Warwick http://ripr.org en Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget http://ripr.org/post/mayor-avedisian-we-re-working-new-city-budget <p>Warwick city officials are hammering out the details of a city budget that’s been at the center of a dispute between the city council and the mayor. Hanging in the balance is the property tax rate that will cover the new budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Warwick Mayor Scott</p><p></p><p></p><p>Avedisian to find out where the city is in buttoning down the budget,&nbsp; and what residents can expect on their next tax bill.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:40:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 35141 at http://ripr.org Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget Warwick Mayor Puts the Brakes on New Mayoral Academy http://ripr.org/post/warwick-mayor-puts-brakes-new-mayoral-academy <p>Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian has halted public hearings on a proposed Mayoral Academy Charter School.</p><p>Avedisian, who is the mayor sponsoring the proposal, says numerous issues including West Warwick's potential to pull out of the proposal,&nbsp; preceded the request.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:28:14 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 35122 at http://ripr.org New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion http://ripr.org/post/new-6m-federal-funding-tf-green-runway-expansion <p>Federal dollars are heading to Warwick to relocate ball fields as part of TF Green’s runway expansion.</p><p>The ball fields at Winslow Park need to be moved so the airport can extend the main runway by a little more than 1,500 feet. That extra stretch of runway will allow for the larger, heavier planes that fly coast to coast and overseas.</p><p>The runway expansion has been controversial, with opponents concerned about the effects of noise and air pollution from the larger jets on residents and nearby school children.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:55:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 35076 at http://ripr.org New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion Lead Levels in RI Children Dropped In 2013 http://ripr.org/post/lead-levels-ri-children-dropped-2013 <p>There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.</p><p>Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. &nbsp;Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:27:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 30644 at http://ripr.org Richard Walton e-book unveiling at RIC http://ripr.org/post/richard-walton-e-book-unveiling-ric <p></p><p>Richard Walton was a huge presence in our small state for more than a half century. A writer, journalist, teacher and political activist, Walton, of Warwick, was a leader in so many campaigns for peace and social justice that even his friends and fellow activists could barely keep count.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:06:25 +0000 Scott MacKay 30578 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. http://ripr.org/post/miss-our-policy-pinot-overdose-listen-here <p>We had a full house at the Providence Athenaeum last week. If you weren't able to join us, not to worry. You can listen to the full program right here.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio, in concert with the lovely Providence Athenaeum, hosted a stellar group of panelists for this one hour radio show taped in front of a live audience. Guests included a recovering addict and overdose survivor, an addiction medicine and infectious disease specialist, a drug abuse epidemiologist, a Warwick police captain trained in mental health first aid, and an addiction treatment specialist.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:53:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30572 at http://ripr.org Miss Our Policy & Pinot On Overdose? Listen Here. Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet http://ripr.org/post/snow-falling-ri-turning-sleet <p>Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>A list of closings and parking bans </strong><a href="http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms">can be found here</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 28629 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public http://ripr.org/post/warwick-police-seek-help-public <p>Warwick police are releasing new information about a murder that took place in a public park last spring.</p><p>Now they are hoping the public can help.</p><p></p><p>On May 17<sup>th</sup> 2013 John Fay was murdered while jogging through Warwick City Park.</p><p>Near the scene of the crime police found a ten inch, two-and a half pound sledge hammer.</p><p>They’ve now released photos of the hammer, in the hope that the public can help identify the owner or provide any other information about the tool.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:37:13 +0000 John Bender 28006 at http://ripr.org Warwick Police Seek Help From The Public Repurposing, Recycling Old Clothes Cuts Carbon Footprint http://ripr.org/post/repurposing-recycling-old-clothes-cuts-carbon-footprint <p>One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to donate or repurpose your old clothes and other rags. Textile recycling has a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions than you might think.</p><p></p><p>Representatives with the nonprofit Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles said clothing and textiles are not typically considered recyclable products. But they estimate 95 percent of all clothing and other household textiles can be recycled and repurposed, as long as they are clean and dry.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:02:50 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 26772 at http://ripr.org Public Comment Opens For RI Transportation Projects http://ripr.org/post/public-comment-opens-ri-transportation-projects <p>The public has a chance to weigh in this Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund.</p><p></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.</p><p>In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.There are 23 projects seeking funding.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:19:33 +0000 Catherine Welch 26219 at http://ripr.org