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Watch Hill nominated for happiest seaside town

February 27, 2014

WESTERLY — In its third annual contest for the “Happiest Seaside Town in America,” Coastal Living Magazine has nominated the seaside village of Watch Hill.

The 10 finalists were chosen from every location that was considered a “dream town” over the past 15 years. The magazine included a range factors including the percentage of clear and sunny days, health of beach eco-systems, commute times, walkability, crime rates, standard of living, and the financial well-being of the town’s residents. Also factored in was the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, which uses surveys to measure aspects of well-being such as purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. In addition, the magazine editor assessed each town’s “coastal vibe,” which was included in the final tally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

‘New Age’ businesses crop up around town

February 27, 2014

CHARIHO - Times they are a ‘changing. Nowhere is that more evident than seeing the New Age enter a small town.

The New Age Movement, which started in the late 1900s, challenged what we, as Americans, had been taught to believe about ourselves, others and the world around us. Combining such practices as alternative medicine, holistic health, psychology, metaphysical traditions and eastern beliefs, people were suddenly open to the opportunities that arose when it was accepted that nothing in life is singular, but connected to everything else.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A tragic end to a game played by local boys in 1909

February 20, 2014

RICHMOND – The juicy, blueberries gloriously weighted down every branch from which they hung. Thirteen-year-old Ray Allen Collins grabbed handful after handful, certain he had discovered the best berrying spot anyone could possibly find. He returned home to Wood River Junction after his successful morning jaunt and bragged to his older brother Nathan about his discovery.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond youth arrested for first degree child molestation

February 20, 2014

RICHMOND - Police arrested a 15-year-old male from Richmond last week for three counts of first degree child molestation.

According to Richmond police, the arrest was made Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. following an investigation, which began Jan. 3.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Board of Education violates open government law

February 20, 2014

The Administrative Procedures Act (APA), regarded as one of the most important pieces of administrative law, requires (among other things) government agencies to review petitions send by the public and respond to them in less than thirty days.

Six months after the ACLU sent a petition to the Rhode Island Board of Education, still without response, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the board. Last Friday, a judge ruled that the board of education acted in violation of the APA by ignoring the multi-organization petition, which was filed in June to seek a hearing to repeal the NECAP graduation requirement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cardozo details school budget at council meeting

February 20, 2014

RICHMOND — At the town council meeting, School Committee Member Robert Cardozo reported that even though Richmond’s cost will increase 1.31 percent, the 2015 Chariho school budget will be $500,000 less than 2014. He also said that Charlestown’s portion will decrease 2.6 percent and Hopkinton’s will be 2.71 percent less than in 2014.

He said that the major reason for Richmond’s increase was twofold.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Owl on the mend at Born to Be Wild

February 20, 2014

UPDATE: The owl will be released Saturday on Miner Road around 5 p.m.

NARRAGANSETT – An Eastern screech owl will soon be released back into the wild after being hit by a car on Miner Road in Saunderstown.
The owl is being rehabilitated at Born to Be Wild Nature Center in Bradford after he suffered head trauma in the crash.
Vivian Maxson, president of Born to Be Wild Nature Center, said a woman found the owl Jan. 31.

“One pupil is larger than the other, it kind of shows it’s a significant head injury,” Maxson said Tuesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho towns advocate for new disaster relief grants

February 20, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Representatives from Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton advocated for their towns’ needs at a special state presentation of new Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), which took place at Charlestown Town Hall last Thursday.

In “Version 3” of the grants, Washington County is set to receive about $15 million, which is 80 percent of the $19.4 million allocated to Rhode Island. The remaining 20 percent is reserved for statewide activities with an emphasis on Newport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Super Bowl coming to Gillette? When hell freezes over

February 13, 2014

There was a lot of oddball news last week, coming from many different directions. To wit:

Octo Guthrie?
The Internet has been ubiquitous in politics (and vice-versa) for many campaign cycles not, so it was inevitable that some folks employ it for mischievous purposes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Smart Money Tour comes to Wakefield on Friday

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers at the Wakefield Mall might actually leave with more money than they came in with this year.

On Valentine’s Day, scheduled because the mall is expected to be busy, the Rhode Island Treasurer’s Office will have a booth set up specifically to help people claim money that is rightfully theirs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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