Community

Rhode Island Foundation awards $480,000 in grants for animal welfare

Podcast grants for animal welfare PROVIDENCE, RI (Nov. 16, 2018) – The Rhode Island Foundation announced today that nearly two dozen animal welfare programs across the state will share nearly $480,000 in grants. The grants will fund low-cost vet care for the pets of needy owners, raptor rehabilitation and a coyote education campaign among other programs. “The generosity of our donors and the commitment of our partners are expanding humane education, increasing awareness and improving the quality of animal care in Rhode Island,” said Adrian Bonéy, who oversees the Foundation’s Program for Animal Welfare (PAW). “Their work is producing new approaches…
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TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE SCHEDULED FOR WASHINGTON BRIDGE WESTBOUND

Changes are necessary as part of Washington Bridge Rehabilitation Project The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a traffic pattern change for a section of the Washington Bridge, which carries I-195 West from East Providence to Providence. This change will allow for continued rehabilitation of this important structure, which is classified as structurally deficient. On Friday November 16 during the evening and overnight hours, the Department will restripe the bridge to provide three through lanes for I-195 traffic and a dedicated lane for traffic entering the highway from Taunton Avenue/Route 44. The new traffic pattern will be in…
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Education

RWU’s Dunseath Elected President of North East Association for Institutional research

RWU’s Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research will be the first person from a Rhode Island institution to serve as NEAIR president BRISTOL, , Nov. 13, 2018 ­­– Jennifer L. Dunseath, the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research at Roger Williams University, has been elected president of the North East Association for Institutional Research. Dunseath was elected in October and her role became effective during the association’s 2018 annual conference, held Nov. 3-6 in Pittsburgh, Pa. She will serve as president-elect this year, as president next year and as immediate past president the year after that. “I am honored and excited about…
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Local News

Fall River and New Bedford “Guns for Groceries” events planned for Nov. 17

Initiative inspired by the late Rev. Robert Lawrence and facilitated by UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement encourages citizens to exchange guns for Market Basket gift cards and Domino’s pizza coupons The New Bedford and Fall River police departments, in partnership with the UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, will host a “Guns for Groceries” day on Saturday, November 17. The program was inspired by the October 17 Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence Lecture at UMass Dartmouth, which featured two survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The late Rev. Lawrence had orchestrated numerous gun giveback programs in Southeastern Massachusetts, removing…
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LANE AND RAMP RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING SOON FOR I-295 BRIDGE REPAIRS

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the start of a $ million construction project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-295 at its interchange with Routes 6 and 6A in Johnston (Exit 9). This work will require temporary traffic pattern changes including ramp and lane closures that will create traffic congestion and travel delays. The first set of traffic pattern changes go into effect the weekend of November 16 and will be in place until Summer 2019, after which additional changes will be needed. The greatest delay will affect travelers from Route 6 West to I-295 North. Construction…
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Cicilline Statement on Sessions Resignation

PAWTUCKET -  Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today:   “The President fundamentally misunderstands the role of the Attorney General of the United States.  The Attorney General swears an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States.  The Attorney General's responsibilities do not include protecting the President from the consequences of his misconduct or the results of any ongoing investigation, no matter how much the President wishes it were so.  The next Attorney General needs to be a strong, independent prosecutor who can stand…
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Local News

‘Citizens’ Statement on Mattiello’s Re-Election

Cranston, RI – The Citizens for a Corruption-Free RI (CCFRI), a partnership of two of Rhode Island’s leading advocacy organizations, the Rhode Island National Organization for Women (RI-NOW) and The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV), are disappointed that Nicholas Mattiello won re-election to the House of Representatives. While they were not successful in their effort to defeat him, they call on the rest of the House of Representatives to join the growing chorus of the re-elected and newly elected State Representatives who have refused to support Mattiello’s bid to retain his Speakership. Linda Finn said, “Rhode Island cannot move forward with Mattiello as…
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Community

Family Service of Rhode Island, CODAC to support children impacted by opioid epidemic with $750,000 federal grant

Photo:  From left to right: Erin Albanese, Kate Prendergast, Sen. Jack Reed, Margaret Holland McDuff, and Sarah Kelly-Palmer Credit: Office of Sen. Jack Reed. PROVIDENCE, (November 7, 2018) — Children and youth who have been financially or emotionally impacted by their parents’ substance use disorder will now have support from a $750,000 federal grant awarded to Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI). CODAC Behavioral Healthcare will work with FSRI to extend counseling, mentoring, and other support services as part of the Project Support Ocean State initiative, which is slated to commence immediately. The addiction of a parent and its effect on children…
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Community

Pawtucket Fire Department Supplements Fleet with New Emergency Vehicles

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Fire Department has supplemented the City’s emergency fleet with a new Rescue unit and Pumper engine. The new vehicles, which were delivered to the City on Wednesday, October 31, will replace the older Engine 1 and Rescue 2. Both older vehicles will be retained as part of the reserve fleet. “The addition of the new engine company and rescue unit is another step in providing our firefighters with the needed equipment that allows the department to protect the residents of the City of Pawtucket,” said Fire Chief William J. Sisson. The new Engine 1 replaces a…
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Community

Pawtucket Police Work Aggressively to Protect Residents’ Quality of Life Issues

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department has continued to work aggressively to protect the quality of life issues in the city. Most recently, the department, led by Patrol Division’s Captain Thomas Newman, sent a letter to the Pawtucket Board of License Commissioners bringing their attention to a few incidents that have occurred in one of the establishments. “The Pawtucket Police Department will continue to focus on the quality of life issues within all of our neighborhoods,” said Acting Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tina Goncalves. “We look forward to working with the Board of License Commissioners to ensure that businesses in the city can continue…
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