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Sheltered animals benefit set for Friday at the Windjammer

WESTERLY — The Westerly Animal Shelter, in partnership with Stand Up For Animals and Friends of Westerly Animal Shelter, is hosting a trivia night to benefit the shelter animals. The event will take place at the Windjammer Beach Resort, 321 Atlantic Ave., on Friday at 6:30 p.m. There will be finger foods and door prizes.

The cost is $20 per person, with six people to a table. For more information or to reserve a table, call Tammy Loughlin at 401-584-7941, Lil at 401-348-9595 or Sandi at 401- 742-1025.

Conn. sales tax holiday starts today, runs through Aug. 24

HARTFORD (AP) — Back-to-school shoppers in Connecticut will soon get a tax break.

Starting today, clothing items that cost less than $300 will be exempt from the state’s 6.35 percent sales tax. The affected items includes jeans, jackets, ties and sneakers. A full list is available on the Department of Revenue Services’ website.

The annual tax-free week is scheduled to run through Saturday, Aug. 24.

Guilford state Sen. Ed Meyer said the tax break is designed to help families save money on back-to-school items and provide a financial boost for Connecticut retailers.

This year, Meyer said the initiative week is expected to cost the state $7 million to $8 million in lost tax revenue.

Groton sub museum returns to original schedule

GROTON (AP) — The Groton museum dedicated to the United States submarine force is going back to its original schedule.

Beginning last month, budgets cuts at the Pentagon forced the Historic Ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Library and Museum to be closed on Mondays, in addition to its regularly scheduled closures on Tuesday.

But the U.S. Navy said the museum will reopen on Mondays — beginning next week — as a result of the Defense Department’s reduction in civilian employee furlough days.

The museum featuring the Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, is free and open to the public.

Kagan to speak today in Newport at nation’s oldest synagogue

NEWPORT (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will speak today in Newport, as part of a celebration celebrating the 250th anniversary of the nation’s oldest synagogue.

Kagan will speak at the Touro Synagogue’s annual reading of a letter sent by George Washington in 1790 to Newport’s Jewish community. In it, Washington promises the new government will never support religious bigotry or persecution.

Kagan is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. She is also scheduled to speak Tuesday in Providence at a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the state’s charter.

The congregation based at the Touro Synagogue is embroiled in a legal dispute with the nation’s oldest Jewish congregation, based in New York City, which says it owns Touro. Lawsuits are pending in New York and Rhode Island.

Naval War College to welcome new class in Newport

NEWPORT (AP) — The U.S. Naval War College is welcoming its newest class of students at a convocation ceremony.

The ceremony for the incoming class of 545 students is scheduled to be held Monday on the school’s campus in Newport.

Officials said half of the new students are naval officers. The rest are from the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army. Others are from 57 international navies and various U.S. government agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, State Department and Department of Homeland Security.

Vice Adm. Robert Harward, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, will be recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award during the ceremony.

Fire destroys equipment at R.I. bridge ahead of toll

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Rhode Island state police are working to determine the motive and identity of people who set a fire that damaged equipment on the Sakonnet River Bridge, two days before a new 10-cent toll is set to begin.

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington said the fire that occurred early Saturday affected equipment near the bridge, not the structure of the span linking Portsmouth and Tiverton. He said traffic on the bridge was uninterrupted.

Darlington added he expects tolling on the bridge will continue as planned Monday.

Many residents and business owners in the area have complained the toll will be a burden to commuters, businesses and tourists who use the bridge.

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