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April 11th, 2014

Residents of Sheldon Hill raise concerns during planning board hearing

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The public hearing continued from the March meeting of the planning board brought several of the same concerned citizens and neighbors of Sheldon Hill, formerly known as the Winter Street Subdivision, to speak on the drainage issues that the nearby development might cause.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Report: RI could generate millions in tax revenue selling marijuana

April 11, 2014

Rhode Island could generate between $21.5 million and $82 million in tax revenue each year by taxing legal adult sales of marijuana, according to a report released this week.

The new report by OpenDoors, “Estimated Effects of the Tax and Regulate Legislation in Rhode Island,” focuses on the tax benefits and criminal justice efforts of replacing the state’s current prohibition model with a system in which marijuana is taxed and regulated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Valencia sponsors bill to reverse Bush-era tax cuts

April 11, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Larry Valencia says his legislation (2014-H 7552) reversing Bush-era tax cuts at the state level for Rhode Island’s highest earners is not only a matter of equity, but also an idea that would potentially boost the quality of the state’s workforce and the success of its businesses.

“The notion that prosperity trickles down has not been effective in improving Rhode Island’s economy. Instead of expecting prosperity to fall through the cracks toward the middle class and lower-earners, we should make the burden more equitable so those who most need to invest their limited resources on the things that enable them to get a good job, like higher education, child care and transportation, will be able to do so,” said Rep. Valencia (D-Dist. 39, Richmond, Hopkinton, Exeter). “More money in the pockets of middle and lower income Rhode Islanders means more money being spent at our local businesses. This legislation would be a very positive development for business.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier man arrested on forgery, perjury, obtaining money under false pretenses

April 11, 2014

A Narragansett man was arrested Wednesday after pretending to be an expert in ancient burial grounds.

Rhode Island State Police arrested Frederick F. Meli, 64, of 24 North Hillview Drive, Narragansett, on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, forgery and perjury, after he misrepresented himself to the North Smithfield Town Council in 2007 when seeking employment with them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SCH annual meeting talks include potential Southcoast Health System affiliation

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The annual meeting of the South County Hospital brought board members, staff and members of the public to discussion the past, present and future of the hospital, ending with a briefing on the work being done by administrators on an affiliation with the non-profit Southcoast Health System.

“Most of you know that our healthcare system has been involved in exploration of options for partnering with other health care systems. We do anticipate that we will reach an agreement with them,” said Eve Keenan, RN, Ed.D., chairperson of the hospital’s board trustees.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hodgson wants action on heroin overdose epidemic

April 11, 2014

State Sen. Dawson Hodgson is calling for immediate action to address the state’s heroin overdose epidemic.

Sen. Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett) is urging the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to use approximately $60 million in funds from a Google settlement and institute an action plan to tackle safety and justice issues in the state. The attorney general received the funds in 2012 following U.S. Attorney Peter Nehrona’s successful prosecution of Google for advertising illegal prescription drugs online.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK budget hearing sparks debate on special education cuts

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Public concern and difficult conversations abounded in the council chambers on Wednesday night during a joint budget hearing between the town council and the school committee.

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow, School Committee Vice Chair Raissa Mosher and committee members Kevin Jackson and Scott Mueller were absent from the meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett solicits Jamestown for student enrollment

April 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett School Committee recently sent a letter to the Jamestown School Committee about the possibility of having Jamestown students attend Narragansett High School, as opposed to North Kingstown High School.

Narragansett School Committee Chair Tammy McNeiece sent a letter to the Jamestown committee in early March touting recent accomplishments of Narragansett students and new developments in the school system, including plans for a new athletic complex at the high school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 10th

More parents, doctors favor later start time for school

April 10, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — A few more parents and local residents voiced their support of having later start times at both Cole Middle School and East Greenwich High School toward the members of the East Greenwich School Committee back on April 1.

This discussion during the public comment portion of the meeting followed up the previous one initially brought forth by Rebecca Bliss, stating that adolescents who gain an extra hour’s sleep during the school week will help them improve in the educational setting, in athletics and their choices in life by avoiding drugs and alcohol, according to various independent studies the parents cited.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Little changes made to proposed school calendar

April 10, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich School Committee briefly discussed the draft on next year’s school calendar during their April 1 meeting at Cole Middle School and further asked about the possibility of starting it later and having it end earlier.

It was this time last year when the School Committee first talked about the idea of finding methods to tighten up the school schedule, with one of the suggestions being combining both the February and April vacations into one singular spring break during the month of March.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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