Archive - Dec 9, 2010
The students at Father John V. Doyle School in Coventry got to see the â€śbiggest living thing on the planetâ€ť last week.
The object was brought into their school for observation during the Boston Museum of Science Life Cycleâ€™s Traveling program. The object wasnâ€™t however, unmanageable, and that was because it was just a babyâ€¦a baby Giant Sequoia. Giant Sequoias, the biggest trees on the planet, only grow in California, but the program had a sapling which they had grown from a seed shipped here from California.
Did you see that it's already snowing in Paris?
Why do I mention that? Well, try as we may to avoid it, we all know the white stuff is coming sooner or later so you should take advantage of the time we have left before Mother Nature makes going outside a difficult task and pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.
Why is it worth your worth?
Well, quite simply, it's the gold standard of local news coverage.
Don't believe me? Look no further than this week's issue.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When you think of Christmas what comes to mind?
Well, thereâ€™s the obvious: shopping, decorating, family.
And, of course, thereâ€™s The Festival of Lights in Wickford.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Lights, a yearly event put on by local business merchants that brings life to the village with carolers, music and festivities.
This year, the sidewalks will be adorned with luminaria and plenty of Olde English Carolers will be filling the village with music.
Special to the Standard
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. â€“ Most came because they loved him. Others showed up because they knew him. Some knew friends of friends. Many didnâ€™t know him at all.
But from Exeter to Newport, from Middletown to East Greenwich, Coventry to South Kingstown, more than 350 people came to the Atlantic Beach Club on Saturday night to show love and generosity to the family and memory of John J. Hosch. How many thousands did they raise for his two daughtersâ€™ college education?
They are probably still counting at this writing.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“According to the Health and Wellness Survey the North Kingstown High School conducted in 2008, 92 percent of students who could drive reported having consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
One year later, that number has dropped to 20 percent.
At last weekâ€™s NK School Committee meeting, Working Together for Wellness (WTW) discussed how the community and school can help prevent substance abuse within the school district.
Special to the Standard
WEST GREENWICH - The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee voted to approve the Hockey Co-Op team last Tuesday night, joining EWG High School and West Warwick High School as a team.
With the West Warwick school committee also approving the team, the EWG committee voted to approve with Member Robert Bollengier dissenting. Bollengier pointed out that the approved language from the West Warwick school committee doesnâ€™t definitively state that the EWG school district will have no financial responsibility for the co-op team.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The 2010 Christmas shopping season is now in full swing and what better place to buy gifts is right here in your backyard?
Thatâ€™s the question many local businesses are asking as many of the shops in Wickford, and throughout Rhode Island, have begun their holiday season with open houses and major sales.
Donna Trottier owner of The Blue Hydrangea, located at 2 Main St., markets her merchandise as â€ścute and reasonableâ€ť.
Customers can spend $20 and walk away with a bag-full of items, including hostess gifts, unique napkins, jewelry, books and much more.
John Allen Arnold Weaver, who grew up in Wickford, proudly traces his ancestors to such distant realms as the Knights Templar and the Normans of England. Locally, he goes â€śright back to Plimouth Plantionsâ€ť and on to Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.
By JONATHAN GIBBS
When one summons a sensory image of what Christmas is supposed to look, smell and sound like, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Naray in Kunar Province may be among the last to come to mind. Hard by the Pakistan border, it is muscled with angular mountains that seem to rise straight up out of the earth as if some malevolent force was trying to punch through the ground.
RICHMOND -- Members of the Town Council were unhappy with several elements of the first draft financial audit received at last Tuesday night's meeting.