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CRMC to hold April 10 meeting on town’s Matunuck erosion plan

March 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) has set the date- April 10 - to hear what the public thinks about the town’s plan to erect a sheet pile wall along Matunuck Beach Road to prevent ongoing erosion.

Town Manager Stephen Alfred reported Tuesday morning that the town council will meet with the CRMC at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus in the Corless Auditorium for a public hearing.

The announcement comes after Alfred insisted the CRMC schedule a public hearing for two plans that have been pending since last fall.

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March 23, 2012

In today's paper, we have the story on the meeting with SK school officials and Broad Rock parents and how many questions went unanswered concerning the gas-like odor.

We also have inside stories on the politics of South Kingstown and what the town council plans to do to restore decorum.

Last week, the Governor proposed a 14 piece legislation to reform pensions for cities and towns. The plan will have little impact on Narragansett, which is part of the non-MERS plan.

In sports, we have full coverage of new URI men's basketball coach, Dan Hurley.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preliminary budget passes; tempers flare at SK Town Hall

March 21, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown Town Council approved the preliminary budget for FY 2012-2013 with two amendments – a $7,000 tax appropriation to the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and a $500 increase to the Washington County Regional Planning Council.
To balance the $89 million budget, the town council also increased the fund for payment-in-lieu-of-taxes from $227,206 to $234,706, an amount equal to the two changes.

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March 21, 2012

In today's paper, we have the stories of two town council meetings that went array. In Narragansett, Town Council President Glenna Hagopian accuses the town manager of wrong doing. In South Kingstown, Democratic town committee chairman Brendon Fogarty gets into an argument with resident Jonathan Daly Labelle, causing a five minute recess.

We also have the plans from the South County Regatta Committee who will have a 12 meter yacht race off of Narragansett Pier on June 21.

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Tension, distrust boiling over for SK schools

March 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Accusations from teachers and taxpayers that Superintendent Dr. Kristen Stringfellow is controlling the school committee hung in the air Tuesday night.

“It’s hard not to consider the superintendent doesn’t have an agenda of her own, who’s interest is not the education of students in South Kingstown but to serve out her contract and to lay out the foundation for another job elsewhere,” Stephen Burke, a South Kingstown resident said.

The school committee defended Stringfellow, whom they hired in 2009.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI facing affordable housing shortage

March 19, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—In 2004, Rhode Island established the Low and Moderate Income Housing Act, legislation aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing units by creating a 10 percent threshold that municipalities had to ideally meet, or submit a plan for achieving that number in the future. In Narragansett, 462 affordable housing units would need to be built to meet the 10 percent figure, and in South Kingstown, 390, according to HousingWorksRI.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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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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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