A Superior Court Judge is expected rule on a lawsuit that could temporarily shut down a quarry in Westerly. Residents are complaining that Copar Quarry is a threat to their health. Copar disagrees.

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The Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber is working to raise $400,000 to make sure area businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy are up and running by Memorial Day.  

Chamber executive director Lisa Konicki says the storm seriously damaged some 29 businesses, and most of them have yet to see a dime from their insurance companies.

Funds raised by the chamber will help businesses remove sand, repair damage and replace inventory before the tourist start arriving.

Westerly Hospital is another step closer to being acquired by New London-based L&M Hospital.

Rhode Island’s department of health and the attorney general’s office say they’ve received a complete application from L&M. The state agencies now have 90 days to review it. If they accept L&M’s offer, Westerly could be the first hospital acquired under the state’s new Hospital Conversions Act.

Westerly rebuilds after Sandy

Jan 14, 2013
Andrea Resort in Westerly after Superstorm Sandy
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(PROVIDENCE, RI) Westerly town manager Steven Hartford says damage from Superstorm Sandy will probably exceed $20-M.  Roughly 150 homes and 30 businesses were damaged when the downgraded hurricane slammed into Rhode Island’s southern coast October 29th. 

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.