Sunday Local Roundup: September 11, 2016

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Warwick native serves on ship named in honor of 9/11 victims

As the nation observes the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a 2013 Pilgrim High School graduate and Warwick native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of three ships named in honor of the victims and heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Petty Officer 3rd Class Cole Furney is an operations specialist aboard USS Arlington, named for the county of Arlington, Virginia, to honor the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Furney tells The Warwick Beacon what it means to him to be serving on the ship.

Warwick sites part of International Coastal Cleanup

Oakland Beach, Warwick
Oakland Beach, Warwick

Save The Bay is recruiting volunteers to help clean up trash and debris for Rhode Island’s International Coastal Cleanup beginning on Saturday, September 17. Nearly 80 shoreline sites in Rhode Island will be cleaned during the event, and volunteers all over the world document will their findings to help reduce the problem at the source. The Beacon has more on the cleanups and how you can get involved.

Yacht club on schedule

Herald Photo

Officers of the Edgewood Yacht Club say construction on the clubhouse to replace the iconic Victorian building that burned to the water during a winter storm in 2011 is going as planned. The Cranston Herald has more on the rebuilding process.


Westerly revising background check policies

generic-pencils-stock exchange-schoolSchool officials and a policy group are revising a proposed criminal background check policy for volunteers to more clearly define who needs one, and to specify that the school district would pick up the tab. The Westerly Sun details some of the changes being considered.

Seniors learn to protect their identities

generic-istock-computer-crime-resizedA group of 20 seniors gathered at the Richmond Town Hall Tuesday to learn about skimming, phishing, and spoofing — funny-sounding words that are actually serious scams that top the list of the most common crimes against the elderly: fraud and identity theft. The Westerly Sun has more.

Richmond wants transit hub

Driving, steering wheelAt its meeting Tuesday, the Richmond Town Council passed a resolution asking that the state consider Richmond as a possible location for its proposed transit hub and that the town be involved in the planning process. The resolution, presented by Councilor Joe Reddish, suggests the state look at the land off of Exit 3 — rather than the land off Exit 1 in Hopkinton where the building of the facility is currently being planned — as a possible location for a transit hub. For more information, check out The Chariho Times.

EMS director suspended

generic-911-cell-phone-resizedThe town’s newly-appointed EMS director William Howe has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following questions to the town manager regarding his expired paramedic license. His leave will remain active only until and if his paramedic license is renewed, according to town manager Stephen Alfred. The Narragansett Times has more details.


Festival planned at Blackstone River Valley National Park

Blackstone River Valley now a National ParkFolks at the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park are inviting visitors of all ages to go birding, hunt for mushrooms and learn about skulls, nature videography, and environmental hazards during a Biodiversity Festival later this month. See details in The Call and The Times.

Park in jeopardy?

Ernest A. Brown | The Woonsocket Call

The Andrew P. Palmer Carillon Park has been a fixture in the Social District of Woonsocket for nearly 30 years. However, some people are wondering whether the carillon is in jeopardy because of changes in Rhode Island property laws. Read about it in The Call.

Photographer combating pediatric cancer


Wickford-based photographer Robyn Ivy is kicking off her exhibit to raise awareness and money to help combat pediatric cancer in Pawtucket. Learn what motivated the artist to undertake the project and details of the showings in The Times.

Taking the helm of the planning department

woonsocket city hallRui Goulart de Almeida is an architect, a post-graduate level educator, an interior designer and a passionate advocate for people-friendly urban spaces. Now the 53-year-old native of the Azores is something else: deputy director of the Woonsocket Planning Department. Read more in The Call.


Johnston students head back to school


Whether it’s a baseball game or the first day of school, opening day is always special. That was the case last Thursday morning, as a total of 3,283 boys and girls began the 2016-17 academic year at eight Johnston Public Schools. The Johnston Sun Rise has more on some of the chances students and teachers found this year.

Police department promotes ‘outstanding’ officers

Sun Rise Photo

Stepping to the podium last Friday morning at the Johnston Senior Center, Mayor Joseph Polisena said: “This is truly a special day for these two fine men, their families, and friends. It’s a well-deserved promotion that cannot be understated.” It was a day filled with history, as Polisena – along with Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini and Deputy Chief Daniel O. Parrillo – presided over a special ceremony that saw Joseph Salvadore go from sergeant to lieutenant and patrolman David Loffler graduate to the rank of sergeant. The Johnston Sun Rise has more about how both officers have served the community.


Naval War College observes 9/11

Naval War College 9/11 ceremonyThe Naval War College Friday honored those with ties to the Newport school who died on Sept. 11, 2001, including Jerry DeConto. The Providence Journal’s Mark Patinkin profiles DeConto and how he served his country before his life was cut short.

Compensation close for St. George’s sex abuse victims

In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 photo buildings at St. George's School rest on top of a hill in Middletown, R.I. The exclusive New England boarding school, whose alumni include Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes, has been rocked by a sex abuse scandal. Dozens of former students say they were raped or molested by employees or schoolmates over the past four decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

An arbitration process with 30 victims in the St. George’s School sex-abuse scandal “will be wrapping up in the next few days,” and they will probably receive their undisclosed compensation “within the month,” according to Carmen L. Durso, one of their attorneys. The Providence Journal has more on the process and where it goes next.


RI polling places get update

generic voting polling place providenceVoters heading to the polls to cast their primary ballots on Tuesday might notice some changes. The state has updated its 20-year-old voting equipment. Nearly 600 new ballot tabulators — part of the state’s $9.28-million updated voting machine system — will be tried out for the first time. What does it mean for voters? The Providence Journal takes a look.

New bridge floats across Providence River

The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo

A long chain of blue and white balloons hung over the Providence River on Saturday, replacing a bridge that once carried Route 195 traffic and celebrating plans for a new bridge for a more local form of traffic: pedestrians. The Providence Journal has more on the upcoming project.


Memories of 9/11 remain

Herald News | Dave Souza
Herald News | Dave Souza

The sight of devastation at ground zero still lingers in the minds of SouthCoast residents who went to the scene of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, even now, 15 years later. Some of those first responders who helped in the aftermath of the attacks recount the experiences to The Fall River Herald News.

Making the case for and against charter schools

Herald News | Jack Foley
Herald News | Jack Foley

Dueling canvassers hit the streets Saturday, offering opposite views on the future of public education. But both groups claim the same goal: Both want to get people to vote their way on referendum Question 2 in the November election which, if passed, would allow for more publicly funded charter schools to be formed in the state. The Fall River Herald News take a look at both sides.

Winter farmers market coming to Westport


The town’s economic development committee wants to celebrate winter in style. The committee has received clearance from selectmen to launch the inaugural winter farmer’s market. The Herald News has more details on what shoppers can expect to find at the market.

Longs, strange trip for Florida pooch

Herald News | Jack Foley

Apollo the dog was recently found in Swansea. And animal control officers soon found out this wasn’t the typical lost dog case. A scan of his microchip revealed the Pyrannese-mix dog is from Sarasota, Florida. Now, no one knows how he made it all the way up north. The Herald News has more on Apollo’s journey and the efforts to get him back home.


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