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Work is nearly completed stripping down a planned COVID-19 field hospital — never used — in former Lowe’s hardware store in the Quonset Business Park, state officials have told The Independent.

In just a matter of days, with a projected date of Nov. 30, the state plans to finish the dismantling of a field hospital that was never completed. Plans for it emerged months ago when fears overran state officials worried that community hospital capacities would be overrun by mounting virus surges.

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Revolution Wind, the renewable energy venture between Connecticut-based power company Eversource and Denmark-based power company Orsted – the world’s leading developer of offshore wind projects – that aims to create a wind farm 15 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, held two virtual seminars last Wednesday and Thursday to give people a look at the project and the opportunity to ask questions about it.

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The town of South Kingstown’s School Building Committee has launched an informational campaign to get the word out about the $85 million school facilities upgrade that’s being prepared for a vote next year.

The committee announced last week that it launched a website, SKSDbuild.org, which includes information about the educational vision, scope of the projects, their financing and additional data.

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Nicole Paliotti and her husband, Peter, have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving because earlier this year both saw first-hand the wrenching toll that the COVID-19 disease took on families.

Both work at South County Hospital, with Peter, 41, an operating room nurse dispatched last spring to the frontlines for COVID-19 testing and Nicole an administrative staff member at the time in the Infection Prevention Department involved with planning for a pandemic.

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The Jonnycake Center has announced the public phase of its $1.68 million capital campaign to fund the move to its new location.

Dubbed A New Home for Hope, the campaign has raised close to $1.3 million to date through gifts and pledges, the center announced Monday.

In the summer of 2019, the center purchased the former schoolhouse located at 22 Kersey Road in Peace Dale. The building will serve as the new home for the center’s food pantry, Jonnycake Market, as well as its social services team, expanding programs, and administrative offices.

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The final meeting of the current North Kingstown Town Council was a relatively routine one Monday night, with the council members approving a series of routine purchases and licenses as well as taking care of business tabled from the previous Oct. 19 meeting, which ended after less than 20 minutes when Councilor Kerry McKay’s dissatisfaction with Town Council President Greg Mancini boiled over into him calling for and receiving an early adjournment to the evening.

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As coronavirus cases rise in the state, local businesses, health care providers and government officials are bracing for the effects to ripple through the local economy and residents’ day-to-day lives.

The sentiment expressed by many in leadership in these organizations is that they hope there are lessons learned from earlier this year and that draconian shut-downs don’t occur, but that they are preparing for the worst.

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In their first meeting following the election, and coming on the day the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year wrapped up, the North Kingstown School Committee met Tuesday evening via Zoom and discussed several issues, including setting forth a capital improvement plan (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2022 ahead of an upcoming meeting with the Town Council and debating language regarding the role of the student representative liaison.