RISP Arrest Two People on Marijuana Distribution Charges

RI - Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of two people on drug distribution charges by the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force with assistance from the State Police Hope Valley Barracks, the Hopkinton Police Department and the Charlestown Police Department. Darren Higgs, age 48, of 47 Wiitala Dr, Charlestown, Rhode Island was arrested and charged with: • Possession of Marijuana in Excess of 5 Kilos, • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, and; • Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act…
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Swim Empowerment is accepting children for FREE swim lessons at three Greater Providence YMCA locations this Spring!

Swim Empowerment of Rhode Island, a project of Adopt A Doctor will partner with the Greater Providence YMCA over the next few months. The goal of the partnership is to identify children in the greater Providence area that have a desire to learn to swim, but do not have access to private programs. Greater Providence YMCA CEO, Jim Berson, has offered the swimming facilities and expert staff at their Providence, Cranston and Seekonk locations. Swim Empowerment has signed an agreement with Greater Providence YMCA to offer 16 weeks of free swim lessons which will be broken up into two 8…
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R.I. Department of Education recognizes Broadband Rhode Island Digital Literacy Training Curriculum for adult education programming

Partnership will enhance effort to close digital-skills gap for adult learners March 4, 2014 (Providence, ) - The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Digital Excellence, today announced that the Broadband Rhode Island (BBRI) digital literacy training curriculum will be implemented statewide in adult education programs. For many adult learners in Rhode Island, unfamiliarity with computer and Internet technology poses an obstacle to reaching their full potential in today's workforce. This initiative, which aligns with the RIDE statewide technology standards for adult learners, will improve adult education and workforce training. The goal…
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BRETT SMILEY CALLS FOR MAJOR REFORMS TO THE PROVIDENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP (PEDP)

Brett Smiley today released the first piece of his economic development plan for Providence: reforming the structure of the Providence Economic Development Partnership by moving its revolving loan functions into a new, independent program. This puts the loan-making decisions in the hands of qualified underwriters while allowing the business and civic leaders who sit on the board to use their expertise to shape our city's economic policies. Cronyism and inefficient business practices have squandered the PEDP's ability to strengthen Providence's economy, and through the reforms Brett Smiley proposes, the Partnership will be better able to fulfill its mission of growing…
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Statement from Mayor Fung regarding Moody’s Report Upgrading Cranston’s Bond Rating

March 4, 2014 Cranston, Mayor Allan Fung today shared details of Moody's Rating Agency's decision to remove its "negative" outlook on Cranston's bond rating. Fung commented: "This step by Moody's affirms that the efforts we have taken to tackle major issues in Cranston have been successful." Primarily, the Mayor was referring to his recent negotiated pension reform with Police and Firefighter retirees as well as those active members who are still part of the City system. This agreement, not only reduces the long term liability, but also saved the City over six million dollars in this current budget year -…
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Ready to Learn Providence and Child and Family Service Agency Collaborators Receive $75,000 Blue Cross Grant

PROVIDENCE, RI (March 4, 2014) – Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP), a school-readiness organization working to close the educational achievement gap, has received a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) to fund Let’s Get Moving!, an initiative to help child and family service agencies train and support their staff in enhancing nutrition and exercise programming for children under five. The funding will be used in a collaborative effort among local child and family service agencies, including partners Children’s Friend and the Providence Community Library, as well as 10 center-based child care programs and three…
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Johnston Town Committee Endorses Frank Caprio for Treasurer

Johnston, RI -- Democrat candidate for General Treasurer, Frank Caprio, today announced the endorsement of his candidacy by the Johnston Democratic Town Committee. "Our democratic committee unanimously endorsed Frank's campaign to return as Treasurer because we trust him to focus on growing the economy, creating jobs and saving the taxpayers money," said Democratic chairman Richard Delfino. "We are impressed by his commitment to ending the exorbitant fees paid to Wall Street out of the pension system. Instead, he will focus on investing in Main Street Rhode Island through a small business revolving fund. Frank understands the struggles of middle class…
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Foster democrats endorse Gina Raimondo for Governor

Foster -- Yesterday, the Foster Democratic Town Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary for governor. Foster is the second town committee to endorse Gina. "We are proud to be endorsing Gina; now more than ever, Rhode Island needs a leader with a sense of urgency to address our most pressing problems," said Foster Democratic Chairman John Bevilacqua. "With a lagging economy and infrastructure in disrepair, it's critically important that we elect a governor who is ready to set a course to move this state forward and we will be working very hard to make sure…
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Politics

Ken Block Calls Out State Leaders On Gaming Revenue Issue

WARWICK: Republican candidate for Governor Ken Block called out state leaders on the potential loss of gaming revenue due to upcoming competition from Massachusetts. “Rhode Island is addicted to the revenue it receives from Twin River and Newport Grand and lacks a plan on how to overcome the shortfall we will face when the gaming facilities in Massachusetts open, “said Block. “We knew this day would in fact come and once again our state leaders show how out of touch they are with planning for Rhode Island’s future budget needs.” Current annual gaming revenue projections are approximately $10 million from…
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Swim Empowerment to partner with Greater Providence YMCA to offer swim lessons

Providence, RI - Swim Empowerment of Rhode Island, a project of Adopt A Doctor will partner with the Greater Providence YMCA over the next few months. The goal of the partnership is to identify children in the greater Providence area that have a desire to learn to swim, but do not have access to private programs. Greater Providence YMCA CEO, Jim Berson, has offered the swimming facilities and expert staff at their Providence, Cranston and Seekonk locations. Swim Empowerment has signed an agreement with Greater Providence YMCA to offer 16 weeks of free swim lessons which will be broken up…
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