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December 21st

Town and school officials begin budget process

December 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At Monday night’s initial budget hearing between the town council and school committee, Town Manager Stephen Alfred painted a landscape where the town must prepare its proposed $74 million budget for FY 2012-2013 in a state facing an uphill battle.
According to Alfred, Rhode Island is lagging behind other states in its economic recovery after the 2008 recession. This year, the state will likely lose aid from federal programs due to the federal budget reduction mandates and continues to experience losses in taxable property value.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

December 21, 2011

In today's Narragansett Times, find out about former Rhode Island Senator Patrick T. McDonald, who was arraigned this past Friday by Superior Court Judge Walter Stone, pleading not guilty to six felony counts, including embezzlement totaling more than $150,000 and conspiracy.

We also have the follow-up story on David Swain, who was arrested for drunk driving in Portsmouth early Sunday morning. Swain was recently released from his jail sentence regarding the murder of his wife in 1999.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 20th

Curmudgeon's Corner: Real Estate market, not groups, affect property tax (OPINION)

December 21, 2011

wo weeks ago in a letter to the editor of this newspaper, the indefatigable Harvey Waxman criticizes yet again the property tax as the funding mechanism for municipal services.
Dr. Waxman posits that the “true goal of any municipal tax [is] that everyone pay their fair share in direct relation to a community’s needs.” He seems particularly hung up on the concept of periodic revaluation of real estate claiming that “with each revaluation…money flows from one group of owners to another group…completely unrelated to incomes, ability to pay or any rational measure.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Verizon signal should be improving in Weekapaug

December 20, 2011

WESTERLY - Verizon wireless customers in the Misquamicut and Weekapaug areas of Westerly have a experienced some very poor cell phone connectivity in the past, but a new and improved antennae on top of the Westerly Police Station could serve as the remedy they have been looking for.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 19th

Plans for Jamestown students to come to NHS stall

December 20, 2011

By SHAUN KIRBY
skirby@ricentral.com

NARRAGANSETT—The Narragansett School Committee met with the town council on Monday evening, updating council members on projects and developments within the school system over the past several months. One program that the School Committee hoped to initiate was the acceptance of Jamestown high school students at Narragansett High School, a prospect which has recently stalled.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 18th

RIDE offers suggestions to reduce deficit

December 19, 2011

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Personell from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) presented to the school committee Tuesday evening on ways the school district can improve their budget.
The school district’s current fiscal year has been hindered by two difficult challenges. The first being the revenues have come in lower than expected and expenses have exceeded the budget in key areas.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Unfinished business in Canonchet Woods

December 18, 2011

HOPKINTON - The Canonchet Woods subdivision off of Route 3 in Hopkinton looks like an unfinished neighborhood. There is a large drainage pipe just feet away from the road, sticking out of a faded and worn berm that protects the road from a massive retention pond.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

December 17th

Celebrations of Faith: Feeling holiday loss, many people not merry and bright

December 18, 2011

By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Andrew Correia recalls the pain of holidays and other family gatherings after his beloved grandmother passed away.
“After Nana died,” he says, “Christmas was never the same; it still isn’t. Many people carry that [sense of loss] with them.”
The Rev. Lori Eldredge, pastor of the North Kingstown United Methodist Church, agrees, remembering the personal devastation following the death of her sister, to whom she was extremely close.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NE Tech master plan gets go-ahead

December 17, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Athletic fields come before dormitories. New England Institute of Technology officials told the Planning Board last Wednesday.

In receiving unanimous master plan approval for the former Rocky Hill Fairgrounds’ anticipated development over the next five years, NEIT also presented its anticipated 20-year plan for development well in back of its property, beyond three planned academic buildings, three residences and one building that could serve either purpose.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Odeum to reopen in March

December 17, 2011

EAST GREENWICH — Happy news can't wait.

Because he needed the Town Council's permission to extend the Greenwich Odeum's property tax abatement past its original deadline that night, Odeum Corp. Chairman Frank Prosnitz announced Monday night his board had received the $141,900 grant it requested from the Champlin Foundations for restoration of the historic Main Street theater.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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