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Politics
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Diossa on The Changing Face of Politics in Central Falls

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa outside Central Falls City Hall
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The mayor of Central Falls, 28-year-old James Diossa, won’t face any competition when voters in Rhode Island’s smallest city go to the polls in November. Diossa is backing a slate of city council candidates – and most of them don’t face any competition, either. The tiny and financially struggling city is still emerging from the shadow of bankruptcy. But the political landscape marks quite a change from last year, when Diossa beat the city’s former police chief to win election as Central Falls’ first Latino mayor.

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Politics
8:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Capellan Drops Out of Providence Mayoral Race

The Providence mayoral race is continuing to come into focus, as Victor Capellan ducks out.
Credit RIPR FILE

An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence.  The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.

Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.

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Politics
8:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Diossa Runs Unopposed For Mayor of Central Falls

Central Falls mayor James Diossa will run unopposed in the upcoming election.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa won’t have any competition when he seeks re-election this fall.  Diossa won election last year as the first Latino mayor in the predominantly minority city.

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.

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On Politics
4:26 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Some sobering thoughts for union members on Labor Day

Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.

Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.

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Education
9:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Closing the Achievement Gap Between Hispanic Students and Their Peers

Ana Cano-Morales, the director of the Latino Policy Institute, says the state education system needs to capitalize on the assets of Hispanic students; quickly becoming the majority population in urban districts.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Students across Rhode Island are returning to school this week, but a new report suggests that some of them are not well served. The Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University finds Latino students in the state’s urban schools are as much as three grades behind their white peers. The institute is releasing its findings today, and Director Ana Cano-Morales is here to talk more about them.

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RI News
4:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Central Falls Paving 16 Roads, Funds Not Earmarked in Bankruptcy Budget

The City of Central Falls plans to repair and pave 16 roads. Mayor James Diossa said the Pawtucket Water Supply Board is ripping up the roads to make repairs to water mains. Instead of just patching the roads back together, the city will completely repave them.

“Pawtucket Water Supply opens up the roads and they were willing to grid the roads and leave it to the point where we just have to cover it with asphalt,” said Diossa, “so that’s why it’s very, very cheap for 16 roads.”

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RI News
5:43 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Firefighters Battle Heat, Chemical Blaze in Central Falls

A spokeswoman for Memorial Hospital said that three first responders were treated there for heat exhaustion after battling a five-alarm fire at a chemical company in Central Falls. Dyana Koelsch said none of those first responders had been admitted to the hospital.

Temperatures crested 90 degrees today, adding to dangerous conditions for firefighters and rescue workers.

The fire started today in an old mill building, most likely during a mixing process that involved toxic chemicals.

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RI News
12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Central Falls Expands City Hall Hours on Tuesdays

Credit Ryan T. Conaty

The city of Central Falls has taken steps to be more accessible to residents. Starting next Tuesday and continuing on the second and last Tuesday of every month, Central Falls City Hall will be open until 7:00pm.

On the same Tuesdays, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will hold “office hours” where city residents can come to his second floor office and meet with him. The office hours will be from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Diossa said he is making the changes to accommodate the busy schedules of the city’s hard-working residents.

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The Education Blog
9:03 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Central Falls Chess Players Make Top 10

Chess teams from Central Falls High School and Calcutt Middle School finished in the top 10 at this week’s Chess Supernationals in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coach Frank DelBonis, who is also a history teacher at Central Falls High School, reports the high school team ranked 8th overall, out of 64 teams from around the country. The middle school team finished in a tie for 7th and 9th places out of 54 teams.

Students from Central Falls had to raise the money for their trip to Nashville and got some last minute help from Actor Alec Baldwin to pay for travel and lodging.

Same-sex Marriage Bill
12:47 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

RI Mayors Urge Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa urge lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage bill.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A group of mayors from around Rhode Island called Monday for the state Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains unclear when the Senate will take up two competing same-sex marriage bills.

The advocacy group Rhode Islanders United for Marriage says the mayors of six communities support same-sex marriage: Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, North Providence, Central Falls and Cumberland. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls same-sex marriage a matter of equality and something that will give Rhode Island an economic boost.

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