On Air Now
Bruce Newbury
Bruce Newbury
9:00am - 12:00pm
Talk of the Town w/Bruce Newbury
Contact Me
My Blog
Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Listen to What's Up Newp presents 1540 Live! Live and local...weekdays 4pm
1540 WADK.com Updates

Concerned Island Taxpayers Association Hosting Candidates Forum

The Concerned Island Taxpayers Association is hosting a candidate’s forum tonight, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 915 Mitchell’s Lane in Middeltown. The forum will provide an opportunity to meet candidates, ask questions, and hear their positions on local, state and federal issues. If you intend to participate in the forum, contact Antone Viveiros at Avive40840@hotmail.com or 401-380-7724

Portsmouth Water And Fire District Update

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District will continue flushing water mains today. The work is scheduled to begin at 8pm and continue through 6am tomorrow morning. Flushing today will be on East Main Road to Middle Road, from Town Hall to Union Street. Discoloration of the water is expected but should clear by midday tomorrow.

Rhode Islanders Required To Re-enroll In State-run Health Insurance

All Rhode Islanders who purchased health insurance through the state-run exchange will have to re-enroll in the program between November 15th and December 31st to avoid losing coverage. HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson said having customers re-enroll every year creates educated consumers. Customers who enrolled in health coverage last year may notice prices for some plans have changed.  

Squirrel Blamed For Providence Power Outage

A squirrel is being blamed for a power outage in Providence that left over five-thousand people without electricity.  National Grid confirms that the remains of the offending squirrel were found in a pipe after it made contact with a live current.  The squirrel interrupting the power stream caused a piece of equipment to fail, turning off a pair of power substations in the process.  Providence is giving residents an extra three days to file their second quarter taxes, as they are now due this coming Monday.

Rhode Island Is Receiving Eight Million Dollars in Federal Housing Grants

Rhode Island is receiving eight-million-dollars in federal housing grants.  The money is headed to the cities of Providence and East Providence to improve housing and expand economic opportunities.  The flexible funding can also be used to help homeless people find shelter, and to fund local programs and organizations that supply affordable housing.  Senator Jack Reed helped secure the grants, and says they will help address some of the greatest needs in the two communities.

Rhode Island Journalist Who Contracted Ebola Released From Hospital

The Rhode Island journalist who contracted Ebola while working for NBC News in Liberia is set to be released from the hospital today.  Doctors say Ashoka Mukpo will be released from Nebraska Medical Center this morning.  Mukpo's blood now tests negative for Ebola, and he is free to return home.  Mukpo's father says he will be returning to Providence once he gets out of the hospital.

Judge Hears Complaints Filed By Newport Grand

Attorneys for Newport Grand argued the anti-casino group listed major donors who did not list their place of employment or whether they had any direct or indirect affiliation with any person who operates a gambling facility. The Daily News says that the attorneys representing the anti-casino group said these donors are people who have homes or interests in Newport. The lawsuit hearing will be continued in Newport Superior Court Thursday at 2 p.m.

Portsmouth Water & Fire District Update

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District will continue flushing water mains today. The work is scheduled to begin at 8pm and continue through 6am tomorrow morning. Flushing today will be on Middle Road and all side streets to the west, Mill Lane and all side streets, West Passage Drive to Locust Avenue, stonegate drive, greylock drive, and the greystone terrace area. Discoloration of the water is expected but should clear by midday tomorrow.

Proposal To Replace Portsmouth Higschool Wind Turbine Has Been Postponed

A decision on whether to accept a proposal to replace the wind turbine at Portsmouth High School has been put off for another week. According to the Daily News, the proposal from Wind Energy Development of North Kingstown states that the company is willing to tear down the turbine that has stood idle for two years and replace it with a 1.5 megawatt, direct drive model that works without a gear box. In view of a November 1st deadline for the town to formally accept the offer, the council is scheduled to decide the issue Monday, October 27th.

Portsmouth Woman Dies After Being Hit By Car

An 83 year old Portsmouth woman died of injuries she suffered Sunday afternoon when she was hit by a car while walking in her neighborhood. Police arrested Barbara L. Krensavage, 58, of 76 Lambie Circle on a felony charge of driving to endanger, death resulting, and a reckless driving charge. According to the daily news, police said Krensavage was driving north on Sea Meadow Court at about 3:30 p.m. when she crossed into the southbound lane and hit Marilyn C. Oglo as she was walking along the shoulder of the road. The felony charge will be referred to the state attorney general’s office for review. Police said alcohol was not a factor, but the fatal accident remains under investigation.

Former RI Congressman Dies

Former Rhode Island Congressman Robert Tiernan is dead at the age of 85.  Tiernan was elected to Congress during a special election in 1967 and served for seven years.  After losing his seat in a close primary election in 1974, Tiernan was appointed to the Federal Election Commission by President Gerald Ford.  He then returned to private law practice in 1981 until his retirement in 2009. Tiernan will be laid to rest tomorrow during services in Wakefield.

Water Main Flushing To Continue In Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District will begin flushing water mains again this week. The work is scheduled to being at 8pm and continue through 6am tomorrow morning. Flushing today will be on East Main Road and Middle Road from Crossing Court to Hedly Street. Hedly Street and all side streets including Industrial Park. Corys Lane and Kings Grant including their side streets. They will also be flushing water mains on West Main Road from Hedly Street to Union Street, including Father Flanagan’s and John Street.  Discoloration of the water is expected but should clear by midday tomorrow.

Community Halloween Carnival & Haunted House At Rogers

This Friday and Saturday Rogers High School Fine and Performing Arts Department will host its 5th annual Community Halloween Carnival & Haunted House.  It will be held from 5:30-9:30 in the auditorium area of the high school.  The cost is $5 per person, $15 for a family of four with all proceeds will go to the Fine and Performing Arts At Rogers.

