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May 8th, 2014

New boating business in EG hopes to sail high seas

May 8, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — A few local residents hope to bring their love for the water into the business world in order to keep the economy in the Ocean State afloat.

Andy Deutsch, Peter Meyer and Jarrod Scanlon came up with an idea close to five years of creating unique boats where residents want to enjoy making their ways around the area bays and coves without having to break the bank.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Ireland: ‘If I can do it, you can do it and so much more’

May 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Standing tall in front of 1,175 graduates and their friends and family inside the cavernous exhibit hall at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Kathy Ireland looked on in awe of all of them Sunday morning admiring more than just their achievements they earned inside the many classrooms at the New England Institute of Technology.

The former supermodel and CEO of her own design and marketing firm, kathy ireland Worldwide, showed her immense respect and excitement for the majority of the graduates who have either attended school while working other jobs, raising a family or being the first in their families to earn a college degree – or doing all three at once – and have persevered through some hardships to realize their goals.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

50-mile hike no trouble for local Scout

May 8, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Ever since he joined the Boys Scouts at a young age, East Greenwich Troop 1 Scout Hunter Leigh has lived by the sacred oath that he should always “Be Prepared.”

With all of the merit badges sewn on his sash highlighting the many achievements he has earned with Troop 1 in a very short amount of time, it didn’t take very much for the Potowomut resident and Toll Gate High School student to prepare himself for his latest adventure with the Boy Scouts.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Olney House off of tax sale list

May 8, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The issue regarding the tax status of a historic building between Town officials and a former Rhode Island governor is close to being resolved and the project of building a new science center will continue to move forward.

According to both Tax Assessor Janice Peixinho and Town Manager Thomas Coyle, the Olney House, located at 60 Church St., has been removed from being put up for tax sale by the Town this coming summer.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School District, teachers reach new deal

May 8, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The 15-month long negotiation odyssey has finally ended within the East Greenwich School District.

School Committee Chairperson David Green announced Monday during the budget discussions with the East Greenwich Town Council at Swift Community Center that the School Committee and the East Greenwich Education Association (EGEA)/National Education Association of Rhode Island have agreed to a new three-year contract retroactive to Sept. 1, 2013.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up a copy of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Strange but true animal stories from South County

May 8, 2014

There’s no shortage of crazy animal tales in Washington County. Be it a common bird, deer or something as exotic as an opossum, our ancestors were regularly amazed by the antics of other species.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tribe calls on Congress to support ‘Carcieri fix’

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – The Narragansett Indian Tribe is calling on the Rhode Island Congressional delegation to support the bill pending in U.S. Congress known as the “Carcieri fix.”
T
he bills – S2188 and its companions HR279 and HR666 – would amend the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, sometimes known as the Indian New Deal, to allow the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Native American tribes recognized after 1934. The legislation stems from a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Carcieri versus Salazar, which concerned a 32-acre parcel of land in Charlestown that the Narragansett Indian Tribe purchased and submitted to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1997 to be taken into trust for the tribe.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton Council proposes changes to seasonal permit fees

May 8, 2014

HOPKINTON — Town Councilor David Husband is spearheading revisions to the Amusements Ordinance that would establish new rules for seasonal permits covering special events such as cultural festivals, recreational gatherings, and even weddings.

The ordinance requires a license for “any outdoor recreational, entertainment, cultural event, or festival.” A person can obtain a license by paying a $100 filing fee and filling out an application at least three weeks before a regularly scheduled town council meeting in order to attend a hearing, which the town clerk advertises to the public one week in advance. Once the town council approves the application, the license fee is $200, and the permit “shall expire upon the closing of the recreational, entertainment, cultural event or festival.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Michaud maintains right to reverse field on budget

May 8, 2014

RICHMOND — In a charged atmosphere at Tuesday’s town council meeting, Councilor Erick Davis demanded to know why Councilor Paul Michaud reversed his position on the Chariho School budget soon after the council had voted unanimously on a resolution to support it and did not tell the council of his change of heart.

Michaud voted for the council’s resolution on March 18 and later met with the Republic Town Committee where he said he received negative information about the budget and, as chairman of the committee, wrote a letter entitled “Stop the Budget Games” to urge Richmond Republican voters to reject the budget. At the April 8 referendum, Richmond voted no 315 to 294, but Charlestown and Hopkinton’s votes were enough to pass the budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves ballot question on beach access

May 8, 2014

CHARLESTOWN - A future ballot question to authorize the town of Charlestown to sell a town-owned right-of-way to the ocean brought beach access rights discussions into the council chambers on Monday night.

The town council voted 3-2 to put the question to the voters on this year’s ballot at the previous meeting. Councilor Lisa DiBello and Council Vice President Paula Andersen voted against it.

The property, a 5-foot strip of land from Charlestown Beach Road to the ocean, was originally owned by a neighbor who’s porch and septic tank were on the property. The strip of land was used as a public right-of-way to the beach by all of the neighbors on the road during this time.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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