Sunday Local Roundup: October 11

Mario Atoyan (Photo: North Kingstown Police Department)


When Life Gives You Lemons…..

Bryson Murray is only 9 years old, but she has the business savvy of someone three times her age and a heart of gold. The North Smithfield resident conducted her own fundraising campaign that netted more than $1,000 for a charity for Boston Children’s Hospital. She generated that money in one day by selling lemonade. Read Joseph Fitzgerald’s story about Bryson in The Call.

Farewell to Hertzberg

Aaron Hertzberg, executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, is resigning after seven years with the organization. Read Jonathan Bissonnette’s story in The Times to learn why and how community leaders feel about Hertzberg’s departure.

New Coaches for the Clippers

Alan Tenreiro and Adolfo Costa, principal and vice principal of Cumberland High School, respectively, have taken on new roles on the soccer field. Sports reporter Brendan McGair delves into their efforts in The Call and The Times.


Slot Being Held for Teacher Accused of Assault

Mario Atoyan (Photo: North Kingstown Police Department)
Mario Atoyan (Photo: North Kingstown Police Department)

A position as science teacher at Winman Junior High School is being held open for Mario Atoyan, the Gorton Junior High School teacher who was arrested earlier this year on charges of first- and second-degree sexual assault, The Warwick Beacon has learned. Mario Atoyan was arrested in March in connection with an incident involving a 15-year old North Kingstown girl that allegedly took place in June of 2014. The Warwick School Committee immediately suspended him without pay. The Beacon explains why a teaching slot is waiting for him, even though his position was eliminated due to budget cuts.

Court to Decide Fate of Ragosta Report

warwick public schoolsIn the wake of Mario Atoyan’s suspension, allegations surfaced he inappropriately touched students at Gorton Junior High School. Lawyer Vincent Ragosta was brought in to look into the School Department’s handling of the complaints – yet the results of that report remain sealed. The Warwick Beacon details the latest in the fight to get the report – which cost $30,000 in taxpayer money – released.

In Memory of Colleague, Local Teacher #CelebratesLife

A teacher at Park View Middle School in Cranston won a cool $1,000 by taking part in an Instagram contest for Kona ice. But it’s what she decided to do with her winnings that got the attention of the company. The Cranston Herald details how she donated the money in memory of a colleague who just lost a battle against cancer this summer.

More Changes in Coventry

Coventry town seal_24Coventry is now being lead by a new interim Town Manager, Richard Kerbel, after former interim town manager and current finance director Bob Thibeault, stepped down. The Kent County Times details Kerbel’s past experience and tells us why Thibeault left the post.


newport-rhode-island-gonewportThe Columbus Day weekend is the perfect time to take a drive, and you don’t necessarily have to go far to take in some of the best Rhode Island has to offer. The Providence Journal details five of the best scenic drives in the state, starting with Ocean Drive in Newport.



Water Payments Flood In

Close-up pouring water into glass on a blue background

Several weeks ago, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena implemented an aggressive program to collect long overdue water bills. Since then, the mayor says the total amount of outstanding payments has dwindled dramatically. The Johnston Sunrise tallies up the numbers.

Workin’ at the Car Wash

Speaking of water, Mayor Polisena will be getting his hands wet and soapy as he washes the car of North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi. The Johnston Sunrise has the details on the bet he lost to the North Providence politician.



Kennedy takes the helm in Westerly, promises ‘open door’:

Photo: The Westerly Sun
Photo: The Westerly Sun

Is change in the air in Westerly? After recent drama in local politics, 33-year-old Derrik Kennedy takes the helm as the newest town manager. Kennedy tells The Westerly Sun he hopes an open door policy and strong communication with the public will provide the town with a fresh start in building for the future.

Warwick man charged with setting fire in Westerly

generic fire engine fire truckA 37-year-old Warwick man is facing charges after allegedly setting fire to a Westerly home last week, according to The Westerly Sun. After a fight with an ex-girlfriend, officials said he lit her house on fire, displacing three.

Police turn up heat in search for suspected bank robbery

Photo Courtesy: Stonington Police Department)
Photo Courtesy: Stonington Police Department)

After a series of robberies in southwest Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut, police are turning up the heat in their search for a Groton, Conn., man they say has likely been the perpetrator, The Westerly Sun reports. Police in Westerly and Richmond each said when Richard Love is located, he will be charged for incidents in both states.

Group Home Counselor Accused of Assault

generic-istock-gavel-handcuffs-legal-resizedA haymaker. That’s how one employee of a West Kingston group home described the punches he said a counselor threw at one of the home’s residents. The Narragansett Times details the charges that counselor is now facing.


Construction Coming Full Circle


For a dozen years, drivers have zigzagged around traffic barrels and traffic cones throughout downtown; a fluorescent orange slalom course for the ages. But as The Providence Journal reports, that perpetual construction project is about to come to an end, mostly.


Dotting the I’s on Deal With Amazon

Amazon_boxes_tallFall River is moving closer to completing a purchase-and-sales agreement that would bring an Amazon fulfillment center to the SouthCoast Life Science and Technology Park. The Herald News has the details on what the deal could mean for the area, including hundreds of jobs.


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