COVID-19 transmission rate in Rhode Island now substantial

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Community spread of the coronavirus is now considered substantial by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Monday’s data shows. According to RIDOH, the state’s percent positivity rate for the past week is 1 percent, up 0.5 percent from the previous week. There were 57.4 new cases...
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South Kingstown,

South Kingstown police search for suspect in marina theft

(WJAR) — The South Kingstown Police Department is searching for a suspect accused of stealing equipment from a marina. The department says the alleged theft occurred at Point Judith Marina in the early morning hours of July 8. According to surveillance video, the suspect approached the marina on a yellow...
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Is Old Lyme using gates to funnel cars to its municipal lot?

Old Lyme — The increasingly frequent closure of gates at the top of Portland and Swan avenues that effectively turn them into one-way streets has local parking lot operators complaining the town is costing them business. The gates are part of a system that funnels all incoming Sound View beach...

DEM: Wildfire smoke from Canada damaging air quality in RI

Smoke from wildfires is reaching Rhode Island this afternoon, driving air quality down to unhealthy levels, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said. "Wild fire smoke is currently impacting the area with MODERATE fine particles, but some hours of UNHEALTHY readings are expected as smokes reaches the surface as the afternoon progresses," the DEM says in its air quality forecast.
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Rhode Island Sees Rise in Legionnaires' Disease Cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Public health officials are investigating a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Rhode Island, the state Department of Health said Monday. There have been 30 cases reported since June 2, the agency said in an emailed statement. Of those, 28 people have...
Bozrah, CTThe Day

There’s a lot more than vegetables at the Bozrah Farmers Market

In late morning on Friday, July 16, the tents began to pop up in Maples Farm Park, and the vans and the trucks full of produce and crafts pulled into their assigned spaces. The food trucks were parked and ready to serve by 4 p.m. as the Bozrah Farmers Market was finally open for its long-awaited 13th season.
Old Saybrook, CTNBC Connecticut

Olympic Skateboarder From Old Saybrook Places 4th

Alexis Sablone, an Olympic athlete from Old Saybrook, came in fourth place at the first-ever Women’s Street Skateboarding Competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. “It was a pinnacle of achievement, just to see her there in Tokyo,” Fran Sablone, Alexis’ father, said. Fran said Alexis started skateboarding around age 10...
New Shoreham,

After bump in COVID cases, Block Island may mandate masks indoors

Block Island officials moved toward a mask mandate for indoor activity Monday evening, directing a solicitor to draft an emergency ordinance that would mandate the wearing of masks indoors. The panel took that preliminary action, in anticipation of potentially voting for a mandate on Thursday night, after receiving medical guidance...
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Downtown Westerly parking to be restricted for paving project

WESTERLY — Parking will be restricted on Canal and High streets on Wednesday due to road paving and placement of paint markings. Parking on High Street will also be restricted between Broad Street and Railroad Avenue. The dates may be subject to change depending on weather conditions, the police said....
East Greenwich, RIWCVB

Beat the Newport crowds and visit East Greenwich, Rhode Island

NEEDHAM, Mass. — TheNew England Wireless & Steam Museum is a truly unique collection of old steam-powered machines, as well as 150 year-old telegraph equipment. Located on a pretty property secluded from the main road and downtown East Greenwich, it’s a fun place for old and young to learn—and see close up—how many of the things we now plug in were once powered by water. And the machines all work!
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Most R.I. hospitals are about to revisit their COVID-19 vaccine policies for employees

PROVIDENCE — Some of Rhode Island’s largest hospitals are revisiting their COVID-19 vaccine policies for employees. Each of Rhode Island’s hospitals have largely told staff members — including frontline health care workers — that they were not required, but “encouraged” to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, that might change in light of recent recommendations by national groups for health care workers to be required to get fully vaccinated in order to continue working.

Outdoor dining, take-out policies extended in R.I. until spring 2022

CRANSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island restaurants will be allowed to keep temporary outdoor dining patios and take-out windows until at least next spring. Governor Dan McKee signed a bill into law Monday extending the pandemic-era policies until April 1, 2022. “Without this bill, without the expansion of outdoor dining, I...