East Providence Library employees take ALS 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Believing they are the first of peers in the state to do so, employees of the East Providence Public Libraries took the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" Thursday night, Aug. 21, as part of the festivities at the weekly farmers market on the Weaver Branch grounds.

The library personnel called out their counterparts from other aspects of local government to take up the challenge: Acting City Manager Paul Lemont and those who work at City Hall; East Providence Fire Chief Oscar Elmasian and his firefighters; and East Providence Police Chief Chris Parella and his officers.

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has become a social media sensation over the last several weeks, raising some $42 million in donations to ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or "Lou Gherig's Disease) since it began back on July 29.

For more information about the Challenge visit the ALS website here...

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