Archive - Mar 2011
NARRAGANSETTâ€”As Japan reels from the tsunami disaster and its 11 local nuclear reactors steam and smoke, it has led experts of all kinds to debate the utility of atomic energy. Today, 30 percent of South Countyâ€™s power comes from a nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn., and Narragansettâ€™s own Nuclear Science Center research reactor on URIâ€™s Bay Campus is humming quietly, for now. One critic, former Rep. Ray Rickman, is sending a letter to Gov. Lincoln Chafee demanding answers about the cost, safety, and future of the local nuclear facility.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Do you take pride in your town? Are you looking to show off your spirit? Youâ€™re not alone.
The 11th annual Spirit Day will be celebrated at North Kingstown High School this Saturday, Mar. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
â€śThis is about good feelings, good friends and community interest,â€ť said Spirit Day committee member Harriet Powell. According to Powell, the committee has been planning this day since November.
Jaryn LaPlante tutors students who need extra help after school.
Alexis Ruest found $50 in the supply closet at her school and turned it in.
Kristina Andrea helps out the exchange student that her school hosts.
By DAVID PEPIN
In the days following the collapse of the World Trade Center, East Greenwich Fire District personnel wanted to join the rescue, cleanup and recovery effort at Ground Zero.
They never made it to New York City, but Ground Zero has recently come to them.
It was a big week for local news stories in North Kingstown this week as a 26-year old man from Glocester was killed in an industrial accident in West Davisville, NK itself got a new fire chief and two local senators put their name on a controversial bill to reintroduce the much discussed E-Verify program back into Rhode Island.
Read all about it, and much more, in this weekâ€™s Standard Times.
HOPE VALLEY -- Maureen Taylor will return to town on Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m., to discuss her book, The Last Muster, Images of the Revolutionary War Generation. The program is a joint effort of the Langworthy Public Library, the Richmond Historical Society, and the Hopkinton Historical Association and will be held at the Chapel at Wood River, 85 Nooseneck Hill Road, Richmond. The program is free and open to the public. Debra Nunes, director of the Langworthy Public Library, advises everyone interested to “arrive early--this will be a popular event.”
NARRAGANSETTâ€”In December of 2010, Town Manager Grady Miller proposed that the town award a contract for $35,000 to a firm, New Commons, for an economic development study.
The goal is to determine the future direction of the townâ€™s economic development with the goal of expanding the townâ€™s tax base and providing more quality job opportunities for residents.
WEST GREENWICHâ€”The Exeter West Greenwich School Committee approved the adoption of the final budget for 2011-12 school year on Tuesday night, at a total operational cost of $30, 828, 944.
The school committee unanimously approved the final 2011-12 school year budget, with the cost to Exeter at $10,365,920 and the cost to West Greenwich at $12,411,315.
HOPE VALLEY -- Come celebrate the first day of spring with the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association while learning about some of our state's most spectacular little treasures - native wildflowers.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Gov, Lincoln Chafee met with a small gathering of university administrators and media on Wednesday, to discuss his intention to increase $10 million in public higher education in Rhode Island for FY 2012. Chafeeâ€™s budget contributes $154 million in operational funds and would restore a total of 82 academic positions that have disappeared at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island.