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March 22nd

NK Council approves preliminary budget

March 23, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Members of the North Kingstown Town Council, along with the town clerk and other town staff, spent over five hours meeting with town department heads to go through all the individual budgets for fiscal year 2012/2013 Monday afternoon and, in a unanimous vote, approved the town manager’s preliminary budget of $98,995,928.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 21st

Preview this week's Standard-Times today!

March 22, 2012

It's budget season in NK and Exeter!
In this week's Standard Times, we bring you the latest information on NK Town Manager Michael Embury's preliminary budget and let you know what programs/departments you can expect to receive more or less than ever before.
In addition, we bring you the latest on a farm fire on Tower Hill Road, introduce you to the new mascot of Wawaloam Elementary School and give you an exclusive update on the Vision of Exeter project.
All that and much, much more in this week's Standard Times. Pick up a copy today!

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preliminary budget passes; tempers flare at SK Town Hall

March 21, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council approved the preliminary budget for FY 2012-2013 with two amendments – a $7,000 tax appropriation to the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and a $500 increase to the Washington County Regional Planning Council.
To balance the $89 million budget, the town council also increased the fund for payment-in-lieu-of-taxes from $227,206 to $234,706, an amount equal to the two changes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

March 21, 2012

In today's paper, we have the stories of two town council meetings that went array. In Narragansett, Town Council President Glenna Hagopian accuses the town manager of wrong doing. In South Kingstown, Democratic town committee chairman Brendon Fogarty gets into an argument with resident Jonathan Daly Labelle, causing a five minute recess.

We also have the plans from the South County Regatta Committee who will have a 12 meter yacht race off of Narragansett Pier on June 21.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 20th

Politics as Usual: Bankruptcy is far from a good option for RI towns (OPINION)

March 21, 2012

Back before it became a cliché, Michael Douglas’ stemwinding speech in the Oliver Stone movie “Wall Street” was a memorable and oft-quoted piece of cinematic oratory, flowing from its iconoclastic catchphrase, “Greed is good.” (Actually, what Douglas’s amoral financier Gordon Gekko said was, “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”)
The very audacity of it! This guy is saying greed — one of the seven deadly sins, for Pete’s sake! – is good and worthwhile; valuable, even. That’s certainly a whole new way of looking at things, isn’t it?

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tension, distrust boiling over for SK schools

March 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Accusations from teachers and taxpayers that Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow is controlling the school committee hung in the air Tuesday night.

“It’s hard not to consider the superintendent doesn’t have an agenda of her own, who’s interest is not the education of students in South Kingstown but to serve out her contract and to lay out the foundation for another job elsewhere,” Stephen Burke, a South Kingstown resident said.

The school committee defended Stringfellow, whom they hired in 2009.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 19th

Council discusses report on Featherbed Lane repairs

March 20, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – During the spring 2010 flood, North Kingstown sustained heavy roadway damage and thousands of homes in the area suffered flooded basements.
Even though it’s been two years since that event, many residents are still feeling the effects.
None more so than the residents of Featherbed Lane, which is located on the crest of dam that gave out and is still closed to traffic.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI facing affordable housing shortage

March 19, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—In 2004, Rhode Island established the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, legislation aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing units by creating a 10 percent threshold that municipalities had to ideally meet, or submit a plan for achieving that number in the future. In Narragansett, 462 affordable housing units would need to be built to meet the 10 percent figure, and in South Kingstown, 390, according to HousingWorksRI.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Positive changes to SK budget

March 19, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For FY 2013 the school committee has requested a property tax transfer of only 0.3 percent to support its $58.2 million budget.

The budget is down since the school committee first adopted it in January. The original budget was $58.8 million with a 1.6 percent tax transfer.

“Since the South Kingstown School Department budget projections are made in the fall, recent trending in various budget lines has allowed us to make some positive changes,” Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 18th

Geismar resigns as EWG superintendent

March 19, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

WEST GREENWICH – After five years as superintendent of the Exeter-West Greenwich school district, Dr. Thomas Geismar announced this week that he will resign from his position at the end of the school year.
A 62 year-old grandfather of two, Geismar said he and his wife will be moving to northern Florida to be closer to their three children and he will leave with a lifetime of knowledge and great accomplishments under his belt.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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