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Groundhog Day a special event in Punxsutawney

February 3, 2014

(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written on Sunday by the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — This morning, I looked down and noticed something — I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often — at least not in these parts — that I actually need one.

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SK schools face budgeted staff reductions

February 3, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow presented her $58.9 million budget to the school committee on Tuesday night in the High School cafeteria. The budget includes $761,000 worth of necessary reductions that she and her staff recommend making from special education, specialist staff and teacher’s assistants. She also recommended eliminating one elementary section and one high school section.

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Tyler questions scientific data on recycling

February 3, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Dr. David R. Tyler, professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, prefaced his presentation on recycling and sustainability titled “Paper, Plastic or Cotton Tote Bag?” at the University of Rhode Island Wednesday with a warning.

“What you think is most sustainable is not necessarily the most sustainable,” said Tyler. “The results are sometimes counter-intuitive.”

His presentation began with an explanation on what brings a chemistry professor to question the scientific data behind claims of sustainability in everyday products.

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Brown sworn in as East Greenwich Chief of Police

February 3, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — South Kingstown resident Stephen J. Brown was sworn in Monday as the chief of the East Greenwich Police Department.

Brown is taking over for Thomas E. Coyle III – who was named East Greenwich town manager a few months ago – and has spent close to two decades with the East Greenwich Police Department, first joining as a probationary patrolman, after graduating as valedictorian with the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy in 1995.

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McDonald gets home confinement pending March 12 sentencing

February 3, 2014

WARWICK – Patrick Timothy McDonald was released on $20,000 personal recognizance Tuesday and sentenced to home confinement, pending a March 12 sentencing date.

Kent County Superior Court Justice Brian P. Stern also had the former state senator and Narragansett town councilor sign a waiver of extradition.

Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, said that a motion for a new trial is also on the calendar for Feb. 10.

Counsel for McDonald filed that motion Jan. 23.

Kempe said a motion for a new trial is typically filed in such cases.

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CRMC staff finds no objection to Deepwater Wind project

February 3, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Coastal Resources Management Council staff have no objection to Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System projects, according to a staff report released late last week.

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SK Town Council approves CIP

January 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The six-year capital improvement program that has been discussed since December was adopted unanimously by the town council last night with comments thanking the staff for their hard work and dedication.

“The town is very fortunate to have the staff that we have,” said Town Council President Ella Whaley before taking a vote to adopt the plan. “We are truly grateful to make this - South Kingstown - a place that we call home.”

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Talks get heated during Monday meeting

January 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The school committee is only an acting committee when the whole group is together or when one member is given permission by the whole group to speak on behalf of the school committee.

Jonathan Daly-LaBelle of the school committee was reminded this by Town Council President Ella Whaley before he made several comments to the town council as a citizen regarding declining enrollment and the town’s role in it.

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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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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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