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Woman found guilty of disorderly conduct in racist tirade trial

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — A woman who was arrested after she accosted a Black family at the Coast Guard House restaurant in Narragansett last summer was found guilty of disorderly conduct, but the judge ruled Rhode Island’s hate crime enhancement statute didn’t apply. Associate Justice James Caruolo had harsh...
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Washington County, RIindependentri.com

Summer in downtown Wakefield is about to get a lot hotter as Riverfire returns

The heat is on in Wakefield this summer. After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wakefield Village Association recently announced the rekindling of the Wakefield RiverFire summer event series. The first lighting will begin on June 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. on the Saugatucket River in historic, downtown Wakefield. The event continues every Thursday evening until Aug. 19.
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The View From Swamptown: West Main Street home has seen its fair share of owners

The house located at 103 West Main Street in North Kingstown — the first built after the 1802 platting of the area by Lodowick Updike — was constructed by house and ship wright William Holloway Jr. on a lot he purchased from Mary Updike. The earliest descriptions of the property indicate that it included a “cooper’s shop,” a feature which was identified in 1809 when Holloway sold the parcel to the Honorable Daniel Champlin. There is no indication that William Jr. was trained as a cooper or barrel maker, so it must have been either rented out or utilized by a yet-identified Holloway relation. Holloway seemingly sold the house as soon as his new house, located just west of this one, was completed.
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

The View From Swamptown: Doris Moon sure was proud of her famed Aunt Carrie

I lost a wonderful friend recently with the death — nearly at the age of 96 — of Doris (Campbell) Moon. She was an extraordinary person, a gifted genealogist, and a natural storyteller. We have so many familial connections through our shared Northup ancestry that she used to tell me we were “cousins four different ways.” She was a resource for me for more than two decades and a partner in the pursuit of the big picture story of our fair town. During WWII she worked at the Quonset/Davisville base. One of the things she told me of those times had to do with processing German POWs on their way to the detention center down the road in Saunderstown. She told me stories she had heard from her elderly family members regarding the exploits of various Northup and Campbell ancestors who lived and died out in Swamptown. With all these great stories, the thing she was most proud of was her aunt, a woman familiar to all of us, named Carrie Campbell. Yes, that’s right: Doris Moon was Aunt Carrie’s actual niece; she really could call the world’s most famous clamcake aficionado “Aunt Carrie.” So, as a way to honor Doris — and her Aunt Carrie, for that matter — let’s reminisce about Carrie Campbell.
South Kingstown, RITurnto10.com

Racial remarks court case will continue into next week

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) — Thursday marked day two of a trial in Washington County of a woman who police said harassed a family last summer in Narragansett with racially charged comments. Christine Longo, 34, was in the courtroom again Thursday. The South Kingstown resident is charged with disorderly conduct...
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MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY - MONDAY, MAY 31

The South Kingstown Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by South Kingstown VFW – Washington County Post 916, will be conducted on Monday, May 31, 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade Committee is extremely pleased to bestow the honor of 2021 Parade Grand Marshal on South Kingstown residents, Tony DiMichele and Harry Schleicher. Mr. DiMichele, 96 years of age, served as Private First Class in the United States Army 83rd Division and fought in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Mr. Schleicher served as a training pilot in the United States Air Force.
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

Guida C. Schmedinghoff

Guida Cole Schmedinghoff passed away on May 18, 2021 at South County Hospital after a brief illness. Guida grew up as the oldest of eight children in Perryville, Missouri. At 17, she lied about her age in order to get a job with the FBI in Washington, DC. She later met the love of her life, Richard Schmedinghoff, at a dance at the Air Force Base in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1964, they embraced the unknown and moved to Turkey with their three children. Their adventures continued with moves to California and Pittsburgh, Pa., until eventually settling in West Kingston, RI.
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

Letter: Town Council wrong to push out Zarnetske

Just when I think the elected ‘leadership” in this town can’t get any more dysfunctional, I open the paper and discover that the Town Council has voted 3-2 to oust Robert Zarnetske, who will resign effective mid-June. Why? Because Mr. Zarnetske “pushed back” on some elements of an $85 million dollar, poorly-thought-out, school capital improvement plan?
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

