Sunday Local Roundup: April 3

WEST BAY

Pinworm detected at 2nd Warwick school

warwick public schoolsOn March 22 two cases of pinworm were reported at Randall Holden Elementary. Although pinworm is not considered a serious health threat, the school is working diligently to clean the entire building nightly in attempts to halt the spread of the parasite. This is the second Warwick school to report a case of pinworm in the last month. The Warwick Beacon has more on the symptoms and what parents can do to help stop the spread.

Despite tourism campaign backlash, Warwick could benefit

rhode island cooler and warmerDespite the harsh criticism for Rhode Island’s new tourism campaign, should it see any success, Warwick could be one of the biggest beneficiaries. The Warwick Beacon takes a look at how the city is poised to take advantage of any surge in tourists to the state.

Thornton to Co-Op Players: Entire system failed you

Warwick Public Schools Superintendent Philip Thornton met with Warwick Co-op players and their parents during a meeting held at Toll Gate High School on Thursday. During the meeting, he and the Warwick school system took the blame for the Lady Titans getting disqualified from the girls’ hockey state title series – a series the team was kept out of for using an ineligible player. Read more in The Warwick Beacon.

Voters may get say on $25M in bonding

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As Mayor Allan Fung prepared to present his fiscal year 2017 budget plan, the City Council last week gave initial approval to put three bond issues totaling $25 million before voters on November’s ballot. The measures – which the mayor’s office announced last week as part of planned “significant investment to improve municipal infrastructure” – seek $20 million for street paving across the city, $4 million for fire and public safety equipment and facilities, and $1 million for repair of public buildings. The Cranston Herald has more on the proposed measures.

Tournament could be grand slam for kids with heart ailments

SoftballThe Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart & Hope Fund of Cranston has announced its first ever charity co-ed softball tournament, Gabrielle’s Grand Slam, to be held May 7 at Warwick’s City Park. The Beacon has more on the tournament and how proceeds could help kids with congenital heart conditions go to summer camp.

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SOUTH COUNTY

Apothecary coming to Wakefield

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Photo: Mandee McCann | Narragansett Times

As those who regularly drive, walk or bicycle down Main Street already know, an apothecary is coming soon to the building between the Purple Cow and the Saltwater Tavern. Though medicine has come a long way since the 1940s soda fountain-driven drugstores, Green Line Apothecary owner and pharmacist Christina Procaccianti believes the service at pharmacies has gone too far in the wrong direction. The Narragansett Times has more.

Misquamicut named among top beaches

Westerly- Misquamicut BeachWesterly have a special reason to celebrate summer a little early in 2016 — they have the only New England beach to be ranked in the latest list of top U.S. beaches for families. The Westerly Sun details some of the reasons why Misquamicut made the list.

Celebrating 30 years of The Pizza Lady

David Terranova, owner of The Pizza Lady, ladles sauce onto a pie. The pizzaria is celebrating its 30th year in business and has become a community icon. Harold Hanka/The Westerly Sun

For David Terranova, the key to a good business is consistency. He still relies on the same ingredients to make pizza as he did when he first opened The Pizza Lady 30 years ago. “I’m a traditionalist for sure,” he said. “Consistency is key. You’ll get the same delicious product every time you come here.” The Westerly Sun has the delicious details about this Westerly mainstay.

Reprieve for air museum

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Quonset Air Museum

Although the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) set Saturday as its deadline for the Quonset Air Museum to move out of its current location, a 50,000 square foot aircraft hangar, Interim President and CEO Peter Frazier said the agency is willing to work with museum officials as they seek a new home. Last year, RIAC, which owns the land on which the Quonset Air Museum resides, deemed the building ‘uninhabitable’ after a storm had damaged its roof. The North Kingstown Standard Times has more on the efforts to save the museum

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BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Big boost for trampoline park proposal

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Walmart’s days as an empty eyesore on Woonsocket’s main commercial strip may soon be over. The Zoning Board has indicated it will give the go-ahead to the plans of an Ohio developer to use the building for several businesses, including a self-storage facility, trampoline park, and restaurant. Read more in The Call.

Mural makes anti-bullying message stick

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Photo: Ernest A. Brown | The Pawtucket Times

What started one recent morning as rolls upon rolls of blue and green masking tape and a drab black wall in the auditorium at Shea High School in Pawtucket was transformed by the end of the day into a bright scene of students celebrating graduation while robots and pirates cavorted off to the side. See The Times for details.

Group home worker charged

Douglas LandryA group home worker at a facility located at 221 Jillson Ave. is facing felony charges for leaving a 29-year-old special needs woman alone in his employer’s van while he went into a commercial gym on Diamond Hill Road to have a workout. Details are in The Call.

