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EDC, council meet on tax exemption

May 23, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With local small businesses in mind, the Economic Development Committee met with the Town Council Tuesday night to discuss the town’s tax exemption and stabilization program, hoping to make it easier for small businesses to apply for tax credits.

The Town Council originally approved the tax exemption guidance statement on Feb. 28 during a town meeting. The EDC later reviewed the statement at a work session on March 20. Based on that review, the EDC prepared proposed revisions to the statement, including emphasizing small businesses, reducing the taxable investment for program eligibility and making it more flexible and simple.

Chafee talks budget with local business owners and residents

May 22, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Governor Lincoln Chafee met with local business owners and residents Wednesday morning to discuss his recently proposed budget. Chafee explained the state of Rhode Island’s economy at the Village Inn Restaurant in the Pier, detailing the motivation behind difficult budget cuts.

Dismal weather takes toll on local farmers, customers

May 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Usually April showers bring May flowers, but this year rain came in May, delaying the gardening season and putting a damper on local garden farmers.

“There’s been nine days of a measurable amount of precipitation thus far. Even though there was a rain deficit, the rain is more steady than normal,” Bill Simpson, spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton said.

South Kingstown resident starting first local outlet for cancer patients

May 20, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - When Bud McLeod was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2006 he was told he had only five to 10 more years to live. Now, rather than sitting idly by, McLeod is trying to find a cure with the help of others like him.
McLeod is starting the first Leukemia and Lymphoma Caring and Sharing Group in South County, hoping it can be an outlet for other cancer patients to discuss their prognosis and what can be done to help them beyond what the medical community has already done.

Washington Trust robbery suspect identified

May 20, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Narragansett Police Department responded to a robbery of the Washington Trust Company bank at 885 Boston Neck Road. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m.

The suspect walked into the bank and approached the bank teller with a note in his hand demanding money. He left with an unknown amount of money and officers have not determined from the bank’s video that the suspect was armed.

Two SK teachers recognized for outstanding service

May 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For two South Kingstown teachers, last week was a week to remember.
After 24 years as an educator, Matunuck Elementary School Principal Debra Zepp was honored at the Rhode Island State House last week as the Rhode Island Elementary School Principal of the Year. Also, with 18 years experience as an educator in the South Kingstown School District, Broad Rock Middle School sixth grade counselor Sharon Schmid was honored as the South Kingstown Teacher of the Year out of 16 nominees.

Reed praises research, fishermen at Point Judith

May 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Senator Jack Reed met with local fishermen and researchers from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) on Monday to discuss recent efforts of fisheries data collection at Point Judith.
Officials met aboard the Darana R, a 90 foot trawler which is owned and operated by the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP). The vessel is staffed by a team of researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and is conducting an extensive survey of the in-shore fisheries in Rhode Island and Block Island Sound.

Process begins for wind farm plot leasing

May 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) recently met with the public and interested wind farm companies to discuss the leasing of ocean area off of Block Island.

The joint Rhode Island and Massachusetts Renewable Energy Task Force, established in November 2009, has accepted unsolicited leasing applications from two wind projects companies, Deepwater Wind New England, LLC and Neptune Wind, LLC. These companies will now proceed to go through BOEMRE’s leasing process which determines which project is most financially and technically capable to build a safe and regulatory compliant wind farm.

School Committee looks at Access to Excellence progress

May 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With an expansion of the Access to Excellence policy at the schools underway, the school committee discussed its progress so far as it is adapted to the middle school and overall student population at Tuesday’s meeting.

CCEMP developing profile on RI commercial fishing

May 14, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Commercial fishing is arguably the most important economy driver in Rhode Island. Point Judith is the third largest fishing community in New England based on total catch values. It is clear, however, that fishermen are struggling in the most recent economic downturn.

“What is unique about Rhode Island is that every county is a coastal community,” said John Scotti, Senior Fisheries Specialist at Cornell. “No other state is like that. Every county in Rhode Island is affected by the commercial fishing industry.”

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