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Obama cuts trickle down to local community organizations

February 3, 2011

WAKEFIELD–President Obama's budget is due within the next few weeks and recently he called for cuts to the country's community action programs.

"I've proposed cuts to things I care deeply about,” President Obama said on Jan. 25, “like community action programs." While how much will be cut is still to be determined, it is news that a program which was not de-funded by Nixon, Gingrich, or Bush, now will be cut by a former community organizer who used his experience in Chicago’s blighted neighborhoods as supporting evidence for his leadership.

South County digs out, braces for another storm

February 2, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN/NARRAGANSETT – Last Wednesday brought another overnight storm, giving Rhode Island almost a foot of snow into Thursday afternoon. Despite the onslaught of snow, the South Kingstown and Narragansett public services are managing the road conditions.

“It was relatively uneventful. It was just a long storm,” Jon Schock, director of public services for South Kingstown said.

RIRRC pushes for statewide single-stream recycling program

February 2, 2011

JOHNSTON—The odor beside Rhode Island’s Resource Recovery Corporation’s (RIRRC) Johnston landfill differs with each season. Today, the air is filled with a sweetly rotten odor of mulch. Driving by piles of decomposing compost on the 110 acre property, one can literally watch it break down beneath its own steam. In December, there is a piney whiff of spruce. In the summer comes an olfactory overload–the pungent aftermath of summer seafood. But any odor is impermanent, diminishing if not disappearing beneath the landfill’s smothering layers of earth and stone. From June 2009-June 2010, Rhode Island generated about 722,000 tons of garbage, actually lower than the million tons it buried in 2007. (Beside Johnston’s 210 foot high landfill, a rocky dynamited patch called Phase 6 will handle tons more.)

Snow Cancellations/Closings

February 1, 2011

S. Kingstown Pub. Schools: Early Dismissal; Cancel Activities; Secondary 11:30 Elem 1pm

Prout School: Early Dismissal; 11:45 all activities canceled

Narragansett PD: Parking Ban This Morning; Begin Midnight Tues - Fri 1am

S. Kingstown PD: Parking Ban This Morning; 6:00AM Until Further Notice

Peacedale Congregational Church: No Bell Choir Rehearsal

Meadowbrook Waldorf School: Early Dismissal; Noon Tuesday, 2/1/11

Yoga School of South County offers affordable classes, teacher training

February 1, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With what seems like a yoga studio on every corner in South Kingstown, it may seem difficult to choose which school to go to, but the town's Parks and Recreation Neighborhood Guild has helped make the choice a lot easier by offering its own yoga studio, the Yoga School of South County, 1058 Kingstown Road in Peace Dale.

"Baby of the Week"

January 31, 2011

SRI Newspapers will feature one baby (12 months and under) each week. Parents must submit a picture of the baby alone, as well as some information about the baby including birth date, what the baby likes to do etc. Parental permission must be given for all photos submitted in email or in writing. Child must reside in the areas our publications cover in South County.

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.

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