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December 8th

Patrolman Fitzgerald honored with first award of its kind

December 8, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – On Tuesday evening during a swearing-in ceremony for the Narragansett Police Department, Patrolman James Fitzgerald was honored with the very first 100 Club Special Merit Award for Community Service by Kirk Pickell of the 100 Club. Officer Fitzgerald swept news headlines last month when he used his own money to purchase a new bike for Narragansett Elementary School student Madison Cronin, 7, after her parents had reported the original bike stolen to the police.

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

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

BRMS principal addresses library issue

December 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In light of the recent public attention given to the library program at Broad Rock Middle School, the principal of the school has delivered a letter to families with students in the school and school committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle has requested that discussion of the program be added to the next school committee meeting’s agenda.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CCFD embarks on road to bankruptcy

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY — The wheels of the Central Coventry Fire District keep going around and around with an election for two board members Monday night.
Because the terms are staggered for three, two, and one year, both members, Maureen Jendzejec and Dan Lantz, Jr., were up for re-election with no opponents after having served their one-year terms.
Central Coventry Fire District Board Vice President Marie Baker said because the rules of the charter require an election, even though there are no opponents, the district was going by the book regardless.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Debt solutions in focus for CCFD

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY— The financial stability of the Coventry Fire District was at the forefront at Tuesday evening’s meeting at the Anthony Fire Station, where many angry and confused taxpayers, politicians and community leaders gathered for the first public comment period since the WPRI-TV’s recent investigation on Chief Paul Labbadia.
Shortly after the segment aired allegedly showing Labbadia drinking, golfing and smoking marijuana while on call, the state of finances of the Coventry Fire District was released, showing over $450,000 owed to a line of credit in addition to unpaid bills.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents joust over pot facility

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY — The argument for and against allowing a marijuana growing facility in town continued at Wednesday’s zoning board meeting and will be taken under more advisement.
Speaking in favor of the application was Joanne Leppan, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, who said those in need of the drug suffer from severe medical conditions.
“We have three compassion centers in the state but they’re not accessible for so many patients,” she said.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry teacher takes trip to China

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY — A Coventry High School teacher recently had a rare opportunity to represent the United States as an ambassador on a nine-day trip to China in an effort to share and compare methods of teaching between the two countries.
English Curriculum Coordinator Julie Lima-Boyle took her trip at the end of September and was chosen to go, having been a Rhode Island Teacher of the Year in 2012, through Shanghai Education Magazine, which scouted both state and national Teachers of the Year this summer at a conference in Philadelphia.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 4th

NKPD on lookout for Webster Bank robber

December 4, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Police are on the lookout for a white male who robbed a local bank on Monday. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a man wearing a hood and sunglasses entered the Webster Bank at 1041 Ten Road Road and demanded money from the teller.
According to a release from North Kingstown Police Department, the suspect was not carrying a weapon. He fled from the scene in a dark colored Jeep Cherokee, although the license plate was not identified.
Police have described the suspect as about 6 feet tall, and was wearing a tan coat and pants at the time of the robbery.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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