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Some unsafe travels for Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs of Hopkinton

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON – Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs ventured to Florida each year for a rest. Never did he imagine that he and his wife would come close to being murdered there, at the hands of a madman.

The physician was born in Hopkinton on Nov. 12, 1850 to Asa Sheldon Briggs and Mary (Burdick). Asa was the superintendent of a local woolen mill and, during the fall and winter months, boarded area school teachers at his home.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Summer environmental youth program offered at Frosty Drew

April 10, 2014

CHARLESTOWN–What could be more fun for a child than to spend a week of discovery at Frosty Drew Nature Center’s Nature Weeks this summer?

Frosty Drew Nature Center is a private, non-profit, environmental education organization located in Ninigret Park. The center has been offering fun learning to children for thirty years. Situated on the edge of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and bordering on Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, the Center’s talented and creative staff has designed a program that focuses on a new and exciting part of nature each day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An issue of fairness with seasonal permits

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON - The town council, acting temporarily as a licensing board, discussed the issues with special event permits that span a seasonal period at Monday night’s meeting during discussion on a particular permit for the Pavilion Steakhouse.

The Pavillion was seeking a special event permit for “various events” that would span the weekends from April 25 to October.

Councilor David Husband expressed his concerns on the process by which these licenses are applied for and distributed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee seeks joint meeting on Chariho Act

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho School Committee would like to have a joint meeting with the three town councils to discuss the Chariho Act.

Superintendent Barry Ricci proposed the idea to the school committee Tuesday.

“I am of the opinion that with the paper flying back and forth between the school committee and the town councils and the councils to each other, that little to nothing will ever be accomplished,” Ricci said. “I would like to offer an alternative to that. The Chariho Act revision subcommittee is one alternative that has been used in the past, but it requires the committee go back to the councils and the school committee for a vote. I propose to you that you think about hosting a meeting of the three town councils facilitated by a moderator.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Students arrested for possession of marijuana candy

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Three 14-year-old Chariho students were recently arrested after allegedly possessing and distributing “marijuana candy” on school grounds, according to Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson and Superintendent of Chariho Schools Barry Ricci.

Police said on March 27, a 14-year-old Chariho Middle School student was arrested and charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school and one count of possession of a controlled substance, following an investigation into an incident where a teenaged middle school student required medical attention.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Simple twist of fate ends in tragedy for navy pilot

April 3, 2014

HOPKINTON – It was the last thing Clifford Albert Langworthy expected to see as he drove toward Alton, a little after eleven o’clock in the morning on Dec. 13, 1945; a plane spinning around in the sky then disappearing somewhere among the hills up ahead. He watched the blue expanse above him, waiting to see the plane turn back up toward the clouds. However, what he saw instead was a plume of dark smoke rising in the distance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho budget referendum takes place Tuesday

April 3, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho financial referendum is next Tuesday, April 8.

Town officials are encouraging voters in the three towns, which includes a proposed $556,667 reduction in total contributions from the member towns.

The Chariho School Committee approved the budget March 11.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State files suit over Misquamicut Beach access

April 3, 2014

WESTERLY - Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against six defendants with houses abutting Misquamicut Beach in an attempt to solidify beach access laws and erase “faulty” 1969 and 1970 survey plans that the state believes zoned the area incorrectly.

“This is the case of two faulty survey plans,” said the state’s summary of facts. “These drawings, made in 1969 and 1970, were respectively used by two individual beach-front owners to usurp the arrangements crafted six decades beforehand in the original subdivision. However, an established plat is not so easily uprooted.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wawaloam granted recreation license

April 3, 2014

RICHMOND – The town council voted 5-0 Tuesday to grant a seasonal recreational facilities license to Wawaloam Reservation Inc.

Located at 510 Gardiner Road, Wawaloam Campground currently has 310 campsites and is in the process of constructing an additional 130 special overflow campsites, according to Wawaloam’s attorney, George Comolli.

The application before the council was for 430 sites, but Council Vice President Henry Oppenheimer said he wasn’t comfortable with approving a license for sites that have yet to be built.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Task Force to host forum on better health

March 27, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention is hosting the Chariho Better Health Forum 2014 on Monday, April 14 at 5:15 p.m.

The forum is slated to include discussions on e-cigarettes and marijuana, a presentation from special guest speaker Matt Bellace, and a surprise honoring of a local hero.

At Tuesday’s Chariho School Committee meeting, members of the task force were present along with Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson to discuss substance abuse prevention in the towns and the school district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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