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Ground breaking on proposed comfort station forthcoming

November 7, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A ground breaking for the proposed Wakefield comfort station may take place sometime this month.

Andrew Nota, South Kingstown’s director of administrative services, said Wednesday that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation is in the final stages of singing a contract with New England Building and Bridge Co., Inc., for the $1.1 million project.

The project was open for bidding Aug. 8 and RIDOT, which is managing the project, received four bids. New England Building and Bridge was the lowest bidder.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK musicians visit Music City for All-National Honors Fest

November 7, 2013

WAKEFIELD–Last week, two student musicians and their music instructor from South Kingstown High School paid a visit to Nashville to participate in the highly acclaimed All-National Honors Festival.

SKHS Director of Instrumental Music Don “Doc” Smith served as chaperone for students Willie Grear and Justin Smith, who is Doc’s son. The four day event featured extensive rehearsals, performances and seminars at different venues in Music City.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scouting for Food

November 1, 2013

Scouting for Food – Don’t forget to put out your grocery bags of non-perishable food items for the area Boy Scouts to collect this Saturday morning. All food collected will benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank. The Boy Scouts of America “Thank You” for your generosity.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Olympic Physical Therapy wins Kelso Award

November 1, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- During its annual dinner on Tuesday at Spain Restaurant, The Narragansett Chamber of Commerce presented the James Kelso Award to local business Olympic Physical Therapy.

The James Kelso Award is a community service award that is named for James M. Kelso, a state representative, community leader and managing partner of the Coast Guard restaurant who died in 1999.

The award originated in 1999 and recognizes a local resident or organization that has provided unparalleled volunteer service and has shown an outstanding commitment to both the community and its residents.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK resident Pinch becomes highest ranking woman in RI State Police

November 1, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown resident Maj. Karen Pinch recently became the highest-ranking woman in Rhode Island State Police history.

“I’m thrilled that the Col. [Steven G. O’Donnell] had faith in me to put me in this position,” she said Thursday. “I think it’s a great honor to have been chosen for that. I think it’s kind of exiting for people to be saying that I’m making history.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett seeks road and bridge funding

November 1, 2013

NARRAGANSETT- The town of Narragansett is one of 13 towns that applied for funding from the new Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund.

The 13 towns requested a combined $29 million from the program, which was created and passed as part of the 2013 legislative session and was quickly implemented by the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.

The goal of the fund is to take direct action on economic growth, while improving Rhode Island’s locally-maintained roads and bridges.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WCRPC concerned over National Grid’s streetlight proposal

November 1, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Earlier this month, National Grid submitted its 122-page proposal for the streetlight buyback program, legislation for which was passed by Gov. Chafee in July. The Washington County Regional Planning Council (WCRPC), who drafted the Streetlight Investment Act and championed the buyback program among southern Rhode Island’s cities and towns, has expressed concerns about National Grid’s proposal, which would ultimately see municipalities purchase streetlights and assume their operation costs from the utility.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Assessing Sandy - one year later

October 30, 2013

One year later, the effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt in South County, throughout Rhode Island and along the East Coast.

Sandy struck Oct. 29, 2012, wreaking havoc amounting to $65 billion in damages in just the United States.

When Sandy hit Rhode Island it caused widespread devastation and affected approximately 300,000 residents, or 28 percent of the state’s population.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two seriously injured in South Road crash

October 30, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A single-car accident at 12:48 a.m. Monday on South Road resulted in serious injury to both the driver and the passenger.

Michael A. Towne, 33, of North Kingstown, struck a tree head on in the area of 1147 South Road.

According to the narrative of South Kingstown Police Patrolman Evan Johnson, the vehicle appeared to have first struck the guardrail on the passenger side, crossed the center line, and crossed the opposite lane of traffic before striking a tree.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Businesses change hands in Matunuck, Peace Dale

October 30, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Two local businesses are changing hands after obtaining approvals from the South Kingstown Town Council Monday night.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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