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Squid: a boon to Rhode Island fishing and tourism industry

July 3, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Gov. Lincoln Chafee and other local officials attended a ceremony in Galilee at the town ramp on Friday afternoon to sign into legislation a bill making calamari Rhode Island’s official state appetizer.
Beneath a picturesque blue sky and excellent weather, the governor was joined by Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, State Sen. Susan Sosnowski, State Rep. Joseph McNamara, and Narragansett Town Council President James Callaghan, among others.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town council considers TVD land parcel purchase

June 26, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At Monday’s special town council meeting, Interim Town Planner Jane Weidman informed the council that a land parcel, Plat 13 Lot 5, was for sale in the Traditional Village District (TVD) and asked that the council consider possible uses for the site. The parcel serves as the parking lot for the General Stanton Flea Market.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI making strides with waterway monitoring

June 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island has its fair share of problems, but according to a report produced by Environment Rhode Island, toxic dumping is not one of them. The non-profit research and policy organization released its ‘Wasting Our Waterways,’ report on Thursday, which highlights the country’s ongoing battle to lessen the impact of toxic waste pollution on its rivers, lakes and shorelines.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Task Force takes steps to lower youth tobacco use

June 26, 2014

WESTERLY — For Astrid Meijer, Tobacco Program Coordinator of the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, lowering and ultimately preventing youth tobacco usage is the goal, and she has worked to achieve it step by step.
“The energy you have to get together for this work – it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” she said.
At Friday’s “Tobacco Summit” held at the Westerly Library, Meijer was one of six speakers to address the day’s topic,“Tackling Youth Tobacco use in Rhode Island’s More Rural Communities.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton prioritizes CBDG request list

June 19, 2014

HOPKINTON — The town council reviewed and revised its rankings of 13 nonprofit organizations that are part of Hopkinton’s application for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). This year the town applied for $249,248 and was eligible for up to $250,000.
Hopkinton Town Planner Jim Lamphere said the organizations on the list were required to have a town sponsor in order to qualify for CDBG money and that Hopkinton included them because the town benefitted from their services.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond TC accepts terms for joint meeting

June 19, 2014

RICHMOND — The town council considered a new request from Charlestown to attend the Joint Governing Bodies meeting to discuss the Chariho Act, which was proposed by Chariho School Committee Chairman Bill Day in April. Charlestown had previously declined the invitation to attend the joint meeting but reversed their vote at their last town council meeting when Charlestown school committee representatives asked the town council to reconsider.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Transgender bathroom use creates rift

June 19, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Two different interpretations of the Chariho High School Policy of treating all students equally has created a rift in the district over the use of the girl’s bathroom by a physiologically male student who identifies as a female.
Last week, Glenn Josephides, a Chariho High School parent, emailed Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci saying that his daughter was uncomfortable that a transgender female was allowed to use the girls’ bathrooms at the high school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

More than half of CHS graduates plan on attending college

June 19, 2014

CHARIHO - The Chariho class of 2014 left the Ryan Center on Friday temporarily free of all obligations to the educational system. Now taking on obligations to themselves, the class of millennials will each choose a different and important path to the future.
Of the graduating class of 279, 142 plan on attending a four-year college, 61 plan to attend a two-year college, ten have set their sights on representing the United States in the armed forces and 57 will enter the workforce.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Potential water supply stirs controversy

June 12, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — In two-hour exchange, the town council and town residents questioned Kenneth J. Burke, P.E., General Manager of the Rhode Island Water Resources Board (RIWRB) about a potential new public water supply that would be located near Cross Mills.
Burke had come to the meeting to talk about the potential water source his agency had identified in Charlestown, to inform the town that tax-exempt bonds were available to purchase the land for water sources like this one, and to explain his agency’s mission, which he said was to preserve water supplies for future generations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond voters ratify town budget

June 12, 2014

RICHMOND — Voters approved the $23.4 million town budget for 2014-15 at Monday night’s Financial Town Meeting at Richmond Elementary School. Of the town’s 6,066 registered voters, 73, or 1.2 percent, came to cast ballots.
In addition to the budget, voters approved two bond resolutions.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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