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EG’s Gee takes District 35 for Republicans

September 11, 2014

EAST GREENWICH- After months of campaigning, District 35 Republican candidate Mark Gee moves on to face Democrat James Callaghan for a Senate seat in November, defeating North Kingstown School Committee Chair Kimberly Page.
Tuesday’s election saw approximately 68 percent of District 35 (East Greenwich, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Narragansett) voters tally for Gee, while Page earned 31 percent. 1,479 Dist. 35 residents came out to vote.
Gee continued to campaign with groups of people dressed in neon t-shirts with his name on them at polling places throughout the district.

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New Bedford woman arrested for rental scam

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—In perhaps one of the more bizarre local capers, a New Bedford woman has recently been arrested for renting thousands of dollars worth in tractor equipment, and not returning it. Roselyn Lawrence, of 192 Cedar St., Apt. 2, New Bedford, Mass., was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Providence on Sept. 3, and has charges in multiple Rhode Island cities and towns for scamming local businesses.

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District inaugurates new playground at Stony Lane Elementary School

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Students of Stony Lane Elementary School and their friends were let loose on the school’s newest edition last Thursday; a state-of-the-art playground. Kids climbed the monkey bars or swayed back and forth in the tire swing as their parents looked on or joined the fun, all of which was made possible by the hard work of a group of committed parents and faculty.
Two years ago, a couple of parents recognized that the playground at Stony Lane was an eyesore, unused and over a decade old, and decided to take action.

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Local man arrested for shoplifting with ‘booster bag’

September 11, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—An East Greenwich man was apprehended last week during an in-progress shoplifting incident at Kohl’s in North Kingstown. North Kingstown police officers discovered that Bruce E. Judge, 67, of 279 Main St., was allegedly attempting to steal jewelry and cologne.
According to the report, officers responded to Kohl’s on Sept. 5 at approximately 12:30 p.m., and witnessed Judge via security cameras walking behind a display with a bag and then emerge and leave the store without the same bag.

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21 year-old sentenced for DUI resulting in death of friend

September 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday afternoon, a 21 year-old Richmond man was sentenced to 15 years with eight to serve at the ACI after driving under the influence last year, killing his friend after striking a utility pole. Zachary Thole, of 8 Twilight Road in Richmond, had a registered blood alcohol content of .102 the night of November 22, 2013, when he and his friends left Cornerstone Pub after drinking as minors.

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District 35 candidates ready for primary

September 4, 2014

While pedaling on his bicycle around the various neighborhoods in North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown and Narragansett that make up District 35 over the last few weeks, East Greenwich Town Councilman Mark Watkins Gee has seen many vehicles parked at the homes he’s visited with license plates showing oranges symbolizing the Sunshine State as opposed to the roaring wave of the Ocean State.

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NK woman bikes to Oregon in memory of friend

September 4, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN - When Emily Lipsitz, a 21-year-old North Kingstown resident, left Baltimore for a cross-country fundraising bike tour to Portland, Oregon, she had no idea how much it would affect her life.
The group, riding for the non-profit 4kforcancer, left passionately with 28 members, and returned home in grief with one less friend.

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Blanchette hired as new Jamestown superintendent

September 4, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho Assistant Superintendent of Schools Carol Blanchette is leaving Chariho to become the Jamestown Superintendent of Schools. Blanchette will replace Jamestown’s Marcia Lukon, who retired in June after seven years as superintendent.
Blanchette was with the Chariho Schools for 16 years. From 1999 to 2003, she was the principal at Charlestown Elementary School and became principal at Chariho Middle School Principal from 2003 to 2008, when she became the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

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Gamba, Costa criticized for edited poster

August 28, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—District 32 candidate Sharon Gamba has received a fair share of criticism over the past week by placing her name on a poster promoting North Kingstown resident and country music artist Tim Charron’s free concert, which took place last night. The poster was originally designed and approved by the concert organizer, the North Kingstown Arts Council, and distributed in the Aug. 21 edition of The Northeast Independent, a move which was not approved by the council.

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Tempers flare at school committee meeting

August 28, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Frustration boiled over at Tuesday’s North Kingstown School Committee meeting as members had to wait for a quorum before commencing the voting portion of the agenda. With only three other members present, committee member William Mudge left the meeting without explanation.
Committee chair Kimberly Page asked Mudge to return, but he left the auditorium. Because committee members Robert Jones, Cheryl Clarkin, and Lynda Avanzato were not present, Mudge’s absence left the committee without a quorum through which votes could be passed or denied.

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