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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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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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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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News reporters and film crews have called on Holly Dunsworth more times than she can count in recent years. She has been invited to share her insights about painful childbirth on the Netflix program “Sex, Explained,” discussed why babies cry on National Public Radio, commented about why chimps can’t throw well for the Washington Post, and addressed numerous other topics for prominent news outlets around the world.

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