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.
October was another good month for home sales in Rhode Island.
The sale of single family homes in Rhode Island rose 19 percent between October 2012 and October 2013. During the same time frame the median price rose from $200,000 to $204,000. Sales of condos rose 11 percent over the year and the median price is up 17 percent.
Rhode Island Association of Realtors president Robert Martin said growth in the housing market is slow and steady with no negatives.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses is calling on the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Black Friday.
Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers have to be behind their cash registers and waiting on customers. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Businesses is asking the state Department of Labor and Training to postpone a hearing scheduled for Friday. The hearing has to do with employers’ right to pay workers bi-weekly. Bill Vernon speaks for the NFIB in Rhode Island.
A survey of Rhode Island students has turned up some interesting findings.
The survey of 635 students was conducted last spring by Young Voices, a student advocacy group. They asked their peers what could be done to improve graduation and attendance rates. Young Voices executive director Karen Feldman said two issues came up repeatedly: discipline and hands on learning opportunities.
A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport. The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week. It was not a complete surprise to historians.
The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation. Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.
Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.
Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.
Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec.
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.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger. It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high. At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.