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Archive - 2014

July 24th

HUD grant approved for Churchwoods

July 24, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — After several false starts, Churchwoods, a 24-unit senior affordable housing development, has been approved as part of the second round of Rhode Island’s disaster recovery action plan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to Senator Jack Reed’s office, the project will be funded as part of a $19.4 million Community Development Block Grant, Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) that was designated for long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EMA workshops develop town’s storm readiness

July 24, 2014

RICHMOND — With climate change’s unpredictable weather patterns producing increasingly large storms, towns and cities need to anticipate every possible scenario in order to keep their residents safe. In response, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Joe Arsenault has created preparedness workshops that include hypothetical weather disaster scenarios so that town staff can plan and practice appropriate procedures.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton roads prioritized for repairs

July 24, 2014

HOPKINTON — Some of Hopkinton’s roads that are in desperate need of repair have been moved to the top of the road repair priority list. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Tim Tefft presented the list to the town council on Monday night for discussion and approval.
Council President Frank Landolfi said that although the town has $78,000 in reserve, it will need to borrow money to cover the estimated $1.8 million in repairs to 25 roads on the list.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wilsons appeals to community for help

July 24, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Wilson’s of Wickford has long been a destination for many residents looking to buy the newest piece of clothing or accessory, focusing on American-made clothing since 1944. Now, owner James Wilson has started a fundraising campaign in order for the business stay alive.
“We know the tough, economic times that we’ve all faced,” said Wilson in his campaign message. “One of the hardest hit areas has been retail businesses, and especially independently-owned stores like Wilson’s of Wickford.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WellOne expands Quonset office

July 24, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A number of medical practitioners, staff and town officials gathered at the WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care center in Quonset to celebrate its expanding operations. President and CEO Peter Bancroft detailed the business’ expansion in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

National recall of stonefruit affecting local businesses

July 24, 2014

Local consumers were put on alert Monday as a California packaging company issued a voluntary recall of its stonefruit products. Wawona Packing Co. announced a voluntary recall of peach, nectarine and plum products contaminated by listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria which can cause severe illness and in some cases death if ingested.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cool Rumsey praises taskforce’s judgment in NICS legislation

July 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Earlier this month, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two pieces of legislation which will allow the submission of limited information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding a person’s mental health history and their potential disqualification from owning a gun. Last year, Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Updates to hazard mitigation plan shared

July 24, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — A public hearing was held during the East Greenwich Planning Board’s meeting last Wednesday evening to share updates on the hazard mitigation plan that will help the Town be ready if an emergency poses a threat to East Greenwich.
Peter Cusolito, a Senior Security & Emergency Management Consultant for VHB, which has an office in Providence, gave both the Planning Board and the public a half-hour presentation identifying the needs of addressing some trouble spots in East Greenwich in order to be prepared for a natural disaster, weather-related or otherwise.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Attorney punished for elder exploitation

July 24, 2014

An East Greenwich attorney was sentenced last Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Walter R. Stone after pleading no contest to embezzlement and elder exploitation.
Janet Mastronardi, 54, of 76 Goodwin St., East Greenwich, admitted that she embezzled close to $130,000 from an elderly woman, according to a press release from the Office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, and she was sentenced to seven years, with 30 months home confinement and the remaining 54 months suspended with probation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bridges in disrepair problematic within state

July 24, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – If you’ve ever driven a car in Rhode Island then you probably know that many of the state’s roads and bridges are in need of repair. Several state officials gathered in Galilee on Friday morning to tour the Great Island Bridge, one of many in the state that is in disrepair and in dyer need of updates. The tour comes from a report from the White House released last week detailing state-by-state road conditions as well as a recent shortfall in funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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