<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/feature/rhode-island http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN http://www.necn.comen-usSun, 23 Jul 2017 20:48:00 -0400Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:48:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Hospitalized After Rollover Crash]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:19:41 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Providence+rollover+crash.JPG

One person was hospitalized early Saturday morning after a rollover crash involving two vehicles in Providence, Rhode Island.

Police told WJAR-TV that the vehicles somehow collided on Murray Street at about 12:30 a.m. One vehicle struck a house as a result of the crash.

One person had to be extricated from one of the vehicles. The victim, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital where they are listed in critical condition.

No one in the house was hurt, according to WJAR-TV.

The exact cause of the crash is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Special Education Teacher Accused of Groping Girls at Mall]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:16:46 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Teacher+Grope+RI.JPG

Police say a special education teacher is facing several molestation charges following an assault at a Rhode Island mall.

Police say Matthew Labriola, a 35-year-old man, from Plainville, Massachusetts, intentionally bumped into a group of girls at the Providence Place Mall July 12 and touched their chest and shoulders. Labriola was arrested after several of the victims identified him to police.

He has been charged with five counts of child molestation and one count of sexual assault.

Fall River Public Schools tells the Providence Journal he was a teacher at James Madison Morton Middle School. School officials say he has been placed on administrative leave, pending the ongoing investigation.

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<![CDATA[RI Passes Law Banning Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:23:45 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-87182699-generic-rainbowflag.jpg

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has passed a bill into law banning licensed health care providers from using so-called gay conversion therapy to change a minor's sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island has become the 10th state along with Washington D.C. to pass such a law.

The law bars providers from advertising or engaging in conversion therapy for those under 18. It does not bar religious leaders or adults who choose the therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association says conversion therapy is not effective and possibly harmful. The association says there is no evidence changing childhood gender behaviors affects later sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Campaign supported the Democratic governor's decision, saying no child should be put through the "dangerous and inhumane practice.'

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<![CDATA[17-Year-Old Arrested in Mom's Boyfriend's Murder]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:16:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/1a568f58-6cff-4984-80f5-7f15f583f2b4-large16x9_Cranston1.JPG

A 17-year-old male has been arrested for the murder of a man whose burned body was found in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on Tuesday.

The arrest came after police searched a home on Edgewood Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island, on Wednesday morning. Police said the search was related to the grisly discovery in Attleboro the day before.

The smoldering body was found along the woodline adjacent to Prescott Street in Attleboro around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police said it appeared the body was set on fire and then extinguished. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim had also been shot.

The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Valdez Loiseau. He is believed to have lived on Edgewood Avenue in Cranston with his 35-year-old girlfriend Melonie Perez and her 17-year-old son.

Police said Loiseau was last seen at the residence the night before his body was discovered and that he had been involved in a physical altercation with Perez.

While executing a search warrant inside the Edgewood Avenue residence on Wednesday, police observed a semi-automatic handgun and blood on the bottom of Perez's shoes.

During an interview with investigators, the 17-year-old reportedly told police that he shot Loiseau inside the home with a handgun. The teen said he shot Loiseau as a result of the altercation between Loiseau and his mother. He said he and his mother then brought the body to Attleboro, where he placed it in a wooded area and set it on fire.

The teen - whose name was not released by police - is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence and compounding or concealing a felony. He is being held at a juvenile corrections center.

Perez, his mother, was also charged in connection with her boyfriend's death. She is charged with compounding or concealing a felony, report of crimes to law enforcement officials and vandalism. She was arraigned Wednesday and released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

Also charged were Samantha Rastella, 18, and another 17-year-old male, both of Cranston.

Rastella is facing charges for compounding or concealing a felony and report of crimes to law enforcement officials and was released on personal recognizance.

The 17-year-old is charged with possession of ammunition by a minor and was released to a parent.

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<![CDATA[RI Officials Declare 10 Places Off-Limits For Swimming]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:08:39 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/JOHNSONVILLE+Main_House_From_Acroos_Pond.jpg

Rhode Island officials have declared 10 places off-limits for swimming.

The Providence Journal reports the closed swimming areas include the upper and lower ponds of the Kent County YMCA, Oakland Beach, the Saunderstown Yacht Club and the pond at Camp Cookie.

Routine state testing found high levels of unsafe bacteria in those waters.

Officials also added the Slack Reservoir in Greenville on their list of four ponds made toxic by blue-green algae.

