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As these are currently just complaints and allegations (that are, presumably, being investigated by RICHR), records of ongoing investigations are not releaseable under Vo Dilun law. And, understandably, the Renaissance management is not talking about this.

But, at Casa Diablo, inquiring minds would like to know.

Would Rhody Republicans Please Stand Up

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block has told GoLocalProv his internal polling indicates he is nine points ahead of rival GOP candidate, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. But Fung begs to differ. He claims his internal polling shows “a different race.”

Of course, P&J suggest that it would probably be easier to call up all the registered Republicans in the state and ask them individually whom they plan to vote for. This should only take a couple of hours and you would most likely get much more reliable numbers.

And you were thinking that the circus had left town.

A date to keep in mind

On Sunday, June 8 from 4 to 7 pm, the Red Bandana Awards will be presented at Nick-a-Nee’s. This is a “family oriented” event and people are urged to bring a potluck dish. The Red Bandana Awards were established last year to honor the spirit of the educator/writer/activist Richard Walton. For many years, Richard held a potluck-style birthday party at his home near Pawtuxet Village. This continues that tradition.

This year’s Red Bandana Award will be given to Henry Shelton, the longtime head of the George Wiley Center in Pawtucket (a grassroots organization aimed at alleviating problems associated with poverty) and a veteran activist whose work included advocacy for those struggling to pay utility bills, the homeless, the poor, and virtually any other constituency facing hard times.

Also being honored at this event will be the Providence Student Union, cited as “an important voice in the debate over the value of high-stakes testing, challenging NECAP tests as a requirement for graduation from high school.”

You can expect a large group of socially-concerned members of the Vo Dilun community to be in attendance and plenty of music.

Women Power

On Wednesday, May 28, the Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) of Rhode Island will be holding a “Women’s Equity Breakfast” at the Providence Marriott from 8-9:30 am. The organization’s mission is to provide training and employment services to underserved populations and they will announce at the breakfast that they are planning a program for women’s training and employment in non-traditional occupations.

The keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Dr. Mary Gatta, a Senior Scholar for the Wider Opportunities for Women, a Washington, DC-based institution that advocates for women’s rights and matters of economic security.

Tickets are $30; get ’em at

Music tips

This Friday, May 23, your superior correspondents’ favorite country band will be playing at our favorite local dive. Biscuit City will be at Nick-a-Nee’s starting around 9 pm. Come early and talk to the radiant singer, Paula Clare Ciminero, about furniture.

P&J also recommend you make reservations for a performance by one of the masterful musicians here in the Biggest Little, the saxophonist Greg Abate. Greg will be performing at Chan’s in Woonsocket, on May 31 with Gary Smulyan on baritone sax, Tim Ray on piano, John Lockwood on bass, and Mark Walker on drums. Greg teaches music at RIC and plays all over the world and, if you’ve never seen and heard him, you really should. He is truly world class.

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