Aquidneck Island http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-jfks-rhode-island <p>It’s been a half-century&nbsp; years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.&nbsp; RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.</p><p></p><p>Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.</p><p></p><p>From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.&nbsp; If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:18:43 +0000 Scott MacKay 24987 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls http://ripr.org/post/protesters-demonstrate-against-sakonnet-river-tolls <p>Starting this Monday morning, it will cost you a dime to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge.&nbsp; The toll went into effect at midnight over the objections of protesters.</p><p></p><p></p><p>About 100 people hung over the sides of the Sakonnet River Bridge Sunday evening waving American flags and signs saying “No Tolls” and “Stop the Theft.” Motorists honked in agreement.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:03:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 20266 at http://ripr.org Protesters Demonstrate Against The Sakonnet River Tolls 10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge http://ripr.org/post/10-cent-tolls-set-begin-sakonnet-river-bridge <p>The state is slated to begin charging a new 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge next Monday.&nbsp; Yet it’s not exactly clear how the state will collect that money.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The General Assembly added the 10-cent toll, basically as a placeholder, at the end of the legislative session. The legislature took that action because the absence of a toll on the new span could prevent the state from adding one at a later date. State Rep John Edwards of Tiverton says the toll remains unpopular in the East Bay.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:32:12 +0000 Ian Donnis 19976 at http://ripr.org 10-Cent Tolls Set to Begin on Sakonnet River Bridge New Bikeway on Aquidneck Island in the Works http://ripr.org/post/new-bikeway-aquidneck-island-works <p>Progress continues for an 18-mile bike path on Aquidneck Island, which will extend from the new Sakonnet River Bridge in Portsmouth to the Newport beaches.&nbsp;</p><p>Tina Dolen, the Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, says that ideas for a bikeway began in 2004 when the Commission produced the West Side Master Plan.&nbsp; She adds that this project will cost them less time and money than another bike project, the Shoreline Bikeway, also in the works.&nbsp;</p><p>Dolen states that this development will be beneficial for everybody.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:28:42 +0000 Talia Ghazal 18519 at http://ripr.org Thousands of Navy Workers Across RI Start Taking Unpaid Days Off http://ripr.org/post/thousands-navy-workers-across-ri-start-taking-unpaid-days <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:38:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 18140 at http://ripr.org Thousands of Navy Workers Across RI Start Taking Unpaid Days Off Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm http://ripr.org/post/several-ripta-routes-detoured-days-after-storm <p>The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is still detouring 12 of its bus routes due to the aftermath of last weekend’s snow storm.&nbsp; On its website RIPTA says the affected routes will remain detoured until further notice.<br>You can see the latest information provided by RIPTA <a href="http://www.ripta.com/" target="_blank">here.&nbsp; </a></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:20:35 +0000 Lydia Rogers 10328 at http://ripr.org Several RIPTA routes detoured days after the storm Navy considering using wind power http://ripr.org/post/navy-considering-using-wind-power <p>The Naval Station is looking at the possibility of erecting 12 wind turbines on its properties on Aquidneck Island. The Naval Station’s spokeswoman Lisa Rama, says the goal is for the turbines to produce enough electricity to power the base.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:08:30 +0000 Bradley Campbell 9524 at http://ripr.org Navy considering using wind power