will be coming off unemployment. Time to get back to work. RIDLT can assist – ridlt.ri.gov. Small biz town hall: steps are available to make sure employees and customers are safe. Cultural groups spoke about safety as well. Proof of vaccination, negative COVID test, masks.

 

Pfizer vaccine is now approved – don’t be hesitant.

 

Funding to help pay utility bills – reach out to RentReliefRI, too. Also internet connection assistance – up to $50/month.

 

Waterfire this weekend – Lt. Gov. will be joining it.

 

Housing Lunch & Learn – 9/15.

 

Matos is working with Gold Star families to build a memorial in Exeter – go to Military Initiative on Lt. Gov. website for more info.

 

Q&A:

 

Michael Bilow: RI Partnership for Home Care – has been picketing, etc. regarding mandatory vaccination. Gov: Healthcare workers need to keep themselves healthy to keep their patients healthy. We’ve worked with our hospital groups to work strongly on vaccinations. More are vaccinated than are publicized. In hospitals, updated #s could be over 70% – not 50%. People are going to get vaccinated – they have pride in what they do.

 

John DePetro: Asks about Chief of Staff investigation – no legal counsel and will keep public posted.

 

ProJo: Home care workers are asking for an exemption. Will you also mandate for RI state employees?  Gov: in short order there will be a vaccine protocol coming soon. Home care workers: we need to be healthy and make our healthcare workers a priority. Same for teachers. Booster shots: as availability comes out, we need to have a good rollout and keep up to date with most vulnerable first. People need to be as healthy as they can be. Large majority have been over 80, over 65 – workers in a healthcare setting will see this and agree to get vaccinated. We’re not moving off of that.

 

Afghan resettlers: we’ve made an offer, received no further contact.

 

?: Kennedy Plaza: Something coming up shortly on plans there. Deadline for a plan before Nov. 1. $35Million will be spent elsewhere if all the groups don’t come together.

 

Narcan shortage – high priority to be properly supplied

 

?: Magaziner’s order for school/teacher vaccination plans – remind people that Gov. was the one who suggested it – we are at 90% success – we’ll see where we are with that – 90% is strong. No state in the US is where we are – at 90%.

 

Nursing Homes/Long Term Care – new cases in last 14 days – as of 8/25/2021:

 

Avalon – Warwick – less than 5 cases

 

Grand Islander – Middletown – less than 5

 

Heatherwood – Newport – 5-9

 

St. Antoine’s – No. Smithfield – 5-9

 

West View Nursing Center – West Warwick – less than 5

 

Woonsocket Health Center – Woonsocket – less than 5

 

All American – Warwick – less than 5

 

Anchor Bay – Johnston – less than 5

 

Ethan Place – Warwick – less than 5

 

Franklin Court – Bristol – less than 5

 

Smithfield Woods – Smithfield – 10-14

 

Sunrise House – Providence – less than 5

 

Cherry Hill – Johnston – less than 5

 

 

DATA: Aug. 31, 2021:

 

 

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National & International

 

70% of EU adults are now estimated to be vaccinated

 

Children can receive monoclonal antibody treatment – an hour long infusion – for 2 weeks Hasbro Children’s Hospital has been making this accessible for children with COVID-19.

 

Monoclonal antibody treatment also available for adults in RI.

 

Moderna has finished the rolling submission process with the FDA to request a full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in adults 18+. It requested priority review.

 

Research is being done using the tobacco plant for a plant-based COVID19 vaccine. Trials are starting in Florida.

 

Using monoclonal antibodies can reduce death by 85% if used early. Clinics are popping up in Florida locations and no longer just at hospitals.

 

Delta Airlines employees without a vaccine must pay an extra $200 to count for increased insurance costs.

 

The Supreme Court rules that the CDC and Pres. Biden overstepped in implementing the eviction moratorium and if it is to continue, Congress must enact it.

 

Krispy Kreme will give you 2 glazed heart-shaped donuts with proof of vaccination.

 

After a decline in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially — with more than a four-fold increase in the past month, according to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

 

Zimbabwe opens shots to 14-year-old children

 

Third doses of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may start at 6 months from the last dose, rather than the previously announced 8 months.

 

Caleb Wallace, an organizer of the anti-mask ‘Freedom Rally’ in Texas, is hospitalized with COVID-19.

 

US has confirmed the world’s first cases of COVID-19 in deer, expanding the list of animals known to have tested positive for the disease.

 

Mass vaccination sites are being set up in Washington, DC and Philadelphia for Afghan arrivals.

 

Number of French COVID-19 intensive care patients drops.

