Central Falls http://ripr.org en Central Falls Seeks To Save Light Bulb Plant http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-seeks-save-light-bulb-plant <p>Central Falls mayor James Diossa has called a meeting for Monday to see if the city can keep the Osram Sylvania plant open. The lighting manufacturer plans to shutter the plant in September.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:27:32 +0000 Catherine Welch 30928 at http://ripr.org Central Falls Seeks To Save Light Bulb Plant Osram Sylvania Plant To Close In Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/osram-sylvania-plant-close-central-falls <p>Lighting manufacturer Osram Sylvania has announced it will close its plant in Central Falls. The company said the closing is due to changes in the light bulb industry.</p><p></p><p>Osram Sylvania said it needs to close the Central Falls plant so it can focus on its move from traditional lighting to solid-state lighting, such as LED light bulbs.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:28:29 +0000 Catherine Welch 30769 at http://ripr.org Osram Sylvania Plant To Close In Central Falls Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013 http://ripr.org/post/lead-levels-ri-children-dropped-2013 <p>There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.</p><p>Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. &nbsp;Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 30644 at http://ripr.org Viola Davis on Success and Growing up in Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/viola-davis-success-and-growing-central-falls <p>Award-winning actor Viola Davis made a stop at Bryant University on Friday during the annual Women’s Summit.</p><p>The theme of this year’s conference: “being the CEO of your own life.”</p><p>Davis says part of what has made her successful as an actor is her experience growing up in Central Falls.</p><p>"Every experience growing up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholism, with poverty, with being the geek always into theater and the Rhode Island State Drama Festival, that has been the wellspring of me as an actor," Davis said.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:37:46 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 30459 at http://ripr.org Viola Davis on Success and Growing up in Central Falls Fomer Mayor Of Central Falls Charles Moreau Walks Free http://ripr.org/post/fomer-mayor-central-falls-charles-moreau-walks-free <p>Charles Moreau, the former mayor of Central Falls is a free man.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Moreau served thirteen months of a two-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to corruption charges.</p><p>However, in separate case, a federal appeals court found the same charges did not constitute criminal activity.</p><p>Moreau’s conviction was vacated on the grounds that he would plead guilty to a new charge of bribery.</p><p>U.S. Attorney General Peter Neronha says that while he’s unhappy the Moreau walked free, at least Moreau was convicted of a new charge.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:01:18 +0000 John Bender 29814 at http://ripr.org Fomer Mayor Of Central Falls Charles Moreau Walks Free Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau May See Prison Release http://ripr.org/post/former-central-falls-mayor-charles-moreau-may-see-prison-release <p>Former Central Falls mayor Charles Moreau could find himself a free man as early&nbsp; as Friday, despite his conviction for corruption.&nbsp; A ruling in another case has through his conviction into question because he guilty to taking a gratuity.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:35:48 +0000 Scott MacKay 29743 at http://ripr.org Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau May See Prison Release Ex-Central Falls Mayor Moreau slated to get out of prison early http://ripr.org/post/ex-central-falls-mayor-moreau-slated-get-out-prison-early <p>Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau could be freed as early as Friday from federal prison, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha.</p><p>Moreau was convicted of bribery and has served 13 months of his 2-year sentence in a Maryland federal prison. Since his conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled in an unrelated case involving a businessman and a legislator in Puerto Rico. That ruling said federal law does&nbsp; not ``criminalize gratuities’’ and dismissed the charges against both men.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:51:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 29703 at http://ripr.org Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-high-school-three-years-after-mass-firing <p>For several years we’ve been following the struggling Central Falls School district.</p><p>The high school grabbed national headlines when it fired all of its teachers back in 2010.</p><p>The fired teachers were later rehired by the district, but the firings left Central Falls High School in an uproar.</p><p>Three years later, Rhode Island Public Radio's Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison found signs of progress at the school, but scars from the mass firings remain.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:14:08 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 27011 at http://ripr.org Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing Jerzyk Set To Be City Solicitor in Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/jerzyk-set-be-city-solicitor-central-falls <p>Central Falls Mayor James Diossa is appointing Matthew Jerzyk, formerly<a href="http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/jerzyk-moving-to-deputy-city-solicitor-post-in-providence/"> deputy city solicitor </a>in Providence, as city solicitor in Central Falls, effective January 6.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 18:40:10 +0000 Ian Donnis 26769 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-14 <p>It's Friday, do you know where your column is? Right here. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free as always to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and follow me<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> on the twitters</a>.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:39:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 25866 at http://ripr.org