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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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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

Preview today's Narragansett Times

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee to cast his vote

March 6, 2012

CRANSTON – After submitting voter registration forms last month, convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee will be allowed to cast his vote in the April 24 primary as a democrat despite being locked up in the state mental institution.

The news, reported by ABC 6 News last night, has raised the question on whether those incarcerated, voluntarily or not, should have the right to vote.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town holds first reading on response costs ordinance

March 5, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The town council voted unanimously to pass a first reading for amendments to the response costs ordinance which has been scrutinized in recent months by both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and local residents. The ordinance, passed in December, allows police officers to assess additional charges to responsible parties when responding to a disturbance, namely college and summer parties.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Union up in arms over firings

March 2, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – At 10 Sunday morning three untenured special education teachers found out their jobs had been terminated. Two days later on Tuesday night, National Education Association – South Kingstown filled the West Kingston Elementary School auditorium to defend them.
Wearing their trademark bulls-eye t-shirts and holding bright pink signs denouncing bullying, the union showing took the thunder away from what was originally planned as a school committee workshop session on the state’s common core standards.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A leap into the world

March 2, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Pope Paul III, famous Montreal Canadien Henri ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Richard, and rapper Ja Rule have all come into the world on leap days, and now little Grace Mitchell of East Greenwich joins them. Mitchell is the first-born leap baby at South County Hospital in 2012, and her parents are overjoyed that their daughter has come on such a unique day.

“It is exciting and doesn’t come very often,” said Jennifer Mitchell, Grace’s mother. “She came on actual due date and I wasn’t sure she’s be on time, but she was ready.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

March 2, 2012

In this week's paper, we have a story on how NEA-SK filled the West Kingstown Elementary School cafeteria during Tuesday's school committee to defend three teachers who were fired.

We also have the story of this year's Leap Year baby at South County Hospital and the report on how Executive Director of the Institute of International Sport purchased property in North Carolina while he received grant money from the state.

All and more inside, today's Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wakefield all lit up over LED signs

March 1, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to reach public consensus on the hotly debated issue of LED signs, the town council approved extending the expiration date of the sign ordinance to Aug. 27 to allow for the Planning Board to conduct a series of community meetings to reach a decision that fits within the town’s comprehensive plan.

The decision Monday night is the third time in two years the planning board’s deadline to provide a recommendation on whether LED signs should be permitted in the commercial highway district on Old Tower Hill Road was extended.

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