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April 18th, 2014

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

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

SK couple to run Boston Marathon for Dana Farber team

April 17, 2014

South Kingstown residents Kirsten and Tim O’Neill will run the Boston Marathon this Monday as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team.

The rigorous training for a marathon is no easy challenge, but the O’Neills have had to overcome an additional hurdle: they are both cancer survivors.

In 2007, Kirsten was diagnosed with cancer. Three months later, her husband, Tim, was diagnosed with leukemia. Kirsten beat cancer and Tim is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia at Dana-Farber.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK resident files complaint against O’Neill

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Town councilor James O’Neill had a formal complaint filed against him on Wednesday by town resident Rachel Clough regarding allegations that he made threatening statements toward her at the town council meeting on Monday night.

After a heated discussion spearheaded by Clough on the decision by the town council to authorize a road race on Memorial Day, O’Neill was heard telling councilor Meg Healy that Clough is “lucky he didn’t hit her.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Exeter man arrested for marijuana, firearm possession

April 17, 2014

EXETER—An Exeter man was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on April 12 for cultivating over 14 marijuana plants, as well as possessing a number of firearms and cocaine. Todd A. Byers, 41, of 52 Mockingbird Drive, Exeter, was apprehended as a result of a request from the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to accompany them on a search of Byers’ residence, who has two children aged four and six.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fire on King Street claims life

April 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Only a pile of charred wood and household materials remained Monday morning after a house on King Street was completely consumed by fire. At approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, North Kingstown firefighters responded to the home at 25 King St., in which a person was found dead.

“Upon arrival, the structure was fully engulfed,” said Deputy Chief Scott Kettelle. “Firefighters surrounded the dwelling and worked to prevent the fire from spreading, which did spread to some vehicles near to the house.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 16th

Grille on Main to participate in benefit for AIDS Project R.I.

April 16, 2014

One local restaurant will be helping in the fight against a devastating disease in a special event next week.

The Grille on Main, located at 50 Main St., East Greenwich, will be one of several establishments throughout the Ocean State taking part in next Thursday’s “Dining Out for Life,” an event that will benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island, according to a press release.

Patrons who plan on dining at The Grille on Main on April 24 will see a portion of their dinner bills going toward AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for those living with the disease, for more than three decades.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town, schools share budgets

April 16, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of both the East Greenwich Town Council and the East Greenwich School Committee formally presented their proposed 2015 fiscal budgets in a public hearing Monday evening at Swift Community Center.

Town Manager Thomas Coyle publically announced that the Town’s budget is slated to increase by 3.02 percent to $59,849,417 – a jump by about $1.7 million from the 2014 fiscal budget. Of the entire budget, approximately 55 percent of the total – $32,472,100 – will be for education.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Judge allows amended petition in Cole case

April 16, 2014

WARWICK — Kent County Supreme Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter allowed Monday afternoon the amendments to the original 2011 petition filed by residents of Sarah’s Trace against the Town of East Greenwich, the East Greenwich School District and several construction companies regarding the methods that were used to build Cole Middle School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lawyers critical of town excavation ordinance

April 16, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — Several lawyers representing Charlestown quarries criticized the town council’s updated proposed excavation ordinance on Monday night during a second public hearing that had been continued from March 10.

Before discussing the ordinance, Town Council President Thomas Gentz presented a new resolution asking the General Assembly for an amendment that would give the town the authority to regulate quarry operations under its police power.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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