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May 8th

School District, teachers reach new deal

May 8, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The 15-month long negotiation odyssey has finally ended within the East Greenwich School District.

School Committee Chairperson David Green announced Monday during the budget discussions with the East Greenwich Town Council at Swift Community Center that the School Committee and the East Greenwich Education Association (EGEA)/National Education Association of Rhode Island have agreed to a new three-year contract retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up a copy of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Strange but true animal stories from South County

May 8, 2014

There’s no shortage of crazy animal tales in Washington County. Be it a common bird, deer or something as exotic as an opossum, our ancestors were regularly amazed by the antics of other species.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tribe calls on Congress to support ‘Carcieri fix’

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Narragansett Indian Tribe is calling on the Rhode Island Congressional delegation to support the bill pending in U.S. Congress known as the “Carcieri fix.”
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he bills – S2188 and its companions HR279 and HR666 – would amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, sometimes known as the Indian New Deal, to allow the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Native American tribes recognized after 1934. The legislation stems from a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Carcieri versus Salazar, which concerned a 32-acre parcel of land in Charlestown that the Narragansett Indian Tribe purchased and submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1997 to be taken into trust for the tribe.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton Council proposes changes to seasonal permit fees

May 8, 2014

HOPKINTON — Town Councilor David Husband is spearheading revisions to the Amusements Ordinance that would establish new rules for seasonal permits covering special events such as cultural festivals, recreational gatherings, and even weddings.

The ordinance requires a license for “any outdoor recreational, entertainment, cultural event, or festival.” A person can obtain a license by paying a $100 filing fee and filling out an application at least three weeks before a regularly scheduled town council meeting in order to attend a hearing, which the town clerk advertises to the public one week in advance. Once the town council approves the application, the license fee is $200, and the permit “shall expire upon the closing of the recreational, entertainment, cultural event or festival.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Michaud maintains right to reverse field on budget

May 8, 2014

RICHMOND — In a charged atmosphere at Tuesday’s town council meeting, Councilor Erick Davis demanded to know why Councilor Paul Michaud reversed his position on the Chariho School budget soon after the council had voted unanimously on a resolution to support it and did not tell the council of his change of heart.

Michaud voted for the council’s resolution on March 18 and later met with the Republic Town Committee where he said he received negative information about the budget and, as chairman of the committee, wrote a letter entitled “Stop the Budget Games” to urge Richmond Republican voters to reject the budget. At the April 8 referendum, Richmond voted no 315 to 294, but Charlestown and Hopkinton’s votes were enough to pass the budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves ballot question on beach access

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - A future ballot question to authorize the town of Charlestown to sell a town-owned right-of-way to the ocean brought beach access rights discussions into the council chambers on Monday night.

The town council voted 3-2 to put the question to the voters on this year’s ballot at the previous meeting. Councilor Lisa DiBello and Council Vice President Paula Andersen voted against it.

The property, a 5-foot strip of land from Charlestown Beach Road to the ocean, was originally owned by a neighbor who’s porch and septic tank were on the property. The strip of land was used as a public right-of-way to the beach by all of the neighbors on the road during this time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 7th

URI and DEM partner up to establish the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute

May 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island announced the establishment of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute on Monday.

The institute (RIMFI) is a new partnership aimed at coordinating marine fisheries science, research, and educational activities of priority importance in Rhode Island.

Representatives from Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation, including Congressman Jim Langevin, joined URI and DEM officials at the Bay Campus Monday for the signing of the partnership agreement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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