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July 3rd, 2014

Discussion about financial town meeting’s future begins

July 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council commenced discussions regarding the future of the financial town meeting and how to go about placing a referendum on the ballot, giving the public the opportunity to decide whether or not the Town should continue conducting said meeting each June.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State labor board issues new complaint

July 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As North Kingstown and its firefighters continue to contend over the March 2012 implementation of a three-platoon scheduling system, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board (SLRB) has issued a new unfair labor practice complaint against the town for sending a letter appealing for a settlement without union knowledge. The March 27 letter was sent to individual firefighters because of the council’s concern that the tentative settlement agreed with the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651, was not passed on to its membership.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDOH suspends license of EMT technician

July 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE—A North Kingstown EMT technician had his license suspended by the Rhode Island Department of Health last month after pleading no contest to two counts of felony assault a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. On June 17, Rhode Island Dept. of Health Director Michael Fine signed a summary order to suspend the license of Mark Alves, a technician since March 1995.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDEM monitoring Hunt River watershed for high bacteria

July 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Rhode Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) updated local municipalities on May 29 about its designating of Pierce Brook in East Greenwich, a tributary of the Hunt River in North Kingstown, as a body of water impacted by higher levels of bacteria. The department will develop a plan for towns by which future actions can be taken to lower bacteria levels in Pierce Brook, as well as the Hunt River itself, which was designated as an area of concern in 2011.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Standard-Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK ArtVenture to bring locals on tour of discovery

July 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Keep your eyes peeled because beginning July 19, the local community will have the opportunity to embark on an adventure at the nexus of artistic and natural discovery. The first-ever ArtVenture series, organized by the North Kingstown Arts Council (NKAC), puts the work of artists throughout South County along the walking paths and open spaces in town, waiting for the unsuspecting, or inquisitive, traveler to find.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Election 2014 taking shape in Chariho region

July 3, 2014

In Chariho’s three towns, candidates have placed their names on the official ballot for school committee and town council elections in November. The deadline for declaring candidacy was June 25.
The Chariho School Committee’s ballot includes 12 candidates vying for seven positions.
In Charlestown, four candidates are seeking to fill three positions. Incumbents Ronald J. Areglado, Donna Chambers, Craig Louzon are seeking reelection as independents. Republican Stephen Young is running for the first time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wastewater ordinance update in process

July 3, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — The Wastewater Management Commission is taking steps to update the town’s wastewater ordinance (210) to bring technical references in line with current industry standards and the Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) terminology. The original ordinance was adopted in 1994.
“Whole paragraphs have been rendered obsolete by the progress of time and changes in DEM regulations,” said Commission Chair Thomas Ferrio.
Wastewater Manager/Environmental Scientist Matthew Dowling said that the original ordinance had been assembled from two documents, creating red

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Squid: a boon to Rhode Island fishing and tourism industry

July 3, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Gov. Lincoln Chafee and other local officials attended a ceremony in Galilee at the town ramp on Friday afternoon to sign into legislation a bill making calamari Rhode Island’s official state appetizer.
Beneath a picturesque blue sky and excellent weather, the governor was joined by Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit, Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello, State Sen. Susan Sosnowski, State Rep. Joseph McNamara, and Narragansett Town Council President James Callaghan, among others.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 2nd

Galilee boat ramp ready for launching

July 2, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The new boat ramp in Galilee is now officially open and ready to use.
The completion of the project was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon in front of the new double-lane ramp in Galilee. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Janet Coit, and Narragansett Town Council President James Callaghan were among those in attendance for the mid-afternoon ceremony.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A guided tour through historic South Kingstown

July 2, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A guided driving tour through South Kingstown does well to shed light on the many historically significant areas and buildings in the town that most people drive by on a daily basis without a second glance.
Beginning and ending in Peace Dale (by no mistake of the creator), the tour remains somewhat in the central area of the town, bringing the driver first to explore the history of the village of Peace Dale in its entirety.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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