Rhode Island

Theater Reviews
1:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ocean State Theatre’s “Les Mis” is a First-Rate Effort

Fredric S. Scheff and Kevin B McGlynn star as Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Misérables being presented at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Yes, you could figure that “Les Mis” might be just a tad over-saturated these days.

Many have seen it at least once. Or, they’ve heard the wonderful score.

But, you know what? “Les Mis” is still worth seeing, worth being affected by, worth pondering for its immense world view. And the production opening the season at Ocean State is a first-rate effort. No, it doesn’t have the great turntable racing the pace on stage. It hasn’t reached the incredible settings of Broadway or top flight road shows.

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Environment
3:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Trout Being Stocked in Rhode Island for Fall Fishing Season

Tens of thousands of trout start their lives at the Lafayette Trout Hatchery in North Kingstown.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management has begun stocking approximately 6,000 brown and brook trout for the fall freshwater fishing season.

Trout stocking was delayed this year due to elevated water temperatures. In addition, an infestation of blue-green algae prevented the department from stocking trout in Melville Ponds in Portsmouth.

A current fishing license is required for anglers 15 years of age and older wishing to catch a fish.  License fees cost $18 for Rhode Island residents.

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RI News
2:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Most Civilian Defense Workers Back on the Job in Rhode Island

Most of the civilian defense workers who were furloughed last week in Rhode Island because of the partial government shutdown are back to work. 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the 300 workers furloughed by the Rhode Island National Guard have been brought back.  The same goes for the 800 civilian defense workers who were furloughed at Naval Station Newport. Naval Station spokeswoman Lisa Rama said workers are glad to be back, even though they’re still not getting paid.

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Health Care
1:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

House Committee to Investigate Failure to Win Pain Pump License

Lawmakers will review an application to refill pain pumps in patients' homes.

A Rhode Island House committee aims to find out why a health care company failed to win a license to provide home pain management services in the state. Pentec withdrew its application, but the controversy continues.

Pentec is a company that provides specialty services for patients using complicated medical devices, such as pain pumps. These are devices that are implanted to help control pain that’s otherwise unmanageable. Pentec nurses can visit patients at home to refill their pain pumps. And some say that’s critical for patients who find it too painful to travel for a refill.

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Education
9:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

URI to Unveil Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Center

The interior of the Fascitelli Center at URI.
Credit Courtesy URI

The University of Rhode Island will unveil its new work-out center this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held this week on the new Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center.

It’s located in the former Roger Williams dining hall, which has undergone an eleven-million dollar renovation. It’s a 33-thousand square foot facility with state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight lifting equipment.

Thomas Dougan, the university’s vice president for student affairs, said it replaces Mackal Field House, a much smaller facility that the school had long outgrown.

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RI News
9:19 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Hundreds of Burn Victims to Meet in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Convention Center will host the World Burn Congress.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Hundreds of burn survivors will descend on Providence this week for the annual convention of the Phoenix Society.  The meeting is dubbed the “World Burn Congress,” and its main purpose is to heal the emotional wounds left by the physical scarring.

They’ve endured house fires, car fires, nightclub blazes and electrocutions and this week about 900 of them will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center for the World Burn Congress sponsored by the Phoenix Society. 

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Historic Providence Diner Gets a Second Life

The historic West Side Diner on Westminster Street in Providence.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it.  The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory.  Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.

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Politics
10:14 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Legislative Gun Safety Task Force to Meet For the First Time

A legislative task force on gun safety is slated to hold its first meeting this afternoon Thursday at the Statehouse.

Assembling the gun safety task force was one of the few steps taken by the General Assembly in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Connecticut. But all the members weren’t named until last month, shortly after media reports that the task force hadn’t yet met.

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RI News
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Eisenhower House Readies For Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

The Eisenhower House near Ft. Adams State Park.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A Newport home that was once the summer residence of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is about to undergo a one-point-six million dollar makeover.

The Eisenhower House on the grounds of Fort Adam State Park will be winterized and become a year-round venue for social and corporate events.  Ron Renaud, director of the state Department of Administration, said the basement is full of telephone cables.

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RI News
9:15 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Affecting Federal Courts in RI

The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the furloughs for Rhode Island DOJ workers.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The federal government shutdown is having an impact on the prosecution of federal cases in Rhode Island. 

U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha has had to furlough a third to a half of his 45-person staff because of the federal government shutdown.  He said they’re managing by bringing in people who are working on the most urgent cases and then rotating them as the cases change.

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