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Governor Raimondo takes center stage at inauguration ceremony

January 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE— History was made on the south entrance of the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday’s bitterly cold afternoon while hundreds gathered under flurries of snow to watch Gina Raimondo get sworn into office as the first female governor since Rhode Island’s founding 378 years ago. While her hand was on her family’s holy bible, Raimondo, alongside her children and husband, took an oath to be the state’s 75th governor, the first Democrat to take the office in over 20 years.

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Brainwaves to re-open in different location

January 8, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - When Brainwaves, the educational toy store in Narragansett’s Salt Pond Shopping Center, looked like it was going to close its doors, Vanessa Paniccia knew what she had to do.
A mother of four and children’s book author herself, Paniccia has officially purchased the store from previous owner Lori Lind and has begun the moving process from Salt Pond Plaza to the South County Commons, a location she says is more conducive to small business.

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Council examines long-term solutions for salt shed

January 8, 2015

NARRAGANSETTT – Residents received an update on the future of the newly-erected salt shed built on Route 108 on state land near the Dillon Rotary during Monday evening’s town council meeting, including several possible long-term solutions for moving and/or hiding the structure.
The council took a formal tour of the shed and grounds last Tuesday, led by Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael Lewis.

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UPS delivery mishap injures Co-op manager during move

January 8, 2015

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Alternative Food Co-op has successfully moved across the street into the Kenyon Building, but not without a hitch.
On Dec. 22, just a week before the move was complete, a 700-pound refrigerator fell onto General Manager Christopher Perrotti during a UPS delivery, sending him to the hospital.
Patrolman David Melucci was the first police officer to arrive on the scene and found Perrotti lying on the sidewalk along Kenyon Avenue receiving first aid from South Kingstown Paramedics. Melucci’s police report describes the event as told by Perrotti.

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Talks continue on single family home ordinance

January 8, 2015

NARRAGANSETT – The discussion on the number of unrelated individuals living in a single household was a continued topic on Monday evening for an Ad Hoc Committee for URI Student Rental Problems subcommittee. In numerous other cities and town around the country, the code of ordinances dictates that no more than three unrelated individuals may reside in the same single family home, but Narragansett’s ordinance on the matter is not as clean cut.

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BHDDH announces new opioid recovery program

December 29, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – With the recent news of increasing numbers of drug over dose related deaths around the state and ever-increasing numbers of people overdosing on opioids and narcotic pain relievers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) and the Anchor Recovery Community Center have developed a program known as AnchorED to address this issue. The program places recovery coaches in emergency rooms to immediately provide support to individuals just recovering from a drug overdose.

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Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

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School committee presents $60 million budget

December 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The school committee presented its $60 million budget to the town council Monday night, highlighting three new programs that Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow hopes to launch in the upcoming school year: dual-language immersion, a 1:1 device program and a cost-sharing program that would assign a school resource police officer to Curtis Corner Middle School.

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CCMS parent says police presence does not create safer school environment

December 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The potential presence of a police officer at Curtis Corner Middle School brought Alicia Collins, parent of a Curtis Corner Middle School student, to address the school committee and town council at Monday night’s meeting on the state of the district’s handling of mental disorders.
She began by noting that it was the day after the second anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.

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Council tables motion to award bid for Kinney Bungalow HVAC

December 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Chair of the Land Conservancy Trust Jill Lawler came before the Narragansett Town Council on Monday evening to request approval for awarding a bid for architectural and engineering services for the Kinney Bungalow HVAC project to Architectura, Inc. in the amount of $22,000. The council ultimately voted 4-1 to table the motion until the project could be discussed more in depth with members of the land trust group. President Pro-Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno was solely opposed.

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