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Rhode Island Blood Center "Pint for Pint" promotion

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

RI Blood Center pint for pint flyer Donating one pint of blood can help 3 lives!!

According to, the summertime is the time where blood centers struggle to have a steady supply of donations. 

That's why the RI Blood Center is teaming up with 4 local breweries for the month of August to encourage Rhode Islanders to donate more blood! 

Did you know, that a typical blood donation is 1 pint, which can then save up to 3 lives!! 

According to Kara LeBlanc, manager of marketing communications at the RI Blood Center, summer is such a difficult time to get donors because of the wonderful beach days we have, vacations (maybe less in 2020), camping etc. 

While you still can have fun during the summer, it's still a great idea to donate blood! 

Our social media manager here at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island says her dad donates every time he can! (Which is every 8 weeks)...that's a lot of lives helped. 

When you donate blood it is used to 

  • Help women and children if there are complications during childbirth 
  • Those undergoing chemo or other cancer treatments 
  • People who have suffered severe injuries 
  • People who suffer from kidney, heart, and sickle cell diseases. 
  • Those who need organ transplants 
  • Those who need blood transfusions, like Kevin!! 

When you donate at RIBC, you are part of providing over 200 units of blood every day!! 

You can donate more than just blood, too! 

  • Red blood cells 
  • Platelets 
  • Marrow

To learn more about ways you can donate, click here

Head on down to your local RIBC to donate a pint, and head home with a free pint from one of your favorite local breweries!! 

Participating breweries include

The Guild and Foolproof in Pawtucket 

Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly 

Whalers in Wakefield 

Proclamation Ale in Warwick 

Linesider Brewing in East Greenwich 

Sun Safety during Narragansett Rhode Island summers

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

UVA & UVB Rays 

Did you know that the sun's ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes? It's important to check the UV index in your area before heading out, you can check for your area by clicking here

So what exactly are UVA and UVB rays?

UVA rays are the most damaging to the skin. UVB rays play the biggest roles in causing skin cancers. 

UVA Rays

  • Higher wavelength
  • Penetrate more skin than UVB rays 
  • Can cause indirect damage to DNA
  • Can penetrate windows and clouds

UVB Rays

  • Shorter wavelengths 
  • Damages the outer layers of the skin
  • Directly causes damage to DNA
  • Can't penetrate windows and can be filtered by clouds 

When are UV rays the strongest?

UV exposure is the highest between 10am and 4pm. According to, during this time, the sun's rays have less distance to cover, making them more powerful. 

It's important to protect yourself from the sun's strong UV rays to prevent any skin damage. You can reduce the risk of skin damage by hanging out in shady, cool areas and applying suncreen before sun exposure. Whenever possible, you should wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. Wearing darker colored clothing may offer more protection than wearing light colored clothing in the sun. If wearing long clothing is impractical for the situation, be sure to have a shirt on or some other sort of covering to limit sun exposure. Wearing a hat that shades your face, ears, and back of the neck is the best extra sun protection you could have. Avoid wearing hats made from straw or any with holes, though. 

Don't forget! Protecting your eyes is JUST as important as protecting your skin from the sun, don't forget your sunglasses! 

For more information on sun safety, visit these following resources:

Our Favorite Restaurants in Northern RI - Pt 1

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Map of Rhode Island, pins dropped to mark Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Lincoln This weeks selections drop us in Woonsocket, Lincoln, and North Smithfield!

Are you always trying to figure out where to eat when someone asks where you want to go? Look no further! we're on a mission to let you all know OUR favorite picks in the area! This week we have favs from Dave, Tatiana, and Heather


Jacky's Galaxie

With locations around the state, Jacky's is a great place to dine in or take out your favorite sushi, noodles, and more! 

Tatiana, our job file coordinator, says her favorite menu item at Jacky's Galaxie is the Seaweed Salad along with Spicy Salmon sushi rolls. 

"If you like good sushi, this is the place to go!" 

North Smithfield

The Beef Barn

Dave's all time favorite restaurant is the Beef Barn... he says their food is delicious and easy on the pockets! 

His favorite menu item is the roast beef sandwich. 

"I like that you can make the sandwiches 'specials' where you get the sandwich with a salad and fries for just $2 more!" 



