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October 2nd, 2014

Feds know more than you think, says expert at URI colloquium

October 2, 2014

KINGSTON – If you’ve made or received a phone call in the last seven years, chances are the NSA knows about it.
James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, informed attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Sept. 16 of the NSA’s continuing data collection.
According to Bamford, who spent three days interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow this summer, the NSA has some of the most aggressive data collection on U.S. citizens and spends a large portion of its budget on electronic surveillance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Another incident of a stray bullet in EG

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH-Following recent reports of a stray bullet hitting a home on Pardons Wood Lane, additional incidents came to light involving bullets from the National Guard Camp Fogarty ending up outside of the designated shooting range.
A 14-year East Greenwich resident has dealt with stray bullets not once, but twice since living in the area. Midge Gordon, who lives on Tillinghouse Road in EG, was on the second floor of her home in her bedroom when a bullet came through her window in November 2013.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tree planting initiative begins at police station

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH - The town of East Greenwich is about to get a lot greener with the help of the East Greenwich Tree Association after their first tree planting last weekend at the police department.
The new association that started last spring planted their first tree at the East Greenwich Police Department Saturday afternoon, marking the beginning of their mission to bring more trees to streets of EG.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fall historical cemetery cleanup a success

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- Many volunteers participated in cleaning up historic cemeteries in East Greenwich last weekend, during the first day of the fall Historic Cemetery Cleanup Campaign, giving historical locations a much needed makeover.
Of the 91 historical cemeteries in East Greenwich, four of them received the care they needed Saturday morning when volunteers weeded, mowed, and cut down overgrown greenery to spruce up the locations that have been overlooked.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond town employees serve in state associations

October 2, 2014

RICHMOND — For a town as small as Richmond, it’s an extra source of pride that a high number of town employees also serve as officials in their state associations. As of last week, Richmond’s total notched up to five as two more Richmond employees were sworn in to their associations’ boards.
Richmond Town Clerk Tracy A. Nelson took the oath of office as secretary to the Rhode Island Town and City Clerks’ Association.
“The Clerks’ Association is an extremely valuable asset to local government and I am honored to be selected by my peers for this position,” she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Step back in time with a visit to Festival Farm

October 2, 2014

HOPKINTON – As you follow the signs for Festival Farm into Canonchet, the air is suddenly alive with the sound of music. The source, a large Wurlitzer-style organ housed on the farm, will have you wondering for a moment if you’ve followed a bend in the road which leads to a simpler time. The fact that entry to the farm, as well as most of its activities and exhibits, are free, will convince you even more that you’ve entered another era.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho towns receive RIRR profit sharing checks

October 2, 2014

Last week, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery (RIRR) wrote checks to Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns from profits gained from the sale of recyclables. The municipal share totaled $1,502,616.16 for the year ending June 30, 2014.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Park N’ Ride bid rejected by SPC

October 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE—After a lengthy proposal process, the State Properties Committee ultimately rejected a proposal from the Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation to purchase the Park N’ Ride at the corner of Routes 102 and 2. The approximately 72,000 sq. foot lot, which services a number of Rhode Islanders in Exeter and North Kingstown, has been vetted for sale by RIDOT to private companies for more than a year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 1st

Pier EDC gives thumbs down to comp plan

October 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – At the regular meeting of the Economic Development Committee on Thursday evening, members demonstrated an almost unanimously negative view of the town’s comprehensive plan, a document which has been under a thorough revision process for the last 18 months.
Overall, members felt that some of the town’s major issues were not highlighted in the revised plan, and that the town’s goals to increase residents’ quality of life were largely overlooked.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Elks Club accepting applications for scholarship

October 1, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship are currently being accepted by the Elks Clubs in Rhode Island, due Dec. 5.
The scholarship is available to any high school senior.
Students do not have to be related to a member of the Elks Club, but do have to be citizens of the United States on the date of submission. Permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
Male and female students will compete separately on the merits of scholarship, leadership and financial need.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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