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A fiery Friday morning in Matunuck

December 5, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Union Fire District crews extinguished a trailer fire early Friday morning on Matunuck Beach Road.

According to Deputy Chief Steven Pinch, crews from the Peace Dale, Wakefield, Forestry and Matunuck stations, along with South Kingstown Police and EMS, responded to the scene at 2:33 a.m. Friday.

Upon arrival, crews found the trailer fully engulfed, but were able to extinguish the blaze within two hours.

The State Fire Marshal, South Kingstown Police and Union Fire District are investigating the cause of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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Sea wall repairs nearing completion

December 5, 2012

NARRAGANSETT - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is finishing its work to repair the sea wall in Narragansett Pier after it was significantly damaged by the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, which stripped the town beach of much of its sand and severely damaged buildings such as the Coast Guard House, also struck the sea wall with devastating force, breaking up the sidewalk and tearing out a 200 foot section of the wall itself.

Frank Corrao, III, Deputy Chief Engineer at RIDOT, provided an update on the repair work that has been done over the past several weeks.

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Dooley on IIS: 'We know as much as you do'

November 30, 2012


PROVIDENCE—University of Rhode Island President David Dooley spoke to a gathering of media outlets at the Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday to discuss the university’s achievements over the past year, as well as outline the institution’s future goals and overall vision.

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A fresh start for SK School Committee

November 30, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Committee voted Tuesday night to suspend the election of chair and vice-chair/clerk until after the annual summer retreat and they have received the communications subcommittee’s restructuring report.

The motion was initiated by Scott Mueller and school committee members voted six to one to approve the motion with newly elected member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle dissenting.

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Economic development a high priority in SK

November 30, 2012


SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Economic development in South Kingstown is high on the priority list of the members of the South Kingstown Town Council for the next two years.

The members, including two who are in their first term, all cited economic development especially in South Kingstown’s villages, as well as working with South County Hospital and the University of Rhode Island as an issue they wish to address at Monday night’s meeting, their first as a group.

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Pier Comprehensive Plan taking shape

November 30, 2012

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Narragansett Indian Tribe Native Arts Fest

November 30, 2012


NARRAGANSETT—Handmade crafts, storytelling and lessons in eco-friendly living made Saturday’s Narragansett Indian Tribe Native Arts Festival at the Towers a hands-on celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey might bring to mind stories of the native Americans who taught the earliest European settlers how to live off the land in order to survive. But for some Narragansett tribal members, making the most of natural resources isn’t a relic of history—it’s a part of daily life.

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Sandy will claim two of the five cottages on Browning's Beach

November 30, 2012


SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Seventy-four years later, the devastation that resulted from the Hurricane of 1938 is still apparent in parts of Rhode Island. Pieces of foundations of old homes that once lined East Beach in Westerly poke through the sand. The Category 3 storm tore though dozens of Victorian-era cottages, which once sat proudly along southern Rhode Island’s shoreline, except for the five cottages on Browning’s Beach in Matunuck.

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Casey's closing after 30 years; will reopen in 2013

November 30, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After 30 years an iconic Wakefield restaurant is closing its doors and changing hands.

Casey’s Bar and Grill on Old Tower Hill Road is closing Dec. 16.

New co-owners Charlie Samaras and Jamie Laplume plan to renovate the space and turn it into Rare Steak and Fish, a combination of a steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

“It happened very quickly, over a matter of three weeks,” Charlie Samaras said Thursday of his recent acquisition of the restaurant.

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RI Climate Change Commission releases 2011-12 progress report

November 30, 2012

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Climate Change Commission, established in 2010 through legislation to reduce the risks of climate change across the state, has released its 2011-12 progress report. The 38-page document outlines the overall mission of the commission in assessing the state’s and municipalities’ needs in order to mitigate the present and future impacts of climate change.

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