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March 13th

Charlestown in process of creating quarrying ordinance

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — After listening to supporters and adversaries of a proposed extraction ordinance in front of a standing-room-only audience, the town council decided Monday to defer its decision until its next meeting on April 14 in order to allow time to consult with its legal counsel. The ordinance public hearing will remain open through April 14.

The ordinance is preemptive in reaction to problems Charlestown residents have had with the Copar quarry located in Westerly. Charlestown has approximately six operating quarries, which are unregulated by the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Big Apple Circus pulls stakes at Ninigret

March 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Big Apple Circus will not be returning to Ninigret Park this year.

The circus, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., struggled financially during the harsh winter and ultimately lost revenue.

“It was a very difficult decision to make and the reason for the decision was financial, mostly because of weather conditions,” said Joel Dein, communications director for Big Apple Circus. “It was a very difficult tour for us.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Amendment to reinstate CMS dean defeated

March 13, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — There were plenty of cuts in the fiscal year 2015 budget, but the most controversial was the reduction of 0.8 dean’s position at the Chariho Middle School. Echoing last week’s budget hearing, parents and teachers came to the microphone at Tuesday night’s school committee hearing to explain the need for dean and to request that the position be reinstated.

According to the FY15 plan, the middle school would have 1.2 deans (instead of two), four guidance counselors, a principal and and a vice principal.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 12th

Daly-LaBelle rehashes enrollment, wants apology from council members

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For the third time since the beginning of the new year, Jonathan Daly-LaBelle of the school committee took the podium in the council chambers as an interested citizen, this time reminding the council himself that he can not speak for the school committee as a whole.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown celebrates Girl Scout Week

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - As of Monday night, South Kingstown is officially celebrating Girl Scout Week, seven days devoted to supporting and encouraging the area Girl Scouts.

“We are excited tonight to have a Brownie Troop with us,” said Council President Ella Whaley. Brownie Troop 205, a third-grade troop from West Kingston, approached the council bearing gifts of girl scout cookies and leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McDonald sentencing continued until April 2

March 12, 2014

WARWICK – The sentencing of Patrick Timothy McDonald, former state senator and Narragansett town councilor, has been continued until April 2.

McDonald will remain on home confinement until his new sentencing date.

His sentencing was originally scheduled for today in Kent County Superior Court.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Sosnowski introduces bill to expand farmers markets inventory

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37 South Kingstown, New Shoreham), owner and operator of Sosnowski Farms in West Kingston and chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture, recently introduced a bill that would expand the inventory at farmers markets to include beer and wine produced by farmer-wineries and farmer-breweries.

Similar laws already exist in Massachusetts and New York.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Unemployment rate down in RI

March 12, 2014

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island fell to 9.2 percent in January, the lowest unemployment rate since November 2008, according to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised rate of 9.3 percent in December 2013, and down four-tenths of a percentage point since January 2013, according to DLT statistics released last week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NBX Bikes granted special use permit

March 12, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The zoning board voted 4-1 Thursday to grant a special use permit to NBX Bikes to allow the business to have a yoga studio and bike assembly area on the second floor.

Owner Matt Bodziony said he would like to use the second story of NBX Bikes on Boston Neck Road as an assembly space, yoga studio, and for other fitness and exercise classes, including wind trainer classes.

Bodziony said some of these services were offered in the previous location, but the new location at 922 Boston Neck Road has the space necessary to expand their offerings.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two men found dead on South County beaches

March 12, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The body of a 64-year-old South Kingstown man was discovered Sunday morning at Scarborough State Beach.

Narragansett Police Chief Dean Hoxsie said Monday that a couple walking on the beach discovered the body of Alan Mason just before 9 a.m.

Hoxsie said the death appeared to be a suicide.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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