East Providence

Mid-September is here and with it a burst of General Assembly activity. So thanks for stopping by for the return of my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Ian Donnis

Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the state budget outlook, magistrates, East Providence politics and more.

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The private Gordon School in East Providence has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual assault dating to the 1970s. 

According to a brief statement issued by the current head of school, the allegations involve several former students and a former faculty member. The school says no current administrators, faculty or staff were employed at the school at that time.

The school says law enforcement has been contacted, though it is unclear whether any criminal investigation has begun.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Homesick

Jun 2, 2015

Maturation is a wonderful thing – if and when it happens, of course.  If we’re really fortunate, throughout our lives we have the wherewithal to learn from our mistaken assumptions and correct course. H. G. Wells once famously wrote, “There's truths you have to grow into.”  For some of us, it takes decades to grow into these truths.  But sometimes even an adolescent has the ability to face life’s hard truths, as with twelve-year-old Anika Istok.

Anika Istok is completing the seventh grade at the Gordon School in East Providence.  She lives with her family in Cranston.

Seventh grader Eli Fulton is in Washington, D.C. to represent Rhode Island in the National Geographic Bee.  He’ll compete for the 27th national title and a $50,000 scholarship.

The 13-year-old East Providence resident is being homeschooled.

Starting Monday, Fulton will face 54 competitors in a three-day showdown of geography prowess. He said he’s excited but anxious for the competition to begin.

Jonathan Kriz

  It’s illegal for stores in the city of East Providence to sell cats and dogs. A federal district judge has upheld a city ordinance banning the sale of these pets.

Last year, East Providence passed an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs and cats. The owner of a local pet store took the city to court to fight the ordinance’s constitutionality.

Some residents in East Providence thought they won a victory back in 2012, when the Department of Environmental Management shut down a recycling center called TLA Pond View. But now a different company that operates at that site is also facing complaints.

The state fire marshal ordered Railside Environmental Services, LLC to stop bringing new recyclables into its East Providence facility. Deputy fire marshal Richard James said the company, also known as RES Recycling, has to truck out existing materials due to the large piles of debris.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an East Providence company for serious workplace safety violations. It's the result of an investigation into an explosion that happened last August.

Back in August, wood dust caught fire and caused an explosion at Inferno Wood Pellet in East Providence. The fire spread through the building, injuring a worker and destroying part of the building.

 

An East Providence man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud.  Forty-nine-year-old Richard Daigle was sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution to the state in excess of $10,000.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said if the case had gone to trial, prosecutors would have proven that for a six-month period starting in 2010 Daigle was working at a Stop N Shop store but failed to advise the state Department of Labor and Training of his earnings.

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Three more mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus. The positive results were from mosquitoes trapped in the Smith Hill area of Providence, in the southern section of East Providence, and in central North Kingstown. All of the mosquitoes were of a species that feeds on birds and mammals.

The Department of Environmental Management says these findings are not unexpected this time of year.

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The governor’s office is asking you, the public, about what it’s like to live and work in the Ocean State. Residents are being asked to speak their minds at a series of public forums this week.

The forums are part of an initiative out of the governor’s office called RhodeMap RI. It’s a project analyzing the state’s business climate and economic competitiveness. The goal is to travel across the state, listen to residents about what it’s like to get job, buy a home and get an education in the state, then use that feedback to develop policy.

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Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

May 16, 2013

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

Leaders in East Providence will soon be back in charge of city finances, after a state budget commission stepped in to solve a financial crisis.  After 15 months Governor Lincoln Chafee says the commission is now ready to put budgeting authority back in the hands of local city and school officials.  In a statement, Chafee declares East Providence well on the way to financial stability.

Central Avenue, East Providence, RI
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The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.

DEM Looking into Narragansett Bay Pollution

Feb 27, 2013

Shell fishermen are banned from fishing in the Upper Narragansett Bay. The Department of Environmental Management has found high levels of bacteria in the water.

DEM’s Chief of Surface Water Protection, Angelo Liberti, says it’s due to a portion of the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment plant in East Providence being taken offline. "And with the last rain event, they had some trouble balancing their treatment flow through their system which resulted in the release of partially treated wastewater.”

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