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URI students, town officials meet

October 6, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – In light of the recurring student rental and partying issues around town, town manager Pam Nolan, councilwoman Susan Cicilline-Buonanno, Chief of Police Dean Hoxsie, and Police Captain Scott Perrin attended a University of Rhode Island Student Senate meeting on Wednesday evening at the Kingston campus to establish a stronger dialogue between the university and town officials. Dean of Students Mary Jo Gonzales, who has been working with the town over the past several months, also attended to represent the university.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

House candidates from three districts join forum

October 6, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Three house districts were represented at Tuesday night’s League of Women Voters Debate: District 34 (South Kingstown, Narragansett), currently represented by Teresa Tanzi and challenged by Republican Stephen Tetzner; District 35 (South Kingstown), which is challenged by Democrat Kathy Fogarty and Republican Lacey McGreevy and District 36 (Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly), currently represented by Donna Walsh and challenged by Independent Blake Filippi.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI may be missing out on millions in marijuana tax

October 6, 2014

A recent study by NerdWallet, an organization that provides financial advice to individuals and businesses, estimates that by taking no action on the vote to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, the General Assembly may have missed out on more than $20 million in extra tax revenue for the state.
The number was calculated using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - specifically, the numbers of people over 25 who use marijuana. A formula was then used to come up with a total of $20,271,018 in potential tax revenue from the legalization.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI may be missing out on millions in marijuana tax

October 3, 2014

A recent study by NerdWallet, an organization that provides financial advice to individuals and businesses, estimates that by taking no action on the vote to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, the General Assembly may have missed out on more than $20 million in extra tax revenue for the state.
The number was calculated using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - specifically, the numbers of people over 25 who use marijuana. A formula was then used to come up with a total of $20,271,018 in potential tax revenue from the legalization.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier EDC gives thumbs down to comp plan

October 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – At the regular meeting of the Economic Development Committee on Thursday evening, members demonstrated an almost unanimously negative view of the town’s comprehensive plan, a document which has been under a thorough revision process for the last 18 months.
Overall, members felt that some of the town’s major issues were not highlighted in the revised plan, and that the town’s goals to increase residents’ quality of life were largely overlooked.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Elks Club accepting applications for scholarship

October 1, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Applications for the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship are currently being accepted by the Elks Clubs in Rhode Island, due Dec. 5.
The scholarship is available to any high school senior.
Students do not have to be related to a member of the Elks Club, but do have to be citizens of the United States on the date of submission. Permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
Male and female students will compete separately on the merits of scholarship, leadership and financial need.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Park N’ Ride bid rejected by SPC

October 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE—After a lengthy proposal process, the State Properties Committee ultimately rejected a proposal from the Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation to purchase the Park N’ Ride at the corner of Routes 102 and 2. The approximately $72,000 sq. foot lot, which services a number of Rhode Islanders in Exeter and North Kingstown, has been vetted for sale by RIDOT to private companies for more than a year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chronic absenteeism a statewide issue

October 1, 2014

As part of National Attendance Awareness month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project convened for a special event on Monday afternoon entitled ‘The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades’ to address issues of chronic absenteeism in schools throughout the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Updated List of Recyclable Items

September 23, 2014

Also printed in The Narragansett Times on Wednesday, Sept. 24

After several requests from residents requesting an updated recyclable materials list from the town, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers has compiled a list of materials that can be recycled, provided by the recycling coordinator.
Because the technology and machinery used in recycling plants is constantly evolving, the list of recyclable items and materials grows larger every year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett cited as "unblemished" in regards to public access to information

September 19, 2014

NARRAGANSETT–Two years ago, Rhode Island revised its open records law through amendments to the Access to Public Records Act (APRA). According to a recent report entitled “Access Limited,” compliance with the new rules has been uneven throughout state government agencies.
The report was produced by AccessRI, a freedom of information coalition, and MuckRock, a Massachusetts-based organization working with media members and citizens to obtain and analyze public records.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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