June 16, 2021

East Providence News Briefs


City to host 3rd annual Mayor’s Youth Summer Police & Fire Academy
The City of East Providence, together with the East Bay Community Action Program, is seeking participants for its third annual Mayor’s Youth Summer Police & Fire Academy.  “This is an amazing opportunity for the city to provide understanding and knowledge to our youth of first responders and the work they do each day,” Mayor Bob DaSilva said. “We hope this type of program ignites a desire in our youth to serve our community as first responders either as a firefighter or police officer.”

The 2021 Mayor’s Youth Summer Police & Fire Academy will host 12 participants (ages 14-24). The location is to be determined but participants will report to the East Providence Youth Center located at 31 Grove Ave. for transportation.  The academy will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning on Monday, July 19, 2021 and will conclude on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend for their participation in the academy.  The academy will focus on fire suppression equipment, Emergency Medical Services, Haz-Mat activities, the EPFD’s Marine Unit, CSI investigations, Detectives, Dispatch and much more.

“The East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is proud to implement the third annual Mayor’s Police and Fire Academy,” EBCAP CEO Dennis Roy said. “This program helps youth gain exposure to the fields of law enforcement and fire science, while also developing employability and leadership skills.

“It’s a good opportunity for the youth of our great City to learn about the inner workings of the Fire Department and a possible future career in firefighting,” East Providence Fire Chief Glenn J. Quick said. “This is our third Jr. Fire Academy, all have been very successful, with lots of interesting evolutions, including many outstanding reviews from past recipients.”

“We are looking forward to providing a better hands-on experience for the students enrolled in this academy now that some of the COVID restrictions have been lifted,” East Providence Police Chief William C. Nebus said. “Hopefully we can nurture a new group of police and fire employees for the years ahead while providing an inside look into the two professions.”  Interested youth who would like to register or learn more about the program, should email Colleen Conley at cconley@ebcap.org.

600 foot Pier Donated to EP Waterfront
On property owned by Kettle Point development, a 600’ fishing and boating pier has been donated to East Providence.  The City and its waterfront partners held a dedication ceremony late last month at the site behind the University Orthopedics building off Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.  “It’s difficult to imagine that for 50 years this site was home to 25 oil storage tanks and was an area completely inaccessible to the public,” said Mayor Bob DaSilva.  “Thanks to the work done by the East Providence Waterfront Commission, in a strong public private and state partnership, we have transformed a once highly polluted and inaccessible location into a vibrant community with great community public access to our beautiful bay,” DaSilva said.  “We can now say this area is home to a new 290-unit residential housing complex and a 90,000-square-foot flagship medical facility employing 200 plus people.  The area now features access to the East Bay bike path and public access to this beautiful area and this amazing 600 foot pier,” added the Mayor.

Mayor & Council Establish Memorial Tree for EP COVID Victims
Mayor Bob DaSilva and city council members donated and provided a new memorial tree which was planted at City Hall last month.  199 East Providence residents have passed away due to the COVID-19 virus during the past year.  “We remember those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic and dedicate this beautiful blue spruce in memory of all who have passed,” DaSilva told gathered family members.  Also speaking were council President Robert Britto and councilman-at-large Bob Rodericks.

EPHS Career Center Holds Awards
The annual East Providence High School Career Center held its annual awards in a ceremony last month at Pierce Stadium.  Under a bright sun the City and school administration gave awards, in no particular order, to the following students:

Secretary of State Civic Leadership Award - Logan Fournier & Brianna Lonergan
Lt. Governor Leadership Award - Haylee Mota
David Ciciline Congressional Leadership Award - Dakota Watjen
General Treasurer Young Leader Award - Hayley Lonergan
Henry Gianlorenzo Memorial Award - Ryan Ploettner
Charles R. Brown Memorial Award - Xavier Cornier
George Babcock Memorial Award for Exemplary Character - David Capobianco
Joseph H. Crowley Scholarship - Iriana Tippett
East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Scholarship - Hailie Padula

Most Improved Student Awards:
Forensic Science: Kya Abatiello
Graphic Communications: Brandon Almonte
Pre-Engineering: Darien Kane
Automotive Tech: Axel Hazard
Computer Science: Colby Nelson
Computer Science: Linnea Costa
Cosmetology: Jordynne Machado
Construction Tech: Joseph Camara
Culinary Arts: Alexis Rosa

Outstanding Student Awards
Forensic Science: Amaya Fiske
Graphic Communications: Monica Smith
Automotive Tech: Andrew Mongeon
Computer Science: Matheus Ferreira
Construction Tech: Ryan Ploettner
Graphic Communications: Monica Smith
Culinary Arts: Iriana Tippett
Health Occupations: Ashley Dias
Marine Biology: Emily Wurz
Pre-Engineering: Sarasvati Buchta                                        


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