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August 26th, 2014

First Annual Hummingbird Festival a success

August 26, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The First Annual Hummingbird Music Festival brought acoustic acts from across the state to a small field tucked away in Shannock on Saturday, all for the benefit of RICAN, a local non-profit that assists those in need with food, heat, clothing and home repairs.
Local singer and songwriter Esmeree Skye, with the help of her family, friends, fellow musicians and even her landlord, put together the festival in its entirety.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee member bounced from meeting prior to vote

August 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – School Committee Member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle claims that he was kicked out of a closed-door school committee meeting on June 10, immediately prior to the vote taken by the rest of the committee to extend Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow’s contract – a decision he said on Tuesday that he would have voted against.

The motion to approve the extension of the superintendent’s contract by three years and bestow a favorable review upon her was made by Kevin Jackson and passed 6-0, with Daly-LaBelle “not present.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

August 25th

Sea level rise will decrease wetlands

August 25, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Rising sea levels will eventually cover marsh wetlands, causing its vegetation to migrate inland if the conditions are amendable. Wetlands are desirable because they protect the shoreline from erosion and stabilize aquaculture and flora and fauna habitats, according to Pam Rubinoff, a coastal management extension specialist at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIDEO: Is the Patriots defense a top-5 unit right now?

August 25, 2014

VIDEO: Is the Patriots defense a top-5 unit right now?

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

August 21st

Homecoming for Hopkinton’s new finance director

August 21, 2014

HOPKINTON — Newly hired Finance Director Brian Rosso is no stranger to Hopkinton. He’s a native Hopkintonian with generational roots in the town, and he’s thrilled to be back.
“I was born and raised in Hopkinton – my parents still live here, my grandparents still live here. My brother and his family live here, so I still have a lot of ties,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown preps Old Towne House for winter

August 21, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At its Aug. 4 meeting, the North Kingstown Town Council discussed the possibility of moving the Old Towne House from its present site on Brown Street to Wilson Park, and idea which was ultimately deemed too costly.
“I had run some numbers and talked to contractors, but the cost was relatively high, to the point it was a wash in moving it or elevating it at its present location,” said Director of Public Works Phil Bergeron on Wednesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

August 20th

Residents dispute lot clearing on Green Hill Beach Road

August 20, 2014

By BENJAMIN BRANCHAUD

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Residents of Green Hill are once again dealing with the possibility that their pond-front view and natural landscape will be tarnished by the development of a two-bedroom house - this time one that appears to be being built on the wrong lot.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An epic family bicycle ride for MS

August 20, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – John and Ethan Thoms arrived on Saturday on East Matunuck Beach, each on a recumbent bicycle. Tired, sweating, and packed with supplies, an onlooker might have thought the two had just finished the longest bike ride of their lives. In fact, they had. They had come from Astoria, Ore.
A long-time supporter of Bike MS, a non-profit group that arranges and supports bicycle fundraisers for Multiple Sclerosis research, treatment and awareness, John Thoms decided one day to take his work with MS a step further.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett woman gets 48 months for drug trafficking

August 20, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Ashley Sekator-Graham, who was arrested last July for trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine in South Kingstown and Narragansett was sentenced last Thursday to 48 months in federal prison in addition to five years of supervised release upon completion of her prison term by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi. Sekator-Graham previously pleaded guilty on April 16, 2014 to one count each of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Clough-Gledhill political signs stolen

August 20, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A disproportionate amount of political signs supporting Rachel Clough and Liz Gledhill for South Kingstown Town Council have gone missing or have been found destroyed in the past few weeks. The duo, who decided to run together to save campaign money, have had to order more signs twice since their initial purchase of 100, printed at $5 per.
“It’s getting ridiculous,” said Clough on Monday. “It’s getting to the point where I replenish them and then they are gone. If you don’t like somebody, you don’t need to vote for them, but stealing is never good.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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