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DEM: no dust violations at Copar Quarries

March 1, 2013

WESTERLY – No dust violations have been found at Copar Quarries by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management since the agency began investigating complaints lodged against the company since August 2011, the state agency said in a letter last week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond public works praised for storm response

February 22, 2013

WYOMING - Protection of trees and how the town responded to the historic blizzard were the main focuses at Tuesday night’s Richmond Town Council meeting.
Resident James Carnegis requested the tree ordinance, which did not receive a second and therefore did not go to vote at the town council’s last meeting, be reconsidered.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New bill introduced to protect WPWA

February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) reintroduced a bill Friday to make federal restoration and conservation resources available to the Pawcatuck River, as well as other South County and Southeast Connecticut streams.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council applauds Brushy Brook ruling

February 11, 2013

SHAB decision and safety discussed in Hopkinton

HOPKINTON—The town council applauded their legal team Monday night for the recent ruling in Hopkinton’s favor by the State Housing Appeals Board concerning the Brushy Brook development.
The ruling upholds the planning board’s 2010 decision to limit the number of homes built and to ask for some reconfiguring of the layout of the plan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Couple arrested for attempted Hopkinton break-ins

February 11, 2013

Multiple felony charges for Michael Gaccione, 36, and Rose Roberts, 37, of Westerly

HOPKINTON – Hopkinton Police arrested a Westerly couple in connection with two recent break-ins on Thursday.
Police arrested Michael Gaccione, 36, and Rose Roberts, 37, both of 37 Canal St., Westerly, in connection with two attempted break-ins into Hopkinton homes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South County Hospital remains only independent facility

January 18, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South County Hospital is now the only independent hospital in Rhode Island, given the recent purchase of the Westerly Hospital by Lawrence and Memorial and assuming that Landmark Hospital in Woonsocket is purchased by its latest bidder, Prime Health.
In a rapidly changing healthcare environment, Lou Giancola, president and CEO of South County Hospital, would like to make sure the hospital remains independent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Beach cleanup and restoration plan taking shape

January 18, 2013

CHARLESTOWN—Cleanup and restoration of the Charlestown Town Beach is set to begin as early as next month, and town officials plan to have it ready for the crowds when beach season arrives.
“There’s a lot of people who want to know, what’s the plan, what are we doing…to ensure that our beaches are back in place,” said Councilor Daniel Slattery at Monday night’s town council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charter school funding a hot topic

January 18, 2013

CHARLESTOWN—The town council voted Monday night to postpone discussion of the school district’s proposal to end public funding of poorly rated charter schools.
The initiative, introduced by Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci last month, would require parents to pay for their children to attend a charter school if that school is not rated higher than Chariho public schools.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Furniture: celebrating 25 years in business

October 12, 2012

WYOMING—Ed Smith, owner of Chariho Furniture, opened up his suit jacket and pointed to the red, white and blue American flag stitched inside.
“People say, ‘You can’t buy American-made clothing,’” Smith said. “It’s got to be American-made. I don’t think this country would be in the position it’s in if people felt that way.”
For Ed Smith, “Made in America” is more than an empty slogan. Chariho Furniture prides itself on selling only American-made solid-wood furniture. They carry over 100 different brands, 20 of them Amish, and they specialize in pieces made to the customer’s exacting specifications. Everything can be customized, from the wood to the fabric to the finish to the hardware.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho School Committee meeting packed teachers, parents and students

October 11, 2012

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — At Tuesday evening's School Committee meeting, preceding the public forum, George Kenney, Chair of the Chariho School Committee, read aloud the School Committee's press release entitled “Negotiations Statement #1” to a packed auditorium of over 300 teachers, students, parents, and supporters. Earlier that evening, teachers had participated in a protest to voice their concerns about salary freezes and cuts in longevity and master degree pay. The teachers have been working without a contract since August 31, 2012.

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