Progress Glacially Slow for Concrete Plant Opponents: I’d link to the Projo article on this, but their site is down at the moment. The long and the short is — there still aren’t enough people for a quorum of the Zoning Board because now it has to be determined if Joy Montanaro can continue to serve because she served two terms, although one of them was shorter than a full term. And even if they can get a quorum, the lawyers for Cullion assert that the zoning board can’t give them a fair hearing and everything should be on hold because of the higher court actions.
Hearing Tomorrow Night on Domestic Bank: This is a special ordinance committee meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, July 25, 2007, in Cranston City Hall. At this meeting, residents of Forest Hills will continue to advocate for protection of their neighborhood. Members of other community groups are also pledging to come out to help make our local government more accountable to community concerns.
Have You Seen the Park Cinema Going UP? It’s true — after four years of sitting there collecting dust and being a general eyesore, traffic nuisance, and safety hazard to the community (yes, there are fences, but kids have been known to get inside fences) it appears that The Park Cinema is actually undergoing some real live honest-to-goodness construction. There is a frame for a stage that stands taller than any other building in the area.
6th Graders to be Kept in Elementary Schools: I haven’t seen confirmation of this, but heard from a PTO parent that the school committee is planning to address the overcrowding problem in our middle schools by having the kids stay in the Elementary Schools another year. I think this is a very good idea — the longer you can delay going into the huge school environments, the better, so that kids can be as emotionally mature as possible for this more stressful environment. The only drawback is that reportedly Daniel D. Waterman Elementary School is the only one that does not have enough room to keep its 6th graders.
UPDATE Regarding the Possibility of Children in 6th Grade Remaining in the Elementary Schools: School Committee member Andrea Iannazzi sent this information:
The School Committee formed a sub-committee, which Deb Greifer, Steve Stycos, and I are serving on, to study two issues….
1- Possibility of returning 6th grade to elementary schools
2- heterogeneous v. homogeneous grouping (i.e.- tracking) for middle schools
The Committee also has representatives from the School Administration, the Cranston Teachers Alliance, and parents.
Kudos to Tom Cloonen for coming up with the phrase “Kingdom of Garabedian” and working the metaphor with great wit in this piece published in The Cranston Herald.
Please feel free to add your own news from the Kingdom of Garabedian. And as a disclosure: I have been to the ball in the Kingdom of Garabedian (big fundraisers for King G = the ball). Mr. Garabedian is one of those people, and I would put Mike Traficante in the same category, whom it doesn’t matter if you like them or not. They still run the show and if you don’t want to be crushed, you have to pay tribute once in a while. Plus I was really happy at the time to see how forcefully he came out in support of the Stop the Concrete movement.