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School committee will work with Sipala to keep FACS program at NHS

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee directed Superintendent Katherine Sipala, with the committee’s assistance, to find the $16,972 necessary to keep the family and consumer science (FACS) program at Narragansett High School.

During a work session Wednesday, Sipala told the committee, that they had budgeted $8,486 to keep one section of FACS in fiscal year 2015, into which special education students would be integrated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kenyon, Nolan explain pension system contribution to Pier school committee

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Town Manager Pamela Nolan and Finance Director Laura Kenyon explained to the school committee at a work session Wednesday why the school committee must contribute $712,000 to the pension system in fiscal year 2015.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala informed the school committee of the anticipated annual required contribution, or ARC, during a business meeting last week during which she presented the school system’s proposed budget.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKPD form initiative to identify children with Autism

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - An initiative by the South Kingstown Police Department aims to identify those who live or frequent the town who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for use by the police officers in locating, identifying and handling situations that involve those individuals.

According to SKPD, the goal of the program is to provide police with quick access to critical information about a registered individual with ASD in the community in an emergency.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK resident develops natural deer tick repellent

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The coming spring will surely bring much welcomed sunlight, warmth, and visitors to the area, but spring and summer also bring an invisible danger to Rhode Island every year.

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are a serious threat to the area – mainly because people do not know how to deal with the ticks or prevent the disease.

South Kingstown Resident Patrick Barrow, founder of Natural Yard Guard, has developed a pest spray that he claims is totally safe for pets, wildlife and humans, saying, “you could drink it if you wanted to – it wouldn’t taste very good, though.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Restaurant Week continues through Sunday

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett Restaurant Week, which continues through Sunday, has been a success thus far.

Eighteen area restaurants are participating in this year’s restaurant week, with some offering breakfast and others offering lunch and dinner.

Christine Quigley of the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce, which coordinates restaurant week, said many of the restaurants are experiencing a good turnout.

“A lot of excellent restaurants signed up this year,” she said. “I think people are tired of a long winter and are itching to get out.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local human service agencies lobby for funds

March 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town manager’s proposed budget includes $147,400 of expenditures to human services agencies who operate in and serve South Kingstown. At a budget work session on Wednesday, several agencies testified to the town council to maintain or increase the level of spending.

“We’re right now providing 52.6 percent of all the municipal contributions that go to various agencies,” said Town Manager Stephen Alfred. “At the same time, the population served from South Kingstown residents is about 23.5 percent. We are providing our fair share.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Judge Rodgers rules against Kayak Centre

March 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Judge Kristin E. Rodgers ruled Tuesday that the town of Narragansett did not violate state law or town ordinance in voting to reject all bids and commence the bidding process again with additional criteria to run a paddle sports business at the town-owned Middlebridge property.

On Feb. 10, Washington County Superior Court Judge Rodgers heard oral arguments in the case of the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island versus the town of Narragansett and Narrow River Kayaks, and then said she needed more time to consider the facts of the case and would issue a written decision.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI’s Brownell wins Dream Maker Award

March 5, 2014

KINGSTON – As has happened to many a dreamer before her, Winifred Brownell was mesmerized at a young age by the moving pictures that taught her, scared her, told her a story or, especially, that kept her on the edge of her seat.

Now the dean of The College of Arts and Sciences at URI, Winnie Brownell has led a life centered on and surrounded by film. Her efforts in advocacy of, support for and education encapsulating independent and commercial film projects and students took her to the red carpet this past Sunday to receive the Dream Maker Award, presented by the Rhode Island Film and TV Office at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Rune Stone inscriptions remain a mystery

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - The “Narragansett Rune Stone”, a seven-foot long sandstone bearing mysterious symbols that some believe to be Runic characters, currently lies dormant at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) following revelations that the necessary tests that would determine the inscription’s origins would require damaging the stone.

The stone, which was stolen from it’s resting place and recovered by the DEM in April, was sent to the GSO for safe-keeping and testing. Unfortunately for those interested in the stone and it’s inscription, which includes the “hooked X,” a symbol believed by some to be associated with the Knight’s Templar, testing has been deemed impossible.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Town Council seeks stipend pay increase

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - After a review of the town manager’s proposed budget, the town council requested a few changes to the expense list - namely, an increase to their salaries and the salary of the probate judge, Merlyn P. O’Keefe.

“We talked before - in prior years - about an increase in town council salaries,” said Town Council President Ella Whaley. “I know that you [Town Manager Stephen Alfred] had talked about doing an analysis with other towns. How many years has the salary been the same for the town council?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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