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Planning Commission approves TOS recommendation

November 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown Planning Commission approved its recommendation to the town council to make Comprehensive Plan amendments which would allow for the future creation of Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs). The commission has discussed at length over the past months the potential of such developments, centered on Wickford Junction train station, to create a future hub of pedestrian friendly residential and commercial area.

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Town submits memo to court

November 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last Friday, the Town of North Kingstown continued the legal process regarding its case against the firefighters union, submitting a memorandum of law to Superior Court Justice Brian Stern. The town had until 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 to submit its briefs, while the union and State Labor Relations Board will have until Nov. 15 to submit responses.

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Wickford Elementary School receives historic tax credit

November 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—According to Town Manager Michael Embury, Stanley Weiss Associates, LLC, has been successful in obtaining a credit from the state’s renewed Historic Preservation Tax Credit (RIHPTC) in order to assist in renovations to the Wickford Elementary School property. Earlier this year, the North Kingstown Town Council voted to enter into a purchasing agreement with the Providence developer, who will transform the former school into a multi-use office/hotel space.

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A look inside Rhode Island’s prison system

October 25, 2013

NARRAGANSETT—At the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library in Narragansett Wednesday evening Roberta Richman, a 33-year employee at Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections, spoke about the current climate and challenges facing the incarceration system, and why the state must look towards doing things differently.

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Stern sets briefing schedule for fire cases

October 25, 2013

WARWICK—On Monday, Superior Court Judge Brian Stern issued his briefing schedule to hear oral arguments regarding the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board’s (SLRB) petition to enforce its decision in favor of the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651, which would award them approximately $2.5 million in lost wages. Stern, who was named earlier this month as the presiding justice over any litigation between the Town of North Kingstown, the SLRB and the firefighters, will also hear statements on the town’s appeal of the SLRB’s decision.

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Exeter recall vote to move forward

October 25, 2013

EXETER—Late last week, the town’s Board of Canvassers confirmed that the requisite 496 signatures were all Exeter residents, which sets in motion a recall of four town council members. This past June, a group of Exeter residents formed a petition committee in order to collect signatures from fellow residents in support of removing the Exeter Town Council members for their attempts to change the authority for concealed weapons permitting from the town clerk to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, among other issues.

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NK Town Council continues tax incentive discussion

September 26, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—After a lengthy discussion, the North Kingstown Town Council decided to continue the first reading of newly proposed amendments to the town’s tax incentive program to include retail. The ordinance changes, proposed by the Economic Development Advisory Board, aim at attracting more retail ventures into the town’s more depressed areas, such as Post Road.

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Stony Lane recognized as Blue Ribbon school

September 26, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 2013 selections of 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, of which Stony Lane Elementary School in North Kingstown can be counted. The elementary school is one of 286 nationwide who have been chosen based on its dedication to academic excellence and improving student achievement.

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EWG sending students on Texas field trip

September 26, 2013

EXETER – The School Committee approved a Fine Arts field trip to San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday night. The trip will be for students in the drama, art, technology, dance and music department, they will be performing in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade on April 26, 2013.

Elizabeth Lind and Ron Runner of the Fine Arts department are in charge of organizing the trip. It will include day trips to Six Flags, The Alamo, Tower of the Americas and Sea World. This would be the first group from RI to ever perform in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade.

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NK School Committee debates tennis courts removal at WMS

September 26, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the North Kingstown School Committee discussed the potential of removing the aging tennis courts at Wickford Middle School. Superintendent of schools Philip Auger detailed the reasoning behind the request, stating the courts posed a safety threat to students, as well as detracting from the school’s appearance.

“The tennis courts haven’t gotten the attention that they used to and have deteriorated to the point that they are very rusty, and falling over to one side,” said Auger. “It doesn’t seem like a safe place for our kids and is an eye sore.”

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