The state Department of Health warns not to eat anything caught in the ponds. Pet and human skin that makes contact with the water should be rinsed, as well as clothing.

<![CDATA[Pence to Address US Governors Meeting in RI]]> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:05:57 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/061517+mike+pence+fiu.jpg

The nation's governors gather this week amid great uncertainties for their states on health care, solutions to the opioid overdose epidemic, even how to address the effects of climate change without help from the federal government.

Proposed changes to the nation's existing health care law will be front and center as Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate seek ways to salvage their overhaul effort.

Governors from both parties have spoken out against elements of the most recent bill, which could have enormous consequences for the states. Their nonpartisan group, the National Governors Association, has called on the Senate to give governors a say in shaping any reforms.

Their summer meeting begins Thursday in Providence and will include an address by Vice President Mike Pence.

Governors in states that expanded Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are especially concerned as Republicans in Congress try to make good on their repeated promises to repeal and replace the law.

A bill that passed the House and one proposed in the Senate eventually would phase out the federal subsidy that most states used to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults who don't have children at home. The expansion has provided coverage to about 11 million Americans in 31 states.

The GOP bills also would cap how much the federal government would pay for state-run Medicaid programs in the future while giving states more say over how to use the money they do receive. Medicaid is the biggest source of federal revenue for states and is among the largest expenses in most state budgets.

"It's important for us to figure out a way to speak with one voice to the Trump administration to explain that this is going to hurt a lot of people in a lot of states, regardless of whether there's a Democrat or Republican in the governor's mansion," said Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat who is hosting the summit.

Reaching a consensus on the future of the Affordable Care Act is proving difficult, in part because some states expanded their Medicaid programs while others did not. Those that did not also would have to grapple with the cuts to Medicaid overall.

In either case, states would have to figure out how to afford coverage for low-income residents or deal with people who would go without insurance and turn up in emergency rooms when they needed care.

Yet many governors also face turmoil in their state's private health insurance market, as people who do not get coverage through their employer or Medicaid have faced skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said she wants Congress ``to get something done'' on replacing the Affordable Care Act but declined to offer specifics. In Iowa and many other states, steep losses have forced carriers to exit the insurance exchanges set up under the Obama-era law.

Governors prefer a bipartisan approach to any changes, said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who works with a Legislature controlled by Democrats.

"Many times, one of the big messages we deliver to our colleagues in Washington is you should all try to work a little harder to get along with one another and find common ground," he told reporters Tuesday when asked about the health care debate.

Governors from more than 30 states and the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have said they will attend the gathering in Rhode Island. A governors-only session will give the chief executives a chance to ask questions of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Medicaid funding is a key topic for governors for another reason: It's become essential in states' ability to address the opioid addiction crisis. Discussing the widespread problem of overdoses from prescription painkillers and illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl is on the meeting's agenda.

Also up for discussion is how to move forward on ways to combat climate change after the Trump administration said it would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate pact.

Raimondo, the Rhode Island governor, said she wants to see governors collectively say they will commit their states to the Paris standards and thinks they can work directly with world leaders to address the problem.

Among those expected to attend is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is scheduled to speak about international collaboration and has said he wants to find common solutions on climate change.

Trudeau has said he was "deeply disappointed" with Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. Foreign dignitaries have attended the association's meetings in recent years, though not heads of government.

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<![CDATA[Visitors to Rhode Island Church Can Relive Kennedy Wedding]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:59:09 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000007527470.JPG

It was decades ago that John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in a star-studded wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. Today, visitors can relive the moment with a tour that takes them back to the place and the time.

“We are quite proud to have that as part of our heritage here,” said Rev. Kris von Maluski of St. Mary’s Church.

For the last few years, von Maluski has helped organize a presentation at the church that recreates the day the couple exchanged vows. With an organist playing their ceremony music, guests can view footage of them, see where they kneeled during their mass and talk about stories from their day.

“It was like a fairytale wedding,” von Maluski said, “That really struck a nerve in the world, not just the United States. Worldwide, tourists know about this church.”

However, they were not always able to access the church. Prior to von Maluski’s arrival at St. Mary’s nearly four years ago, the church was mostly closed outside of Mass hours. It was not until he heard complaints from several visitors that they decided to come up with a weekly plan to keep it open.

“When you become a pastor of St. Mary’s, you become a steward of a national historic place,” von Maluski explained. "I am responsible for this."

