Reed & Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin Meet with Veterans, Tour Facilities, & Help Celebrate Cornerstone Laying Milestone at the New Veterans Home
U.S. Senator Jack Reed joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin in Rhode Island for a series of meetings and events. Secretary Shulkin was the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to visit Rhode Island this year. Prior to becoming VA Secretary, Dr. Shulkin served as the VA’s top health official under President Obama.
Senator Reed and Secretary Shulkin also joined with Governor Gina Raimondo and members of the Congressional delegation at a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the new Rhode Island Veterans Home on Metacom Avenue in Bristol. The new, state-of-the-art, 208-bed, 110-acre complex on Mount Hope Bay will open this fall. The building will provide quality nursing and residential care to Rhode Island war veterans.
Senator Reed officially launched the Rhode Island Shellfish Initiative to protect shellfish and other seafood resources in the state. The initiative is an alignment between the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), facilitated by the URI Coastal Resources Center and RI Sea Grant in collaboration with multiple partners, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Shellfish Initiative. The SMP provides comprehensive policy guidance regarding management and protection measures for shellfish, such as quahogs and oysters, located in state marine waters. The new state initiative will keep the focus and momentum on shellfish resources, industries, and local seafood promotion in the state as well as generate new opportunities for effective shellfish management. Senator Reed is a strong advocate for shellfish growers and the state’s sustainable aquaculture industry. Since 2002, Reed has secured over $3.6 million in federal funding to hatch and support the Rhode Island Aquaculture Initiative, which has increased the breadth and depth of the local aquaculture industry, and to help oyster farmers create jobs, restore the health of the Bay, and promote ecologically sustainable development. As a result, the state’s aquaculture industry now serves as a model for other coastal states.
Senator Reed joined Save The Bay at Easton’s Beach in Newport for the release of Save the Bay’s guide for “Bay-Friendly Living.” Reed created and funded the Southern New England Estuary Program which provided funding to allow Save the Bay and its partners to develop this new guide, which will provide citizens with examples of actions they can take to help protect Narragansett Bay.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced the winners of his 2017 High School Arts Competition to celebrate young artistic talent in the Ocean State. Cosponsored by the RI Art Education Association (RIAEA), the contest features artwork from students hailing from 19 high schools across Rhode Island. Each school submitted up to three works of art from three different students.'
Works in order of appearance:
1st Place: “Self Portrait” - Hannah Franko, LaSalle Academy
2nd Place: "Brody" - Isabella Tavares, Cranston High School West
3rd Place: "Melies Moon” - Elsie McLaughlin, LaSalle Academy
"Kenny (Kenneth) Baertlein" - Cameron Doherty, The Prout School
"When Colors Collide with the Art of Eight Limbs" - Sydney Austin, Scituate High School
"Humility" - Inthavha Singharaj, Cranston High School West
"Bombus Rumpus" - Samantha Lopes, Exeter-West Greenwich High School
"HEAR ME" - Anita Fang, Cranston High School West
Senator Reed Staff Pick
"RI Light" - Kaitlin McKenna, Middletown High School
Senator Reed toured Blount Fine Foods soup production facility in Warren and sampled fresh seafood and specialties at Blount Market on Water Street.
Senator Reed attended the groundbreaking of new renovations at Greenwood Terrace apartment complex in Warwick. Built in 1978, Greenwood Terrace is a 53-unit low income elderly housing development that receives Section 8 rental assistance through a Housing Assistance Payment (“HAP”) contract in the amount of $738,072 per year, and the HAP Contract for Greenwood Terrace runs through May 31, 2031.
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