Report Today On Health Exchange Funding

A report being released today will detail ways Rhode Island's health insurance exchange can become financially self-sustained.  The Affordable Care Act requires state run exchanges to be operating in the black by January 1st or pursue other options.  One option would be to allow the federal government to operate the state exchange.  The state has spent over 140-million-dollars so far in creating the HealthSource RI exchange.

New RI License Plates Unveiled

Rhode Island vehicle owners will be getting newly designed license plates in the near future.  Gone from the new license plate is the cresting wave design plates that have been used since 1996.  The new plates are a shade known as Newport historic blue, and feature a digital image instead of raised letters.  This design is more reflective and easier for law enforcement officers to see.

Land In Middletown Will Be Preserved

Two non-profit organizations have teamed up to preserve another property from development.  According to the Daily News, the Aquidneck Land Trust and the Norman Bird Sanctuary have teamed up to preserve 5.4 acres of land in Middletown at the intersection of Green End Avenue and Third Beach Road. The  property cannot be used for residential or commercial development. A portion of the property that will be preserved near Paradise Brook plays an important role in filtering ground water and keeps drinking water clean.

Officials Say No Ebola In RI

Rhode Island public health officials say a suspected case of Ebola in the state has proven to be a false alarm.  The health care worker who recently traveled to Africa called for help after suffering flu-like symptoms.  Emergency responders wore hazmat suits and brought the woman to Rhode Island Hospital.  Doctors were quickly able to determine that the woman was not suffering from Ebola, and an isolation room was not prepared.

Deadly Fire On Prudence Island

One person is dead following a house fire that occurred on Prudence Island.  The fire broke out at around seven o’clock last night on Ross Lane, with responding firefighters finding the home fully involved in flames.  Once they were able to knock the fire down the victim was located inside the home.  Battling the fire was made difficult by the lack of hydrants on the Island, as water had to be shuttled to the site from a tank in another part of the Island.

State Jobless Rate Remains Flat

Rhode Island's unemployment rate is holding steady.  The state Department of Labor and Training says the jobless rate was seven-point-six percent in September, which is unchanged from August.  The state report also indicates that Rhode Island gained 400 jobs in September.  The state unemployment rate is well above the national rate, which is just under six-percent. 

Weaver Cove Cleanup Planned For Tomorrow

Clean Ocean Access will host a coastal cleanup on tomorrow from noon to 2 along the shore of Weaver Cove. If you are interested in assisting with the cleanup, you can get more information by visiting www.cleanoceanaccess.org .

Water Main Flushing In Common Fence Point

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will continue flushing local water mains this week. Flushing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through the night until 4 a.m. Today work will be on water mains in Common Fence Point. Discoloration of the water is expected during and after the flushing and may extend beyond the neighborhood where the mains are being flushed.

President Cancels RI Visit

The President has cancelled his scheduled trips to Rhode Island and New York today.  He will remain at the White House and monitor the government’s Ebola response. This is the second day in a row that President Obama has put off travel plans to attend to increased concerns of Ebola in West Africa and the emergence of two cases in the United States.

Tiverton Getting Part Time Parks & Recreation Department Director

The Portsmouth Town Council met on Tuesday night and the Daily News reports that they unanimously voted to establish a part time director for a Parks & Recreation Department.  The approval came with the stipulation that the position be self-sustaining.  The Town Administrator has said that the six bids the town received for the operation of the Melville Ponds Campground would cover the cost of the part-time position.

RI To Receive $24.6 Million For Heating Assistance

Rhode Island is receiving millions in federal heating assistance for low income residents. Senator Jack Reed announced that the $24.6 million in funds coming to Rhode Island is almost $4 million dollars more than last year’s allocation.  There are about 34,000 Rhode Islanders that depend on the program to help with winter heating.

State Drug Overdoses Reported

 Drug overdose deaths are continuing to occur across Rhode Island.  State health officials say there have been 162 deaths from drug overdoses since January.  The overdoses have come from both prescription and street drugs, and have occurred in 30 different cities and towns.  State Health Director Michael Fine says despite all the publicity about the dangers of drug overdoses, they are continuing to occur at an alarming rate.

Rhode Island Gas Prices Plummeting

Gas prices are plummeting in Rhode Island. Triple A Southern New England says the average cost of a gallon of self serve regular gas has dropped 11 cents in the last week.  The current average is three-dollars and 28-cents a gallon, which is nine-cents above the national average.  Triple-A says abundant supply is combining with low demand to drive prices down for consumers.

The Portsmouth Water And Fire District Flushing Update

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will continue flushing local water mains this week. Flushing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through the night until 4 a.m. Discoloration of the water is expected during and after the flushing and may extend beyond the neighborhood where the mains are being flushed. Today work will begin on East main road from Child Street to Clement’s Marketplace and Aquidneck Place and side streets to the Sakonnet River; and Common Fence Point. Tomorrow work will be on Common Fence Point.

Police Presence Resumed At Schools In Cranston, Johnston and Warwick

A police presence has resumed at schools in Cranston, Johnston and Warwick due to the anonymous letter received by Johnston police threatening physical harm to elementary school children last week. According to the AP, Police in Cranston and Johnston will be at the schools all day this week. In Warwick, police will appear at arrival and dismissal and also will patrol the schools at different times during the day. Investigators are still working on tracking down suspects.

Rhode Island Reports Lottery Profit

The state of Rhode Island is reporting a 376-million-dollar profit in the state lottery during the fiscal year that ended in June.  The lottery announced yesterday that the amount has been deposited into the state's general fund.  The 376-million-dollars represents what is left after the lottery paid winnings, commissions and operating expenses for the fiscal year.  The amount represents a decrease of nearly three-million dollars from the amount earned in fiscal year 2013.

