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March 19th

Flood insurance bill to reduce rate hikes passes senate

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 last Thursday.

The bill is aimed to spare many homeowners from steep rate hikes in federal flood insurance policies.

The voted passed the Senate by a vote of 72-22 and was sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. U.S. Congress previously passed the bill March 4 by a vote of 306 to 91.

The bill, which will put a cap on future rate hikes and provide refunds for certain homeowners who bought property after July 6, 2012, was passed in response to concerns about the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC finding on sheet pile wall overturned

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A Providence County Superior Court judge ruled last Thursday to reverse the Coastal Resources Management Council’s finding that the town took all reasonable steps to minimize environmental impacts and use conflicts arising from the construction of the 202-foot sheet pile wall along Matunuck Beach Road.

Associate Justice Stephen P. Nugent thus remanded the matter to the CRMC to clarify and complete its decision on the issue of environmental impacts and use conflicts of the wall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 17th

Dave’s Coffee moving headquarters to Narragansett

March 17, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Dave’s Coffee is planning to open a second location in Providence this spring and to move its headquarters to Narragansett.

“We’re halfway through our construction,” David Lanning Sr., CEO of Dave’s Coffee, said Tuesday. “We’re planning for the end of April, sometime in May to be opened there.”

Lanning said the Providence location on South Main Street will be different from the Charlestown location.

“It will be our fist stand-alone location,” he said. “It will be totally different to have steady traffic year round, different from the summer increase in Charlestown.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 14th

Planning department seeks open space grants

March 14, 2014

COVENTRY— The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is accepting applications from cities, towns and non-profit land organizations for open space grants and with past success of acquiring money, Coventry’s Planning and Zoning department plans to submit an application in the upcoming months.

According to RIDEM’s press release, $5 million is available for Rhode Island Local Open Space Matching Grants, which was approved by the voters during the 2008 and 2012 Open Space Bond Authorizations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Storti to open adult daycare center on Columbia Street

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Peter Storti, owner of the Avery-Storti Funeral Home and Crematorium, is opening an adult daycare center down the road where the Forbes Funeral Home once was.

The daycare center is designed for caretakers who have to work or go to school during the day and need a place besides a nursing home where their loved ones can stay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee talks PARCC and teacher evaluations

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The South Kingstown School Committee began discussion on two resolutions Tuesday night that, if voted upon, will be sent to legislators for consideration.

Both resolutions - one to delay the PARCC assessment by one year and one to lower the frequency of teacher evaluations on teachers deemed highly effective - will be voted upon at the April 15 meeting of the school committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Office complex planned for site of South County Pediatrics

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Two local builders are planning to demolish South County Pediatrics, located at 4979 Tower Hill Road, and build a 13,500 square foot residential and office development.

During a pre-application review Tuesday, the planning board learned about the proposal of Matt Davitt, president of Davitt Design Build, and Jeff Sweenor, president and CEO of Sweenor Builders, to eliminate the existing structure and create a three-story building with apartments and offices.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Church bell complaint dismissal accepted by U.S. District Court

March 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux accepted Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan’s recommendation to dismiss the complaint by Narragansett resident John Devaney claiming that the tolling of nearby church bells have caused disruption to his life.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Parking lot across from Worden’s Pond approved by planning board

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The planning board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant preliminary plan approval to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s proposed two-lot subdivision across from the Worden’s Pond boat ramp.

Michelle Sheehan, of DEM, told the planning board DEM is planning to purchase 6.9 acres across from Worden’s Pond to create an auxiliary parking lot and provide an area for overflow parking.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett schools to hire induction coach

March 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school district will introduce an induction coach position in the coming school year.

Per Rhode Island Department of Education mandate, all schools in the state are required to have a mentoring program, which is also outlined in the teacher contract.

Previously, a person from RIDE came to Narragansett relatively infrequently and provided what Superintendent Katherine Sipala described as “disconnected” service.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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