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Lombardi Steers $18,000 in Legislative Grants into Cranston

Schools, community organizations, youth sports and feasts to get funding boosts.

Cranston's Sen. Frank S. Lombardi announced a slew of legislative grants to benefit city schools and organizations to the tune of $18,000. 

Here's the list:
  • Arlington Elementary School, $1,000, to be used to purchase a new LCD projector, laptop and batteries.
  • Gladstone Elementary School / Kidventure, $1,000, to be used to offset expenses of the Math Night Program materials and supplies.
  • Hugh B. Bain Middle School, $1,000, to offset the after-school tutoring program, including teacher stipends and materials.
  • Orchard Farms Elementary School, $1,000, for supplies to enhance the support implementation of inquiry-based science curriculum.
  • Stone Hill Elementary School, $1,000, to offset the hourly stipend of After School Math Intervention Program.
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, $2,500 to fund a clinic coordinator and for facility rent.
  • Cranston Historical Society, $500 for computer networking software and installation.
  • Cranston Western Little League, $1,500 for upgrading existing baseball equipment for 350 children.
  • Harris House Residents Association, $1,000 to offset catering and kitchen supplies.
  • Knightsville Senior Club, $2,500 to help offset meeting hall rental costs.
  • RI Senior Softball League, $1,000 to help offset league costs including insurance, umpire fees, equipment and field permits.
  • Santa Maria DiPrata Festival and Feast, $1,500 to help cover police and fire safety for the 2013 annual festival.
  • Scituate Vista Tenants Association, $1,000 to help cover the cost of various special celebrations.
  • Spurwink RI, $500 to purchase furniture for the facility.
  • St. Mary’s Feast Society, $1,500 to help offset the cost of the police detail at the feast.
Chris12 February 02, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Members of our General Assembly did not get there by accident. The voters elected them. Special Interest people are given recommendations on who to vote for and why. They follow instructions, always get out to vote,and their candidate usually wins. The non-special interest people far out number the special interest voters. Yet they can not find the time to be informed and get out to vote. We have and election in November. Can we get it right this time? VOTE THEM ALL OUT for putting our beautiful state dead freeken last in everything!!!
PMarandola February 02, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Chris we the voters need to CLEAN house but the people don't...I know I do. FSL is all about power $$$ notarity this is his stepping stone o the State House wait n see.
Pete Delvecchio February 03, 2014 at 06:51 AM
I can see why this happens. A $1000 is only .0001 percent of the budget so who cares? The problem, in my opinion, is that most politicians do not really understand finance. How does that minuscule $1,000 get paid for? If my calculations are correct, At an effective tax rate of just 3.75%, the state needs to generate $26,667 in tax revenue to pay for it. That means a worker making $10 per hour has to work 2.6667 hours or 66 weeks at 40 hours. So.... Walk up to the person at the dunkin donuts counter and ask them if they are willing to work for 66 weeks and all of the state tax that comes out of their check will go to a festival and not to health care, reducing deficits or education. How would you feel?
Chris12 February 03, 2014 at 07:17 AM
Pete Del - The average RI voter/taxpayer has no clue about what is going on in their state and local government. Why do you think these same incompetent reps keep getting elected?? Anyone who pays attention would NEVER vote for these self-serving vote groveling politicians. I am not ready to give up on my fellow RI taxpayers. I would like to think we have suffered enough with gross incompetence and we are now angry enough to VOTE THEM ALL OUT
Pete Delvecchio February 03, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Sorry, the $26,667 is income and i meant to say taxable income.

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