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Five Things You Need To Know Today: Oct. 24

Happy Monday! Here are five things you need to know to start off the week.

The boys in pink-

Woonsocket Fire Department started a change in uniform yesterday in support of the "Cares Enough to Wear Pink" campaign.  Firefighters will be in pink shirts until next Sunday as part of a statewide program to show support for women with cancer. Today, the pink fire truck from the Pink Heels Tour visits Station 2 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Residents are invited to stop by and purchase merchandise, including pink t-shirts, caps hoodies and more. The money raised funds a flower delivery program and a women's center, and helps women battling cancer that need a little extra assistance. Merchandise can also be purchased online at http://www.ripinktrucks.com/apparel.html

Prescription take-back day-

Rhode Island Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin announced that the annual prescription give-back day is scheduled for Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woonsocket Police Department and 37 other locations around the state.

Under the program, local officers will accept any unused or old prescriptions, no questions asked. The service is free and anonymous.

According to a statement from Kilmartin's office, Rhode Islanders turned in more than 1,700 pounds of prescription drugs at 30 locations statewide during the most recent drive held in April.

A week without violence-

Events in several states this week mark the YWCA Week Without Violence, an international initiative that was created by YWCA USA in 1995 to mobilize women, men and children to take positive action against violence in our homes, schools, work places and communities.
 
Week without Violence Fact Sheets are available at YWCA Northern Rhode Island, 514 Blackstone Street in Woonsocket. The fact sheets include information, statistics and resources around the issues of: -abuse in later life - dating violence - domestic violence and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships - economic abuse - hate crimes - male victims of violence - pets and domestic violence - psychological abuse - reproductive health and pregnancy - sexual assault - trafficking in women - violence against women
 
YWCA is known for the safe spaces it creates for women, girls and families. is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. For additional information, contact YWCA at 401-769-7450.

Rally to Save Rhode Island-

The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Engage RI to help enact comprehensive pension reform during the 2011 special session of the Rhode Island General Assembly that is underway this month.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m., residents are encouraged to join Chamber members at a rally at the State House Rotunda in an effort to help pass meaningful, effective and fair legislation to deal with the crisis. There will be guest speakers at 5 p.m. Call EngageRI at (401) 278-4437 or email info@engageri.org with any questions about the event.

WPC Training-

The Woonsocket Prevention Coalition will hold Fake ID Training and Responsible Beverage Server Certification Training today for managers and staff members of local Woonsocket establishments. Fake ID Training will take place at Plaza Mexico at 2 p.m. and Server Certification will take place at at 6 p.m. For more information contact Victor Ramos at 766-3342.

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