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February 20th

Chariho towns advocate for new disaster relief grants

February 20, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Representatives from Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton advocated for their towns’ needs at a special state presentation of new Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), which took place at Charlestown Town Hall last Thursday.

In “Version 3” of the grants, Washington County is set to receive about $15 million, which is 80 percent of the $19.4 million allocated to Rhode Island. The remaining 20 percent is reserved for statewide activities with an emphasis on Newport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 19th

Legislators push to make calamari official RI appetizer

February 19, 2014

STATE HOUSE – A newspaper report of a few years ago had this lead paragraph: “An ugly, slimy Rhode Island secret has surfaced: Rhode Island is the East Coast capital of squid.”

It may be a secret that squid landings in Rhode Island accounts for about 50 percent of all squid taken along the eastern seaboard. But from here to Seattle and lots of places in between, it’s no secret that Rhode Island squid turned into calamari is a restaurant favorite.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Avoid cabin fever, screen time during February vacation

February 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - This week’s February vacation, combined with the relentless winter weather, may make for a tense situation for local families who have a hard time finding ways to escape the cabin fever.

Dr. Kate Roberts, a licensed clinical psychologist, school psychologist and consultant, aims to make sure that all of that time isn’t filled with video games, social media, television and other forms of pixelated entertainment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI Library exhibit features African American history display

February 19, 2014

KINGSTON–Did you know that an African American invented the potato chip? What do you know about the attacks on civil rights protestors in the 1960s by police who used dogs and fire hoses to subdue them?

You can learn about these and related topics this month simply by visiting a lobby display at the University of Rhode Island’s Robert L. Carothers Library and Learning Commons.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK fares well on NECAP special education scores

February 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - While the South Kingstown School District’s NECAP scores have remained consistent for several years, dropping only a couple of points this year in reading and writing, the special education department has good news regarding the NECAP scores of students with IEPs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Is American democracy beginning to unravel?

February 19, 2014

A few centuries ago it was pretty much taken for granted among political thinkers that democracy – that is, government by the people, as opposed to government by kings or nobles – could not long survive. This belief was based on a study of ancient democracies. Some of these ancient democracies had short but brilliant live, e.g., Athens. At first they were vibrant, creative, and prosperous. Then they got fat and lazy. Finally they were taken over by a foreign power or by a home-grown tyrant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

It’s high time to regulate and tax marijuana in RI

February 19, 2014

Marijuana policy reform is a hot topic these days in Rhode Island and across the country. Over the last three years, we’ve been discussing the issue with constituents, colleagues, opinion leaders and activists on both sides of the issue. Our conversations have led us to two points of agreement:

• Our current marijuana policy has failed. For instance, studies indicate an increase in youth marijuana use and that it is easy for them to get it.

• Most Rhode Islanders are ready for change.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pell is the gubernatorial candidate with room to grow

February 19, 2014

In the end, despite all their bravado and bluffing, neither the unions nor the state officials batting over the 2011 pension reform law wanted to take their chances on how the five wise souls of the RI Supreme Court would rule on the constitutional issue at stake: Can the General Assembly make legislative changes to employee pensions after the workers and retirees have spent their careers paying into the system?

In this game of chicken, the unions appear to have flinched first.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Walsh co-sponsors ‘Pay It Forward, Pay It Back’ bill

February 19, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Legislation cosponsored by Rep. Donna M. Walsh would create a pilot program that would allow participating students to replace tuition with a plan that allows them to pay a percentage of their income after they graduate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lonczak to be inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame

February 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett resident Joni Lonczak will be inducted into the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Hall of Fame this spring.

Lonczak has been a Special Olympics coach for 30 years, coaching everything from volleyball, to roller-skating, to bowling.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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