The state’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge opened this weekend in Providence, but the legality of the lounge remains murky.
Elevated Vapor Lounge, located in downtown Providence opened Saturday. Rhode Island medical marijuana patients can utilize the space to vaporize their doctor prescribed product. And since state law bans smoking indoors, vaporizing is only thing allowed.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2006. Federal law continues to ban its sale.
As many take a day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some are spending the day doing service projects. A group of students in Providence celebrates with art.
In the gym at Martin Luther King elementary school, dozens of elementary school students are screen printing t-shirts, painting murals, and jewelry painting. It’s part of the nationwide “day of service” program. More than 100 Rhode Island School of Design students are working with the kids on their projects.
Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.
Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate. She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce. Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.
Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration. The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.
That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.
Faith leaders and law enforcement from across the state will gather Tuesday night to pray for peace.
After the shooting deaths of two New York policemen, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Rev. Robert Marciano thought it would set a tone in Rhode Island if there was a prayer for peace, for law enforcement, and for those who strive for justice.
“The power of prayer can make a difference. And coming together, getting to know each other, as well as praying together is nothing but a win-win for everyone,” said Marciano.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held his inaugural celebration this past Monday night at the Cranston Street Armory, an enormous castle of yellow brick whose turrets rise majestically and a bit improbably over the West End neighborhood where it sits.
Written by artistic director Tony Estrella, from the award-winning novel by British expatriate Barry Unsworth, “Morality Play” sweeps through a raucous, roiling time of murder and madness, of corruption, of just plain hard times. It's a tidal wave of provocation and problems. Change is good? Sometimes. And sometimes it's not.
On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president. Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.
Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza. “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.
Elorza and a crowd of dignitaries braved the wind and cold to see Jorge Elorza be sworn in as the city’s 38th mayor. Governor-elect Gina Raimondo said she is filled with optimism about the city’s future. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was on hand, as was former mayor Angel Taveras, and the state’s entire congressional delegation.
A major highway construction project begins today in Providence. The Atwells Avenue bridge will be closed for the next year.
The $2.5 million project will replace portions of the bridge damaged by flooding in 2010. The bridge carries Atwells Avenue over the Woonsaquatucket River in Providence. During construction east and westbound traffic will be detoured around the bridge, and nearby bus stops will be relocated. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it will cut construction time by half by closing the bridge completely.