Being from Woonsocket, we thought it would be fitting to ask Heather what her favorite place to eat was in that neck of the "woods" 

She says Kay's is one of her go-to's in the city. Her favorite thing to order (like a lot of people) is the "Best of RI" steak sandwich with just cheese on it! She says she likes that the sandwiches come with chips instead of fries, "keeps it light-ish"

"If you're in the area you should definitely stop at Kay's and the Beef Barn, great choices for a good, quick bite!"

Come check back on our blog every week for more of our team's favorite places to eat! Head over to our Facebook and let us know your favorite spots to eat in Northern Rhode Island! 

Winterfest RI - Cumberland

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Winterfest dates and themes Head to Winterfest in Cumberland this weekend or next!!

If you're looking for something that the kids will love and for a great price, head to 4097 Diamond Hill Rd Cumberland, RI for Winterfest! The cover charge is only $5 and that includes all meet and greets and kids train rides! ***This is cash only***

On Saturday December 14th - It's a Disney Takeover! (If it rains, these characters will be there on Sunday)

  • Mickey & Goofy
  • Buzz & Woody
  • Olaf
  • A surprise princess guest!
  • and more! 

Sunday December 15th - Santa!!

Saturday December 21st - Star Wars

Sunday December 22nd - Santa!!

Every night there will be a special surprise guest 

For more information and any weather change updates see event page

Wesley United Methodist Church - Lincoln

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Church member rolling pie dough out - SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island Phone Number below We're here to serve our community, just like the Wesley United Methodist Church. Photo from the Valley Breeze

The Wesley United Methodist Church in Lincoln, RI made 75 home made pies for a fundraiser on November 11th. Once the pies are filled, they are labeled with the purchaser's name and directions for baking. This year, they sold the pies for $15 each.

The church is also involved in other community organizations. 

Some of the organizations the members of the church volunteer(ed) at include:

  • Community Against Bullying in Schools
  • Habitat for Humanity, West Bay & Northern Rhode Island 
  • Segue Institute for Learning

At SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island, we are happy to see people supporting and volunteering with other organizations and donating their time to help others in the community. 

To learn more about the Wesley United Methodist Church, visit their website here.

Lincoln PD sporting facial hair for the first time!

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

The Lincoln, RI police department are sporting facial hair for the first time to support a local charity!

The donations from the officers support the 5th annual Home Base No Shave campaign by the Red Sox Foundation and Mass. General Hospital. This campaign helps veterans and their families impacted by PTSD and other wounds veterans carry from their time serving. 

The officers donated $50, that is matched by the police union Local 435. There is normally a restriction on facial hair for the officers. 

For the female officers, they are allowed to paint their nails or wear their hair in a braid with their $50 donation. 

The facial hair encourages conversation and breaks stigmas associated with the wounds veterans carry home with them. 

On December 4, Lincoln PD and other participating first responders from the New England area will attend a shave-off event at Fenway Park. 

According to the Valley Breeze, Lincoln has raised upwards of $1,300 as of November 13th. 

For more information on the Home Base No Shave campaign click here

We're proud to be a part of a community who cares for others in the community!

Bradley Hospital - Providence, RI

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bradley Hospital, located at 1011 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI 02915, was the first psychiatric hospital in the country that focused exclusively on children. It was founded in 1931, but today, Bradley provides expert care to children with developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems. They offer inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs. It is also a national research center for child and adolescent psychiatry.

Bradley is a nonprofit hospital, dedicated to providing family-centered mental health care services to children of infant age to young adulthood.

Bradley Hospital is as dedicated to their community as we are!

They offer 

-24-hour emergency services

- Support groups for family members 

- Consulting programs for schools special education departments

- Advocacy for children with public representation

Bradley also hosts events for parents, teachers, and care providers each spring and fall. These events are hosted by child psychologists, child development and behavior specialists, social workers, pediatricians, and many more professionals in pediatric health care.

Upcoming events at Bradley Hospital:

November 18th: Asperger/ autism support groups for adults and parents of adults with Asperger’s/ autism.  

November 21st: RI ADDult Support group: for adults with ADHD and ADD.

December 2nd: Mental Health first aid for adults: teaching skills to help those who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Visit for more event information or

visit for more information about Bradley Hospital. 

Flu Clinic - Quonset Business Park, North Kingstown

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with phone number Get your flu shot!

