The state of Rhode Island licenses 69 professions, everything from hairdressers to electricians. Until now, license holders have had to renew by mail or in person. But all that’s changing Tuesday.
The state is rolling out a new e-licensing system Tuesday. It will allow anyone with a professional license to get a new one or renew an old one online. Paul McGreevy, director of the Department of Business Regulation, says it’s part of the governor’s initiative to make it easier to do business in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday. This year’s theme is “get to zero.”
Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year. After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it. That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.
"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said Maselli.
Some Newport residents have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to buy a new sign for the African burial cemetery known as “God’s Little Acre.” The original sign was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The new sign is estimated to cost 55-hundred dollars.
The cemetery is also the subject of a new website.
The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to reopen to the public this week.
The three-and-a-half mile trail was badly damaged in the storm. Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power said repairs will cost $3.5 million.
"It eroded a lot of the walkway near Ruggles Avenue which caused some of the sidewalk to cave in. It took a chunk of the actual stone out at Doris Duke’s estate which we had to go back and fill in. It tore a lot of the fencing behind Miramar," said Powers.
The Providence Public Library has opened a new exhibit on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. The exhibit is a traveling one that has been making its way around the country for the past couple of years.
The traveling Lincoln exhibit is a series of panels that encircle the reference room at the Providence Public Library. Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason said the focus is on the constitutional challenges Lincoln faced as he took office in 1860.
Ah, yes. Good old Chris Durang. What’s he gotten into now? Over the years he’s been known for such ideosyncratic shows as “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” and, of course, “The Idiots Kasamazov.”
But Durang’s nicely into his 60’s now. Perhaps he’s calmed down a bit?
Well, no. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” concerns Bucks County, PA., Snow White, licking postage stamps, movie stars, the theatuh, voodoo, pricks, getting old and the significance of the blue heron. Among many other things.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week Dave and Mark talk with Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Marcel Valois. They discuss the EDC’s small business loan program and why slow and steady wins the race.
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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.
It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.