Thursday, February 26, 2015

"League Day at the State House" on Tuesday, March 24

The LWVRI is pleased to announce that Gov. Gina Raimondo will be the guest speaker at the annual "League Day at the State House" on Tuesday, March 24.

The meeting begins at 3 with registration and socializing. Members are encourage to invite their legislators to come and meet the League. At 4 p.m, we'll move into the Governor's reception room for a report on “The State of the League”—presentations on League outreach, advocacy, Convention 2015, and other League reports. The Governor will speak at 5.
Cost is $10.
Registration Deadline: March 20
The registration form is In the current Voter or download it here. You can register on line, too, at
Remember, bring two or more guests, and your registration is free.  However, you must register  as space is limited

•3:00pm — Registration and social time for League members and guests.
•4:00pm — "The State of the League" -- presentations on League outreach, advocacy, Convention 2015, and other League reports.
•5:00pm — Keynote: Governor Gina Raimondo
•6:00pm — Wrap-up

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Providence Community Development


The City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development invites you to a series of conversations about your priorities for housing and community development needs throughout the city.

The Community Development Division will be gathering the input from these meetings and using it to shape future spending and project priorities and to update the City's Consolidated Plan - which guides the city's spending on housing and community development.

Some of the topics covered will be: affordable housing; homelessness; senior services; parks and recreation; services for families, adults, and children; accessibility and mobility; persons with HIV/AIDS; lead paint and other unhealthy or unsafe housing issues; economic development; and public safety.

Schedule of Meetings

To RSVP, please contact Donna Miele at
Please complete our Community Needs Survey:

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Providence Budget - a moving target

Why Providence faces a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall - Full Story

By Dan McGowan, Reporter
 Published: February 18, 2015, 3:30 pm  |  Updated: February 18, 2015, 5:51 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Welcome to Providence, where even bean-counting comes with bravado.

The city’s internal auditor and former Mayor Angel Taveras are at odds over the state of Providence’s finances, with the auditor claiming the city is facing a $23-million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and Taveras saying that prediction is exaggerated...

Now for another question. Why, on his way out the door, would Taveras tell the new mayor that Clarkin is “often wrong”?

Because the internal auditor’s projected shortfalls have rarely come to fruition, in part because the predictions were made many months – in some cases, years – before an actual budget deficit would be realized. In other words, the city budget is a moving target.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Governor Henry Lippitt House Forums

The League of Women Voters and Generation Citizen will partner with Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum for Three Conversations, open to the public.

When: March 12th, 19th and the 26th, 6:30 pm, followed by an informal reception.
Where:    Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence.

The forums:
March 12:  East Side Engages Providence.
Speakers  Lorne Adrain, former Providence Mayoral candidate; Cali Almy, Wheeler School Community Service Learning Director; and Albert Dahlberg, Director of State and Community Relations at Brown’s Swearer Center. The discussion will focus on how the East Side engages in politics and the community.

March 19: Latino Education and Engagement.
Speakers Anna Cano- Morales, Director of Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University; Soljane Quiles, Social Studies and Civics teacher at Highlander Charter School; and Jose Baptista, President of the board of directors for sister organizations Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee.  They will discuss how the largest growing ethnic group in Rhode Island is changing politics.

March 26:  Technology and Community Engagement.
Speakers Andy Cutler, founder of Achievery, and Sue Ellen Kroll, Director of Grants and Strategic Partnerships Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. They will discuss how to blend technology with history for community outreach and engagement.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Education: Updates on the Strategic Plan Process

The Ambassador Design Team met together for the first time on January 10, 2015 for a full-day launch session to kick-off the design process.  The team learned about the process and began their work by analyzing the survey results to draft insights about Rhode Islanders’ thoughts on public education in our state. 

The ADT met again on January 28, 2015 to produce the first prototype: a draft set of values that will anchor and guide the strategic plan and later, its implementation. The ADT developed this prototype through hours of individual and collective review of the survey results and extensive exploration of their individual perspectives on public education.

These value statements are now available for public feedback through February 8, 2015 at 10 pm. 
We welcome — indeed urge! — you to take the time to contribute your own thoughts.

The process for providing feedback is simple and should take less than 30 minutes.

Step 1: Open the "values prototype" PDF found here:
Step 2: Watch the short video linked within the PDF, which provides an introduction to the process.
Step 3: Review the values and fill out the survey linked within the PDF to respond to the work of the ADT.

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

Virtual Tour of RI Resource Recovery Corporation (Entire Facility)

Virtual Tour

Ever wonder what happens to your recycling when it leaves the curb? Your leaf and yard debris? Your trash? Ever wonder if you can recycle more than what goes in your bin? Or what to do with a substance labeled with words like "flammable," "combustible," "toxic" or "poison?" In this video you'll get a complete tour of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation - owner and operator of the RI's central waste facilities.

For everything you need to know about RI's recycling program, please visit us at

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Monday, Feb. 2: Schools Closed, Parking Ban in Effect at 2AM

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Providence Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 2, 2015

Citywide Parking Ban in Effect at 2AM; Garbage and recycling Collection on Holiday Schedule