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Moody’s gives SK high marks

December 23, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A special report released Monday by Moody’s Service Investors has ranked South Kingstown as top in the state for having the highest bond rating.

The financial rating agency noted “local governments in Rhode Island are experiencing economic weakness, revenue stagnation and pension expense growth that are more acute than in most other states and are likely to persist into the future. We expect few if any rating upgrades and a continuing trend of downgrade activity in the coming year.”

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December 23, 2011

In today's paper, find out how the newly approved district maps changed in Washington County.

This week Moodys Investor Service predicted a slow turn around for Rhode Island, but South Kingstown was ranked at the top with the highest bond rating.

Narragansett Elementary School just embarked on the use of new Ipads for students. Find out how teachers are using these new learning tools.

All and more, inside today's The Narragansett Times.

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Town and school officials begin budget process

December 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At Monday night’s initial budget hearing between the town council and school committee, Town Manager Stephen Alfred painted a landscape where the town must prepare its proposed $74 million budget for FY 2012-2013 in a state facing an uphill battle.
According to Alfred, Rhode Island is lagging behind other states in its economic recovery after the 2008 recession. This year, the state will likely lose aid from federal programs due to the federal budget reduction mandates and continues to experience losses in taxable property value.

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December 21, 2011

In today's Narragansett Times, find out about former Rhode Island Senator Patrick T. McDonald, who was arraigned this past Friday by Superior Court Judge Walter Stone, pleading not guilty to six felony counts, including embezzlement totaling more than $150,000 and conspiracy.

We also have the follow-up story on David Swain, who was arrested for drunk driving in Portsmouth early Sunday morning. Swain was recently released from his jail sentence regarding the murder of his wife in 1999.

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SKHS senior has a vision for school’s landscape design

December 16, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Through the collaboration of South Kingstown High School students and University of Rhode Island landscape architecture seniors, the high school’s landscape may take on a new shape in coming years.

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Name change lawsuit needs work

December 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE—Legal representatives of the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce (SKCC) and the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck and Narragansett Chambers of Commerce met in court on Tuesday to present their statements regarding SKCC’s name change to Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. A number of chambers in Washington County joined together in November to form the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island and have filed a lawsuit against SKCC for the name change, deeming it a hostile maneuver to weaken the strength of chambers of commerce throughout southern Rhode Island

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December 16, 2011

Though the fall college semester is coming to a close, it has not slowed news down at the University of Rhode Island. In today's paper, we have a story about how one East Greenwich's plans to introduce a bill has sparked debate across the state on whether campus police should carry guns.

We also have the story on President Dooley's proposed retirement incentive program for faculty and non-classified staff.

With the holidays fast approaching, the Courthouse Center for the Arts has begun its production of "Home for the Holidays", CCA’s take on Christmas time.

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SK applies to reclassify shoreline

December 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Town of South Kingstown has requested the Coastal Resources Management Council to reclassify part of the Matunuck shoreline to allow for more protective measures for the eroding road.
The town seeks to reclassify the segment of shoreline south of Matunuck Beach Road to the Ocean Mist Bar from the existing Type 1 “coastal headlands, bluffs and cliffs” designation to Type 2“manmade shorelines” classification. This will affect 11 properties along the road.

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Education becomes tech-savy

December 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Classrooms are leaving behind the dust clapped off chalkboard erasers and moving toward virtual desktops and N-computing. However, library media specialist at Peace Dale Elementary Martha Badigian said technology in the classroom is just another tool for educating students and does not replace the traditional paper and pencil.

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Village Liquors appeals to the state for liquor license

December 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – It’s round three in the fight for a fifth Class A liquor license in town.

Last Tuesday, Dec. 6, the owner of Village Liquors, a proposed 1,742 square foot wine boutique at South County Commons petitioned the state Department of Business Regulation liquor administrator for relief from its denial of a Class A liquor license. John Pagliarini, attorney and husband for the wine shop owner Susan Pagliarini of East Greenwich cited indiscretion, improper amendment procedures and notification.

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