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Archive - 2014

February 13th

Local family stitching hearts to help others in need

February 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—After returning from Cambodia in the early 2000s and adopting their two daughters, Natalie and Steve Coletta witnessed first-hand the difficult circumstances with which families in the Southeast Asian country confront daily. Looking to help out in some way, the North Kingstown residents founded Hearts That Help in 2003, an initiative by which local organizations and individuals sew valentine hearts to sell and raise money for families in Cambodia.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 12th

LVKC honors pair of local immigrants who made it work

February 12, 2014

COVENTRY— Two local women who immigrated from different countries have received an award from the Literacy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) Board of Directors for their willingness to learn and grow during their time in America.

Gayatri Aggarwal and Denise Bueno, both of Coventry, were given the Barbara Shafer Award for Student Excellence to recognize their “outstanding progress in achieving an individual goal.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 10th

Deepwater Wind hearings continue with CRMC

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold another public hearing in Narragansett to take public testimony on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The subcommittee held the first of three hearings Tuesday evening at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.

More than 60 people signed up to speak at the meeting, but Anne Maxwell Livingston, chair of the subcommittee ended the meeting shortly before 8 p.m., after nearly four hours.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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

 

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