Archive - May 2011
WAKEFIELD â The man who touched the Wakefield community with his energy, passion and his lending hand passed away leaving behind a legacy of helping others. Joseph âJumpin Joeâ Frisella died Saturday, April 23 at Rhode Island Hospital after suffering from a stroke the day prior.
Over the past four weeks, weâve taken a special look at the issue of homelessness in North Kingstown. More specifically, homelessness and the effect it has on local children in the North Kingstown School District.
What weâve learned is that the issue isnât a simple one.
Perhaps itâs the economy. Maybe itâs the increased costs of basic necessities like food and gas. Whatever the reason, the signs all point to homelessness being an issue that will continue to grow over the next couple of years unless something is done to stop it.
CHARLESTOWN -- The Town Council moved on a decision to hire a municipal court judge for the town at the April 20 meeting. The council voted unanimously to appoint Margaret Steele to the position.
PROVIDENCEâThe watershed areas of Rhode Island provide lakes and rivers for fishing and recreational activities and a home for a diverse number of fauna and flora. The local community benefits from the clean drinking water that is monitored and protected by myriad environmental organizations. Watershedcounts, presenting its work on Wednesday for Earth Day at the State House, hopes to sharpen their focus.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâBonnie Smith stands inside the small, cramped space of the North Kingstown Food Pantry with a determined look on her face.
As signs of spring blossoms throughout the neighborhood around her, Smith works as quickly as possible in a dark office building so the pantry can provide local families with food and paper supplies.
Smith says demand for service is greater than ever.
âI canât give you an accurate percentage but I would say itâs probably at least 80-90 percent higher than it was a year ago at this point,â Smith says.
By DAVID PEPIN
Amendments to the town Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan to assist New England Institute of Technology received unanimous second reading approval from the Town Council Monday night after college representatives updated town officials on their plans for the growing campus on the former Rocky Hill Fairgrounds site.
CHARLESTOWN â In an effort to provide another community-based activity and provide produce to area food pantries, Richmond resident Christopher Hacunda is installing a vegetable garden inside Ninigret Park.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Coastal Resources Management Council is allowing Matunuck Beach Road property owners to install temporary wooden bulk heads to prevent further erosion of their properties if the town council approves.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â At Rhonda Barnerâs new shop, Mr. Willoughbyâs Country Store, the economic trend is neither bullish nor bearish. It is bunnyish.
And if your idea of a country store is spinning wheels, butter churns and jars of homemade jelly, think again. Things are really hopping in this updated idea of rustic chic.
Opening earlier this month, Mr. Willoughbyâs, a tiny boutique located on the side of a large storefront, features an inventory of country-style decorative pieces such as stuffed rabbits, sheep and cows as well as wreaths and candles.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â Graduation might still be two months away for the Chariho Regional High School's class of 2011, but parents in the community are working to make sure a safe post-graduation event remains in effect for outgoing students.