The Cranston Corner February News Letter

February 18, 2020

Dear Cranston Residents,

I encourage you to stay connected with ongoing news and happenings in our City by visiting our new webpage (www.cranstonri.com). Designed to be interactive, it not only provides up-to-date information on city services, departments and general city information, but enables you to pay taxes online, live stream City Council meetings and view land records.

Please take a few minutes to navigate through the site and become familiar with our City departments and how they can help you.

As always, please call my office at 401-780-3104 if you have any questions or require assistance.

Sincerely,


Allan W. Fung
Mayor


News from City Clerk's Department

Cranston City Council meetings will now be live-streaming and can be viewed through the Council's city webpage (www.cranstonri.com) directly on the Council's Youtube page  or through ClerkBase. The ClerkBase link will be time stamped so that viewers can jump to a particular item on the agenda.

Land records are online through the City Clerk department page on the city's webpage. The Clerk's office has been working with the vendor to make the documents viewable without charge, however, at this time you will need to register with an ID and password and select a subscription service.

Free Bulky Waste Pick-Up for March

The Department of Public Works is offering free bulky waste pickup in March with a scheduled appointment. Residents can have bulky waste items picked up curbside on your regular trash day. To schedule an appointment with Waste Management:
• Residents must call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a free bulky waste pickup. Phone calls for the program are being taken now through the rest of the month.
• Pickups are limited to 3 items on one scheduled trip per residential unit.
• Bulky waste DOES NOT include mattresses, construction debris, televisions or electronic goods, white goods or any household trash/garbage bags that would fit into the City provided 65 gallon carts or overflow bags.
• For more information, contact Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545.


                                                                                                                                          

Cranston Welcomes New Businesses

We encourage you to visit these new businesses and welcome them to Cranston!



Chaska Restaurant
Garden City
16 Midway Rd.


Mobile Quest STEM Center
845 Oaklawn Ave.


Uptown Burger
1000 Chapel View Blvd.; Suite 100

News from the Cranston Public Library

                                                                                                       



All Cranston Public Library Locations will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 18th.

AARP Tax Aide @ Central Library
Every Thursday through April 4th 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.

Esperanza-Hope Art Exhibit
February 1-28 in James T. Giles Community Room @ Central
Esperanza-Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope and embolden a positive vision of the future for the children in our community in Rhode Island and for children in the poorest communities of the Dominican Republic. The Esperanza-Hope Art Exhibition features the masterpieces that were created by children between the ages of 6 and 15 during the Esperanza-Hope free art program. These masterpieces are filled with colors, laughs, positivity and love.

Introduction to Photography: Photo Review Workshop @ Central
Saturday, February 22 / 10:00-11:30am
Join photographer Matthew TW Huang (picturesbymatt.com) for a series of photography workshops this spring. For this first class, bring in your own photos for an informal constructive critique where you will learn tips for picking points of interest, improving your framing and other techniques. To register, call the library at 943-9080 ext. 3 or email central @cranstonlibrary.org.

Rhode Island Black Film Festival-Exclusive Preview Event @Central
Saturday, February 22
Part 1 - 12:45-1:45pm
U Street Contested Film Screening and Q&A. Join filmmaker Michael T. Barry, Jr, for a screening and Q&A discussion of his short film about the historically significant U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and its current battle with gentrification. This exclusive screening is made possible by the RI Black Film Festival.
Part 2 - 2:00-4:45pm

Green Book Film Screening and Discussion
Watch the film and join a discussion about Rhode Island Green Book locations moderated by Ray Rickman and special guests. Green Book is rated PG-13.
Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is required by calling the CPL Central Branch at 943-9080 ext. 3 or emailing central @cranstonlibrary.org. Please put RIBFF Event in the subject line and let us know if you are attending one or both events. For more information visit the library webpage.

Scam Awareness Week @ Central
March 1-7
The first week of March is National Consumer Protection Week. Join the Library for a series of programs for library patrons that will teach you how to recognize scams and help protect yourself from fraud. For more information visit the library webpage.
                                                                                                                              


I Voted Sticker Contest
sponsored by the R.I. Board of Elections


The R.I. Board of Elections is replacing the current "I Voted" sticker and looking for talented artists!

Participants must agree to the official contest rules and submit their design by completing an "I Voted" sticker contest entry form online. The contest will open on March 2, 2020 and will close at 11:59pm on March 31, 2020.

For detailed rules visit the Board of Elections webpage or contact jennifer.regan@elections.ri.gov.

                                                                                                                              


City Employment Opportunity

The City of Cranston announces an open promotional and competitive civil service examination for the position of: Cranston Department of Senior Services/Bookkeeper (Grade 17).

Applications must be filed on or before 4:30pm, February 21, 2020 in the office of Personnel, Room 107, Cranston City Hall, 869 Park Ave., Cranston. An application can also be found on the City webpage along with additional information on the position.

                                                                                                                   

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.


                                                                                                                                  

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