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Ogletree's visit to Kingston kicks off Black History Month celebrations

February 12, 2013

KINGSTON – The renowned Dr. Charles Ogletree, professor and director of The Houston Institute of Harvard Law School, kicked off Black History Month celebrations at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday.

Ogletree discussed post-racial America in the age of President Barack Obama, who was a student of Ogletree’s during his time at Harvard Law School, before a standing room only crowd comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public.

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Town sorting out Middlebridge property issues

February 11, 2013

NARRAGANSETT — The town council met with the Land Conservancy Trust this past Monday to further discuss the issues surrounding the Eddy/Middlebridge property. Purchased in August 2012 by the town for $1.4 million, progress in creating a concrete direction for the properties at 94 and 95 Middlebridge Road has been slow going, namely because of the impact of Hurricane Sandy in October and the election of a new council in November.

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Kerbel contract approved by council

February 11, 2013

NARRAGANSETT - At a special meeting of the Narragansett Town Council on Wednesday evening, the council addressed the contract negotiated and submitted by attorneys for the town and its candidate for interim manager, Richard Kerbel of North Kingstown. In a meeting that lasted less than an hour, the council approved entry into the contract in a 3-2 vote that mirrored that of Monday evening’s contentious discussion on the same matter.

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Gist warns schools to comply with BEP

February 11, 2013

PROVIDENCE – In a strongly worded letter sent to Rhode Island’s school superintendents on Friday, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist warned that the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) would take severe action against any district using seniority, job fairs or “bumping” to assign, keep or lay off teachers.

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Town manager debacle continues

February 11, 2013

Richard Kerbel named interim Narragansett Town Manager
NARRAGANSETT - Monday evening’s meeting of the Narragansett Town Council was reminiscent of a political filibuster as residents lined up at the podium to voice opinion and concerns regarding the town’s inability to find a permanent candidate for the position of town manager. On the agenda and centermost to contention in the standing room only council chambers was a motion to appoint Richard Kerbel as interim manager. In a hotly debated three to two decision, the town council voted to approve Kerbel for the position.

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Native Amercian newborn swaddled in heritage

February 1, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A baby girl, born at South County Hospital Monday night, was taken home on a traditional Native American cradleboard Wednesday.
The girl, Nizhoni Jean Spears, born to Endawnis and Cassius Spears, Jr., of Ashaway, was swaddled and laced into the cradleboard, or “awéé t’saal” in Navajo, a tradition stemming from her Navajo and Narragansett heritage.
Each aspect of the cedar cradleboard, the same one that was used for the baby’s mother, is symbolic.
Edawnis’ mother, Gloria Moore, of Oklahoma, explained the significance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Greek organization gets extension for cultural center at URI

February 1, 2013

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island recently granted a one-time extension to the Hellenic Society Paideia to submit a proposal detailing the organization’s plans to complete a proposed cultural center and outdoor amphitheater at the university.

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Salt Pond, center of the ancient Narragansett world

January 18, 2013

NARRAGANSETT—For over 20 years, Public Archaeologist Joseph “Jay” Waller, Jr. has been digging through the dirt and marshlands of New England, piecing together the lives and activities of Native Americans before Europeans stepped onto North American soil.

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Comment period on Deepwater Wind project extended to Feb. 4

January 17, 2013


NEW SHOREHAM—With the public comment period on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind turbine project open, respondents to the Coastal Resources Management Council have criticized the environmental engineering firm’s request for a $700,000 waiver on their application fee. The comment period has recently been extended to Monday, Feb. 4.

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Alumni donate $2.5 million to URI

January 16, 2013

WESTERLY - When Anita Horrigan looks back on her experiences with neighbors David and John Parker, she remembers deep and thoughtful conversations about so many topics, from her children’s education to planting a successful vegetable garden. Reflecting on the $2.5 million that the two former alumni to the University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering, she can only describe such generosity as typical of their character.

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