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KIDS, COPS, & CHRISTMAS

The Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, and the United States Attorney’s Office were at  John Rollins Recreation Center in Providence  to kick off the Kids, Cops & Christmas event. The Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the law enforcement and business community will help brighten the upcoming holiday season for many children, who are clients of Crossroads Rhode Island,…
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Gingerbread Express Visits the D’Abate Memorial School

The students of D"Abate Memorial School was so excited this morning because they got a visit from the Gingerbread Express.  This was their 26th annual Gingerbread Express. NEARI fund this special program, The Gingerbread Express which links their members and friends with public school students who may be facing a bleak, gift-less holiday season. Each of these students designs a gingerbread cookie cutout listing information about his/her clothing needs and gift wishes. The cutouts are then distributed anonymously to donors willing to fill the requests. Christopher N. Maher, Superintendent of Providence Schools The principal of D'Abate Memorial School, Brent Kermen, Providence Mayor,…
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Community

Governor Gina Raimondo Supports Charitable Event for Local Foster Families

Governor Gina Raimondo with the Director of the Department of Children, Youth and Families and Foster Forward to distribute Hasbro toys to foster families in Rhode Island. Also, present were two players Tommy Cross and Brandon De Fazio of the Providence Bruins and Ocean State Job Lot to help support the event and spread some holiday cheer to area children and the foster families. The event not only gave out toys but there was racks of clothing to help keep kids warm during the season.
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Laurelmead Residents Collaborate with RISD/Brown students design health-related products and health literacy for senior citizens

PROVIDENCE, RI ( December 15, 2015)- Residents at Laurelmead Senior Living Cooperative attended their second meeting with RISD Industrial Design students and a student from Brown University and reviewed both products and data that  help seniors live healthful and productive lives. “ The collaboration between our residents and the students from RISD and Brown has been an inspiration to all of us,” said Craig Evans, Laurelmead’s Executive Director.   Working under the direction of RISD Associate Professor Claudia Rebola, , the students met with residents during their Fall Semester and designed products and solutions to health challenges faced by the…
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Philip Chism found guilty

Jurors didn’t believe Philip Chism’s claims of hearing commanding voices that told him to stab  24-year-old Colleen Ritzer to death two years ago in a Danvers High School bathroom. Chism’s defense attorneys had presented an insanity defense, describing him as a severely mentally ill 14-year-old who was in the throes of psychosis when he killed Ritzer. There were testimony of psychologist for the prosecution about tests that indicated Chism was faking or exaggerating his symptoms Chism, 16, was convicted of one count of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Because he’s a juvenile, the judge…
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Providence Elementary School Receives $20,000 ‘Play 60’ Grant from New England Patriots

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joined Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Rhode Island Dairy Farmer Melissa Breene Jordan, and Brandon King of the New England Patriots as George J. West Elementary Schools was awarded a $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ in partnership with the NFL and the Rhode Island Dairy Farm Families as well as an additional $10,000 match from Robert Kraft and the Patriots organization.   “This contribution from the New England Patriots and Rhode Island Dairy Farm Families will help provide much needed programming for the students at George J. West Elementary School,” said Mayor Elorza. “Our students…
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In Rhode Island and nationally, young children under age 6 are more likely to experience maltreatment (abuse or neglect) than older children

Maltreatment by parents or other caregivers during early childhood can result in short-term harm and long-term negative outcomes Providence, RI: Rhode Island KIDS COUNT will release its newest Issue Brief - Young Children in the Child Welfare System - at a policy roundtable on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 from 11:00 - 12:30 at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, One Union Station, in Providence. Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, will provide welcoming remarks, and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Policy Analysts Leanne Barrett and John Neubauer will present highlights from the Issue Brief. Featured speakers will include Elizabeth…
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Mayor Diossa introduces Dr. Michael Fine as Community Health Advisor Former RI Dept. of Health Director to strengthen culture of health in the city

Central Falls - As part of the city's ongoing efforts to promote a culture of health in the community, Mayor James Diossa announced today the arrival of Dr. Michael Fine as Community Health Advisor to the city. Formerly the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, Dr. Fine will work with city departments, community organizations and healthcare partners to improve the health and well-being of all Central Falls residents. "I'm excited to announce the recent addition of Dr. Fine to our team as we work to make Central Falls a healthier community," said Mayor James A. Diossa. "I consider…
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Pichardo teams with Hispanic Leadership Institute, Providence Unified School District to offer Student Leadership Series tour

STATE HOUSE - Sen. Juan Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence) has partnered with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) and the Providence Unified School District for the third year to present the USHLI Student Leadership Series tour. The tour is part of USHLI's 2015 Student Leadership Series, designed to "Create a Culture of Education." USHLI, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, was created to promote education, research and leadership development to empower Latinos. "The tour is a great way to keep parents and students informed of the resources available to them," said Senator Pichardo. "We really hope to motivate them to take charge of their future by…
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DEM BREAKS GROUND ON NEW “GREEN” BEACH PAVILION AT LINCOLN WOODS

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is holding a special ceremony today to mark construction on a new “green” beach pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park. Lincoln Woods, located just outside the Providence metro area, is one of Rhode Island's most popular state parks, attracting nearly one million visitors each year. “Rhode Island is fortunate to have wonderful parks and natural areas where people can experience a beautiful sunset, hike a trail, or catch a fish,” said First Gentleman Andy Moffit. “Exploring nature provides an opportunity to recharge, connect with family, and promote healthy habits in our…
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