Labor Board Sides With Firefighters, Against 24-Hour Shifts
The state Labor Relations Board Friday ruled the Town of North Kingstown “engaged in deliberate and unlawful behavior” when it switched firefighters from 10-hour to 24-hour shifts in March 2012, and it ordered the town to immediately revert back to the previous schedule and wage rates. (The ruling can be seen here.)
Tim Cranston, town historian as well as NK's water quality specialist, earned a place of distinction amongst residents years ago. Now, the state has is recognizing Cranston for his volunteer service in the name of historic preservation. Cranston will receive the Antoinette F. Downing Volunteer Service Award Sunday, at the Rhode Island Perservation Celebration in Westerly.
Hodgson Considers Running For AG
State Sen. Dawson Hodgson (Dist. 35-NK, EG, SK, Narr.) is considering a run for state attorney general in 2014, he said Thursday. “I haven’t made my final decision but it’s something I’d like to do,” he said. Hodgson, a Republican, lives in North Kingstown.
5 Indicted For Killing Of Former NK Girl
The Providence County Grand Jury issued a secret indictment charging Branden Castro, Luis Gonzales, Angel Valerio, and Ricardo Vasquez with murder, and other charges, for the June 15 shooting in Providence that left 12-year-old Aynis Vargas dead and injured three others. Vargas, of Cranston, lived in North Kingstown in 2011-12. She had been a student at Hamilton Elementary School.
Council Wrestles With Sewer Issues Present & Future
The Town Council heard from and discussed issues relating to sewer assessments for the section of Post Road that now has sewers, and contemplated where next to go with sewers at its meeting Monday night.
NK Police Log: Car Troubles and a No-Contact Order
Car Vandalized For a Fourth Time: A McConnell Court resident believes her car has been targeted by a group of youths in the neighborhood. She said she had been checking her car each morning for new damage and discovered her car had been vandalized a fourth time on the morning of Sept. 16.
North Kingstown One Of R.I.'s Safer Towns
It turns out North Kingstown is pretty darn safe, compared to the rest of Rhode Island. NK rates as the state's fifth least violent community, according to data compiled by GoLocalProv from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Only Portsmouth, East Greenwich, Richmond and Little Compton had less violent crime per capita.
NK Residents Living Near Water Told To 'Know Your Risk
'North Kingstown is uniquely situated, literally, when it comes to rising sea levels. With the village of Wickford right at the water's edge, it will feel the brunt of rising waters before just about every other town center in Rhode Island. That's one of the reasons the URI Coastal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant program approached in 2010 North Kingstown to be part of a pilot program on climate-change adaptation.