Community

Call for Photo Contest Theme for 2020 Calendar

PAWTUCKET – With the successful release of the 2019 City Calendar, now is the time to leave your creative mark for the 2020 Pawtucket City Calendar. Mayor Donald R. Grebien, Photo Contest Organizer Patricia S. Zacks, and the City of Pawtucket call for suggestions on next year’s theme. According to Zacks, every year a theme is selected and hundreds of photo buffs and Pawtucket students submit entries hoping that their photo is selected to be placed in the calendar. “We want to reach out to the community and get them involved,” says Zacks. “This being an obvious way to do…
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Education

RI Awarded $4.19M for Early Childhood Development and Education

Grant Will Support Governor's Goal to Expand High-Quality Pre-K PROVIDENCE, – Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Children’s Cabinet announced today that Rhode Island has been awarded a one-year, $ million federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG). Targeted at youth from birth through age 5, this grant will support the development and coordination of early childhood education and family-centered support programs.   “We have no task more important, no investment more worthwhile, than to ensure all children are on a path to success. That is why I have made early child care and expanding Pre-Kindergarten a top priority, both in…
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Featured

Rep. Diaz announces agenda for 2019 House session

STATE HOUSE — In the wake of a successful 2018 session that saw many of her policies passed into law, Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence) has announced her agenda for the new session and looks forward to developing policies that will continue to help the people of Rhode Island, including early learning, business opportunity, education, social justice and children’s safety. “I am honored to once again be serving in the House of Representatives,” said Representative Diaz, who was first elected to the chamber in 2004. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to address my policy priorities.” Representative…
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Featured

Flu Activity Prompts Healthcare Worker Masking Requirement; Health Department Reminds Rhode Islanders of the Best Settings for Care

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today that the flu is "widespread" in Rhode Island, triggering the State's requirement for unvaccinated healthcare workers in hospitals and many other types of healthcare facilities to wear masks during direct patient contact. "The masking requirement helps protect healthcare workers from catching the flu, and helps protect patients who are often dealing with other serious health issues," said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. "For people who have not been vaccinated yet, it is not too late. Flu vaccine is the single best way to keep yourself and the people you…
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Local News

Rhode Island State Police Arrests 16 Individuals for Driving While Impaired During Two-Week Holiday Period

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that 16 individuals were arrested and charged with driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs over the past two weeks. The arrests resulted from intensive enforcement of Rhode Island laws as part of the national traffic enforcement campaign to keep intoxicated motorists off the roadways during the holidays. “There is simply no excuse for anyone driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol,” Colonel Assumpico said. “The Rhode Island State Police will continue to aggressively pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone who drives…
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Featured

TRINITY REP PRESENTS MODERN TELLING OF SHAKESPEARE DRAMA MACBETH

Thrilling and suspenseful production runs Jan. 31 - March 3 PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep will continue its 2018-19 Season with the electrifying tale of Macbeth – a Shakespearean thriller that bursts at breakneck speed with more suspense, murder, and madness than a blockbuster film. Directed by Curt Columbus, who was most recently at the helm of last spring’s Ragtime, this contemporary telling of the famously-cursed play will include a live DJ and elements of magic. Featuring resident acting company member Mauro Hantman as the future King of Scotland, Macbeth runs January 31 – March 3 with press opening on Monday, February 4 at 7:30 pm.…
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Local News

American Red Cross Helping Two Families After Fire in East Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI  (December 31, 2018) – The American Red Cross is helping two families – two adults after a fire today on Goldsmith Ave, East Providence. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families’ immediate needs. Responders included: Bob Foti, Bob Partington and LeeAnn Zettl.   The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. In addition, a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more was provided.  …
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Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit Arrests RI E911 Supervisor for Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses

The arrest resulted from an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police at the request of RI E911 into the alleged theft of over $2,000 in payroll compensation Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that a RI E911 Supervisor has been arrested earlier today on a charge stemming from fraudulently obtaining money from the State of Rhode Island. Members of the State Police Detective Bureau, at the request of the Director of Rhode Island E911, conducted an investigation into the fraudulentobtaining of additional compensation to a…
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Local News

PAWTUCKET MAN CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING COUNTERFEIT MONEY

PROVIDENCE - A Pawtucket man, previously convicted and incarcerated for producing counterfeit casino coins, was arrested at his Pawtucket residence on Friday and made an initial appearance before District Court Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond on charges that he allegedly possessed equipment used to manufacture counterfeit currency and that he manufactured counterfeit $100 bills.   Louis B. Colavecchio, 76, was arrested by United States Secret Service agents as the agents, assisted by Coventry and Pawtucket Police, executed a federal court-authorized search of his residence. The Secret Service seized, among other items, electronic media and presses used in the production of…
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Community

IRS, Security Summit Partners warn public: It’s shopping season for identity thieves, too; Tax Security Awareness Week offers tips

WASHINGTON ― With the holiday shopping season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners warn taxpayers to take extra steps to protect their tax and financial data from identity thieves.  The holidays offer cybercriminals a chance to steal financial account information, Social Security numbers, credit card information and other sensitive data to help them file a fraudulent tax return in 2019.  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax community, partners in the Security Summit, are marking “National Tax Security Awareness Week” Dec. 3 -7, with a series of reminders to taxpayers and tax…
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