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Over the past four years, they received accolades for their accomplishments on the field, court and track as varsity athletes, but now, South Kingstown High School seniors Matt Burns and Carley Fewlass are being honored for their prowess in the classroom as they were named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively of the Class of 2021 

“I was super excited when I heard,” Burns, a member of the tennis, indoor track and cross country teams, said. “My guidance counselor had just sent me an email and told me to call her at the number, she didn’t say anything about what the call was about and I called her and she slowly revealed the news and it was really exciting to hear that.

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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 victorious voyage of this vagabond bottle, which drifted in waves for thousands of miles — in total, nearly 3,000 — after being launched in Narragansett two and a half years ago still fascinates Katie Smith.

She wondered only from time to time what would happen if she launched a message in a bottle, and her Thanksgiving dinner guests in 2018 thought even less about it. However, that day they had the idea to put messages in eight small water bottles. They just wanted to see what would happen.

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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.