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School committee member concerned with lack of NECAP presentation

June 2, 2014

By BENJAMIN BRANCHAUD
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Despite examination of the NECAP scores by some members of the school committee at the midyear retreat, one school committee member takes issue with the lack of presentation of last year's scores by the superintendent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Deepwater Wind sets sights on West Coast development

May 8, 2014

Deepwater Wind announced plans Wednesday for another wind farm, this time on the West Coast.

The news followed an announcement earlier in the day of an agreement to protect marine mammals during construction activities for its Deepwater ONE project off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

According to Deepwater, the company entered into an agreement several months ago with Principle Power to develop the 30-megawatt WindFloat Pacific project, located off the coast of Coos Bay, Ore.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Quonset to BI Ferry decision docked for season

May 8, 2014

QUONSET – Attorneys and officials will meet June 18 to reset the procedural schedule regarding Rhode Island Fast Ferry’s proposal to operate a fast ferry between Quonset and Block Island.

The matter is before the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and the schedule was suspended while the Superior Court determined whether Instrastate Navigation and Block Island Express qualified for intervener status.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DWW agrees to measurements protecting marine ecosystems

May 8, 2014

Deepwater Wind, along with several environmental and conservation organizations, announced an agreement Wednesday to implement measures to protect marine mammals during pre-construction activities for the Deepwater ONE offshore wind farm.

The agreement specifically refers to the protection of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale in the area of the Deepwater ONE wind farm, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, about 17 miles south of Rhode Island, between Block Island and Martha’s Vineyeard. The Deepwater ONE project is separate from Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System projects, which are scheduled for permit hearings before the Coastal Resources Management Council on Tuesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Peace Dale community dinner brings together all walks of life

May 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A community dinner at the Peacedale Congregational Church brings people from all different walks of life together for a free meal served restaurant-style every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

At the table closest to the kitchen this Wednesday, the discussion held over salad ranged from local government to claims of meeting Johnny Cash and catering John F. Kennedy’s birthday party.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI Watershed Watch Director Linda Green wins prestigious award

May 8, 2014

KINGSTON - Linda Green, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Watershed Watch program, has won the 2014 Elizabeth Fellows Award from the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. The West Kingston resident was recognized for leading the URI water quality monitoring program for 26 years and building it into one of the most respected statewide volunteer monitoring programs in the nation, as well as for her efforts to promote volunteer monitoring across the country.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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