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Board of Education violates open government law

February 20, 2014

The Administrative Procedures Act (APA), regarded as one of the most important pieces of administrative law, requires (among other things) government agencies to review petitions send by the public and respond to them in less than thirty days.

Six months after the ACLU sent a petition to the Rhode Island Board of Education, still without response, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the board. Last Friday, a judge ruled that the board of education acted in violation of the APA by ignoring the multi-organization petition, which was filed in June to seek a hearing to repeal the NECAP graduation requirement.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cardozo details school budget at council meeting

February 20, 2014

RICHMOND — At the town council meeting, School Committee Member Robert Cardozo reported that even though Richmond’s cost will increase 1.31 percent, the 2015 Chariho school budget will be $500,000 less than 2014. He also said that Charlestown’s portion will decrease 2.6 percent and Hopkinton’s will be 2.71 percent less than in 2014.

He said that the major reason for Richmond’s increase was twofold.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Owl on the mend at Born to Be Wild

February 20, 2014

UPDATE: The owl will be released Saturday on Miner Road around 5 p.m.

NARRAGANSETT – An Eastern screech owl will soon be released back into the wild after being hit by a car on Miner Road in Saunderstown.
The owl is being rehabilitated at Born to Be Wild Nature Center in Bradford after he suffered head trauma in the crash.
Vivian Maxson, president of Born to Be Wild Nature Center, said a woman found the owl Jan. 31.

“One pupil is larger than the other, it kind of shows it’s a significant head injury,” Maxson said Tuesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho towns advocate for new disaster relief grants

February 20, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Representatives from Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton advocated for their towns’ needs at a special state presentation of new Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), which took place at Charlestown Town Hall last Thursday.

In “Version 3” of the grants, Washington County is set to receive about $15 million, which is 80 percent of the $19.4 million allocated to Rhode Island. The remaining 20 percent is reserved for statewide activities with an emphasis on Newport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Super Bowl coming to Gillette? When hell freezes over

February 13, 2014

There was a lot of oddball news last week, coming from many different directions. To wit:

Octo Guthrie?
The Internet has been ubiquitous in politics (and vice-versa) for many campaign cycles not, so it was inevitable that some folks employ it for mischievous purposes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Smart Money Tour comes to Wakefield on Friday

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers at the Wakefield Mall might actually leave with more money than they came in with this year.

On Valentine’s Day, scheduled because the mall is expected to be busy, the Rhode Island Treasurer’s Office will have a booth set up specifically to help people claim money that is rightfully theirs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIEWPOINT: Ballot question could determine future of homelessness in RI

February 13, 2014

I was heartbroken to see so many people waiting in line to file applications for subsidized housing this past year. We’re approaching a tough time for baby boomers, who due to the constraints of a poor economy and a dozen other factors are having trouble competing for jobs in a tech-savvy world.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New policy in place for town records requests

February 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At its Monday night meeting, the town council enacted a new policy to begin charging for large public records requests.

Because of The Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the public may “gain access to information amassed through the years by their cities and towns,” according to the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.

The state also allows towns to charge a maximum rate of 15 cents per page and $15 per hour for such requests.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond and Hopkinton to discuss joining forces to change Chariho Act

February 13, 2014

RICHMOND — At its Tuesday night meeting last week, the Richmond Town Council responded affirmatively to the Hopkinton Town Council’s invitation to get together and discuss possible changes to the Chariho Act. The invitation had been extended during Hopkinton’s town council meeting the previous evening.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes roundly applauded

February 13, 2014

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its stores beginning this fall.

By Oct. 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores nationwide.

The Rhode Island-based national pharmacy chain is the first to take such action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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