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Girl Scout cookies are still as much in demand as ever, even with a migration to an online look-up for locations pop-up stands selling the ever-loved Trefoils that draw shortbread cookie lovers every year.

Raspberry Rally is a new attraction to the taste buds this year as a thin and crispy cookie infused with raspberry flavor, dipped in chocolate coating.

Of course, Adventurefuls, indulgent brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel-flavored crème with a hint of sea salt are available, too.

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The 2022 Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation has been awarded to Kate Brewster, executive director of the Jonnycake Center for Hope.

“Kate’s remarkable commitment to serving disadvantaged communities is an inspiring standard for others to follow. We take great pride in honoring her for her dedication and achievements,” said Paula McNamara, daughter of Terrence and Suzanne Murray, who along with her family established the Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Foundation.

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The Narragansett Town Council voted 4-1 Tuesday evening to adopt  amended council rules — which includes a new meeting time, a designated time for work sessions,  language amending the agenda preparation process and new rules concerning cellphone use and recusals.

Council Member Susan Cicilline-Buonanno was the lone vote against the new rules, citing “an overreach in government.”

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Imagine calling your local police department for an emergency and the dispatcher responds that the arrival of an officer could take a while because of a staff shortage.

Businesses are already uttering those words. Further difficulty recruiting police officers could sound that alarm, say some in law enforcement, if staffing continues to plummet due to officers retiring or leaving, and there’s no one to fill their jobs. 

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Despite a global pandemic the last two years, East Providence Fire Department Capt. John Potvin and Coventry’s Hopkins Hill Fire Department would always find a way to take part in the Special Olympics of Rhode Island (SORI)’s annual Penguin Plunge.

“Even in the COVID years we still found a way,” said Potvin, who showed up to the 47th installment on Sunday with 11 other firefighters. “One year, we did it in somebody’s hot tub. And then one year we had a fire truck spray us. It was like a big shower.”

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A laundry list of issues that were front and center in 2021 carried over into 2022 in Narragansett, where a new Town Council took over in November. Among them: a controversial ordinance aimed at college renters, the town’s work on building a new library and efforts to re-develop the former Lighthouse Inn property and provide a boost to the fishing village of Galilee. Whether the new council will be able to make quick work of them or if they will linger into 2023 remains to be seen.

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The University of Rhode Island last week held its final presentation on its reconstruction proposal for the Port of Galilee on Point Judith.

The plan calls for a new mixed-use hotel for economic growth, a raised promenade area and open space for vegetation and pedestrian-only walkways.

The objective of the university’s architecture class was to bring balance between pedestrians and the port, while managing an effective stormwater system and facilitating between built and natural environments through a sustainable design.

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The North Kingstown, Narragansett and South Kingstown school districts rank at or above average in a wide variety of metrics recently released by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in its 2022 school accountability and improvement results.

RIDE released a series of report cards for the state as a whole, each school district and each school in the state as part of its Rhode Island Star Rating system, which details school performance data under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).