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February 16th, 2011

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February 17, 2011

It’s mid-February and you know what that means: Love is in the air.
As North Kingstown and Exeter celebrated Valentine’s Day this week, it’s only fitting the day spill over onto the pages of the Standard Times.
This week’s Standard Times features a fun story by Martha Smith on how love has changed the lives of a handful of senior citizens from North Kingstown. In addition, we’ve got photos from the big day in NK as local children put together hand-made Valentine’s Day cards for their loved ones.

AEP funding arrives for local wind turbines

February 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – South County will become more energy efficient with the $240,000 in funding the Attorney General Patrick F. Kilmartin directed for the completion of the 100 kilowatt wind turbine at Fisherman's Memorial State Campground and the construction of a wind turbine at the East Matunuck State Beach facility.

Brown students study ecological impact of living close to water

February 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE–During the fast-paced lame duck session which saw the end of the Democratic Party's control of the House, climate change legislation which would have curbed industrial greenhouse gas emissions across the economy was squashed. As recently as Tuesday a climate change denier from Oklahoma, Senator Inhofe, and the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency squared off at the Republican-led EPA hearings. But while Congress debates, the science is in, carbon is rising, and the clock is ticking. Town planning departments across the state map flood zones and develop strategies for withstanding future floods which result from a changing climate. Meanwhile, undergraduate and graduate students at Brown's Center for Environmental Studies are working to analyze local events including past floods and are developing strategies for a sustainable environment.

February 15th

Take a look at the first draft of 2011-2012 EWG School District budget

February 16, 2011

Below is a look at the first draft of the 2011-2012 budget for the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District.

* Operations *

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+ Expenditures+

1.) Operations Budget:
2009-2010 Budget: $29,404,230
2010-2011 Budget: $29,404,250
2011-2012 Proposed: $30,969,996

2.) Capital Request:
2009-2010 Budget: $0
2010-2011 Budget: $0
2011-2012 Proposed: $0

TOTAL EXPENDITURES:
2009-2010 Budget: $29,404,230
2010-2011 Budget: $29,404,250
2011-2012 Proposed: $30,969,996

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+ Income +

1.) State Aid:
2009-2010 Budget: $5,897,021
2010-2011 Budget: $5,981,252

Two decades of change for Domestic Violence Resource Center

February 15, 2011

WAKEFIELD – In the past two decades, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County has seen significant changes in how the public and police deal with domestic violence cases due to more education and awareness of the issue.

Langevin reacts to Obama's proposed budget

February 15, 2011

WARWICK - Congressman Jim Langevin offered the following statement in response to the release of President Barack Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

February 14th

Politics as Usual (Opinion): Caruolo an inspired choice by Chafee and one worth watching

February 15, 2011

A good argument can be made that Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s appointment of George Caruolo to be chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary Education was an inspired choice.
Caruolo is universally respected as being smart and tough-minded, he has shown that he can come up with solutions to tough problems (whether some of those were the best solutions we will discuss a few paragraphs down) and he knows enough about the legislative process and how the Statehouse works to fight his way to the powerful position of House Majority Leader.

Richmond, AARP offer tax help for residents

February 14, 2011

RICHMOND – It's that time of the year again.

And no, it's not the holiday season again or anything remotely fun like that.

Yes, it's that time of the year – when people across the country are filling out their tax forms in hopes of a big return or, in some cases, minimal money owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

Wallace Campbell III, descendant of Hazard family, dies at 93

February 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Wallace "Wally" Campbell III, former president of Peace Dale's Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, died on Feb. 6 at Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Campbell, 93, was an investment adviser and later a trustee at Sturges, Chaffee and Hazard from 1957 until 2005. Campbell graduated in 1937 from Milton Academy and after four-years at Yale he joined the Air Force and served in World War II. Campbell also served as the Primitive Art and Culture Museum's president for 22 years. Campbell's grandfather, Rowland G. Hazard II, began working to establish a museum collection in 1892. Hazard received numerous local donation to the original collection which evolved and expended from Holly House, his Peace Dale home, to what is now the Peace Dale Library.

February 13th

Council sees debt service as challenge for the coming year

February 14, 2011

The Town Council looked around for challenges last week, but didn’t have to turn its head far to find a big one: $70.65 million in debt service.
With debt service on the $52 million school bond approved by local voters added to the recently built police station, Swift Community Center renovation and road work approved on last November’s ballot, dealing with the load topped the list of goals Town Manager William Sequino Jr. prepared for the council.
Sequino suggested a fiscal sustainability study, to be conducted by the R.I. Public Expenditure Council or a similar agency, could offer the town some guidance on the fiscal challenges ahead.

 

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