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February 3rd, 2012

URI International Engineering Program wins innovation award

February 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Raena Morley, a Chemical Engineering and French student in the University of Rhode Island’s International Engineering Program (IEP), spent her summer unlike most students, working as in intern for Toray Plastics’ offices in Lyon, France. The experience is one which many IEP students hold, and Morley, who will graduate in 2012, is grateful that she can blend two opposite interests into one track of study.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee vows this is 'the year of cities and towns'

February 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE – An increase to the state’s cigarette tax, restaurant and beverage sales tax and a new seven percent sales tax expansion are some of what Governor Lincoln Chafee proposed Tuesday night in his $7.9 billion budget plan to close the projected $125 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year that begins July 1.

In total, Chafee’s proposed budget to the General Assembly includes $87.7 million in tax hikes with much of it devoted to saving ailing municipalities.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK man faces nine felony counts

February 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — On Monday, January 30 at 9:11 p.m., David D. Walmsley, 23, of 159 Alder Road, was arrested by South Kingstown Police on nine felony counts, including possession/manufacturing of marijuana and possession of Schedule II-IV drugs.

Probation/Parole Officers Greg Williams and Laura Bard responded to 159 Alder Road to check in on another probationer when they observed a bright yellow light coming from the basement window. Upon further inspection, Officers Williams and Bard saw several potted marijuana plants, and called SKPD.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

February 3, 2012

Tuesday night Governor Chafee proposed his budget plan to the General Assembly. In today's paper we have what the local South County delegation feel about his tax hikes and tax cuts.

Following the governor's proposal, South Kingstown schools found out they will recieve $216,000 more in state aid this year. We also have what Narragansett Pier leaders think about Chafee's proposed tax on luxary items.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Maintenance dredging begins at Ninigret Pond

February 3, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - The shores of Ninigret Pond near the Charlestown Breach-way will be the site of heavy machinery and hard working crews for the next two months or so, and while it may look and sound like an industrial war-zone, the end result of the campaign could greatly benefit the pond’s natural habitat.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 2nd

Fire union ready to fight town's decision

February 3, 2012

By PAUL J. SPETRINI
pspetrini@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A packed house at the Beechwood Center Monday night listened to impassioned testimony from firefighters, school committee members and spouses as the North Kingstown Town Council opened a public hearing on a revised ordinance that would mandate a scheduling change in the NK Fire Department to 24-hour shifts every three days.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hirst, Landolfi propose alternate district plan

February 2, 2012

HOPKINTON - The new district maps that were approved by the Rhode Island Reappointment Commission in December, 2011 will impact many cities and towns throughout the state. Hopkinton could be one of the communities most drastically affected by the redistricting, because it will become split between two house districts, 38 and 39, and have to add a fourth polling location in town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 1st

Preview this week's Standard Times today!

February 2, 2012

To say it's been an interesting week in North Kingstown would be an understatement.
This week, the NK Town Council passed a controversial ordinance restructuring the town's fire department and forcing firefighters to work 24-hour shifts every three days.
In this week's Standard Times, we take a look at the issue and bring you the latest on how the development will affect the NKFD, taxpayers and, ultimately, what type of legal battle could be ahead.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

'Country guy' changed community journalism

February 1, 2012

The world of community journalism was a little different in Bill Foster’s day.

“He wasn’t a high-stepping, suit-wearing professional. He was a country guy,: remembers Allan Clarke, Pendulum columnist, who began working here in 1970 under the tutelage of Foster, who bought the paper in 1964 and owned it through 1984, when he sold it to ABC/Capital Cities.

Foster died on Jan. 23, at the age of 88, in Bradenton, Fla.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Plans for new fire station in the works?

February 1, 2012

EAST GREENWCH — Imagine downtown East Greenwich without a fire station.

It's possible; and it may be for the better, East Greenwich Fire District Chief Peter Henrikson believes.

A combination of two factors should prompt the district to take a look at relocating Station 1 to a new site at the southwest corner of Post Road and Cedar Avenue. Henrikson told the Board of Fire Commissioners last Thursday.

For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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