Providence, R.I. – Grow Smart RI, that's the name of a statewide interest group dedicated to sustainable economic growth and fighting sprawl. It's also the goal of the third biennial Power of Place Summit being put on by the group today.
The event will focus on how Rhode Island can play to its existing strengths and feature talks from officials in the Obama administration. Grow Smart RI Executive Director Scott Wolf sat down with WRNI's Bob Seay to discuss the event.
Woonsocket, R.I. – The Woonsocket Education Department has settled a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Woonsocket schools will no longer refer students to Truancy Court under terms of a settlement with the ACLU. Woonsocket was one of several school districts sued by the ACLU on charges that Truancy Court is rife with constitutional abuses.
Steven Brown, executive director of the local affiliate of the ACLU, details some of the issues they have with the court:
Providence, R.I. – One day after announcing his intention to run for Congress, state Rep. David Segal is getting involved in the Westin Hotel labor dispute.
Accompanied by Westin workers, Segal presented hotel management with the signatures of 3,600 people who are demanding the reversal of a pay cut and health insurance increases imposed on Westin Hotel workers two months ago. The entourage was told the manager, Mark Brown, was not available to accept the signatures.
Providence, R.I. – Students from Hope High School in Providence marched across the city yesterday to protest changes that take effect in September. They claim the district is dismantling reforms that have helped turnaround a once troubled school.
"I don't know about you, but my relationship to Hope is simple: before I came to Hope I didn't care about school," says 16-year old Julio Diaz, who adds Hope High School is a place where students get to know their teachers and take extra classes in art and music.
Providence, R.I. – Providence Mayor David Cicilline has launched a program aimed at getting the city's poorest residents to open bank accounts.
It is estimated that 12,000 Providence residents rely on costly check cashing services.
The mayor's intiative, known as operation opportunity, will connect them to low cost banking services. The goal, says Cicilline, is to provide the poor with low cost alternatives to access their own money.
Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS Caremark says Chairman and CEO Thomas Ryan will retire next year, and company executive Larry Merlo will succeed him.
The Woonsocket, R.I., drugstore chain says Ryan plans to step down in May 2011. Its board appointed the 54-year-old Merlo president and chief operating officer and anticipates he will replace Ryan.
Merlo also will be elected to the company's board. Merlo has 20 years of experience with CVS. He served recently as company executive vice president and president of its CVS pharmacy/retail operations.
Providence, R.I. – Students at Hope High School plan to march to district headquarters this morning to protest schedule changes at the school.
The district is moving Hope from a four period block schedule to a six period schedule, which district leaders say will save money, increase time for science classes and standardize Hope's schedule with that of other high schools in the city.
Providence, R.I. – Yes, indeed, "frisky" is just the word for this century old German tour de farce by a now mostly forgotten fellow named Carl Sternheim. His script ran on about . . .Oh, well, let's not worry about that.
For you see, Herr Sternheim's script has been adapted - and you strongly suspect __ largely re-engineered by that man of many an artistic talent, Steve Martin.
Providence, R.I. – When the Association for the Advancement of Retired persons, or AARP, selected its new board of directors last week, a Rhode Islander moved up to the rank of board chairman.
Phil Zarlengo from Jamestown has served on the National Board since 2006. Before that, he was the President of Rhode Island's AARP for five years. He recently joined WRNI's Bob Seay in the studio to talk about what's next for the AARP and seniors under the new health reform law.
Providence, RI – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.