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December 11th

School committee discusses study on full-day K

December 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Tuesday’s first meeting with the new school committee, members discussed the benefits and challenges of implementing full-day kindergarten in North Kingstown. Only Quidnessett Elementary has a full day program currently, and a recent community survey has shown that many parents, as well as school administrators and teachers, are in favor of sending students to a full day of kindergarten.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDEM announces more than $3 million in open space grants

December 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE—The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced on Tuesday over $3.5 million in open space grants for various municipalities and organizations throughout the state. Locally, North Kingstown will receive approximately $124,000 to help purchase a 5.3 acre parcel on Gilbert Stuart Road.
The land is a wooded habitat resting alongside Carr Pond serving as the home for a number of migratory birds and mammals, including white-tailed deer. According to RIDEM’s release, the property is the last open space parcel to be purchased around the pond.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Students crack the codes at Forest Park Elementary

December 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Walking past Fourth Grade teacher Kim Johnson’s classroom, one might think class was finishing as students gave fist pumps and celebratory shouts of ‘yes!’ At Forest Park Elementary School on Tuesday, however, students were participating in the ‘Hour of Code’, a nationwide event aimed at improving interest and ability in computer science.
“You’re all computer scientists already!” said instructor Bea Lukens to Johnson’s students.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG Town Council votes to postpone RhodeMapRI

December 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- Four of the five East Greenwich Town Council members have signed a letter to request that the vote to adopt RhodeMap RI be extended, giving cities and towns more time to review the roughly 160-page document.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

More funds on hand for solar panels

December 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH-Commerce Rhode Island and the Rhode Island State Office of Energy Resources announced a new round of funding available to businesses and schools for solar panel installation Tuesday morning at the Rocky Hill School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

All-day kindergarten discussed again

December 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- East Greenwich Superintendent Victor Mercurio led a forum Monday night on what has turned into the biggest topic in the EG school system, implementing all-day kindergarten.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tax limit sought on affordable housing rentals

December 11, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — On Monday night, the town council approved the preparation of an ordinance that would limit property taxes on deed-restricted low-income housing to eight percent of the gross rental income.
Washington County Community Development Corporation (WCCDC) Chair Geoffrey A. Marchant explained that his group was applying for low-income housing tax credits for a total of 50 units of affordable rental housing in Charlestown, Richmond, and Exeter. Charlestown’s component will be Shannock Village Cottages at 1639a Shannock Road that will comprise 11 low-income rental units.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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