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WEST WARWICK — Coreen St. Jean’s mission when she founded Be The Change/ Project Hand Up was to build a place where those in need could shop proudly for food and toiletries without worrying about cost. The nonprofit organization has served thousands of local families over the years, and as t…

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COVENTRY — Ahead of the next legislative session, Sen. Leonidas Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich) has announced plans to reintroduce a couple of bills that he’s argued for several years would give Rhode Islanders the “open and accountable government that they th…

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COVENTRY — As they await the full report from the sewer rate study currently underway, town councilors in Coventry this week were given an update by a consultant in the process, who told them that a steep sewer use rate hike may be necessary in the fiscal years ahead. 

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WEST WARWICK — When Debra Roffo cut the ribbon on Angel’s Closet in January, her hope was to offer a place where children and teens could easily get their hands on new and gently-used designer clothing. Nearly a year later, though her focus remains largely on dressing kids who need it, she’s…

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WEST WARWICK — At West Warwick High School, a group of students has been hard at work making blankets and collecting goods to be donated to the local animal shelter so that the animals there feel loved this holiday season. 

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WEST WARWICK — In the parking lot of the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society, rows and rows of balsam fir trees stand on display, ready to be sold through an annual fundraiser that over more than three decades has become quite the tradition.

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WEST WARWICK — A donation by the West Warwick Fire Department will go a long way in ensuring the holidays are bright for more than 400 local families in need.

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WEST WARWICK — The roots of Joseph Abreu’s passion for cooking extend deep into his childhood in Venezuela. A current resident of Chepachet, Abreu figures he was around 11 years old when he picked up the hobby, teaching himself the culinary skills that would one day lead him to open his own …

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WEST WARWICK — More than two years later, Major Ernest Lavigne of the West Warwick Police Department still gets choked up thinking about the day when Pink Heals delivered a flower bouquet to his mom. 

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COVENTRY — At an event Sunday in the Guy L. Lefebvre Community Center, century-old documents and weathered maps and photographs were carefully arranged across tables, each item offering a snapshot into Coventry’s past. 

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COVENTRY — A public hearing on establishing an assistance program for Coventry homeowners who need help paying sewer assessments became a discussion over the appropriateness of the proposed funding source, before the town council ultimately voted to authorize the program. 

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WEST WARWICK — Following a regular review by Moody’s Investors Service, the town learned last week that the agency has upgraded its outstanding General Obligation Bonds rating, an achievement that could ultimately be of benefit to taxpayers. 

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COVENTRY — As Coventry’s department of public works continues to encounter curbside recycling bins filled with things like yard waste and trash, it’s proposing that the town’s solid waste ordinance be amended to crack down on those found violating recycling guidelines. 

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PROVIDENCE — A field trip to the Statehouse to learn about Rhode Island’s history left fourth graders of Wakefield Hills Elementary School with a wealth of insight into the state and its founding from a variety of 17th century perspectives.

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COVENTRY — From raising funds for residents affected by cancer to growing out beards as part of the annual no-shave November campaign, the Coventry Police Department has made a strong effort in recent years to expand its community outreach.   

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WEST WARWICK — The Crompton Fishing Pier was bustling with young anglers Saturday morning during the town’s first ever family fishing day. And though the fish didn’t do much biting, in Stan Brittsan’s eyes, the event was a great success.

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PROVIDENCE — Rhode Islanders poured into Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood Sunday morning to watch the Columbus Day Parade, a feature of the three-day festival held each year over the long weekend. Among the various marching bands and organizations that participated in Sunday’s event, t…

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COVENTRY — When Judi Tessitore Nietupski opened Judi T. Dance Studio more than 40 years ago, it was out of a deep love for dance in its various forms. But despite what its name suggests, Nietupski maintains that she, in fact, didn’t found the successful West Warwick-based dance school. 

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WEST WARWICK — As the town dives into conversations over establishing a program to pick up unwanted textiles right from residents’ homes, one local business plans to go ahead with offering the service, beginning in West Warwick. 

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COVENTRY — With the town council’s approval this week of a resolution authorizing additional manpower in the final stage of the project to close the landfill on Arnold Road, remediation efforts at the site are nearly complete. 

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WEST WARWICK — In a black and white photograph displayed at AJ’s Restaurant, a young Mike Roarke kneels in a field, a Detroit Tigers cap on his head and a wooden bat in his hands. The image, a relic of Roarke’s storied career, was hung recently to pay homage to the late baseball legend in hi…

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WEST WARWICK — A couple of weeks after authorizing Stalwart Films to film parts of season two of “NOS4A2” in town, the town council this week adopted a set of standards to be followed by any filmmaker who wishes to film in West Warwick. 

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WEST WARWICK — With an eye on the exciting future awaiting The Arctic Playhouse, Ida Zecco at the end of the month will bring her one-woman show “Thanks for the Mammaries” to the theater for a couple of benefit performances. 

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WEST WARWICK — There are many words that can be used to describe West Warwick resident Al Albrektson. He’s an artist; a teacher; a veteran. And as of Monday, he’s also a centenarian. 

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COVENTRY — As the new school year kicked off this week, so did a three-year initiative to educate the entire town in addressing the various effects trauma can have on the community and its children. 

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WEST WARWICK — At 100 years old, Albert DeSilva has led quite a life. From growing up as one of five brothers in West Warwick, to serving in World War II, and singing decades later in a barbershop quartet in Florida, DeSilva’s experiences are global and varied. And he remembers it all vividly. 

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JAMESTOWN — Last month, 300 swimmers set off across Narragansett Bay as part of a Rhode Island tradition that’s taken place annually for over four decades. The 1.7-nautical mile journey is quite a feat in any case, but for one Coventry resident, in particular, completing this year’s swim was…