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Community members line up to help restore town house

April 30, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last fall, the oldest municipal building in the West Bay area was moved from its original site at Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home on Brown Street to the land adjacent to the Wickford Elementary School site. Now, local community members and businesses are working together through delays to properly establish the Old Towne House at its new home.

The town house, originally built in 1807, was moved so that the funeral home could expand, and now the town is looking towards building a foundation for the structure, among other renovations, which has proven more difficult because of structural concerns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Reed praises new Navy contract for Electric Boat

April 30, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) raised the U.S. Navy’s decision to award a $17.6 billion contract to Electric Boat in Quonset to build 10 additional Virginia-Class submarines. The contract, according to Reed, is another step towards providing skilled jobs for Rhode Islanders.

“This contract means submarine production at Quonset is on course and full speed ahead,” said Reed in a statement. “The additional work at EB’s facilities in Quonset is good news for job growth and economic growth in Rhode Island.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NKHS recognized by U.S. News and Report as ‘Silver Medal’ school

April 30, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—According to U.S. News and World Report, North Kingstown High School is the third-best high school for students in Rhode Island, and the publication has selected the institution as a Silver Medal School, one of only five in the state. Superintendent of Schools Philip Auger congratulated faculty, staff students and their families for the hard work they have put in over the year to foster a successful learning environment at the school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NKPD looking for new recipient in Donegan case

April 30, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—According to North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas Mulligan, the department is looking for a new recipient for the $5,000 contribution meant for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) from Jayne Donegan. The North Kingstown resident was cleared earlier this month of violating the town’s social host ordinance, among other charges.

Donegan originally pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a Jan. 25 underage drinking incident at her home. A Third District Court judge initially ordered Donegan to make a $5,000 contribution to MADD, but executive director Gabrielle Abbate issued a statement on April 16 that her organization would not accept the donation from Donegan, saying it would send the “wrong message” about providing alcohol to minors.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK Town Council debates capital concerns

April 30, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At Monday evening’s regular meeting, the North Kingstown Town Council discussed a number of issues regarding the upcoming adoption of the FY 2014-15 town budget, most pressing of which is the school department’s plans to replace the HVAC system at North Kingstown High School, which was installed improperly when the new school building was constructed in 2000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Job Corps takes the win

April 30, 2014

EXETER—For many local youth, the Exeter Job Corps provides a platform through which they can gain tangible skills for future employment in many services industries, qualities which are not often taught within the realm of a five-day per week school year. A group of four students have rewarded themselves for applying those skills, taking top honors in the third annual Rhode Island Prostart Culinary Competition.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local man arrested for fourth DUI

April 23, 2014

JAMESTOWN – A Richmond man was arrested last week for driving under the influence after he served time for driving under the influence – death resulting in the late 1990s.

Jamestown police arrested Lawrence Brew, 54, of 45 Kenyon School Road, Richmond, on April 8 shortly after 8 p.m. following a motor vehicle stop on Route 138.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Jamestown School Committee talks Narragansett option

April 23, 2014

JAMESTOWN—Last Thursday, the Jamestown School Committee discussed further Narragansett’s recent solicitation to accommodate Jamestown students at Narragansett High School. The committee emphasized that no decisions have yet been made regarding the matter, and that the discussion was aimed at providing another “option” for parents when deciding on where to send their children for high school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK native returns to Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—North Kingstown native Erica Denhoff, a former track and field star, did not finish last year’s 117th Boston Marathon because of the terrorist bombing which ultimately claimed the lives of four victims. At the 118th Boston Marathon, Denhoff experienced an outpouring of encouragement and togetherness from thousands of bystanders and fellow races as she crossed the finish line, unlike anything of which she has been a part before.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK Council praises new market analysis

April 23, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the town council listened to a presentation of the finished town market analysis, a project which aims to more clearly define North Kingstown’s vision for future land use and economic improvement. In June, the town approved the $75,000 study, which was conduct by land-use consulting firm 4Ward Planning.

“The reason that we identified a need for this market analysis so that we could take the assets we have and try to maximize them as an opportunity,” said Paige Bronk, North Kingstown economic development director. “I believe that, there are times where we have to be honest with ourselves about where we are at, [and] the analysis is loaded with opportunities to take North Kingstown to the next level.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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