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SK taxpayers, town officials clash over snow removal

February 17, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Town taxpayers had much on their minds at Monday night's town council meeting, expressing their disappointment in snow removal along streets in the town and also their hope for the reopening of the Dugway Road Bridge.

AEP funding arrives for local wind turbines

February 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – South County will become more energy efficient with the $240,000 in funding the Attorney General Patrick F. Kilmartin directed for the completion of the 100 kilowatt wind turbine at Fisherman's Memorial State Campground and the construction of a wind turbine at the East Matunuck State Beach facility.

Brown students study ecological impact of living close to water

February 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE–During the fast-paced lame duck session which saw the end of the Democratic Party's control of the House, climate change legislation which would have curbed industrial greenhouse gas emissions across the economy was squashed. As recently as Tuesday a climate change denier from Oklahoma, Senator Inhofe, and the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency squared off at the Republican-led EPA hearings. But while Congress debates, the science is in, carbon is rising, and the clock is ticking. Town planning departments across the state map flood zones and develop strategies for withstanding future floods which result from a changing climate. Meanwhile, undergraduate and graduate students at Brown's Center for Environmental Studies are working to analyze local events including past floods and are developing strategies for a sustainable environment.

Two decades of change for Domestic Violence Resource Center

February 15, 2011

WAKEFIELD – In the past two decades, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County has seen significant changes in how the public and police deal with domestic violence cases due to more education and awareness of the issue.

Wallace Campbell III, descendant of Hazard family, dies at 93

February 14, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Wallace "Wally" Campbell III, former president of Peace Dale's Museum of Primitive Art and Culture, died on Feb. 6 at Scallop Shell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Campbell, 93, was an investment adviser and later a trustee at Sturges, Chaffee and Hazard from 1957 until 2005. Campbell graduated in 1937 from Milton Academy and after four-years at Yale he joined the Air Force and served in World War II. Campbell also served as the Primitive Art and Culture Museum's president for 22 years. Campbell's grandfather, Rowland G. Hazard II, began working to establish a museum collection in 1892. Hazard received numerous local donation to the original collection which evolved and expended from Holly House, his Peace Dale home, to what is now the Peace Dale Library.

Coit meets fishing community

February 13, 2011

NARRAGANSETT – In an effort to allow members of Rhode Island’s fishing community to share their basic views on a number of marine issues, a roundtable discussion was held at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute on the Bay Campus Monday, February 7.

SK School Committee approves budget to offset funding formula

February 12, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – To close the $1.6 million deficit in the school budget, the School Committee approved a budget that would ask for two percent in town property taxes, $950,000 from collective bargaining agreements and a reduction of $640,184 in school programs and structures with 33 percent of the un-designated fund balance dedicated to the budget.

URI professors breaking new ground on Lyme disease

February 11, 2011

KINGSTON–When South African writer Nadine Gordimer was asked what was the best compliment she had ever been paid she said, "Years and years ago, when I was on a camping trip on a farm, I was bitten by ticks that had brushed off the long grass I'd been walking through. When I complained of this, the old and very unattractive farmer said, 'If I was a tick, I'd also like to bite you.'"

Staff cuts, restructuring on horizon for Narragansett Schools

February 11, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Superintendent Sipala and the school committee met Wednesday to discuss the fiscal year 2012 Narragansett School System budget and to identify areas for further discussion. The budget proposal, which represents a cut already to what was requested by administrators, attempts to use remaining federal grant money (and other revenue sources including federal grant money) towards district goals while maintaining academic achievement. The school has reduced staff since 2003, however, the proposed list of "non-renewal" of staff and educators generated questions from School Committee Chairperson, Tammy McNeiece.

Canonchet Farm remains a hot button issue at town hall

February 10, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–The Town Council began their meeting with a moment of silence for George Lenihan, Sr., a local restaurateur and businessman who died on Feb. 4.

Next, Rep. Teresa Tanzi spoke about her support for an amendment to a 2001 law regarding Galilee. The 2001 law extends a forty year lease on the property. What Tanzi's bill does is extend the lease exclusively for fishing related purposes to help preserve it as a working waterfront. This act would allow property for commercial fishing industries to be rented for up to 40 years by the state. Tanzi also described her desire to look at loopholes and deductions in the tax code that were either outdated our possibly ineffective.

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