Westerly http://ripr.org en Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/flood-warning-remains-effect-rhode-island <p>Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.&nbsp; However residents in Westerly were still worried.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.&nbsp; But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.&nbsp; In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:36:08 +0000 Flo Jonic 31344 at http://ripr.org Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-unveils-plan-close-skills-gap <p>The state Senate on Tuesday afternoon unveiled a new plan meant to close a skills gap in Rhode Island. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said the “<a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Reports/Rhode_to_Work.pdf">Rhode to Work</a>” plan is a response to business leaders’ complaints that they’re having trouble finding skilled workers.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for creating a single workforce training system; improving adult education; and expanding the number of internships and apprenticeships in Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:02:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 27964 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Unveils Plan To Close Skills Gap RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding http://ripr.org/post/ridot-29m-transportation-projects-seek-funding <p>The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund</p><p>The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:18:19 +0000 Catherine Welch 26197 at http://ripr.org Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion http://ripr.org/post/westerly-zoning-board-takes-copar-quarry-expansion <p>Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.</p><p>Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:20:15 +0000 Catherine Welch 24320 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-thanks-workers-who-helped-clean-after-sandy <p>Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.</p><p>The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:59:41 +0000 Catherine Welch 24252 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy http://ripr.org/post/misquamicut-beach-one-year-after-superstorm-sandy <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 21px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); ">It was one year ago that Superstorm Sandy slammed onto the Rhode Island coast. The storm raked across Misquamicut Beach, destroying businesses and dumping tons of sand onto Atlantic Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 21px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; color: rgb(35, 35, 35); min-height: 25px; ">&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:02:26 +0000 Catherine Welch 23914 at http://ripr.org Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE http://ripr.org/post/more-mosquito-samples-ri-test-positive-eee <p>Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.</p><p></p><p>The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.&nbsp; The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:05:20 +0000 Catherine Welch 21428 at http://ripr.org More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE Task Force Issues Report to Coastal Cities: Prepare For More Extreme Weather http://ripr.org/post/task-force-issues-report-coastal-cities-prepare-more-extreme-weather <p>A White House panel says coastal communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy should prepare for future storms due to rising sea levels.</p><p>The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding task force has released a list of recommendations to help communities reduce future damage.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Presidential task force report says that towns and cities near the coastline need to spend money now in order to avoid costly damage later.</p><p>That’s because climate change and rising sea levels are increasing the threat of extreme storms.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:04:22 +0000 John Bender 20328 at http://ripr.org Task Force Issues Report to Coastal Cities: Prepare For More Extreme Weather Westerly and Copar Quarries Head Into Mediation http://ripr.org/post/westerly-and-copar-quarries-head-mediation <p>The Town of Westerly and Copar Quarries head into mediation Wednesday to see if they can settle a dispute that will please both the quarry and residents.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:09:46 +0000 Catherine Welch 18164 at http://ripr.org Shaw’s Supermarket Planning to Keep Employees at Closed RI Stores http://ripr.org/post/shaw-s-supermarket-planning-keep-employees-closed-ri-stores <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>But the closures won’t necessarily mean massive layoffs. A spokesman for Shaw’s&nbsp;said the company will try to avert layoffs by absorbing the affected employees into their remaining stores.&nbsp; After the closures of the stores in Westerly and Woonsocket there will be eight Shaw’s stores left in Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:39:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 18123 at http://ripr.org Shaw’s Supermarket Planning to Keep Employees at Closed RI Stores