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April 16th, 2014

Judge allows amended petition in Cole case

April 16, 2014

WARWICK — Kent County Supreme Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter allowed Monday afternoon the amendments to the original 2011 petition filed by residents of Sarah’s Trace against the Town of East Greenwich, the East Greenwich School District and several construction companies regarding the methods that were used to build Cole Middle School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lawyers critical of town excavation ordinance

April 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Several lawyers representing Charlestown quarries criticized the town council’s updated proposed excavation ordinance on Monday night during a second public hearing that had been continued from March 10.

Before discussing the ordinance, Town Council President Thomas Gentz presented a new resolution asking the General Assembly for an amendment that would give the town the authority to regulate quarry operations under its police power.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lally named speaker pro tempore

April 16, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Donald J. Lally (D-District 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown) has been named speaker pro tempore.

Newly elected House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello appointed Lally to the position on April 3. The speaker pro tempore presides over the House session when the speaker is not present.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Former URI basketball player charged with murder in Canada

April 16, 2014

A former University of Rhode Island basketball player is one of two men charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 33-year-old mother of four in Toronto, according to multiple Canadian media reports.

Alwayne Bigby, 23, of Toronto, is charged in the drive-by shooting death of Andrea White, which reportedly occurred Saturday, April 12 around 11 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Columbia Street legal grow facility issued zoning citation from town

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Town Building Cfficial Jeffrey O’Hara has taken an unprecedented stance on private medical marijuana growing facilities through a zoning citation regarding the private operation on Columbia Street as an “agricultural products manufacturing process,” which is not allowed in the commercial downtown zone.

The violation requires the current tenant and operator of the private growing facility to cease operations by April 22. Failure to do so will result in legal action taken against the owner of the property, Piyush Patel.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier budget includes 4 percent property tax increase

April 16, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 calls for a 4 percent property tax increase.

With the increase, the total general fund budget is currently projected at nearly $52.8 million for the next fiscal year, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the current fiscal year. The budgets for town departments are up 12 percent over the current fiscal year to $21.2 million from nearly $19 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Educators from around the state speak during RIBOE meeting at town hall

April 16, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Board of Education held its monthly meeting before a crowded assembly room Monday at Narragansett Town Hall.

The business portion of the meeting was preceded by a lengthy public forum, which included comments from educators from around the state on a host of subjects.

Two local educators spoke on two different topics.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Road race scheduled for Memorial Day creates conflict in council chambers

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In what can only be described as a total commandeering of the town council meeting on Monday night, an estimated 20 supporters of the sanctity of Memorial Day made themselves known before the town council in protest of a town-approved road race scheduled on the somber national holiday around the same time as the parade.

Rachel Clough, a Peace Dale resident, military mom and originator of a petition with more than 150 signatures affixed, was the first to speak on the matter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI plans to arm campus police

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island announced on Monday that it will soon begin the process to arm the campus police officers following years of public discussion and a renewed sense of urgency caused by the false-alarm gunman incident at the Chafee Social Science Center last year.

URI President David Dooley, South Kingstown Chief of Police Vincent Vespia, URI Public Safety Director Stephen Baker, House Rep. Spencer Dickinson (D - Dist. 35, South Kingstown) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA) share similar positions on the matter of arming the campus police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 15th

Local school sends three to world championship

April 15, 2014

COVENTRY— Three students from The Kelly School of Irish Dance are gearing up to travel overseas to compete against multiple countries during the annual World Irish Dance (WIDA) Association world championship.

Meghan Kelly, owner and instructor of the studio, explained that Claire Jalbert, 13, Megan Quirk, 16 and Emily Pietrantozzi, 14, will be competing in the championship on April 19 and 20 in Germany.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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