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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

Council wants one joint meeting per year

October 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – In a letter to the Chariho School Committee chair, the Charlestown Town Council is proposing that the omnibus meeting be replaced with one joint meeting a year.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter to the school committee chair with recommendations on the operation and format for the next joint meeting of the Chariho governing bodies.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hop Arts Studio Trail returns for ninth year

October 16, 2014

HOPKINTON–Autumn’s here – time to celebrate by hiking the HopArts Studio Trail! In its ninth year, HopArts has become a Southern Rhode Island tradition and a vibrant opportunity for the public to meet local artists and view their original work.
This year 32 artists will show their creations in 15 studios, galleries, and homes dotted throughout the villages of Hope Valley, Ashaway, Carolina, Wyoming, Rockville, and Richmond. The art on view and for sale spans a variety of media: oil, wood and metal sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and textiles.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

October 14, 2014

VIDEO: Ebola - Everything You Need to Know in 94 Seconds

VIDEO: CDC Director Urges Hospitals to 'Think Ebola'

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho 1:1 rollout proceeding smoothly

October 9, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — This summer and fall, Chariho High School students received their personal 11” MacBook Air laptops on loan from the district. The 1:1 rollout started last year when high school teachers received MacBook Pro laptops in advance of their students.
Now, only three high school students out of 1,149 haven’t received their laptops.
Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Thompson’s of Hope Valley is worth a visit

October 9, 2014

HOPKINTON – Whether you think of it as an antique store with a fragrant twist, or a flower shop with historical inventory, Thompson’s of Hope Valley is definitely worth a visit.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wood River Health shares future plans

October 9, 2014

HOPKINTON — At Monday night’s town council meeting, Wood River Health Center (WRHC) Director Michael Lichenstein provided an update on the center’s new hires, activities, and future plans.
Located in Hopkinton, WRHC provides primary medical care, dental care, WIC, nutrition, chronic disease management and social services and related supports. The center has served about 7,000 patients over 23,000 visits over the last year, and about 11,000 over the last three years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond amendment allows tax breaks for renewables

October 9, 2014

RICHMOND — Green energy companies could receive tax breaks in Richmond through a new amendment that allows the town council to exempt or stabilize tangibles taxes on qualifying property used for renewable energy production. The amendment also reduces the threshold of investment required by the current town ordinance as well as increase the term of that investment for up to 15 years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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