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Save The Bay’s two-hour Seal and Lighthouse Tours set to begin on Nov. 19 in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I. – Nov. 8, 2016 – While the first of this season’s Save The Bay’s Newport Seal Tours will begin on Friday, November 11, the organization’s two-hour Seal-Lighthouse tours will launch a week later, on Saturday, November 19, combining the best of the Newport Seal Tours with a tour of one of Rhode Island’s most beloved historic lighthouses. The first Seal-Lighthouse Tour departs from Bowen’s Ferry Landing at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. As the two-hour tour cruises through historic Newport Harbor, guests will take in 360° views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and enjoy an off-boat tour of the beautiful and historic Rose Island Lighthouse. Seal tours are held most Saturdays and Sundays from November 11 through April 31, plus some public school vacation days, while Seal-Lighthouse Tours will be held on select weekends each month from November 2016 to April 2017, beginning on Nov. 19 and 20.

“These tours are longer than our typical one-hour seal tours, in that we add another hour to enjoy beautiful Rose Island Light. Passengers will get a guided tour of both grounds as well as the lighthouse, where they will have the amazing opportunity to climb up to the top of the light,” said Dan Blount, education spet and boat captain.

Save The Bay has offered seal tours for more than 15 years throughout the months of October through April, when harbor seals come into the harbor to feed. Unlike visits to a zoo or aquarium, these boat tours offer guests the exclusive experience of catching winter seals in their natural habitat. And unlike Save The Bay’s shorter seal tours, these two-hour cruises include the lighthouse tour component. Save The Bay marine experts will provide an educational overview of harbor seals, Rhode Island’s recently-named official state marine mammal, and an historical perspective on Rose Island Light.

The two-hour Seal and Lighthouse Tours are $42 for non-members, $32 for members, seniors and children ages 3-12 and $5 for children under the age of three. These tours depart from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI. Tour tickets can be purchased online at Save The Bay’s Seal Tour website,, or through the Bowen’s Wharf kiosk in downtown Newport. For additional information call 401-203-7325.

Rhode Island – Dog Bites

Every year, many Americans are bitten by a dog. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year in the U.S. If you have found yourself in this predicament, you are not alone. If you have been bitten by a dog, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Untreated dog bites can lead to such severe injury, infections and can even be fatal. If you want to pursue legal action against the owner of the dog that bit you, then you will want to hire an expert dog to bite attorney as soon as possible. Dog bite victims in Rhode Island have three years to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs out.

Dog Owner Liability:

Under Rhode Island Statutes 4-13-16, dog bites are viewed under “strict liability.” The statute means that “the defendant is held liable if a particular event occurs, regardless of whether the defendant could have done anything to prevent the event.” To be more specific, if a dog assaults, bites or injures a person or an animal belonging to another person the owner of the biting dog will be held liable. The person or injured animal cannot be on the property of the dog’s owner when the bite occurs because it can be seen as an intruder, another law pertains to this instance. This statute applies to any and all injuries that a dog causes to people or other animals.

This statute applies to dog bites but also other injuries a dog has caused, such as a dog knocking someone over and injuring them. The other person can file a claim against the dog’s owner if they are injured. If someone is injured by another person’s dog while on the other person’s property, the injuries will ball under the “one bite” rule.

RI “One Bite” Rule

The “one bite” rule takes effect when someone steps on to another person’s property or home and is bitten or injured by their dog. In this particular situation, the “one bite” rule takes effect if the dog hasn’t bitten anyone before now so the owner couldn’t have known they would act aggressively in this manner. The injured person will have to prove that the owner had knowledge that the dog was dangerous or hostile towards other people for the owner to be liable. This is where an experienced Rhode Island attorney like Rob Levine will be able to research and fight for your justice!

Flu Season Has Arrived

Direct Doctors FLU

Wondering if you Have It?
The diagram above shows just how extensive the symptoms of flu can be.  Of course, other viral infections can cause the same mix but typically the flu has higher fevers (above 102) and a mix of stomach, nose, muscle, joint and face/head symptoms all in one.  (That’s why people are so miserable when they have it!)

If someone I know has it, what do I do?
If you know you have been exposed to flu then definitely contact your doctor for an anti-viral medication to start ASAP to try to prevent you from getting it.

