RI Delegates Announce Funding for Prevention of Dating Violence

From the office of Sheldon Whitehouse:

Delegation Announces $791,000 in Federal Funding to Help Combat Teen Dating Violence

Providence, RI – Today, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $791,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for a study on teen dating violence, which will be conducted at Rhode Island Hospital and will focus on aggressive attitudes among middle school-aged boys.

Rhode Island Hospital and Klein Buendel, Inc., a technology research company, will use the funds to study the effectiveness of web-based games and videos in limiting aggressiveness among 8th grade boys. Researchers will also examine how to foster better communication between boys and their parents; previous studies have shown that parental involvement can be a significant risk factor for dating violence. Test subjects will be drawn from the greater Providence area. Findings from the study will be reported to DOJ’s National Institute of Justice for use in research and programming on teen dating violence.

“Significant progress has been made in preventing domestic violence and going after offenders. Yet, recent high profile events remind us that domestic violence continues, so we still have a long way to go. These federal funds will help educate more young people about the need to end domestic violence and sexual assault and advance gender equality,” said Reed, who helped pass the Violence Against Women Act.

“I am happy to see federal funding coming to Rhode Island to research this serious problem,” said Whitehouse, who wrote a provision in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) to help reduce teen dating violence. “Too many women are subjected to violence as teenagers, and often at the hands of the young men they are dating. Better understanding its causes will help us reduce future incidence of violence and keep our kids safe.”

“Violence begets violence, and early signs of aggression can be an indicator that the pattern could continue in later years. By focusing on young men and addressing these violent behaviors early on, this program aims to stop the cycle of abuse before it starts,” said Langevin. “Teen dating violence is an all-too-common occurrence, and I applaud the Department of Justice’s efforts to identify and address its root cause.”

“Intimidation, stalking, and violence are unacceptable and especially alarming when they are part of our children’s relationships,” said Cicilline. “Families and communities need the information and training to stop teen dating violence and I commend Rhode Island Hospital for advancing these important efforts.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine percent of students across the country have reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year.

Saucy Salsas, Odd Fellows, and Turkey Talk at Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market

News from the Market:

Enjoy the all-too-temporary silence at dinner time as the robocalls, avalanches of campaign literature and candidate door-knockers come to a brief halt after the primary. Celebrate by treating yourself to some seafood. boar sausage, chicken, goat cheese, fresh apples, a pie and, of course, a dazzling array of wonderful veggies.

Terry’s Tasty Treasures will be offering samples this week. They’ll have their usual preserves, along with green tomato salsa, sweet red pepper relish and cucumber dill relish.

Looking for something new and different? Blue Skys has a variety of the unusual and weird: cippolini onions, orange and padrone peppers, blue potatoes and others. Ask Christina and Kim for serving suggestions. Most of our farmers have out-of-the-ordinary and heirloom varieties you won’t see at most grocery stores. Dare to be different!
Tomatoes, peppers and corn won’t last much longer, so get them now.

gC Farms has their own pickles for sale this week, prepared by Harvest Kitchen from their cucumbers. They also have some awesome gourds.

PV Farmstand is taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas geese; a limited amount are available and a $40 deposit is required. He also has frozen free-range chickens; please pre-order (go to his website for e-mail info). You can also pre-order your fish from The Local Catch for pick-up at the market.

See you at the market.

Pawtuxet Village Farmer’s Market: Peaches, Beans, Tomatoes and Samples

News from the Market:

Barden Orchard peaches are still coming in; ripe and juicy, they are here for only a short time so enjoy them now! Early apples are also appearing.

Farmer Frank reports that he will have shell beans this week. According to Mother Earth News: “Horticultural beans (also called shell, wren’s egg, bird egg, speckled cranberry, or October beans) come in both pole and dwarf varieties and can produce big harvests in small gardens. The colorful, mottled pods can be eaten like snap beans when young, but most people prefer to use the rich, nutty, red-speckled seeds, which mature in 65 to 70 days, as fresh shell beans and for canning and freezing. Some Southerners claim horticultural beans are best after the pods begin to turn slightly dry or “shucky.”

Tomatoes are incredible in their variety at our market this year. Try out the heirloom varieties that the farmers are growing: cut up a bunch of different kinds and have your own taste test to see which are your favorites.

And of course, there are greens, squash, corn, eggplant, peppers, onions, beets… and that’s only the produce. We also have herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, nime chow, baked goods, preserves, meat, fish, nuts and peanut butter, cheese and butter.

This Saturday, local chef Zoey (with her able assistants Hazel, Emily and Jonathon) returns for the first of 3 cooking demonstrations using foods from our vendors. Stop by and taste the fresh goodies.

See you at the market.

August Harvest at Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market

News from the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market:

The first August market will bring us a bonanza of fresh produce: greens, nime chow and eggs from Pak Express: tomatoes and peppers from PV Farmstand,; herbs, lettuce and flowers from Blue Skys Farm; corn and squash from gCFarms, eggplant, jams and cukes from LongEntry Farm; blueberries and broccoli from Rocky Ledge Farm. And just MAYBE Barden Family Orchard will appear this Saturday… we’ll have to wait until market day to see.

And don’t forget the vendors with locally produced or harvested foods: meat from Baffoni Poultry and PV Farmstand, freshly caught seafood from the Local Catch, breads and pastries from LeFavorite Bakery and Long Entry Farm, goat cheeses and yogurt from Beltane Farm, honey from Bernie B’s Bees, plants and eggs from Wedgewood Flowers, and from our Market Table: pepper jams from Terry’s Tasty Treasures, peanut butter, nuts and popcorn from the Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company, olive oils and balsamic vinegars from the Olive Tap, and cheese and butter from Rhody Fresh (made with milk and cream from Rhode Island cows untreated with hormones). Did we mention the many delicious beverages served up by the Presto Strange O coffee truck, along with locally-roasted coffee to take home?

Two of our farmers will be offering tastes of their goods this weekend:

PV Farmstand will be sampling farmer Frank Martinelli’s Marinara Sauce, which is being processed by FarmFresh RI’s Harvest Kitchen facility through the Open Kitchen initiative. This is a great project which will enable more farmers to preserve their harvest and to make more local goodness available year round.

Blue Skys Farm’s fresh herbs will be incorporated in recipes prepared by Little Falls Cafe’s Jess Watts. On the menu for tasting: Holy Tomato Basil soup, caprese salad, and herbalicious smoothies. Recipes for these and other dishes using Blue Skys herbs will be available.

Speaking of herbs and Blue Skys, farmer Christina Dedora is looking for fans for her drying loft. If you have any box or floor fans that you are no longer using, please consider “recycling” them to a fragrant new home.

See you at the market.

Nellie Gorbea Interview with Bob Plain

This is a great interview with Nellie Gorbea, who is running for Rhode Island Secretary of State.  She looks like the most experienced candidate for the job, and talks about the work she has already done in the Secretary of State’s office, including facilitating the unionizing of the office’s employees.  She does not have the ability to personally bankroll an expensive campaign, so will be depending on grassroots messaging and support.

Nellie Gorbea: experience matters for next secretary of state.