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Westerly Hospital is in better health

March 20, 2014

HOPKINTON — After a few difficult years, Westerly Hospital is thriving and several of its board members are spreading the news to the surrounding towns.

At Monday’s town council meeting, Westerly Hospital Chairman of the Board Steve Greene reported on the hospital’s economic health. Also attending was Lawrence + Memorial (L+M) Hospital President and CEO and Westerly Hospital CEO Bruce D. Cummings and Westerly Hospital board member Thomas Liguori.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Greeting a tramp with kindness leads to traumatic event

March 13, 2014

HOPKINTON – In this day and age, we are not quite as accommodating as our ancestors were. Should a stranger appear at our door asking for food, we would probably be on the phone dialing 9-1-1 before a full minute had passed. In earlier centuries, people were much more trusting than we are. However, such willing acts of trust and kindness sometimes proved to be dire mistakes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two men found dead on beaches in South County

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The body of a 53-year-old man was found Saturday at Quonochontaug Breachway.

At 8:10 a.m., a kayaker discovered the body of Joseph W. Huston, with a last known address of 65 Marietta St., Providence.

Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen said Huston was found in shallow water next to a vehicle that was stuck in the sand.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local resident preserving historic cemeteries

March 13, 2014

RICHMOND – Most people are unaware of the fact that neither a town nor a state carries the responsibility of caring for its cemeteries. Maintenance of burial grounds is the sole duty of the families of those buried there. That presents a serious problem when the cemetery is so ancient that descendants have either moved away, aren’t aware of their ancestry, or are of the assumption that the task is already in another’s hands.

Dory Wagner, of Hope Valley, has been taking such tasks into her own hands for a long time now. A native of New York, Wagner moved here to Washington County just before the blizzard of 1978.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond PD will be trained to administer Narcan

March 13, 2014

RICHMOND — The Richmond police force will soon be equipped with the antidote Narcan, or naloxone, a fast-acting nasal spray, to combat the increasing problem of drug overdoses in Rhode Island, many of them linked to heroin. Narcan acts to an overdose of opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl or heroin.

Police Chief Elwood Johnson told the Richmond Town Council on Thursday that his officers would receive training in the correct administration of Narcan over the next several months.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Furniture unveils America’s Mattress

March 13, 2014

RICHMOND–Mattress Depot has changed its name and product mix as well as management, according to Chariho Furniture President Ed Smith.

America’s Mattress by Chariho Furniture is the newest member of the largest chain of independently owned mattress stores in the United States with nearly 400 stores. Although Smith’s Mattress Depot was always an America’s Mattress affiliate, Smith said the timing was right to capitalize on having the buying power of the largest of the chains in the country.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charlestown in process of creating quarrying ordinance

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — After listening to supporters and adversaries of a proposed extraction ordinance in front of a standing-room-only audience, the town council decided Monday to defer its decision until its next meeting on April 14 in order to allow time to consult with its legal counsel. The ordinance public hearing will remain open through April 14.

The ordinance is preemptive in reaction to problems Charlestown residents have had with the Copar quarry located in Westerly. Charlestown has approximately six operating quarries, which are unregulated by the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Big Apple Circus pulls stakes at Ninigret

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Big Apple Circus will not be returning to Ninigret Park this year.

The circus, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., struggled financially during the harsh winter and ultimately lost revenue.

“It was a very difficult decision to make and the reason for the decision was financial, mostly because of weather conditions,” said Joel Dein, communications director for Big Apple Circus. “It was a very difficult tour for us.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Amendment to reinstate CMS dean defeated

March 13, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — There were plenty of cuts in the fiscal year 2015 budget, but the most controversial was the reduction of 0.8 dean’s position at the Chariho Middle School. Echoing last week’s budget hearing, parents and teachers came to the microphone at Tuesday night’s school committee hearing to explain the need for dean and to request that the position be reinstated.

According to the FY15 plan, the middle school would have 1.2 deans (instead of two), four guidance counselors, a principal and and a vice principal.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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