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National Grid seeks yet another rate increase

November 26, 2014

If the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission approves National Grid’s request for new electricity supply rates, Rhode Islanders may pay more for electricity next year. The increase is driven by higher power supply prices, which reflect the cost of electricity National Grid purchases for its customers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kids learn through play at new preschool

November 26, 2014

HOPKINTON — Play is essential to learning at The Kids Co. Early Learning Center in Hope Valley, a new preschool and daycare center. Owner Amy Vachon and Preschool Teacher Nicole Salaun have designed a “center-based” curriculum that follows Rhode Island’s early learning development standards and the Common Core so that when the children are old enough for Kindergarten, they’re ready.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI Farm Bureau elects new president

November 26, 2014

WEST GREENWICH — The Rhode Island Farm Bureau (RIFB) has a new president for the first time in 40 years. On November 20, RIFB members unanimously elected Henry B. Wright, III as their new leader. Handing over the reins was Bill Stamp, Jr., who had been president since 1974, making him the longest-serving president of a state farm bureau in the United States.
Stamp said he had announced a year ago that he was planning to step down.
“After 40 years, you get to be an age where you say, with all the meetings, why not let someone else have those headaches?” he laughed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Churchwoods land acquisition moves forward

November 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At the last meeting of its two year term, the town council took a step toward buying the land where Churchwoods, an affordable senior housing development, will be built.
The council voted unanimously to authorize town officials to “draft and execute all necessary agreements and contracts for the town to contribute to the purchase of Churchwoods property including wherever appropriate the advisory comments of the Affordable Housing Commission.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council considers increasing school board membership

November 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — On Monday night, the town council considered Richmond’s draft amendment to the Chariho Act to increase the number of members on the school committee from eleven to twelve.
At the Chariho Joint Governing Bodies meeting on September 18, 2014, the town councils of Richmond, Hopkinton and Charlestown and the Chariho School Committee discussed changing the number of members on the school committee. Richmond originally proposed a decrease from 11 to nine members but later proposed an increase to 12.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Filippi defeats Walsh, new TC members elected

November 6, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Turnout was steady Tuesday at the polls in Charlestown as voters cast their ballots to elect a new town council, a new town moderator and a new state representative for District 36.
Donna Walsh, who was first elected to state representative for District 36, which includes Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown and Westerly, in November 2006, was defeated Tuesday by Blake Filippi. Filippi, an Independent, received 1,707 votes or 59.1 percent of the vote, to Walsh’s 1,177 votes, or 40.7 percent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Minor changes to Hopkinton as 2014 race concludes

November 6, 2014

HOPKINTON — On Tuesday, town residents voted to keep four of its town council members, re-elect a former one, and let a longtime member go.
At 44 percent, the election turnout was high: of the town’s registered 5,988 voters, 2,632 cast ballots. In addition, there are 100 mail-in ballots yet to be tabulated.
With 1,610 votes, Independent incumbent Barbara Capalbo took first place. In second place, current town council president Frank Landolfi, an Independent, received 1,496 votes. Current town council vice president Sylvia Thompson, a Democrat, came in third with 1,434 votes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Republicans dominate in Richmond

November 6, 2014

RICHMOND — Town council power shifted from the Democrats to the Republicans, three to two, in Tuesday night’s election. Republicans Henry R. Oppenheimer and Paul H. Michaud, both incumbents, were joined by Charles W. More, who is on the town’s planning board. Also elected were current town council president B. Joseph Reddish III and former council president Ronald D. Newman, both Democrats.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Three new faces elected to Chariho School Committee

November 6, 2014

In Tuesday’s election, twelve candidates ran for seven seats on the Chariho School Committee. Four of the six incumbents won re-election and three out of the six newcomers were voted in.
In Richmond, newcomer, Kevin McGreevy, a Republican, upset incumbent Robert Cardozo 1,537 votes to 1,077 votes. Cardozo had served on the school committee for four years. McGreevy, a pharmacist, has lived in Rhode Island since 1987 and is married with two sons.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two CHS teachers arrested for sexual assault

October 30, 2014

RICHMOND– Two Chariho High School teachers were arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges stemming from a month-long investigation by the Richmond Police.
Paul R. LaFrance, 53, of 30 Linden Lane, West Greenwich and John Wedlock, 52, of 168 South Jerry Cove, Wakefield, were both arraigned on felony charges of indecent solicitation of a child. LaFrance was also charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Richmond Police confirmed this afternoon that both of the suspects and the victim were together when the sexual assault incident occurred.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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