Archive - May 2011
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.
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.