Letter: School bond proposal ignored senior population

In reading about the school vote, nowhere did I encounter a mention of what I feel was a significant factor – the retirees in the community. In my case, I pay several thousand dollars annually in taxes for police coverage. I pay separately for water, for trash, and a large sum for fire protection. We do our own plowing.
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

The View From Swamptown: Joshua Vaughn Himes’ impact on religion still lives on today

Joshua Himes has got to be one of our fair town’s most intriguing native sons. Born almost exactly 216 years ago, on May 19, 1805, to Stukely and Elizabeth (Vaughn) Himes, he spent his early years living in the finest house in Wickford and receiving his Christian education at the knee of St. Paul’s of Wickford’s rector Rev. Lemuel Burge and a prominent Wickford summer resident Episcopal Bishop Griswold. Joshua’s father Stukely, whose roots extended back to the first Himeses — who had settled Swamptown nearly a century earlier — was a very successful local merchant and West Indies Trader who, through his marriage to the prominent Vaughn family and his own astute business acumen, had become one of the region’s wealthiest individuals. Stukely had planned to send his boy Joshua (named after Joshua Vaughn, Elizabeth’s father) to Brown University to study theology for an eventual calling as an Episcopal priest. However, all that changed in 1817, when Stukely’s two business partners in the three-masted schooner Ocean, which was built and sailed out of Wickford, betrayed him. Ship’s Captain Samuel Carter and Supercargo (the officer in charge of the ship’s cargo) Alexander Stuart, when they arrived at their first Caribbean port, sold the cargo and the vessel and fled with the proceeds. This had to be doubly painful for Stukely Himes, as he was close enough to Stuart to have named his other son Alexander Stuart Himes. With the Himes family reeling financially from this extraordinary loss, Joshua’s future plans were changed. Instead of a Brown education and career as an Episcopal priest, he was apprenticed to a New Bedford cabinetmaker to learn a trade. The grand home on Pleasant Street in the village of Wickford was sold, and Stukely and his family relocated to a Vaughn farm out on the North Kingstown-Exeter border.
Washington County, RIricentral.com

URI to celebrate its 135th Commencement next weekend

KINGSTON – It will be much smaller compared to past celebrations, but the University of Rhode Island will still be ringing in its 135th Commencement next weekend. Despite all of the challenges that students have faced over this past year, and the sacrifices that had to be made in the best interest of public health, graduates were able to persevere.
Washington County, RIWesterly Sun

Spas tapped as new principal at Chariho High School

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Andrea Spas, the assistant principal of Chariho High School, will become the school’s next principal at the completion of this school year after working in the school district for over 15 years. On Tuesday, Superintendent of Schools Gina Picard appointed Spas, effective July 1. Spas, the...
South Kingstown, RIecori.org

South County Confronts Long-Standing Coastal Challenges

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — As increasingly frequent and intense storms batter the Ocean State’s weary coast, the consequences, such as eroding beaches, flooded homes, compromised public streets and threatened infrastructure, become more common. While efforts to mitigate these impacts are underway along Rhode Island’s 400-plus miles of coastline, municipalities must balance loss with timing and limited money.
Washington County, RIWesterly Sun

Letter: Abortion coverage integral to health equity

As the public health and financial crisis continues, many people are having a difficult time getting the services they need. Rhode Island has made strides in helping more people access to health care, but too many of our neighbors, especially Black and Latinx people, young people, and low-income folks, struggle with access to abortion care. We believe that ALL people deserve compassion and access to care, no matter who they are, how much money they have or the type of insurance they use.
Washington County, RIindependentri.com

Ernest Schmitt

Ernest Schmitt, 84, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 25. Born in Long Island, NY, he was the son of the late Herman and Frida Schmitt. Mr. Schmitt was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He worked as a product manager at Continental Can Company for over 30 years. Ernest also spent many years volunteering his time at South County Hospital. His family would like to thank the entire staff of Scallop Shell Nursing Home and Brookdale South Bay for the care and compassion shown to him over the years.