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Cool Rumsey praises taskforce’s judgment in NICS legislation

July 24, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Earlier this month, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed two pieces of legislation which will allow the submission of limited information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) regarding a person’s mental health history and their potential disqualification from owning a gun. Last year, Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Exeter, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) and Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (Dist.

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NK Council debates charter amendments

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On Monday evening, the North Kingstown Town Council debated a number of recommendations given by the Charter Review Commission, which has been researching potential improvements to the town charter over the past several months. The amendments which the council approved will be placed on the voter ballot in this November’s local elections.

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QDC approves Cape Wind lease option

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) approved an option to lease agreement with Cape Wind Associates, LLC to establish a construction staging and transport area on two parcels of the port’s land. Cape Wind, which has been pushing through a lengthy permitting process and public debate since 2001, was the first to receive a federally recognized commercial lease to build a 130-piece wind turbine facility between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

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Volunteers angry with FNKAS’ mission change

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A number of volunteers are angry with the leadership for the Friends of North Kingstown Animal Shelter (FNKAS), who have recently changed their name and mission statement. The non-profit, now called ‘the Friends of Animals in Need (FAN),’ will serve ‘statewide demands’ for assisting animal shelters financially across the state.

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Fallen NK vets to be named on memorial

July 17, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Two North Kingstown men will at long last be honored in the coming months for their sacrifice to the United States’ cause in World War II and Vietnam. Capt. Leroy H. Allen and Chief Builder Walter McGinn will have their names etched onto the monument across from North Kingstown Town Hall, the absence of which was brought to the attention of the town council by the parades committee.
Meeting on June 30, the committee unanimously approved a recommendation to have the two men memorialized, which the town council approved unanimously in turn on Monday evening.

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DBR investigating Cornerstone Pub in Exeter

July 10, 2014

EXETER—On the night of Nov. 22, 2013, Jo-Ann Gershkoff was given news which no mother ever wants to hear; her son Nicholas was killed in a drunk driving accident. Now, the mother of three is seeking action from the state and the venue which served Nicholas and his friends, all underage, alcohol last fall.
On Monday evening, Gershkoff informed the Exeter Town Council that the Cornerstone Pub at 273 Nooseneck Hill Road, Exeter, is currently the subject of an investigation from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation regarding its alcohol service to minors.

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Exeter Council addresses break-ins

July 10, 2014

EXETER—At its regular meeting on Monday evening, the Exeter Town Council addressed concern from residents about break-ins which have occurred in recent months. Councilman Robert Johnson asked that residents who suspect a break-in should contact the Rhode Island State Police, but emphasized on Wednesday that the issue is not ‘out of control.’
“There have been four events in the past year on Widow Sweets Road,” said Johnson. “I am trying to confirm with the state police what information they have, but there was a rumor it was a Verizon guy, or a guy imitating a Verizon guy.”

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NKHS choir gathers to remember 1975 Romania trip

July 10, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As the slideshow flipped through memories captured in faded photographs, the North Kingstown choir whispered stories from a nostalgic past, when in 1975 they traveled to Romania to sing songs and experience life outside of the confines of Post Road and Route 102.

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State labor board issues new complaint

July 3, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—As North Kingstown and its firefighters continue to contend over the March 2012 implementation of a three-platoon scheduling system, the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Board (SLRB) has issued a new unfair labor practice complaint against the town for sending a letter appealing for a settlement without union knowledge. The March 27 letter was sent to individual firefighters because of the council’s concern that the tentative settlement agreed with the North Kingstown Firefighters Association (NKFFA), Local 1651, was not passed on to its membership.

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RIDOH suspends license of EMT technician

July 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE—A North Kingstown EMT technician had his license suspended by the Rhode Island Department of Health last month after pleading no contest to two counts of felony assault a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. On June 17, Rhode Island Dept. of Health Director Michael Fine signed a summary order to suspend the license of Mark Alves, a technician since March 1995.

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