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Town council votes to hire lawyer for Whalerock hearing

May 17, 2013

CHARLESTOWN—The town council voted unanimously Monday to hire a lawyer to represent the town during the Whalerock hearing before the zoning board next week.
Last month, Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers granted developer Larry LeBlanc, president of Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC, permission to pursue the special use permit that would allow him to develop two 262-foot high wind turbines on an 81-acre parcel on a site just north of Route 1, on Kings Factory Road.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tourism the focus of South County Day

May 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE - People from around the state gathered in the halls of the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, May 7, for the 21st annual “Celebrate South County Day.”
This event, organized by the South County Tourism Council, helps kick off National Tourism Week that happens every year and raises awareness of how important the travel and tourism industries are for the state’s economy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI preliminary report calls to arm campus police force

May 9, 2013

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island is calling to arm campus police after an April 4 report of an individual with a gun locked down the Kingston campus, according to a preliminary report on the incident.
The report, released Friday, identifies a series of improvements that “would enhance the readiness of the institution and its response to such incidents should they occur in the future.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget level-fund costly to Richmond

May 6, 2013

RICHMOND – The Chariho School Committee’s vote last week to level-fund the school budget will cost the town of Richmond more money, according to Dave Krugman, the town’s finance director.
“Even though they level funded it’s still detrimental to the town,” Krugman said Monday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond Elementary celebrates Rhode Island Day

May 6, 2013

RICHMOND—For the past four years, the fourth graders at Richmond Elementary School have studied the history, geography and the culture of Rhode Island as part of their social studies curriculum. The culmination of their studies is known as “Rhode Island Day,” an all-day celebration including Rhode Island foods, a scavenger hunt, games and presentations from the Audubon Society.
“We’ve done this for four or five years now, where the students get to immerse themselves in Rhode Island culture all day,” said Jeanne Garr, fourth grade teacher.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Judge Stern ruling: Copar can continue quarrying

March 29, 2013

Despite ‘private nuisance’ to neighbors, court won’t shut down business

WESTERLY – A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that Copar Quarries of Bradford can continue quarrying, as long as the company takes steps to “alter its processes” and correct the “private nuisance” the judge said Copar poses to its neighbors.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Embattled Institute of International Sport director Doyle releases new novel

March 29, 2013

KINGSTON – While still under investigation, Daniel E. Doyle Jr., former executive director of the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island, has published a book.
Doyle’s novel, “An African Rebound,” is due out April 9, according to Amazon.com.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond Town Council approves tree ordinance

March 22, 2013

RICHMOND – More than 20 residents were present Tuesday for a public hearing on the proposed town tree ordinance, which the Richmond Town Council approved in a 4-1 vote.
The purpose of the ordinance is “to preserve and maintain trees on town property and to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of Richmond.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Thanks to Chariho, Hopkinton gets a tax break

March 22, 2013

HOPKINTON—The town council plans to give taxpayers a further break on their tax bill with the recent funds freed up by the Chariho School District. The Chariho School Committee reduced its budget by $155,000 at a recent meeting, essentially returning $55,831 back to Hopkinton’s fiscal year 2013-2014 budget.
The town council met in a budget workshop Monday night to discuss the use of the funds.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Amendment would waive interest on one missed tax bill

March 8, 2013

HOPKINTON—A public hearing was held Monday night on an ordinance amendment meant to help taxpayers, and will come up for a vote at the town council’s next meeting.
The amendment, introduced by Hopkinton Town Council President Frank Landolfi, is one of the “small things we can do to help” the taxpayers—without affecting the town financially—that he said he is always looking for.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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