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Pickleball took the Narragansett Historical Society over the goal line for reaching $212,000 in donations to pay the restoration of the exterior of the town’s historical Windmill Building on Clarke Road.

It’s a project close to the hearts of many society members who have championed donations throughout the community including the tournament brought to Narragansett by Ocean State Pickleball. The $4,500 raised from it completed the society’s phase one fundraising.

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A commission that’s looking at redrawing the boundaries for Rhode Island’s legislative and congressional districts came to South Kingstown on Thursday to explain the process and seek input from local residents.

Kimball Brace, consultant for the Special Legislative Commission on Reapportionment, said population shifts within the state will have effects on Washington County. 

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The changing tree leaves from green to vibrant colors like orange also bring the fall ritual of Pumpkin Palooza at the Peace Dale Congregational Church gong on this week through the end of the month.

On a schedule that seems in sync with nature, the pumpkins arrived recently and have been selling quickly to people wanting to embrace outdoor Halloween festivities largely postponed last year because of the COVID pandemic.

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The North Kingstown School Committee adjourned their public session after only twenty minutes on Tuesday after committee members said several attendees weren’t wearing masks.

The biweekly meeting was cut short in the middle of the citizens’ comments portion began when School Committee Chairman Gregory Blasbalg took a moment to address the attendees and ask them to wear masks.

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While the proposed Mill Creek Rail Yard at Quonset Business Park will benefit the state, it is also an economic benefit to the town that now receives millions of dollars in direct revenue from companies in the park, said top town officials.

The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) recently broke ground for the rail yard that will accommodate the storage of up to 58 rail cars by constructing two sidings totaling 5,700 linear feet of track with six turnouts to help bolster commerce among businesses in the park.

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A demand for more places to play the popular sport pickleball is in front of Narragansett’s Town Council for consideration, with up to eight new courts to host games.

Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline Buonanno, who sits on the Recreation Advisory Board, said the board had received numerous requests from pickleball enthusiasts who want more places to play the game in town. No locations or costs are set yet, she said.

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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.

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Imagine a movie and a mimosa, or maybe some wine or even craft beer, with appetizers served while sitting in a heated seat reclined for a comfy feel with your feet up. Ahh, the leisure of watching movies on the big screen TV in your own home, right?

Wrong.

It’s more like the vision of what’s coming to the movie theater at the South County Commons.

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WESTERLY — If a theater company wants to produce a show for Halloween, it makes sense to find a director who embraces the holiday and the stories it engenders.

John Cillino checks both boxes, which bodes well for “The Haunting of Hill House,” opening Friday at the Granite Theatre. In fact, he’s the one who suggested putting the play on the schedule.

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This year’s summer officially ended on Sept. 22 and you can notice its conclusion due to the slight chill in the air and the leaves changing into those autumnal hues of yellow, brown and orange. As an arts & entertainment journalist and as a music fan, it’s a good time to reflect on a very important few months for live music in general. This past summer provided a thorough view of how we as a society can be safe in the midst of the COVID-19 delta variant while enjoying ourselves and doing what we love.