Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he expects the city’s budget for the last fiscal year to be balanced when the books close on it at month’s end. Providence is still working to eliminate a small structural deficit.
Taveras inherited a 110 million dollar deficit when he took office in January 2011. Since then, the city has steadily whittled down that number. Taveras says the fiscal picture is solid as City Hall prepares to close the books for the budget year that ended June 30th.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Islanders are still getting scammed by people claiming to be from National Grid and demanding payments. A warning issued earlier this month has failed to stop the predators.
The owners of the Providence Arcade, the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall, have announced some new tenants. They include two restaurants and a women’s clothing boutique.
The largest restaurant space in the Arcade has been rented by an eatery called Rogue Island. It will specialize in local food and beer. Also joining the Arcade business group is Livi’s Pockets a purveyor of fast Mediterranean food.
Rounding out the list of new tenants is a shop called Nude, which will feature the women’s clothing and handbags of six New England designers.
Rhode Island real estate agents had a good July. Both median prices and sales are up significantly from where they were a year ago.
Sales of existing single family homes rose 22 percent from July of 2012 until this July, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. During the same time frame, the median price rose four percent -- from $207,000 to $216,000. July was the 10th straight month of increase in the median price.
Okay, full disclosure. I have a major soft spot for “La Cage.” Ever since I was one of the many who stood and cheered at the end of the 1983 pre-Broadway tryout at Boston’s Colonial Theatre I’ve wanted “La Cage” to succeed wherever it plays.
And it’s not just the crisp score by Jerry Herman or the pungent humor of Harvey Fierstein’s lyrics. It is truly the message of becoming a decent human being and knowing who you are, and why, that’s allowed me to love “La Cage” over the years.
Warwick police suspect alcohol may have played a role in the mysterious deaths of a 39-year-old woman and her three-year-old son.
Kathleen and Ryan Frink were found dead in a parked car in Warwick Saturday. The car was hot and there was evidence the mother had vomited. Warwick police Captain Robert Nelson said Frink’s family reports she had a history of alcoholism.