Local and state briefs for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Local and state briefs for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013


Couple nabbed for breaking each other’s cellphones

RICHMOND — A romantic coupling was apparently broken last Tuesday when a man and woman were charged with deliberately throwing each other’s cellphone on to the pavement in the Ocean State Job Lot parking lot in Wyoming.

Police said the arguing couple, Cody P. Parlapiano, 19, of North Kingstown, and Jessica Beach, 20, of West Greenwich, were charged with domestic vandalism/malicious damage. They were both transported to the Richmond Police station where they were processed and later arraigned before Justice of the Peace Joseph Scott. They were released on a promise to appear in 4th Division District Court on a later date.

Audition times change for ‘Twelfth Night’

WESTERLY — The Chorus of Westerly has changed the times for the auditions for its annual production of “A Celebration of Twelfth Night.”

There are no advanced sign-up or audition time reservations. Dancers and gymnasts will audition on Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Prospective actors for stage roles will audition on Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m. Callbacks will be held as needed on Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rehearsals will begin Dec. 26 and last through the run of the show, Jan. 10-12. For more information, call 401-596-8663, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WARM Center receives two grants

WESTERLY — The WARM Center has received two grants toward its mission to provide programs and community service for residents in need.

The center received $1,500 from Chelsea Groton Bank toward its food service coordinator’s salary and a Rhode Island House of Representatives Legislative Grant of $1,000 toward operational costs on behalf of Representative Donna Walsh. State grants are awarded through a competitive process.

Last year, the center served more than 166 men and women in its emergency shelter program and more than 35,000 meals through Anita’s Kitchen. The center also prepared and delivered more than 2,000 lunches to children over the summer.

Parade ceremonies at Westerly Armory

PAWCATUCK — The main Veterans Day ceremonies will be held Saturday after the parade at The Westerly Armory with speaker John Humble. Patriotic songs will be performed by Connie Butler.

Marchers will step off from the back parking lot of the Pawcatuck Shopping Center at 9:30 a.m. and take a right onto Pequot Trail. The parade will travel onto West Broad Street, where the marchers will stop at the World War I Monument for a brief ceremony. After the ceremony, the parade will continue on West Broad Street and march into downtown Pawcatuck. The parade will continue, crossing the Westerly-Pawcatuck Bridge, onto Broad Street in Westerly before turning left onto High Street. The parade will proceed on High Street, turn left on Canal Street, take a right onto Railroad Avenue, and continue until reaching the Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon St.

The four divisions of the parade will include veterans’ organizations, mounted horse units, local police color guards, fire and ambulance corps, elected officials, high school bands, elementary schools, churches and charitable organizations.

R.I. gov ‘flips switch’ on new solar power array

NORTH KINGSTOWN (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee has thrown the switch to activate New England’s largest rooftop solar power array.

The 8,500-panel array is constructed on top of two former Navy buildings at the Quonset Business Park. The owners of the buildings leased the rooftop space to Nexamp, Inc., a solar power producer that will operate the array.

The array is the size of three-and-a-half football fields and will generate more than 2 million kilowatt-hours per year, or enough electricity to power about 500 homes.

Chafee flipped the switch on the array Wednesday at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the project.

The Democratic governor said harnessing solar power, wind and other renewable energy sources is the best way to generate electricity without damaging the environment or contributing to climate change.


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