March 2, 2019 - Narragansett Times - “Residents form ‘Love Your Library’ group to help push project forward”

NARRAGANSETT – Fearing the current town council could end the project, a group of citizens last week formed a coalition to ensure a new library is built in Narragansett. Love Your Library, a 501(c)(4) organization, has filed voter initiative petitions with the town clerk to ensure the town moves ahead with relocating Maury Loontjens Memorial Library to the former IGA/Belmont Market property in the Pier Marketplace. Resident Nancy DeNuccio is the chair of the new group. 

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February 11, 2019 - Narragansett Times - “Public support for library does not waver”

NARRAGANSETT – Despite having to wait until the end of Monday’s town council meeting, the public unwaveringly supported the continuation of the town’s library project at the former Belmont structure two weeks after a council majority voted to sell the property. The town has been working toward a new library since 68 percent of voters approved a $5.8 million bond for it in 2016, though progress has been stalled by the current council, which also voted to move the public comment portion of recent town council gatherings to the meeting’s end, citing a desire to handle town business as town manager James Manni prepares to exit the role to head the Rhode Island State Police.

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January 25, 2019 - The Providence Journal - “Narragansett residents open new chapter in fight for library”

NARRAGANSETT — Instead of giving up their dream of renovating a former supermarket into a bigger, safer library, backers of the plan changed tactics Wednesday, the day after the Town Council voted to sell the IGA/Belmont property instead of seeking proposals from architects.

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January 23, 2019 - Turn to 10 - “Narragansett residents outraged over ditched plan for library property”

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WJAR) — The town council in Narragansett voted 3-2 along majority lines to sell the location that was approved by voters for a new library, leaving many residents outraged.

“Narragansett, where democracy died January 22, 2019,” one frustrated resident said at the meeting, which was held Tuesday night.

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January 7, 2019 - Channel 12 - “Narragansett residents rally over stalled construction of new library”

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) -- Residents in Narragansett are frustrated with town leadership over the stalled construction of a brand new library.

More than 100 people attended the Narragansett Town Council meeting Monday night to voice their concerns over the issue. Prior to the meeting, many of those residents also rallied outside the Narragansett Town Hall in support of building the new library.

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November 12, 2016 - The Independent - “Library bond question overwhelmingly approved in Narragansett”

Narragansett voters want a new library and they’re willing to pay for it.

By a nearly 2-1 margin, voters approved local ballot question 8 Tuesday night, authorizing the town to spend $5.8 million to move Maury Loontjens Memorial Library to the former Belmont Market space in Pier Marketplace.

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