Elected officials and community activists have come together to save a swimming pool that serves a low-income area of Providence. But Mayor Angel Taveras says he’s going ahead with plans to cement it over and turn it into a water park.
A half dozen state lawmakers joined with Providence City Councilman Davian Sanchez to appeal for the re-opening of the Davey Lopes pool in south Providence. The pool was closed last summer because of maintenance problems. A minority contractors association has volunteered to make the repairs at no charge, except for materials.
UPDATE 11/5: Thanks to a fellow engineer who informed me there is a pirate broadcasting on 102.9FM and that is likely the source of the interference people have reported (see below). Quite possibly the atmospheric changes made it worse, but the bulk of the problem is likely the pirate.
A new Brown University poll shows state Treasurer Gina Raimondo leading Providence Mayor Angel Taveras among likely Democratic primary voters. Raimondo and Taveras are expected to square off in a gubernatorial primary next September.
Brown pollsters talked with 433 likely Democratic primary voters. In a two-way matchup, 42 percent of respondents say they’d vote for Raimondo, just under 34 percent prefer Taveras, and 24 percent were undecided. That poll has a margin of error of four and a half percentage points.
Hundreds of burn survivors will descend on Providence this week for the annual convention of the Phoenix Society. The meeting is dubbed the “World Burn Congress,” and its main purpose is to heal the emotional wounds left by the physical scarring.
They’ve endured house fires, car fires, nightclub blazes and electrocutions and this week about 900 of them will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center for the World Burn Congress sponsored by the Phoenix Society.
An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it. The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory. Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.
The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island.
U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown. He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the internationally-recognized political figure, activist and writer, will speak on the conflict between Islam and the ideology of the modern Western world at Central Congregational Church’s annual religion and politics lecture on Friday, October 18 in the church sanctuary at 296 Angell Street on Providence's East Side.
She will give the church’s annual Darrell West lecture on the intersection between religion and politics. The event takes place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The City of Providence said it hopes more municipalities follow its lead and pass ordinances that curb the sale of flavored tobacco products. The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a pair of ordinances banning the sale of flavored tobacco products and some store discounts.
The ban went into effect last January. Peter Asen, director of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office, said it likely contributed to results of a new study showing low rates of smoking in 6th 8th and 12th graders
A crush of users caused the HealthSource RI website to temporarily crash Tuesday morning. HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s answer to Obamacare, is an online marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses can buy health insurance.
HealthSource RI received 4,000 calls in the first hour of business. During that same time frame, 6,000 people were checking out the HealthSource RI website every minute. It was too much for the system to take.