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SK resident develops natural deer tick repellent

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The coming spring will surely bring much welcomed sunlight, warmth, and visitors to the area, but spring and summer also bring an invisible danger to Rhode Island every year.

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are a serious threat to the area – mainly because people do not know how to deal with the ticks or prevent the disease.

South Kingstown Resident Patrick Barrow, founder of Natural Yard Guard, has developed a pest spray that he claims is totally safe for pets, wildlife and humans, saying, “you could drink it if you wanted to – it wouldn’t taste very good, though.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Restaurant Week continues through Sunday

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett Restaurant Week, which continues through Sunday, has been a success thus far.

Eighteen area restaurants are participating in this year’s restaurant week, with some offering breakfast and others offering lunch and dinner.

Christine Quigley of the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce, which coordinates restaurant week, said many of the restaurants are experiencing a good turnout.

“A lot of excellent restaurants signed up this year,” she said. “I think people are tired of a long winter and are itching to get out.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local human service agencies lobby for funds

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town manager’s proposed budget includes $147,400 of expenditures to human services agencies who operate in and serve South Kingstown. At a budget work session on Wednesday, several agencies testified to the town council to maintain or increase the level of spending.

“We’re right now providing 52.6 percent of all the municipal contributions that go to various agencies,” said Town Manager Stephen Alfred. “At the same time, the population served from South Kingstown residents is about 23.5 percent. We are providing our fair share.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Judge Rodgers rules against Kayak Centre

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Judge Kristin E. Rodgers ruled Tuesday that the town of Narragansett did not violate state law or town ordinance in voting to reject all bids and commence the bidding process again with additional criteria to run a paddle sports business at the town-owned Middlebridge property.

On Feb. 10, Washington County Superior Court Judge Rodgers heard oral arguments in the case of the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island versus the town of Narragansett and Narrow River Kayaks, and then said she needed more time to consider the facts of the case and would issue a written decision.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI’s Brownell wins Dream Maker Award

March 5, 2014

KINGSTON – As has happened to many a dreamer before her, Winifred Brownell was mesmerized at a young age by the moving pictures that taught her, scared her, told her a story or, especially, that kept her on the edge of her seat.

Now the dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at URI, Winnie Brownell has led a life centered on and surrounded by film. Her efforts in advocacy of, support for and education encapsulating independent and commercial film projects and students took her to the red carpet this past Sunday to receive the Dream Maker Award, presented by the Rhode Island Film and TV Office at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Rune Stone inscriptions remain a mystery

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - The “Narragansett Rune Stone”, a seven-foot long sandstone bearing mysterious symbols that some believe to be Runic characters, currently lies dormant at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) following revelations that the necessary tests that would determine the inscription’s origins would require damaging the stone.

The stone, which was stolen from it’s resting place and recovered by the DEM in April, was sent to the GSO for safe-keeping and testing. Unfortunately for those interested in the stone and it’s inscription, which includes the “hooked X,” a symbol believed by some to be associated with the Knight’s Templar, testing has been deemed impossible.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Town Council seeks stipend pay increase

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After a review of the town manager’s proposed budget, the town council requested a few changes to the expense list - namely, an increase to their salaries and the salary of the probate judge, Merlyn P. O’Keefe.

“We talked before - in prior years - about an increase in town council salaries,” said Town Council President Ella Whaley. “I know that you [Town Manager Stephen Alfred] had talked about doing an analysis with other towns. How many years has the salary been the same for the town council?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Philharmonic to return to town beach this summer

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The annual concerts on Narragansett Town Beach will continue this year with a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

The town council voted 5-0 Monday to approve the 2014 contract agreement for the 38th annual concert on the beach with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in the amount of $20,000.

The council also voted unanimously to approve the 2014 contract agreement for production support services with Bill Bracket Theatrical Productions for the concert on the beach in the amount of $11,000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whaley won’t seek town council re-election

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Town Council President Ella Whaley told the Narragansett Times Monday night that she will not be running for re-election this year.

Whaley, who served on the school committee for eight years and the town council for another eight years, said that she won’t have time this year between trips back and forth from Florida to best serve the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NFD competes in Fight for Air Climb

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Members of the Narragansett Fire Department placed fourth overall in the firefighter team competition at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at the Omni Hotel in Providence last month.

This year was the sixth consecutive year firefighters from the Narragansett Fire Department have participated in the Fight for Air Climb, which is sometimes referred to as a “vertical road race,” and is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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