Cicilline, Members of House, Senate Call on Burma to Repatriate Rohingya and Resolve Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON – As horrifying acts against the Burmese Rohingya minority and the related refugee crisis continue, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a bi-cameral congressional delegation just completed a fact-finding mission to Burma and Bangladesh. Cicilline was joined on the delegation by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-09). "The discrimination, segregation and horrific violence being committed against the Rohingya community must end,” said Cicilline. “Ethnic cleansing is being committed by the Burmese military and the world cannot remain silent. Innocent…
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Mayor Elorza Relaunches #ThinkPVD Campaign, Free Holiday Parking for Shoppers

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined PVDonuts owners Lori & Paul Kettelle, the City's Director of Art, Culture + Tourism Stephanie Fortunato and community members to relaunch #ThinkPVD and announce free holiday parking ahead of Small Business Saturday being observed Saturday, November 25. #ThinkPVD is a campaign encouraging residents and visitors to "think, shop and buy locally" all year but especially during the busy holiday season. "Small Business Saturday reminds us of just how important it is to support our local business community," said Mayor Jorge Elorza. "As families prepare for their holiday shopping, we urge them to…
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Providence Police Department promotes members to the rank of Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Detective

Providence, RI: Mayor Jorge Elorza, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré, Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. and members of the Providence Police Department gathered at City Hall tuesday for the promtional ceremony of twenty-four members of the department. Members of the PPD that have been promoted are as follows: Promoted to the rank of Captain: Lt. Kevin M. Lanni Lt. Timothy E. O’Hara Lt. Luis F. San Lucas Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant: Sgt. James J. Barros Sgt. Ernest R. Forlini, Jr. Sgt. Stephen J. Gencarella Sgt. Michael J. Fallon Sgt. David D. Allen Promoted to the rank of…
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Five Labor Groups Endorse Regunberg for Lt. Gov

PROVIDENCE - State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today won the support of five important labor groups - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 New England, Teamsters Local 251, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 618, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2323, and Rhode Island Working Families Party. The endorsements by these organizations, which together represent more than eighteen thousand Rhode Islanders, provide more early momentum for Regunberg’s campaign, which last week was endorsed by three statewide environmental groups. The politically active labor groups will promote Regunberg with their members, along with other…
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RI Can’t Afford the Republican-Trump Tax Bill

Led by President Trump, Republicans in Washington are working right now to pass a tax cut for the wealthiest people in America, paid for by the middle class. While millionaires and billionaires get tax cuts on average of $50,000 a year, 64 million middle class families across America will see their tax bill stay the same or go up. If that weren't bad enough, the latest version of the Republican-Trump Tax Bill repeals the individual mandate, which will spike the costs of health care premiums. Here in Rhode Island, we've cut the percentage of uninsured Rhode Islanders by nearly two-thirds.…
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Providence Fire Department 51st Training Academy Graduation Ceremony

Following their completion of a rigorous 24-week training process, 83 men and women will graduate from the 51st Providence Fire Department Training Academy, representing the largest and most diverse academy class in the department's distinguished history including four female recruits, one ranking 3rd overall in the class
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State and Local Officials Celebrate Start of Winter Farmers’ Market Season

NEW BEDFORD – Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux and Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Commissioner Jeff McCue along with local officials today celebrated the start of the winter farmers’ market season during a visit to the New Bedford Winter Farmers’ Market. With over 50 winter farmers’ markets to choose from across the Commonwealth, the agriculture experiences serve as a way for residents to continue to have access to fresh and locally grown products over the winter and provide opportunities for Massachusetts farmers to extend their…
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The Housing Authority for the City of Pawtucket (PHA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Blackstone Health, Inc. an affiliated subsidiary of The VNA of Care New England

Blackstone Health, Inc is a community-based non-profit health and social services agency, located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Blackstone Health is committed to providing quality health & social services and meeting the needs of senior and disabled individuals throughout the State of Rhode Island. Blackstone Health Congregate Nutrition Services provides balanced and nutritional meals, in a community-dining setting. The program presently manages dietary services for sixteen (16) locations across the state of Rhode Island, and the newest site to open will be located at Fogarty Manor . Opening Day is scheduled for November 27, 2017. Hours of Operation will be Monday-Friday,…
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Boil Water Notice Issued for Westerly Water Supply

The Westerly Water Department has issued a boil water notice to its customers because E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply. Westerly Water Department customers should boil vigorously for at least one minute all water used for human consumption, including drinking and cooking. Alternatively, customers can use bottled water. This health advisory will remain in effect until corrective actions are completed and satisfactory bacteria results are obtained. The Westerly Water Department will issue a public notice when this requirement is lifted. E. coli is bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal…
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FSRI’s CORPORATE PARTNER TO DELIVER 72 TURKEYS FOR SOUTH PROVIDENCE FAMILIES

PROVIDENCE, RI, November 15, 2017- Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) corporate partner East Commerce Solutions will deliver 72 turkeys for Mary E. Fogarty Elementary students and their families on Friday, November 17, at noon at the school's front entrance at 199 Oxford Street, in Providence's Lower South Providence neighborhood. As many as 94% of the school's students qualify for the federal subsidized lunch program, compared with the 48% statewide rate. Students in FSRI's Walking School Bus program, which promotes school attendance, will receive the turkeys as will others at the school. East Commerce Solutions, based in East Providence, Rhode…
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