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Westport races reveal sharp divide – Two heated campaigns dominate election rhetoric http://ow.ly/2X90Wu
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Warren comes together for Lynne Kemp - Lynne Kemp’s many friends and family across Warren are crossing their fingers this week, as the 58-year-old mother of four begins treatments in Boston that they hope will cure the leukemia she has fought since last fall. Easter Sunday was a joyous day at the Kemps’ Bridge Street home, as the whole family came out for dinner and to wish her well before leaving for Boston Tuesday. Mrs. Kemp expects to be there with her husband Woody ... http://ow.ly/2X7pLS
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Barrington library lobbies for renovations - Library director Deborah Barchi talks about re-designing the program room space in the children’s room.The bubbler inside the children’s room at Barrington Public Library is sporting a fresh layer of duct tape. The lower half of the bubbler, the part where children press hard to make the water shoot from the nozzle, is starting to show its age as are other sections of the room — the chair cushions sag, the rug is frayed in ar... http://ow.ly/2X6jCL
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Junior scientists shine at Portsmouth Middle School - PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School hosted its seventh-grade science fair last week, with students showing off their trifold board projects on everything from compost to solar energy. We visited the fair last Thursday and asked some of the students to talk about their projects — how they came up with their ideas, how they conducted their experiments, and what surprised them about the results. Here’s what they had t... http://ow.ly/2X6jCK
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Little Compton to be BioBlitzed on “Nature Day” - LITTLE COMPTON — A 24-hour BioBlitz, and conclave of over a dozen conservation and gardening organizations being called Nature Day, will descend upon Veterans Field on the weekend of June 13. The double-header event, expected by its sponsors to draw an estimated 500-600 people from around the area and New England, signals “a powerful next step in the evolution of conservation strategy,” said Hans Hawryz, one of the event... http://ow.ly/2X5ScR
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Barrington gas station looks out for its neighbor - An alert employee at the BP gas station on County Road in Barrington called police after noticing something suspicious on Thursday, April 2. The employee told police a vehicle carrying three people parked in the gas station lot while one of the vehicle’s passengers was doing business at the TD Bank branch next door. Police stopped by the gas station, but the suspect vehicle had already left. Officers spoke with bank em... http://ow.ly/2X5ScQ
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Portsmouth schools counter town on surplus flap - PORTSMOUTH — Just over two weeks after the Town Council approved a resolution calling for the General Assembly to change state law on how school surpluses can be expended, the School Committee Tuesday night adopted its own resolution asking legislators to keep things the way they are. School Committee member Thomas R. Vadney proposed the resolution, saying the panel needed to show its strong opposition to the council’s a... http://ow.ly/2X5ScP
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Portsmouth moves ahead with school truancy court - PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a student who wants to play hooky in Portsmouth, you may soon have to explain your truant ways before a judge. The School Committee Tuesday night voted to move ahead with a plan to establish an in-house truancy court to address absenteeism in the district. The committee will now pursue talks with R.I. Family Court to get the program started for the next school year. Assistant Supt. Thomas Kenworth... http://ow.ly/2X4uqy
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Barrington tennis team wins first two matches - Barrington’s top singles player Jason Scanlon returns a shot in a recent match.The Barrington High School boys’ tennis team opened the season with two victories, knocking off Hendricken 4-3 on Thursday, April 2, and Cumberland 7-0 on Monday. But there’s not much time to celebrate the victories as the Eagles are set to play East Greenwich on Wednesday and defending state champions South Kingstown on Thursday. First-year Bar... http://ow.ly/2X4s0c
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Land grab in Barrington this weekend! - Cyndee Fuller points to a trellis inside a plot at the Barrington Community Garden last summer.Barrington residents are invited to lease a 5-foot-by-20-foot plot at the Barrington Community Garden during the garden’s opening weekend on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can also lease a plot from April 13 to 17 at the town clerk’s office in the Town Hall during busines... http://ow.ly/2X3Rgq
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