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RI NEWS
J.R. Pagliarini, president of Graphene Composites Ltd., has ice water dumped on his head during the CEO Soak, an ALS Association fundraiser, outside the Wexford Innovation Center in  Providence on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Providence CEOs get soaked for new ALS fundraiser

The reimagined Ice Bucket Challenge, now called the CEO Soak, has raised millions for research worldwide.

RI HEALTH
The Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I.

Committee urges McKee to mandate COVID vaccines for staff at Eleanor Slater Hospital

Fewer than half of the workforce at the Rhode Island state-run hospital have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far.

RI NEWSMAKERS
Ben Tuff is doing a solo swim July 31 from Block Island to Jamestown to raise money for Clean Ocean Access.

A 19-mile, 12-hour swim through shark infested waters? Let’s go

“There is no specific way of doing these crazy things. It’s how do you best set your mind and body up for this,” Ben Tuff says. “Ninety percent of it is in the mind.”

RHODE MAP
Former Channel 12 meteorologist Pete Mangione described a heat wave to viewers in 2020.

This Rhode Island TV weather guy just landed a great new job

When I heard that Pete Mangione was leaving Channel 12 last month, I knew he must be up to something big. I was right.

For decades, children have launched themselves into Mill Creek off of the planks of the Sandwich boardwalk.

‘This is the symbol of our town’: Planned demolition of beloved boardwalk divides Sandwich

Town officials voiced safety, environmental, and accessibility concerns in seeking to replace the boardwalk with a higher, wider, and bulkier structure that critics say would scarcely resemble the wooden path that has run low across the marsh for generations.

THINGS TO DO
Etienne Charles and his band to explore the music of Carnival on Aug. 15.

Things to do in Rhode Island: August 2021

Between PVDFest and FringePVD, there are plenty of things to do in Rhode Island right now

Car backs into popular Middleton ice cream shop, damages building

Richardson's Ice Cream was forced to close early Thursday evening after a woman backed her SUV into the popular shop on Route 114,, a Middletown fire official said. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. There were no other reported injuries.

CORONAVIRUS
Visitors arrive by ferry to Block Island on Tuesday, before the New Shoreham Town Council debated an emergency mask mandate.

New Shoreham to vote Monday on requesting masks on Block Island

COVID-19 rates, which had been on the rise, dropped in the last week, easing the Town Council’s fears of infection.