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A connector from Route 4 to Interstate 95 South in Quonset is one step closer to reality as Sen. Jack Reed’s (D-RI) office announced Friday that two new federal grants totaling a combined $25.3 million were awarded to Rhode Island by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to improve traffic flow in and around Quonset Business Park and the “Cranston Canyon” stretch of Route 37.

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Throughout South County, another squad in the community COVID-response team has popped up: organizations that reach out to community members facing financial or mental health hardships.

The Independent has provided periodic stories about groups, organizations and businesses filling needs in the community. Their sponsors often say the motto “We’re in this together” is what draws supporters and volunteers into action.

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Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite paid a visit to Quonset Friday morning for a tour of the General Dynamics Electric Boat facility with company President Kevin Graney and the entire Rhode Island Congressional delegation as well as Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT02) to get updates on and view firsthand the progress of the $10 billion Columbia-class submarine program, with construction taking place in Quonset, in Groton, Connecticut and in Newport News, Virginia.