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South Kingstown resident Bogusz perseveres

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON - If you look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, you might reach the conclusion that she is just another college over-achiever. But you’d just be getting a small part of her story.

That’s because nowhere in the South Kingstown resident’s summary of academic and professional accomplishments does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver ran into her June 23, 2007. The incident, during which she was struck by a vehicle going 100 miles per hour and subsequently thrown 125 feet, happened just a week after her graduation from South Kingstown High School and a week after she had already begun classes in the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development Program.

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Invasive species expected to expand to New England due to climate change

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON– A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is that the invasive species tree-of-heaven is expected to expand northward to New England due to climate change.

Yeqiao Wang, a URI professor of terrestrial remote sensing, says that his team’s research combining satellite-based data with ground-based ecological monitoring will be useful in the management of the lands along the Appalachian Trail.

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Carlson files appeal to zoning violation

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Jordan Carlson, current lessee of the former Campus Cinema on Columbia Street, has filed an appeal to the zoning violation that categorized his private, legal and medicinal marijuana plants as “agricultural products manufacturing.”

When Building Official Jeff O’Hara discovered that the property was being used as a legal growing site, he filed the violation, saying, “What else could it be categorized as?”

The appeal, written by Zoning Attorney John F. Kenyon, was accompanied by 30 pages of medical marijuana laws.

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Pier school committee has a $500,000 surplus

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – During a public hearing on the school and town budgets Monday, Superintendent Katherine Sipala explained to the town council why the school committee has a $500,000 surplus.

The town council previously questioned whether the school committee could access the surplus instead of requesting $357,000 from the town to cover half of the $720,000 the school committee is being asked to contribute to fund the town’s annual required contribution, or ARC, for its pension system.

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Council looks at ways to adjust budget

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council discussed further changes to the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget during a work session Monday, bringing down the proposed residential tax rate to $10.05 per $1,000 of assessed value from the originally proposed $10.21.

Finance Director Laura Kenyon told the council about adjustments she made to the proposed budget following prior work sessions including an increase in water rates due to a settlement between United Water and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. Kenyon also included a new property assessment base for the town, removed a requested $750,000 for road maintenance and repair, and increased the tax collection rate to 98.5 percent, among other adjustments.

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SK Town Council passes budget

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The unanimous adoption of the nearly $74.9 million 2014-15 fiscal year budget by the town council brought an end to several months of planning, coordinating, debating, compromising and the ruffling of a few feathers.

The budget brings a 4-cent tax rate hike to the town that the staff is still working on bringing down to 3 cents.

Despite a packed council chambers, the public did not comment on or petition any section of the budget, which the town council as a whole has referred to as very well done.

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Residents call for O’Neill to step down

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Twenty-three South Kingstown residents, including Town Council President Ella Whaley, Rep. Teresa Tanzi and the South Kingstown Teachers Association asked past town council president and current Councilor Member James O’Neill for his formal resignation at a town council meeting on Monday night.

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UUCSC carries on with Rev. Judy Smith-Valley at the helm

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County is taking advantage of its current lack of a permanent minister and using the time to look inward and reflect on the congregation’s goals.

Board President Steve Harrison explains, “While this is not easy, I believe we are using this time wisely to examine who we are and what we can do to leave the world a little better than we found it. This is especially important as we embark on a search for our next settled minister who will have the skills to help us fulfill our purpose.”

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Rumbling over flags at Dillon Rotary

April 24, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Armenian flag will fly at the Narragansett rotary until Saturday to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The Armenian National Committee of America requests that the flag be flown in honor of those killed in the atrocity that Turkey still refuses to describe as a genocide. Roughly 1.5 million Armenians were killed starting in 1915 amid the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman Empire, which is often acknowledged as one of the first modern genocides.

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URI to host 15th annual Hempfest this weekend in Kingston

April 24, 2014

KINGSTON – University of Rhode Island Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will host the 15th annual Hempfest music festival this Saturday.

The event, held at URI, will take place from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and is aimed at creating awareness around marijuana policy in Rhode Island.

“This is a huge year for Rhode Island in terms of marijuana policy,” said Emily Cotter, treasurer of the URI chapter of SSDP.

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