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Labor Board issues new order in fire case

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In the ongoing battle between North Kingstown and its firefighters, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board (SLRB) has this week issued an order compelling the town once more to ‘cease and desist’ its implementation of the three-platoon schedule, as well as pay back wages and legal costs.

“The decision we received [Monday] was yet again based on facts and evidence, not the endless political talking points and excuses that the town council president released a few weeks ago,” said Ray Furtado, president of the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651. “We are constantly approached by taxpayers and residents that can’t understand what the town council is trying to accomplish.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown man arraigned on stolen firearm, obstruction charges

February 27, 2014

WARWICK—A local man was arraigned in Third District Court last week for allegedly possessing a stolen firearm after police responded to his apartment for gun shots having been fired in an argument with his roommate. Biagio J. Broccoli, 35, of 6101 Post Road, North Kingstown, was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and was further charged with obstructing a police officer in execution of duty, disorderly conduct and firing in a compact area.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Budget discussions continue for NK School Committee

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The North Kingstown School Committee continued its discussion regarding the FY 2014-15 school budget on Tuesday evening, focusing on potential staff reductions and the district’s vision moving forward for capital improvements to school infrastructure.

“I know that the majority of questions and concerns that came my way have been about the staffing reductions,” said Auger to the committee. “I want to reiterate that the recommendations that I have made do not increase the general budget at all for staffing. There are a variety of places where I felt we could reduce and places in the budget I felt we needed add assistance for different things.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Embury defends non-audit services

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury defended the town’s position in contracting approximately $38,000 in non-audit services this past fall after the departure of town finance controller Jeanna Krukowski, who followed former finance director Patricia Sunderland to a position in South Kingstown last July.

Embury explained that the work was done by LGC&D, a CPA and business advising firm, on an emergency basis because of the controller’s departure in order to finish last year’s budget process.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Superior Court denies fast ferry opposition

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last Monday, Feb. 17, Superior Court Justice Patricia Hurst ruled in favor of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, owned by Charles Donadio Jr., after two companies which operate ferries out of Old Harbour on Block Island had appealed in October to be given intervener status in the Division of Public Utilities and Carriers’ (DPUC’s) license approval process.

Last summer, Donadio revealed his plans to establish a new fast ferry route from Quonset to Block Island, but has since met with significant opposition from the Block Island Ferry and the town of New Shoreham.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A Taste of NK

February 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—From March 2 to March 8, local restaurants will be opening their doors to customers new and familiar as part of the first annual Taste of NK Restaurant Week. The event, organized by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, is aimed at bringing more customers into North Kingstown to enjoy local cuisine.

“Every other chamber of commerce does a restaurant week, and ours did not,” said Martha Pughe, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. “I thought we should be celebrating our restaurants as well, so it was very important to have a restaurant week in North Kingstown.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New solar array coming to Quonset

February 21, 2014


NORTH KINGSTOWN—At its monthly board meeting Tuesday, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) entered into an agreement with Bella Energy, Inc., a Colorado-based solar energy company, to construct a new solar panel array in the area of Camp Avenue at the Quonset Business Park. The lease agreement, which gained approval to be signed Tuesday, will potentially bring in a 1.5-acre solar array and provide electricity to customers through National Grid.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown man convicted of unemployment fraud

February 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE—After an investigation conducted through the Rhode Island State Police, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced last week that a North Kingstown man has pleaded no contest to unemployment insurance fraud, and faces five years of probation. Patrick T. Carroll, 46, with a last known address of 106 Petee Ave., North Kingstown, pleaded guilty to obtaining money under false pretenses after he collected approximately $12,000 in unemployment benefits from the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New solar array coming to Quonset

February 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At its monthly board meeting Tuesday, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) entered into an agreement with Bella Energy, Inc., a Colorado-based solar energy company, to construct a new solar panel array in the area of Camp Avenue at the Quonset Business Park. The lease agreement, which gained approval to be signed Tuesday, will potentially bring in a 1.5-acre solar array and provide electricity to customers through National Grid.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NKPD seeks grand jury indictment of robbery suspect

February 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The North Kingstown Police Department is preparing to submit a request to the Kent County Grand Jury for the indictment of Joshua Rayta, 30, of South Kingstown, after he was identified last week as a suspect in robbery case. Rayta allegedly robbed a clerk by gunpoint at the Dollar Tree on Post Road on Jan. 25.

According to NKPD Chief Thomas Mulligan, Rayta has fled to Florida.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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