Local News

Providence City Council Tonight Approves Four New Tax Stabilization Agreements

Providence, RI (November 1, 2018) – At tonight’s City Council meeting four Tax Stabilization Agreements (TSAs) were passed for the first time. Each will need to be passed one more time by the Council to formally be approved. “We are creating jobs and growing businesses here in Providence,” stated City Council Majority Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Finance John J. Igliozzi. “More cranes in the city skyline mean two things – more jobs, and more growth – and that’s a good thing for all of us.” These TSAs were vetted by the Committee on Finance through a transparent, open,…
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Featured

Rhode Island Foundation announces $3.6 million in grants to reduce high rates of illness, chronic disease, health disparities

Funding targets residents of Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, South County, West Warwick and Woonsocket PROVIDENCE, RI (Oct. 19, 2018)  – The Rhode Island Foundation today announced that it has awarded $ million in grants to reduce chronic disease and health disparities in more than a dozen cities and towns. “Roughly 75 percent of your health status is influenced by social, economic and environmental factors related to where you live. Living a healthy life is more likely when you are part of a community that promotes health and healthy choices,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. The six nonprofit organizations…
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Nordstrom to Close Store at Providence Place

Providence, RI (October 9, 2018) – Nordstrom today announced plans to close its full-line store at Providence Place in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally opened in August 1999, the store will serve customers through Friday, January 4, 2019. "The decision to close a store is always a tough one for us because we know it impacts both our customers and our employees," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores. "We've been fortunate to serve customers here for nearly 20 years and have built meaningful relationships with our customers and community in that time. "We look at our business market-by-market to understand where…
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Local News

Providence Residential Recycling Hits a High Note

Residential recycling rate highest since 2013; City on track to meet zero rejected recycling loads by 2030 PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced the City's significant progress in its residential recycling program. As of July 2018, Providence's weekly curbside recycling rate stood at of total waste collected, the highest seen since April 2013. The City has also reduced its contaminated monthly residential recycling loads by 50% since 2015, which means Providence is on track to meet its goal of zero contaminated recycling loads by 2030. "Providence is taking action to preserve our environment for future generations," said…
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Education

RIDE Announces $1.7 Million in AmeriCorps Grants to ServeRI Partners

PROVIDENCE, – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that Serve Rhode Island is now part of the agency’s portfolio. Serve Rhode Island (ServeRI) is the state service commission responsible for distributing AmeriCorps grants, and the operation has transitioned to be housed and administered by the Department of Education.   The move is in response to a 2017 law that dissolved Serve Rhode Island’s previous structure and incorporated it instead into the Department of Education.   “Enhancing education and supporting young people have long been key priorities for ServeRI and the AmeriCorps organizations it works with, so it’s exciting…
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Providence, RI Ranks 71 on New List of 100 U.S. Cities w/ Highest Home Fire Risk

The Hartford Home Fire Index Identifies 100 Cities With Highest Fire Risk * Company marks 70th anniversary of its Junior Fire Marshal(r) program with $2 million donation and commitment to educate million children about fire prevention and safety in the 100 cities * Since 1947, more than 110 million children deputized as Junior Fire Marshals; such notable people as Ron Howard, Dick Van Dyke and Ronald Reagan helped to recognize children who participated in the program HARTFORD, (BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hartford released its ranking of the 100 cities with the highest home fire risk. According to The Hartford Home Fire Index,…
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Community

Providence Schools Registration Center Extends Hours

Providence, - The Providence Public School District has extended the hours of its Student Registration and Placement Center, 325 Ocean St., Providence, between now and Sept. 10 to accommodate the annual influx of new school registrations. The extended hours are as follows: * Mondays - Thursdays, Aug. 1 - Sept. 8: 7 AM - 4:30 PM (closed on holidays) * Fridays, Aug. 5 - Sept. 9: 8 AM - 3:30 PM * Saturdays, Aug. 13 - 27 and Sept. 10: 8:30 - 11:30 AM Before visiting the registration center, parents and guardians are encouraged to download and fill out a…
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Neighborhood Block Party Wednesday Night

The Providence Children's Initiative, a program of non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island, is holding a neighborhood block party Wednesday, July 27, 5 to 7:30 at Harriet & Sayles Park, 375 Sayles Street, Providence, 02905. (Directions here). The event's goal is to promote community connections among residents, provide a venue for local performers, connect families with resources, and conduct outreach for the Providence Children's Initiative to increase community involvement with school and neighborhood transformation efforts. The Providence Children's Initiative, created by Family Service of Rhode Island in 2010, seeks to revitalize Lower South Providence by partnering with residents, schools, community…
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Community

Juntas de Vecinos para reportar el crimen

Por Marino Báez PROVIDENCE - El Alcalde de la ciudad de Providence, Jorge Elorza, el Comisionado de la Policia Steven Paré y el Jefe de la Policía, Hugh T. Clements, anunciaron a través de la Asociación de Vencindarios West Broadway, la expansión del Programa de Vigilancia en los Barrios de Providence, a fin de contribuir a contrarrestar la criminalidad. Elorza afirmó que su prioridad al frente de la alcaldía está dirigida a garantizar la seguridad para proteger a los ciudadanos y visitantes que frecuentan la ciudad de Providence. El Alcalde exhortó a los ciudadanos a enfocarse en formar los grupos,…
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