Since the tours began, visitors have come from all around the world to enjoy them.

“It’s not often you get a chance like that to visit a place that’s historic like this,” said John Troendle, who came from Iowa with his wife.

This season’s tours will run from July-October, beginning at 3 p.m. every Tuesday. The cost is $15 per person. All proceeds will go to restoration and preservation efforts at the church.

<![CDATA[Providence Man Injured in Motorcycle Drive-By Shooting]]> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:03:11 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/foto+generica+de+police+line+tape+2.jpg

Police in Providence are investigating the shooting of a man struck by bullets fired from someone on a passing motorcycle.

Police say 37-year-old Pablo Baez was struck in the legs and groin area at about 2 p.m. Sunday while attending a family cookout. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with multiple gunshot injuries that are not considered life threatening.

Investigators say the shooter was on a blue and white motorcycle that then fled the scene. The shooter was also wearing a white T-shirt and a white helmet. Police are still on the lookout for the motorcycle and anyone with information is asked to call police.

Neighbors say they heard six or seven gunshots.

<![CDATA[2 Men Sentenced to Prison in Convenience Store Slaying]]> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:16:33 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/197*120/GettyImages-84611044+gavel.jpg

Two men have been sentenced for their role in a shooting outside a North Providence convenience store that left a 46-year-old man dead and his adult son severely injured.

Brandyn Pavao has been sentenced to serve three years in prison with seven years suspended. Davon Silva has been sentenced to one year in prison with nine years suspended.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit felony assault.

Prosecutors say Pavao got into an argument with Hernan Avila III at Sam's Food Store in May 2016, when he called several others to the store. Prosecutors say Ernest Keosouphanh walked into the store and shot Avila and his father.

Keosouphanh was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year. Two other suspects face sentencing Friday.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:16:49 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/b32651af-b7f9-41bb-93c3-6aad445b7625-large16x9_Woman.jpg

State police are looking for the vehicle involved in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash in Exeter, Rhode Island, earlier this week.

The victim, Sarah Balmforth, 27, of Exeter, was hit on South Road sometime between 9 p.m. on Monday, July 3, and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, according to police.

Police are looking for a late-model Jeep Wrangler between the years of 1997 and 2006 in connection with the incident. It should have front passenger-side damage, specifically missing or damaged light fixtures.

Anyone with information should contact Lieutenant Robert A. Creamer at 401-444-1046.

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<![CDATA[PawSox to Field Ballpark Offers From Other Cities]]> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:12:40 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/PawSox1.jpg

The Pawtucket Red Sox will look at other offers on where they will build their new baseball stadium.

WJAR reports that the PawSox had been working with Pawtucket and Rhode Island on proposals for a potential site, but will now respond to proposals for other cities. The club had promised exclusivity through the state's regular legislative session ending in June.

"While the dialogue with Pawtucket and Rhode Island officials will continue through a fall session, if called, the club will now also respond to other cities who seek to present proposals for potential ballpark sites," PawSox said. "Given the uncertainty we face upon the expiration of our lease, and the timetables involved with these sorts of projects, we believe it is prudent and fair to follow this course of action."

Worcester has expressed interest in having the PawSox build a stadium in their city, according to City Manager Edward Augustus.

"The City of Worcester has spoken with the leadership of the PawSox and communicated our openness to the possibility of having them come to Worcester if they decide to leave their current home."

The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a potential stadium deal in the fall.

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<![CDATA[Child Injured After Car Slams Into Taco Bell]]> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 07:41:03 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485939211.jpg

Police say a child was injured after a car crashed into a Rhode Island Taco Bell.

The car crashed into the Warwick store Tuesday afternoon and became wedged in the entryway.

Police say the child was hurt when he was hit with flying glass. He was treated at the scene.

The car has been since removed, and officials estimate the building requires $20,000 to $30,000 worth of repairs. No other injuries were reported.

The dining room has been closed, but the restaurant's drive-thru is still open. It is unclear what led to the crash.

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<![CDATA[Police: Man Arrested With Gun in Daughter's Diaper Bag]]> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:43:47 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-crop.jpg

A man was arrested for gun and child abuse charges during a traffic stop in Richmond, Rhode Island on Friday, according to Rhode Island State Police.

Karon Williams, 21, of Providence, Rhode Island, was a passenger in a car stopped by troopers for a traffic violation on I-95 in Richmond at approximately 4 p.m. Williams' six-month-old daughter was in the vehicle.

