COVID-19 CRISIS

Solomon announces new COVID-19 protocols for city operations

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Editor's note: Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon's office issued the following press release early Friday evening.

WARWICK - Mayor Joseph J. Solomon has announced that in order to mitigate risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, he is closing all City buildings to the public, effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

"As we have watched the COVID-19 virus spread around the world, it has been clear that the key element in preventing more cases is containment," said Mayor Solomon. "The best way to stop COVID-19 in its tracks is to just shut things down. This is an aggressive step, but I cannot allow our employees or the public to be exposed to any unnecessary risks. My number one priority is ensuring that everyone in Warwick is safe."

Mayor Solomon will continue providing updates on warwickri.gov, Facebook, and Twitter as frequently as possible.

Warwick City Hall City and all public buildings will be closed to the public until at least Friday, March 27, 2020, at which time Mayor Solomon will evaluate the situation and determine next steps. The City will continue to provide essential services, including public safety, sanitation including trash and recycling, wastewater treatment, and critical City functions.

Under a state of emergency issued by Mayor Solomon on Friday, March 13, all municipal board and commission meetings, including the City Council, Zoning and Planning Boards, and Municipal and Probate Courts were cancelled until further notice.

Below is a list of City departments that remain operational:

* All public safety departments, including Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Emergency Management Agency, are fully operational.

* The Department of Public Works will continue to collect curbside trash and recycling on its regular schedule; other requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

* The City Clerk's office, which includes Recorder of Deeds and Vital Statistics, will remain open, but with limited hours and by appointment only. Please call 401- 738-2006 with questions or to request an appointment. The City Clerk's Office will be open Tuesday and Thursday only from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and will be taking appointments for land evidence recordings; payment for traffic violations; and birth, death and marriage certificates.

City parks remain open, but Mayor Solomon has urged residents and vistors to heed social distancing guidelines.

Below is a list of City departments that are closed:

* The Buttonwoods Municipal Annex and Community Center will be closed. This includes the Tax Collectors Office, Tax Assessor's Department, the Building and Zoning Department, the Planning Department, and the City Council Office. Please note that tax payments may be made online, via mail, or via dropbox; more information is online. Additionally, Mayor Solomon has signed an executive order to extend City tax and utility payment deadlines.

* The City Archives will be closed to the public.

* The Board of Canvassers is closed.

* The Building Department is closed.

* The Office of Community Development is closed.

* The Finance Department is closed.

* The Department of Human Services is closed.

* The Parks and Recreation Department is closed. This includes McDermott Pool, as well as Thayer and Warburton Arenas.

* The Personnel Department is closed.

* The Purchasing Department is closed.

* Probate and Municipal Courts are cancelled.

* The Warwick Public Library is closed. Homebound Services have been suspended until further notice. E-books, e-audiobooks, movies and more are available online. No late fees are being accrued on items checked out while we are closed.

* The Pilgrim Senior Center is closed, however, the Department of Senior Services is ensuring the continuity of meal services for the residents who depend upon them. Any senior residents with questions should contact the Department of Senior Services at (401) 468-4077. The Transwick Senior Transportation Service is cancelled until further notice.

* Warwick Public Schools are closed until April 3, 2020. A distance learning program will be in place from March 23 through April 3. There are meal sites set up so all students under age 18 can pick up a breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Meal site locations are at Toll Gate High School, Pilgrim High School, and Oakland Beach Elementary School.

* The Department of Tourism, Culture and Development is closed.

Mayor Solomon urges residents to realize that this is a rapidly changing situation and thus information is subject to change. As the State's recommendations regarding COVID-19 evolve, Mayor Solomon will continue to evaluate the City's needs and priorities accordingly. Residents are encouraged to visit warwickri.gov, Facebook  and Twitter for updates.

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John Simoneau

Are the employees out of work going to collect unemployment, or if paid to not work are you taking accumulated days they have saved? Like most other taxpayers, NO WORK NO PAY! Come on Mayor or your sidekick Depasquale, answer this simple question. We know you read your own stories, or have a flunky do it, and print them for the scrapbook!

Friday, March 20
Educated Voter

First for the good news: Judging from all his ridiculous posts on both the Beacon site and his girlfriend Stacia's irrelevant Facebook Warwick hate page, it appears Johnny Pajamas has self quarantined and given up on riding around the city making obscene gestures at city workers.

Now the bad news: The Beacon has obviously not blocked his inflammatory and moronic comments from this page. As usual, Pajamas continues to take every opportunity to criticize city leaders, city workers, and anyone who disagrees with his twisted way of thinking.

So Pajamas, in the interest of saving the taxpayers some money during these difficult times, why don't you lead by example and decline your $100,000 per year TAX FREE fraudulent disability pension that you've been stealing from the city of Providence for the past 25 years. It's only a first step in repaying what you've stolen from the Providence taxpayers your entire life, but at least it's a start.

Saturday, March 21
John Simoneau

Non-Educated Voter ..... COWARD

Learn to read ..... YOUR NUMBER IS TO HIGH....

