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Concerns raised over restaurant proposal

April 30, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Any new business coming into a particular town, like East Greenwich, is always proverbial music to the ears of local government officials.

How loud the actual music that is played within said establishment is a hurdle two prospective restaurateurs need to clear if they want to open up shop at a very notable location on Main Street.

John Davis and Ketan Patel, co-partners of 818 Restaurant Group, LLC, approached the East Greenwich Town Council Monday evening at Town Hall requesting a new alcoholic beverage license with victualing and entertainment for their new restaurant, Havana’s, that they wish to open at 11 Main St., the same location as the former Post Office Café and recently-closed Rok Bar and Grill, in a public hearing.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC to review recommendation to approve DWW application

April 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council will conduct a full review next week of the Ocean SAMP Subcommittee’s recommendation to approve Deepwater Wind’s application to construct the Block Island Wind Farm and the Block Island Transmission System.

The council will meet Tuesday, May 13 at the Department of Administration in Providence to discuss Deepwater’s application to build five 6-megawatt turbines located off the coast of Block Island and a submarine transmission cable connecting Block Island to the mainland.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Middle school girls get a science lesson in Kingston

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON - A week-long chemistry camp exclusive to and focused on middle school girls who have an interest in science brought hair gel and lipstick analysis, water purification studies, disposable diaper analysis and a particularly messy Mentos and Diet Coke experiment to the URI campus last week.

URI Professor Mindy Levine, who headed the camp and continues to seek funding to continue it, believes that young girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields do not have enough role models.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown resident Bogusz perseveres

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON - If you look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, you might reach the conclusion that she is just another college over-achiever. But you’d just be getting a small part of her story.

That’s because nowhere in the South Kingstown resident’s summary of academic and professional accomplishments does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver ran into her June 23, 2007. The incident, during which she was struck by a vehicle going 100 miles per hour and subsequently thrown 125 feet, happened just a week after her graduation from South Kingstown High School and a week after she had already begun classes in the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development Program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Invasive species expected to expand to New England due to climate change

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON– A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is that the invasive species tree-of-heaven is expected to expand northward to New England due to climate change.

Yeqiao Wang, a URI professor of terrestrial remote sensing, says that his team’s research combining satellite-based data with ground-based ecological monitoring will be useful in the management of the lands along the Appalachian Trail.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Carlson files appeal to zoning violation

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Jordan Carlson, current lessee of the former Campus Cinema on Columbia Street, has filed an appeal to the zoning violation that categorized his private, legal and medicinal marijuana plants as “agricultural products manufacturing.”

When Building Official Jeff O’Hara discovered that the property was being used as a legal growing site, he filed the violation, saying, “What else could it be categorized as?”

The appeal, written by Zoning Attorney John F. Kenyon, was accompanied by 30 pages of medical marijuana laws.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier school committee has a $500,000 surplus

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – During a public hearing on the school and town budgets Monday, Superintendent Katherine Sipala explained to the town council why the school committee has a $500,000 surplus.

The town council previously questioned whether the school committee could access the surplus instead of requesting $357,000 from the town to cover half of the $720,000 the school committee is being asked to contribute to fund the town’s annual required contribution, or ARC, for its pension system.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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