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URI professor recognized by AERA

June 15, 2012

KINGSTON—With more than 40 years of teaching and educational research experience, University of Rhode Island Professor George Willis has worked towards challenging accepted methods in today’s schools. He has been rewarded for his diligence by the American Education Research Association (AERA), which has recognized him as a 2012 recipient of the ‘Division B Lifetime Achievement Award.’

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SKHS top two graduates discuss their futures

June 15, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Erin McAlice and Richard Wu, Valedictorian and Salutatorian of South Kingstown High School’s class of 2012, were both surprised and excited when they learned they were at the top of their class.

“At the end it’s very close between the top five people,” McAlice said. “Richard and I were very close. I don’t think it’s necessarily a competition, I don’t think any of us saw it that way.”

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Pier Council approves FY 2012-13 budget

June 15, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The Town Council approved the fiscal year 2012-13 town budget on Wednesday evening. The group met in a special session in order to resolve any lingering concerns about the budget which council members may have held.

No members of the public were available or spoke regarding the budget. At the May 21 meeting, the budge was introduced as a first reading, and council members initially discussed their opinions of the general make-up of the budget.

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Beloved teacher Missy Stark dies

June 15, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown High School teacher and local resident Missy Stark died Tuesday after a four month battle with bilinary tract cancer. Stark, 34, was a mother of three, adored teacher and community volunteer.

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Expanding global workforce through language excellence

June 13, 2012

PROVIDENCE – Federal leaders, local and state elected officials and educational leaders gathered at the state house Friday, June 8, for the public launch of the Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence.

Program leaders and panel members, all with Rhode Island ties, described their experience as multilingual U.S. citizens and harped on the importance of language education, which is tied directly to an increase in cultural acceptance and understanding.

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O'Neill, Fogarty square off yet again

June 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Tempers flared at Monday night’s South Kingstown Town Council meeting when the issue of the sale of Browning Farm was addressed.

The council intended to hold a public informational hearing regarding development rights to Browning Farm. This pertains an application from the South Kingstown Land Trust for funding in accordance with the town’s “Open Space Project Funding Policy,” in order to potentially purchase the development rights to 14 or more acres of Browning Farm.

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NHS Valedictorian, Salutatorian go similar ways

June 13, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Alex McLeod and Emily Wright, Valedictorian and Salutatorian for this year’s graduating class at Narragansett High School, are equally as proud to be representing their fellow classmates as top students in 2012. They did not, however, see their achievement as the singular goal of their high school career.

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Local scouts hit the big screen

June 11, 2012

WARWICK – Local boy scouts got a taste of fame at a screening of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” at Showcase Cinema in Warwick Thursday night.

Excited shrieks echoed through the theater as the scouts saw themselves on the big screen.

“It was fun, it was a different experience,” said Noah Morin, 14, a local boy scout. “We had to wear really short shorts and get haircuts.”

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Town sewer, water rates expected to increase

June 11, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The Town Council approved first readings of two ordinances Monday evening which would increase sewer and water rates for residents. In January, the town hired Pioneer Consulting Group, Inc., to review the town’s Wastewater and Water Funds, and because of internal and external factors, there was a need to revise rates.

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Prout class of 2012 marks 44th commencement in school's history

June 11, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – One hundred sixty graduates comprising The Prout School’s Class of 2012 crossed the stage at URI’s Ryan Center Tuesday night as they received their diplomas, ready to begin the next chapter in their lives.

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