Archive - May 2011
This Monday marks the annual holiday known as Memorial Day and for veterans all around that country, the day is one of somber remembrance and appreciation for time spent defending our country and protecting our way of life.
This week, the Standard Times pays tribute to those members of our Armed Forces in a special look at the lives and times of five local veterans.
Writer Martha Smith takes you on a wonderful journey of true love for country through our special "Salute to those who have served" series.
WEST WARWICK â€” All it took was one inning for the West Warwick Wizards to erase the memories of its late regular season struggles, including a loss in the regular season finale to the Exeter West Greenwich Scarlet Knights, Wednesdayâ€™s opponent.
With the game tied at 2-2, West Warwick exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to win going away 13-2 in five innings.
First baseman Richard Grenier Jr. got the rally started with a double to right, the first of eight hits in the inning.
By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When a School Committee member unofficially told Lisa Windham that a playground with special equipment would be installed at Fishing Cove Elementary School, she was thrilled.
Her delight was short-lived.
RICHMOND -- The Town Council is marinating on an idea to pull back the newly changed term lengths for elected officials from four years to two years.
KINGSTON,â€“University of Rhode Island senior Meg Frost is determined to learn all she can about Hispanic culture.
She has already traveled to Costa Rica twice, spent a semester in Spain, and worked at a think tank analyzing Central American politics. Now sheâ€™s headed to Colombia as a Fulbright Fellow to teach English to college students, take classes, and engage in a community service project.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”When Lynn Moran sits in the conference room of her office at the Meadows Commercial Office Building located at 1130 Ten Rod Road, she is not far from reminders of the past, present and future.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Town Council is seeking resident feedback and assistance in dealing with a land purchase proposal for 81 acres off King's Factory Road.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ With local small businesses in mind, the Economic Development Committee met with the Town Council Tuesday night to discuss the townâ€™s tax exemption and stabilization program, hoping to make it easier for small businesses to apply for tax credits.
The Town Council originally approved the tax exemption guidance statement on Feb. 28 during a town meeting. The EDC later reviewed the statement at a work session on March 20. Based on that review, the EDC prepared proposed revisions to the statement, including emphasizing small businesses, reducing the taxable investment for program eligibility and making it more flexible and simple.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Debbie Goodwin followed her father in some major aspects of life: she took up an instrument and, as a teen, joined her dad in the Lafayette Band; she chose the same career path, too, logging 22 years in the U.S. Navy; and like, her dad, she met her spouse in the service, too.
It is a military family with a musical flourish.
Her dad, the late Robert Rice, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander; her mom, Nettie, was in the Navy Nurses Corps for eight years during World War II. Debbieâ€™s husband, Tom, retired after a combined 29-and-a-half years in the Navy and Marine Corps.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Governor Lincoln Chafee met with local business owners and residents Wednesday morning to discuss his recently proposed budget. Chafee explained the state of Rhode Islandâ€™s economy at the Village Inn Restaurant in the Pier, detailing the motivation behind difficult budget cuts.