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THIRTY-ONE cities and towns in Rhode Island will be voting to decide whether to allow cannabis retail sales in their communities at licensed locations. Because of a limited number of available licenses, not every community that OKs sales will have a cannabis shop within their borders. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

31 communities facing the cannabis question: Allow sales or not?

The way the state law legalizing recreational cannabis is written, it’s easier for cities and towns to allow the sale of marijuana in their...

RIPTA’s not the only public agency feeling effects of labor shortage

Like many companies in the private sector, some state agencies and municipalities are struggling to fill positions amid a severe labor shortage. The R.I. Public...
A WORKER AT Mammoth Inc., one of the state’s licensed cannabis cultivators, tends to the marijuana plants at its Warwick location. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Discussions about marijuana sales now move to local level

Rhode Island may have legalized recreational marijuana, but now the debate will begin among local municipal officials about where that marijuana will be sold. While...
ERNIE ALMONTE has been named the new executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns. / COURTESY ERNIE ALMONTE

Ex-state Auditor General Almonte named next R.I. League of Cities and...

PROVIDENCE – Ernie Almonte, who previously served for more than 15 years as the state’s auditor general, has been tapped as the new executive...
FOCAL POINT: Warwick Mayor Frank J. Picozzi stands on Conimicut Point with the Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse in the background. Picozzi wants to use some of the city’s federal COVID-19 relief funds to renovate the historic beacon.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Ready to spend: R.I. cities, towns have differing ideas about how...

The historic Conimicut Shoal Lighthouse at the mouth of the Providence River is far from being the shining beacon it once was, but Warwick...

Facing pressure from business community, municipal leaders eager to end emergency...

PROVIDENCE – One year after former Gov. Gina M. Raimondo declared a state of disaster emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, some have grown weary...
5Q: Charles A. Lombardi
Mayor, North Providence   |   President, Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Charles A. Lombardi

1. What has been the biggest challenge for R.I. municipalities from COVID-19? None of Rhode Island’s federal CARES Act funding been allocated to...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
WAITING GAME: Local communities are growing frustrated waiting for a new state budget. Above, Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is among hundreds of city workers forced to file for unemployment one day each week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No more waiting: Time for hard decisions on the state budget

State leaders are about to finally get to work – several months too late – determining the near-term fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on...

North Providence safety complex to handle fire dispatch calls for Pawtucket

NORTH PROVIDENCE – In addition to handling fire dispatch calls for the town, Mayor Charles A. Lombardi said the town’s new public safety complex...
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