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Richmond to file suit on school committee representation

January 8, 2015

RICHMOND — On Tuesday night, the town council decided to proceed with filing suit in Superior Court to change the Chariho School Committee membership from 11 to 12. First, however, the council authorized the town solicitor to send letters indicating the town’s intentions to the Charlestown Town Council, the Hopkinton Town Council, and the Chariho School Committee. Richmond will file suit in early March if the other three entities do not respond by February 26.

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One more chance for the old Ashaway School

January 8, 2015

HOPKINTON — The future of the old elementary Ashaway School is still in question. Last September, after Crossman Engineering’s evaluation of the building revealed extensive deterioration requiring expensive repairs, the town council reluctantly concluded that the building should be razed.
However, at Monday night’s meeting, Town Councilor Sylvia Thompson reopened the discussion and suggested hiring a real estate company to find a renter or buyer for the property.
“It’s just kind of last ditch effort. It should be low cost,” she said.

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Tensions high during Chariho budget workshop

January 8, 2015

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Superintendent of Chariho Regional Schools Barry Ricci kicked off the budget season by presenting his FY16 budget to the school committee on Saturday morning at the Middle School Library. The meeting was the first of four budget workshops held by School Committee as it works to develop and approve a budget that will go to a public vote later in the Spring.

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VIDEO: Tom Brady's 17 Yard Run Sparks Patriots over Miami Dolphins 41-13

December 15, 2014

VIDEO: Tom Brady's 17 Yard Run Sparks Patriots over Miami Dolphins 41-13
Steve Buckley looks at Brady's 17 yard run. Bill Belichick , Drew Bledsoe and Rob Gronkowski comment on Brady's big play.

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Tax limit sought on affordable housing rentals

December 11, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — On Monday night, the town council approved the preparation of an ordinance that would limit property taxes on deed-restricted low-income housing to eight percent of the gross rental income.
Washington County Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) Chair Geoffrey A. Marchant explained that his group was applying for low-income housing tax credits for a total of 50 units of affordable rental housing in Charlestown, Richmond, and Exeter. Charlestown’s component will be Shannock Village Cottages at 1639a Shannock Road that will comprise 11 low-income rental units.

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RI Poet Laureate readies Chariho students for competition

December 11, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The stage was bare except for a single microphone on a stand, highlighted by a spotlight. Nearby, students talked quietly, each holding a slip of paper with the poem they had chosen to recite for the Poetry Out Loud Competition. Although they’d been practicing for weeks, on Saturday students recited their poems before Rhode Island Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin, who provided constructive criticism and coaching.

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Richmond reconsiders buying its own streetlights

December 4, 2014

RICHMOND — On Tuesday night, the town council revisited a participation agreement between the Town of Richmond and the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight Management (PRISM) that would allow the town to buy its own streetlights and, eventually, reap substantial savings.
Because newly-elected councilors Charles More and Ronald Newman were not there for the previous presentation, Washington County Regional Planning Council Executive Director Jeffery Broadhead reiterated the project details.

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Go Back in Thyme for fresh take-out food

December 4, 2014

HOPKINTON — Have you ever wanted to go back in time and experience home-cooked food, freshly-prepared from scratch? Now you can at Back In Thyme, a tiny, new take-out restaurant bursting with extra-large flavors gleaned from international recipes.
Maryanne “Marne” McNamara, chef-owner of Back in Thyme, said business has been brisk since the restaurant’s opening on November 29.
“We’ve had such a good flow of people everyday and then we have customers who have come everyday since we’ve opened,” she said.

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Two-tier price structure proposed for events licenses

December 4, 2014

HOPKINTON — At Monday’s town council meeting, Councilor David Husband moved forward proposed revisions to the town’s Amusement Ordinance that he had suggested in May. Changes to the ordinance would create a two-tiered price structure differentiating single-and multi-event licenses for functions such as recreational gatherings and cultural festivals.

Husband said he wanted to change the ordinance because he noticed that the town charged the same fee for single and multiple event licenses.

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Schneier speaks on the golden age of surveillance

December 4, 2014

KINGSTON – We’re living in the golden age of surveillance.
Or at least that’s the opinion of Bruce Schneier, an author and fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Schneier is often touted as the “guru of computer security.”
“It’s surprising, it’s incidental, it’s largely a side effect of having computers so pervasive in our lives and in our environment,” Schneier told attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium Tuesday night.

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