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"Our three newest board members join an exceptional group of leaders who are steering the Council into the future. As we mark our 45th anniversary in 2018, our board members serve as ambassadors who promote the critical role of the humanities in Rhode Island's civic and cultural life," said ...
HOPKINTON, R.I. -- A man and four teenagers from Connecticut have been arrested for the attempted armed robbery of a Rhode Island convenience store. Hopkinton is just over the border from Connecticut, the first Rhode Island town I-95 passes through. Police there say they got a 9-1-1 call from ...

NARRAGANSETT - The Town of Narragansett recently sent an application to the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) requesting the state to construct and maintain a 12-foot-wide, approximately 1,700-foot-long extension to the William C. O'Neill Bike Path. The new addition, ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The next national census is coming in 2020, and here in Rhode Island's state capital, the Census Bureau is conducting its sole dry ... Rhode Island's governor and some city officials complained at a news conference this month that the "gross incompetence" of the Providence ...
A tiny Rhode Island town has taken a stand to protect the environment and wildlife by banning balloons. Earlier this month, in ... are a poor alternative. New Shoreham joins other Northeaster cities, including Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Nantucket and Provincetown in Massachusett, in banning balloons.

Birthday parties and gender-reveal announcements will certainly lose some of their sizzle in the town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island. Effective April 9 ... Several cities in New Jersey, including Atlantic City, and several cities in Massachusetts, including Nantucket and Provincetown, have banned balloons.
NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. -- Town officials have voted to ban all balloons from Block Island. The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the sale, distribution and use of all balloons. WPRI-TV reports the ban goes into effect next Monday. Police will enforce the ordinance.
NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) -- Town officials have voted to ban all balloons from Block Island. The New Shoreham Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to eliminate the sale, distribution and use of all balloons. WPRI-TV reports the ban goes into effect next Monday. Police will enforce the ordinance.
Mine is meeting and reaching as many people as possible with a positive message and vision for [Rhode Island].” ... Augustus, who was hired as Fung's campaign press secretary last week, said the Cranston mayor and presumed GOP front-runner did not attend because he was working on his city budget.
You can choose between 140 of them and mingle with the filmmakers at the five-day Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival from April 24-28. This year, the Providence, Rhode Island, festival's 10th anniversary, films will include “Beauty Mark,” “Painless,” “In Searching,” and the documentary “A ...
Suever also called for a uniformity clause, which would prevent cities and towns in Rhode Island from promulgating their own laws to protect employees from wage discrimination. Anti-labor groups often introduce “uniformity” or preemption laws. I wrote about them here. Last year, in eleventh hour ...
A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing. The Providence Journal reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds' help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have “excellent communication skills” and the ability to “work as ...
When Rhode Island PBS put out the call in December for the next Our Town location, two towns emerged quickly and strongly. By the time the January 31 deadline arrived, it was clear that support from two towns was equally enthusiastic. "The people have spoken, and the two towns we will visit for the ...
The identity of the little New England town, beyond the beaches and the lobster shacks, has long been tied up with its Gilded Age mansions, its fancy boats and cars. People come here to gawk at how America's elite — the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Morgans — lived more than a century ago. But Newport ...
TIVERTON, R.I. — A Rhode Island school district is asking local taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets to fund next year's school budget. But don't expect outrage in Tiverton. The school committee wants a total of $1. The committee is proposing increasing the next fiscal year's school budget by $800,000 ...
