Thu, 11/19/2020 - 4:45pm

Small business grants available

To the Editor:

I first want to thank you for your perseverance and commitment to the small business community during these unprecedented times. Small businesses play a critical role in the fabric of our state and my office wants to ensure you receive the support you need.

As Lt. Governor, I am working to make small businesses aware of millions of dollars in grants available through the state’s Restore RI program. As of today, over $25 million in grants is still available to small businesses like yours. We urge you to apply for a Restore RI grant as soon as possible — funds are set to expire by Dec. 30, 2020. All Restore RI funds are grants, not loans and they do not have to be repaid. Qualifying small businesses can use the grants to pay for overhead costs including rent and utilities. Eligible small businesses that can show 30 percent or more in lost revenue for just one month compared to the same month in 2019 will be eligible for a grant of up $30,000. To see if you are eligible and apply visit commerceri.com/ about-us/restore-ri.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at (401) 222-2371 or ltgov@ltgov.ri.gov. After you apply for a Restore RI grant, please reply to that e-mail and notify our team. We look forward to hearing from you.

Daniel McKee
Lieutenant Governor


Successful Blood Drive

To the Editor:

I want to thank everyone who helped make our last Blood Drive successful. They are the donors, of course; the Harbor Church, as always, and to the staff who got up so early to make the 6:30 a.m. boat.

We had 25 donors.

Our first Blood Drive of 2021 will be the first week of January.

Thanks again, everyone.

Peter Greenman
Rhode Island Blood Center


Get in the flow

To the Editor:

With an increase in virus cases on the island, most of us are staying closer to home (again).

I wanted to pass along a good idea that I read in an article on Inverse.com by Sarah Sloat, dated Nov. 14. To combat ‘Covid fatigue,’ she says, “Get in the flow! Flow is the experience of becoming so absorbed in an enjoyable activity that one loses track of their external surrounding. Almost any activity can be turned into a flow activity if you pay attention to two features of the experience: it should push you — but not to the point of frustration, and you should be able to track your progress.”

Any activity from jigsaw puzzles to ‘honey-do’ projects should fit the bill. I’ve recently started restoring an old double-ender sailboat for my flow project; I’ve never done this before and it is something that will (hopefully!) show progress and tangible results.

I encourage you to discover your own ‘flow activity’ and create a personal get-away from the ‘bug blues’ that are besetting so many of us.

We continue to pray for the health and overall well-being of our entire community.

Peace and be well,
Pastor Peter Preiser
Harbor Church