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April 10th, 2014

Town, residents negotiating about assessments

April 10, 2014

Legal representatives for the Town of East Greenwich and residents from Sarah’s Trace are having discussions at the bargaining table trying to come to a compromise regarding property assessments for their respective residences.

According to previously published reports, David Maglio, the legal counsel for Christopher and Susan Lamendola, Keith and Wendy Amelotte and Thomas Hogan and Cynthia Peloso – residents who are currently suing the town, alleging that construction methods to build Cole Middle School five years ago caused significant damage to their abutting properties – and East Greenwich Town Solicitor Peter Clarkin are in negotiations about the assessments the residents feel should be at zero.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police mull new training center at Ladd School site in Exeter

April 10, 2014

EXETER—On Monday evening, the Exeter Town Council discussed the possibility of the Rhode Island State Police constructing a new training facility at the site of the former Ladd School off South County Trail in Exeter. Town council president Arlene Hicks relayed conversations that she has had with RISP officials who have held internal discussions regarding a new facility.

“They feel that the Ladd School property would be the most suitable,” said Hicks.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

76-year-old man arraigned on DUI charges, accident resulting

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A 76-year-old North Kingstown man has been arraigned in Third District Court this past week after allegedly driving drunk as he left Gillian’s Ale House on Post Road. According to the police report, Michael C. Geoghegan of 49 Madison Ave., operating a 2005 gray Acura sedan, turned onto Brown Street from West Main Street and struck an oncoming vehicle after reportedly swerving into the opposite lane.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK School Committee debates budget adjustment request

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Committee discussed the town council’s most recent request to cut its budget request by $800,000, which would lower the district’s general fund request to $59.1 million. The committee engaged in a lengthy debate about the reduction, and members said that they wanted to make sure the council fully recognized the schools’ future needs, namely with capital improvements.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An Olympic request draws unexpected response for local girl

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown resident Diane Shea was shocked when she received a letter in the mail this past February from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), a response to her 10-year-old daughter’s request to have dance as an official sport in the upcoming Olympics. Now, Shea has praised the committee for giving a well-thought out answer to Kailey Shea’s hope that dance would somehow make a competition floor in the near future.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter Council seeks legal action against Split Rock owner

April 10, 2014

EXETER—Town Councilman Robert Johnson relayed the latest assessment of Split Rock Trailer Park on South County Trail, and the conditions there remain unsafe. Owner Richard Palmer, who has been cited by a number of state agencies regarding issues such as exposed solid waste and most recently electrical wiring, has not moved to resolve the conditions at the trailer park as quickly as the council has.

There still seems to be no improvements to the electrical wiring we asked to have done,” said Johnson.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jamestown School Committee discusses student enrollment options

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Tuesday’s work session, Jamestown representative Julia Held told the North Kingstown School Committee that it had recently received a letter from the Narragansett School District regarding the possibility of Jamestown students attending high school in Narragansett, as opposed to North Kingstown.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Emotions run high in fire settlement talk

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Town Council President Elizabeth Dolan confirmed the council’s March 24 vote approving a settlement offer in the town’s long running dispute with the North Kingstown Fire Fighters, NKFFA Local 1651. Based on the failure of the NKFFA to reply to the settlement offer by the imposed deadline of March 31 at noon, however, Dolan said, “Unfortunately we don’t see a settlement in the near future, and the litigation is still pending and will move forward before the Supreme Court.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Voters approve $55.4 million Chariho school budget on first vote

April 10, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Voters in the three towns passed the $55.4 million Chariho school budget Tuesday.

The budget passed on the first try by a vote of 912 in favor 622 against.

“I’m very, very pleased that the budget passed and truly appreciate the support of the community for the district,” Superintendent Barry Ricci said Wednesday morning. “The budget is a good budget and is responsive to the needs of our students and is very fair to the taxpayers.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Some unsafe travels for Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs of Hopkinton

April 10, 2014

HOPKINTON – Dr. Alexander Burdick Briggs ventured to Florida each year for a rest. Never did he imagine that he and his wife would come close to being murdered there, at the hands of a madman.

The physician was born in Hopkinton on Nov. 12, 1850 to Asa Sheldon Briggs and Mary (Burdick). Asa was the superintendent of a local woolen mill and, during the fall and winter months, boarded area school teachers at his home.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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