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October 30th, 2014

Election 2014-NK, EWG School Committees

October 30, 2014

With elections around the corner, the public should be informed about their candidates. Below, we look at the candidates for school committee in North Kingstown and Exeter.

NORTH KINGSTOWN

Name: Gregory Blasbalg
Address: 70 Whitman Drive
Contact: gblaz1@gmail.com
Party affiliation: Democrat
Occupation: attorney
Education: B.A., URI, J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law
Political experience: candidate for North Kingstown School Committee, 2010

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee discusses changes to policy

October 30, 2014

EAST GREENWICH-After 30 years of service, The East Greenwich Town Council thanked Bruce MacGunnigle, a dedicated and hardworking asset to the town who will retire in November.
In a meeting Monday night, MacGunnigle was recognized for his ten years in the Town Clerk’s office and his over 30 years of volunteer and employee service in East Greenwich. The long list of jobs and accomplishments MacGunnigle has been involved with has made him an important part of East Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG sixth-grader raising money for Sudan

October 30, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- As the holidays and the season of giving approach, one East Greenwich 6th grader is raising money to give the ultimate gift to one small community in South Sudan, the gift of fresh, drinkable water.
12-year-old Alex Gray seems wise beyond his years as he attempts to raise $5,000 towards building a new well in a community located in South Sudan, Africa. This well would allow for not only easy access to water, but it would give the community a place to thrive and build upon.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two CHS teachers arrested for sexual assault

October 30, 2014

RICHMOND– Two Chariho High School teachers were arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges stemming from a month-long investigation by the Richmond Police.
Paul R. LaFrance, 53, of 30 Linden Lane, West Greenwich and John Wedlock, 52, of 168 South Jerry Cove, Wakefield, were both arraigned on felony charges of indecent solicitation of a child. LaFrance was also charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Richmond Police confirmed this afternoon that both of the suspects and the victim were together when the sexual assault incident occurred.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves NEA Chariho contract extension

October 30, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The school committee approved a two-year extension of the National Education Association (NEA) Chariho’s contract on Tuesday night. The 2015-2017 contract will save the district money by redefining the salary “step” schedule, and by first lowering and then eliminating employee compensation for refusal of the school’s health plans.
Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said he was pleased with the contract.
“I think it’s a very good extension agreement,” he said. “It saves the district a lot of money.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Young citizens learn how to vote

October 30, 2014

RICHMOND — A real voting machine counted students’ yays and nays in a school-wide mock election at Richmond Elementary on Monday. Town Administrator Rob Rock and Town Clerk Tracy Nelson oversaw the voting and helped pre-K through fourth grade students figure out how the ballots fit into the machine’s slot.
The ballot “question” was whether Chariho should switch to a year-round school schedule or stick to summers off.
Before the event, Richmond Elementary School Principal Sharon Martin said that forming an opinion based on evidence was an important part of the school’s curriculum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee candidates meet and greet

October 30, 2014

HOPKINTON — About 20 residents braved high winds and lashing rain to attend a “meet and greet” for the town’s school committee candidates at Langworthy Library on October 22, 2014.
In attendance were incumbent Democratic candidates Georgia Ure and Gregory Kenney and independent challengers Jennifer Pelletier, Lisa Macaruso, and Sylvia Stanley. Absent was candidate Dorothy Gardiner.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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