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Auger increases police presence in light of school threat

October 9, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN-Superintendent of Schools Philip Auger sent out an email on Wednesday morning to ensure parents that the school district is taking necessary steps to secure students and faculty in light of a threat against schools in Johnston, Warwick and Cranston yesterday. Auger stated that police presence would be increased at the district’s schools, although no school in North Kingstown has received any threat.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Food bank in Exeter in need of more supplies

October 9, 2014

EXETER—Four shelves in the Exeter Chapel is all the space the town’s food bank currently holds, a resource for more than 20 local families. Now, because the pantry has expanded its program to include summer assistance, the Exeter Food Bank is low on supplies.
“We usually do run low, but more towards the end of October, so we are about two weeks ahead of schedule,” said Christine Heart-Skaggs, director of Public Welfare in Exeter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wawaloam School in Exeter excited for new smartboards

October 9, 2014

EXETER—“Awesome!” was the response from students of Ms. Carin Cocoran’s second grade class when asked about the latest technology at Wawaloam School in Exeter. Every teacher at the school can now utilize an Eno Smartboard, a new interactive whiteboard purchased in part through a grant from the Rhode Island Dept. of Education.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Pats rebound with 43-17 rout of Bengals
Ephraim Salaam breaks down the Patriots' strong performance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Callaghan, Gee start debate for Dist. 35 seat

October 2, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - The discourse was civil at the League of Women Voters debate Tuesday night at Narrragansett Town Hall as candidates James Callaghan and Mark Gee laid out their platforms for Senate District 35 (East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett). The seat is currently held by attorney general hopeful Dawson Hodgson.

James Callaghan
Democrat
Current Narragansett Town Council President

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown man arrested for child molestation

October 2, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man appeared in Third District Court last week after being arrested on three counts of second degree child molestation. Seth Brigham, 48, of 2 Navy Drive, North Kingstown, was arrested after allegedly ‘acting inappropriately’ with children while playing a game of basketball at a local park.
According to the report, North Kingstown Police received a second complaint from a parent regarding Brigham’s actions towards a young girl, stating that he inappropriately grabbed her from behind while she was playing nearby to his apartment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools

October 2, 2014

As part of National Attendance Awareness month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project convened for a special event on Monday afternoon entitled ‘The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades’ to address issues of chronic absenteeism in schools throughout the state.
According to reports from the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project, 16 percent of Rhode Island kindergarten students, 12 percent of first graders, 10 percent of second graders, and 10 percent of third graders were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Feds know more than you think, says expert at URI colloquium

October 2, 2014

KINGSTON – If you’ve made or received a phone call in the last seven years, chances are the NSA knows about it.
James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, informed attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Sept. 16 of the NSA’s continuing data collection.
According to Bamford, who spent three days interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow this summer, the NSA has some of the most aggressive data collection on U.S. citizens and spends a large portion of its budget on electronic surveillance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Updated List of Recyclable Items

September 23, 2014

Also printed in The Narragansett Times on Wednesday, Sept. 24

After several requests from residents requesting an updated recyclable materials list from the town, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers has compiled a list of materials that can be recycled, provided by the recycling coordinator.
Because the technology and machinery used in recycling plants is constantly evolving, the list of recyclable items and materials grows larger every year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG’s Gee takes District 35 for Republicans

September 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- After months of campaigning, District 35 Republican candidate Mark Gee moves on to face Democrat James Callaghan for a Senate seat in November, defeating North Kingstown School Committee Chair Kimberly Page.
Tuesday’s election saw approximately 68 percent of District 35 (East Greenwich, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett) voters tally for Gee, while Page earned 31 percent. 1,479 Dist. 35 residents came out to vote.
Gee continued to campaign with groups of people dressed in neon t-shirts with his name on them at polling places throughout the district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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