Providence

On Politics
2:19 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Snow Parking Bans On Streets In Providence, Newport

Snow drifts pile up along Exchange Terrace in downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

In what has become an all too familiar winter announcement this year, the cities of Providence and Newport have ordered street parking  bans.

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced this afternoon that the capital city’s parking ban will go into effect at midnight Monday (March 2) and remain in effect until further notice. The mayor also said in a statement that parents should remain on alert for a possible school tomorrow. The city’s snow hotline telephone number is 680-8080.

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Political Roundtable
9:28 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Jim Vincent On Race Relations, Diversity In Government + More

Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer.  Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.

Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Political Roundtable

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Weather
11:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

February Snowfall Breaks Record In Providence

Snow drifts along Exchange Terrace in downtown Providence this February.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This February is officially the snowiest on record in Providence, according to the National Weather Service.  A light snowfall on Tuesday night pushed the monthly total to 31.6 inches, breaking the city record set in 1962. 

Meteorologist Alan Dunham says that’s even more than the famed February blizzard of '78. “1978 is in third place with a total of 28.6 inches, for the month of February," said Dunham.

And forecasters predict the new record could get just a bit higher before the month is out.  An inch or less of snow could fall this afternoon. 

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Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Rhode Island Artscape: Composer Philip Glass Visits The Ocean State

Philip Glass plays with violinist Tim Fain during rehearsal at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

World renowned composer and performer Philip Glass is in Rhode Island.  He performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence Wednesday as part of a program put on by local arts non-profit First Works. He continues his visit Thursday, to work with students at the Jacqueline Walsh School for the performing arts in Pawtucket.  For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender examines the draw of Philip Glass’ music, and why it endures.

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Providence
2:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Initial Details Of New Providence International Arts Festival Revealed

Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence will play host to concerts, art installations and other public events during the Providence International Arts Festival this June.
Credit RIPR FILE

New details are emerging about a major arts festival scheduled in Providence this summer. The event is part of Mayor Jorge Elorza’s plan to develop the city into an artistic tourist destination. 

  

                

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed February 25, 2015

New PawSox Stadium Might Not Be The Boon RI Is Hoping For, Says Economist

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket likely won't remain the home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Credit RIPR FILE

An economist who has studied the impact of sports stadiums says Rhode Island should be wary of committing taxpayer dollars to pay for construction on a new facility for the PawSox. 

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The Education Blog
4:08 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Achievement First To Open Second Elementary School In Providence

Achievement First opened it's first school in Providence in the fall of 2013.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

The second Providence elementary school operated by charter school network Achievement First will share a building with its first elementary school, which opened in 2013.

The building on Hartford Avenue was formerly home to a public middle school, but the city shut down the school, citing the cost of rehabilitating an aging facility.

Achievement First says it plans to eventually re-located the new school, "Iluminar Academy," but the co-location is likely to last about two years. The two schools will offer similar programs.

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Health Care
3:54 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

SEIU Taking Women And Infants Hospital To Court Over Layoffs

A union that represents the majority of workers recently laid off at Women and Infants Hospital is challenging the job cuts in federal court.

They get to stay on the job until at least Thursday. That’s when a federal judge will hear the union’s challenge. Women and Infants announced the lay-offs this week for more than 40 employees, including certified nurses assistants, imaging technicians, food and laundry service workers.

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Arts & Culture
3:00 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

60's Psychedelic Rock Frontman Finds Second Life Teaching The Art Of Instrument Making

Rick Turner, former guitarist with 60's rock outfit Autosalvage, now teaches ukulele making at his Alma mater the Moses Brown School in Providence.
Credit James Baumgartener / RIPR

Fans of more esoteric pop music, and perhaps of a certain age, may be familiar with the 60's psychedelic rock band Autosalvage.  Former guitarist Rick Turner is a small piece of rock history, and an alumnus of Moses Brown School in Providence.  In addition he's a master guitar maker.

Turner has returned to his alma mater, to teach a course in ukulele making.  Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host, Chuck Hinman sat down with Turner to talk about his music, life after the band, and returning to teach at his old school.

 

 

 

 

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Transportation
5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Massachusetts Public Transit Shutdown Leaves Some Stranded In Rhode Island

People wait for trains and passengers at the Providence train station.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The snow is no longer falling, but transportation remains snarled across much of Southern New England.  Public transit has all but shut down in Boston, leaving commuters and others stranded in Providence.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority halted all commuter train and Subway service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That left riders in Rhode Island with few good options except Amtrak trains, and even those are running on a limited schedule.

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