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.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's six gubernatorial candidates squared off over poverty issues in a forum sponsored by the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition yesterday.
In 2008, over 118,000 Rhode Islanders -- 12 percent of the population -- were living below the federal poverty level. All six gubernatorial candidates agree this is a problem but disagree on ways to solve it.
Providence, R.I. – State lawmakers consider three bills this week that would more fairly distribute state aid to school districts.
Under the current system, many districts say they are getting short-changed. Woonsocket City Councilman John Ward says his community faces school deficits for the fourth year in a row.
"Music, art, extra curricular programs, high school electives, teacher aides for elementary classes and now all-day Kindergarten have been or will be eliminated from our offerings to our children," Ward says.
Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.
Central Falls, RI – By SCOTT MACKAY -- Central Falls is Rhode Island's poorest community. Its schools are wards of the state, unemployment is soaring and too many of the sturdy triple-deckers that have housed generations of immigrants are boarded up. But the saddest recent news in Central Falls is how its citizens are being betrayed by their leaders.
Providence, RI – Regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect this month. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint.
While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high.
At the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association, contractors are spreading large sheets of plastic over the floor.
Providence, RI – Janice Duclos, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and guest artist Nance Williamson join Curt Columbus and host Bob Seay to read and discuss:
* "Last Christmas of the War" by Primo Levi: Rare delicacies arrive at Auschwitz * "The Fruits of Family Trees" from Jonathan Safron Foer's Eating Animals: A new father considers his grandmother's legacy of cooking * "Enough" by Alice McDermott: A woman's appetites mark her life