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Port Bond Helps Position Quonset, R.I. for Wind Energy Jobs

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Quonset Business Park is Rhode Island’s leader for job growth and economic development. Home to over 200 companies and nearly 12,000 jobs, its Port of Davisville is one of the Top 10 auto importers in North America.

Last week’s announcements by Massachusetts and Rhode Island about off-shore wind projects, and the jobs they may create all along the southern New England coast, highlight the importance of Gov. Raimondo’s 2016 port bond. The proposal, overwhelmingly approved by the voters, will finance $50 million of a $90 million effort to modernize and expand Pier 2, enhancing its load bearing capacity and creating a third berth for cargo. At 16 acres, Pier 2 is similar in size to the 21 acre New Bedford marine terminal. (Pier 1 provides an additional 7 acres of berthing space.)

“Governor Raimondo‘s port bond positions Quonset, and Rhode Island, for continued growth at the Port of Davisville, and to support the state’s growing wind energy industry,“ said Steven J. King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.

The initial $18 million phase of construction on Pier 2 is expected to begin this summer.

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Children & Dog Safety Tips

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Via Alysa Danielson from Abandoned Dogs of RI.

Stop the 77! When thinking of dog bites, most people vision a big scary strange dog, growling and bearing teeth. 77% of the time, dog bites come from a family or friends dog. Since most bites come from dogs that your children know, how do we protect them? How do we keep our dogs and children safe? Education!

The one central theme is respect - teaching kids what dogs really like, what they don't like, and when they just need a break! Although they're amazing at dealing with what a family can throw their way, dogs still need your help. Kids can sometimes be scary to dogs because they are KIDS - more unpredictable, more unruly, more uncoordinated and way more likely to get in a  dog's face than most adults. To keep them safe, it's your job to watch and listen. Dogs use their whole bodies to show you how they're feeling. If families can learn to listen to what their dogs are communicating, we can better understand their wants and needs.

Make sure the dogs around your kids are ALWAYS comfortable. Be a hero and at the first sign that they're not - give them a break! Move your child far enough away so that the dog can relax again. After all, if no one is there to protect dogs, they're left with no choice but to protect themselves - and that's something no one wants!

Child & Dog Safety Tips

  • Dogs don't like kisses and hugs! Instead, have your child pet from collar bone to base of tail.
  • When the pets are eating or sleeping - give them space!
  • Kids should always be the "good guys." Taking things away from a dog is a job for adults.
  • Dogs are not toys. They should never be part of "dress up," ridden like a horse, tugged, or pulled. Respect their bodies and their space.

Keep your pets and family safe! For more info and fun educational videos your kids will love, head over to www.stopthe77.com

American Red Cross

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross continues to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey while preparing to respond to Florida and the Southeast as powerful Hurricane Irma nears the United States and its territories. Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane on record. People in the potential path of the storm should monitor weather reports and prepare accordingly.

The Red Cross has robust disaster response capabilities, which allow the organization to respond to two significant disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma without compromising assistance to those in need.

Though the rain has stopped falling in Texas and Louisiana, river and bayou flooding continues. Officials estimate as many as 135,000 homes may be impacted with more than 22,000 homes receiving major damage. In some areas, people are just beginning to clean up their flooded homes. The Red Cross is doing everything  it can to get help where it’s needed. Access to many areas remains challenging but the Red Cross is expanding its  reach into more communities every day. The Red Cross is working around the clock to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

More than 16,000 people sought refuge in 90 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with emergency shelters.   Even now, more than 3,100 Red Cross disaster workers have helped:

  • Along with its partners, serve more than 906,000 meals and snacks;
  • Provide care by supporting 26,000 mental health and health services contacts;
  • Distribute more than 194,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes; and
  • Mobilize more than 190 emergency response vehicles to help deliver meals and relief supplies.

The American Red Cross is mounting a massive response as Irma heads to the United States. Red Cross workers are hard at work on many island nations throughout the storm’s path and, with Irma bearing down on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the American Red Cross is already there helping.

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds. The storm has cut access to some islands and others  may face similar  challenges. In Florida, evacuations are underway and the National Guard has been  activated. People are lining up for gas, making arrangements for disaster supplies, and getting their homes ready.

To prepare for Hurricane Irma, the American Red Cross has:

  • Mobilized relief materials through Florida and the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Staged responders in nearby areas so they may respond quickly.
  • Planned to have the resources to shelter more than 120,000 people.
  • Activated 80 emergency response vehicles.
  • Prepositioned 100,000 shelf-stable meals.

Even as The Red Cross continues to operate shelters, serve meals, and provide critical relief supplies in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, some people have returned home and need assistance. The Red Cross will work with individuals and families to help them recover. The Red Cross will help residents start the recovery process by connecting them to needed services and resources. In some cases, the Red Cross may provide financial assistance.

