Pawtucket Employees Receive Diversity Training

Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket has announced that all employees have undergone trainings to further support them in assisting the residents that they serve. All City Hall, School Department, Police, and Fire personnel have all underwent trainings in this calendar year. “It is important that all of our employees receive diversity and inclusion training in order to provide the greatest possible customer services to all of the residents of this diverse community,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “The City will continue refreshing and training our employee as we continue to foster a welcoming environment for all of our residents.” All…
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American Red Cross Sends 3 Disaster Responders to Support Relief Efforts in the Midwest

PROVIDENCE, - The American Red Cross is responding across seven states as record flooding inundates town after town in the Midwest. Red Cross disaster workers also continue to respond to the tornadoes that occurred earlier this month in Alabama and Georgia. The Rhode Island Red Cross has deployed three disaster responders to assist in relief efforts. The following disaster responders are headed to Nebraska: Jamie Lynch, Pascoag, is deploying as a Sheltering Service Associate, Peter Prowe, Warwick, is deploying as a Sheltering Supervisor and Phyllis Detwiler, Newport, is deploying in Operations Management. More than 585 people spent Sunday night in…
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What They’re Saying: Raimondo Announces Angélica Infante-Green as Recommendation for New Education Commissioner

Following the announcement that Governor Raimondo is recommending Angélica Infante-Green for Rhode Island's next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, education leaders across the country are voicing support for Angélica. National advocates, state officials in Rhode Island and New York, and former colleagues agree: Angélica is a passionate, dedicated leader who will serve Rhode Island students well. Read what they're saying below. _________________________________________________________________ "Angelica Infante-Green is a lifelong advocate for students and families in our public schools, particularly those who have been underserved. She's always been deeply connected to communities, and she'll work hard to support effective partnerships between schools…
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Community

Students from Brown University Awarded $15,000 EPA Grant for Innovative Technology Project

BOSTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $15,000 in funding for a team of Brown University students through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. The team is receiving funding to develop a sustainable technology to help address problems related to basic sanitation and drinking water for homes in tribal and disadvantaged communities. “EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew ;“These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.” “This grant will enable Brown University…
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CENTRAL FALLS CITY COUNCIL REPEALS YOUTH CURFEW

The ACLU of RI and Progreso Latino issued the following statements regarding yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Central Falls City Council to repeal the City’s unjust youth curfew ordinance: ACLU of RI: “The ACLU of RI applauds the Central Falls City Council for repealing this ineffective and counterproductive ; The evidence is clear that youth curfews don’t reduce crime, and may actually undermine public ; Furthermore, the ordinances make perfectly innocent activity – walking outside at night – illegal, and disproportionately affect youth of ; We commend the Council for taking the evidence-based, principled approach here and finally repealing this ordinance.” Progreso Latino: “Progreso…
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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Expands into Pawtucket As Cases of Opioid Use Disorder Continue to Climb

PAWTUCKET, (March 7, 2019) —Due to the growing number of people seeking treatment services for substance use disorder, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has expanded its operations by opening a new location at 600 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. More than 220 patients will begin receiving care at the new location on Monday, March 11, but that number is expected to increase, according to senior leaders at CODAC. The 3,000-square foot building will allow CODAC staff to offer medication assisted treatment, tobacco cessation services, counseling, alternative treatments for pain management, ambulatory care, and other holistic approaches to treat addiction, which are not typically available…
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF EXIT 22 B/C OFF I-95 NORTH

TO PRECEDE UPCOMING BRIDGE PRESERVATION PROJECT IN PROVIDENCE The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) will temporarily close Exit 22 B/C from I-95 North to Route 6 West and Providence Place. On Wednesday night, March 13 from 9 to 5 , the exit will close for some preliminary exploratory work before the start of the project in about one month. The work is part of a seven-bridge, $ million preservation project in Providence. While the exit is closed, motorists on I-95 North will follow a short, two-mile detour using Exit 23 (State Offices/Route 146). In about a month, the exit…
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Art & Life

Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Providence City Council Honors International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day Occurs Annually on March 8th Providence, RI (March 7, 2019)…City Council Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris (Ward 11) and the majority female-led Council, unanimously voted to recognize March 8th  as International Women’s Day at a Council meeting last month.  The Council will be hosting an event tomorrow, Friday, March 8, beginning at 6:00 PM on the third floor of City Hall in celebration of International Women’s Day, whos 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter. This is Harris’ second annual event to honor Women in Service, and it will begin with brief welcome remarks from Senator Jack Reed, Mayor Jorge O.…
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UMass Dartmouth Police Department receive re-accreditation

A team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission certified the department On February 26, 2019, the UMass Dartmouth Police Department received their second state re-accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession. These carefully selected standards reflect critical areas of police management, operations, and technical support activities. They cover areas such as policy development, emergency response planning, training, communications, property and evidence handling, use of force, vehicular pursuit, prisoner transportation, and holding facilities.…
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