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Richmond PD will be trained to administer Narcan

March 13, 2014

RICHMOND — The Richmond police force will soon be equipped with the antidote Narcan, or naloxone, a fast-acting nasal spray, to combat the increasing problem of drug overdoses in Rhode Island, many of them linked to heroin. Narcan acts to an overdose of opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl or heroin.

Police Chief Elwood Johnson told the Richmond Town Council on Thursday that his officers would receive training in the correct administration of Narcan over the next several months.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Furniture unveils America’s Mattress

March 13, 2014

RICHMOND–Mattress Depot has changed its name and product mix as well as management, according to Chariho Furniture President Ed Smith.

America’s Mattress by Chariho Furniture is the newest member of the largest chain of independently owned mattress stores in the United States with nearly 400 stores. Although Smith’s Mattress Depot was always an America’s Mattress affiliate, Smith said the timing was right to capitalize on having the buying power of the largest of the chains in the country.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charlestown in process of creating quarrying ordinance

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — After listening to supporters and adversaries of a proposed extraction ordinance in front of a standing-room-only audience, the town council decided Monday to defer its decision until its next meeting on April 14 in order to allow time to consult with its legal counsel. The ordinance public hearing will remain open through April 14.

The ordinance is preemptive in reaction to problems Charlestown residents have had with the Copar quarry located in Westerly. Charlestown has approximately six operating quarries, which are unregulated by the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Big Apple Circus pulls stakes at Ninigret

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Big Apple Circus will not be returning to Ninigret Park this year.

The circus, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., struggled financially during the harsh winter and ultimately lost revenue.

“It was a very difficult decision to make and the reason for the decision was financial, mostly because of weather conditions,” said Joel Dein, communications director for Big Apple Circus. “It was a very difficult tour for us.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Amendment to reinstate CMS dean defeated

March 13, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — There were plenty of cuts in the fiscal year 2015 budget, but the most controversial was the reduction of 0.8 dean’s position at the Chariho Middle School. Echoing last week’s budget hearing, parents and teachers came to the microphone at Tuesday night’s school committee hearing to explain the need for dean and to request that the position be reinstated.

According to the FY15 plan, the middle school would have 1.2 deans (instead of two), four guidance counselors, a principal and and a vice principal.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jordan the inebriator and Flaxie the inebriate

March 6, 2014

WYOMING – Edmund Jordan kept a livery stable in the early 1880s. But being a liveryman certainly wasn’t what he became known far and wide for. Later that decade, Jordan’s new tavern in Wyoming became the watering hole for every inebriate within miles. Referred to as one of the vilest places in Washington County, it was known to be the scene for violent brawls, brazen theft and the harboring of prostitutes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Major marijuana bust in Charlestown

March 6, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - Rhode Island State Police, along with Hopkinton and Charlestown Police, arrested two Charlestown residents Tuesday on drug distribution charges.

Darren Higgs, 48, of 47 Wiitala Drive, Charlestown, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in excess of five kilograms, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Legislators at odds over changing Chariho Act

March 6, 2014

HOPKINTON — Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey and Reps. Larry Valencia and Brian Patrick Kennedy updated the town council on Monday night concerning General Assembly bills to change the Chariho Act.

Representing Richmond, Valencia, D-District 39, said that he had submitted two bills in the House: H-7568, which would change the Chariho Act’s elementary school matriculation rules that require students to attend in their town of residence; and, H-7553, which would reduce the school committee membership from 11 to nine. Valencia said he had not requested hearings for the bills yet.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Public discusses details of Chariho school budget

March 6, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — From the podium on the middle school stage, Hopkinton Town Moderator Amy Williams facilitated communications between Chariho residents and the school committee during Tuesday’s annual regional school district meeting, which gave voters an opportunity to ask questions about the 2014-2015 budget, which is $556,000 less than the previous year.

Of the 100 audience members, about 25 came to the microphone to air their questions, which ranged from concerns about staffing cuts at the middle school, especially the loss of one dean, to the timing of the addition of an elementary-level foreign language program to the budget surplus.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police receive Narcan

February 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Police Department now has another tool available to deal with the increased concerns of pharmaceutical drug overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an antidote used by EMTs to treat opioid overdose, which includes heroine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. Through the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service and CVS Pharmacy in Charlestown, local police officers are now trained and ready to administer the antidote.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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