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March 28th, 2012

President Dooley addresses rising tuition costs at URI

March 28, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley is not thinking about the new men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley or the state investigation into the Institute for International Sport. His main thought is how tuition costs are rising – a factor he blames on declining state support.

“The costs are shifting from taxpayers in the state to families – a much smaller base,” Dooley states.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

March 28, 2012

In today's paper, we have the Narragansett Town Council's decision to suspend the liquor license of Clam Jammers for seven days.

In marina news, he Rhode Island State Senate passed a resolution last week requesting the state to work with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to develop better regulations regarding pair trawling in state waters.

In URI news, 38 faculty and staff out of 246 eligible employees from the URI accepted the retirement incentive plan, which means officials have to come up with new ways to close the $2.64 million budget hole for next year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 27th

Curmudgeon's Corner: School bond's benefits far outweigh its costs (OPINION)

March 28, 2012

In two weeks there will be a referendum in North Kingstown. If the past is any guide, the turnout will be light. Most likely, senior citizens like me will make up most of the voters and many of us are concerned about rising property taxes. These fears will be buttressed by groups like the North Kingstown Taxpayers Organization and elected officials like Bill Mudge.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Municipal plan unlikely to impact Narragansett

March 27, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Governor Lincoln Chafee’s recently introduced legislative package to assist financially ailing municipalities may not have as much applicability to Narragansett, said Town Manager Grady Miller on Monday.

“I did a preliminary look, but we are still evaluating right now and waiting for additional analysis from the League of Rhode Island Cities and Towns,” said Miller. “The league does legislative analysis and shares that with cities and towns. They lobby on behalf of [municipalities] before the State legislature and legislative committees as well.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC to hold April 10 meeting on town’s Matunuck erosion plan

March 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has set the date- April 10 - to hear what the public thinks about the town’s plan to erect a sheet pile wall along Matunuck Beach Road to prevent ongoing erosion.

Town Manager Stephen Alfred reported Tuesday morning that the town council will meet with the CRMC at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus in the Corless Auditorium for a public hearing.

The announcement comes after Alfred insisted the CRMC schedule a public hearing for two plans that have been pending since last fall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 26th

Driscoll proud of her time with Chamber

March 27, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – After 24 years of building up North Kingstown as a community-based town, Karla Driscoll, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, has retired.
Somewhat.
March 9 was her last day before she retreated to Savannah, Ga., on a planned vacation. Her retirement had been months in the works and, she said, this was the best time to do it.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 25th

Planning Board gives busy council draft regulations

March 26, 2012

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

EXETER – After 10 months of intensive work, last week the Exeter planning board presented the town council a working draft of regulatory changes that will be needed before the village concept introduced in “A Vision for Exeter” proceeds.
The council received the proposal – including updates of rules pertaining to zoning, land use and future development rights – at a joint work session and while voicing appreciation for the board's hard work, said there's no time right now to study or act on the recommended updates.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 24th

Tell Me Your Story: Relentless, Abby the bloodhound is on the right track

March 25, 2012

JAMESTOWN – As so often happens, I have been drawn to the story of someone with four legs. In this case, that subject has a partner with two legs and they are gaining national acclaim.
They are Abby – Rhode Island's first certified search-and-rescue bloodhound who is part of the Rhode Island K9 Response Team and is certified by the American Mantrailing Police and Work Dog Association, in Indiana– and her owner LuAnn Botelho, a master handler and instructor.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 23rd

NK gearing up for 12th-annual Spirit Day

March 24, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Saturday will mark the 12th anniversary of Spirit Day, a fun filled day celebrating the North Kingstown community.
All festivities will be held at North Kingstown High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spirit Day is a mix of community health-related, social, civic and business entities and entertainment. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

On time, under budget

March 23, 2012

CHARLESTOWN - The maintenance dredging project that turned the shores of Ninigret Pond near the mouth of the Charlestown Breachway into a bustling hub of giant tubes and loud machinery for a few late winter weeks is finished. Not only was the project completed within this season’s prime dredging window, it was completed under budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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