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I would like to extend an invitation to all residents to take a drive to Galilee.  The recent developments and soon to be new ones are important to our growing economy.  Galilee has a unique character that has sat on the cusp of great village life for decades, if only just the right business or combination of events might make Galilee a destination, much like the Pier. 

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Outgoing Governor Raimondo’s spin-meisters recently issued a “COVID-19 Tracker” report for the period Dec. 14, 2020 to Feb. 10, 2021. Not surprisingly, it painted a rosy picture of her handling of the pandemic by emphasizing that nearly 130,000 doses of vaccine had been administered.

A week later, an independent analysis of vaccine rollouts by Harvard University listed Rhode island as dead last among the 50 states, and Massachusetts only slightly better. Harvard did acknowledge that the state had done more testing per capita than any other.

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Our family, my beautiful mother, Rose Alba, loving sister, Ellamarie Alba McMullen, brother-in-law, Patrick McMullen, and I would like to thank the Narragansett Town Council for honoring my dad Albert Alba Sr., on Jan. 19 with a proclamation for his accomplishments in his life and his contributions to the Narragansett Town Council meetings for many decades.

My dad was a champion for strategies on keeping taxes low, promoting tourism by promoting our natural beauties such as our beaches, and advocating for small businesses.

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You may have heard that on Dec. 21, 2020 Governor Raimondo signed on to the Transportation & Climate Initiative, along with Governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut. For me this was a day to celebrate and congratulate our governor. Why? As an environmental educator at the college level for the last 16 years, and as an oceanographer with expertise in climate science as a climate I feel I can confidently recommend this program to you, my neighbors.

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In the midst of one of the most challenging elections in recent history, there was at least one shining star who came through for the residents of Rhode Island:  Nellie Gorbea! Nellie, our Secretary of State, came to office in 2014 with two missions, improving access to the ballot for all Rhode Islanders and maintaining election integrity. In 2020 a record 520,000 Rhode Island voters turned in a ballot, an increase of 60,000 from four years ago.

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While walking the Narrow River end of Narragansett Beach last Friday, I witnessed the heroic and sustained efforts of our local civil servants working to revive the kayak accident victim.  Thank you to the fire/police responders who valiantly attempted to save the Cumberland woman. They labored tirelessly.  May this knowledge comfort the grieving family.

Diane Fasching

Narragansett