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Anthony residents won't see fire tax increase

December 16, 2013

COVENTRY – The frustration that taxpayers have been feeling for the months over not knowing where their fire tax stands only got worse Monday night during the annual budget meeting for the Central Coventry Fire District.

Court-appointed Special Agent Richard Land, Esq. of Chase, Ruttenburg and Freedman, LLP explained that the issue lies with accounting errors that happened in the past three years that were never caught.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee, NEA eliminate TE@CH program

December 16, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Chariho Regional School District Committee and National Education Association (NEA) Chariho have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to adjust the 2012-2015 contract such that the TE@CH program, a performance-based compensation program, will be eliminated. The TE@CH program will be replaced with the “Recognizing Excellence, Encouraging Leaders Plan” that will reward outstanding educators and education support professionals in a variety of ways.

Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said the new program is a comprehensive recognition program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DEM hears public comment on Deepwater

December 16, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – Both proponents and opponents of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Transmission System project made comments at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management public hearing Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall.

Approximately 50 peopled attended the three-hour hearing on a modification to a state of Rhode Island dredge permit and water quality certificate.

Ronald Gagnon, chief of DEM’s Office of Technical and Customer Assistance, and Richard Bianculli, with DEM’s legal services, represented DEM at the hearing.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI Honors Colloquium features Finnish educator Sahlberg

December 16, 2013

KINGSTON – Competition, standardization, test-based accountability, school choice, and viewing education as industry, these are the five symptoms of the Global Education Reform Movement or “GERMs” according to Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator, scholar and author who spoke Tuesday at the University of Rhode Island.

Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Helsinki, Finland, said these “GERMs” behave like a virus and spread around the world influencing education systems in different countries.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Environmental impact of seawalls discussed by panel of experts

December 16, 2013

NARRAGANSETT — On Monday evening, the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) convened a panel of experts at the Coastal Institute to explain the unintended impacts of installing hardened shoreline structures like seawalls.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves amendment to parking ordinance

December 16, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously Monday to amend the town’s zoning ordinance for minimum off-street parking requirements from one space for each four persons of total capacity for lunchrooms, restaurants, taverns, etc., located in a commercial highway zone.

Vincent Murray, director of planning, told the council that the number of persons of capacity typically refers to seats in a restaurant.

Councilor Jim O’Neill made a request to amend the parking ordinance during the Oct. 28 town council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Breaking ground at Thundermist

December 16, 2013

WAKEFIELD – Local, state and federal officials and executives were present on a cold and rainy Monday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Thundermist Health Center of South County.
The new 20,000-square foot medical and dental facility will be located at 1 River St. in Wakefield and is expected to open in early 2015.

Mary “Polly” Eddy, past chair of the Thundermist Health Center Board of Directors, said that the health center currently serves 7,500 patients and the new center will be able to serve more than 10,000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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