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April 3rd, 2014

Local reps nominated to positions by new House speaker Mattiello

April 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Two local legislators have been selected to committees by newly elected House speaker Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (Dist. 15—Cranston), who took the position after former speaker Gordon Fox resigned while being investigated by state and federal authorities. Reps. Doreen Costa (Dist. 31—Exeter, North Kingstown) and Robert E. Craven Sr. (Dist. 32—North Kingstown) will serve as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee and chair of House Committee on Municipal Government, respectively.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Flooding causes drain blockages in NK

April 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As prolonged and heavy rains passed through New England this past weekend, rivers began to burst their banks in many communities. With over five inches of rainfall reported in some areas of the state, North Kingstown witnessed areas of flooding, but not significant damage.

According to Phil Bergeron, director of public works, the worst incident was a flooded home in the Oak Hill area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rolling Greens hearing scheduled for April 15

April 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, Director of Planning Jon Reiner presented the North Kingstown Planning Commission with dates for a new public hearing regarding the comprehensive plan and zoning amendment changes made in December 2012, which originally moved forward the Rolling Greens mixed-unit development at the intersection of Routes 102 and 2. The changes, which were voided in February because of an advertising error on the part of the town, will be re-heard on April 15 by the commission for recommendation to the town council.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Dr. King’s philosophy celebrated in local forum

April 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial addressing the thousands of people who were shoulder to shoulder across the National Mall his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech is the signature moment that is etched in the minds of people across the country when they first think of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

However, that oration that was delivered by the late activist and humanitarian at the height of the civil rights movement within the United States wasn’t the only thing that defined Dr. King’s legacy in promoting civil obedience.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DPW: Treatment Plant needs refurbishment

April 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — With repair after repair being made within the walls of the Town’s Waste Water Treatment Facility, Joe Duarte, the Director of the East Greenwich Department of Public Works, knows it’s only a matter of time before the entire facility needs a total overhaul.

And Duarte recently stated to local officials that the time to address the many issues surrounding the Waste Water Treatment Facility is now.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Weekend rains cause landslide

April 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — An abundance of rain was already enough of an nuisance for local residents to deal with over the weekend.

However, one small part of town was in a very muddy situation.

A landslide triggered by the heavy rainfall occurred early Sunday morning where large amounts of mud and gravel plowed through metal fencing along the roadway leading into Scalloptown Park, forcing the temporary closure of the street and train service through East Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

House OK’s background check bill

April 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The State House of Representatives gave its unanimous approval to a proposed piece of legislature requiring national background checks for all employees of companies contracting with school districts across Rhode Island late last week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Charges against Bishop dropped

April 3, 2014

The two charges alleging domestic abuse that were filed against an East Greenwich Town Councilman were dropped last week.

Brad Bishop, of 240 Adirondack Dr., East Greenwich, was initially brought into custody by East Greenwich police on March 9 for domestic-disorderly conduct and domestic-simple assault or battery following an alleged incident involving both he and his wife at their residence following a trip to the movies and dinner at 1149 Restaurant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

FY15 budget proposed

April 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The Town of East Greenwich has released this week its preliminary numbers regarding the 2015 fiscal budget.

According to the 70-page document that was unveiled on Monday, the Town is anticipating a budget increase of 3.02 percent from the previous year, which will total $59,848,417 – up by a little more than $1.7 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Simple twist of fate ends in tragedy for navy pilot

April 3, 2014

HOPKINTON – It was the last thing Clifford Albert Langworthy expected to see as he drove toward Alton, a little after eleven o’clock in the morning on Dec. 13, 1945; a plane spinning around in the sky then disappearing somewhere among the hills up ahead. He watched the blue expanse above him, waiting to see the plane turn back up toward the clouds. However, what he saw instead was a plume of dark smoke rising in the distance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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