Pawtucket Times: Central Falls Police Department announces hiring campaign

11350459_489959874485134_3399813141422620274_n.jpgCENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls Police Department (CFPD) announced on Monday the start of a recruitment drive seeking to hire those eager to make a difference as part of a rewarding career path. Recruitment efforts will follow the recently revamped public safety hiring ordinance that aims to improve the diversity of its public safety staff. The ordinance, sponsored by City Council President Pro Temp Stephanie Gonzalez, mandates an aggressive advertising strategy in the community and gives preference to those who live in Central Falls, those who are veterans, and those who speak additional languages.

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GoLocalProv: Mayor James Diossa: 15 Who Made a Difference in 2015

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He may be the mayor of a one square mile city (well, a little over), but Central Falls Mayor James Diossa is going places — literally.  He was invited to Washington to see Pope Francis when visited the U.S.  He went with a Rhode Island delegation to Israel — and said that Central Falls would take Syrian refugees if asked by the federal government.   

While Diossa might have a worldview outside of Rhode Island’s smallest city, he is focused on the goal at hand of overseeing the turnaround of Central Falls since its emergence from bankruptcy.  From highlighting the diverse culinary offerings during Central Falls restaurant week, to bringing on former Director of Health Michael Fine to be a community health advisor, Diossa is serving as both chief publicist and chief operating officer to bring Central Falls forward.  

And no deed is too small for Diossa, who gave his bike to a young resident when he learned his bike had been stolen. Diossa doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk — and more. 

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Providence Journal: Central Falls latest stop for Food on the Move bringing healthy items to low-income sites

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CENTRAL FALLS — On a recent afternoon, Rose Lima never even had to leave her building to go grocery shopping.

Instead of having to trek to a supermarket, all Lima had to do was go down to the ground floor of her senior housing high-rise. Awaiting her in Forand Manor's cafeteria was a pop-up market — a colorful cornucopia of fruits and vegetables spread out on a row of tables.

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Pawtucket Times: A holiday meal that feeds the heart

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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.

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

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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.

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Pawtucket Times: Not just business as usual

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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.

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Pawtucket Times: Scouting Urban Outreach award presented to Diossa

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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.

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

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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.

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Pawtucket Times: Scouts Honor

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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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