By Amanda Milkovits
Journal Staff Writer
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The owner of a massage parlor just three blocks from City Hall voluntarily gave up its licenses Monday after the police, the city law department, and city councilors accused him of deceptive practices.Read more
Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the city’s annual Earth Day celebrations.
Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturday’s city-wide cleanup was “a really great event on a nice day.”
“People really put forth the effort to make sure things happen,” Plitt said from the cleanup’s headquarters at Galego Court on Weeden Street, adding that volunteers donated books and flowers, while aiding in cleaning the city.
Approximately 600 volunteers were spread throughout the various sites in Pawtucket, aiming to beautify the city after a long and bleak winter.
By Linda Borg
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The Central Falls Board of Trustees has named Victor Capellan as the new superintendent, pending final approval by state Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist.Read more
BY JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
CENTRAL FALLS – With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.Read more
Central Falls, RI was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Central Falls achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements; a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities like Central Falls make smart investments in urban forests," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conversation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
by Joseph Nadeau
CENTRAL FALLS - State Rep. Shelby Maldonado, (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls), knows how important a public library can be to an economically distressed community like her own.Read more
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Urging Immediate Implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Reforms Today’s Brief More Than Doubles the Number Of Local Governments Supporting Immigration Action 73 Cities & Counties Signed On From 27 States, Representing 43 Million People NationwideRead more
City Celebrates 120th Anniversary
By Jonathan Bissonnette
CENTRAL FALLS - The city celebrated 120 years of history Thursday during the 2015 Founder's Day Celebration.
Residents, educators, students, and city officials packed into the council chambers at city Hall to hear presentations from Central Falls High School social studies teacher Bob Scappini and Mayor James Diossa, before departing on a guided bus tour that brought them to some of the historic landmarks throughout the Square-Mile City.
Scappini prior to his presentation Thursday afternoon said that Central Falls encompasses "the whole world in one square mile."
A 25 year teacher, Scappini's discussion included an overview of the history of the city, its strength in manufacturing, and its role as a gateway city for a vibrant immigrant community.Read more
Mayor James Diossa today thanked two Roger Williams University law school students, Thomas Travers and Christopher Moran, who just spent a full-time week in the Central Falls' Law Department as part of the law school's "Alternative Spring Break" program. Students in the program dedicate their spring break to serving the public interest.Read more
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