Should I get a flu shot if I haven’t yet?
In my opinion, yes!  It’s still worth it.  Even if you get the flu after having the shot, it tends to be much less severe.  And, if you can prevent feeling horrible for 1-2 weeks, isn’t that worth one tiny little shot?!  I got mine :).

Dr. Mark Turshen MD and Dr. Lauren Hedde DO are accepting new patients at their Direct Doctors family practice in North Kingstown (Wickford), Rhode Island.  Direct Doctors is an innovative primary care practice emphasizing an improved doctor-patient relationship.  Drs. Hedde and Turshen offer 24/7 access, no waiting, same day visits, home visits, and a doctor who knows YOU well!  If you are frustrated with “fast-food”, “cookie-cutter” health care, Direct Doctors may be just the prescription for you. Check out the Direct Doctors difference at, email, or call 401-400-2699.

Conference to Examine Public Health, Social Work and Community Partnerships

PROVIDENCE, RI – Nicole Alexander-Scott, M.D., M.P.H., director of the R.I. Department of Health, will serve as keynote speaker at the 2015 Promising Practices Multicultural Conference, “The Power of Community Partnerships: Advancing Public Health & Human Rights through Education and Service,” held from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Rhode Island College’s Donovan Dining Center, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence. General admission is $20 (student admission $15). Online registration is available at<>/.

The 2015 Promising Practices Multicultural Conference is presented by the Rhode Island College Dialogue on Diversity Committee and is co-chaired by RIC Assistant Professor of Social Work Stefan Battle and RIC Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Carol Cummings.

Cummings stated that the conference is ideal for public health professionals, social workers, nurses, counselors, faculty, teachers and students. She said, “Together we can champion the health and well-being of all people and all communities.”

In her talk, Dr. Alexander-Scott will focus on the state’s strategic priorities for improving health and human rights outcomes, including social and environmental determinants of health, health disparities and access to health services.

“Health begins where we live, learn, work and play,” said Dr. Alexander-Scott. “It begins with the services available in our neighborhoods, the quality of our housing, the safety of our communities and the food we have access to and eat. For this reason, the Department of Health aims to affect change at the neighborhood and community levels. It is one of the Department of Health’s leading priorities to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. This means that everyone has the chance to achieve their full health potential, regardless of their zip code.”

The conference program will also feature a panel discussion on public health and social work partnerships. Panelists will include:

* Professor of Social Work Dr. Jayashree Nimmagadda, Rhode Island College.
* Zero: 2016 Coordinator Maria Cimini, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
* Executive Director Ana Novais, Division of Community, Family and Equity at the R.I. Department of Health.
* Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Dr. Dannie Ritchie, Brown University.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to choose two of 28 different workshops that showcase innovative efforts to build health literacy and address human rights disparities. Titles include: “Advancing Health at the City Level,” “Youth Action for All Abilities” and “Reducing the Stigma and Increasing Support: Pregnant Women, Substance Abuse and Newborns.”

“Carol and I are extremely excited about the array of workshop titles and presenters for this year’s Promising Practice conference,” said Battle. In addition to RIC faculty, workshop presenters include representatives from the African Alliance of Rhode Island; Boston College/National Resource Center of Participant-Directed Services; Bridgewater State University; City of Providence/Healthy Communities Office; Crossroads Rhode Island; Healthcentric Advisors; Lifespan; Providence Children and Youth Cabinet; Providence Community Acupuncture; Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; Rhode Island Department of Health/Office of Special Needs; Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College; Rhode Island Parent Information Network; Roger Williams University; South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention; Special Olympics Rhode Island; Vantage Point; Wellness Workdays; Wheelock College School of Social Work; and Women & Infants’ Hospital.

Conference co-sponsors include the National Association of Social Workers – Rhode Island Chapter; the RIC Feinstein School of Education and Human Development; the RIC School of Nursing; the RIC School of Social Work in conjunction with the Child Welfare Institute; the Rhode Island Department of Health; and the Rhode Island Public Health Association. The conference is supported by the RIC Committee on College Lectures.

Established in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit<>.Established in Providence in 1854, Rhode Island College serves approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and the School of Nursing. For more information, visit<>.



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