One Square Mile: West Warwick

OSM: West Warwick
5:35 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

After 202 years, work goes on at West Warwick mill

Maintenance Man Harry Collard and Machine Operator George Colon are seen talking during a recent weekday at Riverpointe Lace. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Thomas Jefferson was in the final year of his presidency when Christopher and Charles Lippitt built a textile mill on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in what was then Warwick. The 1808 wood frame building is not only still standing, it's still in the textile business under the name Riverpointe Lace.

Peter Palmisciano and his partner, John Ponte, bought it in a bankruptcy auction two years ago for $300,000.

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OSM: West Warwick
3:19 pm
Tue May 25, 2010

Medical clinic helps students' health

The Health Hut is located at the John F. Deering Middle School. Photo by Alex Nunes

West Warwick, R.I. – Walk down the main hall of Deering Middle school in West Warwick, take a right, and you'll find the health hut.

Sherrie Berger, the health assistant, stands in the waiting room with a sick student. The nurse practitioner here has already diagnosed him with strep throat. Now he needs to pick up his medication and get better.

And he won't be missing school for long.

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OSM: West Warwick
5:56 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Getting back to work after the flood

Debbie Rosa, co-owner of Divinity Salon, works on a customer?s hair on a recent weekday. The salon and an adjacent photo studio faced obstacles following this years flood. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – West Warwick's Main Street shows no sign of the intense floods that swept through Rhode Island earlier this spring. But many of the town's small businesses paid a high price for flood-related damage. And some business people question whether the federal government has done enough to help them recover.

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OSM: West Warwick
4:51 am
Tue May 25, 2010

Inside West Warwick's flea market

West Warwick, R.I. – The West Warwick Civic Center is many things- a sports arena, a temporary flood shelter, and for the past year, an increasingly popular flea market. Every weekend, thousands of people from around the state come to buy everything from jewelry to deodorant. WRNI's Megan Hall checked out the West Warwick flea market and produced this audio postcard.

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OSM: West Warwick
8:47 am
Sun May 23, 2010

Fighting Bob Quinn and the Bloodless Revolution

Photo courtesy of the Secretary of State's office.

West Warwick, R.I. – Robert Quinn, a son of West Warwick, was an architect of the most momentous Rhode Island political upheaval of the 20th century.

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