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In the news… updates for 9/27/2022


The Herreshoff Marine Museum will receive $413,709 from the National Park Service for preservation of the General Burnside Building, once a factory for rifles during the Civil War and later a machine shop for torpedo boats and luxury sailing vessels.

$750 federal grant to combat veterans’ suicide has come to RI – and be coordinated by the RI Health Dept.

 $14 million in federal funds will help replace the East Bay Bike Path 30-year old bridge sections

The Naval War College Foundation has been awarded $137,833 for the conservation and digitization of the Naval War College and Naval War College Foundation Collections. This collection showcases the country’s military history.

Barrington’s Belton Mansion, former home to the Zion Bible College and Barrington College, is on its way to being demolished by Chinese investor/owner, Mi Guangchun. This follows a failed attempt to develop it into senior/affordable housing.

Nix RX Health rates RI’s nursing homes as top 5 in the US

Greenwich Cove Kitchen is now open – Post Road, Warwick

Canada no longer requires vaccines to enter country at US border

Newport Bridge will be refurbished with $82.5 million DOT grant which will extend its life by 25 years

Boston Celtics confirm Rhode Island’s Joe Mazzulla will be interim head coach.

CVS Health and Walmart have agreed to pay $147.5 million to settle West Virginia’s claims over their alleged roles in the state’s opioid crisis

URI’s 12th president, Marc Parlange, was welcomed, officially, this week

RIPTA bus driver shortage estimated at over 30 positions – with supervisors driving some routes and Providence school routes compromised.

Care New England Health System reported a $26.5 million net loss in the third quarter ending on June 30

Pawtucket will put in a new dog park in the Fairlawn neighborhood

The RI Health Insurance Commissioner raised rates on insurance – Gov. McKee said this is not the time to raise rates, but the health insurance commissioner is not bound by the Governor’s directives.

Boston Globe welcomed back its writers to their offices.

Bodies of former Mayor Susan Menard and her boyfriend found in her home, decomposed, after not being seen for at least 2 weeks.

3 Debates between Gov McKee and Ashley Kalus have been set for WPRI — Oct. 11, ProJo/Public’s Radio — Oct. 13, and WJAR — Nov. 3

Full funding for replacement of the Bourne/Sagamore bridges not secured from the federal government, putting project on hold

Rory’s Market & Kitchen has opened in downtown Providence, first market downtown

USA Today reports Warren, Rhode Island, a small town surrounded by water, is working on a ‘managed retreat’ plan in response to rising seas that is the first of its kind in RI – the town is contemplating buying out property owners in one waterlogged neighborhood and carving out a new district on higher ground not far away. The plan would be phased in over time with an ultimate goal of buying 306 properties for a total cost of $138 million and tearing them down to allow the area to revert to wetlands.

In 2021, Rhode Island’s Act on Climate was signed into law, setting a mandatory goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

CEO of Pfizer is positive for COVID, and he has mild symptoms

In Falmouth, the first of 2 wind turbines were knocked down in response to the community’s complaints about sound, headaches, etc.



UN notes “colossal global dysfunction” putting the world in peril

Pfizer wants to expand new Omicron booster to 5 to 11 year olds.

Rihanna to headline at the SuperBowl

1,000 fast-food workers at San Francisco International Airport are on strike.

$80 billion is estimated to be the cost of the college loan forgiveness program

Philadelphia police will recruit retired police and military to help patrol stores that have been vandalized – after one store completely wiped out by a gang of teens.

1/4 million Russian men have fled the country in fear of going to Ukraine to fight in the Russian Army.

Finland has closed its borders to Russian immigrants.

A 4-day work week is being experimented with in the UK with over 70 companies – 63% of businesses found it easier to attract and retain talent with a 4 day week

Hurricane Fiona caused devastation in Puerto Rico – it is now a Category 4 with severe rain

Protests continue in Russia against Putin’s announcements of calling up 300,000 more troops and insinuating nuclear weapons may be next

Longest running musical, Phantom of the Opera, ends

NYC to erect hangar-sized tents to house homeless – a tent city in the Bronx

27 people died on a bus in China bringing COVID “close-contact” people to quarantine

China is obsessed with locking down the country and eliminating every case of COVID

Japan considering ban on hotel guests not wearing masks

Several international leaders coming down with COVID after QE2 funeral – elderly Queen of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II, 2nd time she has had it. Only Chinese delegation wore N95 masks.

Ukraine Pres. Zelenskyy addressed United Nations

New York City police officers can’t be fired for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19, a state judge ruled Friday. A Manhattan judge said officers who were fired or placed on leave as a result of the policy should be reinstated.



Louise Fletcher, 88, actress known best for Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Morris Nathanson, 95, RI artist/designer icon

Susan Menard, former mayor of Woonsocket, and her partner

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