After years of delays dating back to 2005, the City of Woonsocket is almost ready to start the bidding process for a $40 million water treatment plant. A hearing on the project is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, at 6 p.m. at the Bernon Heights Elementary School off Logee Street, according to an article by Russ Olivo in The Call.
As Charlie Hien prepares his Lincoln Little League all-star team for the state tournament, the memory of his late father and renowned coach Randy Hien is ever present. Charlie reflects on the past and future with Times reporter Jon Baker.
It has been 12 years since fire swept The Station nightclub claiming the lives of 100 people.
While the tragedy of that event will never be erased, there’s growing conviction that a lasting memorial to the victims will be a reality by next spring. In the Warwick Beacon, reporter Kate Middeleer details the efforts to raise the $2 million needed to make the project a reality.
At Tuesday’s town council meeting, members of the West Warwick council approved an amended ordinance protecting the privacy of those running growing operations in town. The Kent County Times‘ Kendra Leigh Miller explains why some of the councilors insisted on the changes.
Cranston Plant Put on Hold
Plans for a metal-plating plant to be operated by DiFruscia Industries of Johnston in a building owned by the Cranston Print Works are on hold after the Zoning Board of Review denied a special use permit for the operation go forward. The Cranston Herald’s Martha Smith details the red tape that could hold up the project for years.
New Rides in West Warwick
The West Warwick Town Council signed off on approximately $500,000 of new vehicle purchases for town departments Tuesday night. The Kent County Times’ Kendra Leigh Miller details what new vehicles are being bought and how the town is paying for them.
Coventry Athletic Facility officially complete
Less than three years since voters approved the bond issue, work on a new high school athletic facility in Coventry is complete. The Kent County Times’ Kendra Leigh Miller details some of the features of the new facility and how it came in under budget.
CFD’s Palin unfazed by ouster petition
As Target 12 reported this week, the Coventry Fire District presented its board chairman with 107 signatures calling for his recall earlier this week, but Board Chairman Frank Palin in staying the course. Details in The Kent County Times.
When news spread that a bid to open a casino in New Bedford went bust, the chairman of the group that wants to move the Newport Grand slot parlor to Tiverton told The Herald News he wasn’t surprised the deal fell apart. Find out why he thinks Twin River Management Group’s plan will work.
Hard times for Carnegie Tower
Camp Yawgoog celebrates its 100th year
Founded in 1916 and named for a Narragansett chief, the Camp Yawgoog Scout Reservation honored 100 years of tradition and history with a special celebration at the Rockville property. Westerly Sun reporter Cynthia Drummond has more on what thousands of Scouts experience when they visit Yawgoog.
Ruscito leaving Westerly High for Warwick post
Steven Ruscito, now the former principal at Westerly High School, announced last week that he is leaving the school to take a job in the Warwick Public School District. Ruscito, whom Westerly hired in 2011, will serve as Warwick’s new director of secondary education. Westerly Sun Staff Writer Anna Maria Lemoine details some of the successes Ruscito’s had during his tenure in Westerly.
Police: Crackdown on beach drinking will continue
Westerly police are sending a clear message, ticketing more than 80 people in the past week for alcohol-related violations at Misquamicut and other town beaches, The Westerly Sun reported. The effort will continue through tourist season, police said, as the enforcement aims to make unruly visitors think about their behaviors. Staff Writer A.J. Algier shares where police will be patrolling more frequently.
Hospital celebrates its 90th in period style
From surviving receivership in 2011 to announcing a collaborative partnership earlier this month, Westerly Hospital staff and board members have seen a complete turnaround. The hospital celebrated in style last week, according to The Westerly Sun, donning their best 20s attire in recognition of its 90th birthday.
Larchwood Inn: The Demolition Debate
A company wants to tear down the historic Larchwood Inn to build an assisted living facility for clients with early-stage Alzheimer’s and other issues. But, the project is meeting with some controversy. The Narragansett Times details what’s at the heart of this debate.
The handling of the budget, re-purposing of computers and problems with a new dual language program were among the concerns that surfaced at a recent town council meeting in South Kingstown. Reporter Benjamin Branchaud has more in The Narragansett Times.
Free for all on Governor’s Bay Day
There will be free parking, admission and family activities at all Rhode Island state beaches on Sunday, July 26. Reporter Kendra Lolio details all the festivities in The Narragansett Times.
Head Start Spots Opening Up for Kids in Johnston, North Providence
Tri-Town Community Action Agency CEO Joseph DeSantis announced this week that the agency’s Head Start program is recruiting new students for spots at its four local sites. Head Start is free to children from families who meet federal income guidelines – a family of three with annual income of $20,090 would qualify, for example – or other qualifications. RhodyBeat has details on how parents can apply.
Principe turns in ‘truly awesome’ performance at national competition
For Johnston’s Tara Principe, competing in the prestigious Distinguished Young Women’s National Finals in Mobile, Ala., was an experience she’ll cherish for a lifetime. Check out the Johnston Sun Rise for details on how she did during the national competition.
Spurred by last week’s deadly shooting at a military recruiting station Tennessee, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson tells The Herald News how his personnel is making their presence felt around local recruiting centers.
Little Free Libraries Stop Summer Brain Drain
The Herald News is doing it’s part to help students keep their reading skills sharp over the summer. Editor-in-chief Lynne Sullivan details how old newspaper boxes are being turned into Little Free Libraries for area children.