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The Music Man at NKHS

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown High School’s latest production, “The Music Man,” is more than just a musical, but a collaboration of talent and hard work from many members of the school district community. The show, which was first produced by Tony Award-winning playwright Meredith Wilson, will run from Friday, March 7 to 9.

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State Police deny Donegan investigation request

March 6, 2014

SCITUATE—Jayne Donegan, who pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Jan. 25 underage drinking incident last month, has had an appeal to the Rhode Island State Police for an investigation into the arresting officers’ conduct denied. The attorney and former East Greenwich School Committee member has been arraigned on misdemeanor charges for allegedly serving alcohol to minors, as well as assaulting police officers when they responded to her home on the evening of Jan. 25.

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Toray Plastics pledges $2 million to URI engineering

March 6, 2014

KINGSTON—Quonset-based manufacturer Toray Plastics is upping its commitment to local education and training, pledging to donate $2 million to the University of Rhode Island in order to fund the construction of new facilities for the engineering program from there. The pledge is dependent on voter approval of a $125 million bond referendum at November’s state elections, proposed in Governor Lincoln Chafee’s budget.

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Korean War vets make visit to Davisville Middle School

March 6, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—With their pens ready and notebooks fresh, students at Davisville Middle School were ready to hear and transcribe the experiences which a group of Korean War veterans imparted last Friday afternoon. The event, which was organized by seventh grade social studies teacher Sandra Makielski, brought students to learn about a time far-distant, but one from which modern lessons can be drawn.

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Council concerns remain on Split Rock

March 6, 2014

EXETER— At Monday evening’s Exeter Town Council meeting, Councilor Robert Johnson presented the latest in the town’s goal to address health and safety issues at Split Rock Trailer Park, detailing the results of the town’s latest inspections.

“I have to say that I continue to be amazed at the additions on the trailers that continue to be made [which] have no new permits,” said Johnson. “Our inspector has found several of them, where one trailer has an erected addition.”

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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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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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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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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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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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