New gym centerpiece of Lincoln HS project

generic-blueprints-istock-resizedChoosing a design that features a brand new gym, a renovated auditorium and the demolition of the old junior high school, the Lincoln High School Renovation Committee has settled on a master plan. Erica Moser writes about it in The Times.

 

NORTHWEST

Girls take on coding challenge

From left, Carmen Garcia, Katrina Waldmanwerth, Marlaina MacDonald and Ernesha Fernezan work on mobile application ideas at Bryant University for the Fantastic Girltastic Code Company Challenge on Saturday. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach
From left, Carmen Garcia, Katrina Waldmanwerth, Marlaina MacDonald and Ernesha Fernezan work on mobile application ideas at Bryant University for the Fantastic Girltastic Code Company Challenge on Saturday. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach

What type of apps do girls want? Consider the answers offered by more than two-dozen 9- to 12-year old girls who participated in the App Challenge Saturday at Bryant University. The Providence Journal details how the program aims to “inspire and equip” girls’ to pursue careers in computer sciences by showing them how it’s “relevant, cool, hip and exciting.’’

Special donation for The Autism Project

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Add The Autism Project to the list of non-profit agencies that the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association is “very, very proud to support,” Johnston Chief Richard S. Tamburini announced last Thursday morning. Bearing a white envelope that contained a check for $1,000, Tamburini presented Executive Director Joanna Quinn with what he later called a “special and important donation” at The Autism Project’s headquarters in Johnston. The Johnston Sun Rise has more on what the organization plans to do with several recent donations.

Benefit for Make-a-Wish honors former Miss. RI Italia

Isabella Corcelli is pictured after she was crowned Miss Rhode Island Italia in 2014. (via Johnston Sun Rise)

Isabella Corcelli, Miss Italia 2014, was 21 when she sucumbed to cancer. Now, the current Miss and Mrs. Italia are joining forces to remember Isabella and to raise money for Make-A-Wish. The Johnston Sun Rise has more about the magical night they have planned.

EAST BAY

Business takes flight in Newport

A customer at Newport State Airport fuels a twin-engine plane at the self-serve Av Fuel station.
A customer at Newport State Airport fuels a twin-engine plane at the self-serve Av Fuel station. An array of businesses at the state’s smaller airports thrive on offerings ranging from maintenance to skydiving. The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach

Every month, as reports show how many passengers travel through T.F. Green Airport, Rhode Islanders are reminded of the economic impact of the state’s biggest airport. But the state also is served by five smaller general aviation airports, each an engine of commerce, including Newport State Airport where family is a common theme with many of the companies. The Providence Journal has more about some of the businesses taking flight.

PROVIDENCE

Providence plugs into big savings

A new 24-watt LED light that was installed on poles in Burrlllville. The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski
A new 24-watt LED light that was installed on poles in Burrlllville. The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski

The little light that tells you your cable box is plugged in has emerged as the new thing in city streetlights, and by this fall about 16,800 streetlights in Providence will be part of that trend. Light-emitting diodes are being touted as more than brighter, cheaper lights. As The Providence Journal reports, they could one day serve as Wi-Fi antennas or meter readers. The switch could also be a big money saver.

New digs for The Projo

Providence Journal reporters and editors settle into the new newsroom in The Providence Journal Building. The Journal has consolidated its operations and moved into refurbished offices on the second floor. The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo
Providence Journal reporters and editors settle into the new newsroom in The Providence Journal Building. The Journal has consolidated its operations and moved into refurbished offices on the second floor. The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo

In this, its 188th year of daily publication, The Providence Journal has moved, again — but this time, not to another address, as it has seven times before in its almost two-century existence. This time, the paper has consolidated its entire non-printing operations, which once occupied all four stories and the mezzanine of 75 Fountain St., to the building’s refurbished second floor. The paper takes you behind the scenes of the refurbished offices.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

Cops: Homeless woman steals lobsters at knifepoint

lobsterPolice arrested a homeless Fall River woman who they said stole six live lobsters from a Shaw’s supermarket on Thursday night. Officers say the woman walked out of the supermarket and when a store security officer tried to stop her, the suspect allegedly took out a box cutter and threatened to stab the officer if he came near her. The Fall River Herald has more on where police found the woman and the crustaceans.

Budget deadline missed

Jasiel CorreiaAs promised, Mayor Jasiel Correia II failed to submit a sanitation enterprise fund budget today despite a legal requirement through a city ordinance. While the sanitation budget was not filed, the April 1 deadline for budgets for EMS, water, and sewer were submitted. As The Herald News reports, some of city councilors are not pleased.

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