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January 22nd, 2012

‘We were overwhelmed; we recovered’

January 23, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – When a Verizon substation failed during Tropical Storm Irene, Exeter’s carefully-devised plan for dealing with natural disasters went out the window.
“There was failure of the infrastructure,” acknowledges Stefan Coutoulakis, the town’s emergency management director, who found himself with no emergency phone lines.
The system “is only good as long as we have power. We got overwhelmed; we recovered.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 21st

Tell Me Your Story: Eagle Scout a Treat for Emergency Management

January 22, 2012

EXETER – Andrew Treat spent 18 months at Franklin Pierce University, in New Hampshire, before deciding he needed a change.
“I left to find myself,” says the 22-year-old Cranston native who grew up in East Greenwich and graduated from East Greenwich High School. After majoring in radio broadcasting and information technology, it turned out that his true calling was as a first responder.
“In college, they’d started a volunteer fire department on campus. I hadn’t thought of that but one of my roommates mentioned it and said ‘Wow, this is really cool!’”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 20th

NK Pet Refuge takes in six cats after woman's death

January 21, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – A half-dozen cats that were abandoned in Apponaug after their elderly owner, known to be a reclusive animal collector, died have wound up at the Pet Refuge on Stony Lane.
According to Donna Hawkins, a Warwick cat expert, the family of the late Pat O'Sullivan arrived from out-of-state, went through the house and then left, leaving the cats to fend for themselves.
Worried that the animals – some of whom are elderly and ill – would be euthanized, Hawkins and a handful of neighbors began tending the animals.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

American Mussel Harvesters help drive economy

January 20, 2012

QUONSET — Greg Silkes, Logistics Manager & Sales Team Member at American Mussel Harvesters, Inc., remembers asking one of his clients in Nebraska why he sold seafood in Nebraska, the middle of nowhere. The son of Bill Silkes, owner of American Mussel Harvesters, Greg has grown up around the ocean and seen the benefits of locally grown and caught seafood, but wondered how someone from the windswept Great Plains region could enjoy quality product lifted from an ocean so far away.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SRI Chamber wins name change lawsuit

January 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern ruled against the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island in their request for a temporary injunction on Wednesday. The action was aimed to prevent South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce from changing its name to Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce (SRICC), which it had enacted on July 25, 2011.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Zoning Board hears Phil’s plans for renovations

January 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The owners of Phil’s Kitchen are seeking three special use permits to expand its liquor license to full service alcohol, expand service to a roof top deck that would lead to the proposed space for the Contemporary Theater Company and a variance from parking requirements.

The proposed changes are part of Phil’s owners Kenneth and Carl Tetzners’ plans to renovate the block. The property at 325 Main Street includes Phil’s Restaurant, the former Kiddie Kloset and the site behind the restaurant, where the theater plans to move into.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

January 20, 2012

This week Judge Stern ruled that Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce can keep its name after the United Chambers of Commerce filed a suit in December, believing that the name change was a hostile act.

On Wednesday, the South Kingstown Zoning Board vetted the plans for Phil's Restaurant in downtown Wakefield to renovate the business, which includes bringing the Contemporary Theater Company next door, adding a roof top deck and full alcohol service.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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