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URI planning a full week of activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2011

KINGSTON – For 25 years the University of Rhode Island has been honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full week of events devoted to King's message of peace and equality. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, URI is having a week of service challenge in which students are asked to do 2,011 total hours of community service in one week.

Sosnowski speaks to rates and new laws in ‘water rich’ state

January 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–On Dec. 29 the Narragansett Times reported on the town's current water status and the recent legislation that places regulations on water use in order to conserve the state's water supplies ("Lower water rates bring new efforts for conservation"). Currently, the town's citizens have the second lowest water rates in the state. Senator Susan Sosnowski was asked about these rates, the developments in the state government regarding water, and the impact of the legislation on the state in the future.

Quest Montessori School facing obstactles in Narragansett

January 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Paul Raymond, the head of Quest Montessori School and a prospective property-owner in the town said in an interview that he is up against “significant obstacles” in the state’s current system of regulatory controls.  Recently, his proposal to re-zone a portion of Boston Neck Road as “commercial” has stalled and his school’s future in the town is threatened.  After months of architectural designs, engineering plans, wetland protection zones, and traffic reports were approved by the planning board, the council has twice delayed re-zoning the property.

No major incidents despite a foot of wet snow

January 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT/WAKEFIELD–At the beginning of Snow, a novel by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk's book, he writes of a Turkish passenger, "The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver. If this were the beginning of a poem, he would have called the thing he felt inside the silence of snow."

South County plows through the storm

January 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the Tuesday night’s snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on South Kingstown, it forced schools and businesses to close, making it a lot easier for those who have to get rid of the snow to do their job.
“At this point, crews came in about midnight and worked right through,” Jon Schock, the town’s Public Services Director said Wednesday morning. “Many roads are passable. There are very few cars on the roads, which helps with plowing.”

Commisioner Gist tours schools to pitch diploma change

January 13, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Education Commissioner Deborah Gist spent Thursday touring the town's schools and meeting for an hour with 50 teachers. The Board of Regents, meeting in Narragansett High School, voted to have a public hearing on their suggested three-tier diploma system. The system would award a Rhode Island diploma–the same diploma students now receive–with two additional tiers for high performers.

South Kingstown, EMS recognized as HeartSafe community

January 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Due to its efforts to improve cardiac care and save lives, South Kingstown and its EMS Department became the third Rhode Island community to be awarded and recognized as a HeartSafe community at Monday night’s town council meeting by the American Heart Association.

Snow Closings/Parking Bans for Jan. 11 to 12

January 11, 2011

South Kingstown Public Schools will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

South Kingstown Town Offices will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

Due to the impending snowstorm tonight through Wednesday morning, the following parking bans will be in effect:

Narragansett: Parking ban starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday

South Kingstown: Parking ban starting Tuesday 11 p.m. thru Thursday at 12 p.m.

The South Kingstown Senior Center will be closed Jan. 12 and there will be no elderly meals.

Sheehan questions Gist decision on hiring of uncertified teachers

January 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE– If good teachers are the most important element to education, the Department of Education shouldn't allow uncertified individuals to teach at Democracy Prep school in Cumberland, says Sen. James C. Sheehan.

Recycling still voluntary in Narragansett

January 10, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Narragansett has no single stream recycling program.  But Rhode Island’s Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) hopes to create a single bin a pick-up system for 2011-12. Without outside funding, independent businesses are purchasing toters at a discounted price in order to expand and deepen the town’s recycling program.

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