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RI looks to Mass. for new ways to conduct districts

January 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Members of school committees from across the state gathered at Rhode Island College to discuss the Rhode Island system of education versus that of Massachusetts, and the professional development session presented an opportunity for educators to look at new and creative ways to conduct their local school districts.

Glenn Koocher, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, gave a lecture outlining the positives and negatives of the Massachusetts system of education, and also provided guidance as to how the approach could work in Rhode Island.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Town presents Matunuck case to CRMC

January 18, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The town has made its case to the Coastal Resources Management Council for its application to erect a sheet pile wall along the southern edge of Matunuck Beach Road after receiving four objections from property owners, Surfrider Foundation and Save The Bay.

The town’s response, sent to the CRMC Wednesday, Jan. 11, comes after a public meeting was held last Saturday at Matunuck Elementary School for the Matunuck community to dissipate the rumors and hear from town officials on what was being done to prevent ongoing erosion along Matunuck Beach Road.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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January 18, 2012

In today's Narragansett Times, we have the response from South Kingstown town officials to the Coastal Resources Management Council on their application to erect a sheet pile wall on Matunuck Beach Road.

Last week the federal government released the first draft of the implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy (NOP), a holistic approach towards the management of the country’s oceanic resources. The draft aims to help sustain fragile ecosystems.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee ready for Plan 29

January 13, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Last year the South Kingstown School Committee set out to find a way to save the school district money without jeopardizing the quality of education. One year later as it begins to develop the school budget for FY 2012-2013, the school committee is ready to start putting that plan in motion. That plan is Plan 29.

One night before the school committee met with the town council to discuss the $290,000 proposed capital budget for the school fund, the school committee discussed the factors facing them in the FY 2013 budget year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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January 13, 2012

In today's paper, we have a a story about how South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia Jr. was inducted into the first Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame after 52 years of serving, investigating organized crime as a state trooper and running the police department in South Kingstown.

It's budget crunching season. We have two stories on how Narragansett is planning their fiscal future. As the SK School Committee prepares its budget, members say they're ready to think about implementing Plan 29 for next year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Vespia named to first RI Criminal Justice Hall of Fame tonight

January 12, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After serving as a Rhode Island State Trooper for 21 years, leading investigations in the arrest of crime boss Raymond Patrairca and solving a 1970s murder by five former Coventry Police officers, South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr. was inducted into the inaugural Rhode Island Criminal Justice Hall of Fame last night at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rhode Island Board of Governors discuss Dooley's retirement incentive program again

January 11, 2012

KINGSTON - The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education held their regular meeting on Monday evening, discussing a number of issues, including the newly proposed University Retirement Incentive Program (URIP) at the University of Rhode Island. Although no vote was taken for action, the plan will be discussed among many governmental parties, including the state Senate and the Governor’s office.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local officials, former candidates cited for failure to file finance reports

January 11, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Six South County elected officials or former candidates have been cited for failing to file campaign finance reports on time with some accruing thousands of dollars in fines for several years.

The latest quarterly report for December 2011 from the Rhode Island Board of Elections was released last week. According to the statistics, more than 200 current or former elected officials and candidates have failed to pay up, owing the state $1,191,175.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Preview today's Narragansett Times

January 11, 2012

In today's paper, we have the story of how the fishing vessel Elizabeth Helen capsized off the coast of Block Island. Coast Guard rescued the crew members Saturday on rafts.

This past Saturday the Matunuck commmunity banded together to get answers from the town of South Kingstown on what it is doing to prevent erosion along Matunuck Beach Road.

We also have the follow-up story on University of Rhode Island's President David M. Dooley's plan to create a retirement incentive program to rebalance the university's goals.

All and more inside, today's The Narragansett Times.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Matunuck fights on until its last breath

January 8, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – There were joys of reunion this past Saturday afternoon in Matunuck, but in the midst of hugs and smiles the summer beach community had more serious business on their minds.

The MC Homeowners Association that makes up Carpenters Beach Meadows brought together the town council, town staff and the Matunuck property owners to filter through the rumors and get to the bottom of what the town is doing to prevent erosion along Matunuck Beach Road.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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