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Island House Restaurant gets a boost from a Providence Commercial Corridor Micro-Business Loan

Providence (July 6, 2020) ...Island House Restaurant, located at 242 Broad Street, was awarded a Providence Commercial Corridor Micro-Business Loan on July 1, 2019. With their loan, owners Ricky Bernard and Marcia Ricketts plan to get outdoor seating, an app for faster takeout to better cater to their student customers, plexi-glass shields and other social distancing measures to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy. "Providence Revolving Fund and the Providence City Council have capitalized a revolving loan fund to provide small loans to micro-businesses located on or near commercial corridors in Providence," stated Carrie Zaslow, Executive Director of…
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Council President Sabina Matos Proposes Resolution Urging Expansion of Police Officer Education

Providence RI July 2, 2020…City Council Meeting, Council President Sabina Matos (Ward 15) proposed a resolution urging the Rhode Island General Assembly to expand the types of degrees eligible for education reimbursement to law enforcement officers. In recent weeks the City Council and the Finance Committee have heard resounding calls for police reform with many residents calling on the Finance Committee to provide more social services for residents in crisis.  In an effort to expand social service education and improve educational outcomes for Rhode Island law enforcement, the Council is urging the Rhode Island General Assembly to revisit Rhode Island…
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Providence City Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning Today Voted to Rename the Providence Pedestrian Bridge in Memory of Local Civil Rights Advocate Michael S. Van Leesten

PROVIDENCE, RI (JUNE 29, 2020)… This afternoon Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) and Chairwoman of the Council’s Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal, and Planning announced that they have voted to rename the Providence Pedestrian Bridge in memory of Michael S. Van Leesten, who was a long-time resident of Providence and passed away on August 23, 2019, at the age of 80. The Resolution to change the name of the Pedestrian Bridge was sponsored by Council President Sabina Matos, and Co-Sponsored by the Full Council. “I worked closely with Mr. Van Leesten over the years, and his loss has…
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Pawtucket Announces Slater Park Summer Camp

Onsite Registrations to Be Held Throughout the City Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket, Mayor Donald R. Grebien, and the Pawtucket City Council have announced the Slater Park Summer Camp with onsite registration to be held throughout the City. The Parks and Recreation Division received supplemental funds from the Rhode Island Departments of Education and Human Services to help provide the additional resources required under the coronavirus guidelines to ensure the safety of the youth. “Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cities across the state have had to cut down on the recreational activities that they can provide,” said Mayor Grebien.…
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Pawtucket to Distribute over 13,000 FREE Masks to Residents

Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket Police Department have announced that it will be distributing 13,000 free blue medical masks to Pawtucket residents and businesses on Saturday, June 27th from 9 to 12 in the parking lot across from Pawtucket City Hall in anticipation of warmer weather and 4th of July Festivities “We need everyone to continue practicing social distancing, but understand that residents have places to go. Wearing a mask or face covering is the next best way to minimizes the spread of the coronavirus,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien. The Pawtucket Police Department will…
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RIDOH Recommends Reopening North Kingstown Town Beach for Swimming

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening North Kingstown Town Beach for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe levels. RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer. The status of a beach may change as new data become available. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH's beaches telephone line (401-222-2751). The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this beach season unique. The beach experience will be different for visitors than in previous years. RIDOH strongly recommends that whether in the sand…
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Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association and Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy Thank 100 Club for $30,000 Donation

PROVIDENCE -- Rhode Island Police Chiefs' Association (RIPCA) Executive Director Sidney Wordell and President Brian Sullivan, and Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy (RIMPTA) Executive Director Lt. Christopher Zarrella are pleased to announce a donation made last week to the Academy by the 100 Club of Rhode Island. The donation, which totals $29,, was voted on by the 100 Club on Thursday, June 18. The money will be used to purchase a variety of training and fitness equipment used at the Academy. “I can’t say enough good things about the 100 Club for all they do,” Lt. Zarrella said. “They…
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Mayor Diossa Commits to Review Police Use of Force Policies in Central Falls

CENTRAL FALLS- Mayor James A. Diossa has signed on to the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and the Obama Foundation’s Commit to Action campaign which calls for elected officials and police oversight bodies to address police use of force policies. The call to action cites the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black with causing anguish in our communities. The Obama Foundation’s Commit to Action campaign discusses that out of the over 1,000 people that are killed by police each year in the United States, Black people are three times more likely…
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WEST END GATEWAY DESIGN COMPETITION

Winners Announced Providence, RI (June 15, 2020) – The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) and the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) announce the results of the West End Gateway Design Competition for the former Citizens Bank site on the West End of Providence. At fourteen, the number of submissions exceeded expectations and represent a breadth of creative designs and diverse uses. On behalf of the four-person blind jury, PPS and WBNA recognize and congratulate two outstanding proposals: The Canonicus Prize: ONE Neighborhood Builders The Hoyle Prize: Jack Ryan and Michael Clouse Both projects retain the Georgian Revival bank and 1978 annex…
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AG Neronha to Testify in Support of Critical Civil Rights Legislation

The Attorney General will also unveil an updated and significantly expanded protocol for review of law enforcement use of force. The legislation and protocol mark the first in a series of measures to be announced by the Attorney General in the coming weeks to improve police accountability, engage in meaningful criminal justice reform, and build community trust. PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today renewed efforts to pass important civil rights legislation before the Rhode Island General Assembly. The legislation, introduced on the Attorney General’s behalf in February, would broaden civil rights protections for all Rhode Islanders and…
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