Senator Reed helped announce the start of a new, two-year project led by environmental non-profit Clean Ocean Access and funded through a grant from pollution-reduction organization 11th Hour Racing entitled “Healthy Soils Healthy Seas RI,” which will address the growing problem of marine debris by advocating for increased composting on Aquidneck Island. Clean Ocean Access hopes the project will promote a behavioral change in Rhode Islanders by encouraging them to think more about environmentally-friendly trash removal. The project will collaborate with local organizations Rhodeside Revival, the Compost Plant, and Aquidneck Community Table.
Senator Reed visited the new manufacturing division of iXblue Defense Systems, a French defense company that is moving its headquarters from Natick, Massachusetts to Stamp Farm Road in Cranston.
Senator Reed joined Brown University in honoring our nation’s veterans at Brown’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Other speakers at the event included Brown University President Christina Paxson, Congressman David Cicilline, and Brown student veterans. The national anthem will be performed, along with a color guard, invocation, and benediction honoring those who have served
Senator Reed presented Robert Pine with medals his father, Joseph Pine Jr., earned but never recieved for his service in WWII. Medals recieved include the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Badge, Presidential Unit Citation w/one Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. Mr. Pine passed away on October 4, 1987, and was a resident of Providence.
Senator Reed helped unveil a new rescue vehicle (Ford Frontline Ambulance) for the Providence Fire Department. The truck was purchased with a using grant through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The award was for $974,419 and was for the purchase of the ambulance and a firetruck.
Senator Reed presented a 94-year-old Rhode Islander, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ernest “Ernie” Mallory, with some long overdue medals that he earned but never received for his U.S. Army service in France, Germany, and Austria over 73 years ago and thanked him for his years of faithful service in the U.S. military, which also included a stint with the 65th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group in the Panama Canal Zone in the 1950s.
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