Obama Event Sold Out

The President is due to arrive in Rhode Island tomorrow for a sold out event at Rhode Island College. According to the AP, the speech begins at 3 p.m. and will focus on family issues like the importance of paycheck fairness for women and workplace flexibility.

URI Institute for Immunology and Informatics Discuss Fight Against Ebola

The University of Rhode Island’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics is holding its 8th Annual Vaccine Renaissance Conference this week to discuss the fight against Ebola. The AP reports that the Institute director Dr. Anne de Groot spoke about experimental Ebola vaccines in development on the first day of the conference and says researchers are working to determine if they will be effective.

Recreation Facilities Master Plan Advisory Group Meeting Wednesday

The Recreation Facilities Master Plan Advisory Group is scheduled to meet at Middletown Town Hall on Wednesday, 6 p.m., to discuss a proposal for a new baseball and lacrosse complex on the east side of Middletown.

Oxbow Farms Portion of Route 63 Bus Service Returns to Middletown

The Oxbow Farms portion of the Route 63 bus service is returning to Middletown. According to the Daily news, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority officials announced the move late last week after meeting with about 25 residents of the West Main Road apartment complex. Representative Deborah Ruggerio says the Oxbow Farms portion of the bus route is expected to stop in the neighborhood about 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. everyday regular service is provided.

Portsmouth Water and Fire District Flushing Update

The Portsmouth Water and Fire District will continue flushing local water mains this week. Flushing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through the night until 4 a.m. Discoloration of the water is expected during and after the flushing and may extend beyond the neighborhood where the mains are being flushed. Today they will focus on Sprague Street to Freeborn Street; Turnpike avenue and side streets; West main road from Statue way to Sprague Street and side streets. Tomorrow work will begin on East main road from Child Street to Clement’s Marketplace and Aquidneck Place and side streets to the Sakonnet River; and Common Fence Point.

Municipal Meeting Update

The Newport School Committee will meet tonight at the Newport Public Schools’ administration center at 7 p.m. The Jamestown town council will be conducting a public workshop on the Jamestown Recreation Center, Golf Course Clubhouse Project, Jamestown Portoguese American Citizens Club and future uses by the Town of Jamestown at the Jamestown town hall Monday at 7 p.m.

Navy Kickback Scheme Leader Has Sentence Upheld

A federal court of appeals upheld the sentence of Ralph Mariano, a former civilian Navy employee for orchestrating an $18 million dollar kickback scheme.  Mariano had asked the court to throw out his 10-year prison sentence, because he was not given credit for accepting responsibility at his sentencing.

New Jersey Man Sentenced In Portsmouth Sexual Assault Case

A New Jersey man was sentenced yesterday to more than seven years in prison for traveling to Rhode Island to meet a 13-year old Portsmouth girl, then taking her back to his home and sexually assaulting her.  In addition to his sentence, Daniel Berger, 28 of Haskell New Jersey, must register as a sex offender and submit to treatment and other conditions.  Berger met the girl on-line and pleaded guilty to the charges in July.

Newport Marathon Is This Sunday

The Newport Marathon is this Sunday.  It starts and ends in Newport, and half the race will wind through the streets of Middletown. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30 in the morning and end around 2pm.  Motorists are being asked to use caution when driving in the area, the police department will  provide traffic control on several streets. Anyone with questions on road closures can call the Middletown Police Department.

Investigation Continues Into Threatening School Letter

Police in Johnston say they're looking at several individuals in connection to a letter threatening violence against elementary school children.  Johnston Police Chief Richard Tamburini says some of the people they're looking into are students.  The state crime lab has analyzed the one-page, hand-written letter for fingerprints and are now examining evidence.  The letter was sent to the Johnston Police Department earlier this week threatening physical violence against students in Johnston, Warwick and Cranston.

Human Skull Fragment Found In Warwick

An investigation is ongoing into a piece of human skull found in a wooded area in West Warwick.  Police say a local resident discovered the fragment Sunday while strolling behind Crossbow Lane.  Investigators say the fragment is from the top of a human skull, but they're still working to determine the age and identity. 

Water Main Flushing In Portsmouth Continues

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District continues flushing water mains today. The work is being done from 8 at night until 4 in the morning. Today they will be working on Island Park and the Hummocks Point areas.  You can expect discoloration of the water and you may experience low water pressure during flushing. The water is expected to clear by midday after the flushing.

Second Candidate Night Set For Tonight In Portmouth

Portsmouth Concerned Citizens will host another candidate night tonight.  Tonight candidates for school committee have been invited to participate in a question and answer session at 6:30 at the town hall.

Newport Kids Count Data Released

At the Newport Data in Your Backyard event held on Tuesday. Kids Count released information on the well-being of Newport children and families.  The reports trends discussed at the event included the decline of reading and math skills among Newport students after a period of improvement, and the high rates of chronic absenteeism at Newport Public School.  It also pointed out that the high school graduation rate has decreased in recent year. The Newport graduation rate was 67% down from 82% in 2011 and 74% in 2012. You can view thier report here: http://www.rikidscount.org/matriarch/documents/2014%20Newport%20DIYB%20Presentation_FINAL.pdf

Final Meeting On Innovation Hub Is Today

The final meeting in a series of three meetings to find out more information about Newport’s Innovation Hub, will be held today in the atrium area of CCRI’s Newport Campus.  The meeting hosted by the City of Newport, will take place from 1-7 and is free and open to the public.