The Quonset Business Association is running a Flu Clinic October 1st 11am-1:30pm. This is for the members and employees of Quonset Business Park. There is no charge if you come with insurances like Blue Cross, United, Medicare Part B, Neighborhood and Tufts. With no insurance it will cost $25 to get your flu shot. Getting the flu shot will ensure you and your loved ones are safe this flu season. Vaccinations have been proven effective for protecting yourself, your children, and loved ones. Germs spread quickly and you never know what could happen. Get your flu shot too, because according to the CDC, it takes about 2 weeks post-vaccination for your body to develop anti-bodies to protect against the virus. They also recommend to get the vaccine by the end of October, but even doing so after could be beneficial.

View this link from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information - 

Integrative Mental Health Conference - Exeter, Rhode Island

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

sun setting over a vast ocean SERVPRO n' Sunsets

This conference, hosted by Healing Arts LLC & DiscoverYou Events LLC, will be taking place November 2nd and 3rd. Mental health and peace are two very important things and are synonymous with each other. It's a great opportunity to unplug from your phones and technology and just be one with nature. Often times we as a community are so fast-paced and stressed that we forget about what really is important - our mental health. There will be like-minded mental health professionals on-site for two days, so you can seek assistance through them. Some awesome keynote speakers will be there, and the following:

  • Vegetarian, organic meals
  • Nature-filled scenery
  • 32 workshops
  • CEU's available
  • Expressive Arts Exhibit

LOCATION - Canonicus Conference Center

Pricing - Students and Seniors $50 with discount code "save50"

Registration is OPEN and will be closed October 15th, so hurry up and register for this awesome opportunity. 

AFF Polo Match This Month - Portsmouth

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Horse and the "SERVPRO" logo on an orange house SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island 401-949-9955

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island was cordially invited to the exciting Newport Polo Match. 

This event is sponsored by the America's Future Foundation - Rhode Island Chapter (AFF-RI). The match is Saturday, September 28th 2019 3pm-11pm. This event will take place at the Newport International Polo Grounds located at 250 Linden Lane in Portsmouth, RI. Tickets are $30 per person. 

You can find more information regarding this event and future events on Event Brite:

Contact chapter leader Larry Gillheeney @ (401) 573-3096 for questions or concerns pertaining to the event.

Paw Sox BBQ + Paw Sox History - Pawtucket

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Pawtucket Red Sox baseball field Go Paw Sox! Don't miss the BBQ tonight before the big game!

Paw Sox VS. Rail Riders Tonight, August 26th

The Pawtucket Red Sox have been a popular Rhode Island tradition since the 70's. August 26th (tonight) McCoy Stadium will be hosting a BBQ from 5:30 to 7:30 before the game kicks off! 

Key Points in Paw Sox History:

The Paw Sox were originally established as a Double-A Eastern (minor) League in 1970, so they've been around for quite some time! 

1990 - Future All-Star/MVP Mo Vaughn hits 22 home runs

1999 - McCoy Stadium undergoes $17 Million renovation

2014 - Paw Sox win championship

2015 - Larry Lucchino (former President of The Boston Red Sox) purchases the Paw Sox

For more information, view this article detailing the Paw Sox history on The Providence Journal

Super Sale Days - Cherry Hill Manor, Johnston

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

There are loads of free events going on at Cherry Hill Manor, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Johnston, Rhode Island.

Until Rhode Island establishes a tax-free weekend like our neighbor, Massachusetts, we have to take the sales when and where we can get them. Cherry Hill Manor lobby is accepting vendors for the Super Sale Days on Fridays 9AM-4PM from August 16th until September 6th.

Interested vendors and businesses can contact Lisa in activities (401)231-3102 for availability. 

Via the Johnston Sun Rise

8/16 - Kitchen tools and cooking products

8/23 - Classic and on-trend jewelry 

8/30 - Terry's Treasures - clothing, jewelry, and accessories all $5 or less

9/6 - Gourmet food products for cooking and hosting a party

Cash and credit cards are accepted. Canned good donations are welcomed as well. Event times are subject to change. 

Cooling Centers Open During Heat Wave

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Cooling centers are located all throughout Rhode Island. Stay Cool

It's about to get really hot! with the recent heat wave approaching, people might worry about their well-being if they don't have air-conditioning in their home or office. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency has listed numerous locations in all major Rhode Island cities and towns where cooling centers will be running. 

