PAWTUCKET â Last month, school administrators expressed optimism about the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2014, citing an anticipated increase in state aid and expected funding from the city. However, due to the city administration's apparent decision to not provide $511,463 as part of âmaintenance of effortâ and other adjustments requested by the School Committee, the latest draft is looking decidedly less rosy.
The Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island assistance program for the stateâs elderly residents hit another milestone Wednesday â serving its 17 millionth meal to Clara Ramos, 80, of Providence.
The highlight meal, this year served by Gov. Lincoln Chafee, is one of a long list of such events marking the work put in by the organizationâs volunteers since the 1970s. That work has not only helped elderly residents maintain their nutritional health but also their independence and ability to remain at home.