Sunday Local Roundup: May 8

WEST BAY

City Council calls for special education investigation

warwick public schoolsThe stories were genuine and compelling. The anger was visceral. And the outcome to an issue some council members say has generated the loudest outcry they can recall is a resolution calling for an investigation of the school department’s special education services. At the center – are students getting the services they nee? The Warwick Beacon takes a look at the issue.

New developments get boost

City Centre Warwick rebrandingSometimes all it takes is a little extra boost to get across the goal line. Michael D’Ambra believes the action the City Council took Monday night could be just what’s needed to bring a Hyatt Hotel to Warwick City Centre. The hotel would be the first step to a multi-use development D’Ambra proposed for eight acres on Jefferson Boulevard more than seven years ago. The Warwick Beacon has more on where the project stands now.

Daycare at CCRI on the move

CCRIA preschool run by a private, nonprofit that is housed at the Community College of Rhode Island will close in June to make space for services that a college official says will better meet the needs of its students. The Providence Center operates the Imagine Preschool in two classrooms, serving 36 children, in the college’s Knight Campus in Warwick, said Owen Heleen, a spokesman for The Providence Center. Four of the preschooler’s parents are CCRI students and one is the child of a CCRI faculty member, he said. The Providence Journal has more on the future of the day care.

Ivy League dream for Cranston West student

HERALD PHOTO BY JEN COWART

Being accepted to one Ivy League university is quite the accomplishment. Being accepted to five is a dream realized for Sarah Alam, Cranston High School West’s 2016 class valedictorian. So, which one did she choose? The Cranston Herald has the school scoop.

 Record largemouth bath caught on Johnson’s Pond

Photo via The Cranston Herald

This is no tall tale fish story. Brandon Migliore broke a record, catching an 11.2-pound largemouth on Johnson’s Pond. So, where are the fish biting? The Cranston Herald has the fishy facts.

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SOUTH COUNTY

Battle over beach access intensifies.

generic beachTown officials and residents are calling for immediate steps to improve access to public rights of way to the shoreline in time for the upcoming summer beach season. The Westerly Sun takes a look at this controversial issue.

 Hopkinton to have role in welcome center

imageTown Council President Frank Landolfi said he is optimistic that the town will have a meaningful role in the process of designing the state’s new Travel Plaza and Transit Center. The 6,000-square-foot facility, located on a 20-acre site on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-95 and Route 3, will cost approximately $12 million to build. The Westerly Sun has more on the project and the timeline.

Rescued owl on the mend

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This baby great-horned owl will be reunited with his family this weekend after spending about a month rehabbing an injury at the Born to be Wild Nature Center in Bradford. | Photo courtesy of Peter Green

After a somewhat rocky start in life, a baby great horned owl found on the ground near Shore Road in Westerly will be reunited with its family following several weeks of rehabilitation. John Maxson, of the Born to Be Wild Nature Center, a Bradford rehabilitation facility for birds of prey, said the owlet was brought in on April 9. The Westerly Sun has the comeback story.

Dog park solar fundraiser planned

Dog Park
Photo: Benjamin Branchaud

Dogs may soon be able to play after dusk in South Kingstown The Dog Park Association is hoping to install lighting for the park, powered by the sun. The Narragansett Times has more on efforts to raise enough bones for the project.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Back on the water

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Ernest A. Brown | The Times

With passengers including local officials, fourth-grade students from Blackstone Valley Prep Academy, and representatives from Mystic Aquarium, the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat on Friday morning sailed off for its maiden voyage for the 2016 season but not before the refurbished boat was christened by a bath of Narragansett beer. Read more about it in The Pawtucket Times.

Anchor Recovery gets facelift

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Ernest A. Brown | The Pawtucket Times

Calling the renovations a “labor of love,” officials with Anchor Recovery Community Center on Friday said that the new floors being installed at the Main Street center were the fulfillment of a promise to Jim Gillen, the center’s late founder. The Pawtucket Times has more on how the work is helping to fulfill the wish of a dying man.

Fenced in no more

Adelard
Ernest A. Brown | Woonsocket Call

Longtime Mount St. Charles hockey coach Dave Belisle had a feeling the day of reckoning was coming. There had been whispers regarding the removal of the chain-link fence that surrounded the ice surface at Adelard Arena, with glass boards going in its place. But as The Woonsocket Call reports, it finally happened. Read more about the big change.

