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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.

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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. 

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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. 

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Sarah Lockwood Pardee was born in New Haven, Conn. in 1839, the daughter of Leonard and Sarah (Burns). Her father owned Leonard Pardee & Company on East Water Street, manufacturing sashes, blinds and doors, and offering architectural carving services. 

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HOPKINTON — Opponents of a massive commercial solar-energy facility proposed for Palmer’s Circle had a chance to speak last week when the Planning Board held a public informational meeting on the master plan for the project. 

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Chariho High junior’s project shows the positive power of puppetry

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RICHMOND — Members of the Town Council learned at their Tuesday meeting of possible funding sources to offset the cost of mitigating the ongoing flooding in the KG Ranch Road- Valley Lodge neighborhood.

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The goals of this year’s coastal cleanup are the same as previous years’: Remove trash from Rhode Island’s coastline and raise public awareness of the prevalence of marine debris.

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RICHMOND — Officials with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and Richmond police are investigating after a single-engine plane crashed onto a dirt driveway at Harvest Acres Farm on Monday afternoon.

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HOPKINTON – When Uncle Sam called, the boys and men of 19th-century Hopkinton answered. Some returned home unscathed. Some didn’t return home at all. Others had to live the rest of their lives within the confinement of permanent battle wounds. 

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CHARLESTOWN — Nicole Manfredo had some good news recently, a welcome change from the calamities currently decimating the restaurant industry. Gemelli Bistro in Charlestown, which Manfredo and her mother Marilyn Iozzi own and operate, has been recognized by the national website, Love Food, as…

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CHARLESTOWN — Members of the Town Council discussed the Rhode Island Access to Public Records Act at Monday’s remote meeting. The item was on the agenda at the request of council Vice President Deborah Carney. 

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RICHMOND —  Richmond senior center member Beverly Wightman is staying healthy and safe, but there are two things she’s missing during the COVID-19 pandemic: her close friends from the center, and hugs.

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HOPKINTON — Members of the Planning Board issued a negative advisory opinion Wednesday on an application by the Comolli Granite Company and Centrica Business Solutions to amend the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance from residential to commercial for the construction of a ground-mounted…

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HOPKINTON — The Park & Ride commuter lot on Main Street in Ashaway is one of two locations selected by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for a pilot project that will provide free access to electric vehicle chargers. The second charger has been installed in the Warwick Park &…

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HOPKINTON –  It is estimated that out of every 1,000 births in America, 32 of them are twins. At one time, Hopkinton was home to the oldest set of twins in Rhode Island.

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RICHMOND — Members of the Town Council agreed at their remote meeting Tuesday to renew their efforts to obtain state or federal funding to mitigate flooding in the KG Ranch Road-Valley Lodge neighborhood.

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HOPKINTON –  When Allison Palombo and Christopher Mongeau purchased the Greek Revival located at 6 Maple Street in Hope Valley last December, the ceilings were falling down. There was water damage to the floors, broken windows, smoke and fire damage to the woodwork and piles of dusty debris …

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WOOD RIVER JCT. — Less than two months into her position as Chariho Superintendent of Schools, Gina Picard has had to familiarize herself with a large regional school district while grappling with unprecedented challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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HOPKINTON — The application for amendments to the town’s zoning and comprehensive plan for a commercial solar energy project at 201 Chase Hill Road continued last week at a virtual public hearing.

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HOPKINTON – Back in 2018, I knocked on the door of Robert and Judy Morgan’s house in Hope Valley. Someone had told me this man, 94-year-old Bob Morgan, was a World War II veteran with incredible stories.