Schools See Low Attendance Amid Threats To Students

Many parents are keeping their kids home from school after police received a letter threatening physical harm to students in three districts.  Warwick School District officials say absences were up more than 200-percent yesterday at their schools.  Cranston officials say about one out of every three students were absent in their district, while about 42-percent of students were absent in the Johnston School District.  Johnston police received a letter Tuesday threatening to behead elementary school children in those three districts.

Second Newport Innovation Hub Meeting Scheduled Tonight

The second in a series of three meetings to find out more information about Newport’s Innovation Hub, will be held today at the Pell Elementary School library, on Dexter St.  The meeting hosted by the City of Newport, will take place from 3:30 -8 p.m.,and is free and open to the public.

Water Main Flushing Continues Today in Porstmouth

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District continues flushing water mains today. The work is being done from 8 at night until 4 in the morning. Today they will be working on Bristol Ferry Road from Cherokee Drive to Bay View Avenue. Boyd’s Lane to East Main Road and side streets. East main road from Sprague street and child street to Boyd’s lane and side streets, including the Viking Drive area. Tomorrow they will be working on Island Park and the Hummocks Point areas. You can expect discoloration of the water and you may experience low water pressure during flushing. The water is expected to clear by midday after the flushing. We have a link on our website WADK.com with the complete water flushing schedule. Get the complete schedule at http://www.portsmouthwater.org/news_release.html

Secretary of State Announces Upcoming Voter ID Events

Rhode Island’s secretary of state is holding a series of events where residents can get free voter IDs before the Nov.4th election. Events are scheduled today in Central Falls, and Thursday in Warwick. Upcoming events will be held in other cities and towns including Middletown in the coming weeks. You can get a complete list of scheduled voter ID events here : http://www.ri.gov/press/view/23097

Chamber To Host Candidate Meet and Greet Tonight

With the election less than 30 days away, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce will host a meet-and-greet event at the Newport Yachting Center, tonight, from 6-8, as an opportunity for the public to get to know the candidates running for state and local office. Candidates from the First Congressional District, statewide offices, General Assembly and town councils and school committees in Newport County have been invited. The event is free and open to the public.

Police Respond To Threatening Letter

Police are increasing their presence at three Rhode Island school districts following a threat placed yesterday against elementary school children.  The Johnston Police Department says they received a letter yesterday threatening physical harm against students in Johnston, Warwick and Cranston.  Police in Cranston and Warwick say they will be stationing an officer at every school in their districts through the end of the week.  Johnston police say they'll be stationing an officer at every elementary school.

Middletown's Comprehensive Plan Discussion Put On Hold

The Middletown Town Council will hold off discussing revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Plan until after the November 4th elections. The Daily News says the council voted 7-0 Monday night to push back the schedule because more time is needed to review the document.

Review Process Begins On Bids To Run Melville Ponds Campground

Six firms have submitted bids to run the Melville Ponds Campground in Portsmouth for the next five seasons. The campground is part of the 123 acre Melville Recreation Area, which includes a nine-pond waterway and hiking trails leading to Narragansett Bay. According to the daily news, Town Administrator John C. Klimm says they received six very good bids. The bids will be analyzed by Finance Director James Lathrop, who has already put together a brief description of all bids. Contracts are expected to be awarded before the end of the year.

Update On Portsmouth Water Main Flushing

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District begins flushing water mains today. The work is being done from 8 at night until 6 in the morning. Today they are working on Willow Lane and Sprague Street, Bristol Ferry Road to Camara Drive and Mitchell Road and side streets.  You can expect discoloration of the water and you may experience low water pressure during flushing. The water is expected to clear by midday after the flushing.  Tomorrow they will working on Bristol Ferry Road from Cherokee Drive to Baywiew Avenue, Boyds Lane to East Main Road. Water main flushing tomorrow will also include East Main Road from Sprague Street and Child Street to Boyds lane and side streets, including the Viking Drive area. Get the complete schedule at http://www.portsmouthwater.org/news_release.html

Search Continues For Missing Fisherman

The search continues for a missing fisherman off the coast of Little Compton.  Dozens of people set out yesterday to comb the coastline in search of Adam Perry Sr.  Perry has been missing since Thursday, when his boat capsized while fishing with friends off Sakonnet Point.  Police, firefighters and the Coast Guard suspended their search for Perry on Friday.

Jobs for Newport Press Conference Reveals Much of the Same with a Few New Additions

Jobs for Newport held a press conference this afternoon in the front lobby of Newport Grand and unveiled some new developments for the proposed casino and entertainment center.  Speakers included Jobs for Newport partner Joe Paolino, Newport Comedies Joe Rocco, and project architect John Grosvenor.  With accompanying imagery, Paolino announced that along with the 40 million dollar investment into the building that is currently Newport Grand, additional development will add an outdoor tent / event center for concerts and an Olympic sized skating rink housed within the parking area.  Emphasis for these new additions to the already existing plan were attributed to the recent sale of the Newport Yachting Center event facility in downtown and the new facility owner’s announcement that they will not be continuing the myriad events that take place there.  All of these plans are contingent on the outcome of the vote whether or not to allow table games at Newport Grand on November 4th.  

South Kingstown Man Sentenced by Federal Judge

A South Kingstown man has been ordered to six months of home confinement by federal judge.  Joseph Kilty was sentenced Friday for defrauding Sears of more than $150,000.  Kilty deposited the receipts from the Middletown Sears Hometown and Outlet store into his personal bank account instead of depositing them into the Sears account. His sentencing includes 300 hours of community service, and he must pay restitution to Sears.

Informational Meetings Set For Newport's Innovation Hub

If you are interested on finding out more about Newport’s Innovation Hub, there will be a series of meetings held by the city of Newport where residents and interested parties can get more information.  The first in the series is tomorrow at the Pell Center library inside the Young Building on Bellevue Avenue.  The meeting will take place from 8am-2pm, it is free and open to the public.

