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Chamber votes to oppose Chafee’s budget

April 20, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors voted Wednesday to oppose Governor Chafee’s proposed budget and tax plan.
“Our chamber’s position is to say no to the sales tax expansion proposal,” Joe Iacoi, Executive Director of the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce said. “Frankly, the more I learn of it I’m surprised of the sweeping nature of what's being debated.”
The Board stated that it opposes the tax plan for many reasons, including that it believes the estimated millions of dollars paid to the Rhode Island by the tax increase will be taken out of an already weak economy.

Repairs scheduled for Factory Pond dam

April 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–As the reconstruction for the Factory Pond dam in Green Hill gets underway in April, the town will have finished all the planned dam reconstructions in the town.
Director of Public Services Jon Shock said reconstruction for Factory Pond will begin in April. At the March 28 town council meeting, the town awarded a low bid of $172,000 to East Coast Construction in Portsmouth to undertake the dam repairs. The town will repair the Factory Pond dam to update it to current dam standards and to fix damage incurred from the March 2010 storm.

Public speaks out against motor vehicle tax in South Kingstown

April 18, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The town held its first public hearing on the preliminary budget Wednesday night with most of the public speaking out against the motor vehicle exemption tax.
With both the town council and school committee present, Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred first gave an overview of the total $89 million municipal budget.

SK Council approves zoning ordinance for special use permits

April 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The town council held two public hearings Monday night concerning a Community Development Block Grant the town received and amendments to special use permits in the Zoning Ordinance.

The town held the first public hearing to obtain citizen views on the community development, housing needs and program performance relative to the town’s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. Though the town sought citizen input on the grants that can go directly to the community, no one from the public came to comment on the CDBG grant.

GSO offers teachers hands-on research aboard the Endeavor

April 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–URI’s Bay Campus is the launching point for many scientific activities. The 30-year-old research vessel Endeavor has traveled over one million nautical miles, transporting scientists and complex research tools to places such as the Black Sea to examine ancient shipwrecks. The GSO offers public school teachers the chance to partake in such important scientific work. Erica Killian is one of them.

“This is my first experience,” said Killian, a mathematics teacher at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. “The scientists took me in and made me a part of the process. They are a really interesting group of people.”

A fiery Wednesday morning in Narragansett

April 15, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Firefighters responded to a lightning strike at Bonnet Place, 1004 Boston Neck Road, in the north-end of Narragansett early Wednesday morning.

The fire was called in at 8:03 a.m. and NFD Rescue number 3 was the first to respond at 8:12 a.m. Engines from South and North Kingstown responded, and three Ladders from Narragansett also arrived on the scene. Multiple chiefs and deputies were on hand for assistance.

Lightning struck the cupola on the roof of Bonnet Place, igniting a fire. The fire was contained at 9:07 a.m. and did not spread to the rest of the structure.

URI hosts symposium on securing America’s information highways

April 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN- Researchers, business executives, government and military officials gathered at URI on Monday to discuss strategies for protecting the flow of information in the cyber world and identifying potential threats. Information systems across the country are penetrated by hackers daily, exposing citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies to dangerous breaches of security.

Locals raise money, awareness at Walk MS event

April 14, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The morning fog lifted above the Narragansett Pier School this past Sunday, revealing clusters of bicyclists and walkers readying themselves for the journey through town. Families and friends conversed about their lives but more importantly about the walk for MS upon which they were about to embark.

Hollywood coming to SK’s Bayfield Farm

April 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – It will be all cameras, lights and action in South Kingstown for three days in May after the town council authorized the temporary use of Bayfield Farm by the movie production company, Moonrise Kingdom at Monday night’s town council meeting.

Point Judith selected for federal economic study

April 9, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The economic downturn has affected many towns and cities around the nation, yet none as pronouncedly as the fishing communities in the New England area. Point Judith is one of them.
The U.S Economic Development Administration has selected Point Judith, among six other New England fishing ports, for a two and a half-day analysis of the specific issues concerning the community. The EDA examined a number of fishery data from the fishing ports, including the groundfish landing revenues and the percentage of groundfish landed at a port compared to state totals.

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