Recovering from a disaster can be a challenging, emotionally draining and complicated process. Each community and each family will have different needs, and will require different support to meet those needs. Red Cross caseworkers connect one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.

The Red Cross works with government and nonprofit partners to help develop coordinated community recovery plans and strategies. In some situations, the Red Cross may give grants to partner organizations for specialized activities such as mold remediation or building storm shelters. Our recovery support could also include preparedness activities so people and communities are ready for the next emergency.

SERVPRO Owner's Attend Event

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Owner's Attend Event Donald & Tina McKendall

On Saturday, May 6th, Donald and Tina McKendall, owner's of SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, attended The Big Night Out at the Enchanted Garden hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. The event was a blast and we would like to take the time out to thank all of companies that sponsored the event!

SERVPRO Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Esmond, RI (Grassroots Newswire) March 22, 2017 - There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.

“We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,” says Don McKendall, owner of SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island. “But each SERVPRO business is also a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.”

The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.

“With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—just around the corner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour,” says McKendall. “If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league.” The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, please contact Don McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com.

*http://www.pgatour.com/company/2017/01/03/pga-tour-fantasy-one-and-done-SERVPRO-debuts.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

E-Waste Recycling

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Quonset Development Corporation, in North Kingstown, hosted an E-Waste Recycling Event to benefit Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. Did you know? Goodwill Industries of RI has partnered with Dell to become one of their 2,220 “Reconnect” computer recycling sites across the nation. The agency is the only “Reconnect” site in Rhode Island and expects to recycle between 600,000 pounds of e-waste annually and create green jobs locally.

Accepted Donation Items

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Flat Screen Monitors
  • Peripherals
  • Audio Equipment
  • Video Equipment
  • Electronics
  • Toner/Printer Cartridges
  • File Cabinets
  • Metal Shelving
  • Small Household Appliances
  • Silverware
  • Small Toys
  • All Clothing
  • Bedding, towels, curtains, backpacks, shoes, belts, purses

Items NOT Accepted

  • TV’s
  • Desk Top Printers
  • CRT Monitors
  • Pillows
  • Single Use Alkaline batteries
  • Dishware

Steven King, Managing Director of the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) was honored by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) for his distinguished career in public service. King was awarded the prestigious Gary S. Sasse Distinguished Public Service Award at RIPEC's 73rd Annual Meeting held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. "Under Steven King's tenure at Quonset, the former Naval facility has undergone an incredible transformation of job growth and economic development," said John C. Simmons, executive director of RIPEC. "Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to make Quonset Business Park the nationally-recognized engine of economic success that it is today and he is one of the most dedicated public servants we have in Rhode Island." The Sasse Award is given in the name of RIPEC's former executive director, a staunch advocate of public service. Several nominees were reviewed by the Selection Committee based on the following qualifications: sustained superior performance in the service of the Rhode Island taxpayer; fiscal responsibility and business acumen; record of integrity and devotion to public service; personal initiative and resourcefulness; and overall diligence and productivity of his career. 

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Rhode Island Food Bank Needs Help

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Community Resource Volunteer 

The Food Bank is looking for volunteers 18 and older to visit food pantries and meal sites to talk directly with guests, and guide and refer them to the programs and organizations that will best address their additional service needs.

Community Farms - All Summer Long!

Help plant and harvest fresh produce for the Food Bank at one of our community farms. Families and groups are welcome. Last year nearly 60,000 pounds of produce was distributed! 

Volunteer at the Food Bank

Other than the opportunities listed above, all spots for individual volunteers are full thanks to a dedicated bunch of regular volunteers.

We have volunteer opportunities for corporate, civic and school groups to help inspect, sort and pack food for distribution. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time and lift up to 35 pounds. Presently, we are scheduling groups up to three months in advance.

Shifts are available weekdays from 9am-12pm and 12-3pm. Please check back regularly as the schedule may change.

If you are interested in having your group volunteer at the Food Bank, please contact our Volunteer and Special Events Manager, Kelly Seigh. 

Additionally, individual students over the age of 14, in need of community service hours for school may inquire about availability during school breaks by also emailing Kelly.

Volunteers looking to fulfill a court ordered community service requirement should contact Serve Rhode Island.

Volunteer at a Member Agency

The following list of Food Bank member agencies need volunteer support.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact each agency directly using the contact information provided.

  • Allendale Baptist Church, North Providence: Email Kim or call (401) 231-7669
  • Bristol Good Neighbors, Bristol: Email Ann Wiard or call (401) 254-0726
  • Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RI CAN), Charlestown: Email Deb Nigrelli or call (401) 364-9412

Another CVS Charity Classic in the Books

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Community Another CVS Charity Classic in the Books (Photo courtesy of http://www.cvshealthcharityclassic.com/)

Did you see us?

