Archive - Mar 2011
Julianne Jennings, an anthropology student with Native American heritage, has taken aim at Rhode Island's founder, Roger Williams, and is working to post a plaque that states his involvement in the selling of slaves after Providence was burned in March of 1676. The Narragansett Indians are not involved with the plaque which would be placed on South Main Street in Providence in commemoration of the Native Americans who were sent to the Caribbean plantations to work as slaves after their defeat.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â There have always been amazing women living among us in the community, quietly working in ways that earned praise. In honor of Womenâs History Month, Iâll spend the next few columns writing about them.
Some are women I knew through long-ago interviews; others are connected in more obscure ways. They are all gone now. I hope remembering them will bring smiles to the faces of readers who havenât seen these memorable names in awhile.
This week weâll celebrate two women who were ahead of their time in running businesses that filled needs nobody else seemed to recognize.
CHARLESTOWN -- The Town Council also announced last Monday night the resignation of Bernard Bishop from the town Parks and Recreation Commission. He sent in his letter of resignation March 2 via e-mail, in which he outlined his reasons for leaving.
âI have enjoyed my time on the commission throughout the years with the exception of the past 12 months," he wrote,likely referring to the back-and-forth on how to move forward with the town beach facilities.
(Calls to Bishop were not returned.)
OUTH KINGSTOWNâLike newspapers across the country trying to be viable in an online world, the South Kingstown High Schoolâs newspaper, âThe Rebellionâ is also looking for ways to become relevant as an online news source as many of its readers turn to the internet.
EXETER â When Governor Lincoln Chafee rescinded the E-Verify program established by his predecessor, Don Carcieri, as one of his first official acts in office back in January, it was a controversial move that several senators throughout the state objected to.
Now, local Senators Francis T. Maher, Jr., (Dist. 34, Charlestown, Hopkinton, Exeter, Richmond and West Greenwich) and Sen. James Sheehan (Dist. 36, North Kingstown and Narragansett) have decided to do something about it.
WESTERLY â Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse (WAYL) recently received two grants that will help the area's new non-profit lacrosse organization with funding and equipment for its upcoming 2011 Spring season.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâWith state funding to schools decreasing, the South Kingstown town council and school committee worry about the future of the townâs schools and education, hoping to not cut programs from the students at the school budget public work session Tuesday night.
Over the past few weeks, the school committee has been hammering out its budget, having to reduce the budget by $644,000 without cutting programs to the students. The total budget of the school department is $58.43 million.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â North Kingstown has a new Fire Department Chief. His name? Chief Fenwick Gardiner.
Gardiner, 52, became the department's 11th chief after his swearing-in ceremony Monday at the North Kingstown Town Council meeting. He replaces former Chief Patrick Campion who retired in December.
âWeâre pleased and honored to accept this position tonight that Fenwick will be staying on with us and not retiring to somewhere sunny,â Council President Liz Dolan said. âWeâre grateful thatâs heâs willing to take the lead of this fine fire department.â
CHARLESTOWN -- The National Wildlife Refuge System will be celebrating the 108th anniversary of its establishment this year.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â A few pets will be getting a new home soon as the South Kingstown Animal Shelter nears its completion of its new facility set to open in the late spring.