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URI breaks ground on new LGBTQ Center

April 17, 2014

KINGSTON – The University of Rhode Island broke ground Wednesday for a new LGBTQ Center on Upper College Road.

URI is the first institution of higher education in the country to design and build a freestanding LGBTQ Center.

The $2.1 million, 4,300 square-foot center will offer a safe place for all members of the community and is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee opposes resolution on bus monitors

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted 3-1 Wednesday in opposition to a resolution that would allow school districts to hire bus monitors at their own discretion.

Currently, Rhode Island is the only state with a law requiring the use of bus monitors through an unfunded mandate.

Other districts, including South Kingstown, have supported the resolution, stating that the required bus monitors constitute a “significant expenditure” for each district.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHS students honored for documentary

April 17, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse visited Narragansett High School Wednesday to present Climate Hero Awards to three students.

Kelly Gershkoff, Janelle Schartner and Audrey Whalen received the award for their nationally recognized documentary on climate change and sea level rise entitled, “Journey to Slow Sea Level Rise.” The documentary received an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam Competition. The national competition prompted middle school and high school students around the country to make a film that answers, “What’s the most important issue U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK resident files complaint against O’Neill

April 17, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Town councilor James O’Neill had a formal complaint filed against him on Wednesday by town resident Rachel Clough regarding allegations that he made threatening statements toward her at the town council meeting on Monday night.

After a heated discussion spearheaded by Clough on the decision by the town council to authorize a road race on Memorial Day, O’Neill was heard telling councilor Meg Healy that Clough is “lucky he didn’t hit her.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lally named speaker pro tempore

April 16, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Donald J. Lally (D-District 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown) has been named speaker pro tempore.

Newly elected House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello appointed Lally to the position on April 3. The speaker pro tempore presides over the House session when the speaker is not present.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Former URI basketball player charged with murder in Canada

April 16, 2014

A former University of Rhode Island basketball player is one of two men charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 33-year-old mother of four in Toronto, according to multiple Canadian media reports.

Alwayne Bigby, 23, of Toronto, is charged in the drive-by shooting death of Andrea White, which reportedly occurred Saturday, April 12 around 11 p.m.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Columbia Street legal grow facility issued zoning citation from town

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Town Building Cfficial Jeffrey O’Hara has taken an unprecedented stance on private medical marijuana growing facilities through a zoning citation regarding the private operation on Columbia Street as an “agricultural products manufacturing process,” which is not allowed in the commercial downtown zone.

The violation requires the current tenant and operator of the private growing facility to cease operations by April 22. Failure to do so will result in legal action taken against the owner of the property, Piyush Patel.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier budget includes 4 percent property tax increase

April 16, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 calls for a 4 percent property tax increase.

With the increase, the total general fund budget is currently projected at nearly $52.8 million for the next fiscal year, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the current fiscal year. The budgets for town departments are up 12 percent over the current fiscal year to $21.2 million from nearly $19 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Educators from around the state speak during RIBOE meeting at town hall

April 16, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Board of Education held its monthly meeting before a crowded assembly room Monday at Narragansett Town Hall.

The business portion of the meeting was preceded by a lengthy public forum, which included comments from educators from around the state on a host of subjects.

Two local educators spoke on two different topics.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Road race scheduled for Memorial Day creates conflict in council chambers

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In what can only be described as a total commandeering of the town council meeting on Monday night, an estimated 20 supporters of the sanctity of Memorial Day made themselves known before the town council in protest of a town-approved road race scheduled on the somber national holiday around the same time as the parade.

Rachel Clough, a Peace Dale resident, military mom and originator of a petition with more than 150 signatures affixed, was the first to speak on the matter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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