(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Yesterday was the first day of school in Rhode Island. A change is announced to the Providence commuter rail service for the fall. CARES Act money is available for Rhode Island fisheries affected by the virus pandemic.
>>Recapping The First Day Of School In Rhode Island
(Undated) -- Here's a roundup of headlines from the first day of school in Rhode Island. The state announced its new COVID-19 testing program is up and running on Monday and that any students, teacher or staff member who has symptoms can schedule a test by calling 844-857-1814. Blackstone Valley Prep charter schools are unexpectedly starting with remote learning after a staff member tested positive for the virus and others had to quarantine. WPRI-TV reports Governor Gina Raimondo greeted returning students in North Providence yesterday, while State Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green [[ ahn-HELL-ick-uh in-FAHN-tay ]] and the superintendent of Providence Public Schools took part in a back-to-school press conference at Spaziano Elementary. And, a North Providence middle school teacher, Matthew Moniz, was reportedly arrested on a warrant after school ended yesterday; authorities are not elaborating on the charges he faces.
>>High Surf Advisory From Hurricane Paulette
(Undated) -- A High Surf Advisory remains in effect from the National Weather Service for coastal Rhode Island until 8 p.m. tonight. The weather service says dangerous rip currents and large breaking waves from Hurricane Paulette will peak today. The advisory applies especially to southeast-facing ocean beaches on the RI and Massachusetts coastlines.
>>MBTA Announces Service Change To Providence Commuter Rail
(Providence, RI) -- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is announcing changes to its Providence commuter rail service. The T says with the change, service will be more evenly distributed throughout the day with consistent, all-day service and sixty-minute headways. Final commuter rail schedules for the fall will be made available on the MBTA website in the coming weeks.
>>Two Arrested After Drive-By Shooting In North Providence
(North Providence, RI) -- Two people are facing charges for an alleged drive-by shooting in North Providence. Authorities reportedly responded to Fatima Hospital shortly after midnight Sunday after two gunshot victims arrived; they told officers they had been confronted while they were in a vehicle on High Service Avenue over an ongoing argument, and shots were then fired. The two suspects arrested were Matthew Peckham of Warwick and Skylar Poznanski, last known residence in Woonsocket.
>>DEM Taking Applications From Fisheries For COVID Relief Money
(Providence, RI) -- The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says three-million dollars in federal CARES Act money is available for fisheries. The DEM began accepting applications yesterday and will continue to do so until September 28th. Commercial and for-hire fisheries in the Ocean State which incurred a revenue loss from the coronavirus pandemic are eligible. Applications can be picked up at the DEM offices in Jamestown, Narragansett and Providence.
>>Portsmouth Council Approves New Tower For Prudence Island Internet
(Portsmouth, RI) -- A contract has been approved to provide better Internet service for residents on Prudence Island. EastBayRI.com reports the Portsmouth Town Council unanimously approved a contract on Monday with American Broadband, a Bristol company which currently provides the service to some homes on the island, to erect a tower to increase its service. The tower will go up at the Portsmouth transfer station.
Jim McCabe/djc RI) MA)
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