What’s in …What’s out…
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza revealed his City budget Wednesday night. According to WPRI the highlights include no tax hike in the car tax and property taxes, funding for new police and fire academies, a boast in school funding and municipal identification cards similar to those issued in New York City, Detroit and New Haven. This is a new idea for Providence which will provide identification cards for a minimal fee to individuals in the country illegally or those who do not have a license or state identification card.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month…Kudos to Dr. Ellen Frankel, Medical Director at Rejuvaderm Medi Spa, for reminding us on Facebook of the dangers of Skin Cancer. It only takes a few minutes to protect yourself by applying sunscreen before sunbathing. And let’s also remember that tanning salons and tanning beds can also be harmful to your skin. It’s that time of year again when we enjoy the outdoors by outdoor activities, cookouts and going to the beach. Protect your skin and let’s be careful out there.
Pawtucket Red Sox Mega Baseball Stadium....Plans were revealed this week to build a new PawSox facility on the Apex property in Pawtucket. Plans were revealed this week for “a park within a park” concept which would be a ballpark serving as a multi-purpose venue hosting community events, including concerts, hockey, school events and plans for a open park like area. Estimated costs of this project are not know yet but it is being touted as a stadium to be used all year round. Funding sources have not been identified yet and the State of Rhode Island’s involvement in this process is not known. One thing to remember is that Mayor Grebien of Pawtucket and the people of Pawtucket fought very hard to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket and were against a new Providence stadium funded by the taxpayers. Will they change their tune for Pawtucket?
RI can say goodbye to McCoy stadium, a city landmark which was the love of the late Ben Mendor, because it will cost an 68 million to renovate it.
The question is will Pawtucket and the PawSox carry enough weight in our General Assembly to get state funding? Stay tuned.
The Aaron Hernandez story…A sad ending this week in the Aaron Hernandez story, in which the former New England Patriot took his own life.
A media blitz has hit Facebook with stories about his sexuality, notes he left behind and his personal al life. Whatever you feel about Mr. Hernandez, his family deserves their privacy and time to mourn him without trying to answer questions about his life.
Care New England Layoffs– It’s sad news indeed that Care New England has announced a “wide array” if layoffs with the majority happening at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence. There will also be a small impact at Butler, Kent, and Memorial Hospitals. No information yet on how many will be laid off. Keep in mind that these hospitals serve many on a daily basis but are crucial to woman and children services too.
Double Refund Checks…About 500 Rhode Islanders received two identical state tax refund checks due to “human error” according to a state official. This gets more bizarre by the day. We have so many people waiting for checks but yet some get double. The state is evaluating current controls to prevent this from happening again.