Pawtucket Times: Scouts Honor

By Jonathan Bissonnette

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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.

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

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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.

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

City imposes $100/year fee on tobacco sales

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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.

 

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Pawtucket Times: Central Falls plans initiative to diversify fire department

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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.

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Pawtucket Times: Renovated building a sight for sore eyes

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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.

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Expanding Opportunity and Equality in Central Falls

Today, Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa signed 3 initiatives into law designed to increase transparency, equality and opportunity for the people of Central Falls.

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Pawtucket Times: Valley cities get recycling rebate funds

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Cities and towns  in the Blackstone Valley, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket, received more than $138,00 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide revenue share program that doles out cash rebates to communities based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate.

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Street Stories: Honoring a Central Falls hero spans two continents

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CENTRAL FALLS, RI (WPRI) – It’s one Airman’s name but getting it carved in stone meant everything to a man who lives about 3,500 miles away from Central Falls.

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Mayor Diossa welcomes Pope Francis to U.S. at the White House

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Round-up of the coverage of the Mayor's visit to the White House to welcome Pope Francis to the United States.

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Providence Journal: Women of color in the arts say Viola Davis' Emmy a 'powerful reminder more needs to be done'

In her acceptance speech, Davis, who grew up in Central Falls, said 'the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity'

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