James Diossa 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 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 Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City http://ripr.org/post/central-falls-police-drug-sweep-has-reduced-violence-city <p>A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.</p><p>Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out.&nbsp; The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said&nbsp;Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:44:59 +0000 Flo Jonic 24455 at http://ripr.org Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election http://ripr.org/post/10-noteworthy-things-about-ris-2013-election <p>Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:</p><p>1. <strong>Women candidates</strong> came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:46:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24385 at http://ripr.org 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-and-central-falls-hold-local-elections <p>Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.&nbsp; She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8<sup>th</sup> primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.&nbsp; The two have debated five times in recent weeks.</p><p>In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:17:24 +0000 Flo Jonic 24327 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections TGIF: 10 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics + Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-10-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-5 <p>This week marked the one-year point until Rhode Island's decisive 2014 primary. Welcome back to my Friday column. Feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to stay posted via <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">Twitter</a>. Let's head in.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:18:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 21639 at http://ripr.org Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape http://ripr.org/post/mike-ritz-leadership-ri-central-falls-changing-political-landscape <p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:16pt;">Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will run unopposed for re-election in November, and he leads a city that still bears scars from its closely watched municipal bankruptcy. </span></font></span></font></span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:47:22 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 21535 at http://ripr.org Mike Ritz of Leadership RI on Central Falls' Changing Political Landscape Diossa on The Changing Face of Politics in Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/diossa-changing-face-politics-central-falls <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21490 at http://ripr.org Diossa on The Changing Face of Politics in Central Falls Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/diossa-runs-unopposed-mayor-central-falls <p>Central Falls Mayor James Diossa won’t have any competition when he seeks re-election this fall.&nbsp; Diossa won election last year as the first Latino mayor in the predominantly minority city.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Diossa will have a clean shot to win a three-year term when Central Falls voters go to the polls in November. The 28-year-old mayor says he’s humbled by what he calls a vote of confidence in his leadership.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21408 at http://ripr.org Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls