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The Ireland West International Centre Open House…Looking for something interesting to do this week? There will be an open house and reception on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ireland West International Trade Centre at 77 North Main Street, Providence, RI.
The Centre provides both real and virtual space for Irish companies looking to enter or expand in the United States market. The centre serves as an international base for them to promote events, and also provides a meeting space, email address, mail address and phone number. The companies range from software companies, furniture manufacturers, worksite training programs, a craft beer company and also a travel agency that offers culture and heritage tours of Ireland and so much more. This open house precedes the starting of direct flights between Rhode Island and Ireland starting the first week in June. Stop by to get promotional brochures and or email info@IrelandWestTradeCentre.com for information.

The Quonset Air Show… The RI National Guard Air Show in North Kingstown kicks off this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is always a great family event and they will be providing free parking for and train service to Quonset Point. For more info on train service, visit http://www.ridot.com/trainstoplanes.

The PawSox Stadium… It’s Back! The new proposal is in and it promises jobs, job, jobs! But what kind of jobs? Will Rhode Islanders be given the first choice for these jobs or will former Boston Red Sox employees come to Rhode Island and be given the first chance? I’d like to see several safeguards in legislation. One is a guarantee of Rhode Island jobs, not just the minimum wage employees, but living wage employees, also. How about some Rhode Islanders who live in Rhode Island being given the first opportunity? It means nothing to say we will have jobs if they do not go to Rhode Islanders. Maybe it’s just me, but if I were pitching a proposal for a new ballpark, I would be looking for other ways to make up the $38 million needed in state and city funding. Seeing the PawSox are the farm team for the Boston Red Sox, one of the most profitable ball clubs in the US, shouldn’t they pitch in toward this stadium. After all it will host their farm team. The people of RI have made it abundantly clear that they do not want any state money used. As for Pawtucket, they will have to go to the state in other ways to raise their $15 million such as increased state aid, increased payment in lieu of taxes, increased school aid and increased revenue sharing. Either way, this proposal may be put on hold. Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is right when he says there are so many other irons in the fire and this cannot be rushed. Looks like this one will be put on the back burner until many changes are made.
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Human Trafficking Happens in All RI Communities… A recent report by RI’s Kim Kalunian reports that Human Trafficking is in every RI community. That’s no surprise to me since I introduced the first Human Trafficking bill in 2007. The facts are that in RI most of the victims are between 14 and 15 years old. The US Department of Homeland security reports hundreds of people being trafficked throughput RI every year. he original bill I introduced to make Human Trafficking illegal passed in 2007 in the RI House of Representatives and died in the Senate. It then passed both chambers in 2008 and became law. It was them amended and passed with an indoor prostitution bill I introduced in 2009 which became law. Steep penalties were placed for traffickers and pimps that were never included. I wish I could say that it was easy for me. But it was not and one of the most trying times in my legislative career. I guess you could say, “All good things come to those who wait”.
Pot holes, pot holes, and more pot holes… It’s no secret that we have always had pot holes but this year they look like ditches. Let’s hope that the expected monies from the tolls can fix our roads. It really isn’t safe driving and then hitting a pot hole that is really a ditch. And while we are speaking about roads, please open the Pleasant Valley Parkway bridge!
Long overdue!

What’s in…What’s out… 5-12-17 $100 million shortfall, caught in Providence rocks…

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Attorney General’s Office Breaks Ground On New Building in Cranston….Several divisions of the Attorney General’s office are moving to Cranston in a new building being built at the John O. Pastore Complex at the intersection of Pontiac Avenue and Howard Avenue. It will be a customer service center, costing between $12 and $14 million. The new location is also expected to house office space, employee offices, conference rooms and a public and a employee parking lot for 124 vehicles.
Work has begun at the site including the covering of soil piles which were found to contain low levels of arsenic and semi-volatile organic compounds. This was confirmed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on NBC 10. This sounds a little scary to me and makes one wonder if it’s environmentally safe.

Pawtucket Red Sox Study… A new study released states the Apex site
in Pawtucket is the best location for the proposed $76 million ballpark. The Brailsford& Dunlavey consultant team projects that a new ballpark and additional development in the Apex site would bring the state $129.8 million in state and city taxes. This clearly is a case of “If we build it, will they come”?

Caught in Providence….is in! I must say I really like watching this show on ABC 6 as it honestly and clearly portrays a day in the Providence Municipal court. Chief Judge Frank Caprio displays fairness, humor and a good heart. Kudos also to producer Joseph Caprio who has long been an unrecognized hero in producing video shows as a public service to all Rhode Islanders.

