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Commisioner Gist tours schools to pitch diploma change

January 13, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Education Commissioner Deborah Gist spent Thursday touring the town's schools and meeting for an hour with 50 teachers. The Board of Regents, meeting in Narragansett High School, voted to have a public hearing on their suggested three-tier diploma system. The system would award a Rhode Island diploma–the same diploma students now receive–with two additional tiers for high performers.

South Kingstown, EMS recognized as HeartSafe community

January 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–Due to its efforts to improve cardiac care and save lives, South Kingstown and its EMS Department became the third Rhode Island community to be awarded and recognized as a HeartSafe community at Monday night’s town council meeting by the American Heart Association.

Snow Closings/Parking Bans for Jan. 11 to 12

January 11, 2011

South Kingstown Public Schools will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

South Kingstown Town Offices will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

Due to the impending snowstorm tonight through Wednesday morning, the following parking bans will be in effect:

Narragansett: Parking ban starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday

South Kingstown: Parking ban starting Tuesday 11 p.m. thru Thursday at 12 p.m.

The South Kingstown Senior Center will be closed Jan. 12 and there will be no elderly meals.

Sheehan questions Gist decision on hiring of uncertified teachers

January 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE– If good teachers are the most important element to education, the Department of Education shouldn't allow uncertified individuals to teach at Democracy Prep school in Cumberland, says Sen. James C. Sheehan.

Recycling still voluntary in Narragansett

January 10, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Narragansett has no single stream recycling program.  But Rhode Island’s Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) hopes to create a single bin a pick-up system for 2011-12. Without outside funding, independent businesses are purchasing toters at a discounted price in order to expand and deepen the town’s recycling program.

Matunuck Coastal Area Report looks at erosion

January 9, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For the past 15 years, coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach caused by severe storms has concerned South Kingstown town officials due its threat to businesses and houses along the shoreline. To mitigate coastal erosion, the town Planning Department has developed a Matunuck Coastal Area Report detailing storm related shoreline impacts from 1939 to present and potential shoreline protection options, released this past Tuesday.

SK budget process begins with CIP

January 8, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town council began the budget process Tuesday night with a public work session in which Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred presented the proposed Capital Improvement Program for the next five years.

Appeals court upholds ‘orange sticker’ ordinance in Narragansett

January 7, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–Rejecting the ACLU’s legal arguments, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Town of Narragansett’s highly-publicized 2005 “orange sticker” ordinance on Wednesday. However, in upholding the ordinance on its face, the court acknowledged that it could still be subject to constitutional challenge in its application to particular cases, and the ACLU plans to go back to court to pursue those challenges.

Damariscotta sinks in Pt. Judith; fishermen safe

January 6, 2011

NARRAGANSETT–U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two local fishermen on Monday after the Damariscotta, captained and owned by South Kingstown resident Brian Loftes, sank less than 50 yards from the docks at Point Judith.

South County Hospital visionary Donald Ford remembered by family, colleagues

January 6, 2011

WAKEFIELD – In 1958 Donald L. Ford arrived from Philadelphia, Penn. to transform southern Rhode Island’s only major hospital, from a small country one to a modern medical facility. Revered for his care of patients and for the hospital staff, Ford, 89, of Narragansett, the former president and CEO of South County Hospital from 1958 to 1986 died Monday, Dec. 27 at the same hospital he devoted himself to in Wakefield.

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