January News Letter

Authored by Jason Andoscia
January 21, 2020



Dear Cranston Residents,

As we begin this new year and decade, my administration is focused on continuing to provide the best services, education and facilities here in Cranston. We are proud of the work that has been done and to be the best city to live in Rhode Island!

Much is happening in Cranston with new restaurants and businesses recently opening in Garden City and Chapel View, the forward movement to develop the Topgolf entertainment complex, the new turf football field at Cranston West, new tennis courts and renovation of the basketball courts at Doric Park and much more. Keep engaged with all the City news by continuing to read this newsletter and share the information with others that you know.

We look forward to a productive and successful 2020!


Allan W. Fung

Mayor Fung Lights Menorah

Mayor Fung and First Lady Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, along with members of the City Council, joined Rabbi Laufer and his family at the annual lighting of the Menorah. We look forward to this traditional celebration of light for the Hanukkah season and Rabbi Laufer's visit to City Hall each year.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up 

Cranston Welcomes New Businesses

We encourage you to visit these establishments and welcome them to Cranston!

Prized Wear
1000 Chapel View Blvd.; Suite 136

Uptown Burger
1000 Chapel View Blvd.; Suite 100

Cranston Diversity Commission Survey

The City of Cranston Diversity Commission has been meeting for several months to ensure that the City is effectively reaching out to its citizens regarding employment opportunities for all. They are currently asking for your input and participation in a community assessment survey regarding the City's employment strategies being culturally sensitive to all our demographics here in the City of Cranston. The Diversity Commission looks forward to engaging with all of its community partners and residents through this analysis. Please follow the link below to be part of this process to identify and improve our communication and recruitment of new employees.

Take Survey Here

News from the Cranston Public Library

AARP Tax Aide @ Central Library
Every Thursday beginning January 30th and ending April 9th from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Each taxpayer must bring a:
• Social Security Card
• Photo ID
• Last year's tax return - no exceptions
No appointments-first come-first served basis. For more info please call AARP at 1-888-687-2277.

Chocolate Olympics @ Central Library 

Wednesday, January 15 / 4:30-5:30pm
Grades 6-12
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to compete in the Cranston Public Library Chocolate Olympics! Events include Oreo taste tests, speed candy unwrapping, M&M sorting, and more! Our competition will finish with a few rounds of candy bar lingo.

Roving Roger

Central Library is excited to host Roving Roger, a travelling exhibit created and sponsored by 
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and the Secretary of State's office. This exhibit expands awareness and understanding of Rhode Island's colonial founder, Roger Williams, and inspires Rhode Islanders to think boldly about how they might contribute to our state and country in the future.

Visit the Central Library during the months of January and February to meet Roger! The Library will be hosting a special event on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30am @ Central branch for a special presentation: Getting to Know Roger Williams with Marc Kohler, founder of the Roger Williams Educational Foundation.

Cranston Senior Center News

The mission of the Cranston Department of Senior Services in its capacity as a community based resource and human services agency, is to provide coordinated, creative and comprehensive services which educate, nourish, assist, entertain and enrich the lives of individuals 55 years of age or older. In that regard, the Center offers a myriad of activities and programs to appeal to all interests and needs. We encourage you to visit the Center website to learn more, and if you have any questions, to contact them directly at 401-780-6000.

The Department of Community Development has a number of programs specifically to benefit low and moderate income families. Let us help you with Residential Rehabilitation, First Time Homebuyer Programs, Emergency Fuel Assistance and more. For more information and program guidelines, please call 401-780-6240. Community Development funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The City of Cranston
(401) 461-1000


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