The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists.
Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.
“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.
Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather.
Lawyer, former Central Falls receiver, and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook on Rhode Island's pension conflict, whether gag orders are a good idea, and lessons from the fiscal crisis in Central Falls.
For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Bonus Q&A.
The judge overseeing the state pension conflict is slated to hear arguments on a number of motions Thursday. The window for voting on a proposed settlement ends Friday.
A series of public-employee unions are suing over changes made to their benefits as part of a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system. That conflict will move ahead in court next month, unless there’s a settlement in the case.
Providence lawyer and mystery writer Jack Partridge is out with his third book. His latest novel, Scratched, unravels the mystery of a dead university professor with ties to Providence’s Italian community.
For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Partridge to talk about his novel and what makes Providence a great setting for a murder mystery.
Dr. Michael Fine has led the state’s department of health since 2001. Friday marks his last day at the agency.
He came to our studios this week to look back on his accomplishments, and offer some advice to his successor, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott. Fine told us that, as he leaves office, Rhode Islanders are not as healthy as they could be. But despite the challenges people face, there’s progress to be proud of.
Some good news from the Rhode Island Department of Revenue: The latest budget numbers from state government show state revenues up nearly $50 million ahead of projections.
Rosemary Gallogly, the outgoing director of revenue, said in a statement that year-to-date revenues are up about $47 million above the estimates.
The revenue growth has been fueled largely by an increase in personal income tax money. That could be a sign that the economy is gaining traction as Rhode Island’s slow recovery from the recession picks up steam.