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Providence Poverty Institute hosts ‘Budget Rhode Map’

March 11, 2011

CRANSTON—Providence’s Poverty Institute hosted “Budget Rhode Map,” a discussion and lecture event sponsored by local non-profits to discuss the condition of the state and nation’s budget challenges. The conference was attended by various state representatives including Sen. Spencer Dickinson and representatives Teresa Tanzi and Donna Walsh.
The first speaker, Jon Shure, Deputy Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Project presented a discussion titled “The State of State Budgets” and said that “in a perfect world” state leaders would raise the income tax in a time of recession, not the sales tax. The proposed increase in the sales tax would adversely affect the poor who spend more of their income on items that would be taxed. But Shure said that he would still support it if it was the only way to raise revenue.

According to Governor Chafee, the plan would raise $89 million in new revenue that state-funded programs need in order to serve Rhode Islanders. Shure also described how, contrary to popular opinion, states that raised taxes in a recession performed economically better because they made necessary investments.

Woodmansee faces possible early release

March 11, 2011

PEACE DALE--In 1982, South Kingstown thought it freed itself of the cannibalistic murderer who was sentenced to jail for killing 5-year-old Jason Foreman in 1975, but Michael Woodmansee would not remain behind bars forever.

EDC concerned over new property tax guidelines in South Kingstown

March 10, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The Economic Development Committee met last Thursday, March 3 to discuss the new property tax treaty drafted by the town.
The ‘Tax Exemption and Stabilization Program’ was received by the council as a troubling example of miscommunication.

State reps meet with CRMC, discuss erosion solutions

March 9, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–South Kingstown state representatives recently met with the Coastal Resources Management Council to discuss potential solutions to the coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach.

Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, D-Dist. 37 South Kingstown, New Shoreham and Rep. Donna M. Walsh, D-Dist. 36, Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly, along with town council president Ella Whaley met with Grover Fugate, the executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council and other members of the CRMC.

Do you have information on the Michael Woodmansee case?

March 8, 2011

South Kingstown reporter Kathleen McKiernan would like to hear from Narragansett Times readers and community members who may have information on the Michael Woodmansee murder case and are willing to be interviewed. Please contact her by email at kmckiernan@ricentral.com or call 789-9744 ex. 138.

SK Teacher’s Union held Have a Heart Fundraiser last month

March 8, 2011

PEACE DALE – To help those in need during these economic times, the South Kingstown Teacher’s Union held its annual Have a Heart Fundraiser last month to support the local community.
The elementary school teachers, including West Kingston, Peace Dale, Matunuck, Wakefield and the Hazard Preschool raised $1,621 for the Johnnycake Center.

Wilson grows up, sort of, as a South County illustrator, comic writer

March 7, 2011

Editors note: Will Wilson first contributed a comic strip, called Brothers Watt, to The Narragansett Times back in 2005. He is back with a new and different take on Matunuck, Jamestown, Block Island and life in general.

WAKEFIELD–Local strip comic cartoonist Will Wilson has just released his second book entitled, Ordinary Bill, Pretending to Be Adults, and is scheduled to appear at Sweet Cakes Bakery in Peacedale this Sunday, March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book signing. I recently sat down at a local pub with this young artist to discuss life in the cartoon world.
“We can do this either way,” said the tall, wiry redheaded Wilson, referring to the copious amount of beer we would or would not consume in the course of our meeting. I could tell by his tone that he was serious and if I had been up for it we may have potentially found ourselves confused and in Mexico the following morning.

Narragansett ranks 22 in RI for total number of foreclosures

March 6, 2011

NARRAGANETT–No Rhode Island community was entirely immune from the housing bubble and current foreclosure crisis. HousingWorks RI, a non-profit that supports dedicating a stream of funding for affordable housing around the state, released its second annual special report on foreclosures in Rhode Island. The report looks at the number of foreclosures from January 2009 through December 2010 in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns and its impacts.

SK planning board looks at housing concerns, wind turbines

March 5, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Planning Board held a work shop session Tuesday night, focusing on the comprehensive plan and wind energy conversion system updates.

The comprehensive plan is an update to the community Plan developed in July 1992 with approval by the State of Rhode Island on March 11, 1996. South Kingstown has routinely amended the Comprehensive Community Plan as warranted. This update includes certain elements mandated by state regulation, including land use, housing, economic development, natural and cultural resources, services and facilities and open space and recreation.

Proliferation of spat is good news for state

March 4, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Harbor Management committee met to discuss an impending public meeting with CRMC on March 14 regarding aquaculture permits in Pt. Judith Pond.

But the main agenda item was to listen to a presentation from Save The Bay regarding a scallop restoration program in Pt. Judith Pond the non-profit has worked on since 2007.

 

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