CodeRed Notification Upgraded to Include Optional Weather Notifications

This is the Town of North Providence, RI with an important message for all residents and businesses in North Providence.

We have recently upgraded our CodeRED Community Notification System to include CodeRED Weather Warning, an automatic severe weather notification service, to alert citizens in the path of severe thunderstorms, flash floods and tornadoes.

CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment PageUnlike community notification, citizens must register to receive these warnings by going to the Emergency Info page, https://northprovidenceri.gov/emergency-info/ then click on the CodeRED logo located on the right (or click the CodeRed logo to the left) and entering their contact information. At sign up you may select which types of warnings you’d like to receive. Entering your information will also update our Community Notification System with your current contact details. There is no charge to register for this service.

If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in New Providence, please encourage them to visit the city website and enter their information.

Should you not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information. You can also call the North Providence Communications Director Ralph Nahigian directly at 401-719-1500 ext 3 for assistance. When calling, please leave your name and phone number on his voice mail.

 

Video: Rhode Island Foundation 100 Year Celebration at Camp Meehan

See all of the Town’s YouTube videos on our YouTube Channel

Photos from Mayor Lombardi’s Fishing Derby

The annual Mayor Charles A. Lombardi Fishing Derby was held on April 18th, 2016 at Governor John A. Notte, Jr.,Park / Geneva Pond. Boys and girls ages 6-14 enjoyed refreshments & awards were presented by Mayor Lombardi. The event was sponsored by the North Providence Recreation Department. 

 

New YouTube Video from the Mayor’s Youth Commission

Noah Bon, Chairperson of the North Providence Mayor’s Youth Commission and a senior at North Providence High School, gives his farewell speech during the April 11th Induction Ceremony.

CDBG / Fair Housing Information

Housing discrimination is not only illegal, it contradicts in every way the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans. 

Fair housing and fair lending laws were enacted to insure equal and fair access to housing, insurance, lending and financial services.  Fair lending laws require equal opportunity without regard to an applicant’s personal characteristics or the racial or ethnic demographics of the neighborhood in which a property is located. These laws protect the rights of consumers and housing providers. 

Here are some brochures with further information (.pdf):

FAIR HOUSING:  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:     What is the Fair Housing Act?

A:     The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability in the following residential real estate related transactions. 

  • Leasing an apartment
  • Selling a home
  • Making available mortgage loans
  • Providing information on mortgage loans
  • The terms and conditions of a mortgage loan (for example: offering a different interest rate, points or fees that vary as to personal characteristics)
  • Appraising real estate.

Q:     What housing is covered? 

A:     The Fair Housing Act covers most housing.  The exemptions not covered by the Fair Housing Act are:

  • Owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units;
  • Single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker;
  • Housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

Q:    What is prohibited?

A:     In the sale and rental of housing and in mortgage lending:  No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability per the Fair Housing Act.  In Rhode Island, state law also prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of military status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a victim of domestic abuse. 

In addition, it is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

Q:    What is housing discrimination?

A:     Housing discrimination comes in many forms and is often subtle. Some signs of possible discrimination include:

  • A refusal to sell, rent, or show available housing
  • Requiring different terms and conditions for identical dwellings, i.e. charging higher rent, security deposit for different tenants
  • Being told that the dwelling isn’t right for you or your family
  • Being told that housing isn’t available in an apartment with a “For Rent” sign
  • Housing advertisements that say “no kids” or “adults only”
  • A refusal to make a reasonable accommodation or allow a modification to make the dwelling accessible for a person with a disability
  • Harassment or intimidation
  • Offering non‐standard and unfavorable terms in the purchase of a home or property insurance
  • Terms of availability that change between a phone contact and an in‐person visit
  • Being steered to racially segregated neighborhoods during your home search
  • Excessive or inappropriate questioning upon requesting information about a dwelling

Q:    What should I do if I have questions or think my rights have been violated?

A:     If you think your rights have been violated, you may contact the Boston Regional Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office at (617) 994-8300.   You can contact the HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity about filing a complaint at (800) 669-9777.  For the hearing impaired, call TTY (800) 927-9275.  You can also visit HUD online by clicking here.  

The Rhode Island Human Rights Commission can also be of assistance by calling (401) 222-2661 or visiting the web site at   http://www.richr.state.ri.us/frames.html

 

Governor Gina Raimondo Visits NPHS to Acknowledge 98% Graduation Rate

Governor Gina Raimondo’s visit to North Providence High School to Acknowledge 98% graduation rate.

Watch on our Youtube Channel: 

Applicants Sought for Financial Audit Committee

North Providence Town HallThe Town of North Providence is seeking interested applicants for an opening on the Financial Audit Committee. It is the responsibility of the Financial Audit Committee to provide independent review and oversight of the Town’s financial reporting process, internal controls and external auditor(s). Also, the committee oversees the whistleblower hotline. The ideal candidate will possess a basic understanding of governmental financial reporting and accounting. If you are interested in being appointed to this committee, please forward a resume and cover letter to the committee c/o the Town Clerk @2000 Smith Street, North Providence, Rl 02911.

Pool and Fitness Center Now Offering a Masters Swimming Program

North Providence Masters SwimmingAre you a current lap swimmer looking for a little more with your workouts? Are you a former competitive swimmer who wants to get back in the pool? Do you want to improve your strokes, swim faster and more efficiently with less effort?

Then I encourage you to join our new Masters Swimming program! I am excited to be offering this program at the our location here at the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center. Registered through U.S. Masters Swimming, the workout group will range from novice lap swimmers refining their skills to veteran swimmers looking for a challenging workout. During each practice, we will focus on proper stroke technique in order to increase efficiency and endurance training to increase aerobic capacity.

Get full information here

Land Trust Advisory Board Vacancies

np-town-hallThe North Providence Town Council is seeking applicants for two positions on the North Providence Land Trust Advisory Board.

Residents interested in serving on any Town board or commission should send their resume to the Town Clerk’s Office at 2000 Smith St., North Providence, RI 02911 or via email to . Resumes will be reviewed as positions become available.

Please direct any questions to the Town Clerk’s office at 232-0900.

The Town is Planning for Natural Hazards

thunderstormThe Town of North Providence is currently engaged in the planning process to become less vulnerable to natural hazards such as snow storms, flooding, and hurricanes. The meeting minutes of the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee are located on the Town’s website for review under the Emergency Management Agency page.

Stay tuned for ways in which you can participate in this process for a more resilient North Providence. For more information, questions, or how to become involved, please contact the EMA Director Robert Howe at .

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