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February 28th

URI hosts talk on economic impacts of climate change

February 28, 2014

KINGSTON — In his lecture, “Economic Tradeoffs in New England Coastal Management,” Dr. Robert Johnston of Clark University detailed the potential costs and benefits of a range of preservation choices for ocean communities. He gave the talk Tuesday afternoon at the University Club at the University of Rhode Island.

Johnston said that the economics of managing beaches and coastal areas was far more complex than simply looking at housing losses due to flooding and storms or the “damage and replacement costs.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lisi, school committee discuss policy changes

February 28, 2014

WAKEFIELD — At Tuesday’s night’s school committee work session, Assistant Superintendent Pauline Lisi proposed potential changes to consolidate four school policies: Age of enrollment, assignment of students, elementary student placement, and student promotion, placement, and retention.

Lisi began by saying that she wanted to involve the community in the process of making the policy changes.

“Last year we created a communication plan and I’d like to work with that a little bit at the end of the session tonight to see how we can use that to further engage the community in this process,” she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

2015 budget for Narragansett schools increasing slightly

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Superintendent of Schools Katherine E. Sipala presented a proposed $27.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015 to the school committee Wednesday, an increase of $357,882 over the current fiscal year’s budget.

The proposed fiscal 2015 budget represents a 1.31 percent increase over the fiscal 2014 budget, what Sipala called a “very small increase.”

“We had hoped for zero,” she said.

Sipala reviewed the considerations she took into account when drafting the proposed budget with the school committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI to maintain Plains Road section

February 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following up on an agreement between the town of South Kingstown and the University of Rhode Island, the town council decided unanimously on Tuesday evening to abandon a section of Plains Road for URI to pick up and maintain on its own.

“On November 19 of 2013, the town and the university signed into a shared services agreement relative to Plains Road,” said Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred at the meeting. “That agreement provided ownership, use, maintenance and future improvement responsibilities for that road.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police called during Deepwater hearing

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Tensions were high at the third public hearing of the Coastal Resources Management Council’s Ocean SAMP Subcommittee Thursday morning regarding Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The Narragansett police were called to the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus after audience members became disorderly and heckled Tricia Jedele, vice president and director of advocacy for the Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation, as she was giving testimony in support of Deepwater Wind’s project.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 27th

North Kingstown man arraigned on stolen firearm, obstruction charges

February 27, 2014

WARWICK—A local man was arraigned in Third District Court last week for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm after police responded to his apartment for gun shots having been fired in an argument with his roommate. Biagio J. Broccoli, 35, of 6101 Post Road, North Kingstown, was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and was further charged with obstructing a police officer in execution of duty, disorderly conduct and firing in a compact area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Budget discussions continue for NK School Committee

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The North Kingstown School Committee continued its discussion regarding the FY 2014-15 school budget on Tuesday evening, focusing on potential staff reductions and the district’s vision moving forward for capital improvements to school infrastructure.

“I know that the majority of questions and concerns that came my way have been about the staffing reductions,” said Auger to the committee. “I want to reiterate that the recommendations that I have made do not increase the general budget at all for staffing. There are a variety of places where I felt we could reduce and places in the budget I felt we needed add assistance for different things.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Embury defends non-audit services

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury defended the town’s position in contracting approximately $38,000 in non-audit services this past fall after the departure of town finance controller Jeanna Krukowski, who followed former finance director Patricia Sunderland to a position in South Kingstown last July.

Embury explained that the work was done by LGC&D, a CPA and business advising firm, on an emergency basis because of the controller’s departure in order to finish last year’s budget process.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Superior Court denies fast ferry opposition

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last Monday, Feb. 17, Superior Court Justice Patricia Hurst ruled in favor of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, owned by Charles Donadio Jr., after two companies which operate ferries out of Old Harbour on Block Island had appealed in October to be given intervener status in the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers’ (DPUC’s) license approval process.

Last summer, Donadio revealed his plans to establish a new fast ferry route from Quonset to Block Island, but has since met with significant opposition from the Block Island Ferry and the town of New Shoreham.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A Taste of NK

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—From March 2 to March 8, local restaurants will be opening their doors to customers new and familiar as part of the first annual Taste of NK Restaurant Week. The event, organized by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at bringing more customers into North Kingstown to enjoy local cuisine.

“Every other chamber of commerce does a restaurant week, and ours did not,” said Martha Pughe, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. “I thought we should be celebrating our restaurants as well, so it was very important to have a restaurant week in North Kingstown.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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