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Westerly RI VacationsWelcome to one of the best kept secrets in New England - Westerly, Rhode Island. Westerly is located in the southwest corner of the state of Rhode Island, right along the border with Connecticut and along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Westerly is a family fun destination. You will find beautiful sandy beaches, family fun parks, boating, sailing and many other local attractions.

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10/17/2014 02:42 PM

Westerly Schools Committee Halts Transgender Rule


Westerly's School Committee has shelved a proposed policy that would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice and prohibit discrimination against transgender students. The Westerly Sun reports that dozens of residents attended a Town Hall meeting to oppose the policy.

10/17/2014 02:42 PM

Teen Biodiesel Maker Honored with HALO


In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we hear from Randall Doyal, of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Renewable Fuels Association . It's no secret that we think the folks who make biodiesel are angels, but one actually now will get her own HALO! Cassandra Lin, a teenager from Westerly, Rhode Island is part of that area's Project TGIF, Turn Grease Into Fuel , a student-led project where restaurants and residents recycle their waste cooking oil, it gets turned into biodiesel and is donated to charity to support families who require heating assistance.

10/17/2014 10:44 AM

Police Logs


Ghonni R. Kowalski, 25, of Cumberland, R.I., was charged Wednesday with two counts of second-degree failure to appear in court, sixth-degree larceny and failure to pay or plead. Kevin F. Savage, 33, of Bradford, R.I., was charged Wednesday with breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief.

10/12/2014 07:43 PM

Hopkinton man arrested after SWAT storm house


The Westerly Sun reports that police stormed a house just before midnight Saturday and took Michael W. Neugent into custody. The incident began with a call to Hopkinton police from a neighbor reporting a domestic disturbance.

10/08/2014 07:14 AM

Fight over piping plover halts Sandy recovery


In this July 12, 2007 file photo, a piping plover runs along a beach in the Quonochontaug Conservation Area in Westerly, R.I. A court fight to protect the piping plover, a bird listed as "threatened" under the federal Endangered Species Act, is holding up a $207 million plan to replenish sand along a 19-mile stretch of shoreline on New York's Fire Island. The sand was eroded during Superstorm Sandy.

10/07/2014 11:38 PM

NEIBA 2014: A Show of Enthusiasm from Children's Booksellers


"Attendance was up; the mood was way up," said New England Independent Booksellers Association executive director Steve Fischer, describing the group's 41st annual fall gathering at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence . In part the mood was good because of strong sales over the summer.

10/07/2014 03:23 PM

Westerly schools propose ban on transgender bias


Westerly school officials are considering a ban on discrimination against transgender students, allowing them to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. The Westerly Sun reports the School Committee is considering a policy to reduce stigmatization of transgender and nonconforming students.

10/05/2014 08:26 PM

Little Narragansett Bay dredging to begin soon


A $1.4 million dredging project is set to begin soon in a channel in Little Narragansett Bay along the Rhode Island-Connecticut border. A contractor is scheduled to start the project around Nov. 1. Rhode Island state Sen. Dennis Algiere of Westerly told The Westerly Sun that sand dredged from the channel will be used to rebuild sections of Sandy Point that have been worn away by storms since the last dredging in 1997.

10/02/2014 06:18 PM

Chariho towns receive RIRR profit sharing checks


Last week, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery wrote checks to Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns from profits gained from the sale of recyclables. The municipal share totaled $1,502,616.16 for the year ending June 30, 2014.

10/02/2014 02:21 PM

Kilmartin Raps Charlestown Over Open Meetings


Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says the Charlestown Planning Commission violated the Rhode Island Open Meeting Act by writing the name of a consultant in what he called a secret ballot. The commission issued an advisory opinion to the Town Council in May for hiring a consultant to help rewrite the town's comprehensive plan.

10/01/2014 12:09 AM

Roomful of Blues swings in for an FTC performance


How do you condense 45 years of music into one record? For Chris Vachon , bandleader and guitarist for the eight-piece ensemble Roomful of Blues, it meant culling through decades of classics. "I had everybody make up a list of things they liked, and we pretty much went back and forth," Vachon said of the process launched more than a year ago.

09/30/2014 04:18 PM

ICC Volunteers Clean Up Coastal Rhode Island


Volunteers from all over Rhode Island visited more than 80 beaches armed with garbage bags and data sheets to clean and record data for the 29th International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 20. In ICC's 29 years, millions of volunteers have picked up more than 175 million pounds of trash from about 340,000 miles of shoreline around the world.

09/26/2014 06:52 PM

Westerly police identify driver, critically injured pedestrian in Thursday accident


Police have identified the driver and the 35-year-old woman who sustained life-threatening injuries Thursday in an accident on Oak Street, in the area of Spuchy Drive. Chief Edward St. Clair said in a statement released Friday morning that the pedestrian victim is Susan Viveiros, 35, of Apache Drive, Westerly.

09/23/2014 07:31 PM

Misquamicut Beach 'erosion walk' Saturday


Westerly A "Misquamicut Erosion Walk" will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Westerly Town Beach at 365 Atlantic Ave. and continuing to the Andrea Hotel. Janet Freedman, coastal geologist with the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and Pam Rubinoff, extension specialist with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center, will lead the walk, talking about the process of erosion, impacts on Rhode Island's southern shore, the challenges of living on the coastline and what to expect in the future with changing climate conditions.