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April 17th, 2014

United Water rate increase will be smaller

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC), the town of South Kingstown, the Union Fire District and United Water are in support of a settlement agreement that would decrease United Water’s proposed rate increase from 42.6 percent to 32.83 percent.

The original 43 percent increase would have resulted in an increase of $10.30 per month for a typical residential customer. The agreed rates would allow United Water to collect an additional $1.2 million in revenue, down from the projected nearly $1.6 million.

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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

URI breaks ground on new LGBTQ Center

April 17, 2014

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island broke ground Wednesday for a new LGBTQ Center on Upper College Road.

URI is the first institution of higher education in the country to design and build a freestanding LGBTQ Center.

The $2.1 million, 4,300 square-foot center will offer a safe place for all members of the community and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee opposes resolution on bus monitors

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted 3-1 Wednesday in opposition to a resolution that would allow school districts to hire bus monitors at their own discretion.

Currently, Rhode Island is the only state with a law requiring the use of bus monitors through an unfunded mandate.

Other districts, including South Kingstown, have supported the resolution, stating that the required bus monitors constitute a “significant expenditure” for each district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHS students honored for documentary

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse visited Narragansett High School Wednesday to present Climate Hero Awards to three students.

Kelly Gershkoff, Janelle Schartner and Audrey Whalen received the award for their nationally recognized documentary on climate change and sea level rise entitled, “Journey to Slow Sea Level Rise.” The documentary received an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam Competition. The national competition prompted middle school and high school students around the country to make a film that answers, “What’s the most important issue U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

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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

Mariners sweep Shea, continue undefeated record

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Sometimes a little sunshine is all it takes to turn an afternoon around.

The Mariners tennis team hosted the team from Shea on Wednesday at Sprague Field. After a struggled 4-3 match win against North Smithfield on Monday, Narragansett was eager to take advantage of the improved weather and add to their win total.

In record time, the Mariners secured every one of seven matches against the Raiders, not to the surprise of coach, Russel Wyatt.

Chargers find groove against Pilgrim in second season win

April 17, 2014

WARWICK — It was a 180-degree difference of performance put out by the Chariho boys’ volleyball team on Tuesday night. Instead of a bested team struggling to find an offensive flow, the team was a collaborative unit, marked by strong blocks and fluid communication.

The Chargers traveled to Pilgrim High School to face a team with a record that wasn’t far off their own in 2013. After Tuesday’s match, the Patriots sunk to 1-4 and the Chargers took their second win to put them at 2-3 in the first month of the spring season. Not that it was a crushing win all the way through, but the Chariho team made the third game of the match look easy. But, in the end it was a sweep by the Chargers in the 3-0 final, made up of game scores 25-15, 25-23, and 25-7.

Another Skipper comeback

April 17, 2014

The eleventh hour Skippers strike again. The North Kingstown fastpitch softball team claimed another comeback win last week, this time against the visiting team from LaSalle. The teams faced off in Ryan Park on Thursday of last week in what looked like a sure thing for the Rams, but the Skippers had a few tricks up their sleeves.

NK spikers remain undefeated after convincing road win

April 17, 2014

WAKEFIELD–The fact that there was a significant home crowd at South Kingstown High School for Tuesday night’s matchup between SK and North Kingstown boys volleyball teams may have added to the feeling that the contest seemed closer then it actually turned out to be. The Skippers took the game with three identical 25-17 scores, pushing their record to 5-0, first in DI South, while the Rebels fell to 3-2.

 

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