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OSA Aquarium Superstore and Services has opened a location at 51 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, to complement its existing stores in Seekonk and Coventry.

Aquatic retailers are essential to the industry, bringing advice, expertise and livestock help to make hobbyists become better fish keepers, according to Jono Rees of NTLabs, researchers in water treatments, medicines, test kits and foods servicing the koi, pond, tropical and marine fish markets.

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Alexandra Provost of Narragansett sat atop of her lifeguard chair at Scarborough State Beach eyes constantly on the rippling morning water, head moving back and forth from left to right. Her concentration was focused.

“Typically, a good lifeguard is a dry lifeguard,” the 21-year-old town resident said with some dry humor as well. “You have to keep people safe at all times and by doing that it can help keep you out of the water and from needing to save people.”

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A man who lived a storied life of more than 100 years, Richard Parker did far more than rub elbows with the fashion icon Coco Chanel.

As a young RISD graduate, Parker worked closely with Chanel in the 1950s as creative director of the new Chanel Perfume Showroom in New York, a showcase of Chanel creativity. Much more than a job or an assignment, he got to work directly with Mademoiselle Chanel.

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Burly and imposing police and firefighters were no match for a group of about 50 pint-sized opponents in a tug-of-war rope pull at South Kingstown’s National Night Out.

The kids thoroughly enjoyed pulling ‘the authorities’ off balance, including new Police Chief Matthew Moynihan, at Tuesday’s yearly summer event to connect first responders to the communities they serve in a friendly way.

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Concerns over a new outdoor water ban led to talks Monday about South Kingstown’s water system — including its challenges and the potentially costly fixes that ratepayers would bear.   

The recent heat wave and ongoing water bans in South County have caused officials to field calls and emails about what types of water use is and isn’t allowed, and whether the town is looking at any long-term solutions such as new wells, towers or reservoirs. 

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With his signature, Gov. Dan McKee this week established new laws from local legislators that support dam safety, licensing for genetic counselors and protecting children from sexual predators.

The new pieces of legislation are the latest in a series of General Assembly bills that McKee is signing into law in ceremonial procedures; the bills passed the legislature and became effective upon passage. 

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A group of preservation enthusiasts is looking to restore an old, dilapidated and nearly collapsed railroad signal tower near the Kingston Train Station. They need your help.

According to Frank Heppner, who is active in Friends of Kingston Station and led efforts to restore that historic building, the nearby signal tower should also get a similar renovation. Volunteers are needed for a new committee just beginning the project, he said.

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It’s not unusual each summer for a small number of waterbirds like  cormorants, gulls, shearwaters and terns to wash up dead on area beaches.

However, environmental officials have noticed this year, particularly over the last six weeks, that the birds are being found in larger than normal numbers.

They’re asking the public to steer clear of the dead coastal fowl, which might have a specific type of bird flu.

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The president of the University of Rhode Island has condemned a racist TikTok video that reportedly involves two URI students.  

In the clip, the person recording the video holds a slice of watermelon and offers it to a man, who declines it. The camera then moves off the man for a few seconds and when it returns, he is in blackface. The man then proceeds to eat the watermelon slice.

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Richard Seddon, owner of the Breakfast Nook II in Wakefield, had not expected that a small and smoky problem would close his popular restaurant for months. It did, though.

More than three months have passed since the small fire and smoke brought the Union Fire District responders to the 575 Kingstown Road restaurant. Seddon said recently that clean-up has become more extensive than he first expected.

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Homes dating to before the Civil War, a former 1930s seminary turned boarding school and an old town mill that became a popular pottery are among six historic sites honored in South Kingstown.

The town’s Historic District Commission chose the six properties earlier this year to highlight local efforts to save historically significant places.

The work of Kevin Diamond of Providence Architecture to restore the Benjamin Franklin Carpenter House on Columbia Street in Wakefield earned an award for residential restoration.