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Town beach gets a facelift from new projects

June 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Recreation Advisory Board met on Monday evening to discuss projects and budgetary updates regarding Narragansett Town Beach.

Recreation Advisory Board Chair Keith Kyle detailed the completion of several beach-related projects, including adding new waste receptacles to improve the overall look and feel of the property. The new barrels will replace the old, 55-gallon barrels which are now becoming rusted and unsightly. Upon hearing the news, new member of the board Pat Brady expressed his appreciation for Kyle making this initiative.

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Top NHS students prepared for new challenges

June 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - Narragansett High School Valedictorian Jake Rost and Salutatorian Leah Benz are excited to take on the world using the skills taught to them by the teachers at NHS.

The daughter of Jamie and Fritz Benz of Narragansett, Leah will be attending Georgetown University in the fall to study linguistics and foreign languages. She is the Student Council President and participates in Theater Club, World Language Club, Student Government, and is Co-President of the Honor Society alongside Rost.

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Ocean Mist owner says club will close if sheet pile wall is built

June 9, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - On Tuesday night, the South Kingstown Town Council held a closed executive session to discuss current litigation between the Ocean Mist and the CRMC regarding a sheet pile wall planned to be built on the east side of the Ocean Mist.

The council discussed a Superior Court decision in March that overturned the approval of the sea wall. On June 24, a CRMC meeting will be held to further examine the issue.

Kevin Finnegan, owner of the Ocean Mist, said that if the wall is built, it will force the Ocean Mist, an iconic Rhode Island music venue and beach bar, to close.

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Fiore, neighbors address flooding issues

June 9, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A meeting of the South Kingstown Conservation Commission, in review of Roland Fiore’s plan to develop a now 36-unit multi-household development at 571 Main St., brought concerned members of the public to the council chambers to discuss drainage and flooding issues in the surrounding area.

The property, on which sits the historic Miller House, a million dollar mansion that Fiore has lived in for 20 years, is prone to flooding - as are the surrounding yards and houses.

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Point Judith Pond aquaculture a growing concern

June 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Harbor Management Commission met on Tuesday evening for a preliminary determination hearing on the Coastal Resources Management Council’s request to create a three-acre rectangular aquaculture farm on the Western side of Ram Island in Point Judith Pond. The farm will house cage cultures which are mesh bags within cages, also known as rack and bag, beneath or at the surface of the water.

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First Lady Obama visits the Ocean State

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Quonset was abuzz on Monday with local, state and national officials as the first lady Michelle Obama swung into town to inaugurate the keel laying for the SSN-786 Illinois, a Virginia-Class submarine currently being built at Electric Boat. The 377-foot long vessel was hailed as the pinnacle of current submarine design, and is equipped with the latest technology for open and covert warfare operations.

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Hagopian wants better deterrent for student partying

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Several recurring issues were discussed at Monday evening’s town council meeting. Among these issues was the recent partying with URI students in the area of Eastward Look which continued to spark debate and concern among the public and council members.

Council members continued to mull over whether to further increase the fines for disturbing the peace and similar misdemeanors to the maximum amount of $500 per offense, but some members felt that the increase in fines is not properly deterring the unruly behavior.

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CIP for SK budget hits senate floor

June 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The bill to fund the South Kingstown School District’s capital improvement plan that was approved in this year’s budget officially hit the senate floor yesterday. The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D - South Kingstown), would authorize South Kingstown to finance health, safety, fire code improvements to the high school, middle schools and elementary schools in the town through bonds not to exceed $4 million.

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Narragansett centenarian honored by RIC

June 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – 100-year-old Narragansett resident Irene Kenny was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree from Rhode Island College at the undergraduate commencement ceremony that took place on May 17 in front of an audience of over 9,000 graduates, family, and friends. Born in 1913 and originally from East Providence, Kenny was a major contributor to Rhode Island’s teaching community during her more active years and has inspired many others to become teachers.

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School committee member concerned with lack of NECAP presentation

June 2, 2014

By BENJAMIN BRANCHAUD
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Despite examination of the NECAP scores by some members of the school committee at the midyear retreat, one school committee member takes issue with the lack of presentation of last year's scores by the superintendent.

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