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Public speaks out against motor vehicle tax in South Kingstown

April 18, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The town held its first public hearing on the preliminary budget Wednesday night with most of the public speaking out against the motor vehicle exemption tax.
With both the town council and school committee present, Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred first gave an overview of the total $89 million municipal budget.

SK Council approves zoning ordinance for special use permits

April 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The town council held two public hearings Monday night concerning a Community Development Block Grant the town received and amendments to special use permits in the Zoning Ordinance.

The town held the first public hearing to obtain citizen views on the community development, housing needs and program performance relative to the town’s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. Though the town sought citizen input on the grants that can go directly to the community, no one from the public came to comment on the CDBG grant.

GSO offers teachers hands-on research aboard the Endeavor

April 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–URI’s Bay Campus is the launching point for many scientific activities. The 30-year-old research vessel Endeavor has traveled over one million nautical miles, transporting scientists and complex research tools to places such as the Black Sea to examine ancient shipwrecks. The GSO offers public school teachers the chance to partake in such important scientific work. Erica Killian is one of them.

“This is my first experience,” said Killian, a mathematics teacher at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. “The scientists took me in and made me a part of the process. They are a really interesting group of people.”

A fiery Wednesday morning in Narragansett

April 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Firefighters responded to a lightning strike at Bonnet Place, 1004 Boston Neck Road, in the north-end of Narragansett early Wednesday morning.

The fire was called in at 8:03 a.m. and NFD Rescue number 3 was the first to respond at 8:12 a.m. Engines from South and North Kingstown responded, and three Ladders from Narragansett also arrived on the scene. Multiple chiefs and deputies were on hand for assistance.

Lightning struck the cupola on the roof of Bonnet Place, igniting a fire. The fire was contained at 9:07 a.m. and did not spread to the rest of the structure.

URI hosts symposium on securing America’s information highways

April 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Researchers, business executives, government and military officials gathered at URI on Monday to discuss strategies for protecting the flow of information in the cyber world and identifying potential threats. Information systems across the country are penetrated by hackers daily, exposing citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies to dangerous breaches of security.

Locals raise money, awareness at Walk MS event

April 14, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The morning fog lifted above the Narragansett Pier School this past Sunday, revealing clusters of bicyclists and walkers readying themselves for the journey through town. Families and friends conversed about their lives but more importantly about the walk for MS upon which they were about to embark.

Hollywood coming to SK’s Bayfield Farm

April 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – It will be all cameras, lights and action in South Kingstown for three days in May after the town council authorized the temporary use of Bayfield Farm by the movie production company, Moonrise Kingdom at Monday night’s town council meeting.

Point Judith selected for federal economic study

April 9, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The economic downturn has affected many towns and cities around the nation, yet none as pronouncedly as the fishing communities in the New England area. Point Judith is one of them.
The U.S Economic Development Administration has selected Point Judith, among six other New England fishing ports, for a two and a half-day analysis of the specific issues concerning the community. The EDA examined a number of fishery data from the fishing ports, including the groundfish landing revenues and the percentage of groundfish landed at a port compared to state totals.

Army couple deployed again

April 8, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – After serving in Iraq from 2008 to 2009, two local Narragansett veterans are being deployed once again this May to Afghanistan, having to leave behind their first baby.
Their deployment to Afghanistan will be the second time both Michael and Marie Johnson go overseas. But this time will be the first time they have to leave their eight month year old daughter behind, who will stay with her maternal grandmother.

Chafee’s proposal to double beach fees doesn’t wash

April 8, 2011

Surfing the waters in Narragansett, eating clam cakes and clam chowder and spending a summer day at the beach are what many believe make Rhode Island what is it.
Yet, with Gov. Chafee’s proposal to double beach parking fees looming, many Rhode Islanders feel the price increase will only take away from what made this state the Ocean State.

 

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