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Churchwoods land acquisition moves forward

November 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At the last meeting of its two year term, the town council took a step toward buying the land where Churchwoods, an affordable senior housing development, will be built.
The council voted unanimously to authorize town officials to “draft and execute all necessary agreements and contracts for the town to contribute to the purchase of Churchwoods property including wherever appropriate the advisory comments of the Affordable Housing Commission.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council considers increasing school board membership

November 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — On Monday night, the town council considered Richmond’s draft amendment to the Chariho Act to increase the number of members on the school committee from eleven to twelve.
At the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies meeting on September 18, 2014, the town councils of Richmond, Hopkinton and Charlestown and the Chariho School Committee discussed changing the number of members on the school committee. Richmond originally proposed a decrease from 11 to nine members but later proposed an increase to 12.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Filippi defeats Walsh, new TC members elected

November 6, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Turnout was steady Tuesday at the polls in Charlestown as voters cast their ballots to elect a new town council, a new town moderator and a new state representative for District 36.
Donna Walsh, who was first elected to state representative for District 36, which includes Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown and Westerly, in November 2006, was defeated Tuesday by Blake Filippi. Filippi, an Independent, received 1,707 votes or 59.1 percent of the vote, to Walsh’s 1,177 votes, or 40.7 percent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Minor changes to Hopkinton as 2014 race concludes

November 6, 2014

HOPKINTON — On Tuesday, town residents voted to keep four of its town council members, re-elect a former one, and let a longtime member go.
At 44 percent, the election turnout was high: of the town’s registered 5,988 voters, 2,632 cast ballots. In addition, there are 100 mail-in ballots yet to be tabulated.
With 1,610 votes, Independent incumbent Barbara Capalbo took first place. In second place, current town council president Frank Landolfi, an Independent, received 1,496 votes. Current town council vice president Sylvia Thompson, a Democrat, came in third with 1,434 votes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Republicans dominate in Richmond

November 6, 2014

RICHMOND — Town council power shifted from the Democrats to the Republicans, three to two, in Tuesday night’s election. Republicans Henry R. Oppenheimer and Paul H. Michaud, both incumbents, were joined by Charles W. More, who is on the town’s planning board. Also elected were current town council president B. Joseph Reddish III and former council president Ronald D. Newman, both Democrats.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Three new faces elected to Chariho School Committee

November 6, 2014

In Tuesday’s election, twelve candidates ran for seven seats on the Chariho School Committee. Four of the six incumbents won re-election and three out of the six newcomers were voted in.
In Richmond, newcomer, Kevin McGreevy, a Republican, upset incumbent Robert Cardozo 1,537 votes to 1,077 votes. Cardozo had served on the school committee for four years. McGreevy, a pharmacist, has lived in Rhode Island since 1987 and is married with two sons.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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
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