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January 4th, 2012

Local leaders want state to do more with reform

January 5, 2012

The heavy lifting’s not over on Smith Hill.

While the state General Assembly took a major step toward easing the state's pension crisis with the reforms passed in November's special session, following up on those measures in the 2012 session will be crucial, state Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35) and state Rep. Robert Watson (R-Dist. 30) said last Friday, four days before the new session began.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An artsy day

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH – Only a caring teacher, in the guise of helping the only boy surrounded by five girls, can sound perfectly natural when saying, “Robert, I think you might want your horns a little bigger.”

That would be monster horns; made to resemble a beast from “Monster’s, Inc.” On Robert’s funky fleece hat, which he was making to adorn his mannequin head.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School officials, union strike deal

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — School officials and the union representing support staff have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with the help of mediation.

The three-year agreement, giving paraprofessionals two-percent annual raises in exchange for increased health care co-payments, will save the school district $51,742 over the life of the contract, Maryann Crawford, director of administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night.

The union’s contract expired last June, and a mediator was called in after the two sides reached an impasse, she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Drug report doesn't tell all

January 5, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Aside from one teen drinking party that produced 26 arrests, there's little change in the raw numbers compiled in the East Greenwich Drug Program's Mid-Year Report for the period of July 1 to Dec. 19, 2011.

However, Bob Houghtaling, town substance abuse prevention coordinator, admits he worries about a subject not reflected yet in the numbers: abuse of prescription medications.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Redistricting change only minimal for EG

January 5, 2012

A relative status quo in state Senate redistricting is fine by East Greenwich officials.

Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich) will take it, too, considering the alternatives he faced. Still, the first-term senator will have plenty of new voters to introduce himself to if he hopes to win re-election.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

January 4, 2012

It's the start of the new year. While for some that means new resolutions and new changes, for local towns it means the start of the budget season. This week South Kingstown has two capital improvement program budget work sessions starting tonight. In today's paper, we have a preview story on what that CIP includes.

To break into 2012 and shake off this winter frost, the Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) is starting a new Winter Lecture Series, in which local specialists on the history and natural environment will speak to the public.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 3rd

Curmudgeon's Corner: Happy New Year? Not if these predictions come true (OPINION)

January 4, 2012

At this time of year some folks make New Year’s resolutions. Others try to predict the events of the coming year. Writers of opinion pieces in blogs and newspapers such as me fall into the latter group so here are my prognostications for 2012.
The Super Bowl champions in February will be either the New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers or Atlanta Falcons with the probability being in that order. I don’t know who will represent the AFC but it will not be the Patriots who will lose their first round game again this year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

BREAKING NEWS: Thompson leaving NK School Committee

January 3, 2012

Breaking News: The NK Standard Times has learned that Joe Thompson will officially resign from the NK School Committee this week. For more on this story, including a letter to the editor from Thompson and a reaction letter from committee chairperson Kim Page, pick up a copy of Thursday's Standard Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

January 1st

QDC lands investment

January 2, 2012

By LINDSAY OLIVIER
lolivier@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Turn your head for a second and you’ll miss something big in Quonset.
More change is coming to the thriving Business Park with the recently announced $400,000 investment from the United States Commerce Development’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).
The investment to the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) will be used to make roadway improvements. This project alone is expected to create 275 jobs and generate $50 million in private investment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

When the reader becomes the writer

January 1, 2012

RICHMOND - When Jami Ouellette and Jeffrey Morse met they immediately realized that they had a lot in common. They had similar interests, professional focuses, and they each had kids.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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