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Updating affordable housing

June 4, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Town officials met with representatives from Horsley Witten Group, a professional and environmental services firm based in Massachusetts who was hired by the town in January to conduct the update of its Comprehensive Plan. The current Plan, drafted in 1999, details information about the town, such as housing and open-space development, land-use, and economic development, which have a direct impact on decision-making in Narragansett.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS 'heading in the right direction'

May 31, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Last fall, South Kingstown High School underwent decennial accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The newly released report details the findings and lists commendations and recommendations for South Kingstown High School.

According to SKHS Principal Bob McCarthy, the overall findings of the report are positive.

“We’re definitely headed in the right direction, this is a good school, a very good school,” he said. “And I think that the report reflects that.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Nature Conservancy develops Oysters Gone Wild in South County

May 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—At the turn of the last century, Point Judith Pond was an abundant resource for oysters, edifying an extensive economy which saw South County shellfishermen vend their produce to hotels and restaurants across the southern coast of New England. When the entrance at the pond’s mouth was permanently breached in 1910, however, salinity levels sharply rose, and by the 1950s, oyster populations declined.

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School Committee talks field trip, homework policies

May 25, 2012

 

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Pending revisions of the South Kingstown School Department’s Field Trip Policy and Homework Policy accounted for the majority of the discussion at the South Kingstown School Committee meeting Tuesday evening.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Walsh bill calls for unused paint recycling program

May 25, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Representative Donna M. Walsh (D—Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly) has introduced new legislation calling for the creation of a state recycling program for unused, oil and latex-based paints. House bill H 7233A has identified PaintCare, a not-for-profit organization created by the American Coating Association (ACA), to spearhead the program.

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A graduation celebration in Kingston

May 25, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As the sun shone over the quadrangle at the University of Rhode Island, families and friends eagerly awaited the rite of passage of their sons and daughters: college graduation. For the 126th time since URI’s doors opened in 1888, students accepted their diplomas and flung their caps skyward after a day filled with celebration and reflection.

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Rhode Island Sea Grant symposium looks at marine spatial planning

May 21, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Rhode Island Sea Grant held its 11th annual Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on Wednesday, bringing in scientists and policy experts from North America and Europe to the University of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus. Participants gathered to discuss a topic to which Sea Grant, among other state organizations, have been heavily committed; marine spatial planning.

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McNeiece raises concerns with ESCO project

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—On Wednesday evening, The School Committee heard a report from Jeff Broadhead, Executive Director of The Washington County Regional Planning Council (WCRPC) regarding the recent energy saving program into which the town has engaged. The Town Council held a work session last Tuesday to address the town’s energy saving needs through the Energy Services Company project (ESCO).

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Budget talks focus on property tax values

May 21, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The Town Council held a work session Monday evening to further discuss the upcoming FY 2012-13 town budget. The town discussed a number of concerns and issues regarding decision-making on the proposed budget which was presented at the April 23 Town Council meeting, namely the rise in property tax values and the need for the town to maintain its current operating and capital fund levels where possible.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Federal cuts threaten water monitoring program

May 21, 2012

By SHAUN KIRBY

NARRAGANSETT—During the summer months, news broadcasts across the state can often be heard announcing beach closures and openings based on levels of bacteria in the water at any given time. Behind those decisions is the Department of Health’s Coastal Beach Program, through which health officials collect samples and assess water quality. In 2013, those activities are under threat from federal cuts that would end the program.

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