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McGarry wearing two hats while filling in for Scuncio

July 14, 2011

HOPKINTON - For the last two weeks, Town Manager William McGarry has been a very busy man. Aside from his daily business as Town Manager, where he works at the Crandall House on Route 3, he has been acting as Hopkinton Police Chief. While this may seem like a daunting undertaking to most, McGarry is no stranger to the dual responsibility.

EGHA keeps profile low in new (old) digs

July 14, 2011

By DAVID PEPIN

So where’s that new 1,500-square-foot addition to the East Greenwich Housing Authority offices at 146 First Ave?
If you’re driving past, you can’t tell which half of the yellow one-story wood building has just been completed and which half dates back to its 1848 origin as part of the town’s poor farm.
And that’s just fine with Executive Director Marcia Sullivan.
With just a couple of minor details remaining in the interior and some landscaping of the grounds to be completed, the $300,000 project, paid for with competitive federal stimulus funds, has helped the agency deal with what Sullivan feels were its two biggest concerns: privacy and handicapped access.
Prior to the addition, the building lacked a conference room and safe, secure areas in which officials could talk business with clients and contractors.
“Basically, all the frontline staff was in one room when I got here three years ago,” Sullivan remembers.
With a spacious new office of her own and a conference room featuring the original 1848 ceiling beams, Sullivan feels the revamped building is much more conducive to the sometimes sensitive business conducted inside.

Strained SK school negotiations continue

July 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the deadline for the school department and the teacher’s union to reach an agreement nears, tension between the two parties mounts with what seems to be different perspectives of what is going on at the negotiating table. At issue now is whether the school department is allowing for collaborative negotiations.

After reading the school committee letter sent through the school department’s listserv on Monday, July 11 NEASK President Christine Heid was shocked.

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July 14, 2011

It's been the topic on everyone's mind in North Kingstown. Will Dr. Phillip Thornton stay or go as Superintendent of the NK School District?
Monday night, he made his answer clear with a letter of resignation and, wasting little time, the NK School Committee began the process of finding his replacement, appointing Dr. Philip Auger as interim superintendent beginning July 22nd.

 

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