Moving Morely? Not so Surely: Pawtucket’s plan to relocate Morely Field hits legal snags

PAWTUCKET, RI: The City of Pawtucket’s latest effort to reallocate greenspace in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Pawtucket to the Oak Hill neighborhood has found some obstacles. 

Over the past several months, the Pawtucket City Council and mayoral administration has worked to allow for the expanded footprint of the Blackstone Distribution Center, a trucking center planned for construction on the foundations of the old MicroFibres building at 1 Moshassuck Street. Part of this effort is to sell Morley Field, a public park that abuts the site, to the developer to provide for additional parking. 

The initiative has met resistance. Most public response has been consistently against selling the park, with a rally of about 80 people held in September in protest, led by both District 5 Pawtucket City Councilor Clovis Gregor and District 59 State Representative-elect Jennifer Stewart (D-Pawtucket). 

“I have and will continue to listen to Woodlawn residents’ concerns about recreational and green space as the City Council process moves forward regarding both Morley Field and purchasing new green space at 724 Pleasant Street,” said Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebian in a statement. “I’m confident that moving forward, we will be able to preserve and expand green spaces in the City while also promoting new, job-creating economic development opportunities.”

Councilor Gregor, however, has concerns. He points out that the new space is a mile and a half from the existing site, removing the space from District 5. This is important because District 5 is 70% minority families, mostly with kids living in multi-family homes with no yards and no place to play, Gregor explains. Also, the replacement park is being proposed next to Max Read Field, which is already a well-invested community space. 

“This is assuming it can be moved,” Gregor adds. 

More importantly, Gregor explains that because the Morley Field site has received federal funding in the past, the city needs to have both Department of Environmental Management and National Parks Service approval to convert the space from the recreational designation to buildable. 

“The purchase and sale agreement is voided — the city never had permission to sell the field in the first place,” says Gregor. 

“The City of Pawtucket has submitted an application to DEM to alter wetlands at Morley Field. This is required because DEM regulates wetlands,” says Michael Healy, Chief Public Affairs Officer at RI DEM. “We cannot consider the City’s application complete, however, because sequentially, first the City must provide documentation that a recreational conversion plan has been approved by both DEM and the National Park Service… To date, DEM has not received this application.” 

“The environmental justice implications of this proposal are very real,” said Terrence Gray, Director of RI DEM, in an email to a concerned citizen. “My understanding is that these transfers are not just evaluating based on size, but also various criteria related to recreational value to the community.”

“The city has failed in its stewardship,” Gregor says. “The most important thing now is to convince the DEM — and more particularly the NPS — to not accept the sale of Morley Field.”

Another rally protesting the sale of Morley Field is scheduled for 4pm on November 3 at Pawtucket City Hall. 

ARRRRR I Basketball: Pirates in Providence

The Providence Pirates are here to show you that there is quality professional basketball right here in Rhode Island.

“This is a basketball state,” Sercan Fenerci, president & CEO of the Pirates said. “From the high-level college teams (Division I schools Providence College, Bryant, URI and Brown) to the lower levels (Division III schools such as RIC, Johnson & Wales), people love the sport here.”

Fenerci, originally from Turkey, moved to Rhode Island twenty years ago. He played and coached basketball for years. Six years ago, he developed an idea. Based on the PawSox minor-league model, he wanted to provide a cost-effective, family-oriented, professional basketball experience that all ages would be able to enjoy. “We are committed to making a positive impact in the community through partnerships with corporate, non-profit and community-based organizations to help our families, neighbors, and children in need,” Fenerci added. When he heard the rumors of the PawSox leaving Pawtucket, he knew he had to take action and fill the void their departure left.

Fortunately for Fenerci, in 2000 two men named Joe Newman and Richard Tinkham had the idea to bring the ABA (American Basketball Association) back. To avoid confusion, the original ABA lasted from 1967-1976 before they merged with the NBA. This new ABA provided professional basketball on a smaller, regional scale which would help teams that could not afford the costs of founding an NBA franchise. The project started in the Midwest and has grown to 8 regions and over 150 teams across the United States. The rules of the ABA are similar to the NBA, however there are some intriguing added rules. From half-court 4-point shots, to the 3-D rule, the ABA is a fast-paced, high-scoring game.

