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Two CHS teachers arrested for sexual assault

October 30, 2014

RICHMOND– Two Chariho High School teachers were arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges stemming from a month-long investigation by the Richmond Police.
Paul R. LaFrance, 53, of 30 Linden Lane, West Greenwich and John Wedlock, 52, of 168 South Jerry Cove, Wakefield, were both arraigned on felony charges of indecent solicitation of a child. LaFrance was also charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Richmond Police confirmed this afternoon that both of the suspects and the victim were together when the sexual assault incident occurred.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves NEA Chariho contract extension

October 30, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The school committee approved a two-year extension of the National Education Association (NEA) Chariho’s contract on Tuesday night. The 2015-2017 contract will save the district money by redefining the salary “step” schedule, and by first lowering and then eliminating employee compensation for refusal of the school’s health plans.
Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased with the contract.
“I think it’s a very good extension agreement,” he said. “It saves the district a lot of money.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Young citizens learn how to vote

October 30, 2014

RICHMOND — A real voting machine counted students’ yays and nays in a school-wide mock election at Richmond Elementary on Monday. Town Administrator Rob Rock and Town Clerk Tracy Nelson oversaw the voting and helped pre-K through fourth grade students figure out how the ballots fit into the machine’s slot.
The ballot “question” was whether Chariho should switch to a year-round school schedule or stick to summers off.
Before the event, Richmond Elementary School Principal Sharon Martin said that forming an opinion based on evidence was an important part of the school’s curriculum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee candidates meet and greet

October 30, 2014

HOPKINTON — About 20 residents braved high winds and lashing rain to attend a “meet and greet” for the town’s school committee candidates at Langworthy Library on October 22, 2014.
In attendance were incumbent Democratic candidates Georgia Ure and Gregory Kenney and independent challengers Jennifer Pelletier, Lisa Macaruso, and Sylvia Stanley. Absent was candidate Dorothy Gardiner.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

‘Water company’ scammers rob, assault 83-year-old woman

October 23, 2014

HOPKINTON– On Oct. 17, at 5:20 p.m., Hopkinton Police responded to an 83-year-old resident on Main Street near Melinda Way after receiving a 911 call from her granddaughter.
The victim was on the phone with her granddaughter when a white male (6’0”, thin build, dark short hair, and no facial hair) knocked on the door advising that he was from the water company and needed to check her water. He showed some type of identification.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton decides not to change Chariho Act

October 23, 2014

HOPKINTON — At their Monday night meeting, Hopkinton Town Councilors voted to leave the Chariho Act as is, for the time being instead of moving forward with two proposed amendments that were discussed during the Sept. 18 meeting of the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies.
The first amendment, penned by Hopkinton, would have changed the start time of the yearly Chariho budget meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Chariho Act stipulates that the meeting start at 7:30 p.m. but the budget meeting always starts at 7 p.m. Hopkinton’s amendment would bring the meeting into compliance with the law.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond Solar gets the go-ahead

October 23, 2014

RICHMOND — After a grueling town council discussion that almost ended in a continuance Tuesday night, Richmond Solar obtained a hard-won approval for its proposed solar farm on Stilson Road. Included in the agreement was a green energy tax abatement and a provision for a solar power “learning laboratory” for Chariho Career and Tech students.
The project is a ground-mounted solar array that will produce about 600 kilowatt hours a year, which will be sold to National Grid for 19.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Planning commission violated Open Meetings Act

October 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The Charlestown Planning commission violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when it conducted a secret ballot vote during an open session meeting in May, according to a recent finding by the Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Swamp Yankees unite at fairgrounds

October 16, 2014

RICHMOND – An outsider calling us “Swamp Yankees” would be offensive, as its definition includes stubborn and unrefined. But when we refer to ourselves that way, we’re thinking of the frugal and independent part of the definition. And every year that’s something to celebrate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget will be Omnibus meeting’s sole agenda item

October 16, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — After what was deemed a successful meeting of the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies on September 18, the school committee debated on Tuesday night whether it could discontinue or replace the Omnibus meeting that is scheduled every January.
Historically, the superintendent has presented the school budget to Chariho’s three town councils at the annual Omnibus meeting, which has a fraught history of squabbling among the towns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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