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Process begins for wind farm plot leasing

May 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) recently met with the public and interested wind farm companies to discuss the leasing of ocean area off of Block Island.

The joint Rhode Island and Massachusetts Renewable Energy Task Force, established in November 2009, has accepted unsolicited leasing applications from two wind projects companies, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC and Neptune Wind, LLC. These companies will now proceed to go through BOEMRE’s leasing process which determines which project is most financially and technically capable to build a safe and regulatory compliant wind farm.

School Committee looks at Access to Excellence progress

May 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With an expansion of the Access to Excellence policy at the schools underway, the school committee discussed its progress so far as it is adapted to the middle school and overall student population at Tuesday’s meeting.

CCEMP developing profile on RI commercial fishing

May 14, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Commercial fishing is arguably the most important economy driver in Rhode Island. Point Judith is the third largest fishing community in New England based on total catch values. It is clear, however, that fishermen are struggling in the most recent economic downturn.

“What is unique about Rhode Island is that every county is a coastal community,” said John Scotti, Senior Fisheries Specialist at Cornell. “No other state is like that. Every county in Rhode Island is affected by the commercial fishing industry.”

Kingston gets high speed boost

May 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As gas prices rise and uncertainty grows about the sustainability of the country’s consumption of fossils fuel, Rhode Island has taken a step towards preserving resources and creating a more economically stable environment. The state has received $28 million for the development a high-speed rail system through the Northeast corridor, the Rhode Island portion of which will run from Kingston rail station in South Kingstown up to Providence.

Black bear pays a visit to West Kingston couple

May 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When Charles and Jean Hickox awoke one morning at their Yawgoo Pond Road home, they did not expect to find a black bear rummaging through the birdfeeders in their back yard.

“We’ve seen him quite a few times. One morning we looked out and there he was. He spent the better part of the day hanging out in the backyard,” Jean Hickox said.

Good time behavior bill passed in Senate last Thursday

May 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE - After it came to light that convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee could be released from prison 12 years earlier due to good time behavior, state lawmakers rushed to make sure that it would never happen again. Last Thursday they did just that.

Students rage the URI library

May 9, 2011

KINGSTON – With final exams under way at the University of Rhode Island and with students studying with their heads in their books, about 400 students rushed the student library Sunday night, closing down the study area. The event was organized by a Facebook group, URI Library Rage Class of 2011.

Senate passes two resolutions helping RI fishing industry

May 8, 2011

The Rhode Island fishing industry is getting some support after the state senate passed two resolutions asking for better industry representation federally and for more funding to support the domestic seafood market.

The first resolution urges state federal representatives to secure Rhode Island voting representation on the Mid-Atlantic Council. Senator Susan V. Sosnowski of South Kingstown introduced the resolution and the senate passed it at Wednesday night’s meeting. The resolution supports federal Senator Jack Reed in his efforts to bring more representation to the Rhode Island fishing industry.

NHS student places first in Cyber Foundations Competition

May 7, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The country’s capability in designing computer programs and governmental protocols for preventing cyber attacks rests largely on the shoulders of today’s students. Using computers and the internet is now an integral part of the primary school’s syllabus, and the genesis of future research will come from the high school and university levels. Luca Spinazzola, a senior at Narragansett High School, is a beneficiary.

Two SK intersections ranked worst in RI

May 6, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown has two of the top 25 worst intersections in the state according to a state Department of Transportation report to federal officials.

The intersection of South County Commons Way with Tower Hill Road on Route 1 was ranked as the sixth worst intersection for accidents. The intersection of Tower Hill Road with Mooresfield Road on Route 138 was listed as 23rd.

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