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Project Weber/RENEW opens new harm reduction center in Olneyville

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Project Weber/RENEW opens new harm reduction center in Olneyville

June 15, 2021 0 comments

On Olneyville Square, a new colorful window display announces that “Health, Safety & Support Live Here.” Project Weber/RENEW, a nonprofit harm reduction organization currently headquartered on Broad Street in Providence, opened a new location in Olneyville May 26 and is in the process of opening another in Pawtucket.

Brown, local LGBTQ+ organizations celebrate Pride Month in-person, online after pandemic closures last year

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Brown, local LGBTQ+ organizations celebrate Pride Month in-person, online after pandemic closures last year

June 14, 2021 0 comments

As COVID-19 rates continue to decline and vaccination levels rise, local organizations have begun to offer in-person celebrations, combined with some online events.

St. Stephens Church has returned to full capacity as public health restrictions have eased, but attendance is still down from pre-pandemic levels.

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Some Providence churches move closer to normal, but others remain cautious as state eases restrictions

June 14, 2021 0 comments

James Busby stood conducting in the center of the room, listening to the thirteen voices blending in the morning air around him. Precise harmonies, invigorating crescendos, joyous voices — it was the St. Stephen’s Church choir’s largest rehearsal since the pandemic began.

City announces Crook Point Bridge design winner

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City announces Crook Point Bridge design winner

June 10, 2021 1 comment

On Providence’s East Side, a rusty drawbridge juts out of the Seekonk River and points to the sky. It is visible for miles and well-known among nearby residents. The Crook Point Bascule Bridge, built in 1908, formerly connected Fox Point to East Providence by railroad and was abandoned 45 years ago.

So far this year, the Providence Police Department has documented 189 instances of aggravated assault and eight Providence residents have lost their lives due to shootings.

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Rhode Island community organizations reflect on recent uptick in violence

June 9, 2021 1 comment

After a recent series of violent incidents in the wake of last year’s uptick in local shootings and homicides in Providence, community organizations consider the change necessary to bring violent crime rates down.

Javier Montañez, current principal of Leviton Dual Language School, attended Hope High School and has served in PPSD since 1997.

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Javier Montañez named PPSD interim superintendent

June 8, 2021 0 comments

Javier Montañez will serve as the new interim superintendent of the Providence Public School District following former superintendent Harrison Peters’ May resignation, according to a press release from the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Marijuana legalization proposal races against Statehouse clock

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Marijuana legalization proposal races against Statehouse clock

June 7, 2021 1 comment

Three weeks remain in Rhode Island’s legislative session — and the clock is ticking on Democratic Rep. Scott Slater’s recreational marijuana proposal. Slater introduced the bill, which aims to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in the Ocean State, at the end of last month.  

Patrons line up outside The Shop on Wickenden on Memorial Day. The cafe owners are planning to resume indoor dining once more Rhode Islanders are vaccinated.

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East Side restaurants ease back into full in-person dining

May 31, 2021 0 comments

After over a year of restrictions on restaurants, owners on the East Side have been hungry to return to full indoor dining experiences. Now that Rhode Island has officially reopened as of May 21, they are doing just that.

One year after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police officer Derek Chauvin, protesters gather around the Rhode Island State to remember Floyd’s legacy and call for further change.

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‘It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon’: Protesters reflect one year after murder of George Floyd

May 26, 2021 1 comment

A year after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin, the Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Political Action Committee held a protest Tuesday around the Rhode Island State House that gathered around 40 people.

Protesters staged a die-in in front of Sen. Jack Reed’s Providence office as part of a May 21 rally in solidarity with Palestine.

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More than 300 protesters in Providence demand the U.S. stop funding military aid for Israel

May 25, 2021 1 comment

More than 300 protesters rallied at Burnside Park on Friday, raising signs reading “U.S. Aid Kills Palestinian Children!” and “Solidarity with the Palestinian People’s Struggle.”