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Under a canopy of blue sky not unlike that of 20 years ago, residents of South County and first responders gathered Saturday to mark the two decades since the Sept. 11th attacks and to reaffirm a pledge: “Never Forget.”

In a ceremony at Gazebo Park, in the shadow of Narragansett’s own beloved Towers, color guard units from the town’s police and fire departments and counterparts from South Kingstown and the U.S. Coast Guard stood proudly at attention. They held federal, state and local flags as well as the colors of their own respective organizations.

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Simon Polk had the entire contents of his University of Rhode Island dorm room on a sidewalk in front of his residence hall on Friday.

The freshman from Maine was one of hundreds of students taking part in URI’s fall semester move-in.

Perched atop boxes of Polk’s clothes, supplies, and furniture was his surfboard.

URI’s new president, Marc Parlange, noticed it right away and struck up a conversation with Polk.

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Faculty and staff at the University of Rhode Island have until Oct. 15 to show proof they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19 or that they have an exemption, the university announced this week.

The move applies to full and part-time faculty and non-classified staff.

URI required all its students to receive a vaccination before the start of the school year. Those who are exempt must get tested twice weekly.

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When Conor Schmidt was searching recently for office space for his new physical therapy practice, he found just the right spot at the Salt Pond Shopping Center.

He first had to hunt around and look at various other locations, and all were price competitive. He didn’t see a glut of bargain listings, as some areas of New England have reported in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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The South Kingstown Land Trust’s work at fundraising and completing two buildings are part of why it’s earned re-accreditation at the national level.

The accreditation comes from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The national land conservation organization represents more than 1,000 land trusts nationwide.

Accreditation by the commission is a mark of distinction, proving that land trust is committed to professional excellence and maintaining the community’s trust in its conservation work.

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The Union Fire District celebrated the completion of major renovations to its Tower Hill station Saturday by throwing the doors open to the public.

The station personnel held an open house so people could see improvements to the station, such as the taller bays that give fire vehicles more headroom.

There’s also a new kitchen and meeting space, an office for the captain, a new bathroom and sleeping quarters with two bunk beds for firefighters who take overnight shifts.

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Students can look forward to sports, field trips, activities and clubs this fall in Narragansett, which starts its school year Sept. 8.

Superintendent of Schools Peter Cummings said the goal is to make this year’s school experience as close to normal as possible for students.

But Cummings and the administrators in North and South Kingstown also are putting in place measures to protect against COVID-19, particularly with the spread of the Delta variant in recent weeks.

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Joan Garceau, 86, of Narragansett, goes to many yard sales, giveaways to give to others, especially veterans. Her late father was cared for in a veteran’s hospital.

“There are people out there who have a need and God wants us to help,” she said in a brief interview while picking up certain items and examining them Saturday at the South County Church of Christ giveaway of thousands of free items.

“I am blessed to be able to do it,” said Garceau, as she thumbed through some clothes.

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Driving down Main Street in South Kingstown, it’s hard to miss Pixie Dust Pilates & Wellness Club. The studio is located in a bright pink wood frame house with emerald green trim and a large sign out front, featuring cursive lettering and the silhouette of a fairy.

Co-Founder and COO of Pixie Dust Justine Jennings said the aesthetic quality of the studio was a priority from its inception.