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Pier school committee has a $500,000 surplus

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – During a public hearing on the school and town budgets Monday, Superintendent Katherine Sipala explained to the town council why the school committee has a $500,000 surplus.

The town council previously questioned whether the school committee could access the surplus instead of requesting $357,000 from the town to cover half of the $720,000 the school committee is being asked to contribute to fund the town’s annual required contribution, or ARC, for its pension system.

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Council looks at ways to adjust budget

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council discussed further changes to the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget during a work session Monday, bringing down the proposed residential tax rate to $10.05 per $1,000 of assessed value from the originally proposed $10.21.

Finance Director Laura Kenyon told the council about adjustments she made to the proposed budget following prior work sessions including an increase in water rates due to a settlement between United Water and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. Kenyon also included a new property assessment base for the town, removed a requested $750,000 for road maintenance and repair, and increased the tax collection rate to 98.5 percent, among other adjustments.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Town Council passes budget

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The unanimous adoption of the nearly $74.9 million 2014-15 fiscal year budget by the town council brought an end to several months of planning, coordinating, debating, compromising and the ruffling of a few feathers.

The budget brings a 4-cent tax rate hike to the town that the staff is still working on bringing down to 3 cents.

Despite a packed council chambers, the public did not comment on or petition any section of the budget, which the town council as a whole has referred to as very well done.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents call for O’Neill to step down

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Twenty-three South Kingstown residents, including Town Council President Ella Whaley, Rep. Teresa Tanzi and the South Kingstown Teachers Association asked past town council president and current Councilor Member James O’Neill for his formal resignation at a town council meeting on Monday night.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

UUCSC carries on with Rev. Judy Smith-Valley at the helm

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County is taking advantage of its current lack of a permanent minister and using the time to look inward and reflect on the congregation’s goals.

Board President Steve Harrison explains, “While this is not easy, I believe we are using this time wisely to examine who we are and what we can do to leave the world a little better than we found it. This is especially important as we embark on a search for our next settled minister who will have the skills to help us fulfill our purpose.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rumbling over flags at Dillon Rotary

April 24, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Armenian flag will fly at the Narragansett rotary until Saturday to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The Armenian National Committee of America requests that the flag be flown in honor of those killed in the atrocity that Turkey still refuses to describe as a genocide. Roughly 1.5 million Armenians were killed starting in 1915 amid the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman Empire, which is often acknowledged as one of the first modern genocides.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI to host 15th annual Hempfest this weekend in Kingston

April 24, 2014

KINGSTON – University of Rhode Island Students for a Sensible Drug Policy will host the 15th annual Hempfest music festival this Saturday.

The event, held at URI, will take place from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and is aimed at creating awareness around marijuana policy in Rhode Island.

“This is a huge year for Rhode Island in terms of marijuana policy,” said Emily Cotter, treasurer of the URI chapter of SSDP.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wakefield resident to hold book signing tonight

April 24, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Wakefield resident Patricia Hinkley is launching her book, “Claiming Space – Finding Stillness that Inspires Action,” in Rhode Island today at Food for Thought.

“It’s basically about taking time for yourself and stepping back so that you can get a sense of what’s going on in you and take actions that are healthy for you and enhance your well-being,” Hinkley said Wednesday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

The jury is still out on regulation of electronic cigarettes

April 24, 2014

The introduction of legislation in the state that would place an 80 percent excise tax and restrict shipping on and of electronic cigarettes has quickly placed the devices and nicotine-infused liquids in the public spotlight once more.

Standing away from the spotlight and behind the products that he produces and sells in Rhode Island is Darin Tripoli, owner and operator of Sunshine Vape in Warwick. Tripoli has frequented the state house since the hearings on the proposed tax began, a tax that he says would cripple his new business and force him into Massachusetts.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New business specializes in ‘green’ take out containers

April 24, 2014

Narragansett resident Thomas Wright is one of two Rhode Island men who have founded AGREENOZZI, a company which created a new system that eliminates traditional take-out food containers, replacing them with sustainable, reusable containers.

Wright, CEO of AGREENOZZI, and Founder William Andreozzi of Greenville, launched their new business this week in conjunction with Earth Day.

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