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February 27th

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

‘New Age’ businesses crop up around town

February 27, 2014

CHARIHO - Times they are a ‘changing. Nowhere is that more evident than seeing the New Age enter a small town.

The New Age Movement, which started in the late 1900s, challenged what we, as Americans, had been taught to believe about ourselves, others and the world around us. Combining such practices as alternative medicine, holistic health, psychology, metaphysical traditions and eastern beliefs, people were suddenly open to the opportunities that arose when it was accepted that nothing in life is singular, but connected to everything else.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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