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Historic commission opposes Larchwood demolition

December 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Post Acute Partners’ proposal to raze the Larchwood Inn and build a 59,070 square-foot assisted living facility was vetted by two town commissions this week: the historic district commission and the conservation commission.
Though the commissions will be providing an advisory opinion to the planning board and not making hard decisions on the project, the planning board has a history of taking advisory opinions very seriously.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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Kilmartin files motion to intervene in National Grid rate increase proposal

December 8, 2014

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a motion to intervene with full-party status in National Grid’s proposal for an increase in service costs in the 2015 year.
In the filing with the Public Utilities Commission, Kilmartin noted that under common law, the Attorney General is “representative of the public, empowered to bring actions to redress grievances suffered by the public as a whole.”
In a separate statement, Kilmartin directly attacked the rate increase and demanded the PUC focus on its obligation to the public’s best interest.

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Patrolman Fitzgerald honored with first award of its kind

December 8, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – On Tuesday evening during a swearing-in ceremony for the Narragansett Police Department, Patrolman James Fitzgerald was honored with the very first 100 Club Special Merit Award for Community Service by Kirk Pickell of the 100 Club. Officer Fitzgerald swept news headlines last month when he used his own money to purchase a new bike for Narragansett Elementary School student Madison Cronin, 7, after her parents had reported the original bike stolen to the police.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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BRMS principal addresses library issue

December 8, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - In light of the recent public attention given to the library program at Broad Rock Middle School, the principal of the school has delivered a letter to families with students in the school and school committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle has requested that discussion of the program be added to the next school committee meeting’s agenda.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CCFD embarks on road to bankruptcy

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY — The wheels of the Central Coventry Fire District keep going around and around with an election for two board members Monday night.
Because the terms are staggered for three, two, and one year, both members, Maureen Jendzejec and Dan Lantz, Jr., were up for re-election with no opponents after having served their one-year terms.
Central Coventry Fire District Board Vice President Marie Baker said because the rules of the charter require an election, even though there are no opponents, the district was going by the book regardless.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Debt solutions in focus for CCFD

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY— The financial stability of the Coventry Fire District was at the forefront at Tuesday evening’s meeting at the Anthony Fire Station, where many angry and confused taxpayers, politicians and community leaders gathered for the first public comment period since the WPRI-TV’s recent investigation on Chief Paul Labbadia.
Shortly after the segment aired allegedly showing Labbadia drinking, golfing and smoking marijuana while on call, the state of finances of the Coventry Fire District was released, showing over $450,000 owed to a line of credit in addition to unpaid bills.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents joust over pot facility

December 8, 2014

COVENTRY — The argument for and against allowing a marijuana growing facility in town continued at Wednesday’s zoning board meeting and will be taken under more advisement.
Speaking in favor of the application was Joanne Leppan, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, who said those in need of the drug suffer from severe medical conditions.
“We have three compassion centers in the state but they’re not accessible for so many patients,” she said.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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