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Decision forthcoming on kayak lawsuit

February 13, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Associate Justice Kristin E. Rodgers will issue a written decision “sooner rather than later” in the case of the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island versus the town of Narragansett and Narrow River Kayaks.

Rodgers originally intended to issue a bench decision Monday in Washington County Superior Court, but, following oral arguments from attorneys for the Kayak Centre, Narrow River Kayaks, and the town, Rodgers said she needed more time to consider the facts of the case and would issue a written decision.

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Bill would tax E-cigarettes at 80 percent

February 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Tomorrow afternoon the House Finance Committee will hear public comment regarding house bills 7021 and 7133, which lump the sale of electronic cigarettes into the same category as traditional tobacco products, including online purchase restrictions, licensing for distributors and retailers, and an 80 percent punitive excise tax on the purchase of electronic cigarette devices.

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ARLSRI to present the Golden Paw Awards on Feb. 21

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island’s (ARLSRI) work with homeless, neglected and abused animals is taking a step toward community outreach, hosting an event at the Towers and honoring the first ever ARLSRI Golden Paw Award recipients.

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Robinson speaks on importance of religion in LGBTQ movement

February 13, 2014

KINGSTON – Gene Robinson, the nation’s first priest in an openly gay relationship to be consecrated a bishop, delivered the keynote address Sunday afternoon to kick off the University of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ Center Symposium.

Robinson, 66, was elected bishop of diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in 2003, and retired from his post last year.

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Deepwater Wind hearings continue with CRMC

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold another public hearing in Narragansett to take public testimony on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The subcommittee held the first of three hearings Tuesday evening at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.

More than 60 people signed up to speak at the meeting, but Anne Maxwell Livingston, chair of the subcommittee ended the meeting shortly before 8 p.m., after nearly four hours.

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NHA aims to remove ‘troubled’ status

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - In December, the Narragansett Housing Authority [NHA] received a disturbing letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] stating that the board and the executive director were unsatisfactory in several aspects, kicking off a long struggle to remove the “troubled” status from its shoulders.

At the housing authority meeting on Tuesday, Richard Longolucco from Coastal Housing Corporation met with the board to discuss ways to alleviate its troubled status with HUD, which must be done by June 30 of this year.

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Good news on NECAP math scores for Narragansett students

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Sixty-six percent of 11th graders at Narragansett High School achieved at or above proficient on the 2013 NECAP math exam.

The achievement represented a 21 percent increase in the total percentage of students achieving at or above proficient, which the Rhode Island Department of Education considers “statistically significant,” according to the NECAP scores released last week.

“It’s fabulous news,” Superintendent Katherine Sipala said of the score and improvement.

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CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes roundly applauded

February 10, 2014

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its stores beginning this fall.

By Oct. 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores nationwide.

The Rhode Island-based national pharmacy chain is the first to take such action.

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Raimondo's Smart Money Tour comes to Wakefield Mall on Valentine's Day

February 6, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last-minute Valentine's Day shoppers at the Wakefield Mall might actually leave with more money than they came in with this year.

On Valentine's Day, scheduled because the mall is expected to be busy, the Rhode Island Treasurer's Office will have a booth set up specifically to help people claim money that is rightfully theirs.

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Council to send bike path preferences to RIDOT

February 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 4-1 Monday to send a letter to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation indicating its preferences for the bike path extension.

Mike DeLuca, director of community development, gave the council an update regarding RIDOT’s review of the bike path. He said that as of last month, RIDOT’s consultant firm, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, was in the process of completing the advanced feasibility study and will deliver a final report some time in 2014.

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