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Valencia sponsors bill to reverse Bush-era tax cuts

April 11, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Larry Valencia says his legislation (2014-H 7552) reversing Bush-era tax cuts at the state level for Rhode Island’s highest earners is not only a matter of equity, but also an idea that would potentially boost the quality of the state’s workforce and the success of its businesses.

“The notion that prosperity trickles down has not been effective in improving Rhode Island’s economy. Instead of expecting prosperity to fall through the cracks toward the middle class and lower-earners, we should make the burden more equitable so those who most need to invest their limited resources on the things that enable them to get a good job, like higher education, child care and transportation, will be able to do so,” said Rep. Valencia (D-Dist. 39, Richmond, Hopkinton, Exeter). “More money in the pockets of middle and lower income Rhode Islanders means more money being spent at our local businesses. This legislation would be a very positive development for business.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier man arrested on forgery, perjury, obtaining money under false pretenses

April 11, 2014

A Narragansett man was arrested Wednesday after pretending to be an expert in ancient burial grounds.

Rhode Island State Police arrested Frederick F. Meli, 64, of 24 North Hillview Drive, Narragansett, on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, forgery and perjury, after he misrepresented himself to the North Smithfield Town Council in 2007 when seeking employment with them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SCH annual meeting talks include potential Southcoast Health System affiliation

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The annual meeting of the South County Hospital brought board members, staff and members of the public to discussion the past, present and future of the hospital, ending with a briefing on the work being done by administrators on an affiliation with the non-profit Southcoast Health System.

“Most of you know that our healthcare system has been involved in exploration of options for partnering with other health care systems. We do anticipate that we will reach an agreement with them,” said Eve Keenan, RN, Ed.D., chairperson of the hospital’s board trustees.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Hodgson wants action on heroin overdose epidemic

April 11, 2014

State Sen. Dawson Hodgson is calling for immediate action to address the state’s heroin overdose epidemic.

Sen. Hodgson (R-Dist. 35, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett) is urging the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office to use approximately $60 million in funds from a Google settlement and institute an action plan to tackle safety and justice issues in the state. The attorney general received the funds in 2012 following U.S. Attorney Peter Nehrona’s successful prosecution of Google for advertising illegal prescription drugs online.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK budget hearing sparks debate on special education cuts

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Public concern and difficult conversations abounded in the council chambers on Wednesday night during a joint budget hearing between the town council and the school committee.

Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow, School Committee Vice Chair Raissa Mosher and committee members Kevin Jackson and Scott Mueller were absent from the meeting.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett solicits Jamestown for student enrollment

April 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Narragansett School Committee recently sent a letter to the Jamestown School Committee about the possibility of having Jamestown students attend Narragansett High School, as opposed to North Kingstown High School.

Narragansett School Committee Chair Tammy McNeiece sent a letter to the Jamestown committee in early March touting recent accomplishments of Narragansett students and new developments in the school system, including plans for a new athletic complex at the high school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett High School to present ‘9 to 5’ as director’s finale

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – This weekend’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical” at Narragansett High School will be Jimmy Calitri’s last as the high school’s theater director.

Calitri, a South Kingstown native, began working in the Narragansett School Department five years ago. He also works at Rhode Island College, his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island and Providence College.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Magnusen’s nursing license suspended by RI Dept. of Health

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health has suspended the nursing license of Narragansett High School nurse, Lynn A. Magnusen.

Magnusen, 52, of Charlestown, has been on paid administrative leave since March 17 after she was arrested in Charlestown for possession of heroin.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South County Museum gets 25-year lease approved

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – After a lengthy discussion, the council unanimously approved a 25-year lease for the South County Museum, with an option to renew for an additional 25 years.

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Wright said the museum has been operating on leased property within Canonchet Farm since 1985. The museum’s prior lease expired in 2010.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council won’t allow Friday entertainment at BSBC

April 9, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted to deny Bonnet Shores Beach Club’s application to lift its Friday night entertainment restriction.

The beach club applied to the council to amend its liquor license by amending the restriction on entertainment that is allowed.

Presently, the club is only permitted to have outdoor entertainment on Saturday until midnight and on Sunday until 9 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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