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Melissa Sardelli


Rhode Island, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

Tropical Storm Bertha forms off the South Carolina coast

MIAMI, Fla. (WGHP) — A tropical storm formed off the coast of South Carolina Wednesday, according to an 8:30 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Edisto Beach to South Santee River in South Carolina. Tropical Storm Bertha is heading northwest at about 9 mph and is expected […] → Read More

CFHS Honored on Facebook’s Graduation 2020 Special

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I (WPRI) – It was a huge honor for a local high school and its students who were recently recognized in front of the world as a part of Facebook’s and Instagram’s Graduation 2020 special. Earlier this month, we told you about the kind deeds done by students at Central Falls High School. […] → Read More

Woman’s Trash Bins Decor Brings Humor to Senior Community

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – This time of isolation is incredibly difficult for everyone – especially our senior popular. Now, one local woman is spreading some humor and happiness in one of the most unique ways. Tricia Lawrence lives at the Louisquisset Country Club in North Providence. When the pandemic gave her some extra time […] → Read More

URI Business Students’ Curriculum Shifting Gears After Covid 19

KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – This unique and challenging time has us all learning new ways of doing things and for business students at the University of Rhode Island, it’s not only how they are learning but what. Nancy Forster-Holt teaches over a hundred students at URI. The pandemic has the business professor shifting gears. Telling […] → Read More

Wooden ‘Party People’ Bring Surprise Celebrations During Pandemic

(WPRI) – Spring and summer are typically the busiest time of the year for event planners and designers. Covid 19 may have shaken things up but these business owners are far from giving up. It’s been a rough ride for Exquisite Events owner, Kelli Dubeau, working through the pandemic. “We normally do 400 jobs. We […] → Read More

Giving Back: East Bay Meal Deliveries Having Big Impact On Those In Need

BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The ‘Nourish our Neighbors’ program provides healthy prepared foods at no cost to East Bay residents, but sometimes leaving the house is the hardest part. A recent school email from the Barrington superintendent caught Karen Haberstroh’s eye. “I noticed a note in there that talked about families that might be […] → Read More

Giving Back: Local Musician Now Streaming Show to Reach More Seniors

(WPRI) – Earlier this month, we introduced you to a Rhode Island man using music to help bring joy to quarantined seniors. Since our first story aired a few weeks ago, ‘Kalifornia Karl’ tells me he’s not only improved his performances, but he’s reaching even more seniors. “Last week we streamed to 70 or 80 […] → Read More

Giving Back: Pre-School Teacher Goes The Distance To Show Students They’re Missed

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The Coronavirus may be keeping teachers and students apart right now – but one local preschool teacher is going the distance to make sure all her 3, 4, and five-year-olds know just how deeply they are missed. “I’ll probably break into tears… I have been a pre-school teacher for 39 years […] → Read More

Local photographer’s ‘Windows of Hope’ supports Main Street businesses

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Photographer Cait Costa comes from a family of small business owners. “Me being a small business myself, I woke up last Friday morning and just felt so terrible for a lot of the businesses closing doors and trying to offer take out,” Costa said. Now, she’s using her talents to […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Milder Temps Helping Keep Bridge Project Moving

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) – The milder temps this winter helping to keep many roadwork projects moving along this season. In North Smithfield, on Route 146, commuters this week dealing once again with lane closures related to bridge work on the Farnum Pike Bridge. The structure is well-traveled – carrying nearly 40,000 vehicles a day. […] → Read More

12 Gives Back: Hasbro Children’s Hospital

It's where healing happens every day in thousands of ways. It's a place you hopefully never have to visit, but if you do, it's where you'll find some of the best pediatric doctors in the country. → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Northwestern RI Commuters Being Detoured for 2-3 Weeks

SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) – Drivers in the Northwestern part of Rhode Island are dealing with a new detour. A collapsed culvert has forced DOT crews to temporarily close a local roadway. A portion of Jackson Flat Road in Scituate in the Hope Village area is currently under construction. The deteriorating culvert carries the Cranberry Brook […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Series of Lane Closures Planned in Blackstone Valley

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) – Are you one of those drivers who commute during “off hours?” Not dealing with rush hour delays can be great – but the trade-off often comes with a price and construction overnight can cost you time. Paving in the Blackstone Valley will cause a series of lane closures. The work […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: West Bay Traffic Pattern Change Underway

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) – Drivers will notice traffic pattern changes on Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Road) where commuters travel over the Big River Bridge in West Greenwich. The on-going bridge project affects traffic about a half mile south of the interstate 95 and the Exit 6 interchange. Prior to the shift – traffic was […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Changes Coming to Your I-295 Commute

The shift is part of the $42.6 million-project rehabbing four bridges that carry I-295 at the Route 6 interchange at Exit 9. → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Summertime Delays & Detours to Expect

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – From north to south, east to west, it seems as though wherever you turn during the summer months construction projects are slowing you down. In Richmond, crews are hard at work on the Kingston Road Bridge. The structure carries interstate 95 over Route 138. Drivers, expect on-going lane closures on Route […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: I-95 Lane-Split Restricts Exit Access, Delays Possible

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Your summertime commute is often lighter with the kiddos out of school and many people taking vacations – but with lower traffic volumes, more construction often follows. Heads up Providence drivers, traffic pattern changes are expected to cause some additional delays. Prepare for lane splits on I-95 North and South between […] → Read More

PINPOINT TRAFFIC BLOG: Beating the RI Beach Gridlock

Traffic is going to be busy at Rhode Island's summer spots, so timing and a choice of route will be important. → Read More

Pinpoint Traffic Blog: Lane & Road Closures Coming to Warwick

RIDOT recently announced a series of lane and road closures related to work on bridges all carrying traffic over Amtrak's northeast corridor. → Read More

Pinpoint Traffic Blog: New Traffic Pattern Change Affecting Providence Drivers

Bridge work has your commute on Route 6 in Providence is looking a little bit different. → Read More