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Hopkinton’s Hidden Valley Gardens: a blossoming business

June 12, 2014

HOPKINTON – Go around the bend and the sign for “Hidden Valley Gardens” comes into view. It is aptly named as it isn’t until you turn and go down the hill that everything before you seems to be blossoming with lively, brilliant color.
Owner Ricky DeSimone became interested in the art and science behind growing flowers and vegetables when he was just a child in Johnston. “I grew up doing this”, he said. “My neighbors had a business that I helped with and then I married into it”.

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Charlestown voters approve $26.4 million budget

June 5, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At Monday’s day-long financial referendum, voters approved the town’s $26.4 million budget for 2014-2015. A total of 199 voters included 144 for and 55 against. The town’s turnout represented 3.1 percent of the 6,321 eligible voters.

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AP literature class fares well in letters contest

June 5, 2014

RICHMOND – Though their minds were on the senior prom and graduation, Shelley Kenny’s Advanced Placement Literature Class took some time recently to talk about the honors they collectively received in the recent national Letters About Literature contest.

The nationwide annual contest is open to students in grades four through twelve and is sponsored in Rhode Island by The Center For The Book, part of the Council For The Humanities.

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Strange but true animal stories from South County

May 8, 2014

There’s no shortage of crazy animal tales in Washington County. Be it a common bird, deer or something as exotic as an opossum, our ancestors were regularly amazed by the antics of other species.

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Tribe calls on Congress to support ‘Carcieri fix’

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Narragansett Indian Tribe is calling on the Rhode Island Congressional delegation to support the bill pending in U.S. Congress known as the “Carcieri fix.”
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he bills – S2188 and its companions HR279 and HR666 – would amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, sometimes known as the Indian New Deal, to allow the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Native American tribes recognized after 1934. The legislation stems from a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Carcieri versus Salazar, which concerned a 32-acre parcel of land in Charlestown that the Narragansett Indian Tribe purchased and submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1997 to be taken into trust for the tribe.

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Hopkinton Council proposes changes to seasonal permit fees

May 8, 2014

HOPKINTON — Town Councilor David Husband is spearheading revisions to the Amusements Ordinance that would establish new rules for seasonal permits covering special events such as cultural festivals, recreational gatherings, and even weddings.

The ordinance requires a license for “any outdoor recreational, entertainment, cultural event, or festival.” A person can obtain a license by paying a $100 filing fee and filling out an application at least three weeks before a regularly scheduled town council meeting in order to attend a hearing, which the town clerk advertises to the public one week in advance. Once the town council approves the application, the license fee is $200, and the permit “shall expire upon the closing of the recreational, entertainment, cultural event or festival.”

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Michaud maintains right to reverse field on budget

May 8, 2014

RICHMOND — In a charged atmosphere at Tuesday’s town council meeting, Councilor Erick Davis demanded to know why Councilor Paul Michaud reversed his position on the Chariho School budget soon after the council had voted unanimously on a resolution to support it and did not tell the council of his change of heart.

Michaud voted for the council’s resolution on March 18 and later met with the Republic Town Committee where he said he received negative information about the budget and, as chairman of the committee, wrote a letter entitled “Stop the Budget Games” to urge Richmond Republican voters to reject the budget. At the April 8 referendum, Richmond voted no 315 to 294, but Charlestown and Hopkinton’s votes were enough to pass the budget.

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Council approves ballot question on beach access

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - A future ballot question to authorize the town of Charlestown to sell a town-owned right-of-way to the ocean brought beach access rights discussions into the council chambers on Monday night.

The town council voted 3-2 to put the question to the voters on this year’s ballot at the previous meeting. Councilor Lisa DiBello and Council Vice President Paula Andersen voted against it.

The property, a 5-foot strip of land from Charlestown Beach Road to the ocean, was originally owned by a neighbor who’s porch and septic tank were on the property. The strip of land was used as a public right-of-way to the beach by all of the neighbors on the road during this time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Warm bus ride turns into a horror story

April 30, 2014

HOPE VALLEY – It was a little over 85 years ago that 26 passengers shook off the frigid Rhode Island weather and boarded a warm bus heading for Boston. It was Feb. 25, 1929 and the time on the clock that morning read 20 minutes past eleven.

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SK woman charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license in Charlestown

April 30, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Police arrested a South Kingstown woman and a South Carolina man Friday following a police pursuit.

Rachel C. Whaley, 36, of 55 Meadowbrook Way, South Kingstown, was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license after she reportedly refused to yield to police while traveling on Route 1 between the South Kingstown line and the East Beach Road exit in Charlestown.

Police had to use a taser on Whaley’s passenger, John R. Pirz, 34, of 4 Whimbrel Court, Beau County, S.C., who was incompliant with officers after Whaley’s vehicle was stopped on Route 1.

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