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URI’s Brownell wins Dream Maker Award

March 5, 2014

KINGSTON – As has happened to many a dreamer before her, Winifred Brownell was mesmerized at a young age by the moving pictures that taught her, scared her, told her a story or, especially, that kept her on the edge of her seat.

Now the dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at URI, Winnie Brownell has led a life centered on and surrounded by film. Her efforts in advocacy of, support for and education encapsulating independent and commercial film projects and students took her to the red carpet this past Sunday to receive the Dream Maker Award, presented by the Rhode Island Film and TV Office at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Rune Stone inscriptions remain a mystery

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - The “Narragansett Rune Stone”, a seven-foot long sandstone bearing mysterious symbols that some believe to be Runic characters, currently lies dormant at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) following revelations that the necessary tests that would determine the inscription’s origins would require damaging the stone.

The stone, which was stolen from it’s resting place and recovered by the DEM in April, was sent to the GSO for safe-keeping and testing. Unfortunately for those interested in the stone and it’s inscription, which includes the “hooked X,” a symbol believed by some to be associated with the Knight’s Templar, testing has been deemed impossible.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Town Council seeks stipend pay increase

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After a review of the town manager’s proposed budget, the town council requested a few changes to the expense list - namely, an increase to their salaries and the salary of the probate judge, Merlyn P. O’Keefe.

“We talked before - in prior years - about an increase in town council salaries,” said Town Council President Ella Whaley. “I know that you [Town Manager Stephen Alfred] had talked about doing an analysis with other towns. How many years has the salary been the same for the town council?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Philharmonic to return to town beach this summer

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The annual concerts on Narragansett Town Beach will continue this year with a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

The town council voted 5-0 Monday to approve the 2014 contract agreement for the 38th annual concert on the beach with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in the amount of $20,000.

The council also voted unanimously to approve the 2014 contract agreement for production support services with Bill Bracket Theatrical Productions for the concert on the beach in the amount of $11,000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whaley won’t seek town council re-election

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Town Council President Ella Whaley told the Narragansett Times Monday night that she will not be running for re-election this year.

Whaley, who served on the school committee for eight years and the town council for another eight years, said that she won’t have time this year between trips back and forth from Florida to best serve the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NFD competes in Fight for Air Climb

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Members of the Narragansett Fire Department placed fourth overall in the firefighter team competition at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at the Omni Hotel in Providence last month.

This year was the sixth consecutive year firefighters from the Narragansett Fire Department have participated in the Fight for Air Climb, which is sometimes referred to as a “vertical road race,” and is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK school officials speak out on education bills

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - At a hearing at the state house regarding several public education bills, testimony from School Committee Member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle and Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow added to the conversation on issues such as PARCC and NECAP testing, Common Core Standards and educator evaluations.

Daly-LaBelle spoke, directly or indirectly, to House Bills 7256, 7146, 2135, 2059 and House Resolution 7327 - all of which address the validity and delaying of standardized testing as a graduation requirement or seek closer examination of the Common Core Standards.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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