WESTERLY —Planning Board members this week unanimously endorsed the construction of an 18-acre solar field at 271 Church St., a former quarry site in Bradford. The land is designated as part of an aquifer protection overlay district and still requires an aquifer protection permit, among othe…

      WESTERLY — Westerly Community Credit Union’s annual WCCU Teacher Grant Program will award $7,500 in grants, in values up to $500, for the upcoming 2019-20 school year. The grants are available to local teachers, administrators, or staff from the Westerly, Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narr…

        WESTERLY — The board of directors of Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. on Thursday declared a quarterly dividend of 51 cents per share for the quarter ending June 30, an increase of 4 cents.The dividend will be paid July 12 to shareholders of record on July 1.

        STONINGTON — The latest figures from The Warren Group show that single-family home sales in Stonington through April were running 34.5%  percent lower than the sales recorded during the same period in 2018.

        WESTERLY — Plans for a medical marijuana cultivation facility proposed for the former Copar Quarries site will move to the Zoning Board of Review now that the Planning Board has unanimously approved the project's master plan.

        CHARLESTOWN — Quonnie Farms owner Stephen Peet, who operates a farm stand on an 8.3-acre property at 16 West Beach Road at the corner of Route 1, has applied to the Charlestown Planning Commission for approval of a major expansion. The commission heard his pre-application presentation on May 22.

        Single-family home sales in the Westerly area are running about 4 percent behind the pace set in 2018, according to the latest figures released by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. 

        PORTLAND, Maine — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers.

          CHICAGO — ADM Milling Co. is recalling 5-pound bags of Baker’s Corner All Purpose Flour packaged for Aldi supermarkets because of the potential presence of E. coli, which was discovered during testing by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

          PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors from utilities and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual — eight years instead of 60, in some cases.

            BOSTON — Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. announced Friday that it had completed the acquisition of SI Financial Group Inc. and the merger of the Willimantic-based Savings Institute and Trust Company into Berkshire Bank.

            BOSTON — Attorneys general from more than 40 states are alleging that the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs, including treatments for diabetes, cancer, arthritis and other medical conditions.

            PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s seaweed business has grown like a weed in recent years, with proponents touting it as both a “superfood” and an economic generator for the rural state — but the industry is now facing sticky new restrictions.

            MYSTIC — Randall, Realtors, part of The Randall Family of Companies, has announced the sale of 4 Black Duck Road in Mystic for $2,632,500. The Charlestown-based company said that the price was the highest reported this year in New London County, according to data from the Connecticut Statewi…

              STONINGTON — Donald Raffo of Stonington has been appointed chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Maritime Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. The committee advises OSHA on matters relevant to the safety a…

              WESTERLY — John T. Ruggieri, vice president and chief financial officer of Gilbane Inc., the Providence-based construction and real estate development company, has been elected to the board of directors of Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. He succeeds Victor J. Orsinger II, a Westerly lawyer who…

              GROTON — Chelsea Groton Bank has reported net income of nearly $11.3 million for 2018, an increase of 85 percent from 2017. Assets also increased, to $1.1 billion, a gain of 3.9 percent, according to the mutual bank's annual report. President and CEO Michael Rauh detailed the figures at the …

              NORTH STONINGTON — Greenskies Renewable Energy of Middletown, Conn., has been selected to install solar arrays at the town's school buildings and Center for Emergency Services. Work will begin in this summer and all five arrays are supposed to be installed by the spring of 2020.

              Carrying several bags of groceries, Shawn Oates, of Ashaway, exited McQuade’s Marketplace in Westerly on Friday afternoon and headed for his pickup truck, which he had parked near the roadway, avoiding the crowded parking lot.

              Employees of the Pawcatuck and Westerly Stop & Shop supermarkets joined thousands of fellow workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut who went on strike at 1 p.m. Thursday amid a lengthly contract dispute.

                WESTERLY — Malcolm A. Makin, a certified financial planner and founder of Professional Planning Group, has again been ranked by Barron's as the No. 1 financial adviser in Rhode Island — one of only two advisers nationwide who have received top state rankings for all 11 years of the magazine'…

                  GROTON — The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will  host an inaugural "State of the Submarine Base" luncheon featuring Capt. Paul Whitescarver on Wednesday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton. Tickets are available at ChamberECT.com/events o…

                    WILLIMANTIC —  SI Financial Group Inc., holding company for Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, announced Tuesday that its stockholders had approved the company's merger with Boston-based Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. The stockholders also approved a nonbinding proposal with respect to …

                    CHARLESTOWN — Lila Delman Real Estate has announced the sale of 2 Powaget Ave. in Charlestown for $2,125,000. Lori Joyal, the brokerage's Watch Hill sales manager, represented the seller, and Debbie Tully, a Lila Delman sales associate, represented the buyer.

                    Single-family home sales in South County declined 9 percent in February, compared with February 2017, according to the latest report of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. There were closings on 81 homes last month; a year earlier there were 89.

                    WESTERLY —  Chris and Amy Randall of The Chris Randall Group, part of Randall, Realtors’ Charlestown office, represented both the buyer and seller in the sale of the Shelter Harbor Inn. Shelter Harbor Holdings Limited bought the property for $2 million from James Dey's Shelter Harbor Inn Inc…

                    The Rhode Island Airport Corporation announced Friday that it would form a task force of experts and enlist local committees in a multiyear "strategic business and master planning process" for Rhode Island’s five general aviation airports. This effort will include Westerly State Airport, Nor…

                    Charter Oak Credit Union has reported 2018 net income of more than $8.23 million, a gain of 33.7 percent from year-end 2017. The credit union, in the latest report to its federal regulator, also said that its membership had grown during the year by 5,845, to 74,149 members.

                      WESTERLY — Caswell Cooke Jr. has joined the Watch Hill office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, 108 Bay St. The announcement was made by Dan Marantz, office leader, who said that Cooke "is extremely knowledgeable of Westerly and will be a tremendous addition to our staff.”

                        CHARLESTOWN — Randall, Realtors, part of The Randall Family of Companies, based in Charlestown, has announced the addition of agents Steve D’Amico, Debra Hicks and Joanna Nagelhout to its Westerly, South Kingstown and North Kingstown offices.

                        RICHMOND — The Richmond Farms Fresh Market will open soon in Richmond in the former Wildwood Liquors building at 5 Kingstown Road (Route 138) — an endeavor that has not been without at least one hiccup.

                          The Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum, which opened in 2016, received an award Friday from the WoodWorks-Wood Products Council, based in Washington, D.C. Recognized in the “Commercial Wood Design–Low-Rise” category, the 14,000-square-foot building received one of the nine…

                          Single-family home sales in South County declined nearly 18 percent in January, compared with the same month last year, according to figures released by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and its subsidiary, the State-Wide Multiple Listing Service. There were closings in all nine towns…