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Chariho grad starts aspirational toy company

July 31, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — When Janna Eaves was a senior at Chariho High School, she thought she’d pursue acting as a career, but the encouragement of one teacher changed her life direction.
“I was in drama club, I thought I wanted to be an actress for a while – I was really into acting then. It wasn’t until late in my senior year that I thought I should try engineering,” Eaves said.
“It was Lori Kilmartin and her AP (Advanced Placement) chemistry class. She pushed the idea that I was good at it and I could pursue it as a career, and I should try and go farther with science,” she said.

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CRMC, URI publishes new guide to help coastal homeowners

July 31, 2014

When purchasing property on the Rhode Island Coastline, buyers must often consider the unique challenges associated with living in a home or operating a business in an area that will likely be subject to harsh coastal conditions.

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HUD grant approved for Churchwoods

July 24, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — After several false starts, Churchwoods, a 24-unit senior affordable housing development, has been approved as part of the second round of Rhode Island’s disaster recovery action plan through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). According to Senator Jack Reed’s office, the project will be funded as part of a $19.4 million Community Development Block Grant, Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) that was designated for long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

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EMA workshops develop town’s storm readiness

July 24, 2014

RICHMOND — With climate change’s unpredictable weather patterns producing increasingly large storms, towns and cities need to anticipate every possible scenario in order to keep their residents safe. In response, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Joe Arsenault has created preparedness workshops that include hypothetical weather disaster scenarios so that town staff can plan and practice appropriate procedures.

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Hopkinton roads prioritized for repairs

July 24, 2014

HOPKINTON — Some of Hopkinton’s roads that are in desperate need of repair have been moved to the top of the road repair priority list. Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Tim Tefft presented the list to the town council on Monday night for discussion and approval.
Council President Frank Landolfi said that although the town has $78,000 in reserve, it will need to borrow money to cover the estimated $1.8 million in repairs to 25 roads on the list.

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Seminar elucidates end of life legal necessities

July 17, 2014

RICHMOND — Understanding end of life issues such as estate planning and healthcare directives can seem daunting but attorney Marcia J. Boyd, who specializes in elder law, probate, and trusts, helped answer many questions at a special seminar sponsored by the Elder Affairs Commission on Tuesday morning at town hall.
To an audience of about 15 people, Boyd provided a legal check list that detailed the possible areas of concern at the end of life for the client and the client’s loved ones.

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Hopkinton considers land ordinance amendments

July 10, 2014

HOPKINTON — Monday’s town council agenda included hearings for four proposed residential and land development ordinance amendments. The ordinances contained outdated language that did not conform to state regulations.
Hopkinton Town Planner Jim Lamphere said many of the ordinances were adopted in 1990 before the Land Development and Subdivision Review Enabling Act of 1992 that required every municipality to adopt state regulations.
“The purpose is to modernize them. There was old language that needed to be updated, plus a little bit of streamlining and clarification,” he said.

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Local farmers teach public to eat sustainably

July 10, 2014

EXETER — Where do your fruits, vegetables, and meats come from and how were they raised? Caring about your food sources requires a change in attitude and shopping habits – it often involves stepping away from the grocery store aisles and buying directly from local farmers.

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Election 2014 taking shape in Chariho region

July 3, 2014

In Chariho’s three towns, candidates have placed their names on the official ballot for school committee and town council elections in November. The deadline for declaring candidacy was June 25.
The Chariho School Committee’s ballot includes 12 candidates vying for seven positions.
In Charlestown, four candidates are seeking to fill three positions. Incumbents Ronald J. Areglado, Donna Chambers, Craig Louzon are seeking reelection as independents. Republican Stephen Young is running for the first time.

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Wastewater ordinance update in process

July 3, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The Wastewater Management Commission is taking steps to update the town’s wastewater ordinance (210) to bring technical references in line with current industry standards and the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) terminology. The original ordinance was adopted in 1994.
“Whole paragraphs have been rendered obsolete by the progress of time and changes in DEM regulations,” said Commission Chair Thomas Ferrio.
Wastewater Manager/Environmental Scientist Matthew Dowling said that the original ordinance had been assembled from two documents, creating red

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