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Trying to avoid falling into ‘holes’

March 6, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Employees with the East Greenwich Department of Public Works, like many people around the state, have had a very difficult winter season to contend with.

Sitting behind the wheels of their plow trucks, DPW employees had to endure long hours clearing away the numerous inches of snow that have fallen over the town over the last three-plus months – sometimes having to go back out and re-plow due to multiple storms hitting the area within mere days of each other.

Now, as the weather – slowly, but surely – trends toward warmer temperatures, the DPW is having a new issue on its hands, something that can cause more harm than small patches of ice or areas of slushy, slick snow.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Two men arrested for shoplifting CVS store on S. County Trail

March 6, 2014

Two men were arrested by East Greenwich police last Tuesday for allegedly stealing several items from area CVS stores, including on South County Trail.

Anthony J. Gambuto, 45, of 337 Simmonsville Ave., Johnston, was taken into custody for conspiracy to commit shoplifting and receiving stolen goods-misdemeanor. Roy A. Defusco, 49, of 2046 Elmwood Ave., Warwick, was arrested and charged with shoplifting-felony, conspiracy to commit shoplifting and receiving stolen goods-misdemeanor.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SORI has splashing success

March 6, 2014

Over the weekend, Goddard Park State Beach looked anything but a summer setting.

Ice and snow was scattered in patches across the sand and waters across Greenwich Bay, making the place that is known as a warm-weather attraction seem like a winter wonderland.

But that didn’t stop many residents from around Rhode Island from testing the waters on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School budget adopted

March 6, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — One week after proposing their 2015 fiscal budget and making some reductions within it, the members of the East Greenwich School Committee formally adopted the financial plan Tuesday evening at Cole Middle School that will be formally presented to the Town Council within the next couple of weeks.

Since the School Committee last met back on Feb. 25, both Superintendent Victor Mercurio and Maryanne Crawford, the director of administration, came up with several changes – some significant – in order to bring the final tally down to a reasonable level.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local contractor arrested last week

March 6, 2014

An East Greenwich contractor was taken into custody by members of the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit last Wednesday for allegedly obtaining money under false pretenses and forgery.

According to a press release from the State Police, the arrest of Thomas J. Primeau, 56, of 30 Trappers Ln., East Greenwich, was the result of an investigation of a complaint from an individual who hired Primeau – the owner of Philip Ryan Homes, LTD whoe oversees the construction of custom-built homes – to build a house in East Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

R.I. officials discuss need for an increase of minimum wage

February 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage. The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence recently.

Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks. Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Langevin visits Dave’s Market during ‘Food Week’

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — U.S. Congressman James Langevin (D-R.I.) has spent the last few years discussing ways and methods as to how to bolster the lackluster economy in the Ocean State, such as his initiatives for technical education in order to support job growth.

Now, the District 2 congressman is hoping his latest idea for bettering Rhode Island’s economy would leave a good taste in everyone’s mouth, both figuratively and literally.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

EG to see ‘signs’ of change

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH — Members of the East Greenwich Town Council had a brief discussion during their Monday meeting at Town Hall regarding amending the text of the sign code within the Town’s zoning ordinance.

Lisa Bourbonnais, the Town’s planning director, told the Council that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) among other organizations had identified there were issues within the Town’s sign code, problems that the ACLU deemed “unconstitutional or unsupportable” and the organization is requesting revisions to the ordinance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Newton stepping down?

February 27, 2014

EAST GREENWICH - Could there be a new chairman of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee in the near future?

In an interview late Monday morning, Chuck Newton, who currently holds the highest position at the RTC, stated he recently submitted a letter of resignation to the executive board for review.

The reasoning behind Newton’s decision to potentially step down as chairman, he says, stems from his involvement in helping State Senator Nick Kettle (R-Coventry) create a false Facebook profile page that mocked Coventry Representative Scott Guthrie, an incident that resulted in Newton losing his job as communications director of the House Minority Office at the State House.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Quite The Character

February 27, 2014

Bill Culbertson’s life involves living in two different worlds.

On one hand, the North Smithfield resident makes the half-hour ride south to East Greenwich to mentor young aspiring minds on a fulltime basis in the Video Game Design department at the New England Institute of Technology, helping them create virtual worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a computer screen.

On the other hand, Culbertson spends as much time as humanly possible creating worlds and characters and bringing them to life on a television screen for families and children to enjoy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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