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Mark LaHoud, owner of Java Madness coffee shop on Salt Pond Road, said he sees “little to no” improvement in the help shortage affecting restaurant businesses since the pandemic started.

Kevin Durfee, owner of George’s of Galilee in Point Judith said the same and may think some could never return to the restaurant business.

“I’m still looking for people. We’re hunting. I’ve even had to reduce some of my capacity to serve and shut rooms and bar areas because I just don’t have the staff,” he said.

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We never know what small experience will spark within us as children and slowly grow into a raging passion, but for one little boy from South Kingstown the compelling stories of conflict in World War II led to a passion for storytelling that has earned him a place in the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.

Tim Gray, a Rhode Island native and graduate of the University of Rhode Island, is being inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 23 for his work in writing and producing 29 documentaries chronicling the stories of the war.

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Former South Kingstown Superintendent of Schools Linda Savastano has blasted the town’s report on how student names ended up on a controversial political mailer, claiming the town falsely accused her of deleting e-mail and of involvement in the mailer’s production.

Savastano, who resigned June 28, sent a five-page letter to the Town Council on Oct. 7 that details what she says are untrue and defamatory accusations contained in the council’s Aug. 12 report following the conclusion of a council investigation into the mailer. Savastano also sent a copy of her letter to the Independent.

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In just a few days of online fundraising, Tilly’s Cheesesteaks in West Kingston managed to receive almost double its goal in donations designed to help the local eatery stay afloat.    

An outpouring of community and customer support through a GoFundMe page netted $15,602 for the Kingstown Road restaurant before owners Jonathan and Kristen Beres stopped taking donations Sunday.

“We surpassed our first goal only a few hours after going live with it,” Kristen Beres said. “We’re sitting here really feeling the love and so, so, so grateful for our community.”

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When the creative lens gets widened, sometimes new projects present themselves. A particular batch of new music might not fit with the sound of a musician’s established band, so they’ll go off on their own and record them on the side. That’s the story with South Kingstown native Rory Quinn and his debut solo album Quinnessential that he self-released on September 10. People from the local scene most likely know him from being the bassist for the Providence instrumental funk rock act Slurp. This new release is somewhat a departure from that sound while still maintaining a love for funk and all that it entails.

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Looking to the sky and thinking about the stars may never be the same after watching “Silent Sky” and the tale of female astronomers whose work was claimed by male colleagues in an era when men could get away with it.

This play depicting a true story, and now in production at the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department, offers insight about the many discoveries women astronomers made only to have the credit stolen, even at posh Harvard University.

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Shakespeare done well — as good as any Boston, Broadway or Providence production — can be found right here on the Wakefield stage, or outdoor patio in this instance, of the Contemporary Theater Company.

Don’t even bother to leave town in pursuit of high-quality Shakespearean acting. Just go down to this diamond-in-the-rough community theater and enjoy the performers, the seats and even the refreshments. It’s the same as the big time.

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There are tons of musicians who always have something going on and Andrew Moon Bain is definitely one of them. He’s the co-vocalist and guitarist for the Providence soul-funk act Boo City and the band has been one of the most popular acts in the local music scene for the past 10 years. He’s also been dabbling in the reggae projects Lustre Kings and Zion I Kings for even longer. In fact, Bain was involved in the songwriting and production of Snoop Dogg’s twelfth album Reincarnated that he released under the name Snoop Lion during April 2013. These days, Bain has a solo project called Brown Bones which he released the self-titled debut album from on August 27.

We recently had a talk about the inspiration behind this new artistic venture, the vision behind the album, the album’s connection to Southern Rhode Island and what he wants to do with Brown Bones in the future.

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It’s not exactly a tempest in a teapot, but this play by the same name ­— “The Tempest” — is coming to the Contemporary Theater Company’s outdoor patio stage Friday evening and offers an entertaining version of Shakespeare.

The play’s director, Christopher J. Simpson also the founder of the CTC, brings back for a second time this funny, yet serious, Shakespearean comedy that takes a hard look at revenge and feminism with CTC actors giving imaginary life to an enchanted island.

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Kaki King is a guitarist who bypasses the limitations of her instrument. The Brooklyn via Atlanta based artist exhibits an incredible approach to the six-string while making sounds that only she can create. There’s a reason why she was considered one of Rolling Stone’s “New Guitar Gods” back in 2006 alongside Derek Trucks from The Allman Brothers Band and The Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a few others. While being in the exclusive group, she exceeds her contemporaries in innovation and vision.