Senator Reed, Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Visit Varieur Elementary School to Congratulate Faculty & Staff
Senator and Mayor Grebien visited Varieur Elementary School in Pawtucket to thank and congratulate the School's Administration, Faculty and Staff on being named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School.
Varieur was one of 3 schools in Rhode Island to be chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School -- the other two were Archie Cole Middle School in East Greenwich and Nayatt School in Barrington. Senator Reed met with Pawtucket Superintendent Patti DiCenso, School Principal Mary Murray, and other school administrators and teachers to congratulate them on the achievement.
Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed celebrated the one-year anniversary of Hope & Main, the state’s first culinary business incubator, and announced a new $85,010 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the non-profit’s continued efforts to grow culinary businesses in Rhode Island. Hope & Main will use the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to support their "Schoolyard Market" initiative through community education and outreach, and for staffing and infrastructure improvements for the Schoolyard Market.
Senator Reed helped secure this federal grant, which will help expand the market’s reach while promoting Hope & Main’s mission of helping local food producers grow their marketplace, increase sales, and ultimately create more jobs in Rhode Island. The initiative also has a public education component designed to promote healthy eating and meet the growing consumer demand for fresh, local food.
“It is great to see progress sprouting here at Hope & Main and hopefully this grant will build upon the success of the Schoolyard Market and expand its reach. This place brings people together and helps them connect over great, fresh, local food. Hope & Main is a wonderful community resource for food entrepreneurs of all sizes and a place where they can collaborate, try new recipes, and grow their businesses. I will continue working at the federal level to support Rhode Island’s food economy and help local businesses thrive,” said Senator Reed, who supported Hope & Main’s funding application for this USDA grant.
Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended the official christening of the USS Illinois submarine with First Lady Michelle Obama at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, CT.
The USS Illinois (SSN-786) is the 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine and is currently under construction at Electric Boat facilities in Groton. In June of 2014, Reed joined the First Lady for the keel laying ceremony at Electric Boat’s Quonset Point Shipyard, where construction on the vessel began.
Senator Reed took part in the URI Pharmacy Outreach Program’s blood pressure screening event during a visit to the Leon Mathieu Senior Center in Pawtucket.
The outreach program visits communities throughout the state as a free resource and aims to provide Rhode Islanders with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding medications. The program has been serving Rhode Island for more than 25 years.
Senator Reed joined officials at the Norman Bird Sanctuary for a tour of the 325-acre bird sanctuary, nature preserve, and museum.
The Norman Bird Sanctuary is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains 7 miles of hiking trails. Senator Reed helped secure $2.3 million in federal Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive grants, a portion of which is being used by the Norman Bird Sanctuary, along with their partners -- Town of Middletown, Aquidneck Island Land Trust, and the Center for Ecosystem Research -- for a variety of environmental stewardship and coastal resiliency projects that are designed to rebuild wildlife habitats, prevent storm water damage, and provide environmental education programs to the public around watershed issues.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed joined with lobstermen and women in Newport at the Lobster Shack on Pier Nine to celebrate the first annual National Lobster Day. The Newport Lobster Shack Kitchen is a co-op that serves seafood that is freshly caught by local fishermen and prepared in a dockside kitchen.
In early August, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating Friday, September 25, 2015 as “National Lobster Day.” The resolution, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Susan Collins (R-ME), and five New England colleagues, recognizes the historic and economic importance of the lobster industry to Rhode Island and other states, and invited lobster lovers to mark their culinary calendars for the last Friday in September.
“We’re proud of our local lobstermen and women and the economic activity they generate. These businesses are unique and irreplaceable. For generations, their hard work, resiliency, and dedication have been a vital part of our coastal communities. As consumer demand for sustainably harvested, wild-caught New England lobsters continues to grow, ‘National Lobster Day’ offers an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate an industry that supports hundreds of Rhode Island families and helps bring tourists to the area to enjoy delicious, freshly caught lobster and seafood,” said Senator Reed, who enjoyed lobster bisque, lobster cakes, and a lobster roll.
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