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For the first time since March 16, 2020, the members of the North Kingstown Town Council met at the Beechwood Senior Center with citizens in attendance Monday night as they discussed the future building needs for the town, made appointments and reappointments to numerous town boards and took the time to recognize the services of Town Clerk Jeannette Alyward during an over three hour meeting.

“It’s great to have this return again to some normalcy,” Town Manager Ralph Mollis said. 

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Robert Zarnetske ended his brief term as town manager this week noting he was most proud of developing a culture that encouraged town employees to speak up about issues.

“We’re getting to the point where folks realize their ideas matter. It’s not just top down, it’s bottom up,” he said during an interview in town hall with The Independent. However, following his own advice is partly the reason he is leaving.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is joining a challenge to a Bonnet Shores Fire District policy that bars residents from voting if they own less than $400 of property in the district.

The ACLU filed a friend of the court brief supporting a lawsuit that district residents brought in Washington County Superior Court in the matter. A hearing on the case is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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“They are superheroes and superstars, take your pick on how to refer to them,” Narragansett High School Principal Daniel Warner said when introducing the Class of 2021 at the school’s commencement.

The celebration marked the end of not only their high school years, but also the conclusion of a most difficult final year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s really great seeing everyone tonight,” Warner said. “The kids had it tough over the past year-and-a-half, but they persevered and struggled through and showed us a way forward.”

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A classic oldies doo-wop vocal group performed in the parking lot while inside an old soda fountain came to life at a ribbon-cutting celebration Saturday afternoon for Green Line Apothecary at the Main Street drugstore’s new location.

The independent store’s move down the street to 245 Main St. was completed in May.

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Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning begins Sonnet 43 with, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”

Move over, Browning.

On Friday, the Contemporary Theater’s troupe will try to do some counting on the many and varied ways that volatile emotion captures — perhaps even entraps — people, but through the eyes, mind and words of Shakespeare.

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We all know COVID-19 brought a lot of changes, and it also changed a few bands. For example, People Eating Plastic went from being a duo to being a trio. Drummer Mike McCullough left the band, Wesley Evans came in to replace him, and Benjamin Schuy joined up on bass. This leaves guitarist and Charlestown native Jason Gillooly as the sole original member of the instrumental progressive math rock act. As they say, when there’s changes, there’s new beginnings, and that seems  to be the case for these guys as they get ready to play an art show & skate jam at Lighthouse Skatepark in Pawtucket on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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For over a year, the Theatre By The Sea, like many venues around the world, has sat empty in Wakefield, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting a hold on the venue’s lively stage shows and performances — a staple of the South County summer entertainment scene.

Now, as Rhode Island, along with much of the nation, begins to come out of pandemic, the Theatre By The Sea is making its return. It has announced its first batch of Summer Concert Series events for July, along with an encore performance of the hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!”

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The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced a new art exhibition on display at TF Green Airport’s GREEN SPACE Gallery, a partnership between RISCA and the RI Airport Corporation (RIAC). The gallery now features works by Wakefield resident Jill Stauffer, as well as Barrington resident Pascale Lord and Providence resident Sarina Mitchel.

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The South Kingstown High School 2021 senior class walked into a hotel ballroom Tuesday night for their prom, sweet and smiling, looking sharp in their tuxes and gowns. Just a few months ago, it seemed almost impossible that this night would happen.

“I am so happy to be here. We missed out on so much. It’s just good to be here with everybody,” said senior Colton Haigh as he glanced around the room filled with his class, mingling and laughing, during their first major event with each other.