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Jun 23, 2011 | Valley Breeze, North Smithfield

Valley Breeze, North Smithfield: Go 'live happily ever after,' NSHS 2011 grads told

Issues: Education

As the 129 green- and gold-robed members of the North Smithfield Class of 2011 stood together for the last time, emotions were high. Unfortunately, the graduation ceremony was held inside the gymnasium due to rain, as the dreaded "every other year" curse has foretold for years now. But this did not dampen the spirits of the graduates and their families on their commencement.

Jun 22, 2011 | Woonsocket Patch

Woonsocket Patch: Cicilline, Local Health Officials Discuss Affordable Health Care Act and Access To Grants

Issues: Health Care

A crowd of about 100 area social workers turned out for the first of a series of presentations sponsored by Congressman David Cicilline’s office to help guide local service providers to a number of federal grants. The event focused on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was held at the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center in Pawtucket.

Jun 22, 2011 | Providence Business News

Providence Business News: R.I. gets $524K to help unemployed find jobs

Rhode Island will receive $524,394 to provide re-employment and eligibility assessments to residents receiving unemployment insurance. Rhode Island is one of 37 states and the District of Columbia to share $48.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jun 22, 2011 | Providence Journal

Providence Journal: Cicilline to visit Pawtucket, discuss graduation rate

Issues: Education

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is set to visit Pawtucket to discuss the city's graduation rate and other issues facing children. The city had the second lowest high school graduation rate in Rhode Island last year.

Jun 22, 2011 | WHDH TV (Boston, AP Story)

WHDH TV: RI leaders hold summit on workforce development

Issues: Education

Rhode Island business, education and labor leaders have held a summit in partnership with Harvard University to discuss ways to better prepare young people to enter the state's work force.

Jun 22, 2011 | Providence Business News

Providence Business News: Rhode Island Housing receives a National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling grant from NeighborWorks America

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline along with Richard Godfrey, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing, today announced that Rhode Island will be receiving nearly $547,000 from NeighborWorks America to help pay for counseling to families and individuals facing the threat of foreclosure. The National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) Program funds will be used to support Rhode Island Housing’s HelpCenter as well as community partners.

Jun 22, 2011 | Johnston Patch

Johnston Patch: Payday Lending Part 2: A National Debate

Issues: Fiscal Responsibility

National research by the Center For Responsible Lending (CRL), a financial advocacy organization, notes that high percentages of individuals that take out a payday loans often get caught in a cycle of indebtedness. A report by the CRL titled “Payday Loans, Inc.: Short on Credit, Long on Debt” found that customers new to payday loans are indebted an average of 212 days during their first year of payday loan use.

Jun 22, 2011 | Armenian Assembly of America (Blog)

Armenian Assembly of America (Blog): House Foreign Affairs Chair Joins Legislation Urging Turkey to Return Church Properties and to Safeguard Christian Heritage

This week, H.Res. 306, legislation urging Turkey to return confiscated church properties and to safeguard Christian heritage, garnered the bipartisan support of more than thirty members of the House of Representatives, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).

Jun 22, 2011 | Providence Journal (Blog)

Providence Journal (Blog): Block Island celebrates its settlement 350 years later

The tiny town throws a big bash. Block Island celebrates its 350th anniversary of settlement.

Jun 22, 2011 | WPRI TV

WPRI TV: R.I. to host 2012 political conference

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says a group of progressive political activists will hold its 2012 conference in Providence. Whitehouse says the the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the Netroots Nation conference will have at least a $1.5 million economic impact on the area.