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June 23rd, 2014

RI Fast Ferry application hearings slated for 2015

June 23, 2014

WARWICK – Hearings in the application of Rhode Island Fast Ferry to operate a high-speed ferry service between Quonset and Block Island are now scheduled for January 2015.
“It’s full steam ahead again,” Charlie Donadio Jr., owner of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, said Thursday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 19th

Town Council VP not seeking re-election

June 19, 2014

The East Greenwich Town Council will have another new face when the upcoming November elections are all said and done.
Jeffrey Cianciolo, who has served on the Council for two terms, including being the Council Vice-President after his re-election in 2012, has decided to not pursue a third term with the five-member quorum once the general elections have completed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local officials oppose budget

June 19, 2014

There is a fair amount in the $8.7-billion 2015 fiscal state budget that was very pleasing to a pair of local legislators, items they feel could be a starting point in getting Rhode Island back on track, economically.
However, there was one major ticket item - which has been a point of controversy over the last few years and will be for the foreseeable future - in the budget that swayed the votes by District 30 Representative Anthony Giarrusso and District 35 Senator Dawson Hodgson into the negative.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Goodbye, financial town meeting?

June 19, 2014

As the numbers decrease at the annual financial town meeting, the number of times the big question being asked increases.
Should East Greenwich continue to conduct the annual quorum that shares the upcoming fiscal budget with the public going forward despite the significant drop in attendance over the last few years?
It’s a question that will now be seriously talked about by the Town Council going forward.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Special Education teacher to remain at Meadowbrook

June 19, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — An issue regarding the move of two special education paraprofessionals out of Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School has been resolved by the East Greenwich School District.
Last Thursday, the School District announced to parents throughout town that Lore Gray, a special ed teacher for Meadowbrook who was lauded by several parents at a recent School Committee meeting for her work with children with special needs – particularly those who have an autism spectrum disorder – will not be switched to Cole Middle School next year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK voters approve sewer referendum

June 19, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the votes were tallied for the sewer referendum in North Kingstown, and the outcome revealed a community largely in favor of sewers on Post Road North and in Wickford. Although only approximately nine percent of the town’s 21,772 registered voters submitted, over 80 percent voted ‘yes’ for the two ballot questions.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK doctor defends Lyme disease treatment practices

June 19, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—For many local residents, Dr. James Gloor has been a crucial resource in their fight against Lyme Disease. Now, the North Kingstown practitioner of 32 years is the subject of a Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) investigation, one which he claims is unfair and guided by special interest.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RITBA Board votes ‘yes’ to median barriers on Pell Bridge

June 19, 2014

JAMESTOWN—Last Wednesday evening, the Board of Directors at the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) voted to install median barriers on the Pell Bridge. The measures have been researched by the authority in response to a number of deaths that have occurred in recent years involving vehicles crossing the non-barricaded median and striking oncoming traffic.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown, EWG get high marks from RIDE

June 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Last Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) released its 2014 classifications, and schools in North Kingstown and Exeter-West Greenwich have achieved high marks. Wickford Middle School and the Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School both gained the highest distinction as ‘commended’ schools.
In North Kingstown, Hamilton Elementary School, Stony Lane Elementary School and the high school all achieved ‘leading’ designations, and no school in either districts received lower than a ‘typical’ rating.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EWG seniors celebrate at Ryan Center this past Saturday

June 19, 2014

EXETER—Four years at Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School have come to a close as the Class of 2014 walked to gain their diplomas at the Ryan Center this past Saturday. The event was full of tears and excitement from parents, friends and siblings, all who have seen the graduates grow through the challenges which they faced.
Before handing out diplomas and enjoying the festivities of the day, Superintendent of Schools James Erinakes began by reflecting on the challenges which the modern-day student faces.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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