Sunday Local Roundup: July 19

Weekly recap of hyper-local news from where YOU live



National Grid prepares for substation shuffle

National Grid is moving ahead with relocating a substation standing in the way of the nursing education center proposed for the Jewelry District. But it won’t be moving the equipment — critical to powering downtown — far, perhaps a couple of hundred feet, according to utility spokesman David Graves. The Providence Journal details what the lengthy process entails and where the new substation will go.

Cops: Panhandler robs Good Samaritan

File this one under: No good deed goes unpunished. A 27-year-old man on his way to work at Brown University stopped to give money to a panhandler on Richmond Street. First, he pulled out a $5 bill, but the panhandler noticed more cash in his wallet and asked for more money. How about $10? the man offered. Turns out that wasn’t good enough. The Providence Journal explains what happened next


Recovering addict saving lives

Jonathan Goyer, who grew up in East Providence, remembers the day his life almost ended because of a drug overdose. As reported in The Times, Narcan saved him, and now he is teaching others how to administer the opioid antidote.

Looking for a few good workers

Sign posted on J's Deli in WoonsocketUnemployment in Woonsocket is well over the state’s average, but the operators of the award-winning J’s Deli on Cumberland Hill Road told The Call they’re having so much trouble finding decent help that they have had to temporarily shut down. Check out the debate the deli’s decision is sparking in the city.

The Call/Russ Olivo
The Call/Russ Olivo

Victim’s dad reflects on vacated conviction

Donald Picard, the father of murder victim Doreen Picard, talked with Call Reporter Russ OIivo after the conviction of the man accused of killing her more than 33 years ago was vacated on Monday, July 13, by Rhode Island Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.  In The Call, find out what Picard said about the lead detective on the case, the Woonsocket Police Department and its handling of the investigation.


Doughboy contest heats up in Oakland Beach

The Warwick Beacon
The Warwick Beacon

Jimmy Rengigas is seeking zoning approval to replace an abandoned house in Oakland Beach with old neighborhood favorite eatery Mrs. Gus’s, to once again serve its famous hamburgers and doughboys. With parking already scarce, Iggy’s owner David Gravino fears another restaurant in the area will lead to traffic congestion issues. Read both sides of this doughboy debate in The Warwick Beacon.

Indians hope for big turnout at weekend powwow

powwow planners warwick beacon sunday roundupThe Rhode Island Indian Council will host its 36th annual powwow, featuring traditional dancers, food and vendors, this weekend at City Park in Warwick. Having moved from Roger Williams Park to City Park last year, attendance numbers dropped significantly, but council officials are hopeful as the word gets out, more people will take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the state’s oldest culture. The Beacon has more details about the event and how your can attend.

Family Shelter closed before running in red

Sign posted on the door of the RI Family Shelter. (Brian Yocono/WPRI-TV)
(Brian Yocono/WPRI-TV)

After 25 years of helping families get back on their feet, the Rhode Island Family Shelter has had to close its doors, saying it is no longer able to meet payroll and tax commitments. first reported the story last week. Now, The Warwick Beacon reveals why the shelter ran into financial troubles, and why they’re not alone.

St. Mary’s Feast celebrating 110th year

St. Mary’s Feast, a storied tradition in Cranston’s Knightsville neighborhood, is placing a renewed focus on its religious and cultural roots in its 110th year. So, what goes into planning an event that attracts up to 100,000 people? The Cranston Herald has those details, plus some of the other changes to this year’s event.

Cranston schools to pilot all-day K

generic-crayons3-nk-resizedCranston Public Schools is one of seven districts in the state without universal all-day kindergarten. But as The Cranston Herald reports, that’s about to change. The district will pilot an all-day program in select classrooms starting this fall. The Herald details how the program will rolled out, and which schools are included.

Art in the Park

The “Celebrate Coventry!” committee this month broke ground on the new Coventry Lumber Music Pavilion in front of the town hall annex on Flat River Rd.
The pavilion will be the focal point of the new Coventry Art Park, said councilwoman and Chairwoman for the committee Karen Carlson. The Kent County Times has more about this Art Park.


