Some 150 people gathered at Warwick City Hall Sunday to remember those killed in the 2003Station Nightclub fire, and announce plans for a long-awaited memorial. It was the 12th annual memorial of the fire that claimed 100 lives in West Warwick.
Survivor and president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation Gina Russo announced the group has raised enough money to possibly begin construction this spring.
The 12th annual remembrance service for the 100 people who lost their lives in the tragic West Warwick Station nightclub fire on February 20, 2003 has been rescheduled for March 22 at 1 p.m. in the city council chambers at Warwick City Hall.
The service was originally slated for February 15, but was postponed because of a snowstorm. On Sunday, March 22 fire survivor Gina Russo will speak about the progress of the Station Memorial campaign and announce the campaign leadership committee.
12 years ago today, 100 people died, and hundreds more were injured in a fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. The fire made national headlines as one of the worst nightclub fires in U.S. history. Survivors are still working to build a public memorial, and living with the scars from that night.
Officials say the FBI and West Warwick police are investigating a vandalism incident at the Islamic School of Rhode Island as an apparent hate crime. Racial slurs, profanities, and anti-Islamic phrases were spray-painted on entrance of the school over the weekend.
The vandalism occurred Saturday night, according to video surveillance footage. The incident comes just days after the shooting of 3 Muslim students in North Carolina. The Islamic school, located in West Warwick, serves about 160 children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
The snow forecast for tonight and tomorrow has led to postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Station Fire Foundation Memorial service at West Warwick High School. The service was slated for 1 p.m.
The observance in the memory of the 100 who died in the Feb. 20, 2003 Station nightclub fire will be rescheduled for a date and time that will be announced soon, according to a spokesman for the organizers.
Former State Sen. Stephen Alves of West Warwick has been arrested for drunk driving after an accident on Route 146 In Lincoln. State Police say Alves struck a tractor-trailer truck near the Twin River casino exit.
Police say Alves drove his vehicle ``directly into the rear of the tractor trailer.’’ Alves, a former Senate Finance Committee chairman, is a Statehouse lobbyist.
Residents of West Warwick have passed a town budget that scales back services and raises taxes as part of an effort to avoid a financial crisis. The move is a early step for the town's path to fiscal stability.
The $86.3 million budget comes with plenty of concessions, including cuts in town programs, a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes, and reductions to public employee pensions. But town manager Frederick Presley said the concessions are necessary if West Warwick wants to avoid bankruptcy.
Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.
At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.
“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”