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April 10th

Emotions run high in fire settlement talk

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Town Council President Elizabeth Dolan confirmed the council’s March 24 vote approving a settlement offer in the town’s long running dispute with the North Kingstown Fire Fighters, NKFFA Local 1651. Based on the failure of the NKFFA to reply to the settlement offer by the imposed deadline of March 31 at noon, however, Dolan said, “Unfortunately we don’t see a settlement in the near future, and the litigation is still pending and will move forward before the Supreme Court.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Voters approve $55.4 million Chariho school budget on first vote

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Voters in the three towns passed the $55.4 million Chariho school budget Tuesday.

The budget passed on the first try by a vote of 912 in favor 622 against.

“I’m very, very pleased that the budget passed and truly appreciate the support of the community for the district,” Superintendent Barry Ricci said Wednesday morning. “The budget is a good budget and is responsive to the needs of our students and is very fair to the taxpayers.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Some unsafe travels for Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs of Hopkinton

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON – Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs ventured to Florida each year for a rest. Never did he imagine that he and his wife would come close to being murdered there, at the hands of a madman.

The physician was born in Hopkinton on Nov. 12, 1850 to Asa Sheldon Briggs and Mary (Burdick). Asa was the superintendent of a local woolen mill and, during the fall and winter months, boarded area school teachers at his home.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Summer environmental youth program offered at Frosty Drew

April 10, 2014

CHARLESTOWN–What could be more fun for a child than to spend a week of discovery at Frosty Drew Nature Center’s Nature Weeks this summer?

Frosty Drew Nature Center is a private, non-profit, environmental education organization located in Ninigret Park. The center has been offering fun learning to children for thirty years. Situated on the edge of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and bordering on Ninigret Pond in Charlestown, the Center’s talented and creative staff has designed a program that focuses on a new and exciting part of nature each day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An issue of fairness with seasonal permits

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON - The town council, acting temporarily as a licensing board, discussed the issues with special event permits that span a seasonal period at Monday night’s meeting during discussion on a particular permit for the Pavilion Steakhouse.

The Pavillion was seeking a special event permit for “various events” that would span the weekends from April 25 to October.

Councilor David Husband expressed his concerns on the process by which these licenses are applied for and distributed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee seeks joint meeting on Chariho Act

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho School Committee would like to have a joint meeting with the three town councils to discuss the Chariho Act.

Superintendent Barry Ricci proposed the idea to the school committee Tuesday.

“I am of the opinion that with the paper flying back and forth between the school committee and the town councils and the councils to each other, that little to nothing will ever be accomplished,” Ricci said. “I would like to offer an alternative to that. The Chariho Act revision subcommittee is one alternative that has been used in the past, but it requires the committee go back to the councils and the school committee for a vote. I propose to you that you think about hosting a meeting of the three town councils facilitated by a moderator.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Students arrested for possession of marijuana candy

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Three 14-year-old Chariho students were recently arrested after allegedly possessing and distributing “marijuana candy” on school grounds, according to Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson and Superintendent of Chariho Schools Barry Ricci.

Police said on March 27, a 14-year-old Chariho Middle School student was arrested and charged with one count of distributing a controlled substance in or near a school and one count of possession of a controlled substance, following an investigation into an incident where a teenaged middle school student required medical attention.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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