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October 2nd, 2014

North Kingstown man arrested for child molestation

October 2, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man appeared in Third District Court last week after being arrested on three counts of second degree child molestation. Seth Brigham, 48, of 2 Navy Drive, North Kingstown, was arrested after allegedly ‘acting inappropriately’ with children while playing a game of basketball at a local park.
According to the report, North Kingstown Police received a second complaint from a parent regarding Brigham’s actions towards a young girl, stating that he inappropriately grabbed her from behind while she was playing nearby to his apartment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools

October 2, 2014

As part of National Attendance Awareness month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project convened for a special event on Monday afternoon entitled ‘The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades’ to address issues of chronic absenteeism in schools throughout the state.
According to reports from the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project, 16 percent of Rhode Island kindergarten students, 12 percent of first graders, 10 percent of second graders, and 10 percent of third graders were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Feds know more than you think, says expert at URI colloquium

October 2, 2014

KINGSTON – If you’ve made or received a phone call in the last seven years, chances are the NSA knows about it.
James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, informed attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Sept. 16 of the NSA’s continuing data collection.
According to Bamford, who spent three days interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow this summer, the NSA has some of the most aggressive data collection on U.S. citizens and spends a large portion of its budget on electronic surveillance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Another incident of a stray bullet in EG

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH-Following recent reports of a stray bullet hitting a home on Pardons Wood Lane, additional incidents came to light involving bullets from the National Guard Camp Fogarty ending up outside of the designated shooting range.
A 14-year East Greenwich resident has dealt with stray bullets not once, but twice since living in the area. Midge Gordon, who lives on Tillinghouse Road in EG, was on the second floor of her home in her bedroom when a bullet came through her window in November 2013.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tree planting initiative begins at police station

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH - The town of East Greenwich is about to get a lot greener with the help of the East Greenwich Tree Association after their first tree planting last weekend at the police department.
The new association that started last spring planted their first tree at the East Greenwich Police Department Saturday afternoon, marking the beginning of their mission to bring more trees to streets of EG.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fall historical cemetery cleanup a success

October 2, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- Many volunteers participated in cleaning up historic cemeteries in East Greenwich last weekend, during the first day of the fall Historic Cemetery Cleanup Campaign, giving historical locations a much needed makeover.
Of the 91 historical cemeteries in East Greenwich, four of them received the care they needed Saturday morning when volunteers weeded, mowed, and cut down overgrown greenery to spruce up the locations that have been overlooked.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond town employees serve in state associations

October 2, 2014

RICHMOND — For a town as small as Richmond, it’s an extra source of pride that a high number of town employees also serve as officials in their state associations. As of last week, Richmond’s total notched up to five as two more Richmond employees were sworn in to their associations’ boards.
Richmond Town Clerk Tracy A. Nelson took the oath of office as secretary to the Rhode Island Town and City Clerks’ Association.
“The Clerks’ Association is an extremely valuable asset to local government and I am honored to be selected by my peers for this position,” she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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