Fenerci founded the Providence team in 2019. His hope is to give local players the opportunity to play professionally. No matter what level his players last played (overseas, college, or anywhere else), he wants to ensure players who “fell through the cracks” or “life happened to them” get a real chance. They hold open tryouts as well as sign free agents to build their team. Fenerci uses connections he has made to get players to higher leagues. He sees the Pirates as a stepping stone for hidden gems. “Sign a contract, get them on some film, get them some stats… heck, 3 players went overseas after playing with us last year.”

Due to COVID dampening their inaugural year, 2021-22 was really the first full year for the team, and it was quite successful. Their head coach, Mark Gaffney was an assistant coach at Xavier University, before assuming a head coaching position at Hamilton College until 2010. His assistant coach, Jason Blouvin has been around the game for a number of years. The pair led their team to a 16-4 regular season.

They made the playoffs and were a #3 seed but lost 119-113 in the first round to the #6 seed Herkimer Originals. “We had beaten them twice before that season and you know what they say about trying to beat a team three times in a year…” Fenerci lamented. The team was led by veteran star player Shane da Rosa and center Kevin Briggs who combined for 53 points, 19 rebounds, 5 blocks and 10 assists.

In addition, Fenerci made sure his team became an active part of the community. This past year, he created the Jr. Pirates, a non-profit organization for junior levels. Its goals are to teach local youth the fundamentals of not only basketball, but life lessons, to become better men and women as well. It is free to play and they provide training, equipment and games for all. “3 – 6 teams is the goal. We are working with partners to make that dream become a reality,” Fenerci said. He also ensures that the youth can come watch the games by providing free tickets throughout the community.

This year, the bar is set even higher due to a mix of frustration over how last year ended and the influx of talent coming in. “Only 5 players are returning from last year… Our rotation was about 7 or 8 players deep last year. This year we believe we can be 11-12 players deep. Multiple guys can score double digit points. Our staff is more experienced with how the ABA works, and are more acclimated to the other teams. We are ranked number #10 in the national ABA rankings, above the team that beat us last year. Steel City from Pittsburgh won it all last year and is #1 in the nation. They are in the same region. We look forward to the opportunity to play them and see what happens.”

Check out their website for their schedule, tickets and news about the team. The Pirates set sail for the season with their first game against the MA Wolves on Sat, November 5.

Election Day Eclipse: Can the stars eclipse Election Day drama?

For the first time in United States history there is a total Lunar eclipse on election day. This is a Full Moon event with the Sun in Scorpio opposing Moon in Taurus. As would be expected, the horoscope set in Washington, DC reflects the intense energy surrounding this election.

The Sun, in the first house, sits between Mercury and Venus. Across the Zodiac, in the seventh house sits Moon flanked by Uranus and the Moon’s North Node. (The North Node is the point along the ecliptic where the Moon crosses from south to north.) Think of a dumbbell with Scorpio on one side and Taurus on the other.

In the fourth house, ninety degrees from the Sun/Moon axis, sits Saturn in Aquarius turning that dumbbell into a rather large T. In astrology this is called a T-square and is an aspect of great tension.

In the astrology of the collective (Mundane Astrology), the first house rules the country, its inhabitants, the general condition, and psychology of the masses. The Sun represents the President. Coincidently, the current President is a Scorpio. Mercury is the voice of the people, and rules youth and the media. Venus rules women, diplomacy, arts, culture, and money.

The seventh house represents open enemies, foreign affairs, and the conditions of women. The Moon here further emphasizes women as well as water and public needs. Uranus here, tightly bound to the Moon and Sun rules Congress and the House of Representative. Ruling progressive movements, Uranus prods us into the future.

The fourth house is the foundation, ruling land, housing and living conditions. Saturn represents the conservative side of society and opposition to the ruling party. Saturn likes law and order and can indicate a lack or need. Societal constructs and institutional boundaries belong to Saturn.

Scorpio is all about sex, death, debt, taxes, and insurance. Banks, money, and agriculture belong to Taurus and Aquarius, ruling technology, also speaking for the group upholding high ideals of freedom and brotherhood. The principles represented by all these signs and planets reflect the ongoing issues of concern during this election season.

