WESTERLY — If you're looking for a way to get information on the town's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a little entertainment and connection (virtual of course) with friends and neighbors, Caswell Cooke Jr. has an idea.
WESTERLY — Two local businesses have announced financial matches to benefit a Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce initiative focused on responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — School children in Rhode Island will continue distance learning through at least the end of April as the state grapples with the growing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday.
BOSTON (AP) — The superintendent of a Massachusetts veteran's home was removed from his duties Monday after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for coronavirus and another five whose results are pending.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The cost of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island continues to nosedive as residents out of a job or working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic have little need to drive.
Editor’s note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, pretty much everything to do around the region has been canceled. Until this public health crisis passes, here’s a list of local social service agencies, venues and organizations and their statuses.
The new state restrictions on restaurants and bars to fight the coronavirus pandemic have prevented local residents from going out to eat. But many South County establishments are still serving via curbside takeout and delivery. Find out the status of your favorite local eatery by clicking o…
WESTERLY — A new web page created by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce Foundation is being used to assist business owners, workers, local nonprofits, and health care organizations as the effects of the COVID-19 crisis mount.
As the United States faces its worst public health crisis in a century, we want you to know we are here for you — and with you.
BOSTON (AP) — Two colleges in Boston are marking the end of Women's History Month with an open event to update and enhance the Wikipedia entries of several female activists.
WESTERLY — The operators of Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island are using their sister venture, South County Distillers, to make hand sanitizer, a sought-after commodity in the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19.
WESTERLY — After two years as leader of the Dunn's Corners Fire Department, Christopher P. DeGrave is preparing to turn over the reins.
WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting t…
PROVIDENCE — At her Saturday media briefing, Gov. Gina Raimondo said that with only about half of Rhode Islanders complying with social distancing directives, it was time to crack down.
WESTERLY — Officials detailed the town's efforts to encourage people from New York in town to take shelter from the COVID-19 outbreak in their second homes to self-quarantine for 14 days and the steps being taken to slow the virus' spread during a news conference at Town Hall Friday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — While Rhode Island's response to the outbreak has been solid, the state is unprepared for a huge surge in cases such as experienced in New York and New Orleans, Raimondo said.
The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states' ability to provide basic services.
BOSTON (AP) — All visitors arriving in Massachusetts are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days as the state tightens its efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.
United Way of Rhode Island has created a statewide day of giving called #401Gives. Funds for over 300 non-profits in Rhode Island will be raised when the community needs it most. Donations are given to a non-profit designated by the donor.
WARWICK — The Community College of Rhode Island will remain on a remote teaching format for the remainder of the semester, scheduled to end May 8. The decision was made in order to protect the health and wellbeing of students and employees, and by the guidance from public health officials an…
PROVIDENCE — At her Friday COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Gina Raimondo added door-to-door checks by local police and members of the National Guard to the effort ensure that people coming to Rhode Island's coastal towns from New York state comply with her earlier directive to quarantine themselves …
WESTERLY — The Board of Finance voted unanimously Thursday to approve a $95,170,690 proposed municipal and schools budget for 2020-21.
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday approved as much as $300 million in emergency borrowing to help the state pay its bills with the economy virtually shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to help unemployed veterans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is working with employers at Honeywell, Amazon, and CVS to link veterans directly with employment. These are employers that despite the pandemic are still operational and have a need for …
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Connecticut State Police have seized the guns, badge and cruiser of a trooper following his arrest in Rhode Island for allegedly pushing and shoving his on-and-off girlfriend, authorities said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
Coastal towns in the state, including Westerly and Charlestown, as well as Block Island, are asking the owners of second homes who have traveled in from out of state to observe a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine.
WESTERLY — The Board of Finance will conduct a public hearing on the proposed 2020-21 municipal and schools budget tonight at 6 in Council Chambers at Town Hall.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Concord Coach Lines said it will suspend bus service throughout New England on Saturday after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tri-County Community Action Agency is accepting applications for individuals and families in need of assistance with fuel bills. Homeowners and renters are eligible for heating assistance and weatherization services.
WESTERLY — Priests, ministers and other faith leaders came together Tuesday at Central Baptist Church for an interdenominational prayer service focused on unity, hope and service in the days of COVID-19.
The tourist haven of Block Island became the state’s first community to order residents to shelter in place as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb.
BOSTON (AP) — The number of people in Massachusetts who have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, increased to 11 on Tuesday.
Providence (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday directed state flags at all state agencies and buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of former Rhode Island first lady Virginia Coates Chafee.
WESTERLY — Town Manager J. Mark Rooney declared a local state of emergency Monday afternoon as town officials continued to respond to the public health crisis spawned by COVID-19. In a related measure, all town buildings, with the exception of police headquarters on Airport Road, are closed.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men broke into a sporting goods store at a Rhode Island mall that had been closed in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and stole more than $15,000 worth of merchandise and cash, police said Monday.
WESTERLY — Inspiration struck Chris Walsh one afternoon last week as he was pondering the extraordinary ways the world has changed in these days of COVID-19.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — After her sixth-grade son’s school in Buffalo, New York, closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Roxanne Ojeda-Valentin returned to campus with shopping bags to take home textbooks and weeks’ worth of assignments prepared by teachers.
PROVIDENCE — Drive-thru sites have been opening around the U.S. to make it quicker and safer to test people for the new coronavirus. But much like the rest of the U.S. response to the pandemic, the system has been marked by inconsistencies, delays, and shortages. Many people who have symptom…
NEW YORK — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence.