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“The biggest moments are made in the smallest state.” That’s the winning entry in our tourism slogan contest.

Now, we meet its creator, Frankie B. Washington, at his favorite place in all of Rhode Island. If you were expecting a beach or historic mansion, think again.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

When Maria Montanaro took the reins of the state department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals, she inherited an agency with massive responsibilities, and major challenges. Among them, mounting costs and allegations of abuse at Eleanor Slater Hospital – the state psychiatric and long-term care facility for people with serious illnesses.

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Deepwater Wind started to put steel in the water this week for the Block Island Wind Farm. Island residents have mixed feelings about the construction.  

Susan Torrey lives on Block Island all year. She and her husband have been waiting to see visible signs of what is expected to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

“We kept looking around and hadn’t seen anything,” said Torrey. “And he came home [and said], ‘Guess what I saw?’ So we said, ‘Let’s go over to the Southeast Light and take a look.’ So we did!”

The head of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare says changes are underway at Eleanor Slater Hospital. The state-run facility treats patients with long-term illness and psychiatric disorders. It has been under scrutiny for allegations of patient abuse and spiraling costs.

Transportation officials reopened the Park Avenue Bridge in Cranston six days ahead of schedule. Repairs began in late June due to replace an aging wooden deck that supports the bridge. RIDOT Director Peter Alviti calls the repair a short-term solution.

“A $400,000 project that allowed us to put a temporary fix while we design and build a permanent replacement to this bridge,” said Alviti.