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R.I. officials discuss need for an increase of minimum wage

February 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage. The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence recently.

Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks. Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin visits Dave’s Market during ‘Food Week’

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — U.S. Congressman James Langevin (D-R.I.) has spent the last few years discussing ways and methods as to how to bolster the lackluster economy in the Ocean State, such as his initiatives for technical education in order to support job growth.

Now, the District 2 congressman is hoping his latest idea for bettering Rhode Island’s economy would leave a good taste in everyone’s mouth, both figuratively and literally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG to see ‘signs’ of change

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council had a brief discussion during their Monday meeting at Town Hall regarding amending the text of the sign code within the Town’s zoning ordinance.

Lisa Bourbonnais, the Town’s planning director, told the Council that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) among other organizations had identified there were issues within the Town’s sign code, problems that the ACLU deemed “unconstitutional or unsupportable” and the organization is requesting revisions to the ordinance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Newton stepping down?

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH - Could there be a new chairman of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee in the near future?

In an interview late Monday morning, Chuck Newton, who currently holds the highest position at the RTC, stated he recently submitted a letter of resignation to the executive board for review.

The reasoning behind Newton’s decision to potentially step down as chairman, he says, stems from his involvement in helping State Senator Nick Kettle (R-Coventry) create a false Facebook profile page that mocked Coventry Representative Scott Guthrie, an incident that resulted in Newton losing his job as communications director of the House Minority Office at the State House.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Quite The Character

February 27, 2014

Bill Culbertson’s life involves living in two different worlds.

On one hand, the North Smithfield resident makes the half-hour ride south to East Greenwich to mentor young aspiring minds on a fulltime basis in the Video Game Design department at the New England Institute of Technology, helping them create virtual worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a computer screen.

On the other hand, Culbertson spends as much time as humanly possible creating worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a television screen for families and children to enjoy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee proposes FY2015 budget

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The long, annual journey to a financial compromise for the East Greenwich School District had its official genesis Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Victor Mercurio formally presented the district’s proposed 2015 fiscal budget to both the East Greenwich School Committee and to the public at Cole Middle School, highlighting the financial goals of the EGSD for next year, as well as some increases in certain areas of the budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police receive Narcan

February 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - The Charlestown Police Department now has another tool available to deal with the increased concerns of pharmaceutical drug overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an antidote used by EMTs to treat opioid overdose, which includes heroine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. Through the Charlestown Ambulance-Rescue Service and CVS Pharmacy in Charlestown, local police officers are now trained and ready to administer the antidote.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Several instances of animal cruelty during early 1990s

February 27, 2014

HOPKINTON – Despite the pleasant farms and warm-hearted rural folks, the behavior of South County residents in times past didn’t always make for a pretty picture. On numerous occasions, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to investigate the criminal, the heartless, and the often grotesque actions of our townspeople.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town administrator ‘highly commended’

February 27, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The town council expressed their approval and appreciation of their new Town Administrator Mark S. Stankiewicz by voting unanimously for a “Highly Commended” performance review on his one year anniversary in the position.

Following the rules of the Charlestown Charter during the “probationary period,” or the first year of employment, the council reviewed Stankiewicz’s performance at the three-month and six-month marks, and provided an evaluation in writing at 12 months from the date of his appointment, which was Feb. 12, 2013.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Watch Hill nominated for happiest seaside town

February 27, 2014

WESTERLY — In its third annual contest for the “Happiest Seaside Town in America,” Coastal Living Magazine has nominated the seaside village of Watch Hill.

The 10 finalists were chosen from every location that was considered a “dream town” over the past 15 years. The magazine included a range factors including the percentage of clear and sunny days, health of beach eco-systems, commute times, walkability, crime rates, standard of living, and the financial well-being of the town’s residents. Also factored in was the Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index, which uses surveys to measure aspects of well-being such as purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. In addition, the magazine editor assessed each town’s “coastal vibe,” which was included in the final tally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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