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February 11th, 2013

Kerbel contract approved by council

February 11, 2013

NARRAGANSETT - At a special meeting of the Narragansett Town Council on Wednesday evening, the council addressed the contract negotiated and submitted by attorneys for the town and its candidate for interim manager, Richard Kerbel of North Kingstown. In a meeting that lasted less than an hour, the council approved entry into the contract in a 3-2 vote that mirrored that of Monday evening’s contentious discussion on the same matter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Gist warns schools to comply with BEP

February 11, 2013

PROVIDENCE – In a strongly worded letter sent to Rhode Island’s school superintendents on Friday, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist warned that the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) would take severe action against any district using seniority, job fairs or “bumping” to assign, keep or lay off teachers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town manager debacle continues

February 11, 2013

Richard Kerbel named interim Narragansett Town Manager
NARRAGANSETT - Monday evening’s meeting of the Narragansett Town Council was reminiscent of a political filibuster as residents lined up at the podium to voice opinion and concerns regarding the town’s inability to find a permanent candidate for the position of town manager. On the agenda and centermost to contention in the standing room only council chambers was a motion to appoint Richard Kerbel as interim manager. In a hotly debated three to two decision, the town council voted to approve Kerbel for the position.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 8th

Job Corps freeze concerns local reps

February 8, 2013

EXETER—Council members discussed the weakening of a valuable community program, the Exeter Job Corps Center, which faces an enrollment freeze, designated by the federal Department of Labor on Jan. 18.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stern issues order for 24-hour shifts to end

February 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN— On Monday, Superior Court Judge Brian Stern upheld a December decision in favor of the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA) Local 1651, who have been at odds with the town council regarding a new collective bargaining agreement, ordering the town to end its imposition of 24-hour shifts for the firefighters.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 1st

Native Amercian newborn swaddled in heritage

February 1, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A baby girl, born at South County Hospital Monday night, was taken home on a traditional Native American cradleboard Wednesday.
The girl, Nizhoni Jean Spears, born to Endawnis and Cassius Spears, Jr., of Ashaway, was swaddled and laced into the cradleboard, or “awéé t’saal” in Navajo, a tradition stemming from her Navajo and Narragansett heritage.
Each aspect of the cedar cradleboard, the same one that was used for the baby’s mother, is symbolic.
Edawnis’ mother, Gloria Moore, of Oklahoma, explained the significance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Greek organization gets extension for cultural center at URI

February 1, 2013

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island recently granted a one-time extension to the Hellenic Society Paideia to submit a proposal detailing the organization’s plans to complete a proposed cultural center and outdoor amphitheater at the university.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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