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RIDE report says charter schools performing well in Rhode Island

April 23, 2014

Charter public schools in the state are generally performing well, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education’s report “The State of Rhode Island’s Public Schools” released this month.

“There is still work we need to do to ensure that all of our charter public schools are examples of excellence, but there is no doubt that our charters serve a vital function, which we see each year when the schools receive approximately 11 applications for each opening,” Commissioner Deborah Gist wrote in the introduction to the report.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Unemployment down in RI but still highest in U.S.

April 23, 2014

Rhode Island continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the country, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released last week.

The Ocean State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in March.

The next highest rates of unemployment were 8.5 percent in Nevada and Illinois. North Dakota again had the lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill would place referendum for public safety building on ballot

April 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE – The House Committee on Finance will consider a bill April 29 to authorize the town of Narragansett to finance the improvement of the town’s public safety building.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33 Narragansett, South Kingstown) would authorize the town to issue not more than $2 million in bonds for the project, if approved.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council approves beer and wine sales for Aunt Carrie’s

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Aunt Carrie’s will soon be serving beer and wine.

On Monday, the town council granted a Class BV-Limited liquor license to Aunt Carrie’s Inc., located at 1240 Ocean Road.

Elsie Foy, owner of Aunt Carrie’s, previously told the zoning board that Aunt Carrie’s needs the liquor license in order to compete with nearby establishments that serve alcohol such as Bon Vue Inn/Hammerhead Grille, Narragansett Grill and Charlie O’s.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town approves settlement between PUC, United Water

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 4-0 Monday to approve and join in the settlement agreement that has been negotiated between United Water Rhode island and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.

Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Library supporters want new or upgraded facility

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Friends of the Narragansett Library and many community members would like a new or upgraded library facility.

On Monday, the group presented a petition with more than 400 signatures to the town council requesting that the council place a bond issue on the November ballot for a new library facility.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whaley files police report, protection order against O’Neill

April 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Following a correction by South Kingstown Town Councilor Jim O’Neill regarding his allegedly threatening statements, Town Council President Ella Whaley has filed a police report, requested a protection order and refuses to sit at the same table as O’Neill at Monday’s budget adoption meeting.

Jim O’Neill called The Narragansett Times on Saturday explaining that his “she’s lucky I didn’t hit her” comment was not directed toward Peace Dale resident Rachel Clough, but to Whaley.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narrow River Kayaks lease extended

April 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 2-1 Monday to extend the lease of Narrow River Kayaks at the Middlebridge property until Feb. 28, 2015.

Councilor Douglas McLaughlin voted against the motion, Council President James Callaghan recused himself, and Councilor Glenna Hagopian was absent.

Town Solicitor Mark McSally told the council because an appeal in the matter is pending in Supreme Court, the council would not likely be able to re-bid the paddle sports concession at the town-owned property in time for the summer season.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Prout principal issues apology for comments made by Father Hoffman

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Prout Principal David Carradini has publicly apologized for potentially offensive comments made by Father Francis Hoffman, Opus Dei priest and executive director of Relevant Radio, during an assembly at the school.

Parents, students, faculty and staff at Prout claim that the speaker’s comments were offensive to homosexuals, children of divorced parents and adoption and those who are pro-choice. Several Christian publications are defending the comments, claiming that the church’s stance on these issues is quite clear and that Hoffman was only restating them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Town Council finding ways to trim budget

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council is looking to further trim the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 in an effort to reduce the expected 4 percent property tax increase.

The council is looking cut even more funding for capital projects, which took drastic cuts before the proposed budget even reached the council.

“Where else are we going to find the money,” said Council President Pro Tem Susan Cicilline-Buonanno. “We have to fund the ARC to 80 percent and keep the tax rate reasonable. What can we defer on capital for this budget cycle and see where we are for the next cycle?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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