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Iggy’s looking to expand in Narragansett

May 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House is looking to build a larger restaurant in Narragansett.

The planning board held a site review last week and approved the plans for the currently seasonal clam shack to move from 1157 Point Judith Road to a new location to be constructed at 1143 Point Judith Road.

By a vote of 3-0, planning board members Dr. Joseph O’Neill and John Hodnett were absent, the planning board recommended approval of the plan for a new and much larger Iggy’s to the zoning board. Community Development Director Michael DeLuca said the zoning board will hold a public hearing on the application later this month.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Callaghan to make a run at RI Senate

May 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Town Council President James Callaghan has announced he’ll run for a state Senate seat this November.

With current Sen. Dawson Hodgson’s announcement that he won’t run for re-election to represent District 35, which encompasses parts of Narragansett, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and East Greenwich, but will instead run for attorney general, Callaghan decided to seek election.

“I thought it was a good opportunity,” he said Thursday. “It’s not often that a seat like this comes available.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

An ever-changing facade

May 1, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A six-year tradition in Peace Dale has brought more than 40 large-scale murals to the side of the Dennis Moffit Painting building across from the Peace Dale Mill Complex.

Most of the murals, painted by local and “guest” artists, have signified the coming or going of important events or seasons in the town.

The most recent depicts a spring scene with the winter being symbolically rolled away in the form of a snowball.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

McDonald sentenced to 20 years at ACI

May 1, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - Former Narragansett Town Councilor and Rhode Island State Senator Patrick Timothy McDonald was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in the ACI with four-and-a-half to serve after he was found guilty in January on three charges of embezzlement and one charge of conspiracy.

McDonald, 49, with a last known address of 56 Meadow Rue Trail, Saunderstown, stole more than $160,000 from his clients during real estate closings, money which he then spent on alcohol, hotel rooms for himself and his mistress, family vacations and living expenses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CRMC to review recommendation to approve DWW application

April 30, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Coastal Resources Management Council will conduct a full review next week of the Ocean SAMP Subcommittee’s recommendation to approve Deepwater Wind’s application to construct the Block Island Wind Farm and the Block Island Transmission System.

The council will meet Tuesday, May 13 at the Department of Administration in Providence to discuss Deepwater’s application to build five 6-megawatt turbines located off the coast of Block Island and a submarine transmission cable connecting Block Island to the mainland.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Middle school girls get a science lesson in Kingston

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON - A week-long chemistry camp exclusive to and focused on middle school girls who have an interest in science brought hair gel and lipstick analysis, water purification studies, disposable diaper analysis and a particularly messy Mentos and Diet Coke experiment to the URI campus last week.

URI Professor Mindy Levine, who headed the camp and continues to seek funding to continue it, believes that young girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields do not have enough role models.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

South Kingstown resident Bogusz perseveres

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON - If you look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, you might reach the conclusion that she is just another college over-achiever. But you’d just be getting a small part of her story.

That’s because nowhere in the South Kingstown resident’s summary of academic and professional accomplishments does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver ran into her June 23, 2007. The incident, during which she was struck by a vehicle going 100 miles per hour and subsequently thrown 125 feet, happened just a week after her graduation from South Kingstown High School and a week after she had already begun classes in the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development Program.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Invasive species expected to expand to New England due to climate change

April 30, 2014

KINGSTON– A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island professor has completed a five-year study of the Appalachian Trail and developed a satellite-based system for monitoring and forecasting ecological conditions along the trail. One of its initial conclusions is that the invasive species tree-of-heaven is expected to expand northward to New England due to climate change.

Yeqiao Wang, a URI professor of terrestrial remote sensing, says that his team’s research combining satellite-based data with ground-based ecological monitoring will be useful in the management of the lands along the Appalachian Trail.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Carlson files appeal to zoning violation

April 30, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Jordan Carlson, current lessee of the former Campus Cinema on Columbia Street, has filed an appeal to the zoning violation that categorized his private, legal and medicinal marijuana plants as “agricultural products manufacturing.”

When Building Official Jeff O’Hara discovered that the property was being used as a legal growing site, he filed the violation, saying, “What else could it be categorized as?”

The appeal, written by Zoning Attorney John F. Kenyon, was accompanied by 30 pages of medical marijuana laws.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier school committee has a $500,000 surplus

April 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – During a public hearing on the school and town budgets Monday, Superintendent Katherine Sipala explained to the town council why the school committee has a $500,000 surplus.

The town council previously questioned whether the school committee could access the surplus instead of requesting $357,000 from the town to cover half of the $720,000 the school committee is being asked to contribute to fund the town’s annual required contribution, or ARC, for its pension system.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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