Archive - Dec 2010
Itâs that time of year again. The turkey leftovers have quickly disappeared and the break room at work is looking awfully bare without its mountain of Christmas cookies. With the holiday treats and desserts, itâd seem as if you were preparing for hibernation. But as you look down at the numbers on the scale and observe the extra pounds you gained these past couple of months, it seems like the perfect time to join that health fitness club. As New Yearâs approaches, you may decide to make it a resolution to lose weight in the next year. So how do you make your resolution a reality? By staying clear of the follow fitness myths.
KINGSTON â The state's single public university, the University of Rhode Island is seeing the biggest increase in graduate school applications and enrollment in 10 years. The graduate school also learned that two of its doctoral programs rank in the top 10 nationally and a third is ranked in the top 20.
The students at Washington Oak Elementary School have teamed up with members of the Sons of Italy to show their support to troops serving overseas this holiday season.
The students in Jessica OâConnellâs second grade class at the school worked on creating holiday cards for soldiers serving overseas as a classroom project. OâConnell instructed the children on card making strategies and discussed with them possibilities for inscriptions.
Under their teacherâs guidance, the students each made a card to send to the soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.
WESTERLY -- On Jan. 1, 2011 the brave, daring WARM Shelter supporters will gather at the Andrea Hotel in Misquamicut Beach and dive into the icy Atlantic to raise funds for WARM in its efforts toward ending hunger and providing shelter for people in the community experiencing homelessness.
Being a reporter for a local weekly newspaper requires immersion in the communityâs events, celebrations and rituals.
In six months, Iâve racked up quite a few of them, from parades to dinners to Main Street Strolls. Iâve even stood on the processing line in Municipal Court after receiving a traffic ticket.
But before last Friday, I had yet to do breakfast at Jiggerâs Diner.
I could cry lack of opportunity, since Iâd only been here a few weeks when state officials closed it down this summer for falling well in arrears on state taxes. But while interviewing people for my story about the closing, they inevitably bounced a question back at me:
âHave you ever eaten breakfast at Jiggerâsââ
To that, I could only plead nolo. While I grew up just a few miles up Post Road to the north, I had never set foot in the diner. While Iâve enjoyed the few meals Iâve eaten in diners, Iâm not really the go-out-for-breakfast type â mine usually consists of popping waffles in the toaster or microwaving pancakes (I generally donât leave the house without having eaten breakfast, and mercifully, I keep quickie doughnut breakfasts to a bare minimum).
The only freshly made pancakes Iâve eaten the past several years have been at The Pancake Man in Yarmouth during Cape Cod vacations (if I donât catch them during their summer vacation). Theyâre a very rare luxury item at my house, given my opting for convenience after waking up and my wifeâs work schedule, which often sees me leaving before she arrives home (and I would not ask her to cook after work, anyway).
When the Town Council voted last Monday night to reinstate Jiggerâs owner Iva Reynhoutâs victualling license, allowing her to reopen after she had come to terms with the state Division of Taxation to resolve her debt, the questions came again.
In the end, I give Council Vice President Henry V. Boezi the credit for luring me into a visit. After the meeting, he made a pretty convincing argument for me to venture out from my North Providence home without filling my belly first.
NARRAGANSETTâ According to Department of Environmental Management marine biologists, Atlantic herring have arrived in RI state waters this December, as expected. Commercial fishing for herring has been traditionally pursued by local vessels. However, this fishery is also being targeted opportunistically by mid-water pair trawl vessels from other states, particularly when northern herring management areas are closed once allowable quotas have been harvested.
Out with the old and in with the new. If you had to make room for your new possessions after the holidays and find you have a carload of materials to discard, mark your calendar for January 8. On that date, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will hold a free Eco-Depot and e-waste collection from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Central Landfill in Johnston.
Computer professionals two or three times the age of Nikhil Mahadevan spend years trying to find that âkiller app,â the computer program that will bring them fame and fortune.
The East Greenwich High School senior didnât wring a fortune out of his newly designed class scheduling app, but itâs certainly won him some thanks and recognition in the school corridors.
âWhy should a stranger be able to buy a home at a price the current homeowner can afford?â
So many times I am sitting at a closing table of a homeowner losing their home to short sale or foreclosure and their home is being sold at market value or even less. They see a stranger sitting across from them buying their home at a price they can afford if only they were offered the chance. All because they could not receive a loan modification or some program to help them stay in their home.
On behalf of many Americans who have lost the dream of homeownership, we need a plan to keep the homeowner in their home.
NARRAGANSETTâDeborah Gist, Commissioner of Rhode Islandâs Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will be visiting Pier Middle School on Jan. 6 and will hold an open forum at Narragansett High School for the public as well as a meeting with the Board of Regents. She will meet with the public at Narragansett High School from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will hold a forum. She will facilitate a discussion of a recent proposal to institute a tiered diploma system for secondary school graduates which would take into account the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) test.