• Reed Announces $150K in Federal Funds to Boost Senior Volunteers in Cranston

    Reed Announces $150K in Federal Funds to Boost Senior Volunteers in Cranston

    3/23/2015 — 

    In an effort to support senior volunteer activities in Cranston, Senator Reed and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung visited members of the Cranston Senior Services’ Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to thank them for their volunteerism and announce over $150,000 in federal funding to boost their efforts.

    During a visit to the Cranston Senior Center, Reed and Fung said federal Serve America Act grant funds are being awarded through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  Over a three year cycle, Cranston RSVP is scheduled to receive a total of $150,000 ($50,000 annually) in federal funds to support the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s volunteer programs for local seniors.

    The competitive federal grant funds are made available through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.  Cranston RSVP plans to use the funding for additional volunteer opportunities focused on healthy aging, environment stewardship, and veterans and military families.

  • Reed, Schumer, & Budget Director Shaun Donovan Demand Sequestration Relief  for Middle Class, National Defense

    Reed, Schumer, & Budget Director Shaun Donovan Demand Sequestration Relief for Middle Class, National Defense

    3/12/2015 — 

    Senator Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was joined by Senator Chuck Schumer, the Ranking Member on the Senate Budget Committee, and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan in urging Congressional Republicans to support sequestration relief in the upcoming budget.

    With Senate Republicans scheduled to unveil their budget in the coming days, the Democrats formally called for a long-desired roll back of automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, that threaten our economy, and defense and national security capabilities.

    The Senators explained that eliminating harmful automatic cuts, both on programs that benefit the middle class and the defense budget, is the top priority for Senate Democrats in the upcoming negotiations.

  • Reed Presents Bronze Star, Purple Heart to World War II Veteran

    Reed Presents Bronze Star, Purple Heart to World War II Veteran

    3/09/2015 — 

    Senator Reed hosted a special medal ceremony honoring Mr. Alfred Bettencourt, 89, of Cranston, at the Morgan Health Center today in Johnston.  Before a crowd of well-wishers that included Mr. Bettencourt’s family, neighbors, and friends, as well as Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, fire and police officials, and other local dignitaries, Senator Reed presented Mr. Bettencourt with the military honors he earned in combat but never received. 

    Private First Class Alfred Bettencourt was just 18 years old when he was wounded in combat on December 12, 1944 in France during World War II.

    Senator Reed presented Mr. Bettencourt with the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the World War II Victory Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

  • Reed Convenes First Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing as Ranking Member

    Reed Convenes First Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing as Ranking Member

    1/21/2015 — 

    Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) held the first Senate Armed Services Committee hearing of the 114th Congress on January 21.  The committee’s opening hearing focused on national security threats around the globe and featured a pair of former national security advisers, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Lieutenant General (ret.) Brent Scowcroft.

    Dr. Brzezinski served as national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter and is counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  General Scowcroft, a West Point graduate who served as national security adviser under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, is currently the president of the Scowcroft Group.

  • Reed Helps Launch ‘Shop Local’ Campaign to Promote RI Retailers

    Reed Helps Launch ‘Shop Local’ Campaign to Promote RI Retailers

    12/05/2014 — 

    Senator Reed is urging Rhode Islanders to “shop local” as they complete their holiday shopping.  During a tour of Main Street businesses, shops, and boutiques in East Greenwich, Reed encouraged fellow Rhode Islanders to support independent retailers across the state and discussed legislative efforts to help local businesses thrive.

    The tour kicked off at the Greenwich Odeum Theatre, where Senator Reed was joined by community and business leaders, including Jennifer Cervenka, President of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce; Steve Lombardi, Executive Director of the Chamber; East Greenwich Town Manager Tom Coyle; East Greenwich Town Council President Michael Isaacs; and local business owners.

    Together the group visited more than a dozen shops on Main Street including: International Motor Group; Bags by Iris; Hair Plus/Colonial Shoe; Lina Piccolina; Main Street Coffee; Jigger’s; Rasa; Norman’s; Zuzu’s; Time for Design; David-Max; Twigs Florist; Scribe; Shimmer’s; and Hill and Harbor Veterinary.

  • Reed, State Officials Celebrate Opening of Rocky Point State Park

    Reed, State Officials Celebrate Opening of Rocky Point State Park

    10/24/2014 — 

    Senator Reed joined other members of the Congressional Delegation, state officials, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, and nostolgic supporters of the project on October 24 at the site of the old Rocky Point amusement park to celebrate its preservation as a public recreation area.

    The roughly 80 acres, which the state acquired with 2010 open space bond money, was added to the 40 coastal acres of former park property previously purchased by the city — giving the public a total of 120 acres of parkland with panoramic ocean views.

    “The rides are gone, but the history and natural beauty remain,” said Senator Reed, who helped Warwick secure federal grant money that was part of the financing that enabled the city to purchase the shoreline portion of the park land in 2008.

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