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June 5th, 2014

Deer Brook case sent back to Supreme Court for mediation

June 5, 2014

EXETER—At Monday evening’s town council meeting, Town Solicitor James Marusak informed the council that the ongoing issues at the Deer Brook Condominium site will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for further mediation. The site was originally the subject of a court order stipulating the Deer Brook Development Corporation (DBDC) to install groundwater monitoring wells, among other implementations, to improve the area’s environmental impact. Those stipulations to date have not been met.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Family urges board to keep father’s murderer in prison

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Howard ‘Zeke’ Harris was a man who had endured a difficult youth to become one of the most endearing and well-known members of the North Kingstown community. On Sept. 15, 1982, the furniture store owner and friend with many was murdered by James Hughes, who is scheduled for a parole board hearing on June 9.

Harris’ daughter, Kay Cutting, finds it hard to speak about why Hughes, a heroin addict who brutally murdered a man who tried to help him, should remain incarcerated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Famed runestone to be placed in Updike Park

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A rediscovered runestone, water service maps, and sidewalk safety were topics of conversation at Monday night’s North Kingstown Town Council meeting.

The roughly five-ton runestone, discovered by a shellfisherman nearly a dozen years ago just below the low water mark off Pojac Point, appears to have ancient markings inscribed on its surface and has been the subject of debate for historians ever since.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

First Lady Obama visits the Ocean State

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Quonset was abuzz on Monday with local, state and national officials as the first lady Michelle Obama swung into town to inaugurate the keel laying for the SSN-786 Illinois, a Virginia-Class submarine currently being built at Electric Boat. The 377-foot long vessel was hailed as the pinnacle of current submarine design, and is equipped with the latest technology for open and covert warfare operations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hagopian wants better deterrent for student partying

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Several recurring issues were discussed at Monday evening’s town council meeting. Among these issues was the recent partying with URI students in the area of Eastward Look which continued to spark debate and concern among the public and council members.

Council members continued to mull over whether to further increase the fines for disturbing the peace and similar misdemeanors to the maximum amount of $500 per offense, but some members felt that the increase in fines is not properly deterring the unruly behavior.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CIP for SK budget hits senate floor

June 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The bill to fund the South Kingstown School District’s capital improvement plan that was approved in this year’s budget officially hit the senate floor yesterday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D - South Kingstown), would authorize South Kingstown to finance health, safety, fire code improvements to the high school, middle schools and elementary schools in the town through bonds not to exceed $4 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett centenarian honored by RIC

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – 100-year-old Narragansett resident Irene Kenny was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Rhode Island College at the undergraduate commencement ceremony that took place on May 17 in front of an audience of over 9,000 graduates, family, and friends. Born in 1913 and originally from East Providence, Kenny was a major contributor to Rhode Island’s teaching community during her more active years and has inspired many others to become teachers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 4th

Being a foster parent rewarding for both children, guardians

June 4, 2014

WEST WARWICK—Although Donna LaRose has three grown daughters, and eight grandchildren, she still wanted to continue helping children grow and enjoy life, especially after her husband died three years ago. Now, the West Warwick resident has adopted Evan, a two-year old foster child, and urges locals to become foster parents.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 2nd

School committee member concerned with lack of NECAP presentation

June 2, 2014

By BENJAMIN BRANCHAUD
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Despite examination of the NECAP scores by some members of the school committee at the midyear retreat, one school committee member takes issue with the lack of presentation of last year's scores by the superintendent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 22nd

Whitehouse recognizes solar powered vessel at Quonset

May 22, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Port of Quonset last year saw over 175,000 vehicles land at its two piers from 158 ships traveling throughout the world’s oceans. On Monday, the port entertained a different kind of ship; the world’s first solar power-assisted car shipping vessel.

The is a 656 foot car shipment vessel powered largely by 300 solar panels which adorn the top deck. The approximately 60,000 gross ton ship, built in 2008, can hold over 6,000 vehicles on average, and is operated by the NYK Line, a shipping business headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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