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December 14, 2018

Congress mulls Blackstone historical park plan – News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A plan to establish a national historical park in the Blackstone Valley is going before Congress.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has been pushing the plan for a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park for years. The Rhode Island Democrat’s office said Wednesday the plan was due for votes in the House and Senate by next week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The plan would put a new national historical park along the river, which includes several old mill towns and buildings including the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, the first successful cotton-spinning factory in the United States.

The area is already home to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, which links 24 communities along the Blackstone River from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence.

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6 affordable housing developments to share $2M

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Six groups that are developing nearly 150 affordable dwellings across Rhode Island are sharing over $2 million in federal funds for the projects.

Rhode Island Housing announced Tuesday the recipients of the second round of this year’s HOME funds. They include Church Community Housing Corp.; Habitat for Humanity South County; Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley Fernwood; Omni Development Corp.; Sankofa Apartments; and Washington County Community Development Corp.

The board approved the funds last month. It will help develop 145 homes and apartments in Burrillville, Exeter, Providence, North Kingstown and Tiverton.

The federal HOME program is the largest block grant to state and local governments to support housing for low- and moderate-income families. The money can be used to acquire property, rehabilitate existing properties or build new homes.

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RI reopens 2 areas to shellfish harvesting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island environmental officials have reopened two areas to shellfish harvesting.

Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle reopened to shellfish harvesting at sunrise on Saturday. Authorities extended the shellfish closure that was already in place on Oct. 8 after sewage overflowed from the Narragansett Bay Commission’s and the City of Pawtucket’s sewer system.

The state Department of Environmental Management announce on Friday that the decision to reopen the waters to shellfish harvesting is based on results of tests of water samples collected by the Narragansett Bay Commission.

Authorities also lifted a precautionary advisory urging people to refrain from swimming and other contact recreational activities along the Blackstone River downstream of Carnation Street and in the Seekonk River. The advisory expired at sundown on Friday.

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