East Providence http://ripr.org en OSHA Cites East Providence Wood Pellet Company For Explosion http://ripr.org/post/osha-cites-east-providence-wood-pellet-company-explosion <p><span style="font-size: 16pt; font-family: TimesNewRomanPSMT, serif; color: rgb(30, 30, 30); ">The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an East Providence company for serious workplace safety violations. It's the result of an investigation into an explosion that happened last August.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:58:05 +0000 Catherine Welch 29912 at http://ripr.org East Providence Man Pleads to Unemployment Insurance Fraud http://ripr.org/post/east-providence-man-pleads-unemployment-insurance-fraud <p>An East Providence man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud.&nbsp; Forty-nine-year-old Richard Daigle was sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution to the state in excess of $10,000.</p><p>Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have proven that for a six-month period starting in 2010 Daigle was working at a Stop N Shop store but failed to advise the state Department of Labor and Training of his earnings.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:16:30 +0000 Flo Jonic 22885 at http://ripr.org More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile in RI http://ripr.org/post/more-mosquito-pools-test-positive-west-nile-ri <p>Three more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The positive results were from mosquitoes trapped in the Smith Hill area of Providence, in the southern section of East Providence, and in central North Kingstown. All of the mosquitoes were of a species that feeds on birds and mammals.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Environmental Management says these findings are not unexpected this time of year.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:50:45 +0000 Flo Jonic 21874 at http://ripr.org More Mosquito Pools Test Positive for West Nile in RI Governor’s Office Wants To Hear From Rhode Islanders http://ripr.org/post/governor-s-office-wants-hear-rhode-islanders <p>The governor’s office is asking you, the public, about what it’s like to live and work in the Ocean State. Residents are being asked to speak their minds at a series of public forums this week.</p><p></p><p>The forums are part of an initiative out of the governor’s office called RhodeMap RI. It’s a project analyzing the state’s business climate and economic competitiveness. The goal is to travel across the state, listen to residents about what it’s like to get job, buy a home and get an education in the state, then use that feedback to develop policy.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 05:44:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 19458 at http://ripr.org Governor’s Office Wants To Hear From Rhode Islanders Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed http://ripr.org/post/closed-east-providence-recycling-facility-be-removed <p>A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.&nbsp; The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.</p><p></p> Thu, 16 May 2013 12:21:57 +0000 Bradley Campbell 15321 at http://ripr.org East Providence to Resume Control of City Budget http://ripr.org/post/east-providence-resume-control-city-budget <p>Leaders in East Providence will soon be back in charge of city finances, after a state budget commission stepped in to solve a financial crisis. &nbsp;After 15 months Governor Lincoln Chafee says the commission is now ready to put budgeting authority back in the hands of local city and school officials. &nbsp;In a statement, Chafee declares East Providence well on the way to financial stability.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:50:44 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 12769 at http://ripr.org East Providence Well on Its Way to Fiscal Health http://ripr.org/post/east-providence-well-its-way-fiscal-health <p>The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:35:58 +0000 Catherine Welch 11512 at http://ripr.org East Providence Well on Its Way to Fiscal Health DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution http://ripr.org/post/dem-looking-narragansett-bay-pollution <p>Shell fishermen are banned from fishing in the Upper Narragansett Bay. The Department of Environmental Management has found high levels of bacteria in the water.<br><br>DEM’s Chief of Surface Water Protection, Angelo Liberti, says it’s due to a portion of the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment plant in East Providence being taken offline. "And with the last rain event, they had some trouble balancing their treatment flow through their system which resulted in the release of partially treated wastewater.”<br> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:04:55 +0000 Bradley Campbell 11030 at http://ripr.org Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing http://ripr.org/post/class-notes-school-closures-high-stakes-testing <p><strong>Schools close as budgets stretch and buildings age</strong></p><p>East Providence is closing Oldham Elementary School citing the high cost of upgrading the building. The district has faced serious deficits in the past, contributing to municipal financial woes. <em>The Providence Journal</em> reports that district officials Oldham would have needed an estimated $2 million in renovations to stay open. As a result of the closure, some students will be shifted to other schools.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:16:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 9598 at http://ripr.org Class notes: school closures, high stakes testing