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October 31st, 2012
LINCOLN â€“ A confident John Taylor told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that Twin River will â€śabsolutelyâ€ť be able to compete with the planned Massachusetts casinos if the ballot questions to allow table games at the casino are approved by voters next week.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The practice of voting for members of the School Committee will soon come to an end if voters approve a referendum question at the polls on Tuesday to make the panelâ€™s members appointive.
Question 8 on the ballot would give the mayor the power to select members of committee subject to ratification of the City Council. That would make Woonsocket only the second city in the state where school committee members are appointed, after Providence.
National Grid crews worked throughout the day Tuesday, methodically restoring power to many of the estimated 117,000 households that lost electricity when Hurricane Sandy grazed the state on Monday.
As the 2012 election campaign enters its final week, a new poll shows the 1st District congressional campaign virtually deadlocked, with incumbent Democrat David Cicilline holding on to a slender one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty.
The poll, taken for WPRI Channel 12 by Fleming & Associates, shows Cicilline with 42.6 percent of the vote to Dohertyâ€™s 41.6, with Independent David Vogel picking up 6.3 percent and 8.3 percent undecided.
All day long, a steady stream of curious spectators traversed the historic stretch of Ocean Road in Narragansett Pier Tuesday, from Monahan's Dock to the south, up to the famous Coast Guard House and historic Towers, to the north. Along the way, one couldn't help to notice an odd sight in between, a huge gap in the seawall, taken out by powerful waves that crashed here all day long Monday. Some onlookers had never seen such a sight in their young lives, and paused to ponder the might of such an angry storm.
Workers survey the damage to the Coast Guard House, a familiar landmark on Ocean Road in Narragansett Pier Tuesday. Wind and waves from Hurricane Sandy swept through the historic structure Monday afternoon at the height of the superstorm, gutting the popular restaurant. Hundreds turned out to view the damage all day Tuesday, many with tears in their eyes, some reminiscing about their own weddings held here years ago.
Waves crash over the seawall at Narragansett Pier at the time of high tide Monday morning as Hurricane Sandy's effects begin to be felt in the Ocean State. A crowd of curious onlookers gather near Ocean Road and Beach Street to witness the awesome display by Mother Nature.
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Rhode Island early Monday morning as Gov. Lincoln Chafee requested on Sunday.
The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all five Rhode Island counties.
LINCOLN â€“ Children using the Lincoln Public Library are about to get more room for their reading and activity programs thanks to an addition project now under construction.
The site work is being conducted by the Bailey Group construction management firm on town-owned land just outside the existing childrenâ€™s section and periodical reading area.
Becky Boragine, library director, said the approximate 2,300-square-foot addition will provide the library with new space to help alleviate crowded conditions in the 32-year-old building.
HARTFORD, Conn. â€” Residents in many towns along the southern New England shoreline were forced to leave their homes under mandatory evacuation orders Sunday while officials warned of damaging flooding, high winds and lengthy power outages from a potential superstorm striking the eastern U.S.