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State mandate prevents library funding increases

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON― Even though the town council would like to give more money to the town's two libraries, the state-mandated “maintenance of effort” makes increases fiscally risky. If the town were to add to its library funding, it would be required to maintain that level in future years regardless of unpredictable budgetary shifts.

“The 'maintenance of effort' says you cannot give any less than you gave the prior year. Once you give, you cannot take away. It's a permanent increase,” said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday night's council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho schools prepare for Affordable Healthcare Act

August 22, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) will have “dramatic financial implications” for the Chariho Schools according to Chariho Solicitor Jon M. Anderson, who made a presentation of the AHA's potential ramifications to the school committee on Tuesday night.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton man unearths old grave

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON – Ed James of Hopkinton can’t forget the day last summer when he received a phone call from his father telling him, “They just found an old grave in the sandbank behind the barn.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

2013 Guard Games

August 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Guard Games took place last week with a variety of teams of lifeguards from beaches like Narragansett, Scarborough, Westerly and East Matunuck.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

100 years of service at Cross’ Mills Library

August 16, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - The Cross’ Mills Public Library is celebrating 100 years of service to the Charlestown community this weekend. The library has a rich history, which began in 1913.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charlestown Town Council grants continuance to Copar

August 15, 2013

CHARLESTOWN — Despite protests from town residents, the Charlestown Town Council decided to continue the Copar Quarries and Westerly Granite Company (WGC) hearing until the council’s September meeting.

On Tuesday’s night’s council agenda was the discussion and potential action of a resolution that would ask the Rhode Island Attorney General to look into whether WGC is in compliance with state laws.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Seen in South County

August 9, 2013

Weekend of fun at the Charlestown Seafood Festival

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

HUD denies grants for Hopkinton town generators

August 9, 2013

HOPKINTON— Although Hopkinton was approved for $96,000 in grants to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the funds are now in question because Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently denying the generator portion of the applications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cole resigns from school committee

August 9, 2013

RICHMOND – The Richmond Town Council regrettably accepted the resignation of Michelle Cole from the Chariho Regional School Committee Tuesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council hears Boothroyd’s talk on rising sea level

August 2, 2013

CHARLESTOWN – Future major storms combined with sea level rise are a “very large problem,” especially in coastal communities, like Charlestown, Dr. Jon C. Boothroyd told the Charlestown Town Council during a workshop Monday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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