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Pier council denies offer for free trees

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council denied the South County Garden Club’s offer to provide, at no cost to the town, all trees, shrubs and an irrigation system for Gazebo Park.

The council voted 2-2 Monday, with Councilors Glenna Hagopian and Matthew Mannix opposed, meaning that the motion to approve the offer failed.

Council President James Callaghan was absent.

The original Arborvitae trees in Gazebo Park were planted in 1993, according to Parks and Recreation Director Steve Wright.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SAMP: getting out of response recovery rut

April 9, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - At the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) meeting on Friday night, several speakers discussed local options that could be employed to battle coastal erosion and climate change.

More than 50 people were in attendance at the meeting, including South Kingstown Director of Planning Vincent Murray, Charlestown Town Council President Thomas Gentz, Ivy Misna from the EPA, James Freedman and Laura Dwyer of the CRMC and Little Compton Town Councilor Gary Mataronas.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local businesses devastated by fire

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Firefighters from the Narragansett Fire Department, Union Fire District and the North Kingstown Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire off South Ferry Road Saturday afternoon.

Narragansett Fire Chief Scott Partington said officials were called to 80 Dean Knauss Drive shortly after noon. He said a passerby called the fire department to report smoke coming out of the roof of the building and the alarm sounding.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Social media privacy act protects personal info

April 4, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The term “social media” seems to stand in direct contradiction to any concept of privacy, but as concerns grow about federal government intrusion into personal information, more state legislatures are acting to protect the privacy of their residents’ digital information.

With unanimous House passage Wednesday of 2014-H 7124A, Rhode Island stands poised to join the growing list of states taking action to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of social media account holders.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Supreme Court eliminates limits on election donations

April 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – In a 5-4 ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court eliminated limits on how much money donors can give in total in one election season.

While the decision overturned the restriction that an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per election cycle in total to all candidates or committees, it left the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC awards $50,000 for fish ladder at Factory Pond

April 4, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Rhode Island Coastal Resource Management Council recently awarded funding to nine habitat restoration projects in the state, including $50,000 to a project to construct a fish ladder from Factory Brook to Factory Pond, a currently impeded spawning and rearing habitat for river herring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Locals rally to preserve Larchwood Inn

April 4, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A grassroots organization with hopes to preserve the Larchwood Inn as a “beautiful gateway to the town” met in the Ascension Church on Wednesday night to discuss strategies that would make it difficult for the current proposal (the Alzheimer’s care facility) to go through.

The meeting was led by Marc Levitt, local writer and radio and television host.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Mulchahey pleads no contest to DUI death resulting

April 4, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following an May 2013 plea of innocence, James Mulcahey, 46, of 13 Debra Drive, Carolina, pleaded no contest to one charge of driving while under the influence with death resulting on Wednesday. The charge stems from a fatal accident in South Kingstown in 2012 that took the life of Donna Eddy, 53, of Warwick.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC subcommittee rules in favor of Deepwater

April 4, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council voted unanimously Thursday in favor of recommending Deepwater Wind’s application to construct the Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System to the full CRMC.

After reviewing thousands of page of documents and hearing more than 10 hours of public testimony over three public hearings, all five subcommittee members said they were in favor of Deepwater’s application and proposed project during a workshop Thursday morning at URI’s Bay Campus.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Boxcar Lilies to perform this weekend at Wakefield Music

April 2, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Wakefield Music Concert Series that began almost twenty years ago with a performance by Hand to Mouth and has hosted a variety of musicians from the Indulto Flamenco Duo to Yang Wei, a Chinese Pipa player, will kick off the 2014 year with a performance by the Boxcar Lilies and local musician Esmeree Skye.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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