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April 20th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Board of Directors voted Wednesday to oppose Governor Chafeeâ€™s proposed budget and tax plan.
â€śOur chamberâ€™s position is to say no to the sales tax expansion proposal,â€ť Joe Iacoi, Executive Director of the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce said. â€śFrankly, the more I learn of it Iâ€™m surprised of the sweeping nature of what's being debated.â€ť
The Board stated that it opposes the tax plan for many reasons, including that it believes the estimated millions of dollars paid to the Rhode Island by the tax increase will be taken out of an already weak economy.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”When Allison Chatowsky talks about homelessness and the effect it has on the children not only in her kindergarten classroom at Quidnessett Elementary School but throughout North Kingstown, thereâ€™s one thing she feels passionate about above all.
â€śWhat more would I like to see done?,â€ť she asks on a recent Friday afternoon. â€śI would definitely like to see our children not be labeled. All children should be identified and treated equally.â€ť
Chatowsky is not alone in her view. In fact, her school goes above and beyond its duties to try to put every child on equal footing.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“As the reconstruction for the Factory Pond dam in Green Hill gets underway in April, the town will have finished all the planned dam reconstructions in the town.
Director of Public Services Jon Shock said reconstruction for Factory Pond will begin in April. At the March 28 town council meeting, the town awarded a low bid of $172,000 to East Coast Construction in Portsmouth to undertake the dam repairs. The town will repair the Factory Pond dam to update it to current dam standards and to fix damage incurred from the March 2010 storm.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ In last weekâ€™s Standard-Times, it was reported that two bridges in town had been identi-fied as â€śstructurally deficientâ€ť by the Transportation for America.
Though the classifications havenâ€™t changed, more information has been released as why the bridges were ranked that way.
The two that were classified were the bridge on Tower Hill Road that crosses Route 138 and the historic C.L. Hus-sey Bridge on Boston Neck Road which crosses Wickford Cove.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ The U.S. Senate will again consider a â€śCarcieri fixâ€ť bill that contains language that would allow for tribes such as the Narragansett Indians to take their land into trust.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town held its first public hearing on the preliminary budget Wednesday night with most of the public speaking out against the motor vehicle exemption tax.
With both the town council and school committee present, Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred first gave an overview of the total $89 million municipal budget.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Last year, Quonset was the recipient of $22.3 million worth of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for major improvements to the Port of Davisville. The improvements have begun and continue to run on schedule.
By the time the improvements are completed, the port will increase in capacity, allowing for the staging for off-shore wind equipment and the handling of cargo for short sea shipping.
ALTON -- St. Thomasâ€™ Episcopal Church in Alton will hold an array of services during Holy Week.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town council held two public hearings Monday night concerning a Community Development Block Grant the town received and amendments to special use permits in the Zoning Ordinance.
The town held the first public hearing to obtain citizen views on the community development, housing needs and program performance relative to the townâ€™s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. Though the town sought citizen input on the grants that can go directly to the community, no one from the public came to comment on the CDBG grant.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When Myra Mudge heard there was to be an ecumenical series of Lenten lunches at churches all over town, she went to the Rev. Bertrand Theroux, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and asked: Can we do it?
â€śHe said yes,â€ť she recalled. â€śItâ€™s the first time weâ€™ve had it here and Iâ€™ve been looking forward to it so much. Itâ€™s all so wonderful.â€ť
As the organizer of last weekâ€™s event at the church on School Street, she can take pride in a job well done.