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School committee seeks joint meeting on Chariho Act

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho School Committee would like to have a joint meeting with the three town councils to discuss the Chariho Act.

Superintendent Barry Ricci proposed the idea to the school committee Tuesday.

“I am of the opinion that with the paper flying back and forth between the school committee and the town councils and the councils to each other, that little to nothing will ever be accomplished,” Ricci said. “I would like to offer an alternative to that. The Chariho Act revision subcommittee is one alternative that has been used in the past, but it requires the committee go back to the councils and the school committee for a vote. I propose to you that you think about hosting a meeting of the three town councils facilitated by a moderator.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Students arrested for possession of marijuana candy

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Three 14-year-old Chariho students were recently arrested after allegedly possessing and distributing “marijuana candy” on school grounds, according to Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson and Superintendent of Chariho Schools Barry Ricci.

Police said on March 27, a 14-year-old Chariho Middle School student was arrested and charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school and one count of possession of a controlled substance, following an investigation into an incident where a teenaged middle school student required medical attention.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Simple twist of fate ends in tragedy for navy pilot

April 3, 2014

HOPKINTON – It was the last thing Clifford Albert Langworthy expected to see as he drove toward Alton, a little after eleven o’clock in the morning on Dec. 13, 1945; a plane spinning around in the sky then disappearing somewhere among the hills up ahead. He watched the blue expanse above him, waiting to see the plane turn back up toward the clouds. However, what he saw instead was a plume of dark smoke rising in the distance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho budget referendum takes place Tuesday

April 3, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho financial referendum is next Tuesday, April 8.

Town officials are encouraging voters in the three towns, which includes a proposed $556,667 reduction in total contributions from the member towns.

The Chariho School Committee approved the budget March 11.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State files suit over Misquamicut Beach access

April 3, 2014

WESTERLY - Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against six defendants with houses abutting Misquamicut Beach in an attempt to solidify beach access laws and erase “faulty” 1969 and 1970 survey plans that the state believes zoned the area incorrectly.

“This is the case of two faulty survey plans,” said the state’s summary of facts. “These drawings, made in 1969 and 1970, were respectively used by two individual beach-front owners to usurp the arrangements crafted six decades beforehand in the original subdivision. However, an established plat is not so easily uprooted.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wawaloam granted recreation license

April 3, 2014

RICHMOND – The town council voted 5-0 Tuesday to grant a seasonal recreational facilities license to Wawaloam Reservation Inc.

Located at 510 Gardiner Road, Wawaloam Campground currently has 310 campsites and is in the process of constructing an additional 130 special overflow campsites, according to Wawaloam’s attorney, George Comolli.

The application before the council was for 430 sites, but Council Vice President Henry Oppenheimer said he wasn’t comfortable with approving a license for sites that have yet to be built.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Task Force to host forum on better health

March 27, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention is hosting the Chariho Better Health Forum 2014 on Monday, April 14 at 5:15 p.m.

The forum is slated to include discussions on e-cigarettes and marijuana, a presentation from special guest speaker Matt Bellace, and a surprise honoring of a local hero.

At Tuesday’s Chariho School Committee meeting, members of the task force were present along with Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson to discuss substance abuse prevention in the towns and the school district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

De Coppet bought up Hillsdale properties for preservation

March 27, 2014

RICHMOND – Theakston De Coppet grew up far from the sprawling farmlands of Richmond, Rhode Island. The son of Henry De Coppet and his wife Laura (Fawcett), Theakston knew more about the duties of butlers and nannies than he did about milking cows and feeding chickens. A resident of high-class accommodations on Park Avenue in Manhattan, Theakston and is family lived well under the care of their Irish cook, a laundress, chambermaid, waitress and other numerous household staff members.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charlestown PD arrest 17 year-old for DUI, heroin possession

March 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Last week Charlestown police arrested a 17-year-old Charlestown male for driving under the influence and possession of heroin.

On March 17, at 8 p.m., police received a 911 call of erratic operation of a motor vehicle in town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Revision to CHS academic requirements approved

March 27, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho School Committee voted 8-0 Tuesday to approve a revision to the district’s policy regarding academic requirements for high school graduation.

Superintendent Barry Ricci proposed a revision that would increase the physical education requirement to two credits. “We’ve long been criticized for only providing one quarter of PE,” Ricci said. “We’ve found a way to schedule it so we can provide a semester.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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