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Non-renewal letters forthcoming in SK

February 26, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Due to the global fiscal crisis and unknown revenue streams, 144 teachers will be receiving non-renewal letters in the coming days after the school committee approved Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow's recommendation Tuesday night.

Newport man charged with five felonies for home invasion in SK

February 25, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A Newport man was arrested on a South Kingstown police warrant Wednesday and charged with five felonies related to a home invasion involving a firearm on Feb. 4.

Would repeal of Caruolo Act have ramifications for SK?

February 24, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A state representative has proposed repealing the controversial Caruolo Act, which allows school committees to file suit against their taxpayers when they overspend their budgets, something South Kingstown isn't too worried about.

Rep. Patricia L. Morgan, R- West Warwick, Coventry introduced the legislation to eliminate the law that she said is a costly and lengthy method of resolving funding disputes.

NHS student Ryan Field chooses a comedy for senior project

February 23, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Samuel Taylor Coleridge famously penned his 54-line poem “Kubla Khan” in an opium fog, scribbling his mystical visions as they came to him. But, in the midst of this poetic ecstasy he was interrupted by a visitor from Porlock—a village in southern England—and never completed the poem. Since then, in literary circles, any unwanted visitor is referred to as a “Person from Porlock”.

Pols talk gay marriage views, General Assembly legislature

February 23, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Beginning their roughly six-month General Assembly session, Rhode Island's citizen legislature is now in a whirl of political activity.

Committee assignments are complete and politicians are hoping to accomplish stated goals before the political climate warms to an election year fever. With demonstrations supporting (and opposing) allowing gays and lesbians to marry, we at the Narragansett Times asked what state senators and representatives thought about this controversial issue as well what updates they could give the public on bills they were working to move through committees.

Chick Gavitt celebrates 20 years in business with Ichiban Karate

February 22, 2011

WAKEFIELD – Yoi. Rei. Hajime. Ready. Bow with respect and begin. It was like learning a new language in addition to learning a new choreographed dance in a whole new world. Except, it wasn’t a foreign language. It was commands used in karate. It wasn’t the waltz or the salsa. It was karate moves and fighting stances and it wasn’t a whole new world. It was Ichiban Karate Studio in Wakefield.

RI Museum of Science & Art to host ‘Metamorphosis' at Slater Mill

February 21, 2011

The Rhode Island Museum of Art and Science (RIMOSA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The museum's goal has been to focus on the intersection between art and science, two forces whose modern disciplines unleash curiosity, observation, experimentation and communication toward new thinking.

Wakefield Books opens its doors

February 20, 2011

WAKEFIELD–South County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.

Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstore’s lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.

Charter Review expects final draft ready for May

February 19, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The Charter Review met Wednesday and is approaching the end of their work. The commission, whose last entity met in 1998, expects to have a final draft ready for the council for their May meeting. Discussion at this week's meeting dealt with purchasing powers and ethics.

RI fishermen seek local market success

February 18, 2011

The Senate Task Force on Fisheries, led by Rhode Island senator Susan V. Sosnowski, met Wednesday evening to discuss the issues concerning the creation of local seafood markets.

One might think that seafood is a significant staple of the Rhode Island economy, yet no current infrastructure exists for the marketing of local seafood products. A varied group of speakers from fishermen to local businessmen to scientists detailed their approaches and concerns about creating sustainable, local seafood markets.

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