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A leap into the world

March 2, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Pope Paul III, famous Montreal Canadien Henri ‘The Pocket Rocket’ Richard, and rapper Ja Rule have all come into the world on leap days, and now little Grace Mitchell of East Greenwich joins them. Mitchell is the first-born leap baby at South County Hospital in 2012, and her parents are overjoyed that their daughter has come on such a unique day.

“It is exciting and doesn’t come very often,” said Jennifer Mitchell, Grace’s mother. “She came on actual due date and I wasn’t sure she’s be on time, but she was ready.”

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Preview today's Narragansett Times

March 2, 2012

In this week's paper, we have a story on how NEA-SK filled the West Kingstown Elementary School cafeteria during Tuesday's school committee to defend three teachers who were fired.

We also have the story of this year's Leap Year baby at South County Hospital and the report on how Executive Director of the Institute of International Sport purchased property in North Carolina while he received grant money from the state.

All and more inside, today's Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wakefield all lit up over LED signs

March 1, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to reach public consensus on the hotly debated issue of LED signs, the town council approved extending the expiration date of the sign ordinance to Aug. 27 to allow for the Planning Board to conduct a series of community meetings to reach a decision that fits within the town’s comprehensive plan.

The decision Monday night is the third time in two years the planning board’s deadline to provide a recommendation on whether LED signs should be permitted in the commercial highway district on Old Tower Hill Road was extended.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Leaders weigh in on legislative grants

February 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The scandal surrounding the Institute for International Sport has shined a light on the legislative grant program that provided the $575,000 missing grant to the nonprofit, renewing an age-old debate on its merits among local legislators and state leaders.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI adjusts wind farm area

February 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE—A number of state officials met at the Save the Bay building on upper Narragansett Bay Friday afternoon to announce the removal of Cox’s Ledge from the area of consideration for Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind project. Cox’s Ledge, a popular spot for Rhode Island commercial fishermen, was taken out of the proposed ‘Wind Energy Area’ (WEA), preventing the construction of wind turbines in an environment which is vital to the commercial fishing industry.

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Preview today's Narragansett Times

February 29, 2012

In today's paper find out why the South Kingstown Town Council extended the ban on LED lights to August.

We also have the story on last Friday's Save the Bay meeting in which Cox’s Ledge was removed from consideration for Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind project.

Also, find out about the Sunday morning fire that fire broke out in the engine room on the F/V Tradition in Galilee. Narragansett Fire Marshal James Given ruled the fire accidental, and no injuries were reported.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI, DEM monitor duck habitats at proposed wind farm site

February 27, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Scientists from both the University of Rhode Island and Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have teamed up to monitor the habitats of sea ducks which may be affected by the wind farm being developed off of Block Island. Both groups, along with a number of other agencies, have implanted satellite transmitters in sea ducks which will monitor their movements and help scientists understand the locations where they live and sustain most frequently.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett School Committee hashes out proposed charter changes

February 27, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—The School Committee discussed the proposed charter changes last Wednesday evening which directly impact the school system and its employees. At the upcoming Feb. 27 public hearing, which will be held during the regular town council meeting, amendments regarding school committee size and the term service for members will be presented.

School Committee member Diane Nobles provided a summary of the proposed changes last Wednesday evening, including alterations to the physical structure of the charter amendments as they are seen on the page itself.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Locals submit variety of bills at deadline

February 24, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Just in time for the ticking Thursday, Feb. 16 deadline, South County legislators have submitted a multitude of bills this year, varying from eliminating unfunded state mandates to banning texting while driving and training a skilled workforce.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Wright named Parks and Recreation Director

February 24, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Beach Superintendent Steven Wright has been named as interim Parks and Recreation Director by Town Manager Grady Miller, temporarily filling a position which has been unfilled on an official basis since the former director, Barry Fontaine, was fired last June. Wright, elected by the town council in May 2011 as Beach Superintendent, has presided over beach operations and helped to direct the clean-up efforts after Tropical Storm Irene hit at the end of last August.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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