Monday, February 22, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Best Way To Ensure Quality Public Education For All Rhode Islanders

GoLocal Providence
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Guest Mindsetter™ Sam Zurier

At the end of last year, the Governor convened a working group to review the education aid funding formula enacted in 2010...

The working group, comprised of around thirty citizens with differing levels of involvement in education and finance, met eight times over a span of slightly more than two months.  They reviewed a daunting amount of data involving highly complex issues.  They ultimately approved a report that identified areas of concern (special education, English language learner education and charter school funding) that needed to be addressed, but without providing specific recommendations, due to a lack of time and an instruction to avoid proposals that required additional State funds.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Reproductive Freedom Teach-in‏

March 2, 6:30-8:30pm
Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom
600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence
Refreshments will be served

Join us for a Reproductive Freedom Teach-In and Social Hour to learn more about the Supreme Court case, why Rhode Island received an F, and what we, together, can do about it.

Registration required:  

Panel Discussion on Reproductive Freedom (6:30-7:30)
Learn about the Supreme Court case and the national political environment
Hear from Rhode Island leaders about why our state gets an F and what we can do about it
Connect with the movement for reproductive freedom in Rhode Island

“Movement Building” Social Hour (7:30-8:30)
Refreshments and networking
Meet RICRJ member organizations and allies

Event information can be found on Facebook here:

This event is completely FREE and sponsored by PPSNE, Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Brown Medical Students for Choice.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reminder: Library Consensus Ceeting of Prov League of Women Voters, Thursday

Library consensus meeting, Thursday, February 18, 7 pm
133 Dexterdale Rd

A subcommittee has been interviewing librarians, poring over written materials, all the better to understand the state funding of libraries. At this meeting, we will discuss our findings, and try to reach consensus on recommendations.

Two background pdfs:

  1.  the draft report on the lay-of-the-land, giving an overview of the current modus operandi
  2.  the response from Karen Mellor, director of the state's Office of Library and Information Services (comments made at a December 1 "Conversation").
We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

City Plan Commission Meeting – February 23, 2016

by Gcpvd on February 16, 2016  - Greater City Providence

Development Plan Review

1. DPR 2016-04 – 1081 Douglas Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing building and is requesting a design waiver from the transparency and fenestration requirements for front facades in the C-2 zone – for action (AP 78 Lots 441, 201and 189, Wanskuck)

Major Land Development Project
Public Information Meeting

2. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a four story building providing for a mix of uses including a restaurant, commercial, and residential space. An extension of the sidewalk for provision of public space is also proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 50 foot height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 61 feet – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What is 211? | Helpline Center

211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services.

About 2-1-1

A trained and caring human connection
Rhode Island 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that provides information and referrals. We help by connecting you with agencies and trained specialists who offer support and answers at every level.

Whether you’re looking for help with tax preparation, childcare, or prevention programs—or need help with food, housing, or medical costs, 2-1-1 specialists are here to talk or chat live, every day of the year, even in a snowstorm.

The call is free and available in multiple languages. When in doubt, reach out. With access to a vast network of human services, there’s no better place to start.