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Local fishermen get all geared up

July 13, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—After extensive research, The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) is giving local fishermen the opportunity to try two new gear types and report back on their results. The Gear Trials Program will provide financial assistance to fishing vessel owners who wish to take on the new gear types, and the hope is that their real-time performance will give the local commercial fishing industry insight on how to better reduce bycatch and maximize catch shares.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Comp plan maintains integrity of the village

July 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The latest South Kingstown Comprehensive Community Plan, updated every five years, maintains the "village-centric" planning philosophy as a model for the town's planning, land use, housing and economic development.

The village-based philosophy has three primary assets: involved and proactive citizens with diverse backgrounds, a rich history and abundant natural resources.

The importance and adherence to these assets as goals has been upheld since the initial 1992 Comprehensive Community Plan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wakefield kids have starring roles in The Sound of Music at TBS

July 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Local residents Peter Bucci, 16, and Grace Romanello, 13, take to the stage in Theatre By the Sea’s production of “The Sound of Music.”

Bucci, a student at South Kingstown High School, plays Friedrich in Cast B -- there are two casts of von Trapp children who perform on alternating dates.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI student aids Department of Health at state's beaches

July 13, 2012

KINGSTON—The beaches which rim Rhode Island’s coastline are frequented by thousands of residents and visitors yearly. Those who enjoy the aquatic environment, from sun bathing to surfing, may not realize, however, the efforts behind keeping beaches clean. University of Rhode Island student Molly Welsh spent last summer researching the prevalence of pet waste at Rhode Island’s beaches, and the Department of Health took notice.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Vatican urged to close Immaculate Conception

July 13, 2012

VATICAN CITY – Dozens of women who attended Immaculate Conception Academy in Wakefield have written a letter urging the Vatican to close the program, saying the psychological abuse they endured has caused them serious physical, mental and emotional hardship.

The school is run by the Legion of Christ, which The Associated Press called “disgraced” in its article on the school, given the numerous scandals it has been involved in over the years. The school has no affiliation with the Diocese of Providence.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS graduate off to Germany through scholarship program

July 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As the days drew nearer to high school graduation, South Kingstown High School student Montara Erickson grew increasingly curious as to what her future would hold. A graduate of the 2012 class and member of the Rhode Island Honor Society, Erickson will journey to Germany this fall as a recipient of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship (CBYX).  

“I am really excited,” said Erickson. “I had applied to some other scholarships of similar sort and didn’t get them, so I was hoping to get this.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Council, school committee races shaping up

July 5, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Many former candidates as well as some newcomers plan to run in this year’s elections for the town council and the school committee.

South Kingstown Town Council

Councilwoman Fogarty’s departure coupled with the decision of Mary “Polly” Eddy not to seek re-election will leave two vacancies on the South Kingstown Town Council.

Eddy is retiring after a 10-year term on the council.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Student loan interest rates staying put for now

July 5, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—This past Friday, the U.S. Senate agreed to stay a potential doubling of the student loan interest rate, which currently sits at 3.4 percent, for one year. Legislators and university officials across Rhode Island have fought for months through public awareness and speaking with state officials in order to stress the importance of keeping the interest rate the same, and the consequences of a doubling.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Eelgrass study highlights importance of preservation

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Coastal zones throughout Narragansett Bay and along Rhode Island’s southern coast boast a rich tapestry of plants and animals living together, sharing the successes and challenges of the underwater environment. Habitats for species such as scallops and groundfish rely upon protection from eelgrass, and a new study from the University of New Hampshire aims at augmenting the knowledge base of eelgrass restoration, already developed by organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Farm Fresh RI to take over Farm To School Project

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET - A local initiative that encourages all Rhode Island school districts to promote a culture of healthy, locally-grown foods will be switching hands at month's end. Known as the Rhode Island Farm to School Project, the initiative will be taken over by Farm Fresh Rhode Island when the original coordinating organization, Kids First, closes on June 30.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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