Meet me, anytime, anyplace, and I'll consider giving back..COWARD

Saturday, March 21
Gary from Greenwood

I recently relocated to the area. Who is the John Simoneau fella? Sounds unstable. Hope he doesn't live in my neighborhood. Wash your hands everyone!

Saturday, March 21
John Simoneau

Gary ... good try Billy T, Ziggy, Uneducated Voter, JP, Hypocrite, Pajanas, etc. etc. all the same guy using different Fake Names.... give it up COWARD!

Saturday, March 21
Educated Voter

It appears Johnny Sweat Pants is being less than forthcoming regarding his $100,000 per year TAX FREE phony disability pension that he's been stealing from the Providence taxpayers for the last 25 years. Apparently he's too ignorant to realize his bogus disability pension amount is public record, and can be accessed by a simple public records request. Ever hear of APRA Sweat Pants? If you don't, your girlfriend Stacia and boyfriend Cote would be happy to enlighten you as to what it's all about.

Saturday, March 21
mike hunt

wear masks everyone, theres two pandemics goin on, the chinese flu and johnny snaggle tooths breath, stay 10 feet away. his poor wife, she must be hideous

Sunday, March 22
John Simoneau

Do all the APRA requests you want. You'll still be wrong. Get a life COWARDS. Don't let the John Simoneau derangement syndrome ruin your obvious childish pathetic lifes.

Sunday, March 22
davebarry

Can you firemen who hate Simoneau please take your battle elsewhere? Children.

Sunday, March 22
John Simoneau

Davebarry, thanks but don't bet on it.

It seems like the John Simoneau derangement syndrome is the second worst case, after only the TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. LOL

But thanks.

Sunday, March 22
Robert

Solomon is our enemy. His wish is to destroy the Christian Goim.

Monday, March 23
FastFred Ward 4

Be Nice .HOLD THE LINE.

Monday, March 23
Yikes!

The only thing worse than Mr. Simoneau's semi-literate rants are the fools who egg him on; there would be so many fewer irrelevant comments on the Beacon's pages if his obviously bored critics would exhibit some maturity. So much for "Professionalism" (or adulthood, for that matter)...just schoolyard shenanigans from our "Bravest"...terribly sad and disappointing.

They probably believe that these comments demean him when in truth it just demeans their own standing and the opinions of the citizens who pay their salaries...I hope their children don't know they behave this way...perhaps it's time they did...

Monday, March 23
Cat

I applaud the decision to close down non-essential offices/departments. As an immunocompromised individual, I am self-quarantining for my safety. I am working remotely. Everyone is in this together. Our state economy is already going to take a hit. Let's not make it worse.

kindness is contagious. Be a carrier.

5 days ago
warwicker

Robert, I dont believe Solomon is jewish not that it matters anyway. And I'm sure he and his people are doing the best he can for every single resident. God help us all.

5 days ago
wwkvoter

One of America's greatest mayors of all time also represented our incredible diversity:

"Fiorello La Guardia was born in Greenwich Village in New York City. His father, Achille La Guardia, was a Catholic from Cerignola, Italy, and his mother, Irene Luzzatto Coen, was a Jewish woman from Trieste, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; his maternal grandmother Fiorina (Luzzatto) Coen was a Luzzatto, a member of the prestigious Sephardic Italian-Jewish family of scholars, kabbalists, and poets and had among her ancestors the famous rabbi Samuel David Luzzatto. It was in Trieste that Achille La Guardia met and married Irene. Fiorello La Guardia was raised an Episcopalian and practiced that religion all his life."

5 days ago
Daydreambeliever

davebarry why assume every poster who mentions Simoneau is absolutely a firefighter ? Grow up yourself and stop posting foolishly.

I'll let you know who is a firefighter....jimmy absolutely, myself also.

Others don't be so sure ......

5 days ago
John Simoneau

Daydreambeliever... COWARD...

It's Warwick firemen, or their corrupt Warwick politicians !

Big bad firemen, and corrupt scumbag POLITICIANS, afraid to post their opinions using real names. Because they know everything out of their mouths are lies.

All COWARDS

5 days ago
Educated Voter

Just more garbage coming out of the mouth of Johnny Sweat Pants. He's an embarrassment to the Providence Police Department, he's an embarrassment to his family, and most of all, he's an embarrassment to himself. All in all, just a guy who's taking up oxygen from decent human beings who are much more deserving than him.

5 days ago
John Simoneau

Un-educated Voter .... COWARD

Come see me you useless piece of shit. You know nothing about me, my family, or the corrupt PPD, so shut the %^@*& up. Get the balls to say any of it to my face..... COWARD

5 days ago
Patient Man

Is the city compost open?

5 days ago
perky

they mayor should demand that the airport be closed

5 days ago
Janet Chapman

While I find the back and forth between certain individuals on this blog to be childish and juvenile, I particularly take offense at the language from Mr. Simoneau. There are children who read this blog, and his continued use of profanity is offensive and unacceptable.

