First Lady Michelle Obama says Rhode Island voters need to elect Gina Raimondo as governor. The First Lady appeared before a packed house at Juanita Sanchez school in Providence for a voter turnout rally. Mrs. Obama also called on voters to elect Jorge Elorza as mayor of Providence. President Obama flew into TF Green Airport last night and overnighted in downtown Providence in advance of his scheduled speech at Rhode Island College today.
Throughout the month of November, the Newport Public Library will feature photographs of people who have served in the U.S. military. The public is invited to help honor those men and women by bringing a picture of anyone they know who served at any time. Anyone interested in submitting photos that will be copied and displayed in the Spring Street lobby is asked to include the name of the person pictured, where he or she is from, where he or she served and any other information that is applicable. Original photographs will be returned, you can get more information by contacting Annette Love at 847-8720, Ext. 101.
A Mississippi man is facing charges after he allegedly knocked on a rear door at Johnston High School. Police say Jonathan Mikovich drove to the back lot of the school and knocked on a door in the rear of the building during school hours yesterday. Police were immediately called, and Mikovich was found to have a firearm in his vehicle. He's charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds.
Johnston based FM Global has pledged a million dollars for construction of a new College of Engineering facility at URI. The donation is contingent upon voters approving Question 4 on Tuesday. Question 4 asks voters to approve a $125 million bond to finance the project.
Tiverton officials are selling a two room school house that was built in 1909. A public auction is set for the next few weeks on the lawn of the Tiverton Community Center. They hope to sell the building to avoid the cost of keeping it or tearing it down. The building is currently used as meeting space and a neighbor has already expressed interest in buying the property.
A proposed financial settlement is in place for Curt Schilling and other executives from his failed video game company's bankruptcy case. The trustee overseeing the case is agreeing to accept 300-thousand dollars from the insurance company that covered the four executives. The trustee is seeking to recoup losses for creditors of 38 Studios, including Rhode Island taxpayers who have lost over 100-million dollars.
Plans for Newport’s Innovation Hub have been sent to two groups of developers and investors for preliminary review and comments. According to the Daily News, the 150 page package shows conceptual plans of office and mixed use space on 67 acres of land the city has for development. There is currently no timeline for the project, but the city wants to move as quickly as possible. “Requests for expressions of interest” will be sent out to developers and investors in the first quarter of next year.
Richmond Police are reminding residents to lock their cars and to secure their valuables when they leave their vehicles. The reminder comes after three cars were stolen over the past weekend in the Meadowbrook area off of Route 138. Thieves also took GPS units from other unlocked vehicles.
URI has announced that it will offer new courses focused on the business of health care. According to the Journal, The classes were developed in response to a survey of educational needs among health care professionals. The program includes six graduate business courses, including organizational behavior, supply chain management and operations, financial management, accounting and information technology. Registration is open for the first course which begins in January.
A plan to replace the failed wind turbine at Portsmouth High School was presented last night to the school committee, which made no commitment on its participation in the plan. The town council has asked the committee to agree to buy its electricity from Wind Energy Development when the new turbine is operating and producing power. According to the Daily News, there was no vote taken at the meeting last night. The committee will meet on Wednesday, November 5th at 5 p.m. in town hall to vote on the offer.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation kicked off a $2.8 million dollar construction project in Newport yesterday which focuses America’s cup avenue and Memorial Boulevard. The contract will allow construction crews to alter seven pedestrian crosswalks in the area, install accessible pedestrian signals, and enhance crosswalk visibility through signage and striping. Construction will continue through the fall and winter, and is scheduled to be completed by late spring.
After 30 years in the same location off West Main Road, the nonprofit women’s shelter Lucy’s Hearth received approval from the Middletown planning board to overhaul a building around the corner on Valley Road. According to the Daily News, the approval from the town was the first step in a large scale campaign to raise the $3.5 million dollars needed to buy the property and renovate the vacant structure at 19 Valley Road.
The Newport Public Services Department’s Clean City Program will hold two “Bye- Bye Bins and Barrels” recycling events. The first event will be held on Saturday, November 1st from 8 a.m. until noon in the east parking lot of Easton’s Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd. The second event will be held on Saturday November 22nd. The events will help residents recycle unwanted trash barrels and recycling bins. For more information visit www.cityofnewport.com/cleancity or call 401-845-5613
Former Newport City Council member and vice president of Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling Laurice Shaw wrote a letter to some city voters, making what she admitted were speculative claims about the future plans of casino developers. The letter was written to voters in the city’s Ward 1 where Newport Grand is located. According to the Daily News, Shaw said she wrote the letter herself and although Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling paid for the mailing, its board did not approve the content.
Last night at the Portsmouth Town Council meeting, the council unanimously accepted the proposal from North Kingstown Wind Energy Development to replace the failed wind turbine at Portsmouth High school with a new one within two years. According to the Daily News, the agreement with Wind Energy Development states the firm will pay the town two million dollars, which would allow the town to pay off the two million dollar balance it owes on the bond issue voters approved in 2007.
Middletown voters will face two local ballot questions on November 4th, both represent a potential for major change. On Question 8, voters will be asked if they support joining with Newport to form a unified high school. Voters in Newport will see the same question. On Question 9, voters will be asked if they support making Town Council elections nonpartisan. According to the Daily News, no decisions have been made yet about the potential location or cost of a unified high school, or structure for governance.
The town of Middletown has satisfied the state that it is addressing its sewer and storm water problems. The Daily News says according to an October 14th letter from the state department of environmental management’s office of compliance and inspection, the town has addressed its obligations, as spelled out in 2004, 2005, and 2008 notices of violation for sewer or storm water contamination in area waterways.
