Archive - Jun 2011
NARRAGANSETT – With a tranquility of a country setting, seven cottages rest on 63 acres of farmland along Kenyon Farms Road over looking Point Judith Pond. The land is probably worth millions, but owner Ray Kagel doesn't care how much his family's land is valued at. He only wants to keep it as beautiful and serene as it always was.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the school committee, RAC and community members discussed the merits of sending the Hazard pre-school to Peace Dale and reducing the size of Peace Dale Elementary at the Thursday night work session, it became evident that what the community values most is maintaining quality education.
CHARLESTOWN -- Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory is accepting enrollment in its Nature Weeks summer programs in Ninigret Park. Limited space is available in most weeks.
CHARLESTOWN â€“ The Town Council voted 4-1 at its June 15 meeting to send a letter to landowner Larry LeBlanc with the hopes of creating an open dialog and learning if he wishes to pursue negotiations with the town on his 81-acre property.
What a surprising week it was in North Kingstown.
Monday, news broke that NK Superintendent Dr. Phillip Thornton was a finalist for a vacant position with the Cumberland School Department.
This was on top of news last Thursday that the iconic building used to house Wickford Marketplace, and formerly Ryan's market, would once again go vacant at Wickford Marketplace was shutting its doors after a lengthy dispute with the NK Town Council over local ordinances.
Need to catch up on everything that happened?
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times.
WARWICK - Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) and leaders from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) hosted a forum on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the importance of integrating art and design into our country's efforts to maintain global leadership in technological innovation. Leaders in business and education joined them in Washington to highlight the need for workers trained in these disciplines to effectively communicate complex data and information, design easy-to-use products based on scientific research and build accurate and useful models for scientific demonstrations. The event builds on Langevin's efforts to ensure our workforce is trained to meet the needs of emerging industries, including renewable energy and health information technology.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Residents expressed their frustration about parking issues to the town council Monday evening, citing the influx of tourists illegal parking along residential streets during the summer months. Two areas of conflict were specifically discussed, Atlantic and Narragansett Avenues along with the Scarborough Hills area.
Youâ€™ve gotta love the General Assembly.
Last year they said they balanced the budget without raising taxes. But you got whacked with a big tax bill for your car that was either the first one you had seen in years, or that was much larger than in previous years.
This year they said they balanced the budget without raising many taxes, except for a few items added to the sales tax.
HOPKINTON â€“ At its June 6 meeting, the Town Council prioritized and approved its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application, which seeks $400,000 from the state of Rhode Island.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met Wednesday evening to discuss the future implementation of the recent development plan which has been presented to the town council in its finished form. The next step now is for the committee to appeal to the town council to dedicate time and funds towards carrying out the objectives outlined in the plan.