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Millions of dollars for transportation, beaches, clean water, child care, the arts, subsidized housing and facilities at state colleges and Quonset are on the ballot for the March 2 special statewide referendum.

Early voting on Rhode Island’s $400 million in bond questions began Feb. 10.

The first question on the ballot asks voters to spend $107.3 million for work at the Community College of Rhode Island ($12 million), Rhode Island College ($38 million) and the Fine Arts Center at the University of Rhode Island ($57.3 million).

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Sandi Gardner is proud of the U.S. space mission to Mars — as only a mother can  be — after seeing her son, Nate, help to make the recent landing there a success.

While North Kingstown is a long, long way from Mars, she watched eagerly as the mission showed that a critical technology for the heat shield, which her son helped to test the reliability of, protected the Mars Perseverance rover during launch and landing.

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There’s change in the air at the historic Helme House, home to the South County Art Association for over 75 years, as the gallery has shut down for the next month to undergo renovations that will see the building’s front windows uncovered for the first time in 50 years and the addition of a panel system to increase hanging space for pieces in the gallery.

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Versatility is a prime example of artistic growth, and Harrison Dolan has been diving into it in his own way. Outside of being the drummer of the Providence funk soul band Grizzlies — which started at the University Of Rhode Island — the Mahopac, New York native and former Kingston resident has been exploring all sides of his artistic talents with his solo music.

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After nearly four years at the helm overseeing numerous exhibits, solo shows and talks, Sarah Swift is stepping down as Gallery Director at the Hera Gallery, with her time in charge of the gallery officially coming to a close Monday.

“It’s been such a great run (at Hera),” Swift said. “I have so many positive things to say about my time I’ve spent there.”

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Rhode Island – and all of New England – has a ton of history. Our present-day civilization around these parts is hundreds of years old, and throughout that time there have been countless stories to be told. In many places, stories have gone lost for decades — or even centuries. Woonsocket native and University of Rhode Island graduate Jason Allard has been rediscovering these places and unearthing these stories through his “Abandoned From Above” web series on his YouTube channel.

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Patriot, soldier and revered first U.S. President George Washington is reported to have slept or visited almost everywhere in America’s original 13 colonies-turned-states, but most likely it didn’t happen in 1756 in South Kingstown as touted for many years.