Archive - May 2011
EXETERâ€”Last Thursday evening, the Exeter Town Council held a special public hearing on its proposed budget for the 2012 fiscal year and it appears that every member of the public that attended seemed to support the proposal as written.
So, at the very least, three local residents are on board so far.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Usually April showers bring May flowers, but this year rain came in May, delaying the gardening season and putting a damper on local garden farmers.
â€śThereâ€™s been nine days of a measurable amount of precipitation thus far. Even though there was a rain deficit, the rain is more steady than normal,â€ť Bill Simpson, spokesperson for the National Weather Service in Taunton said.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”In his latest attempt to reduce the 2011-2012 school budget, North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton presented a new list of recommended cuts totaling $771,566 Tuesday afternoon during the School Committeeâ€™s Budget Subcommittee meeting. If approved, these cuts would result in the elimination of 10 class sections at NK High School, two third-shift custodians at the high school and cause a six percent reduction in funding for the athletic department.
HOPKINTON â€“ A 30-year-old male resident was arrested for first-degree child abuse Monday after he allegedly struck the victim with a belt, causing contusions and bruising on her body.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - When Bud McLeod was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2006 he was told he had only five to 10 more years to live. Now, rather than sitting idly by, McLeod is trying to find a cure with the help of others like him.
McLeod is starting the first Leukemia and Lymphoma Caring and Sharing Group in South County, hoping it can be an outlet for other cancer patients to discuss their prognosis and what can be done to help them beyond what the medical community has already done.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Narragansett Police Department responded to a robbery of the Washington Trust Company bank at 885 Boston Neck Road. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m.
The suspect walked into the bank and approached the bank teller with a note in his hand demanding money. He left with an unknown amount of money and officers have not determined from the bankâ€™s video that the suspect was armed.
By DAVID PEPIN
Happy hearts, happy alumni, happy teachers.
They added up to plenty of smiles Saturday morning at the 25th anniversary celebration of Happy Hearts Learning Center, 2608 South County Trail, as the preschoolâ€™s current crop of pupils ages 2 to 5 mixed with their older predecessors, including a few young adults, and past and present faculty members.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”A planned public hearing to discuss an amendment to the comprehensive plan of North Kingstown began with a presentation by the Consensus Building Institute on how plans to bring a mixed-use development to the intersection of South County Trail and Ten Rod Road would affect those closest to it and ended with applicant Mark Hawkins sitting in a chair exhausted, his head in his hands, no closer to a decision than he was when he walked in.
How far would you go to make sure your child has access to everything her fellow schoolmates have?
That's a question that's been on the mind of North Kingstown's Lisa Windham for quite some time now.
Her daughter Laura, a first-grader at Fishing Cove Elementary School, was born with spastic paraplegia, a neuromuscular disease similar to cerebral palsy and for much of Laura's young life, her mother has had to battle to get handicapped-accessible playgrounds so her child can enjoy recess with her classmates.
Read all about Laura's long journey in this week's Standard Times.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ For two South Kingstown teachers, last week was a week to remember.
After 24 years as an educator, Matunuck Elementary School Principal Debra Zepp was honored at the Rhode Island State House last week as the Rhode Island Elementary School Principal of the Year. Also, with 18 years experience as an educator in the South Kingstown School District, Broad Rock Middle School sixth grade counselor Sharon Schmid was honored as the South Kingstown Teacher of the Year out of 16 nominees.