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June 5th, 2014

First Lady Obama visits the Ocean State

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Quonset was abuzz on Monday with local, state and national officials as the first lady Michelle Obama swung into town to inaugurate the keel laying for the SSN-786 Illinois, a Virginia-Class submarine currently being built at Electric Boat. The 377-foot long vessel was hailed as the pinnacle of current submarine design, and is equipped with the latest technology for open and covert warfare operations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hagopian wants better deterrent for student partying

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Several recurring issues were discussed at Monday evening’s town council meeting. Among these issues was the recent partying with URI students in the area of Eastward Look which continued to spark debate and concern among the public and council members.

Council members continued to mull over whether to further increase the fines for disturbing the peace and similar misdemeanors to the maximum amount of $500 per offense, but some members felt that the increase in fines is not properly deterring the unruly behavior.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CIP for SK budget hits senate floor

June 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The bill to fund the South Kingstown School District’s capital improvement plan that was approved in this year’s budget officially hit the senate floor yesterday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D - South Kingstown), would authorize South Kingstown to finance health, safety, fire code improvements to the high school, middle schools and elementary schools in the town through bonds not to exceed $4 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett centenarian honored by RIC

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – 100-year-old Narragansett resident Irene Kenny was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Rhode Island College at the undergraduate commencement ceremony that took place on May 17 in front of an audience of over 9,000 graduates, family, and friends. Born in 1913 and originally from East Providence, Kenny was a major contributor to Rhode Island’s teaching community during her more active years and has inspired many others to become teachers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 4th

Being a foster parent rewarding for both children, guardians

June 4, 2014

WEST WARWICK—Although Donna LaRose has three grown daughters, and eight grandchildren, she still wanted to continue helping children grow and enjoy life, especially after her husband died three years ago. Now, the West Warwick resident has adopted Evan, a two-year old foster child, and urges locals to become foster parents.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 2nd

School committee member concerned with lack of NECAP presentation

June 2, 2014

By BENJAMIN BRANCHAUD
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Despite examination of the NECAP scores by some members of the school committee at the midyear retreat, one school committee member takes issue with the lack of presentation of last year's scores by the superintendent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

May 22nd

Whitehouse recognizes solar powered vessel at Quonset

May 22, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Port of Quonset last year saw over 175,000 vehicles land at its two piers from 158 ships traveling throughout the world’s oceans. On Monday, the port entertained a different kind of ship; the world’s first solar power-assisted car shipping vessel.

The is a 656 foot car shipment vessel powered largely by 300 solar panels which adorn the top deck. The approximately 60,000 gross ton ship, built in 2008, can hold over 6,000 vehicles on average, and is operated by the NYK Line, a shipping business headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rumsey co-sponsors bill urging feds to identify drug ingredients

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) is among a number of state legislators who want to see greater accountability on the part of pharmaceutical companies regarding consumer knowledge. On May 6, the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill appealing to the U.S. Congress to require ‘country-of-origin’ labeling on consumer drugs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local students take top honors in Langevin artwork competition

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Two local high school students have recently been recognized by Congressman James Langevin for their artistic skills and keen eye for the creative. Exeter-West Greenwich senior Eleni Giannopoulos and North Kingstown High School junior Devan Phillips were selected as top three finalists for Langevin’s 14th annual Rhode Island Second Congressional High School Art Competition.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State leaders urge safe return of kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Hundreds gathered in front of the Rhode Island State House this past Friday evening to express their sadness at the nearly 300 schoolgirls who have been kidnapped in Nigeria. State representatives spoke alongside members of the Nigerian Community of Rhode Island (NCRI), urging for the safe release of the girls, as well as for the public to help put pressure on the U.S. government to take action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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