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East Bay pols, residents once again question need for tolls on Sakonnet River Bridge

East Bay pols, residents once again question need for tolls on Sakonnet River Bridge

PROVIDENCE — The Special Legislative Commission on infrastructure heard an overview of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority’s extended operational plans as well as the impassioned testimony of local lawmakers and residents along with the input of a financial expert at the second meeting of the body held Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 35


Chafee, Gallogly comment on East Providence’s rating upgrade

PROVIDENCE — Two of the people most responsible for the state take-over of East Providence nearly two years ago — Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly — offered up their take on the recent upgrade of the city’s bond rating by the firm Standard and Poor’s. S & P noted a


Special Commission gets broad overview of state’s infrastructure ills

PROVIDENCE — The Special Legislative Commission brought together to address concerns with the state’s infrastructure gathered at the State House for the first time Thursday afternoon, Sept. 26, receiving a broad overview of the problems Rhode Island faces as it attempts to rectify its crumbling roads and bridges. The Commission, co-chaired by East Providence pols


Two East Providence residents arrested during State Police warrant sweep

NORTH SCITUATE — Two East Providence residents were about 26 arrested by Rhode Island State Police and cooperating agencies during an early morning warrant sweep conducted Wednesday, Sept. 4. George Hernandez, age 51, of East Providence, and Samantha Boillard, age 28, of East Providence, were each taken into custody on Reciprocal Body Attachment warrants, the


State champion Riverside Post 10 American Legion Baseball team enjoys superb summer run

EAST PROVIDENCE — The city-based Riverside Post 10 Junior Division club enjoyed a superb summer run through the Rhode Island American Legion Baseball League, winning the state championship before coming up a game short of capturing the Northeast Regional title. Post 10, sponsored by Piezoni’s Pizza and Bristol Auto Body Works, claimed the Northern Division

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Editorial: This one was likely easy compared to future budgets

The Fiscal Year 2014 Rhode Island Budget was passed last week by the General Assembly due in no small part to a pair of local politicians, Rep. Helio Melo and Sen. Daniel DaPonte, the chairs of the respective Committees on Finance in each chamber. While far from perfect, especially considering the significant deficit the state


Assembly passes code consistency bill sponsored by East Providence Rep. Kazarian

PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday, July 3, creating a Code Consistency Council, which will be charged with examining the state fire, building, elevator and other related codes for consistency. The companion bills, which now head to the governor’s desk for a signature, establish a 16-member council with the state fire marshal and


East Providence Rep. Melo says FY14 state budget was best lawmakers could construct

PROVIDENCE — Having spent the previous 48 hours arduously attempting to pilot its passage, East Providence’s Helio Melo, the Rhode Island House of Representatives Finance Committee chairman, reflected upon the Fiscal Year 2014 state budget he helped craft during a conversation Friday afternoon, June 28, in his office on the third floor of the State

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East Providence Rep. Melo comments of House passage of 2014 state budget

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 52-20 Wednesday, June 26, to approve an $8.2 billion 2014 state budget bill that includes no tax or fee increases, contains numerous economic development initiatives, fully funds the implementation of the school funding formula, adds funding to higher education and provides additional funding for cities and

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Rhode Island House passes Amore’s oral chemotherapy bill

PROVIDENCE — The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday, June 26, sponsored by Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) requiring health plans to cover oral cancer pills at a rate comparable to standard intravenous (IV) chemotherapy. “Rhode Island will be the tipping point state. We’re the 26th to pass this legislation,” Rep. Amore said.