Search For Missing Fisherman Called Off

There is still no word on a missing Providence fisherman who was aboard a boat that sank in the Sakonnet River on Thursday.  Two of the three men on board were rescued and all three men were wearing life jackets. Their boat started taking on water when the engine broke down. The search for the missing man, Adam Perry Senior, was called off on Friday after an 18 hour, 370 square mile search. A life jacket was found during the search that is believed to be Perry’s.

Middletown Town Council Meeting Tonight

The Middletown Town Council will meet tonight, the executive session will begin at 5:30, the regular meeting at 6 and there will be a public hearing on the Middletown Comprehensive Community Plan at 7. 

Portsmouth Water Mains To Be Flushed

The Portsmouth Water & Fire District will begin flushing water mains this week.  The work will begin tomorrow on Willow Lane and Sprague Street, Bristol Ferry Road to Camara Drive and Mitchell Road and side streets.  The work will be done from 8 pm until 6am. You can expect discoloration of the water and you may experience low water pressure during flushing. You should avoid washing your clothes and those with hot water tanks are being advised to avoid drawing hot water during flushing hours and until the water discoloration has cleared. The water is expected to clear by midday after the flushing.  The complete water main flushing schedule can be found here: http://www.portsmouthwater.org/news_release.html

Casino Forum Tells Both Sides Of Story

Last night’s residents attended the forum on the proposed expansion of Newport Grand that was held at Rogers High School. They heard from casino proponent, URI Professor, Edward Mazze and casino opponent, former Connecticut congressman, Robert Steele.  People expressed their concerns over current jobs that could be lost, if the casino question doesn’t pass in November, as well as how the expansion could help create additional jobs for people in the area during the construction and renovation of the project. Opponents had concerns on how the expansion would affect area local businesses.

Deadline For Voter Registration Is Sunday

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is two days away.  Anyone who is 18-years-old as of November fourth and is a Rhode Island resident is eligible to vote.

RI Dept. Of Health Prepared For Ebola

Due to the Rhode Island’s sizable West African population, the Department of Health has been preparing for the last two months for any potential ebola cases. Director Michael Fine says a case of Ebola in Rhode Island is inevitable and his staff meets weekly with members of the African community. Fine has said that Rhode Island is one of the most ready states in the nation.

Crew Of Sinking Lobster Boat Rescued

The crew of a Rhode Island lobster boat are safely back on shore after their vessel sank 40 miles south of Block Island.  The crew members got into survival suits and jumped into the rough seas as the boat went under yesterday morning.  The men had made distress calls and were only in the water for around 20 minutes before a Coast Guard rescue helicopter arrived.  None of the crew members suffered any injuries.

Scituate Dam Would Withstand Earthquake

A new study indicates that the Scituate Reservoir dam would withstand a strong earthquake.  The 88-year-old dam holds back around 39-billion gallons of water, a devastating amount if it were to be released.  The University of Rhode Island study says if the dam failed it could flood locations up to 20 miles away, and would leave more than half the state with no drinking water.  However, the report indicates that the dam is very well built and would withstand a major earthquake with little to no damage.

Candidates Weigh In On Casino

Seven candidates for the four City Council at-large seats were asked last night where they stand for the proposal to allow Newport Grand to transform into a full casino. The Daily News reports that Mayor Winthrop and Councilwoman Napolitano were the only ones in favor of the proposal because the $40 million dollar investment in Newport Grand would be another major investment in the city. Massachusetts residents will vote in November to repeal the state law that permitted three casinos and a slot parlor to operate in the state.

Cumberland Girl Who Died Had Enterovirus

A ten-year-old Cumberland girl who died of a staph sepsis last week was also carrying the enterovirus.  Rhode Island health officials say the severe bacterial infection sepsis caused the girl's death.  However, they are unclear whether the enterovirus was a factor in the girl's death.  Very few people who contract enterovirus will see symptoms any stronger than those of a common cold.

RI Dept. Of Health Recommends Flu Vaccines

The Rhode Island Department of Health launched its annual flu vaccination campaign yesterday at the Rhode Island State House. Director of Health, Doctor Michael Fine said a flu shot is your best protection against the flu. Doctors recommend flu shots annually for everyone older than six months. Flu shots are particularly important for pregnant women, senior citizens, healthcare workers, and people with chronic medical conditions. All Rhode Islanders are encouraged to see their doctors to be vaccinated against the flu. Other places where people can be vaccinated include pharmacies, public clinics, and school clinics.

Decision On Tiverton Cell Tower Delayed

A proposed 150 foot monopole cell phone tower on Eagleville Road in Tiverton, could help Verizon customers that now have a gap in coverage.  According to the Daily News, the decision on the tower by the Zoning Board or Review was postponed last night until Verizon can come up with how many customers would be affected by the addition of the new tower. The board plans to meet again on the tower issue November 5th.

Clean Ocean Access To Hold Inaugural Fundraiser

Clean Ocean Access will host its inaugural fundraiser the Rotunda at Easton’s Beach, Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will showcase the organization’s vision for the future, share the results from its past eight years of work cleaning local shorelines of debris and conducting water quality tests.  It will include activities for kids, carousel rides, music,food and drinks. The event is free, open to the public, and will offer opportunities for people to contribute to the group’s mission.

New England Tech To Expand

A major expansion is planned at the New England Institute of Technology's East Greenwich campus.  School officials say the 120-million-dollar expansion will include the school's first dormitory.  The 400 bed dorm is expected to be ready for students in 2017.  The plan also calls for an expansion of the existing building to add classroom space while creating new student dining and recreation areas.

