Bristol-Warren & Cranston School Committees Support $250M School Construction Bond

Providence, RI – The Bristol-Warren and Cranston School Committees voted unanimously last night to approve resolutions in support of the proposed school construction plan, which includes a $250M State GO Bond to make a once-in-a-generation investment in Rhode Island's public school buildings. Bristol-Warren School Committee Member Adam Ramos said, “I am proud to have been a part of the Bristol-Warren School Committee's unanimous vote in favor of the $250M bond and the plan to invest in our schools. We owe it to our children to ensure that they have healthy and safe spaces to learn.“ These two school committees join…
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The City of Pawtucket Welcomes White Dog Distillery

PAWTUCKET - Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Northern Rhode Island Chamber President John Gregory welcomed White Dog Distilling to Pawtucket today. Based in the mill complex at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, White Dog Distilling produces rum, corn whiskey, moonshine, gin and bourbon. Owners, Carlo Catucci, Alecia Catucci, Eric Sylvestre and Vincent Greene, plan to open to the public on Saturday, April 28th from 1:00-5:00 to offer craft cocktails and tastings. "The City welcomes White Dog Distilling to the craft brew capital of Rhode Island, where creativity and passion are not limited to just the arts," said Mayor Grebien. "They…
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Statement from City Council President David A. Salvatore

Yesterday I welcomed Mayor Elorza into the Council Chambers to offer his proposed budget for the City of Providence. I look forward to working with the Mayor and my colleagues on the Council to ensure a budget that is both fiscally responsible and addresses some of the most critical issues facing our city. The City Council is looking forward to deliberating the budget and hearing from City departments. Affordable Housing — The housing market is strong, but we need more affordable housing in Providence. It has been suggested that our city will need roughly 20,000 units within the next ten…
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Raimondo Administration, Commerce Corporation Board Approve 50th Innovation Voucher

  PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation tonight approved three Innovation Vouchers, bringing the total amount of Innovation Voucher recipients to 50.   All three award recipients are in the manufacturing industry, utilizing the program's recent expansion which allows Rhode Island manufacturers to conduct research and development internally. With these awards, there have now been 50 Innovation Voucher recipients, totaling an investment of $ million.   "Rhode Island's economy is on the move and there are more Rhode Islanders working today than at any point in the last decade,"…
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Reed Announces Release of Additional $4.5 Million in LIHEAP Energy Assistance for RI

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) decision to release approximately $ million to states through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) means an additional $ million will be made available to Rhode Island. This funding, in addition to the $ million already allocated to the state, brings the Ocean State's total to approximately $ million this fiscal year. "This additional funding will provide an important measure of relief to many Rhode Islanders in need and some added budget certainty to community organizations distributing the assistance," said…
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Providence Awarded $20,000 TD Green Streets Grant for Huntington Avenue Urban Forestry Initiative

Providence, RI —TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and the Arbor Day Foundation announced that the City of Providence Department of Parks and Recreation will receive a $20,000 grant from TD Green Streets to support innovative urban greening and tree-planting projects along Huntington Avenue. The grant is being managed by the Forestry Division in partnership with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. The grant funds will be used to bring together a coalition of community partners and stakeholders to collaboratively plan, prepare, plant and steward a mix of shade trees and shrubs along Huntington Avenue. The project will kick-off on Arbor…
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Rhode Island State Police Arrests Former Warwick Lawyer for Embezzlement

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that members of the State Police Financial Crimes Unit today arrested a Warwick lawyer who had been disbarred last summer after self-reporting the theft of more than $ million from clients. Vincent J. Mitchell, age 57 of 36 Mapledale St., Unit B, Coventry Rhode Island, was arrested earlier today on an Affidavit/Arrest Warrant charging him with 10 counts of Embezzlement and Fraudulent Conversion over $100. The investigation was the result of a voluntary admission Mr. Mitchell made to the Rhode…
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Rep. Nardolillo Extremely Disappointed About Animal Cruelty Case

Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28 Coventry) is upset over the recent court case involving an Exeter man convicted on two counts of animal cruelty. Police raided the home of an Exeter man in December and found nearly 100 animals living in unsanitary conditions including dogs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats. Last week the man in question was convicted of two charges including overwork, mistreatment or failure to feed animals and unnecessary cruelty to animals. He was only fined $200 for his actions leaving many animal advocacy groups upset over the court’s decision. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention…
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Shower To Empower

What is Shower to Empower? Shower to Empower is a mobile navigation unit operated and funded through a partnership between the House of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC), Team Williams, LLC, and the City of Providence. Shower to Empower is a one of a kind model and uniquely links basic needs such as complimentary showers and haircuts with case management and medical navigation services in a mobile delivery model. It is aimed to provide assistance and restore dignity to Rhode Island’s experiencing homelessness, ultimately making connections to essential services. About the Unit: The unit is a customized 20’ x ’…
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Cicilline, Langevin Announce $450K in Federal Funding for Affordable Housing, Community Development

WASHINGTON - Congressmen David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island community organizations are receiving nearly $450,000 through NeighborWorks America to support affordable housing and revitalizing local communities. NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is receiving a grant of $258,000, while the West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. is receiving $188,000 in new funds. "Quality affordable housing is the bedrock of the middle class, and this investment will give more Rhode Island families the opportunity to find a new home," said Cicilline who advocated for a $35 million increase in annual federal support for NeighborWorks America. "Benefitting families…
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