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The nonprofit Libraries of Foster would get a new home under a developer’s plan to build the town’s first-ever shopping complex. The project, called Simmons Crossing, would include a new library, restaurant, grocery, small post office and other shops near the Route 6 and Route 94 intersection. Above is librarian Kristine Chin, left, and developer Ann Valentine, in front of one of the town’s two library sites, on Howard Hill Road. The town must still raise money to help build the library, estimated to cost $3 million. more
At its new elevation, the redesigned Watch Hill Boat Yard office and boaters’ lounge rests gracefully at the mouth of the Pawcatuck River near Little Narragansett Bay. The footprint is the same as the previous office that was built flat on the ground before the 1950s, but this new two-story structure has an entire one-story open space below the first floor. more
In eight years, Worcester Technical High School has gone from an underperforming school in Massachusetts to a national model for career and technical education. more
Restoring 225 acres of abandoned U.S. Navy property spanning three communities turned out to be too large and complicated for a single redevelopment project. more
The average per capita debt for Rhode Island’s cities and towns is $1,673, with the highest per capita debt in Providence at $7,366 per person, according to an analysis of local debt data conducted by WPRI-TV CBS 12’s Target 12 team. more
The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the selection of the first 20 registered marijuana dispensaries on Friday, including two in Bristol County. more
Citing a projected increase of 2 percent in manufacturing jobs between 2010 and 2020, a new study by the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Service recommends refining already strong curricula and developing new courses at three key schools to help close the skills gap in Rhode Island. more
PROVIDENCE – Community College of Rhode Island President Ray Di Pasquale announced last month the college has received a $378,965 grant from the Champlin Foundations to upgrade equipment in its machining lab. more
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A bloody civil war emptied books from Liberia’s classrooms. Now Emmanuel Logan, a Liberian-born University of Rhode Island alumnus, has collected 9,000 used textbooks and is raising money online to ship them to Liberia. more
PROVIDENCE – High school seniors across the state are showing improvement in meeting graduation requirements, Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist told the General Assembly in her annual State of Education speech last week. more
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