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NK School Committee debates budget adjustment request

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Committee discussed the town council’s most recent request to cut its budget request by $800,000, which would lower the district’s general fund request to $59.1 million. The committee engaged in a lengthy debate about the reduction, and members said that they wanted to make sure the council fully recognized the schools’ future needs, namely with capital improvements.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An Olympic request draws unexpected response for local girl

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown resident Diane Shea was shocked when she received a letter in the mail this past February from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), a response to her 10-year-old daughter’s request to have dance as an official sport in the upcoming Olympics. Now, Shea has praised the committee for giving a well-thought out answer to Kailey Shea’s hope that dance would somehow make a competition floor in the near future.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter Council seeks legal action against Split Rock owner

April 10, 2014

EXETER—Town Councilman Robert Johnson relayed the latest assessment of Split Rock Trailer Park on South County Trail, and the conditions there remain unsafe. Owner Richard Palmer, who has been cited by a number of state agencies regarding issues such as exposed solid waste and most recently electrical wiring, has not moved to resolve the conditions at the trailer park as quickly as the council has.

There still seems to be no improvements to the electrical wiring we asked to have done,” said Johnson.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jamestown School Committee discusses student enrollment options

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Tuesday’s work session, Jamestown representative Julia Held told the North Kingstown School Committee that it had recently received a letter from the Narragansett School District regarding the possibility of Jamestown students attending high school in Narragansett, as opposed to North Kingstown.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Emotions run high in fire settlement talk

April 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Town Council President Elizabeth Dolan confirmed the council’s March 24 vote approving a settlement offer in the town’s long running dispute with the North Kingstown Fire Fighters, NKFFA Local 1651. Based on the failure of the NKFFA to reply to the settlement offer by the imposed deadline of March 31 at noon, however, Dolan said, “Unfortunately we don’t see a settlement in the near future, and the litigation is still pending and will move forward before the Supreme Court.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fat Belly’s takes over at North Kingstown golf course

April 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council approved a liquor and entertainment license for Fat Belly’s Pub, who are currently in the final stages of renovation at the former Pelly’s 19th Hole on the North Kingstown Golf Course. After weeks of negotiation, the town has brought a business to the concession which will expand the reach of the golf course, as well as a popular South County restaurant.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Man arraigned in Superior Court for NK robbery

April 3, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—After being extradited from Florida, a South Kingstown man who allegedly robbed a Dollar Tree in January was arraigned in Washington County Superior Court last Wednesday on two felony counts, including first degree robbery and use of a firearm during a violent crime.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Split Rock owner gets more time

April 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Richard Palmer, owner of the Split Rock Trailer Park on South County Trail in Exeter, has been given more time to resolve the health and safety issues for which he has been criticized in recent months. Anna Cole of the Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management said Monday that Palmer will have a 30 day extension to their notice of enforcement given last fall.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local reps nominated to positions by new House speaker Mattiello

April 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Two local legislators have been selected to committees by newly elected House speaker Rep. Nicholas A. Mattiello (Dist. 15—Cranston), who took the position after former speaker Gordon Fox resigned while being investigated by state and federal authorities. Reps. Doreen Costa (Dist. 31—Exeter, North Kingstown) and Robert E. Craven Sr. (Dist. 32—North Kingstown) will serve as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee and chair of House Committee on Municipal Government, respectively.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Flooding causes drain blockages in NK

April 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As prolonged and heavy rains passed through New England this past weekend, rivers began to burst their banks in many communities. With over five inches of rainfall reported in some areas of the state, North Kingstown witnessed areas of flooding, but not significant damage.

According to Phil Bergeron, director of public works, the worst incident was a flooded home in the Oak Hill area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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