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Four local questions are before voters in Narragansett in this year’s election, and two deal with efforts to relocate the town’s library.

Question 3 would limit $5.8 million in bond spending that voters approved in 2016 to renovating the former Belmont/IGA building at the pier into a new location for the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library. It also would allow the town to apply for matching or grant funds from the state “for the acquisition and renovation of a new library.”

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Nine candidates – five Democrats, three Republicans and one Independent – are vying for the North Kingstown Town Council’s five seats. Five challengers, both new and familiar faces to the local political scene, and four incumbents have been making their case to North Kingstown voters on why they should be on the legislative body for the next two years.

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Unprecedented numbers of voters are casting early votes this year, putting pressure on local officials to ensure each vote is counted.

Instead of the traditional low numbers of mail ballots and voting only on one day — Election Day — officials have been mired in thousands of people essentially wanting to vote early, including in-person voting at town halls for the last two weeks.

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Four local questions are before voters in Narragansett in this year’s election, and two deal with efforts to relocate the town’s library.

Question 3 would limit $5.8 million in bond spending that voters approved in 2016 to renovating the former Belmont/IGA building at the pier into a new location for the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library. It also would allow the town to apply for matching or grant funds from the state “for the acquisition and renovation of a new library.”

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With election day just around the corner, the Hera Gallery at 10 High Street is offering insights about how the United States denied women the right to vote and their fight to win that right.

However, within this theme are carefully woven threads bringing to the forefront the continued struggle today to overcome the other cultural stereotypes and imbedded inequities toward women that are still part of American society.

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Bass player Marty Ballou has performed many times at Pump House Music Works since it opened, and said musicians value the venue and its welcoming atmosphere.

“There are very few places like the Pump House anywhere,” Ballou, 60 and a veteran musician of more than 40 years, said. “They’ve created an environment for all types of music, with a real home feeling.”

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Halloween is gonna be weird this year. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you handle it in the era of COVID-19. You could be avoiding trick or treaters all together in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps you’re celebrating it in socially-distanced fashion by shooting candy through a 6 foot-long tube contraption into the kids’ hands.

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The ever-resilient Contemporary Theater in downtown Wakefield plans to continue its twice weekly outdoor improv musicals – despite approaching chilly autumn weather – until shivers stop the show, says Chris Simpson, theater artistic director.

“The goal would be to keep doing it as long as the weather seems palatable, which means probably earlier daytime shows,” he said this week during an interview with The Independent about the theater’s future amid continuing restrictions to prevent coronavirus outbreaks.

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Area businesses are literally following the state’s “Take It Outside” direction for fall operations as they look — and seek help — to keep both cash and customer flow coming as cold weather begins.

Business and government leaders in Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown all report applying for, and some already getting, grants through the state’s “Take It Outside” program, which aims to keep businesses operating outdoors.

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There are certain bands that bring a spectacular dynamic whenever they play, and Providence’s Northeast Traffic is definitely one of them. The quintet of guitarist and vocalist Alex Claros, guitarist Samuel Clemens, keyboardist Nick Parisi, bassist Burke White and drummer Joe Krapf blend groovy funk, progressive rock, electrifying blues and jazzy tones to create infectious music. It’s not rare for a person to be completely wowed after seeing these guys play live for the first time and this sensation has garnered the band a dedicated local fan base.