South Providence

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Once again, a Rhode Island General Assembly member has been arrested.Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay on why the charges against Rep. Joseph Almeida don’t fit the usual pattern.

The Rhode Island state police have nabbed Providence State Rep. Almeida for allegedly misappropriating about $6,000 in campaign money for personal use.

Aaron Read / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline introduced a bill in House of Representatives bill Tuesday to name a South Providence post office after Sister Ann Keefe. Keefe was a community activist, who passed away last month from brain cancer.

Cicilline worked with Keefe for many years. She launched at least 22 organizations, including Providence CityArts for Youth and Providence’s Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence.

A councilor who hopes to be the next president of the Providence City Council says he will pay off nearly 50-thousand dollars in fines owed to the state Board of Elections.

Ward 10 Councilman Luis Aponte has represented Washington Park and parts of South Providence since first winning election in 1998. During that time, Aponte has racked up nearly 50-thousand dollars in Board of Election fines for not filing campaign fundraising reports. Aponte said it’s time for him to deal with the issue.

Jorge Elorza’s Providence mayoral campaign has garnered an important endorsement from a leader of the city’s African-American community – State Sen. Harold Metts.

In what Metts said was a ``soul-searching’’ decision, Metts said, ``I have concluded that we need a mayor who can bring all neighborhoods together, with the leadership and vision to move beyond personal agendas and do what is best for our city. That is why I am supporting Jorge Elorza for mayor.’’

In Time For Hot Weather, Davey Lopes Pool Reopens

Jun 30, 2014
John Bender / RIPR

The Davey Lopes pool reopened in Providence’s Southside today.

Dozens of local officials, city council members, and political candidates were on hand to see the pool reopen after being closed for a year.

Notably absent was Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras, who defended the pool’s initial closure last summer.

State Senator Harold Metts of Providence was a critic of the pool closing, and was influential in its reopening.

Davey Lopes Pool To Reopen In Providence

Jun 30, 2014

The Davey Lopes pool in South Providence is set to reopen for the season after extensive repairs. The pool closed last summer despite an outcry from the public.

Community leaders in the neighborhood say the pool is vital to keeping the youth of South Providence busy during the summer months.  The neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in the city. Leah Williams Metts, is a local activist who helped spearhead the project.

Providence is Rhode Island’s most diverse municipality. The capital city is home to just about every segment of  Rhode Island’s rich ethnic, racial and socio-economic  mix.

Thus Providence is a reliable prism through which to view the never-ending debate over the master lever. What the data show is that the some of the proponents of abolishing it have, as  Ricky Riccardo used to say to Lucy on the old Lucille Balll Show, ``some 'splanin to do.’’

Flo Jonic / RIPR

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.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

South Providence residents – concerned about a recent uptick in gun crime – rallied on Broad Street Monday.

About 200 people linked arms on Broad Street and shouted “Peace in our Streets” in a show of solidarity against violent crime.  The line extended two blocks.  June saw a rash of shootings in the capital city, including the murder of a 12 year old girl.  Rally organizer Kobi Dennis said the event was aimed at allaying residents’ fears as much as taking a stand against crime.