Representatives from SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island were present at the CVS Charity Classic last week at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. The event, hosted by local professionals, Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, featured an array of top golfers in the world on both the women’s and men’s side. The following includes the placement of all those that participated in the tournament with their world ranking included:

F1. Jon Curran (93)/Keegan Bradley (119): -18

F2. Bill Haas (34)/Billy Andrade (N/A): -18

T3. Louis Oosthuizen (14)/Branden Grace (10): -16

T3. Chris Kirk (60)/Steve Stricker (177):  -16

T3. Jason Bohn (97)/Kevin Kisner (29): -16

T6. Paula Creamer (61)/Jason Dufner (54): -13

T6. Lexi Thompson (4)/Bryson DeChambeau (148): -13

T8: Brooke Henderson (2)/Jamie Sadlowski (N/A): -11

T8. Tony Finau (80)/Billy Horschel (61): -11

10. Morgan Pressel (28)/Brad Faxon (N/A): -9

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like to thank the CVS Health family for hosting yet again another great event, and Innovex Marketing Solutions for providing our team with admission tickets.

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Fireworks Safety

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July is a time where we all gather with our families, kick back and relax the beauty of our great nation. When celebrating, we would like each and every one of you to have fun, but to also be careful at the same time. When dealing with fireworks, sparklers, or anything else that has the potential to cause harm if mishandled, the American Red Cross has come up with a few safety guidelines to adhere to so that accidents are at a minimum this holiday.

Where to view fireworks from

The safest way to enjoy fireworks it to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away. If however, you choose to put on a display of fireworks from your home, here are a few safety steps to follow:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Keep a supply of water close by a precaution
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks

(Tips Courtesy of the American Red Cross)

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Congratulations Dustin Johnson!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Community Congratulations Dustin Johnson! (Photo courtesy of the Wall Street Journal)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island would like to extend our congratulations to the 2016 U.S. Open Champion, Dustin Johnson. Each member of our SERVPRO family watched anxiously as Johnson overcame a deficit to become the eventual winner by three strokes. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, this major championship marks his first major win in his career since turning professional in 2007.

The Controversy

On the 5th hole of the final round, as Johnson was lining up his putt, his golf ball seemed to rock back and forth, a movement subject to penalty if Johnson was the cause of it. For 7-holes, the United States Golf Association (USGA), did not count this as a penalty against Johnson. On the 12th hole, however, a rules official informed Johnson that he was subject to a video review once the round was over. Since this was a close final round in general, the implications regarding the one-stroke penalty could have been a detriment to his performance. Luckily, Johnson won by enough strokes that when the round was over, the one-stroke penalty did not rob him of his victory.

Well done, Dustin!

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SERVPRO is a Sponsor for the Amercian Red Cross

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO is a Sponsor for the Amercian Red Cross We can help!

SERVPRO is a national sponsor for the American Red Cross “Ready Rating” Program. This free, web-based program, is designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared for emergencies. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all of the necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss.

"This partnership just makes perfect sense," said Rick Isaacson, Executive Vice President of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., "and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners. The Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss. But, when disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time – and fast response is key to minimizing damage and downtime. That’s where SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Program can help. Together, these two programs offer maximum peace of mind to businesses and other organizations."

"Through the generosity of SERVPRO, the Red Cross will help empower workplaces to re-open more quickly after natural or man-made disasters such as water main breaks, medical emergencies, power outages, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes, through the Ready Rating Program," said Tom Heneghan, manager of Business Continuity Programs for Red Cross.

"Up to 40% of businesses never re-open their doors after such disasters; SERVPRO’s partnership will enable more businesses, schools, and organizations to become better prepared. We are excited to have SERVPRO join us in community outreach efforts to educate and highlight the importance of community preparedness in neighborhoods across the country."

If you need disaster cleanup & restoration call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island at (401) 949-9955.

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SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Cleans Up Playground in Warwick

8/20/2015 (Permalink)

The imPossible Dream Playground in Warwick, Rhode Island was vandalized and SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island volunteered to help clean it up. If you experience a water, fire, or any other kind of damage in your home or business, please call (401) 949-9955.

Northern RI, Johnston, Smithfield, & Surrounding Areas

1/26/2015 (Permalink)

Esmond, RI (Grassroots Newswire) January 20, 2015 - SERVPRO®, a clean up and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall – out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list—in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings* from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine’s list in its own industry—Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 selection process** uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

“It’s very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the Northern Rhode Island area,” said Donald McKendall, owner of “SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island. “As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge—and the responsibility—to provide the best possible service to every customer.”

According to McKendall, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

  • The company’s DryBook proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
  • The Here to Help® Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.