RI E-911 Acting Director Relieved of Duty

Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced that the acting director of Rhode Island's E-911 Emergency Telephone System has been relieved of duty after State Police learned he had been training telecommunicators in Basic First Aid, CPR and AED without proper certification. Colonel Manni said State Police discovered that Gregory Scungio, acting director of the E-911 center, had been certified as an instructor by the American Red Cross to teach Basic First Aid, CPR and AED, however his certification lapsed in February 2016. Therefore, any employees…
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Cranston Police Arrest Suspect for Murder

Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department, announces the arrest of Michael T. Marrapese, age 40, of 245 Bay View Avenue, Cranston, RI for the murder of Lauren Ise, age 29, of the same address. On the morning of March 13, 2019, the Cranston Police Department was contacted by the Providence Police Department advising that they had received information that Ms. Ise had been murdered by her estranged boyfriend, Michael Marrapese. Members of the Cranston Police Department responded to 245 Bay View Avenue, Cranston, RI to conduct a well-being ; When Officers made entry into the apartment,…
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Rhode Island Small Businesses Cannot Afford Another Minimum Wage Increase

PROVIDENCE, March 13, 2019 — Responding to today’s Senate Labor Committee hearing on a proposal to increase the state minimum wage, NFIB, which advocates on behalf of many Rhode Island small businesses, submitted testimony in opposition to that legislation. The following statements are attributable to NFIB Rhode Island State Director, Christopher Carlozzi: “The last minimum wage increase just took effect and another hike is already being proposed,” said Christopher Carlozzi, NFIB’s Rhode Island State Director. “If passed, this will mean a massive 39 percent increase in the minimum wage since 2016, something Rhode Island small businesses cannot afford.” “Small business owners in Rhode…
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Entertainment

TRINITY REP PRESENTS DELIGHTFULLY DEMENTED LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Award-winning musical runs April 11 – May 12 PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep will continue its 2018-19 Season with the perennially-popular Little Shop of Horrors – an award-winning musical that blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown in a totally twisted production about what lengths we are willing to go to when we are down on our luck. Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky, who was most recently at the helm of last spring’s Into the Breeches!, and the highly lauded A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this production sets the Skid Row flower shop in the middle of downtown Providence in the 1960s. Featuring resident acting…
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Cicilline Chairs Antitrust Hearing on Proposed Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

;v=I2YwwpMWQMs CHAIRMAN DAVID N. CICILLINE (RI-01)OPENING REMARKS AS DELIVEREDMARCH 12, 2019 Today’s hearing is an important opportunity to examine the state of competition in the wireless industry and the competitive effects of the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. Over the past century, the telecommunications industry in the United States has demonstrated the harms that result from monopoly power. By 1940, AT&T’s dominance was so entrenched that it was widely considered to be a lawful monopoly. Over the next forty years, it grew to become the largest corporation in the world, controlling more than 80% of the market. It earned more than $53 billion in annual revenue and was the…
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Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Will Join National Wild and Scenic River System

Legislation granting Rhode Island and Connecticut waterways new protections and eligibility for federal funding signed into law WASHINGTON –  Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and David Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that their legislation to protect portions of the Wood-Pawcatuck watershed was signed into law by the President as part of a bipartisan public lands package. The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Wild and Scenic River Act designates several waterways within the 300-square mile Wood-Pawcatuck watershed as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, establishing the first river system in Rhode Island with a “Wild and Scenic” designation. This designation formally recognizes the natural,…
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Entertainment

Cumberland Native Peter Farrelly Wins Two Academy Awards for Green Book

Cumberland, RI – Critically acclaimed author and director, and Cumberland native Peter Farrelly won two Academy Awards for his work in the comedy-drama film Green Book. Farrelly’s Green Book won both Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. In addition to his recent honor, Farrelly won a Golden Globe in the same category at the Golden Globe Awards on January 6. “I am so proud of Mr. Farrelly for the awards he has accumulated throughout his career as a tremendously talented screenwriter, producer and director. He is proof that with determination and commitment, anything is possible. All of us in Cumberland…
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CENTRAL FALLS CITY COUNCIL REPEALS YOUTH CURFEW

The ACLU of RI and Progreso Latino issued the following statements regarding yesterday’s unanimous vote by the Central Falls City Council to repeal the City’s unjust youth curfew ordinance: ACLU of RI: “The ACLU of RI applauds the Central Falls City Council for repealing this ineffective and counterproductive ; The evidence is clear that youth curfews don’t reduce crime, and may actually undermine public ; Furthermore, the ordinances make perfectly innocent activity – walking outside at night – illegal, and disproportionately affect youth of ; We commend the Council for taking the evidence-based, principled approach here and finally repealing this ordinance.” Progreso Latino: “Progreso…
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Community

CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Expands into Pawtucket As Cases of Opioid Use Disorder Continue to Climb

PAWTUCKET, (March 7, 2019) —Due to the growing number of people seeking treatment services for substance use disorder, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has expanded its operations by opening a new location at 600 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. More than 220 patients will begin receiving care at the new location on Monday, March 11, but that number is expected to increase, according to senior leaders at CODAC. The 3,000-square foot building will allow CODAC staff to offer medication assisted treatment, tobacco cessation services, counseling, alternative treatments for pain management, ambulatory care, and other holistic approaches to treat addiction, which are not typically available…
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