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Narrow River Kayaks lease extended

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 2-1 Monday to extend the lease of Narrow River Kayaks at the Middlebridge property until Feb. 28, 2015.

Councilor Douglas McLaughlin voted against the motion, Council President James Callaghan recused himself, and Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

Town Solicitor Mark McSally told the council because an appeal in the matter is pending in Supreme Court, the council would not likely be able to re-bid the paddle sports concession at the town-owned property in time for the summer season.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Prout principal issues apology for comments made by Father Hoffman

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Prout Principal David Carradini has publicly apologized for potentially offensive comments made by Father Francis Hoffman, Opus Dei priest and executive director of Relevant Radio, during an assembly at the school.

Parents, students, faculty and staff at Prout claim that the speaker’s comments were offensive to homosexuals, children of divorced parents and adoption and those who are pro-choice. Several Christian publications are defending the comments, claiming that the church’s stance on these issues is quite clear and that Hoffman was only restating them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Town Council finding ways to trim budget

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council is looking to further trim the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 in an effort to reduce the expected 4 percent property tax increase.

The council is looking cut even more funding for capital projects, which took drastic cuts before the proposed budget even reached the council.

“Where else are we going to find the money,” said Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno. “We have to fund the ARC to 80 percent and keep the tax rate reasonable. What can we defer on capital for this budget cycle and see where we are for the next cycle?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Daly-LaBelle to resign as school committee legislative liaison

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – School committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle told The Narragansett Times on Wednesday that he will be resigning from his position as legislative liaison to the school committee following a change to the job description voted on by the committee Tuesday night.

He will formally resign at the next school committee meeting granted that the meeting is not adjourned before the ‘school committee member comment’ portion again.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Joe “Tiger”Patrick gets his day in South Kingstown

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Joe “Tiger” Patrick II finally got his day in South Kingstown.

Four months after the town council resolution to declare November 9, 2013 as Joe “Tiger” Patrick II Day was originally considered, the declaration was presented to him at the town council meeting on Monday night in the crowded council chambers.

Patrick requested that the town council wait until certain members of the community could be there for the presentation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

United Water rate increase will be smaller

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC), the town of South Kingstown, the Union Fire District and United Water are in support of a settlement agreement that would decrease United Water’s proposed rate increase from 42.6 percent to 32.83 percent.

The original 43 percent increase would have resulted in an increase of $10.30 per month for a typical residential customer. The agreed rates would allow United Water to collect an additional $1.2 million in revenue, down from the projected nearly $1.6 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK couple to run Boston Marathon for Dana Farber team

April 17, 2014

South Kingstown residents Kirsten and Tim O’Neill will run the Boston Marathon this Monday as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team.

The rigorous training for a marathon is no easy challenge, but the O’Neills have had to overcome an additional hurdle: they are both cancer survivors.

In 2007, Kirsten was diagnosed with cancer. Three months later, her husband, Tim, was diagnosed with leukemia. Kirsten beat cancer and Tim is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at Dana-Farber.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI breaks ground on new LGBTQ Center

April 17, 2014

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island broke ground Wednesday for a new LGBTQ Center on Upper College Road.

URI is the first institution of higher education in the country to design and build a freestanding LGBTQ Center.

The $2.1 million, 4,300 square-foot center will offer a safe place for all members of the community and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee opposes resolution on bus monitors

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted 3-1 Wednesday in opposition to a resolution that would allow school districts to hire bus monitors at their own discretion.

Currently, Rhode Island is the only state with a law requiring the use of bus monitors through an unfunded mandate.

Other districts, including South Kingstown, have supported the resolution, stating that the required bus monitors constitute a “significant expenditure” for each district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHS students honored for documentary

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse visited Narragansett High School Wednesday to present Climate Hero Awards to three students.

Kelly Gershkoff, Janelle Schartner and Audrey Whalen received the award for their nationally recognized documentary on climate change and sea level rise entitled, “Journey to Slow Sea Level Rise.” The documentary received an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam Competition. The national competition prompted middle school and high school students around the country to make a film that answers, “What’s the most important issue U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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