The individuals involved in this disagreement can argue back and forth all they want, but please leave out the profanities and other vulgar language that is not suitable for younger readers.

4 days ago
Ziggy

Profanity gets blocked out automatically so I don't know what profanity the poor children might see.

4 days ago
Educated Voter

Ms Chapman-what you need to realize is the disgusting gutter language used by Johnny Pajamas is the only type of language he knows. He uses it in public, in private, and he also used it in his capacity as a police officer, which if you go to the link below, you can read all about it. It's a case that he took all the way to the RI Supreme Court (and lost), challenging the police chief ordering him to take a psychological exam due to his bizarre and abusive behavior at work. Interestingly, almost immediately after he lost this court case and was faced with having to take the psychological exam, he mysteriously came down with a phony knee injury and retired with a fraudulent $100,000 per year tax free disability pension. Here's the link to the court case:

https://law.justia.com/cases/rhode-island/supreme-court/Decisions/1995/In Re Simoneau

4 days ago
John Simoneau

Un-educated Voter.... COWARD

Learn to read. I never lost. I just wish you had the courage to put your real name. You know nothing COWARD.

John Simoneau derangement syndrome is all you have. Any profanity I used here was blocked automatically, so Janet is more stupid than you, and I never thought that was possible.

4 days ago
Warwick Resident_1998

And there’s Mr. Sweatpants never missing an opportunity to lash out at a woman.

Misogyny has been his manner of operation ever since he was harassing the females what worked around him in Providence.

And let’s not forget the creepy stalking of Council Woman Travis.

On behalf of the city I apologize for Mr. Sweatpants calling you names Mrs. Chapman, he can’t help himself.

And for the record I have never been a firefighter. I just like to call out hypocrisy and bad behavior when I see it.

4 days ago
John Simoneau

@*&#^! you too.... COWARD, and all your fake names.

4 days ago
davebarry

Whatever you are Daydreambeliever, count a bad person as part of the definition. You're ruining these pages with your obsession.

3 days ago
Educated Voter

davebarry-the only person that's ruining these pages would be Johnny Sweat Pants. His use of profanity, homophobic slurs, and threats of violence directed at other posters is the number one reason why these pages have deteriorated to such a low level. He's a completely deranged sociopath who belongs in a psychiatric hospital where he can get plenty of inpatient therapy.

3 days ago
bill123

I agree with davebarry. The tag-team of anonymous names are engaged in cyber stalking.

3 days ago
John Simoneau

Un-educated Voter.... COWARD

Never saw you, under any of your fake names, state any opinion on the article itself. You just have John Simoneau derangement syndrome. You began the attacks, slanderous lies about me, and I then attacked you COWARDS with my opinion about you. Sorry if the truth hurts you, but at least I put my real name to it. If anything I've stated is untrue, bring a lawsuit. Show some class going forward, and use your real name behind your opinions.

3 days ago
newcomer

I also find the posts by Mr Pajamas to be repetitive and inappropriate. You'd think 100k tax free cash would calm him more than it does.

3 days ago
John Simoneau

You need help. Seriously. So sad to see what happened to you because your mother sexually abused you.

3 days ago
Really?

Sexual abuse comments Simoneau? That's really the road you want to go down? You would think you of all people would know better then to make such a disgusting comment. Just shut up already.

3 days ago
FASTFRED WARD 4

After 3days of my last post. I see nothing. Does it matter. Try to be nice. Just hold the line. The mayor is not doing anything wrong .

3 days ago
John Simoneau

You fake name COWARDS started this road we are on, NOT ME.

You "shut up", and this road will end!

3 days ago
Billy T

Don't worry Johnny Sweat Pants, Mr. Howell is actively seeking a buyer for his newspaper, and as soon as a buyer takes ownership, that new publisher will be instituting a paywall for access to the paper and associated website, at which time your rude, vile, and profane comments will become a thing of the past. Everyone knows you despise the media, and have many times accused them of biased journalism, and everyone also knows you're notoriously cheap, so the chances of you paying to read and/or contribute to the new Beacon are nil. That cheap streak in you is actually a surprise, as you have plenty of disposable income after collecting a $100,000 tax free pension from the Providence Police Department for the last 25 years.

2 days ago
John Simoneau

@&*%&# you COWARD. We'll see how tough you are when I come for you #*&%@!

2 days ago
Billy T

Looks like Johnny Sweat Pants is back to making threats of violence once again ("We'll see how tough you are when I come for you"). Well Johnny Sweat Pants, that statement just earned another screen shot and forward to both the WPD and the RISP. It's going to be a great day when law enforcement comes to your disgusting rat infested Oakland Beach shack and you're taken out in handcuffs.

Yesterday at 3:36 PM
John Simoneau

@&*%&# you, and them, @*&#^!. Should learn the law. Can't be arrested for threatening anonymous COWARDS! For the same reason why I can't bring suit for slander/libel against anonymous COWARDS.

ENJOY SCUMBAG. Be seeing you!

Yesterday at 4:01 PM