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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 Jane McCarthy’s new self-published book,  “The Faces of War,” uses historical fiction to bring readers inside the hearts, minds and lives of two young men — American John Conway and German Karl Baum — on opposite sides in World War II.

There’s love, drama, death, conflict and decisions to be made. There’s also perspective — the viewpoints of Baum and Conway whose experiences create a glimpse of the turmoil and struggles those in real-life situations faced by soldiers, families and others on both sides.

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The town of Narragansett could take a closer look at waterfront public access points on five Narragansett roads in an effort to ensure that the popular right-of-ways to the ocean remain viable.

On a 4-1 vote, the Town Council directed Town Manager James Tierney to ask for quotes for a professional survey of the roads – Pilgrim Avenue, Conant Street, Hazard and Newton Avenues and Bass Rock Road.

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Mark LaHoud, owner of Java Madness coffee shop on Salt Pond Road, said he sees “little to no” improvement in the help shortage affecting restaurant businesses since the pandemic started.

Kevin Durfee, owner of George’s of Galilee in Point Judith said the same and may think some could never return to the restaurant business.

“I’m still looking for people. We’re hunting. I’ve even had to reduce some of my capacity to serve and shut rooms and bar areas because I just don’t have the staff,” he said.

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Pickleball took the Narragansett Historical Society over the goal line for reaching $212,000 in donations to pay the restoration of the exterior of the town’s historical Windmill Building on Clarke Road.

It’s a project close to the hearts of many society members who have championed donations throughout the community including the tournament brought to Narragansett by Ocean State Pickleball. The $4,500 raised from it completed the society’s phase one fundraising.

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Animal Rescue Rhode Island raised over $25,500 to help animals in need at their 10th annual Bark On The Beach fundraising event at Narragansett Town beach on Saturday Oct. 2.

Proceeds from the event will help to support AARI’s Curtis Corner Road shelter in Peace Dale, buy food and supplies for ARRI’s community pet food pantry and fund their Bark & Ride program which transports pets from Southern shelters to ARRI for a new life in New England.

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A demand for more places to play the popular sport pickleball is in front of Narragansett’s Town Council for consideration, with up to eight new courts to host games.

Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline Buonanno, who sits on the Recreation Advisory Board, said the board had received numerous requests from pickleball enthusiasts who want more places to play the game in town. No locations or costs are set yet, she said.