With Uranus in the mix, pay no heed to the polls and the pundits. Uranus says, “If you can think of it, that is not it,” whatever that is. A Uranus event is like the plane to the tower, but in this instance, it is more like red state Kansas supporting abortion rights or Alaskans voting in an Indigenous woman over the red, white and blue Sarah Palin.

Uranus in hard and harsh aspect to Saturn symbolizes the clash between the liberal and conservative elements in society. The first house emphasis favors grass-roots opinions and initiatives. The Moon, though eclipsed, is strong, highlighting women and their concerns. Roe V Wade comes to mind and is prominent, but Taurus speaks to security issues, agriculture and the economy.

Here in the United States, we focus on our own country forgetting that the issues we face are global issues. Obviously, an eclipse is a global event and every head of state in the world, at this eclipse, has Uranus, the sudden and unexpected, opposing the Sun, the chief, the top dog and CEO.

In the final analysis, this election is up for grabs. The media picks and chooses what issues it wants to present and would have you believe that it is all one side or the other when, in reality it is more of a blend. The strong Scorpio energy at this eclipse indicates the underground and undercurrent in society. Abortion, guns, climate and the economy are gut-level issues. And Mercury, the voter, in Scorpio, votes from the gut. The big surprise that Uranus has in store may be what really lies beneath the surface. The media and all the internet blather fall away inside the voting booth. So, whether this election is going to be historical or hysterical, vote, because it is surely going to be interesting.

Opinion – Cannabis Bans on 31 of 39 Local RI Ballots: Revenue implications could be substantial

See how this turned out.

Prohibiting licensing of cannabis-related businesses directly defies the underlying principle of the new Cannabis Act that legalized adult recreational use, which is to regulate it like alcohol. Allowing local bans of cannabis-related business was a necessary political compromise to get the legislation passed after well over a decade of stalling and obstruction.

As Sen. Joshua Miller (D-28), the prime sponsor of the Cannabis Act in the RI State Senate, told Motif  in 2020*, “The idea with us not putting limits on it is that we do have free enterprise, and the market will at some point limit it. Let the market limit it rather than the state regulating the limits. As an example, I think there are 1,500 liquor stores in the state by the amount of licenses available. At any given moment, there’s probably a few hundred of those dormant and the market expands into those or shrinks based on the retail marketplace, and alcohol is an example of something that was considered at one point something that should be prohibited and is now virtually regulated not by the state but by free enterprise.” As with the failed national experiment of alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, bans are likely to provide incentives and encouragement for a black market, foregoing benefits of quality control and tax revenue.

“Municipalities not already hosting medical compassion centers may by referendum opt out of allowing sales. Municipalities currently hosting licensed cultivators or testing laboratories may opt out for the future, but existing facilities will be grandfathered in. A procedure is provided that allows communities to revisit their decision to opt out in later years, should they choose to do so. Municipalities may by local ordinance ban use of cannabis in public places.”**

Because the new act only allows municipalities to opt out if they have not already licensed cannabis-related businesses in the past, larger and urban communities will not see a referendum question like this: “Shall new cannabis-related licenses for businesses involved in the cultivation, manufacture, laboratory testing and for the retail sale of adult recreational-use cannabis be issued…?” Such a question is on the local ballot in 31 of the 39 municipalities in RI:

Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Charlestown, Coventry, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.

(The eight cities and towns not voting on bans are Central Falls, Cranston, Exeter, Foster, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, and Warwick.)

While local bans are being considered primarily in less-populated areas, these would cover a large amount of real estate, possibly making it difficult for their residents to lawfully access retail cannabis products without traveling halfway across the state. Of course voters may shoot down a lot of these bans: It is difficult to imagine that such cities as Johnston, Newport, North Providence, and Woonsocket, which are certainly not rural at all, would really expect that a local ban could succeed, and it would be downright strange for South Kingstown, the home of the state flagship University of Rhode Island, to think that banning retail sales would be a step forward.

