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Council wants tri-town meeting on Chariho Act

June 21, 2013

RICHMOND – The Richmond Town Council is calling for a tri-town meeting to discuss possible revisions to the Chariho Act.
On Tuesday, councilors expressed their disappointment with the Charlestown Town Council’s seeming opposition to a review and possible revision of the Chariho Act, a statute drafted in 1958, which created the Chariho Regional School District and governs its operations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Third strike for Chariho school budget

June 21, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Voters rejected the Chariho school budget in a third referendum Tuesday night. At 1,358 to 376, the final count sent a clear message that $54,100 of further cuts from the last budget’s level-funded amount were not enough to satisfy the residents of the Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tefft pleads no contest to murder charge

June 21, 2013

WAKEFIELD – A Hopkinton man accused of murdering Peter E. Newman in 2011, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge in Washington County Superior Court Tuesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two additional Whalerock hearings scheduled

June 20, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Zoning Board held a third public hearing Wednesday night, and scheduled two more, as the zoning board determines whether to allow Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC to erect two wind turbines in the town.

Nicholas Gorham, attorney for Whalerock, continued Whalerock's presentation, introducing expert witnesses Dr. Jay Singer, a professor of audiology at the University of Rhode Island, and Michael Lenihan, a licensed real estate broker and certified general appraiser with more than 40 years of experience.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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

 

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