Local and state briefs for Nov. 4, 2013

Local and state briefs for Nov. 4, 2013

The Westerly Sun

Minor injuries in I-95 rollover

STONINGTON — A two-car accident on Interstate 95 southbound on Sunday afternoon resulted in one rollover and minor injuries.

Connecticut State Police Troop E responded to a report of the accident near Exit 90 at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, according to a state trooper. Stonington Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Wequetequock Fire Department members also responded to the call.

The highway area by the accident was cleared shortly after.

Charles W. Morgan Day set for Saturday at Seaport

MYSTIC — Mystic Seaport will offer free admission to the museum on Charles W. Morgan Day, a celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the whaleship’s arrival, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The anniversary recognizes the importance the ship has had in the development of Mystic Seaport and the community since it was towed up the river on Nov. 8, 1941.

Visitors will be able to board the ship and see the progress made on the continuing restoration in advance of her 38th voyage next spring. All other regularly scheduled exhibits and activities will be open as well.

Crews demolish part of R.I. mill after fire

LINCOLN (AP) — Demolition crews have torn down nearly a third of a 110-year-old vacant mill in Lincoln after a six-alarm fire last week, while officials continue to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Parts of the mill that were the most damaged in Thursday’s fire were razed Saturday, as officials from the local police and fire departments, the state fire marshal’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives examined the site. Officials were back at the mill Sunday.

The mill near the Blackstone River was built in 1903 and was part of a bleachery complex. The building’s owner said it has been vacant for years, except for a small section used for storage.

Local officials say they had been worried about a fire at the mill.

Red Cross helping 6 families after Newport fire

NEWPORT (AP) — Officials with the American Red Cross say they’re helping six families who were displaced after a fire at a Newport apartment complex.

No one was injured in the fire on Friday night at the Festival Field Apartments on Girard Avenue, but six adults and a child were forced from their homes.

Fire officials say a mattress caught fire in a bedroom of one of the apartments. The blaze was contained to the bedroom, but there was smoke and water damage to other apartments. The cause of the fire hasn’t been disclosed.

Red Cross officials say they’re helping the families with housing, food and clothing needs.

Providence to release bicycling master plan

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is preparing to release a new bicycling master plan for the capital city.

The mayor will be joined by members of the Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for the release of the blueprint on Tuesday.

The plan expands the citywide bicycling network, sets priorities for bicycling improvements, promotes a bike-friendly culture and guides investment of future funding for bike infrastructure. The city’s original bike plan from the early 2000s focused on signing and striping bike corridors.

The period for public comment on the plan will run through Nov. 22.

The project is funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

The city recently solicited proposals for a bike-share program.

Top officials in 4 Conn. towns unopposed on ballot

NORWICH (AP) — With no opposition on the ballot on Election Day, first selectmen in four towns in eastern Connecticut are guaranteed re-election.

The Bulletin reports that the top officials in Franklin, Plainfield, Salem and Woodstock have no challengers in Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Don Kivela, head of Plainfield’s Republican Town Committee, said no one expressed interest in running for the town’s top job.

Woodstock First Selectman Allan Walker Jr. is running without opposition for the fourth time. He says it’s more because of voter satisfaction with local government than apathy.

He says someone will run if voters get angry enough.

Franklin First Selectman Richard Matters said it would be nice to have an election that gives voters a choice.

Family fights Navy for return of WWII remains

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut family wants the return of the remains of a family member killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 72 years ago.

The New Haven Register reports that Tom Gray is fighting the Navy to retrieve the remains of his second cousin, 3rd Class Fireman Edwin Hopkins. He and his family want to bury Hopkins in a family cemetery in Keene, N.H., his hometown.

Hopkins’ remains were designated as unknown by the Navy and are buried in a casket in Hawaii with the remains of five other veterans. He was 19 when he was killed in the engine room on the USS Oklahoma.

Spokeswoman Sarah Flaherty says the Navy does not want to disturb the sanctity of the grave. She says it’s been disturbed several times.


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