Middletown Man Indicted In Naval Station Death

A federal grand jury indicted a Middletown man in connection with the death of a Newport Naval Station detective. The Daily News reports that Alan Bradley, 53, of Samson Lane was indicted on a single charge of operating a motor vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others.  Bradley hit and killed Frank Lima, who was walking near the Naval Station Public Safety complex back in September of 2013.  The charge carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence.

Gist Not Supporting Proposed STEAM Academy

The proposed STEAM Academy, a charter school development for Newport or Middletown, does not have the support of State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.  According to the Daily News, of the 5 proposed charter schools, Gist will only recommend the proposal from the RISE Mayoral Academy that would serve Woonsocket, Burrilville and North Smithfield to the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. Proponents to the charter school in Newport plan to reach out to the Department of Education to find ways to strengthen their application.

Narragansett House Must Be Moved

The $1.8 million dollar house that was built on park land in Narragansett must be moved.  The AP reports that Judge William Carnes Jr. denied an appeal by Save The Bay that would have stopped the home from being moved off park land and closer to wetlands. The house was mistakenly built on park property due to a surveying mistake. The Judge’s denial was base on the fact that the park’s property rights were the first priority.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Sunday

The deadline is quickly approaching for Rhode Island residents to register to vote on Election Day next month.  Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says the deadline is 30 days before the election, which is this coming Sunday.  Anyone who is 18-years-old as of November fourth and is a Rhode Island resident is eligible to vote.

Warwick Mans Plane Crashes In CT

A Warwick man was involved in a small plane crash in Connecticut over the weekend. Anthony Vespia of Warwick, was the pilot of the ultralight plane that crashed after the engine stalled. Vespia was removed from the plane and taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

New Ordinance Hurts The Boating Business

Some Newport businesses that cater to the boating industry are claiming that a revised waterfront ordinance passed by the council earlier this year is hurting their business. The ordinance put a 14 day limit on the harbor’s open anchorage areas. After 14 days, they have to leave for at least 4 days before they can return.  The Daily News reports that the revised ordinance has caused a problem for boat owners looking for new sails and refits that take more than two weeks. It also impacts people who live on their boats and work in water related businesses.

Casino Debate Tonight

There will be a public debate on the casino ballot questions this Thursday night at 6pm in the Rogers High School Auditorium.  The debate will feature casino proponent and URI Professor, Edward Mazze, who prepared the Economic Impact Study of the proposed casino and casino opponent, former Connecticut U.S. Representative Robert Steele, author of “The Curse: Big Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town”. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Redwood Library.

Area Attorneys General Meet In RI

Several states attorneys general are meeting in Rhode Island to discuss the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.  The eastern region of the National Association of Attorneys General is meeting today and tomorrow in Providence for a conference on the issue.

No West Nile Found In State

It appears that West Nile Virus activity is on the decline in Rhode Island.  State environmental officials say the latest round of mosquito trapping and testing shows no West Nile or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  The state tested mosquitoes from 69 mosquito pools in various locations around Rhode Island.  The disease still remains present in the area, as Massachusetts and Connecticut have both reported positive West Nile tests.

Portsmouth Gets Triple A Rating

For the first time, the town of Portsmouth has received a triple A rating by the Standard & Poor’s rating service. The triple A rating is the highest a community can receive, reflecting the town’s sound financial management.

Area Police Looking For Shoplifters

Middletown Police are looking for two men who have been involved in numerous shoplifting incidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Patch reports that the two men recently stole steaks from the Stop & Shop on West Main Road in Middletown. The men have been seen getting into a brown Chevy Malibu with Mass plates. They’ve also been involved in cases in Newport, Dartmouth and New Bedford. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Middletown Police Department at 846-1144.

Sakonnet Toll Group Back At Work

The group that convinced the state to eliminate tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge is back at work. This time they are looking to have the DOT take over the functions of the Turnpike & Bridge Authority. According to the Daily News, the group wants the DOT to take over because it gets a better bond rating than the authority and in its best year, only 37% of the authority’s money went for maintenance.

URI Seeking Bonds For New Facility

The University of Rhode Island is moving into the crucial stage of their campus redevelopment plans.  School and government officials are calling on voters to approve the measure that would invest 150-million-dollars into new engineering facilities.  The current engineering facility opened in 1958 and closed in 1930, and officials say the buildings don't fit the needs of current students.

NE Institute Of Technology Getting Large Training Grant

New England Institute of Technology is receiving a large federal grant to help train workers for jobs in growing industries.  The grant of more than two-million-dollars will allow the East Greenwich school to grow job training partnerships.  Grant recipients are required to partner with companies to develop programs and train workers to obtain good jobs.  The goal of the program is to take low income earners and transform them into middle class workers.

Woman Struck By Car In Westerly

A woman is critically injured after being hit by a car in Westerly.  The woman was apparently crossing Oak Street yesterday afternoon when she was hit by a vehicle driven by a Westerly man.  The woman was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital with life threatening injuries.  No charges have been filed against the driver, but the incident remains under investigation.

Newport Zoning Board Postpones Special Hearings

The hearings on the Preservation Society of Newport County’s application for a special use permit to construct a visitors center at The Breakers has been postponed.  According to the Daily News, the Zoning Board of Reviews vice chairwoman, Lynn Ceglie,  recused herself to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, leaving the board without enough members to have a quorum.  Ceglie is a candidate for the Ward 2 seat on the City Council. The hearings could be rescheduled as late as November.

Tiverton Fire Department Has New Life Saving Device

The Tiverton Fire Department is the first in the state to use new device that helps restore oxygen to someone who’s not breathing. The new camera laryngoscope allows them to oxygenate a patient quicker, increasing their chances of survival.  The new devices have been used several times over the past few weeks.

