Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Feb 17, 2014
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The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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The state retirement board voted in closed session Friday afternoon to approve a proposed pension settlement. The board met in executive session for nearly an hour, ending in a vote of 6 – 1, with 5 abstentions.

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Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.

A list of closings and parking bans can be found here.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Edgewood Yacht Club is seeking a permit to build a new clubhouse.

The old Edgewood Yacht Club stood on pilings along the Providence River for more than 100 years, until a massive fire destroyed it back in January of 2011. Now the yacht club is working to build a new clubhouse, a 2,025 square-foot structure located at the same location. The Edgewood Yacht Club needs a permit from the Corps of Engineers before it can start building.

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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a public records request seeking answers to questions surrounding the so-called Cranston parking ticket scandal.

The wards of two Cranston city councilors were blanketed with parking tickets the day after they voted against a police union contract. The police captain who authorized the ticketing has now stepped forward to publicly identify himself.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's Political Future

Jan 15, 2014
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Now that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has made public that he killed a man in a car accident 25 years ago, the question remains: how will this affect his run for governor?

Veteran Rhode Island pollster Joseph Fleming says he is almost certain that with his emotionally-charged news conference, Fung successfully put the fatal crash in his rear view mirror. 

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Rhode Islanders were exposed to an extraordinary display of political courage Monday when Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, one of four candidates hoping to be the state’s next governor, publicly discussed a tragic fatal accident he caused 25 years ago.  Fung was so overcome with emotion during a news conference in Cranston that he left the room to regain his composure. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic attended the emotionally-charged press conference.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung on Friday announced he was putting the city’s police chief on paid administrative leave as the state police conduct a probe of ticket-issuing controversy.

State Police Captain Kevin Barry will temporarily take the place of Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo. Another state police captain, Benjamin Barney, will investigate how Cranston police issued an unusually high number of tickets in the wards of two councilors who voted against a police contract in November.

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State Police have responded to calls by two Cranston city councilors to investigate a ticketing blitz that took place in November.

Mayor Allan Fung announced the State police's participation at a press conference Thursday.

The two city councilors, Paul Archetto and Steven Stycos, say their wards were unfairly targeted with parking tickets because they voted against a proposed police contract earlier in the year.

Some 130 tickets were issued in their wards; only nine tickets were issued in the rest of the city during the same time period.

Two Cranston city councilors are calling on the state police to take over an investigation into allegations that city police issued parking tickets as political retaliation. 


So you think you have a dysfunctional family and are dreading the holidays. Well, the odds are very good that your kin are not as divided as that of Rep. Charlene Lima, a Democrat who represents parts of Cranston and Providence.

Lima is married to a former Democratic state representative, Frank Fiorenzano, a notorious  Providence pol who was convicted in the 1990s of obtaining money under false pretenses after he bilked Statehouse employees and other politicians out of thousands of dollars in a doomed Ponzi-type scheme.

Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.

On November 14th the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years.  The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.

Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role as architect of an investment scheme that exploited the terminally ill.  Once he gets out of prison he’ll have to put in 3,000 hours of community service.

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Allan Fung, the three-term mayor of Cranston, unveiled himself Monday as Rhode Island's Great Republican Hope, emphasizing his plan for improving the state's economy and education system while paying homage to his family's immigrant roots in kicking off his long-anticipated run for governor.

Couple Found Dead In Their Rhode Island Home

Oct 30, 2013

A couple was found dead in their Cranston home Wednesday morning and investigators suspect carbon monoxide poisoning. The home had no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.

Cranston firefighters were called to a home on Pontiac Avenue at 8:30 am on a report of two people found unresponsive.  It was too late to save the 40-year-old man and 36-year-old woman.  Cranston fire marshal Stephen MacIntosh said the home was heated with a portable generator that should have been outside but was installed in the basement.  Carbon monoxide levels in the home, he said, were high.