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February 27th

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

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

 

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