News & Event
By Sophie Kasakove / Special to The Journal
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at 11:15 PM Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 11:19 PM
CRANSTON, R.I. — On Perkins Avenue, a long row of suburban homes comes to a sudden end — instead, trees and shrubs grow freely and wild turkeys shuffle through tall grass. It’s hard to believe that it’s been only seven years since the 10 homes that used to occupy these plots were demolished.
The neighborhood is located a short distance from the Pawtuxet River. In 2010, the homes on Perkins Avenue, like many across the city and the state, were devastated by the most severe flooding to hit the region in recent memory. Instead of rebuilding these homes, prone to flooding from the Pawtuxet, some Cranston residents opted to seek higher ground.
“I had water coming in the first-floor windows over the counter and the stove, and the basement was totally filled up with seven or eight feet of water,” recalled Brian Dupont, a lifelong Cranston resident until 2010, in a phone interview. For decades, his two houses on Perkins Avenue had flooded regularly, and he’d spent years trying to pressure city and state officials to steer funding for flood response toward buying flood-prone homes from homeowners who wanted to move to less risky areas. Finally, in 2010, people started listening.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
By Amanda Milkovitz / Journal Staff Writer
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at 9:58 PM
Updated Sep 16, 2017 at 9:58 PM
Some 500 veterans attended the Operation Stand Down/Rhode Island outreach event at Diamond Hill State Park.
CUMBERLAND, R.I. — They served their country — some decades ago, some just recently, and some who deployed again and again.
And when they returned, some of them disappeared into the shadows of society and ended up on the streets, struggling and feeling forgotten by a public that claims to honor its veterans.
This is what three Vietnam veterans from Rhode Island — Tony DeQuattro, Robert O’Connor and Jack Ordner — saw happening to fellow servicemen and women decades ago. And, DeQuattro said Saturday, he was tired of waiting for the government to help.
So, 25 years ago, the three men held the first Operation Stand Down/Rhode Island outreach event. They set up a military-style tent city at the old Ladd School, in Exeter, and bused in homeless and at-risk veterans to spend the weekend, getting free medical and legal care, haircuts, and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Forty veterans came to that first event.
This weekend, it was more like 500. And at Diamond Hill State Park, where the event has been held for the last 23 years, the number of volunteers and services have also expanded to help homeless veterans.
RIPTA and shuttle buses brought in veterans from all across the state. The District Court and Traffic Tribunal set up tents to help veterans deal with court costs, expungements and traffic violations, while the state Department of Motor Vehicles assisted them with reinstating licenses. Veterans could get haircuts, dental care, medical and mental health services, check if they have unclaimed property, and pick up clothing.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brig. Gen. Christopher P. Callahan of the R.I. National Guard and other Rhode Island dignitaries served meals. The veterans slept on fresh bedding and cots in tents named for fallen Rhode Island servicemen and women. Rhode Island motorcycle clubs provided security; most have members who are veterans.
The setting was meant to invoke memories of their military service, when they were treated with dignity and respect. In military terms, “stand down” means safety and rest.
Over the last 25 years, the need hasn’t changed, DeQuattro said. If anything, it’s grown with each new war.
So has Operation Stand Down/Rhode Island. The nonprofit organization now helps about 2,000 homeless and at-risk veterans find housing, employment and help with veterans benefits year-round.
DeQuattro’s youngest daughter, Dee DeQuattro Rothermel, was only 4 years old when it started, and she remembers playing with other children who came with their veteran parents. She realized as she grew older that those families were probably homeless.
Now communications and development director for Operation Stand Down, DeQuattro Rothermel said the event is still a family affair. She met her husband, David Rothermel, a Marine, when he arrived at an outreach seven years ago and asked to volunteer. The couple came up with the “Boots on the Ground” memorial two years ago, as a way to honor the fallen.
“My dad is very modest, but it’s a huge thing that he started 25 years ago,” she said. “We’re proud of him. It’s an accomplishment.”
DeQuattro spoke to the gathering of veterans at a ceremony Saturday afternoon.
“I do it because God told me to,” DeQuattro told them, “and because we have to take care of our brothers and sisters.”
By PBN Staff - January 24, 2019 2:13 pm
PROVIDENCE – The average homeowner in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area owns their home for 7.4 years, the ninth-longest housing tenure of the 50 largest metros in the nation, according to a report from LendingTree Thursday.
The longest housing tenure in the report was in the Pittsburgh metro, followed by the New York City metro and the Buffalo, N.Y., metro. The shortest home-tenure metro areas in the report were Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Providence was the second-highest metro on the home-tenure list in New England, behind the Hartford, Conn., metro at No. 6 (7.45 years).
The report said the average homeowner in the Providence metro was 55.16 years old, which was the 10th-highest of the 50 metros in the report. The oldest average homeowner in the report was in the Tampa, Fla., metro.
To read the complete article, visit Providence Business News
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On Saturday, Nov. 4 people from all walks of life who are homeless or in need were bused from Kennedy Plaza in Providence to Praise Tabernacle Church in Cranston for the 11th Annual Hope for the Homeless event.
Hundreds of homeless individuals arrived at the church for food, informational vendors on where to seek help and, new this year, HIV testing, flu shots, lung age analysis and Hepatitis C testing.
The event was organized by the RI Dream Center, located in Cranston.
To view the complete article, visit The Cranston Herald
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July 13, 2019
Vigil pays tribute to homeless man killed in hit-and-run
By Kevin G. Andrade | Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE – The pastel-colored homes that once gave the South Providence neighborhood of “Clowntown” its name – before they were vacated and boarded up – framed about two dozen people gathered under the sum at the parking lot of the Salvation Army on Broad Street to mourn and honor Steven “Mustache” Sceeles on Friday afternoon.
“It is not that a homeless man was killed,” Zach Kenyon, acting Emergency Medical Services chief for the Providence Fire Department, said. “It is that Steven was killed.”
Sceeles, 61, was run over by a vehicle on Pearl Street on June 9 in a hit-and-run. A 40-year-old Providence woman, Braulio Uceta Rodriguez, was later charged. Kenyon – who said that EMS personnel often develop friendships with homeless people in the area because they are often called to their aid – took out his phone.
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Cranston has become the second city in Rhode Island to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities.
“Your progress in Cranston is reverberating across the state … We want to be another push in the direction of an age-friendly Rhode Island. This is how we get there, one community at a time,” state Office of Healthy Aging Director Rosamaria Amoros Jones said during a press conference to announce the designation Sept. 26 at the Cranston Enrichment Center.
“Today’s a really exciting day … because as everyone here knows, Cranston’s one of the best places to live in America. And it starts right here with all of you,” Mayor Allan Fung said.
He added: “Today is another part of that commitment that we are making as a city … It’s a commitment by all of our different city department, all of our community partners, continuing to meet your needs and our residents’ needs as we grow older in this great city.”
To view the complete article, visit the Cranston Herald
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