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‘A Common Struggle’ Out Monday

Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy appeared on “60 Minutes” last night to launch his new memoir “A Common Struggle.” This is all part and parcel of his years-long campaign to bring mental health and addiction issues out of the shadows and have them more

Free Hep C Testing At WaterFire Saturday

Locals have long viewed state politicians with a jaundiced eye. Starting this Saturday the State House itself will reflect that sickly hue, not as political commentary, but to raise awareness of hepatitis C, the “silent epidemic.” It has been estimated that 75% of those infected

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Overdose Prevention Forum At Miriam

(2.19) On January 17th state Health director Michael D. Fine held a news conference with the alarming news that in a 13-day period that month 22 people had died of accidental drug overdoses (ProJo 1.17.14). By February 7th Dr. Fine held another news conference along

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Free Flu Vaccination Saturday — Adults Only

The Rhode Island Department of Health is holding several community vaccination clinics around the state. These clinics are not limited to the people who live in the individual communities, but for convenience to city residents there is one being held this Saturday in Providence. There

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Free Vaccine Clinic At Gregorian School

(12.4) The Rhode Island Department of Health is holding free vaccine clinics around the state. This one is in Providence today at Vartan Gregorian Elementary in Fox Point. The Department of Health and cities and towns throughout the state will be offering vaccinations at no

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Air Quality Alert Day Thursday (Also Friday) — Free RIPTA

The Department of Environmental Management has declared Thursday, July 18, an Air Quality Alert Day. Ditto for Friday, July 19th. The DEM warns that people should limit outdoor exercise and stay in air conditioning when possible, particularly in the early evening.  Elevated ozone levels can

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Air Quality Alert Day Thursday, Free RIPTA — Friday Too

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island on Thursday, May 30. Unhealthy conditions along the southern sections of Rhode Island on Thursday and moderate elsewhere. Unhealthy conditions on Friday across the state as

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Air Quality Alert Day Saturday — Also Bastille Day

All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Saturday, July 14. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in Rhode Island, but especially in southern sections again in the afternoon

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Rally To Support Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Show your support for medical marijuana (you may need it some day) and the newly licensed Compassion Centers by joining JoAnne Lepannen, executive director of RIPAC, in the State House Rotunda today, Wednesday May 4th, at 1pm. Recent news that U.S. Attorney Neronha intends to

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Compassion Center Applications Hearing

Director of RIPAC, JoAnne Lepanen, sends news regarding the upcoming Compassion Center application hearings, The public is invited to comment on any or all of the Compassion Center applications on Monday, February 7 at 10am at the auditorium located at the Department of Health at

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National Coffee Day — It’s Good For You

Never had a cup of coffee? What better day to start your habit than on National Coffee Day. There are many wonderful coffee shops in Providence; for instance, one might drop by the Blue State Coffee Shop at Thayer and Cushing streets. Pictured here is

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Air Quality Alert — RIPTA Rate Hike

[DITTO: Thursday, September 2nd. BC] The Department of Environmental Management has declared Wednesday, September 1st an ‘Air Quality Alert’ day. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the

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Bad Air/Free Ride

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued a health advisory and declared Saturday an ‘Ozone Alert Day’.The DEM suggests, Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels.

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How Safe Are Cosmetics? Science Cafe

Science Cafe presents that Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the RI Film Premiere of “The Story of Cosmetics”! Ever think about what goes into your cosmetic, fragrance, or beauty products? Curious about how those ingredients are regulated or if any of them could be dangerous

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Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser

WHAT: Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraiser. Suggested $10 donation. Your donation gets you free beer from Narragansett and Sam Adams, food from Julian’s, and live music! Local indie/folk/rock band, Van Bronson, will play a set as well as a solo show from garage/country/blues musician Joe Fletcher (of

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Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

Head over to Mount Pleasant High School today for a free vaccination. It’s still important — there may be another wave coming. From the Department of Health: People will not have to present identification at the clinics and can attend any clinic, regardless of where