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SCH sponsors ‘Pink Out’

February 9, 2011

WAKEFIELD–For the third consecutive year, South County Hospital is proud to be the co-sponsor of the annual Gloria Gemma “Pink Out” men's basketball game tonight at the URI Ryan Center.

More snow, rain, freezing in South County puts drain on public services

February 8, 2011

With what it seems to be a snow storm every Tuesday and Wednesday this winter, the town is plowing through its snow removal budget as it also tries to clear storm drains.

Snow and ice cause fishing, recreational boats to sink

February 7, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Within the past week there have been several incidents within southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island where recreational or small fishing vessels sunk at their pier or mooring due to excess weight from snow and ice.

URI professor relieved of duties after felony charges

February 6, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—A local professor and businessman, John K. Dunn, 58, of 365 Boston Neck Road, was arrested on Jan. 28 by Rhode Island State Police on three felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses. Dunn entered no plea and was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
On Feb. 2, Dunn, in consultation with university officials, was relieved of his teaching duties and has been placed on an “alternative work assignment.”

Narragansett’s Town Engineer recognized for 22 years of service

February 5, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Jeffry Ceasrine wouldn’t trade his job for any other. Narragansett, beneficiary of the 22 years that the Town Engineer has dedicated to the planning, construction and maintenance of the town’s infrastructure, should thank him.

“We usually get unhappy calls when something is broken,” said Ceasrine with a laugh.

“I didn’t even know I was getting the award.”

School Committee workshop looks at five scenarios of collective bargaining

February 4, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The School Committee had its last budget workshop Monday night before it submits the school budget to the town. The committee focused on different scenarios in which school programs or buildings would be cut, how much money to anticipate from the collective bargaining agreements and how this would help close the $1.6 million budget shortfall.

Sen. Sheehan speaks out against Rogue Island Jitney

February 4, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – Although the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers approved plans by a new company, Rogue Island Jitney to run a shuttle service between the URI campus and several bars in Narragansett, opposition amounts. Both URI and State Sen. James C. Sheehan, D-Narragansett, North Kingstown are challenging the PUC's decision.
At the public hearing held Jan. 4, those in opposition, including Narragansett Deputy Police Chief Gerald Driscoll and South Kingstown police's Lieutenant Paul J. Horoho and representatives from URI expressed their belief that the jitney service would become a pub crawl that would allow students to leave campus and purchase alcohol at bars and restaurants in town.

Obama cuts trickle down to local community organizations

February 3, 2011

WAKEFIELD–President Obama's budget is due within the next few weeks and recently he called for cuts to the country's community action programs.

"I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about,” President Obama said on Jan. 25, “like community action programs." While how much will be cut is still to be determined, it is news that a program which was not de-funded by Nixon, Gingrich, or Bush, now will be cut by a former community organizer who used his experience in Chicago’s blighted neighborhoods as supporting evidence for his leadership.

South County digs out, braces for another storm

February 2, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – Last Wednesday brought another overnight storm, giving Rhode Island almost a foot of snow into Thursday afternoon. Despite the onslaught of snow, the South Kingstown and Narragansett public services are managing the road conditions.

“It was relatively uneventful. It was just a long storm,” Jon Schock, director of public services for South Kingstown said.

RIRRC pushes for statewide single-stream recycling program

February 2, 2011

JOHNSTON—The odor beside Rhode Island’s Resource Recovery Corporation’s (RIRRC) Johnston landfill differs with each season. Today, the air is filled with a sweetly rotten odor of mulch. Driving by piles of decomposing compost on the 110 acre property, one can literally watch it break down beneath its own steam. In December, there is a piney whiff of spruce. In the summer comes an olfactory overload–the pungent aftermath of summer seafood. But any odor is impermanent, diminishing if not disappearing beneath the landfill’s smothering layers of earth and stone. From June 2009-June 2010, Rhode Island generated about 722,000 tons of garbage, actually lower than the million tons it buried in 2007. (Beside Johnston’s 210 foot high landfill, a rocky dynamited patch called Phase 6 will handle tons more.)

 

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