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School committee discusses technology initiative

December 2, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In an open work session on Tuesday, the South Kingstown School Committee met with administrators, educators and members of the public to discuss the possible implementation of a pilot program that will provide 125 laptops or tablets to ninth graders whose teachers volunteer for the initiative.

The one year, $98,000 pilot program will provide the devices, a four year warranty and protection plan, a protective skin, and a new “tech coach” position at the school. If the pilot succeeds, the school will expand the program grade level by grade level.

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Scott Partington takes over as Narragansett fire chief

December 2, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- Scott Partington is taking the helm as fire chief with the Narragansett Fire Department.

Partington began working for the Narragansett Fire Department in 1991 when he was hired as a probationary officer and has gradually been promoted to positions including lieutenant, captain and now fire chief.

Partington replaces James Cotter who retired in June after 10 years as fire chief.

Partington is currently a Charlestown resident, but said he has always been fond of Narragansett and would visit the town every summer when growing up.

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Firearms taskforce discusses NICS

November 27, 2013

PROVIDENCE—On Thursday afternoon, legislators from across the state gathered to hear testimony from interested parties regarding the submission of mental health records as part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Behavioral Health and Firearms Safety Taskforce, led by Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Richmond, Hopkinton, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist.

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Uplifting artwork from local students at SCH

November 27, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Art by students at Broad Rock Middle School and Curtis Corner Middle School is now on view at South County Hospital.

The hospital has been displaying student art at the hospital for 11 years.

Carol DiFrancesco, a hospital volunteer who coordinated the art display, said the art was originally displayed in patient rooms, but after the hospital was renovated, the display moved to a corridor.
“We frame up to 30 paintings and hang them,” DiFrancesco said.

She said the display is made possible thanks to donations of frames and discounts at craft store A.C. Moore.

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URI senior provides shining example of perseverance

November 27, 2013

NARRAGANSETT – In a series of events that can only be described as unlikely, coincidental and triumphant, a 22-year-old quadriplegic nurse named Janice Wray will graduate from URI next year and begin her work as a registered nurse and educator. Wray began her education in the nursing field for the same reasons as most.
“It just kind of fit. My dad had an accident when I was in high school, which brought me closer to the medical field – then it just clicked,” said Wray. “I love it.”

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Former Times Editor Goldstein remembers JFK

November 22, 2013

The hand-signed, family Christmas cards from the White House seemed an anomaly at the weekly Narragansett Times, unceremoniously tacked up as they were in the tiny, cluttered office of publisher Fred Wilson.
A 22-year-old, I was cutting some journalistic teeth at his homespun newspaper, having signed on post-Army during the holidays of 1962. That’s when Fred put up the last Christmas greeting Jack Kennedy would ever send him.

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After 38 years, Dr. Packer retires

November 22, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After 38 years of dental practice in Wakefield, Dr. Thomas Packer has retired.
“So far, so good,” Packer said Tuesday of how his retirement is going so far. “I don’t have to set an alarm although in my head I still wake up at 5:30 every morning.”
Dr. Packer has practiced dentistry in town since 1975. He first came to Wakefield after he graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and began his practice sharing an office on Main Street with Dr. Joseph DiSano Sr.

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‘Thrill Killer’ Brissette not in Narragansett

November 22, 2013

Contrary to earlier media reports, recently paroled “thrill killer” Alfred A. Brissette Jr. is not living in Narragansett.
Several media outlets reported Tuesday, the day of Brissette’s release from state prison, that he was living in a halfway house, the Galilee Mission, in Narragansett.

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Council looks at zoning for SCTC’s new home

November 20, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- The Narragansett Town Council discussed the zoning change request by South County Tourism Council to move their office headquarters to 375 Kingstown Road during a public hearing on Monday.
The current owner, the South County Jewish Collaborative, and the potential owner, the South County Tourism Council (SCTC), have submitted a petition to amend the future land use map of the town’s comprehensive plan to change the designation of the property from residential to commercial use.

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Taylor indicted on murder charges; will be arraigned next week

November 20, 2013

WAKEFIELD – The Washington County Grand Jury indicted Robert M. Taylor Friday with the May murder of his mother, Allison Taylor.
The grand jury indicted Taylor on charges of murder, mutilation of a corpse, two counts of larceny less than $1,500, and vandalism.
Taylor, 45, allegedly brutally murdered and dismembered his mother, 65, on at some point between May 3 and May 7 at a Caswell Street apartment.

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