New Shoreham, R.I., might tout itself as being the smallest town in the smallest state, but it just did something really big for the environment and wildlife by banning balloons. The Town Council just unanimously passed an ordinance that bans the sale, distribution and use of balloons throughout the ... Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Twenty-six Rhode Island cities and towns are suing major drug manufacturers, accusing them of conspiring to generate enormous profits while spurring the nationwide opioid epidemic. Warwick, Cranston, North Providence, Charlestown, Jamestown and a host of other towns filed suit ... Rhode Island
More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids. ... “I've spent the last several months going from each town council, explaining to them what we were doing nationally and asking them to sign on,'' Eva ... Rhode Island
More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids. ... “I've spent the last several months going from each town council, explaining to them what we were doing nationally and asking them to sign on,'' Eva ... Rhode Island
The "Red Flag Executive Order," which Raimondo signed at Warwick City Hall surrounded by gun-control advocates and police officers, may turn out to be mostly symbolic. A change in state law is required to give the courts and police the authority to seize firearms from people they believe are dangerous. Rhode Island
Providence City Council President David Salvatore and the crest of the city council today announced their intention to request legislation that would enable Rhode Island municipalities to regulate firearms. The proposed legislation would remove section 11-47-58 – The Firearms States Preemption clause ... Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island College Foundation announced today that it has received $500,000 in funding from the Feinstein Foundation, ... the Rhode Island College Foundation to support Age-Friendly Rhode Island, a statewide coalition working to help Rhode Island cities and towns become ... Rhode Island
The city of Worcester has spent more than $54,000 on consulting services in its attempt to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island and into the city's Canal District, records show. As the city began to strongly eye the team last summer, it hired several consultants to assist in wooing the PawSox. Rhode Island
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — Single-use plastic bags will soon be banned across all of Aquidneck Island. The Newport Daily News reports the town council in Portsmouth on Monday voted to ban single-use plastic bags starting Sept. 1. The measure is aimed at protecting the environment. Newport and ... Rhode Island
The town wears its achievement with pride. A highway sign outside town declares "Haleyville — Where 911 Began." Banners hanging from street lights bear the town seal, featuring a red phone receiver and the words "Home Of 911." Then just inside City Hall is the centerpiece: In a special alcove, a clear ... Rhode Island
A town will consider whether to appeal a judge's decision to award $42,000 in attorney's fees to the East Greenwich firefighters' union for its successful ... The Providence Journal reports that Town Council President Suzanne McGee Cienki said in the email to residents that the council will discuss the matter ... Rhode Island
In true Belichick style, whenever Mr. Augustus has been asked by the media about the negotiations between the city and the PawSox, his answer has always ... PawSox officials have been working to get a new stadium built in Pawtucket, but some Rhode Island lawmakers are hesitant about incorporating a ... Rhode Island
Also this week, Residential Properties Ltd. said it has been ranked as the top real estate company in Rhode Island for both number of residences sold (1,852) and overall ... 13, clearing the way for construction to begin this spring, according to Town Planner Phil Hervey and project consultant Frank Spinella. Rhode Island
Providence Activists Push for Rent-Control in City. Activists in Providence launched a campaign this week to put a rent-control ... DARE must submit a petition with the proposed ordinance before City Council considers the measure. If the council doesn't enact the ordinance, 5 percent of registered voters ... Rhode Island
Locals call Pawtucket the craft beer capital of Rhode Island for good reason. The city is home to three individual breweries with their own spaces: Foolproof, which bases brews on life experiences; Crooked Current, the smallest brewery in the smallest state; and Bucket, which is known for its trivia and movie ... Rhode Island
Gina Raimondo's campaign made a fundraising agreement with the Providence Democratic City Committee. (Caveat: it's unclear if this agreement will remain in place now that Patrick Ward has resigned as Prov Dem chairman.) Yet the deal looks like an effort to expand Raimondo's already-ample ... Rhode Island
Locals call Pawtucket the craft beer capital of Rhode Island for good reason. The city is home to three individual breweries with their own spaces: Foolproof, which bases brews on life experiences; Crooked Current, the smallest brewery in the smallest state; and Bucket, which is known for its trivia and movie ... Rhode Island