An investigation is underway after a Brown University student reported being drugged and raped at a fraternity house. The young woman says the incident occurred October 17th at the Sears House. She reports becoming extremely intoxicated after drinking a small amount of punch at a party. The woman also reports suffering memory loss for a significant period after passing out.
The state board of elections unanimously voted yesterday to give the two groups, Jobs for Newport and Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling, until Friday to disclose missing information about their contributors. According to the Providence Journal, the two groups fighting for and against the addition of table games at Newport Grand filed complaints against each other, which landed before the elections board Monday. The complaint against Citizens Concerned about Casino Gambling was directed at reports in which donors did not list their occupations and if they were affiliated with casino interests. The complaint against Jobs for Newport focused on the group not disclosing who the individual donors to the campaign have been and how much they’d been given.
President Obama is coming to Rhode Island this week. The president will be appearing Friday at Rhode Island College in Providence. He's expected to deliver remarks on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies that help women succeed during the brief visit. First Lady Michelle Obama will also be in Rhode Island this week, campaigning for Democratic candidate for governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday.
The Alliance for a Livable Newport will be holding its final Election Forum tomorrow night at the Newport Public Library. The Forum will start at 6 and there will be speakers on hand to discuss state and local ballot questions. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Some Jamestown students may have an option for high school next year. According to the Daily News, Jamestown has been in exploratory talks with Narragansett since March. The talks revolve around a “small” school option for students that may not be an ideal fit for a “big” school and who might elect to attend a charter or private school. The Jamestown school committee has not approved the concept, although they did approve exploratory talks. North Kingstown school official are looking to see if the proposed option for schools would violate their contract with Jamestown.
The Portsmouth Town Council meets tonight at 7pm at the Town Hall. The council will be considering a proposal that could lift the state demand for the town to install a sewage system. Also on the agenda tonight is the continuation as to whether or not to accept a proposal from Wind Energy Development to tear down the turbine at Portsmouth High School and replace it with a new direct drive turbine, and to purchase the electricity produced by the new turbine through Wind Energy Development . The Wind Energy Development proposal has stipulated that the town must approve the agreement by November 1st.
Rhode Island residents are getting their first look at the newest state park. An open house was held over the weekend at the former Rocky Point amusement park site in Warwick. The state has conducted extensive cleanup of the 80 acre property since it was purchased in 2010. The current goal is to clean up the property and highlighting its natural features, although state officials are open to adding attractions down the road.
One man is facing serious charges related to a large drug bust in Warren. State Police say members of a regional drug task force raided a home on Luther Street and found 15 pounds of marijuana and large quantities of crack and powder cocaine. Sambo Chum is being held without bail, and faces charges serious enough that they could draw a life sentence if convicted on all charges. A bail hearing is scheduled for early next month for Chum, who is also being held on an immigration detainer.
Tonight and tomorrow 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.
Providence Water is warning customers that scammers are posing as utility workers to try to get into people’s homes to steal. According to the utility, the scam involves more than one person. They claim to work for a water department or other utility and ask to come inside to check service. While one scammer distracts the resident, others go through the home and steal items.
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in Rhode Island today to support fellow Democrat Gina Raimondo’s campaign for Governor. Clinton and Raimondo will be at Rhode Island College this afternoon at 2 for a rally at the Recreation Center.
A Superior Court Judge has put a stay on all proceedings in the lawsuit between Newport Grand and the anti-casino group, Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling. According to the Daily News, the proceedings will resume once the Board of Elections rules on potential campaign violations by the anti-casino group. The Board of Elections will be meeting on Monday to deal with the complaint, which was filed by Newport Grand.
The Middletown Recreational Facilities Master Plan Advisory Group met last night and will be making recommendations to the Town Council to scale back the proposed lacrosse and baseball field complex. According to the Daily News, the volunteer board approved numerous motions to try to limit the plans impact on neighbors that have expressed objections to the concept. The Town Council will determine whether of not to move forward with the plan, that decision is not expected for several months.
The Newport City Council met last night and according to the Daily News, voted unanimously to support the lawsuit alleging the upcoming referendum on the expanded gambling at Newport Grand is unconstitutional. The lawsuit calls on the court to stop or nullify the election due to the General Assembly passing a law that calls for one statewide referendum and does not provide for a separate local referendum in Newport. At the initial conference in September, a Superior Court Judge recommended that the city should be party to the suit, because it has direct involvement in the matter.
The Secretary of States office will be hosting a Voter ID event today from 10:30 to noon at the Middletown Senior Center on Green End Avenue. If you do not have a valid or current acceptable form of photo ID and you are a registered voter, you can get a voter ID at today’s event. They are being provided at no charge. To get a list of acceptable forms of ID that will be accepted at the polls, visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ri.gov .
The crew of a tugboat is safely back on land after their vessel overturned off Scarborough Beach. The Coast Guard responded after the 50 foot tug boat flipped over in rough seas near Point Judith yesterday afternoon. The four crew members were quickly plucked from the water by a fishing boat and were returned to shore. The tugboat sank, leaving the empty barge it was towing adrift.
For the second time in two weeks, a letter making a physical threat towards schools in Johnston, Cranston and Warwick has been received. The mayors of all three towns appeared together yesterday in Johnston to reassure parents that their children will be safe at school today. All three towns say they will have uniformed and undercover police officers present at schools as they work to find the person writing the letters.
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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.