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PORTSMOUTH — You can drop a line in the two ponds at Melville Park as long as you adhere to social distancing rules due to COVID-19. The R.I. Department of Environmental Management … more
PROVIDENCE — The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced certain Rhode Island lakes, ponds, rivers and streams that allow anglers to adhere to social distancing rules … more
Gov. Gina Raimondo opened her Monday, April 6, press conference thanking Rhode Islanders for their compliance with the restrictions brought about by COVID-19 and for continuing to tune into her … more
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) last week announced its intentions to keep open the Gano Street exit off of Interstate 195 as part of its long-term, $70 … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — Due to the coronavirus crisis and the closure of City Hall to in-person traffic, the East Providence School Department has announced Kindergarten registration for the … more
April 1 was officially “Census Day” — the date that the U.S. Census Bureau targeted for all American households to complete their 2020 census forms. Every household in America … more
PROVIDENCE — Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced Monday morning, April 6, Rhode Island has formed a partnership with CVS Health to make free, rapid COVID-19 tests available to all Rhode … more
The Barrington municipal government has managed to avoid laying off any full-time employees in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha said the town has laid off … more
Eight more Rhode Islanders have died of the covid-19 virus, Gov. Gina Ramondo said in a 1 p.m. briefing Sunday, and she implored residents to take social distancing seriously as the virus enters its … more
Another 97 Rhode Islanders tested positive for coronavirus from Friday to Saturday, the state announced Saturday, with some of those new cases involving East Bay residents.  Bristol’s … more
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