🌱 Internet An Equalizer + Donate Toys + RI Breaking Federal Laws

Hey, Woonsocket! Kathleen here with everything you need to know to get this Wednesday started off right.

First, today’s weather:

Times of clouds and sun. High: 46 Low: 30.

Here are the top stories today in Woonsocket:

  1. Governor Dan McKee announced an award of up to $1.7 million to support communities across Rhode Island to increase internet access for low- and moderate-income households. Woonsocket was one of the communities selected and will receive approximately $90,000 to build high-speed, fiber-optic access to selected areas in the Millrace District. “Our Administration is committed to boosting internet connection throughout the state,” said the Governor. (Press Release)
  2. The Woonsocket Police Department and Knights of Columbus, Council 113, will be accepting new toy donations until December 18, 2021. Toys can be dropped off at the Police Department anytime. The Ron Auger memorial donation event will be held on Sunday, December 12, at 329 Wood Avenue, Woonsocket from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Woonsocket residents with children in need of Christmas toys are asked to call (401) 767-9267 for more information. (City of Woonsocket)
  3. Hundreds of toddlers aren’t receiving early childhood intervention. Dozens of children and teenagers are currently in psychiatric and children’s hospitals. Rhode Island is getting fined $1,000 per day for the improper placement of children under state care. The situation has recently declined so severely that advocates and nonprofits (which depend on taxpayer money to staff social-service programs, such as Early Intervention and group homes), are beginning to discuss lawsuits. Rhode Island has created an Early Intervention waiting list, but advocates argue that the move is illegal under federal law. Social Service employees can earn more at a store or restaurant so why work long hours with challenging cases? (WPRI)

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From my notebook:

  • Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary, Inc.: Please consider making a donation to the sanctuary. It relies on volunteers and donations, so any little bit helps. (Facebook)
  • Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park says that it’s the 100th anniversary of a major weather event: the Ice Storm of November 1921. (Facebook)
  • What a wonderful day in Woonsocket THIS Saturday will be! It’s the 13th annual Woonsocket Main Street Holiday Stroll, which will be held on December 4 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be something for everyone. (Facebook)
  • “If anyone is missing a black and white pit bull, it is running up and down Providence Street.” ( Facebook)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Wednesday off right. See you all tomorrow morning for another update! I’m Kathleen Stoddart, a Woonsocket resident, and local realtor. My 3 rescue dogs are my “babies” now because my 3 babies are all over 25! If you have new to share, you can contact me at KathC21Homes@gmail.com

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