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Council to wait and see on RhodeMap RI

December 10, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A resolution to the town council submitted by a member of the public brought nearly an hour of discussion on RhodeMap RI to the council chambers on Monday night, drawing comment from Town Manager Stephen Alfred, Director of Planning Vincent Murray and three members of the council.
The resolution, submitted by Martha Stamp, was written to postpone the Dec. 11 adoption of RhodeMap RI, a controversial economic development plan created by the state planning division.

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EDC gives favorable advisory opinion on proposed Alzheimer’s facility

December 10, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The South Kingstown Economic Development Committee (EDC) was the last board to provide an advisory opinion to the planning board on the Alzheimer’s Care Facility proposed on the site of the former Larchwood Inn before the planning board took the reviews from the EDC, the historic district commission, and the conservation commission into account last night.
After a presentation of the project by the architect, Chris Mazzier, who once served on the South Kingstown EDC, and extensive discussion on the pros and cons, the committee rated the project mostly favorably.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Situation improving with URI student rentals

December 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ad Hoc Committee on URI Student Rental Problems held a regular meeting on Monday evening at Narragansett Town Hall to continue the discussion on solutions to quality of life issues caused by student rentals in the town. Town Manager Pam Nolan and Chief of Police Dean Hoxsie each explained that the situation has significantly improved since the Eastward Look riot in May of this year due to increased fines and police enforcement, but both agreed that there is more work to be done.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Castrovillari steps down from planning board

December 10, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Leslie Castrovillari has resigned from the planning board after nearly six years of service.
Castrovillari cites changes in her lifestyle for her resignation, as she “can no longer provide the commitment required to properly serve the board.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the board,” she wrote in her letter of resignation.
This leaves only five members on the planning board during the widely-contested debate on razing of the Larchwood Inn.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fiore files $2 million claim against town of SK

December 10, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Roland Fiore has filed a $2 million property claim against the town that will most likely become a class-action, seven-count lawsuit to be heard in the new year.
The claim and the accompanying lawsuit allege that the town has created a stormwater drainage problem on Fiore’s property and the surrounding area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Historic commission opposes Larchwood demolition

December 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Post Acute Partners’ proposal to raze the Larchwood Inn and build a 59,070 square-foot assisted living facility was vetted by two town commissions this week: the historic district commission and the conservation commission.
Though the commissions will be providing an advisory opinion to the planning board and not making hard decisions on the project, the planning board has a history of taking advisory opinions very seriously.

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Kilmartin files motion to intervene in National Grid rate increase proposal

December 8, 2014

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a motion to intervene with full-party status in National Grid’s proposal for an increase in service costs in the 2015 year.
In the filing with the Public Utilities Commission, Kilmartin noted that under common law, the Attorney General is “representative of the public, empowered to bring actions to redress grievances suffered by the public as a whole.”
In a separate statement, Kilmartin directly attacked the rate increase and demanded the PUC focus on its obligation to the public’s best interest.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Patrolman Fitzgerald honored with first award of its kind

December 8, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – On Tuesday evening during a swearing-in ceremony for the Narragansett Police Department, Patrolman James Fitzgerald was honored with the very first 100 Club Special Merit Award for Community Service by Kirk Pickell of the 100 Club. Officer Fitzgerald swept news headlines last month when he used his own money to purchase a new bike for Narragansett Elementary School student Madison Cronin, 7, after her parents had reported the original bike stolen to the police.

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BRMS principal addresses library issue

December 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In light of the recent public attention given to the library program at Broad Rock Middle School, the principal of the school has delivered a letter to families with students in the school and school committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle has requested that discussion of the program be added to the next school committee meeting’s agenda.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier council addresses concerns over salt shed

December 3, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – During the Monday evening town council meeting, council members received a briefing on the status of the new salt shed recently erected by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) off Route 1 by Community Development Director Michael DeLuca. DeLuca, recognizing that many residents were surprised by the suddenly erected structure, explained the background of how it came about.

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