Residents of West Warwick have passed a town budget that scales back services and raises taxes as part of an effort to avoid a financial crisis. The move is a early step for the town's path to fiscal stability.
The $86.3 million budget comes with plenty of concessions, including cuts in town programs, a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes, and reductions to public employee pensions. But town manager Frederick Presley said the concessions are necessary if West Warwick wants to avoid bankruptcy.
Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.
At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.
“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”
A new report finds Rhode Island’s aging homeless population is growing rapidly. According to Crossroads Rhode Island, the number of aging homeless adults increased 34 percent between 2010 and 2012, whereas total homelessness increased only ten percent.
Terry Jones has been off the streets for six years but he still pinches himself over his good fortune. Jones, who’s 71-years-old, is a resident of the Harold Lewis House in West Warwick, a home providing single or twin occupancy rooms for disabled, aging homeless adults.
The Rhode Island Health Department has lifted a boil water advisory for customers of the Kent County Water Authority after a third day of tests showed the water clean of bacteria. Some 25-thousand customers have had to boil their drinking water since Sunday, when the contamination was discovered in a storage tank. The tank has been taken offline until the source of the contamination is determined.
A Sunday deadline has come and gone to remove objects from the site of the Station Nightclub fire where 100 people died in a fire ten years ago. The land is being readied for transformation into a memorial park and all objects left after Sunday will be buried in a time capsule.
Patricia Belanger retrieved a cross, a poster and a toy from the makeshift memorial honoring her daughter, Dina DeMaio, who died in the Station nightclub fire.
A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.
Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.
Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops.
February 20th marks the tenth anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, which killed 100 people who flocked to a West Warwick roadhouse one cold Thursday night for some live rock music. The fire also left more than 200 people hospitalized, many with disfiguring injuries. Here's a look back on the deadliest rock concert in American history and the lives it changed.
It was ten years ago Wednesday when the Station Nightclub went up in flames. One hundred people lost their lives and more than 200 were injured in the West Warwick tragedy. It led to sweeping changes in the state fire code.