Community

Raimondo, McKee Highlight Utility Reform Proposal

Bill requires emergency planning, brings RI in line with neighboring states NEWPORT, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee today called for the passage of legislation that would give the state the tools necessary to demand greater accountability from National Grid. Legislation pending before the House and Senate requires National Grid to file comprehensive emergency preparedness plans each year and brings Rhode Island law in line with the laws of neighboring states. The bill also enables the State to levy fines if a utility fails to comply with standards and establishes that such fines be…
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Community

Education Commissioner’s First Day: Family Service of RI Walking School Bus

Angélica Infante-Green starts new job Monday walking with kids at Kizirian Elementary PROVIDENCE, RI -- The kids participating in Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walking School Bus at Providence’s Kizirian Elementary will have the ear of the new leader of the state’s schools as she walks them to class on Monday (April 29). “Magic in the classroom starts with students who are in school each day, ready and eager to learn. When I learned about the Walking School Bus and the work they’re doing to improve attendance and increase engagement in school communities, I was excited to see it firsthand,” said…
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Rhode Island State Police to Participate in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that the Rhode Island State Police will again join other law enforcement agencies participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 27. This annual event, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is designed "to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential abuse of medications." Anyone with unused, unnecessary and/or unwanted prescription medication can drop them off at designated collection sites from…
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Community

Governor Raimondo Asks Rhode Islanders to Recycle Right, Keep Ocean State’s Waters Clean

NEWPORT, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo was joined at Newport Hospital today by Rhode Island Resource Recovery Executive Director Joseph Reposa and Lifespan CEO Tim Babineau for the official reboot of RI Resource Recovery’s ‘Let’s recycle RIght®!’ public education ; With the recycling industry facing new challenges and the state’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics issuing recommendations on the use, reuse, and clean-up of plastics, Governor Gina M. Raimondo is asking all Rhode Islanders to join her in recycling plastics right to keep the Ocean State’s program strong and its waters clean. Across the country, significant amounts of non-recyclable items are…
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Community

Central Falls to Host Farewell Ceremony for Police Chief

CENTRAL FALLS – On Thursday, April 25th at 5:00 , Mayor James A. Diossa, Council President Maria Rivera, the Central Falls Police Department and local city officials will be bidding farewell to longtime Central Falls Police Chief Colonel James Mendonca. Colonel Mendonca will be leaving his current position to head the Rhode Island College campus police force starting on April 29th, replacing police chief Fred Ghio, who retired in January of this year. Central Falls Police Major Daniel Barzykowski will take over as the interim police chief until a permanent replacement is selected. “Chief Mendonca has dedicated almost 30 years…
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Community

Governor to Announce Forestry Grant Awards, Celebrate Arbor Day

WOONSOCKET,  – Governor Gina M. Raimondo will join state officials, the City of Woonsocket, RI Tree Council, American Forests, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Grid, and other partners tomorrow morning to announce forestry grant awards and celebrate the 132nd anniversary of Arbor Day in Rhode Island. The event will include a ceremonial planting of a beech tree by students at Monsignor Gadoury Regional Catholic School and guests. The event will take place at Holy Trinity Parish 1409 Park Avenue, Woonsocket, RI  and it starts at 10:00 am.
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Community

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt Invites Woonsocket Jobseekers to Attend Job Fair at City Hall on Tues., April 30, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WOONSOCKET, : All of those seeking new employment or additional job opportunities are invited to attend a job fair which will feature over 25 employers from the Census Bureau, the military and Woonsocket-based proprietors scheduled at City Hall on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 2 to 6 on the third floor in Harris Hall and the Second Floor Conference Room. “This job fair can directly link an applicant with an open position.” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. “Searching for suitable work can be a grueling and frustrating process. Unlike submitting applications online, this job fair provides the chance for a jobseeker…
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Art & Life

Donation Ceremony for the Gift of Dragon Boats to Rhode Island

TAIWAN – The Rhode Island Delegation, led by Lt. Governor Dan McKee, attended a donation ceremony for the gift of Dragon Boats to the City of Pawtucket. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office donated the boats as a continuation of their ongoing partnership in support of Pawtucket’s Taiwan Day Festival, which brings thousands of people to Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley every year. The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the Republic of China (Taiwan) on April 17th and hosted by Deputy Minister Hsu Szu-chien. The ceremony underscored the commitment to deepening people-to-people and cultural…
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Community

Pawtucket Family YMCA Selects Courtenay Good to Lead Youth and Childcare Development

PAWTUCKET, — Courtenay Good has been named the Youth & Childcare Director at the Pawtucket Family YMCA, where she will oversee childcare sites, programming, and youth sports. With nearly a decade of experience in academic and childcare settings, Good will support the Y’s overarching mission to improve the health of kids and support their educational development. “Courtenay has a passion for social service that reflects the mission of the YMCA of Pawtucket that will serve her well in her new position,” said Charlie Clifford, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Pawtucket. “We are confident that her experience working with kids in the…
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YMCA of Pawtucket Aims to Awaken Summer Imagination at Annual Healthy Kids Day®

Event encourages kids to stay active all summer long PAWTUCKET, (April 17, 2019) —On Saturday, April 27, several YMCA of Pawtucket branches, including Pawtucket Family YMCA, MacColl YMCA in Lincoln and Woonsocket YMCA, will be hosting a free community event as part of the Y’s Healthy Kids Day®, a national initiative to help kids and families remain active throughout the summer. The event will feature fun activities at each of the participating Y locations, and each branch will reinforce the importance of maintaining healthy routines and improving educational achievement. Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the public, and…
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