BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported.
RICHMOND — Another summer tradition, summer day camp, has fallen victim to the coronavirus. Richmond was the first of the three Chariho towns to announce that there would be no town-run summer camp this year.
WESTERLY —Everything from disinfecting robots to touch-free bathroom appliances are under consideration for whenever public schools are allowed to reopen in the age of COVID-19. While it is unclear whether restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus will be lifted or modified t…
Youth sports programs will be allowed to resume in Rhode Island starting Monday, though there won’t be any league play, tournaments or other organized competitions for now, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Expanded free mobile testing for COVID-19, with no prescriptions required, has begun in several Connecticut cities. It's part of the state's effort to ramp-up testing of people living in densely populated areas to help keep tabs on possible flareups. The effort comes a…
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A college student wanted in connection with two killings in Connecticut was taken into custody when he walked out of a wooded area in Maryland and surrendered peacefully to officers who had their guns drawn, ending six days on the run in several states and providing so…
The last few months have left many of us feeling shaken. Life can be more difficult and hard to manage when we are so strongly affected by things far outside our area of control. But one of the secrets to getting through difficult times is to focus more heavily on those areas of our lives wh…
The May 8 letter “May is bike month, so get out and pedal!” wonderfully calls our attention to the magnificent world of biking. Infinite miles per gallon as bicycles follow the great “leave no trace” advocacy: “Leave nothing but tire tracks, take nothing but memories and kill nothing but time.”
This is the last but not least thank-you to all the donors to our four projects at the Westerly Veterans Memorial. The first project was the lights, next was the replacement of the blue-stone pavers, many of which were cracked or missing. Then it was the installation of the 17 fiberglass fla…
Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, pretty much everything to do around the region has been canceled. Until the public health crisis passes, here’s a list of social service agencies and other local important organizations and their statuses.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Members of the Chariho School Committee appointed Gina Marie Picard as the new Superintendent of Schools at their Tuesday meeting.
Gyms and fitness studios will be subject to new rules when they're allowed to reopen Monday as part of the state’s second phase of resuming its economy from the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Wednesday.
WESTERLY — In place of its annual Shakespeare in the Park festival, the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island will be offering an in-depth, “Virtual Audition Workshop” to high school-aged students from July 6-10, 2020.
WESTERLY — The Westerly High School dean of students is facing one count of leaving the scene of a crash after the police said he struck a bicyclist near the intersection of Winnapaug Road and Airport Road before leaving his wife at the scene and driving away.
WESTERLY — A Pierce Street man is facing charges after the police said he attacked a neighbor with a knife Friday night after accusing him of sleeping with his girlfriend.
WESTERLY — Police have filed charges against a Cranston man that they said was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine when officers found him resting in his car parked in the middle of Grove Avenue on Saturday night.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford is planning to reopen its parishes to the public for weekday Masses only beginning June 8, with rules for wearing masks and social distancing to guard against the coronavirus, church officials announced Wednesday.
Charlestown’s budget is the definition of a good budget: It uses surplus funds to lower the tax rate, keeps our promise to pay police pensions, upgrades our animal shelter, funds education, maintains infrastructure, and provides safety and emergency management. Plus, the maximum recommended …
There is the sound of silence for Charlestown taxpayers in the current ’20-’21 annual budget, which was approved by the CCA-majority town council members.
As a former Charlestown Town Councilor and eight-year member of the town’s Budget Commission, I always made decisions and voted based on the facts. I believe any vote on financial matters or public policy should reflect what is best for the entire town and not special-interest groups. Don’t …
There is an unspoken rule in newspaper work that subjects are never allowed to read copy before it goes in print, thus preventing them from affecting the news. As recent events show, news is not always simple, but getting it right can be a challenge — especially for a 20-something child. I’m…
Letters to the editor are opinion only, not necessarily factual. Therefore, it is appropriate to respond to Ken Robbins opinion published on Tuesday the 26th.
I live on Collins Avenue, and since 7 a.m. I have been looking across the street at a crew of 6 guys who appear to be standing around, while one guy is in a hole.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Dreydan Cianci lives in Wyoming with her mother, father and older sister, but the 18-year-old Chariho senior hasn't spent a lot of time at home.
WESTERLY — A lawsuit stemming from a 2017 motor vehicle collision involving a Westerly police officer and a town resident appears headed for trial now that town officials have rejected an arbitration award in the case.
Rhode Island is on schedule to launch the second phase of its economic reboot next week, given the successes of the Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday.
WESTERLY — The police said a 55-year-old Charlestown woman has died after she suffered serious injuries when her car collided head-on with a utility pole in Bradford over the weekend.
WESTERLY — A 75-year-old woman who was seriously injured when she was struck in a crosswalk earlier this month has died, the police confirmed on Tuesday.
WESTERLY — A Beacon Street man is facing charges after the police said a family member discovered he had sexual relations with a 12-year-old relative.
PROVIDENCE — The cost for gasoline remains steady in Rhode Island, with prices remaining the same this week despite an increase in travelers over Memorial Day weekend.
Many people in our local community have long anticipated their annual outings to the North Stonington Agricultural Fair, sponsored by the local Grange and Volunteer Fire Department. Notice of the cancellation of this year’s fair brought back memories of our family times there when my childre…
Economists are predicting a recession in our economy. According to the Federal Reserve, we are halfway to the point where we meet the criterion for a full-blown recession due to the impact of COVID-19. Naturally, impacts from the economic downturn will filter its way through the state econom…
WESTERLY — For Westerly police recruits David F. Fernandes, Dylan P. Turner and Mitchell F. Carrier, Memorial Day weekend was supposed to be one of celebration.
KINGSTON — News of the arrival in North America of a non-native insect with the terrifying colloquial name of "murder hornet" has alarmed residents around the country. But a University of Rhode Island entomologist said there is little reason for Rhode Islanders to worry about them.
Volunteers placed 1,000 physically distanced flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day while beaches, barbers and hair salons reopen in Massachusetts and two state beaches in Rhode Island open, all with restrictions.
PROVIDENCE — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed.
An anticipated reduction in the number of travelers this Memorial Day weekend has not resulted in call volume for Connecticut State Police.
What could you do if you sprained your ankle during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or if you suffer a bad cut? You may feel that the last place you want to visit these days is a hospital. But do you have options? Maybe it’s time to learn more about light therapy. It’s sometimes called low-level lase…
In recent Westerly Sun editions, letters were published from Ruth Platner and Michael Chambers, members of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA), asking voters to vote yes for the Charlestown budget. Both referenced letters I had written urging Charlestown citizens to vote down the propose…
BOSTON (AP) — Religious leaders are taking steps to protect their congregations as services resume in Massachusetts and Vermont. An iconic Connecticut pizza shop is adding outdoor dining as part of a plan to aid businesses impacted by the coronavirus.