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NK Fire Department christens new rescue vessel

June 12, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—On a bright, warm morning this past Saturday, the North Kingstown Fire Department gathered at Allen Harbor Marina to christen the newest member of its amphibious fleet; the Marine 5 fireboat.
The 37-foot ‘moose’ jet propulsion vessel boasts myriad technologies which will assist firefighters in responding to marine incidents, including compressed-air bottles, a deck monitoring system which draws water from the bay to fight fires, and side and bottom sonar in order to find sunken wrecks or individuals.

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Former NK officer dies after bus accident

June 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE—Last Wednesday afternoon, security officer Frank McKnight was struck by a RIPTA bus on Washington Street in Providence just outside the federal courthouse, causing injuries to which he succumbed on Thursday around 6:30 p.m. The 69 year-old, who served as a security officer for 12 years, had been a North Kingstown police officer from 1975 until his retirement in April 2002.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Deer Brook case sent back to Supreme Court for mediation

June 5, 2014

EXETER—At Monday evening’s town council meeting, Town Solicitor James Marusak informed the council that the ongoing issues at the Deer Brook Condominium site will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for further mediation. The site was originally the subject of a court order stipulating the Deer Brook Development Corporation (DBDC) to install groundwater monitoring wells, among other implementations, to improve the area’s environmental impact. Those stipulations to date have not been met.

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Family urges board to keep father’s murderer in prison

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—Howard ‘Zeke’ Harris was a man who had endured a difficult youth to become one of the most endearing and well-known members of the North Kingstown community. On Sept. 15, 1982, the furniture store owner and friend with many was murdered by James Hughes, who is scheduled for a parole board hearing on June 9.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Famed runestone to be placed in Updike Park

June 5, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A rediscovered runestone, water service maps, and sidewalk safety were topics of conversation at Monday night’s North Kingstown Town Council meeting.

The roughly five-ton runestone, discovered by a shellfisherman nearly a dozen years ago just below the low water mark off Pojac Point, appears to have ancient markings inscribed on its surface and has been the subject of debate for historians ever since.

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Being a foster parent rewarding for both children, guardians

June 4, 2014

WEST WARWICK—Although Donna LaRose has three grown daughters, and eight grandchildren, she still wanted to continue helping children grow and enjoy life, especially after her husband died three years ago. Now, the West Warwick resident has adopted Evan, a two-year old foster child, and urges locals to become foster parents.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whitehouse recognizes solar powered vessel at Quonset

May 22, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—The Port of Quonset last year saw over 175,000 vehicles land at its two piers from 158 ships traveling throughout the world’s oceans. On Monday, the port entertained a different kind of ship; the world’s first solar power-assisted car shipping vessel.

The is a 656 foot car shipment vessel powered largely by 300 solar panels which adorn the top deck. The approximately 60,000 gross ton ship, built in 2008, can hold over 6,000 vehicles on average, and is operated by the NYK Line, a shipping business headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Rumsey co-sponsors bill urging feds to identify drug ingredients

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Sen. Catherine Cool Rumsey (Dist. 34—Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) is among a number of state legislators who want to see greater accountability on the part of pharmaceutical companies regarding consumer knowledge. On May 6, the Rhode Island Senate passed a bill appealing to the U.S. Congress to require ‘country-of-origin’ labeling on consumer drugs.

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Local students take top honors in Langevin artwork competition

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Two local high school students have recently been recognized by Congressman James Langevin for their artistic skills and keen eye for the creative. Exeter-West Greenwich senior Eleni Giannopoulos and North Kingstown High School junior Devan Phillips were selected as top three finalists for Langevin’s 14th annual Rhode Island Second Congressional High School Art Competition.

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State leaders urge safe return of kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria

May 22, 2014


PROVIDENCE—Hundreds gathered in front of the Rhode Island State House this past Friday evening to express their sadness at the nearly 300 schoolgirls who have been kidnapped in Nigeria. State representatives spoke alongside members of the Nigerian Community of Rhode Island (NCRI), urging for the safe release of the girls, as well as for the public to help put pressure on the U.S. government to take action.

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