The challenge to private beach owners wanting to stop public access to their land is far from over, says Scott Keeley, who organized a protest drawing more than 200 supporters to step over the Charlestown-South Kingstown line into the sand of exclusive beaches.
Exactly defining public access along beaches — and other areas around Rhode Island’s coast — is a complex undertaking requiring some serious study, said Virginia Lee, who has studied the issue and is an author of guides to public access to shorefront areas.
Swimmers and sunbathers soaking up rays at Scarborough State Beach got a visit Monday from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and state environmental officials, there to tout the start of a summer program to dispense free sunscreen at state beaches and parks.
Fourteen priests named on the Diocese of Providence’s list of clergy who were the subject of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors served in parishes and positions in North and South Kingstown and Narragansett.
Watch your step on Rhode Island’s private beaches. There’s a fine line — if you can find it — where to stand in the sand at a private beach.
The elusive and mysterious mean high-water line — akin to the Loch Ness monster that is never easily seen by the average person — is another quirky and lovable part of Rhode Island.
Although the word has never appeared in its name, South County Hospital has been a “community” hospital from the start.
In 1987, when an obstetrician left the Health Center of South County, that meant that South County women with Medicaid insurance could no longer deliver at South County Hospital.
The year was 1945. Even though World War II was nearly over, South County Hospital, like hospitals across the country, suffered from crippling staff shortages.
Rhody the Ram, or rather the student who served for two years as the University of Rhode Island’s beloved mascot, had some parting words of wisdom for his fellow graduates at Sunday’s 133rd commencement, held at URI’s Kingston campus.
As the first black child to walk the halls of the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, civil rights activist Ruby Bridges knows well what it means, and what it takes, to be the first.