Parents of a student diagnosed with autism sue a Rhode Island city and an elementary school principal saying both did nothing to protect their child from alleged ... The Providence Journal reports the parents — identified by the initials B.R. and A.R. — claim the city of Warwick and Cedar Elementary School ... Rhode Island
By Thomas Greenberg. All 39 cities and towns in the state are now recognized as “storm ready” by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). Rhode Island becomes the first state in the country to have all municipalities reach this recognition. Rhode Island
By Thomas Greenberg. All 39 cities and towns in the state are now recognized as “storm ready” by the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). Rhode Island becomes the first state in the country to have all municipalities reach this recognition. Rhode Island
Taiwan is "grateful to the many offers of assistance & support coming from around the world," Tsai, who was in the city Wednesday to view the damage, said toward the end of the day on Twitter. "Although relief efforts in #Hualien are sufficient, your warmth & kindness have been felt by people of Taiwan.". Rhode Island
But analysts also see these attacks as an attempt to punish opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, by targeting towns and villages in Syria that are sympathetic to the opposition. Last month, the Syrian opposition decided to boycott peace talks hosted by Russia in the Black Sea city of Sochi. Hassan ... Rhode Island
Officials say one person has sought treatment since the city of Providence launched a program to help connect people suffering from an opioid addiction to recovery centers. Feb. 8, 2018, at ... Providence became the first Rhode Island city to offer "Safe Stations" at all 12 fire houses Jan. 2. The program is ... Rhode Island
Ever since the mid-1990s, police officers and fire fighters in the town of Cranston, Rhode Island had been promised state pension benefits upon retirement. But, facing critical budget shortfalls over the last several years that the Rhode Island government called “fiscal peril,” the state legislature voted to unilaterally reduce ... Rhode Island
But Mayor Mitchell said public spaces like Fort Rodman are a vital part of enhancing the city: “This is something that we highlight because it's a strong selling point for the city. You stand out here and you forget that you're in a city, as untarnished an ocean view as you'll ever get.” Mitchell is 48. He grew up ... Rhode Island
The council had previously been split on the issue. Some members of the community's Easton's Point neighborhood said the measure would limit larger homes and in turn decrease the amount of property taxes those homes generate. Others said the town's largest residences are “ghost homes” that limit the ... Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE , R.I. (WPRI) – The National Weather Service named Rhode Island the first state in the country to have all municipalities recognized as StormReady. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) announced that all cities and towns in the state have completed a six point plan ... Rhode Island
In the short term at least, Mayor Elorza pointed to positive indicators for Providence's budget. He spoke during a recent interview at Rhode Island Public Radio. “We've balanced our budget, we've finished with the largest surplus in the city's recorded history," said Elorza. "We have completely paid off the ... Rhode Island
A federal appeals court's upholding of Rhode Island's pension overhaul in 2011 and 2015 is a credit positive for Cranston because benefit changes for the city's public safety pensions will remain, said Moody's Investors Service. On Jan. 22, a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ... Rhode Island
The price of gasoline in Rhode Island is up four cents this week. AAA Northeast said Monday in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is averaging $2.61 per gallon. That's the same as the national average. The average price of gasoline in Rhode Island is 38 cents higher than it was at this time last year, ... Rhode Island
Before the city was established, the area we now know as New Bedford was populated by the Wampanoag tribe, who had settlements throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In May of 1602, nearly two decades before the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, an English explorer and privateer, ... Rhode Island
He and other farmers in the area pull water from the nearby Elandskloof Dam — part of a network of dams that farmers, villages and the City of Cape Town share. Farmers here work on a quota system. An irrigation board determines how much water each farmer needs to grow certain crops, and how much ... Rhode Island
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza seems like a happy guy these days and it's easy to see why: he can use his State of the City address Tuesday to crow about how Rhode Island's capital city is boasting a surplus, along with a rainy day fund and a two-notch improvement in its credit rating; the mayor and his ... Rhode Island
By raining down laser pulses on some 770 square miles of dense forest in northern Guatemala, archaeologists have discovered 60,000 Maya structures that make up full sprawling cities. And the new technology provides them with an unprecedented view into how the ancient civilization worked, revealing ... Rhode Island


 

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