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AARP Tax-Aide program offers free services to low and middle income taxpayers

January 31, 2011

As tax season approaches, it is almost time to file that tax return. This year, the AARP Tax-Aide program, which offers free service to help with tax return preparation and filing is extending to low and middle income taxpayers, while also serving its traditional customers, AARP members or senior citizens. The program is also adding a fifth site in South County.
The AARP Tax-Aide program has been serving low and middle income taxpayers for over 40 years. IRS certified volunteers are available at locations in many South County communities to help with tax return preparation and filing. The service includes free electronic filing, providing refunds within 14 days.

Feet First raises $5,940 for RI Food Bank

January 30, 2011

WAKEFIELD – Feet First of Wakefield once again partnered with Dansko Footwear to raise nearly $6,000 for hungry Rhode Islanders.
For the third year in a row, Feet First and Dansko donated a portion from the sale of each pair of Dansko shoes to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This year they raised $5,940 during the holiday season, which will be matched by the Food Bank's “End Hunger Challenge Fund” to contribute even further to the community.

SK School Committee begins budget balancing act

January 29, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Working with a budget that is out of balance by $1.6 million, the School Committee held its first budget work shop at Tuesday night’s meeting, focusing on what conditions would allow the town to maintain school programs and how to balance within budget projections.
Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow highlighted the 2011 to 2012 budget and where the school district is today concerning the budget.

Ducie to represent Team USA

January 28, 2011

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island women's hockey player Justine Ducie is making history this week as being the first URI female athlete to represent the school on the first Team USA squad to play for the World University Games in Turkey.

Hands-on projects for Gansett kids

January 28, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–In Judy Grisevich’s class students have been researching frogs, toads, bats, owls, and polar animals. For each study, students research using the Independent Investigation Model (IIM) and show what they have learned in a way that interests them—choosing from a tic-tac-toe menu of choices.

Rice studies aquaculture and water culture in Gambia

January 27, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Gambia, a former Portuguese and British colony is a smallest ribbon of cities, villages, and swamps along the Gambia River, measuring only 30 miles at its widest point. Like Rhode Island, Gambia is trying to increase its oyster population (See Narragansett Times Dec. 15) and it is doing this and promulgating its fisheries' product laws with the help of former state representative Michael Rice.

Stars align for students at Matunuck School

January 26, 2011

MATUNUCK–“Oohs” and “aahs” rang out from the giant bubble sitting in the middle of the gymnasium at Matunuck Elementary School. The planetarium was back for its annual visit.

Proposed jitney service causes stir amongst SK, Narragansett pols

January 25, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – The towns of South Kingstown and Narragansett and URI officials have objected to an East Greenwich's man proposal to start a round trip jitney service from the University of Rhode Island with stops at local bars and restaurants in Narragansett after a public hearing was held Jan. 4 before the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers in Warwick.

Narragansett School Committee hears presentations on SmartBus, enrichment

January 24, 2011

NARRAGANSETT--The School Committee met and heard presentations from SmartBus, Narragansett High School Principal Warner as well as a presentation by Carol Balchelder, who works at Narragansett Elementary School focusing on enrichment.

Quest school one step closer as town approves re-zoning

January 23, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Town Council approved a petition from Quest Montessori to re-zone a property off Boston Neck Road. The privately-owned 150-student school is currently located in Exeter and its head, Paul Raymond, has stated his intention to purchase the property from a developer who will build Narragansett Highlands–16 units of housing (eight of which are affordable) onto a six acre parcel of the property. Having secured approval by the council, the school must again return to the planning board and sewer subcommittee.

 

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