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Beluga whales spotted in local waters

July 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Multiple Beluga whales have recently been spotted in waters around the state, including Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River.
Marine mammal ecologist Robert Kenney, a retired scientist from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography and Narragansett resident, received footage from a local man who recorded a possible Beluga sighting in Narragansett Bay near Bonnet Shores on Father’s Day. Kenney confirmed that the creature was in fact a Beluga.
Local realtor Dale Denelle saw the whale while out on the water on Father’s Day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Galilee boat ramp ready for launching

July 2, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The new boat ramp in Galilee is now officially open and ready to use.
The completion of the project was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday afternoon in front of the new double-lane ramp in Galilee. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Jack Reed, Congressman Jim Langevin, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Janet Coit, and Narragansett Town Council President James Callaghan were among those in attendance for the mid-afternoon ceremony.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A guided tour through historic South Kingstown

July 2, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A guided driving tour through South Kingstown does well to shed light on the many historically significant areas and buildings in the town that most people drive by on a daily basis without a second glance.
Beginning and ending in Peace Dale (by no mistake of the creator), the tour remains somewhat in the central area of the town, bringing the driver first to explore the history of the village of Peace Dale in its entirety.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

With summer comes water restriction becoming an annual event

July 2, 2014

Users of United Water, South Shore Middlebridge, and Narragansett water systems are, as of today, under an outdoor water use restriction until further notice is given.
According to a joint press release from United Water RI General Manager Stan Knox, South Kingstown Director of Public Services Jon Schock and Narragansett Town Engineer Jeffry Ceasrine, the restriction will operate on an even and odd system using house numbers and days of the month.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI students gain global perspective on teaching

July 2, 2014

KINGSTON – This past June nine URI students traveled to Africa to visit the Maasai Joy Pre & Primary English Medium School in Tanzania. The students, many of whom were education majors, included Ryan Kluk and Benjamin Upham, Narragansett residents, as well as Allyson Tabaczynski, Madison Gagnon, Karla Alba, Jamie Pratt, Stephanie Duncan, and Erica Dubis. URI Kinesiology Professor Karie Orendorff, who has hosted the trip this year for the second in a row, accompanied the students on the journey.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC approves special exception for Matunuck wall

June 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) held a public hearing on Tuesday evening at the Department of Administration in Providence to make a final decision on the future of the town of South Kingstown’s proposal to build a seawall on Matunuck Beach Road near the Ocean Mist restaurant and bar. After a 5-4 vote the council approved the special exception requested by the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Monahan’s expansion plans greeted with resistance

June 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - An appeal from the owners of Monahan’s Clam Cake Shack and Restaurant, a business owned and operated by a single family for over 50 years, for indoor seating and a license to serve beer and wine brought several groups in opposition to the zoning board meeting Wednesday night, including the DEM, the residents of the Green Hill Condominiums and other neighbors to the restaurant.
The meeting of the zoning board began with a general description of the restaurant and the project that the family was asking for permission to begin work on.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changes made to Pier comp plan map

June 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Planning Board met on Wednesday evening for a special meeting to discuss the second draft of the Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use, a color-coded map of the town with various designations for zoning in different areas.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI makes strides with waterway monitoring

June 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island has its fair share of problems, but according to a report produced by Environment Rhode Island, toxic dumping is not one of them. The non-profit research and policy organization released its ‘Wasting Our Waterways,’ report on Thursday, which highlights the country’s ongoing battle to lessen the impact of toxic waste pollution on its rivers, lakes and shorelines.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission re-established

June 25, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The town council officially re-established the Saugatucket Park Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission on Monday night and tasked the group with finding additional names for inscription on the Saugatucket Park memorial wall.
Stephen Stewart, a member of the commission in the past, was the catalyst for the town council discussion and, ultimately, the decision to re-establish the group.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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