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Lenore sinks; all four crew members rescued by Coast Guard

January 21, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued four mariners on Wednesday from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y.
Crewmembers Benjamin Payne, Travis Tillet, and Jonathan pickett as well as Captain Jeffrey Wise were transported off the Lenore, a 75 foot commercial sterm trawler out of Point Judith, before it sank.

Closings for S. Kingstown and Narragansett

January 21, 2011

South Kingstown

South Kingstown Public Schools: Closed
The Prout School: Closed
Windswept Montessori School: Closed
Monsignor Clarke School: Closed
South Kingstown Senior Service Center: Closed; No elderly meals
South Kingstown Adult Day Center: Closed
South Kingstown PD: Parking ban until 6 p.m. Friday

Narragansett

Narragansett Public Schools: Closed, 12 month employees report
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library: Closed
Narragansett PD: Parking ban until 6 a.m. Saturday

Narragansett Historic Commission re-elects leadership

January 21, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Historic District Commission, which has been active for one year but was established in the summer of 2009, met and reelected its current leadership on Jan. 11. Keith Lescarbeau remained Chairperson while Cheryl Lescarbeau continued on as Secretary and Larry Vranka as Vice-Chair. Mike Deluca continued to serve as Liaison Department Director and Denise Buonnono remains the Clerk of the Commission. Keith Lescarbeau, a contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, was tapped to be on the commission the old fashioned way.
“We found Keith through an advertisement in the newspaper,” Mike Deluca said. “We had eight original applicants (seven positions with one alternate) and we appointed all of them."

As unemployment rate dips, gas prices rise

January 20, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—For four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the state’s cheapest and most expensive station rates.

SKHS musicians well represented in All-State ensemble, honors

January 20, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With 24 students qualified for an All-State ensemble and three students selected to perform with the All-East honors ensemble, it would be no surprise if the next Charlie Parker, Johann Sebastian Bach or Louis Armstrong comes from the South Kingstown High School band.

Details getting sorted on South Kingstown school budget, six year CIP

January 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After detailing the budget for municipal services, police, open space and parks and recreation, the town council and the school committee finally met last Thursday to hash out the details of the school budget in a public hearing as proposed in town manager Stephen A. Alfred’s six-year capital improvement plan.

Dr. John Walsh hangs up the stethoscope at age 89

January 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the first board-certified surgeon at South County Hospital, Dr. John J. Walsh is one of few who witnessed and experienced the changes at the hospital from when it grew from a 46 bed, single building to a 100-bed acute-care facility. Yet after 57 years at South County, spanning six decades, Walsh, an emergency room physician has retired at age 89 this past Dec. 31.

Stringfellow discusses tiered diploma system in advance of Gist visit

January 18, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Department of Education is upping its standards again for graduating students to receive a high school diploma, placing more emphasis on NECAP scores while developing differential diplomas. With the Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist coming to the South Kingstown High School Wednesday, Jan. 19 to hold a public hearing on changes to the graduation requirements for the classes of 2012 and beyond, the town’s school committee focused on these changes at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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.

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