Aside from surrendering tax revenue for cannabis-related businesses, proponents of bans would be shifting whatever problems might be associated with such businesses to neighboring municipalities or even to neighboring states. It is obvious that forcing alcohol purchasers to drive for a half-hour each way to reach the nearest liquor store would have undesirable consequences. Why such NIMBYism (“not in my back yard”) is acceptable with cannabis but not alcohol is mystifying.

How the election results shake out will determine the consequences, and there are a number of different possibilities that could emerge. If only a few rural areas adopt bans, they will turn themselves into isolated islands among a sea of retail commerce that passes them by, and the practical effects will be minimal. If a large fraction of the proposed bans are adopted, especially in populous urban communities such as Newport and Woonsocket, then much of the benefits of the Cannabis Act will be lost to the existing black market that will not be brought under a regulatory and tax structure, and widespread defiance of the law will simply continue as it has for decades. If the middle ground occurs and there are many bans enacted but not too many, then the state will have a patchwork of permissive and restrictive areas scattered essentially at random, and customers will take their patronage to nearby retailers who pay taxes to neighboring jurisdictions.

Where local bans pass, as the black market and loss of revenue become apparent, there will be pressures to reconsider the bans through referenda at nearly every election in the future, until almost every such ban is repealed. In the meantime, the last vestiges of prohibition will keep struggling, zombie-like, against their inevitable demise.

UPDATE Nov 9, 2022: Of the 31 municipalities considering bans, 25 voted to allow and six voted to deny licensing of new cannabis-related businesses (“RI Election 2022 — Magaziner, McKee, cannabis sales win big: Democrats sweep all state general offices”, by Michael Bilow, Nov 8, 2022).

*(“News Analysis: Cannabis Proposal Focuses on Medical as Lead-In to Recreational“, by Michael Bilow, Apr 1, 2020)

**(“Pot in Every Pot: RI Legalizes Recreational Cannabis”, by Michael Bilow, May 25, 2022).

Early voting now open to all in RI: No explanation or application required

Motif has analyzed a few of the hotly contested races and the statewide referendum questions (“News Analysis – Elections 2022: Few contested races remain after primaries”, by Michael Bilow, Oct 5).

Every registered voter in RI is allowed to vote early with no need for explanation or pre-approval: just show up at your local city or town hall during their published hours and vote. Early voting began Oct 19 and continues until Nov 7, the day before election day, which is Nov 8. If you do not vote early, you can vote on election day when polls are open statewide 7am – 8pm (except on Block Island where they open at 9am).

For the current election cycle, you must have been registered on or before Oct 9. You can check your registration status: vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/UpdateVoterRecord You can look up your in-person election day polling place and view a sample ballot for your precinct: vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/PollingPlaces

Each city or town has its own schedule for early voting, published by the secretary of state – vote.sos.ri.gov/Elections/PollingPlaceHours – on the web. Most are Mon – Fri during the business day, 9am – 4pm, but some are open a little earlier or a little later, a few close early on Fri, and in some cases they are open on the last weekend before election day.

RI requires that you present photo identification in order to vote: to be used for voting purposes, it must not be expired more than six months prior but need not list a current address. Valid forms of photo identification include RI driving license or permit, US passport, ID card issued by any federally recognized tribal government, ID card issued by an educational institution in the US, US military ID card, ID card issued by the US or RI government agency (such as a RIPTA bus pass), government-issued medical card, or RI Voter ID card. If anyone needs photo identification to vote, they can get a RI Voter ID card at no cost from the Elections Division at the RI Department of State; telephone (401)222-2340 or e-mail elections@sos.ri.gov to learn how. The Elections Division can also accommodate those, such as transgender voters, whose current appearance or name may not match their photo identification.

The voting process in RI uses a large-format paper ballot on card stock that is marked with a felt-tip pen and then inserted by the voter for optical scanning. If for reasons of disability a voter is unable to use the regular system, they can be accommodated by an accessible “ExpressVote” using a touch-screen.

After completing the process, you should be issued an “I voted” sticker.

Lending Library of Things: PVD Things opens in Olneyville

PVD Things exterior at grand opening, Oct 23, 2022.
(Photo: Michael Bilow)
Dillon Fagan of PVD Things at grand opening, Oct 23, 2022.
(Photo: Michael Bilow)

PVD Things held its grand opening on Sun, Oct 23, at its new space at 12 Library Ct in Olneyville. The multi-room facility was open for tours, and free hot dogs (with vegetarian options) were being served from a grill.

