Topic: providence

University to coordinate with RIDE as state takes over PVD schools

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University to coordinate with RIDE as state takes over PVD schools

September 13, 2019 0 comments

In light of a blistering review that persuaded the Rhode Island Department of Education to take control of the Providence Public School District this fall, the University will coordinate with RIDE and begin a new chapter in its longstanding involvement in the district.

Metro Roundup, Sept. 12

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Metro Roundup, Sept. 12

September 12, 2019 0 comments

Interim Providence Superintendent Frances Gallo spent nearly $200,000 on the inspirational book “Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life” to distribute to all middle and high school students this month before asking educators to pause the use of the book in class, according to the Boston Globe.

Providence residents gained 5G cell phone service this summer. The introduction of 5G has been a source of tension for cities nationwide over concerns of bandwith overload.

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Verizon brings 5G cell phone technology to Providence, College Hill

September 11, 2019 0 comments

Providence became one of the latest cities to gain 5G cell phone service this summer, providing faster upload and download speeds for customers with 5G-enabled phones in select areas of the city, including Federal Hill and College Hill.

JUMP bikes have been used in assaults and robberies in Providence, with perpetrators rigging the bikes to be used anonymously.

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JUMP bikes removed over safety, crime concerns

September 10, 2019 0 comments

Students returned to campus this fall to an empty bicycle rack, the docks missing their trademark red JUMP bikes. The notable absence of the motorized bikes, owned by rideshare company Uber, follows the city of Providence and JUMP Bike’s decision to pause the bike program…

The hearing featured speeches by members of the community representing groups including City Council, non-profit art organizations and the Providence Preservation society.

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Hope Point Tower design-concept proposal denied

April 10, 2019 0 comments

The most recent design-concept application for Hope Point Tower, a proposed luxury apartment building, was denied in a unanimous advisory vote Monday by Providence’s Downtown Design Review Committee.

From 2016 to April 2019, Providence identified 860 vacant and abandoned properties. In 2017, there were 747 such properties.

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Providence’s abandoned property problem persists

April 5, 2019 0 comments

Before 2011, 5,000 square feet of land near Armory Park was abandoned. The owner was not paying property taxes and the plot was lead-ridden.

City Council proposes Providence-wide plastic bag ban

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City Council proposes Providence-wide plastic bag ban

April 3, 2019 0 comments

City leaders are on the verge of banning single-use plastic bags in Providence, following the lead of ten other Rhode Island municipalities that have done the same.

The Shake Shack on Thayer Street is the first in the state. The occasion was attended by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

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Shake Shack shakes up Thayer

March 22, 2019 0 comments

Shake Shack finally opened its doors to the public Wednesday morning following a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Shake Shack team members and the owners of 249 Thayer St.

Since its expansion into Rhode Island in 2010, Manafort Brothers Inc. has been involved with work on the River House Apartments, Homewood Suites near Kennedy Plaza and a new bridge in downtown Providence.

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Construction, demolition company celebrates centennial anniversary

March 6, 2019 0 comments

A hundred years ago, James Manafort started knocking down houses with his hands. Today, his descendants knock down nuclear power plants with explosives.

Mayor launches menstrual product pilot program

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Mayor launches menstrual product pilot program

March 4, 2019 0 comments

Providence city officials announced the launch of a pilot program Feb. 20 that aims to make free menstrual hygiene products more accessible for Providence Public School students.