December Editorial

According to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank 2019 Status Report on hunger, “The economy is strong, with low unemployment, but there are still thousands of Rhode Islanders who cannot afford three healthy meals a day. 172,000 Rhode Islanders live in households with incomes below the level of poverty that qualifies children for free school…

Fentanyl Test Strips: A New Tool to Prevent Opioid Overdose

By Victoria Caruso As the opioid epidemic rages on, the presence of synthetic fentanyl in drugs such as heroin has become one of the major drivers in increased overdose fatalities in the U.S. In Rhode Island, deaths involving this highly potent, synthetic opioid rose from twelve in 2012 to over 200 in 2017. To combat…

Falling Forward

By Tamara Standard Once homeless in Springfield, Massachusetts, later homeless in Pawtucket, Matthew Simmons has been many things more than the label ‘homeless’, but it has been one of the many experiences he survived. He has also been a cross country runner, a skate rat, wannabe gangster, graffiti artist, break-dancer, airplane machinist, world traveler, restaurant…

December Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: A friend showed me something where Crossroads is begging for money to help people have a good Thanksgiving dinner. They say that their food program is underfunded. How can this be? Didn’t they get 5 million dollars last year? And what about all the other money they collect. Signed, Hungry and confused Hungry:…

A Candlelight Vigil for Two

By Michael Gold On the quiet Monday night of November 18th, a group of a few dozen gathered outside St. Paul’s Church in Pawtucket to celebrate the lives of John Gauthier and Peter Weaver. Peers, clergy, advocates, and friends joined in prayer and song to remember John, who passed away on September 16th, and Peter,…

A Windy Vigil for Kevin “Turtle” Alexander

By Peder Schaefer A blustery wind and sub forty temperatures didn’t keep two dozen people from coming out to Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Providence on November 22nd to celebrate the life of Kevin “Turtle” Alexander, who died on October 16 from a drug overdose. Many of those that gathered at the vigil had…

Respect the Bell Ringers

By William Harter It has been 130 years that the Salvation Army in Newport has been serving Newport area residents. From their Newport address on the Boulevard, they run 2 food pantries weekly plus 2 soup kitchens. They are available to residents of the 3 towns on the island. Their mission is strongest during the…