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R.I. officials discuss need for an increase of minimum wage

February 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage. The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence recently.

Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks. Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin visits Dave’s Market during ‘Food Week’

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — U.S. Congressman James Langevin (D-R.I.) has spent the last few years discussing ways and methods as to how to bolster the lackluster economy in the Ocean State, such as his initiatives for technical education in order to support job growth.

Now, the District 2 congressman is hoping his latest idea for bettering Rhode Island’s economy would leave a good taste in everyone’s mouth, both figuratively and literally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG to see ‘signs’ of change

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council had a brief discussion during their Monday meeting at Town Hall regarding amending the text of the sign code within the Town’s zoning ordinance.

Lisa Bourbonnais, the Town’s planning director, told the Council that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) among other organizations had identified there were issues within the Town’s sign code, problems that the ACLU deemed “unconstitutional or unsupportable” and the organization is requesting revisions to the ordinance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Newton stepping down?

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH - Could there be a new chairman of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee in the near future?

In an interview late Monday morning, Chuck Newton, who currently holds the highest position at the RTC, stated he recently submitted a letter of resignation to the executive board for review.

The reasoning behind Newton’s decision to potentially step down as chairman, he says, stems from his involvement in helping State Senator Nick Kettle (R-Coventry) create a false Facebook profile page that mocked Coventry Representative Scott Guthrie, an incident that resulted in Newton losing his job as communications director of the House Minority Office at the State House.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Quite The Character

February 27, 2014

Bill Culbertson’s life involves living in two different worlds.

On one hand, the North Smithfield resident makes the half-hour ride south to East Greenwich to mentor young aspiring minds on a fulltime basis in the Video Game Design department at the New England Institute of Technology, helping them create virtual worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a computer screen.

On the other hand, Culbertson spends as much time as humanly possible creating worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a television screen for families and children to enjoy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School Committee proposes FY2015 budget

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The long, annual journey to a financial compromise for the East Greenwich School District had its official genesis Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Victor Mercurio formally presented the district’s proposed 2015 fiscal budget to both the East Greenwich School Committee and to the public at Cole Middle School, highlighting the financial goals of the EGSD for next year, as well as some increases in certain areas of the budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Symposium Books turns page with new location

February 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — For the better part of three years, Scott and Anne Marie McCullough have been surrounded by pages upon pages – both new and old – containing stories of love, thrills, sports and interesting facts, waiting to be sold off to consumers itching to immerse themselves in a world only books can provide.

However, the McCulloughs’ former home for Symposium Books on Main Street became extremely limited in space once their Providence-based business started to grow and become a popular stop among the many shopping destinations along the historic roadway in town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WOH committee to honor Hanaford principal, former EGPD officer

February 20, 2014

The principal for Hanaford Elementary School and a former East Greenwich police officer are slated to receive the 2014 Appreciation Awards from the East Greenwich High School Wall of Honor Committee.

Beth Cauley and Tom Joyce are this year’s recipients of the award, given to people in the community who give the extra effort in helping others.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local state representative introduces pair of bills

February 20, 2014

A local state representative has recently introduced a pair of bills within the General Assembly for possible approval.

District 30 Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich, West Greenwich) announced his plans to file legislation to allocate the $61 million in current DMV revenues for road and bridge maintenance Rhode Island.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG High School students choose to matter

February 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Kathy Lao and Charlotte Palmer, two bright young minds who attend East Greenwich High School, are passionate about being artistic, or supporting their friends’ creativity through the arts.

Lao, who has an imaginative fire when it comes to putting words down on a piece of paper, would love the opportunity to create poetry or a gripping novel for an adoring public.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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