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March 21st, 2014

School committee approves budget

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the budget for fiscal year 2015 in the amount of $27.7 million.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala said the budget is the same monetary amount was presented to the committee at the end of February. However, changes have been made within the budget to accommodate the committee’s decision to keep the family and consumer science program at Narragansett High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Break-in reported at Hal’s Auto Garage

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Hal’s Auto Garage and Auto Body on Old Tower Hill Road was broken into on Sunday according to police. South Kingstown police responded to an alarm at the building and found the front door smashed out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Adham retiring after 30 years in Narragansett

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—Rich Adham just felt the time was right.

After more than 30 years with the Narragansett school system – the last 10 as the high school’s athletic director – Adham will be retiring at the end of the school year.

“This is the culmination of 37 years in education, 10 years as AD and you just start slowing down,” he said during an interview Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to retiring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

HUD money awarded to towns in South County

March 21, 2014

Housing authorities in Rhode Island received $12.6 million in grant funding Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD awarded $1.8 billion in grants to public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make large-scale improvements to the nation’s 1.1 million public housing units.

Of the $12.6 million Rhode Island received, the majority, $3.7 million, was allocated to the Providence Housing Authority.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Gun and weapon bills packs RI State House

March 21, 2014

STATE HOUSE - A hearing on 14 gun and weapon bills in the state house on Tuesday packed the interior rotunda and the front patio with supporters and detractors on the varied bills.

The bills signed onto by local legislators include restricting the possession or transportation of a firearm at an airport and establishing the Firearm Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) that would be created by an additional $50 fine on top of firearm offenses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill requires evaluation of minority suspension rates

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following a report by the Rhode Island ACLU addressing a disparity in minority out-of-school suspensions, Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) introduced a bill that would require the commissioner of education to develop a method to analyze disciplinary data and the impact on students based on race.

“It’s important for districts to start critically reviewing the practice of suspension,” Tanzi said in an interview Wednesday. “Take away all of the distinguishing characteristics of the individual and just look at their actions. The schools need to find a plan to look at this more critically.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 20th

Community concerned about wireless technology in schools

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As districts throughout the state install wireless internet in their schools, a growing number of residents in North Kingstown and other communities are asking questions about the health concerns regarding the technology. Last Thursday evening, a group of approximately 35 people gathered at the North Kingstown Community Center to hear Camilla Rees, an author of a number of books on electromagnetic health and the dangers of wireless technologies, such as wireless and cell phone use, to which we are exposed daily.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Embury presents first budget to NK council

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At a work session on Tuesday evening, North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury presented two preliminary budget proposals for FY 2014-15 to the town council. The first proposes a tax levy increase of 2.88 percent, or a tax rate of $16.08, while the second suggests a levy increase of 2.60 percent, or a tax rate of $19.02.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Robbery suspect arrested in Florida

March 20, 2014

CLERMONT, Fla.—Joshua Rayta, a South Kingstown man who allegedly robbed a Dollar Tree in January, was arrested by special agents of the U.S. Marshals Service on March 7 after fleeing the state.

North Kingstown Police Department, who had known Rayta fled to Florida for more than a month after robbing a Dollar Tree on Jan. 25, had an indictment returned in February from the Washington County Grand Jury for Rayta’s arrest.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

QDC approves lease for food manufacturer

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the Quonset Development Corporation’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a lease agreement for Greencore USA, a global convenience food manufacturer and distributor, to build a new, 107,000 sq. ft. facility. According to Liam McClennon, CEO at Greencore USA, over 400 jobs will be created by the time the facility is fully operational next April.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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