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March 19th

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 18, 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

March 17th

Tell Me Your Story: Longtime member Carol Perry is at home in the Grange

March 17, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Carol Freeborn Perry has been a Grange member for more than 40 years, watching the agrarian organization evolve from a socio-political force into an entity deeply committed to community service activities.
Like the gardens in her backyard on Ten Rod Road, Carol's roots run deep in the consortium founded in the midwestern farm belt in 1867 as the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 16th

NK scouts camped, cooked, performed

March 16, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Helen Beaven, who will celebrate her 95th birthday in June, readily admits that back in the day when she and her best friend of more than 60 years, Rita Perry, were raising their families, “We ran everything. Rita and I got things going.”
In fact, Rita – who died last year – and Helen had made such a success of guiding the PTA that they were summoned in the late 1940s by a descendant of the town’s founders and told to devote their talents to forming a Girl Scout troop.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho budget in hands of voters

March 16, 2012

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - The Chariho School Committee adopted the Fiscal Year 2013 budget on Tuesday night, after one final altercation that will relieve $200,000 from the member towns’ contribution bottom line. The budget will now be put to the will of the voters at an April 10 referendum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 15th

Local Girl Scouts celebrate milestone

March 15, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Girl Scouts of America, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this week, first came to Rhode Island in 1914 and since then have flourished throughout the state, with over 30 troops in North Kingstown and Jamestown alone that feature a total of 270 scouts and 75 adult leaders.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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