“We are a non-profit co-operative tool-lending library, and what that means is we’re a non-profit that is democratically governed by the people who use it. We rent out useful things just like a library would with books, but now we’re lending out drills, ladders, or basically anything under the sun,” said Dillon Fagan, one of the organizers. The typical loan period is seven days, renewable for an additional seven days, he said.

There is a growing national movement in many cities to spin up such “libraries of things” and, although there is no umbrella organization or consortium, there are on-line forums for sharing ideas, problems, and solutions, Fagan said. Devon Curtin, who was grilling the hot dogs, said he had previously been part of a similar group in Baltimore before moving to PVD.

Devon Curtin of PVD Things at grand opening, Oct 23, 2022.
(Photo: Michael Bilow)

“You can go on our website [pvdthings.coop], you just purchase a member share, and it sends you through some forms that you have to fill out for liability and whatnot. And then once you’ve done that, you’re a member,” Fagan said. “We ask that you join as a member, that’s a one-time fee of $20. That is refundable, so if you do not want to be a member anymore, you get that $20 back. However, every year, we’re going to be asking you to pay dues to help cover the operating costs, and that’s on a sliding scale so it’s just $1 per $1,000 of annual income per year.” The annual dues assessment is on the honor system, Fagan said. “We don’t look into it, just trust that you’re being honest.” Sponsorships are available for those in need but unable to pay.

The web site lists inventory, Fagan said, and there is a companion mobile app that queries inventory information, all written in-house.

The organization was incorporated in March 2021, Fagan said, but the process of formation began about a year earlier and there are now approximately 100 members. The physical facility in Olneyville has been occupied for only a couple of months. “That was the most difficult part and we knew that going into it, going through those forums online. Everyone said the same thing: It’s difficult to secure space, especially how the rent situation is.” That the building has a very prominent painted banner reading “Library Ct” was, he said, “just a pure coincidence. Very fitting for us.”

At some point the organization hopes to provide instruction in use of tools rather than merely lending the tools themselves. “We don’t have anything set up yet, but we are planning on having skill-sharing workshops that volunteers will be running, and I have heard from some people who have come in that they’re willing to help out with some different types of workshops,” Fagan said. “I’ll probably do a programming workshop because I’m a software engineer. So that’s my skill set.”

PVD Things 3D printer at grand opening, Oct 23, 2022.
(Photo: Michael Bilow)

Although the bulk of lendable things is concentrated on traditional hand and power tools, from drills to automotive gear to lawn mowers, as well as construction implements such as ladders, the range encompasses everything from guitars and board games to a small 3D printer. Consumables, he said, are the responsibility of the borrower, whether nails and screws for hammers and drills or thermoplastic for the 3D printer.

Cooking utensils are in demand, Fagan said, because people need such simple things as muffin tins for special occasions but may use them only a few times a year. He said he has an interest in paella pans and paella burners because he loves Spanish food but would not need them often. Cooking might be a topic for skill-sharing workshops, he said.

There is a small selection of “how-to” books, but “we don’t plan on being like a library with tons of books. If we are going to have some books, it’s just going to be pretty specific to DIY projects and stuff like that,” Fagan said.

Some kinds of items cannot be part of the inventory for insurance reasons, Fagan said, and kayaks and bicycles, for example, must be re-donated elsewhere. Weirdly, another item prohibited for insurance reasons are bouncy houses.

PVD Things interior at grand opening, Oct 23, 2022.
(Photo: Michael Bilow)

The Olneyville facility has regular hours every Wednesday, 6 – 8pm, but “as more volunteers come on, we’ll have the capacity to be open more days of the week and more hours,” Fagan said.

“We have put out a survey to see what people would want. I think it would be nice if we have some kind of regular cadence of asking our members, ‘Hey, what are we lacking?’” Fagan said. “Part of the name is ‘things.’ I guess the idea really is whatever the membership wants, that is what PVD Things will have.”

