CHARLESTOWN — In 10 days, the town of Charlestown will no longer be holding virtual meetings or broadcasting meetings live in a hybrid format, as town officials said Monday that state laws leave the community “with no other option.”
WESTERLY — A year ago, members of the Dunn’s Corners Fire Department had to work hard to save a 50-year tradition, altering the annual Karl E. Kenyon Smokey Bear Parade to adhere to social-distancing guidelines. Firefighters broke from the usual crowd interactions and local residents were le…
HOPKINTON – Throughout history, we see proof that the saying “blood is thicker than water” isn’t exactly true.
HOPKINTON — Before plans calling for the removal of the Potter Hill Mill Dam move forward, members of the Town Council are seeking to host a joint meeting with the Westerly Town Council and other stakeholders to assure work does not negatively impact residents in either community.
By KELLY SULLIVAN
HOPKINTON – On April 5, 1795, Lois (Allen) Nichols and her husband William set out from North Kingstown’s Sherman Farm in their carriage. They were headed toward Boston Neck where they would make their new home. On Lois’s lap was her 17-day-old son Gardner.
HOPKINTON — Lucas Marsh, a shy, stocky, fifth-generation dairy farmer, stood in the sweltering summer sun one afternoon last week — along with his wife, Melissa, and five of the seven children in their blended family — on the land his family has owned since 1889, when his great, great grandf…
First time legalization moves to any floor of Rhode Island General Assembly
Jon Dodd was in Connecticut on June 12 when he received a text that stopped him in his tracks. No, it wasn’t about renewing the warrantee on his car. The executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute (ASI) in RI had just learned that a juvenile great white shark was in a fish trap insid…
Bill would prevent mandate of COVID-19 vaccines
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho valedictorian Paige Grissom and salutatorian Faith Ells are grateful to celebrate graduation with an in-person ceremony.
CHARLESTOWN — A rubberized asphalt chip-sealing project that began June 9, and a separate liquid asphalt stone sealing project scheduled to take place June 7-30 are expected to cause minor road closures and traffic changes to allow for road maintenance.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Walking across a stage set up on the football field for the first time in 19 years, 235 Chariho High School seniors received their diplomas and were reminded of lessons learned from the unusual year they just experienced.
160 voters turn out to vote on $27.9M spending plan
Graduate earns reputation among staff, fellow students as talented tradesman
CHARLESTOWN — Voters are being asked to approve a budget at referendum on June 7 that would allow the community to increase education spending slightly and maintain all services while simultaneously reducing the tax burden for residents.
CHARLESTOWN — The town of Charlestown has agreed to be a consulting party in the review of two offshore wind farm proposals.
RHODE ISLAND – Life in the Ocean State has begun to resume some sense of normalcy, though there is still some question about what the college experience will look like for students attending school in Rhode Island this fall.
HOPKINTON — Members of the Town Council last week approved three amendments to the town’s photovoltaic solar energy systems ordinance while rejecting a motion to reopen the public hearing in order to consider amendments to the farm viability ordinance.
CHARLESTOWN — Members of the Town Council have approved a motion authorizing the purchase of a 66.5-acre parcel of land along Alton Carolina Road known as Tucker Woods.
STATEHOUSE – A bill recently approved by the Rhode Island Senate would require all public school districts within the state to train all personnel in suicide awareness and prevention annually.
PROVIDENCE — On Monday, vaccine eligibility expanded to all Rhode Islanders age 16 and older, marking the largest age demographic vaccines against COVID-19 have been available to since the state’s rollout.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High School Principal Craig MacKenzie is leaving the district to accept a job as principal of a high school in the state of Washington.
WESTERLY — Michael “Spike” Lobdell, founder, president and CEO of New England Science & Sailing in Stonington, has joined a distinguished group of local residents.
RICHMOND — The town’s Planning Board will reopen a public hearing into the development of an 8-unit residential subdivision along Carolina Nooseneck Road after the State Housing Appeals Board remanded the proposal for further consideration of approval.
WESTERLY — Film lovers will soon be able to sit comfortably in one of the United Theatre’s three state-of-the-art movie houses and enjoy first-run art-house movies every day of the year.
