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SRI Chamber wins name change lawsuit

January 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Washington Superior Court Judge Brian Stern ruled against the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island in their request for a temporary injunction on Wednesday. The action was aimed to prevent South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce from changing its name to Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce (SRICC), which it had enacted on July 25, 2011.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Zoning Board hears Phil’s plans for renovations

January 20, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The owners of Phil’s Kitchen are seeking three special use permits to expand its liquor license to full service alcohol, expand service to a roof top deck that would lead to the proposed space for the Contemporary Theater Company and a variance from parking requirements.

The proposed changes are part of Phil’s owners Kenneth and Carl Tetzners’ plans to renovate the block. The property at 325 Main Street includes Phil’s Restaurant, the former Kiddie Kloset and the site behind the restaurant, where the theater plans to move into.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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January 20, 2012

This week Judge Stern ruled that Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce can keep its name after the United Chambers of Commerce filed a suit in December, believing that the name change was a hostile act.

On Wednesday, the South Kingstown Zoning Board vetted the plans for Phil's Restaurant in downtown Wakefield to renovate the business, which includes bringing the Contemporary Theater Company next door, adding a roof top deck and full alcohol service.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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
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