PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence School Board has voted to close several elementary schools and a middle school despite strong objections from some parents.
In a meeting that lasted well into the night, the Board approved a plan, which calls for the closure five schools, including Asa Messer Elementary School, Messer Annex, Flynn Elementary, Windmill Elementary, and West Broadway Elementary. Bridgham Middle School will become and elementary school.
PROVIDENCE, RI – You've probably heard of Boston's Freedom Trail - the walking tour of 16 historical sites in Massachusetts' capital city. Well, Rhode Island will soon have its own version of this popular tourist attraction.
Next week, dignitaries will gather at Rhode Island's Old State House to unveil Rhode Island's Independence Trail. It's a three mile walk that includes about 75 historical sites in downtown Providence.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee, a supporter of gay marriage, says he is disappointed that state lawmakers are giving up on a gay marriage bill this year.
But Chafee respects House Speaker Gordon Fox, who believes there is insuperable opposition to it in the Senate. Fox is backing a civil union bill instead.
Meanwhile, Marriage Equality Rhode Island - the chief backers of gay marriage legislation - is feeling betrayed. The group's spokesman Bill Fischer, says it's too early in the legislative session to give up the fight.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Right now drivers are supposed to feed the meters Monday through Saturday from 8:00am - 6:00pm. But due mostly to overtime issues, enforcement officers stop at 3:00pm and don't work Saturdays.
The city and the union have made a deal creating flex hours to cover the entire time parking is enforced. While that deal gets hammered out, Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta says drivers should start paying attention to the signs.