Federal officials to observe voting in Pawtucket and Woonsocket

BY: - November 6, 2023

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday it will monitor polls in Pawtucket and Woonsocket on Election Day to make sure the communities provide bilingual accommodations for Hispanic voters. Federal officials conducted similar monitoring during the Sept. 5 special primary in the two cities, along with Providence and Central […]

Free summer meals program launches

BY: - June 26, 2023

A Rhode Island Department of Education program that provides free meals to children when school is out for the summer launched Saturday. Meals will be available for those age 18 and under at sites in communities across the state. Gov. Dan McKee framed the federally-funded program as an extension of his Learn365 initiative. “Rhode Island is focused on […]

Report: Nearly half of children living in R.I.’s urban core are overweight or obese

BY: - June 19, 2023

Almost half of children ages 2 to 17 in Rhode Island’s urban core are overweight or obese, according to a new report from Rhode Island Kids Count. The report, entitled “Root Causes of Overweight and Obesity: Community Driven Solutions to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Rhode Island,” found 49% of children in the four […]

$255 million in funds for school improvements approved

BY: - May 25, 2023

PROVIDENCE — Hundreds of millions of dollars in funding toward new school construction was approved by the Rhode Island Council of Elementary and Secondary Education during its meeting Tuesday night. The council voted to allocate $255 million toward the construction of 17 new schools in Woonsocket, West Warwick, North Providence, and West Greenwich. “The council’s […]

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Cranston Street Armory closure leads to accommodations for 150 people elsewhere

BY: - May 16, 2023

When the Rhode Island Department of Housing announced plans to close the Cranston Street Armory about two weeks ago, direct-service providers scrambled to find shelter space for around 100 people then sleeping at the site. The number dipped to somewhat less than 100 by the time the Armory closed Monday at 7 a.m. But officials […]

Woonsocket to spend $2.2 million on wastewater treatment plant

BY: - April 11, 2023

Woonsocket officials are reluctantly shelling out nearly $2.2 million over the next year to temporarily rent, and eventually repair, a key piece of equipment at the city-owned sewage plant. The spending approved by the Woonsocket City Council on Monday comes a month after the city and its private contractors were hit with a lawsuit by […]