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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

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10:30 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Mah Jongg
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Quilting Group
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Art Exhibition Hoxie Gallery
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly

Hispanic Heritage Festival
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Talk
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

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Questioning motives of Chariho maneuvering

No matter how you slice it, the recent legislation to destroy the sovereignty of Charlestown and Hopkinton in relation to their elementary schools submitted by Richmond and aided and abetted by Superintendent Barry Ricci is a supremely slimy political conspiracy!

Now since the legislation has failed to garner support, Mr. Ricci has submitted a new policy document to the Chariho School Committee to destroy by stealth the sovereignty of the towns in favor of Richmond’s population explosion! All involved should be forced to resign immediately!

Over the years, we in Hopkinton have learned to expect such behavior from certain persons in Richmond, but Mr. Ricci’s involvement is particularly heinous. We know he has never been what I call “a friend of Hope Valley School,” but now that it is a nationally recognized school of excellence by the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Program, he plans to push Richmond’s overflow into Hope Valley and destine more western Hope Valley kids to endless bus rides to who knows where?

I have some questions for Mr. Ricci:

1. Why were temporary classrooms OK for Hope Valley for years, but not now for Richmond?

2. Why did you conspire to legislatively change the Chariho Act without consultation with Charlestown and Hopkinton?

3. Why have you participated in the public, political harassment of Brian Michaud for his opposition to your budget?

4. Is your planned placement of Richmond students at Hope Valley intended to prevent the return of 5th and 6th graders to the award winning, drug free, Hope Valley School, now that we may have room?

Mr. Ricci shows no respect for the voters and the sovereignty of the individual towns. Please, voters and parents take note!

Mimi Karlsson

Hope Valley

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