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Unemployment rate down in RI

March 12, 2014

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island fell to 9.2 percent in January, the lowest unemployment rate since November 2008, according to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January was down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised rate of 9.3 percent in December 2013, and down four-tenths of a percentage point since January 2013, according to DLT statistics released last week.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NBX Bikes granted special use permit

March 12, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The zoning board voted 4-1 Thursday to grant a special use permit to NBX Bikes to allow the business to have a yoga studio and bike assembly area on the second floor.

Owner Matt Bodziony said he would like to use the second story of NBX Bikes on Boston Neck Road as an assembly space, yoga studio, and for other fitness and exercise classes, including wind trainer classes.

Bodziony said some of these services were offered in the previous location, but the new location at 922 Boston Neck Road has the space necessary to expand their offerings.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two men found dead on South County beaches

March 12, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The body of a 64-year-old South Kingstown man was discovered Sunday morning at Scarborough State Beach.

Narragansett Police Chief Dean Hoxsie said Monday that a couple walking on the beach discovered the body of Alan Mason just before 9 a.m.

Hoxsie said the death appeared to be a suicide.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Nota ready for transition from SK to Jamestown

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In the midst of budget hearings and emergency home renovation, Andrew Nota, current director of administrative services in South Kingstown and long-time civic employee in both South Kingstown and Narragansett, has accepted a position as town administrator in Jamestown.

His term in South Kingstown will end March 28 and he begins his new position in Jamestown March 31. The Nota family will be moving to Jamestown in the meantime despite no contractual obligations requiring him to live in the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Aunt Carrie’s gets zoning relief for beer and wine sales

March 12, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The zoning board voted 5-0 Thursday to grant the zoning relief requested to allow the sale of beer and wine at Aunt Carrie’s on Ocean Road.

Elsie Foy, owner of Aunt Carrie’s, along with Attorney Donald Packer, appeared before the zoning board, saying that there would be no physical change to the establishment, but the restaurant simply wanted to compete with its neighbors by providing beer and wine through indoor table service.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Zoning board appointment irks O’Neill

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – An unexpected vote of disapproval and subsequent departure by Councilor Jim O’Neill at the meeting on Monday night left the rest of the town council and the public in a state of confusion.

The vote was regarding the re-appointment of Igor Runge to the zoning board for a term that would last until March 2017.

When the motion was made and it came time to vote, everyone but O’Neill cast an approving vote. O’Neill voted against the motion and then proceeded to put on his coat and walk away from the meeting, saying, “I’m out of here.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tanzi bill would eliminate cesspools

March 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE - Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-District 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) introduced legislation last week to eliminate cesspools in Rhode Island.

Cesspools are buried chambers that receive sewage from a building for disposal into the ground and often release untreated human waste into the environment usually through direct contact with groundwater.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee will work with Sipala to keep FACS program at NHS

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee directed Superintendent Katherine Sipala, with the committee’s assistance, to find the $16,972 necessary to keep the family and consumer science (FACS) program at Narragansett High School.

During a work session Wednesday, Sipala told the committee, that they had budgeted $8,486 to keep one section of FACS in fiscal year 2015, into which special education students would be integrated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kenyon, Nolan explain pension system contribution to Pier school committee

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Town Manager Pamela Nolan and Finance Director Laura Kenyon explained to the school committee at a work session Wednesday why the school committee must contribute $712,000 to the pension system in fiscal year 2015.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala informed the school committee of the anticipated annual required contribution, or ARC, during a business meeting last week during which she presented the school system’s proposed budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKPD form initiative to identify children with Autism

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - An initiative by the South Kingstown Police Department aims to identify those who live or frequent the town who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for use by the police officers in locating, identifying and handling situations that involve those individuals.

According to SKPD, the goal of the program is to provide police with quick access to critical information about a registered individual with ASD in the community in an emergency.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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