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‘Water company’ scammers rob, assault 83-year-old woman

October 23, 2014

HOPKINTON– On Oct. 17, at 5:20 p.m., Hopkinton Police responded to an 83-year-old resident on Main Street near Melinda Way after receiving a 911 call from her granddaughter.
The victim was on the phone with her granddaughter when a white male (6’0”, thin build, dark short hair, and no facial hair) knocked on the door advising that he was from the water company and needed to check her water. He showed some type of identification.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton decides not to change Chariho Act

October 23, 2014

HOPKINTON — At their Monday night meeting, Hopkinton Town Councilors voted to leave the Chariho Act as is, for the time being instead of moving forward with two proposed amendments that were discussed during the Sept. 18 meeting of the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies.
The first amendment, penned by Hopkinton, would have changed the start time of the yearly Chariho budget meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Chariho Act stipulates that the meeting start at 7:30 p.m. but the budget meeting always starts at 7 p.m. Hopkinton’s amendment would bring the meeting into compliance with the law.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond Solar gets the go-ahead

October 23, 2014

RICHMOND — After a grueling town council discussion that almost ended in a continuance Tuesday night, Richmond Solar obtained a hard-won approval for its proposed solar farm on Stilson Road. Included in the agreement was a green energy tax abatement and a provision for a solar power “learning laboratory” for Chariho Career and Tech students.
The project is a ground-mounted solar array that will produce about 600 kilowatt hours a year, which will be sold to National Grid for 19.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Planning commission violated Open Meetings Act

October 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The Charlestown Planning commission violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it conducted a secret ballot vote during an open session meeting in May, according to a recent finding by the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Swamp Yankees unite at fairgrounds

October 16, 2014

RICHMOND – An outsider calling us “Swamp Yankees” would be offensive, as its definition includes stubborn and unrefined. But when we refer to ourselves that way, we’re thinking of the frugal and independent part of the definition. And every year that’s something to celebrate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget will be Omnibus meeting’s sole agenda item

October 16, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — After what was deemed a successful meeting of the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies on September 18, the school committee debated on Tuesday night whether it could discontinue or replace the Omnibus meeting that is scheduled every January.
Historically, the superintendent has presented the school budget to Chariho’s three town councils at the annual Omnibus meeting, which has a fraught history of squabbling among the towns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council wants one joint meeting per year

October 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – In a letter to the Chariho School Committee chair, the Charlestown Town Council is proposing that the omnibus meeting be replaced with one joint meeting a year.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter to the school committee chair with recommendations on the operation and format for the next joint meeting of the Chariho governing bodies.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hop Arts Studio Trail returns for ninth year

October 16, 2014

HOPKINTON–Autumn’s here – time to celebrate by hiking the HopArts Studio Trail! In its ninth year, HopArts has become a Southern Rhode Island tradition and a vibrant opportunity for the public to meet local artists and view their original work.
This year 32 artists will show their creations in 15 studios, galleries, and homes dotted throughout the villages of Hope Valley, Ashaway, Carolina, Wyoming, Rockville, and Richmond. The art on view and for sale spans a variety of media: oil, wood and metal sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and textiles.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

October 14, 2014

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho 1:1 rollout proceeding smoothly

October 9, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — This summer and fall, Chariho High School students received their personal 11” MacBook Air laptops on loan from the district. The 1:1 rollout started last year when high school teachers received MacBook Pro laptops in advance of their students.
Now, only three high school students out of 1,149 haven’t received their laptops.
Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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