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Clean up the coast this weekend

Clean up the coast this weekend

There are several opportunities this Saturday, Sept. 20, to pitch in and help clean up local beaches as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Here are just a few: Westport River Watershed Alliance This year, volunteers in Westport will be participating in  COASTSWEEP cleanup at Cherry & Webb Beach, Westport, from 10 a.m. to noon.Cherry and

“It’s the end of an era. It’s too bad it happened this way,” said Eric Leite, captain of the Prudence Island Ferry, while he took what may be the last of an estimated 45,000 round-trip runs from Bristol to the island on Sunday. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Bon voyage, Prudence Island Ferry

PORTSMOUTH — Christine Heal greeted Eric Leite with a bottle of red wine and a hug Sunday morning at Prudence Island Ferry’s Bristol landing. “Thanks for everything you’ve done for my family,” she told Mr. Leite, who said goodbye to passengers Sunday after 18 years at the helm of the ferry as captain — a job that’s

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DEM issues warning for East Providence’s Turner Reservoir

PROVIDENCE — The Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid recreational activities in Turner Reservoir and Central Pond in East Providence because a blue-green algae (or cyanobacteria) bloom has been detected in the waters of the reservoir and pond. Following a report received by DEM yesterday,

Just days old, this terrapin is about to be released into the water at Hundred Acre Cove.

Barrington’s diamondbacks face uphill battle

Small chicken-wire baskets sat upside down on the sandy ground, each marking the nest site of a diamondback terrapin. And lining the outside bottom edge of each chicken-wire basket was a piece of black tar paper. Charlotte Sornborger, a volunteer who helps record terrapin hatch numbers each year, said the tar paper is important because

Volunteers for Clean Ocean Access with some of their haul.

Volunteers tally trash haul from Portsmouth beach

PORTSMOUTH — Clean Ocean Access (COA) completed its weekly coastal cleanups in August at Pheasant Drive Beach and removed 289 pounds of trash from the immediate shoreline with the help of 16 volunteers from Portsmouth, Middletown and Newport. “This was a great learning experience to see what kind of marine debris problems exist on the

Police question a man in a yard along Seaconnet Boulevard Thursday following the fatal canoe accident.

Man who died in Portsmouth canoe accident identified

PORTSMOUTH — The R.I. Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement has identified the man who died after the canoe he was in capsized off Island Park Thursday afternoon. Michael A. Yazel, 65, of Portsmouth, died after being rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River by rescue workers, according to a statement released

Police speak with a man while investigating the incident Thursday on Seaconnet Boulevard. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth man who fell from canoe dies, paddler arrested

PORTSMOUTH — A 65-year-old local man has died after the canoe he was in capsized about 100 feet from shore off Island Park Thursday afternoon, Deputy Police Chief Brian Peters confirmed this morning. A second man in the canoe was arrested by R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Law Enforcement, he said. Deputy Peters would

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