JetBlue to Begin Flights to RI in November

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — JetBlue Airways is coming to Rhode Island. The airline said on Wednesday that it would start flying nonstop to T.F. Green Airport from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting Nov. 29. Providence becomes the 75th destination for the airline. Gov. Lincoln Chafee had lobbied the airline hard to begin service to [...]

Maine Group To Launch Lobster Promotion In August

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster promotion group is launching a campaign that will include promotions at retailers, restaurants and other places in Maine and New England. The Maine Lobster Promotion Council says its Lobster Lover Campaign will kick off in August and include contests and giveaways. Executive Director Dane Somers says with such an [...]

Amtrak’s Downeaster Sets Another Ridership Record

PORTLAND, Maine—Amtrak’s Downeaster has set another ridership record, completing its fiscal year with 528,292 passengers, the highest in its 10-year history. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says the ridership figures for the fiscal year that ended June 30 represents the seventh consecutive year of growth. Ridership grew 4 percent in the fiscal 2012, [...]

RI Urges Vacationers Not to Transport Firewood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island environmental officials are urging vacationers and campers not to transport firewood to prevent the spread of invasive insects that can be harmful to trees. The Department of Environmental Management said Monday that anyone using firewood should obtain and use it locally. The state worries that imported wood could spread [...]

Mass. Announces Completion of 18 Fishing and Boating Access Projects

With the summer season underway, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the completion of 18 boat access projects at lakes, rivers and coastal areas across the state. “Boating and fishing are extremely popular in Massachusetts, and the completion of these projects enhances the existing boating and fishing resources spread throughout Massachusetts ,” [...]

MA Celebrates Largest Conservation Restriction On Private Land


Governor Deval Patrick and Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan on Tuesday joined local, state and federal officials, along with conservationists, to formally dedicate the Paul C. Jones Working Forest and celebrate the protection of 3,486 acres of land in Leverett and Shutesbury. “This successful and historic land conservation effort is the result [...]

Governor Patrick Admin. Announces New Recreational Trails Policy


Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Executive Director Fred Laskey on Tuesday announced a new policy for public access to open space along historic aqueducts in 14 communities across the state. “This policy is a great example of promoting multiple environmental goals – clean water supply, open [...]

Massachusetts Honors “29 Who Shine” - Honorees For Statehouse Ceremony

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The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education recently kicked off the 2012 college commencement season by announcing the student winners of the 29 Who Shine awards. These awards honor 29 outstanding public college and university graduates, one from each community college, state university and UMass campus in the state, for their academic achievement and community service. [...]

Governor Patrick Launches “Plant Something” Initiative

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Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan and Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Greg Watson today joined students, school officials and members of the state’s horticulture industry at the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester to launch the “Plant Something” campaign to spotlight local flower and nursery growers and encourage [...]

CT’s Meriden Park offers Panoramic Views

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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — From the parking area of Giuffrida Park on a recent day, a sunny, bright blue sky created a fantastic view contrasting with the reservoir and Chauncey Peak. People may be surprised at the large, serene park tucked away in the northeast corner of the city. Record-Journal photographer Dave Zajac and I [...]

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