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Planning board approves parking-storage area for Masse Buick GMC

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The planning board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant development plan approval to Paul Masse Buick GMC South, Inc., to construct a 125-space paved parking/vehicle storage area at its 2909 Tower Hill Road location.

John Kenyon, attorney for Paul Masse Buick GMC South, said that the town council voted to amend the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance to change the zoning from residential to commercial neighborhood. He said the use of the space would be limited to the parking and storage and vehicles.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier council votes to refer Middlebridge plan to Land Conservancy Trust

March 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council voted 4-0 Monday to refer the proposed Middlebridge Management Plan to the Narragansett Land Conservancy for review and comment.

Town staff drafted the management plan following a Jan. 6 work session where the town council discussed how to best manage the 9.5-acre property, which the town purchased in August 2012 for $1.5 million.

The Land Conservancy Trust will review the plan during its meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Winter Street subdivision hearing continued until April 8

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The public hearing before the planning board regarding Sheldon Hill, formerly known as the Winter Street subdivision, will continue on April 8.

The board held a preliminary plan public hearing Tuesday on the proposed 10-lot subdivision on the south side of Winter Street. The board approved the master plan for the project in August.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKMB announce introduction of SK Music Hall of Fame

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Testifying to the school committee and administration last Tuesday night in the company of several all-state musicians and parents, the South Kingstown Music Boosters (SKMB) announced the introduction of the South Kingstown Music Hall of Fame.

“The district’s contribution to the music program has been notable, commendable and has produced solid results,” said Wendy Bucci, SKMB president. “Everyone has a story about their favorite musician, favorite ensemble or favorite performance that they heard. We talked about being more like a team. With teams, you have hall of fames.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHS unified team spreads the word to end the word

March 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – “Spread the word to end the word.”

That’s the message members of the unified basketball team at Narragansett High School are promoting through a video that has gone viral on YouTube.

With the help of their coaches, Abby Hummel and Krystal Cagnon, they created the video and made a pledge to stop using the “R word” as well as related offensive words.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Town Council passes preliminary budget

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council reviewed the preliminary budget on Monday night, considering seven amendments to the nearly $74.9 million budget that the town manager originally presented before ultimately voting unanimously to adopt the $74.9 million amended budget.

The first consideration was on the increased stipend for future town councilors, which was discussed at the last meeting and decided against at some point between then and Monday night. The council did not discuss the decision nor make a motion to increase the annual stipend, which remains at $3,000 for each of the four members and $4,000 for the council president.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Flood insurance bill to reduce rate hikes passes senate

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 last Thursday.

The bill is aimed to spare many homeowners from steep rate hikes in federal flood insurance policies.

The voted passed the Senate by a vote of 72-22 and was sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. U.S. Congress previously passed the bill March 4 by a vote of 306 to 91.

The bill, which will put a cap on future rate hikes and provide refunds for certain homeowners who bought property after July 6, 2012, was passed in response to concerns about the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC finding on sheet pile wall overturned

March 19, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A Providence County Superior Court judge ruled last Thursday to reverse the Coastal Resources Management Council’s finding that the town took all reasonable steps to minimize environmental impacts and use conflicts arising from the construction of the 202-foot sheet pile wall along Matunuck Beach Road.

Associate Justice Stephen P. Nugent thus remanded the matter to the CRMC to clarify and complete its decision on the issue of environmental impacts and use conflicts of the wall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Dave’s Coffee moving headquarters to Narragansett

March 17, 2014

CHARLESTOWN – Dave’s Coffee is planning to open a second location in Providence this spring and to move its headquarters to Narragansett.

“We’re halfway through our construction,” David Lanning Sr., CEO of Dave’s Coffee, said Tuesday. “We’re planning for the end of April, sometime in May to be opened there.”

Lanning said the Providence location on South Main Street will be different from the Charlestown location.

“It will be our fist stand-alone location,” he said. “It will be totally different to have steady traffic year round, different from the summer increase in Charlestown.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Storti to open adult daycare center on Columbia Street

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Peter Storti, owner of the Avery-Storti Funeral Home and Crematorium, is opening an adult daycare center down the road where the Forbes Funeral Home once was.

The daycare center is designed for caretakers who have to work or go to school during the day and need a place besides a nursing home where their loved ones can stay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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