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The town of South Kingstown’s School Building Committee has launched an informational campaign to get the word out about the $85 million school facilities upgrade that’s being prepared for a vote next year.

The committee announced last week that it launched a website, SKSDbuild.org, which includes information about the educational vision, scope of the projects, their financing and additional data.

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Nicole Paliotti and her husband, Peter, have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving because earlier this year both saw first-hand the wrenching toll that the COVID-19 disease took on families.

Both work at South County Hospital, with Peter, 41, an operating room nurse dispatched last spring to the frontlines for COVID-19 testing and Nicole an administrative staff member at the time in the Infection Prevention Department involved with planning for a pandemic.

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The Jonnycake Center has announced the public phase of its $1.68 million capital campaign to fund the move to its new location.

Dubbed A New Home for Hope, the campaign has raised close to $1.3 million to date through gifts and pledges, the center announced Monday.

In the summer of 2019, the center purchased the former schoolhouse located at 22 Kersey Road in Peace Dale. The building will serve as the new home for the center’s food pantry, Jonnycake Market, as well as its social services team, expanding programs, and administrative offices.

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As coronavirus cases rise in the state, local businesses, health care providers and government officials are bracing for the effects to ripple through the local economy and residents’ day-to-day lives.

The sentiment expressed by many in leadership in these organizations is that they hope there are lessons learned from earlier this year and that draconian shut-downs don’t occur, but that they are preparing for the worst.

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In some local races, every vote does indeed matter.

In Narragansett, School Committee incumbent Justin Skenyon holds a one-vote lead over newcomer Ethan Farrell, 2,752 to 2,751, as of Tuesday afternoon. They were tied with each holding an 11.7% share of the nonpartisan school committee race. Alicia M. Vignali-Henry was not far behind, with 2,730 votes, or 11.6%.

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It was a clean sweep for all four of the local referendum questions in Narragansett, including two amendments to the town’s charter, a change to its code of ordinances and adoption of a resolution regarding the Belmont/IGA site proposed as the location of a new town library.

With all ballots counted, preliminary results showed the questions winning approval by between 66 to 70 percent. 

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Voters in South Kingstown were poised to send four Democrats, including incumbent Michelle Brousseau, to seats on the town’s School Committee on Tuesday.

Unofficial state results showed Paula Whitford received the most votes, at 6,910, followed by Christie Fish, Brousseau and Melissa Boyd.

Four of the seven committee seats were up for re-election in this cycle. The current chairwoman, Stephanie Canter, did not advance past the primary in September.

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For the first time in 20 years, District 36 will have a new state senator and her name is Alana DiMario. 

The Narragansett Democrat, who was endorsed by fellow Democrat and outgoing State Sen. Jim Sheehan – who announced in May he would not be seeking reelection – defeated North Kingstown Republican and former State Rep. Doreen Costa and Narragansett Town Council President and independent Matthew Mannix 8068 (49.2 percent) to 6598 (40.3 percent) to 1703 (10.4 percent) for the district that includes parts of Narragansett and North Kingstown.