GOAL SEES BAKER JOINING GUN CONTROL COALITION AS ADMISSION OF GUILT

BOSTON - After reviewing the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on criminal data among Northeast states, the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts (“GOAL”) believes that it is yet another empty promise from elected officials providing themselves with nice soundbites for voters. GOAL is certain this MOU only represents an admission of guilt by our government for not doing their jobs to stop criminal gun traffickers. For decades, GOAL has been asking why our state’s existing gun laws were not being enforced. In Massachusetts over the last five years, GOAL has successfully passed comprehensive criminal laws that provide tools to…
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U.S. House Passes Bill to Honor Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr.

WASHINGTON – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed to rename the United States Post Office at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, as the “First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office.” Sergeant McKenna served in the Army for 17 years, during which time he completed five tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He was killed in August 2015 while defending Camp Integrity from a Taliban attack. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced last December. The bill now awaits further consideration in the Senate. Congressman Cicilline’s spoke on the House floor a few minutes ago before the House passed His…
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Rhode Island Charter Schools Continue to Receive Overwhelming Enrollment Demand

Providence, RI - Rhode Island charter schools continue to receive overwhelming demand from parents and families seeking to enroll their students. Each year, Rhode Island charter schools conduct admissions lotteries on March 1st to enroll students for the following school year. This year, the 18 charter school members of the League of Charter Schools collectively received a total of 12,002 applications for 1,028 total available seats. 10,974 applicants will be placed on waiting lists for admission. “Our Rhode Island charter schools remain is strong demand from parents and families throughout the state who want high-quality public education opportunities for their…
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FSRI’s Police Partnership Therapy Dog To Be Introduced Thursday

PROVIDENCE, RI - "Justice," a six month old Golden Retriever/Poodle mix, will be introduced as the newest member of the Family Service of RI/Providence Police Partnership team at a Thursday, March 1 event honoring Family Service of Rhode Island's work partnering with police departments to help crime and violence victims. The event takes place Thursday at the Omni Providence, 1 West Exchange Street, Providence, 02903. The dog, currently in training to serve as a therapy dog, will be introduced during a speaking program which begins at 12:10 PM. Family Service of Rhode Island is receiving the Mutual of America Community…
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Local leaders and Advocates Praise Raimondo’s Quick Action to Prevent Gun Violence

WARWICK, RI - Less than two weeks after a tragic mass shooting in Florida that killed 17 students and teachers, Governor Gina M. Raimondo became the first governor in America to take executive action to establish a statewide 'red flag' policy to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a danger to themselves and others. Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Col. Ann Assumpico, local police chiefs, members of the General Assembly, community leaders, parents and students joined Governor Raimondo as she signed the Rhode Island Red Flag Executive Order at Warwick City Hall. Here's what local leaders…
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Pawtucket Announces 20th Annual Photo Contest

PAWTUCKET – Grab your cameras and snap that picture! The City of Pawtucket and Camera Werks announced the 20th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. Twelve winning photos will be selected by a panel of local photographers and placed in the 2019 City Calendar. This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must be taken in Pawtucket. After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January,…
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Mayor Grebien Applauds BuildRI Poll

“It is clear that Rhode Islanders support moving our state forward with this economic development opportunity for Pawtucket and Rhode Island. Rhode Islanders are right to be cautious, to ask questions and make sure we are making the right investments. This investment will support the city’s financial and economic development potential, as well as bring in new needed revenue above the current $2 million to the state. When Rhode Islanders learn the facts about the proposal they support it. This will be a public, year–round facility for ball games, entertainment and concerts- that pays for itself- and is heavily supported…
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Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) is introducing the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. “Assault weapons were made for one purpose. They are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. They do not belong in our communities,” said Cicilline. “I am proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban with the support of leaders in law enforcement. It’s on all of us to end this carnage.” “Americans don’t own tanks or missiles; so why should our streets be flooded with weapons of war made for the sole purpose of killing people? The…
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Governor Raimondo to Sign Executive Order Establishing Red Flag Policy

Raimondo says that legislation is needed, in addition to the executive order, to keep protections in place permanently. PROVIDENCE, RI– Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement applauding the General Assembly for introducing red flag legislation to prevent gun violence and gun suicides: “The tragedy in Parkland has renewed the urgency once again for states to take action to prevent gun violence. Today, I will sign an Executive Order establishing a statewide red flag policy that will take effect immediately, but we still need to pass legislation so these protections are in place permanently. I applaud the legislature for…
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FAMILY SERVICE OF RI’S POLICE PARTNERSHIP RECEIVING NATIONAL AWARD

PROVIDENCE, RI, February 22, 2018 - Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) is receiving a national award recognizing its work with several Rhode Island police departments to provide psychological first aid and other help to victims of crime and violence. FSRI's CEO said she would like to see their police partnership model replicated in all communities in Rhode Island and beyond. Currently it involves the Providence Police, the East Providence Police and the State Police. "More communities need to intervene immediately to help victims begin the healing process. Research shows that the effects of a traumatic event extend well beyond…
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