Cooling Center Locations

East Providence: Riverside Library, Weaver Library


Crossroads RI

Davinci Center for Community Progress

Federal Hill House

Fox Point Library

Mt. Pleasant Library

Olneyville Library

South Kingstown: Kingston Free Library, Neighborhood Guild, Peace Dale Library

Cranston: Arlington Library, Auburn Library, Central Library, Knightsville Library, Oaklawn Library

East Greenwich: Swift Community Center 

Burrillville: Jesse Smith Library

Exeter: Exeter Library  

Block Island (New Shoreham): Island Free Library 

Woonsocket - Woonsocket Harris Public Library

Warwick: Warwick Public Library, West Warwick Public Library, West Warwick Youth & Police Annex 

Westerly: Westerly Public Library

Narragansett: Narragansett Public Library 

Cumberland: Cumberland Public Library

Smithfield: East Smithfield Public Library, Greenville Public Library

Cooling centers are open for several hours most if not all days this week, so please put yourself and your loved ones first and seek habitable and safe temperatures. 

Contact (401) 946-9996 for more information.

And...don't forget to stay hydrated!

For a complete list of Cooling Center locations, please visit this link:

Pawtucket Red Sox Upcoming Events - Pawtucket, RI

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Come down to see the Pawtucket Red Sox (Paw Sox) at McCoy Stadium!

The Pawtucket Red Sox have quite the busy season ahead of them with loads of awesome events for the whole family in addition to the numerous games scheduled at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Paw Sox are family and fun oriented, with special events and promotions going on for each game. The Paw Sox seem to really care about their audience and the game-goers which is nice to see. It's all about fun and community at McCOy Stadium.

Psst Psst  - TONIGHT (THURSDAY 8/15) they're playing against the Norfolk Tides! Don't miss it! 

Some events include:

Fightin' Quahogs Night

Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival

Country Music Fireworks Night

Click HERE to buy your tickets!

Visit Our Facebook Page to view all events

Smithfield A&W Fundraiser + 100th Anniversary

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

A&W Celebrates 100 Years of Service. This image was retrieved from their official website.

A&W is known for  being the oldest running car-hop in Rhode Island. All you have to do is turn your lights on for service. Relax and enjoy a variety of options. Warning though, it's CASH ONLY so don't come with your credit/debit cards expecting to be fed. They have daily specials, for example on Mondays they offer 99-cent hamburgers with a Root Beer purchase or Thursday where they're offering two cheeseburgers for $3 - wow! On Fridays' the have clam cakes and chowder if you're craving seafood!

A&W is celebrating 100 long years of dedicated and delicious service to the Northern Rhode Island community. Every time you come in to eat, A&W reminds you to mention the monthly drawing so you can be eligible for some awesome prizes!

Cruise Night - Begins August 16th

Bike Night - Begins August 18th

Check out more local events that we've included on our Facebook page. You don't want to miss these!

Washington County Fair Schedule -Richmond, RI

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Washington County Fair this week!

This week is the Washington County Fair held in Richmond, Rhode island. This fair has been a popular New England tradition for 50 years!

There will be loads of animals, delicious food, special events, and concerts. The fair will take place August 14th - 18th. Admission includes all day access to concerts, special events. Gates open at 8am and close at 11pm. This event is perfect for the whole family, especially if you love local crafts, vendors, and cute animals. Happens once a year, so don't miss it!

Check out the cute pigs, horses, cows, and other animals. They also serve the most delicious turkey legs and homemade pie with ice cream!

Tickets and Pricing

Admission is $11 for adults, with kids 10 years of age and younger are free. Tickets do not include rides, so those must be purchase inside the fair.

Red Sox Giveaway - Rhode Island

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Enter our Red Sox giveaway! Enter our RED SOX Giveaway!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is excited to announce our #REDSOXGIVEAWAY.

We will be giving away TWO (2) tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game at Fenway Park on Aug. 16th @ 7:10PM. You won't want to miss the food and fun Fenway has to offer!

We posted the giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so you can enter on either of those pages but not both. One entry per person. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding contest rules or concerns. Good Luck to everyone who enters! 

Deadline to enter is THIS FRIDAY and Winner announced - Friday later afternoon!

