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April 18th, 2013

URI student finishes Boston Marathon just minutes before explosions

April 18, 2013

Rhode Island authorities have offered assistance to Massachusetts officials as they deal with the tragedy that struck Boston Monday afternoon during the Boston Marathon.
At least three people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in what officials are classifying as an act of terrorism when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the 117th marathon at 2:50 p.m.
One of those killed was an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, Mass., according to the Boston Globe.
Shannon Long, a resident of Newport and a University of Rhode Island graduate student, finished the marathon seven minutes before the blasts. While she was uninjured, she said the experience was terrifying.
“My family was standing right in that area until right after I crossed,” Long said of the area where the explosions occurred. ‘They came over to try and meet me and it was terrifying I just heard two blasts in a row. I couldn’t find my family I couldn’t find my boyfriend, Dennis, and his family.”
Long said it was difficult to contact family and friends because cell phone service went down in the midst of the chaos.
“Everyone was going crazy with fear,” she said. “I’ve never seen so many terrified people in my entire life. Luckily my family wasn’t standing at the spot where they had been the whole day.”
Long finished the marathon in four hours, six minutes and 30 seconds. This was her second time running the marathon, this time running for the Miles for Miracles team which raises money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
“It was such a positive and amazing experience until that happened and it’s such a tragedy,” she said.
Long said she doesn’t think she’ll run the marathon again next year.
“I don’t think I would put my family in that situation,” she said. “I carry some guilt because I put my family and loved ones in that situation and they took a picture of me right under the flag seven minutes before the explosion happened.”
Long and her family were staying at the Copley Square Hotel which was evacuated when they returned to collect their belongings. She said she and her family then walked two miles to her sister’s apartment and was still in Boston Tuesday, waiting to get her belongings.
“It’s crazy, it’s like war zone,” she said of Boston on Tuesday.
Long hoped to return to Newport on Tuesday.
“I can’t wait to get back home to Rhode Island,” she said. “This makes you think, ‘It’s real, it can happen anywhere,’ even somewhere as innocent as the Boston Marathon.”
According to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, no Rhode Islanders running in the race were reported injured as of Monday night.
According to race records, published by the Boston Athletic Association, at least 16 residents of South County were registered participants.
Chafee said in a statement Monday that representatives from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, National Guard and state police are in close contact with their counterparts in Massachusetts and “have offered their full support and cooperation during this difficult time.”
Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin issued a statement Monday night on the incident.
“My thoughts are with all of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions and their loved ones on this terrible day,” he said. “In the midst of a horrifying scene, with many Rhode Islanders in attendance, we can be thankful for the bravery and selflessness of emergency responders at the event, other medical personnel treating the wounded, and ordinary Americans whose first instincts were to do whatever they could to help one another. I am also grateful for the vigilance of law enforcement working to take all possible precautions and avoid jumping to conclusions as they track down every lead to find whoever did this and bring them to justice.”

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April 16th

North Kingstown residents at Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

As the events of yesterday's bombings at the Boston Marathon surged throughout the world, thoughts have turned in communities throughout Rhode Island to local residents, families and loved ones who were running in the Marathon. From North Kingstown, six were registered:

Frank A. Coseglia, 60
Dianna Glass, 43
Linda Huiteau, 56
Ian Kulin, 48
Gail C. Long, 42
George Marr, 38

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March 29th

Mannix calls for hiatus on wind talks

March 29, 2013

Councilman proposes Deepwater Wind talks be suspended until July 1

NARRAGANSETT - Freshman council member, Matthew Mannix, called for a suspension of negotiations with Deepwater Wind sending a formal motion to suspend and supporting memorandum to Town Clerk Anne Irons for placement on the April 1 town council agenda.

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North Kingstown at forefront of climate change awareness

March 29, 2013

Town teams up with URI to better understand sea level rise

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Monday evening’s town council meeting, Teresa Crean of the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center (CRC) presented the town with an initiative that research group has been working on in conjunction with the town’s planning department. Last year, the CRC received a $100,000 grant to develop a program which examined sea level rise and associated climate change effects in North Kingstown.

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RIDOT presents Post Road ‘diet’ to North Kingstown Town Council

March 29, 2013

Opinion divided on benefit of Post Road lane reductions

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the town council listened to representatives from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) outline their plans for a new look to Post Road, giving the town’s main thoroughfare what is called a ‘road diet.’

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Extensive debate an experience for Hodgson

March 29, 2013

Multiple residents shared opinions about gay marriage during 12-hour session

Seeing a sea of people flood the rotunda and the Senate chamber at the State House Thursday evening was quite the profound experience for District 35 State Senator Dawson Hodgson.
It was also one of the many sights during what was an extremely long evening for both the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rhode Island residents who are on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate in the capital city.

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Young ‘Jack rabbit’ jumps into action

March 29, 2013

With help of his mother and volunteers, Jack Ryan donated 150 Easter baskets to Crossroads

It was just a simple idea thought of by Jack Ryan, the son of New England Invitations owner Pamela D’Orsi-Ryan, where he wanted to make Easter baskets for needy children in the area.
Five years ago, the mother-and-son team made approximately eight baskets and donated them to charity. From there, other residents and community members offered to help to expand the gesture.
And boy did it expand.

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