Community Calendar

E-Reader Help
10 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Music with Mr. Mike
10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Charlestown

3-5 Year Old Storytime
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

Simple Suppers
Noon - 2 p.m. Charlestown

Drop-in Knitting Club
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

The Supper Table
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly

Mad Science - Expedition Energy
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Westerly

The New Patenting Paradigm
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Charlestown

Wonderful Westerly Toastmasters club
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

... View all of today's events


Stay Connected




Letting concern linger


There was something unsettling about the Westerly police’s disclosure last week that one of the men singled out in the April 1 shooting on Pleasant Street had been detained here soon after the incident because the police had discovered that he was wanted himself in an earlier shooting in Providence.

Police Chief Edward W. St. Clair’s initial assessment that the incident might have been a case of “someone trying to even some kind of score” proved to be correct. And he did report several days later that the men, who were shot at from a vehicle, had been “tentatively identified” and questioned.

In the meantime, fears arose of a resurgence in crime in the North End. People admitted they were scared, and for good reason, given the number of bullets and shell casings, fired from different weapons, that were recovered from an area where children play and people run their businesses.

As it turned out, one of the men had been arrested on two warrants, and his name was in our April 4 police log. Were the police hoping he would “snitch”? Maybe it was our fault that we failed to connect the dots. But in any case, it appears that a more illuminating report could have alleviated some of the North End’s concerns. As a general rule, people can handle the truth. Facts and trust go hand in hand and are essential to good police-community relations.



Back to Editorials
Top Stories of the Week

Hopkinton police: Intoxicated man took neighbor’s truck, crashed into ditch …
HOPKINTON — An Ashaway man is facing charges including attempted larceny, assault and driving under the influence after police said he and a juvenile relative … more ...

Storm takes a bite out of the beach …
A section of beach near the Atlantic Beach Amusement Park in Misquamicut is eaten away as large waves have pounded the beaches and caused significant … more ...

Up to 8 inches of snow likely; and a little …
Today’s snowfall is simply a prelude to another snowfall Tuesday, according to the national Weather Service. The forecast calls for snow showers Tuesday with up … more ...

Stonington native sells software company for $26 million …
STONINGTON — Mike Rustici, a Stonington High School alumnus who made his business debut selling soda out of a cart at Elmridge Golf Course, recently … more ...

Rhode Island lawmakers to propose legalizing marijuana …
PROVIDENCE (AP) — A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana in Rhode Island is returning to the state’s General Assembly after failing to pass … more ...

Comments