Sunday Local Roundup: October 25

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Junkyard Scrapped in Woonsocket

The state Department of Business Regulation has filed a petition in Superior Court to halt the operation of what it calls an unlicensed junkyard that has been operating in a residential area in Woonsocket for four years. Read about the controversy in The Call.

Suspect Sent to Hospital

The man accused of drawing police gunfire after a standoff at Woonsocket’s Glenark Landing was transferred from District Court to Rhode Island Hospital Thursday. The Call details why the suspect was taken there instead of the ACI.

To Burn or Not to Burn

fire pitLast week’s Pawtucket City Council Ordinance Committee meeting dealt with a hot topic when residents and officials addressed a ban on outdoor burning and questioned whether a related ordinance prohibits the use of fire pits. Burning to know what happened? Read about it in The Times.

Smokin’ the Competition

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Chris Clegg and his wife, Joan, seem like average people. What separates the couple from their peers is their cooking ability, which has landed them in 110 barbecue competitions across the country in less than 10 years. Read about a couple known as Rhode Hog BBQ in The Times.

WEST BAY

HOLD THE HOSE

HOLD THE HOSE: Members of the Warwick Fire Department visited Holliman Elementary with two trucks on Wednesday afternoon for the Touch a Truck for a Buck fundraiser. Students learned about the different parts of a fire truck and were even able to use one of the hoses off the trucks with the help of a fireman.
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Members of the Warwick Fire Department visited Holliman Elementary with two trucks on Wednesday afternoon for the Touch a Truck for a Buck fundraiser. Students learned about the different parts of a fire truck and were even able to use one of the hoses off the trucks with the help of a fireman. The Warwick Beacon details how the money is being used to help several local families affected by fire.

Archaeological Dig Unearths ‘Cafeteria Row’

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOUâ��LL FIND: Archaeologists Kirk Van Dyke and Alex Flick stand by as a flat bladed backhoe unearths section of Tidewater Drive in a survey of the trench to be used for a main sewer line.Ever since bones were found during a sewer project in Warwick, crews have been conducting an archaeological dig on Tidewater Drive. Now, they’ve found what appears to be fast food alley. The Warwick Beacon explains.

Cranston Getting 4th Middle School

MAJOR PLANS: Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse introduces the presentation on the proposed sixth-grade transition and conversion of Hope Highlands into a middle school during Monday�s forum at Western Hills.
The Cranston Herald

Cranston Public Schools could see significant changes next year, with plans calling for the transition of sixth grade back to the middle school level and the conversion of Hope Highlands Elementary School into a fourth middle school. Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse introduced the details of the plan during a forum at Western Hills this week. So why the change? The Cranston Herald has the answers.

District 28’s Nardolillo says no way to FSA

Central Coventry Fire District captain's helmetCoventry Representative Bobby Nardolillo is out to change language to exclude fire districts from the Fiscal Stability Act. Find out what Nardolillo is calling the situation the third rail of politics in The Kent County Times.

Alves pleads no contest to DUI charges

Former state Senator Steven Alves at his arraignment on DUI charge at Kent County Court.
Former state Senator Steven Alves at his arraignment on DUI charge at Kent County Court in January 2015.

Former West Warwick State Senator Stephen Alves pleaded no contest in Superior Court on Monday DUI charges stemming from an accident that saw him total his Mercedes after rear-ending a tractor trailer truck on Route 146 in January, according to court documents. The Kent County Times tells you what happened in court.

Bank Comes to Rescue

Central Coventry Fire District CCFDThe financial woes continue for the Central Coventry Fire District, which put off its FY16 vote after Centreville Bank froze the department’s account. But now, as The Kent County Times reports, another bank is stepping in and freeing up some funds.

A Lifeline for ROTC

Coventry’s junior ROTC program will lose its affiliation with the Air Force, but that may not mean the end for the program. The Kent County Times details what other branches of the military could come in and keep ROTC alive in the town.

EAST BAY

Big Gift for St. George’s

iStock_chalkboard-moneyThe St. George’s School received a large gift: $4 million from the estate of Albert W. Merck, a 1939 graduate who died last year and is the grandson of the founder of Merck & Co., a pharmaceutical company. The Providence Journal details how the school plans to use the money.

SOUTH COUNTY

Counselor, Teen Charged in Group Home Confrontation

Crime-Generic-Handcuffs and FolderA counselor at the Liberty Lane group home in South Kingstown, where adolescent boys in state care are sent, allegedly picked up a 17-year-old by the throat and punched him in the face because the boy would not leave his office. The Providence Journal has details on the investigation, plus how the state is taking action.

Plans advance for development at former Hoxsie-Smith site

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Harold Hanka / The Westerly Sun
Changes are coming to Route 1 in Westerly, where the Planning Board approved plans for a multipurpose shopping and professional center at the site of the former Hoxsie-Smith dealership. The Westerly Sun reported this week that the approval sets the development in motion and fills a property that has remained vacant since 2008.

Operators identified in fatal yacht crash

The victim's boat after it was towed to Dodson's Boatyard in Stonington, Conn. (WPRI/Dave Wiggins)
The victim’s boat after it was towed to Dodson’s Boatyard in Stonington, Conn. (WPRI/Dave Wiggins)

The Department of Environmental Management this week identified the two men they said were operating a yacht just off Watch Hill when it struck and killed an 81-year-old Stonington resident on Sept. 22, according to a report in The Westerly Sun. Officials said the two men, ages 76 and 72, were coming from the Newport Boat Show to Old Saybrook, Conn., for another boat show when the accident occurred.

Richmond couple leaving U.S. to start transition home in Haiti

The Westerly Sun

Some people have a calling they just have to follow and for one Richmond couple, it’s leading them to leave the United States, The Westerly Sun reports. David and Deborah Kreyssig, upon David’s retirement from Electric Boat, are moving to Haiti where they plan to open a transition house for orphans.

NORTHWEST

PD Headquarters Gets Facelift

(SUN RISE PHOTOS BY PETE FONTAINE)

A local company decided to give back by giving Johnston Police Headquarters a fresh coat of paint. The Johnston Sun Rise details how it all came together with a member of the force getting his own home painted.

PROVIDENCE

Writer Returns Home to Providence

Providence_skyline_day_high_res_3_20081022114329_640_480Jane Kramer graduated from Lincoln School back in 1955. But on Friday, the longtime staff writer for The New Yorker was walking through the school’s halls. Kramer has contributed to the magazine since 1964 and has published numerous acclaimed nonfiction books. Find out what brought Kramer back to Rhode Island in The Providence Journal.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

The Future of Care

generic blue hospital signAdvances in technology and medicine have converged in a new state-of-the art hybrid operating room and electrophysiology lab that appear to be straight out of the future at Southcoast Health’s Charlton Memorial Hospital. The Herald News details how the new operating room will help save lives while also saving patients at trip up to Boston.

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