State Briefs, Sept. 23, 2013

State Briefs, Sept. 23, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Wood River Health to host 
health care discussion

WESTERLY — Wood River Health Services, in partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation, is hosting a free screening of the health care documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.”

The screening is open to the public and will take place at The Westerly Public Library, 44 Broad St., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.

The film explores the inherent flaws within our health care system and the responsibility we all have in lowering costs and making positive changes. Information about the movie can be found at

The event is part of a larger, statewide, screening of the film which will occur simultaneously at three other locations across Rhode Island, including Warwick, Woonsocket and Newport.

Following the film, Peter Andruszkiewicz, president and CEO of Blue Cross, will host a question-and-answer session in Warwick, which will be streamed live via webcast to the other locations.

Attendees across the state will be able to share their questions, comments or reactions to the film via Twitter and email.

Visit to make reservations to attend.

Annual Heart Walk 
in memory of Jerry Pie

WESTERLY — The 22nd Greater Westerly Heart Walk will begin in Watch Hill at the gazebo on Bay Street on Saturday, Sept. 28. The walk this year will be in memory of Jerry Pie, a past participant for 8 years.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. Teams should register at No minimum donation is required. All are welcome to participate. Contact Victoria Smith at 401-330-1710 or for more information.

Land Trust Days to close 
with celebration

WESTERLY — The Westerly Land Trust and the Weekapaug Foundation for Conservation will co-host the closing celebration for the statewide Land Trust Days event on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Wahaneeta Preserve, Moorehouse Road, where there will be a wine tasting with light fare and live music

Hiking trails will be open and guides available to direct visitors.

Following the closing celebration, The Westerly Land Trust will host an Owl Prowl at 6:30 p.m. in the Grills Preserve, Bowling Lane. During this free public event, Born To Be Wild Nature Center will present some of its resident owl ambassadors and will lead an owl prowl hike for all ages in the 550-acre Grills Preserve, looking for owls and other nocturnal wildlife in their native habitats.

For more information, visit

Piano concert with Jun Cho

STONINGTON — The La Grua Center Music Matters will present a piano concert at the center, 32 Water St., on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 5 p.m.

Following up on his 2011 recital at the La Grua Center, pianist Jun Cho will return with a program that will include Beethoven’s towering Sonata No. 32 in c, Op. 111, as well as preludes by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. $10 suggested donation.

R.I. to get $19M for 
community development

PROVIDENCE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island said the state is getting about $19 million in federal grants for community development and affordable housing.

Reed announced the funding on Sunday. He says the money will help create jobs and boost economic development in neighborhoods and communities across the state.

Cities and towns can spend the grants on increasing affordable housing, improving public infrastructure and partnering with nonprofit groups on a variety of community needs.

Some of the funds also are designated for upgrading and expanding emergency homeless shelters and housing assistance for low-income people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.

Reed says the funds come from the 2013 federal budget.

R.I. police launch seat belt 
enforcement campaign

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are stepping up their enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws.

State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O’Donnell said police departments throughout the state will be participating in a “Click it or Ticket” campaign to encourage motorists to buckle up. They’ll also be stepping up enforcement of child restraint laws.

The campaign begins today and runs through Sunday, Sept. 29.

State law allows police to pull over and ticket motorists who aren’t buckled up.

FOI commission to discuss 
911 tapes from Newtown

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission is meeting this week to consider whether recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting should be made public.

An attorney for the commission who heard a challenge from The Associated Press recommended earlier this month that the recordings be released.

The full nine-member commission is holding a hearing Wednesday afternoon before issuing its final decision.

Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III is leading the investigation into the Dec. 14 massacre of 26 people at the school in Newtown. He has argued that releasing the records could jeopardize the probe.

The AP requested documents including copies of 911 calls in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.


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