Complaint Files Against Anti-Casino Group

A complaint has been filed against the Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling. The complaint alleges that the groups’ campaign finance reports are inaccurate. According to the Daily News, the group has said that the while the report did not include all the groups expenses, it was due to the fact that all the receipts for expenses had not been turned in to the groups’ treasurer yet. The group will file an updated report that will include the expenses that have not been reported yet.

Pavia-Weed Opposes Newport Casino Expansion

Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Pavia-Weed is now opposed to expansion of the casino in Newport.  Pavia-Weed says she doesn't want to see table games added at Newport Grand.  The state's top ranking lawmaker says she decided to oppose the measure after the Newport City Council rejected the expansion plan this week.  State voters and those locally in Newport will be asked on Election Day whether to allow the expansion. 

City Council Rejects "Municipal Community Agreement"

The Newport City Council rejected the “ Municipal Community Agreement” negotiated between the proposed developers of Newport Grand and the city solicitor’s office.  The council voted 4-3 against the agreement at their meeting last night at the Pell Elementary School.  The agreement would have given the city an additional $1 million dollars in revenue over three years in addition to the increase in share of slot machine revenue called for in the legislation that put the casino question on the ballot in November. In addition to $1 million, it would have guaranteed the city a minimum $1.5 million share starting in July 2018 along with other provisions that included giving Newport residents preference in hiring for new positions at the casino.

Casino Developers Offer "Newport Partnership"

Although last nights city council vote did not favor the host agreement put together by the developers of Newport Grand, the Daily News reports that Joe Paolino said he and his partners are committed to Newport and put together a  new plan called the “Newport Partnership”. As part of the new plan, the partners have pledged a dollar for dollar match for whatever the city invests in the proposed North End Innovation Hub, up to $1 million dollars.  It also offers that Newport Grand remain permanently at its location and it would institute a responsible gambling program.  All this is contingent upon the approval of Question 1 by voters statewide and by voters in Newport.

Enterovirus Found In RI

The first case of the respiratory illness enterovirus in Rhode Island is being confirmed by public health officials.  The adult who had the virus was hospitalized briefly earlier this month, but has since returned home and recovered.  The Department of Health urges parents to be aware of the symptoms of enterovirus, as it most adversely affects children.  These symptoms are similar to a severe cold, including a fever, sore throat, sneezing and cough.

Planning Board Calls For Tiverton Crossings Impact Analysis

The Tiverton Planning Board met last night on the proposed Tiverton Crossings application. There is concern that the development would cut through a small historic district that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The board voted to have an independent fiscal impact analysis done on the proposed development to determine the cost and impact on the town. The hearing will continue on October 21st at the Tiverton High School.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Mast Placed Yesterday

There was a main mast stepping ceremony for the Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry in Portsmouth yesterday.  A crane was used to put the 13 ½ story mast in place.  The ship will be complete in the spring and will be a sailing education vessel for students interested in learning about marine biology and history.

Central Falls Cop Wins Reality Show

Central Falls police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur is the winner of the latest season of the CBS reality show Big Brother.  Levasseur was selected by a jury in the season finale last night and was awarded the 500-thousand-dollar grand prize.  The long running show forces strangers to live together inside a home, with no contact with the outside world at all.  Levasseur never let on to his housemates that he's a cop, instead telling them he is the city parks and recreation director.

Missing RI Teen Located In Wyoming

A Rhode Island teenager who went missing in the forests of Wyoming is safely back in civilization.  Officials confirm that 18-year-old Nolan Reifsteck of Wakefield was located yesterday afternoon after being missing for more than a day.  Reifsteck went for a walk Tuesday morning in the Shoshone National Forest and did not return.  He was dehydrated and disoriented when rescuers located him yesterday, but he's not injured.

Update On Newport Yachting Center Sale

The Perigrine Group announced yesterday that will be purchasing the Newport Yachting Center, including the Mooring Restaurant, the Smokehouse Restaurant, the Sunset Terrace along with the marina and the parking operations from Newport Realty. The sale is expected to close in November. Newport Harbor Corporation will continue to operate the restaurants under the Newport Restaurant Group umbrella, Sunset Terrace and boat shows under long-term lease agreements.  In a statement released yesterday Paul O’Rielly, President and CEO of Newport Harbor Corporation said the primary reason they made the decision to sell the property was to invest in the companies expanding restaurant and hotel operations. They made the decision to exit the concert and festival segments of the company because the city noise ordinance was not designed for the concert business.  Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport spoke with WADK 1540 Live’s host Ryan Belmore yesterday afternoon about the sale and the future of many of the events that had taken place at the Yachting Center.  You can listen to the entire interview by visiting the 1540 Live podcast page on our website. http://wadk.com/podcasts/-1540-live

Question 1 Will Be Highlighted Yellow In Newport

Newport’s Canvassing Authority was notified yesterday by the state director of elections that Question 1, the statewide casino question, will be highlighted in yellow, the same color as local questions in Newport. The request to have the question highlighted came from the City Council and the local board of canvassers earlier this month after the state General Assembly approved legislation in June requiring only a statewide ballot question.

Newport Added As Defendant In Casino Question Lawsuit

The city of Newport has been added as a defendant in the lawsuit against the Secretary of State that alleges that the upcoming referendum question regarding the expansion of gambling at Newport Grand is unconstitutional.  The Daily News reports that the addition of the city as a defendant came at the request of the Judge during the initial conference on the matter because the city will be affected by he outcome of the legal action. According to the Interim City Manager, the city hasn’t taken a position on the constitutionality of the General Assembly’s actions.

