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Walsh co-signs plastic bag ban bill

January 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE - Last week, Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) and Rep. Donna Walsh (Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown and Westerly) submitted a bill in the state House of Representatives to ban plastic bags across the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McDonald found guilty on charges of embezzlement, conspiracy

January 15, 2014

A jury found Patrick Timothy McDonald, former state senator and Narragansett town councilman, guilty on charges of embezzlement and conspiracy Wednesday afternoon in Kent County Superior Court.

Following about two hours of deliberation, a jury found McDonald guilty on three counts of embezzlement of more than $160,000 from his real estate law practice in 2008.

The jury also found McDonald guilty of one count of conspiracy with his former paralegal and mistress Kimberly Gostomski Porter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Commuter rail may extend to Kingston

January 9, 2014

The commuter rail could soon stop in Kingston and Westerly.

The Rhode Island State Planning Council is considering extending the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail that currently travels between Boston and Wickford Junction further into South County.

According to the recently released draft of the Rhode Island State Rail Plan, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has been studying expanding MBTA commuter rail service from Providence to Westerly since 1994.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town tries to sort out Middlebridge property

January 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council discussed Monday how to best manage and earn revenue from the Middlebridge property the town purchased in August 2012.
The town paid nearly $1.5 million for the 9.5-acre property, which includes multiple structures, and is located at 94 and 95 Middlebridge Road.

The site was home to Narrow River Kayaks and Logan’s Landing Restaurant, and is still home to a 37-slip marina and several rental properties, which provide income for the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CCMS to offer foreign language option

January 9, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Next year, eighth grade students at Curtis Corner Middle School will have the option to take Spanish and French classes, which will allow them to extend their foreign language learning into a fifth-level class at South Kingstown High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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
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