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Archive - 2014

February 10th

NHA aims to remove ‘troubled’ status

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - In December, the Narragansett Housing Authority [NHA] received a disturbing letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] stating that the board and the executive director were unsatisfactory in several aspects, kicking off a long struggle to remove the “troubled” status from its shoulders.

At the housing authority meeting on Tuesday, Richard Longolucco from Coastal Housing Corporation met with the board to discuss ways to alleviate its troubled status with HUD, which must be done by June 30 of this year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Good news on NECAP math scores for Narragansett students

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Sixty-six percent of 11th graders at Narragansett High School achieved at or above proficient on the 2013 NECAP math exam.

The achievement represented a 21 percent increase in the total percentage of students achieving at or above proficient, which the Rhode Island Department of Education considers “statistically significant,” according to the NECAP scores released last week.

“It’s fabulous news,” Superintendent Katherine Sipala said of the score and improvement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes roundly applauded

February 10, 2014

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its stores beginning this fall.

By Oct. 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores nationwide.

The Rhode Island-based national pharmacy chain is the first to take such action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 6th

Raimondo's Smart Money Tour comes to Wakefield Mall on Valentine's Day

February 6, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last-minute Valentine's Day shoppers at the Wakefield Mall might actually leave with more money than they came in with this year.

On Valentine's Day, scheduled because the mall is expected to be busy, the Rhode Island Treasurer's Office will have a booth set up specifically to help people claim money that is rightfully theirs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Community 2000 adds new career scholarship

February 6, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Community 2000, a nonprofit foundation that provides tuition scholarships to Chariho graduates and funding for educational projects, recently added the Chariho Career Development Portfolio Scholarships to its stable of endowments. Many of the organization’s scholarships are focused on defraying the costs of college tuition, but the newest fund will provide funding for students who will attend vocational school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NECAP scores trend upward in Chariho

February 6, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The test scores are in and Chariho's New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) reading and math scores showed an overall gain of six points each from 2009 to 2014. The six point gain reflected an increase in reading scores from 88 to 89 points and a decrease in math from 75 to 73 points.

Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased overall.

“The trend over time for Chariho has been upward, which is the more important thing,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 5th

Council to send bike path preferences to RIDOT

February 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 4-1 Monday to send a letter to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation indicating its preferences for the bike path extension.

Mike DeLuca, director of community development, gave the council an update regarding RIDOT’s review of the bike path. He said that as of last month, RIDOT’s consultant firm, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, was in the process of completing the advanced feasibility study and will deliver a final report some time in 2014.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Nolan seeks to rectify Narragansett pension system

February 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town’s pension system is the biggest priority this budget cycle.

Town Manager Pamela Nolan said in an interview Monday that the town is working diligently to fully fund the annual required contribution, or ARC, at $5.6 million.

Nolan said fully funding the ARC would add that $5.6 million to the town’s annual budget. She said $2.5 million would come from the general fund, with additional monies coming from the town’s enterprise funds, such as the water fund, the wastewater fund and the beach fund.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council meets with Dooley regarding partnership with town

February 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT- The town council wants to reinstate a coalition with representatives from the University of Rhode Island to address problems with students living in the town.

The town council met with University of Rhode Island President Dr. David Dooley and other administrators Monday to discuss the potential partnership.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Snow removal costs adding up

February 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Since the first snow hit South Kingstown in December, the area has been visited by the expensive white precipitation on almost a weekly basis. According to professional snow spotters in the region, 21 inches of snow have fallen on South Kingstown roads and sidewalks this year alone.

Director of Public Services Jon Schock estimates that the $211,000 that is budgeted for snow removal every year will have been completely spent by the weekend.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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