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In one of the few public town events set to take place this year, a COVID-safe two-day holiday fair culminating with the lighting of a tree and fireworks at the pier is coming to Narragansett on Dec. 5-6.

Veterans Park, Gazebo Park, Boon Street, Pier Marketplace and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library will be hubs of activity, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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Work is nearly completed stripping down a planned COVID-19 field hospital — never used — in former Lowe’s hardware store in the Quonset Business Park, state officials have told The Independent.

In just a matter of days, with a projected date of Nov. 30, the state plans to finish the dismantling of a field hospital that was never completed. Plans for it emerged months ago when fears overran state officials worried that community hospital capacities would be overrun by mounting virus surges.

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Revolution Wind, the renewable energy venture between Connecticut-based power company Eversource and Denmark-based power company Orsted – the world’s leading developer of offshore wind projects – that aims to create a wind farm 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, held two virtual seminars last Wednesday and Thursday to give people a look at the project and the opportunity to ask questions about it.

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The town of South Kingstown’s School Building Committee has launched an informational campaign to get the word out about the $85 million school facilities upgrade that’s being prepared for a vote next year.

The committee announced last week that it launched a website, SKSDbuild.org, which includes information about the educational vision, scope of the projects, their financing and additional data.

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The North Kingstown Education Foundation is hoping to spread holiday cheer this season with a town-wide holiday decorating contest and luminary event.

Light Up NK, the first annual event by the group founded earlier this year, consists of a home decorating contest from Dec. 11 through Christmas Eve, as well as a luminary event on Dec. 23 and 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patrons to the contest will be provided with a map and list of house numbers of participating houses to do a tour around town and vote for their favorite to receive Best in Show, with the winner receiving a $100 cash prize. On the commercial side, the best participating Business Storefront Display will receive a pizza party for up to 10 employees.

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Westerly musician Will Evans has been keeping himself busy over the past few months. He’s been livestreaming from home and performing socially-distanced shows all over New England. He’s also recently released a new song and took part in a local video series. On top of that, he has a new EP coming out next month. During this age of COVID-19, it’s important to keep the creative juices flowing, and Evans has definitely been maintaining them.

We recently had a talk about the adjustments he’s had to make during this crazy year, taking an influence from a certain style of music, making a couple of hikers dance during a video shoot and what he hopes people can take from his next record.

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The annual Small Works Holiday Sale is back on at the Wickford Art Association, with works under 14 inches and $300 from 41 different member artists up for sale during normal gallery hours through Dec. 20, with an additional day of shopping on Dec. 22.

“It has come together really lovely,” WAA Gallery Director Catherine Gagnon said. “A lot of patrons and artists alike have indicated that they really feel the quality of the artwork this year is really top notch, in some senses better than years past, and I think that that’s reflective of so many of the artists having a lot of time to develop their portfolios and a lot of work, given all of the closures that have happened throughout the year and limitations on other activities.”

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COVID-19 has changed millions of careers over the past eight months. Some have had to take up a new job entirely and some are still looking for one while others have had to go in a different direction in hopes that what they were doing before the pandemic erupted will once again be a reality when life returns to somewhat normal.

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When Joe Viele confronted the reality that the Taste of Southern Rhode Island wouldn’t be tasted this year, he remained undaunted in finding another way to bring the community together.

He, along with his staff at the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and other chamber officials, began considering options to replace the now eight-year-old big bash that included restaurants cooking on-site some favorite recipes.