Happy Wednesday, people of Pawtucket! Here's everything you need to know to get this day started.
First, today's weather:
Mostly cloudy and milder. High: 46 Low: 35.
Here are the top three stories today in Pawtucket:
New data shows that The Capitol Regional, RI's largest vaccination pod, has administered approximately 38,500 shots, including 3,000 pediatric vaccinations and 13,000 boosters. For over a year, residents from East Providence, Barrington, Bristol, Pawtucket, Warren, and Tiverton have staffed the pod on Taunton Avenue in East Providence. The team persists even with the growing surge of the omicron variant and the weariness of pandemic mandates. (WPRI)
Activist and local leader Kobi Dennis is connecting city youth to mentors with his program Haircuts and Heritage Project. Middle and high school students in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence are paired with a speaker of color at Dennis' hub at 28 Summer Street in Pawtucket, while receiving a free haircut. Read more on why Dennis started the program and how the haircut chair is "the epicenter for conversation and problem-solving:" (Rhode Island Monthly)
Three longstanding Providence diners – Siena, The Grange, Brewed Awakenings – have announced permanent closings, as has J.P. Spoonem's, a Cranston diner. While some of these restaurants continue to thrive in other locations, The Grange will be packing up for good. However, Grange owners Rob and Uschi Yaffe will be honoring outstanding Grange gift card balances at their other plant-based restaurants, Garden Grille and Wildflour, located at Pawtucket plaza at 727 East Ave. (The Providence Journal)
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Today in Pawtucket:
Teen Movie Night (Spare Parts) At Pawtucket Public Library At 13 Summer St. (6:00pm)
From my notebook:
The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket reflects on Stop & Shop's generosity for National Nutrition Month in 2021. Over 30,000 pounds of fresh produce were donated to nonprofits and Boys & Girls Clubs across RI. (Facebook)
The Pawtucket Police Department reminds the community how to be prepared and stay safe during the cold weather months. Read more on how to build an emergency kit and the difference between storm watches, advisories, and warnings. (Facebook)
The National Park Service is asking for public input on a plan for the Blackstone historical park. Answer a few short questions by Feb. 15. (Facebook)
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— Nicole Fallon-Peek
About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.