What’s out….
A proposed $100 million shortfall in Rhode Island revenue estimates was revealed yesterday by the auditors of the May revenue estimating conference. Politicians can lay the blame on whoever they want. But let’s be clear, the UHIP crisis, fallen revenue, department overspending, Administrative new hirings by both the Governor and General Assembly do not help. What elected official will have the guts to get an accurate list of new hires and pay grades within the last year? Is there anyone with the knowledge or fortitude to let the public know how much is really being spent in the state budget? This includes new hires, office renovations, raises, trips, food and liquor expenses and proposed new equipment as well. This is a call out to all who say they are for open government. Let’s see how the money is being spent.
FBI Director James Comey…is out! I don’t understand the hoopla over this firing. It was just last week that Hillary Clinton blamed him as one of the reasons she lost ground in her election. It was not too long ago that several members of Congress were outraged by his behavior, including Chuck Shumer! The bottom line is that the President gets to choose his staff and that he has made the decision. If Congress doesn’t like it, then maybe they should try to change it. But keep in mind Bill Clinton chose his FBI director and rightfully so. The public needs to have faith in its head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and some of Comey’s behavior has at the very least instilled doubt in many.

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(My mom and I on her last Mother’s Day in 1998)
A Heavy Heart on Mother’s Day
It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Spring or Easter time or daylight savings time. It’s time for Mother’s Day. I was reading an article posted from a blog about ” Being Motherless on Mother’s Day” and it really hit home for me.

For those of us who have lost their mom or never knew their mom, it can be a bittersweet day on Mother’s day without her. Yes, we all can take comfort in the memories of our mother’s embrace, her laugh, her cooking or that special look she gave you when you did something extraordinary or something wrong. The traditions our mother’s taught us are embedded in our memories for a lifetime but will never feel the same.

At Christmas time, we celebrate our memories by making mom’s special recipes. Decorations and the fine China she used make their annual appearance in my home and my sisters’ homes. The younger children in our family know only what we tell them about their grandmother and great grandmother. It is sad that they will never experience the joy and knowledge we received from my mother.

We celebrate Holidays at the family table saying things like “Remember when Mom cooked the 30lb. turkey?” Or we would reminisce about the way our mother set the table or decorated the Christmas tree. The heavy heart I feel this time of year starts on May 1st and follows me throughout the month to Mother’s Day. The pit of my stomach feels a sadness I just can’t explain.

It may feel different to some who have accepted that life goes on and we have to face the fact that we are all going to die. But for many of us, the loss of our mother, is something that makes our hearts ache. And for those of us, who do not have children, Mother’s Day is a ghostly reminder of what could have been. So many of us who are childless, enjoy being aunties and caretakers to other children but that reminder is there that we are not mommies. Please don’t get me wrong, we live in a world today where adoption and foster parenting is so much needed and available. All of those opportunities are available to us and we appreciate it.

We glance back at our childhoods and thank God for the precious gift of having a mother and celebrate Mother’s Day in the best way we can with a heavy heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Mother’s Day ….with a heavy heart….

 

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(My mom and I on her last Mother’s Day in 1998)

 

A Heavy Heart on Mother’s Day
It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Spring or Easter time or daylight savings time. It’s time for Mother’s Day. I was reading an article posted from a blog about ” Being Motherless on Mother’s Day” and it really hit home for me.

For those of us who have lost their mom or never knew their mom, it can be a bittersweet day on Mother’s day without her. Yes, we all can take comfort in the memories of our mother’s embrace, her laugh, her cooking or that special look she gave you when you did something extraordinary or something wrong. The traditions our mother’s taught us are embedded in our memories for a lifetime but will never feel the same.

At Christmas time, we celebrate our memories by making mom’s special recipes. Decorations and the fine China she used make their annual appearance in my home and my sisters’ homes. The younger children in our family know only what we tell them about their grandmother and great grandmother. It is sad that they will never experience the joy and knowledge we received from my mother.

We celebrate Holidays at the family table saying things like “Remember when Mom cooked the 30lb. turkey?” Or we would reminisce about the way our mother set the table or decorated the Christmas tree. The heavy heart I feel this time of year starts on May 1st and follows me throughout the month to Mother’s Day. The pit of my stomach feels a sadness I just can’t explain.

