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City rent costs going up fast

February 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Record foreclosures have crimped the supply of affordable apartments, fueling an astronomical increase in rents that threatens the financial security of working families.
That’s the latest from HousingWorksRI, an advocacy group that says the average two-bedroom apartment in the state now costs $1,165 a month. At that rate, it would take an hourly wage of nearly $24 to limit one’s monthly rental nut to 30 percent of salary, the level the government defines as affordable.

A quiet day in gym class

February 8, 2012

CUMBERLAND — It's time for “Phys Ed” but the gym is really quiet. The class of 11-and 12-year-old boys and girls are sitting on floor mats and focusing on their breathing, some with their eyes shut. Then, following instructor Sunny Moriello Flatts' lead, they assume various poses and hold them for a time: Downward Dog, Dolphin and Plank Star. It's all part of a semester-long yoga program that is now part of the school day at the Blackstone Valley Prep middle school in Cumberland.

WOONSOCKET -- Woonsocket Little League’s opening day went off with a hitch Saturday at...
CUMBERLAND — Thanks to second-place finishes in the discus, hammer and 25-pound weight,...
PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and...
BURRILLVILLE – Residents took time out on a perfect Saturday morning to ensure that their community stayed just as...
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Julia Cloutier, an 18-year-old senior at North Smithfield High School, had a general sense of the...
UXBRIDGE – Voters at the Special Town Meeting on May 12 will be asked to approve a plan to build a new central fire...

 

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