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June 26th, 2014

Town council considers TVD land parcel purchase

June 26, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At Monday’s special town council meeting, Interim Town Planner Jane Weidman informed the council that a land parcel, Plat 13 Lot 5, was for sale in the Traditional Village District (TVD) and asked that the council consider possible uses for the site. The parcel serves as the parking lot for the General Stanton Flea Market.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI making strides with waterway monitoring

June 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island has its fair share of problems, but according to a report produced by Environment Rhode Island, toxic dumping is not one of them. The non-profit research and policy organization released its ‘Wasting Our Waterways,’ report on Thursday, which highlights the country’s ongoing battle to lessen the impact of toxic waste pollution on its rivers, lakes and shorelines.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho Task Force takes steps to lower youth tobacco use

June 26, 2014

WESTERLY — For Astrid Meijer, Tobacco Program Coordinator of the Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, lowering and ultimately preventing youth tobacco usage is the goal, and she has worked to achieve it step by step.
“The energy you have to get together for this work – it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” she said.
At Friday’s “Tobacco Summit” held at the Westerly Library, Meijer was one of six speakers to address the day’s topic,“Tackling Youth Tobacco use in Rhode Island’s More Rural Communities.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 25th

RI makes strides with waterway monitoring

June 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island has its fair share of problems, but according to a report produced by Environment Rhode Island, toxic dumping is not one of them. The non-profit research and policy organization released its ‘Wasting Our Waterways,’ report on Thursday, which highlights the country’s ongoing battle to lessen the impact of toxic waste pollution on its rivers, lakes and shorelines.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission re-established

June 25, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The town council officially re-established the Saugatucket Park Veteran’s Memorial Park Commission on Monday night and tasked the group with finding additional names for inscription on the Saugatucket Park memorial wall.
Stephen Stewart, a member of the commission in the past, was the catalyst for the town council discussion and, ultimately, the decision to re-establish the group.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett man wins Providence College Faithful Friar award

June 25, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Providence College (PC) National Alumni Association presented Narragansett resident James H. Reilly III with the Faithful Friar Award during the college’s annual reunion weekend in May. He received the award for his continue commitment and dedication of time to the college since having graduated in 1969.
Reilly graduated from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science before obtained his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University. He has since continued to be involved with PC as well as the greater community for many years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

June 23rd

Changing community has locals nervous

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — The town’s all-day referendum is less than a week away and around town, some are nervous about their community changing, and not for the better they say.
“I’m upset and dismayed that it’s come to this,” said one resident. “I understand how important educating our kids is, really I do, but I have no more to give and that’s it.”
The town’s proposed budget of $24,787,927 was approved by a standing vote at the June 10th annual financial meeting while the school district’s budget will go to an all-day referendum June 24.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Morgan disappointed over recent House vote

June 23, 2014

WEST WARWICK— The decision to hire a special prosecutor to look into the 38 Studios debacle was overwhelmingly defeated by the House Finance Committee last Thursday, and District 26 (Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) Representative Patricia Morgan is extremely disappointed.
Only 11 of the 75 members, according to Morgan, voted in favor to appoint a special prosecutor to hold someone accountable for the estimated $90 million in bonds that are now on the taxpayer’s shoulders. An amendment to the states budget that Representative proposed is to allocate $1.5 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Giarrusso votes ‘nay’ on FY15 state budget

June 23, 2014

There is a fair amount in the $8.7-billion 2015 fiscal state budget that was very pleasing to one local legislator, items they feel could be a starting point in getting Rhode Island back on track, economically.
However, there was one major ticket item - which has been a point of controversy over the last few years and will be for the foreseeable future - in the budget that swayed the vote of District 30 Representative Anthony Giarrusso into the negative.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Award-winning posters pay tribute to life lost too soon

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — Kaci Perry, a student at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School and Mariya Furtado, a student at Coventry High School, were honored at a recent Coventry School Committee meeting for their contribution to bringing awareness to the plight of relationship abuse through artwork for the 2014 High School Poster Contest through the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial/Scholarship Fund.
The fund is a non-profit organization founded to honor her life and to break the silence and end relationship violence.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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