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February 4th

$4M in federal funds means 21 new firefighters

February 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to some convincing grant writing and aided by congressional support, Pawtucket will be receiving over $4 million in federal funds to hire 21 new firefighters.

February 3rd

Ackerman irked over bridge closure

February 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND — State Rep. Mia A. Ackerman (D-Dist. 45 Cumberland, Lincoln) is in talks with officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) after learning that the Manville Hill Road Bridge on the Cumberland-Lincoln line will have to remain closed until the end of April.

DLT helping residents with unemployment claims

February 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The state Department of Labor and Training (DLT), which closed its NetWORKri office in Pawtucket last September, is providing specially-formatted computers to organizations in or near the city to help improve access to its Unemployment Insurance claims filing system and its EmployRI.org virtual career center.

February 1st

Cicilline unveils bill aimed at manufacturing

February 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Amid the humming and clanking of dozens of machines twirling scores of spools of various textiles at the North East Knitting Company, an old red-brick factory on Conant Street, 1st District Rep. David Cicilline unveiled another version of his Make it in America Manufacturing Act.

Development Corp. loan program helping businesses for 20 years

February 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — For the past 20 years, small- or medium-sized business owners, either in Pawtucket or looking to relocate here, have had a helping hand to turn to for some of their financing needs. It has come by way of a non-profit, quasi-city entity called the Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, and it's still very much a viable resource for providing low-interest lending even in this current difficult economy.

Poll: Chafee’s prospects for second term looking dim

February 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Whether he runs as an Independent or a Democrat, and no matter which opponents he runs against, it looks like Gov. Lincoln Chafee is going to have a hard time keeping his job after the 2014 election.
Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic-leaning national polling organization that surveyed Rhode Islanders last week, stated it starkly when they released their polling results Thursday: “Lincoln Chafee's prospects for a second term as governor of Rhode Island are looking pretty dim.”

Burst pipe closes EP High

February 1, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE — Pending the results of air quality tests scheduled to be taken Saturday in the wake of a water pipe break early Thursday morning at East Providence High School, interim School Superintendent John DeGoes said he anticipates the school will reopen on Monday as scheduled.
A water pipe in the new wing of the high school burst at around 8 a.m. Thursday, spewing enough water to flood 20 classrooms on two floors of the wing.

Local author seeks backers for new e-book that puts spin on ‘Cinderella’

February 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Think the time has come for a modern take on the classic fairytale “Cinderella?” One which follows the story of a handicapped young woman dealing with life and her unkind step-sisters in a gritty, urban setting (until, of course, she meets her “Prince Charming”)? Then it's time to join the “Kickstarter” campaign.

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