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April 11th

SCH annual meeting talks include potential Southcoast Health System affiliation

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The annual meeting of the South County Hospital brought board members, staff and members of the public to discussion the past, present and future of the hospital, ending with a briefing on the work being done by administrators on an affiliation with the non-profit Southcoast Health System.

“Most of you know that our healthcare system has been involved in exploration of options for partnering with other health care systems. We do anticipate that we will reach an agreement with them,” said Eve Keenan, RN, Ed.D., chairperson of the hospital’s board trustees.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hodgson wants action on heroin overdose epidemic

April 11, 2014

State Sen. Dawson Hodgson is calling for immediate action to address the state’s heroin overdose epidemic.

Sen. Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett) is urging the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to use approximately $60 million in funds from a Google settlement and institute an action plan to tackle safety and justice issues in the state. The attorney general received the funds in 2012 following U.S. Attorney Peter Nehrona’s successful prosecution of Google for advertising illegal prescription drugs online.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK budget hearing sparks debate on special education cuts

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Public concern and difficult conversations abounded in the council chambers on Wednesday night during a joint budget hearing between the town council and the school committee.

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow, School Committee Vice Chair Raissa Mosher and committee members Kevin Jackson and Scott Mueller were absent from the meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett solicits Jamestown for student enrollment

April 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett School Committee recently sent a letter to the Jamestown School Committee about the possibility of having Jamestown students attend Narragansett High School, as opposed to North Kingstown High School.

Narragansett School Committee Chair Tammy McNeiece sent a letter to the Jamestown committee in early March touting recent accomplishments of Narragansett students and new developments in the school system, including plans for a new athletic complex at the high school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 10th

More parents, doctors favor later start time for school

April 10, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — A few more parents and local residents voiced their support of having later start times at both Cole Middle School and East Greenwich High School toward the members of the East Greenwich School Committee back on April 1.

This discussion during the public comment portion of the meeting followed up the previous one initially brought forth by Rebecca Bliss, stating that adolescents who gain an extra hour’s sleep during the school week will help them improve in the educational setting, in athletics and their choices in life by avoiding drugs and alcohol, according to various independent studies the parents cited.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Little changes made to proposed school calendar

April 10, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich School Committee briefly discussed the draft on next year’s school calendar during their April 1 meeting at Cole Middle School and further asked about the possibility of starting it later and having it end earlier.

It was this time last year when the School Committee first talked about the idea of finding methods to tighten up the school schedule, with one of the suggestions being combining both the February and April vacations into one singular spring break during the month of March.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGAPL has new temporary home

April 10, 2014

WARWICK — While still in the process of searching for a place of its own, the East Greenwich Animal Protection League (EGAPL) has a new roof over its head – both figuratively and literally – to help house and care for the many four-legged friends within the organization.

EGAPL President Tammy Flanagan said Monday that the non-profit is now boarding its animals and conducting all open houses at the East Greenwich Animal Hospital, located at 4302 Post Rd. just over the border in Warwick, a move that was made back on March 30, she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changes made to wind draft ordinance

April 10, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Planning Board discussed once again the draft ordinance regarding wind energy systems and putting together regulations that would allow the possibility of having a wind turbine be installed in the town.

Planning Director Lisa Bourbonnais shared last Wednesday evening some of the changes she made to the draft after the board’s last discussion on the matter a few weeks ago.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town, residents negotiating about assessments

April 10, 2014

Legal representatives for the Town of East Greenwich and residents from Sarah’s Trace are having discussions at the bargaining table trying to come to a compromise regarding property assessments for their respective residences.

According to previously published reports, David Maglio, the legal counsel for Christopher and Susan Lamendola, Keith and Wendy Amelotte and Thomas Hogan and Cynthia Peloso – residents who are currently suing the town, alleging that construction methods to build Cole Middle School five years ago caused significant damage to their abutting properties – and East Greenwich Town Solicitor Peter Clarkin are in negotiations about the assessments the residents feel should be at zero.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police mull new training center at Ladd School site in Exeter

April 10, 2014

EXETER—On Monday evening, the Exeter Town Council discussed the possibility of the Rhode Island State Police constructing a new training facility at the site of the former Ladd School off South County Trail in Exeter. Town council president Arlene Hicks relayed conversations that she has had with RISP officials who have held internal discussions regarding a new facility.

“They feel that the Ladd School property would be the most suitable,” said Hicks.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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