Archive - Mar 2011
Stacey Place wouldnât call herself a well-known food critic/blogger.
Now, thanks to Gordon Ramsay and his Fox television show âKitchen Nightmares,â sheâs the most famous food critic in the Ocean State.
Given a small starring role on the show because of her blog â Adventures in R.I. Dining â she started because âit was for fun,â Place has become a local celebrity and has seen her weekly readership jump from 250 per week to around 10,000 in just a few short days.
Not bad for a music teacher.
ASHAWAY -- Roughly $40,000 to $50,000 worth of damage was inflicted to the Babcock Presbyterian Church last Thursday, when vandals entered the building and, among other actions, turned over the organ, emptied the fire extinguishers, and tossed a filing cabinet off the second floor.
Restaurant doors throughout Narragansett will open tonight with a specific aim, to generate public interest in their food. The third annual âNarragansett Restaurant Week is about to begin.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâReaders of the Standard Times have known for years that their local newspaper has the best local sports coverage in all of Rhode Island.
But how does it rank on a New England and national level?
Pretty good, apparently.
Standard Times editor Paul J. Spetrini and sports reporter Eric Rueb were recently honored with a handful of regional and national awards for their coverage of the death of Exeter-West Greenwich football and softball coach Mike Messier last winter.
Ah, spring. Nice weather, the smell of fresh cut flowers and ... snow?
While it's certainly true that we've yet to break free from the cold temperatures of a stubborn winter, things are sure heating up in NK and Exeter this week.
For one thing, the NK Town Council recently accepted a preliminary budget, one which makes some controversial cuts.
And Exeter? Well, when the EWG School Committee isn't busy debating the merits of a new school-year calendar, it's preparing for next month's all-day referendum.
NORTH KINGSTOWN âAt the end of the March 15 meeting of the North Kingstown Planning Commission, it was determined that the public hearing on the Oatelyâs Restaurant/Rolling Greens development would be continued until tonight at 7 p.m. at Beechwood Center.
The applicants are Mark Hawkins of M.L. Hawk Realty, LLC, owner of Rolling Greens Golf Course and Oatleyâs owner, Vaughn Oatley, an abutter to the golf course on the proposed devel-opment.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Due to the efforts of state Senator Susan Sosnowski, fisherman will now be able to offer input into the development of offshore energy projects with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEMRE).
The state senate recently passed Sosnowskiâs, D-South Kingstown, New Shoreham, resolution in which she requested BOEMRE to include official representation of offshore fishermen on the Rhode Island Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â For the second year in a row, Chariho Regional High School students are looking to âStrike a Chordâ with a concert to support Doctors Without Borders.
BY JONATHAN GIBBS
Looking at my five-year-old sonâs fingers triggered a chain of thoughts about the Michael Woodmansee case in church this past Sunday. His are small fingers that have recently lost the dimple near the knuckle that seems to mark his passage out of toddlerhood into full-fledged boyhood. They were wrapped gently around the back of his motherâs neck; and those fingers â and that loving gesture â struck me as heartbreakingly innocent. Unfortunately, I saw them as not just the perfect hands of my beloved son but as vulnerable entities as well.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâThe town council approved the preliminary budget for next year at Monday nightâs meeting amidst tension as councilman Jim OâNeill voted against it.
The total municipal budget is $89,774,895. From the municipal programs, the general fund received $73,372,050. The water fund is $963,949. The wastewater fund is $3,201,247. The solid waste fund is $719,603. The Peace Dale office building received $90,289. The neighborhood guild fund is $834,192. The senior services program received $726,208. The school fund received $58,434,545.