Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is holding a birthday part of sorts Wednesday for a Providence peanut company that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company was founded 100 years ago this summer by Peter Kaloostian, an Armenian immigrant. The company roasts, packages and distributes peanuts, nuts and dried fruit to a wide variety of bakeries, confectioners and supermarkets throughout New England.
Thousands of civilians who work for the Navy started taking unpaid furlough days this week as part of federal budget tightening known as “sequestration.” It’s affecting operations at the Naval Station Newport and 49 other facilities.
From this week through the end of September, some 4,200 civilian Navy employees will each take 11 furlough days. That’s a 20 percent pay cut for employees, said Naval Station Newport spokeswoman Lisa Woodbury Rama who took her first furlough day on Monday.
Roger Williams Park Zoo hosted its 3rd event for the Animal Birthday Party Club series this summer. Each year, the zoo holds the birthday party series from May thru August to celebrate some of their favorite creatures.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jan Mariani says that these parties are a fun way for children to learn about the animals through interactive and creative activities. She adds that there are other perks for the party’s attendees.
The town of Johnston has taken the unusual step of shutting down the company charged with drawing off gases from the state’s Central Landfill. The reason is that persistent rotten egg smell that’s dogged the town for years.
The State Department of Environmental Management has listed the local communities that have opened public cooling centers. The centers are meant for those seeking some relief from the heat and humidity.
RIEMA spokesperson Annemarie Beardsworth states that there are various public venues people can turn to for a break from the weather.
“Many of them are in libraries. There are some communities that utilize their senior center or their town hall. And each of those cities and towns sends us a listing of where the cooling centers are in their community.”
The Shaw’s supermarket chain says it’s closing six underperforming stores. Four are in southeastern Massachusetts and two are in the Rhode Island communities of Westerly and Woonsocket.
But the closures won’t necessarily mean massive layoffs. A spokesman for Shaw’s said the company will try to avert layoffs by absorbing the affected employees into their remaining stores. After the closures of the stores in Westerly and Woonsocket there will be eight Shaw’s stores left in Rhode Island.
Amtrak is spending the summer replacing old railroad ties along the Northeast Corridor. This replacement work is coming to the MBTA’s line in Rhode Island, and starting Friday it will affect six lines delivering passengers to Wickford Junction. This includes trains that will stop at Wickford, but not at TF Green airport, or trains that will end at the airport and not continue on to Wickford.
The disruptions will only be on Fridays starting this week and will end on Friday August 9th.
A biology professor at the University of Rhode Island is conducting an inventory of the types of seaweeds that grow in Rhode Island ocean waters.
Seaweed may be an annoyance, but it offers vital clues into the health of an ocean. That’s why University of Rhode Island biology professor Christopher Lane has embarked on a study of the slimy stuff with an eye towards learning how many species of seaweed exist in Rhode Island, and which are the most invasive.
On the other side of the state from Bristol, the irreverent Ancients and Horribles parade made its way through Chepachet. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was there, so were Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin. They lead the parade, which included floats making political statements about Obamacare and genetically modified foods. There were also veterans, clowns, marching bands and a stream of fire trucks.