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IMPORTANT: South County Hospital schedule for December 27

December 27, 2010

South County Hospital is open and operating as normal today (Monday, December 27), with the following exceptions:

. Cardiac Rehab is closed

. Wound Care Center is closed

. Wave Van transportation is cancelled

. Cardiac Cath Lab procedures are cancelled

Now’s the time to consider joining Fresh Air Fund

December 23, 2010

NARRAGANSETT – Each summer since 2008 Denis and Anne Martin have welcomed a child from Brooklyn, N.Y. as a part of the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency that offers inner-city kids the joy of summer vacation
Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the friendly town program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Children are selected to participate in the Fresh Air Fund’s programs based on financial need. Fresh Air youngsters are registered by more than 90 social service and community organizations in all five boroughs of New York City.

Shelling out for oyster beds

December 23, 2010

CHARLESTOWN–Next time you shuck a shell at an icy oyster bar, make sure you ask where the leftovers are being dumped. Rhode Island's Nature Conservancy has received $46,000 in funds to recycle shells and restore the oyster population off of Charlestown's water. Your discarded bivalve can help.

Work on SK budget underway

December 23, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council and school committee met Monday night for the start of the budget talks, where they hashed out the details and held a public discussion. The meeting was held to solicit comments from the public relating to the goals and objectives of the development of the 2011 to 2012 municipal and school budgets.

Galilee Advisory Committee elects leaders

December 22, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–The Galilee Advisory Committee elected new leadership at Tuesday's meeting. Kevin Kosko was elected Chairman, Bill Shepard was elected Vice Chairman, and Barry Keinard was elected secretary.

SK withdraws membership from SORICO

December 21, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With SORICO becoming a hibernated group and with a potential liability with selling the group's building on Camp Avenue in North Kingstown, the South Kingstown school committee regrettably withdrew its membership from the Southern Rhode Island education and training center at Tuesday night's meeting.

Future of Indian village site to be determined

December 20, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–On Dec. 13 the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) subcommittee met in a final hearing about the future of a privately owned piece of land whose construction was halted after a preserved 12th century native village was discovered on the property.

As development continued, evidence and artifacts of early native life were uncovered. Pottery, a burial ground, and an unplowed and preserved Indian village have subsequently been documented but researchers say more needs to be done.

Sipala recommends Narragansett schools stay with collaborative

December 19, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–The five-person school committee and superintendent met on Wednesday and the first agenda item became Southern Rhode Island Regional Collaborative (SORICO). The collaborative is a non-profit cooperative educational service involving Block Island, Chariho, East Greenwich, Exeter/West Greenwich, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, and Westerly. The organization was established in 1988 and involved eight high schools, 11 middle schools, and 33 elementary schools was intended to regionalize services for the area. Recently, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and North Kingstown withdrew during their school committee meetings while Chariho did not.

URI tuition jump possible

December 18, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN--Possible tuition increases await URI students if the university's requested operational budget is not approved. Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee will make a recommendation for funding either next month or at the beginning of February.
How can stakeholders (taxpayers, citizens, university students and parents) ensure that the budget recommendation of 71 million dollars for the next fiscal year is passed?

Alfred brings capital improvement proposals to town council

December 17, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – There will be smoother driving on roads in the next six years if the new capital improvement plan(CIP) proposed by Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred is approved by the town council. To repair more roads in the town, the road improvement program will increase by $2 million from $6 million to $8 million.

 

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