Jennifer Leal's leukemia diagnosis led her to her life's mission.
I was among those who filled out the Hopkinton Comprehensive Plan survey during our last major update. My survey response can be summarized as "keep Hopkinton rural." This does not mean freeze things where we are. We face new challenges. Staying rural is going to take a lot of change.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the "Concept Feasibility Study for Phase I of a Coastal Route Bikeway, from Ninigret Park to Matunuck Schoolhouse Road." The plan is available on the town's website, www.charlestownri.org. It is located on the home pag…
The question often rises about state issued identification for seniors who no longer have valid driver's licenses. In Rhode Island, seniors may get an I.D. at no cost.
WESTERLY —A new 18-bed geriatric behavioral health unit and expansion of oncology services are planned for Westerly Hospital in 2019, the facility's president and chief executive officer said last week.
MYSTIC — Because the Mystic Seaport Museum and two other stakeholders named in a 1954 will have yet to relinquish their claims to Enders Island, St. Edmund’s Retreat Center has proceeded with a quiet title action to establish its sole ownership.
BOSTON — Massachusetts holds only nine of 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but after eight years in the political wilderness the state's all-Democratic delegation is suddenly playing an outsized role in both the leadership and palace intrigue of the incoming Congress.
STONINGTON — An effort by Connecticut law enforcement officers to "be hairy for charity" proved more productive than expected, producing a total of $91,126 in donations that will be given to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.
NEWPORT (AP) — Two brothers have been charged with felony assault in connection with an attack on a fellow middle school student who has hit with a baseball bat and punched.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — A nurse at the Providence VA Medical Center has admitted that he removed liquid opioids from vials at the hospital for his own personal use and filled the vials back up with saline.
I recently completed the Citizens’ Police Academy program. It is an eight-week, once-a-week, two-hour session that seeks to create a better connection between the Westerly Police Department and us, the citizens of Westerly.
In his letter titled, “Guns are the reason people are getting killed,” in The Westerly Sun on Dec. 4), Bob Shea Jr. writes that he goes fishing.
I sat with my oatmeal and cup of coffee, staring, waiting for him to grow facial hair, fangs, and long, pointy nails. In short, I was waiting for this hotel guest to turn into the Wolfman right before my eyes.
Given the devastation caused by the floods of 2010 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012, residents and business owners in Washington County know well the costs associated with recovering from extreme weather such as hurricanes, flooding, and blizzards.
WESTERLY — The Westerly Public Schools will hold its Winter Job Fair at Westerly High School, 23 Ward Ave., in the cafeteria, on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon.
WESTERLY — The League of Women Voters-South County will host a program, "How Does the Census Count You?" on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Westerly Library, 44 Broad St.
In Westerly, no pedestrians have been killed in a traffic accident in three years. Richmond has not had such a death in 11 years, and Hopkinton's last pedestrian fatality was 12 years ago. The last time Charlestown had a pedestrian-related traffic death was 1997.
Police officers in Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond have been named 2018 winners of AAA Rhode Island Traffic Hero awards. John Paul, the organization's Northeast senior traffic manager, said the awards are given annually to individuals in law enforcement and other fields who exemplify ded…
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the winner-take-all system Massachusetts uses to assign its Electoral College presidential votes, rejecting the argument that it violates the principle of "one person, one vote."
After 22 years in business, the Bean Counter Coffee Shop in Westerly near the Pawcatuck River Bridge recently closed. The sign was on its door on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun
I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…
STONINGTON — Working with graham crackers, vanilla frosting, and marshmallows, 50 elementary students did their part to help the homeless at a gingerbread house workshop Thursday at Deans Mill School.
HARTFORD — A Connecticut police officer who used a stun gun on a 12-year-old deaf boy at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy's parents for excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally were apprehended in a series of sweeps in New England this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday.
PORTLAND, Maine — Fishermen who harvest herring, one of the most important baitfish on the East Coast, are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to catch. The change could have major implications for the lobster business.
