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By leaving his post at Monash University in Australia to become the next president of the University of Rhode Island, Professor Marc B. Parlange is coming full-circle.

Parlange, a Providence native, will become URI’s 12th president on Aug. 1. He succeeds David M. Dooley, who joined URI in July 2009 and has overseen the school’s steady transformation, both academically and in its facilities.

The URI Board of Trustees announced Parlange’s appointment Monday night after a unanimous vote.

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South County may see a strong rebound to its tourism season this summer after a pandemic padlock, say many bellwether organizations that have already seen a seasonal uptick in customers and cash pump into the local economy.

“I am completely booked up,” said Robin Leclerc, a Narragansett real estate agent and investor in several rental properties for year-round rentals. “All of June, July and August are taken, and I’m getting calls every day.”

At Brewer’s Yacht Sales in Wickford, David McKenney, boat sales broker, quipped, “All us brokers have more people wanting boats than boats to sell them.”

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John King, the chief national correspondent for CNN and a University of Rhode Island alumnus, will discuss the divisive 2020 presidential election in the first installment of URI’s Taricani Lecture Series.

As a URI junior and Associated Press intern, King met reporter Jim Taricani in 1984, the same year New England organized crime boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca died and Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci was forced to resign from office.

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It’s “licking good’ this year at Brickley’s Ice Cream Shop in Wakefield where over 40 flavors are back as well as harmony with customers, said owner Steve Brophy.

Just last year — several months into the COVID pandemic requiring masks and social distancing — Brophy closed Brickley’s in Wakefield. Tensions rose with a few customers fighting back against COVID restrictions. What a difference a year makes, he said.

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Just a year ago Easter and Passover services transformed into online-only gatherings, but liberation — a shared aspect of both celebrations — is now bringing a breakaway for some to have full or partial in-person get-togethers.

Clergy in a few South County denominations reported this week they will have indoor services this year. Others said, however, they will continue livestream, recorded services or hybrid high-tech with limited in-person meetings.

“We lamented having to spend Passover Seders away from loved ones, again!” exclaimed Rabbi Ethan Adler of Narragansett’s Congregation Beth David about last week’s Passover marking the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery .

“However, some families were able to have some family members join them physically — which was joyful,” he added.

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Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner paid a visit to the Jonnycake Center on Monday, touting the center’s involvement in a federal program for low-income earners to file their taxes free of charge.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program is funded through the IRS and is geared toward families that make less than $57,000 per year, Magaziner said.

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If a Makita cordless impact driver is something you need right away, MacLaughlin’s Used Tools in Peace Dale might be the place to find it. A Dowling Jig is also available if that’s in demand.

Row after row of used tools line the large interior of the warehouse-like shop, located in the back of 1425 Kingstown Road. Inside are tables with tools all over them and rows of boxes, bins, and cases of gadgets and devices for home repairs to specialty work.