School building sells for a steal

second avenue school
Ernest A. Brown | The Woonsocket Call

Ten dollars doesn’t buy what it used to. But in Woonsocket, it was enough to buy a school. The much-acclaimed Riverzedge Arts after-school education and entrepreneurship program is poised to plant roots in the Second Avenue School now that the City Council has preliminarily agreed to sell the maintenance-needy building to the nonprofit for $10. Read more about the detail in The Woonsocket Call.

NORTHWEST

Taking on tree chores

This is the group of Roger Williams University students – and leaders – who were at the Rhode Island Tree Council’s Fruit Tree Orchard in Johnston Saturday performing a myriad of duties to follow up on trees that were planted last year. (SUN RISE PHOTO BY PETE FONTAINE)

Saturday’s early morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits of two-dozen Roger Williams University students who performed some unique chores at the Rhode Island Tree Council in Johnston. Under the leadership of John Campanini, who serves as technical director for the tree council, the RWU students mulched fruit trees, clipped and removed branches of fruit trees, watered trees, and even created vine shoots. As The Johnston Sun Rise reports, the students are on a mission.

BMX Biker ‘K-Rob’ rides into town with positive message

The students were extremely excited as they watched Robinson jump his bike over one brave teacher volunteer, and only became more and more excited as he added several more to the mix, one at a time. For his final stunt, he jumped his bike over four staff members at once. (SUN RISE PHOTOS BY JEN COWART)

Reading Week came to an end at Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School last week with a special presentation from BMX biker Kevin Robinson, known as K-Rob. The entire multi-purpose room was filled with enthusiastic, cheering children as Robinson began his presentation, which focused on the themes of “teamwork, respect, inspire, confidence, and kindness” (TRICK). The Johnston Sun Rise has more on this special visit.

EAST BAY

Legislative grants have troubled past

Former House Finance Committee Chairman Ray GallisonA Bristol lawmaker’s abrupt resignation and the recent launch of a new inquiry into legislative grants came the same day as the trial of Dan Doyle, head of the Institute for International Sport, was scheduled to start, with dozens of former high-profile state leaders listed as possible witnesses to what happened to millions of state grant dollars. The Providence Journal’s Katherine Gregg takes a look into the troubled past of legislative grants.

PROVIDENCE

Providence principal honored

May 6, 2016 Assistant teacher Maria Bonilla, left, welcomes Denise Missry-Milburn, Principal of the Asa Messer Elementry School, Providence, as she walks into the cafeteria for the surprise announcement that she has been named R.
The Providence Journal/Steve Szydlowski

The same week teachers across the state were honored, it was a principal in the limelight in Providence. Denise Missry, the leader of Asa Messer Elementary School in Providence, has been named elementary school principal of the year by the Rhode Island Association of School Principals. The Providence Journal has more on what sets Missry apart from the others.

Readers honor mom

White tulips on grey wooden backgroundMother’s Day is all about honoring your mom — whether it’s with flowers or brunch or a hug. As they say about parenting, sometimes the best gift — if geography allows — is being there.
So The Providence Journal asked readers for their Mother’s Day photos, showing mom celebrating her special day with family. Take a look at the photos.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

Historic Coughlin School to be torn down

coughlin school fireAfter a devastating arson fire last summer that led to the arrests of two men, the city has decided to tear down the former Coughlin School. The Herald News has more on why the historic building won’t be salvaged.

A week of prayers, food and guests for Holy Ghost crown hosts

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Jack Foley | Herald News

Hosting the Holy Ghost crown is like holding a gathering every night for just shy of a week and not knowing who will show up. Friend, family or enemy, the door is open for prayer and food. As Manny and Maria Moreira welcomed visitors to their house last Tuesday, each one took a seat in folding chairs assembled in the living room opposite a smaller sitting area devoted to the St. Michael’s Church Holy Ghost crown. The Fall River Herald News takes a look at this special honor.

Titanic survivor recording restored

Executive Director of the Marine Museum Maria Vann listens to the new remastered recording of Titanic survivor Marjorie Newell Robb built by Steve Rycs.
Executive Director of the Marine Museum Maria Vann listens to the newly remastered recording of Titanic survivor Marjorie Newell Robb built by Steve Rycs. Herald News Photo | Dave Souza

To hear Marjorie Newell Robb’s account of the Titanic slipping into the ocean and of the little boats struggling to move away from the massive sinking ship is a link to the historic tragedy and to life itself in 1912. Robb’s delicate voice has been telling the story of how she and her sister survived the Titanic in a recording at the Marine Museum at Fall River for years. But over time, the recording became faint and crackling. The Herald News has more on how the museum worked to salvage the historic account.

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