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Archive - 2014

March 21st

Bill requires evaluation of minority suspension rates

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following a report by the Rhode Island ACLU addressing a disparity in minority out-of-school suspensions, Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) introduced a bill that would require the commissioner of education to develop a method to analyze disciplinary data and the impact on students based on race.

“It’s important for districts to start critically reviewing the practice of suspension,” Tanzi said in an interview Wednesday. “Take away all of the distinguishing characteristics of the individual and just look at their actions. The schools need to find a plan to look at this more critically.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 20th

Community concerned about wireless technology in schools

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As districts throughout the state install wireless internet in their schools, a growing number of residents in North Kingstown and other communities are asking questions about the health concerns regarding the technology. Last Thursday evening, a group of approximately 35 people gathered at the North Kingstown Community Center to hear Camilla Rees, an author of a number of books on electromagnetic health and the dangers of wireless technologies, such as wireless and cell phone use, to which we are exposed daily.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Embury presents first budget to NK council

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—At a work session on Tuesday evening, North Kingstown Town Manager Michael Embury presented two preliminary budget proposals for FY 2014-15 to the town council. The first proposes a tax levy increase of 2.88 percent, or a tax rate of $16.08, while the second suggests a levy increase of 2.60 percent, or a tax rate of $19.02.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Robbery suspect arrested in Florida

March 20, 2014

CLERMONT, Fla.—Joshua Rayta, a South Kingstown man who allegedly robbed a Dollar Tree in January, was arrested by special agents of the U.S. Marshals Service on March 7 after fleeing the state.

North Kingstown Police Department, who had known Rayta fled to Florida for more than a month after robbing a Dollar Tree on Jan. 25, had an indictment returned in February from the Washington County Grand Jury for Rayta’s arrest.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

QDC approves lease for food manufacturer

March 20, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Tuesday evening, the Quonset Development Corporation’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a lease agreement for Greencore USA, a global convenience food manufacturer and distributor, to build a new, 107,000 sq. ft. facility. According to Liam McClennon, CEO at Greencore USA, over 400 jobs will be created by the time the facility is fully operational next April.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EGHS students showcase their talents over weekend

March 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH – Synonyms for ‘talent’ include the words ‘know-how,’ ‘gift,’ ‘knack,’ ‘inventiveness,’ and even ‘faculty.’

The last synonym certainly applies to the East Greenwich High School Talent Show held in front of packed, student supported houses on March 14-15 as faculty – including co-organizer/teacher Robert Petrucci and fellow teachers – sang and played guitar side by side with some of the students they dutifully mentor.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local business narrowly avoids scam

March 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — One local business narrowly avoided falling into a financial trap, and the owner urges other establishments to be cautious about suspicious phone calls about utility payments.

The morning of Feb. 26 was like any other day for Defin Rainho. Working in the back of his small deli on Main Street, Simon Says Cafe, preparing treats while his employees greeted and served customers, it seemed like a typical start to a Wednesday.

Then Rainho, who has overseen the operations of Simon Says for a decade, got a phone call from a person claiming to be a supervisor from National Grid.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Background check bill gaining support

March 20, 2014

A bill proposed by a local legislator urging national background checks for potential school bus company employees recently made progress through the State House.

Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare (HCHEW) approved the legislature, House Bill H7219 Substitute A – proposed by District 30 Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich, West Greenwich) – that requires individuals who are seeking employment with a private school or within a public school system in Rhode Island to be subjected to both a national and state criminal background checks.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McGillivray on CCFD situation: ‘It’s very dangerous’

March 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Each and every day he walks through the main doors of East Greenwich Fire Station 1 on Main Street and nearby Frenchtown Station 2, Fire Chief Russell McGillivray sees a dedicated staff of firefighters and working apparatuses ready at a moment’s notice to serve and protect the residents of the small community in their time of need.

However, McGillivray has serious concerns as to who might be around in case either he or his close family is in dire need of emergency assistance come May 16.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Above more than the rim

March 20, 2014

EAST GREENWICH—When a truly special high school athlete comes along, it’s more often than not easily identifiable from day one.

Outside of the obvious physical differences, those great talents possess an edge in maturity and mental toughness not readily found in freshmen.

Nolan Cooney is one of those special talents.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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