Providence City Council Approves First Passage of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Fiscally responsible budget streamlines spending, reforms tax penalties, improves quality of life in every Providence neighborhood PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence City Council tonight approved first passage of the $737M city budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The budget is the result of strong collaboration and shared goals between the City Council and Elorza Administration to produce a fiscally responsible budget that includes no tax increases, invests in schools and neighborhoods, includes strategies to stimulate the economy and ensures city departments streamline operations and maximize efficiencies. The 2018 budget strengthens contributions to the rainy day fund to increase the city’s bond…
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Council Overrides Veto of ‘No Smoking’ Ordinance

PROVIDENCE, RI— The Providence City Council tonight voted to override Mayor Elorza’s veto of an ordinance that aims to protect the public from secondhand smoke in a dense area of public spaces that comprise Providence’s downtown core. The ordinance was approved by the Council on May 24th and vetoed by Mayor Elorza on June 2nd. Tonight’s vote effectively sets the ordinance into law. The area in which smoking will be prohibited is home to high-density foot traffic and is used by thousands of people— including residents, visitors, and children— on a daily basis year-round. According to the Centers for Disease…
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PPD identify suspect wanted in connection to vandalism of the Big Blue Bug

Providence Police Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Nathan Beaumier, age 25 of Providence, in connection to the vandalism that occurred last week at Big Blue Bug Solutions, 161 O'Connell Street. Beaumier is one of the suspects responsible for vandalizing and spray painting "Nibbles Woodaway" with graffiti. This investigation is ongoing and detectives are actively looking into additional suspect(s) in this case. Anyone with information related to this case or Nathan Beaumier is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Court at (401) 243-6330 or Detective Sergeant William Dwyer at (401) 243-6380.
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Langevin Statement on the Shooting in Alexandria, Virginia

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement regarding today’s reports of a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia: “I am shocked and saddened by the news of this horrible and senseless shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia this morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and the others injured during this heinous act. I salute the first responders for their rapid response and the brave Capitol Police officers who put their lives on the line to protect Congress each and every day.
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What do baseball and diesel have in common?

DISCOVERY EN ESPAÑOL’S DIESEL BROTHERS TAKE THE MOUND FOR ALL STAR TWO-PART MLB-THEMED SPECIAL The new episodes feature Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and former players Pedro Martínez and Carlos Peña. Miami, Florida, June 13, 2017 - What do baseball and diesel have in common? The answer is a DIESEL BROTHERS special, coming to the Discovery en Español screen featuring Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera and MLB Network analysts Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and former All-Star Carlos Peña. The two-night special will air as part of the 'Lunes de Motores' programming block on Monday, June 19 and Monday, June 26 at…
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Brown honors 20 Providence high school grads with college scholarships

*PROVIDENCE, * — Twenty high school seniors from Providence public schools were honored with college scholarships from Brown University’s Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence at an event held at the home of Brown President Christina Paxson on Monday, June 12. Paxson commended the students for their hard work and perseverance in high school and acknowledged that some of them had contended with difficult life experiences, noting that many come from families new to the United States and are the first in their family to attend college. She encouraged them to view those experiences as strengths. “As…
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Woonsocket Property Revaluation Underway

WOONSOCKET, : The City of Woonsocket has announced that the 2017 property revaluation is underway and will continue through the end of the calendar year. The purpose of the revaluation project is to update all real property values in the City, using sales and market data. Northeast Revaluation Group, LLC, a Rhode Island based revaluation company, was awarded the contract for the project. The revaluation currently underway is considered a "full" revaluation, which is required by the State to be performed every 9 years. The full revaluation involves a physical inspection of properties in the city - a more in…
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RWU Performing Arts center hosts two plays as part of Barn Summer Playhouse series

30th anniversary season will feature productions of “Quake” and “The Lesson” BRISTOL, , June 13, 2017 ­­– The Roger Williams University’s Performing Arts Center will host two public theater productions as part of the annual Barn Summer Playhouse series. Beginning in June, RWU Associate Professor of Theatre Robin D. Stone will direct “The Lesson,” by Eugene Ionesco. And in July, RWU Assistant Professor of Theatre Lori Lee Wallace will direct “Quake,” by Melanie Marnich. The plays include current RWU students, alumni and professors. The Barn opened in 1986, and the first summer season was 1987. So this will mark the…
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Langevin Statement on Attorney General Sessions’ Testimony

WASHINGTON, — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued a statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: “The Attorney General’s testimony this afternoon was unsubstantial, unresponsive, and unacceptable. Mr. Sessions – like every government employee – has an obligation to answer to the oversight of Congress. He failed that obligation and his oath to the Constitution with his stonewalling of Senators who were attempting to better understand the explosive testimony former FBI Director James Comey gave last week. Russia’s interference in our elections is an attack on a fundamental pillar of our democracy, and investigations…
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Rhode island state police investigate fatal crash on route 146 – two dead, one seriously injured

NORTH SMITHFIELD -Two people died and a third was seriously injured in a single-car crash on Route 146 North about 2:10 today. Rhode Island State Police Captain Matthew Moynihan said the car was headed north on Route 146 when it went off the road and into the grassy median, striking a guard rail and rolling over several times. Al three occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Karissa Harrison, 24, 27 Spring St., Johnston, and Henry Feliz, 30, of 1 Glasgow St., Providence, were pronounced dead at the scene. A third occupant was transported by North Smithfield Rescue to Rhode Island…
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