When Superstorm Sandy hit Rhode Island on Oct. 30, 2012, it flooded the Scarborough Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF). To help prevent future storm damage, Senator Reed led efforts to secure a $1 million Community Development Block Grant, Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to help the town with its long-term mitigation efforts to prevent future storm damage.
Senator Reed joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and others in touring the newly completed resiliency improvements.
Senator Reed will joined representatives from the Providence Preservation Society, Preserve RI, Grow Smart RI, and other organizations for a tour of Room & Works, a modern apartment complex and workspace in a historic, four-story brick building. The space has served as a center for makers and innovators since 1890 and now features 40 apartments, office space, and professional-grade kitchens for Providence’s first culinary incubator.
Senator Reed joined fellow Senate Armed Services Community Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for a tour of Massachusetts locations to highlight the important contributions New England makes for the nation’s defense industry. The day began at General Dynamics in the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton to tour and review the WIN-T, the U.S. Army’s battlefield communications network, which is produced at the facility.
The Senators then traveled to Lincoln Labs in at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lexington campus, where they toured various programs and technological efforts to enhance national security.
*Photos 6-30 courtesy of General Dynamics
Senator Reed joined North Providence Mayor Lombardi for a tour of the Lyman Mill, the oldest mill in North Providence and the first mill in Rhode Island to use water-powered scotch looms in the weaving of cotton.
Senator Reed joined the RI congressional delegation and health officials from the Rhode Island Health Center Association at the Providence Community Health Center to celebrate the support and needed care that health centers provide to commities in Rhode Island and across the nation.
Senator Reed hosted a medal presentation ceremony for World War II veteran Mr. James Coppola at his office in Cranston today which was attended by his daughter (Mrs. Sidra Nikolyszyn) and grandson (Mr. Jonathan Nikolyszyn), and other well-wishers. Mr. Coppolla was presented with the Bronze Star and other medals he earned during WWII.
Mr. Coppola, who will be married 70 years in September to his wife, Doreen, lives in North Smithfield, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw significant combat action.
In addition to the Bronze Star, Senator Reed presented Mr. Coppola with other military awards, including: the Good Conduct Medal; Meritorious Unit Commendation; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal With 2 Bronze Service Stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award; Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII; and Marksman Badge With Rifle Bar.
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