South Kingstown http://ripr.org en South Kingstown Ranked One Of Nation's Safest Towns http://ripr.org/post/south-kingstown-ranked-one-nations-safest-towns-0 <p>South Kingstown is the 27th safest community in the nation, according to data from the national organization Neighborhood Scout.</p><p>It reports the total number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents in towns of 25,000 residents or more. Despite being the state's largest town and the home of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown was the only Rhode Island town ranked in the top 100. South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia said the town's high ranking is due to more than just the police.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:28:12 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 29303 at http://ripr.org Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets http://ripr.org/post/heavy-snowfalls-straining-municipal-budgets <p>The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.</p><p></p><p>Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.</p><p>“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:38:24 +0000 Benjamin Becker 29246 at http://ripr.org Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets Anti Texting and Driving Campaign Brought to South Kingstown High School http://ripr.org/post/anti-texting-and-driving-campaign-brought-south-kingstown-high-school <p>Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause in highway fatalities among young people.</p><div><p>A safety campaign continues in local high schools to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.</p><p></p><p></p><p>About 270 students at South Kingstown High School signed a “pledge wall” on Thursday, promising to refrain from texting and driving.</p><p>The “It Can Wait” campaign is a national effort fronted by AT&amp;T and headed locally by the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Department of Transportation.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:55:25 +0000 Dylan Weisser 16141 at http://ripr.org Anti Texting and Driving Campaign Brought to South Kingstown High School Power coming back, storm gets ranked http://ripr.org/post/power-coming-back-storm-gets-ranked <p>(Update)&nbsp; As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100.&nbsp; 95 percent of those are in Washington County.</p><p>----</p><p>National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island.&nbsp; 2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County.&nbsp; On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:06:29 +0000 Lydia Rogers 10185 at http://ripr.org Power coming back, storm gets ranked