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YOUTH POWER RALLY EMPOWERS STUDENTS ACTIVISTS TO ORGANIZE AND VOTE

Providence, Rhode Island August 14, 2018— youth activists representing Young Voices, Providence Student Union, and One Gun Gone gathered on the State House lawn this afternoon for a rally to end gun violence in their communities, on their streets, and in schools across the nation. The rally, led by Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Youth committee activists brought together hundreds of youth who spoke of the need to address gun violence with both legislative change and intersectional discussions about urban violence.  “Sometimes when people get shot it is close to where I live. All I am saying is I have…
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DeRobbio critica a Elorza por el Acuerdo Federal ELL

"Los estudiantes de Providence no deberían necesitar una investigación federal para obtener una buena educación", dice el ex superintendente escolar y candidato a la alcaldía PROVIDENCE, RI - Hoy, el departamento escolar de Jorge Elorza tuvo cerró acuerdo tras una investigación federal del Departamento de Justicia sobre el fracaso de sus programas de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés. El enfoque de Elorza para dar a los estudiantes las habilidades en inglés que necesitan para tener éxito fue tan inadecuado que los investigadores federales creyeron que violaba la Ley de Igualdad de Oportunidades Educativas. En una ciudad donde casi el 60% de los estudiantes provienen de…
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Raimondo Administration, Business Community Partner to Expand Opportunity for Rhode Islanders in Recovery

Governor: "I've personally hired people in recovery because they are determined, committed and focused" PROVIDENCE, - At a one-stop job training center today in Providence, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced a new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative -- supported by a $4 million federal labor grant -- to expand skills training and job opportunities for Rhode Islanders in recovery. In addition to the job training funding and programs, the new Recovery-Friendly Workplace Initiative will also provide guidance for employers looking to create more supportive work environments for employees and potential employees in recovery or living with addiction and to address the stigma…
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Providence Residential Recycling Hits a High Note

Residential recycling rate highest since 2013; City on track to meet zero rejected recycling loads by 2030 PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced the City's significant progress in its residential recycling program. As of July 2018, Providence's weekly curbside recycling rate stood at of total waste collected, the highest seen since April 2013. The City has also reduced its contaminated monthly residential recycling loads by 50% since 2015, which means Providence is on track to meet its goal of zero contaminated recycling loads by 2030. "Providence is taking action to preserve our environment for future generations," said…
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Providence Firefighters respond to multiple-alarm fire on a three-story structure

Providence, RI - The American Red Cross is helping twelve families – eighteen adults after a fire Sunday afternoon on Elmwood Ave, Providence. Fire fighters battled a multiple-alarm fire on a three-story structure on 155 Elmwood Avenue. One person inside the home and two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. According to Deputy Chief Steven Houle with the Providence Fire Department, there were residents still inside the home at the time, and several of them had to be removed from the three-story structure using ladders.  He also said that day’s heat was a major challenge for the crews and that every…
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Cranston Police and Fire Department Participating in the 35th Annual “National Night Out” at Garden City

Colonel Michael Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department, and Chief William McKenna of the Cranston Fire Department announce on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, our departments will join the efforts of thousands of other cities and town across the United States to promote safety, wellness, strengthen the police/fire-community partnership by participating in the 35th Annual “National Night Out”. Our partner for our event is Garden City Center and this year’s event will take place at the Shopping Center gazebo. The event begins at 6:00 PM and will end at 8:00 PM. “NNO” will involve people from more than 16,000 communities from all 50 states, territories, Canadian…
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Woonsocket Man Killed in Fatal Motorcycle Crash on I-95

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, reports that a Woonsocket resident died in a fatal motorcycle crash on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket last night. The victim was identified as Carlos Carrasquillo Baez, age 29, of 65 Arnold St., Woonsocket. The crash occurred at approximately 9:25 in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Pawtucket, south of Lonsdale Avenue (Exit 26). The investigation revealed that Mr. Baez was allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle collided with the other vehicle. Mr. Baez was ejected…
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RI Fire Departments Receive $107K to Purchase Gear & Improve Safety

Central Falls, Kingston, and Albion Fire Departments win federal AFG awards CENTRAL FALLS, RI - Thursday, August 2, 2018, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline announced $106,668 in federal funding to help the Central Falls Fire Department, Kingston Fire Department, and Albion Fire District purchase needed equipment and gear to help them better serve their communities. The funding is being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The Central Falls Fire Department will use $59,048 to purchase a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) washer/extractor dryer, which the…
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STATEMENT BY PROVIDENCE CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT DAVID SALVATORE

The legal opinion issued by the Providence City Solicitor's Office states that the contract entered into by the former Council President with GoLocalProv is both "invalid and unenforceable" under the Home Rule Charter and the Providence Code of Ordinances. While the opinion does not "go beyond the legitimacy of the contract to explore the potential misuse of more than $60, in city funds," it does note that those funds were paid "to 'publicize' events which had, for three years prior to the GoLocal contract, already been made available to the public free of charge through the Providence Open Meetings Portal."…
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