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General assembly races heating up

July 16, 2014

As November nears, candidates for the Rhode Island General Assembly are beginning their campaigns.
However, Rep. Donald Lally Jr., who serves District 33 - Narragansett, South Kingstown, won’t have to worry about campaigning, as he is running unopposed for the first time since he was elected in November 1989. Lally, who was named speaker pro tempore in April, is ranked third in the Rhode Island House of Representatives in terms of seniority.

Larchwood proposal would breach 1994 amendment

July 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Zoning questions arose during Tuesday’s planning board’s hearing for potential construction of residential units on the Larchwood Inn property located on Main Street. In 1994, the town changed the property’s zoning to RN Limited (Residential Neighborhood Limited) and added conditions and stipulations under Appendix B, but Attorney William Landry who represented property owner Roland Fiore, asserted that later zoning changes overrode the property’s 1994 stipulations and that the town council and zoning board could approve the project.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Proposed changes to Kentara Green met with opposition

July 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Historic District Commission has taken up fierce opposition to some recently proposed property changes in the area of Kentara Green.
David DiClemente, the new owner of the home located at 65 Gibson Ave., and who was absent from the meeting, has proposed a two-lot minor subdivision of the property in order to build a two to three car garage with an apartment above the structure and separate from the existing single family home, essentially creating two single family homes on one residential lot.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI students win FAA design award

July 14, 2014

KINGSTON – Five URI students recently created a tool that may make airplane travel safer and more cost effective for everyone.
Christopher Clark of Narragansett, Kyle DellaGrotta of Cranston, Lawrence Higgins of Portsmouth, David Powers of Cumberland, and Ronald Wheeler of Aurora, Ohio, were one of three 2014 winners of the national Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) annual design competition. The contest seeks participants who can offer improvements in airport operations, and the team’s invention did just that.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Reps praise receipt of disaster relief funds

July 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—As a strong ocean breeze blew through Narragansett Pier on Monday morning, local and state officials gathered before the Towers to announce more than $2.5 million in grants to fund historic property restoration throughout Rhode Island. The funding was secured by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, alongside representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline, through the national Hurricane Sandy Relief program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town council talks fund balance policy, Dillon rotary signage

July 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council continued to mull over crucial issues at their regular meeting on Monday evening. Of particular concern for members was the approval of the fund balance policy and a resolution to delegate the authorization of assigning the fund balance to the town manager.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Superior Court rules that SK woman may return home

July 9, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A Superior Court judge ruled last week to allow a South Kingstown woman to return to her Indian Lake home following a lengthy family dispute.
Based on a July 1 decision by Washington County Superior Court Judge Kristin Rodgers to overturn the earlier orders of the South Kingstown Probate Court, Joyce Willner, 88, will be allowed to return to Indian Lake.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI beach water quality ranks 25 out of 30 states according to NRDC

July 7, 2014

Planning on going swimming at the beach this summer? Be sure to keep an eye on local beach closings. The numbers are in and some Rhode Island recreational swimming waters may not be your first choice.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

OSAMP discusses certified verification agent for Deepwater

July 7, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) Ocean Special Area Management Plan (OSAMP) Subcommittee met at the East Providence Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to discuss their contract with Deepwater Wind (DWW) who will be building a 30-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island. Council members continued an ongoing discussion on the certified verification agent (CVA) that will be overseeing the mechanical and engineering plans for the project.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Beluga whales spotted in local waters

July 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Multiple Beluga whales have recently been spotted in waters around the state, including Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River.
Marine mammal ecologist Robert Kenney, a retired scientist from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and Narragansett resident, received footage from a local man who recorded a possible Beluga sighting in Narragansett Bay near Bonnet Shores on Father’s Day. Kenney confirmed that the creature was in fact a Beluga.
Local realtor Dale Denelle saw the whale while out on the water on Father’s Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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