Friday, January 18, 2013
HEALTH reports high flu activity in Rhode Island, and the vaccination demand is causing sporadic shortages.
Friday, January 18
The CDC reports an elevated number of flu cases in the U.S., with the Rhode Island Department of Health reporting widespread flu. HEALTH has listed a number of other public health clinics throughout the state. There is no cost for any vaccination and health insurance is not a requirement at public clinics. Anyone who is insured should bring his or her insurance card. In addition to flu vaccine, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccine will be available at some clinics. Locally, a clinic is being held at the Pier School on Monday – click here for more info. Outside of government clinics, demand for vaccinations is creating sporadic shortages. "Due to high demand caused by the outbreaks of influenza across the country, some of our …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Town Council will deliberate whether to extend a moratorium on LED signs in town, and a local man started a petition yesterday to protest the town's continued effort to craft an LED sign ordinance.
Nearly two years after two South Kingstown pharmacies installed LED signs along the Kingstown Road corridor, the town is still grappling with a decision of whether to regulate the technology or ban it outright. On Monday night the Town Council will decide whether or not it will extend a moratorium — pending further study — for a sixth time since August 2010. The Planning Board, council, residents and downtown business owners have weighed in; some have hired lawyers; and last week, residents met again with representatives from the council and Planning Board. This time the town brought in a representative from LED sign manufacturer Daktronics, Inc., and local electrical engineer Joseph Hultquist. Daktronics representative Robert Messier …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A town-wide moratorium on LED signs will continue until at least Feb. 27, after the Town Council again pushed off making a decision on whether to adopt an ordinance that would ban the signs outright or offer a regulative option.
The South Kingstown Town Council postponed adoption of an ordinance to regulate the use of LED signs and message boards for downtown business for a fourth time on Monday night, extending a moratorium that will last until at least next year. Council Chairwoman Ella Whaley said the council needed more information to decide whether to accept the Planning Board’s recommendation to continue an outright ban on LED-type signs, a position inspired by the installation of light-emitting diode signs at the Kingstown Road businesses CVS and Wakefield Prescription in the summer of 2010. “When [Planning Department staff] offered this for discussion, we kicked around looking for a possible middle ground, but the [Planning] Board argued it was more …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island is teaming up with local pharmacies to get the word out and provide local participants with annual flu shots.
Three pharmacies in town, Wakefield Prescription Center, CVS and Rite Aid are among 125 sites where members of Blue Cross/Blue Shield can obtain flu shots, the health insurer announced on Sept. 12. In a press release, BCBSRI stated that its goal is to improve on the roughly 50-percent flu shot rate from 2010. “Thanks to this innovative new program, BCBSRI members age nine and older can now walk right into a participating pharmacy in Rhode Island, show their insurance card and get their flu shot at no cost," said Blue Cross Senior V.P. and Chief Medical Officer Gus Manocchia in the statement. "The pharmacy will handle submitting the medical claim." Mark Rittner of Wakefield Prescription Center announced today that the store, located at 580 …