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February 13th

Robinson speaks on importance of religion in LGBTQ movement

February 13, 2014

KINGSTON – Gene Robinson, the nation’s first priest in an openly gay relationship to be consecrated a bishop, delivered the keynote address Sunday afternoon to kick off the University of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ Center Symposium.

Robinson, 66, was elected bishop of diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in 2003, and retired from his post last year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New policy in place for town records requests

February 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At its Monday night meeting, the town council enacted a new policy to begin charging for large public records requests.

Because of The Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the public may “gain access to information amassed through the years by their cities and towns,” according to the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.

The state also allows towns to charge a maximum rate of 15 cents per page and $15 per hour for such requests.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond and Hopkinton to discuss joining forces to change Chariho Act

February 13, 2014

RICHMOND — At its Tuesday night meeting last week, the Richmond Town Council responded affirmatively to the Hopkinton Town Council’s invitation to get together and discuss possible changes to the Chariho Act. The invitation had been extended during Hopkinton’s town council meeting the previous evening.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes roundly applauded

February 13, 2014

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its stores beginning this fall.

By Oct. 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores nationwide.

The Rhode Island-based national pharmacy chain is the first to take such action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves budget for 2015

February 13, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Laboring under the burden of last year’s thrice-rejected budget, the Chariho School Committee voted 9-2 to approve the 2015 budget as presented by Superintendent Barry Ricci. Of the 11 school committee members, Georgia Ure and Keven Miller cast the two dissenting votes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local family stitching hearts to help others in need

February 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—After returning from Cambodia in the early 2000s and adopting their two daughters, Natalie and Steve Coletta witnessed first-hand the difficult circumstances with which families in the Southeast Asian country confront daily. Looking to help out in some way, the North Kingstown residents founded Hearts That Help in 2003, an initiative by which local organizations and individuals sew valentine hearts to sell and raise money for families in Cambodia.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 12th

LVKC honors pair of local immigrants who made it work

February 12, 2014

COVENTRY— Two local women who immigrated from different countries have received an award from the Literacy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) Board of Directors for their willingness to learn and grow during their time in America.

Gayatri Aggarwal and Denise Bueno, both of Coventry, were given the Barbara Shafer Award for Student Excellence to recognize their “outstanding progress in achieving an individual goal.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 10th

Deepwater Wind hearings continue with CRMC

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold another public hearing in Narragansett to take public testimony on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The subcommittee held the first of three hearings Tuesday evening at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.

More than 60 people signed up to speak at the meeting, but Anne Maxwell Livingston, chair of the subcommittee ended the meeting shortly before 8 p.m., after nearly four hours.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHA aims to remove ‘troubled’ status

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - In December, the Narragansett Housing Authority [NHA] received a disturbing letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] stating that the board and the executive director were unsatisfactory in several aspects, kicking off a long struggle to remove the “troubled” status from its shoulders.

At the housing authority meeting on Tuesday, Richard Longolucco from Coastal Housing Corporation met with the board to discuss ways to alleviate its troubled status with HUD, which must be done by June 30 of this year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Good news on NECAP math scores for Narragansett students

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Sixty-six percent of 11th graders at Narragansett High School achieved at or above proficient on the 2013 NECAP math exam.

The achievement represented a 21 percent increase in the total percentage of students achieving at or above proficient, which the Rhode Island Department of Education considers “statistically significant,” according to the NECAP scores released last week.

“It’s fabulous news,” Superintendent Katherine Sipala said of the score and improvement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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