HOPKINTON — About 80 birds were killed by smoke inhalation and injuries caused by a 4-alarm fire that erupted in the northern end of a sanctuary building at the Foster Parrots property on Woodville Alton Road early Thursday morning.
HOPKINTON – “Empty hoses twist and turn, valves frozen, metal rusted, as earth grows where man tried….”
Joseph Shekarchi: ‘This funding will help tenants, landlords and homeowners alike’
SMITH HILL – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from hundreds of Rhode Islanders on a package of nearly two dozen gun bills. The marathon of a meeting went late into the night last week, drawing out fierce debate from individuals on both sides of the gun control issue.
McKee looks to offer vaccine for all Rhode Islanders 16+
HOPKINTON – From Sept. 6, 1914 through the 12th, the French Army carried out an impressive offensive that resulted in an allied victory against the German Army. Known as the Battle of the Marne, these efforts did so much to stop Germany’s invasion of France that the United States decided to…
Ian LaPlume turns old pans into spatulas
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — They may be eight years apart, live in different states and work in different fields, but these two sisters and Westerly natives are not only close friends, they share a common goal: helping new parents learn the necessary skills to make sleeptime safe for infants.
Proposal to remove dam brings both concern, support
CHARLESTOWN — As members of the Charlestown Budget Commission begin to prepare the town’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, Chairman Richard Sartor said the commission was currently in the process of hearing requests from department heads and there was still much left to be determined.
CHARLESTOWN — At a lengthy virtual meeting last week, members of the Charlestown Town Council approved resolutions asking the General Assembly to pass two bills affecting beverage bottles.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — The pandemic has impacted almost every Chariho activity, including the district’s 10th annual Shakespeare Competition. But as everyone in the performing arts knows, the show must go on, so the competition took place virtually last Thursday.
RICHMOND — As if caring for five horses isn’t enough work, Richmond veterinarian Amanda Burbank, her husband Casey and daughters Maizey and Ashlynn just rescued two more.
CHARLESTOWN – The worsening epidemic of Influenza had reached inside the Shannock home of 35-year-old Robert Browning. He and his wife Sarah (Card) had fallen ill along with their two children; 8-year-old Robert and eight-month-old Evelyn. Outside their door, a blizzard raged and all they co…
RICHMOND — Richmond Elementary School Principal Sharon Martin does whatever it takes to make learning fun, so if getting students’ attention in the Fruit and Veggie Challenge means dressing up as a pickle, she’s okay with that.
HOPKINTON — Police Capt. Mark Carrier was expecting to have to deal with another complaint at the station on Wednesday afternoon, but instead he was greeted by a member of the Dream Quilters.
RICHMOND — In a public hearing that lasted more than three hours, members of the Zoning Board heard testimony both for and against a commercial solar array that would be built in a field in the rural Beaver River Valley neighborhood.
Kacie Hackett grew up in Ashaway, lives in Alexandria, Va., and each Thursday night connects people from all over the world — including many local residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut.
RICHMOND — The conclusion of an otherwise routine Town Council meeting became contentious Tuesday when residents during the public forum criticized council President Nell Carpenter for approving the recent appointment of a developer to the Planning Board and for a recent post on social media.
RICHMOND — As calls for his expulsion from the Rhode Island House of Representatives continued to grow Monday, Rep. Justin Price (R-Richmond, Hopkinton, Exeter) maintained that while he had attended President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., rally last Wednesday, he had not been involved in …
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Members of the Chariho School Committee held the first public budget workshop of 2021 Tuesday, a process that, this year, will involve grappling with the many challenges created by COVID-19.
Two different women, two different states, two different tales, but the same two words: domestic violence.
RICHMOND — Richmond Elementary School students moved to an all-distance learning format Monday after an individual at the school tested positive for COVID-19. The school district will not disclose whether the person is a student or a member of the staff.
CHARLESTOWN — It’s been a rough six months for K&S Pizza, but after two shutdowns and supply shortages, the small restaurant at the junction of Routes 112 and 91 in Carolina prepared to reopen last week.