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Richardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadette are being recognized with an award of special distinction by the Pawtucket Foundation for their work at Mixed Magic Theatre. The couple founded the theater as a way to create a diverse acting community.

He joined Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman in the studio to talk about theater, diversity and the arts.

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There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.

Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free.  Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.

John Bender / RIPR

Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.

Volunteers busily taped windows, primed, and painted walls at Goff Junior High School as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

They were working as a part of a national program that organizes service projects across the country; encouraging people to volunteer on their day off.  Volunteer Megan Kelly, took a break from painting a beige hallway bright yellow.

Peter Goldberg / The Gamm Theatre

In an interview concerning the New York production of “The Big Meal” the 33- year-old author, Dan LeFranc, makes a point of saying that his own growing up saw, quote, “lots of support but also a ton of friction and fear.”  And that was “critical in making me the kind of writer and person I am today,” he added.

Well, that would be a guy who has sharp instincts both for the jugular and the heart. “The Big Meal” checks out those eight folks in all kinds of ways.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo started fleshing out her vision for Rhode Island as she formally announced her campaign Monday morning.

Raimondo emphasized the economy, laying out ideas that include writing off some college loans to encourage grads to stay in Rhode Island, creating a funding formula for road and bridge improvements, and establishing an institute to foster growth-sector jobs.

The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects.

In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

StoryCorps Comes To Rhode Island

Dec 5, 2013
John Bender / RIPR

Story Corps, the organization that collects the voices and histories of people across the country is in Rhode Island.

It is a chance for homeless residents across the state to tell their story.

In the offices of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, pairs of Rhode Islanders interviewed each other. One of them had experienced homelessness, and they talked about their lives on the streets.

Richard Staples interviewed Don Larson, a man who was homeless when he was 16-years-old.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Five hundred Pawtucket families are enjoying a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.

On Tuesday, food baskets were delivered to needy families under the auspices of the Pawtucket Holiday Baskets Drive. Its chair, Laureen Grebien, the city’s first lady, said the typical recipient is a family that has fallen on hard times.

"It’s probably a family of two or three kids and somebody that, you know, is struggling with whether they got laid off or they just somehow can’t seem to make ends meet," said Grebien.

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island.  The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.

Peter Goldberg

Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.

Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.

Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.

Pawtucket Remembers A Veteran's Sacrifice

Nov 12, 2013
Flo Jonic / RIPR

There were wreath-laying ceremonies and parades all over Rhode Island Monday in honor of Veterans Day. But perhaps none was more poignant than one in Pawtucket.

About 200 people gathered in Pawtucket’s Slater Park for the dedication of a granite monument in memory of Army Specialist Dennis Poulin. Poulin, a native of Pawtucket, died in Afghanistan two-and-a-half years ago as the result of a rollover accident. He was 26.  His mother, Doris Poulin, said she’s overwhelmed by the honor bestowed on her son.

Pawtucket To Honor Local Fallen Soldier

Nov 4, 2013

The city of Pawtucket is getting ready to honor a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Dennis Poulin.

Massachusetts Army National Guard specialist Dennis Poulin grew up in Pawtucket.  He died two years ago in Germany, where he was evacuated after his vehicle overturned. He was 26.

Next Monday, Veterans Day, a memorial honoring his life will be held at the entrance to Slater Park in Pawtucket. 

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien will join Poulin’s mother, Doris, relatives and others to dedicate a stone monument.

A developmentally disabled pregnant woman who’s been missing for a week has been found safe and sound. 

A man who had seen a missing poster of Luisa Pena noticed her walking down a street in Central Falls and contacted police.  Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins said it’s unclear where Pena has been for the past week but she appears to be in good condition.

Susan Vollucci

There's still no sign of that pregnant Pawtucket woman who vanished a week ago. But police say there’s no evidence to support the theory that the woman has been abducted.

Twenty-one-year-old Luisa Pena vanished last Wednesday from her aunt’s home in Pawtucket.  The day before she disappeared she had reported a sexual assault to police. Her family fears her assailants came back to silence her. But Pawtucket Police spokesman Arthur Martins said there’s no evidence to support a kidnapping theory.

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