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RI News
5:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

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RI News
9:20 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Westerly Zoning Board Takes Up Copar Quarry Expansion

Westerly’s Zoning Board is circling back to a cease and desist order against Copar and Westerly Granite. Tuesday's hearing picks up where the zoning board left off earlier this year.

Residents near Copar’s quary say it’s noisy and spews rock and dust into the air, causing health risks. Copar says the noise is no louder than a busy road.

Meanwhile, Copar and the Town of Westerly are locked in a lawsuit that the former town manager was hoping would be resolved in mediation.

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RI News
10:59 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Rhode Island Thanks Workers Who Helped Clean Up After Sandy

Tons of sand filled Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy raked along the coast.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Scores of workers who helped clean up after Superstorm Sandy were officially thanked Friday.

The Department of Labor and Training said it had $1.5 million in federal aid and hired about 98 workers to help clean up after the storm. They cleared debris from Fort Adams State Park, the East Bay bike path and worked around Misquamicut Beach to get it ready for the Memorial Day opening of the summer season.

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RI News
7:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Misquamicut Beach, One Year After Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic Avenue was covered in tons of sand after Superstorm Sandy blew across Rhode Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

It was one year ago that Superstorm Sandy slammed onto the Rhode Island coast. The storm raked across Misquamicut Beach, destroying businesses and dumping tons of sand onto Atlantic Avenue. 

 

 

The streets are quiet in Misquamicut Beach, mostly the ocean roar and sounds of construction fill the air. Many of the motels and restaurants are closed for the season. But the New Land Motel and Apartments is open. Manager Rinette

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Environment
3:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Mosquito Samples in RI Test Positive for EEE

Four pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and three pools for EEE in Rhode Island this year.

Test results from two mosquito pools in Rhode Island have come back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This is the second time EEE has been confirmed in the state this year.

The samples came from traps set in Tiverton and Westerly.  The Department of Environmental Management says the findings aren’t surprising for this time of year, and it’s likely that EEE is present in other parts of the state.

Furthermore, two mosquito pools in Tiverton and Hopkinton have confirmed positive results for Highlands J Virus, that virus is a bird disease that doesn’t affect humans.

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Politics
9:04 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Task Force Issues Report to Coastal Cities: Prepare For More Extreme Weather

The town of Westerly was worried that it would still not be ready for the 2013 summer beach season after Superstorm Sandy.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A White House panel says coastal communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy should prepare for future storms due to rising sea levels.

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding task force has released a list of recommendations to help communities reduce future damage.

The Presidential task force report says that towns and cities near the coastline need to spend money now in order to avoid costly damage later.

That’s because climate change and rising sea levels are increasing the threat of extreme storms.

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Environment
7:09 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Westerly and Copar Quarries Head Into Mediation

The Town of Westerly and Copar Quarries head into mediation Wednesday to see if they can settle a dispute that will please both the quarry and residents.

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Business
12:39 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shaw’s Supermarket Planning to Keep Employees at Closed RI Stores

Shaws says it will be closing two under-performing stores in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Shaw’s supermarket chain says it’s closing six underperforming stores. Four are in southeastern Massachusetts and two are in the Rhode Island communities of Westerly and Woonsocket. 

But the closures won’t necessarily mean massive layoffs. A spokesman for Shaw’s said the company will try to avert layoffs by absorbing the affected employees into their remaining stores.  After the closures of the stores in Westerly and Woonsocket there will be eight Shaw’s stores left in Rhode Island.

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RI News
7:51 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Obama Officials to Tour Beach Rebuilding Efforts in Westerly

Atlantic Avenue in Westerly is still in need of repair, after being destroyed by superstorm Sandy last year.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Members of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy taskforce will be in Rhode Island Monday touring coastal areas hit by last year’s storm.  Westerly officials will make their case for more financial help.

The south coast took a beating, with 150 homes and 30 businesses damaged just in Westerly. Town Manager Steven Hartford says funding is needed to rebuild, elevate and drain Atlantic Avenue, which was severely flooded during Sandy. He said Rhode Island may not have grabbed headlines during the storm, but it needs help too.

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Westerly Starts Spraying for Mosquitos

Westerly residents may be awakened to the sounds of helicopters overhead Thursday morning.  Continuing a practice begun in 1997, the town of Westerly is conducting aerial spraying against mosquitos.

The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive.

The town uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium which prevents larval mosquitoes from developing into adults.  The state Department of Environmental Management says it safe to humans and the environment.

Spraying begins Thursday at 7:00am and continues through 2:00pm.

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