Archive - Jan 2011
NARRAGANSETTâA Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued four mariners on Wednesday from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y.
Crewmembers Benjamin Payne, Travis Tillet, and Jonathan pickett as well as Captain Jeffrey Wise were transported off the Lenore, a 75 foot commercial sterm trawler out of Point Judith, before it sank.
South Kingstown Public Schools: Closed
The Prout School: Closed
Windswept Montessori School: Closed
Monsignor Clarke School: Closed
South Kingstown Senior Service Center: Closed; No elderly meals
South Kingstown Adult Day Center: Closed
South Kingstown PD: Parking ban until 6 p.m. Friday
Narragansett Public Schools: Closed, 12 month employees report
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library: Closed
Narragansett PD: Parking ban until 6 a.m. Saturday
NARRAGANSETTâThe Historic District Commission, which has been active for one year but was established in the summer of 2009, met and reelected its current leadership on Jan. 11. Keith Lescarbeau remained Chairperson while Cheryl Lescarbeau continued on as Secretary and Larry Vranka as Vice-Chair. Mike Deluca continued to serve as Liaison Department Director and Denise Buonnono remains the Clerk of the Commission. Keith Lescarbeau, a contractor and owner of Abcore Restoration, was tapped to be on the commission the old fashioned way.
âWe found Keith through an advertisement in the newspaper,â Mike Deluca said. âWe had eight original applicants (seven positions with one alternate) and we appointed all of them."
I have always been a First Amendment purist, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and (obviously) freedom of the press.
But I donât think that calls for civility in our political rhetoric violate, or even restrict, the First Amendment.
Calls to ban or, even worse, punish harsh or uncivil political discussion would cross that line. But a voluntary admonition to tone it down and not be vicious or hateful is definitely inbounds.
Not all that long ago, politics was fun. It was fun for those who participated in it and it was fun for those, like journalists, who watched it.
PROVIDENCE - Rep. Donna M. Walsh has been appointed vice chairwoman of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, House Speaker Gordon D. Fox announced this week.
The school committee met with the town council Monday night to again discuss projected budget needs for fiscal year 2011-2012.
Superintended of schools Michael Convery and the school departmentâs finance director Robin Reasor presented on behalf of the schools.
In addition to a list of items cut from the schools over the last few years, salary projections, detailed student enrollment projections their presentation included a capital budget request fiscal year 2011-2012.
While a technology upgrade to East Greenwich High School received the School Committeeâs blessing last night, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School question continues to hang over the heads of school officials.
As a Jan. 31 joint meeting with the Town Council looms ahead, the school board opted not to vote Tuesday night on a $3.9 million overhaul of Meadowbrook as it awaits a more detailed report from engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Hager and architecture firm SMMA on flooring, roofing and HVAC concerns.
NARRAGANSETTâFor four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the stateâs cheapest and most expensive station rates.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â With 24 students qualified for an All-State ensemble and three students selected to perform with the All-East honors ensemble, it would be no surprise if the next Charlie Parker, Johann Sebastian Bach or Louis Armstrong comes from the South Kingstown High School band.
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest thing anyone has to ever go through and, right now, Barbara Bates is learning that lesson first hand. Bates, whose husband Bob was killed Friday afternoon at the Middle of Nowhere Diner in Exeter, recalls the man she loved in this week's Standard Times.
In addition, find out what Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist had to say about the North Kingstown School District, find out how both NK and Exeter are handling this winter's harsh weather and learn all about a proposed marijuana center that may be coming to town.