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March 28th, 2014

Human patient simulators a new tool for learning at URI

March 28, 2014

KINGSTON - Step into the CVS Caremark Interdisciplinary Health Delivery Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, and be prepared for the unexpected as teaching and learning tools virtually come to life.

They breathe, they blink, and they have heartbeats. Some of them even bleed. Are they having trouble breathing? Intubate them to get a look at their vocal cords. Do they look like they’re getting sick? Administer a medication that will ease their symptoms. Give them the wrong medication or dosage, though, and they could get sicker or even flat-line.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI to receive $7 million for emergency preparedness

March 28, 2014

In an effort to enhance public safety and strengthen Rhode Island’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery initiatives, Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced earlier this week that the state will receive more than $7 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Subcommittee to make recommendation on Deepwater

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will render a recommendation of its findings April 3 on Deepwater Wind’s proposed Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKAS confirmed as emergency animal shelter

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following failed initiatives to shelter animals at URI’s Boss Arena during severe weather, the South Kingstown Animal Shelter has taken the final step in becoming an official emergency shelter for pets of all kinds.

The final step that the SK Shelter needed to take was the acquiring of a generator to keep the lights and heat on. That generator has been ordered and is on its way to the shelter now.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Council passes school committee resolutions

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - With Council President Ella Whaley absent, the South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously to join the South Kingstown School Committee and the Burrillville Town Council in support of eight resolutions on topics from delaying Common Core Standards implementation to matters of binding arbitration and contract continuation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A harmonious partnership formed

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The culmination of a year-long mentoring partnership between Broad Rock Middle School and the University of Rhode Island will present itself in the form of a collaborative concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the Broad Rock Cafetorium.

“Friday night will be different,” said Jen Collins, 28-year Broad Rock music teacher, on Tuesday to a group of eager students who were already blowing, bowing and plucking their respective instruments. “Friday night you will be playing along with your mentors on a stage for your parents.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Worden’s Pond seniors voice concern on water rate increase

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The residents of the Village at Worden’s Pond in South Kingstown are especially concerned with United Water’s proposal to increase water rates by 43 percent, which would amount to about $10 a month for ratepayers.

A hearing before the Public Utilities Commission Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall brought several members of the senior residential community forward to express their concerns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett schools on track for Common Core

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett schools are on track and committed to implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Two Common Core ambassadors presented the standards to parents and families of Narragansett students at the elementary school Wednesday and answered questions to allay parents’ concerns regarding the new standards.

Ambassador Jaime Crowley, principal of Thompson Middle School in Newport, said he views the Common Core standards as “good standards for kids,” noting that there is rationale behind the standards to ensure that students are ready for college and careers as 60 percent of all jobs will require at least some college by 2018.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

March 27th

DMS students go exploring on research vessel Okeanos

March 27, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Last month, the 180 students that make up the sixth grade at Davisville Middle School entered into a classroom much bigger than four walls and desks. Over four days in February, students visited the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Explorer, the only federal research vessel dedicated to only ocean exploration.

Upon visiting the 224-foot long vessel docked at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus in Narragansett, students were able to speak with crew members and engineers about ocean exploration, and learn about the tools that are used in order to gain knowledge of the world below the waves.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK’s Supreme Court appeal of fire decision moves forward

March 27, 2014

WARWICK—Last Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg issued an order to place North Kingstown’s Supreme Court appeal of Judge Brian Stern’s January decision in favor of the town’s firefighters on the upcoming court calendar. The order also allows both the town and the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651, to issue briefs prior to a court date being decided.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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