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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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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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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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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

Water facility dedicated to LaBelle

May 17, 2013

SHANNOCK - There were 25 to 30 LaBelle relatives on hand for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Donald A. LaBelle Water Treatment Facility in Shannock Village on Saturday, May 11. The facility, complete with two wells and two 8,000 gallon storage tanks, has been on-line for six months. The ribbon cutting marked a huge triumph for the village.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town council votes to hire lawyer for Whalerock hearing

May 17, 2013

CHARLESTOWN—The town council voted unanimously Monday to hire a lawyer to represent the town during the Whalerock hearing before the zoning board next week.
Last month, Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers granted developer Larry LeBlanc, president of Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC, permission to pursue the special use permit that would allow him to develop two 262-foot high wind turbines on an 81-acre parcel on a site just north of Route 1, on Kings Factory Road.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tourism the focus of South County Day

May 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE - People from around the state gathered in the halls of the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, May 7, for the 21st annual “Celebrate South County Day.”
This event, organized by the South County Tourism Council, helps kick off National Tourism Week that happens every year and raises awareness of how important the travel and tourism industries are for the state’s economy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI preliminary report calls to arm campus police force

May 9, 2013

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island is calling to arm campus police after an April 4 report of an individual with a gun locked down the Kingston campus, according to a preliminary report on the incident.
The report, released Friday, identifies a series of improvements that “would enhance the readiness of the institution and its response to such incidents should they occur in the future.”

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