Ian Donnis

State Representative Joe Shekarchi joins the Roundtable this week to talk about NECAP test results, binding arbitration, leveraging the airport, and the political future of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Ian Donnis

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi, who still has more than $82,000 in his campaign account after aggressively raising money during his rep run last year, is keeping a close eye on City Hall in Warwick.

The freshman Democrat from Warwick says he'd "absolutely" consider seeking the mayor's office if incumbent Scott Avedisian doesn't seek a ninth term in 2014.

Rocky Point to be purchased by the state

Feb 13, 2013

The State’s offer to purchase the remaining 82 acres of land at Rocky Point in Warwick for $9.65 million has been approved by the US District Court. 

If there are no appeals after 30 days, the land will be bought using funds from the $10 million Open Space Bond, approved by voters in 2010.

Once the state owns the land it will be developed for public recreation using $2.5 million set aside by Governor Lincoln Chafee in his 2014 budget proposal.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Feb 4, 2013

A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast. 

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Warwick man helps keep the Super Bowl green

Feb 4, 2013
Super Bowl 2013
courtesy nfl.com

A Warwick man played a key behind-the-scenes role in Sunday’s Super Bowl game in New Orleans. But Jack Groh was too busy working to watch it.

Schools close as budgets stretch and buildings age

East Providence is closing Oldham Elementary School citing the high cost of upgrading the building. The district has faced serious deficits in the past, contributing to municipal financial woes. The Providence Journal reports that district officials Oldham would have needed an estimated $2 million in renovations to stay open. As a result of the closure, some students will be shifted to other schools.

RI feels for Brazil nightclub fire victims

Jan 28, 2013
Robin Petrarca, survivor of Station Nightclub fire
Flo Jonic

It sounds like there are some similarities between a deadly nightclub fire in Brazil over the weekend and our own Station Nightclub fire.  

The cause of a Brazil nightclub fire that killed more than 200 people Sunday remains under investigation but authorities told local reporters that fireworks – perhaps shot off by the band – set it off by igniting the roof.

St. Timothy Church in Warwick
Flo Jonic

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Mass was celebrated Sunday at St. Timothy Church in Warwick but a familiar face wasn’t there.  The pastor, Father Barry Meehan, was forced to resign over sex abuse allegations dating back more than 25 years.

Most parishioners of St. Timothy’s Church didn’t want to comment on the resignation of their pastor, Father Barry Meehan.