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RIBRWCT looks at long-term coastal management

May 8, 2014


PROVIDENCE— The Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team (RIBRWCT) released its 2013 annual report last week, highlighting the state’s efforts over the past year to help cities and towns maintain healthy, sustainable water systems. The 40-page report addresses the challenges facing public infrastructure, including wastewater and coastal management, and discusses municipalities’ long-term planning for issues such as climate change.

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URI and DEM partner up to establish the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute

May 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the University of Rhode Island announced the establishment of the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Institute on Monday.

The institute (RIMFI) is a new partnership aimed at coordinating marine fisheries science, research, and educational activities of priority importance in Rhode Island.

Representatives from Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation, including Congressman Jim Langevin, joined URI and DEM officials at the Bay Campus Monday for the signing of the partnership agreement.

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Cases of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome doubles in RI

May 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE–Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome have continued to rise in Rhode Island after nearly doubling from 4.4 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 8.3 per 1,000 live births (90 cases) in 2012. Already in the first quarter of 2014, 26 newborns (11.0 per 1,000* live births) have received the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome diagnosis. The rising rates are significant in that they parallel the rising rates of unintentional drug overdose deaths in recent years.

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House of Representatives passes bill to eliminate master lever

May 7, 2014

STATE HOUSE – With a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives recently approved legislation that will eliminate the “master lever,” or straight-party voting option, on all future, non-primary Rhode Island election ballots.

Introduced by Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), the legislation (2014-H 8072aa) was sent to the House floor on a unanimous vote of the Committee on Judiciary and will now go to the Senate for consideration.

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Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences will create 1,200 jobs

May 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island broke ground Monday on a $68 million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences that will triple lab space for chemistry students and house the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response.

The construction, architecture, engineering, managing and staffing of the new center will create around 1,200 jobs in the state.

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Mock DUI event for prom season

May 7, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - On Friday, South Kingstown Police, the Union Fire District and South Kingstown EMS collaborated for a drunk driving accident simulation in hopes that they won’t have to repeat the process in a real-life scenario over prom weekend.

The accident, hosted at Prout for a group of juniors and seniors, involved three Prout students: Ian O’Donnell, the “drunk driver” and Lindsey Tarbox and Josh Moniz, the “couple.”

A car, donated by the Union Fire District, was driven slowly into a tree and then occupied by the three students.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett Town Council approves increases in fines associated with public behavior

May 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council unanimously approved an increase in fines Monday for such offenses as disturbing the peace, urinating or defecating in public, and public consumption of alcohol.

Town Manger Pamela Nolan indicated to the council that the proposed increase in fines is meant to deter the “unwelcomed behavior that is often associated with parties.”

The fines have been adjusted as follows:

Disturbing the peace – previously a $100, changed to a $200 minimum fine with a $500 maximum fine.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Off campus URI block party gets out of hand

May 7, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – An estimated 800 to 1,000 partygoers attended a block party in the Eastward Look neighborhood of Narragansett on Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 3 p.m., Narragansett police were called to Greene Lane for a report of a disturbance and parties at two residences on the street. Police Chief Dean Hoxsie told the Narragansett Town Council Monday that the road then filled in behind the officers who were on the call.

“Literally behind their back, the street filled with people,” Hoxsie said. “So we called in the cavalry.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Weekend seminar focuses on dangers of and research on Lyme Disease

May 1, 2014

PROVIDENCE - The Downtown Marriott in Providence will host the Columbia University and Lyme Disease Association Lyme and Tick Borne Disease Conference this Friday and Saturday to educate the public and health practitioners on the dangers of and research on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

“We have 21 speakers from across the country and one from Germany. They’re all pretty much experts on the subject,” said Pat Smith of the National Lyme Disease Association. “They will be discussing things such as vaccines, prevention and testing.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett resident Dr. Albert Alba wins RIDOC award

May 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Resident Dr. Albert Alba recently received the John J. Moran Award from the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

Dr. Alba has worked for the DOC for nearly 25 years, where he works as a GED instructor. Alba received the award for his work as a member of the Division of Rehabilitative Services helping others to achieve their maximum potential on a daily basis. Some of the qualities expected of the recipient of this award include outstanding work performance, dedication, alertness, good communication skills, and the ability to motivate other staff members.

In nominating Alba for the award, coworkers spoke highly of his work.

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