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IATSE Local 23 Endorses Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI - Local 23 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, AFL-CIO announced its endorsement for Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence today. This is the 3rd union endorsement for Solomon including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the 16-member Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council. “We believe that Providence is at a crossroads,” said Michael Araujo, business agent for Local 23. “Robust and visionary leadership is required for the challenges our City of Providence is facing. We believe that proven leadership and experience are invaluable assets to our diverse population. Michael Solomon has…
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Community

Mayors Taveras and Fung to Host Job Fair for Military, Veterans and Their Families at Providence Career & Technical Academy

Ninety companies to participate with more than 500 job openings; Brief opening ceremony featuring Brigadier General Petrarca, Hope High School Junior ROTC and area veterans PROVIDENCE, RI - Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung are co-hosting a job fair for Rhode Island's military, veterans and their families on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence. There will be 90 businesses that are actively hiring on hand for the event, which will include a brief opening ceremony and four workshops for attendees. This event will be the fourteenth…
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Politics

Elorza Releases Equity in Business Opportunity Plan, Calls for Increase of WMBE Bids Accepted for City Projects

To fulfill Providence’s goal of having 10% participation in city contracts by Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBEs), Democratic Mayoral Candidate Jorge Elorza announced his plan to increase the percentage of women and minority business enterprises that do business with the city. Maria Takuma, who owns Harmony Design and Construction said the following of Elorza’s proposal, "As a woman and a minority business-owner, I'm thankful to Jorge for bringing attention to this incredibly important issue and making it a priority in his economic development plan. We need leaders that recognize that our economy won't prosper unless our government commits itself…
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Mayor Taveras Launches Second Season Of Providence Road Improvement Project; Capital City Ahead Of Schedule To Complete $40 Million In New And Repaired Roads

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Angel Taveras today kicked off the second season of Providence's $40 million Road Improvement Project on Moses Brown Street in the Wayland Square neighborhood. "We are excited to resume paving roads throughout Providence for the second season of our $40 million road improvement project," Mayor Taveras said. "We covered a lot of ground last year and anticipate another productive season of road repairs. The Providence Road Improvement project is a long-term investment in jobs and infrastructure, and is immediately improving the quality of life in Rhode Island's capital city." Residents can access a map of completed…
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Politics

Block Makes Statement On Ethics In Ri Politics

Providence, RI - Today, Republican Candidate for Governor Ken Block called for the need to change how politicians operate in Rhode Island. Citing the contributions Treasurer Raimondo, Mayor Fung, and Mayor Taveras made to Speaker Fox, as well as Treasurer Raimondo's and Mayor Taveras' walking with Speaker Fox in his district, all while allegations of pay-to-play and corruption in the 38 Studios deal and PEDP Loans were being made, Mr. Block said, "We need a change agent as Governor, and these career politicians kissed the brass ring of power despite the stench of 38 Studios." Additionally, Mr. Block highlighted the fact that…
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HIDTA Task Force Arrest A North Providence Man On Drug Distribution Charges And Seize More Than 200 Grams Of Crack/cocaine

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a North Providence man on drug distribution charges by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. On April 16, 2014, at approximately 8:00 , members of the HIDTA Task Force executed a court authorized search warrant at Winona Street, Building #25, Apt #9, North Providence, RI that resulted in the seizure of two hundred and eight (208) grams of crack/cocaine and $12,490 in United States currency. Kevin Hernandez, age 23, of 9 Winona Street, Building #25, Apt #9, North…
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Gorbea responds to de Ramel’s refusal to release taxes: Calls Openness and Accountability a Matter of Public Trust

Providence – Nellie Gorbea, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State released her tax returns for the past five years and many other candidates for state office agreed to do so as well. Her opponent, Guillaume de Ramel, refused to release his. "I was disappointed to hear that my opponent refused to release his tax returns,” said Gorbea. “I'm sure Rhode Islanders are now wondering: What does he have to hide? Why won't he just be open about his finances? Rhode Islanders' trust has been broken too many times. Those of us running for office need to be completely open and accountable…
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Education

Solomon Unveils Plan to Create 2,000 Jobs, Rebuild City Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI - *Providence mayoral candidate and City Council President Michael Solomon unveiled a detailed 10-year vision to rebuild Providence's neighborhood schools and create 2,000 jobs today. In an eight page plan available on his website<;, Solomon proposes investing $250 million to rebuild the city's schools over the next 10 years. The plan will create 2,000 jobs and ensure proper learning environments for students and teachers. "Our campaign's big idea is to strategically invest in education and jobs: the two keys to expanding opportunity and rebuilding our city's middle class," said Solomon. "Rebuilding our city schools will achieve many important…
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Governor Chafee nominates Scott Rabideau and Vince Watchorn to the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today the nominations of Scott Rabideau of Pascoag and Vince Watchorn of Providence to the Judicial Nominating Commission filling the seats vacated by Alexander Biliouris and D. Faye Sanders respectively. "As leaders in their fields, Scott and Vince will bring to the Judicial Nominating Commission valuable insight and perspective." Governor Chafee said. "I thank Alexander and Faye for their willingness to serve the citizens of the State of Rhode Island." The Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with screening applicants for vacancies on all of Rhode Island's courts. Upon notification of a judicial…
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Carlos M. Diaz To Seek Providence City Council Post In Ward 8

Long time Providence activist Carlos M. Diaz announces today he will seek a position on the Providence City Council representing Ward 8! Diaz, 42 immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1983. “Since moving to this great country, I have had to watch my neighborhood continue to deteriorate,” Diaz said. Pointing to high crime and high unemployment, Diaz believes “enough is enough”. Carlos Diaz and his wife (Emilia) reside at 140 Burnett Street in Providence. A 1991 graduate of Central High School he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New England Institute of Technology. From his early days as a…
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