Enter via Instagram


Enter via Facebook

Our official website:

Rhode Island Beaches Close Due to Storm - Narragansett, RI

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Potential closing of 7 Rhode Island Beaches due to high bacterial levels.

Yesterday WJAR reported that The Rhode Island Department of Health has recommended the state close 7 of its beaches to swimming as a result of elevated bacterial levels due to storm run-off.  Make sure you do your research to be sure the beach you want to swim at is not affected with bacteria.

Beaches Subject to No SWIMMING 

Back in 2013, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island helped clean Spring lake Beach in Burrillville, RI. Here's an article as to what exactly happened causing the out poor of bacterial growth:

In the past, SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island has cleaned beaches like Burrillville when it was ridden with bacteria and 92 afflicted. If you are homeowner or business owner in need of storm damage restoration or commercial cleaning services for your business, call us 401-949-9955. 


National Hot Dog Day in Rhode Island - Get Your FREE Hotdog

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Today is a very special day - National Hot Dog Day and it is represented with the hashtag #NationalHotDogDay on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. 

In honor of today, here's some places you can get free/discounted hot dogs!

Don't miss these delicious deals right in time for summer! No need to travel to New York City for a yummy hot dog. 

For more information, check out this link and the social media channels of your favorite eatery to view additional deals.




Nate Lashley Wins 1st PGA Title

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island's Stormy and Blaze love the game of golf - if they weren't SERVPRO heroes, they probably would've been golfers!

SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA Tour, and we're really proud of that. Today we wanted to tell you a little backstory on Pro Golfer Nate Lashley. Most recently, he won his first PGA title

Nick's story is an inspiring one. He's faced so much adversity but prevailed and continues to play golf and love the game. While playing golf, his parents and college sweetheart, Leslie flew down to see him. After the game, he saw his family, and then they left. The next day, he hadn't heard from his parents or girlfriend. A couple of days passed, with no word as to where they were, and he was getting worried. It was at this time that he received horrifying news. His parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash due to inclement weather conditions over the state of Wyoming. 

Unable to really deal with the crash emotionally, he quit golfing in 2012 and got a job in commercial real estate. He realized he loved golfing and that he could not give up on it, so he began playing again.

SERVPRO supports the PGA Tour and admires the hard work and dedication of pro-golfers. Nate's story is just one of many inspiring stories of athletes who overcame challenging times and still remains a champion. 


Fourth of July Fireworks Schedule in Rhode Island

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Independence Day Fireworks Schedule in Rhode Island

It's almost Fourth of July, and we at SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island are always patriotic, so we wanted to fill you in on the fireworks events and their locations if you're looking for some family fun! We hope you're looking forward to July 4th with friends and family! 

First, here's some July 4th history.

  • Jamestown: July 1 @ 9pm
    • East Ferry Beach, Canonicus Avenue
  • Smithfield: July 5 @ 9pm
    • Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Ave. Turnpike
  • East Providence: July 5 @ 9pm
    • Pierce Memorial Stadium, 201 Mercer St.
  • Warwick: July 7 @ 9pm
    • Oakland Beach sea wall, Warwick City Park
  • Providence: July 4 @ 9:15 pm
    • India Point Park, 201 India St.
  • CoventryJuly 4 @ 9:30 pm
    • Johnson’s Pond 
  • South KingstownJuly 4 @ 9 pm
    • Old Mountain Field, 875 Kingstown Road

For Rain Dates, visit the Warwick Post

Sun Chronicle is Reporting Stop & Shop Strike Over

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement | Local News |

BOSTON — Stop & Shop supermarket workers and company officials reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday that includes wage increases for all associates and maintains health coverage, according to news releases from both parties.

The company said the agreement ends employee strikes that started April 11 at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

The tentative three-year agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers union is subject to ratification votes by members of each of the unio Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement | Local News |

Our associates’ top priority will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve,” the company said. “We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”

Stop & Shop, workers reach tentative contract agreement | Local News |

Our associates’ top priority will be restocking our stores so we can return to taking care of our customers and communities and providing them with the service they deserve,” the company said. “We deeply appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers during this time, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Stop & Shop.”

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

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)

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

“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



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. 




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)

(Photo courtesy of

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.




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)




Congratulations Dustin Johnson!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

(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!




SERVPRO is a Sponsor for the Amercian Red Cross

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

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.