Providence Journal features Councilwoman Stephanie Gonzalez: Students decide who's college material

By Stephanie Gonzalez

During my senior year in high school, my guidance counselor told me not to apply to my dream school because he did not think I would get in. He cautioned me against wasting one of the five college application vouchers I would receive that year by applying to a school that was, as he put it, out of my reach.

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City Budget and more!

Dear Neighbor,

Our City Budget
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In my 2016 budget address, delivered before a capacity crowd in the City Council Chambers, I shared my vision and goals for Fiscal Year 2016: continued fiscal responsibility, increased government transparency, stronger economic growth and a better quality of life.

“We, the people of Central Falls, have demonstrated resilience in bouncing back from an unprecedented challenge,” I stated in the budget address. ”This budget stands on the shoulders of the hard work we have completed over the last two years and offers the city further stability and sustainability in the coming years.”

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Mayor Diossa Delivers 2016 Budget Address

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CENTRAL FALLS, RI – In his 2016 budget address, delivered before a capacity crowd in the City Council Chambers on Wednesday, Mayor James Diossa shared his vision and goals for FY 2015-2016. In attendance were the Central Falls City Council, City Judges, Department Directors, community members and special guests; Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, and Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray. During the approximately 20 minute address, Diossa highlighted the work the city has done to improve services and conditions in the community and introduced initiatives that would grow the city’s economy.

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Cogswell Tower Featured on ABC 6

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In Central Falls, there's a hidden gem… that's not so hidden.

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The Wheels are Turning: Zipcar era Ushered in Locally with Ceremony

by Jonathan Bissonnette of the Pawtucket Times 

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Residents in Pawtucket and Central Falls looking for a convenient answer to their transformation needs can now find that solution at various locations across the neighboring cities, as the popular car-sharing service Zipcar was formally launched Wednesday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming the service to the two cities was held at Old Slater Mill, which will also serve as one of the three sites where the fleet of vehicles will be located.

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Owner of massage parlor turns in licenses to Central Falls City Council

By Amanda Milkovits
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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.

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Volunteer crews roll out to beautify Pawtucket, CF

BY JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
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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.

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Central Falls board picks former assistant as new superintendent of schools

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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.

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Pawtucket Times: CF Students go green with tree planting efforts

BY JONATHAN BISSONNETTE

pawttimesarborday.jpgCENTRAL 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.

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Arbor Day Foundation Names Central Falls Tree City USA

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.

10404311_828246290557808_7709919633338013129_n.jpgCentral 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.

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