PVD Things “Library of Things” membership co-operative, 12 Library Ct, PVD. Web: pvdthings.coop Facebook: facebook.com/pvdthings

Fung leads Magaziner, McKee leads Kalus: Political poll results

WPRI-12/RWU poll: RI 2nd Congressional District (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)

A telephone poll was conducted by Fleming and Associates of Cumberland (sponsored by WPRI-12 News and Roger Williams University) of 402 RI likely voters, 254 of whom were in the Congressional second district, from Thu, Sep 29, to Sun, Oct 2.

The most notable result shows Congressional second district Republican nominee Allan Fung leading Democratic nominee Seth Magaziner, 46% – 40%, with independent candidate William Gilbert at 4%, not sure at 9%, and refused to answer at 1%. Due to the small number polled, the sampling margin of error is a relatively large ±6.2 percentage points, meaning that the actual numbers in the population under study could, in fact, be exactly reversed.

WPRI-12/RWU poll: RI governor (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)

There are other elements of statistical bias in the poll, particularly the high percentage of cellular (90%) as opposed to landline (10%) respondents, which tends to oversample younger voters and undersample older voters. Age-bias is important because the same poll shows Magaziner leading Fung 49% – 37% among voters 18 – 39 but Fung leading Magaziner 49% – 39% among voters 40 and older. Counter-intuitively, this means the sampling margin of error for undersampled subpopulations, once the raw results are normalized and weighted to compensate, could be easily an order of magnitude greater than that of the overall sample, such that only a handful of outlier responses would greatly distort the reported result. In other words, Magaziner is doing much better among the subpopulations that the poll captures more accurately. The poll does not publish sufficient raw data needed to estimate the boundaries of this problem.

As Motif noted a few days ago just before these poll results were released (“News Analysis — Elections 2022: Few contested races remain after primaries,” by Michael Bilow, Oct 5), although “Fung is an unusually strong Republican candidate by RI standards and has a credible chance of winning the House seat,” based on historical data “political forecasting news service Five Thirty Eight considers the race ‘likely Democratic’ with an 83% probability of Magaziner winning…”

The same poll reports the race for governor with Democratic nominee Daniel McKee leading Republican nominee Ashley Kalus by a double-digit margin, 45% – 32%, with not sure at 15%, refused to answer at 1%, and the remainder scattered among independent Paul Rianna (3%), independent Zachary Hurwitz (2%), and libertarian Elijah Gizzarelli (2%). For the statewide race, the sampling margin of error is a tighter ±4.9 percentage points. This is consistent with the prior observation in Motif that “the conventional wisdom is that Kalus has the chance of a snowball in hell of upsetting McKee.”

WPRI-12/RWU poll: Dan McKee favorability (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)
WPRI-12/RWU poll: Ashley Kalus favorability (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)

The poll attempted “favorability” ratings for McKee and Kalus: reporting McKee at 13% very favorable, 32% somewhat favorable, 14% somewhat unfavorable, 22% very unfavorable, and 19% not sure; reporting Kalus at 16% very favorable, 17% somewhat favorable, 13% somewhat unfavorable, 19% very unfavorable, and 35% not sure. The usual way of summarizing this is to view McKee as net +9 (45% favorable – 36% unfavorable) and Kalus as net +1 (33% favorable – 32% unfavorable). The large “not sure” blocs are more of an opportunity for Kalus to define herself to the one-third of the electorate who pretty much has no idea who she is, while a concern for McKee who as the sitting governor should be worried that one-fifth of the electorate does not know enough about him to form an opinion.

WPRI-12/RWU poll: Top issues for RI voters (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)

Asking about the direction the state has been moving, 34% said right, 45% said wrong, 9% said neither right nor wrong, and 12% said not sure. A question like this is minimally useful, essentially measuring satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the current political leadership.

WPRI-12/RWU poll: Pawtucket soccer stadium (Source: https://www.wpri.com/12-news-rwu-poll-results-october-2022/)

Asked to choose the single most important issue from a list, 42% said cost of living, 14% said abortion, 11% said education, 10% said health care, 9% said taxes, 7% said public safety, 6% said other, and 2% answered not sure.

Public money for construction of a soccer stadium in Pawtucket was overwhelmingly unpopular, 56% – 31% opposed with 12% not sure.

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