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Mayor Taveras Kicks Off Citywide Springtime Street Sweeping Program

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Angel Taveras today kicked off a citywide street sweeping program after a snowy winter that left sand and debris on roads throughout Providence. Ward 7 City Councilman John Igliozzi joined Mayor Taveras to kick off the street sweeping initiative in the city's Silver Lake neighborhood. "I am pleased to begin the process of cleaning Providence's streets after a long winter," said Mayor Taveras. "Crews will be working on an aggressive schedule to give our Capital City the spring cleaning it needs and deserves." Cleaning crews will work first shift and third shift for six weeks to…
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Holi, The Festival Of Colors

Holi, also called the festival of colors, took place this week on March 17, 2014 and is a popular Hindu spring festival. On the first day, the burning of Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, is produced in huge bonfires at night. It is called Kama dahanamen Ahra Pradesh. On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring, during which time changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. So, throwing colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Vilwamangalam, and other…
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17 is celebrated worldwide as St. Patrick's day, patron of Ireland. St. Patrick was born in the year 387 in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland. His father was an officer of the Roman army. Irish pirates took Patrick prisoner at the age of 16 year and sold him as a slave. He spent six years in Ireland, where he learned to speak the Celtic language. He managed to escape and went to France to prepare for the monastic life, and was ordained a priest. When he was 46 years of age he decided to return to Ireland to evangelize…
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Pell kick offs campaign for RI governor

Pell for Governor Pell on Licenses for Undocumented Workers PROVIDENCE – Offering a bold platform of new ideas focused on restoring hope and rebuilding the Rhode Island economy, Clay Pell formally launched his campaign to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination today. “It is time for Rhode Island come together, to bring in fresh perspectives and new approaches, and to once again think big,” Pell said in remarks to a packed room at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Pell, 32, of Providence, was introduced by his grandmother, Nuala Pell, widow of Rhode Island’s longest-serving United States senator, Claiborne Pell, who authored the legislation…
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Mayoral Candidate Solomon Leads Family Service of RI’s Walking School Bus

Michael Solomon, candidate for mayor of Providence, and Councilman Nicholas Narducci led the Walking School Bus Wednesday at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, 199 Oxford Street, Providence. Michael Solomon and the Walking School Bus Members of the Providence police and fire departments joined the walk. The Walking School Bus provides routes to and from school led by volunteers. The initiative ensures that each child, living within a mile of the school, who needs to walk arrives on time and returns home safely, even when a family member is unable to walk with him or her. The Walking School Bus is reducing school…
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Marian Wright Edelman Keynote at RI Kids Count Luncheon

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted a 20th Anniversary Special Kick-Off Luncheon, Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, celebrating two decades of advocacy for children The keynote speaker was Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund who is the nation's foremost child advocate. LPR Coverage of RI Kids Count Event 1/29/2014 Marian Wright Edelman by Latino Public Radio Victor Capellan by Latino Public Radio The Children's Defense Fund's Leave No Child Behind(r) mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage…
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Michael Solomon Annouces Candidacy For Mayor

PROVIDENCE - Today, Michael Solomon, president of the Providence City Council, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Providence. Michael, who owns several businesses in the city, spoke before family, friends, and supporters at Building Futures in Olneyville this morning, a non-profit organization dedicated to building career pathways for unemployed Providence residents. LPR Coverage of Solomon's Bid for Providence Mayor "I am running for Mayor to make Providence a city of opportunity for all," Michael said. "We must build upon the progress and hard work of the last three years. We must focus on growing the city's middle class, rebuilding our schools, and revitalizing our neighborhoods. We have come…
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Latino Politicians Announce Support For Raimondo

Rhode Island - So far five Latino politicians have announced that they are supporting the candidacy of Democrat General Treasurer Gina Raimondo for governor, according to an email from the Friends of Gina Raimondo. Providence Councilmen Luis Aponte and Davian Sanchez Sabina Matos to State Representatives and Anastasia Williams Grace Díaz join in supporting Raimondo. His only opponent in the Democratic primary, so far, is the Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras, is the first Latino elected mayor as the top leader of the capital city of Rhode Island. Políticos Latinos anuncia apoyo a Raimondo Rhode Island - Hasta el momento…
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Raimondo Formally Announces Her Candidacy For Governor

Rhode Island - With a long list of proposals, the Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo formally announced her candidacy for governor during a rally on Monday from Pawtucket Hope Artiste Village . The Democrat was accompanied by dozens of supporters , including several politicians and Latino leaders and promised to work to improve the highways and schools and a new approach to improving the sluggish economy of the state. She told the audience that she supports tougher penalties for firearms and higher minimum wage laws. While several firefighters arrived to protest to demand of the Raimondo pension reform of…
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