Charges in 1999 Rape Case


A Wisconsin man is behind bars on four counts of first-degree sexual assault after authorities linked his DNA to a 1999 rape case, according to the attorney general’s office.

A Newport County Grand Jury reported out a secret indictment in late May charging Leonard Murphy, 48, of Watertown, Wisc., with sexually-assaulting a woman around July 11, 1999, the attorney general’s office said. The Providence Journal details how police say they cracked the case more than 15 years later.


Momentum builds for job Westerly job training facility

education center westerly sun sunday roundup

Support from the Westerly Town Council, including a $300,000 town contribution, would – if approved – help move along the development of a job training and education center planned for the corner of Canal and Friendship Streets. The Westerly Sun details who could use the center and where its students could potentially land a job.

Police search for boat in Watch Hill hit-and-run

A 56-year-old man was injured when he was struck by a boat while swimming in Watch Hill. Police officers are still searching for the operator of the boat, which left the scene without a pause following the accident on Wednesday. The Westerly Sun reveals who was instrumental in getting the swimmer back to shore.

Taylor Swift (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP, File)Swift trespasser to appeal conviction in higher court

A 24-year-old Westerly man convicted of trespassing on Taylor Swift’s Watch Hill property claims he was simply looking to leave mail for the pop star, The Westerly Sun reports why he is now challenging his conviction in Superior Court.

The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo
The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo

Potter Pond cottage plan squashed 

In a 3-to-2 vote, South Kingstown’s Zoning Board of Review rejected at proposal to demolish a group of older summer beach cottages and a mobile home near Potter Pond and build 12 larger elevated cottages in their place. The planned new cottages were 750 to 1,000 square feet — an average 40-percent increase in size, though there was no change in the number of bedrooms in them. The planned decks and landings ranged in size from 740 to 800 square feet. The Providence Journal explains the concerns the board gave as reason for the rejection.


generic sink filled with water and waterfall faucetJohnston targets $271K in delinquent water bills

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena has announced an effort to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding water bills, with a September shutoff date looming for those who do not pay their balance. Thirsty for more? Check out the details in The Johnston Sunrise.

Johnston’s Russo heads to America’s Homecoming Queen competition

Recent Johnston High School graduate Taylor Russo, who was named this year’s Rhode Island Homecoming Queen, is seeking the community’s support as she vies for top honors at the national competition in Memphis, Tenn. The Johnston Sunrise has more about Russo’s journey.


As Fall River parishioners’ numbers wear thin, churches wear down

The immigrants who constructed Fall River’s ethnic Catholic parishes around the turn of the 20th century built those churches to last.

But as the decades have passed, those grand edifices of stone, brick and marble have shown signs of wear and tear, and the burden to repair and maintain those churches has fallen on fewer practicing Catholics. The Herald News explains the daunting realty several parishes are facing.

Fowl smells forces wing joint to unplug…for now

Herald News photo | Linda Murphy
Herald News photo | Linda Murphy

Boneheads Unplugged may be drawing rave reviews with diners, but the honeymoon between the new wings shop and one of its neighbors has gotten off to a rocky start.

The takeout restaurant specializing in chicken wings and hamburgers temporarily closed this week after learning that a nearby business, Alexandra’s Boutique complained to city officials about the smell of chicken permeating their building. The owner tells The Herald News what the business is doing all in the spirit of being a good neighbor.

Pleasure Island Comeback?

Herald News Photo | Jack Foley
Herald News Photo | Jack Foley

After being closed for nearly a decade, Pleasure Island may be on the path to a second life. The owner of Pleasure Island, Edward Costa and Costa Management LLC, is pursuing plans to reconstruct the bridge that leads to Pleasure Island, which caused much acrimony in town in the early 2000s. The Herald News details what developers saw when taking a boat tour around the now abandoned island.


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