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Wakefield businesses robbed and vandalized

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Two break-ins in town, one at The Breakfast Nook II and the other at Food For Thought, have left police in an ongoing investigation to recover more than $7,800 in damages and thefts.

Police suspect that the buildings, in the same plaza and owned by the same person, were broken into on Monday night between 10:30 and 11 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jonnycake Center celebrates 40 years of community service

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Jonnycake Center has been celebrating its 40th anniversary all through 2013, culminating in an open house and public celebration at the center on Tuesday night.

It has been 40 years since a 1974 Narragansett Times article about the plight of a South Kingstown widow who was living off of $1.25 a week after rent, utilities and gas spurred the creation of the center that calls the Peace Dale Rotary home.

“The article sparked community outrage and action,” said Lisa Wright, deputy director and development officer at the Jonnycake Center.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Former Narragansett employee pleads no contest to stealing fuel from the town

April 24, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Former Narragansett Parks and Recreation employee Raymond P. Beaudry was terminated last week following a no contest plea in Fourth District Court.

Beaudry, 58, of 51 Oak Ridge Road, Charlestown, pleaded no contest to one count of larceny under $1,500. Judge Joseph P. Ippolito Jr. assessed Beaudry a $500 fine plus court costs and ordered him to pay restitution to the town.

Beaudry was accused of stealing about $86.82 worth of diesel fuel from the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Planning board approves subdivision at site of driving range

April 24, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The planning board voted 4-1 last week to approve a three-lot minor commercial subdivision at 1141 Boston Neck Road, the former site of the Narragansett Driving Range.

The planning board, with the exception of Chair Terence Fleming, approved the proposed subdivision with several conditions. At that same meeting, the planning board held a site review for Cumberland Farms, one of the businesses proposed to be located at the Boston Neck Road site.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local police host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Tomorrow, local police departments will once again open their doors to those who wish to dispose of unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs in an effort to remove the potential for abuse.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a program sponsored by the DEA, began in 2010 and has collected more than 3 million pounds of pills throughout its existence.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Tanzi, Valencia sponsor bill to repeal voter ID law

April 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) has signed on as a primary sponsor to House Bill 7767, which seeks to repeal the voter identification law that Rhode Island passed in 2011.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Larry Valencia (D - Dist. 39, Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton), simply removes the text “any person claiming to be a registered voter who desires to vote at a primary election, special election or general election shall provide proof of identity (at the polls)” from election laws.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves support of CDBG funding for disaster relief grant

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council unanimously approved a motion to adopt a resolution in support of three pending applications for CDBG funding in this year’s disaster relief grant round.

Michael DeLuca, director of community development, explained to the council Monday that the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief program is a special program issued out of sequence with the regular CDBG program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He said the disaster relief program offers funding for repair and reconstruction of properties damaged in Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and winter storm Nemo.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIDE report says charter schools performing well in Rhode Island

April 23, 2014

Charter public schools in the state are generally performing well, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education’s report “The State of Rhode Island’s Public Schools” released this month.

“There is still work we need to do to ensure that all of our charter public schools are examples of excellence, but there is no doubt that our charters serve a vital function, which we see each year when the schools receive approximately 11 applications for each opening,” Commissioner Deborah Gist wrote in the introduction to the report.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Unemployment down in RI but still highest in U.S.

April 23, 2014

Rhode Island continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the country, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released last week.

The Ocean State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in March.

The next highest rates of unemployment were 8.5 percent in Nevada and Illinois. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill would place referendum for public safety building on ballot

April 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The House Committee on Finance will consider a bill April 29 to authorize the town of Narragansett to finance the improvement of the town’s public safety building.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33 Narragansett, South Kingstown) would authorize the town to issue not more than $2 million in bonds for the project, if approved.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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