 

The NFL vaccination rate is estimated to be 93% – while mandatory vaccines were discussed, they were not – as of yet – implemented.

 

Marc Bernier a prominent anti-vaxxer and conservative radio show host in Daytona Beach died of COVID19 after a 3-week battle

 

3 weeks after 500,000 people attended a motorcycle rally in South Dakota, 63 cases of COVID have been reported in SD and 178 cases across 5 states so far.

 

Schools in 19 states have sent at least 90,000 students to quarantine, while others have shut down, just days and weeks into the year.

 

The US Open tennis tournament announces that proof of vaccination will be required for EVERY spectator who wants to attend this year’s upcoming tournament

 

Kansas hospitals are clamoring for traveling nurses as the number of COVID-19 patients rises to levels last seen in January.

 

Leslie’s, a pool and spa retailer with more than 900 stores across the country, you need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The company, which employs more than 5,000 people

 

The EU may restrict travel from US due to our increasing numbers.

 

The Moderna vaccine is said to make twice as many antibodies as other vaccines in a study reported by Bloomberg News.

 

2 FDA leaders in vaccine development will be leaving in the fall. Marion Gruber, head of the regulator’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review and Philip Krause, deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

 

A new variant – C12 – has been reported in South Africa

 

Google searches in the U.S. for “how to get covid vaccine” rose an average of 13% a week prior to the FDA approval of Pfizer’s vaccine – after that it rose 76%.

Rhode Island News Today

(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: Forecasters are watching for remnants of Hurricane Ida to potentially soak Southern New England.  Governor McKee's new chief of staff has a history that includes the 38 Studios controversy.  A new law allows Rhode Island children to take sunscreen to school and put it on themselves.

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>>Potential Flooding From Ida Remnants Before Dry Holiday Weekend

(Undated)  --  Rhode Island is under a Flash Flood Watch from the National Weather Service Wednesday afternoon until Thursday afternoon.  The weather service says parts of Southern New England could see a half-foot of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida during that time frame.  Sunny skies are in the forecast for Labor Day Weekend.

>>Coronavirus Death Toll In Rhode Island: 2,770

(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-770.  Rhode Island reported nearly three-hundred new virus cases yesterday.

>>Police Standoff At Warwick Hotel

(Warwick, RI)  --  Four people were arrested after an hours-long police standoff at a Warwick hotel on Tuesday. Authorities reportedly located several stolen vehicles parked at the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard.  The suspects that were arrested were staying in rooms there.  Crisis negotiators were brought to the scene after two men who had two young children with them refused to come out.  They eventually surrendered peacefully.  The children were taken to Hasbro Hospital for an evaluation.

>>Suspect Sought In Providence Homicide From May

(Providence, RI)  --  The Providence Police Department is searching for a suspect in a homicide from earlier this year.  Thirty-one-year-old Quelon Page is wanted for a fatal shooting on Pope Street on May 14th.  The victim, Tyriek Grundy, was reportedly shot inside a parked car.  Page should be considered armed and dangerous.  He could still be in Providence and police say he also has ties to West Warwick, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Lincoln.

>>New McKee Chief Of Staff A Name From 38 Studios Aftermath

(Providence, RI)  --  The new chief of staff for Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee had involvement in the infamous 38 Studios debacle.  Antonio Afonso was a lawyer who advised the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation on its 75-million-dollar loan to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company in 2010.  Bankruptcy was declared by 38 Studios two years later.  Afonso and his law firm paid a four-million-dollar settlement to the state of Rhode Island.  McKee defended Afonso at a press conference on Tuesday and said he has already been a valuable part of his administration as the deputy chief of staff.

>>New Law Lets RI Kids Take Sunscreen To School

(Providence, RI)  --  A new law to note in Rhode Island as school begins this month.  The bill signed by the governor this summer will allow children to possess and apply sunscreen products at school.  The law supersedes state regulations that prohibit anyone other than a school nurse from administering medications.  State Senator Joshua Miller, one of the sponsors of the legislation, says kids are taught about the importance of sunscreen, so it sends a confusing message if they are not allowed to apply it at school.  Under the new law, children in kindergarten through fifth grade need to bring a note from their parent or guardian.

>>Patriots Release Cam Newton, Starting Job Goes To Mac Jones

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The Mac Jones era is under way for the New England Patriots.  The 2021 first-round draft pick will be the team's starting quarterback after the release of Cam Newton on Tuesday.  In his only season for New England, the former NFL MVP Newton played 15 games last year, passing for a career-low eight touchdowns but picking up a dozen rushing TDs, the most since his rookie campaign.

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