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Federal cuts threaten water monitoring program

May 21, 2012

By SHAUN KIRBY

NARRAGANSETT—During the summer months, news broadcasts across the state can often be heard announcing beach closures and openings based on levels of bacteria in the water at any given time. Behind those decisions is the Department of Health’s Coastal Beach Program, through which health officials collect samples and assess water quality. In 2013, those activities are under threat from federal cuts that would end the program.

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Town to reopen bids for beach vendors

May 9, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The town Parks and Recreation Department will be reopening bids for potential vendors to sell sundries such as t-shirts and sun tan lotion at the North and South Beach Pavilions this summer after receiving no official bids for the original period, which ended on April 18 at 11 a.m. A number of local merchants in Pier Marketplace expressed concern that they did not know about potential for selling products at the beach area, and were afraid that their own business would be unfairly harmed.

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Mega announces resignation from SK Schools

May 9, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Vice-chairman of the South Kingstown School Committee, Dr. Anthony Mega, has announced his resignation from his elected position starting July 1.

In a May 2 email to Town Manager Stephen Alfred and School Committee Chair Maureen Cotter, Mega stated, “I have been rewarded with the opportunity to represent this outstanding school district and the gracious citizens of our town. Simply stated, it is now the right time for my departure. Thank you for your commitment to excellence and trusted guidance through my tenure. I wish you the best.”

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Preview today's Narragansett Times

May 9, 2012

In today's paper, find out why South Kingstown School Committee Vice-Chair Dr. Anthony Mega resigned.

This week, Narragansett town and school officials met to discuss next year's budget in which the school department is requesting increase of $467,678 for the FY 2013 budget, totaling $24,745,023.

The Narragansett Town Council also questions a $3,000 expenditure made to the Narrow River Preservation Society for water testing in December 2011.

All and more inside today's Narragansett Times.

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Budget approved amidst ongoing turmoil at SK Town Hall

May 4, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In a 4-0-1 vote, the South Kingstown Town Council approved the $89 million budget for next year, including the $7,000 tax contribution to the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
As an executive board member of the Thundermist Health Center which received $24,000 in the budget, Town Councilor Mary Eddy recused herself from the vote.

The good news of the FY 2012-2013 budget – a zero percent tax increase – became overshadowed by the four-month dispute of the chamber tax request.

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URI students mentioned in Sports Institute article possess valid degrees

May 4, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – On Friday, April 13, 2012, an article in The Narragansett Times raised questions regarding the existence of a MBA and physical education master’s degrees program coordinated through the Institute for International Sport on the University of Rhode Island.

A recent interview with Dr. Robert B. Turcotte, former Graduate School Academic Dean at the University of Rhode Island, revealed that there was never a graduate program offered by the Institute in conjunction with URI.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Thundermist receives $5 million for new building

May 4, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Thundermist Health Center received $5 million this week to build a new patient-centered facility at its 1 River St., Wakefield site.

The nonprofit community health center also received another $228,812 to renovate its West Warwick dental facility.

The funds are part of $6.2 million Rhode Island received in federal funding from the Affordable Care Act to support community health centers. The East Bay Community Action Program in Newport and the Comprehensive Community Action in Cranston also received $500,000 each.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New recycling gig for Scrap Specialists

May 4, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The idea to found a recycling business came from a casual conversation between two college friends, Cory Harrigan of Narragansett and Dylan Gregory of South Kingstown. The dialogue burgeoned as the discussed the need to develop incentive for businesses to recycle, and now the two undergraduates at the University of Rhode Island are owners of Scrap Specialists Recycling, investing their money to purchase 12 dumpsters and contracting their collection services with local vendors.

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Preview today's Narragansett Times

May 4, 2012

In today's paper, find out how two University of Rhode Island students developed a company, Scrap Specialists, to help cut down on local businesses' waste.

The Avery-Stori Funeral Home is building its new crematorium on Columbia Street.

This week Thundermist Health Center received $5 million to construct a new Wakefield facility.

Peace Dale Elementary School teacher Julie Turcotte is also awarded this year's Golden Apple Teacher Award.

Pick up a copy today!

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SK’s own Jim Norman to be inducted into RI Radio Hall of Fame

May 1, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In 1952 Jim Norman began broadcasting football and basketball games for the University of Rhode Island as an undergraduate student.

Sixty years later, Norman, the retired URI director of sports information and commercial radio “Voice of the Rams,” has become a familiar voice to generations of fans who listened to his play-by-play of Ram athletics and synonymous with radio broadcasting in Rhode Island.

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