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Monday Essentials: Finance Committee Tackles Issues

Finance: The City Council's Finance Subcommittee meets Thursday and its agenda has a few interesting items worth noting.

On the agenda is an ordinance ratifying the police contract that was originally rejected by the Finance Committee in November, which is when the whole overnight parking ticket controversy began. It is unclear if the item is on the agenda for discussion purposes or whether it will actually be up for another vote.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing item requesting an administrative report on the costs to the city for the brief period of time during which Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung hired Sterling & Stephens Investigations and Consulting of New Jersey to review the police department's internal investigation. Now that the state police are involved, there is no need for the outside investigator, but the item on the agenda may spark a discussion anyway.

Ordinance: The Ordinance Committee meets Thursday at 6 p.m. The committee is expected to discuss crowd management at the concessions stands at Cranston Stadium.

Tree: This is the week to get your old and tired Christmas tree onto the front lawn for removal. Last week's trash pickup was on a holiday schedule, but this week everything is back to normal. Be sure to have all tinsel, decorations and lights off the tree.

Tribes: Theatre 82 at Artists' Exchange is hosting "Tribes" a story about "family, identity, and what we do for the people we love," 

TJ Curran directs this Nina Raines play with a cast of local actors. The show is being produced by Epic Theatre Company with help from the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are available.

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