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February 14th

School committee approves budget, 6-1

February 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – An hour and a half into the school committee meeting on Tuesday, the committee quietly voted to adopt the superintendent’s $58.9 million budget with one dissenting vote and one comment by a committee member.

After a short reiteration of the budget, which includes the new middle school foreign language program and several staff reductions, Dr. Anthony Mega of the school committee immediately made a motion to adopt the budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cronin addresses chronic absenteeism at SKHS

February 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - South Kingstown High School Assistant Principal Kevin Cronin addressed the school committee on Tuesday with alarming statistics regarding chronic absenteeism.

“For the first time, the Rhode Island Department of Education has presented schools with their chronic absenteeism data,” said Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow. “Certainly we have been keeping track of it on our own, but this is the first time we can compare with the state number and district to district. We asked Mr. Cronin to come talk about what our data is and our plans.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 13th

Erna thrilled with his big-screen debut

February 13, 2014

WARWICK — Sully Erna experiences excitement and thrill every time he takes the stage with his bandmates in Godsmack in performing their hits that made the group superstars around the world for the last decade and a half.

Recently, the Lawrence, Mass. native experienced that same thrill each and every day he walked onto the set of a locally-produced film for the better part of the few months.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wind facility moratorium recently extended

February 13, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council granted a six-month extension on the wind facility moratorium that was originally imposed this past June.

The latest extension, according to Planning Department Director Lisa Bourbonnais, would extend through this July.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Son of Cole Middle School teacher a symbol of perseverance

February 13, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The O’Neill family, ever since their son, Braylon, entered the world five years ago, became accustomed to the idea that you never know where a single moment in life will take you, and that you do the very best in making the best out of said moment.

Kelli O’Neill, a history teacher at Cole Middle School and Braylon’s mother, knew something was different when Braylon was born, but had no idea what that difference was. That was until the doctors gave the diagnoses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Raptakis urges passage of parole bill

February 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE— Two local politicians hosted a press conference at the statehouse Tuesday afternoon to urge members of the General Assembly to approve legislation that would require convicted murderers to serve longer sentences.

Senator Leonidas Raptakis (District 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) and Representative Patricia Serpa (District 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) were joined by three other politicians to introduce their three bills.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Alleged wallet thief in custody

February 13, 2014

The East Greenwich Police Department has taken a West Warwick man into custody for allegedly being involved in a pair of wallet thefts at a local food store.

Joseph Mignano, 37 of 137 Surrey Ln., West Warwick, was arrested and charged with two counts of larceny under $1,500 and on an active bench warrant from Third District Court late Saturday morning.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGFD chief gives Station 1 floor update

February 13, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — East Greenwich Fire Chief Russell McGillivray addressed the Town Council Monday evening the results of the extensive work that the engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz and Heger performed regarding the plan to fix the apparatus floor at Station 1 on Main Street.

And based on the results, the already major project will become more extensive.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RHS robotics team has solid weekend

February 13, 2014

WARWICK — For several years, the idea of robotics at Rocky Hill School – something that would obviously be a wave of the future – seemed like a thing of the past.

Old metal parts, wires, nuts and bolts were stashed away in a corner room, collecting dust instead of becoming innovative creations, at the small yet prominent preparatory institution in East Greenwich.

That all changed recently when Tom Adams, the Director of Technology at Rocky Hill, brought the robotics program out of extinction and encouraged students at all levels on campus – Lower School, Middle School and Upper School – to bring their ideas to life in the form of a moving object that can be controlled through a computer and a remote control.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Newton: ‘Kettle asked for help, and I helped’

February 13, 2014

The culture within the State House, according to Chuck Newton – the President of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee – is that anytime a fellow state senator or representative asks for something, the response is always ‘yes,’ no matter what door one walks through.

Looking back at his current situation, Newton wishes he did not walk through one particular door.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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