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July 18th, 2012

Wright named permanent Parks and Recreation Director

July 18, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—On Monday evening, Interim Parks and Recreation Director Steven Wright was approved by the Town Council to take up the position permanently. He had been filling in since February 2011, at which time he was serving as Beach Superintendent.

“I never really looked for [the position], but the opportunity is there,” said Wright. “I love what I do and the community is a fit.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDE releases school performance rankings

July 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Education released its school performance rankings Friday, using a new measurement system to determine how well schools are serving students.

Of South Kingstown’s schools, one school received a rating of “commended,” another received a rating of “leading,” and four received a rating of “typical,” based on the new classifications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rhode Islanders will see changes in health care after signing of ACA

July 18, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding last week President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Health Care Act into law, Rhode Islanders can expect to see a number of changes in the upcoming years, among those which have already been implemented, in the manner by which citizens receive health care services. The law offers better coverage options to portions of the population, including youth, and aims to curtail health insurance companies from discriminating financially against clients.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 17th

Curmudgeon's Corner: Health care decision will degrade quality of care (OPINION)

July 18, 2012

The recent U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 decision upholding that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -a/k/a “Obamacare”- is constitutional has been both praised and vilified. The non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation claims that health care costs will be curbed when the law’s provisions become fully effective in 2014. Conversely, a partner with a New York City law firm specializing in employer benefit plans says, “As more of the requirements [of health care reform] develop, the cost of insurance will go up.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

West Greenwich tabs next police chief

July 17, 2012

WEST WARWICK — Major Richard Ramsay of the West Warwick Police Department has accepted a job offer as the new Police Chief of West Greenwich as he focuses on the advancement of his career.

Maj. Ramsay, who’s been with West Warwick for 23 years, began his career as an officer and worked his way up to the second highest position in the department.

“I love my job as a Major in charge of the patrol division, but being a Chief is a great opportunity,” he said. “When the application opened up I talked to my family and I thought it would be a good move professionally.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 16th

Decor store moves to Quonset door

July 17, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Shops at Quonset Point, at the gateway to the redeveloped former Navy base, is adding a major anchor store at the corner nearest Post Road.
The New Boston Fund, Inc., a Boston-based private equity real estate investment, development and management firm, has leased 22,000 square feet of retail space to HomeGoods, Inc., a popular national chain featuring discounted interior design products and accessories.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 15th

Sewer facility in need of facelift

July 16, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Every time he plans out his annual budget, East Greenwich Public Works director Joseph Duarte has to pretty much prepare for the worst when it comes to his sewage treatment facility.

Within the past calendar year, Duarte has had four huge disks near the rotating biological compactor, one of the more mechanical portions of the treatment plant, collapse because of the heavy corrosive environment where gas converts to acid in the condensation process.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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