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SK School Committee, Union reach tentative agreement

August 6, 2011

As of 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, the South Kingstown School Committee and NEASK have reached a tentative agreement on a school contract.

The two negotiating teams met Thursday evening at 5 p.m. at Broad Rock Middle School and continued negotiations into the night. Details of the tentative agreement is currently confidential, however.

The union general membership will meet Aug. 11 to review the tentative agreement. The school committee will meet Aug. 16 during its regularly scheduled meeting to review the agreement as well.

Sunfish posing as sharks at Narragansett Town Beach?

August 6, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Visitors to Narragansett Town Beach had something of a false alarm on Wednesday when a shark sighting was reported to the lifeguards at South Beach Pavilion. Lifeguards shut down the beach for about an hour in order to make sure that all of the beachgoers were safe, and no further shark sighting was reported.

School Committee, union discuss how to fill $755,000 deficit

August 5, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At Tuesday night’s meeting between the school committee and union, the two parties discussed how to fill the $755,000 school deficient. This meeting was one of the four mediation meetings scheduled in August with mediator John Harrington.

Proposed RIPTA cuts impact South County routes

August 5, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has developed a cost-saving plan which will drastically reduce service to the smaller towns of South County. RIPTA representatives were available on Tuesday evening at Narragansett Town Hall to listen to the public’s comments and concerns regarding the bus cuts.

Although no longer pink, Goodies Ice Cream still a Galilee tradition

August 1, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – For six summers, those craving their favorite ice cream have taken refuge in the little pink cottage of Goodies Ice cream Shoppe on Sand Hill Cove Road in Narragansett. Yet, this summer ice cream lovers may be at a lost when they do not see that pink cottage. However, Goodies owner Cheryl Pelchat wants her customers to know Goodies is still here and only moved its location just one stop down at 236 Sandhill Cove Road from where the pink cottage used to be.

“It's a hop skitch and a jump away from the pink cottage,” Pelchat said.

Union files unfair labor practice charge against SK School Committee

August 1, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After the School Committee filed a complaint in Washington Superior Court last Thursday against NEASK, the union took their own legal route by filing an unfair labor practice charge with the State Labor Board last week.

The charge sites bad faith or service bargaining against the school committee.

Ocean Special Area Management Plan receives federal approval

July 29, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—No one would disagree that the ocean is a valuable resource which accommodates multiple users, from schools of fish to archaeological surveys. Commercial fishermen, architectural firms, and university scientists are among the many competing parties who wish to preserve, understand, and utilize every facet of the ocean’s bounty. The Ocean Special Area Management Plan, or SAMP, is the first tool in the country which will help to negotiate these relationships.

Reed wants local fishermen on council

July 28, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Senator Jack Reed, along with Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, is lobbying support for legislation that would give Rhode Island commercial fishermen a voice on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), a board which establishes fishing regulations for the federal waters off the mid-Atlantic shore.

School Committee takes legal action

July 27, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – While still at a standoff with NEASK over whether the Basic Education Plan and the Human Capital policies are a mandatory subject of bargaining, the school committee filed a complaint last Thursday in the Washington County Superior Court against NEASK and the Commissioner of Education and the Board of Regents.

Wakefield man arrested for three break-ins in SK, Narragansett

July 26, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a Wakefield man was arrested in Narragansett for robbing a Dunkin Donuts, the suspect admitted to three break-ins in South Kingstown Tuesday morning, including the Subway at the Towers, the Sea View Market Place and Pier Cleaners.

 

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