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A wide array of spending tactics for local candidates

October 22, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The campaign finances of the local house and senate candidates and incumbents are not only diverse numerically, but set state-wide records in the level of individual funding and campaign account balances.
Stephen Tetzner, candidate for House District 34 (South Kingstown, Narragansett), has personally outspent all other candidates for state representative in the state with $39,500 of personal loans to his campaign fund this year. For every contribution dollar that Tetzner has received, he has spent four of his own.

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Planning board to deny 571 Main Street bid

October 22, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The planning board will vote at its Nov. 13 meeting to deny Roland Fiore’s proposal to construct 36 housing units on his property at 571 Main St., home to the historic William Davis Miller House.
After months of deliberation, changes to the plan by the applicant and opposition from the abutting neighbors, the motion to deny the project is being drafted now.

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Contract changes result in pension savings for town

October 22, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – A second round of contract negotiations has resulted in pension and OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) savings now in the total of roughly $55 million over a 30-year term for the town. During the Monday evening regular town council meeting, town manager Pam Nolan announced that town officials have come to an agreement with a second labor union, Local 1033, in an attempt to bring the number of health care plans from nine to one for town employees. Nolan announced last month that contract changes with AFSCME resulted in an expected $42 million savings over 30 years.

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Commission looks at future of beach parking fees

October 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE – With many Rhode Islanders opting to attend out-of-state beaches for better prices, the state has seen a recognized need to make beach parking more appealing to residents.
The recently formed Senate Commission to study the imposition, amount, collection, and apportionment of state beach access and parking fees held its first meeting at the Rhode Island State House last Thursday to discuss the future of parking fees for all Rhode Island state beaches and how state beach parking is handled.

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Pier council hopefuls face off at town hall

October 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett Town Council candidates gathered on Tuesday evening for a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island to voice their positions on many local issues.
Candidates included incumbents Matt Mannix, Doug McLaughlin, and Susan Cicilline-Buonanno, as well as Patrick Murray, Ray Ranaldi, Winter B. Hames, David Ousterhout, and Christopher Wilkens.
Moderator and President of the Wakefield Rotary Club Elizabeth Candas directed each question to only two candidates who had one minute each to respond.

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SK Town Council approves liquor license transfer for Salt Water Tavern

October 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The town council voted unanimously to grant the transfer of liquor license from Italian Village’s Antonio Mollo to Salt Water Tavern’s Daniel Calitri at Tuesday’s meeting, but held a vote to approve the outdoor expansion that the new business had surveyed and planned for.
The council showed concern with the outdoor floor plan as it showed seating on the narrow Columbia Street side of the building, which is virtually a narrow sidewalk.

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Pier zoning approves changes to laundromat

October 15, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The owners of the Shell Gas Station located at 88 Point Judith Road came before the Narragansett Zoning Board on Thursday evening to obtain a special use permit to convert the station’s existing laundromat into two separate units within the existing commercial structure. Applicants Domenic Ciunci and David Cavallaro informed the board that half of the structure would remain as the existing laundromat, while the other half would be converted into an ancillary convenience store to support the on-site Shell gas station.

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Kingston Hill Academy seeks to expand

October 15, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Kingston Hill Academy, a charter school in South Kingstown, recently requested an amendment to their charter through the Board of Education that would allow the school to expand the building to accommodate more elementary school students.
Currently, the charter allows for 260 students with a condition that any students beyond what the school currently serves must be middle school students. The amendment to the charter would not change the fact that the Kingston Hill Academy is a K-8 school, but would allow the 260 students to be at any grade level.

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Tax free sailing for paddleboarders

October 15, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A new interpretation of tax laws in Rhode Island now allows for the tax-free sale of paddleboards, now considered a vessel when used to travel through water outside of the designated surfing and swimming areas of the beach.

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Softball tournament honors Howard Chadwick

October 15, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A softball tournament in honor of Howard Chadwick, the locally-famous volunteer who kept the score in West Kingston for more than forty years, brought eight teams to Howard C. Chadwick Park to raise more than $2,000 for a new scholarship-granting organization.
The organization of the Howard C. Chadwick Memorial Scholarship was spearheaded by Erick Lindewall, who runs the Grandolfi Builders team, and his teammate Jordan Novak.

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