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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Serra takes the stand as last witness

September 2, 2012

WARWICK - Former Chariho School Committeewoman Terri Serra took the stand as the last witness in her own trial on Monday, and defended the actions she took last October when a teenage drinking party took place on her property, and four Chariho boys were injured in a subsequent car crash. Serra is charged under the state’s social host law for the party, and under the duty to assist statute for failing to call 911 at the near-fatal accident scene.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Allen named Charlestown Chief of Police

August 30, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - A 5-member selection committee appointed South Kingstown Police Capt. Jeffrey Allen as the new Chief of Police in Charlestown on Monday night. Allen will replace 30-year veteran of the Charlestown Police Dept. Jack Shippee, who stepped down in June.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee reaches agreement with charter

August 26, 2012

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho School Committee voted on Tuesday night to unanimously approve and release a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the district and The Compass School, a charter school in Kingston. The MOU provides finality to almost three years of litigation between the two education entities.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

History with Kelly Sullivan

August 17, 2012

This was a big year for genealogy enthusiasts. As anyone who traces their family history knows, there is a wealth of information contained in census records. However, due to privacy reasons, only one decade’s census is released every 72 years. After much impatient waiting, the 1940 United States census is now public record.
Every citizen of the country has to be included on and give personal information for the census. And for that reason, I thought it would be interesting to look up the census listings of celebrities and future newsmakers of the year 1940.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Former CHS coach indicted

August 13, 2012

PROVIDENCE - A former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography, the Dept. of Justice announced Wednesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

White Nose Syndrome threatens local bat colony

August 13, 2012

WEST GREENWICH - The Woodville Barn at the University of Rhode Island W. Alton Jones Campus has been the spring and summer home for a thriving maternal colony of little brown bats for a very long time. Every March or April, the same colony returns to roost in the barn for the warmer months, and each member of the colony, which is females only, returns from its far away hibernation ready to bear one pup. It is a truly fascinating life cycle.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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