Providence, RI – This coming Friday marks Earth Day - a time to promote conservation and heighten awareness about our fragile environment. A number of cleanups have been held already.
While many Rhode Islanders were at church, a few dozen volunteers were tramping through muddy water to clean up the banks of the Pawtuxet River in Warwick. Tammy Kenyon of Scituate said it was her third environmental cleanup of the year.
Providence, RI – The CEO of Thundermist Health Center is quitting her job to move to Iowa. The head of the group of health care centers for low income Rhode Islanders is joining her husband in Des Moines.
Maria Montanero has been the leader of Thundermist for 14 years. When her husband got a dream job working in the Mid-west, she decided it was time to leave the Ocean State. Montanaro isn't sure what she'll be doing in Iowa.
Providence, RI – A Warwick man who served in the Pacific during World War Two is receiving belated recognition today. Edmond Vient lost the medals he earned when his basement flooded a few years ago. He asked Congressman Jim Langevin for replacements. Langevin not only got the ones he lost but a couple he earned but never received. Langevin says he takes great pleasure in honoring our nation's veterans.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is a tiny speck of a state, not big enough to be a county in most of America. We have 39 cities and towns. And about 150 public employee pension systems. Yes you heard that right. We say about, because state general treasurer Gina Raimondo, says there are so many of these pension systems in our state that she isn't sure of the precise number.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 200 runners will converge on Narragansett Saturday for the only marathon in the U.S. outside Olympic trials that's strictly for qualified runners. The Gansett Marathon has a qualifying time five minutes shorter than the Boston Marathon. So for a male runner between the ages of 18 and 34, he must be able to run 26.2 miles in under three hours and five minutes.
Marathon founder Michael Tammaro says some runners are using his race as a warm up for Boston.