Sunday Local Roundup: October 9, 2016

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Council wants Rocky Point port of call

While the state hasn’t determined whether it will offer ferry service next year and there isn’t a dock for it to use, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday calling for Rocky Point to become a port of call on ferry service between Providence and Newport. The Warwick Beacon has more on the push to bring ferry service to the city.

Tax Deal for House of Hope

generic moneyThat’s how City Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste characterized the back tax fiasco with the House of Hope that promises to be resolved under an agreement worked out by the city administration and approved Monday night by the City Council. Under the agreement that will take effect when signed by the House of Hope and accompanied by a check totaling about $100,000, the non-profit organization agrees to pay off $208,222.08 in property taxes and interest dating back to 2010 in two years. The Warwick Beacon has the details on the deal.

City prepares to shut off water for nonpayments

generic sink filled with water and waterfall faucetWarwick Water Division crews have been out with cans of blue spray paint and have already marked the location of nearly 300 valves in preparation to carry out threats to shut off water unless payments are made on delinquent bills, Water Division Director Daniel O’Rourke said Friday. Shutoffs, which the city has not done in the past, are a prelude to putting a property up for tax sale. The Warwick Beacon has more.

Students in need of mentors

Cranston Herald

At Gladstone Elementary School, the community mentoring partnership is an important one. Gladstone is a large school with a high poverty, high ELL student population, making it a perfect fit for an on-site, one-to-one mentoring program. Principal Susan Buonanno has been building such a program for the past several years, and is again reaching out to groups, organizations, and individuals in hopes of attracting new mentors looking to impact the lives of Gladstone students. How can you help? Check out the Cranston Herald.

BASICS prepares to open new headquarters

Seven years ago, when Cranston’s school district was forced to cut elementary music, middle school sports, and other programs and activities in the face of a financial crunch, a small but determined group of parents got together one night at Chelo’s on Reservoir Avenue and decided to build a musical bridge. Now, BASICS or Benefiting All Students in Cranston Schools is preparing to open its new headquarters. The Cranston Herald has more on the mission.

Curling club eyeing new digs

Pictured are some of the attendees at the “Learn to Curl” event on Sept. 30 at Veterans Memorial Arena. HERALD PHOTOS BY STEVE POPIEL

The game of curling is about precision – moving stones across ice with accuracy down to a fraction of an inch. The Ocean State Curling Club, meanwhile, is eying some bigger moves. The club, which makes its home at Veterans Memorial Arena in Cranston, is the largest arena curling club in the New England region and one of the largest in the country. Now, as The Cranston Herald reports, they’re looking for some new digs.


Rain delays Columbus Day parade

Parking signalThe Westerly/Pawcatuck Columbus Day Parade has been postponed until 1 p.m., Monday, because of the pending inclement weather. Read more in The Westerly Sun including more on parking restrictions for the event.

Former Copar Quarry worth millions

There are 7 million tons of granite that has yet to be mined from the former Copar quarry, according to an appraisal of the property commissioned by the town. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

The Comolli family’s quarry property in Bradford has a market value of $2 million and contains approximately 7 million tons of granite that has yet to be removed, according to an appraisal commissioned by the town. The Westerly Sun has more as town leaders discuss the future of the property.

Puppy quarantined after skunk encounter


A puppy will spend the next four months at the town’s animal control facility for monitoring after coming in contact with a rabid skunk late last week, and law enforcement and health officials are warning area residents that the incident is a reminder to have pets vaccinated. The puppy, only 4 months old, came into contact with the skunk on Friday evening on a farm located in the Boombridge Road neighborhood, according to Animal Control Officer Art Smith. The skunk was “acting strangely” when it approached the puppy, Smith said, leading the puppy’s owners to contact animal control. The Westerly Sun has the rest of the story.

Daedalus Center getting off the ground

Construction is progressing at the B2B Gateway office park near Exit 2 of I-95 in Hopkinton. | Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

Clearly visible through the trees at Exit 2 off Interstate 95, the new global headquarters of B2BGateway.Net is now under construction and is expected to be ready for occupancy sometime in the spring. Hopkinton resident Kevin Hoyle owns the company, which specializes in electronic data interchange — business document transfers for companies selling goods electronically to other companies. The Westerly Sun has more on how the project came to be.


Lucchino reflects on career of David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, left, talks with Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino before batting practice in Fort Myers, Fla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Photo: Boston Red Sox | The Woonsocket Call

When the Red Sox take the field at Fenway Sunday, it could be the last game in the career of slugger David Ortiz – who is retiring after this season. Paw Sox owner Larry Lucchino is offering a unique perspective on the career of the beloved player in The Call.

