In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Reed and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island teamed up for a Women’s History Month Roundtable at the Providence Public Library. The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” The roundtable celebrated the impact of women in labor and business in Rhode Island and nationwide.
The roundtable featured a presentation and discussion with a panel of distinguished Rhode Island women entitled “Women Leading the Way in Labor and Business.” Panelists included Sierra Barter, CEO and co-founder of the Lady Project; Maureen Martin, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO/Director of Political Activities at the RI Federation of Teachers and Healthcare Professionals; Tejal Tarro, Chair of the Rhode Island Commission on Women; and Jennifer Silbert, Senior Project Manager at Opportunity@Work.
Senator Reed celebrated St. Patrick's Day early by marching in the 61st annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a storied Newport tradition. Lifelong Newport resident and community leader Alice Claire Walling Dias served as the Grand Marshal.
Senator Reed joined Governor Raimondo, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebian, and the Isle Brewers Guild (IBG) at the official launch of brewing operations at the IBG’s new 100-barrel brewhouse. Located in the heart of downtown Pawtucket, the facility is the largest American-made craft brewhouse in the United States. The IBG is a Pawtucket-based craft beer cooperative that will use the new brewhouse to provide partner brewers with the space and tools they need to overcome manufacturing, packaging, and distribution restraints. Senator Reed, who has fought for years on behalf of Rhode Island’s small businesses, helped the IBG successfully navigate through the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan process. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he helped include $871 million for the SBA in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill. He also helped secure $231 million for entrepreneurial development grants to provide technical assistance, training, and business planning guidance for starting and growing small businesses.
Senator Reed joined fellow citizens from interfaith communities for a Vigil Against Hate. Speakers included Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island President & CEO Jeffrey K. Savit, representatives from Rhode Island’s Muslim community, officials from the RI Council of Churches, and more.
Senator Reed joined the first in a series of St. Patrick’s Day parade celebrations around the state by marching in the 35th Annual Pawtucket St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Each year colorful marchers, bands and floats entertain parade goers. This year the parade began at Jenks Junior High on Division Street behind McCoy Stadium and turned right on South Bend Street before proceeding down Walcott Street and concluding at the reviewing stand at City Hall on Roosevelt Avenue.
With a salute to the greatest generation, Senator Reed visited the Brookdale West Bay assisted living facility in Warwick today to honor 98-year-old World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Clinton Baer. Before a crowd of well-wishers that included Mr. Baer’s family, friends, and fellow residents, Senator Reed presented Mr. Baer with the military honors he earned in combat but never received.
Born in Swansea, Massachusetts, in 1918, Mr. Baer enlisted in the United States Army Air Force (AAF) in June 1940 at the age of 21. Prior to officially entering active service in Providence, he worked as a farmhand.
Mr. Baer earned the rank of Sergeant and served with distinction as an Airplane Crew Chief in the Pacific Campaign, the Guadalcanal Campaign, the Northern Solomons Campaign, and the Mandated Islands Campaign of World War II.
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