CHARLESTOWN — During the holiday season, people from all over the state drive to a quiet corner of Charlestown to admire David Lamb’s extravagant Christmas light display. Lamb, an assistant chief of the Charlestown Fire Department, lives on Alton Carolina Road (Route 91) and has been putting…
WESTERLY — With a new Town Council comes a look by the newly elected group at the rules of procedure it will use for the next two years.
STONINGTON — The ordinance drafted by the Plastic Bags and Straws Ad Hoc Committee that would ban or limit the use of carryout bags and plastic straws in Stonington has been forwarded to the town attorney for review.
WESTERLY — The results of an investigation of two claims of sexual harassment made against an employee of the Colonial Theatre, which has now been completed, will not be made public, a theater board member said Wednesday.
STONINGTON — Next spring, two new playscapes will replace the single one that was removed from the Town Dock playground in September because its footings had deteriorated.
HOPKINTON — The developer of a proposed solar energy project at 310 Main St. in Ashaway returned to the Planning Board Wednesday with revisions to the plan in response to a report from an engineering firm that was critical of many aspects of the project, particularly its potential environmen…
WESTERLY — Hope Urbonas and Brandon Tallardy sat inside Mel's Downtown Creamery one afternoon last week, sharing an old-fashioned ice cream soda. As they sat across from one another in the red leather booth, sipping from their straws, the two young Westerly High School students, dressed in p…
HOPKINTON — More than 30 volunteers from four fire departments, working six at a time in rough terrain, joined in the rescue of a 230-pound man who had broken his ankle late Tuesday afternoon while on a hike about a mile from the Camp Yawgoog Road.
ASHAWAY — Now in its 20th year, the annual Ashaway Holiday Stroll, a beloved and well-attended tradition, takes place this Saturday. Beginning with the Ashaway Fire Department's breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., the stroll includes holiday bazaars, horse-drawn wagon rides, house tours, live mu…
WESTERLY — Mike Stanton, the bestselling author of the New York Times bestseller "The Prince of Providence: The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor," returns to Westerly to talk about his newest book, a revelatory biography of Rocky Marciano, the greatest heavyweig…
WAKEFIELD – Bah humbug! Even the most hard-hearted will find it difficult to keep a smile off their face when that holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, comes to the Contemporary Theater Company stage in Wakefield Dec. 6th – 22.
PROVIDENCE — Their mascot is "the unicorn of friendship," their music was described as “poetic” and “evocative of feeling" by National Public Radio, and they'll be playing Upstairs at the Columbus Theatre on Sunday.
A fuller picture of a cemetery in ghastly disarray emerged Thursday as the longtime caretaker of a graveyard in Connecticut's largest city was arrested and officials described in new detail shocking discoveries that included human bones and casket pieces scattered about.
Misinformation, the “Word of the Year” in your Dec. 3 “Around New England” editorial, “highlights the need for the press to remain vigilant,” but this might be misinformation Exhibit A, as it greatly understates our pressing need.
STONINGTON — The College Board has placed Stonington High School on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Stonington is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to receive the distinction, which was announced Thursday.
WESTERLY — Police are investigating two incidents of graffiti vandalism that occurred over the weekend, one at the White Rock skate park and a second in a pedestrian tunnel near the train station, and are considering a variety measures to deal with the problem.
BOSTON — The nation's drug classification system should be revisited but illegal drugs shouldn't simply be decriminalized nationwide, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told a gathering of police leaders focused on the opioids crisis Thursday in Boston.
HARTFORD (AP) — Armed with more members after Election Day, lawmakers in the Connecticut House progressive caucus predicted Thursday their chances have greatly improved to finally enact a paid family medical leave program, an eventual $15-an-hour minimum wage and legalized recreational use o…
WESTERLY — A 23½ year veteran of the Westerly Police Department, who most recently served as a lieutenant and the department's court liaison, has retired.
The Colonial Theatre School Inc., also known as “Shakespeare in the Park”, has recently received and accepted the resignation of its longstanding producing artistic director and member of the board of trustees, Harland D. Meltzer. In a recent email statement to the board, Meltzer writes “I f…
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced this week that it intends to renumber the exit numbers on Route 78 in Westerly as part of a multiyear program to key the exits to mile markers. The system has been used on many limited-access highways across the country. Th…