Central Falls, R.I. – Central Falls school officials have selected two new principals to lead Central Falls High School as it undergoes a state-ordered turnaround effort.
Evelyn Jones, an instruction and curriculum specialist, currently works as an assistant principal at the school. She will be joined by Sonn Sam, a principal from the Met school, an alternative high school in Providence.
Newport, Rhode Island – Rust is usually associated with decay, but artist Esther Solondz employs the process of oxidation to create images instead. Our arts correspondent Martina Windels recently visited the Newport Art Museum and spoke with Esther Solondz about her artwork and the exhibition "There and Not There," featuring about sixty of Solodnz's large rust portraits. View her work at http://esthersolondz.com/
Providence, RI – The Rhode Island arts community is mourning the loss of a major figure. Seventy-nine year old Mark Malkovich III- the long time director of the Newport Music Festival, died Sunday in a highway accident in Minnesota. State highway authorities in that state say Malkovich was killed when his car left a highway and rolled over several times--about 40 miles north of Minneapolis.
Pawtucket, RI – This is a very special memorial day for a Pawtucket woman. It's the first Memorial Day Melissa Coutu has observed since her only child, marine Private Kyle Coutu, died in action in Afghanistan. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports, the shock of his death is still setting in.
Providence, RI – This Memorial Day in Providence, over a hundred people marched to honor not a soldier, but a peace maker. They were celebrating the life of David Cartagena, a street worker with the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-violence.
It was a crowd of many different faces- Providence's chief of police, former gang members, politicians, children, people walking their bikes, and people walking their dogs.Almost all of them wore blue t-shirts with an image of David Cartagena.
Providence, R.I. – State officials have finalized their application for $75 million in federal Race to the Top education funds. But they will submit the proposal today without broad union support.
Just one of the state's two teachers' unions has endorsed the Race to the Top application, which seeks $75 million for a host of public school reforms. Eleven local teachers' union presidents have signed onto the plan - state officials say their members teach just under half of Rhode Island public school students.
Providence, R.I. – The House Finance Committee last night approved a plan to balance the state budget through June of 2011.
House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino calls the budget a victory for taxpayers, since it doesn't include any broad-based tax increases. The budget also cuts state education aid, trims pension benefits, and withholds $133 million in car tax revenue from cities and towns. Costantino offered this context.
West Warwick, R.I. – Ferrucci's New York System is one of the bright spots in West Warwick's downtown business section in the village of Arctic. Locals gather here for breakfast - as well burgers, fries, wraps and seafood rolls. But this local eatery is best known for something else.
"Ah, weenies," says Michael Ferrucci, of Ferrucci's New York System.
West Warwick, R.I. – While most kids are eating cereal and watching cartoons, up to 60 students in West Warwick are headed to Horgan Elementary School for extra help in English and Math. Here's seven-year-old Crystal Cabral:
"We play gym after we eat snack but we have to do something before snack like do math. And then we have snack and then we go to gym," Crystal says. "It's kind of fun."