Transformation of a train station

The way forward railway

While trying to secure his vision for making One Depot Square in Woonsocket into a commuter rail stop mid-way between Providence and Worcester, Vincent Bono, president of the Boston Surface Rail Co., is transforming the station into a mixed use facility that will now include a coffee shop. Learn more about his project in The Call.

Top bidder for Silver Top diner revealed

silver-top-diner-2The Cerrone family, most prominently known for its automotive dealership in Attleboro, was the winning bidder for the storied Silver Top diner recently auctioned off by the City of Pawtucket. Read more in The Times.

Ghosts, ghouls return to Slater Park

After rain forced the postponement of the haunted tunnel at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket, ghosts, ghouls and other creatures of the night have returned to the park. Learn about it in The Times.


Cruizin’ for a Cause wraps up season with big donation

TROPHY TROUPE: These are the people who won trophies in the classic car and motorcycle divisions of the Cruizin’ for a Cause finale in Johnston. SUN RISE PHOTOS BY PETE FONTAINE

Emotions were running as high as the roaring sounds of the Screamin’ Eagles motorcycles that pulled into Johnston Town Centre last Thursday evening. The Johnston Street Machines group brought the curtain down on its 2016 Cruizin’ for a Cause season by presenting 20 trophies to owners of classic cars and motorcycles. More importantly, its organizers made another donation to a Rhode Island non-profit. The Johnston Sun Rise has more on the event.

High school blood drive a big success

Rhode Island Blood Center staffers make sure donors have water during their time of giving blood. SUN RISE PHOTOS BY PETE FONTAINE

Through the years, Johnston High School has become well known for some terrific traditions. One in particular is a tradition unlike any other, one faculty members like Greg Russo will tell you is of the utmost importance. It surfaced again last Thursday inside the Edward L. DiSimone Gymnasium. The school’s Student Council held its annual October blood drive. The Johnston Sun Rise has more on how many students participated.


Federal grants to pay for additional police officers

Image (1) portsmouth_sign_wikipedia.jpg for post 139993The Warwick and Portsmouth Police Departments have received federal grant money to hire school resource and community engagement officers. The Portsmouth Police Department will hire two school resource officers with the $250,000 award. One will be based at Portsmouth High School, while the other will work at the middle school and two elementary schools. The Providence Journal has more on the grants.


Tentative firefighter contract near final approval

Providence Firefighters' union president Paul Doughty and Mayor Jorge Elorza
Providence Firefighters’ union president Paul Doughty and Mayor Jorge Elorza

A tentative agreement on a new five-year contract for city firefighters could be presented to the City Council Finance Committee this week, says Paul Doughty, president of Local 799 of the International Association of Firefighters. The agreement reached last month would return the department to a four-shift work week, one of the union’s key bargaining goals, while also reducing the minimum number of firefighters required per shift from 94 to 88 — a prime city objective. The Providence Journal has more on the process.

Pinkie saving procedure saves musician’s career

Providence Journal Photo
Providence Journal Photo

Acclaimed upright bass player Brigham Brough has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Madison Square Garden, Lollapalooza Chicago, San Francisco’s Filmore West and on stages in Europe and South America, among many other places. He has appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman” and Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show.” But it seemed Nov. 14, 2015, would be the day his music died. That’s when he cut four fingers of his left hand in a power-saw accident while renovating his house. The saw severed the last bone of his pinkie, essential to playing his grand instrument, which, at 6 feet, 4 inches, is as tall as he is. The Providence Journal’s G. Wayne Miller has more on how leeches and doctor ingenuity helped save Brough’s pinkie..and career.


Abbey Grill: From dream to reality

Photo: Kevin P. O'Connor | Herald News
Photo: Kevin P. O’Connor | Herald News

It had been a vacant and vandalized building. Then a workspace and a dream. But now, The Abbey Grill is a reality. The Fall River Herald News has more about the opening and the history of this building.

Runners honor fallen officer’s memory

Before the race, Liz Voss thanks people for participating in the race named for her late husband. (Photo: Jack Foley | Fall River Herald News)
Before the race, Liz Voss thanks people for participating in the race named for her late husband. (Photo: Jack Foley | Fall River Herald News)

Fall River’s Judi St. Hilaire won’s the women’s crown with a time of 19:14 and Steve Brightman took the men’s crown with a time of 17 minutes. Those were the top two finishers in Saturday’s BJ Voss Memorial 5K Run/Walk, an event in the memory of Voss, a Somerset police officer who died in the line of duty. The Fall River Herald News details how the event is helping to keep Voss’ memory alive.