Pawtucket Times: A holiday meal that feeds the heart

By Jonathan Bissonnetteholiday_express.JPG

CENTRAL FALLS – The smallest city in the smallest state showed how big-hearted it is, as hundreds of volunteers came together on Saturday morning to serve a warm breakfast and spread holiday cheer to thousands at the annual Holiday Express breakfast at Veterans Memorial Elementary School.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

GoLocalProv: CF Mayor Diossa Brings on Dr. Michael Fine as Community Health Advisor

By GoLocal News Teamgolocal.jpg

Mayor James Diossa has announced the arrival of Dr. Michael Fine as Community Health Advisor to the city. Dr. Fine is the former Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and will work with the city departments, community organizations and healthcare partners to improve the health and well being of all Central Falls residents.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Not just business as usual

By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE12289759_927338877315215_5630487826815506308_n.jpg

CENTRAL FALLS — After the frenetic and frenzied rush of Black Friday, in which throngs of shoppers lined up overnight and into the wee hours of the morning to pack big-box stores and chain retailers, patrons on Saturday were encouraged to support local small businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Scouting Urban Outreach award presented to Diossa

By Times Staffbsa_pic.jpg

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America hosted its annual Scouting Urban Outreach Service Award Luncheon on November 17 at the Providence Marriott. As part of the ScoutReach program, the award recognizes organizations and individuals that live by the values and ethics of the Boy Scout Oath and Law in their daily practices.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: C.F. police offer safe commerce exchange

By Jonathan Bissonnette

CENTRAL FALLS – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Central Falls Police Department on Wednesday announced the creation of an “e-commerce safety zone” at the Police Station on Illinois Street, which police officials said was established to help protect people from being ripped off via online transactions in digital marketplaces.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Scouts Honor

By Jonathan Bissonnette

Diossa to be honored by Narragansett Council of Boy Scouts for youth outreachscouts_pawt._times.jpg

CENTRAL FALLS – Mayor James A. Diossa will be honored by The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America as the recipient of the 2015 Scouting Urban Outreach Award during a luncheon in Providence Tuesday.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

ProJo: Publick Occurrences: All in R.I. paying price for racial inequities

By G. Wayne Millermaldonado_projo.JPG

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state’s pronounced racial inequities in education, health, housing and other vital areas are detrimental to every one of Rhode Island’s residents, whether Native American, Asian, Latino, black or white. And until those disparities are ended, all residents will pay a high cost, regardless of the color of their skin or the location of their home.

That was the overall message Thursday from panelists at this year’s Publick Occurrences forum, “Race in Rhode Island: Separate and Unequal,” sponsored by The Providence Journal in partnership with Leadership Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. Nearly 350 people attended in Sapinsley Hall, part of RIC’s Nazarian Center.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Central Falls businesses must pay up to sell tobacco products

City imposes $100/year fee on tobacco sales

By Johnathan Bissonnette12063880_915276161854820_5860535639438560747_n.jpg

CENTRAL FALLS - Mayor James Diossa on Tuesday signed into law a new ordinance targeted at improving the enforcement of tobacco sales in the city while working to better community health.

 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Central Falls plans initiative to diversify fire department

By Josh Sullivan3.JPG

CENTRAL FALLS - Mayor James Diossa recently announced the city's campaign to improve the diversity within the fire department. By making an effort to hire 4 new firefighters, the department hopes to sprinkle some diversity into the 36 firefighters that currently employs no people of color and only one woman.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Pawtucket Times: Renovated building a sight for sore eyes

By Joseph Fitzgeraldafter2.jpg

CENTRAL FALLS – After a $400,000 top-to-bottom renovation that lasted the better part of three years, the historic Abbie Francis Memorial Home and Clinic on Summit Street re-opened its doors Thursday with a new mission: providing free eye-care to students in Central Falls.

Read more
Add your reaction Share