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Rhode Islanders will see changes in health care after signing of ACA

July 18, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—With the U.S. Supreme Court upholding last week President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Health Care Act into law, Rhode Islanders can expect to see a number of changes in the upcoming years, among those which have already been implemented, in the manner by which citizens receive health care services. The law offers better coverage options to portions of the population, including youth, and aims to curtail health insurance companies from discriminating financially against clients.

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Ava Pearl makes maiden voyage on Narragansett Bay

July 13, 2012

NORTH KINGSTOWN - Many spectators and local leaders gathered at the Rhode Island Fast Ferry dock in Quonset for the christening and maiden voyage of a brand-new vessel that will be used to carry passengers from Quonset to Martha’s Vineyard.

Rhode Island Fast Ferry President Charles A. Donadio Jr. said that the ship, which he named the Ava Pearl after his eldest daughter, is one of the most technologically advanced of it’s kind in the entire country.

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Cooling it down at Froyo Fix

July 13, 2012

Froyo is the fix in Narragansett
By SHAUN KIRBY

NARRAGANSETT—A new, refreshing business opened its doors in Salt Pond Plaza this past weekend. With a cool and stylish interior, Froyo Fix brings fresh, frozen yogurt to customers looking for a new taste and respite from the heat.

“[My family members] all came up with the idea,” said Thao Nguyen, who works as a server at Froyo Fix. “There are a lot of frozen yogurt places on the west coast, and the trend is slowly moving its way here.”

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High Tides Landing amendment prohibited by Planning Board

July 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The owner of the highly contested High Tide Landing residential development proposed an amendment to the previously approved master plan of the apartments.

High Tides LLC, managed by Anthony Fiore, proposed to allow seven affordable accessory apartments, for a total of 33 lots, as opposed to the originally approved seven detached affordable units plus the 33 market rate lots, for a total of 40 units, to be built on Gooseberry Road.

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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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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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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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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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