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Hopkinton council to address budget tonight

June 17, 2013

HOPKINTON - For the first time in Hopkinton history, voters rejected the town's budget last week by a vote of 224 against and 184 in favor of the budget.

According to the town charter, if a budget fails, the town council resorts to an alternative budget, which is in alignment with the previous year's budget.

The Hopkinton Town Council will take action on the budget tonight, at 7 p.m., at the Hopkinton Town Hall.

The outcome will be in this week's Chariho Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

LeBlanc pleads his case for Whalerock

June 14, 2013

CHARLESTOWN – The Charlestown Zoning Board held a second public hearing last Wednesday, another in what is expected to be a series of several, as the zoning board determines whether to allow Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC to erect two wind turbines in the town.
Turnout was still fairly strong at the latest meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Top two Chariho seniors teamed up for success

June 14, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — In the Class of 2013, not only are Chariho seniors Hannah Baker and Madeline Neff good friends, they have also helped each other achieve the highest academic rankings: Baker is valedictorian and Neff is salutatorian. And, because they’re used to teaming up on class projects and homework, the two have decided to write one speech together and will deliver it side by side at the podium on graduation day.
“We’re mostly going to swap paragraphs. I think I’m saying the first two and she’s saying the next two,” said Baker.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charlestown voters approve 2014 budget

June 6, 2013

CHARLESTOWN – Charlestown voters approved a nearly $29.6 million budget for fiscal 2014 Monday.
While only 238 of the town’s 6,150 registered voters turned out to vote, of the 238, 146 voted yes on the budget and 92 voted no, Town Clerk Amy Rose Weinreich confirmed Tuesday.
The newly passed budget will raise the property tax rate by 16 cents from $9.30 to $9.46 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cultivating community service in Hope Valley

June 6, 2013

HOPE VALLEY— Teacher Denise Foggo’s fourth grade class really digs gardening. Her students plant and raise vegetables like beans, peppers and cucumbers, which they donate to the First Baptist Church for distribution to local food shelters.
“It’s right from cleaning the beds, tilling the soil, everything from planting to watering. The kids like coming out and they know they’re doing a service for the community,” said Foggo.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whalerock hearing continued to June 19

June 6, 2013

Whalerock President and Developer Larry LeBlanc appeared before the Charlestown Zoning Board Wednesday.

At the start of the second public hearing, LeBlanc said he reserves the right to withdraw his application at anytime.

Whalerock's attorney, Nicholas Gorham, continued to object to the town's involvement in the case.

Gorham presented an expert witness, Christopher Menge, senior vice president and principal consultant at Burlington, Mass.-based Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Inc., to testify regarding noise control and the levels of audible sound the wind turbines will produce.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Memorial Day parade celebrates 145th year

May 31, 2013

HOPKINTON – Occasional sprinkles of cold rain may have seemed threatening to the fate of the annual Memorial Day parade sponsored by the Gordon Greene Post 27 American Legion. But those dedicated to honoring fallen military heroes didn’t let the bad weather stop them. The parade snaked down the main road between Hope Valley and Wyoming just as it has for 145 years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

BOE approves motion to arm campus police

May 31, 2013

KINGSTON–The Rhode Island Board of Education voted eight to one Thursday to approve the motion to allow the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island to make individual institutional decisions to arm the campus police. Board member William Maaia voted against the motion.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

The best is yet to come for URI Class of 2013 graduates

May 24, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — This year the University of Rhode Island held its 127th commencement exercises in the Ryan Center instead of outdoors. While the move was intended to increase security around the event, the class of 2013 also avoided a soggy afternoon outside. In all, 3,200 undergraduates and nearly 800 graduate students received their degrees in commencement ceremonies over the course of the weekend.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hundreds attend public hearing on turbines

May 24, 2013

CHARLESTOWN – Hundreds turned out for a public hearing before the Charlestown Zoning Board Tuesday, the latest chapter in the quest of Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC to erect two wind turbines in the town.
Several residents in opposition to the turbines met attendees at the door handing out stickers that read, “vote no,” and depicted a wind turbine in a red circle with a slash through it.
The cafeteria/gym at Charlestown Elementary School quickly became full, with several attendees standing in the back.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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