New England News in Brief



A 1-alarm fire erupted in heavy flames on Saturday night at a Dorchester home, displacing two residents, officials said. The fire at 18-20 Hannon St. was reported around 11:20 p.m. Friday, and crews were on the scene until early Saturday. Heavy flames were visible from behind the first and second floors, firefighters said. No one was home at the time of the fire and its cause is still under investigation, according to Brian Alkins, a spokesperson for the fire department. “Businesses were able to quickly prevent the fire from spreading and maintain the damage to the rear of the building,” Alkins said in an email.


State loan to help daycare Y

The Cape Cod YMCA obtains a loan of $ 350,000 from the state that will help it grow in the face of a severe shortage of care in the region by providing space for 65 additional children. The loan from MassDevelopment, the state’s development finance agency and land bank, will be used to help build a new 5,300 square foot early childhood care center, according to a statement. The $ 1.7 million project is also supported by a $ 1 million state grant for preschool and out-of-school education and $ 350,000 in donations and contributions. “Families and local economies are held back when there is a lack of affordable child care in the community,” MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera said in a statement. The YMCA currently provides care and related services to around 200 children in seven early childhood education centers in Cape Town. (PA)


Grants to help homeless students

The Rhode Island Department of Education has awarded grants to eight districts to support homeless students. Governor Dan McKee and Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green said last week the ministry has awarded more than $ 336,000 in sub-grants to Central Falls, Middletown, Newport, North Kingstown, Providence, Warwick. , West Warwick and Woonsocket. Infante-Green said homeless students have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is their duty to ensure these students receive the support they need to move forward. The latest round of sub-grants are part of the third year of a three-year award that each of the selected districts has received, for a total of over $ 970,000. The money comes from a federal grant administered by the state. The municipalities each received between $ 40,000 and $ 44,000. (PA)


An expensive clean-up of the old copper mine

The final tally of the cost of cleaning up the long-abandoned Elizabeth Copper Mine was more than four times the original estimate, the Environmental Protection Agency said. When the Superfund project to clean up the mine began in 2002, its estimated cost, in today’s dollars, was $ 25 million, the Valley News reported. When the cleanup was completed earlier this year, the EPA’s final price, released last week, was $ 103 million. In 2001, the EPA designated the abandoned 250-acre copper mine a Superfund site. Water contaminated with acids and metals from the site has contaminated nearby waterways. The mine closed in 1958. The closure left 7,800 feet of tunnels; abandoned buildings; equipment; huge piles of rock, called tailings; and other mining debris. After the mine closed, contaminated water washed away waste rock and tailings into nearby streams, endangering nearby animals and homes. During the clean-up, which lasted nearly 20 years, 400,000 cubic yards of waste rock were moved and the contaminated areas were covered. Engineers diverted Copperas Creek and designed a drainage system that reduced what comes out of tailings to a relative trickle. After the work on the ceiling was completed, approximately 20,000 solar panels capable of generating enough electricity for approximately 1,300 Vermont homes were installed to find use for part of the site. The EPA estimated that the amount of copper flowing into the nearby Ompompanosuc River fell by 99%, while the iron concentration fell by 95%, prompting environmental officials to remove the river from Vermont’s list of streams deemed too degraded to support aquatic life. The Vermont Natural Resources Agency will take control of the property, although the EPA will continue to offer technical assistance and conduct reviews every five years. (PA)



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