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Child killer agrees to remain behind bars

May 29, 2011

CRANSTON – After months of speculation and public outrage at the news of convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee’s early release from prison, Woodmansee has agreed to remain locked up after he’s released from prison Sept. 1.

At a press conference at the ACI last Friday, the state Department of Corrections announced that Michael Woodmansee agreed to voluntarily commit himself to a locked ward at the state mental institution at Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston.

Newly appointed Pier beach manager ready for summer

May 29, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—The town council approved the appointment of Steven Wright to the position of Beach Superintendent this Monday evening with a vote of four to one. The position will run actively from May 15 to September 30. Wright’s main charge will be the upkeep of daily operational activities and the management of beach staff at a pay rate of $4500 per month.

URI, CRMC hold local workshop on marine planning

May 28, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—The ocean is a vast and multicolored canvas upon which humans use different paint strokes in order to classify and document its usages. In any given area, the seascape is used for everything from launching kayaks to dredging the ocean’s bottom to construct underwater natural gas lines. No one document, however, exists to catalog all of these usages at any particular time.

Tempers flare in SK as teachers stand in solidarity

May 27, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown teachers stood up in solidarity against the school committee and Superintendent Tuesday night, filling the Broad Rock Middle School with passion, determination and frustration. After the school committee adopted two policies and tabled one policy concerning teacher evaluation, transfers and layoffs and the Code of Professional Responsibility, teachers did not hold back their disfavor and the trust between teachers and the school department began to ebb.

URI Class of 2011 graduates stand tall

May 26, 2011

KINGSTON – Dr. Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J. urged the University of Rhode Island undergraduate class of 2011 graduating from the Kingston campus last Sunday to stand, to stand tall in their honor and dignity and to stand for change.

On the crisp cool Sunday afternoon on the University quadrangle in the center of the campus, 3,283 students, including 2,003 Rhode Islanders obtaining their bachelor’s degrees gathered at URI’s 125th undergraduate commencement ceremony with family, friends, and professors to receive their diplomas and walk into the real world.

SK resident Frost awarded Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Columbia

May 24, 2011

KINGSTON,–University of Rhode Island senior Meg Frost is determined to learn all she can about Hispanic culture.

She has already traveled to Costa Rica twice, spent a semester in Spain, and worked at a think tank analyzing Central American politics. Now she’s headed to Colombia as a Fulbright Fellow to teach English to college students, take classes, and engage in a community service project.

EDC, council meet on tax exemption

May 23, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With local small businesses in mind, the Economic Development Committee met with the Town Council Tuesday night to discuss the town’s tax exemption and stabilization program, hoping to make it easier for small businesses to apply for tax credits.

The Town Council originally approved the tax exemption guidance statement on Feb. 28 during a town meeting. The EDC later reviewed the statement at a work session on March 20. Based on that review, the EDC prepared proposed revisions to the statement, including emphasizing small businesses, reducing the taxable investment for program eligibility and making it more flexible and simple.

Chafee talks budget with local business owners and residents

May 22, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—Governor Lincoln Chafee met with local business owners and residents Wednesday morning to discuss his recently proposed budget. Chafee explained the state of Rhode Island’s economy at the Village Inn Restaurant in the Pier, detailing the motivation behind difficult budget cuts.

Dismal weather takes toll on local farmers, customers

May 21, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Usually April showers bring May flowers, but this year rain came in May, delaying the gardening season and putting a damper on local garden farmers.

“There’s been nine days of a measurable amount of precipitation thus far. Even though there was a rain deficit, the rain is more steady than normal,” Bill Simpson, spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton said.

South Kingstown resident starting first local outlet for cancer patients

May 20, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - When Bud McLeod was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2006 he was told he had only five to 10 more years to live. Now, rather than sitting idly by, McLeod is trying to find a cure with the help of others like him.
McLeod is starting the first Leukemia and Lymphoma Caring and Sharing Group in South County, hoping it can be an outlet for other cancer patients to discuss their prognosis and what can be done to help them beyond what the medical community has already done.

 

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