Archive - 2010
HOPKINTON â€“ One of the new Town Council's first actions was to move forward with advertising that it is looking for people interested in joining the Charter Review Committee.
NARRAGANSETT â€“ PBS's â€śSesame Streetâ€ť and â€śThe Electric Companyâ€ť are taking lessons from southern Rhode Island school districts to help increase its focus for the next two years on science and inquiry.
Sara Sweetman, director of education for the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-NET), has been working behind the scenes with Sesame Workshop since February, first in a series of seminars in New York and then continuing with regular conversations with the group that produces â€śSesame Streetâ€ť and â€śThe Electric Company.â€ť
WOOD RIVER JCT. â€“ An all-day kindergarten program will be offered in the Chariho Regional School District starting in the 2011-12 school year.
Unanimous approval of a plan to institute a full day of kindergarten was one of the first actions by the newly elected Chariho Regional School Committee, which voted on the item at its Nov. 23 meeting.
The board was faced with several options by the administration, one of which would have implemented the program with minimal costs by eliminating or phasing out the regular-education preschool class.
The 800-pound “political football” in the firehouse is about to get much more attention.
By a 3-0 vote with two abstentions, the East Greenwich Fire District Board of Commissioners Thursday night asked the newly elected Town Council to conduct a study of whether the historically independent fire district, which collects its own taxes to fund its operations, should be merged into town government.
NARRAGANSETT- Just in time for the holiday season, BayScape Nursery has opened its new retail location at 933 Boston Neck Road.
Owners Barry Mills and Ed Fishell, both natives of Narragansett who were raised just down the road in Mettatuxet, opened the doors to the public last Friday. Construction on the new building, adjacent greenhouse and surrounding property took just over nine months to complete. Bayscape was originally located about a mile north behind the Saunderstown post office.
"It's a more convenient location for everyone," said Fishell during a recent interview. "We are much more visible now and more people will see what we have to offer here. Plus it means a lot to Barry and I that we grew up so close to the place.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“As the new president of South Kingstown Town Council, Ella Whaley plans to reach out to community members and bridge the divide amongst town organizations.
Whaley has been an elected official in South Kingstown for 12 years, first working on the school committee for eight years and then working on the town council. After being elected for her third term to the council this year, the council elected her as president at the swearing-in ceremony Monday, Nov. 22.
KINGSTON - Several decorated Christmas trees from around the area will be unveiled and lit at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Center for the Arts.
The photo alongside this announcement depicts some of the 50 Chariho Regional High School students who created more than 100 ornaments as part of the school's art programs.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The South Kingstown Public Libraries are collecting LEGOs and DUPLOS for youth library programs.
"It's a growing popular program. It's successful in bringing in kids who otherwise wouldn't come to the other library programs especially boys that are school age," Tina Ladika of the Peace Dale Library said.
Ladika said with the donations, the South Kingstown Public Libraries would like to create a LEGO club. She said that it seems children are interested in the club.