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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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Pier schools approve bid for wireless classroom initiative

December 23, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett School Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the bid award for the wireless classroom initiative to Whalley Computer Associates.

According to Roland Lambert, director of technology, the wireless initiative will allow for the installation of 70 new wireless access points in Narragansett schools.

Lambert also said that the new wireless system will operate at a 10 GB speed, which will be 10 times faster than what is currently in the three schools.

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Council approves beach fee increases

December 23, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council voted Monday to increase certain beach fees for the 2014 beach season.

The council voted 4-1 with Councilor Douglas McLaughlin dissenting to increase the daily admission fee from $6 to $8 next summer.

The council also voted 4-1 to increase the North Beach Cabana leasing rate from $1,750 to $2,500, and to increase the leasing rate for the North Pavilion changing rooms from $600 to $700.

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Coventry woman charged with DUI, death resulting

December 23, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Amanda L. Lyons, who is accused of driving while under the influence with death resulting and three charges of possession of a controlled substance, was arraigned in Fourth District Court on Monday.
Lyons, 27, of 63 Isle of Capri Road, Coventry, was the driver in the Nov. 23 accident on Route 1 at the South County Commons that killed John. P. Balzano, 26, of Providence.

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McCann wins Sea Grant achievement award

December 23, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – Rhode Island Sea Grant Extension Director Jennifer McCann recently received an award for Outstanding Outreach Achievement from the Northeast Regional Sea Grant Consortium.

McCann, who also serves as director of U.S. Coastal Programs for the Coastal Resources Center, won the award for her work in building the capacity of practitioners locally and globally in marine spatial planning.

Rick DeVoe, director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, nominated McCann for the award.

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DEM hears public comment on Deepwater

December 16, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – Both proponents and opponents of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Transmission System project made comments at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management public hearing Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall.

Approximately 50 peopled attended the three-hour hearing on a modification to a state of Rhode Island dredge permit and water quality certificate.

Ronald Gagnon, chief of DEM’s Office of Technical and Customer Assistance, and Richard Bianculli, with DEM’s legal services, represented DEM at the hearing.

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URI Honors Colloquium features Finnish educator Sahlberg

December 16, 2013

KINGSTON – Competition, standardization, test-based accountability, school choice, and viewing education as industry, these are the five symptoms of the Global Education Reform Movement or “GERMs” according to Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish educator, scholar and author who spoke Tuesday at the University of Rhode Island.

Sahlberg, director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Helsinki, Finland, said these “GERMs” behave like a virus and spread around the world influencing education systems in different countries.

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Environmental impact of seawalls discussed by panel of experts

December 16, 2013

NARRAGANSETT — On Monday evening, the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach SAMP) convened a panel of experts at the Coastal Institute to explain the unintended impacts of installing hardened shoreline structures like seawalls.

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Council approves amendment to parking ordinance

December 16, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously Monday to amend the town’s zoning ordinance for minimum off-street parking requirements from one space for each four persons of total capacity for lunchrooms, restaurants, taverns, etc., located in a commercial highway zone.

Vincent Murray, director of planning, told the council that the number of persons of capacity typically refers to seats in a restaurant.

Councilor Jim O’Neill made a request to amend the parking ordinance during the Oct. 28 town council meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Breaking ground at Thundermist

December 16, 2013

WAKEFIELD – Local, state and federal officials and executives were present on a cold and rainy Monday morning for the groundbreaking of the new Thundermist Health Center of South County.
The new 20,000-square foot medical and dental facility will be located at 1 River St. in Wakefield and is expected to open in early 2015.

Mary “Polly” Eddy, past chair of the Thundermist Health Center Board of Directors, said that the health center currently serves 7,500 patients and the new center will be able to serve more than 10,000.

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