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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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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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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
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