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May 21st, 2012

Wickford Gourmet owners coming back to Main Street

May 22, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – They’re back!
After years of absence, Joe and Donna Dube, founders of such village mainstays as Wickford Gourmet and Beauty and the Bathare returning to the place they once called home.
The Dubes are in the process of moving Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet store from its Ten Rod Road location back to the original Wickford Gourmet building at 25 West Main St. and the pair hope to be open for business by Memorial Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rhode Island Sea Grant symposium looks at marine spatial planning

May 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island Sea Grant held its 11th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on Wednesday, bringing in scientists and policy experts from North America and Europe to the University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus. Participants gathered to discuss a topic to which Sea Grant, among other state organizations, have been heavily committed; marine spatial planning.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McNeiece raises concerns with ESCO project

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—On Wednesday evening, The School Committee heard a report from Jeff Broadhead, Executive Director of The Washington County Regional Planning Council (WCRPC) regarding the recent energy saving program into which the town has engaged. The Town Council held a work session last Tuesday to address the town’s energy saving needs through the Energy Services Company project (ESCO).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Budget talks focus on property tax values

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The Town Council held a work session Monday evening to further discuss the upcoming FY 2012-13 town budget. The town discussed a number of concerns and issues regarding decision-making on the proposed budget which was presented at the April 23 Town Council meeting, namely the rise in property tax values and the need for the town to maintain its current operating and capital fund levels where possible.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Federal cuts threaten water monitoring program

May 21, 2012

By SHAUN KIRBY

NARRAGANSETT—During the summer months, news broadcasts across the state can often be heard announcing beach closures and openings based on levels of bacteria in the water at any given time. Behind those decisions is the Department of Health’s Coastal Beach Program, through which health officials collect samples and assess water quality. In 2013, those activities are under threat from federal cuts that would end the program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 20th

People in the news: NK students receive music scholarships

May 21, 2012

Michael Grenier and Andrew Wynsen, seniors at North Kingstown High School will start their college careers a little bit richer after each received a $1,000 music scholarship from the North Kingstown Community Chorus last week.
Wynsen was awarded the Allie Goulet music scholarship on May 5 and will attend the University of Connecticut where he will major in jazz studies for the piano.
Grenier received the North Kingstown Community Chorus music scholarship on May 6 and will study music education and jazz studies at the University of Rhode Island in the fall.

ANDREWS AWARDED

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 19th

Tell Me Your Story: Ex-Seabee Sprengel salutes military history

May 20, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – They’re hard at work clearing and grading land at the Seabee Museum, preparing to build a larger space to accommodate the donations of veterans who want to share their personal history as wartime engineer-soldiers.
When plans are approved for the 60-foot-wide by 100-foot-long by 24-foot high structure, Jack Sprengel, a Vietnam-era vet who is the museum’s curator, plans to donate his entire collection of militaria. He estimates the treasure trove contains at least 1,000 pieces, probably more.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pavilions on schedule for Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - It is no secret that the beaches of Charlestown are among the favorite summer destinations of many Rhode Island and Connecticut residents, not to mention visitors from afar. This summer, Charlestown Town Beach and Blue Shutters Beach will be even better places to spend a sunny summer day, with better accommodations than ever before.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 18th

After delay, Fire Academy up and running

May 19, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

EXETER – Ten years ago, voters approved a $55 million public safety bond that included $6.4 million to build a new Rhode Island State Fire Academy on the old Ladd School site in Exeter. Now, almost two years after breaking ground, the first phase is complete and the school is open for business.
On April 28, both the Exeter and West Greenwich fire departments were the first companies to take part in live-burn courses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 17th

Volunteers banned at Exeter Animal Shelter

May 18, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – The latest move in the increasingly intense tug-of-war at the troubled Exeter Animal Shelter can only be termed drastic: a notice has been posted on the facility’s door announcing that, per order of the town council, the services of all volunteers are suspended.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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