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March 28th, 2014

Worden’s Pond seniors voice concern on water rate increase

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The residents of the Village at Worden’s Pond in South Kingstown are especially concerned with United Water’s proposal to increase water rates by 43 percent, which would amount to about $10 a month for ratepayers.

A hearing before the Public Utilities Commission Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall brought several members of the senior residential community forward to express their concerns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett schools on track for Common Core

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett schools are on track and committed to implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Two Common Core ambassadors presented the standards to parents and families of Narragansett students at the elementary school Wednesday and answered questions to allay parents’ concerns regarding the new standards.

Ambassador Jaime Crowley, principal of Thompson Middle School in Newport, said he views the Common Core standards as “good standards for kids,” noting that there is rationale behind the standards to ensure that students are ready for college and careers as 60 percent of all jobs will require at least some college by 2018.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 27th

DMS students go exploring on research vessel Okeanos

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last month, the 180 students that make up the sixth grade at Davisville Middle School entered into a classroom much bigger than four walls and desks. Over four days in February, students visited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Explorer, the only federal research vessel dedicated to only ocean exploration.

Upon visiting the 224-foot long vessel docked at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus in Narragansett, students were able to speak with crew members and engineers about ocean exploration, and learn about the tools that are used in order to gain knowledge of the world below the waves.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK’s Supreme Court appeal of fire decision moves forward

March 27, 2014

WARWICK—Last Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg issued an order to place North Kingstown’s Supreme Court appeal of Judge Brian Stern’s January decision in favor of the town’s firefighters on the upcoming court calendar. The order also allows both the town and the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651, to issue briefs prior to a court date being decided.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Man arrested for carrying rifle into store

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A Warwick man was arrested last Friday afternoon after allegedly walking into the Dollar Store with an antique rifle stashed in a duffel bag. Dimas Pestana, 58, of 132 Potowomut Road, Warwick, was arrested after witnesses saw him walk into the store and ask a cashier inside to hold onto the weapon while he entered the building.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State taking action on rising human trafficking concerns

March 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE—The underground world of human trafficking is not just a brothel in a third world country or a prostitution ring in some European city, but within many communities throughout the United States. Rhode Island is not immune to sex and forced labor trafficking among its streets, and legislators, law enforcement and advocacy groups are beginning to realize the growing problem.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Family honors a local physician with 5K race

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Whenever Theresa Botelho took her children to Dr. Robert Trivett’s pediatric practice over the years, she always knew that they were in good hands. Trivett, who passed away last March from the effects of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, will be honored for the care he had given to patients in North Kingstown over a 30-year career with a 5K running event.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Woodland Greens under new ownership

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Since moving to North Kingstown with his family in 2006, golf course architect Robert McNeil wanted to eventually own his own business in town. This past Friday, McNeil has fulfilled his own dream, purchasing the former Woodland Greens Golf Club on Old Baptist Road.

“This is a childhood dream of mine,” said McNeil, president of The Northeast Golf Company. “I have been looking for a golf property for years, [and] this one is close to home. I have played it a few times, [and] the golf course is very good and has a good history.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee addresses wireless concerns

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Over the past number of months, a number parents and residents have expressed concerns regarding the wireless internet which is currently being installed in North Kingstown schools. Parents and residents have cited possible long-term health risks with increased exposure to electromagnetic waves produced by the technology. On Tuesday evening, Superintendent Philip Auger and the school committee addressed those concerns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK Town Council adopts preliminary budget

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council voted to adopt Town Manager Michael Embury’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The budget, which totals $99.9 million, will continue to be discussed and altered until its final adoption in May.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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