It may feel different to some who have accepted that life goes on and we have to face the fact that we are all going to die. But for many of us, the loss of our mother, is something that makes our hearts ache. And for those of us, who do not have children, Mother’s Day is a ghostly reminder of what could have been. So many of us who are childless, enjoy being aunties and caretakers to other children but that reminder is there that we are not mommies. Please don’t get me wrong, we live in a world today where adoption and foster parenting is so much needed and available. All of those opportunities are available to us and we appreciate it.

We glance back at our childhoods and thank God for the precious gift of having a mother and celebrate Mother’s Day in the best way we can with a heavy heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

A shopping trip ….in Providence Place

IMG_3380 So today, I decide to go shopping at Providence Place Mall.

My hometown shopping mall. right? I proceed to drive around to go to mall which is only about 5 minutes,but it turned out to be twenty eight minutes due to the closing of the Parkway bridge. Yes, traffic and driving all around to the top of Dean street and taking a right to get there. Obstacle 1.
The Providence place parking lot is redone. One ways, and exits and signs, totally different. People driving in and out of one ways. Wow!
How could it be worse! It seems half of parking lot is blocked off for some reason. I don’t know, but I was very nervous driving in it. Finally, went to Macys new backstage store which is on third floor. The backstage store is on a portion of third floor. It seems very organized and neat but there was no one working in it. I found one sandal and couldn’t find the other. I sAid to a salesman walking by, “Excuse me, is there a way I could get the mate to this sandal”. He said to me “mam this is an outlet store, if you can’t find it, it’s not meant to be, get it?” I said, ” I get it.” Can you believe it! Welcome to the new world of shopping folks!
Them I saw him unloading heavy boxes, ringing the cash register. He was a one man show. One person in whole outlet working! Whatever happened to salesgirl and sales clerks?
They re gone!
I proceed to Nordstrom and as soon as I walk into Door, I see a big change in store.. Not as much stock as there use to be. Very neat but sparse. Plenty of salespeople in shoe department but nowhere Else. One salesman taking care of handbags and all the accessories. I find a beautiful scarf , but it had a pull in it, so I ask the salesman, if there are more and he says no. ” so I say, Well , this scarf has a pull in it, can I get a percentage off, it’s damaged.” ” No, he says, we don’t do that.” And walked away. That’s it!
Listen, I worked my way through School working in retail,
Peerless co, the Outlet and Shepherds and I NEVER talked like that to a customer! Geez! Amazon here I come!IMG_3380

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Former Governor Chafee…He’s making the rounds and he’s not backing down! Former Governor Chafee goes on the offense in what appears to be a pre-campaign mode for the next election. He’s pointing out things that he thinks Governor Gina Raimondo is doing wrong and policies he does not agree with. But he will have to stand in line. Mayor Alan Fung is likely to be a Republican opponent in the Governors race as well. Other Republicans considering running are Giovanni Feroce and former Rep. Joseph Trillo. Governor Raimondo has quite a war chest built (approx.2.2 million dollars) and an east side support system in Providence. Potential Democratic challengers besides Chafee could include Clay Pell, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Brendan Doherty. This could all change if Chafee decides to run as an Independent candidate. That would make the Governor’s race a three way race (at least) and could change the outcome of the election. It’s still early yet, but not too early to start raising money and throwing jabs.

 

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Mayor Jorge Elorza….has raised approximately a half million  in his war chest. He has a strong Democratic progressive support system in Providence unless another Progressive candidate challenges him. Potential Democratic challengers could include former Council President Michael Solomon, Rep. Lombardi, former School Superintendent Dr. Robert DeRobbio and Councilman John Igliozzi. What no women willing to step up? You never know!

An estimated 13,000 women expected to run for office…. This year we saw 500,000 people march at the women’s march in Washington. We also saw over 3 million march across the country in rallies. More women are taking an active role in our government and more women are poised to run in the next election. I say yes to this because women add a different dimension to government, especially state government. They add their life experiences to a male dominated field. And that is something we need. We will see more women running for state legislative positions and statewide office. The old days of women shying away from running are over. Stand up women and be counted and run for that local seat in your district!
Whats out…

Former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton…. did an interview this week and said she believes she would have been President if not for the actions of FBI director Comley several days before the election and Wikileaks. She says it put doubts into people’s minds. The thing is that most people have made their minds up weeks before the election. In fact isn’t that why we can have early voting? Basically is Clinton saying people don’t know who they will vote for till the end? She just might have made a great argument against early voting. Anyway, the election is over and it is time to move on instead of throwing blame and wallowing in mistakes of what could have been. Enough already!

Marijuana legalization, Providence Water Board Sale…. Looks like these two bills will be considered for further study or put permanently on hold by forming study commissions.

