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August 3rd, 2012

National Grid feeling wrath of Irene response

August 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a brief with her office last week, seeking to punish National Grid with fines in the millions of dollars. The culmination of a review process of the utility company’s implementation of its Electric Emergency Plan (EEP), the 27-page report highlights significant procedural missteps on the part of National Grid during last year’s Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Ocean Mist appeals CRMC decision on wall

August 3, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Ocean Mist appealed the state Coastal Resources Management Council’s approval of a 202-foot sheet pile sea wall in Matunuck.

Lawyers representing the business at 895 Matunuck Beach Road filed the appeal in Providence County Superior Court July 27, the final day businesses and homeowners had to appeal the decision May decision.

Kevin Finnegan, owner of the Ocean Mist is asking that the decision be reversed.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee addresses state grades

August 3, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Superintendent of Schools Katherine Sipala held a discussion Wednesday evening with the School Committee regarding recently released index scores for schools in Rhode Island. The Department of Education (RIDE) has developed a new performance measuring system for approximately 300 schools, ranking them with a point score as well as a qualifying grade, from 'priority' being the worst to 'commended'.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI graduate blends art with oceanography

August 3, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Walking into the Coastal Institute at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, one comes upon a wall fixture unlike those around it. Upon closer inspection, it is revealed as a strange visual document that projects both scientific information and an artistic touch. The piece is the work of URI undergraduate Chad Self, who embarked on a project which blended both his studies in art and interest in oceanography.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS will host joint emergency shelter

August 3, 2012

SOUTH COUNTY – The towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett are collaborating to form a volunteer emergency response team, which will staff a new joint emergency shelter.

Instead of having two shelters at Narragansett and South Kingstown high schools, residents of both towns will now take shelter at South Kingstown High School. This will allow emergency officials and volunteers to join forces.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

FMS teacher leading second annual pet food drive

August 3, 2012

COVENTRY —Janet Mansour will be hosting the second annual Janet’s Doggy Bags Pet Food Drive, where she hopes this year’s event will be as successful as last.

Mansour, a teacher at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, thought up her idea of a pet food drive after seeing her students donate to various pet shelters for school.

Lesley Doonan, Coordinator of Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) Warwick has partnered up with Mansour again this year to help collect pet food items.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

August 2nd

Beisel's chase thrilled Southern RI

August 3, 2012

By EVAN CRAWLEY
ecrawley@ricentral.com

NORTH KINGSTOWN—For the 100 or so people on hand at North Kingstown High School Saturday to watch Elizabeth Beisel swim in the 400-meter Individual Medley at the London Olympics the final 50 meters of her swim was absolutely grueling.
It was suspenseful enough watching the former Skipper trail by half of a body length to China’s Ye Shiwen coming off the final turn but what made viewing the race even more thrilling was the quality of the internet stream.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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