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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Chafee vetoes climate change amendments

June 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Governor Lincoln Chafee has signaled his disapproval of amendments proposed by the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee which would make the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission (RICCC) an advisory arm of the Coastal Resources Management Council. Issuing a veto of H 7942 Substitute B, Chafee joins a number of local environmental groups in opposition to the changes which would harm RICCC’s ability to produce research independently.

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SKPD annual report shows decrease in crime rate for 2011

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Crime in South Kingstown was down overall in 2011 from the previous year, according to the South Kingstown Police Department’s 2011 annual report.

The recently released report outlines crime and accident statistics, which allows the department to identify crime trends in the community.

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Stringfellow responds to public records request on legal fees

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Department released a response to a public records request regarding legal fees Tuesday afternoon.

The school department provided a summary of legal fees for the past 15 fiscal years.

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Residents file ethics complaint regarding Miller termination

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—A group of Narragansett residents have submitted a formal complaint to Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin’s office regarding the Town Council’s conduct in terminating then Town Manager Grady Miller’s contract upon agreement of a separation pact. The 27-page report alleges violations of state open-meeting laws by Council members, as well as their neglect of residents’ opposition to Miller’s termination.

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