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Council rejects zoning change for SCTC

January 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council voted 3-2 Monday to reject the request from the South County Jewish Collaborative and the South County Tourism Council to change the zoning of the property located at 375 Kingstown Road from residential to limited business.

The council also rejected a request to amend the town’s future land use map of the comprehensive plan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI gets $651,774 in Champlin Foundation grants

January 6, 2014

KINGSTON - The Champlin Foundations, which has donated more than $13 million to the University of Rhode Island since 1986, has awarded the University $651,774 to fund four new educational and research projects.

This award is the largest single-year gift that the Champlin Foundations has given the school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McDonald trial to begin this week

January 6, 2014

The trial of Patrick Timothy McDonald, former state senator and past Narragansett Town Council member, is set to begin this week in Kent County Superior Court.

McDonald, with a last known address of 15 Meadow Sweet Trail, Narragansett, is charged with six felony counts – five counts of embezzlement of more than $100 and one count of felony conspiracy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Army Corps of Engineers to repair Point Judith jetty

January 6, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Point Judith Harbor east jetty will be repaired under a new $627,000 contract recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.

Construction on the jetty is scheduled to start around Feb. 15 and will take approximately three months to complete.

According to the U.S. Army Corps, repairs involve the mobilization and demobilization, and the furnishing, delivery, and placement of new stone to replace those stones displaced during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Stones will also be used to “fill in” existing gaps and low points along the jetty.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Deep freeze in South County

January 3, 2014

Bitter cold, strong winds and nearly a foot of snow closed area schools and town government operations on Friday, Jan. 3. Wind chills will be well below zero for the next 24 hours throughout South County.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Department of Health urges flu shots

January 3, 2014

With the flu season fast approaching, Doctor Michael Fine, director of the Department of Health, urges everyone to get their vaccines as soon as can. The current vaccine protects against three strains of the flu virus, including this year's dominant strain, H1N1. "The flu is on its way to Rhode Island from the south and west," said Fine at a press conference on Monday. "We in Rhode Island are already seeing increasing visits to physician offices.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

National Grid hikes rates by 12 percent

January 2, 2014

The year 2014 will unfortunately start with a 12 percent increase in monthly electric bills for Rhode Island National Grid residential customers. The rate hike, approved by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 20, will cover an increase in the price of electricity that National Grid purchases for its customers.

“This is the highest increase that has been seen in quite awhile,” said Thomas F. Kogut, chief of information at the RI Division of Public Utilities. “Recently, the price has been decreasing.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Secret Santas spread holiday cheer to customers at Benny’s

January 2, 2014

WAKEFIELD – This week, people across the state are basking in the post-holiday times and calmly preparing for the new year. For some, this time of play and relaxation was made possible by a few generous donations to layaway accounts, which are typically opened by those who can’t afford to purchase holiday gifts outright.

For the third year in a row, holiday shoppers at Benny’s stores across the state have been surprised by anonymous payments made toward their layaway purchases. These Secret Santas seek to make payments on layaways for children's bikes or toys.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local URI grad to participate in Bike & Build this summer

January 2, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With the beginning of winter just a few weeks behind, few people have plans for the summer. Fewer still have made plans to cross the country on a bicycle without pause, excepting a few stops to build houses for the less fortunate.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee, local legislators talk funding

December 23, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The school committee and administrators met with state legislators Teresa Tanzi and Dawson Hodgson Tuesday to discuss funding options and keep current with legislation and discussion in the state house regarding education.

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow began by presenting the three items that the group decided to focus its attention on: inclusion of group home aid in the state, PARCC assessment readiness, and transportation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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