During the motor vehicle stop, troopers found a loaded handgun in a diaper bag between Williams’s legs.

The infant was later turned over to the custody of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families.

Williams was heading from Providence to New York at the time of his arrest.

Williams was arraigned by a justice of the peace and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

<![CDATA[Zoo Tries Acupuncture to Relieve Aging Giraffe's Arthritis Pain]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:05:05 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Roger+Williams+Park+Zoo+Giraffe.JPG

It is a known way to relieve pain in people, and now the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the first in the country to try acupuncture on a giraffe.

A nearly 2,000-pound patient named Sukari suffers from arthritis. The life expectancy for the species is usually in the teens, but Sukari is 24 years old and showing signs of aging.

When she started slowing down, the animal keepers and other veterinary professionals started various medical treatments before deciding to introduce acupuncture.

“There were a lot of things we had to consider,” Dr. Jeremy Goodman, the zoo’s executive director, said. “Will the giraffe tolerate it? Would it be effective? Would the keepers be able to administer it, and how safe would it be?”

Officials brought in a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist who used to intern at the zoo to begin treatments in March.

“She had a little bit of hesitation right at the first treatment, some of the tail flicking and swishing,” said Dr. Diva Malinowski Green.

While she administers the acupuncture, the keepers feed Sukari as a way to distract her and give her positive reinforcement for standing still.

The treatment for the animal is similar to human acupuncture in that the goal is to relieve pain by hitting certain points that reduce inflammation and assist with blood flow. The needles are also the same, even though the animal patient is much bigger.

“The points are very much the same across species; however, because this species is built a little bit differently, you have to adapt the points,” Green said.

After 45 minutes and 14 needles focused on the area around her hips, Sukari is finished with the session. She receives the treatment every other week, and so far, those at the zoo believe it is working.

“We think it really is keeping her arthritis at bay,” Goodman said. “We know eventually her time will come, but until that point, and we hope it’s not for a while, she’s going to have a great life here.”

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<![CDATA[Cops: Man Accused of Child Molestation May Have More Victims]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:06:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Christian+Gonzalez+Woonsocket+RI+police+mugshot.jpg

Authorities in Rhode Island have arrested a man on a child sex charge, and add there may be more victims.

WJAR reports 27-year-old Christian Gonzalez of Woonsocket was arrested Monday.

He was charged with first-degree child molestation, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic assault and battery; the domestic charges reportedly stem from a separate incident.

Police tell WJAR that Gonzalez, who is accused of sexually assaulting a relative about 20 times while the victim was between the ages of 10 and 17, may have other victims.

Anyone with information on Gonzalez is asked to contact Woonsocket detectives at 401-766-1212.

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<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Faking Cancer, Taking Fundraiser Money]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:14:10 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Alicia+Pierini.jpg

Rhode Island State Police have arrested a woman accused of faking cancer and fraudulently taking $28,000 from a GoFundMe account set up for her in support. 

Alicia Pierini, 35, of Woonsocket, is facing charges of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500 and access to computer for fraudulent purposes. 

A family friend set up a fundraising account for Pierini last year after she told family and friends she was diagnosed. 

Police began an investigation into Pierini in May 2016 after friends became suspicious of her claims of having cancer. 

Detectives confirmed she never was a patient of the doctors or facilities she indicated and had not been diagnosed with cancer. 

Pierini allegedly used the $28,000 from the fundraising effort in a fraudulent manner. 

She was arraigned in court Thursday and no plea was entered on the felony charges. 

Financial victims are asked to contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 401-444-1201. 

According to a statement from GoFundMe Spokesperson Bobby Whithorne, "It’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors are fully protected and will get their money back. In the small handful of cases where misuse occurs, GoFundMe takes action to resolve the issue. In this case, all GoFundMe donors have been refunded." 

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<![CDATA[14 Places to Visit in RI and Conn. This Summer]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:09:55 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000007079093.JPG

Heading to Connecticut or Rhode Island this summer? Be sure to check these places out!

