Carol Kozma, Providence Journal

Carol Kozma

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New Bedford, MA, United States

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Past articles by Carol:

Is bigger better? Cranston poised to pass Warwick

Like two brothers, Warwick and Cranston have grown up together along Narragansett Bay. Warwick, founded more than 100 years before Cranston, has been the → Read More

Warwick teacher contract dispute drags on, but union leader says sides are 'very close'

WARWICK, R.I. — After negotiations for a new contract between the School Committee and the local teachers union broke down in July, an independent mediator is urging both parties to come back to the table.“I’ve cautioned everyone on the School Committee and union side that it still behooves them to consider resolving their contract by mediation,” said attorney Vincent F. Ragosta, the independent… → Read More

Bodies of 2 East Providence men pulled from pond in Coventry

COVENTRY, R.I. — Two bodies were recovered from Johnson's Pond on Thursday morning after two men were reported missing Wednesday night.The victims are 47- and 54-year-old males from East Providence. Their names have not been released as family members are still being notified, Coventry Police Chief Col. John S. MacDonald said at a Thursday morning press conference.The bodies were recovered after… → Read More

Police identify 2 East Providence men who died in Coventry pond

COVENTRY, R.I. — Two bodies were recovered from Johnson's Pond on Thursday morning after two men were reported missing Wednesday night.The victims are 47-year-old Steven Duarte and 54-year-old Laurence Ryan, both from East Providence.The bodies were recovered after a search involving boats, a helicopter and divers that started Wednesday night.According to an earlier news release from MacDonald,… → Read More

She left wallet, $200 at the Raynham Walmart

PLAINVILLE — Sherry Widak wants readers to know: “There are still good souls out there.” Widak headed to the Bristol County Savings Bank branch at the Raynham Walmart off Route 44 on Saturday, where she took out more than $200. That money was to bring two horses to a local charity event, the Rehoboth Breed Expo, on Sunday. The expo “is a family-oriented non-profit event geared to equestrians and… → Read More

Man stabbed, another shot outside Providence nightclub

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A man was stabbed and another was shot in a parking lot by Pine and Garnet streets, after leaving a local nightclub in the early hours → Read More

Pizza delivery driver robbed at gun point in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A delivery driver from Olympic Pizza was robbed at gunpoint on Fisk Street Saturday night.The driver had gotten out of the car when a man with a firearm approached around 10:19 p.m., and demanded the cash, police said. The suspect then took off.— Carol Kozma → Read More

No one injured in hazmat incident at Electric Boat in Quonset

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Authorities rushed to Electric Boat when a 55-gallon drum began smoking. No one was hurt in the incident Wednesday afternoon.“It was a chemical reaction that caused the drum to heat up and smoke” around 3 p.m. inside a storage building, said North Kingstown Fire Chief Scott G. Kettelle. “The situation is now under control.”The town’s fire department, the Warwick Hazardous… → Read More

Woonsocket man faces 3rd DUI charge after North Smithfield crash

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. — A Woonsocket man who has had several run-ins with the law was arrested Thursday and charged with driving under the influence following a preliminary breath test that registered three times the legal limit. Police believe Christian Morales, 27, of 161 6th Ave., Woonsocket, was driving along Greenville Road in North Smithfield at about 8:49 p.m. Thursday when he hit a… → Read More

A lifeguard's day: A whistle blows, everything else stops

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Joel Sienko stops mid-conversation when two whistles blow, and runs. Other lifeguards — easily picked out from hundreds of beachgoers by their red or orange swimsuits and neon orange baseball caps — are also running. A dozen other lifeguards, seated on chairs, stand and point in the direction of the whistles, guiding Sienko. "Missing child," one of them says. At Chair 8, the… → Read More

Warwick City Council seeks to address neighborhood rodent problem

"Addressing the rodent problem is a very serious public health and safety issue," according to a resolution sponsored by a Ward 2 City Council member. → Read More

Group of Warwick parents pushes for ouster of Cedar Hill principal

WARWICK, R.I. — Parents of some students at Cedar Hill Elementary School are demanding that the principal, Colleen Mercurio, be removed from her position because they say she has mishandled serious incidents of student misconduct.“Many of the parents listed on this petition have gone to her in good faith to inform her about disturbing instances of student misconduct," which were then… → Read More

Warwick police cruiser involved in crash following pursuit on Route 95

WARWICK, R.I. — A Warwick police cruiser was involved Friday afternoon in a crash with at least two other vehicles on Route 95 northbound. → Read More

Missing 5-year-old boy rescued from Blackstone River in Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A missing 5-year-old autistic child was rescued from the Blackstone River near School Street on Monday morning, according to the Police Department.Officers headed out to School Street after receiving a call around 6:30 a.m. about the missing boy. As they searched the area, they received another call from a kayaker who said he saw a young boy in the river, close to 727 School… → Read More

RI joins federal lawsuit against DeVos for delaying for-profit college rules

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island is the latest state to join a coalition suing the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back protections that were aimed at shielding students and taxpayers from abusive for-profit universities, such as the Corinthian Colleges that failed. “We worked diligently for several years to have these protections put in place, only for… → Read More

ACLU: R.I. labor dept. must address language barrier to obtaining benefits

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A civil-rights complaint has been filed against the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, claiming that the agency does not provide non-English speakers with meaningful access to its unemployment-insurance services. → Read More

Fishing school: Camp teaches kids basics of saltwater fishing

WARWICK, R.I. — Aiden Plante has caught plenty of scup before, but kissing a fish was pretty new.Tim Gilchrist held the fish, and after a moment of hesitation, Aiden quickly touched his lips to it.“In appreciation for being caught,” Gilchrist said, standing on the boat as he threw the fish back in the waters of Greenwich Bay.Aiden, 10, participated in a three-day summer camp to learn about… → Read More

Neighborhood of the Week: Oakland Beach is Warwick's own summer colony

Now inhabited year-round, the neighborhood still has the flavor of the beach. → Read More

Which fireworks are illegal in R.I.? Officials warn of dangers

In an explosive demonstration, authorities at the Fire Training Academy, in Exeter, show the destructive power of firecrackers → Read More

Proposed law would keep R.I. teachers contracts in force after expiration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A bill introduced at the State House could have an impact on the drawn-out contract negotiations between the Warwick Public Schools and its School Committee.Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, along with other representatives, has submitted legislation that would keep the provisions of an expired municipal union contract intact until a new one is reached. A sister bill… → Read More