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Recognizing the need in its community and the many families struggling due to the ongoing pandemic, Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) will begin its annual “Holiday Giving Tree” program early in hopes of brightening the season for as many local children as possible. The signature effort, now in its 23rd year, collects gifts for underprivileged kids that are distributed by the bank’s nonprofit partners.

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It’s the holiday season, and it might be time to get some gifts for those you love and care about.

If the gift you’re thinking about is a book, it might be easy to select an online retailer or a big box store. But why not consider something close to home that will help out your community and local small business: your local independent bookstore?

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This season, the need to support local businesses is being more keenly felt than in years past. When you shop local you are encouraging your neighbor’s creative outlet, you are helping to send a local child to camp and you are helping to put food on the table of the person whose passion is the business you visited. This contributes to the overall vitality of your town and makes it the uniquely wonderful place it is. Shopping local has an immediate, tangible effect.

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It’s been a strange summer but some things are still as they should be, like the clam cakes and chowder at Aunt Carrie’s, the local eatery celebrating its 100th anniversary. While a lot has changed in the years since Carrie Cooper opened her lemonade stand near the Point Judith Light, some things have remained the same, a testament to quality food and the strength of family bonds.

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With galleries shut down for months and exhibitions canceled, postponed or moved to virtual-only shows, finding ways to express yourself and show off your work has been challenging for artists in Southern Rhode Island this year.

Thankfully, over the last few weeks many local galleries have slowly returned to normal as Rhode Island expands its reopening. For the Wickford Art Association, though, normal isn’t quite good enough.

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It’s been a strange summer but some things are still as they should be, like the clam cakes and chowder at Aunt Carrie’s, the local eatery celebrating its 100th anniversary. While a lot has changed in the years since Carrie Cooper opened her lemonade stand near the Point Judith Light, some things have remained the same, a testament to quality food and the strength of family bonds.

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There’s nothing quite like fresh flowers and if you’re a fan of the smell of lavender, one local South County farm has got an event you can’t miss.

After quickly selling out its first-ever “Cut Your Own Lavender” event in  June, Lavender Waves Farm, located at 3814 Commodore Perry Highway in South Kingstown, has added four more on July 11, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 22. 

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Summer’s here in South County, but like many things this year, it looks a little different.

While the hot summer sun beats down on the famed sandy shores of the area and other familiar sites are still very present, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited many of the crowds and some of those classic South County activities.

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