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Human patient simulators a new tool for learning at URI

March 28, 2014

KINGSTON - Step into the CVS Caremark Interdisciplinary Health Delivery Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, and be prepared for the unexpected as teaching and learning tools virtually come to life.

They breathe, they blink, and they have heartbeats. Some of them even bleed. Are they having trouble breathing? Intubate them to get a look at their vocal cords. Do they look like they’re getting sick? Administer a medication that will ease their symptoms. Give them the wrong medication or dosage, though, and they could get sicker or even flat-line.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI to receive $7 million for emergency preparedness

March 28, 2014

In an effort to enhance public safety and strengthen Rhode Island’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery initiatives, Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation and Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee announced earlier this week that the state will receive more than $7 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Subcommittee to make recommendation on Deepwater

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will render a recommendation of its findings April 3 on Deepwater Wind’s proposed Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKAS confirmed as emergency animal shelter

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following failed initiatives to shelter animals at URI’s Boss Arena during severe weather, the South Kingstown Animal Shelter has taken the final step in becoming an official emergency shelter for pets of all kinds.

The final step that the SK Shelter needed to take was the acquiring of a generator to keep the lights and heat on. That generator has been ordered and is on its way to the shelter now.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK Council passes school committee resolutions

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - With Council President Ella Whaley absent, the South Kingstown Town Council voted unanimously to join the South Kingstown School Committee and the Burrillville Town Council in support of eight resolutions on topics from delaying Common Core Standards implementation to matters of binding arbitration and contract continuation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

A harmonious partnership formed

March 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The culmination of a year-long mentoring partnership between Broad Rock Middle School and the University of Rhode Island will present itself in the form of a collaborative concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the Broad Rock Cafetorium.

“Friday night will be different,” said Jen Collins, 28-year Broad Rock music teacher, on Tuesday to a group of eager students who were already blowing, bowing and plucking their respective instruments. “Friday night you will be playing along with your mentors on a stage for your parents.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Worden’s Pond seniors voice concern on water rate increase

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The residents of the Village at Worden’s Pond in South Kingstown are especially concerned with United Water’s proposal to increase water rates by 43 percent, which would amount to about $10 a month for ratepayers.

A hearing before the Public Utilities Commission Wednesday at Narragansett Town Hall brought several members of the senior residential community forward to express their concerns.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett schools on track for Common Core

March 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett schools are on track and committed to implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Two Common Core ambassadors presented the standards to parents and families of Narragansett students at the elementary school Wednesday and answered questions to allay parents’ concerns regarding the new standards.

Ambassador Jaime Crowley, principal of Thompson Middle School in Newport, said he views the Common Core standards as “good standards for kids,” noting that there is rationale behind the standards to ensure that students are ready for college and careers as 60 percent of all jobs will require at least some college by 2018.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Sheehan proposes amendment on ethics

March 26, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has introduced legislation that would ask Rhode Island voters to decide – through a constitutional amendment – the makeup and powers of the Ethics Commission and specifically its authority over members of the General Assembly.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Eddie’s BBQ granted special use permit

March 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The zoning board granted a special use permit to Eddie’s BBQ Thursday.

Owner Steven McLaughlin was seeking relief from town ordinance to operate a lunchroom or restaurant without alcohol beverage license in a BB zoning district.

Town staff initially thought the barbecue restaurant would need relief from parking regulations, but later determined that the minimum of six parking spots required for the maximum seating of 16 was met.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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