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.’’
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.’’
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.
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.