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UPDATE: Health officials say concessions pass latest inspection

August 1, 2014

The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
“Misquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,” said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Health’s chief officer of health promotion.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Palumbo would have run afoul of Ethics Commission

August 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state – explicitly including being an independent contractor – until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Health Dept. cites beach concessions

August 1, 2014

Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Island’s three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.

DaCosta opposes monastery plan

July 31, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Town Councilman Manuel N. DaCosta left no doubt Thursday morning that town plans to place a new public safety complex on land at the town-owned monastery property off Diamond Hill Road is a highlight issue of the campaign for mayor.

Under investigation, Caprio resigns as party chairman

July 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With the Rhode Island State Police investigating his role in obtaining a concession contract at three state beaches, RI Democratic Chairman David Caprio has abruptly resigned his party post less than six weeks to go before the Sept. 9 Democratic primary elections.
Providence Rep. Grace Diaz, the party’s vice chairwoman will step into Caprio’s shoes as acting chairwoman. Jonathan Boucher is the party’s executive director.

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