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October 27th

Local candidate in car hit by fire chief

October 27, 2014

COVENTRY— A motor vehicle accident in early September involving the Coventry Anthony Fire District’s Fire Chief Paul Labbadia resulted in his being found to be driving on a suspended license. Labbadia’s license has since been reinstated and all charges were expunged.
Because of an outstanding parking ticket in a car registered to Labbadia that he said his daughter drives, his license was suspended because the ticket wasn’t posted as paid, he explained. Labbadia said he did not know his license was suspended prior to the accident that happened the afternoon of Sept. 6, 2014.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WG man barred by SEC for scam

October 27, 2014

WEST GREENWICH— Two broker-dealers were recently barred for five years from the securities industry by the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), including a West Greenwich man. Edward Hanrahan played a role in many variable annuity schemes that exploited terminally ill Rhode Island residents.
A variable annuity is an insurance contract that functions as a retirement savings, similar to a 401(k) plan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee discusses RIDE NECAP embargo

October 27, 2014

WEST WARWICK— While the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science scores still have not been released per order of the Rhode Island Department of Education, there is an ongoing investigation of possible malfunctions in the scoring process. West Warwick Superintendent Karen Tarasevich addressed the delay to the school committee at the meeting last Tuesday evening.
“RIDE wants to review the tests and scores further,” Tarasevich said. “We received a notice saying the scores wouldn’t be released and we are waiting to hear back.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Sustainability group details sand replacement options

October 27, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Beach Sustainability work group continued to discuss a potential action plan for the future of the town’s beach, which currently faces the threat of damaging effects caused by shoreline erosion and storm surge. In particular, the group focused on the feasibility of beach replenishment options such as sand replacement and dredging from the mouth of the Narrow River.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tugboat sinks off Point Judith

October 27, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - Wednesday’s early-season nor’easter forced several mariners in New England to place distress calls with the Coast Guard, including 55-foot tugboat Karen Jean, which eventually sank into approximately 88 feet of water one-and-a-half miles east of the Point Judith Lighthouse.
Thirty minutes after placing a distress call with worries that the Karen Jean, which was towing an 11-foot deck barge, was taking on water, the four crew members were forced into their life raft. They were all rescued by the fishing vessel Merit.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Community rallies to support baby Violet

October 27, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A five-month-old South Kingstown girl born with a rare cancer will undergo tumor-removal surgery on Wednesday at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Violet Graney was delivered via Caesarean section in May with a mass the size of a football on her forearm. She was born with a rare tumor called infantile fibrosarcoma, which, according to the National Cancer Institute, occurs at a rate of five infants per million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A pumpkin tradition

October 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Every October, the local neighborhood kids would walk past 195 Dahlia Street and wonder where the giant pumpkins came from. Unbeknownst to some, these massive gourds were grown by Ron and Shirley Lucier as a way to get their three sons outside and having fun during the holiday season.
Almost 30 years later, the yearly pumpkin display still draws friends and family together, the latest being the Lucier’s granddaughter, Hallie.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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