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July 23rd, 2014

Summer tourism looks promising

July 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - As summertime in Rhode Island nears the mid-way point, reports from local businesses and town employees show a promising outlook despite the lack of sun and warm weather thus far in 2014.
South Kingstown Town Beach is one of the local attractions that garnered increased attention this year, according to Teresa Murphy, director of leisure services in the town.
“We had a great year - the 2013-14 year that ended June 30,” said Murphy on Monday. “We had $15,000 exceeding our revenue. We had budgeted $110,000 and we brought in $125,000.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK native Czernicki carves out unique career

July 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Elizabeth Czernicki was a South Kingstown resident first.
Now, she is the co-founder and treasurer of the Marine Semper Fi Fund, a certified public accountant, a business owner, a military wife and the mayor of Occaquan, Virginia, where she now lives.
From South Kingstown High School, Czernicki attended Colby College in Maine where she met her husband, Lt. Erik Quist, who served three tours of duty in the Middle East after 9/11. Since his deployment, he has risen to the rank of Major.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

July 21st

Zoning board upholds medical marijuana violation

July 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A split decision by the South Kingstown Zoning Board to uphold a violation that zones a legal medical marijuana grow-site as an “agricultural manufacturing facility” will cost the lessee of the now-defunct Campus Cinema on Columbia Street up to $500 per day until the reported medical marijuana and growing equipment is removed from the site.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Deepwater Wind CVA approved by CRMC

July 21, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council Ocean Special Area Management Plan Subcommittee met at the East Providence Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon to further discuss their contract with Deepwater Wind who has plans to build a 30-megawatt offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Debate continues over future of Kentara Green

July 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The controversy surrounding the proposed changes to a lot in Kentara Green, one of the four remaining Sherry Cottages, continued to grow during Tuesday evening’s planning board meeting with a full house of local residents ready to express their firm opposition.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Block, Kettle, Morgan assail CCFD bill process

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY — During a brief press conference held at the Westwood Estates Community Center, GOP gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block spoke out against local legislatures going against the votes of the people in the Central Coventry Fire District to pass the bills that will continue to drive up taxes.
He was joined by Dist. 21 Senator Nicholas Kettle and Dist. 26 Representative Patricia Morgan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School enrollment in Coventry could rise

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— A team of engineers spoke before the Coventry Town Council last night to discuss an analysis they conducted on the future population increases and the effect it will have on the capacity of the town’s public schools. An investigation of the currently-closed Oak Haven Elementary was revealed as an effort to determine the viability of re-opening the school as a pre-kindergarten, elementary or middle school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Non-partisan election will stay, for now

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— The November election will continue as a nonpartisan election as decided upon at the Coventry Town Council meeting Monday evening. In a 2-1 vote, with council member Karen Carlson voting not to put candidates’ affiliation on the ballot and Council President Gary Cote and Vice President Kerry McGee voting to change it back to a partisan election, listing the candidate’s party association, it appeared that the upcoming elections would list party affiliations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Retired Fire Chief Mruk has fire alarm headquarters re-named in his honor

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY – Family, dear friends, emergency personnel and town officials celebrated the accomplishments of a man who they consider to be an invaluable role model by holding a ceremony to dedicate the Coventry Fire and Police Alarm Headquarters to Retired Fire Chief Stanley Mruk, now 86 years old.
Diane Hunter, one of Mruk’s daughters, described what it was like growing up surrounded by emergency services.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bad weather will no longer ‘Bug’ Coventry residents

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— Hurricane season is here and as a result, National Grid in collaboration with Earth Works, a timely weather provider, is installing WeatherBug monitoring systems to enhance emergency planning and response efforts throughout Rhode Island.
There are currently two fully operating WeatherBug stations in the state — in Coventry and Exeter — while Hopkinton has agreed to install the system and is in the works of doing so. There are seven other weather stations planning to be installed but those are also still in the works.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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