Archive - Apr 2011
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ In last weekâ€™s Standard-Times, it was reported that two bridges in town had been identi-fied as â€śstructurally deficientâ€ť by the Transportation for America.
Though the classifications havenâ€™t changed, more information has been released as why the bridges were ranked that way.
The two that were classified were the bridge on Tower Hill Road that crosses Route 138 and the historic C.L. Hus-sey Bridge on Boston Neck Road which crosses Wickford Cove.
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ The U.S. Senate will again consider a â€śCarcieri fixâ€ť bill that contains language that would allow for tribes such as the Narragansett Indians to take their land into trust.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town held its first public hearing on the preliminary budget Wednesday night with most of the public speaking out against the motor vehicle exemption tax.
With both the town council and school committee present, Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred first gave an overview of the total $89 million municipal budget.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Last year, Quonset was the recipient of $22.3 million worth of federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants for major improvements to the Port of Davisville. The improvements have begun and continue to run on schedule.
By the time the improvements are completed, the port will increase in capacity, allowing for the staging for off-shore wind equipment and the handling of cargo for short sea shipping.
ALTON -- St. Thomasâ€™ Episcopal Church in Alton will hold an array of services during Holy Week.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“The town council held two public hearings Monday night concerning a Community Development Block Grant the town received and amendments to special use permits in the Zoning Ordinance.
The town held the first public hearing to obtain citizen views on the community development, housing needs and program performance relative to the townâ€™s application for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant. Though the town sought citizen input on the grants that can go directly to the community, no one from the public came to comment on the CDBG grant.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When Myra Mudge heard there was to be an ecumenical series of Lenten lunches at churches all over town, she went to the Rev. Bertrand Theroux, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and asked: Can we do it?
â€śHe said yes,â€ť she recalled. â€śItâ€™s the first time weâ€™ve had it here and Iâ€™ve been looking forward to it so much. Itâ€™s all so wonderful.â€ť
As the organizer of last weekâ€™s event at the church on School Street, she can take pride in a job well done.
RICHMOND â€“ Over the past few years the economy has seen better days, and the average consumer has less money to spend on their animals.
Carol Terranova and her friends saw this becoming a recurring scenario and decided it was time they did something about it, and so was born â€śMaggies Pet Pantry.â€ť
NARRAGANSETTâ€“URIâ€™s Bay Campus is the launching point for many scientific activities. The 30-year-old research vessel Endeavor has traveled over one million nautical miles, transporting scientists and complex research tools to places such as the Black Sea to examine ancient shipwrecks. The GSO offers public school teachers the chance to partake in such important scientific work. Erica Killian is one of them.
â€śThis is my first experience,â€ť said Killian, a mathematics teacher at Exeter-West Greenwich High School. â€śThe scientists took me in and made me a part of the process. They are a really interesting group of people.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Susan Aylward remembers her first library experience accompanying her father on Sundays to the grand Greek revival building on Brown Street, where he was the custodian for 27 years.
â€śThere was a wonderful smell; a combination of the books and the wax on the floors. Itâ€™s a comforting smell from my childhood.â€ť
While her dad, the late Thomas Aylward â€“ later the townâ€™s fire chief â€“ cleaned the rooms, Susan sat at the desk front desk.
â€śI played with the [circulation] cards,â€ť she recalls. â€śIâ€™m sure they were all out of order when the librarians came to work.â€ť