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Jordan the inebriator and Flaxie the inebriate

March 6, 2014

WYOMING – Edmund Jordan kept a livery stable in the early 1880s. But being a liveryman certainly wasn’t what he became known far and wide for. Later that decade, Jordan’s new tavern in Wyoming became the watering hole for every inebriate within miles. Referred to as one of the vilest places in Washington County, it was known to be the scene for violent brawls, brazen theft and the harboring of prostitutes.

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Major marijuana bust in Charlestown

March 6, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - Rhode Island State Police, along with Hopkinton and Charlestown Police, arrested two Charlestown residents Tuesday on drug distribution charges.

Darren Higgs, 48, of 47 Wiitala Drive, Charlestown, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in excess of five kilograms, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.

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Legislators at odds over changing Chariho Act

March 6, 2014

HOPKINTON — Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey and Reps. Larry Valencia and Brian Patrick Kennedy updated the town council on Monday night concerning General Assembly bills to change the Chariho Act.

Representing Richmond, Valencia, D-District 39, said that he had submitted two bills in the House: H-7568, which would change the Chariho Act’s elementary school matriculation rules that require students to attend in their town of residence; and, H-7553, which would reduce the school committee membership from 11 to nine. Valencia said he had not requested hearings for the bills yet.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Public discusses details of Chariho school budget

March 6, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — From the podium on the middle school stage, Hopkinton Town Moderator Amy Williams facilitated communications between Chariho residents and the school committee during Tuesday’s annual regional school district meeting, which gave voters an opportunity to ask questions about the 2014-2015 budget, which is $556,000 less than the previous year.

Of the 100 audience members, about 25 came to the microphone to air their questions, which ranged from concerns about staffing cuts at the middle school, especially the loss of one dean, to the timing of the addition of an elementary-level foreign language program to the budget surplus.

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Police receive Narcan

February 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Police Department now has another tool available to deal with the increased concerns of pharmaceutical drug overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an antidote used by EMTs to treat opioid overdose, which includes heroine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. Through the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service and CVS Pharmacy in Charlestown, local police officers are now trained and ready to administer the antidote.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Several instances of animal cruelty during early 1990s

February 27, 2014

HOPKINTON – Despite the pleasant farms and warm-hearted rural folks, the behavior of South County residents in times past didn’t always make for a pretty picture. On numerous occasions, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to investigate the criminal, the heartless, and the often grotesque actions of our townspeople.

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Town administrator ‘highly commended’

February 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The town council expressed their approval and appreciation of their new Town Administrator Mark S. Stankiewicz by voting unanimously for a “Highly Commended” performance review on his one year anniversary in the position.

Following the rules of the Charlestown Charter during the “probationary period,” or the first year of employment, the council reviewed Stankiewicz’s performance at the three-month and six-month marks, and provided an evaluation in writing at 12 months from the date of his appointment, which was Feb. 12, 2013.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Watch Hill nominated for happiest seaside town

February 27, 2014

WESTERLY — In its third annual contest for the “Happiest Seaside Town in America,” Coastal Living Magazine has nominated the seaside village of Watch Hill.

The 10 finalists were chosen from every location that was considered a “dream town” over the past 15 years. The magazine included a range factors including the percentage of clear and sunny days, health of beach eco-systems, commute times, walkability, crime rates, standard of living, and the financial well-being of the town’s residents. Also factored in was the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, which uses surveys to measure aspects of well-being such as purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. In addition, the magazine editor assessed each town’s “coastal vibe,” which was included in the final tally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

‘New Age’ businesses crop up around town

February 27, 2014

CHARIHO - Times they are a ‘changing. Nowhere is that more evident than seeing the New Age enter a small town.

The New Age Movement, which started in the late 1900s, challenged what we, as Americans, had been taught to believe about ourselves, others and the world around us. Combining such practices as alternative medicine, holistic health, psychology, metaphysical traditions and eastern beliefs, people were suddenly open to the opportunities that arose when it was accepted that nothing in life is singular, but connected to everything else.

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A tragic end to a game played by local boys in 1909

February 20, 2014

RICHMOND – The juicy, blueberries gloriously weighted down every branch from which they hung. Thirteen-year-old Ray Allen Collins grabbed handful after handful, certain he had discovered the best berrying spot anyone could possibly find. He returned home to Wood River Junction after his successful morning jaunt and bragged to his older brother Nathan about his discovery.

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