Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Colonel Ann Assumpico Announce $50,000 Grant for First Statewide Youth Recovery Community Center

At a press conference at the newly-opened Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Center in Providence, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announced a $50,000 grant to support the Center’s efforts to provide recovery supports for youth in Rhode Island who have substance use disorders. The Youth Recovery Community Center, founded by The Providence Center, is the first of its kind in Rhode Island, specializing in providing youth with afterschool and weekend programs coupled with recovery supports. It complements the programs…
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Providence Police continue efforts targeting illegal vehicles being operated on city streets

Providence, RI: On Wednesday, February 21st Officers Joseph Nezier, Brendan McKenna, Albert Deschamps and Jose Deschamps were assigned to the traffic enforcement detail monitoring recreational vehicles. At approximately 1740 hours, Officers Albert and Jose Deschamps observed approximately 10-15 recreational vehicles driving erratically on Manton Avenue. Police observed the vehicles as they turned onto Amherst Street without utilizing turn signals and continue operating at a high rate of speed and in an unpredictable manner, driving on and off sidewalks and causing other vehicles on the roadway to stop abruptly. The vehicles proceeded to drive to Atwells Avenue in a reckless manner,…
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Lt. Governor McKee, Alzheimer’s Association Secure $30K to Update State Plan on Alzheimer’s

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee today announced $30,000 in grants secured by his office and the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to update the state’s five-year plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative. The State Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will continue to address the growing Alzheimer's crisis. It creates the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs and services for the growing number of Rhode Islanders with the disease. The Plan explores the current impact…
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Raimondo unveils plan to increase number of Rhode Islanders with higher education

In the coming years, 70% of jobs in Rhode Island will require education beyond high school. PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Raimondo today released a roadmap for to achieving the ambitious goal she set to have 70% postsecondary attainment in Rhode Island by the year 2025. Together with Chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education Bill Foulkes, Postsecondary Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier, Scott Jenkins of the Lumina Foundation, and students from Rhode Island's three public institutions of higher education, the Governor laid out why getting to 70% is critical to the state's economy and to Rhode Islanders' quality of life. "We have…
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Providence Redevelopment Agency Seeks Bids to Restore Vacant and Abandoned Properties

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) Executive Director Bonnie Nickerson announced last Friday that the Agency will be accepting proposals for qualified individuals and entities to redevelop 17 properties that have been acquired through the Special Redevelopment Plan for Vacant Houses. "This initiative will help us fix abandoned properties that have been a blight in our community for up to ten years," said Mayor Elorza. "We're bringing hundreds of vacant properties back to life and making our neighborhoods stronger and more vibrant." Proposals must be developed in accordance with the PRA's Special Redevelopment Plan…
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Treasurer Magaziner Responds to Navient: Student Loan Debt Crisis is not “Ordinary Business”

Providence, RI - Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner yesterday sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission in response to Navient Corporation's (NASDAQ: NAVI) attempt to deny shareholders the chance to vote on his proposal requesting that the company provide investors with information on the measures it is taking related to risks associated with the student loan debt crisis. "Shareholders have good reason to be concerned about risks associated with the student loan industry," said Treasurer Magaziner. "Nationally, there are more than 44 million borrowers with an estimated $ trillion in student loan debt, an amount second only to…
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Clean Water Action endorses Sandra Cano in State Senate district 8 special election

PROVIDENCE - Clean Water Action is pleased to announce their endorsement of Sandra Cano’s candidacy in the special election for the District 8 state senate seat. “In her time in public service, Sandra has worked tirelessly to make Pawtucket a safe, healthy, and vibrant community,” said Johnathan Berard, Rhode Island state director. “We look forward to supporting her continuation of this work as a member of the Rhode Island Senate.” Sandra has long supported efforts to expand the community garden network in Pawtucket and increase access to public transit. She has also played a significant role in efforts to enact…
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Raimondo Expands Efforts to Support New Parents in Recovery and Infants Born with Opioid Dependence

Rhode Island selected by National Governor's Association as a 'learning lab' state to prevent neonatal withdrawal PROVIDENCE, RI - Following the release earlier last week of a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing a 61 percent decrease in post-incarceration overdose deaths, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new effort to improve and expand support for new parents in recovery and infants born with opioid dependence. The National Governors Association selected Rhode Island as one of five 'learning lab' states to help develop a strategic action plan to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), also known…
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Councilwoman Ryan Introduces Ordinance to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Bags

PROVIDENCE - City Council Majority Whip Jo-Ann Ryan, (Ward 5) introduced an ordinance that calls for a reduction of single-use plastic bags and encourages the use of reusable checkout bags at retail establishments throughout the City. This ordinance addresses significant environmental and economic concerns facing the City and is modeled after those successfully passed in other municipalities and is most similar to the one recently passed in Boston. Ryan, the lead sponsor of the ordinance said, "The production, use, and disposal of single-use plastic bags have significant adverse impacts on the environment and are a serious economic burden to the…
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