Sunday Local Roundup: July 26

PROVIDENCE

Hasbro makes good on hiring promise in Year Up training program
hasbro toys pawtucketWhen Hasbro, the world’s second-largest toymaker, invested $1 million to develop curriculum with the workforce training program Year Up, it also promised to hire 75 percent of the local graduates. Now that 12 have graduated from the program, The Providence Journal details how Hasbro is following through.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Ready to Flow

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.

Divine Inspiration

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.

WEST BAY

Station Fire Memorial Gaining MomentumAerial rendering of the Station Fire Memorial Park

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.

MarijuanaOrdinance Protects Pot Grower Privacy

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

ccfdAs 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.

EAST BAY

Chairman: Tiverton casino is ‘right size’ for regiontiverton proposal newport grand twin river

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

Carnegie Tower, visible from Mount Hope Bridge, has been a financial mess for its developer J. Brian O’Neill. The Providence Journal details why the luxury high-rise in Portsmouth is mostly empty.

SOUTH COUNTY

Harold Hanka / The Westerly Sun
Harold Hanka / The Westerly Sun

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.

Christine Corrigan/The Westerly Sun
The Westerly Sun

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- Misquamicut BeachWesterly 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.

WESTERLY HOSPITALHospital 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.

generic-istock-back-to-school-resizedTown Manager: More questions than answers about South Kingstown schools

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.

NORTHWEST

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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.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

Chattanooga Shooting Spurs ActionMuhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was arrested on April 21, 2015 in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for driving under the influence. (Courtesy: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

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

Children's BooksThe 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.

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