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FreeTuition and Car Tax Phase out..

Marijuana legalization and the sale of the Providence Water Board will take a back seat to the free tuition plan by Governor Raimondo and the car tax plan by the General Assembly. As one of the original sponsors of the 1998 car tax phase out plan, I can tell you that state revenues will have to be there to reimburse the cities and towns for the phase out. The May revenue estimating conference will give an accurate picture of the state’s revenue sources. Is the money there?
In 1998, the intention was to phase out the car tax in seven years and that was considered aggressive. But at that time, the state had a surplus and it was perceived as a safe venture. It was then extended to an eight year phase out pending on state revenue. It is very hard to predict what state revenues will be in upcoming years. In fact, that is why the General Assembly froze the car tax plan within three years after its implementation and in 2010 it was put out to pasture completely.

A promise is a promise. This promise was made to the people of Rhode Island in 1998 by the General Assembly to phase out the car tax and it was not fulfilled. Let’s hope they keep their promise this time!

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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.

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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.
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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.

What’s in, what’s out this week..Marijuana, Easter Hunt, Cloudy skies of United…

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The Marijuana debate…is alive and kicking at the State House this week according to the Providence Journal. Proponents for the legalization of recreational marijuana argue that pot shops will be popping up across the state line as early as 2018 making legalization of marijuana urgent. The Police Association provided 36 pages of testimony detailing over 250 law enforcement issues that police departments have seen with marijuana since 2008. These crimes included 36 cases of breaking and entering, nine shootings, four homicides, nine fires and four explosions. The Rev. Jamie Washam of The First Baptist Church in America favors legalization of marijuana saying “Jesus never threatened arrests and jail.” “We need to change our drug policy so we can both respect a person’s freedom of conscience and address real issues of addiction and abuse.”

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Kudos to former U.S. Rep.Patrick Kennedy who has been very active with the anti- legalization group that he founded “Smart Approaches to Marijuana.” This week the group released a report giving a “conservative estimate” of legalization costs, including regulation, drugged driving cases, hospital visits, homelessness and workplace injuries would cost more than $61 million. My concern has always been for the well being of our young who I believe will be effected in so many ways if marijuana is legalized. Not only is there concern that legalization will lead to other drugs and more crimes but other consequences . Our children are having a hard time now getting employment. Some employers require drug testing as a criteria for employment. Federally, marijuana is still illegal and the State Attorney General is vehemently against legalization. Why must we be amongst the first states in the nation to legalize marijuana and then endure potential harmful consequences to our children and our state just because Massachusetts has legalized recreational use of marijuana? There is talk of a study commission that might be created to answer some of the questions that keep popping up. Let’s hope if there is a study commission that all of the parties concerned are included.

Providence Councilman David Salvatore’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt..

is scheduled for this Saturday, April15, 2017 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at Fargnoli Park on Smith Street. It is always a fun event for families. Kudos to Councilman Salvatore for his community outreach!

Visits with the Easter Bunny…will be at the Roger Williams Park Carousel…Friday April 14, 2017 and Saturday April 15, 2017 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Don’t forget your camera!

Happy Easter Everyone!🐰

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Drugs and more drugs……”Operation Triple Play”, was revealed Thursday by the FBI as a major drug investigation involving Providence, Woonsocket, Cranston, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Fifteen people were arrested, according to NBC 10, in the sting operation which was named after three brothers who headed the drug ring. The drug traffickers are all drug felons who had been previously deported to the Dominican Republic and are living under stolen identities. The street value of the drugs seized is nearly $700,000 in cocaine, crack cocaine and cutting agents. According to authorities, these traffickers were high level operatives in the Rhode Island area.

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The cloudy skies of United Airlines…According to lawyers for a passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines flight Sunday, the passenger suffered a broken nose, concussion and loss two front teeth.

The 69 year old passenger, Dr. David Dao will need reconstructive surgery.

Many of us saw the horrific video of Dr. Dao being forcibly dragged from the United Airline’s airplane. Regardless of the circumstances, United Airlines has ruined their reputation and probably their business. Their cloudy details of the incident have changed so many times, one has to wonder what were they thinking and how did they expect to get away with it?

What’s in…What’s out, Ivanka,Syria, Innovation office…read this week’s ins and outs..

 

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Tara Granahan….Kudos to Tara Granahan for permanently getting the morning talk show time slot on Wpro 630 radio. It’s good to see a woman finally getting into what has lately been a male dominated field. Best of luck to her and stay tuned, I’m sure there is more to come!

