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October 16th, 2014

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

October 15th

Pier zoning approves changes to laundromat

October 15, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The owners of the Shell Gas Station located at 88 Point Judith Road came before the Narragansett Zoning Board on Thursday evening to obtain a special use permit to convert the station’s existing laundromat into two separate units within the existing commercial structure. Applicants Domenic Ciunci and David Cavallaro informed the board that half of the structure would remain as the existing laundromat, while the other half would be converted into an ancillary convenience store to support the on-site Shell gas station.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kingston Hill Academy seeks to expand

October 15, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Kingston Hill Academy, a charter school in South Kingstown, recently requested an amendment to their charter through the Board of Education that would allow the school to expand the building to accommodate more elementary school students.
Currently, the charter allows for 260 students with a condition that any students beyond what the school currently serves must be middle school students. The amendment to the charter would not change the fact that the Kingston Hill Academy is a K-8 school, but would allow the 260 students to be at any grade level.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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