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Under alum, Teach for America expands to R.I.

February 9, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Teach for America, a program which trains recent college graduates in teaching and places them in underperforming school districts, will start sending teachers to Rhode Island for the 2010-2011 school year.  Heather Tow-Yick ’98, a former teacher, is heading up the organization’s expansion ­­— which will send 30 teachers in its first year — as the state executive director.

Fate of waterfront under debate

February 7, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Management Council denied a request from the city Department of Planning and Development Wednesday that would have changed the water classification of the waters in front of the former Shooters nightclub site, according to a press release issued by the Fox Point Neighborhood Association.

Group promotes electric car in R.I.

February 4, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Project Get Ready, a national nonprofit initiative to promote the usage of plug-in electric vehicles, announced on Jan. 21 that it would add Rhode Island to its list of pilot sites. Rhode Island, the first entire state to become a pilot site, joins Houston, Indianapolis, Denver and Toronto.

R.I. to help offset high costs of low temperatures

February 4, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island winters are always cold, but this year’s high costs of heating oil, coupled with high statewide unemployment, have added an extra chill. Federal and state officials have allocated additional funding recently to low-income families to cover energy costs.

Salmonella linked to pepper used by R.I. meat plant

February 4, 2010 Comments are Disabled

A salmonella outbreak affecting people in 42 states has been linked to the ground black pepper used by a Rhode Island meat-curing company, according to Annemarie Beardsworth, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Domestic partners gain funeral rights

February 2, 2010 Comments are Disabled

The Rhode Island General Assembly voted last month to override the veto by Gov. Donald Carcieri ’65 of a bill that will allow domestic partners to make arrangements for each other’s funerals. The bill defines domestic partners as those in an “exclusive, intimate and committed relationship,” in which the couple lives together and is financially interdependent.

Assembly thwarts 27 Carcieri vetoes

February 2, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island’s General Assembly began its 2010 session last month by overriding vetoes of two important electoral reform bills — one allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote and the other mandating special elections to fill U.S. Senate vacancies.

R.I. Haitians help, pray, wait for news

February 2, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Pictures and fliers line the walls of the hallway at Elmwood Avenue Church of God in Providence. There are photos of the congregation as they sing, pray and participate in other church and community events.

Agent: no Pauly D in the PVD anytime soon

February 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Despite rumors, DJ Pauly D — one of the stars of MTV’s popular reality TV show “Jersey Shore” — will not be making any scheduled appearances in Providence until May of this year, according to Michael Schweiger, his agent.

House forum talks economics

December 3, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Economists, business owners and academics congregated Tuesday to discuss Rhode Island’s severe fiscal woes in an economic forum hosted by the state’s House of Representatives.