About once a year, our newsroom will devote an entire week to cover one square mile of Rhode Island from a diversity of angles: politics, education, health care, the economy, its character and history.
West Warwick, R.I. – Walk down the main hall of Deering Middle school in West Warwick, take a right, and you'll find the health hut.
Sherrie Berger, the health assistant, stands in the waiting room with a sick student. The nurse practitioner here has already diagnosed him with strep throat. Now he needs to pick up his medication and get better.
West Warwick, R.I. – West Warwick's Main Street shows no sign of the intense floods that swept through Rhode Island earlier this spring. But many of the town's small businesses paid a high price for flood-related damage. And some business people question whether the federal government has done enough to help them recover.
West Warwick, R.I. – The West Warwick Civic Center is many things- a sports arena, a temporary flood shelter, and for the past year, an increasingly popular flea market. Every weekend, thousands of people from around the state come to buy everything from jewelry to deodorant. WRNI's Megan Hall checked out the West Warwick flea market and produced this audio postcard.
West Warwick, R.I. – Ida Lancelotta probably knows West Warwick better than anyone alive. She was born here 100 years ago - in 1910 - and now lives at the Westview Health Center, an assisted living facility in town.
"I was happy at home," Lancelotta says. "I mean, they made it happy for you. My mother used to make macaroni. She sued to make everything home made, a garden. We had everything we wanted."