What’s in…. What’s out… 8/9/19

What’s in….

An order to take over a school district. RI State Education Commissioner Angelica Alfante-Green has delivered the state order to take over the Providence School System. Although a permanent school superintendent has not been chosen yet, Interim Superintendent Fran Gallo remains at the helm.

Alfante-Green has stated she has taken full charge of the Providence School System including all school personnel and budgets. The order also states that Alfante-Green will assume all powers and authorities that pertain to Providence schools. This puts her in charge and exceeds the power of Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Providence City Council and the school board. All three bodies of government were delivered the order Thursday morning. Superintendent Alfante-Green is making it perfectly clear that she is leading this show and intends to move on with her plans for the Providence School System.

Lifespan opening urgent care in Warwick.  Lifespan has announced the opening of its first urgent care facility in Warwick in September. The announcement was made by Bobby Hingorani, director of urgent care operations for Lifespan Physician Group. The new faculty will be located at 17 Airport Road and be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medical services provide care for colds, flu, earaches, sinus infect, sprains, insect bites and more. This is great news for the city of Warwick and greatly needed in that area.

What’s out…

Killing in Providence. The eighth suspect in the Federal Hill stabbing and murder of Stephen Cabral was arrested on Thursday. The 28-year-old man is charged with murder, conspiracy, and robbery charges. Sharkym Brown was arrested in Providence and is now in custody. More suspects are still at large, but Providence Police are closing in on all who were involved in the fatal murder. Meanwhile, Club Seven remains closed after the patrons of the bar were involved in this stabbing after leaving the club.

The state has overturned the City of Providence’s ruling, allowing Club Seven to reopen with certain conditions. One of the conditions is an 11:00 p.m. closing. Nicholas Hemond, attorney for Club Seven, has said that the club has lost many of its staff due to closing and may not reopen soon.

IGT and Twin River.  The list of lobbyists for each gaming giant continues to grow. The money being spent here to win this contract is astounding. The governor wants to award a 20-year, no-bid contract extension to IGT (formerly G-Tech). Twin River wants the chance to bid on this contract and has said it can fulfill the contract needs. IGT charges that Twin River does not have the technology. State law requires that this contract go to bid and be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. The contract should go out to bid and be awarded to the lowest responsible qualified bidder as state law says.

That’s all folks… have a great weekend!


Joanne Giannini served as a RI  State Representative from Providence (Democrat-District 7, Mt. pleasant/Elmhurst)  from 1994 to 2010. She has previously written commentaries for the Providence Journal and the Federal Hill Gazzette, GoLocal Prov, And RI News Review. During her tenure in the General Assembly, she made appearances on CNN network news, Primetime news and American Morning regarding legislation she filed in Rhode Island.

Featured image by Dave Amadio.

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