Bank offering help during shutdownPROVIDENCE — With an estimated 800,000 federal employees facing a potential loss of income due to the federal government shutdown, Citizens Bank has announced a program to assist its customers who work for the federal government and may be directly impacted by the shutdown. The program will run from Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Nov. 4, or the end of the government shutdown, whichever comes first.Eligible customers are encouraged to contact a Citizens Bank representative through the 24/7 contact center at 800-922-9999 or visit a branch location to request assistance including rebates on certain checking account, savings account and credit card fees, easy access to CDs without incurring a fee, and assistance with loan payments.“We routinely work with customers to help them manage financial challenges and we also are committed to supporting local communities,” said Brad Conner, vice chairman for consumer banking at RBS Citizens Financial Group. “Because everyone’s situation is different, we encourage customers to call or visit us so that we can design an assistance package that best meets their needs.” Sen. Cool Rumsey, Rep. Valencia to host constituent forumWYOMING — Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (D-Dist. 39, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Larry Valencia (D-Dist. 34, Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond) will host a constituent forum at the Richmond Senior Center, 1168 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.The forum is an opportunity for the legislators to discuss and answer questions about issues from constituents. Area residents are encouraged to attend.Cool Rumsey is serving her first term in the Senate and is a member of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services and the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture. Valencia is serving his second term in the House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. WARM Hearts Gala at Haversham HouseWESTERLY — The annual WARM Hearts Gala will be held at the Haversham House, 226 Post Road, on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christopher DiPaola and radio station WBLQ 1230 will be honored at the gala with the John McCormick award.The evening will feature cocktails and dinner, a silent and live auction, and entertainment by Happy and the Moonshine. The auction includes New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox games tickets, a signed New England Patriots football, dinner packages, two kayaks and more.Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at warmcenter.org or by calling Dale Naehr at 401-596-9276.