There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.
Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day may mean a day off for some, but scores of volunteers spent the day in Pawtucket hard at work.
Volunteers busily taped windows, primed, and painted walls at Goff Junior High School as part of a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
They were working as a part of a national program that organizes service projects across the country; encouraging people to volunteer on their day off. Volunteer Megan Kelly, took a break from painting a beige hallway bright yellow.
In an interview concerning the New York production of “The Big Meal” the 33- year-old author, Dan LeFranc, makes a point of saying that his own growing up saw, quote, “lots of support but also a ton of friction and fear.” And that was “critical in making me the kind of writer and person I am today,” he added.
Well, that would be a guy who has sharp instincts both for the jugular and the heart. “The Big Meal” checks out those eight folks in all kinds of ways.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo started fleshing out her vision for Rhode Island as she formally announced her campaign Monday morning.
Raimondo emphasized the economy, laying out ideas that include writing off some college loans to encourage grads to stay in Rhode Island, creating a funding formula for road and bridge improvements, and establishing an institute to foster growth-sector jobs.
The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.
The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects.
In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.
The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund
The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.
Story Corps, the organization that collects the voices and histories of people across the country is in Rhode Island.
It is a chance for homeless residents across the state to tell their story.
In the offices of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, pairs of Rhode Islanders interviewed each other. One of them had experienced homelessness, and they talked about their lives on the streets.
Richard Staples interviewed Don Larson, a man who was homeless when he was 16-years-old.
Five hundred Pawtucket families are enjoying a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner Thursday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors.
On Tuesday, food baskets were delivered to needy families under the auspices of the Pawtucket Holiday Baskets Drive. Its chair, Laureen Grebien, the city’s first lady, said the typical recipient is a family that has fallen on hard times.
"It’s probably a family of two or three kids and somebody that, you know, is struggling with whether they got laid off or they just somehow can’t seem to make ends meet," said Grebien.
Rhode Island Kids Count is out with an issue brief on the high school graduation rate in Rhode Island. The latest statistics show that while the four-year graduation rate is increasing, a gap remains between affluent students and their lower-income colleagues.