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April 24th, 2014

Charge for all-day kindergarten ad hoc committee approved

April 24, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — The East Greenwich School Committee formally approved by unanimous decision the charge to form an ad hoc committee that will study the feasibility of having all-day kindergarten at both Meadowbrook Farms School and Frenchtown School.

The charge, which was presented by Superintendent Victor Mercurio during the School Committee’s April 15 meeting at Cole Middle School, states that the ad hoc committee will be formed to see if all-day kindergarten programs – which would begin for the 2015-16 school year, at the earliest – at the two schools could be achieved through cost-effective measures and sensitive to the comprehensive fiscal needs of the district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Up for tax sale?

April 24, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Town officials, a former Rhode Island governor and his wife are trying to discuss a resolution regarding back taxes that are owed on an East Greenwich relic that is in the process of being converted into a science center.

According to East Greenwich Tax Assessor Janice Peixinho on Monday, Donald and Sue Carcieri owe approximately $25,000 in back taxes on the Olney House, located on Church Street, and if no resolution is made, the former boys’ dormitory and one of only two buildings left standing from the old East Greenwich Academy, will be put up for tax sale, which is scheduled to occur on June 19.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 23rd

NK Council praises new market analysis

April 23, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the town council listened to a presentation of the finished town market analysis, a project which aims to more clearly define North Kingstown’s vision for future land use and economic improvement. In June, the town approved the $75,000 study, which was conduct by land-use consulting firm 4Ward Planning.

“The reason that we identified a need for this market analysis so that we could take the assets we have and try to maximize them as an opportunity,” said Paige Bronk, North Kingstown economic development director. “I believe that, there are times where we have to be honest with ourselves about where we are at, [and] the analysis is loaded with opportunities to take North Kingstown to the next level.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton will attend meeting on Chariho Act

April 23, 2014

HOPKINTON — After receiving a written invitation from Chariho School Committee Chair William G. Day to attend the “first joint meeting of the Chariho Governing Bodies” for the purpose of discussing the Chariho Act and potential revisions, town councilors discussed their response on Monday night.

According to Day’s letter, the meeting is the result of Superintendent of Chariho Schools Barry Ricci’s recommendation for “a different way of approaching revisions to the Act.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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

RIDE report says charter schools performing well in Rhode Island

April 23, 2014

Charter public schools in the state are generally performing well, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education’s report “The State of Rhode Island’s Public Schools” released this month.

“There is still work we need to do to ensure that all of our charter public schools are examples of excellence, but there is no doubt that our charters serve a vital function, which we see each year when the schools receive approximately 11 applications for each opening,” Commissioner Deborah Gist wrote in the introduction to the report.

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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

Bill would place referendum for public safety building on ballot

April 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The House Committee on Finance will consider a bill April 29 to authorize the town of Narragansett to finance the improvement of the town’s public safety building.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33 Narragansett, South Kingstown) would authorize the town to issue not more than $2 million in bonds for the project, if approved.

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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

 

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