One Square Mile

About once a year, our newsroom will devote an entire week to award-winning reporting that covers "one square mile," somewhere in Rhode Island.  One town/location gets in-depth look at variety of stories from a diversity of angles: politics, education, health care, the economy, its character and history.  

OSM locations have included:

By MEGAN HALL http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967640.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI When you drive into Woonsocket, the sign welcoming you into the city includes another welcome- to the world headquarters of CVS. The fortune 18 pharmacy company, and one of the biggest employers in Rhode Island, continues to choose Woonsocket as its home. WRNIs health care reporter Megan Hall sat down with one of CVSs top executives, Helena Foulks, to learn why. Listen to more stories...

By IAN DONNIS http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967635.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI Rhode Islands northernmost city faces many of the same challenges as the state as a whole, including a lack of jobs. But one thing that sets Woonsocket apart is an unusually rich array of local media. Lorraine Corey is a grandmother of seven who self-deprecatingly puts her age as older than the dinosaurs. She might seem like an unlikely candidate to be the latest entry in Woonsockets...

By FLO JONIC http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967598.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI The dynamite sandwich. Its ethnic origins have been lost to time but the sandwichs popularity is as strong as ever. Meet Diane Frenette, owner of the Castle Restaurant in downtown Woonsocket, one of only a handful of Rhode Island eateries that specializes in the dynamite sandwich. Theres a few throughout the city but they only do it as a special, says Frenette. I dont think anyone...

Photo by Megan Hall

By MEGAN HALL http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967326.mp3 Providence, RI What happens to that paper robe you wear at the doctors office? Or the syringe after your flu shot? Medical waste cant just go to the dump- state law requires sterilizing and shredding it beyond recognition. As part of our One Square Mile: Woonsocket, WRNIs Health Care Reporter Megan Hall found a place that plays a large role in where most of that medical garbage goes. About 20 years...

By SCOTT MACKAY http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967121.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI WRNI Political analyst Scott MacKay takes our ONE SQUARE MILE Woonsocket series to Mayor Leo Fontaines office for a chat about the citys storied past and challenging future. Listen to more stories and interviews in our series, One Square Mile: Woonsocket. Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, wed like to hear from you. news@wrni.org .

By CATHERINE WELCH http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967122.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI – By CATHERINE WELCH
The Woonsocket Police department has a tarnished history. In 1982 and for the rest of the decade, the big story was Raymond "Beaver" Tempest Jr. who was convicted a decade later for beating a young woman to death with a metal pipe. His brother was a detective on the force and the public believed Woonsocket Police mishandled the investigation. A few years...

By ELISABETH HARRISON http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-967123.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI School districts around the nation are trying to send more students to college as the United States looks to better compete in the 21st century. In this installment of our series One Square Mile: Woonsocket, we look at a program in Woonsocket city schools that prepares students for life after high school, but not necessarily a 4-year college. Founded in 1849, Woonsocket High...

By MEGAN HALL http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-966686.mp3 Providence, RI By MEGAN HALL Wheres the best place to listen to the blues? Chicago, Illinois? Memphis, Tennessee? According to the Blues Foundation, its Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Thats the home of Chans Restaurant, this years recipient of the foundations keeping the blues alive award - and one of the few places where you can eat eggrolls and listen to Duke Robillard at the same time. As a part of our...

By MEGAN HALL http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-966575.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI If you cant afford to see a private doctor in Woonsocket, you probably go to Thundermist Health Center. Residents can use Medicaid or pay on a sliding scale for everything from check-ups to pre-natal care. As part of our One Square Mile: Woonsocket, WRNIs Megan Hall sat down with Chuck Jones, the executive director of Thundermists Woonsocket Health Center to learn more about the needs...

A mural on a downtown building welcomes visitors. Photo by: Bradley Campbell.

By FLO JONIC http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-966483.mp3 PROVIDENCE, RI As you drive into Woonsocket a sign welcomes you to a city on the move. But a more accurate description may be a city in search of an identity. Once the home of more than 100 bustling textile mills, Woonsocket is today a city notable for empty store fronts and mill buildings. Its population has been falling steadily since 1950. Back then the city boasted 50,000 residents. Today it has...

By BRADLEY CAMPBELL PROVIDENCE, RI St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is known in and around Woonsocket as the jewel of the east. The former Catholic church is home to North Americas largest collection of fresco paintings. The church closed in 2000, due to financial troubles and dwindling attendance. But community members came together to save the artwork. They consider a part of their history. Join WRNIs Scott MacKay for a special forum talking about Woonsockets future. One Square Mile:...

By WRNI staff http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-905218.mp3 West Warwick, R.I. – Hear the hour long One Square Mile: West Warwick program here.

By Anthony Brooks http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-904562.mp3 West Warwick, R.I. Ferruccis New York System is one of the bright spots in West Warwicks downtown business section in the village of Arctic. Locals gather here for breakfast - as well burgers, fries, wraps and seafood rolls. But this local eatery is best known for something else. Ah, weenies, says Michael Ferrucci, of Ferruccis New York System. Weenies or weiners. Not to be confused with a hot...

By Ian Donnis http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-904563.mp3 Providence, R.I. As part of our One Square Miles series this week, this Political Roundtables focus is West Warwick, as well as immigration reform, the boycott of the Westin Hotel and tax reform.

By Scott MacKay http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wrni/local-wrni-904354.mp3 West Warwick, R.I. House Speaker William Murphy, one in a long line of West Warwick politicians to reach a leadership role at the Rhode Island State House. WRNIs Scott MacKay met with Murphy for a tour of the town, and prepared this report.

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