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Groundhog Day a special event in Punxsutawney

February 3, 2014

(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written on Sunday by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Board taken to task in Superior Court

February 3, 2014

WARWICK — As David D’Agostino, attorney for the Central Coventry Fire District Board of Directors told Superior Court Judge Brian Stern in Friday’s hearing how the board has been focused on working to understand how the district wound up in the predicament they’re in and how to work on best practices going forward to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK schools face budgeted staff reductions

February 3, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow presented her $58.9 million budget to the school committee on Tuesday night in the High School cafeteria. The budget includes $761,000 worth of necessary reductions that she and her staff recommend making from special education, specialist staff and teacher’s assistants. She also recommended eliminating one elementary section and one high school section.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tyler questions scientific data on recycling

February 3, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Dr. David R. Tyler, professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, prefaced his presentation on recycling and sustainability titled “Paper, Plastic or Cotton Tote Bag?” at the University of Rhode Island Wednesday with a warning.

“What you think is most sustainable is not necessarily the most sustainable,” said Tyler. “The results are sometimes counter-intuitive.”

His presentation began with an explanation on what brings a chemistry professor to question the scientific data behind claims of sustainability in everyday products.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Brown sworn in as East Greenwich Chief of Police

February 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — South Kingstown resident Stephen J. Brown was sworn in Monday as the chief of the East Greenwich Police Department.

Brown is taking over for Thomas E. Coyle III – who was named East Greenwich town manager a few months ago – and has spent close to two decades with the East Greenwich Police Department, first joining as a probationary patrolman, after graduating as valedictorian with the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 1995.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McDonald gets home confinement pending March 12 sentencing

February 3, 2014

WARWICK – Patrick Timothy McDonald was released on $20,000 personal recognizance Tuesday and sentenced to home confinement, pending a March 12 sentencing date.

Kent County Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern also had the former state senator and Narragansett town councilor sign a waiver of extradition.

Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, said that a motion for a new trial is also on the calendar for Feb. 10.

Counsel for McDonald filed that motion Jan. 23.

Kempe said a motion for a new trial is typically filed in such cases.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC staff finds no objection to Deepwater Wind project

February 3, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Coastal Resources Management Council staff have no objection to Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System projects, according to a staff report released late last week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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