On Saturday, March 14th, and on four additional Saturdays, the Cranston Public Library on Sockanosset Cross Rd. screens its "Unreeled Film Series."
The series celebrating movies not for their cinematic merit, but for their unique awfulness. Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman spoke with Katy Dorchies and Lisa Zawadzki of the Cranston Library, two of the people responsible for choosing the films.
More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning. The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state.
Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff. “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”
Mama Kim’s is a well-known food truck in the Providence area specializing in Korean Barbeque. It’s just opened its very first brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant in Cranston.
For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender stopped by the new Cranston space to talk with owner Don Fecher about the business, the transition from the truck, and, of course, the food.
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Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.
Cranston will have to hire a new superintendent of schools. The current Superintendent Judith Lundsten plans to retire at the end of June. In a message on the district’s website, Lundsten says she looks forward to spending more time with her family.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has named a new Director of Administration for the city. Robert Coupe is a corporate lawyer with a private practice.
Coupe also served as an attorney for the state of Massachusetts under former governor Mitt Romney. Coupe served as spokesman for Fung during his unsuccessful bid for Rhode Island governor.
Mayor Fung said he selected Coupe because, “he offers the right combination of strong public policy experience with a private-sector commitment to promoting greater efficiency and accountability in city government.”
Allan Fung said despite losing his bid for governor, he’s proud of the race he ran. Fung’s democratic rival Gina Raimondo won the race with just 40 percent of the vote. Fung said maybe it’s time for runoff elections.
"The moose was on the loose," is how Fung describes the 22 percent gleaned by Moderate Party candidate Bob Healey, referring to Healey’s days as the cool moose candidate. Fung’s main opponent, Gina Raimondo, is the second consecutive governor elected with less than 50 percent of the vote.
There’s a photograph on Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s desk of his first inauguration. He’s being sworn into the mayor’s office he has the family Bible and his parents are by his side. “I can see the pride in my mom’s eyes, in my dad’s eyes as I was getting sworn in,” said Fung.
He looks at this photo almost every day, “and it just reminds me of who I am and how far they’ve come, and because of what they did I’m where I am.”
Rivals in the heated Republican primary for governor, Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, hugged in front of the media Monday and vowed to work together to get a Republican in the governor’s office.
They attacked each other in debates and television ads, but at a press conference at the Statehouse Fung and Block hugged, saying they share a belief in reduced spending and more oversight of the General Assembly. Block said the two are now united going into the November election.
Gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung have agreed to do a limited number of joint appearances and televised debates before the general election. A coalition of environmental groups is disappointed its invitation for a debate didn’t make the list.