  1. Newport Equestrian Academy, Middletown, Rhode Island: If you like horseback riding then this place is for you. They’ve been open 30+ years and been teaching kids to ride and host camps in the summer. However it’s their tours along the coast where you can see St. Georges Cathedral in the Distance that vacationers really love. Not only did Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis love to ride here – you can to. Learn more here.
  2. Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island: This place is called America’s first resort with good reason. On the waterfront there are lots of things to see and do. When you get hungry pop into the Famous Black Pearl Restaurant, where they have been serving up good food and world famous clam chowder for more than 50 years. Click here to learn more about the restaurant. The Schooner Madeleine is great for getting out on the water in Newport. Visitors can board the 72-foot schooner and cruise around Newport Harbor and Narraganset Bay while breathing in the fresh salty air. Click here to learn more. 
  3. Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island: It's Rhode Islands most visited attraction and it’s free to the public. Walk, run or ride along the three and half mile paths that hug the stunning Newport coastline. Crashing waves and magnificent Mansions are a sight not to be missed. Click here to learn more. 
  4. Mansion Tours, Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island: The Mansion’s are a sight in Newport you’ll want to see. Here, some of America’s wealthiest families flocked to the city by the sea and built fabulous summer homes. Tour the homes one by one or get a package and see a few in an afternoon. We recommend The Breakers, and Rose cliff. Click here for more.
  5. Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island: One of New England’s most stunning Relais & Chateaux properties located out on the western tip of Newport is a romantic spot for honeymooners or guests who want to relax like royalty. Grab lunch or a cocktail out on the Lawn and be sure to visit The Grace Kelly Beach. Click here to learn more. 
  6. PaddleSurf RI, Westerly, Rhode Island: Want to learn to Surf, hit Misquamicut State Beach and enroll in Surf School. Here they teach beginners to pros and even have a Mom Surf program beginning mid July. They supply all the equipment and promises everyone who wants to learn ... can! Click here to learn more.
  7. Ocean House, Westerly, Rhode Island: Not only a five star luxury hotel but also a cooking school. Downstairs located in the Culinary Art center they hold a la cart classes to those looking to learn. Not a guest at the hotel no problem, you can still take the classes. Click here to learn more.
  8. U.S. Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut: Here at the museum you can tour a real nuclear powered sub. Inside the USS Nautilus you will see the torpedo room, captain’s quarters and even view the attack center where all the important decisions were made. There’s even a museum where visitors can touch actual weapons and see escape chambers that traveled way deep into the ocean to save downed submariners. Free to the public. Click here to learn more. 
  9. Black Hall Outfitters, Old Lyme, Connecticut: This place located in the Great Island Estuary is a serene spot to kayak, paddle board or fish. But if you are looking for something to keep you on your toes – how about taking a paddle yoga class? They supply the board and anchor you just need to bring your balance and strength. Click here for more.
  10. Griswold Inn, Essex Connecticut: Its one on New England’s most charming and oldest Inn’s dating back to 1776 - located in the quaint historic seaport village of Essex. Here the Inn has a stunning taproom and wine bar; a slew of cozy dining rooms decorated with museum-quality antiques, and 32 newly redecorated guest rooms for patrons to enjoy. Sunday Hunt Breakfast served from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. is a feast not to be missed. And the Taproom hosts entertainment seven nights a week. Click here for more.
  11. Shoreline Segway, Guilford, Connecticut: Looking for a new way to tour around? Hop on one of these two-wheeled people movers and roll around Guilford's historic village and admire the old homes hugging the town green. The tour’s owner says riding one is super easy, all you have to do is relax and lean into where you want to go. The one hour guided tours cost $70 per person and include helmets. Learn more.
  12. Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, Connecticut: If you’re looking for a hotel right on the sand look no further because this place is Connecticut’s only Beachfront resort. Its wrap around porch is perfect for year round al fresco dining, and the rooms all have unobstructed water views of long island sound. If you have a dog – he can come too – because the inn is pet friendly. All summer long they have free concerts out on the lawn on Wednesday nights, which are open to the public. Click here for more. 
  13. The Volsunga IV, Thimble Island Tours, Branford, Connecticut: This cruise is a great affordable way to spend the afternoon on the water touring Connecticut’s thimble islands. Captain Ann narrates the tour pointing out all kinds of historical facts, including some pirate lore about Captain Kidd. Tours go out daily except Mondays. Weather permitting. Learn more here.
  14. Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, Connecticut: How does a brewery located on the water sound? Stony Creek is just that -- in fact, their motto is Aggressively Laid Back, which sums up the place. Come try the Cranky series of beers, which is their most popular, and grab a seat out on the patio where you can play a board game or just enjoy the view of the river. Weekends get crowed, so come early to get a good spot. Click here for more. 

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