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April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Thayer Street congestion fix awaits new parking boss

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Last spring, a task force released recommendations to reduce parking problems and congestion on College Hill. A year later, implementation of those recommendations is on hold while the city waits for a new parking administrator to take control. Among the College Hill Parking Task Force’s recommendations were more short-term parking […]

Thousands protest taxes at TEA Party

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

More than 2,000 protesters gathered on the steps of the State House Wednesday afternoon at a rally against “runaway” government spending and taxes.

City schools end teacher placement policy

April 16, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Providence Public Schools will end the practice known as “bumping” — filling teaching vacancies based mainly on seniority — at six schools later this year and throughout the city in 2010. The move to end bumping has angered the teachers union, which may sue to stop it.

Thayer St. shop pierces the spirit

April 15, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Alongside the jewelry in the display cases of Rockstar, the piercing shop on Thayer Street, there hangs a picture of a man with long spikes protruding from each side of his chest. The spikes project upward and cross each other to form a halo around the man, Fakir Musafar, who is one of the founders of modern piercing and has trained all of the body piercers who work at Rockstar.

City faces deadline to solve budget woes

April 14, 2009 Comments are Disabled

With less than three months remaining in the city’s fiscal year, Providence must rush to close a $16.1 million deficit resulting from slashed state aid and unmet revenue goals.

Budget proposal unsigned by Carcieri

April 14, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Governor Donald Carcieri ’65 announced last week he would neither sign nor veto the Rhode Island legislature’s budget-balancing proposal, passed two weeks ago by both houses. Without his signature, the $7.2 billion plan became law last week.

Cicilline, CHNA discuss local issues

April 14, 2009 Comments are Disabled

About 40 members of the College Hill Neighborhood Association turned out to discuss city and neighborhood issues with Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 at Moses Brown School last night.

Homeless, advocates demand share of stimulus package


Homeless, advocates demand share of stimulus package

April 3, 2009 Comments are Disabled

A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered in the State House rotunda Thursday afternoon, calling for legislators to use federal stimulus money to help those who have lost their homes due to foreclosure, eviction or job loss. The rally was organized by 10 groups, including non-profit organizations such as the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere, a student organization at Brown that works with the homeless community.

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Local businesses suffer in economy

March 17, 2009 Comments are Disabled

As the economy continues to unravel, shop owners on the East Side have been forced to dramatically alter their business strategies to stay afloat.