Ivanka Trump...Like her or not, Ivanka Trump has clearly positioned herself to be a top advisor to her father, President Donald Trump. She has even taken an office in the White House and remains poised to take on more responsibility in the new Administration. Could this involvement be filling the void of Melania Trump not being so involved in her role as First Lady? Ivanka has been making all the press rounds and appearances. The hit song, “We are family” seems to be the theme of this Administration. Let’s stay tuned as we see if this turns out to be an asset or a liability.

Rhode Island Movie Director Tom DeNucci and his production company will be making a Christmas movie (The Santa Files) in Rhode Island starring Ed Asher, Patrick Muldoon and Brooke Langton. Ed Asher is best known for his role as ” Lou Grant” on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I’m sure the scenery will be beautiful.
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Child Abuse ....A Providence couple has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree child abuse of their three month old infant who was not breathing when rescue crews arrived on the scene. The couple admitted to biting the child and stretching his legs . The child has critical injuries and is fighting for his life with multiple fractures to the arms, ribs and skull. Kudos to the Providence rescue workers who revived the child. It’s time like these, we realize how important our laws are to protect children and how much we need them.

RHode Island’s 1st Innovation officer…Richard Culatta is out as the Innovation officer as he said he is leaving for a job in Washington, DC. This highly criticized position, was supported by grants that Mr.Culatta said he raised himself. His office Is located at Rhode Island College, which is also the home of the RI College Foundation which channels the grants to fund the Innovation office. Let’s hope there is an evaluation of this position and office to see if it’s needed. With all the problems at DCYF and the UHIP payments, why do we need a position like Innovation officer?

The Syrian Government….is suspected of the chemical attack on a small town in Syria. Our news media showed video of children gasping for air, dying in the streets and being carried by distraught parents. This crime against humanity cannot be ignored. We Americans like to complain about so many things, but seeing how other countries treat their own people should remind us that we need to be united as a nation. God please help the Syrian people at this time.  As I write this the TV has just announced the bombing of a military air field  in Syria by the United States. This story is just beginning.

What’s in…What’s out …4-1-17

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The Rhode Island Child Advocate is rightfully making 31 recommendations after investigating the death of four children and the near death of two other children. The families involved were already known to the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The Child Fatality Review Panel disclosed the recommendations which included a 67 page report outlining issues to improve the safety of children. A complete overhaul of this department is needed now. It’s time for the State of Rhode Island to put our most vulnerable children first. The findings in these cases are troubling with information that DCYF had received reports to their Hotline of various incidences of abuse in some of these cases with no follow up according to the Child advocate’s report.

It’s time for the DCYF Director Trista Piccola to work with Jennifer Griffith, the Child Advocate, to implement the necessary changes to protect these children. Oversight and immediate changes are needed to ensure results.

New safe and Secure Baby Court…The Rhode Island Judiciary has just created a new court whose purpose is to reunite parents with their babies as quickly and safely as possible, offer a secure exit from the child welfare system and to provide services for babies at home. This count will also focus on improving the well being of infants in foster care, according to Chief Family Court Judge Forte who announced the new court.

This definitely will improve the system and give a better understanding to parents and guardians of the system. It’s a win win for our children who need these services.
UHIP backlog increases to almost 28,000 cases….There are approximately 27,821 Backlogged cases in the state’s Unified Health Infrastructure project (UHIP) according to Target 12 News. Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Anya Rader Wallace was quoted saying ” It’s still a work in progress and will be for some time, but we have made great progress just in the few weeks I’ve been here….”.
If this is progress then what is a backlog? This certainly is a black eye on the State Administration. The inability to correct this mess shows a lack of leadership and a lack of caring for the people who are severely affected by this debacle.

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Cranston Teacher Arrested and Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4 Children….
Cranston Police have charged Charles Pearson, a teacher at Cranston West High School , with 12 counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault on Thursday evening. The children range in age from 14 to 16 years of age. Anyone having any information , may contact the Cranston Police Special Victims Unit, Sergeant Lori Sweeney at 401-476-5037.
State revenues down… As reported in the Providence Journal revenues are $27.3 million or 1.3 % behind estimates made in November and estimated used by Governor Gina Raimondo when she did her budget proposal. Updated estimates are usually know in May at the Revenue estimating conference done by state experts to study the state’s finances. It could get better or it could get worse. Will there be enough money to do all the proposals being drafted by the Governor and The General Assembly such as free two year tuition, the car tax phase out and a new PawSox stadium? Stay tuned as we find out which acts are in play.