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RI may lead world in COVID-19 infections – but it’s also far ahead on testing

The headlines shocked locals this week: the smallest state in the country, news sources stated, has the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in the world. Several articles proclaimed the dire news, leaving many to speculate why Rhode Island seems to be losing its fight against the global pandemic. The infection rate of 122.6 for every 100,000 was compared only with...

Around the Valley: New business grant guidelines, safe Holiday Stroll

Small business grant updates Lt. Governor Daniel McKee's office announced this week that the RI on Pause Grant formula has changed, and grants will now be based on gross receipts for the non-restaurant eligible group. Potential recipients must re-apply at http://www.tax.ri.gov/RIonPause/ The Restore RI grant now has a deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 8. If you are a new business in a...

Around the Valley: Shotgun deer hunting, Essay contest, Scam alert

Below are news and briefs from around the Blackstone Valley. Shotgun deer hunting season to begin The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear solid, daylight fluorescent orange when in State management areas and undeveloped state parks during the shotgun deer hunting season, which opens on Saturday, Dec. 5. All hunters, including...

Around the Valley: Tools for restaurants, 100 jobs & Three Square Meals

State releases online tools for restaurants and bars subject to early-closing The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has unveiled a new webpage, online application form, and FAQs as part of a relief program announced by Gov. Gina Raimondo for restaurants and bars that have been ordered to close earlier than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Raimondo developed the relief program...

Troop 2 launches Operation Clean Sweep

Scouts from Troop 2 Woonsocket will be holding a fall clean-up fundraiser. Let us come to your home and rake leaves, sweep sidewalks and/or complete any light yard work you need done. Funds raised from Operation Clean Sweep will assist Scouts attending a 12 day hiking trip in July to Philmont Scout Reservation in Cimarron, New Mexico. They will...

Rolling Autumnfest Parade October 12 will recognize first responders

WOONSOCKET – Autumnfest 2020 has been dubbed "the year that wasn’t," due to a pandemic that cancelled the 42-year festival, along with other events and celebrations across the globe. To keep the spirit of the festival – which normally take place every Columbus Day weekend – alive, the Autumnfest Steering Committee has announced the first Autumnfest Rolling Parade, scheduled to...

Friday vigil, Shermer High & a Corn Maze: This weekend in the Blackstone Valley

Vigil for Breonna Taylor In Woonsocket, the Woonsocket Alliance to Champion Hope has set up a vigil for Breonna Taylor dubbed #SayHerName on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at River Island Park. Attendees are asked to bring flameless candles and/or flowers if possible. Brian James Soul Jazz The latest band in the Levitt AMP Millrace Music Series, Brian James...

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