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South County Soiree is next Saturday

May 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Village Cooperative Nursery School [VCNS], a non-profit preschool administrated and run by volunteer parents and town residents, is holding the first annual South County Soiree at Sons of Liberty Next Saturday at 7 p.m.

The 21 plus event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the school, the release of Sons of Liberty’s Summer Seasonal Hop Flavored Whiskey and everything else that makes the South County community unique.

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State releases report on preparing for climate change

May 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Climate Change Council (EC3) issued its preliminary report Thursday on what the state can do to best prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee established the EC3 in February to advise him, the General Assembly, and the public. The initial report, “A Resilient Rhode Island: Being Practical about Climate Change” focuses on what state government can do to adopt problem-solving strategies with emphasis on both mitigation and adaptation to improve coordination, collaboration and communication between state agencies, as well as both the public and private sectors.

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East Farm Spring Festival returns to URI

May 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The 13th annual URI East Farm Spring Festival organized by the URI Master Gardeners will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a master gardener-grown plant and herb sale, and educational tent, a family tent with crafts and animals, free soil testing, the South Kingstown Farmers Market, live music, food, a raffle and hourly workshops and demonstrations.

While it may seem like a lot going on, the 79-acre East Farm research facility has plenty of room to support the festivities.

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Council, school committee hammer out budget

May 8, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council continued to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2015 Monday night in a work session with the school committee.

Some council members continue to express apprehension about funding $357,882 for the school department, which requested the money after learning that it would need to contribute $712,000 to the annual required contribution of the town’s pension system.

“We just didn’t have the money to fund that,” said Superintendent Katherine Sipala.

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Opening arguments made in 1444 Ocean Road case

May 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Attorneys for the Rose Nulman Park Foundation and Robert C. Lamoureux presented their arguments in Rhode Island Supreme Court Tuesday.

James E. Kelleher for Lamoureux and Mark W. Freel for the foundation each argued on behalf of their clients regarding a house that was built in part on the incorrect lot at 1444 Ocean Road in Narragansett.

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RIBRWCT looks at long-term coastal management

May 8, 2014


PROVIDENCE— The Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team (RIBRWCT) released its 2013 annual report last week, highlighting the state’s efforts over the past year to help cities and towns maintain healthy, sustainable water systems. The 40-page report addresses the challenges facing public infrastructure, including wastewater and coastal management, and discusses municipalities’ long-term planning for issues such as climate change.

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URI and DEM partner up to establish the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute

May 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island announced the establishment of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute on Monday.

The institute (RIMFI) is a new partnership aimed at coordinating marine fisheries science, research, and educational activities of priority importance in Rhode Island.

Representatives from Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation, including Congressman Jim Langevin, joined URI and DEM officials at the Bay Campus Monday for the signing of the partnership agreement.

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Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome doubles in RI

May 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE–Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have continued to rise in Rhode Island after nearly doubling from 4.4 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 8.3 per 1,000 live births (90 cases) in 2012. Already in the first quarter of 2014, 26 newborns (11.0 per 1,000* live births) have received the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome diagnosis. The rising rates are significant in that they parallel the rising rates of unintentional drug overdose deaths in recent years.

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House of Representatives passes bill to eliminate master lever

May 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE – With a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives recently approved legislation that will eliminate the “master lever,” or straight-party voting option, on all future, non-primary Rhode Island election ballots.

Introduced by Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), the legislation (2014-H 8072aa) was sent to the House floor on a unanimous vote of the Committee on Judiciary and will now go to the Senate for consideration.

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Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences will create 1,200 jobs

May 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island broke ground Monday on a $68 million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences that will triple lab space for chemistry students and house the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response.

The construction, architecture, engineering, managing and staffing of the new center will create around 1,200 jobs in the state.

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