Newport Grand "Municipal Community Agreement" On Agenda Tonight

The Newport City Council meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 in the cafetorium of the Pell Elementary School.  On the agenda is the “Municipal Community Agreement” between the proposed developers of Newport Grand and the city solicitor’s office. 

Metered Parking In Effect From Ochre Point Ave East To Fourty Steps

The City of Newport has announced that metered parking is now in effect on Narragansett Ave from Ochre Point Ave east to Forty Steps from 9am-9pm daily. The fee is $1.25 per hour with a four hour limit and includes weekends and holidays. There is no parking at any time on either side of Narragansett Ave from Bellevue Ave eastward to Ochre Point Ave. Metered parking throughout the city is in effect from May 1st through October 31st.

Peregrine Group Purchases Yachting Center

The Newport Yachting Center has been sold to the Peregrine Group.  WLNE reports that the facility known for the concert series, skating rink, boat show, and more will be torn down.
Recent projects from the Peregrine Group include the acquisition, planning, and financing of Rumford Center (as a principal owner), a $40 million mixed-use redevelopment of a 9-building, 8½-acre mill campus, the acquisition, permitting, financing and project management of The Ocean House, a $150 million seaside hotel and residences, and ongoing asset management of the American Locomotive campus, a 200,000 sf office mill adaptive reuse.

R.I. Gas Prices Drop Another 5 Cents

The average price of a gallon of gas in Rhode Island has fallen another 5-cents to it's lowest of the year. AAA Southern New England's weekly price survey Monday found the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular in the state fell to $3.43. The lowest it had been this year was $3.44 in early February. The local price is down 9 cents in the last month. Still,the Rhode Island average is 9 cents more than the national per -gallon average. Rhode Islanders were paying an average of 21 cents more per gallon a year ago.

Voter Registration & ID Event Today

Today is National Voter Registration Day and the Secretary of State’s office is partnering with the Board of Elections and CCRI to register voters and provide voter IDs for the upcoming November election.  The events will take place at CCRI’s Newport, Warwick, Lincoln, and Providence locations from 11-1 today. Free voter IDs will be available at the Warwick and Newport locations.


Gaudet Principal Taking A Year Off

The principal at the Gaudet Middle School will be taking a year off.  According to the Daily News, Principal Mancieri will be taking the time off for professional development.  Michelle Fonseca, principal at Aquidneck Elementary will act as interim principal at Gaudet and retired principal Vincent Guiliano will replace her at Aquidneck. 

Newport County Development Council Getting $1.7 Million Dollar Grant

The Newport County Development Council is getting a $1.7 million dollar grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.  The grant money will be used to redevelop the Sheffield public school for a technology business incubator that will support defense, marine, climate change, environmental and digital industries.

Yachting Center Pleads No Contest To Noise Violations

The Newport Yachting Center pleaded no contest yesterday to multiple noise violation charges that were lodged against it since June of this year. Even after spending about $180,000 to help control the sound levels prior to the start of the concert season. The sound level at almost a dozen of the concerts was still above the city limit of 75 decibels.  According to the Daily News, the attorney for the Yachting Center said they were going to examine ways to further reduce the noise levels.

Three Missing Afghani Soldiers Apprehended

The three missing Afghani soldiers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base this weekend have been found according to a high-level law enforcement source speaking on conditions of anonymity to the Cape Cod Times.  The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, U.S. military officials said. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis Saturday night.  The source said the men were taken into custody at the Rainbow Bridge Canadian/US border crossing near Niagara Falls on Monday. The men told Customs Agents they were refugees.  They were identified as Major Jan Mohammad Arash, Captain Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Captain Noorullah Aminyar.

Repair Work At Quonset State Airport Nearing Completion

Runway repairs and safety improvements at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown are scheduled to be completed by the end of November. The 3-point-8 million dollar project includes repairing the runway,restoring pavement,replacing a culvert and improving safety areas.

The work is supported by 1-point-7 million dollars from Washington. Quonset State Airport is the second largest public use airport in the state,after T.G. Green Airport in Warwick. The general aviation facility handles military aircraft and small private planes. It is also home to the Quonset Point Air National Guard Station and 143rd Airlift Wing of the Rhode Island Air National Guard.

Voter Registration Drive Set For Tomorrow

The League Of Woman Voters, Newport County is sponsoring a voter registration drive tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C.C.R.I. Newport Campus, 1 John Chafee Blvd. Representatives from the Secretary of State's Office will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to issue voter ID cards.  A complete list of documents required for voter registration or ID cards can be found at the Secretary Of State's website:  sos.ri.gov.

Portsmouth Town Council Meets Tonight

 The Portsmouth Town Council meets tonight at 7 at their Town Hall. The agenda features a discussion of the recommendations of the new Revenue Subcommittee for ways to increase revenue for the town. Suggestions include increasing mooring fess and charging residents for parking at Sandy Point Beach and for ambulance and auto accident services. The board will also hear Town Administrator John C. Klimm present his annual report.

Body Of Missing Woman Found In Waters Off Portsmouth

Police are confirming that the body of a woman who fell from a boat that was moored off Portsmouth has been recovered.  Police say the 73-year old woman's body was found by a civilian boat that was helping with the search. The boat was moored at the mouth of Potters Cove off Prudence Island when she apparently fell overboard and did not surface. Authorities say the woman's husband reported her missing on Sunday morning.


2014-10 | 2014-09 | 2014-08 | 2014-07 | 2014-06 | 2014-05 | 2014-04 | 2014-03 | 2014-02 | 2014-01 | 2013-12 | 2013-11 | 2013-10 | 2013-09 | 2013-08 | 2013-07 | 2013-06



On Facebook

WADK celebrates Newport's 375th

LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services