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Although Ground Zero in New York City is more than 160 miles away, Tiger Patrick is helping local school children know about heroes of 9/11 and others like them keeping their community safe every day.

Last week he helped to organize with local police, fire, emergency medical service and other officials a visit of first responders to each of the town’s schools and to children in a generation not yet born when the tragedy happened.

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Under a canopy of blue sky not unlike that of 20 years ago, residents of South County and first responders gathered Saturday to mark the two decades since the Sept. 11th attacks and to reaffirm a pledge: “Never Forget.”

In a ceremony at Gazebo Park, in the shadow of Narragansett’s own beloved Towers, color guard units from the town’s police and fire departments and counterparts from South Kingstown and the U.S. Coast Guard stood proudly at attention. They held federal, state and local flags as well as the colors of their own respective organizations.

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The North Kingston School Committee showed support for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee and board member Jen Lima amid debate regarding a proposal to recall Lima at their Sept. 14 meeting.

Debate regarding the DEI sub-committee dominated the majority of citizen’s comments during the meeting. Some citizens expressed concern for the work the subcommittee is doing and the agenda proposed by its mission statement. The school committee voiced support for the subcommittee’s work and for Lima, who has become the focus of those opposing it.

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Simon Polk had the entire contents of his University of Rhode Island dorm room on a sidewalk in front of his residence hall on Friday.

The freshman from Maine was one of hundreds of students taking part in URI’s fall semester move-in.

Perched atop boxes of Polk’s clothes, supplies, and furniture was his surfboard.

URI’s new president, Marc Parlange, noticed it right away and struck up a conversation with Polk.

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It can be intriguing when someone dives into a creative medium they’re fascinated by but also unfamiliar with. What’s made from this endeavor can sometimes be unique while standing out from the basic techniques and formulas. With her debut album Tides, Mystic, Connecticut singer-songwriter Emmye Vernet put her own ideas into the musical entity. The album isn’t your typical listening experience, it’s meant to be more engaging, interactive and personal. On Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., Vernet will be celebrating the release of her debut at The Knickerbocker Music Center on 35 Railroad Ave. in Westerly.

We recently had a talk about the making of the album in a barn, getting a bunch of collaborators together, defying some norms and what people can expect from the upcoming show.

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This year’s season showed that the resilient barn theater — known as Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck — can survive nearly anything, proclaimed owner Bill Hanney as the curtain came down on the last act of curtailed production schedule.

“This year we survived it all. We’re still here and it has built on us coming back next year stronger than ever and with a full schedule of what people expect,” he told The Independent this week.

The theater’s season ended Sunday with a nearly sold-out house for the award-winning “Mamma Mia!” and in overtime through an unscheduled additional performance of the American jukebox musical romantic comedy.

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Those who know Rhode Island cuisine know how rich and diverse the selection is, from seaside classics to Italian standards, from fusion to farm fresh and with delicacies from around the world, the Rhode Island food scene is special and the Wickford Art Association puts it front and center with their latest exhibit, “Foodworks,” which features photographs of cuisine from around the state and debuts Friday and runs through Oct. 3.

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Jeremy Kittel can do a lot of things with the violin and viola. He can collaborate with singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and even rock bands. He can be a soloist in an orchestra and he can also make the soundtrack for a video game. Kittel’s versatility is incredible and his prolific discography gives it a lot of credibility. With his string band Kittel & Co., he’ll be performing at Pump House Music Works on 1464 Kingstown Road in Wakefield on Saturday evening at 7pm as part of the group’s northeast tour.

We had a talk ahead of the show about his older brother’s influence on him, always growing and learning, how he got into the video game field and being excited to perform some new music with his band.

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Since a unanimous declaration by the United Nations in 1981, Sept. 21 has been recognized worldwide as the International Day of Peace, providing a day for all of humanity to commit to the idea of peace above all differences and contribute to reaching that goal.

Keeping with that spirit, the Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly’s theme for September is peace, with “Creating Joy: Imagining Peace” featuring pieces from a collection of the gallery’s over 40 artist members giving their take on the theme. Additionally two featured artists, photographers Ardie Harrison and Nancy Nielsen, have a collection of their work displayed in the main gallery.