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Archive - 2014

March 26th

PUC holds hearings on water rate increase

March 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission [PUC] brought an estimated 25 residents to the town hall last Wednesday in protest of approximately $10 in proposed monthly increases – a 42.6 percent rate increase - from United Water, which was allowed a 18.31 percent increase in 2012.

The next hearing on the matter will be held at the Narragansett Town Hall tonight at 6 p.m.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 24th

ROTC making a comeback?

March 24, 2014

COVENTRY — Although local officials have reached out to federal officials to discuss what actions can be taken to save the AFJROTC program at Coventry High School, everyone’s waiting to see what the outcome will be from the site visit scheduled for the week of May 12 by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

Joseph Stalaboin, a concerned parent who has been involved with getting the program back on its feet, has attended each meeting and had a conversation with federal delegation on March 13, said the conference call was a success.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 21st

Senate Judiciary Committee hears a slew of bills on motor vehicle violations

March 21, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear and consider a host of bills related to motor vehicle violations Thursday.

The hearings were scheduled for after the Times went to press.

Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-District 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) is sponsoring five of the bills under consideration. Sosnowski’s bills include S 2231 and S 2474, which would grant judges and magistrates the authority to prohibit drivers adjudicated of certain motor vehicle offenses, such as driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, from operating a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock system. Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is sponsoring bill S 2474.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Digital literacy program taking shape at Narragansett Elementary

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The digital literacy program for fourth graders at Narragansett Elementary School has had a successful first year thus far.

Brien Jennings, library media specialist at NES, has spearheaded the initiative to bring digital literacy to NES and form a partnership with the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media. Jennings hopes to eventually bring digital literacy to the entire district.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown looking to fill two high-level civic service positions

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The transition of Andy Nota, director of administrative services, to Jamestown to act as town administrator and the sudden, unexpected departure of Town Engineer William Boardman has left two high-level civic service positions open in the town.

According to the town, the role of director of administrative services includes direct involvement with labor relations, contract administration and negotiations, administrative oversight of the human resources division, staff assistance in budget development and municipal policy research and analysis.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves budget

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the budget for fiscal year 2015 in the amount of $27.7 million.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala said the budget is the same monetary amount was presented to the committee at the end of February. However, changes have been made within the budget to accommodate the committee’s decision to keep the family and consumer science program at Narragansett High School.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Break-in reported at Hal’s Auto Garage

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Hal’s Auto Garage and Auto Body on Old Tower Hill Road was broken into on Sunday according to police. South Kingstown police responded to an alarm at the building and found the front door smashed out.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Adham retiring after 30 years in Narragansett

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—Rich Adham just felt the time was right.

After more than 30 years with the Narragansett school system – the last 10 as the high school’s athletic director – Adham will be retiring at the end of the school year.

“This is the culmination of 37 years in education, 10 years as AD and you just start slowing down,” he said during an interview Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to retiring.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

HUD money awarded to towns in South County

March 21, 2014

Housing authorities in Rhode Island received $12.6 million in grant funding Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD awarded $1.8 billion in grants to public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make large-scale improvements to the nation’s 1.1 million public housing units.

Of the $12.6 million Rhode Island received, the majority, $3.7 million, was allocated to the Providence Housing Authority.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Gun and weapon bills packs RI State House

March 21, 2014

STATE HOUSE - A hearing on 14 gun and weapon bills in the state house on Tuesday packed the interior rotunda and the front patio with supporters and detractors on the varied bills.

The bills signed onto by local legislators include restricting the possession or transportation of a firearm at an airport and establishing the Firearm Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) that would be created by an additional $50 fine on top of firearm offenses.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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