Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation pages provide you with the answers to questions about recycling, household hazardous waste, ewaste, where to get bins, and many others.

Providence Boards and Commissions

The City of Providence is actively seeking applicants for Providence Boards and Commissions, with an immediate need to fill vacancies...

If you are interested in serving on a Providence Board or Commission go to:

From the EdVoicesRI Newsletter

From the EdVoicesRI Newsletter
Updates on the Strategic Plan Process

The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education selected 26 Rhode Islanders to serve on the Ambassador Design Team, which will develop and write the next strategic plan for elementary and secondary education in Rhode Island.  There was an amazing response from over 300 Rhode Islanders who submitted applications to participate in this exciting process.

The final Team comprises two groups: a Core Team of 12 members, which will do the research and writing toward development of the strategic plan, and an Extended Team of 14 members, which will engage in school visits, outside research and readings, and other activities to support the thinking and the work of the core team. 

A full press release and list of members can be found here:

The Team’s support staff will regularly post resources, materials, and the draft prototypes on the RIDE web site at

Monday, December 22, 2014

Pro Jo article - ACCESS/RI Audit

Please see today’s article by Kate Bramson:  ACCESS/RI Protests Violations of Open-Records Law.  Linda Levin, ACCESS RI chairperson, gives details of our filing of complaints to AG’s office.   Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for AG’s office is quoted extensively as is Linda.  This filing begins the investigation of the individual complaints filed by our board.   Also, on Pro Jo website, Friday, Dec 19 article on ACCESS/RI filings.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The League of Women Voters Education Team blog

Hello Leaguers,

Last June in Dallas, we held an Education caucus to gauge the interest in sharing information about school choice and accountability.  There were 92 League members from 32 states in attendance.  We agreed to form national committees to track legislation and advocacy efforts regarding privatization of our public schools.

We have now launched a League Education Issues blog.  We ask for your help in advertising the blog in your communities.  Please let your membership know that they can subscribe and contribute to a better understanding of what is occurring in each state.


Sue Legg, Ph.D.
Chair, School Choice Project
Florida League of Women Voters

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Members of the Ambassador Design Team - RIDE

Deborah A. Gist
I am pleased to introduce the members of the Ambassador Design Team! These community members will use your feedback to help develop Rhode Island's 2015-2020 strategic plan for education.

East Side of Providence Rocked by Crime

Friday, December 12, 2014
Kate Nagle, GoLocal Contributor

Property crime has seen an uptick on the East Side of Providence in recent months, and residents have been voicing their concerns -- and how to address the issue.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Providence City Council Votes to Create Economic Development Planning Commission

On Thursday, December 4th, the Providence City Council approved the second passage of an ordinance establishing an Economic Development Planning Commission...

The Economic Development Planning Commission will consist of 17 members, six appointed by the Mayor, six appointed by the City Council, and five department directors, including the Director of Economic Development, who will also serve as the commission’s chair. Commissioners will be appointed in January and will have until the end of 2015 to complete the economic development plan.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2014 Providence free holiday parking

Shoppers will be offered two hours of free parking from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015 in the following commercial districts:
  • Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
  • Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street
  • Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street)
  • Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard
  • North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row
  • Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street
  • South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street
  • Point St – From Eddy to East Franklin St
  • Thayer Street – Meeting Street to Bowen Street
  • Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street
  • Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

12 things to know about Medicaid in Rhode Island

By Ted Nesi, WPRI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo tapped Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts as her secretary of health and human services on Sunday, the state’s incoming leader gave Roberts a clear mission.

“We have to commit ourselves to being the national leader in controlling Medicaid costs,” Raimondo declared, emphasizing that she wanted to “do it in a way that’s creative and innovative, so we don’t hurt people in the process.”...

Why is Medicaid such a big deal, and why is Raimondo focusing on it? Here are 12 facts to help you understand the program, its costs and its importance.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Census survey details gaps in R.I. median income by race, neighborhoods

Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE — From 2010 to 2013, white Rhode Islanders and white residents of Providence saw their median household incomes increase, while their black and Hispanic neighbors saw their incomes decrease.

But numbers made public Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, which take a detailed look at the city, show a much more complicated picture.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Yard Debris and Christmas Tree Disposal

The City's free, yard debris pickup program that began in the spring will end for the season on Friday, December 12th.

The City will begin free, curbside pickup of Christmas trees beginning Monday, January 12, 2015 until Saturday, January 24, 2015.

Condition of PVD schools: ‘a kind of slow, horrible violence’

By Aaron Apps on December 3, 2014

I recently wrote a short op-ed for Providence Journal about the state of Gilbert Stuart Middle School demanding action be taken with regard to the physical state of our local schools.

A recent RI Future article published pictures from inside of this school, which show – even if only in part – how poor the conditions of the physical school buildings actually are in urban Rhode Island.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Volunteer for a Transition Committee

Visit to join a transition committee or to share your ideas.

Two-Day Symposium to Address Sea-Level Rise

On Dec. 9 and 10, the 13th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium will host a public lecture and a one-day conference at Salve Regina University to educate coastal-area business owners and local decision-makers on how to reduce the impacts of flooding on their businesses and their communities.

The two-day symposium is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, in collaboration with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.

For more information, click here. To register, click here.

RI Resource Recovery to host Eco-Depot collection in Johnston on Dec. 6

Eco-Depot is a free service provided by Resource Recovery that allows for the proper handling, packaging, storing, transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste.

This upcoming collection in Johnston is one of 45 Eco-Depot collections available throughout the state in 2014. To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2014 Eco-Depot schedule, visit or call 942-1430, ext. 241.

Full Warwick Beacon Story

9 things to know about Providence’s new zoning ordinance

So what kind of changes can we expect from the new ordinance? Here’s an overview.

Agencies finding it difficult to cut way to balanced budget


Journal State House Bureau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When they met last month to talk about the budget, the message from lawmakers to department heads was find ways to close a projected $34.5-million deficit.
Some department heads, in response, are saying there’s only so much they can do.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rhode Island Colonial Charter of 1663 to Receive State-of-the-Art Encasement

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Lincoln D. Chafee together with Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis announced that the process has begun to provide for a new state-of-the-art encasement system for the Rhode Island Colonial Charter of 1663.

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December 5, 2014 - The East Bay Met School - Newport, RI
Did you know that Rhode Island's school construction and renovation criteria-NE-CHPS-was recently updated? Come learn about the latest updates and more at this December workshop. Wrap up the day with an optional tour of the nearby Pell Elementary School.

What: A forum for school construction stakeholders to come together to shape ideas and projects
Who Should Attend: Architects, contractors, school superintendents, business managers, and others with an interest in Rhode Island School Construction
When: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Agenda and Registration: HERE