Sunday Local Roundup: September 18, 2016

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WEST BAY

After ‘stormy’ rescue, kitten needs home

From left, Private Tim Bedard, Private Glenn Narodowy, and Lieutenant David Andrews pose with Stormy the kitten, who was rescued from a storm drain last month.

Warwick firefighters were recently reunited with one tiny life they saved in late August. “Stormy” the kitten got to meet his heroes Tuesday evening. Stormy had been found stuck in a storm drain outside of Gregg’s Restaurant on Post Road, and firefighters were called to the scene to rescue him. The Warwick Beacon has this touching story.

Nature trail opens in East Greenwich

Trail open to the publicLace up those hiking boots! After years of planning, the East Greenwich Nature and Cross Country Trail has officially been completed and is open to the public. Last week, town staff and friends attended the ribbon cutting, marking the end of phase one of the work being done to make the property a recreational space for the public to utilize and enjoy. The East Greenwich Pendulum has more.

RI’s aging lady of research getting the job done

She’s 40 and showing her age. Rust rims some gauges and shiny enamel paint hides the wrinkles of time. But as The Warwick Beacon reports there’s talk that the research vessel Endeavor is well beyond her prime, and it’s time that the National Science Foundation replace her. But her age has little to do with her mission or the fact that she carries sophisticated scientific equipment and is the pride of the state and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.

Students hope to bring vision to the Dominican Republic

HERALD PHOTO BY JEN COWART

Both Jason Hoskins and Cameron Macomber have been putting much of their recent time and energy into planning an important mission trip to the Dominican Republic, with a goal of providing vision screening and correction to nearly 300 people in the community of Maimon. As The Cranston Herald reports, they are hoping for a strong fundraiser preceding their event in order to be able to fly down doctors and equipment for the trip.

SOUTH COUNTY

Mixed reviews for Richmond rest area

Portable toilets and trash cans are available at the newly opened Richmond rest stop between exits 2 and 3 off interstate 95. | Christine Corrigan,The Westerly Sun

It may just be a collection of portable restrooms and a parking area, but the newly-reopened rest stop off Interstate 95 in Richmond is a busy place. The state plans to build a large transit hub and tourist information center either in Hopkinton or Richmond, and this minimal facility is intended to serve as a rest stop for truckers. As basic as it is, the rest stop is still the only such place in southern Rhode Island where travelers can seek relief. The Westerly Sun has more on what drivers are  saying.

National Grid Dealt blow with regional pipeline plans

Natural gas pricesIn South County, National Grid has been grabbing the attention of consumers with its underground transmission line for the Deepwater Wind project. The utility is facing a long battle, however, in another realm of energy; pipeline infrastructure.  This past June, National Grid submitted a request to Rhode Island’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to enter into an agreement with Algonquin Gas Transmission Company, a subsidiary of national pipeline operator Spectra Energy, in order to connect Rhode Island customers to extended natural gas service through the Access Northeast (ANE) Project. The North Kingstown Standard Times details why the energy company may be in for a fight.

Coyotes on the move in Westerly

iStock coyoteWhen the town’s summer population moves out, wild animals move in — and that means local residents should expect an increase in coyote, deer, and other wildlife sightings. Several coyote sightings in the past few weeks have residents buzzing, but Charles Brown, a senior wildlife biologist with the state Department of Environmental Management, and Westerly Animal Control Officer Art Smith said there are no concerns regarding the influx. The Westerly Sun explains why residents should expect to see an increase.

Westerly OK’s new street lights

Town officials are moving forward with plans to purchase streetlights from National Grid as a means to reduce costs. The Westerly Sun will enlighten you with more information.

BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Fight against power plant continues

A rendering of Invenergy's proposed power plant in Burrillville. (credit: Invenergy)
A rendering of Invenergy’s proposed power plant in Burrillville. (credit: Invenergy)

Burrillville municipal officials have filed a motion with the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Board, asking the board to dismiss Invenergy’s application to build a $700 million natural gas power plant in Pascoag. Read about the hot issue in The Call.

East Providence to seek settlement in harassment case

East Providence City Council
East Providence City Council

The East Providence City Council has decided to attempt to reach an out of court settlement with former municipal Human Resources Director Kathleen T. Waterbury, who has filed a lawsuit charging three individuals – two current and one former city official — with sexual harassment and discrimination. Learn more in The Times.

Honoring a gridiron great

jim-sullivanFormer Pawtucket resident Jim Sullivan is scheduled to enter the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame in November for his accomplishments at Saint Raphael Academy and Boston College. Sullivan talked about the honor and the past with Jon Baker, a sports reporter for The Call and The Times.

