Rep. Ranglin-Vassell releases statement on shooting death of Providence boy, 15

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has released a statement on the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy Wednesday afternoon. “It is with deep sadness that I write about yet another senseless killing of a bright 15-year-old boy,” said Representative Ranglin-Vassell. “Schools are sacred places of teaching and learning so this public health tragedy is hard on our community. Families must send their children to school and know that they will return home. We must invest in the core urban areas. Poverty and structural racism is the root cause of…
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Mayor Baldelli-Hunt Encourages Woonsocket Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Apply for Participation in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

WOONSOCKET, RI: Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is announcing the October 1 deadline to apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The 10,000 Small Businesses program, which was brought to Rhode Island through the efforts of Governor Gina Raimondo, offers a unique opportunity to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to educational, financial capital, and business support. So far, over 5,500 small business owners and entrepreneurs have participated in the program. “Woonsocket is very fortunate to have a strong small-business community, which would qualify for participation in this program,” said Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. The Mayor goes on to…
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Bristol/RWU Cooperative Committee Accepting Applications from Local Groups, Individuals

Fund for Civic Activities making $12,500 available BRISTOL, , Sept. 6, 2018 ­­– With autumn fast approaching, it’s time for Bristol groups and residents to submit applications for the Fund for Civic Activities, run by the Town of Bristol/Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee. The fund, established in 2007 when RWU and Bristol reached a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, has provided $258,798 to date, and RWU will make $25,000 available this year. The committee accepts applications twice a year, and about $12,500 is available in this funding cycle. “These grants provide the seed money for significant and innovative programming that directly addresses community needs,…
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UMass Dartmouth honors September 11 with community service

The 8th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the UMass Dartmouth community along with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA will once again collaborate on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This year’s day will consist of with two shifts: 12:00-1:30 and 2:00-3:30 This community service event, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, works to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries including Arnie’s Cupboard, located on campus. “This event not only raises awareness about hunger issues, but…
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National Science Foundation Awards $1 Million to RWU

Four professors secure grant to study impact of Science Communication on retention, graduation and placement in STEM fields BRISTOL, , Aug. 30, 2018 ­­– Professor of Biology Brian Wysor, Associate Professor of Engineering William J. Palm, Center for Student Academic Success Associate Director Karen Bilotti, and Science Center Coordinator Tracey McDonnell Wysor were awarded a $999,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to offer scholarships and provide training to academically talented, low-income undergraduates pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors at RWU. “The team that will lead this project brought the classroom expertise of the faculty together with the skill of…
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Local leaders and Advocates Praise Raimondo, Wagner’s Actions to Prohibit Firearms in K-12 Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI- This morning, Governor Gina M. Raimondo took executive and procedural action to ban all firearms from public PK-12 school buildings and grounds, except those carried by law enforcement officers. This decision came in response to uncertainty among education leaders and community stakeholders, and a lack of consistent practice across district lines. Here's what local leaders and advocates are saying: Larry Purtill, President of NEARI: "We are pleased that the Governor listened to the concerns of educators across the state and that she is taking action. NEARI joins with the Governor, Commissioner and law enforcement in supporting the prohibiting…
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Raimondo, Wagner Act to Prohibit Firearms in K-12 Schools by All Except Law Enforcement

Education Commissioner issues binding Field Memo Alert to school districts asserting students' right to schools that are "free from the threat of physical harm" PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo has taken executive and procedural action to ban all firearms, except those carried by law enforcement officers, from public PK-12 school buildings and school grounds. This directive comes in response to uncertainty among education leaders and community stakeholders, and a lack of consistent practice across district lines. Until this directive was issued, Rhode Island was one of only a handful of states that allowed non-law enforcement officials to carry concealed…
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DeRobbio Calls on City Council to Block Superintendent’s Contract Extension Until Federal Settlement Documents Are Released

“Providence residents have a right to know how their schools settled a federal investigation into these abysmal learning conditions,” says former superintendent and candidate for mayor. PROVIDENCE, RI — Robert DeRobbio, longtime educator and candidate for mayor, calls on the Providence City Council to block a contract extension for Superintendent Chris Maher until the school department releases their plan for complying with the federal settlement around their inability to provide the minimum required English Language Learning instruction. “Providence residents have a right to know how their schools settled a federal investigation into these abysmal learning conditions,” said DeRobbio. “Right now,…
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Cumberland, RI To Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event August 29

Free event highlights ebooks and audiobooks from the library -- anywhere, anytime   What: Spreading reading happiness to communities across the nation, this unique traveling exhibit is an interactive experience to learn about and try ebooks and audiobooks available in Rhode Island. The Digital Bookmobile presents readers of all ages with an interactive experience exploring the digital services available at public libraries in Cumberland, RI. Equipped with interactive workstations, touchscreen activities, devices to sample titles and more, the Digital Bookmobile has everything a reader needs get started browsing the library’s digital catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. Library’s staff and eReading…
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RIDE Announces $1.7 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to ServeRI Partners

PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that Serve Rhode Island is now part of the agency’s portfolio. Serve Rhode Island (ServeRI) is the state service commission responsible for distributing AmeriCorps grants, and the operation has transitioned to be housed and administered by the Department of Education.   The move is in response to a 2017 law that dissolved Serve Rhode Island’s previous structure and incorporated it instead into the Department of Education.   “Enhancing education and supporting young people have long been key priorities for ServeRI and the AmeriCorps organizations it works with, so it’s exciting…
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