The former president of Rhode Island-based pharmacy retail giant CVS and his wife have announced a $35 million donation to the University of Rhode Island, which the school said is the largest private gift in its history.
The ambulances began rolling into the South County Hospital parking lot on the afternoon of May 19, 1973.
They carried the 11 surviving passengers of the Comet, a 50-foot charter fishing boat that had sunk seven miles off Point Judith. They also bore a grim cargo — those who had not survived.
Students pushed carts loaded with clothes, mini refrigerators and flat screen televisions into the dorm buildings at the University of Rhode Island during Labor Day weekend, and celebrated the annual move-in with the school’s Rhody the Ram mascot and its president.
Legislation that extends the state’s statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims, which passed through the House and Senate by a combined 107-1 vote earlier this summer, was ceremonially signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Monday.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry, Inc. sent its new vessel, Julia Leigh, for a maiden cruise this week through the waters from North Kingstown to Block Island, and amid a fight in rough legal waters over allowing that service to the island.
The Rhode Island Department of Health re-opened Scarborough Beach in Narragansett and Point Judith Pond last week, saying that bacteria levels in both no longer posed a health threat.
Over the years, no gift to South County Hospital, no matter how modest, went unrecognized by the Board of Trustees.
A headline for a recent local social media message screamed, “Lost chickens!”
“My three hens are missing if you see them near town hall on high street or by bike path. One blonde, one brown, one black and white speckled. They love sunflower seeds and are very friendly. Please call or text…” and the writer gave a personal phone number to reach her.
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.