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April 15th, 2012

Injured Exeter waitress making strides

April 16, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

COVENTRY – Very carefully, Audra Willis walks through her garden, showing a visitor where she plans to sow the contents of assorted seed packets.
Her adolescent gray-and-white cat, Larry, tears around, swishing his tail while keeping Willis in sight. It's as if he realizes that Audra's ability to negotiate on her own – no wheelchair, no walker, no cane – is miraculous.
“The doctor gave me a 10 out of 10,” she says, beaming; that's a 100 percent chance of making a complete recovery and returning to work – perhaps even sooner than she had hoped.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 14th

Tell Me Your Story: Duffany doesn't plan to flee

April 15, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The town's new animal warden, Holly Duffany – on the job for two months – is earning a degree in criminal justice from New England Tech, hopes to one day become a police K-9 officer, and loves critters so much that she took home a seemingly unadoptable dog that had been in the shelter for more than half its life.
She also just turned 21 and is the youngest animal control officer in the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Threatening essay stuns school, EGPD

April 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — There were already plans in place for a police presence every Monday and Friday at East Greenwich High School.

However, on Monday, there was more of a reason for police detail given the circumstances surrounding sophomore from the school who recently posted a disturbing message online.

East Greenwich Police, along with the Attorney General’s office, are investigating the message that was posted on Facebook by the juvenile that described a school shooting.

Read more about it in the April 12 edition of the Pendulum.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SC 'struggling' on cut requests

April 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The East Greenwich School Committee understood what the Town Council was asking of it regarding making cuts to the proposed budget during Monday’s meeting at Town Hall.

Finding logical ways to make the cuts? That’s going to pose quite a challenge for the School Committee going forward.

Chairperson Deidre Gifford addressed her concerns to the Council on Monday, stating that the School Committee is struggling to find ways to cut $474,374 from its proposed budget of $31,375,451 to the town.

Read more about it in the April 12 edition of the Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Medical center plan approved

April 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — The Greenwich Center medical office complex will stretch across both sides of South County Trail after the Planning Board approved construction of its latest phase last Wednesday night.

F.H. French Real Estate of Lincoln received unanimous approval of a combined preliminary and final plan for a pair of two-story buildings with 44,910 square feet of space, to be connected by an atrium, at 1454 South County Trail. The land is zoned Manufacturing/Light Industry Office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bond pays off with new library

April 14, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — With much of the work on the $52 million school bond approved by East Greenwich School District voters in 2008 now complete, school officials received some thanks last Tuesday night…appropriately enough, in upgraded surroundings made possible by savings from the bond surplus.

The School Committee held last week’s meeting in the East Greenwich High School library as a means of showing off the recently completed improvements, which closed the library for much of the school year and forced the relocation of books and much of its equipment to the old school gym.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bike Day's today at South County YMCA

April 14, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to promote healthy living, the town of South Kingstown, in partnership with the South County YMCA will host the first “Bike Day” on Saturday, April 14, from 10 to 2 p.m. at the YMCA at 165 Broad Rock Road, Wakefield.

The free event has sprung from the Healthy Places By Design initiative – which provided advice on how the town can help its residents be more active and eat healthier.

“[Bike Day] promotes the use of the bike path and the fun of riding a bike,” says Vincent Murray, director of planning.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 13th

NK taxpayers voice concerns over budget

April 14, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – For the first time this season, members of the public had a chance to speak their mind about the proposed fiscal year 2012/2013 budgets for both the North Kingstown School Department and the town as a whole.
And speak they did.
After a short public hearing on the municipal budget yielded a small turnout, the NK town council reconveyed after an hour-long recess to discuss the school budget with Superintendent Dr. Philip Auger and a large crowd inside the high school auditorium.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC rejects Matunuck Beach Road plan

April 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For decades, South Kingstown and the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) have tried to come up with a solution that would simultaneously protect Matunuck Beach Road from falling into the ocean and preserve the environment’s natural process.

In 2012, the town and the state are still looking for that solution.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

April 13, 2012

In today's paper, find out why the Coastal Resources Management Council rejected South Kingstown's plan to protect Matunuck Beach Road.

At the first of two budget hearings in South Kingstown, science teachers oppose two $200,000 positions in the school district.

The Narragansett School Committee met with Nancy Daley, Curriculum Director for Narragansett Schools, this week to discuss student performance over the past year on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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