Jamestown, RI Society


A roof — and groceries, too, sustain homeless folks as RI agencies join forces to deliver

EAST PROVIDENCE — Every Thursday at 11 a.m., barring meetings and vacations, Johanna Corcoran makes her way to the Rumford Motor Inn. Doors open as she pulls her Kia Soul into the parking lot and pops the trunk, revealing eight boxes loaded with yogurt, cherry tomatoes, sandwich fixings, salad greens — food to tide over people who are making the motel their home after finding themselves homeless.

Community raises thousands for homeless New Bedford man’s funeral

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – Thousands of dollars have been raised for the family of a homeless man from New Bedford who died suddenly last week. Chris Mydlack, 45, was found dead at Buttonwood Park last week. According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Mydlack’s death was not deemed suspicious and it’s believed he died of an overdose. The official cause of death is still pending, his family said.

Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter upcoming events

Pet Walk with Blessing of the Animals and Costume Contest. Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will host its 14th annual Pet Walk with Blessing of the Animals and Costume Contest on Saturday Oct. 2, at the beach in Warwick City Park, Asylum Avenue, Warwick, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the homeless cats and dogs waiting for adoption at the Warwick Animal Shelter.

Man who donated kidney to stranger biking through Newport Sunday to raise awareness

Two men walked into a bar in Natchitoches, Louisiana. One needed a kidney transplant, the other had a kidney to spare. In March 2020, Plover, Wisconsin man Mark Scotch, who'd recently retired, and his wife Lynn, walked into a brewery in Natchitoches, Louisiana. There, they befriended the only other patron who was at the bar that day, a man named Hugh Smith.
Herald News

Give Back Fridays planned at churches across Fall River diocese

FALL RIVER — Catholic Social Services is hosting a series of Give Back Fridays over the next few weeks in locations across the Diocese of Fall River. Susan Mazzarella, CSS chief executive officer, explains that generous donors over the years have given items to help families in need and bring smiles to children.

Thousands took a bite out of this year’s Apple Festival in Johnston

The 33rd annual Apple Festival returned to Johnston. The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and The Washington Trust Company sponsored the event on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12 at Johnston Memorial Park. The time-honored community tradition was free and open to the public. Thousands stopped by throughout...
Westerly Sun

Area Religious Services, Sept. 17

PAWCATUCK — An in-person worship service will be held on Sunday, at 9:45 a.m., in the church sanctuary. The theme for this season will be What does it mean for us that our church is part of the United Church of Christ. The morning message will explore UCC Core Values of continuing testament, extravagant welcome, and changing lives.

Three end of summer festivals happening in RI this weekend you won't want to miss

Starts on Sept. 17, Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly. A midway of amusement rides snakes through the festival grounds, where you’ll also find a music tent, food trucks and a classic car show, all oceanside. Admission is $10, children under 7 free. North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival. Sept....
Brown Daily Herald

Climate orgs. mobilize labor for greener R.I.

As various forces in Rhode Island work toward a more sustainable future, two environmental organizations in the Ocean State have focused on making labor a key player in the transition. The organizations, Renew Rhode Island Coalition and Climate Jobs Rhode Island, both aim to guide state legislators toward fostering an economy that offers more green jobs.

So long summer, hello fall festivals

Despite the warm days and summer-like weather lingering well into September, there is no denying that autumn is right around the corner. Now that August is over and school is in session, Rhode Island families will be trading summer beach time for a weekends of arts and crafts, antiques, apple cider and pumpkins — lots and lots of pumpkins.

RI Foundation honors Wickford lawyer with highest honor

James C. Sullivan, a Wickford lawyer, received the Rhode Island Foundation’s prestigious Harold B. Soloveitzik Professional Leadership Award at the Foundation’s recent Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a member of the professional advisor community who has demonstrated an enduring commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation recognized Sullivan for his emphasis on...
Uprise RI

Second Redistricting Commission meeting deals with racial data

The second meeting of the Rhode Island General Assembly’s Commission on Redistricting concerned a review of racial data, a review of the United States Census database in use, and a short discussion of the redistricting mapping system. Kimball Brace, who has consulted on the last three redistricting efforts in the state gave a lengthy explanation of how the Census Bureau determines racial data, and how that racial data could be used to keep any redistricting within the bounds of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Johnston's Our Lady of Grace celebrates 101st Feast

Our Lady of Grace Church’s annual feast and festival, which is named in honor of La Madonna della DiFesa, was a fun and food-filled event that featured many MVPs (Most Valuable Parishioners) over a four-day stretch last weekend at jam-packed Festival Field in Johnston. Moreover, as Rev. Peter J. Gower...