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January 13th, 2012

Charlestown votes down tax exemption committee

January 13, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - Charlestown residents struggling to pay their property taxes should know that the town’s government is trying to help them, but are going to have to be patient as it figures out how.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 12th

IT consolidation a hot topic in NK

January 13, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Monday night members from both the North Kingstown school committee and town council met to discuss the findings of the Elert & Associates IT Assessment Report discussing the possibility of consolidating the school department and towns IT departments.
The study began last April and concluded in September. Elert had recommended the town take over the school department’s technology department, a move that the consolidation committee “strongly endorses”.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Vespia named to first RI Criminal Justice Hall of Fame tonight

January 12, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After serving as a Rhode Island State Trooper for 21 years, leading investigations in the arrest of crime boss Raymond Patrairca and solving a 1970s murder by five former Coventry Police officers, South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr. was inducted into the inaugural Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame last night at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Chariho Times

January 12, 2012

In this week's paper, we have a story about the rescue of crew members off the 55-foot fishing vessel Elizabeth Helen after it sank three miles northeast of Block Island this past Saturday.

After much discussion Monday night, the Charlestown Town Council voted to not create a committee to examine the town's tax exemption program because they could not decide who should be on the ad hoc committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 11th

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

January 12, 2012

It was a busy week for local government as the NK School Committee and Town Council met Monday night to talk about consolidating IT departments in addition to regular meetings where they both addressed budget issues.
This week, the Standard Times catches you up on all the latest School Committee and Town Council news. In addition, we've got you covered on news regarding the Old Exeter Town Hall building, Electric Boat's latest expansion, plus much, much more.
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times today!

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Serving a menu and venue niche

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Rolling Stones may not gather any moss, but at least one of them gathered at Besos Teahouse recently. That would be the high-powered Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones.

Watts, former Gov. Don Carcieri and other Rhode Island dignitaries have discovered what East Greenwich residents are quickly coming to relish – the unique new eatery whose name means “kisses,” while smacking of great food.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

TC approves school building project

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH - The town’s $52 million school bond, approved by voters in 2008, turned out to be a bargain.

The Town Council wrapped up much of the bond’s financial business last night by formally approving a final school building improvement project budget in the amount of $48,787,600, well below the bonding authority granted by resident.

Town Manager William Sequino Jr. estimated that the town saved $2.6 million in interest and bond issuance costs, with School Building Systems, supervisor of the school project, realizing a $613,000 surplus.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Clergy asking state to help poor

January 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Not all of the lobbying at the Statehouse is done by people in dark suits on the House and Senate floors, committee rooms and legislative lounges.

A group of the state's religious leaders, spanning faiths from Judeo-Christian to Eastern, some in colorful liturgical robes, gathered in the main rotunda last Wednesday to stage the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition's fourth annual “Fighting Poverty with Faith” vigil.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two members of EGPD promoted

January 11, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Two veteran East Greenwich Police Department officers received promotions in rank during ceremonies at Monday night's Town Council meeting at Town Hall.

Lt. Stanley Cirella was promoted from sergeant, and Sgt. Robert Siple was promoted from patrolman as they were sworn in by Town Clerk Leigh A. Botello, saluted by Police Chief Thomas Coyle and had their new badges pinned on by family members.

For more on the story, check out the Jan. 12 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rhode Island Board of Governors discuss Dooley's retirement incentive program again

January 11, 2012

KINGSTON - The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education held their regular meeting on Monday evening, discussing a number of issues, including the newly proposed University Retirement Incentive Program (URIP) at the University of Rhode Island. Although no vote was taken for action, the plan will be discussed among many governmental parties, including the state Senate and the Governor’s office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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