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Richmond takes steps to amend Chariho Act

January 9, 2014

RICHMOND — At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Richmond Town Council passed a resolution that will initiate legislation to enable amendments to the Chariho Act.

“The council has requested the legislature take up some amendments to the Chariho Act, two specifically. One is to reduce the number of school committee members from eleven to nine, in section ten of the act. The second one is to enable the school district to assign elementary students to schools closer to their home regardless of the town, in section thirteen of the Act,” said Town Council President B. Joseph Reddish.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hopkinton embraces solar energy

January 9, 2014

HOPKINTON - Megawatt Solar Energy, Inc., a Pawtucket-based company, has worked with homeowners and commercial property owners in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. On Monday, the Hopkinton Town Council reworked their town ordinances to make sure the company would begin an operation in the town.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Ashaway teacher wins Presidential Award

January 9, 2014

ASHAWAY— Clare Ornburn, a fourth grade teacher at Ashaway Elementary School, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The award represents the U.S. government’s highest honor given to K-12 teachers of science and math. According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), PAEMST awardees receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition ceremonies and professional development events, and a $10,000 award from the NSF.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Proposed 2015 school budget calls for level-funding

January 9, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The proposed 2015 school budget specifies a zero percent increase and a .81 percent reduction (including debt service) in member town contributions from the the previous year’s budget, according to Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci’s presentation to the school committee on Saturday.

According to Ricci, the proposed 2015 budget total is $55,357,310. The impact on individual towns, which includes shifts in enrollment, will be:

Charlestown -$293,940 -2.03 percent
Richmond +$78,745 + .43 percent
Hopkinton -$204,273 -1.11 percent

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee, NEA eliminate TE@CH program

December 16, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — The Chariho Regional School District Committee and National Education Association (NEA) Chariho have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to adjust the 2012-2015 contract such that the TE@CH program, a performance-based compensation program, will be eliminated. The TE@CH program will be replaced with the “Recognizing Excellence, Encouraging Leaders Plan” that will reward outstanding educators and education support professionals in a variety of ways.

Chariho Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said the new program is a comprehensive recognition program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKPD arrests Ortiz-Correa after multiple break-ins reported

December 6, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A New York man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly breaking into two Charlestown businesses and a market in Matunuck.
South Kingstown police arrested 25-year-old Luis Ortiz-Correa around 6 a.m. Monday after responding to a burglar alarm at Seaview Marketplace around 3:30 a.m.
When officers arrived at the market at 682 Matunuck beach Road, they discovered the front glass door was broken. They entered the business and found that an ATM machine and two cash registers had been stolen.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town council, police respond quickly to resident’s safety concerns

December 6, 2013

HOPKINTON — This Fall, Shannon Collet, of 167 Fairview Avenue, became concerned for her two young children’s safety because of the high speed of cars traveling around a blind curve on her street, which has a 25 mile per hour speed limit. Because she and her children must cross the street to get to the school bus stop on Dye Hill Road, she requested the town add two stop signs to slow down traffic.

For more information, pick up the most recent edition of the Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NY man arrested after South County crime spree

December 6, 2013

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A New York man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly breaking into two Charlestown businesses and a market in Matunuck.
South Kingstown police arrested 25-year-old Luis Ortiz-Correa around 6 a.m. Monday after responding to a burglar alarm at Seaview Marketplace around 3:30 a.m.
When officers arrived at the market at 682 Matunuck beach Road, they discovered the front glass door was broken. They entered the business and found that an ATM machine and two cash registers had been stolen.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NK man killed in Richmond accident, police charge driver with DUI, death resulting

November 27, 2013

RICHMOND – A 20-year-old North Kingstown man was killed in motor vehicle accident Friday in Richmond.

Nicholas Gershkoff, of 69 Mesa Drive, was fatally injured after the pickup truck he was a passenger in overturned on Hillsdale Road at approximately 7:39 p.m.

Richmond police responded to the scene and discovered that two of the three occupants of the truck had freed themselves from the vehicle and only suffered minor injuries.

Police said the third occupant, Gershkoff, was pinned beneath the overturned vehicle and was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chariho joins Future Educators Association

November 27, 2013

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho will be Rhode Island’s first district to establish a chapter of the Future Educators Association (FEA), an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.

“Founded in 1937, FEA has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators over the past 75 years,” according to its website,www.futureeducators.org.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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