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Morris resigns from SK school committee

August 22, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown School member Liz Morris officially resigned Tuesday.

Morris, who was absent at Tuesday’s meeting, sent a letter of resignation, dated Aug. 9, to the committee stating that she would be moving out of state.

Maureen Cotter, committee chair, read the letter aloud during the meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hearing tonight on Whalerock land

August 22, 2013

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight regarding the potential purchase of the 78 acres, known as the Whalerock property, to use as open space.

Developer Larry LeBlanc was in the midst of a public hearing before the Charlestown Zoning Board for permission to erect two 410-foot wind turbines on the site.

The zoning board hearing was stalled once the town began pursuing an option to purchase the property.

The hearing regarding purchasing the property will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Charlestown Elementary School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State mandate prevents library funding increases

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON― Even though the town council would like to give more money to the town's two libraries, the state-mandated “maintenance of effort” makes increases fiscally risky. If the town were to add to its library funding, it would be required to maintain that level in future years regardless of unpredictable budgetary shifts.

“The 'maintenance of effort' says you cannot give any less than you gave the prior year. Once you give, you cannot take away. It's a permanent increase,” said Council President Frank Landolfi at Monday night's council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho schools prepare for Affordable Healthcare Act

August 22, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Affordable Healthcare Act (AHA) will have “dramatic financial implications” for the Chariho Schools according to Chariho Solicitor Jon M. Anderson, who made a presentation of the AHA's potential ramifications to the school committee on Tuesday night.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton man unearths old grave

August 22, 2013

HOPKINTON – Ed James of Hopkinton can’t forget the day last summer when he received a phone call from his father telling him, “They just found an old grave in the sandbank behind the barn.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter man dies in Bonnet Shores house fire

August 22, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- A house located at 21 Algonquin Road in Narragansett caught fire Friday night, causing the death of one Exeter resident.

The Narragansett Fire Department stated that Daniel C. Bresnahan, 52, was pronounced dead at South County Hospital Friday night.

According to the spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health, Andrea Bagnall Degos, the Office of State Medical Examiners stated that the cause of death was soot and smoke inhalation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

United Water proposing rate increase for SK, Narragansett customers

August 22, 2013

United Water customers in South Kingstown and Narragansett could soon see an increase in their monthly water bills.

United Water Rhode Island filed an application for rate relief last week with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to increase the typical residential customer bill by approximately $10.30 per month – or 34 cents per day.

The request is based on $5.7 million in water system investments “designed to improve water supply, system resiliency, water quality, infrastructure reliability and fire protection,” according to United Water.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New assistant principal takes the helm at Prout

August 22, 2013

WAKEFIELD - A new assistant principal, David Flaherty, is joining The Prout School this year.

Education is the family business for Flaherty and he is continuing the tradition.

Flaherty said his parents were both professors. His father worked at Providence College, which Flaherty attended, and his mother worked at the University of Rhode Island. He said he also has several aunts and uncles in education, in addition to two of his sisters. His wife is also a guidance counselor at East Greenwich High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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