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January 9th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â For the past 15 years, coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach caused by severe storms has concerned South Kingstown town officials due its threat to businesses and houses along the shoreline. To mitigate coastal erosion, the town Planning Department has developed a Matunuck Coastal Area Report detailing storm related shoreline impacts from 1939 to present and potential shoreline protection options, released this past Tuesday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â If you come to the Providence Boat Show this year, you just might win a new Stingray.
And someday, you might win a car!
The Stingray in question is an 18-footer, outfitted with a MerCruiser engine and trailer, worth more than $20,000 in total, not the car made famous by movie and TV spies in the 1960s, but why quibble? Enter the show and have a chance. With that, who needs a car?
With decisions on what to do with the school budget surplus and the Meadowbrook Farm Elementary School roof and floor situation looming, the School Committee and the districtâs School Building Committee will be getting together for a joint meeting next week.
The work session, with school project funding recommendations on the agenda for discussion, will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Greenwich High Schoolâs guidance suite.
While the School Committee has already requested permission from the Town Council to use one third of the estimated $6 million surplus from the $52 million school bond on roof replacement at the high school and Frenchtown Elementary School, the school boards will be discussing other priorities Tuesday.
A potential $4 million worth of work at Meadowbrook, involving both replacement of the roof and replacement of a deteriorating floor system. is the most expensive piece of the puzzle. The daunting cost of the work has had school officials considering retirement of the 40-year-old building, but enrollment and classroom space studies have quieted talk of closing the school.
Building Committee Chairman Jay Gowell said his board has had difficulty in finding a consensus on what to do about Meadowbrook, while School Committee Chairwoman Deidre Gifford is hoping to make a decision on the school sometime this month.
Gowell said the original cost of the Meadowbrook roof replacement, $1 million, has ballooned to the $3-4 million range.
RICHMOND â Like the old adage used by the federal government, the âtown of Richmond wants you.â
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The town council began the budget process Tuesday night with a public work session in which Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred presented the proposed Capital Improvement Program for the next five years.
NARRAGANSETTâRejecting the ACLUâs legal arguments, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Town of Narragansettâs highly-publicized 2005 âorange stickerâ ordinance on Wednesday. However, in upholding the ordinance on its face, the court acknowledged that it could still be subject to constitutional challenge in its application to particular cases, and the ACLU plans to go back to court to pursue those challenges.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â There is actually a film involving sex, violence and children that advocates encourage the world to see in the light of day. To combat the ongoing battle against human trafficking in the state, Day One is asking all Rhode Islanders to help spread awareness and prevent the devastating exploitation of young women.
Discussion of a possible consolidation of the East Greenwich Fire District with town government officially moved beyond talk and into the factfinding phase Tuesday night.
The districtâs newly formed committee to discuss consolidation began its task with a meeting at Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street after the districtâs Board of Fire Commissioners and Town Council voted over the past two months to study the possibility of bringing fire and emergency rescue services under the townâs umbrella.
NARRAGANSETTâU.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two local fishermen on Monday after the Damariscotta, captained and owned by South Kingstown resident Brian Loftes, sank less than 50 yards from the docks at Point Judith.
WAKEFIELD â In 1958 Donald L. Ford arrived from Philadelphia, Penn. to transform southern Rhode Islandâs only major hospital, from a small country one to a modern medical facility. Revered for his care of patients and for the hospital staff, Ford, 89, of Narragansett, the former president and CEO of South County Hospital from 1958 to 1986 died Monday, Dec. 27 at the same hospital he devoted himself to in Wakefield.