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PROVIDENCE – Two advisory committees of the Joint Municipal Shared Services Study Commission have begun helping the commission to determine whether and how cities and towns in Rhode Island could collaborate to make municipal services more efficient. more
A businessman, talking to his colleague about a co-worker says, “He quickly became irreplaceable when we saw the size of his severance package.” more
Jody Lisberger, Gender and Women Studies program director and associate professor at the University of Rhode Island, was recently awarded the Susan Currier Visiting Professorship for Teaching Excellence at California Polytechnic State University. She will travel to the school this fall to teach courses in feminist scholarship and memoir writing. more
Matthew M. Phipps has been awarded 2013 KWAOR Realtor of the Year by The Kent Washington Association of Realtors. more
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin this month announced that the Hopkins Hill Fire District in Coventry will receive a $108,296 grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Hopkins Hill Fire Department will use the funds to purchase 14 new sets of self-contained breathing apparatus. more
Hotel rooms in Nice, France were running $400 per night and Wendy York of Cranston needed to find more reasonably priced accommodations in time for her best friend’s wedding. more
Providence is becoming ever more attractive as a place to live. But one shortcoming in the development of the downtown neighborhood is the lack of certain amenities – a full-service grocery store being among them. Another is the dearth of 24-hour delis and the like. If you want to get some high-quality, late-night (or early morning) eats, you’re out of luck. You won’t find what is so easy to patronize in New York City, for instance. more
With all the noise generated by the New England Common Assessment Program’s use as a portion of Rhode Island’s high school graduation requirements, it is heartening to see a program taking place this summer at Rhode Island College designed in part to help students master the concepts the NECAPs test. more
President Barack Obama recently said that choosing the next chairman of the Federal Reserve is “definitely one of the most important economic decisions that I’ll make in the remainder of my presidency.” more
As an Expert Advisory Board member to the R.I. Health Benefits Exchange (now called HealthsourceRI), I literally counted the seconds to predict how quickly my well-respected colleague Ted Almon would echo the sentiments of single-payer advocate Howard Dean that “we should divorce employees from employer-sponsored health insurance” (“Does employer-sponsored health coverage make sense,” July 22, 2013). Mr. Almon further states that “employers do not need to be involved in the health care of their employees.” more
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