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After two years on the job, Joe Viele said that he still loves going to work every day at the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.

He became executive director in November 2019 after spending over 40 years doing something different. He ran a rental business in Peace Dale that involved moving around equipment and satisfying customers so they would come back. Becoming an administrator invited some doubts about how much he’d like it.

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Cali Babbitt-Spears cried tears of joy Monday when her years-long effort to get a laundry room opened at Champagne Heights finally came true.

The South Kingstown Housing Authority, which manages the subsidized housing community at Champagne Heights, marked the opening of the new facility at 364 Curtis Corner Road with a ribbon cutting and tour, attended by residents and town officials.

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A proposal from the Union Fire District to build a new ambulance facility on leased land at the Matunuck fire station has drawn concern from residents, but continues to move forward.

The Planning Board is holding a hearing on its review of the fire district’s plans to demolish the existing fire station and build a new 5,500 square foot fire station and auxiliary 1,890 square foot ambulance facility. The hearing opened Oct. 26 and continued on Tuesday.

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With COVID-19 booster shots now widely available to most adult Rhode Islanders and the holidays approaching, officials are encouraging people to get the additional shot in order to reinforce protection from severe illness.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control last week expanded recommendations for booster shots to now include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine as part of their primary series.

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When Thawn Harris relates his stories in the form of fables, he is keeping alive an oral tradition that dates back centuries to pre-European settlement in the Americas. Clad in traditional native dress, complete with a headdress and a muskrat hide hanging from his right hip, Harris related several fables to attendees at the 11th Annual Native Arts Festival, held Sunday at the Towers in Narragansett.

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Author, painter, advertising ‘Mad Man,’ soldier, father — these are just a few of the words used to describe Richard Parker in his 100 years of life.

The South Kingstown man, who celebrated his milestone birthday on Tuesday, was an assistant to fashion icon Coco Chanel. A young Parker, RISD graduate, worked with Chanel in the 1950s as she opened her New York showroom. 

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Government officials and other sources said this week that a special writ of replevin  had been filed for the computer and possibly other documents of the high school coach whom some former athletes accuse of inappropriate behavior by him asking if they wanted to be naked for “fat tests.”

The writ, sources said, was ordered by Timothy Conlan, attorney for some of the athletes to search computers in Thomas’s possession for photographs of the athletes and any emails between him and them.

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The North Kingstown School Committee responded for the first time publicly to allegations about former coach Aaron Thomas at its Tuesday meeting.

Among the most notable concerns was that information about these allegations had been brought to the superintendent in 2018. Residents at the meeting questioned the motivations of those involved and demanded answers.

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True to their character, the three women who served as grand marshals in this year’s Veterans Day parade were humble about the honor, even though it was a historic first for the community.

All three are officers with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 916. On Veterans Day they marched in the parade down Main Street and shared the stage at Saugatucket Park with fellow female veterans.