RI native writes, produces, directs ‘Manhattan Night’

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Photo: Lionsgate

Adrien Brody and Yvonne Strahovski have leading roles in “Manhattan Night,” a movie written, produced and directed by Pawtucket native Brian DeCubellis. Russ Olivo writes about the film in The Call and The Times.

NORTHWEST

Johnston’s endorsed candidates cruise to general

(SUN RISE PHOTOS BY PETE FONTAINE)

By wide margins, the Johnston Democratic Town Committee’s endorsed slate of candidates swept three local races in Tuesday’s primary. The Johnston Sun Rise takes a closer look at the results and talks with the candidates who are now looking ahead to November.

Apple festival a crowd-pleaser

Gina DePalo, left, of Cranston, and her twin nephews, Massimo and Luca DePalo, 5, ride a mini train at the 29th Annual Apple Festival in Johnston on Saturday with Celeste Lambert, center, of Johnston, her daughter Lilly Lambert, 4, and Heather Bush, of Johnston, with her sons, Telane, 2, and Tayden, 7 months.
The Providence Journal/Kate Bramson

The smell of apple pies, cider doughnuts and steak and cheese sandwiches fill the air as families mingled at the 29th Annual Apple Festival. About 85 vendors at the fall festival offer face painting, decorative plants, artisan soaps, children’s games, honey, sandwiches, and crafts. Sound like fun? The Providence Journal has more on the event and when you can catch it.

EAST BAY

St. George’s sex abuse survivor’s road to redemption

Anne Scott, a driving force behind exposing rampant sexual abuse at St. George's School, says William Robinson "should resign" from the R.I. Supreme Court because of hardball tactics he employed against her on the school's behalf. Andrew Shurtleff
Anne Scott, a driving force behind exposing rampant sexual abuse at St. George’s School. (Photo: The Providence Journal)

As the details of years of abuse at St. George’s School are brought to light, the survivor who sued the elite Middletown school and helped expose the rampant of abuse that happened there says she was silenced by “hardball tactics” — but now, she tells The Providence Journal how she found her voice and her way back.

Tiverton pays tribute to the good ole’ days

Photo: Fall River Herald News
Photo: Fall River Herald News

Tractor pulling, fresh produce, music, and livestock were just some of the attractions at a festival that serves as a tribute, each year, to the role of agriculture and history in Tiverton.The Fall River Herald News takes you to Country Day at Pardon Gray, the annual festival hosted by the Tiverton Land Trust at one of its properties, the Pardon Gray Preserve on Main Road.

PROVIDENCE

Cops: Man tries to make getaway on bicycle

Crime-Generic-Handcuffs and FolderA 20-year-old man was caught with a Ruger pistol after he tried to outrun a police officer on a bicycle, authorities said Friday night. The Providence Journal has more about how it all unfolded.

Rachleff kicks off final Philharmonic season in style

Photo: The Providence Journal
Photo: The Providence Journal

A near-capacity, very enthusiastic crowd greeted Maestro Larry Rachleff on the opening night of his final season as music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Saturday night’s concert at The Vets provided ample proof that when Rachleff departs, he will leave the Philharmonic in far better shape than it was in when he arrived 21 seasons ago. The Providence Journal has the story.

Bringing cutting edge to the classroom

Devin Young, cofounder and chief creative officer of Classcraft, demonstrates his product, which uses features of popular computer games to facilitate learning in a classroom.
Devin Young, co-founder and chief creative officer of Classcraft, demonstrates his product, which uses features of popular computer games to facilitate learning in a classroom. The Providence Journal/Sandor Bodo

Student success will not happen today without innovation and technology. That was the message at the state Education Department’s fifth annual conference Saturday, which was titled: “Innovation Powered by Technology, Building the Pathway to Student Success.” The Providence Journal has the ABC’s of the event.

SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS

Waterfront question goes to Swansea voters

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For Swansea’s waterfront revitalization project on nine acres at Ocean Grove to advance, two-thirds of voters must again endorse the $3.9 million bond at a one-article special Town Meeting on Monday night at Joseph Case High School, 70 School St. The Fall River Herald News details the plan and how much the bond could cost taxpayers.

Westport’s top educator gets raise

generic-pencils-stock exchange-schoolSuperintendent Ann Marie Dargon recently got nearly a $10,000 annual salary increase. On a 3-2 vote on Wednesday, the School Committee agreed to raise Dargon’s salary from $123,820 to $132,000. The new number does not include a travel stipend, as it once did. The higher salary has rolled that cost in. The Fall River Herald News has more on the vote and Dargon’s credentials.

 

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