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April 23rd, 2014

Tanzi, Valencia sponsor bill to repeal voter ID law

April 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) has signed on as a primary sponsor to House Bill 7767, which seeks to repeal the voter identification law that Rhode Island passed in 2011.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Larry Valencia (D - Dist. 39, Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton), simply removes the text “any person claiming to be a registered voter who desires to vote at a primary election, special election or general election shall provide proof of identity (at the polls)” from election laws.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves support of CDBG funding for disaster relief grant

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council unanimously approved a motion to adopt a resolution in support of three pending applications for CDBG funding in this year’s disaster relief grant round.

Michael DeLuca, director of community development, explained to the council Monday that the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief program is a special program issued out of sequence with the regular CDBG program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He said the disaster relief program offers funding for repair and reconstruction of properties damaged in Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and winter storm Nemo.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Unemployment down in RI but still highest in U.S.

April 23, 2014

Rhode Island continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the country, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released last week.

The Ocean State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in March.

The next highest rates of unemployment were 8.5 percent in Nevada and Illinois. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves beer and wine sales for Aunt Carrie’s

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Aunt Carrie’s will soon be serving beer and wine.

On Monday, the town council granted a Class BV-Limited liquor license to Aunt Carrie’s Inc., located at 1240 Ocean Road.

Elsie Foy, owner of Aunt Carrie’s, previously told the zoning board that Aunt Carrie’s needs the liquor license in order to compete with nearby establishments that serve alcohol such as Bon Vue Inn/Hammerhead Grille, Narragansett Grill and Charlie O’s.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Library supporters want new or upgraded facility

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Friends of the Narragansett Library and many community members would like a new or upgraded library facility.

On Monday, the group presented a petition with more than 400 signatures to the town council requesting that the council place a bond issue on the November ballot for a new library facility.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narrow River Kayaks lease extended

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 2-1 Monday to extend the lease of Narrow River Kayaks at the Middlebridge property until Feb. 28, 2015.

Councilor Douglas McLaughlin voted against the motion, Council President James Callaghan recused himself, and Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

Town Solicitor Mark McSally told the council because an appeal in the matter is pending in Supreme Court, the council would not likely be able to re-bid the paddle sports concession at the town-owned property in time for the summer season.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 18th

Teachers Alliance continues giving

April 18, 2014

COVENTRY — The 34th annual Coventry Teachers Alliance Scholarship Awards night was held at Coventry High School Wednesday night with a full auditorium.

“The goal of these awards is to assist Coventry High School seniors as they move on to their next educational endeavor,” said Suzanne Tracy, the chairwoman of the scholarship committee.

Her goal, along with the committee members, is providing as many scholarships to as many students as possible.

Tracy said the fund has grown to include current and retired Coventry school employees, who contribute through weekly contributions.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 17th

Prout principal issues apology for comments made by Father Hoffman

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Prout Principal David Carradini has publicly apologized for potentially offensive comments made by Father Francis Hoffman, Opus Dei priest and executive director of Relevant Radio, during an assembly at the school.

Parents, students, faculty and staff at Prout claim that the speaker’s comments were offensive to homosexuals, children of divorced parents and adoption and those who are pro-choice. Several Christian publications are defending the comments, claiming that the church’s stance on these issues is quite clear and that Hoffman was only restating them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Town Council finding ways to trim budget

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council is looking to further trim the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 in an effort to reduce the expected 4 percent property tax increase.

The council is looking cut even more funding for capital projects, which took drastic cuts before the proposed budget even reached the council.

“Where else are we going to find the money,” said Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno. “We have to fund the ARC to 80 percent and keep the tax rate reasonable. What can we defer on capital for this budget cycle and see where we are for the next cycle?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Daly-LaBelle to resign as school committee legislative liaison

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – School committee member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle told The Narragansett Times on Wednesday that he will be resigning from his position as legislative liaison to the school committee following a change to the job description voted on by the committee Tuesday night.

He will formally resign at the next school committee meeting granted that the meeting is not adjourned before the ‘school committee member comment’ portion again.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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