I was among those who filled out the Hopkinton Comprehensive Plan survey during our last major update. My survey response can be summarized as "keep Hopkinton rural." This does not mean freeze things where we are. We face new challenges. Staying rural is going to take a lot of change.

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the "Concept Feasibility Study for Phase I of a Coastal Route Bikeway, from Ninigret Park to Matunuck Schoolhouse Road." The plan is available on the town's website, www.charlestownri.org. It is located on the home pag…

MYSTIC — Because the Mystic Seaport Museum and two other stakeholders named in a 1954 will have yet to relinquish their claims to Enders Island, St. Edmund’s Retreat Center has proceeded with a quiet title action to establish its sole ownership.

BOSTON — Massachusetts holds only nine of 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but after eight years in the political wilderness the state's all-Democratic delegation is suddenly playing an outsized role in both the leadership and palace intrigue of the incoming Congress.

I recently completed the Citizens’ Police Academy program. It is an eight-week, once-a-week, two-hour session that seeks to create a better connection between the Westerly Police Department and us, the citizens of Westerly.

In Westerly, no pedestrians have been killed in a traffic accident in three years. Richmond has not had such a death in 11 years, and Hopkinton's last pedestrian fatality was 12 years ago. The last time Charlestown had a pedestrian-related traffic death was 1997.

Police officers in Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond have been named 2018 winners of AAA Rhode Island Traffic Hero awards. John Paul, the organization's Northeast senior traffic manager, said the awards are given annually to individuals in law enforcement and other fields who exemplify ded…

    After 22 years in business, the Bean Counter Coffee Shop in Westerly near the Pawcatuck River Bridge recently closed. The sign was on its door on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

    I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…

    HARTFORD — A Connecticut police officer who used a stun gun on a 12-year-old deaf boy at his school acted reasonably and cannot be sued by the boy's parents for excessive force because of government immunity, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

      BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally were apprehended in a series of sweeps in New England this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday.

      PORTLAND, Maine — Fishermen who harvest herring, one of the most important baitfish on the East Coast, are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to catch. The change could have major implications for the lobster business.

      CHARLESTOWN — During the holiday season, people from all over the state drive to a quiet corner of Charlestown to admire David Lamb’s extravagant Christmas light display. Lamb, an assistant chief of the Charlestown Fire Department, lives on Alton Carolina Road (Route 91) and has been putting…

      STONINGTON — Next spring, two new playscapes will replace the single one that was removed from the Town Dock playground in September because its footings had deteriorated.

      HOPKINTON — The developer of a proposed solar energy project at 310 Main St. in Ashaway returned to the Planning Board Wednesday with revisions to the plan in response to a report from an engineering firm that was critical of many aspects of the project, particularly its potential environmen…

      WESTERLY — Hope Urbonas and Brandon Tallardy sat inside Mel's Downtown Creamery one afternoon last week, sharing an old-fashioned ice cream soda. As they sat across from one another in the red leather booth, sipping from their straws, the two young Westerly High School students, dressed in p…

      ASHAWAY — Now in its 20th year, the annual Ashaway Holiday Stroll, a beloved and well-attended tradition, takes place this Saturday. Beginning with the Ashaway Fire Department's breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., the stroll includes holiday bazaars, horse-drawn wagon rides, house tours, live mu…

      WESTERLY — Mike Stanton, the bestselling author of  the New York Times bestseller "The Prince of Providence: The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor," returns to Westerly to talk about his newest book, a revelatory biography of Rocky Marciano, the greatest heavyweig…

      WAKEFIELD – Bah humbug! Even the most hard-hearted will find it difficult to keep a smile off their face when that holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, comes to the Contemporary Theater Company stage in Wakefield Dec. 6th – 22.

      PROVIDENCE — Their mascot is "the unicorn of friendship," their music was described as  “poetic” and “evocative of feeling" by National Public Radio, and they'll be playing Upstairs at the Columbus Theatre on Sunday. 

      A fuller picture of a cemetery in ghastly disarray emerged Thursday as the longtime caretaker of a graveyard in Connecticut's largest city was arrested and officials described in new detail shocking discoveries that included human bones and casket pieces scattered about.

        PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced this week that it intends to renumber the exit numbers on Route 78 in Westerly as part of a multiyear program to key the exits to mile markers. The system has been used on many limited-access highways across the country. Th…