Education

Raimondo Announces Funding for School Safety

State Will Make $10 Million Available for School Safety Upgrades  PROVIDENCE, RI- At Asa Messer Elementary School today, Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced that the state is making immediately available $10 million in funding for schools to complete safety and security upgrades to buildings. The funding will be available to every city and town, and will prioritize projects that are high-impact, low-cost and shovel ready. "I worry about my kids' safety every time I send them off to school, particularly in light of the tragedies we've seen recently," said Governor Raimondo. "No parent should have to worry that their child's school…
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Education

City Council Approves $160 Million Bond Referendum for School Improvements

PROVIDENCE, RI - On Monday, July 30, 2018 the Providence City Council approved a $160 million bond referendum that will realize improvements in school infrastructure. The bond is a joint effort between the Providence City Council and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. City Council President David A. Salvatore stated, "As elected officials, we speak a lot about the importance of education in our community, but one of the most important factors of education is place. Our schools, most built in the last century, are in need of basic upgrades and some need even more complicated fixes. This bond will help to…
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RIDOH recommends closing the Beaches at Conimicut Point and DiFonso Recreation Area

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Conimicut Point beach in Warwick and DiFonso Recreation Area (Spring Grove Beach) in Glocester  for swimming because of high bacteria levels. Beaches closed for swimming: Conimicut Point Beach DiFonso Recreation Area The Beach Club at Larkin’s Pond in Kingston Kingston’s Camp Camp Hoffman Goddard Park Kent County YMCA (Upper and Lower Ponds) Echo Lake Campground RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season. The status of a beach may change on a daily basis. The most up-to-date beach information is…
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Rhode Island State Police K-9 Ruby Named Search and Rescue Dog of the Year

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, is pleased to announce that K-9 Ruby, a member of the Rhode Island State Police Canine Unit, has been selected as the national Search and Rescue Dog of the Year. She also is now a finalist for the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Award, to be named in September.   “This is a tremendous honor for both K-9 Ruby and her handler, Trooper Daniel O’Neil,” Colonel Assumpico said. “It also is a tribute to the entire Rhode Island State Police Canine…
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Local News

New York Man Sentenced in ID Theft, Fraud Investigations

PROVIDENCE, RI – A third person charged in federal court in Rhode Island in a series of on-going investigations into individuals who are stealing personal identifying information of others and using that information to apply for bank loans and retail store credit cards or lines of credit, has been sentenced to 39 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Stephen Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Scott E. Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General/Office of Investigations, and…
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Governor Raimondo signs bills creating more choice for continuing care

EAST PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today signed legislation (S 2734 and H 7803) at Goldsmith Manor establishing an individual provider model for home care in Rhode Island. The model will give seniors and people with disabilities another option to be cared for at home where they can continue to be connected to their communities and families. "Rhode Islanders should be empowered to choose what model of care is right for them," Raimondo said. "For a lot of people that might mean choosing an individual provider they know and trust. This bill ensures that kind of individual care that helps people lives…
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Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm Recalling Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Pepperidge Farm is recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. A seasoning that is applied to these crackers has been the subject of a due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the are subject to this recall. The following four varieties are subject to this recall: * Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar * Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion * Goldfish Baked with Whole…
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Cranston Police Arrest Suspect on Felony Assault for Attacking Owners of Cranston Business

Cranston, RI - Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department, announces that the Cranston Police Department arrested a Cranston man who struck a Cranston Business owner and his son causing serious bodily injury. Willard Whiting, age 45, of 200 Cannon Street Apt. 132, Cranston, RI was charged with one count of Felony Assault on a person over 60 for assaulting the owner, and one count of Felony Assault on a person causing serious bodily injury for assaulting the son. On July 22, 2018 at approximately 1:00am Cranston Police contacted Cranston Collison, a tow agency on the police…
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COUNCILORS SALVATORE AND LAFORTUNE INTRODUCE AMENDMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE CITY’S POLICY TO SUPPORT MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Providence, RI (July 23, 2018) – Tonight City Council President David A. Salvatore and Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune introduced an amendment in support of Providence’s policy to ensure in the fullest possible participation of firms owned and controlled by minorities (MBEs) or women (WBEs) in City-funded and -directed public construction programs, as well as in municipal purchases of goods and services. “Providence is a rich and diverse city, and more than half of our population is made up of women, so we should not be struggling to meet the 10% standard of doing business with MBEs and WBEs,” stated Council President…
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CITY COUNCIL CREATES TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC UTILITY WORK ON CITY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS

Providence, RI (July 23, 2018) – Tonight Council President David A. Salvatore, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr., Deputy Majority Leader Wilbur W. Jennings Jr., and Councilman Michael Correia introduced a resolution creating a task force to study the impact of public utility work on Providence’s roads and sidewalks. “It is the responsibility of the City to ensure the maintenance of safe and aesthetically pleasing roadways and sidewalks,” stated City Council President David A. Salvatore. “Occasionally we hear from constituents that the sidewalks and roadways around their homes have not been properly restored after work done by a…
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