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Positive changes to SK budget

March 19, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For FY 2013 the school committee has requested a property tax transfer of only 0.3 percent to support its $58.2 million budget.

The budget is down since the school committee first adopted it in January. The original budget was $58.8 million with a 1.6 percent tax transfer.

“Since the South Kingstown School Department budget projections are made in the fall, recent trending in various budget lines has allowed us to make some positive changes,” Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow said.

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March 14, 2012

In today's paper, we have what local and state school officials think about the push to move back the March 1 deadline to layoff teachers.

We also have the proposal by Senator James C. Sheehan that will give municipalities across the state more profit from beach fees collected by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

This week, the Narragansett Town Council and Economic Development Committee meet to boost the town's profile.

In sports, we have the story on how the Narragansett Girls Basketball become the Division II champions.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

The lowdown on our lakes

March 12, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has released its report on the status of the state’s lakes and ponds. The 147-page report focuses on water quality and the impact of aquatic invasive plant species of Rhode Island’s lakes, providing information on current conditions, methodology, and future strategies for the mitigation of environmental problems.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Doyle mischaracterized relationship with donors

March 9, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Two well known philanthropists have claimed that Executive Director Daniel Doyle of the Institute for International Sport mischaracterized their relationships with the nonprofit now embroiled in a state police investigation.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic Philanthropies, a major world donor to the institute issued a statement, stating, “It is very clear that Mr. Doyle has mischaracterized much about his relationship with” them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Scallop revival in Point Judith Pond

March 9, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—As streams of kayakers and boaters flow between the islands that sit in Point Judith Pond, another less conspicuous activity is playing out on the pond’s bottom. Four-tiered cages, looking like lobster pots, rest there on lines in designated areas. One group sits to the west of Ram Island while others are placed elsewhere in the pond. Here is Save The Bay’s Scallop Restoration Program, an effort by the environmental organization to bring native scallops species back to South County waters.

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March 9, 2012

In today's paper, we have an update on the Institute for International Sport, whose donors said Daniel Doyle mischaracterized their relationship over the years.

On Monday, the Narragansett Town Council laid out plans for the future of Towers over the next three years.

This week, Save The Bay’s proposed plans for its Scallop Restoration Program, an effort by the environmental organization to bring native scallops species back to South County waters.

We also have the story on how South County is turning out the vote for American Idol's Erika Van Pelt.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RIEDC, Chafee meet with local businesses

March 8, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Last Friday the South Kingstown business community had their chance to meet with the people who can help put their job plans to action and train Rhode Island’s skilled work force, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) and Governor Lincoln Chafee.

At the Palisades Mill Complex, a symbol of economic revival in South County, business owners spoke with the RIEDC on what the state is missing, what the state should do to return from its low rated economy and how the state agencies can help businesses thrive.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coast Guard meets with police, fishermen regarding response

March 8, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—United States Coast Guard representatives from the local Point Judith Lighthouse station and the Sector Southeastern New England station at Woods Hole, Mass. met with area fire and police departments, as well as the local fishing community, on Monday to discuss response procedures.

The Coast Guard has updated their response capabilities and protocols in regards to incidents occurring on the sea, and officials gathered at the Boat Station in Galilee to inform local fishermen and law enforcement of the changes which have been made in recent years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK budget reveals no tax hike

March 7, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – While Governor Lincoln Chafee is proposing $88 million in tax hikes, in South Kingstown, Town Manager Stephen Alfred said there will be no more tax increases next year.

The good news is a testament to the town’s approach to handling its finances with a low bond debt and a highly funded pension system.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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March 7, 2012

In today's paper, we have the start of the first budget workshops in South Kingstown, where Town Manager Stephen Alfred proposed no new tax increases.

In Narragansett, we have the story on how the Coast Guard changed their local response to incidents on the sea and how it affects the fishermen.

In sports, the headline story is how the University of Rhode Island Coach Jim Baron has been realeased from the remaining two years of his contract as Rams head basketball coach.

Inside, we have the story on how convicted killer Michael Woodmansee is being allowed to vote.

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