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Wilson’s staves off closure

July 31, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With the threat of closure hanging close, Wilson’s of Wickford was able to scrape together the $148,000 needed to pay for its fall inventory, among other necessities. Operator James Wilson was pleasantly taken aback by the community’s response in helping support the 70 year-old clothier.
“It is awesome and humbling, and we are very grateful,” said Wilson on Tuesday. “The community and the support was so strong and so inspiring. We probably had somewhere between 900 to 1000 people make contributions online and here in the store.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Properties Commission approves easement for 45-acre Benson parcel

July 31, 2014

PROVIDENCE—On Tuesday evening, the State Properties Committee unanimously granted the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management an easement to conserve approximately 45 acres of open space along Snuff Mill Road in North Kingstown. The property, which was approved for purchase by the North Kingstown Town Council this past May, rests in the Narrow River Watershed area and was previously owned by the Benson family.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New report highlights beach closing risks

July 31, 2014

Most Rhode Islanders would agree that one of the perks of living in such a small state is the easy access to beaches. No matter where you are, you’re never too far away from enjoying a nice, relaxing day by the water. However, sometimes our favorite beaches can be closed due to high bacteria counts. Many beach-goers don’t think about the time, energy, and money necessary to keep our coastline safe for swimming and activity.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 30th

Sanderson to discuss future of historic Wakefield

July 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With a multitude of changes coming to Main Street in Wakefield, Ted Sanderson, executive director of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission will give an aptly timed talk next week entitled “Wakefield’s Future: The Importance of Place.”
As Post Acute Partners’ application to demolish the historic Larchwood Inn and replace it with a 61,500-square-foot Alzheimer’s care facility is pending before the planning board, Sanderson will give an overview and update on historic preservation around Rhode Island.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charter captains offer fishing escape for veterans

July 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—As part of the Boston VA’s Adaptive Sports Clinic program, a group of veterans were able to hop aboard Rhode Island charter boats this past Thursday and leave shore on an adventure of fishing and fun.
“I didn’t even like fishing, but I am glad I did it,” said veteran John Taylor. “I caught one and just shot the breeze with everyone on the boat.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Community Recreation Center proposal greeted with opposition

July 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The recent proposal to build a new Community Recreation Center in South Kingstown was met with strong opposition during the Monday evening town council meeting.
The proposal, on the agenda this time for the final step in funding, comes as the result of an increasing need within the schools for more recreational space to host various sports games and practices at home rather than having to rent space at other facilities such as URI.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

UFD Chief Perry to retire next week

July 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After 10 years as chief of the Union Fire District, Bob Perry is retiring next Monday.
Perry, who has been a firefighter for 47 years, said he has been planning to retire for a couple years, either in December or next June, but the Union Fire District Board of Wardens asked him to leave sooner. While Perry said he requested to leave in December or January, he said the board insisted he leave Aug. 4.
When asked why the board wanted him to leave so soon Perry said, “I don’t want to get into that.”
Still, he said he is happy to be retiring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 29th

Efforts continue to get RI fishermen a seat on MAFMC

July 29, 2014

For nearly a decade Rhode Island has been trying to obtain a seat on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed continued those efforts this week when Rhode Island was added to the list of seven states with voting representation on the MAFMC in the latest version of the Senate Commerce Committee’s draft Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 28th

Semi truck catches fire

July 28, 2014

COVENTRY — Firefighters from Coventry, West Warwick and Warwick doused the cab of a 54-foot tractor trailer truck with heavy foam to extinguish the flames that had fully engulfed it just moments before after responding Tuesday afternoon to the side lot of Home Depot located in the Centre of New England, where the cab was fully involved.
The truck driver, Charles Werner, from New York, works for the Cardinal Company and did not suffer injuries but said he has no idea how the fire started.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CPD Det. helps out on ICAC task force

July 28, 2014

COVENTRY— The Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a Foster man for possession and transfer of child pornography Friday morning. Members of the ICAC include Coventry Police Detective Kevin Harris, who is one of the two full-time positions on the special force.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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