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Town approves settlement between PUC, United Water

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 4-0 Monday to approve and join in the settlement agreement that has been negotiated between United Water Rhode island and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.

Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Library supporters want new or upgraded facility

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Friends of the Narragansett Library and many community members would like a new or upgraded library facility.

On Monday, the group presented a petition with more than 400 signatures to the town council requesting that the council place a bond issue on the November ballot for a new library facility.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whaley files police report, protection order against O’Neill

April 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Following a correction by South Kingstown Town Councilor Jim O’Neill regarding his allegedly threatening statements, Town Council President Ella Whaley has filed a police report, requested a protection order and refuses to sit at the same table as O’Neill at Monday’s budget adoption meeting.

Jim O’Neill called The Narragansett Times on Saturday explaining that his “she’s lucky I didn’t hit her” comment was not directed toward Peace Dale resident Rachel Clough, but to Whaley.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narrow River Kayaks lease extended

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 2-1 Monday to extend the lease of Narrow River Kayaks at the Middlebridge property until Feb. 28, 2015.

Councilor Douglas McLaughlin voted against the motion, Council President James Callaghan recused himself, and Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

Town Solicitor Mark McSally told the council because an appeal in the matter is pending in Supreme Court, the council would not likely be able to re-bid the paddle sports concession at the town-owned property in time for the summer season.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Prout principal issues apology for comments made by Father Hoffman

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Prout Principal David Carradini has publicly apologized for potentially offensive comments made by Father Francis Hoffman, Opus Dei priest and executive director of Relevant Radio, during an assembly at the school.

Parents, students, faculty and staff at Prout claim that the speaker’s comments were offensive to homosexuals, children of divorced parents and adoption and those who are pro-choice. Several Christian publications are defending the comments, claiming that the church’s stance on these issues is quite clear and that Hoffman was only restating them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Town Council finding ways to trim budget

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council is looking to further trim the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 in an effort to reduce the expected 4 percent property tax increase.

The council is looking cut even more funding for capital projects, which took drastic cuts before the proposed budget even reached the council.

“Where else are we going to find the money,” said Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno. “We have to fund the ARC to 80 percent and keep the tax rate reasonable. What can we defer on capital for this budget cycle and see where we are for the next cycle?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Daly-LaBelle to resign as school committee legislative liaison

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – School committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle told The Narragansett Times on Wednesday that he will be resigning from his position as legislative liaison to the school committee following a change to the job description voted on by the committee Tuesday night.

He will formally resign at the next school committee meeting granted that the meeting is not adjourned before the ‘school committee member comment’ portion again.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Joe “Tiger”Patrick gets his day in South Kingstown

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Joe “Tiger” Patrick II finally got his day in South Kingstown.

Four months after the town council resolution to declare November 9, 2013 as Joe “Tiger” Patrick II Day was originally considered, the declaration was presented to him at the town council meeting on Monday night in the crowded council chambers.

Patrick requested that the town council wait until certain members of the community could be there for the presentation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

United Water rate increase will be smaller

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC), the town of South Kingstown, the Union Fire District and United Water are in support of a settlement agreement that would decrease United Water’s proposed rate increase from 42.6 percent to 32.83 percent.

The original 43 percent increase would have resulted in an increase of $10.30 per month for a typical residential customer. The agreed rates would allow United Water to collect an additional $1.2 million in revenue, down from the projected nearly $1.6 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK couple to run Boston Marathon for Dana Farber team

April 17, 2014

South Kingstown residents Kirsten and Tim O’Neill will run the Boston Marathon this Monday as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team.

The rigorous training for a marathon is no easy challenge, but the O’Neills have had to overcome an additional hurdle: they are both cancer survivors.

In 2007, Kirsten was diagnosed with cancer. Three months later, her husband, Tim, was diagnosed with leukemia. Kirsten beat cancer and Tim is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at Dana-Farber.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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