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June 29th, 2012

Eelgrass study highlights importance of preservation

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Coastal zones throughout Narragansett Bay and along Rhode Island’s southern coast boast a rich tapestry of plants and animals living together, sharing the successes and challenges of the underwater environment. Habitats for species such as scallops and groundfish rely upon protection from eelgrass, and a new study from the University of New Hampshire aims at augmenting the knowledge base of eelgrass restoration, already developed by organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Farm Fresh RI to take over Farm To School Project

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET - A local initiative that encourages all Rhode Island school districts to promote a culture of healthy, locally-grown foods will be switching hands at month's end. Known as the Rhode Island Farm to School Project, the initiative will be taken over by Farm Fresh Rhode Island when the original coordinating organization, Kids First, closes on June 30.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee vetoes climate change amendments

June 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Governor Lincoln Chafee has signaled his disapproval of amendments proposed by the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee which would make the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission (RICCC) an advisory arm of the Coastal Resources Management Council. Issuing a veto of H 7942 Substitute B, Chafee joins a number of local environmental groups in opposition to the changes which would harm RICCC’s ability to produce research independently.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKPD annual report shows decrease in crime rate for 2011

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Crime in South Kingstown was down overall in 2011 from the previous year, according to the South Kingstown Police Department’s 2011 annual report.

The recently released report outlines crime and accident statistics, which allows the department to identify crime trends in the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stringfellow responds to public records request on legal fees

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Department released a response to a public records request regarding legal fees Tuesday afternoon.

The school department provided a summary of legal fees for the past 15 fiscal years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents file ethics complaint regarding Miller termination

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—A group of Narragansett residents have submitted a formal complaint to Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin’s office regarding the Town Council’s conduct in terminating then Town Manager Grady Miller’s contract upon agreement of a separation pact. The 27-page report alleges violations of state open-meeting laws by Council members, as well as their neglect of residents’ opposition to Miller’s termination.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 28th

Future of Post Road may include big-box stores

June 28, 2012

By TRACEY O'NEILL
Special to the Standard

NORTH KINGSTOWN– Monday night’s regular meeting of the North Kingstown Town Council began in joint work session with the Planning Commission.
They tackled economic development issues, focusing on the town’s vision for the future and the revitalization of the Post Road corridor. At the heart of the discussion were the issues of multi-level, mixed-use development and the possible integration of big-box stores into development plans.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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