Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Yard Debris and Christmas Trees

The City yard debris collection for the year ended December 13 and will not begin again until April.

The City will begin free, curbside pick up of Christmas trees on Monday, January 6, continuing until Friday, January 17.

For more information

Public Hearings - RI State Rail Plan

The Rhode Island State Planning Council will conduct two public hearings to accept comments on the draft Rhode Island State Rail Plan.

The Rhode Island State Rail Plan draft is under consideration by the Rhode Island State Planning Council. The Rhode Island State Rail Plan contains goals, objectives, policies, implementation actions, and potential projects for the State’s passenger and freight rail transportation system over the next twenty years.

Comments on the Rhode Island State Rail Plan will be accepted at the following two public hearings:

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Department of Administration
William E. Powers Building
Conference Room A, 2nd Floor

One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Department of Administration
William E. Powers Building
Conference Room A, 2nd Floor
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI

The Rhode Island State Rail Plan draft
Public Hearing notice

2014 Rhode Island Compost Conference

Monday March 10, 2014 beginning at 9:00 AM at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.

Each year the conference and trade show bring together nearly everyone in Rhode Island seeking to develop the compost industry and spur ever greater home composting.

For more information and registration

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More on Snow

A new email from Councilman Zurier reports that "the Department of Public Works will be accepting snow plowing requests through its main telephone number, (401) 467-7950.  If nobody picks up, you will have the option of pressing "2" when the message starts for an 'emergency.'"

This is not the "Snow Hotline" (401) 680-8080 of the previous post which is only on during storms.

And, it is not the Office of Neighborhood Services 401-421-7768 that the City website suggests calling about snow plowing between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm

Surely one of these options will get your street plowed.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Here's what the City says you need to know when it snows.


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

RI Funding Formula

2011 article about the RI formula compared to the CT one.  It is very interesting about what costs of education should be supported by the formula but says nothing about the part of the formula that determines the state's share of the formula cost for each city & town.
OP-ED | Funding Education Adequacy: RI vs. CT

HealthSource RI Events

Making the healthcare connection.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, HealthSource RI will improve the health of all Rhode Islanders by connecting you to quality, affordable healthcare.
Through a set of easy-to-use, powerful tools, we’ll transform healthcare in the Ocean State. As the plans we offer compete for your business, we’ll be able to drive the cost of care down. And by negotiating for the options that best suit your needs, we’ll ensure you get the benefits and support you deserve so we can all live the healthiest lives we possibly can.