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Wilson’s staves off closure

July 31, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With the threat of closure hanging close, Wilson’s of Wickford was able to scrape together the $148,000 needed to pay for its fall inventory, among other necessities. Operator James Wilson was pleasantly taken aback by the community’s response in helping support the 70 year-old clothier.
“It is awesome and humbling, and we are very grateful,” said Wilson on Tuesday. “The community and the support was so strong and so inspiring. We probably had somewhere between 900 to 1000 people make contributions online and here in the store.”

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Properties Commission approves easement for 45-acre Benson parcel

July 31, 2014

PROVIDENCE—On Tuesday evening, the State Properties Committee unanimously granted the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management an easement to conserve approximately 45 acres of open space along Snuff Mill Road in North Kingstown. The property, which was approved for purchase by the North Kingstown Town Council this past May, rests in the Narrow River Watershed area and was previously owned by the Benson family.

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New report highlights beach closing risks

July 31, 2014

Most Rhode Islanders would agree that one of the perks of living in such a small state is the easy access to beaches. No matter where you are, you’re never too far away from enjoying a nice, relaxing day by the water. However, sometimes our favorite beaches can be closed due to high bacteria counts. Many beach-goers don’t think about the time, energy, and money necessary to keep our coastline safe for swimming and activity.

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Wilsons appeals to community for help

July 24, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Wilson’s of Wickford has long been a destination for many residents looking to buy the newest piece of clothing or accessory, focusing on American-made clothing since 1944. Now, owner James Wilson has started a fundraising campaign in order for the business stay alive.
“We know the tough, economic times that we’ve all faced,” said Wilson in his campaign message. “One of the hardest hit areas has been retail businesses, and especially independently-owned stores like Wilson’s of Wickford.”

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WellOne expands Quonset office

July 24, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A number of medical practitioners, staff and town officials gathered at the WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care center in Quonset to celebrate its expanding operations. President and CEO Peter Bancroft detailed the business’ expansion in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.

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National recall of stonefruit affecting local businesses

July 24, 2014

Local consumers were put on alert Monday as a California packaging company issued a voluntary recall of its stonefruit products. Wawona Packing Co. announced a voluntary recall of peach, nectarine and plum products contaminated by listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria which can cause severe illness and in some cases death if ingested.

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Cool Rumsey praises taskforce’s judgment in NICS legislation

July 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Earlier this month, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two pieces of legislation which will allow the submission of limited information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding a person’s mental health history and their potential disqualification from owning a gun. Last year, Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist.

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NK Council debates charter amendments

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council debated a number of recommendations given by the Charter Review Commission, which has been researching potential improvements to the town charter over the past several months. The amendments which the council approved will be placed on the voter ballot in this November’s local elections.

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QDC approves Cape Wind lease option

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) approved an option to lease agreement with Cape Wind Associates, LLC to establish a construction staging and transport area on two parcels of the port’s land. Cape Wind, which has been pushing through a lengthy permitting process and public debate since 2001, was the first to receive a federally recognized commercial lease to build a 130-piece wind turbine facility between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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Volunteers angry with FNKAS’ mission change

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A number of volunteers are angry with the leadership for the Friends of North Kingstown Animal Shelter (FNKAS), who have recently changed their name and mission statement. The non-profit, now called ‘the Friends of Animals in Need (FAN),’ will serve ‘statewide demands’ for assisting animal shelters financially across the state.

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