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Richmond and Hopkinton to discuss joining forces to change Chariho Act

February 5, 2014

RICHMOND — At its Tuesday night meeting, the Richmond Town Council responded positively to the Hopkinton Town Council's invitation to get together and discuss possible changes to the Chariho Act. The invitation was extended during Hopkinton's town council meeting the previous evening.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton man arrested for possession of child porn

February 5, 2014

RICHMOND - Richmond police arrested a Hopkinton man last Saturday for possession of child pornography.

According to police, Stephan N. Church, 20, of 4 Kreyssig Drive, Hopkinton, turned himself in at the Richmond Police Department relative to an affidavit and arrest warrant charging him with one felony count of possession of child pornography.

The charges stem from Church's arrest on Aug. 20, on a charge of video voyeurism.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond water tank a costly, complex issue

January 30, 2014

RICHMOND — The town of Richmond’s water tank is old and in need of repair, but like a Rube Goldberg machine, one small move will cause a chain reaction: The water tank can’t be repaired unless it temporarily taken down; it can’t be taken down unless another water tower is constructed first to keep Richmond’s system afloat. And, after the old water tank is repaired, it will be put back online so that Richmond will have two water tanks.

Also, the water isn’t only for Richmond – the town Hopkinton has 48 residents who are on the Richmond water line.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cardozo advocates for one Chariho elementary school

January 30, 2014

RICHMOND — At last week’s Chariho School Committee meeting, Robert Cardozo, a school committee member from Richmond, floated the idea of a single Chariho elementary school that would replace the district’s four.
In a telephone conversation this week, Cardozo explained why he put the idea on the agenda.

Cardozo prefaced his remarks by saying he had “no intention whatsoever of closing any of (Chariho’s) elementary schools.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton family can keep their alpacas

January 30, 2014

HOPKINTON – A Hopkinton family will be allowed to keep their four alpacas at their residence, according to a Washington County Superior Court decision issued Monday.

Todd and Tina Sposato, of 129 North Road, have kept the alpacas as pets since 2011.

The Sposatos’ neighbor, Amber Preston, “felt aggrieved by the presence of the alpacas” and subsequently filed police reports and complaints with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, according to Associate Justice Jeffrey A. Lanphear’s decision.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Sheldon Whitehouse community dinner postponed

January 22, 2014

Tonight's community dinner with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse at the Meadowbrook Inn in Charlestown has been postponed to an undetermined date.

Whitehouse cancelled the event due to the icy road conditions and last night's winter storm.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond takes steps to amend Chariho Act

January 9, 2014

RICHMOND — At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Richmond Town Council passed a resolution that will initiate legislation to enable amendments to the Chariho Act.

“The council has requested the legislature take up some amendments to the Chariho Act, two specifically. One is to reduce the number of school committee members from eleven to nine, in section ten of the act. The second one is to enable the school district to assign elementary students to schools closer to their home regardless of the town, in section thirteen of the Act,” said Town Council President B. Joseph Reddish.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton embraces solar energy

January 9, 2014

HOPKINTON - Megawatt Solar Energy, Inc., a Pawtucket-based company, has worked with homeowners and commercial property owners in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. On Monday, the Hopkinton Town Council reworked their town ordinances to make sure the company would begin an operation in the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Ashaway teacher wins Presidential Award

January 9, 2014

ASHAWAY— Clare Ornburn, a fourth grade teacher at Ashaway Elementary School, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award represents the U.S. government’s highest honor given to K-12 teachers of science and math. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), PAEMST awardees receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition ceremonies and professional development events, and a $10,000 award from the NSF.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Proposed 2015 school budget calls for level-funding

January 9, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The proposed 2015 school budget specifies a zero percent increase and a .81 percent reduction (including debt service) in member town contributions from the the previous year’s budget, according to Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci’s presentation to the school committee on Saturday.

According to Ricci, the proposed 2015 budget total is $55,357,310. The impact on individual towns, which includes shifts in enrollment, will be:

Charlestown -$293,940 -2.03 percent
Richmond +$78,745 + .43 percent
Hopkinton -$204,273 -1.11 percent

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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