Congressional Office Opens, New Officers Swear In

Check out briefs on city events and news in the Dec. 20 edition of Five Things You Need to Know.

Satellite office-

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline will open his Woonsocket Congressional Satellite Office at 4 p.m. today at City Hall. At 5 p.m., the congressman will begin a small business tour before heading to the for a Neighborhood Supper, starting at 6 p.m. All events are open to the public.

New police officers-

Woonsocket Police will swear in five new officers today in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at the police station. The following officers will be sworn in: David Bibeault, Zachary Bienkiewicz, Andrew Girard, Matthew Labine and Michael Theroux.

Mayor Leo Fontaine and Chief Thomas Carey are expected to make a short speech during the ceremony. All are welcome to attend.

Holiday gathering-

will host a holiday gathering with Roland Comtois tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Spend an intimate evening with Comtois as he shares his stories of love and life after passing over. Complimentary light buffet will be offered along with cash bar. Please bring one non-perishable food item. Admission is $10.

RI Wellness Program Wins International Health Award-

The State of Rhode Island’s “Rewards for Wellness” program is one of three winners of the 2011 International Health Promotion Awards (IHPA) competition. The winning programs, announced last week in Rome, Italy, were chosen for their innovative strategies to improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The “Rewards for Wellness” program was honored along with Lesotho, Africa’s Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS and Brazil’s Telecare to Remote Areas.

Rhode Island's “Rewards for Wellness” program encourages employee health through activities that contribute to positive lifestyle changes. These include smoking cessation programs, health coaching programs, and physical activity challenges such as Shape Up Rhode Island and Weight Watchers. The “Rewards for Wellness” program works under the premise that promoting a healthy lifestyle leads to understanding preventive strategies and an increased probability that dangerous health conditions are discovered early. Employees who make an effort to better their overall health conditions are awarded co-share credits for their commitment.

Information on how Rhode Island will continue to foster healthy lifestyles among its employees can be found at www.wellness.ri.gov, including links to health resources and a calendar for tracking health progress.

MLK events announced-

The MLK Community Committee, affiliated out of has announced the following events in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on January, 13, 15 and 16, 2012:

Friday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m.,  Banquet at , 476 Rathbun St.  Speaker will be Rev. Doris Hooks of Providence, RI .  Tickets for adults $25 and $10 for children under 12 years old.  To purchase tickets, call Emma Dandy at 401-935-5285. 

Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m., MLK Celebration Service at St. James Baptist Church.  The preacher/speaker will be Rev. Kenneth Simms of Boston, MA.

Monday, Jan. 16 at 10:00 a.m. unveiled in honor of Dr. King, located between Mason and South Main Streets.

Sandy Phaneuf December 20, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Please note: The congressman's three events have just been postponed until Jan. 12. Please get the word out to anyone who was planning to attend.


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