Blackstone Valley Topping Off Ceremony

Pawtucket, RI – It is with great pleasure that Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC) hoisted the last piece of steel onto the Central Falls Neighborhood Health Station Monday, April 23rd during the official “topping off ceremony”. The ceremony was punctuated with comments from BVCHC’s Executive Director, Raymond Lavoie, Sr. Population Health & Clinical Services Officer, Michael Fine, MD, and longtime supporter Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa. "I'd like to thank the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center for their commitment to bringing a neighborhood health station to the City," said Mayor James A. Diossa. "The steel topping off ceremony…
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Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Trillo Outraged at Lenient Sentencing for Man Who Abused More Than 100 Animals

(Warwick, RI) - Independent candidate for Rhode Island governor JoeTrillo is outraged that a man found guilty of abusing over 100 animals received a penalty of only $ Recently, 59 year old Carlos Alves of Exeter, was convicted of animal cruelty for keeping over 100 animals on his property in deplorable condition, including starving dogs and puppies, goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and roosters, but the judge sentenced him to only probation and $200 in fines. According to the RI SPCA who conducted an investigation on the property, investigators also found dead animal carcasses, which had been burned in containers and…
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Reed, Whitehouse to Host Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, April 28

WARWICK, RI - On Saturday, April 28, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse will host a Military Service Academy Day for high school students from schools across Rhode Island. The event will run from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Warwick. This informational seminar is open to all high school students and their parents who are interested in learning about the requirements and procedures for seeking a Congressional nomination and obtaining an appointment to one of the United States Service Academies. "I am very proud each year to nominate outstanding young Rhode Islanders…
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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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Protestas por Seguro Social en Nicaragua dejan tres muertos

Voz de América Tres personas fallecieron el jueves en manifestaciones a favor y en contra de una polémica reforma de la Ley del Seguro Social en Nicaragua. El segundo día de protestas dejó heridos y detenidos así como la censura de cinco canales independientes que retransmitieron los incidentes violentos. La Policía Nacional reportó la muerte del oficial antidisturbios Jilton Manzanarez por un disparo de escopeta en las inmediaciones de la Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua, así como de un joven estudiante del centro que participa en las protestas, en un deceso que las autoridades calificaron de “pleito de pandillas”. En el…
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Earth Day Call to Arms: Skip the Straw

VOA News/Steve Baragona WASHINGTON — The United Kingdom is proposing a ban on disposable plastic straws. With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, advocates are asking everyone to follow suit and skip the straw. Straws and stirrers are among the top 10 items found in coastal cleanups worldwide, according to the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy, which has been conducting annual trash pickups for more than 30 years. The group says the ocean is littered with 150 million metric tons of plastic trash, clogging coastlines, ensnaring wildlife and even littering land far from any human settlement. And each year, another 8 million tons…
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Are Undocumented People Seeking Sanctuary in US Churches Safe?

  Aline Barros/VOA News   The number of undocumented people taking refuge in places of worship across the United States has increased six-fold in the past 15 months. Nationwide, there are now at least 42 people trying to avoid deportation by living in sanctuary in 28 cities. “We didn't see the numbers go up until after the elections … when it was like seven people. Now you have over 40 people that are currently taking sanctuary,” Myrna Orozco, an associate with the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program, told VOA. The number of churches, mosques and synagogues offering sanctuary…
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Power Almost Fully Restored in Puerto Rico

VOA News/Gianpaolo Pietri/Wayne Lee     SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Eighty-percent of the more than million customers who were left without electricity in Puerto Rico have had power restored, the territory's power company said Thursday. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said power would be restored to the remaining 326,000 customers by late Thursday. It was the second island-wide blackout in a week. PREPA, the highly indebted company that generates and delivers all public power on the island, said Wednesday the blackout was caused when Cobra Energy, a private contractor, hit a transmission line with a crane, causing multiple…
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America Remembers Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at 92. A family statement said she died Tuesday evening with her family beside her. “My dear mother has passed on at age 92,” former President George W. Bush said in a statement. “Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a…
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