Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: December 7, 2011

Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 lit the state’s holiday tree in a ceremony last night, with hundreds of protesters in the audience condemning Chafee for refusing to refer to the evergreen as a Christmas tree. Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, hosted an alternative, pointedly religious tree-lighting ceremony just blocks away at St. Francis Parish.

The Narragansett City Council passed an ordinance last night to address increasing complaints of rowdy University of Rhode Island students. If the city responds to complaints about a party multiple times, it can begin to collect fees to cover the costs of law enforcement and emergency response. Proponents of the measure argued that it is not a “double tax,” but instead a way of more equitably distributing city costs.

Westerly Hospital, a small hospital located in Westerly, has filed for state receivership, a process that would allow the institution to continue to function as it resolves its financial troubles. The struggles of the hospital — which is the second to file for state receivership in the past 4 years — highlights the myriad of economic challenges facing hospitals in the state.

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