June 13th, 2015
With the kids finishing up their last few days of school and the temperature on the thermometer rising every day, local beaches and town pools are preparing for the busy summer season.
PROVIDENCE â General Treasurer Seth Magaziner is a step closer to winning his first major policy initiative â one he says will create jobs and save millions in energy costs for cities like Pawtucket and Woonsocket, as well as private property owners.
The draft of the $8.6 billion state budget approved by the House Finance Committee a few days ago includes some $7 million worth of funding to rebrand the longtime Clean Water Finance Agency as a new entity, the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank.
BELLINGHAM â When Dawn Costa met Jose Antonio Mangual Jr. last month, it was as if her prayers had been answered.
Mangual, a professional fundraiser and founder of the Milford, Mass.-based non-profit organization âA 2nd Chanceâ â which claimed to raise money to help those who need "a second chance" in life â volunteered to raise money to benefit Costaâs 2-year-old granddaughter, Brooklynn Rondeau, diagnosed with childhood leukemia in April.
EAST PROVIDENCE â According to Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver, the starting pitchers for Thursday nightâs Division II Regional Pod II final know each other quite well. MSCâs Alex Lataille and his counterpart from Prout, Mason Feole, are teammates on the same summer baseball team.
WOONSOCKET â Now that state education officials have granted final approval to RISE Prep Mayoral Academy, there is a move afoot to file a lawsuit in Superior Court to prevent the school from opening in the fall.
Council President Albert G. Brien said a lawsuit may not be necessary, because there are at least two bills pending in the General Assembly that could prevent the school from opening. But Brien said that if state lawmakers fail to act, he is prepared to ask the City Council to partner with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild as plaintiffs in a suit.
PROVIDENCE – When ex-House Speaker Gordon D. Fox is sentenced in federal court tomorrow on corruption charges, his fall from grace will be complete.
And whatever else he may have accomplished as a state legislator, this may be his crowning achievement: He’ll have given average Rhode Islanders one more reason to believe that it’s virtually impossible to hold the most powerful seat in state government without going bad at the core.
LINCOLN â Alex Levin knew there was going to be a celebration, but not the extent.
Mere seconds after he himself recorded the final out, Lincoln Highâs starters rushed him from their positions and the subs poured out of the dugout with a single mission: Piling onto Levin, then standing near the hill.
âI had to squeeze my catcher (senior Jake Petrin) from underneath; I kept saying, âGet âem off me â now!ââ Levin grinned afterward. âI couldnât breathe.â
WOONSOCKET – After he found success in a new endeavor as an artist, Paul M. Cote of Cumberland decided it was time he gave something back.
So taking some inspiration from his father Paul’s illness, Cote last year put together a fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association that was held along with the Vernal Arts and Music Festival that he also helps to organize.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton has faced a steady drumbeat of criticism for her decision to serve as chairwoman of the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy.
Now she may pay with her job.
Sixteen months before her fourth term is up, a petition to recall Hamilton has been initiated by a group of opponents to the proposed regional charter school, led by David Lowe.
âWe filled up an auditorium trying to talk some sense into her about this academy school,â said Lowe. âShe refuses to listen.â