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Walsh bill calls for unused paint recycling program

May 25, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Representative Donna M. Walsh (D—Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly) has introduced new legislation calling for the creation of a state recycling program for unused, oil and latex-based paints. House bill H 7233A has identified PaintCare, a not-for-profit organization created by the American Coating Association (ACA), to spearhead the program.

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A graduation celebration in Kingston

May 25, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As the sun shone over the quadrangle at the University of Rhode Island, families and friends eagerly awaited the rite of passage of their sons and daughters: college graduation. For the 126th time since URI’s doors opened in 1888, students accepted their diplomas and flung their caps skyward after a day filled with celebration and reflection.

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Rhode Island Sea Grant symposium looks at marine spatial planning

May 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island Sea Grant held its 11th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on Wednesday, bringing in scientists and policy experts from North America and Europe to the University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus. Participants gathered to discuss a topic to which Sea Grant, among other state organizations, have been heavily committed; marine spatial planning.

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McNeiece raises concerns with ESCO project

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—On Wednesday evening, The School Committee heard a report from Jeff Broadhead, Executive Director of The Washington County Regional Planning Council (WCRPC) regarding the recent energy saving program into which the town has engaged. The Town Council held a work session last Tuesday to address the town’s energy saving needs through the Energy Services Company project (ESCO).

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Budget talks focus on property tax values

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The Town Council held a work session Monday evening to further discuss the upcoming FY 2012-13 town budget. The town discussed a number of concerns and issues regarding decision-making on the proposed budget which was presented at the April 23 Town Council meeting, namely the rise in property tax values and the need for the town to maintain its current operating and capital fund levels where possible.

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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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