Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Residents advised to monitor weather and seek shelter in event of hazardous weather.
The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Special Weather Statement for the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Thunderstorms have already been forming in Southern New Hampshire and additional storms are expected to develop across Massachusetts, Northern Connecticut and Rhode Island during the afternoon hours. Some of these storms will produce damaging wind gusts, hail, lightning and heavy rainfall. The main threats will be gusting winds and heavy downpours, according to the NWS. Residents should closely monitor weather conditions during the afternoon hours and take shelter immediately should dangerous weather develop.
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Americans across the country are reacting with shock to the devastation caused by a 2-mile wide Tornado in Oklahoma. Dozens have died, and President Obama has declared the path of the tornado a major disaster area. If you would like to help, you can do so from your computer or mobile device right now. Patch will be posting stories of locals who are working to help victims from afar. If you know of someone local was affected by the tornado or who is working to help the victims, please contact your local editor.
The state trooper talks of the first moments after the explosions, hopes to check in with people he helped.
Smithfield's Roupen Bastajian, a RI State Trooper running the Boston Marathon, exhausted after finishing the race, lept to the aid of bombing victims when two blasts struck bystanders April 15. Last week, Bastajian was honored for his actions that day aiding people with severed and lacerated limbs without a second thought upon hearing the blasts. The RI State Police awarded Bastajian with their highest honor, the service ribbon, which the trooper wore during a Monday morning press conference. Yesterday morning, he spoke about it for the first time since during a press conference. Bastajian said before the explosions, he'd been requesting medical attention himself, since he'd just finished running 26.2 miles with little advance training. …
The following is based on reports from the South Kingstown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Kaan P. Kurt, 21, of 93 Circuit Drive, Narragansett, was charged with driving under the influence on May 15 after he reportedly hit a pole on Moonstone Beach Road and became combative with rescue personnel. Officers responded to the single-car accident at the intersection with Mill Pond Road at about 1:30 a.m. to find Kurt’s Honda CRV had hit a telephone pole hard enough to deploy both front seat airbags. Kurt initially said his name was Kyle and said he didn’t know how he ended up on the roadway, according to reports. Kurt, who had a cut across his forehead, responded inconsistently and kept his eyes closed during questioning, according to reports. When asked if he had taken any drugs or alcohol, Kurt reportedly responded, “They won’t be…
Some of the best places to spend the summer are the beach, the mountains—or even your own backyard. Will you enjoy the summer here in town or travel away?
For some, the thrill of going to theme parks near or far with their family is the best way to spend the summer. Others love the relaxation of shelling and boating at the beach. Some find solace in having a summer staycation and relaxing in their own backyard. We want to know where Narragansett and South Kingstown residents are choosing to spend their summer. Will you have a staycation on the beautiful beaches right here in town or venture out of state? Do you go to the same vacation destination every year? Do you use the summer to do home improvement projects? Check out some of the local hot spots in the Narragansett-SK Patch Directory, and share in the comments below where you plan on hanging out during the year's hottest months.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The legislature has submitted 18 bills "developed to improve the coordination and quality of Rhode Island’s economic development efforts and help business succeed in their efforts to grow here."
Matthew Royer, 21, was last seen in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania State Police are still searching for a 21-year-old University of Rhode Island student who went missing last week. Matthew R. Royer reportedly began his trek home to Collegeville, PA from Rhode Island on Thursday. When he didn't arrive home, his family contacted authorities. His car, a silver 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, was last seen at Routes 501 and 422 in Lebanon County around 1 p.m. Friday, May 17. Royer is a student in URI's pharmacy program. He is described as around 6'1", 160 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. His license plate is GZR9059. Those with any information on his whereabouts are asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police Skippack Station at 610-584-1250.
Recent goings on at the Rhode Island State House.
Monday, May 20
General Assembly launches easy-to-use bill tracking email system Members of the public who want to track the progress of certain bills throughout the legislative session can now use the General Assembly website to sign up for email updates. After a simple registration process, a member of the public can subscribe to up to 50 bills of his or her choice. Using the new tool, one can search for bills by committee, category, sponsor, range of bill numbers or individual bill numbers. Users will receive email updates regarding the change in status of these bills hourly, daily, or weekly, depending upon their preferred settings. Senate passes legislation banning gender rating in health insurance market Falling into step with the federal …
Take a look at Patch's Jobs page to start your employment search.
By most measures, the economy seems to be improving and the jobless rate is slowly shrinking. But plenty are still searching for work after the worst recession in neary a century dramatically shrunk the jobs market. Jobs are increasing, but the recovery is till moving slowly. Those looking for work must search multiple outlets to find the perfect employment for them. Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch is here to help. The Narragansett-SK Patch Jobs page allows job seekers to search by location or job title. Find employment right here in town or in surrounding towns up to 50 miles away. From a sales director to a CNA to a probation officer, more than 500 jobs are available with 10 miles of town. To access the Jobs page, click the link …
Eva-Marie Mancuso, the state’s new Board of Education chair, uses courtroom demeanor to try to convince angry teachers and nervous parents that change is necessary.
Eva-Marie Mancuso enjoys a lively debate but is clear about one thing: When it comes to educating Rhode Island’s children, the status quo is not an option. At a recent Q&A session in East Greenwich, the state’s new Board of Education chair, sparred with state Sen. James Sheehan (D-NK, Narr.) over teacher evaluations, cajoled teachers to work with the state, and tried to reassure at least one parent that using passage of a test as a graduation requirement is the right move. The forum, organized by the EG Democratic Town Committee, was held at EG’s Town Hall, the former Kent County Courthouse. The setting suited Mancuso, a personal injury lawyer. Although the new Board of Education for the first time combines all levels of public education …