Monday, May 6, 2013
URI tick guru Tom Mather offers five actions you can take to cut down your chances of contracting a tick-borne disease.
Here's a startling fact: in 2012, the tick population in Rhode Island was 116 percent higher than the previous five-year average. "In some settings, we saw increases as much as 1,800 percent over the previous year, which is a little bit scary actually," said Tom Mather last week at a press conference at Goddard Park. Mather would know. He's the director of URI’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and the Tick Encounter Resource Center. He's one of the people behind the state's new Get TickSmart/RI campaign, an effort backed by Sen. Jack Reed, who was at Goddard Park with Mather. Over the years, Reed has been able to get more than $1 million in federal funds to help URI researchers like Mather develop and implement tick-bite provention and …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
While some business owners told Reed things were looking up, others talked about rising health care costs and the recovery's slow improvement.
Sen. Jack Reed walked the length of Main Street Friday, making 14 stops along the way, to both hear from business owners and promote Small Business Saturday, which takes place next Saturday, Nov. 26. He was joined by Steve Lombardi, executive director of the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, and Bob Catanzaro, Chamber president-elect. During his nearly two hours in East Greenwich, Reed received warm welcomes, including some shout-outs from passersby. While some business owners told the senator things were looking up, several business owners lamented the slow pace of economic recovery and Bob Hartman at Back to Basics talked about the crushing costs of health care for his employees. Hartman had a letter for Reed, highlighting the rising …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
One Rhode Island winner will be invited to the first-ever kids' "State Dinner."
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
U.S. Senator Jack Reed wants Rhode Island kids to show off their culinary skills and win a trip to the first-ever kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama, in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture and Epicurious.com, are launching a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches, and the winner from each state will be invited to a White House Kids State Dinner this summer. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” invites kids between the ages of 8 and 12 to work with their parents or legal guardian to create an original, nutritious lunchtime recipe that is “healthy, affordable, and tasty.” Entries should represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or …