Debra Messing, the East-Greenwich raised actress known for her role in the ``Will and Grace’’ television sitcom and Woonsocket Jazz club owner John Chan will both be honored with Pell Awards at Trinity Reparatory Theater’s annual tribute to the arts and the memory of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.
The ceremonies are scheduled for June 15 at Trinity Rep, with a reception to follow at the nearby Providence Public Library.
Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has agreed to pay a $750 state ethics fine over the creation of a summer jobs program that hired her teenage son.
``I accept the findings of the Ethics Commission and respect their decision. I had previously paid in full all the wages he earned in the amount of $880. I also accept the fine of $750 and I believe this matter should be put behind me,’’ the mayor said in a statement released by her office.
It’s been a year since CVS Health announced it would remove cigarettes from its stores. The Woonsocket-based company is marking the day by making a donation to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The $5 million donation over five years will go toward programs that reduce tobacco use by kids and reduce their exposure to secondhand smoke. The first grants will be announced March 18th on “Kick Butts Day.”
New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession. Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.
The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.